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Thursday
Feb222018

X Ambassadors hit the basketball court in "Don't Stay" video

ABC/Randy HolmesX Ambassadors have released the video for their song "Don't Stay," a track from the band's forthcoming album, Joyful

In the video, frontman Sam Harris stands in the middle of an outdoor basketball court while delivering an impassioned performance of the song. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

Joyful, the follow-up to 2015's VHS, is due out in the spring. X Ambassadors are currently on a U.S. headlining tour.

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Thursday
Feb222018

5 Seconds of Summer are "Back" with new single, tour announcement

Alexandra GavilletWant them back?  You got it.

5 Seconds of Summer have returned with their long-awaited new single, "Want You Back," as well as dates for a spring tour.

The song is the band's first release in nearly two years, and the first for their upcoming third album, which they've spent the last year creating in L.A.  It's due out later this year.

In a statement, 5SOS says, "Finally…It’s been 3 years since our last album and we are so ready to share new music with the world."

Explaining the long break, the band added, "After spending the last 5 years on the road since the age of 16, it was important we took time to reflect as individuals and now we’re coming back stronger and more unified than ever." 

"These songs mean the world to us and we have held nothing back in writing and recording this album," they add. "We’ve been rehearsing a lot of the new songs live and can’t wait to get back out on tour to connect with our incredible fans."

The 5SOS tour kicks off March 20 in Stockholm, Sweden and arrives in North America -- specifically, Boston -- on April 8.  The North American leg concludes April 27 in San Francisco, and the band then moves on to shows in Singapore, their native Australia and Mexico before wrapping things up in Brazil on June 6.

Tickets go on sale March 3 at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com.  You can register now through February 27 at 5sos.tmverifiedfan.com for access to the Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale.  That will allow you to grab your tickets starting March 2 at 10 a.m.

Here are the tour dates:

3/20 -- Stockholm, SE, Debaser Strand
3/23 -- Antwerp, BE, Trix
3/24 -- Cologne, DE, Gloria
3/26 -- Amsterdam, NL, Melkweg
3/29 --  Milan, IT, Fabrique
4/4 -- Paris, FR, Yoyo
4/5 -- London, UK, Heaven
4/8 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
4/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
4/10 --  Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring
4/12 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
4/13 -- Toronto, ON, The Danforth Music Hall
4/15 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater
4/16 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues Chicago
4/18 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom
4/19 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues Dallas
4/21 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston
4/23 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
4/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Belasco Theater
4/26 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues San Diego
4/27 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
5/2 -- Singapore, Singapore, Capitol Theatre
5/24 -- Sydney, Australia, Metro
5/29 -- Melbourne, Australia, 170 Russell
6/4 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Lunario Del Auditorio Nacional
6/6 -- Sao Paolo, Brazil, Cine Joia

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Thursday
Feb222018

Remy Ma’s sister arrested on gun charges 

Steven Ferdman/Getty ImagesAs Remy Ma continues her strong comeback following several years behind bars, her sister has been arrested for a shooting incident.

Remeesha Alesia Blount was taken into police custody on Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to The News & Observer. She is accused of shooting a woman and also firing several shots at a vehicle outside of a local bar.

Blount has been charged with “one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, three counts of assault with the weapon with intent to kill, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and discharging a firearm in the city.”

She has several previous arrests, including charges for assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun, and shooting a gun inside city limits. Blount is now being held without bail.

Remy served six years in prison for assault and illegal weapon possession, She was released in August 2014. 

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Thursday
Feb222018

Maroon 5 to serenade legends at Pro Football Hall of Fame 

Travis SchneiderThe guys in Maroon 5 are more likely to spend their downtime at the golf course than at a football stadium, but they've been tapped to sing for some gridiron legends during this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week in Canton, OH.

"We’ve always been huge fans and supporters of the NFL," the band says in a statement. "It’s a huge honor to be a part of recognizing the greatest players in the game for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.”

The band will perform at the annual Concert for Legends, which celebrates this year's inductees into the Hall of Fame, on August 4.  The Class of 2018 includes Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer.

Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. ET.  Past performers at the Concert for Legends include Aerosmith, country superstar Tim McGraw and Kid Rock.

The band will be doing double duty on August 4: They have a gig that same night in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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Thursday
Feb222018

Killa Shine: Mark Rihanna's milestone birthday with "Dirty Thirty" Fenty Beauty highlighter

Fotonoticias/FilmMagicO.K., so maybe you didn't get invited to Rihanna's 30th birthday party on Tuesday.  But you can still celebrate RiRi's milestone day with a limited birthday edition product from her Fenty Beauty line.

The product, Killawatt: Dirty Thirty Edition, packages "Trophy Wife," Rihanna's favorite shade of 3D hyper-metallic gold highlighter, in collectible "Dirty Thirty" packaging, with an "XXX" imprint.

The Fenty Beauty freestyle highlighter, a cream-powder hybrid, is loaded with superfine shimmer and blends instantly into the skin. You can use it on your face, eyes, lips, collarbone or anywhere else you need some sparkle.

You can, as the Fenty Beauty website says, "celebrate 30 blessed years of Rihanna's killer radiance" with the product, which costs $34.

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Thursday
Feb222018

Lauryn Hill to perform at Kaya Fest in California

PRNewsfoto/Kaya FestLauryn Hill will join members of the Marley family at the Kaya Fest in April.

"As we prepare to bring Kaya Fest to the west coast, we're proud to have the continued support of powerful artist Ms. Lauryn Hill," says Stephen Marley, son of the late Bob Marley and producer of the festival.

"This year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of my father's album Kaya, we wanted to go even bigger - more artists, more love and more people celebrating with us from all over the world," Marley adds.

The Kaya Fest will be held April 28-29 in San Bernardino, California. Marley will perform along with his brothers Ziggy, Damian, Julian, and Ky-Mani. Hill is connected with the family as she has five children with another brother, Rohan Marley.

Kay Fest will also feature Cypress Hill, Action Bronson, Toots & the Maytals, Third World and Inner Circle. The event “seeks to educate and celebrate the thoughtful uses for cannabis." 

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Thursday
Feb222018

MAX to turn the "Lights Down Low" on Live with Kelly & Ryan's "After Oscar® Show"

Jade EhlersHe's not nominated, but MAX will be performing on the Oscar stage this year...about 12 hours after the awards show itself ends.

The singer has been tapped to perform a special rendition of his hit "Lights Down Low" on Live with Kelly and Ryan's "After Oscar® Show," which will air March 5, the day after the 90th Annual Academy Awards, at 9 a.m. ET.

During the show, which airs in national syndication, MAX will perform from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, where the Oscar ceremony will take place.  Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel will also be a guest.

If you're going to be in L.A. the morning of the 5th, visit KellyandRyan.com to see how you can get tickets.

Earlier this month, in honor of Valentine's Day, "Lights Down Low" was featured as one of Snapchat's worldwide lenses. Among the stars who used the lens -- which made pink glasses with hearts appear on your face -- were Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz.

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Thursday
Feb222018

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez go to church following Jamaican getaway

ABC/RICK ROWELLJustin Bieber and Selena Gomez are back from Jamaica and back in church.

After returning from a mini-Caribbean getaway to celebrate Justin’s dad’s wedding, People reports the two were spotted attending a church service in Los Angeles together.

On Monday, Justin was a groomsman at his dad Jeremy’s wedding to Chelsey Rebelo. Later that day, Justin and Selena were photographed showing some major PDA in Montego Bay.

Justin’s also set to be a big brother again. Following their nuptials, his dad and new stepmom announced that they’re expecting their first child together. Jeremy is also dad to 8-year-old Jaxon and 9-year-old Jazmyn with his ex Erin Wagner.

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Thursday
Feb222018

Birdman: Lil Wayne 'Tha Carter V' coming out this year 

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BMIAfter many years of waiting, Lil Wayne fans can finally look forward to the release of Tha Carter V.

“We’ll get that this year,” Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman tells Rap-Up. “I’m guaranteeing you gon’ get it this year.”

Wayne expected to release the CD in 2014, however it has remained in the vault because of his ongoing legal dispute with the record label.

Birdman was full of compliments for Weezy, saying ““He is the best ever to me. A lot of success comes from under his umbrella.” He predicted that Tha Carter V will be one of the “biggest” albums of 2018. “Without a doubt,” he says. “It’s gonna’ be well worth the wait.”

Wayne is suing Cash Money for $51 million, accusing the company of withholding his album. Last year, he filed a suit charging that Universal Music and Cash Money are working together to deny him money he deserves from the success of his Young Money Entertainment artists Drake and Nicki Minaj. 

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Thursday
Feb222018

Janelle Monae announces release date for 'Dirty Computer' album

Atlantic RecordsJanelle Monae has revealed the release date for her third album, Dirty Computer.

The singer/actress will drop the CD on April 27, and it is now available for pre-order. Monae previously released a futuristic, sci-fi trailer featuring Creed actress Tessa Thompson.

Monae is releasing a narrative film with the album, and calls the project an “Emotion Picture.” She released two singles and music videos today, “Make Me Feel” and "Django Jane.”

Thompson joins her in the “Make Me Feel” video which is set in a 1980s themed dance club. In “Django Jane,” Monae sits on a throne surrounded by women as she raps a tribute to ‘Black Girl Magic.” 

Dirty Computer is the follow-up to Monae’s 2013 CD, The Electric Lady.

 

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Thursday
Feb222018

Foreigner releasing new live album and DVD documenting 2017 orchestral concerts

earMUSICAs part of Foreigner's 40th anniversary tour last year, the band played two special concerts with accompaniment from a 58-piece orchestra and 60-voice choir in May in Lucerne, Switzerland. Now, highlights from the sold-out shows will be released in various formats under the title Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus on April 27.

The concerts featured Foreigner playing many of its classic songs backed by the symphony and choir, with new orchestral arrangements created by Juilliard-trained cellist, pianist and composer Dave Eggar and producer, writer and percussionist Chuck Palmer.

Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus will be available on CD, as a double-LP vinyl set and digitally, while a CD/DVD digipak version will be sold exclusively via Walmart. In addition, an hour-long version of the show is being prepared for broadcast television.

"I could never have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner 40 years ago, that we'd still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later," says founding guitar/songwriter Mick Jones. "Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer's orchestral arrangements have shown us a new symphonic dimension of our music, which I hope our fans will enjoy."

Foreigner will be bringing its orchestral show to the U.S. for a series of eight dates, running from a March 16 concert in St. Augustine, Florida, through an April 4 performance in Duluth, Minnesota. Accompanying the band will be the Dave Eggar Orchestra.

As previously reported, Foreigner's 2018 itinerary also includes a lengthy U.S. summer trek with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening, as well as a variety of headlining dates.

Here's the Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus CD track list:

"Overture"
"Blue Morning, Blue Day"
"Cold as Ice"
"Waiting for a Girl Like You"
"Say You Will"
"When It Comes to Love"
"That Was Yesterday"
"Feels Like the First Time"
"Starrider"
"Double Vision"
"Fool for You Anyway"
"Urgent"
"Juke Box Hero"
"I Want to Know What Love Is"

And here's the DVD track list:

"Overture"
"Blue Morning, Blue Day"
"Cold as Ice"
"Waiting for a Girl Like You"
"Head Games"
"When It Comes to Love"
"Say You Will"
"The Flame Still Burns"
"That Was Yesterday"
"Juke Box Hero"
"Starrider"
"Double Vision"
"Fool for You Anyway"
"Hot Blooded"
"Urgent"
"Feels Like the First Time"
"I Want to Know What Love Is"

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Thursday
Feb222018

Watch Jared Leto in trailer for new Netflix film, "The Outsider"

NetflixNetflix has shared the trailer for the upcoming film The Outsider, starring Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto.

In the movie, Leto plays an American soldier who's imprisoned in Japan after World War II. After being released, he finds himself in the debt of the Yakuza organized crime syndicate. Copious amounts of violence ensues.

The Outsider premieres on Netflix March 9.

If you want to see Leto in person in addition to on your streaming devices, you can catch Thirty Seconds to Mars live this summer on their Monolith tour, which begins June 6 in Toronto. The band's new, still-untitled album is due out April 6.

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Thursday
Feb222018

Get ready for the "Golden Hour": Kacey Musgraves unleashes new music on Friday

ABC/Randy HolmesIt looks like Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour will dawn on Friday.

The “Merry Go ‘Round” hitmaker has promised two new songs on February 23, with Texas Monthly reporting the full album is due sometime in March.

“On this project, I feel like I’m leading more with my heart than with my brain,” Kacey says of the record, which contains half-a-dozen love songs. It’s likely no coincidence, since Kacey tied the knot with singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly last October.

Look for Kacey to perform some of her new material when she guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday. You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Thursday
Feb222018

Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran tunes skate away with big sales boots from the Olympics

Virginia Sherwood/NBCThe figure-skating competitions at this year's Winter Olympics haven't just been fun to watch: They've been fun to listen to. This year, the athletes are allowed to skate to songs with lyrics, and that's translated into some significant sales increases on the Billboard charts.

For example, Adele's first single, "Hometown Glory," was used by Canadian skaters Eric Radford and Meghan Duhamel on February 9. Billboard reports that it resulted in a boost of more than 1200% in downloads, and 30% in streams for the 2007 song.

Coldplay's catalogue was very popular among skaters this year. U.S. skater Adam Rippon used the band's 2014 song "O" in his free skate program, which resulted in a more than 10,000% increase in downloads and 280% increase in streams. 

Meanwhile, U.S. skaters Alex and Maia Shibutani used Coldplay's "Paradise" and "Fix You" as part of their routine: the former got a 411% boost, while the latter saw a 61% gain.

Another song that got a big boost, according to Billboard, is Ed Sheeran's "Make It Rain," which France's Morgan Cipres and Vanessa James skated to.  It received a 128% increase in downloads.

This Friday marks the final day of figure skating, so more sales increases are still possible.

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Thursday
Feb222018

Quincy Jones apologizes for controversial interviews

Amanda Edwards/WireImageQuincy Jones has issued an apology for two recent interviews in GQ and Vulture in which he made controversial remarks about several entertainers, including Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Richard Pryor.

"I'm sorry to anyone who my words offended and I'm especially sorry to my friends who are still here and to those who aren't," the Thriller producer posted on Twitter.

Jones wrote that his six daughters had a family intervention "because of some silly things I've said in two recent interviews. I have learned my lesson!"

Jones continued, "To my dear family and friends...thank you for calling me out when I've clearly made a mistake…many mistakes."

He added, "I'm an imperfect human being and I'm not afraid to say it. I'm sorry and I'm not afraid to say it…Even at 85, it's apparent that 'wordvomit' and bad-mouthing is inexcusable."

The multi-Grammy Award winner wrote that his "bad-mouthing contradicted the very real messages I tried to relay about racism, inequality, homophobia, poverty."

Jones commented that he reached out to his friends privately, but wanted to also make a public apology. 

As previously reported, in the Vulture interview, Jones said that Jackson "stole a lot of songs. [Donna Summer's] 'State of Independence' and 'Billie Jean.'" He added that the King of Pop was "greedy" and said he "had a problem with his look because his father told him he was ugly and abused him."

"I used to kill him about the plastic surgery, man. He'd always justify it and say it was because of some disease he had. Bulls***," Jones said.

Jones also claimed that Gaye and Pryor slept with Marlon Brando

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Thursday
Feb222018

Kesha shares two live performance videos after postponing tour

ABC/Paula LoboKesha may have been sidelined from touring due to a torn ACL, but she’s still giving fans a taste of her live performances.

The singer released two videos from her Rainbow tour show at the Hollywood Palladium on November 1, 2017. One is a video of her performing “Praying,” and another is of her classic anthem “We R Who We R.”

On Tuesday, Kesha announced she was postponing her March and April tour dates after injuring her knee in a fall earlier this month. She had surgery and is set to undergo rehabilitation so that she can be back in good shape to hit the road with Macklemore for their co-headlining tour this summer.

“I love you all and I'll work every single day, as hard as I can, to recover and get back on stage as soon as possible,” she told fans in a statement. “I'm so sorry and sending love always."

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Thursday
Feb222018

Empire of the Sun posts controversial Billy Graham tribute

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesEmpire of the Sun confused many of their fans when they posted a tribute to famous Christian evangelist Billy Graham, who passed away Monday at age 99.

On the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages for the Australian duo, made up of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, there's a post that reads "God bless the great Billy Graham." In the comments, fans wondered why the band would pay tribute to Graham, whose views have been criticized as homophobic and anti-Semitic.

Among those most confused is Littlemore himself. In the comments on the Instagram post, Littlemore writes "Not all of us are interested in celebrating a life of a bigot #fyi."

Littlemore adds that he doesn't "run this account," and that he was "quite upset to see this post."

As for who does run Empire of the Sun's social media accounts, perhaps Steele or a third party, that remains unclear.

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Thursday
Feb222018

Trey Songz accused of assault 

Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz is being accused of assault during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

A woman who attended a party Saturday night with the singer filed the police report, according to TMZ. She says Songz hit her in the face following an argument, and claims he was angry because she was talking to another man. The woman left the party, went to a hospital, then reported the incident to police.

The Los Angeles City Attorney is reviewing the case to decide if charges will be filed.

In December, Songz was sued by a woman who claimed that he broke her glasses when she attempted to take a photo of him at a Philadelphia strip club.

The “Na Na” singer is currently on probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace for destroying equipment when his set was cut off during a concert at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in December 2016.

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Thursday
Feb222018

Imagination Library of Congress? Dolly books a date in D.C.

ABC/Lou RoccoOn Tuesday, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will hand out its 100 millionth book. But instead of dropping it in the mail as usual, Dolly will donate it to the Library of Congress.

You can watch the live ceremony from Washington, D.C. starting at 10 a.m. ET on February 27 via Facebook. Dolly’s expected to read to a group of local school kids, and announce a new partnership with the Library of Congress as well.

Inspired by her own father, who was illiterate, Dolly launched the Imagination Library in 1995 in East Tennessee.  Since then, it’s spread across the U.S., to the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, sending free books to kids all around the world from birth to age five.

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Thursday
Feb222018

Bad Wolves honor Dolores O'Riordan in "Zombie" video 

Eleven Seven Label GroupBad Wolves have released the video for their cover of The Cranberries' hit "Zombie." The cover was originally supposed to feature Dolores O'Riordan, but sadly, she died the day she was scheduled to record her vocals.

The Bad Wolves video features a woman wearing the same all-gold outfit and bodypaint that O'Riordan wore in the original "Zombie" visual. She tries to reach out to frontman Tommy Vext, but the two are separated by a glass wall. Instead, she can only leave gold handprints on the glass.

In a statement, O'Riordan's U.K. publicist, Lindsey Holmes, says that the late Irish musician thought Bad Wolves' take on "Zombie" was "killer."

Holmes adds that O'Riordan was "intrigued by the simple but effective couple of lyric changes that make the cover version as relevant to current world events as the original was to the events that inspired her to write the song in the early nineties."

Those changes include swapping "guns" for "drones" and changing 1916 -- the year of Ireland's Easter Rebellion -- to 2018.

"[O'Riordan's] lyrics, confronting the collateral damage of political unrest, capture the same sentiment we wanted to express a quarter-century later," says Vext. "That is a testament to the kind of enduring artist Dolores was, and will remain forever."

Proceeds from Bad Wolves' "Zombie" cover will be donated to O'Riordan's three children.

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