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Wednesday
Oct192016

Kings of Leon's "WALLS" on Pace to Debut at Number One on "Billboard" 200 

RCA RecordsWill Kings of Leon scale the Billboard 200 wall? It certainly looks that way.

WALLS, the seventh studio effort from the Nashville rockers, is on pace to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 with an estimated 70,000 in sales and equivalent streams. If the prediction holds, WALLS will give Kings of Leon their first number-one album.

Kings of Leon's previous peak on the Billboard 200 came courtesy of their 2013 album Mechanical Bull and 2010's Come Around Sundown, both of which peaked at number two on the chart.

WALLS is also headed for a number-one debut in the U.K., where the band previously earned four number one albums: Mechanical Bull, Come Around Sundown, 2008's Only By the Night and 2007's Because of the Times.

Kings of Leon will embark on a North American tour in support of WALLS next year starting January 12 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Wednesday
Oct192016

D.R.A.M. Releases Music Video for "Cash Machine"

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesD.R.A.M. has dropped the music video for his single, "Cash Machine," several days before the release of his highly anticipated debut album. 

The video shows the rapper riding a bike in a quiet, suburban neighborhood, spreading good cheer -- and dollar bills -- to neighbors along the way. 

The recording artist's single, "Broccoli," is currently number one on several Billboard charts including the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; and it's number six on the cross-genre Hot 100. His debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M., arrives on all digital and streaming platforms October 21.

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Wednesday
Oct192016

Sir the Baptist Premieres New Music Video for "What We Got"

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesSir the Baptist is continuing to raise hell with a new music video for his song "What We Got." 

The visual overlays the song's powerful lyrics about being grateful for "what we got" with historical images of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Sir imagines visiting the president at the White House to discussthe economy, which he explains the song addresses and hopes will be a topic of importance within the black community. 

"It's talking about economics, business, the betterment of global issues and other things that's important to the community. And to teach it in a very small...in small pieces. For example, if you listen to the lyrics, I say 'If I could be anything, I would be the little engine in the hood.' And I'm referencing the engine for economic growth," he says.

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Tuesday
Oct182016

DJ Khaled Gushes over New Son: "I'm Very Excited"

ABC/Randy HolmesDJ Khaled is getting ready to be a first-time father and he's telling the world just how ecstatic he is to be a daddy.

“I’m very excited,” Khaled tells People. “Super excited. My son’s coming real soon. I went sneaker shopping for him the other day.”

The DJ-producer announced in May that he and fiancee Nicole Tuck were expecting a baby boy and Khaled is already imagining the joys of fatherhood. “I’m really excited about having a child and having a family -- and somebody who I can come home to and give them joy … that’s my son,” explains Khaled.

To the Major Key producer, his new son will be all about "love."

“My circle’s always been tight,” Khaled says. “And it’s somebody I can be very personal with and share my love with him, and work hard, and give him everything, the same way my family did for me." 

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Tuesday
Oct182016

William Michael Morgan Grabs NFL Exposure Before This Sunday's Titans Game 

Warner Music NashvilleNewcomer William Michael Morgan is set to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” this Sunday before the Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. You can watch the match-up starting at 12 p.m. CT on CBS.

The Mississippi native’s debut release, “I Met a Girl,” recently made it to the top of the country chart. His follow-up from his first album, Vinyl, is the new single, “Missing.”

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Members of Journey, ELO, The Zombies and Yes React to Bands' Rock Hall Nominations

Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumThe 2017 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced Tuesday, and among the 19 artists in the running for induction next year are Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, The Zombies and Yes. Now, key current or former members from each of these bands have issued statements reacting to the good news.

Ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry shared a message with the authorized fan site Fan Asylum that reads, "I'm so grateful that the music we created while together has survived the test of time."

ELO frontman Jeff Lynne posted a note on his official Facebook page, saying, "I'm very proud to see my ELO music getting this great recognition. It's a big honor to be nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent took to his band's Facebook page to express his excitement about the group's second straight nomination.

"This has come at a really exciting time for us, as the band has never felt so [energized]," writes Argent, "and the acceptance of what we are creating now, as well as the older classic material we love to play, is heartwarming." The Zombies released a new studio album last year called Still Got That Hunger, and just announced plans to launch a 2017 tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of its classic record Odessey and Oracle.

In addition, longtime Yes drummer Alan White issued a statement that reads, "It is a distinguished honor to again receive a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…Yes has a history of being pioneers in exploring new musical territory, 48 years later the band is still continuing this quest, who knew?"

You can check out the full list of nominees, and cast votes for your favorites at RockHall.com.

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Two of David Bowie's Final Recordings Premiere on UK Radio

ISO/Columbia RecordsTwo of the three final songs David Bowie recorded, "When I Met You" and "No Plan," were given their world premiere on separate BBC Radio programs on Tuesday. The three tunes will appear on the cast album for Lazarus, the recent stage production Bowie co-wrote with Once playwright Enda Walsh, which will be released this Friday, October 21.

"When I Met You" is a dissonant and dark mid-tempo rocker that features Bowie accompanying his own lead vocals with some off-kilter harmonies. The song debuted on BBC Radio 6 Music on Tuesday morning, and you can check it out at the 51-minute mark of the show, which you can access at BBC.co.uk.

"No Plan" is a mournful ballad crooned by Bowie, and featuring reverb-drenched synths, jazzy saxophone and some shimmering guitar. The song premiered on BBC Radio 2 and can be heard at the 46-minute mark of a stream that also has been posted at BBC.co.uk.

Bowie recorded the new tracks -- "When I Met You," "No Plan" and "Killing a Little Time" -- with the same musicians who backed him on his final studio album, Blackstar, which was released on his 69th birthday, January 8, 2016, two days before he passed away. The Lazarus cast also recorded versions of those songs recorded for the upcoming album, as well as renditions of various famous Bowie tunes, including "The Man Who Sold the World," "Changes," "Life on Mars," "All the Young Dudes" and "Heroes."

The Lazarus musical opened in New York City last year, and will begin a run at the King Cross Theatre in London on November 8.

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Azealia Banks Promises to Deliver the "Truth" About Russell Crowe

Johnny Nunez/Getty ImagesAzealia Banks is not backing down from her recent accusations that actor Russell Crowe assaulted her, saying she plans to expose the Hollywood actor on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post that has now been deleted but captured by RhymeswithSnitch, the Harlem rapper writes, "The truth will be out on Wednesday. I am 100% innocent in this matter. No matter how you feel about me no person deserves to be handled that way. And I will not be threatened or chastised into keeping quiet. This man MUST and WILL be held accountable for his actions."

Banks who claims Crowe choked her, spit on her and called her the N-word, then adds, "This is the most expensive mistake he will ever make in his life."

Azealia's post comes after eyewitnesses and RZA told TMZ that Banks' story was inaccurate, stating that the entertainer herself said the N-word several times and threatened Crowe and another woman, saying, "You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino s***." 

Crowe has not publicly commented on the Azealia's claims.

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Kanye West Adds Second Leg to Saint Pablo Tour as "Father Stretch My Hands" Tops Chart

ABC/Randy HolmesKanye West can celebrate two major feats this week with his hit "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1" topping the Mediabase Urban airplay chart and the announcement of a second leg added to his critically acclaimed Saint Pablo Tour.

The rapper, who's been touring this fall, has landed the twelfth number-one since 2012's "Mercy."

Meanwhile Kanye's tour will be extended through the end of the year.  Promoter Live Nation announced today that a second leg of the Saint Pablo tour will kick off on Thursday, November 17 in San Jose, California and end with a New Year's Eve show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Here are the new Saint Pablo Tour tour dates:

11/17 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
11/19 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
11/22 -- Fresno, CA, SaveMart Center
11/23 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
11/26 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
11/28 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
12/1 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
12/2 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
12/4 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
12/6 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
12/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
12/9 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
12/11 -- Albany, NY, The Times Union Center
12/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center (RESCHEDULED)
12/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
12/16 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
12/18 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
12/20 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
12/22 -- Detroit, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills (RESCHEDULED)
12/27 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center
12/28 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
12/29 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
12/31 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Chevelle Plots West Coast Tour

Epic RecordsChevelle will be hitting the West Coast the beginning of next year for a brief 10-date run. The tour kicks off January 13 in San Francisco and will wrap up January 26 in Boulder, Colorado. Visit GetMoreChevelle.com for ticket info.

The Chicago rockers will be touring in continued support of their latest album, The North Corridor, which features the single "Joyride (Omen)."

Chevelle is currently on tour with Disturbed. Following the January headlining trek, they'll travel to Europe alongside Avenged Sevenfold.

Here are Chevelle's West Coast tour dates:

1/13 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
1/14 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace Of Spades
1/15 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
1/17 -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
1/18 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater
1/20 -- Riverside, CA, RMA
1/21 -- San Diego, CA, House Of Blues
1/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, House Of Blues
1/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, El Rey Theater
1/26 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Mariah Carey Returning to NYC's Beacon Theatre for December Christmas Shows 

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Mariah Carey is in a festive mood once again.

The diva will return to New York City's historic Beacon Theatre for a mini-residency of shows this December, dubbed -- what else? -- All I Want for Christmas Is You.  She'll perform December 5, 7, 8, 13 and 14 at the theater and tickets go on sale to the general public October 22 at 10 a.m. ET.

Mariah's been doing these shows annually since December of 2014.  All the dates over the last two years, which feature material from her holiday albums Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You, have sold out.  Past shows have included a gospel choir, dancers, acrobats and carolers.

The shows are sponsored by the Hallmark Channel, with whom Mariah signed a three-picture deal earlier this year.  She'll be developing, executive producing, directing and co-starring in original movies and contributing original new music for each.  The first movie will premiere in early 2017. 

Mariah already has starred in a Christmas special for the channel, and directed a Christmas film, A Christmas Melody.

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Cher Announces New Concert Dates in Las Vegas and Maryland

Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty ImagesCher has lined up a series of special concerts, called Classic Cher, kicking off early next year. The Goddess of Pop will be playing a slew of dates at two brand new MGM Resorts venues: Park Theater at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas and The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Maryland.

"I plan to make this my best show ever," Cher says in a statement. "I am extremely excited about both of these new theaters -- they are state-of-the-art and beautiful."

The Vegas shows will take place in February and May, while the Maryland shows begin in March. Tickets for both venues go on sale to the general public Sunday, October 23 at 10 a.m.

Here is the list of dates:

Park Theater at Monte Carlo
February: 8, 10, 11, 14, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25
May: 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20
(Additional dates to be announced)

The Theater at MGM National Harbor
March: 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26
(Additional dates to be announced)

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez to Be Part of Pro-Clinton Love Trumps Hate Performance Series 

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty ImagesKaty Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez are showing they're #WithHer in a big way.  All three have signed up for Love Trumps Hate, a performance series sponsored by the Clinton campaign to get out the vote in battleground states.

No word on specific cities or dates, but more performers will be announced soon.

In a statement, the Clinton campaign said, "These performances will also serve as organizing opportunities to recruit new volunteers for the final stretch of the campaign."

The statement continued, "What voters will hear from these performers...is that Hillary Clinton has the experience and steadiness to bring people together and get real results."

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Nikki Sixx Says Sixx:A.M. Is "Up for the Challenge" to Be an Opening Band

Eleven Seven MusicSixx:A.M. may boast former members of Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses, but the band will be a supporting act on Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch's co-headlining arena tour, which kicks off tonight in Little Rock, Arkansas. As bassist Nikki Sixx tells ABC Radio, that's just fine with them.

"We're up for the challenge of going out there in the support position and showing people what we're made of," he says.

Sixx:A.M. will be promoting its new album, Prayers for the Blessed, which will be released on November 18, but the band members expect that most of the songs they play during this tour, even their older material, will be new to the audience.

"We know that people are there to see the headliner and the co-headliner," Sixx says. "They might know a little bit about Sixx:A.M., they might know a song or two, they might've heard our name."

He adds, "We wanna go and win 'em over. We wanna go hit 'em over the head, wanna deliver a powerful set."

While the members of Sixx:A.M. are certainly very experienced playing live with their other bands, they haven't toured to much as Sixx:A.M., instead focusing on their studio output. The group has upped its touring considerably in the last year, and Nikki says he's observed the band evolve on stage.

"One of my favorite things is to be in this band live," Sixx tells ABC Radio. "[Frontman] James [Michael's] vocals, our background singers, [guitarist] DJ [Ashba's] guitar playing, our drummer's fantastic -- we're a really good band. Sometimes you have to realize that there's a lot of bands that are really good in the studio, but aren't necessarily great live, and one thing I love is that we found out that we're actually a great band live, and that's exciting."

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Tuesday
Oct182016

How Garth Brooks' World Tour Inspired the Title of His New Album 

Pearl Records, Inc.Garth Brooks’ 11th studio album, which is on its way next month, will be titled Gunslinger.

“The album title came to me when somebody asked me what my favorite thing about being on the road was,” the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee reveals. “I said, ‘It just feels good to be out there being a gunslinger again, just aiming with the heart and shooting from the hip. That’s what you do on the stage, right?' ... As soon as I said it, I knew that was the album title right there.”

This week, the project's first single, “Baby Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” debuted at number 19 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart.

Garth has previously announced that the new album will first be available exclusively at Target, as part of their exclusive 10-disc set, Garth Brooks:  The Ultimate Collection. Gunslinger’s official release date is November 25.

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Oasis Performs "Champagne Supernova" in Clip from "Supersonic" Documentary 

A24Oasis is at the peak of their powers in a new clip from the forthcoming Supersonic documentary, which chronicles the rise and fall of the legendary British rock band.

The clip, which you can watch on EW.com, shows Oasis performing their hit single "Champagne Supernova" in front of 250 thousand people at England's Knebworth Park.

"We tried a few songs out for our final sequence at Knebworth, but the only one that seemed to fit was 'Champagne Supernova,'" director Mat Whitecross tells Entertainment Weekly. "It has exactly the right sense of epic nostalgia we needed to the end the film."

Supersonic, which was produced by the team behind the Amy Winehouse doc Amy, will hit theaters in the U.S. for one night only on October 26.

In other Oasis related news, Liam Gallagher is currently working on his debut solo album, and he has posted a photo from the recording studio.

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Pop Evil Plots Headlining Tour for 2017

Credit: Dean BradshawPop Evil is making big plans for 2017. The Michigan rockers have announced a giant headlining tour in continued support of their latest album Up, which will kick off January 10 in Louisville, Kentucky. The trek, officially dubbed the Rock 'n' Roll Now Tour: Right Now, will conclude February 24 in Detroit. Visit PopEvil.com for ticket info.

"What an exciting time to announce a full headline tour across the states as we launch our final single off Up 'If Only for Now,'" says frontman Leigh Kakaty. "It's no secret, as a 'rock' musician this is a very difficult era to survive in. That's why we take it very seriously to appreciate what is happening RIGHT NOW by living in the moment."

The tour will feature openers Red Sun Rising and Badflower. Here is the itinerary:

1/10 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
1/11 -- Charlotte, NC, The Underground
1/13 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
1/14 -- St. Petersburg, FL, State Theatre
1/15 -- Ft Lauderdale, FL, Revolution
1/21 -- Birmingham, AL, Workplay Theatre
1/22 -- Mobile, AL, Soul Kitchen
1/24 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
1/25 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
1/27 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
1/28 -- San Antonio, TX, The Aztec Theater
1/29 -- El Paso, TX, Tricky Falls
1/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
2/1 -- Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theatre
2/3 -- Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall
2/4 -- Lincoln, NE, The Bourbon Theatre
2/6 -- Des Moines, IA, Wooly's
2/9 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Cabooze
2/10 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
2/11 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
2/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogats
2/14 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
2/16 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
2/18 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
2/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
2/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe at Old National Centre
2/23 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Rapids Theatre
2/24 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Ed Sheeran to Perform During Charity Event at London’s Natural History Museum

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteHe performed at a friend’s wedding and sang karaoke at Taylor Swift’s Fourth of July party, but aside from that, Ed Sheeran has been taking a break from the stage this year. Next month, though, he’ll be delivering what might be his only solo performance of 2016.

According to the East Anglian Daily Times, the singer will perform at the Natural History Museum in London during a fundraiser for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. The event hopes to raise money to build a new center in Norfolk, England for children with life-threatening illnesses.

“As an Ambassador of EACH, I am enormously proud and excited to be joining them for their gala dinner event at the Natural History Museum on November 30,” Ed tells the East Anglian Daily Times in a statement.

He adds, “I’m looking forward to performing and being part of what will be a wonderful evening of fundraising for a new hospice in Norfolk.”

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Adele’s Boyfriend Surprises Her with Confetti Love Notes for Fifth Anniversary

Simon EmmettAdele found a keeper. Her boyfriend Simon Konecki pulled off the cutest surprise for their fifth anniversary last weekend, giving us all a bit of relationship envy.

For the finale of each show on her 25 tour, the singer drops white confetti decorated with her song lyrics. But at her show in Nashville on Sunday, Simon replaced the white confetti with pink confetti featuring handwritten love notes to the singer.

Fans took pictures of the slips of paper and posted them on social media. One said, “You are an angel,” while another read, “Happy Anniversary!”

A fan-captured video shows Adele’s confused reaction when she notices the confetti. “This confetti is normally white!” she says. She exits the stage before fans can see her read the messages.

Adele and Simon have a son together named Angelo, who turns four tomorrow.

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Lady Gaga Releases New Single, “A-YO”

Interscope RecordsLady Gaga has released another new track from her upcoming album, Joanne. This one’s a bluesy rock jam called “A-YO.”

“Get off on me/My body’s got you pleading/Light me up and breathe in/Mirror on the ceiling,” she sings on the tune, which she co-produced with Mark Ronson and BloodPop.

Gaga also released the single cover art for the song, which features her topless and covering her chest with one hand. Her other arm is raised in the air and she sports a beige hat with a feather in it.

The singer’s next stop on her intimate Dive Bar tour happens on Thursday at an undisclosed location. Joanne, which also features "Perfect Illusion" and "Million Reasons," is out on Friday.

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