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Tuesday
Feb092016

Fetty Wap Appears on Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Princes Class of 2016

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Fetty Wap is among the rap newcomers who appear on Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Princes Class of 2016 list.

The publication selected ten of the most promising acts under the age of 30, especially the ones most likely to eventually to appear on Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list in the future.

Fetty was recognized thanks to his two Grammy nominations and multi-platinum hit “Trap Queen,” which he says is his favorite record of all time. “It’s the album that changed my life,” he told Forbes.

Elsewhere, there were a few female rappers that made the cut, like Dej Loaf, who gained attention with her banger “Try Me,”as well as London rapper Little Simz, who Kendrick Lamar recently co-signed as “illest doing it right now.”

Other rappers include Logic, G-Eazy, Joey Bada$$, Lil Dicky and Young Dolph, as well as producers Boi-1da and Metro Boomin.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Wynonna & the Big Noise Booked for "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Wednesday 

Curb RecordsIt’s been seven years since the release of Wynonna’s last album, Sing:  Chapter 1-- but that all changes this Friday, as the country legend unveils music from her new vehicle, Wynonna & the Big Noise.

The band, which includes Wy’s husband Cactus Moser, one of the founders of late eighties hitmakers Highway 101, will make its first national TV appearance this Wednesday on Late Night with Seth Myers. They’ll do “Ain’t No Thing” from their debut recording. You can catch their performance at 12:35 p.m. on NBC.

Thursday,  they’ll play their new music live at New York City’s City Winery, followed by an album-signing event on release day at Barnes & Noble on NYC’s Fifth Avenue. Wynonna & the Big Noise comes out this Friday on vinyl, as well as the usual digital formats.

You’ll also be able to catch the band performing two songs on CBS This Morning on Saturday, February 20.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Twitter Hilariously Attempts to Guess Kanye's Album Title Acronym

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Shortly after Kanye West challenged everyone to guess what the acronym for his upcoming album, T.L.O.P, stands for, Twitter users have flooded Ye's comment section with various ideas.  

There were serious guesses, ranging from "The Love of Power" to "the Lord of Pop," and some even speculated that it was a hint the album is Kanye's last. "I have a feeling it's The Last Original Project or The Last Official Project," one fan guessed.

Of course, others offered up a slew of funny ideas, including "Trump Lost Our Puppy," "Tyga, Leave Our Planet," "The Life Obama Promised" and "Tupac Lives Outside Portland."

One commenter hoped the title was "The Laptop of Prominence -- an album against Kanye's cousin," referring to the rapper's family remember who stole his computer and demanded $250,000 in return.

Another doubted that Kanye himself even knows what it means: "I won't be surprised if the letters have zero meaning at all."

As previously reported, Kanye is offering free Yeezy sneakers and tickets to his Yeezy Season 3 event at New York City's Madison Square Garden to the person who guesses the meaning behind the initials.

T.L.O.P will be released Thursday.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Lady Gaga Reveals How She Prepared to Sing National Anthem

Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImageLady Gaga did her country proud with her soaring rendition of the national anthem at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. She tells Extra how she prepared for such a high-pressure gig.

“I just thought about the lyrics and what they really mean,” she says. “They’ve been around a long time, so I thought about what they mean now. I just sang from my heart.”

She adds, "It was really amazing, the athletes were just kind of majestic standing up there. Singing for the fans in the stands and all over the world, it was so cool.”

Gaga made sure not to get too caught up in the moment, though. As she hit her final notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner," she was able to witness the fighter jets flying overhead. “I promised myself I was going to look up to see them, because it knew that it was only gonna happen one time,” she says.

Next up is a performance at the Grammys on Monday, where she’ll be paying tribute to David Bowie.  

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Beyonce's "Formation" Shout Out Gives Red Lobster Sales Boost

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Beyonce has the Midas touch. After giving a shout out to Red Lobster on her surprise single "Formation," the seafood restaurant chain enjoyed a 33 percent boost in sales.

Spokesperson Erica Ettori tells ABC Radio that the weekend sales reflect a “Beyonce Bounce” from her song, in which she explicitly sings: "When he f*** me good I take his a** to Red Lobster, cause I slay."

The song caused the franchise to be mentioned 42,000 times on Twitter and resulted in the chain becoming a trending topic for the first time in history. Additionally, the restaurant's entrepreneurial teams have been "having fun with the moment by offering drinks like the 'Bey Breeze' which has been getting a big laugh from our guests."

"We are absolutely delighted with what we saw over the weekend, particularly the consumer sentiment that we saw expressed," said Kim Lopdrup, CEO of Red Lobster.  "It's clear that Beyonce has helped create some Red Lobster fans, and we are very grateful to her for that."

Red Lobster initially caught some flack for their delayed response to Beyonce's record, but later tweeted: "You try to bake Cheddar Bay Biscuits and tweet at the same time! #harderthanitlooks #Formation." The company added: "You definitely slay, @Beyonce. Thanks for one heck of a weekend."

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Ex-Chicago Singer Peter Cetera Now Says He'll Sit Out Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & MuseumIt looks like former Chicago singer/bassist Peter Cetera won't be reuniting with his old band mates at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony after all. Last month, Cetera posted a message directed at Chicago's other surviving original members saying he'd be open to playing with them "one last time as a group" at the event, but he now reveals in a new statement that the musicians have been unable to resolve disagreements they've had about the performance, so he's decided not to take part in the ceremony at all.

In the message, which was posted Monday on Cetera's official website, Peter addresses Rock Hall organizers Alex Coletti and Joel Peresman, saying, "Unfortunately, this scenario doesn't work for me. I know we all did our best to make it happen, but I guess it's just not meant to be."

He continues, "Personally, I'm frustrated and tired of dealing with this and it's time to move on. I have a life with two beautiful daughters and a solo career and its time to get back and give them all the full attention they deserve."

Cetera finishes his note by thanking Coletti and Peresman "for all your help and consideration," and asks them to send "any individual award" he receives to his contact.

Peter also points out that the message he sent to the Rock Hall officials "is the short high road nice version of what I really wanted to say," adding that he'll "post that response at the appropriate time."

In his previous message to his former band mates, Cetera suggested, "As a finale, we can walk onstage together one last time as a group, I'll strap on the bass, and we can do ['25 or 6 to 4'] in the key of E." He also called for Chicago to "invite past members Laudir de Oliveira, Donnie Dacus, Kenny Cetera, Chris Pinnick and Bill Champlin" to take part in the performance.

Last week, founding Chicago singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm talked with Billboard about the Rock Hall ceremony, revealing that he didn't know if Cetera would be attending.

With regard to the disagreements with Cetera over the performance, Lamm noted, "He decided he wanted to play ['25 or 6 to 4'] in a different key if he was going to play with us, which is definitely not going to happen, and then he wanted to play with his band but not with us and sing his songs or sing whatever songs the Hall wants him to sing. It's all very strange."

On Tuesday, Chicago issued a statement announcing that the band will be performing at the Rock Hall ceremony with its current lineup, as well as with former drummer Danny Seraphine, who exited the group in 1990. Chicago now features four original members -- Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider and James Pankow. Cetera left the band in 1985.

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony is being held on April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Hall & Oates Announce Tour with Help from Fred Armisen & Bill Hader 

Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentDaryl Hall & John Oates are hitting the road this summer for a major tour that kicks off May 13 and will visit 21 cities

Former Saturday Night Live stars Fred Armisen and Bill Hader have teamed up to create a video announcing the tour -- but they've done it in the persona of an imaginary soft rock band, The Blue Jean Committee.  The Chicago-based duo spend the whole video busting on Daryl and John, who they claim used to open for them, and then shunned them when they became famous.

The tour also will feature Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings as well as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  CitiCard members can grab tickets today; the general public has access this Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. local time.

Here are the tour dates:

5/13 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/15 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/17 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
5/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre
5/21 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/24 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
5/26 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live
7/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
7/12 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/14 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
7/16 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
7/18 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/20 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/22 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/09 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
9/12 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/18 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
9/20 -- Los Angeles, CA    Hollywood Bowl
9/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Seether Reveals Lineup for Annual Rise Above Fest 

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesSeether has announced the details of their annual Rise Above Fest. The lineup for this year's festival, which was revealed on Billboard.com, includes Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Volbeat, Alter Bridge, Beartooth and We Came As Romans.

This year's Rise Above Fest marks the fourth edition of the event. Seether first launched the first Rise Above Fest in 2012 in order to raise money for and awareness of suicide prevention and mental illness. The festival takes its name from the Seether song "Rise Above This," which frontman Shaun Morgan wrote as a message to his brother, who committed suicide eight years ago.

"We're honored to participate in such an event, especially one that helps raise awareness and support for suicide prevention and mental illness," Disturbed frontman David Draiman tells Billboard.

The 2016 Rise Above Fest will be held August 6 in Bangor, Maine. Visit RiseAboveFest.com for ticket info.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Jennifer Lopez Adds 19 New Performances to Vegas Residency

Denise TruscelloSin City just can’t get enough of Jennifer Lopez. Her Las Vegas residency show, All I Have, has added 19 additional performances.

J. Lo has now scheduled an extra date in both May and June, as well as new performances for July, August and December.

Tickets for the shows at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino go on sale Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. PT. A pre-sale for American Express card members starts today and runs through Thursday, February 11 at 10 p.m. PT. There’s also a pre-sale for members of Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, which begins Wednesday, February 10 at 10 a.m. PT and ends Thursday, February 11 at 10 p.m. PT.

Here are the newly added dates:

May: 27
June: 10
July: 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
August: 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13
December: 9, 10, 13, 16, 17

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Tuesday
Feb092016

The Killers, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem to Headline WayHome Festival

ABC/Randy HolmesThis year's edition of WayHome will be headlined by The Killers, Arcade Fire and the newly reunited LCD Soundsystem. The Canadian festival will be held July 22-24.

The 2016 WayHome lineup also includes The Arcs, Foals, CHVRCHES, X Ambassadors, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Matt and Kim, Haim and The Last Shadow Puppets, among others.

For the full lineup and ticket information, visit WayHome.com.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Drake’s ‘"Summer Sixteen" Debuts at No. 6 on Billboard Hot 100 

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Drake’s “Summer Sixteen” debuts just outside the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

According to the publication, the rapper's new offering opens at #6, with 215,000 downloads sold, marking his 16th top-10 track on the chart and his best sales week as a lead artist.

The song also lands at #2 on the Digital Sales chart, right above his Rihanna collaboration “Work,” which sold 156,000 downloads to arrive at #3 on the Digital Sales chart.

“Summer Sixteen,” produced by Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1da and CuBeatz, will appear on Drake’s upcoming album Views from the 6, arriving in April.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Beyonce Shares Selfies from $10,000-a-Night Rental 

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Beyonce enjoyed luxurious accommodations while in the Bay Area for Sunday's Super Bowl performance.  The singer is said to have rented a multi-million dollar home for $10K a night, according to TMZ.

Queen Bey reportedly booked the place through property-sharing website Airbnb, which advertises the home as a "contemporary masterpiece" featuring five bedroom suites and seven-and-a-half bathrooms.

Following her halftime performance, Beyonce posted a photo on Facebook with a caption that reads: "It was a Super weekend Airbnb."

She later shared a couple of shots of the home via Instagram. In the first, she's covered up in a white blanket while sitting outside at night next to an illuminated swimming pool. Two empty plates and a champagne glass are seen on the low wall behind her as she's photographed playfully covering her eyes with her hands.

In another, a casual Beyonce is seen lying on her stomach resting on the outdoor sofa next to the vanishing edge pool.

The 12-acre estate is located in the Los Altos Hills, about a half hour's drive from Levi Stadium, boasting sweeping views over the San Francisco Bay Area. It also features a spa, outdoor fire pit, fitness center, a game room with a full bar and pool table, rooftop vegetable garden and an orchard.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Thomas Rhett Takes "Die a Happy Man" to "Tonight" and "Today"

ABC/Image Group LAWith six weeks at number one on the country chart, a cover by rapper Nelly and some serious crossover potential on pop radio, Thomas Rhett's monster hit, “Die a Happy Man,” is about to get another round of major mainstream exposure.

He’ll perform the song, written about his wife Lauren, Tuesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC, and then he’ll get up early Wednesday morning to do it all over again on the Today show, starting at 7 a.m.

The career-defining track continues to sit atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for the 13th week, having already been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Thomas is following up his fifth number one in a row with “T-Shirt,” from his Tangled Up album.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

DMX Rushed to Hospital After Asthma Attack

Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty ImagesDMX endured a health scare that left him hospitalized on Monday.

The rapper was found unconscious and not breathing outside a Yonkers, New York, Ramada Inn and needed to be resuscitated by first responders, according to The Journal News. The rapper's attorney, Murray Richman, says that the rapper's condition was “merely an asthmatic attack” and that the he was rushed him to a local hospital. 

Fortunately, he has since been released from the hospital. Richman said he was informed by DMX’s wife Tuesday morning that the rapper is home and feeling better.

DMX's rep says, referring to the rapper's birth name, "Earl is doing great and in great spirits, this was not a drug overdose as being reported, DMX has serious asthma issues and it was simply a result of not having his inhaler along with being sick the past few days. "

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Kelly Clarkson Releasing Children's Book in October 

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson has finally revealed what her #NewProject is.  She's been teasing it on Twitter for the last few days and now she's revealed that it's her first children's book.

The book, called River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, is due this October 4 through HarperCollins, with illustrations by Laura HughesRiver Rose is, of course, Kelly's daughter.  You can pre-order the book now on Kelly's website.

The book is about the night before River's first trip to the zoo.  She's so excited that she can't fall asleep, until her mom sings her a magical lullably and she's off to dreamland, where she has exciting adventures with all the zoo animals.  The book comes with an original lullaby as a bonus.

In a video posted to Twitter, Kelly says the idea for the book came during the long plane journeys she and River took while she was promoting her album. "We were going on trips...to all these amazing places that she was too little to remember. I started writing down these little fun stories like when...we went to Australia, and she got to hang out with some kangaroos. So I thought I'd write little cute stories for her and put pictures with it. That was the initial idea. The little stories ended up turning into a book, for each place we kind of went.”

She continued: “I guess my hope is for little kids to read River Rose and be inspired by it and know they can achieve anything and they can still dream big and make big things happen.”

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Kanye West Wants You to Guess the Meaning Behind His New Album Title, "T.L.O.P." 

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Kanye West wasn't kidding about having a surprise album title. The rapper announced via Twitter that he's renamed his project -- for the fourth time -- to T.L.O.P, which is an acronym whose meaning he has yet to disclose.

"That's the new album anybody who can figure out the title gets tickets to Season 3 and free Yeezys," 'Ye tweeted of his seventh studio album, which was previously named Swish, Waves and, originally So Help Me God. West also added that he's working on the "final verses" for the newly titled album.

Although hundreds of fans have responded to the tweet, West hasn't declared any winners yet.

T.L.O.P. is due out Thursday, February 11. Kanye's 10-song album will include four songs we've already heard, including “No More Parties in LA,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, and “Real Friends”  with Ty Dolla $ign.  There's also “Fade,” featuring Ty$ and Post Malone, and “Wolves” with Sia and Vic Mensa.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1974, this "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" legend became the first country artist to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Can you name him? ANSWER:  Charley Pride.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

An Ailing Chase Bryant Agonizes over Missing Dates, Releases New "Little Bit of You" Video

Broken Bow RecordsFor the past two weekends, newcomer Chase Bryant has been unable to go on stage, and he’s not happy about it at all.

First, he missed his show with Kip Moore in Cincinnati on January 30, ending up in the emergency room just a few days later on Monday. By Thursday, he was ready to give it another shot, but by Friday, he had to admit he wasn’t well enough to continue, writing his fans a long, thoughtful letter of apology on Twitter. Now his doctors have placed him on partial vocal rest for the next week.    

While Chase may be sidelined, fans can enjoy the new video for his top-15 hit “Little Bit of You." Shot mainly at his concerts across the U.S., the new clip captures Chase’s eagerness to get back home to his girlfriend as his work takes him away.

“When I wrote this song I was dating a girl 3,000 miles away," he recalls. "I always had the feeling that I’d do anything in my power to get there. Making this video I think we establish that story but also captured this life I live in many different venues from the road. This is the real me.”

You can check out the new video for “Little Bit of You” on YouTube now.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Dierks Bentley Teams Up with the Cast of "Nashville" to Raise Money for the African Children's Choir

ABCDierks Bentley is teaming up with the cast of ABC’s Nashville to raise money for the African Children’s Choir, with a show at Music City’s historic Ryman Auditorium next Monday. Though the group of youngsters is not terribly well known, they’ve been nominated for a Grammy and their good work is even more impressive. The program has helped put more than 52,000 kids through school in the past three decades and has helped more than 100,000 struggling with poverty in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

The list of performers reads like a cast list from the hit ABC show-- Connie Britton, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Chaley Rose, Will Chase, Aubrey Peeples, Chris Carmack and Mark Collie. Perhaps some of their devotion to the cause is derived from the fact that the show’s star, Connie Britton, has an adopted son from Ethiopia. She’ll host the evening.

Tickets for the show, which range from about $40 to $120, are available online.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Three Dog Night to Play Symphonic Concert Prior to Start of California's OC Fair

Credit: Steve SpataforeThree Dog Night will play a special concert that will be held July 14 at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California, as part of the annual OC Fair's Toyota Summer Concert Series. The veteran pop-rock act will be accompanied by the Pacific Symphony at the show, which is scheduled one day before the fair gets underway.

Other new additions to the concert series' lineup are a July 31 show headlined by UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue and also including The English Beat and Bob Marley's grandson Jo Mersa Marley, and an August 12 performance by The B-52s.

Tickets for all three concerts go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 13, at 10 a.m. PT.

Among the previously announced shows taking place in conjunction with the 2016 OC Fair's Toyota Summer Concert Series are a July 15 gig by Styx and a July 24 performance of the star-studded 2016 "Happy Together Tour" lineup, which features The Turtles, ex-Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, The Cowsills, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Spencer Davis Group and former Paul Revere & the Raiders frontman Mark Lindsay.

The 2016 OC Fair runs from July 15 through August 14. To check out the confirmed lineup of the fair's Toyota Summer Concert Series and by tickets for the shows, visit PacAmp.com.

You can check out Three Dog Night's full 2016 tour itinerary at ThreeDogNight.com. The band is dedicating all of its shows this year to founding singer Cory Wells and longtime keyboardist Jimmy Geenspoon, who both died in 2015.

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