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May122017

In This Moment details new album, "Ritual"; listen to lead single "Oh Lord" now

Atlantic Records/Roadrunner RecordsAfter revealing its title and cover artwork this week, In This Moment has officially announced the details of their new album, Ritual. The sixth studio effort from Maria Brink and company will arrive on July 21.

For your first preview of Ritual, you can listen to the lead single "Oh Lord," and watch its accompanying music video, now on YouTube. The album also includes the song "Black Wedding," which features vocals from Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and a cover of the Phil Collins classic "In the Air Tonight."

"It's like we're going into the next realm," says Brink in a statement. "I had a conviction of feeling empowered in my life and with myself. I always write from a personal place, and I needed to share that sense of strength. I've never been afraid to hold back."

"Sometimes, I can be very suggestive," she adds. "However, I wanted to show our fans that this is the most powerful side of myself and it's without overt sexuality. It's that deeper serious fire inside of my heart."

In This Moment will be touring the U.S. throughout the summer in support of Ritual.

Here's the Ritual track list:

"Salvation"
"Oh Lord"
"Black Wedding" feat. Rob Halford
"In the Air Tonight"
"Joan of Arc"
"River of Fire"
"Witching Hour"
"Twin Flames"
"Half God Half Devil"
"No Me Importa"
"Roots"
"Lay Your Gun Down"

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Friday
May122017

Listen now: Bleachers shares emotional new track, "Everybody Lost Somebody"

ABC/Randy HolmesBleachers has shared a new song called "Everybody Lost Somebody," which will appear on the band's forthcoming sophomore album, Gone Now. As frontman Jack Antonoff explains, the track deals with his feelings regarding the death of his younger sister, Sarah, who passed away from cancer at age 13.

"This song is a massive shift and a statement for what Gone Now is because it's the first time I feel conversational about this loss and not just here to document it," Antonoff writes in note posted to Twitter. "That's something I could have never imagined in the past but is the heart and soul of my new work and why I felt that I had something worth releasing."

"Everybody Lost Somebody" is the third track to be released from Gone Now, following "Hate That You Know Me" and lead single "Don't Take the Money." The album will arrive in full June 2.

Bleachers is currently on tour in support of Gone Now. They'll play ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series on August 11.

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Friday
May122017

Watch now: Phoenix premieres video for new single, "J-Boy" 

Glassnote RecordsPhoenix has shared the music video for "J-Boy," the lead single from their forthcoming new album, Ti Amo.

The clip finds the French band performing on an Italian talk show that seems permanently stuck in the '80s. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

Ti Amo, Phoenix's follow-up to 2013's Bankrupt!, will be released June 9. The band kicks off a North American tour in support of the album tonight in Miami.

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Friday
May122017

New stars added to Tupac/Biggie TV series 

L-R: The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur and Redman, July, 1993; Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesTwo new actors have been added to the cast of the Unsolved TV series, based on the murders of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.

Jamie McShane and Brent Sexton will portray two of the detectives investigating the cases, Variety reports. They join previously announced stars Luke James as Sean “Puffy” Combs, Aisha Hinds as B.I.G.’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and LeToya Luckett as Sharitha Golden, the estranged wife of Suge Knight

Marcc Rose, who starred as Tupac in Straight Outta Compton, reprises his role as Tupac, and rapper Wavyy Jonez portrays The Notorious B.I.G.

The cast also includes Josh Duhamel as Detective Greg Kading, whose experiences are the basis of the series. Jimmi Simpson and Bokeem Woodbine also play detectives.

Unsolved is scheduled to debut in early 2018 on the USA Network.

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Friday
May122017

Ludacris returns as Billboard Music Awards co-host 

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesLudacris is returning to co-host the 2017 Billboard Music Awards for the fourth straight year, joining actress/singer Vanessa Hudgens.

“I’M BACK FOR YEAR NUMBER 4!,” Luda tweeted. “Hosting the @BBMAs with my girl @VanessaHudgens this year!"

 

 

Performances will include John Legend collaborating with country stars Florida Georgia Line on Legend’s latest single, “Surefire.”

Previously announced performers include Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Bruno Mars.

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET, on ABC.

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Friday
May122017

Judas Priest's Rob Halford featured on new song by alt-metal band In This Moment

Chiaki Nozu/WireImageJudas Priest frontman Rob Halford will appear on a song featured on the upcoming album by the alternative metal act In This Moment, Ritual, which will be released on July 21. Halford joins In This Moment frontwoman Maria Brink to duet on a tune called "Black Wedding."

Ritual also includes a cover of the classic Phil Collins song "In the Air Tonight."

As previously reported, a new box set called The Complete Albums Collection that gathers together 12 albums that "the Metal God" issued with his non-Judas Priest projects -- 2wo, Fight and his eponymous band Halford -- will hit stores May 19.

As for Judas Priest, the legendary metal group currently is working on a new studio album.

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Friday
May122017

Why Chris Young is "Losing Sleep" over his new single

RCAAfter a “Sober Saturday Night,” it seems Chris Young is still “Losing Sleep.”

Midnight last night, Chris followed up his recent #1 with Vince Gill with the lead single from his forthcoming sixth studio album. Appropriately enough, lots of folks -- including Chris -- were staying up late for a first listen.

“Hey everybody, sitting on the bus, losing sleep…” Chris said with an eye roll, in a short video he shared on social media. “But so cool seeing the song run up the sales charts. Love y’all!” he added.

You can stream or download “Losing Sleep” now, or listen to it via an audio-only YouTube video.

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Friday
May122017

Paramore covers The Strokes at Nashville show; announces 2018 PARAHOY! fan cruise

ABC/Lou RoccoOn the eve of the release of their new album After Laughter, Paramore played a tiny hometown gig in Nashville Thursday night, where Hayley Williams and company busted out a cover of The Strokes single, "Someday." You can watch fan-recorded footage of the performance now on YouTube.

Meanwhile, After Laughter, Paramore's fifth studio effort, is released today. The album, which marks the return of original member Zac Farro to the band, finds the now trio moving in a poppier direction, with '80s inspired singles "Hard Times" and "Told You So."

In other Paramore news, the band has announced the 2018 edition of their PARAHOY! fan cruise. The third edition of the event will set sail from Miami to the Bahamas on April 6, and will return on April 10. Visit Parahoy.com for ticket info.

Paramore will be playing ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! next Wednesday, May 17. They're also scheduled to play the Good Morning American Summer Concert Series August 25.

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Friday
May122017

Haim details new album, "Something to Tell You"

Columbia RecordsHaim has announced the details of their forthcoming new album, Something to Tell You. The sister trio's sophomore effort features 11 tracks, including the previously released singles "Want You Back" and "Right Now."

Something to Tell You arrives on July 7. Haim will be performing material from the album during their appearance on this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live, airing live coast-to-coast at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

Here's the Something to Tell You track list:

"Want You Back"
"Nothing's Wrong"
"Little of Your Love"
"Ready for You"
"Something to Tell You"
"You Never Knew"
"Kept Me Crying"
"Found It in Silence"
"Walking Away"
"Right Now"
"Night So Long"

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Friday
May122017

Avenged Sevenfold cancels Philly gig with Metallica after guitarist's wife goes into labor

Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has cancelled their opening set for Metallica at tonight's show in Philadelphia.  They've got a good reason -- the wife of guitarist Synyster Gates has gone into labor with the couple's first child.

"Sending love to our brother Synyster Gates, who flew home to be with his wife Michelle, who unexpectedly went into early labor with the birth of their first child," the band writes in a statement. "Unfortunately, this also means we won’t be able to play tonight’s gig with Metallica."

The Philly show will go on with Metallica and openers Volbeat. Avenged Sevenfold will return to the tour this Sunday, May 14 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

"Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the A7X family and thanks so much for your support and understanding," the band writes. "We'll see you all Sunday in New Jersey."

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Friday
May122017

Kelly Rowland admits it was difficult having sex after becoming a mother

Kelly Rowland and Tim Witherspoon; Uri Schanker/GC ImagesMother’s Day is more special for Kelly Rowland after she gave birth to her son Titan in 2014.  But she admits it was very difficult resuming having sex with her husband, Tim Witherspoon, after becoming a mother.

“I was ready to have sex and he was not,” she tells the Huffington Post. “I was thinking, what is the problem, and he wanted to be gentle. I was like was no, let’s get this party going.” 

Rowland says she also was shy about intimacy because she was concerned her weight gain may have made her less attractive.

“I remember I had a belly after I had my son, and I was actually body-shaming myself,” she says. ”Oh my gosh, am I sexy? My husband was like, ‘Absolutely,’ so he made me feel so comfortable. I adore him.”

For couples in a similar situation, Rowland advises, “You have to be ready, and I think that its something that you can only find between you and your lover and you see what works. You see what positions work. You see the things that really turn you on.”  

Rowland says communication is the key to resuming sex after childbirth.

“I think its important to have a strong support system whether that’s your partner, your husband, your spouse, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, whoever,” she says. “I think that you have to have a sounding board, somebody who you can talk to about everything. I felt like if I wanted anything, if I needed anything, I could tell him.”

Rowland and her husband celebrated their third wedding anniversary on May 9.

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Friday
May122017

Green Day, Foo Fighters to headline Mexico's Corona Capital festival

Frank Maddocks; © RingoThey will be will be rocking hard South of the Border this fall when Green Day and Foo Fighters headline the 2017 Corona Capital festival, scheduled for November 18-19 in Mexico City.

The Corona Capital lineup also features a variety of other alternative rock acts, including PJ Harvey, The xx, Cage the Elephant, Phoenix, Elbow, Alt-J, The Shins and Cold War Kids, among many others. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit CoronaCapital.com.mx.

Foo Fighters will play their lone U.S. tour date of 2017 later this month when they headline the BottleRock Napa Valley festival, held May 26-28 in Napa Valley, California. Green Day, meanwhile, will kick off a U.S. headlining tour in support of its new album, Revolution Radio, on August 1 in Auburn, Washington.

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Friday
May122017

Foo Fighters, Green Day to headline Mexico's Corona Capital festival

ABC/Travis BellMexico will be rocking hard this fall when Foo Fighters and Green Day headline the 2017 Corona Capital festival, held November 18-19 in Mexico City.

The Corona Capital bill also includes The xx, Cage the Elephant, Phoenix, Alt-J, The Shins and Cold War Kids, among others. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit CoronaCapital.com.mx.

Foo Fighters will play their lone U.S. tour date of 2017 later this month when they headline the BottleRock Napa Valley festival, held May 26-28 in Napa Valley, California. Green Day, meanwhile, will kick off a U.S. headlining tour in support of their new album Revolution Radio on August 1 in Auburn, Washington.

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Friday
May122017

Chris Stapleton dishes on his favorite background vocalist, and the mother of his children

ABC/Fred LeeWhile it’s easy to see that Chris Stapleton’s wife, Morgane, is an integral part of his sound, what many may not realize is that in the middle of touring together, the two are also raising two little ones, a son and a daughter.

When it comes to motherhood, Chris gives Morgane high marks, although he points out she’s no pushover.

“She's a great mother. Just like she is with all people, she's kind and generous with her time…” he says. “She'll make you toe the line, too,” he adds. “But all great moms are that way.”

As for the part Morgane plays in his success, Chris says he’s not kidding himself.

“I'm thoroughly convinced that sixty to seventy-five percent of the people would not come to the show if they didn't think that she was gonna be up there with me,” he laughs.

Chris’s sophomore album, From A Room:  Volume 1, which prominently features Morgane, was just released last Friday.

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Friday
May122017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Before she became Mrs. Chris Stapleton, the then-Morgane Hayes co-wrote this 2006 hit for Carrie Underwood. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Don't Forget to Remember Me."

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Friday
May122017

Pals Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles re-team for duet on Ingrid's new "Alter Egos" EP 

Cabin 24Ingrid Michaelson just released a new EP called Alter Egos, featuring reworked versions of five songs from her 2016 album It Doesn't Have to Make Sense.  Joining her on one track is her old pal Sara Bareilles.

The last time the two friends sang together was in 2008, when they teamed up to record a holiday duet called "Winter Song."  On Alter Egos, they duet on a stripped-down version of a song called "Miss America."

Other artists joining Ingrid on the EP include the bands AJR and Lucius, Canadian alternative pop duo Tegan and Sara, and singer/songwriter John Paul White, formerly of the Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars.

As for why Ingrid chose to release this EP, she says in a statement, “I wasn’t ready to head back into the studio to work on a new album just yet. But this idea, just having fun with some of my crazy talented friends, was a total dream."

She adds, "Each artist brought a fresh perspective to these songs that meant something so personal to me. It was really exciting to watch them turn into something new and special together."

Ingrid also has something else new and special she's working on: a semi-autobiographical half-hour comedy called The Way I Am, which will stream on Hulu.  She'll develop and star in the show.

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Friday
May122017

Nas jams with Jack White in clip from 'American Epic' documentary

Mark Horton/WireImageNas reached back to cover a 1928 blues song for a new PBS documentary.

The Illmatic rapper collaborated with rocker Jack White to perform “On The Road Again” by the Memphis Jug Band in a clip from American Epic, a three-part series that explores the the explosion of recordings of undiscovered talent from the Appalachians to the Mississippi Delta to Hawaii that first captured on record blues, country and gospel music.

"The Memphis Jug Band -- it sounds like something today," Nas says in the clip. "These guys are talking about women carrying guns, protecting their honor, chasing down some woman who's done them dirty. This is not high-society black folks. This is the down-under, street, wild black folks that they're singing about. And it's the same as today -- it's the same as rap music today.

Nas say he identifies with the Memphis Jug Band because the members were early pioneers of hip-hop.

"This music from Memphis-- they were rapping about street life and gangsta life and hustling – just a dark side of the world," he explains. "It just goes to show me that rapping is a natural, poetic thing. It's always been here. As long as there was English and black people, there was rap." 

American Epic airs next Tuesday, May 16 on PBS. The documentary will be accompanied by the concert film American Epic Sessions, which also features Nas. The film premieres June 6 on PBS. 

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Friday
May122017

Barry Manilow's life since he came out has been a "beautiful experience" 

STILETTO EntertainmentIn April, Barry Manilow revealed via People magazine that he's gay and has been with husband Garry Kief, whom he wed in 2014, for 39 years.  Now, the pop music legend says he's been genuinely surprised at how great his life has been since he came out.

Speaking to People, Manilow said, "It's turned out to be just great. I've really enjoyed it, most of all because the fans and the public have been so supportive."

Initially, Manilow told People that he kept his sexuality a secret because he thought his fans would be disappointed. But he says the reality has been quite the opposite.

"I thought, 'Oh, man, I'm gonna get a lot of negative stuff.' Not one negative letter, comment -- anywhere," he told People this week at the BMI Pop Awards, where received the Icon award. "These people, these strangers -- they care for me."

Barry then mused, "Isn't it odd? I'm just a musician who sings. And these people care about my happiness -- and that's what's been going on. It's been a beautiful, beautiful experience."

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Friday
May122017

Weezer, Cage the Elephant to headline 2017 LouFest 

ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer and Cage the Elephant will head to St. Louis this fall to headline the 2017 LouFest, held September 9-10.

Other artists playing LouFest this year include Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Mondo Cozmo, and Marian Hill. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit LouFest.com.

Both Weezer and Cage the Elephant have a number of festival appearances lined up for this year.  The former's schedule includes sets at Hangout, Boston Calling, Firefly and Bumbershoot, while the latter will be playing Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, among others.

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Friday
May122017

Lady Gaga launches her own set of emojis

ABC/Fred LeeYou now have a "million reasons" to text about your love of Lady Gaga. Following in the footsteps of of fellow stars Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian, the singer has launched her own set of emojis.  

The set, called GAGAmoji, includes some iconic Gaga imagery like her pink Joanne hat, as well as photos of the singer and key phrases like “SLAY” and “YAAAS GAGA.”

According to Business Insider, Gaga collaborated on the emojis with the mobile messaging company Snaps.

"Lady Gaga truly made these for her fans and was very involved in the actual creation of these," Snaps founder Vivian Rosenthal tells Business Insider. "…There's truly a GAGAmoji for every moment of life. These emojis are about being yourself and having fun."

The emojis are now available to download for iOS for $1.99.

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