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Monday
Dec192016

Brett Eldredge Finishes 2016 Atop Both the Country and the Holiday Charts

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteBrett Eldredge claims the sixth consecutive number-one of his career this week -- as well as the final chart-topper of 2016 -- with “Wanna Be That Song.” The Illinois native says the accomplishment is even more significant because the tune has always been a particular favorite of his.

“Getting to be ‘that song’ for my fans just makes this so much sweeter, better than than any number-one I’ve ever had,” Brett says in a statement. “This is the song I’ve wanted to release for a long time, so thank you to my team, my fans, country radio -- and Merry Christmas!” he adds.

Brett continues to enjoy plenty of success in the yuletide arena as well, as his duet with pop star Meghan Trainor tallies its third week atop the holiday music chart.

He’ll continue to promote his big band album Glow Friday morning as he talks about his family traditions and shares his mother’s cookie recipe on the Today show. You can catch it on NBC starting at 7 a.m.

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Monday
Dec192016

J. Cole Scores Fourth #1 Album With "4 Your Eyez Only"

Brian Feinzimer/WireImageJ. Cole's fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only, is now the #1 album on the Billboard 200.  

The studio project is the third-largest debut of the year, following Beyoncé's nine-time Grammy-nominated album Lemonade and Drake's record-breaking Views, and it's also Cole's fourth #1 album on the chart.  

The rapper's first album, released in 2001 -- titled Cole World: The Sideline Story -- was his first.  

Cole's 2013 sophomore album, Born Sinner, and his 2014 project, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, both also landed at the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 following their release.  

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Monday
Dec192016

Red Hot Chili Peppers Postpone Ireland Tour Dates as Anthony Kiedis Recovers from Flu 

Credit: Steve KerosAnthony Kiedis is ill, and that's led Red Hot Chili Peppers to postpone their two upcoming shows in Dublin, Ireland, scheduled for December 20 and 21.

"We are so sorry that we cannot come to Dublin as planned for the next few days," the band writes on their website. "Anthony has been fighting off the flu all week and after the show last night [in London] it was clear that he has to stop touring and recover, hence the decision to push back the shows to next year."

The Dublin shows will now take place September 20-21, 2017.

Earlier this year, the Chili Peppers canceled a show in Los Angeles after Kiedis was hospitalized due to "complications from the intestinal flu."

Now that the Dublin shows have been postponed, RHCP will be off the road until they kick off their North American tour on January 5 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Monday
Dec192016

Falling in Reverse Is "Coming Home" on New Song

EpitaphFalling in Reverse has unleashed a new track titled "Coming Home." You can listen to the spacey, anthemic song, which sounds like it took a few hints from bands like Thirty Seconds to Mars and Angels & Airwaves, now via YouTube.

"Coming Home" is the first new Falling is Reverse song following their 2015 album, Just Like You. The band is currently working on their fourth studio effort.

Falling in Reverse will be hitting the road next year alongside Motionless in White and Issues on The End Is Here tour, which kicks off January 13 in Tempe, Arizona.

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Monday
Dec192016

Katy Perry Teases New Music on Instagram; Sings Karaoke with Pals 

Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicKaty Perry has some new music in the works and we got our first taste of it on Instagram this weekend. The singer posted two video clips to Instagram Stories featuring snippets of new tracks.

In the first clip, Katy shows off some goofy studio antics as a song plays in the background. "I drew on my tooth with a sharpie for fun and now it won't come off," she wrote. As she shows off her blackened tooth, the lyrics “don’t be scared to…” are heard over an electronic beat.

And in a second clip, instruments and background vocals for a song -- possibly a different one -- can be heard. “OMG INSTRUMENTS!” Katy wrote.

Katy also made another memorable social media appearance this weekend. She posted Snapchat videos from her friend, actress Shannon Woodward’s, karaoke birthday party. Katy, along with boyfriend Orlando Bloom and the other party guests, is seen belting out Avril Lavigne’s hit “Complicated.”

She captioned the video, “This is what the holidays looks like.”

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Monday
Dec192016

Did Other Fifth Harmony Members “Resent” Camila Cabello for Solo Ambitions?

Getty Images via ABCIt seems things haven't been all that harmonious for Fifth Harmony lately. Sources tell People that tensions had been brewing for a while before Camila Cabello decided to leave the group.

“They hadn’t gotten along in a long time,” the insider says. “Camila never made it a secret she planned to do her own thing eventually, and the other girls resented her for it.”

An industry source adds, “I don’t think anyone is surprised from our side. Camila has been a pioneer and has really gone out there and had some great collaborations. We knew it was only a matter of time.”  Camila has scored hit duets with Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly.

A third source confirms to People that the girls “found out from [Camila’s] representatives, not her” that she was leaving. But that source also insists there was never an issue about Camila’s solo pursuits because all of the girls have solo projects in the works.

“The girls will be making huge announcements for the group and their solo endeavors in January,” dished the source.

Fifth Harmony announced Camila’s departure at midnight Monday, saying in a Twitter post that they plan to continue as a foursome. “We are four strong, committed women who will continue with Fifth Harmony as well as our solo endeavors,” the post says. “We are excited for our future, and we can’t wait for what the new year brings.”

In a Twitter post Monday, Camila denied claims that she only informed her group mates of her departure through her representatives.

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Monday
Dec192016

Mariah Carey Praises Beyonce, Throws “I Don’t Know Her” Shade at Ariana Grande & Demi Lovato

Denise TruscelloWhile playing a game of "Does! She! Know! Her!?” during an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live Sunday, Mariah Carey had nothing but love for fellow diva, Beyoncé

"We're friends. I think she's one of the most talented women out there and I just love her," Mimi told host Andy Cohen.  

And while the superstar also admitted to having friendly interactions with Lady Gaga, Katy PerryTaylor Swift and Britney Spears during the program, Mariah's pleasant remarks stopped when Andy asked if she knew Ariana Grande, to which Carey answered with a cold “No.”  

Andy added that he felt early in Ariana’s career, she was paying homage to Mariah. “Did you feel that?” he asked. “Child, I don’t know when early in the career was,” Mariah responded.

Later in the show, Andy brought up how Demi Lovato criticized Mariah on Twitter for the way she treats J. Lo. Andy asked Mariah what she would say to Demi.

“I don’t know her either, and so I wouldn’t say anything to her,” she said. “She should come up, introduce herself to me, say, ‘Here’s my opinion. What do you think about it?’ That’s how you handle s***, okay?”   

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Monday
Dec192016

In Latest Tweet, Kodak Black Calls Himself "The Best Rapper Alive"

David CabreraAttention, Lil Wayne fans: Kodak Black is coming for your boy, publicly declaring that he's a better rapper than Weezy.

"Lil Wayne Ain't The Best F****** Rapper Alive ... IAM," he wrote Sunday on Twitter.   

However, Kodak's recent diss might not matter much to Wayne. In October, Weezy told the New York Times that he wasn't even aware that Black, along with fellow rappers Lil YachtyLil Uzi Vert and 21 Savage, existed. 

"I swear to God I didn't know you were saying people's names just now, so that should probably answer that question. I just do my own thing," Wayne told the publication.   

Weezy has not yet responded to Kodak's tweet. 

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Monday
Dec192016

Velvet Underground, Sly Stone Among Recording Academy's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe influential Lou Reed-fronted band The Velvet Underground and Sly and the Family Stone frontman Sly Stone are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards next year in conjunction with the organization's annual Special Merit Awards.

The honorees will be paid tribute to at the second annual "A Grammy Salute to Music Legends" event, which will be held in early January.

Other artists who will receive 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy include jazz-soul great Nina Simone, powerhouse gospel singer Shirley Caesar, jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal and country legends Charley Pride and Jimmie Rodgers. The awards are presented to performing musicians "who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording."

The event also will feature the presentation of Trustees Awards to non-performers who have made their mark on the music industry.  The 2017 honorees are producer/songwriter Thom Bell, considered one of the architects of the Philadelphia Soul sound; record executive Mo Ostin, who has helped guide the careers of Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Prince, Frank Sinatra and others; and pioneering record exec and music publisher Ralph S. Peer.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said of the honorees, "Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their respective crafts have created a timeless legacy."

In conjunction with the 2017 Special Merit Awards, a special hardcover book will be published that will compile tributes to next year's honorees written by such celebrities as Clapton, Queen guitarist Brian May, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Whoopi Goldberg and others.

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Monday
Dec192016

Sly Stone, Velvet Underground Among Recording Academy's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

Spencer Grant/Getty ImagesSly and the Family Stone frontman Sly Stone and influential Lou Reed-frontedband The Velvet Underground are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards next year in conjunction with the organization's annual Special Merit Awards.

The honorees will be paid tribute to at the second annual "A Grammy Salute to Music Legends" event, which will be held in early January.

Other artists who will receive 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy include jazz-soul great Nina Simone, powerhouse gospel singer Shirley Caesar, jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal and country legends Charley Pride and Jimmie Rodgers. The awards are presented to performing musicians "who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording."

The event also will feature the presentation of Trustees Awards to non-performers who have made their mark on the music industry.  The 2017 honorees are producer/songwriter Thom Bell, considered one of the architects of the Philadelphia Soul sound; record executive Mo Ostin, who has helped guide the careers of Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Prince and others; and pioneering record exec and music publisher Ralph S. Peer.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said of the honorees, "Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their respective crafts have created a timeless legacy."

In conjunction with the 2017 Special Merit Awards, a special hardcover book will be published that will compile tributes to next year's honorees written by such celebrities as Clapton, Carly Simon, Queen guitarist Brian May, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Whoopi Goldberg, Dolly Parton and others.

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Monday
Dec192016

Mariah Carey Throws “I Don’t Know Her” Shade at Ariana Grande & Demi Lovato

ABC/Randy HolmesBack in the early 2000s, Mariah Carey seemingly dissed Jennifer Lopez with her infamous “I don’t know her” line. Now it appears she’s throwing the same shade on Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato.  

During an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live Sunday, host Andy Cohen roped the singer into playing a game of “Does! She! Know! Her!?” He presented her with a series of fellow pop singers, and Mariah admitted to having pleasant interactions with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears.

But when Andy asked if she knew Ariana, Mariah gave a cold, “No.” Andy added that he felt early in Ariana’s career she was paying homage to Mariah. “Did you feel that?” he asked. “Child, I don’t know when early in the career was,” Mariah responded.

Later in the show, Andy brought up how Demi Lovato criticized Mariah on Twitter for the way she treats J. Lo. Andy asked Mariah what she would say to Demi.

“I don’t know her either, and so I wouldn’t say anything to her,” she said. “She should come up, introduce herself to me, say, ‘Here’s my opinion. What do you think about it?’ That’s how you handle s***, okay?”

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Monday
Dec192016

Crowd Participation Highlights Kendrick Lamar's Intimate Brooklyn Show 

ABC RadioKendrick Lamar thrilled a tiny crowd in New York City Friday night at an intimate show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Opening with "untitled 07 | levitate" from this year's untitled unmastered. EP, Lamar tore through his discography, hitting tracks from To Pimp a Butterfly, good kid, m.A.A.d city and his debut album Section.80. He also paid tribute to his Black Hippy band mate Schoolboy Q with a cover of "THat Part."

Save for his four-piece band, Lamar's stage was clean and without frills, allowing him to focus on the music and bond with the small crowd. Throughout the show, he repeatedly mentioned how fun it was to perform in such an intimate venue, and thanked the fans who had been with him since the beginning. The size of the room encouraged the rambunctiousness of the crowd, which even started a mosh pit or two.

Towards the end of the show, Lamar started to invite members of the audience to come on stage and freestyle, which resulted in loud cheers for two aspiring rappers, and boos for one unfortunate volunteer.

Lamar closed with his main set with a performance of "Alright," then returned for an encore ending with his Isley Brothers-sampling track "i."

Part of the show was live-streamed online, which you can watch now via Lamar's Facebook page.

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Monday
Dec192016

Liam Payne Is "100% Certain" One Direction Will Be Back 

ABC/Fred LeeNot long ago, One Direction member Niall Horan said in an interview that the group, currently on hiatus, would eventually be back.  Now his bandmate Liam Payne is saying the same thing.

During a Twitter chat with fans that Liam hosted with the hashtag "#askLiam," a fan asked, "Will One Direction ever get back together?"  Liam responded, "I'm 100[%] certain that we will."

Of course, there's no timetable for that reunion just yet.  Liam signed a solo deal and is also apparently expecting a baby with his girlfriend, English TV personality and singer Cheryl Cole.  Niall is working on his solo album and enjoying the success of his single "This Time."  Louis Tomlinson just put out a solo single with DJ Steve Aoki, and Harry Styles spent most of this year shooting his first movie.

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Monday
Dec192016

Amy Grant Says Vince Gill Is the "Wow Factor" on Their "Tennessee Christmas" Duet

ABC/Mark LevineIn Nashville, Vince Gill and Amy Grant’s December shows have become a long-standing holiday tradition. Even though a ticket to see the two at the Mother Church of Country Music can be hard to come by, you can sample one of their yuletide collaborations on Amy’s new Tennessee Christmas album.

“We have sung that song for years at our Ryman shows…” she says of the pair’s duet on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” “We slowed it down for the record, just so people could enjoy the... clever lyric, and it goes by so quickly.”

While Amy is certainly a pop and Christian superstar in her own right, she gives all the praise for their latest recording to the Country Music Hall of Famer who also happens to be her husband.

“I mean Vince.... I have so much respect for him, and I love that I am the straight man to his, just vocal -- I don't even know what to call it,” Amy says proudly. “You know, he can just sing anything, and I love all of the dynamic bells and whistles that he added to that song.”

“Just the scratch vocal had the musicians going 'How did he phrase it like that?'” Amy adds, recalling the sessions that took place in their home studio. “You know, he's really the wow factor on that song. I'm just singing it straight and he's doing the wow factor all around.”  

Amy and Vince do their final three holiday shows at the Ryman Auditorium this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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Monday
Dec192016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Faith Hill made a memorable contribution to the holiday canon by recording "Where Are You Christmas?" for this yuletide-themed film from 2000. Can you name it? ANSWER:  How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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Monday
Dec192016

Elton John & James Taylor Heading to South America in the Spring

ABC/Randy Holmes; Timothy WhiteElton John and James Taylor are teaming up for a brief tour of South America.

The two will play six dates in Brazil, Argentina and Chile starting March 31 and wrapping up April 10. Tickets go on sale January 11.

John is still supporting his latest album, 2016's Wonderful Crazy Night. Taylor's most recent studio effort, Before This World, came out last year and was his first #1 album in the U.S. 

Taylor will start the year with a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Asia in February. Later in 2017, he'll be touring U.S. baseball stadiums with Bonnie Raitt.

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Monday
Dec192016

Patti Smith and Iggy Pop to Perform at 2017 Tibet House US Benefit Concert

Ferial; ABC/Randy HolmesPatti Smith and Iggy Pop are part of the lineup for the 2017 edition of the Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert.

The annual event, which will be celebrating the Tibet House's 30th anniversary and the 80th birthday of renowned composer Philip Glass, will be held March 16 at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

Other performers on the bill, which was curated by Glass, include New Order's Bernard Sumner and Lou Reed's widow, avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, as well as Smith's daughter, Jesse Paris Smith. The concert raises money for Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the request of the Dalai Lama to preserve Tibetan culture.

Tickets for the 2017 Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert are on sale now via the Carnegie Hall website.

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Monday
Dec192016

Elton & James Go to Rio

ABC/Randy Holmes; Timothy WhiteElton John and James Taylor are teaming up for a brief tour of South America.

The two will play six dates in Brazil, Argentina and Chile starting March 31 and wrapping up April 10.  Tickets go on sale January 11.

Elton is still supporting his latest album, Wonderful Crazy Night.  James' most recent album, Before This World, came out last year and was his first #1 album in the U.S. 

James will start the year with a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Asia in February. Later in 2017, he'll be touring U.S. baseball stadiums with Bonnie Raitt.

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Monday
Dec192016

Chrisette Michele, Kelly Price & More to Headline 3rd Annual Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Benefit Concert

Maya Darasaw/MadWorksPhotographyRaheem DeVaughn and a few of his famous friends are coming together to perform for a good cause -- the third annual Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Benefit Concert. 

Joining Raheem will be Chrisette MicheleKelly PriceTweet and Empire breakout artist V. Bozeman.  

The special charity event was created to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and funds for future initiatives through DeVaughn's non-profit organization The LoveLife Foundation.   

The live concert will take place Tuesday, December 20 at 8 p.m. at Washington, D.C.'s Howard Theatre. 

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Monday
Dec192016

Blink-182 Announces First US Show of 2017

ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182 has scheduled its first U.S. show of 2017. The pop-punk trio will perform at the Coors Light Birds Nest in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 4. The show will be held in conjunction with the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, which takes place January 30 to February 5.

During the show, Blink-182 will be joined by Steve Aoki. Earlier this year, the famed DJ released a remix of Blink's single "Bored to Death."

Blink-182 spent much of 2016 touring the U.S. in support of their new album, California. They'll embark on a European tour in 2017.

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