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Monday
May222017

Katy Perry says she was "caught in a vicious cycle" with men

Rony AlwinKaty Perry's love life has been somewhat tumultuous: her brief marriage to Russell Brand ended in divorce; she dated John Mayer on and off for several years before splitting with him for good, and she split up with Orlando Bloom in March after 10 months of dating.  Now, Katy says she's learned her lesson.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about how she's grown as a person in the last few years, Katy says, "I've surrendered. I've healed some of my issues with my family, with my relationships."  The singer adds that she's gone through an "emotional and spiritual transformation."

"I think I've had a really delicate dance with gentleman and was caught in kind of a vicious cycle for a while. All of them were lessons and they were all trying to teach me something, and I did learn a lot," she says. "But I feel now, more than ever, I broke the cycle."

Katy says her new album Witness reflects her new outlook.  "It's revealing, very vulnerable, very empowering. But very raw in a beautiful way."  

The album is out June 9.

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Monday
May222017

As Normani heads to the finals, Val plans to guest on a Fifth Harmony track 

ABC/Craig SjodinTonight is the start of the Dancing with the Stars two-night finale, and Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei is one of the three finalists all competing for the Mirrorball Trophy.  Normani and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy have captivated audiences all season with their flawless footwork, but Val says he hopes to continue hanging out with Normani and Fifth Harmony in the future.

"I have a lifetime ticket for free, for the rest of my life for Fifth Harmony," Val laughs. "I better!" 

"Yeah," agrees Normani. "He's like a fifth member!"

Of course, Fifth Harmony used to actually have five members, but Camila Cabello left last year for a solo career.  The group has continued on as a quartet, and has a new album coming later this year.

Meanwhile, Val says that after the finale, in order to keep hanging out with Normani and the girls, he may show off his rapping sills.

"It won't hopefully be the last time we're gonna dance together and perform," he laughs. "Who knows? Maybe I'll do a feature on one of their tracks!"

If it seems unlikely that a professional ballroom dancer like Val can also rap, think again. 

Normani laughs, "No! He has bars, too!

The Dancing with the Stars finale kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Monday
May222017

New compilations by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and other Stax acts released to mark label's 60th anniversary

Rhino Entertainment/Concord Music GroupIn honor of the 60th anniversary of Stax Records, Rhino Entertainment and Concord Music Group have partnered to launch a yearlong celebration of the legendary Memphis soul label.

The initiative begins today with the release of series of single-artist compilations dubbed Stax Classics, including albums focusing on Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the M.G.'s and Carla Thomas.

Each retrospective features 12 memorable tracks and newly penned liner notes, and is available on CD and as a digital download for $9.98.

Stax Classics: Otis Redding features such enduring hits as "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," "Try a Little Tenderness" and "Respect." The Sam & Dave collection includes the duo's signature tune "Soul Man," as well as "Hold On! I'm a Comin'" and "I Thank You."

The Booker T. & the M.G.'s best-of features the Stax house band's smash instrumentals "Green Onions" and "Time Is Tight." Stax Classics: Carla Thomas boasts Thomas' 1966 top 20 hit "B-A-B-Y" and her memorable duet with Redding, "Tramp."

Stax Classics compilations focusing on The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, William Bell and The Dramatics and others also are available now.

In addition to the Stax Classics collections, a variety of albums from the Stax catalog will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl for a list price of $21.98. The first wave of these vinyl discs will arrive on June 23 and include Soul Men by Sam & Dave, Green Onions by Booker T. & the M.G.'s and a 50th anniversary, gold-vinyl edition of Otis Redding and Carla Thomas' King and Queen.

Another round of vinyl reissues from Redding, Sam & Dave, Thomas and Booker T. & the M.G.'s will hit stores on July 7.

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Monday
May222017

Talking Heads approve of new Selena Gomez single that samples their classic song

Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Image Group LA/ABCIf the pulsing bass line featured in pop star Selena Gomez's new single "Bad Liar" sounds familiar, that's because it's taken directly from the influential new-wave group Talking Heads' classic 1977 tune "Psycho Killer." Thanks to the sample, the band's founding members -- singer/guitarist David Byrne, bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz -- were given partial songwriting credit on "Bad Liar," and now all three musicians have shared their feelings about Gomez's song.

Byrne posted a message on his official Facebook page that reads, "I really like the song...and her performance too."

Frantz, who is married to Weymouth, sent an email to Variety that reads, "So great to hear the legacy of our song, 'Psycho Killer,' and Tina's legendary style of bass playing, quoted so prominently. Was a big surprise and a delight to learn that a new generation is getting introduced to both."

Weymouth added, simply, "It's good to be appreciated."

Gomez co-wrote "Bad Liar" with her frequent collaborators Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, as well as songwriter/producer Ian Kirkpatrick.

Tranter admitted to Variety, "Selena, Julia and I are all Talking Heads-obsessed."

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Monday
May222017

Muse promises more one-off singles ahead of next album

Credit: Danny ClinchLast week, Muse premiered a new track called "Dig Down," and while the British rockers won't be releasing a full album in the near future, frontman Matt Bellamy promises that the band plans to continue sharing one-off singles.

"The good thing is we're gonna put out songs like 'Dig Down' ahead of the album," Bellamy tells the U.K.'s Radio X. "We're going to put out at least another three songs...or even more ahead of the next album coming out.

"People are going to see into the creative process as we're writing and recording the songs, and we're going to put them out quite soon after," he adds.

Bellamy estimates that the next Muse album will arrive sometime in 2018. "Even though the overall album will be a long wait, some of the songs are going to be available way ahead of that," he says.

In less happy Muse news, Canada's Pemberton Music Festival, which the band was scheduled to headline, has been cancelled, as the event has declared for bankruptcy. For more info, visit PembertonMusicFestival.com.

Muse is currently on a North American tour alongside Thirty Seconds to Mars.

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Monday
May222017

Tinashe's "Flame" remix is fire

RCA RecordsTinashe's song, "Flame," has gotten the remix treatment from popular DJ-producer Kaskade. Kaskade's version of the track, however, doesn't overpower the 80's flavor of the popular single. 

Tinashe has experienced several career highs this year so far, including a guest arc appearance on Empire and the opportunity to perform "America the Beautiful" at Wrestlemania 33 in April. 

You can buy and stream Kaskade's remix of "Flame" now. Tinashe's long-awaited sophomore album, Joyride, is expected to arrive later this year. 

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Monday
May222017

Gunshots false alarm prompts reports of "stampede" from Future show at Brooklyn, NY venue

ABC/Randy HolmesThe good news is, those loud noises during Future's concert in Brooklyn Friday night were not gunshots.  Even so, enough fans thought they might be to prompt what some were calling a stampede for the exits as the show wrapped up.

“There were no gunshots tonight inside the arena. A loud noise during load out caused concern while fans exited the venue," read at tweet later from the official Barclay's Center twitter.  "Get home safely.”

 

 

Even so, there was concern enough that first responders were dispatched.  Fan-recorded video shows EMS apparently treating at least one person outside the venue.

 

 

In a statement to Vibe, an NYPD spokesperson backed the Barclay's statement, saying in part: “As people were exiting the Barclays Center, there was music playing over the PA system. The song that was playing had the sound of gunshots at the end. In addition, the stage was lowered and it came down faster than normal causing a loud metal on metal crashing sound. These sounds coupled together startled some people and they began to exit quicker than normal."

The statement concludes: "There was no stampede and no injuries due to anyone getting trampled. There were a couple of reported minor injuries where people sprained or twisted their ankles while they were trying to quickly exit.”

After the concert Friday, apparently apropos of who knows what, Future himself tweeted, "u gotta live in the moment,No Regrets. Enjoy."

 

 

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Monday
May222017

Harry Styles' self-titled debut enters at #1, sets new record

Columbia RecordsHarry Styles' self-titled debut album was only going in One Direction: straight to number one.

The critically acclaimed disc entered the Billboard album chart at #1 with 230,000 equivalent album units sold. Of those, 193,000 were traditional album sales. That means he's just set a new record for the biggest debut sales week for a British male's first full-length album since 1991, when Nielsen started keeping track of this stuff. The previous record-holder was Sam Smith, whose 2014 debut In the Lonely Hour sold 166,000 copies.

Harry's also only the second British male artist to debut at #1 with a solo album. The first was his former bandmate Zayn Malik, whose debut Mind of Mine entered at #1 in 2016

One Direction is now one of the few groups to have more than one member score a solo #1 album.  Other groups who have achieved this: Destiny's Child, The Beatles and Blind Faith.

Elsewhere on the chart, Paramore's new album After Laughter enters at #6, and Machine Gun Kelly scores his third top 10 album with Bloom, debuting at #8.

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Monday
May222017

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: The Magenta Carpet

Many big names who pCourtesy Dick Clark Productionserformed at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas skipped the red carpet -- for example, Lorde, Celine Dion, Cher, Drake and Miley Cyrus were nowhere to be seen.  But there were plenty of folks who did stop to chat on the magenta carpet on their way into the show.

DJ Khaled was his usual positive self, talking about how delighted he was that "I'm the One," his superstar collaboration with Justin Bieber, Quavo and others, had debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  It was Khaled's very first #1 hit. "Tears came to my eyes, I kissed my son, it's just unbelievable," he told ABC Radio.

Because so many winners were announced before the show, Machine Gun Kelly already knew that he and Camila Cabello had lost the Best Rap Collaboration award, but he said he didn't mind -- he was just happy to be at the event. "I'm just happy to be nominated for our first time [for "Bad Things"], I'm just happy a lot of my personal friends are performing and having a big moment," he told ABC Radio. "It just seems like a burst of something new is happening."

Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix recently released a solo single, but she's not leaving the group.  However, she spoke about the fact that another member, Avi Kaplan, recently announced he was leaving to spend more time with friends and family.  "We're all sad, we're a giant family, so it's definitely hard. It was a hard decision," she said. "And it'll definitely be hard to replace him."

Hailee Steinfeld recalled that at the Billboard Music Awards two years ago, she was celebrating the success of the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack.  Now, she's celebrating wrapping Pitch Perfect 3, as well as the fact that she's now a recording artist with several hits under her belt.  She said that experience came in handy while filming PP3. "I was like, 'I know how to work this stage now, I've done this a couple times!'" she laughed.

Chris Daughtry co-hosted the Billboard Music Awards red carpet pre-show and he told ABC Radio that he's going into the studio on Monday to start recording the next Daughtry album. He also spoke about the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who died last week in an apparent suicide. "He was a huge inspiration to me...I was fortunate enough to meet him once and pick his brain a little bit," he told ABC Radio. "It hit me hard...It's a heartbreaking situation."

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Monday
May222017

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: Son of Biggie meets son of Celine

Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsIt was a second generation meeting of the minds backstage at Billboard Music Awards Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Sunday would have been the 45th birthday of the late Notorious B.I.G., who was killed 20 years ago.  His friend Sean Diddy Combs paid tribute to Biggie on stage, and also brought out Biggie's son, C.J. Wallace. Diddy also introduced a clip of his new documentary Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story, which will be out on Apple Music on June 25.

When Diddy and C.J. came backstage to talk about the documentary, they were greeted on the backstage "winner's walk" by none other than Rene Charles Angelil, the teenage son of Celine Dion.  He had come with his mother, who was performing, but specifically wanted to meet Diddy and get a photo.  He also greeted C.J. warmly -- the two young men hugged, and C.J. even suggested they collaborate one day.

By the way, Michael Jackson's son Prince Michael Jackson also came backstage, but unfortunately, he didn't get to meet Rene and C.J...which would have been pretty awesome.

C.J., a musician and actor, said he considers Diddy to be a mentor. "He was there for my dad so I definitely want to get those jewels, the same jewels that my father got," he told ABC Radio. "We definitely been spending a lot more time together lately and building on the relationship."

"When he was younger, I didn't see him a lot but now that he's older, our relationship is really starting to develop," Diddy added. "...I'm just getting the blessings to be able to hang out with him, and it's just been so rewarding."

Desiigner, who won two awards last night, was standing backstage next to Diddy and C.J. and he couldn't believe it.

"I'm standing right next to my man P.Diddy, the legendary!" Desiigner told ABC Radio, when asked who he'd gotten to meet. "I'm shouting out Big, man, for his birthday...to Drake, man...everybody, baby!"

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Monday
May222017

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: Florida Georgia Line tease more collaborations

Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsAt the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night in Las Vegas, Florida Georgia Line won the award for Top Country Song for "H.O.L.Y." and also performed with John Legend.  Performing with artists outside their genre is nothing new for FGL -- they've collaborated with Nelly, The Chainsmokers and The Backstreet Boys too. And, it seems, more collabos are coming.

Backstage,  FGL's Brian Kelley told ABC Radio why their music seems to work with many different genres. 

"Our influences are kinda all over, they always have been," he explained. "We try to keep an open mind and work hard and always expand our knowledge of music, and what's current, and what feels good and what sounds right.  We got a couple more collaborations coming, can't really talk about 'em, but we're gonna keep droppin' 'em on the world!"

His partner Tyler Hubbard, meanwhile, talked about how meaningful it is that they won an award for "H.O.L.Y."

"It's really special.  That's been a special song ever since the first time we heard it," he told ABC Radio. "So to be able to celebrate that tonight at the Billboards and to be able to perform it with John was a really special night for B.K. and I both, and something we're gonna take home and never forget."

Florida Georgia Line will perform on ABC this Friday as part of Good Morning America's summer concert series, and they're bringing their pal and tourmate Nelly along for the fun.

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Monday
May222017

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: Celine Dion Leads Backstage Dance Party

ABC NewsCeline Dion may be a music legend, but she's also a music fan.  That's why she stopped everything backstage at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas to check out Cher's performance on a nearby monitor.

As Cher performed her huge hit "Believe," Celine and all the reporters gathered around the monitor.  Celine started to sing along, and so did all the reporters.  Soon, everyone was singing and dancing to the song, which Cher performed before she accepted the Billboard ICON Award.  It was the award that Celine herself received last year.  Celine -- as well as everyone else -- marveled that Cher is 71 years old.

Celine gave a memorable performance herself, though: in honor of the 20th anniversary of Titanic, she performed "My Heart Will Go On" wearing an incredible white dress designed by Stephane Roland, with a deep plunging V and massive puffy shoulders that looked like clouds.  Backstage, she told reporters that her stylist presented her with 15 racks of clothes to choose from. But, Celine says, "When I saw those clouds, I said 'Done!'" 

Celine also recalled that initially, when she first heard "My Heart Will Go On," as performed by its composer James Horner, she hated it and didn't want to record it.  But her husband persuaded her to go into the studio and record a demo version, just to see what it sounded like.  That's the version that became the Oscar-winning hit we all know and love.

"I'm so glad that none of them listened to me that I didn't wanna record it," she told reporters.  "Thank God."

During her performance, she said, she thought there were technical issues because all of a sudden, she couldn't hear herself very well. It turned out that was because the audience was singing so loud.

"Everybody was singing like the biggest choir in the world," she said. "The people here tonight...they really made it."

Afterwards, Rachel Platten made her musical dream come true when she approached Celine for a photo -- she called her "my idol."

Celine's son Rene Charles was with her last night, and at one point, he came backstage himself so he could meet the son of another music legend: C.J. Wallace, whose father was the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. It would have been his 45th birthday yesterday.  Rene and C.J. embraced and spoke about collaborating, but it's not clear on what.

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Monday
May222017

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: Celine Dion & Cher wow the crowd with iconic performances

Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsThe 2017 Billboard Music Awards aired live on ABC from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, and the night was full performances -- both on-site and on location.

Nicki Minaj opened the show with a four-song medley complete with costume changes and special guests including Jason Derulo, David Guetta and Lil Wayne. She kicked off the performance with “No Frauds,” then did “Light Up My Body” and “Swalla” before closing out with “Regret in Your Tears.”

Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello delivered her first performance as a solo artist singing her two new tunes, “I Have Questions” and “Crying in the Club.”

Miley Cyrus also gave her debut performance of her new single, “Malibu,” and it was surprisingly tame. She kept things casual in a white off-the-shoulder midriff-baring top, white cutoff shorts, beige hat and boots. Miley even got emotional at the end of performance, as balloons rained down on the crowd.

Lorde gave what was perhaps the most unique performance of the night, singing her song “Green Light” as if at lonely karaoke night. With a set that that resembled a dimly lit karaoke booth, Lorde sang in front of a TV screen flashing her lyrics and only turned to face the crowd at the end.

Not all the performances were confined to Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. Ed Sheeran was patched in from his concert in Santiago, Chile to give a rousing rendition of “Castle on the Hill” using his signature looping machine.

Drake performed “Gyalchester” from the middle of the Bellagio fountain surrounded by flaring pyrotechnics. And Bruno Mars appeared from a stage in Amsterdam to perform his sultry jam “Versace on the Floor.”

But it was two singing legends who ultimately stole the show: Celine Dion and Cher.  First, Celine brought the arena to tears with an emotional performance of “My Heart Will Go On” in honor of the 20th anniversary of Titanic. She belted the classic underneath a giant chandelier wearing an angelic white dress with voluminous sleeves.

Later, Cher -- who received the Icon Award from Gwen Stefani -- proved she’s in better shape than most of us during her first awards show performance in 15 years. Cher, who just turned 71 the day before, wore a barely-there silver sparkly fringe number and a platinum blond wig to perform “Believe.” Then, she turned back time with a throwback performance of “If I Could Turn Back Time,” wearing the same iconic look from the song’s 1989 music video.

The night's lineup also included the following performances:

The Chainsmokers, “Young”
Halsey, “Now or Never”
Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
Julia Michaels, “Issues”
John Legend and Florida Georgia Line, “Surefire” and “H.O.L.Y.”

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Monday
May222017

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: Drake nabs 13 awards to break Adele’s record

Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsDrake really made a splash at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards last night -- in more ways than one. He not only delivered a one-of-a-kind performance in middle of the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas, he also beat Adele’s record for the most Billboard awards won by an artist in a single year.

The rapper took home 13 trophies, including the biggest award for Top Artist. It was his speech after collecting the award for Top Billboard 200 Album, for Views, that generated the most buzz. In it, he flirted with host Vanessa Hudgens, telling her she looked “incredible,” and squashed his beef with the show’s other host, Ludacris.

But Nicki Minaj’s reaction to Drake complimenting Vanessa was perhaps the best part. She yelled in mock-outrage, “What about me?!” Drake, of course, did praise Nicki as well in his speech saying, “To Nicki Minaj, I’m so glad we found our way back, and I love you, and I couldn’t see it any other way.”

And after accepting the Top Artist prize, Drake brought his whole crew on stage and called Nicki “the love of my life.”

The Chainsmokers were the other big winners of the evening, picking up Top Hot 100 Song, Top Collaboration and Top Dance/Electronic Song for their collab with Halsey, “Closer.” They also won Top Dance/Electronic Artist.

Also during the show, P. Diddy took the stage to honor what would have been the Notorious B.I.G’s 45th birthday. He got the crowd on its feet and brought out Biggie’s son CJ Wallace before debuting the official trailer for his new documentary Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story.

And in another moment honoring an artist gone too soon, Imagine DragonsDan Reynolds led the crowd in a moment of silence for Chris Cornell, who died earlier this week of an apparent suicide.

The three-hour show was broadcast live on ABC.

Here's the list of winners for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards:

Top Artist
Drake

Top New Artist
Zayn

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity
Twenty One Pilots

Top Male Artist
Drake

Top Female Artist
Beyonce

Top Duo/Group
Twenty One Pilots

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Drake

Top Hot 100 Artist
Drake

Top Song Sales Artist
Drake

Top Radio Songs Artist
Twenty One Pilots

Top Streaming Songs Artist
Drake

Top Social Artist
BTS

Top Touring Artist
Beyonce

Top R&B Artist
Beyonce

Top R&B Tour
Beyonce

Top Rap Artist
Drake

Top Rap Tour
Drake

Top Country Artist
Blake Shelton

Top Country Tour
Kenny Chesney

Top Rock Artist
Twenty One Pilots

Top Rock Tour
Coldplay

Top Latin Artist
Juan Gabriel

Top Dance/Electronic Artist
The Chainsmokers

Top Christian Artist
Lauren Daigle  

Top Gospel Artist
Kirk Franklin

Top Billboard 200 Album
Drake, Views

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album
Hamilton: An American Musical

Top R&B Album
Beyonce, Lemonade

Top Rap Album
Drake, Views

Top Country Album
Chris Stapleton, Traveller  

Top Rock Album
Metallica, Hardwired…To Self Destruct

Top Latin Album
Juan Gabriel, Los Duo 2

Top Dance/Electronic Album
Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough

Top Christian Album
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be

Top Gospel Album
Tamela Mann, One Way

Top Hot 100 Song
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, "Closer”

Top Selling Song
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Radio Song
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”

Top Streaming Song (Video)
Desiigner, "Panda"

Top Collaboration
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”

Top R&B Song
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”

Top R&B Collaboration
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”

Top Rap Song
Desiigner, “Panda”

Top Rap Collaboration
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Top Country Song
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”

Top Country Collaboration
Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”

Top Rock Song
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

Top Latin Song
Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”

Top Dance/Electronic Song
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”

Top Christian Song
Hillary Scott & The Family, “Thy Will”

Top Gospel Song
Travis Greene, “Made a Way”

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Monday
May222017

See first trailer for "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story"

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCLeave it to Sean "Diddy" Combs to use his appearance on the Billboard Music Awards to promote a new project.

The mogul announced from the stage in Las Vegas that he'd dropped the first trailer for Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story, a documentary about his Bad Boy Records label and it's legacy.

The documentary debuted last month at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The trailer features a number of record industry notables praising the mogul as a visionary -- including industry execs like Jimmy Iovine and Clive Davis as well as artists like Mary J. Blige, whose work Puffy executive produced even before founding Bad Boy Entertainment.  The clip also shows highlights from his own career as an artist, and of course remembrances of the night Bad Boy artist The Notorious B.I.G. was killed.

The movie will be released June 25 on Apple Music.

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Monday
May222017

Funeral for Chris Cornell to be held Friday

ABC/Randy HolmesLate Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be laid to rest Friday at a private ceremony in Los Angeles, his attorney told Variety on Sunday.

Cornell will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  A public memorial may be be held at some future time, but the attorney said that nothing had been decided on that score yet.

Cornell died Wednesday after a Soundgarden show in Detroit. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the cause of death was suicide by hanging, but Cornell's widow has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death.

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Monday
May222017

Could Chris Janson's "Fix a Drink" be the song of the summer? 

ABC/Image Group LA Chris Janson is hoping his new single, “Fix a Drink,” is one you’ll have on repeat this summer.

Ironically, the infectious tune came to life during a session where the “Buy Me a Boat” hitmaker and songwriter Chris DuBois just weren’t getting anywhere.

“[We] were sitting on the back porch… smoking cigars, drinking Mt. Dews and we were working on a song and trying to woodshed one out…” Janson recalls. “And he goes, 'Hey man, screw this. I got something!'”

“And he… played me a little snippet of what they had. All they had literally was 'I can fix a drink,’” Chris says, singing the song’s hook. “Half of it was mumbling, and I went 'Oh my God, that's smash! I just love it!'"

One of the reasons Chris loves “Fix a Drink” so much is that it bears a certain similarity to the song that put him on the map.

“With 'Buy Me a Boat'… when every country audience that you play for, they're like, 'Oh, I know that song.' And even people who don't know my face know the song. It's crazy,” he says of the reaction to his chart-topper from 2015.

“And I remember how cool that felt having a song like that, and a song that organically grew like 'Buy Me a Boat.' And I kinda just had the notion that 'Fix a Drink' may be that sort of song.”

The five-song Fix a Drink EP comes out June 9, with Chris’s sophomore album to follow later this year.

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Monday
May222017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks will play four shows at the Forum in Los Angeles starting July 21. He and wife Trisha Yearwood will do Friday and Saturday concerts during the last two weekends of July.  

Gary Allan’s new single, “Mess Me Up,” is available to stream or download now.

Billy Ray Cyrus continues to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Achy Breaky Heart” with an appearance on NBC’s Today show next Thursday. You can also download a new reggae take on the song that features Latin star Jencarlos Canela.

Martina McBride will be honored with the 2017 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award Wednesday, June 21 at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards in Nashville.

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Monday
May222017

Former Foreigner/King Crimson member Ian McDonald's new band, Honey West, releases debut album

Readout RecordsEx-Foreigner/King Crimson multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald latest musical project is Honey West, which has just released its debut album, Bad Old World.

For McDonald, getting involved in the new band was as easy as crossing the street. He tells ABC Radio that he joined Honey West after befriending his New York City neighbor Ted Zurkowski, a Shakespearean actor-turned-singer/songwriter.

"Ted and I used to live literally across the street from one another, and…we got talking and I discovered that Ted had a band," McDonald tells ABC Radio. Ian says he liked the group and Zurkowski's "energy and charisma," but felt they were "a little rough around the edges," something he thought he could help with.

McDonald and Zurkowski soon began co-writing songs, and those tunes make up the bulk of Bad Old World. In contrast to King Crimson's prog-rock and Foreigner's arena-rock sounds, Honey West is inspired by such groups as The Kinks, The Move and Mott the Hoople, with some punk-rock energy thrown in.

The punk influence is most prominent on lead single "Dementia." You can check out an official video for the tune on YouTube.

McDonald produced Bad Old World, while also contributing lead guitars, keyboards, flute, saxophones, clarinet and more. In addition, Ian recruited old friend Steve Holley, formerly of Wings, to play drums on most of the tracks. Longtime Joe Jackson bassist Graham Maby also guests on the record, while McDonald's son, Maxwell, plays bass on three tunes.

Ian tells ABC Radio that Bad Old World was conceived as a cohesive album, "with an arc and a flow, mood changes and key changes."

Honey West will celebrate Bad Old World's released with an intimate show at the New York club Bowery Electric on Wednesday, May 24. Find out more details at HoneyWestMusic.com.

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Monday
May222017

Hey "American Idol": Adam Lambert loves "critiquing with positivity"

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteEver since ABC announced plans to reboot American Idol, speculation as to who would judge the show has been non-stop.  Katy Perry is the only name confirmed so far, but there are rumors that former contestant Adam Lambert might sit behind the table, too.  Adam says at this point, the fact that his name is in the mix doesn't surprise him.

"Every time Idol is casting a judge, there’s a rumor about me," he tells ABC Radio, laughing. "So I mean, yeah, I’m flattered that people associate me so closely. It’s really great."

Adam says he's interested in the job because he recently served as a judge on The X Factor in Australia.

"I had such a great time helping young talent discover who they wanted to be as an artist and get to from point A to be B and be the best that they could be," he tells ABC Radio. "And I think that’s the most exciting thing about these talent competition shows...critiquing with positivity and getting them better."

"So yeah, I would love to do it again," he adds. "It would be awesome."

While we wait for another announcement, Adam plans to spend the summer touring with Queen, and, he says, "I am working on new music, I've been working the past six months, I'm really excited."

When can we hear it?  He teases, "I think something will be out...soonish."  

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