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Friday
Dec152017

The 1975 surprise-releases new live album, "DH00278" 

Credit: Vijat MohindraSurprise! The 1975 has released a new live album. The 24-track compilation, titled DH00278, is available now via digital outlets.

DH00278 was recorded during The 1975's show at The O2 in London last December. You can also watch the entire concert on Vevo.

In addition, The 1975 is working on their new album Music for Cars, the follow-up to 2016's I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Music for Cars is due out in 2018.

Here is the DH00278 track list:

"The 1975"
"Love Me"
"Ugh!"
"Heart Out"
"A Change of Heart"
"An Encounter"
"Robbers"
"I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It"
"M.O.N.E.Y."
"Undo"
"Milk"
"Loving Someone"
"She's American"
"Please Be Naked"
"Lostmyhead"
"Somebody Else"
"Fallingforyou"
"Paris"
"Girls"
"Sex"
"Medicine"
"If I Believe You"
"Chocolate"
"The Sound"

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Friday
Dec152017

Sam Smith, John Legend, Chris Martin & more to participate in "Elton John: I'm Still Standing -- A Grammy Salute"

Joseph GuayIn January, two days after the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Elton John will be saluted at a Grammy tribute concert which will air as a CBS-TV special later in 2018.

Sam Smith, John Legend, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Miley Cyrus, Kesha and country stars Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Little Big Town will all take part in Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A GRAMMY Salute.  They'll perform Elton's hits at the show, which will be held January 30 at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.  Tickets for the concert go on sale Monday, December 18 at noon, ET via Ticketmaster.

“Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, in a statement.

“His creativity, dynamic presence and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is pleased to honor his immeasurable contributions to the music community.”

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Friday
Dec152017

Listen up: Ed Sheeran, Andrea Bocelli release "Perfect Symphony" collaboration

Atlantic RecordsEd Sheeran has made good on a promise to BBC Radio 1 to make something, "more for my dad's generation" -- a duet of "Perfect," partially in Italian, with opera superstar Andrea Bocelli.

"Perfect Symphony," which Ed described "just a little present for Christmas," can now be unwrapped by fans.   

Ed hopes the classed-up "Perfect" will ensure that he'll achieve the honor of scoring the U.K. "Christmas number one," which is a big deal across The Pond.

Previously, Ed released a duet version of "Perfect" with Beyonce, which topped the Billboard Hot 100.

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Friday
Dec152017

Nashville notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Newcomer Kassi Ashton is the newest artist signed to UMG Nashville. Look for the debut single from the Missouri native on MCA Nashville sometime in early 2018.

California native Tyler Rich has signed both recording and publishing contracts with Big Machine.

You can check out the new lyric videos for both Keith Urban’s “Female” and Luke Combs’ “One Number Away” on YouTube now.

If you missed Vince Gill and Amy Grant’s Christmas segment from their Nashville home on the Today show Thursday, you can watch it online.

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Friday
Dec152017

Johnny Mathis says his new box set "The Voice of Romance" is "the most wonderful thing" that's ever happened to him

Legacy RecordingsA truly massive box set covering Johnny Mathis' 60-plus-year career has just been released titled The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection. The package features a 68 CDs spanning from Johnny's 1956 self-titled debut through his recently released Johnny Mathis Sings the Great New American Songbook.

Mathis tells ABC Radio that he's extremely excited that such an anthology has been compiled.

"It's the most wonderful thing that could've ever happened to me as a singer over the years, a legacy of my career," the 82-year-old crooner gushes. "It's such a blessing, I cannot tell you."

Reflecting on the expansive collection, Mathis muses, "I kind of wonder how I had the time to do all of this. I guess the reason that it exists is that I started at such an early age."

Of The Voice of Romance's 68 discs, 62 have been newly remastered and 25 appear on CD for the first time. Also included are two previously unreleased albums: I Love My Lady, recorded in 1981 with Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards; and The Island, a 1989 collaboration with Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes.

Mathis says he loved the material that he recorded with Rodgers and Edwards, saying working on the funk-flavored tunes was "a challenge for me, but Nile and Bernard were right there guiding me along the way."

While Mathis is known best for romantic ballads, the box set shows that he branched out into various genres during his career, often following current musical trends.

An example of that is Mathis' latest album, a project guided by music mogul Clive Davis that finds Johnny interpreting tunes by such contemporary artists as Adele, Pharrell Williams and Bruno Mars.

Watch a video of Mathis "unboxing" The Voice of Romance at JohnnyMathis.com.

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Friday
Dec152017

Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui says her collaborations are "a chance to discover who I am as an individual artist" 

Courtesy of ULTRA RecordsCamila Cabello may be riding high on the chart right now as a solo artist, but she's not the only member of Fifth Harmony who's scored a hit apart from the group in the past year.  Lauren Jauregui landed in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "All Night," her collaboration with superstar deejay Steve Aoki.  Lauren calls this sort of musical team-up a "practice round" for her.

In addition to her Aoki collabo, Lauren has appeared on various tracks with Marian Hill, Ty Dolla $ign and Halsey over the past year or so.

"These individual projects are more just a chance to explore myself and to discover who I am as an individual artist," Lauren tells ABC Radio. " 'Cause I started when I was 16, and I never really got a chance to delve into that part of me."

"So this has been an exploration for me of just working with different people and seeing what it is that we create together," Lauren adds. "'Cause I love collaborative art and I'm excited to work on my own art some day." 

She laughs, "So, this is a practice round for me!" 

That being said, right now there are no plans for Lauren to launch a solo career apart from Fifth Harmony.  The group plans a tour next year in support of their self-titled third album, which debuted in the top 5.

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Friday
Dec152017

Seal's kids love his holiday hits, want a whole Christmas album from dad

ABC/Lou RoccoIn 2015, Seal had a big holiday hit with "This Christmas," and now he has another one with "Let It Snow."  But Seal says if it were up to his family, he'd have already made a whole holiday album.

"It's not something that I've given a great deal of thought to," Seal says. "Though having said that, my kids, every year, they say, 'You know, you should do a Christmas record! You should do more Christmas songs!'"

"Let It Snow," along with "The Christmas Song," are both featured on Seal's latest album, Standards.  He says cut the former quickly -- "literally, it was two, three takes."

He laughs, "The funny thing is...'Let it Snow' is actually one of the best vocals on the album! Maybe because I was just having fun, and just doing without 'doing,' without thinking."

But Seal had to think alot to tackle the non-Christmas songs on the record -- made famous by artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby -- because each song's lyrics tell a very specific story.

"There's this narrative that's constantly taking place, and that I found to be the most challenging part of this whole...process," he explains. "Not just learning the songs, but to really sing them...to sing them as though they were events that happened in my own life."

Seal says fans seem to like his new musical direction.  At a recent show, he performed the material with an orchestra, and the audience took to its feet.

"That was the first time [during the show] that they were actually standing," he recalls. "[At first], everyone sat and listened.  And at the end of it they were there for literally about ten minutes doing a standing ovation, and it was the first time I'd ever experienced anything like that." 

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Friday
Dec152017

Diddy wants "peace, happiness, love" for his kids

David Becker/Getty Images via ABCIf there's one thing -- or rather, four things -- Sean "Diddy" Combs wants for his six children, he tells Vogue in a new interview for the fashion magazine's "73 Questions" video series that it's "peace, happiness, love.  ...I want it all for my kids."

Diddy also offers several nuggets of wisdom throughout the interview, including the advice he gave Beyoncé and JAY-Z when they had twins, as a father of twin daughters himself. 

"Get ready for double the love," he told them. 

When asked what he thinks Biggie Smalls' legacy is, Diddy declared it's "that he is the greatest of all time." 

In addition, Diddy also says his favorite Grammy he's ever won was for Hip Hop Album of the Year, for his debut studio album, No Way Out, which was released in 1997. 

You can watch Diddy answer Vogue's 73 questions on Vogue.com and YouTube now. 

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Friday
Dec152017

MAJOR. releases remix of "Why I Love You," but recalls Patti LaBelle's love for the original version

ABC RadioMAJOR. is back with a remix of his debut single, "Why I Love You," with the help of Shaggy and musical duo Rock City

But the NAACP Image Award-nominated artist still remembers the time last year when none other than Patti LaBelle told him how much she loved the original version.

Initially, MAJOR. recalls, Stevie Wonder had predicted that "Why I Love You" would be "the wedding song of the year." "It literally became that," he adds. 

"Then a couple weeks later I get a call from Patti LaBelle, who fell in love with the song, and then she started singing it on tour and her fans became fans of mine."  

MAJOR. also says that Patti's love for his music didn't just stop at his track "Why I Love You." 

She also became a huge fan of his other hit single, "Honest," to the point where the icon decided to get in touch with him to literally sing her praises about it. 

"I get a call from Patti's PR person, well a text, saying, 'Patti called you and she said she wanted to tell you how great your song was, but you never called her back. I'm like, 'I don't have Patti LaBelle's number!'" 

"As soon as she got on the phone with me the second time, she starts singing, 'I just wanna be honest.' A lot of people try to script those moments, but this stuff is unscripted and it's crazy how it ends up happening." 

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Friday
Dec152017

David Byrne lines up brief 2018 US tour; new album on the way?

Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesFormer Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has scheduled a brief series of U.S. shows that will take place in various cities throughout the Northeast. The trek kicks off March 3 in Red Bank, New Jersey, and is mapped out through a March 10 concert in Kingston, New York.

Byrne suggests in a post on his Twitter feed that the shows will be quite the spectacle.

"We'll be doing some new songs, & many others that will, I assume, be familiar," David writes. "I'm excited. This is the most ambitious show I've done since the shows that were filmed for [the 1984 Talking Heads concert film] Stop Making Sense, so fingers crossed."

Byrne is also slated to perform at a handful of international festivals next year: Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago on March 16; Lollapalooza Argentina in Buenos Aires on March 18; the INmusic Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, on June 25; and the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, on July 6.

Meanwhile, a Reddit forum called r/indieheads recently reported that it had come upon an Amazon listing -- which has since been removed -- accepting pre-orders for a new Byrne album titled American Utopia with a March 9, 2018, release date. David's most recent studio album was 2012's Love This Giant, a collaboration with St. Vincent.

Here are all of Byrne's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

3/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/4 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Art
3/6 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
3/7 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre
3/9 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
3/10 -- Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center

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Friday
Dec152017

Linkin Park's "One More Light Live" arrives today 

Warner Bros. RecordsLinkin Park's new live album One More Light Live is out today. The 16-track collection was recorded earlier this year on what ended up being Chester Bennington's final tour with the band before he took his own life July 20.

While announcing One More Light Live, Linkin Park dedicated the album to Bennington, who died just a week before the band was scheduled to kick off another North American tour.

"The shows we played together during the early summer of 2017 were extraordinary," Linkin Park said. "Chester shared with us that he felt this was the best tour we had ever done. The camaraderie and joy we experienced on stage reflected our deep connection with each other, with our fans, and with the music."

One More Light Live includes performances of songs from Linkin Park's new album One More Light -- released just two months before Bennington's death -- as well as past hits like "Numb," "Crawling" and "In the End."

The band previously shared an intimate live video for "Crawling," which showed Bennington reaching over the barricade to sing the song in the crowd.

Here is the One More Light Live track list:

"Talking to Myself"
"Burn It Down"
"Battle Symphony"
"New Divide"
"Invisible"
"Nobody Can Save Me"
"One More Light"
"Crawling"
"Leave Out All the Rest"
"Good Goodbye" feat. Stormzy
"What I’ve Done"
"In the End"
"Sharp Edges"
"Numb"
"Heavy"
"Bleed It Out"

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Friday
Dec152017

FGL's Tyler Hubbard is ready to show his soft side, as he becomes daddy to a little girl

ABC/Image Group LA As Florida Georgia Line works on their fourth studio album and prepares to open a new creative complex in Nashville, Tyler Hubbard has another major project in the works:  He and his wife Hayley are preparing to welcome their firstborn any day now.

Though the two were initially told they were having a boy, Tyler tells ABC Radio he’s now really looking forward to having a daughter.

“We’re both so, so excited, especially Hayley,” he says. “I think it’s gonna be amazing to have a little mini-Hayley running around the house. So, you know, I’m prepared to become very, very soft. I know that’s gonna happen,” he smiles.

But Tyler admits he’s going to try not to be a total pushover when it comes to his little girl.

“I’m still gonna, you know, try to be a good disciplinarian and all that good stuff,” he adds. “But we’re excited. December 20 couldn’t get here fast enough. So we can’t wait.”   

Tyler and his musical partner Brian Kelley are set to perform on the Hollywood portion of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018. You can watch for FGL starting at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, December 31 on ABC.

Thursday
Dec142017

Listen to Iggy Pop's cover of "Peaky Blinders" theme song, "Red Right Hand"

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Pop has released a cover of the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds song "Red Right Hand," which serves as the theme for the BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders. The track, which Pop recorded with Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, is available now for digital download.

"Red Right Hand" was recorded by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It's previously been covered by Arctic Monkeys and PJ Harvey.

In other Iggy Pop happenings, the Godfather of Punk has teamed up with boardshort-enthusiasts Billabong to create his own apparel line. To see what that looks like, visit Billabong.com.

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Thursday
Dec142017

Is Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn joining her on tour?

TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift will be hitting the road next year and she’ll reportedly be taking her boyfriend with her.

Us Weekly reports that her British actor beau Joe Alwyn will be joining Taylor for a few stops on her upcoming Reputation world tour.

“[Taylor’s] gonna be on tour soon and Joe will be there, and she realized there’s no point in not living her life,” a source says. “All her friends know about their relationship anyway. She feels confident in their relationship and Joe really loves her. She really thinks he might be the one.”

The insider adds that Taylor has been enjoying keeping the relationship private.

“She loves that he is confident and has his own career,” the source says. “She also likes that he doesn’t seek attention and is low-key.”

Tickets for Taylor’s Reputation tour went on sale yesterday, her 28th birthday. The tour kicks off next spring.

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Thursday
Dec142017

U2 talks Trump's influence on new album, future plans in new "Billboard" cover story

Joe Pugliese/Courtesy of BillboardAfter scoring its eighth #1 album on the Billboard 200 this past week with Songs of Experience, U2 appears on the cover of the latest issue of the publication. In an accompanying story, the Irish rockers discuss the new record, their recent successful tour celebrating The Joshua Tree's 30th anniversary and their upcoming plans.

The release of Songs of Experience was said to have been delayed because the band felt it needed to rework some of its new tunes following the election of Donald Trump and the political upheaval in other parts of the world.  Bono confirms that in the story.

"I don't think [Experience] would have been the same album, strangely, without Trump threatening to blow up the world with a tweet," Bono tells Billboard.

The singer also says that U2's new songs display a more inclusive theme: "There's no 'them,' there's only 'us.'"

Meanwhile, bassist Adam Clayton says U2's recent Joshua Tree anniversary trek gave him a new appreciation for the band's hit 1987 album.

"At the time The Joshua Tree came out, I don't really remember it, because it was such an amazing year, and [we were] just getting through the days and shows and performing to the maximum of our abilities," Clayton explains. "I feel like I missed out on how important those songs were for the audience."

U2 will launch a new tour in support of Songs of Experience in May, but Clayton says after that trek winds down, "I think we will probably take a bit of time out from doing anything in terms of live shows."

Guitarist The Edge, meanwhile, reveals to Billboard that he's already "working on some new ideas and compositions," although he doesn't know yet whether the songs will be earmarked for a new U2 project.

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Thursday
Dec142017

"The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal" doc, featuring members of Metallica and Megadeth, coming to DVD in January 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal, a documentary about the scene that gave rise to bands including Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, will be released on DVD January 19.

The film, which is narrated by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, features interviews with Metallica's Lars Ulrich and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, plus members of Alice in Chains, Anthrax, Body Count and Suicidal Tendencies.

The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal is part of the Inside Metal documentary series. A second part of the film will hit DVD at a later date.

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Thursday
Dec142017

Snowmen don't "Live Forever": Liam Gallagher voices a melting Frosty in climate change awareness video 

Warner Bros/Parlophone RecordsLiam Gallagher lends his voice to "The Very Hot Snowman," a climate change awareness video from the U.K.-based organization The Climate Coalition.

The animated clip begins with a happy snowman celebrating the wintry holiday season, before melting underneath a hot sun.

"In the grand scheme of things, our Earth is too hot, and it's getting even hotter," Gallagher says in a voice-over. "Our seasons are getting confused, lots of birds are nesting earlier, and spring flowers are coming out too soon. This is what climate change looks like."

"It's affecting so many of the things we love, both here in our own backyards and around the world," he continues. "But we have hope, because we know that together we can protect them if we act now and everyone does their bit."

Gallagher released his debut solo album, As You Were, earlier this year.

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Thursday
Dec142017

Morgan Evans slows it down in new "Kiss Somebody" video

ABC/Image Group LAIn the new video for Morgan Evans’ debut single, the leading man initially loses out on a chance to “Kiss Somebody” after a date.  But thanks to a serenade from the Aussie singer/songwriter and some extreme slow-motion, the wanna-be Romeo is able to double back and make good on the smooch.

You can check out the “Kiss Somebody” video at CMT.com now.  In real life, Morgan has been kissing somebody himself:  Kelsea Ballerini, whom he wed December 2 on the beach in Mexico. 

It’ll be a busy 2018 for the couple:  Morgan heads out on the Down Home Tour with Cole Swindell in January, before hitting the road on Chris Young’s Losing Sleep World Tour in April.

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Thursday
Dec142017

U2 talks Trump's influence on new album, future plans in new "Billboard" cover story

Joe Pugliese/Courtesy of BillboardAfter scoring its eighth #1 album on the Billboard 200 this past week with Songs of Experience, U2 appears on the cover of the latest issue of the publication. In an accompanying story, the Irish rockers discuss the new record, their recent successful tour celebrating The Joshua Tree's 30th anniversary and their upcoming plans.

The release of Songs of Experience was said to have been delayed because the band felt it needed to rework some of its new tunes following the election of Donald Trump and the political upheaval in other parts of the world.  Bono confirms that in the story.

"I don't think [Experience] would have been the same album, strangely, without Trump threatening to blow up the world with a tweet," Bono tells Billboard.

The singer also says that U2's new songs display a more inclusive theme: "There's no 'them,' there's only 'us.'"

Meanwhile, bassist Adam Clayton says U2's recent Joshua Tree anniversary trek gave him a new appreciation for the band's hit 1987 album.

"At the time The Joshua Tree came out, I don't really remember it, because it was such an amazing year, and [we were] just getting through the days and shows and performing to the maximum of our abilities," Clayton explains. "I feel like I missed out on how important those songs were for the audience."

U2 will launch a new tour in support of Songs of Experience in May, but Clayton says after that trek winds down, "I think we will probably take a bit of time out from doing anything in terms of live shows."

Guitarist The Edge, meanwhile, reveals to Billboard that he's already "working on some new ideas and compositions," although he doesn't know yet whether the songs will be earmarked for a new U2 project.

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Thursday
Dec142017

Queens of the Stone Age "Ellen" appearance canceled

Credit: Andreas NeumannQueens of the Stone Age had been scheduled to perform on The Ellen Degeneres Show on Thursday, but the appearance has apparently beeb canceled in the wake of frontman Josh Homme kicking a photographer during a Los Angeles show last weekend.

According to the Ellen website, only Will Smith appeared on today's episode. It's unclear whether the producers canceled the performance, or if the band themselves voluntarily pulled the plug. 

During a concert in L.A. on Saturday, Homme kicked photographer Chelsea Lauren, who suffered neck and head injuries as a result. Homme has since offered a written and video apology. His appearances on the BBC children's program Bedtime Stories have been postponed.

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