Be prepared for things to be "amazing" or go "horribly wrong" during Halestorm's live show 

Credit: Jimmy FontaineHalestorm will launch their third round of tour dates with In This Moment and New Years Day Friday night in Norfolk, Virginia. Since they're constantly on the road, the "Do Not Disturb" rockers have continued to add new elements to their live show. For example, they've been introducing more improvisational moments into the set.

"We'll have a certain section of a song or in between a song or whatever where we don't entirely know how we're gonna get out of it," lead vocalist Lzzy Hale tells ABC Radio. "So we're relying on our musical language and our relationship with each other in order to ebb and flow and make these brand-new moments in front of a live audience, which is nerve-racking, but that's when the magic happens."

During those moments, Hale says she's always thinking they "could go horribly wrong, or it could be amazing."

"It's dangerous, it's fun," adds guitarist Joe Hottinger.  But has a moment of improv ever gone "horribly wrong"?

"Not to the point that we've derailed the train," Hale says.

"Well, the train has come off the tracks, but we've been doing it awhile and we make new tracks," Hottinger adds. "And all of a sudden we're on a totally different vibe, and we're like, 'Well, how did we get here? Ah screw it, let's try to make a moment happen.'"

While the Halestorm train keeps a-rolling, Hottinger thinks the audience feels the excitement of a possible trainwreck.

"When you're living on that sort of edge of improv, I think...there is a moment in really falling apart, too, that everybody likes to see," he laughs. 

Halestorm will be touring behind their new album Vicious, out now.

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Bring Me the Horizon giving away limited edition vinyl "That's the Spirit" for charity 

Credit: Danny BaldwinBring Me the Horizon is releasing a limited edition blue vinyl version of the band's 2015 album That's the Spirit for charity.

Fifty copies of the LP will be raffled off to benefit UNICEF's Children's Emergency Fund, which provides food, clean water, health care and education for children in need.

To enter, you need to donate five British pounds -- just over $6 -- to UNICEF via The more you donate, the more times you'll be entered to win. The raffle will be open until Monday, December 10.

That's the Spirit is the most recent Horizon album, and features the singles "Throne" and "Happy Song." The British rockers will release their next record, titled Amo, on January 25.

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Bastille performing at Ellie Goulding's annual London charity concert

ABC/Randy HolmesBastille will perform at this year's edition of pop star Ellie Goulding's annual Christmas charity concert, taking place December 20 at London's Wembley SSE Arena.

The show, which first started in 2014, will raise money for the U.K. charity Streets of London, a charity that funds projects that help homeless people turn their lives around.

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Bastille is currently riding high from the success of "Happier," a collaborative single with hit-making DJ/producer Marshmello. The band plans to release a new album called Doom Days in 2019.

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Soundgarden's Kim Thayil doesn't "see the dignity" in continuing band without Chris Cornell

Credit: Michael LavineSoundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has once again downplayed the idea that the grunge legends could continue following the death of Chris Cornell last year.

"It's not likely that we could ever do Soundgarden without a missing piece," Thayil tells Billboard.

However, the guitarist does say he hopes to still work with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd in some capacity.

"I'd like to do more with Matt in the future. I'd like to do something with Ben in the future," Thayil says.

"It's likely Matt and Ben and I will do something in the future -- it just probably won't be Soundgarden," he adds. "I don't see the dignity in pursuing that course."

A career-spanning Chris Cornell box set, which Thayil helped curate, will be released this Friday.

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Cher on touring: "I just want to do it 'til I'm finished"

PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentCher's Here We Go Again Tour kicks off January 17 in Estero, Florida.  It's the 72-year-old icon's first full U.S. trek in five years, and she says she wants to tour as much as she can -- while she's still able to do it.

In a video promoting the tour, Cher says, "There will be some point where I can't tour, y'know?...And I don't want to think, 'I wish I would have done more, now that I can no longer do it,' because I still enjoy it."

She adds, "I still sing well, and I just want to do it 'til I'm finished."

Even if you've seen Cher before -- maybe on her three-year "Farewell Tour" that turned out not to be -- there will be new things to discover on this trek, including material from her new hit album of ABBA covers, Dancing Queen.

"The show's gonna be a little bit different," she explains. "I'm adding new songs to it, trying some new things and some new technology."

But while many artists from Cher's generation are either retiring from the road or staying put in Vegas, why does the Oscar-winning star want to drag herself all over the U.S. at this point in her career?

"I can't really say why I wanna tour. I've never had a plan," she says with a laughs. "It's like someone said: 'Oh, do you have a five-year plan for your career?' I don't have a five-minute plan for my career!"

She then declares, "My favorite thing is being on stage and I've had great audiences in my life. It's like playing tennis. It's like, if you give off a lot of energy, then they give a lot of energy back."

Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

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Diddy’s former girlfriend Kim Porter dead at age 47 

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicKim Porter, Diddy’s former girlfriend and mother of three of his children, died Thursday. She was 47.

"Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter," her rep said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. "I ask that you give the families privacy at this time."

Porter was found dead at her home in Toluca Lake, California around noon after police responded to a 911 call. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. TMZ quotes a source as saying Porter had been suffering with flu-like symptoms for several weeks.

Diddy's network, Revolt TV, tweeted, "Rest in LOVE to Kim Porter— model, actress, mother of 4, and former longtime partner to Diddy. She was found dead in her home this morning. She was 47 years old. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family & friends."

Missy Elliott offered her condolences, tweeting, “This is so heartbreaking. Lord please give her kids & her whole family strength.”

50 Cent also tweeted, “R.I.P to Kim Porter, I send my condolences to her friends and family. She was loved and will be missed dearly. I know Puff is hit right now, he loved her for real, soul mate. Chin up puff, Positive vibes only."

Porter and Diddy started dating in 1994. Their relationship continued on and off for 13 years before ending in 2007. They had three children together: twin daughters Jessie James and D'Lila, 11, and son Christian, 20.

Porter also has a 27-year-old son, Quincy, from her former marriage to Al B. Sure!

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Girls just wanna have trophies: Cyndi Lauper to receive Icon Award at "Billboard" Women in Music event 

Credit: Gavin BondCyndi Lauper will be honored with Billboard's Icon Award at the publication's annual Women in Music Event, taking place December 6 in New York City.

"The entire world recognizes the power of Cyndi Lauper's pop music, and just as crucially, she has used her undeniable talent to soar beyond music, create positive change in modern society and become a true Icon," said Billboard Editorial Director Jason Lipshutz in a statement.

A Grammy, Tony and Emmy-winning star, Lauper has scored eight top-10 hits in her career, appeared in movies and on TV, and has written a hit Broadway musical.  A noted humanitarian, she established the True Colors Fund 10 years ago. The charity works to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

Cyndi's spent much of this year on tour with Rod Stewart.  She also is working on a new musical based on the hit movie Working Girl.

Also being honored at the Women in Music event are pop superstar and Billboard's Woman of the Year Ariana Grande, as well as R&B singer and actress Janelle Monáe, who will receive the Trailblazer Award.

The 13th annual Women in Music event and red-carpet pre-show will be broadcast live on Twitter, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on December 6.  More honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Garth Brooks on his new song for Trisha Yearwood: "The song is so 'me' and how I feel...that it's scary"

ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks debuted a brand new song called "Stronger Than Me" on the CMA Awards Wednesday evening. A song about his wife, Trisha Yearwood, who happened to be sitting in the front row, Garth admits that the decision to debut the track was a bit daunting.

"This song is so ‘me,’ and how I feel toward Miss Yearwood, that it is scary,” he admits.

With lyrics like, "If I had a choice I'd pray to God he takes me first/'Cause you're stronger than me," it's no wonder the song made Trisha start to cry.

Garth explains the idea behind the song.

“There’s a verse that comes out of the bridge that says, ‘You know, I always thought I had to have the answers/Be her strength, and take the lead/But when it comes to anything that really matters/She’s stronger than me,’" he explains. "I can’t tell you how many times in our relationship that verse has been the truth.”

The country couple always praise each other in interviews, but after his performance Wednesday night, Garth just might be crowned Husband of the Year.

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Justin Timberlake sells NYC penthouse; cancels more tour dates

ABC/Adam RoseJustin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are selling their New York City penthouse for a lot less than they bargained for.

According to New York Post’s Page Six, the apartment, in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood, is in contract to be sold for $6.35 million, down from the original just-under-$8-million asking price earlier this year.

The penthouse features three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a massive living room and a wraparound terrace.

Justin and Jessica currently live in a Tribeca apartment in a star-studded building that also counts Meg Ryan and recent renters The Weeknd and Bella Hadid as residents.

Meanwhile, Justin’s bruised vocal cords have forced him to cancel even more shows on his Man of the Woods tour.  His concert in Portland, Oregon tonight, as well as his November 18 and 20 shows in Sacramento and Anaheim, have been pushed back to February.

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Nas releases short film inspired by his latest album, "Nasir" 

ABC/Randy HolmesNas released a short film Thursday inspired by his latest album, Nasir, which was executive-produced by Kanye West.

The 16-minute movie includes vocals from all seven songs on the album, and scenes of police brutality appear throughout. Slick Rick makes a cameo appearance as the film takes the Illmatic rapper back to his roots growing up in the Queensbridge section of New York City.

The film ends with the rapper walking alone on a beach, seeking serenity as he raps “Simple Things” from his Nasir album.

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Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride & more to help light NYC's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

NBC UniversalIt's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and several country stars will help celebrate the occasion by taking part in the annual lighting of New York City's famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

Brett EldredgeMarina McBride and Kellie Pickler will help kick off the holidays with performances on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center, airing on November 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

Additionally, Motown legend Diana RossTony Bennett, jazz artist Diana KrallAmerica's Got Talent star Darci Lynn Farmer, a cappella group Pentatonix and John Legend will also lend their talents to the television special.

NBC's Today anchors Hoda KotbSavannah GuthrieAl Roker and Craig Melvin will co-host the holiday special, which will take place at New York City's famed Rockefeller Center. The evening will include the lighting of a 72-foot tall, 45-foot wide Norway Spruce from Wallkill, N.Y.

A holiday tradition for 86 years, the lighting of the tree will feature more than than 50,000 multi-colored LEDs.

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Brad Paisley, Keith Urban & more country stars reflect on Roy Clark's passing

Donn Jones/CMAThe country world lost a beloved member of its community today when Roy Clark died of pneumonia, and now many of his fellow country stars have issued statements or taken to their socials to express their sadness at his loss.

A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and Grand Ole Opry member, Roy was well known for co-hosting the television series Hee Haw for 24 years. He also had crossover success on both the country and pop charts. He was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1973.

Roy influenced many of today's country stars. In fact, if it wasn't for his music, the genre might not have Brad Paisley or Keith Urban. In a series of heartfelt posts on Twitter, Brad shared the impact the late singer had on his life and career.

"Roy Clark shaped my path," Brad wrote. "My Papaw introduced me to his music as a toddler. Every Saturday we’d watch Hee Haw. My first guitar book was a Roy Clark guitar method. I practiced his style, then practiced making his facial expressions. He was a hero. And so many have the same story."

"My first CMA memory is sitting on my living room floor watching Roy Clark tear it up. Sending my love and respect to him and his family for all he did," Keith, the newly crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year, shared on Twitter.

Dolly Parton said in a statement, "Roy Clark was one of the greatest ever. His spirit will never die. I loved him dearly and he will be missed."

Charlie Daniels tweeted, "Just got word that Roy Clark has passed. I’ve known him for 60 years and he was a fine musician and entertainer Rest In Peace Buddy, you will be remembered."

Roy died at his home in in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming. 

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Kandi Burruss says she'll never be friends with Phaedra Parks again 

DeWayne Rogers/Monami EntertainmentIn the new season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kandi Burruss' bumpy relationship with Porsha Williams seems to be on the mend after their explosive fallout on the RHOA season nine reunion.

However, while the Xscape singer is willing to give Williams another chance, Burruss says her friendship with Phaedra Parks is definitely over.

“Absolutely not. Absolutely not. That was too far. That was too much," Burruss told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live after he asked if she and Parks could mend their relationship.

"I’ve never heard anything [from her]. No apologies, no nothing," Kandi said. "And I’m cool with that. We don’t ever have to talk again, and I’m good. Let’s move forward.”

As previously reported, on the season nine reunion of RHOA, Parks admitted starting rumors that Burruss wanted to drug Williams and take advantage of her sexually -- a rumor Williams repeated multiple times throughout the season. Following the explosive reunion, Parks was let go from the show, with Burruss and Williams attempting to reconcile their relationship.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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John Legend, Pentatonix, Diana Ross & more to sing on NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" 

Courtesy NBC UniversalNBC's annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center holiday special will be the usual star-studded affair.

John Legend, Diana Ross, Pentatonix and Tony Bennett, as well as country stars Brett Eldredge, Kellie Pickler and Martina McBride, will all perform on the special, which airs Wednesday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. More acts will be announced soon.

Howie Mandel will also make a special appearance on the two-hour special, which will be co-hosted by NBC's Today show anchors and feature the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a 72-foot-tall Norway Spruce from Wallkill, New York. 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was first erected in 1931, but NBC televised it for the first time in 1951. This 86th annual tree lighting will feature more than 50,000 multi-colored lights, and a 900-pound 3-D star covered in three million Swarovski crystals.

In other NBC holiday special news, Entertainment Tonight reports that John Legend's A Legendary Christmas With John and Chrissy -- which airs November 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT right after the tree-lighting special -- will feature Meghan Trainor, Jane Lynch, Darren Criss, Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq and the Fab Five from Queer Eye.

John's special will repeat December 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Fifth Harmony happenings: Ally Brooke writes a book, Normani releases a new song

Dennis LeupoldThe upcoming release from a member of Fifth Harmony isn't a song: It's a book.

Ally Brooke has written a memoir called Finding Your Harmony: Dream Big, Have Faith and Achieve More than You Can Imagine.  According to the publisher, it'll hit store shelves April 2, 2019.

On Instagram, Ally wrote, "MAMA WROTE A BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is my first one! Guys, I’ve always wanted to write my story and ultimately help others through it. I have been through so much, and at times I thought it would never get better, but through faith, family, you, amazing friends, music, and love, I am at a place in life where I finally am truly happy, and living out some of my biggest dreams."

She added, "This book is another dream of mine come to life, and I can finally share with u. I’ve been working on this in private for a very long time. I have so much to tell."

According to the publisher, the book will detail how Ally navigated her quick but not always harmonious rise to fame by "staying true to herself and her faith."  It will also offer "practical advice" that readers who are going through difficult times can apply to their own lives.

Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony's Normani has dropped another new track.  This one's called "Waves," and it features 6LACK. She debuted it live last month when she performed at the Tidal X concert.

As previously reported, Normani will open for Ariana Grande on the U.S. leg of her Sweetener world tour, kicking off March 18 in Albany, NY.

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Rolling Stones post video hinting at North American tour; band's logo spotted in various U.S. cities

Credit: Dave HoganMore hints that The Rolling Stones are planning to announce a major North American tour have popped up online and at locations across the continent.

First off, the band's official Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram have posted a video depicting the Statue of Liberty and a sun with the group's lips-and-tongue logo rising over the ocean, as the intro to "Paint It Black" plays.

In addition, according to various reports gathered by the fan site, The Stones' famous logo has been spotted on billboards near MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and on the Oakland Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland, California, as well as on a scoreboard in Seattle's CenutryLink Field. Meanwhile, an ABC News source reports that large stickers showing the logo have been seen on the sidewalks of Chicago.

Rumors about a North American tour began heating up earlier this month when the lips-and-tongue logo was spotted at two U.S. football stadiums: on a large banner hung from the outside of Denver's Broncos Stadium at Mile High and on the scoreboard at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Also at Gillette Stadium, during a November 4 New England Patriots game, the team's cheerleaders did a dance routine to the Rolling Stones classic tune "Start Me Up," while revealing that they were wearing Stones t-shirts.

The Rolling Stones' most recent trek was this year's No Filter Tour of Europe, which ran from May until July. The last time that the rock legends toured the U.S. and Canada was in 2015; the band also played a few stateside shows in October 2016.

Stay tuned!

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Report: The Weeknd sued for allegedly stealing idea for "Starboy" comic book

Image Group LA/ABCThe Weeknd has been accused of stealing the idea for his Starboy comic book.

Eymun Talasazan is suing the Toronto singer, claiming that after he pitched The Weeknd his idea for a comic book about hip-hop and R&B super heroes, his concept was then used without his permission for production of the book earlier this year, according The Blast

Talasazan is demanding the profits from the comic book, plus damages. He’s also calling for The Weeknd to cease sales of the book. Earlier this year, the “Call Out My Name” singer demanded that Talasazan’s trademark application for the Starboy comic book be denied. The case is still pending.

Starboy is also the name of The Weeknd's most recent album, released in 2016.

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BTS releases first concert film, "Burn the Stage: The Movie"

Big Hit Entertainment/Trafalgar ReleasingBTS is on the big screen.

The K-pop boy band phenomenon has released a concert film, Burn the Stage: The Movie, which is now available for viewing in over 70 countries across the globe.

The movie features an intimate look at the 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour, which drew more than 550,000 fans across 40 concerts in 19 cities. It not only includes concert footage, but also a glimpse into the everyday lives of the seven band members: RM, JinSUGA, j-hopeJimin, V, and Jung Kook.

Pre-sales for the film had already topped 940,000 tickets. Check for theater locations.

For the uninitiated, BTS is an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means "Bulletproof Boy Scouts" in Korean. In 2017, the band also announced the acronym could stand for “Beyond the Scene."

In related news, the group's management company, Big Hit Entertainment, has apologized for a recent string of controversies involving clothing worn by its members.  One member was photographed wearing a shirt that appeared to celebrate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, while another member was seen wearing a hat with a Nazi symbol.

Big Hit  Entertainment posted a statement on Facebook saying it doesn't condone the use of atomic weapons, totalitarian beliefs or Nazism. It also asks fans to blame them, and not BTS, for not "providing the necessary and careful support to our artist that may have prevented these issues."

The statement added, "We would like to again offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who has suffered pain, distress and discomfort due to our shortcomings."

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Bono returning to ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" for fourth annual (RED) benefit show

ABC/Adam TaylorBono will return to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the show's fourth annual (RED) benefit episode, airing Monday, November 19.

The U2 frontman, who co-founded (RED) in 2006, will join host Jimmy Kimmel and celebrities including Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Snoop Dogg, Mila Kunis and Pharrell to support the charity, which raises funds for the fight against AIDS.

As with previous years, the special will include a QVC-like Shopathon, offering many different (RED) products and unique celebrity experiences.

Previous specials have featured performances from Coldplay's Chris Martin and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers.

The show will air ahead of World AIDS Day, December 1.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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After skipping CMA Awards, Vince Gill postpones concert dates due to kidney stones 

ABC/Image Group LAVince Gill was scheduled to perform on Wednesday's CMA Awards with Ricky Skaggs but had to cancel his appearance because he's being treated for kidney stones.

The two singers and longtime friends were planning on performing Ricky's "Highway 40 Blues" together, but after Vince had to bow out, Keith Urban and Brothers Osborne's John Osborne stepped in.

Vince's publicist tells ABC Radio that Vince is currently undergoing treatment, and that he'll be postponing the next four dates of his tour. Vince's shows scheduled for tonight through November 18 will be rescheduled for a later date.

"To have Keith Urban here to sing 'Highway 40' with me -- we've done that at the Opry, but not here," Ricky told reporters backstage following their performance. "He was sitting in for Vince Gill, who couldn't make it because of a little sickness."

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