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Wednesday
Dec212016

Lip Sync for Your Life: Dustin Lynch Vs. Cassadee Pope Tonight

ABC/Image Group LA When it comes to lip-syncing, who will come out on top? That’s the question, as Dustin Lynch takes on Cassadee Pope in Spike TV’ s popular spin-off from NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Lip Sync Battle.

While both Cassadee and Dustin have had recent number ones on the country chart -- Cassadee with “Think of Me” with Chris Young and Dustin with “Mind Reader” -- the victor on Wednesday night remains to be seen.

You can find out for yourself at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Listen to All-Star Band The Empty Hearts' New Christmas Single Online Now

Courtesy of The Empty HeartsThe all-star rock group The Empty Hearts, which features members of The Cars, Blondie and The Romantics, recently released a holiday single featuring two original yuletide tunes -- "It's Christmastime" and "Joyful Noise." You can listen to "It's Christmastime," a catchy tune with production reminiscent of producer Phil Spector's classic holiday records, now on YouTube.

In addition, you can catch The Empty Hearts performing the new single on the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade special, which gets an encore screening today at 3 p.m. at 3 p.m. ET/PT on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.

The Empty Hearts lineup features Blondie drummer Clem Burke, Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and Romantics singer/guitarist Wally Palmar, as well as bassist Andy Babiuk of the veteran garage band The Chesterfield Kings. You can purchase a signed CD copy of the group's "It's Christmastime" single via TheEmptyHearts.com, while digital versions of the tracks are available at iTunes and Amazon.

"It's Christmastime" and "Joyful Noise" are the first new releases from The Empty Hearts since the band's self-titled debut album hit stores in August 2014.

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Ex-Pearl Jam Drummer David Abbruzzese Calls Rock Hall Snub an "Absolute Travesty"

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicPearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year, but the band's ex-drummer David Abbruzzese will not be inducted along with them. Abbruzzese had previously commented on the snub, saying that his former band mates "can't justify ignoring my contributions," and now he's calling his exclusion an "absolute travesty."

"The qualifications required for me to have been inducted with my former band mates certainly have been met," he writes in a Facebook post. "I challenge anyone to justify why I am not worthy of a place in the history of Pearl Jam. The official reason given from the RRHOF makes it bulls***. It make my years of hard work appear to be worthless towards the success born of the formative years of Pearl Jam. This is simply not the case."

Abbruzzese played drums on Pearl Jam's 1993 sophomore album Vs. and its follow-up, Vitalogy. He was fired from the band in 1994.

"For anyone to take a stand for denying my right to be recognized, I deserve to hear how you are possibly justifying such an absolute travesty," he writes.

As for who will be inducted into the Rock Hall with Pearl Jam, that includes current members Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, plus original drummer Dave Krusen. The 2017 induction ceremony will be held April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Christina Grimmie's Family Sues Concert Promoter Over Her Death 

Chris Lachell - Pool/Getty ImagesChristina Grimmie's murder on June 10 was one of the year's most tragic music deaths: she was shot by an apparently obsessed fan during a meet and greet in Orlando. Now, Christina's family is suing concert promoter AEG Live, as well as the company that owns the venue where she was killed, according to Billboard.

The security company that was working at the event is also named in the wrongful death suit, filed by Christina's father, mother and brother. The suit claims that the defendants, "failed to take adequate security measures to ensure the safety of the performers and the attendees at the concert venue."  The suit also alleges that fans were subject to "superficial bag checks" only and that metal detectors or body pat downs might have kept Kevin Loibl, Christina's killer, from bringing two handguns, ammunition, and a knife into the show.

According to Billboard, the suit also alleges that the venue, the Plaza Theater, had previously provided better security for past events, and the fact that the venue's manager had been fired a week and a half before the shooting and replaced with an inexperienced new one may have contributed to the murder.

The family is asking for the amount of money that equals the future support that Christina would have given to her family, plus medical and funeral expenses, and her income had she lived. Her parents are also asking for damages for metal pain and suffering, while her brother, who subdued Loibl, is also requesting damages for physical and emotional trauma.

In a statement to ABC News, Grimmie family lawyer Brian Caplan said, "No amount of money will bring Christina back, [but] we believe that those parties who contributed to Christina's untimely death should be held responsible for their conduct or failure to act." 

He went on to say, "We are hopeful that our lawsuit will bring widespread attention to the issue of concert security and safety and more effective safeguards will be implemented to protect performers and attendees at concerts around the U.S. in the future."

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock 36 years ago this week, this secretary-centric comedy starring Dolly PartonJane Fonda and Lily Tomlin premiered in theatres. Can you name the film that also inspired an Oscar-nominated theme song? ANSWER:  9 to 5.

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Why Dustin Lynch Will Be Watching His Figure at Christmas

ABC/Image Group LA Even though Nashville resident Dustin Lynch has a top-ten hit with “Seein’ Red” this year, he says he’s keeping his Christmas cheer to a minimum.

“My family -- my mom and dad and sister -- are about an hour away in Tullahoma, my hometown,” he tells ABC Radio. “Being that I'm single and never home at my house, I probably won't decorate a whole lot. I may do one or two things, just so it kinda feels like -- maybe hang some lights. But I won't go all out, because I'll spend the majority of my time down with my family. And my sister and brother-in-law are like the Griswolds. They love going big on the decorations!” he jokes.

While he admits he went for it at Thanksgiving, the fitness enthusiast regrets he will have to watch it at Christmas, since he has a date with Luke Bryan after the first of the year.

“You know, with Crash My Playa coming up in January," he says of Luke's getaway vacation. "I'll have to watch myself around Christmas,” Dustin says with regret. “I have to sample pretty much everything to make sure it's okay to eat, especially the pies. I'm the guy that gets all the pies and has to try at least all of them. A little wasteful. I might not eat all of all the pies, but I'll eat most of all the pies,” he reveals. 

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Yes Drummer Alan White on Band's Rock Hall Induction: "It's Wonderful"

Yes' Union Tour lineup, circa 1991 (Ian Dickson/Redferns)It's been a long runaround for Yes, but the British prog-rock legends finally will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this April after three nominations and 23 years of eligibility. The group's members who were chosen for induction are founding frontman Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford; longtime and current guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White; former keyboardist Rick Wakeman; and ex-guitarist Trevor Rabin.

White, who has played with Yes since replacing Bruford in 1972, says "it's wonderful" to finally be receiving the honor.

"It's great being recognized by the music business and the public in general [for] everything you've done for most of your life," he tells ABC Radio.

White admits that as happy as he is about Yes' Rock Hall induction, he's sad that the band's longtime leader, Squire, who died of cancer in June 2015, won't be there for it.

"He was pretty much the big foundation of this band for so many years," says Alan. "I personally played with him for 43 years, and have now been in the band 44 years, so it's been a lifetime kind of career for me."

White and Howe are the only members of Yes' current lineup being inducted with the band, so the decision of who will perform at the ceremony might get a bit tricky. Alan tells ABC Radio, "We're gonna have to sit down and try and put our heads together and sort this one out."

As for why he thinks Yes deserves the honor, White notes, "I feel like the band has established itself in a form of music that really changed the course of one direction of music, and created something new and different that obviously a lot of younger musicians listen to."

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Iggy Pop, Bono & More Lend Support to "We Are Not Afraid" Campaign to Aid World's Refugees

ABC/Randy HolmesHundreds of musicians and other well-known entertainment figures have taken part in a recently launched campaign inspired by the current refugee crisis to raise money to aid victims of religious and political violence around the world.

The various celebrities appear in a new eight-minute video that shows them holding signs that read "Not Afraid" or are have contributed preexisting photos to which the "Not Afraid" message has been added.

Among the many, many stars featured in the video are Iggy Pop, Bono, Robert Plant, Nate Ruess of fun., R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Rob Halford, Fiona Apple, Marky Ramone, Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Lucius.

The video is an extended version of a four-minute clip that premiered in September and was directed by Kevin Godley, former member of the '70s rock band 10cc. The updated video was directed and produced by acclaimed rock photographer Bob Gruen and features many more artists holding "Not Afraid" signs than appeared in the original clip.

Accompanying the photos is a song by Nigerian reggae artist Majek Fashek called "We Are Not Afraid." The tune is available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon and other online music sellers and all proceeds from sales of the track will be donated to the International Rescue Committee and Human Rights Watch.

"It's a positive statement in a negative world," says Gruen. "I hope it becomes something that inspires people around the world to do their own versions. You shouldn't go through life being afraid."

For more information about the campaign, visit WeAreNotAfraid.net.

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Rihanna Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set Now Available in Time for The Holidays

Paolo ReversiWhat can you give to the Rihanna fan who has everything? How about a collector's edition vinyl box set of all the singer's hit albums?

The Bajan songstress has released a limited-edition vinyl box set, completed with all eight of her studio albums -- Music of the SunA Girl Like MeGood Girl Gone Bad, Rated RLoudTalk That TalkUnapologetic and Anti -- in a black, high-gloss slipcase with the award-winning entertainer's foil-stamped signature. 

The collector's set also includes a 186-page hardback photo book and turntable slip mat, which is embellished with RiRi's autograph.  

The full box set is available to purchase now, at the retail price of $299.98, just in time for the holidays.  

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Mariah Carey Spending the Holidays in $22 Million Aspen Airbnb

ABC/Randy HolmesAll we want for Christmas is Mariah Carey’s sweet holiday vacation spot. As per her tradition, Mariah is spending the holidays in Aspen, Colorado this year. This time around, she’s reportedly staying in a fabulous $22 million estate courtesy of Airbnb.

People magazine has pictures of the five-bedroom, five bathroom pad, though no info on how much the stay is costing Mariah. The master bedroom comes complete with a private deck, gas fireplace and walk-in closets. The house also boasts two spacious living rooms, a kitchen with two pantries and a formal dining room that seats 12.

Other luxuries include a game room, gym, sauna and hot tub.  And someone already decked the halls. The holiday retreat is decorated with multiple Christmas trees, wreaths and poinsettias.

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Spread Christmas Cheer at Children's Hospital

Photo Courtesy Children's Hospital Los AngelesKaty Perry and Orlando Bloom brought holiday spirit to Children's Hospital Los Angeles recently.

According to a Facebook post from CHLA, the couple, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, spent time with children and parents, signed autographs and sang Christmas carols.

They also posed for a few photos.

"Never naughty, always nice," one caption read. "The kids at CHLA received a much-deserved visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus ... who happen to look a lot like Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom!"

Earlier this year, Katy, 32, performed at a benefit for the hospital, the Los Angeles Times reported, and while on stage, she gushed about her emotional connection to its young patients.

“Children are vulnerable," she said. "We have a responsibility.”

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will celebrate four decades of Opry membership Saturday night, at the institution's winter home at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Willie Nelson and family will play Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium January 7. It's the first time he's played the historic Music City venue since October of 1974. Tickets go on sale Wednesday.

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Garth and Trisha Finish a December to Remember by Decorating the Tree

Pearl Records/GwendolynIt’s been a busy December for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, with their concerts in Hawaii commemorating the Pearl Harbor bombing, as well as multiple appearances promoting their best-selling duet album, Christmas Together.

But Trisha admits, their full schedule isn’t the reason their Christmas tree can go un-decorated until well after Thanksgiving.

“We're a blended family, you know,” she tells ABC Radio. “I moved into this husband and three girls all at once… So our thing became decorating the tree together as a family, and we started that early on, twelve years ago when I first moved to Oklahoma.”

“The girls were younger,” she goes on, “and so now that they're older and in college and grown, we still do that. So our tree will go up right after Thanksgiving, but it won't have ornaments on it until we can get all three girls together and we get those ornaments out and put 'em on the tree…”

When it comes to this particular Christmas tradition, Trisha reveals that for her CMA-Entertainer-of-the-Year husband, more is definitely better.

“Garth loves a gazillion ornaments on the tree, so we will go shopping every Christmas and buy more, even though we didn't need more!” she laughs. “And they all have a special meaning… You know, one of our daughters went through her Goth period, so she has all black ornaments. So there has to be one of those black ornaments that goes on the tree, cause, you know, it's like it's got to be there! So it's pretty cool that everybody has their thing that they love and it makes you a family every year.” 

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Paul McCartney and the "Sing" Cast Join Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for "Wonderful Christmas Time"

NBCOn Tuesday's Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon helped viewers get into the holiday spirit with a pre-recorded segment featuring his house band, The Roots, and the cast of the new animated film Sing, performing Paul McCartney's holiday classic, "Wonderful Christmas Time" -- with a surprise appearance by McCartney himself.

In addition to Jimmy, McCartney and The Roots, the stars of the movie, including Scarlett Johannson, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane and Tori Kelly, delivered an a capella version of the song, stacked in cubes almost like the cast in the opening of The Brady Bunch. Even some of the films animated characters got into the act.

Sing opens nationwide today.

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Jordan Smith's Version of a Christmas Classic Doesn't "Stink, Stank, Stunk" 

LightWorkers/Republic RecordsThe Voice season nine winner Jordan Smith has kind of a serious image, but his current Christmas single gives him an opportunity to show off his funny side: it's his version of the Christmas classic  "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."

"I'm pretty goofy...so this song was actually really fun for me to kinda let that side of my personality out," he tells ABC Radio.

"Grinch" is on Jordan's Christmas album 'Tis the Season, and he says recording it was a "must."

"Growing up, my mom and I watched Jim Carrey's How the Grinch Stole Christmas all the time...we can literally quote the movie word-for-word," he says. "So for me, it was a really obvious choice that it would be on there."

"It took a little convincing on my part when it came to [my producer]," Jordan adds. "But it ended up being a lot of fun."  Jordan says he especially likes one particular part of the song.

"I love the 'Stink, Stank, Stunk' part. It's my favorite part...and that's how I describe some of my performances [now]," he laughs. "Someone will ask, 'How did you think you did?' and I'm like, 'Oh, it was stink, stank, stunk!'"

"You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch" is one of the songs Jordan performs on his PBS special 'Tis the Season, running throughout the month.  He's going back home to Kentucky for Christmas and he says there's a tradition on his side of the family that he's really looking forward to.

"On Christmas Eve, we got to...my grandmother's house. We eat a huge meal...and we all hang out and read the Christmas story from the Bible," he tells ABC Radio. "It's nice to have that moment in a circle as a family and remind each other what the season's all about for us."

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Journey's Jonathan Cain "Thrilled" About Rock Hall Induction; Doesn't Know If Steve Perry Will Attend Ceremony

Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameAfter more than 20 years of eligibility, Journey finally will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year at an April 7 ceremony in Brooklyn, New York. The group's longtime keyboardist, Jonathan Cain, says he was thrilled to hear the news.

"It's a great recognition," he tells ABC Radio. "For over 40 years Journey's been doing this, so it's about time."

The Journey members that will be honored with induction are founding and current guitarist Neal Schon and bassist Ross Valory; original singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie and drummer Aynsley Dunbar; and the musicians who joined Schon and Valory in the band's classic lineup -- Cain, lead singer Steve Perry and drummer Steve Smith.

Of course, Journey fans are hoping that Perry, who departed the group in 1998, will reunite with his old band mates at the 2017 Rock Hall ceremony. However, Cain says he doesn't know if that will happen.

"We spoke to his lawyer [Monday] by coincidence and I thought for sure he would have some news about…but [Steve] hasn't said anything to him," Jonathan reveals. "I think I'm just going to leave this one up to God. He'll figure it out, he'll make the moves and make it happen the way it's supposed to happen."

Cain adds, "We tried to reach out to him but he's going to…decide what he wants to decide, and I can't speak for him. I can only say to the fans that he is welcome, as our brother, any time."

Meanwhile, Cain tells ABC Radio that while Journey's long wait to be inducted may have been due to the band's unpopularity with music critics, he suggests that the enduring popularity of songs like "Don't Stop Believin'" and the group's resurgence in recent years made them hard to keep ignoring.

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Olivia O'Brien on Santa Claus: "i hate that u don't exist"

Nesrin DananOlivia O'Brien has a lot to celebrate this Christmas, thanks to her smash hit with Gnash, "i hate u i love u."  But the 17-year-old singer says Christmas isn't special for her anymore...since she learned that Santa Claus doesn't exist.

"I dunno, I feel like, ever since I found out Santa Claus wasn't real, Christmas just doesn't have the same magic feeling," she tells ABC Radio.  Olivia was in fifth grade when she learned this important lesson, which was only about 7 years ago. "I feel like that was pretty late to still believe in Santa Claus," she laughs. "I wish that I could believe in Santa Claus again."

But Olivia still cherishes the memory of a favorite Christmas gift, which her mom convinced her she'd never get.

"I really, really, really wanted a Nintendo DS.  My mom would never, ever buy me one," Olivia recalls. "She was like, 'I don't want you to get addicted to video games'...all my friends had them and they would bring them to school....I was obsessed with Nintendogs!"

But according to Olivia, her mom was "straight up, just like, fooling me."  When Christmas rolled around, guess what was under her tree?

"I opened up one present first, and it was Nintendogs," she recalls. "And I was like, 'I don't have a Nintendo DS!' And then I opened up another bag and I was like, 'Oh my God, it's a Nintendo DS!'"

But Olivia soon learned another important lesson: getting the thing that you want most in the world isn't going to change your life.

"I spent maybe like two months playing it every day and then I, like, threw it away!" she laughs. "I was over it."

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Jack White Reupholsters Couch for Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis

ABC/Nicole WilderWhile he's taking a break from the road, Jack White has decided to go back to one of his first jobs: upholstery.

The musician recently reupholstered a couch for the famed Sam Phillips Recording studio in Memphis, which has recorded artists including Robert Plant, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. You can view a picture of White working on the couch now on Instagram.

When White used to work as an upholsterer in Detroit, he was mentored by coworker and fellow musician Brian Muldoon. The pair the started a band, aptly named The Upholsterers, and they hid vinyl copies of their second single in reupholstered furniture without telling customers. In 2014, two separate people found copies of the single in their furniture.

Earlier this year, White released Jack White Acoustic Recordings: 1998-2016, a compilation of the musician's unplugged works.

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Chaka Khan, Chuck D, Flava Flav & More Lend Support to Campaign to Aid World's Refugees 

Credit: Tim FieldingHundreds of recording artists and other well-known entertainment figures have taken part in a recently launched We Are Not Afraid campaign -- inspired by the current refugee crisis -- to raise money to aid victims of religious and political violence around the world.

The various celebrities appear in a new eight-minute video that shows them holding up signs that read "Not Afraid" or are have contributed preexisting photos to which the "Not Afraid" message has been added.

Among the many, many stars featured in the video and in pictures on the campaign's website are Chaka KhanChuck D.Flava FlavBuddy GuyCharles NevilleDarryl McDaniels of Run DMCElle VarnerEric B & RakimFemi KutiGeorge ClintonGrandmaster FlashGrandmaster CazKool KeithMeshell NdegeocelloNile Rodgers and Questlove.

The video is an extended version of a four-minute clip that premiered in September and was directed by former 10cc member Kevin Godley.  

The updated video was directed and produced by acclaimed rock photographer Bob Gruen and features many more artists holding "Not Afraid" signs than appeared in the original clip.

Accompanying the photos is a song by Nigerian reggae artist Majek Fashek called "We Are Not Afraid." The tune is available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon and other online music sellers and all proceeds from sales of the track will be donated to the International Rescue Committee and Human Rights Watch.

"It's a positive statement in a negative world," says Gruen. "I hope it becomes something that inspires people around the world to do their own versions. You shouldn't go through life being afraid."

For more information about the campaign, visit WeAreNotAfraid.net

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Wednesday
Dec212016

Kendrick Lamar Says the World Owes President Barack Obama

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCKendrick Lamar says  the world owes President Barack Obama for accepting hip-hop into the White House. 

"I think the word, not just hip-hop owes him. We all have to give him his credit due for even allowing us into the building," he tells XXL magazine.

The rapper was talking about Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, which among other things invited rappers into the White House for a discussion of criminal justice reform.

"We would probably never get inside that house ever again. Think about it like that. Rick RossColeNicki Minaj, he really went for us to come experience it," the rapper told the publication. 

"This is something our grandparents always wanted to see, never thought in a million years, but [we can] pass it down to our generation to say, 'Alright, I'm in here and I'm finna use my power to let ya'll see how this thing works and I and I'mma drop some knowledge on y'all that a man can't drop on everybody else 'cause y'all have the most influence."   

Kendrick also mentions several qualities about the president that he hopes to emulate in his life, while also reminding fans that Obama is a regular human being just like the rest of us.  

"I meet a lot of people in high places and sometimes they get so detached from the world and from the people, they don't even know how to interact with you. Basically watching him interact with my mother, my little niece, myself as a human, I think that's the greatest thing."  

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