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Wednesday
Jul192017

Flea dismisses Red Hot Chili Peppers retirement rumors as "silly talk"

Credit: Steve KerosDon't worry, Red Hot Chili Peppers aren't retiring just yet. According to Flea, rumors that the band is about to hang it up are "just silly talk."

"We never really look past the immediate future, but we're on tour right now, we're rocking out, we feel in the spirit, and letting the music move us," the bassist tells TMZ.

In a recent podcast interview, drummer Chad Smith spoke about the Chili Peppers members getting older and questioning whether they could continue to tour as intensively as they do now, which sparked speculation that the band's retirement could be imminent.

"To be honest, since the day we first started this band nearly 35 years ago, I've never ever known what’s next or what's around the corner or anything," Flea tells TMZ. "I think the power of the band lies in that -- just staying in the moment and staying with the energy that’s moving."

Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on tour in Europe supporting their new album, The Getaway.

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Wednesday
Jul192017

Watch video of Mike Love's new version of The Beach Boys' "Do It Again" with Mark McGrath and John Stamos

Courtesy of Mike Love/BMG Rights ManagementOn July 4, founding Beach Boys singer Mike Love released a new version of his band's 1968 hit "Do It Again" featuring guest vocals by Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGath and drums by actor and "honorary Beach Boy" John Stamos. Now, an official video for the tune has premiered at Billboard.com and also can be viewed at Love's official YouTube channel.

The clip, which was directed by Stamos, features Love and McGrath lip-synching their vocal parts in front of a white screen, along with archival footage of Mike performing the song at various concerts with The Beach Boys. Stamos also appears in the video, joining Love and McGrath to add some backing vocals.

Love debuted the updated version of "Do It Again" with The Beach Boys, McGrath and Stamos at the 2017 edition of the annual PBS Independence Day concert special A Capitol Fourth in Washington, D.C. The video was filmed in one afternoon in the group's hotel during the band's D.C. visit.

Reflecting on the new rendition of "Do It Again," Mike tells Billboard, "The whole song's about getting together with old friends and sharing good times and talking about the old times. [The] fact that here we are decades later, recreating it with old friends, having a great time -- it doesn't get much more organic and perfect and fantastic than that."

While The Beach Boys have no current plans to record new music, Love says he'd like the band to do updated versions of more of its classic tunes.

Meanwhile, The Beach Boys recently released the 1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow compilation, which features recordings from the sessions that yielded the Smiley Smile and Wild Honey albums.

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Wednesday
Jul192017

Billy Currington believes "Do I Make You Wanna" is a throwback to his first #1

ABC/Image Group LA When Billy Currington first heard his latest single, “Do I Make You Wanna,” he admits it reminded him of another pivotal song in his career.

“It feels like it's been a little bit since I had a song like 'Must Be Doing Something Right’…” he says. “When we put that out and it became the first #1, I knew in my mind, like, that's my connection. You know, that's something that feels right for me.”

The Georgia native recalls having a similar feeling with his latest hit.

“When this song came along, 'Do I Make You Wanna,’ it was one of the first things I thought…” he reveals. “It has a soulful feel, and is kinda saying similar things. And it just felt right to record it, and now, at the moment, it felt right to put it out as the single.”

With the song now edging toward the top five and showing no signs of slowing down, Billy’s instincts were no doubt right.

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Wednesday
Jul192017

Why "Dunkirk" director didn't want to "oversell" Harry Styles 

Warner Bros. PicturesIf the only thing you know about the upcoming movie Dunkirk is that Harry Styles is in it, that's not because director Christopher Nolan wanted it that way.  He says he purposely didn't make a big deal about Harry's presence in the film -- because he didn't want fans to be disappointed.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Nolan acknowledges that Harry's role is "small but pivotal," and explains, "We’re not trying to oversell Harry in the movie for the specific reason that it’s an ensemble. We don’t want people who are huge fans of his being disappointed that he’s not in it enough or whatever."

"I think what he does is extremely subtle because it’s very real," Nolan adds. "It’s not cartoonish. [His performance] almost risks being missed because of what it’s actually doing."

Dunkirk takes place during World War II and in addition to Harry, it stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance.  It's about the near-miraculous evacuation of 400,000 Allied soldiers from Dunkirk, France in 1940, in a mission known as Operation Dynamo.  Harry plays a British army private named Alex.

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Wednesday
Jul192017

Jonathan Butler wants listeners to uplift each other

Raj NaikJazz guitarist and worship artist Jonathan Butler says that his new track "Show Me The Way," along with his latest album Free, is particularly important to hear amid America's current political climate.  

He tells ABC Radio, "We can sing a lot of praise songs, a lot of worship songs, we can lift our hands and worship the Lord, but you know, when you get in your car, what happens if you get shot?" 

"These are things that are real, that people are facing every day and just because we live behind walls and concrete and swimming pools doesn't mean it can't happen to you," he adds. 

Referring to the systematic enforcement of segregation and discrimination against black South Africans, called apartheid, from 1948 to 1991, Jonathan adds, "I was a young boy who grew up in a very brutal society in South Africa where blacks were murdered and tortured and killed and put in prison just because of the color of their skin." 

Now, with Butler's latest track and album, he's adamant about not only releasing more inspirational music, but being a beacon of support for others, especially for fellow artists.  

"Right now at my age I'm concerned about the future and mentoring and uplifting and giving back," he says.

"We all know how people can change in this business and how it can affect them in a negative way."  

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Wednesday
Jul192017

DED plans to "freak out" on tour with Korn 

Suretone RecordsDED kicks off their tour opening for Korn tonight, July 19 in Syracuse, New York. The "Anti-Everything" rockers promise that you can expect one thing from their set: "intensity."

"I don't even know what to do with myself sometimes, I just wanna, like, freak out and explode when we're on stage," lead vocalist Joe Cotela tells ABC Radio.

It only takes hearing the first note from DED's breakthrough single "Anti-Everything" to realize Korn's influence on the band. DED took a lot of pointers from the nu-metal scene in crafting their debut album Mis•an•thrope, which will be released this Friday, July 21.

"They were dangerous and they were interesting, but they were still universal sounding," Cotela says of bands like Korn and System of a Down. "We really thought that what we wanted to try to do was fill that void, or at least accomplish that type of thing."

As a whole, DED feels that Mis•an•thrope is a very "diverse" album.

"We'll listen to a style of a song and go, 'We need that, I want that. I want a song that makes 20,000 people jump. Now I want a song that makes 20,000 mosh pit. I want a song that makes 20,000 people sing along,'" says guitarist David Ludlow. "Every song takes on its own identity, so there's a lot of different flavors on there."

One of those flavors is the ballad "Beautiful," which Cotela describes as a mix between Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" and Staind's "It's Been Awhile."

"That song's just completely about vanity and about social media and media," Cotela says of "Beautiful." And how we just have all these ridiculous standards for ourselves that are just unrealistic, I think, for so many people."

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Wednesday
Jul192017

Adam Lambert approves of Katy Perry as an "American Idol" judge, says new music is more "glam rock" 

Easton SchirraWhile Adam Lambert says he hasn't been invited to participate in ABC's reboot of American Idol, he's all for Katy Perry serving as one of the judges on the show.  "I think she'll fit in nicely," he says.

"I think she’ll be great. She’s honest. She has a lot of history with the show," Adam tells the Toronto Sun of his friend Katy. "She’s kind of been a guest on it about a dozen times. She was actually a guest on it my season as a matter of fact.  So yeah...this shows some new blood."

You may recall that when Katy was on American Idol during Adam's season, she finished her performance by turning around and showing that the cape she was wearing had "Adam Lambert" embroidered on the back.  That created a mini-scandal, because she was actively soliciting viewers to vote for Adam over the eventual winner, Kris Allen.  The show later edited that image out of the iTunes version of the show.

"I think it should be exciting to see what they end up doing with it," Adam says of the reboot, which is due to air in 2018.

Adam's currently on tour with Queen, and he says he'll release a new album at some point this year.  As for what it'll sound like, he tells the Toronto Star, "It’s kind of a full circle thing for me, sonically. I’m sort of leaning back towards the glam rock sensibilities that I kind of started off with."

"I’m excited for people to hear it," he says. "And that doesn’t necessarily mean it sounds exactly like 1974, but I think just the spirit of it. I love that."

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Wednesday
Jul192017

Trick or treat: Cypress Hill to throw annual Haunted Hill performance in three cities

Travis ShinnHalloween might seem light years away, but you might want to think about making plans soon: Cypress Hill is coming back to New York for their annual Haunted Hill performance October 30 at Brooklyn Steel

The legendary hip hop group is also headed to Boston's House of Blues venue on Halloween and to Silver Spring, Maryland at The Fillmore on November 1.  

Their Haunted Hill show in New York last year at Terminal 5 was a sold-out success. 

Tickets for Cypress Hill fan club members will be available to purchase today at 10 a.m. ET, while venue pre-sale tickets start on July 20 at 10 a.m. ET.  

General tickets go on sale Friday, July 21 at 10 a.m. ET. For more information, head over to www.cypresshill.com

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Tuesday
Jul182017

U2 has the #2 top-grossing worldwide tour of 2017 so far

Credit: Kevin MazurNow that we've reached the mid-point of the year, Pollstar has counted up the money and listed the artists who pulled in the most on the road worldwide so far in 2017. Among the veteran artists with the highest-grossing tours for the first half of the year is U2, who at #2 took in just over $118 million with their tour marking the 30th anniversary of their biggest album, The Joshua Tree.

Other veteran acts that landed in the tally's top 20 include Bon Jovi at #17 with $39.1 million and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at #18 with $38.1 million. They are followed by Sting at #21 with $34.3 million, the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead & Company at #23 with $31 million, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at #24 with $30.6 million, Neil Diamond at #25 with $29.7 million, Elton John at #26 with $29.6 million and Def Leppard at #27 with $28.6.

Pollstar's top-grossing world tour of 2017 is Guns N' Roses, who have grossed $151.5 million on their Not in This Lifetime trek, which features the return of founding members Slash and Duff McKagan.

As for Pollstar's list of the top-grossing North American tours of 2017, U2 is at #1, Bon Jovi at #6, Dead & Company rounds out the top 10, Petty & the Heartbreakers land at #11, Diamond holds the #13 spot, Def Leppard is at #14, Roger Waters is at #18 and Billy Joel is in 19th place.

Overall, the top 50 worldwide tours grossed a total of $1.97 billion, just shy of last year's record $1.98 billion.  The actual number of tickets sold, though, increased, due to a small drop in the average ticket price, which now stands at $84.40.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill get Lucky on the Soul2Soul tour

ABC/Image Group LA Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s merch on the Soul2Soul trek is getting an upgrade.

The superstar couple has partnered with jeans-maker Lucky Brand to create an exclusive 17-piece collection of tour merchandise, according to Billboard. The line includes blue jean jackets embroidered with either “Faith” or “McGraw,” and t-shirts that say things like “You be my Tim and I’ll be your Faith,” as well as Mrs. McGraw’s personal favorite:  a denim shirt emblazoned with “Respect Your Mama.”

Tour souvenirs will run you anywhere from $40 for a t-shirt, to $149 for embroidered denim.

This weekend, Tim and Faith play Glendale, Arizona; Ontario, California; and San Diego, California with Rhiannon Giddens.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Guns N' Roses and U2 have the top-grossing worldwide tours of 2017 so far

Katarina Benzova; Kevin MazurNow that we've reached the mid-point of the year, Pollstar has counted up the money and listed the artists who pulled in the most on the road worldwide so far in 2017. Topping the tally are Guns N' Roses, who grossed $151.5 million on their Not in This Lifetime tour, which features the return of founding members Slash and Duff McKagan.

Other classic-rock artists in the top 10 of Pollstar's list of highest-grossing worldwide tours are U2 at #2, Metallica at #4 and Red Hot Chili Peppers at #6.

U2 took in just over $118 million with their tour marking the 30th anniversary of their biggest album, The Joshua Tree. Metallica's trek in support of its latest studio effort, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, grossed $88 million. The Chili Peppers, touring behind their 2016 album The Getaway, earned $60.5 million.

Other classic-rock acts with high-grossing world tours this year include Bon Jovi at #17 with $39.1 million, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at #18 with $38.1 million, and Green Day at #19 with $34.3 million.

As for veteran rockers on Pollstar's list of the top-grossing North American tours, U2 is at #1, Metallica at #2, Red Hot Chili Peppers at #3, Bon Jovi at #6 and the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead & Company rounds out the top 10.

Overall, the top 50 worldwide tours grossed a total of $1.97 billion, just shy of last year's record $1.98 billion.  The actual number of tickets sold, though, increased, due to a small drop in the average ticket price, which now stands at $84.40.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

How do you say pecan? Lauren Alaina weighs in on the nutty topic

ABC/Lou RoccoPeach state native Lauren Alaina settles the age-old debate over how you say the word “pecan” -- sort of -- in a new video for the Georgia Pecan Growers Association.

The American Idol runner-up ponders whether it’s puh-kahn or pee-kan in the clip, and for the record, she settles on puh-kahn. You can check out Lauren’s humorous take on the topic online.

Meanwhile, the Rossville, Georgia native is following up her first #1, “Road Less Traveled,” with her top-25 duet with former schoolmate Kane Brown on “What Ifs.”  

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Guns N' Roses and U2 have the top-grossing worldwide tours of 2017 so far

Katarina Benzova; Kevin MazurNow that we've reached the mid-point of the year, Pollstar has counted up the money and listed the artists who pulled in the most on the road worldwide so far in 2017. Topping the tally are Guns N' Roses, who grossed $151.5 million on their Not in This Lifetime tour, which features the return of founding members Slash and Duff McKagan.

Other rock acts in the top 10 of Pollstar's list of highest-grossing worldwide tours are U2 at #2, Depeche Mode at #5 and Red Hot Chili Peppers at #6.

U2 took in just over $118 million with their tour marking the 30th anniversary of their biggest album, The Joshua Tree. Synth-rock veterans Depeche Mode brought in $68.2 million with their trek promoting their latest record, Spirit. The Chili Peppers, touring behind their 2016 album The Getaway, earned $60.5 million.

Other rock acts with high-grossing world tours this year include Bon Jovi at #17 with $39.1 million, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at #18 with $38.1 million, and Green Day at #19 with $34.3 million.

As for rockers on Pollstar's list of the top-grossing North American tours, U2 is at #1, Metallica at #2, Red Hot Chili Peppers at #3, Bon Jovi at #6 and the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead & Company rounds out the top 10.

Overall, the top 50 worldwide tours grossed a total of $1.97 billion, just shy of last year's record $1.98 billion.  The actual number of tickets sold, though, increased, due to a small drop in the average ticket price, which now stands at $84.40.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Drake's still collecting royalty checks from his Degrassi days...but the amount may surprise you 

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCBefore making hit records and topping charts as Drake, the rapper was simply known as actor Aubrey Graham in the role of Jimmy Brooks on the popular Canadian TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation.  

And even though his last appearance on the teen drama was back in 2009, the entertainer is still raking in the dough, however not as much as you would think, for his acting services on the show. 

"Degrassi money still coming in don't sleeeeeeeeep," he writes in an Instagram caption next to a picture of a recent royalty check received. The photo shows a date of March 31, 2017 and the amount?  

A hefty $8.25.   

Still, it's safe to say that the superstar will be just fine when it comes to paying his bills: Drizzy is currently listed on Billboard's Top 50 Money Makers of 2016 at number four, with earnings of $37.3 million from that year. 

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Aaron Lewis launching US fall tour

Dot RecordsAaron Lewis is hitting the road this fall on a U.S. tour. The Staind frontman will be co-headlining the trek, dubbed the Sinners and Sanctified tour, with country rockers Blackberry Smoke.

The tour begins October 12 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and will come to a close November 17 in Charleston, West Virginia. Visit AaronLewisMusic.com for ticket info.

Lewis will be touring in support of his new solo album, Sinner, which features a collaboration with country legend Willie Nelson.

Here are the Sinners and Sanctified tour dates:

10/12 -- Shreveport, LA, Municipal Auditorium
10/13 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
10/14 -- Houston, TX, Ziegenbock Festival
10/26 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/27 -- Oxon Hill, MD, MGM National Harbor
10/28 -- Pikeville, KY, Eastern KY Expo Center
10/29 -- Macon, GA, The Macon Centreplex
11/2 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
11/3 -- Tupelo, MS, BancorpSouth Arena
11/4 -- Evansville, IN, Old National Events Plaza
11/5 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
11/8 -- Indiana, PA, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex
11/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
11/11 -- Warren, OH, Packard Music Hall
11/14 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
11/15 -- Salisbury, MD, Wicomico Civic Center
11/16 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre
11/17 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Municipal Auditorium

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Spoon, Portugal. the Man, Nathaniel Rateliff playing My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday festival

Credit: Zackery MichaelMy Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday festival will return for its fourth year in 2018, and the lineup includes Spoon, Portugal. the Man and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

Additionally, MMJ themselves will play three full shows over the course of the festival, which takes place March 2-6 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The event was previously held in Mexico.

"Delighted to experience One Big Holiday with you all again," MMJ says in a statement. "Stoked for the change, and this time we embrace the Caribbean!"

For booking info, visit MMJOneBigHoliday.com.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Were Beyoncé and JAY-Z's twins delivered by the Kardashians' OB/GYN?

ABC/Image Group LAIt's been rumored for several years now that Beyoncé is not too keen on being friends with Kim Kardashian.  

However, both celebrities may be connected to each other in a surprising way: through the Kardashians' OB/GYN. 

TMZ reports that Bey and hubby JAY-Z's newborn twins, Rumi and Sir, were delivered by Dr. Paul Crane.  

Crane also delivered Kim's children, North and Saint, sister Kourtney's children, Mason, Penelope and Reign, and brother Rob Kardashian's daughter, Dream.  

The gossip entertainment site obtained Rumi and Sir's birth certificates which apparently show Crane's name listen on the documents. 

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Happy anniversary: Fantasia celebrates three years of marriage

ABC/Fred WatkinsIt's already been three years of wedded bliss for Fantasia and hubby Kendall Taylor and the "I Believe" singer shared an Instagram picture of the two from their wedding day to commemorate the special occasion.  

In the photo's caption, she begins, "ON THIS PICTURE I HAD ALREADY ABOUT CRIED MY EYES OUT #weddingday Happy Anniversary King Kendall. we did it Baby."

"Most people think it's only been Two Years but I'm about to jump up and run around this room giving God All the Praise because it's been THREE!!!"

Fantasia then adds, "Funny how we did it and No One even knew it but the closest people to us. Having you in my life taught me a lot about Life, you showed me that I don't have to give all of myself away so quick to people and to this industry."  

The picture has gained over 49,000 likes since it was posted. Fantasia will perform at the Cincinnati Music Festival on July 29.

UsherAnthony HamiltonRo James and R&B/funk band Confunkshun are also expected to appear that same day. For information on tickets, visit cincymusicfestival.com.  

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Tours by Bruno Mars, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber among top-grossing of 2017 so far 

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentNow that we've reached the mid-point of the year, Pollstar has counted up the money and listed the artists who pulled in the most on the road worldwide so far in 2017.  Among the artists in the top 10: Bruno Mars, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.

Justin's Purpose stadium tour, which hasn't even hit North America yet, came in at #3, grossing just over $93 million dollars. Adele's 25 World tour, the last few dates of which she had to cancel due to voice problems, brought in $59 million, good enough for #7. Ed Sheeran's Divide tour was #8 on the list, earning just over $57 million bucks.  Bruno came in at #10: his 24K Magic tour took in just under $53 million.

Reunited rockers Guns N' Roses topped Pollstar's chart, grossing $151.5 million on their highly-anticipated Not In This Lifetime tour.  Rock legends U2 were second on the list, taking in just over $118 million with their tour marking the 30th anniversary of their biggest album, The Joshua Tree.

The list of the top-grossing tours in North America for 2017 so far is very differentthere, U2 tops the chart, and the top 10 includes Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, The Weeknd, the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead & Company, and the joint tour from married country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Overall, the top 50 worldwide tours grossed a total of $1.97 billion, just shy of last year's record $1.98 billion.  The actual number of tickets sold, though, increased, due to a small drop in the average ticket price, which now stands at $84.40.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Kygo’s documentary, "Stole the Show," debuting July 26

Courtesy Apple MusicKygo is ready to share his journey. The Norwegian DJ’s new documentary, Stole the Show, will debut on Apple Music on July 26.

The film will follow his early career through his mainstream success, culminating with his performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in January 2016. It’ll feature behind-the-scenes footage offering insights into his creative process and his off-stage personality.

“Can’t wait for everyone to see what really goes on behind the scenes!” Kygo says in statement. “It’s exciting showing people the journey that I’ve been on up until this point in my career.”

Stole the Show will also feature appearances by some of Kygo’s friends and collaborators, including Julie Michaels, Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki.

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