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Thursday
Jul202017

Watch now: Prophets of Rage premiere powerful "Living on the 110" video

ABC/Randy Holmes Prophets of Rage have debuted the video for their new single, "Living on the 110." The clip, streaming now on YouTube, finds the rap-rock supergroup jamming the track while harrowing statistics regarding homelessness and poverty in the U.S. crawl across the screen.

"The 110 is a freeway in Los Angeles and living beneath it are thousands of homeless people," guitarist Tom Morello previously said about the song. "Bentleys and Rolls Royces roaring by are literally driving on top of the poor and their makeshift homes, a picture perfect analogy for the grotesque economic inequality that plagues our times."

"Living on the 110" will appear on the forthcoming self-titled Prophets of Rage debut album, which will be released September 15.

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Thursday
Jul202017

JAY-Z's "4:44" projected to stay at #1 on "Billboard" 200 for second week 

Courtesy of S.Carter Enterprises/Roc NationIt looks like JAY-Z's newest album 4:44 just might stay at number one on the Billboard 200 for a second week.

According to Billboard, the platinum-selling collection could sell more than 100,000 equivalent album units by the end of this week.  

If Jay's disc hangs on to the top spot a second week in a row, he will have spent 25 weeks at #1 on the chart collectively throughout his career.

4:44 debuted at#1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this week, marking the rapper's 14th number one disc.  

The achievement extended Hova's record as the solo artist with the most chart-topping albums and his record as solo artist with the most #1 debuts on the Billboard 200. 

All of Jay's albums, from 1996's Reasonable Doubt to 4:44 have entered the album chart at #1.

In addition, French Montana's new album Jungle Rules is projected to debut in the top five. He recently released his new track "A Lie," featuring vocals from The Weeknd and jailed rapper Max B, and its music video.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Ariana, Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber among British kids' top 50 heroes 

Image Group LA/ABCLooks like all the work that Ariana Grande did to raise money for the victims of the Manchester bombing in May have made her a hero in the eyes of British kids.

The British paper The Mirror reports the singer is among the top 50 modern-day children's heroes, according to a new survey conducted by Mattel of six-to-13-year-old children in the U.K.  She wasn't the highest-ranked pop star on the list, though: that'd be British girl group Little Mix, who came in at #10, followed by Ed Sheeran at #11.

Ariana ranked #14 on the list, right after Simon Cowell, but ahead of the superhero Iron Man.  Justin Bieber and Harry Styles also made the list, but were ranked much further down, below the likes of The Rock, Thor, Luke Skywalker, Wonder Woman, Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, and Harry Potter.

But when it came to #1 and #2 , kids realized who the real heroes are: "Mum" topped the list, followed by "Dad" at #2.  In addition, "My teacher," "Grandmother" and "Grandfather" were among the real-life heroes on the kids' list.

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Thursday
Jul202017

This weekend, Brantley Gilbert's NASCAR dreams come true

Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert kicks off this weekend Friday night by playing the iconic Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming -- and things only get bigger from there.

Sunday, he’ll get to do a song at the NASCAR race that just happens to be named after him: the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400. The Georgia native admits it’s all beyond his wildest dreams.

“You don’t ever think about things like your name on a race like this,”  he says. “But it’s pretty cool. You know, to be a part of something that means so much to a lot of people is powerful. It’s an honor.”

You can check out all the action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday starting at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Brantley's label mate, newcomer Carly Pearce, will perform the national anthem.

Brantley will return to Indianapolis next month, for his August 5 date at Klipsch Music Center.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Seether's Shaun Morgan & more musicians react to Chester Bennington's death

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park's Chester Bennington died Thursday at the age of 41; his death is being investigated as a suicide. The news of the singer's death been met with an outpouring of support from fellow musicians, including Seether's Shaun Morgan, who, like much of the music world, is in complete disbelief.

"I didn't know [Bennington], but we played some shows together throughout the years," Morgan tells ABC Radio. "[He's] another guy that just didn't seem like the type of guy that would do that."

Morgan has a similar reaction to Chris Cornell's death, who committed suicide in May. He got to know Cornell, who would've turned 53 Thursday, a little bit when Seether toured with Audioslave in 2005.

"That's two suicides in two months," Morgan remarks. "High profile musicians that are both, from the outside looking in, you would assume to be quite happy and living the dream, right? Married, kids, bands are doing well."

Morgan has had his own struggles with suicidal thoughts, and his brother Eugene killed himself in 2007. In an eerie coincidence, this weekend Seether will stage their fifth Rise Above Fest, which Morgan founded as a tribute to Eugene and to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

"I guess now more than ever, maybe this festival is the thing to be doing," says Morgan. "It couldn't be a more poignant moment than something like Chester dying today that maybe more of this kind of activism is necessary."

He adds, "More of this outreach kind of stuff and more talking about it, I think, certainly. Just speaking about this ugly thing that nobody wants to mention, which makes it more powerful because it's just hiding in the shadows."

Here are more reactions:

Imagine Dragons: no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.

Paramore's Hayley Williams: artists are ppl compelled to bring beauty into a world that can be so dark. makes sense then that artists are always conscious of darkness.. & maybe at times made more vulnerable by it? i don't know. life can be relentless. heart hurts for Chester's family/band/friends/fans.

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz: Mental health is no joke. We have to destigmatize the conversation around it.

Jimmy Kimmel: Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.

Nikki Sixx: I am in tears. Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……I feel so sad for his family, band mates and fans

Halestorm's Lzzy Hale: I hope you find peace in the next life Chester @ChesterBe Life is hard,everyone battles demons.I want everyone here to know you are not alone

Halestorm's Arejay Hale: OMFG I just heard the horrible news about Chester Bennington, how awful! My heart goes to the LP families, I was shocked to hear this today!

Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack: Completely stunned to hear of Chester Bennington's passing. My heart is with his family and friends, what an absolutely tragic loss.

Duff McKagan: RIP Chester B.

Shinedown: Sending our thoughts , prayers and love .. To the Bennington and Linkin Park family .... Our community is small ... And this is a crushing blow for such an architect of what modern rock is ... A terrible loss ... It doesn't seem real

Bring Me the Horizon's Oli Sykes: Is there any chance It's not true? I don't want to accept it. #chesterbennington

The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen: Black days, may we all find peace

Slipknot and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor: Jesus No...

In addition, The Recording Academy released a statement, saying "Our GRAMMY® family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of two-time GRAMMY winner Chester Bennington. As the cutting-edge lead vocalist of Linkin Park, Chester’s powerful range, paired with his impressive songwriting skills, made him a bona fide hard rock hero. His riveting stage presence made every live performance magnetic, earning him millions of fans around the globe."  The statement went on to praise Bennington for using his "time and talents" to help other members of the music community battle their addictions.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington dead at 41

Burak Cingi/RedfernsLinkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has died, ABC News has confirmed. The musician was found dead in his Los Angeles home Thursday morning and his death is being investigated as a suicide; he was found hanging. He was 41.

LP's Mike Shinoda tweeted, "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."

Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999. A year later, the band released their debut album Hybrid Theory, which became a massive commercial success, and helped launch the rap-metal scene of the early 2000s. Hybrid Theory has since been certified diamond for 10 million copies sold.

In 2004, Linkin Park recorded a collaborative EP with rapper JAY-Z, which spawned the hit mash-up "Numb/Encore."

After Hybrid Theory and its follow-up, 2003's Meteora, Linkin Park began to move away from their initial rap-rock sound. Their seventh and most recent album, One More Light, which was released this past May, took a more pop-oriented approach. The band is scheduled to kick off a tour in support of the album on July 27 in Boston.

In between his work with Linkin Park, Bennington also fronted Stone Temple Pilots between 2013 and 2015.

Bennington had struggled with drug addiction throughout his life. He appeared very affected by the death of Chris Cornell, who committed suicide by hanging in May. Thursday, perhaps not coincidentally, would've been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

At Cornell's funeral service, Bennington sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." The night of Cornell's death, Linkin Park performed the One More Light title track in honor of the late Soundgarden frontman.

In May, Linkin Park performed on a New York City subway for an Good Morning America segment on ABC. They were scheduled to play GMA's concert series in Central Park on August 4.

Bennington is survived by his wife, and six children.

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Thursday
Jul202017

"Detroit" film soundtrack features Marvin Gaye, Martha & the Vandellas & more

Motown RecordsA new movie called Detroit, directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow and centering around the riots that took place in the Motor City over the course of five summer days in 1967, will hit theaters on August 4.  Of course, the film's soundtrack is being released by Motown Records.

The soundtrack, which will be released this month, features a number of classic soul songs, including Martha & the Vandellas' "Jimmy Mack" and the memorable Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duet "Your Precious Love."

The album also features gems by such other veteran R&B artists as The Dramatics, The Devotions, The Elgins, Brenda Holloway and Jerry Williams. In addition, the soundtrack includes a tune by legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and an original new song by The Roots called "It Ain't Fair" which features guest vocals by Bilal.

"We're honored and excited to work on such an important and special project as Detroit," says Motown Records president Ethiopia Habtemariam. "The music from this soundtrack highlights the 'Classic Motown Sound' which is a beautiful accompaniment to the story of tumultuous times in 1967 as well as the struggles we face within society today."

Detroit, starring John Boyega of Star Wars: The Force Awakens fame, will have its premiere Tuesday, July 25, at the Fox Theatre in the Motor City before opening August 4 in theaters across the U.S.

Here's the complete track listing for the Detroit soundtrack:

"If You Haven't Got Love" -- The Dramatics
"Jimmy Mack" -- Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
"Baby Bunny (Sugar Honey)" -- Jerry Williams
"Your Precious Love" -- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Tyrell
"Till Johnny Comes" -- Brenda Holloway
"Larry's Rescue" -- James Newton Howard
"It Ain't Fair" -- The Roots (featuring Bilal)
"Devil's Gotten into My Baby" -- The Devotions
"The Cream of the Crop" -- Lee Rogers
"All Because of You" -- The Dramatics
"Larry's Alone" -- James Newton Howard
"Grow" -- Algee Smith
"Heaven Must Have Sent You" -- The Elgins
"I Want to Talk About You" -- John Coltrane

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Thursday
Jul202017

Shania Twain teases more new music from "NOW"

Mercury NashvilleIts sounds like Shania Twain is getting ready to release new music from her first studio album in 15 years.

“Who wants another song from #ShaniaNow?” the country/pop superstar shared on her socials Thursday morning, along with a ten-second video clip that marries an instrumental track with an animation that declares “Poor Me.”

The tune is listed as the fourth cut on Shania’s NOW album, which comes out September 29. So far, we’ve only heard the opening track, “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed,” which she performed on the Today show, and the project’s first single, “Life’s About to Get Good.”  

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Thursday
Jul202017

Kelsea Ballerini dodged horse poop, channeled "The Little Mermaid" for "Legends" video

Black River EntertainmentYou can go behind-the-scenes of Kelsea Ballerini’s new video for “Legends,” thanks to E! News.

E! tagged along as Kelsea shot the performance parts of her video in a field by the ocean in Carmel, California. Even though the view was breathtaking, it did have its pitfalls.

“There’s also horse poop everywhere and I’m barefoot, so pray for me,” Kelsea quipped.

Aside from her walking shots, a freezing Kelsea also borrowed some inspiration from a Disney heroine.

“It’s California in June. We thought it’d be hot, but we were very wrong,” Kelsea said as she shivered. “But we just shot over this way with the rock. I kinda felt like The Little Mermaid.”

“Legends” is the lead single from the “Peter Pan” hitmaker’s forthcoming sophomore album.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Did Usher settle lawsuit with ex-lover after infecting her with an STD?

ABC/Fred WatkinsUsher has found himself at the center of a scandal stemming from 2012.

According to legal documents obtained by Radar Online,  that year, the singer allegedly infected a woman with the herpes virus after failing to tell her that he had disease, and she subsequently sued him.

The woman reportedly claimed that she was concerned about the singer's sexual health at one point during their relationship, but Usher "continued to engage in unprotected sex" with her after convincing her that "an STD examination result was negative."  

But after waking up "feeling very sick," she went to her doctor, who allegedly diagnosed her with herpes.  

The woman then allegedly sued Usher, because California law dictates that "a person who knows or should know they are infected with genital herpes" must "avoid sexual contact with an uninfected person -- or warn potential partners before sexual contact occurs."  

Usher allegedly settled the case by paying the woman, $1.1 million.  

On Wednesday, Usher began to trend on social media once news of the 2012 scandal broke on Radar Online and he's yet to respond.  

However, Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster took to Instagram to let everyone know that the alleged lawsuit has "NOTHING" to do with her and that she's apparently healthy as can be. 

"I have been divorced 8 years... Some issues are not my business..." she wrote. "...ex husbands, ex friends, b****-maids, snakes, hoes, characters, etc. Not my circus, not my clowns...I'm good and my health (Everywhere is great), well my right knee hurts and I need reading classes but otherwise I'm awesome and enjoying the sun."  

Usher and Tameka divorced in 2009. They share two sons: Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond.  

Usher married Grace Miguel in 2015.  

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Thursday
Jul202017

Watch video for emotional new Roger Waters song, "Wait for Her"

Credit: Kate IzorRoger Waters has debuted an official video for "Wait for Her," a melancholy new song from his recently released solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want? The clip, which was directed by the ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist and his frequent collaborator Sean Evans, premiered at RollingStone.com and also was posted on Roger's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The video features footage of Waters and his touring band performing in a studio, interspersed with scenes of a woman in a dressing room preparing for some kind of performance. That woman, Azzura, is the same actress/dancer featured in the recent clip for Roger's new tune "The Last Refugee." In the "Wait for Her" video, Azzura is shown sitting at a theatrical mirror as she applies makeup and nail polish. She also places two crumpled photos of a young girl, apparently her daughter, on the mirror and gazes sadly at them.

As the clip continues, a large scar is visible on the woman's neck, and she begins to cry. After changing into a new outfit, she leaves the dressing room and apparently heads toward a stage as the video ends.

Lyrically, "Wait for Her" was inspired by a poem by late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Evans tells Rolling Stone, "When Roger wrote this song, his adaptation of the poem took on a sensual yet melancholy tone, and the video needed to represent that. It needed to show femininity and sexuality but also needed to have an air of loss and pain."

As for the woman's scar, Evans explains that "it is a symbol of the physical torment refugees endure."

He also notes the "Wait for Her" and "The Last Refugee" videos are companion pieces, adding that he and Waters have plans for further themed clips.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Music therapy program in honor of Chris Cornell established on late musician's birthday

ABC/Randy HolmesThe late Chris Cornell's charitable organization, the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, has partnered with Seattle nonprofit Childhaven to establish a new music therapy program in memory of the Soundgarden frontman for trauma-affected children. The announcement arrived Thursday, on what would've been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Vicky Cornell, Chris' widow and co-founder of the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, says, "The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is excited to join Childhaven to support its extraordinary work impacting the lives of those in need." 

Vicky continues: "Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music. And through Childhaven's establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world's most vulnerable children."

Chris Cornell died May 18, officially by suicide.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Taylor Swift scores pre-trial victory in dispute with Denver radio host

ABC/Fred LeeGood news for Taylor Swift in her legal battle with the Denver radio host who's suing her, claiming she caused him to lose his job after she accused him of groping her backstage at a concert.

A federal judge has agreed to a request from Taylor's legal team to sanction the host, David Mueller, for destroying a number of electronic devices that contained key evidence in the case, according to the Denver Post.

The key evidence was a secretly-recorded two-hour audio file of Mueller's conversation with his boss on June 3, 2013, the day before he was fired.   Mueller saved that recording, or parts of it, on a cell phone, laptop, iPad and office computer, all of which he later threw away or destroyed.

U.S District Judge William Martinez ruled Wednesday that because Mueller is seeking up to $3 million in damages from Taylor, "It is very hard to understand how he spent so little time and effort to preserve the very evidence which -- one might think -- could have helped him to prove his claims."

However, Martinez also ruled that Mueller didn't "intentionally" destroy the evidence, and so didn't impose the harshest sanctions possible.  Still, the ruling allows Taylor's lawyers to question Mueller in court about the recording and its subsequent destruction.  The jury can then decide Mueller's motivation for themselves.

"In this case, where the Plaintiff's credibility is critical to his claims, allowing cross-examination regarding his [destruction] of evidence....is therefore quite a heavy sanction," wrote the judge.

Mueller sued Taylor in 2015, saying she "falsely" accused him of groping her before a June 2013 concert in Denver.  She counter-sued in 2015, saying he waited too long to file suit, and insisted that Mueller did, indeed, lift her skirt and grope her.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Celine Dion works it, models couture looks for "Vogue" at the Ritz in Paris

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It seems Celine Dion has morphed from a Las Vegas superstar into a cutting-edge fashion icon in the past year.  In her latest fashion re-imagining, the diva stars in a video for Vogue.com in which she models the latest couture looks from this month's Paris fashion shows.

Vogue says the video is "possibly the first time that haute couture has been shot exclusively for digital."  Filmed mostly at the legendary Ritz hotel in Paris, the video shows Celine modeling a number of outrageous dresses and headpieces, including one black and white number with a bizarre leather bustier that makes her look like she just stepped out of a Lady Gaga video.

Designers featured include Dior, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Chanel, Rodarte and John Galliano for Maison Martin Marigela.

Vogue praises Celine for her "kooky accessories, her outrageous throwback style, and her playful beauty moments," some of which you can see in the video.  In one scene, she holds up a Styrofoam head -- the kind used to hold hats and wigs -- and takes a bite out of it.

The magazine also notes Celine's "unwavering positive spirit that has the whole world enthralled right now."  The diva tells Vogue, “My energy feels younger, more dynamic, excited.  Everything now feels like it is a first.”

You can watch the video now at Vogue.com.  Individual details of each outfit can be seen on Instagram.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Nine Inch Nails covers David Bowie during first show in three years

Ke.Mazur/WireImageNine Inch Nails played their first show in three years Wednesday night in Bakersfield, California. During the show, Trent Reznor and company honored David Bowie with a cover of "I Can Give Everything Away," the closing track on the late rock icon's final album, Blackstar. You can watch fan-recorded footage of the performance now on YouTube.

Bowie and Nine Inch Nails have long history -- they toured together in the mid-'90s, and Reznor stars in the video for Bowie's 1997 single "I'm Afraid of Americans." In an essay published weeks after Bowie's death, Reznor credited the legendary musician for helping him get sober.

Also during the Bakersfield show, Nine Inch Nails played songs from their forthcoming EP Add Violence, including the single "Less Than." Add Violence will be released Friday.

This weekend, Nine Inch Nails will headline the FYF Fest in Los Angeles. They'll also be playing this year's Panorama, Riot Fest and Aftershock festivals.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Highway to Valhalla! Judas Priest releases new videogame app featuring classic songs

Sony Music EntertainmentJudas Priest fans, rejoice! The metal gods just released a new video game app called Road to Valhalla that takes you on a wild animated adventure through fantastical landscapes as you battle enemies, while trying to assemble snippets of some of the band's classic tunes to create complete songs.

The mobile game is available now for $1.99 at the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. The game's soundtrack features the popular Priest tunes "Breaking the Law," "Turbo Lover," "Electric Eye," "Painkiller," and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," as well as "Road to Valhalla," which appeared on the band's latest studio effort, 2014's Redeemer of Souls.

The band also has made isolated song stems from tunes from their 2016 live album Battle Cry available exclusively to players for use in constructing full tracks as part of the game.

"When we set out to make this game, we wanted to give fans a new kind of visual listening experience," says Priest frontman Rob Halford. "For the first time, we are making individual stems of our songs available to fans to give them a new and interactive way to engage with some of the best songs from our catalog."

As part of the game, players guide one of three souped-up motorcycles or Judas Priest's tour bus through numerous peril-filled scenarios. Halford appears in several video clips he recorded for the game.

"Metal maniacs are you ready to join Judas Priest on the Road to Valhalla?" Judas Priest declares in a joint statement. "Let the molten metal mayhem begin with the thrill of the ride! Can you claim victory on this perilous journey that leads you into Valhalla?"

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Thursday
Jul202017

New David Bowie vinyl picture disc featuring two versions of "Heroes" due out in September

Parlophone RecordsThe latest installment of David Bowie's series of limited-edition 40th anniversary vinyl picture discs will feature two versions of one of the late rock legend's most enduring anthems, "Heroes."

The seven-inch disc, which will be issued on September 22, will feature a 2017 remastered version of the original single version of "Heroes" on its A side.  The flip side is a previously unreleased recording of Bowie performing the tune in 1977, on late T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan's U.K. TV show Marc.

The photo featured on the A side is a picture of Bowie taken in Japan 1977 by photographer Sukita; the flip side has a still pic of David from his appearance on the Marc show.

"Heroes" was co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, and was released as a single in the U.K. on September 23, 1977. The song also appears on David's album of the same name, which was issued in October of '77.

Among the many artists who have covered "Heroes" over the years are Prince, Peter Gabriel, Blondie, Oasis, Depeche Mode and The Wallflowers.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Justin Timberlake gives 'N SYNC band mate daddy tips: "Wrap things in plastic, be ready for anything" 

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTVWhile 'N SYNC may not be a going concern anymore, all five members of the group are still good friends and talk -- or text -- often. In fact, one member who's about to become a dad says band mate Justin Timberlake has been giving him valuable advice.

Chris Kirkpatrick is expecting his first child with his wife, Karly, and tells US Weekly magazine that Lance Bass recently sent him some baby gifts, including a high chair. As for Justin, who has a two-year-old son named Silas, Chris says he's given him advice that's been very general and advice that's been very specific.

"Justin told me a million times, 'Your life is going to change,'" Chris tells the magazine.  But he says Justin also shared this warning: "Now, whenever you are changing a diaper and things like that, there is a weapon that is out there and it's going to go. Wrap things in plastic, be ready for anything.'"

Chris adds, "He's loving it because he's telling me all this crazy stuff and he's like, 'Just trust me on this one.'"

So, does that mean that Justin's personally experienced being in the "firing line," so to speak, while changing Silas?  Chris says with a laughs, "I can't say for sure but I can say probably. I can say it's a great possibility."

Chris also reveals that he, Justin, Lance, Joey Fatone and JC Chasez are all on a group text and are constantly communicating with each other.  The group went on permanent hiatus in 2002, but they reunited to perform on the 2013 MTV VMAs.  And about a year ago, they also reunited for JC's birthday.

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Thursday
Jul202017

Kelsea Ballerini's main squeeze Morgan Evans wants to "Kiss Somebody"

Warner Nashville/Robby KleinSo far, we’ve gotten to know Australian Morgan Evans mainly as Kelsea Ballerini’s fiancé, and through his mega-mashup covers of established hitmakers. But Friday, we’ll get our first taste of his own music, as Morgan releases his first single for Warner Nashville, titled “Kiss Somebody.”

On his socials, Morgan teases a special “prelude” video that’s coming as well. Inspired by the song’s lyric “sometimes you’ve got to kiss somebody in the back of a cab,” the new clip finds Morgan performing the tune in a vintage taxi, as he rides around Music City on a hot summer night.

As for the person Morgan happens to be kissing in real life, Kelsea has teased that the two definitely plan to make their union official before 2017 comes to a close.

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Thursday
Jul202017

The joy of Pepsi: Salt-N-Pepa and Busta Rhymes headlining soda brand's Throwback tour 

Busta Rhymes; ABC/Nicole WilderPepsi's limited-edition clear Crystal Pepsi soda is making a surprising return to stores this August...along with some well-known artists who are teaming up for a tour to feed your need for '90s nostalgia.

The beverage brand is hosting a Crystal Pepsi Throwback Tour featuring Salt-N-Pepa and Busta Rhymes, which will perform three free concerts in the U.S. during baseball season. Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath is also part of the tour.

The Throwback Tour kicks off in New York on August 1 with Busta in New York City at Billy's Sports Bar, followed by McGrath at Chase Field in Phoenix on August 11. 

Salt-N-Pepa will bat clean-up at Marlins Park in Miami on August 13. The iconic hip-hop trio will also throw out the first pitch of the baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Colorado Rockies that day.  

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