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Aug172018

Kandi Burruss opening new restaurant location at Atlanta's Phillips Arena; launching new cosmetics line 

Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesKandi Burruss-Tucker is on a roll.

Burress has announced she will add a third location of her popular soul food restaurant, Old Lady Gang. The restaurant, which currently has its flagship location at Castleberry Hill in Atlanta, GA, has a forthcoming location at Camp Creek Marketplace in East Point, and now, she's revealed where the third one will be.

"I have been keeping this to myself but now I can finally announce that we will have an @oldladygang in the #PhillipsArena!!!! I’m so excited!" she wrote on Instagram, sharing a snap of her husband and business partner Todd Tucker, with other colleagues.

"Tonight they unveiled some of the new things they’re bringing to the newly renovated arena. I’m thankful to be a part of that."

She then revealed another exciting piece of news.

"I’m also thankful that the first concert that will be in the new #PhillipsArena will be the #SoSoDef tour!" she wrote. "So I get to be on stage & then meet you at my restaurant in the food court."  She added the hashtags #TrueToAtlanta and #LetsGoHawks.

The singer revealed earlier this week that she's taking her talents to the beauty world.

"I’ve been on the grind y’all!" she wrote, sharing a glammed-up Instagram photo of herself.

"I’ve got a new Makeup line coming out called #KandiKoated!!!! Right now It’s only gonna be available to sell thru my #BedroomKandi consultants. It’s a must have." 

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Friday
Aug172018

Farm Aid 2018 to be broadcast live on AXS-TV, with "Saturday Stack" extras

Scott StrebleCan't make it to Connecticut for Farm Aid 2018? No problem. AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the "music with a mission" event, by broadcasting this year's show live from Hartford on Saturday, September 22.

In Farm Aid tradition, this year's show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm Aid board members Neil YoungJohn Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews. Country stars Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, plus many others, are also slated to perform, with all artists donating their appearance fees to the cause.

The Farm Aid broadcast caps off an AXS Saturday Stack dedicated to the Farm Aid organizers, beginning at noon ET with three, count 'em, three segments of Dan Rather's The Big Interview, featuring Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp. 

At 3 p.m. ET, AXS will broadcast a 90-minute Mellencamp concert from Chicago, called Plain Spoken: John Mellencamp, which features "Pink Houses," "Cherry Bomb," and "Small Town," among others.

Next up, at 4:30 p.m. ET, a Willie Nelson: Soundstage show, which AXS promises will deliver "an intimate, career-spanning set."

Dave Matthews' Weekend On the Rocks will air at 5:30 p.m. ET and will include selections from the DMB's four-day run at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2005.

Farm Aid 2018 itself will air live from the XFINITY Theater in Hartford, CT, will air from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, September 22.

 

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Friday
Aug172018

Report: R. Kelly sued for $200K in damages to homes he rented in Georgia

Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsMore problems for R. Kelly: He’s reportedly being sued for causing over $200,000 in damages to two homes he rented in Georgia.

The “I Admit” singer is the target of a civil suit filed by the SB Property Management company, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The company claims that Kelly rented a 23-room mansion for $10,000 a month, and a four-bedroom home for $3,000 a month in Johns Creek, a suburb of Atlanta.

According to court documents, Kelly moved out of the homes in February 2017. When SB Property Management inspected the house with 23 rooms, it found extensive damage to the electrical system, and several missing items, including a stove, bedroom furniture, ceiling fans, six mirrors  and 22 light fixtures.

The suit also claims that the four-bedroom house had broken windows and trash inside. 

Alfonso. L. Walker, a former associate of Kelly, was found to be responsible for the damages and stolen items. He was arrested in December 2017 for theft and burglary.

Kelly agreed to pay $170,000 for the damages, but according to the suit, he only paid $20,000.

As Kelly faces allegations of running a sex cult at a separate property in Atlanta, it was recently announced that he's bringing his Memory Lane Tour to the Hulu Theater at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Following protests over Kelly headlining the concert, the venue defended the booking, telling Variety,“MSG has a long history of not censoring performers. We believe artists have the right to rent our venues to put on their own event, and that the public then has the choice whether or not to support that event.”

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Friday
Aug172018

Watch now: Logic tackles immigration and white supremacy in new video for “One Day” featuring Ryan Tedder

Def Jam RecordingsLogic has released a poignant and timely new video for his song with Ryan Tedder, “One Day.”

The video tackles issues of immigration, family separation and white supremacy. It begins with a Mexican family being detained the border, and the children separated from the parents.

One of the children goes on to live with an American foster family. We see him through the years, as he works hard to excel in school and eventually becomes a doctor.

As the immigrant child's journey plays out, we also see the child of a white supremacist family whose life takes a darker path. In the end, when the white supremacist’s violent ways result in him being injured, he finds himself an the operating table, his life in the hands of the Mexican doctor.

The clip features appearances by Michael Peña, Judy Reyes and Luis Guzman.

On Monday, Logic and Ryan Tedder will perform “One Day” on the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Friday
Aug172018

All about that...location: Meghan Trainor's childhood home in Nantucket up for sale 

Epic RecordsIf you're looking for a new house in a vacation destination, Meghan Trainor's childhood home could be right for you.

Page Six reports that Meghan's parents are selling their house on Nantucket, Mass., an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod.  According to the website, Meghan's parents are selling the place so they can move to Los Angeles to be closer to their Grammy-winning daughter and two sons. 

The four-bedroom, five and a half bathroom home has a price tag of $1.68 million. It features a vaulted ceiling, a dining room with French doors, a deck, a master bathroom with a walk-in closet and a Jacuzzi tub in the attached bathroom, an eat-in kitchen, an outdoor shower and a finished basement with a billiards room and a separate playroom.

Meghan's new album Treat Myself will be out later this year.

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Friday
Aug172018

Papa Roach to headline 2019 ShipRocked festival cruise

Credit: Ben DugganPapa Roach will hit the high seas next year, headlining the 2019 edition of the annual ShipRocked concert cruise.

The lineup also includes Bullet for My Valentine, I Prevail, Nothing More, Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, Motionless in White, Atreyu, 10 Years, Tremonti, Nonpoint and Islander, among others.

ShipRocked sets sail from Galveston, Texas on January 26, and will hit Cozumel and Yucatan, Mexico before returning stateside on January 31. Visit ShipRocked.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

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Friday
Aug172018

Mary J. Blige joins season three of MTV's revamped 'Scream'

ABC/Craig SjodinAfter her Oscar-nominated performance in MudboundMary J. Blige has landed her next on-screen project.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Blige has joined the season three cast of MTV's Scream, a series based on the 1990s slasher film series with the same name.

Blige joins Keke PalmerC.J. WallaceTyler Posey and rapper Tyga in the cast of the series, which is produced by Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment.

The Grammy-award winner will play Sherry Elliot, the mother of a local football star who is haunted by his past.

The series, which will run as a three-night, six-episode event, is set to return later this year.

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Friday
Aug172018

Bishop Briggs lays out her love life on new song, "Baby"

ABC/Randy HolmesBishop Briggs has premiered a new single called "Baby," which you can download now via digital outlets.

No, "Baby" is not a cover of that Justin Bieber song -- rather, it's an intimate portrait of the "River" singer's love life. The uncensored version features lines such as "Yeah he's f***ing crazy but he's still my baby."

"I am learning that in order to love someone else you have to love yourself," Bishop says of the track. "I feel that imperfections have a way of really showing you who someone is."

"This song is cheeky and light and it has left me feeling more liberated than ever," she adds. "I hope you like hearing about conversations I normally have in private with my friends!"

"Baby" follows Bishop's debut album Church of Scars, which was released earlier this year.

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Friday
Aug172018

Mastodon's Brent Hinds selling personal collection of guitars 

ABC/Randy HolmesMastodon guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds is parting with a few instruments. The musician is opening a shop at the online gear marketplace Reverb.com, including guitars from his personal collection.

Among the guitars up for sale: a black 2008 Gibson Flying V '67 reissue, which Hinds played on 2009's Crack the Skye, as well as a First Act Custom Shop Lola double-neck that Hinds helped design.

"There comes a time in your life when you have to get rid of everything and for me, that time is now," says Hinds. "The music gear I'm selling in my Reverb shop is legitimate s***. All of it was heavily used -- all over the world on tour, in the studio, and beyond. A lot of early Mastodon work was created on this gear."

Hinds' Reverb shop will launch next Thursday, August 23.

Mastodon kicks off a tour with Dinosaur Jr. in September.

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Friday
Aug172018

"If I Were You," I'd check out the new collaboration between Keith Urban and Jillian Jacqueline

Big Loud RecordsKeith Urban plays guitar and sings on the latest track from newcomer Jillian Jacqueline.

“If I Were You” is the first taste of the singer/songwriter's forthcoming EP, which will be called Side B.

“I couldn’t wait to share this song,” Jillian says. “I wrote it… about meeting and falling for someone new very soon after a heartbreak and feeling unprepared to love again.”

“The song was very real to me when I wrote it,” she explains, “and is now one of the most special songs of my career because Keith is part of it with me. His voice and guitar playing took this song to the next level, and I am so proud of it."

“If I Were You” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out the new vertical video for the song on Spotify.

So far, we don’t know the release date for Side B, which, appropriately, is the follow-up to Jillian’s Side A project from last year.

Next month, Jillian hits the road with Kip Moore on his After the Sunburn Tour.

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Friday
Aug172018

Roger Daltrey says honesty, not wanting to become an "a**hole" kept his life together

ABC/Richard CartwrightRoger Daltrey is a rare rock star: He's been married for almost fifty years and has never had a drug problem. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Who frontman says a couple of simple rules have kept him on the straight-and-narrow.

The singer married his wife, Heather Taylor, in 1971. Though he admits "[it's] not easy," he thinks his marriage "survived because I was always honest with her [about] whatever had gone on during the tour."

Daltrey says he wasted no time getting "on the first bloody plane back to her" after each Who tour, adds that he "worship[s] the ground she walk[s] on."

As for that other big rock star cliche -- drugs and rehab -- Roger says his clean living was a lucky combination of preference and necessity.

"I had to [stay clean], so I could keep the others in line," he says, and then jokes, "You try getting three people on acid from the Monterey Pop Festival all the way to London!"

The singer also notes that he saw "so many people...[become] complete a**holes" on drugs, and realized he never wanted that to happen to him.

Daltrey also believes that his relatively drug-free life was due to his desire to preserve his voice, which, after all, is his instrument.

Daltrey, who'll release his autobiography in October, wraps a two-month solo tour tomorrow night in Indio, CA. The Who is currently on a break, but Daltrey promises, "We haven't ever thought of [retiring]." 

However, Roger says he would like to retire one particular song from the Who's set: "Won't Get Fooled Again."

"That’s the only song I’m bloody bored s**tless with. I don’t know why, but I’m being honest," he says.

 

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Friday
Aug172018

Young Thug arrested at his 'Slime Language' mixtape release/birthday part

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesYoung Thug was celebrating his 27th birthday Thursday night at his Slime Language mixtape release party in Los Angeles, but it wasn't exactly a happy birthday: He got arrested at the event.

The rapper, born Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was booked for possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle, according to the LAPD, ABC News affiliate KABC-TV reports.  Bail was set at $35,000.

Four other people were also taken into custody at the party, held at the Dave & Buster's sports restaurant in Hollywood.

Young Thug dropped the 14-track Slime Language project, featuring Lil Uzi VertJacquees, and Lil Baby ,on Thursday.

The Atlanta rapper has been performing on the J. Cole KOD tour featuring Jaden Smith. The next date on the tour is Friday in San Antonio, Texas.  No word on whether Young Thug will perform on the show

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Friday
Aug172018

Listen now: “Cheerleader” singer OMI returns with a new song, “Masterpiece”

Daniel MessemerOMI, the Jamaican artist who had the Song of the Summer back in 2015 with “Cheerleader,” is back with new music.

The singer has released another collaboration with Felix Jaehn, the same German producer who remixed “Cheerleader” into a number one hit. It's a new, upbeat track called “Masterpiece,” about encouraging women to love themselves for who they are.

“’Cause every time I look at you I’m looking at a masterpiece/ If you’re trying to be perfect, you don’t have to be,” OMI sings.

Despite the success of “Cheerleader,” OMI and DJ Felix only met for the first time while recording “Masterpiece.”

"There were just really good vibes. There was no ego,” OMI tells Billboard of their studio session. “We were bouncing ideas off of each other. Making this [record]. everybody was giving their best to make it all that it could be. That is just an awesome feeling.”

OMI’s follow-up album to  his album Me 4 U is on the way, though he has yet to reveal its release date or title. But he says that fans will really see his “growth and development” on the project.

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Friday
Aug172018

"Mind Your Manners" and listen to Slash's new Conspirators song 

Credit: Gene KirklandSlash has unleashed a new song called "Mind Your Manners" with his band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. The track is available now for digital download.

"Mind Your Manners" will appear on the group's upcoming album Living the Dream, which also features the lead single "Driving Rain." The new record, the follow-up to 2014's World of Fire, will arrive on September 21.

Slash and company will hit the road on a U.S. headlining tour in support of Living the Dream beginning September 13 in Los Angeles.

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Friday
Aug172018

Listen now: Eric Church is a "Desperate Man" with a "Heart Like a Wheel"

ABC/Image Group LA Eric Church continues to preview new tunes from his Desperate Man album, but this time, he’s offering something new.

As he’s done with the tracks “Some of It” and “Hangin’ Around,” Eric played “Heart Like a Wheel” for his Church Choir fan club members before sharing it with the rest of the world.

“Heart Like a Wheel,” however, also has its own lyric video, and is the first cut since “Desperate Man” that’s available to stream or download in its entirety. So far, Eric’s only shared clips of “Some of It” and “Hangin’ Around.”

Stay tuned to see what surprises Eric has in store before Desperate Man comes out October 5. The title track continues its meteoric rise on the country chart, approaching the top 15 after only being out a little more than a month.

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Friday
Aug172018

Halestorm's Lzzy Hale asks you to #RaiseYourHorns for mental health awareness following death of metal singer Jill Janus

Dana Nalbandian/WireImageEarlier this week, musician Jill Janus, frontwoman of the metal band Huntress, died by suicide. Among the many members of the metal community to share their thoughts and condolences was Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale. In doing so, Hale also proposed a new campaign to raise awareness for mental health.

On her Twitter, Hale posted a photo of her giving the iconic metal horns hand sign and asked fans to share how they've dealt with their own mental health issues.

"I want everyone who has ever struggled with mental health to #RaiseYourHorns, take a pic, tag and share it," Hale writes. "The more of us that put it out there,the less alone we will all feel & we will be one step closer to breaking the mental health stigma!"

As of Friday morning, the post has nearly 500 replies.

Janus, who long battled mental illness, took her own life Tuesday, August 14. She was 43. Here are some of the other members of the metal community who shared their thoughts on her passing:

Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "I love you Jill RIP"

Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael: "SUCH a powerful voice matched with an equally beautiful personality."

Motorhead's Phil Campbell: "Very sad to hear about the passing of Jill Janus of Huntress...May she rest in peace."

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Friday
Aug172018

Bastille premieres collaboration with Marshmello, "Happier" 

ABC/Randy HolmesBastille has premiered a new single called "Happier" with hit-making DJ-producer Marshmello.  As is often the case with Bastille, the track features a buoyant beat that masks its dark lyrics. You can download it now via digital outlets.

"We wrote 'Happier' last year and thought it would be great as a collaboration," says frontman Dan Smith. "We had a lot of fun working on it with Marshmello, who managed to find joy in the melancholy. It's always good to step into somebody else's world for a minute."

Along with the new track, Bastille has announced a one-off show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on September 24. Visit BastilleBastille.com for ticket info.

"Happier" follows Bastille's single "Quarter Past Midnight," which will appear the band's upcoming third album, reportedly titled Doom Days. It's unclear whether "Happier" will also be included on the new record.

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Friday
Aug172018

Janet Jackson releases first new music in three years, “Made For Now,” featuring Daddy Yankee

Solaiman FazelAfter dropping a teaser Thursday, Janet Jackson has released the full version of her Caribbean-flavored new single and video, “Made for Now,” featuring reggaeton star Daddy Yankee.

"Celebrate the feeling #MadeForNow x @daddyyankee OUT NOW!,” Miss Jackson commented on Instagram

Shot recently in New York City, the street festival video features dancers from Ghana, Nigeria, Grenada and Trinidad, as well from as the United States. This is Janet’s first new music since she released her Unbreakable album in 2015.

In "Made for Now," she sings, "If you're livin' for the moment, don't stop, and celebrate the feelin'/
Go up, if you're livin' for the moment, Don't stop, 'cause I break those ceilings/ Go up, we're made for now, not tomorrow/Made for now, look around, we're made for now”

The track is produced by Harmony Samuels, who's also worked with Mary J. BligeJennifer Lopez, and Ariana Grande. "Made for Now" was directed by Dave Meyers, who previously worked with Janet on several videos, including “All For You,” “Just a Little While," and “I Want You.”

Janet will perform the song for the first time Friday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Friday
Aug172018

Lindsay Ell pours the "Champagne" and namechecks Aretha in new single

BBR Music Group Newcomer Lindsay Ell is pouring some “Champagne” as the follow-up to "Criminal," her first top-20 hit in the U.S.

In her native Canada, “Criminal” went all the way to #1, making Lindsay the first female to top the charts in the past decade. She’s up for both Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Project at the Canadian Country Music Awards next month.

Meanwhile, Lindsay’s funky new single happens to namecheck the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away on Thursday. In the tune, Lindsay sings about getting the A-list treatment in a relationship: "So naturally diva, just call me Aretha, for real/You make me feel like I’m the champagne."

“Champagne” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out a stripped-down performance by the impressive guitarist on YouTube.

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Friday
Aug172018

"A great person, great cook, great woman:" Aretha Franklin's childhood friend Smokey Robinson remembers the Queen of Soul 

ABC NewsIn his first interview since the death of his childhood friend, Aretha Franklin, Motown legend Smokey Robinson recalled on ABC's Good Morning America Friday the first time they met in Detroit.

"I hear a piano being played and I hear this little voice singing," Robinson, 78, said. "And I look in, and there's Aretha sitting there at the piano, singing and playing, almost like she sang and played in her adult life.

"But she was probably about five years old or so and she just had 'it.'"

"Aretha and I were just tight," he said of Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76. "We had a wonderful, wonderful friendship that lasted throughout her entire life. Up until the day before yesterday, Aretha was my longest friend on earth."

Robinson added that the topics of fame and showbiz rarely came up in conversation between him and Aretha, and the other future stars who were their neighbors in Detroit, such as Diana Ross and The Four Tops.

“There were a lot of us in that neighborhood, and those of us who were blessed enough to get our wish or our dream to be in show business, we just always had regular relationships."

Robinson added that there was much more to the Queen of Soul than simply her musical talent.

"Aretha had a great sense of humor," he said, adding, "She could throw down in the kitchen! She cooked me many a meal....She was just a great person, great cook, great woman."

Meanwhile, on ABC's Nightline Thursday night, chart-topping songwriter Diane Warren, who penned a number of songs for the Queen of Soul, said, "Aretha Franklin elevated anything she sang to 20 levels beyond what that song was...Listen to the soul that was dripping out of every note."

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