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Wednesday
Jun222016

Lock of David Bowie's Hair Could Bring In More than $4K at Auction

Courtesy of Heritage AuctionsA lock of David Bowie's hair from the late singer's Let's Dance era is expected to land thousands of dollars at auction this weekend.

The blonde hair snippet is up for bid as part of a memorabilia sale being held at Heritage Auctions of Beverly Hills. The current bid is $2,000, but it's expected to sell for at least twice that amount.

The lock of hair is about two inches long and was snipped in 1983 by an unidentified woman who was the wig mistress at Madame Tussaud's in London. She was tasked with replicating the singer's hair for his likeness at the wax museum during the height of his popularity.

The hair is tied together with blue thread and attached to the corner of a black and white photograph of Bowie standing next to the wig mistress. Included with the lock of hair is a letter from the woman, certifying its authenticity.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the charitable Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand, which rescues and cares for stray dogs.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Kellie Pickler Tours Tokyo Following Split With Record Label

Image Group LA/ABC via Getty ImagesWhile she has yet to comment on her departure from the artist roster at record label Black River Entertainment, Kellie Picker seems to be taking it in stride.

The singer and her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, are currently visiting Japan. Tweeting from Tokyo, Pickler wrote, “Blessed to see the world with my adventure and life partner … love you baby” and “Konnichiwa (hello) from Tokyo!! Making new friends and new memories. #Blessed #Japan.”

Jacobs, meanwhile, posted a photo of the couple on Instagram with the caption “Sup America?! KP and I are hanging in Tokyo for a while and loving every second of it! Love that I get to share these adventures with the most beautiful girl in the world. #luckyman.”

The second season of the couple’s reality show, I Love Kellie Pickler, debuts on CMT in August, but one cast member may be missing. Her childhood pal Daylan Honeycutt, a comic figure in the show’s first season, has reportedly been arrested on an array of charges, including domestic assault.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Iggy Azalea Says She Didn’t Have Nick Young’s Car Towed

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIggy Azalea and Nick Young’s break-up may not be quite as dramatic as the tabloids would have you believe. After pictures surfaced of Nick’s car being towed and some possessions left out in the driveway of their L.A. home, Iggy took to Twitter to clarify.

"I never had anyone's car towed nor did I kick nick out of 'my' house," she tweeted. "The home belongs to nick, I am the one moving. Thanks."

Iggy, who'd been engaged to the L.A. Lakers star for a year, announced their split on Instagram Sunday. Nick had been involved in a cheating scandal months prior and Iggy cited trust issues as the reason for the break-up.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

The Weeknd, Alessia Cara and More Honored at Canada’s 2016 SOCAN Awards

Image Group LA/ABCCanadian songwriters for the win! The Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes were among the honorees at Tuesday night’s awards for Canada’s performing rights organization, SOCAN.  

The Weeknd picked up the International Achievement award and the Songwriter of the Year award, as well recognition for his songs “Can’t Feel My Face,” “The Hills” and “Earned It.”

Alessia got the Online Streaming Music award for “Here” and the Breakout award. Shawn took home a trophy for his song, “Something Big.”

Other honorees included Drake and non-Canadians Maroon 5 and Nick Jonas.

The 2016 SOCAN Awards, now in their 27th year, took place at Toronto's Sheraton Centre.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Tom Morello Contributes to New Song "Old Man Trump," Featuring Lyrics by Woody Guthrie

Firebrand RecordsTom Morello makes his feelings about Donald Trump known on a new song called "Old Man Trump." The Rage Against the Machine guitarist contributes a solo to the tune, which features lyrics written by folk legend Woody Guthrie about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's father, Fred Trump. You can download "Old Man Trump" now on iTunes.

In an intro video to "Old Man Trump," Morello declares that he's "standing up against Old Man Trump." "When it comes to race relations, he's like an old-school segregationist," the guitarist says of Trump. "When it comes to foreign policy, he's like an old-school napalmist. When it comes to women's issues, he's like a frat-house rapist. So let's not elect that guy."

"Old Man Trump" features lead vocals from folk singer Ryan Harvey, with whom Morello founded Firebrand Records, and backing vocals from singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco.

This summer, Morello will be hit the road with his new band Prophets of Rage on the Make America Rage Again tour. Along with the guitarist, Prophets of Rage includes Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Akon to Receive "Global Good Award" at the 2016 BET Awards

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images for CoachellaAkon will be honored at the 2016 BET Awards with a Global Good Award!

Born Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam to Senegalese parents, the Grammy Award-nominated artist has made headlines in this past for his chart-topping music and humanitarian efforts. He launched the Konfidence Foundation in 2006, which provides educational and health resources to Senegalese youth. In 2014, he also co-founded the Akon Lighting Africa initiative, which supplies electricity to millions of homes in rural Africa.  

When asked in 2014 what inspired him to create Akon Lighting Africa, Akon told ABC News Radio about the constant electricity problems he observed during multiple visits to Africa. 

Akon also helped launch the Solar Academy in the West African country of Mali. The educational institution teaches engineers how to develop solar power.   

Akon will be presented with the Global Good Award at the BET Awards by actress/model Eva Marcille and recording artist Jidenna.

The 2016 BET Awards air on BET Sunday, June 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET. 

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Versace Men's Spring/Summer 2017 Show Features Prince Soundtrack

Neil Lupin/RedfernsClap your hands for Donatella! The Versace Men's Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show featured unreleased new music from none other than Prince during Milan Fashion Week

Singersroom reports that an 11-minute soundtrack of the late artist's lively beats were used to showcase the runway event.  

Fashion designer Donatella Versace, who regarded Prince as one of her "closest friends," Billboard reports, wanted to pay tribute to him in a formidable way. 

"My heart was broken by the news of Prince's passing -- I am still in shock. Celebrating him and his music at my menswear show seems like the best way," she told Billboard. "Prince showed men how they could use clothing to express themselves, to make a statement, to be bold. The biggest tribute you can pay to him is to play his music, and to keep his memory alive." 

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Get Your Buns Out! Kelis Is Opening a Pop-Up Burger Restaurant in London

Simone Joyner/Getty ImagesMilkshakes aren't the only things on Kelis' mind when it comes to food and drink.  

The Le Cordon Bleu-trained recording artist has plans to set up her own pop-up burger restaurant in London, England.

U.K. magazine Dazed & Confused reports Kelis is serving up "South American-inspired street food" in collaboration with French-American street food duo, Le Bun. Their inspired foodie venture will be called "KELISxLEBUN" and will stop in at the Leicester House in London July 6-7 and 13-14.

This new adventure is practically a dream come true for the Brit Award-winning singer.  "I've been looking forward to bringing my cooking to London for years. The Le Bun guys are the perfect partners and I can't wait for everyone to have a taste," she says.

Let's hope that Kelis will bring her tasty South American treats to America's yard soon! 

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Hiddleswift Spends the Night Dancing at Selena Gomez Concert

ABC/Lou Rocco; ABC/Randy HolmesHiddleswift is still going strong. Taylor Swift and her brand-new beau, British actor Tom Hiddleston, were spotted dancing together at Selena Gomez’s Nashville concert Tuesday night. They enjoyed the show along with Taylor's BFF Abigail and her boyfriend, Matt.

"Taylor invited Tom to go,” a source tells E! News. “Tom always wants to please Taylor and show her that her friends matter. Taylor likes that about Tom."

Taylor split from DJ-producer Calvin Harris less than a month ago, but an insider tells E! she already thinks Tom could be “the one.”

"She felt like she was a little school girl with a huge crush,” the source says. “She loves the fact that Tom acts like such a mature man. She loves that he is older. She feels very safe and protected with him. The attraction is very strong."

Meanwhile, according to U.K.’s The Daily Mail, people in China are already taking bets on the Hiddleswift relationship via the online marketplace Taobao. If Taylor and Tom break up within a year, the buyer will make double their bet.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Demi Lovato Isn’t Quitting Twitter After All 

Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesWell, that was quick. Less than a day after she announced she was quitting Twitter and Instagram, Demi Lovato is back to tweeting.

“F*** this.. I'm back b******. And I'm coming back more honest than ever,” she tweeted.

Demi added that she decided against quitting because she likes interacting with her fans. “I love my Lovatics so f****** much,” she wrote, adding, “I love my Lovatics too much to leave them over some lame a** haters.. What was I thinking?!”

Tuesday, Demi appeared fed up with social media and haters’ comments, tweeting, “Damn I gotta quit sayin s***. Bye Twitter…And insta.”

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Little Big Town Joins Boston Pops Fourth of July Celebration

UMG NashvilleLittle Big Town will be spending next month’s Independence Day holiday in Boston, where the band has been been tapped to appear on the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. They join previously announced performers Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, who are set to perform their hits in conjunction with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and its conductor, Keith Lockhart.

The two-hour special will air live from the Charles River Esplanade on the CBS Television Network from 9-11 p.m. ET.

Little Big Town is current on the road as part of Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Tour and working on a new country album with producer Jay Joyce.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Red Hot Chili Peppers Singer Explains Background of Band's Collaboration with Elton John

Randy Holmes/ABC; Steve KerosElton John plays piano "Sick Love," a soing that appears on Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album The Getaway. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis sheds some light on how the collaboration came to be.

"[Bassist] Flea came in one day with this bass line that melted my heart," Kiedis remembers. "He was inspired by the chords of Elton John's 'Bennie and the Jets.'"

The singer continues, "We finished writing this song and it was really nothing like Elton's -- different tones, different textures, different lyrics, different melodies. But we felt like Elton had an ownership of those chords."

The Chili Peppers then approached John to give him a songwriting credit on "Sick Love," and it felt only natural that he play on the track, too.

"We said, 'Elton, we'd like to give you credit for this, but we'd also like you to play on it," says Kiedis. "With his blessing, it seemed to make more sense."

The Getaway is out now.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Country Star Trivia for 6/22/2016

ComStock/ThinkStockWhat year did future superstar Garth Brooks sign his first recording deal with Capitol Records in Nashville? ANSWER: 1988.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Anthony Kiedis Explains Background of Red Hot Chili Peppers' Collaboration with Elton John

Steve Keros; ABC/Randy HolmesRed Hot Chili Peppers' new album, The Getaway, includes the song "Sick Love," which features Elton John on piano. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis sheds some light on how the collaboration came to be.

"[Bassist] Flea came in one day with this bass line that melted my heart," Kiedis remembers. "He was inspired by the chords of Elton John's 'Bennie and the Jets.'"

The singer continues, "We finished writing this song and it was really nothing like Elton's -- different tones, different textures, different lyrics, different melodies. But we felt like Elton had an ownership of those chords."

The Chili Peppers then approached John to give him a songwriting credit on "Sick Love," and it felt only natural that he play on the track, too.

"We said, 'Elton, we'd like to give you credit for this, but we'd also like you to play on it," says Kiedis. "With his blessing, it seemed to make more sense."

The Getaway, featuring lead single "Dark Necessities," is out now.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Tito Jackson Reveals How He Got His Musical Groove Back

Spectra Music GroupTito Jackson's new single "Get It Baby," featuring Big Daddy Kane, is the first solo hit for the founding Jackson 5 member, who is the last of the nine Jackson siblings to land a chart hit.  The singer credits the hip-hop pioneer with helping him to get his groove back.

Jackson tells ABC Radio that Kane was instrumental in his new single being a hit and that the legendary rapper essentially "hooked [him] up" making the uptempo track a success.

"I get on the phone and Big Daddy Kane says, 'Hey Tito what's up?' I say 'What's up Big Daddy?' and he says, 'Hey man, tell me something, is this you on this song?' I say, 'Yeah man, that's me.' He said, 'Ah man, I love this song, man, I tell you what, I'm going to hook this bad boy up,'" Jackson explains. "And he did that man, he hooked me up."

Jackson, who's upcoming album, Tito Time, will be his first solo album, explains how Kane got involved in with the track.

"So the management of Big Daddy Kane sent it to him and he called back my producer and said, 'Hey man, this song you sent over, tell me something, is this a production of Tito's? Is this one of the records he's putting out of another artist? Tell me about it,'" Jackson recalls. "My man goes, 'Nah man, it's Tito.'" When the rapper heard it was Jackson's own song, "He said, 'Call him up!'"

As Jackson gears up for the fall release of Tito Time, he tells ABC Radio how he was able to find his music groove on the charting single.

"Well, you know what, I love uptempo music and I've been playing with the brother for you know 100 years. The blues thing for 10 years with all that's out, and I found that feeling and it just feels good to me," he says, humming the beat. "It's a good feeling and it just made me work it, you know?"

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Andra Day Announces Her Fall 2016 Tour

ABC/Adam TaylorAndra Day is hitting the road this fall with a headlining tour! 

The soul artist will start things off in her hometown of San Diego this November at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay and will continue on at various venues across America. 

Day is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer -- her debut album, Cheers To The Fall, was nominated for "Best R&B Album" and her rendition of her song "Rise Up" was nominated for "Best R&B Performance" in 2015.   

She has also graced the June cover of Essence and will appear at the Essence Festival in July.  Day performed at Hillary Clinton's "I'm With Her" rally concert in Los Angeles in early June. 

According to Billboard, Day found the experience to be "pretty amazing."   

"To be among those artists, to meet Hillary, to meet Bill -- it was just a great feeling to be a part of the event," said Day. 

For more information on Andra Day's Fall 2016 tour, visit www.andraday.com.  

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Skillet Unleashes Fall Tour Plans

BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesSkillet has announced a fall tour in support of their forthcoming album, Unleashed. The trek will kick off September 22 in Clive, Iowa and will conclude October 23 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visit Skillet.com for ticket info.

Thousand Foot Krutch will open for Skillet on the first leg of the tour, while Sick Puppies will take the support slot starting October 6 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Unleashed, Skillet's ninth studio album, will be released August 5.

Here are Skillet's fall tour dates:

9/22 -- Clive, IA, 7 Flags Event Center
9/23 -- Turtle Lake, WI, St. Croix Casino
9/24 -- Omaha, NE, Sokol Auditorium
9/25 -- Wichita, KS, Cotillion
9/29 -- Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall
9/30 -- Minneapolis, MN, Skyway Theatre
10/01 -- Peoria, IL, Limelight
10/06 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Piere’s
10/07 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrews
10/08 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora
10/09 -- Knoxville, TN, The International
10/12 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
10/13 -- Washington, DC, The Fillmore Silver Spring
10/14 -- Stroudsburg, PA, Sherman Theater
10/15 -- Norfolk, VA, The Norva
10/16 -- Richmond, VA, The National
10/20 -- Mobile, AL, Saenger Theatre
10/21 -- Baton Rouge, LA, TBA
10/23 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Elle King Hitting the Road for Fall Headlining Tour 

ABC/Randy HolmesElle King might be coming to a city near you this fall. The singer has announced dates for her North American headlining tour, beginning October 17 in San Diego.

She’ll make stops in Atlanta, Nashville, Boston and more, before playing her final show in New York City on November 22. Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Friday, June 24 at 12 p.m. ET.

Before her fall trek begins, King's got a busy few months ahead. She's playing a string of festival dates this summer, followed by supporting dates with country band the Dixie Chicks starting September 8.

King will also be performing as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 15.

Here’s the list of her fall tour dates:

10/17 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
10/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
10/22 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
10/24 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
10/25 -- Austin, TX, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/26 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
10/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
10/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
10/30 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
11/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
11/4 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live!
11/7 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/8 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
11/10 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues  
11/11 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Revolution Live
11/12 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Landing
11/14 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
11/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore Philadelphia
11/18 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
11/21 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
11/22 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Adam Levine Selling Newly-Remodeled L.A. Mansion

ABC/Rick RowellWith the impending arrival of their first child, it seems like Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo are looking for a fresh start. After giving up their digs in New York City back in April, Variety reports the couple is also putting their Beverly Hills mansion up for sale.

The recently remodeled home is on the market for $17.5 million. It’s a single-level residence that boasts five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a massive open-plan living/dining/kitchen area. There’s also a brand new swimming pool and a championship-sized tennis court.

Adam and Behati are reportedly expecting a daughter in September.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Twenty One Pilots Joins the Suicide Squad in "Heathens" Video

Atlantic RecordsTwenty One Pilots has premiered the video for their new song, "Heathens," which appears on the forthcoming Suicide Squad soundtrack. The visual features clips from the supervillain team-up movie, as Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun jam the track while sitting in prison. You can watch the "Heathens" video now on YouTube.

Along with Twenty One Pilots, Suicide Squad: The Album also includes Panic! at the Disco covering Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," as well as contributions from The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors.

Suicide Squad stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto as the iconic Joker. The soundtrack will be released August 5, the same day the film hits theaters.

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