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Jun232017

Sara Evans' upcoming Words album features all female songwriters

Born To Fly RecordsPlatinum-selling country artist Sara Evans is the epitome of female empowerment. That fact will be on full display when she releases her album Words on July 21.

The project will not only be released on Sara's own record label, Born to Fly Records, but the 14-song collection boasts songs from fourteen separate female songwriters, including Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Liz Hengber, and more.

In addition, Sara's current single, "Marquee Sign," features backup vocals from her 14-year old daughter, Olivia Evans.

Starting today, if you pre-order Words at iTunes, you'll be rewarded with instant downloads of lead single “Marquee Sign” and the title track, “Words.”  Pre-order the album now at SaraEvans.com/Words and receive the songs “Long Way Down,” “I Don’t Trust Myself” and “Diving In Deep,” one every Friday beginning June 30.

Here's the Words track list, with songwriter credits:

"Long Way Down" (Tammy Rodgers / Liz Hengber / Jerry Salley)
"Marquee Sign" (Sara Evans / Jimmy Robbins / Heather Morgan)
"Diving in Deep" (Gordie Sampson / Hillary Lindsey / Steve McEwan)
"All the Love You Left Me" (Ben West / Hillary Lindsey / Gordie Sampson)
"Like the Way You Love Me" (Sara Evans / April Geesbreght / Jason Massey)
"Rain and Fire" (Claude Kelley / Charles Harmon)
"Night Light" (Daniel Tashian / Jaida Dreyer)
"I Need a River" (Marcus Hummon / Darrell Scott / Sonya Isaacs)
"I Don't Trust Myself" (Caitlyn Smith / Gordie Sampson / Steve McEwan)
"Make Room at the Bottom" (Ashley Monroe / Brett James)
"Words" (David Hodges / Jake Scott / Jimmy Robbins)
"I Want You" (Shane Stevens / Victoria Monet)
"Letting You Go" (Sara Evans / Emily Shackelton / Victoria Banks)
"A Little Bit Stronger" (Acoustic version) (Hillary Scott / Hillary Lindsey / Luke Laird)

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Friday
Jun232017

Halsey calls Iggy Azalea a "moron," but apologizes for collaborating with Quavo

Brian ZiffHalsey is nothing if not outspoken. In an interview with the U.K. paper The Guardian, the singer dismisses rapper Iggy Azalea as a "f***ing moron."

The comment came up as part of a discussion about why Halsey -- who describes herself as "queer" and whose album includes a love duet with bisexual fellow pop star Lauren Jauregui -- would collaborate with Migos rapper Quavo, given his controversial comments about homosexuality.

"I think he’s misunderstood,” she says. "Just because I choose to be a socially conscious artist, and I’m pretty good at it, that doesn’t mean every artist is going to be equipped to be politically correct...I can’t police everybody.”

When the interviewer argues that in fact, she can police the artists she chooses to feature on her albums, she lets loose on Iggy.

“Yes, I can,” says Halsey. “And there’s a lot of people I wouldn’t put on my record. Iggy Azalea: absolutely not. She had a complete disregard for black culture. F***ng moron. I watched her career dissolve and it fascinated me.”

Halsey herself is biracial, though she often is accused of lying about it.

Halsey has since taken to Twitter to apologize about including Quavo on the record.  She tweeted, "Honestly? I didn't know that Quavo had made homophobic comments when I collaborated him. We've never spoken a word to each other." 

When a fan took her to task, saying, "why would you defend a rapper you've 'never spoken a word to' regarding lgbt issues when you + half of your fan base are lgbt?" Halsey replied, "I think thats an important point. I AM queer & I TRY to be understanding & want people to be educated. But im truly sorry for my misjudgment."

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Friday
Jun232017

Eminem supports "Defiant Ones" documentary with appearance at L.A. premiere 

Barry Brecheisen/WireImageHe may have dodged the red carpet, but Eminem still showed up to the Defiant Ones premiere Thursday night in Los Angeles, according to Variety.   

The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary takes an in-depth look at the lives of Dr. Dre and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine, through the eyes of those who've worked with them over the years, such as Snoop Dogg and Bruce Springsteen

Considering Eminem's long history with Dr. Dre, and the fact that he's signed to Interscope Records, it's no wonder the rapper made a rare public appearance.  

Many other celebrities attended the star-studded event as well, including Kendrick Lamar, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Pharrell Williams

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Friday
Jun232017

Adam Lambert announces new song, "Two Fux," coming next Friday

Neal Preston/Queen Productions Ltd.Adam Lambert kicks off a tour with Queen tonight, but he hasn't forgotten about his solo career.

The singer has announced that he has a brand-new single coming next Friday, called "Two Fux" -- that's spelled "F-U-X."  He's also posted a brief clip of the song, which features him singing, "Right here, right here, right here/'N imma stay right here."  Then, a guitar part that sounds suspiciously like Queen guitarist Brian May kicks in.

It's not clear if this is a single from an upcoming album, or just a standalone.  In addition to this summer's tour, Adam will also be touring with Queen in 2018 in February and March.

 

 

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Friday
Jun232017

Vince Staples waits for rain to come down in Sprite's first-ever music video 

ABC/Randy HolmesSprite's first-ever music video features rapper Vince Staples for his song "Rain Come Down." The track comes from his newly-released album, Big Fish Theory.  

The visual shows Vince, and guest Ty Dolla $ign, in a desert where they could really use some rain, and direction to find their way back home.  

Throughout the clip, Vince keeps an empty Sprite glass bottle with him, which eventually guides Vince to a diner filled with people and a glass of Sprite for him to drink.  

Vince is one the soda brand's latest ambassadors. Lyrics from his track "Norf Norf" will be showcased, for a limited time, on Sprite cans as a part of the "Summer Sprite Cold Lyrics Series" campaign, which also includes lyrics from songs by Lil Yachty, D.R.A.M.Vic Mensa, Kamaiyah and Kap G

Big Fish Theory, featuring appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Ray JA$AP Rocky and more, is out now via the usual digital platforms.  

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Friday
Jun232017

The E Street Band's Jake Clemons headlining New York State festival Saturday

Credit: Lisa MacIntoshE Street Band saxophone player Jake Clemons also is an accomplished singer/songwriter, and he will be headlining the 2017 Rockland-Bergen Music Festival, which runs from today through Sunday, June 25, in Tappan, New York, and Piermont, New York.

Clemons and his solo band will close out the festival's main performances on Saturday, June 24, at German Masonic Park in Tappan. The lineup for that day also includes John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, veteran singer/songwriter Steve Forbert, and frequent Bruce Springsteen collaborator Joe Grushecky.

In addition, the fest features concert events tonight and Saturday night at The Turning Point in Piermont, a day-long series of performances on Sunday at German Masonic Park and a closing show at The '76 House in Tappan.

Visit RocklandMusicFestival.com for more information.

Meanwhile, Clemons and his band have several other concerts on their tour schedule, including a sold-out show tonight at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Jake continues to support his 2017 debut solo album, Fear & Love.

Here are all of the Jake Clemons Band's confirmed tour dates:

6/23 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Wonder Bar
6/24 -- Tappan, NY, German Masonic Park - Rockland-Bergen Music Festival
7/6 -- Norfolk, VA, Sunset Concert on the River (private residence)*
7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Cadillac Lounge
7/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Cadillac Lounge
7/21 -- Belleville, ON, Canada, Empire Square
8/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
8/10 -- Detroit, MI, Motor City Casino**

* = Jake Clemons solo
** = with Tower of Power.

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Friday
Jun232017

Coldplay releases kaleidoscopic new video for The Chainsmokers collabo

Image Group LA/ABCColdplay will release a new EP called Kaleidoscope on July 14, so it's only fitting that a kaleidoscope would play a big part in a new video for the group's collaboration with The Chainsmokers, "Something Just Like This."

In the clip, a small boy wearing a superhero outfit -- the same one who appears on the single artwork for the track -- finds a kaleidoscope under his bed.  As he looks through it, we see concert footage from both Coldplay and The Chainsmokers performing the song live, refracted as through though a kaleidoscope. At the end of the clip, the kid falls back onto his bed and starts laughing as confetti pours down on him.

The version of the song used for the video is the "Tokyo Remix," and some of the performance footage was indeed filmed in Tokyo. The "Tokyo Remix" is included on the Kaleidoscope EP.

The original version of "Something Just Like This" is included on the Chainsmokers' album Memories...Do Not Open.

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Friday
Jun232017

The Chainsmokers release kaleidoscopic new video for Coldplay collabo 

Disruptor/Columbia/ParlophoneColdplay will release a new EP called Kaleidoscope on July 14, so it's only fitting that a kaleidoscope would play a big part in a new video for the group's collaboration with The Chainsmokers, "Something Just Like This."

In the clip, a small boy wearing a superhero outfit -- the same one who appears on the single artwork for the track -- finds a kaleidoscope under his bed.  As he looks through it, we see concert footage from both Coldplay and The Chainsmokers performing the song live, refracted as through though a kaleidoscope. At the end of the clip, the kid falls back onto his bed and starts laughing as confetti pours down on him.

The version of the song used for the video is the "Tokyo Remix," and some of the performance footage was indeed filmed in Tokyo. The "Tokyo Remix" is included on the Kaleidoscope EP.

The original version of "Something Just Like This" is included on the Chainsmokers' Memories...Do Not Open.

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Friday
Jun232017

Did Mariah Carey cause trouble on the set of the forthcoming Will Farrell movie? 

ABC/Randy HolmesUh oh -- did Mariah Carey drop some diva-like behavior on the set of Will Farrell's upcoming flick, The House, that cost her a cameo in the movie? 

According to a now-deleted post from actor Cedric Yarbrough, captured by RhymeswithSnitch, Mimi started off on the wrong foot by allegedly arriving between three or four hours late.  

But that's not all. 

Cedric, who plays a character named Reggie Henderson in the film, wrote, "While we waited the director & team had the idea of doing a stunt that Mariah's body double would do now & bring in Mariah to match it."

"They do the stunt. All goes well. When Mariah finally showed up she refused to match the stunt. 'Darling, I would never do it that way...'. I heard her say those exact words." 

Yarbrough continued, "She then requested a large fan for her hair to be blown around and a camera that would be above her, basically a crane shot. This last was unprofessional & borderline abusive to our director, who tried his best to appease her every wish."  

According to Yarbrough, he didn't even mention "the worst part."  

He ends his message writing, "This kind of behavior should be called out for what it is. I miss 'I had a vision of love' Mariah. Be a damn professional."  

According to IMDB, Mimi's latest movie roles include the voice of Mayor McCaskill in 2017's The LEGO Batman Movie and the voice of Older Mariah in Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You. She also starred as "Kitty" in an episode of Empire last year.  

The singer is gearing up to go on the road with Lionel Richie for their All the Hits concert tour, beginning in July. 

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Friday
Jun232017

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds thanks fans in emotional letter

ABC/Randy HolmesThe day their new album is released is probably a pretty emotional one for bands, and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, whose new record Evolve arrives today, is channeling that emotion in an open letter, thanking those who've supported him.

"Music is the only thing that speaks for me," Reynolds writes in a note posted to Twitter. "It always has. I can explains myself finally when making a song."

"It may sound corny to some, but I often find myself in tears after making a song that really gets me," he continues. "I'm not crying because I think I've made some masterpiece. I'm crying because I feel expressed."

Reynolds says that he knows not everyone will love Evolve. "I want to create a response," he writes. "I want people to hear Evolve and love and hate it."

Either way, Reynolds promises to "bring my full heart out on stage every night as we perform this record."

"What a true blessing to be able to do that," he says. "To sing along with you. Thank you."

Imagine Dragons will kick off a North American tour in support of Evolve September 26 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Friday
Jun232017

The xx drops deluxe "I See You" album with three bonus tracks

Young TurksThe xx has released a deluxe version of their album I See You. The new edition includes three bonus tracks that were previously only available in the I See You box set: "Naive," which samples Drake, "Seasons Run," and a demo of "Brave For You."

Along with the bonus tracks, The xx has shared a video for the "Brave For You" demo, which was filmed in Marfa, Texas while they were recording I See You.

I See You was originally released in January 2017, and features the lead single "On Hold."

The xx performs at Glastonbury tonight. They'll embark on a North American headlining tour in support of I See You in the fall.

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Friday
Jun232017

Watch now: Alter Bridge rocks in slow-motion in "Cradle to the Grave"

Credit: Carlos AmoedoAlter Bridge has premiered the video for their track "Cradle to the Grave," a song from their latest album, The Last Hero. The black-and-white clip, streaming now on YouTube, features dramatic, slow-motion footage of the band rocking out live to an arena full of people.

You'll be able to watch more Alter Bridge live footage in the band's upcoming Live at the O2 Arena concert film and documentary, which was filmed at the famed London venue. Live at the O2 Arena will be released September 8.

Alter Bridge is currently on tour in Europe. They'll return to the U.S. for a headlining outing in August.

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Friday
Jun232017

Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out" video hits one billion views

Image Group LA/ABCTwenty One Pilots has one billion reasons to not care what you think. The video for the duo's breakthrough hit, "Stressed Out," has reached one billion views on YouTube.

The nostalgic clip finds Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun reliving their childhood by riding trikes, drinking juice boxes at jamming at each other's houses before a demonic presence reminds that they have to "wake up, you need to make money."

"Stressed Out" is the 66th video to join the YouTube billion-views club. The most-viewed music video on YouTube remains South Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style," which currently has 2.8 billion views.

Twenty One Pilots is currently in the middle of their Tour de Columbus, a five-show residency in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The run will conclude June 25 at the city's Schottenstein Center.

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Friday
Jun232017

Liam Gallagher details debut solo album, "As You Were"; announces first North American tour 

Warner Bros/Parlophone RecordsLiam Gallagher has announced that his debut solo album, As You Were, will arrive October 6.

"I didn't want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey," the ex-Oasis vocalist says of the album. "It's the [John] Lennon 'Cold Turkey' vibe, The [Rolling] Stones, the classics. But done my way, now."

Last month, Gallagher premiered the lead As You Were single, "Wall of Glass." A second track, "China Town," will arrive on June 30.

Additionally, Gallagher has detailed his first-ever solo North American tour. The fall outing begins November 13 in San Francisco, and will wrap up November 30 in Philadelphia. Visit LiamGallagher.com for ticket info.

Gallagher's upcoming schedule also includes a stop at Chicago's Lollapalooza in August.

Here are Gallagher's headlining North American tour dates:

11/13 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield
11/18 -- Denver, CO, Gothic
11/20 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
11/21 -- Chicago, IL, The Riviera
11/23 -- Toronto, ON, Rebel
11/25 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
11/27 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
11/29 -- Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre
11/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer

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Friday
Jun232017

Lady Gaga raises $250K with Starbucks; teams with Staples for $50K scholarship contest

BusinessWireLooks like a lot of people were inspired to shell out money at Starbucks for colorful, Lady Gaga-approved drinks. 

Her #CupsofKindness charity initiative -- which involved sales of four custom drinks she created -- has raised $250,000 for her Born This Way Foundation.  Now, she's raising even more money through another partnership with a major brand.

Gaga is teaming up with Staples to raise money for both her Born This Way Foundation and for DonorsChoose.org, which funds classroom projects for teachers.  As part of the partnership, Staples will donate $1 million to the Foundation, and to DonorsChoose. The Staples for Students program will promote kindness in schools nationwide, and make sure that teacher and kids have the resources they need.

Gaga will also star in a PSA emphasizing the need to support for students and teachers. 

"Classrooms that are positive and welcoming are classrooms where students can discover their passions and unlock their full potential," she says in a statement. "...Kindness is one of the most important and most impactful values we can instill in students."

Gaga and Staples, which is also sponsoring her Joanne tour, are offering students the chance to win a $50,000 scholarship, as well as a trip to Vegas to meet the singer and watch her in concert.  The Staples for Students Sweepstakes starts Sunday, June 25 at StaplesForStudents.org.

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Friday
Jun232017

Kenny Chesney calling on college students to create his next video; awarding scholarships to the winner

Blue Chair Records/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney is calling on Nashville-area college students to create the music video for his latest single, “All The Pretty Girls.”

Chesney asked students from Nashville’s Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN to submit a video they’ve created for the song, including lyric videos, live action, notion, animation and more.

“Get creative. Get real. Get inside the song, and show us how ‘All The Pretty Girls’ looks, feels, and resolves,” Chesney said in the announcement. “I wanna help a student filmmaker with school. And I want to give people a chance to get creative this summer.”

The winning entry -- chosen by a panel from Kenny’s record label Sony Nashville, CMT: Country Music Television and Chesney’s own management team -- will receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as having their video's world premiere on CMT.

Kenny also noted that while the song’s video could have easily been a nostalgic look at his own college experience, but he instead wanted to spotlight today’s youth.

“The best moments of being young and having fun should be captured,” said the four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year. “But nobody ever talks to the people who are right in the moment of living it about this kind of thing. Rather than look back, we oughta just go to the people living it.”

For more information on how to become involved, Belmont and MTSU students can go to KennyChesneyAllThePrettyGirls.com. Contest deadline is July 23. Winner will be announced July 31.

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Friday
Jun232017

Ed Sheeran doesn't like festivals, but Sunday, he'll headlines the UK's biggest one

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAnother career milestone for Ed Sheeran is scheduled for this weekend: Sunday night, he'll be headlining the U.K.'s most prestigious festival: Glastonbury.  But he shouldn't be nervous, considering that, according to Ed, pretty much everyone he knows will be there watching him.

Speaking to The Sun, Ed says all his relatives, and his girlfriend Cherry's relatives, will be in the audience -- because he gave them every ticket he was allotted.

"Basically, all of my tickets went to every single aunt and uncle, cousin, cousin’s wife, cousin’s husband, cousin’s kids and all of Cherry’s family and all of our school mates," he says.

But some celebrity pals will be coming to check out his show too, including Victoria and David Beckham, who are his neighbors, and actress Saoirse [SERR-shuh] Ronan, who stars in his video for "Galway Girl."

The Glastonbury Festival has been staged in one form or another since the '70s, and nearly every act you can think of has performed there, which is why it's such a big deal. This year, the other headliners include Katy Perry, Lorde and Foo Fighters and about 175,000 people are expected to attend. 

Ed admits that in general, he's really not into this type of event...but he'll make an exception for this one.

"I don't really like festivals," he tells ABC Radio. "But getting to headline a festival like that's gonna be pretty exciting!"  

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Friday
Jun232017

Keeping the Faith: Billy Joel will be the graduation speaker at his old high school

Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel will return to his alma mater -- Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York -- on Saturday to help the Class of 2017 celebrate its graduation, Newsday reports.

The event is taking place 50 years after the Piano Man's own commencement was originally scheduled, although he didn't actually graduate, because he was shy one English credit. He finally received his diploma in 1992 during a return visit to the school.

Billy will be among the guest speakers at the 2017 ceremony, which will be held on the school's athletic field. About 400 or so students are expected to graduate during the commencement.

"We're hoping for good weather, but there seems a very good likelihood of rain," a school representative tells Newsday, adding that if it does rain, the ceremony "will be in our gymnasium. If that's the case, it'll be the second time Joel has attended graduation in the gymnasium."

According to Newsday, during Joel's 1992 appearance at the school, he quipped, "Well, here I am, Mom. I'm actually going to get my high school diploma, and it's only 25 years after everyone else got theirs. But Mom, don't worry. I can finally pull myself out of this dead-end job I have and start working on a career with a real future."

Meanwhile, Joel's next concert will be a July 5 show that's part of his ongoing residency at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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Friday
Jun232017

Petula Clark to receive star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Frank Hoensch/RedfernsPetula Clark had her biggest hit with the chart-topping tune "Downtown" in 1964.  Now the British pop singer will soon have her very own star in Downtown Los Angeles on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Clark is among the celebrities chosen to receive a marker as part of the Walk of Fame's class of 2018, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday.

Clark also scored a #1 hit in 1965 with "My Love," and had several other top five singles during the 1960s. She also has had a successful career as a film and stage actress.

Other recording artists who will be receiving stars on the Walk of Fame include Mary J. Blige, Harry Connick Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

No dates have been set yet for any of the ceremonies for the new honorees, but they must be scheduled within two years.

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Friday
Jun232017

Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones to receive star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

ABC RadioThe Sex Pistols don't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but one of the legendary punk band's members, guitarist Steve Jones, has just been chosen to the receive honor. Interestingly, Jones is being recognized for his work as longtime Los Angeles radio DJ rather than for his musical achievements.

The veteran rocker is among a variety of celebrities set to be honored with stars as part of the Walk of Fame's Class of 2018, which was announced by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Recording artists who have been picked for the honor include Mary J. Blige, Harry Connick Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood, Petula Clark, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

No dates have been set yet for any of the ceremonies for the new honorees, but they must be scheduled within two years.

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