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Friday
Mar042016

Vance Joy Shares "Straight into Your Arms" Video; Debut Album Goes Gold

ABC/Randy HolmesVance Joy has released the video for his song "Straight into Your Arms." The partially animated clip showcases a pair of faceless puppets dancing together, while a pair of human shadows dance behind them.

"Straight into Your Arms" is featured on Vance Joy's debut album, Dream Your Life Away, which also includes the singles "Mess Is Mine," "Fire and the Flood" and the breakthrough single "Riptide."

In related Vance Joy happenings, Dream Your Life Away has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album achieved the certification in part thanks to the RIAA's new rule, announced last month, that on-demand audio and video streams will be factored in gold and platinum certifications.

Vance Joy is currently on touring behind Dream Your Life Away on his Fire and the Flood tour. He'll be joined by Elle King on select dates.

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Friday
Mar042016

Meghan Trainor's New Single "No" Is a "Bullet" for Your Ears 

Tom SchirmacherYes! Meghan Trainor's new single "No" arrives today, and she says she only wrote it because she gave her record company her new album and they told her "No."

"Like every artist goes through, you hand in an amazing album and your label goes, 'Nuh-uh, you don't have [a hit single],'" Meghan tells ABC Radio about what happened.  "And I'm like 'Okayyyy...' And I even said at one point, 'I'm not gonna give you an "All About the Bass." I'm not going to do that again. I'm going with a new sound.'"

Meghan says L.A. Reid, the head of her record label, told her that he didn't expect another "Bass," but he did want a sure-fire hit.  "L.A. Reid was like, 'You don't have a bullet. You have amazing songs -- I want the bullet. I want the song that everyone is jealous they don't have.'"

Well, Meghan likes a challenge, so she promptly penned "No," a brand-new song that would be that "bullet."

"I went to the studio from that meeting and I wrote it," he tells ABC Radio., "And [L.A.] was like, 'This is it, that's what I'm talking about!'"

"And when I played it for him," she adds, "he played it 24 times the first day he ever heard it." 

"No" is the first release from the Grammy-winning singer's upcoming sophomore album, entitled Thank You, which is now available for pre-order.

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Friday
Mar042016

Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach Talks Intimate NYC Tour: "There's Nothing Like It" 

Credit: Travis ShinnThis weekend, Killswitch Engage will kick off a five-show run through New York City to preview their forthcoming album, Incarnate, which will be released March 11. Killswitch will be playing small, intimate venues across the city. For frontman Jesse Leach, performing at those types of venues not only brings him back to his younger days, but it also reminds him of his favorite thing about playing live.

"Even if your audience is totally engaged in a very large venue like a stadium or a festival -- that's amazing, it can be life-changing -- but there's nothing like seeing the expression of someone's face three feet, four feet in front of you singing along," Leach tells ABC Radio. "Being able to reach out and touch them, to be that engaged with the audience, that's so important for us to start our record cycle off that way."

"You can't beat that feeling," he adds. "There's nothing like it."

After the New York trip, which runs from March 6 to March 11, Killswitch Engage will embark on a full-length tour of the rest of the country, starting March 16 in San Antonio, Texas.

"It's just about the vibe that we bring to the stage," Leach says of his band's live show. "If you've ever been to a Killswitch show, it's a party. It's half of a party and half of a hopefully a soulful experience. When we strike that balance between those two that's when we're firing on all cylinders."

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Friday
Mar042016

Report: Rihanna Wanted Vybz Kartel & Popcaan for “Work” Instead of Drake

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It looks like Rihanna may have had other artists in mind before she selected Drake to contribute guest verses to her dancehall-flavored single "Work."

According to Urban Islandz, Rihanna reached out to Vybz KartelPopcaan and Mavado to collaborate on the reggae-inspired tune. “Several songs were recorded but eventually she ended up choosing 'Work' which turned out to be a huge single,” sources told the publication, adding that Rihanna recorded approximately 52 songs for her latest project.

It all worked out for Drake in the end. The rapper recently expressed his gratitude for being featured on the song, which has become his second number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  "Midas Touch Riri. Thank you!!!" he wrote. 

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Friday
Mar042016

Neil Young Says He's Almost Finished Making New with Promise of the Real that's Due in June

Courtesy of Fathom EventsNeil Young revealed during a recent Q&A-and-film event in Los Angeles that he's nearly finished with a new studio album he's recording with Promise of the Real, the rock band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah. Young said it's "effortless" working with the group, with whom he also made his previous record, 2015's The Monsanto Years.

That same evening, the folk-rock legend shared some more details about the new project with Rolling Stone. He told the magazine that the album is due out in June, and that making it has been "a very rewarding process." He added, "I feel really good and amped and energized. And I feel like I'm doing something that I've never done before. It's not just music. It's a soundscape. It's kind of like flying around listening to things with your eyes closed."

Young compared the album to "a giant radio show," maintaining that the songs "are too long for iTunes," so he won't be selling the record on the digital music site.

Neil then offered a rather surreal description of the experience of listening to the album.

"Imagine it's a live show where the audience is full of every living thing on earth -- all of the animals and insects and amphibians and birds and everybody," he suggested. "And also they overtake the music once in a while and play the instruments."

During the film-and-Q&A event, which also featured screenings of his 1982 movie Human Highway and 1979 concert flick Rust Never Sleeps, Young showered praise on Promise of the Real, which also has served as his touring band since last year.

"This band is a gift," he said. "This band plays more [of my] songs than all of my other bands I ever played with combined…And they really have the pedigree and the depth and the provenance in their histories to be able to understand what it is I'm doing and why I'm doing it."

Before the arrival of Young's latest album, his fans will get the chance to purchase updated DVD versions of Human Highway and Rust Never Sleeps, which will be released on April 22. You can pre-order them now at NeilYoung.com.

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Friday
Mar042016

Fetty Wap Says Adam Sandler Is His Model for Success

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After reaching platinum status with his debut album, Fetty Wap is explaining the strategy behind his impressive music career, which includes two Grammy nominations and a number-two hits onBillboard’s Hot 100.

The rapper tells Forbes  that he modelled his success after actor Adam Sandler.

“One of my favorite actors is Adam Sandler. Since Happy Gilmore he’s been running with the same crew and always has the same people in his movies,” Fetty said. “I base my crew off that. No matter how big I get, I don’t need any new people around me. They may not be the Adam Sandler but when you see me you see them. Money can’t change that.”

The rapper adds that he's keeping his circle tight. “Nothing but making great music and continuing to put my team on. It’s really up to you if you choose to let fame change you,” said Fetty, who is working on his next studio album. “Fame will never change me because the struggles I rap about are real life, not just for the fame. The ones I came up with, are right here in the next room.”

Meanwhile, Fetty headlining his Welcome to the Zoo Tour, which is opened by longtime friend and Remy Boyz’ own Monty

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Friday
Mar042016

"American Idol": Demi Lovato Performs and Two Contestants Are Eliminated

Ray Mickshaw/FOXOn Thursday night’s two-hour edition of American Idol, the top 10 contestants performed and learned which two would be sent home as determined by America’s vote. In addition, Demi Lovato performed her hit “Stone Cold,” and sang “Confident” with this season’s top 10 finalists.

The show also included Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. performing “(I Do) Like We Do,” from his new album That Would Be Me.

Thursday’s episode featured a double elimination. The bottom three were revealed at the end of the show. Each one sang a song and, based on the performances, the judges chose which one they wanted to save. The other two were sent home.

On Thursday, host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Dalton Rapattoni, Lee Jean, Sonika Vaid, Mackenzie Bourg, La’Porsha Renae, Trent Harmon and Tristan McIntosh advanced.

Avalon Young was saved by the judges’ vote.

Gianna Isabella and Olivia Rox were sent home.

Thursday’s theme was the Grammys.

Here are Thursday’s highlights:

Dalton Rapattoni led off with Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” Keith was disappointed in the song choice because it didn’t allow Dalton to do his “own little mojo things” to it. Jennifer, noting that Rapattoni “understands the art of the show,” urged him to “stay in your own head.” Harry also liked the performance, but thought it “lacked electricity.”

Lee Jean was next with Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” in an effort to show the judges he wasn’t just a niche singer. Lopez thought he succeeded, but told Lee, “There’s more voice in you than even you know.” Connick also thought the performance was “strong.” Urban disagreed, explaining that Jean could’ve done something more with the song. However, he did praise the 15-year-old for “trying something different.”

Sonika Vaid took the stage next with Kelly Clarkson’s Grammy-winning hit, “Since U Been Gone.” Harry believed Sonika was getting into her own voice more than trying to sing the words. Keith thought the performance could’ve used more “angry girlfriend.” Jennifer agreed, noting it sounded too “controlled.”

Mackenzie Bourg’s name was called next. His laid-back version of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” drew cheers from the audience and judges. Urban thought a guy tackling the Houston song was a “cool” choice and that Bourg pulled it off. Lopez agreed. So did Connick, but he also thought Mackenzie could’ve been even more daring with the arrangement.

La’Porsha Renae had the audience and judges mesmerized with her version of Beyoncé’s “Halo.” J-Lo dubbed La’Porsha “the one to beat.” Connick called her “a master at arcing a song,” noting she knew how to give the song a beginning, a middle and end. Urban agreed, but also noticed that Renae seemed uncomfortable with the outfit she was wearing and needed to learn how to work through that.

Trent Harmon tackled Michael Bolton’s version of the Percy Sledge classic “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Keith liked the performance, but though Trent could’ve “emoted” more. Jennifer predicted he would join La’Porsha in the show’s finale.

The last contestant advancing courtesy of America’s vote was Tristan McIntosh, who dedicated Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High on That Mountain” to her grandfather, who recently suffered a broken back. Lopez declared that Tristan hit her “sweet spot.”

That left Gianna Isabella, Olivia Rox and Avalon Young to sing for the judges’ save.

First up was Avalon, with The Weeknd’s “Earned It,” from the film Fifty Shades of Grey. The judges all felt Young played it smart by staying in her wheelhouse, adding that she gave the performance she needed to stay alive in the competition.

Rox took a different tack, stepping out of her comfort zone for Pink’s “Trouble.” The gamble didn’t pay off though, as the judges didn’t think the performance was “believable.”

Gianna, 15, put everything on the line, tackling Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.” She scored points with the judges on technical merit, but they also thought the performance lacked feeling.

The judges voted to send Young into the top eight. Isabella and Rox were eliminated.

American Idol continues on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Friday
Mar042016

Kendrick Lamar Releases Surprise Album, "untitled unmastered"

Angelo Merendino/Getty ImagesKendrick Lamar surprised fans with a new album late Thursday.  The rapper posted a simple message on his Twitter: "untitled unmastered," and a link to the album on iTunes.

The eight-track untitled unmastered is comprised of studio versions of untitled songs Kendrick previously performed on The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and last month's Grammy Awards.

You can check out untitled unmastered, the follow-up to 2015's Grammy-winning To Pimp a Butterfly, on iTunes now.

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Friday
Mar042016

Today's the 50th Anniversary of John Lennon's "More Popular than Jesus" Comment

Ann Limongello/ABC via Getty ImagesIt was 50 years ago today that John Lennon delivered one of his most well-known quotes, comparing The Beatles to Jesus.

On March 4, 1966, the London Evening Standard quoted him as saying, "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first -- rock 'n' roll or Christianity."

He argued, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink."

The interview sparked outrage in the U.S. months later, when an American teen magazine titled Datebook ran the Jesus line out of context. Radio stations in the South banned Beatles music, and burnings of the band's records were planned.

Lennon issued an apology at a Chicago press conference in August of 1966. He said of his remarks on religion, “I wasn't knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact and it's sort of...it's true, especially more for England than here. I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong, or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this.”

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Friday
Mar042016

Granger Smith Releases "Remington," Embarks on Pledge of Allegiance Tour

Red Ant/BMGThere's a busy weekend ahead for Granger Smith. Friday, the Texas native releases his new album, Remington, which contains his first number-one, "Backroad Song." Then on Sunday, he embarks on his two-day Granger Smith Across Merica Pledge of Allegiance Tour, which will find him reciting the pledge in all thirteen original colonies, as well as the nation's capital.

Transforming America to "Merica" is a tip of the hat to Granger's alter-ego, Earl Dibbles, Jr., and one of his tracks on the new record.

"Earl was a funny, ultra-country character that represents some close family members of mine and people that we know," he says, explaining the origins of Mr. Dibbles. "It was easy to slip into this character. We put it out, as the original video, in 2011 and it was our first million-view video and it just skyrocketed and went viral and we've been chasing it ever since."

Earl takes center stage on three tracks on the new project.

"He has a song called 'City Boy Stuck," which is kind of the original idea of Earl, that goes even before the 'Country Boy' song, where he's upset at this city boy that's getting stuck in the mud and blocking his one lane of traffic. Then there's a song called 'Merica' that we're very excited about. Actually we haven't even released it to anyone yet, but it's exactly what you could imagine a song called 'Merica' being." 

Granger's follow-up to the album's chart-topping lead single is another track called "If the Boot Fits."

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Thursday
Mar032016

Austin Mahone Releases Sexy Video for "Put It on Me"

Photo by Noam Galai/WireImageAustin Mahone is exploring a mature new style in the video for his song, “Put It on Me,” featuring rapper Sage the Gemini.

 

The visual, shot in black-and-white, features the 19-year-old in a Miami penthouse with a sexy, scantily clad woman. They flirt and dance around as Austin sings the suggestive lyrics, “You don't know what you started/You know what I need, a night alone with your body/Put it on me.”

“Put It on Me” is the opening track on Austin’s This Is Not the Album, a collection of 19 songs he released as a free download to fans ahead of his official debut album.

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Thursday
Mar032016

Demi Lovato to Be Honored at GLAAD Media Awards

Image Group LA/ABCDemi Lovato will be honored at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards. The singer will receive the Vanguard Award for her efforts to support the LGBT community.

Demi has long been an LGBT advocate. Back in 2013, Demi was the GLAAD ambassador for the annual anti-bullying campaign, Spirit Day. Her music video for the song “Really Don’t Care” was filmed at a Los Angeles gay pride event that same year. She’s also been outspoken about her late gay grandfather, who came out in the 1960s.

“Demi Lovato has consistently used her platform as a successful artist to send messages of acceptance and support to LGBT people everywhere,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

The 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on April 2. 

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Thursday
Mar032016

Sheryl Crow Headlining Free Fourth of July Concert in Nashville

ABC RadioSheryl Crow is spending the Fourth of July in Nashville this year. The singer will be headlining the Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City celebration.

 

The concert will take place on two stages this year: Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.

Country duo Maddie & Tae also will be performing. And as is tradition, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra will play during the fireworks display.

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Thursday
Mar032016

Disturbed's "The Sound of Silence" Cover Enters "Billboard" Hot 100 

Credit: Travis ShinnDistubed's cover of "The Sound of Silence" has found its way onto the Billboard Hot 100. The metal band's version of the Simon & Garfunkel folk classic debuts at number 88 on the chart, which measures the popularity of singles from all genres.

Simon & Garfunkel's original "The Sound of Silence" peaked at number one on the Hot 100 all the way back in 1966.

Disturbed recorded "The Sound of Silence" for their album Immortalized, which was released in 2015 after the band returned from a four-year hiatus. The album also includes the singles "The Vengeful One" and "The Light."

Disturbed recently wrapped up the first leg of their tour in support of Immortalized, and they'll return to the road next week.

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Thursday
Mar032016

Report: Celine Dion Slashes Price of Florida Estate by Nearly $30 Million

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Seems like Celine Dion really wants to sell her Florida estate. The singer has reportedly slashed the price on her Jupiter home by nearly $30 million.

According to a real estate broker Fenton Lang & Bruner Associates, the property -- which includes a water park -- is now on the market for $45.5 million. It also includes two guest houses, a tennis court and a simulated golf range. TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports Celine originally put the house up for sale for $72.5 million in 2013, shortly after her husband Rene Angelil’s cancer returned. He passed away in January.

Celine apparently plans to live in Las Vegas with her kids full time while she performs her residency show at Caesars Palace. Last month, she sold her home in Quebec for $25.5 million. 

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Thursday
Mar032016

Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” Gets Dramatic Reading from Morgan Freeman

Peter YangIf you had any doubt that Morgan Freeman could narrate just about anything, this should clear that up. The smooth-voiced actor recently performed a dramatic reading of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” for Vanity Fair.

 

He recites the lyrics  from an iPad in a way that almost makes the Biebs sound like Shakespeare. Hearing Morgan say the words “you still hit my phone up” might just make your day.

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Morgan explained how he got that iconic voice. “I went to school to study how to be an actor and in that school, Los Angeles City College, I had a voice and diction instructor who was very good at his job,” he said. “You had to learn to speak and sound your final consonants.”

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Thursday
Mar032016

Fetty Wap's Debut Album Certified Platinum

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Fetty Wap has reached a new milestone with his self-titled debut album.

The rapper's Fetty Wap has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, just five months since its release September 25, 2015.  The certification traditionally meant an album sold one million copies, but Fetty achieved the certification thanks to the RIAA's new rule, announced last month, that on-demand audio and video streams track sale equivalents will be factored in gold & platinum certifications.

Fetty Wap includes his smash singles "Trap Queen," "My Way" and "679", all three of which topped the Billboard rap charts.

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Thursday
Mar032016

Alicia Keys Selling Her Phoenix Mountainside Mansion for $3.85M 

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Looking for some new digs?  Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz, have decided to list their Phoenix mansion -- and it can be yours for just $3.85 million.

According to Realtor.com, the couple's 7,881-square-foot residence boasts four bedrooms, a six-car garage, 800-bottle wine cellar, and a game room with a wet bar. Other amenities include an elevator, gym, and a wraparound two-level patio with an infinity poo, and 20-foot windows so you can take in the scenic views.

The singer named the home “Dreamland” because it was a “dream come true,” according to a joint statement released to The Arizona Republic. Alicia says they'e selling because they “want someone who could fully use and appreciate this wonderful home.”

Keys purchased the mountainside home back in 2008.

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Thursday
Mar032016

Moody Blues Take Off on Fly Me High Tour Tonight; Announce Fall Las Vegas Residency

Credit: Mark OwensThe Moody Blues wrapped up the third installment of their star-studded fan cruise on Monday and now the veteran British rockers are ready to launch a new U.S. trek called the Fly Me High tour. The spring outing gets underway tonight in Hollywood, Florida, and is plotted out through an April 2 concert in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of singer/guitarist Justin Hayward and singer/bassist John Lodge joining The Moody Blues and is named after one of the first songs they recorded with the group. Hayward recently told ABC Radio that throughout the tour the band will be including "Fly Me High" in its shows.

In other news, The Moody Blues have lined up a five-date Las Vegas residency in October at The Venetian hotel and casino. Dubbed Nights in Las Vegas, the show will feature a set and production that's being put together especially for the engagement.

"Playing at Las Vegas has always been a real pleasure for us -- and for our devoted fans," says Hayward in a statement. "It's a chance for them to gather together with their favorite group, settled for a more than one night in a vibrant, exciting setting."

Adds Lodge, "It's going to be great to be welcomed back to Las Vegas and The Venetian…we are going to Rock the Gondolas!"

Tickets for the Vegas concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m. PT.  You can purchase tickets online at Venetian.com/MoodyBlues, at any Venetian or Palazzo box office, or by calling 702-414-9000702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469866-641-7469 FREE. Pre-sale tickets and VIP packages can be purchased now at Ticketmaster.com. Visit MoodyBluesToday.com for more details.

The Moody Blues also have scheduled a trio of concerts in the midwestern U.S. after the Las Vegas stand as an extension of the band's Fly Me High tour.

Here are all of The Moody Blues' 2016 U.S. tour dates:

3/3 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live Seminole
3/4 -- Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre
3/5 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
3/6 -- Saratoga, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
3/8 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theater
3/9 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Arts
3/10 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena
3/11 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
3/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
3/15 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
3/16 -- Columbia, SC, Township Auditorium
3/18 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
3/19 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Pavilion
3/20 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
3/22 -- Wilmington, NC, Humanities and Fine Arts Center
3/24 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
3/25 -- Richmond, VA, Landmark Theatre
3/26 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts
3/28 -- Charlotte, NC, Belk Theatre
3/30 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theater
3/31 -- Paducah, KY, Carson Four Rivers Center
4/1 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Bluesville Casino
4/2 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Casino
10/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
10/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
10/12 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
10/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
10/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
10/20 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena
10/30 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theater
11/3 -- Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza Theatre

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Thursday
Mar032016

Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Charles Kelley and Jennifer Nettles Set for New Episodes of "CMT Crossroads"

ABC/Image Group LAIn November, Thomas Rhett teamed up with Fall Out Boy for a mash-up on the CMA Awards. Now, the “Die a Happy Man” hitmaker is pairing up with a Jonas brother for another genre-blending collaboration. Thomas and Nick Jonas will tape a new episode of CMT Crossroads, set to air this summer.

Thomas and Nick’s collaboration is just one of four new episodes of CMT’s longest-running music show on the way in the coming months. First up, Jennifer Nettles takes the stage with 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick. That show premieres March 24 at 11 p.m. ET. Both Jennifer and Cheap Trick, incidentally, have new albums coming out on Big Machine.

Also on the slate for spring, Charles Kelley and Rob Thomas leave Lady Antebellum and Matchbox Twenty behind to work together. Their episode of Crossroads will air sometime in the spring.

If you liked Luke Bryan’s performance with Jason Derulo and Florida Georgia Line on the 2014 CMT Awards -- there’s more where that came from. Luke and Jason will be back to collaborate on a summer edition of CMT Crossroads. If you saw the collaboration on Derulo’s hit “Talk Dirty” that led into Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll,” then you know that should definitely be on the set list.

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