The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. to Make Acting Debut in Film "Newness"

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. will make his acting debut in the upcoming film Newness, which will premiere at this month's Sundance Film Festival.

"My name in lights," Hammond writes on Facebook. "So excited to see this movie at Sundance. I had a little role but it was a lifetime experience with amazing people. Too much!"

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Newness is about "two millennials navigating a social media-driven hookup culture." X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult also will star in the film.

Hammond and the rest of The Strokes released a new EP, titled Future Present Past, last year, and they plan to unveil another batch of new material in 2017.

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Queen Latifah on Today's Girl Groups: Everyone's "Busy Chasing Destiny's Child, Which You're Never Going to Get" 

Frank Micelotta/FOX/PictureGroupQueen Latifah stars in Lee Daniels' new Fox series, Star, about a girl group trying to make it in the music business. But, Latifah says, for girl groups today, the music industry is a mixed bag.

"I'm not an expert on girl groups. I just know that the music business has always been a business of ebbs and flows. And unfortunately there a lot of people who have a lot of money who make things happen who are followers, and not really leaders," Latifah told reporters at a Wednesday Television Critics Association panel event.  

"If someone else has it, 'Oh I want the next that. I want the next that. I want the next that.' When there're a lot of original groups that could be different and successful and sustainable. But because you're so busy chasing Destiny's Child, which you're never gonna get, you get the lower versions of that and it kinda make it all seem a little corny, a little cheaper," she added. 

And even though her view of the industry may sound a bit dismal, the multi-talented entertainer believes that girl groups still have a fighting chance in the business. 

"I think it's a good time for girl groups because there's just something magical, to me, about seeing women, young women, use their voices and be connected to one another and express messages through music, to people," she said.  

"Particularly other young women. It's just something that moves us." 

You can watch Star, Wednesday on Fox, at 9 p.m. ET.  

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Metallica Debuts Two "Hardwired" Songs During First World Tour Date 

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica played the first date of their worldwide tour in support of their new album Self-Destruct today in Seoul, South Korea. The show saw the live debut of the album's songs "Halo on Fire" and "Now That We're Dead."

During the Seoul show, Metallica also played the Self-Destruct songs "Moth into Flame," "Atlas, Rise!" and "Hardwired," plus classics like "Master of Puppets," "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "Enter Sandman." You can check out the entire setlist now via Metallica's Twitter.

Metallica's next stop on their world tour is Shanghai, China, on Sunday, January 15. The metal legends will play a few more shows in Asia before traveling to Europe in February. Metallica also plans to tour the U.S. this year, but those dates have yet to be announced.

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Santana Extends Las Vegas Residency into November

Credit: Erik KabikCarlos Santana has announced that he'll be extending his band's long-running Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues all the way into the fall of 2017.

After previously scheduling January and February performances of the show, dubbed An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live, the guitar legend now has lined up a total of 24 new dates in May, September and November.

Tickets for the newly-added concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 13, at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available at,, and by calling 800-745-3000. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to two charities geared toward aiding young people: The Milagro Foundation, which Carlos co-founded, and the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Santana's residency at the House of Blues Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino: it started in May 2012.

In other news, Santana recently scheduled a pair of concerts at the Choctaw Grand Theater in Durant, Oklahoma, on July 7 and 8. Pre-sale tickets for those shows will be available starting Thursday, January 12, at 10 a.m. CT. Santana also has a previously-announced run of April dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Here are all of Santana's confirmed upcoming U.S. shows:

1/25, 27-29 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
2/1-4 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
5/17, 19-21, 24, 26-28 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues*
7/7-8 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater*
9/13, 15-17, 20, 22-24 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues*
11/1, 3-5, 8, 10-12 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues*

* = newly added shows.

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Her Love Don't Cost a Thing -- but Drake Spent $100K on JLo Anyway 

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABC; Dan Martensen"Think you gotta keep me iced/You don't" is what Jennifer Lopez sang in her hit "Love Don't Cost a Thing," but her rumored new boyfriend Drake has chosen to ignore that rule.

People magazine has confirmed that Drizzy dropped $100K on a diamond necklace for JLo.  The Tiffany Victoria necklace is a 17-inch strand that features more than 15 carats' worth of round, pear and marquise-cut diamonds set in platinum.  Jennifer wore the bauble on New Year's Eve when she attended Drake's show at Hakkasan nightclub in Las Vegas.

Rumors of Drake and JLo's romance have been heating up since the two posted a photo of themselves cuddling together; soon they were spotted out and about at various events.  But they're still not official.

“Jennifer and Drake seem really happy,” a source recently told People. “Friends have no idea where the relationship is going.”

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Catch Jimmy Eat World on "Conan" Tonight

Credit: Jimi GiannattiJimmy Eat World will be stopping by Conan tonight in support of their new album, Integrity Blues. You can tune in to the performance at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.

Integrity Blues is Jimmy Eat World's ninth studio album. It features the lead single "Sure and Certain," which reached the top 10 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

Jimmy Eat World also will be hitting the road this year behind Integrity Blues. They're playing a one-off show in Santa Ana, California on January 12, and they'll return to the U.S. in February following a trip to Australia.

In other Conan music happenings, Judah & the Lion will perform on the show Thursday, January 12.

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British X Factor Finalist Officially Turns Down Presidential Inauguration Invite  

Luca V. Teuchmann/Getty ImagesFormer X Factor UK finalist Rebecca Ferguson, who stated last week that she was willing to accept an invitation to sing at Donald Trump's inauguration -- under the condition that she be allowed to perform Billie Holiday's 1939 classic "Strange Fruit" -- has officially turned down the opportunity.

In a statement Ferguson explains that "there are many grey areas about the offer for me to perform that I'm unable to share right now, but I will not be singing."   

"Due to circumstances beyond my control concerning the offer to perform at the Inauguration Concert, I was thrown into the middle of a political arena last week. I wasn't comfortable with the song choice made on my behalf, and although I'm very blessed to have a gift that gives me amazing opportunities, as a mother and an artist, I had to defend my stance. That is why I made the decision to sing 'Strange Fruit' when I was invited," she adds.

"Strange Fruit," which was first published as a poem by New York writer Abel Meeropol in 1937, and later recorded by Billie Holiday, addresses the lynchings of African Americans in the early 20th century.  

"Strange Fruit" includes the lyrics "Southern trees bear strange fruit/Blood on the leaves and blood at the root/Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze." 

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Jake Owen Gets His Own Field of Dreams in His Hometown

RCA NashvilleA lifelong dream will come true for Jake Owen later this year, as Jake Owen Field opens in his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida.

The “American Country Love Song” singer found out about the honor after playing the 6th Annual Dinner, Auction and Concert for the Kevin Harvick Foundation in December. The field will be a partnership between the charity founded by the NASCAR Champion and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

It will be made up of two youth baseball parks, and is expected to open this summer.  

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Taylor Swift Wants Her Beverly Hills Mansion to Be an Historic Landmark

ABC/Fred LeeIf Taylor Swift has her way, her Beverly Hills mansion will be a certified an historic landmark.

The singer reportedly is seeking landmark certification for the home, known as the Samuel Goldwyn Estate, which she purchased in 2015 for around $25 million. The property was built by film producer Goldwyn in 1934 and boasts six bedrooms, five baths, a library and a theater room, among other amenities.

Other legendary former tenants include Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and Frank Capra.

According to the Beverly Hills Courier, the Cultural Heritage Commission is meeting today to discuss the potential landmark designation.

Taylor also owns property in Nashville, New York and Rhode Island.

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"Fifty Shades Darker" Soundtrack Includes New Music from Tove Lo, Sia & More

Republic RecordsAlready swooning over Zayn and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”? Well the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack just got even hotter. Entertainment Weekly has the full track list for the album, which includes new music from Tove Lo, Sia, Halsey and John Legend.

Both Tove Lo and Sia were previously featured on the first Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, with Tove co-writing Ellie Goulding’s mega-hit “Love Me Like You Do” and Sia contributing the song “Salted Wound.”

This time around, Tove delivers a song called “Lies in the Dark,” while Sia’s tune is called “Helium.” The album also includes a Halsey track called “Not Afraid Anymore,” a John Legend song titled “One Woman Man,” and a brand new collaboration from Nick Jonas and Nicki Minaj called “Bom Bidi Bom.”

The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack will be available for pre-order on Friday, along with instant downloads of “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and “Not Afraid Anymore.” Both the movie and the album will be released on February 10.

Here is the full track list:

"I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" -- Zayn & Taylor Swift
"Not Afraid Anymore" -- Halsey
"Pray" -- JRY (feat. Rooty)
"Lies in the Dark" -- Tove Lo
"No Running From Me" -- Toulouse
"One Woman Man" -- John Legend
" Code Blue" -- The-Dream
"Bom Bidi Bom" -- Nick Jonas & Nicki Minaj
"Helium" -- Sia
"Cruise" -- Kygo (feat. Andrew Jackson)
"The Scientist" -- Corinne Baily Rae
"They Can’t Take That Away From Me" -- Jose James
"Birthday" -- JP Cooper
"I Need a Good One" -- The Avener (feat. Mark Asari)
"Empty Pack Of Cigarettes" -- Joseph Angel
"What Would It Take" -- Anderson East
"What Is Love?" -- Frances
"On His Knees" -- Danny Elfman
"Making It Real" -- Danny Elfman

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LeToya Luckett Comes "Back 2 Life" in New Music Video

Dennis LeupoldLeToya Luckett's new music video for her single "Back 2 Life" is really more of a short film.

The clip begins with scenes of a romantic breakfast with co-star and former NFL player Thomas Q. Jones. 

As the visual continues, we see the two going back and forth between being lovers and arguing foes, with several plot twists and turns.   

The visual shows off both Luckett and Jones' acting chops, which should come as no shock to fans of the former Destiny's Child singer: she's had starring roles in TV shows such as Single Ladies,Treme, Ballers and Rosewood.  

"Back 2 Life" comes from LeToya's forthcoming new album, scheduled to be released this spring.   

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Camila Cabello Was Uncomfortable Being Sexualized in Fifth Harmony

Getty Images via ABCSex sells, and Camila Cabello knows that all too well. In an interview with Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter conducted before she left Fifth Harmony, Camila says there were times where she felt overly-sexualized as part of the girl group.

“Unfortunately, sex sells,” she says. “There's definitely been times where there's stuff that I have not been comfortable with and I've had to put my foot down.”

She adds, whoever, that she’s not opposed to expressing sexuality on your own terms: for example, she admires the way Rihanna embraces her sexiness.  

“There's nothing wrong with showing sexuality,” Camila says. “If you have that inside, it's just an expression of who you are. If you want to share that with people, that's amazing. I love that. Look at Rihanna. She's so sexy. She comes from Planet Sexy. I worship her. I really, really do.”

Camila began her career on X Factor at the age of 15, and says she’s had to learn to grow into herself while being in the public eye. Now, at 19, she says she’s more confident to sing songs with sexual undertones. One Fifth Harmony song in particular -- called “Dope” -- was written by Lena’s partner, Jack Antonoff, and is about sexual infatuation.

“I've realized that, growing into myself now, I think two years ago I would've been afraid to sing about that,” Camila says. “That's completely natural because I wasn't ready yet. I think the thing that I would say to young women is, if you're not ready for it, put your foot down.”

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John Legend & Ariana Grande Teaming for "Beauty and the Beast" Duet 

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The prospect of two amazing vocalists teaming up for a big duet is always exciting, so it's no wonder that fans were thrilled at rumors that Ariana Grande and John Legend might record a duet for the live action version of the movie Beauty and the Beast.  Well, they're not rumors any longer.

Disney has confirmed that Ariana and John have recorded a new version of song  "Beauty and the Beast" for movie.   The original version was a duet between Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson.  It was a huge hit, and won the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture, as well as two Grammys.

The song is being produced by Ron Fair, who says in a statement, "Stepping into the shoes of an Oscar and Grammy Award-winning classic is not small potatoes. But with today’s two greatest plutonium singers – John Legend and Ariana Grande – we are bringing the song back with a new school-old school fresh treatment that shows the soulfulness and power of what a great melody and lyric can inspire.”

Ariana first dropped a hint at the collaboration by posting an Instagram photo of herself in the studio, and tagging both John and the movie's social account, which reposted it.

Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.  It arrives in theaters on March 17.  The soundtrack arrives March 10.

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Ice Cube Launches BIG3, 3-on-3 Basketball League for Former All-Stars

ABC/Randy HolmesOn Wednesday Ice Cube officially unveiled BIG3, an eight-team, three-on-three summer pro basketball league featuring top retired NBA players.

"It sucks to see your favorite players retired. It's nothing good about it, especially when you know they still got game," Cube told reporters at a launch even alongside entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz and former Miami Heat player Roger Mason Jr.   

"We came up with a big idea, which was to bring a style of basketball that I grew up playing, watching and loving, which is three-on-three basketball."

The new league will feature eight teams of five players each, plus former Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson, former Seattle Supersonic player and Hall of Famer Gary Payton and retired NBA star George Gervin as coaches, touring from city to city across the country playing in 3-on-3 half-court games.  

Iverson will also step in as a player captain, along with other former NBA players including Chauncey BillupsMike BibbyKenyon MartinJermaine O'NealRashard LewisJason WilliamsStephen Jackson and Bonzi Wells.

"It's a great business opportunity, but as a fan I'm just excited to see the guys that I know who can still strap it up play at a competitive high level and I'm just happy that I have the right people and partners to be able to provide the stage for that," Cube continued.  

"I got my heroes too and a lot of them play professional basketball and a lot of them have retired. And I want to see 'em again. And I hope this isn't just a dream of ours but it's a dream of yours. It's a dream of the fans." 

"We need something that we can really get behind in the summer, and be excited about, and we think the BIG3 is just what the doctor ordered," Cube declared. 

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Health Issues Force Asia's John Wetton to Withdraw from Cruise to the Edge, Band's US Tour with Journey

Al Pereira/Getty ImagesSome disconcerting news from Asia frontman John Wetton, who has been battling cancer recently.

The 67-year-old prog-rocker has announced that because of medical reasons, he will be unable to take part in Yes' upcoming Cruise to the Edge next month and Asia's upcoming run of U.S. tour dates with Journey in March and April.

"I am disappointed to announce that, on the advice of my medical team, I have to withdraw from Cruise to the Edge, and from the first leg of the Journey tour," Wetton says in a statement. "I will soon be starting a new medical chemotherapy procedure, under which I will not be able to fly."

Wetton adds, "I am grateful to the promoters of the cruise. I wish them pleasant sailing and I know my friends on the cruise, both artists and fans, will have a ball on the ocean wave." The veteran singer/bassist had been scheduled to perform solo on the cruise, which runs from February 7 to February 11.

In addition, Wetton reveals that his friend, current Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, will fill in for him during Asia's initial tour leg with Journey, which is mapped out from a March 15 show in Yakima, Washington, through an April 4 concert in Dayton, Ohio.

Wetton maintains, however, that he's "intending to return to the stage with Asia later in 2017, dates soon to be announced."

He also notes that, while he's disappointed to miss the start of a "historic" tour with Asia, "I know this decision will be in the best interests of my health and our fans, in the long run."

During his long career, Wetton also has been a member of King Crimson and U.K.

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Shinedown to Release Acoustic Version of "How Did You Love"

ABC/Randy HolmesShinedown will show off their softer side with an acoustic version of their current single "How Did You Love."

The band has shared a 15-second clip of the unplugged song on their Twitter, and the whole track will be released this Friday, January 13.

"How Did You Love" is a single from Shinedown's latest album, Threat to Survival. It currently sits a number seven on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, which extends the band's streak of top-10 singles on the tally to 22.

Shinedown will play a one-off show in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 4 before they embark on a European tour supporting Iron Maiden in April.

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X Ambassadors to Perform at Super Bowl Opening Night Event

ABC/Paula LoboX Ambassadors are ready for some football. The "Renegade" rockers will perform at the NFL's Super Bowl Opening Night event, held January 30 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

"Being able to perform at Super Bowl Opening Night is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," X Ambassadors say in a statement. "We look forward to putting on an electrifying show as part of the amazing festivities occurring during Super Bowl Week."

Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster. You'll also be able to watch the event live on ESPN2, NFL Network and FS1.

Super Bowl Opening Night will kick off the week leading up to the Super Bowl, which will be played February 5 in Houston's NRG Stadium.

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Snoop Dogg Says He'll "Roast" Any Black Artist Who Performs at Donald Trump's Inauguration

ABC/Randy HolmesSnoop Dogg has plans roast any black artists who perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next week.  

"So ain't nobody gonna perform for Donald Trump huh?" he says in a new Instagram video posted Tuesday. "Which one of you jiga*** a** n***** gonna be the first one to do it. I'm waiting. I'm gonna roast the f*** out one of you...Uncle Tom a** n***** for doing it. Which one of you n***** gonna do it first?" he continues in the clip.  

Snoop is no stranger to roasting Trump, proven by the rapper's involvement in Comedy Central's 2011 TV specialRoast of Donald Trump, in which he mentioned Donald's political ambitions to run for President of the United States.

"Donald's saying he wants to run for president and move on into the White House. Why not? It wouldn't be the first time you've pushed a black family out of their home," he said. 

So far, the only artists confirmed to perform during next Friday's ceremony are America's Got Talentrunner-up Jackie Evancho, who will sing the national anthem, The Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  

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"Starboy" Meets Girl: The Weeknd and Selena Gomez Spotted Kissing

Image Group LA/ABC; ABC/Rick RowellAre The Weeknd and pop singer-actress Selena Gomez starting the new year as a new couple? 

Photos surfaced on TMZ of the "Starboy" artist and Selena kissing outside of a Santa Monica restaurant Tuesday night. Other pics show Selena's arms wrapped around Weeknd, looking smitten.

As previously reported, The Weeknd recently broke up with Victoria's Secret model, Bella Hadid, who stated last November that both were "still great friends." 

Selena was previously in a high-profile romance with Justin Bieber.  

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85 Candles and Counting: Loretta Lynn Plans to Celebrate with Ryman Shows and Hall of Fame Exhibit

ABC/Mark LevineLoretta Lynn may be turning 85 this year, but the country music icon isn’t planning to slow down any in 2017.

On April 14, she’ll celebrate her birthday with the first of two shows at the historic Ryman Auditorium, immortalized in the Oscar-winning film about her life, Coal Miner’s Daughter, as her first stop in Music City when she arrived in town. The second show is set for April 15.

Then, on August 25, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the 1988 inductee with an exhibit set to run through June 11, 2018.

“I am so happy the Country Music Hall of Fame asked me to be one of their main exhibits in 2017,” Loretta says. “[I’m] gonna show off my 50 some odd years in country music! They best have a big space… I have a lot of stuff!”

The Butcher Holler, Kentucky native could also take home the Best Country Album Grammy next month, for her 2016 album, Full Circle.

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