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Dec042015

Cocaine Found on Scott Weiland's Tour Bus

Credit: Jamie WeilandCocaine was found in the bedroom of the tour bus where Scott Weiland body was found, according to a report from the Bloomington Police Department in Minnesota. Weiland was found dead on the bus Thursday evening.

"Detectives collected several items of evidence from inside the tour bus, to include a small quantity of suspected controlled substance that field tested positive as cocaine, in the bedroom where Mr. Weiland was located," reads the report. "Detectives recovered an additional small quantity of suspected controlled substance that field tested positive as cocaine, in the area of the tour bus known to be occupied by Thomas Delton Black, a traveling member of Weiland's party."

Black is a member of Weiland's band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. The report says that Black has been arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

As for an official cause of death, the report says that there's "no information at this time."

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Friday
Dec042015

Report: Eagles of Death Metal to Play with U2 in Paris This Weekend

Credit: Chapman BaehlerEagles of Death Metal is reportedly returning to Paris. According to Billboard, the band will play the French city this weekend for the first time since their show at the Bataclan concert hall was attacked by terrorists November 13. A source tells the magazine that EODM will perform with U2 during the last song of their show at Paris' AccorHotels Arena this Sunday, December 6.

Billboard reports that Josh Homme, who rarely tours with the band, will be playing with EODM on Sunday. In addition, the source says that the band will resume touring Europe in February.

Eagles of Death Metal were playing the Bataclan on the night of November 13 when terrorists attacked the venue. Eighty-nine people were killed, including crew member Nick Alexander, who sold merch. The band was able to escape uninjured.

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Friday
Dec042015

Stone Temple Pilots Issue Statement on Scott Weiland

Credit: Chapman BaehlerThe remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots have issued a joint statement on the passing of former frontman Scott Weiland, who died Thursday at the age of 48. Guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz shared the post on their Facebook.

"Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us," the statement reads. "Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories. The memories are many, and they run deep for us."

Weiland co-founded STP and remained with the band until the band broke up in 2002. The band reunited in 2008, but Weiland left in 2013. STP resumed with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, though he parted ways with the band last month.

"We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again," STP's statement continued. "It's what made you who you were. You were gifted beyond words, Scott. Part of that gift was part of your curse. With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go."

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Friday
Dec042015

Billy Corgan Writes Eulogy for Scott Weiland

Credit: Jamie WeilandThe Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has written a eulogy for Scott Weiland, who died Thursday night at the age of 48. The piece is posted on the Pumpkins' website.

"Having just woken to the news of this passing, I feel compelled to put pen to paper and pay my respects to Scott," writes Corgan. "And in that I will not pretend to know more than I know, or add some sad homily to how he loved his life. At least in that, may I now say he is undoubtedly in the arms of grace and eternal love."

"May I also offer my humble condolences to his family, friends, and band mates; who have, and are, suffering this great loss," he continues. "For when anyone as vaunted leaves far too soon, we mourn all that might have been."

Corgan also writes about the "dumb parties" he and Weiland would often frequent. He also speaks about his evolution as a fan of Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots.

"Lastly, I'd like to share a thought which though clumsy, I hope would please Scott In Hominum," Corgan writes. "And that is if you asked me who I truly believed were the great voices of our generation, I'd say it were he, Layne [Staley], and Kurt [Cobain]."

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Friday
Dec042015

Erykah Badu Responds to Iggy Azalea on Twitter with Joke 

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Erykah Badu is not done poking fun at Iggy Azalea.

Earlier this week, Iggy resurfaced on Twitter to seemingly address Badu, who openly dissed her at the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Sunday night by declaring that Iggy's music is "definitely not rap" and even offered to get Iggy an Uber to attend the event, which is predominately dedicated  to R&B singers. 

"Hi guys i know its been a while. We are days from 2016, but i came online today and saw its still cool to try and discredit my 2014 accomplishments. LOL, f******* hell," Iggy tweeted.

After catching wind of Iggy's passive response, Badu took to her Twitter account early Friday morning to keep the joke alive. “…Well that’ll be the LAST time I send an uber for you! I can guaran DAMN tee you THAT.”

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Friday
Dec042015

Taylor Swift, Adele, Ed Sheeran Nominated for "NME" Awards

ABC/Fred Lee British publication NME has revealed the nominees for the 2016 NME Awards. Awards show favorites Taylor Swift, Adele and Ed Sheeran all scored nods.

Adele and Ed are both up for Best British Solo Artist, along with Charli XCX. Taylor, meanwhile, competes in the Best International Solo Artist category, along with Kanye West, Lana Del Ray and her “Bad Blood” collaborator, Kendrick Lamar.

Both Adele and Taylor are also up for the Hero of the Year award, and “the return of Adele” is nominated in the Music Moment of the Year category, as well as “One Direction’s ‘split.’”

As for the cheeky Worst Band category, One Direction is competing with 5 Seconds of Summer, Little Mix, U2 and Nickelback for that dishonor. Last year, 5 Seconds of Summer won the title -- and wore it with pride.

The 2016 NME Awards will be held February 17 in London. Visit NME.com for the full list of nominees.

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Friday
Dec042015

Selena Gomez Says She’s Still “Uncomfortable” Talking About Lupus Battle

Renata RakshaSelena Gomez has already spoken publicly this year about her struggle with lupus, but it still isn’t easy for her to do so. She tells Billboard she’s “uncomfortable” receiving attention for it.

"It has been overwhelming and the response has been very supportive, which is nice -- but it still makes me a little uncomfortable,” she says. “I waited for the right time to talk about it because I am in a great place and I'm very healthy. I'm not trying to be loud about it: It was time to use my platform to help."

The singer revealed her battle with the autoimmune disease to Billboard two months ago, saying she had undergo chemotherapy to treat it. She came out of that period stronger than ever, and released her most adult album to date -- Revival -- which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in October.

"Strength represents a vulnerability. This was the first time I was able to really trust myself and go with my gut,” she says of the album.

But staying true to yourself can also open you to criticism. Selena faced some backlash for her album cover, where she appears topless but strategically covered.  "One of my favorite album covers is Miguel's Wildheart,” she says. “He's shirtless, he's got a woman on him, and it's so beautiful. But that's looked at as a piece of art, whereas people are questioning my album cover -- or my character."

Still, Selena says she ranks this year a solid eight out of 10. "A lot of ups and downs, but they helped shape who I am," she says.

Selena is set to receive the Chart Topper Award at Billboard’s Women in Music event next Friday. The ceremony will air on Lifetime December 18.

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Friday
Dec042015

Adele's "Hello" Tops "Billboard" Dance Chart

Alasdair McLellanIs there any chart Adele can’t conquer? A remixed version of the singer’s “Hello” is now a number one dance hit. It tops Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, marking the first time Adele has ever topped any Billboard dance chart.

The song is being played on dance radio thanks to several different remixes from DJs and producers like Dash Berlin, Paul Damixie and Pink Panda. “Hello” rose to the chart’s peak in just its fourth week, making it the fastest journey to the top since David Guetta’s “Without You,” featuring Usher, made it to number one in four weeks in 2011.

"Hello" also sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, and has topped Digital Songs, Pop Digital Songs, Streaming Songs, On-Demand Songs, and Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks, plus airplay charts like the Radio Songs chart, Adult Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs.

Adele’s album, 25, is predicted to sell more than one million copies in its second week. It closed out its first week with a record-breaking 3.48 million units sold.

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Friday
Dec042015

Watch Halestorm Perform "New Modern Love" Acoustically

Credit: Jake Giles NetterHalestorm is known for their big, hard rock hooks and frontwoman Lzzy Hale's powerhouse vocals, but they can strip things down, too. The band has released a live, acoustic version of their song "New Modern Love," which was recorded at the Atlantic Records studio in New York City.

"New Modern Love" is a track from Halestorm's latest album, Into the Wild Life. The first two singles from Into the Wild Life, "Apocalyptic" and "Amen," both reached number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

Halestorm is currently on tour through New Zealand and Australia in support of Into the Wild Life. The band will return to the U.S. briefly to perform on the 2016 Shiprocked concert cruise in January.

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Friday
Dec042015

Listen to Phoenix's Collaboration with Bill Murray, "Alone on Christmas Day"

Credit: Ali Goldstein/Netflix Phoenix has risen for a collaborative single with actor Bill Murray, called "Alone on Christmas Day." The track is a cover of a 1979 Beach Boys song that was never formally released.

"Alone on Christmas Day" is featured in Murray's new Christmas special, A Very Murray Christmas, which is streaming now on Netflix.

"How about you fellas play something that nobody knows?" Murray asks Phoenix before they launch into the song.

"Alone on Christmas Day" is now available for download and as a seven-inch single. All profits from the single will be donated to UNICEF.

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Friday
Dec042015

Usher Confirms He Secretly Wed Grace Miguel in Cuba

RCA RecordsAfter months of speculation, Usher has finally confirmed he's a married man.

The singer announced the news during an interview airing on Friday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, during which he revealed he married fiancée Grace Miguel in Cuba earlier this year.

When asked if they exchanged vows in the U.S. and then went to Cuba for their honeymoon, Usher replied, "No, we were in Cuba."

You might recall that pictures surfaced of the couple during their September vacation abroad, sparking rumors they'd married then.  Usher says, "You know what's funny? We put this picture up and we were actually just in Cuba on a cultural exchange and people were like, 'Hey, they got married.' But you know, the ring is on the other finger, you guys."

"But we had a great time. [Grace is a ] wonderful woman," Usher said.

The singer was previously married to ex-wife Tameka Raymond, with whom he shares two young sons.

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Friday
Dec042015

Miranda Lambert Says She's Focused on Music More than Ever

Tesh/CosmopolitanIn the wake of Miranda Lambert’s surprise split this year from Blake Shelton, it seems most of the attention lately has been focused on her personal life-- and not her music. But the six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year says she’s actually more focused on her craft than ever before -- especially when it comes to helping other women in the business.  

"I just love what I do so much,” she tells Cosmopolitan. “I love songwriting and the road and the family of country music. I love being a female in country music and lifting up other females of country. I'm more in it right now than I ever have been."

This fall, Miranda was true to her word with her all-female Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars tour, and she’s shown up more than once lately to support pal Ashley Monroe in concert. The two have even hinted there may be new music from Pistol Annies, their trio with Angaleena Presley, in the coming year.

Miranda’s Cosmopolitan cover story hits newsstands next Tuesday.

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Friday
Dec042015

Ringo Starr Tribute Concert Album Released Today; Starr Says Show "Was Very Moving for Me"

Communion RecordsRingo Starr: The Lifetime of Peace & Love Tribute Concert, an album featuring highlights from a star-studded January 2014 event honoring the former Beatles drummer, was released today.  The show included renditions of songs from Starr's solo career and his years with The Beatles performed by Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Ben Folds, Brendan Benson, Bettye LaVette and Ringo himself, among others.

The concert, which took place at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, was hosted by director David Lynch and raised money for the David Lynch Foundation, which supports Transcendental Meditation education programs for at-risk people around the world.

To promote the album, Starr and Lynch took part in a video interview with Rolling Stone that's been posted on the magazine's website.

In the 10-minute clip, Ringo says about the concert, "It was so beautiful for me, and I thank David for doing this, was that all these other artists were doing my songs, were doing covers of something I'd written or had been a co-writer on.  And when you see it as a whole show, I mean, it was very moving for me."

Starr also chats about some of his favorite performances from the show.  He praises LaVette's blues-infused rendition of "It Don't Come Easy," noting that she "took my song and turned it into something else, which was so incredible."  About his brother-in-law Walsh's version of "Back Off Boogaloo," Ringo says, "It was great.  Nobody plays better than Joe…you could be up a mountain and you'd hear a guitar, you'd know it was him."

Backing the various artists at the concert was an all-star house band that included Peter Frampton and Toto's Steve Lukather on guitars, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, acclaimed session drummer Kenny Aronoff and lauded producer Don Was on bass.

Starr tells Rolling Stone that the backing musicians brought "great playing" to the event.  He says that he thought Tench was "incredible," pointing out that he asked him, "'How do you know what to do?' and he says, 'Oh, I just watch the way you dance.'"

Starr also reveals that he still practices Transcendental Meditation, while praising Lynch as its "best promoter."

Ringo adds that late Transcendental Meditation founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi "had this great thing about how close we are together, all living things.  And everything living will support you as long as you're doing something for good.  And I love those principles."

Proceeds raised by sales by the concert album will go towards the Lynch Foundation.  You can purchase the album now at iTunes.

Meanwhile, an AXS TV special featuring footage from the show will be rebroadcast this afternoon at 4:50 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Dec042015

Velvet Revolver Issues Joint Statement on Scott Weiland 

Nigel Crane/RedfernsThe members of Velvet Revolver -- Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner -- have issued a joint statement on the passing of former frontman Scott Weiland, who died at age 48 on Thursday. The statement was posted on McKagan's Instagram.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and band mate, Scott Weiland," the statement reads. "We experienced a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt."

Weiland fronted Velvet Revolver on both of their albums: 2004's Contraband and 2007's Libertad. He left the band in 2008. The band reunited for a one-off show in 2012.

"Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy," Velvet Revolver's statement continues. "We all traveled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids...and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day. It's just so sad and brutal from any perspective."

"Rest In Peace Scott," the statement concludes.

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Friday
Dec042015

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to Head Out on "The River Tour" in January

Credit: Joel BernsteinIt looks like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be jumping back into The River, the Boss' classic 1980 double album, on a North American trek that will get underway next month.  Springsteen has just announced dates for The River Tour, which kicks off January 16 in Pittsburgh and is mapped out through a March 17 concert in Los Angeles.

The tour announcement today coincides with the release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, an expansive box set featuring recordings Bruce made during the 1979 and 1980 sessions for The River.

Each show on the tour will be recorded and mixed, and will be made available for purchase as a high-quality digital download and on CD via Bruce's Live.BruceSpringsteen.net website, released within days after they take place.  The trek will include two-night stands in New York City and L.A., and also will stop in pretty much every major U.S. city from coast to coast, as well as Toronto.

As previously reported, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection contains four CDs and either three DVDs or two Blu-ray discs, and includes a remastered edition of The River, an early 10-song single-disc version of the album, a variety of outtakes, a making-of documentary and a previously unreleased 1980 concert video.  The box set also features a 148-page hardcover coffee table book boasting rare and unseen photographs, a new foreword penned by acclaimed journalist Mikal Gilmore, comments Springsteen wrote about The River from the 1998 book Songs, and more.

Prior to launching the 2016 River Tour, Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform on the 2015 finale of Saturday Night Live, which will air December 19 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Here are all the dates for Springsteen and the E Street Band's The River Tour:

1/16 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
1/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
1/24 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/27 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/29 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center
1/31 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
2/2 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
2/4 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
2/8 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
2/10 -- Hartford, CT, XL Center
2/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
2/16 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
2/18 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
2/21 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
2/23 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
2/25 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
2/27 -- Rochester, NY, Blue Cross Arena
2/29 -- St Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
3/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
3/6 -- St Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
3/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
3/13 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
3/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
3/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

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Friday
Dec042015

Weezer Brings Cannoli to Conan During "Thank God for Girls" Performance

Credit: Sean MurphyWeezer played their new single "Thank God for Girls" on Conan Thursday night, with a little help. While Rivers Cuomo and company were performing the track, the same guy from the cannoli-filled lyric video sat behind the band and stuffed himself with the Italian pastry.

"Thank God for Girls" is one of two new, non-album singles from Weezer, the other one being "Do You Wanna Get High?"

Weezer's last album was 2014's Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

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Friday
Dec042015

Thom Yorke and Flea Reunite Atoms for Peace on French TV 

Credit: Steve Keros Thom Yorke and Flea staged a mini-Atoms for Peace reunion Thursday on the French TV show Le Grand Journal. The duo performed the song "Atoms for Peace," which originally appeared on the Radiohead frontman's debut solo album, The Eraser.

Atoms for Peace the band, which also included Yorke's frequent collaborator Neil Goodrich, released just one album: 2013's Amok.

Both Yorke and Flea are in France to perform at this weekend's Pathway to Paris concert to raise awareness of climate change. Earlier this week, Yorke DJed the People's March for Climate in London.

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Friday
Dec042015

Loretta Lynn Predicts Donald Trump Will Be President

Legacy RecordingsLoretta Lynn believes Donald Trump will come out on top in the race for the White House -- and it turns out the Coal Miner’s Daughter has more experience with the Oval Office than you might expect.

“I think Donald Trump is going to be our next president,” she tells Billboard, adding that she’s met the billionaire and she likes him. “I mean, Donald's Donald,” she laughs.

Though Loretta is perhaps best known politically for campaigning for George H.W. Bush in 1988, she has presidential allies across party lines, having delivered command performances for Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan as well.

She tells the magazine Carter was her favorite. “There's no backstage, and the place was packed,” she says of her 1977 White House visit. “But he sent me a note that said, ‘Sing 'One's on the Way' and 'They Don't Make 'Em Like Daddy Anymore' and 'Coal Miner's Daughter.' I thought, ‘Well, shoot, this is what he wants me to sing,’ so I sang them.”

One of her most recent trips to the White House was when President Barack Obama gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. “ I like Obama, and I like his wife. I liked Bill Clinton, too. Of course, I always felt like I knew Bill," she adds.

Next week, Billboard honors Loretta with its Legend award at its Women in Music event. The 83-year-old shows no signs of slowing down, with her new album, Full Circle, due March 4.

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Friday
Dec042015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Dolly Parton's first #1 song? ANSWER:"Joshua" in 1971.

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Friday
Dec042015

Dolly Parton to Perform, Mentor Semifinalists Next Week on "The Voice"

Webster PRIt's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this season's semifinalists on The Voice, as they get the chance to learn from an entertainment icon.  Dolly Parton will be on hand to mentor the contestants next week, and she'll also sing her 1971 classic, "Coat of Many Colors," on the live show.

Parton's performance on The Voice will air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET this Tuesday, just two days before Dolly's Coat of Many Colors TV movie premieres.  NBC will be broadcast the film Thursday, December 10, at 9 p.m. ET.

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