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Tuesday
Mar282017

Your chance to play with Lady A: The "You Look Good" hitmakers hunt for a horn section

Capitol NashvilleIf you’re a horn player and a Lady Antebellum fan, this could be the gig for you! Lady A is looking for a brass section to join them on stage during their September 9 show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

To audition, you just need to post a video on social media of you playing their horn-fueled hit “You Look Good,” using the hashtag #YOULOOKGOODonstage.

Hillary Scott says even as a little girl, she was always attracted to a horn section.

“One of my favorite songs that… would get me just dancing in the living room was 'Sir Duke' by Stevie Wonder…” she recalls. “And there's just something so cool about horns and how they transport you to this other place.”

Dave Haywood agrees the horns are the magic ingredient on Lady A’s lead single from their sixth album, HEART BREAK, which comes out June 9.

“It just takes the whole thing up a notch. They're just loud and in your face,” he says. “And it's just such a fun musical experiment and experience for us.”

Charles Kelley admits it has him wondering if there shouldn’t be more horns on more country songs.

“It's got kind of a seventies funk thing to it, you know, it needed horns…" he says of the band's hit. "We were laughing. You know, it was like, 'Man, can you put horns on a country song?' There used to be horns all over country,” he reminisces. “Johnny Cash, and you know, Ronnie Milsap. Even Brooks & DunnKenny Chesney, had some horns on some of their earlier records.”

You can find out more about Lady A’s contest on YouTube. Tickets for the Music City stop on their You Look Good World Tour go on sale this Friday.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

The Police's Andy Summers hopes new solo album will "tickle your ear in a different way"

Flickering Shadow ProductionsAndy Summers has just released a new solo instrumental album titled Triboluminescence, which finds the founding Police guitarist delving into a variety of exotic sonic landscapes and musical genres.

Summers tells ABC Radio that his album's unusual title is "a scientific word [that] means 'striking something to create light from dark,' which I thought was a very good metaphor for making music or any creative act."

Andy says that on the new album, he moved deeper into the direction he explored on his previous record, 2015's Metal Dog, incorporating such influences as jazz, West African and Indonesian music.

"I'm always trying to push on a bit rather than just resting on old sounds that certainly to my ear are becoming a bit cliche and a bit overdone," he explains about his solo work. "So, I personally feel my mission as a composer and as a creative musician is to search for new sounds."

"In my case, maybe it has been influenced by exotic sounds [I've heard while] traveling all over the world, including Africa, Southeast Asia, China."

Regarding his approach to creating his solo album, Summers notes, "In a way, I regard the studio as sort of a giant paintbox -- or you could call it a kitchen if you like -- where you mix all sorts of things together."

He says many of his solo pieces begin with him using devices and instruments to create interesting sounds that "tickle your ear in a different way."

Summers says he feels that a solo project like Triboluminescence, on which he played almost every instrument, is more personal than an album made with a variety of musicians.

Summers will support Triboluminescence with a brief South American tour that kicks off Friday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen’s new single is “Good Company,” from his American Love album.

The father of 90’s hitmaker Neal McCoy, “PeteMcGaughey, passed away on Saturday. He was 86.

You can check out Clint Black’s new episode of The Big Interview with Dan Rather on Tuesday: it premieres at 8 p.m. ET on AXS-TV.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will mark its 50th anniversary on April 1 by rolling back ticket prices to $1.50. That’s what it cost to get into the Hall when it opened in 1967. The first 5000 patrons will also get a commemorative Hatch Show Print.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Woman jailed for eight weeks for playing Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” on repeat 

Greg WilliamsShould liking Ed Sheeran too much be a crime? A woman in the U.K. has been jailed after playing Ed’s #1 hit “Shape of You” on repeat at top volume.

According to ITV, Sonia Bryce landed in court after driving her neighbors crazy by playing the tune on a loop for a half hour.

It apparently wasn’t the first time Bryce had caused problems in her neighborhood either. Her landlords had previously secured a court order barring her from creating a nuisance, but she repeatedly breached that court order and landed herself a six-week jail sentence last December.

This time, her landlords demanded she be jailed again, and a judge agreed, saying Bryce caused a "wholly unacceptable level of disturbance." She was sentenced to eight weeks behind bars.

In her defense, Bryce denied playing the Ed Sheeran tune, and insisted she “doesn’t even like” the song. But the court wasn’t buying it.

According to the Walsall Advertiser, Bryce, a mother of three, begged the judge not to take her away from her kids.  But the judge replied, "You must learn that you should behave as a reasonable and responsible adult, and not make life for your neighbors the misery that you have."

The judge added, "You have displayed nothing but violent animosity towards your neighbor, and I am quite convinced that you do not care...you do not behave like a civilized person."

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Tuesday
Mar282017

He's callin' you: R. Kelly remixes classic hit "Your Body's Callin'"

Randee St. Nicholas/ RCA RecordsR. Kelly has remixed his classic 1994 single "Your Body's Callin'," giving it a slower pace without abandoning its steamy vibe and lyrics. 

T-Town, the producers who worked alongside Kells to remix the track, tell the website ThisIsRnB that Kelly first came up with the idea for the song's remake back in 2012. 

"We did, like, over 30 unreleased songs with him as well as working on current new stuff," they said. "He is a working beast and King of R&B!" they said.

R. Kelly is headed back on the road next month until May for his AfterParty tour. Tickets are on sale now. 

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Swap your coloring book for a resume: Chance the Rapper needs an intern 

ABC/Image Group LAIf you're on the hunt for a job, here's an opportunity for you: Chance the Rapper needs an intern.

According to Chance, his future intern must be able to have "experience in putting together [Powerpoint] decks and writing proposals."  

Of course, dozens of fans have already tweeted the artist with their resumes, LinkedIn profiles and reasons why they should work for the "Juke Jam" artist. 

"Chance, I'm your perfect candidate for this position. Let's grab coffee and talk about why I'm the best fit," wrote one candidate, while another tweeted, "Chance! I currently work for Honest Tea! I really believe in your message and I would love to help you out in any way I can."  

The 23-year-old rapper-activist recently made Fortune magazine's fourth annual World's Greatest Leaders list at #46.  

He was praised by the publication for donation $1 million to Chicago Public Schools' arts and after-school initiatives, as well as releasing the first streaming-only album to be honored by the Grammys.  

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Green Day provides the "voice to join the resistance," says Billie Joe Armstrong

ABC/Randy HolmesGreen Day is currently on tour in support of their new album Revolution Radio, and the outing hasn't been without revolutionary speech.  Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has made his opinion about President Donald Trump well-known, and he says he's not afraid to speak his mind.

"I think we're in a crisis mode right now,"  Armstrong tells Rolling Stone. "For me, it's important to get back to fundamentally what it feels like to be an American. We all come from different backgrounds, but we come together and create this world. It's like a microcosm for the rest of the world."

"I want people to feel unity when they come to a show," he adds. "At the same time, I'm not going to [chicken] out on saying what I feel about [Trump] and his administration."

Armstrong feels that Green Day provides "a voice to join the resistance." Of course, the band isn't new to political commentary: their 2004 album American Idiot criticized the George W. Bush administration.

"Bush, as far as I'm concerned, is a war criminal," Armstrong says. "With Trump, we have no idea. Right now it's just a freak show."

Still, Armstrong is optimistic that his kids' generation, which he dubs the "Harry Potter Generation," will be capable of dealing with said "freak show."

"It's a classic tale of good versus evil," says Armstrong. "To have a role model like Harry Potter that says you can defeat evil, but still be a complicated human being...that gives me a lot of hope."

Green Day's U.S. spring tour concludes April 8 in San Diego, and the band will be back for a summer leg in August.

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Monday
Mar272017

Why Jason Aldean needs your help finding "honorary roadies"

ABC/Image Group LAEver since Jason Aldean lost a close friend to breast cancer just as he was enjoying his first taste of success, he’s been an avid supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation charity. So it’s no surprise the ACM Entertainer of the Year will continue that tradition when he launches the They Don’t Know Tour next month in Toledo, Ohio.

“As long as I’m doing what I’m doing, I will do what I can to fight breast cancer and celebrate its survivors,” he says. “We all know someone whose life has been changed by this terrible disease, so we’re going to treat as many survivors as we can this year with a night out to take their minds off everything else.”

The survivors will be Jason's "honorary roadies," and will receive concert tickets, VIP backstage access, and private meet-and-greets at many of his shows. You can nominate someone you know for the gig at Komen.org/JasonAldean.  

Jason will also continue to give a portion of each ticket sold to Susan G. Komen. So far, he’s raised more than $3 million for the cause. 

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Monday
Mar272017

Mick Fleetwood, Pat Benatar, Don Felder among stars set to perform at 2017 Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit

Courtesy of Acoustic-4-a-CureThe lineup has been revealed for the 2017 edition of Acoustic-4-a-Cure, the annual benefit concert co-founded by Sammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield.  Among the stars slated to take part are Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, and The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir.

As usual, Hagar also will perform at the show, although Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl will fill in for Hetfield, who will be on tour with Metallica in May. Other artists on the bill include Sarah McLachlan and and rock-guitar virtuoso Steve Vai.

Tickets for the Acoustic-4-a-Cure IV show will go on sale Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. PT via LiveNation.com. There's a two-ticket limit per person. In addition, a limited number of VIP packages will be available offering premium seats, a commemorative poster and T-shirt, complimentary food and drinks, and more.

The event features the various artists performing acoustically, and includes unique duets, jams and surprise guest appearances. The Acoustic-4-a-Cure concerts raise funds for and awareness of the pediatric cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco.

For more details, visit Acoustic4aCure.com.

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Monday
Mar272017

Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield announce 2017 Acoustic-4-a-Cure lineup; Dave Grohl stepping in for Hetfield

Courtesy of Acoustic-4-a-CureSammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield have revealed the lineup for the fourth annual edition of their star-studded Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert, which will take place May 15 at The Fillmore in San Francisco.

This year's event will see Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl filling in for Hetfield, who will be on the road with Metallica in May.  Also joining Hagar on the bill are The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Sarah McLachlan and Steve Vai, among others.

Tickets for the Acoustic-4-a-Cure IV show will go on sale Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. PT via LiveNation.com. There's a two-ticket limit per person. In addition, a limited number of VIP packages will be available offering premium seats, a commemorative poster and T-shirt, complimentary food and drinks and more.

The event historically has featured the various artists performing acoustically, and includes unique duets, jams and surprise guest appearances. Founded Hagar and Hetfield, Acoustic-4-a-Cure raises funds for and awareness of the pediatric cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco.

For more details, visit Acoustic4aCure.com.

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Monday
Mar272017

Desiigner feels the spirit of the "Holy Ghost" on new track

ABC/Randy HolmesDesiigner wants to put Rihanna "all in designer" as he says goodbye to "the poor life" in his new song, "Holy Ghost." 

The track also features the 19-year-old rapper giving a shout out to Drake, and the late MMA fighter and boxer Kimbo Slice

"'Member days, the kick door life/Keep a salad, f*** the poor life/'Stafa, I be feelin' like Mustafa, hey/My son is Simba n*****, call 'em finish hittas/I got getters get us," Desiigner rhymes. 

Desiigner's Outlet tour begins April 2 in Seattle and continues into May, finishing at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON.    

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Monday
Mar272017

Danzig's Blackest of the Black festival to include "sacrifice altar," "bondage stage" & more 

Michael Tran/FilmMagicGlenn Danzig has announced the details of his first Blackest of the Black festival, held May 26-27 in Silverado, California.

In keeping with Danzig's aesthetic, the festival will feature an attraction called Castle Danzig, which a press release describes as "a fully immersive walkthrough experience of agony, ecstasy and more," all based on the musician's own graphic novels. Inside Castle Danzig you'll find a "sacrifice altar" a "padded cell" and, um, a "bondage stage."

As for the music at Blackest of the Black, the band Danzig will perform a headlining set at the festival. Additional performers include Suicidal Tendencies, Ministry and Atreyu, among others.

For all your Blackest of the Black needs, visit BlackestFest.com.

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Monday
Mar272017

Chase Bryant and Lindsey Ell are red carpet ready for this Sunday's ACM pre-show

ABC/Image Group LA If you don’t want to miss a second of the action at this Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, you’ll want to be sure to tune in for the pre-show.

ACM Red Carpet Live will stream exclusively on Twitter starting at 6 p.m. ET, lasting until the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards starts at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Chase Bryant and newcomer Lindsay Ell will host from the Xfinity stage, with singer Jessie James Decker and actor AJ Gibson at the T-Mobile Stage. You can watch at ACMAwards.Twitter.com.

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Monday
Mar272017

Royal Blood rocks the studio in album teaser clip

Credit: Eliot Lee HazelRoyal Blood has shared a new clip teasing their forthcoming sophomore album. In the 50-second video, the British duo bring you inside the recording studio as they work on their track "Where Are You Now?", which they released last year for the now-cancelled HBO show, Vinyl.

Last December, Royal Blood shared a teaser clip hinting that a new album would arrive in 2017. The band's self-titled debut album, which boasted the singles "Figure It Out," "Little Monster" and "Out of the Black," was released in 2014.

Royal Blood will make their live return to the U.S. this summer with festival appearances at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.

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Monday
Mar272017

Twenty One Pilots announces run of intimate hometown tour dates

Image Group LA/ABCTwenty One Pilots spent the last year touring arenas, but they'll be going back to the venues where they started this summer for a batch of intimate shows in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

The three-show run, officially dubbed the Tour de Columbus, will kick off June 20 at a venue called The Basement. It continues June 21 at the Newport Music Hall and wraps up June 22 at Express Live.

For an opportunity to buy tickets for the Tour de Columbus shows, you'll need to register through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program, which you can access via TwentyOnePilots.com. Registration will close this Tuesday, March 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Earlier this month, Twenty One Pilots concluded their North American Emotional Roadshow tour in support of their smash album Blurryface. They're currently on tour in Australia, but they'll return to the U.S. in May to headlinine the Hangout, Sasquatch! and Firefly festivals.

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Monday
Mar272017

Enrique Iglesias to celebrate Mexican Independence Day weekend in Vegas

Courtesy Caesars EntertainmentSpring's only about a week old, but Enrique Iglesias already knows what he's doing in September.

The singer will perform at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a third straight year to celebrate Mexican Independence Day weekend.  He'll perform September 15 and September 16, with tickets going on sale this Friday, March 31 at noon PT. Visit AXS.com or The Colosseum.com for more information.

Enrique recently announced a joint tour with Pitbull that will kick off June 3 and wrap July 6.

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Monday
Mar272017

John Legend is bringing "Darkness and Light" to Europe this fall

ABC/Eddy ChenOrdinary people in Europe will be able to enjoy John Legend live onstage this fall. The entertainer has added a slew of European fall dates to his previously announced Darkness and Light tour. 

The tour starts September 8 in Scotland, and will find John performing in the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and France.  

Tickets go on sale this Friday.

The announcement follows the "All of Me" crooner's Disneyland Paris appearance the theme park's 25th anniversary celebration over the weekend -- at the event, John performed "Beauty and the Beast."   

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Monday
Mar272017

Jason Mraz to celebrate 40th birthday at the Hollywood Bowl 

Jen RosensteinJason Mraz has been staying low lately, but he's heading back out on the road for a brief tour that will include a special birthday concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Jason's tour gets underway June 16 in Tucson, AZ, and is mapped out through June 25.  On June 23, Jason will celebrate his milestone 40th birthday with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  It'll be his third headlining show there -- his previous two appearances sold out.

Tickets for the tour, which also includes an appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, go on sale Tuesday, March 28. Visit JasonMraz.com for full details.

In a message on his website, Jason says, "Music makes everything better. That’s why I wear headphones when I roam city streets and airports. And it’s why I can’t go too long without playing live shows."

He adds, "If you too are in the mood for a summer sound bath, consider joining Jason’s Jam Session this June...We’ll be rolling back the set list and debuting some new tunes -- covering 17 years worth of la la la’s and love songs."

Here are the tour dates:

6/16  -- Tucson, AZ, Centennial Hall
6/17  -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino
6/18  -- Telluride, CO, 44th Telluride Bluegrass Festival
6/20  -- Salt Lake City, Red Butte Garden
6/23 --  Los Angeles, CA, The Birthday Party and Concert at the Hollywood Bowl
6/25 --  Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre at Ironstone Vineyards

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Monday
Mar272017

My Old Steer: Zac Brown brings home an impressive rodeo souvenir

Photo Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and RodeoNot only did Zac Brown Band play the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this weekend, but Zac also bought himself a pretty impressive souvenir.

Zac and his wife Shelly were one of three couples who chipped in to buy the Junior Market Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Raised by 16-year-old Stock Martin of Hereford, Texas, the prize steer went for a cool $330,000.

ZBB’s new single, “My Old Man,” is currently in the top-25. The Houston Rodeo cranks up again next year from February 27 - March 18.

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Monday
Mar272017

She's irreplaceable: Teenage Beyoncé fan dies days after wish to chat with superstar comes true

ABC/Image Group LAHouston high school student Ebony Banks has died, four days after her final wish to speak to Beyoncé was granted, according to The Hollywood Reporter

As previously reported, Ebony, who was battling a rare cancer that had progressed to stage four, was contacted by the superstar last Wednesday via Facetime.  

Alief Independent School District spokeswoman Kimberly Smith tells THR that Ebony passed away late Saturday night.

Her last wish was to meet Queen Bey, and thanks to the help of classmates and friends who made up the #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE social media hashtag, her wish came true. Ebony's nickname was "Ebob."

Bey told Ebony that she loved her during their intimate online conversation. 

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