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Friday
Feb242017

Brendon Urie wants to do the "craziest stuff" on Panic! at the Disco's headlining tour 

Credit: Sherwin LainezPanic! at the Disco will kick off a massive arena tour tonight in Uncasville, Connecticut. The outing is the band's first headlining run in support of their new album Death of a Bachelor, though they spent last summer touring behind it while opening for Weezer.

"The Weezer tour was so amazing for me to be able to be a part of that," Panic! frontman Brendon Urie tells ABC Radio. "Our production, I thought, was really great, so I wanna take that and blow it 10 times crazier."

Urie is no stranger to crazy production ideas -- prior to the Weezer trek, he said he wanted to perform will being literally on fire. He didn't get to do that, but that hasn't stopped him from coming up with even more insane proposals, though they may have similarly been rejected for safety concerns.

"There's a couple things I still wanna do that have gotten shot down so fast," Urie says. "Like, I seriously mentioned it, and like five minutes later, I got an email, 'No, that's not gonna happen.' I don't know if my ideas are really the ones that are conducive for, like, a healthy show, 'cause I just wanna do the craziest stuff."

"Whether or not it puts me in danger, that's secondary," he adds. "I just wanna make a good show."

Urie promises the shows will be "unreal," especially when Panic! headlines New York City's Madison Square Garden for the first time in their career on March 2.

"I relate [MSG] to Song Remains the Same, Led Zeppelin played there," Urie says. "Billy Joel, Guns N' Roses, you just have the biggest people, and some of my favorite artists have all played there, it's just legendary. So this is gonna be just so crazy, the most awesome show ever." 

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Friday
Feb242017

Scott Stapp and Art of Anarchy declare "No Surrender" on new track

Century Media RecordsArt of Anarchy has shared a new track called "No Surrender," which appears on the band's forthcoming sophomore album The Madness, their first with Creed's Scott Stapp on vocals. You can listen to "No Surrender" now via Billboard.com.

"In 'No Surrender' I addressed those moments in life where you've reached a personal crossroads or crisis," Stapp tells Billboard.

Along with Stapp, Art of Anarchy includes ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer. The band's first album, which was released in 2015, features the late Scott Weiland on lead vocals.

Stapp's path to Art of Anarchy has been an unusual one -- not only was he replacing Weiland, but when he joined the band in 2016, he was less than two years removed from a very public and bizarre breakdown, after which he was diagnosed as bipolar. He says that his recovery from that incident influenced the lyrics he wrote for The Madness.

"The guys really just gave me the freedom to do what I feel I do best and what they felt I do best and really let me write the lyrics and say what I wanted to say," Stapp explains.

"I really didn't have any preconceived ideas of what was going to come out of me," he continues. "But obviously given what happened three years ago there was a lot to process in my life, and I'm in such a different place now than I was then and I really explored that lyrically on this record and really walked through multiple different phases of being in the midst of that experience, and then being on the other side of it."

The Madness will be released March 24.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Mariah Carey congratulates ex-husband Nick Cannon on birth of son 

ABC/Randy HolmesMariah Carey appears to be happy for Nick Cannon regarding the birth of his son, Golden "Sagon" Cannon.  

Golden was born on Tuesday, February 21. 

A source told E! News that the "I Don't" singer recently wished Nick all the best saying that "Mariah has been aware of the baby for a while now and she congratulated him. They are on fine terms and continue to be good parents for their children."  

Golden is Nick's first child with ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell and third child overall.  

He shares parental responsibilities of five-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with Mariah.

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Thursday
Feb232017

"It's gonna be boss": Rick Ross is ready for his hosting debut at the 2017 MTV Woodies 

Image Group LA/ABCRick Ross is headed to the MTV Woodies this year, but in a brand-new role -- as host of the show which takes place at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on March 16.  

The rapper tells Billboard that he's up for the challenge -- even if that includes making a complete fool of himself in the process. 

"To me, that's what's gonna make it dope, the fact that I don't know what the f*** I'm doing. I'm gonna go out there fly as a mother****** and it's gonna be boss. You know me, I just go off the energy, I'm gonna do a wonderful job. I'm gonna interact with the crowd, so that's what it's gonna be about with me," he says.  

Rozay's new album, Rather You than Me, is expected to drop the day after his hosting debut. He tells the publication that the album might just be his "magnum opus." 

"It's just the highest level of Maybach Music. I'm excited for the streets to hear the collaborations, the records, the production. I feel like this is definitely, for anybody that ever, ever doubted Rick Ross, this is most definitely going to solidify that I'm one of the greatest," he says.  

You can catch Rick hosting the 2017 MTV Woodies on March 16 at 11 p.m. ET.  

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Thursday
Feb232017

Highly Suspect builds a robot in "My Name Is Human" video

Credit: Shervin LainezHighly Suspect has premiered the video for their Grammy-nominated single "My Name Is Human."

The visual is set against a stark white background, and shows a machine building a human-like robot, played by Pretty Little Liars actress Chloe Bridges. It's basically a few cowboys and a player piano version of a Radiohead song away from being a Westworld episode. You can watch the "My Name Is Human" video now via VanityFair.com.

"A lot of people think the song is about being a human," frontman Johnny Stevens tells Vanity Fair. "I believe some of us aren't human at all. Or at least not completely, but that is still our name."

"At some point in the last couple hundred years something changed," he continues. "The androids, the aliens...they aren't coming. We are here. A molecule can enter our atmosphere and change the entire world's genetic makeup without anyone taking notice. You think little green men are the aliens? My 'name' is human."

"And Chloe Bridges rules," he adds.

"My Name Is Human" is the lead single from Highly Suspect's sophomore album The Boy Who Died Wolf. The band will be touring the U.S. in support of The Boy Who Died Wolf this spring and summer.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Bring Me the Horizon's Oli Sykes guests on new track "Silence Speaks" from metalcore band While She Sleeps

Credit: Danny BaldwinBring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes lends his voice to a new song from fellow British metalcore band While She Sleeps. The track is called "Silence Speaks," and you can listen to it, and watch the accompanying video, now on YouTube.

"Silence Speaks" appears on While She Sleeps' forthcoming new album You Are We, which will be released April 21.

Sykes and Bring Me the Horizon are coming to the U.S. next month for their American Nightmare headlining tour, which kicks off March 8 in Orlando.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Sara Bareilles to Perform During Oscars "In Memoriam" Segment

Jason Kempin/Getty Images for UNICEFSara Bareilles knows how to deliver an emotional performance, so it's no wonder she's been tapped to sing during this year's "In Memoriam" segment at Sunday night's Academy Awards.

The singer, who'll be making her Broadway debut next month in the musical she wrote, Waitress, will sing while photos of dearly-departed stars and notable Hollywood figures appear on screen.

Among those sure to be included in the montage: Carrie Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds, who died within a day of one another in December, and Prince, whose movie Purple Rain won the Oscar for Best Original Song Score.  He died last April.

In a statement, the show's producers said, "Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community, including familiar faces and those behind the scenes who have enriched the art of moviemaking." 

Following Sara's performance, an extended photo gallery of more than 200 additional showbiz folks we lost in the past year will be posted on Oscar.com.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air Sunday night on ABC at 8:30pm ET.

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Thursday
Feb232017

50 Cent's first greatest hits compilation set for release this March 

ABC/Randy Holmes50 Cent fans will be able to revisit more than just a trip to the rapper's candy shop on his forthcoming greatest hits album, Best of 50 Cent.  

The rapper's first-ever "Best Of" compilation will feature smash hits from his 2003 debut project Get Rich or Die Tryin,' as well as The MassacreCurtisBefore I Self Destruct, the soundtrack for the hip-hop biopic Get Rich or Die Tryin' and the motion picture soundtrack for the 1999 crime thriller, In Too Deep.  

Best of 50 Cent, scheduled to be released March 31, is available to pre-order now. Here's the track list: 

"In Da Club"
"21 Questions" (featuring Nate Dogg)
"P.I.M.P."
"Disco Inferno"
"Candy Shop" (featuring Olivia)
"Just a Lil Bit"
"Outta Control (Remix)" (featuring Mobb Deep)
"Hustler's Ambition"
"Best Friend (Remix)" (featuring Olivia)
"Window Shopper"
"Ayo Technology" (featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland)
"I Get Money"
"Straight to the Bank"
"I'll Still Kill" (featuring Akon)
"Get Up"
"I Get It In"
"Baby by Me" (featuring Ne-Yo)
"How to Rob" (featuring The Madd Rapper) (BONUS TRACK) 

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Thursday
Feb232017

Justin Moore will make his late-night TV debut on March 7

ABC/ Image Group LAJustin Moore has scored six number-one songs on the country airplay charts. He’s had Gold-level album sales. Three of those discs have debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart. Yet, Justin won’t make his official late-night TV debut until March 7 when he is scheduled to be a guest performer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Grace Slick explains why she allowed Starship hit to be used in a Chick-fil-A ad

David Livingston/Getty ImagesRetired Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick is a well-known supporter of liberal social issues, so some were surprised that she recently allowed the chart-topping Starship hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" to be used in a commercial for Chick-fil-A, a company that's funded organizations that are against gay marriage. In an op-ed piece published in Forbes, the 77-year-old Rock and Roll of Famer explains why, after initially balking at the request, she ultimately decided to license the tune to the restaurant chain.

Slick maintains in her editorial, "I firmly believe that men should be able to marry men, and women women. I am passionately against anyone who would try to suppress this basic human right. So my first thought when 'Check'-fil-A came to me was, 'F*** no!'…But then I decided, 'F*** yes.'"

The Woodstock-era icon reveals that she's donating all the money she makes from the ad to Lambda Legal, which she says is "the largest national legal organization working to advance the civil rights of LGBTQ people, and everyone living with HIV."

She adds, "I decided to spend the cash in direct opposition to 'Check'-fil-A's causes -- and to make a public example of them, too. We're going to take some of their money, and pay it back."

Slick continues by noting that her 1960s heyday was "a time when artists didn't just sell their soul to the highest bidder, when musicians took a stand, when the message of songs was 'feed your head,' not 'feed your wallet.'"

She maintains that that kind of artistic integrity is needed today, "more than ever."

Grace wraps up her piece by asserting, "I hope more musicians will think about the companies that they let use their songs; we can use our gifts to help stop the forces of bigotry."

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Thursday
Feb232017

30th anniversary edition of Roy Orbison's Black and White Night concert special being released Friday

Roy's Boys/Legacy RecordingsBlack & White Night 30, the newly updated and expanded version of the late Roy Orbison's historic, star-studded 1988 concert special Black & White Night, gets its release Friday, February 24. The new collection, which will be available as a DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD set, feature previously unreleased performances, unseen camera angles and a documentary about the show that includes interviews with the event's various guest artists.

The new collection boasts a re-imagined, re-edited, remastered version of the concert, which took place in Los Angeles in September 1987 and originally aired as a cable-TV special. Orbison sang a variety of his memorable songs at the show with accompaniment from Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang, Jennifer Warnes and J.D. Souther. The evening's house band was Elvis Presley's famed TCB Band, which included guitar great James Burton, keyboardist Glen D. Hardin, bassist Jerry Scheff and drummer Ronnie Tutt.

The Black & White Night 30 show also features an unreleased alternate performance of Roy's classic song "Oh, Pretty Woman" and more.

In celebration of the release, a video featuring the first 23 minutes of the re-edited concert has been posted on Orbison's official Facebook page. Roy's son Alex appears at the beginning of the clip to introduce the footage.

As Alex explains, "The whole idea of Black & White Night 30 is a front-row center ticket to have you seeing a Roy Orbison show that is the Black & White Night."

The DVD and Blu-ray discs also include five previously unreleased bonus performances that took place after the audience had left the venue, as well as a 33-minute documentary featuring rehearsal footage and interviews filmed before and after the concert with Springsteen, Costello, Browne, Raitt and others.

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Thursday
Feb232017

All About That Blue: Meghan Trainor to voice character in new "Smurfs" film; new song out tomorrow 

Sony Pictures AnimationIn 2015, Meghan Trainor did a song for the soundtrack of The Peanuts Movie, "Better When I"m Dancin'."  Now, she's taking her career in animated films one step further: She's actually playing a character in one.

Meghan will provide the voice of a character called SmurfMelody in the upcoming movie Smurfs: The Lost Village, in theaters April 7.  She's also recorded a song for the film called "I'm a Lady," which is coming out tomorrow. The video debuts March 3.

In a statement, Meghan says, "I'm so excited to be singing 'I'm a Lady' for this movie. It's a song that I love and am very proud of, and I can't wait for the world to finally hear it!"

She adds, "Getting to play a small part in the film with my character, SmurfMelody, makes this all the more exciting! So happy to be a part of the Smurfs family!!!""

Smurfs: The Lost Village stars Demi Lovato as the voice of Smurfette, as well as the voices of Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Julia Roberts and Mandy Patinkin.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Beyonce Cancels Coachella Performance, Will Headline in 2018 

Francis Specker/CBSEver since Beyonce announced that she was expecting twins, there has been speculation that she would not be able to headline the Coachella festival as planned.  Well, now it's official: She's off the bill.

A statement posted to Coachella's Facebook page reads, "Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyoncé has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival....Thank you for your understanding."

Here's the consolation prize, though: the statement confirms that the mommy-to-be -- who did perform at the Grammys a few weeks ago -- will be a headliner at the festival in 2018. 

No word on who will replace Bey on the Coachella lineup.  The festival takes place over two weekends in April.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Future unveils "Hndrxx" tracklist, could set "Billboard" record with back-to-back #1 debuts

Image Group LA/ABCThe tracklist for Future's second new album of the year, Hndrxx, has been revealed via Instagram

Boasting 17 tracks and guest vocal appearances from The Weeknd and Rihanna, the rapper's latest project will arrive Friday, just one week after the release of his self-titled disc, Future

Future's twin releases may earn him an unprecedented career milestone. Billboard reports that Future is forecast to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and Hndrxx could follow it to the top spot the following week.  

If that happens, it'll be a first: no other artist has in Billboard history has ever debuted at #1 in two consecutive weeks with two different discs.

Future, of course, is no stranger to hitting #1 multiple times in rapid succession: Billboard notes that between August of 2015 and February of 2016, he had three #1 album debuts.  That's a span of less than seven months. 

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Thursday
Feb232017

Frank Ocean and Migos team up on new Calvin Harris track, "Slide" 

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter teasing fans earlier this week with a snippet of his new track, DJ-producer Calvin Harris has finally confirmed that the song, titled "Slide," does in fact feature vocals from both Frank Ocean and Migos

The cover art for the single features a picture of palm trees, and credits showing that the tune was written by Calvin, Frank and Migos members Quavo and Offset.  

So far there's no release date for "Slide."  

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Thursday
Feb232017

Rob Zombie records voice for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

Paul Archuleta/Getty Image Rob Zombie is back for another round with the frickin' Guardians of the Galaxy. The shock rocker and filmmaker has confirmed he plays a part in the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

On his Instagram, Zombie has posted a photo of himself and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn. "With @jamesgunn at Disney recording a voice for Guardians of the Galaxy 2!" Zombie writes in the caption.

In the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, Zombie voiced the navigation system for a ship flown by the space pirates known as Ravagers. It's unknown whether he'll be reprising his role in the sequel, or if he'll be taking on another part.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Kurt Russell, opens in theaters May 5.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Iggy Pop, Megadeth, Dee Snider set to perform at Canada's Montebello Rockfest in June

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Pop is among the artists tapped to headline Canada's Montebello Rockfest, which runs from June 22 to June 25 in Montebello, Quebec.

The event's other headliners include alternative rockers Queens of the Stone Age -- the band fronted by Iggy's Post Pop Depression collaborator Josh Homme -- as well as the German industrial metal group Rammstein.

The Montebello Rockfest, which formerly was known as the Amnesia Rockfest, also will feature performances by Megadeth, ex-Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider, ska veterans The Specials, The Offspring, Bad Religion, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, 311, P.O.D., Good Charlotte, Eagles of Death Metal and many more.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit MontebelloRockfest.com.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Depeche Mode rejects "official band of the alt-right" label

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty ImagesDepeche Mode has responded to being called the "official band of the alt-right" by Richard Spencer, a white nationalist who you may know from that viral video of him getting punched in the head during Donald Trump's inauguration last month.

In a statement to Esquire, a rep for Depeche Mode said, "That's pretty ridiculous. Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt right and does not support the alt right movement."

Spencer himself later clarified that he was "joking," and added that he's a "lifelong Depeche Mode fan."

Depeche Mode will release their new album Spirit, which features the politically-charged lead single "Where's the Revolution," on March 17.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Brett Young gets advice from Luke Bryan prior to joining his tour

BMLG RecordsFebruary has brought a bunch of firsts for rising artist Brett Young.

On February 10, Brett released his self-titled debut album, and tonight, he joins his first major tour as he heads out on superstar Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights trek. Brett will be showcased on eight of the tour dates, including a stop in New York City next week for a sold-out show in Madison Square Garden.

Not only is Brett stoked about the big crowds, he’s also hoping Luke will show him the ropes out on the road.

“He called me a few months ago when we found out I would be joining him on the road. He was so nice and offered some advice, which meant a whole lot to me.” Brett said.

Meanwhile, Brett’s latest single “In Case You Didn’t Know” is No. 1 for the second week in a row on Vevo’s Top Country Chart.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Alessia Cara and Zedd release their new collaboration "Stay"

Interscope RecordsAlessia Cara and Zedd are meeting in the middle of their musical sensibilities. Alessia, who sings R&B-tinged pop, and Zedd, who creates electronic music, have joined forces for a new collaboration, called “Stay.”

The two have released the song along with a lyric video featuring sprawling desert landscapes and mirror reflections. The song was first teased during Alessia's appearance on Saturday Night Live several weeks ago.

“I think this song is right in the middle between where Alessia is musically and where I am and that’s what’s so exciting about it,” Zedd says in a statement. “I’ve been trying to knock down barriers around music genres and this is another step for me to walk towards a musical future where I can create any genre I want without people putting me in a box.”

Alessia adds, “It still feels like me, just an elevated pop sound. I don’t know that I would be this bold on my own stuff so it’s cool to try these things with collaborators.”

The two first met at the 2016 HALO Awards and made plans to work together shortly after. Zedd has a good record when it comes to doing songs with young female vocalists: he's had hits working with Foxes, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Hayley Williams from Paramore.

Meanwhile, Zedd's ACLU benefit concert, featuring Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Daya, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Machine Gun Kelly, Macklemore, Miguel and more, will take place April 3 in L.A.

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