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Monday
Sep242018

Weezer recruits "Weird Al" Yankovic to star in video for "Africa" cover

ABC/Randy HolmesIn case you thought we've reached peak "Weezer-covers-'Africa'-by-Toto," then wait until you see the video.

The new clip, streaming now on YouTube, is essentially a remake of Weezer's video for "Undone -- the Sweater Song," only with the one and only "Weird Al" Yankovic playing the role of Rivers Cuomo. And yes, you better believe there's an accordion solo.

As your undoubtedly aware, Weezer originally released their cover of "Africa" earlier this year following a long-running fan campaign. The track has become a bona fide hit for the band, giving them their first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 in nearly a decade. It also led to Toto themselves releasing a cover of Weezer's "Hash Pipe."

Weird Al joined Weezer on stage to play Africa during the band's show in Los Angeles last month.

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Monday
Sep242018

Panic! at the Disco cuts ties with guitarist after sexual misconduct allegations

C Flanigan/WireImagePanic! at the Disco has removed touring guitarist Kenny Harris from its lineup following allegations of sexual misconduct.

"Touring musician Kenny Harris will no longer be performing with us because of a personal matter," Panic! wrote in a statement.

The allegations surfaced online last week, and accused Harris of inappropriate communication with underage girls, including requesting provocative photos. 

Harris joined Panic! in 2013.

Panic! at the Disco's next scheduled date is October 6 in Sydney, Australia. The band will launch a U.S. tour behind their new album Pray for the Wicked in January.

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Monday
Sep242018

Bastille releases super-sad video for Marshmello collaboration, "Happier"

ABC/Randy HolmesHey, how'd you like to start your Monday as an emotional wreck? Then watch the new video for "Happier," Bastille's collaboration with hit-making DJ/producer Marshmello.

The clip stars a bullied young girl, played by former Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove, who finds comfort with her adorable golden retriever. Anyone who's read Where the Red Fern Grows or Marley & Me or any book that's centered around a relationship with a dog can probably guess what happens next. If not -- SPOILER ALERT -- the DOG DIES.  And yes, it's terrible.

If that's something you want to watch, you monster, the "Happier" video is streaming now on YouTube.

"Happier" follows Bastille's song "Quarter Past Midnight," the lead single from the band's forthcoming third album.

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Monday
Sep242018

Demi Lovato spotted out in public for first time since overdose

Safehouse/Hollywood/Island RecordsDemi Lovato was spotted out and about for the first time since her drug overdose in July.

In a photo reportedly snapped on Sunday and obtained by TMZ, the singer is seen smiling and chatting with a woman walking her dog. Demi was apparently taking a stroll, coffee in hand, near the rehab facility where she’s been recovering.

Today marks two months since she suffered a near-fatal overdose at her Hollywood Hills home.

Last week, Demi’s mom, Dianna De La Garza, spoke publicly about her daughter’s condition. She told Newsmax TV that Demi is doing “really well” and is “happy” and “healthy” as she works on her sobriety.

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Monday
Sep242018

Her show won't go on: Celine Dion will end her Las Vegas residency in June 2019 

Denise TruscelloCeline Dion's heart may go on, but her show won't.  The diva has announced that she plans to end her current Las Vegas residency show, Celine, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, next year.  She'll say "Au revoir" on June 8, 2019.

Tickets for the final performance, as well as additional 2019 show dates, go on sale this Friday starting at 10 a.m. PT.  The 2019 dates run from February 26 through March 16, and from May 14 through June 8.

"I definitely have mixed emotions about this final run,” Celine says in a statement. “Las Vegas has become my home and performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades." 

She adds, "It's been an amazing experience and I'm so grateful to all the fans who have come to see us throughout the years. Every show we do at The Colosseum throughout this fall, and right up until the final one, will feel very special."   

Including her first residency show, A New Day..., which debuted in 2003, Celine has been performing in Las Vegas for 15 years.  Since then, she's done 1,089 shows for 4.5 million fans during that time.

In a statement, Celine's concert promoter said the diva has "changed the landscape of entertainment in Las Vegas," adding, "What she started, as a crazy idea that didn’t make sense to a lot of people, has now become the norm.  Now everyone wants to perform a residency in Las Vegas!  All of us have Celine to thank for really making Las Vegas the entertainment capital of the world.”

The final 28 performances of Celine at The Colosseum going on sale Friday are:

February 2019:  26, 27
March 2019:  1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16
May 2019: 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31
June 2019:  1, 4, 5, 7, 8

The rest of Celine's dates for 2018, which are currently on sale, are as follows:

October 2018:  30, 31
November 2018:  2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17
December 2018:  28, 29, 31
January 2019:  2, 4, 5, 8, 11, 15, 16, 19, 20

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Monday
Sep242018

Listen now: Avenged Sevenfold shares updated version of "Mad Hatter" following complaints about mix

Credit: Jeff ForneyLast week, Avenged Sevenfold released a new track called "Mad Hatter." While fans were certainly pumped to hear a new song, that excitement was tempered a bit when some complained that the mix seemed off. As it turns out, the band members themselves shared those concerns, and have uploaded a new mix.

"We saw some complaints about the mix and we totally agree with you!" frontman M. Shadows wrote in a Reddit post. "We were pushing the limits in a lot of different ways and once the compression of streaming services and radio got a hold of it the clarity become muddied. I heard it on the radio and was like 'Oh S***!' The good news is we live in a world were you can quickly fix your mistakes and we have done just that."

The new mix will be available on streaming services and radio Monday.  You can download it for yourself now via Dropbox.

Avenged Sevenfold recorded "Mad Hatter" for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game, due out October 12. The band also wrote songs from the previous three Black Ops games; all four tracks are included on a new EP titled Black Reign.

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Monday
Sep242018

Sam Smith says he's "still trying to figure out" his relationship with his ex, Brandon Flynn 

Ruven AfanadorSam Smith broke up with his boyfriend of eight months, 13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn, in June, but he says he's still pondering what happened between them.

Speaking with the London Sunday Times Style magazine, Sam says, "Brandon was wonderful. I’m still trying to figure out what I took from that relationship and what it meant to me. It’s still quite raw. All my relationships have ended in a nice way, never nasty.”

While Sam won't spill on why the two split, he says in general, he's fine with the fact that their romance was splashed all over the papers.  "Seeing gay relationships [in a public way] is important and refreshing. You don’t see it loads," he explains.

And despite his heartbreak, Sam says he still loves the idea of being in love.

"I love sending flowers, leaving notes around the house and making thoughtful presents. I feel like I’m in a Richard Curtis film all the time," he tells Sunday Times Style, referring to the writer/director of Love, Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones's Diary.  "Which is bad, because I think everything should be like a movie and I get anxiety when it’s not."

Unlike some celebrities, Sam admits he doesn't use any dating apps, preferring to meet people "out and about" or "under disco balls."  But he claims he's not currently on the lookout for a new boyfriend.

"Right now, the thought of getting into a relationship is too much," says Sam.  "I just want to marry my job, work really hard and hopefully, when I’m not looking for [love], it will come.”

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Monday
Sep242018

Blake Shelton admits Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson may have an edge on "The Voice" thanks to "American Idol"

Art Streiber/NBCTonight, Blake Shelton kicks off season 15 of The Voice on NBC with two hours of blind auditions that start at 8 p.m. ET.

And as much as Blake hates to admit it, he believes fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson may both have a leg up on him and Adam Levine, thanks to their experience on American Idol.

"You know, I would like to think that just because Kelly and Jennifer came from another singing competition show that they wouldn't have an advantage, but I guess maybe they do a little bit," Blake confesses.

"I mean, Kelly won her first season as a coach on this show," he adds, "and that's tough to do. And I was definitely betting against her the whole time, and she proved me wrong for sure."

Blake remains the winningest coach in the history of The Voice. Still, he sees that Kelly and Jennifer have some invaluable insights that he lacks, thanks to their time on American Idol

"I guess it does, you know, [give you an advantage] to be able to relate to your contestant in a way that even I can't or Adam can't," he observes."Because they were under these spotlights and in front of the cameras on live television night after night, and they know what these artists are going through."

Two of Blake's country colleagues will be joining him when it comes time for the battle rounds this season. Keith Urban will advise Team Blake, while Thomas Rhett will be helping Team Kelly.

Kelsea Ballerini will also serve as the fifth coach on The Voice this season, as its companion series, Comeback Stage, debuts tonight on the show, before continuing online.

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Monday
Sep242018

Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThirty-two years ago this month, George Strait recorded this real-estate-themed hit at Sound Stage studios in Nashville. Can you name the #1 that was also the title of his album released in January of 1987? ANSWER: "Ocean Front Property."

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Monday
Sep242018

"Pretty Woman: The Musical" soundtrack, with songs by Bryan Adams, is out now

Atlantic RecordsPretty Woman is about a hooker who dreams of a better life who falls in love with a billionaire, right?  So imagine how Bryan Adams felt when he was hired to write songs for the Broadway musical based on the film -- and was told he couldn't use the words "love," "hooker" or "dreams."

"So how do you say, 'I wanna chase my dream,' without actually saying it?" Adams recalls.  He and his longtime collaborator Jim Vallance did it with a song called "Anywhere But Here," and you can hear it now on the original cast recording, which was released this past Friday.

That was just one of the challenges the duo faced while composing for Pretty Woman: The Musical during its years-long development process.  It was co-written by Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall, and Bryan got to work closely with him before Marshall died in 2016.

"It was his dream to make this into a Broadway musical, and I was really excited to be part of his dream," Adams tells ABC Radio. "And he'd sorta sketched out in his mind where he thought a song could go, so we sat down and in two weeks...we mapped out what was pretty much the roadmap for this musical."

The Canadian musician says he loves hearing the Pretty Woman cast sing his music, especially Samantha Barks, in the lead role of Vivian.

"I love the characters and...what they’re bringing to this," says Adams.  "In fact, so many times the singers and actors...have brought something much more interesting [to it] than what I would’ve. I mean, [when] Sam sings 'This Is My Life' -- the first time I heard it, I completely forgot that I had written it!"

Adams will release a new album where he does the singing early in 2019.

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Monday
Sep242018

Metallica announces 2019 European tour

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's world travels won't be slowing down any time soon. The metal legends have announced a 2019 European tour, set to kick off May 1 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The trek, which will feature support from Ghost, will hit 25 cities across 20 countries, including a stop at the historic Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland. For ticket info, visit Metallica.com.

As with their North American tour, Metallica will be offering the Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket for the European run, which gives you floor access to any show on the trek. Only 750 Black Tickets will be available, and they cost 598 euro, or just over $700.

Metallica's current North American outing continues this Wednesday with a hometown show in San Francisco, and will last into March of next year.

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Monday
Sep242018

Maroon 5-11: "Stranger Things" star Millie Bobby Brown raps with Adam Levine & the guys onstage

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBCStranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has shown off her rapping and singing skills during various TV appearances but on Sunday night, she took the stage to perform live for thousands of people.

The occasion was Maroon 5's concert at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN on Sunday.  Frontman Adam Levine welcomed the 14-year-old star onstage to rap Cardi B's part in their hit "Girls Like You."  You can watch footage of the moment on Millie's Instagram.

"soooo 2nite was insane!!! i love @maroon5 and my dear friend @adamlevine," she wrote.

Maroon 5 posted a photo of Millie taking a bow with the entire band, writing, "Living for moments like this. Thanks for popping by to sing #GirlsLikeYou with us @Milliestopshate."

Millie is one of the many famous females who appear in the star-studded video for "Girls Like You."

As for real Cardi B, TMZ is reporting she wants to perform "Girls Like You" with Maroon 5 at the Super Bowl halftime show but she's negotiating to do a solo set as well. 

Many fans have complained that since the Super Bowl is being held in Atlanta, a major center of hip-hop talent, the halftime show should have some kind of rap component.  TMZ says that Cardi's presence might quiet those complaints.

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Monday
Sep242018

Meet "The Beatles" again: "The White Album" reissue will be released November 9

Paul McCartney during a recording session for The Beatles. Abbey Road Studios. October 1968 Credit: © Apple Corps Ltd.The remastered reissue of The Beatles' self-titled 1968 double album, more commonly referred to as The White Album, can finally be yours on November 9

The feature-packed release, timed for the 50th anniversary of the original record -- which was actually released on November 22, 1968 -- boasts a 5.1 surround-sound mix, painstakingly assembled by audio experts at Abbey Road Studios in London.

The release comes in various packages, which you can preview thanks to a new trailer posted online.

There's a three-CD Deluxe edition, which includes demos and rare acoustic performances, as well as a poster. The seven-disc Super Deluxe edition contains that and more, including 50 studio session outtakes, as well as the album on 5.1 Blu-ray, featuring mono and stereo remixes of the record, plus a 168-page, photo-packed hardback book boasting details about the songs' origins.

Two separate vinyl versions also will be offered: one a double record like the original vinyl release, and the other a four-LP Deluxe collection.

Back in June, Paul McCartney told DIY magazine that the White Album reissue is, "very cool and it sounds like you're in the room." He explained of some of the demos, "you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon's] voice and a guitar. [It sounds] amazing."

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Monday
Sep242018

Drake cancels Miami shows after falling "so ill so fast"

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Drake was forced to cancel his Friday and Saturday concert dates in Miami after becoming "so ill so fast."

In an apology posted to his Instagram Story and shared on a Twitter fan page, the "In My Feelings" singer wrote, "I just wanted to say how sorry I am about those two Miami shows. I got so ill so fast and I had never experienced anything like that in my life. Unlike other show cancellations or date adjustments due to production issues, this one fell on me and I just want to apologize because I hate letting down anyone who come to share these moments with us."

"Thank you to the two doctors and nurse that helped me with round the clock care," he continued. "Miami deserves 100 percent and I promise that experience when we return. Thank you God for allowing me to recover and continue on we go!"

The Miami show dates have been rescheduled for Nov. 13 and 14.

Drake's concert in New Orleans on Monday is scheduled to go on as planned.

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Monday
Sep242018

Carrie Underwood makes country music history as "Cry Pretty" debuts at No. 1: "I couldn’t be more proud"

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Carrie Underwood has something happy to cry about. Her latest album Cry Pretty has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, making her the only female country artist to achieve the feat four times. 

Cry Pretty dropped on Sept.14 and has sold 266,000 equivalent album units. About 251,000 of that was traditional album sales.

“This album is so special to me for so many reasons and I couldn’t be more proud that people have embraced it the way they have,” Underwood told Billboard

Carrie's no stranger to the top of the chart. She’s topped the Billboard 200 three times before, with 2012’s Blown Away, 2009’s Play On, and 2007’s Carnival Ride.

“I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do, and I am incredibly grateful for the support of fans around the world that make it all possible,” she said. 

The album is the biggest week for any album by a woman this year and the largest for a country album in three years.

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Monday
Sep242018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers will perform their new collaboration, "This Feeling," Wednesday on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The Cash and Carter Family Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from Johnny and June's Table comes out on Tuesday. It was written by the legendary couple's only son, John Carter Cash.

Marty Robbins' classic, "El Paso," is the sole country track on the five-disc vinyl-boxed set that celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the 2008 debut of the AMC series Breaking Bad. The limited-edition release comes out November 30.

If you missed Jennifer Nettles doing her duet with Josh Groban, "99 Years," on Live with Kelly and Ryan, you can watch their performance online. The song is from Groban's new album, Bridges, which came out Friday.

Monday
Sep242018

Old Dominion uses their "Hotel Key" to unlock their latest #1

ABC/Mark LevineWith a talented group of writers like the guys in Old Dominion, inspiration can strike anywhere. 

The seed for their latest #1, "Hotel Key," was planted during an otherwise ordinary day on the road for Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and the rest of their band mates.

"You know, we travel a lot. Got hotel keys in our pockets all the time and one fell out of my pocket," Matthew explains. "And, you know, [I] just wrote down that title and then brought that thing into a write one day and Trevor said his wife actually does keep hotel keys. And it just felt like it would be a fun story to tell."

Matthew says it's also turned out to be a fun tune to play in concert.

"'Hotel Key' is a good little...dance number," he points out. "When we start playing it live, you start to see people dancing and...you know, we need some more uptempo stuff in our set... It’s fun to have a little dance tune there."

"Hotel Key" is the third #1 from OD's latest album, Happy Endings.

In April, Old Dominion picked up the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Group of the Year. Later this fall, we'll find out if they can take home its Country Music Association counterpart, as the 52nd CMAs air live November 14 on ABC.

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Monday
Sep242018

Rod Stewart's wife demands he apologize to Elton John for his jabs about the farewell tour

KMazur/WireImage for ChopardRod Stewart's in the doghouse with his wife...and with Elton John. Sir Rod recently teased his longtime friend -- who he calls "Sharon" and who calls him "Phyllis" in return -- about Elton's announcement earlier this year that his current tour will be his last.

Stewart admits to the Daily Telegraph, "He's really [upset] with me. 'Cause when he did announce [the tour], I sent him a text: 'What, again dear?' And I got nothing back!"

Rod says his wife Penny Lancaster "says I've got to phone him up. [And] I will get round to it."

Stewart says, "He's got two kids so I can understand why he wants to pack it in. 'Cause he's always worked harder than me. Wow, does he work hard!"

But then the singer threw shade at Elton again, saying, "But he only sings for 30 minutes [per show]."

The fur started flying between the old pals back in March, when Stewart appeared on Watch What Happens L!ve With Andy Cohen and called farewell tours in general "dishonest," adding "It stinks of selling tickets."

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Monday
Sep242018

"Pretty Woman: The Musical" soundtrack, with songs by Bryan Adams, is out now

Atlantic RecordsPretty Woman is about a hooker who dreams of a better life who falls in love with a billionaire, right?  So imagine how Bryan Adams felt when he was hired to write songs for the Broadway musical based on the film -- and was told he couldn't use the words "love," "hooker" or "dreams."

"So how do you say, 'I wanna chase my dream,' without actually saying it?" Bryan recalls.  He and his longtime collaborator Jim Vallance did it with a song called "Anywhere But Here," and you can hear it now on the original cast recording, which was released this past Friday.

That was just one of the challenges the duo faced while composing for Pretty Woman: The Musical during its years-long development process.  It was co-written by Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall, and Bryan got to work closely with him before Marshall died in 2016.

"It was his dream to make this into a Broadway musical, and I was really excited to be part of his dream," Bryan tells ABC Radio. "And he'd sorta sketched out in his mind where he thought a song could go, so we sat down and in two weeks...we mapped out what was pretty much the roadmap for this musical."

Bryan says he loves hearing the Pretty Woman cast sing his music, especially Samantha Barks, in the lead role of Vivian.

"I love the characters and...what they’re bringing to this," says Bryan.  "In fact, so many times the singers and actors...have brought something much more interesting [to it] than what I would’ve. I mean, [when] Sam sings 'This Is My Life' -- the first time I heard it, I completely forgot that I had written it!"

Bryan will release a new album where he does the singing early in 2019.

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Monday
Sep242018

As Jennifer Hudson returns to "The Voice," Kelly Clarkson can't play the "American Idol" card anymore

Art Streiber/NBCSeason 15 of NBC's The Voice kicks off tonight, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson returning from last season, and Jennifer Hudson back after last coaching on season 13.  Kelly says now she's at a disadvantage because, thanks to J-Hud's presence on the panel, she can't use the American Idol card to woo contestants to her team.

"One thing I had last season was, I could say, 'I’m from the reality competition world, I can help you out,' and now, y'know, Jennifer’s here," she laughs. "So I can’t use that in my bag. It’s gonna be hard to fight her for people!"

But despite the competition, Kelly's thrilled to have Jennifer on the lineup, calling her "remarkable," "a great human being" and "someone you actually want to barbecue with."

Adam's also glad to have Jennifer back. "She’s so cool, she’s so, like, amicable and fun and loving and sweet and hilarious and I love making her laugh," he gushes. "It’s a good foursome this year, for sure."

Both Kelly and Adam agree that the talent level this season is extremely high.

"It’s way crazier than it’s been in a long time," says Adam. "It’s always surprising to think, 'Oh wow! They still can find people that are so good.'" 

And Kelly notes, "It’s just more...'artists' this season. Like, it’s not just great singers, it’s like, artists that really I feel like they know where they wanna go. "

Kelly, whose team member Brynn Cartelli won last season, vows to change at least one thing this time around.

"The one thing I’m trying to do is cry less," she laughs. "‘Cause I’m very emotional and I’m touched by all things, especially after having children, so I can’t fight it. But I have been doing better!"

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