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Wednesday
Apr262017

Haim returning to "Saturday Night Live" in May

Rick Kern/WireImageHaim will make their second Saturday Night Live appearance next month. The sister trio will be the musical guest on the sketch show's May 13 episode, hosted by actress Melissa McCarthy.

"We're playing SNL again holy s***," Haim tweeted in all caps.

Haim previously guested on SNL in 2013. For their second appearance, they'll likely be playing new songs from their forthcoming sophomore album, which is due out this year.

Saturday Night Live airs live coast-to-coast on NBC starting at 11:30 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Iggy Pop reminisces about Lou Reed with Lars Ulrich; reissuing first three solo albums 

ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Randy HolmesBoth Iggy Pop and Lars Ulrich were friends of Lou Reed, and in an interview with Metallica's So What! fan magazine, the two musicians talk about working with the late Velvet Underground frontman.

Eventually the conversation turns to Lulu, Metallica's critically-maligned collaborative album with Reed, which Pop says he "enjoyed." Ulrich revealed that Reed was "really saddened by the response" to Lulu.

"The roles changed at the end where I became almost more maternal to him, and had to like sort of comfort him through this very difficult month when the record came out and it just got f*****g slammed," Ulrich remembers.

You can read the entire, wide-ranging conversation, which took place during Pop's opening stint for Metallica's tour through Mexico last month, now via Metallica.com. A video clip of the discussion about Reed is streaming on RollingStone.com.

In other Iggy Pop news, the Godfather of Punk's first three solo albums, 1977's The Idiot and Lust for Life and 1978's TV Eye Live, are being reissued on colored vinyl. All three records will be available in a limited edition bundle on June 2.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

"Summer, summer summertime": Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff plan two-date European reunion 

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesTime to sit back and unwind this summer with Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff

The duo are reuniting in August for two shows: one in Croatia for MTV's Summerblast music festival and another in the U.K. for the Livewire Festival

Will broke the exciting news on Facebook with a video that includes a vintage scene between himself and Jeff.

It looks like their reunion might extend into future dates as well, because Will wrote in the caption under the video, "First two shows are locked!!!" In 2015, Will told fans that a 2017 tour with DJ Jeff was in the works

In 1989, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, best known then as hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, earned the first-ever Grammy awarded in the category of Best Rap Performance, for their hit "Parents Just Don't Understand." They won a second Grammy in 1992 for their smash hit single "Summertime." 

Jeff also appeared in Smith's hit sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the 90s.  

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Did Mary J. Blige's protégée cause the breakup of her marriage?

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteMary J. Blige's estranged husband Kendu Isaacs reportedly was the source of the drama that ended their marriage: a new report claims Isaacs had an affair with Blige's twenty-eight-year-old protégée.

According to Page Six, Isaacs cheated on Blige with Starshell, an up-and-coming artist signed to Mary's Matriarch Entertainment record label.

“Everyone knew. Mary was the last to know, but it’s like, how do you not know?” a source told the publication.  

“It’s really f***** up and low to have it done to her that way. Had it not been for Mary signing her, investing time and money...no one cared about her music.” 

In court documents obtained by TMZ, Blige claims that Isaacs spent over $420,000 on his "girlfriend," although Starshell was not specifically named.

“You’d see them out in the studio together, having dinner without Mary. And then Mary would be at events with her, and it was awkward because it was obvious they were sleeping together,” claimed the insider.

As previously reported, Isaacs' lawyer has refuted Blige's claims, saying in part, “Allegations that have been made about Kendu are false, unfair, mean-spirited and sad...He cares about Mary. He wants her to do well.” 

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Katy Perry to perform on SNL season finale, turns fans into pie-baking maniacs 

Rony AlwinWe still don't know the details of Katy Perry's hotly anticipated new album, but she'll be performing music from it on the season finale of Saturday Night Live.

Katy will be the musical guest on the show for the third time when SNL closes out its season on May 20.  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, star of the upcoming Baywatch movie, will host.

So far, we've heard "Chained to the Rhythm" from Katy's album, and she's been teasing a new song called "Bon Appetit," which may or may not come out tomorrow.  She first teased the song by embedding the lyrics in a recipe for cherry pie, and now she's challenged her fans to bake her cherry pies -- with the promise of a "surprise" for the best one.

Her Katycats have been baking like crazy ever since, and tweeting the singer pics of their creations.  One spelled out "Where's the album" with dough strips on their pie, while others have been spelling out "Bon Appetit" on their pies.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Bruno Mars ties Justin Timberlake in "Billboard" Pop Songs chart toppers

Kai Z. FengJustin Timberlake had a seven-year head start, but Bruno Mars has just pulled up even with him on Billboard's Pop Songs chart.

Bruno has just scored his eighth #1 on the chart, which is based on radio airplay, with his latest single, "That's What I Like."  He and JT are now tied with eight #1s, the most of any male solo artist in the history of the chart.

As Billboard points out, Justin scored his first #1 all the way back in 2003 with "Rock Your Body."  Bruno only scored his first #1 in 2010, with "Nothin' on You."

Overall, Justin and Bruno are tied for fifth place among acts with the most #1s on the Pop Songs chart.  Katy Perry and Rihanna both have 11, followed by Pink and Maroon 5, who each have nine.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Stax Records plans big 60th anniversary celebration

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesLegendary Memphis soul label Stax Records has big plans for its 60th anniversary. Rolling Stone reports that on May 19, Stax, in collaboration with Rhino Entertainment and Concord Music Group, will launch a year-long release campaign dubbed Stax Classics.  It will feature new compilations from the likes of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Sam and Dave, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Dramatics and Albert King.

There will also be reissues of many classic Stax albums on vinyl, including Redding’s 1965 release, The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads, and a special 50th anniversary version of Redding and Thomas’ 1967 duet disc, King and Queen.

Additionally, Stax Classics plans a three-disc 60th anniversary box set and the fourth installment of its Complete Stax Singles collection. Rhino and Concord will also make numerous Stax albums available for online streaming for the first time in newly remastered editions.

 The label originally known as Satellite Records was founded by Jim Stewart in 1957, changing its name in 1960 to Stax (combining the first two letters of the last names of Stewart and his sister/business partner, Estelle Axton). Operating out of its own studio in Memphis, the label churned out hits with help from a stable of songwriters and its house band, Booker T. & the M.G.'s.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

"In Case You Didn't Know," Brett Young's the only country artist with a gold single in 2017

BMLGBrett Young may be a relative newcomer on the country scene, but he’s making some impressive strides.

The California native is the first country artist to have a single go Gold in 2017.  The song that did it for Brett is “In Case You Didn’t Know,” which is currently at #7 on the chart. That puts Brett on par with major pop hitmakers like Ed Sheeran and The Chainsmokers, who’ve also had a song sell more than 500,000 copies this year.

“My fans are amazing,” Brett says. “To have this success with my debut project is just unreal. Writing these songs was very therapeutic for me and to have them connect the way they do is humbling.”

Brett’s chart-topping first single, “Sleep Without You,” has been certified Gold as well. Both songs are on his self-titled debut album.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Chris Young teases his video vision for Jason Aldean's They Don't Know Tour

ABC/Image Group LAThursday night, Chris Young kicks off his summer-long trek with ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean, as the They Don’t Know Tour makes its first stop at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

As you might expect, in the days leading up to the kick-off, the guys have been rehearsing. Chris even gave his fans a little preview earlier this week.

“Making good use of the video screens at rehearsal today…” he shared on social media, along with a short clip of his band playing in front of the video wall. “Ready to start this tour with Jason Aldean #herewego” he added.

Chris also gave a shout-out to the tour opener. “Really pumped that Kane Brown is on this tour as well… Dude is a talent!” he said of the newcomer.

On the heels of his recent #1, “Sober Saturday Night,” Chris has been busy working on new music. So far, we don’t know how the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native will follow his hit collaboration with Vince Gill.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

No "love drought" here: Michelle Obama praises Beyonce for new college scholarship program

Francis Specker/CBSFormer first lady Michelle Obama has given Beyoncé's new Formation Scholars initiative her official stamp of approval. 

"Always inspired by your powerful contributions @Beyonce," Mrs. Obama tweeted to the fellow icon. "You are a role model for us all. Thank you for investing in our girls."   

Tuesday, which also marked the one-year anniversary of Lemonade, Bey revealed her new scholarship program developed for creative young women "unafraid to think outside the box."

Four incoming, current or graduate students studying either music, literature, African-American studies or the creative arts will be presented with one of the scholarships during the 2017-2018 school year.  

Those interested in must directly contact the participating schools, which include Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.  

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Wednesday
Apr262017

"Bump N' Grind": R. Kelly sued for hooking up with a married woman

Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsA Mississippi man has filed a lawsuit against R. Kelly, accusing the singer of wrecking his marriage and inflicting emotional distress upon him.

According to the court document, which was obtained by ABC News, Kenny Bryant claims that Kelly carried on a years-long extramarital affair with his wife, Asia Childress, which allegedly caused an alienation of affection.

Bryant is seeking punitive damages.

In his lawsuit, Bryant claims that Childress had a relationship with Kelly before their 2012 wedding, but she told her new husband that they were no longer involved. Childress allegedly rekindled her romance with the singer shortly after she and Bryant married.

Bryant claims that Childress also convinced him to move from Mississippi to Georgia for her career, though in reality, he claims she simply wanted to be closer to Kelly. He claims that that move was "financially ruinous," as he was unable to find a good job after the relocation.

He also claims that Childress's subsequent request for a divorce was the result of Kelly's "blatant disregard for Bryant's and Childress' vows."

"Bryant tried every avenue to hold his marriage together, but his efforts could not prevail against R. Kelly's continued sexual overtures to Childress," the lawsuit states.

A rep for R. Kelly did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment. ABC News could not immediately reach Childress for comment. 

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Jennifer Hudson finally receives her Grammy...from Ellen DeGeneres

ABC/Craig SjodinJennifer Hudson won her second Grammy this year for her performance in Broadway's The Color Purple, but was unable to collect her award at the ceremony.  

So, charitable host Ellen DeGeneres decided to bring the trophy to J-Hud personally during their sit-down chat on Ellen's talk show Wednesday.  

Looking visibly shocked and moved by Ellen's grand gesture, Jennifer replied, "Oh my God! Thank you!"  

She also gave a brief acceptance speech, noting that her first Grammy award was given to her by Whitney Houston and her second by DeGeneres. 

Jennifer, along with The Color Purple's principal cast, won a Grammy this year in the category of Best Musical Theater album. Jennifer portrayed nightclub performer Shug Avery in the musical last year. She was later replaced by Heather Headley

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Kelly Clarkson's birthday trip was Harry Potter-tastic 

Gerardo Mora/Getty ImagesLast Friday, Kelly Clarkson shared a video on Twitter that showed her being surprised with an early birthday present: a "girls' trip" with her sister, her mom and friends.  She's now shared on Instagram the way she spent her special weekend, and let's just say Dumbledore would be proud.

Kelly posted a selfie -- which also included her one-year-old son, Remy -- posing at Universal Studios Orlando, location of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Kelly captioned the photo, "Thank you @universalorlando for the most magical birthday!!! It was the greatest surprise to have my entire group adorned in Harry Potter gear!!!"

She added the hashtags "#35" and "#greatestfamilyandfriends."

In another post, Kelly shared a photo of her birthday cake, topped with a giant chocolate Sorting Hat, just like the one in the Harry Potter movies, saying "Happy Birthday Kelly" in a fondant bubble coming out of its mouth.  The bottom of the cake is decorated with a red and gold fondant scarf, indicating that Kelly is in Gryffindor.

Kelly, whose actual birthday was on Monday, plans to release her new album later this year.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Bless up: DJ Khaled to honor fiancée at VH1's "Dear Mama" event

Image Group LA/ABCDJ Khaled is taking some time away from his consistently busy schedule to give thanks to his fiancée, Nicole Tuck, during VH1's second annual Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms event.  

The "Do You Mind" artist is the latest celebrity announced to appear on the program, which will be hosted by black-ish star Anthony Anderson and Power actress and television personality La La Anthony.  

Robin Thicke is also confirmed to make an appearance with a tribute planned for his mother, Gloria Loring

The Mother's Day special is set to take place at Pasadena's Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in California, co-executive-produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit. 

Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms premieres on Monday, May 8th at 10 p.m. ET.  

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Listen now: "Wonderful Woman" -- Another new Chuck Berry track debuts

DualtoneAnother song from the late Chuck Berry’s final album, Chuck, has debuted.

“Wonderful Woman” premiered via The New Yorker website. In addition to Berry’s signature guitar and vocals, the track features a guest appearance from acclaimed Austin, Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr.

Chuck is Berry’s first studio disc since 1979’s Rock It. Eight of the ten tracks were written by Berry, who passed away last month at age 90. Produced by Berry and recorded in his native St. Louis, the album features son Charles Berry Jr. on guitar and daughter Ingrid Berry on vocals and harmonica, plus other musicians who’d been working with him for nearly 20 years at his famed Blueberry Hill club.

Other guests on the album include guitarist Tom Morello and singer Nathaniel Rateliff. It also features liner notes from acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley.

Here’s the track list for Chuck Berry’s Chuck album:

"Wonderful Woman"
"Big Boys"
"You Go to My Head"
"3/4 Time (Enchiladas)"
"Darlin'"
"Lady B. Goode"
"She Still Loves You"
"Jamaica Moon"
"Dutchman"
"Eyes of Man"

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Late Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme was a music documentary visionary

L-R: Jonathan Demme and David Byrne; Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesNot only did the late Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme helm such acclaimed dramas as Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, he was also a concert film visionary.

Demme, who died Wednesday at age 73, directed Stop Making Sense, the groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary. The film gained accolades for its imaginative construction and editing, and was the first to be shot entirely using digital audio.

Demme also directed a trilogy of concert film/documentaries featuring Neil Young: 2006’s Heart of Gold, 2009’s Neil Young Trunk Show, and 2012’s Neil Young Journeys.

Demme’s music video work included the video for Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia," and Bruce's 1995 clip for "Murder Incorporated."

In addition, Demme directed 1985’s “Sun City” video for Artists United Against Apartheid, the activist group founded by Little Steven Van Zandt. The project featured Springsteen, Bono, Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards and many others.

One of Demme's final projects was a multimedia film for a new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit called the Power of Rock Experience that'll premiere at the Hall July 1. Earlier this month, Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris told ABC Radio that the 12-minute film compresses 31 years of footage from Hall induction ceremonies into "an immersive experience based on the emotions of rock 'n roll."

In a statement to ABC Radio today, Harris said, “Jonathan had a keen ability to meld his passion for music and storytelling in works that showed us the world in a new light. It was an honor to have worked with him on one of his last projects.”

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Eat your vegetables and dance to Rae Sremmurd and Solange at Broccoli City festival

ABC/Randy HolmesNow you can dance to your favorite music, and get your veggies, at the same time.

Rae Sremmurd and Solange are making their way to Washington, D.C. this summer as headliners for the fifth annual Broccoli City festival on May 6. 

Acts such as 21 SavageLil Yachty and Sir the Baptist have also been added to the lineup. Fans will be able to take part in a full day of not only music, but also feasting on healthy food and drink from a variety of vendors.  

General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now via BCFestival.com.  

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Too many awards, too little time: Carrie Underwood catches up with BMI in Sin City

ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood stopped by this week’s National Association of Broadcasters gathering in Las Vegas to pick up the BMI Board of Directors Award.

The performing rights organization also played catch-up with the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, giving Carrie her three latest BMI songwriting awards. The Oklahoma native would’ve typically picked up the prizes for “Heartbeat,” “Little Toy Guns,” and “Smoke Break” at the BMI Country Awards in November, but she wasn’t able to attend, since she was getting ready to host the next night’s CMA Awards.

Carrie wrapped up the 69th Annual BMI/NAB Dinner at the Wynn Encore by offering an intimate performance of hits like “Two Black Cadillacs,” “So Small,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” and “Smoke Break.”

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Tyler Perry keeps Tim McGraw and Faith Hill laughing

ABC/Image Group LA The mutual admiration society between Tim McGrawFaith Hill and entertainment mogul Tyler Perry just keeps on going.

It all started last weekend when the writer, director, producer and actor checked out the Soul2Soul tour stop in his hometown of Atlanta. The man who created the Madea blockbusters followed up with a tweet saying how much he loved the show, and how he’s planning to come again. Tim replied with an invitation to return whenever he can.

On Wednesday, Faith shared a black-and-white photo showing exactly how much fun the three seemed to be having backstage. In the picture, Tim and Faith are both obviously laughing, while Tyler appears so carried away he’s doubled over.

“Always brightens my day and keeps me laughing,” the “Speak to a Girl” hitmaker added.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Selena Gomez and Kygo's "It Ain't Me" video explores the power of music

Interscope Records / Ultra RecordsThe video for Selena Gomez and Kygo’s collab, "It Ain’t Me," has arrived. Fair warning -- it's a bit of a downer, but it has a hopeful ending.

The clip features a couple who get into a motorcycle accident, leaving the male driver in a coma. The girl stays by his side for days as he lays in a hospital bed. In the meantime, we see what’s going on in his head while he’s in a dreamlike state.

At one point, the girl puts on headphones and dances around the hospital room, then puts the headphones on her partner. The music eventually helps bring him out of his coma, and the video ends with him finally opening his eyes.

“It Ain’t Me” was released back in in February and has climbed up the charts. Hot on its heels, Kygo will be releasing a new song with Ellie Goulding Friday, called “First Time.”

Kygo’s sophomore album is expected to be released later this year.

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