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Friday
Aug282015

Move Over, Taylor Swift: Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Schumer Dance on Billy Joel's Piano During Chicago Concert

Al Pereira/Getty ImagesNewly-minted BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer popped up in an unusual place on Thursday: dancing on Billy Joel's piano during his concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

While Billy sang "Uptown Girl," J-Law and Schumer, who are writing a screenplay together, danced barefoot on the piano, and Lawrence even kissed Schumer's feet. 

How did this pairing come about?  "Uptown Girl" is included in Amy's film Trainwreck, and the whole thing was apparently planned.  According to E!, Kyle Dunnigan, a writer for Amy's Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, posted video on Instagram earlier showing the two actresses rehearsing with Billy, but later deleted it.

Kim Caramele, Schumer's sister, later shared video of the actual concert, which she shot while standing behind J-Law and Amy as they danced and Billy sang.

Amy and Jennifer met a few months ago, and Jennifer recently told the New York Times that in the screenplay they're writing together, they'll play sisters.  "Amy and I were creatively made for each other," she said. " We have different flavors. It's been the most fun experience of my life."

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Friday
Aug282015

Celine Dion Returns to the Las Vegas Stage

Denise Truscello/WireImageAfter putting her career on hold last year to care for her husband, Rene Angelil, who's battling cancer, Celine Dion returned to her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Thursday night.

At a pre-show press conference, Dion explained despite her husband’s continuing battle, she went back to work because her family urged her to. "So my three children and my wonderful husband wanted me to be here. Because I'm not quite sure if I wanted to be here tonight," the multiple Grammy winner admitted.

Although exactly half of the questions were asked and answered in Dion's native French, the ones in English were primarily about her family and how they’re coping with Angelil’s health. Her answers were almost universally in praise of the strength of her family, with one notable exception coming when a reporter, trying to complement the singer’s hair, compared it to that of a Kardashian. The compliment did not go over well with Celine or her people.

Dion performed for an hour and 50 minutes on the Caesars Palace Stage. The set has changed since her last performances, but she says even some familiar love songs have taken on new meaning in light of her husband’s illness. "I have been singing them for so long. And now 'Power of Love' and 'Because You Loved Me' and 'Incredible' and all -- I sang them, but now I mean it."

The show itself started more than 35 minutes late, and ran for an hour an fifty minutes. It opened with a video of Celine fans from around the world lip-syncing "I Drove All Night," after which the diva then took the stage for her first number, "I Surrender."

Over the course of the evening, the backing band took on various sizes, from a high of 29 to a low of three, and the singer changed wardrobe five times. During many of those changes, members of Celine's band performed without her, with the horn section even performing in the aisles at one point.

Even the largest parts of the production were small compared to Celine's first run at Caesars Palace. But there were particularly intimate segments where she performed with a jazz trio, and again with a four-piece acoustic band sitting on stools. The latter required a bit of improvisation, when her guitarist unexpectedly left the stage to tune up -– the only real glitch in the show.

Celine also did three duets with video screens of The Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra and Elvis -- and despite predictions of more original material this time around, she still indulged in plenty of covers, including a pair of Prince songs.

Despite the emotions surrounding her husband's illness, it was only referred to twice during the show. The first came during "The First Time." As home movies played on a video screen, the largest audience applause came when he appeared. Later, during an acoustic performance of "I’m Alive," Celine shouted "I love you, Rene!" to her husband, who was reportedly watching the show and the concert via a private video feed.

The encore began with the predicable "My Heart Will Go On," during which Celine was raised on an elevated platform inside a rotating waterfall. She then told the crowd, in part, "Tonight was not a new day. Tonight was not a new show. Tonight was a new beginning." From there, Dion launched into the evening’s final song: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Here’s the full set list:

"I Surrender"
"Where Does My Heart Beat Now?"
"Because You Loved Me"
"It's All Coming Back to Me Now"
"The Power of Love"
"Sing Sing Sing"
"Paganini"
"Quand Ca Balance"
"The First Time"
"Beauty and the Beast"
"Will It Go Round in Circle"
"Immortality"
"All the Way"
"If I Can Dream"
"A New Day Has Come"
"That's The Way It Is"
"I'm Alive"
"Incredible"
"Love Can Move Mountains"
"River Deep, Mountain High"
"All By Myself"
"Show Must Go On"
"Uptown Funk Medley"
"Kiss"
"Purple Rain"
"My Heart Will Go On"
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

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Friday
Aug282015

Maddie & Tae Turns Up the Fiddle and Steel Guitar on Harmony-Driven Debut Album, "Start Here"

Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae were so set on keeping their debut album, Start Here, squarely in the country format, they taught veteran producer Dann Huff a thing or two about making a country album. Dann started out playing guitar on classic albums from the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Madonna before coming to Nashville to produce hits for Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and many others.

Maddie & Tae's Maddie Marlow tells ABC Radio, "With Dann Huff, you know, he's, like a rocker at heart, but he loved it, because it was such a challenge. He was like, 'I think this is the most country thing I've ever produced.'"

Over the past decade, the fiddle and steel guitar have been replaced on a lot of country songs with drum loops and loud electric guitars. Maddie & Tae employed a few of those tricks on their debut hit, "Girl in a Country Song," in an effort to prove a point about the state of modern country music.

As for the rest of Start Here, the duo's Tae Dye says their latest single, "Fly," is a better representation of what you'll hear on the rest of the project.

"Everything's country," Tae explains. "The way we write our music. The way we present it. Everything about it."

Maddie & Tae also keep it country with their honest lyrics on "Sierra" -- a song about calling out a female bully -- and "Shut Up and Fish" -- an ode to women looking for a no-nonsense kind of guy.

Tae says of their lyrical approach, "It's a really bold message, so we decided to take those messages head-on. In country, that's what you get to do. You get to speak about things that haven't really gotten talked about."

She adds, "It's like the big elephant in the room. It's like, 'Let's address it and make light of the situation.'"

Look for Maddie & Tae to perform on NBC's Today on Tuesday, September 1.

Friday
Aug282015

Could We Be Getting That Long-Awaited Adele Album in November?

Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsCould it be true? Will we get a new Adele album before the year is over? According to Billboard, the singer’s record label is planning for a November release. That means in just a matter of months, we could be hearing Adele’s first collection of new music since 2011’s Grammy-winning blockbuster 21.

Adele and her team largely have stayed silent on any details regarding the album, but information about possible collaborators has been leaking out slowly. Among those she’s reportedly worked with are former Gnarls Barkley member Danger Mouse; OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote “Rumour Has It” on her last album; Swedish pop master Max Martin; 21 producer Paul Epworth; and producer and songwriter Greg Kurstin, who's worked with Pink and Kelly Clarkson, among others.

Billboard also reports that Canadian musician Tobias Jesso Jr. wrote a track on the album, and it’s described as a potential standout.

Adele’s 21 has sold more than 11 million copies in the U.S. along and was the top-selling album of the year in both 2011 and 2012.

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Friday
Aug282015

Miley Cyrus Promises "Raw, Psychedelic" MTV VMAs; Producers Predict "Mayhem" and a "Wild & Crazy Night" 

MTVTwo years after the twerk heard 'round the world, and a year after she won the top prize, Miley Cyrus returns to  the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday night as the host.  Complaining that last year's show had "no energy," she tells The New York Times this year's installment will be "psychedelic and raw."

Miley says that the decision to have her host came from Van Toffler, one of the show's executive producers, who is leaving the company.  As she tells the Times, "He's leaving, so he can’t get fired. He was like, 'I want to do something crazy -- I want you to host the VMAs, because I want that to be my last shebang.' It’s like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off."

The singer insists that for her hosting gig, she wouldn't let the producers make jokes about her 2013 performance with Robin Thicke, which shocked the world at the time.  Miley says she still can't see what the big deal was, either.  "When you look at it now, it looks like I’m playing hopscotch," she tells the Times. " Compared to what I do now, it looks like nothing. I can’t believe that was a big deal. It wasn’t shocking at all."

So what is she planning to do?  No jokes, and no actual monologue, she tells the paper, just "fun skits." "What I’m trying to do is create my Instagram -- which people love to think is so freaky -- in real life. It’s letting people into my world," says Miley.

Speaking about choosing Miley as host, Van Toffler tells ABC Radio, "She has a nice, fun history with the show, but she’s grown up since then."

MTV VMA Executive Producer Jesse Ignjatovic adds, "You know, [Miley] was the only person we talked about as possibly hosting. And then there was a meeting and we sort of went in and said, ' This is what the show is and how it’s looking and what we’d love you to do.' And she said, 'No, no, no. This is what I wanna do.' And we said, 'Yes!'” 

Meanwhile, the show's three excecutive producers -- Toffler, Ignajotovic  and Garrett English -- say they're excited about The Weeknd's performance of  "Can't Feel My Face," Justin Bieber's return to the stage with his new single "What Do You Mean," Kanye West receiving the Video Vanguard Award and the show's opening and closing moments, which are, according to them, must-sees.  But what we're all really tuning in for are, of course, those unpredictable moments, like the Madonna/Britney/Christina kiss.

"There’s always mayhem...we particularly like to put the combustible elements in one room together and then stand back, ‘cause that’s what makes a show really special," says Toffler.  "People feel the stage is special when they go up there to perform...they’re mindful of the heritage of the prior performances in the show and...they feel like, 'I wanna create a moment.'"

 "It's gonna be a wild and crazy night," agrees English. "There are gonna be moments that will be resonating for days to come, I'm sure."  

The MTV VMAs air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Friday
Aug282015

The Weeknd Gives Thanks to Michael Jackson

Image Courtesy Lamar Taylor/Republic RecordsThe Weeknd releases his second studio album, Beauty Behind The Madness, on Friday, and he says he was inspired to write songs by the late Michael Jackson, the anniversary of whose birth is Saturday.

The singer from Toronto covered Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” on his 2012 album Trilogy, and when he read the song’s lyrics, he tells Billboard, “I got emotional -- it’s when I first knew I wanted to write songs.”

Thanks to “Love Me Harder,” his top ten duet with Ariana Grande, and “Can’t Feel My Face,” which remained at number one for nine weeks, The Weeknd has achieved mainstream success, which he says can be uncomfortable.  “The pop-star life is a new challenge,” he admits. The singer also says he was shocked by the crowd response when he performed with Taylor Swift at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in July.

“When she introduced me and the whole stadium screamed their lungs out, it kind of threw me off,” he remembers. "I did not expect that reaction.”

Now he’s working with superstars such as Kanye West, who produced “Tell Your Friends” on the new album.  “We never disagreed on lyrics because I’m telling a story in my album,” he says about the collaboration, “and he respected my vision.”

The Weeknd is now preparing to headline the biggest tour of his career, The Madness Fall Tour, kicking off November 3 in his home town of Toronto. As he assesses the rapid rise in his career, he says, “I have much more control. I can go overboard, but nobody can stop me but myself."

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Friday
Aug282015

Rare Paul McCartney Sketches Part of Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction This Saturday

CBS Photography 1964A series of four sketches Paul McCartney scrawled during the 1960s are among the many collectibles going up for bid this Saturday in Liverpool, U.K., at the 2015 edition of the city's annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction. The drawings, done on white scrap paper, feature faces of various Beatles members and include quirky messages on the opposite side.

The sketches are estimated to sell for as much as 10,000 pounds -- or more than $15,000 -- combined.  More than 300 other lots also will go under the hammer at the auction, which will be held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.  The facility opened in 1996 and was co-founded by Sir Paul in the building that housed his old school.

Among the other interesting pieces of memorabilia that will be auctioned are a variety of autographed singles, albums, photos and documents signed by Beatles members; a piece of the original Cavern Club stage; a 1955 John Lennon detention sheet from Liverpool's Quarry Bank High School; and handbills from a number of early Fab Four concerts.

For more details about the sale, visit BeatlesAuction.co.uk.  The auction is being held in conjunction with Liverpool's annual International Beatleweek celebration, which runs through this Monday, September 1.  The lineup of artists and Beatles-related celebs scheduled to appear at the festival include Donovan, Badfinger's Joey Molland, one-time Wings member Denny Seiwell, former Lennon flame May Pang, George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd and photographer Bob Gruen.  Plenty of details about the fest have been posted at LiverpoolEcho.co.uk.

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Friday
Aug282015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJana Kramer's new album, titled thirty one, will be out October 9. The project features Jana's latest single, "I Got the Boy."

George Strait's final show on The Cowboy Rides Away tour is out now on digital and DVD platforms. The star-studded concert features collaborations with Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson and more.

Newcomer Clare Dunn is showing off her impressive guitar skills in her debut video, "Move On."

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Friday
Aug282015

Disturbed on Pace to Notch Fifth Straight Number-One Album 

Reprise RecordsDisturbed's Immortalized is on track to become the band's fifth straight number-one album on the Billboard 200. The album, Disturbed's first in five years, is projected to sell around 90,000 equivalent album units -- which includes streaming and individual track sales -- for the week ending August 28.

If the projections hold true, then Disturbed's 2000 debut album, The Sickness, will be the band's only album to not reach number-one on the Billboard 200. Disturbed previously topped the chart with 2010's Asylum, 2008's Indestructible, 2005's Ten Thousand Fists and 2002's Believe.

Additionally, if Immortalized debuts at number-one, Disturbed will become just the third band to score at least five straight records that debuted in the top slot on the Billboard 200. The feat has so far only been achieved by Metallica, who have five straight number-one albums dating back to 1991's self-titled release, also known as The Black Album, and Dave Matthews Band, who have six straight number-one albums dating back to 1998's Before These Crowded Streets.

Immortalized is Disturbed's first album since the band went on hiatus in 2011. They played their first show in four years last week on the same day Immortalized was released. Disturbed will launch a full scale tour in support of Immortalized next March.

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Friday
Aug282015

Ludacris Talks Next Album, "Empire" & Balancing Family Time

ABC/Bob D'AmicoLudacris has both music and acting projects in the works. The rapper tells ABC Radio that he's trying to build on the personal character of his most recent album, Ludaversal, as he works on its follow-up.

"Just continuing to make music that impacts people's lives," Luda says of what will be his tenth studio effort. "I think I've done so much, so it's like accomplishing certain goals that I have for myself when I put out an album and I think I hit that mark with Ludaversal because it was the most personal album I ever put out, so I think people really got to learn more about me as an individual in my everyday life."

The rapper syas his next offering will "help people get through certain things, you know make them laugh, make them cry, so all of that stuff, and relate to my life at the same time."

Aside from new music, the Fast & Furious star adds that he's really excited about his role on Fox's Empire. "I have a guest appearance on the second season so make sure you look for that, definitely a fan of the show," he says.

But how does he balance it all? Luda says it's difficult with his hectic schedule. "You know, that is the hard part, I wonder that every day, but without the work life I wouldn't be able to have such a great personal life, because you got to work hard to put food on the table."

Luda, who recently posted a date-night picture with his wife Eudoxie, adds: "You don't want to work too hard because you'll be away from your family but at the same time you want to work hard enough to be able to provide the best lifestyle and the best living that you can." 

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Friday
Aug282015

Slash Producing New Horror Movie

ABC News RadioWho better to develop a new slasher movie than the man known as Slash?

The rocker will produce a horror film with Revolver Picture Company that will be a throwback to 1980s flicks like Halloween and Friday the 13th, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The plot has not yet been revealed.

Slash got involved after meeting with some folks at Revolver. He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "They had an idea that tied in perfectly with a theme that I was working on at the time. From there, together with [screenwriter] Brian Sieve, I think we developed something awesome."  

The goal is that the movie will evolve into a franchise.

Slash isn't new to the horror film genre -- he produced 2013's Nothing Left to Fear.

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Friday
Aug282015

Nicki Minaj Opening Sunday's MTV VMAs Telecast

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCHere's proof Nicki Minaj no longer holds a grudge against the MTV Video Music Awards: she's opening the 2015 edition of the show this Sunday night.

Nicki let the cat out of the bag on Thursday, when she posted on her Instagram a photo of a sonogram of a Moonman statue. The picture no longer appears on her page, but MTV later confirmed the news.

You may recall, after this year's nominees were announced, Nicki complained her hit "Anaconda" was excluded from the Video of the Year category, and that her collaboration with Beyoncé, "Feeling Myself," was snubbed entirely. She tweeted, "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year."

Taylor Swift took the comments personally, chimed in on Twitter, and it led to a tense yet brief exchange that ended when Taylor apologized.

It'll be interesting to see if Nicki crosses paths at Sunday's VMAs with host Miley Cyrus, who touched upon the spat in an interview with The New York Times. She said of Nicki, "If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.

"And it’s not anger like, 'Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue,'" Miley continued. "You made it about you. Not to sound like a b****, but that’s like, 'Eh, I didn’t get my VMA.'"

Miley further argued, "You don’t have to start this pop-star-against-pop-star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about."

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Friday
Aug282015

Carrie Underwood Named Guest Judge for "Project Runway" Season Finale

Richard Gabriel Ford/FilmMagicCarrie Underwood has scored a new TV gig.  She'll serve as a guest judge on the 14th-season finale of Project Runway next month, joining Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen at New York Fashion Week, People magazine reports.

Season 14 began on Lifetime earlier this month.

Underwood has another TV role lined up for later in the year, when she and Brad Paisley co-host the 49th Annual CMA Awards November 4.

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Friday
Aug282015

Simon Cowell Won't Pressure One Direction to Reunite After Hiatus

ABC/Fred LeeFollowing reports last weekend that One Direction will be taking an extended break next year, their mentor, Simon Cowell, insists he's leaving the group's future up to them.

Speaking at the launch of the 12th season of Britain's X Factor on Wednesday, the show's creator and judge vowed he won't put pressure on 1D to reunite after their hiatus, explaining the group, which formed on the show five years ago, deserves a year off, according to the Daily Mail.

Cowell admitted that he'd "known for a while that they were going to take this year off," explaining, "They had to because of their workload."

After learning of the band's decision, Simon noted, "I did what I've always done with the guys and said, 'You make your own decisions and I hope you stay together, but you've got to want to do it yourself.'"

"They're smart guys, they'll work it out," added Cowell.

Of course, Simon would love for the band to come back after the break, but only if it's really what they want.  Cowell says he told the guys, "This is an opportunity, you won it," adding, "I've always had that attitude with them. They're nice guys and they're loyal so it'll be fine."

On Sunday it was revealed One Direction -- comprised of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson -- had decided to take at least a year off to focus on solo projects and will not tour behind their upcoming fifth album. The following day, Horan took to Twitter to assure fans they were "not splitting up."

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Thursday
Aug272015

Tyler, the Creator Banned from the UK

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesTyler, the Creator has been officially banned from the United Kingdom because of his lyrical content.

The rapper wrote on Twitter, "Based on lyrics from 2009 I am not allowed in the U.K. for 3-5 years (although I was there 8 weeks ago).” Tyler canceled several U.K. tour dates last week.

His manager, Christian Clancy, commented on his blog, "Tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the United Kingdom. The letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago for his albums Bastard and Goblin." Clancy added the letter stated that Tyler’s work “encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “fosters hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.”

A United Kingdom Home Office spokesperson told the The Quietus, "Coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values." He continued, "The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds."

Last summer, Tyler was banned from entering New Zealand to play Eminem's Rapture Festival.

A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator are still scheduled to kick off their co-headlining American tour on September 19 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Thursday
Aug272015

Patti Smith Celebrates Electric Lady Studios' 45th Anniversary at Intimate NYC Gig

Credit: Steven SebringPatti Smith gave a special intimate performance on Wednesday night at New York City's Electric Lady Studios to mark the 45th anniversary of the day that Jimi Hendrix opened the famed recording facility.  Smith, who actually was at the studio that day in 1970, performed her 1975 debut album Horses in its entirety.

The show was the inaugural installment of the "Live at Electric Lady" concert series, and was recorded for an upcoming high-quality vinyl release that will be the first disc to be issued on the just-announced Electric Lady Records label.  According to RollingStone.com, the punk poet also shared stories about various songs she performed, with her longtime backing band, and also recited some of her poetry.

About Horses' final tune, "Elegie," which she co-wrote with ex-boyfriend and late Blue Oyster Cult member Allen Lanier, Smith said, "A lot has happened in 40 years and all of us have lost people that we love...obviously we can't name them all, but this little song, written for Jimi Hendrix, now becomes a song to honor and remember all of them."

Among the many celebrities who attended the concert were ex-R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Liv Tyler, director Darren Aronofsky, The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture, Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart, James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgard, Natasha Lyonne, Dakota Johnson, designer Christian Siriano and photographers Danny Clinch and Mark Seliger.

As previously reported, Patti has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Horses' release at her shows throughout 2015, and she will launch a series of European and U.S. dates starting with a September 19 show in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Thursday
Aug272015

Listen to Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp -- aka Hollywood Vampires -- Cover a Who Classic

UMeA new full-length preview clip from Hollywood Vampires, the all-star tribute album organized by Alice Cooper and big-screen superstar Johnny Depp, has debuted online.  The collective's rendition of The Who's "My Generation" can be heard in its entirety now at the Hollywood Vampires VEVO channel.

The song is a hard-rocking, relatively faithful version of the classic 1966 tune that features Alice on lead vocals, Johnny and Cooper band mate Tommy Henriksen on guitars, frequent Depp collaborator Bruce Witkin on bass, and longtime Who touring member Zak Starkey -- Ringo Starr's son -- on drums.

As previously reported, Hollywood Vampires pays homage to some of the late rock stars that Cooper partied with during the 1970s as part of an informal drinking club of the same name.  One of the shock rocker's fellow club members was The Who's Keith Moon, which is why Alice chose to record a tune by the band.

Three other tracks from the Hollywood Vampires album had previously been posted at the project's VEVO channel -- an original tune titled "Dead Drunk Friends," a cover of Spirit's "I Got a Line on You" and a medley combining Cooper's own "School's Out" and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2."

Other guest artists featured on Hollywood Vampires include Paul McCartney, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Slash, Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell.  The album will be released on September 1.

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Thursday
Aug272015

Report: Ben Affleck Takes Daughters to See Taylor Swift

ABC/Lou RoccoBen Affleck scored major dad points this week. The actor reportedly took his two daughters -- Violet, age 9, and Seraphina, age 6 -- to Taylor Swift’s fifth and final concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday night. They even got to meet the singer backstage.

"They all had a great time," a source tells E! News. "This was something they really wanted to do."

The insider adds that "the girls had been begging to go," and Ben “was so excited for them." They were all apparently “ecstatic” to meet Taylor, too.

That night, Ben and his daughters got to witness Taylor bring Lisa Kudrow to the stage to sing a duet of her Friends classic “Smelly Cat.” Taylor also sang with Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake. The source says the father-daughter night was "made even better by JT's appearance.” If you’ll remember, Ben and Justin co-starred in 2013’s Runner Runner.

In addition to Ben and his girls, other famous faces were spotted in the crowd Wednesday including Reese Witherspoon, Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose and Taylor’s beau Calvin Harris.

Back in June, Ben and wife Jennifer Garner announced plans to divorce after 10 years of marriage. They also have a three-year-old son, Samuel.

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Thursday
Aug272015

Christina Milian Grieves over the Death of Her Nephew

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Danielle Milian’s baby boy Richie Bear died Tuesday suffering from omphalocele – a rare birth defect that causes internal organs to grow outside the body. Danielle appears with her sister in the reality series Christina Milian Turned Up.

Christina posted a photo of the baby’s tiny foot on Instagram with a long, emotional comment. She wrote, “Our family was blessed to have met our little Angel Baby Richie. We were fighting for him and with him the whole way and are now coping with the direction in which fate took.” She added, “We've all been touched by our little Guardian Angel. His memory will forever live on in our thoughts and our hearts. May he now rest in peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father.” 

The singer/actress also told the New York Post, “This is a tremendous loss for our family. My sister and brother in law are so strong and we will all get through this together. We appreciate everyone's prayers during this difficult time.”

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Thursday
Aug272015

Ellie Goulding on New Album: “I’m Still the Emotional Wreck I’ve Always Been”

Louie Banks/InterscopeThings have been going pretty well for Ellie Goulding. She scored a number-one hit this year with “Love Me Like You Do,” she’s in a solid relationship with bassist Dougie Poysner and she a bona-fide member of Taylor Swift’s squad. But if you think her new album is going to be filled only with happy songs, you’d be mistaken.

"I'm still the emotional wreck I've always been," Ellie tells Billboard. "I get obsessed with the idea that people sabotage things that are already perfect."

She says initially she intended to write songs “about the world,” but her old sensibilities crept back in. "I resigned myself to the fact that I can't help writing love songs," she says. "It's the one thing everyone wants. What else would I write about?"

While the album will retain elements of the Ellie we’ve come to know and love, it’ll also have a brand new sound. She teamed up with producers Max Martin and Greg Kurstin to explore that new direction.

"I call it 'sub-Ibiza,' where it's a kind of rave but it's a euphoric, ethereal kind of thing," Ellie says. "I laugh at myself when I say stuff like that because it's like, 'Really?' But when you hear the album, it makes sense."

The album, Ellie’s third, will be released later this year.

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