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Wednesday
Mar202019

Lionel Richie named global ambassador of The Prince’s Trust

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Lionel Richie, say "Hello" to Prince Charles.

The Prince of Wales announced Wednesday that Lionel has been named the first global ambassador of his charity, The Prince's Trust. The two men met up in Barbados, as part of Charles' tour of the Caribbean, to celebrate the partnership.

U.K.'s The Mirror reports that when Charles thanked Lionel for taking on the role, he made a joking reference to the American Idol judge's signature tune "Hello" -- much to Lionel's amusement.

"It must have been you I was looking for," said the heir to the throne.

"Oh, did you say that?" Lionel replied in mock disbelief. "He did say that."

Lionel will support the global expansion of the The Prince's Trust as it tackles issues like youth education and unemployment, supporting indigenous youth and helping to build sustainable communities.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Minnesota Timberwolves giving away exclusive Prince vinyl single next month

© The Prince Estate. Photographer: Nancy BundtForget cap day and Bobblehead day at the baseball stadium: Get ready for Prince single day at the basketball arena.

The late legend's hometown team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, will be celebrating the Purple One's legacy April 5 when they take on the Miami Heat at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

"Be there to see [two-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns] and the Pack go crazy + get your hands on an exclusive 7" Prince vinyl giveaway which is only available at this game," the team announced. "That’s right -- you’re gonna go home with an exclusive vinyl of music from the Purple One!"

The single will feature two songs by Prince, one of which is the 1995 track "Rock and Roll Is Alive (And It Lives in Minneapolis)."

The Wolves have been promoting Prince's ties to Minneapolis with their special City Edition nights, during which they wear purple jerseys, and feature artists associated with Prince, such as Sheila E and Morris Day, performing during halftime.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

X Ambassadors play with shadows in "BOOM" video 

ABC/Paula LoboX Ambassadors have debuted the video for their new single, "BOOM."

The clip starts off as a normal performance video, as it captures the "Renegades" rockers playing on a stage filled with light and shadow. Then, about halfway through, a lighting fixture drops on frontman Sam Harris' head, and the video takes a more surreal turn.

You can watch the "BOOM" video now on YouTube.

"Boom" follows X Ambassadors' 2018 songs "Joyful" and "Don't Stay," and is set to appear on the band's next album. The follow-up to 2015's VHS is set to arrive later this year.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Why Don’t We and Macklemore team up for anti-party anthem, “I Don’t Belong in This Club”

Atlantic RecordsWhy Don’t We has teamed up with Macklemore for their new song, an ode to staying in called “I Don't Belong in This Club.”

The boy band and the rapper released the surprise collab Wednesday, along with a music video. In the clip, they poke fun at everything annoying about a night out: waiting on line, paying the cover charge and getting stuck with DJ playing the same songs on repeat.

When Macklemore rolls up, he transforms the dull club into a colorful ‘70s disco.

“Shoulda stayed on the sofa/Forgot I hate being social/And I miss my ex-girl/This Drake song makin’ me ‘motional/I’m feelin’ awkward as hell," Macklemore raps. "I only came here to dance/The DJ ain’t playin’ the cuts/And what do I do with my hands"

Why Don’t We kicks off the 8 Letters Tour tonight in Phoenix, AZ.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Source: Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have built an "easy and strong" relationship

ABC/Image Group LADespite Taylor Swift’s crazy schedule as a pop superstar and Joe Alwyn’s rising career as an in-demand actor, the two have managed to achieve balance in their relationship.

A source tells People the two have “found a lifestyle that makes their relationship easy and strong.”

“Their personalities are very compatible, and they’re respectful of each other’s careers,” the insider adds.

The two began dating in 2017 but their love has grown largely out of the public eye. Their commitment to privacy from the start really helped the relationship, according to the source.

“They were able to get to know each other in peace,” the source adds.

Many have been speculating an engagement is on the horizon, but that remains to be seen. Taylor is also reportedly working on her seventh album.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Offset and Cardi B show off "pretty girl" Kulture on Instagram

ABC/Image Group LADespite their differences, Offset and his wife Cardi B have been spending an awful lot of time together lately -- and it seems like one reason for that is their daughter, Kulture Kiari.

Offset posted an adorable video on Instagram of his 8-month-old Kulture, who's dressed in a white cloud-print outfit and a floppy hat. While you can't see Cardi, you can see her hand reaching out to the baby, and hear her saying, "Yay Kulture!  Look at mommy!  Look at mommy, pretty girl!"

"My beautiful baby girl," Offset captioned the photo, adding the hashtag "#raisingqueens."

In addition to Kulture, Offset has three other children from previous relationships: sons Jordan and Kody, and daughter Kalea Marie.  All four of his children are pictured on the cover of his solo album Father of 4

Kulture will turn one on July 10.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

"Every Mile a Memory": Dierks Bentley to play free Nashville concert during NFL Draft and St. Jude Marathon

ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley’s the latest country star to be drafted by the NFL.

While he won’t be hitting the football field anytime soon, he'll be doing a free concert next month when the NFL Draft comes to Nashville, just like Tim McGraw.

Both shows will take place on the Draft Main Stage at First and Broadway in downtown Nashville. Tim will play Friday, April 26; while Dierks will fire up the amps on Saturday, April 27.

That Saturday will be a particularly busy day in Music City: It’s also when the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon takes place.

Former Nashville star Charles Esten and Charlie Worsham will play sets during the NFL Draft, the first one ever to include a free music series.

You can find out more at NFL.com/DraftExperience.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Watch Mumford & Sons' tear-jerking "Beloved" video 

ABC/Randy HolmesMumford & Sons have premiered the video for "Beloved," a single from the band's new album, Delta.

The emotional clip focuses on a young boy who spends one last day with his dying mother outside of the hospital. As you can probably guess, the end is pretty devastating.

"Everyone knows loss in one way or another," frontman Marcus Mumford says of "Beloved." "This song is about that."

If you have a box of tissues ready, you can watch the "Beloved" video now on YouTube.

Mumford & Sons are currently touring the U.S. behind Delta, which also features the lead single "Guiding Light." The spring leg concludes March 31 in Milwaukee, followed by a summer leg beginning in August.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Members of Metallica, Megadeth & Slayer featured in new "Murder in the Front Row" documentary

ABC/Randy HolmesMembers of Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer appear in Murder in the Front Row, a new documentary about the '80s thrash metal scene in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The film is directed by Adam Dubin, who also directed Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" video, and co-directed Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" and "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn" clips.

"It's not just a film about heavy metal," Dubin says of the doc. "It's about people. It's hard music with a warm, fuzzy beating heart."

Among the other musicians featured in the movie are members of Anthrax, Exodus and Testament. The film is narrated by comic and actor Brian Posehn.

You can watch a trailer for the movie now on YouTube.

Murder in the Front Row will premiere in San Francisco on April 20. It's based on a 2012 photo-journal of the same name, which also documented the SF thrash scene. The title comes from a lyric in the Exodus song "Bonded by Blood."

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Members of Metallica, Slayer & Megadeth featured in new Murder in the Front Row documentary

ABC/Randy HolmesMembers of Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth will appear in Murder in the Front Row, a new documentary about the '80s thrash metal scene in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The film is directed by Adam Dubin, who also directed Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" video, and co-directed Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" and "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn" videos.

"It's not just a film about heavy metal," Dubin says of the doc. "It's about people. It's hard music with a warm, fuzzy beating heart."

You can watch a trailer for the movie now on YouTube.

Murder in the Front Row will premiere in San Francisco on April 20. It's based on a 2012 photo-journal of the same name, which also documented the SF thrash scene. The title comes from a lyric in the Exodus song "Bonded by Blood."

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Fitz and the Tantrums drop new single "123456"; next album due out this year

ABC/Eric McCandlessAfter clapping along with Fitz and the Tantrums, now you can count along with them.

The band has dropped a new single called "123456." The characteristically energetic track is available now for digital download, and is streaming alongside a neon-tinged video now on YouTube.

"'123456' has a fun and carefree vibe, but it's actually quite an emotional song personally," says frontman Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick in a statement. 

"Before writing the song, I was questioning my talent, fighting off insecurities, and trying to find a way to keep going," he explains. "The music to '123456' literally pulled me out of a funk and hyped me up."

"123456" is the first single from the next Tantrums album, due out later this year. The band's most recent album is their 2016 self-titled effort, which spawned the hit single "HandClap."

You can catch Fitz and the Tantrums live this summer on a co-headlining tour with Young the Giant, which launches in June.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Michael Buble didn't know his tour sold out...until Ed Sheeran told him

Evaan KherajSince Michael Buble returned to the spotlight after a two-year break to care for his son Noah while he battled cancer, the singer avoids looking at any sort of social media or press about himself, and no one around him is allowed to tell him any sort of stats about his career. That's why it took another music star to tell him that his current tour was a success.

As he tells USA Today, "I got a message from Ed Sheeran, and it said, ‘Congratulations, you’re kicking butt.' But I had no clue since no one in my world told me so."

"When my manager called… he said, ‘Can I tell you you something?’ And he said that in half an hour, the whole world (tour) sold out," Michael recalls. "And I cried so hard, my wife came home and she thought someone died.”

"I don't even think about my career," he adds.  For him, spending time with his family is the most important thing.  On his current tour, for every three weeks he's on the road, he spends two weeks at home with his wife Luisana and his kids Noah, Elias and baby Vida.

"It's literally the most financially irresponsible way to tour because it's much better to go off for longer periods of time and keep everybody out there and keep the gear and the crew,” he said. “But that doesn't matter to me. This is the best of both worlds."

He adds, "I can't go out there and be happy if I'm not with the family."

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Freeway of Soul: Plan to rename section of Detroit highway after Aretha Franklin now one step closer to reality

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesA proposed plan to rename a section of highway in Detroit after Aretha Franklin was passed Tuesday by the Michigan House of Representatives, moving it a step closer to approval, The Detroit News reports.

According to the paper, the Michigan House voted 101-6 to rename a stretch of the M-10 highway between Livernois Avenue and Interstate 94 the "Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway."

Detroit Rep. Leslie Love introduced the bill after the Queen of Soul's 2018 death at age 76 from complications of pancreatic cancer this past August.

"She gave us all a soundtrack to our life, whether you were falling in love or falling out love," Love said in remarks promoting the legislation.

Part of the bill maintains that renaming the highway section after Aretha "would be an appropriate way to honor a music and cultural icon who selflessly gave of her time, her vocal and pianistic [sic] talents, and her energy and resources to the citizens of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and the United States of America."

Among the six reps voting against the proposal was Shane Hernandez, a Republican politician from Port Huron, who argued that the renaming honor should be reserved for first responders and military veterans.

Representatives of the Franklin family have expressed support for the bill, which now will go to the Michigan State Senate for consideration.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Daniel Caesar slammed online after he defends white social media influencer YesJulz

Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyDaniel Caesar is getting dragged online after he recently came to the defense of white social media influencer YesJulz, who'd been called out for being a culture vulture.

It all started when YesJulz went on the Easily Offended podcast and mentioned hip hop influencers Scottie Beam and Karen Civil, who had recently accused her of cultural appropriation when she asked her followers if she should wear a "N***** lie a lot" t-shirt to a festival.

After being ripped online for her caucasity, Caesar stood up for the online personality.

“Why are we being so mean to Julz?” the Grammy-Award singer said in an Instagram Live video captured online.

“Why are we being so mean to white people right now? That’s a serious question," he continued. "Why is it that we’re allowed to be disrespectful and rude to everybody else and when anybody returns any type of energy to us…That’s not equality. I don’t wanna be treated like I can’t take a joke.”

Casear then doubled down on his comments, adding that he "truly believe[d]" in what he was saying.

"I’ve said what I’ve said before and y’all tried to cancel me and I apologized like a b****,” he said. “I don’t believe in that s*** ’cause I think you guys are wrong and I think I’m right…and you can cancel me.”

Not surprisingly, fans had plenty to say to the Canadian crooner.

"Daniel Caesar is the Black friend white people claim to have when they do racist things," wrote one fan.

"Daniel Caesar had THE wedding song on LOCK for the next 20 years. Then he wanted to be captain save a ho for YesJulz culture vulture a**," tweeted one disappointed fan.

Another claimed Caesar had "just killed his career."

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Wednesday
Mar202019

What's holding up Blake's marriage to Gwen? "Us Weekly" claims it's the Catholic Church

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIt’s no secret Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are quite the happy couple these days -- so why haven’t they tied the knot? Us Weekly claims to know the answer.

Citing an unnamed, exclusive source, the publication says Gwen is waiting on the Catholic Church. She’s allegedly begun “the formal process” to have her marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale annulled, “so she can marry Blake and have it be recognized by the church.”

Gwen and Gavin have three sons together: Kingston, who’s 12; Zuma, who’s 10; and 4-year-old Apollo.

“Gwen’s religion has always been extremely important to her,” the anonymous insider says, “and Blake is completely supportive of this.”

Us Weekly also alleges living arrangements may be a hang-up, since Gwen is based solely in Los Angeles, while Blake splits his time between L.A. and his native Oklahoma.

Blake and Gwen revealed their relationship in November of 2015, after his surprise divorce from Miranda Lambert the previous July.

The week of Valentine’s Day 2019, Miranda had some unexpected news of her own, revealing her January marriage to New York City cop Brendan McLoughlin.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Using "My Favorite Things" melody required Ariana Grande to give up 90% of her "7 Rings" songwriting royalties 

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On her track “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande sings about using her hard-earned money to buy some of her favorite things. But as it turns out, she’s not earning much money from the song itself.

The New York Times reports that Ariana signed away 90 percent of her songwriting royalties to legendary songwriting duo Rodgers and Hammerstein. That’s because the majority of the song’s melody is from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “My Favorite Things,” sung by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.

Ariana’s favorite things are far from raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, though. They include “breakfast at Tiffany's and bottles of bubbles” and “lashes and diamonds, ATM machines.”

According to the Times, Republic Records made the licensing deal just weeks before the song’s January release and, without further negotiation, agreed to hand over the hefty percentage to Concord, the company that owns the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog. Rodgers and Hammerstein died in 1979 and 1960, respectively.

“[‘7 Rings’] wouldn’t exist in its current form were it not for ‘My Favorite Things,’” Concord chief publishing executive Jake Wisely told the Times.

In 2006, Gwen Stefani agreed to give up 50 percent of her songwriting royalties for sampling the yodeling heard in The Sound of Music’s “Lonely Goatherd” on her song “Wind It Up.”

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Duff McKagan releases new song "Chip Away" from upcoming solo album, "Tenderness" 

UMEDuff McKagan has announced the details of his next solo album. It's called Tenderness, and will arrive on May 31.

Tenderness features the previously released title track, as well as a new song called "Chip Away," which you can download now via digital outlets.

"'Chip Away' is somewhat of a rail against cable news and divisive agendas…all for the almighty dollar," says McKagan in a statement. "The song also highlights the fact that history repeats itself over and over, and that we will all get past this, together."

The Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist will kick off a U.S. tour in support of Tenderness May 30 in Philadelphia. Visit DuffOnline.com for ticket info.

Here's the Tenderness track list:

"Tenderness"
"It’s Not Too Late"
"Wasted Heart"
"Falling Down"
"Last September"
"Chip Away"
"Cold Outside"
"Feel"
"Breaking Rocks"
"Parkland"
"Don't Look Behind You"

And here are Duff's tour dates:

5/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, TLA
5/31 -- Washington, DC, City Winery
6/1 -- Boston, MA, City Winery
6/3 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
6/6 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
6/8 -- Nashville, TN, The Cannery
6/10 -- Austin, TX, Scoot Inn
6/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theater
6/14 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
6/15 -- Portland, OR, Aladdin
6/16 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox

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Wednesday
Mar202019

On new track "Tempo," Missy Elliott and Lizzo celebrate body positivity

Erika Goldring/Getty Images"I been waitin' for this one!" says Lizzo at the start of her new track "Tempo."  And it's no wonder -- since it features none other than Missy Elliott.

The song's chorus features Lizzo celebrating her body, noting, "Slow songs, they for skinny h**s/Can't move all of this here to one of those/I'm a thick b***h, I need tempo."

She also boasts, "Thick thighs save lives," before bringing in Missy to get her take on the topic.

"All the thick girls down on the flrrr/Ice on my neck like brrr/I'm big-boned with nice curves/Look at me, I know I look grrrd," spits the rap legend.

"Tempo" is the latest track to be released from Lizzo's upcoming album CUZ I LOVE YOU, due out April 19.  She'll kick off her tour April 22 in San Francisco.

As for Missy, she's getting an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Boston's famed Berklee College of Music during the school's commencement festivities in May.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Blink-182 to play "Enema of the State" in full at Back to the Beach festival 

ABC/Paula LoboAfter teasing that they were planning something to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album Enema of the State, Blink-182's Mark Hoppus has confirmed that the punk trio will perform it in full at an upcoming festival.

"Yes I think we're going to play EOTS in its entirety at Back to the Beach to celebrate 20yrs," Hoppus tweeted.

Hoppus previously told Australia's Pedestrian.tv that Blink had been discussing ways to mark Enema's 20th anniversary. He also said, though, that those plans wouldn't include original member Tom DeLonge, who left the band in 2015 and has been busy with his To the Stars Academy UFO research program.

"There's been no reach out or no talk of getting the original lineup back together," Hoppus said.

Back to the Beach takes place April 27-28 at Southern California's Huntington State Beach.

Meanwhile, Blink-182 has been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2016's California, which was the band's first release with Matt Skiba in place of DeLonge.

The album is expected to arrive before Blink plays the 25th anniversary Warped Tour concert this June in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

"Legend" in the making: Kelsea Ballerini goes gold while working on new music

ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini’s been spending some golden days in the Golden State lately.

The “Legends” hitmaker has just learned her current top-15 single, “Miss Me More,” has been certified gold, and so has her previous hit, “I Hate Love Songs.”

She shared the news with her fans on social media, while also revealing an exciting -- if ambiguous -- tidbit about what’s coming next: She tweeted, “This was such encouraging news while working on so much new music."

We don’t know much more about what’s Kelsea’s up to, except that she’s likely in the Golden State. “California girl for a few days,” she posted on Instagram earlier in the week.

Kelsea’s sophomore album, Unapologetically, celebrated its one-year anniversary on November 3.

The Tennessee native’s set to be formally inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on April 16.

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