Bill Gates Responds to Beyonce's "Formation" Shout Out 

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Somehow Bill Gates wasn't aware of Beyonce's shout out on her newly released single "Formation," in which she sings she might be the "black Bill Gates in the making."

During an interview with Wired, the Microsoft founder revealed how he felt about being name dropped. "I hadn’t realized that she did that until somebody in the office actually sent me a copy of the lyrics and I said, 'Are you serious? This is kind of a strange set of words here,'" Gates recalls. "I’m surprised -- I’m not sure she said those words at the Super Bowl, though, did she?"

Despite all the controversy surrounding the song, Gates feels flattered that Beyonce considers him the epitome of success.

"I guess it’s nice that people consider me successful," he says. "I actually haven’t met Beyoncé. I know Jay Z, because when I did some humor right when I was retiring from Microsoft -- he was nice about participating in that, and did a great job on that."

Now seemingly more aware of his pop culture relevance, Gates concluded: "I guess I should do a Bing search and see if there are more uses of my name that I don’t know about."

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Ice Cube Accepts "Straight Outta Compton" Trophy During All Def Movie Awards

ABC/Randy HolmesJust days before the Oscars, Ice Cube was on hand for the first-ever All Def Movie Awards, which was held in Los Angeles Wednesday night and where his film, Straight Outta Compton, won big.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cube and his son O'Shea Jackson Jr. accepted the trophy for Best Picture during the ceremony, hosted by Tony Rock. The rapper was also recognized during the show's humorous categories, including "Best Black Survivor in a Movie," where he won for his role in Anaconda. Other funny awards went to Amber Rose, who won for "Most Likely to Steal Your Girl Award."

Elsewhere, Will Smith received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Norman Lear the Vanguard Award, while Sanaa Lathan earned best actress, for The Perfect Guy.

The All Def ceremony featured appearances from Tyrese Gibson, Nick Cannon, Terry Crews, Marlon Wayans, Vivica A. Fox, King Bach, Regina Hall, Robert Townsend, Bill Duke, Gary Owen, and Jerrod Carmichael.

As previously reported, the ceremony was created by All Def Digital's Russell Simmons in response to the "stunning lack of diversity" in Hollywood.

You can expect the All Def Movie Awards to air Sunday, February 28 on Fusion, the same night as the Oscars.

Here's the full list of All Def Movie Awards winners:

Best Picture
Straight Outta Compton
Accepted by Ice Cube and O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Best Actress
Sanaa Lathan -- The Perfect Guy

Best Actor
Michael B. Jordan -- Creed

Best Director
Ryan Coogler -- Creed

Lifetime Achievement Award
Will Smith
Presented by Tyrese Gibson

Vanguard Award
Norman Lear
Presented by Jerrod Carmichael

Best Helpful White Person
Christoph Waltz
(Accepted by Robin Thicke, who accepted "on behalf of all White People")

Best Bad Muh Fu$&a Award
Denzel Washington

Most Quoted Movie
Presented to Ice Cube

Best Black Survivor in a Movie
Ice Cube as Danny Rich in Anaconda
Presented by Gary Owen

Most Likely to Steal Your Girl Award
Amber Rose

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Corey Taylor Says He "Might Step Away from Slipknot at Some Point"

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesAfter nearly twenty years of constantly touring with Slipknot, life on the road is beginning to wear on Corey Taylor. In an interview with BBC Radio's Daniel P. Carter for the Someone Who Isn't Me podcast, Taylor says he's recently started to grow tired from touring.

"I'm 42, I'm not young anymore," Taylor says. "As willing as my will is, I'm just beat up, man. I mean I might as well be 60 in Slipknot years."

"I don't know if I would retire, I might step away from Slipknot at some point," he continues. "Just because the way the music is, that sense of energy, I don’t know if I could be able to do that into my 50's. I would never want the band to feel like I was holding them back because I just couldn't physically do it. So that means I wouldn't completely quit music, I would probably just step away from Slipknot."

The point probably won't come any time soon, as Slipknot will hit the road again this summer on a co-headlining tour with Marylin Manson. Taylor also spoke about prospective new Slipknot material, which he thinks will move on beyond just pure "insanity."

"I think that in the future we'll make it less about the angst and the insanity and more about the creativity," Taylor says. "Because there's so many creative people in this band."

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David Bowie's Son Praises Lorde's Tribute Performance

Image Group LA/ABCDavid Bowie was posthumously honored with the Icon Award during Wednesday night's Brit Awards, the U.K.'s equivalent of the Grammys. As a tribute to the late rock legend, Lorde performed Bowie's 1971 classic "Life on Mars" during the ceremony. Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, was a fan of the performance, and took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the New Zealand singer.

"Just...beautiful," he wrote. "Thank you."

Lorde was backed by Bowie's most recent touring band during the tribute. After the performance, she tweeted, "i was so nervous in the wings, and then i whispered to myself 'just sing it to david,' and nothing else mattered."

Jones wasn't as warm to Lady Gaga's Grammy tribute to Bowie. After her performance, Jones tweeted the dictionary definition for the word "gaga": "'Overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused.' Damn it! What IS that word!?" he wrote.

The day after he died, Lorde penned a touching tribute to Bowie, recalling his kindness the first time she met him, and what it meant to her.

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Chris Stapleton Poised to Claim the American Music Prize

ABC/Fred LeeIt looks like Chris Stapleton may need to clear a spot for yet another honor. If you’re keeping count, the artist behind Traveller already has CMA Awards for Album, New Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year-- plus he recently added Grammys for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance to his collection.  

Now, he’s up for the inaugural American Music Prize for Best Debut Album. The winner, chosen from a dozen contenders, will get $25,000. Judging by the fact that Chris is the only artist on the list associated with Music City and the award will be handed out next Wednesday in Nashville, it appears the odds may be in his favor. The AMP was established by Scott B. Murphy, who started a similar program in Australia in 2005.

Right now, Chris is also enjoying his very first top 15 country hit as an artist with “Nobody to Blame.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCan you name the two classic country artists Maren Morris namechecks in her debut hit, "My Church"? ANSWER:  Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

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Erykah Badu to Headline Tampa's 5th Annual Gasparilla Music Festival 

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Erykah Badu has been tapped for Tampa's 5th Annual Gasparilla Music Festival, taking place next month.

Organizers have announced the singer will take stage when the spring event goes down March 12-13 at downtown Tampa’s picturesque Riverwalk. The singer, who will likely showcase her new material from her latest mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone, will be joined by Taleb Kweli, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, and many more.

 Tickets can be purchased by visiting

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Jackson Browne Schedules New US Tour Dates in June and August

Credit: Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne certainly isn't taking it easy in 2016.  The folk-rock legend has added new series of U.S. dates in June and August to his already busy tour itinerary.

The first run of new shows is scheduled from a June 3 concert in Pittsburgh, through a June 28 gig in Interlochen, Michigan, will see Browne stop in a variety cities in the Northeast and Midwest. The August performances kick off August 9 in Bend, Oregon, and are mapped out through an August 29-30 engagement in San Diego.

Pre-sale tickets, VIP packages and benefit seats for the newly scheduled shows will be available for purchase starting on Wednesday, March 2, at

Browne's previously announced concerts include a March 2-3 stand at The Town Hall in New York City with flamenco artist Raúl Rodríguez, a run of West Coast dates in April and May, and two special shows opening for James Taylor on June 30 at Chicago's Wrigley Field and August 3 at Boston's Fenway Park.

Jackson continues to promote his latest studio album, Standing in the Breach, which was released in 2014.

Here are all of Browne's 2016 U.S. tour dates:

3/2 -- New York, NY, Town Hall (with Raúl Rodríguez)
3/3 -- New York, NY, Town Hall (with Raúl Rodríguez)
4/20 -- Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, Sunset Center
4/21 -- Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, Sunset Center
4/23 -- Bakersfield, CA, Fox Theater
4/24 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
4/26 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre
4/27 -- Turlock, CA, Turlock Community Theatre
4/29 -- Reno, NV, Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
4/30 -- Hanford, CA, Hanford Fox Theater
5/2 -- Lancaster, CA, Lancaster Performing Arts Center
5/3 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
5/6 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
5/7 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
5/9 -- Prescott, AZ, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
5/10 -- Santa Fe, NM, The Lensic Performing Arts Center
5/28 -- Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
5/29 -- Columbia, SC, Township Auditorium
5/31 -- Richmond, VA, Carpenter Theatre at Richmond Center Stage
6/1 -- Wilmington, NC, CFCC Humanities & Fine Arts Center
6/3 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall*
6/4 -- Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center*
6/6 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre*
6/8 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom*
6/9 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier*
6/11 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre*
6/12 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury*
6/14 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap*
6/15 -- Baltimore, MD, Hippodrome Theatre*
6/17 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*
6/18 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*
6/21 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood*
6/24 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino Theatre*
6/25 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Theatre*
6/28 -- Interlochen, MI, Interlochen Arts Festival*
6/30 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field (supporting James Taylor)
8/3 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park (supporting James Taylor)
8/9 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater*
8/10 -- Troutdale, OR, Edgefield*
8/16 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic*
8/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre*
8/19 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center (MAC)*
8/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort*
8/22 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
8/26 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre*
8/27 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl*
8/29 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's*
8/30 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's*

* = newly added show.

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Eagles of Death Metal, Social Distortion to Play Lost Highway Motorcycle Festival

Credit: Chapman BaehlerEagles of Death Metal and Social Distortion will play the second annual Lost Highway Motorcycle Show and Concert on July 23 in the mountains of San Bernardino, California.

The lineup also includes two more bands that share a fondness for leather jackets: Chevy Metal, which features Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

For the full Lost Highway lineup and ticket info, visit

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Christina Aguilera’s Singing MasterClass Coming This Spring

Courtesy of MasterClassPretty soon, you’ll be able to learn how to sing like Christina Aguilera. And who better to teach you than Christina herself? The singer’s instructional program is launching on MasterClass this spring, and a new trailer gives aspiring vocalists a taste of what they can expect.

“Every student can learn from this course how to better trust yourself, what to look out for, what to listen to, when to project, when to be silent, so that you can take in everything and then use it to your advantage,” Christina says in the trailer.

She also advises students that technique is only about a quarter of what makes a good singer, the rest is passion and drive.

Her program will feature more than 20 video lessons, covering three-and-a-half hours. You can now pre-enroll in the class, which costs $90.

Christina returns as a judge on season 10 of The Voice, premiering Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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VP Joe Biden to Intro Lady Gaga at the Academy Awards

Earl Gibson III/Getty Images; Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesHow's this for an opening act?  ABC News confirms that when Lady Gaga performs at the Academy Awards this Sunday, she'll be introduced by a very special VIP: Vice President Joe Biden.

Gaga is scheduled to perform "Til It Happens to You," the Oscar-nominated song she co-wrote with Diane Warren from the documentary The Hunting Ground, which is about sexual assault on college campuses.  Domestic and sexual abuse and assault against women is an important issue for Biden, who as a senator authored the landmark 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which established both funding to address the issue, and new legal remedies for women.

The White House says the vice president will use the opportunity at the Oscars to call on everyone in the audience and watching at home to visit to take the pledge to stand up, speak out and help change the culture around sexual assault.  As recently as last November, Biden authored an essay about the need to address on-campus sexual assault.

The White House confirms Biden will be attending the Oscars with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.

The 88th Academy Awards will be presented Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Chris Rock will host the ceremony, which will air live from coast to coast on ABC, beginning 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. The network's red carpet coverage gets underway at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

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Kesha's Former Tourmate Redfoo: "I Just Hope That She's All Right"

Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTVAs Kesha attempts to free herself legally from her producer, Dr. Luke, whom she claims sexually and emotionally abused her, her former tourmate says he has nothing but love for the embattled singer. 

LMFAO toured with Kesha in the summer of 2011 on her Get Sleazy tour, and the duo's Redfoo, who's now a solo artist, says he's concerned for her, despite not knowing all the details of the case. "I don’t know much about it. I don’t have a personal opinion," he tells ABC Radio. "I just hope that, you know, she’s all right and that she gets what she deserves."

While Redfoo says he hasn't talked to Kesha in about two years, he adds, "When we were on the tour, you know, she was awesome...we lived in the same Hollywood Hills area for a long time, so when we went on tour we were fairly close, y'know, talking backstage...and she’s cool!"

Redfoo says LMFAO always felt a kinship with Kesha because, as he tells ABC Radio, "When she first came out, she did a press release and she said, 'I’m like the anti-LMFAO. They talk about, you know, getting girls and stuff like that. Well, I’m the opposite. I talk about getting the guys'...And I thought that that was really cool and, I think, it was smart, because we needed that balance."

"Yeah, she’s super creative and she’s an amazing writer," he adds. "She represented the chick that was like a guy, you know? And that was her kind of style, and [it was] really cool."  That's why Redfoo says that if Kesha does get free from her contract with Dr. Luke, he'd love to work with her.

"I think that would be a fun record to kind of play opposites and do a duet or something like that," says the Afro-wearing singer and rapper.  

Redfoo's debut solo album, Party Rock Mansion, is due out March 18.

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Usher, Brittany Howard, The Band Perry & More Salute Ray Charles at the White House

Image courtesy of Norman SeefA diverse group of artists from different music genres paid tribute to the late singer and musician Ray Charles Wednesday night at the White House.

Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House featured the likes of Usher, Demi Lovato, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, The Band Perry and Sam Moore performing classic tunes by Charles.

Highlights included:

-- Usher, "Georgia on My Mind"
-- Demi Lovato, "You Don't Know Me"
-- Andra Day & Anthony Hamilton, "Let the Good Times Roll"
-- Brittany Howard, "Unchain My Heart"
-- The Band Perry, "Bye Bye Love"
-- Sam Moore, "I Can't Stop Loving You"

Before the performances, President Obama offered a few remarks. "From the tiny clubs in which he started out to the arenas he eventually filled, Ray was an electrifying performer. He couldn't see us, but we couldn't take our eyes off him," the president said.

Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House will air this Friday on PBS at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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"American Idol" Recap: Four Advance to the Top 10

MacKenzie Bourg performs on "American Idol"; Ray Mickshaw/FOX

On Wednesday night’s one-hour edition of American Idol, the 14 remaining contestants vied for a spot in the top 10. But first, judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. awarded four hopefuls “fast passes” into the top 10, without having to perform. The remaining artists sang for America’s vote and one of the final six spots. Each reprised a favorite song they had performed earlier in the competition.

The contestants instantly advanced by the judges were Dalton Rapattoni, Olivia Rox, Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renea.

On Thursday, during the first live show of the season, host Ryan Seacrest will reveal the rest of the top 10, based on America’s votes. First-season champ Kelly Clarkson will also perform her new single and sit at the judges’ table.

Here are Wednesday’s highlights:

Manny Torres was the first artist to sing for America’s vote, performing Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster.” Keith said he loved the song, but didn’t think it was the best choice for Manny. However, Urban also praised Torres’ “fighter spirit,” as well as his “razz” and energy.

Gianna Isabella was next with the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic, “I Put a Spell on You.” Jennifer loved Gianna’s “sassiness,” and admitted that the 15-year-old was her pick to move directly into the top 10, but she was out-voted. Lopez noted Isabella displayed both a teenaged innocence and the beginnings of an amazing artist.

Thomas Stringfellow followed with One Direction’s “Story of My Life.” Harry loved the song choice, but didn’t like Stringfellow’s tendency to make his voice crack at the end of every note, noting that “there’s a difference between an idiosyncrasy…and a bad habit.”

Tristan McIntosh chose Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” as her encore performance. Urban called it a “beautiful” song choice, adding that the judges saw a side of Tristan they hadn’t seen before.

Avalon Young reprised her version of “Yo (Excuse Me Miss,” by Chris Brown. Lopez praised the performance, calling it “smooth as butter.” She urged America to vote Avalon into the top 10.

Jen Blosil -- sporting pink hair and glitter eyebrows -- delivered Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” in her usual quirky style. Connick said it was the performance he’d been waiting to see from Jen, cheering her “flawless delivery.

Lee Jean was the next hopeful to perform for America’s vote, reprising his version of Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain.” Keith told Lee he could sense he was nervous, but still liked what the 15-year-old was doing.

Sonika Vaid‘s voice soared on Celine Dion’s “I Surrender,” Jennifer was so impressed she admitted getting “goosies” on her face for the first time.

Geneve Rose Mitchell delivered a soulful version of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Harry called Mitchell’s style “compelling…but also bit polarizing.” He also didn’t think it was her strongest performance. Keith agreed.

That left Mackenzie Bourg, who reprised his original song that blew the judges away during his audition, “Roses.” Urban thought the song and the performance were equally impressive on Wednesday.

American Idol continues with a two-hour edition on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Rachel Platten Wants Fans Who See Her Headline Tour to "Feel Like They Were Part of Something"

ABC/Fred LeeShe's spent the past year opening for other artists and doing short one-off performances, but Friday night, Rachel Platten finally kicks off her Wildfire headlining tour -- her first one.  Rachel says her goal is that when her fans leave her shows, she wants them to feel like they were "part of something bigger."

"I want them to feel like they were part of something and [to] connect to each other," the "Fight Song" star tells ABC Radio. "I think my biggest goal in life is to bring people together and help us see past the differences that are on the outside, and understand that the things that we're feeling are very universal -- that loneliness that sometimes we all feel is very universal."

"I want to create a night where people can forget that," she adds, "and can feel part of something bigger."  How does she plan to do that?  By focusing on the music, instead of all kinds of costumes, special effects and video screens.

"At my heart and core, I'm a songwriter and I'm an instrumentalist," she tells ABC Radio. "I played piano growing up, so instruments are important to me. And real music, and making sure the band sounds tight, is our primary focus."

"For me, this is my first headlining tour and I'm just so excited to get a chance to play all the songs at the same time," Rachel notes. "I'm excited to kind of tell a story with a set and get to share that.  And as many other bells and whistles as we can plan that doesn't distract from the music, the better."

In addition to playing "Fight Song" and "Stand By You," and all the other songs from her album Wildfire, Rachel plans to throw some new cover songs into the mix.  "We're gonna pick a couple for the tour, and it's one of my favorite things to do because I love reinterpreting someone's song and seeing, behind all the production, what's actually there -- the meat and potatoes of it -- and then making it your own," she explains. "It's a beautiful experience."

Rachel is married, so how often does she plan to see her husband during the tour?  Will he come out on the road with her?

"Yeah, he's gonna come out, like, once a weekend, maybe every other weekend, as much as he can," she tells ABC Radio.  She laughs, "He says he likes to come to the 'fun' cities...they're all fun, they're all amazing.  But for him, I dunno, I don't even know what he interprets [as] a 'fun' city."

"But he's definitely gonna come to, I think, Portland and New York," she adds. "We're doing the best that we can to see each other when I'm gone."  

Rachel's tour starts Friday in Dallas and is scheduled to wrap up April 6 in Los Angeles.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride's lead single from her forthcoming album is titled "Reckless."

You can now check out LOCASH's performance of "I Love This Life" Wednesday on the Today show online. Thursday, the duo debuts their new single, "I Know Somebody," on FOX & Friends.

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Little Big Town Auditions Looks for the ACM Awards Tonight on "Project Runway"

ABC/Eric McCandlessTonight, Little Big Town trades in four-part harmony for fashion, as the "Girl Crush" hitmakers guest star on Project Runway All Stars. In the new episode, the CMA Vocal Group of the Year challenges the contestants to create "opposites attract" looks they could wear to the Academy of Country Music Awards in April.

Judging from their past red carpet looks, the members of Little Big Town are no slouches in the fashion arena -- though one member of the band does have some particular expertise. Karen has her own line of clothes called Fair Child by Karen Fairchild, available online.

"We're just getting started, so a lot of it's like dramatic pieces -- things that I would wear onstage, things that I love, and things that are easy to wear," she says.

The singer, who just had a chart-topping hit with tour mate Luke Bryan on "Home Alone Tonight," admits her tastes may be a little more fashion-forward than some folks', though.

"I would wear fringe to Target when I go shopping," she admits. "You do wear fringe to Target!" Kimberly Schlapman interjects, as the band erupts into laughter. "Or to the grocery store," Karen admits. "So yeah! Lots of little fringe-y bits, faux fur, faux leather, at a good price point for the fans."

You can see what Karen and the other members of LBT think of the looks the contestants come up with in the episode called "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll," tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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J. Geils Band Singer Peter Wolf Releasing New Solo Album, "A Cure for Loneliness," in April

Concord RecordsThe J. Geils Band's Peter Wolf will release his eighth solo album, A Cure for Loneliness, on April 8. The 12-track collection includes nine new songs that the singer either wrote or co-wrote that showcase such American roots music influences as blues, R&B, country and rock 'n' roll.

Among the new tunes are four on which Wolf collaborated with award-winning songwriter Will Jennings, whose credits include Steve Winwood's "Higher Love," Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" and the Joe Cocker-Jennifer Warnes duet "Up Where We Belong." A Cure for Loneliness also features a bluegrass-flavored rendition of J. Geils Band's 1980 hit "Love Stinks," as well as the soul ballad "It's Raining," which Wolf co-wrote with late R&B great Don Covay. Peter originally had planned to record "It's Raining" as a duet with soul legend Bobby Womack, but Womack unfortunately died before getting the chance to work on the tune.

"I see this album as a continuation of a body of work that I've been creating for a long, long time," Wolf says in a statement. "Each album is a challenge and every one of them has been a learning experience. I think that they've become more personal and revealing as I've continued. I still feel the way I felt when I started out decades ago -- I'm just trying to prevail and continue to grow as an artist…and to keep rolling on with music as a cure for loneliness."

One of the songs from the album, "Wasting Time," is streaming now exclusively at The mid-tempo rocker is reminiscent of some of The Rolling Stones' classic early-1970s tunes.

Wolf has lined up a series of U.S. solo concerts in support of A Cure for Loneliness. His itinerary currently runs from an April 29 show in Hartford, Connecticut, through a May 21 concert in Chicago.

Here is the full track list of A Cure for Loneliness:

"Rolling On"
"It Was Always Easy to Find an Unhappy Woman"
"Peace of Mind"
"How Do You"
"Fun for a While"
"Wasting Time"
"Some Other Time, Some Other Place"
"It's Raining"
"Love Stinks"
"Mr. Mistake"

And here are all of Wolf's tour dates, according to his official website:

4/29 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Music Hall
4/30 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
5/1 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
5/5 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Music Hall
5/6 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
5/11 -- Portland, ME, Port City Music Hall
5/12 -- Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre
5/19 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
5/20 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
5/21 -- Chicago, IL, Park West

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Anthony Hamilton Announces Fifth Album, "What I'm Feelin'"

Photo by Scott Legato/WireImageAnthony Hamilton is planning to release new music next month.

Billboard reports that his next album is titled What I’m Feelin’. His fifth studio album will include contributions from Salaam RemiJames Poyse, and Mark Batson, who produced 10 of the album’s 12 tracks.

“I reconnected with my longtime collaborator Mark, who produced my most career-defining records,” says Hamilton. “Alongside engineer Bruce Irvine, we all decided to record in Nashville so we could really focus on creating a special sound. In Miami with Salaam and James, we came up with ‘Amen.’ This album is a must have for R&B and soul lovers.”

What I’m Feelin will be released by RCA Records on March 25. It will be his first since 2011’s Back to Love.

Here's the track listing:

"Save Me"                                                                                       
"Ain’t No Shame"                                                                       
"What I’m Feelin’" feat. The HamilTones                            
"I Want You"                                                                  
"Never Letting Go"                                                                      
"Walk in My Shoes"                                                                   
"Take You Home"
"Ever Seen Heaven"                                                                   
"Love Is an Angry Thing"

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Future, Mac Miller, Logic, Tory Lanez, & More to Perform at Osheaga 2016

ABC/Randy HolmesFuture is heading to Montreal's Osheaga Music Festival.

The rapper has joined the official lineup for the summer festival, taking place July 29-31 at Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. He will be joined by a slew of other hip-hop acts including Mac Miller, Tory Lanez, The Underachievers, Logic, Jazz Cartier, Vince Staples, Post Malone, Skepta and Goldlink, among many others.

You can head to the Osheaga website for ticket information.

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