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Friday
May202016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jennifer Nettles stops by The Chew Friday to promote her new album Playing with Fire. You can catch her appearance at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

Cassadee Pope celebrated the upcoming release of her EP Summer with a preview party this week in Nashville. The four-song set comes out June 3.  

You can check out Blake Shelton’s Thursday-morning interview on the Today show online now.

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Friday
May202016

Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & Bob Dylan All Out with New Releases Today

Credit: Simon WhiteheadFriday sees several important new releases on the rock front. Bob Dylan returns with Fallen Angels, an album of standards that follows in the footsteps of last year's Shadows in the Night. This time around, Dylan lends his distinct vocals to a dozen songs, among them "It Had to Be You," "All the Way" and "Young at Heart."

Dylan's former Traveling Wilbury companion Tom Petty also has a new set out today but it's a collaboration with his first band, Mudcrutch. The cleverly titled Mudcrutch 2 is indeed the band's sophomore set and includes the lead single "Trailer," along with 10 other tracks.

Eric Clapton also returns with I Still Do. This new effort combines covers with originals and finds Clapton reuniting with Glyn Johns, who produced his smash album Slowhand back in 1977.

Finally, the David Bowie compilation ChangesOneBowie gets a vinyl reissue exactly 40 years to the day since its first release! ChangesOneBowie includes 11 Bowie essentials like "Ziggy Stardust," "Rebel Rebel," "Fame" and, of course, "Changes."

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Friday
May202016

Of Mice & Men Play New Album for Fan with Terminal Brain Cancer 

Harry Herd/WireImageOf Mice & Men has a fan named Cassy, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014. This past January, the 14-year-old Cassy was told she might only have six more months to live. Of Mice & Men is planning on releasing a new album later this year, and, realizing the grim possibility that she won't be around to hear it, decided to invite Cassy to a private listening party.

The Living the Dream Foundation, which set up the listening party with Of Mice & Men, posted photos of Cassy's day with the band on Instagram.

"Cassy is the Very 1st Person to hear their new album!" the foundation reports.

While listening to the album, Cassy began clapping along to the beat of one of the songs. That clapping will be added to the song and will be included in the final recording.

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Friday
May202016

The Lumineers to Apply Bigger Light Show and Lessons from Death Cab for Cutie to US Tour

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaThis weekend, The Lumineers will kick off a U.S. tour in support of their sophomore album, Cleopatra. The second studio album from the trio saw them expand on the sparse, folk-oriented style of their debut into a fuller sound. With a bigger sound comes bigger venues, which The Lumineers will approach with some new production.

"We've been working really diligently and hard on the light show," vocalist Wesley Schultz tells ABC Radio. "At a bigger place, visually you wanna sort of have this impact on someone that's far away, as well."

With that in mind, the band also hopes to make whatever venue they're playing feel smaller.

"We've always kind of taken it on the fly. It'll be easier in retrospect to say how it went off," Schultz laughs. "We're just always trying to make it work for the guy in the back just like the guy in the front. [We] wanna make it feel intimate."

As for the music side of the tour, drummer Jeremiah Fraites' approach to a live show was greatly influenced by one Death Cab for Cutie.

"I remember a long time ago I always thought Death Cab for Cutie was kinda this broody, moody band, and live they just rocked, they kicked so much a**," Fraites remembers. "And I was like, 'Whoa, it's so cool how you can have this artifact that's immortalized in a recording, and then live give something human and not be this tense, uptight representation note-for-note of a song.'"

Fraitas feels that The Lumineers do the same type of thing during their live shows.

"We have artifacts that we record, and then we have live interpretations of the song," he tells ABC Radio. "[We] just try to do them justice however we can."

The Lumineers' spring U.S. tour begins May 21 in Houston, Texas and will conclude June 19 in Chicago.

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Friday
May202016

Cher Can't Turn Back Time: She Turns 70 Today

Photo by George Pimentel/WireImageEven Cher can't turn back time: the legendary diva turns 70 today. 

One of the top-selling female recording artists in history, Cher's the only artist ever to score a #1 single on a Billboard chart in the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, 2000s and 2010s.  That six-decade career means she has multiple generations of fans -- though she claims she doesn't understand why.

"What I see more than anything else is when I’m on tour, I see people carrying children on their shoulders," Cher told ABC Radio a few years ago. "And then, when we were in Vancouver Island, a woman on TV...it was her 90th birthday and she [said] she wanted to spend it at my concert. And I just thought, “You know, you go girl!'

"I don’t really understand it," she says.  "I’m thankful, I’m blessed, but I don’t really understand it at all."

Among Cher's most loyal fans over the years have been gay men.

"I think it must have been at the beginning of The Sonny and Cher Show," she says, when asked why.  "I mean that’s when I really became more aware of it.  And I think it started out as a kind of a clothes thing, but after the clothes thing...my attitude was so 'gay icon-y,' you know. And then when Sonny and I broke up, for some reason the levels just rose. Maybe because I got to be more myself."

Whatever the reason, Cher's grateful for their support. "They are so loyal. I just thank God for them during all these years of having, you know, ups and downs that would choke a horse.  …[W]e just have a love affair that I don’t think is ever gonna stop."  

Cher's most recent album, 2013's Closer to the Truth, was the highest-charting solo album of her career in the U.S.  A talented actress as well as a powerhouse vocalist, she has an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, and three Golden Globe Awards on her trophy shelf. 

In addition, Cher's tours are always sellouts -- her Living Proof: Farewell Tour was, for a time, the highest-grossing tour ever by a solo artist, before Madonna beat her record.  Sadly, she was forced to cut short her Dressed to Kill tour in 2014 due to health problems, but it was still a smash, money-wise.

In her 70 years, Cher has proved to be the consummate entertainer, conquering the worlds of music, movies and TV, and both causing and surviving controversy.  A noted philanthropist and social activist, she's also been a strong advocate for many causes, including animal rights, veterans and wounded soldiers, HIV/AIDS Prevention and -- as the mother of a transgender son, Chaz -- LGBT rights. 

Earlier this year, Cher also helped donate over 180,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan after its drinking water was found to be contaminated.

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Friday
May202016

Tank Joins Cast of New Edition Biopic

Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BETTank is the latest recording star to join the cast of the New Edition biopic being produced by BET.

The singer from Milwaukee will portray music executive Jheryl Busby who promoted the group at MCA Records. Other casting news includes actors Duane Martin, Wood Harris and Michael Rapaport appearing in the three-part series, as well as comedian Faizon Love, and Bre-Z from Empire.

As previously reported, the members of New Edition would be played by Empire's Bryshere Y. Gray,  Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith and Woody McClain.

New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown are co-producing the film. New Edition: The Movie is now in production in Los Angeles and will premiere in 2017.

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Friday
May202016

Iggy Pop Takes Cannes, Talks Stooges Documentary

ABC/Randy HolmesGimme Danger, director Jim Jarmusch's new documentary about The Stooges, is being screened this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and Iggy Pop joined the director in the South of France a lively press conference, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I saw [it] for the first time last night and it really hit me," Iggy told the crowd about the film. "I was on acid in more than several of the clips in the movie… I would go from feeling very aggressive to breaking out in laughter." Asked about his drug intake now, the 69-year-old singer said, "I don’t do it. I have wine with dinner, and that's about it."  He added, "Would you like me to come to the carpet with no shirt?" drawing cheers from the crowd.

2016 is shaping up to be a good year for Iggy as Post Pop Depression recently became his first album to top the Billboard charts.

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Friday
May202016

Meghan Trainor Recalls Last Year's BBMA Win: "I Told The Team, 'We Gotta Keep Doing This!'"

Sarah Barlow +Stephen SchofieldLast year at the Billboard Music Awards, Meghan Trainor won two trophies for her debut hit "All About That Bass," and duetted with John Legend on "Like I'm Gonna Lose You."  She's returning to the show Sunday night to perform her new single "Me Too," and says she recalls last year's ceremony as being a "huge deal."

"That was my first, like, big achievement where I told the team, 'We gotta keep doing this, it’s worth it, that felt great!'" she tells ABC Radio. "I was so honored to get that award and it shows, like, your songs are charting and you’re a charting artist. And my parents were so proud that night."

Meghan's appearance comes on the heels of the release of her sophomore album Thank You, which has already produced the hit "No."  While that song and "Me Too" are very 90s-influenced, the album itself is a collection of diverse musical styles, and Meghan says that was the whole idea.

"I wanted people to see my genres change and I wanted them to know that I don’t just do doo-wop," she tells ABC Radio about her vision for the disc. "And I felt a little stuck on the last album, in that place, ‘cause 'All About That Bass' blew up and I was told, 'Do an album like this.'"

"But this album," she adds, "I was like, 'Imma do whatever I want,' and 'Imma show them it’s still M-Train, it’s still Meghan Trainor, but it is all the genres I can do.'" 

The Weeknd is the leading nominee for this year's awards: he has 19 nods in 16 categories.  Justin Bieber is nominated in 11 categories; Drake and Fetty Wap are named in 10 categories.  Taylor Swift and Adele are both up for eight awards.  In addition to Meghan, the performers include everyone from Justin, Rihanna and Britney Spears, to Celine Dion and the Go-Gos, to DNCE, Gwen Stefani and Madonna.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards air live from Las Vegas on May 22 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
May202016

Meghan Trainor Recalls Last Year's BBMA Win: "I Told The Team, 'We Gotta Keep Doing This!'"

Sarah Barlow +Stephen SchofieldLast year at the Billboard Music Awards, Meghan Trainor won two trophies for her debut hit "All About That Bass," and duetted with John Legend on "Like I'm Gonna Lose You."  She's returning to the show Sunday night to perform her new single "Me Too," and says she recalls last year's ceremony as being a "huge deal."

"That was my first, like, big achievement where I told the team, 'We gotta keep doing this, it’s worth it, that felt great!'" she tells ABC Radio. "I was so honored to get that award and it shows, like, your songs are charting and you’re a charting artist. And my parents were so proud that night."

Meghan's appearance comes on the heels of the release of her sophomore album Thank You, which has already produced the hit "No."  While that song and "Me Too" are very 90s-influenced, the album itself is a collection of diverse musical styles, and Meghan says that was the whole idea.

"I wanted people to see my genres change and I wanted them to know that I don’t just do doo-wop," she tells ABC Radio about her vision for the disc. "And I felt a little stuck on the last album, in that place, ‘cause 'All About That Bass' blew up and I was told, 'Do an album like this.'"

"But this album," she adds, "I was like, 'Imma do whatever I want,' and 'Imma show them it’s still M-Train, it’s still Meghan Trainor, but it is all the genres I can do.'"

While there seems to be thousands of awards shows every year, the Billboard Music Awards are a bit different.  Rapper and actor Ludacris is co--hosting the show Sunday night with singer Ciara, explains that the BBMAs are unique because "it’s the people that vote." 

Noting that the awards are based solely on how artists and their music do on the Billboard charts, he adds, "You know, when it comes to the charts, every artist is constantly looking at the Billboard charts.  This awards show has been about the people, for the people, by the people, for decades." 

The Weeknd is the leading nominee for this year's awards: he has 19 nods in 16 categories.  Justin Bieber is nominated in 11 categories; Drake and Fetty Wap are named in 10 categories.  Taylor Swift and Adele are both up for eight awards.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards air live from Las Vegas on May 22 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
May202016

Céline Dion Says Late Husband "Could Not Take Another Birthday"

Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil in February, 2011; Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesCéline Dion lost her husband René Angélil to throat cancer four months ago, and in People magazine's latest edition the singer discusses how she and her family are coping.

As Angélil's cancer worsened, so did the couple's ability to enjoy the happy times together. Dion, 48, says of her husband, who was surviving with the help of feeding tubes and was mostly bedridden, "I think that he could not take another birthday."

"For him it was like, 'How many cakes are people going to eat in front of me?'" she tells the magazine, adding that towards the end, "We did not buy cakes anymore, we did not decorate too much because he could not get out of bed."

Still, Céline did her best to make the best of their remaining time together. "At one point I hired a plane to write a message in the sky for him," she recalls. "He barely could lift his head to look at it."

"When you see your loved one leaving, like in bits and pieces at a time, it's very difficult," Dion continues. "Going through three years of helping my husband, especially seeing him suffering in a way, I feel at peace."

Following his death, Céline was determined to move on with her life. "I told the people I work with at the house, 'I want you to take the pain away from the room,'" says Dion, who donated her husband's medical equipment.

After redecorating the room where he spent his final days, and applying a fresh coat of paint, Dion tells People, "We put up pictures of him and paintings that the kids had done for Father's Day," explaining that she and her three sons "needed the space for happiness."

The family now has a nightly ritual, notes the "My Heart Will Go On" singer. "We kiss his picture and wish things. The picture is so sticky now, but I don't want to clean it."

In February, Dion made an emotional return to her Las Vegas residency, which currently runs through next fall.

The latest issue of People magazine hits newsstands on Friday.

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Friday
May202016

Drake the Leading Nominee for BET Awards

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesDrake is the leading nominee for this year's BET Awards.

The rapper scored nine nominations on Thursday, including two for video of the year. He's represented in that category for his hit "Hotline Bling," as well as for his appearance on Rihanna's "Work."

The other contenders for video of the year are Beyoncé's "Formation," Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" and Bryson Tiller's "Don't."

Beyoncé and Rihanna each earned five nominations. Chris Brown, Future and Tiller have four nods each.

The BET Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 26.

Here are the nominees:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Adele
Andra Day
Beyoncé
K. Michelle
Rihanna

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bryson Tiller
Chris Brown
Jeremih
The Weeknd
Tyrese

Best Group
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Drake & Future
Puff Daddy & The Family
Rae Sremmurd
The Internet

Best Collaboration
Big Sean Ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $Ign - "Play No Games"
Big Sean Ft. Kanye West & John Legend - "One Man Can Change The World"
Future Ft. Drake - "Where Ya At"
Nicki Minaj Ft. Beyoncé - "Feeling Myself"
Rihanna Ft. Drake - "Work"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Drake
Fetty Wap
Future
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Dej Loaf
Lil Kim
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma

Video Of The Year
Beyoncé - "Formation"
Bryson Tiller - "Don't"
Drake - "Hotline Bling"
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"
Rihanna Ft. Drake - "Work"

Video Director Of The Year
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley & The Little Homies
Director X
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Andra Day
Bryson Tiller
Kehlani
Tory Lanez

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
Erica Campbell
Kirk Franklin
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs

Best Actress
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
Idris Elba
Michael B. Jordan
O'Shea Jackson Jr.

YoungStars Award
Amandla Stenberg
Quvenzhané Wallis
Silentó
Willow Smith
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
Beasts Of No Nation
Concussion
Creed
Dope
Straight Outta Compton


Sportswoman Of The Year
Cheyenne Woods
Gabrielle Douglas
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Sportsman Of The Year
Cam Newton
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé – "Formation"
Bryson Tiller – "Don’t"
Chris Brown – "Back To Sleep"
Drake – "Hotline Bling"
Future Ft. Drake – "Where Ya At"
Rihanna Ft. Drake – "Work"

Centric Award
Andra Day - "Rise Up"
Beyoncé – "Formation"
K. Michelle – "Not A Little Bit"
Rihanna - "Bbhmm"
The Internet - "Under Control"

Best International Act Africa
Aka (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mzvee (Ghana)
Serge Beynaud (Cote D’ivoire)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act UK
Kano
Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Skepta
Stormzy
Tinie Tempah

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Friday
May202016

Original Beastie Boys Member John Berry Dead at 52 

Beastie Boys in 1980 (Berry not pictured); Lester Cohen/WireImageJohn Berry, an original member of the Beastie Boys, has passed away.

He died Thursday morning at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts, his father tells Rolling Stone, adding that Berry suffered from frontal lobe dementia.

Berry, who was 52, is credited with creating the Beastie Boys name. He was one of the founding members of the groundbreaking group in 1981, along with Mike Diamond, Adam Yauch and Kate Schellenbach. Berry played on the Beasties' 1982 EP Polly Wog Stew.

He and Schellenbach later left the group, replaced by Adam Horovitz.

Yauch acknowledged Berry's role in the Beastie Boys in his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame speech, read by Horovitz at the 2012 induction ceremony. Yauch died of cancer not long after the group's induction.

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Friday
May202016

Whitney Houston Estate Nixes Hologram Duet with Christina Aguilera

Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe Whitney Houston estate has cancelled a planned duet featuring Christina Aguilera and a hologram of the late singer scheduled to air on next week's finale of The Voice.

"We are so appreciative of the opportunity for the Whitney Houston hologram to appear on NBC’s The Voice with a talent pairing as extraordinary as Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston. We were looking to deliver a ground breaking duet performance for the fans of both artists," Pat Houston, executor of the estate, notes in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.

"Holograms are new technology that take time to perfect, and we believe with artists of this iconic caliber, it must be perfect," she continues. "Whitney’s legacy and her devoted fans deserve perfection. After closely viewing the performance, we decided the hologram was not ready to air. We have much respect and appreciation for Christina, and she was absolutely flawless."

Plans for the hologram in the singer's likeness for a tour and other projects were first announced last September.

Houston died of accidental drowning in 2012 at age 48.

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Friday
May202016

Ariana Grande Goes to the Dogs in "Kimmel" Snapchat Horror Spoof 

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAriana Grande's pipes got a work out on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night. In a pair of pre-taped segments, she not only performed "Dangerous Woman," but also screamed her fair share in a spoof of a horror movie that saw her getting too attached to how cute she looks as a dog, thanks to a Snapchat filter. 

In the trailer for Dog Face Filter, she declares "I'm so cute!" while repeatedly lapping like a puppy thanks to the app's animated tongue. However, after a friend begs her to stop licking at the camera, Grande's cute canine nose and tongue soon become permanent.

"Some snaps ... are forever," the narrator warns.

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Friday
May202016

Adele a Winner at UK's Prestigious Ivor Novello Awards 

Stefan Hoederath/Getty Images for September ManagementAdele won a prestigious music award Thursday in London.

She earned the songwriter of the year prize at the Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrate, honor and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. They're named after a popular Welsh composer, singer and actor who was famous in the first part of the 20th century.

Adele, who released her hit album 25 last November, is in the midst of a European tour and was unable to attend the ceremony.

James Bay and Bryan Adams was among the other honorees. You can review all of the winners on TheIvors.com.

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Thursday
May192016

Report: 50 Cent Agrees to Settle Sex Tape Lawsuit for $6 Million

ABC/Fred Lee50 Cent reportedly will pay $6 million to settle his sex tape lawsuit.

The G-Unit CEO, whose legal name is Curtis Jackson, made the agreement in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Connecticut, Bossip.com reports. The payment is  part of Jackson’s proposed $23.4 million bankruptcy settlement plan. Last year, he was ordered to pay Lastonia Leviston $7 million after she sued him for posting a tape on the internet of her having sex. Leviston has a child with Rick Ross. Fiddy filed for bankruptcy following the judgment.

In court papers, Jackson stated  that Leviston agreed to the settlement. If the rapper does not make the $6 million payment in 30 days, he will default and will have to pay her the full $7 million.

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Thursday
May192016

Radiohead, Andy Black Debut Atop "Billboard" Top Rock Albums Chart 

XL RecordingsRadiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool and Andy Black's The Shadow Side have debuted at number one and number two, respectively, on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart.

A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead's ninth studio effort, also debuted in the top three on the Billboard 200. The album's lead single, "Burn the Witch," currently sits at number nine on the Hot Rock Songs chart, giving the British rockers their first top-10 single on the tally since it launched in 2009.

The Shadow Side is the debut album from Andy Black, which is the solo moniker of Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack. It features contributions from Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and new Blink-182 vocalist Matt Skiba.

Black will embark on his first solo U.S. tour later this month. Meanwhile, Radiohead will be playing headlining dates in New York City and Los Angeles this summer in between a series of festival appearances.

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Thursday
May192016

Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Jane's Addiction to Headline 2016 Life Is Beautiful Festival

ABC/Randy HolmesMumford & Sons, The Lumineers and Jane's Addiction will headline this year's Life Is Beautiful festival, held September 23-25 in Las Vegas.

The lineup also includes The Shins, Young the Giant, KONGOS, Dirty Heads, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Atlas Genius, Nothing But Thieves, The Strumbellas, The Wombats and Highly Suspect, among many more.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m PT via LifeIsBeautiful.com.

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Thursday
May192016

Tamar Braxton Admits She Talks Too Much

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicTamar Braxton is famous for telling people what to do, but now she realizes offering her advice is not always the best policy.

The youngest of the Braxton Sisters tells InStyle now she remains quiet until her opinion is requested.

“I've learned so much. I think the biggest thing is: Wait until someone asks for your opinion or advice," she says. "I'm the youngest and so I would often just give my unsolicited advice. And that's not always so good. I thought I was helping my sisters, but I was actually hurting them ... and I don't want to do that…. My new rule is: If you ask me, I will tell you.”

Tamar stars in the new season of Braxton Family Values premiering tonight. She's also busy co-hosting The Real, promoting a fashion line and continuing her music career. She’s enjoying her life six months after blood clots in her lungs forced her to leave Dancing with the Stars. Braxton calls it the “scariest moment of my life,” especially because she did not believe the severity of her illness.

“I didn't know how sick I was,” she says. “Then the doctor came in the room and said, ‘You have multiple blood clots -- so are you finished dancing now? Are you done playing around with your life?’ I had thoracic outlet syndrome -- I had extra bones in my rib area and they had to remove both bones because they were compressing my veins and I was getting blood clots.”

Braxton is healthy again, and now she’s preparing to begin recording her new album.

The fifth season of Braxton Family Values debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. Central, on WE tv.

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Thursday
May192016

Shawn Mendes Says Next Album Influenced by John Mayer and Ed Sheeran

Matt Jones/SeventeenIn between playing sold-out gigs on his world tour, Shawn Mendes has been hard at work writing the songs for the follow-up to his debut album. In a cover story with Seventeen, he says the new record’s sound is inspired by two fellow guitar-playing musicians: John Mayer and Ed Sheeran.

“It’s a mix of pop and like a John Mayer-and-Ed Sheeran acoustic feel all in one,” Shawn explains. “My friends and I think John Mayer is this music god who we’ve grown up learning from.”

He adds that he plans to keep writing until he feels he’s ready to release a new album. “I have songs about growing up, about ex-relationships--ex-relationship, I should say,” he says. “I haven’t had relationships. A couple of songs about relationships with girls since fame.”

“Fame” is a tricky word for Shawn, especially since he knows how fleeting it could be. "It's hard for me to just say, 'Wow, this is amazing -- I'm famous. I'm living the dream,'" he says. "I sit there and think, I'm scared -- this can go away tomorrow. My dad always says that I'm a tortured soul because I'm never pleased; I never feel like I deserve what I've achieved."

While he refuses to let his success go to his head, he also tells Seventeen why he’s not about to get mixed up in the Hollywood party scene.  “Drugs and stuff scare the s***out of me,” he says.  “I’m not just saying that. I have a thing where if I’m not in control, I feel the whole world is about to collapse. So it’s just not worth it.”

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