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Wednesday
Jan182017

"Soul Man" Sam Moore Joins Lineup of Trump Pre-Inauguration Celebration

Courtesy of Webster PRWhile many well-known music artists have declined invitations to perform at the festivities surrounding the inauguration of Donald Trump this week, soul legend Sam Moore has announced that he'll be performing at a pre-inaugural event this Thursday in Washington, D.C. The Sam & Dave singer has joined the lineup of the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, which will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast live.

"As an American, I am honored to perform for President-elect Donald Trump," says Moore in a statement. "I was a participant in the civil rights movement and have seen many positive changes and advancement in my 81 years of living in this wonderful Country, but I know we must all join hands and work together with our new President. I honestly believe that if we can accomplish this, the best is yet to come."

The celebration will feature remarks from Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday, January 20, as well as performances from modern-rock act 3 Doors Down and country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, among others.

For more details about the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, visit 58PIC2017.org.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

How Blake Shelton Celebrates His Number Ones with His Mama

Warner Music NashvilleEven though Blake Shelton clocks the 23rd #1 of his career this week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, the Oklahoma native says it means just as much to him as his very first.

“I’ve been in this business long enough to know that a number one single should be celebrated and never taken for granted,” the star of The Voice says. “I’m just as excited about ‘Guy with a Girl’ going #1 as I was ‘Austin.’ The first thing I did when I found out today was call my mom, just like I did with my first and every #1," he reveals.

The three-time nominee will perform “Every Time I Hear That Song” Wednesday night on The People’s Choice Awards, which air live from Los Angeles starting at 9 p.m. ET  on CBS.

Blake has a shot at taking home Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Album for If I’m Honest at the fan-voted awards show.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Beyoncé, Solange, Chance the Rapper, Drake and Missy Elliott Among This Year's Shorty Awards Nominees

ABC/Image Group LANominees for this year's ninth annual Shorty Awards have been announced, and DrakeChance the RapperMissy Elliott and Solange are all nominated in the Music category. 

And don't worry -- Beyoncé is also listed as a nominee, but in two categories related to social media-- GIF of the Year and Instagram of the Year. 

On Thursday the awards, which highlight the best content across social media spheres including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Periscope, opened up voting to fans to help determine the finalists and winners.  

Finalists in each category are determined by rankings from The Real Time Academy as well as votes from fans via social media.

The 2017 Shorty Awards will be held in April in New York and will be available via live stream at ShortyAwards.com

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Michael Buble Pulls Out of Brit Awards Hosting Gig

Evaan KherajIn a not-unexpected move, Michael Buble has pulled out of his scheduled gig as the host of the 2017 Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys.

A rep for Buble tells ABC Radio that Michael will not be hosting the ceremony, which takes place in London February 22.  In November, Michael announced that he and his wife would be putting their careers on hold to care for their three-year-old son, Noah, who was diagnosed with cancer.

Last year, when he announced he was hosting, Michael pronounced himself "honored" and "humbled" to do the job.  According to ET Canada, Michael is still expected to host the 2017 Juno Awards, which take place in the spring.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

New Black Sabbath Compilation Being Released to Coincide with Band's Final Concert

RhinoBlack Sabbath will bring their career as a touring band to a close next month when they play two farewell concerts, on February 2 and 4, at the Genting Arena in their hometown of Birmingham, U.K. Coinciding with those shows, the influential rockers will release a new 31-track compilation titled Black Sabbath: The Ultimate Collection on February 2.

The album will be available as a two-CD set, in multiple digital formats and as a special four-LP vinyl "Crucifold" package designed to open up into the shape of a cross. The Ultimate Collection features remastered versions of many of Sabbath's best-known songs, including "Paranoid," "Iron Man," "Sweet Leaf" and "War Pigs," as well as a variety of other gems from the band's classic Ozzy Osbourne-fronted lineup.

Black Sabbath kicked off their final run of shows with a concert Tuesday night in Cologne, Germany.

Here's the track list of the two-CD version of The Ultimate Collection:

Disc One:
"Paranoid"
"Never Say Die"
"Iron Man"
"Black Sabbath"
"Children of the Grave"
"Fairies Wear Boots"
"Changes"
"Rat Salad"
"Sweet Leaf"
"War Pigs"
"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
"Hole in the Sky"
"Symptom of the Universe"
"Spiral Architect"
"Rock 'n' Roll Doctor"

Disc Two:
"Dirty Women"
"Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games with Me"
"A Hard Road"
"Lord of This World"
"Into the Void"
"Behind the Wall of Sleep"
"Snowblind"
"Tomorrow's Dream"
"The Wizard"
"N.I.B."
"Electric Funeral"
"Embryo"
"Killing Yourself to Live"
"Am I Going Insane"
"Wicked World"
"It's Alright"

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Wednesday
Jan182017

MUTEMATH Drummer Darren King to Guest on "Late Night"; Band Working on New Album

ABC/Randy HolmesMUTEMATH drummer Darren King is bringing his skills to Late Night with Seth Meyers. King will sit in with the show's 8G Band for the week of January 23.

Previous guest drummers to play with the Late Night house band include Tool's Danny Carey, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. The show airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

In other MUTEMATH news, the band is currently working on their fifth studio album, their follow-up to 2015's Vitals. They plan to go on tour this summer in support of the album.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Twenty One Pilots Nominated for Shorty Awards

Image Group LA/ABCTwenty One Pilots' social media skills will be recognized at this year's Shorty Awards, which highlight the best content across social media spheres including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Periscope.

The "Stressed Out" duo are one of a dozen music acts nominated as a social media "influencers." In describing their worthiness for the award, the Shortys praise Twenty One Pilots' "artful eye and vision for social media strategy."

Other influencer nominees in the music category include The 1975, rapper Drake and pop star Ariana Grande.

The 2017 Shorty Awards will be held in April in New York and will be available via live stream online. You can vote for your favorite nominees now via ShortyAwards.com.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Ariana Grande and Boyfriend Mac Miller Among This Year’s Shorty Awards Nominees

Image Group LA/ABCThe couple that Snapchats together, stays together. Ariana Grande and her boyfriend Mac Miller are among the nominees for the ninth annual Shorty Awards, which honor the best social media content on the web.

They’re both nominated in the Music category, along with Britney Spears, Drake, Ingrid Michaelson and Twenty One Pilots. Lady Gaga, meanwhile, was nominated in the Celebrity category.

On Thursday the awards, which highlight the best content across social media spheres including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Periscope, opened up voting to fans to help determine the finalists and winners.

Finalists in each category are determined by rankings from The Real Time Academy as well as votes from fans via social media. The 2017 Shorty Awards will be held in April in New York and will be available via live stream at ShortyAwards.com.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Prophets of Rage Staging Anti-Inaugural Ball, Featuring Audioslave Reunion

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesStill haven’t received your ticket to one of the Donald Trump inaugural balls?  No worries -- Prophets of Rage has got you covered.

The band is hosting what they’re calling an Anti-Inaugural Ball this Friday, the same day as the presidential inauguration, at LA’s Teragram Ballroom.  Prophets of Rage will be joined at the event by special guests Jackson Browne, rapper Vic Mensa, and actor/singer Jack Black.

Even better, the Anti-Inaugural Ball will also see Prophets of Rage members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk reunite with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to perform as Audioslave for the first time in eleven years.

"The Anti-Inaugural Ball is a celebration of resistance,” Morello says in a statement announcing the event.  “Resistance to racism. Resistance to sexism. Resistance to homophobia. Resistance to bullying. Resistance to environmental devastation.  Resistance to fascism. Resistance to Donald Trump. We are staring down the barrel of a dystopian nightmare unless we act NOW, unless we fight back NOW.”

“Bad Presidents make for great music. Join us as we get loud and stand together to defend our rights, our country, and our planet," the statement ends.

Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).  If you can’t attend, the show will be livestreamed around the world on the Prophets of Rage Facebook page.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Shania Twain: Man! Meghan Trainor's a Great Artist

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABC; Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCShania Twain hasn't released a new album since 2002, but that doesn't mean she doesn't pay attention to what's going on in music.  In fact, she says there's one particular young female artist she greatly admires: Meghan Trainor.

"There's a lot of really amazing young artists out right now," Shania says, but adds, "I think Meghan Trainor gets my vote certainly for being very unique and blazing her own path and style."  She adds, "Stylistically she's just in a league of her own, and I admire that a lot."

Shania, who's sold 85 million records in her career, has a few reasons why she thinks Meghan's such a great artist.

"She's very identifiable.  She's a great writer. She's a thinker," explains the Canadian superstar. "There's more, but, you know, if I had to just pick one I would, she stands out."

Just like Shania, Meghan has straddled the line between pop and country: not only has she reached #1 on the pop chart, but she's also had country hits as an artist and as a songwriter.  This past Christmas, she and country star Brett Eldredge scored a hit duet with "Baby It's Cold Outside." A few months before that, a song she co-wrote for the country group Rascal Flatts, "I Like the Sound of That," hit #1 on the country chart.

Shania plans to re-enter the music world sometime this year with her first new album since 2002's Up!

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Hey Violet Announces First Headlining Tour, with "Good Vibes," but No Explosions

Jordan MillingtonHey! Wanna see Hey Violet on tour?  The up-and-coming group is hitting the road in March for their very first headlining tour of North America, and plan to bring plenty of "good vibes" to their fans.

While guitarist Casey Moreta jokes that the band's shows feature "explosions, fireworks and confetti," the band's frontwoman Rena Lovelis says no, their concerts simply have "good vibes," adding, "The music's a lot more groovy now, so it's kinda like we want everyone to just get down and have a good time."

Tickets go on sale this Friday via HeyViolet.com.  The L.A.-based band's tour comes in support of their EP Brand New Moves and their hit "Guys My Age." While the song seems to diss younger men, Rena, who just turned 20, says the song is more about one's emotional age.

"It’s actually about, not necessarily younger guys, but less mature guys, who don’t know how to treat a woman like she should be treated," Rena tells ABC Radio. "Or vice versa, if a girl doesn’t know how to treat a guy like how he deserves to be treated.  It’s more about maturity level."

Hey Violet, who won the 2016 Teen Choice Next Big Thing award, have gained fans the old-fashioned way -- by touring -- and they hope for continued success so they keep inspiring their fans.

"I think we just wanna empower people and make [them] feel like they have a home with us," says Nia.  Keyboard player and guitarist Miranda Miller adds, "And inspire people to do something with their lives...live your dream." 

Casey notes, "If you hate your job then quit....for real, quit and do what you wanna do....Don’t be stuck doing something that you don’t wanna do for the rest of your life."  

Here are Hey Violet's tour dates:

3/7 -- San Francisco, CA, The Chapel
3/8 -- Anaheim, CA, The Parish at House of Blues
3/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
3/12 -- Dallas, TX, Cambridge Room at House of Blues
3/14 -- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
3/15 -- Chicago, IL, Subterranean
3/17 -- Washington, DC, Songbyrd Music House and Record Café
3/19 -- Toronto, ON, Mod Club
3/20 -- Detroit, MI, The Shelter
3/22 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
3/23 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Foundry at the Fillmore

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lauren Alaina is featured on Kane Brown's new single, "What Ifs."

A Thousand HorsesGraham Deloach proposed to his girlfriend, Andrea Evans, Sunday in Aspen, Colorado. 

Waterloo Revival's George Birge and his wife Kara welcomed their son George James on Monday.

Ned LeDoux, the son of rodeo champion and Garth Brooks' hero Chris LeDoux, has just released his debut single, titled "Brother Highway."

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Luke Bryan Continues the Kill the Lights Craziness at Crash My Playa This Week in Mexico

ABC/Image Group LA When Luke Bryan kicks off his Crash My Playa getaway Thursday, it’ll be a bit of a reunion, as the “Fast” hitmaker gets back together with his tour mates from last year.

While Little Big Town joined him for the Kill the Lights trek, Dustin Lynch was his opening act for both 2015 and 2016.

“It's been amazing to be out on tour with Luke two years in a row...” Dustin reflects. “We got to tour around, and I got to be in front of millions of new fans, new faces, played the biggest stages in the world, and learned a lot from Luke, and he knows how to do it right!”

The last time Dustin was on stage with both Luke and LBT, he admits it was a little out of control -- by design.

“The end of tour prank...” Dustin laughs. “You know, Luke broke his collarbone trying to ride a bike. He's still trying to learn how to ride a bike, even at his old age...  so I figured it'd be funny if I got on a bike, Little Big Town got on some bikes, and we bandaged up our collarbones. And we... got neck braces and knee braces and the whole deal, and took out riding onstage, all over the place, just kinda goofing with him. It went over pretty good!” he adds.

While Luke and Little Big Town have both accused each other of being the bigger party animals, Dustin can finally settle that argument for good.

“I would say it's a tie between Jimi [Westbrook], Phillip [Sweet] and Luke. You know what? I take that back,” he adds, changing his mind. “It’s a tie between Philip and Luke. Anytime you see those guys... you try not to make eye contact backstage!”  

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Los Lobos' Members Added to 2017 Experience Hendrix Tour Lineup

Allen Ross Thomas; Barry Brecheisen/ WireImageWith the 2017 installment of the Experience Hendrix Tour set to kick off on February 17 in Portland, Oregon, some new additions to the trek's star-studded lineup have been announced. Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Los Lobos singer/guitarists David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas will appear on select dates of the Jimi Hendrix tribute tour, which is mapped out through a March 26 show in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Whitford, who has participated in a quite a few previous Experience Hendrix tours, will join this year's trek on March 10, 11 and 12. A Hendrix fan since he was a teenager, Brad notes, "He had a really deep understanding and knowledge of blues. I don't know where it came from. We all try and cop that feel. We can't quite nail it, but it sure is fun to try and emulate some of what he did."

Hidalgo and Rosas, who also have been regular participants in past treks, will be on hand for the March 9, 10 and 11 dates. Rosas recalls listening to Hendrix's music as a kid growing up in East L.A.

"It was so different from everything else," he says. "It was exciting, great music."

As has become tradition, this year's Experience Hendrix Tour will be anchored by ex-Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox. The 2017 lineup also features blues legend Buddy Guy, Black Label Society frontman and ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Dweezil Zappa, among others.

Fans purchasing a pair of tickets to select dates on the trek will receive a free CD copy of the new archival album Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69:

2/17 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
2/18 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Theater
2/19 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
2/20 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center for the Performing Arts
2/22 -- Davis, CA, Jackson Hall - Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
2/23 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts
2/24 -- Oakland, CA, The Fox Theater
2/25 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
2/28 -- Mesa, AZ, Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center
3/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
3/3 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
3/4 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Events Center
3/6 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theater
3/7 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
3/9 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
3/10 -- Jackson, MS, Thalia Mara Hall
3/11 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
3/12 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
3/15 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
3/16 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre
3/17 -- Tulsa, OK, The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
3/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
3/19 -- Louisville, KY, The Louisville Palace
3/21 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre
3/23 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
3/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Riverside Theater
3/25 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
3/26 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

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Wednesday
Jan182017

"I Am All About a Woman's Right to Choose": Alicia Keys Explains Her Anti-Makeup Stance

Trae Patton/NBCIn 2016, Alicia Keys took a stance against wearing makeup in front of scrutinizing eyes and cameras in the spotlight.  

However, the artist explains to Allure magazine that she was never completely opposed to putting on a coat of lipstick or eye shadow on the red carpet either. 

"I'm not a slave to makeup. I'm not a slave to not wearing makeup either," she says.  

"I am all about a woman's right to choose. I think a woman should do anything she wants as it relates to her face, her body, her health. Whatever mode of expression that empowers you, that's what you should do. What I am not down for is this ridiculously high, unrealistic expectation about appearance that we as women are held to." 

"I think makeup can be self-expression. I have no intention to shame anyone at all [who chooses to wear it]. No one should be ashamed by the way you choose to express yourself. And that's exactly the point. However, if you want to do that for yourself, you should do that," Alicia adds.   

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Elton John Announces New Spring Dates for Las Vegas Residency

Denise Truscello/WireImageStart planning your spring trip to Las Vegas: Elton John just announced new residency dates for his The Million Dollar Piano show.

The singer will be returning to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for eight performances in April and May. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 20, at noon PT.

Elton had previously only announced dates through February. His Million Dollar Piano show has been running since 2011; prior to that, he had a similar show at the same venue called The Red Piano.

The current show features an elaborate stage set, a piano covered in 68 LED screens, and classic hits like "Rocket Man," "Your Song," "Crocodile Rock" and "Tiny Dancer."

In addition, Elton has a run of March concerts lined up in the western U.S. and Canada.

Here are all of Elton's confirmed North American dates:

2/7-8, 10-11, 13-15, 18-20 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
3/4 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
3/5 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
3/7 -- Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
3/8 -- Missoula, MT, Adams Center
3/11 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
3/12 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
3/15 -- Casper, WY, Casper Events Center
3/16 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Broadmoor World Arena
3/18 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena
3/21 -- Tucson, AZ, Tucson Arena
3/22 -- Albuquerque, NM, Tingley Coliseum
3/23 -- El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
4/25-26, 28-29 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace*
5/1, 3-5 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace*

* = newly announced dates.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Alex Da Kid Brings X Ambassadors and IBM to Debut Single, "Not Easy"

KIDinaKORNERAlex Da Kid has worked with everyone from Imagine Dragons to Rihanna to U2's Bono, and he's finally struck out on his own with his first single, "Not Easy." The track was still a collaborative effort for the producer, born Alexander Grant, as it features X Ambassadors, Elle King and rapper Wiz Khalifa.

"Not Easy" is a reunion for Grant and X Ambassadors, since he co-produced the band's debut album, VHS.

"We have a great chemistry," Grant tells ABC Radio. "So it was very collaborative with them."

Grant's most unique collaborator on "Not Easy," however, was IBM's Watson BEAT program, which is described as a "cognitive technology that understands music and lets artists change the sound of a song based on the mood they want to express." Using Watson, Grant was able to explore what kinds of songs attract listeners.

"The results that Watson came back with were basically human beings react to darker songs," Grant explains. "I think 'anger' and 'disgust' were some of the highest testing things that people liked in the music, which I'm surprised by."

"I love that stuff, 'cause I think pain is a little bit more interesting," he continues. "But I didn't know everyone else felt that way!"

Grant plans to collect more songs for an EP, and he's always looking for more artists with whom to collaborate. Specifically, he wants to bring together musicians in unexpected ways.

"It could be interesting do, like, Kings of Leon and Wu-Tang [Clan], or something like that, that could be cool," Grant says. "Just something that, like, where you don't think initially there's a common thread, but really there is. I love breaking down those barriers and just having people from all different walks of life kind of being artistic and creative in one place."

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Wednesday
Jan182017

A Perfect Circle Has "Every Intention" of Playing New Songs on Spring Tour

Credit: Tim CadienteWhen A Perfect Circle announced a spring U.S. tour last week -- their first full-length outing since 2011 -- the band also revealed that they had begun work on their long-awaited follow-up to their 2004 album eMOTIVe. According to guitarist Billy Howerdel, you might hear some of that new music on the road this year.

"We're not promising anything, but I have every intention of doing my best to have us playing some new tracks during this run -- with the idea that new music is coming very soon after," Howerdel tells Billboard.

Howerdel adds that the approach to the new album reminds him of when he and Maynard James Keenan first started A Perfect Circle.

"When Maynard and I first started talking about working together in 1999, we collaborated on two songs, and the idea hatched to, 'Let's do a live show,' and let that fire under our a** be what's going to propel us to finish this music," Howerdel says. "And we approached it the same way this year. I said, 'We're gonna do shows,' and with those shows there's the hope of having some new music to go along with the shows. So let's let that be the thing that puts us in a panic mode."

As for why it's taken so long for A Perfect Circle to get back in the studio, Howerdel points to the busy schedules of Kennan and the rest of the band.

"Maynard's got a lot of projects going on, and it felt like a few years ago it was going to happen, but this is just the way the schedules lined up," he says. "But I'm always excited to get the machine back up and going."

A Perfect Circle's spring tour kicks off April 7 in Las Vegas.

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Tuesday
Jan172017

Anniversary of Prince's Death to Be Marked by Special Estate Tour, Concert Celebration in April 

Neil Lupin/RedfernsFans touring Prince's Paisley Park will get a special treat in April when the Prince4Ever tour, a expanded version of the current home and studio tour, takes place, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the iconic artist's death on April 21.

Named after Prince's greatest-hits album 4Ever, which was released last year, the tour will include a new installation of rarely seen videos, audio clips and artifacts at the estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota.  

Visitors also will be given the chance to have their picture taken for a special project that will honor the "Purple Rain" artist. The photos will be compiled into a video that's set to premiere online April 21. 

Along with the Prince4Ever experience, a four-day event called Celebration 2017 is planned to take place April 20-23.  

Groups who have performed with Prince during his career, including The TimeThe RevolutionNew Power Generation and 3RDEYEGIRL, are expected to appear. 

General admission passes for Celebration 2017 are on sale now. General admission and VIP Prince4Ever tour tickets also are available to purchase, along with tickets for a special Paisley Park After Dark weekend event during the Prince4Ever occasion.  

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Tuesday
Jan172017

Carrie Underwood Cleans Up as "Dirty Laundry" Tops the Chart

Arista NashvilleThe song may be called “Dirty Laundry,” but Carrie Underwood is certainly cleaning up, as the tune becomes the 25th #1 of her career, topping the Mediabase airplay chart this week.  

The fourth single from her Platinum-selling Storyteller album is also its fourth #1, following in the footsteps of “Smoke Break,” “Heartbeat,” and “Church Bells,” which garnered Carrie a Best Country Solo Performance nod at next month’s Grammys.  

The American Idol winner is also up for Favorite Female Country Artist at Wednesday night’s People’s Choice Awards. Carrie competes against Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Kelsea Ballerini and Miranda Lambert for the honor. You can find out who wins, starting at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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