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Monday
May022016

Report: Judge Clears Kanye West's Assault Record

Def JamKanye West has officially been granted a clean slate. A judge has agreed to erase from The Life of Pablo rapper's record a past altercation with a member of the paparazzi, says TMZ.

West pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery in 2014 in connection with the incident and has put in more than 250 hours of community service since then, TMZ reports. As part of the terms of his plea agreement the rapper was required to stay out of trouble during 24 months of probation.

Alhtough he has shown a short temper with the paps in the past, Yezzy seemingly has become more friendly to the cameramen who follow his every move.

In a March interview, Ye expressed his gratitude to the photogs.

“I really appreciate you guys because you guys keep me alive,” he said.

“You, the paparazzi, keep me alive because they keep me relevant. They can’t stop my voice. They can say what they want on the news channel, on the stations, blah blah blah, but I can just talk directly to you, it go up and my voice not get stopped,” he added.

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Monday
May022016

Legend in the Fall: Paul McCartney Announces October Show in Sacramento

Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesPaul McCartney has now extended the North American leg of his 2016 One on One tour into the fall after adding an October 4 show in Sacramento, California, to his itinerary. The event will be the first concert held at the Golden 1 Center, the future home arena of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, and will be the former Beatles star's first gig in the California capital since November 2005.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. PT. Ticketmaster.com will offer a pre-sale starting Tuesday, May 3, at 8 a.m. ET; tickets can be accessed by using the password 1ON1WITHPAUL. American Express card members also will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets, beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT.

Interestingly, the Sacramento show will place a few days before McCartney's rumored to be playing the recently reported all-star classic-rock festival that supposedly is taking place October 7-9 at the Coachella fest grounds in Indio, California. An article published last month in The Los Angeles Times claimed that Sir Paul and Neil Young would share a bill on Saturday, October 8, at the as-yet-unconfirmed music extravaganza, which also is expected to feature The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Roger Waters.

McCartney also kicked off his One on One tour in California, with an April 13 show in Fresno. His next concert will be held tonight, May 2, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Here are all of the rock legend's upcoming North American tour dates:

5/2 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
5/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
5/5 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
7/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, SummerFest
7/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena
7/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park
7/17 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
7/19 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
7/21 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Centre
8/7 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/9 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
8/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Busch Stadium
8/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
8/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Center
8/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Center
10/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center

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Monday
May022016

Breaking Benjamin to Headline 2017 ShipRocked Festival Cruise

Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagicBreaking Benjamin will be breaking waves in January on next year's ShipRocked. Benjamin Burnley and company will be headlining the 2017 edition of the rock festival cruise, which takes place January 16-20.

"We are super exited to be the headliner for ShipRocked this year," says Burnley in a statement. "Thanks for rocking out with us!"

The 2017 ShipRocked lineup also includes Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Lacey Sturm and Alter Bridge, among others.

The cruise will set sail from Miami and will travel to Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands. For ticket info, visit Shiprocked.com.

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Monday
May022016

Garbage to Fly on "Strange Little Birds" Tour

StunvolumeGarbage has announced a U.S. headlining tour in support of their forthcoming album, Strange Little Birds. The summer trek will kick off with the band's appearance at Summerfest in Milwaukee on July 6 and will wrap up August 3 in Washington, D.C. Visit Garbage.com for all ticket details.

Strange Little Birds, Garbage's sixth studio album, will be released June 10. The record features the lead single "Empty."

Here are Garbage's summer U.S. tour dates:

7/6 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/7 -- Minneapolis, MN, Skyway Theatre
7/8 -- Omaha, NE, SumTur Amphitheater
7/10 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
7/12 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
7/15 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room
7/16 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
7/17 -- Columbus, OH, PromoWest Fest
7/19 -- Knoxville, TN, The Mill & Mine
7/20 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
7/22 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
7/23 -- Charlotte, NC, Fillmore Charlotte
7/25 -- Richmond, VA, The National
7/27 -- Sayerville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
7/28 -- Boston, MA, House Of Blues Boston
7/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore Philly
7/31 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live!
8/1 -- New York, NY, Summerstage
8/3 -- Washington, D.C., The Lincoln Theater

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Monday
May022016

“Teenage Dream” Come True: Katy Perry Sends Touching Video Message to Sick Fan

ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry made a terminally ill fan’s dream come true. The singer sent a video message to 13-year-old Sophie Birtles, who’s suffering from a degenerative condition called Juvenile Sandhoff disease.

Sophie’s friends and family started a social media campaign to get Katy’s attention using the hashtag #YoureAFireworkSophie, and it quickly went viral. Family friend Jo Pack shared Katy’s video on Twitter today.

"Hi Sophie, it's Katy Perry here,” the singer says in the clip. “I heard your story and I just wanted to tell you that you are a firework, and you are trending, and I do love you and everybody loves you and we're thinking about you all over the world right now and sending you so much love. I hope you can feel it through this message. Love you Sophie."

Jo also shared a video of Sophie watching the video from her hospital bed on the Isle of Man in the U.K. Sophie is seen blowing a kiss at the computer screen.

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Monday
May022016

Drake Surpasses Adele's UK Chart Record

Eric McCandless/CBSSorry Adele, but Toronto artist Drake is coming for your streaming throne. 

The OVO rapper's "One Dance,"" featuring vocals from Nigerian artist Wizkid and British vocalist Kyla, is spending a third week atop the British singles chart according to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company, thanks in part to 7.86 million streams during the past week. That beats a weekly streaming record set last October by Adele's "Hello" which had 7.32 streams during its opening week.

"One Dance" comes from Drake's new album, Views, out and available on all the usual outlets.

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Monday
May022016

Keith Urban Jet Sets Around the U.S. to Roll Out "Ripcord"

Capitol NashvilleAs Keith Urban gears up for the release of his long-anticipated Ripcord album this Friday, he becomes the latest artist to partner with rapper Jay Z’s streaming service, Tidal.

The Australian superstar will do three different shows in the coming days to showcase music from the new project, with the first taking place Wednesday night at New York City’s Stage 48. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple, you’ll be able to stream Keith’s 8 p.m. set via Tidal.

The following Monday, Keith returns to his hometown, to play a noon-time gig outside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. A day later, he jets to Los Angeles, where he’ll share intimate stories and performances on stage at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater.

You can find more info about how to attend all three events on Keith’s website

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Monday
May022016

Gwen Stefani Taking a Ride with James Corden for “Carpool Karaoke” This Week

Jamie NelsonGwen Stefani is heading to James Corden’s passenger seat for a new edition of The Late Late Show’s “Carpool Karaoke,” E! News reports.

She and the talk show host will be singing along to her hits and some surprise covers on the next installment of the popular segment, which airs Wednesday on CBS.

Last week, James filmed a “Carpool” segment with Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato to air at a later date. He also filmed one with Selena Gomez, which is scheduled to air in June.

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Monday
May022016

Rise Up: Andra Day Teams with Coke & McDonald's for New Promotion

Photo credit: Myriam SantosGrammy-nominated R & B artist Andra Day is lending the lyrics from her hit song “Rise Up” to help launch the Rise Up Essence Festival program which starts today.

The new program, which is a collaborative effort between McDonald's and Coca­-Cola, offers fans the chance to win prizes and view exclusive digital content from Andra when they purchase Coca­-Cola fountain products at select McDonald's restaurants. Day will be featured on 40 million cups nationwide, and those who participate will be able to enter the Coca-­Cola Rise Up Essence Fest Sweepstakes for a chance to see Andra perform at the 2016 Essence Festival in New Orleans.

The program is part of the upcoming national "Share a Coke and a Song" promotion that will include music lyrics on the packaging of Coca­-Cola brand products that will be available in stores. 

"I am overjoyed to be a part of this program," the singer says. "The reach of Coke and McDonald's is undeniable and I'm thrilled these iconic brands are joining forces to inspire local communities through messages of peace and motivation in unique ways. It's an added bonus that they are using the lyrics to 'Rise Up' as a part of those messages." 

A teaser for Andra Day's "Rise Up" is available on YouTube.

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Monday
May022016

Report: DJ Khaled and Fiancee Expecting First Child

ABC/Randy HolmesCongrats are in order for DJ Khaled and his fiancée Nicole Tuck as the two are expecting their first child, a source tells TMZ.

According to the report, Tuck is three months pregnant and the baby will be due sometime in the fall. Nicole, who is a wardrobe stylist, lives with Khaled in his six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, gated Mediterranean-style mansion in Miami.

Khaled is currently on the road with Beyonce for the Formation Tour.

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Monday
May022016

PETA Schools Justin Bieber on "Dangerous" Tiger Photo Op

Photo by George Pimentel/WireImageJustin Bieber posed with a tiger at his dad’s engagement party over the weekend, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is not happy about it. The animal rights organization released a statement about the incident, advising the Biebs about the dangers of such photo ops.

"Justin Bieber is lucky not to have had his throat torn out by this stressed captive tiger," PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange says in a statement. "Tigers used for photo ops are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth, and the Bowmanville Zoo, in particular, was caught whipping one tiger more than 17 times, even after the cat was lying on his back in a position of submission and fear.”

The statement continues, “This is why PETA urges everyone to stay far away from cruel and dangerous big-cat photo ops and also why we're asking Justin to vow that this will be his last time promoting these types of abusive outfits."

Justin hasn’t yet responded to PETA’s request.

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Monday
May022016

Chris Young's #1 Duet Fuels Second Go-Round with Cassadee Pope

RCA NashvilleJust as “Think of You” claims the top spot on the country chart this week, Chris Young is extending his tour with duet partner Cassadee Pope into the fall. Dan+Shay will join the I’m Comin’ Over trek in September and October, with Dustin Lynch taking over in November and December.

“I’ve been friends with Dan+Shay and Dustin Lynch for a while now, so to have them join me on tour and to have Cassadee back out with us again -- it’s going to be a blast,” Chris says.

“Think of You” is Chris’s eighth number one, while it’s Cassadee’s very first. Tickets for the latest leg of their tour go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Here’s the itinerary for the fall leg of the I’m Comin’ Over Tour:

9/29 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena
9/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Grand Canyon University Arena
10/6 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena
10/7 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center
10/13 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
10/14 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center
10/15 -- Nampa, ID, Ford Idaho Center
10/20 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena
10/21 -- Kearney, NE, Viaero Event Center
10/22 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center
10/27 -- Johnstown, PA, Cambria County War Memorial
10/28 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Memorial Coliseum Expo Center
10/29 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Event Center
11/10 -- Orlando, FL, CFE Arena
11/11 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11/12 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
11/17 -- Newark, DE, Bob Carpenter Center
11/18 -- Salisbury, MD, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center
11/19 -- Fayetteville, NC, Crown Coliseum
12/1 -- Kingston, RI, Ryan Center
12/2 -- Portland, ME, Cross Insurance Arena
12/3 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
12/8 -- Cape Girardeau, MO, Show Me Center
12/9 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center
12/10 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena

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Monday
May022016

Danny Worsnop Goes Acoustic for New Solo Song, "Out Without You"

Chiaki Nozu/Getty ImagesDanny Worsnop goes full-on country in his new solo song, "Out Without You." The acoustic track, which finds the ex-Asking Alexandria frontman singing in a soft-spoken, twangy voice, streaming now on YouTube.

"Out Without You" appears on Worsnop's debut solo album, The Prozac Sessions. It is the second track Worsnop has shared from the record, following the bluesy, electric rocker "I Got Bones."

The Prozac Sessions is due out this year.

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Monday
May022016

Red Hot Chili Peppers to Release New Song on Thursday 

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Parker MediaRed Hot Chili Peppers will share the first preview of their forthcoming 11th studio album this week. The band revealed on Twitter that they will be releasing a new single called "Dark Necessities" on Thursday, May 5.

The new album will be the Chili Peppers' first since 2011's I'm with You. The band's co-manager Cliff Burnstein previously said that the record could be released by "early summer."

Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers have a summer full of festival dates ahead of them, including headlining sets at Rock on the Range, Osheaga and Lollapalooza.

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Monday
May022016

Getting "Close" Again? Nick Jonas Reunites with Kate Hudson in NYC

ABC/Phil McCartenNick Jonas and Kate Hudson are still enjoying each other’s company. According to People, the two were spotted having dinner together Sunday at the Italian restaurant Carbone in New York City.

Kate was wearing a sheer purple top, purple velvet blazer and flared jeans. Nick sported black pants, a black jacket and a green button-down shirt. It was the first time they’ve been seen out in public together since they addressed rumors of a relationship back in February.

"Kate's incredible,” Nick told Complex magazine for its February/March issue. “We had an unbelievable connection as two humans who just admire things about each other, and see something in each other that's beautiful."

They’ve both continued to insist they’re single, though.

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Monday
May022016

All-Star Concerts Honoring Dr. John and Jerry Garcia to Be Released Soon on CD, DVD & Other Formats

Dr. John, Bob Weir (Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Blackbird Productions; Josh Timmermans)Audio and video releases documenting star-studded concerts saluting Dr. John and the late Jerry Garcia will hit stores soon in multiple configurations as part of a new partnership between Blackbird Presents and the Concord Bicycle Music label.

The events will be available on CD, DVD, as CD/DVD packages and as digital downloads.

The Dr. John tribute, titled The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music, captures a May 2014 event held at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans' French Quarter. The show featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, who joined Dr. John for a rendition of the New Orleans legend's funky 1973 hit "Right Place, Wrong Time." Other guest performers included John Fogerty, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes.

The show also featured an impressive house band led by Don Was on bass which included drummer Kenny Aronoff and Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

The Garcia homage, Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, took place in May 2015 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The show was held about a month before The Grateful Dead's historic "Fare Thee Well" 50th anniversary concerts, and featured the band's four core surviving members -- Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Kreutzmann.

Other performers include Peter Frampton, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, frequent Garcia collaborator David Grisman, Jimmy Cliff, Widespread Panic, the late Allen Toussaint and many others.

A third tribute concert, focusing on country-folk great Emmylou Harris, also will be released soon as a CD, DVD, CD/DVD set and digital download.

Blackbird Presents has produced a variety of all-star tribute concerts over the last few years, including shows honoring Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Lennon and Mavis Staples.

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Monday
May022016

Daughtry, Elle King, Kenny Loggins & More on New Season of "Live from Daryl's House"

Ian JohnsonThe new season of Live from Daryl's House, Daryl Hall's ongoing music series, will premiere May 5 on MTV Live, the 24/7 hi-def music channel which used to be known as Palladia.

The show features artists of various musical genres visiting the Hall & Oates member at his club, located north of New York City, where they jam on each other's hits.  This season will kick off with newly-minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick on Thursday, and upcoming shows will feature Elle King, Daughtry, Kenny Loggins, legendary soul group The O'Jays, Wyclef Jean, and Anderson East, an acclaimed singer-songwriter who's currently dating Blake Shelton's ex-wife, Miranda Lambert.

The music gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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Monday
May022016

McCartney, Rolling Stones, Dylan, The Who Post Teaser Clips Hinting at "October" Mega-Festival

Mary McCartney/MPL; Claude GassianSomething is happening in October and we're pretty sure we know what it is! Following a recent Los Angeles Times report claiming that Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Roger Waters all may be taking part in a new rock festival that month in California, all of those famed artists have posted respective teaser videos to their social media sites featuring snippets of their classic songs and ending with the word "October."

Last month,  the Times revealed that the star-studded event was being organized by Goldenvoice, the promoter behind the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and was expected to take place October 7 to October 9 at the Coachella grounds in Indio, California. According to the article, Dylan and The Stones would play on October 7; McCartney would perform on October 8 along with Neil Young and his current backing group, Promise of the Real; and The Who and Waters would close things out on October 9.

McCartney's teaser is set to a live version of The Beatles' "I've Got a Feeling" and includes a photo of Sir Paul playing his trademark Hofner bass.

The Rolling Stones' clip shows a vinyl LP featuring the band's lips-and-tongue logo spinning on a turntable as the group's tune "All Down the Line" plays.

Dylan's video features various film clips of the folk-rock legend from the 1960s accompanied by his song "Ballad of a Thin Man."

The Who's video includes a montage of footage of the band playing live throughout the years that's set to the classic tune "My Generation."

Lastly, Waters' teaser boasts grainy black-and-white footage of one of his concerts that includes a couple of floating pig-shaped balloons while the studio version Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage" plays.

So far, Young is the only one of the aforementioned artists who hasn't posted an "October" teaser clip yet. However, Neil's longtime manager Elliot Roberts did talk about the rumored event with the Times, saying, "It's so special in so many ways, because you won't get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again. It's a show I look forward to more than any show in a long time."

Official news about the festival, which the media has given the nickname "Oldchella," is expected soon.

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Monday
May022016

Britney Spears to Receive Millennium Award, Perform Hits Medley at "Billboard" Music Awards 

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIt's Britney at the BBMA's, b***.

After a couple weeks of rumors, Britney Spears has confirmed that she'll appear at this year's Billboard Music Awards. She'll receive the Millennium Award, which is given to artists to recognize "their outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry."  The previous recipient of this award was Whitney Houston in 2012.

The most exciting news, though, is that Britney will perform a medley of her greatest hits during the show.  It won't be too difficult for her to pull that off, since she sings all those classics regularly during her Las Vegas show, Piece of Me.  Since the Billboard Music Awards are being held in Vegas, she won't even have much of a commute.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will air live on ABC May 22 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, from the T-Mobile Arena.  Ludacris and Ciara will host the show, which will also feature performances from DNCE, The Go-Go's, Shawn Mendes, Pink, Nick Jonas, Tove Lo and Demi Lovato.  More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Monday
May022016

Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin Arrested After Leaving Stage

Brigitte Engl/RedfernsWes Scantlin's legal troubles don't appear to be slowing down. The Puddle of Mudd frontman was arrested immediately after the band's show in Hermosa Beach, California on Saturday. TMZ has footage of Scantlin being led backstage in handcuffs.

According to TMZ, Scantlin was arrested for skipping a court hearing stemming from a vandalism charge earlier this year. The gossip site reports that a judge set bail at $250,000, and that the musician is still in custody.

Scantlin, who has a checkered history with the law, is having a particularly rough year. In addition to the vandalism charge, he was recently arrested twice on DUI charges. The singer's troubles haven't been confined to breaking the law, either -- in March, the other members of Puddle of Mudd left the stage in mid-performance, leaving Scantlin alone on the stage during a show in England, leading to the concert's abrupt end. During the show, Scantlin said his band "quit on me," but then later said that Puddle of Mudd had not broken up.

Puddle of Mudd's next scheduled show is May 14 in Rolla, Missouri.

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