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Monday
Jul242017

"Still" on the road: Portugal. the Man announces fall tour 

Atlantic RecordsPortugal. the Man has scheduled a fall North American headlining tour in support of their new album, Woodstock. The trek kicks off October 2 in Bloomington, Illinois, and will wrap up October 29 in Live Oak, Florida. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 28 at PortugaltheMan.com.

If you can't wait that long to see the Portland rockers in action, Portugal. the Man is currently on a summer tour through the U.S., which continues July 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Woodstock, Portugal. the Man's eighth studio album, features the lead single "Feel It Still," which currently sits at number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

Here are Portugal. the Man's fall tour dates:

10/2 -- Bloomington, IL, The Castle Theatre
10/3 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall
10/5 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom
10/6 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall
10/8 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
10/12 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
10/13 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre
10/14 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
10/15 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
10/17 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
10/18 -- Knoxville, TN, The Mill & Mine
10/20 -- Guadalajara, MX, C3 Stage
10/21 -- Monterrey, MX, Live Out Festival
10/22 -- Mexico City, MX, El Plaza Condesa
10/24 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
10/25 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
10/26 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
10/27 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
10/29 -- Live Oak, FL, Suwannee Hulaween

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Monday
Jul242017

“Despacito” dominates "Billboard" Hot 100 chart for 11th week

Universal Music Latino / Raymond Braun / SchoolBoy / Def Jam / UMLE / Republic Records“Despacito” is still going strong. The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit, featuring Justin Bieber, is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for an 11th week.

The song becomes part of a small group of just 23 songs that have topped the chart for at least 11 weeks, and is the second-longest-leading single since Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” reigned for 12 weeks from January through April.

“Despacito” also topped the Digital Song Sales chart for a 12th week, with 118,000 downloads sold in the week ending July 20. It has sold more than 100,000 downloads in each of the last 11 weeks, making it the longest streak of 100,000+ downloads since Adele’s “Hello.”

Elsewhere on the Hot 100 chart, DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, comes in at number two, and Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” rises to number three.  

Charlie Puth’s “Attention” cracks the top 10, making it Charlie’s third top-10 single. 

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Monday
Jul242017

Justin Bieber cancels rest of Purpose World Tour “due to unforeseen circumstances” 

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber is scrapping the rest of his Purpose World Tour dates.

The singer’s rep confirms in a statement, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts.”

The statement goes on to say, “Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run.”

It continues, “However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”

The tour kicked off March 9 in Seattle and had 15 shows left, including stadium dates in Texas, Colorado and New Jersey, and a handful of international stops in Japan, Singapore and the Philippines.

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Monday
Jul242017

More women claim Usher infected them with an STD

ABC/Fred WatkinsIt appears that Usher could have a major STD scandal on his hands.

Attorney Lisa Bloom claims three women have reached out to her for legal help against the R&B singer, and alleges he may have infected them with the herpes virus.  

Last week, legal documents from 2012, obtained by Radar Online, revealed tha Usher allegedly gave a woman herpes after failing to tell her he had the disease, and he paid the woman $1.1 million after she sued him. 

Over the weekend, Bloom tweeted, "How much unprotected sex did Usher have after his herpes diagnosis? Women are reaching out to me. How dare he endanger women's health?"  

She continues, "It's also a violation of criminal law in many states to have unprotected sex without disclosure of your STD. As it should be." 

"I said the same about Charlie Sheen and represented a woman who has a similar claim against him. Protecting women's health is important," Bloom added.   

Lisa Bloom is a prominent attorney who's represented a number of celebrities, including comedian Kathy Griffin and The O.C. actress Mischa Barton. She's and currently Blac Chyna in her ongoing troubles with Rob Kardashian.

When news of Usher's 2012 scandal came to light last week, he began to trend on social media, though he has yet to respond publicly respond.  

However, Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Foster took to Instagram to let everyone know that the alleged lawsuit has "NOTHING" to do with her and that she's in optimal health, other than needing eyeglasses and dealing with a bum knee. 

Usher and Tameka divorced in 2009. They share two sons: Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond.

Usher married music executive Grace Miguel in 2015. 

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Monday
Jul242017

JAY-Z's "4:44" holds on to #1 spot on "Billboard" 200

Courtesy of S.Carter Enterprises/Roc NationJAY-Z's latest hit album, 4:44, is number one on the Billboard 200 chart for a second week in a row.  

According to Billboard, the disc earned 87,000 equivalent album units by the end of last week.  

Not bad, but down 67% from the 262,000 units moved the debut week.

The "Empire State of Mind" artist has now spent 25 total weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200, though half of his fourteen number-one albums spent just a single week atop the chart.  

All of Jay's albums, from 1996's Reasonable Doubt to 4:44, have entered the album chart at #1.  

The only other rap artist to spend more weeks than Jay at number one on the Billboard 200 is Eminem, who's tallied 31 total weeks at #1.  

Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. is currently at number two on the Billboard 200, while French Montana's sophomore album, Jungle Rules, debuted on the chart this week at number three.  

 DJ Khaled's Grateful holds on to the #4 spot.

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Monday
Jul242017

Silversun Pickups schedule fall headlining tour

Credit: Claire Marie VogelSilversun Pickups will hit the road this fall on a North American headlining tour. The outing begins October 21 in Santa Cruz, California, and will conclude November 19 in Philadelphia. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 28 at SilversunPickups.com.

The fall run will consist of Silversun's final shows supporting their latest album, 2015's Better Nature.

"Touring for this record has been amazing, and one of the biggest joys of our lives," says frontman Brian Aubert in a statement. "We're very excited to go out one last time before we shut down for a while. It's gonna be a blast!"

Over the weekend, SSPU wrapped up their tour opening for Third Eye Blind, who were celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1997 self-titled debut album.

Here are the Silversun Pickups' fall tour dates:

10/21 -- Santa Cruz, CA, The Catalyst
10/22 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
10/24 -- Garden City, ID, Revolution Concert House
10/25 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox Sodo
10/26 -- Vancouver, BC, Commodore
10/28 -- Calgary, AB, The Palace
10/29 -- Edmonton, AB, Union Hall
10/31 -- Spokane, WA, The Knitting Factory
11/1 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
11/8 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
11/10 -- Rochester, NY, Anthology
11/11 -- Montreal, QC, Metropolis
11/12 -- Toronto, ON, Rebel
11/14 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
11/15 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
11/17 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
11/18 -- New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall
11/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore

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Monday
Jul242017

Brand-new me: Alicia Keys shows off new rainbow-colored hairdo on social media 

ABC/Randy HolmesAlicia Keys unveiled a fierce new hairstyle over the weekend, giving new meaning to her song "Girl on Fire."  

A picture the singer shared on Instagram shows her sporting neon orange, yellow and pink-hued braids, with her back turned to the camera, enjoying a view of New York City.  

Another photo features Alicia looking straight at the camera, with a handful of braids hiding one of her eyes.   

Alicia is known for donning natural hairstyles and was an endorser of the no-makeup movement last year, appearing on red carpets without a stitch of concealer, lipstick or foundation.  

She was also featured in People magazine's annual Most Beautiful issue earlier this year as one of the publication's Fabulous Faces of 2017.  

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Monday
Jul242017

Avenged Sevenfold joins Houston Open Air festival lineup

Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has joined the lineup for the 2017 Houston Open Air festival, held October 14-15 in The Woodlands, Texas.

The lineup also includes the previously announced headlines Prophets of Rage and Five Finger Death Punch, plus Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson, Mastodon, Halestorm, In This Moment, Of Mice & Men, Beartooth, Starset, Suicidal Tendencies, Zakk Sabbath, and Greta Van Fleet, among others.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit HoustonOpenAir.com.

Avenged Sevenfold is currently on tour opening for Metallica.

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Monday
Jul242017

The story behind "SLOWHEART": Kip Moore explains his album's unusual title

MCA NashvilleKip Moore has the fastest-rising single of his career so far, with his top-15 hit, “More Girls Like You.” It’s the lead release from his forthcoming album, SLOWHEART.

“My former guitar player called me a ‘slowheart’ many years ago, claiming I don’t just jump the gun and show all my cards or my emotions on what I truly feel,” Kip says, explaining the name. “He always said, ‘You’re a slowheart, man. You observe before you act.’”

“I eventually named the band the Slowhearts,” he goes on, “and my fans are the Slowhearts too. And so, it’s only fitting that the record I’ve been waiting to make was named SLOWHEART.”

The cover for Kip’s third album was shot at a bar in Costa Rica, where the Georgia native recently took an extended break.

SLOWHEART will be out September 8.

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Monday
Jul242017

Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez enjoy sweet birthday celebrations

Image Group LA/ABCIt was a weekend of birthday celebrations for both Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez.

Selena turned 25 on Saturday and celebrated with a low-key gathering with friends. She posted some photos on Instagram of her sitting on a kitchen counter in front of two mint-green frosted cakes with the candles lit. She’s surrounded by green and white balloons.

“Thank you for all of my bday love,” Selena wrote. “I couldn't be more blessed. A lot of you don't realize how much you mean to me. I. Love. You. --think 25 is going to be epic.”

Selena's boyfriend, The Weeknd, missed the celebration Saturday because he was headlining Lollapalooza Paris. But he flew back to the U.S. to spend the day with Selena on Sunday. According to E! News, the two were spotted having a lunch date in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez turns 48 today. E! News reports her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, threw a surprise party for her in Miami on Saturday. They also celebrated Alex’s birthday -- he turns 42 Thursday.

A-Rod posted a photo of the two all dressed up on Instagram, captioning it, “Happy Birthday to Us!!!”

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Monday
Jul242017

Pink teases new music coming next month

ABC/Randy HolmesPink has been hinting that she has new music on the way. Now, we know it’s coming sooner, rather than later.

The singer shared an Instagram post of what appears to be a song title, “What About Us,” and a release date: August 10.

Pink also posted a photo featuring her with her back to the camera, facing a police car and a city skyline -- possibly a still from the song’s music video. Last week, Pink told a fan on Twitter she was about to shoot a new video.

It's been a while since we've had a new Pink album -- her last was 2012’s The Truth About Love.

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Monday
Jul242017

Keith Richards says The Rolling Stones will be recording new music "very, very shortly"

Credit: Mark SeligerWhen The Rolling Stones released their latest album, Blue & Lonesome, this past December, some of the band members revealed they'd been working on some original music when they decided to make the blues covers record. Now, in a new video Q&A, guitarist Keith Richards says The Stones are moving forward with an album of new original songs.

"We are very, very shortly cutting some new stuff and considering where to take it next," Richards reports in the new clip, which has been posted on his official YouTube channel.

The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer also admits that the positive critical response to Blue & Lonesome "caught us a little bit by surprise." He also suggests that the album's success may inspire The Stones to record "the inevitable volume two," although he maintains that's a project the band won't jump into "straight away."

Richards adds, however, that "it wouldn't take a twist of the arm to do some more of that. It's such fun to record, and there's plenty more where that came from."

Richards also points out that he feels the positive response to Blue & Lonesome likely will encourage his band to come up with some interesting new material. "I just think, actually, The Stones will use it as a boost to their energy and to their feelings of viability in this day and age," Richards maintains, "and see what we can come up with next."

The Rolling Stones' last full album of new songs was 2005's A Bigger Bang. The band kicks off a fall European trek dubbed the No Filter Tour on September 9 in Hamburg, Germany.

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Monday
Jul242017

Eddie Vedder to help honor David Letterman at Mark Twain Prize ceremony; duets with Roger Waters in Chicago

Francesco Castaldo/Archivio Francesco Castaldo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesDavid Letterman will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this fall, and none other than Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will be on hand to celebrate the late-night legend.

Vedder and Letterman have a history of honoring each other -- Vedder performed Pearl Jam's "Better Man" during Letterman's final week as host on CBS' The Late Show, and Letterman inducted Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin and Bill Murray will also help pay tribute to Letterman during the ceremony, which will be held October 22 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It'll air on PBS on November 20.

In other Eddie Vedder news, the musician joined Roger Waters during his concert in Chicago Sunday night for a performance of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." You can watch fan-recorded footage of the collaboration now on YouTube.

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Monday
Jul242017

Linkin Park sales, streams surge following Chester Bennington's death; Jared Leto, Incubus & more pay tribute 

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park's catalog has seen a surge in sales following the death of frontman Chester Bennington. According to Billboard, the combined sales of the band's albums and songs has increased by 5,332 per cent.

With the sales increase, four of Linkin Park's albums have returned to the Billboard 200. The band's most recent effort, this year's One More Light, re-enters the chart at number 17 after debuted at number one in May. Meanwhile, their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, arrives and number 27 on the chart, while 2003's Meteora and 2007's Minutes to Midnight re-enter the list at 41 and 115, respectively.

Additionally, streams of Linkin Park songs have increased by 730 percent in the wake of Bennington's death.

Bennington died by suicide last Thursday, July 20. He was 41. Over the weekend, more tributes from fellow musicians poured in to mourn the singer.

Jared Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars shared a statement remembering Bennington. "When I think of Chester I remember his smile," Leto wrote. "His laughter, intelligence, kindness and talent. That absolutely unforgettable voice that was at once delicate, ferocious and always full of emotion."

Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger told Billboard, "Chester's passing came to me as a total shock. We were all together just recently in collective mourning of Chris Cornell, and we all watched Chester sing a heartfelt 'Hallelujah' in respect to him...which makes this situation even all the more shocking."

Aaron Lewis dedicated a performance of Staind's "Something to Remind You" to Bennington, and Motionless in White covered Linkin Park's "One Step Closer."

Pop singer Kiiara, who sang with Bennington on Linkin Park's song "Heavy," wrote, "My heart is in a million pieces. I miss you so much. I love you."

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Monday
Jul242017

Reba recalls her first encounter with Dolly, as she celebrates 40 years of playing the Opry

ABC/Image Group LAReba McEntire made her Grand Ole Opry debut on September 17, 1977. Nearly 40 years later, she’s returning to the world-famous stage to mark that anniversary.

In a new video, Reba recalls her first night on the Opry, and how she learned her scheduled two-song set was to be cut in half, thanks to the sudden arrival of Dolly Parton.

“I said, ‘OK, she can take both of ‘em,’” she remembers with a smile, “’Can I meet her?’”

The Country Music Hall of Famer will do a combination of hits and selections from her latest album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, during the Opry’s two shows on Friday, September 22.

Reba became a member of the Opry in 1986.

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Monday
Jul242017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Eleven years ago this month, Eric Church's debut album was released. Can you recall its title? ANSWER:  Sinners Like Me.

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Monday
Jul242017

Bobby V explains why hip-hop is more popular than R&B

Scott Gries/Getty ImagesAs the dominance of hip-hop continues, crooner Bobby V says knows why R&B is losing its popularity.

“We are no longer being conditioned for real music,” the Atlanta singer tells HipHollywood.com. “We constantly are hearing rappers singing. so if that’s all we hear all day so that’s all we are going to know.”

Originally known as Bobby Valentino, Bobby V hit number one with his first three albums; his self-titled release in 2005, Special Occasion in 2007, and The Rebirth in 2009.

He regrets how hip-hop has completely overshadowed rhythm and blues. 

“I grew up on R&B,” he says. “If you don’t grow up on certain music you not gonna want to hear it. Conditioning wise, we don’t want to hear it. That’s what it is.”

Bobby’s latest album, Hollywood Hearts in 2016, was the soundtrack of the BET movie of the same name which he starred in with Benzino and Lyfe Jennings.

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Monday
Jul242017

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announce third and final Hollywood Bowl concert

Credit: Joel BernsteinLate last month, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announced that their 40th anniversary tour would wind down with a September 21 concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, but when that show sold out, they added another at the same venue on September 22. Well, now the September 22 concert has sold out too, so Petty and company have lined up a third Hollywood Bowl show on September 25 that they insist will be the finale of their anniversary trek.

Tickets for the supposed final date of the trek go on sale to the general public this Tuesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. PT. As with the September 21 and 22 concerts, acclaimed alt-country singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams will be Petty and the Heartbreakers' special guest at the September 25 gig.

Next up for Tom and his band is a July 26-27 engagement at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City. J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf will be the opening act. Here are all of the concert remaining on Petty and the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour:

7/26 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium#
7/27 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium#
7/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center#
8/17 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena$
8/19 -- Seattle, WA, Safeco Field$
8/22 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre - University of California, Berkeley@
8/23 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre - University of California, Berkeley@
8/25 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center@
8/27 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre - University of California, Berkeley@
9/17 -- Del Mar, CA, Kaaboo Festival
9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl*
9/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl*
9/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl*

# = with Peter Wolf
$ = with The Lumineers
@ = with The Shelters
* = with Lucinda Williams.

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Monday
Jul242017

Light up with an official Snoop Dogg bong

ABC/Randy HolmesWeed enthusiasts will soon be able to light up with an official Snoop Dogg bong.

The Long Beach, California MC is partnering with the Famous Brandz company to launch Pounds Smoking Accessories.  According to AllHipHop.com, the line of five water pipes are named after his recording studios: Battleship, Mothership, Rocketship, Spaceship, and Starship.

“Pounds is my way of offering and sharing a premium smoking experience for any consumers,” he says in a statement. “Whether you’re into flower or oil, Pounds has the product for you.”

The pipes range in price from $129 to $279. 

This is the latest in a series of marijuana ventures for the former Death Row recording artist. Two years ago, he launched his Leafs by Snoop marijuana line in Colorado. He also owns a marijuana lifestyle website, Merryjane.com.

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Monday
Jul242017

Listen now: Cage the Elephant shares "Unpeeled" version of "Rubber Ball"

RCA RecordsCage the Elephant has shared a stripped-down, string-laden rendition of their song "Rubber Ball," which will appear on the band's forthcoming live album Unpeeled. You can listen to the performance now on YouTube.

The Unpeeled version of "Rubber Ball" was recording during a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during Cage's Live & Unpeeled tour earlier this year. The original track appears on the band's 2011 sophomore album, Thank You, Happy Birthday.

The 21-track Unpeeled includes 18 reworked songs from Cage's four studio albums, as well as three covers. It will be released July 28.

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