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Jul212016

Craig Morgan Releases New Statement Regarding Son's Death

Black River EntertainmentCraig Morgan has released a new statement regarding the death of his son, Jerry Greer, earlier this month.

"The loss of our son Jerry is the hardest thing we have ever had to endure as a family," a post on Morgan's Facebook page, featuring a photo of his late son, began. "Karen and I are so grateful for all of the wonderful people who have shown us unwavering support during this difficult time."

The musician thanked sheriff and fire departments, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and other agencies, volunteers, friends and family who helped in the search and showed support.

"We are blessed by the outpouring of prayers and condolences from across the world," the statement continues. "Jerry may be gone from this earth, and we will miss him every day, but his spirit will live on in our hearts. We will find peace knowing that God has a bigger plan, and that one day, we'll be reunited with him again in Heaven."

Morgan's son, who was 19, disappeared after a tubing accident on Tennessee’s Kentucky Lake. His body was recovered more than 24 hours later.

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Thursday
Jul212016

Sara Bareilles Recovering from Minor Surgery

Photo by Adela Loconte/WireImageSara Bareilles is recovering from minor surgery, and she shared that recovery with her fans on Instagram Wednesday.

She posted a couple of photos, including one of her in her hospital gown, one of her lying in bed and another of her mom and sister.

"So I have been healing from a minor surgery removing a fibroid on my uterus. (For those of you who don't like over-sharers, you came to the wrong canteen!....)," Sara said.

"In the silence and solitude of the simple task of my body seeking it's healed state, I have become vigilant about what I am intaking. Physically and metaphorically," she reflected.

She added, "The slow pace of my recovery has simplified my world in a way, and I am reminded to absolutely acknowledge the chaos of a very strange/surreal time in our country and on our beloved planet, but ALSO remember to come back into the room I'm actually sitting in."

Keeping her sense of humor, she wrote, "I will continue to mend and hopefully return with more patience and compassion and knowledge of Game of Thrones."

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Thursday
Jul212016

Sia Says She's "Too Afraid or Lazy" to Dance Herself 

ABC/Fred LeeSia's videos and live performances always feature elaborately choreographed dance routines, but it's never Sia herself who's doing the dancing.  Why not? The woman who released the album 1,000 Forms of Fear admits she's just too scared to try.

Sia tells The New York Times that she was "expelled from ballet at age five for disrupting the class."  While she does have a love of dancing, she insists it's not for her -- at least when it comes to actual choreographed routines. 

"I have always been the first on the dance floor, but I’m not teachable. I couldn’t learn ‘five, six, seven, eight’ if my life depended on it," she tells the Times. "[My choreographer] keeps trying to convince me to do a video myself, and I find that so flattering, but I’m too afraid or lazy.”

That's why Sia has relied on dancers who stand in for her, such as Maddie Ziegler, the young star of the her "Chandelier," "Elastic Heart" and "Big Girls Cry" videos.  But Sia tells the Times that the most important thing for her was that Maddie never appear sexualized in any of those clips.

"I couldn’t think of anything I’d want less than just another video for little girls and boys to watch that tells them: ‘Look pretty! Be sexy!’" she explains. "I want my work to say: ‘Get weird! Express yourself freely!’”

Maddie and several other dancers are joining Sia for her upcoming festival performances, which get underway this weekend at New York's Panorama festival. 

Friday morning, Sia will perform live from New York's Central Park as part of  ABC's Good Morning America's summer concert series.

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Thursday
Jul212016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks is set to play Anaheim, California, for the first time in two decades on September 17. Tickets for the show at the Honda Center go on sale July 29 at 10 a.m. PT. 

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will return to headline Gaylord Opryland's 33rd annual Country Christmas dinner show for the second year in a row. The siblings play the first of 38 shows in the Nashville hotel's Tennessee Ballroom on November 11.

If you missed Dierks Bentley and Elle King's appearance on the Today show to spotlight the making of their "Different for Girls" video, you can watch it online now.

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Thursday
Jul212016

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Drops the Mic on Social Media

BMLG Music GroupFlorida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard says he’s getting back to the basics and taking a break from social media indefinitely.

“I spend way to [sic] much of my valuable time worrying about my next post or how many comments or likes I got,” Tyler shared on his personal Instagram page on Wednesday.

“I love my fans and promise I'm not gone forever,” he went on to say, “but I'm taking some time to refocus on my relationships, the Lord, my marriage, my family, and my music. Maybe I'll even learn a new instrument instead of learning how to snap chat.”

He accompanied his post with a black-and-white graphic that simple said, “Done with the reel life and getting back to the real life.”

While fans may not be hearing from Tyler directly every day, they can rest assured that all the other Florida Georgia Line socials are continuing to be updated. The duo’s new album, Dig Your Roots, comes out August 26.

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Thursday
Jul212016

Marc Cohn: 25 Years Later, Playing "Walking in Memphis" Is "Still an Amazing Experience"

Drew GurianTonight in Layton, Utah, Marc Cohn kicks off a new leg of his tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of his debut album and its smash hit "Walking in Memphis."  Over the years, artists from Cher to country group Lonestar have recorded their own versions of the song -- but Marc says his favorites are the ones you can't find on any album.

"I can’t say I have a favorite recorded cover, but I’ve seen a couple of things on YouTube that I thought were fantastic," he tells ABC Radio. "I saw a version that John Mayer did live, on YouTube -- [I] loved that. I thought he killed it."

"The recorded versions for me...sound...almost too much like mine," he adds. "I’d rather hear somebody try something completely wacky. So yeah, Mayer brought something very different to it and I liked that."

Of course, "Walking in Memphis" is always a highlight of Marc's set, and it still gets a great response, especially the dramatic part where he sings, "'She said, 'Tell me are you a Christian, child?'/I said, "Ma'am, I am tonight!'"

"Live, that’s a great moment," Marc tells ABC Radio. "Very often, I let the audience take that one. But then other people go, 'But you need to sing that line -- I felt robbed!' So it depends what mood we’re all in. But it is a great moment. I’m proud of that line."

"It really changes from night to night and I think people take their cues from me," Marc says of singing the song today, 25 years later. "Sometimes I want a sing-along, sometimes I don’t. But it’s still an amazing experience."

"And I, very often, can go back to that place when I met Muriel," he adds. "‘Cause ultimately, that’s a song about the power of music, and that theme still remains true."

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Thursday
Jul212016

Dave Davies Suggests More Kinks Music May Be Yet to Come, Shares Details of New Solo Album

Credit: Rebecca G. WilsonIn recent years, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies and his older brother and fellow founding band mate Ray Davies have been alternately optimistic and doubtful about the possibility of a reunion of their famous group. Now, in a new interview with Dave, the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer appears hopeful about him and his brother working on a new Kinks project.

Dave, who currently is putting together a new solo album, tells TheLongPlays.com, "I've been spending some time with Ray, throwing some ideas together. There are many things yet to come, from both my music and even The Kinks. Who knows?"

He adds, "Ray and I are throwing ideas around, he's finishing a solo album and I've been working on my stuff. But it's all good positive stuff."

Dave reports that his new album is a collaboration with his son Russell that he expects to release in the fall. He and his son previously teamed up to record 2010's The Aschere Project, which he describes as a "space drama, but he says the new project is more rock and pop oriented.

"I'm very excited about it," Dave tells TheLongPlays.com. "We recorded at Russell's studio and a lot over the Internet because the technology these days is great."

Russell Davies also contributed to a few tracks on his dad's most recent studio effort, 2014's Rippin' Up Time.

Ray Davies, of course, did join his brother onstage in December of 2015 to perform the Kinks classic "You Really Got Me" at a solo concert by Dave in their hometown of London. That marked the first time the brothers had performed together in public since the band's final tour in 1996.

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Thursday
Jul212016

Blink-182's Mark Hoppus Promises "Awesome" Tour: "Everything that We Can Throw into This Tour, We're Gonna Put In"

ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182's massive summer tour kicks off tonight, July 21 in San Diego. The pop-punk trio will be supporting their new album California, but they won't be forgetting their early material.

"It's gonna be an awesome tour," bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus tells ABC Radio. "We are playing new songs, old songs, playing all the hits, playing deep album cuts for fans that have been listening for a long time."

Blink won't be scrimping by with the production, either.

"We have pyro, we have video walls," Hoppus says. "Everything that we can throw into this tour, we're gonna put in."

Hoppus certainly has high hopes for the tour, the highest of which being that you'll leave the concert "saying, 'That's the best show I've ever seen.'"

To find out for yourself, you can catch Blink-182 on tour all the way into October. A Day to Remember, The All-American Rejects and All Time Low will support on select dates.

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Thursday
Jul212016

Jill Scott's "Can't Wait" Reaches Top Spot on Airplay Chart

ABC/Randy HolmesThree-time Grammy award-winning vocalist Jill Scott has accomplished another career high -- her single "Can't Wait" has snagged the number one spot on the Mediabase Urban Adult Contemporary airplay chart. The song is the third single from her latest studio album, WOMAN, which was released on July 24 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.  

In other news, Scott is also going on tour this summer in the United States, which will kick off in late July and continue until September.  

Here are Jill Scott's upcoming tour dates:  

07/22 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 
07/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, Neighborhood Awards 
07/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Mesa Arts Center 
07/27 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center 
07/29 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino 
07/30 -- Memphis, TN, Landers Center 
08/02 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre 
08/04 -- Cleveland, OH, Playhouse Square 
08/05 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino 
08/07 -- Columbia, MD, Summer Spirit Festival 
08/09 -- New York, NY, Apollo Theatre 
08/11 -- Newark, NJ, NJ PAC 
08/12 -- Boston, MA, Opera House 
08/14 -- Brooklyn, NY, Coney Island Amphitheater 
08/16 -- Portsmouth, VA, Portsmouth Pavilion 
08/18 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum 
08/20 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscallosa Amphitheater 
08/21 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Baton Rouge River Center 
08/24 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre 
08/25 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre 
08/27 -- Columbia, AC, Columbia Township Auditorium 
08/28 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theater 
08/30 -- Miami, FL, The Fillmore Miami Beach 
09/01 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater 
09/02 -- Kissimmee, FL, Gaylord Palms 97 

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Performing-Rights Organization BMI Says RNC No Longer Will Be Authorized to Play Queen Music

Neal Preston/© Queen Productions Ltd.It turns out that the Republican National Committee was authorized to use the Queen hit "We Are the Champions" at the party's national convention, but it apparently will no longer be sanctioned to do so in the future.

A rep for BMI  tells ABC News that while the RNC holds a "convention license" allowing them to play any song in the performing-rights organization's catalog at its events, the convention is being transitioned to a "political entities license" that lets BMI exclude certain musical works at the request of an artist or songwriter.

The spokesperson further explains that Queen presented such a request to BMI, and the organization has sent a letter to the RNC and presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign informing them that they aren't authorized to play "We Are the Champions" or any other song by the band in BMI's repertoire anymore. The rep tells ABC News that the RNC and Trump could still legally play Queen music until the new license officially goes into effect, but BMI is hoping they will respect the band's wishes from now on.

As previously reported, after "We Are the Champions" was played during the first day of the Republican convention Monday, Queen issued a statement via its music publishing company Sony/ATV asking Trump and the RNC to stop using its music.

"Queen does not want its music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country," read the message. "Nor does Queen want 'We Are the Champions' to be used as an endorsement of Mr. Trump and the political views of the Republican Party."

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Chris Stapleton Plans an 80th Birthday Jam with Charlie Daniels

ABC/Mark LevineCharlie Daniels is adding one of the hottest concert draws around to his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam this fall in Nashville. Chris Stapleton will join the all-star lineup, which already includes Kid Rock and Larry the Cable Guy, with more artists to be revealed in the future.

“This is going to be one of them magic evenings,” Charlie says. “I’m really looking forward to jamming with Chris… I’m looking forward to just getting on stage with him and some other pickers and just let the music take us wherever it wants to go.”

Tickets are on sale now for the show November 30 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Part of the proceeds will go to Charlie’s non-profit, The Journey Home Project, which helps veterans re-adjust to life after their service.

Later this year, Charlie will officially become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, after his induction during the Medallion Ceremony in the Hall’s CMA Theater.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Is Adele Ready to Say "Hello" to Her First Movie Role? 

Xavier Dolan/XL Recordings/ColumbiaThe director of Adele's "Hello" video, Xavier Dolan, reportedly was impressed by the singer's acting ability on set. Now there's a report that she's getting ready to film a small role in his new movie.

The British tabloid The Daily Star reports that during a break in her current U.S. tour, Adele will film a part in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, a movie about a young actor who reflects on his pen-pal relationship with his TV idol, who died 10 years earlier.  Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame plays the young actor, and the cast also includes Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates and other big names.

Adele was first announced as making a cameo on the movie back in November.  A source tells the Daily Star, "Adele doesn't want to be a full time actress but she enjoyed working with Dolan and he thought she could bring a lot to the screen."

The paper also claims that Adele is in talks to appear at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 28.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Members of Halestorm, Shinedown & More Contribute to Cover of Motorhead's "Ace of Spades"

Credit: Jake Giles NetterAt last month's Hellfest in France, musician Benjamin Waxx collaborated with a slew of artists, including members of Halestrom and Shinedown, to record a cover of Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" as a tribute to the band's late frontman, Lemmy Kilmister. Waxx then spliced together all the contributing performers, which also included Megadeth's Kiko Loureiro and members of Atreyu, into a single recording, which you can listen to now on YouTube.

Lemmy died last December from cancer at age 70. Since his death, many in the music community have offered tributes to the rock legend. Additionally, a life-size statue of Lemmy will be built in front of his favorite local drinking spot, the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles.

Perhaps Halestorm and Shinedown will pull out their cover of "Ace of Spades" during their summer together on the Carnival of Madness tour, which begins tonight in Southaven, Mississippi.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Catfish and the Bottlemen Premiere "Twice" Video

Credit: Jill FurmanovskyCatfish and the Bottlemen have shared the video for their track "Twice." The black-and-white visual finds the Welsh band rocking out to the track as the camera spins around them. You can watch the "Twice" video now on YouTube.

"Twice" is a track from Catfish's sophomore album, The Ride, which also features the lead single "Soundcheck."

Catfish will hit the road this fall in support of The Ride on a U.S. tour starting September 18 in San Francisco. The outing will conclude October 27 in Nashville.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Ray J Soon to Wed Fiancee?

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicR&B crooner Ray J has finally found love and is looking toward a future wedding date with his fiancee, aptly named Princess Love. The cast members of the hit reality show Love & Hip Hop Hollywoodare tying the knot and Love posted recent pictures on her Instagram account to prove it.  

"Omg my family and best friends surprised me with a Bridal shower today...Words can't express how I feel right now....," she writes next to one of the photos. Another picture shows Love's four bridesmaids, posing happily next to one another.

In the past, Ray J and Love had a strained relationship, with Love being arrested for a domestic violence charge against Ray in 2015. Now, it appears that wedding bells for the happy couple may be arriving sooner than later.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Loni Love Says No One on "The Real" Has Heard from Tamar Braxton

ABC/Adam TaylorIs Tamar Braxton intentionally ignoring her former The Real co-hosts? Comedian Loni Love thinks so, and says, "it's understandable".

Love tells Page Six that none of The Real co-hosts have heard from Braxton since her abrupt exit from the talk show in May. "None of the girls have spoken to her -- we've reached out, but we haven't heard from her. People just want time. You can't badger them or make them talk, it's understandable."

According to Loni, it's still uncertain who will fill Tamar's coveted spot on the show.

“The studio is responsible, they’re making the decisions,” she said firmly. “It’s not a decision any of the co-hosts can make. [The producers] are weighing their options … I’m pretty sure that come August they’ll have a better idea.”

As for now, Loni is enjoying time with the remaining co-hosts, Adrienne BailonJeannie Mai, andTamera Mousley. "I don’t have a problem hanging out with any of my co-hosts, but I do like to give them space and time for their friends and family outside of work, too,” says Loni.

The Real producers announced in May that Braxton has left the show after two seasons. 

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Go Behind the Scenes of Usher, Young Thug and Gucci Mane's New Music Video

Trae Patton/NBCUsherYoung Thug and Gucci Mane recently shot a music video for Usher and Young Thug's track, "No Limit," and behind-the-scenes footage of what appears to be a truly outrageous time for all involved has emerged online. 

The Snapchat video footage shows many vignettes of scantily-clad girls, diamond-encrusted bling, Usher, Thug and Mane preparing for the shoot. And a zebra.

Rap-Up reports that Gucci Mane and his girlfriend first posted the videos to Snapchat.

During one of the video clips, the words "Ya'll gonna learn on JULY 22nd," appear, which is the same date that Gucci Mane's new album, Everybody Looking, will be released

"No Limit" will appear on Usher's forthcoming studio album, Flawed. It's number 22 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart and number 16 on the Billboard Rhythmic chart for the week of July 30.   

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Ariana Grande Wants You to Smell “Sweet Like Candy” 

Getty Images via ABCNeed a little spritz? Ariana Grande’s got you covered with a new sweet-smelling perfume. The fragrance is called Sweet Like Candy and it follows up her debut scent, ARI.

The perfume includes notes sugar-frosted blackberry, marshmallow, vanilla, and creamy cashmere woods. Sounds almost good enough to eat! It comes in a faceted matte pink bottle with a pink pom-pom.

Sweet Like Candy is available at Ulta locations starting today.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Selena Gomez’s Social Media Posts Are Worth How Much?

Image Group LA/ABCIt pays to be social media savvy. And if you’re Selena Gomez, it pays a lot. Adweek reports that, according to research company D’Marie Analytics, the singer has the ability to pull in $550,000 per social media post -- if she’s willing to promote something, of course.

Why are brands and companies essentially willing to throw money at Selena? She’s the number-one social media influencer right now. Selena, who’s currently the most-followed person on Instagram, has accumulated more than 180 million total followers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

An Instagram post of Selena holding a bottle of Coca-Cola with her lyrics on it was recently crowned the most-liked Instagram photo ever.

D’Marie Analytics ranks Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner as numbers two and three, respectively, on the social media influencer list. Rihanna is at number four, Beyonce is number five and Taylor Swift comes in at number six.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

No Longer Dead? My Chemical Romance Teases Reunion

Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesMy Chemical Romance broke up three years ago, but it looks like the band may no longer be dead. The band has uploaded a 30-second video titled "MCRX" featuring the opening piano notes of their single "The Black Parade." At the end of the clip, the date "9/23/16" flashes across the screen.

As this year marks the 10th anniversary of MCR's 2006 album The Black Parade, the video could be hinting that Gerard Way and company are reuniting to celebrate the milestone. Given the amount of hype the video has already generated, if it's teasing anything less than that, the internet might explode.

Since The Black Parade debuted 10 years ago, My Chemical Romance released one more album, 2010's Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, before calling it quits in 2013. Frontman Gerard Way released his debut solo album, called Hesitant Alien, in 2014.

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