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Tuesday
Oct152019

2016 compilation featuring highlights from Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festivals getting vinyl reissue

RhinoIn 2016, a three-CD set featuring highlights from the four star-studded editions of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival held from 2004 through 2013 was released. Now, a six-LP vinyl version of the live compilation, Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals, is slated to hit stores December 6.

Held in various U.S. cities in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013, the Crossroads Guitar Festival featured Clapton joined by an impressive lineup of respected musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country. The events showcased a variety of special onstage collaborations, many of which appear on Crossroads Revisited.

Among the many stars appearing on the 41-track anthology are Carlos Santana, ZZ Top, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, J.J. Cale, John Mayer, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Jimmie Vaughan.

Highlights from the compilation include Clapton playing solo versions of his classic "Layla" and George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity," as well as Slowhand teaming up with Santana on a rendition of "Drums of Passion," with Cale on a version of "After Midnight" and with Winwood for covers of Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord."

Crossroads Revisited also features Walsh and Taylor performing James' song "Steam Roller" together, and Clapton collaborating with King, Vaughan and The Robert Cray Band to play "Everyday I Get the Blues."

In all, Crossroads Revisited features almost four hours' worth of performances.

Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festivals benefit the Crossroads Centre, which he co-founded in 1998 to help treat and educate people battling addiction issues.

Here is the full track list of Crossroads Revisited vinyl set:

LP 1

Side A
"Sweet Home Chicago" -- Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
"Rock Me Baby" -- Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, B.B. King & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
"Steamroller" -- James Taylor with Joe Walsh (2004)
"What the Cowgirls Do" -- Vince Gill with Jerry Douglas (2004)

Side B
"After Midnight" -- J.J. Cale with Eric Clapton (2004)
"Green Light Girl" -- Doyle Bramhall II (2004)
"Hell at Home" -- Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton (2007)
"City Love" -- John Mayer (2004)

LP 2

Side A
"Funk 49" -- Joe Walsh (2004)
"Drums of Passion" -- Carlos Santana with Eric Clapton (2004)
"Cause We've Ended as Lovers" -- Jeff Beck (2007)

Side B
"Have You Ever Loved a Woman" -- Eric Clapton (2004)
"Layla" -- Eric Clapton (2004)

LP 3

Side A
"Little by Little" – Susan Tedeschi with The Derek Trucks Band (2007)
"Poor Johnny" -- The Robert Cray Band (2007)
"Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" -- B.B. King with The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan & Hubert Sumlin (2007)
"Tulsa Time" -- Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Vince Gill & Albert Lee (2007)
"On the Road Again" -- Willie Nelson with Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill & Albert Lee (2007)

Side B
"Isn't It a Pity" -- Eric Clapton (2007)
"Belief" -- John Mayer (2007)
"Mas y Mas" -- Los Lobos (2007)

LP 4

Side A
"Big Block" -- Jeff Beck (2007)
"Presence of the Lord" -- Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton (2007)
"Cocaine" -- Eric Clapton (2004)

Side B
"Waiting for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago" -- ZZ Top (2010)
"Don't Owe You a Thang" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
"Bright Lights" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2010)

LP 5

Side A
"Our Love Is Fading" -- Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II & Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
"Lay Down Sally" -- Vince Gill with Sheryl Crow, Keb' Mo', Albert Lee, James Burton & Earl Klugh (2010)
"Space Captain" -- Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band with Warren Haynes, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas & Chris Stainton (2010)
"Hammerhead" – Jeff Beck (2010)

Side B
"Five Long Years" -- Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood (2010)
"Hear My Train a Comin'" -- Doyle Bramhall II (2010)
"Dear Mr. Fantasy" -- Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2010)

LP 6

Side A
"Born Under a Bad Sign" -- Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb' Mo', Blake Mills, Matt "Guitar" Murphy & Albert Lee (2013)
"Everyday I Have the Blues" -- The Robert Cray Band with B.B. King, Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan (2013)
"Please Come Home" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2013)

Side B
"Tumbling Dice" -- Vince Gill with Keith Urban & Albert Lee (2013)
"I Shot the Sheriff -- Eric Clapton (2010)
"Crossroads" -- Eric Clapton (2013)

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Tuesday
Oct152019

New Maroon 5 album in the works; guitarist says "Memories" is "a different kind of song for us" 

Travis Schneider

Here's some good news: Turns out Maroon 5's new single "Memories" isn't just a standalone track.  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the band is currently working on the follow-up to 2017's Red Pill Blues. James says "Memories" will be on the album, and he agrees the mournful ballad is a bit of a departure for the band, musically.

"It’s a different kind of song for us...It’s an important song for us," James tells the Sun-Sentinel. "You know, we experienced some loss in the last couple of years. We lost our longtime manager, Jordan Feldstein. We heard the skeleton of this song and thought it matched where we were at."

Feldstein, who was also Adam Levine's best friend, died in 2017 at age 40 of a pulmonary embolism and a blood clot in his leg.

"Adam came in and filled the lyrics and made it more about our direct experience," James explains. "It really spoke to us in this moment, and we’re really happy that it’s out there. Universally, I think everyone can relate to that feeling of loss."

According to James, "Memories" is just another example of Adam's special talent, which has led to Maroon 5's incredible success.

"There’s always been a laser-like focus on the songs that we put out and songwriting," he says. "Adam has an amazing ear, and he really has the ability to pick these songs that go out there and resonate with people."

Maroon 5 will open the new Hard Rock Live venue at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on October 25.  Then, they'll do their annual New Year's shows December 30 and 31 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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Tuesday
Oct152019

New Justin Bieber/Dan + Shay hit "10,000 Hours" is about "spending a lifetime loving and learning" 

Catherine PowellJustin Bieber teamed up with crossover country duo Dan + Shay for the collaboration "10,000 Hours," which just topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and hit number four on the Billboard Hot 100.   And according to Shay Mooney, the three men have three special women to thank for the song.

"'10,000 Hours' is about spending a lifetime learning and loving your significant other," says Shay. "This song means a lot to us because we are married to two wonderful ladies, Hannah and Abby.  And it was cool to be able to collaborate with our friend Justin Bieber, because he is in that same boat."

Shay's referring to the fact that Justin is also very much in love with his wife, Hailey Baldwin.  In fact, Dan + Shay sang the song at Justin and Hailey's recent wedding celebration, and all three wives co-star in the clip with Dan, Shay and Justin.

"This is one of our favorite songs we’ve ever written and hopefully it resonates with our fans as much as it does with us," notes Dan Smyers.

At this point, Hannah and Abby should be getting royalties: This is the second huge Dan + Shay hit that they've inspired, the first being "Speechless."

In addition to its high chart position, "10,000 Hours" also set a new record for the biggest first-week streaming total in country music history.

Fans are still waiting for Justin to make good on his promise to release a new album this year.  Meanwhile, Dan + Shay kick off a headlining arena tour in March.


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Tuesday
Oct152019

Trisha Yearwood believes 'Every Girl' will find her father in Ashley McBryde's "Bible and a .44"

Gwendolyn RecordsThere are some pretty big Ashley McBryde fans who live at Garth Brooks' house.

First, Garth covered Ashley's "Girl Goin' Nowhere" on tour and included it on Triple Live. Now, Trisha Yearwood's recorded "Bible and a .44," a song Ashley's previously performed with Eric Church.

It was Garth and Trisha's youngest daughter Allie who introduced the superstars to Ashley.

"I just loved her writing," Trisha explains. "She has a song called 'A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,' and I'm from Georgia, so I know exactly where she's talking about."

"She's a smart writer..." Trisha continues. "I didn't set out to record one of her songs, I just really felt a strong attraction to 'Bible and a .44.' It's about her dad."

Trisha believes you'll probably see your dad in the song, too.

"It doesn't have to specifically fit your dad for you to find your dad in it," she tells ABC Audio. "I did change a couple lyrics... to make it more my dad."

"But it's that song that just talks about that person in your life that you looked up to that had your back," she adds.

The two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year admits she had a hard time recording it, and may have a hard time singing it during her Every Girl on Tour shows.

"As I've gotten older I've gotten more okay with being emotional, and I also think that comes through in the vocals and in live performance..." she says. "I was very guarded as a younger woman, even talking about music I'd be like, 'Ah, that song's not really about me...'"

"I like being more raw about it, and more vulnerable, and being able to be emotional," she reveals.

You'll find "Bible and a .44" on Trisha's new Every Girl album.

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Tuesday
Oct152019

Nashville notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Trace Adkins married actress Victoria Pratt over the weekend in a New Orleans wedding presided over by Blake Shelton.

Midland guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday. Check your local listings to see when the hour airs in your area.

The new nine-part podcast, Dolly Parton's America, launches Tuesday, with new episodes to follow each week. Look for interviews with Jane FondaRalph Emery and others, as well as Dolly herself.

Dierks Bentley's recent number one, "Burning Man" with Brothers Osborne, has been certified platinum, while his previous chart-topper, "Woman, Amen," has just gone gold.

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Tuesday
Oct152019

Pharrell is "embarrassed" by some of his past problematic lyrics: "I would never write or sing [them] today"

ABC/Craig SjodinAs a 13-time Grammy winner, Pharrell Williams has certainly been honored for his songwriting, but looking back now, he admits that he's written and recorded lyrics that are, well, problematic.

“Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today,” Williams tells GQ in a cover story for its November issue, called "The New Masculinity." 

“I get embarrassed by some of that stuff. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place," he adds. "I was also born in a different era, where the rules of the matrix at that time allowed a lot of things that would never fly today."

The “Happy” singer says he got a major reality check when he learned that some considered the lyrics of "Blurred Lines," his smash hit with Robin Thicke and T.I., to be offensive to women.

“My mind opened up to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel,” Williams explains. ”Even though it wasn't the majority, it didn't matter. I cared what they were feeling too."

"I realized that we live in a [male] chauvinist culture in our country...didn't realize that some of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind.”

Williams is now focused on showing women more respect: His “This Is Her Time” Adidas fashion campaign is dedicated to female activist, for example.  He says it's time for a shift in the male-dominated universe.

“Man, what would the world be like if women held all of the highest positions worldwide?” he asks. ”Women are waking up every day, more and more, to the fact that they have the power." 

“The only thing we got to do is balance the scales. We have to understand power. And who has it.”

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Tuesday
Oct152019

No fear: Tool's "Fear Inoculum" tops radio airplay chart 

RCA RecordsRadio stations apparently aren't afraid to play Tool's new single, "Fear Inoculum."

The song -- the opening cut and title track from the band's long-awaited new album -- is number-one on Mediabase's Active Rock chart. The ranking measures airplay on active rock stations across the country.

Tool previously earned number-one active rock singles with "Schism," "The Pot" and "Vicarious."

On the album, "Fear Inoculum" lasts over 10 minutes, though in some cases, the track has been shortened in for radio. The full version is the longest song to ever chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

Fear Inoculum, the first Tool album in 13 years, arrived at last in August.

Following a set at the Aftershock festival over the weekend, Tool launches a North American headlining tour in support of Fear Inoculum Tuesday night in Denver.

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Monday
Oct142019

Albums by Adele, Ed Sheeran among best-sellers of the 21st century 

XL Recordings/Columbia RecordsYou probably know that Adele and Ed Sheeran's albums have sold millions worldwide, but now the U.K.'s Official Charts Company has officially declared them among the best-selling releases of the entire 21st century.

The Official Charts Company compiled a list of the U.K.'s 40 biggest studio albums released since January 1, 2000, based on sales, streams and downloads. Adele's album 21 is number one.  It's also the best-selling album of all time by a solo artist, having been certified 17 times platinum.

Adele's 2015 album 25 is number three on the ranking; her debut album, 19, is #26.

The second biggest album of the century is Amy Winehouse's Back to Black.  Ed Sheeran's 2014 album X (Multiply) is number four, and his 2017 release ÷ (Divide) is number five.

The rest of the U.K.'s top 10 biggest albums of this century are:

6. James Blunt Back to Bedlam
7. Leona Lewis, Spirit
8. Michael Bublé, Crazy Love
9. Dido, No Angel
10. David Gray, White Ladder

Among the artists who just missed the top 10: Lady Gaga and Coldplay.

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Monday
Oct142019

Green Day to headline MTV World Stage concert ahead of MTV EMAs 

ABC/Randy HolmesGreen Day is headlining the MTV World Stage concert in Seville, Spain, ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The punk trio will take the stage at the Plaza de España on November 2. The EMAs will go down the next day on November 3.

In addition to performing, Green Day is also a 2019 MTV EMA nominee. The group will compete for the Best Rock title against Imagine Dragons, Panic! at the Disco, The 1975 and Liam Gallagher.

For the full list of nominees, visit MTVEMA.com.

Meanwhile, Green Day is gearing up to release a new album, Father of All..., in February. The follow-up to 2016's Revolution Radio features the new singles "Father of All..." and "Fire, Ready, Aim."

Green Day will be touring the world next summer in support of Father of All... on the much-hyped Hella Mega tour, which will also feature Fall Out Boy and Weezer.

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Monday
Oct142019

Tangled Up in Blue Jean Baby: Elton John explains to Bob Dylan how he wrote "Tiny Dancer"

Randy Holmes/ABC; William ClaxtonWho knew Bob Dylan was an Elton John fan? In a new article in the U.K. paper The Guardian, Elton answers questions about his life and music submitted by a wide variety of celebrities, including Dylan.

Dylan's question was about Elton's classic 1971 song "Tiny Dancer." He asked, "Did you work your way up to the cathartic chorus gradually, spontaneously, or did you have it thought out from the start?"

"'Tiny Dancer' has a really long lyric, a very cinematic, California-in-the-early-'70s lyric, so it had two verses and a [bridge] before it even gets to the chorus, and it lent itself to a long buildup," Elton explains.

"The [bridge] sets it up well, then it slows down for a moment -- 'when I say softly, slowly…' That line suggested a big chorus."

Elton admits that he doesn't "remember much about writing" the music, although he does recall "trying to make it sound as Californian as possible."

He then compares writing a song like "Tiny Dancer" to, um, pleasuring yourself.

"You want the climax to be good, but you don't want it to be over too quickly," Elton explains. "You want to work your way up to it."

He adds, "Bernie [Taupin's] lyric took such a long time to get to the chorus, I thought, 'F***, the chorus had better be something special when it finally arrives.' And it's 'here I come,' literally."

Among the other celebs whose questions Elton answers: Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, Eminem, Victoria Beckham, Sam Smith, tennis legend Billie Jean King, Donatella Versace, Tilda Swinton, Kristen Scott Thomas, Cara Delevingne and Billie Eilish.

John's official memoir, Me, is out tomorrow.

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Monday
Oct142019

Rob Zombie approves of Billie Eilish's metal collage shirt 

Credit: Kenneth CappelloRob Zombie approves of Billie Eilish's heavy metal attire.

During a recent taping of Austin City Limits, the 17-year-old phenom wore a shirt featuring a collage of a variety of different metal acts, including Mr. Zombie. The iconic shock-rocker posted a photo of Eilish's outfit on his Instagram, along with a shout-out to the young singer.

"@billieeilish rocking another custom Zombie shirt," he wrote in the caption. "Rock on!"

Another artist featured in the collage, Type O Negative, also shared their Eilish enthusiasm.

"Billie Eilish is certainly a unique and bad a** superstar who absolutely walks her own path," the Brooklyn metallers wrote in a Facebook post. "How awesome is it to see the Type O support!!"

Eilish's love for metal also extends to her own merch. On her online store, she's selling a beanie featuring her name stitched in a characteristically indecipherable metal font.

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Monday
Oct142019

Queen Latifah, Rita Dove and Shelia Johnson to receive the Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

ABC/Rick RowellQueen Latifah, BET co-founder Shelia Johnson and Pulitzer Prize winning-poet Rita Dove are among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture.

Harvard has announced that the three women and four others will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on October 22 at Sanders Theatre on Harvard's campus. The medal, named after the late African-American scholar and writer and which was first presented in 2000, honors those who have made “significant contributions” to African and African-American history and culture and is "Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American studies," according to the university.

Other honorees include poet and educator Elizabeth Alexander; secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch III; artist Kerry James Marshall; and Robert F. Smith founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners, who recently made headlines when he announced he'd pay off the college loans of Morehouse College students graduating in 2019.

Past winners of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal include Oprah WinfreyMaya AngelouMuhammad Ali and Steven Spielberg.

Just last year, Harvard honored athlete-activist Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle.

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Monday
Oct142019

"I literally find new ways to love you every single day": Thomas Rhett writes sweet anniversary note to wife Lauren

ABC/Image Group LA Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren just celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary. To mark the special day, the couple posted sweet tributes for each other on their socials.

"I can’t believe the Lord has blessed me with 7 amazing years of marriage with Lauren," TR wrote.  "It’s tough to put into words how crazy the ride has been. We have changed and grown in so many ways and I literally find new ways to love you every single day."

He added that there's "no one in the world" like Lauren and called her "the most amazing mother." He also posted a snap of them embracing that he said sums up their relationship.

"Thanks so much babe for being my rock and for loving me so good," he captioned the post. "You are my favorite person on the planet."

For her part, Lauren posted a photo from their wedding day to mark the occasion. "Happy wedding anniversary 7 years ago tonight honey," she captioned her post.  "You are better than my best dream and so is our life with our precious babies."

"I’m so thankful God gave me you," Lauren added. "Can’t wait for the next 70 babe... I love you Thomas Rhett."

Lauren's currently expecting the pair's third daughter in February. She'll join three-year-old Willa Grayand two-year-old Ada James.

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Monday
Oct142019

'black-ish' cast opens up about six seasons growing up together 

ABC/Craig SjodinThe stars of black-ish opened up about what the last six seasons has meant to them as the happy on-screen family in an appearance Monday on ABC's Good Morning America.

Anthony AndersonLaurence FishburneTracee Ellis RossMiles BrownMarcus Scribner and Marsai Martin all spoke about their real chemistry, both on and off screen.

"[It's the] most rewarding job I've ever had," Anderson said. "Best cast I've ever worked with. It gets no better than what we've all been doing for the last six years -- that's all I can say about everybody."

Fishburne, who guest stars as the paternal head of the family, said he's treasured watching the young cast grow up.

"One of the greatest things for us, I can say I think, is watching these young people grow up in front of us," he said. "They were wonderful kids to start with, but now they're young adults and they've become really wonderful young adults and we're very proud of them."

Ellis Ross, who was known for Girlfriends long before the hit ABC family comedy sitcom, was pleasantly surprised to hear their three younger co-stars knew of her role on the former TV series.

"I remember going into the audition and I was like, 'Oh, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross from Girlfriends, so that was one of the driving factors," said Scribner, who was born the year the show premiered.

Brown, whose character Jack gets cut from the basketball team on the show, revealed it's actually his favorite sport adding, "I should say I'm decent."

"It was just different cause I had to get in the mood that I was sad that I got cut from the basketball team, when normally that's not the case," he boasted.

black-ish airs Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Monday
Oct142019

Justin Bieber is now #1 on 'Billboard''s Hot Country Songs chart, thanks to Dan + Shay

Catherine PowellJustin Bieber has two people to thank for his first number-one country hit: Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.

Justin teamed up with Dan + Shay for the romantic track "10,000 Hours," and now the track has blasted from number 40 to number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, which measures airplay, streaming and sales. 

Hot Country Songs is now the seventh Billboard chart that Justin has topped in his career, and he's the only act ever to have reached number one on all of those seven. The other charts are the Hot 100, Hot Latin Songs, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

On the Billboard Hot 100, "10,000 Hours" has hit number four -- it's Justin's 16th top-10 on that chart, and Dan + Shay's first. The highest they'd gotten previously was #21, with "Tequila."

Dan tells Billboard, "We wrote this song about our wives, and we're glad that it means as much to our fans as it does to us. The reaction has been incredible."

Meanwhile on the country airplay charts -- typically considered the most important ranking in the genre -- newcomer Matt Stell hangs on for a second week at the top with his debut single, "Prayed for You."

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Monday
Oct142019

Metallica & Sons: Watch Mumford jam with Lars Ulrich at Austin City Limits 

ABC/Randy HolmesMumford & Sons added another son to their lineup during their headlining set at the Austin City Limits festival Sunday: Lars Ulrich.

The Metallica drummer joined the folk rockers for a heavy metal-infused rendition of their song "The Wolf." You can watch fan-recorded footage of the onstage collaboration now on YouTube.

If you were to pick a Mumford song for Ulrich to play, "The Wolf" is a pretty solid choice -- it's a track from the 2015 album Wilder Mind, which saw the U.K. quartet purposefully move away from the banjo and mandolin-driven style of their first two records in favor of more electric sounds. Now we want to hear what it would sound like if you put Ulrich on "Little Lion Man."

Mumford & Sons have been touring the U.S. in support of their latest album, 2018's Delta. They launch a tour of Asia in November.

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Monday
Oct142019

Summer Walker's Over It sets history with biggest streaming week ever for a R&B album by a woman

Interscope RecordsSummer Walker is celebrating making history as her debut album, Over It, earned the biggest streaming week ever for an R&B album by a woman. 

Walker earned 154.7 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs, breaking the record set by Beyoncé’s Lemonade with 115.2 million in 2016. Over It is also the biggest debut album of any R&B female artist in over 10 years.

“Thank y’all so so much for the love & support. Y’all got us breaking records,” Summer commented on Instagram. “We makin’ history.”

Only one R&B album, The WeekndStarboy, with 175.2 million in 2016, earned more streams in a week.

"Over It" debuted at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and number two on the Billboard 200, with 134,000 units earned.

The 23-year old vocalist will kick off her The First and Last Tour on October 26 at the Mala Luna Festival in San Antonio, Texas. The 35-city trek wraps up December 22 in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Monday
Oct142019

Billie, JoBros, Camila, Shawn, Ed, Taylor, Ariana up for BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards 

ABC/Randy HolmesTurns out the U.K. teens love Billie Eilish just as much as the American teens do.

After winning two trophies at the Teen Choice Awards over the summer, Billie is nominated in two categories for the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards. She'll compete for the Best International Solo Artist title, while "bad guy" is up for Best Single.

Other nominees for Best Single include Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's "I Don't Care," the Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes duet "Senorita," Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved," and "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X.

Billie's competition for Best International Solo Artist includes Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes.

The Best Group category features The Jonas Brothers going up against Twenty One Pilots, Brockhampton, Little Mix and The 1975, while the Best British Singer category features Lewis Capaldi, Ed Sheeran, Mabel, Tom Walker and Jorja Smith.

The BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards take place November 24, and will air on BBC Two November 30. Visit BBC.co.uk for the full list of nominees.

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Monday
Oct142019

Celine Dion reveals 'Courage' track list: 20 songs in all 

Columbia RecordsCeline Dion hasn't released a new English-language album since 2013's Loved Me Back to Life, so it's no wonder that her upcoming project, Courage, is packed full of songs.

Celine revealed the track list for Courage on Instagram and it includes 16 songs in all, plus four additional songs on the Deluxe edition.  Four of the songs have already been released: "Flying on My Own," "Imperfections," "Lying Down," and the title track.

Many of the songs' titles -- "For the Lover I That I Lost, "I Will Get Stronger," "Lovers Never Die" and "Say Yes" among them -- seem to speak to Celine's own journey in recent years.  She's weathered the near simultaneous loss of her husband and brother to cancer and various illnesses, and subsequently reinvented herself as a fashion icon and businesswoman who's finally calling all the shots. 

Here's the full track listing for Courage, which is coming out November 15:

“Flying on My Own”
“Lovers Never Die”
“Falling in Love Again”
“Lying Down”
“Courage”
“Imperfections”
“Change My Mind”
“Say Yes”
“Nobody’s Watching”
“The Chase”
“For the Lover That I Lost”
“Baby”
“I Will Be Stronger”
“How Did You Get Here”
“Look at Us Now”
“Perfect Goodbye”

Deluxe Edition tracks:

“Best of All”
“Heart of Glass”
“Boundaries”
“The Hard Way”

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Monday
Oct142019

Travis Scott’s “Highest in the Room” debuts at number one on the Billboard Hot 100

Epic RecordsAfter suffering a knee injury on stage Saturday at the Rolling Loud New York festival, Travis Scott has reason to smile, as “Highest in the Room” debuts at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

This is the Houston rapper’s second number-one hit on the Hot 100, and the first to debut at the top of the chart. “Sicko Mode” hit number one in December 2018 after 17 weeks on the chart.

As previously reported, La Flame fell on stage while performing “Butterfly Effect” for nearly 60,000 fans Saturday at Citi Field in New York City. He told the crowd, "I ain’t gonna lie, I think I just broke my knee right now," according to Cosmopolitan. However, he continued and completed his set, including “Highest In the Room.” Wearing a knee brace, La Flame declared, “This show cannot stop."

So far, there's been no public update on Scott's condition.

“Highest in the Room” is only the 35th song ever to debut at the top of the Hot 100. The track is also number one on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. It received with 59 million U.S. streams in the week ending October 10

“Highest in the Room” replaces Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” which drops to number two after six weeks at the top of Hot 100.

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