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Friday
May252018

Lars Ulrich proud of "overwhelming" response to Metallica's Day of Service 

ABC/Randy HolmesThis past Wednesday, Metallica held their first Day of Service, a country-wide volunteering effort in coordination with the band's All Within My Hands charity foundation. In a piece written for Rolling Stone, drummer Lars Ulrich says that the response to the program has been "overwhelming."

"We're so proud of the passion and the selflessness that our fans brought to all their local chapters around the country," Ulrich writes. "All the reports that have ended up in my inbox reflect nothing but goodwill, good deeds, good vibes and good energy."

Nearly 2,000 Metallica fans volunteered at their local food bank for the Day of Service, while the metal legends themselves donated $5,000 to California's San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

"As someone who has been a loner for most of my life, being in the Metallica family has always given me a sense of belonging and made me feel like I was not alone," Ulrich writes.

"As we all know, hard rock can sometimes, in different parts of the world, be looked down upon as a second-class member of the global music community," he continues. "So we are additionally pleased that we can show everyone that hard-rock and metal fans can be as compassionate and as selfless as any other people in the worldwide charitable family and the bad stigma that sometimes is hung upon them/us as somehow lesser citizens can be readdressed."

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Friday
May252018

Did Kanye West shell out $85,000 for controversial Pusha T album cover art?

Pusha T; Fabien MontiqueKanye West unveiled the cover art for Pusha T's latest album, Daytona, on Thursday, via Twitter, and the image is causing some controversy.

Kanye allegedly paid $85,000 for the image, which reportedly shows Whitney Houston's "drug-covered bathroom," according to E! News

The photo was previously published in the National Enquirer.    

Pusha said on The Angie Martinez Show earlier in the week that he didn't want to pay for the photo, but it was Kanye's decision.

"He [Kanye] changed my artwork at 1 a.m... 'cause he wasn't feeling it," he explained. 

"The artwork... it was pictures that we all agreed on. So he picked this photographer, I took these pictures, I was like, 'Yo, these are fresh.' We picked all of these pictures out," Pusha said.

"1 a.m. my phone rings. No caller-ID. 'Hey, yeah, I think we should change the artwork. I like this other artwork.' Now, this other artwork is 85 grand. I say 'Hey. I don't wanna pay for that.'" 

During the interview, Pusha T didn't confirm what the image reportedly shows.

Pusha T's Daytona was produced entirely by Kanye and features seven songs, as well as new verses from Ye himself and Rick Ross

You can stream it now via the usual digital platforms.  

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Friday
May252018

Mike Shinoda announces "Post Traumatic" release show 

ABC/Image Group LALinkin Park's Mike Shinoda will play an in-store show at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, California on Thursday, June 14 to celebrate the release of his debut solo album, Post Traumatic.

To attend the intimate event, you have to pre-order Post Traumatic in-store at Amoeba on June 14. For more info, visit Amoeba.com.

For those who live on the other side of the country, Shinoda is planning a similar event in New York City, the details of which will be announces shortly.

Post Traumatic, which was written and recorded in the aftermath of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington's death last July, will be released June 15. The album features contributions from K.Flay of Chino Moreno of Deftones.

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Friday
May252018

Listen now: Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne offer a taste of "Burning Man" on their Mountain High trek

Capitol NashvilleBrothers Osborne aren't just Dierks Bentley's touring partners this summer. They also help kick off his new album, The Mountain, by singing on the record's first track. 

Dierks says his attraction to "Burning Man" was instant.

“I felt an immediate connection to the lyrics," he tells People. "The idea that we all are a little bit of everything…a little bit holy water and a little bit burning man…really resonated with me."

"Burning Man" tips its hat to the annual festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert that's focused on art and self-expression.  Now, Dierks' song is poised to become a stand-out on his Mountain High Tour.

“I’ve never heard a song communicated like this in country music before," Dierks explains. "I love Brothers Osborne both as musicians and people and I knew they would connect to the song like I did. Performing it with them is certainly a highlight in the show for me. We all can’t wait to hear the crowd singing along with us.”

You can stream or download "Burning Man" now, and if you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can also check out Dierks' new video for the the tune.

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Friday
May252018

"Southern Blood" brother: Gregg Allman died one year ago this Sunday

Credit: Ian RawnThis Sunday, May 27, marks the first anniversary of Gregg Allman's death. The Allman Brothers Band singer, keyboardist and songwriter passed away at the age of 69 from complications of liver cancer.

Allman co-founded The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida. Combining blues, soul, jazz and gospel with rock 'n' roll, the group became one of the most popular and influential Southern rock acts of all time.

Gregg's soulful vocals and Hammond organ were key ingredients in the band's sound, while he also wrote or co-wrote many of the band's signature tunes, including "Whipping Post," "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and "Ain't Wastin' Time No More."

Allman also had a successful solo career that paralleled his work with his famous group, and became his main focus after the band's 2014 breakup. At the time of his death, he'd just about completed work on a new solo album, Southern Blood, which was produced by Don Was and released posthumously in September 2017. The album garnered critical praise and scored two Grammy nominations.

Speaking with ABC Radio about working with Allman on Southern Blood, Was noted, "I think the fact that he's probably one of the most soulful singers in the history of American music shines through on this record. I loved the performances he gave…He was truly one of the greats."

Numerous tribute shows honoring Gregg were held after his death, and events he helped established, such as The Peach Music Festival and the Laid Back Festival, have continued on in his memory.

Meanwhile, longtime Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes recently reflected on Gregg's death.

"[We'd] known each other since 1981…We were around the world together many, many times, and wrote a lot of music together," Haynes told ABC Radio. "I miss him all the time."

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Friday
May252018

New Music Friday: Pusha T and A$AP Rocky have new discs for you

Pusha T; Fabien Montique; A$AP Rocky, Dexter NavyMemorial Day weekend is here and with that comes two new releases from Pusha T and A$AP Rocky.

Pusha T's album, Daytona, produced entirely by Kanye West, features seven songs and new verses from Ye himself, as well as Rick Ross.   

West's verse can be heard on the track "What Would Meek Do?" while Rozay's vocals are heard on the song "Hard Piano."

In addition, Pusha is planning special, intimate performances of Daytona, which will be announced soon, according to an official statement.   

The album's cover art has caused some controversy; it reportedly shows a photo of Whitney Houston's "drug-covered bathroom."

A$AP Rocky's 15-track disc, titled Testing, features guest artists like Frank OceanFrench MontanaT.I.Kodak BlackJuicy J and Kid Cudi

The album is the follow-up to At. Long. Last. ASAP, which came out in 2015.

Rocky tells Complex magazine that Testing was supposed to come out last year, but was held back because the rapper wanted it to be "aligned correctly." 

"One little thing, one little mishap, one little imperfection could throw off a whole cycle," he explains. 

He adds, "I would prefer to put out music to change people's mood or uplift or get a feeling or a reaction, opposed to just making music to stay relevant for the sake of popularity." 

Here are the tracklists for Pusha T's Daytona and A$AP Rocky's Testing:  

Daytona 

"If You Know You Know"
"The Games We Play"
"Hard Piano' feat. Rick Ross
"Come Back Baby"
"Santeria"
"What Would Meek Do?" feat. Kanye West
"Infrared"  

Testing

"Distorted Records 
"A$AP Forever REMIX feat. Moby, Kid Cudi & T.I.
"Tony Tone 
"Fukk Sleep feat. FKA twigs 
"Praise The Lord" (Da Shine) feat. Skepta 
"CALLDROPS" feat. Kodak Black 
"Buck Shots" 
"Gunz N Butter" feat. Juicy J 
"Brotha Man" feat. French Montana
"OG Beeper" 
"Kids Turned Out Fine" 
"Hun43rd" 
"Changes" 
"Black Tux, White Collar" 
"Purity" feat. Frank Ocean 

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Friday
May252018

"Philly Forget Me Not": Hall & Oates & pals will chow down at second annual HoagieNation Festival this weekend

Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentLast year, Daryl Hall & John Oates introduced HoagieNation, their very own music and food festival, in their hometown of Philadelphia.  On Saturday, the duo and their musical pals are back for a second helping, and they're getting things started a little early, too.

"What made us want to continue it was it was very successful," Daryl tells ABC Radio. "It's really gonna be more of a two-day event this year.  Last year was just one."

Things get underway tonight with a pre-party at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, a venue that partially inspired Hall & Oates' current single "Philly Forget Me Not."  In addition to performances by a couple of musical acts, there will be food from a huge number of acclaimed chefs, including Top Chef and Food Network stars.

On Saturday, the action moves to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, where about eight different acts will be playing throughout the day, and, naturally, there'll be a hoagie eating contest.

"It's gonna be great," Daryl says. "Train is gonna play before us, and us, and we also have my friends Fitz and the Tantrums on the bill that night...so it's gonna be a very interesting night.  And other people -- it's a festival!"

He adds, "And we're gonna really have some great food there.  Y'know, it's Philly!  You gotta have some great food....it's gonna be a great time, a great day."

Following the festival, Hall & Oates will resume their joint tour with Train on June 5 in Toronto.

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Friday
May252018

Amid Ariana Grande dating rumors, Pete Davidson hits back at mental illness critics

Will Heath/NBCAriana Grande isn’t the only one using social media this week to hit back at unfair assumptions about her love life.

Ari's rumored new boyfriend, Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, has refuted online criticism that he’s unable to maintain a relationship because of his mental illness. Davidson revealed last year that he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

“Normally I wouldn’t comment on something like this cause, like, f*** you,” he wrote on his Instagram Story. “But I been hearing a lot of ‘people with bpd can’t be in relationships’ talk. I just wanna let you know that’s not true.”

He added, “Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they can’t be happy and in a relationship.”

Davidson continued, “It also doesn’t mean that person makes the relationship toxic. Everybody is different and there are a lot of treatments for mental illnesses and I have done/am doing all of them. And I encourage those who struggle to seek help as well it has changed my life for the better.”

He called out those who “stigmatize people as crazy,” saying, “I may be crazy but at least I’m aware of it and not afraid to be honest about it and I’m not hiding behind a Twitter or Instagram account.”

Rumors began swirling that Davidson and Ariana were dating following Ariana’s break-up with Mac Miller. Earlier this week, Ariana hit back at a Twitter user who seemingly blamed her for Mac's recent DUI and car accident.

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Friday
May252018

The Beach Boys to receive special honor on Fourth of July, launch new tour tonight

Credit: Udo SpreitzenbarthThe Beach Boys have played a number of July 4 shows in Washington, D.C. over the years, and the band will return to the U.S. capital to perform on the annual A Capitol Fourth concert for a second consecutive year.

As part of the event, which PBS will air live from the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol starting at 8 p.m. ET, The Beach Boys will be honored with the prestigious National Artistic Achievement Award.  The group will be the fifth-ever recipient of the honor, joining Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Reba McEntire, and conductor and Star Wars composer John Williams.

"This is an extraordinary recognition for our band," says founding Beach Boys singer Mike Love. "We are grateful to everyone involved with A Capitol Fourth for this beautiful honor. The Beach Boys have been synonymous with 4th of July and performing on the West Lawn for decades now. It is an enormous source of pride."

Appropriately enough, the award will be presented by A Capitol Fourth host John Stamos, who's been a friend and an occasional touring member of The Beach Boys for decades.

Meanwhile, The Beach Boys kick off a new North American summer trek dubbed the "Now and Then" tour tonight in Springfield, Illinois. The outing is mapped out all the way into the fall. Stamos will join the group on select dates beginning in June.

While the band is out on the road, the recently reported album The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will hit stores June 8. It's a 19-track collection featuring archival vocal performances paired with new symphonic parts recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios.

Here are all of the Beach Boys' confirmed North American tour dates, according to TheBeachBoys.com:

5/25 -- Springfield, IL, Springfield Sliders Stadium
5/26 -- Herrin, IL, HerrinFesta Italiana
6/1 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/2 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/3 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/5 -- Grand Forks, ND, Chester Fritz Auditorium
6/6 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Mary W. Sommervold Hall at Washington Pavilion
6/7 -- La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center
6/8 -- Wausau, WI, Grand Theatre
*6/9 -- Fish Creek WI, Door Community Auditorium
6/22 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Casino
6/23 -- Pala, CA, Starlight Theater
6/30 -- Timmins, ON, Canada, Stars and Thunder Festival
7/1 -- San Rafael, CA, Marin County Fair
7/13 -- Fishers, IN, Conner Prairie
7/14 -- Fishers, IN, Conner Prairie
7/15 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
7/17 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
7/18 -- Sylvania, OH, Centennial Terrace
7/19 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater
7/20 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
7/21 -- Kemptville, ON, Canada, Kemptville Live Musical Festival  
7/22 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Edmonton Northlands Grounds
7/25 -- Columbus, OH, Celeste Center
7/27 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
7/29 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheatre
8/2 -- Fredericksburg, VA, Marks & Harrison Amphitheater
8/3 -- Selbyville, DE, The Freeman Stage
8/4 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre (two shows)
8/5 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center
8/7 -- Nichols, NY, Tioga Downs
8/8 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/9 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/11 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent (two shows)
8/12 -- Webster, MA, Indian Ranch Amphitheatre
8/14 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/15 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
8/16 -- Farmingville, NY, Brookhaven Amphitheater
8/17 -- Brooklyn, NY, Ford Amphitheater
8/18 -- Ocean Grove, NJ, The Great Auditorium
8/20 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier (two shows)
8/21 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier (two shows)
8/24 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Pavilion
8/25 -- Franklin, WI, Milwaukee County Sports Center
8/27 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/15 -- Hutchinson, KS, Kansas State Fair
9/16 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/21 -- Santa Barbara, CA, The Granada Theatre
9/28 -- Minot, ND, Norsk Hostfest
11/14 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/15 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium

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Friday
May252018

You mad? 702 lead singer Meelah drops new single, "Now You're Mad"

Michael Danners702's lead singer Meelah, who's embarking on a solo career, has released a new single called "Now You're Mad." 

The song is the follow-up to the spring release of "Desert Love."  

As previously reported, Meelah told ABC Radio that the reason for her hiatus from the spotlight her son, Zac, who has autism. 

"I kind of was trying to be a stay-at-home mom and I just realized that...I wasn't fulfilled. I could have gone in many other directions creatively, but music just kept knocking on my door," she said. 

Meelah's solo album is expected to arrive later this year. 

"Now You're Mad" is available to stream now on Soundcloud.  

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Friday
May252018

Here's to the Farmer: Luke Bryan readies his 10th Farm Tour for the fall of 2018

ABC/Craig SjodinLuke Bryan may be one of the busiest men in show business, between his job as a judge on American Idol and a jam-packed concert schedule that includes 13 stadiums this summer. But that won't keep the Georgia native from doing his tenth Farm Tour in 2018. 

This year's six stops will travel from Iowa to Florida over two weekends in September and October. The shows are typically staged in the fields of working farms, with the money raised going to fund scholarships for teens from farming families.

It's a cause close to Luke's heart, since he grew up on a peanut farm himself.

Tickets go on sale June 6, and will run you $51 in advance or $60 at the gate, plus parking. 

Here's a look at the itinerary for Luke Bryan's Farm Tour 2018: 

9/27 -- Irwin, Ohio, Springfork Farms
9/28 -- Pesotum, Illinois, Atkins Farm
9/29 -- Boone, Iowa, Ziel Farm
10/4 -- Archer, Florida, Whitehurst Cattle Company
10/5 -- North Augusta, South Carolina, Misty Morning Farms
10/6 -- Ringgold, Georgia, Doug Yates Farms 

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Friday
May252018

Justin Timberlake visits victim of Santa Fe school shooting in hospital 

Sonia LopezAfter dedicating his Houston concert to the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting earlier this week, Justin Timberlake took time out of his schedule to visit one of the victims in the hospital Friday morning.

The student’s mother, Sonia Lopez, posted a photo from the visit on Facebook. Her daughter, Sarah Salazar, is seen smiling in her hospital bed as Justin kneels next to her.

Lopez captioned the photo, “Justin Timberlake visited Sarah Salazar this morning and brought her a gift.”

Further details of the visit have not yet been revealed.

On Wednesday night in Houston, Justin paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the tragedy, wearing a “Santa Fe Strong” t-shirt on stage as he sang his song “Until the End of Time.”

Ten people were killed and 10 were injured last Friday after a 17-year-old gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, located between Galveston and Houston. The suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis [di-MI-tree-ohs pag-OR-cheez], has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail.

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Friday
May252018

Happy anniversary: Rihanna celebrates arrival of debut single, "Pon De Replay"

Getty Images via ABCBelieve it or not, Rihanna's debut single "Pon de Replay," is 13 years old. 

The celebrated singer shared the anniversary news on Instagram Thursday, writing, "13 years ago. day #1 pon.de.replay."  

"Pon De Replay" comes from RiRi's debut album Music of the Sun, which was released in 2005. 

The dancehall/dance-pop track reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that year and was certified two times platinum in 2012. 

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Friday
May252018

See Nick Mason play: Pink Floyd drummer's new group schedules full European tour

Chris Peyton for VVVoidAfter making their live debut this past week with four intimate club shows in London, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's new group, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, has announced plans for a full European tour in September.

The trek kicks off on September 2 in Stockholm, Sweden, and visits 14 other cities on mainland Europe before heading to Mason's U.K. home country for six more dates, winding down with a September 29 show in Nottingham. To buy tickets, visit TheSaucerfulofSecrets.com.

As previously reported, the group pays tribute to Pink Floyd's early material with a focus on the band's first two albums, 1967's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets. The other musicians in Mason's new outfit are Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd and David Gilmour touring bassist Guy Pratt, and veteran session musicians Lee Harris and Dom Beken on guitar and keyboards, respectively.

The set lists from Saucerful of Secrets' London gigs also included Pink Floyd songs from 1969's More, 1971's Meddle and 1972's Obscured by Clouds.

Here's the full list of Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets' European tour dates:

9/2 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Cirkus
9/3 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Forum Black Box
9/4 -- Rostock, Germany, Moya
9/6 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands, Carre
9/8 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Stadsschouwburg
9/9 -- Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Den Atelier
9/10 -- Paris, France, Olympia
9/11 -- Dusseldorf, Germany, Mitsubishi Elektrikhalle
9/13 -- Hamburg, Germany, Laeiszhalle
9/15 -- Stuttgart, Germany, Beethovensaal
9/16 -- Berlin, Germany, Tempodrom
9/17 -- Leipzig, Germany, Haus Auensee
9/19 -- Vienna, Austria, Stadhalle F
9/20 -- Milan, Italy, Tetro Arcimboldi
9/21 -- Zurich, Switzerland, Samsung Hall
9/23 -- Portsmouth, U.K., Guildhall
9/24 -- London, U.K., The Roundhouse
9/25 -- Birmingham, U.K., Symphony Hall
9/27 -- Manchester, O2 Apollo
9/28 -- Glasgow, U.K., SEC Armadillo
9/29 -- Nottingham, U.K., Royal Concert Hall

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Friday
May252018

Liam Gallagher releases "I've All I Need" video; meets 21-year-old daughter for the first time 

Warner Bros/Parlophone RecordsLiam Gallagher has shared the video for "I've All I Need," a track from the ex-Oasis vocalist's debut solo album, As You Were. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

The video is essentially documents the past year of Gallagher's life since he announced he'd be releasing As You Were. It includes live footage from shows at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival, Japan and Liam's hometown of Manchester, England, as well as cameos from Dave Grohl and David Beckham.

In other, probably more personally important, Liam Gallagher news, the musician recently met his 21-year-old daughter, Molly Moorish, for the first time, the BBC reports. Gallagher posted a photo of the meeting on his Instagram.

Molly is Liam's daughter with English musician Lisa Moorish. Gallagher has a total of four children, including another daughter who, according the BBC, he's also never met.

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Friday
May252018

Asking Alexandria explores band member relationships in "Alone in a Room" video

Sumerian RecordsAsking Alexandria has premiered the video for "Alone in a Room," a single from the band's new, self-titled album. The clip, streaming now on YouTube, is a prequel to the previously released video for "Into the Fire," the lead single from Asking Alexandria.

Both videos are shot with a black-and-white, Sin City-esque color scheme, and both seem to address lead vocalist Danny Worsnop's relationship with the rest of the band. Worsnop left Asking Alexandria in January 2015, but then returned to the group in October 2016.

In "Into the Fire," Worsnop drives a muscle car through an empty city, running over his band mates one by one before getting into a head-on collision with perhaps his own worst enemy: himself. In "Alone in a Room," Worsnop tries to communicate with the rest of Asking Alexandria but they can't, or possibly refuse to, see him.

"'Alone in a Room' is one of our favorite songs we've ever written!" Asking Alexandria says. "The story continues ladies and gentlemen, thank you all so much for helping our new album continue to grow into what we feel is our most exciting and daring record to date!"

Asking Alexandria will be playing select dates on the final Warped Tour this summer starting July 22 in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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Friday
May252018

Listen now: Michael Ray invites you to take a dip in the "Summer Water"

ABC/Image Group LA Michael Ray's new album, Amos, is named for his late grandfather, who inspired him to pursue a career in country music. And Michael says "Summer Water" is a track Amos would've loved. 

Perhaps more than any other song on the record, "Summer Water" paints a picture of what it was like for Michael growing up in the Sunshine State. 

“I have so many memories from my childhood, my teenage years, even my young adult years, that all involve time spent on the water," the native Floridian says. "That’s where you learned to fish when you were a kid, it’s the place you met up with your buddies on the weekend and even now it’s where I go with my dad to just talk about life."

"My grandfather did the same thing with my dad," he reflects. "It's generational for us and something I know I'll do with my kids down the road.”

You can stream or download "Summer Water" now ahead of the June 1 release of Amos. Michael's set to perform the record's lead single, "Get to You," on The Ellen DeGeneres Show June 4.

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Friday
May252018

Rock on, Stevie Nicks! Fleetwood Mac legend turns 70 on Saturday

Credit: Kristin BurnsStevie Nicks, whose mystical persona and poetic songs helped Fleetwood Mac become one of the world's most popular rock bands before she started an equally successful solo career, celebrates her 70th birthday on Saturday, May 26.

In 1974, Nicks and her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham were performing as a duo when they were asked to join Fleetwood Mac. Nicks' and Buckingham's singing and songwriting talents immediately impacted the group, whose chart-topping self-titled 1975 album included the Stevie-penned hit "Rhiannon" and her enduring ballad "Landslide."

Fleetwood Mac's next album, 1977's Rumours, made history. Recorded in the wake of Nicks and Buckingham's breakup and band mates Christine and John McVie's divorce, the album topped the Billboard 200 for 31 weeks and eventually sold over 20 million copies in the U.S.  Rumours also featured Stevie's composition "Dreams," the band's first and only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Nicks launched her solo career in 1981 with her debut album, Bella Donna. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200, and featured the hits "Edge of Seventeen," the Tom Petty duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and the Don Henley collaboration "Leather and Lace." Nicks has continued to alternate between Fleetwood Mac and her solo career.

This past January, Fleetwood Mac were honored with the MusiCares Person of the Year award. At the ceremony, Nicks mentioned her impending 70th birthday by noting that some of Fleetwood Mac's original fans are as old as 90.

"Those people played [Fleetwood Mac] music for their babies…And then those babies grew up and [played our music] for their babies," Stevie said. "And then those babies grew up, and those babies played it for their babies. I mean, all the babies just grew up, and I watched them grow up…It's, like, amazing!"

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Friday
May252018

R. Kelly documentary headed to Hulu

Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsAnother R. Kelly documentary is reportedly in the works. 

Deadline reports that BuzzFeed News and Hulu have joined forces to develop a feature documentary about the troubled R&B singer. 

The film will "explore Kelly's alleged abuse and exploitation of young black women" and is set to be streamed exclusively on Hulu.  

Other "key figures" will be featured in the doc as well, the report says.

BuzzFeed News will produce the project, based on reporting they've done over the past several years. 

Last year, BuzzFeed News released an extensive report focusing claims that Kelly was the leader of a "sex cult" brainwashing young women into sexual slavery.   

BuzzFeed News released a second R. Kelly report this May in which two other women accused the superstar of sexual misconduct. 

One of the women claimed that Kelly began a relationship with her when she was 17 years old.  

As previously reported, Lifetime is developing an as-yet untitled investigative documentary series and movie about R. Kelly. 

It will feature survivors and people from Kelly's "inner circle" coming forward for the first time to share their personal stories about Kelly. 

No details as yet about the Lifetime movie.

R. Kelly's been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct against young girls over the years. 

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Friday
May252018

Rock on, Stevie Nicks: Music icon turns 70 on Saturday

Credit: Kristin BurnsStevie Nicks, whose mystical persona and poetic songs helped Fleetwood Mac become one of the world's most popular rock bands before she started an equally successful solo career, celebrates her 70th birthday on Saturday, May 26.

In 1974, Nicks and her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham were performing as a duo when they were asked to join Fleetwood Mac. Nicks' and Buckingham's singing and songwriting talents immediately impacted the group, whose chart-topping self-titled 1975 album included the Stevie-penned hit "Rhiannon" and her enduring ballad "Landslide."

Fleetwood Mac's next album, 1977's Rumours, made history. Recorded in the wake of Nicks and Buckingham's breakup and band mates Christine and John McVie's divorce, the album topped the Billboard 200 for 31 weeks and eventually sold over 20 million copies in the U.S.  Rumours also featured Stevie's composition "Dreams," the band's first and only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Nicks launched her solo career in 1981 with her debut album, Bella Donna. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200, and featured the hits "Edge of Seventeen," the Tom Petty duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and the Don Henley collaboration "Leather and Lace." Nicks has continued to alternate between Fleetwood Mac and her solo career.

This past January, Fleetwood Mac were honored with the MusiCares Person of the Year award. At the ceremony, Nicks mentioned her impending 70th birthday by noting that some of Fleetwood Mac's original fans are as old as 90.

"Those people played [Fleetwood Mac] music for their babies…And then those babies grew up and [played our music] for their babies," Stevie said. "And then those babies grew up, and those babies played it for their babies. I mean, all the babies just grew up, and I watched them grow up…It's, like, amazing!"

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