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Jun302017

Live rocks the Roxy in "Pain Lies on the Riverside" live recording from 25th anniversary "Mental Jewelry" reissue 

Steve Jennings/WireImageLive will reissue their 1991 album Mental Jewelry on August 11 in honor of its recent 25th anniversary. Along with a remastered version of the original record, the reissue will include a bonus disc of a live show recorded at the Roxy in Los Angeles July 16, 1992.

From that show, you can listen to the band's performance of the single "Pain Lies on the Riverside" now via RollingStone.com.

"I was really surprised to hear and experience again how fully formed we were as a young band by the time we played the Roxy show," frontman Ed Kowalczyk tells Rolling Stone.

"I recall Ed and I randomly meeting Little Richard in front of our hotel earlier that day," adds guitarist Chad Taylor. "He was in full makeup at 10 a.m. -- it was definitely a wake-up call to the fact that we were about to perform in Hollywood. We boldly invited him to attend the show and offered to put him on our guest list; he said, 'Don't worry, they know who I am!' I guess that's the perfect reply from one of the fathers of rock music."

After leaving the band in 2009, Kowalczyk re-joined Live in 2016. The band has been touring the festival circuit this summer, and they're opening for Guns N' Roses for two U.S. dates in August.

Here is the Mental Jewelry reissue track list:

Disc One:
"Pain Lies on the Riverside"
"Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)"
"The Beauty of Gray"
"Brothers Unaware"
"Tired of 'Me'"
"Mirror Song"
"Waterboy"
"Take My Anthem"
"You Are the World"
"Good Pain"
"Mother Earth Is a Vicious Crowd"
"10,000 Years (Peace Is Now)"
"Born Branded"
"Pain Lies on the Riverside (Club Remix)"
"Negation"
"Heaven Wore a Shirt"

Disc Two (Live at the Roxy July 16, 1992):
"Show Intro"
"Waterboy"
"Take My Anthem"
"Pain Lies on the Riverside"
"Susquehanna"
"Negation"
"You Are the World"
"Tired of Me"
"Heaven Wore a Shirt"
"Operation Spirit"
"Good Pain"
"Beauty of Gray"
"Peace Is Now"

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Friday
Jun302017

The All-American Rejects plot return with new album this fall 

David A. Smith/Getty ImagesThe All-American Rejects are back to give you hell once again.

According Billboard, the "Swing, Swing" pop-punks will release their fifth studio album -- their first in five years -- this fall. The band will drop two new singles, "Sweat" and "Close Your Eyes," next Friday, July 7.

"This pairing, 'Close Your Eyes' and 'Sweat,' is a tasting," frontman Tyson Ritter tells Billboard. "This is the Sauvignon Blanc and this is the Cabernet. It's not going to be the same Rejects record because it never is, if you've listened to one of our records."

Ritter adds that the album will be accompanied by a strong visual component -- you can get a taste of that in the trailer for "Sweat" now.

The most recent album from The All-American Rejects is 2012's Kids on the Street. In 2015, the band released a non-album single called "There's a Place."

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Friday
Jun302017

Cher, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston & more featured in makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin documentary 

Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImageA bunch of music icons are set to be featured in a new documentary about the legendary celebrity makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin.

Cher, Janet Jackson and the late Whitney Houston will all appear in KEVYN AUCOIN Beauty & the Beast in Me, which will premiere on Logo Thursday, September 14.

The film includes Aucoin’s never-before-seen personal videos and audiotapes, as well as more recent celebrity interviews, which tell the story of his rise to fame and untimely death at age 40.

Other celebrities appearing in the film include Tina Turner, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Andie MacDowell.

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Friday
Jun302017

Brandy proves she's not pregnant by hitting the gym for hardcore workout 

Kat MorganIn case you haven't heard, Brandy isn't pregnant.  

But in order to disprove the persistent rumors that she is, in fact, expecting, the singer recently posted an Instagram video of herself showing off her boxing skills at the gym. 

In the video's caption, she writes, "Only up cuz I'm getting my hair twisted people but forgot to post this earlier. Back in the gym so y'all can stop saying I'm pregnant and it was just that time. Lol."  

In another visual, she's seen jumping and doing sit-ups while continuing her boxing training.  

Last month, the recording artist and 15-year-old daughter Syrai both took to social media to dispel rumors that Brandy was pregnant.  

Earlier this month, Brandy lost consciousness on a Delta flight at Los Angeles International Airport, and was taken to a local hospital, but was released later that day and sent home to rest.

Her rep later explained that extensive traveling and personal appearances had taken a toll on the star's health. 

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Friday
Jun302017

Pitbull announces second annual Pitbull After Dark Party cruise

Will ByingtonWant to party with Pitbull? Mr. Worldwide is launching his second annual Pitbull After Dark Party, a Caribbean cruise which promises to be a “nonstop Latin-infused dance jam.”

The cruise will take place from March 2 to 5 and will sail from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas. It’ll feature performances by Pitbull, as well as Flo Rida and more.

The pre-sale for the cruise is now open at PitbullCruise.com. Any guest who books during the pre-sale will be entered to win exclusive experiences with Pitbull while on board the ship, including a photo with the rapper and the chance to introduce him on stage.

Fans can also win tickets to the cruise by entering the Cruise to the Front sweepstakes by August 6.

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Friday
Jun302017

Dating Jennifer Lopez a "humbling experience" for Alex Rodriguez

Karwai Tang/WireImageJennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have been dating for months, something the former New York Yankees slugger calls a “humbling” experience.

During an appearance on Thursday’s The Tonight Show, the Fox Sports commentator and Good Morning America contributor told host Jimmy Fallon, “This has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life.”

“When I was on the Yankees and won a world championship and you know, you wear the pinstripes, it’s pretty cool,” he continues, but says when he’s out with J-Lo, people “confuse me with the security guard all the time.”

Adds A-Rod, “We were at the Met Ball and the paparazzi were screaming at me, not even in English, ‘Get the hell out of the way, get the hell out of the way, we’re gonna take a picture!'”

The longtime friends, both 41, reportedly started dating about six months ago. Rodriguez first confirmed the relationship on an episode of The View back in April.

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Friday
Jun302017

Jay Z drops new album, '4:44'; widely available soon?

Samir Hussein/WireImageAs promised, JAY-Z’s long-awaited new album, 4:44, has finally arrived, dropping just shy of midnight ET on June 30.  And though it's currently available only to Tidal and Sprint subscribers, that may soon change.

According to Variety, 4:44 could soon be available via Apple Music and iTunes, maybe as soon as a week from now, then on CD and vinyl after that. Variety says other sources tell them it'll be made available on all major services.

4:44 is JAY-Z's first studio album since his 2013 release, Magna Carta Holy Grail.

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Friday
Jun302017

"Nashville" Recap: "Not Ready to Make Nice"

CMTOn Thursday’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, an unscrupulous reporter tricked Scarlett O’Connor into revealing that Damien George is the father of her baby. Though Scarlett adamantly denied it, the interviewer suspected the truth and ran with the story.

When Scarlett's on-again, off-again boyfriend and musical partner, Gunnar Scott, realized the news was out, he was both angry and devastated. Scarlett later revealed to her uncle, Deacon Claybourne, that she’d learned the baby is a girl.

The bonds of sisterly love were tested, as Maddie Jaymes discovered her sister, Daphne Conrad, had played a part in the hateful meme that had caused her so much hurt. Suspecting Daphne’s homeless friend Liv was behind the GIF, Maddie banished her from their home.

As tensions between Maddie and Daphne grew, they each grappled with their intense grief over the sudden death of their mother, Rayna Jaymes. At the same time, the conflict amplified Deacon’s feelings of inadequacy, as he tried to parent without Rayna. In the end, Maddie and Daphne’s grief brought them back together, and Maddie even went so far as to invite Liv to return to live with them -- but Liv refused.

Juliette Barnes butted heads with both her protégé, Hallie Jordan, and her producer -- and Juliette’s significant other -- Avery Barkley. When both Hallie and Avery disagreed with Juliette over a song choice, her classic diva behavior returned, and she started clinging to the unfounded idea there was something romantic going on between Hallie and Avery. Hallie stormed off, after Juliette made an ugly scene in the studio.

Find out what happens next on Nashville, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Friday
Jun302017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The soundtrack for the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line, will be released on vinyl for the very first time on July 21.

Jay Joyce, who’s known for his work with Little Big TownEric ChurchBrothers Osborne and many more, is the Academy of Country Music’s Producer of the Year. He’s just one of the Studio Recording Award winners who’ll be given his trophy at the 11th Annual ACM Honors August 23 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

The vinyl version of newcomer Kane Brown’s self-titled debut album comes out on Friday. It features his top-30 duet with Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs.”  

You can check out the lyric video for Luke Combs’ second single, “When It Rains It Pours”, on YouTube. It’s the follow-up to his #1 debut, “Hurricane.”

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Friday
Jun302017

CCR bassist Stu Cook says Creedence Clearwater Revisited celebrates and honors his old group

Credit: Jeff DowCreedence Clearwater Revisited, the band led by founding Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, begins a busy run of North American tour dates tonight in Philadelphia. As Cook explains to ABC Radio, Creedence Clearwater Revisited's concerts showcase the many classic songs his old group released during the late '60s and early '70s.

"We're about celebrating and honoring the music of the original band," notes Stu, adding, "It's pretty much a show designed to take people [on a musical journey,] from right after the lights dim up until the lights come back on."

While Cook and Clifford have had a notoriously contentious and litigious relationship with ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, Stu is quick to shower praise on Fogerty's songwriting prowess.

"The catalog is strong, that's for sure," he says. "John Fogerty wrote some great songs for the band and…the band pulled them off, and they're there for everyone to like. And then, we're fortunate that people are still liking."

Creedence Clearwater Revisited has now been together for 22 years, although the band recently underwent a significant lineup change. Founding singer/rhythm guitarist John Tristao retired this past year and was officially replaced by a Chicago native named Dan McGuinness. Rounding out the group are multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner, a co-founding member, and longtime lead guitarist Kurt Griffey.

Although most of the music the band plays is at least 45 years old, Cook tells ABC Radio that the band's fan base actually continues to grow.

"We have at least three generations of fans now," notes Stu. "I think we're picking up new fans faster than we're losing old fans."

Here are all of Creedence Clearwater Revisited's confirmed upcoming shows, according to Creedence-Revisited.com:

6/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Event Center at Sugar House
7/1 -- Charlestown, WV, Hollywood Casino
7/2 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
7/4 -- O'Fallon, MO, Ozzie Smith Sports Complex
7/7 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino
7/8 -- Osceola, IA, Lakeside Hotel Casino
7/11 -- Elk Grove Village, IL, Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series
7/29 -- Beaver Creek, CO, Vilar Performing Arts Center
7/30 -- Littleton, CO, Hudson Gardens
8/11 -- Coquitlam, BC Canada, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
8/12 -- Grand Forks, BC, Canada, CannaFest
9/15 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
9/16 -- North Las Vegas, NV, Cannery Casino & Hotel
9/17 -- Cerritos, CA, Cerritos Centers for the Performing Arts
9/22 -- Lawrenceburg, IN, Hollywood Casino – Lawrenceburg Event Center
9/24 -- Manhattan, KS, McCain Auditorium
10/4 -- Niagara Falls, ON Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
10/5 -- Niagara Falls, ON Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort

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Friday
Jun302017

Dierks Bentley wants to rock your block

ABC/Todd WawrychukTime is running out, if you’d like to have Dierks Bentley come by your house for a command performance. You have until 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 4 to submit your entry in Good Morning America’s Block Party with Dierks Bentley contest.

“We're gonna actually go to someone's hometown,” Dierks explains, “whoever can submit the most votes, get those videos in and really convince us that that's where the party needs to go. I'm gonna get my band and crew all our gear and we're gonna roll into someone's hometown for the ultimate block party.”

The “What the Hell Did I Say” singer confesses he can’t wait to find out who wins.

“That's exciting, exciting for us to find out where we're gonna wind up…” he tells ABC Radio. “You know, could be a big city, could be small town, you never know. And I think it's really exciting for the fans too to have a chance to [show their] hometown pride and vote for your own city.”  

To enter, you just need to write a 200-word-essay extoling the virtues of where you live, and submit a photo or short video as well. You can find everything you need to know at GoodMorningAmerica.com/BlockParty.

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Friday
Jun302017

SZA only fell in love with music after working on her debut album 

Courtesy of RCAHer debut album Ctrl entered the Billboard 200 at #3 last week and her latest music video for "Drew Barrymore" features a brief cameo from the real-life actress who inspired the song's title.  

But, rising star SZA says that she didn't even fall in love with music until she started working on the album.

In a recent interview with Genius reporter Rob Markman, she explains, "It wasn't like something where I felt like if somebody knocked me off, I would get back into [music]."

"I was still having weird, emotional experiences with it and I couldn't figure out how to be the artist I wanted to be."

SZA continues, "I couldn't figure out how to begin to move towards being as good as I wanted to be. And then with this album I think, somehow, I just got caught up."  

The entertainer, who released three studio projects before Ctrl, also reveals where her stage name comes from. 

She says, "It's really not even a story. My name is Solána. People call me Soso, for short. Sos comes from Sosa. [But] nobody could call me that at the time [because] Chief Keef was, like, blazing in the streets." 

As you may recall, Keef released a song in 2012 called "Love Sosa." 

"It was weird for me to also be Sosa," she said. "SZA just kind of like arrived at me." 

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Friday
Jun302017

Corey Taylor commends Chester Bennington for "standing up" for Linkin Park's new sound 

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park's poppy new album One More Light has been nothing if not polarizing, and frontman Chester Bennington has done his part to feed that fire by claiming he'll "punch you in your...mouth" if you accuse the band of selling out.

While that quote wasn't exactly well-received, Corey Taylor, for one, commends Bennington for defending Linkin Park's new sound.

"At least Chester’s standing up for his new s*** instead of hiding behind a wall of rhetoric because they’re afraid of not making money," the Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman tells Alternative Press. "Linkin Park is at least trying to do something different."

"I understand why the reaction to what he said was what it was, but he's got a point, man," Taylor continues. "F*** you if you don't like the new s***."

Taylor believes his work with Slipknot and Stone Sour is fueled by that spirit.

"People are so afraid of risk, that the only way you really win is if you risk," he says. "And that's all we've done our whole career."

Stone Sour's new album Hydrograd arrives today, June 30.

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Friday
Jun302017

ZAYN wants to sing about sex...but in a classy way 

Paul PhungZAYN's debut album Mind of Mine had its share of sexy songs, including the #1 hit "Pillowtalk."  But the singer says that while making his second album, he decided to leave off some songs he wrote because they were "a bit too…risqué."

In a cover story for the U.K.'s Clash magazine, Zayn is asked if his sophomore album, like his first, will include a lot of baby-making music.  He laughs and says, "Maybe! Who knows! I hope people like to listen to it and do whatever they do -- they can listen to it and do normal activities too; they don’t just have to have sex to it."

"But there’s some sexual references in the second album too, for sure," he adds. "There’s some songs that I wrote and I didn’t put on my record because they were just a bit too…risqué, shall we say."

Zayn says the reason he edited himself isn't because he doesn't want to offend his young fans, though.  It's more about showing respect for women in general.

"I never really want to be vulgar, if you understand what I mean. I don’t want to be the guy that’s just talking about sex distastefully," he explains. "I try to do it in a way that has a bit of class to it."

"I have sisters and I have females in my family, so I don’t ever want to be too disrespectful, if that’s the word," Zayn adds. "I just try to keep it creative, and hopefully people don’t get too offended."

No word yet on when we can expect Zayn's sophomore album.

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Friday
Jun302017

"A Star Is Born This Way": Lady Gaga says new movie is one of the "most creative experiences of my life" 

Neal PrestonYou know all those songs Lady Gaga wrote, the concerts she's staged, the wacky costumes she's designed and the iconic videos she's made?  Well, according to her, they don't hold a candle to her first movie role...creatively speaking, that is.

As previously reported, Gaga, billed under her birth name, Stefani Germanotta, is starring opposite Bradley Cooper in a remake of the classic 1937 film A Star Is Born.  She tells E!, "Making this film [was] one of -- if not the most -- creative experiences of my life."

One reason, Gaga explains, is because making her feature film debut is "a challenge in itself, period." "I guess I was excited about that," she adds. "The harder it got, the more excited I got."

While Gaga admits that she was "intimidated by the legacy of the film" -- which was remade in 1954 and again in 1976 -- she says, "You gotta grab your b***s and go or you're not going to have a steady hand, so...I had a nice balance of insecurity and confidence."

In the movie, the Golden Globe winner plays an aspiring singer named Ally, and she says the plot really hits home for her.

"I was very healed in this character. There was so much about her in me that is similar..." Gaga tells E!.  "In the movie, she's not a star when the movie starts and it took me back to a previous time in my life that I miss very much and I was able to connect with that and relive my career through her in a different way."

The singer adds that she'd be "honored" to do more acting in the future. A Star Is Born will arrive in theaters in 2018.

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Thursday
Jun292017

For "God" and country: Backstreet Boys hit #1 with Florida Georgia Line duet 

BMLGBack in the day, there always seemed to be some kind of rivalry -- real or imagined -- between pop bands The Backstreet Boys and 'N SYNC.  Now, nearly 20 years after the fact, Backstreet can now say they've done something Justin Timberlake and company never achieved: they're #1 on the country charts.

"God, Your Mama and Me," Backstreet's collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, has topped Billboard's Country Airplay chart.  The highest 'N SYNC ever managed to get on that same chart was #3, when they teamed up with Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers Alabama in 1999 for a remake of their hit "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You."

"The collaboration works because country music, in a lot of ways, still has all the pop music and the great melodies, the harmonies," Backstreet's Nick Carter tells ABC Radio. "It just turned out to be a match made in heaven."

Nick says the fact the song's hit #1 is "incredible," noting that not only has Backstreet never had a country hit before but, when it comes to pop, "[We] haven't been in the top ten in years, so it's a pretty amazing feat."

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Thursday
Jun292017

William Michael Morgan's not "Missing," he's on AUDIENCE Network Friday night

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Friday night, William Michael Morgan is stepping into the spotlight for his very first television special.

“My shows are getting bigger and people are coming and it makes me so happy…” the relative newcomer says of how his career has taken off since he hit #1 with the Sam-Hunt-penned “I Met a Girl.”

You can check out that song in the show’s trailer, and also preview WMM’s performance of his latest single, “Missing,” on YouTube.

William Michael Morgan’s AUDIENCE Network special premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Jun292017

New Rock Hall exhibit opening Saturday includes final film directed by the late Jonathan Demme

Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameA new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibition called the "Power of Rock Experience" will officially open at the Cleveland museum this Saturday, July 1. The three-part exhibit showcases historic performances and other memorable moments at Rock Hall induction ceremonies, and is highlighted by a short movie that was the final film from late Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme.

The first part of the "Power of Rock Experience" offers visitors an introductory video presentation on a state-of-the-art digital screen. The exhibit continues in a new Rock Hall venue called the Connor Theater, where Demme's film will be shown. The 12-minute flick will be presented on multiple moving screens and features footage from various induction events, including appearances by Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Joan Jett, Metallica, Tina Turner, Prince and many other legends.

Enhancing the experience are various pieces of rock memorabilia featured in the film, including clothing items worn by Berry and Prince, Metallica frontman James Hetfield's guitar and Talking Heads member Tina Weymouth's bass.

The final part of the exhibit features interactive "Say It Loud" booths, where visitors can share their own rock-music memories while answering interview questions presented via pre-recorded videos by Alice Cooper, Smokey Robinson, The Mamas & the Papas' Michelle Phillips, The Supremes' Mary Wilson and ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes, among others. The interviews can be shared on social media outlets.

The new exhibit and theater are part of a multi-year renovation project involving the Rock Hall that also includes a redesigned atrium, an outdoor performance stage and a new café.

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Thursday
Jun292017

Hayley Williams briefly quit Paramore due to depression: "I just was done"

ABC/Randy HolmesParamore's new album After Laughter is full of bright, colorful, '80s-inspired sounds -- but it hasn't always been easy for frontwoman Hayley Williams to feel bright and happy. In an interview with The Fader, she reveals that she's been struggling with depression in recent years.

"For the first time in my life, there wasn't a pinhole of light at the end of the tunnel," says Williams. "I thought, 'I just wish everything would stop.' It wasn't in the sense of, 'I'm going to take my life.' It was just hopelessness. Like, 'What's the point?'"

"I don't think I understood how dangerous hopelessness is," she continues. "Everything hurts."

Those feelings even caused Williams to quit Paramore during the summer of 2015.

"I just was done," she says. "I thought, 'There's gotta be something else that I'm good at in my life. Maybe it's time for me to go find that.'"

During that time, Williams' band mate Taylor York, who's also struggled with depression, continued to work on music and send her unfinished tracks.

"We both had doubts, and we had unity in that," York says. "I told her she didn’t have to do stuff. But I just kept writing, and then there was this time that she got it again."

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Thursday
Jun292017

Thirty Seconds to Mars plans "A Day in the Life of America" film project

ABC/Randy HolmesThirty Seconds to Mars will be spending their Independence Day filming...America. The band has announced a new project called A Day in the Life of America, a film directed by frontman Jared Leto consisting of footage from around the U.S. taken this Fourth of July.

To make A Day in the Life of America, Leto and Thirty Seconds to Mars are sending camera crews to all 50 U.S. states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, to film on July 4. They're also inviting you to submit your own footage for the project.

"It's an incredibly important time in our country and we are excited for people to film what they feel is important, impactful, challenging or inspiring," says Leto in a statement. "Whether it's a single shot, a person, an event, or a story -- we want to see your America."

"Thirty Seconds to Mars is looking forward to you helping us capture America in all its imperfect glory and epic beauty and to celebrate the spirit of this great nation in an unforgettable way," he adds.

Along with this new project, Thirty Seconds to Mars is also working on their next studio album, the follow-up to 2013's Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, which is due out this year. This summer, Leto and company are touring with Muse.

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