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Jun212018

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Brooks & Dunn scored a #1 in 1998 with this song that was also a hit for its writer, Roger Miller, as well as for '80's duo David Frizzell and Shelly West. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Husband and Wives."

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Thursday
Jun212018

Ringo Starr, Huey Lewis, Dolly Parton featured on tribute album to late pop-country star Roger Miller

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Ringo Starr is one of many music stars who have contributed their talents to a new tribute album honoring late pop-country singer-songwriter Roger Miller.

Due out August 31, according to Rolling Stone, King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller is a two-disc set that features an eclectic variety of artists covering Miller's songs, including Starr, Huey Lewis and actor John Goodman, as well as country legends Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and the late Merle Haggard, among many others.

Ringo recorded a version of Miller's 1979 tune "Hey, Would You Hold It Down?," while Lewis teams up with country veterans Asleep at the Wheel for a rendition of Roger's 1964 top-10 hit "Chug-a-Lug."

The album ends with a cover of Miller's biggest hit and trademark tune, "King of the Road," featuring various artists. The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.

The album was co-produced by Roger's son, Dean Miller, who also sings one of the tracks. Among the many others contributing the King of the Road album are Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cake, Tonic frontman Emerson Hart, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson and Kacey Musgraves.

Known for his witty story-songs, Miller enjoyed an extended run of hits on both the pop and country charts during the 1960s. He won more than 10 Grammys, and received Tony Award for Best Score in 1985 for his work on the musical Big River.

Miller died of lung cancer in 1992 at the age of 56, and was inducted posthumously into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995.

Here's the complete track list for King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller:

Disc One
"Chug-a-Lug" -- Asleep at the Wheel featuring Huey Lewis
"Dang Me" -- Brad Paisley
"Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go" -- The Stellas/Lennon and Maisy
"Kansas City Star" -- Kacey Musgraves
"World So Full of Love" -- Rodney Crowell
"Old Friends" -- Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard
"Lock Stock and Teardrops" -- Mandy Barnett
"You Oughta Be Here with Me" -- Alison Krauss featuring The Cox Family
"The Crossing" -- Ronnie Dunn, The Blind Boys of Alabama
"In the Summertime" -- The Earls of Leicester featuring Shawn Camp
"England Swings" -- Lyle Lovett
"You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd" -- Various Artists
"Half a Mind" -- Loretta Lynn
"Invitation to the Blues" -- Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter
"It Only Hurts Me When I Cry" (Live) -- Dwight Yoakam

Disc Two
"Hey, Would You Hold It Down?" -- Ringo Starr
"Engine, Engine #9" -- Emerson Hart featuring Jon Randall
"When Two Worlds Collide" -- Flatt Lonesome
"Oo De Lally" -- Eric Church
"You Can't Do Me This Way and Get By with It" -- Dean Miller featuring The McCrary Sisters
"Nothing Can Stop Me" -- Toad the Wet Sprocket
"Husbands and Wives" -- Jamey Johnson featuring Emmylou Harris
"I Believe in the Sunshine" -- Lily Meola
"Guv'ment" -- John Goodman
"The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me" -- Dolly Parton featuring Alison Krauss
"I'd Come Back to Me" -- Radney Foster featuring Tawnya Reynolds
"Reincarnation" -- Cake
"One Dying and a Burying" -- The Dead South
"Do Wacka Do" - Robert Earl Keen Jr.
"King of the Road" -- Various Artists

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Thursday
Jun212018

Ringo Starr among many artists featured on tribute album to late pop-country star Roger Miller

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Ringo Starr is one of many music stars who have contributed their talents to a new tribute album honoring late pop-country singer-songwriter Roger Miller.

Due out August 31, according to Rolling Stone, King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller is a two-disc set that features an eclectic variety of artists covering Miller's songs, including Starr, Huey Lewis, actor John Goodman, and country legends like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and the late Merle Haggard, among many others.

Ringo recorded a version of Miller's 1979 tune "Hey, Would You Hold It Down?"

The album ends with a cover of Miller's biggest hit and trademark tune, "King of the Road," featuring various artists. The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.

The album was co-produced by Roger's son, Dean Miller, who also sings one of the tracks. Among the many others contributing the King of the Road album are Cake, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tonic frontman Emerson Hart, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson and Kacey Musgraves.

Known for his witty story-songs, Miller enjoyed an extended run of hits on both the pop and country charts during the 1960s. He won more than 10 Grammys, and received Tony Award for Best Score in 1985 for his work on the musical Big River.

Miller died of lung cancer in 1992 at the age of 56, and was inducted posthumously into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995.

Here's the complete track list for King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller:

Disc One
"Chug-a-Lug" -- Asleep at the Wheel featuring Huey Lewis
"Dang Me" -- Brad Paisley
"Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go" -- The Stellas/Lennon and Maisy
"Kansas City Star" -- Kacey Musgraves
"World So Full of Love" -- Rodney Crowell
"Old Friends" -- Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard
"Lock Stock and Teardrops" -- Mandy Barnett
"You Oughta Be Here with Me" -- Alison Krauss featuring The Cox Family
"The Crossing" -- Ronnie Dunn, The Blind Boys of Alabama
"In the Summertime" -- The Earls of Leicester featuring Shawn Camp
"England Swings" -- Lyle Lovett
"You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd" -- Various Artists
"Half a Mind" -- Loretta Lynn
"Invitation to the Blues" -- Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter
"It Only Hurts Me When I Cry" (Live) -- Dwight Yoakam

Disc Two
"Hey, Would You Hold It Down?" -- Ringo Starr
"Engine, Engine #9" -- Emerson Hart featuring Jon Randall
"When Two Worlds Collide" -- Flatt Lonesome
"Oo De Lally" -- Eric Church
"You Can't Do Me This Way and Get By with It" -- Dean Miller featuring The McCrary Sisters
"Nothing Can Stop Me" -- Toad the Wet Sprocket
"Husbands and Wives" -- Jamey Johnson featuring Emmylou Harris
"I Believe in the Sunshine" -- Lily Meola
"Guv'ment" -- John Goodman
"The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me" -- Dolly Parton featuring Alison Krauss
"I'd Come Back to Me" -- Radney Foster featuring Tawnya Reynolds
"Reincarnation" -- Cake
"One Dying and a Burying" -- The Dead South
"Do Wacka Do" - Robert Earl Keen Jr.
"King of the Road" -- Various Artists

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Thursday
Jun212018

Meghan Trainor teams with Target for release of new album, "Treat Myself," lines up more TV 

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor got big plans for the rollout of her new album, Treat Myself, due August 31.

The pre-order for the disc, Meghan's third, goes live today, and she's just released another new track, "All the Ways."  If you pre-order, you'll get an instant free download of that song, as well as previously released songs "Can't Dance," "No Excuses," and "Let You Be Right."

"All the Ways" will soundtrack a new marketing campaign for Target that's launching June 24, highlighting the chain's new fulfillment services -- as in, here are "all the ways" you can shop there.  The pre-order for a Target Exclusive version of the album is also live via Target.com.  That version features exclusive remixes of "All the Ways."

In a statement, Meghan says, "This album is my best work yet and I’m so proud of what we made. I say 'we' because I made this entire album with my family, my friends, and my fiancé. It’s everything I stand for and I’m excited to put an upbeat happy album out for the world.” 

Meanwhile, Meghan is taking over your TV.  Tonight, she appears on her reality singing competition The Four, while on Saturday, she'll be seen on the Radio Disney Music Awards.  Then Monday, she'll co-host NBC's Today show and appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Suspect arrested in XXXTentacion's murder

Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images; inset image of Dedrick Devonshay Williams courtesy Broward Sheriff's OfficePolice have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of rapper XXXTentacion, ABC News has confirmed.

The suspect, Dedrick Williams, 22, was arrested Wednesday in Deerfield Beach, FL and charged with first-degree murder and grand theft auto.

XXX Tentacion, born Jasheh Onfroy, was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach Monday when he was shot and killed. The gunman and an accomplice fled in a black Dodge Journey.

Since X's death, streams of his music have gone through the roof. Variety reports he broke the single-day global streaming record on Spotify with 10.4 million streams of his song "Sad!"  That record was previously held by Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do," which racked up 10.1 million streams in August of 2017.

Ironically, XXX Tentacion's music was earlier removed from Spotify playlists due to his legal issues, including abuse allegations against his then-pregnant girlfriend, Geneva Ayala.  Spotify dropped the ban a few days later after public a outcry.

Meanwhile, Billboard reports Ayala has raised $10,000 since Monday via a GoFundMe page to pay for her medical expenses, which were necessary following the injuries she allegedly sustained when X attacked her in 2016. (GoFundMe page features graphic imagery.)

According to Billboard, Ayala initially set up the page 2016 but was blocked from receiving the funds after fans accused her of fraud.  Her rights to the page were eventually restored and the total she's raised now tops $35,000. In addition, according to Billboard, Ayala can still legally pursue a civil case against Onfroy's estate should she choose to do so.

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Thursday
Jun212018

"I came to this country as an illegal immigrant": Nicki Minaj speaks out on immigrant child separation

Michael Stewart/WireImage"I came to this country as an illegal immigrant @ 5 years old." 

That's how Nicki Minaj begins a post in which she weighs in on the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their families.

Nicki, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago but moved when she was five to The Bronx, New York to live with her mother, writes on her Instagram: "I can’t imagine the horror of being in a strange place & having my parents stripped away from me at the age of 5. This is so scary to me."

Nicki goes on: "Please stop this. Can you try to imagine the terror & panic these kids feel right now? Not knowing if their parents are dead or alive, if they’ll ever see them again..."  She ends her post with an American flag emoji.

In the face of widespread, escalating backlash, President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon signed an executive order he said would end his administration's policy of separating immigrant families from their children at the U.S. border.

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Thursday
Jun212018

"SNL" star Pete Davidson confirms engagement to Ariana Grande: it's "like I won a contest"

Kailey Fellows/NBCPete Davidson was Jimmy Fallon's guest on Wednesday's The Tonight Show, where he confirmed his engagement to Ariana Grande publicly for the first time.

"You know you didn't have to get engaged to Ariana Grande to come on our show," Fallon began, to which Davidson replied, "But I did!"

"I feel like I won a contest," the Saturday Night Live star, told Fallon. "It's so sick. It's f****** lit, Jimmy."

Davidson, seated next to Fallon's other guest, Robert Pattinson, went on to say that random people are stopping him on the street to offer their congratulations.

"Some dude came up to me and was like, ‘Yo man, you gave me hope,'" he added.

Davidson didn't reveal a wedding date, but when it does happen, the couple has an invitation to hold it on The Tonight Show stage.

As for Grande, a source tells E! Online that the 24-year-old "No Tears Left to Cry" singer was watching from the side of the stage and "had a huge smile on her face the entire time and was constantly clapping."

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Thursday
Jun212018

Daryl Hall on the rash of rock star retirements: "I don't get it. It's weird. I ain't buying it"

Steve Jennings/WireImageDaryl Hall and John Oates are currently in the middle of a successful tour with Train. Though the duo has been together for 48 years, and both are over 70 years old, Daryl at least has no plans to retire. In fact, he says he thinks it's "weird" that stars like Elton John and Paul Simon have announced "farewell" tours.

Speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Daryl says, "As long as I like doing it [I'll keep touring]. I don't understand announcing retirement. I don't get it. It's weird. I ain't buying it. They have their reasons, but I don't share them."

He explains, "It's one thing I can do that I completely control my own environment. It's good energy; physically it's good. I'm a singer, man. I like to get in front of people and sing. It works for me just fine. I don't love going out for long periods of time, but it's all part of the game."

In addition to shunning retirement, Daryl says he also has no plans to do what rock stars from Rod Stewart to Bruce Springsteen to Keith Richards have done: write his life story.

"I'm not interested in autobiographies," he tells the publication. However, Daryl does say that before John Oates published his autobiography, Change of Seasons, in 2017, he "made sure I was O.K. with it."

Hall & Oates' tour with Train continues this Friday in Tampa, Florida, and is scheduled to wrap up Aug. 11 in Seattle. Meanwhile, the two acts' joint single "Philly Forget Me Not" is a top-15 hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

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Thursday
Jun212018

In new video for "Strangers," Halsey wanted to show "real pain," not "eye candy" 

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In her new video for "Strangers," Halsey and her duet partner Lauren Jauregui play boxers who beat each other bloody.  While filming the clip, which Halsey says was partly inspired by Christina Aguilera's "sweaty and filthy and really sexy" video for "Dirrty," she and Lauren didn't pull any punches...literally.

"We trained with real boxers and stunt coaches and got in the ring and fought each other. It was so fun!" Halsey tells ABC Radio. "'Strangers' is about this relationship where these two people are kinda beating the life out of each other emotionally, it's this like give and take, y'know? And it does feel very much like a boxing match."

"Sometimes one person's winning, sometimes another person's winning, but they're both tired and they don't want to be hurting each other, but they feel like they have to," she explains.

And since the song is about a same-sex relationship, Halsey also wanted to make sure the video didn't fall back on cliches.

"There's a lot of videos where people kind of portray female/female relationships in a way that's really overtly sensual, it's eye candy," Halsey tells ABC Radio. "It's to make you go, 'Oh my gosh!'  y'know?  And so I didn't wanna do that with this video. I wanted to really show the pain of the real relationship." 

Halsey recently wrapped up a Latin American tour with Lauren as her opening act -- it was the Fifth Harmony singer's first solo trek.   The North American leg of Halsey's tour -- her final round of dates in support of her platinum album hopeless fountain kingdom -- kicks off July 8 in Montreal.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Trash-talking battle raps: How Mike Shinoda brought a sense of humor to the emotional "Post Traumatic"

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Mike Shinoda's new album Post Traumatic, which the Linkin Park vocalist/multi-instrumentalist wrote and recorded following the death of his friend and band mate Chester Bennington last July, is obviously full of many intense emotions. But among those raw feelings, Shinoda also includes a few unexpected moments of levity and humor.

Shinoda first stumbled on bringing humor to the album when he wrote the song "Hold It Together," on which he sings that "Bringing [Bennington's death] up at this 6 year old's birthday/It kinda f***s up my vibe." 

"That's not what you expect me to say," Shinoda tells ABC Radio. "You expect it to stay dark and moody."

That led to Shinoda opening up to allowing himself to laugh again, which he feels is not only important for himself, but also for Linkin Park fans.

"The right combination of words and sense of humor about my own situation, not only does it make me feel better...but it also lets other fans know that I'm doing better, which is an important thing for me to communicate to them," he says.

Shinoda hopes that showing his sense of humor can help fans with their own grief over Chester, or whatever grief they may face in their lives.

"I think that can maybe help some people out, or at least we can build community around the effort of mental health and feeling better, and just not being afraid to talk about it," he says. "I think that's positive in the long run."

Shinoda's sense of humor appears towards the end of the album as well with a song like "I.O.U.", which he describes as a "trash-talking battle rap."

"A friend of mine joked that...'When I heard [that song], I knew you were gonna be OK,'" Shinoda laughs.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Jason Aldean's new Kitchen + Rooftop Bar takes its place in the Nashville skyline

ABC/Image Group LA Two weeks ago during CMA Fest, fans got a preview of Jason Aldean's Kitchen + Rooftop Bar in downtown Nashville. But on Wednesday, the new venture from the three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year officially opened. 

Jason says it's something he couldn't have imagined when he came to Music City two decades ago.

"When I moved to Nashville twenty years ago," he reflects, "Lower Broadway was older honky tonks and little souvenir shops that you could go in and get a cowboy hat and a shot glass."

"Now you go down there..." he continues, "there's all these really cool things popping up everywhere. Nashville's booming, just as a city. And that's such a cool part of our town... that downtown area."

Jason's new 30,000-square-foot space has 250 seats for dining, as well as six different bars. It's all part of a trend that includes Florida Georgia Line's FGL House, Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, and Blake Shelton's Ole Red. 

"You've got the FGL boys and Blake and Dierks and all those things are popping up now," Jason explains. "And I think it's cool for fans. You know, they come in and they get to in to go in the FGL House and see FGL memorabilia. They can come in my place and see all of our stuff," he adds.  

The "Drowns the Whiskey" hitmaker plans to spend plenty of time at his new honky tonk himself.

"Not only I can go with my friends and hang out and have a good time," he says, "it's like the same reason I play shows. I want to see people having fun and having a good time."

"Twenty years ago," Jason confesses, "if you'd have told me I'd have a bar in Nashville, I'd have been like, 'Yeah, right!'"

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Thursday
Jun212018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The first single from Big Machine artist Riley Green is "There Was This Girl," from his debut EP, In a Truck Right Now, due out June 29.

The first two singles from Brett Eldredge's self-titled current album, "Somethin' I'm Good At" and "The Long Way," have both been certified Gold. The third single from Brett Eldredge, "Love Someone," has just been released.

Texas music sensation Cody Johnson is the latest artist to become a member of the Warner Nashville family. His most recent independent recording hit #2 on the country album chart and #11 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Tune in for a special Shania-Twain themed episode of Lip Sync Battle Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on Paramount Network. Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Dancing with the Star's Derek Hough square off, with Derek tackling "Any Man of Mine." You can watch a preview of the show -- with Shania herself as a guest -- on YouTube now.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Paul McCartney says reissue of Beatles' "White Album" is "all in place…and it's really good"

MJ Kim/© 2016 MPL Communications Ltd.On Tuesday, Paul McCartney revealed details about his upcoming studio album, Egypt Station, and also shared some information about a new archival Beatles project. 

Speaking to DIY magazine, McCartney confirmed that an expanded reissue of The Beatles' 1968 self-titled double album, a.k.a. "The White Album," is almost ready for release.

"It's all in place, I've just got a couple of essays [to approve]," Sir Paul tells the magazine. "It's all lined up and it's really good."

McCartney says he's very pleased with the intimate sonic quality of the remastered album.  "The album itself is very cool and it sounds like you're in the room," he notes. "[T]hat's the great thing about doing remasters."

In addition, McCartney says the expanded collection will include "some demos of the songs, so you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon's] voice and a guitar. You just think, how f****** good was John?! Amazing."

McCartney also revealed details about the only track on Egypt Station that wasn't produced by Greg Kurstin. It's a song called "Fuh You," which was produced by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder.

Macca says that as he initially chatted with Tedder, Ryan asked him, "What do you hope to get [out of this]?" After pondering the question, Paul says he answered, "'A hit?' And he was like 'Yeah! Now you're talking my language! The world loves a hit!'"

He and Tedder proceeded to focus on creating some commercial-sounding tunes and ended up with three songs after a week, one of which was "Fuh You."

Egypt Station will be released September 7.  Meanwhile, remember to tune in to CBS tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET to catch McCartney's "Carpool Karaoke" segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Khalid remembers being ostracized by high school classmates because of his success

ABC RadioYou would think becoming a music star would have made Khalid popular in high school, but he says his fame brought him nothing but trouble.  In fact, when he was crowned Prom King, the Prom Queen refused to dance with him.

Khalid moved from New York City to El Paso, Texas, where he  attended high school, but when his music became popular online and started to get him some music industry attention, his fellow students turned on him.

“I stole their joy” he tells Vogue.  But, he points out, “I did it in a way I felt was deserving, because I’m a decent human being and not some super-evil kid who just came in and was like, ‘Whoop! Now it’s mine!’ ”

Khalid initially started writing and recording the songs that would become his debut album to cope with the loneliness he felt after he and his single mom, a sergeant in the military, moved to Texas.  He recalls he decided to do it after he was injured in a car accident.

“I just sat in that hospital bed and I thought, damn, I need to do something to change the way my life is going,” he remembers. Khalid began writing songs as therapy, inspired by his mother who in addition to her military career is also a singer.

“My mom is extremely talented,” Khalid says. “I looked up to her and wanted to do what she was doing.”

Khalid's debut album American Teen earned him a slew of Grammy nominations and he's currently having success with movie soundtrack songs.  In addition to his Love, Simon soundtrack collabo "Love Lies" with Normani, he’s also featured with Swae Lee on “The Ways” on the Black Panther soundtrack, and also “This Way” with H.E.R. for the new Superfly soundtrack.

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Wednesday
Jun202018

Trent Reznor calls out the "Taylor Swifts of the world" to be more vocal about politics

Harmony Gerber/FilmMagicNine Inch Nails' forthcoming album Bad Witch is the final installment of the band's recent trilogy of releases, and continues the political themes of its predecessors, 2016's Not the Actual Events and 2017's Add Violence. Speaking with The New York Times, frontman Trent Reznor explains why he feels the responsibility to be address politics in his music.

"I was doing press with somebody in the mid-90s, and they made an argument that stayed with me: that I have influence, and that it’s my job to call out whatever needs to be called out, because there are people who feel the same way but need someone to articulate it," Reznor says. "And I think about that today, because it seemed like it was a lot easier to just keep your mouth shut and let it go back then."

Reznor then says he wishes that the "Taylor Swifts of the world" and other members of the "top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth" would be more vocal about politics.

"They are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot," he says.

To hear more of Reznor's political thoughts, you can listen to Bad Witch when it arrives this Friday, June 22.

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Wednesday
Jun202018

Watch now: Luke Bryan shows off his friends and family in new "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" video

Capitol NashvilleWatching the new lyric video for “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is a lot like flipping through Luke Bryan’s photo album.

The new clip showcases snapshots of Luke’s nearest and dearest, including his wife Caroline, his kids, his manager and many more. If you watch closely, you’ll also spot Blake SheltonCole Swindell and Dierks Bentley.

You can check out the new lyric video on YouTube now.

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Wednesday
Jun202018

Robert Plant says 8-year-old female Japanese drummer's Led Zeppelin performance is "fantastic"

Credit: Mads PerchA video showing an 8-year-old Japanese girl named Yoyoka Soma playing impressive drums along to the Led Zeppelin classic "Good Times Bad Times" recently went viral, and now one of the band's original members has given the performance an emphatic thumbs-up. Robert Plant recently paid a visit to the Canadian radio show Q, and -- as seen in a YouTube video of the appearance -- the host showed the singer the video, prompting the rock legend to declare that it was "fantastic."

Plant marveled at the ease with which the young drummer seemed to be handling the late John Bonham's parts, noting, "It's like falling off a log for her." He also quipped with a laugh, "I know where she can get a good job," adding, "That amazing, isn't it, really?...That's a technically difficult thing to do."

As for how he thinks Bonham would have reacted to the performance, Plant said, "I think he'd be amazed. I think he'd be so chuffed."

Yoyoka's video was among the submissions to the worldwide "Hit Like a Girl" contest, which spotlights female drummers and percussionists.

Plant's current North American tour in support of his solo album Carry Fire continues on Thursday at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, and winds down with a June 29 performance at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Vancouver, Canada.

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Wednesday
Jun202018

Foreigner announces official reunion show featuring all surviving original members plus current lineup

Karsten Staiger/MeinFotolandFounding Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones recently revealed that former members of the band would be making guest appearances at select shows this year. Now, Foreigner has announced that all the group's surviving original members will perform with the current lineup at a special reunion concert taking place August 4 at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota.

The show will see original frontman Lou Gramm, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, plus longtime bass player Rick Wills, hitting the stage with Jones and his current Foreigner incarnation.

The former members previously made surprise appearances at a few Foreigner concerts last year, but the Sturgis show marks the band's first official ticketed reunion event.

"It's been incredible to have Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick join us for some surprise appearances throughout the past few years. It always brings back special memories," says Mick. "But now, for the first time, we are letting our fans know we'll be making history together at The Buffalo Chip on August 4th with a Foreigner reunion concert!"

Visit BuffaloChip.com for more details about the show.

News of the reunion event comes on the heels of an incident Tuesday that apparently upset many Foreigner fans. Gramm had been expected to reunite with Foreigner at the group's concert that night in Syracuse, New York, but the singer didn't appear, Syracuse.com reports.

Live Nation had announced Friday that Gramm would be joining Foreigner at the event, and Jones also recently told ABC Radio that Lou would perform at the concert. No official reason for the no-show was given.

Foreigner currently is on the road with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening on the 2018 Juke Box Heroes Tour, which wraps up on August 1.

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Wednesday
Jun202018

Taylor Swift called out by Nine Inch Nails frontman for not being political enough

Mert & MarcusDuring the 2016 election, when many celebrities were supporting one candidate or another, some people were upset that Taylor Swift didn't do the same, and merely encouraged people to vote.  Since then, though, she's donated to the March For Our Lives campaign for gun reform.  It was also reported she gave $100,000 to the legal defense fund for victims of sexual harassment.  But that evidently isn't enough for one particular rock star.

Speaking to the New York Times, Trent Reznor, Oscar and Grammy-winning frontman for alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails, says that in the '90s, he was told that because he has influence, it's his job to "call out whatever needs to be called out," and he's tried to do so.

"And I think about that today, because it seemed like it was a lot easier to just keep your mouth shut and let it go back then," he continues. "You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth, because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot."

Meanwhile, Taylor's out on her Reputation World Tour, and is likely unconcerned about what Reznor thinks of her.

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Wednesday
Jun202018

Pusha-T announces The Daytona Tour, featuring Valee and Sheck Wes

Fabien Montique/Live NationPusha-T will be hitting the road this summer: He announced The Daytona Tour on Wednesday.

Named after his new Kanye West-produced album, the 21-city tour will feature two opening acts signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label: Valee and Sheck Wes.

The tour kicks off July 31 in Denver, Colorado, and will continue through August 31 in Santa, Ana, California.

Here are Pusha-T's Daytona Tour dates:

7/31 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks
8/2  -- Milwaukee, WI,  Rave
8/3  -- St Louis, MO,  The Pageant
8/4  -- Kansas City, MO, Midland
8/6  -- Detroit, MI,  Saint Andrews Hall
8/7  -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live 
8/8  -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues Chicago 
8/9  -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s 
8/10  -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues Cleveland
8/12  -- Boston, MA, House of Blues Boston
8/15  -- Baltimore, MD, Soundstage
8/19  -- Norfolk, VA, Norva
8/20  -- Richmond, VA, National
8/22  -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues Myrtle Beach 
8/23  -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore 
8/25  -- Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston
8/27  -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre
8/28  -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues Dallas
8/30  -- Phoenix, AZ, Press Room
8/31  -- Santa Ana, CA, Observatory
9/1  -- Los Angeles, CA, The Belasco Theater
10/13 -- Oakland, CA, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

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