New Politics honors a close friend with new song, "Madeleine"

Credit: Max Schwartz New Politics has offered another preview of their forthcoming album Lost in Translation in the form of a bouncy new track titled "Madeleine." You can check out the song now via digital outlets.

As the band explains, "Madeleine" was inspired by a "close friend."

"She is one of the few people you are lucky enough to meet who accepts you for who you are and attracts people around them just because of who they are," they write. "We were touched by the sense of community she created by being herself, her uplifting spirit and when she moved away we knew that she had to go and find her own path."

Lost in Translation, which features the lead single "One of Us," will be released October 6.

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"Body Like a Back Road" will be CMT's first-ever Song of the Year

CMTSam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road’ will be honored as CMT’s first-ever Song of the Year at the upcoming 2017 CMT Artists of the Year celebration at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The Montevallo hitmaker joins previously-announced award recipients Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan. The evening will also honor those who’ve weathered Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

You can watch the 90-minute CMT Artists of the Year special Wednesday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Zombies/ex-Kinks bassist Jim Rodford presented with honorary doctorate by UK university

Credit: Pete StevensCongratulations to Zombies and ex-Kinks bassist Jim Rodford, who this past week was bestowed with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree by the U.K.'s University of Hertfordshire for his services to music. Rodford was presented with the honor at a ceremony held Saturday at St. Albans Cathedral in his hometown of St. Albans, England, The Herts Advertiser reports.

In accepting the award, the 76-year-old musician said, "Having been born and bred in St. Albans and lived here all my life, it gives me great pleasure to be honored this way by the University of Hertfordshire," which is located in nearby Hatfield, U.K.

After playing with various bands and artists early in his career, Rodford became a founding member of the prog-rock group Argent in 1969. The band was led by original Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent, who was Jim's cousin. In 1978, Rodford joined The Kinks and played with the influential group until its 1996 breakup. In 2001, Jim became a member of the re-formed Zombies and has played with them ever since.

In addition, Rodford has long served as a mentor to music students who attend the University of Hertfordshire, and to other young local musicians. He's also a supporter of the school's plan to create a gallery and museum on St. Albans, and is involved in various charities.

Rodford's next scheduled show with The Zombies takes place September 29 in London and is the finale of the band's 2017 tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the making of its classic album, Odessey and Oracle.

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Five for Fighting bringing string quartet on the road for new tour

Paul Morigi / GettyFive for Fighting is hitting the road for a symphonic new tour.

The singer -- birth name John Ondrasik -- is playing a series of shows next year with the backing of a string quartet.

The new dates kick off January 19 in Bellingham, Washington and run through April 8 in Cincinnati Ohio.

Tickets for select dates are on sale now, while others go on sale Friday.

Here are the tour dates:

1/19 -- Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA
1/20 -- Admiral Theatre, Bremerton, WA
1/21 -- Craterian Theatre at the Collier Center, Medford, OR
3/8 -- Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, Huntington, WV
3/9 -- Carnegie Lecture Hall, Pittsburgh, PA *
3/10 -- Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
3/11 -- Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA *
3/13 -- The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT *
3/14 -- The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA *
3/16 -- Tupelo Music Hall, Derry, NH
3/17 -- Greenwich Odeum, East Greenwich, RI
3/18 -- The Egg - Sawyer Theatre, Albany, NY *
4/8 -- Music Hall with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (John Solo), Cincinnati, OH

*Tickets on sale 9/15.

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Niall Horan compares recording in hotel rooms with 1D to making his solo album

Image Group LA/ABCNiall Horan’s first solo album is due out next month, and he says the recording process was very different from working with One Direction.

“Before, we recorded albums in hotel rooms with mattresses against the wall as we were touring,” Niall tells Entertainment Weekly. “It was really fun, and it was great laughs, but it was sometimes challenging.”

This time, he got to record in studios with a live band and work at a slower pace.

He did have to adjust to singing without his band mates, though. “I had never really sung on a song for three and a half minutes,” he says, adding, “That was different.”

Niall’s new album, Flicker, will be a collection of “relationship-based” songs inspired by some of his favorite artists, including Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen.

Flicker debuts in October, though a specific day has not yet been announced.

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DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar and Cardi B lead BET Hip Hop Awards nominations

Epic RecordsDJ KhaledKendrick Lamar and rising star Cardi B all lead the BET Hip Hop Awards this year with nine nominations apiece.  

All three are up against one another for Best Hip-Hop Video, MVP of the Year, Single of the Year and Hustler of the Year prizes. 

Kendrick's singles "HUMBLE." and "DNA." are both up for the Impact Track trophy, along with Cardi's "Bodak Yellow," JAY-Z's "Story of O.J.," Lecrae's "Blessings" and Tyler, The Creator's "Who Dat Boy."  

DJ Khaled is in the running for the DJ of the Year and Producer of the Year, while Cardi B is nominated for the coveted Best New Hip-Hop Artist and Made-You-Look prize awards. 

JAY-Z and Chance the Rapper are also tied with five nominations.  

In addition, both rappers are going up against once another in several categories, such as MVP of the Year and Lyricist of the Year.  

Gucci ManeNicki MinajTy Dolla SignLil Uzi Vert and Juicy J are also among the nominees. 

To view the entire list of nominees, visit  

The BET Hip Hop Awards airs October 10 at 8 p.m. ET.  

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Fergie and Josh Duhamel announce separation

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Relativity MediaThe London Bridge that is Fergie and Josh Duhamel's marriage has apparently fallen down. According to People, the singer and the actor have announced they're separating after eight years of marriage.  In fact, they've apparently been apart for a while.

"With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year," the couple says in a joint statement. "To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family."

Fergie, 42, and Duhamel, 44, have one child together: a four-year-old son named Axl.

In January, both Fergie and Duhamel shared Instagram photos in celebration of their eighth anniversary. They've continued to share photos of their family on social media, despite not being spotted in public together recently.

The announcement of the separation comes a week before the September 22 release of Fergie's visual album, Double Dutchess.

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Lady Gaga taken to hospital for “severe physical pain”; cancels Rock in Rio appearance

ABC/Fred LeeLady Gaga has cancelled her Friday performance at Rock in Rio due to “severe physical pain.”

A statement on her Twitter page reads, "Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform. As a result, she must sadly withdraw from this Friday’s Rock in Rio performance.”

The statement adds, “Lady Gaga is under the care of expert medical professionals. She sends her love to all her fans in Rio and thanks them for their support and understanding.”

Gaga also tweeted, “I was taken to the hospital its not simply hip pain or wear & tear from tour, I'm in severe pain. I'm in good hands w/ the very best doctors”

Earlier this week, the singer revealed she suffers from fibromyalgia.

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Future is just another everyday person in Gap's latest TV ad

ABC/Randy HolmesClothing retailer Gap has released a new TV ad campaign, called Meet Me in the Gap, starring a very unlikely pair: Future and "Goddess of Pop," Cher

The 30-second visual shows the duo singing along to a trap-style rework of Sly & The Family Stone's 1969 hit, "Everyday People," against a bright-white backdrop.  

You can check it out YouTube now.

Future isn't the only one in his family to star in a Gap campaign this year: his 3-year-old son, Future Zahir, posed for the brand's Gap Kids offshoot in July, which was his first-ever commercial modeling gig.  

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Listen now: Toni Braxton comes alive with new single, "Deadwood"

ABC/Jeff NeiraToni Braxton is back! The R&B singer's brand-new single, "Deadwood," is out now -- and it's a scorcher.  

Toni sings about getting stronger after a relationship turned sour.  As her fans know, singing about love and relationships is Toni's specialty. 

We don't have a video for "Deadwood" yet, but when it arrives, prepare to strap yourself in for a steamy ride.  

The 49-year-old star recently told The Insider that the leading man in the visual is "super sexy" and "great eye candy." 

Braxton's last album, the collaborative studio project with Babyface called Love, Marriage & Divorce, was released in 2014. She's expected to release her next solo album, Sex & Cigarettes, next year. 

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Microphones used to record Nirvana's "In Utero" to be auctioned

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIf you ever wanted to own the microphone Kurt Cobain used when he sang "Heart-Shaped Box," now's your chance. Recording engineer and producer Steve Albini is auctioning off three microphones used during the recording of Nirvana's final album, 1993's In Utero.

The mics include two Lomo 19A9s, which were used as overheads for Dave Grohl's drum tracks, and an Electro-Voice PL20, which, along with one of the Lomos, was used to record Cobain's vocals.

"They stopped being microphones and now they're artifacts," says Albini, who produced In Utero. "I feel like I should get them into the hands of somebody who would take care of them and not put them at risk in the hectic environment of a recording studio."

Initially, Albini reached out to the surviving members of Nirvana -- Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic -- and offered the mics to them, but they declined and advised that he sell them.

The auction will run September 21 to September 30 via

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R.E.M. announces 25th anniversary "Automatic for the People" reissue

Craft Recordings

R.E.M.'s 1992 album Automatic for the People is getting the reissue treatment in honor of its 25th anniversary. The record will be released in various formats, including a deluxe three-CD/Blu-ray package, on November 10.

The deluxe Automatic reissue will feature the original album, plus a whole host of demos -- including the previously released tracks "Mike's Pop Song" and "Devil Rides Backwards" -- and a live recording from R.E.M.'s 1992 show at the 40 Watt Club in their hometown of Athens, Georgia. The Blu-ray features music videos and the band's 1992 electronic press kit.

You also can grab a two-CD edition of the reissue, which will include the live tracks, and a vinyl version.

Often considered one of the landmark albums of the '90s, Automatic for the People reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned the singles "Drive," "Man on the Moon" and "Everybody Hurts." It has since been certified four-times platinum.

Here's the deluxe Automatic for the People reissue's track list:

Disc 1 -- Automatic for the People
"Try Not to Breathe"
"The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite"
"Everybody Hurts"
"New Orleans Instrumental No. 1"
"Sweetness Follows"
"Monty Got a Raw Deal"
"Star Me Kitten"
"Man on the Moon"
"Find the River"

Disc Two -- Live at the 40 Watt Club
"Monty Got a Raw Deal"
"Everybody Hurts"
"Man on the Moon"
"Losing My Religion"
"Country Feedback"
"Begin the Begin"
"Fall on Me"
"Me in Honey"
"Finest Worksong"
"Love Is All Around"
"Radio Free Europe"

Disc Three -- Demos
"Wake Her Up"
"Mike’s Pop Song"
"C to D Slide 13"
"Cello Scud"
"10K Minimal"
"Peter’s New Song"
"Eastern 983111"
"Bill’s Acoustic"
"Arabic Feedback"
"Howler Monkey"
"Bazouki Song"
"Michael’s Organ"
"Pete’s Acoustic Idea"
"6-8 Passion & Voc"
"Hey Love [Mike Voc]"
"Devil Rides Backwards"

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Radiohead reworking "The King of Limbs" track with Hans Zimmer for "Planet Earth" series 

Credit: Alex LakeRadiohead is teaming up with famed film composer Hans Zimmer to create a reworked version of the band's song "Bloom," which originally appeared on the 2011 album The Kings of Limbs.

The new version of the track, titled "(ocean) bloom," was recorded for the upcoming new installment of the BBC's Planet Earth nature documentary series, Planet Earth: Blue Planet II.

"'Bloom' was inspired by the original Blue Planet series so it’s great to be able to come full circle with the song and reimagine it for this incredible landmark's sequel," says frontman Thom Yorke. "Hans is a prodigious composer who effortlessly straddles several musical genres so it was liberating for us all to work with such a talent and see how he wove the sound of the series' and 'Bloom' together."

Zimmer's perhaps best known lately for his scores for writer/director Christopher Nolan's films, including the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar, and most recently, Dunkirk

"(Ocean) bloom" will soundtrack a five-minute prequel to the series. You'll be able to download the track digitally on September 26.

Planet Earth: Blue Planet II will premiere in London September 27, and will air on BBC America in early 2018.

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Sam Smith says he almost quit writing new album after painful breakup

Ruven AfanadorWondering why it took so long for Sam Smith to release new music? Turns out he almost quit the industry entirely.

In a new interview with Sir Elton John in Attitude’s October issue, the singer reveals he went through a romantic breakup that was so devastating, it nearly made him throw in the towel.

“There was a period, when making the record, that I was in a really bad place,” he says. “I got dumped, which wasn’t very nice.”

Sam continues, “Writing music about that kind of thing is normally like therapy for me, but when I got dumped this time round I just couldn’t write for about two months.”

He says his team had to force him into the studio because he “almost felt as if I didn’t want to do it anymore.”

Sam tells Elton he feared he would never be able to write again, but he was eventually able to channel his pain.  “I feel like the year I spent writing new stuff was a recovery period, to get used to this new job that I have,” he says. “This new world that I’m living in.”

Sam released his new single, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” last Friday. His follow-up to 2014’s In the Lonely Hour is due out later this year.

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Seal puts his own spin on the classics for new album, "Standards"

Republic RecordsSeal is taking on the classics for his latest album.

The singer announced he’s releasing Standards, a collection of jazz standards and swing classics, on November 10.

“This is the album I have always wanted to make,” he says in a statement. “I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream.”

Seal adds that he collaborated with some of the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and other of his favorite artists. He also recorded the album in the same studio where his idols recorded -- the famous Capitol Records in Los Angeles.

The singer calls the experience “one of the greatest days of my recording career.”

The album includes Seal’s renditions of Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady,” Ella Fitzgerald’s “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” and Nina Simone’s “I Put a Spell on You.”

Here’s the track list:

"Luck Be a Lady"
"Autumn Leaves"
"I Put a Spell on You"
"They Can’t Take That Away from Me"
"Anyone Who Knows What Love Is"
"Love for Sale"
"My Funny Valentine"
"I’ve Got You Under My Skin"
"I’m Beginning to See the Light" (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
"It Was a Very Good Year"
"The Nearness of You" *
"Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" *
"Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)" *

*deluxe edition tracks.

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Daryl Hall says he and John Oates "don't have anything to say together creatively" 

Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentWhile Daryl Hall and John Oates still tour together -- in fact, they're on tour now -- the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers haven't made a studio album together since 2006. When asked in a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury News why that is, Hall had a shockingly blunt answer.

"Because we don't have anything to say together creatively. How's that?" Daryl responded.

"We exist for what we did together in the past," he explained.  "But as one grows up, one becomes more individualistic in one's life. When you are 20 years old, you need a buddy. When you're...70 years old, you don't need a buddy as bad. So what we do is work separately. And we're very happy about it."

Daryl also explained why their act's official name is Daryl Hall & John Oates, and not "Hall & Oates," as people often refer to them.

"The reason we've always insisted on our full names is because we consider ourselves to be two individual artists. We're not really a classic duo in that respect," he told the newspaper. "We don't really do a lot together other than share a stage."

Hall added, "We always wanted to be looked at as separate's just one of those things.  For the most part, people do relate to us as individual artists as well as for what we do together."

But evidently, Daryl's desire for him and John to be seen as "separate people" isn't working.  The Mercury News informed him that when you Google "Hall & Oates," the first related question that comes up is, "Which one is Oates?"

Hall's response?  He declared, laughing, "Well, that's the f***ing stupidest thing I've ever heard. That's what came up after all these years?  'Which one is John Oates?'  That's why the Internet f***ing sucks."

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Listen now: Nick Jonas searches for an elusive lover in new single, "Find You"

Island/Safehouse RecordsNo need to look for new Nick Jonas music. It’ll “Find You.”

The singer has released his new song, “Find You,” after teasing it on social media this week. The softer dance tune is a departure from Nick’s previously R&B/hip-hop leanings. In it, he pines for an elusive lover.

“I look for you in the center of the sun/I took a pill but it didn’t help me numb/I see your face even when my eyes are shut/But I never really know just where to find you,” he sings.

“Find You” is Nick’s first single following the success of his last album, Last Year Was Complicated.

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"Don't disappear": Vince Gill makes a heartfelt plea to Eddie Montgomery, as country music says goodbye to Troy Gentry

Vince Gill performs at Troy Gentry’s memorial service at the Grand Ole Opry; Jason Davis/Getty ImagesTroy Gentry’s coffin sat center stage at the Grand Ole Opry, situated firmly in the treasured circle of wood transplanted from the historic stage of the Ryman Auditorium, as a house full of friends, family and fans came to say an unexpected goodbye Thursday.

The always-smiling 50-year-old Kentucky native lost his life Friday in a helicopter crash in New Jersey, as he prepared to make what seemed like just another Montgomery Gentry appearance with his musical partner of close to twenty years, Eddie Montgomery.  

In a service that lasted 90 minutes, the stage was filled with an equal measure of both the famous and the relatively unknown. Friends from Troy’s church recalled his fondness for dressing as Batman, his love of Disney, and how much he relished a good laugh.

Even after death, Troy made good on a promise, drawing his fellow duo Halfway to Hazard onto the Opry stage for a coveted appearance as they sang “My Old Kentucky Home.” Gentry had told the duo that one day, he expected to see them play the Grand Ole Opry.

Trace Adkins accompanied himself on guitar as he delivered the gospel classic “Wayfaring Stranger.” Country-Music-Hall-of Famer Charlie Daniels recalled inviting Troy and Eddie to be members of the Opry in 2009, before showcasing his musical prowess on the acoustic guitar and launching into “How Great Thou Art.”

Vince Gill issued a plea to Eddie Montgomery before he sang, saying “Don’t disappear,” and urging him to lean on the Opry family as he figures out what to do after his unfathomable loss. The Oklahoma native invoked the names of country and bluegrass legends like Jim and Jesse and the Louvin Brothers, who suffered similar losses and still managed to soldier on. Remarking how happy he was to not have to sing “Go Rest High on That Mountain” for once, Vince instead offered “Whenever You Come Around,” the first song Troy ever sang to his wife, Angie.

In a fitting close, Troy’s pastor promised the album on which Montgomery Gentry had recently worked so hard would indeed be released over the coming months.

Troy’s service concluded as his voice once again filled the Opry House -- in a recorded version of the new song, “A Better Me.”

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Listen now: Weezer goes surfin' USA with new song, "Beach Boys"

ABC/Randy HolmesIt may be September, but Weezer is keeping the summer vibes going with their new song, "Beach Boys." The sunny track is streaming alongside a colorful lyric video now on YouTube.

"Beach Boys" is a song from Weezer's forthcoming album, Pacific Daydream, which also features the previously released singles "Mexican Fender" and "Feels Like Summer." The album will arrive in full on October 27.

Weezer will hit a number of music festivals this fall, including Atlanta's Music Midtown and New York City's The Meadows. Next year, they'll embark on a tour of Australia alongside Foo Fighters.

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong pays tribute to Husker Du's Grant Hart

ABC/Heidi GutmanBillie Joe Armstrong has shared a statement mourning the death Grant Hart, drummer, co-vocalist and songwriter of Husker Du. In an Instagram post, the Green Day frontman describes how Hart and his Husker Du band mate, singer and guitarist Bob Mould, impacted his life.

"This one hurt. Bad," Armstrong writes. "There are no words that describe the huge impact that Grant Hart and Bob Mould's music on Green Day."

Armstrong explains that when Green Day first started, Husker Du was his favorite band.  "We became a three piece because of Husker," he says. "We went through adolescence listening to this band. I wanted to be a song writer because of Husker Du."

"To put it simply there would be no [Green Day] if it wasn't for Husker Du," Armstrong declares.

News of Hart's death arrived Thursday. He was 56.

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