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Apr182018

Bad Wolves plans to "wave Dolores' flag" when performing "Zombie" cover live

Courtesy of Bad WolvesWhen Bad Wolves first decided to record a cover of The Cranberries classic "Zombie," they were drawn to the track's anit-violence message. But after the death of Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan, who died unexpectedly the same day she was scheduled to record vocals for the cover, the meaning behind the song changed for the rising metal band.

"It's more like we're carrying the torch to carry the song to people who may not have heard it already," frontman Tommy Vext tells ABC Radio. "Or for other people to rekindle their relationship with the song, and to memorialize Dolores."

Following O'Riordan's death, Bad Wolves decided to release the "Zombie" cover and donate their proceeds to her three children. The track has since become a big hit, reaching number one on the iTunes singles chart.

"I think that the message that Dolores kind of was aiming at in the song is very relevant today," Vext says. "I think we did it in a modernized rock format, from the tuning to the guitar solo to the piano sounds."

Vext has found, though, that the cover has impacted listeners in unique ways.

"I've had people reach out to me [to say] that the song has helped them because they lost a relative, or they lost someone to addiction or alcoholism," Vext says. "Someone reached out to me who was a survivor of the Las Vegas shooting."

Bad Wolves will be performing "Zombie" throughout the year while opening for Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown and Hollywood Undead, and during their co-headlining tour with From Ashes to New.

"We are...very much looking forward to playing this song in a live setting," Vext says. "And connecting with a live audience, and having that exchange of energy, and really waving Dolores' flag."

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Russell Simmons legal team says $10 million rape lawsuit is a "work of pure fiction" in new response

Amanda Edwards/WireImageHip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has responded to a Jane Doe lawsuit that accuses him of forcible rape and infliction of emotional distress.

In the $10 million lawsuit, which was filed March 23 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the woman alleges that she spent time with Simmons at a nightclub following a concert, and went with him to his hotel room after he told her he needed to retrieve an item. She then says the Def Jam Records co-founder sexually threatened her and her young son, who had attended the concert, and subsequently threw her on the bed and raped her.

ABC News has obtained a response filed Tuesday by Simmons' lawyers. It states, "Plaintiff's Complaint is a work of pure fiction. Her use of two of the most vile allegations possible – accusing well known defendant Russell Simmons of threatening to molest her son before raping her – is nothing more than an attempt by 'Jane Doe' to extort large sums of money from Mr. Simmons and for her lawyer to try to make a name for himself."

Simmons' lawyers are calling for the case to be dismissed, with the response further declaring, "While Plaintiff's case is substantively baseless and utterly false, all three causes of action ultimately will fail on statute of limitations grounds."

Prior to this latest legal response, Simmons issued a statement on March 26 in which he vehemently refuted the woman’s allegations.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Black Crowes spinoff group The Magpie Salute lines up summer tour dates

Courtesy of Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Magpie Salute, the Black Crowes spinoff group led by guitarist Rich Robinson, has announced a new series of North American summer tour dates in addition to their recently announced September 23 appearance at the Bourbon & Beyond festival in Louisville, Kentucky.

The shows span from a July 8 concert in Thunder Bay, Canada, through a September 15 show in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

Six of the shows will feature The Magpie Salute opening for Gov't Mule and The Avett Brothers. Tickets for many of the concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 20. Visit TheMagpieSalute.com for more information.

In addition to Robinson, The Magpie Salute's lineup features two other ex-Black Crowes members: guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Seven Pipien.  The lineup also features singer John Hogg and drummer Joe Magistro.

As previously reported, the band is currently working on its as-yet-untitled debut studio album, which is due out sometime in the summer.

Here are all of The Magpie Salute's confirmed 2018 concerts:

7/8 -- Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Thunder Bay Blues Festival
7/12 -- Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach Theater*
7/13 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center*
7/14 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center*
7/16 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
7/19 -- Waterloo, NY, Del Lago Resort & Casino
7/21 -- Fairfield, CT, The Warehouse FTC
8/23 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
8/24 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
8/25 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre*
9/8 -- Ardmore, PA, Ardmore Music Hall
9/12 -- Fredericton, NB, Canada, Harvest Jazz & Blues Fest
9/13 -- Portland, ME, Aura
9/15 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
9/23 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond Festival

* = with Gov't Mule and The Avett Brothers

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Watch Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr join Arcade Fire for a cover of "Don't You (Forget About Me)"

Harry Herd/Redferns; Mary Ellen MatthewsSimple Minds frontman Jim Kerr is the latest guest star to join Arcade Fire for a special performance during the Canadian alt-rock act's current European tour.

Kerr was invited onstage during Arcade Fire's show in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, to perform his band's signature hit, "Don't You (Forget About Me)."  Footage from the collaboration was posted on Arcade Fire's Twitter feed.

Along with Kerr, several other well-known veteran singers have taken the stage with Arcade Fire during the group's trek, including Boy George and, coincidentally, Kerr's ex-wife Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, who both showed up during the band's three-show run in London.

Simple Minds recently released a new studio album titled Between Two Worlds, and will launch a European tour in May in support of the record.

Tuesday
Apr172018

Nine Inch Nails adds third show to Las Vegas run

Credit: John CrawfordNine Inch Nails has added another show to the band's forthcoming multi-night run at The Joint in Las Vegas. The new date takes place June 16, following the sold-out shows on June 13 and 15. Visit NIN.com for ticket info.

The Vegas shows will be the only North American Nine Inch Nails shows this summer.

Meanwhile, the group has been working on a new EP, the third installment of a planned trilogy of EPs that also includes 2017's Add Violence and 2016's Not the Actual Events.

Frontman Trent Reznor recently said that the new release will arrive in time for the band's summer European tour, which kicks off June 22 in London.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Happy Birthday to me: Chance the Rapper shares 25th birthday playlist

ABC/Randy HolmesFor his 25th birthday earlier this week, Chance the Rapper gave his fans a present.

On Twitter Monday, the rapper and social activist shared news about his "Big Chano: 25& Alive" playlist, which features a range of songs from artists like Lauryn Hill's "To Zion," Drake's "Nice for What," the classic 1995 hit "Candy Rain" by Soul for Real, JAY-Z's "Hard Knock Life," and, of course, Chance's own track with Cardi B, "Best Life." 

You can stream the entire playlist on Apple Music now.   

As previously reported, Chance is also inviting fans to help celebrate his 25th birthday at a party in Chicago on April 21. 

All proceeds from tickets purchased for his party will go to his Social Works youth empowerment charity. 

Attendees will have a chance to hang out with Chance himself.  

The flyer for the birthday boy's special event also states that the bash will feature special guests. 

According to the Eventbrite website link for the affair, tickets range from $125 to $5000 and are available to purchase now.  

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Kelly Clarkson planning "20 costume changes" for 2018 Billboard Music Awards hosting gig 

Art Streiber/NBCNow that the 2018 Billboard Music Awards are airing on NBC, the network didn't have to look very far to find a host.  Kelly Clarkson, who's also a coach on NBC's The Voice, will do the honors for this year's telecast.

In a statement, Kelly says, "I already have 20 costume changes planned. I will be flying in like my girl Pink, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes."

The rarely serious singer added, "Or....I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favorite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan.”

NBC executive Paul Telegdy said in a statement, "Kelly Clarkson has long been a Billboard chart phenomenon and has a first-hand understanding of what matters most in music today. Her enthusiasm for all genres of music and her innate sense of humor will make for a truly memorable night.”

The show will air May 20 live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Hootie & the Blowfish announce annual reunion shows 

Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesAfter releasing one of the top-selling albums of all time, iconic '90s band Hootie & the Blowfish never actually broke up; they just don't play together very often. But the group has just announced two concerts in August, as part of their annual charity event in South Carolina.

The two-night Homegrown Weekend is scheduled for August 10 and 11 at Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. Tickets go on sale April 20 at 10 a.m. ET at VolvoCarStadiumConcerts.com.  The shows will raise money for local educational charities.

This year, the group has also agreed to reunite for another show at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia, the home of the Atlanta Braves. The July 21 show will feature Hootie opening for country superstar Jason Aldean, and the bill also features country stars Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs.

As you may be aware, when he's not reuniting with his old band, Hootie frontman Darius Rucker is a chart-topping, award-winning country star in his own right. This summer, he'll be touring with country group Lady Antebellum of "Need You Tonight" fame.

Hootie's 1994 album Cracked Rear View has sold 16 million copies in the U.S. alone -- more copies than either Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Santana's Supernatural.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

All the stars: Bruno Mars, Common and more congratulate Kendrick Lamar on Pulitzer Prize win

Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Records/Interscope RecordsMonday, Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz artist ever to earn the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music, for his album DAMN. 

Many of his peers then took to social media to congratulate the rapper for his extraordinary achievement.  

Bruno Mars tweeted, "Congrats 2 !iamcardib on her #1 album. Congrats 2 @kendricklamar for winning The Pulitzer. Congrats to @Beyonce for killin it @Coachella."  

Common also praised Kendrick, along with a few other celebrities, for their recent accomplishments.

He wrote, "What a time to be alive! Black Panther is the third highest grossing film of all time, Kendrick won a Pulitzer Prize, Ava [Duvernay] became the first Black Woman to direct a $100 Million budget film, Get Out Won a Oscar, Lena Waite became the first Black Woman to win an Emmy for writing.. ." 

LL Cool J  tweeted, "This makes me feel so good. I'm so proud of you @kendricklamar onward and upward!!!!" Logic also wrote, "Congrats to King @kendricklamar!!!!" 

Kendrick's label, Top Dawg Entertainment, simply wrote on Twitter, "DAMN!!!!! Top Dawg president Punch wrote his own heartfelt tweet as well.

"Pulitzer Prize winner Kdot from Compton," he wrote. "I bet not ever hear one of you n****s speak with anything less than respect in your mouth for Kendrick Lamar."

The highly-coveted Pulitzer Prizes celebrate the best in journalism, literature and musical composition. 

The award comes with a $15,000 check. 

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Kelsea Ballerini reveals the relationship advice she got from Keith Urban

Ben Ritter Kelsea Ballerini will spend the majority of her summer on the road as part of Keith Urban's 2018 Graffiti U World Tour, and Keith's already passed along plenty of wisdom to the young star.

In an interview with Elite Daily, the "I Hate Love Songs" singer says she looks up to Keith when it comes to career and relationship advice.

"The best kind of artists are the ones that change but stay the same," she tells the publication. "It’s hard to do and I think that’s why a lot of artists have a shorter career... It’s something that I want to learn from people like Taylor [Swift] and Keith [Urban] and people that somehow reinvent themselves but stay the same."

This isn't the only thing she's learned from the "Coming Home" singer, though. Kelsea says in the past, she and her husband Morgan Evans took advice from Keith and his wife, Nicole Kidman, on how to make their relationship work.

“We have a two-week rule. We’ve only broken it once. We learned it from Keith and Nicole; they have it," she explains. That rule states that you don't go for more than two weeks without seeing one another, and Kelsea says it's tough, but important.

"I just think as much as we are in this phase of our careers where it’s like, building the foundation and it’s really important to be busy and to be doing as much as we can, obviously our relationship comes first...This is definitely the year of putting in the effort."

Kelsea will get some up-close and personal schooling on how Keith reinvents himself night after night on his summer tour, which kicks off on June 15.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Didn't you get the memo? Logic and Marshmello pay tribute to "Office Space" in new video for “Everyday” 

ABC/Randy HolmesLogic and Marshmello have released an Office Space-inspired video for their collab, “Everyday.”

The video, which is more like a short film, clocking in at 10 minutes, follows Logic as a lowly office worker who constantly get berated by his bosses and is forced to work long hours.

Eventually, he becomes an old man, and finally decides to stand up to his bosses. He leads a revolt with a few other employees, including Marshmello. In a scene that pays homage to the 1999 comedy Office Space, the men take turns bashing a fax machine with a baseball bat.

They then start living their best lives: partying in the club, mountain climbing and skydiving.

In the end, it turns out all that was a daydream and Logic finds himself back in his dreary office. But the daydream is enough to inspire him to tell his bosses off and quit.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

She's still got "That Thing:" Lauryn Hill to mark 20th anniversary of debut album with new tour

PRNewsfoto/Kaya FestLauryn Hill is hitting the road to mark the 20th anniversary of her pioneering debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Pitchfork reports that the singer will perform the disc in its entirety on the tour, which kicks off July 5 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Other cities on the tour include Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Las Vegas and San Diego.

The former Fugees member's solo album, released on August 25, 1998, won Lauryn five Grammy awards, including one for Album of the Year in 1999. 

It was the first hip hop album to ever receive that award.  

Lauryn is also expected to appear at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this July. 

For information on tickets for Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill anniversary tour, visit Ticketmaster's website. 

Here's the list of dates: 

7/5 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 
7/8 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 
7/11 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 
7/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, Festival Pier 
7/15 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach 
7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage 
7/20 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill 
7/22 -- Chicago, IL, Pitchfork Music Festival 
7/25 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 
7/26 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater 
7/29 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Al Lang Stadium 
7/31 -- Miami, FL, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 
8/2 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place 
8/3 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre 
8/5 -- Nashville, TN, Nashville Municipal Auditorium 
8/8 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 
9/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas 
9/9 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 
9/12 -- Portland, OR, Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
9/14 -- Burnaby, British Columbia, Deer Lake Park 
9/15 -- Kent, WA, ShoWare Center 
9/20 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 
9/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 
9/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre 
9/26 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rock Amphitheatre 
9/29 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 
9/30 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 
10/3 -- New Orleans, LA, UNO Lakefront Arena 
10/5 -- St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena 

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Watch Arcade Fire cover "Don't You (Forget About Me)" with Simple Minds lead singer

Credit: Guy ArochArcade Fire's European tour stopped in Glasgow, Scotland Monday night, and they invited Simple Minds lead singer Jim Kerr on stage during the show to perform the Scottish band's signature hit, "Don't You (Forget About Me)." Footage from the collaboration was posted to Arcade Fire's Twitter.

Along with Kerr, several other guests have taken the stage on Arcade Fire's tour: Florence Welch, Boy George and, coincidentally, Kerr's ex-wife Chrissie Hynde showed up during the band's three-show run in London.

Arcade Fire is touring in support of the band's new album Everything Now. The trek will return to the U.S. this summer.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Cher's ex-husbands and boyfriends are all characters in "The Cher Show" musical

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCThe Cher Show, the upcoming Broadway musical based on the life of the entertainment icon, has lined up its cast.  It not only features three -- count 'em, three -- actresses playing the title role, but also actors playing Cher's significant others, and her mom.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the three actresses will portray three different incarnations of Cher at different points in her decades-long career.  They include Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block, plus Teal Weaks, who's appeared in Wicked and Finding Neverland, and Broadway newcomer Micaela Diamond.

In addition, the show has also cast actors as Cher's late ex-husband Sonny Bono, Cher's other late ex-husband, Gregg Allman, and Cher's much-younger boyfriend, Rob Camilletti, whom she dated for three years in the late eighties.

Another actor will play Cher's longtime costume designer Bob Mackie; the real Mackie is designing the costumes for the show.  Tony nominee Emily Skinner will play Cher's mom, Georgia Holt.

The Cher Show will premiere in Chicago and run from June 12 through July 15.  Previews at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre begin November 1, with opening night scheduled for December 3.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Kenny Chesney's new single is off to a great start: "Sometimes you hit a nerve"

Allister AnnKenny Chesney knew he had to record "Get Along" as soon as he heard it, and the response the singer is getting to his new single reaffirms his belief in its message.

“In every conversation I find myself in, some part of the sentiment of this song just keeps coming up,” Kenny says in a statement. “Everyone, no matter what they believe, is tired of the angriness and divisiveness that’s out there… It seems like getting along is brain surgery, something beyond normal people, but it’s not."  

He continues, “So no matter what you believe, no matter what you think, at the end of the day, people just want harmony, friendship, joy. This song is the best reminder of how simple this is that I’ve heard in years.”

Country fans are soaking up the song's positive message, exemplified by the lyrics "Get along while we can/Always give love the upper hand." Since its release April 6, "Get Along" has racked up two million first-week streams. It's currently number one on Billboard's Top Country Digital Song chart.

“Sometimes you hit a nerve,” he says. “I never think I’m the only one feeling something, whether it’s the crush of the news or the growing anger that pits people against each other."

"I don’t know where it comes from, but sometimes I think if you’ll just show people what’s happening, something they may miss from being so churned up, they might just exhale and find some peace.”

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Surprise, surprise! J. Cole goes on surprise concert spree, announces new album release

Joseph Okpako/WireImageJ. Cole shocked fans on Monday not only with the announcement of a free impromptu concert at New York City's Gramercy Theatre that same day, but also with news of a forthcoming album arriving Friday. 

The "False Prophets" rapper tweeted, "NYC. Come through. Couple hours from now. First come first serve," and then next tweeted, "New album. KOD 4/20." 

It's unclear what "KOD" stands for, but that could be the potential title of his latest disc, which would follow his 2016 release, 4 Your Eyez Only.  

Unfortunately, those of us who couldn't make it to J. Cole's surprise gig in New York may not able to view any videos or photos of the live event, at least for now.   

The artist's tweet about the special concert came with a few rules: no phones, no cameras, no bags, no press list and no guest list. 

Fans living in London, however, have a chance to catch the star onstage. 

Tuesday, J. Cole tweeted about another surprise concert in that city, but this time at a "secret location." "London. Meet me here today. First come first serve," he writes, with an off-site address for where to pick up tickets." 

The same rules for the New York City concert also applies to his secret London concert: no phones, no cameras, no bags, no press list and no guest list. 

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Watch a recap video of Panic! at the Disco's pop-up show tour 

ABC/Fred LeeTo celebrate the announcement of their new album Pray for the Wicked, Panic! at the Disco embarked on week-long tour playing intimate pop-up shows in cities including Cleveland, Nashville and Asbury Park, New Jersey. If you missed any of the shows, you can watch a recap video of the tour.

Set to the new Panic! single "Say Amen (Saturday Night)," the recap includes live footage from the intimate concerts, as well as behind-the-scenes clips of Brendon Urie and company in transit.

Panic! will embark on a proper tour behind Pray for the Wicked beginning July 11 in Minneapolis. The album arrives on June 22.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Bad Wolves announces co-headlining tour with From Ashes to New

Courtesy of Bad WolvesBad Wolves will hit the road this summer on a co-headlining tour with From Ashes to New. The trek begins June 4 in Madison, Wisconsin and will wrap up July 6 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Visit BadWolvesNation.com for ticket info.

The outing is dubbed the What's in Your Head tour, a reference to a lyric from Bad Wolves' hit cover of The Cranberries classic "Zombie." The cover, which was originally going to feature the late Dolores O'Riordan, appears on Bad Wolves' forthcoming debut album Disobey, due out May 11.

In addition to the What's in Your Head dates, Bad Wolves will be supporting Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin and Hollywood Undead on various tours.

Here are the What's in Your Head tour dates:

6/4 -- Madison, WI, The Annex
6/6 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater
6/7 -- Chicago, IL, Bottom Lounge
6/8 -- Flint, MI, The Machine Shop
6/9 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Piere’s Entertainment Center
6/11 -- Columbus, OH, The Basement
6/12 -- Syracuse, NY, The Westcott Theater
6/13 -- Portland, ME, Aura
6/18 -- Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club
6/19 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
6/21 -- Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Soundstage
6/22 -- Norfolk, VA, Norva
6/23 -- Jacksonville, NC, The Tarheel
6/24 -- Johnson City, TN, Capone’s
6/26 -- Mobile, AL, Soul Kitchen
6/27 -- Huntsville, AL, Sidetracks Music Hall
6/28 -- Little Rock, AR, The Metroplex
6/29 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
7/1 -- Amarillo, TX, XR Club
7/2 -- Lubbock, TX, Jake’s Sports Cafe
7/5 -- Englewood, CO, Gothic Theatre
7/6 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Sunshine Studios Live

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Is Madonna back with her "Music" collaborator? 

Maverick/Warner Bros.While fans anxiously await the release of new Madonna music, she continues to tease it on her socials.  Her latest tease seems to indicate that she may have reunited with one of her previous collaborators.

On Instagram and Twitter, the Queen of Pop posted a video of herself singing along to an upbeat dance track while wearing the Snapchat rose-colored glasses filter.  She writes in the caption, "No This is NOT my new music But im having fun in the studio in between takes!!"  She then added the hashtags #music, #mirwais and #magic.

This is significant because Mirwais was one of the producers on Madonna's very successful 2000 album, Music, which spun off the #1 title track, and follow-up hits "What It Feels Like for a Girl" and "Don't Tell Me."

Mirwais also co-produced and co-wrote nearly all of Madonna's next album, 2003's American Life, and worked on a number of songs on her 2005 disc, Confessions on a Dance Floor.

In the comments of her post, fans seemed very excited at the idea of Madonna working with Mirwais again, but mostly they seem impatient for new music from the superstar.  In December, during an appearance on Live with Kelly & Ryan, Madonna announced she was "coming back."  In January, she posted, "Feels so good to be working on music again!"

Madonna's most recent album was 2015's Rebel Heart.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Tina Lawson says she thought white people would be "confused" by Beyonce's Coachella performance 

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaBeyoncé's stunning performance at Coachella over the weekend was more than just a Destiny's Child reunion. 

According to Bey's mother, Tina Lawson, her daughter's decision to highlight "Black College culture" was always the intended focus -- but one Mrs. Lawson felt might be missed by a "white audience."

In an Instagram post, Bey's mom shared an image of her daughter at Coachella, with a quote from attorney Alisa Adamson Profit.

"She took us to Wakanda, church, a HBCU Classic, Battle of the Bands, the ultimate probate/step show and more," the post reads. 

"She had an Orchestra, a full band, a drum line, a choir, and a bazillion dancers. She is the first black female to headline Coachella and she killed it."

Lawson then added her own commentary on Bey's performance, and how her daughter responded to her critique.

"I told Beyoncé that I was afraid that the predominately white audience at Coachella would be confused by all of the black culture and Black college culture because it was something that they might not get," Lawson wrote. "Her brave response to me made me feel a bit selfish and ashamed."

Lawson says Bey felt compelled to highlight black college culture as a way to "encourage young kids to enroll" in HBCUs.

"She said...At this point in my life and my career i have a responsibility to do whats best for the world and not what is most popular....that her hope is that after the show young people would research this culture and see how cool it is, and young people black and white would listen to “LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING" and see how amazing the words are for us all and bridge the gap."

After writing her daughter's response, Lawson simply added, "I stand corrected." 

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