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Thursday
Feb162017

Steven Adler's mom publishes memoir focusing on founding Guns N' Roses drummer's struggle with addiction

Monarch PublishingDeanna Adler, the mother of original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, has just published a book that focuses on her son's long, harrowing battle with heroin addiction and alcohol abuse, which led him to be fired from the famous band he helped found. Sweet Child of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns N' Roses features Deanna's candid account of Steven's ascent to rock superstardom with GN'R, his struggle with addiction and his fight to get clean and sober.

Along the way, Mrs. Adler reveals, Steven went to rehab 25 times and attempted suicide multiple times, as well as suffering two heart attacks and a debilitating stroke. The book also delves into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's issues with prescription medications, including sleeping pills and pain pills, which Deanna claims were facilitated by Steven's rehab doctor. In the memoir, she reveals that her son's doctor was the same physician that was prescribing medication for Prince at the time of the legendary entertainer's death.

Sweet Child of Mine inevitably offers a positive message in which Deanna points out that she never gave up hope that her son could overcome his drug issues. Steven apparently is now clean, and last year he made a few guest appearances on Guns N' Roses' Not in This Lifetime Tour.

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Thursday
Feb162017

The Yardbirds to keep a-rollin' with new US tour

Credit: Arnie GoodmanThe Yardbirds' current incarnation is preparing to launch a new series of U.S. tour dates next month with a March 4 show in Melbourne, Florida. The legendary British Invasion group's itinerary features a total of 14 dates stretching through a July 7 concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and including a run of West Coast performances in late May and early June.

In advance of the trek, the band will be taking part in the 2017 Flower Power Cruise, which runs from February 27 to March 4. Other artists who will be performing on the cruise include The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Chad & Jeremy, The Fifth Dimension, The Lovin' Spoonful, Rare Earth, Spencer Davis and Three Dog Night.

The Yardbirds continue to be led by founding drummer and backing singer Jim McCarty, while the lineup also features four American musicians -- singer/guitarist John Idan, lead guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson and harmonica player/backing vocalist Myke Scavone.

You can check out a recent video of the current Yardbirds performing a variety of songs, including "Heart Full of Soul," "Drinking Muddy Water," "Train Kept a-Rollin'" and "I'm a Man," at Vimeo.com.

Here are all of The Yardbirds' confirmed U.S. tour dates:

3/4 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center
3/5 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Palladium
3/7 -- Coral Springs, FL, Coral Springs Center for the Arts
3/9 -- The Villages, FL, Savannah Centre
5/27 -- Simi Valley, CA, Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Fest
5/28 -- Oroville, CA, Feather Falls Casino
5/30 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
5/31 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
6/3 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Harrah's Casino
6/4 -- Seattle, WA, Triple Door
6/7 -- Del Mar, CA, San Diego County Fair
6/10 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino
6/16 -- Chattanooga, TN, River Bend Festival
7/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Resorts Casino

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Thursday
Feb162017

Adele's "25", Beyonce's "Lemonade" Heading Back to Top 10

XL Recordings/Columbia; Parkwood/ColumbiaAdele won the Album of the Year Grammy for 25, but felt the award should have gone to Beyonce for her album Lemonade.  Well, both women will be happy that their respective albums are heading back into the top 10.

Thanks to exposure on the Grammy Awards, Billboard reports that 25's sales by the end of the week will total about 45,000 copies, which likely will  see it return to the top 10 in a high position. As for Lemonade, it's on track to sell about 40,000 copies by week's end, which is also likely good enough for a return to the top 10.

Over 2015 and into 2016, 25 spent 10 weeks at #1 on the chart in total.   Lemonade debuted at #1 on the chart when it was released in April of 2016.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Hey There Las Vegas: Plain White T’s playing back-to-back shows in Sin City

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesPlain White T’s are taking on Las Vegas. The band will be playing a two-night engagement at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace next month.

They’ll be performing intimate acoustic shows on March 30 and 31, featuring their hit songs “Hey There Delilah,” “Rhythm of Love” and “1,2,3,4.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 17 at 10 a.m. PT on UnpluggedWhiteTs.com or at any Caesars Entertainment box office.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Alicia Keys believes "Change Is Gonna Come" in new Nike video 

ABC/Randy HolmesNike's effective new video campaign about equality features vocals from Alicia Keys singing Sam Cooke's powerful 1964 single " A Change Is Gonna Come."

Directed by Melina Matsoukas, the visual stars a handful of athletes and celebrities, including Serena WilliamsLeBron JamesKevin DurantGabby Douglas and actor Michael B. Jordan, who voices the clip. 

"It's been a long, long time coming/And I know, and I know change gonna come," sings Alicia. 

The ad campaign, which is a part of Nike's EQUALITY initiative, previously aired Sunday night during the Grammy Awards and is scheduled to air again during the NBA All-Star Game February 19, reports Billboard

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Thursday
Feb162017

The Pretty Reckless books appearance on "Conan"

Credit: Justin Campbell The Pretty Reckless is hitting late night TV this month in support of their new album, Who You Selling For. Taylor Momsen and company will be performing on the February 28 episode of Conan, which airs 11 p.m. ET on TBS.

Who You Selling For, The Pretty Reckless' third album, features the singles "Oh My God" and "Take Me Down," the latter of which reached number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

The Pretty Reckless will be touring the spring festival circuit in support of Who You Selling For with appearances at Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma, among others.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Linkin Park announces new album, "One More Light"; Unleashes "Heavy" new single

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter many months of snippets and teaser videos, Linkin Park has at last announced the details of their new album. The seventh studio effort from Chester Bennington and company is titled One More Light, and will be released May 19.

One More Light includes the lead single "Heavy," which you can listen to now via LinkinPark.com. The track, which features guest vocals from pop singer Kiiara, certainly has a poppy feel.

"The band, with every album, every song we're trying to challenge ourselves," Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda tells Billboard. "We like to try new things. We want to explore new territory with the sounds and the songwriting. We've always been about mixing styles; I mean, Hybrid Theory was the name of our band before we changed it to Linkin Park."

"Linkin Park fans know that with every album you never know what you're going to get, and the style can change dramatically and different elements, different genres that we listen to might sit more in the forefront than others," he adds.

Linkin Park will be performing "Heavy" and discussing One More Light during a Facebook Live event today, which starts at 12 p.m. PT.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Keith Urban leads 52nd ACM nods with seven, Miranda & Maren next with six 

Keith Urban leads this year's ACM nomination with seven nods, including Album of the Year, Single and Song of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. 

Lady Antebellum unveiled the first round of nominees for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards Thursday on CBS This Morning.  The rest of the nods were announced live on ETOnline.com.

Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris both received six nods, while Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw have five apiece.  Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton have three nods each.

Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean vies to keep his title against previous winners Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood in 2017. Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban both have a chance at their first win in the category.

Luke and Male Vocalist nominee Dierks Bentley will host the show Sunday, April 2, live from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

Here are the nominations for the 52nd Annual ACM Awards:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts

 New Male Vocalist
Kane Brown
Chris Lane
Chris Janson
Jon Pardi
Brett Young

New Female Vocalist
Lauren Alaina
Cam
Brandi Clark
Maren Morris

New Vocal Duo/Group
A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Dan and Shay
LOCASH
Maddie and Tae

Songwriter of the Year
Ashley Gorley
Hillary Lindsey
Luke Laird
Shane McAnally
Lori McKenna

Album of the Year
Black --  Dierks Bentley
Dig Your Roots -- Florida Georgia Line
Hero -- Maren Morris
Ripcord -- Keith Urban
The Weight of These Wings  -- Miranda Lambert

Single
"Blue Ain't Your Color" -- Keith Urban
"H.O.L.Y." -- Florida Georgia Line
"Humble and Kind" -- Tim McGraw
"My Church" -- Maren Morris
"Vice" -- Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year
"Blue Ain't Your Color" -- Keith Urban
"Die a Happy Man" -- Thomas Rhett
"Humble and Kind" -- Tim McGraw
"Kill a Word" -- Eric Church
"Tennessee Whiskey" -- Chris Stapleton
"Vice" -- Miranda Lambert

Video of the Year
"Fire Away" -- Chris Stapleton
"Forever Country" -- Artists of Then, Now and Forever
"Humble and Kind"-- Tim McGraw
"Peter Pan" -- Kelsea Ballerini
"Vice" -- Miranda Lambert

Vocal Event
"Different for Girls" -- Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
"Forever Country" -- Artists of Then, Now and Forever
"May We All" -- Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw
"Setting the World on Fire" -- Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk
"Think of You" -- Chris Young featuring Cassadeee Pope

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Thursday
Feb162017

OneRepublic heading out on 2017 Honda Civic Tour

Dan MacMedan/WireImageOneRepublic is headlining this year's 2017 Honda Civic Tour.  The 36-date tour gets underway on Friday, July 7 in Kansas City, Missouri and runs through a show on September 12 in The Woodlands, Texas.  During the run, OneRepublic also will make eight non-Honda tour stops in Canada.

Opening the shows will be "HandClap" hitmakers Fitz and the Tantrums and the winner of season eight of British X Factor, James Arthur.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. local venue time, but AT&T customers will have access to pre-sale tickets starting Monday, February 20 at 10 a.m. local venue time.  Citi cardmembers will get pre-sale access beginning Wednesday, February 22, also at 10 a.m. local venue time.

In other OneRepublic news, the video for the band's latest single, "Let’s Hurt Tonight," was set to debut Thursday on YouTube, and a special remix of the song will be made available at HondaCivicTour.com.

Here are the newly announced OneRepublic tour dates:

7/7 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center^+
7/8 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre+
7/10 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre+
7/11 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center^+
7/13 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center^+
7/14 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival*^+
7/15 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival*^+
7/18 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion^+
7/19 -- Clarkstown, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre^+
7/21 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live^+
7/22 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion^+
7/23 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre^+
7/25 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center^+
7/26 -- Scranton, PA, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain^+
7/28 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center^+
7/29 -- Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach Theater^+
8/1 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center^+
8/2 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre^+
8/4 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center^+
8/5 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion^+
8/6 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion^+
8/9 -- Quebec, QC, Videotron Centre^+>
8/11 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre^+>
8/12 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage^+>
8/15 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre^+>
8/17 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre^+>
8/18 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place^>
8/19 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome^>
8/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena^>
8/22 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre^+
8/23 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre^+
8/25 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre^+
8/26 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre^+
8/27 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion^+
8/29 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion+
8/31 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum+
9/1 -- Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre^+
9/2 -- Anaheim, CA, HONDA Center+
9/6 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre^+
9/9 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre*
9/11 -- Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion^+
9/12 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion^+

*Non-Live Nation event
^with Fitz and The Tantrums
+with James Arthur
>Non-Honda Civic Tour date

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Thursday
Feb162017

"It's time for me to put a lot of energy in work": Keyshia Cole is working hard and moving on in the new year

ABC/Randy HolmesKeyshia Cole is known for pouring her heart out through her music and showing her authentic self on reality television.

And with Valentine's Day already come and gone, the vocalist says that it's time for her to focus more on work and all of the exciting new music she has in store for fans. 

"Well, Valentine's Day was a lonely time. But, I had a lot of time to reflect as well. So, I didn't really, I didn't really stress about it. I have a lot of things coming up, to prepare for mentally, and so, I'm OK with it. It's time for me to put a lot of energy in work and that's what I'm trying to do right now," she tells ABC Radio. 

Of course, Keyshia has been working hard in the studio on her forthcoming album, 11:11 Reset, slated to arrive later this year.  

Her latest track, "You," which is the first single from the studio project, features guest vocals from French Montana and Remy Ma, both of whom, according to Keyshia, were a dream to work with.  

"It was good. I wasn't in the studio with either of them though. They sent it, I believe from New York. But it was automatic. Just called them up and they showed a lot of love and just made sure that it got done. When I heard both of their verses I was like "yeah, this is, this is it, this is fire." I love both, so it was a beautiful process," she says.  

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Thursday
Feb162017

Ex- Eagle Don Felder plotting guest-filled new solo album

Credit: Michael HelmsFormer Eagles guitarist Don Felder is working on a new solo album that he's hoping to release to coincide with a planned summer tour. Felder tells ABC Radio that like his previous studio effort, 2012's Road to Forever, the new one will feature a variety of guest musicians.

"I'm writing in a lot of different areas, and I'm including a lot of other artists that are gonna be working with me on it," he reports. "At this point, I don't want to name drop until I have everything finished and sweetened up."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who turns 70 in September, also reveals that he's considering issuing the new material in an interesting way.

"I may record 18, 20 songs, and I'm gonna put out an EP of probably five or six songs, and then…another EP out of that batch," Felder explains, "then, eventually, [I'll release] a combination of those two [as] one CD."

Don says of the special guests who will be contributing their talents to the recordings, "It's gonna be a lot of fun to have these people play with me, as I have already had some of the people come in and work with me and co-write with me and play guitar on some things with me." He adds, "That's what it's all about for me…making music and having fun in the process."

Road to Forever featured guest appearances by such well-known musicians as Styx's Tommy Shaw, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and Toto members Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro.

Meanwhile, Felder currently has one confirmed performance on his schedule -- a set at a fundraising event called the Boundless Celebration on May 3 in Philadelphia. The show will raise money for Liguori Academy High School in Kensington, Pennsylvania.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Lars Ulrich promises "crazy and overwhelming" production for Metallica's stadium tour

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica will spend their summer touring stadiums across the U.S. on their first full-length North American tour in eight years, in support of their new album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, and drummer Lars Ulrich promises the shows will be "awesome."

"I'm just excited about the fact that that's still possible to go out and play stadiums 36 years into a career and that people give a s***," Ulrich tells Rolling Stone.

As for the tour's production, Ulrich says he and Metallica have "a couple of things up our sleeves."

"It's big and it's just f****** crazy and overwhelming and there are a few bells and whistles that are gonna make it unique," Ulrich says.

"You want to make the shows into events," he adds. "We've got a few things, obviously, that are tied into the record and a few different bits and tugs that's gonna make it fun."

Metallica's North American stadium tour kicks off May 10 in Baltimore. Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira will provide support on the tour.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Reba takes a heartfelt trip down memory lane during her first full-length concert at the Ryman

ABC/Image Group LA Wednesday in Nashville, Reba McEntire played the first full concert of her career at the Mother Church of Country Music.

The Country Music Hall of Famer started the show singing “Jesus Loves Me” a capella, which happens to be the first song she was ever paid to sing.

“We were at the rodeo… and we were all in the Cheyenne Frontier Hotel lobby,” she told ABC Radio earlier. “Everybody congregated down there in the lobby. And the cowboys got [my brother] Pake to sing 'You ain't nothin' but a hound dog' and gave him a quarter.”

“I said, ‘Well, help me out. What can I do?”

“He said, 'Well you know "Jesus Loves Me," sing that!' So I went out in front of everybody and I sang 'Jesus Loves Me' and they gave me a nickel! So that was my first paid performance,” she recalled.

At the Ryman, Reba segued into “I Got the Lord on My Side,” the track her mother co-wrote on her new number-one selling gospel album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope.  

“We were in the studio recording it,” Reba told ABC, “and Mama was sitting in the control room, and we were listening to the playback, and everybody left and went back in to play it again and she said, 'Can I make a suggestion?… Instead of saying "I'm so happy I've got the Lord on my side," why don't you say one time "Oh, you're happy.You've got the Lord on your side?"'

“And I said, 'Dang it! Why didn't I think of that?'”

“I said, 'Does that mean I'm going to have to pay you some of the royalties?'…She said, 'No, I just wake up in the morning and throw dollar bills in the air. I don't need the money!’” Reba laughed.

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Thursday
Feb162017

It's all her fault: Bebe Rexha releases part 1 of debut album

ABC/Matt BrownAfter years of writing songs for other artists or being featured on other people's singles, Bebe Rexha finally has her own hit single, "I Got You."  Today, she releases the first installment of her debut album, All Your Fault Pt. 1, and she says it's just as eclectic as the hits she's been involved with over the years.

Bebe wrote tracks for Rihanna, Nick Jonas and Selena Gomez, and sang on G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I,"  David Guetta's "Hey Mama" and Martin Garrix‘s "In the Name of Love."  She tells ABC Radio that her album features "a little bit of electronic sounds, and hip-hop beats and pop songs."

"It's really interesting and it's urban and pop in the best ways," she explains.

So why can she move so easily between genres? Bebe says, "I grew up listening to Albanian music ‘cause I'm Albanian....and then I grew up in New York which is, like, hip-hop and R&B. And then I got into electronic music...then I got into classical music....then I had a Stevie Wonder phase.  It was all over the place!"

Bebe got her start in 2010 -- singing with Pete Wentz's side project, Black Cards -- but she doesn’t mind that it's taken her seven years to release her own album.

"The music business is definitely in a different place [than when I started]," she says. "And...now, especially with the Sias and the Pharrells, I think we're starting to really appreciate real songwriting and women who write their own songs...I think this is now the right time." 

"I'm in a better place in my life," she adds. "And I'm ready to really take it on." 

The second part of All Your Fault arrives in April, with a physical album to follow in the summer.  Bebe's first headlining tour kicks off March 1.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Happy anniversary Tommy & Gina: Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" went to #1 30 years ago this week 

Ebet Roberts/RedfernsLast year, Bon Jovi's landmark album Slippery When Wet marked its 30th anniversary, but this week marks the 30th anniversary of one it's best known songs, "Livin' on a Prayer," topping the charts.

The album's first single, "You Give Love a Band Name," hit #1 in November of 1986, and "Livin' on a Prayer" reached #1 on February 14, 1987 and stayed there for four weeks.  It's the band's longest-running #1 hit, and its lead characters, Tommy and Gina, have become part of rock mythology.  In fact, Jon Bon Jovi namechecked the couple again in the band's 2000 hit "It's My Life."

Slippery When Wet spent eight weeks at #1 and spun off another massive hit, "Wanted Dead or Alive," but "Livin' on a Prayer" remains Bon Jovi's signature song -- and the album's still the band's biggest seller.  No wonder Jon Bon Jovi claims he still remembers every detail about recording it.

"I don't really sit around listening to it, but Lord knows, I've heard a number of the songs still on the radio quite often," Jon tells ABC Radio. "And it's almost surreal, because I can picture us in the rooms.  I know why the key change in 'Livin' on a Prayer' happened and I know where. I know every incident that went down.  I know why the album cover's a black garbage bag, with my fingers writing 'Slippery When Wet.'"

"I can't remember what I did yesterday," he marvels. "But I remember all of that detail because it changed all of our lives...forever.  And I'm so grateful for that moment, but I'm also so grateful that we keep having those moments."  

He's not wrong: Slippery When Wet became the first of six #1 Bon Jovi albums, including their most recent release, This House Is Not for Sale.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The 6th Annual Watershed Music and Camping Festival at The Gorge in Washington state sold out within minutes on Wednesday. Luke BryanDarius Rucker and Chris Stapleton will headline the star-studded shows July 28-30.

Newcomer Aubrie Sellers performed during Vivienne Hu’s show during New York Fashion Week this year in the Big Apple.

The new album Nashville Duets arrives Friday via the usual digital outlets. The 15-track set features collaborations from the hit CMT show.

Rhett AkinsLuke BryanDallas DavidsonBrett EldredgeHillary LindseyShane McAnallyDan + Shay’s Shay MooneyCole Swindell and Craig Wisemen were just some of the tunesmiths honored during the 8th Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon Wednesday in Nashville. Zac Brown and Carrie Underwood contributed special messages via video.

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Wednesday
Feb152017

Lady A's Charles Kelley books rare solo gig to help Nashville's oldest elementary school

ABC/Image Group LALady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley will pitch in to help St. Bernard Academy, as he performs at the April 18 benefit for the school at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

Rodney Crowell and the SteelDrivers are just two of the other artists who’ll play the show to commemorate the institution’s 150th anniversary.

St. Bernard is Music City’s oldest elementary school, founded by six members of the Sisters of Mercy shortly after the Civil War.

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Wednesday
Feb152017

Kacey Musgraves contemplates a drink with Patsy Cline in new episode of "American Masters"

ABC/Paula Lobo PBS will pay tribute to country music pioneer Patsy Cline as part of its Women’s History Month programming in March, as Rosanne Cash narrates a new episode of American Masters.

LeAnn RimesRhiannon Giddens, and actress Beverly D’Angelo -- who portrayed the Country Music Hall of Famer in the Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter -- are just some of the stars who’ll look back on the “Crazy” hitmaker’s legacy.

“She was just kind of a tough girl, you know, singing these really sensitive songs,” Kacey Musgraves says in the new trailer for the documentary. “So it’s kind of a cool juxtaposition there. I feel like you could go out and have a drink with her, but she could also like beat your a**,” she laughs.

You can watch the trailer now on YouTubePatsy Cline:  American Masters premieres March 4.

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Wednesday
Feb152017

Lena Dunham defends Taylor Swift's failure to speak out on politics 

ABC/Richard HarbaughTaylor Swift posted a photo of herself going to the polls on election day, but many fans were upset that she didn't actively support a candidate.  She also took a lot of heat for praising the Women's March, but failing to march herself. But Taylor's BFF Lena Dunham has a message for those haters: leave Taylor alone!

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Lena says of Taylor, "I just think everyone has to do it their way. When I was lesser-known, I was like, 'Who could not share their opinion?' Then I found out that when you talk about politics, people straight up tweet you the floor plan of your house and say they're coming to your house. You have to f****ing watch it because people are nuts."

In fact, Lena says she admires Taylor's knack for controlling her image and dealing with fame. 

"She's been in the public eye since she was 15...when I met her, she was newly 22, and she was a...seasoned pro at this stuff," says Dunham.

"Watching the way that she understands the vicissitudes of the cycle, and she just keeps making her work – that's just really impressive to me," the Girls star added. "That's how I hope to live my life, which is not as a slave to public opinion, but just as somebody who continues to make things."

Lena, whose boyfriend Jack Antonoff has collaborated with Taylor a number of times, adds, "If people know about it or they don't, she's never not making music, and that's something that I've really watched with a lot of admiration." 

"She's been put through the ringer [sic], and she's continued to make her work," Dunham explains. "People who understand how to protect themselves but aren't so beaten down that they can't be creative – that to me is the greatest."

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Wednesday
Feb152017

Usher surprised Andrea Bocelli at special Valentine's Day performance 

Usher with Andrea Bocelli; Photo Credit: Kate AwtreyUsher has performed with a variety of fellow artists onstage, such as Justin Bieber and electronic music DJ Martin Garrix.  

However, the "No Limit" artist made a particularly surprising onstage appearance on Valentine's Day with legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli

The duo performed "Amazing Grace" during Andrea's sold-out Valentine's Day concert at the Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday night.  

Both Usher and Andrea tweeted about the experience on Wednesday, with Usher writing, "What a night! Thank you, Andrea!"  

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