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Tuesday
Aug232016

Cage the Elephant Notches Seventh #1 Alternative Single with "Trouble"

Credit: Ira ChernovaCage the Elephant has once again returned to number one at Alternative radio. The band's track "Trouble" has reached the top of the chart, giving Matt Shultz and company their seventh number-one Alternative single.

Previously, Cage the Elephant scored number ones with "Back Against the Wall," "In One Ear," "Shake Me Down," "Come a Little Closer," "Cigarette Daydreams" and, most recently, "Mess Around."

Only five other bands have at least seven number one Alternative singles: U2, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who lead the pack with 13 number ones.

"Trouble" appears on Cage the Elephant's latest album, Tell Me I'm Pretty.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock The current ACM Entertainer of the Year also happens to be the top male country artist of all time when it comes to digital sales, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Can you name him? ANSWER:  Jason Aldean.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Gavin DeGraw Wants to Help You Travel Like a Local

Business WireAllow Gavin DeGraw to be your tour guide across the U.S.A. The singer has teamed up with hotel collection brand “Curio -- A Collection by Hilton” to give travelers the inside scoop on five cities along his upcoming tour.

Gavin will create local guides for Grand Rapids, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Each guide will include tips and ideas to help travelers experience the cities like locals.

“Anyone who loves to travel will appreciate Curio’s Local Guides,” Gavin says in a statement. “When I’m on tour, I always look for off-the-beaten-path spots so I can experience the community I’m visiting like a local -- whether it’s hitting a dive bar on the outskirts of town or finding a bike-share to get some exercise between gigs.”

#CitiesbyCurio with Gavin DeGraw will be available on CitiesByCurio.com starting August 28 to coincide with the first date of Gavin’s tour with Andy Grammer.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Rose Bowl Karaoke: Coldplay Covers Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" with James Corden in Los Angeles

Image Group LA/ABCColdplay teamed up with Late Late Show host James Corden to deliver a cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" during the band's show at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday night. You can watch official video of the duet now via Coldplay's YouTube.

"So this is an idea that Chris said to me, he said 'I think you should come sing this at the Rose Bowl,'" Corden told the massive Rose Bowl crowd before the performance. "I'll be honest: I didn't know how big it was when I said yes."

Following the song, Chris Martin brought out a cake in celebration of Corden's 38th birthday and led the crowd in a "Happy Birthday" singalong.

Coldplay's tour continues tonight in Phoenix.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Did Ciara and Russell Wilson Pull Wedding Out of NC to Protest Anti-LBGT Law?

Denise Truscello/WireImageWhen Ciara and professional football player Russell Wilson tied the knot in London, England July 5, they were also taking a stand against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, according to one report.

The couple had reportedly planned to wed in North Carolina -- where Wilson went to college -- but called it off due to the state's controversial House Bill 2, known as the Bathroom Bill, their wedding planner, Mindy Weiss tells The Knot.

The state's restrictive law forces transgender men and women to only use bathrooms matching the gender they were born into, rather than the one with which they identify.

Ciara, 30, and Wilson, 27, also considered Paris, France as a possible location, according to Weiss, but were forced to look elsewhere when they learned their wedding date would coincide with Fashion Week.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Demi Lovato Sued by Indie Rock Duo Sleigh Bells for Alleged Copyright Infringement

ABC/Paula LoboSleigh Bells are ringing for Demi Lovato. The singer is being sued by the indie rock duo for copyright infringement, according to court papers obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Sleigh Bells members Derek E. Miller and Sydney Alexis Krauss filed court papers in California on Monday claiming that Lovato's track "Stars," which was released last year, illegally samples their song "Infinity Guitars" from the pair's 2010 album, Treats.  "Stars" appears as a bonus track on Lovato's fifth album, Confident.

Miller and Krauss say in the court papers that "Demi Lovato, and the label and team she worked with to create 'Stars,' did not obtain authorization from Sleigh Bells to use any part or portion of 'Infinity Guitars.'"

The suit alleges that "Stars" contains "compositional elements" from "Infinity Guitars" that were sampled without permission.

According to the lawsuit, "A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works."

Miller and Krauss also claim the "sonic qualities of portions of 'Infinity Guitars' and 'Stars' are at least substantially similar." 

In addition to Lovato, producers Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and UMG Recordings are named as defendants in the complaint.

Sleigh Bells initially tweeted about the alleged similarity in November. Falk and Yacoub subsequently denied that samples were used in "Stars."

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Why Charlie Puth Was "Overjoyed" Selena Gomez Joined Him on Latest Hit Duet

Image Group LA/ABCCharlie Puth has recorded collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Meghan Trainor and, now, Selena Gomez.  Charlie says he was "overjoyed" that Selena wanted to join him on "We Don't Talk Anymore."

While Charlie says the song didn't start out as a duet, "It was not really a fluke."  He tells ABC Radio, "I just showed the record to her and, uh, she was like, 'Wow, I can really relate to this record.'"

Charlie says he started working on the song while touring Japan -- he came up with a guitar lick and told his guitar player to start playing it.  Then, he decided to share his new tune with Selena.

"I dunno, I finished it and I was just playing it for her," he tells ABC Radio. "And she was just like, 'I’d love to sing it.' And that literally made me so happy; I was overjoyed. Not just because it was her, but, like, her voice sounded so good on it." 

"Don't Talk Anymore" is the latest single from Charlie's debut, Nine Track Mind.  You've got to wonder exactly why Selena said she related to the song -- the lyrics are about regretting a breakup, and hoping that your ex has found someone "who knows how to love you like me."  Hmm.

Charlie will kick off a major fall tour next month, but he tweeted that he has an "announcement this week." Perhaps he's performing on Sunday's MTV VMAs?  Stay tuned.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

DMX Welcomes Baby Number 15

Johnny Nunez/WireImageRapper DMX has just welcomed the birth of his new baby boy, Exodus Simmons, says TMZ. Exodus marks the fifteenth child for DMX, but the first for his longtime girlfriend, Desiree Lindstrom.  

Exodus was born at a healthy six pounds, ten ounces in New York City, adds TMZ. DMX was in Arizona at the time of Exodus's birth, but hopped on a flight to New York City to check on the new addition to his family and his baby mama.  

The entertainer called Exodus "a blessing" in a conversation with TMZ. 

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Frank Ocean's "Blonde" to Debut at Number One on "Billboard" 200 Chart

Josh Brasted/WireImageFrank Ocean's long-awaited sophomore album, Blonde, is tipped to grab the number-one spot this week on the Billboard 200 chart.  

This would mark the recording artist's first number-one studio effort. His Grammy-winning debut album, channel ORANGE, grabbed the number-two Billboard 200 spot in 2012.

Billboard projects that the album, which was released on Saturday, could sell up to 225,000 to 250,000 units in the week ending on August 25.

Ocean also released a music video for one of the tracks on Blonde, "Nikes," and "Boys Don't Cry" magazines in London, New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles pop-up shops to celebrate the debut of his latest album.  

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Tuesday
Aug232016

A New Tribe Called Quest Album Is Coming Soon

Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAPLegendary rap trio Tribe Called Quest may be coming out with a new album.

In a recent Rap Radar podcast interview, music executive L.A. Reid confirmed that the group recorded one last album before the passing of member Phife Dawg in March. "You know what I'm excited about though? Tribe Called Quest," he says. 

"We have a Tribe Called Quest album coming. I'm really excited about that. I'm really happy about it, man. It's really something special," adds Reid.  

The latest Tribe album will be the first studio release from the group in eighteen years. Their last album, The Love Movement, made it to the number-three spot on the Billboard 200 in 1998.  

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Tuesday
Aug232016

The Fray to Take Their Fans "Through the Years" with New Best-Of, Fall Tour 

Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesFantastic news for fans of The Fray: this fall, the band has a best-of coming, plus a brand-new tour with American Authors.

Through the Years: The Best of The Fray, out November 4, is the Colorado group's first compilation, and in addition to hits like "Over My Head (Cable Car)," "How to Save a Life" and "You Found Me," it includes three brand-new songs.  One of those, "Singing Low," will be released September 9.

As for the tour, it kicks off October 15 in Seattle, and runs through Thanksgiving weekend. Tickets go on sale this Friday, and if you buy them, you'll get a free digital download of the new album.  The Fray's last major tour was last summer, when they were on the road with Train and Matt Nathanson.

It's hard to believe it's been more than 10 years since The Fray first broke through with their song "Over My Head" and then really hit the big time with their biggest hit, "How to Save a Life."  Lead singer Isaac Slade says even though they've played that song countless times over the years, their most devoted fans -- some of whom have seen the band 20 times or more -- feel that it's constantly changing.

"One of 'em said that every single time they've seen 'How to Save a Life,' it's different," Isaac tells ABC Radio. "And they've seen it 20 times, or 25 times, something like that."

"We don't do that consciously or purposefully, but when we're playing it we're just trying to dig into the song as much as we can," he adds. "If I had to guess one of the things that keeps us going is that, you know, we're singing it for real." 

Here's the track listing for Through the Years:

"Over My Head (Cable Car)" – from How To Save A Life (2005)
"How To Save A Life" – from How To Save A Life (2006)
"Look After You" – from How To Save A Life (2007)
"All At Once" – from How To Save A Life (2007)
"You Found Me" – from The Fray (2008)
"Never Say Never" – from The Fray (2009)
"Heartless" – single (2009)
"Heartbeat" – from Scars & Stories (2011)
"Love Don’t Die" – from Helios (2013)
"Singing Low" – NEW SONG from Through the Years (2016)
"Corners" – NEW SONG from Through the Years (2016)
"Changing Tides" – NEW SONG from Through the Years (2016)

And here are the tour dates with American Authors:

10/15 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
10/16 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
10/18 -- San Francisco, CA, Masonic
10/20 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
10/21 -- Cabazon, CA, Morongo Casino
10/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Foundry Hall at SLS Casino
10/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Wiltern
10/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
10/28 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
10/29 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
10/30 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live Moody
11/4 --  Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
11/5 --  Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Pocono
11/6 --  Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/7 --  Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
11/9 --  New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
11/11 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
11/12 -- Nashville, TN, War Memorial Auditorium
11/13 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
11/15 -- Washington, DC, The Fillmore Silver Spring
11/16 -- Philadelphia, PA, Fillmore
11/18 -- Detroit, MI, Fillmore
11/19 -- Battle Creek, MI, FireKeepers Casino
11/20 -- Toronto, ON, Sound Academy
11/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum
11/25 -- Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre
11/26 -- Denver, CO, 1st Bank

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The nominees for the 50th Annual CMA Awards will be announced Wednesday, August 31, with more details about the reveal yet to come. 

Dan Rather chats with Martina McBride on the September 27 episode of The Big Interview, as part of the show's new fall season on AXS TV. 

Brandy Clark is releasing "Love Can Go to Hell" as the second single from her Big Day in a Small Town album.

You can check out The Time Jumpers' new video for "I Miss You" on YouTube. It's the first single from the Kid Sister album, which comes out September 9. Produced by the band's Vince Gill, it's a tribute to late member Dawn Sears, who passed away in 2014. 

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Tuesday
Aug232016

"From the Ground Up" Turns Dan+Shay into Hawaiian Wedding Singers

Warner Music NashvilleThis week, “From the Ground Up” becomes the second number one of Dan+Shay’s career. Dan Smyers says it’s especially significant since he and Shay Mooney wrote the song about the lifelong romances of their grandparents.

“The message of true love and long-lasting love is something that we felt needed to be out there…” Dan says, “and to have so many people… translating it to their own personal lives is really special to us and something that's never really happened in our career to this point.”

It’s even led to some pretty cool wedding invitations, including one to perform in Hawaii.

“I think it's a professional baseball player… “ Shay adds. “You know, your first dance song is… a big moment in your life… it's a lot of pressure, I feel like. That's gonna be a little nerve-wracking… if you mess that up, it's like, 'Oh, thanks for ruining our lives!'” he laughs.  

Dan+Shay kick off The Obsessed Tour November 10 in Denver, Colorado, before they head for the islands November 18 to play The Republik in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Tim Commerford Feels Rage Against the Machine Represents the "Essence of Punk"

ABC/Randy HolmesRage Against the Machine is known for combining elements of rap with heavy metal, but the band was never really considered to be "punk." However, bassist Tim Commerford feels that Rage Against the Machine is very much a punk band.

"When I see people talk about the history: What are the 10 best punk bands of all time? I never see Rage on that list, and I always just go, "That's bulls***," Commerford tells Rolling Stone. "Because Rage is a punk band. We were a punk band and our ethics were punk."

"We didn't do anything that anyone wanted us to do," the bassist continues. "We only did what we wanted to do and that is the essence of punk rock."

Commerford and his Rage band mates Tom Morello and Brad Wilk are currently on tour alongside Chuck D and B-Real as Prophets of Rage. The bassist is actually pulling double-duty on the trek, as his new band Wakrat is one of the tour's openers. As the lead vocalist and lyricist in Wakrat, Commerford feels he can provide a different kind of performance for both bands.

"I'm a bass player first and foremost and that's where these bands cross and I'm so proud of what I'm doing in both bands," Commerford says. But...one is more of a physical strain, the Prophets of Rage is more an aerobic, musical, bass-player thing. Whereas Wakrat is more of a mental strain for my brain and for my heart."

The Prophets of Rage Make America Rage Again tour continues August 23 in Quebec. Their show in Toronto Wednesday night will be live-streamed on the band's Facebook page, beginning 9 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Carlos Santana Says New Album He Made with Ronald Isley Is Almost Finished and "Unbelievable"

Credit: Adriano ScognamilloCarlos Santana recently announced that around the same time he made Santana IV, the new studio album reuniting most of his band's original members, he began work on another recording project with famed Isley Brothers singer Ronald Isley. Carlos now has shared an update about the latter album's status.

"We just about finished it," he told ABC Radio. "[We recorded] 16 songs in four days, [and] I wish I could see your eyes and your face when you listen to the whole album. It's unbelievable."

Santana also revealed that among the other musicians who contributed to the album were lauded session keyboardist Greg Phillinganes; two current members of his group, including his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman; and guitarist Ernie Isley, Ronald's brother and fellow Isley Brothers band mate.

The project came about after Ronald Isley lent guest vocals to two songs on Santana IV, which was released this past April. Santana IV featured Carlos teaming up with former Santana singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Shrieve, percussionist Michael Carabello and guitarist Neal Schon for the first time since the early 1970s.

While the musicians have only played a handful of special shows to promote the record so far, Carlos told ABC Radio that he "absolutely" expects to release more new music with his old band mates.

"There's a lot of music that we recorded that needs to be completed," he revealed. "And yes, we had a ball and we plan on definitely doing Santana Five, Six and Seven, hopefully."

First up for Carlos, however, will be a recently reported one-off performance this Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with his new jazz-fusion supergroup Mega Nova. The band also features jazz greats Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, as well as Carlos' wife, Cindy.

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Monday
Aug222016

Joni Mitchell Makes First Public Appearance Since Suffering Aneurysm Last Year

Lester Cohen/WireImageOn Saturday, Joni Mitchell made her first public appearance since suffering a debilitating brain aneurysm in March of 2015. According to the 72-year-old singer/songwriter's official website, Mitchell attended a concert Saturday night by jazz great Chick Corea at Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles.

A photo taken that evening of Mitchell with Corea, his wife and legendary jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock was posted on Chick's official Facebook page. The pic shows a smiling Joni holding Hancock's hand, as Corea puts his arms around the two other musicians.

Mitchell was hospitalized in March 2015 after suffering an aneurysm and being discovered unconscious at her L.A. home. In June of last year, Joni's friend and conservator Leslie Morris reported that she was speaking and undergoing daily therapy and was expected to make a full recovery.

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Monday
Aug222016

The Chainsmokers & Halsey Collabo Brings Both Acts Their First #1 

Disruptor Records / Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers are certainly having a moment.  After scoring two top 10 hits earlier this year with "Roses" and "Don't Let Me Down," the EDM duo has finally topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "Closer," their collaboration with Halsey.  This is also Halsey's first #1 hit.

According to Billboard, Chainsmokers are the first duo to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2013, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did it with "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us."  They're also the first group to score a #1 in more than two years. It's been nothing but solo artists on top since MAGIC! was #1 with "Rude" back in 2014.

"Closer" managed to hit #1 in its third week on the chart -- the fastest climb to the top since Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," which rang the bell in three weeks in 2014.

The single is also #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, making it only the second track in history to hit #1 on both that chart and the Billboard Hot 100.  The only other song to do it was Baauer's "Harlem Shake" in 2013.

As for Halsey, the highest she previously got on the chart was #60 with her breakthrough song, "New Americana."  She also reached #31 as a featured performer on Justin Bieber's song "The Feeling."

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Monday
Aug222016

Against Me! Visits a Galaxy Far, Far Away in "Crash" Video

Total Treble/INgroovesAgainst Me! has premiered the video for their new song "Crash."

In the outer space-themed visual, which is streaming now on YouTube, the camera spins around Laura Jane Grace and company as they dance and rock out in front of a star-filled backdrop. You also may spot a Star Wars TIE fighter in the background.

"Crash" will appear on the forthcoming Against Me! album Shape Shift with Me, which arrives September 16.

The band will tour this fall in support of Shape Shift with Me, including dates with Bad Religion.

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Monday
Aug222016

Evanescence Plans Fall Headlining Tour 

Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty ImagesEvanescence will hit the road this fall on a North American headlining tour. The 16-date jaunt kicks off October 28 in Dallas and will wrap up November 23 in Huntington, New York. Visit Evanescence.com for ticket details.

The tour announcement arrives on the heels of the news that frontwoman Amy Lee would be recording a solo children's album called Dream Too Much, which will be released September 30.

"Just when you thought I was off the hard stuff! It's going to feel amazing to step back onstage with the band this fall," Lee tells Rolling Stone. "We had such a tight gel solidifying onstage the last few shows, and were enjoying it so much, we were all lamenting that it was so short and have been on the lookout for more opportunities to play live."

Here are Evanescence's fall tour dates:

10/28 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom
10/30 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
11/1 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11/3 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
11/5 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
11/6 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
11/9 -- Mobile, AL, Saenger Theatre
11/10 -- Saint Augustine, FL, St Augustine Amphitheater
11/12 -- Orlando, FL, Orlando Amphitheater
11/13 -- Miami Beach, FL, The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason
11/15 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
11/16 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Concert Hall
11/18 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
11/19 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Harrah's Atlantic City Concert Venue
11/22 -- Montclair, NJ, The Wellmont Theatre
11/23 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount

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Monday
Aug222016

How Pop Sensation Ariana Grande Ended Up Writing the Title Track for Ronnie Dunn's New Album

BMLGRonnie Dunn’s forthcoming solo album is a star-studded affair, having been produced primarily by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, and boasting collaborations with both Ronnie's longtime musical partner Kix Brooks and their Vegas residency co-headliner Reba.

But the title track comes from an extremely unlikely source: a former teen-sensation-turned-pop-superstar.

“I had a lot of fun making this album,” Ronnie says. “Jay and I really clicked… and we were both really proud of the final product. I branched out of my comfort zone… At the suggestion of my daughter, I even recorded an Ariana Grande song. Ironically, it became the title of the album.”

The song, "Tattooed Heart," appeared on Ariana's 2013 debut album, Yours Truly.

Tattooed Heart comes out October 21, with digital pre-orders starting September 23 at the usual outlets. Here’s the complete track listing:

“Ain’t No Trucks in Texas”
“Damn Drunk” (with Kix Brooks)
“I Worship the Woman You Walked On”
“That’s Why They Make Jack Daniels”
“I Put That There”
“Young Buck”
“I Wanna Love Like That Again”
“Still Feels Like Mexico” (featuring Reba)
“Tattooed Heart”
“This Old Heart”
“Only Broken Heart in San Antone”
“She Don’t Honky Tonk No More”

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