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Wednesday
Oct182017

"Back to God": Reba's emotional acceptance speech and performance, after winning her first Dove Award

Jamie Gilliam for Lipscomb UniversityIn her stellar career, Reba McEntire has taken home trophies from the Grammys, CMA, ACM, People’s Choice and American Music Awards, just to name a few. But in Nashville on Tuesday night, she scored a career first, picking up her inaugural Dove Award for her foray into Christian music.

The Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer took home the Christian-music-equivalent of a Grammy for her double-album, Sing It Now:  Songs of Faith and Hope.

“It’s not mine. It’s God’s,” Reba told the audience as she accepted, according to the Tennessean. “We’ll give him all the glory. I’ll put it up on the mantle, and think of him every time I look at it.”

Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, who co-produced the record, shares in the honor and was there to celebrate as well.

Reba closed the show with a performance of “Back to God” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” backed by a choir, as well as Mary Mary’s Erica CampbellTauren Wells and Southern Gospel artist Joseph Habedank, who co-wrote the title track of Reba’s winning album.

You can watch the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TBN.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

John Legend's daughter Luna enjoys a delicious rib at the piano 

ABC/Eddy ChenJohn Legend’s daughter, Luna, appears to be following in her dad’s footsteps… but in her own adorable way. 

The 1-year-old was captured in a recent photo by the singer perched next to a mini White piano, apparently taking a break from eating a savory-looking rib. 

In the caption, John writes, “At the piano, eating a rib. It doesn’t get any better than this.”  

Luna's personal Instagram account also features several recent pictures of her chowing down on "dem ribs." 

So, perhaps she's taking after both her musician dad and cookbook author mom Chrissy Teigen.  

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Wednesday
Oct182017

The Wopsters are wed: Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka'oir exchange nuptials; share wedding photos

Courtesy of BETGucci Mane and Keyshia Ka'oir are now officially husband and wife. 

The couple got married Tuesday evening at the Four Seasons hotel in Miami. 

The lavish ceremony, which was broadcast live on BET, cost a whopping $1.7 million, according to People.  

A number of high-profile guests, such as 2 ChainzRick RossSean "Diddy" CombsLil Yachty and Big Sean with his girlfriend Jhené Aiko, attended the affair. 

Fans can ogle photos of Gucci and Keyshia wearing their jaw-dropping wedding attire on their respective Instagram accounts.  

People adds that Guwop wore "a white tux with silver sparkly loafers," while Keyshia donned an extravagant "beaded, long-sleeved gown with leaf-like embroidery," along with a "crystal headpiece," "blinding drop earrings" and a "bouquet made of what appears to be real diamonds."  

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Kick off "Happy Hour" with a new Weezer song

ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer has shared another preview of their forthcoming album Pacific Daydream with a new song called "Happy Hour." The track is streaming alongside a tropical visualizer now on YouTube.

Describing "Happy Hour," the band says the track is a "sad message wrapped in a sunny package."

"[It's] sort of a companion piece to 'Island in the Sun' from 2001," Weezer explains. "But instead of being a pure fantasy about an escape, the guy in 'Happy Hour' is chained to reality, looking around for a break from the routine."

Pacific Daydream also features the lead single "Feels Like Summer," plus the tracks "Mexican Fender," "Beach Boys" and "Weekend Woman." The album will be released October 27.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Queens of the Stone Age schedules 2018 tour dates

Credit: Andreas NeumannQueens of the Stone Age have announced a new series of tour dates for 2018 in support of their new album, Villains. The West Coast trek begins January 22 in Victoria, British Columbia, and concludes February 17 in Los Angeles. Tickets will go on sale October 27 at QotSA.com.

Villains, QotSA's seventh studio effort, features the lead single "The Way You Used to Do." The band is currently on a fall U.S. tour behind the album, which concludes October 24 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Here are the Queens of the Stone Age 2018 tour dates:

1/22 -- Victoria BC, Save On Foods Memorial Centre
1/24 -- Vancouver, BC, Pacific Coliseum
1/25 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena at Seattle Center
1/26 -- Portland, OR, Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1/27 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center For the Performing Arts
1/29 -- Fresno, CA, Selland Arena at Fresno Convention Center
1/30 -- Sacramento, CA, Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
2/1 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
2/16 -- Las Vegas, CA, The Chelsea at Cosmopolitan
2/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum

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Wednesday
Oct182017

"It Just Comes Natural": George Strait to play Vegas and beyond in 2018

ABC/Image Group LA Since he retired from touring in 2014, George Strait has made T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas his unofficial home to play live.  That’s a relationship that will continue into 2018.

King George has schedule two shows for February 2 and 3, with tickets going on sale Friday, October 27.

“We said from the beginning that we would listen to the fans and follow what they want,” George explains. “Fan support is just as strong now as it was when we started, and we are responding to that interest by adding shows in 2018.”

Fellow Texans Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will open the concerts at T-Mobile Arena.

The Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer has also scheduled three shows next year that aren’t in Vegas, but are relatively close to his home in the Lone Star State. He’ll play BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 1 and 2, before heading to Frank Erwin Center in Austin on June 3.

You can find out more about tickets at GeorgeStrait.com.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Backstreet Boys and Phillip Phillips to perform on tonight's CMT "Artists of the Year" Special 

CMTThe Backstreet Boys and Phillip Phillips are going country tonight.  Both artists will appear on CMT's Artists of the Year special, airing live from Nashville at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The Backstreet Boys will be on hand to honor their pals, superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line.  The two acts teamed up earlier this year for a series of concerts, and recorded the #1 country hit "God, Your Mama and Me."  As for Phillip, he'll be saluting Sam Hunt for his smash hit "Body Like a Back Road."  Both Phillip and Sam are from Georgia.

This year's CMT Artists of the Year special will be less of an awards show and more of a night of "hope and healing," following the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the recent natural disasters.

In addition to Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia line, others who'll be appearing on the show include Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton, country group Little Big Town, rapper/actor Common, R&B singer Andra Day, Lionel Richie, and superstar honorees Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Fan’s homemade "Witness" dress catches Katy Perry’s eye

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AEGKaty Perry may have just given one aspiring designer her big break.

Fan Samantha Bolton wore one of her homemade eye-catching designs to meet Katy before Monday night’s Witness: The Tour concert in Louisville, Kentucky. The black mini-dress was bedazzled with thousands of rhinestones and the Witness eyeball logo. She even had shoes to match.

Samantha posted a video of their encounter on Instagram. As soon as Katy spots the dress, she says, “That’s so cute. Where’d you get that?”

When Katy finds out it was homemade, she screams, “You made that?! Why wouldn’t you make me one?”

Samantha tells TMZ that Katy asked her to design an outfit for her and one for her dog. She’s also being flooded with requests for the dress online. The 26-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina says she has a 9-to-5 job but hopes this exposure could jump-start her fashion career.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Watch now: Taylor Swift gives behind-the-scenes look at "Look What You Made Me Do" wardrobe

Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift has released another behind-the-scenes peek at her video for “Look What You Made Me Do.” This one is dedicated to the video’s many costume changes.

In the clip, Taylor takes us inside the wardrobe room where she has just completed her fittings for the video.

“Welcome to wardrobe land,” she says. “This is where the apocalypse of clothing has all congregated and essentially I have just done the longest fitting of my entire life.”

In addition to all of her “new Taylor” outfits, Taylor takes us through the many looks from her past that are featured in the video.

“We’re picking which looks are kind of the ones that we want to call attention to and kind of go back and have a little sarcastic look down memory lane,” she explains.

She then sits down with all of her body doubles in the video and goes down the line, explaining which Taylor look they’re wearing.  “This is BMI Awards when I bleached my hair,” she says, pointing to one of the extras. “That was a fun phase, wow.”

At the end of the clip, Taylor expresses how happy she is that her long day of fittings is over.

“I am very, very, very excited, and furthermore now I get to go home and eat some Chinese food with my cats,” she says.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Special exclusive Rolling Stones-themed items being sold at Paris store in celebration of No Filter Tour finale

Courtesy of BravadoWith The Rolling Stones set to wind down their No Filter Tour of Europe with a three-night stand at the U Arena in Paris on October 19, 22 and 25, the band has partnered with French high-fashion retailer Colette to launch a limited-edition collection of themed merchandise. The items, produced in collaboration with various companies, will be available exclusively at the Colette store in Paris from October 19 through October 25.

Many of the offerings in the collection are part of a co-branding partnership between The Rolling Stones and the popular soccer team Paris Saint Germain FC, including a jersey, a sweatshirt, a hoodie, a motorcycle helmet, a cap, a skateboard deck and sneakers. Among the other items are a series of Moleskin notebooks and pieces of apparel from fashion designer Mike Amiri. All items are branded with different versions of The Rolling Stones' famous tongue-and-lips logo.

Various No Filter Tour memorabilia and Rolling Stones vinyl albums also will be sold at Colette.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Alicia Keys is returning to "The Voice" next season 

Trae Patton/NBCAlicia Keys is returning to The Voice.

The singer will be back in the red chair for the show’s 14th season, after sitting out this current season. She’ll join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and first-time coach Kelly Clarkson on the coaches’ panel.

Kelly helped announce Alicia’s return in a new video clip. In the video, she attempts to reveal the fourth coach by opening the stage door, but Blake and Adam keep messing with her. Finally, Alicia pops out and she and Kelly have a little lovefest before they vow to “kick these boys’ a****.”

The last time Alicia was a coach, in season 12, her contestant won.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Ivanka Trump says she went through a "punk phase" & was a big Nirvana fan

Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesIvanka Trump was apparently a big fan of Nirvana. In her mother Ivana Trump's new book, Raising Trump, the first daughter says that she went through a "punk phase in the nineties," and was "really into Nirvana."

"My wardrobe consisted of ripped corduroy jeans and flannel shirts," Ivanka wrote. She adds that she once tried to dye her hair blue, but her mother forced her to change it back to blond using cheap hair dye bought from a drugstore.

Ivanka also says that she was "distraught" following the death of Kurt Cobain.

"Mom had no idea who Kurt Cobain was, and she sympathized only so much," she wrote. "After twenty-four hours of my crying inconsolably in my room, alone -- major melodrama -- Mom had to pull me out of there to go down for dinner.

However, many on social media aren't buying Ivanka's punk credentials -- for one, Nirvana is more grunge than punk. "Ivanka saying she had a punk phase [because] she was into Nirvana is like Taylor Swift saying she had a goth phase [because] she was into Avril Lavigne," wrote one Twitter user.

Additionally, people have poked holes in Ivanka's hair dye story, pointing out that it's highly unlikely that you'd be able to change your hair from blue to blond simply with cheap drugstore hair dye.

The Nirvana Twitter page also shared the excerpt, writing in the caption, "Ivanka Trump Nirvana Fan!!!!"

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Another Uptown Girl...or boy? Billy Joel to be a dad again 

Kevin MazurBilly Joel and his wife Alexis Roderick welcomed their first child, Della Rose, two years ago.  Now the couple is expecting yet another little "Uptown Girl"...or maybe boy.

Billy tells the Belfast Telegraph, "We are due next month."  He didn't comment on the baby's sex. This will be the Piano Man's third child; Billy also has an adult daughter, Alexa Ray, with his second wife, Christie Brinkley.   Roderick is his fourth wife; they married on July 4, 2015.

Speaking of daughter Della, Billy tells the paper, "She sleeps through the night. I hope the next one will.”  He also recently told Harry Connick Jr. that Della seems to have a lot of musical talent and can sing on key.

When the paper asks Billy what he does for fun, he says he hangs out with Della and watches "her little wheels spin."

"She’s a hoot. She’s a funny kid. She loves to laugh. I like to make her laugh,” he says.  Billy adds that when he  plays Aviva Stadium in Dublin next summer, Della will come with him because "she has Irish roots" through her mom.

In the same interview, Billy is asked to confirm the story that he once rode past Donald Trump's home in Florida on his motorcycle and gave the house the finger.

“I do that all the time,” he replies. "It is probably on film somewhere. I’m sure they’ve got cameras all over the place. I’m not a fan. I think he’s got a pretty thin skin. I don’t think he is very happy in the job. I don’t know what he’s doing there. And neither does he.”

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Backstreet Boys, Phillip Phillips, Lionel Richie join Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton & Kelsea Ballerini on "CMT Artists of the Year"

CMTWhat would American Idol winner Phillip Phillips sound like singing Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”? We’re likely to find out Wednesday night, as the singer/songwriter pays tribute to the smash at the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year event.

Backstreet Boys will also honor their pals and recent tour mates Florida Georgia Line with a special performance at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Though the other Artists of the Year -- Chris StapletonJason AldeanKeith Urban and Luke Bryan -- will play tonight as well, CMT is shifting the tone of the annual event away from being an awards show, in favor of a night of coming together after the recent shootings in Vegas, and the multiple hurricanes that have ravaged many parts of the U.S.

Stars from outside the world of country, like Andra Day and Common, will collaborate with Lee Ann Womack and Little Big Town on a medley of Day’s hit “Rise Up” and “Stand Up for Something.”

Also look for appearances tonight from Blake SheltonChris YoungDolly PartonKelsea BalleriniVince Gill and Amy GrantBrothers Osborne, and new American Idol judge Lionel Richie.

You can catch the 2017 Artists of the Year special live from Music City tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, Country Music Hall-of-Famers Garth Brooks and Randy Traviswalked the red carpet for the Nashville premiere of this movie starring their fellow legend George Strait. Can you name the film? ANSWER: Pure Country.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Kane Brown, Garth Brooks and OD's Matthew Ramsey hit NYC for charity gala

Alex Alvga Kane Brown, Garth Brooks and Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey all made appearances Tuesday night at the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research 42nd New York Honors Gala, which honored outstanding leaders in the music business. 

Garth didn't perform; he was on hand to present Steve Boom, Amazon's VP of Music, with the Music Innovation Award. Garth was introduced by chart-topping hip-hop deejay, producer and social media star DJ Khaled.

Matthew, there without the rest of Old Dominion, was introduced by super-producer Shane McAnally, and performed the group's smash hit "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart." Kane also performed, as did pop/rock star Elle King, who won a CMA last year for her duet with Dierks Bentley, "Different for Girls."

"I always say that what I do for a living is something that I would do anyway," Matthew told ABC Radio on the red carpet before his performance. "And then we really get to see that music actually makes a difference.  And so if I can come in here and lend a little bit of talent to that, to help, then I'm happy to do it."

As for Kane, he's never met a charitable cause he didn't like.

"I just love supporting any cause," the chart-stopping star told ABC Radio.  "I know it sounds weird but any way I can help people out, I just love to do it!"  

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Culture Club releasing new concert video and album documenting December 2016 show in London

Rock Fuel MediaCulture Club brought its 2016 world tour to a close last December with a special hometown concert at London's Wembley Arena, and the event has been captured for a home video and album that will be released December 8.

Live at Wembley: World Tour 2016 will be available as a DVD/Blu-ray/CD package, a DVD/CD set, and a limited-edition two-LP colored-vinyl collection.

The concert featured frontman Boy George and company delivering inspired renditions of Culture Club's biggest hits, including the chart-topping "Karma Chameleon." Also at the show, the band played a cover of Bread's "Everything I Own," a song Boy George recorded for his 1987 debut solo album, Sold. The concert finished with a performance of the T. Rex classic "Bang a Gong (Get It On)."

"We were thrilled to be back home for the final show of such a highly successful reunion tour," says Boy George about the Wembley performance. "Being able to document this show on film before our hometown fans, friends and family, with all the original members of the band, where it all began for us in London in 1981, makes this concert film release that much more special for our fans to enjoy for many years to come."

The DVD and Blu-ray also boasts bonus features including new interviews with the band members, and behind-the scenes footage of Culture Club discussing their career, and their excitement about performing at the famous arena.

Check out a trailer for Live at Wembley at Cleopatra Records' official YouTube channel.

Here's the full list of songs featured on Live at Wembley:

"Church of the Poison Mind"
"It's a Miracle"
"I'll Tumble 4 Ya"
"Move Away"
"Everything I Own"
"Black Money"
"Time (Clock of the Heart)"
"Like I Used To"
"Different Man"
"Miss Me Blind"
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
"Victims"
"The War Song"
"Karma Chameleon"
"Bang a Gong (Get It On)"

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Listen to instrumental song from Steve Howe and late son Virgil's upcoming collaborative album, "Nexus"

InsideOut MusicLast month, longtime Yes guitarist Steve Howe's youngest son, Virgil, died at the age of 41, leading the prog-rock legends' to cancel the last six dates of its Yestival summer tour. Prior to his untimely passing, Virgil and his dad had completed a collaborative instrumental album called Nexus that will be released on November 17, and you can listen to the record's title track now on the InsideOut Music label's official YouTube channel.

Steve notes that at the time of his son's death, he and Virgil "had only recently completed recording Nexus, which contains eleven of his tunes to which I added a guitar to suit each one."

While his son's main instrument was drums, the Yes guitarist points out that "Nexus explores a completely different side of Virgil's ability, as a writer & keyboard player -- 'in his own right.'"

He adds, "We hope that the music just completed will stand as a fitting tribute to his life and legacy."

The cover art for Nexus was created by Virgil's five-year-old daughter, Zuni. The album can be pre-ordered now, and is available as a standard CD, a digital download and a CD/vinyl LP package.

Here is the album's track list:

"Nexus"
"Hidden Planet"
"Leaving Aurura"
"Nick's Star"
"Night Hawk"
"Moon Rising"
"Passing Titan"
"Dawn Mission"
"Astral Plane"
"Infinite Space"
"Freefall"

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Wednesday
Oct182017

"Tamar and Vince" are back with a brand-new, jaw-dropping trailer for season five 

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaThe season five trailer of Tamar & Vince is here and judging from the looks of it, fans are in for a wild ride. 

The teaser-trailer, streaming now on YouTube courtesy of Entertainment Tonight, shows explosive scenes of "Stay and Fight" artist Tamar Braxton navigating a new chapter in her career, while trying to hold her family together. 

She's also seen lying in a hospital bed and revealing what appears to be a jaw-dropping secret that could leave fans breathless. 

The new season of Tamar and Vince premieres Thursday, November 9 at 9 p.m. ET on WeTv.  

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Eagles of Death Metal doc "Nos Amis" arriving on Blu-ray/DVD in December

Credit: Chapman BaehlerAfter premiering on HBO earlier this year, the Eagles of Death Metal documentary Nos Amis (Our Friends) will be available on Blu-ray and DVD December 1.

Directed by Colin Hanks, Nos Amis explores the aftermath of the November 2015 terrorist attack on the band's show at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, and their eventual return to the French capital the following February. The film includes interviews with Eagles of Death Metal co-founders Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, and also examines their deep friendship. 

Bono and The Edge, who invited EODM on stage during U2's concert in Paris just weeks after the attack, are also interviewed in the film.

Eagles of Death Metal are currently on tour with Mastodon.

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