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Tuesday
Jan052016

Check Out Kanye West’s Full "American Idol" Audition 

Michael Becker/FoxLast year, we learned that Kanye West surprised the judges when he showed up to audition for the final season of American Idol.  Now, we get to see the rapper's surprise appearance in its entirety, which the show has posted to YouTube.

Before showing off his talent, Kanye tells the judges that he is a producer with musical aspirations.  "I always wanted to rap but nobody believed in me," Ye says before performing a verse from his hit song "Goldigger" with Jamie Foxx -- and yes, he name dropped Jennifer Lopez

Meanwhile, his wife Kim Kardashian, who was pregnant at the time, waited outside and told Ryan Seacrest: "I’m not nervous ’cause I do really believe in him."

Naturally, Kanye was given the coveted golden ticket to Hollywood.

You can catch the farewell season of American Idol on Wednesday, January 6 at  8 p.m. on Fox.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

The Strokes Need Help Finding Nick Valensi's Missing Guitar

Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty ImagesThe Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi is missing his "beloved" orange Epiphone guitar. In a statement on their website, the band writes that the instrument was lost while it was being shipped from New York City to Los Angeles, and they're asking you to "join us in keeping an eye out for it."

"It goes without saying how bummed [Valensi] is that it's gone missing," writes the band.

The statement also provides a detailed description of the guitar, a 1995 Epiphone Riviera: "The pic guard has been removed. The headstock plate has an 'E' Epiphone logo on it. Trapezoidal 'mother-of-pearl' inlays on the neck. It's been modified with P-94 pick ups and trapeze tailpiece."

If you happen to come across the guitar, The Strokes are asking you to contact them.

The Strokes are currently working on a new album, their first since 2013's Comedown Machine.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + the Machine to Headline BottleRock Festival 

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationRed Hot Chili Peppers have added another U.S. festival headlining date to their 2016 schedule. The band will headline the 2016 BottleRock Napa Valley festival, as will Florence + the Machine.

Their BottleRock set is just RHCP's second currently scheduled U.S. date for this year, along with a headlining appearance at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Other artists on the 2016 BottleRock lineup include The Lumineers, Death Cab for Cutie, Lenny Kravitz, WALK THE MOON, Grouplove, Cold War Kids, Atlas Genius, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Buddy Guy, Houndmouth, The Struts, X Ambassadors and Coleman Hell.

The 2016 BottleRock Napa Valley festival will be held May 27-29 in Napa, California. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, January 7 at 10 a.m. PT via BottleRockNapaValley.com.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Selena Gomez to Make "Saturday Night Live" Debut

Renata RakshaSelena Gomez will be making her Saturday Night Live debut this month. The singer has been tapped as the musical guest for the NBC sketch show’s January 23 episode.

Selena tweeted her reaction to the announcement, writing, “Sooo I'm performing on @nbcsnl on 1.23!! What is life?? I couldn't be more excited. GUYS.. SNL!!”

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey will be hosting the episode. It’ll be her debut on the show as well.

SNL returns with new episodes on January 16. Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Adam Driver will host and country singer Chris Stapleton will be the musical guest.  Both are SNL first-timers.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Josh Groban to Guest Star on Sitcom "Life in Pieces" 

ABC/Fred LeeBefore he makes his Broadway debut later this year, Josh Groban will be gracing the small screen. Entertainment Weekly reports that the singer will guest star on the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces.

Josh reportedly will play a bold guitar salesman who flirts with Clementine, played by Hunter King, while she’s guitar shopping with her boyfriend Tyler, played by Niall Cunningham.

Life in Pieces premiered last September and stars Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski and Zoe Lister-Jones as members of the Short family. Each episode is told from the different perspectives of each family member.

Josh’s episode air date has yet to be announced, but the show’s winter premiere airs Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

Josh is no stranger to TV. He previously guest starred on shows including The Office, The Crazy Ones and The Muppets. He’s also appeared in the movies Crazy, Stupid, Love and Muppets Most Wanted.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Beyonce Faces Backlash over Rumored Film About South African Woman 

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Anheuser-BuschBeyonce has been blasted by a South African chief over an unconfirmed film project based on the life of Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman who was enslaved and exhibited in a freak show in the 19th century due to having a large derriere.

Chief Jean Burgess of the First Indigenous Peoples of South Africa says Beyonce "lacks the basic human dignity" to be writing a film about the famous Khoikhoi woman, according to South Africa’s News 24.

"[Beyonce] lacks the basic human dignity to be worthy of writing Sarah's story, let alone playing the part. Ignoring the fact that the Khoikhoi is alive and that Sarah's story would have an impact on how we are portrayed, is a mistake of great magnitude,” Burgess says. "Why Sarah Baartman? Why not a story about an Indigenous American woman? I can only see arrogance in her attempt to tell a story that is not her’s to tell."

The Sun newspaper previously quoted sources as saying that Beyonce's motivation for the film is to get take her acting to the next level. “She now wants to write a screenplay that gains her respect -- and hopefully awards -- from the film industry, and thinks Saartjie’s story could be her ticket," a source was quoted as saying.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Rihanna Has Opened Up the Seventh ANTIdiaRy Room

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Rihanna fans may be bummed that their favorite singer did not release her ANTI album before the close of 2015, but she has unveiled the seventh room in the ANTIdiaRy web video series, titled "The Office."

In the minute-long clip, the singer dons a black leather dress and walks into a vault occupied by bankers. As she watches them log numbers in a room surrounded by gold walls inscribed with braille, she finds a young girl, presumably a childhood version of herself, wearing the same gold crown from her Roy Nachum-designed ANTI album cover. Before the clip fades, the little girl passes her the crown, which Rihanna slowly places on her head..

The clip has many hoping that Rih's long-awaited album ANTI will arrive later this month, just ahead of her “ANTI World Tour” beginning in San Diego, California with special guest Travis Scott on February 26.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Steely Dan Singer Donald Fagen Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Wife

Santiago Felipe/Getty ImagesSteely Dan frontman Donald Fagen was arrested on Monday after allegedly becoming physically abusive to his wife, singer Libby Titus, at the couple's New York City apartment.  The New York Post's Page Six website reports that, according to a criminal claim filed by police, the incident began as a verbal dispute but escalated, with Fagen eventually allegedly shoving Titus into a marble window frame, causing her right arm to bruise and swell.

Titus told The Post in a phone interview after the incident, "I don't feel good…I'm very tired and I'm divorcing my husband."

According to Page Six, Fagen was arraigned Tuesday morning in a Manhattan court on one count of assault and one count of harassment, then was released without bail.  His wife received an order of protection against him.

Fagen and Titus have been married since 1993, although they first met during the 1960s when they both attended Bard College.  Libby previously had a longtime relationship with late Band drummer Levon Helm, with whom she had a daughter, singer Amy Helm, in 1970.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Justin Timberlake to Write, Perform Music for Animated Film "Trolls"

ABC/Matt BrownJustin Timberlake is getting trolled. The singer/actor has signed on to write and perform original music for the animated flick Trolls, in addition to voicing one of the characters.

“I have always envisioned bringing the two worlds of film and music together for one epic event [and] couldn’t be more excited that they will collide in DreamWorks’ Trolls," Justin says in a statement. "This film is very special, the music is going to be very special and I can’t wait for everyone to experience it all.”

He’ll serve as executive music producer on the film, meaning he’ll oversee the creative direction of the movie’s soundtrack.

As previously reported, Justin is voicing the character Branch, described as a “hardcore survivalist.” In the film, Branch and Princess Poppy -- voiced by Anna Kendrick -- go on an adventure together. It’s set for a November 4 release.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThis multiple week chart topper by Tim McGraw was both the final #1 of 2014 and the first #1 of 2015, according to Mediabase. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Shotgun Rider."

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Thomas Rhett Racks Up Multiple Weeks at #1 with "Die a Happy Man"

ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett admits he's starting 2016 sitting on top of the world -- and the top of the country charts too, as "Die a Happy Man" spends its third week at number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and its second atop the Mediabase tally.

"I'm at a loss for words -- there really isn't any better way to start off the new year than like this," he reflects. "Everyone knows how personal and special this song is to me and my wife, so for it to be connecting the way it has with fans is all the more gratifying." Thomas wrote the song for his wife Lauren, who also stars in the video, which was shot in Hawaii.

The current single from his sophomore album Tangled Up also happens to be his fifth chart topper in a row. Thomas heads out on the We Were Here tour next week with Jason Aldean.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Doors Guitarist Robby Krieger Announces First 2016 Tour Dates

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesFounding Doors guitarist Robby Krieger has begun lining up shows in a handful of cities around the U.S.  So far, Krieger just has five dates on his schedule, running from a January 28 date in Orlando, Florida, through an April 29 gig in Huntington, New York.

The Orlando concert is part of the venue's Velvet Sessions series, which offers attendees free specialty cocktails and appetizers, as well as valet parking.  One of Krieger's shows, an April 27 event in Montclair, New Jersey, also will feature The Edgar Winter Band.

This past September, Krieger told ABC Radio that halfway done with a new studio album he was recording with his current group Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen.  At the time, he said that he hoped the record would be ready to come out by the end of 2015, but no release has been announced yet.  Robby's most recent album was the 2010 instrumental collection Singularity.

Here are all of Krieger's scheduled 2016 tour dates:

1/28 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Hotel
3/24 -- North Kansas City, MO, Harrah's
3/25 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino
4/27 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theater*
4/29 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount

* = with The Edgar Winter Band.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

New Bonnie Raitt Album "Dig In Deep" Due Out on February 26

Credit: Marina ChavezBonnie Raitt will release Dig In Deep, her first album since 2012's Slipstream, on February 26. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells Entertainment Weekly that some of the songs were inspired by loss of her loved ones.

Between 2004 and 2009, Raitt's father, mother and brother all passed away. She tells EW, "I had a decade of a lot of loss...I was depleted, but like when your car runs out of battery and your friend pushes you, I got pushed." She says her guitarist sent her a song called "If You Need Somebody" and it "got the wheels going" for her, in terms of writing original material.

"I knew I was going to write something about Dad, and it was going to be sad," she says. "So I was glad to break that block."

While EW notes that Dig In Deep features the most songs written by Bonnie herself since 1998's Fundamental, there are some covers as well, notably INXS' 1987 #1 hit "Need You Tonight." Explaining why she cut the song, Raitt says, "I'm a big INXS fan. I always wanted to stop and [sing], 'You're one of my kind!' It feels exactly as sexy as it sounds."

Asked what keeps her motivated 40 years into her career, Bonnie says it's artists who continue to perform as they age, such as "old R&B and blues artists," Tony Bennett and her late dad, John Raitt, a musical theater star. "I'm modeling myself after them," says the Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. "People get more interesting and deeper as they get older."

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Jennifer Lopez Talks Las Vegas Residency Show, Life Lessons

Photographed for InStyle by Greg Kadel2016 just started and Jennifer Lopez is already taking it by storm. She’ll be judging the final season of American Idol beginning Wednesday and her new NBC cop drama, Shades of Blue, premieres Thursday. Not to mention she’ll be kicking off her first Las Vegas residency show on January 20. In a new cover story for InStyle, J. Lo tells people what they can expect from the Sin City production.

“The show I’m doing is mine… It’s my vision,” she says. "[I want it to be] very energetic, with great choreography, costumes, and music. Compared with an arena, Vegas is very intimate. I see this show as a chance for people to spend an evening with me and really get to know me."

Her busy schedule also includes juggling motherhood with 8-year-old twins Max and Emme. “Becoming a mom makes you stronger but also more gentle, especially with yourself -- and that changes everything,” she says.

Not only have her children taught her a lot about herself, but Jennifer says her past relationships have also helped her grow. While she's reportedly back together with Casper Smart, she says she's not thinking about marriage any time soon.

“As girls, I think we are taught from a very young age that someone is going to bring us our happiness,” Jennifer says. “I was waiting for Prince Charming. Everybody I met was going to be the guy I was going to spend my life with. And then you realize, I’m strong, I’m my own keeper, my own savior. That’s been the journey for me.”

The February issue of InStyle hits newsstands on January 8.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Wolfmother Releases New Song, "Gypsy Caravan" 

Credit: Piper FergusonWolfmother has shared "Gypsy Caravan," another song from their forthcoming album Victorious. You can listen to the hard-rocking, psychedelic-tinged track now on Live Nation TV.

"It's one of those songs that came from out of nowhere. It's more or less about how music can transport you to another place, and the gypsy caravan is symbolic of escapism through music," says frontman Andrew Stockdale of "Gypsy Caravan." "We did about eight versions of the song with all of these harmonized vocals, which were pretty trippy."

"Gypsy Caravan" is the third song Wolfmother has released from Victorious, following "City Lights" and the title track. The album will be released in full on February 19.

Wolfmother will embark on a North American tour in support of Victorious starting February 24 in Minneapolis.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Chris Brown, Fetty Wap, The Weeknd & Bryson Tiller in Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

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The Billboard 200 album chart closed out 2015 with solid sales from some of hip-hop and R&B's biggest acts.

According to the publication, Fetty Wap’s self-titled set jumped back into the top 10, climbing from #21 to #5 and selling an additional 70,000 units. The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness also rose, from #9 to #6 with 69,000 units sold, while Chris Brown’s Royalty fell from #3 to #8 in its second week -- the singer's album sold 55,000 copies.

Rounding out the top 10, Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul hits a new peak. His debut set hopped several positions, from #33 to #10, selling an additional 53,000 units. The feat bests his previous high at #11, which is where his project opened back in October 2015. The newcomer's first studio album has remained in the weekly top 40 since its release.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Pitbull Returning to Las Vegas for More Shows in March

Erik KabikPitbull is heading back to Sin City. Following his successful Las Vegas residency last year, the Miami rapper has announced a new string of shows at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

The seven new dates for his Time of Our Lives Las Vegas show kick off March 12. He’ll play shows March 16, 18, 19, 23 and 25, before wrapping up on March 26.

You can purchase tickets starting Friday, January 8 at 10 a.m. PT. American Express Card Members can buy tickets before the general public between Tuesday, January 5 at 10 a.m. PT and Thursday, January 7 at 10 p.m. A special pre-sale also will be held for members of Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, beginning Wednesday, January 6  at 10 a.m. PT and running through Thursday, January 7 at 10 p.m.

Tickets range in price from $39 to $169, and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Report: Ed Sheeran Goes on Toys R Us Shopping Spree

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran is still a kid at heart. The only difference is now he has the money to buy all the toys he wants. According to U.K.’s The Sun, the singer recently dropped two-thousand pounds -- that’s nearly $3,000 -- in Toys R Us.

“As any kid that has good parents will know, when you grow up you’re not allowed things,” The Sun quoted Ed as saying. “I went into Toys R Us and just spent two grand on everything I wanted when I was younger.”

His haul reportedly included a pirate ship, a Nerf gun, a scooter, roller skates and a yo-yo. “I haven’t used half of them but it was just that moment that I’m allowed to now,” he was quoted as saying.

And he didn’t stop there -- Ed also says he went on eBay and spent a day looking for the same dolls he had when he was younger. He bought those, too.

According to The Sun, Ed says he now has a closet in his house dedicated to everything from his childhood. “I know my kids are going to play with them and have fun,” he says.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

With "25," Adele Revisits Her Past, but in a Modern Way 

Alasdair McLellan2016 just started and Adele is already on a roll: 25 is spending a sixth week on top of the album chart, while "Hello" has just racked up an amazing 10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It's the longest-running chart-topper by a solo female artist since 2012.

As Billboard reports, the last #1 hit by a solo female artist to spend that long at #1 was "We Found Love," by Rihanna.  If Adele can hang out for six more weeks, she'll tie the all-time record set by "One Sweet Day." The hit by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men ruled for 16 weeks from 1995 to 1996. 

Billboard also notes that Adele's is only the 31st song ever to spend 10 weeks or more on top of the Billboard Hot 100.  There have been close to 1,050 #1's since that chart debuted in 1958, so that's pretty impressive.  The song has sold 3.7 million copies since its release, according to Nielsen Music.

"Hello" finds Adele looking back at a past relationship and apologizing for breaking the guy's heart.  The album's second single, "When We Were Young," is also nostalgic. It's written from the point of view of someone in their fifties attending a party where the guest list includes everyone they knew as a teen, and longing for those carefree days. 

There are several other songs on 25 that look back in a similar matter, such as "River Lea" and "Million Years Ago."  So why is the singer feeling so nostalgic, when she's not even 30 yet?

"I had to revisit my past in order to move forward with my future, and that’s the kind of vibe of the album," Adele explains.

But the sound of the record doesn't look back to the past.  Whereas her previous two albums, 19 and 21, had a slightly retro feel, Adele thinks 25 represents the sound of today.

"That was very conscious. I didn’t wanna make any kind of record that would be considered a throwback record," explains Adele. "I’m just a fan of music so I make music that I like. I don’t try and have a certain style or a certain sort of genre or anything like that. I just make songs that I like to make, and that sound nice and stuff like that. But I think it’s definitely a bit more modern."

"When We Were Young" is rising up the chart and approaching the Billboard top 40.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Shawn Mendes Signs Modeling Contract; Duet Partner Camila Cabello Says Their Collabo Is "Really Special" 

Blossom BerkofskyShawn Mendes is ready to stretch his modeling skills beyond the typical Instagram selfie. The singer has signed a contract with Wilhelmina Models, the agency announced Monday, joining fellow Wilhelmina musical signees Demi Lovato, Echosmith’s Sydney Sierota and Nick Jonas.

"I'm so excited to be working with Wilhelmina,” Shawn says in a statement. “I can't wait for everyone to see what we have planned for this year!"

The agency will help the Canadian teen raise his profile by securing modeling, endorsement and product deals in the fashion world.  A Wilhelmina executive says that they believe that the singer "has everything it takes to become an astounding fashion symbol that will resonate throughout the industry."

Meanwhile, Shawn's songs continue to resonate through the music industry.  His latest single, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" -- a duet with Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello -- is climbing the charts.  Camila says that she and Shawn just randomly happened to end up writing the song together -- backstage at a Taylor Swift concert last year. As you may recall, Shawn was the opening act on some of Taylor's 1989 tour dates.

"He and I were just, like, hanging out backstage...he had just come off his [opening] set," Camila tells ABC Radio. "He had his guitar backstage.  And I was like, 'Hey, pull your guitar out' -- or whatever -- and we just kind of started jamming."

"He started playing some really cool chords that I liked, and we started kind of coming up with melodies," she adds. "And I guess it just happened from there. Like, we didn’t even realize we were writing a song, until we kind of looked back on it and were like, 'Hey, that could be really special!'”

"I Know What You Did Last Summer" can be found on the reissued version of Shawn's album Handwritten, which came out in November.  Meanwhile, look for Shawn on the People's Choice Awards, which air live from Los Angeles, January 6 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET. 

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