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Tuesday
May312016

David Bowie Lands at #2 on "Entertainment Weekly" Mag's "25 Best Albums of 2016 So Far"

ISO/Columbia RecordsWith 2016 almost halfway through, Entertainment Weekly took the opportunity to round up a list of 25 albums that are among the best of the year so far. Beyonce's Lemonade topped the tally, but right behind the pop/R&B diva was David Bowie's Blackstar, which came out just two days before the rock legend's death.

A reviewer for the magazine described Blackstar as "dark, heartbreaking, gorgeous, theatrical, and, at times, pretty damn funny," adding that it was "a perfect, jazz-inflected tour de force." Bowie collaborated with his longtime producer Tony Visconti on the album, which also features musical contributions from the Brooklyn, New York-based jazz outfit the Donny McCaslin Group. Released on January 8, Bowie's 69th birthday, Blackstar debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and was David's only studio album to ever to top the chart.

Other releases on Entertainment Weekly's list of the best 25 albums of 2016 include Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool at #3, Rihanna's Anti at #4 and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo at #10.

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Tuesday
May312016

New Music: Trey Songz Teams up with MikexAngel for "Look What I Did"

Helen Boast/Getty ImagesTrey Songz gets personal about his life and career on his newly released track "Look What I Did," featuring MikexAngel.

The heavy rap track has the R&B crooner addressing those who doubted his work ethic and rise to success, spitting some intense bars about his career accomplishments.

“They said I would never be sh**/They said I was never gonna amount to nothing/They said I would never make it/But guess what I did? Look what I did?,” sings MikexAngel on the hook, while Trey delivers his verse.

MikexAngel has been busy in the studio prepping for the upcoming release of his Tremaine album, the follow-up to 2014’s Trigga and last year’s Trigga Reloaded.

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Tuesday
May312016

Report: Drake's Memorial Day Party Ends in an Epic Girl Fight

Photo credit: Dan MartensenDrake's Memorial Day party was memorable for all the wrong reasons, as several fights reportedly broke during the day with both cops and paramedics being called, says TMZ.

A video of the altercation was posted online with the caption, "Wonder wht these chicks wuz fighting over @ Drake crib ?"

According to the TMZ report, police received multiple excessive noise complaints from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 PM, but left once the party calmed down.

Drake has yet to address his Hidden Hills estate melee, only posting a photo of himself at the party on Instagram with caption, "That time of year." 

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Tuesday
May312016

Lil B Takes Credit For Golden State's Western Conference Finals Win 

Scott Dudelson/FilmMagicLil B is claiming he had everything to do with The Golden State Warriors' win over The Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night.

The Bay area rapper went on Twitter to take full credit for Golden State's win, writing, "And they said the curse was not real "The BasedGod" has never lied to me and like he told us.. The Warriors are going to the finals - Lil B."

Lil B asserts that Thunder player Kevin Durant won't win a championship this year because of a 2011 curse that he cast upon the Oklahoma City star.  Lil B cursed Durant after the NBA star referred to the rapper as "wack," and says the only way the curse can be lifted is if Durant plays a game of 21 with the West Coast native.

While most remain skeptical about B's claims, a few are starting to believe that the rapper may actually have some insight on the finals after the The Thunder's Game 7 series loss over The Warriors, which now officially ends their chances for a championship.

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Tuesday
May312016

Blake Shelton's Honesty Takes Him to Number One

Warner Music NashvilleFor Blake Shelton, it looks like honesty really is the best policy.  This week, both his new album If I’m Honest and its first single, “Came Here to Forget,” ascend to number one on the charts.

"At almost 40 years old and 15 years in this business, who would've ever thought I would have the biggest week of my career now?” the star of The Voice asks. “Number one album, number one song and number one movie. I am beside myself my friends. Thank you for an incredible journey.”

Blake both voices the part of Earl the pig in The Angry Birds Movie and contributed the track “Friends” to the soundtrack. While he’s performed both “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” with girlfriend Gwen Stefani and “Savior’s Shadow” on national TV, it turns out his next single will be a completely different song. The track "She's Got a Way with Words" will follow his 17th number one in a row.

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Tuesday
May312016

Jack White Records Theme Song for New Comedy Variety Show, "Maya and Marty"

ABC/Nicole WilderJack White has written and recorded the theme song for Maya and Marty, a new comedy variety show starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. You can listen to the bouncy, instrumental track, which features White on drums, now on Soundcloud.

While he's been taking a break from touring, White has spent more and more time in the TV world. Earlier this year, he guested on the series finale of ABC's The Muppets.

Maya and Marty premieres tonight, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tuesday
May312016

J-Lo Lip Syncs to RedOne’s New Tune in Video Teaser

Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagicRedOne has enlisted Jennifer Lopez and a slew of other famous friends for his "Don't You Need Somebody” video. In a teaser clip, J-Lo, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and street artist Mr Brainwash are all seen lip syncing the upbeat tune.

The full video for the single -- which features Enrique Iglesias, R. City, Serayah and Shaggy -- comes out June 6.

RedOne rose to fame as a producer/songwriter for the likes of Lady Gaga and One Direction. He signed as a solo artist with Warner Bros. Records earlier this year.

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Tuesday
May312016

“Misery” Looks Good on Gwen Stefani in Fashionable New Music Video

Jamie NelsonGwen Stefani goes industrial chic in her music video for “Misery.” In the fashion-forward clip, the singer models a series of different couture looks in an abandoned warehouse.

The video cuts between scenes of Gwen and a trio of dapper male dancers. There are also several surreal visuals: At one point she poses next to a horse and in another scene, she rides a bicycle through the warehouse. What does it all mean? We're not sure -- but it sure looks pretty.

“Misery” is the third single off Gwen's latest solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like.

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Tuesday
May312016

Sam Smith Goes Sightseeing in Boston with His Parents

ABC/Image Group LAWondering what Sam Smith has been up to? Turns out the British singer has been vacationing stateside. According to People, Sam and his parents spent last week sightseeing in Boston.

Sam reportedly attended a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park Wednesday, and spent the next day strolling around the Beacon Hill area. He was spotted on Charles Street, grabbing a Starbucks coffee before heading to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall.

Sam also dined on the patio at Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where he posed for a selfie with a fan and took a photo with the restaurant staff.  He did not, however, join his pals in Disclosure at the Boston Calling Music Festival on Sunday. He had apparently left the city by then.

Sam has a special connection with Boston -- last year, he underwent vocal surgery at the Mass General Hospital Voice Center.

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Tuesday
May312016

T.I. Explains Why He Initially Turned Down Role in "Roots"

Steve Dietll/HISTORYT.I. is among the stars in the four-part Roots remake that debuted Monday, and he admits, at first he turned down the role.

"I was approached by my longtime partner and film producer Will Packer," T.I. tells Rolling Stone. "I instantly declined." He was concerned about trying "to remake something so significantly relevant to so many generations and not nail it." The rapper also worried about not being able to “actually execute it properly."

T.I.portrays Cyrus, a slave fighting for freedom in the Union Army. His character will be prominent in the finale of the miniseries, airing Thursday. Harris says he closely identifies with Cyrus’ determination.

"The only thing that made his life worth living was the thought of the opportunity to be free," he says, “and have something he never had before in life.”

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Tuesday
May312016

Who Knew? Roger Daltrey Says He's Working on a Solo Album and an Autobiography

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesWho frontman Roger Daltrey has two interesting projects in the works, a solo album and a memoir, but he says neither may see the light of day.

"I'm working on a solo project but I don't know whether I'll ever release it," the singer tells Rolling Stone. "I'm working on a biography; I don't know if I'll ever release that. I'll only release it if it's a good book. I don't care how long it takes."

Daltrey reveals that he has "five great tracks" for the album and is "looking for another five." He adds that he has a hard time finding worthwhile material for his records, while maintaining, "I don't want anything mediocre on it."

As for the sound of the new album, Roger notes, "I started off as a soul singer. I've never done a soul album. I'm playing some stuff like that. I've got ranges in my voice that people have never, ever heard."

With regard to his autobiography, Daltrey tells Rolling Stone that he hasn't signed a publishing deal yet because he doesn't wants to put the book out unless it's good.

"If it takes five years, then it takes five years to write it," he adds.

Asked what he thinks makes a good memoir, Roger says, "It's about getting an angle that carries the reader with you. You can't do just a series of events."

The Who played the last show of its North American 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Las Vegas, and the band will perform at a private charity gig tonight in the Los Angeles area to raise funds for Teen Cancer America and UCLA's Autism Treatment Program. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts also will perform. The Who also will play a series of European concerts in June, August and September.

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Tuesday
May312016

Papa's a Rolling Stone! Ronnie Wood's Wife Gives Birth to Twin Girls

Tim P. Whitby/Getty ImagesCongratulations to Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, whose wife, Sally, gave birth to twin girls Monday.

According to a statement issued by Wood's publicist, "Ronnie & Sally Wood are delighted to announce the birth of their twins Gracie Jane (6lb) & Alice Rose (5.7lb). The girls arrived on 30 May at 22:30 and all are doing brilliantly. The babies are perfect."

The happy arrival comes just two days before the famed rocker's 69th birthday. Wood and his wife, who's 38, married in December 2012, with Ronnie's old Faces band mate Rod Stewart serving as his best man. The twins are the couple's first children together, although Ronnie has four adult kids from his previous two marriages.

One day before the twins were born, Wood posted a Twitter message featuring a photo of him and his dog with the caption "Waiting," along with a series of baby-related emojis and the hashtag "#38weeks+."

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Tuesday
May312016

Confirmed: Prophets of Rage Features Members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill 

Greetsia Tent/WireImageIt took it a little bit longer that expected, but the full Prophets of Rage details have been revealed. As rumored, the project will feature three-fourths of Rage Against the Machine -- guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk -- plus Chuck D of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill.

"We can no longer stand on the sidelines of history," writes the band on the newly updated ProphetsofRage.com. "Dangerous times demand dangerous songs. It's time to take the power back."

Prophets of Rage will make their live debut tonight, May 31 at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles. Tickets will be only be available in person at the venue starting at 10 a.m PT. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to People Assisting the Homeless.

Additionally, Prophets of Rage has launched another countdown clock on their website. The "next update" from the band is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, June 1 at 8 a.m. ET.

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Tuesday
May312016

"Rain Is a Good Thing": The Damp Details of Randy Houser's Wedding

ABC/Fred LeeNearly a month after Randy Houser’s May 4 wedding to Tatiana Starzynski, the new couple is sharing photos and details of their star-studded ceremony in the latest issue of People magazine. Even a surprise rain shower couldn’t dampen the newlyweds' spirits.

“Right as he said, ‘You may now kiss your bride,’ there were big claps of thunder, and it poured down,” Tatiana recalls.

“It was a beautiful thing,” Randy chimes in. “It was like the environment couldn’t handle all the energy coming out of the place. It was literally the only cloud anywhere near.”

After toweling off, the couple entertained their 120 guests inside the barn at historic Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee. That included the “Song Number 7” singer’s who’s-who of groomsmen. Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley and Jerrod Niemann all stood up for him.

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Tuesday
May312016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWaylon Jennings references this Willie Nelson classic in his 1977 #1 "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Life)." Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain."

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Tuesday
May312016

Madonna Strikes Back at BET over Prince Tribute Remarks

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna isn't taking the shade BET threw at her -- about her Prince tribute during last week's Billboard Music Awards -- too lightly.

Over the weekend, the entertainment icon struck back at a controversial tweet from the network via social media.

"Wearing the jacket Prince gave me back in the day without permission from BET. . lol! God Bless America," the Material Girl posted to Instagram on Saturday while sharing a photo of her wearing a floral jacket and hat.

Madonna's post comes after BET tweeted and then deleted an advertisement for their own Prince tribute during the BMAs, at which she sang a much-scrutinized version of "Nothing Compares 2 U": "Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We got you."

Madonna followed up her first Instagram with a photo of herself wearing sunglasses, writing: "I Will Shade You. hahahhahahahhahah."

On Sunday, BET responded to Madonna's Instagram post. "Unfortunately, witty as this tweet is, it can't turn back the clock on a performance that failed to cover the various roles and stages of the legend's career," BET's Evelyn Diaz wrote in a note posted on the network's website.

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Tuesday
May312016

Duff McKagan Recalls Rehearsing with Axl Rose for the First Time in Clip from New Documentary

Jack Lue/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesDuff McKagan has shared a clip from his forthcoming documentary film, It's So Easy and Other Lies. In the excerpt, which you can watch at Billboard.com, McKagan remembers rehearsing with Guns N' Roses and Axl Rose for the first time in 1985.

"Axl let out one of his screams and it was like nothing I'd ever heard," McKagan says in the clip, while an acoustic version of GN'R's "Nightrain" plays in the background. "There were two voices coming out of him at once. I suppose there is a name for that in musicology, but all I knew in that instant was that this dude was...different... powerful...and serious."

It's So Easy and Other Lies was filmed during McKagan's 2013 performance at the Moore Theatre in Seattle during his book tour in support of his memoir of the same name. The documentary, which hits theaters this Friday, June 3, includes commentary from Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Nikki Sixx.

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Tuesday
May312016

DJ Khaled Confirms Drake Is on His New Album

ABC/Randy HolmesAs DJ Khaled continues working on his next album, Major Key, he’s confirmed Drake will be on the album.

Khaled posted a video on Instagram, commenting, “The Drake vocals is here. Major Key is coming.” The DJ recorded the short clip sitting in a garden surrounded by flowers, with a lion sitting in front of him.

The We the Best Music Group CEO has recorded several songs in the past with Drizzy, including “Fed Up” from his 2010 Victory albyn, “I’m On One” on his 2011 We the Best Forever album and “No New Friends’ for his 2013 Suffering from Success album.

Khlaed has previously said that Major Key also will feature Jay-Z, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Future, Travis Scott, Big Sean and August Alsina.

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Tuesday
May312016

Stevie Wonder Wants Beyonce’s "Lemonade" for the Blind

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicStevie Wonder is a fan of Beyonce, and he would love for her to make her Lemonade accessible for the blind.

"I've seen Beyonce from the very beginning of her career when she was with a group and then her as a single artist and listened to the music mature," he told Billboard.com. "Now we have Lemonade, which to me is a great work, a great art piece. If I were to say anything to Beyonce, I would say, 'Why don't you get the words written in braille so that every single person can read the words, the lyrics of the music? Make them available. It would be great.'"

Beyonce performed in the 2015 All-Star Grammy Tribute to Stevie Wonder. The TV special also featured John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Annie Lennox, Tony Bennett, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, India.Arie and many more.

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Tuesday
May312016

Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado Gets Engaged in Paris

Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty ImagesPentatonix member Kirstin Maldonado is engaged. The sole female member of the a cappella group said “yes” to boyfriend Jeremy Michael Lewis after he proposed in Paris over the weekend.

A professional photographer captured the romantic proposal in front of the Eiffel Tower. Kirstin showed off a couple of the photos on social media, and revealed her new sparkler in one of the snaps.

Pentatonix has a show in Paris Monday night as part of their world tour.

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