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Nov172016

John Mayer Unveils Romantic New Song, "Love on the Weekend"

Columbia RecordsJohn Mayer's back.

The singer unveiled his brand-new single "Love on the Weekend" Thursday during a Facebook Live session.  The mid-tempo song is about a guy who's super-excited about picking up his girl and spending the weekend with her, because he never gets to see her during the week.  At the end, he sings about how sad he is to be leaving her again.

"I'll be dreaming of the next time we can go/into another serotonin overflow," John sings. "Love on the weekend/Love on the weekend/I'm busted up but I'm lovin' every minute of it."

During the Facebook Live session, John confirmed that his new album will be called The Search for Everything.  He describes the new album as "sort of a mixtape of all the music that inspires me and all the styles that I've made before but sort of in my own certain way of doing it."

He added that in 2017, he'll have "more music coming than I've ever put out in any one year."

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Thursday
Nov172016

Brad Paisley's Mother-in-Law, Linda Payne Williams, Passes Away

ABC/Image Group LALinda Payne Williams, the mother of actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and mother-in-law of Brad Paisley, died Wednesday following a long bout with dementia. She was 73-years-old.

"I will remember you this way, Mom. Rest in love and peace," Kimberly posted on social media, along with an older photo of her mother. "Linda Williams: June 22nd, 1943-November 16, 2016 #endalz"

During her career, Williams worked as the director of principal gifts at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City before moving to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, where she raised millions of dollars in support of medical research. In 2005, at the age of 62, she was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia. Williams-Paisley discussed her mother's condition in a 2014 interview with Good Morning America and later, in her 2016 memoir When the Light Gets In.

"I'm finally at a point, my mother's finally at a point where I feel like it's OK to talk about it. There was a long time … that she didn't want us to talk about it, and that was so much a part of the stress of what we were all going through, was that we had to hide it and cover up for her, and protect her pride," she told Robin Roberts at the time. "And I just felt like we were at a point where our story could help other people."

Williams is survived by her husband, sister, three children, and five grandchildren. Her family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Brad still plans to honor his commitment to attend a celebration for the opening of his Diary of a Player exhibit Thursday evening at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Smokey Robinson Honored with Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at Star-Studded Tribute in Washington, DC

Courtesy of Nick SpanosSmokey Robinson was presented with the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a star-studded event held Wednesday at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the legendary Motown singer-songwriter was saluted with musical tributes by CeeLo Green, Corrine Bailey Rae, Aloe Blacc, Esperanza Spalding, BeBe Winans and several other artists during the gala.

"This is such a wonderful, spectacular, incredible night in my life," said Robinson. "I've had many of them, and this is right at the top of the list."

The show was hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, who Smokey personally asked to emcee the event. The award-winning actor noted that Robinson's many classic compositions were "ageless, just like he is."

The various performers sang memorable tunes from Robinson's years with The Miracles and his solo career, as well as hits he wrote for other artists.

Before Smokey received his Gershwin Prize, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., hit the stage to pay tribute to his friend of more than 50 years.

"Smokey was always a great poet who expressed ordinary themes in extraordinary ways," said Gordy, adding, "Smokey, tonight you are about to take your rightful place in the most excellent company imaginable."

After delivering his own speech, Robinson performed his solo hit "Being with You" followed by, appropriately enough, the George and Ira Gershwin standard "Love Is Here to Stay." As a finale, Smokey was joined by the other performers for a rendition of the Robinson-penned Temptations classic "My Girl."

The tribute event was taped for a PBS special that will premiere on Friday, February 10, 2017, at 9 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Metallica Honors Lemmy in "Murder One" Video

Credit: Herring & HerringMetallica unleashed videos for every one of its Hardwired...to Self-Destruct songs on Wednesday and Thursday morning, including a clip for "Murder One," which the band wrote as a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister.

The metal legends further honor the Motorhead frontman with the "Murder One" visual, which you can watch now on Metallica.com. The animated video follows a cartoon version of Lemmy reliving some of his life's greatest hits, like when he worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and when he was fired from his early band Hawkwind not for doing drugs, but "for doing the wrong kind of drugs."

As you might assume, since the clip is something that involves both Metallica and Motorhead, it contains a few NSFW images.

Hardwired...to Self-Destruct will be released tomorrow, November 18.

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Thursday
Nov172016

George Strait Returns to Vegas for "2 Nights of Number 1's"

ABC/Image Group LA After his sold-out Strait to Vegas run this year, George Strait is headed back to Sin City in 2017.

The Country Music Hall of Famer will play four pairs of Friday and Saturday sets at T-Mobile Arena next year, for a total of eight shows. Cam will open the series, billed as 2 Nights of Number 1’s, with Strait focusing on the 60 chart-topping singles he’s stacked up throughout his career.

Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, December 2 at 10 a.m. PT at StraitToVegas.com.

Here’s the initial list of Strait’s Las Vegas dates in 2017:

April 7
April 8
July 28
July 29
September 1
September 2
December 8
December 9

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Thursday
Nov172016

Eric Church to Play with the Cowboys and the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day

ABC/Brett OronzioUsing the chalkboard imagery from his CMA-winning Mr. Misunderstood album, Eric Church revealed he’ll play this year’s halftime show as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. Whistling and drawing football diagrams in a new video, he laid out his turkey day plans, which will also serve as the kickoff for The Salvation Army’s yearly holiday Red Kettle Campaign.

Last year, Luke Bryan did the honors, building on the work Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Reba have done in the past. This is the 20th anniversary of the Cowboy’s partnership with the Salvation Army.

You can catch the game live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas starting at 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Janet Jackson to Name Her Baby in Honor of Late Brother Michael 

ABC/STEVE FENNAlong with baby clothes and nursery decor, it appears that Janet Jackson has also picked out a name for her first child, and it will honor her late brother Michael Jackson, according to E! News

A source told E! that Janet's name for her baby "will have something to do with Michael Jackson."

Thankfully, the wait for Janet, her husband Wissam Al Mana and Janet's legion of fans will soon be over, as the celebrated singer is "due very, very soon."

The source adds, "The doctors said she is doing well and [told her] just to take it easy."

As for whether the expectant couple is having a boy or girl, the source disclosed that both Janet and Wissam are well aware of the baby's sex and have "decorated [the nursery] in 'soft pastel colors.'" 

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Thursday
Nov172016

"Suicide Squad" Soundtrack, Featuring Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens," Certified Platinum

Atlantic RecordsThe Suicide Squad soundtrack, which features Twenty One Pilots' hit single "Heathens, has been certified platinum for over 1 million copies in sales and streams.

Officially titled Suicide Squad: The Album, the soundtrack debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 when it was originally released in August. Along with "Heathens," the album includes the songs "Sucker for Pain," featuring Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors; "Standing in the Rain," featuring The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach; and Panic! at the Disco's cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Suicide Squad stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie, as well as Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto as the Joker.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Justin Timberlake Says He Wanted to Do "Trolls" for His Goddaughters, Too

Miller Mobley for The Hollywood ReporterJustin Timberlake has said in a number of interviews that one reason he agreed to star in and do the music for Trolls is because of his two-year-old son, Silas.  But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, JT says he also had two special little girls in mind when he said "yes."

"I have a son who's almost 2. But my best friend has two daughters, so I have two goddaughters. And I think I was afraid to go into Trolls because I was like, 'Well, there's probably going to be more frivolity to it than substance,'" he tells the Hollywood Reporter as part of a songwriters' roundtable with John Legend, Alicia Keys, Sting and others.

"But then I looked at the story and I'm like, 'Wait, hold on, we have a female protagonist that has a belly [and] crazy hair' — and thinking about my two goddaughters and what women must go through from such a young age of being ashamed of their body and their appearance," he continues. "For young females to get to see that, I was like, 'Whoa, that's not frivolous at all.' That's so important.'"

JT adds, "And what a cool way into getting them into the theater — 'I wanna be like Princess Poppy, not Barbie.'"

In the same interview, Justin denies claims by the directors of Trolls that when Justin said he'd write "Can't Stop the Feeling!" for the movie, he declared that it was going to be a hit.

"That is not true!" JT insists. When Alicia and John tease Justin about it, he states, "That is the director trying to make the story sound like it was f*****' worth something more than it was. Pardon my French."

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Thursday
Nov172016

Adele Is Heading to New Zealand and She "Can't Wait"

Alasdair McLellanJust a few days after announcing her first-ever Australian tour, Adele has confirmed she’ll be showing New Zealand some love too.

In a message on social media, the singer wrote, “New Zealand! I wouldn’t miss you for the world. I’ll see you in Auckland. I can’t wait.”

She’ll be playing one show at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland on March 23. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 24.

Adele wraps her U.S. tour on November 21 in Phoenix and she’ll start her Australian tour February 28 in Perth.

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Thursday
Nov172016

The Chainsmokers Release Somber Video for “All We Know”

Disruptor Records / Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers are getting serious tone in the music video for their new single, “All We Know,” featuring Phoebe Ryan.

In the clip, a man gets some devastating news over the phone. His girlfriend tries to comfort him, but he storms out and goes on an all-night bender to forget his troubles. It ends on a more hopeful note, though, with the man making his way to the top of a mountain as the sun rises. His girl is there waiting for him, and they embrace.

“All We Know” is included on The Chainsmokers’ top 10 EP Collage, which also features their hits “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” The duo will perform “Closer” with Halsey at the American Music Awards on Sunday.

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Thursday
Nov172016

King George Goes Strait Back to the Dancehall for "Strait Out of the Box: Part 2"

Erika Goldring for MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait returned to his roots Wednesday night, playing the oldest dancehall in Texas to promote the release of his new boxed set.

King George kicked off his nearly two-hour set at Gruene Hall with an appropriate opener, his 2011 hit, “Here for a Good Time.” In addition to fans watching all over the world via the internet, Strait devotees crowded outside the historic venue in New Braunfels to listen and try to catch a glimpse of the icon.

In addition to his hits and classics, Strait debuted the two new songs from his latest project, “Kicked Outta Country” and “You Gotta Go Through Hell,” both of which he co-wrote.

The three-disc Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 comes out Friday, exclusively at Walmart.

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Thursday
Nov172016

DJ Khaled Confirmed to Perform "Do You Mind" At the 2016 American Music Awards

Dick Clark ProductionsDJ Khaled is bringing all his major keys -- and some friends -- along with him to this Sunday's American Music Awards. 

The producer and social media megastar will perform his hit single "Do You Mind" during the star-studded event. Nicki MinajAugust AlsinaFuture and Rick Ross are set to also join Khaled onstage.  

Not counting Nicki, who's appeared on the show before, all these artists will be making their AMA performance debuts.    

DJ Khaled has had a standout year, including the release of his number one ninth studio album, Major Key and his forthcoming book, The Keys

The AMAs will broadcast live from Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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Thursday
Nov172016

Metallica Honors Lemmy in "Murder One" Video

Credit: Herring & HerringMetallica unleashed videos for every one of their Hardwired...to Self-Destruct songs on Wednesday and Thursday morning, including a clip for "Murder One," which the band wrote as a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister.

The metal legends further honor the Motorhead frontman with the "Murder One" visual, which you can watch now on Metallica.com.  The animated video follows a cartoon version of Lemmy reliving some of his life's greatest hits, like when he worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, or when he was fired from his band Hawkwind not for doing drugs, but "for doing the wrong kind of drugs."

As you might assume, since the clip is something that involves both Metallica and Motorhead, it contains a few NSFW images.

Hardwired...to Self-Destruct will be released November 18.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Meet Dreamcar: New Band Featuring No Doubt Members and AFI's Davey Havok Reveals Name 

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteThe new band featuring AFI's Davey Havok and the non-Gwen Stefani members of No Doubt -- guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal and drummer Adrian Young -- officially has a name. The group will be called Dreamcar, and they'll release new music in 2017.

On their newly created Instagram page, the band posted a photo of their logo, adding, "We are excited to present #DREAMCAR featuring @tomdumontnd, @daveyhavok, @tonykanal, @adrianyoungnd. Coming 2017..."

Meanwhile, Havok and AFI will release their new album, AFI (The Blood Album), on January 20.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Chris Cornell Is "Facing the Reality" on Temple of the Dog's First Tour 

ABC/Randy HolmesTemple of the Dog's reunion tour has been an emotional experience for Chris Cornell. Not only is he performing songs with a band he hasn't played with in 25 years, the tour has made the Soundgarden vocalist come to terms with the death of Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood, for whom Cornell founded Temple of the Dog.

"I didn't deal well with Andy's death," Cornell tells The Guardian. "After he died, numerous times I'd be driving and I would look out the window and I thought I saw him. It would take me five minutes to update to the moment and realize, 'no, he's actually dead.'"

He continues, "This tour, in a sense, is the dealing. It's facing the reality."

Throughout the tour, Temple of the Dog has included covers of Mother Love Bone songs in its set. The band also, of course, is playing cuts from its lone album.

"The evolved, live versions of the songs hadn't existed until now," Cornell explains. "I'm finding aspects to the song I never knew existed. That's the miracle of music. No one can reinterpret a Picasso but a song can be remixed and covered and interpreted in an infinite number of ways. It's a living thing."

Along with Cornell, Temple of the Dog features his Soundgarden band mate Matt Cameron, plus Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready. Eddie Vedder lent his vocals to the band's signature song "Hunger Strike," but he hasn't appeared on the tour so far. During Temple's performance of "Hunger Strike" at Madison Square Garden, the crowd sang Vedder's part.

"It was one of the most emotional moments in the show," Cornell says.

Temple of the Dog's tour will conclude with a two-night stand in Seattle on November 20 and 21.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Jackson Browne Going "Somewhat Acoustic" on New 2017 Tour

Credit: Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne's recent tours have alternated between solo acoustic dates and electric shows with his full backing band, but the singer/songwriter apparently will be straddling the line a bit on his just-announced 2017 trek, which he's dubbed the (Pretty Much) Somewhat Acoustic Tour. The new outing, which will visit cities in the Northeastern U.S. and across Canada, will kick off April 5 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and is mapped out through an April 27 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The shows will feature either multi-instrumentalist and Browne touring-band member Greg Leisz or former Nickel Creek members Sara and Sean Watkins as the opening act. Leisz and the Watkins siblings both will perform at a concert that Jackson has scheduled on April 12 in Staten Island, New York. Leisz also contributed to Browne's latest studio album, 2014's Standing in the Breach.

Tickets for the 2017 dates will go on sale to the public soon, while advance tickets, Guacamole Fund benefit seats and VIP packages will be available starting today, November 16, stating at 10 a.m. local time.

Browne's itinerary also includes an appearance at the Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock concert taking place Sunday, November 27, in Fort Yates, North Dakota. The show, which supports protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline, also will feature Bonnie Raitt and folk artist Joel Rafael. Jackson also will perform at an all-star Linda Ronstadt tribute show on December 11 in Los Angeles.

Here are all of Browne's newly announced 2017 tour dates:

4/5 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre*
4/6 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC - Prudential Hall*
4/8 -- Ithaca, NY, State Theater*
4/9 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre*
4/12 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre*+
4/13 -- Worcester, MA, The Hanover Theatre+
4/15 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Maisonneuve Theatre+
4/17 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square+
4/18 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, Hamilton Place Theatre+
4/20 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Colosseum at Caesars Windsor+
4/22 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts+
4/24 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Winspear Centre*
4/25 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Jack Singer Concert Hall*
4/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts*

* = with Greg Leisz
+ = with Sara and Sean Watkins.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Black Stone Cherry Shares "Shakin' My Cage" Lyric Video 

Credit: Rob FennBlack Stone Cherry has released a lyric video for their track "Shakin' My Cage." The song compares a woman to the Greek mythology monster Medusa and a snake charmer, and the video features plenty of images of both. You can watch the "Shakin' My Cage" lyric video now on YouTube.

"Shakin' My Cage" is a song from Black Stone Cherry's latest album, Kentucky, which also features the singles "In Our Dreams" and "Soul Machine."

This weekend, Black Stone Cherry will kick off a U.K. tour in support of Kentucky. They'll spend the beginning of 2017 touring through Europe.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Saint Motel Takes on Broadcast News in "Move" Video 

ElektraSaint Motel has debuted the video for their new single, "Move." Taking a few pages from films like Network and Broadcast News, the clip follows a failing news show that receives a ratings boost when its studio is hit with disaster. You can watch the "Move" video now on EW.com.

"Move" is a single from Saint Motel's sophomore album, saintmotelevision. The track currently sits in the top 20 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

Saint Motel recently concluded a tour in support of saintmotelevision alongside JR JR. They'll be touring with Panic! at the Disco next year.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Maren Morris and Alicia Keys Prove They're Soul Sisters in New "Crossroads" Preview

CMTYou can sample the electric musical chemistry between Maren Morris and The Voice star Alicia Keys in a just-released clip of the two pairing up on Maren’s debut hit, “My Church.” It’s just a taste of their new episode of Crossroads, which debuts next month on CMT.

The CMA New Artist of the Year trades lines with Keys on her latest top-20 hit, “80’s Mercedes,” as well as “Rich” from her Hero album. Maren assists on Alicia’s hits like “No One” and “If I Ain’t Got You,” as well as her latest release “In Common,” from her new project, Here.

CMT Crossroads:  Alicia Keys and Maren Morris premieres Friday, December 2 at 10 p.m. ET.

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