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Feb242017

Hear Kelly Clarkson's soulful new duet with Aloe Blacc from "The Shack" 

Atlantic RecordsWe're still waiting for details and a release date for Kelly Clarkson's new album, but right now you can now listen to a brand-new song from her.

"Love Goes On," is a duet between Kelly and Aloe Blacc, and it's on the soundtrack of the movie The Shack, which will be in theaters March 3. The soundtrack is in stores and online, available for streaming and purchase, today.

The soulful duet features the two singing about suffering a great loss, but then concluding, "There ain't nothing so broken love can't heal....nothing's really gone/we bring the past along/and love goes on."

Kelly's one of the few non-country artists on the album, which is described as "music from and inspired by" the movie.  Songs from country stars Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Brett Eldredge and Dan + Shay also are included, as well as tracks by NEEDTOBREATHE and for KING & COUNTRY.

The faith-based film, which arrives in theaters March 3, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.  It stars Sam Worthington, Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw, who narrates the tale of a man who falls into a deep depression after a family tragedy.  A mysterious letter summons him to an abandoned shack in the wilderness, where he meets three strangers who transform his life forever. 

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Friday
Feb242017

Jack White previews Third Man Pressing ahead of plant opening

ABC/Nicole WilderJack White's Third Man Records is opening its own vinyl pressing plant this Saturday, February 25 in Detroit's Cass Corridor neighborhood. Ahead of the facility's official launch, White spoke with ABC's Detroit affiliate WXYZ about the goal for Third Man Pressing.

"The dream was to be able to have a plant that people could see records being pressed, and you could buy those records immediately that are on the machines you're looking at, which doesn't exist anywhere in the world," White said.

"Trying to make things that have never existed before is sort of our goal at Third Man all the time," he adds.

To celebrate the Third Man Pressing opening, the Cass Corridor Third Man Records store will be holding a public party February 25, featuring live music and new, exclusive merchandise, including newly pressed editions of The White Stripes' self-titled debut album and their sophomore follow-up, De Stijl.

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Friday
Feb242017

MisterWives to "Connect the Dots" on new album

Republic Records/Photo FinishMisterWives have announced the details of their next album. The sophomore effort from the band is called Connect the Dots, and will be released May 19.

Connect the Dots arrives two years after the release of MisterWives' debut album, 2015's Our Own House, which features the single "Reflections."

Last week, MisterWives shared the lead single from Connect the Dots, called "Machine."

MisterWives will be opening for Panic! at the Disco on their massive North American arena tour, which kicks off tonight in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Friday
Feb242017

Call on Her: Starley books multiple TV appearances, tour with Clean Bandit

Courtesy Louder Than Life/Epic RecordsAustralian singer/songwriter Starley is parlaying the success of her hit single "Call on Me" into some major TV appearances.

First up, she'll perform on Good Morning America's post-Oscar show Monday, February 27.  Next comes NBC's Today show on March 10, and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 4.  In between those shows, she'll make her performance debut March 13 at the South by Southwest Music Conference.

As if that wasn't enough, Starley will be opening for Clean Bandit on the U.K. trio's upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off March 31 in Seattle.

Starley, whose birth name is Starley Hope, currently is completing work on her debut album.

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Friday
Feb242017

Lady Antebellum shift into high gear with back-to-back TV appearances including the Daytona 500

ABC/Image Group LAThis Sunday, Lady Antebellum will help get those engine’s revving as the headlining entertainment prior to the start of the 59th Annual Daytona 500. The race is the official kick-off the NASCAR season and airs on FOX beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern.

The following night, the trio will return to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC and join the highly influential R&B group Bell Biv Devoe, for a one-time-only Mashup Monday performance as Lady AnteBell Biv Devoe.

There’s no stopping Lady A’s current single either, as “You Look Good” has just entered the top 30 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, only four weeks after its release. “You Look Good” is the lead single from their forthcoming sixth studio album Heart Break, scheduled to be released June 9.

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Friday
Feb242017

Brett Eldredge debuts autobiographical single “Somethin’ I’m Good At”

AtlanticThe bouncy new single from Brett Eldredge, "Somethin' I'm Good At," is total reflection of his personality. 

“I can’t even explain the anticipation and excitement I’ve been feeling about putting out new music,” says Brett. “It’s exciting to write and record a song that captures this side of me and this song is full of life and excitement. I hope everyone feels the way I do about it and I hope it puts a smile on your face when you hear it as you’re driving down the road or unloading the dishwasher or whatever you’re doing, I just hope it makes you happy.”

Brett is coming off six consecutive #1 singles. “Somethin’ I’m Good At” is the first single from his forthcoming album due out this summer.  An official video for the new single is due Monday.

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Friday
Feb242017

Country Stars shine on soundtrack to film "The Shack"

Atlantic RecordsThe soundtrack to The Shack, the new movie starring Tim McGraw, is out today, one week ahead of the movie’s premiere on March 3, featuring new music from some of country's biggest stars.

As previously reported, Dan + Shay, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge, and of course Tim and Faith Hill, have all recorded new music for the film. This marks the first time Tim and Faith have both written and recorded a song together.

Dan + Shay’s track, “When I Pray for You,” will be out as a single next Friday. Lady Antebellum contributes “Lay Our Flowers Down,” Dierks Bentley does “Days of Dark” and Brett Eldredge sings “Phone Call to God.” The soundtrack also includes Kelly Clarkson’s duet with Aloe Blacc called “Love Goes On.”

Tim McGraw stars in the movie based on the inspirational best-seller, playing both the main character’s best friend and narrating the film.

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Friday
Feb242017

Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey's joint tour postponed due to Lionel's knee surgery

Live NationLionel Richie's biggest album is called Can't Slow Down, but he's finally found something that has slowed him down: knee surgery. The singer had to have his knee operated on, and that's forcing him to postpone his planned tour with Mariah Carey.

“When you have been performing as long as I have it takes a toll on your body," said Lionel in a statement. "Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100% ready to start the tour next month. I don’t want to disappoint my fans and I look forward to being back on stage so we can all be ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ together again.” 

The tour will now be rescheduled for the summer, with new dates to be announced soon.  All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates.  The original tour was supposed to start March 15 in Baltimore and run through May 27, wrapping up in Sunrise, Florida.

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Friday
Feb242017

Check out Paul McCartney's original demo version of his 1989 hit "My Brave Face" with Elvis Costello

1988 © Paul McCartney/Photo by Linda McCartneyPaul McCartney is treating fans to another preview of the forthcoming deluxe reissue of his 1989 studio album, Flowers in the Dirt, which included several collaborations with Elvis Costello. McCartney has posted a video on his official YouTube channel that features the original demo of "My Brave Face," a song he co-wrote with Costello that reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The clip also features some rare footage of Paul and Elvis working and goofing around in the studio. The demo of "My Brave Face" is highlighted by McCartney and Costello's loose harmonies and strummed acoustic guitars.

The raw track is one of nine "original demos" recorded by Paul and Elvis that appear as bonus tracks on the expanded editions of Flowers in the Dirt, due March 24. An additional set of "1988 demos" of the same nine tunes are included on the Flowers in the Dirt Deluxe Edition box set.

The box set also contains a DVD with various music videos, three new short films featuring archival footage and a making-of documentary. The collection comes packaged with a 32-page book containing McCartney's handwritten notes and lyrics; a 64-page photo book; a catalog for the late Linda McCartney's 1989 Flowers in the Dirt photo exhibit; and a 112-page book focusing on the making of the album.

Recalling how he and Costello collaborated during the Flowers in the Dirt sessions, McCartney says, "[W]e sat opposite each other with our guitars because I had said to him early on that this is how I'd written with John [Lennon], with me being left handed and him being right handed, it was almost like looking in a mirror. We did virtually what John and I did which was just make up a song a day."

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Friday
Feb242017

"The Voice" coaches go chasing "Waterfalls" to mark new season

NBCThe new season of The Voice kicks off on Monday and to get fans excited, the four coaches -- Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys -- have posted a video in which they perform an acoustic version of TLC's classic "Waterfalls." 

In the clip, the coaches are sitting around in a circle, along with a guitar player and a drummer.  Each one takes a line from the first verse on the song, starting with Gwen, then Alicia, then Adam and then Blake.  Then they all sing the chorus. 

Then it's straight to the rap portion: Alicia starts off, Gwen continues, and then they both finish with "Believe in yourself/the rest is up to me and you," before all four coaches launch back into the chorus.

Season 22 of The Voice debuts Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Friday
Feb242017

Foo Fighters to Headline Glastonbury 

ABC/Fred WatkinsFoo Fighters will headline this year's edition of the U.K. mega festival Glastonbury. The band revealed the news during a live streamed broadcast from the Cheese and Grain venue in Frome, England.

"The best band in the world today came to Worthy Farm to tell me that they're going to headline the Pyramid Stage," Glastonbury's Michael Eavis said. "Be there or be square."

Eavis then welcomed the Foos to the stage, where they launched into a performance of "Learn to Fly." The band is still playing the intimate venue, and you can watch the concert live via YouTube.

Foo Fighters were previously set the headline Glastonbury in 2015, but had to cancel after Dave Grohl famously broke his leg after during a show in Sweden.

Glastonbury 2017 will be held June 21-25.

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Friday
Feb242017

Jon Pardi cleans up real nice in his sexy new video for "Dirt on My Boots"

ABC/Image Group LAJon Pardi is hoping to boost his “Dirt on My Boots” single to the top of the charts with the release of a sexy video.

The clip, streaming on YouTube, intercuts shots of Jon performing the song before an adoring crowd and a woman returning from an afternoon of horseback riding and getting dolled up before turning up at the show to meet Jon in the wings as he exits the stage.

The tune currently sits at #5 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and is the latest single from Jon’s California Sunrise album.

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Friday
Feb242017

Camila Cabello sets first post-Fifth Harmony award show performance

Drew LevinIn January, Fifth Harmony did their first award show performance as a quartet when they sang at the People's Choice Awards.  Now, ex-member Camila Cabello has booked her first solo award show performance...sorta.

According to People, Camila and Machine Gun Kelly are taking their "Bad Things" duet to the 2017 Kids Choice Awards, which will air March 11 on Nickelodeon.  The song topped Billboard's Pop Songs chart earlier this month. Voting for the Kids Choice Awards is now open.

Camila and Machine Gun will also perform April 3 on Zedd's upcoming concert to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union. The lineup also includes Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Daya and others.

We'll find out next week which member of Fifth Harmony will be participating on ABC's Dancing with the Stars this season, if one of them is at all, that is. Right now, it's just a rumor, and ABC doesn't comment on DWTS casting rumors.

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Friday
Feb242017

John Mellencamp's upcoming album, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies," now due out on April 28; track list unveiled

Republic RecordsJohn Mellencamp has unveiled full details about his upcoming collaborative album with country-folk artist Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, which now is scheduled to be released on April 28 -- a week later than initially announced.

The album features 13 tracks, including the recently released single "Easy Target," a song focusing on strained race relations and gun violence in the U.S. that Mellencamp introduced on the eve of President Trump's inauguration.

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies also includes a rootsy rock track called "Grandview" featuring guest vocals by country star Martina McBride, which was been issued as John's latest single. The album is available for pre-order now, and those ordering the record in advance will get a free download of both "Easy Target" and "Grandview."

As previously reported, Mellencamp will support Sad Clowns & Hillbillies with a U.S. tour that kicks off on June 5 in the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village, Colorado. The singer-songwriter will be accompanied by Carter on the trek, which also will feature Americana legend Emmylou Harris and the folk-pop duo Lily & Madeleine as support acts.

Tickets for most concerts on the tour went on sale Friday, February 24. For details about specific shows, visit Mellencamp.com and AEGLive.com. Those who purchase a ticket online also will receive a CD copy of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Mobile Blue"
"Battle of Angels"
"Grandview" (featuring Martina McBride)
"Indigo Sunset"
"What Kind of Man Am I"
"All Night Talk Radio"
"Sugar Hill Mountain"
"You Are Blind"
"Damascus Road"
"Early Bird Café"
"Sad Clowns"
"My Soul's Got Wings"
"Easy Target"

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Friday
Feb242017

Jason Derulo gets naughty with Nicki on new single "Swalla"

Warner Bros RecordsEarlier this week, Jason Derulo co-hosted ABC's Live with Kelly, and now he's dropped his new single "Swalla," featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign

The lyric video also is out, and it's pretty racy.  Not only do the lyrics contain profanity, but the images are very sexual in nature, with a bare-chested Jason being groped by various half-naked women, and salacious close-ups of women's glitter-coated lips. 

"Swalla" is slang for "swallow," and in the song, Jason invites "all you girls in here/if you're feeling thirsty" to "c'mon, take a sip/cause you know what I'm servin'."

The chorus then goes, "Shimmy shimmy yay, shimmy ya, shimmy yaw/Drank/Swalla-la-la."  If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because it's based on the song "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" by late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard.  That song's two co-writers, ODB and Wu-Tang's RZA, are credited on "Swalla" as well.

Nicki's verse, meanwhile, seems to take a swipe at other female rappers: "I gave these b***** two years now your time's up/Bless her heart, she's throwing shots but every line sucks."

"Swalla" is the first single from Jason's upcoming fifth album.

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Friday
Feb242017

The Lumineers donating earnings from Dallas concert to Planned Parenthood

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaThe Lumineers will be donating the profits from their upcoming show in Dallas on February 28 to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.

"When we take the stage next week in Dallas, while efforts to 'defund' Planned Parenthood in Texas are underway, we have decided to donate all profits from the show to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas," the band says in a statement.

"When my wife was a teen and young adult, Planned Parenthood provided her not only with free [and] affordable cancer screenings, contraceptives and annual checkups, but also with the education and tools to help make smart decisions regarding her health," adds lead vocalist Wesley Schultz.

"The reality for her was that Planned Parenthood was her only real way to get legitimate and affordable healthcare," he continues. "To read news stories about attempts to defund this same healthcare in Texas for so many women (and men) is disturbing and has moved us to act."

This week, a federal judge blocked Texas from attempting to cut Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program.

The Dallas show is a part of The Lumineers' North American tour in support of their sophomore album, Cleopatra.

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Friday
Feb242017

Andrew McMahon admonishes conservative group for using his music during political conference

ABC/Randy HolmesAndrew McMahon is not happy with one of his songs being played during the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, which is currently going on Maryland. In a statement issued on his Instagram, the musician asks CPAC and the Republican party to "take me off your playlist."

McMahon begins by saying that he tries to "keep my politics and my platform as an entertainer separate," which is something he "struggle[s] with daily, but I hold that line out of respect for my fans and out of disgust for the state of American politics."

"Still, I feel in this climate, my greatest contribution could be to remind people as they stand side by side in a live music venue that we are not as different as our televisions and our political leaders would like us to believe," he writes. "With this in mind I would appreciate it if politicians and representatives of political parties would refrain from the public use of my music as [Counselor to the President] Kellyanne Conway and the GOP did today at their CPAC convention."

"My music is about uniting people through our common experience and is not intended as hype tracks for political dog and pony shows," McMahon concludes.

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Friday
Feb242017

Calvin Harris' "Slide," featuring Frank Ocean and Migos, is out now

ABC/Randy HolmesFans can finally listen to Calvin Harris' full version of his latest song, "Slide," which features guest vocal appearances from both Frank Ocean and Migos.

The DJ-producer confirmed both Frank and Migos' artistic contributions to the feel-good tune on Thursday via Twitter, after teasing fans earlier this week with a snippet

Written by Calvin, Frank and Migos members Quavo and Offset, "Slide" is available to purchase now.  

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Friday
Feb242017

Future's self-titled album officially debuts at #1; New disc "HNDRXX," out today, may follow

Image Group LA/ABCFuture is on his way to making music history.

According to his label, the rapper's self-titled album, Future, just released last week, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.  

The official chart numbers won't be made public until Sunday, however.

Meanwhile, Future's other new album, HNDRXX, was released today. If this studio project also debuts at #1 on the chart, the rapper will earned an unprecedented career milestone:  he'll be the first artist in Billboard history to ever premiere at #1 in two consecutive weeks with two different discs.

As is, the new self-titled album is Future's fourth straight #1 debut in less than two years.

The "Used to This" entertainer is scheduled to make his debut on Ellen on March 2. 

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Friday
Feb242017

John Mayer loves "The Bachelor," but doesn't want to be "The Bachelor"

Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.John Mayer is a big fan of ABC's The Bachelor, but he even though he's one of the most eligible bachelors in showbiz, he says he wouldn't consider being on the show himself.

Appearing on Friday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, John discussed his love of the show, but complained that it takes too much time to watch.  "I'll pay 50 dollars if you just show me the entire season in 30 minutes," he cracked. "Get me the helicopters, girls crying, girls crying on helicopters...if you get tears in flight on The Bachelor, that's prime stuff!"

When Ellen asked him if he'd want to be The Bachelor, though, John said no, though he admitted it would be "really fun." 

"I don't think that I would find love there, unless they would change the vetting process for who would be the contestants," he explained. When Ellen replied that the show would change it for him, he insisted, "I think that it would be one of the lowest-rated shows."

John also confirmed that he is, indeed, single and the drawing of the girl on the cover of his new EP The Search for Everything -- Wave 2 is just a "spiritual representation" of the kind of woman he might be looking for.

Additionally, John explained why he's releasing his new album four songs at a time.

"I started realizing that 12 songs is a big ask for people now because of so much content," he told Ellen. "Even me, like, my favorite acts would put a record out, and I'd be like 'I can't today. It's too much music!'"

Coincidentally, John's ex-girlfriend Katy Perry said something similar earlier this week: she says she wants to put out her album in "bite-size" pieces because it takes too long to digest an entire record.

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