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Monday
Aug222016

Couple Buys What They Believe Is Autographed Michael Jackson Tape for 25 Cents at Thrift Shop

Kevin Mazur/WireImageA North Carolina couple bought what they believe is an autographed Michael Jackson Bad cassette tape for 25 cents at a local thrift shop.

Amber and Michael Hernon, of Concord, were stunned when they spotted what they think is the singer’s signature inside the cover.

"At first when I opened it, I couldn't say anything. Just went blank,” Amber told ABC News of their discovery at Heavenly Treasures, a consignment shop they frequent. “Then I told Michael it was signed, and gauging my reaction, he knew I was serious.”

They first noticed the autograph after opening up the cassette’s cover to show pictures of Jackson’s dance moves to Amber’s 10-year-old son, who is a huge fan.

Although the signature looks identical to the King of Pop’s based on what they’ve seen on the Internet, the couple doesn’t “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’," so they’d get it authenticated if they ever plan to sell -- which isn't likely.

"If we were going to sell it, we would get the proof that it's real," Amber explained. "We have no intentions of selling it. We just think it's a great story for our children and future grandchildren."

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Sunday
Aug212016

Former 3 Doors Down Guitarist Matt Roberts Dead at 38 

Rob Kim/FilmMagicMatt Roberts, the guitarist who co-founded 3 Doors Down before departing the group in 2012, has died.  He was 38.

According to a Facebook post from the police department in West Bend, Wisconsin, Roberts' body was discovered in the hallway of a Hampton Inn on Saturday morning.  Emergency responders were unable to revive him.  The cause of death is unknown, though an autopsy is scheduled for today, Sunday.  There were no signs of trauma on the body.  Roberts' father told TMZ that prescription drugs were involved in his son's passing.

Roberts had been in West Bend to perform at a benefit concert, according to police.

Rolling Stone reports that Roberts left 3 Doors Down in May of 2012 amicably, telling fans that the band's heavy touring schedule had exacerbated his health problems.  Roberts had formed the group with singer Brad Arnold and bass player Todd Harrell in 1996 and contributed to hits like "Kryptonite," "Here Without You" and "When I'm Gone." 

The band's final album with its original lineup was 2011's Time of My Life; following Roberts' departure, the band went on to fire Harrell after he was charged with vehicular manslaughter in 2013.  In March of this year, they released Us and the Night, their first album with their new lineup.

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Sunday
Aug212016

"Pure & Simple" or Pure & Complicated?: Dolly Parton Offers Fans Multiple Versions of Album #43

Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleDolly Parton’s publicist recently joked that even though the icon’s latest album is called Pure & Simple, it’s actually anything but that! While the title refers both to a new song and to the collection’s sparse arrangements, when it comes to the ways you can take it home, there are actually quite a few. Dolly’s 43rd effort is available in three different versions in the U.S., with at least one more option internationally.

In addition to the standard single-disc of Pure & Simple, both Walmart and Cracker Barrel can boast exclusive editions with songs not available anywhere else.

For Walmart, Dolly added the tunes “Mama” and “Lovin’ You,” as well as a second disc titled Dolly’s Biggest Hits, which includes her take on the Beatles’ “Help!” as well as the gospel classic “How Great Thou Art.”

On the Cracker Barrel exclusive, you can hear Dolly sing her hits “Jolene” and “9 to 5” live, from her triumphant 2014 gig at the Glastonbury Festival. International editions add even more tunes from the memorable set.

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Sunday
Aug212016

John Legend, Janet Jackson & More Featured on Soundtrack to Film About the Obamas

Columbia RecordsThe soundtrack for the movie Southside with You, -- the film about the young Barack and Michelle Obama -- will be released on August 26.  

The digital-only soundtrack features R&B, hip-hop and soul music from artists such as Janet JacksonSlick RickTeddy Pendergrass and Martha Reeves and the VandellasJohn Legend also created the album's original song, "Start," for the film. 

"In 'Start' John Legend wrote and recorded an incredibly soulful love theme for the film," said the soundtrack's music supervisor and president of IM Global Music, David Schulhof. "The Southside album includes a lot of memorable music and was a fun project for us to produce," he added. 

Southside with You tells the tale of the day when Barack Obama met then MichelleRobinson in Chicago in 1989.  

Here is the Music from the Motion Picture: Southside with You track list: 

“Start” -- John Legend
“Miss You Much” -- Janet Jackson
“A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)” -- Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
“Hey Young World” -- Slick Rick
“Keep On Movin’” -- Soul II Soul
“Nite and Day” -- Al B. Sure!
“Moanin’ And Groanin’” -- Bill Withers
“Close the Door” -- Teddy Pendergrass
“I Gave to You” -- The Delfonics 

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Sunday
Aug212016

Iggy Pop Book "Total Chaos" Due in November

ABC/Randy HolmesA new book about Iggy Pop and his proto-punk band The Stooges will arrive just in time for Thanksgiving. Titled Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges/As Told by Iggy Pop, the book will be released on November 15.

Total Chaos is a compilation of conversations writers Jeff Gold and Johan Kugelberg had with Pop at his Miami home. In these interviews, Pop tells the history of The Stooges in his own words, from the Detroit band's formation in the late '60s to their struggles with substance abuse and music business realities to their reformation almost three decades later.

Total Chaos will be published by ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White's Third Man Books. The book includes commentary by White, Josh Homme and Joan Jett, among others, plus never-before-seen photos.

Earlier this year, Pop released a new album called Post Pop Depression.

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Sunday
Aug212016

50th Anniversary of Classic Otis Redding Album "Dictionary of Soul" Due in October

RhinoOctober will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Otis Redding's influential studio album Complete and Unbelievable...The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul, which featured the late soul icon's enduring tune "Try a Little Tenderness." To mark the milestone, deluxe multi-disc editions of the album will be released on CD and vinyl on October 7.

The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul hit stores on October 16, 1966, and peaked at #5 on Billboard's R&B chart. In addition to "Try a Little Tenderness," which reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, the album included the #29 single "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)" and a cover of The Beatles' "Day Tripper." The two-CD edition of the 50th anniversary release features mono and stereo versions of the original album and eight bonus tracks, including an extended live rendition of "Try a Little Tenderness" and an early studio take of the tune.

The vinyl edition of Dictionary of Soul contains mono and stereo versions of the album on separate LPs, plus a bonus seven-inch disc replicating the original "Try a Little Tenderness" single backed with "I'm Sick Y'All."

Redding recorded Dictionary of Soul backing from Booker T. & the MG's, Isaac Hayes on piano and The Memphis Horns. It was Otis' final solo studio album before his tragic death in a plane crash at age 26 in December 1967.

Complete and Unbelievable...The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul (50th Anniversary Edition) also will be available as a digital download.

Here 's the full track list of the two-CD version of the release:

Disc One: Original Album in Mono
"Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)"
"I'm Sick Y'all"
"Tennessee Waltz"
"Sweet Lorene"
"Try a Little Tenderness"
"Day Tripper"
"My Lover's Prayer"
"She Put the Hurt on Me"
"Ton of Joy"
"You're Still My Baby"
"Hawg for You"
"Love Have Mercy"

Bonus Tracks
"Don't Mess with Cupid" (Mono)
"Trick or Treat" (Mono)
"Loving by the Pound" (Mono)
"You Left the Water Running" (Mono)
"Try a Little Tenderness" (Take 1, Stereo)

Disc Two: Original Album in Stereo
"Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)"
"I'm Sick Y'all"
"Tennessee Waltz"
"Sweet Lorene"
"Try a Little Tenderness"
"Day Tripper"
"My Lover's Prayer"
"She Put the Hurt on Me"
"Ton of Joy"
"You're Still My Baby"
"Hawg for You"
"Love Have Mercy"

Bonus Tracks
"Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)" (Stereo)
"Day Tripper" (Stereo)
"Try a Little Tenderness" (Stereo)

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Sunday
Aug212016

HELLYEAH Incites a Mosh Pit in "Startariot" Lyric Video 

Courtesy of Eleven Seven MusicHELLYEAH has premiered the lyric video for their song "Startariot." The visual flashes lines like "Psycho or psychotic/let's start a riot" over concert footage and images of moshing fans. You can watch the "Startariot" lyric video now on YouTube.

"Startariot" appears on HELLYEAH's new album Unden!able, which also features the band's cover of the Phil Collins song "I Don't Care Anymore."

HELLYEAH will be touring the U.S. in support of Unden!able this fall.

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Sunday
Aug212016

MUTEMATH Thanks Twenty One Pilots for Emotional Roadshow Opening Slot 

ABC/Randy HolmesThroughout their recently concluded Emotional Roadshow tour, Twenty One Pilots were supported by MUTEMATH. Now that the tour's over, MUTEMATH frontman Paul Meany has shared an open letter, thanking the "Stressed Out" duo for the experience.

"This was by far the most meaningful tour we've ever been offered, and a chance to play for arguably the most passionate fans in music today," writes Meany. "Not to mention this was already going to be the greatest show on earth with [Twenty One Pilots] alone taking their headline show to the biggest crowds they had played for to-date. What an epic moment for our band to get to feel like some sort of cast member in all of this."

As excited as Meany was to hit the road with Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, he says that the tour itself "exceeded all expectations."

"The [Twenty One Pilots] crew was one of the most finely tuned operations I have ever witnessed with an unbelievable task list to pull off for this unprecedented show from night to night," Meany writes. "They executed it with precision and pride knowing they were just as vital to the show's success as Tyler and Josh. The audiences were as exuberant and responsive as any opener can hope for. I can't overstate how much this experience meant to me."

You can read Meany's entire letter on MUTEMATH's Tumblr.

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Sunday
Aug212016

Is Adele Making Los Angeles Her “Home Base”? 

Simon EmmettMaybe Adele is getting used to the idea of living in Los Angeles. Us Weekly reports the singer, who once said she hates being away from her home country of England, is rumored to be making Beverly Hills “her new home base.”

A source says Adele’s been busy settling into her new $9.5 mansion with her three-year-old son, Angelo, and her partner, Simon Konecki -- between tour stops, of course. She’s apparently been spotted playing in her yard with Angelo and taking him out for walks around the community.

“She’s always incognito in a hat and glasses,” a neighbor says. “But she’s very friendly.”

After cancelling her show in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday due to a bad cold, Adele resumed her tour this weekend in Los Angeles. But after that, she won’t be spending much time in her new ‘hood.  Instead, she’ll be criss-crossing the country for a series of sold-out shows through November.

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Saturday
Aug202016

Phil Collins Says He "Came Very Close to Dying" Due to Drinking Problem

Gustavo Caballero/Getty ImagesAfter several years of retirement, Phil Collins is slowly making his way back into the spotlight -- he'll perform later this month at the kickoff of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, for example.  But the former Genesis frontman will be shining a light on his personal life this October, when he releases his autobiography.

Phil tells The New York Times that the book, titled Not Dead Yet, will detail his three failed marriages, as well as the drinking problem he developed after he split with his third wife and retired. "I was left with this huge void. I didn't want to work because I wanted to be with the kids, but the kids weren’t there anymore," Phil tells the Times.

"You start drinking, and then you start drinking too much. Then it physically hurts you," he adds. "I came very close to dying at that point. I’m being honest about that."

Phil's also honest about the physical ailments that have kept him from making music the past few years. His right foot is numb as a result of back surgery, and his left hand is affected by nerve problems that keep him from playing the drums. However, he's determined to make new music.

"I've got a little studio...and at some point, I will turn it on and start fooling around," he tells The Times. "That day is getting closer. I think about it a lot -- I've got a lot of lyrical ideas, but I keep putting it off."

In his absence, Phil's solo work has been reissued, and is now being critically re-evaluated.  Formerly a "whipping boy for the '80s," as he puts it, the singer says it's "fantastic" that after the reissues came out, "people were able to say, 'I re-looked at this, and it's better than I thought.'”

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Saturday
Aug202016

A Day to Remember Shares Punky New Track, "Naivety" 

Credit: James HartleyA Day to Remember has premiered a new song called "Naivety." While the band is known for combining elements of metalcore and pop-punk into their sound, "Naivety" leans much more heavily on the latter than the former. You can listen to "Naivety" now on YouTube.

"Naivety" will appear on A Day to Remember's forthcoming album, Bad Vibrations, which features the single "Paranoia." Bad Vibrations will be released September 2.

A Day to Remember is currently on tour with Blink-182, and will be for the rest of the summer and into the fall.

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Saturday
Aug202016

Carrie Underwood Gets Ready to Take Her "Dirty Laundry" on the Road

Arista NashvilleJust as Carrie Underwood is packing for the second leg of her Storyteller tour, she’s also doing a little “Dirty Laundry” too. You should start hearing the American Idol winner’s new single on Monday, a little more than a week before she launches her latest run of shows on August 31 in Anchorage, Alaska.

“I love the relaxed groove of the song combined with the vengeful storyline,” she says of her fourth single from her Storyteller album. “That combination of strong, empowering lyrics set against the cool, laid-back sound puts a new spin on the subject matter that feels really fresh …”

Billboard recently ranked Carrie’s tour as the most successful country outing of the year so far. In December, she joins Keith Urban’s Ripcord World Tour on its dates in New Zealand and Australia.

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Saturday
Aug202016

Beyoncé, Drake, The Weeknd and More to Star on "MTV Firsts" Saturday

MTVWho wants their MTV? The television network is set to air its MTV Firsts special broadcast on Saturday. The show will present the first times this year's MTV Video Music Awards nominees, which include BeyoncéDrake and The Weeknd, appeared on the network.  

Fans will take a trip down memory lane viewing Drake's first-ever VMA performance, and Beyoncé withDestiny's Child on TRL in 1999. The show will also include commentary from artists including French Montana and Jermaine Dupri.

MTV Firsts will air on MTV August 20 at 4:50 p.m. ET.

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET. 

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Saturday
Aug202016

Ariana Grande and Calvin Harris Headline "Billboard"’s Hot 100 Music Festival This Weekend

Courtesy of BillboardBillboard’s second annual Hot 100 Music Festival kicks off today at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York. This year’s two-day event will include headlining performances by Ariana Grande and Calvin Harris.

Ariana will take the Hot 100 stage tonight, along with Rachel Platten, Fetty Wap, Nathan Sykes and Martin Garrix. On Sunday, Calvin and Desiigner will both help close out the event.

Last minute tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.

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Saturday
Aug202016

Sammy Hagar on His Ex-Van Halen Band Mates: "I Just Want to Be Friends"

Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey NetworkSammy Hagar discusses the status of his notoriously contentious relationship with former Van Halen band mate Eddie Van Halen on the next episode of the OWN series Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET./9 p.m. CT.

The Red Rocker, who parted ways with Van Halen after a volatile 2004 reunion trek, says he's no longer is holding on to bad feelings about his time the famous hard-rock group and now "just want(s) to be friends."

"The whole Van Halen issue, I've really put that behind me and I'm proud of what we did," Hagar says in a preview clip of the show. "I've decided, forgive and forget. I ain't looking for nothing from nobody."

He also maintains that he isn't interested in getting back in the band. "That's work. No, no, no, I don't want to do that," he declares. "I just want to be friends. I want to say I'm sorry of anything I said bad about you."

Hagar kicks off a run of late-summer dates with his current group The Circle on Wednesday, August 24, in Tulalip, Washington. The band features Sammy's good friend and founding Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, one-time Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson of Hagar's longtime backing group The Wabos. Hagar also will be playing with The Circle at the 2016 edition of his annual birthday bash, scheduled for October 7, 9, 11 and 13 at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Here are all of Hagar's upcoming shows with The Circle:

8/24 -- Tulalip, WA, Tulalip Amphitheatre
8/26 -- Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe's Outdoor Arena at Harvey's
8/27 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino
9/2 -- Chicago, IL, The Loop Luau - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion
9/4 -- Norfolk, NE, Affiliated Foods Midwest Music Festival
9/5 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/9 -- Quapaw, OK, Downstream Casino Resort
9/10 -- Wayzata, MN, Wayzata Beach Bash
10/7 -- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Cabo Wabo Cantina - Birthday Bash! Night 1
10/9 -- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Cabo Wabo Cantina - Birthday Bash! Night 2
10/11 -- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Cabo Wabo Cantina - Birthday Bash! Night 3
10/13 -- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Cabo Wabo Cantina - Birthday Bash! Night 4

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Friday
Aug192016

"Love Jones the Musical" Set for National Fall Tour

Courtesy of "Love Jones The Musical"A stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed 1997 film Love Jones has officially been announced and will include a national tour with an all star R&B cast to back it up.

The show, called Love Jones the Musical, will kick off in Oklahoma City on September 9 and boats a lineup that includes, Chrisette MichelleMusiq SoulchildMarsha AmbrosiusMC LyteRaheem Devaughn and David Hollister.

Love Jones the Musical, which will in part celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular romantic comedy, is said to take on the essence of the film through music by fusing chart-topping hits and fan-favorite songs from music artists, along with a few original tracks.

Veteran theater producer Melvin Childs will produce while Zadia Ife is set to direct. Theodore Witcher, who was the original writer and director of Love Jones, will serve as a consulting producer.

The full fall/winter tour dates are available on the Love Jones the Musical website.  

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Friday
Aug192016

Robert Plant to Perform at Ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's 80th Birthday Bash

Ed Miles/Nonesuch Records; Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesLed Zeppelin's Robert Plant has joined the star-studded lineup of musicians who will help former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman celebrate his 80th birthday at a special concert this fall in London. "Bill Wyman's 80th Birthday Gala" will take place October 28 at the Indigo at the O2 venue as part of the 2016 edition of the U.K.'s annual BluesFest London.

Wyman and his longtime group The Rhythm Kings will headline the show, which also will feature Mark Knopfler, Simply Red frotnman Mick Hucknall, Bob Geldof, and Imelda May, as well as many yet-to-be-announced guests. The concert will include performances of songs that have influenced Wyman throughout his life.

Bill, who was a member of The Rolling Stones from 1962 to 1993, will celebrate his actual 80th birthday on October 24.

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Friday
Aug192016

Lars Ulrich Explains How "Kill 'Em All" Influenced New Metallica Album, "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct"

Blackened RecordingsThis week, Metallica offered the first taste of its forthcoming album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct in the form of a thrashy, three-minute song called "Hardwired." By Metallica's standards, the track is relatively simple -- a characteristic that drummer Lars Ulrich says extends to the rest of the album.

"Most of the songs are simpler," Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "We introduce a mood and we stick to it, rather than songs we've done where one riff happens and we go over here and then over there and becomes a journey through all these different soundscapes. The songs are more linear."

That direction was in part inspired by Metallica's 1983 album Kill 'Em All, which the band revisited when they performed it in full during the 2013 Orion festival, and again when they reissued the album this year.

"[Kill 'Em All] had its own thing with the speed, but it's simpler -- the songs are longer but not quite as progressive," says Ulrich. "It's a world all its own. And I think there are some elements of that that rubbed off into [Hardwired...to Self-Destruct]. I'd say there's a trace of residue from rediscovering Kill 'Em All that crept into the songwriting."

Hardwired...to Self-Destruct will be released November 18.

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Friday
Aug192016

Report: A Prince Museum Is Coming to Paisley Park

BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesWord has it a museum in honor of Prince will be opening at the late music legend's Paisley Park estate.

Hip Hollywood reports that the entertainment company behind the Graceland estate of the late Elvis Presley, CORE Media Group, is reportedly developing the Paisley Park Museum with administrators of Prince's estate, which is located outside of Minneapolis.  

However, Hip Hollywood adds that Prince's family wasn't consulted when the four-year deal was struck, nor supports it. 

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Friday
Aug192016

El Caminos & "Vinyl": William Michael Morgan's Retro Reveal

Warner Music Nashville“You don’t know how long I’ve waited to share this with ya’ll!” newcomer William Michael Morgan shared on Facebook, revealing the cover of his debut album. “I wanted to share it with you, my fans, first,” the 23-year-old added, posting the photo of him leaning against a classic El Camino.

As his first single, “I Met a Girl,” continues its travels in the top 15, the Mississippi native is busy finalizing the track list for Vinyl, which comes out September 30. He confirms it will also be available as a 33-and-a-third RPM record.

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