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Oct142019

Billie Eilish, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 nominated for BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards 

ABC/Randy HolmesTurns out the U.K. teens love Billie Eilish just as much as the American teens do.

After winning two trophies at the Teen Choice Awards over the summer, Eilish is nominated in two categories for the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards. She'll compete for the Best International Solo Artist title, while "bad guy" is up for Best Single.

Other nominees include Twenty One Pilots and The 1975 for Best Group. Additionally, Yungblud will perform during the show.

The BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards take place November 24, and will air on BBC Two November 30. Visit BBC.co.uk for the full list of nominees.

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Monday
Oct142019

'Follow the Flag': Hall of Fame to honor America's military with free admission next month 

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will say thank you to America’s military next month, offering three days of free admission around Veterans’ Day.

Active duty and retired armed services members with a military ID will be able to get in free November 9-11, along with three members of their immediate family.

The museum’s also planning several special programs. RaeLynn, whose husband is in the military, will perform at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, November 10. That same day, the Hall will also screen the documentary, Loretta Lynn: Follow the Flag, a film that chronicles the legend's 1987 USO tour of the Philippines and South Korea.

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Monday
Oct142019

Elton John calls the new 'Lion King' movie "a huge disappointment" 

DisneyElton John co-wrote all the songs for the original animated version of The Lion King, and even won an Oscar for one of them, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight."  But Elton says he really wasn't a fan of the new CGI version of The Lion King that came out earlier this year, because he thinks the filmmakers dissed him.

Speaking to British GQ, Elton says, "The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost."

Elton points out that, as compared to his original soundtrack, the new soundtrack "hasn't had nearly the same impact in the charts...[it] fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success."

He goes on to suggest that if he'd been a part of the creative process, things would have been different.

"I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect," he complains. "That makes me extremely sad."

And the controversial opinions keep coming.  In the same interview, Elton declares, "To be a star, you have to be a star for a long time and you have to do that by being a live performer. You can’t be a star just by making records...the only real star at the moment is Lady Gaga."

But what about Elton's friend, Ed Sheeran

Elton says matter-of-factly, "I believe Ed will last, but he’s got to broaden his one-man-band thing."

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Monday
Oct142019

Justin Bieber is now number one on the country chart, thanks to Dan + Shay 

Catherine PowellJustin Bieber has two people to thank for his first number-one country hit.

Justin teamed up with crossover country duo Dan + Shay for the romantic track "10,000 Hours," and now the track has blasted from number 40 to number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, which measures airplay, streaming and sales. 

Hot Country Songs is now the seventh Billboard chart that Justin has topped in his career, and he's the only act ever to have reached number one on all of those seven. The other charts are the Hot 100, Hot Latin Songs, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

On the Billboard Hot 100, "10,000 Hours" has hit number four -- it's Justin's 16th top 10 on that chart, and Dan + Shay's first.  The highest they'd gotten previously was #21, with "Tequila."

Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers tells Billboard, "We wrote this song about our wives, and we're glad that it means as much to our fans as it does to us. The reaction has been incredible."

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Monday
Oct142019

Films focusing on Bob Dylan, David Crosby and Linda Ronstadt nab Critics' Choice Documentary Awards nods

Courtesy of Netflix; Sony Classics; Greenwich EntertainmentThe nominees have been announced for the fourth annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, and among the films in the running for multiple honors are movies focusing on or featuring Bob Dylan, David Crosby and Linda Ronstadt.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese has received three nominations: Best Music Documentary, Best Archival Documentary and Most Innovative Documentary.

David Crosby: Remember My Name and Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice also received a nod for Best Music Documentary, as did Amazing Grace and Western Stars, which focus, respectively, on Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen.

In addition, Remember My Name and The Sound of My Voice will vie for the Best Biographical Documentary, while Crosby and Ronstadt are nominated in the Most Compelling Living Subjects of a Documentary category in conjunction with their respective films.

Meanwhile, A.J. Eaton, the director of David Crosby: Remember My Name, is nominated for the Best First Documentary Feature prize, while Springsteen will vie for the Best Narration honor for his work on Western Stars.

The 2019 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards will be handed out at a gala ceremony held on Sunday, November 10, at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York. Property Brothers' Jonathan Scott will host the event, which is presented by the Critics Choice Association.

You can check out the full list of nominees at Variety.com.

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Monday
Oct142019

Green Day to headline MTV World Stage concert ahead of MTV EMAs 

ABC/Randy HolmesGreen Day is headlining the MTV World Stage concert in Seville, Spain ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The punk trio will take the stage at the Plaza de España on November 2. The EMAs will go down the next day on November 3.

In addition to performing, Green Day is also a 2019 MTV EMA nominee. The group will compete for the Best Rock title against Imagine Dragons, Panic! at the Disco, The 1975 and Liam Gallagher.

For the full list of nominees, visit MTVEMA.com.

Meanwhile, Green Day is gearing up to release a new album, Father of All..., in February. The follow-up to 2016's Revolution Radio features the new singles "Father of All..." and "Fire, Ready, Aim."

Green Day will be touring the world next summer in support of Father of All... on the much-hyped Hella Mega tour, which will also feature Fall Out Boy and Weezer.

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Monday
Oct142019

Tim McGraw will TalkShop -- and talk fitness -- Live on Tuesday

Harper WaveTim McGraw will give fans one of the first previews of his upcoming fitness book Tuesday on TalkShopLive.

You can watch starting at 3 p.m. ET as Tim goes live from his gym concept, TruMav Fitness in Nashville, to talk about Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life. He’ll also be autographing random copies of the book.  

“Moving daily and exercising regularly was a pebble that set off a ripple effect,” Tim says, “improving the way I eat, sleep, relate to others, and show up both personally and professionally. It made me a better person to be around.”

We’ll find out more about Tim’s fitness routine when Grit & Grace comes out November 5. A few days earlier, he launches a five-city book tour November 2 in Nashville, before heading on to Princeton, New Jersey; New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; and Austin, Texas.

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Monday
Oct142019

Keyshia Cole responds to lawsuit for allegedly damaging a California home she rented

ABC/Rick RowellKeyshia Cole says she's not responsible for the damage the allegedly did to a California home she rented for two years, damage for which she's being sued.

The “Let it Go” singer rented a $2.5 million home in Marina Del Rey, California from March 2017 to May 2019 where she taped an episode of the Animal Planet show Tanked in which she built her dream aquarium in the house.

As previously reported, owner Glenn Feldman is suing Keyshia for $70,000.

Feldman's lawsuit states, "Defendants breached the lease, as extended, by causing extensive damage to the Property, which rendered it unrentable and which caused substantial damages in form of repair costs by Plaintiff in the total sum of not less than $69,925.49, for the damages and repair work, as more fully set forth and itemized on the statement."

Keyshia is defending herself, saying the damage is related to the water filter from her aquarium breaking, according to The Shade Room. She claims she's covered by insurance and that the producers of the show are liable for the damage.  Cole adds the producers didn't maintain proper maintenance of the tank because the series was canceled. 

The two-time Grammy nominee also claims that Feldman harassed her for payment during her pregnancy. On August 1, Cole gave birth to her second child, a boy.

“I really feel like my back is against the wall,” Keyshia says. “I feel like he was bullying me because I was a woman. He was saying unnecessary things to me while I was pregnant…He was rude and nasty. He stressed me out.”

Feldman claims that the damage was so bad he couldn't rent the three-bedroom home for three months.

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Monday
Oct142019

Soy un cantante de Coldplay: Watch Beck sing "Loser" with Chris Martin at benefit concert 

Image Group LA/ABCBeck performed at the Los Angeles Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden benefit concert over the weekend, and his set featured a special appearance from Chris Martin.

The Coldplay frontman joined Beck for a rendition of his '90s slacker anthem "Loser," which was backed by five musicians playing traditional Indian instruments. Footage of the collaboration was captured and posted to Twitter.

Beck and Martin also joined forces to sing the former's 1998 song, "Nobody's Fault but My Own."

Earlier this year, Beck dropped a new single called "Saw Lightning" from his upcoming album, Hyperspace, which is due out at some undetermined future date. It's the follow-up to 2017's Colors, which features the single "Up All Night."

Coldplay's latest studio effort is 2015's A Head Full of Dreams.

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Monday
Oct142019

Thomas Rhett doesn't just "Threaten [Nashville] with a Good Time" -- he delivers -- in VHS Tour closer 

ABC/Mark Levine Thomas Rhett delivered an Entertainer-of-the-Year-worthy performance this weekend during the final night of his VHS Tour at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

From the moment he popped onstage, TR served up plenty of swagger, charisma and all the hits fans expect: “Look What God Gave Her,” “Craving You,” “Sixteen,” “Life Changes,” and “Die a Happy Man,” among them.

Throughout the show, Thomas reminded fans he’s still one of them, signing autographs and taking selfies from the long catwalk that spanned almost the entire length of the arena.

Near the end of the show, TR helped a couple with their gender reveal. They’re having a girl, something Rhett knows a thing or two about. His daughters Willa Gray and Ada James were in the audience, along with their mom, Lauren, who’s expecting the couple’s third daughter. TR looked into the future for the evening’s only unreleased song, “To the Guys That Date My Girls.”

As with any respectable Nashville show, there were plenty of special guests and big moments. Little Big Town brought the party on their collaboration with TR, “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time.” Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard joined TR at the end of the catwalk for the song Thomas Rhett wrote for FGL, “Round Here.”

Openers Russell Dickerson and Dustin Lynch subbed for Jon Pardi on “Beer Can’t Fix,” from TR’s Center Point Road record. TR’s whole family came onstage to lead the arena in a “Happy Birthday” sing-along for his other opener: his dad, Rhett Akins, who turned 50 at the stroke of midnight.

Next up, Thomas Rhett vies for both Male Vocalist and Album of the Year at next month’s CMA Awards. From there, the countdown is on until TR eventually takes his place among the Entertainer of the Year contenders.

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Monday
Oct142019

Why Rihanna didn't mind being asked about pregnancy by 'Vogue''s Anna Wintour

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Last week, Vogue released a video in which Rihanna and Vogue editor Anna Wintour questioned one another, with some fans surprised that Wintour came right out and asked, "Rihanna, do you hope to have a baby soon?" 

While she was flustered by the question initially, the singer now says she didn't mind being grilled about this very personal subject.

Speaking to Extra at the party for the launch of her new photo book, Rihanna said, "A lot of women get very defensive. It’s personal, it’s our bodies, and of course it’s our time, and it’s not necessarily everyone’s dream to be a mom...but it’s mine, so I’m fine. Anna just wants to know what the people want to know."

The star added that it's "unbelievable" to her that her current Vogue cover is her sixth, saying, "I can’t believe that Anna Wintour wanted me on her cover once, much less six times."

As for the new book, Rihanna by Rihanna, the "Work" singer says she chose all the photos for the project herself, and there are more than a thousand of them.  It took her five years to create, she says, adding, "My fans are going to be really thrilled."

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Monday
Oct142019

Kerry Washington to star in Ryan Murphy's Netflix series 'The Prom'

NetflixRyan Murphy has tapped another major star for his upcoming Netflix series The Prom.

According to DeadlineKerry Washington has been cast in Murphy's adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical. She joins Meryl StreepJames CordenNicole KidmanKeegan-Michael KeyAwkwafina and Andrew Rannells, who were previously announced.

Like the stage show, the Prom series will follow four failed Broadway actors who, in attempt to revive their career, decide to do a play about a real-life high school senior who's unable to take her girlfriend to prom.

Streep, Kidman, Rannells and Corden have already been cast as the four Broadway leads. Washington's role has yet to be announced.

Washington will also appear in the Netflix adaptation of the her Broadway play. American Son.

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Monday
Oct142019

Portugal. the Man feels "slight pressure" to make new music after "Feel It Still"

ABC/Image Group LAPortugal. the Man has been working on new music to follow their 2017 album Woodstock and its mega-hit single, "Feel It Still," which transformed the band from alternative mainstays to chart-topping stars.

Speaking to Billboard, bassist Zach Carothers says he and his band mates do feel "slight pressure" following the massive success of "Feel It Still," but they're not trying to replicate it.

"It was so huge that we literally couldn't do that again if we tried it. Nobody could!” Carothers says. "I think if [you] got the most attractive person with the most talent, the best producers, best songwriters, $10 million, you still couldn't do that."

Even so, Carothers says that Portugal's been "recording a lot," and hopes to drop a new album in 2020.

"This is like future punk show new wave," Carothers says of the upcoming record's sound. He also teases that the collection may include a few guests.

"We've had lots of friends that are randomly popping into the studio," he says. "I'll save some of them as surprises."

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Monday
Oct142019

New Katy Perry song "Harleys in Hawaii" is coming this week 

ABC NewsEver since she mentioned its existence in an interview, Katy Perry fans have been clamoring for her to release a new song called "Harleys in Hawaii."  Now we finally know when we'll be able to hear it.

Katy tweeted that the song is arriving Wednesday, and included a picture of herself in a retro '60 mod hairdo and outfit, sitting on a Harley and holding a flower-decorated helmet. 

She reportedly shot a video for the song, which was inspired by riding on a motorcycle in Hawaii with Orlando Bloom, in July.

"Harleys in Hawaii" follows Katy's other recent standalone singles "Never Really Over" and "Small Talk."  She's said that she doesn't feel the need to make an entire album at the moment, unless she perceives that there's a demand for it.

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Monday
Oct142019

Travis Scott suffers injury at Rolling Loud New York; five rappers kicked off the show after police request 

Epic RecordsThe first Rolling Loud New York festival over the weekend was certainly eventful: Travis Scott suffered an injury on stage, while five other rappers were kicked off the show.

As Scott performed before nearly 60,000 fans attending the Saturday show at Citi Field, he fell on stage while performing “Butterfly Effect. He told the crowd, "I ain’t gonna lie, I think I just broke my knee right now," according to Cosmopolitan. However, he continued and completed his set, including his new single, “Highest In the Room.” Wearing a knee brace, La Flame declared, “This show cannot stop."

So far, there's been no public update on Scott's condition.

Before Scott hit the stage, the two-day event began with drama when it was announced that 22Gz, Casanova, Don Q, Sheff G and Pop Smoke were dropped from the lineup following a request by the New York City police department, the New York Times reports.

Assistant Police Chief Martin Morales sent a letter to the festival stating that all five artists “have been affiliated with recent acts of violence citywide.” The letter continued, “The New York City Police Department believes if these individuals are allowed to perform, there will be a higher risk of violence.”

The festival continued without incident. In addition to Scott, Meek Mill, Wu-Tang Clan, DaBaby, Fat JoeFabolous, Fetty Wap, A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi Vert, Tyga, Pusha T, Jim Jones, Megan Thee Stallion, Dave East, and Kash Doll were among the artists performing.

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Monday
Oct142019

Simple Creatures announce pair of SoCal shows

Credit: Matty VogelSimple Creatures will hit Southern California next month for a pair of new shows.

The duo, made up of Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth, has announced dates in Los Angeles on November 12, Santa Ana on November 14. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 18 PT via SimpleCreaturesMusic.com.

Both shows will feature support from "Pretty Waste" rockers Bones UK.

Simple Creatures just dropped their sophomore EP, Everything Opposite, last Friday. The pair's debut EP, Strange Love, was released in March.

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Monday
Oct142019

Metallica's Lars Ulrich shares James Hetfield updates: "He's in the process of healing himself"

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica drummer Lars Ulrich has offered an update on frontman James Hetfield, who last month re-entered treatment for his ongoing struggle with substance abuse.

"He's doing what he needs to," Ulrich tells USA Today. "He's in the process of healing himself."

Ulrich adds that he's been pleasantly surprised by "how positive the feedback has been from our fans and friends and peers alike" regarding the announcement of Hetfield's rehab.

"It's very heartwarming," Ulrich says. "It's just blown our minds how much love and appreciation and support we've gotten...It's an incredible thing."

As a result of Hetfield's return to rehab, Metallica had to postpone their upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. Ulrich says he "feel[s] bad" for the Metallica fans Down Under, but promises that the metal legends will return with "full force and come back stronger and healthier than ever."

"Along the way, there's obviously an occasional bump in the road," Ulrich says. "But it's been an incredible ride, and we're looking forward to getting back down there, hopefully next year."

Meanwhile, Metallica just last week announced that they'll play two headlining sets at five different U.S. festivals in 2020: Epicenter, Welcome to Rockville, Sonic Temple, Louder than Life, and Aftershock.

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Monday
Oct142019

Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend headlining 2020 Okeechobee festival 

ABC/Randy HolmesMumford & Sons and Vampire Weekend are headed down south next spring to headline Florida's Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, held March 5-8.

Other artists on the lineup include Sublime with Rome, HAIM, Glass Animals and Bob Moses.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 18 at 10 a.m. ET. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit OkeechobeeFest.com.

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Monday
Oct142019

Watch Tool perform live debuts of 'Fear Inoculum' tracks 

Credit: Travis ShinnTool's headlining set at Sacramento's Aftershock festival marked the enigmatic rockers' first show since they released their long-awaited new album, Fear Inoculum, in August. As such, the concert featured the live debut of two tracks from the record.

To open the show, Tool played Fear Inoculum's title track and lead single for the first time. They also gave the the 12-minute "Pneuma" its premiere live performance.

You can watch fan-recorded footage of both songs now streaming on YouTube.

Tool has previously played the Fear Inoculum tracks "Descending" and "Invincible" live.

If you missed the Aftershock performance, you can catch Tool on their upcoming headlining tour, which launches Tuesday in Denver. The outing will wrap up November 25 in Washington, D.C.

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Monday
Oct142019

Marilyn Manson honors late tattoo artist Norm: "A true friend and amazing artist"

Steve Jennings/WireImageMarilyn Manson is paying tribute to Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Eric Rosenbaum, aka Norm, who died over the weekend.

"A true friend and amazing artist," Manson writes of Norm, adding that many of his tattoos were done by Rosenbaum.

"I love you man and hope you are somewhere peaceful," Manson continues. "Your art will live on in my skin...he was a great person that should still be here."

Rosenbaum's death was announced by the Get Inked Miami tattoo convention, which he had been scheduled to attend.

Blink-182's Travis Barker also paid tribute, writing in an Instagram comment, "Rest in Paradise Norm."

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