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Wednesday
Jul272016

Did Ariana Grande Ditch Her Boyfriend?

Image Group LA/ABCAfter a year of dating, Ariana Grande is is apparently ready to "Break Free" from her boyfriend Ricky Alvarez.

"She broke up with him," a source tells E! Online. "He didn't cheat or anything, they just found it difficult to make it work. They are still friends though."

The 23-year-old singer is "happy to be single and do her for a little while," adds the source.

Grande and the backup dancer were first spotted together during her infamous doughnut-licking incident last summer.

Ariana has previously been linked to hip-hop artist Big Sean.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Alicia Keys, Andra Day Perform at Democratic National Convention

Alicia Keys performs at the DNC; Paul Morigi/WireImageAlicia Keys and Andra Day were two of the celebrities in attendance Tuesday during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Alicia closed out the night, following speeches by former President Bill Clinton and Meryl Streep, with a performance and a show of support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"Vote for Hillary Clinton because love will always win!" she declared to the crowd.

Earlier in the night, Andra performed her hit "Rise Up," backed by United Percussion, a drumline and marching band.

Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, Tony Goldwyn and Elizabeth Banks were among the other celebs who addressed the crowd.

Clinton made history Tuesday as the first female major party nominee in the country's history.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Guns N’ Roses Tour Has "No End Date," Says Production Manager 

Axl Rose; Francesco Castaldo/Archivio Francesco Castaldo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesIf you're worried you may not get the chance to see the reunited Guns N' Roses on their Not in This Lifetime tour, you can relax a bit: sounds like it'll be around for some time yet.

Tour production manager Dale "Opie" Skjerseth tells Atlanta TV station WXIA it hasn't yet been decided when the tour will end.

“I have been told there’s no end date, and I’ve seen plenty of dates going into next year -- far into next year," Skjerseth says.  "So, everybody’s working together to keep a common goal, a common direction, keep the machine moving. And the way we put it together, economically, it can tour as long as it wants, being we’ve cut it down to a smaller show: a production that can move around the world without costing us millions and millions and millions of dollars to do it.”

The current leg of the U.S. tour wraps August 22 in San Diego, with additional dates in Central and South America until Thanksgiving. No new dates have yet been announced.  For a complete list of dates, visit the band's official website.

Guns N’ Roses plays the Georgia Dome in Atlanta tonight, featuring members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan on stage together for the first time in more than 20 years.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brett Eldredge promises his popular Bed Head Jams will return to Snapchat on Wednesday. He’s had to take a little break because he’s been on vocal rest to prepare for five shows in a row.

Willie NelsonNeil YoungSheryl CrowLee Ann Womack and Brothers Osborne will play the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival Sunday, September 18 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Nettles and Jerrod Niemann will headline this year’s Beach Bash September 9 in Wayzata, Minnesota.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

"H.O.L.Y.": The First Taste of a More Mature Florida Georgia Line

BMLGWhen you listen to Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.,” you’re not just hearing the duo’s eleventh career number one; both Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard agree-- you’re experiencing a more grown-up version of the boys that broke out with “Cruise” in 2012.

“We're at a good place in life and I think when the world heard about Florida Georgia Line, we were at the beginning of a lot of changes in our life, and we're just that age,” Tyler reflects. “It's bound to happen. We've met our wives. We've bought houses. We kinda went from boys to men,” he laughs. “Boyz II Men? The world began to open their eyes and see us when we were boys and then they got to experience the change in our music as well.”

Brian says the duo’s third album continues that theme.

“We're getting to put our lives into music, and that's what country music is, every step of the way," he says. "Whether it's… 'This is How We Roll,' 'Dirt,' 'Sundays,' 'H.O.L.Y.' or what we've got coming down the pipeline, we're gonna be honest and transparent with where we're at. There's no way around it for us. We've got to put out real music and music that we feel that we've lived.”

You can experience Florida Georgia Line’s next chapter when Dig Your Roots is released August 26.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Which Grammy-Winning Star Snapchats Shawn Mendes "All the Time?" 

Getty Images via ABCShawn Mendes is proving he's no one-hit wonder thanks to "Treat You Better," his new, more mature single.  He says his upcoming album, Illuminate, is also more mature, and it's all because of his new best friend: John Mayer.

Speaking to The Fader, Shawn says that before he made this new album, he listened to John's album Continuum on repeat for months.  "So I went in with that whole John Mayer vibe...I think John inspired the album more than anybody," he explains.  He also reached out to John during the process, and now the two are buds.

"We're actually getting to be really good friends, which is amazing for someone like me," Shawn laughs. "He's my idol, musically. Yeah, he texts me all the time. Snapchats me, actually, all the time!" He also gave Shawn a guitar which he used to record one of the new songs.

With John's stamp of approval, Shawn says, "I'm way more confident with this album, it's not even funny. I mean, I just feel so good about it. If it sold no records, I'd still be so much more confident."

He adds, "I'm so passionate about the music I created that, if it sold 10 copies the first day, I'd still be happy." 

We'll have to wait until September 23 to see if Shawn sells more than 10 copies that first day that album's out, but -- spoiler alert! -- he totally will.

By the way, Shawn will hit a big milestone on August 8: he's turning 18.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Which "American Idol" Winner Thinks the Show Will Return Because "They Made Too Much Money to Let It Go"?

Ted EmmonsEvery July for the past 15 years you could count American Idol auditions starting and the American Idols Live tour criss-crossing the country.  This year, neither of those things are happening, because American Idol is no more.  But one Idol winner tells ABC Radio she's convinced the show will return.

"It’s probably gonna come back. They made too much money to let it go that easy!" laughs season-three winner Fantasia. "It'll probably come back with a different name. But of course, I would love to see it come back, [and]…I'd love to see it come back with the original judges."

Idol creator Simon Fuller has hinted that he's planning to relaunch the show in some form.  And Fantasia thinks Idol's still needed, since it's increasingly difficult to break into the biz.

"Back in the days when you had record labels like Motown, they would…look for talent," Fantasia tells ABC Radio. "It's not like that anymore. Every now and again you may see an artist that got recognized...from things that they do on the social media...but you don't really get that a lot. So those type of shows allow people...to get their music out there."

Fantasia's starred on Broadway, won numerous awards including a Grammy and sold millions of albums.  She said she was able to do that only because Idol opened the door.

"Everybody was watching American Idol when I was on it," she tells ABC Radio. "People were like, 'I gotta get home,' or 'I DVRed it.' … it was a family show. Around the world, people were watching that."

As a result, Fantasia says, "When you win, you don't have to work so hard, because you're like, 'Oh, OK, they know me from American Idol.'" 

Fantasia's new album, The Definition Of..., arrives on Friday.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Olé Stones! New Rolling Stones Tour Documentary Premiering at 2016 Toronto Film Festival

Courtesy of TIFFA new Rolling Stones documentary focusing on the band's recent Olé America Latina tour will get its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 8 to September 18. The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America captures the British rock legends as they perform in various cities in South America and Mexico en route to their historic tour-closing free concert in Havana, Cuba.

The movie was directed by Paul Dugdale, whose previous credits include Sweet Summer Sun -- Hyde Park Live, the concert film featuring footage from The Stones' two July 2013 shows in the famed London park.

The band's Olé America Latina trek kicked off on February 3 in Santiago, Chile, and finished in Havana on March 25. An estimated 1.2 million people were in attendance at the latter event.

The Rolling Stones' next scheduled concerts are on October 7 and 14 in Indio, California, as part of the Desert Trip festival. Bob Dylan also will be performing at those shows. In addition, The Stones will play an October 19 gig in Las Vegas.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Mariah on Prince's Death: "I Was Hoping that It Was a Trick"

Jim Spellman/WireImagePrince died in April, but Mariah Carey, a fan and a friend of his, still can't believe it. 

Speaking to Complex, Mariah says, "[Prince] always had a plan. I just can’t believe he’s gone. I was hoping that it was a trick that he was pulling -- that it didn’t really happen.”  Prince "was one of the best people I’ve met,” she says, adding, "He didn’t care about the big system."

"I was always like, 'At any time Prince could write a No. 1 song, because he’s that talented, but he chooses to do what he wants,’" she says. "I respect that. He actually helped me through a lot of situations."

Mariah also discusses her divorce and upcoming marriage to Australian billionaire James Packer.

Of her failed marriage to Nick Cannon, the father of her twins, Mariah says, "I never thought I would have kids...but I never thought I would have babies with someone and then get divorced [either]."

Mariah says she and Packer have a "mutual understanding."  "I don’t expect him to be at every little thing that I do, and vice versa. He’s got a lot of stuff on his plate and so do I," she says.

Mariah says Packer's always been "obsessed" with her music, but she didn't mind. "Actually, if he didn’t like my music, then how would I be able to handle him being around when all I’m doing is creating?” she says.

But the marriage of two super-successful people is no simple affair. "We would like for it not to be a big thing, but the reality is it has to be,” she admits. “Because there’s things that are specifically mine, and he’s got huge friggin’ conglomerate stuff and I’m not looking to take that from him. So it has to be dealt with." 

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Wednesday
Jul272016

My Chemical Romance Bassist Explains What People Didn't "Get" About "The Black Parade" 

Matthew Simmons/WireImage for AOL MusicMy Chemical Romance's 2006 opus The Black Parade celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. While the band isn't reuniting, they will be reissuing the album this fall to mark the milestone. In an interview with Alternative Press, bassist Mikey Way describes what people didn't "get" about The Black Parade.

"I feel like the aspect of the record that people didn't 'get' at the time, has grown crystal-clear to most now," explains Way. "Eight, nine or 10 years back, so many different labels were being thrown around about what exactly [My Chemical Romance] were."

In their heyday, MCR was often labeled as an "emo" band, a classification that they often resisted.

"There were endless catchphrases to classify us, but we always stood firm that we were making rock n' roll music as a rock n' roll band," Way adds. "I think hindsight is 20/20 and more people share that opinion today."

Ten years later, Way feels that The Black Parade is now remembered "better than I could have ever possibly imagined."

"It's always an elephant in the room when it comes to the subject of My Chemical Romance, and I welcome that," Way says. "It is an honor and privilege to be part of the band responsible for such a legacy."

My Chemical Romance, which broke up in 2013, caused an internet frenzy last week when they uploaded a cryptic video teasing something that would be arriving on September 23. While many took the video as a hint that MCR would be reuniting, but the band later clarified that they were teasing a 10th anniversary reissue of The Black Parade.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Dreezy Aims to Dominate the Rap Game with Her Debut Album, "No Hard Feelings"

Ed Cañas, courtesy of Interscope RecordsThere's a promising young rapper in town -- and her name is Dreezy.

Born Seandra Sledge, the 22-year-old recording artist honed her rap vocal and writing chops on Chicago's South Side and eventually landed a respected label deal with Interscope Records. She's already caught the attention of the music industry with songs from her newly released debut album,No Hard Feelings, including "Body," featuring Grammy-nominated R&B artist Jeremih. The music video for the song has more than 17 million views. 

Dreezy has been influenced by many artists, including jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, and Lil Wayne. "I was really listening to his music and I really respected his hustle and work ethic," she says.  "He always gave a hot sixteen at every song he did...so I kinda take that with me."

Dreezy merges the eclectic musical influences of her past, No Hard Feelings is a culmination of many different music genres. "We got R&B. we got hip hop, we got rap, we got drill, we got everything," she says. "Everybody has been through a situation that made them better in the end, even though it was hard...and when you come out better on the other side, it's no hard feelings."

Dreezy gets help on No Hard Feelings from rap, R&B and hip-hop stars including WaleT-PainGucci Mane and Jeremih.  Hot tracks?  "My favorite songs would be 'Wasted,' 'Spazz,' 'Close to You,' 'We Gon Ride,' and 'Invincible,' Dreezy says.

No Hard Feelings is available from all the usual outlets now.    

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Foghat's Roger Earl Says New Album Is a Nod to Musical Styles, Attitudes that Have Influenced His Band

Foghat RecordsVeteran boogie rockers Foghat released a new studio album called Under the Influence last month. Founding drummer Roger Earl says his wife and the group's manager suggested the title after hearing the band members discussing their concept for the album.

"We were talking about what sort of attitude we want to have on the record," Earl tells ABC Radio. "Basically, it was like different songs or styles and attitudes of music that influenced us over the years."

Under the Influence features new original material written by the band members and some of their musical friends; covers of a couple of songs by Savoy Brown, the British band Earl played in prior to Foghat; a rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Heard It Through the Grapevine"; and a remake of Foghat's signature tune "Slow Ride."

Foghat began working on Under the Influence about three years ago at their Florida studio, then moved the sessions to the Nashville area, where they worked with producer Tom Hambridge. Hambridge, known for his Grammy-winning collaborations with Buddy Guy, also co-wrote six of the album's 12 tracks.

The album also features guest appearances by Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds, longtime Buddy Guy guitarist Scott Holt, powerhouse singer Dana Fuchs and, perhaps most notably, ex-Foghat bassist/producer Nick Jameson. Jameson produced and played bass on the band's most successful studio album, 1975's Fool for the City -- which features the original version of "Slow Ride" -- and he also lent his bass skills to the new rendition of the tune.

Foghat lead guitarist Bryan Bassett tells ABC Radio about Under the Influence, "We really attempted to capture the old-school Foghat sound, from the way we recorded, which was mostly live in a room, minimal overdubs and no messing around with [a] computer…I think we got pretty close to what we wanted to do."

Find out more info about Under the Influence, and check out a list of the band's upcoming tour dates at Foghat.net.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

It's Been One Year Today Since Bobbi Kristina Brown Passed Away

Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagicToday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, sole daughter of late Whitney Houston. The pair shared a strong mother-daughter bond and eerily died in similar ways -- both were found unconscious in a bathtub of water. However, Brown spent almost seven months in a coma before passing away last July. 

Brown spent her early years in the limelight alongside her mother and father, Bobby Brown. The family starred in the short-lived reality show, Being Bobby Brown, which gave viewers an inside look into the stormy marriage of Whitney and Bobby. Eventually, Bobbi Kristina grew up following in her mom's career footsteps as a singer. In 2009, Bobbi performed with her mother at a Good Morning America concert in New York City's Central Park, singing Houston's famous single, "My Love is Your Love." She also made several videos singing cover versions of hit songs.  

Brown was 22 years old at the time of her death. 

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Was "Clinically Dead for Three Hours" During Heart Surgery 

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesLast year, Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile underwent heart surgery due to complications with Marfan syndrome, a connective-tissue disorder from which the musician has suffered since he was a teenager. Carlile made it through the surgery fine, but, as he tells the U.K.'s Metal Hammer, he was "clinically dead for three hours" while he was under the knife.

"It was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through," Carlile says of the surgery. "It's hard to go through something like that that's dangerous in general, and just to not know if you're gonna be there, four, five or six hours later. When I had my heart surgery, my heart was stopped."

"They put my head in a whole thing of ice, to stop your brain activity, you're dead," he continues. "I was clinically dead for three hours while they did the procedure."

Though he successfully returned to the land of the living, Carlile still experienced a lot of pain after waking up from surgery. After spending two weeks in recovery, he came down with pneumonia, which kept him in the hospital for another week-and-a-half.

"Ever since that heart surgery, for one, when I woke up that day, I've never been in worse pain in my life," says Carlile. "When you have your chest broken open, it's just breathing, and moving your arms, and everything, it's insane."

Carlile details a lot of his pain in Of Mice & Men's forthcoming album Cold World, which will be released September 9.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Interpol's Paul Banks Saunters the Streets with RZA in New Banks & Steelz Video 

Warner Bros. RecordsBanks & Steelz has premiered the video for their track "Giant." The visual finds the duo, made up of Interpol frontman Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA, performing the song in empty streets and abandoned houses. You can watch the "Giant" video now on YouTube.

"Giant" appears on the debut Banks & Steelz album, Anything but Words, which will be released August 26.

Banks & Steelz made their live debut last week in Los Angeles. The band will resume touring on August 24 in Seattle.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

David Bowie Nominated Posthumously for Four MTV Video Music Awards

© Jimmy KingThe nominations for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards have been revealed, and making a surprising appearance alongside various contemporary pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop acts in several categories is the late David Bowie. Two of the influential rocker's clips, "Blackstar" and "Lazarus," received a total of four nods in various "professional" categories.

The video for "Blackstar," the epic title track of Bowie's final studio album, is up for the Best Art Direction trophy, while the "Lazarus" clip is nominated for the Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards.

Among the artists Bowie is competing against are Beyoncé, Adele, Fergie, Drake, Coldplay and Ariana Grande.

The 2016 MTV VMAs will be held August 28 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Fans can start voting now in the categories of Best Rock Video, Video of the Year and many others via MTV.com. The "professional" categories are not open for voting.

Here is the full list of nominees in the categories for which Bowie has received nominations:

Best Art Direction
Beyoncé -- "Hold Up"
Fergie -- "M.I.L.F. $"
Drake -- "Hotline Bling"
David Bowie -- "Blackstar"
Adele -- "Hello"

Best Direction
Beyoncé -- "Formation"
Coldplay -- "Up&Up"
Adele -- "Hello"
David Bowie -- "Lazarus"
Tame Impala -- "The Less I Know The Better"

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé -- "Formation"
Adele -- "Hello"
David Bowie -- "Lazarus"
Alesso -- "I Wanna Know"
Ariana Grande -- "Into You"

Best Editing
Beyoncé -- "Format
Adele -- "Hello"
Fergie -- "M.I.L.F. $"
David Bowie -- "Lazarus"
Ariana Grande -- "Into You"

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Mariah on Prince's Death: "I Was Hoping that It Was a Trick" 

George Napolitano/FilmMagicPrince died in April, but Mariah Carey, a fan and a friend of his, still can't believe it. 

Speaking to Complex, Mariah says, "[Prince] always had a plan. I just can’t believe he’s gone. I was hoping that it was a trick that he was pulling -- that it didn’t really happen.”  Prince "was one of the best people I’ve met,” she says, adding, "He didn’t care about the big system."

"I was always like, 'At any time Prince could write a No. 1 song, because he’s that talented, but he chooses to do what he wants,’" she says. "I respect that. He actually helped me through a lot of situations."

Mariah also discusses her divorce and upcoming marriage to Australian billionaire James Packer.

Of her failed marriage to Nick Cannon, the father of her twins, Mariah says, "I never thought I would have kids...but I never thought I would have babies with someone and then get divorced [either]."

Mariah says she and Packer have a "mutual understanding."  "I don’t expect him to be at every little thing that I do, and vice versa. He’s got a lot of stuff on his plate and so do I," she says.

Mariah says Packer's always been "obsessed" with her music, but she didn't mind. "Actually, if he didn’t like my music, then how would I be able to handle him being around when all I’m doing is creating?” she says.

But the marriage of two super-successful people is no simple affair. "We would like for it not to be a big thing, but the reality is it has to be,” she admits. “Because there’s things that are specifically mine, and he’s got huge friggin’ conglomerate stuff and I’m not looking to take that from him. So it has to be dealt with."

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Beyoncé Wants "Lemonade" Lawsuit Dismissed

Cliff Lipson/CBSBeyoncé's visual album, Lemonade, has received critical acclaim, numerous award nominations -- and a lawsuit.

The artist was sued in June by independent filmmaker Matthew Fulks, who believes that the musical artist used visual ideas from his short film, Palinoia, for Lemonade. However, Beyoncé's lawyer, Tom Ferber, has moved to have the lawsuit dismissed arguing that Fulks' claims involve such broad abstractions that there's no infringement, says The Hollywood Reporter.   

The motion to dismiss the lawsuit was filed Friday in federal District Court in New York.

The complaint "describes elements and features of the works in abstractions so broad as to be meaningless," the motion argues, "because, as even a cursory review of the parties' works makes clear, at the level of copyrightable expression the works are markedly dissimilar."

A hearing in case is scheduled for August 25.  

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Lyric Video of Tinashe's "Superlove" Is Released

Michael Schwartz/RCAThe lyric video for Tinashe's latest track, "Superlove" was released on the singer's official VEVO channel on Monday. The beachy look of the clip complements the fun, club-ready vibe of the R&B single, which will be featured on the singer's highly anticipated, second album, Joyride. Tinashe followed the release of "Superlove" with a guest feature appearance on DJ KDA's dance single, "Just Say." 

Joyride is scheduled to hit stores and digital platforms this fall. 

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Country Fans Rush to Pick Up Miranda Lambert's Latest "Vice"

Image credit: Becky FlukeThanks to Miranda Lambert, lots of country fans are picking up a new “Vice.” Seven days after its release, Miranda’s new single sits at number one on Billboard’s Digital Country Songs tally, with 65,000 people downloading the tune in the three-and-a-half days before the chart closed for the week.

That’s enough to instantly make “Vice” a top-20 hit on the traditional airplay charts. It currently sits at number 18, making it the fastest-rising song of Miranda’s career. Previously, 2014’s ACM-and-CMA-winning Song of the Year “Automatic” held that record.

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