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Aug232019

"Power" stars tease what to expect during the show's monumental last season: "They're going to be blown away"

L-R: Omari Hardwick as Ghost and Joseph Sikora as Tommy; image courtesy StarzWith the sixth and final season of Starz's hit series Power premiering Sunday night, some of the show's cast is weighing in on the monumental last season.

Power co-creator and exec-producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson says the final season will definitely be an "intense" one.

"I think they're going to be blown away by it," 50 tells ABC Radio. "Things just get higher and higher as you go."

Those intense moments will likely involve two of the show's central characters: James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a New York drug kingpin played by Omari Hardwick, and his former best friend, Tommy, who killed Ghost's mistress in the fifth season finale.

"There's no more alliances," says Hardwick of season six.  "Everyone is a passer in the night of each other and a ship amongst himself. All the characters are crazier than ever. The characters are more focused than ever on serving themselves."

Joseph Sikora, who plays Tommy, agrees, adding that this season will be a trying time for his character. 

"I think that this is the biggest journey for Tommy," Sikora says. "The character of Tommy has the biggest and broadest journey that he's had throughout the series."

Tommy's ride-or-die girlfriend, LaKeisha, played by La La Anthony, echoes Sikora's sentiments, saying they all brought their A-game.

"I think we all stepped it up," she says of the forthcoming season. "Even more for this being the final season, just so that Power can be officially stamped in everyone's mind as a show that we'll never forget."   

Power's sixth and final season premieres Sunday at 8 p.m ET on Starz.

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Friday
Aug232019

The Moody Blues' John Lodge goes "B Yond" his famous band with new solo compilation

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Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge's first solo compilation, B Yond: The Very Best Of, gets released today on CD and digitally.

With The Moody Blues apparently on indefinite hiatus, Lodge has been focusing on his solo career lately, and he tells ABC Radio that he put together the new album partly to introduce people to his work outside of his famous group.

"I said [to my label]…'People know me because of The Moody Blues…But what I'm actually doing right now is John Lodge as John Lodge,'" he recalls. "And I thought, 'What is the best…platform to try and bring an audience up to date really quickly with who I am?'"

B Yond includes selections from Lodge's 2015 solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, and his 2017 concert album, Live from Birmingham, plus new remixes of two songs from his 1977 solo debut, Natural Avenue.

Regarding the remixed Natural Avenue tunes, John says, "I didn't want to take away at all from anything that I'd created, or the other musicians had created with me. I wanted it to be exactly the same, but I wanted it to feel as though it was produced in 2019."

Perhaps most interestingly, B Yond includes newly recorded versions of three songs from John's past -- the 1980 solo rarity "Street Café," and two late-1960s Moody Blues tunes, "(Evening) Time to Get Away" and "Legend of a Mind."

John says he recorded "Legend of a Mind" in tribute to late Moody Blues flutist/singer Ray Thomas, who wrote and originally sang the tune.

"I wanted to keep Ray's music alive and keep The Moody Blues' music alive within me," Lodge notes.

Meanwhile, Lodge tells ABC Radio that the future of The Moody Blues is uncertain.

"I will always tour with The Moodies," he says. "But getting the other guys to tour, it doesn't seem to be on the horizon."

Here's the B Yond track list:

"I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)" (Live)
"Summer Breeze, Summer Song" (2019 remix)
"In My Mind"
"Street Café" (2019 version)
"(Evening) Time to Get Away" (2019 version)
"Saved by the Music" (Live)
"Legend of a Mind" (2019 version)
"Say You Love Me" (2019 remix)
"Get Me Out of Here"
"Gemini Dream" (Live)
"Isn't Life Strange" (Live)
"Ride My See-Saw" (Live)

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Friday
Aug232019

"Let It Roll": Why Midland's sophomore album features an accidental photo of a pink limo at an iconic Austin spot

Big Machine Midland's sophomore album, Let It Roll, arrives today, featuring a cover photo of Cameron DuddyMark Wystrach, and Jess Carson perched against a vintage pink limousine.

Cam confesses the Austin-based trio originally had a completely different vision for the artwork of album number two.

"We thought we already had the album concept figured out in the form of a painting collage," he reveals. "So when we went to do that photo shoot, we didn't have any intention of doing shots for the album. We knew we wanted to shoot some places in Austin, and Harper, my wife, found that pink Cadillac."

Cam's better half also took the pictures.

"Cam's wife is a very successful... talented fashion photographer..." Mark explains. "It's like Midland doing kind of fine art... You know, us just being goofballs but Harper actually making us look cool."

Midland may've been set on a limo for the shoot, but the color was purely accidental.

"We didn't need it to be pink..." Cam says of the car they found via Instagram. "Turns out we knew a guy who had that pink limo. It's a Lincoln with longhorns on the front."

Midland ended up parking their pink limo in front of the iconic Nau's Drug in the Tarrytown section of Austin.

"It's old school," Mark says. "So it has these really beautiful neon lights on the outside. And it has this kind of really gorgeous art deco exterior."

Once Midland saw the snaps from the shoot, they scrapped their original plans.

"It was a complete accident..." Cam reiterates. "We saw it, and we were like, 'That's the album cover.'"

If you buy the physical CD of Let It Roll, the insert unfolds into a poster of the threesome standing by the car with a full view of Nau's Drug.

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Friday
Aug232019

Listen to Stone Temple Pilots' 1994 "Interstate Love Song" performance, included on upcoming "Purple" reissue

Atlantic/RhinoStone Temple Pilots have unearthed a 1994 live recording of "Interstate Love Song," which will be included on the band's upcoming 25th anniversary reissue of their sophomore album, Purple.

The performance was recorded during a concert in New Haven, Connecticut. You can download the track now via digital outlets.

Speaking to Billboard about that show, bassist Robert DeLeo admits he was "really nervous."

"It's one of those things, you know, we were onstage in front of 25,000 people all of a sudden on that tour," DeLeo says. "It was very shocking to have that many people in front of you."

The Purple reissue, which includes a whole batch of live recordings, acoustic tracks and demos, will be released October 18.

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Friday
Aug232019

Lewis Capaldi opens Ed Sheeran's final tour dates this weekend, muses a songwriting collabo: "I could definitely use the exposure and the money!"

Alexandra GavilletAfter opening for Ed Sheeran last week in Leeds, England, rising star Lewis Capaldi has the honor of doing the same thing for the last two gigs on Ed's record-breaking Divide tour, this Saturday and Sunday, in Ed's hometown of Ipswich.  But in addition to opening for Ed, the "Someone You Loved" star says it'd be cool if the two of them could write a song together -- if Ed was willing, of course.

"I mean, if he wanted to do it, I'd be up for that," Lewis says, laughing. "I'm pretty sure I've got a lot more to gain from that situation than Ed does!  Yeah, I could definitely use the exposure and the money, so if Ed wants to do that, it's absolutely fine with me!"

But on a more serious note, the Scottish singer/songwriter tells ABC Radio. "It'd be amazing to work with someone like him, obviously. What I love about him and his songwriting is you can tell when he's wrote a song, [just] from the melody of it."

Even if no one said, 'This is an Ed Sheeran song,' you'd go, 'That's an Ed Sheeran song,'" he explains. "And I think that's the mark of a really good songwriter."

Lewis launches a U.S. headlining tour September 17 in Dallas, TX.  "Someone You Loved" is now #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and climbing.  His album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, which topped the charts in the U.K., is out now.

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Friday
Aug232019

Missy Elliott drops 'Iconology' EP; new single & video, "Throw It Back"

Atlantic RecordsMissy Elliott just gave us all something to jam to over the weekend -- she dropped a brand-new album, Iconology, just after midnight last night, as well as a new single and video, "Throw It Back."

Iconology -- Elliot's first album since 2005's The Cookbook -- is really more of an EP, boasting a lean five tracks, two of which are the same, with one delivered a cappella.

"Please don't steal my style/I might cuss you out/What you doin' now/I did for a while," Missy raps on "Throw It Back," reminding everyone of just who they're dealing with, and what she brought to the game back in the day.

"Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance! Sincerely, Dr. Melissa 'Missy' Elliott #ICONOLOGY," Missy tweeted Tuesday afternoon, as she revealed the project's cover art.  The "Dr." is a reference to the fact that she recently received an honorary doctorate from Boston's Berklee College of Music.

"This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful," Missy continued. "THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses. You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me!"

As of early Friday morning, Iconology was already the #7 most-popular album on iTunes.  You can stream or purchase it now from all the usual retailers.

Missy's album drops just a few days before the pioneering rapper's set to be honored at the MTV VMAs with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  In celebration of the accolade, MTV is hosting an interactive museum highlighting iconic moments from Missy's storied career. 

Here's the Iconology track listing:

"Throw It Back"
"Cool Off"
"DripDemeanor (Feat. Sum 1)"
"Why I Still Love You?"
"Why I Still Love You? (Acapella)"

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Friday
Aug232019

Taylor Swift finally releases 'Lover' album

Republic RecordsFollowing a weeks-long full-on publicity blitz, culminating with a live, Thursday morning performance in New York's Central Park on ABC's Good Morning America, Taylor Swift at midnight last night finally released her much-anticipated Lover album.

"This album is very much a celebration of love, in all its complexity, coziness, and chaos," Taylor tweeted, five minutes after the album's release.  "It’s the first album of mine that I’ve ever owned, and I couldn’t be more proud."

That last comment was of course a reference to Lover being first album of which Taylor has complete ownership. Earlier this summer, her former record company, including her masters, was purchased by Scooter Braun, a move Taylor denounced in a passionate Tumblr post

Taylor also confirmed on GMA Thursday that she'll re-record all her old albums starting later next year, a move clearly intended to deny her former label, as much as possible, control over her back catalog, not to mention potentially millions of dollars of income from it.

Earlier Thursday, Taylor officially debuted the music video for Lover's romantic title track, a week after she released the single. 

Taylor will open the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night. It’ll mark her first VMAs performance since she performed “Bad Blood” in 2015, and 10 years since Kanye West infamously stormed the stage to interrupt her acceptance speech for Video of the Year.

Lover is already the top-selling album on iTunes.  It's available now from all the usual retailers.  Here's the track list:

"I Forgot that You Existed"
"Cruel Summer"
"Lover"
"The Man"
"The Archer"
"I Think He Knows"
"Miss America & the Heartbreak Prince"
"Paper Rings"
"Cornelia Street"
"Death by a Thousand Cuts"
"London Boy"
"Soon You'll Get Better" (feat. Dixie Chicks)
"False God"
"You Need to Calm Down"
"Afterglow"
"ME!" featuring Brendon Urie
"It's Nice to Have a Friend"
"Daylight"

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Friday
Aug232019

K. Michelle teases forthcoming collaboration, "Supahood," with City Girls' Yung Miami and Kash Doll

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On the heels of announcing the title of her next album, K. Michelle has now teased a forthcoming ladies night anthem titled “Supahood," featuring City Girls' Yung Miami and Kash Doll.

Taking to Instagram, the singer shared a behind-the-scenes clip of the accompanying video in which she sports multiple looks and takes a joyride in a classic American street rod. The trio even makes room for one more as Yung Miami's growing baby bump makes a cameo. 

“Honestly, I couldn’t have picked a more SOLID group of ladies,” K captioned the video post. “No drama, just women bout the music and they business. Thank you for being apart of my new album beautiful ladies!”

In addition to dropping the news of the fiery posse cut, the "Can't Raise a Man" vocalist shared a few details about another impending single, “Just Like Jay.” Both songs are expected to appear on K. Michelle's long-awaited fifth studio album, All Monsters Are Human, which has yet to be given a release date.

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Friday
Aug232019

Lil Uzi Vert opens up about his Grandmother's recent health scare

Prince Williams/WireImageLil Uzi Vert is sharing his recent personal struggles with fans. 

Thursday, the Philly rapper took to Twitter to open about his grandmother's recent health scare. 

"I love you grandma you got this," Uzi tweeted before explaining further, "I'm scared excited happy and sad but mostly thankful."

He continued, "So today my grandma is coming home she was in the hospital and rehab for months she cannot walk. She cannot talk all the way but I feel her gettin' better by the second."

Uzi then went on to share that his grandmother has been in the hospital for "months" after being diagnosed with a tumor over her eye, as well as suffering a stroke. 

He added that his grandmother raised him, and that he loves her "more than clothes."

Fans have been relentless in their pursuit of Uzi's long-awaited album, Eternal Atake, which has yet to be given  a release date as the "Sanguine Paradise" rapper's personal matters have overshadowed his musical pursuits.

"I needed privacy I needed family comfort because I just didn't understand," Uzi further explained. "I been flexing so hard and buying the world because deep down I'm hurt."

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Friday
Aug232019

Nashville notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Young's Thursday night concert in Virginia Beach, Virginia was postponed because of severe weather. Refunds for the Raised on Country Tour stop are available now, as fans wait for a new date to be announced.

Canaan Smith will release his new track, "Country Boy Things," on Friday.

Newcomers Temecula Road are set to open Scotty McCreery's October dates in Europe.

You can check out the new Trisha Yearwood song, "What Gave Me Away," on YouTube now. The cut from her new Every Girl album, which arrives August 30, features Trisha's husband, Garth Brooks.

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Friday
Aug232019

"Higher" and higher: Whitney Houston is back on top of 'Billboard''s dance chart

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Whitney Houston may be gone, but she's still topping the Billboard charts.  Her version of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love," produced by superstar deejay KYGO, has hit #1 on the publication's Dance Club Songs chart.

As previously reported, Whitney recorded the song in 1990 during sessions for her album I'm Your Baby Tonight, but it was only released in Japan.  The estate asked KYGO to give it a modern remix, and it's since become Whitney's first chart hit in 10 years.

Overall, this is Whitney's 14th #1 on the Dance Club Songs chart.  Her first was "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," back in 1987; before "Higher Love," she'd last topped the chart in 2009 with "Million Dollar Bill."

As Billboard notes, some other artists who ruled the charts in the '80s join Whitney on the dance chart.  Madonna's song "I Rise," from her latest album Madame X, is #2 on Dance Club Songs.  She recently released a bunch of remixes of that track.  Sting is #5 on that same chart with his recently reworked version of "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free."

But that's not all.  Mari Burelle's cover of "Let's Hear It For the Boy" by Deniece Williams is #13, while "Jump 2019," a new remix of Van Halen's 1983 smash by Armin Van Buuren, is #21.

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Friday
Aug232019

Dreamers "fall in love with the love song again" on new single, "Die Happy"

Credit: Jack Bridgland If you got into Dreamers through songs like "Sweet Disaster," then the almost pure positivity of the band's current single "Die Happy" might throw you for a loop. When he was writing it, vocalist/guitarist Nick Wold felt like he was creating a different kind of song for the band.

"It's really just a song about why we do music," Wold tells ABC Radio. "Which is just these little moments where you feel that thing that you can't express with words, and you just feel happy. It's just kind of a very small idea that feels big."

"It's a love song," he adds. "[It's] kind of me falling in love with the love song again after making jaded breakup songs."

Falling back in love with love songs was in part inspired by a little band called The Beatles.

"I love The Beatles," Wold says. "I love early Beatles and [their] songs about love, and that was sort of an idea that I had forgotten about for awhile, or kind of was going away from."

As happy as "Die Happy" is, there's still the matter of the "Die" part, which Wold credits to his belief that "it's never honest enough to just write a song that's just all fun and games and positivity."

"I kinda liked the opposite of...die and happy, and death and happiness," Wold says.

"It's kinda existential, which we get into a lot," he adds. "We always talk about life and death. So yeah, to be extra existential with a love song, that's where you go." 

"Die Happy," the lead single of the new Dreamers album Launch Fly Land, currently sits in the top 20 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. The band just released a video for the acoustic version, which you can watch now on YouTube.

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Thursday
Aug222019

Aaliyah's Madame Tussauds wax figure has officially been unveiled 

Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Las VegasNearly 20 years after her tragic death, Aaliyah has become the newest addition to Madame Tussauds family of iconic wax figures.

Thursday, the statue of R&B's beloved “Babygirl” was unveiled at Madame Tussauds' Las Vegas location. The figure draws inspiration from Aaliyah's groundbreaking music video for the 2000 track “Try Again," in which she dons her signature leather pants and metallic bra, belt and choker set.

According to VIBE, discussions about the creation of an Aaliyah figure began over a year and a half ago after much demand from fans. 

“I was involved in the process from the inception of the project,” the singer's brother, Rashad Haughton, told the publication. “The team at Madame Tussauds welcomed a collaborative effort in choosing the pose and look of my sister's figure."

He further explained, "They made sure my mother and I were comfortable and supported through an amazing but understandably emotional process.”

Haughton was instrumental in making sure his late sister was properly memorialized, even making sure to include all of Aaliyah's tattoos. 

The "More Than A Woman" singer's life was tragically cut short at the age of 22 on August 25, 2001. Aaliyah, along with seven others, were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas.

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Thursday
Aug222019

Missy Elliott announces new 'Iconology' album is coming tonight 

Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCEMissy Elliott is throwing it back with a surprise new album, Iconology

Thursday, the pioneering rapper took to social media to announce she would be gifting fans with her first effort in nearly 15 years. Due to arrive at midnight, the LP is set to feature a "collection of new songs."

"Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance! Sincerely, Dr. Melissa 'Missy' Elliott #ICONOLOGY," Missy wrote on Twitter , as she revealed the project's cover art. 

The "Dr." is a reference to the fact that she recently received an honorary doctorate from Boston's Berklee College of Music.

"This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful," the Virginia native continued. "THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses. You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me!"

Missy's last studio album was 2005's The Cookbook.

The news of Iconology arrives a few short days before the "Work It" rapper is set to be honored at the MTV VMAs with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. In celebration of the accolade, MTV is hosting an interactive museum highlighting iconic moments from Missy's storied career. 

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Thursday
Aug222019

Seattle mayor declares today Lanye Staley Day 

Frank Micelotta/ImageDirectLate Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley would've turned 52 Thursday, and to mark the occasion, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has declared August 22, 2019 Layne Staley Day in the city.

According to a proclamation signed by the mayor, Layne Staley Day is meant to celebrate the musician's "artistry and the promotion of the arts in Seattle as we work toward a more vibrant, healthy and safe city."

The proclamation also recognizes Staley's "legendary" voice, as well as Layne's parents Phil and Nancy, who started the Layne Staley Memorial Fund in honor of their son after his death by overdose in 2002. The fund raises money, awareness and education to treat heroin addiction.

Staley sang on Alice in Chains' first three albums -- 1990's Facelift, 1992's Dirt and 1995's Alice in Chains -- and established the band's iconic harmonized vocal style alongside Jerry Cantrell.

Following Staley's death, vocalist William DuVall joined the band, and AiC has released three more albums, the most recent of which being 2018's Rainier Fog.

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Thursday
Aug222019

Taylor Swift releases romantic video for album title track, "Lover" 

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Taylor Swift has officially debuted the music video for the romantic title track of her album Lover.

In a YouTube live stream right before the video premiered, Taylor revealed that the inspiration behind the video's concept was a lyric from her song “You Are in Love,” from her 1989 album. On that song, she sings, “And so it goes, you two are dancing in a snow globe ‘round and ‘round.”

The clip features Taylor and her love interest, played by one of her tour dancers, Christian Owens, acting out different scenes in color-coordinated rooms of what looks like a dollhouse.

In the end, we see the house is inside a snow globe. A little girl unwraps the snow globe on Christmas morning, and the camera pans to reveals that her parents are Taylor and Christian.

Cue the “Awwws.”

Taylor’s much-anticipated album, Lover, comes out tomorrow.

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Thursday
Aug222019

Jackie Wilson said: "I'm getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame"

Courtesy Brunswick RecordsHe passed away in 1984, but now, late, legendary singer Jackie Wilson will finally receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"Mr. Excitement" will be honored with the 2,672nd star on the Walk on September 4 at 11:30 a.m. PT.  The star will be located at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. will be on hand to help unveil the star, and Wilson's widow, Harlene Harris Wilson, will accept in her late husband's honor.  You'll be able to watch the ceremony via WalkofFame.com.

Detroit native Wilson replaced Clyde McPhatter as the lead singer of Billy Ward and his Dominoes, before going solo with his debut single "Reet Petite," co-written by Berry Gordy Jr.  He went on to score some two dozen top 40 singles, including "Lonely Teardrops," "Baby Workout" and his best-known hit, "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher," which was used by Barack Obama as a campaign song.

After suffering a heart attack onstage in 1975, Wilson slipped into a coma. Although he briefly recovered in 1976, he returned to a semi-comatose state and finally died of complications from pneumonia in 1984. He was 49.

Wilson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.  Wilson was name checked by Van Morrison in his song "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)," by The Commodores in their song "Nightshift," and by John Mellencamp in his hit "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." 

When Michael Jackson won the Grammy for Album of the Year for Thriller in 1984, he dedicated the award to Wilson.

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Thursday
Aug222019

Meat Loaf returns to the stage, joins cast of 'Bat Out of Hell -- The Musical' 

Bruce Glikas/WireImageMeat Loaf has been absent from the stage for the past couple of years, but he made a return this week in a big way, joining the cast of Bat Out of Hell -- The Musical on Broadway to perform "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)."

Footage of the moment is now posted on YouTube. Joining the cast during the curtain call, Meat Loaf says, "OK, you guys have been wanting to do this long ago, so we’re going to do it now! Give me a little, ‘You took the words right out of my mouth!”  The cast members took turns singing lines from the song, with Meat joining in here and there.

It was the first time Meat had appeared onstage since he joined the cast of the Toronto production of the musical in 2017. As Rolling Stone notes, the singer's had numerous health problems in recent years; in 2016, he collapsed onstage while performing in Canada.

Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical opened on August 8, 2019, and will run through September 8.  It incorporates the songs Jim Steinman wrote for all three Bat Out of Hell albums, as well as two previously unreleased songs: “What Part of My Body Hurts the Most” and “Not Allowed to Love.”

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Thursday
Aug222019

A "House" "Built" for two: Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban duet onstage at the Ryman

Academy of Country MusicLast night on the stage of the Mother Church of Country Music, the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year teamed up with the winningest artist in ACM history for a rare moment: Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert turned “The House That Built Me” -- her triple-platinum, multi-week number one from 2010 -- into a duet on the stage of the Ryman.

Keith was there to present Miranda with the Gene Weed Milestone Award at the 2019 ACM Honors, recognizing her 32 ACM wins, among other accomplishments.

While onstage, the two reminisced about how Keith took Miranda on tour in 2005.

“My first tour I ever did,” she recalled. “I was terrified.”

The Aussie superstar went on to remember how he knew he’d found a “kindred spirit” once he spotted the newcomer watching him every night to see what she could learn.

“You are absolutely one of my heroes,” Miranda told Keith. “And he smells good. He always smells good,” she added as the Nashville audience laughed.

Miranda’s new song, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” is already a top twenty-five hit. Her new album, Wildcard, will arrive November 1.

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Thursday
Aug222019

Help the homeless and Backstreet Boys might send you on a trip to Hawaii

ABC/Paula LoboBackstreet’s back…and giving back.

The Backstreet Boys have teamed up with Prizeo for a contest to benefit New York City’s Coalition for the Homeless.

For every $10 donation you make, you'll be entered to win a trip to Hawaii for an upcoming BSB concert in November. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.

“We’ll fly you and a friend to Honolulu and put you up in a hotel,” the band writes in the contest’s description. “We’ll hook you up with two VIP seats for one of our shows. Then you'll get to come backstage and snap some photos with us.”

They add, “You’ll also be our guests at our table for a very special luau and take home some cool Backstreet Boys merch, including an autographed copy of DNA.”

Nick Carter tells Entertainment Tonight that the group chose Coalition for Homeless after someone tweeted a video of subway riders singing "I Want It That Way" earlier this summer and it went viral.  The guy who tweeted the video promoted the charity organization on the thread, catching Nick’s attention.

"I spoke to my bandmates and we really wanted to do something special for them and the city of New York," Nick said. "We’re so excited to be able to help bring awareness to the issue of homelessness around the world and hopeful that as a group we can affect change."

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