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Wednesday
May242017

U2 performs new song on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

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U2 stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night. The show was dedicated to the band as they sat for an unprecedented hour-long interview and performance that included a choir-backed version of the classic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and a new and as-yet unreleased song called, "It's the Little Things That Give You Away."

Host Jimmy Kimmel was clearly excited and mentioned during his monologue that he had just seen the band perform at the Rose Bowl.

Kimmel joked, “I went to see U2 on Sunday night at the Rose Bowl. It was an incredible show. It was honestly like a religious experience....Bono fed the whole stadium with a single loaf of bread. It was amazing.”

After the monologue, the whole band joined Jimmy on the couch for a discussion that ranged from their beginnings in Ireland to the recent terrorist bombing in Manchester.

Bono offered his thoughts on the current crop of terrorists in the world, saying, “They hate music, they hate women, they even hate little girls. They hate everything that we love. And you know, the worst of humanity was on view in Manchester last night. So was the best. As people took perfect strangers into their houses and queued up for blood banks. And Manchester has an undefeatable spirit, I can assure you.”

Later the band talked about when they might release new music, some five or six songs Kimmel boasted of having heard. They dodged the question, but later, after a performance of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” that featured a surprise appearance by a choir hidden in the audience, U2 came back for the final segment of the show and shared the pretty ballad, "It's the Little Things That Give You Away."

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC.

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Wednesday
May242017

Normani Kordei is eliminated in a stunning upset on the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC/Adam RoseFifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei was heavily favored to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy Tuesday night in the season 24 finale of Dancing with the Stars, and yet, in a shocking turn of events, Normani was eliminated.

NFL running back Rashad Jennings won the trophy instead.

During her ten weeks on the show, the 20-year-old Normani consistently turned in strong performances with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

Tuesday night, Normani and Val performed a bewitching fusion of an Argentine tango and foxtrot which brought her another perfect score. Bruno Tonioli called her “a leading lady” while Carrie Ann Inaba said, “You were born to win this competition.”

All eyes were on the sultry singer at the end of the night, when the finalists took their place on stage in the last 15 minutes of the show, and votes were tallied from last week and last night, it was Normani who took third place and was eliminated.

A gasp could be heard in the audience and judges Carrie Ann and Bruno seemed truly shocked.  And one contestant who was eliminated earlier in the season, shared their shock.  "I though she gonna be the winner -- Normani.  I mean, no doubt about it," Charo told ABC Radio. "Because she is the best dancer that I ever saw in my life."

Nevertheless, Normani was gracious as ever and said she was thankful for the experience.

"It's been such an incredible journey," Normani said backstage after the show. "I feel that I've learned so much from my partner and I feel that in the process I've gotten to know myself a little better.  It's been a beautiful experience and one that I'll cherish for the rest of my life."

On Wednesday morning Normani will join Jennings and Ross on Good Morning America on ABC.

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Wednesday
May242017

Fans will be able to visit Chris Cornell's gravesite after private funeral

ABC/Randy HolmesAlthough late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's funeral Friday will be a private one, Cornell's attorney released a statement saying the public is welcome to visit the gravesite after 3 p.m.

Cornell will be laid to rest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

No word yet on specific plans for public memorials.

Cornell died Wednesday, May 17, after a Soundgarden show in Detroit. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the cause of death was suicide by hanging, but Cornell's widow has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death.

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Wednesday
May242017

Chris Daughtry says if he gets the "American Idol" judge gig, he'll be "blunt" 

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCThere have been multiple reports stating that Chris Daughtry will be joining Katy Perry as a judge on ABC's reboot of American Idol, set to air next year.  Chris' participation hasn't been confirmed, but the Idol season-five finalist already has an idea of what kind of judge he'd be....and it's not the nice one

"I think I would be like I am at home, just, like, blunt," he laughs to ABC Radio. "Like, 'That was terrible!'"

He adds, "I dunno, I would like to be honest. If I was afforded the opportunity I would be honored."

However, Chris claimed to Entertainment Tonight that he has yet to be approached for the job.

While we're waiting to hear if the Daughtry frontman will get the job, Chris is busy preparing for his summer tour with Nickelback, and working on his band's new album.  That means fans will get a sneak peek when they hit the road together in June.

"We're going in the studio, starting the new album, starting production," he tells ABC Radio. "And we're going to have a few new songs for everybody before it gets released." 

Daughtry's tour with Nickelback starts June 23 in Noblesville, IN.

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Wednesday
May242017

Jussie Smollett promises second part of "Empire"'s season finale will be the "heaviest" in the series' history

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Intrigue, drama and Cookie!  

The two-part season finale of Empire airs tonight and actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the hit television series Empire, tells ABC Radio that fans will witness some jaw-dropping moments that possibly even the most hardcore fans may not have seen coming. 

He says, "This one is probably going to be the heaviest coming up, leading into season four as well." 

Of course, Empire would be nothing without power duo Cookie and Lucious, and according to Jussie, the on-again, off-again pair just might get their happily-ever-after moment.

Jussie adds, "Without giving too much away, we finally see her and Lucious in a place that we maybe have been waiting to see them for a really long time."

In order to find out if "#Coocious" gets back together and more, tune in to Empire tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Wednesday
May242017

E Street Band's Jake Clemons helps domestic-violence victims with new project

Credit: Lisa MacIntoshE Street Band saxophonist Jake Clemons has created a new online resource called the Janine Project in support of people affected by domestic violence.

In conjunction with the launch of the initiative, Clemons has released an official video for his new solo song "Janine," which tells the story of a woman struggling to leave an abusive relationship.  As the clip starts, a message flashes on the screen that reads, "In the time it takes to watch this video, 42 women in North America will have been affected by domestic violence."

The clip mixes footage of Clemons lip-syncing the song with scenes showing an actress portraying the Janine character, whose partner has battered her face and bruised her arm, as she tries to find the courage to leave him. The video ends with the message, "Break the cycle of violence. Get out while you can."

JanineProject.com offers general information about shelters around the world, as well as details on how abuse victims can seek help for their situations.

"The video for 'Janine' and the Janine Project were created to encourage a conversation that will hopefully lead victims to a safe place of survivorship and abusers to seek help as well & stop hurting others," Clemons says in a statement. "Fear is not a place where love can grow. If you're in a relationship ruled by fear, get out while you can, this isn't Love!"

"Janine" is featured on Clemons' debut solo album, Fear & Love, which was released in January. Jake has a handful of performances lined up in support of the album, and plans to make information about the Janine Project available at the shows.

Here are all of Clemons' confirmed solo dates:

5/25 -- Jeffersonville, IN, Big Four Station Park - Abbey Road on the River Festival
5/28 -- Jeffersonville, IN, Big Four Station Park - Abbey Road on the River Festival
6/23 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Wonder Bar
6/24 -- Tappan, NY, Rockland-Bergen Music Festival
7/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Cadillac Lounge
7/21 -- Belleville ON, Canada, Empire Rockfest
8/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
8/10 -- Detroit, MI, Motor City Casino

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Wednesday
May242017

Stevie Wonder to perform at Formula 1 auto race in Austin, Texas this fall

ABC/Fred WatkinsStevie Wonder has signed on to perform at the finale of the 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix auto race, scheduled for Sunday, October 22, in Austin, Texas. The concert will take place at the Circuit of the Americas track's Super Stage following the big race.

The United States Grand Prix events will run from October 20 to October 22, and also will include a show by pop superstar Justin Timberlake on Saturday, October 21.

Select three-day passes are available for a special low price of $159 if purchased before July 4 at CircuitoftheAmericas.com. Sunday-only bleacher and main-grandstand tickets, which include the Wonder concert, also are on sale now.

The Austin show currently is the only concert on Wonder's schedule.

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Wednesday
May242017

Reunited, and it feels so good: Kelsea Ballerini can't wait to spend the summer with her buds Lady A

Sony Music Entertainment UKEarly in her career, Kelsea Ballerini hit the road with Lady Antebellum as their opening act. That experience not only exposed the superstar-in-waiting to a new array of fans, it also forged a lasting bond with the trio, particularly with Hillary Scott.

“She had a surprise party for me at her house for my 21st birthday,” the now-23-year-old Kelsea recalls. “And she's celebrated my first two number ones with me; I was out of town for my third.”

“I mean, she's always there,” Kelsea goes on. “She's always there to encourage me and uplift me. She's a very special human being.”

Kelsea admits she’s pretty excited to kick off the You Look Good World Tour this Friday with Hillary, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.

“I'm friends with all of them… and our bands are friends,” she says. “So it's gonna be like a reunion for a whole summer, which is gonna be really fun.”

The “Peter Pan” hitmaker adds that she’s obsessed with Lady A’s horn-fueled top-15 hit "You Look Good."

Brett Young rounds out the bill for the trek that kicks off Friday in Bakersfield, California.

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Wednesday
May242017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks will play Oklahoma City for the first time in 20 years, doing a concert with wife Trisha Yearwood on Saturday, July 15. Tickets for the show at Chesapeake Energy Arena go on sale Friday, June 2.

The new single from Pat Green, “Drinkin’ Days,” will be available digitally this Friday.

You can check out Midland’s first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in the latest edition of My Opry Debut on YouTube.

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Wednesday
May242017

Matt Bellamy teases "Origin of Muse" reissue collection 

Credit: Danny ClinchMuse is planning to reissue their first two albums, 1999's Showbiz and 2001's Origin of Symmetry, in a new collection titled Origin of Muse.

Responding to a fan on Twitter, frontman Matt Bellamy says that Origin of Muse will include the "first two albums plus early demos and rare stuff." He also describes the collection as a "kind of autobiography of [our] music."

In addition to looking back into the past, Muse is also looking towards their future with a new song called "Dig Down," which they premiered last week. Bellamy estimates that another new single will be arriving "later this year."

Muse is currently on tour alongside Thirty Seconds to Mars. They'll also be headlining this year's Lollapalooza, Bunbury, Firefly and Life Is Beautiful festivals.

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Tuesday
May232017

Madonna under fire for post of daughter posing with profane pillow

BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesMadonna's parenting skills are under fire thanks to an Instagram photo of one of her twin four-year-old daughters leaning on an armchair.  On the armchair is a throw pillow with the words "F**k cocaine" embroidered on it.

Madonna captioned the post, "I couldn't agree more...," but that didn't stop outraged followers from criticizing the Queen of Pop and mother of six for daring to bring her child into contact with the "F" word.

"Profanity around such a young kid?! No!!!" wrote one. "...Nothing classy or appropriate about this post."  Another called it "kinda inappropriate," while yet another wrote, "Classy thing to have around your kids. Go f**k yourself, Madonna."

Noting that Madonna's four-year-old twins were adopted from Malawi, one follower wrote, "Isn't there a profanity clause in your adoption contract!? When I was 5 yrs old I didn't know what cocaine was or the word f**k! I didn't expect this from you @madonna."

"I can't believe you've put a child in this picture with what it says on the cushion," fumed another.

One follower really put the star on blast, writing, "You're such a w***e!...You have no morals and you never will. You never should have been able to adopt these kids!"

Of course, Madonna had her defenders as well.  "There are actually people overreacting about this pic. Just can't believe it," wrote one, while another noted, "It's so funny that people are still shocked by this woman!"

Another pointed out, "Why is everyone losing their minds over this? Its MADONNA people! You know, THE Madonna that does what she wants, breaks through barriers, stands up for women's rights etc etc. Yes, that's right MADONNA. Got it now?"

Madonna adopted four-year-old Stella and Esther earlier this year.

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Tuesday
May232017

Paul McCartney pens tribute to victims of Manchester bombing; pays homage to James Bond actor Roger Moore

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Paul McCartney is among the many people sending out condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack that happened Monday night in Manchester, U.K., outside of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

In a message posted on his social media sites, McCartney says, "Like everyone else my family and I were shocked to hear about the terrible news from Manchester. All that's left to do is send heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims and Ariana Grande. Praying that something like this never happens again. Love to everyone."

According to Manchester police, 22 people were killed and 59 injured in the suspected suicide bombing.

In other news, McCartney has penned a tribute to one-time James Bond actor Roger Moore, who died Tuesday at the age of 89. Moore starred in seven Bond films, including 1973's Live and Let Die, the theme song for which was co-written by McCartney and his late wife, Linda, and performed by their band Wings.

"Roger was a great man and of course a great James Bond who I was lucky to work with during the time of Live and Let Die," writes Sir Paul. "He had a heart of gold, a great sense of humour and will be missed by the many people who loved him."

"Live and Let Die" was a #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for an Academy Award for best song.

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Tuesday
May232017

Lorde says, "New single rising soon" 

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCAt the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, Lorde gave a unique performance of "Green Light" -- she sang it as though she was in a karaoke lounge, reading the lyrics off a screen.  But if you missed, it seems you won't get many other opportunities to see her belt out the upbeat track on TV.

In an Instagram post, Lorde wrote, "Karaoke baby...had a blast tonight performing green light for one of the last times on american tv— thanks for watching and for your sweet words always. new single rising.. soon.."

It's not clear what Lorde's next single will be, though she did sing another new track, "Liability," on Saturday Night Live. 

The New Zealand star's new album Melodrama arrives next month.  She's got a number of festival shows lined up this summer, including appearances at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and the Life Is Beautiful festivals.

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Tuesday
May232017

Hailee Steinfeld celebrates “Most Girls” in empowering new video

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCNote to eligible bachelors out there: Don’t use the pickup line “You’re not like most girls” on Hailee Steinfeld. At the beginning of her “Most Girls” music video, a guy tries the line, only to be ditched by the singer.

From there, she shows why she actually wants to be like most girls. Hailee portrays a number of personas -- the glamorous girl, the sporty girl, the artistic girl -- and sings about why they’re all perfectly acceptable.

“Most girls are smart and strong and beautiful/Most girls work hard, go far, we are unstoppable," Hailee sings. "No two are the same/I wanna be like, I wanna be like most girls."

At one point, she surrounds herself with a diverse group of women all wearing white t-shirts emblazoned with different empowering words, like “fearless,” “unstoppable” and “relentless.”

The video ends with the guy from the beginning of the clip watching video screens featuring all of Hailee’s personas.

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Tuesday
May232017

Future reunites with Kendrick Lamar for "Mask Off" remix

Future; ABC/Randy HolmesFuture and Kendrick Lamar, who appeared onstage together at this year's Coachella Festival, bring their undeniable chemistry to a remixed version of Future's track, "Mask Off."  

The original version of the song is featured on Future's self-titled hit album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.   

Kendrick and Future collaborated previously on another track titled "Buy the World," which you can listen to on Mike Will Made-It's 2014 mixtape album, Ransom

You can now stream and download "Mask Off" at all the usual digital outlets.  

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Tuesday
May232017

Nicki Minaj gives Ellen DeGeneres all the tea about her relationship with Nas

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAre Nicki Minaj and Nas really an item? Well, the entertainer finally answered that question about her rumored romance with Nas this Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"He's so dope. He's such a king. He's kinda cute too," Nicki told Ellen.  She also confirmed that they've had "sleepovers" together, with Nicki noting that she goes to Nas' house, not vice versa.  

"I just thought him coming to me was too forward."

However, Nicki denied that she and Nas have been intimate, claiming that she is celibate.  

She also said, "I hate men." 

A photo of the Nicki and Nas cuddling with each another surfaced on Instagram earlier this month, which fueled speculation that the two might be involved romantically.  

Nas reposted Nicki's picture on his own Instagram account as well. 

The duo's friendship began after Nas starred in Nicki's 2012 "Right By My Side" music video.  

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Tuesday
May232017

Why Lady A is adding a food truck to their You Look Good world tour fleet

PRNewswire/NabiscoLady Antebellum kicks off their You Look Good World Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young this Friday in Bakersfield, California, and it'll not only look good, it'll taste good as well.

They’ll be bringing along a food truck to some of their dates, thanks to the tour's sponsor, Nabisco. Fans will be able to sample new recipes from the popular snack maker, as the “Remix Your BBQ” campaign shows you how to use their products in your summer outings.

Nabisco is also giving away a VIP trip for four to Lady A’s Nashville show on September 9. You can enter at NabiscoBBQ.com.

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Tuesday
May232017

Rob Zombie prepping "Astro-Creep: 2000" live album

Santiago Bluguermann/LatinContent/Getty ImagesAt last fall's Riot Fest, Rob Zombie performed White Zombie's 1995 album Astro-Creep: 2000 in its entirety. If you missed out on the performance, have no fear -- the set is being mixed for a live album.

"Mixing Astro-Creep live album with [producer Chris Harris]," Zombie writes on his Instagram. The post is accompanied with a video of a speaker pumping out his performance of the Astro-Creep track "Electric Head Pt. 2."

Released in 1995, Astro-Creep: 2000 was White Zombie's final album, and spawned the singles "Super-Charge Heaven" and "More Human than Human."

Zombie will be touring Europe this June in continued support of his latest solo album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser. He'll return to the U.S. in July to headline the Chicago Open Air and Rock Fest festivals.

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Tuesday
May232017

Watch Phantogram cover Hole's "Violet"

ABC/Randy HolmesPhantogram has shared a cover of the Hole song, "Violet." For their take on the track, frontwoman Sarah Barthel replaces Courtney Love's growl with a dreamy, more ethereal approach.

The cover was recorded for pop culture website A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series. You can watch Phantogram's performance now via AVClub.com.

Phantogram is currently on the road touring in support of their new album, Three, which features the lead single "You Don't Get Me High Anymore."

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Tuesday
May232017

Jason Aldean invites you along for his They Don't Know Tour in new video

ABC/Paula LoboJason Aldean’s new music video for “They Don’t Know” is a mini tour documentary of his new trek that bears the same name -- with some muddin’, ATVs and tractors thrown in.

“We’re just getting back out on the road for summer, and after seeing the crowd sing this song back to me the first couple weekends, it reminded me how much the fans relate to it,” Jason says.

“To me, this video represents every person on my team… my family and the fans who come out from all over the place,” he goes on. “It’s because of them I keep getting to sing about the things I know and have lived.”

The ACM Entertainer of the Year’s new logo also figures prominently in the new video. You’ll spot plenty of barns, backdrops and banners that have been tagged with the new symbol. It features Jason’s initials, with the “A” stylized in the shape of his home state of Georgia.

You can check out the new “They Don’t Know” video on YouTube.

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