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Thursday
Aug172017

Chris Brown releases neon-lit music video for "Questions"

ABC/Randy HolmesDo you have any questions for Chris Brown?  

The singer certainly has a few of his own for a mystery woman in his new music video for his track "Questions."  

The visual has Breezy showing off his dance skills with two separate groups of male and female background dancers amid neon colors.  

The song, influenced by Caribbean soca music, also uses lyrics from Kevin Lyttle's 2004 hit, "Turn Me On." 

Chris recently announced on Twitter that his forthcoming album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, will arrive this Halloween.  

An 11-minute segment from his documentary Welcome to My Life was also released Wednesday that shows the performer discussing his 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend, Rihanna

You can stream or purchase "Questions" now via the usual digital platforms. 

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Thursday
Aug172017

Can't stop him now: Usher's still hard at work in the studio

ABC/Fred WatkinsA lawsuit, an STD scandal and alleged issues with his insurance company can't keep Usher away from the studio.

The R&B singer is seen in a recent picture from Jermaine Dupri's Instagram account lounging on a couch among studio equipment, with Dupri captured in a mid-air leap.  

Producer-songwriter Bryan Michael Cox is also in the photo, appearing to be hard at work on a keyboard. 

This is the latest picture from Dupri's Instagram page featuring the two superstars hanging out with one another, which suggests some new music from Usher might be on the horizon. 

No doubt working on new music will be be a welcome distraction for Usher.  

The "No Limit" artist was sued earlier this month on behalf of three accusers who claim he knowingly put their health at risk by having sex while allegedly infected with the herpes virus. 

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Thursday
Aug172017

Six Linkin Park albums earn new platinum certifications; Chester Bennington's widow shares son's music

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park's catalog continues to hit sales milestones in the wake of frontman Chester Bennington's July 20 death. Six of the band's albums have now earned new platinum certifications from the RIAA.

The albums include 2000's Hybrid Theory, 2003's Meteora, 2007's Minutes to Midnight, 2010's A Thousand Suns, and 2012's Living Things, plus the 2004's Collision Course, the collaborative EP with rapper JAY-Z.

Both A Thousand Suns and Living Things earn platinum certification for the first time, while the others have all achieved multi-platinum status. Hybrid Theory, which was previously certified diamond for 10 million in sales, now sits at 11-times platinum.

Earlier this month, 11 Linkin Park songs received new platinum certifications.

Immediately following Bennington's death, combined sales of Linkin Park's albums and songs increased by 5,332 per cent. Additionally, the band charted a record-breaking 23 tracks on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs tally.

In other Chester Bennington news, the late rocker's widow, Talinda, has shared a link to their son Jaime's own music. "Our son Jaime is as talented as his father...Here's a bit of his original work. #legacy," Talinda writes.

Chester and Talinda married in 2006 and had three children together. He also had three other children from previous relationships.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Weezer announces new album, "Pacific Daydream"; listen to single "Mexican Fender" now

ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer has announced the details of their next album. The band's 11th studio effort is called Pacific Daydream, and it'll arrive on October 27.

Pacific Daydream features the previously released single "Feels Like Summer," as well as the new track "Mexican Fender," which you can download via digital platforms. You can also watch the song's video, which the tells the story of a love-sick seagull, now on YouTube.

The rest of the album's 10-song track list has yet to be revealed.

Pacific Daydream will arrive just over a year after the release of Weezer's last effort, 2016's Weezer (White Album)

Weezer has a number of festival dates lined up prior to the release of Pacific Daydream, including Seattle's Bumbershoot, Atlanta's Music Midtown and New York City's The Meadows.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Shawn Mendes to help re-launch "MTV Unplugged"; welcomes Ed Sheeran to the stage

Taylor HillFirst, MTV announced it was re-launching its iconic series TRL.  Now, Variety reports the network's bringing back another one of its signature shows: MTV Unplugged.

According to Variety, the show will return September 8. Shawn Mendes will kick things off with a performance recorded at LA's Theater at Ace Hotel.

Shawn tells Variety that he's loved the concept of the show -- which first aired in 1989 -- ever since he saw a clip from 1992 of Pearl Jam performing on the show.

"It wasn’t so much about the commercial, showman side of it; it was really about the music,” Shawn tells Variety.  He adds, "I feel like if I can do this right, then it will be a moment for me -- where people can really understand and see me as a musician and a singer, and where I’m coming from.”

Anyone who's gone to see Shawn live already knows where he's coming from: he's a talented performer who can hold a venue like Madison Square Garden captive with just a guitar and his voice.  But Wednesday night, he got some help during a concert from another guy who can do the same thing: Ed Sheeran

According to Billboard, during Shawn's show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Ed shocked the audience when he came onstage and duetted with the Canadian star on his hit, "Mercy."  Afterward, Shawn told the crowd, "That was just as crazy for me as it was for you guys."

Four years ago, fans pointed out that Shawn tweeted, "To ever meet ed sheeran would honestly be the best, hes 100% the person i look upto [sic] for music."

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Thursday
Aug172017

Justin Bieber releases new single, “Friends”

GENPOP Corp. / RBMG / Schoolboy / Def Jam / RepublicAfter teasing the song earlier in the week, Justin Bieber has released his new single “Friends.”

The tune, set to an ‘80s-inspired beat, has Justin reflecting on the end of a relationship and not quite accepting that it’s over. He wants to stay in his ex’s life despite the breakup.

“Though we didn’t end this so good/But you know we had something so good/So I’m wondering/Can we still be friends?/Can we still be friends?/Doesn’t have to end/And if it ends, can we be friends?” Justin sings on the chorus.

The song is a collaboration with producer BloodPop, who worked with Justin on his hit “Sorry.”

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Thursday
Aug172017

Which one is "Unforgettable?" Thomas Rhett to help pick the next Miss America

ABC/Mark LevineWith two new daughters, a major tour, and his next album on the way, Thomas Rhett is adding one more thing to his already busy schedule:  he’ll be one of the celebrity judges at this year’s Miss America competition.

TR will find himself evaluating contestants’ lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, talent, interview skills and on-stage questions the very same weekend his third record comes out. Life Changes is due September 8, just days before the September 10 pageant.

In the past, Thomas Rhett’s pals Brett Eldredge and Cole Swindell have both served on the panel. This year, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and People editor Jess Cagle are two of the judges, with more to be announced soon.

The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison and SportsCenter’s Sage Steele will host the live contest from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. You can watch The 2018 Miss America Competition Sunday, September 10 starting at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Ringo Starr, Blind Faith, Paul Simon featured on new "This Is Us" soundtrack album

Universal Music EnterprisesClassic tunes by Ringo Starr, Blind Faith and Paul Simon are included on a very special soundtrack collection featuring songs heard on the Emmy-nominated NBC drama series, This Is Us.

The 20-track collection, titled This Is Us (Music from the Series), will be released September 15 and will be available on CD and as a digital download.

Included on the album are Starr's "Photograph," Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home," and Simon's "You Can Call Me Al," as well as tunes by Badfinger, Stevie Wonder, founding Byrds member Gene Clark, Cat Stevens, and influential English folk singer Nick Drake. The record also includes a cover of the Little Feat gem "Willin'" sung by This Is Us cast member Mandy Moore.

The show follows the fictional Pearson family through the years, alternating between the story of young parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson in the 1980s and '90s, and their three adults kids -- Kevin, Kate and Randall -- in the present day.

The first season of This Is Us will be released on DVD on September 12, while the second season will premiere on September 26.

Here's the full track list of the This Is Us (Music from the Series) album:

"Death with Dignity" -- Sufjan Stevens
"You Can Call Me Al" -- Paul Simon
"Willin'" -- Mandy Moore
"Can't Find My Way Home" -- Blind Faith
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)" -- Stevie Wonder
"The Calvary Cross" -- Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson
"Watch Me" -- Labi Siffre
"The Wind" -- Cat Stevens
"Come Talk to Me" -- Goldspot
"Blues Run the Game" -- Jackson C. Frank
"If Only" -- Maria Taylor (featuring Conor Oberst)
"Northern Sky" -- Nick Drake
"If I Ever Was a Child" -- Wilco
"Because of You" -- Gene Clark
"Evergreen Cassette (Tape Mix)" -- Goldspot
"Without You" -- Badfinger
"The World's Smiling Now" -- Jim James
"Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
"We Can Always Come Back to This" -- Brian Tyree Henry
"This Is Us Score Suite" -- Siddhartha Khosla

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Thursday
Aug172017

Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr featured on new "This Is Us" soundtrack album

Universal Music EnterprisesClassic tunes by Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Ringo Starr are included on a very special soundtrack collection featuring songs heard on the Emmy-nominated NBC drama series, This Is Us.

The 20-track collection, titled This Is Us (Music from the Series), will be released September 15 and will be available on CD and as a digital download.

Among the songs on the album are Simon's "You Can Call Me Al," Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and Starr's "Photograph," as well as Cat Stevens' "The Wind," Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home," and Badfinger's original version of Harry Nilsson's chart-topping smash, "Without You."

The record also includes tunes by founding Byrds member Gene Clark and influential English folk singer Nick Drake, plus a cover of the Little Feat gem "Willin'" sung by This Is Us cast member Mandy Moore.

The show follows the fictional Pearson family through the years, alternating between the story of young parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson in the 1980s and '90s, and their three adults kids -- Kevin, Kate and Randall -- in the present day.

The first season of This Is Us will be released on DVD on September 12, while the second season will premiere on September 26.

Here's the full track list of the This Is Us (Music from the Series) album:

"Death with Dignity" -- Sufjan Stevens
"You Can Call Me Al" -- Paul Simon
"Willin'" -- Mandy Moore
"Can't Find My Way Home" -- Blind Faith
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)" -- Stevie Wonder
"The Calvary Cross" -- Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson
"Watch Me" -- Labi Siffre
"The Wind" -- Cat Stevens
"Come Talk to Me" -- Goldspot
"Blues Run the Game" -- Jackson C. Frank
"If Only" -- Maria Taylor (featuring Conor Oberst)
"Northern Sky" -- Nick Drake
"If I Ever Was a Child" -- Wilco
"Because of You" -- Gene Clark
"Evergreen Cassette (Tape Mix)" -- Goldspot
"Without You" -- Badfinger
"The World's Smiling Now" -- Jim James
"Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
"We Can Always Come Back to This" -- Brian Tyree Henry
"This Is Us Score Suite" -- Siddhartha Khosla

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Thursday
Aug172017

Aretha Franklin says she'll open a new club in Detroit as part of her "retirement plan"

Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesAretha Franklin announced earlier this year that she will be retiring from touring at the end of 2017, and now the Queen of Soul has revealed a new "retirement plan":  she wants to open a nightclub in her hometown of Detroit where she'd occasionally perform.

Franklin tells the Detroit Free Press that the venue would be an intimate club called -- what else? -- Aretha's, which would be located downtown.  "From time to time I would sing," she explains, "and of course, I would have special artists come in to perform for the city that people in Detroit like -- Detroit favorites."

Aretha says she's been talking with local real estate agents about the club, and also is looking for investors. Meanwhile, she tells the Detroit Free Press that she also is preparing to move from her current home in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills back to the Motor City.

"I'm cleaning house," she says. "I'm going to be moving back into Detroit, and I'm just getting things ready for that. My granddaughter just went to college, so I'm spending time with my grandchildren."

In addition, Franklin reveals that she's "readying the new CD" she's been working on with her music mentor Clive Davis, which will reportedly feature some tracks produced by Stevie Wonder.

Aretha currently has two concerts on her 2017 tour schedule: an August 26 show in Philadelphia and a September 3 gig in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois. She also is slated to play the 2018 Toronto Jazz Festival on June 28.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Logic releases moving video for “1-800-273-8255” dealing with LGBT issues, suicide

ABC/Randy HolmesLogic has released an emotional video for his song “1-800-273-8255,” featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid.

The clip plays out like a short film, and includes appearances by Don Cheadle, Matthew Modine and Luis Guzman. The story centers around a gay black teen trying to come to terms with his sexuality.

Throughout the course of the video, he deals with his family’s reaction to his sexual orientation, bullying at school and suicidal feelings.

Ultimately, he dials a suicide hotline for help and gets a second chance at life. The song’s title, “1-800-273-8255,” is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Members of Faith No More/Slayer project Dead Cross detained by police

Credit: SAWAMembers of the hardcore band Dead Cross, which features Faith No More's Mike Patton and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, were detained while on tour in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, August 15. According to a press release, the band has since been released from police custody after having their "gear searched" while being "restrained during the inspection."

"The band members have been advised by legal counsel not to provide further comment on the incident," the press statement reads. "More information is expected to be made available from authorities following arraignment."

Lombardo also posted a photo on his Instagram of guitarist Michael Crain and bassist Justin Pearson sitting on the ground while in handcuffs. "This is happening and it's not good. #jesuspolice #deadcross #criminals," Lombardo wrote in the caption.

Dead Cross was touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which was released earlier this month. The tour will continue on as scheduled.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Vienna waits for you (to make a reservation): Billy Joel inspires new Long Island eatery

Myrna SuarezUnlike many other musicians, Billy Joel hasn't expanded his brand into a chain of restaurants, but he may want to check out a new one opening not far from his Long Island, New York, home -- because he inspired it.

The restaurant, in the Long Island town of Roslyn, is currently known as Chalet, but come early October, Newsday reports, it'll change its name to "Vienna," inspired by the Piano Man's classic song of the same name, from his album The Stranger.

New restaurant owner Matt Prince tells the paper that he plans for the eatery to be "a fun spot, where people will hear music they love.”  The restaurant's lounge will feature DJs spinning hits from the '80s, '90s and early 2000s.  

No doubt Billy's hits will be on the playlist at Vienna, but it won't be an "Italian Restaurant" like the one he sings about in one of his famous songs.  However, the menu will feature small plates and wines, so there'll be no problem getting "a bottle of red" and "a bottle of white."

It's not inconceivable that Billy might drop by Vienna: It's only about 20 minutes from his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island.  It's also less than a mile from one of his favorite restaurants, which happens to be in the same town.


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Thursday
Aug172017

Hodgson in America: Former Supertramp singer touring the US and Canada in October

Credit: Rob ShanahanAfter wrapping up a European solo tour on Monday in Vigo, Spain, former Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson is now set to launch a series of fall North American concerts. The trek will get underway on October 6 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is plotted out through an October 29 show in Snoqualmie, Washington.

While most of the dates will feature Hodgson playing with his backing band, he also will be accompanied by an orchestra at an October 13-14 engagement in Rama, Canada, and a four-night October 18-21 stand in Milwaukee. A choir also will take part in the Rama shows.

Following the North American shows, Hodgson will head to Germany for a run of concerts in December.

Here are all of Roger and his band's upcoming shows in the U.S. and Canada:

10/6 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Casino Resort
10/7 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
10/8 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino
10/13 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Resort*
10/14 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Resort*
10/16 -- Moncton, NB, Canada, Casino New Brunswick
10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/20 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/23 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
10/24 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
10/25 -- St. Louis, MO, River City Casino & Hotel
10/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino
10/28 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino
10/29 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino

* = with orchestra and choir
** = with orchestra.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Don't like Demi sweaty? She's got some advice for you

PRNewsfoto/FableticsPeople who work out -- really work out -- rarely look their best at the gym.  You're all hot and sweaty, your hair's a mess and your have no makeup on.  But according to Demi Lovato, you shouldn't let that stand in the way of meeting a new bae while you're there.

Speaking to Self magazine, Demi says, "I'm pretty confident in my own skin. I've run into guys that I've liked at the gym and it doesn't matter if I'm sweaty or not.  They'll like me for who I am...or if not, then they can suck it!"

But the singer also thinks that if you've got to go to the gym, you'll look better if you wear her new line of Fabletics exercise wear, which she created in partnership with actress Kate Hudson after meeting her at a boxing gym.  The line just debuted Wednesday.

Demi works out six times a week, and likes to focus on cardio because she has to be able to sing and dance onstage at the same time.  But she tells Self she also enjoys hand-to-hand combat sports like jiu-jitsu and MMA fighting.

"I first got into jiu-jitsu because I loved watching people grapple,” Lovato says.  “I think it’s really cool to learn something that helps you with self-defense.” 

Denmi also says working out in general can help with "depression, anxiety, or any other type of stressors in your life."

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Thursday
Aug172017

Look for Luke Bryan's next "Move," coming August 23

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIt seems likely we could hear new music from Luke Bryan as early as next Wednesday.

Ads in the country music trades this week feature a new picture of a rather serious-looking Luke, along with the caption, “Luke Bryan August 23rd,” which is next Wednesday’s date.

The four-time Entertainer of the Year hasn’t had a current country single since “Fast” topped the chart in April.

During CMA Music Festival in June, Luke told reporters he was likely half-finished with the follow-up to Kill the Lights, which featured a record-breaking six number-ones. Last week at the event announcing his own album, Dustin Lynch revealed he’d heard Luke’s new project, saying that "it's rockin'!"

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Thursday
Aug172017

Alicia Keys and John Legend want to know if you "need a lift, bro" on new episode of "Carpool Karaoke"

ABC/Randy HolmesThe second episode of Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke: The Series debuted Wednesday, but if you have yet to watch it, there's a teaser clip now posted on YouTube.  

It shows Alicia Keys and John Legend proving to Late Late Show host James Corden that the duo can make anything sound good. 

Throughout the visual, Corden tests Alicia and John's musical skills by giving them some made-up lyrics to sing, like, "Do you need a lift bro?" and "Natural deodorant makes promises it just can't keep."  

Of course, both Grammy-winning artists nicely rise to the challenge. 

"I use natural deodorant and me and my husband we talk about this all the time," says Alicia, before belting out the hilarious statement in song on the spot.  

John then sings, "Why do I, why do I, why do I still stink?" 

You can watch the full episode on iTunes now.  

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Thursday
Aug172017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Dustin Lynch is currently nearing the top of the chart with "Small Town Boy," but in 1986, another artist went all the way to #1 with "Small Town Girl." Can you name him? ANSWER:  Steve Wariner.

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Thursday
Aug172017

10 Years details new album, "(how to live) AS GHOSTS"; listen to single "Novacaine" now 

Mascot Records10 Years has announced the details of their next album. The eighth studio effort from the Tennessee hard rockers is titled (how to live) AS GHOSTS, and it will be released October 27.

Your first preview of (how to live) AS GHOSTS arrives in the form of the single "Novacaine" [sic], which you can download now via digital outlets.

"Life has such a numbing to it," says lead vocalist Jesse Hasek. "You see people go from such optimism in their 20s to having life just beat them down later. I think we all kind of get desensitized and numb to life on some level."

(How to live) AS GHOSTS is the follow-up to 2015's From Birth to Burial. Here is the track list:

"The Messenger"
"Novacaine"
"Burnout"
"Catacombs"
"Ghosts"
"Blood Red Sky"
"Phantoms"
"Vampires"
"Halos"
"Lucky You"
"Insomnia"

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Thursday
Aug172017

Help Thirty Seconds to Mars pick artwork for upcoming single "Walk on Water"

ABC/Randy HolmesNext week, Thirty Seconds to Mars will release their long-awaited new single "Walk on Water." Sadly, the single doesn't currently have any accompanying artwork, but you can help solve that problem.

In a photo of a note handwritten on a napkin, frontman Jared Leto says, "My sincere apologies but I missed the deadline for the single artwork and now all I have is this stupid napkin. Yes, I know, not great."

Leto adds that he "promise[s] to get something done soon," and invites you to post your own artwork ideas on social media with the hashtag #WalkonWater.

Whether it has artwork or not, "Walk on Water" will arrived on Tuesday, August 22. It's the first single from Thirty Seconds to Mars' fifth studio album, the follow-up to 2013's Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.

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