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Feb102017

John Legend and The Dream Release New Tracks on "Fifty Shades Darker" Soundtrack 

ABC/Paula LoboJohn Legend and The Dream both are featured on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, released today, with sultry-sounding tracks: "One Woman Man," from Legend, and Dream's "Code Blue." 

"Want you all to myself/Don't want nobody else/All your loving/All or nothing," croons Legend, while Dream sings, "There's no forever baby/I'm just looking for a little favor/And you're just trying to save a little time," on his respective song.  

The Dream's next studio project, Love Affair, is scheduled to arrive later this year and John will perform during Sunday' night's Grammy Awards and at the 89th Oscars on February 26.  

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Friday
Feb102017

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Releasing Album of String Quartet Versions of Tull Tunes

BMG/The End RecordsJethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson has teamed with ex-Tull keyboardist John O'Hara and the Carducci Quartet -- an award-winning Anglo-Irish string quartet -- to record an album featuring reimagined classical versions of songs by his old band.

Jethro Tull -- The String Quartets, which will be released on March 24, includes 12 tracks based on or inspired by such well-known tunes as "Living in the Past," "Bungle in the Jungle," "Songs from the Wood," "Locomotive Breath" and "Aqualung."

Anderson plays flute on most of the tracks, and also lends vocals to a few songs. The album was arranged and orchestrated by O'Hara.

Each piece has been renamed and combines the melodies of Jethro Tull songs with classical elements. For example, the song inspired by "Aqualung" is called "Aquafugue" and begins with the classic tune's six-note riff before moving on to follow the musical rules of a fugue. The album also features a piece called "Songs and Horses" that mixes melodic elements of "Songs from the Wood" and "Heavy Horses."

You can pre-order Jethro Tull -- The String Quartets now at PledgeMusic.com.

In other news, Anderson has announced plans for a brief U.S. solo tour, dubbed the Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson tour.  It'll showcase the band's classic tunes augmented by a multimedia presentation. Ian will be joined by a band that includes various former Tull members: O'Hara, bassist David Goodier, guitarist Florian Opahle and drummer Scott Hammond.

The tour will kick off May 26 with a special performance at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre featuring accompaniment from the Colorado Symphony.

Here are all of Anderson's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

5/26 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Route 66 Casino - Legends Theatre
5/28 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre PAC
5/30 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre
5/31 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
6/1 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Casino - Choctaw Grand Theater

And here is the track list for Jethro Tull -- The String Quartets:

"In the Past" ("Living in the Past")
"Sossity Waiting" ("Sossity: You're a Woman"/"Reasons for Waiting")
"Bungle" ("Bungle in the Jungle")
"We Used to Bach" ("We Used to Know"/"Bach Prelude C Major")
"Farm, the Fourway ("Farm on the Freeway")
"Songs and Horses" ("Songs from the Wood"/"Heavy Horses")
"Only the Giving" ("Wond'ring Aloud")
"Loco" ("Locomotive Breath")
"Pass the Bottle" ("A Christmas Song")
"Velvet Gold" ("Velvet Green")
"Ring Out These Bells" ("Ring Out, Solstice Bells")
"Aquafugue" ("Aqualung")

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Friday
Feb102017

New Edition Arrives in Top 40 of "Billboard" Album Chart for First Time in Over a Decade

ABC/Kelsey McNealAfter the colossal success of their BET biopic drama, The New Edition StoryNew Edition has returned to the top 40 on the Billboard 200 album chart with All the Number Ones.  

It's the first appearance of a New Edition album in the top 40 of the chart in more than a decade.

The compilation was released in 2000 but according to Billboard is making it's chart debut this week, at #37.

The New Edition album to make the top 40 cam in 2004 when One Love both debuted and peaked at #12.  

As previously reported, group member Johnny Gill said in January that New Edition plans a new album to release as soon as possible, along with a tour, due to high demand following the TV bio-series.   

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Friday
Feb102017

Nicki Minaj Releases New Song on "Fifty Shades Darker" Soundtrack 

Image Group LA/ABCNicki Minaj's latest release, "Bom Bidi Bom," is featured on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, released today. The rapper teamed up with singer Nick Jonas for the steamy track. 

“He said, if he can't hit my bullseye/He'd rather die/He put it on me better/Than any other guy,” Nicki rhymes.  

In a recent Q&A Twitter session with fans, Nicki said that she was "ecstatic" when asked to be on the movie soundtrack. 

The Fifty Shades of Grey sequel is in theaters now. 

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Friday
Feb102017

David Bowie Competing for Multiple Honors at This Sunday's Grammys; Dylan, Gabriel Also Among Nominees

Credit: Jimmy KingThe 59th Annual Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, and among the artists who will compete for multiple honors at the ceremony is the late David Bowie. The influential rocker's final studio album, Blackstar, has been nominated for the Best Alternative Album, while the title track garnered Bowie nods the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories.

Blackstar also is up for the Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical honors.

Among the other veteran rock artists competing for Grammy trophies this year are Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Metallica, Megadeth and Iggy Pop. Dylan's Fallen Angels is vying for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album prize; Gabriel is up for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "The Veil," from the movie Snowden; Metallica is in the running for the Best Rock Song award, for "Hardwired"; Megadeth's "Dystopia" received a nod for Best Metal Performance; and Pop scored a nomination for Best Alternative Music Album for Post Pop Depression.

Meanwhile, Patti Smith and Elvis Costello both have been nominated in a nonmusical category, Best Spoken Word Album, for the audio books to their respective memoirs M Train and Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.

The Beatles also have a shot at a Grammy this year, sort of: Ron Howard's documentary about the Fab Four, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, has been nominated for Best Music Film.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, the Premiere Ceremony -- during which about 70 awards will be handed out prior to the Grammy telecast -- begins at 3:30 p.m. ET, and can be viewed online at Grammy Live.

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Friday
Feb102017

David Bowie Competing for Multiple Honors at This Sunday's Grammys; Dylan, Streisand Also Among Nominees

Credit: Jimmy KingThe 59th Annual Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, and among the artists who will compete for multiple honors at the ceremony is the late David Bowie.

The influential rocker's final studio album, Blackstar, has been nominated for the Best Alternative Album, while the title track garnered Bowie nods the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories.  Blackstar is also nominated in the Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical categories.

Among the other veteran artists competing for Grammy trophies this year are Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand, whose respective albums Fallen Angels and Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway are vying for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album prize.

Peter Gabriel is up for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "The Veil," from the movie Snowden.

In addition, Judy Collins' collaborative record with Ari Hest, Silver Skies Blue, has been nominated for Best Folk Album; Cyndi Lauper has received a Best Musical Theater Album nod for the Original West End Cast recording of Kinky Boots; and Herb Alpert's Human Nature is in the running for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Meanwhile, Patti Smith and Elvis Costello both have been nominated in a non-musical category -- Best Spoken Word Album -- for the audio books to their respective memoirs M Train and Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.

The Beatles also have a shot at a Grammy this year, sort of: Ron Howard's documentary about the Fab Four, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, has been nominated for Best Music Film.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, airs live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, the Premiere Ceremony -- during which about 70 awards will be handed out prior to the Grammy telecast -- begins at 3:30 p.m. ET, and can be viewed online at Grammy Live.

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Friday
Feb102017

Grammy Producer Says Sunday Night's Telecast Will Include Tributes, Collaborations & Politics -- but No Bieber 

Courtesy The Recording AcademyThe 59th Annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday night.  What can we expect from the star-studded show?  A "very emotional" George Michael tribute, for one, plus an "exciting" Lady Gaga and Metallica duet, political speeches, and no Justin Bieber.

"Even with the nominations that he has, he doesn’t think this is his year," Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich says of Justin, who's nominated in the prestigious Album and Song of the Year categories. "I know he’ll be back again, but...you won’t see him on stage this year."  

Ehrlich tells ABC Radio that George Michael tribute will be a "very emotional performance" involving one specific artist, while a Prince tribute will involve multiple artists and be "upbeat." 

The Lady Gaga/Metallica team-up is one of several collaborative "Grammy Moments" we'll see Sunday night.  According to Ehrlich, it was the idea of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who told him the band loves Gaga and it "would really be exciting [to perform with her]." 

Other collaborations include Lukas Graham and country star Kelsea Ballerini, and Alicia Keys and country star Maren Morris

Katy Perry will also deliver a "unique" performance that will have "tremendous energy," says Ehrlich, adding, "Our old friends Bruno Mars and Adele are coming along and they always bring something special."  John Legend will perform the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" during the "In Memoriam" segment.

As for politics, Ehrlich says, "We’re not there to censor...I’ve always believed that musical artists are more than just their music. They have... strong feelings, and I appreciate things that they have to say."

What about the big Album of the Year showdown between Adele's 25 and Beyonce's Lemonade?  Ehrlich says of the two divas, "We know they like each other very much, so whoever wins, I think it’s gonna be a really popular win." 

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Friday
Feb102017

Pierce the Veil Goes Bowling in "Floral & Fading" Video 

Credit: Jonathan WeinerPierce the Veil hits the bowling alley in the new video for their song "Floral & Fading." In the clip, the San Diego rockers perform the track for a group of enthusiastic teenagers, whose slow dancing quickly morphs into moshing, much to the chagrin of the very lame bowling alley owner. You can watch the "Floral & Fading" video now on YouTube.

"Floral & Fading" is a track from Pierce the Veil's latest album, Misadventures, which also features the single "Circles."

Next week, Pierce the Veil will hit the road in support of Misadventures on their Rest in Space headlining tour, which kicks off February 17 in Eugene, Oregon. They'll be joined on the trek by Falling in Reverse and Crown the Empire.

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Friday
Feb102017

Milky Chance Has an "Ego" Problem on New Track

Republic RecordsMilky Chance has premiered a new song from their forthcoming sophomore album, Blossom. The track is called "Ego," and it's streaming now on YouTube.

"Ego" is the third track Milky Chance has shared from Blossom, following "Doing Good" and the lead single "Cocoon." Blossom will be released March 17.

In support of Blossom, Milky Chance will be playing a number of North American shows around the release of the album, including dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Toronto. They'll also be playing Bonnaroo this summer.

Milky Chance's debut album, Sadnecessary, was released in the U.S. in 2014. The album's lead single, "Stolen Dance," led the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart for 10 straight weeks.

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Friday
Feb102017

Can I Get a Hallelujah?: Maren Morris Admits She's Shocked and Overwhelmed by Her Grammy Success

ABC/Image Group LA After she won the New Artist of the Year trophy at November’s CMAs, Maren Morris recalled how just twelve months earlier, she’d been sitting at a bar across the street watching the show on TV. In much the same way, the Texas native came out of nowhere to become the most-nominated country artist at Sunday’s Grammys.

“I think I'm the most shocked of anyone,” she admits. “I don't know, you release an album and you just sort of hope some people like it because you do,” she says of her nominated record, Hero.

For Maren, that sensation only intensifies when she considers she’s up for the prestigious Best New Artist Grammy, along with her contemporary, Kelsea Ballerini.

“It's very overwhelming to be in a category -- all-genre -- with artists that I really admire and have listened to their records this year and have been really inspired,” she says, referring to the remaining nominees The ChainsmokersChance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak.

Having written the nominated anthem, “My Church,” it’s no surprise Maren realizes exactly what her multiple nods mean for Music City.

“I'm really honored to be in that category and to be representing country and representing Nashville in that way… It's a huge honor.”

Maren’s taking her mom as her date to the 59th Annual Grammys, which start at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night on CBS.

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Friday
Feb102017

Britney Spears' Niece Is Out of the Hospital 

(L-R) Actress Jamie Lynn Spears, Maddie Aldridge, Lynne Spears/Todd Williamson/BBMA2016/Getty Images for dcp Britney Spears' niece Maddie is on the mend.

The eight-year-old daughter of Britney's sister Jamie Lynn Spears is out of the hospital following an accident last weekend.  According to a police report obtained by People magazine, the girl was driving an ATV when she lost control, flipped over and ended up in the water.

"We're headed home with our baby girl as she continues to recover," Jamie Lynn tweeted. "Thank you again to everyone. We are truly blessed."  She included a photo of a helicopter from the Children's Hospital in New Orleans which transported Maddie home. 

Maddie's stepfather posted the same photo on Instagram, and wrote, "Thanks to the amazing first responders, and medical teams at University and Children's Hospital in New Orleans, LA...above all else we are so thankful for each and every prayer, because we know that is what truly made the difference."

Britney tweeted, "So grateful that Maddie was able to go home today...it's truly a miracle. Our prayers were heard, and they were answered!" 

"Thank you so much for all of your love and support this week," she added. "My family appreciates it more than you will ever know."

The hospital issued a statement to People via a spokesperson for the Spears family, saying that Maddie is "she is breathing well and interacting with loved ones. Doctors say she is on the way to a full recovery.”  The statement confirmed that Maddie accidentally drove an ATV into a pond and was trapped underwater. 

"It appears she has not suffered any neurological consequences from the accident," the hospital told People in a statement from the Spears rep.

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Friday
Feb102017

Hillary Scott Sees "a Piece of Why" as She Shares Emotional Grammy Nods with Her Family

ABC/Chris HolloThere’s no shortage of Grammys in Hillary Scott’s family. In fact, her mom Linda Davis had one most of the time she was growing up, having won the 1993 Best Country Vocal Collaboration trophy for her duet with Reba McEntire on the classic “Does He Love You.” Hillary herself has seven from her work with Lady Antebellum.

But this year’s nominations with her mom, dad Lang Scott and little sister Rylee are special for a multitude of reasons. Hillary Scott & the Scott Family’s album Love Remains was originally conceived simply as a thank you for friends and family who’d supported them through the passing of her paternal grandfather.

“Over-the-moon excited!” Hillary exclaims, as she considers what the nods for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and Performance/Song mean to her.

“Never expected it,” she goes on, “because honestly, when we set out to make the record we weren't sure how many people would get to hear it, you know? To be able to share this with my family is -- it makes me cry,” she says as she fights back tears.

The sentiment grows even deeper when she considers the inspiration for her nominated song, “Thy Will”: making sense of a miscarriage.

“That song in particular, coming from such a difficult thing,” she looks back, “I think we all hope that the things that we go through in our life, you end up, at some point being able to look back and say, 'OK, all right. I still would never want to go through it again, but I see why,' a piece of why even. And so this is just, you know, it's just been an incredible, incredible year.”

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Friday
Feb102017

Lady Gaga May Have a New Boyfriend; Two of Her Albums Returning to Top 10

Image Group LA/ABCLooks like Lady Gaga is having a moment.  In addition to rocking the Super Bowl halftime show, seeing her record sales increase by 1,000 percent and preparing for a Grammy performance on Sunday, she may have found love again.

A source confirms to People magazine that Gaga is dating Christian Carino, a talent agent at CAA.  The two were spotted together at a Kings of Leon show on January 28, People reports, and were also seen "cuddling" at the Super Bowl last weekend.

Carino isn't likely to be starstruck by Gaga -- according to People, some of his clients include Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Lopez.

Last year, Gaga and her ex-fiance Taylor Kinney called off their engagement.  They'd been together since 2011, and the Chicago Fire star popped the question in 2015 on Valentine's Day.

Meanwhile, Billboard reports that thanks to her Super Bowl performance, Lady Gaga's most recent album Joanne is on track to jump from #66 on the album chart to #2, while her 2008 debut album, The Fame, may re-enter the chart in the top 10.   Her 2011 album Born This Way could also re-enter the chart in the top 30.  She performed songs from all three albums during the halftime show.

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Friday
Feb102017

Cage the Elephant Joins MusiCares Person of the Year Gala Lineup 

Credit: Ira ChernovaCage the Elephant will perform at the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, which will pay tribute to Tom Petty.

The Kentucky rockers join an impressive lineup that already includes Foo Fighters, The Lumineers, The Head and the Heart, Elle King, Don Henley of The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks. Petty himself will also perform during the event alongside his band The Heartbreakers.

The 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year gala takes place tonight, February 10, in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Friday
Feb102017

Metallica Rises to Top of "Billboard" Mainstream Rock Songs Chart for Ninth Time

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica has notched their ninth number one single on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart thanks to "Atlas, Rise!," a track from the band's new album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct.

Only five other bands have topped Mainstream Rock Songs at least nine times: Aerosmith, Shinedown, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Three Days Grace and Van Halen, who leads the pack with 13 number-one singles. Metallica, though, has the longest time span between number ones on the chart: 20 years, eight months and 12 days.

"Atlas, Rise!" is the second song from Hardwired...to Self-Destruct to top Mainstream Rock Songs, following the single "Hardwired," which is nominated for Best Rock Song at this year's Grammys.

Metallica will be performing at the Grammys alongside Lady Gaga. The telecast begins this Sunday, February 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Friday
Feb102017

Kings of Leon's Surreal Sci-Fi Saga Continues in "Reverend" Video

RCA RecordsKings of Leon have shared the video for their song "Reverend," which continues the strange, sci-fi story of the band's previously released "Waste a Moment" and "Find Me" clips.

The "Reverend" video takes place in the same small town town as its predecessors, which seems to be stuck in a permanent episode of The Twilight Zone. After trying to solve a host of mysterious disappearances in the "Find Me" clip, the town residents now have to deal with a magical orb that fell from the sky. You can watch the "Reverend" video now on YouTube.

"Reverend," "Find Me" and "Waste a Moment" are all tracks from Kings of Leon's new album WALLS. The Nashville rockers will be touring North America in support of WALLS this spring and summer starting April 28 in Chula Vista, California.

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Friday
Feb102017

The Jesus and Mary Chain Premieres New Track, "Always Sad"

ADA/Warner MusicThe Jesus and Mary Chain has shared a new song called "Always Sad," which, ironically, is pretty happy, thanks to a upbeat rhythm and a jangly guitar riff. You can listen to "Always Sad" now via the band's Facebook page.

"Always Sad" is a track from The Jesus and Mary Chain's new album Damage and Joy, the band's first album in nearly two decades. It's the second song the band has shared from the album, following the single "Amputation."

Damage and Joy will be released March 24.

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Friday
Feb102017

Desiigner Releases New Single, "Outlet" 

ABC/Randy HolmesDesiigner full-length version of his single, "Outlet," is finally here. A teaser snippet of the song was featured in a Champs Sports music video commercial last year.  

The rapper's first release of the year follows the recent announcement of his first major headlining tour, which is named after the track. Tickets are on sale now. 

In other news, the "Tiimmy Turner" star posted an Instagram photo Friday showing himself gleefully posing with a Billboard Hot 100 award trophy.  

In the caption, he wrote, "THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING @BILLBOARD #HOT100AWARD #POWER100 #PANDA #HUMBLED #BLESSED #GRATEFUL #LOD."  

The artist's smash-hit single, "Panda" rose to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 2016 and spent 40 weeks on the chart.  

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Friday
Feb102017

Nick Jonas and Carly Rae Jepsen Release New Songs Today

ABC/Randy HolmesTwo buzzworthy collaborations were released today: one off the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, the other a remake of a 1988 hip-hop classic.

Nick Jonas and Nicki Minaj have teamed up for the steamy track "Bom Bidi Bom" from the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel,  in theaters today.

“I'm an addict/I'm your patient/Your lips are the medication,” Nick sings on the song, while Nicki contributes her own sexy rap.

Meanwhile, Carly Rae Jepsen and rapper Lil Yachty have released their version of the Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock song, “It Takes Two.” The song’s video, sponsored by Target, will debut during the Grammys on Sunday.

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Friday
Feb102017

Harry Styles’ "Authentic" Debut Solo Album Is “Close” to Being Ready, Says Record Label Head

ABC/Phil McCartenHarry Styles’ debut solo album might be arriving sooner than we think. Columbia Records CEO Rob Stringer, who was recently promoted to the head of Sony Music, tells Billboard Harry's record is almost finished.

“We're close and we're very excited,” he says. “We have a record we're incredibly excited about and it’s not far away from being ready. We obviously want everything to be beautifully done, because we think he's here to stay.”

Stringer adds, “Harry has stepped up with the vision of someone who's authentic.”

Harry will follow in the footsteps of One Direction band mates Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, who have already released solo material. And of course, former member Zayn has also enjoyed solo success, proving there isn’t just one breakout star from the group.

Stringer attributes this to the fact that none of the members painted themselves into a corner when it came to their images.

“They weren't caricatures,” he says. “And today, they're making smart choices. It doesn't surprise me that [they're taking] different paths and they're doing pretty well.”

Harry’s also set to make his movie debut in the movie Dunkirk, which comes out July 21.

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