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Monday
Sep192016

Michael Buble Gets His Own Adele-Style TV Special in the U.K. 

Evaan KherajMichael Buble is Canadian, but he's wildly popular in the U.K.  In fact, he's so popular, Britain is giving him his own TV special.

Next month, Michael, his band and a 30-piece orchestra will perform an exclusive concert in Salford, England, which will be taped by the BBC for an hour-long special. It will feature Michael performing songs from his new album Nobody But Me for the first time on U.K. TV.  He'll also be chatting about his music, his family -- he and wife Luisana are the parents of two young boys -- and what inspires his music.

In a statement, Michael says, "I loved Adele's [special on] the BBC and I'm so excited and honored to have been invited by the BBC to do my own show for them. I'm sure it will be a blast.”  The special will air in November.

In other Michael news, he's buys promoting his new fragrance, By Invitation, but he's refreshingly honest when it comes to describing what he hopes to achieve with it. Speaking to the Vancouver Sun, Michael says, "I hope they think my fragrance is pretty. But I don’t expect it to change lives.”

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Monday
Sep192016

Lizzo Set to Release Debut Studio Album in October

Jabari JacobsLizzo is finally dropping her debut studio album in October. The LP, titled Coconut Oil, is now available to pre-order and will feature her hit single "Good as Hell," which is also featured on the Barbershop: The Next Cut movie soundtrack.  

The entertainer also has released a new track, titled "Phone."

The Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist will promote her first studio project with a concert tour.  

Dates include a performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival October 2 and 9 and a spot with LL Cool J at Stubb's Waller Creek Ampitheater in Austin, Texas, on October 8. 

Lizzo is currently the host of the new MTV music series, Wonderland, which premiered Thursday. 

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Monday
Sep192016

Emeli Sandé Announces New Album and Single 

Photo Courtesy of Capitol Records/Universal Music GroupEmeli Sandé's follow-up to her 2012 debut album has been announced. Long Live the Angels is set to be released on November 11. Sandé promises it will be a fiery and personal.  

"This entire album is about me not holding back and not censoring myself," says Sandé. 

Long Live the Angels is now available for pre-order and its first single, "Hurts," was released Friday. Anyone who pre-orders the digital version of the album will receive "Hurts"  as an immediate download.

Here's the track list for Long Live the Angels

"Selah"
"Breathing Underwater"
"Happen"
"Hurts"
"Give Me Something"
"Right Now"
"Shakes"
"Garden" (featuring Jay Electronica & Áine Zion)
"I'd Rather Not"
"Lonely"
"Sweet Architect"
"Tenderly" (featuring Joel Sande & The Serenje Choir)
"Every Single Little Piece"
"Highs and Lows"
"Babe" 

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Monday
Sep192016

Cage the Elephant Announces Footwear and Apparel Line with Vans

Credit: Ira ChernovaCage the Elephant has teamed up with Vans to launch a new line of footwear and apparel. The collection includes four shoe designs, each with a "custom tongue label and footbed graphic," plus hats and T-shirts.

You can purchase items from the Vans x Cage the Elephant line at select Vans retail stores, as well as online at Vans.com.

Cage the Elephant spent the summer touring in support of their new album, Tell Me I'm Pretty. The band has a few festival appearances lined up for the fall, including sets at Austin City Limits, the Meadows festival in Queens and the Voodoo festival.

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Monday
Sep192016

Dolly Parton Reinvents "Jolene" with Pentatonix

Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleThough her signature song “I Will Always Love You” may be her best-selling tune, Dolly Parton has often said that “Jolene” is her most-covered  composition. Now, it’s Dolly herself who’s putting a new spin on her 1974 single.

Dolly offers a new rendition of the song inspired by both a bank teller who had designs on her husband and an adorable red-headed child she met at a concert, with the help of a capella sensations Pentatonix. The two artists teamed up to promote Dolly’s album, Pure & Simple, which is available as an exclusive deluxe edition at Cracker Barrel.

You can check out Dolly and Pentatonix’ take on “Jolene” on YouTube

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Monday
Sep192016

Blake Shelton Warns New "Voice" Coach Miley Cyrus to Steer Clear of His Country Contenders

NBC/David LaChapelleAs a new cycle of The Voice premieres tonight on NBC, veteran coach Blake Shelton admits he's shaking in his boots at the addition of superstars Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus to the panel.

“I don't know that we've ever had a shakeup like this season 11," the Oklahoma native says. "And I have no idea what to expect, whatsoever. Because, you know, you've got two incredibly talented people, but they also happen to be these larger-than-life, female, dominant personalities, too… We've never had two female coaches at the same time on the show before and I'm a little bit intimidated. I'm afraid. I'm just gonna tell you right now!”

Even more than that, since Billy Ray Cyrus had a huge country hit with "Achy Breaky Heart" and one of Miley's big songs came from Music City writers, Blake expects the former teen sensation is coming for him.

“I know what she's gonna do," Blake says. "She's gonna try to play the Nashville country card on me. And she does have some country music credibility, no question about it. Not only because of her dad, but because 'The Climb' was a big country hit also. But, I hope she's not over-confident, because Nashville is -- that's still my corner of this show and if she thinks that she's just gonna take these artists from me without a fight, she's got another thing coming!”

You can catch Blake squaring off against Miley, Alicia Keys and his man-crush Adam Levine tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Monday
Sep192016

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce North American Tour 

Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers have announced a North American headlining tour in support of their latest album, The Getaway. The 24-date trek kicks off January 5 in San Antonio, and will hit big arenas like New York City's Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center in Los Angels before wrapping up March 18 in Vancouver, BC.

For the full list of dates and ticket info, visit RedHotChiliPeppers.com.

The Getaway, the 11th studio album from the Chili Peppers, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. It features the singles "Dark Necessities" and "Go Robot."

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Monday
Sep192016

Kanye West Debuts Instagram Page

(L-R) Barbara Walter, Kanye West, Joy Behar; ABC/STEVE FENNIt's hard to believe that the always-outspoken Kanye West hadn't been on Instagram until this weekend.

He rectified that on Saturday by unveiling his own verified Instagram page and uploading his first photo. The snapshot shows a car driving by a slanted building at night. There is no caption.

At last check, Kanye's account has more than 800 thousand followers. He isn't following anyone yet, not even his wife, Kim Kardashian West.

Back in March, the rapper teased on Twitter that he was considering launching an Instagram account.

"I was thinking about getting an Instagram but only on one condition," he wrote at the time. "no one can ask me or try to tell me what to Instagram... It's my art..."

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Monday
Sep192016

Coolio Arrested at LAX for Possession of Stolen Loaded Gun

Photo by Suzi Pratt/WireImageCoolio and another man were arrested at LAX Saturday for allegedly attempting to bring a stolen loaded gun through security, ABC-TV affiliate KABC reports.

According to police, Coolio -- whose birth name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr. -- was stopped after TSA screeners detected a firearm in the bag he was trying to pass through. The bag reportedly contained items belonging to Coolio’s traveling companion, who had already boarded an airplane. That man was taken off the airplane by police and claimed ownership of the bag.

Both Coolio and his traveling companion were arrested for possession of a stolen loaded firearm. The rapper was released on bail Saturday afternoon.  Later that day, he recorded a short message to his fans on YouTube and referred to the incident as “a little misunderstanding at the airport today.”
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Monday
Sep192016

Taylor Swift Sends Flowers to Her "America’s Got Talent" Mini-Me

ABC/Fred LeeThe America’s Got Talent winner who was dubbed “the next Taylor Swift” by Simon Cowell has received a gift from Taylor Swift herself. Twelve-year-old Grace VanderWaal was sent a huge bouquet of flowers from the singer on Friday.

Grace shared a video of her excited reaction on Twitter. “Words can not explain how honored I am for this.. thank. You. SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!! @taylorswift13,” she wrote.

The pre-teen singer also received a tweet of congratulations from one of her biggest inspirations: Taylor’s rival, Katy Perry. “Congrats! You have it. Protect it and keep [playing] and [writing]...it will always serve you,” Katy wrote.

Grace was crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent last Wednesday. 

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Monday
Sep192016

Prank-A-Palooza: Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane Get Crazy on Their Last Night with Rascal Flatts

ABC Radio“LET THE PRANKING BEGIN,” Kelsea Ballerini tweeted Saturday before her final Rhythm and Roots show with Rascal Flatts and Chris Lane in Noblesville, Indiana -- and boy, did it ever!

The insanity started when a barrage of Chris clones invaded the stage during his set, all dressed exactly like the “Fix” hitmaker, in white T-shirts with plaid flannel shirts tied at the waist. But Chris was due for a wardrobe change before the next big prank.

Kelsea had no sooner launched into her current number one, before a male member of the crew descended from the rafters, dressed in a Tinkerbell tutu, sprinkling massive amounts of glitter all over the stage. By the time she made it to the chorus, “Peter Pan” himself had appeared -- except this time, the lost boy was actually Chris dressed in green tights, elf outfit and a pointy hat. Kelsea was so overcome she could barely make it through the song.

Chris was still dressed in his elf costume when Rascal Flatts kicked into “Life is a Highway,” which cued the biggest spectacle of the night, as the trio’s tourmates stormed the stage with traffic cones, a cop and Kelsea and Chris both riding kiddie toys inspired by the movie Cars.

But that still wasn’t all. Chris and company returned for an inside joke, staging a full-fledged game of cornhole while the trio played “Fast Cars and Freedom.” As Gary LeVox sang “Purple Rain,” the usual Prince footage was replaced by the infamous spoof of Dave Chappelle playing basketball as the late legend. 

In the end, a fan even got in on the madness. Beach balls were launched back and forth between the audience and the stage, as Kelsea and Chris returned for the finale. One fan countered by pelting LeVox with an enormous brassiere. 

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Monday
Sep192016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jana Kramer is set to dance the tango Monday night on Dancing with the Stars, to the tune of “I Don’t Want to Be” from the show she was on, One Tree Hill.

Trisha Yearwood’s signature fragrance is now available at Walmart. It comes as both a perfume and body mist.

Garth Brooks has added 3 more shows to his upcoming run in Charleston, West Virginia October 21-23.

You can check out Carrie Underwood’s performance of “Dirty Laundry” Friday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show online.

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Monday
Sep192016

Black Sabbath Is Calling It a Career, but Not Ozzy

Kevin Mazur/WireImageThis is The End for Black Sabbath, at least in America. But to hear it from Ozzy Osbourne, it's not over for him.

“I’m not going to stop entirely,” the singer told The Arizona Republic. “I’m not going to sit with my slippers on and going, ‘I’m retired.’ We’re just going to go in different directions.”

The heavy metal pioneers close the final leg of their final American tour, called The End, in Phoenix Wednesday night, followed by a set at Ozzfest in Devore, California, on Saturday. Sabbath -- original members Osbourne, 67; guitarist Tony Iommi, 68; and bassist Geezer Butler, 66; with Osborne's drummer, Tommy Clufetos -- are scheduled to play eight shows in the U.K. and Ireland in 2017, concluding 49 years with shows February 2 and 4 in their hometown of Birmingham.

Butler said the time was right to bring it to a close, following the success of their last album, the Rick Rubin-produced 13, in 2013. It was the first Sabbath album with Osborne singing since he was famously fired in 1979 for his drug and alcohol abuse.

“We just all decided that we wanted to do one last tour," he said. "We’re all getting up there in age, and while we’re still at the top of our profession, both musically and aesthetically, we wanted to go out on the top and we feel that this is the right time to do it.”

“Black Sabbath, it’s been up and down,” said Osbourne. “And it’s good that we’ve come back together at the end, more or less, to finish on a high note. It’s a good way to do it.”

“I mean you can’t do it forever,” he said. “If you’re not careful, you’d become, ‘Oh, it’s them again,’ you know? It just felt right for me.”

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Monday
Sep192016

Tinashe Says Life Changes Have "Had an Impact on the Music" 

Dennis LeupoldTinashe's long-awaited sophomore album, Joyride, is still in the works -- but the artist has kept busy, having issued several singles from the LP, "Superlove" and the recently released "Company." 

Tinashe explains to ABC Radio that her new music reflects personal artistic progression.

"I think as an artist, there's always a natural evolution, especially when you go through new experiences. I've traveled a lot around the world and seen a lot of new things, and feel like that's really had an impact on the music," she says.

"So it's definitely evolved, but I feel like it's still rooted in the same place, and you'll definitely hear a lot of familiar elements," she adds.

And now as a veteran artist, Tinashe says she's learned to embrace the twists and turns of the business.

"I think the music industry is always changing and evolving and that's what makes it such a difficult...business to navigate, because with streaming and with the internet and with all of these new innovations, how people are releasing content, I think it's just really inspiring and makes you really think outside the box," she says. 

Fans may also be excited to hear that the entertainer, who once appeared on the hit television seriesTwo and a Half Men, would like to return to acting in the future. 

"I'd like to in the future. I have obviously been focused on music and getting this album out right now, but I hope soon to make that transition at some point," she says.   

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Monday
Sep192016

Alicia Keys Says New "Voice" Season Is "The Old vs. the Fresh"

Trae Patton/NBCThe 11th season of The Voice kicks off tonight on NBC with new coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus joining veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.  Alicia thinks that bringing new blood to the show is a good thing...as is the fact that for the first time, 50 percent of the coaches will be women.

"I like to call it the old versus the fresh!" laughs Alicia. "Two female coaches...I mean, I don't know what ya'll been waiting for.”

The fact that coaches select team members solely through their voices – “without judgment, without anything that might make you feel one way or the other," she says -- is her favorite part of the show.

"You're just listening to the sound of their voice and the way they make you feel,” Alicia says. “And that's what music is."

Adam Levine, for one, is super-excited that his pal Alicia is joining the show. "She's kind of just like this magical person, and she's always so positive," he gushes.

He's also excited about what the always-controversial Miley is bringing to the table.

"She's kind of the youthful spirit that we've been missing," says Adam. "And she's outspoken and wonderful and is going to bring a totally new shade to this whole process."

As for himself, Adam says he and his buddy Blake aren't tired of the show, even after all these years of bickering and bromance.

"Blake and I still have a blast, and we kind of found this chemistry early on and we've been running with it ever since," he says. "And every single time we do this, it's always funny."

The Voice starts tonight with the first installment of those blind auditions, and Alicia will once again be going makeup-free, just as she did on the MTV VMAs last month.

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Monday
Sep192016

Miley & Alicia: We'll "Leave the Bickering to the Boys"

Trae Patton/NBCThe new season of The Voice kicks off tonight with new coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus joining veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.  Miley says she and Alicia will disprove the theory that women can't work together.  "We kinda leave the bickering to the boys," she says.

"We're like a little less [inclined] to pick on each other," Miley says. "It's stereotypical  [to think] women...bring the drama...we're both very mellow."

Miley also plans to show the boys some serious competition.

"With the contestants...if you're rock, you get put with Adam; if you're country, you go with Blake," she explains. "And I think with me, there's not necessarily that kind of genre wall." 

And Blake, watch out. Miley adds, "I think if you do country, 'cause of my background, you'd want to be on my team."  She also says she's going to steal contestants from Adam, "just to bug him."

Alicia says this season is "the old versus the fresh" -- with her and Miley being the fresh, of course.  She laughs, "Two female coaches...I mean, I don't know what ya'll been waiting for!"

Adam, for one, is psyched that Alicia's on the show. "She's kind of just like this magical person, and she's always so positive," he gushes.  He's also happy about Miley's presence. "She's kind of the youthful spirit that we've been missing, and she's outspoken and wonderful," he adds.

Amazingly, Adam and Blake aren't tired of the show, even after the years of bickering and the bromance.

"Blake and I still have a blast, and we kind of found this chemistry early on and we've been running with it ever since," says Adam. "And every single time we do this, it's always funny."

The Voice kicks off with blind auditions tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Monday
Sep192016

The Killers' Next Christmas Single Could Be Their Last, Says Bassist 

ABC/Randy HolmesFor the past 10 years, The Killers have released an annual Christmas single to celebrate the holiday spirit and raise money for the (RED) campaign. The band will release their 11th Christmas single this year, but bassist Mark Stoermer says it might be the last one.

"It's supposed to be the last one, I think," Stoermer tells ABC Radio. "We're gonna release it as a packaged album, all the songs together, I think is the plan. And just like all the others, it will go 100 per cent to (RED) campaign."

"I don't know why we're ending on 11, I thought we could end on 10, but we're doing 11," he adds. "But it hasn't been recorded yet, so we'll see."

As for why the band might end the Christmas single tradition, Stoermer says it's a simple issue of logistics.

"It does take work, and planning and time," he tells ABC Radio. "It takes weeks to months of our time, and we sometimes have to switch gears in the studio, or we're on the road and we gotta go record the Christmas song. And we also have to think how we're gonna release it -- there's artwork, videos, all that. So it's work, and maybe 11 is enough for now."

In addition to prepping what could be their final Christmas single, The Killers are also currently working their fifth studio album.

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Monday
Sep192016

Neil Diamond Goes Acoustic for New Christmas Album

Capitol Music GroupAnd on a September morn, it was announced that Neil Diamond is releasing a new Christmas album,

Acoustic Christmas, a 10-song mix of traditional and Diamond-penned tunes, will be out on CD October 28 and on vinyl November 19; a version of the CD with two additional songs will be sold exclusively at Target.

The album was produced by Don Was and Jacknife Lee, the team who oversaw the legendary singer-songwriter's first effort for Capitol Records, Melody Road, in 2014. According to Was, the sound of the Christmas album is a throwback to the 75-year-old Diamond's early years.

“One need look no further than Neil's earliest hits to know that something special happens when you set his voice in the middle of a few acoustic guitars,” he said in a statement. “The vibe in the studio seems inspired by the folk scene of Neil’s early years in Greenwich Village."

“He's got such a warm voice, it is like gravy or hot chocolate,” Lee added. “The moments that worked so well during those sessions were when Neil sat with us and played the songs on the sofa, with his acoustic guitar, and we'd all pick up instruments that were lying about and join in. It was like traditional holiday gathering, when small family groups would sing together at home.”

This is the legendary singer/songwriter's fifth holiday offering. His first was 1992's The Christmas Album, followed by 1994's The Christmas Album, Volume II; 2009's A Cherry Cherry Christmas, a compilation of selections from the first two albums and three new songs (including Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song"); and another collection, 2013's The Classic Christmas Album.

Here's the Acoustic Christmas track list:

"O Holy Night"
"Do You Hear What I Hear"
"Christmas Prayers"
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
"Mary's Boy Child"
"Silent Night"
"Go Tell It on the Mountain"
"Children Go Where I Send Thee"
"Christmas in Killarney"
"The Christmas Medley: It's Almost Day/Make a Happy Song/We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
"#1 Record for Christmas" (Target exclusive)
"We Three Kings" (Target exclusive)

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Sunday
Sep182016

Green Day Postpones Tour Dates, Cancels One Show Due to Illness 

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe start of Green Day's new tour has been pushed back for several days due to "illness affecting several members of the band and its crew," according to a statement.

The first three dates of the North American tour in support of the band's upcoming album Revolution Radio have been postponed: that includes shows in St. Louis on September 20, Chicago on the 21st and Detroit on the 24th. In addition, the Toronto, Ontario show scheduled for the 23rd, has been canceled.  All dates except Toronto will be rescheduled and tickets will be honored for the new shows.

In a statement, the band said, "We're so sad to announce we have to postpone three shows and cancel Toronto. Many of us have been battling this infection for days on end to be ready, and it just got the best of us."  

The rescheduled dates will be announced soon.  Fans can also get refunds at the original point of purchase.  Revolution Radio is due October 7.

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Sunday
Sep182016

Bruce Springsteen Discusss Depression, Death of Clarence Clemons Today on "CBS Sunday Morning"

CBS SUNDAY MORNINGJust a reminder, Bruce Springsteen will appear today on CBS Sunday Morning, airing 9 a.m. ET.

The rocker discusses his battle with depression in an interview with Anthony Mason.

"It lasted for more than a year and then it would slip away. Then it would come back for a year and a half,” Springsteen says. “It sneaks up on you. I got to where I didn’t want to get out of bed, you know? And you’re not behaving well at home, and you’re tough on everybody."

In the interview Springsteen visits his hometown of Freehold, New Jersay and discusses his difficult relationship with his father; his childhood in Freehold, New Jersey; the passing of saxophonist Clarence Clemons and how his memoir, Born to Run, came to be.

Springsteen's book arrives in stores September 27.

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