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Sunday
Apr242016

"Goodnight, Sweet Prince": "SNL" Pays Tribute to the Late Legend

Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesThis weekend's installment of Saturday Night Live was turned into a tribute to Prince, who appeared several times on the NBC show over the decades.

Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, the show rounded up all of Prince's performances on SNL, and also featured footage of him performing "Let's Go Crazy" at last year's 40th anniversary party, backed up by a crowd that included Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Maya Rudolph and others.

The performances included "Party Up," from 1981, "Electric Chair," from the show's 1989 15th anniversary special, "Fury" and "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed" from 2006, and "Clouds," "Marz" and "Another Love" from 2014.  You can watch them all now at NBC.com.

The show also featured all the Prince Show skits the show had ever aired over the years, which featured Fred Armisen as a reclusive and eccentric Prince, hosting a talk show with Rudolph as his co-host, Beyonce.

According to Variety, the ratings for the SNL Prince tribute scored the highest numbers for an episode airing in the spring since 2013.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Beyonce's "Lemonade": A Track-By-Track Breakdown 

Parkwood/ColumbiaJust as her much-hyped HBO special came to an end on Saturday night, Beyonce released her latest musical offering: a new visual album called Lemonade.

The 12-track album tells the painful story of the "baddest woman in the game" whose lover cheats on her. It takes the listener on an emotional journey, from the first signs of infidelity in a relationship to, ultimately, forgiveness.

Here's a look at each track and its accompanying visual:

"Pray You Can Catch Me"
When we're introduced to Beyonce, she's almost unrecognizable, standing in a field, wearing a black hoodie to cover up her signature golden curls. In this heart-wrenching ballad, she sings: "You can taste the dishonesty/It's all over your breath as you pass it off so cavalier." Beyonce knows her man is cheating on her, yet she wants him to know that she knows. She's tired of hiding his secret. "I'm prayin' you catch me listening," she sings.

"Hold Up"
Bey is now back to being Bey in "Hold Up." Wearing yellow, her golden hair swinging down her back, she's smiling and sashaying down the street, seeking revenge. "Hold up/They don't love you like I love you," she sings, almost as a warning. If you get lost in the sweet reggae vibe of the song, you may miss the anger, which is clearly on display in the video. Beyonce swings a baseball bat into a yellow fire hydrant, a car window and even a security camera.

"Don't Hurt Yourself"
Beyonce gets help from rocker Jack White on this song, which she sings while dancing in a parking garage. Still angry and rocking a fur, Bey sings, "Who the f*** do you think I is?/You ain't married to no average b****, boy"...."Beautiful man, I know you're lying/I am not broken, I'm not crying, I'm not crying/You ain't trying hard enough."

"Sorry"
The tables have turned in this uptempo track. Now, Beyonce just wants to dance her cares away with her girlfriends. In the video, she turns up on a party bus, having the time of her life. Back at home, Bey is joined by none other than a twerking Serena Williams who bounces while she sings, "Middle fingers up/put them hands high/wave it in his face/tell him, boy bye!" She also sheds light on who her man has been cheating with, singing: "He better call Becky with the good hair."

"6 Inch"
In this mid-tempo song, instead of focusing on her failed marriage, Beyonce refocuses her energy on work. The Weeknd joins her on this track, singing, "She's stacking money every where she goes...she don't gotta give it up, she professional." Beyonce later joins him, singing of her own success, "She fights and she sweats those sleepless nights/but she don't mind, she loves the grind."

"Daddy Lessons"
Beyonce gets introspective on this country-flavored track, which appears to be dedicated to her father and former manager, Matthew Knowles. The Texas native sings that her dad warned her about men who, like him, cheat. "Daddy Lessons" is also the first song where Beyonce talks about her parents' failed marriage since her 2014 song, "Ring Off," dedicated to her mother, Tina.  In this song, however, Beyonce croons: "He told me when he's gone, here's what you do/when trouble comes to town, and men like me come around/oh, my daddy said 'Shoot.'" In the video, Beyonce also slams rumors that her father had never met her daughter, Blue Ivy, as home footage shows the two happily playing.

"Love Drought"
In the seventh song, Beyonce is trying to figure out why her husband cheated. "If I wasn't me, would you still feel me?/Like on my worst day? Or am I not thirsty enough?" she asks him. When she can't figure it out, she asks directly in the song, "Tell me, what did I do wrong?" It's clear that Beyonce wants to move toward reconciliation. In the video, she recites poetry by Warsan Shire: "If we're gonna heal it, let it be glorious."

"Sandcastles"
In a rare ballad, Beyonce recognizes that she may have hurt her husband by claiming she was leaving him after his infidelity. But seeing that he's hurting, she realizes that she can no longer leave. "Your heart is broken 'cause I walked away/And I know I promised that I couldn't stay baby/Every promise don't work out that way," she sings. The visuals are powerful, as Bey's real-life hubby Jay Z acts out scenes where she's kissing his wedding ring and the two are intertwined. It's the most intimate fans have seen the very private couple.

"Forward"
Let's call this track what it is: an interlude. Only slightly more than a minute long, this song suggests that despite the couple's troubles, their marriage is moving ahead. James Blake sings the word "forward" repeatedly and clarifies for Bey that despite her grind -- detailed in "6 Inch" -- she doesn't love her work more than her marriage. He sings, "I love you more than this job/please don't work for me."

"Freedom"
Beyonce is surrounded by strong women in this music video -- from child actress Quvenzhané Wallis to singer Zendaya to the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. You could see it as a statement of her right to love, but a closer look reveals that it's a reflection on the civil rights of minorities. Bey gets help from Kendrick Lamar, who raps about being profiled and later jailed. "Open correctional gates in higher desert/Yeah, open our mind as we cast away oppression," he raps.

"All Night"
In this mid-tempo song, Bey croons to her husband that she wants to rediscover the love they had by making up "all night long." And although she knows that "so many people" are "just tryna' touch ya'," she still wants to "give you some time to prove that I can trust you again."

"Formation"
Except in the credits, this song isn't featured in the full-length version of the Lemonade film.  In this track, we see Bey come full circle and emerge as a confident woman who is "so possessive" that she "rock[s] his Roc necklaces," a nod to her husband's label, Roc Nation.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Beartooth Announces "Aggressive" New Album 

Duane Prokop/Getty ImagesAfter their Disgusting debut, Beartooth is about to get Aggressive. That's the name of the Ohio metalcore band's sophomore album, which will be released June 3. You can listen to the Aggressive title track, and watch the accompanying video, now on YouTube.

Aggressive will arrive two years after Disgusting, which featured the singles "Beaten in Lips" and "In Between."

Beartooth is currently touring the U.S. on a mix of headlining and festival dates.

Here is the track list for Aggressive:

"Aggressive"
"Hated"
"Loser"
"Fair Weather Friend"
"Burnout"
"Sick of Me"
"Censored"
"Always Dead"
"However You Want It Said"
"Find a Way"
"Rock Is Dead"
"King of Anything"

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Sunday
Apr242016

Imagine Dragons, The 1975, X Ambassadors Featured on "Me Before You" Soundtrack 

Courtesy: Interscope RecordsThe soundtrack for the upcoming romantic drama, Me Before You, rounds up songs from Imagine Dragons, The 1975 and X Ambassadors.

The album -- which is available for pre-order today -- features a new Imagine Dragons track called "Not Today," The 1975's single "The Sound" and an orchestral remix of X Ambassadors' "Unsteady." The "Unsteady (Erich Lee Gravity Remix)" is available as an instant grat track, and its video is out now.

The soundtrack will be released on June 3, the same day as the film. Me Before You is based on the best-selling book by Jojo Moyes. It stars Games of Thrones' Emilia Clarke as a young woman who begins taking care of a quadriplegic, played by Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games series.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Prince's Ex-Wife to Build a School in His Honor

Kevin Mazur/WireImagePrince's ex-wife, Manuela Testolini, has revealed that she is planning to build a school that will honor the late music icon's name.

“I just reached out to him a few days ago to let him know that I was building a school in his honor. My heart aches that the school will now be built in his memory," says Testolini, in a statement to the The Hollywood Reporter.

Testolini, who was married to Prince from 2001 to 2006 was also once married to Eric Benet.

“Prince and I had a magical journey together and I loved him immensely,” she says. “I knew him as a husband, friend and fierce philanthropist. Philanthropy brought us together and it was Prince that encouraged me to start my own charity over 10 years ago.”

Testolini's foundation is called In a Perfect World and supports an educational program known as REACH, or Rural Education and Community Harmony, which has helped to built 19 schools in some of the world’s poorest countries, including Mali, Malawi, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Nicaragua and Nepal.

Testolini has not yet confirmed where the school in Prince’s honor will be built.

Prince passed away on Thursday, April 21 in Minneapolis. The singer was 57.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Maren Morris Books Monday Morning "Church" on GMA

Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris makes her TV debut on Monday morning, getting up early to play her breakthrough hit, “My Church,” on Good Morning America.

Fans of the infectious anthem that honors the power of classic country music can now pre-order her full-length debut album, Hero, which comes out June 3. They’ll instantly get the lead single, as well as three songs originally included on her self-titled EP. On May 13, they’ll also get first listen to a new track called “Rich.” If you’re a true audiophile, you can also order Maren’s first record on vinyl.

The Texas native hits the road June 2 with Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge, on the eve of her project’s release. You can catch her Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, which starts at 7 a.m. all across the country.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Blake Shelton Says Gwen Stefani Duet Is One of the Best Songs He’s Ever Written

Photo by John Shearer/Getty ImagesGwen Stefani announced earlier this week that she and boyfriend Blake Shelton have recorded a duet on Blake’s new album. Now, Blake is speaking out about their “personal” collaboration on the tune “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”

The country singer tells Entertainment Tonight it’s one of the best songs he’s ever written. “I hesitate to brag on it too much but I really think that it's as good of a song as I've ever written in my life,” he says.

He adds that writing and recording it with Gwen made it all the more special.  “[The song] is very personal for us both because, you know, we obviously have this bond that is remarkable together,” he says. “But the fact that we wrote a song together... I know that I don't co-write that much because I'm very insecure about it I guess and [Gwen’s] kind of got her circle of people that she writes with. But for us to reach out to each other as writers, it may never happen again, who knows.”

Blake admits he was the one who encouraged Gwen to announce the duet on Twitter, after he received a mock-up of the album’s artwork. “I said, ‘You know what? Take a picture of that and tweet it,’” he tells ET. “It'll be our way to announce that yes, we have a duet together.”

Blake’s album, If I’m Honest, comes out May 20.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Richie Sambora, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & More to Rock Malibu Guitar Festival

Tommaso Boddi/WireImageGuitars gods will take over California with a four-day celebration at the Malibu Guitar Festival this month, led by former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora's band RSO, featuring guitarist Orianthi.

The festival, which runs April 28 through May 1, also features performances from ex-Wings guitarist Laurence Juber, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Albert Lee, as well as The Empty Hearts -- featuring The Cars' Elliot Easton, Blondie's Clem Burke and Wally Palmar of The Romantics -- all taking the stage to shred at three different locations, and all for charity.

RSO will headline "Hot Licks" at Casa Ecobar April 29, and Shepherd headlines the Main Festival in the Malibu Village April 30. Eddie Money also performs that night.

Tickets and more info are available at the Malibu Guitar Festival website.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Goo Goo Dolls Share "The Pin," Another New Album Track

Bob MusselGoo Goo Dolls is giving us yet another taste of their new music. The band released their song “The Pin,” from their forthcoming album Boxes.

On the track, frontman John Rzeznik sings about an emotional rollercoaster of a relationship: “We’re going up and down/Hold on/We’re crashing to the ground/And every time you’re near/I open up again/You reach inside of me/And then you pull the pin.”

The song, along with “Over and Over” and lead single “So Alive,” is available as an instant grat track when you pre-order the album. Boxes comes out May 6.

The band -- consisting of John and bassist Robby Takac -- kicks off its North American tour on July 8 in Portland, Oregon.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Prince Cremated in Private Ceremony; Autopsy Results May Take a Month; Springsteen Pays Tribute 

Neil Lupin/RedfernsThe body of Prince Rogers Nelson was released to his family on Friday afternoon; on Saturday, they, along with friends and colleagues, said goodbye to the legendary musician, who died suddenly Thursday at the age of 57.

A statement from Prince's rep to ABC News states, "A few hours ago, Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye. Prince’s remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private."

The statement adds, "We ask for your blessings and prayers of comfort for his family and close friends at this time.  The cause of death remains unknown and it will be at least four weeks before we receive the results of the autopsy.  An announcement will be made at a future date for a musical celebration."

Prince's body was discovered in an elevator at Paisley Park Thursday morning after his staff couldn't reach him.

In other Prince news, Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to him Saturday night at his concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. He and his band opened the show with a version of "Purple Rain."

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Sunday
Apr242016

Beyonce's "Lemonade" HBO Project Airs, New Album "Lemonade" Now on Tidal 

Parkwood/Columbia"I was served lemons, but I made lemonade."  According to Beyonce's HBO film project Lemonade, that's something her husband Jay Z's grandmother once said, and something, it appears, that she herself may have gone through.

The one-hour HBO film turned out to be an accompaniment to Bey's brand-new "visual album" Lemonade, which arrived exclusively on Tidal after the end of the film.  The 12-track album features the advance single "Formation," and guest appearances by Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake and Kendrick Lamar

Lemonade follows the "surprise release" concept of her self-titled 2013 album, though she'd been teasing the project for months with lemon-themed Instagram posts.

The theme of Lemonade appears to be infidelity.  The film describes the supposed stages that a person -- perhaps Beyonce herself -- goes through when faced with an unfaithful lover.  "Are you cheating on me?"  Beyonce whispers at one point.  "What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you," goes one of the song lyrics.

The stages, according to Lemonade, are Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Forgiveness, Resurrection, Hope and Redemption.  Each represents a segment of the movie, which is accompanied by a variety of striking visual images and chunks of songs from the discs.

We see Beyonce strolling down the street with a baseball bat, smashing things left and right.  Beyonce floating above her bed in a room filled with water.  Beyonce sitting cross-legged in a square of fire. Beyonce wearing a fur coat, with her hair in cornrows, singing a profanity-laced song that features the lyric, "You know I give you life/You try that sh*t again/you're gonna lose your wife."

In between songs, Beyonce recites occasionally explicit poetry written by Warson Shire, describing her feelings when faced with the suspicion, and then the confirmation, that she is being cheated on, and then her eventual reconciliation with her lover.

Throughout the movie, we see appearances by Beyonce's parents, Matthew and Tina, as well as Serena Williams, Zendaya, Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg and Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis. In addition, Jay Z, and their daughter Blue Ivy are featured, and there are also brief appearances by the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, holding photos of the sons they have lost.

There's footage of Bey and Jay's wedding, and shots of them receiving the matching Roman numeral "IV" tattoos they both have on their ring fingers.  There are scenes of what appears to be Blue Ivy's birthday party, Jay tenderly kissing Blue and playing with her on the football field before Bey's Super Bowl performance.  There are also scenes of Bey kissing Jay's cheek, and the two looking at each other seriously.

So, did this actually happen to Beyonce and Jay?  Or is it all artistic license?  Stay tuned.

Here's the track listing for Lemonade:

1. "Pray You Catch Me"
2. "Hold Up"
3. "Don’t Hurt Yourself"
4. "Sorry"
5. "6 Inch"
6. "Daddy Lessons"
7. "Love Drought"
8. "Sandcastles"
9. "Forward"
10. "Freedom"
11. "All Night"
12. "Formation"

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Saturday
Apr232016

Prince Interview with Oprah Winfrey to Re-Air on Saturday 

Harpo Inc./George BurnsIn 1996 Prince appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and, in honor of the late singer, Winfrey's OWN network will be re-airing the episode this Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m.

The episode, which originally aired on November 21, 1996, was Prince's first interview after his name change, according to the network. It features Prince taping a segment at Winfrey's West Loop studio and the media mogul visiting Prince at his Paisley Park recording studio in Minnesota, where the singer died Thursday morning at age 57. The interview is said to highlight the artist's thoughts on his musical genius, lifestyle, soul mate and future in music.

A preview of the special is currently available on OWN's website.

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Saturday
Apr232016

AXS TV Remembers Prince This Weekend

Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesAXS TV will commemorate the passing of Prince this weekend with a tribute block paying respects to "The Purple One."

The cable network will kick things off 1 p.m ET Saturday with an airing of the Prince episode of AXS TV's Rock Legends. Immediately following will be the television premiere of the 2014 documentary Slave Trade: How Prince Re-Made the Music Business

The critically acclaimed documentary, airing at 2 p.m. Saturday, documents Prince's entire career, beginning with his 1978 debut album, For You, through his battle with record label, Warner Bros., re-branding himself as a symbol and his historic appearance at the 2007 Superbowl. 

You'll have another chance to view both specials again with Rock Legends: Prince airing Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. ET and Tuesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET and  Slave Trade: How Prince Re-Made the Music Business will be broadcast again on Monday, April 25 at 11 p.m. ET and Tuesday, April 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Saturday
Apr232016

The Ramones' Self-Titled Debut Album Turns 40

Rhino/Sire RecordsToday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of The Ramones' debut album, Ramones, which arguably has become one of the most influential rock records of all time. Made by the band that was the centerpiece of New York's punk-rock scene, Ramones features 14 songs running a total of 29 minutes, and was recorded in just one week for a reported $6,400.

The Ramones were four misfits from Queens, New York, who all changed their last names to Ramone and took on a classic uniform of black-leather jackets, T-shirts, ripped jeans and sneakers. The band's music blended elements of British Invasion acts, '60s girl groups, The Beach Boys, and proto-punk bands like The Stooges and The MC5, all delivered with adrenaline speed and featuring catchy melodies and cartoonish lyrics filled with twisted humor and themes.

The album opens with one of The Ramones' most recognizable songs, the infectious anthem "Blitzkrieg Bop," with its simple chanted chorus "Hey! Ho! Let's go!" Other memorable tunes on the record include "Beat on the Brat," "Judy Is a Punk," "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," "Loudmouth" and "53rd & 3rd."

Although the album was initially a commercial failure, it made an invaluable impact on countless bands, from The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Motorhead to Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and Nirvana. Meanwhile, The Ramones' debut record pretty much served as the template for all of their subsequent albums through their breakup in 1996.

While commercial success eluded The Ramones, their mark on rock history was acknowledged when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Sadly, all four original Ramones members are no longer with us. Singer Joey Ramone, born Jeffrey Hyman, died in 2001 at age 49; bassist Dee Dee Ramone, a.k.a. Doug Colvin, passed away in 2002 at age 50; guitarist Johnny Ramone, born John Cummings, died in September 2004 at age 55; and drummer Tommy Ramone, born Tamas Erdelyi, died in July 2014 at the age of 65.

Meanwhile, in June 2014, 38 years after its release, Ramones was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S. In celebration of the album's 40th anniversary, an exhibit focusing on the group opened earlier this month at Queens Museum in the band members' hometown borough of Queens, New York.

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Saturday
Apr232016

Mercy! Roy Orbison Would Have Celebrated His 80th Birthday Saturday

David Redfern/RedfernsHad he lived, Roy Orbison would have turned 80 on Saturday, April 23. The singer, songwriter and guitarist brought his angelic and operatic voice to the world of rock 'n' roll, creating a unique body of work that included such memorable 1960s hits as "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Running Scared," "Crying" "Only the Lonely," "Dream Baby" and "It's Over."

The Texas-born Orbison began his music career when he was a child, singing on radio programs and at talent shows. During his teens, he played with locally successful country and rockabilly bands before he and his group The Teen Kings got signed to Memphis' Sun Records in 1956. While in the Sun stable alongside such other music legends as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, Orbison enjoyed his first national hit, "Ooby Dooby."

Roy's main success, however, came after he signed to Monument Records. From 1960 to 1966, Orbison scored 22 top 40 singles, including all of the aforementioned hits.

Orbison's career then experienced a downturn, coinciding with a number of personal tragedies. In 1966, his first wife, Claudette, was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1966, and two years later a house fire claimed the lives of his two oldest sons.

In the late '80s, Roy had a career resurgence. Orbison's 1963 hit "In Dreams" was reintroduced to fans when it was used in director David Lynch's 1986 cult film Blue Velvet. The following year, Roy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he also recorded the star-studded concert special Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night.

In 1988, Orbison teamed up with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne to form the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. Roy was featured prominently on the group's debut album, including on the hit "Handle with Care." Later that year, he completed work on a new Lynne-produced solo album, Mystery Girl, which featured guest appearances by Petty, Harrison, Bono and many others. Orbison died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988, at the age of 52. Mystery Girl, which was released in February '89, yielded Roy's first top 10 pop hit since 1964, "You Got It."

To commemorate Orbison's 80th birthday, One of the Lonely Ones, an album of recently discovered lost tracks Roy recorded in 1969 that was released on CD and vinyl LP in December, will be made available to streaming services starting today, April 22.

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Saturday
Apr232016

Keith Urban Brews a Mean Cup of Joe

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban makes a mean cup of java, according to his wife Nicole Kidman. The Oscar-winning actress’s revelation came during her stint as cover model for the April issue of nFocus.

“Sometimes I go, ‘Gosh, I’d love to open some sort of boutique,'” she tells the magazine that covers Nashville society. “There’s this place called Bills in Australia, which is just like amazing Aussie food with toast and avocado and amazing coffee and that sort of stuff. But, I mean the chances of me doing that… Keith’s actually a pretty good barista, I have to say. So you never know,” she adds with a laugh.

This week, her superstar husband has been busy in Music City doing interviews to promote his long-awaited new album. Ripcord comes out May 6.

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Friday
Apr222016

Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons & More Featured on "Me Before You" Soundtrack

Courtesy: Interscope RecordsThe soundtrack for the upcoming romantic drama, Me Before You, rounds up songs from Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors.

The album -- which is available for pre-order today -- features Ed’s hit, “Photograph,” as well as a new song from Imagine Dragons called “Not Today” and an orchestral remix of X Ambassadors’ “Unsteady.” The “Unsteady (Erich Lee Gravity Remix)” is available as an instant grat track; the video for it is out now.

The soundtrack will be released on June 3, the same day as the film. Me Before You is based on the best-selling book by Jojo Moyes. It stars Games of ThronesEmilia Clarke as a young woman who begins taking care of a quadriplegic, played by Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games series.

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Friday
Apr222016

System of a Down's Serj Tankian Shares Video for Track from "1915" Film Score

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesSerj Tankian has written his first film score -- for 1915, a psychological thriller that takes place on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. One of the cuts from the score, called "Ari Im Sokhag," has now been released as a music video. The song was orchestrated, produced, arranged and performed by Tankian, and also features vocals from the System of a Down frontman.

1915 is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. You can download the score via iTunes.

Last year, System of a Down staged their Wake Up the Souls tour in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman government in the region that's in present-day Turkey. The trek included the band's first ever show in Armenia.

The Turkish government has long maintained that no genocide took place, and Ottoman authorities did not systematically try to eliminate the Armenian people. All four System of a Down members are of Armenian descent.

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Friday
Apr222016

Mumford & Sons Journey to "Johannesburg" with New EP 

ABC/Randy HolmesMumford & Sons will release a new EP, called Johannesburg, on June 17. The five-song collection was recorded in the South African city during Mumford & Sons' tour of the country earlier this year.

"Going to South Africa felt to us to be an adventure into a continent that none of us knew well," says bassist Ted Dwane in a statement. "The appetite for live music is huge and the youth culture is exploding with energy and rejuvenation."

Mumford & Sons recorded Johannesburg in collaboration with Afro-pop group The Very Best, Senegalese singer Baaba Maal and South African band Beatenberg. You can download the first single from Johannesburg, "There Will Be Time," now on iTunes.

Mumford & Sons is currently in the middle of their U.S. An Arrow Through the Heartland tour in support of their album Wilder Mind.

Here's the track list for Johannesburg:

"There Will Be Time"
"Wona"
"Fool You've Landed"
"Ngamila"
"Si Tu Veux"

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Friday
Apr222016

President Barack Obama and Former Fiancée Sheila E and Remember Prince 

Barry Brecheisen/WireImageThursday’s shocking death of Prince has left many artists recounting the legendary music icon’s impact on the world. 

Even the Leader of the free world.

President Barack Obama talked about the late chart-topping singer during a press conference in the U.K. Friday morning;  Obama said he and the first lady jammed out to Prince songs this morning.

“It so happens our ambassador has a turntable so this morning we played "Purple Rain" and "Delirious" just to get warmed up before we left the house for important bilateral meetings like this,” he said. 

Obama also recalled his last encounter with Prince, who died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.

“He came to perform at the White House last year and was extraordinary and creative and original and full of energy,” he shared.

On Good Morning America, Prince’s longtime friend Sheila E extolled his legacy.

“He's done so much for, for music,” she said. “He's created music that no one has ever done before. He had his own sound, and he did it for the people. He did it for the fans. He's done everything for them.”

Prince worked closely with the California-reared musician – born Sheila Escovedo – during the 1980s on chart-topping songs “Glamorous Life,” “Love Bazaar” and songs from his Purple Rain.

A former fiancée of his, Sheila E rushed to Paisley Park upon hearing the news of his sudden death.

When probed about unconfirmed reports that Prince may have been taking painkillers for his hip problems, she said she wouldn’t have been surprised due to his athleticism.

“He's like an athlete and you know, athletes train and they get injured and you know, we know that he's had issues with his hips,” she confided. “If you look back in the days of 'Purple Rain,' when he was on top of risers and jumping down off risers in those heels, it damaged even parts of his body.”

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