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Wednesday
Oct252017

Something's coming from Cam: "Burning House" hitmaker teases lead single from sophomore album

ABC/Image Group LA Cam’s “Burning House” was a bona fide, #1 smash that went on to grab Grammy, CMA and AMA nominations, but it’s been awhile since we’ve heard new music from the Untamed singer.  

That’s all about to change.

“New song. This Friday. Love, Cam,” she tweeted earlier this week, adding “Can’t wait for you to meet her…”

Tuesday evening, Cam shared a short video showing her staring off into the distance, as a brief instrumental clip played in the background. Stay tuned to Cam’s socials to see if she continues revealing more about the song before its Friday release.

The Golden State native heads out on her Best Coast Tour later this year, kicking off November 28 at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Kelly Clarkson to be honored for charitable work at Nickelodeon HALO Awards

Vincent PetersKelly Clarkson has signed on to perform at this year’s Nickelodeon HALO Awards, which celebrates kids who are “Helping and Leading Others” in their communities.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Kelly's also being honored at the ceremony as the HALO Hall of Fame recipient for her work with various charitable organizations, including Miracle on Broadway, March of Dimes and Musicians on Call.

Nick Cannon, who created and produces the annual awards show, is back this year as host.

“The incredible work and inspirational stories of the Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees never cease to amaze me, and continue to show the world that every action counts -- no matter how big or small,” he says in a statement obtained by EW.

He adds, “Kelly Clarkson is this year’s HALO Hall of Fame recipient because she truly embraces this idea. She recognizes the desire in all of us to help where we can and has impacted countless people with her charitable contributions.”

The Nickelodeon HALO Awards 2017 air November 26 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Little Richard pays tribute to the late Fats Domino, calls him "the greatest entertainer" he's ever known

Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesFollowing the death of Fats Domino today at age 89, another rock 'n' pioneer, Little Richard, paid homage the influential musician.

"He's the greatest entertainer that I ever known," Richard told Billboard. "Black, white, red, brown or yellow, he's a just good guy and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to know him. I love him."

Richard and Domino were part of the inaugural class of artists who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Sadly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Everly Brothers' Don Everly are the only original inductees who are still alive.

Meanwhile, both the Recording Academy and the Rock Hall have issued statements paying homage to Domino.

"In a career spanning more than five decades, Domino charmed audiences with his smooth vocals, boogie-woogie piano style, and unwavering humility," writes Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow. "He is widely recognized for influencing artists across all genres, having a number of his hits covered by music industry giants, including John Lennon, Cheap Trick, and Led Zeppelin…He will be greatly missed, but remembered for paving the way for rock and roll."

In addition, Rock Hall president and CEO Greg Harris writes, "Before Elvis, Jerry Lee, and Chuck Berry there was Fats. His sweet voice, rolling boogie-woogie piano, and delightful charisma made him a top-selling artist, a worldwide rock star and an inaugural member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame."

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Kidney stones, mountain remedies and a "Chemo Hero": Dolly Parton talks medicine with Dr. Oz on Thursday

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Look for Dolly Parton to make a special appearance on Dr. Oz this Thursday, October 26.

The country-pop legend icon stops by to discuss a variety of topics, including the "mountain medicine" she grew up with, as well as her own personal battles with kidney stones.

Parton also takes Dr. Oz on a visit to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville during the show. Dolly recently donated $1 million to the facility, where her niece Hannah Dennison was treated for leukemia as a child. Hannah is the inspiration for the songs "Chemo Hero" and "Brave Little Soldier" on Parton's new children’s album, I Believe in You.

Check your local listings to see when the syndicated Dr. Oz airs in your area.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Ciara and Russell Wilson spread joy at children’s hospital before her birthday

ABC/Image Group LACiara turns 32 today, but she and husband Russell Wilson spent the day before her birthday cheering up some hospitalized kids.

The couple surprised kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, giving out presents including gear from Wilson’s team, the Seattle Seahawks.

The Super Bowl-winning quarterback posted a touching video on Instagram with 10-year-old Luke, who has had four heart surgeries.  Wilson said, “He is a true champ. Make sure you pray for my man Luke. He’s a superstar.”

Ciara also posted a video and shouted out some of the kids.

“Grayson – Amazzin! Luke The Champ! Juniper The Superstar!,” she wrote. “What a special time with these Angels today.”

Outside the hospital, Wilson praised Kevin Hart for his commitment to children in need.

“Kev, I just wanted to say what you’re doing for these kids, the Helpful Hart charity program, and the scholarship program, what you’re doing to sending kids to college, all the amazing things you’re doing, it’s really an honor to call you a friend.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Get ready for a "Record Year" as Eric Church sends "61 Days in Church" to vinyl

ABC/Mark LevineIf you love Eric Church and you love vinyl -- well, all your dreams are about to come true.

The Chief continues to roll out new live recordings from his Holdin’ My Own Tour on Apple Music, as part of his 61 Days in Church project. Now, the massive undertaking is entering the vinyl world in a big way.

Starting this Friday, you’ll be able to order the 61 Days in Church Limited Edition Box Set. Come December 15, you’ll get the first 3 of 15 albums, a road case to house them, a tour book and a tour poster. Members of Eric’s Church Choir fan club will also get a free t-shirt.

Starting in January of 2018, the first of a dozen more records will start to arrive, with a new one following each month. You might want to start saving your pennies, though:  the set will run you $445 plus shipping. The 61 Days in Church LP set is available exclusively online at 61DaysInChurch.com.

In the meantime, you can check out Eric’s new video for “Round Here Buzz” on YouTube.  

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Ne-Yo’s wife is pregnant

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteNe-Yo and his wife are celebrating The Platinum Life with the news that she is expecting their second child together.

"We are so excited," Crystal Smith tells E! Online. "This definitely wasn't in the plan and we weren't trying at all!"

The three-time Grammy Award winner and his wife have one child together: two-and-a-half-year old son, Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr. They are also parents to his two children from a previous relationship: son Mason Evan, and daughter Madilyn Grace, who are both six years old.

The mother-to-be says the sex of their baby will decide whether they want to have more kids in the future.

"If it's a girl, then the shop is closed, but if it's a boy, then we have to do it again," Crystal says. "I've been dreaming of the same little girl since I was a little girl and we won't stop until we get her."

Ne-Yo and Crystal star together in the reality series The Platinum Life, which airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. on E!

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Watch Foo Fighters rock the Acropolis with "The Pretender" in 'Landmarks Live in Concert" clip

Credit: Chris BradshawFoo Fighters have shared a preview from their forthcoming Landmarks Live in Concert special, which was filmed at the historic Acropolis in Athens, Greece over the summer. The clip shows Dave Grohl and company delivering a blistering nine-minute rendition of their single, "The Pretender."

Landmarks Live in Concert is a PBS interview and performance series hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. The Foos episode will premiere November 10.

"We were given this extraordinary opportunity to spend a week in a city that's over 3,400 years old, the birthplace of democracy, theater and philosophy," Smith tells Rolling Stone of the experience filming in Athens. "The significance of being allowed to stage a major rock show at one of the world's (not just Greece's) most significant landmarks was not lost on any of us. We were all humbled and honored."

Foo Fighters will resume their North American tour this Thursday, October 26 in Birmingham, Alabama after postponing three shows due to a "family emergency." The band is touring in support of their new album, Concrete and Gold.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Report: Selena Gomez hangs with ex Justin Bieber at her Los Angeles home

ABC/RICK ROWELLIt seems Selena Gomez is reconnecting with all her old relationships. First, she reunited with Demi Lovato at the InStyle Awards. Now, TMZ reports she’s been spending some time with her ex, Justin Bieber.

According to TMZ, Selena and Justin hung out at Selena’s Studio City home Sunday evening with a bunch of mutual friends. Selena’s current boyfriend, The Weeknd, was apparently fully aware of the get-together. He wasn’t there, though, because he’s on tour.

Sources say Selena and Justin have been talking again, first reconnecting around the time Selena announced she’d had a kidney transplant, earlier this fall.

The former couple dated on-and-off from 2011 to 2014.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Listen now: Selena Gomez releases dreamy, dance-y Marshmello collab, “Wolves” 

Interscope RecordsFor the past week, Selena Gomez has been getting fans hyped on social media for “Wolves,” her new collaboration with EDM producer Marshmello. Now the song has arrived.

The tune has a dark and dreamy quality, with Selena singing about going through many obstacles to reach the one she loves.

“I've been running through the jungle/I've been crying with the wolves/To get to you, to get to/I've been down the darkest alleys/Saw the dark side of the moon/To get to you, to get to you,” she sings on the chorus over a dance beat.

“The song is just really beautiful and personal and the lyrics just have a whole story of its own,” Selena tells Apple Music’s Beats 1. “Weirdly at the same time I was working on it in Japan, I was going through stuff too. So it’s mirrored everything.”

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Report: Nicki Minaj will not testify in brother’s rape trial

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj’s brother is on trial for rape, and she's reportedly decided not to testify on his behalf.

Jelani Maraj’s legal team suggested that his younger sister would take the stand.  However TMZ reports Nicki won't be involved in the trial, which began last week in Mineola, New York. Her brother is accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in 2015, who at the time was his stepdaughter.

Sources say Minaj never intended to appear. When Maraj’s attorney was asked if the "Anaconda" rapper  would testify, he said, "I have no idea, we'll see."

Maraj, 37, was indicted in 2016 by a grand jury on counts of felony predatory sexual assault against a child, felony sexual conduct against a child under the age of 13, and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Celebrate Katy Perry's birthday with her most popular videos 

Capitol RecordsSet off some fireworks today -- it's Katy Perry's 33rd birthday.

The singer, currently on tour in support of her album Witness, tweeted, "happy new year for me... gonna make this one an even more powerful and transformative one."

If your invitation to Katy's birthday celebration got lost in the mail, you can celebrate by watching her top-10 YouTube videos, four of which have over a billion views.  The clips range from "Hot N Cold," from her first album One of the Boys, to three tracks from her 2013 album, Prism, including her number-one most-viewed video, "Roar."

Here are Katy's most-viewed videos on YouTube:

1. "Roar" -- 2,312,590,865 views
2. "Dark Horse" -- 2,143,466,181
3. Firework" -- 1,057,736,842
4. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"  -- 1,021,740,541
5. "Wide Awake" -- 780,463,433
6. "Hot N Cold" -- 727,990,421
7. "Part of Me" -- 665,800,470
8. "This Is How We Do" -- 653,426,502
9. "The One That Got Away" -- 615,212,134
10. "E.T." -- 464,361,399

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Wednesday
Oct252017

U2, Guns N' Roses vying for three honors at 2017 "Billboard" Touring Awards

Kevin Mazur/©2017 U2 Limited; Katarina BenzovaU2 and Guns N' Roses have been named finalists in three categories at the 2017 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 14, at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The veteran rock acts are in the running for the Top Draw, Top Tour and Top Boxscore prizes. U2 and GN'R will compete against Coldplay for the Top Draw and the Top Tour awards, which honor the best-attended and highest-grossing treks, respectively.

As for the Top Boxscore award, which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist, U2 have been nominated for their July 25-26 stand at Stade de France in Paris.  Guns N' Roses are acknowledged for their June 16-17 run at London Stadium in London. The third finalist, Phish, was nominated for their July 21-August 6 engagement at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters are one of five finalists for the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, in recognition of their Cal Jam concert and Concrete and Gold Tour of North America.

The 2017 Billboard Touring Awards ceremony is part of 14th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which will be held November 14 and 15.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

U2, Guns N' Roses vying for three honors at 2017 "Billboard" Touring Awards

Kevin Mazur/©2017 U2 Limited; Katarina BenzovaU2 and Guns N' Roses have been named finalists in three categories at the 2017 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 14, at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The veteran rock acts are in the running for the Top Draw, Top Tour and Top Boxscore prizes. U2 and GN'R will compete against Coldplay for the Top Draw and the Top Tour awards, which honor the best-attended and highest-grossing treks, respectively.

As for the Top Boxscore award, which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist, U2 have been nominated for their July 25-26 stand at Stade de France in Paris.  Guns N' Roses are acknowledged for their June 16-17 run at London Stadium in London. The third finalist, Phish, was nominated for their July 21-August 6 engagement at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The 2017 Billboard Touring Awards ceremony is part of 14th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which will be held November 14 and 15.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Franz Ferdinand announces new album, "Always Ascending"; schedules 2018 tour dates

DominoFranz Ferdinand has announced the details of their next album. The Scottish outfit's fifth studio effort is titled Always Ascending, and will be released February 9.

Describing the sound of the album, frontman Alex Kapranos calls it "simultaneously futuristic and naturalistic." Your first preview of that sound comes in the form of the Always Ascending title track, which you can download now via digital platforms.

Franz Ferdinand will launch a North American tour in support of Always Ascending next spring, beginning April 8 in Toronto. The trek concludes a May 17 in Oakland, California. Visit FranzFerdinand.com for ticket info.

Prior to next year's full-length outing, Franz Ferdinand will play a short run of West Coast dates this December.

Always Ascending is the follow-up to 2013's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. Franz Ferdinand will be playing more material from the new album during a show in Paris, which will stream live via the band's Facebook page starting today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Here's the Always Ascending track list:

"Always Ascending"
"Lazy Boy"
"Paper Cages"
"Finally"
"The Academy Award"
"Lois Lane"
"Huck and Jim"
"Glimpse of Love"
"Feel the Love Go"
"Slow Don't Kill Me Slow"

And here are Franz Ferdinand's 2018 North American tour dates:

4/8 -- Toronto, ON, Rebel
4/10 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
4/11 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
4/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
4/16 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
4/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
4/28 -- Kansas City, MO, The Truman
4/30 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
5/2 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
5/7 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
5/8 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall
5/11 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
5/13 -- San Diego, CA, North Park @ The Observatory
5/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
5/17 -- Oakland, CA, The Fox Theatre

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Tamar Braxton files for divorce, appreciates "everyone's love and prayers"

Redit ABC/Adam TaylorAfter months of speculation that their eight-year marriage was on the rocks, Tamar Braxton has filed for divorce from her husband, Vincent Herbert.

"At this time we can confirm Ms. Braxton has made an extremely difficult decision and has filed for divorce from Vincent Herbert," reads a statement from her rep. "Collectively, their son, Logan and his well-being during this extremely unfortunate process is most important."

The statement adds, "We ask that everyone respects her privacy during this incredibly difficult time. She appreciates everyone’s love and prayers.” 

According to TMZ, Braxton filed the paperwork on Tuesday in Los Angeles County, just one month shy of the couple's nine-year anniversary.

The couple, who began dating in 2003, were reportedly in a domestic dispute in 2016.  Police were called after Herbert allegedly bit Braxton's hand during an argument. The couple seemingly downplayed the incident when they were spotted holding hands at LAX the next day, with Herbert giving a TMZ cameraman a thumbs-up about their relationship.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Asking Alexandria announces new self-titled album; listen to meta single "Where Did It Go?" now

Sumerian RecordsAsking Alexandria has announced the details of their next album, their fifth studio effort. The self-titled disc will arrive December 15.

The new album marks the return of frontman Danny Worsnop, who rejoined Asking Alexandria last October after initially leaving the band in January 2015.

On Asking Alexandria, you'll find the previously released single "Into the Fire," as well as the new song "Where Did It Go?", which you can grab now via digital outlets.

The new track is a profanity-laced meta commentary on the band's career thus far, with Worsnop giving punchy descriptions of each Alexandria album. For example, 2011's sophomore effort, Reckless & Relentless, which gave the band their first top-10 album on the Billboard 200, is characterized as "The living reckless one/The knock the pop stars off the charts one."  2016's The Black, which was recorded during Worsnop's hiatus from the group, is described as "The wasn't me one/The 'we needed just a little space to breathe' one."

Asking Alexandria will hit the road next year in support of the new album on a co-headlining tour with Black Veil Brides. The trek kicks off January 10 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Here's the Asking Alexandria track list:

"Alone In a Room"
"Into the Fire"
"Hopelessly Hopeful"
"Where Did It Go?"
"Rise Up"
"Wen the Lights Come On"
"Under Denver"
"Vultures"
"Eve"
"I Am One"
"Empire"
"Room 138"

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Play ball! Brad Paisley to sing national anthem before Game 2 of World Series

ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley is set to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the beginning of Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

“Thrilled and honored to sing our national anthem…” Brad tweeted. “Plaaaaay Ballllllllll.”

The Houston Astros will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in L.A. Wednesday night. You can catch Brad’s performance and the game on Fox, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

In exactly two weeks, Brad has another major TV gig:  he’ll both host the 51st Annual CMA Awards and perform his new single, “Heaven South,” with newcomer Kane Brown. Country music’s biggest night airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena starting at 8 p.m. ET November 8 on ABC.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Rock and roll pioneer Fats Domino, dead at 89

Clive Limpkin/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesFats Domino, whose piano-driven R&B hits more than 60 years ago helped define rock and roll, has died in New Orleans.  He was 89.

Domino died Wednesday morning, surrounded by family and friends, according to his daughter.  The Jefferson Parish coroner's office says he died of natural causes at 3:30 a.m. local time.

Born Antoine Domino, Jr. in New Orleans, he was nicknamed "Fats" early on in part due to his portly stature.  He began playing professionally while still in his teens, and recorded his first record, "The Fat Man," in 1949.  Four years later, it had sold a million copies, believed to be the first early rock and roll record to achieve that milestone.

But Domino is best known for his string of classic hits that began in 1955 with "Ain't That a Shame," which combined blues, R&B and classic boogie woogie into Domino's signature style.  "Ain't That a Shame" reached the pop chart top-ten, though a more mainstream cover by white singer Pat Boone reached #1.

Domino's most enduring hit came in 1956 with a cover of the 1940s pop song "Blueberry Hill" -- it sold over five million copies worldwide.  Hits like 1957's "I'm Walkin'," "I Want to Walk You Home" in 1959, and 1960's "Walking to New Orleans" followed. 

In all, Domino recorded dozens of albums and released dozens more singles.  His signature sound influences countless other artists, including Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

Domino largely retired from traveling in the 1980s, remaining in New Orleans and declining to leave even when he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.  He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, and received the National Medal of the Arts from President Bill Clinton in 1998.

Domino lost nearly all of his possessions when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005, including his gold records, though the RIAA replaced them.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Not only is this Country Music Hall-of-Famer in the running for Female Vocalist at the 51st CMA Awards, she's also the most-nominated female in CMA Awards history. Can you name her? ANSWER:  Reba McEntire.

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