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Friday
Apr012016

Lukas Graham Releases Boob-Free US Debut Album 

Warner Bros. RecordsDanish band Lukas Graham has a smash hit on its hands with "7 Years," and now their U.S. debut album has arrived in stores.  Not only is the track listing different from their overseas debut, but the artwork is different too -- because apparently, an image of a topless woman just wasn't going to fly in America.

The album cover depicts a kid in a museum looking at a 1992 painting by Danish artist Lars Helweg called The Lady with the Bottles. The painting is based on a nude picture of the Swedish movie star Anita Ekberg that appeared in Playboy magazine in the fifties.

"The original album art is just that painting, but because there are naked breasts on it, that will not be a possibility in America," says Lukas Graham Forchammer, the band's frontman and main songwriter.  "So we came up with this very cute [idea] of hanging the naked painting in a museum, and then having a kid that presumably is me, between seven or 11, being surprised at looking at this naked woman."

On the U.S. album, the kid has his back to the camera as he stares at the painting: his arm is bent at just the right angle to cover up the woman's bare boobs and the rest of her nude body.

Why did the band choose that painting in the first place?  Nostalgia.

Lukas tells ABC that "it's not even in a museum," adding, "It's in a tiny little cafe close to where I was born, and it was the most fancy restaurant I remember from my childhood.  That's where we would go and get a steak dinner."

In addition to "7 Years," the rest of the album features some poignant and very personal songs, inspired by the death of Lukas' Irish father, Eugene, in 2012. But there are also upbeat and funny songs, such as "Drunk in the Morning" and "Strip No More."  Lukas says it's all about combining those two emotions.

"We try to balance the sad and the happy because that is what life is." he tells ABC Radio. "You can't be all happy and all elated.  It's too much at the end of the day. And I also find it very depressing, sometimes, showing up at concerts and then it's all sad love songs.  It's like, 'Get a grip! I'm dying [here]!'" 

The band just kicked off their North American headlining tour this week -- they'll play Houston, TX tonight.

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Friday
Apr012016

Fetty Wap, A$AP Ferg & Tory Lanez Added to 2016 BET Experience Lineup

ABC/Randy HolmesA new round of performers have been added to the upcoming 4th Annual BET Experience.

According to Vibe, Fetty Wap, A$AP Ferg and newcomer Tory Lanez have been added to the star-studded festival, which will return to downtown Los Angeles on June 23-26.

They join previously confirmed acts like Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Usher and Bryson Tiller while Katt Williams and Mike Epps also will take part in a special show, followed by a celebrity basketball game.

The concert series leads up to the annual BET Awards, airing live from L.A.'s Microsoft Theater on June 26.

You can score tickets starting April 1 via BETExperience.com.

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Friday
Apr012016

Andra Day to Perform on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"

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Andra Day is going to bring some soul into the ballroom. The singer will perform on ABC's Dancing with the Stars next week. 

The network has announced that the singer will showcase her hit song “Rise Up,” as well as “Rainbow Connection,” alongside dances by Jodie Sweetin and Doug Flutie.  

In addition, fellow R&B singer and DWTS contestant Wanyá Morris will dance a waltz to Boyz II Men's rendition of the national anthem at the 1996 Olympics.

Dancing with the Stars airs live Monday, April 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Sick Puppies Premiere New Single, "Stick to Your Guns"

Credit: Goldy LocksSick Puppies are back with new music. The Australian hard rockers have released "Stick to Your Guns," the first single from their upcoming, fourth album. You can listen to "Stick to Your Guns," and watch the accompanying lyric video, now on Vevo.

"You have to push regardless of what anyone tells you," says bassist Emma Anzai. "This was a big thing for us. You can pray, hope or wish for something to happen, but at the end of the day, you have to 'stick to your guns,' go out there and believe. The song is meant to empower."

The new album will be Sick Puppies' follow-up to 2013's Connect. It will also be the band's first record with new lead vocalist Bryan Scott.

Sick Puppies will be touring the U.S. this spring starting April 21 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Halsey to Perform on MTV Movie Awards

ABC/Randy HolmesHalsey will perform at this year's MTV Movie Awards. The singer will be playing her song "Castle," which is featured prominently in the trailer for the upcoming film The Huntsman: Winter's War.

"This will be the first time I perform 'Castle,'" says Halsey. "This song is so important to me as a woman; it's about not letting anything get in your way. I'm so happy MTV and The Huntsman are giving me the opportunity to present that message on television. Plus it'll look sick."

The 2016 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart, will air April 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Steven Tyler to Perform at CMA Music Festival in Nashville This June

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It's no secret that Steven Tyler has been spending a lot of time in Nashville lately working on a country-flavored solo album, and now the Aerosmith singer has joined the lineup of one of country music's biggest showcases, the CMA Music Festival. Tyler will take part in the event's Nightly Concerts series at Nashville's Nissan Stadium during the third night of fest, Saturday, June 11.

The rock legend will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. CT, sandwiched between the evening's opener, Chris Young, and Cole Swindell. The CMA Music Festival runs from June 9 to June 12.

In a message on his Tumblr page, Tyler writes, "HEY, YOU CAN'T SPELL #CMAFEST WITHOUT "ST"…PLAYING THE BIG STAGE JUNE 11…LET'S GET HOT & SWEATY & BRING THE CONFETTI…"

Tyler plans release his debut solo album sometime this year. He currently has one other solo date on his schedule, a show tonight, March 31, at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Little Big Town, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood to Be Honored During ACM TV Special This Fall

ABC/Eric McCandlessLittle Big Town, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood are just some of the stars who'll be part of the 10th Annual ACM Honors at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium this fall, which will be televised for the first time ever as a special on CBS.

The Academy of Country Music will give Carrie its new ACM Lifting Lives Gary Haber Award for her charitable work, while Little Big Town will receive the Crystal Milestone trophy for their success with “Girl Crush.” Keith will get the Mae Boren Axton Award, in recognition of his dedication and service to the Academy.

Crystal Gayle, Tanya Tucker and The Statler Brothers will be honored with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award for the mark their careers have made on country music. Glen Campbell, who’s currently in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, will get the Career Achievement Award. His frequent collaborator Jimmy Webb will get the songwriter’s honor, known as the Poet’s Award. It will also be given to Eddie Rabbitt posthumously.

So far, we don’t know the exact date the ceremony will be held, or when the special will air on CBS.

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Thursday
Mar312016

John Legend Gets Baby Advice from Kanye West & Kim Kardashian 

ABC RadioJohn Legend is more than excited about the upcoming arrival of his baby girl with Chrissy Teigen.  And he's leaning on his celebrity pal, Kanye West, for advice.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Legend reveals that West and his wife Kim Kardashian offered great nuggets during a recent shopping trip for the newborn. "It was really about Kim and Chrissy. Kim was going through the store showing Chrissy all the things she would need and how she uses them," John says.

Speaking of his relationship with his wife, John is impressed by how the couple has evolved. "We’ve grown together.  I was a little more famous than her at the beginning, but we support and complement each other well," he says.

After adding that he is "very happy" and that "life is good," John reveals he can't wait to become a dad: "I’m as ready as I can be."

The couple has yet to reveal the baby's due date.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Gwen Stefani Says She’s in Love with Blake Shelton

Jamie NelsonGwen Stefani is “for sure” in love with Blake Shelton, she reveals to Vanity Fair in a new interview. Though she doesn’t go into details about their relationship, she does say the romance helped her unlock her creativity.

“I don’t really want to go into that relationship, and God knows what’s going to happen,” she says. “But I feel like I’m in an amazing songwriting place; instead of being closed off, I’m thinking about positivity and how I can do something creative.”

She adds, “I’m just doing what I want to do. It’s so incredible to be in that zone. I’m always looking for the next song, and now I don’t have to be insecure or write about heartache.”

That heartache -- namely, her painful divorce from rocker Gavin Rossdale -- did influence her first single from This Is What the Truth Feels Like. She reportedly wrote “Used to Love You”  after she found out Gavin was allegedly having an affair with their nanny. But Gwen says it wasn’t a revenge song.

“I went through a real period of anger,” she says, “but I felt like this song was almost like a forgiveness song. It’s admitting, I used to love you and now I don’t. I opened this channel to writing again -- it was me being honest, being real.”

That lyrical realness helped Gwen secure her first number-one solo album on the Billboard 200 album chart last week. She's set to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Sara Bareilles to Be Honored at "More"/"Shape" Women’s Half-Marathon

Photo by J. Countess/Getty ImagesSara Bareilles is among 13 female leaders being honored at this year’s 13th annual More/Shape Women’s Half-Marathon, hosted by Shape magazine. The 13.1-mile race will be held on Sunday, April 17 in New York’s Central Park.

Sara is being recognized as part of the first-ever Women Run the World Relay & Mentorship Program. Honorees will pair up with a high school mentee from the New York Road Runners’ Run for the Future program and run or walk a one-mile leg of the course as part of a relay team. The honorees also will invite their mentees to spend a day with them at the office or participate in a Skype conversation.

After the race, there will be an awards ceremony to celebrate the runners and Women Run the World honorees. Other women being recognized include Orange Is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and president of the WNBA Lisa Borders.

Sara’s musical, Waitress, is currently in previews on Broadway and last night she took the stage to entertain the crowd when the show ran into some technical difficulties. According to BroadwayWorld.com, part of the set for the diner stopped working. While the production paused to fix the problem, Sara came out and sang a cut song from the show as well as “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. She also took some selfies with the audience.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Jennifer Hudson to Perform During "American Idol" Finale

ABC/Craig SjodinJennifer Hudson is returning to familiar territory. The singer has been confirmed to perform during the American Idol series finale, airing April 7 from the Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre.

According to Billboard, the singer will return to the Idol stage, where she finished in seventh place in season 3. Of course, she went on to be one of the show's most successful "losers," winning both a Grammy and an Oscar.

Hudson will be joined by fellow former American Idol contestants Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Jordin Sparks, Candice Glover, Kimberley Locke, and many more.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the three-part American Idol finale will begin April 5 with the 90-minute retrospective American Idol: American Dream, followed by the final two episodes of American Idol, airing live at 8 p.m. April 6 and 7 on FOX.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Charli XCX Is New Face of Make Up for Ever Campaign

PRNewsFoto/MAKE UP FOR EVERCharli XCX has teamed up with Make Up for Ever for its new Aqua XL Eye Pencil campaign. This year, the cosmetics brand will help Charli achieve a bold look for all her performances and artistic creations, including her tour and video clips.

“I love the creative energy of Make Up for Ever,” Charli says in a statement. “They create products that allow me to experiment and be free. When I wear makeup I can feel sexy, demure, classic, futuristic… so many different things. Make Up for Ever is vibrant, energetic and diverse. I can play with the products to suit my mood. That’s what I love the most.”

The brand is specifically created for professional stage artists, but is available for everyday use as well. The Aqua XL Eye Pencil in particular is designed to be stage-proof and long-lasting. The collection launches in May and each eye pencil sells for $21 each.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Iggy Azalea Spray Paints an Airplane in “Team” Video

Def Jam RecordingsIggy Azalea has dropped the video for her self-reliant new single, “Team.”

The visual kicks off with the Aussie rapper speeding off in a black Ferrari and heading for the airport. She makes her way through security sporting some high platforms and a major attitude, then has some help spray-painting an airplane before pausing for a dance break.

Along the way, she runs into people with pixelated faces -- an ode to her album’s title, Digital Distortion.

Iggy explained the video's concept to a fan on Twitter, writing, "The plane is establishment! spraying it is anti establishment. people are trying to drag me in it. my other selves are trying to drag me out of it."

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Thursday
Mar312016

Kendrick Lamar to Appear at 2016 MTV Movie Awards

Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesKendrick Lamar is heading to the 2016 MTV Movie Awards.

According to the network, the rapper won't serve as one of the performers at the ceremony, but he will be on hand to present the True Story Award during the telecast, airing from the back lot of Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.  In addition, Will Smith will receive the MTV Generation Award.

Previously announced presenters include Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn and Gigi Hadid.

Hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, the 2016 MTV Movie Awards will air on Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Ariana Grande Denies Unfollowing Justin Bieber, Wants to Join Taylor's Squad

Image Group LA/ABCEveryone calm down: Ariana Grande did not purposely unfollow Justin Bieber, even if her Twitter account did. In a new interview, Ariana denies there's any beef between her and Biebs.

"I didn't know that this happened!" Ariana told London's Capital FM. "I went online and they were like 'Mom, why did you unfollow Dad?' And I was like, 'Who's Dad?' and then I kept looking and...I was like, 'What happened?'  Nothing happened. I don't really know what happened. But I followed him back!"

When asked directly, "So you didn't purposely unfollow him?" Ariana exclaimed, "No! Of course not. I haven't even spoken to him in months. There's no drama, I'm sorry to report."

During a separate interview, Ariana was told by one of Capital FM's hosts that Taylor Swift reportedly wants her to join her squad.  "Oh wow, that would be so crazy. Do you have to do anything weird to get in?"  Ariana asked.  "All those girls are really nice. I would be so down [to join]." 

Your move, Taylor.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Metallica's Lars Ulrich to Guest on Tonight's "Join or Die"

Credit: Ross HalfinWho is history's most influential band? Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will try to answer that question on tonight's episode of Join or Die, a late-night talk show hosted by Craig Ferguson on the History channel.

Ulrich will be joined in the debate by comedian Tom Papa and music journalist Alan Light. Join or Die airs at 11 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Ulrich and Metallica are currently working on their new album, the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic. Perhaps the band will debut some new material this August when they play the first-ever rock concert at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the new home of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Rihanna Releases New Video for "Kiss It Better"

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After teasing fans with a 30-second glimpse, Rihanna has released the full-length music video for "Kiss It Better," one of two new singles lifted from her eighth studio album, ANTI.

In the clip, shot by Craig McDean and posted on YouTube, a topless Rihanna is draped in a see-through sheet as dice fall down her body. moving seductively as she sings to her absent lover.

"When I look you in your eye, what are you willing to do?" she sings. "Tell me what you're willing to do."

The video release follows Rihanna's latest hit, "Work," featuring Drake, which earned its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Beyonce Debuts Ivy Park Clothing Line; Covers "ELLE"

Photo Credit: Paola Kudacki for ELLEBeyonce has finally introduced the world to her new clothing line, Ivy Park.

The diva has released a promo video where she rocks various items from her collection, which was inspired by a park that she frequented in her childhood. 

"I would wake up in the morning and my dad would come knocking on my door and tell me it's time to go running," says Bey as she stretches and runs on a treadmill. "I remember wanting to stop but I would push myself to keep going." She also recalls her fond memories of thinking about her dreams, the sacrifices her parents made, her little sister and how she was "her hero."

Beyonce adds that she found strength whenever she thought of her favorite park.  "The park became a state of mind, it's what made me who I am," she says before adding: "Where's your park?"

The Ivy Park line will be available worldwide, online and in-store on April 14, at select retailers. In the meantime, you can check out her new interactive site for the line, which is "merging fashion-led design with technical innovation, creating a new kind of performance wear: modern essentials for both on and off the field."

In related news, Queen Bey fronts two magazine covers for Elle, in which she gives a rare interview about her freedom, feminism, helping women love their bodies with her new fashion line, and more. The May issue hits newsstands on April 6.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Asking Alexandria Breaks Down "The Black" Track-by-Track 

Sumerian RecordsAsking Alexandria's new album The Black is out now, and if you haven't heard it yet, the band is here to break it all down for you track-by-track. In a video posted by Asking Alexandria's record label, Sumerian Records, guitarist Ben Bruce and vocalist Denis Stoff talk about the inspiration behind every one of the 12 songs on The Black.

The Black is Asking Alexandria's first album with Stoff on lead vocals. The Ukrainian singer joined Asking Alexandria after founding frontman Danny Worsnop left the band last year.

According to Billboard, The Black, which was released March 25, is on pace to move 30,000 equivalent album units in its first week of sales, which might be good enough to give Asking Alexandria their third straight top-10 debut on the Billboard 200.

Asking Alexandria will be touring the U.S. this May in support of The Black, alongside Bullet for My Valentine.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Florence + the Machine Covers "Stand by Me" for "Final Fantasy XV" Trailer 

ABC/Fred LeeFlorence + the Machine has recorded a cover of singer Ben E. King's classic hit, "Stand by Me." The rendition appears in the trailer for the upcoming video game Final Fantasy XV, which you can watch now on YouTube.

"I've always seen Final Fantasy as mythical, beautiful and epic," frontwoman Florence Welch says in a statement. "'Stand by Me' is one of the greatest songs probably of all time and you can't really improve on it, you just have to make it your own. For me it was just about bringing the song into the world of Florence + the Machine and the world of Final Fantasy."

Final Fantasy XV will be released September 30.

Florence + the Machine, meanwhile, will be touring the U.S. this spring and summer in support of their latest album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

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