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Thursday
Nov162017

Did Trent Reznor appear on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"? Nine Inch Nails frontman acknowledges fan theory 

Scott Dudelson/WireImageA specific corner of the internet is very convinced that Trent Reznor appeared on the latest episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The scene in question shows a street performer covered in silver metallic paint doing the "living statue" routine, whom a Reddit thread believes is played by the Nine Inch Nails frontman himself.

The actor certainly does bear a resemblance to Reznor, but the theory's supposed smoking gun is that the street performer is wearing shutter sunglasses -- the same style shades Reznor dons on the cover of his fake album Strobe Light, which he announced as an April Fool's Day joke in 2009.

Reznor himself hasn't responded to the theory, but he did "like" a tweet about it from the website BirthMoviesDeath.com.  Whatever that may mean.

As for shows on which Reznor's definitely guested, he appeared during an episode of the revived Twin Peaks over the summer.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Logic tweets statistics showing impressive impact of "1-800-273-8255"

ABC/Randy HolmesLogic is calling his anti-suicide song "1-800-273-8255" "the most important song I ever wrote" -- and he's got the proof to back up that statement.

The rapper tweeted statistics from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, whose phone number is the same as the title of Logic's song.  "1-800-273-8255," which also features Alessia Cara and Khalid, was released on April 28.  According to the Lifeline, they received over 4,500 calls that day -- at the time, their second-highest daily call volume ever.

August 28, the day after Logic, Alessia and Khalid performed the song on the MTV Video Music Awards, the Lifeline received over 5,000 calls, setting a new record.

The Lifeline also said that Google searches for the number spiked April 28 by more than 100%, and their Facebook page experienced three times its usual traffic.  There were also increases in website visits and Twitter impressions, while crisis centers reported that many callers mentioned the song.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Halsey cancels Canadian tour date to “gain her composure” after “personal emergency” 

ABC/Paula LoboHalsey cancelled the final Canadian date of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour Wednesday night due to a “personal emergency.”

Tuesday, the singer stopped her Calgary concert mid-set and her Edmonton show was nixed for the following night.

Promoters for Live Nation said in a statement, “Due to a personal emergency, Halsey will be unable to perform tonight at Rogers Place in Edmonton.”

Halsey later posted her own statement on Instagram, apologizing to fans in Calgary and Edmonton.

“There are very few things in this world that could make me stop a show, and my fans know that,” she writes. “This is breaking my heart but I have to take a few days to gain my composure so I can put on the best show possible in Minneapolis and finish out the tour with a bang.”

She promised to make it up to fans in Canada and asked for privacy during this time.  No word on what the personal emergency was.

Halsey's tour is set to resume November 18 in Minneapolis.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Stand by for a "Reba" reboot: Reba McEntire and her cast are rarin' to go

ABC/Image Group LAIf Reba McEntire has her way, a Reba reboot could become a reality.

Reba’s hit sitcom ran on the WB from 2001-2006, before moving to the CW for its final season. With new versions of everything from Full House to Will & Grace to Roseanne finding their way to TV, the country icon says her cast is raring to go.  

“A Reba reboot? Absolutely we would!” she responds enthusiastically, when asked about the prospect. “Everybody was wanting to do that. We'd love it. If everybody else would go for it, meaning the heads of the networks and things, all the actors are for it, a hundred-percent.”

Reba even believes she knows what her alter ego, Reba Hart, would be up to.

“I think she'd become a travel agent, so she gets to go to all these places to check 'em out, before she has her clients go to 'em,” Reba explains. “Then she goes to this place, and she falls in love and tours the world with him, 'cause he's real rich and he has a private plane.”

While fans wait for a Reba reboot, the musical icon’s next TV gig comes later this month, as she hosts the annual CMA Country Christmas special on ABC. You can catch it Monday, November 27 at 8 p.m. ET.  

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Thursday
Nov162017

Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockFaith Hill managed a #1 hit with her debut single back in 1993. Can you recall the title of the lead release from Take Me As I Am? ANSWER: "Wild One."

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Thursday
Nov162017

Remixed version of recent Todd Rundgren song released as digital single; Todd kicks off solo tour Friday

Cleopatra RecordsTodd Rundgren's latest studio album, White Knight, features collaborations with an eclectic variety of musicians, including "I Got Your Back," which finds the prolific rock veteran teaming up with modern funk/R&B artist Dam-Funk. Now, Dam-Funk has created a new version of the tune he's dubbed a "Re-Freak," as opposed to a remix, that features new vocals and heavier synth bass.

The track is available now on all major digital platforms and streaming services.

"Working with one of my heroes in music was a genuine pleasure," Dam-Funk says of collaborating with Rundgren. "His progressive mind when it comes to all things music, without losing his soul in it, is such an inspiration to me and in what I humbly try to contribute to music listeners and aspire to. As the song says, 'I got your back, Todd.'"

Those purchasing the new "I Got Your Back" digital single also will receive a digital B-side -- the remixed version of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' White Knight collaboration with Rundgren, "Deaf Ears," which was previously unavailable as a download.

White Knight, which was released in May 2017, also features guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Joe Satriani and others.

Todd will wrap up his current tour as a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band tonight in Newark, New Jersey, and will then head out on his own solo trek. The outing kicks off Friday night in Salisbury, Massachusetts, and will wind down with a New Year's Eve concert at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

Here are all of Rundgren's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

11/17 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
11/19 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley
11/20 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Rapids Theater
11/22 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
11/24 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theater and Performing Arts Center
11/25 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theater
11/28 -- Falls Church, VA, The State Theater
11/29 -- Annapolis, MD, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
12/1 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
12/2 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
12/3 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theater
12/5 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
12/7 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater
12/8 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theater
12/9 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theater at Westbury
12/12 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
12/13 -- Sheboygan, WI, Weill Center
12/15 -- Kansas City, MO, Voodoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino
12/16 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
12/17 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
12/19 -- Denver, CO, The Oriental Theater
12/21 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theater
12/22 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theater
12/23 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
12/27 -- Santa Clarita, CA, The Canyon Club
12/28 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose
12/30 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon Club
12/31 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theater

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Thursday
Nov162017

A Perfect Circle premieres stark, minimalist "The Doomed" video

BMGA Perfect Circle has premiered the video for their new single, "The Doomed." The stark, black-and-white visual is a series of contemplative close-ups of each of the band's members. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

"The Doomed" is the first single from A Perfect Circle's fourth studio album, the long-awaited follow-up to 2004's eMOTIVe. The new album is due out in 2018.

A Perfect Circle is currently on a North American tour, which continues Friday, November 17 in Pittsburgh.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Kelly Clarkson & Pink to perform together on the AMAs

Dick Clark ProductionsThey're huge fans of each other, so Kelly Clarkson and Pink must be super-excited about the fact that they're going to open the American Music Awards by performing together.

It'll be the first time the two vocal powerhouses have ever teamed up though over the years they have been extremely complimentary to each other on social media.  Kelly tweeted that she'll be performing a song from her new album Meaning of Life and a fan favorite during the show, so we assume she'll be singing the fan favorite with Pink.

The American Music Awards air Sunday, November 19 on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.  Other performers include Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Shawn Mendes, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara and many more.  Tracee Ellis Ross will host the show.

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Thursday
Nov162017

"The Voice" recap: Artists from Miley Cyrus’ team advance to the top 12

NBC UniversalThe playoffs concluded on Wednesday night’s one-hour episode of The Voice, with the six artists from Miley Cyrus' team performing for a spot in the top 12. Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson’s teams performed on Monday. Adam Levine’s team took the stage on Tuesday.

It was up to Miley to determine which three artists would represent him in next week’s live shows, when the power will shift to America's vote.

Also, host Carson Daly revealed that before the show, Miley got to pick a “comeback artist” from her team to rejoin the competition. She chose Karli Webster.

The artists advancing to the top 12 for Team Miley are: Brooke Simpson, Janice Freeman and Ashland Craft

Brooke Simpson led off with James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” followed by Miley’s comeback artist, Karli Webster, singing Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors.” Rocker Adam Pearce -- stolen from Adam’s team -- tackled Nazareth’s “Love Hurts”; big-voiced country singer Ashland Craft sang “When I Think about Cheatin’” by Gretchen Wilson; and 16-year-old powerhouse rocker Moriah Formica put her spin on Beth Hart’s’ “World Without You.” Soul singer Janice Freeman rounded things out, tackling Leela James’ “Fall for You.”

Miley saved Simpson, Freeman and Craft. It was the end of the road for Webster, Pearce and Formica.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Rachel Platten and Fergie to perform at Miss Universe pageant

Sarah Barlow + Stephen SchofieldWhen the Miss Universe pageant airs November 26, you won't just see the contestants.  Fox announced on Twitter Wednesday that Rachel Platten and Fergie each will perform on the show, but of course both have recent albums to promote -- Waves and Double Duchess, respectively

Miss Universe airs live from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Sunday, November 26, beginning at 7 p.m. on Fox.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Drake stops performance to threaten fan groping women

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCSeems like Drake was doing his part to combat sexual harassment during an performance in Australia, this week.

Fan-shot video posted to Instagram by a user in Sydney, shows Drake stopping a performance of "Know Yourself" to call out an audience member for harassing women.

"If you don’t stop touching girls, I will come out there and f*** you up,”  Drake says.  “If you don’t stop putting your hands on girls, I’m gonna come out there and f*** your ass up.”

Drake is performing in Australia through Monday.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triole Productions/ThinkstockWatch for Florida Georgia Line’s performance with Bebe Rexha Thursday night on The Late Late Show with James Corden. It starts at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS.

Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell and many more are featured on the new album by guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. Accomplice One comes out January 19.

Wynonna, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan star in the new A Nashville Christmas special, which premieres December 7 on getTV.

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Thursday
Nov162017

"People" editor on Blake Shelton as Sexiest Man Alive? "It's unexpected, unless you're a fan -- then it's long overdue"

Courtesy PEOPLE/Time Inc.When fellow country superstar Luke Bryan found out People had named Blake Shelton its Sexiest Man Alive for 2017, he wanted to know, “Who the hell is choosing this?”

Well, the answer -- at least in part -- is People Executive Editor Kate Coyne.

Even she admits Blake is a choice a lot of folks didn’t see coming.

“I think it's unexpected, unless you're a Blake Shelton fan, in which case, it's long overdue,” Coyne points out. “You know, I think going back to the year we made Adam Levine Sexiest Man Alive, that year also very much put Blake on our radar.”

In addition to some help from his rival on The Voice, Blake’s romance with Gwen Stefani propelled him toward the magazine’s cover.

“He's such a great guy,” Coyne goes on, “but now more than ever, he's being so open about how very much in love he is with his girlfriend Gwen Stefani, but also with her three boys, how much he adores them. And it's provided a window into his personality, which really makes him even more appealing.”

Coyne says there’s no two ways about it: It was simply Blake’s year.

“He's self-deprecating, he's hilariously funny, he's incredibly down to earth,” she adds. “And it just made him a hands-down winner, in a lot of ways.” 

Another of Blake’s fellow country superstars, Keith Urban, puts it all in perspective:  “I think one of the guys who won it one year was asked -- I've forgotten who it was -- they said, you know, 'How does it feel to be the Sexiest Man Alive?' He said, 'Better than Sexiest Man Dead!'” he laughs. “There you go!”

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Thursday
Nov162017

Adam Levine & Justin Timberlake are more than just "studs with a six-pack" in "People's" Sexiest Men issue 

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Country star Blake Shelton may be People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive this year, but he isn’t the only musician included in the magazine's latest eye candy-filled issue.

People executive editor Kate Coyne tells ABC Radio, that "one of the main reasons [Blake] said yes to this was so that he could really stick it to Adam [Levine]" -- Blake’s longtime rival on The Voice  and 2013’s Sexiest Man Alive.  But turns out Adam's also featured in this year's issue, as part of the mag’s “Hottest Couples” section with wife Behati Prinsloo.

“They’re just sort of sexy squared,” says Coyne. “They are creating such a cool kind of supermodel/rock star family together with their little girl Dusty Rose and now another new baby on the way, and it’s just a really lovely, sweet dynamic between the two of them.”

That kind of family dynamic is also what lands Justin Timberlake on the list again this year.

“I feel like more and more of what you’re seeing from men on this list -- and Justin’s a great example -- is guys who are unabashedly in love with their wives, their partners, with their families," Coyne tells ABC Radio, noting that these guys "really have that extra something that makes then a lot sexier than just single stud with a six-pack."

Justin’s been included in the issue many times before, so when will he finally claim the "Sexiest Man" title?  Coyne says he’s always somebody who’s on the shortlist, but time will tell.

Nick and Joe Jonas are included this year as well, as one pair of the magazine’s “Sexy Brothers.” Coyne says she’s impressed with their longevity.

“They’ve reinvented themselves as solo artists in a very convincing fashion and -- what can I say? --they’ve grown up beautifully,” she says.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Kelly Clarkson brags about her sex life to "Redbook": "We're a lot more "active" than other couples"

James White for RedbookWhat's the Meaning of Life?  For Kelly Clarkson, it just might be found between the sheets.

Kelly graces the cover of Redbook, and in the cover story, she's very open about her sex life with her husband, Brandon Blackstock.  "Any time we’re in a discussion about sex with a bunch of couples, Brandon and I stay pretty quiet," she says. "To keep it family appropriate, let’s say we’re just a lot more active than other couples."

"I’m a person who loves change. He loves spontaneity. Having a set time or place [to have sex] would be boring to us," she dishes. She then admits, "When I met Brandon, I wasn’t looking for a friend. I have a lot of great friends! I was looking for a lover."

"I had never found someone I was truly passionate about, who I wanted to stay in bed with all day," Kelly adds. "The fact that I did, well…I was going to latch on and take advantage of that.” 

And not only is Kelly sex-positive, she's body-positive as well.

"It’s when I’m fat that I’m happy," she reveals. "People think, 'Oh, there’s something wrong with her. She’s putting on weight.' I’m like, 'Oh, no! I’m sorry, but that represents happiness in my emotional world.' For me, when I’m skinny is usually when I’m not doing well."

The mother of two -- and stepmother of an additional two -- concludes, "People should just concentrate on their own lives and their own health and their own happiness, and whatever that looks like for you, be happy with it.”

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Thursday
Nov162017

Unseen photos taken by The Edge during U2's "Joshua Tree" cover shoot trip going on display in L.A.

Kevin Mazur/WireImageIn 1986, U2 headed into the California desert to take photos for the cover of their classic album The Joshua Tree. During the excursion, guitarist The Edge took his own pictures documenting the trip.

Those images now will be put on public display for the first time at an exhibit that opens next week at the ARCANE Space gallery at Los Angeles' Venice Beach. A opening reception for The Joshua Tree: Photography by The Edge exhibit will take place November 22 at 6 p.m. PT, and the images will remain on display through December 17.

In addition, limited-edition prints of individual photos taken by The Edge will be sold at the gallery. All proceeds raised by the sales will be donated to the GO Campaign, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Monica, California, that aids orphans and vulnerable children around the world.

"I took these photographs without a clear sense of where they might end up," says the Irish rocker. "I guess I took them because I felt that this experience and this landscape and this moment in time ought to be remembered and possibly at some point shared."

Following the event, the photos will be on display at ARCANE Space during the venue's regular hours -- Tuesdays, and Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT. The gallery will be closed on Thanksgiving.

You can check out a few of the pics taken by The Edge at ArcaneSpaceLA.com.

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Thursday
Nov162017

Green Day's "Dookie" is the best pop-punk album of all time, says "Rolling Stone"

Image Group LA/ABCRolling Stone has published a ranking of the 50 greatest pop-punk albums of all time, and the magazine picked Green Day's 1994 breakthrough Dookie as its #1 choice.

"Green Day's third LP is a pop-punk gut-punch, perfectly marrying tight melody with a get-bent mentality," Rolling Stone writes. "After the grunge-dominated early Nineties, that irreverence was a breath of fresh air."

While Green Day is surely flattered by the designation, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has long resisted the "pop-punk" label. Back in 2015, Armstrong tweeted, "My mission for 2016? To destroy the phrase 'pop-punk' forever."

Following Dookie on Rolling Stone's list at number two is Blink-182's 1999 album Enema of the State, followed by Rocket to Russia by The Ramones at number three.

The rest of the top 10 includes Milo Goes to College by Descendents, Take This to Your Grave by Fall Out Boy, Singles Going Steady by Buzzcocks, Generation X by Generation X, Dude Ranch by Blink-182, Riot! by Paramore, and Walk Among Us by Misfits.

For the full list, visit RollingStone.com.

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Thursday
Nov162017

"I've never had that problem": Mary J. Blige talks about Hollywood's sexual harassment scandals

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteFollowing the recent sexual harassment allegations coming out of Hollywood, Mary J. Blige tells The Hollywood Reporter that although she's "never had that problem," she's "happy" that the women speaking out about their experience are now "free."

"I was always kinda, like, a tomboy and one of the guys," she says. 

"I feel really sad for the women, but I'm happy that they're free. I'm happy that they're free because they had to hold on to a secret that they may have seen shrinks for for years and years and years." 

The singer and Mudbound actress, who recently filed for divorce from husband Kendu Isaacs, adds that she she made the decision to be a tomboy in her youth because she'd "been through so much as a child and a teenager" -- namely dealing with an addiction to drugs, alcohol abuse and physical abuse at the hands of a boyfriend. 

She says, "I just wore baggier jeans and Timberlands and hats turned backwards so I won't be so revealing. It took me a very long time to even wear makeup and tight clothes because I'd been through so much." 

"There's so much more that people don't know (about me). And that has been a secret, those secrets I still have to deal with," Mary continues. 

"I'm just happy that people are being exposed and exposing other people." 

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Wednesday
Nov152017

Guns N' Roses win top honors at 2017 "Billboard" Touring Awards

Credit: Katarina Benzova

Guns N' Roses have been delighting hosts of fans on their Not in This Lifetime tour, and the reunited rockers have been rewarded for their successful trek with two major honors at the 2017 Billboard Touring Awards, held Tuesday in Beverly Hills, California. GN'R took home the Top Tour and Top Draw prizes, which recognize, respectively, the highest-grossing and most-attended treks of the past year.

U2 was among the evening's other winners. The Irish rockers received the Top Boxscore award -- which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist -- for their July 25-26 stand at Stade de France in Paris as part of their The Joshua Tree Tour 2017.

In addition, Foo Fighters' partnership with Capitol One for their Cal Jam concert and the North American leg of their Concrete and Gold Tour won the Concert Marketing/Promotion honor. Check out the full list of winners at Billboard.com.

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Wednesday
Nov152017

Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan among stars saluting Tony Bennett tonight in Washington, D.C.

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Exploring the Arts, Inc.Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan are among a bevy of stars who be on hand tonight to salute the legendary Tony Bennett, who will be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

The star-studded tribute also include performances by Wynton Marsalis, Josh Groban, Vanessa Williams, Michael Bublé and Michael Feinstein. Bruce Willis will host the festivities.

The tribute concert will air on PBS on January 12, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET. Previous Gershwin Prize honorees include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson and Smokey Robinson, who received last year's award.

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