SEARCH

Tuesday
Dec132016

Sundance Head Wins "The Voice"

Sundance Head wins “The Voice: Tyler Golden/NBCBlake Shelton notched his fifth victory as a coach on The Voice, as his artist Sundance Head was crowned the season-11 winner.

Head, the son of Roy Head, famous for his 1965 hit, “Treat Her Right,” finished ahead of runner-up Billy Gilman of Team Adam Levine in the voting. He receives a recording contract as his grand prize.

Sundance reprised his original song "Darlin' Don't Go" to close the season.

Wé McDonald of Team Alicia Keys and country singer Josh Gallagher of Team Adam finished in third place and fourth place, respectively.

During the two-hour results show, each finalist performed with a special guest. Wé joined John Legend on his song “Love Me Now”; Josh welcomed Cam for her hit, “Burning House’”; Sundance teamed up with Kiss for a medley of "Detroit Rock City" and “Rock and Roll All Nite”; and Billy and Kelly Clarkson collaborated on "It’s Quiet Uptown."

Each artist also brought back previously eliminated contestants for special group performances.

The musical lineup also included Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, and The Voice top 12 teamed up for a performance of “Faith,” from the upcoming animated film Sing, opening nationwide December 21. Sting performed “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” while The Weeknd was also on hand with his hit “Starboy,” as was Bruno Mars, singing “24K Magic.”

The Voice returns in February on NBC, with Gwen Stefani joining coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Songs by Twenty One Pilots, Iggy Pop, Trent Reznor & More Eligible for Oscars

Image Group LA/ABCSongs written or co-written by Twenty One Pilots, Iggy Pop and Trent Reznor are among the 91 tracks eligible to be nominated for Best Original Song at the 2017 Oscars.

In order to be eligible, songs have to include original words and music specifically written for the movie, and a "clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody" has to be used either during the film, or as the first song you hear over the end credits. That means Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens," from Suicide Squad; Iggy Pop's "Gold," from Gold; and Reznor and Atticus Ross' "A Minute to Breathe," are all possible nominees.

Other Oscar eligible songs include Imagine Dragon's "Levitate," from Passengers; Florence + the Machine's Wish That You Were Here, from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; and The Lumineers' "Nobody Knows," from Pete's Dragon.

Pop's "Gold," which he co-wrote with Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton and the Gold film's director and composer, is already nominated for Best Original Song -- Motion Picture at the 2017 Golden Globes.

The nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced January 24, and the awards themselves will air February 26 on ABC.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Green Day Performs "American Idiot" and "Still Breathing" on "Ellen"

Image Group LA/ABCGreen Day made their daytime TV debut Tuesday afternoon on The Ellen Degeneres Show. The band played their classic hit "American Idiot," as well as their Revolution Radio single "Still Breathing." You can watch the performances now via Ellen.tv.

During the rendition of "American Idiot," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong slipped in a jab at President-elect Donald Trump, singing "Can you hear the sound of hysteria? The subliminal mind-Trump America." Green Day hasn't been shy about their politics lately -- when they performed "Bang Bang" on the American Music Awards last month, the band burst into a chant of "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A."

Green Day will be touring North American next year in support of Revolution Radio. The trek kicks off March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Naughty by Nature, Salt-N-Pepa and Coolio to Perform on "Pitbull's New Year's Revolution"

Natalie Brasington / FOXPitbull will ring in the new year once again with his third annual television broadcast event, Pitbull's New Year's Revolution.  

This time, a handful of iconic hip-hop and rap artists are joining Pitbull for the festive occasion, including Naughty by NatureSalt-N-PepaCoolioTone Loc, Biz Markie, Rob Base and Young MC.   Not coincidentally, all those artists are also featured on the successful I Love the 90s Tour, which will continue into 2017.

Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg will host the live show. 

Pitbull's New Year's Revolution airs December 31 from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET on FOX.  

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Cold War Kids Schedule 2017 North American Tour; Working on New Album

ABC/Randy HolmesCold War Kids have announced a headlining North American tour for 2017. The spring outing kicks off March 4 in Columbia, South Carolina, and will wrap up March 24 in Covington, Kentucky. Visit ColdWarKids.com for ticket info.

In the meantime, Cold War Kids are currently working on their sixth studio album, the follow-up to their 2014 effort, Hold My Home. The band will release a new single called "Love is Mystical" in January, while the album is due out in the spring.

Here are Cold War Kids' spring headlining dates:

3/4 -- Columbia, SC, Music Farm
3/5 -- Charlotte, NC, Fillmore
3/6 -- Saxapahaw, NC, Haw River Ballroom
3/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
3/10 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Varsity Theatre
3/11 -- Fayetteville, AR, George's Majestic Lounge
3/12 -- Omaha, NE, Sokol Auditorium
3/14 -- Madison, WI, Majestic
3/15 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
3/17 -- Columbia, MO, Blue Note
3/18 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
3/19 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian
3/21 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrews Hall
3/22 -- Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall
3/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
3/24 -- Covington, KY, Madison Theater

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Songs by Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Common and More Eligible for Oscars 

Trae Patton/NBCPharrell Williams, Alicia Keys and Common are among the artists with songs among the 91 tracks eligible to be nominated for Best Original Song at the 2017 Oscars.

Among those tracks are Pharrell's "I See a Victory" and "Runnin'" from Hidden Figures, which Williams also co-produced; Keys' "Back to Life" from Disney's Queen of Katwe; "Gone 2015" from the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle; "I'm Still Here" from the music documentary, Miss Sharon Jones! and Common's "Letter to yhe Free" from Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th.  

Stevie Wonder's "Faith," which was co-written with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder for the animated film Sing, also is eligible for nomination.  

The tune was nominated for a Golden Globe award in the Best Original Song -- Motion Picture category.  

For a song to be eligible, it "must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film" and must be a "clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody" used either during the film or as the first song you hear over the end credits.

The nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced January 24, and the awards themselves will air live February 26 on ABC. 

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Pharrell Williams Says "The Voice Is Doing Fine Without Me" 

Trae Patton/NBCAlthough Pharrell Williams found even more success with his four-season judging stint on The Voice, the record producer believes that there is no reason for him to return to the top-rated TV show anytime soon. 

"I think they're doing fine without me, and I gotta work," he tells People.  

The ten-time Grammy award-winning star is plenty busy these days.  

He's co-producer of the upcoming film drama Hidden Figures, as well as executive producer of the film's soundtrack. Pharrell is currently promoting the movie, scheduled for a Christmas Day release in limited theaters. 

The entertainer also had time for a surprise appearance  for middle school student musicians at the Equity Project Charter School in New York City recently.  

The children sang two of Williams' songs from the Hidden Figures soundtrack -- "I See a Victory' and "Runnin'." 

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Jacob Latimore Announces Tour to Support Debut Album, "CONNECTION" 

Vegas GiovanniNow that Jacob Latimore's debut album, CONNECTION, is out, the performer has announced a series of live shows to support the project. 

Kicking off January 19 in Milwaukee, the tour will hit selected cities throughout the month, including Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. 

Thelead single from CONNECTION, titled "The Real," and its companion video, also are available to view, stream and download.   

Here are the tour dates: 

1/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Colectivo Coffee
1/20 -- Chicago, IL, Subterranean 
1/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Code
1/23 -- New York, NY, SOB’s 
1/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Masquerade – Purgatory 
1/25 -- Houston, TX, Peacock at House of Blues 
1/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy 
1/30 -- San Francisco, CA, Brick and Mortar 

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Lady Gaga's "Million Reasons" Video Coming Wednesday

ABC/Fred LeeAt the end of Lady Gaga's video for "Perfect Illusion," she's lying in a heap in the middle of the desert.  What happens next?  We'll find out when the video for her current single, "Million Reasons," debuts on Wednesday.

Gaga tweeted, "#MILLIONREASONS video tomorrow. It starts right where #PerfectIllusion left off.”  She also included a brief clip of the video, which shows Gaga lying in the desert and opening her eyes, only to see a fleet of SUVs driving towards her.

The video will premiere Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET on MTV, and will then be available on Vevo.

Both songs are from Gaga's current album, Joanne.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

 

 

Tuesday
Dec132016

Loretta Lynn Looks Back on Christmases Past in New Video

ABC/Mark LevineYou can get a glimpse at what the holidays are like at Loretta Lynn’s house, in her new music video for her song “Country Christmas.”

Originally written as the title track for her first yuletide album in 1966, “Country Christmas” was re-recorded for her new White Christmas Blue project, which was produced by John Carter Cash, the only son of June Carter and the Man in Black. 

In the new video, John Carter plays guitar as Loretta sings, interspersed with archival footage of Loretta’s family celebrating Christmas through the years. You can can check it out at CMT.com.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Birthday Girl Taylor Swift Launches On-Demand Video Experience

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIn honor of Taylor Swift’s 27th birthday today, AT&T has launched her official on-demand video experience: Taylor Swift NOW.

The content includes original features with commentary from Taylor, with new videos to be added regularly. So far, there are 13 video “chapters” including “That One Time…I Was Nostalgic,” about the people who have been with Taylor since the beginning of her career, and “That One Time…I Surprised My Fans,” about Taylor sending gifts to her fans and showing up when they aren’t expecting her.

Taylor will be performing at DirecTV's annual Super Saturday Night concert early next year, and songs from her performance will show up on the channel as well.

Taylor Swift NOW is available on all of AT&T’s video platforms including DirecTV NOW, DirecTV and U-verse.  It will also be available through those platforms’ apps for streaming on-the-go.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Tuesday
Dec132016

Drake White to Headline the Spark Tour in 2017

BMLGNewcomer Drake White will set out on his first headlining trek this February, playing 17 clubs on the Spark Tour 2017, along with his band, The Big Fire.

“The Big Fire and I are road warriors,” he says. “We have been playing together for many years, so to be out there on our own tour is really special for us.”

You can expect the setlist to include his breakthrough top-20 hit, “Livin’ the Dream,” as well as his latest single, “Makin’ Me Look Good Again.”

Here’s the itinerary for Drake White’s Spark Tour 2017:

2/4 -- Bangor, ME, Husson University, Gracie Theatre
2/16 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Texas Club
2/17 -- Katy, TX, Mo’s Place
3/17 -- Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s
3/18 --  Greenville, SC, The Blind Horse Saloon
3/23 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
3/24 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
3/25 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegen Sun, Wolf Den
4/7 -- Tampa, FL, The Dallas Bull
4/13 -- Nashville, TN, Exit/In
4/14 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
4/19 -- Warrendale, PA, Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
4/20 -- Shelby Township, MI, Coyote Joe’s
4/21 -- Indianapolis, IN, 8 Seconds Saloon 
5/5 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone
5/31 -- San Diego, CA, Moonshine Beach
6/2 -- San Bernardino, CA, Brandin’ Iron

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Diana Ross Lines Up Three-Night Concert Event in New York City This Spring

Metropolitan PresentsShe's coming out -- to the Big Apple! Diana Ross has confirmed that she will perform three concerts at New York City Center on April 24, 25 and 26.

Tickets for the shows will be available to the general public starting this Saturday, December 17, at noon ET. Priced from $62 to $302.50, they can be purchased at the venue's box office, online at NYCityCenter.org and by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212.  

Diana's New York City performances will be preceded by her recently announced nine-date Las Vegas residency at the Venetian Theatre, scheduled for February 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 22, 24 and 25.  

Tickets for the Vegas shows, dubbed The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, are on sale now at Venetian.com, at the Venetian and Palazzo Theatres box offices, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Green Day Performs "American Idiot" and "Still Breathing" on "Ellen"

Image Group LA/ABCGreen Day made their daytime TV debut Tuesday afternoon on The Ellen Degeneres Show. The band played their classic hit "American Idiot," as well as their Revolution Radio single "Still Breathing." You can watch the performances now at Ellen.tv.

During the rendition of "American Idiot," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong slipped in a jab at President-elect Donald Trump, singing "Can you hear the sound of hysteria? The subliminal mind-Trump America." Green Day hasn't been shy about their politics lately -- when they performed "Bang Bang" on the American Music Awards last month, the band burst into a chant of "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A."

Green Day will be touring North American next year in support of Revolution Radio. The trek kicks off March 1 in Phoenix.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Joe Walsh Honored by Ringo Starr, Other Music Greats at Seattle Museum's Annual Awards Gala

Credit: Jim BennettThis past week, Joe Walsh was honored for his career contributions to popular music at a star-studded gala held in Seattle at the Museum of Pop Culture, a.k.a. MoPOP. Walsh was presented with the institution's annual Founders Award at the event, during which he was saluted by and performed with his brother-in-law Ringo Starr, as well as Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, Paul Rodgers, Todd Rundgren, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

You can watch a 12-minute video featuring highlights from the bash at the museum's official YouTube channel. The clip includes speeches by Starr, MoPOP founder and Microsft co-founder Paul Allen and Walsh himself, as well as footage of Joe singing his hit "Rocky Mountain Way" backed by Ringo on drums, and a rendition of his James Gang classic "Funk #49" with the event's full cast of guest musicians.

The show also featured Walsh teaming up with Grohl and Hawkins on The James Gang's "Walk Away and "Lost Woman," with Rundgren on The Eagles' "In the City" and Joe's solo hit "Life's Been Good to Me So Far," and with Rodgers Paul Rodgers on The Eagles' "Pretty Maids All in a Row" and "Life in the Fast Lane."

Other music stars sent congratulatory videos that were played during the bash, including Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Jeff Lynne, Slash, Billy Gibbons, David Crosby, Graham Nash, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi.

The Founders Award gala raised almost $1.2 million in support of MoPOP's music-education programs. MoPOP formerly was known as the EMP Museum. The institution has been presenting the Founders Award since 2007. Previous honorees include Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Robbie Robertson, Carlos Santana, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, and Page.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Kanye West Says He Met with Donald Trump to Discuss "Multicultural Issues"

ABC NewsKanye West  took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to provide insight into what was discussed during his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in New York City. 

"I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues," Kanye writesadding, "These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago." 

"I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change," Kanye continued, with another message simply stating, "#2024," alluding to Kanye's possible run for president in the year 2024. 

West said that he would run for president in 2020 during a memorable MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard award in August 2015. 

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

 

 

Tuesday
Dec132016

Bruce Springsteen's First Car Is on the Auction Block

Ben Gabbe/Getty ImagesHow would you like to own the first car that Bruce Springsteen ever bought? No, it's not a pink Cadillac -- it's a yellow '57 Chevy Bel Air convertible, and it's up for bid now at eBay.

According Springsteen historian Michael Crane, the Boss purchased the vehicle in May 1975 for $2,000, and wrote his classic songs "Born to Run," "Thunder Road" and "Backstreets" in the car. The hot rod, which features orange flames painted across its hood, appeared in articles about Springsteen in Time and Newsweek following the release of his Born to Run album.

Springsteen sold the car in spring of 1976, supposedly because it drew too much attention to him. It later went on display from 2008 to 2010 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York City, and then was part of a huge Springsteen exhibit that opened at Cleveland's Rock Hall in 2010.

The vehicle is said to be in excellent running condition, and has had its mechanical and electrical systems updated.

The winning bidder for the car also will receive the vehicle's original registration and an Allstate insurance card issued in Springsteen's name. Also included in the sale will be an 80-page book compiled by Crane, titled Out in the Street: Bruce Springsteen's 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible.  It features details about the car and its history, as well as a variety of rare photos.

The auction is scheduled to run until this Monday, December 19, at 11:50 p.m. ET. As of Tuesday afternoon, the bidding stood at $10,300, although that figure is below the current owner's reserve price.

By the way, in his song "Racing in the Street," the Boss sings about owning a Chevy, but it's a '69, not a '57.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Chase Bryant to Begin 2017 on Tour with His Hero Brad Paisley

ABC/Image Group LA Just as Chase Bryant’s new single, “Room to Breathe,” is breaking into the top 40, the Texas native found out he’s going on tour next year with one of his heroes.

“As a singer, writer, guitarist, and just a fan of music, I’ve looked up to Brad Paisley for as long as I can remember,” Chase says. “So to say I’m both honored and excited to tour with Brad would be a big understatement!”

Chase kicks off the 2017 leg of the Life Amplified World Tour with Brad on February 1 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

“Room to Breathe” is the follow-up to Chase’s top-five hit “Little Bit of You,” and the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Report: Mary J. Blige Demanding Estranged Husband Return Her Grammy 

ABC/Fred WatkinsMary J. Blige's divorce from her estranged husband, Martin "Kendu" Isaacs has just gotten nastier: according to a new report, Mary is now claiming her ex won't return her Grammy award or her cars.

According to TMZ, Mary filed new court documents that claim Isaacs refused to return a Grammy and other "achievement awards," in addition to some luxury cars leased under her company's name.

The singer claims Isaacs owes her three cars, including a Range Rover that was to be returned in February, and two Mercedes: a C300 and their SL500.  

Mary says that Isaacs can keep the last one, though. The "No More Drama" songstress also claims that Martin owes her $420,000 in business expenses for work he never did.

As previously reported, the former couple, wed in 2003, have been involved in an ongoing divorce battle.  Isaacs is demanding nearly $130,000 in spousal support per month.  

They've cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. 

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Mario Debuts New Single "Let Me Help You" 

Cheng ChumMario's first official single from his forthcoming album, Paradise Cove, is here.

The song, "Let Me Help You," features the singer telling a love interest that he can help her by providing unconditional love, even though she's a self-sufficient woman. 

"Girl, I know you got weight on your shoulders/And I can tell that it's pushing you lower/You got me sitting right here/But you'd rather struggle so your conscience remains clear," Mario sings. 

Mario's fifth studio album, Paradise Cove, is scheduled to arrive early next year. "Let Me Help You" is now available to stream and purchase from the usual digital platforms.  

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

 







ABC News Radio