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Jun152018

AWOLNATION shares acoustic version of "Handyman" 

ABC/Randy HolmesAWOLNATION has released an acoustic version of "Handyman," a single from the band's new album Here Come the Runts. The stripped-down tune is available now for digital download, and you can watch its fittingly contemplative video now on YouTube.

Aaron Bruno and company previously performed "Handyman" unplugged on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! back in February.

The acoustic "Handyman" recording arrives in conjunction with the launch of AWOLNATION's summer tour in support of Here Come the Runts, which begins tonight in Clifton Park, New York.

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Friday
Jun152018

David Bowie's death profiled in new episode of Reelz documentary series premiering Sunday

Jamie McCarthy/WireImageA new episode of the Reelz docu-series Autopsy: The Last Hours of… focusing on the death of David Bowie will premiere this Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

On the program, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter takes an in-depth look at what may have led to the cancer that caused the rock legend's death in January 2016 two days after his 69th birthday. The show also offers a profile of Bowie's life and how he kept his illness secret from nearly the whole world.

In addition, the episode delves into the timing of the release of the influential artist's final studio album, Blackstar -- which arrived on his 69th birthday -- and the clues that apparently were included in the project about his impending demise. The show features archival footage and photos of Bowie, as well as interviews with a number of people associated with the rock legend.

You can check out a clip from the episode now on the Reelz network's official YouTube channel. The segment focuses on how a teenage Bowie sustained the injury to his left eye that left him with a permanently dilated pupil, something that added to his famously otherworldly persona.

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Friday
Jun152018

Miguel releases "R.A.N." video from 'Superfly' soundtrack

(ABC/Fred Lee)Miguel released a video for the song “R.A.N.” on Friday.  He co-wrote and co-produced the track for the Superfly soundtrack.

The clip features Miguel with one of the film’s stars, Lex Scott Davis. Drawing inspiration from the movie, the video depicts the two as being on the run from the law. Miguel gathers up all his cash from under a mattress and hands it to Davis -- she get away in a car, while he's captured by police.

Future executive-produced the 13-track soundtrack for Superfly and appears on 10 of those 13 cuts. Other artists on the album include Lil Wayne21 Savage, and Young Thug.   

The remake of the classic 1972 film, starring Trevor Jackson in the title role, opened June 13. 

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Friday
Jun152018

Kelly Clarkson and Josh Groban get in on the country/pop crossover craze

Vincent PetersThe Backstreet Boys with Florida Georgia Line Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia LineMaren Morris with Zedd. Seems like country musicians recording with pop stars is the latest craze, and now two more pop stars are getting into the act.

Hitmaking country duo Dan + Shay have just released a track from their upcoming self-titled album called “Keeping Score,” and it's a duet with Kelly Clarkson.

“It is such an honor for us to sing this duet with Kelly,” the duo's Dan Smyers says. “Not only is she one of the most incredible vocalists of our generation, she is one of the most genuine, kind-hearted people we have ever met. We’re glad this song resonated with her as much as it did with us.”

Kelly already has a history on the country charts: She and country superstar Jason Aldean went to #1 with “Don’t You Wanna Stay” in 2011, following a #2 duet version of her hit “Because of You” with her then-stepmother-in-law, Reba McEntire, in 2007.

Meanwhile, Josh Groban seems to be doing something with Jennifer Nettles of the country duo Sugarland.  He posted a photo of himself and Jennifer together in the studio on Instagram and on Twitter and wrote, "Me. Nettles. Oh my goodness my ears and voice are happy. Stay tuned."

Jennifer has a history on the pop charts: She duetted with Bon Jovi on their Grammy-winning 2006 hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home," which was a top 30 hit.

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Friday
Jun152018

Report: Ex-3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell arrested for domestic violence

Michael Hickey/WireImageFormer 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell has been arrested, according to TMZ.

The gossip site reports that the musician is charged with domestic violence simple assault, marijuana possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Harrell was previously sent to prison in 2015 due to a fatal car crash he caused in Nashville in 2013. He's also been arrested for DUI on multiple occasions.

Along with frontman Brad Arnold and guitarist Matt Roberts, Harrell co-founded 3 Doors Down in 1996. He left the band in 2013 following the Nashville crash.

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Friday
Jun152018

Gorillaz returns to Hot 100 for the first time in over 10 years with "Humility"

Courtesy of GorillazGorillaz is back on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in over a decade thanks to the virtual band's new single, "Humility."

The track, the lead single from the forthcoming album The Now Now, has entered the Hot 100 at number 85. The last time Gorillaz made an appearance on that chart was in 2006, when they peaked at number 87 with "Dare."

Gorillaz' highest peak on the Hot 100 came courtesy of the 2005 single "Feel Good Inc," which reached number 14.

"Humility" also marks a Hot 100 return for jazz guitar icon George Benson, who is featured on the track. The single gives Benson his 15th track on the Hot 100, and his first since 1985.

The Now Now will be released June 29.

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Friday
Jun152018

Plain White T’s announce new album, "Parallel Universe"; release two new singles

Fearless Records"Hey There Delilah" hitmakers Plain White T’s are back with new music.

The band has announced they’ll be releasing their eighth studio album, Parallel Universe, on August 24. It's their first new album since 2015's independent release American Nights.

To give fans a taste of what to expect, they released two new singles from the upcoming LP, the mellow love song “Your Body” and the grittier “Bonnie I Want You.”

“You Body” has a video to go with it, which was filmed at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. It features lead singer Tom Higgenson as a male robot who is put together piece by piece by his female companion.

If you pre-order Parallel Universe now, you’ll receive instant downloads of the two new singles.

Plain White T’s will be kicking off their summer tour Saturday, June 16 in Oklahoma City.

Here is the track list for Parallel Universe:

"Light Up The Room"
"Bonnie I Want You"
"Call Me"
"Top Of The World"
"Bury Me"
"Your Body"
"Sick Of Love"
"No Imitations"
"Low"
"Lying About Me And You"
"I Should Be Dead Right Now"
"Lips"
"No Tears"
"End of The World"

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Friday
Jun152018

Foo Fighters notch 25th top-10 single on "Billboard" Mainstream Rock Songs chart 

Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters are inching closer to making Billboard chart history.

The band's single "The Line" has reached number 10 on the publication's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, giving Dave Grohl and company their 25th top-10 track on the tally.

With 25 top-10 entries on Mainstream Rock Songs, the Foos have the third most top-10s on the chart since it began in 1981. Van Halen is second with 26, while the late Tom Petty leads the pack with a total 28, including his work with the Heartbreakers and his solo material.

"The Line" appears on the new Foo Fighters album Concrete and Gold. Both of the record's previous two singles, "Run" and "The Sky Is a Neighborhood," peaked at number one on Mainstream Rock Songs.

Foo Fighters are currently touring Europe in support of Concrete and Gold. They'll launch a U.S. tour in July.

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Friday
Jun152018

Cole Swindell gives fans a "Reason to Drink" with new song

ABC/Randy HolmesCole Swindell is such a fan of  “Reason to Drink” that he made it the name of his headlining trek earlier this year. Now, the Georgia native is releasing the track as the latest preview of his third album, All of It, which comes out August 17.

“Somebody somewhere’s getting married today/Somebody’s home team, they just won State/Some ole boy’s girl just left him/If that’s you, raise your hand, I got your next one,” Cole sings.

Cole also put out a live video of “Reason to Drink,” which was shot on tour. You can check it out on YouTube now.

The lead single from All of It, “Break Up in the End,” is currently top-25 and climbing.

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Friday
Jun152018

Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour hits $100 million in ticket sales

ABC/Lou RoccoPink’s Beautiful Trauma tour is on track to become her highest-grossing tour yet, according to Billboard.

The trek tops Billboard’s Hot Tours chart this week, earning more than $100 million in ticket sales for its first leg of dates. Billboard estimates that based on sales so far, the overall gross could hit $275 million or more by the time it ends next May.

If it hits that mark, it will surpass Pink’s The Truth About Love tour, which earned $183 million in 2013 and 2014.

The Beautiful Trauma tour kicked off in Phoenix on March 1. Pink’s played 38 arenas across the U.S. and Canada since then, performing for more than 712,000 fans.

Pink heads to Australia and New Zealand for the second leg of the tour beginning July 3.  While Down Under, Pink will perform 42 shows in seven cities, including a record-setting five-night run at the Spark Arena in New Zealand.

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Friday
Jun152018

Dirty Heads release their own version of their song "Visions," originally recorded by Maroon 5

Credit: Steven Taylor Dirty Heads are reclaiming a song they lent to Maroon 5.

The pop band's latest album, Red Pill Blues, features a song called "Visions," which was actually co-written by members of Dirty Heads. The reggae rockers intended to put the song on their 2017 album Swim Team, but Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine heard it and asked if his band could record the tune instead.

Now, Dirty Heads have released their own version of the song. You can download it now via digital outlets.

While Dirty Heads left "Visions" off of Swim Team, the album does feature the singles "Celebrate" and "Vacation."

Dirty Heads are currently touring the U.S. in support of Swim Team.

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Friday
Jun152018

If you're "Keeping Score," Dan + Shay hold their own on impressive new duet with Kelly Clarkson

ABC/Image Group LA A week before their self-titled third album comes out, Dan + Shay are releasing one of the most anticipated tracks from the record: “Keeping Score,” their collaboration with Kelly Clarkson.

Shay Mooney proves he can hold his own with Kelly’s powerhouse vocals on the emotional ballad, co-written by Dan Smyers.

“It is such an honor for us to sing this duet with Kelly,” Dan says. “Not only is she one of the most incredible vocalists of our generation, she is one of the most genuine, kind-hearted people we have ever met. We’re glad this song resonated with her as much as it did with us.”

This is the fifth preview track the duo has put out from Dan + Shay, which is set to arrive June 22. Its lead single, “Tequila,” is currently in the top five.

It’s worth noting that Kelly already has a pretty impressive history on the country chart. She and Jason Aldean went to #1 with “Don’t You Wanna Stay” in 2011, following a #2 duet version of “Because of You” with her mother-in-law Reba McEntire in 2007.

“Keeping Score” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out its “Icon” video on YouTube.

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Friday
Jun152018

U2 sends Taylor Swift roses ahead of her Dublin show...and she was not ready for it

Anton Corbijn; Mert & MarcusU2 currently are touring the U.S., but they reached out across the Atlantic to extend a warm Irish welcome to pop star Taylor Swift ahead of her Friday night show at Croke Park in the band's hometown of Dublin.

The iconic Irish band sent Swift a bouquet of red roses along with a card signed, "From your Irish fan club… Bono, The Edge, Adam & Larry."

Taylor posted a photo of the gift to her Instagram page and wrote, "Walked into my dressing room to find roses from @U2 and I WAS NOT READY FOR IT."

She added, "I LOVE U2. I LOVE IRELAND. LETS DO THIS CROKE PARK!!!"

Taylor is currently in the midst of a U.K. and Ireland leg of her current world tour. The next show on U2's eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour takes place this Sunday, June 17, in Washington, D.C.

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Friday
Jun152018

Pete Davidson got Nick Cannon’s blessing before proposing to Ariana Grande

Bobby Bank/WireImageBefore proposing to Ariana Grande, his girlfriend of just a few weeks, Pete Davidson got the blessing of an old friend.

Nick Cannon, who gave Pete his first big break on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, tells Entertainment Tonight that the SNL star called him before popping the question.

"He called before he was going to do it, and I said, 'Salud!'" Nick says. "He was really excited, so I was like, 'I love it, man. Keep it going.' Love is in the air!"

Nick, who famously married Mariah Carey after just a few weeks of dating, knows a thing or two about brief courtships.

"To see them together... and I've been one of those dudes with one of those fantasy, fantastic relationships where you just go off and get married, so I was like, 'Do it,'" Nick says. "I've congratulated Pete. I haven't spoken to Ariana, but I'm happy for them."

He even offered to officiate the wedding.

"I think they're outstanding. They're young people in love and you can't knock that. It's like The Notebook," he says. "I'm up for all weddings. I'll officiate. I don't know how long they'll last if you let me do it, but I'm up for it."

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Friday
Jun152018

Chance the Rapper announces Special Olympics 50th Anniversary concert in Chicago featuring Smokey Robinson

ABC/Randy HolmesChance the Rapper is producing a concert for the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics in Chicago, and his headliner is Smokey Robinson.

Chance promoted the July 21 event on Instagram with a concert poster and the comment,  “I’m happy to announce that my new production company SFP and I are producing the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics here in Chicago.” The Windy city is Chance's hometown.

Pop singer Jason Mraz and the rock band O.A.R will also perform, with more special guests to be added for the show, which will take place at the Northerly Island amphitheater in Chicago.

This year, the Special Olympics are being held July 1-6 in Seattle.

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Friday
Jun152018

Alt-J releases new version of "In Cold Blood" featuring Pusha T and Twin Shadow

Scott Kowalchyk/CBSAlt-J has teamed up with rapper Pusha T and the band Twin Shadow to deliver a new version of the English trio's song "In Cold Blood." The collaboration made its live debut Thursday night on The Late Show, and you can download the studio version now via digital platforms.

The original "In Cold Blood" appears on Alt-J's latest album, 2017's Relaxer, and is accompanied by an Iggy Pop-narrated video.

Alt-J is currently touring the U.S. in support of Relaxer. Tonight, they play a special "immersive sound show" at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York, which will feature a "surround speaker system enveloping the entire audience."

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Friday
Jun152018

Queen Latifah to perform with Missy Elliott at Essence Festival 

Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for VH1 Save The Music Queen Latifah is bringing together a royal gathering of female MCs for this year's Essence Festival.

The Queen will hit the stage on Saturday July 7 at the Superdome in New Orleans with her “Ladies First” show, named after her 1990 hit.  It'll feature Missy Elliott, Remy MaMC Lyte and Nikki D. They join a Saturday lineup which includes Mary J. Blige and Xscape.

The festival opens on July 6 with Erykah BaduJill ScottSnoop DoggMiguel, and Ledisiperforming on the main stage. The three-day event closes on Sunday July 8 featuring Janet JacksonFantasia, and Teddy Riley with SWV, Blackstreet, and Guy.

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Friday
Jun152018

Expanded version of hit 1967 Supremes album featuring alternate mixes, live performances due out this month

Motown/UMeAn expanded and remastered 51-track version of The Supremes' 1967 album The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland will be released June 29 as a two-CD set and digitally.

The collection features mono and stereo editions of the original album, various extended and alternate mixes and versions, and a live concert performance by the legendary Motown trio from '67.

The album was released in January 1967 and featured 12 compositions by the group's main songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland Jr. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200, while yielding two #1 hits -- "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone."

The record also included renditions of Holland-Dozier-Holland tunes that had been hits for other Motown acts, among them The Four Tops' "It's the Same Old Song" and Martha and the Vandellas' "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave."

The extra tracks include extended mixes of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone," as well as extended versions of "You Can't Hurry Love" and other Supremes hits.

The live performances were recorded in May 1967 at the New York City club The Copacabana at one of the final shows by the original Supremes lineup of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard before Ballard left the group.

That show featured a medley of earlier Supremes hits, another medley of show tunes, and full renditions of "You Keep Me Hangin' On," "I Hear a Symphony," "You Can't Hurry Love" and more.

The reissue comes packaged with two booklets, one featuring a new essay, rare photos and a new interview with Dozier, and the other a replica of The Supremes' 1967 tour program.

Here's The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland expanded edition's track list:

Disc 1

"You Keep Me Hangin' On" (mono)
"You're Gone (But Always in My Heart)" (mono)
"Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (mono)
"Mother You, Smother You" (mono)
"I Guess I'll Always Love You" (mono)
"I'll Turn to Stone" (mono)
"It's the Same Old Song" (mono)
"Going Down for the Third Time" (mono)
"Love Is in Our Hearts" (mono)
"Remove This Doubt" (mono)
"There's No Stopping Us Now" (mono)
"(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" (mono)
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" (stereo)
"You're Gone (But Always in My Heart)" (stereo)
"Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (stereo)
"Mother You, Smother You" (stereo)
"I Guess I'll Always Love You" (stereo)
"I'll Turn to Stone" (stereo)
"It's the Same Old Song" (stereo)
"Going Down for the Third Time" (stereo)
"Love Is in Our Hearts" (stereo)
"Remove This Doubt" (stereo)
"There's No Stopping Us Now" (stereo)
"(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" (stereo)

Bonus Tracks
"The Happening" (extended hit mix)
"All I Know About You" (extended mix)
"Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (version 3)
"We Couldn't Get Along Without You" (extended mix)
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" (extended "cool" alternate)

Disc 2

"You Can't Hurry Love" (extended alternate)
"The Happening" (film versions)
"Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (version 1)
"You're Gone (But Always in My Heart)" (strings mix)
"I Guess I'll Always Love You" (extended mix)
"Going Down for the Third Time" (extended mix)
"Remove This Doubt" (extended mix)

Live at The Copa May 1967
"Put On a Happy Face"
Medley: "Stop! In the Name of Love"/"Come See About Me"/"My World Is Empty Without You"/"Baby Love"
"My Favorite Things"
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"
"The Lady Is a Tramp"/"Let's Get Away from It All"
"I Hear a Symphony"
"From This Moment On"
"Queen of the House"
"Love Is Here and Now You're Gone"
"Somewhere"
"You Can't Hurry Love"
Medley: "Thoroughly Modern Millie"/"Second Hand Rose"/"Mame"
Group Introductions
"You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You"
"The Happening"

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Friday
Jun152018

The Struts premiere new "fully charged blues dance rock anthem," "Body Talks"

Interscope RecordsThe Struts have premiered a new song called "Body Talks," which will appear on the U.K. band's forthcoming sophomore album. You can download the bluesy track now via digital platforms.

In a statement, frontman Luke Spiller calls "Body Talks" "a fully charged blues dance rock anthem that will have you moving across the room and straight onto the dance floor."

"Complete with some of the best guitars riffs of the past ten years and guess what? This is only the beginning," he says.

The Struts' new album will be the follow-up to their 2016 debut Everybody Wants. While you wait for that to arrive, you can catch the band opening for Foo Fighters this summer, beginning July 6 in Columbia, Maryland.

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Friday
Jun152018

Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert "Drown the Whiskey" at Nashville's oldest dive bar

Broken BowIf you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you can get an early look at Jason Aldean’s new video for “Drowns the Whiskey” with Miranda Lambert. The clip premieres on Apple Music today; it becomes widely available on Saturday.

Jason and Miranda shot “Drowns the Whiskey” at Nashville's Springwater Supperclub and Lounge, a frequent music video location that also claims to be the oldest bar in the state of Tennessee.

“Cutting this song for the album has always been a no-brainer for me,” Jason says. “I wanted to keep the video simple and really let the heartbreak and loneliness come through.”

The cover for Jason’s Rearview Town album was also shot at Springwater.

You can check out a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the “Drowns the Whiskey” video on YouTube now.

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