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Aug232017

Luke Bryan is ready to "Light It Up" with new music from his next album

Capitol NashvilleFour-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is ready to “Light It Up” with his new single.

Written by Luke with Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi, “Light It Up” is the lead release from Luke’s sixth studio album, which is due later this year. It’s also the first single from the Georgia native since “Fast” topped the country chart back in April.

“Light It Up” is available to stream or download now.

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" one week away from setting the all-time top-10 record

Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran's "Shape of You" first came out back in January, and it hasn't left the top 10 since.  That's why it's now tied the record for the most weeks spent in that part of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

For years, LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" held the record for most weeks ever in the top 10: a total of 32.  Then, earlier this year, The Chainsmokers' "Closer" tied that record.  Now, "Shape of You" has joined them in the 32-weeks club.  If Ed can last one more week in the top 10, he'll have the record all to himself.

Ed also is the solo male artist with the most weeks in the top 10 -- that record was previously held by Mark Ronson, whose "Uptown Funk" -- featuring Bruno Mars -- lasted 31 weeks.

And speaking of Bruno, his hit "That's What I Like" was been in the top 10 for 27 weeks. It might prove to be a challenger for the record eventually.

Here's a list of the songs that have spent the most weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100, according to Billboard:

32, "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran
32, "Closer," The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
32, "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes
31, "Uptown Funk!," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
30, "Smooth," Santana feat. Rob Thomas
29, "Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
28, "Foolish Games"/"You Were Meant for Me," Jewel
27, "That's What I Like," Bruno Mars
26, "Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden

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Wednesday
Aug232017

David Gilmour reflects on 2016 Pompeii concerts in documentary clip from upcoming live DVD

Columbia RecordsDavid Gilmour's new concert film Live at Pompeii, documenting his historic July 2016 performances at Pompeii, Italy, will be released as a home video in multiple configurations on September 29. To promote the release, the ex-Pink Floyd singer/guitarist has posted a new video clip of him discussing the shows on his official YouTube channel.

As previously reported, the film features highlights from two solo concerts he played at the 2,000-year-old Pompeii Amphitheatre, 45 years after his old band performed at the site for the classic 1972 movie Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii.

In the promo clip, David talks about the rendition of the 1973 Floyd tune "The Great Gig in the Sky" he and his backing band played at the 2016 concerts, a performance with which he was very pleased.

"I hadn't done [the song] for years and years and years," he explains. "Louise Marshall and our [other backup] singers had put together an arrangement that was fantastic, and we couldn't wait to do it."

Gilmour also points out that he played the 1971 Floyd tune "One of These Days" at the Pompeii concerts, noting that it was "the only song…that we played with Pink Floyd back in '71 that we did again this time."

David Gilmour -- Live at Pompeii will be available as a two-DVD set, a single Blu-ray disc, a deluxe box set featuring two Blu-rays and two CDs, and a digital video. The box set will include bonus performance footage and documentaries. In addition, separate two-CD and four-LP vinyl audio companions will be released on September 29.

Meanwhile, the concert film also will be shown in hundreds of theaters around the world on September 13.

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Wednesday
Aug232017

A "Killer" tribute: Thursday declared Jerry Lee Lewis Day in Nashville

C Flanigan/FilmMagicThis Thursday, August 24, will officially be Jerry Lee Lewis Day in Nashville. Music City will honor the 81-year-old piano-playing rock 'n' roll pioneer on the same day that he'll be saluted at a tribute concert that's part of the ongoing web series Skyville Live.

The show will feature Kris Kristofferson and such country stars as George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack and Toby Keith singing the songs of "The Killer." You can watch online starting at 9 p.m. ET, with complete streaming details at SkyvilleLive.com.

In addition, the Nashville suburb of Berry Hill, Tennessee, home of the Skyville Live performances, will celebrate Thursday as Jerry Lee Lewis Day. In conjunction with the tribute, the roads intersecting the show's studio, Westwood Drive and Inverness Avenue, temporarily will be renamed "Jerry Lee Lewis Lane" and "Skyville Live Drive" that day.

"We are so thrilled that the cities of Nashville and Berry Hill are joining us on August 24 to honor a living legend that has made a tremendous impact on Music City and beyond," says Skyville Live creator Wally Wilson. "We're looking forward to sharing this special moment all day long with these honors for Jerry Lee."

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Wednesday
Aug232017

"Regular human being" Mariah Carey says she has "low self-esteem" 

ABC/Randy HolmesShe may be a diva, but if you think Mariah Carey is some kind of egomaniac, guess again.

Speaking to Page Six, Carey insists that despite being rich, talented, world-famous and beautiful, she has the same insecurities as everyone else.

"I just feel like I am a regular human being and I deserve the same respect as anybody else," she tells Page Six. "I have always had low self-esteem, and people do not recognize that."

While part of Mariah's current tour features her sitting on a throne, she says she doesn't really feel like a queen on the inside.

"Growing up different, being biracial, having the whole thing where I did not know if I fit in...that is why music became such a big part of my life, because it helped me overcome those issues," she explains.

But, Mariah admits, "Sometimes it's hard to let your guard down. I do think to myself, 'Did they mean this? Or do they not really mean it?' And that is with everybody -- it's not just with three people or just one."

The Grammy-winner also remembers how she struggled before she topped the chart with her debut single, "Vision of Love."

"I remember it not being easy getting a record deal....being broke with no food. My go-to meal was [pasta] sauce," Carey recalls. "Me and my friend would split the pasta and sauce for, like, a week."

Mariah says that in addition to her tour, she's prepping a new fragrance that "smells like success," and she's also working on a "secret song."

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Metallica releasing "Live at House of Vans" live album on vinyl

ABC/Randy HolmesOn November 18, 2016, the same day Metallica's new album Hardwired to Self-Destruct was released, the metal legends headlined a tiny show at the House of Vans in London. Now, the band is releasing the audio from that concert as a three-LP vinyl collection titled Live at House of Vans.

The London show featured a mix of Metallica classics, including "One," "Master of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman," and tracks from the just-released Hardwired. You can pre-order Live at House of Vans now via Metallica.com.

Last week, Metallica concluded its summer North American stadium tour in support of Hardwired. The band will kick off a European tour in September that will stretch all the way into May 2018.

Here is the Live at House of Vans track list:

"Breadfan"
"The Four Horsemen"
"Battery"
"Sad but True"
"Guitar Solo"
"Fade to Black"
"Atlas, Rise!"
"Harvester of Sorrow"
"Moth into Flame"
"Bass Solo"
"One"
"Master of Puppets"
"For Whom the Bell Tolls"
"Enter Sandman"
"Whiskey in the Jar"
"Hardwired"
"Seek & Destroy"

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Dance with LCD Soundsystem with "Tonite" VR video 

Credit: Ruvan WijesooriyaLCD Soundsystem is bringing their new song "Tonite" into virtual reality.

The band has launched Dance Tonite, an interactive website full of different shapes dancing along to the track. You can check out the Dance Tonite experience, even without a VR headset, at Tonite.dance.

"The uncanniness of the Dance Tonite experience is super entertaining and weird, and I really enjoy it," says LCD frontman James Murphy, a self-described "loner" and "Luddite."

"I didn't expect to enjoy it. I thought 'This is not for me,' and it was for me. I don't know, I think it's really neat."

"Tonite" is a track from LCD Soundsystem's forthcoming reunion album American Dream, which will be released September 1.

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Fifth Harmony says new album is "the first time we’re...believing what we sing"

ABC/Heidi GutmanFifth Harmony's self-titled third album is out on Friday, and it's the first project where the girls were allowed to have creative control.  As a result, they say, their new music marks the first time that they're not just "going through the motions."

On the new album, which features the single "Down," the girls co-wrote over half the material, and were involved in choosing the rest. Speaking to USA Today, Normani Kordei explains, "Now, we’re not getting on stage every night and...singing the songs because we were told to sing them. This is the first time we’re excited, and believing what we sing."

Fifth Harmony's disc is their first without Camila Cabello, who's launched a solo career.  But Lauren Jauregui is staying positive when it comes to her former band mate.

"We’re so happy, and we moved forward, and we’re in a good place, and we hope she’s in a good place," she tells USA Today. "And that’s really what matters."

What also matters, the girls say, is how they can best serve as positive role models for their young fans, especially because they're all women of color.

“We’re representing young women from across America, all different kinds of girls, and even if they’re not like any one of us, they notice that all of us are different, so they can be different too," says Lauren.

And when Normani looks into the crowd at a show and sees "a little Caucasian girl with a Normani T-shirt on," she says it makes her realize that "we’ve broken barriers...where people don’t look like me, or don’t have the same hair texture as me, can identify with me so deeply."

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Rihanna, DJ Khaled and 21 Savage score Streamy nominations

Lester Cohen/Getty Images via ABCRihanna's FENTY PUMA sneaker line is up for an award at the 7th annual Streamy awards.  

Rihanna will battle it out with four other top influencers in the event's Fashion category.

DJ Khaled and 21 Savage are also among the many stars nominated, with Savage scoring a nod for Breakthrough Artist in the Music category, and Khaled up for Best Storyteller in the Social Video category.

The Streamy Awards honors the best of the best in online video Internet creators.

Winners will chosen by a judging body of creators, executive and other experts dubbed the Streamys Blue Ribbon Panel.

Starting September 12, fans will be able to vote but only in two categories: Creator of the Year and Show of the Year. 

The 2017 Streamy Awards will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, September 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET. For more information, head over to www.streamys.org

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Meet Zac Brown's wife Shelly, in the new Opry series "Better Half"

Opry EntertainmentThe spouses of the stars are stepping into the spotlight thanks to the Opry’s new web series, Better Half.

You can check out the first two episodes on YouTube now: they feature Shelly Brown, who’s married to Zac Brown. The new installments profile both Shelly’s line of jewelry, and the camp for kids she and Zac founded together, Camp Southern Ground.

Look for Jason Aldean’s wife Brittany in an upcoming episode, as well as a profile of Caroline Hobby, the significant other of A Thousand Horses’ Michael Hobby.

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, Brenda Gail Webb topped the Billboard country chart with the song that would become her signature. Can you name the classic crossover tune by the artist better known as Crystal Gayle? ANSWER:  "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Get these m-f'in snakes off my mf'in feed! Swift's scary snake head appears on socials

ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift's snake is complete.

If you look at her Instagram feed, there are now three videos in a row, and together, they all make one complete snake.  Today, Taylor posted the head of the snake, and it's pretty darn scary: not only is it really evil-looking, but it opens its mouth to show deadly fangs and appears to "strike" the camera.

What's all this leading up to?  Fans hope it's a new single, but whether or not the single has anything to do with snakes is another story.  It may be a way for Taylor to say she's "striking back" against her haters, who flooded her Instagram feed with snake emojis last year.

If Taylor's new single does arrive this week, it'll be roughly three years since she announced her last album, 1989, and released its first single, "Shake It Off."

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Watch now: Foo Fighters drop new single & video, 'The Sky Is a Neighborhood'

Chris Hyde/Getty ImagesWe’ve got new Foo Fighters music to carry you through your Wednesday, and a cool new video to go with it.

The band dropped “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” this morning, the second single release from their forthcoming Concrete and Gold album, due out September 15.  “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” follows up the album’s first single release, “Run,” which topped the Billboard rock chart last month and scored the band an MTV Video Music Award nomination for best rock video.

There’s also a spacey, stargazing-inspired, Dave Grohl-directed video for “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” online now, featuring the Foos rocking out with stars in their eyes -- literally.

“One night I was lying out looking up at stars,” Grohl says in a statement of the inspiration behind “The Sky Is a Neighborhood.”  “Just imagining all of these stars as places that have life on them as well, and I decided that the sky is a neighborhood, that we need to keep our s**t together in order to survive in this universe full of life.”

In keeping with the song and video’s theme, Foo Fighters are also offering a free website that allows you to explore the cosmos in 360 degrees.  Go to Sky.FooFighters.com on your mobile device, share your location, and wherever you point your phone, you’ll see the stars and constellations in that area, shining above an outline photo of the Foos.  If you get tired of the celestial beauty, you can switch between it and watching the new video.

The U.S. leg of the Foo Fighters world tour kicks off Oct. 7 at Cal Jam 17 in San Bernadino, CA.  Check out all of their tour dates on the Foos’ official website.

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Macklemore says he was in "a good place" when he made his "Glorious" new solo album

Scott Dudelson/WireImageGemini, Macklemore's first official solo album in 12 years, will be released next month.  The rapper, who in the past has struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism, says finally, he was "in a good place" making the new set.

"I was happy and at home with my baby girl and my lady," the rapper tells ABC Radio, referring to his daughter Sloane and wife Tricia. "And [I was recording] downstairs in the basement and everything was just good. So I think there’s definitely a certain spirit to the album that defines where I’m at in my life at this point."

That spirit is certainly present in the album's first single, "Glorious," a collaboration with Skylar Grey.  He says he wrote some of the verses, and then Skylar came in and they finished the song.  "The beats just felt glorious to me," says Macklemore. "That's the word I kept hearing."

"I picked that word," Skyler argues. "The first time I heard his verses and I heard him say 'glorious,' I was like, 'Oh my gosh, that’s the title. That has to be the song.'”

The video for "Glorious" features Macklemore celebrating his grandma Helen's 100th birthday by taking her on a series of adventures, like egging a neighbor’s house, singing karaoke, cruising in a convertible, playing arcade games and visiting a thrift shop. 

"I had been wanting to..film her, you know, for the family -- archival footage of this incredible woman in our life," Macklemore explains. "And I thought, 'Well, what if we did a crazy bucket list type of day with her?'"

"She was completely down," he adds. "I mean, she didn’t know what was gonna happen, she had no idea what we were getting into, but she was down for the journey and completely with it."

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Golden Haze! Debut Jimi Hendrix Experience album, "Are You Experienced," got its US release 50 years ago today

Experience Hendrix LLC/Sony Music EntertainmentToday marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. release of The Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album, Are You Experienced. One of only three studio efforts that Jimi Hendrix put out during his short lifetime, the album was packed with memorable songs that showcased his innovative, mind-blowing playing and mastery of guitar effects.

Are You Experienced's U.S. track list includes such classic tunes as "Purple Haze," "Manic Depression," "The Wind Cries Mary," "Fire," "Foxy Lady" and the band's enduring cover of "Hey Joe." While the album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200, no song made it into the top 40 of the singles chart.

The story was different in the U.K., though, where "Purple Haze," "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Hey Joe" all broke into the top 10 -- even though those tunes weren't featured on the British version of the album.

Are You Experienced has sold more than five million copies in the U.S. The record was #15 on Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience formed in 1966 after founding Animals bassist Chas Chandler, who had exited his band to focus on music management, saw Hendrix performing in New York City. He brought Hendrix to London, where bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell were recruited to round out the Experience lineup. Soon, the power trio was wowing London -- and fellow musicians like The Beatles and Eric Clapton -- thanks to Hendrix's inventive playing and onstage charisma.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience laid the groundwork for the U.S. success of Are You Experienced with their June 1967 performance at California's Monterey Pop Festival, which was highlighted by Hendrix smashing his guitar and setting it on fire.

Here's the U.S. track list of Are You Experienced:

"Purple Haze"
"Manic Depression"
"Hey Joe"
"Love or Confusion"
"May This Be Love"
"I Don't Live Today"
"The Wind Cries Mary"
"Fire"
"Third Stone from the Sun"
"Foxy Lady"
"Are You Experienced?"

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Wednesday
Aug232017

"Survivor Remorse"'s Tichina Arnold explains album delay and work/life balance 

Greg Doherty/Getty ImagesTichina Arnold plays basketball star Cam Calloway's mother Cassie on Starz' hit series, Survivor's Remorse.

And while Arnold, whose credits include lead roles in Martin and Everybody Hates Chris, says acting currently pays the bills, she reveals she's finally taking her music seriously: she's got an album in the works.

"I've never given music 200% of my time -- because television pays me!" Arnold tells ABC Radio.  

"So it's just...I'm never going to the studio. But, I do have a good completed ten songs finally with my writing partner...and we're going to put it out."

Tichina says one of the reasons that it's taken her 20 years to release her first album was her lack of knowledge about how to market it.

"The industry keeps changing so much, ya'll," she explains. "Social media is like, 'How do I put it out?' or 'Which way do I put it out?'"

But now the actress says she's putting the right people in place to make it happen. "I've finally hired some social media company to do it for me, because I can't. It's just too much," she reveals.

In addition to her busy schedule, which includes "sixteen [to] eighteen hours" on the set of Survivor's Remorse, Tichina is also the real-life mom to her thirteen-year-old daughter, Alijah Kai, who she says raising is a "job" in itself.

"It's hard to do, to balance it all. And motherhood! You all know Alijah Kai," she says. "And let her tell it, she's a triple threat, so she's a bigger star than I am."

See an exclusive sneak peek of this week's episode of Survivor's Remorse, which airs this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Common to headline "Black Samurai" reboot from RZA and Jerry Bruckheimer 

ABC/Fred WatkinsCommon is set to show off his combat skills in a potential new series called Black Samurai.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Common has been tapped to star and co-executive produce the drama, which is currently in development at Starz.  

The actor will play Robert Sand, a highly trained American Army Ranger whose life is changed when he meets a "legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai."

The series, to be executive co-produced by RZA and Jerry Bruckheimer, is based on Marc Olden's book series Black Samurai.  

It follows Sand as he seeks revenge after his sensei and his samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries.

Starz says the series will be update both the book series and a 1977 blaxploitation film of the same name that starred Jim Kelly.  

It's described as a "mash-up of spy and martial arts genres and infused with the heart, soul and music of Common and the Wu-Tang Clan."

“I'm beyond excited about Black Samurai. This is a unique and special project that offers something rarely seen in art and culture today,” Common said in a statement.  

"I can't wait to dig into this character and the martial arts worlds of gun-fu, kung-fu, jujitsu and more. Look out world, Black Samurai is coming!"

If greenlit, Black Samurai would mark Common's official return to the small screen following his role on AMC's Hell on Wheels, which he exited in 2014 during the show's fourth season. 

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Corey Taylor shares his thoughts on Kid Rock's potential Senate run: "No"

Daniel Boczarski/Getty ImagesCorey Taylor's never been shy about sharing his opinions -- a tradition he continued in an interview on Larry King's online talk show Larry King Now. When asked about Kid Rock's potential Senate run, the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman simply replied, "No."

"I've never met him, I've heard he's really really cool," Taylor says. "But I think the worst thing that people can do is assume that you can fill a role that you have no experience in."

"I mean, we're kinda seeing that with the president right now, so there you go," he adds.

Rock, born Robert Ritchie, revealed that he was considering running for the Senate in his home state of Michigan earlier this summer. In his most recent statement, he said that he was still mulling whether or not he'll actually run, but he's planning to use his live shows to promote voter registration.

Elsewhere in the interview, Taylor talks about his friendship with Chester Bennington, Slipknot's next album, and his wish to collaborate with JAY-Z.

"His mind is so massive," Taylor says of the rapper, who collaborated with Linkin Park on the 2004 EP Collision Course. "I think it would be really, really cool."

You can watch Taylor's entire Larry King Now interview at Ora.tv.

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Wednesday
Aug232017

Brand New's surprise album "Science Fiction" headed for number one on "Billboard" 200

Procrastinate! Music TraitorsBrand New's surprise-released album Science Fiction is on track to debut at number one on the Billboard 200.

The long-awaited fifth studio effort from the emo cult heroes -- their first in eight years -- is looking to take the top spot on the chart with estimated sales of 55,000 units by the end of the week.

If the prediction holds true, Science Fiction will give Brand New their first-ever number-one album. They previously peaked on the Billboard 200 at number six thanks to their last album, 2009's Daisy.

Science Fiction would also be just the third rock album to debut at number one in 2017, following Linkin Park's One More Light and Arcade Fire's Everything Now.

After a mysterious teaser, Brand New digitally released Science Fiction last Thursday. The physical versions of the album will ship in October.

Brand New will hit the road in September on a North American tour in support of Science Fiction.

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Wednesday
Aug232017

New VH1 special goes behind the scenes with Ricky Martin in Vegas 

Denise TruscelloEver wonder what goes into one of those superstar Las Vegas engagements?  You can find out next month, when VH1 airs Ricky Martin: Behind the Vegas Residency, a one-hour special documenting the making of All In, his current show at the Monte Carlo.

The special will follow Ricky during his seven weeks of preparation for the show, which features him performing 21 of his hits and fan favorites, including “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Shake Your Bon Bon,” “She Bangs” and “Cup of Life.” He's backed by 16 dancers and a nine-piece live band, and performs in a variety of costumes created by Dsquared2.

Behind the Vegas Residency will also feature candid moments, career flashbacks and "intimate encounters with family and friends."  Presumably, those "family and friends" include Ricky's twin sons Valentino and Matteo, and his fiance, Jwan Yosef.

Ricky Martin: Behind the Vegas Residency airs September 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

All In, which started in April, runs through September 23.  Cher is also doing a residency at the Monte Carlo.

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