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Feb032017

Too Much Is Not Enough: Little Big Town Adds More Dates to Ryman Residency

ABC Radio Due to demand, Little Big Town is extending their residency at the historic Ryman Auditorium before it even begins.

The reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year will now play July 28-29 as well as November 27, with more dates to be added later in 2017. Tickets for the new Little Big Town at the Mother Church shows go on sale Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. CT.

Brett Cobb will open LBT’s first Ryman show on February 24, the same day their new album The Breaker comes out. Ashley Monroe is on deck for the 25th, with more artists to be announced later.

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Friday
Feb032017

Life of Agony Returns with First New Song in 12 Years, "A Place Where There's No More Pain"

Napalm RecordsLife of Agony is back with their first new song in more than a decade. The track is called "A Place Where There's No More Pain," and you can listen to it now via Billboard.com.

"A Place Where There's No More Pain" is the title track from Life of Agony's forthcoming, fifth studio album, which will be released April 28. It's the band's first album since 2005's Broken Valley, and their first since vocalist Mina Caputo came out as transgender in 2011.

"What made Life of Agony reunite [now] was the power of music and the power of love -- the love we have for each other and each other's families," Caputo tells Billboard. "Not only were the die-hard fans waiting for a new record for a long time now, but I think the individual members in the band were also excited and keen on making a new album as well. The band is notorious for disappearing for quite some time and then reappearing to open up some more wounds: lyrically, melodically and musically speaking."

Here is the A Place Where There's No More Pain track list:

"Meet My Maker"
"Right This Wrong"
"A Place Where There’s No More Pain"
"Dead Speak Kindly"
"A New Low"
"World Gone Mad"
"Bag of Bones"
"Walking Catastrophe"
"Song for the Abused"
"Little Spots of You"

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Friday
Feb032017

Tom DeLonge to Direct Sci-Fi Film Based on "Strange Times" Franchise

Credit: Johnny BuzzerioTom DeLonge is adding another project to his ever-expanding creative repertoire. The former Blink-182 guitarist will direct a feature film based on his own sci-fi Strange Times franchise, which consists of a graphic novel and a planned young-adult book trilogy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film, which DeLonge also will co-produce, will follow a "rebellious group of San Diego skateboarders" who discover "extreme paranormal activity around town."

"I grew up in Southern California as a disaffected young skateboarder who broke the occasional law or five, and I was always dreaming about the world around me, obsessively looking for the more unusual and imaginative experiences that life has to offer," DeLonge says. "That’s the inspiration behind Strange Times, which is about the tribe of broken youth and the restless spirit that inspired me to form Blink-182 and seek out adventure."

In addition to directing and producing the film, DeLonge co-wrote the script, and he'll be recording original music for the movie with his band Angels & Airwaves.

The film is expected to begin production this fall.

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Friday
Feb032017

Fitz and the Tantrums to Perform During Super Bowl Pregame Show

ABC/Eric McCandlessFitz and the Tantrums will make your hands clap before kickoff this Sunday. The band will perform at the NFL Tailgate Party, a Super Bowl pregame concert held at Houston's NRG Stadium.

The NFL Tailgate Party, which will also feature a performance from country group Zac Brown Band, will air live on the FOX NFL Sunday Pregame Show.

Super Bowl 51 kicks off this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Feb032017

Zara Larsson Will Finally Release Her Debut Album Next Month

Epic RecordsLast year, Swedish singer Zara Larsson scored a huge hit with the song "Never Forget You."  Now, she's finally putting out her U.S. debut album. It's called So Good, and it arrives March 17.

The title track, featuring Ty Dolla $ign, is already a hit, and its video just premiered on Vevo Friday.  She'll perform the track on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on February 7.

Already a huge star in Sweden, Zara's been making a pretty big name for herself since she cracked the charts in the U.S.  She's been all over TV, opened for Beyonce in London, performed at the closing ceremonies at the 2016 EuroCup and is nominated for the Brit Awards and the NME Awards.  She also was nominated for Best New Artist at the MTV VMAs last year and just picked up a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards nomination this week.

In a statement, she says, "My dream is to stand in front of 25,000 people in a sold-out arena and know that everyone came out to make memories with me. That's a beautiful thing."

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Friday
Feb032017

Diddy Recuperates in Hospital Following Knee Surgery

ABC/STEVE FENNSean "Diddy" Combs is recovering in the hospital after undergoing his third and final knee surgery.

The rapper took to Instagram on Thursday to update fans with several photos, as well as to thank the doctors and hospital staff who are helping him recuperate.

"Just had my final knee surgery. They said I'd never run again. I SAID THE DEVIL IS A LIAR.!! 3 surgeries in one year! 3rd times a the charm!!! #Rebirth don't take the simple things in life for granted. Thank you to all the surgeons and docs and PTs. I THANK GOD FOR YALL!" he wrote in one of the picture's captions

In his photos shared on social media, Diddy was surrounded by his children: Justin, 23, Christian, 18, twins D’Lila and Jessie, both 10, along with 10-year-old daughter Chance. The "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" rapper said his eldest children were instrumental to his recovery.

"I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have my sons by my side these last two years!" he wrote in another photo's caption. "They have been more than sons they have been my support system. NOW LETS BALL!!!!! #RealLove"

Diddy also showed off flowers that his friend, rapper French Montana, sent to his hospital room. "Flowers from my brother @frenchmontana love you baby bro," he captioned one photo.

In another caption, Diddy reflected on how his life has changed since having knee surgeries. The rapper underwent his first surgery after falling through a hole while performing at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles.

"God puts us all thru things for reason. It's up to us to learn through the things that he puts us through! Sometimes you have to go through the pain to get to the joy," he added

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Friday
Feb032017

Who Run the World: Blue Ivy to Become a Mini Mogul?

Kevin Mazur/WireImageIt looks like Blue Ivy is following in her mother, Beyoncé's, footsteps -- at the tender age of five. 

Bey is currently setting the stage for Blue to launch her own line of Blue Ivy Carter products, says TMZ, ranging from clothing to video games and more.

The "Flawless" entertainer's company has already filed the legal documentation necessary to get Blue's company in formation and it appears that "the application will be approved very soon."   

Beyoncé tried to file a comparable application in 2012, which proved to be unsuccessful because another applicant trademarked the name "Blue Ivy" first.  

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Friday
Feb032017

Kanye West Changes Plans for New York Fashion Week Yeezy Show

ABC/STEVE FENNKanye West's plans to debut his new Yeezy Season Five collection during this month's New York Fashion Week may have gotten off to a questionable start, but it looks like the fashion show will still go on.  

The rapper is still scheduled to debut his new collection on Wednesday, February 15, in New York City, however two hours earlier then originally planned -- at 3 p.m, reports New York Magazine.  

The time change comes as a result of Ye's failure to consult the Council of Fashion Designers of America about his show's scheduled time, which conflicted with another fashion brand's time slot, Marchesa.  

CFDA president and CEO Steven Kolb told Women's Wear Daily earlier this week in an official statement that the organization "was not approached or consulted about the possibility of Kanye West showing on the official New York Fashion Week schedule" and said that Ye's "bad behavior" was "not acceptable to the CFDA and should not be tolerated by the industry."

However, with Kanye's rescheduled show time in order to make amends with the CFDA, and the rest of the fashion elite, it appears that all is well for the time being.  

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Friday
Feb032017

Carson Kressley Weighs In on Gaga's Super Bowl Fashion Plans

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesLady Gaga's Super Bowl performance will include a number of costume changes, but are we going to see crazy, over-the-top Gaga of the past, or the more toned down Gaga we've seen lately? One fashion expert predicts we'll get the best of both worlds from the singer.

Fashion expert, author and reality star Carson Kressley tells ABC Radio, "I think it's gonna be a combination of both [looks]. I don't think it's gonna be as kooky as it was when she first hit the scene, but I think it'll be ramped up more than her Joanne album look...the pastel pink hat, and [the] 1970s shampoo commercial soft prettiness. I'm hoping for some glitz and some glamour."

But the former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star says no matter what Gaga wears, he has faith in her ability to put on a great show.

"I wanna see hot dancers, I wanna see amazing costumes. I want it to be like a Broadway extravaganza, or like a music video that's come to life," he says. "So I have no doubt that she's gonna give us some amazing stage clothing."

Carson also weighs in on about Beyonce's look in the Instagram post announcing her pregnancy.  The star posed in front of a huge floral arrangement, clutching her naked baby bump while wearing a deep purple bra and baby blue panties.

"I was just like, 'Wait, is that an ad for something?' It was so professionally done,'" he tells ABC Radio. "And I was like, 'Hm, I wanna buy some Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo,' because of all those flowers and the veil."

Carson thinks that Beyonce's choice of bra and panty color signifies that she's "totally having a boy and a girl." 

"Blue is for boys," he points out. "And of course, aubergine is for girls...I guess?"

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Friday
Feb032017

New Album from Doors Guitarist Robby Krieger Features Jackson Browne, Tommy Shaw & More

John M. Heller/Getty ImagesDoors guitarist Robby Krieger is ready with a new collection of studio sessions featuring an array of guest performers.

Due February 17, Krieger's In Session album features contributions from Jackson Browne, Styx's Tommy Shaw, former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye, Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent, actor William Shatner and Geoff Downes, keyboardist for The Buggles, Yes and Asia. Former King Crimson and Asia singer/bassist John Wetton, who died January 31, also appears on one track.

Songs on In Session include covers of The Beatles' "Across the Universe" and "All You Need Is Love," Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage" and Supertramp's "School." The collection features two exclusive, never-before-released mixes and a bonus live recording of The Doors' "Back Door Man" available on CD for the first time.

Here's the track List for Robby Krieger's In Session:

"Across the Universe" -- featuring Jackson Browne
"Hypernova" -- featuring Nik Turner (Inner Space Mix)
"Empty Spaces" -- featuring Billy Sherwood
"Where We Belong (Prism Mix)" --  featuring Tony Kaye
"Don't Leave Me Now" -- featuring Tommy Shaw
"Brain Damage" -- featuring Geoff Downes
"School" -- featuring Rod Argent
"Deep Down" -- featuring William Shatner
"Little Drummer Boy"
"All You Need Is Love" -- featuring John Wetton

Bonus Track
"Back Door Man" (Live)

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Friday
Feb032017

Zac Brown Band Joins Luke Bryan at the Super Bowl

ABC/Image Group LA If you haven’t heard the new song from Zac Brown Band, you’ll have a great chance on Sunday, as the Georgia-based group headlines the NFL Tailgate.

Zac and company will perform “My Old Man” as part of the pre-game festivities leading up to Super Bowl LI. You’ll be able to watch the TV debut of the first single from their forthcoming album, Welcome Home, on Fox.

ZBB will take the stage at Houston’s NRG Stadium prior to Luke Bryan’s performance of the national anthem and the kickoff of the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at 6:30 p.m. ET. 

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Friday
Feb032017

Nicki Minaj Accuses Shoe Designer Giuseppe Zanotti of Dodging Her Calls in Twitter Spat 

Image Group LA/ABCUh oh -- looks like Nicki Minaj may have a new feud on the horizon. 

The "Super Bass" rapper unleashed a tirade of tweets Friday against celebrated shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti, claiming that the creative visionary designed a pair of high-top "Nicki" sneakers in her honor, yet won't take her phone calls.   

"This is wonderful. #GiuseppeZanotti seems to think it's ok to name his sneakers after me but his PR says they won't take our call," she tweeted

"I met #GiuseppeZanotti years ago. At which time, he told me I inspired him to design a sneaker in my honor. Wore them on the cover of Cosmo," she added in another message.   

Nicki goes on to suggest race played a role, writing, "Just go on google, you'll see all the different pairs he's named after me. Lil black girl can inspire u but ain't worth a collection my n**?"

Of course, Nicki's Barbz and Ken Barbz came to her rescue on social media to support the frustrated celebrity and mock Giuseppe in turn with various memes, with the hashtag #GiuseppeWhatsGood shortly trending thereafter.  

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Friday
Feb032017

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg to Star in New T-Mobile Ad During Super Bowl

ABC/ Lou RoccoMartha Stewart and Snoop Dogg are headed to this year's Super Bowl -- just not on the football field. 

The lifestyle guru and "Peaches N Cream" rapper will star in a T-Mobile commercial during the game, further solidifying their dream team status both in and out of the kitchen. 

The duo is also expected to cook up more tasty treats in new episodes of their hit television show, Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, later this month. 

Super Bowl 51 takes place Sunday night, live on Fox.  

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Friday
Feb032017

"Hopeless Romantic" Michelle Branch Is Back 

Joshua Black WilkinsIt's been a minute since we've heard from Michelle Branch: 14 years, to be exact.  The singer/songwriter will release her first solo project since 2003 on April 7.

The album is called Hopeless Romantic, and it's the follow-up to Michelle's 2003 disc, Hotel Paper.  In between, she got married, had a baby, got divorced and made an album called Stand Still, Look Pretty as part of the country/pop duo The Wreckers

Hopeless Romantic was co-produced by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, with whom Michelle is romantically involved.  In a statement, The Grammy-winning singer says, "A lot of these songs are about heartbreak, but knowing that it doesn't mean the end of the world. It just means letting go and moving on and knowing that you're going to be okay. This is my first real-life autobiographical record."

Michelle first made a splash as a teenager with her 2001 debut album The Spirit Room, featuring the hits "Everywhere" and "All You Wanted."  She's been nominated for Grammys four times and has won once, for singing on Carlos Santana's smash hit "The Game of Love."

You can hear the album's first single, the title track, on Vevo now.

Here's the track listing for Hopeless Romantic:

"Best You Ever"
"You're Good"
"Fault Line"
"Heartbreak Now"
"Hopeless Romantic"
"Living a Lie"
"Knock Yourself Out"
"Temporary Feeling"
"Carry Me Home"
"Not A Love Song"
"Last Night"
"Bad Side"
"Shadow"
"City"

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Friday
Feb032017

Mastodon Takes a Poppy Turn on New Song, "Show Yourself" 

Credit: Travis ShinnMastodon explores their poppier side on "Show Yourself," a new song from the band's forthcoming album, Emperor of Sand. You can listen to the track now on YouTube.

"Show Yourself" is the second track Mastodon has shared from Emperor of Sand, following the single "Sultan's Curse." The album will be released on March 31.

Mastodon will be touring this spring in support of Emperor of Sand starting April 14 in Missoula, Montana.

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Friday
Feb032017

Mariah Carey Sets Her Wedding Dress Aflame in Video for New Song, “I Don’t”

ABC/Randy HolmesMariah Carey is putting that New Year’s Eve mishap behind her. She released her first new single of 2017 today -- a song about her breakup with fiancé James Packer called “I Don’t.”

The sultry send-off features rapper YG. "Boy I was buggin'/ Thinkin' somehow I can trust ya/ But you don't mean nothing/ 'Cause I don't, I don't,” Mariah sings on the chorus.

She also released the video for the track, in which she poses on top of a convertible wearing bridal-style lingerie. Later in the clip, she sets her wedding dress on fire and watches it burn.
 
Prior to the song's release, Mariah did a Facebook Live Q&A where she answered fan questions while lounging on a hotel bed in a body suit and fishnet tights.

She says she plans to release more singles rather than a full album, and teases another “secret” song that she’s working on with a friend of hers who she describes as an “incredibly talented artist.” She also hinted that her 5-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan, joined her in the studio for a track.

Mariah also confirms she’ll be attending The Lego Batman Movie premiere on Saturday. She voices the mayor of Gotham City in the film, which comes out February 10.

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Friday
Feb032017

Patrick Stump Does His Best Batman Voice on New Track, "Who's the (Bat)Man"

WaterTower MusicPatrick Stump has shared his new song "Who's the (Bat)Man," which he recorded for The LEGO Batman Movie soundtrack. If you want to hear the Fall Out Boy frontman try his best gruff Batman voice, you can download the track now via iTunes.

The soundtrack, which is out now, also includes 16 score cues from the film, which was composed by Grammy-winner Lorne Balfe and features Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers on drums.

The LEGO Batman Movie stars the voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes. It opens in theaters February 10.

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Friday
Feb032017

Don McLean Reflects on Anniversary of "the Day the Music Died"

Brian Rasic/WireImageToday marks a milestone in rock and roll history that affected millions of fans, none more so than Don McLean.

On February 3, 1959, a small plane crash in Iowa took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. McLean memorialized the event in his 1971 single “American Pie,” a smash hit that was later named the fifth greatest song of the 20th century by the Recording Industry of America.

Reflecting on what he famously called “the day the music died,” McLean says, “Buddy Holly was only 22 years old when he died…By that time, he had recorded something like 60 sides and every one of them was a hit song and most were hit records. Even the Beatles cannot compare to the magnitude of this contribution. The music he made, he invented himself with very little help from others.”

One of McLean’s four handwritten copies of the “American Pie” lyrics was recently put up for auction. A remastered version of the single has also been reissued on vinyl in celebration of its 45th anniversary.

McLean has live appearances spread throughout the coming months, beginning February 24 in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Don McLean Tour Dates:

2/24 -- Cocoa Beach, FL, Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival
2/25 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
3/3 -- Shipshewana, IN, Blue Gate Theater
3/17 -- Bow, WA, Skagit Valley Casino Resort
4/6 -- New York, NY, B.B. King’s Blues Club
4/7 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere Music Hall
4/8 -- Winston-Salem, NC, Reynolds Auditorium
5/5 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
6/15 --  Del Mar, CA, San Diego County Fair
6/17 --  Cabazon, CA, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
9/16 -- Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center

 

Friday
Feb032017

Driving Mr. Eric: Clapton Documentary Has Oscar Pedigree

Brian Rasic/WireImageAn upcoming documentary on Eric Clapton will be directed by Oscar-winning producer Lili Fini Zanuck.

According to Variety, Zanuck, who took home an Academy Award for producing 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy, will team with producer John Battsek for the Clapton project titled Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars. Battsek previously produced Oscar-winners One Day in September and Searching for Sugar Man.

Zanuck says Clapton’s personal life will be “the emotional spine” of the documentary. The film details his traumatic childhood through the worldwide success of his musical career, his struggle with drug addiction and the tragic death of his young son in 1991 and achieving happiness a decade later. Zanuck says, “It is indeed a melancholic victory lap, full of nostalgic myth, but always musically potent, always looking to the future.”

Zanuck adds that Clapton’s “absolute” commitment to the blues from his earliest days will be the foundation of the film. She explains, “He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”

Battsek says the project is aided by the fact the filmmakers “have unique access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries.”

Zanuck previously directed the 1991 crime drama Rush, which featured Clapton's Grammy-winning track "Tears in Heaven." Clapton also wrote and performed on the film's score.

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Friday
Feb032017

Zayn Puts His Own Acoustic Spin on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

NABILYesterday we heard Taylor Swift’s acoustic take on her Zayn duet, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.” Now, we have Zayn’s own acoustic interpretation of the Fifty Shades Darker track.

In a black-and-white video posted to his YouTube channel, Zayn is seen recording the stripped down vocals in the studio backed by nothing but a guitar.

Taylor’s acoustic video was a clip of her rehearsal for her pre-Super Bowl performance at DIRECTV NOW’s Super Saturday event.

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