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Monday
Nov202017

Drake says "Free Meek Mill" during tour stop in Australia

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCIt looks like Drake is pushing his rumored beef with Meek Mill aside. 

Upon noticing a fan's "Free Meek Mill" shirt during his Boy Meets World tour stop in Melbourne, Australia  Sunday, Drizzy said, "I see you got the 'Free Meek Mill' t-shirt. Free Meek Mill too, man, for real. You right."

You can watch a video of the moment via a fan's Instagram account.  

The "Hotline Bling" artist and Meek's feud allegedly began with a tweet written by Meek in 2015, in which he claimed that Drake doesn't "write his own raps."

In early November, Meek was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation in a 2008 gun and drug case. 

Meek's lawyers are reportedly attempting to have the judge who sentenced him removed from his case.

Drake won an American Music Award Sunday for Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop and is featured in People's "Sexiest Man Alive" 2017 issue on the "Sexy at Every Age" list for famous men in their thirties.  

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Monday
Nov202017

Panic! at the Disco announces new live album, "All My Friends We're Glorious"

ABC/Fred LeePanic! at the Disco has announced a new live album titled All My Friends We're Glorious. The 21-track collection will be released December 15.

All My Friends We're Glorious was recorded during Panic! at the Disco's North American headlining tour earlier this year in support of their latest album, Death of a Bachelor. The album includes songs from throughout the Panic! discography, as well as covers of Billy Joel's "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Following the conclusion of the tour, frontman Brendon Urie made his Broadway debut with a starring role in the musical Kinky Boots.

Here is the All My Friends We're Glorious track list:

"Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time"
"LA Devotee"
"Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)"
"Golden Days"
"Vegas Lights"
"A Fever You Can't Sweat Out Medley"
"Hallelujah"
"Nine in the Afternoon"
"Miss Jackson"
"This Is Gospel"
"Death of a Bachelor"
"The Ballad of Mona Lisa"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Emperor's New Clothes"
"Nicotine"
"Crazy = Genius"
"Let's Kill Tonight"
"Girls/Girls/Boys"
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
"I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
"Victorious"

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Monday
Nov202017

Watch now: Bruno Mars performs live at the Apollo in new TV concert special

Florent DéchardBruno Mars is bringing his brand of 24K Magic to the Apollo Theater for a new live concert special airing next week.

A trailer for the special shows Bruno and his band the Hooligans kicking off the show with a performance on top of the landmark theater’s famous marquee. We then see Bruno on the indoor stage, as the crowd goes wild. There are also shots of him cruising around New York City with his crew and meeting the locals.

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo, the singer’s first primetime TV special, airs Wednesday, November 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Monday
Nov202017

Black Label Society unleashes new track, "All That Once Shined"; watch video now

Credit: Justin ReichBlack Label Society has shared another preview of their forthcoming album, Grimmest Hits with a new song called "All That Once Shined." The track is available now on digital platforms.

The song is also streaming alongside a video that features the Grim Reaper holding up the lyrics on cards in the style of Bob Dylan in the famous "Subterranean Homesick Blues" clip. You can watch the new video now on YouTube.

"All That Once Shined" is the second track to be released from Grimmest Hits, following the single "Room of Nightmares." The album, Black Label's 10th studio effort, arrives January 19.

Black Label Society kicks off a North American tour in support of Grimmest Hits December 27 in Denver.

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Monday
Nov202017

Death Cab for Cutie readies new album for 2018

ABC/Randy HolmesNext year will include new music from Death Cab for Cutie. The band has revealed that their ninth studio album will arrive in 2018.

The new album doesn't have a name or exact release date yet, but Death Cab did share a black-and-white photo from the studio.

Death Cab's most recent album is 2015's Kintsugi, which features the singles "Black Sun" and "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive."

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Monday
Nov202017

Morrissey defends Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein 

Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for FireflyMorrissey appears to defend, in part, Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein in an interview with German publication Der Spiegel. Speaking about Spacey, the musician says he thinks that the disgraced actor has been "attacked unnecessarily," according to a translation courtesy of Google Translate.

Last month, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made sexual advances toward him at a party in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14 years old.  Both were appearing on Broadway in separate plays.  Regarding those allegations, Morrissey says "one wonders where the boy's parents were" and "one wonders if the boy did not know what would happen."

"When you are in somebody's bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to," the musician says. "That's why it does not sound very credible to me."

As for Weinstein, Morrissey says that he "hate[s] sexual situations that are forced on someone" before adding that "in many cases one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person who is being labeled a victim is merely disappointed."

Morrissey's comments have already caused controversy, with Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson slamming him by saying that he's "lost the f****** plot." "Weinstein + Spacey unfairly attacked? For rape, sexual abuse+coercion etc. F*** U Morrissey! F*** YOU," she tweeted.

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Monday
Nov202017

Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockFifteen years ago this week, Country Music Hall-of-Famer Emmylou Harris joined Bruce Springsteen onstage in Birmingham, Alabama to sing this track from Born in the U.S.A. Can you guess which one it was? ANSWER:  "My Hometown," which is appropriate, since Birmingham is Emmylou's birthplace.

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Monday
Nov202017

Hear The Eagles, Michael McDonald, Donna Summer & more sing Dan Fogelberg tunes on new tribute album

BMGDan Fogelberg is saluted on the new all-star album titled A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg, which is in stores now.  It features artists from a number of genres putting their own stamp on the late singer/songwriter's biggest hits, as well as some lesser-known favorites.

The album features The Eagles taking on "Part of the Plan," Michael McDonald's interpretation of "Better Change," "Nether Lands" by the late Donna Summer and "There's a Place in the World for a Gambler" by Jimmy Buffett. Other artists featured on the disc include the late Dobie Gray, Boz Scaggs, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with ex-Buffalo Springfield/Poco singer Richie Furay, Train and Garth Brooks.

This past August, Dan Fogelberg was posthumously inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, along with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and others.  During the induction event, many of the artists on the album performed, including Brooks, Vince Gill and Amy Grant.  The concert will air in the spring of 2018 on AXS TV.

Fogelberg died of prostate cancer in 2007. 

Here's the full A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg track list:

"Phoenix" -- Garth Brooks
"Nether Lands" -- Donna Summer
"Better Change" -- Michael McDonald
"Longer" -- Amy Grant/Vince Gill
"Same Old Lang Syne" -- Train
"Don’t Lose Heart" -- Dobie Gray
"Old Tennessee" -- Fool's Gold/Denny Henson and Tom Kelly
"As the Raven Flies" -- Casey James
"Sutters Mill" -- Randy Owen
"Run for the Roses" -- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Richie Furay
"Hard to Say" -- Boz Scaggs
"Part of the Plan" -- The Eagles
"There's a Place in the World for a Gambler" -- Jimmy Buffett
"Leader of the Band" -- Zac Brown Band

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Monday
Nov202017

Hear The Eagles, Michael McDonald & more sing Dan Fogelberg tunes on new tribute album

BMGDan Fogelberg is saluted on the new all-star album titled A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg, which is in stores now.  It features artists from a number of genres putting their own stamp on the late singer/songwriter's biggest hits, as well as some lesser-known favorites.

The album includes features The Eagles taking on "Part of the Plan," Michael McDonald's interpretation of "Better Change," "Hard to Say" by Boz Scaggs, "Run for the Roses" by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and ex-Buffalo Springfield/Poco singer Richie Furay, and Train's performance of "Same Old Lang Syne." Other artists featured on the disc include Jimmy Buffett, Garth Brooks, the late Dobie Gray and the late Donna Summer.

This past August, Dan Fogelberg was posthumously inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, along with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and others.  During the induction event, many of the artists on the album performed, including Brooks, Vince Gill and Amy Grant.  The concert will air in the spring of 2018 on AXS TV.

Fogelberg died of prostate cancer in 2007. 

Here's the full A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg track list:

"Phoenix" -- Garth Brooks
"Nether Lands" -- Donna Summer
"Better Change" -- Michael McDonald
"Longer" -- Amy Grant/Vince Gill
"Same Old Lang Syne" -- Train
"Don’t Lose Heart" -- Dobie Gray
"Old Tennessee" -- Fool's Gold/Denny Henson and Tom Kelly
"As the Raven Flies" -- Casey James
"Sutters Mill" -- Randy Owen
"Run for the Roses" -- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Richie Furay
"Hard to Say" -- Boz Scaggs
"Part of the Plan" -- The Eagles
"There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler" -- Jimmy Buffett
"Leader of the Band" -- Zac Brown Band

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Monday
Nov202017

Hear Train, The Eagles, Michael McDonald sing Dan Fogelberg on new tribute album 

BMGThe late singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg is saluted on the new all-star album A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg, which is in stores now.  It features artists from a number of genres putting their own stamp on the singer's biggest hits, as well as some lesser-known favorites.

The album features Train's performance of "Same Old Lang Syne," The Eagles taking on "Part of the Plan," "Better Change" as interpreted by Michael McDonald, and "Hard to Say" by Boz Scaggs. Other artists featured on the disc include Garth Brooks, the late Donna Summer, Zac Brown Band, Vince Gill & Amy Grant, and Jimmy Buffett.

This past August, Dan Fogelberg was posthumously inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, along with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and others.  During the induction event, many of the artists on the album performed, including Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and Amy Grant.  The concert will air in the spring of 2018 on AXS TV.

Fogelberg died of prostate cancer in 2007. 

Here's the A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg full track list:

"Phoenix" performed by Garth Brooks
"Nether Lands" performed by Donna Summer
"Better Change" performed by Michael McDonald
"Longer" performed by Amy Grant/Vince Gill
"Same Old Lang Syne" performed by Train
"Don’t Lose Heart" performed by Dobie Gray
"Old Tennessee" performed by Fool’s Gold/Denny Henson and Tom Kelly
"As the Raven Flies" performed by Casey James
"Sutters Mill" performed by Randy Owen
"Run for the Roses" performed by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Richie Furay
"Hard to Say" performed by Boz Scaggs
"Part of the Plan" performed by the Eagles
"There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler" performed by Jimmy Buffett
"Leader of the Band" performed by Zac Brown Band

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Monday
Nov202017

Chloe x Halle promises that "every little thing gon' be alright" in new song, "I Say So"

ABC/Fred WatkinsOn Twitter, Chloe x Halle announced that their brand-new song was written for UNICEF's World Children's Day, taking place on Monday, November 20. 

The track, called "I Say So," is an uplifting anthem that tells listeners "every little thing gon' be alright." 

You can listen to it on YouTube now. 

Chloe and Halle are expected to appear at United Nations headquarters in New York City on Monday for a special World Children's Day "takeover" event. 

Fans can also look forward for their star turn in recurring roles on the black-ish spinoff, grown-ish

The series premieres on January 3 at 9 p.m. ET via Freeform.  

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Monday
Nov202017

Demi Lovato, Katy Perry & Jason Derulo help discover the "Best.Cover.Ever" today on YouTube

Courtesy YouTubeThe music competition series Best.Cover.Ever., hosted by Ludacris, launches today on YouTube with three episodes focusing on Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and Jason Derulo.  In each episode, Demi, Katy and Jason will judge cover versions of their hits created by aspiring artists from around the world, and pick a winner, who will then get to duet with them.  Going through all the submissions, Demi tells ABC Radio, was "really cool."

On Demi's episode, musicians offer versions of her hit "Confident," performed in pretty much every style of music you can imagine, from solo females to all-male bands.  Demi narrows them down to two finalists: an R&B vocal group called AHMIR, and a Nashville band called Anthem Lights.  You have to watch the episode to find out who wins.

Demi says of fans covering her songs on YouTube, "It was an honor!"

"You know, it's so cool, I remember covering other people's songs, and knowing that people loved my song enough to cover it feels awesome," she tells ABC Radio.

These days, Demi says she likes to cover "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin, but in the past, she says she often covered Lil' Wayne's "How to Love."

Each Monday from now through December 21, additional episodes of Best.Cover.Ever. will premiere.  Next week, it's Charlie Puth and the Backstreet Boys.  December 4, it's Flo Rida and Nicky Jam.  On December 14, it's Bebe Rexha and on December 21, it's DNCE and Keith Urban.

Visit Best.Cover.Ever 's YouTube channel to watch.

 

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Monday
Nov202017

Dave Grohl pens tribute to Malcolm Young; watch Foo Fighters cover AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock"

Credit: Brantley GutierrezDave Grohl posted a tribute over the weekend to the late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, who died Saturday at age 64. In the piece, posted to Twitter, the Foo Fighters frontman remembers seeing the 1980 AC/DC concert film Let There Be Rock when he was 11 years old.

"It was the first time I lost control to music," Grohl wrote. "The first time I wanted to be in a band. I didn't want to play my guitar anymore, I wanted to smash it."

"Thank you, Malcolm for the songs, and the feel, and the cool, and the years of losing control to your rock and roll," Grohl added.

Saturday night, during their show in Mexico City, Foo Fighters further honored Young with a cover of the song "Let There Be Rock." You can watch footage of the performance now on YouTube.

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Monday
Nov202017

American Music Awards 2017: More performances

Dick Clark ProductionsIn addition to the marquee performances from Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and Diana Ross (SEE RELATED STORY), there were plenty of other exciting performances at last night's American Music Awards.  Here's a rundown:

Seven-member K-pop band BTS made the girls in the audience lose their collective mind as the group made its American TV debut, dancing up a storm and singing "DNA," whose lyrics are entirely in Korean.

Imagine Dragons teamed with Khalid for a dynamic, exciting mash-up of the band's hit "Thunder" and Khalid's song "Young, Dumb and Broke." Surprisingly, the two songs sound similar enough that the duet worked perfectly.

Demi Lovato sang "Sorry Not Sorry" while her buddy Nick Jonas sang "Find You."

In her first performance in a year -- and her only TV performance of 2017 -- Selena Gomez premiered her new single "Wolves."  The performance was staged as though she'd been in an accident: She was shown lying on the ground in the woods in front of a car with a broken headlight, wearing a negligee and sporting a fake wound on her head.  But notably, her hair was dyed blonde, which is a new look for her.

Portgual. The Man sang their mega-hit "Feel It Still," which was preceded by a screen that flashed, "No computers up here -- all live instruments."  After the performance, the screen flashed an invitation for people to meet the band "at Wilshire Blvd after the show -- drinks on us."

Zedd and Alessia Cara did a stripped-down acoustic version of their hit "Stay," with just a piano and a string section.

Hailee Steinfeld, country duo Florida Georgia Line, Alesso and watt performed their collabo "Let Me Go."

New Artist of the Year winner Niall Horan, wearing an enormous hat, sang "Slow Hands."

Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist winner Lady Gaga performed "The Cure" live via satellite during her concert in Washington, D.C. and then gave her acceptance speech on stage.

Macklemore and Skylar Grey performed "Glorious"; less than 24 hours earlier, Skylar was in New York City, singing with Eminem on Saturday Night Live.

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Shawn Mendes sang "There's Nothing Holding Me Back"

In addition, brief audition videos from three people who tried out for American Idol but who didn't receive a golden ticket were played.  The audience got to vote on their favorite, and the winner, who'll get that golden ticket, will be revealed on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night.

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Monday
Nov202017

Did Mariah Carey experience sexual harassment? "Yeah. But I'm not gonna make it all about me" 

ABC/Lou RoccoMariah Carey wants you to know that she's suffered through her share of sexual harassment on her way to the top -- but she's not going to name names.

During a chat with the Hollywood Reporter, the interviewer suggested to Mariah that she "probably had to deal with a lot of sleazy guys on your way to stardom," and asks if all the stories coming out now about sexual harassment and misbehavior "bring anything up for you."

"Does it bring up anything from my own life? Yeah," replies Mariah. "But I’m not going to make it all about me. I throw my support toward those women who have come forward. And in an earnest way, from my heart."

She adds, "I have to say everybody is being very courageous in these circumstances and so it’s a tip of the hat to them. They are brave. And yeah, these are some very strong women and it’s something to be admired. Of course, we hope things change and we hope that people don’t have to go through these things anymore."

The singer, who currently has an on-demand animated Christmas special and DVD called All I Want for Christmas is You, says she has one wish for Christmas this year.

"Peace and harmony," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Can we have that?"

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Monday
Nov202017

American Music Awards 2017: Bruno wins big, Pink hits new heights, Obamas make a cameo, Christina honors Whitney & Diana Ross is a legend

Dick Clark ProductionsBruno Mars was the big winner at last night's American Music Awards, which aired live from L.A. on ABC. He scored in seven of the eight categories he was nominated in, including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for 24K Magic.  Unfortunately, he wasn't on hand to accept his hardware.

"I wish I could be partying with y’all, but I’m a million miles away right now in a f*****' minivan," the singer said in a videotaped acceptance speech for Artist of the Year.  But even though the audience was deprived of one of Bruno's patented show-stopping performances, there were plenty of others to make up for it.

Chief among them was Pink, who sang "Beautiful Trauma" while performing an eye-popping, breath-taking aerial dance routine while literally hanging off the side of the JW Marriott, high above L.A.  As she and her dancers flipped, twirled, and climbed up and across the outside of the building Batman-style, it was hard to believe she was singing live, but we're pretty sure she was.  The video for the song, which stars Channing Tatum, will premiere on Tuesday.

Pink and Kelly Clarkson also helped kicked off the show in grand style.  First, Jamie Foxx made a speech in which he referred to the many tragedies the country has suffered in the past year -- wildfires, hurricanes and hate-fueled violence -- and introduced a group of real-life first responders.

He continued, "As this year comes to a close, we look forward to 2018 with hope. For even as we mourn those who are lost, we know this: Together our strength will pull us through, together we shall overcome the pain, together we can unite as a people and a nation."   Then, Pink and Kelly duetted for the first time ever, singing R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts."

Later, Kelly returned for her own performance, singing her first post-American Idol hit, "Miss Independent," before seguing into her current hit "Love So Soft."

By the way, "Miss Independent" was co-written by Christina Aguilera, who delivered another memorable performance: She paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston's record-breaking soundtrack for The Bodyguard, released 25 years ago this week. 

With her hair slicked back and minimal makeup, Christina sang a medley of "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing," "Run to You" and "I'm Every Woman." At the end, an emotional Christina said, "Thank you Whitney Houston, for being the best inspiration ever!" 

Pink was seen in the audience watching Christina with tears in her eyes. Despite what some were saying on Twitter, the two have long quashed their ancient beef and are now friends, and she was genuinely moved by the performance.

Yet another emotional moment came when Linkin Park won for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist.  The producers evidently weren't aware that the band, who lost their lead singer Chester Bennington to suicide earlier this year, was in the house, but they eventually made their way to the stage.  LP's Mike Shinoda dedicated the win to Chester's "memory," "talent," "sense of humor" and "joy," adding, "Take a moment to appreciate what you've got and make Chester proud."

The show ended with the legendary Diana Ross -- mother of the show's host, Tracee Ellis Ross -- winning the Lifetime Achievement Award and performing a medley of her hits.  Dressed in a fabulous gown, with her hair as big as ever, the 73-year-old icon sang "I'm Coming Out," "Take Me Higher," "Ease on Down the Road," "The Best Years of My Life" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

While singing the latter song, Ross brought some of her grandchildren on stage, and then her entire family joined her.  So did fellow Motown legend Smokey Robinson and 87-year-old Motown founder Berry Gordy, the man who made Ross a star, and fathered her daughter Rhonda.

Two videotaped tributes to Miss Ross were also played: one was from Taylor Swift, who said, "I don't personally know anyone in music who hasn't been inspired by you and influenced by you..you have paved the way for everyone who does what we do now, including me." 

The other was from President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.  "We still listen to Diana around the house," said Obama. "That's why I gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year. But this is a big deal too!"

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Monday
Nov202017

Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park, Coldplay win at 2017 American Music Awards

Dick Clark ProductionsImagine Dragons, Linkin Park and Coldplay were winners at the 2017 American Music Awards, which aired live from L.A. on ABC Sunday night.

Imagine Dragons were named Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group.  During their acceptance speech, lead singer Dan Reynolds commented on the fact that Pink, Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovato had just performed.  He said, "This is the country that I know, which is one of powerful women. I’m talking about our women; talking about empowering our LGBTQ youth."

"May we continue to progress as a nation towards one of love, of equality, no divide," he continued. "There’s been way too much of that this last year so to start the night like this just feels right.”

He ended by calling for "Peace, love, equality for all!”

ID and R&B singer Khalid later performed a dynamic, exciting mash-up of ID's hit "Thunder" and Khalid's song "Young, Dumb and Broke." Surprisingly, the two songs sound similar enough that the duet worked perfectly.

Linkin Park was named Favorite Alternative Rock Artist, but the producers evidently weren't aware that the band was in the house. They eventually made their way to the stage, where LP's Mike Shinoda dedicated the win to the late Chester Bennington -- specifically, his "memory," "talent," "sense of humor" and "joy." He added, "Take a moment to appreciate what you've got and make Chester proud."

Coldplay, who were not present, won the award for Favorite Tour of the Year, beating out Garth Brooks and U2.

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Monday
Nov202017

Chance the Rapper gets in the Thanksgiving spirit on "Saturday Night Live", Eminem makes sixth appearance as guest performer

Will Heath/NBCChance the Rapper made his Saturday Night Live debut as guest host over the weekend. The star, who previously appeared on the long-running late-night sketch comedy series as a performer, kicked things off by presenting a funny "Chance-giving" opening monologue.

"In the spirit of giving, I've pledged to give one-million dollars to Chicago public schools. The only problem, I talked to my accountant and I do not have it," he says. Chance went on to sing a Thanksgiving-inspired song in light of the upcoming holiday. SNL cast members, like Kenan Thompson and Leslie Jones, also came out to sing and dance along with Chance.

The "All We Got" artist also was featured in many sketches on the show, including one in which he portrayed a young kid named Malik asking comic book character Bruce Wayne/Batman, played by SNL cast member Beck Bennett, to stop being a nuisance in his neighborhood, and another in which a member of a fictional R&B group named De-Von-Tré,  performed a song in a music video called "Come Back, Barack." The track details the trio's hope for Barack Obama to return to his former position as commander-in-chief. 

In addition, Chance portrayed a hip-hop artist from a fictional '70s group Soul Crush Crew, a New York Knicks sports correspondent covering his first hockey game, a pizza delivery guy, a high school student excited for his dad on career day and a Family Feud contestant who bears a similar likeness to Steve Harvey, played by Kenan Thompson.

Eminem appeared on the show for the sixth time in his career as the musical guest. He performed his latest release, "Walk on Water," as well as "Stan" and "Love the Way You Lie" alongside pop singer-songwriter Skylar Grey.

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Monday
Nov202017

Keith Urban wins three trophies simultaneously, FGL performs on the American Music Awards

ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban got a triple thrill at Sunday night's American Music Awards.

He was announced as the winner in the category of Favorite Country Male Artist, but while he was on stage accepting the trophy, presenter Kathryn Hahn announced that he'd also won two additional awards: Favorite Country Album for Ripcord, and Favorite Country Song for "Blue Ain't Your Color."

Instead of juggling his three trophies, Keith handed two of them to his wife Nicole Kidman, who was sitting in the front row, noting that it was only right that she share in the wins with him.  He thanked everyone, including his "baby girl" Nicole and their daughters, who he called "Munchkin" and "Fifi" -- their actual names are Sunday and Faith, of course.

Backstage, Keith told ABC Radio that his wins felt "extraordinary," adding, "I have so much gratitude for what I get to do, makin' music and when you make a record like Ripcord and it connects the way it has with everybody, it's the best feeling. It really is."

He added, "And this time of year, too, with what so many people have gone through and are still going through, it's an extremely important time to take stock of everything good in your life: family, loved ones, your health, everything."

The only country performance during the show came from Florida Georgia Line, who teamed up with actress and pop star Hailee Steinfeld, deejay/producer Alesso and guitarist Watt for their pop hit "Let Me Go."  All the artists performed on a flashy set made of interlocking metal boxes stacked on top of one another.

The other country winners included Carrie Underwood for Favorite Female Country Star and Little Big Town for Favorite Country Duo or Group.

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Monday
Nov202017

"Every Little Thing" leads to a gold record and a #1: How Carly Pearce is re-decorating her living room

ABC/Image Group LAFor Carly Pearce, the last couple weeks have simply been the stuff that dreams are made of:  She scored her first #1 with her debut single, “Every Little Thing,” which has also been certified gold in both the U.S. and Canada.

This weekend at the Nashville stop on Brett Young’s Caliville Tour, the president of her record company, Scott Borchetta, presented her with the plaque commemorating her accomplishments -- and she’s already decided where she’ll put it.

“I live alone, so wherever you enter my house, you're gonna see it,” she tells ABC Radio. “So maybe like my living room, just so I can stare at it. Because I've always dreamt of what that would be like. It's not gonna match anything in my house, and I don't even care.”

Carly confesses it’s an emotional time for her family, after all her mom and dad sacrificed to help make her success a reality.

“My parents let me quit high school at 16 and start home-schooling, because I saw an audition to sing in the country show at Dollywood,” she explains. “And they've always supported my music career, and to be honest, these days we're on a group chat together, and we kind of, when we get together, we cry, just because it's so full circle. They'll send me little emoticons of them crying or pictures. It's a really special time for my family.” 

You should soon start hearing the Kentucky native’s second single, "Hide the Wine," from her Every Little Thing album.  

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