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Thursday
Sep202018

Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban featured on new Andrea Bocelli album, "Si" 

Verve Label Group/Universal Music ClassicsLast year, Ed Sheeran teamed up with opera legend Andrea Bocelli for a remix of his song, "Perfect," called "Perfect Symphony."  Now Ed's returned the favor by co-writing a song for Bocelli's new album and singing on it with him.

Bocelli's new album, Si, is due October 26 and is his first album of new material in 14 years.  Ed wrote the music for and sings on one of the songs, "Amo Soltanto Te," [AH-moh sohl-TAHN-toh tay] which means "I Only Love You" in Italian.

In addition, Josh Groban joins Bocelli on the song "We Will Meet Once Again."  The same track appears on Josh's new album, Bridges, due out Friday.

Si also features Bocelli singing with his 20-year-old son Matteo on "Fall On Me," from the upcoming Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The single is coming out Friday in seven different languages.  Andrea's other son, Amos, plays piano on two album tracks as well.

Bocelli celebrates his 60th birthday this Saturday.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Watch Julian Casablancas and Beck cover "Don't You Want Me" together 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas' band The Voidz opened for Beck Wednesday night in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the two joined forces on stage to perform a cover of The Human League's classic '80s synthpop hit, "Don't You Want Me."

Beck posted footage of the collaboration on his Twitter. Come for the cover, stay to hear Casablancas sing "I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar."

In addition to opening for Beck, The Voidz will play a few shows with Phoenix in October. Beck is touring behind his latest album, 2017's Colors.

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Thursday
Sep202018

The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart says he wrote “This Feeling” after a long battle with depression

ABC/Paula LoboThe Chainsmokers’ latest collab with country singer Kelsea Ballerini, “This Feeling,” is already on its way to becoming a hit, but for Drew Taggart, the meaning behind the song goes much deeper.

In a lengthy message on Instagram, Drew details his battle with depression at the height of The Chainsmokers’ fame, and reveals the new track was the first song he wrote when his wave of depression lifted.

“Songwriting is my therapy,” he begins. “i dealt with depression for what most would call the height of the chainsmokers career thus far. you’d think that an artist getting their first massive break and seeing success in a career they love would have no problems, but that’s the funny thing about depression. it’s doesn’t matter what you’ve accomplished, because it attacks how you feel about it.”

He says that he didn’t start to feel better until he began channeling his feelings into his songs, which explains why The Chainsmokers’ music took a “sudden dark introspective turn” with songs like “Sick Boy” and “Everybody Hates Me.”

Drew continues, “’This Feeling’ is the first song i wrote when i came out of my depressed state for the first time. it’s a song about following your heart even when people don’t believe in you.”

He concludes, “mentally i’m in a good place right now. i’m in love with my friends and family and thank god everyday that i get to write songs for a living. i hope y’all enjoy this one.”

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Thursday
Sep202018

Members of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam & more to perform at Will Ferrell-hosted benefit concert

Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will be supporting his doppelganger Will Ferrell at the actor's upcoming Best Night of Your Life benefit show, held October 6 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

Smith will lead an all-star band including Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, and RHCP's Josh Klinghoffer.

Additionally, a variety of actors and comedians will make appearances, including Jimmy Kimmel, Jerry Seinfeld, Samantha Bee, Conan O'Brien, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel and Kumail Nanjiani.

The event will benefit the charity Cancer for College, which gives college scholarships to low-income, high-achieving cancer survivors. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, September 21 via LAGreekTheatre.com.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Noah Cyrus is selling a bottle of her tears for $12,000

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty ImagesNoah Cyrus is bottling up her emotions -- literally.

The singer’s new line of merchandise for her Good Cry EP features a bottle of “Noah Tears” being sold for -- ready? -- $12,000.

According to the product’s description, the bottle contains “approximately 12 tears made by Noah Cyrus as a result of sadness."

The description continues, "Human digestion of these tears is not suggested cause tears are generally pretty salty and that would just be super f****** weird if you drank someone else's tears.”

The merch, which also features t-shirts with her dad Billy Ray Cyrus’ face and a hoodie that says “Sry I’m Trash,” is available for a limited time only on Pizzaslime.com.

Good Cry drops Friday, September 21.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Ahead of "American Treasure" release, Tom Petty's wife and daughter debut previously unreleased track "Gainesville"

Shepard Fairey/RepriseAhead of next Friday's release of his posthumous box set An American Treasure, Tom Petty's daughter Adria Petty and his widow Dana Petty have just released "Gainesville," a previously unreleased track he recorded in 1998. 

The song, which shares its name with Petty's hometown of Gainesville, FL, was recorded during Tom Petty and The HeartbreakersEcho sessions. 

The track is the second sneak peek from the career-spanning box set. The first, "Keep A Little Soul," became Petty's fastest-climbing #1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, and made him the first artist ever to score a posthumous top 10 hit on that tally, which was introduced in 1996.

An American Treasure, which will be released on September 28, is a 60-track collection featuring previously unreleased tracks, rarities, alternate versions of well-known tunes, deep cuts and live performances. It was compiled and curated by Petty's wife and daughter, along with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Tom's frequent studio collaborator Ryan Ulyate.

Petty died from mixed drug toxicity on October 2, 2017. He was 66.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock This 1964 recording was the first debut single by a female artist to make it all the way to the top of the country chart. It stayed there for eight weeks, and set another record for the most weeks at #1 by a female, a title it held until Taylor Swift came along with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" in 2012. Can you name the iconic song and the Country Music Hall of Famer who recorded it? ANSWER: "Once a Day" by Connie Smith.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Taylor Swift's boyfriend breaks silence on Taylor Swift -- sort of

Mert & MarcusUnlike some of Taylor Swift's previous relationships with celebrities, she's managed to keep her current one with British actor Joe Alwyn on the down low -- the very down low.  She's never spoken publicly about him at all, in fact.  But Joe has now given his first comment on the relationship, though it's not much.

Speaking in the October issue of British Vogue, Joe -- who's starring in the new movie The Favourite -- says of his and Taylor's romance, "I’m aware people want to know about that side of things.  I think we have been successfully very private and that has now sunk in for people.”

He adds, “But I really prefer to talk about work.”

News of Joe and Taylor's relationship broke in May of 2017 but they were reportedly dating a few months prior to that.  Since then, he's attended a number of her concerts, and they've been photographed together on vacation in Turks and Caicos, and holding hands in London.

Joe reportedly inspired a number of the songs on Taylor's album, Reputation, but since she hasn't done any interviews to promote the disc, we don't know for sure.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Weezer provides "the definition of flow" on new song, "California Snow"

ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer has premiered a new song called "California Snow," available now via digital outlets.

The EDM and hip-hop-influenced track finds frontman Rivers Cuomo declaring "this is the definition of flow" before diving into the chorus: "California snow/Never let me go."

Weezer recorded "California Snow" for the new film Spell, which premieres September 23 at the LA Film Festival. The movie includes a score composed by Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump and features voice-over work by Cuomo.

"California Snow" is the first new original song from Weezer to follow their 2017 album, Pacific Daydream. Since then, they've released their massive hit cover of Toto's "Africa," as well as their take on another Toto song, "Rosanna."

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Thursday
Sep202018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Eric Church previewed the track, "Jukebox and a Bar," from his new album, Desperate Man, for his Church Choir fan club on Wednesday. The full album arrives October 5.

Blake Shelton celebrated his 24th and 25th #1 songs, "Every Time I Hear That Song" and "I'll Name the Dogs," Tuesday with a party at Ole Red Nashville.

The latest volume in the Country Faith series, titled Christmas Vol. 2, comes out September 28. It features holiday tracks from Carrie UnderwoodKelsea BalleriniDylan Scott and many more. A Southern Gospel edition of the series is also set for release a week earlier.

If you missed Carrie Underwood's Wednesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you can check out both her interview and her performance of "Love Wins" online.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Maren Morris delivers the "Rich," behind-the-scenes scoop on the Western video for her latest hit

ABC/Image Group LA If the town in the video for Maren Morris's latest hit, "Rich," looks familiar, it's because it's already been the home to several famous Westerns.

"It was this old movie town in Tucson where they shot Three Amigos and Tombstone," Maren reveals. "It had all these movie posters that they shot at this, like, little movie town. And it rained the whole day."

In spite of the wet weather, the "Rich" video remains one of Maren's favorite things she's ever shot.

"It was the most fun, easy shoot I've ever done," she recalls. "I kind of conquered my fear of horses. I had a very nice horse."

"I'm just so excited about it," Maren adds. "It's the last single from the record, and we get to do this like crazy, bada** Western video for it. And it's very funny and doesn't take itself too seriously, which is the meaning of 'Rich.'"

If Maren has any regrets about the shoot, they may involve her husband, fellow singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd.

"Ryan looks really good in it. Ryan looks better than I do in it," she laughs. "Ryan has never been in a video of mine, so he's the cowboy in it."

"But I basically put everyone I know in it," she continues. "Like, my manager is in it. My tour manager, Jennifer, plays the sheriff. Ryan's the love interest, and then I put my band in it. So, I got to look around all day and just laugh at how ridiculous everyone looked!"

Maren's Western adventure must be working: "Rich" is currently just a couple spots away from entering country's top ten.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Whole Lotta Live: Led Zeppelin may be planning streaming service for concert archives

Ian Dickson/RedfernsThere's some legal movement afoot in the Led Zeppelin camp: The band's biggest fan site reports that a streaming service is in the works that would provide fans with access to its legendary trove of concert recordings.

LedZepNews reports that lawyers for the band this week filed a U.S. trademark application for the name "The Led Zeppelin Experience," for the purpose of "providing non-downloadable prerecorded music on-line via a global computer network."

The band reportedly already holds the trademark for the name in the United Kingdom and Europe, but was denied in the States when they first filed, late last year. Zeppelin then hired a new, U.S.-based legal team and resubmitted the application with more specific information. The trademark also allows for the sale of clothing.

Because of the trademark requests, Jason Bonham was asked to change the name of his band from "Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience" to "Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening."

Back in February, Zep guitarist Jimmy Page told Planet Rock magazine, "There's a lot of [live recordings] to come out, a number of releases. I'd like to say that they'll be coming out over the next 10 years. There's more to come for sure."

Led Zeppelin has a legendary following of fans who collect the band's bootlegged concerts, and there have been rumors for years that the band was seeking to establish an official outlet for its archived live shows.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Kelis graces the cover of the Essence global beauty issue 

EssenceIt’s been four years since Kelis released her most recent album, Food, and the 39-year old singer says she is happy to be out of the spotlight.

“Anyone who knows me knows I can take fame or leave it,” the Grammy nominee says in the cover story for the new Essence global beauty issue. “I can walk away from all of this and never look back. Being famous has never validated me -- ever. I’ve never cared if people liked me or didn’t like me. Either way, I’m cool.”

After beginning her recording career in 1999 and releasing six albums, Kelis expanded her brand. She designed a line of fashion accessories, hosted the Saucy and Sweet show on the Cooking Channel, and published a cookbook. She says she strives to be versatile.

“The only way you are really ever going to be truly content is if you are constantly evolving,” Kelis says.

The “Milkshake” singer married Nas in 2005, and they divorced in 2010. As previously reported, in April, she accused him of domestic violence, and he recently responded with a lengthy Instagram post denying her allegations. Last week, Kelis clapped back, commenting that her statement about Nas abusing her is not false.

“It's not my truth babe, it's THE truth. Period. I know, he knows it and most of all GOD knows it,” she commented on Instagram. "I am truly grateful and happy I escaped a horrendous situation and that I am in love and my boys are delicious perfect children."

The Essence global beauty issue featuring Kelis on the cover will be on newsstands Friday.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Why Maroon 5's latest hit almost wasn't

Travis SchneiderMaroon 5's "Girls Like You," from their current album Red Pill Blues, has become a massive smash. It's currently #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and YouTube named it the Global Song of the Summer. But Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says ironically, the song almost didn't make it onto the album.

"It was the very last song that was added to the record, and that usually happens," James tells ABC Radio. "Usually you think you’re done with a record, and then one more song comes and you’re like, 'OK, we gotta cut this one.'”

James describes "Girls Like You" and its star-studded, female empowerment-themed video as "very special" -- and of course, the fact that it features red-hot rapper Cardi B hasn't hurt its popularity, either. But on a purely musical level, he explains why he thinks it's been connecting with listeners.

"To me it’s just a really straight ahead, very classic pop song with another really, really ear worm sorta chorus," he tells ABC Radio. "It was written with Jason Evigan and an amazing songwriter named Starrah. They also worked on [our previous hit] 'What Lovers Do,' and so it kinda continues in that vein."

Maroon 5 is currently playing "Girls Like You" -- and a bunch of their 20 other top 40 hits -- on their Red Pill Blues tour, which wraps up October 15 at New York's Madison Square Garden.  The group will then play their traditional December 30 and 31 in Las Vegas to close out 2018.

And if the rumors are true, the band will probably be playing "Girls Like You" on stage in Atlanta on February 3, as they take the stage at the Super Bowl 53 halftime show.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump feels film scoring has taken place of solo career

ABC/Paula LoboSince releasing his debut album Soul Punk in 2011, Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump has rarely returned to to making solo music. Now, with a burgeoning film scoring career, Stump feels that he's found a new avenue to pursue his solo ambitions.

"I did the solo thing, and I loved making [Soul Punk]," Stump tells Billboard. "But now as a composer, I'm like, 'Oh, this is my solo record.' This my real solo record, writing music for films, TV, and stuff."

Not that Stump has entirely given up on the idea of doing another solo album. Instead, he just doesn't feel the need.

"I wouldn't put out another solo record unless I had something I really, really needed to say," Stump explains. "Whereas film, they need the music. So there's that need you fill. It's really rewarding to help someone tell their story."

Stump has composed the music for the upcoming film Spell and an Alice in Wonderland-related short titled Wonderland. Spell, which also features a new song from Weezer called "California Snow," premieres September 23 at the LA Film Festival.

Meanwhile, Stump and Fall Out Boy are currently on tour behind their new album, M A N I A.

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Thursday
Sep202018

Normani talks "Love Lies" success, status of her own love life

Brendan ForbesAfter her duet with Khalid, “Love Lies,” reached number one on Billboard's Pop Songs chart this week, Normani chatted with Rolling Stone about the “pivotal” moment in her career and taking a risk with her first big solo endeavor.

She tells the mag that she had “some uncertainty” about releasing “Love Lies,” because the sound was so different from what her Fifth Harmony fans were used to.

“It’s a big deal putting out music that’s different from what everybody’s used to hearing from you, or seeing you as,” she says. “[‘Love Lies’] is a slower, mellower song among all the big, up-tempo hip-hop records right now that are really dominating, like Migos. But I think it is a real moment for R&B…and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Normani says she also related to the song’s lyrics, about someone trying to figure out their relationship status with another person.

“For me, I know that there’s been plenty of times I’ll either be interested in someone, and it’s like, ‘OK is this going to be reciprocated?’ Just dealing with that uncertainty…” she says.

As she focuses on putting the finishing touches on her solo album, her own love life is taking a backseat for the moment. She says she believes in monogamy, but is not a fan of blind dates.

“Honestly? You’d be surprised; I haven’t been on many dates,” she says. “I don’t hang out much. I’m in Pinkberry and the studio. That’s pretty much it.”

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Thursday
Sep202018

KISS announce upcoming End of the Road Farewell Tour on Wednesday's "America's Got Talent" season finale

NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- KISS used their appearance on Wednesday's live America's Got Talent season finale to officially announce their upcoming End of the Road Farewell Tour. 

"This is going to be our last tour," Kiss frontman Paul Stanley told AGT host Trya Banks, following their performance of "Detroit Rock City" to kick off the show. "It will be the most explosive, biggest show we've ever done. People who love us, come see us. If you've never seen us, this is the time. This is the show."

After selling over 100 million albums and touring all over the planet, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will play their final shows as part of the multi-year tour. Dates have yet to be announced, but will become available on the band's official website, KISSonline, as they develop.

"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years, reads a message on their official website. "This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... Unapologetic and Unstoppable."

KISS formed in New York City in 1973, then featuring Stanley on guitar and lead vocals, Gene Simmons on bass, Peter Criss on drums and Ace Frehley on lead guitar. The band has gone through numerous personnel changes, with the current lineup consisting of Stanley, Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.

 

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Skillet's John Cooper launches new band, Fight the Fury 

Courtesy Atlantic Skillet frontman John Cooper is launching a new project called Fight the Fury.

In a statement, Cooper explains that the band, which also features Skillet guitarist Seth Morrison, will take him in a heavier direction.

"This is a side of me and my music that I don't get to show very often," Cooper says. "It takes me back to when I first heard metal and the reason I fell in love with music. It's raw and unfiltered and emotional."

"Fight the Fury is for all of the fans out there who like the heavy side of Skillet, but want a super heavy album," he adds. "I hope they feel the emotion of the songs that we have put together because this project is for them."

The debut Fight the Fury EP will arrive later this year. The band will embark on a tour through Russia in December.

Meanwhile, Cooper's Skillet band mate Jen Ledger recently released her debut solo EP, Ledger.

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Watch now: A demon finds its purpose in video for Alt-J's "Last Year" remix

ABC/Randy HolmesAlt-J has released the video for the remix of the band's song "Last Year," recorded with hip-hop and jazz artist Terrace Martin and featuring rapper GoldLink. The surreal, animated clip is streaming now on YouTube.

In the video, a Tinker Bell-like creature wakes up a demon, who has a hole where its heart should be. Amid references to Alice in Wonderland and various other trippy imagery, the demon ends up finding love.

The "Last Year" remix will be included on Alt-J's upcoming album, Reduxer, which features new versions of each song from their 2017 album, Relaxer. Reduxer is due out September 28.

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Watch now: Mini versions of 2 Chainz, Drake, Quavo and Murda Beatz party in school in “Bigger Than You” video

Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images2 Chainz, Drake, Quavo and Murda Beatz go back in time to their childhood in the new “Bigger Than You" video, which was released Wednesday.

In the clip, the rappers are portrayed by kids who hilariously take over their elementary school and ignite a frenzied party in the classrooms and the halls. After being punished with detention, the mini lookalikes tie up the detention supervisor. Eventually, all the teachers feel the groove and begin dancing with the students.

"Bigger Than Me" is rumored to be included on 2 Chainz' upcoming album, Rap or Go to the League, which is expected to drop later this year.

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