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Monday
May022016

Squad Goals: Taylor & Selena to BFF Their Way Through Monday Night's Met Gala

Trae Patton/CBSFor stars of Hollywood and the fashion world, the Met Gala is THE party of the year, and Met Gala fixture Taylor Swift -- who's co-chairing the event --  is bringing a special date with her: Selena Gomez.

Selena told Access Hollywood, "We're going together.  It’s so fun. It’s going to be the best. It’s like kind of prom for fashion. I love going because everybody just shows up and feels great and has fun."

The bash, which takes place at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, has a theme each year.  This year, it's "Fashion in an Age of Technology," so what will Selena's look be?  Man-made or machine-made? She wouldn't say.

"I don't wanna get in trouble,” she said, but added that her outfit will be "beautiful” and “so cool.”

Meanwhile, Selena's Revival Tour kicks off Wednesday in Las Vegas. So, will Taylor show up to perform with her, just like Selena did during Taylor's 1989 tour?  “She would in a heartbeat,” Gomez told Access Hollywood, “but she knows how important this tour is for me and I do want to make it about me for a while.”

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Monday
May022016

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go to See "Keanu": George Michael's All Over It

Frank Hoensch/Getty ImagesIf you went to see Keanu, the new movie from Comedy Central duo Key & Peele, this past weekend, you may have wondered why there were so many references to George Michael in the film.  Turns out Keegan-Michael Key is a big fan, and George and his manager both approved the use of the '80s music icon's music and his likeness in the flick.

As Billboard reports, in the comedy, which is about two guys who are trying to rescue their kitten from a drug dealer, four of George's biggest hits are heard, including "Faith" and "Freedom '90."  His "Faith" video is incorporated into the plot, and one of the characters -- a drug lord -- even has a George Michael tattoo.

George's manager Michael Lippman tells Billboard he and George were more than happy to sign off on all of that, describing it as "a golden opportunity [that] dropped in our laps."  As Lippman explains, the anniversary of George's 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 is coming in September and they were "trying to find as much exposure as possible."

Lippman says of Keanu, "They turned George into a cool bada**...It’s great for [him] and his songs, as people become more curious about his music."  He adds, "I’m getting tweets and lots of emails from people loving it. I think it will also work well around the world."

Billboard also notes that George's music was used in Deadpool and in an upcoming Martin Scorsese movie called Bleed for This.

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Monday
May022016

Dierks Bentley's New "Pick Up" Video Will Leave You Hanging On

Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley delivers the most dramatic episode yet, in the latest in his series of short films set to songs from his forthcoming album Black. In the first, “I’ll Be the Moon,” we met a girlfriend caught between her live-in boyfriend and a lover on the side. “What the Hell Did I Say” found her lover sending a series of drunken messages overnight that were ultimately intercepted by the boyfriend. Now, “Pick Up” shows what happens the morning after.

“When you’re in the throes of a relationship, it can be crazy and lustful, even obsessive and jealous,” Dierks observes. “‘Pick Up’ drops into the sequence as that point when you just have to be closer to your girl. For the story line and plot of these videos, [director] Wes [Edwards] definitely takes it there and puts a shocking spin on it.”

If you stay until the very end, you’ll be left with a cliffhanger that foreshadows the fourth and final episode, which is set to the title track of the record. It’s due May 13, one day after Dierks launches his Somewhere on a Beach Tour with Randy Houser and Cam. Look for the full album on the way May 27.

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Monday
May022016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Which Willie Nelson album does Eric Church reference in his hit, "Record Year?" ANSWER:  1975's Red-Headed Stranger.

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Monday
May022016

Lenny Kravitz Documentary "Just Let Go" to Premiere on Showtime 

Mathieu Bitton/SHOWTIMEThe Lenny Kravitz concert film Just Let Go will make its premiere on Showtime May 13. The documentary, which was filmed in Paris, Prague, Poland, Memphis, New Orleans and New York in 2014 and 2015, explores the relationships between Kravitz and his band.

"Just Let Go is the story about relationships between Lenny Kravitz and his band and why, despite him being a solo artist, these musicians are so vitally important to him, both personally and professionally," reads a press release.

Just Let Go will air at 8 p.m. ET.

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Monday
May022016

Cheap Trick to Appear on First Episode of New Season of "Live from Daryl's House"

Credit: Ian JohnsonCheap Trick will help Daryl Hall launch the new season of his ongoing music series Live from Daryl's House, by appearing on the show this Thursday, May 5. The program airs at 9 p.m. ET on MTV Live, the high-def music channel that used to be known as Palladia.

Live from Daryl's House features artists from various musical genres visiting the Hall & Oates singer at his club, located in Pawling, New York, where they jam on each other's hits and chat.

Other music acts featured on the show this season include Kenny Loggins, soul legends The O'Jays, modern-rockers Daughtry, veteran hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean and country star Miranda Lambert.

"I never thought that I'd be able to top the past, but this season is the best one ever," says Hall in a statement.

Here's a full list of upcoming episodes and guest stars:

5/5 --·Cheap Trick
5/12 -- Wyclef Jean
5/19 -- Elle King
5/26 -- The O'Jays
6/2 -- Anderson East
6/9 -- Daughtry
6/16 -- Grace
6/23 -- Kenny Loggins

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Monday
May022016

New Season of "Live from Daryl's House" to Feature Cheap Trick, The O'Jays and Kenny Loggins

Credit: Ian JohnsonCheap Trick, The O'Jays and Kenny Loggins are among the stars who will appear on the new season of Daryl Hall's ongoing music series Live from Daryl's House, which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on MTV Live, the high-def music channel that used to be known as Palladia.

Live from Daryl's House features artists from various musical genres visiting the Hall & Oates singer at his club, located in Pawling, New York, where they jam on each other's hits and chat.

Cheap Trick will be featured on this season's first episode, which premieres this Thursday, May 5, while The O'Jays will appear on the May 26 installment of the show. Loggins will be the guest on the season finale, airing June 23.

Other music acts featured on the show this season include veteran hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, country star Miranda Lambert, modern-rock band Daughtry and up-and-coming pop-rocker Elle King.

"I never thought that I'd be able to top the past, but this season is the best one ever," says Hall in a statement.

Here's a full list of upcoming episodes and guest stars:

5/5 --·Cheap Trick
5/12 -- Wyclef Jean
5/19 -- Elle King
5/26 -- The O'Jays
6/2 -- Anderson East
6/9 -- Daughtry
6/16 -- Grace
6/23 -- Kenny Loggins

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Monday
May022016

Ashanti Teams Up With Ja Rule For National Tour

Ashanti (eOne Music)Grammy-Award winning singer, Ashanti is teaming up with her former Murder Inc label mate, Ja Rule on May 5th as the two are scheduled to perform together at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, CA. This stop will be the first of many as they are adding dates to their co-headlining 10-city tour.

The singer, who promises new music including a forthcoming album, is currently promoting her upcoming movie, Mothers and Daughters, which is set to be released on May 6th.

The "Foolish" songstress will be joining the likes of Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Courteney Cox, Christina Ricci, Mira Sorvino, and Selma Blair in the film. Ashanti’s song “Mother,” from the Declaration album she wrote for her mom, is also featured in the movie.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with this great cast and crew on my first feature film executive producing efforts,” explained Ashanti.  “I have such a close relationship with my Mom, who is also my Manager, aka Momanger so I really related to this project.”

For more details on Mothers and Daughters visit their website. To find out more about Ashanti’s upcoming tour, go to her music page.

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Monday
May022016

Prince's Vault Reportedly Drilled Open

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image AwardsA vault purportedly containing unreleased Prince songs was drilled open, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV.

The singer, who released 39 studio albums and dozens of other musical projects, died April 21 at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57.

Bremer Trust, the St. Cloud, Minnesota, company given temporary authority over Prince's estate, opened the vault to which only Prince had the code, KSTP-TV added.

Previously, Prince spoke openly about his treasure trove of music on The View.

"One day, someone will release them. I don't know that I'll get to release them," he said back in 2012. "There's just so many."

The seven-time Grammy Award winner reportedly left behind a vault containing so much music his estate could put out an album a year for the next century.

"We could put out more work in a month than most people could do in a year or more," Susan Rogers, Prince's former recording engineer, told ABC's Good Morning America.

Rogers added that the vault in Prince's Paisley Park home was a giant room with shelves that filled up quickly. The door to the vault was sealed with a large spinning wheel.

The news of Prince's vault being opened comes as his sister, Tyka Nelson, claimed earlier last week that the singer had no will or trust, according to paperwork she filed in Minneapolis.

Several of Prince's siblings are expected in court Monday as they begin the process of sorting out what will happen with the singer's estate. It's expected that Prince's estate will be divided between Nelson and his five half-siblings, if state law is adhered to.

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Monday
May022016

Beyoncé Tops "Billboard" 200 with "Lemonade"; Prince Sales Still Strong

Parkwood/ColumbiaAll the attention Beyoncé has received for her surprise album, Lemonade, has paid off on the sales chart.

Lemonade, which has sparked plenty of discussion over whether the singer's husband, Jay Z, cheated on her, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It earned 653 thousand equivalent album units for the week ending Thursday, including 485 thousand in pure album sales.

Lemonade is Beyoncé's sixth solo album -- all have gone to #1 on the Billboard 200.

Prince continues to have a strong presence on the Billboard 200 following his death last month. He occupies five of the top seven slots, led by The Very Best of Prince, which is #2. The 2001 compilation earned 391 thousand units earned, including 216 thousand copies sold.

The Purple Rain soundtrack rounds out the top three, with 150 thousand units earned, including 133 thousand copies sold.

Billboard notes that Drake's latest album, Views, will likely debut at #1 on next week's chart, with forecasters predicting it could sell more than 800 thousand copies in its first week of release. The album dropped this past Friday.

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Monday
May022016

Radiohead Is MIA -- from the Internet, Anyway

Samir Hussein/Referns via Getty ImagesRadiohead has gone missing -- at least as far as the Internet is concerned.

All of the postings on English rockers' Facebook and Twitter accounts were inexplicably deleted on Sunday and its website also went blank. Postings on frontman Thom Yorke’s Twitter account have disappeared. 

Adding to the mystery, some of their U.K. fans received leaflets in the mail from the band that featured oily artwork and an embossed Radiohead logo. "Sing the song of sixpence that goes 'Burn the witch.' We know where you live," reads the leaflet. “Burn the Witch” refers to an unreleased Radiohead song that dates back about 13 years.

Radiohead fans have posted the mysterious leaflet on their social media accounts.

It’s believed that Radiohead’s vanishing act could have something to do with the group’s upcoming as-yet untitled album, rumored to come out in the first half of this year, according to Billboard magazine.

The last album from the group was 2011's The King of Limbs.

Meanwhile, Radiohead -- whose members also include Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien -- will embark on a tour later this month, with appearances set for several major U.S. music festivals, including Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, the industry trade magazine reports.

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Monday
May022016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ryan Kinder’s digital EP Deconstructed Studio Sessions is out now. In addition to the newcomer’s own songs, it also features a cover of Justin Bieber’s hit “Sorry.”

Garth Brooks has broken the Rolling Stones’ record for total ticket sales during a run in Saskatchewan, Canada. Mick Jagger and the gang sold more than 80,000 seats during two shows in 2006. So far, Garth has sold more than 86,000 for his six shows in June, with the number still continuing to grow.

Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Brett Young recently sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Los Angeles Dodgers home game.

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Monday
May022016

"Cure" Tour: Peter Wolf Hits the Road in Support of Latest Solo Album

Concord RecordsPeter Wolf kicked off a U.S. tour this weekend in support of his critically acclaimed new solo album, A Cure for Loneliness. After a series of shows in New England and New York, the trek will hit various cities in the Midwest, South and Mid-Atlantic states before eventually making its way to California in August.

Wolf tells ABC Radio that he and his longtime backing band, The Midnight Travelers, are "gonna be trying to get to as many places as we possibly can" this year to promote the record, which finds the founding J. Geils Band frontman delving into various genres of American roots music.

While Wolf has taken part in a number of reunion shows with his old group during the last few years, he says his main focus currently is on his solo career.

"There's so much I get out of the solo works that that's where the energies have gone and feels the most natural right now for me," he tells ABC Radio. "I respect…the body of work that the Geils Band created, and all the shows that we did means a lot to me…It's something that helped me get to where I am now, but where I am now is where kind of my focus is at."

Although Wolf has no current plans to record new music with The J. Geils Band, fans of the group likely will find plenty to enjoy on A Cure for Loneliness, which features quite a few soul- and R&B-flavored tunes reminiscent of the band's classic songs.

Meanwhile, Peter says he has a special chemistry and camaraderie with the members of his solo band, most of whom play on nearly every track on A Cure for Loneliness. "We have a brotherhood and a kinship that's, for me, like no other," he explains. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Fans coming out to Wolf's upcoming shows can expect to hear a mix of songs from the new album and selections from his previous solo records, plus of few Geils Band gems too. One interesting tune featured in his set is a bluegrass reworking of the J. Geils Band classic "Love Stinks," which also appears on A Cure for Loneliness.

Wolf's next show takes place this Thursday in Norfolk, Connecticut, and the trek currently is mapped out through an August 21 concert in Brownfield, Maine. Here are all of his confirmed tour dates, according to PeterWolf.com:

4/29 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Music Hall
4/30 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
5/1 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
5/5 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Music Hall
5/6 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
5/11 -- Portland, ME, Port City Music Hall
5/12 -- Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre
5/13 -- Albany, NY, The Egg
5/19 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
5/20 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
5/21 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
6/1 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
6/3 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
6/4 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery
6/5 -- Louisville, KY, Headliners Music Hall
6/7 -- Cleveland, OH, Music Box Supper Club
6/8 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Three Rivers Festival
6/9 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
6/24 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/8 -- Greenfield, MA, Green River Festival
8/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
8/14 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
8/19 -- Plymouth, MA, Spire Center for Arts
8/20 -- Lowell, MA, Lowell Summer Music Series
8/21 -- Brownfield, ME, Stone Mountain Arts Center

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Monday
May022016

Brett Eldredge Shaves His Beard for Top-Secret Role in New Video

Warner Music Nashville/Katherine TylerIf you’ve spotted a photo lately of a fresh-faced Brett Eldredge, it turns out there’s a very specific reason he’s no longer sporting his familiar facial hair-- and it all has to do with the follow-up to his chart-topping single, “Drunk on Your Love.”

“I’ve been waiting to tell people and I actually haven’t really told many people, so now I’m telling people I’m releasing my new single called ‘Wanna Be That Song’ here very very soon,” he reveals. “I just shot an amazing music video for it. I’m so excited!”

While he’s not revealing many details about the shoot, one thing is clear-- the beard had to go!

“I had to shave my beard to-- I can’t really tell what role I played to shave this beard, but this is the first time I’ve seen my face without a beard for quite awhile, so it’s pretty wild. But you know what? You’ve got to get into the role whatever it takes. I like to act too. So when you see the video, it’ll all make sense.” 

“Wanna Be That Song” is the third single from Brett’s latest album, Illinois. “Lose My Mind” and “Drunk on Your Love” both went to number one.  

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Monday
May022016

On The Run: Just Blaze Says He Has Two Unreleased Albums' Worth of Jay-Z's Music

ABC/Randy HolmesGrammy-nominated producer Just Blaze says he's holding on to two LP's worth of Jay-Z tracks.

The Roc-a-fella Records alum, who also produced "Freedom" on Beyonce's Lemonade, spoke to SPIN Magazine about his music vault, which includes unreleased songs from his former boss.

“A lot of people, when they work with Beyoncé or artists of that stature in general, there’s usually a number of [Non-Disclosure Agreements] involved and you go through a process. With me, there wasn’t much of any of that because I’ve known her for years and I’ve worked with Jay for almost 14, 15 years,” explains Just.

“Obviously, it’s never going to be an issue of security with me. I mean, I have at least two albums' worth of Jay Z material sitting in my vault. So it’s not that they ever have to worry about me leaking records or releasing information. I give people sneak peeks when it’s appropriate or when the artists want to do it,” he reveals.

When it came to producing "Freedom," featuring Kendrick Lamar, Just explains that it was Beyonce's team who had the idea of adding the Compton rapper to the song.

"I kinda already had the idea to put Kendrick on it. It’s funny because she had the same idea and we didn’t even talk about it. By the time I went to go express to them that they should get Kendrick on the record, [Beyonce’s team] had already reached out to him to be on the record," he says.

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Monday
May022016

Karrine Steffans Enters Beyonce’s ‘Becky’ Fray

Parkwood/ColumbiaThe video vixen formerly known as “Superhead” has entered the “Becky” controversy with an unflinching essay about being the betrayed wife of a famous man, and also being the other woman.

Karrine Steffans, the best-selling author of the 2005 memoir Confessions of a Video Vixen – where she exposed her sexual exploits with a litany of notable men in R&B and hip-hop, has penned an eyebrow raising essay for Time Inc’s XOJane website. 

In it, the three-time married estranged wife of troubled Scandal star Columbus Short offers revealing prose in direct response to the firestorm that has brewed surrounding Beyonce’s latest album Lemonade, and its songs about a cheating husband and the women who love him.

“As I watched Lemonade, I heard a wife, a Beyoncé, cry about a Becky,” Steffans wrote. “I listened to her wail on songs like "I Pray You Catch Me" and "Sandcastles," and I resonated with how she felt as a woman who was promised forever and faithfulness only to have these notions dashed by a woman, or women — by “Becky with the good hair.” 

“And I listened to a woman who seemingly has it all but is riddled with the same insecurities of a woman who has not nearly as much. I witnessed as she went through the same stages I’ve gone through and am still traversing through as a wife, and the stages I have contributed to as a Becky.” 

Steffans, who has a son with old-school rapper Kool G. Rap, rehashed a story about how she performed three-minutes of oral sex with Jay-Z – long before he married Beyoncé – after meeting him on the set of a music video.    She also talked about her six year affair with Wu-Tang Clan frontman Method Man, who was married with children.

“I am Becky with the good hair,’ the St. Vincent native proclaimed. “I am Beyonce?. I am the keeper of secrets, the betrayer of women, the confessor of my sins, the owner of my secrets, lies and salvations. I have traded in my Scarlet A for a Scarlet Bey.”

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Monday
May022016

Who's Next in Line for a Las Vegas Residency? Boyz II Men Make Their Picks

ABC/Lou RoccoFrom pop stars like Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, to legends like Elton John and Rod Stewart, to country stars like Shania Twain and Reba McEntire, all types of artists have landed residencies in Las Vegas in recent years. Even Prince had one, briefly, before he died.  So who should be the next artist to take on Vegas?  Boyz II Men, who star in their own successful residency at the Mirage, have a few ideas.

"Beyonce," says Shawn Stockman. "She'd turn that joint out! They'd have to do [it] in an arena.  Bruno Mars'd be great. Usher'd be cool."  Fellow group member Wanya [wahn YAY] Morris suggests Justin Timberlake might also be a good choice.

"It would definitely be a good show with all of those artists, because they're known to be great performers," Shawn tells ABC Radio. "So to do that and see that every week....they can interchange and switch stuff up and all that good stuff. They have the ability."

As for Boyz II Men themselves, they are doing their residency around Wanya's stint on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.  So far this season, he's been near the top of the leaderboard nearly every week, and last week, he grabbed a near-perfect score, 29/30, with his rendition of an 'N SYNC dance routine.  So, would he recommend the show to his band mates, or other musicians?

"If someone aspires to do it, then they should. They should definitely try to get on the show," Wanya tells ABC Radio. "I mean, you know, it’s hard work. We’ve been working hard for 25 years so I’m no stranger to it, it’s just my body is a little bit beat up, you know what I mean?"

"But perseverance, endurance and all of those things are gonna push me closer to the goal," he adds, "which is to win the mirror ball."  You can watch him dance again tonight on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

Wanya's experience on Dancing with the Stars isn't going to extend to the Vegas show, however.  Don't expect the group to add ballroom dancing to any of their numbers...yet.

"It’s entertaining, it’s exciting. There’s a lot of dancing in it [already]," Wanya explains. "There’s a lot of movement. There’s great music. And we don’t have to change it too much.  But you know, we’ll see what happens in the future."

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Monday
May022016

Which Tour Costume Left Selena Gomez “Completely Blown Away”?

Image Group LA/ABCAfter some intense rehearsals, Selena Gomez is finally ready to kick off her Revival tour this week. She tells InStyle this time around she’s making all the decisions -- including the curation of her killer on-stage wardrobe.

“It’s crazy because now I get to collaborate with designers that I’ve aspired to work with and all of the looks are so distinct and beautiful,” she says. “I can’t wait for people to see them because they’re very different. Every single look has a feel to it and it takes you to a different place… I think people are really going to like the wardrobe.”

There’s one outfit in particular that stands out from all the rest: a costume designed by Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld. “That was one where I put on the actual costume when it was done and I was just completely blown away,” she says. “It makes me feel so bada**. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

Selena tells InStyle she watched a playback of her tour rehearsals last week and was “overwhelmed with emotion.” “I have never cared about a tour as much as I cared about this one,” she says.

The tour, which kicks off May 6 in Las Vegas, follows the mega-success of Selena’s 2015 album, Revival. “I spent a year and a half working on this album,” she says. “I did not at all anticipate the success that it would have because it's the first time I've actually really put myself out there. Now I'm putting it all together; it’s insane and it's all in my control.”

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Monday
May022016

"California" Dreamin': Blink-182 Describes Approach to New Album

BMG Rights ManagementBlink-182's first album without Tom DeLonge will be released this summer. Called California, the record will arrive five years after the punk band's last effort, 2011's Neighborhoods. In comparison to Neighborhoods, Blink drummer Travis Barker is much more excited about California.

"To be honest, the last couple albums were, in my opinion, phoned in," Barker tells Rolling Stone. Meanwhile, he refers to the California recording sessions as "awesome."

"The chemistry was great," the drummer says. "Everyone was in the studio putting in work, being creative. When you get that momentum going, the possibilities are endless."

Musically, the members of Blink-182 -- Barker, bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus and guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba -- wanted to "keep an old-school ethos" on California while also trying out new sounds. That approach is evident on a song like "Bored to Death," the lead single from California.

"[Producer] John [Feldmann] would be like, 'Trav, do some of that weird s*** you play with EDM or rap artists.' And I'd be like, 'OK,'" Barker says. "So there's drum 'n' bass in the verses of 'Bored to Death,' but it's in a rock song, so it's kind of masked. There's stuff like that all over the album."

On the lyrical side, Hoppus says that while some of the subject matter may have changed and evolved from past Blink-182 songs, some of the themes from the band's older material still resonate.

"I write less about high-school stuff now than I did 15 or 20 years ago, but the topics are universal," Hoppus tells Rolling Stone. "There is a lot of angst that could be teen angst or it could be angst of everyday life. I still have the same emotions I had 20 years ago -- I get frustrated or I get excited. I still feel like I'm falling in love with my wife."

California will be released July 1. Blink-182 will hit the road on a massive arena tour in support of the album this summer.

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Monday
May022016

Beyoncé Postpones Nashville Date on Formation World Tour

Kevin Mazur/WireImageBeyoncé has postponed a date on her just-launched Formation World Tour.

She had been scheduled to perform at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, this Thursday, but the concert has been pushed back. A new date for the show has yet to be announced.

The reason for the postponement is unclear. TMZ speculated that it may have been due to stadium renovation, but the official Twitter account for the venue responded, "Nissan Stadium was ready and able to host the May 5 Beyoncé show, and we look forward to the rescheduled event."

Bey's tour kicked off in Miami last Wednesday. She's visited Tampa, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia, in recent days, and will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tuesday night.

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