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Thursday
May252017

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The Grand Ole Opry kicks off a busy CMA Music Festival week with two shows on Tuesday, June 6 starring Carrie UnderwoodDustin Lynch and more. Parmalee will crank up the festivities that afternoon with an Opry Plaza Party.

Singer/songwriter Travis Denning is the newest artist signed to Universal Nashville. The Warner Robbins, Georgia native has already had cuts by the likes of Jason AldeanJustin Moore and Chase Rice.

William Michael Morgan will perform and sign autographs starting at 11:30 a.m. CT on Thursday, June 8 in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theatre.  This is just one of the Hall’s full slate of events during CMA Music Festival 2017.

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Thursday
May252017

Heart's Ann Wilson, Jefferson Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen added to lineup of 2017 Lockn' Festival

Jess Griffin; Scotty HallAs the 2017 Lockn' Music Festival approaches, more special performances have been announced for the jam-heavy extravaganza. Among the latest additions to the fest, which runs from August 24 to August 27, will be a guest appearances by Heart's Ann Wilson and founding Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.

Wilson will join Gov't Mule at the Warren Haynes-fronted group's performance on August 25, while Kaukonen will hit the stage with Moonalice, a band featuring longtime Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears, on August 27. In addition, founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, who already was scheduled to perform with Dead bassist Phil Lesh and his Terrapin Family Band on August 25, also will team up with roots-rockers The Avett Brothers on August 27.

The festival also is offering several special performances for those who purchase "Super VIP" passes. These include Weir and Lesh playing an hour-long set as a duo on August 25, and Kaukonen performing solo on August 27.

The Lockn' Festival's previously announced lineup includes an August 26 performance by John Fogerty, and, on August 27, a set by Lesh's Phil Lesh & Friends collective and a collaboration billed as phil.moe that will feature Lesh playing with veteran jam band moe.

The Lockn' Music Festival takes place at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia. To check out full details about the event, visit LocknFestival.com.

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Thursday
May252017

The "Star Wars" moment that brought Brad Paisley to tears

ABC/Image Group LA Forty years ago today, Star Wars premiered in theaters across America. For Brad Paisley, it was a film that rocked his world.

“Well, I saw it the first time when I was five,” he tells ABC Radio, “and I was blown away and my life was changed like everyone else who has that story.”

Fast forward to release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and the stage was set for Brad to realize just how profoundly he’d been affected.

“I rented a theater for the… first showing in Franklin, Tennessee, for my band and crew as our end-of-the-year Christmas party” he recalls, “and we all brought our kids…”

“I was sitting between my two kids,” Brad continues, “and the credits start… with 'Episode 7: Luke Skywalker has vanished,'” he says, referring to the opening crawl. “So I'm watching this, and I look down, and I'm like 'OK, Jasper, Episode 7: Luke Skywalker has vanished. The rebellion has… whatever.' And as I'm reading it, I start to cry, because my dad did that for me.”

In that moment, Brad says it hit him just how much the sci-fi classic had become a rite of passage.

“Think about the circle of life! I mean it was just a crazy... I'm sitting there reading the scroll on a new Star Wars movie to my child, who's sitting there wide-eyed like I was and I know his life's about to change, the same way mine did,” he observes.  

Brad and Jasper will have a new installment to share when Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres on December 15 of this year.

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Thursday
May252017

Jon Bon Jovi to receive prestigious award for his charitable work next month in Washington, D.C.

Credit: Norman Jean RoyJon Bon Jovi will be honored with the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation's 2017 Service to America Leadership Award at the organization's Celebration of Service to America Awards gala taking place June 20 in Washington, D.C. The New Jersey rocker is being recognized for his commitment to aiding homeless and hungry people through his work as chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

"Jon Bon Jovi has entertained audiences for decades and earned world-wide fame as an artist and performer," says NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. "Despite his fame, Jon has never lost sight of community. His generous support of programs that address hunger and homelessness exemplifies the Leadership Award for which we will honor him."

Among the projects launched by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are the JBJ Soul Kitchens, two New Jersey restaurants offering pay-what-you-can meals; and The B.E.A.T. Center, a community hub in Ocean County, New Jersey, that provides people in need with access to food, job opportunities and other resources.

Previous Service to America Leadership Award honorees include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Quincy Jones, as well as former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and former first ladies Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Roslyn Carter.

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Thursday
May252017

Exclusive premiere: Watch the Best Young Creator video from Imagine Dragons' Make the Cut editing competition

ABC/Randy HolmesEarlier this year, Imagine Dragons partnered with software company Adobe to launch Make the Cut, a competition to create a new edit of the band's "Believer" video. Today, the contest winners are announced, and ABC Radio is premiering the winning video in the Best Young Creator category, which honors the best video edited by someone under 25 years old.

The video was edited by Nicolas Burnage, a 22-year-old who lives in France.

The entries were judged by a panel including Imagine Dragons themselves. The Best Young Creator takes home a $1,000 prize for the winning video. Other categories include Best Short Form, which recognizes a video that lasts between 30 and 60 seconds long, Most Unexpected and Fan Favorite. Meanwhile, the overall grand-prize winner will be awarded $25,000.

"Believer" is a track from Imagine Dragons' forthcoming album Evolve, which will be released June 23.

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Thursday
May252017

The Head and the Heart covers "Hunger Strike"; remembers early encounter with Chris Cornell

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Head and the Heart performed a cover of "Hunger Strike" in honor of the late Chris Cornell this week while recording an episode of Austin City Limits. You can listen to the folk rockers' hushed, atmospheric take on Temple of the Dog's signature single now via RollingStone.com.

Before launching into the cover, The Head and the Heart vocalist and guitarist Jonathan Russell told a story about meeting Cornell when he was a young kid growing up in Seattle.

As Russell tells it, he and some friends were hanging outside his parents' house after jamming together when they saw Cornell and his Soundgarden band mate Matt Cameron checking out a motorcycle in a neighbor's yard. To capitalize on the moment, Russell and his friends went back into the house, left the garage door opened, cranked up their amps and started playing Soundgarden's single, "Fell on Black Days."

"About a minute later, we see Chris Cornell come lumbering into the room," Russell explained. "And with a sly little smile, he says, 'You guys are playing it a little fast.'"

"It was an amazing moment for a kid, if you can imagine," he continues. "We got to chat with them for a little while and get a sense of who they were as people, which is an amazing thing. And he was nothing but the sweetest person in the world. I always thought we'd get the chance to meet him again, but as we all know now, we're not gonna ever get that chance."

The Head and the Heart's episode of Austin City Limits will premiere on PBS this fall.

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Thursday
May252017

Woman crush everyday: Mila J talks confidence and feeling sexy for "Playboy" 

ABC RadioThe only thing Mila J is revealing in her new interview with Playboy are her opinions about feeling confident and sensual. 

The "Kickin'" back singer says, "I honestly feel sexiest right out of the shower, with my hair clean and face washed, in a towel. You feel pure but vulnerable."

She adds, "I also like a boot up to my thigh -- like, give me some stripper clothes! Leather and a tall boot always make me feel sexy."  

Mila also reveals what, in her opinion, are the sexiest qualities to find in another person.

"A silent confidence. Mysteriousness is sexy," she explains. "I don't want to know everything about you up front. Keeping mystery is good. And a nice signature scent. I like a person's natural scent. It's the animal in us."  

And in case you were wondering, Mila is a Scorpio.

She adds, "People are always like, 'You're moody!' I'm like we're not moody; we're passionate. We're consistently inconsistent. I'm afraid of people who are always one way all the time." 

You can read more about Mila's thoughts on sexuality, her signature style and upcoming tour plans via Playboy.com

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Thursday
May252017

Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix teases "awesome" 20th anniversary plans for "Infest" 

Jason Squires/Getty ImagesPapa Roach's breakthrough album, Infest, won't celebrate its 20th anniversary until 2020, but frontman Jacoby Shaddix says the band already has a few "awesome" ideas to mark the milestone.

"I can't let the cat out of the bag but it's going to be b****ing," Shaddix tells NME. "We definitely want to celebrate [Infest's 20th anniversary] because it's an iconic album."

"I'm very grateful to have an album like that in our arsenal and the beauty of it is that we're kind of having a full circle moment right now," he continues. "Because there's a lot of young bands coming out citing us as an early influence on them, and now we're sharing the stage with those bands."

Among those young bands are Bring Me the Horizon and Of Mice & Men, according to Shaddix.

"I was talking to [Bring Me the Horizon guitarist] Lee [Malia] and he was like, 'You guys were one of the first shows I've ever been to, you were the first band that I ever crowd-surfed to," says Shaddix. "I'm just like 'That’s awesome!.' To know that our music was part of the fabric of their youth and what got them into rock and metal."

"We're just grateful that we're still here f****** killing it," he continues. "Honestly, it just feels like, 'F***, we've still got more years in us, I'm not done.'"

Papa Roach's new album, Crooked Teeth, is out now.

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Wednesday
May242017

Meghan Trainor surprises Lauren Alaina at her onesie party

ABC RadioMeghan Trainor surprised Lauren Alaina by flying in for her very first #1 party Wednesday afternoon in Nashville. The two co-wrote Lauren’s hit “Road Less Traveled” with Jesse Frasure long ago, even though it just hit the top of the charts in April.

Meghan recalled secretly fan-girling Lauren, sending her mom photos of the American Idol runner-up, since she at the time was still completely unknown. Since then, of course, Meghan broke through with her mega-hit “All About That Bass,” and took home the Best New Artist Grammy.

While this is Lauren’s first chart-topper, it’s Meghan’s second on the country chart, having hit #1 last year with Rascal Flatts’ “I Like the Sound of That.”    

Lauren managed to inject her own quirky sense of humor into the gathering at the Sutler Saloon just off 8th Avenue South in Music City, turning her #1 party into a onesie party. Meghan wore a simple black number, while Lauren sported a custom-made turquoise sequined outfit. Guests were issued their own onesies at the door, in designs ranging from hotdog to astronaut to Frankenstein.

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Wednesday
May242017

Chuck Berry's new single "Lady B. Goode" is a "spiritual sequel" to "Johnny B. Goode"

Credit: Danny ClinchA third single has been released from Chuck Berry's upcoming album Chuck.  Called "Lady B. Goode," which is described as "a spiritual sequel" to the late rock 'n' roll pioneer's signature 1958 song, "Johnny B. Goode."

The tune, which you can listen to at Berry's official VEVO YouTube channel, tells the story of the Johnny character's devoted paramour.

"It was down in Louisiana, right there in New Orleans/ Back there in the '60s was a little teen queen," sings Chuck. "Fell then a lassie in love with a lad/'til it took him to vindicate the feelings she had/ She painted as she promised every prayer she could/'til everybody whispered to her, 'Lady B. Goode.'"

The track is quite the family affair, as it features guitar work from Chuck, his son Charles Berry Jr. and his grandson Chuck Berry III.

As previously reported, Chuck will be released on June 9. Berry died in March at the age of 90.

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Wednesday
May242017

Ice Cube to star in upcoming thriller, "Before I Disappear"

ABC/Randy HolmesIce Cube is headed back to the big screen for a new high-tech thriller.

According to Variety, the rapper-actor is set to star in Before I Disappear, about a secret "high-tech version of the witness protection program, which makes clients 'disappear' by offering them seamless exits into new lives."

Cube's role has yet to be revealed.

This film will be Cube's next major film project after starring in xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Fist Fight earlier this year. 

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Wednesday
May242017

From dreams to reality: Khalid's "Location" goes platinum

ABC RadioKhalid's single "Location," from his hit debut album American Teen, is now officially certified platinum.  

The 19-year-old rising star shared an Instagram picture of his commemorative plaque, and wrote in the caption, "My first platinum single, man I can't even process this right now. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, love you guys. Dreams are becoming reality."  

Khalid will have plenty of time to celebrate his recent success this summer during his second headlining tour of North America.  

The American Teen tour gets underway July 12 in Portland, OR, and wraps this September.  

Tickets are available to purchase via khalidofficial.com.  

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Wednesday
May242017

Chris Cornell's widow Vicky mourns late husband with open letter: "I know that was not you"

Tara Ziemba/Getty ImagesChris Cornell's widow Vicky Cornell has written an open letter to her late husband, who died last week at age 52.

Addressing the Soundgarden frontman as "my sweet Christopher," she writes, "You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through."

"You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn't be alive if it were not for me," the letter reads. "My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back."

"We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I'm sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night," Vicky continues. "I'm sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace."

Chis and Vicky had two children together: daughter Toni and son Christopher Nicholas. He also had a daughter, Lillian Jean, from a previous marriage.

"I'm broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies," Vicky writes. "I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you."

She concludes, "I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will."

You can read the full letter via Billboard.com.

Cornell's death has been officially ruled a suicide, but Vicky has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death. A private funeral will be held this Friday in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday
May242017

2 Chainz confirms June release date for "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music" 

Dorothy Hong/Team EpiphanyIt's about time.  

2 Chainz has revealed the release date of his highly-anticipated fourth album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music: June 16.  

The "Good Drank" rapper also released a special album trailer to commemorate the announcement.  

The clip features a scene of Chainz in the studio with Drake -- with the "Once Dance" artist telling Chainz that he's "one of his favorite rappers of all time" -- as well as another scene of Chainz having a conversation with Pharrell Williams and more exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. 

Pretty Girls Like Trap Music will feature 2 Chainz's already-released tracks, "It's a Vibe," featuring Trey SongzTy Dolla Sign and Jhené Aiko and "Good Drank," featuring Migos member Quavo and Gucci Mane.  

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Wednesday
May242017

Watch: Late TLC member Left Eye sends message to T-Boz on "Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry"

L-R: Chili and T-Boz of TLC; ABC RadioTonight's episode of Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry shows the 21-year-old clairvoyant making a supernatural connection with late TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

Another TLC member, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, also sits in the room during the haunting moment. 

In a clip of the episode, Tyler Henry asks T-Boz, "There is a reference to South America and South American countries. Do you know if she had visited at any point Central America from your knowledge?"  T-Boz replies, "Honduras."  

Lisa Lopes was killed in a car accident in the Central American country in 2002.  

Tyler also references the accident and says that, according to a message from Lisa, her death could have been avoided if she was in a different country, particularly in the United States. 

To find out what else Tyler reveals to T-Boz, tune in to Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry tonight at 8 p.m. on E!. 

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Wednesday
May242017

311 finds magic in the mountains in "Too Much to Think" video

BMG311 has shared the music video for their new song "Too Much to Think," the lead single from the band's forthcoming new album Mosaic. You can watch the clip now via Billboard.com.

To film the video, 311 trekked out to the Vasquez Rocks park in the Sierra Pelona Mountains outside Los Angeles, a popular filming location that's been used in Austin Powers, Blazing Saddles and Star Trek -- both the TV shows and the movies.

"'Too Much to Think' is a song about the highs and lows of life, and seeking an escape from everyday stresses," says frontman Nick Hexum. "It's such a magical setting and not surprising that they've shot so many iconic movies and TV shows onsite."

Mosaic will be released June 23. 311 will kick off a tour in support of the album on June 22 in Cleveland.

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Wednesday
May242017

Celine Dion urges Vegas audience to send love to the "beautiful souls" of Manchester 

Denise TruscelloCeline Dion was deeply affected by the bombing in Manchester, England Monday night, which left 22 dead, including many young fans attending an Ariana Grande concert.  Last night in Las Vegas, she delayed the start of her show to address the tragedy.

"What happened last night makes no sense whatsoever," an emotional Celine told the audience. "We live in different times and we need to love each other more than ever. We need to support each other more than ever as well."

She continued, "What do you say we show our love to all of those in Manchester tonight?  What do you think about that?"

She then had the house lights at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace turned on and told the audience to stand up and join hands and "show [Manchester] that we care."

"We're filming this and we gonna send it across the ocean to those beautiful souls," she said. "So let's do that."

"You look wonderful," said Celine, her voice breaking. "Thank you."

You can see the video on Celine's official Facebook page: she's standing on stage at the Colosseum and the screen behind her reads, "Manchester, we are with you."

Celine has pronounced herself a huge fan of the spot-on impression that Ariana Grande does of her, which the young pop star has shown off on Saturday Night Live and other TV shows.

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Wednesday
May242017

The Chainsmokers to perform on the 2017 CMT Music Awards

Rory KramerIf you own the Chainsmokers' new album Memories...Do Not Open, you know that one track is a collaboration with superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line called "Last Day Alive." Now, the two acts will perform together for the first time on TV as part of the 2017 CMT Music Awards.

The show, which airs on CMT next month, will also feature a performance by R&B legends Earth, Wind & Fire, who'll perform with country group Lady AntebellumKeith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton are also on the bill for the show, with more stars to be announced soon.

The show airs June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Wednesday
May242017

Round Here Buzz: Eric Church is popping up in East Nashville

ABC/Brett OronzioAs Eric Church rolls into Music City to wrap up his Holdin’ My Own Tour this weekend with two sold-out shows at Bridgestone Arena, he’ll also re-open his popular storefront in East Nashville.

No matter where you live, you can preview the pop-up shop Thursday on Facebook Live starting at 11 a.m. CT. The store at 218 South 11th Street will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Customers will be able to check out Eric’s signature Gibson Hummingbird Dark guitar and custom Jack Daniels barrels, as well as exclusive merch not available anywhere else.

At this weekend’s shows, Eric will also unveil the new Chattanooga Lucy design in his These Boots by Lucchese line. You’ll be able to take home a pair when the pop-up shop reopens from Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11 during CMA Music Festival.

This is the third year in a row for the “Round Here Buzz” singer’s temporary store. Part of the proceeds go to his Chief Cares charity.

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Wednesday
May242017

Brett Young has one million reasons "In Case You Didn't Know" should be #1

BMLGJust as it’s on the verge of  going #1, Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know” has been certified platinum.

That not only makes it Brett’s first million-selling single of his career, it’s also the first country release of 2017 to reach that milestone.  If you’re keeping up, that puts Brett’s sales on par with pop hitmakers like Ed SheeranFutureThe Chainsmokers and Katy Perry.

Next month, “In Case You Didn’t Know” vies for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. This Friday, Brett hits the road with Lady Antebellum and Kelsea Ballerini on the You Look Good World Tour.

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