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Dec112017

Morrissey issues statement on controversial Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein comments

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagicMorrissey has issued a statement regarding the controversial comments he made about disgraced Hollywood figures Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein in an interview with German publication Der Spiegel published last month.

"Would I support Kevin Spacey's private proclivities? No, never," Morrissey writes in a Facebook post. "Would I ever support abuse of children? No, never. Would I support sexual harassment? No, never. Would I support rape? No, never."

In the Der Spiegel piece, Morrissey is quoted as saying that he felt Spacey -- who actor Anthony Rapp alleged made sexual advances toward him at a party in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14 years old -- was being "attacked unnecessarily."

He was also quoted as saying that in many cases of accused sexual misconduct, "the person who is being labeled a victim is merely disappointed."

In his statement, Morrissey accuses Der Spiegel of having no intention to "convey my views fairly," and adds that the publication has refused requests for the full unedited audio of the interview.

"You must forget the print media who are infatuated with their own reflection and do not want yours," Morrissey says.

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Monday
Dec112017

Corey Taylor releasing "Live in London" performance

Katja Ogrin/RedfernsThis Monday, December 18, Corey Taylor is releasing Live in London, a recording of his acoustic show at the U.K. capital in May 2016.  The recording is being made available for free via his website, TheCoreyTaylor.com.

The performance features unplugged renditions of Slipknot and Stone Sour songs, as well as covers of songs by Johnny Cash, KISS, R.E.M., The Cure and Creedence Clearwater Revival. You can watch a trailer for the film now on YouTube.

Starting in January, you'll be able to catch a fully electric Taylor on tour with Stone Sour on a North American run alongside Halestorm.

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Monday
Dec112017

Azealia Banks tells Remy Ma to step up her rap game

Remy Ma; ABC/Randy HolmesLooks like Azealia Banks has started a brand new feud....this time with Remy Ma. 

The "212" rapper wrote a scathing letter on Instagram on Sunday, telling Remy that as far as her rap skills go, she "absolutely must step [her] s*** up." 

Azealia continues, "The music you have been releasing is some serious old head rap s*** and it's 100% unfair that you stand up on your reality TV booster seat and make any statements about female rap as if you have done a single thing to move the cultural needle since you've been home."

She adds, "You are struggling to keep up with the rest of female rap and it's time you seriously leave the nicki minaj subs and disses at home." 

Azealia's savage diss was a follow-up to another lengthy message she wrote about Remy, captured on The Shade Room, that called her out for having an "unhealthy" obsession with Nicki Minaj.   

She also wrote that Remy hasn't "contributed a single artful thing to female rap." 

Remy responded to Azealia with an Instagram message of her own, also captured by The Shade Room.

She writes, "I got a year and a half more of u stalking me, hating on ya new fave, & getting ignored... I'm officially airing out ALL y'all chicks that was on MY line heavy when I touched down & now all of a sudden got amnesia." 

Remy's caption is positioned under what appears to be a previous phone text conversation between her and Azealia.  

Remy Ma, whose longstanding feud with Nicki made headlines in February, released her track "Wake Me Up," in November. 

That song features guest vocals from Lil Kim

Azealia is starring in her first movie, Love Beats Rhymes, available in select theaters now.  

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Monday
Dec112017

Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh launching their first-ever duo tour in March

Credit: Jay BlakesbergFounding Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh will hit the road as a duo for the first time ever next year for a series of shows in select U.S. cities.

The Bobby and Phil Tour kicks off with a March 2-3 stand at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, while four other concerts have been confirmed: March 7-8 in Boston and March 10-11 in Chicago.

The shows will feature Weir and Lesh playing memorable Grateful Dead tunes, plus other material, both acoustically and electrically.

The duo trek follows a few events that Bob and Phil played together this year in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of The Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station album. Those performances included sets at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia, the Sound Summit festival at California's Mount Tamalpais and at Lesh's Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, California.

"I guess it was last summer, Phil and I played a little duo show," explains Weir. "We had enough fun so we figured hey, let's do this, let's make a little go of this."

Adds Lesh, "Playing with Bob always brings me great joy. The intuitive playing that we have developed over five decades of creating music together always leads to new realms of musical experience, something that I find especially exciting, and I think that fans of our music will enjoy this new format as much as I do."

You can sign up for pre-sale tickets now through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program at BobbyandPhilDuoTour.TMVerifiedFan.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, December 15, at 10 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.

Two-night VIP ticket and travel packages also will be sold. Visit BobbyandPhil.com for more info.

Here are all the dates:

3/2 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
3/3 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
3/7 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theatre
3/8 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theatre
3/10 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
3/11 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre

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Monday
Dec112017

Beyonce scores first #1 in nine years, thanks to Ed Sheeran

Atlantic RecordsEd Sheeran may have thought Beyonce was doing him a favor by agreeing to duet with him on his song "Perfect," but it turns out she's gotten something out of the team-up as well: her first #1 hit in nine years.

"Perfect" has just topped the Billboard Hot 100, with 63% of its sales coming from the duet version with Beyonce.  This is Ed's second #1 on that chart, following "Shape of You," which ruled for 12 weeks earlier this year.  It's Beyonce's sixth #1 as a solo artist, but it's her first since 2008's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)."

"Perfect" is the second time in 2017 that a song that had already charted hit #1 after the addition of a high profile star.  The first was Luis Fonsi's "Despacito," which peaked at #44 in April, but then topped the chart in May after Justin Bieber was added to the track.

Ed is now the only artist with two #1 hits this year as a lead artist.  Justin's had two -- "Despacito" and "I'm the One" -- but he wasn't the lead artist on either.

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Monday
Dec112017

"If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time": R. Kelly posts video of ransacked Atlanta home

Randee St. NicholasOn Saturday, R. Kelly gave fans a tour, via social media, of one his Atlanta homes that was recently robbed. 

In a video shared on Instagram, the "Ignition" singer says, "At my house right now in Atlanta where they basically done cleaned out my whole house." 

He continues, "Wanna thank all my fans for their support. [This is] what happens when you let people too close to you. People you've known for 25, 30 years. This is what happens." 

In the video he goes on to show several parts of the home, including his living room and what appears to be a recreation room, which have been ransacked. 

As previously reported, a woman who works for the singer discovered in November that a home Kelly rents in Johns Creek, a suburb of Atlanta, had been cleaned out entirely, with the thieves taking everything from furniture to a diamond-encrusted hoodie.

After the discovery, police in Fulton County, Georgia searched another of Kelly's homes in the area and found everything missing there too, including televisions, couches, chairs and tables. 

Police said that earlier this month they encountered an individual who said he had been hired by the singer to move out the furnishings and sell them because the singer was relocating to Chicago. 

But Johns Creek Cpt. Chris Byers. told ABC affiliate WSB-TV that the man, identified as Alfonso "Doc" Walker, was allegedly involved in a scheme to sell the missing items to the highest bidder, room by room. 

Police said Walker was supposed to turn himself in on Tuesday, but did not.   

On Friday, police reportedly issued an arrest warrant for Walker on charges of burglary and theft. 

They say Walker used to work for Kelly doing odd jobs.  

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Monday
Dec112017

Did Chanté Moore use fraudulent funds to produce her newest album?

Ra-Fael BlancoChanté Moore is allegedly in hot water for accepting cash that was "fraudulently obtained by a criminal enterprise" in order to produce her newest album, The Rise of the Phoenix.

That's according to The Blast, which claims the singer got involved in a "complicated fraud and racketeering case," in which two men allege that the singer "defrauded" them out of $3.6 million.

The unidentified men also claim that Moore used the money they gave her to "open a hair bar in Georgia, buy a house, and support [her] career."

In addition, the men state in a lawsuit they've filed against Moore that they bought her gifts and plane tickets for her tour, and helped "fund the production of and marketing campaign for" The Rise of the Phoenix. 

They also claimed they paid off her "significant personal debt."  

In addition, the two men claim that Moore knew the money was obtained illegally, and that she knew that their investment in her career was a money-laundering scheme.

The Blast adds that the plaintiffs believe they should receive any profits made from sales of her album, considering the fact that they basically financed the entire project.

Moore has reportedly denied the allegations and has asked for the case to be thrown out. A ruling has yet to be made by a judge.  

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Monday
Dec112017

What's going with Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker?

ABC/Alycia Monaco; Johnny BuzzerioSomething's going on with Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker. According to DeLonge's Instagram, the former Blink-182 band mates appear to be working on something together.

"So Travis calls me and asks me to do an interview...next thing I know all these cameras have invaded my office," DeLonge writes alongside a photo of said cameras. 

"I have a feeling he just wanted some super hi-res footage of my body," DeLonge adds. "And yes Blinkies, we also talked a bit about other stuff. #TravisAndTomHoldingHands."

DeLonge and Blink-182 parted ways in 2015, and the band recruited Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba to step in. Could DeLonge be hinting at a reunion with Blink?  He could also be teasing the return of Box Car Racer, his short-lived band with Barker.

Whatever DeLonge is up to, he's already got plenty on his plate: earlier this year, he launched the To the Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences research program, and he's also working on a variety of music, film and book projects.

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Monday
Dec112017

Luke Bryan locks in his 19th #1, pays tribute to Lionel Richie

ABC/Paula LoboLuke Bryan brings home the 19th #1 of his career this week, as “Light It Up” ascends to the top of the country chart.

“Light It Up” is the lead single from the Georgia native’s new What Makes You Country album. He’ll perform the track “Most People Are Good” Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated show airs in your area.

Last week, Luke also recorded another high-profile TV appearance, this time in Washington, D.C. He’ll pay tribute to his fellow American Idol judge Lionel Richie during this year’s 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. You can catch his performance Tuesday, December 26, when the show airs at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Monday
Dec112017

Beautiful Debut: U2 scores eighth #1 album with "Songs of Experience"

Interscope RecordsU2 has plenty of experience topping the Billboard 200, and the Irish rockers have just scored their eighth #1 album on the chart with Songs of Experience. The new record notched 186,000 equivalent album sales during its first week of release, 180,000 of which were from traditional album sales.

Both totals are the highest single-week sales figures for an album by any rock act during 2017. Sales of Songs of Experience were boosted by a promotion that bundled the album with tickets for U2's 2018 Experience + Innocence Tour, which kicks off in May.

Songs of Experience is the companion album to U2's 2014 album Songs of Innocence, which was first released for free into the library of every iTunes user. It entered the Billboard 200 at #9 when it was commercially released.

U2's most recent, previous Billboard 200 chart-topper was 2009's No Line on the Horizon. They also reached #1 with 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 1997's Pop, 1993's Zooropa, 1991's Achtung Baby, 1988's Rattle and Hum, and 1987's The Joshua Tree.

With Songs of Experience hitting the top spot on the Billboard 200, U2 becomes the first band ever with #1 albums in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. Three other artists also have accomplished the feat -- Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand.

In other news, U2 has released a teaser-trailer for the forthcoming official video for their new song, "Get Out of Your Own Way," which was directed by frequent collaborator Jonas Akerlund. The full video will premiere in the coming days.

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Monday
Dec112017

Ed Sheeran to release new version of "Perfect" with Andrea Bocelli 

Greg WilliamsLast week, Ed Sheeran said in an interview with BBC Radio 1 that he was going to release a new collaboration on Friday that he described as "more for my dad's generation."  He also said that no one would be expecting it...and he's right.

Ed revealed during an appearance on NBC's Today show that he'll be releasing yet another version of his single "Perfect," this time as a collaboration with opera superstar Andrea Bocelli.  He described it as "just a little present for Christmas."  Ed added that Bocelli sings the second verse in Italian.

While "Perfect" is now #1 in the U.K., Ed hopes releasing this new version on Friday will cause even more people to buy the song, keeping it on top of the chart.  In that way, he'll ensure that he'll achieve the honor of scoring the U.K. "Christmas number one," which is a big deal across the pond.

As of Monday, Ed's duet version of "Perfect" with Beyonce topped the Billboard Hot 100 as well.

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Monday
Dec112017

Anthrax announces live "Kings Among Scotland" DVD

Credit: Jimmy HubbardAnthrax is bringing their live show to you with Kings Among Scotland, a live DVD filmed this past February at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow. It'll be released on April 27.

The DVD features a performance of Anthrax's 1987 album Among the Living in its entirely, along with a batch of fan-favorites.

"It was pretty a intense show," guitarist Scott Ian remembers. "Especially when the crowd was so insane, the floor actually started moving up and down."

If you want to see Anthrax live in person, you can catch them on their KillThrax tour alongside Killswitch Engage, which launches January 25 in Montreal.

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Monday
Dec112017

Selena Gomez is ready to put out a new album “very soon” 

ABC/Image Group LAAfter a year of releasing one-off single and collaborations, Selena Gomez is ready to put out a new full-length album.

“There is no might, there is an album,” she confirms to BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw. “And I think it’s fair to say that people know the year I’ve had, and I’ve poured my heart into my music and I wanted it to be fresh.”

Selena adds, “It wasn’t really about charts for me or numbers. It was more just about what I could creatively do for my music. So, yes, I can successfully say that my inspiration for this next album is in full motion and it will be very soon.”

The singer, who underwent a kidney transplant earlier this year, says she’s eager to share her new music with the public.

“It’s exciting to be in a place where I love surprising people and creating new areas of music I can explore,” she says. “And I’ll get to be present, you know? I was taking some time off for my health and it was good, but now I get to be here.”

Selena also posted a photo of herself in the recording studio on Instagram Sunday, writing, “Currently. Until the next year. Here’s where I’ll be.”

Her last album, Revival, came out in 2015.

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Monday
Dec112017

Chris Stapleton takes "Volume 2" to #1, as the second "From A Room" set debuts

ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton captures the top spot on Billboard’s country albums chart this week, with the second volume of his recordings From A Room.

The CMA Male Vocalist of the Year sold 116,000 copies of From A Room:  Volume 2, with a total that increases to 125,000 units when you account for album-equivalent units. By comparison, May’s first set moved 219,000 in its initial week.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Chris couldn’t quite make it to #1, thanks to a little rock band named U2 and their latest effort, Songs of Experience.  From A Room:  Volume 2 comes in at #2, just ahead of Taylor Swift, who drops to #3 with Reputation after three weeks at the top.

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Monday
Dec112017

"I'm ready": LeToya Luckett weds Dallas-based entrepreneur 

Dennis Leupold LeToya Luckett is officially a married woman.  

Essence reports that the "Back 2 Life" singer and former fiancé, Tommicus Walker, wed Sunday evening in Austin, Texas. 

As previously reported, LeToya first announced her engagement to Tommicus on social media in August. 

According to the magazine, the "intimate wedding" took place at Villa Antonia

Reality star and pastor John Gray officiated LeToya and Tommicus' ceremony. 

LeToya, who wore a "custom Vera Wang gown and Christian Louboutin sandals" for the big day, tells Essence that Vera "graciously allowed me to add a few touches to my dress as my own addition."  

LudacrisTankLatavia Roberson and Michelle Williams were among the celebrities who attended the wedding reception. Like LeToya, Latavia and Michelle are both former members of Destiny's Child.  

Essence adds that Ludacris' wife, Eudoxie Bridges, was one of two matrons of honor, while Tommicus' brothers served as best men. 

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Monday
Dec112017

Come to the compound: Florida Georgia Line envisions new headquarters in Music City

ABC/Image Group LANext up for Florida Georgia Line, the duo will build their own creative compound not far from Nashville’s Music Row.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley envision a garden-sanctuary environment that will be made up primarily of three ventures: FGL’s publishing company Tree Vibez Music; Brian’s wife Brittney’s clothing brand, Tribe Kelley; and a new meeting and event space called meet + greet. The new location is at 1910 21st Avenue South, in the Hillsboro Village neighborhood.

“Passionate people inspire other passionate people,” Brian says. “We thrive on letting our imaginations run wild and can’t wait to see what this city dreams up together.”

Earlier this year, Brian and Tyler opened their own bar and restaurant, FGL House, in downtown Nashville. They’re currently working on their fourth studio album as their duet with pop star Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be,” climbs the chart.

You can find out more about FGL's new venture at MeetGreetNashville.com.

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Monday
Dec112017

Ministry details political new album, "AmeriKKKant"; watch "Antifa" video now

Nuclear Blast Records Ministry will release a new album called AmeriKKKant on March 9. The politically charged record features the lead single "Antifa," which is streaming alongside an intense video now on YouTube.

"This album, AmeriKKKant, will provide FEMA-type relief for the devastation 'Hurricane Cheeto' has brought upon us," says frontman Al Jourgensen, referring to President Donald Trump.

AmeriKKKant is the 14th studio effort from the industrial metallers, and the first since 2013's From Beer to Eternity.

Here's the AmeriKKKant track list:

"I Know Words"
"Twilight Zone"
"Victims of a Clown"
"TV5/4Chan"
"We're Tired of It"
"Wargasm"
"Antifa"
"Game Over"
"AmeriKKKa"

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Monday
Dec112017

Ed Sheeran wrote Eminem collab, “River,” at Russell Crowe’s house

ABC/Paula LoboRussell Crowe apparently had a hand in Ed Sheeran’s collaboration with Eminem.

Ed tells Billboard the song, called “River,” was actually written at the actor’s Australian home last year.

“I get an email from Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s manager, and he said, ‘We’re gonna start putting the album together, send any ideas,’” Ed explains, adding that he already had an idea in mind.

Ed, who was in Australia at the time, adds, “So I used the studio at Russell’s house… played the drums on it, and then played the guitar, and then recorded the thing and wrote the chorus and did the piano on it, and then sent it off and then didn’t hear anything back. This was like March 2016.”

Over a year later, in May 2017, Ed got word that Eminem had recorded verses for the song. Ed says he got to meet Eminem in Detroit when he played there and described the rapper as “such a sweet, talented guy.”

Eminem’s new album, Revival, is due out this Friday.

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Monday
Dec112017

The Killers invite photographer on stage: "I'm not going to kick you in the face"

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Killers frontman Brandon Flowers invited a photographer on stage during the band's performance Sunday at the same Los Angeles radio festival where Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme kicked a photographer the previous night.

"Come on up here...I'm not going to kick you in the face, just come on up here, it's okay," Flowers said. "I just want to tell you to tell all your friends that you're welcome here, and at any Killers concert you're safe, and you're respected." Fan-recorded footage of the interaction was posted to social media.

Saturday night, Homme kicked a camera being used by photographer Chelsea Lauren while she was shooting QotSA's performance. Lauren was sent to the hospital, and on Sunday wrote that, "My neck is a sore, my eyebrow bruised and I'm a bit nauseous." Homme has since offered a written and video apology.

Also during The Killers show, the band covered The Smiths song "This Charming Man" in honor of Morrissey, who -- surprise, surprise -- canceled his headlining performance at the festival. You can watch fan footage of that on social media as well.

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Monday
Dec112017

Motionless in White announces 2018 "Graveyard Shift" tour 

Roadrunner RecordsMotionless in White will hit the road next year on a North American tour in continued support of their latest album, Graveyard Shift. The trek begins February 20 in Sacramento, California, and concludes March 25 in Reno, Nevada. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 15 via MotionlessinWhite.net.

Released this past May, Graveyard Shift includes the singles "LOUD" and "Necessary Evil," which features Korn's Jonathan Davis.

Here are Motionless in White's 2018 headlining tour dates:

2/20 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades
2/21 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
2/22 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
2/23 -- Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theater
2/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sunshine Theater
2/25 -- Ft. Collins, CO, Aggie Theater
2/27 -- Clive, IA, 7 Flags Event Center
2/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
3/2 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
3/3 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
3/4 -- Providence, RI, The Strand
3/6 -- Portland, ME, State Theater
3/7 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall
3/8 -- London, ON, London Music Hall
3/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
3/10 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live
3/11 -- Lexington, KY, Manchester Music Hall
3/13 -- Columbia, MO, Blue Note
3/14 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
3/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Bourbon
3/17 -- Winnipeg, MB, The Garrick Centre
3/19 -- Edmonton, AB, Union Hall
3/20 -- Calgary, AB, Palace Theatre
3/22 -- Vancouver, BC, Rickshaw Theatre
3/23 -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
3/24 -- Boise, ID, Revolution
3/25 -- Reno, NV, Cargo

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