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Tuesday
Sep192017

Selena Gomez partners with Puma

Image Group LA/ABCPuma already has Rihanna, and Selena Gomez's boyfriend The Weeknd, and now the company's got Selena too.

On Monday, Selena took to Instagram to announce that she's joined the Puma team.  "Officially a part of the fam @puma #pumapartner," she wrote, posting a picture of herself in a sports bra emblazoned with the Puma logo.

Later in the day Puma upload a video to Twitter of Selena walking from one Puma photo shoot to another. "Fearless talent and [queen] of Instagram joins the family," the company wrote.

“PUMA has changed the game when it comes to the mash-up of athletic wear and fashion," Elle reports that Selena said in a press release. "It’s amazing to see this influence on style and culture and I’m excited to be a part of it. I am hoping that we can create something special together. We already have some really cool projects in the works.”

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Sam Smith wanted to make a "gay" version of "A Star Is Born"...with Ryan Gosling

Ruven AfanadorWhile Sam Smith has won an Oscar for a movie song -- his James Bond theme "Writing's on the Wall" -- he hasn't actually acted in a movie.  But he says at one point, he really wanted to star in a big screen romance...opposite Ryan Gosling.

Speaking to Attitude magazine, Sam explained that when he and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli were in Mexico for the premiere of the Bond movie SPECTRE, they teamed up "to pitch the studio a gay rework of A Star is Born."

"We were drunk, and at that point, unaware that [Lady] Gaga was redoing it anyway," Sam recalled. "We had it all worked out. I wanted to [sing] 'The Man that Got Away.'" That song appeared in the 1954 version of A Star Is Born, which starred Judy Garland.

In his version of the movie, Sam planned to play the young rising star, portrayed by Barbra Streisand in the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, and by Lady Gaga in the upcoming remake that's coming out in 2018. When asked who would star opposite him as the established star whose career is in decline -- a role played by Kris Kristofferson in 1976 and by Bradley Cooper in the upcoming remake -- Sam had an immediate answer.

"Ryan Gosling!" he said. "I met him once and he shook my hand. It was like meeting Hercules.  He's beautiful."

Now that's a movie many fans would no doubt be happy to pay full price to see in a theater.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Alessia Cara says hit Zedd collabo "Stay" let her be "a lot bolder" musically

ABC/Heidi GutmanAlessia Cara is busy working on her sophomore album, but she's been top of mind over the summer thanks to her smash collaboration with Zedd, "Stay."  She says the EDM-flavored tune was a bit of a change in artistic direction for her, but she's glad she did it.

"It was really different for me, it's a lot bolder than my usual stuff," Alessia tells ABC Radio. "But I thought if I was gonna do something [with another artist], I wanna sing on a song that I really believe in and work with on a song I believe in and work with an artist, or a deejay, that I really like."

Alessia says she and Zedd hooked up the collabo the way everything is done these days: online.

"He actually emailed [the song] to me which is, y'know, very millennial of us to do," she laughs. "Like, 'Let me just send it to you online!' But, I mean, we've wanted to work together for a really long time."

"He just sent me the beginning of the song that was written, and he was like, 'Hey, do you wanna finish this, do you wanna do it with me?'" she adds. "And just hearing it and listening to the beginning of it, I knew that it was a really great song."  The video for the song went on to win the Best Dance Video trophy at the MTV VMAs last month.

Despite the success of "Stay," Alessia says she's not necessarily going to incorporate EDM sounds into her next album, but she does says she'll do "some fun stuff."  We're not likely to hear any new music from the Canadian star until 2018, unfortunately.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

He's a "Heartache on the Dance Floor": Why Jon Pardi might -- or might not -- bust a move

ABC/Image Group LA Jon Pardi is on the verge of locking in his third #1 in a row with the uptempo “Heartache on the Dance Floor.”  But just because the California native delivers dancehall-ready anthems like that song and “Dirt on My Boots,” you shouldn’t expect to see him showing off his own fancy footwork.

“I'm not much of a dancer,” Jon confesses. “But I like it. People like it. People like to dance. Just because you don't want to dance, doesn't nobody mean else wouldn't want to dance.”

Still, when the spirit moves him, Jon admits he might bust a move.

“I just do what I want, shake some legs, spin around,” he says casually. “Sometimes when I'm playing I'll do a spin. Then I'll see my bass player do a spin, my guitar player do a spin. Like, it creates a chain reaction.”

You can check out Jon’s moves -- or lack of them -- on his Lucky Tonight Tour with Midland and Runaway June. It kicks off October 12 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Nashville notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The mother of the Gatlin Brothers -- LarrySteve and Rudy -- passed away on Friday night. Billie Doan Gatlin was 88.

Ashley McBryde is the newest artist signed to Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville. Her first single will be her already-popular track, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.”  

You can check out the video for The Cadillac Three’s new single, “Dang If We Didn’t,” on YouTube now.

Nineties hitmaker John Berry has written and recorded the new song, “All Come Together,” to raise money for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Collin RayeBryan WhiteTrick Pony’s Heidi Newfield, members of Restless HeartJohn Oates of Hall & Oates and more join him on the track, which will be available for download in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, you can watch the “All Come Together” music video on YouTube.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Ledisi won't give up on love on new single, "Us4Ever"

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLedisi's newest single from her forthcoming album, Let Love Rule, is a testimony to the powers of unconditional love.  

She tells Ebony magazine that the track, called "Us4Ever," is a song "about a relationship that is slightly dysfunctional but functional." 

She explains, "That might sound crazy to some, but love is that simple and yet very complex for so many people. 'Us4Ever' is a poetic way of saying, 'You get on my nerves but I love you no matter what."

The song also features Grammy-nominated artist BJ the Chicago Kid, who gives a "male perspective for balance," Ledisi adds.

Let Love Rule arrives everywhere on September 22 and is available now to pre-order.  

In addition, fans can catch the soulful singer co-headlining with Kirk Franklin on their upcoming The Rebel, The Soul & The Saint Tour.  

For info on tickets and dates, head over to ledisi.com.   

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Black Label Society teases new song, "Room of Nightmares"

Credit: Igor VidyashevBlack Label Society are ready to rock once more. Zakk Wylde and company have shared a teaser for a new song ominously titled "Room of Nightmares."

The teaser comes in the form of a 20-second video set at a kids' birthday party, which begins with a woman asking if Black Label can "play something the children can dance to." Heavy riffage and child-moshing then ensue.

The full video for  "Room of Nightmares" will premiere Monday, October 2.

Black Label's latest album is 2014's Catacombs of the Black Vatican. In the meantime, Wylde released his sophomore solo album, Book of Shadows II, and he rejoined Ozzy Osbourne's band for a tour this past summer.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Bastille strove to "not remotely try...anything similar" with "Basket Case" cover

ABC/Randy HolmesWhen the members of Bastille were approached to record a cover of Green Day's "Basket Case," the band was nervous for a couple reasons: one, they're all huge Green Day fans; and two, the knew they couldn't just regurgitate the 1994 classic.

"'Basket Case' is just such an undeniable, amazing song," frontman Dan Smith tells ABC Radio. "[We] thought, if we're gonna go there, that we should completely flip it on its head and not remotely try and do anything similar."

To do that, Bastille took an orchestral approach, replacing the pop-punk guitars of the original "Basket Case" with strings and brass, which pleased both the musician and the fan in them.

"It got the approval of Billie Joe [Armstrong] and the band, and they let it happen," Smith laughs.

Ironically, by doing something completely different with a Green Day song, Smith and company recorded something very similar to a Bastille song. Combining swelling strings with lyrics about anxiety, paranoia and depression created another track that juxtaposes happy music with dark lyrics, which Bastille has done with singles like "Pompeii" and "Good Grief."

"['Basket Case'] was a song that I kinda sung along to loads over the years and never really properly examined the lyrics," Smith says.

"The sort of intersection of melancholy and euphoria is something that I think some of the most effective and brilliant...music in general kind of nails," he continues. "And ['Basket Case'] is that down to a T." 

Bastille recorded the "Basket Case" cover for the Amazon superhero series The Tick, which is streaming now.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Mick Fleetwood's new Fleetwood Mac photo book and memoir, "Love that Burns," arrives today 

Genesis PublicationsMick Fleetwood's new limited-edition book, Love that Burns -- A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac: Volume 1, 1967-1974, officially gets published today. As its title suggests, the book delves into the band's early history, and is packed with rare photos, memorabilia and personal recollections from Fleetwood and many of the group's other members.

Love That Burns' main focus is on Fleetwood Mac's original lineup, led by blues-guitar virtuoso Peter Green. Although Green was the group's main singer, guitarist and songwriter, Fleetwood tells ABC Radio Green shied away from the spotlight. Mick says this attitude is reflected by the fact that Peter chose to name the band after its rhythm section -- Fleetwood and bassist John McVie -- and was furious when the group's label included his name in their debut album's title, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.

"He was the founding father that formed the spirit that continues through today," Fleetwood maintains, "where everyone was always accepted for who they are, what they are, and bring what you have."

The band's name actually comes from a 1967 instrumental recording that Green, Fleetwood and McVie made while they were members of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. The trio recorded the track using studio time that Mayall gave Green as a birthday present. When the recording was done and Peter was asked what the tune's name was, he said, "call it 'Fleetwood Mac,' 'cause John [McVie] and Mick are playing on it."

That track and the 1968 Fleetwood Mac tune "Love That Burns" are included on a special seven-inch vinyl picture disc packaged with the new book.

Fleetwood will celebrate the book's publication at a Q&A and meet-and-greet event at London's Piccadilly Theatre on Tuesday, September 26.

For more details about Love that Burns, visit FleetwoodMacBook.com.

LOVE THAT BURNS: A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac, by Mick Fleetwood from Genesis Publications on Vimeo.

 

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Tuesday
Sep192017

New solo album and reissues on the way from John Fogerty 

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John Fogerty is ready to rock with a new record deal.

The former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader has signed a deal with BMG that includes a new solo album to be released sometime next year, plus the reissue of his previous solo releases. The first reissue, due November 17, will be a 20th anniversary edition of Fogerty’s Grammy-winning Blue Moon Swamp album.

Available in 180-gram black vinyl, limited-edition 180-gram blue vinyl, CD and digital versions, the Blue Moon Swamp reissue features a new album cover showcasing the concert backdrop from the album’s original supporting tour.

Originally released in May 1997, Blue Moon Swamp won Best Rock Album at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998, while the track “Blueboy” received a nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance that same year. 

Upcoming reissues from Fogerty’s solo career include the Grammy-nominated Centerfield,  the Eye of the Zombie and Premonition albums, plus Déjà vu (All Over Again) and a new Best of collection. Release dates are still to be announced.

Fogerty returns to Las Vegas to continue his John Fogerty: Fortunate Son In Concert  residency at the Wynn Encore Theatre with 15 shows set for September 20 – October 7 and January 10 – 20. For info, go to Fogerty’s website.

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Monday
Sep182017

Kelsea Ballerini returns to "High School" on Friday

Black River EntertainmentIt looks like Kelsea Ballerini is heading back to “High School” this Friday.

“Why would he want to change when every memory bows to him // 9.22,” Kelsea tweeted on Monday, along with a photo of herself posing in front of the bleachers in either a stadium or a gym.

It didn’t take long for Kelsea’s fans to figure out the “Peter Pan” hit maker was quoting the lyrics to her song “High School,” and that she plans to release it on Friday.

Kelsea wrote the track by herself after moving to Nashville, but had never recorded it until her forthcoming album Unapologetically. She’s frequently sung it in concert, however, and has always referred to it as one of her favorites.  

“High School” will be the third instant download available from Kelsea's sophomore album, due November 3. So far, if you pre-order Unapologetically, you can immediately download the first single, “Legends,” as well as the title track.

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Monday
Sep182017

As his second album arrives, Chris Janson sets his sights on the Hall of Fame

Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson will mark the release of his sophomore album by hanging out at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Missouri native’s second release, Everybody, comes out Friday, and on Saturday, he’ll be the subject of a Songwriter Session in the Hall’s Ford Theater. If you can’t make it to Nashville for the free event, you can watch it online starting at 11:30 a.m. CT at CountryMusicHallOfFame.org/streaming.

Everybody’s lead single, “Fix a Drink,” is already a top ten hit. Chris will also play Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday night with Sam Hunt and Maren Morris, as Sam's 15 in a 30 Tour passes through Music City.

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Monday
Sep182017

Cameron Crowe remembers Chris Cornell on 25th anniversary of "Singles" 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe film Singles was released in theaters September 18, 1992: 25 years ago today. Set in Seattle during the grunge era, the movie featured music from Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and the late Chris Cornell.

In a piece for Rolling Stone in honor of the anniversary, director Cameron Crowe remembers what it was like to work with Cornell, who died by suicide earlier this year.

"Chris Cornell was somebody who I just thought, 'This guy belongs in the movie,'" Crowe writes. "I loved Soundgarden -- they were the greatest live show I'd seen. I had real strong feelings about Soundgarden and about Chris with this huge heart of his."

"He was accepting Eddie [Vedder] into Seattle and he was helping me know what it was to live here, at this time and this place -- that feeling of, this guy really matters to this city," Crowe adds.

In fact, Crowe originally wanted Cornell to play the role of Cliff Poncier, the dopey lead singer of the fictional band Citizen D**k. Instead, the role went to Matt Dillon, but Cornell still made a cameo in the movie as himself.

"I thought, maybe we can have the best of all worlds," Crowe writes. "Chris can be a character who plays, and we don't have to make him play a wannabe musician. We can just have him be Chris."

Cornell and Crowe would continue to work together up until the Soundgarden frontman took his own life this past May.

"For any of us lucky enough to know him or experience his gift, there's no past tense," Crowe says of Cornell. "He's that vivid of a guy. I can't talk about him in the past. I talk about him in the present and I always will."

A deluxe version of the Singles soundtrack was released earlier this year.

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Monday
Sep182017

Death from Above & At the Drive In announce European tour 

Credit: Lindsey ByrnesTwo bands known for taking lengthy hiatuses between albums will hit the road together next year.

Death from Above and At the Drive In are embarking on a European tour beginning February 23 in Geneva, Switzerland. The tour also includes stops in Germany, France, the U.K., Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Visit AttheDriveIn.com or DeathfromAbover1979.com for ticket info.

Earlier this month, Death from Above released their new album Outrage! Is Now. It's the follow-up to the band's 2014 sophomore effort The Physical World. That disc arrived a full 10 years after their 2004 debut album You're a Woman, I'm a Machine.

Meanwhile, At the Drive In's new album in•ter a•li•a, which was also released this year, arrived 17 years after their last effort, 2000's Relationship of Command.

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Monday
Sep182017

Watch Sleeping with Sirens' "Legends" video; band cancels Philly show due to "threatening content"

Warner Bros. RecordsSleeping with Sirens has debuted the video for "Legends," the lead single from their forthcoming album Gossip, due September 22.

The clip, streaming now on YouTube, is full of artwork and videos from fans who participated in the band's #WeCanBeLegends campaign, which asked you to share how you or someone you know have been able to overcome obstacles to become a "legend."

"This video is a thank you to our fans for supporting us!" the group says. "We love all of you and your contributions to the video."

In addition to being the lead single from Gossip, "Legends" will also serve as the official song of Team USA for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In less happy news, Sleeping with Sirens was forced to postpone their show in Philadelphia Sunday after the band found a note at the venue with "threatening content."

"The safety of our fans is of the utmost importance, and we are so grateful to the venue and local police for their swift action," the band writes in a statement. "We will be rescheduling the show for a later date and all tickets will be honored."

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Monday
Sep182017

Listen to CHVRCHES take on Tegan and Sara for "The Con X" covers album

Warner Bros. Records CHVRCHES have shared their cover of the Tegan and Sara song "Call It Off," which the Scottish trio recorded for the forthcoming The Con X: Covers compilation. You can listen to the cover now via EW.com.

For their take on the song, CHVRCHES turned a two-minute acoustic track into five minutes of dreamy, haunting synths.

"Their cover could not have been more unexpected and we think it's beautiful," Tegan tells Entertainment Weekly.  "We are massive fans of CHVRCHES and the music they make," Tegan adds. "[Frontwoman] Lauren [Mayberry] is an ally to the LGBTQ community and has been outspoken and political, so she fit the ethos of the project perfectly. CHVRCHES are in the studio making a new record, so we were touched they made the time to cover 'Call It Off.'"

The Con X: Covers features 14 artists covering each song from Tegan and Sara's 2007 album, The Con, in honor of its 10th anniversary. The compilation, which also features Bleachers and Paramore's Hayley Williams, will be released October 20.

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Monday
Sep182017

Sting, Elvis Costello set for Leonard Cohen tribute in Montreal

Eric Ryan AndersonA roster of musical greats including Sting, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang and members of the Lumineers will help celebrate the life and music of the late Leonard Cohen.

In a Facebook post, Cohen’s family announced Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen, set for November 6 at Bell Centre in the singer/poet’s native Montreal.

Other participants include Lana Del Rey, Feist, Damien Rice, Canadian singer/songwriter Patrick Watson and renowned modern classical composer Phillip Glass. According to the post, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premiere Philippe Couillard will also be in attendance.

The tribute is being overseen by Cohen’s musician son Adam, who co-produced his father’s final album, 2016’s You Want It Darker. Adam explains, “My father left me with a list of instructions before he passed: ‘Put me in a pine box next to my mother and father. Have a small memorial for close friends and family in Los Angeles…and if you want a public event do it in Montreal.' I see this concert as a fulfillment of my duties to my father that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring.”

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Monday
Sep182017

Report: Mariah Carey to celebrate 20th anniversary of "Butterfly" with new world tour, VH1 docu-series 

ABC/Randy HolmesTo celebrate the 20th anniversary of her 1997 smash hit album, Butterfly, Mariah Carey is planning to go on a world tour for fans to experience the anniversary in person -- and later, on TV. 

Page Six reports Mariah will hit the road next year with VH1 filming the tour for an upcoming docu-series.  

This project would mark the second reality show project for Mimi, whose first, titled Mariah's World's, aired for just one season last year on E!.   That series gave fans a glimpse of her 2016 Sweet Sweet Fantasy world tour.

A source tells Page Six, "Mariah's World was always planned to be an eight-part TV event. But now she is planning a huge world tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Butterfly to start early 2018. It will be similar to U2's Joshua Tree tour.  

Along with the tour, Mimi's also releasing a collector's edition 12-inch vinyl picture disc version of Butterfly on October 20, which you can pre-order now from Amazon.  

In addition, you can tune in tonight to see her perform her enduring hit single, "Honey" -- which comes from Butterfly -- along with Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat at this year's Hip Hop Honors: The 90's Game Changers on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET.

Mariah will be honored during the special broadcast as well.  

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Monday
Sep182017

Daughtry donates $50K to Habitat for Humanity's hurricane recovery efforts

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCDaughtry is doing their part to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

The band has announced they’ll be donating $50,000 to Habitat Hammers Back, a Habitat for Humanity initiative to help repair and rebuild in the aftermath of the storms. They’re encouraging their fans to make a donation as well.

"We've been struck by the images coming out of Texas and Florida after these two devastating storms," frontman Chris Daughtry says in a statement. "The destruction is enormous, but so is the love and compassion we've seen with people helping each other out.”

He adds, “Habitat for Humanity is already on the ground helping folks assess damage, dig out and repair their homes. We're making a donation to Habitat, and we'd like to ask you to join us by visiting Habitat.org/Hurricanes to make a contribution today."

The band also posted a video to their Facebook page to help spread the word.

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Monday
Sep182017

Azealia Banks advises Lil Uzi Vert to nix collaboration with Marilyn Manson 

Brad Barket/Getty ImagesAzealia Banks isn't shy about offering her opinion on, well, anything...and this time she's doling out some business advice to Lil Uzi Vert.

The "Chasing Time" rapper tweeted at Lil Uzi, "Nooooo uzi. Marilyn is played out!! PICK TRENT REZNOR INSTEADD!! @LILUZVERT!!!!!"  

The "Marilyn" in Banks' tweet refers to rock superstar Marilyn Manson, who told Consequence of Sound last week about his plan to work on Uzi's next album.    

Lil Uzi, on the other hand, took Azealia's plea with a grain of salt.  

According to the blog That Grape Juice, he referred to her -- in a now-deleted tweet -- as someone who was "never in fashion,"

Uzi then claimed his comment wasn't a diss, saying in another deleted tweet, "Relaaaaaaax just was playing i get bored 2."  

Meanwhile, Azealia continued to give Uzi Vert even more Twitter advice. 

"Marilyn Manson is like an old white weirdo lol," she says.  

"I get what your [sic] going for aesthetically. But all that rape culture [his] generation Represents is super creepy. You don't need to align urself with rapey old white bros to get rock."    

She ended her thoughts to Lil Uzi with the message, "Just my two cents. Congrats on all your success and new music. I love what you're doing. Peace xx."  

Azealia Banks is gearing up for her first North American tour in two years. Tickets are on sale now via azealiabanks.com.  

Meanwhile, Lil Uzi Vert's debut album, Luv is Rage 2, falls one notch this week to #2 on the Billboard 200.  

It debuted at number one following its August 25 release.  

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