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Tuesday
Nov082016

RZA Says Hotel Spat Between Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe Was "a Lot to Deal With"

Laura Cavanaugh/Getty ImagesOne month after Azealia Banks and Hollywood actor Russell Crowe's alleged tiff at the Beverly Hills Hotel, RZA admits to the New York Post that he should have kept a closer eye on Banks during the intimate gathering. 

"It was a lot for him to deal with," RZA revealed to The Post. "If I had know that she had mental issues, I would have tried to keep a father type of eye on her at the party. I didn't know."

The Wu-Tag Clan member brought Banks to Crowe's party in October as his guest, following their burgeoning professional relationship.  

Azealia announced on Facebook that same month that she was "finally getting a record deal" with RZA's record label and was also cast as the leading lady in the RZA-directed musical drama, Coco.  

Even though RZA regrets not knowing of Azealia's struggle with bipolar disorder, which she talked about earlier this year on social media, it appears that the rapper is still rooting for the troubled star to find happiness.

"They say you don't get that sense of humility until you're 25. I don't know if that's true, but when I was that age, I was probably a little crazier too," he says. "Maybe she's just got to get over that hump." 

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Some Kind of Inspiration: James Hetfield Is Lars Ulrich's Hero 

Credit: Ross HalfinSince he's the drummer for perhaps the most famous metal band on the planet, many aspiring musicians likely view Metallica's Lars Ulrich as their hero, but he's got a few of his own.  They include his father Torben, late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his own bandmate, frontman James Hetfield.

"He is just the coolest musician," Ulrich tells Rolling Stone of Hetfield. "He's put up with my s*** for 35 years, so there's gotta be appreciation in there for that. Sometimes I think he may be underappreciated in terms of just how vast his talent is."

The two Metallica co-founders have certainly clashed in the past, especially in the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster. Ulrich says that for him, watching the film was "pretty hard."

"Some of the other guys have been more transparent about how difficult it was for them," Ulrich explains. "We all dealt with it in different ways; I dealt with it by shoving it under a rug, which obviously is Psychiatry 101 that you shouldn't do that. Some of it was just so difficult, I had to emotionally remove myself."

Regardless of their past, Metallica are moving onward and upward, and they'll release their new album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct on November 18.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Reba's Ready to Deck the Halls with Pentatonix

Cracker Barrel/BMLGFirst, a capella phenomenon Pentatonix created a viral video sensation, dueting with Dolly Parton on a jazzed-up version of “Jolene.” Then last week on the CMA Awards, Jennifer Nettles jumped in to sing Dolly’s part with the five-member vocal band during the tribute to the living legend. Next up, it’s Reba’s turn.

The Country Music Hall of Famer will guest on A Pentatonix Christmas Special, along with her “Because of You” duet partner Kelly Clarkson. You can catch the holiday extravaganza Wednesday, December 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Both Reba and Pentatonix have new yuletide albums this year. Reba’s piano-and-vocal collection, My Kind of Christmas, is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel. 

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg to Host Pitbull's "New Year's Eve Revolution"

L-R: Joy Behar, Queen Latifah, Raven-Symone; ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaQueen Latifah is teaming up with Snoop Dogg to co-host Fox's New Year's Eve countdown special.

The duo are set to take over the third annual New Year's Revolution that was previously hosted by Miami rapper, Pitbull.  

The special, which last year featured Puff Daddy and the Family and Empire stars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere "Yazz" Gray, will air live Saturday, December 31 at 11 p.m. from Miami's Bayfront Park.

Performers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Jennifer Hudson Shares Vintage Photos to Remember Late Mom's Birthday

Frank Micelotta/FOXJennifer Hudson remembered the birthday of her late mother, Darnell Donerson, by posting a picture of herself next to a vintage photo of her mom on Instagram Monday.  

The two looked like twins.

"Today would have been my late mother's 66th bday! In her words 'If you think you've seen it all just keep on living,'" the caption says.  

Donerson was tragically shot to death by Hudson's brother-in-law, William Balfour, in 2008.  

Balfour also killed Hudson's brother, Jason Simpson, and her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King.  

The Grammy and Oscar-winner, and her sister Julia Simpson, created the Julian D. King Gift Foundation to honor her nephew's memory.  

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Adele Tops "Heat" Mag's List of Richest British Celebs Under 30, Goes Cowboy in Mannequin Challenge 

Alasdair McLellanWell, "Hello," Ms. Moneybags.  Adele has topped Heat magazine's annual list of the richest British celebrities under the age of 30.

Last year, Adele raked in about 47 million dollars and came in at #4 on the list, but this year, she's on top, thanks to the success of her latest album 25, her sold-out world tour and her new record deal, which earned her an advance of seven million bucks. 

Heat estimates Adele's worth to be around $114 million, which according to the magazine makes her not only the richest British celeb under 30, but the U.K.'s richest-ever female musician.  The magazine claims she spends her money on mansions in London and L.A., a Porsche, a high-priced bodyguard, pricey toys for her son and parties for her friends, but that's all based on tabloid reports.

The U.K.'s second richest celeb under 30 is Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who Heat says is worth about 91 million bucks. Coming in at number three, it's Ed Sheeran, who's worth around 56 million dollars.

In other Adele news, she and her posse absolutely killed the online "Mannequin Challenge" craze.  She and about six or seven other people dressed in cowboy garb and posed in a bar, all frozen as though they were in the middle of a saloon scene in an old Western. One guy's holding a chair above his head, someone's mixing a drink at the bar, people are laughing, one guy's playing the piano -- it looks like a Westworld outtake.   The Johnny Cash classic "The Man in Black" soundtracks the sepia-toned Instagram video.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

The Who's Roger Daltrey Honored with Prestigious UK Music-Industry Award in London

Jo Hale/RedfernsThe Who's Roger Daltrey was presented with the 25th annual edition of the prestigious Music Industry Trusts (MITS) Award at a ceremony held last night in London. The honor recognizes the rock legend's contributions to the U.K. music industry as a member of The Who and a solo artist, as well as his charitable work with the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The gala featured a series of tribute performances from Keane singer Tom Chaplin, The Shires and ex-Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson and his band. Roger also took the stage to perform with Johnson and his group. In addition, a special video saluting Daltrey was shown during the ceremony that included messages from Robert Plant, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, ex-Jam frontman Paul Weller, longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley and renowned artist Peter Blake.

The MITS Award ceremony raises money for two U.K. organizations: the music-therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust, which supports various music-education programs for young people.

The Daily Express reports that while accepting the award, the 72-year-old singer said, "It's great to be honored by my friends and colleagues in the music industry in this way in the 25th year of the Music Industry Trusts Award."

He added, "Nordoff Robbins and the Brit Trust are wonderful charities…and I am proud to join the honorees that have received this award before me and themselves done so much, not only for these charities, but also for many others."

A number of previous MITS Award recipients were in attendance at the event, including Tom Jones and founding Queen bassist John Deacon.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Taylor Swift Casts Ballot as the Internet Wonders Who It Was For

ABC/Fred LeeThroughout the election cycle, Taylor Swift hasn't endorsed any specific candidate, to the frustration of some of her fans.  Tuesday, she urged everyone to cast their ballots, but the internet is still wondering whose name she's marking on hers.

Taylor posted a photo of herself on line at her polling place, and wrote, "Today is the day. Go out and VOTE US."

However, according to Google Trends, out of all Google searches of "Who is X voting for," Taylor's name is the most popular, followed by Monica Lewinsky, George Bush, Al Gore and Mitt Romney.

In a 2012 interview with TIME magazine, Taylor said, "I follow it, and I try to keep myself as educated and informed as possible. But I don’t talk about politics because it might influence other people. And I don’t think that I know enough yet in life to be telling people who to vote for."

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Michael Buble Cancels BBC Music Awards Appearance Amid Son’s Cancer Battle

Evaan KherajAfter announcing the sad news last week that his three-year-old son has cancer, Michael Buble has cancelled his appearance at the upcoming BBC Music Awards.  

The singer had been set to perform at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled for December 12. "We send Michael and his family our very best wishes," BBC Music director Bob Shennan says in a statement to BBC News.

Michael and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, said that they would be putting their career commitments on hold to focus on treatment for Noah.

"We have a long journey in front of us and hope that with the support of family, friends and fans around the world, we will win this battle, God willing," they said in a statement posted to Facebook Friday.

Michael is also scheduled to host the Brit Awards in London on February 22 and the Canadian Juno Awards on April 2. No word yet on the status of those appearances.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Watch New Rolling Stones Video, "Hate to See You Go," Online Now

Credit: Claude GassianThe official video for The Rolling Stones' new cover of "Hate to See You Go," a 1955 song by late blues great Little Walter, premiered today on the band's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The clip features footage of the band's members -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood -- in the studio, combined with a montage of scenes of urban life in Chicago and New York City.

The video includes glimpses of subway trains, taxi cabs, a tattoo parlor, a group of young men playing basketball, break dancers, a chess game and more. The visual also features various images of stormy clouds, rain-soaked city streets and the lightning flashing behind the New York skyline.

As previously reported, "Hate to See You Go" will appear on The Rolling Stones' upcoming studio album, Blue & Lonesome, which will be released on December 2. The 12-track collection features the band's renditions of songs by a variety of well-known blues artists, including Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor and Howlin' Wolf. The album was recorded live in a London studio in just a few days, and doesn't feature any overdubs. Eric Clapton plays guitar on two of the tracks: "I Can't Quit You Baby" and "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing."

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Tuesday
Nov082016

At Midnight Rally, Lady Gaga Sings with Bon Jovi, Says Clinton Is "Made of Steel" 

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesHer opponent may claim that Hillary Clinton has no stamina, but don't tell Lady Gaga that. At a midnight "Get Out the Vote" rally for Clinton last night in North Carolina, Lady Gaga told the cheering crowd that the Democratic candidate for president is "made of steel."

While she didn't mention Donald Trump by name, Gaga encouraged Clinton supporters to view Trump's supporters as "our allies," noting, "What do we say? We are stronger together. And what I see in this remarkable woman is that she is ready to restore peace in this country. America is not America without its people."

She also criticized "his" bullying, adding, "Watching what he has done to us, I can promise you, that she will protect us, not just from the outside, but from the inside as well, she will protect us."

After noting that Clinton, "has a career in politics that spans decades of experience, education, leadership, and wisdom," Gaga closed by saying, "Hillary Clinton is made of steel!  Hillary Clinton is unstoppable!"

Gaga and the other celebrity at the rally, Jon Bon Jovi, also performed a sloppy version of Bon Jovi's hit "Livin' on a Prayer."

By the way, some observers thought that Gaga's outfit for the rally -- a black military style jacket with a red armband and sparkly brooch -- looked like a Nazi uniform. But as the Huffington Post points out, the jacket used to belong to Michael Jackson; Gaga bought a collection of the late King of Pop's clothing in 2012.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Garth Brooks Visits Blake Shelton on "The Voice" Next Monday

ABC/Brett OronzioFresh off his history-making fifth win as CMA Entertainer of the Year, Garth Brooks is headed for The Voice. He’ll be the key adviser on Monday, November 14, helping the top-12 contestants hone their skills as the reality singing competition heads into the home stretch.

In addition to longtime star Blake Shelton, there’s been no shortage of country royalty on The Voice this season, with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill joining during the knockout rounds. You can catch Garth’s episode next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

It’s a busy month for the Country Music Hall of Famer. Both his Garth Brooks:  The Ultimate Collection boxed set and the duet project Christmas Together with wife Trisha Yearwood come out this Friday, with his album Gunslinger following on November 25.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Lionel Richie, Sheryl Crow, John Legend to Join Stevie Wonder at Annual Christmas Benefit

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARASStevie Wonder is filling his House Full of Toys with big-name artists this year.

The 20th anniversary installment of Stevie's Christmas benefit, House Full of Toys, will take place at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. on December 9. This year, the music legend has invited Lionel Richie, John Legend and Sheryl Crow to join him on the bill, with more to be announced later. 

All concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or gift, which will be delivered to children with disabilities and families in need by the We Are You Foundation, a Southern California non-profit organization.

Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday; the public sale goes live on Friday. Visit AXS.com for more information.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason to Promote Band's "The Early Years" Box Set at Special Live Webcast Tomorrow

Richard Ecclestone/RedfernsPink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will take part in a pair of events during the coming week in celebration of the release this Friday of the band's massive new box set, The Early Years 1965-1972.

The first, taking place this Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. ET at the YouTube Space London, will be a global live-stream event that Mason will host and that will be viewable at Pink Floyd's official YouTube channel. The event will feature the premiere of select audio and video footage from the box set, a 27-disc collection containing a treasure trove of rare and previously unreleased material from the first several years of the band's existence. During the festivities, Mason will "unbox" the package, and will answer questions submitted by the audience and by online viewers. Fans can submit their questions in advance at Pink Floyd's Facebook page.

The second event will be the taping of a new episode of the public-television series Speakeasy, that will be held on Monday, November 14, at Lincoln Center in New York City. The hour-long program will feature Mason being interviewed by renowned rock journalist David Fricke about The Early Years box set and Pink Floyd's history. Tickets for the taping, which begins at 8 p.m. ET, are available now at LincolnCenter.org. No word when Mason's episode of Speakeasy will air.

Incidentally, Nick's ex-Pink Floyd band mate Roger Waters appeared on a previous installment of the show, which features well-known artists conversing about various topics with a personally chosen interviewer.

Visit PinkFloyd.com for more information about The Early Years 1965-1972 box set.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Stevie Wonder at Annual Christmas Benefit to Feature Lionel Richie, Sheryl Crow, John Legend

Lester Cohen/WireImageStevie Wonder is filling his House Full of Toys with big-name artists this year.

The 20th anniversary installment of Wonder's annual Christmas benefit, House Full of Toys, will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 9. This year, the music legend has invited Lionel Richie, John Legend and Sheryl Crow to join him on the bill, with more performers to be announced later. 

All concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or gift, which will be delivered to children with disabilities and families in need by the We Are You Foundation, a Southern California non-profit organization.

Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday; the public sale goes live on Friday. Visit AXS.com for more information.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Lionel Richie, Sheryl Crow, John Legend to Join Stevie Wonder at Annual Christmas Benefit

Stevie Wonder is filling his House Full of Toys with big-name artists this year.

The 20th anniversary installment of Stevie's Christmas benefit, House Full of Toys, will take place at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. on December 9. This year, the music legend has invited Lionel Richie, John Legend and Sheryl Crow to join him on the bill, with more to be announced later. 

All concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or gift, which will be delivered to children with disabilities and families in need by the We Are You Foundation, a Southern California non-profit organization.

Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday; the public sale goes live on Friday. Visit AXS.com for more information.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Rihanna to Sing for Prince Harrry During His Caribbean Royal Tour 

WPA Pool/Getty Images; Getty Images via ABCRihanna may be a queen to her fans, but later this month, she'll be hanging with an actual prince.

Britain's Prince Harry will appear with Rihanna during his upcoming two-week royal tour of the Caribbean, joining her to mark the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence from British rule.  Ri-Ri is, of course, from Barbados, and is expected to sing the national anthem at the celebration, accompanied by a choir of children.

Harry will tour nine different countries and Commonwealth realms throughout the Caribbean from November 20 to December 4, during a trip aimed at generating goodwill in that part of the world.

“Prince Harry holds special memories of his last visit to the Caribbean, and of the warmth, friendliness and sense of fun that comes so naturally to this region,” Kensington Palace said in a statement. “His Royal Highness is greatly looking forward to meeting more of the people who call it home, and for the opportunity during this tour to be visiting some countries for the first time."

Harry, who's fifth in line to the British throne, has made two previous official visits to the Caribbean, where he often spent holidays as a child with Prince William and their late mother, Princess Diana.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Watch a Peek at Wyclef Jean's Guest Star Turn on "Law & Order: SVU" 

Craig Blankenhorn/NBCWyclef Jean is set to appear on Wednesday's fall finale episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-- and you can now watch a teaser clip of the recording artist in action. 

According to Billboard, Jean will portray a record label CEO named Vincent Love, and in the visual, he is seen talking to Ice-T's character, Detective Fin Tutuola and Detective Sonny Carisi about one of his new artists. 

The Law & Order: SVU episode, titled "Broken Rhymes," premieres this Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Blink-182 Announces UK Arena Tour 

ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182 will be spending next year's Independence Day across the pond. The pop-punk trio has announced a U.K. arena tour for 2017, which is set to kick off July 3. The two-week trek will conclude July 19 in London. You can visit Blink182.com for ticket info.

Mark Hoppus and company will be supporting their new album California on their U.K. trip. The band toured the U.S. behind California over the summer.

Here are Blink-182's U.K. tour dates:

7/3 -- Cardiff, UK, Motorpoint Arena
7/4 -- Nottingham, UK, Motorpoint Arena
7/5 -- Leeds, UK, First Direct Arena
7/7 -- Birmingham, UK, Barclaycard Arena
7/9 -- Newcastle, UK, Metro Radio Arena
7/11 -- Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
7/14 -- Manchester, UK, Arena
7/15 -- Liverpool, UK, Echo Arena
7/17 -- Bournemouth, UK, INT Centre
7/19 -- London, UK, The O2

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Even though "Stay a Little Longer" became Brothers Osborne's breakthrough hit, another song from their debut album Pawn Shop was actually their first top-30 success. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Rum," which peaked at #27 in 2014.

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