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Tuesday
Oct172017

"Soul Man" Sam Moore says new album, "An American Patriot," "is the finest work I've ever done"

Bullseye Music/WTF Music VenturesSoul legend Sam Moore recently released a new studio album titled An American Patriot, which celebrates his love of the U.S. Partly inspired by the rousing rendition of "American the Beautiful" that Moore performed at President Trump's inauguration in January, the album features a selection of patriotic standards, some new tunes and covers of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and John Lennon's "Imagine."

While Moore has recorded arguably some of the most memorable soul tunes in pop-music history, he tells ABC Radio that the new album "is the finest work I think I've ever done."

Moore says the driving force behind the album was his producer, Rudy Perez, who, along with Sam's wife/manager Joy, chose most of the songs on An American Patriot. The "Soul Man" admits that he initially was skeptical about some of the songs Perez suggested, but he soon learned to trust the producer's judgment.

"[Rudy is the] first person I know that tells me, 'I know your voice better than you,'" Sam reports, adding that he thinks Perez is a "genius."

Moore says that concept behind the album was, at this divisive time in U.S. history, to encourage people from both sides of the political spectrum to overcome their differences and celebrate the country. Sam maintains that that's why he decided to record "What's Going On."

"It fits well today, the way we feel and we treat each other," Moore maintains. "I've never in my life seen so much hatred because of you disagree with me about...nothing!...It's stupid, and if you listen to the words of this thing, man, it tells you, 'Come on, what's going on? Stop this.'"

To find out more about the album, visit SamMooreAnAmericanPatriot.com.

Here is the full track list of the record:

"America the Beautiful"
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
"Show for You" (2017 Warrior Games Anthem -- Long Version)
"God Bless the U.S.A."
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
"Imagine"
"Peace Please"
"God Bless America"
"Land of the Free"
"What's Going On"
"Lift Every Voice"

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Heart's Ann Wilson, ex-Allman Brothers members to perform at Warren Haynes' 2017 Christmas Jam

Courtesy of Christmas JamEx-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has unveiled details of the 29th annual edition of his star-studded Christmas Jam benefit concert, scheduled for December 9 at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. This year's show will include a special appearance by Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson, who'll join Haynes' band Gov't Mule for a portion of their set.

This will mark the first time Wilson will perform at a Christmas Jam. In August, she teamed up with Gov't Mule for a special performance at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia.

The lineup for the 2017 Christmas Jam also features Les Bros., which includes founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and other Allmans alumni; Phish's Trey Anastasio and his side group Classic TAB; The Avett Brothers; Blackberry Smoke; and more.

The concert, which is expected to run for over seven hours, will benefit the event's longtime beneficiary: the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity charity. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday October 26, while pre-sale tickets and VIP packages will be available starting this Thursday, October 19.

In conjunction with the main Christmas Jam show, a number of related events will be held in Asheville around the date of the benefit concert. "Xmas Jam by Day" gigs will take place at the Asheville Music Hall and that venue's affiliated club, The One Stop, while an art and photography show will be hosted by a local gallery.

In addition, the annual "Before the Jam, Lend a Hand" event will bring fans, artists and staff members together to help build houses funded by money raised by the Christmas Jam.

For more information, visit XmasJam.com.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Keyshia Ka'Oir dishes on her upcoming nuptials to Gucci: "We're not doing anything for social media"

Courtesy of BETTonight, fitness model and beauty entrepreneur Keyshia Ka'Oir [keesha kay-ORR] will tie the knot with her longtime boyfriend Gucci Mane in a BET live special called Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’Oir: The Mane Event.  

The special's the first installment of docu-series about the couple's romance.  But Ka'Oir, who first met the rapper on a video set in 2010, says she doubts married life will change their relationship.

"Nothing will change because -- it's kind of like, ever since he got out of prison this last time, we're inseparable," Ka'Oir tells ABC Radio, referring to the two-year period from 2014-2016 that Gucci spent behind bars on weapons charges.

"So, I can't see it being anything different from what we have now," she adds. 

"Like, we don't go over a couple of days of seeing each other. If I have to get on a plane -- or sometimes if he has a day off, he comes home."

While the cameras may be front and center during their wedding extravaganza, Ka'Oir makes it clear that the series won't document everything. Instead, it will highlight their "everyday lives."

"We've had the worst part of our relationship already, so now we're just enjoying our moment and enjoying each other and just living free," Ka'Oir explains. 

"We're not doing anything for social media or for the fans... we're just living our everyday lives. Some of it we might share with them and some we don't." 

Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’Oir: The Mane Event premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET. on BET. 

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows reflects on "The Stage" surprise release: "It was horrible for the casual fan"

Credit: Jeff ForneyEarlier this month, Avenged Sevenfold announced that a deluxe version of their album The Stage, featuring a host of covers and live tracks, will arrive on December 15. That's a whole lot more notice than the band gave us for the original release of The Stage, which arrived by surprise overnight last October.

Reflecting on the surprise release strategy a year later, frontman M. Shadows feels that his band "definitely dropped the ball in terms of the casual fan."

"Do I think it was a good strategy for the casual fan? No, it was horrible for the casual fan," Shadows tells ABC Radio. "Most casual fans don't even know about it, or they've written it off as...'Why would you release a record secretly? It must not be good.' And we weren't expecting that at all."

The Stage debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with 72,000 copies sold -- not exactly the barnstorming numbers A7X was hoping for, but still solid for a rock band in 2016. And while they might not have converted any casual fans, Shadows was happy to see that The Stage really connected with the hardcore Avenged Sevenfold follower.

"I haven't seen a more excited core group of fans...ever," Shadows remembers of The Stage release week. "So I think in terms of solidifying our core fan base, like, the fans that really are engaged with Avenged Sevenfold, it couldn't have been better for them."

Still, Shadows probably wouldn't do the surprise release over again.

"If we were to do it over, I would've tried to do something that encompasses the casual fan that's not living and breathing what bands like us are doing," he says. 

Avenged Sevenfold will launch a North American tour in support of The Stage in January.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

"Hit me up!": Gospel artist Tye Tribbett wants to perform with Chris Brown

ABC RadioTye Tribbett's fans are very familiar with his mixture of gospel songs and trap music, but they might not know that his dream collaborator is none other than Chris Brown.   

As Tye tells ABC Radio, "The energy, honestly, of Chris Brown, his energy onstage...I don't know anyone who's matching him right now."

"I like Bruno Mars' presentation overall, like how his band is included as well. I like that," Tye adds. 

"But Chris' energy, period? Oh, I would love to do just one song with him. So Chris, hit me up!"

It's no wonder Tribbett would want to collaborate with a guy who puts on a great show.   

As he tells ABC Radio, "My forte is live performance. It's not like I'm a studio guy who has to adjust to the stage and I need a choreographer, 'Tell me what to do and what do I sing?' No. That's my world." 

"First of all, church boy. So I know how to do, 'Come on! Clap your hands! Whatcha doing?' It's just in my blood," he adds. 

"So, when I'm on the stage, that's when I'm most engaged, and each city, each audience gets a different experience, based on what I sense in the building. That's what I like about touring."

Tye Tribbett's latest album, The Bloody Win (Live) is out now. 

For more info on future live performances, check out his website, tyetribbettworldwide.com.   

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Monday
Oct162017

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Greatest Hits" is #2 on the "Billboard" 200 for second straight week

Geffen RecordsWhen it comes to the Billboard 200 chart, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' 1993 Greatest Hits compilation won't back down. Following Petty's untimely death on October 2, the album re-entered the chart last week at #2, and holds steady in that position on this week's tally.

The compilation sold 47,000 units during the past week. Topping the latest Billboard 200 is rapper NF's Perception, which moved 55,000 units.

Prior to Tom's death, the highest that Petty & the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits had reached on the Billboard 200 was number five, back in 1994. The record is Petty's most successful album of all time, having sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S.

Petty died after suffering a heart attack. He was 66.

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Monday
Oct162017

Dierks Bentley rocks the block in Austin, Texas Tuesday on "Good Morning America"

ABC/Todd WawrychukIt’s never too early for a party, and Dierks Bentley aims to prove it Tuesday morning on Good Morning America!

The Arizona native starts the day by playing a show for the winner of GMA’s Summer Block Party contest, live from Austin, Texas. Dierks will kick things off starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday on ABC.

It’s an exciting week for the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nominee. On Friday, the film Only the Brave opens; it features the first song Dierks has ever written for a motion picture: the emotional track “Hold the Light.”

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Monday
Oct162017

Jake Owen's Black Friday deal: Eleven years of "Greatest Hits"

RCAJake Owen is hoping you’ll do a little shopping on Black Friday -- specifically, that you'll pick up his new Greatest Hits album, which comes out the day after Thanksgiving.

In addition to six number-ones, the 13-track collection also includes two new songs -- “Subliminal Love” and “Long as You’re in It” -- which were both co-written by Jake.

Here’s the complete track listing for Jake Owen’s Greatest Hits, which spans the Florida native’s five studio albums since 2006:

“Yee Haw”
“Don’t Think I Can’t Love You”
“Eight Second Ride”
“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”
“Alone with You”
“The One That Got Away”
“Anywhere with You”
“Days of Gold”
“Beachin’”
“What We Ain’t Got”
“American Country Love Song”
“Subliminal Love”
“Long as You’re in It”

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Monday
Oct162017

Marilyn Manson scores top 10 debut with "Heaven Upside Down"

Loma Vista RecordingsMarilyn Manson has another top 10 album on his hands. The shock-rocker's new effort Heaven Upside Down arrives at number eight on this week's Billboard 200 with a total of 35,000 equivalent album units sold.

Heaven Upside Down gives Manson a total of eight top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. He's also topped the chart twice: once with 1998's Mechanical Animals and again with 2003's The Golden Age of Grotesque.

Manson is currently recovering after a large gun-shaped prop fell on him during a show in New York City September 30. With his leg in a cast, the musician rescheduled his October tour dates for next January and February. He's scheduled to return to the stage November 5 to play Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.

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Monday
Oct162017

Prophets of Rage show solidarity with kneeling NFL players in "Strength in Numbers" video 

ABC/Randy HolmesProphets of Rage have shared the video for "Strength in Numbers," a track from the rap-rock supergroup's self-titled debut album. The clip is streaming now via the band's Facebook.

In the video, the Prophets show their support for the NFL players who kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality -- a movement started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

"ALMOST anything can be built or toppled with a collective force," says vocalist Chuck D. "A movement is never about an individual. On the opposition [to] Colin Kaepernick in today's sports world, we ask 'is it the KNEE or is it The NEGRO?'"

The video also includes nature footage of animals working together overcome obstacles, exemplifying the phrase "Strength in Numbers."

Prophets of Rage will play the Voodoo and Ozzfest festivals later this fall, and they'll launch a European tour in November.

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Monday
Oct162017

La'Porsha Renae debuts music video for "Already All Ready"

Jason ClarkNot long after releasing the lyric video for her song "Already All Ready," La'Porsha Renae is ready...to share the official music video for the track. 

The Keoni Marcelo-directed visual features the former American Idol contestant dancing and strutting her stuff during a pep rally at her rival high school in Magnolia, Misssissippi.

She tells Billboard, "I shot this type of video because I wanted to show children that their dreams are attainable."

"They are special and their uniqueness should be nurtured into something amazing!"  

"Already All Ready"is the title track from her debut album, Already All Ready, out now.  

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Monday
Oct162017

La'Porsha Renae debuts music video for "Already All Ready"

Not long after releasing the lyric video for her song "Already All Ready," La'Porsha Renae is ready...to share the official music video for the track. 

The Keoni Marcelo-directed visual features the former American Idol contestant dancing and strutting her stuff during a pep rally at her rival high school in Magnolia, Misssissippi.

She tells Billboard, "I shot this type of video because I wanted to show children that their dreams are attainable. They are special and their uniqueness should be nurtured into something amazing!"  

"Already All Ready"is the title track from her debut album, Already All Ready, out now.  

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Monday
Oct162017

Goodbye, Las Vegas Strip: Elton John ending Caesars Palace residency 

Denise Truscello/WireImageIf you haven't seen Elton John's Las Vegas show The Million Dollar Piano yet, get your tickets now -- it's coming to an end next year.

Tickets for what will be the 14 final performances of the show, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, go on sale this Sunday, October 22 at 10 a.m. PT.  By the time the show closes, on May 19, 2018, Elton will have played 207 performances of The Million Dollar Piano, which began in 2011.  His previous residency show, The Red Piano, closed in 2009. 

In a statement, the president of Caesars Palace said, "For over a decade, Elton John and his band have graced the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, performing all the hits that have defined a generation. Elton John’s residency at The Colosseum has set the standard for those all that have followed."

Though the 14 final shows are going on sale Sunday, Elton also has performances scheduled through November 4, and then from February 9 through March 2.

Here are Elton's final Million Dollar Piano shows:

April 28-29 Saturday, Sunday
May 1-2 Tuesday, Wednesday
May 4-6, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
May 9 Wednesday
May 11-12 Friday, Saturday
May 15 Tuesday
May 17-19 Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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Monday
Oct162017

DJ Khaled scores Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment ambassador gig 

Image Group LA/ABCWild, wild, wild -- DJ Khaled has been named the first-ever artist ambassador for the entertainment agency Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, located in New York City. 

The celebrated record producer's new role will include appearing at a number of Barclays Center and NYCB Live events and posting on the agency's social media accounts. 

In a statement, Khaled says, "I'm grateful to BSE and Roc Nation for this partnership." 

"After discussing opportunities with Brett [Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment] and the BSE team, I knew this was the right opportunity for me. We really connected on music, our business vision, and our appreciation for family."  

DJ Khaled is expected to appear at the TIDAL X: Brooklyn disaster relief benefit concert in New York City on October 17. 

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Monday
Oct162017

The Weeknd recognized by RIAA for multi-platinum success

Courtesy Republic RecordsThe Weeknd is being recognized by the Recording Industry Association of American for his multi-platinum achievements.

The singer has received two huge plaques commemorating his success. One recognizes The Weeknd for being the only artist to earn a 2X multi-platinum album in the last year that also includes four platinum or higher songs.

The album, of course, is Starboy.  The title track went platinum five times, “I Feel It Coming” went double platinum, and “Party Monster” and “Reminder” both went platinum.

The Weeknd also received a plaque for scoring 11 platinum or multi-platinum certified songs during the past five years.

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Monday
Oct162017

John Mayer celebrates turning 40 with some custom "Big Lebowski" bling

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer is celebrating his big birthday with a Big Lebowski-themed gift to himself.

The singer, who turns 40 Monday, got himself a diamond-encrusted necklace with a pendant in the likeness of The Dude, Jeff Bridges’ character in The Big Lebowski. He posted a photo of his new bling on Instagram.

“If you’re asking me if I had [jeweler Ben Baller] make me a diamond encrusted chain bearing a likeness of The Dude for my 40th birthday, then I guess my answer would have to be you’re damn right I did,” he writes. “Anxiety and worry is canceled this week.”

The jeweler posted his own photos of his handiwork, showing off the back of the pendant which is engraved with The Dude’s famous quote, “Yah, well, that’s just like, your opinion, man.”

Ben Baller writes to John, “Thank you for trusting me and letting me do my thing for your big bday gift. This is Top 3 career piece for me out of over 600 custom made pieces in a 12+ year span.”

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Monday
Oct162017

Brantley Gilbert builds his tour around "The Ones That Like Me"

The Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert sets the wheels in motion for his The Ones That Like Me Tour February 1 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“The Ones That Like Me” is the title of Brantley’s latest top 30 hit, but the Georgia native says it also “speaks to what this tour is:  a chance for me to get together with all the people out there who get this music, who believe in these songs and live their lives just like the people back home do.”

“We are all proud Americans, who try to stand up and do the right thing," he adds. “That’s life -- and that’s what my music is made of.”

Here are the initial dates for Brantley Gilbert’s The Ones That Like Me 2018 Tour, with Staind's Aaron Lewis opening the shows:

2/1 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center
2/2 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center
2/3 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
2/8 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
2/9 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson Boling Arena
2/10 -- Tupelo, MS, BancorpSouth Arena
2/15 -- Fairfax, VA, EagleBank Arena
2/16 -- Augusta, GA, The James Brown Arena
2/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum
3/24 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
4/19 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
4/20 -- Salem, VA, Salem Civic Center
4/21 -- Pikeville, KY, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
4/26 -- Dayton, OH, Wright State University Nutter Center
4/27 -- Terre Haute, IN, ISU Hulman Center
4/28 -- Rogers, AR, Arkansas Music Pavilion
5/10 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, US Cellular Center
5/11 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Van Andel Arena
5/12 -- Erie, PA, Erie Insurance Arena

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Monday
Oct162017

Chris Stapleton plans his second "From A Room" album, coming in December

Mercury NashvilleChris Stapleton’s second From A Room album will arrive -- as promised -- on December 1.

The reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year announced a follow-up set would be coming when From A Room: Volume 1 was released back in May.  So far, the original collection has been certified gold and gone on to become the best-selling country album of 2017 so far. It’s also up for Album of the Year at next month’s CMA Awards, where Chris will also defend his Male Vocalist title and compete for Entertainer as well.

From A Room:  Volume 2 boasts seven songs co-written by Stapleton, as well as two covers:  Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire,” and “Friendship,” which was made famous by Pops Staples.

Here’s the complete track listing for the album, which takes its name from the place it was recorded, Nashville's historic RCA Studio A:

“Millionaire”
“Hard Livin’”
“Scarecrow in the Garden”
“Nobody’s Lonely Tonight”
“Tryin’ to Untangle My Mind”
“A Simple Song”
“Midnight Train to Memphis”
“Drunkard’s Prayer”
“Friendship”

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Monday
Oct162017

Ringo Starr donates $100,000 to charity for Las Vegas shooting victims; pays tribute to Tom Petty

Erik Kabik/Kabik Photo GroupThis past Friday, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band kicked off an eight-show Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and the ex-Beatles drummer dedicated the show to the victims of the recent horrific mass shooting that took place in the city.  He also made a personal donation the day before.

On Thursday, Starr and wife Barbara Bach donated $100,000 via their Lotus Foundation charity to the Nevada Resort Association's just-launched Vegas Strong Fund, which supports the shooting victims and their families.

Matching the Starrs' donation was Caesars Entertainment President and CEO Mark Frissora, whose company owns the Planet Hollywood resort. The $200,000 is part of a total of $2 million that Caesars Entertainment has contributed to the fund.

Starr tells Billboard about his Vegas performances, "We're gonna try to play those shows with a lot of peace and love and try to raise the spirits."

The residency is scheduled to wrap up on October 28, after which Ringo and the All Starr Band will play a series of concerts in various U.S. cities that winds down November 16 in Newark, New Jersey.

Meanwhile, Starr tells Billboard that he was in Las Vegas for a meeting on October 2, the day after the shooting, when he heard the sad news that his friend Tom Petty had died.

"It was a shock," Ringo explains. "When you first hear it, it's like, 'What...?!' Like when I heard Elvis was dead…It has to sink in. It was very sad. That's all I can say, really. God bless him and his family."

Starr adds, "I'll miss Tom. Tom was a good friend. I played with Tom, Tom Played with me. I got to know him over the years, really got to know him when he was in the [Traveling] Wilburys 'cause of George [Harrison]."

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Monday
Oct162017

The Band's Robbie Robertson presented with lifetime achievement award by Canada's Six Nations reserve

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicAs a child, The Band's Robbie Robertson would often visit family at the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve outside of Toronto, where his mother was born and raised. Saturday, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was honored by the reserve with its first-ever lifetime achievement award for his work with The Band, as a solo artist, and as a film composer, BrantNews.com reports.

At a ceremony held at Six Nations' recently opened convention center, The Gathering Place, Robertson said receiving the honor gave him a chance to pay tribute to his late mother. He also pointed out that the community was where he developed his passion for music, by observing his relatives playing instruments and singing together in what he described as a family music club.

"I said to myself, 'I've got to get in,'" Robertson recalled at the ceremony. He also credited an uncle and a cousin with helping him learn to play guitar.

"That was the genesis of my whole music career," Robertson maintained. "They started it and I didn't want it to stop."

Robbie also said he became captivated at an early age by his the Native American tradition of storytelling, which he later would incorporate into the way he wrote songs.  "When I was young I told my mother I wanted to be a storyteller," he noted, "and like most mothers she just looked at me, smiled and said, 'Oh, I know you will be.'"

Robertson also was welcomed as an official member of the Six Nations during his visit.

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