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Monday
May222017

Mila J confirms full-length album and tour are on the way

ABC RadioMila J's third EP, Dopamine, is out now, but fans of the "Kickin' Back" artist can finally expect a full-length album from singer later this year, along with an upcoming tour. 

"My plans is for the album to come before, probably, fall," she says. "We don't have a set date yet, but definitely before the year's up. And then I'm going on tour in Australia. So that'll be fun. I've never been there."  

But as her fans wait in anticipation for Mila's upcoming onstage appearances, the singer tells ABC Radio about the two acts she remembers being excited to see live: TLC and Janet Jackson.  

Unfortunately, a bout of bad luck prevented her from seeing the CrazySexyCool trio in person. 

She explains, "The crazy part is I never got to see TLC live because the two times that we were gonna go, both shows ended up getting cancelled for some reason. So I was like, 'Uhhhh.' That's a bummer that I never got to see all three of them together." 

"But Janet I have seen multiple times," she assures.

Mila is performing at the Riverside Fox Theatre, with GinuwineLyfe Jennings and Calvin Richardson also on the bill, in Riverside, CA on Saturday, May 27. Tickets are available to purchase via Ticketmaster. 

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Monday
May222017

"Middle Fingers" reflects the everyday lives of the "a-holes" in Missio

RCA RecordsThrow your middle fingers in the air in celebration: Missio's new album Loner is out now. The first full-length effort from the Austin, Texas-based duo features their breakthrough single "Middle Fingers," a song producer/multi-instrumentalist David Butler says "fits our personality."

"That's kinda the way we are in our everyday lives," Butler tells ABC Radio. "If you were to just take a peek into our lives and the way we interact, you might be like, 'Man, those guys are a-holes to each other.' But we just say things like we feel 'em in the moment."

He adds, "In essence, that's like the honesty that comes through in all the lyrics across the whole record."

What "Middle Fingers" is not, though, is a political statement, even if some listeners have taken it that way.

"What I like about the song is that it can mean anything to anybody," says Butler. "It's a response that you can have, saying, 'I'm not gonna let this situation define me.' So it makes sense that a lot of people do take it politically, and that's cool, whatever that means to you, but that wasn't our motivation."

As for how "Middle Fingers" reflects the rest of Loner, lead vocalist Matthew Brue says the album is "very diverse" musically.  Butler, however, considers the album to be "Matthew's story," and says "Middle Fingers" provides a "nice overhead view" of that story.  In fact, the album's title, Loner, is taken from a line in "Middle Fingers."

"'Loner' is probably one of the best words that I think we could come up with to kind of overall, one-word stamp it, on what every song is kinda centered about," says Butler.

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Monday
May222017

2017 "Billboard" Music Awards: Winners list

Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsTop Artist
Drake

Top New Artist
Zayn

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity (Fan-Voted Category)
Twenty One Pilots

Top Male Artist
Drake

Top Female Artist
Beyoncé

Top Duo/Group
Twenty One Pilots

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Drake

Top Hot 100 Artist
Drake

Top Song Sales Artist
Drake

Top Radio Songs Artist
Twenty One Pilots

Top Streaming Songs Artist
Drake

Top Social Artist (Fan-Voted Category)
BTS

Top Touring Artist
Beyoncé

Top R&B Artist
Beyoncé

Top R&B Tour
Beyoncé

Top Rap Artist
Drake

Top Rap Tour
Drake

Top Country Artist
Blake Shelton

Top Country Tour
Kenny Chesney

Top Rock Artist
Twenty One Pilots

Top Rock Tour
Coldplay

Top Dance/Electronic Artist
The Chainsmokers

Top Latin Artist
Juan Gabriel

Top Christian Artist
Lauren Daigle
   
Top Gospel Artist
Kirk Franklin

Top Billboard 200 Album
Drake, Views

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album
Hamilton: An American Musical

Top R&B Album
Beyoncé, Lemonade

Top Rap Album
Drake, Views

Top Country Album
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Top Rock Album
Metallica, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct

Top Latin Album
Juan Gabriel, Los Duo 2

Top Dance/Electronic Album
Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough

Top Christian Album
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be

Top Gospel Album
Tamela Mann, One Way

Top Hot 100 Song
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”

Top-Selling Song
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Radio Song
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”
 
Top Streaming Song
Desiigner, “Panda"

Top Collaboration
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”

Top R&B Song
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”

Top R&B Collaboration
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”

Top Rap Song
Desiigner, “Panda”

Top Rap Collaboration
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Top Country Song
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”
  
Top Country Collaboration
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK, “Setting The World On Fire”

Top Rock Song
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”
  
Top Latin Song
Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”

Top Dance/Electronic Song
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”

Top Christian Song
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family “Thy Will”
  
Top Gospel Song
Travis Greene “Made a Way”

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Sunday
May212017

U2 pays tribute to Chris Cornell at Rose Bowl

Rich Fury/Getty ImagesU2 paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell, who died this past week of an apparent suicide, during their concert Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

The band dedicated the Joshua Tree track "Running to Stand Still," which is about drug addiction, to the late Soundgarden frontman, according to Variety.  "For the lion that was Chris Cornell, we send a prayer to his lioness,” said Bono.

In addition, before U2 took the stage, Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" was heard over the P.A. system, and the audience sang along and held their smartphones aloft, according to Variety.

In an apparent comment on the fact that so many rock heroes have left us too early, Bono also said, "Here we still are. Here you still are. What a blessing...let's do this again in 2047.”

As Variety notes, U2 is the only band of its stature whose lineup remains intact after more than 35 years.

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Sunday
May212017

First round of "Billboard" Music Award winners announced: Drake, Chainsmokers, Twenty One Pilots, Beyonce & more

Courtesy Dick Clark Productions

Because there are so many categories for tonight's Billboard Music Awards, the bulk of the winners will not be announced on the air.  Instead, they were announced earlier today, and so far, Drake is the big winner: he has already won 10 awards of of a possible 22.  If he wins three more trophies on the air tonight, he'll have broken the all-time record for most BBMA wins in a single evening.

 

Other big winners so far include Beyonce, who has five, Twenty One Pilots with four and The Chainsmokers with three.

There are plenty more awards to be given out tonight, including Artist of the Year, so tune into the Billboard Music Awards live from Las Vegas starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.

The winners so far:

Top Female Artist:
Beyoncé

Top Duo/Group:
Twenty One Pilots

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Drake

Top Song Sales Artist:
Drake

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Twenty One Pilots

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Drake

Top Touring Artist:
Beyoncé

Top R&B Artist:
Beyoncé

Top R&B Tour
Beyoncé

Top Rap Artist:
Drake

Top Rap Tour
Drake

Top Country Tour
Kenny Chesney

Top Rock Artist:
Twenty One Pilots

Top Rock Tour
Coldplay

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album:
Hamilton: An American Musical

Top R&B Album
Beyoncé Lemonade

Top Rap Album:
Drake Views

Top Country Album:
Chris Stapleton Traveller

Top Rock Album:
Metallica Hardwired…To Self Destruct

Top Dance/Electronic Album
Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough

Top Gospel Album:
Tamela Mann One Way

Top Selling Song:
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Radio Song:
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla “One Dance”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Desiigner “Panda”

Top Collaboration
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”

Top R&B Song:
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla “One Dance”

Top R&B Collaboration
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla “One Dance”

Top Rap Song:
Desiigner “Panda”

Top Rap Collaboration
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Top Country Collaboration
Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink “Setting The World On Fire”

Top Rock Song:
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”

Top Gospel Song:
Travis Greene “Made A Way”

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Sunday
May212017

Ludacris is "excited" to see Bruno Mars perform during Sunday's "Billboard" Music Awards

 

Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsA massive amount of A-list stars will present awards and perform during tonight's 2017 Billboard Music Awards.  

But the show's co-host, Ludacris, is especially interested in seeing one artist's performance in particular. 

He says, "I'm excited to check out Bruno Mars. I think it's gonna be great. I feel like he always brings it. You can tell he has James BrownMichael Jackson DNA in all these different things, so he really studies the greats and I can't wait to see him."

Nicki Minaj will do an an epic nine-minute performance with Lil WayneJason Derulo and deejay/producer David Guetta on the telecast, and Drake and John Legend are just a few of the other acts confirmed to appear onstage as well.  

Sean "Diddy" CombsDJ KhaledBachelorette Rachel LindsayG-EazyPrince Michael JacksonKevin HartJussie Smollett and more will present throughout the night. 

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards airs live tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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Sunday
May212017

Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt represent at Sunday's "Billboard" Music Awards

Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsIf you're a Florida Georgia Line fan, you won't want to miss Sunday's Billboard Music Awards.

In addition to being the most-nominated country act with six nods, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are set to perform with John Legend. They'll do a mash-up of their nominated song “H.O.L.Y.,” along with the Oscar-winning R&B singer/songwriter's current single "Surefire." 

Even though he's not among this year's nominees, Sam Hunt will take the stage to sing his chart-topping hit, "Body Like a Back Road." It's his first major TV appearance since getting married last month. Ironically, he performed the same song at the same venue in early April at the ACM Awards, while serenading his now-wife Hannah Lee Fowler.

You can catch The 2017 Billboard Music Awards Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, as the show airs live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Here are the nominees in the country categories:

Top Country Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Tour
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Dixie Chicks

Top Country Album
Jason Aldean -- They Don’t Know
Florida Georgia Line -- Dig Your Roots
Blake Shelton --  If I’m Honest
Chris Stapleton -- Traveller
Keith Urban -- Ripcord

Top Country Song
Kenny Chesney featuring P!NK -- “Setting the World on Fire”
Florida Georgia Line  -- “H.O.L.Y.”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw -- “May We All”
Little Big Town -- “Better Man”
Keith Urban -- “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration
Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King -- “Different for Girls”
Kenny Chesney featuring P!NK -- “Setting the World on Fire”
Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens -- “Kill a Word”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw -- “May We All”
Chris Young featuring Vince Gill -- “Sober Saturday Night"

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Sunday
May212017

Star-studded "Billboard" Music Awards air Sunday night

Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsAs usual, this year's Billboard Music Awards, airing Sunday night on ABC live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will be a star-studded affair.

Among the performers who'll be taking the stage on the three-hour award show: Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Jason Derulo, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, Lorde, Drake, Nicki Minaj and John Legend, who'll perform with country duo Florida Georgia Line.

Cher will receive the Billboard ICON Award and perform her #1 hit "Believe," while Celine Dion will sing "My Heart Will Go On" in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the movie in which the song was featured: Titanic.

According to the rep for the show, Imagine Dragons will be "honoring" the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died earlier this week, prior to their own performance during the ceremony.

The show, hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens, will also feature an all-star lineup of presenters, including Rachel Platten, Bebe Rexha, Hailee Steinfeld, Lea Michele, Prince Michael Jacskon, DJ Khaled, Noah Cyrus, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Mark Cuban and Kevin Hart, among others.

Adele, Drake, Beyonce and The Chainsmokers are among the top nominees for this year's Billboard Music Awards.

This year’s show will broadcast live on both costs.

Here are the nominees:

Top Artist
Adele
Beyoncé
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top New Artist:
Alessia Cara
Desiigner
Lil Uzi Vert
Lukas Graham
Zayn

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity (Fan Voted Category):
Luke Bryan
The Chainsmokers
Nicki Minaj
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Drake
Future
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist
Adele
Beyoncé
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Sia

Top Duo/Group
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Florida Georgia Line
Guns N’ Roses
Twenty One Pilots

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Beyoncé
Drake
Prince
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Prince
Justin Timberlake
Twenty One Pilots

Top Radio Songs Artist
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Streaming Songs Artist
The Chainsmokers
Desiigner
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted Category - Voting Opens 5/1)
Justin Bieber
BTS
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist
Justin Bieber
Beyoncé
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top R&B Artist
Beyoncé
Bruno Mars
Frank Ocean
Rihanna
The Weeknd

Top R&B Tour
Beyoncé
Lionel Richie
Rihanna

Top Rap Artist
J. Cole
Desiigner
Drake
Future
Rae Sremmurd

Top Rap Tour
Drake
Future
Kanye West

Top Country Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Tour
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Dixie Chicks

Top Rock Artist
Coldplay
The Lumineers
Metallica
Twenty One Pilots
X Ambassadors

Top Rock Tour
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top Dance/Electronic Artist
The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Major Lazer
DJ Snake
Lindsey Stirling

Album Awards
Top Billboard 200 Album
Beyoncé, Lemonade
Drake, Views
Rihanna, Anti
Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
The Weeknd, Starboy

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album
Hamilton: An American Musical
Moana
Purple Rain
Suicide Squad: The Album
Trolls

Top R&B Album
Beyoncé, Lemonade
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Frank Ocean, Blonde
Rihanna, Anti
The Weeknd, Starboy

Top Rap Album
J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
Drake, Views
Kevin Gates, Islah
DJ Khaled, Major Key
A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service

Top Country Album
Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know
Florida Georgia Line, Dig Your Roots
Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Keith Urban, Ripcord

Top Rock Album
The Lumineers, Cleopatra
Metallica, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway
Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

Top Dance/Electronic Album
The Chainsmokers, Bouquet (EP)
The Chainsmokers, Collage (EP)
Flume, Skin
Kygo, Cloud Nine
Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough

Song Awards
Top Hot 100 Song
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

Top-Selling Song
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

Top Radio Song
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Pau,l “Cheap Thrills”
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Streaming Song (Audio)
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Rihanna, “Needed Me”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top Streaming Song (Video)
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
Desiigner, “Panda”
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall, “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

Top Collaboration
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top R&B Song
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”
Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Rihanna, “Needed Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top R&B Collaboration
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”
PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake, “Come And See Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “I Feel It Coming”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top Rap Song
Desiigner, “Panda”
Drake, “Fake Love”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad And Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Top Rap Collaboration
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Zay Hilfigerrr  & Zayion McCall, “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello, “Bad Things”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Top Country Song
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK, “Setting The World On Fire”
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King, “Different For Girls”
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK, “Setting The World On Fire”
Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, “Kill A Word”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”

Top Rock Song
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Feat. X Ambassadors, “Sucker For Pain”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”
Twenty One Pilots, “Ride”
Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”
X Ambassadors, “Unsteady”

Top Latin Song
Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky”
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin, “Duele El Corazon”
Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”
Shakira Featuring Maluma, “Chantaje”
Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”

Top Dance/Electronic Song
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For”
Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & MØ, “Cold Water”
DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber, “Let Me Love You”

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Sunday
May212017

Arrest this man: Radiohead's "OK Computer" turns 20 today

ParlophoneTwenty years ago today, the world was introduced to OK Computer.

Radiohead's seminal 1997 album first arrived in Japan on May 21, 1997. It would later be released in their native U.K. in June and then in the United States in July.

Coming off the band's more rock-driven album The Bends, which in turn was the sophomore follow-up to their debut Pablo Honey, OK Computer found Radiohead experimenting with more layered electronic sounds. According to drummer Phil Selway, Radiohead's record label deemed the group's new direction to be "commercial suicide."

However, OK Computer went on to cement Radiohead's international popularity: it's sold 4.5 million copies sold worldwide, and was certified double platinum in the U.S.  It's widely considered one of the best albums of the '90s, and regularly ends up near the top of "Best Albums of All Time" lists.

In addition to the densely layered music, OK Computer was acclaimed for its lyrical content, which explored themes of technology, consumerism, politics and alienation in tracks like "Karma Police" and "Paranoid Android."

OK Computer was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2015 for being a "statement and a cautionary tale for the digital age."

Radiohead will reissue OK Computer with three previously unreleased tracks in a collection titled OKNOTOK on June 23.

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Saturday
May202017

Harry Styles duets with Stevie Nicks at LA concert; album heading for huge sales week 

Harley Weir

Harry Styles is having a pretty good weekend.
On Friday night, the singer performed at L.A.'s Troubadour club in a surprise charity gig, and his special guest was none other than rock legend Stevie Nicks, reports Variety.  Harry has said that Stevie's group Fleetwood Mac was a huge influence on the sound of his self-titled solo debut, and he told Rolling Stone that he even showed up to one of the band's gigs with a carrot cake for Stevie.
According to Variety, Harry and Stevie sang his song "Two Ghosts," as well as Fleetwood Mac's classic "Landslide" and Stevie's "Leather and Lace," originally a duet with Don Henley.  Harry bowed down to Stevie, who he called "The Queen of Everything," and added, "I am losing my s**t in a cool way."

As if that weren't enough, Variety reports that Harry's album is expected to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart with a whopping 230,000 copies sold in its first week.  That's quite a bit more than the 157,000 copies Harry's former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik sold with his solo debut, Mind of Mine, last year, according to Variety.

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Friday
May192017

Nothing But Thieves premieres "Amsterdam" video 

ABC/Randy HolmesNothing But Thieves has shared the music video for "Amsterdam," the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore album, Broken Machine.

The clip finds Conor Mason and company rocking out inside a warehouse while surrounded by an expertly choreographed group of dancers. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

Broken Machine will be released September 8.

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Friday
May192017

U2 to perform & chat on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" this Tuesday

Credit: Kevin MazurU2 fans will find what they're looking if they tune in to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Tuesday, May 23. The Irish rockers will be visiting the talk show that evening to give their only planned TV interview and performance during the North American leg of their Joshua Tree Tour 2017.

U2's latest trek, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree, got underway on May 12 in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to their Kimmel appearance, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will play a pair concerts this weekend at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. The current tour leg winds down July 1 in Cleveland, after which U2 heads to Europe for a summer outing.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on ABC.

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Friday
May192017

Celine Dion's heart will go on yet again at this Sunday's "Billboard" Music Awards

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCThe 2017 Billboard Music Awards air Sunday night on ABC, and one of the show's highlights is sure to be Celine Dion's performance of her signature song "My Heart Will Go On" to mark the movie Titanic's 20th anniversary. Celine says on those nights when she feels she just can't face belting the tune out yet again, the audience's reaction makes it all worth it.

"[It's a] classic that I will sing for the rest of my life, it's a good problem to have," she says. "People are asking me often, 'Are you tired [of singing] that song?' Sometimes I'm like, 'Ugh...' and then the curtains open and people are, like, crying....[so] I mean, I can't complain.  I'm very very fortunate."

Celine also reveals that her late husband and manager Rene once told her, "I didn't wanna have a hit, I wanted to have a career," and "My Heart Will Go On" has given her that.

"I think if you're fortunate enough to have one classic in your life, you can be remembered for the rest of your journey if you wanted to stop singing tomorrow," she adds.

In fact, Celine jokes, "I don't wanna sound pretentious saying this but 'Beauty and the Beast'....and 'My Heart Will Go On'...I think I'm all set! Bye!"

You can watch Celine bring down the house Sunday night when the 2017 Billboard Music Awards air live from Las Vegas on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
May192017

Zedd, Major Lazer and Big Sean to headline "Billboard's" 2017 Hot 100 Music Festival

Courtesy of BillboardThe Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival is returning to Long Island's Jones Beach Theater for a third year in a row, and this time, the headliners include Zedd, Major Lazer and Big Sean.

Now, we can't promise that Justin Bieber will show up to perform "Cold Water" with Major Lazer, but it's possible, since he'll be performing in New Jersey just a few days after the festival.

The festival, scheduled for August 19-20, will feature a diverse line up of acts, from pop, rock and R&B to dance and electronic music.  Other artists on the bill include Echosmith, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, DJ Khaled, Lil Yachty, T-Pain, Capital Cities, Ty Dolla $ign and more.

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 22 at 10 a.m. ET at LiveNation.com.

Among the artists who've performed at the Hot 100 festival in past years include Justin Bieber, Airana Grande, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Calvin Harris and more.

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May192017

Blink-182 shares acoustic version of "Bored to Death" 

ABC/Paula LoboThe deluxe edition of Blink-182's comeback album California is released today, and the collection includes an acoustic rendition of the original album's lead single, "Bored to Death." You can download the unplugged track now via iTunes.

Along with the acoustic "Bored to Death," the deluxe California album also features 10 bonus tracks, including "Parking Lot," "Misery" and "6/8."

Blink-182 recently wrapped up a U.S. tour in support of California. They'll head to Europe in June, and they'll return to the States later this summer to play two stadium dates with Linkin Park and to headline Lollapalooza.

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May192017

Mondo Cozmo premieres new song "Automatic" from debut album, "Plastic Soul"

ABC/Randy HolmesMondo Cozmo has premiered a new song called "Automatic," the follow-up single to his breakthrough track "Shine." You can listen to "Automatic," which sounds much different from the folk rock of "Shine," now on YouTube.

"It's a big f****** tune," the musician, born Josh Ostrander, says in a statement. "I think it's going to take over the world. It was all stream-of-consciousness."

"Automatic" will appear on Mondo Cozmo's forthcoming debut full-length album Plastic Soul, which is due out in the summer.

Mondo Cozmo recently concluded a tour opening for Bastille, and he'll be hitting the festival circuit this summer with sets at Sasquatch!, Boston Calling, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, among others.

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May192017

Solange turns "A Seat at the Table" into an art piece at NYC's Guggenheim Museum

Columbia Records/Carlota GuerreroSolange delivered a unique performance -- complete with interpretive dance movements and experimental musical arrangements -- of her 2016 hit album A Seat at the Table at New York City's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum this Thursday. 

The singer shared pictures and videos of rehearsals leading up to two sold-out shows, dubbed "An Ode to," and of the event itself, which was part of the annual Red Bull Music Academy Festival

In the museum's rotunda, Solange presented original and re-imagined versions of songs featured on A Seat at the Table. She also praised everyone who attended and all parties involved in helping to make the magical show come to life. 

She writes, "I am still seeing your faces and I'm and fulllll gratitude abundance. Thank you so much to @rbma and the @guggenheim for all your work on bringing this piece to life."  

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May192017

Granger Smith reveals how songwriting just "Happens Like That" on the FGL tour

BBR Music GroupGranger Smith’s just-released single, “Happens Like That,” was written while he was on the road with Florida Georgia Line, and FGL’s Tyler Hubbard even has a co-writing credit on the song.

When Granger felt sure he’d hit on a good idea, the “Backroad Song” hitmaker reached out to Tyler to collaborate.

“I texted him, ‘We’re onto something,’ and about 20 seconds later he was coming in the bus door,” Granger tells People. “He puts his reading glasses on, studies what we’re saying, and immediately reverses a couple of words here and there, phrases something different and then we’re off to the races.”

You can check out the results of Granger and Tyler’s efforts in an audio-only YouTube clip. “Happens Like That” is available to stream or download now, and is the lead single from Granger’s new album, which is due in the fall.

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May192017

Marathon of Pink Floyd-related programs airing on AXS TV this Sunday

Courtesy of AXS TVAXS TV will celebrate the music and legacy of Pink Floyd with a special block of programming on Sunday, May 21, starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. The Sunday Night Rocks: Wish You Were Here marathon will begin with an encore screening of an episode of the Dan Rather-hosted series The Big Interview featuring a conversation with Roger Waters.

Up next, at 5:05 p.m. ET, will be the 2006 David Gilmour concert film Live in Gdansk, which was filmed during the Floyd guitarist's tour in support of his solo album On an Island. Then, at 6:50 p.m. ET, AXS TV will show an installment of the Rock Legends series focusing on Pink Floyd.

The marathon continues at 7:25 p.m. ET with the TV documentary Profiles: Pink Floyd: Behind The Wall, which includes interviews with the band's members looking back at the group's career.

Bringing the evening to a close will be a screening of the 2014 documentary and concert film Roger Waters -- The Wall at 9 p.m. ET. The movie includes live performances from some concerts on Waters' The Wall Live Tour, which ran from 2010 to 2013, as well as footage of Roger visiting a number of war-related sites in Europe.

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May192017

Imagine Dragons will honor Chris Cornell at Sunday night's "Billboard" Music Awards

ABC/Randy HolmesThe legacy of Chris Cornell will be recognized at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards.

According to the rep for the show, Imagine Dragons will be "honoring" the late Soundgarden frontman prior to their own performance during the ceremony.

Following Cornell's death, Imagine Dragons wrote, "Rest In Peace Chris. you inspired us as well as millions of artists around the world."

The Billboard Music Awards will be held this Sunday, May 21, and air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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