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Monday
Jun172019

I want it: Lorde's next album is "in the oven"

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCLorde has confirmed that she's working on her next album.

In a since-expired Instagram Story, captured by the @LordeDaily fan account, the New Zealand singer-songwriter reveals that her third record, the follow-up to 2017's Melodrama, is "in the oven."

Lorde made the announcement on the two-year anniversary of the Grammy-nominated album Melodrama, which spawned the lead single "Green Light." In the post, she thanked fans for their support of the album.

"Want to say thank you for how you took that record and made it your own," she wrote. "Swells my damn heart thinking about your love for it and your willingness to go there with me and to dance the way we did together."

Last November, Lorde  said she hadn't yet "started properly" on the new album, but had "little bits" of ideas forming. She added that she'd be "keeping it simple" with the the material, which would likely be more piano-based.

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Monday
Jun172019

Morgan Evans brings his World Tour back home to the U.S., after selling out Down Under 

ABC/Image Group LA After selling out multiple dates in his native Australia, Morgan Evans is extending his World Tour into the U.S. and Canada later this year.

All in all, Morgan will do 26 shows in eight countries on the tour, which kicks off September 3 in Dublin, Ireland. Pre-sales for the new dates start on Wednesday, before tickets become available to the general public on Friday.

This summer, Morgan is out with Rascal Flatts on their Summer Playlist Tour.  His latest single, “Day Drunk,” just broke into the top 25.

Here are the new additions to Morgan Evans’ World Tour:

11/6 -- Vancouver, BC, Venue
11/7 -- Kelowna, BC, OK Corral Cabaret
11/8 -- Calgary, AB, Cowboys Dance Hall 
11/9 -- Edmonton, AB, Cook County Saloon
11/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
11/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
12/5 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony
12/6 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
12/7 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
12/12 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Varsity Theatre
12/13 -- Chicago, IL, Joe’s on Weed Street
12/14 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone

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Monday
Jun172019

Management contract that the original Beatles lineup signed with Brian Epstein to be auctioned in July

Courtesy of Sotheby's

The original management contract that The Beatles signed with Brian Epstein in January 1962 is going up for bid at an online-only auction hosted by Sotheby's in London that's scheduled to run from July 1 to July 9.

The document, which was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and original Beatles drummer Pete Best, is estimated to sell for between 200,000 and 300,000 pounds, or $256,000 to $385,000 USD.

The contract gave Epstein the responsibility of finding gigs for the band, as well as handling the group's publicity and managing its schedule. The agreement also tasked Brian with advising the band "on all matters concerning clothes, make-up and the presentation and construction of the [group's] acts."

Epstein's fee was set at 10 percent, rising to 15 percent if the band began earning more than 120 pounds a week -- a figure that McCartney had negotiated down from 20 percent.

The contract was signed less than three months after Brian first went to watch The Beatles perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, U.K. Epstein had been running his family's popular record shop in the city, but was so impressed with the group's performance and charisma that he decided offer the band his services as manager.

Interestingly, Brian never signed the contract himself, explaining in his biography that he wasn't completely confident that he'd do a good job managing the band, and "wanted to free the Beatles of their obligations if I felt they would be better off."

After Best was replaced by Ringo Starr, The Beatles signed a new contract with Epstein. That document sold at a 2015 Sotheby's auction for more than $550,000.

Brain managed The Beatles until his death in 1967 from an overdose of sleeping pills.

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Monday
Jun172019

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this month, Eddy Raven hit #1 on Billboard's Hot Country songs chart with this south-of-the-border-themed hit. Can you name the tune that was his first of six chart toppers? ANSWER: "I Got Mexico."

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Monday
Jun172019

Radiohead's Thom Yorke announces North American solo tour 

Credit: Alex LakeRadiohead frontman Thom Yorke will hit the road this fall on a North American solo tour.

The headlining outing begins September 26 in Laval, Quebec, and will come to a close October 29 in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 21 via Radiohead's WasteHeadquarters.com website.

According to a press release, Yorke will be playing material from his two solo albums -- 2006's The Eraser and 2014's Tomorrow's Modern Boxes -- and from the Atoms for Peace record Amok, as well as "new and unreleased material." Cryptic advertisements seemingly teasing new Yorke music have started to pop up around the world, including in London and Milan.

Yorke is also playing at this year's Austin City Limits festival.

Here are Thom Yorke's North American tour dates:

9/26 -- Laval, QC, Place Bell
9/27 -- Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena
9/29 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
9/30 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live!
10/4 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
10/9 -- New Orleans, LA, Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts
10/11 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/18 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre
10/20 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
10/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Orpheum
10/22 -- Portland, OR, The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/25 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
10/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre

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Monday
Jun172019

Adele gushes about "getting drunk" with the Spice Girls: "I can't believe how far I've come"

Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesMost Adele fans know how much the superstar loves the Spice Girls, so it was a dream come true for her to attend the closing night of the British girl group's reunion tour in London a few days ago.  But she didn't just attend the show -- she got to hang out with Scary, Sporty, Baby and Ginger, too.

"Oiii last time I saw the Spice Girls at Wembley was 21 years ago!" Adele captioned a series of photos and videos of herself and her friends on the way to the show, dancing and singing to "Spice Up Your Life" and more.

"Tonight with my nearest and dearest i cried, laughed, screamed, danced, reminisced and fell back in love with my 10 year old self," she continued. "It’s no secret how much I love them, how much they inspired me to run for my life and never look back."

"I finally got to meet Ginger, I got drunk with the girls and quite frankly I can’t believe how far I’ve come. Thank you for the madness I get to live, I couldn’t have got here without you 5 BRITISH legends! I love you!" she concluded.

The Spice Girls posted a photo of themselves posing with Adele, writing, "Thank you for coming to celebrate with us last night @adele we love you!!!"

There's still no word on whether or not the Spice Girls' tour will hit the U.S.  The group posted a photo of the final show with the caption, "We are so grateful to everyone who made this tour possible and of course every single one of you who came out and sang with us."

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Monday
Jun172019

Guns N' Roses announces fall North American headlining dates

PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentGuns N' Roses has announced a new batch of North American headlining dates.

The fall trek kicks off September 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will wrap up with a two-night stand in Las Vegas held November 1-2.

Pre-sale for members of the GN'R fan club Nightrain begins this Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit GunsNRoses.com for all ticket info.

The newly added dates make up the latest leg of the Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime reunion tour, which first kicked off in 2016 when Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan got back together for the first time in nearly 25 years.

In addition to the headlining shows, you can also catch Guns at this fall's Louder than Life, Austin City Limits, Exit 111 and Voodoo festivals.

Here are Guns N' Roses' new headlining tour dates:

9/25 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
10/1 -- Jacksonville, Florida, VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
10/7 -- Wichita, KS, Intrust Bank Arena
10/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/23 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
11/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace
11/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace

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Monday
Jun172019

Shania Twain says Let's Go! for an all-new Las Vegas residency 

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Shania Twain will return to Las Vegas for an all-new residency, set to kick off in December at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood.

Back in March, Shania hinted she was plotting a return, as she checked out Gwen Stefani’s Sin City show and presented Lionel Richie with an honor at a charity event in Vegas.

The Canadian superstar’s Still the One residency started at 2012 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and ran for two years. This past December, she wrapped up her NOW Tour in support of her latest album of the same name.  

The new show will be called Let’s Go!, a nod to her 1999 smash, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

Pre-sales start on Tuesday, before tickets become available to the general public on Friday.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Shania Twain’s Let’s Go! Residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas through 2020:

December 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18
March 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28
May 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
June 3, 5, 6

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Monday
Jun172019

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry make up in Taylor's star-packed new music video for "You Need To Calm Down"

 

TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift debuted the highly-anticipated music video for her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down" on Good Morning America Monday.

And yes, the video shows the long-hoped for reconciliation between Taylor and Katy Perry.

The pop music superstar's latest video for the pro-LGBTQ track also features cameos from an all-star lineup of guests, including: Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Laverne Cox, Dexter Mayfield, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Ciara, RuPaul, Jonathan Van Ness, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Billy Porter, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Chester Lockhart, Adam Rippon and Hannah Hart.

In the video, as in the song, Taylor takes down those who protest the LGBTQ community: Those who "need to calm down" are shown as gap-toothed yokels, shaking anti-gay signs.

The video, set in a technicolor trailer park, shows that who's who of stars from the LGBTQ community strutting their stuff and living their life regardless -- including drag performer versions of Taylor, Adele, and others -- and even a same-sex wedding.

At one point, Taylor, dressed as a pack of French fries, locks eyes with Perry, wearing a hamburger costume, like she famously did during the Met Gala. The one-time enemies then come together as naturally as, well, a burger and fries.

The pair hold hands and slow-dance, as Taylor rests her head lovingly on Katy's bun.

"You Need to Calm Down," was released last Friday and is from Swift's forthcoming new album, Lover, which will be out on Aug. 23.

"You Need to Calm Down," was released last Friday and is from Swift's forthcoming new album, Lover, which will be out on Aug. 23.

The tune also dropped in the middle of Pride Month, and in the lyric video, Swift gives a nod to the organization GLAAD, singing: "Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?" GLAAD is an organization that calls attention to LGBTQ+ representation in media. 

Lover will have 18 tracks, the most Swift has ever put on a single album. There will also be four deluxe editions available at Target, each with unique content.

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Monday
Jun172019

Madonna finally explains her famous "rule the world" comment: "Being super-famous was never my goal" 

Steven Klein @stevenkleinstudioLongtime Madonna fans remember her famous appearance on American Bandstand back in 1984. When host Dick Clark asked her what her dreams were, the up-and-coming singer said boldly, "To rule the world." But now, Madonna denies that she ever dreamed of being a rich and famous superstar.

Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Madonna reveals that, back then, her super-confident act was just that: an act. She was actually pretty insecure.

"I may have felt like a nobody, but I knew I had to do something," she says. "If I was going to make something out of my life, I had to, y'know, hurl myself into the dark space, go down the road less traveled."

And even today, as a global icon, Madonna tells the paper, “Yes, I want to be successful, I am ambitious. Yes!”

Asked why she feels that way when she's, y'know, the Queen of Pop, she refers back to that 1984 comment.

"I don’t think my ambition has ever really been generated by what you maybe perceive as conventional success," Madonna says. "I mean, being super-famous or super-rich was never my goal.”

"I didn’t say: ‘I want to be the most famous person in the world.’ I didn’t say: ‘I want to be the richest person in the world.’ I said I wanted to rule the world," she points out.

OK, so what did she mean by that?

"In my very young mind...I think I just meant, 'I want to make a mark on the world, I want to be a somebody,'" she reveals. "Because I grew up feeling like a nobody, and I wanted to make a difference. I think that’s what I meant.”

Well, mission accomplished. Madonna's new album Madame X is out now.

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Monday
Jun172019

Beyoncé and JAY Z's "APES***" has officially gone platinum

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Beyoncé and JAY Z have yet another award to add to their impressive collection, with their latest effort, "APES***" being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The Pharrell co-produced track, which serves as the lead single off The Carters joint album, Everything Is Love, moved over one million units. This accolade follows the couple earning a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album for the project at this year's ceremony. The album also went gold less than a month prior to the Grammys.

In others Carters news, the duo is competing in three categories at the 2019 BET Awards, including Best Group, Video of the Year, for “APES***”, and Album of the Year, for Everything Is Love. Beyoncé, who voices Nala in this summer's the forthcoming Disney live-action remake of Lion King, also scored a solo nomination for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.

Beyoncé's recharged version of Maze and Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go” recently became her first top-10 R&B single in five years on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.

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Monday
Jun172019

Ellie Goulding on her wedding plans, & her latest hit's "magic something"

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After taking a brief hiatus from music, Ellie Goulding returned with "Close to Me," a collaboration with Diplo featuring Swae Lee.  It's since become a huge hit, topping Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart and reaching number two on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. 

Ellie says she had a feeling there was something special about the song.

"'Close to Me' came quite easy," she told ABC Radio after performing in New York's Central Park on Friday as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert series.

"It started off as kind of joke, which a lot of songs do, y'know, you just mess around and just experiment. And then it turned into a song, and actually just had something about it."

Ellie explains, "I think with songs, you just get this feeling...you know something might be technically sounding really good or it might sound current, but that if it hasn't got that magic....I feel like 'Close to Me' just had that kind of magic something."

"Close to Me" took months and months to climb to the top of the chart, but Ellie says she was fine with that.

"I love that idea because it means that it changed something, and it was different...it was a different thing to be on the radio," she tells ABC Radio.

In addition to "Close to Me's" success, Ellie has something else to celebrate: She got engaged last August to her boyfriend, Caspar Jopling, and wedding plans are underway.

"Yeah it's coming! It's this year, so I'm gonna be a married woman soon, which is quite scary," she laughs. "But you know it's all very natural....I feel like it's all in the right place, and it's great! Feeling good!"

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Monday
Jun172019

Carrie Underwood feels like "a duck" taking her two boys on tour

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If Carrie Underwood's making it look easy taking two children under the age of five on the road, she quickly confesses it's all an illusion.

"Oh, lawdee!" she laughs. "I must be a duck, like, calm on the surface and paddling like crazy underneath."

Part of the difficulty is that Jacob -- who was born in January -- is hitting the road so much earlier than Isaiah, who's four now.

"It's definitely a different ballgame because he's so much younger than Isaiah was when I took him on the road," Carrie explains. "There's a huge difference between four months and eleven months. You know, I wasn't up feeding Isaiah in the middle of the night."

"And it's like he knows when I have a really early morning or a ton of stuff to do the next day," Carrie continues. "Because that's the night that he's gonna be up four or five times, like last night."

The "Love Wins" hitmaker is thankful both to be able to bring her boys along, and to have plenty of help.

"It's great that I have the kind of job where I can bring my kids with me," Carrie points out. "They're around and when I have to step away and go, 'Mommy has to go work,' you know there's a great support unit around me that, they got it. And then when I'm done, I come back."

No matter what she has going on, Isaiah and Jacob are Carrie's priority.

"We do our best to make things as normal as possible, and try to stick to some sort of a schedule," she says. "This our life and I'm lucky that they get to be around."

This week, the Cry Pretty Tour continues with stops in St. Louis; Milwaukee; Minneapolis; and Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Monday
Jun172019

Nashville notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockShania Twain is set to guest on Good Morning America on ABC on Monday. You can watch for her starting at 7 a.m. She'll also be on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, which follows GMA on most ABC stations.

Australian duo Seaforth has just put out the new video for their debut single, "Love That," which you can watch on YouTube.

Newcomer Jon Langston's new single is called "Now You Know." Jon's currently opening the Sundown Repeat Tour with Luke Bryan, who signed him to his new Universal Nashville imprint.

You can check out Thompson Square's new lyric video for their latest single, "Masterpiece," on YouTube now.

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Monday
Jun172019

Journey's Jonathan Cain reveals band is plotting 2020 tour with The Pretenders

Travis Shinn; Al Pereira/Getty ImagesJourney's 2019 itinerary is very light, with only a handful of concerts in the Northeast U.S. and a nine-show Las Vegas residency scheduled this fall, but keyboardist Jonathan Cain reports that, come next year, the band will mount a major trek with a very interesting tour mate.

"2020 there should be a pretty great tour coming," Cain tells ABC Radio. "I think we can say we have Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders."

Jonathan says he's excited to hit the road with The Pretenders because he's "really a big fan of [Hynde] and her music," and he thinks her band "is sensational."

According to Cain, a Journey-Pretenders tour is something he's been suggesting for the last 10 years, while admitting that Hynde initially was reluctant to sign on. He says her opinion changed after her band played some large-scale concerts with Journey last year.

"[S]he got on a couple of stadium dates with us and had a lot of fun," Jonathan points out. "And our fans adore her, you know. And she went, 'Well, this isn't so bad,' you know. And then she saw our show and went, 'Oh, they're a real rock band'…She had a really great time."

Meanwhile, Cain notes that Hynde is looking and singing better than ever. "She's in great shape," he says. "I mean, she is ageless, kind of like [Heart's] Ann Wilson. You [hear her and think,] 'Yeah, still sounds like the record.'"

As previously reported, Journey's 2019 tour schedule includes a pair of two-night stands in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Uncasville, Connecticut, as well as concerts in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Niagara Falls, New York. Those shows will be followed by a Vegas residency running from October 9 through October 26.

Here are all of Journey's confirmed concerts:

9/27-28 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
10/1 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/2 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Event Center
10/4-5 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
10/9, 11-12, 16, 18-19, 23, 25-26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

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Monday
Jun172019

The Raconteurs wanted to make "the thing we're not hearing" with new album, "Help Us Stranger" 

ABC/Nicole WilderThis Friday, The Raconteurs will return with Help Us Stranger, their first album in a decade. Since their last record, 2008's Consolers of the Lonely, it's safe to say that the music industry has changed quite a bit. But that didn't change the Jack White-led band's approach to their sound.

"We do recognize that rock 'n roll is out of favor at the moment," co-vocalist/guitarist Brendan Benson tells Billboard. "But it was more of a reason to make a rock 'n roll record -- it had to be done. It's not like we would change everything up and make some sort of Twenty One Pilots record."

"It falls back to the idea of, 'What's the thing I don't see on the record shelf that I want to? The thing I want to buy, the thing I want to listen to?'" White adds. "That's the record we made -- the thing we're not hearing."

In addition to the new record, The Raconteurs, whose lineup also include bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler, made their live return this year as well.

"It was a little rough," Benson says of their first show back together. "But it felt good. It was just one of those moments where afterward, we were all very exhilarated and stoked about the future."

The future includes the Help Us Stranger release on June 21, and a North American tour that kicks off in July and stretches into October.

"If I had my pick of everybody I knew, these are the three guys I wanted to start a band with," says White. "We all came from nothing -- everyone was just passionate."

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Saturday
Jun152019

Taylor Swift performs at Pride celebration at New York's legendary Stonewall Inn

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Taylor Swift; Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AEGTaylor Swift is taking her newfound role as an LGBTQ ally seriously.

On Friday, the same day she released her new single "You Need to Calm Down" -- which speaks out against homophobia and online hate -- she made a surprise appearance at a Pride celebration at New York City's Stonewall Inn.  You can watch fan-shot video of her singing "Shake It Off" on YouTube.

The event, sponsored by sports and live entertainment company AEG, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which marked the start of the gay rights movement in the U.S. AEG has also pledged its support to the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, which is working on developing an LGBTQ+ anti-bias training standard.

Taylor performed with a pink acoustic guitar, wearing sparkly shorts and a pink blouse.  She was joined by the evening's host, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who tweeted out video of them singing "Shake It Off."

Other performers included Sara Bareilles, Broadway star Gavin Creel and Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria.

Taylor's appearance at the Stonewall Inn comes in the wake of her starting a petition in support of the Equality Act, and the letter she wrote to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, urging him to vote for the Act when it goes before the Senate.

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Friday
Jun142019

#NewMusicFriday: Common pays homage to hip-hop with "HER Love," Gucci Mane connects with Meek Mill on "Backwards" and Cassie is creating "Moments

ABC/Fred WatkinsAnother Friday, another bout of music to shift through and stream. This week brings new offerings from CommonGucci Mane and a snippet of a forthcoming record from Cassie.  

For his latest effort, "HER Love," Common reflects on the past 25 years of hip-hop as he pays homage to the genre which has shaped him into much of who he is today. The track boasts a guest appearance from Daniel Caesar and Dwele, as well as unreleased production from the late J. Dilla

The veteran rapper also dropped off an accompanying visual, in which he name checks the likes of Nipsey HussleYoung ThugCardi B and many more. "HER Love" is the latest single off of Common's new LP Let Love Have the Last Word, which shares its title with the memoir he released last month. 

It's a meeting of the minds on Gucci's newest record, "Backwards," which features Meek Mill. The single was dropped off with little to no notice, as it premiered exclusively on Ebro Darden's Beats 1 Radio show on Thursday. 

According to Guwop, "Backwards" was one of the easiest songs he's ever produced due to his chemistry and shared experiences with Meek.

"It's one of the most organic records you can ever make. We made this in a penthouse in Miami...Just in my house, just vibing," Gucci told Darden. "So I feel like this, you can't get more natural than this, man."

In addition to the new record, the Atlanta phenom also shared that his forthcoming album, Delusions of Grandeur, would be seeing the light of the day in the next few weeks. 

As for Cassie, the mom-to-be has dropped off a teaser of her newest single "Moments." No word yet on when the track is set to be released. 

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Friday
Jun142019

America's Gerry Beckley releasing solo album titled "Five Mile Road" in September; new single out now

Blue Elan RecordsAmerica singer/guitarist Gerry Beckley will release a new solo album titled Five Mile Road on September 20.

The record features 12 new original songs, 11 of which Beckley penned on his own and one, a tune called "Life Lessons," that he co-wrote with actor/musician Bill Mumy, who perhaps is best-known as his role as Will Robinson in the 1960s TV show Lost in Space.

"Life Lessons" has been released as the upcoming album's first single, and is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. You also can check out the melodic, Americana-flavored song at Blue Élan Records' official YouTube channel.

"I knew that this batch of songs, even the choice of the album's title, was going to be about my journey," Beckley says of Five Mile Road, which is a follow-up to his 2016 solo effort, Carousel.

The new album features musical contributions from Mumy, ex-Chicago singer/bassist Jason Scheff and founding Poco singer/pedal-steel player Rusty Young. That being said, Beckley was responsible for much of the instrumentation on the record, including acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano and keyboards. Gerry also handled most of the backing vocals on Five Mile Road.

"When I make a solo album, there's a whole lot of 'solo' in there!" he explains with a laugh.

Beckley continues to tour with America, and the band has dozens of upcoming shows lined up in celebration of its 50th anniversary. You can check them out at VenturaHighway.com.

Here's the Five Mile Road track list:

"Life Lessons"
"Something to Remember"
"Home Again"
"Five Mile Road"
"Hang Your Head High"
"So Long Marni"
"Vagabond"
"Heart of the Valley"
"Stop Feeling Sorry"
"Calling"
"Sudden Soldier"
"Two People at Once"

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Friday
Jun142019

Listen to Cheap Trick's new cover of Harry Nilsson's "Ambush"

Credit: David McClisterCheap Trick has contributed a song to a new album paying tribute to late singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson, best known for such hits as "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Without You."

This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 2 will be released on June 21, and it includes the power-pop legends' rendition of a 1972 Nilsson song called "Ambush."

The Cheap Trick cover can be purchased now as a digital single, and you can also check out the song at the band's official YouTube channel.

This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 2 also features singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright's interpretation of "Daddy Song," and 12 other covers by lesser-known artists.

"Ambush" isn't the first Nilsson song Cheap Trick has covered. The band's 2017 holiday album, Christmas Christmas, includes a rendition of Harry's 1974 tune "Remember (Christmas)." In addition, frontman Robin Zander recorded a version of Nilsson's 1972 hit "Jump into the Fire" for his self-titled 1993 debut solo album.

The first volume of This Is the Town was released in 2014, and included contributions by Tracy Bonham, Church of Betty, Rasputina, Langhorne Slim and Nilsson's daughter Annie.

This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 2 can be pre-ordered now and is available on CD, digitally and as a limited-edition orange-vinyl LP.

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