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Wednesday
May042016

Jennifer Hudson Responds to Tony Snub with Deleted Tweet 

Courtesy Anthony Mandler/ RCA RecordsAcademy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson is apparently unfazed by not receiving a Tony Award nomination for her role as Shug Avery in The Color  Purple.

The singer addressed the snub after a dedicated fan pointed it out on social media: "Ultimate snub of @IAMJHUD for the #TonyAwards," one Twitter follower shared. "Her performance was great for it being her first time in Broadway." JHud, who has since deleted the tweet, responded by saying, "My presence was used for my celebrity, not my talent. I'm not surprised."

Her response was later replaced by a shorter message: "Thank u anyways."

Although JHud wasn't on the Tony line-up, The Color Purple did receive some nominations, including a nod for Best Revival of a Musical.  Cast members Danielle Brooks and Cynthia Erivo are both nominated for their performances.

Jennifer congratulated her cast mates on Instagram, saying, "Very proud and overwhelmed to say congrats to @cynthiaerivo @daniebb3 @color purple entire cast on tony nod! One hell of a cast that's for sure! Proud of u all!"

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Wednesday
May042016

Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston Make Unlikely Dance Partners at the Met Gala

Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagicCalvin Harris didn’t attend the Met Gala with Taylor Swift Monday night, but she managed to find herself another dance partner for the evening. The singer was caught on video busting a move with British actor Tom Hiddleston.

The two shook their hips to rapper T.I.’s 2004 hit “Bring Em Out,” then Tom twirled Taylor to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” Don’t worry, Calvin -- the dance moves were innocent, though if you've seen any of the many videos of him on YouTube, you know Hiddleston's a hell of a dancer.

Taylor was the co-chair of the glamorous fashion event, and wore a silver Louis Vuitton mini-dress to fit the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” theme.

But after the party, it was all about comfy onesies. Taylor Instagrammed a pic of her and the Haim sisters enjoying pizza in their PJs following the event.

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Wednesday
May042016

Beck Honors Prince with Cover of "Raspberry Beret" 

Lester Cohen/WireImageBeck paid tribute to Prince by performing the Purple One's classic "Raspberry Beret" at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee over the weekend. You can watch Beck's folky performance of the track via fan-recorded footage on YouTube.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin also honored Prince with a cover of "Raspberry Beret" last month during a charity gig in Santa Monica, California.

Last year, Beck released a funky new single called "Dreams," which definitely has a Prince-like vibe. Additionally, Beck's Midnite Vultures song "Debra" is said to be inspired by "Raspberry Beret" specifically.

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Wednesday
May042016

Enter Lars? Metallica Considered Making Ulrich Frontman for "About Five Seconds" 

Credit: Ross HalfinMetallica's James Hetfield is one of the most famous rock vocalists in the world, but there was a time when the musician had a bit of a confidence problem. According to Megaforce Records co-founder Jon "Jonny Z" Zazula, who signed Metallica to their first record deal, the band briefly considered making drummer Lars Ulrich their frontman.

"Lars and I planned a lot of stuff. But James wasn't the most confident of singers," Zazula tells Metal Hammer. "I don't think he felt comfortable."

"At one point there was even talk of Lars becoming the frontman," he continues. "For about five seconds."

Of course, Ulrich stayed behind the kit, Hetfield handled vocal duties and Metallica became, well, Metallica. Ulrich will keep on drumming and Hetfield will keep on singing on the metal legends' forthcoming 10th studio album, which is expected to be released this year.

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Wednesday
May042016

"Go Ahead and Break My Heart": Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Dare Each Other Live on "The Voice"

NBC/David LaChapelle We’ll get our first to chance to hear Blake Shelton’s new duet with his main squeeze, Gwen Stefani, next week on The Voice. It’s only fitting the two should debut their collaboration on the hit NBC show, since that’s where they met. The two wrote, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” at the end of last October, just before reps confirmed the two were dating.

Even though the two come from different musical worlds, Blake says their backgrounds are actually much the same. “As different as we are musically, we’re a fan of the same type of songs,” he tells People. “We have these playlists that we send each other that are stuff that we loved growing up and they’re so similar, so I think it made it easy for us to collaborate.”

It’s also a safe bet that the “Just Came Here to Forget” hitmaker may be battling a case of the nerves on Monday night.

“I’m intimidated by Gwen all the time. Any time I take a step back and think, ‘Wow, to me she’s Gwen, but she’s Gwen Stefani,' you know what I mean? It’s like a self-check every now and then. Whoa, I’m hanging out with literally the coolest girl in the world and I get to hang out with her. Just having a meal with her sometimes, it’s like, ‘Whoa, that’s her sitting up there!’”

You can check out Blake and Gwen’s performance on The Voice Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The duet will be included on the Oklahoma native’s new album, If I’m Honest, which comes out May 20.

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Wednesday
May042016

Sympathy Bump: Adam Levine Shows Off His Own “Pregnant” Belly

ABC/Rick RowellAdam Levine is showing off his own “baby bump” in an Instagram pic with his pregnant wife, Behati Prinsloo. In the black-and-white mirror photo, the Maroon 5 frontman puffs out his usually chiseled stomach to match Behati’s burgeoning belly.

“Week 20 and I'm finally popping!” Adam jokes, using the hashtag #impregnanttoo.

The couple hasn’t revealed the baby’s sex, but sources say they’re expecting a girl. In a recent interview with E! News, Adam could barely contain his joy over the pregnancy, saying, "It's awesome. I'm going to be a dad. S***, I'm excited. I'm going to be a f****** dad. I'm going to spoil [Behati]."

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Wednesday
May042016

Pink Says She and Husband Carey Hart Are Due for a “Break”

ABC/Heidi GutmanFor Pink, marriage doesn't just take work -- sometimes it takes breaks. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, the singer candidly discussed the ups and downs of her 10-year relationship with Carey Hart and said it may be time for them to take another “break.”

"We take breaks. We’ve had two breaks," she said. "The first one was about a year. And the second one was 11 months.”

Ellen pointed out those breaks were before their four-year-old daughter, Willow, was born and suggested they probably can’t do that anymore. But Pink quipped, “We’re due.”

She then told Ellen what their last fight was about. She said she planned to have a romantic evening with Carey, but he fell asleep while putting Willow to bed.

“The other night I said, 'Are you going to stay up tonight?' And he said, 'I would like to,'” she explained. “I said, 'I don’t really know what that means. Should I light candles and open wine and put on a show? Like, are we going big here? Or are you going to fall asleep again?’"

Turns out, Carey just couldn’t keep his eyes open -- so Pink caught up on Homeland instead. But for all his faults, Pink did admit he’s “very handsome” and “an incredible dad.”

Also in the interview, Ellen surprised Pink with her first Daytime Emmy award -- for performing the Ellen theme song in a promo that aired on the show.

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Wednesday
May042016

Dolly Parton Offers an Alternate Version of "Coat of Many Colors" on DVD

Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentOn Tuesday, Dolly Parton's most recent triumph made its way to DVD. When Coat of Many Colors premiered on NBC last December, close to 16 million people watched it, making it the most successful movie made for broadcast TV in more than six years.  

"It's always been a favorite song of mine, and a true story, and people had always said to me, 'Why don't you do that as a movie?' So one day I thought, 'Well, I ain't gettin' no younger. I better do it if I'm gonna live to see it!'" the country legend jokes. "So, we did it last year and it got great ratings, got really a lot of wonderful response because of the family and faith-based stuff on TV. You ain't seeing much of that anymore, which I kinda miss myself."

The home video version of Coat of Many Colors includes an alternate cut of the film, with deleted scenes and other extras.

"They did a lot of scenes that were left out," Parton says. "We used a lot of scenes that didn't make it, some interviews, the kind of making of the movie. So it's really got a lot of interesting things in it. [It would] be a nice Mother's Day present, since it is about Mama."

Both Dolly and fellow country star Jennifer Nettles, who starred as Parton matriarch Avie Lee in the movie, have confirmed that plans are moving ahead for another film that would continue the story of the close-knit family from the Smoky Mountains, this one set at Christmas.

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Wednesday
May042016

The Yardbirds Flying Across US on Tour This Summer

Credit: Arnie GoodmanBritish Invasion legends The Yardbirds will return to the U.S. for a monthlong tour this summer. The trek gets underway on June 30 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts, and will stop in a variety of cities in the Northeast before making its way to the West Coast, winding down with a July 30 performance at the Mount Baker Fest in Bellingham, Washington.

Prior to the June 30 tour kickoff, The Yardbirds will play an intimate VIP rehearsal event on June 29 at the Regent Theatre. Fans attending the show will get the chance to have the band members autograph items, and the first 60 also will receive a collector's T-shirt.

The Yardbirds current touring lineup is led by founding drummer Jim McCarty and also includes John Idan on vocals and guitar, Johnny A on lead guitar, journeyman bassist Kenny Aaronson and ex-Ram Jam member Myke Scavone on harmonica and backing vocals.

Here are all of The Yardbirds' confirmed U.S. tour dates, according to Yardbirds.us:

6/30 -- Arlington, MA, Regent Theatre
7/1 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penns Peak
7/2 -- Highmount, NY, Belleayre Music Fest
7/3 -- North Truro, MA, Payomet PAC
7/6 -- Warrendale, PA, Jergels Rhythm Room (Amusement Park)
7/7 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café Life
7/8 -- New Hope, PA, Havana
7/9 -- Bay Shore, NY, Boulton Center
7/10 -- Bethesda, MD, Bethesda Blues & Jazz
7/17 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe
7/19 -- San Diego, CA, Belly Up
7/21 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon Club
7/22 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Theatre
7/23 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
7/24 -- Beverly Hills, CA, The Saban Theatre
7/26 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
7/27 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
7/29 -- Seattle, WA, Triple Door
7/30 -- Bellingham, WA, Mount Baker Fest

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Wednesday
May042016

Report: Prince Died Just Before Scheduled Meeting with Addiction Specialist

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that a meeting was set between Prince and a specialist in drug addiction the day before his death on April 21.

According to the unconfirmed report, on April 20 representatives for Prince reached out to Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who runs Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley, California, in an attempt to deal with what an attorney for the Kornfeld family says was described as "a grave medical emergency.”

The Californian doctor was called to meet with the singer the next day, but could not clear his schedule. Instead, Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld, to Minnesota to explain how the confidential treatment would work, the Star Tribune says.

“The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan,”  William Mauzy, a Minneapolis attorney working with the Kornfeld family, told the paper.  “… The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission.”

When Andrew arrived at Paisley Park on Thursday, the staff could not immediately locate the singer and it is said that Kornfeld was one of three people to find the musician’s body in an elevator a few minutes later -- with Andrew reportedly the one calling 911.

Although toxicology tests are still pending, sources tell the Star Tribune that Prince's use of painkillers, which were found at the scene, is the primary focus of the investigation.

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Wednesday
May042016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWatch for Kelsea Ballerini as she plays herself on Wednesday night's episode of Nashville, performing her latest hit, "Peter Pan." The drama airs at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. 

Gary Allan is currently recovering from having surgery on his arm last week, but he's already looking forward to returning to the road soon.

Martina McBride promotes her new album Reckless Wednesday on Home & Family. You can catch it at 10 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

Florida Georgia Line plays Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. You can check out their Tuesday appearance on CBS's The Talk on YouTube.

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Wednesday
May042016

Carrie Underwood Is Country's Most Powerful Mother

ABC/Image Group LAWhat do Carrie UnderwoodIvanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton all have in common? Since Carrie lacks a parent in the presidential race, the answer lies a little closer to home. All three make this year’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Moms, from Working Mother magazine.

Chosen based on their “ability to influence and inspire us to reach higher and further in building better lives for ourselves,” as well as their income and professional stature, this is Carrie’s first time to make the annual tally since giving birth to son Isaiah a little more than a year ago.

Carrie is in good company -- with AdeleBeyonceMelissa McCarthyKerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon all making the ranking as well.

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Wednesday
May042016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the Dixie Chicks most recent #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart? ANSWER:  "Travelin' Soldier," in 2002.

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Wednesday
May042016
R & B Love: Prince Wanted to Mentor Chris Brown

Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe Prince stories continue to roll in as a previously unpublished 2014 interview with Rolling Stone reveals that the music icon wanted to mentor Chris Brown.

The legendary musician said he had invited Brown to Paisley Park and took exception to the characterization of Brown's 2009 assault on Rihanna as “unforgivable.”

“Unforgivable?” he said. “Goodness. That’s when we go check the master, Christ. … Have you ever instantly forgiven somebody?”

According to Prince, forgiveness was part of the healing process. “It’s the best feeling in the world, and it totally dismantles that person’s whole stance,” he explained and expressed his interest in reaching out to singer in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death.

“[MJ] is just one of many who have gone through that door -- Amy Winehouse and folks,” he said. “We’re all connected, right, we’re all brothers and sisters, and the minute we lock that in, we wouldn’t let anybody in our family fall. That’s why I called Chris Brown. All of us need to be able to reach out and just fix stuff. There’s nothing that’s unforgivable.”

Breezy recently paid homage to the late icon on  Instagram page writing, “I AM THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING THIS MAN HAS GIVEN US AND HE WILL LIVE FOREVER IN MY HEART!”

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Wednesday
May042016

"Back" for More: The Who Announces New European Tour

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesThe Who apparently are prepared to stay on the road beyond their 50th anniversary with the announcement of a new late-summer European trek dubbed the Back to The Who Tour. The outing -- which kicks off on August 29 in Glasgow, U.K., and is plotted out through a September 19 show in Milan, Italy -- will take place prior to the band's just-confirmed appearance at the star-studded classic-rock-themed Desert Trip festival in Indio, California.

The tour also will include stops in four other U.K. cities, two German dates and performances in Vienna, Austria, and Bologna, Italy.

The Who recently launched the second North American leg of its The Who Hits 50! Tour, which will wind down May 29 in Las Vegas, and the band also has lined up a four European dates in the middle of June. You can check out the group's full itinerary at TheWho.com.

As previously reported, The Who and Roger Waters both will perform during the final day of the Desert Trip Festival, which runs from October 7 to October 9 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will play the event's first day, while Paul McCartney and Neil Young will take the stage for day two of the fest.

Here are The Who's newly announced European dates:

8/29 -- Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
8/31 -- Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
9/3 -- Sheffield, UK, Sheffield Arena
9/5 -- Birmingham, UK, Genting Arena
9/7 -- Liverpool, UK, Echo Arena Liverpool
9/10 -- Oberhausen, Germany, Koenig Pilsener Arena
9/12 -- Stuttgart, Germany, Schleyer-Halle
9/14 -- Vienna, Austria, Wiener Stadhalle
9/17 -- Bologna, Italy, Unipol Arena
9/19 -- Milan, Italy, Mediolanum Forum

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Wednesday
May042016

Jewel’s Rural Texas Digs Up for Sale

Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImageJewel’s Texas property is on the market. According to Variety, the singer is selling her country home near Stephensville for a fairly reasonable $335,000.

Jewel and her ex-husband Ty Murray reportedly bought the rural property in March 2007. The ranch-style abode has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and sits on 4.4. acres about two hours southwest of Dallas.

The home’s modest exterior gives way to cozy, rustic interior with open-plan living spaces, hand-scraped oak floors and whitewashed ceiling beams.

According to Variety, in March 2015, Jewel purchased a brand new home in Nashville for $1.3 million.

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Wednesday
May042016

Cyndi Lauper Says Lady Gaga Inspired Her to Embrace Her "True Colors"

Credit: Chapman BaehlerCyndi Lauper is known for her colorful style, but she tells Rolling Stone that it wasn't always easy to stay true to her bold image. The pink-haired 62-year-old -- whose first country album, DETOUR, comes out Friday -- credits Lady Gaga with reminding her to embrace her uniqueness.

"There was a time, around the early '90s, when they kept telling me, 'Your true colors should just shine from the inside,' and I got plainer and plainer and plainer," she says of her corporate critics. "I looked at myself in the mirror and said, 'Who the f*** are you?' I think I was floundering. When I met Lady Gaga [in 2009], I think I woke up. 'I'll have freaking colored hair when I want!'"

Lauper says she'd never have made it on shows like The Voice or American Idol, "because I wouldn't want to listen to somebody telling me what the f*** to do." But she did try her hand at reality TV once. The singer was a contestant on season nine of The Celebrity Apprentice. So what does she think of her former "boss," Donald Trump?

"At the time I said he seemed nice because he had nice children, and that I wish I was so smart that I could get people to work that stinking hard and just show up and wave and say, 'OK, you're fired!'" she says of the Republican presidential candidate. "But you don't go on TV as a presidential candidate and talk about the size of your hand. You don't do it. It's so f****** juvenile and stupid."

She adds, "You think I want that person next to that red button? I don't freaking think so." For the record, Lauper's a Hillary Clinton fan.

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Wednesday
May042016

Rob Zombie Schedules One-Off European Shows

T-Boy/UMeRob Zombie has announced a trio of one-off concerts in Europe. The shows will take place October 14 in Berlin, October 16 in Paris and October 17 in London. Visit RobZombie.com for ticket info.

Zombie will be touring in support of his latest album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, which features the single "Get High."

Currently, Zombie is supporting The Electric Warlock in the U.S. on a mini-tour with Disturbed. Later this summer, the shock rocker will embark on a giant co-headlining tour with Korn.

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Wednesday
May042016

Phantogram Releases New Song with Electronic Musician A-Trak 

ABC/Randy HolmesPhantogram has always had an electronic component to their sound, but they really express their dance music side on "Parallel Lines," a new song that the duo recorded with DJ A-Trak. You can listen to "Parallel Lines" now on YouTube.

"We had a lot of fun making this with our friend A-Trak," Phantogram writes of "Parallel Lines." "Rest assured, new Phantogram music is coming soon."

Meanwhile, Phantogram has a batch of festival shows lined up this summer with Big Grams, their collaborative project with Outkast rapper Big Boi.

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Wednesday
May042016

Adam Lambert & Austin Mahone Are Faces of Macy’s “American Icons” Campaign

BusinessWireAdam Lambert and Austin Mahone are among the faces of Macy’s “American Icons” fashion and music campaign this year.

Adam will be modeling the latest styles from the department store’s lifestyle brand, I.N.C. International Concepts. Austin, meanwhile, will sport festival gear from American Rag, Levi’s and more.

The patriotic campaign kicks off next week with in-store events for customers, a digital music festival on YouTube and a partnership with the charity Got Your 6, which supports military veterans and their families.

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