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Wednesday
Oct162019

Is Bruno Mars officially back in the studio?

Image Group LA/ABCDoes this mean what we think it means? Bruno Mars posted a mysterious photo on Twitter early this morning that has many fans thinking a new album is officially on the way.

The photo is a view of Bruno’s feet propped up on a bench, with keyboard and studio equipment visible in the background. He captioned it with only the tropical drink emoji.

"OMG IS BM4 ON THE WAY," one fan commented. While another wrote, "Yes!!!!! Making more music!!! Cant wait to hear!!"

In response to one fan who tweeted “You’ve got some new tunes for us,” Bruno played coy and wrote, “Ohhh Nooooo...ohhhh no no no noooo.”

So, is that a maybe?

It’s not farfetched to think Bruno could be working on a new album. His last solo venture, 24K Magic, came out in 2016. More recently, he collaborated with Cardi B on the track “Please Me” and with Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton on the song “Blow,” from Ed’s No.6 Collaborations Project.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

"Uptown Funk," "Despacito" are Vevo's most-watched music videos of all time 

RCA RecordsAs Vevo celebrates its 10-year anniversary, it's crunched the numbers to determine which of its music videos have grabbed the most views.  Turns out there are two that have those bragging rights: One globally, and one in the U.S.

Globally, the all-time champ is Luis Fonsi's "Despacito," which has racked up 6.4 billion views since it came out in 2017. 

“Being able to share my music is something absolutely valuable to me, and thanks to Vevo, I am able to do just that,” Luis says in a statement. "Throughout this 10 years, Vevo has...opened up endless opportunities for artists to connect with millions of people around the world, get instant reaction from fans, and also explore music from different artists/genres."

Domestically, the number-one video is "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. In the U.S. alone, it's scored 628 million views but globally, it's number two behind "Despacito," with 3.6 billion views. 

The third most-viewed video globally is Justin Bieber's "Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement),” with 3.1 billion views. 

Domestically, the number-two and number-three videos, respectively, are Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” with 527 million views, and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off'” with 517 million views. 

Here are the top 10s for both:

Vevo's most-watched music videos U.S.

1. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk": 623.6 million views
2. Silentó, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”: 527.2 million
3. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off": 517.6 million
4. Meghan Trainor, "All About that Bass": 488.9 million
5. Post Malone ft. Quavo, "Congratulations": 478.6 million
6. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee, "Despacito": 465.1 million
7. Katy Perry, "Roar": 461.9 million
8. The Weekend, "The Hills": 461.5 million
9. Taylor Swift, "Blank Space": 453 million
10. Adele, "Hello": 435.2 million

Vevo's most-watched music videos globally:

1. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee, "Despacito": 6.46 billion views
2. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk": 3.67 billion
3. Justin Bieber, "Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement)": 3.19 billion
4. Maroon 5, "Sugar": 3.04 billion
5. Katy Perry, "Roar": 2.92 billion
6. One Republic, "Counting Stars": 2.84 bilion
7. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off": 2.83 billion
8. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno, Genete De Zona, "Bailando": 2.77 billion
9. Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, "Dark Horse": 2.65 billion
10. Adele, "Hello": 2.57 billion

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Time to float: Of Monsters and Men premieres watery "Wild Roses" video

ABC/Randy HolmesOf Monsters and Men has premiered the video for "Wild Roses," a track off the band's new album, Fever Dream.

The watery visual, streaming now via RollingStone.com, finds lead vocalist Nanna Hilmarsdóttir performing elaborate dance moves while floating in a swimming pool.

"'Wild Roses' shows an introverted side to the album and is inspired by what it is like to lean into your sadness," Hilmarsdóttir tells Rolling Stone in a statement. "We wanted to capture that feeling in a performance for the music video while bringing out a bit of uneasiness as well."

Fever Dream, which also features the lead single "Alligator," was released in July. Of Monsters and Men just wrapped a North American tour in support of the record last month.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

New documentary about famed L.A. bar The Rainbow features Ozzy, Gene Simmons, Slash, Lemmy & more

Courtesy of Bow + Arrow Entertainment/Gravitas Ventures

Ozzy Osbourne, KISS' Gene Simmons and Slash are among the rock stars featured in a new documentary The Rainbow, which tells the story of the legendary Sunset Strip watering hole The Rainbow Bar & Grill and the nearby Whisky a Go Go nightclub. The film will be available on demand and as a digital video starting Tuesday, October 29.

The movie also focuses on Mario Maglieri, who co-founded and co-owned The Rainbow and The Whisky until his death in 2017, as well as his son and grandson -- Mikael and Mikey -- who are carrying on the family businesses. Mario became well-known for helping many musicians get their start in the Los Angeles area.

The Rainbow also features conversations with Lita Ford, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and, in one of his final interviews, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The bar was famously Lemmy's favorite L.A. haunt, where a lounge was named after him after he died in 2016.

"Telling the story of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Whisky a Go Go and the Maglieri family in this film has been a great honor and one that truly represents the history of rock 'n' roll in America," says Matthew Perniciaro, one of the documentary's producers.

You can pre-order The Rainbow now at iTunes.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Nicki Minaj says she has an “epic” song with Adele on the way

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCA couple of weeks ago, Ryan Tedder faked us out by jokingly teasing a collab between Adele and Beyoncé. But now, it seems we have a real Adele collab to look forward to.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Nicki Minaj spills the beans that she’s got a song with Adele on the way.

"Yes and yes, yes and yes, wooo hoo!" the rapper confirms, adding, "But Adele made me swear to secrecy that I'm not allowed to tell anyone that I'm working with her. And that we already shot a video. And it's an epic song! Ahh!"

Adele has been a longtime Nicki fan. Back in 2016, she went viral for rapping Nicki’s verse from Kanye West’s song “Monster” on an episode of "Carpool Karaoke." Earlier this year, she recreated the moment for guests at a Los Angeles party.

The new song could be part of Adele’s new album, which she’s been teasing is in the works. Meanwhile, Nicki has another collaboration on the upcoming Charlie’s Angels soundtrack. She teams up with her pal Ariana Grande and Normani for the song “Bad to You.”

"I'm proud of her, 'cause she executive produced that album and I'm proud to be a part of something that's her baby," Nicki says of Ari. "It's always good working with her because we actually -- unlike other artists -- we actually have a real friendship outside, in the real world.”

The Charlie's Angels soundtrack is due out November 1.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Lizzo accused of stealing melody and lyrics for “Truth Hurts”

Atlantic RecordsLizzo is being accused by a Los Angeles songwriter of using his lyrics, melody, and chords in her hit song "Truth Hurts" without giving him credit or compensation.

Justin Raisen writes in an Instagram post that on April 11, 2017, he and his brother Jeremiah created a song, titled “Healthy,” with Lizzo and songwriters Jesse St. John and Yves Rothman that opens with the same line used in ”Truth Hurts”: "I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100% that b***h."

Raisen claims he's spent the last two years contacting Lizzo and her team in an attempt to receive credit and 5% royalties for himself and his three co-writers, but he has been “shutdown [sic] every time.”

“The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure," Raisen continues. However, he adds that going public “seems to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this.”

Raisen also writes that British singer Mina Lioness inspired the song with her tweet, “I did a DNA test and found out I’m 100% that b***h”. He says if the dispute is settled, he wants to share part of the proceeds with Lioness.

“Truth Hurts” remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks until it was replaced this week by Travis Scott’s “Highest in the Room.” The double platinum hit set the record for the longest number-one solo single by a female rap artist. Cardi B previously held record for three weeks set in 2017 with “Bodak Yellow.”

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Wednesday
Oct162019

New 23-disc Beatles vinyl box set 'The Singles Collection' due out in November

Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMeA limited-edition Beatles box set containing 180-gram-vinyl versions of the 22 singles that the band released in the U.K. from 1962 to 1970, as well as a newly created disc featuring the group's mid-'90s singles "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love," will be released on November 22.

The Singles Collection boasts a total of 46 tracks that have been newly cut for vinyl using the original mono and stereo master tapes at Abbey Road Studios in London. Each of the seven-inch discs is housed in its own picture sleeve, the designs of which replicate ones that appeared for the first-issue releases of the singles in various countries around the world. The countries represented are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the U.K., the U.S. and West Germany.

The box set comes packaged with a 40-page booklet containing photos, memorabilia, and essays penned by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett.

The U.K. singles featured in The Singles Collection span from 1962's "Love Me Do" backed with "P. S. I Love You," to 1970's "Let It Be," backed with "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)." Impressively, 17 of the 22 singles hit #1 in the U.K.

"Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" were created using demo tapes recorded by the late John Lennon, with the three surviving Beatles adding their parts in the 1990s. The songs were originally released, respectively, in 1995 and 1996 on the Anthology 1 and Anthology 2 compilations.

Here's the full track list of The Singles Collection:

1962 [sleeve art: U.S.]
A: "Love Me Do"
B: "P. S. I Love You"

1963 [sleeve art: Italy]
A: "Please Please Me"
B: "Ask Me Why"

1963 [sleeve art: Norway]
A: "From Me to You"
B: "Thank You Girl"

1963 [sleeve art: Greece]
A: "She Loves You"
B: "I'll Get You"

1963 [sleeve art: Chile]
A: "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
B: "This Boy"

1964 [sleeve art: Austria]
A: "Can't Buy Me Love"
B: "You Can't Do That"

1964 [sleeve art: Holland]
A: "A Hard Day's Night"
B: "Things We Said Today"

1964 [sleeve art: Sweden]
A: "I Feel Fine"
B: "She's a Woman"

1965 [sleeve art: Spain]
A: "Ticket to Ride"
B: "Yes It Is"

1965 [sleeve art: Belgium]
A: "Help!"
B: "I'm Down"

1965 [double A-side/sleeve art: France]
A: "We Can Work It Out"
A: "Day Tripper"

1966 [sleeve art: Turkey]
A: "Paperback Writer"
B: "Rain"

1966 [double A-side/sleeve art: Argentina]
A: "Eleanor Rigby"
A: "Yellow Submarine"

1967 [double A-side/sleeve art: Australia]
A: "Strawberry Fields Forever"
A: "Penny Lane"

1967 [sleeve art: West Germany]
A: "All You Need Is Love"
B: "Baby, You're a Rich Man"

1967 [sleeve art: Mexico]
A: "Hello, Goodbye"
B: "I Am the Walrus"

1968 [sleeve art: Japan]
A: "Lady Madonna"
B: "The Inner Light"

1968 [sleeve art: South Africa]
A: "Hey Jude"
B: "Revolution"

1969 [sleeve art: Denmark]
A: "Get Back"
B: "Don't Let Me Down"

1969 [sleeve art: Portugal]
A: "The Ballad of John and Yoko"
B: "Old Brown Shoe"

1969 [sleeve art: Israel]
A: "Something"
B: "Come Together"

1970 [sleeve art: U.K.]
A: "Let It Be"
B: "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)"

1995/1996 [exclusive double A-side single/sleeve art: worldwide]
A: "Free as a Bird" [1995]
A: "Real Love" [1996]

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Katy Perry does the horizontal hula with a tattooed biker in new "Harleys in Hawaii" video 

Capitol RecordsKaty Perry's long-awaited song and video for "Harleys in Hawaii" has finally arrived.

The clip finds Katy on a motorcycle driving down a highway in Hawaii -- duh -- but we also see her in a pool, singing in a club where a fight breaks out, and frolicking in a motel room while eating her favorite snack: Cheetos. 

Her love interest in the video is a tattooed and bearded biker.  They kiss passionately on a beach, ride on a bike together and engage in extremely steamy activity in another motel room.

"When I hula hula hula/so good you'll take me to the jeweler, jeweler, jeweler/there's pink and purple in the sky/we're riding Harleys in Hawaii," Katy croons to a tropical beat.

Katy co-wrote "Harleys in Hawaii" with the same collaborators with whom she did her most recent track, "Small Talk": Charlie Puth, Johan Carlsson and JKash.

"Harleys in Hawaii" is Katy's latest stand-alone single release, following "Small Talk" and "Never Really Over."

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Wish you joy: Andy Grammer and wife expecting another baby 

Robin SharpAndy Grammer's current single is "Wish You Pain," but right now, we wish him nothing but joy: He and his wife Aijia [Asia] are expecting their second child.

The new baby is another girl, People reports, and she'll join big sister Louisiana "Louie" K, who turned two in July.

“I am so excited. There’s nothing else in life that I would want to invest in more than little girls. There’s nothing better!” Andy tells People. “It’s the best thing in the world to put your time into...I'm so excited.”

Not long ago, Andy wrote on Instagram that before she was born, he was "terrified" that he wouldn't be able to be a good father to Louie because he's a working musician. 

"Finding the balance is not easy but I’m much more certain now that she will get what she needs from me and her inner circle," Andy wrote. "My new belief is that if it’s high on the priority list to make sure she feels my love then she will feel it."

He also explained why he chose the name "Louisiana" for his first child.

"My mother in law is from Louisiana so I married into this incredible Cajun lifestyle," Andy wrote, and then added, "Louisiana in my opinion is the most JOYFUL place per capita we have in America...I came here for the first time it felt like my spirit was home."

As for the K, it's in honor of his late mother, Kathy.


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Wednesday
Oct162019

Lauren Daigle dominates Dove Awards in Nashville Tuesday night

ABC/Eric McCandlessLauren Daigle was the leading nominee heading into the Dove Awards on Tuesday in Nashville, so it was no surprise that she was also the big winner.

As the Nashville Tennessean reports, the Grammy-winner was named Artist of the Year at the 50th annual ceremony, while her smash hit, "You Say," was named Song of the Year.  Her album Look Up Child won Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. 

“Just to see the support of so many people, it’s really, really moving. It’s overwhelming,” Lauren said after winning song of the year.

It was the second time in three years that Lauren won the Dove Awards artist of the year trophy.  In fact, she says she wrote "You Say" partly because she was struggling to deal with the fame and success that came in the wake of that first win.

Another crossover act, For King and Country, won the Pop Song of the Year award for their hit "God Only Knows."

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Metallica announces encore 'S&M2' screening

ABC/Randy HolmesIf you missed Metallica's S&M2 concert film in theaters last week, you'll have another chance later this month.

The movie, which made $5.5 million in its premiere screenings, will be back in cinemas worldwide for one more night on October 30.

S&M2 was filmed in September during Metallica's two shows with the San Francisco Symphony. The concerts marked the grand opening of SF's new Chase Center, and also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Metallica's similarly orchestra-accompanied S&M live album.

For tickets to the encore screenings, visit Metallica.film.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Alice Cooper announces spring 2020 US tour dates

Courtesy of earMUSICAlice Cooper is all set to kick off a fall U.S. leg of his "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" tour on November 3 in Fort Myers, Florida, but the rocker has also lined up a new series of North American dates for spring 2020.

The newly announced trek gets underway on April 1 in the Canadian city of Peterborough, Ontario, and is plotted through an April 22 show in Portland, Oregon. Lita Ford will open all of the new concerts.

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public stating Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. local time. VIP pre-sales will be available beginning Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m.

Prior to the 2020 North American concerts, Cooper will visit Australia and New Zealand for a short trek in February.

In September, Alice released a new six-song collection titled The Breadcrumbs EP that pays homage to the music scene of his former hometown, Detroit. The record features guest appearances by notable Motor City musicians like ex-Grand Funk Railroad singer/guitarist Mark Farner, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, and Dirtbombs frontman Mick Collins.

Cooper recently told Billboard that he's planning to release a new studio album sometime next year.

Here are all of Cooper's upcoming North American tour dates:

11/3 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
11/5 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center
11/6 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
11/7 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/9 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage
11/10 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
11/12 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
11/14 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
11/15 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Concert Hall
11/16 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Performing Arts Center
11/18 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts
11/19 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
11/21 -- Glen Falls, NY, Cool Insuring Arena
11/22 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
11/23 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean Resort Casino - Ovation Hall
11/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
11/26 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre
11/27 -- Evansville, IN, Old National Events Plaza
11/29 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Showroom
11/30 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre

2020
4/1 -- Peterborough, ON, Canada, Memorial Centre
4/3 -- Grand Rapids, MI, DeVos Music Hall
4/5 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Performing Arts Center
4/7 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre
4/8 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre
4/10 -- Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
4/11 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Centennial Concert Hall
4/13 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Conexus Arts Centre
4/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
4/16 -- Prince George, BC, Canada, CN Centre
4/18 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Centre
4/19 -- Penticton, BC, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre
4/20 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
4/22 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Late Temptations singer David Ruffin to be honored in Mississippi hometown with street renaming

Gilles Petard/RedfernsLate Temptations singer David Ruffin will receive multiple honors as part of a special celebration in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, later this month.

The festivities will take place on Saturday, October 26, and will start at 11 a.m. with the unveiling of Ruffin's on the Walk of Fame at the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, a.k.a. The MAX.

That event will be followed by a street parade from The MAX to the Temple Theatre, where a noon ceremony will be held renaming a four-block stretch of 8th Street near the theater as "David Ruffin Boulevard."

The parade, which will be led by led by Jackson State University's marching band, will continue on to Meridian's City Hall Lawn, where a party will kick off at 1 p.m. All the events are free and open to the public.

"We are proud to honor this music legend with a street being named after one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, and we want to invite family and friends to Meridian for a day of celebrating his career," Mayor Percy Bland says in a statement, according to the Meridian Star.

Ruffin was a member of The Temptations from 1964 to 1968, and was the lead singer on many of the legendary Motown group's hits, including "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "(I Know) I'm Losing You."

He died in 1991 at the age of 50 of an accidental drug overdose.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Ten years ago this week, Miranda Lambert's third album debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Country Albums ranking. Can you name the record that spawned the hits "The House That Built Me," "Heart Like Mine," and "White Liar?" ANSWER: Revolution.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

'David Makes Man': Tarell Alvin McCraney says tonight's season finale will leave you feeling "satisfied" 

John D & Catherine T MacArthur FoundationAhead of the season finale tonight, Tarell Alvin McCraney is offering insight on what can expect to see in the closing episode of the critically acclaimed series David Makes Man, which he created.

The OWN series follows Akili McDowell as David, a teenage prodigy who struggles between two worlds: the life of the streets that raised him and his life at a school that offers him a way out of poverty. McCraney tells ABC Audio that tonight's episode will focus on David's struggle to keep those he loves safe.

"He's got a best friend, who died and he's struggling through that trauma, while trying to keep his best friend out of danger," McCraney says. "And also trying to keep his mom and brother out of the kind of drug game that is in their neighborhood."

"It's coming to a head," he teases.

The Oscar-winning Moonlight writer says the episode will also leave you feeling fulfilled. Well, at least until possibly the next season.

"David has a powerful imagination. He can imagine the world that he's in and imagine the world that he wants to be in," says McCraney. "And he's trying to use that powerful imagination to help him find the right options to go forward."

"I think you'll be satisfied," he continues. "I think you'll be satisfied with the journey. I think you always want to know more about David."

The season finale of David Makes Man airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Incubus' Brandon Boyd teases new songs "eagerly awaiting their launch dates"

ABC/Randy HolmesIn August, Incubus dropped a new single called "Into the Summer," and even more music is on the way.

In a tweet, frontman Brandon Boyd reveals that "Into the Summer" is "just the first of a handful of new [Incubus] songs coming out."

"Most of which are already finished and eagerly awaiting their launch dates," he adds.

The new material will follow Incubus' 2017 album, 8.

Incubus is currently touring the U.S. celebrating the 20th anniversary of 1999's double-platinum album, Make Yourself. The outing continues Wednesday in Detroit, and will stretch into December.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Thom Yorke performs "Traffic" on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' 

Credit: Alex LakeThom Yorke was Jimmy Kimmel's musical guest on Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he performed "Traffic."

"Traffic" is the trippy opening track from from Anima, the third solo effort from the Radiohead frontman, and his first since 2014's Tomorrow's Modern Boxes.

Yorke's is currently on a U.S. tour continues this Friday with a show in Berkeley, California.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Elton John talks playing charades with Bob Dylan and snowmobiling with Stevie Wonder on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Courtesy Henry HoltElton John's promotional tour in support of his new memoir ME, out now, included a pit stop on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he and Jimmy discussed his storied past, including snowmobiling with Stevie Wonder and a game of charades with Bob Dylan that didn't end so well.

As Elton tells it, he was invited to dinner at Neil Diamond's house, along with Dylan, where someone suggested playing a game of charades.

"I said, 'Great! -- sounds like, two syllables,'" he recalls. "The greatest poet in the world, could he do 'sound like, two syllables?'  No."

"And he was on my team," Elton continued, "and I am a competitive M F********."

The result?  "I threw oranges at him," says Elton, who downplayed the incident by adding, "They were small, they were Satsumas."

Another gem from the Rocket Man's past included a hairy incident at a hotel in Atlanta.

"I took my hair off, and then I heard this noise," he recalls.  "And I thought, 'I'm being burgled."

"I was afraid and I thought, "I've gotta go see what it is," he continues. "And I heard these guys and the lights went on. So I put my hair on, glasses, went in the corridor and it's a water leak."  Upon returning to his room, Elton looked in the mirror to find his wig "was on backwards."

Other tales from Elton's past included the time he let Stevie Wonder ride his snowmobile: "And we thought, 'Okay, that's another rival gone."

Elton also revealed his remedy for stress: shredding paper.  Unfortunately it only created tension when he accidentally destroyed the guest list to his wedding that husband and manager David Furnish had been working on for two days.

 

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Phil Lesh's annual Phil-O-Ween postponed due to back surgery

Douglas Mason/WireImageGrateful Dead co-founder and bassist Phil Lesh was forced to postpone several shows following surgery on his back.  That, unfortunately, applies to his annual Phil-O-Ween shows. 

The shows were set to take place on October 31 and the first two days of November. In Lesh's place, the Darkstar Orchestra, a tribute band, will hold down the fort at New York's Capitol Theater. 

However, disappointed fans will be able to claim full refunds for their tickets or have them honored at Lesh's rescheduled shows.

As of now, the new Phil-O-Ween dates have yet to be announced.

Lesh announced the postponement on Facebook, "I want you all to know I’m very disappointed I’m not going to be able to make these shows."  He adds that he's "feeling really good" but the doctors told him to sit things out to "recover from the surgery" he recently had.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Nice to Meet Ya: Niall Horan gets Shawn Mendes and Lewis Capaldi's feedback on his new music 

Capitol RecordsNiall Horan is back with his first new single in two years, "Nice to Meet Ya."  The former One Direction member says when it comes to new music, he likes to use get his friends' feedback on his songs...but the friends in question just happen to be Shawn Mendes and Lewis Capaldi.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Capital FM, Niall says of Shawn, "We literally, like, will send songs back and forth...if we're in L.A. at the same time and we're in the car and we're going somewhere, we just like throw it on, one of his or one of mine."

"I do the same with Lewis," Niall says of the "Someone You Loved" singer, who's a massive star in his native U.K. "He's got a really good ear and yeah, he's got a similar type thing, so I'll always play him [songs]...he really likes the new one, actually."

"Nice to Meet Ya" is our first taste of Niall's sophomore album, the follow up to his 2017 debut Flicker.  He told Capital FM that he's excited to get back into the mix, because he's got a serious case of FOMO watching new and exciting artists like Billie Eilish dominating the scene.

"This is why I'm so excited to get back into it," he says. "'Cause I turn on the TV and watch all these award shows and I feel like I'm...missing out....'That used to be me!'"

No word on when we can expect Niall's new album.

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