"It’s a daily struggle": Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean reveals he’s relapsed over the past year

ABC/Paula LoboBackstreet BoysAJ McLean continues to be open about his struggles with alcohol addition.  He admits to People magazine that he's relapsed over the past year.

“You know, it’s interesting about sobriety with family and with kids -- you still have to put yourself first, and that’s been a real big struggle for me,” he says. “Look, I have no shame in saying, I’ve relapsed over the past year. It’s no secret that this is a disease, and that it’s a daily struggle.”

AJ previously entered rehab in 2001 for alcohol addiction. He credits his family -- particularly his two young daughters, Ava and Lyric -- for helping to keep stay on the right track.

“Are my kids and my wife a huge support, and a huge inspiration? Yes, a hundred percent,” he says. “But, at the same time the biggest problem I deal with, with them, is putting myself first, and not my family first.”

AJ says it’s in his nature to be “Mr. People Pleaser,” but “if you do that too often, then you forget about taking care of yourself, and you do tend to get lost in the sauce. And that’s happened to me numerous times.”

“For me, you don’t beat it,” he says of his addiction. “It’s not like, okay, I’m sober, it’s done. I’ll never drink again. No. You have to work at it daily.”

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry says he's "doing well" following health issue Saturday at Billy Joel concert

Myrna M. Suarez/Getty ImagesAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has shared a little update about how he's feeling after experiencing a health issue this past Saturday backstage following his performance with Billy Joel at New York City's Madison Square Garden that landed him in a local hospital.

"Doing well, thanks for all the love and support!" Perry wrote in a message posted Tuesday on his social media sites.

Among those sending love and support to Joe was his band mate Steven Tyler, who tweeted a message Tuesday featuring a heart and two "praise" emojis, along with the phrase "MY BROTHER."

According to a statement from Perry's publicist, the 68-year-old musician "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital." The statement added that Perry was "alert and responsive" after the incident.

Perry had just finished performing the Aerosmith hit "Walk This Way" with Joel before his backstage collapse. Concert goers tell ABC Radio that Joe showed no noticeable signs of distress during his performance.

Perry previously collapsed onstage on July 10, 2016, during a show in Brooklyn, New York, with his side band, The Hollywood Vampires. It was believed then that he suffered cardiac arrest, from which he apparently made a full recovery.

Joe is scheduled to launch a series of 10 U.S. solo concerts on November 30 in Sioux City, Iowa. Perry's backing band for the shows is slated to include his fellow Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Extreme singer Gary Cherone.

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Watch now: Ellie Goulding is fashionable in Budapest for new “Close to Me” video

Conor McDonnell Ellie Goulding, Diplo and Swae Lee have debuted the regal music video for their collaboration, “Close to Me.”

The visual mainly features Ellie dressed in couture and sporting different makeup looks as she sings at various stunning locations across Budapest, Hungary. Swae pops up to sing his verse in a field surrounded by trees.

"I don't wanna be somebody without your body/Close to me/And if it wasn't you, I wouldn't want anybody/Close to me/'Cause I'm an animal/like you/And I don't wanna be somebody without your body/Close to me," Ellie sings on the track. 

The song was released last month and marks Ellie’s first new release since 2017’s "First Time" with Kygo. Her last album, Delirium, came out in 2015.

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John Mayer to close out 2018 with Dave Chappelle in Las Vegas

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer and his buddy Dave Chappelle are taking their act to Sin City.

For the past two years, John and Dave have been performing their music/comedy hybrid Controlled Danger at select venues in the U.S.  The show is now heading to Las Vegas for a December 30 show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. PT via; prices range from $45 to just under $270 apiece.

The first half of Controlled Danger is a solo music set by John and a solo comedy set by Dave.  The second half of the show features both stars together onstage -- telling stores, performing songs, dancing and more.

As with previous Controlled Danger shows, don't even think of whipping out your phone and taking photos or video.  No cellphones, cameras or smart watches are allowed during the show -- everyone's device will be locked in a special pouch for the duration of the show.  If you're caught using your phone, you'll be thrown out.

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Incubus, Cage the Elephant, Beck to headline 2019 Shaky Knees festival

ABC/Randy HolmesWith the weather starting to get colder, now seems like a good time to start thinking about the sun-drenched fun of music festival season. Atlanta's Shaky Knees festival is here to help, with the announcement of its 2019 lineup.

The lineup includes headliners Incubus, Cage the Elephant, Beck and Tame Impala, as well as The Struts Interpol, Foals, Grouplove, Dashboard Confessional, Liz Phair, Gary Clark Jr., Tears for Fears and Mark Lanegan, among others.

Shaky Knees 2019 takes place May 3-5. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit

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Who can unite "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" fans? Ariana Grande, of course

Dave MeyersFans of the two biggest sci-fi franchises -- Star Wars and Star Trek -- have always had a friendly rivalry, but now there's something they can both get behind: the music of Ariana Grande.

Over the weekend, Star Wars icon Mark Hamill tweeted, "Thank you, next," without being aware that it's the title of Ari's #1 hit  -- and reportedly, the name of her upcoming album. 

But after presumably being schooled by Ariana's fans, the man known as Luke Skywalker tweeted, "You know you're out of it when someone suggests you tweet what you think is just a random phrase that turns out to be the title of the new album by @ArianaGrande, one of the most popular artists in the history of showbiz."

He added the hashtags #ImSorryAri and #ItsUnotYou.

In response, iconic Star Trek actor George Takei, best known for playing Mr. Sulu in the original series, tweeted to Hamill, "Her popularity is well-earned...She has what feels like the voice of an angel, that @ArianaGrande. One that could fill the vast heavens."

When Ariana saw Takei's praise, she freaked out. Retweeting his comment, she wrote, "hello i am crying."

After tweeting a string of hearts to both Hamill and Takei, Ari then added, "sulu ...... likes my voice i ....... have to go."

Takei responded with an invitation for Ari to become an ambassador for the "50th Anniversary of Stonewall here in NYC" -- referring to the seminal 1969 incident that launched the gay rights movement in the U.S.

Takei, who's openly gay, added, "I could make a recommendation on your behalf. So many in the LGBTQ community adore you."

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Limp Bizkit is "actually" recording new album

Andrea Friedrich/RedfernsNew Limp Bizkit music is in the works. According to guitarist Wes Borland, the nu-metallers are gearing up to record a new album, their first in seven years.

"Getting warmed up to actually make a brand new @limpbizkit album," Borland writes on Instagram alongside a video of him playing guitar.

"We would have started last Saturday but were displaced by the fires and lost some gear," he adds. "Getting back on our feet and in the studio within the week."

Limp Bizkit's last album was 2011's Gold Cobra. In 2012, the band then announced they'd begun working on a new record called Stampede of the Disco Elephants. Since then, however, the fabled disc has been delayed several times and has yet to see the light of day.

It's unclear whether the material Limp Bizkit is now working on will be a continuation of Stampede or the start of something new.

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Kenny Chesney, David Lee Murphy, Thomas Rhett win early CMA Awards

Courtesy Country Music AssociationThe 52nd Annual CMA Awards air tonight on ABC, but Kenny Chesney, David Lee Murphy and Thomas Rhett are already winners.

This morning on ABC's Good Morning America, it was revealed that Kenny and David Lee have won the Musical Event of the Year category for their #1 duet "Everything's Gonna Be Alright."  In addition, TR has won Video of the Year for his clip for "Marry Me," directed by TK McKamy.

Kenny has previously won the Musical Event of the Year twice: once in 2007 for "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," with Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw, and again in 2012 for "Feel Like a Rockstar," with Tim.  This is David Lee's first-ever CMA nomination and win.

Thomas Rhett has been nominated in the past for Music Video of the Year, but this is his first win.  TK McKamy previously won the award for Maddie & Tae's "Girl in a Country Song" in 2015.

Kenny is also competing for the Entertainer of the Year trophy, while TR could still win Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for Life Changes.

Tune in to see who takes home the rest of the CMA Awards tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Camila Cabello says her boyfriend “makes me the happiest I’ve ever been in my life” 

Sofia Sanchez and Mauro MongielloCamila Cabello is good at singing about heartbreak, but currently, she’s the happiest she’s ever been when it comes to her love life.

In a new cover story with Marie Claire, the singer opens up for the first time about her boyfriend, British dating coach Matthew Hussey.

“He’s so similar to me,” she tells the mag. “In person, we’re just weird and silly and stupid together. He makes me the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

She says they’ve “been together for kind of a like a long time now” after meeting on the Today show, where Hussey served as the show's resident love expert. But she admits she still gets nervous when he’s in the audience at one of her concerts.

“Any time he’s there, I get super nervous,” she says. “I stutter or my hands are shaky.”

Despite the occasional nerves, Camila says she has confidence now that she's never had before. When asked if she’d consider starring as Maria in Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story, she says she’d rather work on a new album instead.

“I know exactly who I am, and I know what I want to do,” she says. “And I’m just not ready to give up that voice for something else right now.”

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2018 Jeff Beck documentary "Still On the Run" getting Showtime premiere in December

Courtesy of ShowtimeStill On the Run: The Jeff Beck Story, a documentary focusing on the life and music of British rock-guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck that was released as a home video last May, will premiere on Showtime on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The film examines the influential musician's innovative playing and long career, including his work with The Yardbirds, various Jeff Beck Group lineups and as a solo artist, as well as his collaborations with many famous musicians. The movie also delves into Beck's lifelong passion for classic cars and his love of American B-movies.

The film features candid interviews with Beck filmed at his home and in his workshop. It also includes conversations with a variety of Jeff's famous musical friends, associates and fans, among them Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood, Joe Perry, Slash and Jan Hammer.

Page, who became friends with Beck as a teenager and later played with him in The Yardbirds, comments in the film, "He developed a style that's unique, and that's pretty magical."

Stewart, meanwhile, who fronted the Jeff Beck Group's first incarnation from 1967 to 1969, says Jeff "gets sounds that no other guitar player gets…he is still the most original."

Still On the Run also will be available to view on demand for Showtime subscribers beginning on December 11.

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Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCan you name the year Brooks & Dunn served as CMA Awards co-hosts and won three trophies for Single, Vocal Duo and Music Video of the Year? ANSWER: 2006.

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U2's Bono: "We're going away now"

ABC/Adam TaylorU2 closed out their extensive eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour Tuesday and Berlin, and it would be hard to argue that the Irish rockers don't deserve a break. However, that break might be an extended one.

During the Berlin show, Bono announced that the band is "going away now."

"We've been on the road for quite some time now, just going on 40 years," Bono says in footage posted by the U2gigs fan account.

"This last four years have been really something very special for us," he continues. "We're going away now."

While that could mean a variety of things, some are fearing that the end is near for U2, while more optimistic fans are hoping the band simply needs some rest. Perhaps they just need a bit to dream it all up again once more.

Over the last four years, U2 released two albums: 2014's Songs of Innocence and 2017's Songs of Experience. In 2017, they also launched a tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

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"The Voice" recap: Kane Brown and Backstreet Boys perform, and top 13 are revealed

Trae Patton/NBCOn Tuesday night’s The Voice, Carson Daly revealed which of the three artists each from Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson‘s teams who performed on Monday would advance to the next round: two based on America’s vote, the other chosen by his or her coach.

At the top of the show, Daly also acknowledged the passing of The Voice season 1 finalist Beverly McClellan, who died on October 30 at the age of 49 from endometrial cancer.

The artists advancing after Tuesday’s show are:

Team Blake:

Soulful country singer Kirk Jay and gruff-voiced blues artist Chris Kroeze advanced, based on America’s votes. Blake saved country artist Dave Fenley. Funsho, Michael Lee and Natasia GreyCloud were sent home.

Team Adam:

America saved soul artist DeAndre Nico and 14-year-old pop singer Reagan Strange. After agonizing over which of the remaining artists would complete his team, Adam settled on teen heartthrob Tyke James, explaining that there was still more he wanted to see from him. Steve Memmolo, RADHA and Kameron Marlowe went home.

Team Jennifer:

America sent Kentucky native MaKenzie Thomas and Kennedy Holmes -- the youngest artist in the competition at 13 -- to the next round. Acknowledging it was a tough decision for her to make, Jennifer saved R&B singer Sandyredd. Franc West, Colton Smith and Patrique Fortson were sent packing.

Team Kelly:

America saved 16-year-old country artist Chevel Shepherd and blues singer Sarah Grace, 15. Kelly, known for getting emotional, saved gospel powerhouse Kymberli Joye. Abbie Cates, Keith Paluso and Zaxai were sent home.

Also on Tuesday’s show, Ayanna Joni and Lynnea Moorer, the two finalists from The Voice Comeback Stage -- the show's new digital series in which judge Kelsea Ballerini gave artists who failed to get chair turns during the blind auditions a chance to re-enter the competition -- performed for America’s vote. Joni tackled Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” and Moorer delivered “Boo’d Up,” by Ella Mai. America picked Moorer, who chose Clarkson as her coach and moves on, along with the other 12 contestants. Joni was sent home.

The evening also included Kane Brown performing his latest single “Lose It,” and Backstreet Boys singing their new song, “Chances.”

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

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The Revolution's Brown Mark remembers Prince: “I don’t think since Mozart there’s ever gonna be anybody else” 

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It's been two-and-a-half years since Prince passed away, and for Brown Mark, the bass player of the band The Revolution, which recorded the Purple Rain soundtrack, Prince was the greatest musician of our time.

Mark was amazed by how Prince, best known as a guitarist and pianist, could play several instruments at the highest level.

"I've never seen anyone grab your instrument and show you how to do something. He had the ability to play everything, and if he wanted to tweak something, or whatever he wanted to do, he could come right over and he could show you what he's hearing," the 56-year-old musician says.

"'Here, let me have that bass,' and he would show me. He was a phenomenal musician," Mark continues. "I don't think since Mozart there's ever gonna be anybody else. Not in our generation."   

Mark says that not only was Prince the consummate musician, he was also one of the most versatile vocalists.

"He could sing in two different styles," Mark remembers. "He'd hit this falsetto like the old Smokey Robinson and Verdine White. He could hit that, but then he could go to this baritone and this real deep thing."

In addition to recording Purple Rain and appearing with Prince in the film, The Revolution also recorded three more albums with Prince in the '80s: 1999, Around the World in a Day and Parade. Along with Brown Mark on bass, The Revolution includes guitarist Wendy Melvoin, drummer Bobby Z, and two keyboard players -- Lisa Coleman and Dr. Fink.

The Revolution recently wrapped up its fall tour, and will end the year with Texas shows in Austin, Houston and Dallas on December 29, 30 and 31.

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The Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston expects to have "a lot of fun" at band's historic full-album performances in NYC

Courtesy of The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers are set to play a pair of historic concerts this Thursday and Friday at New York City's famed Beacon Theatre. The classic-rock greats will perform their full second and third albums, 1972's Toulouse Street and 1973's The Captain and Me, at the shows, marking the first time the band has ever played any of its albums in its entirety live.

"I'm looking forward to it," founding singer/guitarist Tom Johnston tells ABC Radio of the concerts. "I think it'll be a lot of fun."

While the two records feature such Doobie Brothers hits and concert staples as "Listen to the Music," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Rockin' Down the Highway," "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin'," Johnston notes that "some of these songs we've never played live, in the history of the band."

He continues, "[W]e had to basically learn these as though they were somebody else's tunes…even though we'd written them…And it's interesting what you find out about all these tunes that you haven't played before."

Tom points out that he and his band mates have spent lots of time rehearsing for the concerts and he's feeling confident that they'll deliver a solid performance.

"We've got [the songs] pretty much where we want 'em," he says. "They're sounding very close to where they started. And then we've also embellished on a few, and lengthened them a little bit."

Johnston reports that the band will include "a neat addition" at the concerts, a horn section that will be featured on six of the songs.

For fans who can't make it to the shows, Tom reveals that both events will be filmed and recorded for upcoming video and album releases, although he doesn't know when they will be available.

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Luke Bryan, Hillary Scott share their "Journeys of Faith" with ABC Radio

ABC/Craig SjodinJourneys of Faith, a podcast hosted by ABC's Paula Faris, debuts its first three episodes Wednesday, November 14. 

Faris takes an intimate look at how some of the world’s most influential people lean on faith and spirituality to guide them through the best and worst of times.  Among Faris' early podcast guests are Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, as well as Luke Bryan, both of whom share their thoughts on life and faith.

"As beautiful as this world is, it's broken," says Hillary.  "And the hope in heaven is that there is no more brokenness, there is no more sickness, there is no more suffering. It's all -- good."

For Luke, one of the biggest questions is why bad things happen to good people. 

"Me and my family have countless times, you know, sat around and wondered what the heck is God doing?" says Luke, whose brother and sister both died unexpectedly.  "Why are we the ones that, you know...right when it seems like we've got our footing under us, the rug gets pulled out?"

You can listen and subscribe for free to Journeys of Faith by streaming it on the ABC News app, or via Amazon Echo, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn.

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The Revivalists look back and forward with hope on new album, "Take Good Care"

ABC/Randy HolmesFor their first time in their career, The Revivalists have a "hit" to follow up. The band's new album, Take Good Care, out now, arrives after their single "Wish I Knew You" reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart last year.

Speaking to ABC Radio, lead vocalist David Shaw describes how the success of "Wish I Knew You" impacted the approach to Take Good Care.

"You have some success like that," Shaw says. "Then you're thinking, 'OK, we'd love to have that success again, how do we do that while staying true to what we do and what we've done, while also simultaneously growing through that process?'"

The Revivalists tried to do that with Take Good Care and songs like lead single "All My Friends." So far, so good: the track currently sits in the top 10 on the Alternative Songs chart.

Like "I Wish I Knew You," "All My Friends" is about looking back. While the former is about regretting not getting to meet someone sooner, the latter's about Shaw surviving a difficult time of his life.

"I had a pretty tumultuous time in my 20s," Shaw says. "I was a heavy alcoholic, heavy into drugs.'"

He continues: "We kinda stumbled on this idea of, like, 'Well, did you have good people in your life to kinda lift you up and help you out of that period?' And I was like, 'Actually, absolutely, yes.'"

The Revivalists wanted that message of hope to reverberate throughout Take Good Care, which is partly why the album's title is a line from "All My Friends." It's also a nod to the band's fans.

"They call themselves the RevHeads, and they're really good to one another, actually," says guitarist Zack Feinberg. "They've created this really nice community that's really heartwarming."

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Mike Shinoda announces new concert special, premiering this week

Credit: Frank Maddocks Mike Shinoda has announced a new concert special titled Soundcheck Sessions: Live in Moscow. It will premiere this Thursday, November 15 on Apple Music.

As its title suggests, Live in Moscow gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the Linkin Park vocalist and multi-instrumentalist's solo show at the Russian capital this past September.

If you want to see Shinoda for yourself in person, you can catch him on his current U.S. tour in support of his new solo album, Post Traumatic. The outing continues Wednesday in Boston.

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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan will be performing an intimate show for Citi/AAdvantage card members on December 3 at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Card members can currently purchase tickets using their Citi card.

Lee Ann Womack accepted the ASCAP Golden Note Award at Monday night's ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville in recognition of her career milestones. Her honor included surprise tributes by Alison Krauss and Tony LaneChris Stapleton, and Buddy Miller

CMT has announced that Clare Dunn will be part of its 2019 Next Women of Country Tour alongside Cassadee Pope and Hannah Ellis. Tour dates and cities will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Zara Larsson says she's not a "bad feminist" for singing "Ruin My Life"

Ruben ChamorroZara Larsson wants to be able to speak her mind through her music without being labelled a “bad feminist.”

In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, the Swedish singer discusses the backlash she received for her latest single, “Ruin My Life,” in which she sings about a toxic relationship. Some accused her of promoting a destructive lifestyle.

"I'm such an outspoken feminist, quite a radical one with my opinions,” Zara tells the mag. “But we've all been there -- at least my friends have and everyone I know -- where you know you shouldn't go back to that person, whatever, I'm still going to text this person at 3 a.m. after three drinks."

Zara wrote the song after walking home from a regrettable night at an ex’s place. “I was a bit obsessed with this guy who was so bad for me,” she admits.

“I get the idea of wanting to only do really powerful, uplifting songs towards women, but I'm a human being and I can get my heart broken,” she says. “I should be able to express my feelings by being me, and hopefully other girls can relate, without that making me a bad feminist."

Zara promises her next song will be a bit more empowering.

"It's called 'Don't Worry About Me' and is kind of like 'Ruin My Life' part two," she teases. "It's the moment when you wake up feeling like, 'I'm so over you right now. Have a good life."

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