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Wednesday
Dec302015

Gwen Stefani Takes Blake Shelton to Her Favorite Hometown Restaurants

Art Streiber/NBCGwen Stefani and Blake Shelton were hanging out in Gwen’s hometown this week. According to E! News, the lovebirds were spotted at two restaurants in Anaheim, California Tuesday evening. They were joined by Gwen’s family members, including her three sons with ex Gavin Rossdale.

The group first dined at Mama Cozza’s Italian Restaurant -- a favorite of Gwen’s. "It was a pretty much a family function," a source tells E! News. "The whole family was here and they were really cool about sitting anywhere… Not demanding at all. They ate pizza -- it's what they always order."

Gwen, Blake, her kids and her parents were later seen at Cortina’s Italian Market & Pizzeria. There they picked up food to go.  "They spent about an hour at the market," a source says. "They bought fresh sausages to BBQ for New Year's."

According to the source, Gwen and her parents have long frequented the eatery. Her brother and sister-in-law even used to work there when they were teenagers. It was Blake’s first time at the restaurant, though.

The two Voice co-stars confirmed they were dating in early November. Before Christmas, Blake reportedly introduced Gwen to his mother during a trip to his native Oklahoma. 

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Corey Taylor Recalls His Favorite Lemmy Memory 

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesCorey Taylor has penned his own tribute to Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. In an essay for The Guardian, the Slipknot frontman remembers his favorite Lemmy memory, which took place when they ran into each other at the Gibson Guitars office in Germany.

"We saw each other, gave each other a quick hug/shoulder slap, and immediately went looking for a place where we could smoke," Taylor remembers. "We found ourselves standing in a 'kitchen' with all the windows open, chain smoking, bulls******* and laughing like crazy. I felt like we were cutting class and hanging out somewhere in the high school."

"It was then that Lemmy proceeded to tell me the most hardcore joke I'd ever heard," he continues. "I can't tell it here because it'd never get published, but it involved a grandmother and an elbow. I laughed so damn hard I thought my pancreas was going to rupture. Once I caught my breath, I had a sense of where I was: hiding in a tiny room, smoking cigarettes, telling dirty jokes and hanging out with my friend, who just happened to be a man I'd been listening to most of my life. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a little fanboy moment."

Lemmy died Monday at age 70 from what was called an "aggressive" form of cancer, reportedly diagnosed just days earlier.

"A lot of people are going to talk about what a tragedy it is that our friend Lemmy died, and lament how sad it is," says Taylor. "But I am going to talk about this: the man lived. He lived his life on his terms right up until the day he died."

Other musicians who have paid tribute to Lemmy include Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Morello and Kirk Hammett.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

No Doubt Members Pay Tribute to The Specials' John Bradbury

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteNo Doubt's Tony Kanal and Adrian Young have posted tributes to The Specials drummer John "Brad" Bradbury, who died earlier this week. The Specials were part of the late 1970s British ska-punk hybrid movement known as 2 Tone, which paved the way for modern ska-influenced bands like No Doubt.

"Would be impossible to overstate how hugely influential and inspiring The Specials were to No Doubt and to me," Kanal posted on Instagram, along with a photo of him and Bradbury. "RIP John Bradbury. You are a legend. My heart goes out to your loved ones and your music family."

"Brad was [a great] drummer [with] a sound all his own," Young wrote on Twitter. "[He] had a special way of playing ska/Rock/reggae & a big influence on me. RIP."

No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani retweeted both of her band mates' sentiments.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

With a Busy 2016 Ahead, Brothers Osborne Wax Philosophical About New Year's

EMI Records NashvilleWith a Grammy nomination for their breakthrough hit "Stay a Little Longer" and their debut album Pawn Shop set to be released in just a couple weeks, Brothers Osborne have a lot to look forward to in 2016. But T.J. and John agree how people typically welcome the new year doesn't really make much sense.

"I think it’s kind of funny how we spend literally the last moment and the very first moment of every year being extremely intoxicated, extremely," John observes. "Because you don’t want to wait until like 12:30 to get your buzz on. You’ve got to do it before midnight, and then once midnight happens, you’re like, ‘Oh my God! Now it’s time to celebrate even more.’ Debauchery is the literally bookending your entire year!"

T.J. believes many of our resolutions are equally nonsensical.

"I love how everyone starts the year off with diets and then we end the year with like excessive amounts of food. And then you get to the end of the year, you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m going to start a diet on the 1stt, so I’m going to eat everything that’s in front of me.’ I love it!" he says.

"And come February 1st, ‘What diet?’" John laughs.

"'What diet? I’ll start it next month,'" T.J. agrees.

The siblings' first full-length project comes out January 15, exactly a month before they find out if they'll win the Best Country Duo/Group Grammy at the 58th annual ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Miguel Talks About New Year's Resolutions & Plans for 2016 

ABC RadioIt's that time of the year where we all make promises to ourselves just before the ball drops on New Year's Eve. While many come up with challenging New Year's resolutions, Miguel tells ABC Radio that he hasn't come up with a specific goal for 2016, though he's all about goal-setting in general.

"New Year's resolutions? I'm always... setting goals for myself," Miguel says.

When asked if he had a resolution for 2015, Miguel replied: "This year was probably just about giving more than I have in the past. It was about how can I give something bigger than whatever I've given thus far. And I think that's probably why its not so much about the album, but its about the conversation and the purpose of it all for me," he says, referring to his latest album, Wildheart.

As for what fans can expect of the singer next year, Miguel has a lot in the pipeline for 2016.

"Oh man, more music, touring -- I'll be on tour, you know, for the majority of the year -- but also filming, acting as well, which I've already started which has been an amazing experience and one that has kind of inspired me to kind of pursue it a little more," he says.  "I also have two artists that I have signed to my own record label, so I'm excited to like really introduce them to the world. Yeah, I think those are pretty much at the forefront of my plans." 

Miguel is currently enjoying the holidays in the Dominican Republic with his longtime girlfriend, Nazanin Mandi.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

WALK THE MOON Ready to "Shut Up and Dance" into 2016

Courtesy Dick Clark Productions/RCA RecordsSeems like WALK THE MOON has performed their hit "Shut Up and Dance" on every possible TV show this year, but they'll wrap up 2015 by performing it again on one of the year's biggest: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, airing on ABC on Thursday night. Like most American kids, the band members grew up watching the show, which has been on for more than four decades.

"Who didn't like to stay up late, especially when you're a kid?" laughs bass player Kevin Ray. "It's an excuse to stay up late and watch music until midnight with your parents!" He tells ABC Radio,"I think a distant memory of mine was watching Third Eye Blind on Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, and I was, like, totally in love with that band!"

For WALK THE MOON guitarist Eli Maiman, he says New Year's is the time to think about all the resolutions he needs to make, but never does."They're pretty much the same as last year, you know, I just keep recycling the same resolutions," he laughs. "Like, 'No, no, I'm really gonna get this one this year!'"  

"They're typically about, like, wanting to write more [songs]," he adds. "It's usually about time, and wanting to use my time in ways that are meaningful and effective and less phone-oriented or wasting time, you know?"

Maiman also says that the end of the year is a great time reflect on what a fantastic 2015 WALK THE MOON has had, thanks to "Shut Up and Dance."

"You know, it is a very joyous time of year, but it's also -- I don't know, maybe it's my Jewish roots -- but I just use it as this moment to reflect on where we've come from, and what's gonna happen in the next year," he tells ABC Radio. "And so for me, it's always a cool moment of new beginnings and new opportunities."  

WALK THE MOON will resume touring in January with dates in Asia, Australia, the U.K. and Europe.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Report: Axl Rose to Appear on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Next Week

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesGuns N' Roses fans may finally get firsthand news about the much-rumored reunion of the band's classic lineup soon, as Rolling Stone is reporting that Axl Rose is slated to be a guest on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! sometime next week. According to the magazine's website, multiple sources confirmed that Rose will appear on the late-night talk show, although they didn't reveal what the frontman planned to discuss or the date that the episode will be taped.

Rumors have abounded during last several months regarding an impeding classic-lineup GN'R reunion, with the most recent coming on Wednesday from Billboard, which said a number of sources confirmed that the band will be headlining the 2016 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and also will be playing at the soon-to-open Las Vegas Arena.

Reports of a possible Guns N' Roses reunion began emerging after guitarist Slash revealed in an interview with CBS This Morning this past May that tensions between him and Axl had "dissipated." Recently, the official GN'R website was updated recently to include the group's old logo of two revolvers wrapped in roses, while the band's Facebook page was updated on Christmas Day with a photograph of a live audience.  In addition, a brief trailer featuring shots of a live audience while "Welcome to the Jungle" is heard playing has been shown this month prior to some screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Chicago's Robert Lamm Excited About Band's Hometown New Year's Eve Performance

Credit: David M. Earnisse PhotographyChicago certainly has an exciting year ahead of them, as the band recently received word that they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame this April.  The veteran group from the Windy City will celebrate the arrival of 2016 tomorrow night by taking part in their hometown New Year's Eve Festivities.

Founding Chicago singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm tells ABC Radio that the band will appear on NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly special, which airs Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET.

"After New York does its Times Square thing, then NBC switches over to Chicago and then [does] the Chicago New Year's Eve," he explains.  "And that's a lineup that includes Chicago and other artists."

The band's performance will take place in downtown Chicago on the Countdown Stage as part of the city's Chi-Town Rising New Year's celebration.  The festivities will include a giant star rising 36 stories up the Hyatt Regency Chicago's West Tower during the countdown to midnight, followed by a fireworks display.

After New Year's, Chicago will launch a brief tour of the Far East in January that will include shows in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan, as well as a couple of concerts in Hawaii.  The band also has a few additional U.S. headlining performances in February, before they team up with Earth, Wind & Fire for the previously announced Heart and Soul Tour 2.0, which gets underway on March 23 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Chicago will be indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Usher Shares New Year's Resolutions via Twitter

Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty ImagesAlthough some celebrities just aren't into New Year's resolutions, Usher has shared his goals for the next 365 days.

During a Twitter Q&A to promote his performance at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the singer revealed his resolutions for 2016. "My resolution is always to do more," he says.  "Or either not work as hard and be a little bit more strategic with how you approach things."

He continues, "To be a better father, a better friend, to be a better mater and to be a better person every year."

Hopefully, 2016 will see Usher releasing his long-awaited, eighth album, tentatively titled UR. Earlier this year, the singer scored his 13th number one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart with his latest single, "I Don't Mind" featuring Juicy J.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Dave Grohl Gets Ace of Spades Tattoo in Honor of Lemmy 

ABC/Andrea McCallinDave Grohl got some new ink in honor of Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, who passed away on Monday. A Las Vegas tattooist posted a photo of him and Grohl on Instagram, with the Foo Fighters frontman showing off a new ace of spades tattoo, a reference to Motörhead's best-known song.

Eagle-eyed commenters on the Instagram post noticed that the text around the ace of spades tattoo seems to say "Shake Your Blood," which is also the name of the song Lemmy and Grohl recorded together for Grohl's heavy-metal side project, Probot.

Foo Fighters also posted a tribute to Lemmy on their Facebook, which reads, "We've lost a friend & legend. My heart is broken. RIP Lemmy. Born To Lose, Lived To Win."

Lemmy died of what was called an "aggressive" form of cancer, reportedly diagnosed just days earlier. He was 70.

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Tattooed #davegrohl from the #foofighters last night hella cool dude

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Kanye West Named GQ’s Most Stylish Man of 2015

Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagicSay what you want about Kanye West, but the rap mogul has closed out the year with a major win: he's been named GQ magazine's Most Stylish Man of 2015.

The publication notes West came out on top with 53.89 percent of the fan vote, narrowly beating out model Lucky Blue Smith. "From the debut of his Yeezy label at New York Fashion Week back in February to the rollout of Yeezy Boosts throughout the year that instantly sold out, West had a dominant hand in defining how men wanted to look in 2015," GQ writes.

Kanye's crowning marks the second year in a row that he's topped the annual list. "Thank you GQ and to everyone who voted, it’s been an amazing year!!!" West responded on Twitter.

His wife, Kim Kardashian West, chimed in: "YOU DID IT GUYS!!!!! KANYE WON!!! THANK YOU FOR VOTING! #GQ."

 

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Are Rihanna and Beyonce Heading to the Super Bowl?

Randy Holmes/ABCRihanna and Beyonce are rumored to be making an appearance during the halftime show for the Super Bowl, taking place next February 7 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

According to the U.K.'s Daily Mirror, the entertainers will join rockers Coldplay during their headlining set.  “Beyonce and Rihanna are both keen to join in the high-profile ceremony and will add just the spark needed to make it an amazing and unforgettable show,” sources tell the publication.

While their appearances have yet to be confirmed, it would mark Bey's second time performing during the halftime show following her 2013 solo performance.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Sia's 40th Birthday Bash Included Drag Queens and A-Listers

Trae Patton/NBCFor some people, turning 40 is a drag. But for Sia, turning 40 meant partying with drag queens -- and a bunch of A-list pals.

The singer/songwriter welcomed a new decade last week with the help of drag queens from Bingo Boys Inc., according to a blog post by Bingo Boys owner Jeffrey Bowman. Her birthday was officially on December 18, and the party took place the next day.

Jeffrey -- aka “Bingo Boy” -- reveals that the guest list included Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Sandra Bullock and her boyfriend Bryan Randall, Survivor host Jeff Probst and actor Jason Bateman. Sia’s husband, filmmaker Erik Anders Lang, was also in attendance.

The drag queens led everyone in a rousing game of bingo, but that’s all Jeffrey would spill. “Will stop talking about the party now before I reveal anything that could get me in trouble,” he writes.

Everyone was apparently required to sign non-disclosure agreements, which is not surprising given how fiercely Sia guards her privacy.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Why Half of Maddie & Tae Will Take a Pass on the Black-Eyed Peas This Year

ABC/Image Group LAWhile there are plenty of superstitions surrounding New Year's Day, particularly in the South, one of the members of Maddie & Tae won't be participating as we welcome 2016.

Some believe eating black-eyed peas and greens on the first day of year will bring financial prosperity, while others, like Hank Williams, Jr., say you have to eat black-eyed peas and ham or your favorite teams will lose all their games. After a bad experience with the southern staple, Maddie Marlowe says she's foregoing all the old wives' tales this year.

"I don’t have any superstitions because the black-eyed peas made me throw up one year," she confesses. "So I’m not a fan of the black-eyed peas thing anymore. So, I just go into a new year with a good mind set and just start at that."

Maddie & Tae will finish out the year that saw them win their first CMA Award for the Video of the Year for "Girl in a Country Song" by taking some much-deserved time off. The duo's current single, "Shut Up and Fish," continues to climb the charts as they look forward to their first date of 2016 on February 19 in Miami, Oklahoma.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

The Year in Music 2015 -- Billy Joel: Piano Man and Family Guy

Al Pereira/WireImage2015 was a very eventful year for Billy Joel, and not just because of his musical achievements.  In addition to playing one-off dates at stadiums around the U.S., the Piano Man continued his sold-out monthly concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden.  His 65th show, which took place July 1, set a new record for the most performances at that venue by an artist.  On August 4, he played the final show at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York -- his hometown venue -- before it closed for a massive overhaul.  But it was the 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's personal life that really made headlines: He and longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick were married in a surprise Fourth of July ceremony; it was Joel's fourth marriage. The couple also welcomed their first child together, Della Rose, on August 12.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

The Year in Rock 2015 -- Billy Joel: Piano Man and Family Guy

Al Pereira/WireImage2015 was a very eventful year for Billy Joel, and not just because of his musical achievements.  In addition to playing one-off dates at stadiums around the U.S., the Piano Man continued his sold-out monthly concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden.  His 65th show, which took place July 1, set a new record for the most performances at that venue by an artist.  On August 4, he played the final show at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York -- his hometown venue -- before it closed for a massive overhaul.  But it was the 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's personal life that really made headlines: He and longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick were married in a surprise Fourth of July ceremony; it was Joel's fourth marriage. The couple also welcomed their first child together, Della Rose, on August 12.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Ronnie Dunn to Ring in the New Year by Blowing Up the Christmas Tree

ABC/Image Group LAWhile many of us will be watching the ball drop in Times Square to ring in 2016, Ronnie Dunn admits he has something more explosive in mind. Several years ago, he developed a new tradition that puts December 25 firmly in the past, while ringing in the New Year with a bang.

"We take our Christmas tree down to the bonfire pit and we tie these mortar fireworks things to the limbs, and light it up, and everybody runs," he says. "And ya know, it blows up and explodes and catches on fire. Pretty funny stuff!"

Next May, the combustible combination of Brooks & Dunn and Reba reunite for another round of shows on their Together in Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Meanwhile, Ronnie continues to work on his debut album for Nash Icon Records, with Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus in the producer's chair. The record will feature his current single, "Ain't No Trucks in Texas."

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Wednesday
Dec302015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the name of Thomas Rhett's debut single? ANSWER:  "Something to Do with My Hands," which made it to #15 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2012.

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Wednesday
Dec302015

The Year in Music 2015 -- Madonna Shows the World Her "Rebel Heart"

Interscope Records2015 turned out to be a decent year for Madonna, but based on the events of December 2014, you may not have predicted that. That month found her scrambing to get ahead of an unauthorized leak of the new music she'd been working on for months.

On December 20, 2014, the Queen of Pop officially released six new songs, months earlier than intended.  Madonna, who was furious over the leak, said in a statement, "I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating.   Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift."

Adi Lederman, a former contestant on the Israeli version of American Idol, was arrested in January and charged with the leak.  In July, he accepted a plea deal and was convicted of computer trespassing and infringement of privacy and property rights. In addition to the time behind bars, he was fined $4,000.

February of 2015, Madonna released some additional tracks, and the full album, Rebel Heart, finally arrived in March. She worked with a number of producers and contributors on the disc, including OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, Kanye West, deejay/producers Avicii and Diplo, rappers Nas and Nicki Minaj, and even Mike Tyson.  Unusually, several of the songs featured Madonna looking back on her life and career, and one of them, "Veni Vidi Vici," even namechecked her old hits.  Rebel Heart received generally favorable reviews, and debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart.

As far singles from the album, the only one to reach the Billboard Hot 100 was "B***h I'm Madonna."  However, all three singles released from the album -- that one, "Ghosttown" and "Living For Love" -- topped Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.  "B***I'm Madonna" became her 46th #1 on that chart, and she extended her own record as the artist with the most number-ones ever on a single Billboard chart. 

To promote the album, Madonna appeared for a week on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and performed a bullfight-themed routine on the Grammys and on the Brit Awards in the U.K. During her performance on the latter show, she made headlines when she fell offstage and sustained what she described as "a little bit of a whiplash."

Madonna also used the latest technology trends to promote Rebel Heart: She was the first artist to promote an album on the gay dating app Grinder, the first artist to premiere a video on Snapchat, and the first to premiere a video on the live video-streaming app Meerkat.  The Meerkat video, "Ghosttown," starred Empire's Terence Howard.  The video for "B**h, I'm Madonna," took the guest star concept even further: it featured cameos from Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Katy Perry and Kanye West, among others.

Madonna launched her Rebel Heart world tour in September in Montreal, and throughout the tour, she's made it a point to bring different celebrities onstage and spank them during the song "Unapologetic Bitch."  Among her special guests: Katy Perry, Amy Schumer, Anderson Cooper, Jessica Chastain, Diplo, Nelly Furtado and Stella McCartney.  In Europe, she tapped another famous pal -- actor and deejay Idris Elba -- to open some shows for her.

The tour itself, featuring Madonna's common themes of sex, salvation, religion and oppression, featured pole-dancing nuns, a Last Supper tableau, and Madonna swigging from a bottle while stretched out on a car hood.  She sang the classic French song "La Vie en Rose," and performed reworked versions of hits like "True Blue," "Like a Virgin," "Dress You Up," "Holiday," "La Isla Bonita" and "Material Girl."  The tour garnered great reviews and raked in millions.  It's set to wrap up in Australia in March.

Madonna performed in Stockholm, Sweden in November, a few days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, and told the audience that she had considered canceling the show. "In many ways I feel torn," she told the crowd. "Why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?"  But she said she decided the show must go on because canceling "is exactly what these people want us to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won't let them...Why should I allow them to stop me, and to stop us, from enjoying freedom?"

Early in December, following her sold-out concert in Paris, Madonna gave a surprise outdoor performance to honor the victims of the November 13 Paris terrorist attacks. The mini-concert took place at Place De La Republique.  She sang John Lennon's "Imagine" and a few of her own hits, telling the crowd, "We just want to sing a few songs about peace, just to spread love and joy...And...light -- we all need it.”

As for controversy, Madonna, believe it or not, largely avoided it in 2015.  She did get some flak, though, for posting photos of famous figures throughout history -- Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela among them -- with ribbons tied around their faces in the same way her face appears on the Rebel Heart album cover. Twitter users, who assumed that Madonna created these images, took her to task for seemingly equating herself with these men and their accomplishments as a way to promote her album.

Madonna fired back, "I'm sorry. I'm not comparing myself to anyone. I'm admiring and acknowledging their Rebel Hearts. This is neither a crime or an insult or racist!... Am I saying I am them. NO. I'm saying they are Rebel Hearts too. And I didn't do it. My fans did. And I just re posted those photos. My fans aren't racist either."

On the lighter side of controversy, Madonna caused an uproar when she appeared onstage and kissed Drake during the Coachella Music Festival. After the kiss, which took place while Drake was seated onstage, he responded by leaning forward and covering his mouth.  Many fans interpreted this as the rapper recoiling in disgust, but as he explained in an Instagram post, "Don't misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel [100] about that forever. Thank you @Madonna." 

Later, though, Madonna appeared to throw shade at Drake, telling a fan during an online question and answer session, "Don't kiss Drake, no matter how many times he begs you to."

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Wednesday
Dec302015

WALK THE MOON Ready to "Shut Up and Dance" into 2016

Courtesy Dick Clark Productions/RCA RecordsSeems like WALK THE MOON has performed their hit "Shut Up and Dance" on every possible TV show this year, but they'll wrap up 2015 by performing it again on one of the year's biggest: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, airing on ABC on Thursday night. Like most American kids, the band members grew up watching the show, which has been on for more than four decades.

"Who didn't like to stay up late, especially when you're a kid?" laughs bass player Kevin Ray. "It's an excuse to stay up late and watch music until midnight with your parents!" He tells ABC Radio,"I think a distant memory of mine was watching Third Eye Blind on Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, and I was, like, totally in love with that band!"

For WALK THE MOON guitarist Eli Maiman, he says New Year's is the time to think about all the resolutions he needs to make, but never does."They're pretty much the same as last year, you know, I just keep recycling the same resolutions," he laughs. "Like, 'No, no, I'm really gonna get this one this year!'"  

"They're typically about, like, wanting to write more [songs]," he adds. "It's usually about time, and wanting to use my time in ways that are meaningful and effective and less phone-oriented or wasting time, you know?"

Maiman also says that the end of the year is a great time reflect on what a fantastic 2015 WALK THE MOON has had, thanks to "Shut Up and Dance."

"You know, it is a very joyous time of year, but it's also -- I don't know, maybe it's my Jewish roots -- but I just use it as this moment to reflect on where we've come from, and what's gonna happen in the next year," he tells ABC Radio. "And so for me, it's always a cool moment of new beginnings and new opportunities."  

WALK THE MOON will resume touring in January with dates in Asia, Australia, the U.K. and Europe.

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