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Monday
May232016

Taylor Swift Predicted Success of Apple Ad: “This Is Gonna Go Viral” 

ABC/Fred LeeWay before Taylor Swift even filmed her first Apple ad, she knew it would go viral. Apple Music head of content Larry Jackson tells Billboard the singer even came up with the idea for the first ad herself -- which featured Drake and Future’s “Jumpman” and some slapstick from Taylor.

"She sent me a bulletin board of ideas that and one of them was her falling and tripping on a treadmill, and the parenthetical sentence that came afterword was, 'This is gonna go viral,'" Jackson says. "And she was right."

The spot has racked up more than 17 million YouTube views since it was released April 1. She’s released two more ads -- one featuring her getting ready for a night out to Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” and another with her dancing around her living room to The Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” All of the songs featured in her ads have received major sales bumps.  

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Monday
May232016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Terri Clark's most recent #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart came in 2004. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Girls Lie Too."

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Monday
May232016

Cage the Elephant Headed to NYC for Fleet Week

Credit: Ira ChernovaCage the Elephant will be honoring the troops this Memorial Day Weekend with a performance in New York City. The band is headlining the Sailor Jerry Fleet Week Block Party, held May 29 at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 in NYC.

Free tickets to the event will be available starting May 25. Visit CagetheElephant.com for more info.

Cage the Elephant is currently on a North American arena tour in support of their latest album, Tell Me I'm Pretty.

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Monday
May232016

CeeLo Green Kicks Off Summer Tour in NYC

Earl Gibson III/Getty ImagesCeeLo Green will launch his summer tour in conjunction with the start of the first Circle Live Summer Concert Series in New York City.

The three-time Grammy Award winner will perform on June 7 outdoors by the Hudson River in midtown Manhattan. Ticket holders will also enjoy a one hour cruise prior to his concert.

Green is kicking off his 13-city The Love Train Tour PT 2 promoting his latest album, Heart Blanche. His stops will include Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, before wrapping up the tour June 26 in Tucson, Arizona. Green’s latest single, “Working Class Heroes,” is featured on the Barbershop 3 soundtrack.

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Monday
May232016

Aerosmith: Rumor That Steven Tyler Is Being Replaced Is "Completely Untrue"

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of FameSimmer down, Aerosmith fans: The band is not replacing lead singer Steven Tyler.

A statement posted on Aerosmith's Twitter account and released by its reps on Friday said, "There's absolutely no truth to a story circulating that Aerosmith is looking for a new singer."

Tyler is currently recording a country album in Nashville.

 

 

The band was forced to set the record straight after guitarist Brad Whitford said in a recent interview that the band has "considered" touring with another singer.

But in Friday's statement, lead guitarist Joe Perry said, "Any rumor out there about us looking for another singer is completely untrue. All five of us were just on the phone together talking about how excited we are to go to South America and Mexico City."

That tour kicks off September 29 in Bogota, Colombia, and ends in Mexico City on October 27.

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Monday
May232016

Prince May Have Been Dead for Hours Before Body Was Found

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013Prince, who was found unresponsive in an elevator inside his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota in April, may have been dead for hours before his body was discovered, a source confirmed to ABC News.

Minneapolis' Star Tribune first reported that the late singer was likely "dead for at least six hours." A paramedic who responded to the scene told law enforcement, Prince's staff, and others that detail, adds the newspaper.

The music legend's cause of death has not yet been announced, though an autopsy was performed April 22 and results of toxicology tests are expected in the coming weeks.

According to the Midwest Medical Examiner's office, Prince's body was returned to the family after the autopsy was completed.

Still, less than a week after the singer's death, authorities obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate. The sealed paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs had been found in Prince’s possession and at his home.

Sources also told ABC News that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks beforehand.

Prince's sister Tyka Nelson said in a Facebook post that the family will hold an official memorial in August.

Prince died April 21. He was 57.

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Monday
May232016

Former Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza Dies at 51

L-R: Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine, Nick Menza, David Ellefson in 1991; Mick Hutson/RedfernsNick Menza, Megadeth drummer for more than a decade and part of the band's classic Rust in Peace lineup, has died at 51.

Menza collapsed during a performance with his fusion band OHM in Los Angeles Saturday night and was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead according to a statement from his friend and biographer, J. Marshall Craig, and his manager, Robert Bolger. "Earliest reports indictate he suffered a massive heart attack," the statement read.

"I woke up this morning to a text message from my son, with the news of Nick Menza's passing. Shocked, devastated, and saddened don't begin to describe my feelings," wrote Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine in a statement on Sunday.  "As a player, Nick had a very powerful jazzy flair, unpredictable and always entertaining, And as great a drummer as he was, the time spent with him as a person, a band mate, and a friend was even more fun. There were several times we discussed him coming back to the band, but for various reasons it never came together."

"The Megadeth family take care of each other, and expect to hear soon about an initiative to help Nick's children.  All of us in this community are connected, take care of yourself and your loved ones. My deepest condolences go out to Nick's family," the statement concluded

Megadeth co-founder Dave Ellefson wrote, "Condolences to the Nick Menza family and friends. We have lost a gentle giant... A true artist and friend to us all. #ripnickmenza."

Menza, the son of jazz saxophonist Don Menza, first joined Megadeth as drum tech for Chuck Behler, joining the band as drummer in 1989 after Behler's departure.  He left Megadeth in 1998 to deal with health problems.

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Monday
May232016

Dustin Lynch Sees a "Mind Reader" in His Future After His #1 Party

Sweet Talk Publicity/Justin Nolan KeyEven though it appears Dustin Lynch’s love interest in the “Mind Reader” video is telling his future, it turns out Luke Bryan’s current tourmate is a Tarot card virgin.

“I told myself before the music video I wanted to make sure I was comfortable doing it, so I wanted to do it for real, so I wouldn't be faking it on camera. And I pulled up to this place over by my house,” he recalls. “I was by myself, and I just freaked myself out. 'Man, I can't do it! I need somebody with me!'”

Now, it looks like Dustin will have the perfect opportunity to get his cards read, and also take along some company.

“We always try to do an activity as a village after a number one party, and I'm going to take my team out to get some cards read. I think I am! I haven't had a chance to go, but I'm glad I haven't, because I'll get to do that for the first time, and probably some of my team from my record label hasn't done it either. It'll be a great experience for us.”  

“Mind Reader” is the final single from Dustin’s sophomore album, Where It’s At. Expect a new single from his forthcoming third project soon.

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Monday
May232016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks has added a second show at New York City’s Yankee Stadium, after the initial Friday, July 8 concert sold out within an hour. The new date will be Saturday, July 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Blake Shelton sits down with Ellen on Monday. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs in your area.

Martina McBride starts the week by making Grilled Peach Cobbler on The Chew. You can catch her appearance at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.  

You can check out Kelsea Ballerini’s performance at The Hotel Café in Hollywood, California on the latest episode of ACM Sessions online.

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Monday
May232016

Destiny’s Child Celebrates 15 Years of Being “Bootylicious”

Steve Grayson/WireImageAs Beyonce marches on her Formation tour, this week marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Destiny’s Child’s iconic number-one hit in 2001, “Bootylicious.”

Rob Fusari, who co-wrote and co-produced the track with Beyonce, told Entertainment Weekly that her father and group manager Mathew Knowles tried to stop him from recording the song.

“I remember Mathew calling me that day asking what we did and I said, ‘Well we did a song called “Bootylicious” and the phone was just silent on the other end. He was like “Bootylicious”?! Oh no no no!’ I was like, ‘No you don’t understand. It’s this great female empowerment song. It’s going to be fantastic.

Fusari remembers Beyonce initiated the concept.

“That was totally her,” he recalls. “She knew what she wanted to say. It was very urban pop angle that they were taking on the record.”

“Bootylicious” was recorded at SugarHill Studios in Houston, Texas, and engineer Dan Workman has fond memories of the 14 hour session.

“Beyoncé was sitting sideways on the effects rack behind me in the studio and we’d play her the track over and over while she wrote. We wrote the song in one sitting right there in the studio, and she and Kelly [Rowland] would tap each other in singing the parts and figure it all out.”

According to Nielsen Soundscan,“Bootylicious” has been streamed more than 36 million times, and has been heard by 974 million people on the radio.

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Monday
May232016

Stone Temple Pilots Discuss New Singer Search: "It's Impossible to Replace Scott"

Scott Legato/Getty ImagesStone Temple Pilots are currently "neck-deep" into the process of auditioning new singers. The surviving members of the band -- guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz -- are looking for a lot of things in a new vocalist, but they realize they can't "replace" their original frontman, the late Scott Weiland.

"It's impossible to replace Scott. It really is. We created something that only the four of us could create," Robert tells Rolling Stone. "It's about moving forward, but it's also about someone honoring that and being able to get their creativity around that."

Still, the trio feels that they, as Dean puts it, "got a lot left in the tank musically speaking."

"Eric, Dean and I have something -- we've been playing music half our lives and you can't just dismiss that," adds Robert. "It's something that I appreciate and I cherish in my life and I want to continue doing that."

As for what they are looking for in a new lead vocalist, the DeLeo brothers and Kretz are keeping an open mind.

"We're looking for somebody that fills a lot of criteria," Dean says. "Man, woman. There's a couple of people we really dig and we have some more coming in."

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Monday
May232016

John Mayall Says New Archival Bluesbreakers Album Brings Listener Back to 1960s London Club Scene

Forty Below RecordsA second volume of rare archival live performances by a short-lived version of British blues legend John Mayall's band The Bluesbreakers that featured three founding members of Fleetwood Mac was released on CD earlier this month. Live in 1967 -- Volume Two features 13 songs recorded in the spring of '67 at various London venues.

The Bluesbreakers lineup at the shows featured Mayall, lead guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. This version of the group only existed for three months and never recorded a studio album together.

While the recordings are quite raw-sounding, Mayall tells ABC Radio he feels that the tapes capture "the energy of the audience" and "the reaction to the musicians," which gives the listener a sense of what "it was like in the London clubs during that period of time."

Like the first volume of Live in 1967, which was released in April 2015, Volume Two includes a mix of original tunes and covers of blues classics. Interestingly, versions of three of the same songs appear on both albums, including T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday" and Otis Rush's "Double Trouble," although as Mayall points out, "they're so different from each other because of the improvisational aspect of it."

The Live in 1967 recordings were made by a Dutch teenager named Tom Huissen, who sneaked a one-channel reel-to-reel tape recorder into the gigs. Mayall had known about the tapes for many years, but Huissen initially was reluctant to allow them to be released. The recordings finally were acquired in 2014, and John and his studio collaborator Eric Corne then went through them and chose the best tracks to prepare for the two releases.

"They're very special, and I'm very pleased [that] Volume Two is now released," Mayall tells ABC Radio. "It's been a lot of fun going through those things -- his historical tapes that were in pretty good condition, [and] we finally got them to see the light of day." 

A vinyl version of Volume Two is scheduled for a June 3 release.

Shortly after the 1967 recordings were made, Green, Fleetwood and McVie left The Bluesbreakers to start Fleetwood Mac. Mayall has since played with various other Bluesbreakers lineups, and he now records and performs with his own solo band. The 82-year-old also recently was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis. Check out the latest news on Mayall at JohnMayall.com.

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Monday
May232016

Chris Cornell Always Wanted to Entertain People with "Just One Stupid Guitar and Nothing Else"

ABC/Randy HolmesThis summer, Chris Cornell will embark on another acoustic tour in support of his latest solo album, Higher Truth. The Soundgarden frontman's unplugged shows have become the defining aspect of his solo career, which was, as Cornell explains it, bound to happen.

"There's always been a desire in me to keep the attention of a room full of people with just one stupid guitar and nothing else," Cornell tells The Independent. "I was afraid of that, which didn't make me feel too good; why would I not do something just because I'm afraid of it? It also made me ask the question 'how much of a real musician am I if I can't entertain a crowd with just an acoustic guitar?'"

During his acoustic shows, Cornell plays his solo material and Soundgarden songs, as well as tracks he recorded with Audioslave and Temple of the Dog.

"I'm always challenged to draw deep cuts from my back catalog and bring them into this environment," Cornell says. "But at the same time, I'm aware that there are certain songs that everybody wants to hear, so I try to juggle that; not that I’m complaining, if people want to hear songs, that’s a good thing!"

Cornell has also noticed that his acoustic approach has allowed his lyrics to become a greater focus. A similar thing happened when country legend Johnny Cash covered Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" in 1996.

"When Johnny Cash did his version of 'Rusty Cage,' people were leaving messages on my answering machine telling me how great the lyrics were and they didn't say that about the lyrics when it was the Soundgarden version," Cornell remembers. "It didn't surprise me that much, but it was a little bit of a lesson, in that the lyrics aren't necessarily always the focal point; it depends on who's listening and what they're listening for."

Cornell's U.S. tour begins June 16 in Clearwater, Florida.

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Monday
May232016

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road? Elton John May Say Farewell to Touring

ABC/Randy HolmesDuring a recent appearance on the BBC's The Graham Norton Show, Elton John hinted that his touring days may soon be nearing an end.

Speaking with the Irish talk show host, Elton admitted that after almost half a century on the road, it may soon be time to hang up his platform boots.  These days, the Rocket Man is mostly the Family Man, as he longs to spend more time with his husband of 11 years, David Furnish, and their two young sons, Zachary, 5 and Elijah. 3.

"If you're feeling fresh and energetic do it while you can. I'm not going to do it forever because I want to see my boys grow up," Elton said, according to The Daily Mail.

But Elton said he wouldn't characterize his current performances as a "farewell tour." "I like playing and I'm a working musician and I love to do it," he said.

John was on the show promoting his upcoming collaboration with Welsh musician Bright Light Bright Light who Elton is set to tour with after his upcoming Vegas residency.

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Monday
May232016

2016 Billboard Music Awards: The Weeknd Leads Winners on Night Dominated by Women

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The 2016 Billboard Music Awards was all about The Weeknd, who grabbed eight trophies, including Top Hot 100 Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Song for "The Hills," and Top R&B Album for Beauty Behind the Madness. Adele took home five awards, including Top Female Artist, Top 200 Album for 25, and the big one, Top Artist.

The Weeknd dedicated his Top 100 Artist award to Prince, who died suddenly last month. In The Weeknd's acceptance speech, he noted that the legendary artist was an inspiration to him, helping him "push the envelope."

Adele, who is currently on tour and couldn't make it to the telecast, accepted her award via pre-taped messages. "It's lovely to be in everyone's company," Adele said in her video acceptance speech for Top Artist, adding, "I'm about to go on stage!"

The show also featured the premiere of the video for Adele's new single "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)." The psychedelic clip for the third release from her album 25 shows the singer draped in a flowing, floral gown set against a black background with multiple Adeles appearing in kaleidoscopic form.

Britney Spears, opened the show, taking the stage in a pink top hat and jacket, before stripping down to a more revealing outfit and performing a medley of hits that included "Work B****," "Womanizer," "Breathe on Me," "Slave 4 U," "Toxic" and a chorus of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'N Roll" for good measure.

Kesha, whose appearance on the show was up in the air at one point due to her ongoing lawsuit with her producer, Dr. Luke, ended up paying tribute to Bob Dylan, backed by Ben Folds on piano. They performed the Dylan classic "It Ain't Me Babe."

Pink gave a breathtaking performance, soaring high in the air suspended by ropes and surrounded by flames as she belted out "Just Like Fire," from the upcoming film Alice through the Looking Glass.

Céline Dion, who was the recipient of this year's Icon Award, delivered a powerful performance of Queen's "The Show Must Go On," backed by violinist Lindsey Stirling. Afterwards, her son, Rene-Charles Angelil surprised her by walking on stage to make the presentation. After thanking her fans and crew, she made a special dedication -- in French -- to her late husband Rene Angelil, who lost his long battle with throat cancer in January Choking back tears, Dion closed her speech by declaring, "The show must go on."

The Go-Go's, who made history during the 1980s as the first and only all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts, reunited on stage and performed their hit, "We Got the Beat."  The band is launching a farewell tour this summer after 38 years together.

The highlight of the evening was Madonna and Stevie Wonder teaming up for a touching tribute to Prince. After Madonna performed Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," made famous by Sinead O'Connor, Wonder joined her for a duet on Prince's classic "Purple Rain." The musical tributes were introduced by The Roots' drummer Questlove, who noted the music legend affected all of us, "no matter what kind of music we make, no matter how long we made it, no matter our race, our color or our creed or sexual orientation," adding that Prince's departure from the land of music "was an earthquake."

The night's lineup also included the following performances:

Shawn Mendes, "Stitches"
Fifth Harmony featuring Dolla $ign, “Work from Home”
Meghan Trainor, "No"
Justin Bieber, "Company" and "Sorry"
Nick Jonas and Tove Lo, "Close"
Demi Lovato, "Cool for the Summer"
DNCE, "Cake by the Ocean"
Lucas Graham, "7 Years."
Ariana Grande, "Dangerous and "Into You"
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart"

The three-hour show, broadcast live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was hosted by Ludacris and Ciara. 

Here are the 2016 Billboard Music Award winners:
 
TOP ARTIST
Adele
 
Top New Artist:
Fetty Wap
 
Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
 
Top Female Artist:
Adele
 
Top Duo/Group:
One Direction
 
Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Adele

Top Hot 100 Artist:
The Weeknd
 
Top Song Sales Artist:
The Weeknd
 
Top Radio Songs Artist:
The Weeknd
 
Top Streaming Songs Artist:
The Weeknd
 
Top Social Media Artist:
Justin Bieber
 
Top Touring Artist:
Taylor Swift
 
Top R&B Artist:
The Weeknd
 
Top Rap Artist:
Drake

Top Country Artist:
Luke Bryan
 
Top Rock Artist:
twenty one pilots
 
Top Latin Artist:
Romeo Santos
 
Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
David Guetta
 
Top Christian Artist:
Hillsong UNITED
 
Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Adele, 25

Top Soundtrack:
Pitch Perfect 2
 
Top R&B Album
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
 
Top Rap Album:
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More than Money
 
Top Country Album:
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
 
Top Rock Album:
twenty one pilots, Blurryface
 
Top Latin Album:
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Zedd, True Colors
 
Top Christian Album:
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
 
Top Gospel Album:
*Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
 
Top Hot 100 Song:
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
 
Top Selling Song:
Adele, “Hello”

Top Radio Song:
WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance”
 
Top Streaming Song (Audio):
The Weeknd, “The Hills”
 
Top Streaming Song (Video):
Silentó, “Watch Me”

Top R&B Song:
The Weeknd, “The Hills”
 
Top Rap Song:
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
 
Top Country Song:
Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
 
Top Rock Song:
WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance”
 
Top Latin Song:
Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdón
 
Top Dance/Electronic Song:
Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MØ “Lean On”
 
Top Christian Song:
Hillsong UNITED “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
 
Top Gospel Song:
Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”
 
Fan Voted Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Rihanna

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Sunday
May222016

"Billboard" Music Awards Hosts Ludacris and Ciara Say Show Is "About the People, for the People"

Dick Clark ProductionsThe Billboard Music Awards air Sunday night with a performances by Rihanna and appearances by Whiz Khalifa and TyreseMadonna also will deliver a tribute to Prince.  But hosts Ludacris and Ciara say what makes the show different from other awards shows is it's focus.

"Because it’s the people that vote," Ludacris tells ABC Radio. "You know, when it comes to the charts, every artist is constantly looking at the Billboard charts but this award show has been about the people, for the people, by the people for decades."

But, explains Luda's co-host, the awards aren't just about popular personalities, because they're based on the actual Billboard charts. 

"It’s a big part of what we do. You know, as artists, you know, like we look to the Billboard," Ciara says. "I remember my first song, 'Goodies,' being number one for eight weeks on the Billboard chart and it was pretty huge."

The Weeknd is this year's leading nominee, with nods in 16 categories, while Drake and Fetty Wap have scored 10 nods each. 

The Billboard Music Awards air Sunday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Sunday
May222016

Stone Temple Pilots Discuss New Singer Search: "It's Impossible to Replace Scott"

Larry Marano/WireImageStone Temple Pilots are currently "neck-deep" into the process of auditioning new singers. The surviving members of the band -- guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz -- are looking for a lot of things in a new vocalist, but they realize they can't "replace" their original frontman, the late Scott Weiland.

"It's impossible to replace Scott. It really is. We created something that only the four of us could create," Robert tells Rolling Stone. "It's about moving forward, but it's also about someone honoring that and being able to get their creativity around that."

Still, the trio feels that they, as Dean puts it, "got a lot left in the tank musically speaking."

"Eric, Dean and I have something -- we've been playing music half our lives and you can't just dismiss that," adds Robert. "It's something that I appreciate and I cherish in my life and I want to continue doing that."

As for what they are looking for in a new lead vocalist, the DeLeo brothers and Kretz are keeping an open mind.

"We're looking for somebody that fills a lot of criteria," Dean says. "Man, woman. There's a couple of people we really dig and we have some more coming in."

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Sunday
May222016

Oye Como Wha? Carlos Santana's Plans to Save the World

Credit: Ruben MartinSure he's been busy reuniting the classic lineup of his band, but that doesn't mean Carlos Santana doesn't have time for other things, like world peace.

The guitar virtuoso recently told Rolling Stone his idea for a grand summit for world leaders  "What I want is to invite the pope, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and others who have won Nobel Peace Prizes, seven men and seven women, and invite them together, like in a Star Trek movie. We can go to the Sydney Opera House or a resort in Honolulu."

This, coming from a guy who also told Rolling Stone, "I never took drugs -- I took medicine. I wanted to open the door to something I didn't understand, so I took peyote."

Beam him up, Scotty.

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Sunday
May222016

Twenty One Pilots, Fall Out Boy, WALK THE MOON & More to Vie for "Billboard" Music Awards Tonight

Dick Clark ProductionsThe 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be held tonight, and Twenty One Pilots is up for all three of the rock categories. The duo earned nominations for Top Rock Album for Blurryface, Top Rock Song for "Stressed Out" and Top Rock Artist.

Joining "Stressed Out" in the Top Rock Song category are Fall Out Boy's "Uma Thurman," WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance," X Ambassadors' "Renegades" and Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's." All four of those artists are also nominated in the Top Rock Artist category.

As for Top Rock Album, the other nominees are Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color, Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams, Mumford & Sons' Wilder Mind and David Bowie's Blackstar.

Additionally, Twenty One Pilots also received a nod for Top Duo/Group, as did U2 and The Rolling Stones. The classic rock groups also earned a nomination in the Top Touring Artist category.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas tonight, May 22, and will air live from coast to coast on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Sunday
May222016

The Weeknd, Justin Bieber & More Vie for "Billboard" Music Awards Tonight

Dick Clark ProductionsWill The Weeknd win big? Will Adele’s new video make us cry? Who’ll have the most memorable performance? All these questions and more will be answered tonight when the Billboard Music Awards airs on ABC.

The Weeknd is the night’s lead nominee, with a whopping 19 nods in 16 categories. Justin Bieber follows with 12 nominations in 11 categories, while Drake and Fetty Wap are finalists 11 times in 10 categories. Taylor Swift and Adele are both up for eight awards.

Adele will also be premiering her new video for “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)” during the broadcast. Performers include Meghan Trainor, Rihanna, Kesha, Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Pink, Celine Dion, DNCE, Fifth Harmony, The Go-Go’s, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Troye Sivan, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo. Madonna will also be performing a tribute to Prince.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Ludacris and Ciara, will air live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Before the show, the T-Mobile Magenta Carpet Live at the BBMAs will take place, with co-host Rachel Platten. You can watch a live stream of the carpet at BillboardMusicAwards.com, Billboard.com and on Facebook.com/T-Mobile beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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