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Dec092016

Mariah Carey Reschedules Final Vegas Residency Dates

Denise TruscelloMariah Carey's Las Vegas residency, Mariah #1 to Infinity, is coming to an end, but not as originally planned.

The residency's final shows were originally set to take place in late May and early April, but those shows have now been moved to July.

The shows will now take place on July 8,9,11,14,15 and 18 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  

Ticket holders for the originally schedule dates, April 26-May 13, should contact there original point of purchase for an exchange.

Although Mariah #1 to Infinity will be over next July, Mimi fans will be able to again at The Colosseum in December with six holiday-themed shows.

And speaking of the holidays, Mariah is currently performing her annual All I Want for Christmas Is You performances at New York City's Beacon Theatre, with shows scheduled through December 17.

The live holiday event is now in its third year.  

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Friday
Dec092016

"Office Christmas Party: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" Features Vocals by Big Freedia, Ying Yang Twins & Lil Jon

Orli AriasYou could deck the halls with the Office Christmas Party soundtrack this holiday season.

The album, officially released today via all digital retailers, features vocals from a number of artists, including bounce music star and Fuse reality television star Big Freedia, soul artist Black Joe LewisLil JonJuicy JTyga and the Ying Yang Twins

Here's the tracklist: 

"Intro" -- DJ Calvis 
"Deck da Club Intro" -- DJ Calvis 
"Deck da Club" -- Ying Yang Twins 
"Kiss This" -- The Struts 
"Come to My Party Intro" -- DJ Calvis 
"Come to My Party" -- Black Joe Lewis 
"Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Intro" -- DJ Calvis 
"Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" -- Alex Aiono 
"Holiday Intro" -- DJ Calvis 
"Holiday" -- Capital Cities 
"Do What It Do Intro" -- DJ Calvis 
"Do What It Do" -- OG Maco & TWRK 
"Let's Get Ridiculous Intro" -- DJ Calvis 
"Let's Get Ridiculous" -- RedFoo 
"Electrify" -- Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 
"Booty Bounce Pop" -- Mr. Colli Park, Atom Pushers & DJ Wavy featuring Ying Yang Twins 
"BlackOut Intro" -- DJ Calvis 
"BlackOut" -- The Americanos featuring Lil Jon, Juicy J and Tyga 
"Juicy Wiggle" -- RedFoo 
"Mutant Brain" -- Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums featuring Agent Sasco (Assassin) 
"Make It Jingle Intro" -- DJ Calvis 
"Make It Jingle" -- Big Freedia 
"Outro" -- DJ Calvis 

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Friday
Dec092016

Mariah Carey Reschedules Final Vegas Residency Dates

Denise TruscelloMariah Carey's Las Vegas residency, Mariah #1 to Infinity, is coming to an end, but not as originally planned.

The residency's final shows were originally set to take place in late May and early April, but those shows have now been moved to July.

The shows will now take place on July 8,9,11,14,15 and 18 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  

Ticket holders for the originally schedule dates, April 26-May 13, should contact there original point of purchase for an exchange.

Although Mariah #1 to Infinity will be over next July, Mimi fans will be able to again at The Colosseum in December with six holiday-themed shows.

And speaking of the holidays, Mariah is currently performing her annual All I Want for Christmas Is You performances at New York City's Beacon Theatre, with shows scheduled through December 17.

The live holiday event is now in its third year.  

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Friday
Dec092016

Deluxe Version of Cream's Debut Album, "Fresh Cream," Due Out Next Month

UMeToday marks the 50th anniversary of the U.K. release of Cream's debut album, Fresh Cream, and coinciding with the milestone comes news that a deluxe, expanded edition of the record will hit stores on January 17.

The deluxe Fresh Cream will feature three CDs and a Blu-ray Audio disc, as well as a 64-page hardcover book that includes new notes penned by respected rock journalist David Fricke.

The Fresh Cream: Deluxe Edition CDs includes mono and stereo versions of the original U.K. album, tracks that were released as singles and on EPs around that same time period, alternate mixes and masters of select tunes, early versions of songs, outtakes and more. The discs also contain performances from BBC sessions that were recorded in late 1966 and early 1967, some which have never been released before. The Blu-ray Audio disc features high-resolution mono and stereo versions of Fresh Cream's U.S. track list, plus select bonus tunes.

Cream was formed in 1966 by guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker -- all considered to be among the finest rock musicians in their native U.K. Fresh Cream features a mix of original tunes and classic blues covers, including "I Feel Free," "I'm So Glad" and "Spoonful." The album peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200, although it yielded no hit singles. It has gone on to sell more than 500,000 copies in the U.S.

A six-LP vinyl version of the deluxe Fresh Cream reissue also will be released, in April 2017.

You can check out the full track list of the four-disc Fresh Cream: Deluxe Edition set at UDiscoverMusic.com.

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Friday
Dec092016

Beyoncé's Red Lobster Lyric in "Formation" Was Formerly About a Famous Fashion Designer

ABC/Image Group LAOne of the most infamous lyrics from Beyoncé's hit single "Formation" -- "I take his a** to Red Lobster" -- was originally about luxury fashion designer Maison Margiela.  

Producer Mike WiLL Made-It explained to an audience during a recent Red Bull Music Academy lecture that the lyric, first co-created as a reference track by Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, was originally, "If you f*** me good, I'll take your a** to Margiela" during a studio session.

"Beyoncé had already reached out to me to send some music and then I had sent a couple ideas," Mike Will began.

"We're just messing around and freestyling... Swae Lee had said, 'OK. Now let's get in formation,' and I was like 'Man, what did you say'...that might be hard for Beyoncé, bro...," he continued. 

"He [Swae Lee] went in and he did a whole 'nother freestyle to the beat, but he ended up laying that 'Formation' part and Jxmmi just went in the booth and Jxmmi said, 'If you f*** me good, I'll take your a** to Margiela. And he was just rapping and s***. And then I just took that reference track and just sent it to Beyoncé, along with a couple other reference tracks," Mike added. 

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Friday
Dec092016

"EW"'s Best Albums of 2016 Include Beyoncé's "Lemonade" and Rihanna's "ANTI" 

Parkwood/ColumbiaEntertainment Weekly's annual round up of the Best and Worst in Entertainment hits newsstands tomorrow and includes a list of the best albums of 2016.

Topping the list is, unsurprisingly, Beyoncé's tour de force album Lemonade, which EW says "snapped us out of mourning [following the recent death of music icon Prince] with a feature-length visual album that touched on practically every corner of popular music -- including rock, country, and reggae -- while [it] spilled a juicy tale of infidelity that left some wondering if she was surprise-releasing divorce papers, too."   

Coming in at #4 is Rihanna's ANTI, which introduced the "longest-running No.1" song of the artist's career, "Work."  

Relative newcomers Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak also made the list at #7 and #9, respectively.

Chance's mixtape album, Coloring Book, helped elevate the musician to superstardom -- and seven 2017 Grammy nominations.

Anderson .Paak's Malibu, described by the magazine as a "mix of old-school R&B, trippy neo-soul, and gospel infused earworms," gave the West Coast artist much acclaim and two 2017 Grammy nominations as well, including one for Best New Artist. 

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Friday
Dec092016

Alicia Keys and Pharrell Release New Track, "Apple"

Trae Patton/NBCThe latest release from the Hidden Figures soundtrack is Alicia Keys and Pharrell's cautionary track about love called "Apple."

"It's funny when the arrow's aiming at you/Inscribed with your name/You pray that it just does pass you/Cupid's only gonna shoot if he knows it's his game," sings Pharrell.   

The "Happy" vocalist and co-producer of the dramatic film also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday night, performing another song from the soundtrack, "I See a Victory."  

The artist was joined by Kim Burrell and a backing choir on stage for the rousing performance. 

Hidden Figures: The Album is out now in stores and usual digital platforms everywhere. 

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Friday
Dec092016

Bring Me the Horizon's First Five Releases to Be Issued on Gold Vinyl

Credit: Danny BaldwinBring Me the Horizon would like you to bring them your record player. The band's first four albums -- plus their 2004 debut EP This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For -- are being released on gold-colored vinyl. The gold discs will be available December 16, and are available for pre-order now.

The albums getting the gold vinyl treatment include 2006's Count Your Blessings, 2008's Suicide Season, 2010's There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret. and 2013's Sempiternal. Incidentally, Sempiternal was certified gold earlier this year.

Bring Me the Horizon will be touring North America next year in support of their latest album, That's the Spirit. The trek, dubbed the American Nightmare tour, kicks off in March.

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Friday
Dec092016

Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury Announces Debut Album with Sam Patch Project

Dep Records Arcade Fire member Tim Kingsbury has announced the debut album for his new project, Sam Patch. The album is called Yeah You, and I, and it will be released February 17. You can download the first single, titled "St. Sebastian," now on iTunes.

Kingsbury plays the majority of the instruments Yeah You, and I, and he wrote and sings on every one of the album's songs. His Arcade Fire band mate Jeremy Gara provides drums on six of the songs.

Sam Patch will hit the road next year in support of Yeah You, and I on a North American tour, which kicks off in March. Visit SamPatchMusic.com for ticket info.

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire is currently working on their fifth studio album, their first since 2013's Reflektor.

Here are the Sam Patch tour dates:

3/2 -- Montreal, QC, Bar Le Ritz PDB
3/3 -- Ottawa, ON, Zaphod Beeblebrox
3/4 -- Quebec City, QC, Anti
3/9 -- Allston, MA, Great Scott
3/10 -- New York, NY, Mercury Lounge
3/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Boot & Saddle
3/12 -- Washington, DC, Black Cat
3/16 -- Toronto, ON, The Drake
3/17 -- Detroit, MI, El Club
3/18 -- Chicago, IL, Empty Bottle

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Friday
Dec092016

Phil Lesh, Gov't Mule Among First Artists Confirmed to Play 2017 Lockn' Festival

Courtesy of Lockn' FestivalFounding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and Gov't Mule, the group fronted by ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, are part of the initial lineup of the 2017 Lockn' Festival, scheduled for August 24-27 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia.

Lesh is slated to perform with two different groups during the fifth anniversary event, his Phil Lesh & Friends collective and an outfit called The Terrapin Family Band. Phil's performance with the latter group will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Grateful Dead's 1977 album Terrapin Station.

Among the other acts confirmed to perform at next year's Lockn' fest are Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, The String Cheese Incident, moe., Margo Price, Brandi Carlile and The Avett Brothers. Additional artists will be announced soon.

Early-bird discount tickets are on sale now, including four-day general admission passes, and VIP and Super VIP packages. For more information, visit LocknFestival.com.

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Friday
Dec092016

Watch Kate Moss Channel Elvis Presley in Video for New Orchestral Version of "The Wonder of You"

PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsAn official video for the enhanced rendition of the late Elvis Presley's "The Wonder of You" that appears on the recently released album of the same name premiered online Friday. The black-and-white clip stars British supermodel Kate Moss, who is shown alternately lip-synching the song and sultrily posing while wearing a series of glamorous dresses.

The video was shot at London's famous Abbey Road Studios, where the new orchestral parts were recorded for the tracks featured on The Wonder of You album. In the clip, Moss dons outfits inspired by four different Presley looks, including a black leather jumpsuit reminiscent of the one Elvis wore for his 1968 comeback special.

"I was so excited to be asked to be involved in this project, anything for Elvis…" says Kate.

You can watch "The Wonder of You" video now at ElvisTheMusic.com and at Presley's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The Wonder of You is Presley's second release that pairs his archival vocal performances with newly recorded orchestral accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to the title track, the collection includes versions of the Elvis chart-toppers "A Big Hunk o' Love" and "Suspicious Minds," and renditions of "Amazing Grace," "Always on My Mind" and "Let It Be Me."

Following its October release, The Wonder of You topped the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, as did Presley's previous album featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 2015's If I Can Dream.

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Friday
Dec092016

Coming Around Again: Another Chance to Catch "CMA Country Christmas" and "Christmas of Many Colors"

ABC/Heidi GutmanIf you missed two of the biggest Christmas events in country music this year, never fear. Both will be coming around again, just in time for the holiday.

NBC plans to re-air Dolly Parton’s sequel to last year’s successful Coat of Many Colors TV movie. You can catch Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, December 23.

The Country Music Association will also cue up this year’s CMA Country Christmas special again, this time on Christmas Eve. You can see host Jennifer Nettles along with Brett EldredgeRascal FlattsLoretta LynnTrisha YearwoodChris YoungKacey Musgraves and many more starting at 9 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Dec092016

Adele Intended "Hello" Video as Statement on Race Relations, Director Says

Xavier Dolan/XL Recordings/ColumbiaIt turns out that the casting of former Wire actor and R&B singer Tristan Wild as the love interest in Adele's "Hello" video, was more than just a testament to his skills as a thespian.

The visual's director Xavier Dolan tells New York magazine's Vulture that while he recommended Wild for the role, it was Adele's idea to cast a person of color for the part, in reaction to the recent rash of police killings of young black men.

"It was not opportunistic, she didn't want to be hip or anything. She was just like, 'I'm concerned with the reality of the tensions between authorities and the black community, and I want to send a message out there,'" he says.  "I thought it was beautiful. I wish that it was my idea, but it wasn't."

Dolan also takes little credit for the video's globe-conquering success -- it's been streamed on Vevo more than 1.2 billion times, and more than 1.8 billion times on YouTube, making it YouTube's 7th most viewed video of all time.  Although he says he's proud of the success he says it's  "a measure of how appreciated an artist Adele is."

So will the director be working with Adele in the future?  Maybe, but not in his upcoming film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.  Although there were rumors that Adele would be appearing in the film, Dolan shot those down to Vulture.

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Friday
Dec092016

Madonna Honored at "Billboard" Magazine's Women in Music Gala in New York City

ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty ImagesMadonna was honored as Billboard's Woman of the Year at the publication's annual Women in Music Gala in New York City on Friday. The Queen of Pop said she's determined to fight for women's rights, perhaps even as an elected official.

On the red carpet, Madonna told Billboard, "For me... [since] Hillary Clinton...it's really important to make a stand and speak my mind about the importance of women...empowering themselves...believing in themselves and understanding their worth."

She added, "I think I've always been political. But I think in this particular time...I do want to fight for not only human rights, but for women's rights."  Madonna added that running for office is a "maybe," depending on "how much abuse" she's willing to take from the press.

Madonna's pal of 30 years, actress Debi Mazur, was on hand to support the star, and she told ABC Radio why Madonna really deserves this honor this year.

"We need to have a strong female voice," said Mazur. "We need to come together as women and protect our rights. She's been advocating since the beginning of her career for women."  Debi added that Madonna's "smart, she's sophisticated, she's really a force of nature...and I just have a lot of respect for her and her voice."

At the same event, Shania Twain was given Billboard's Icon Award

The Women in Music Gala will air on Lifetime on December 12.

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Friday
Dec092016

Alessia Cara, Kesha, Meghan Trainor, Halsey and More Honored at "Billboard's" Women in Music Gala Friday 

Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Billboard MagazineAlessia Cara, Kesha, Meghan Trainor, Halsey, Madonna and more were honored at Billboard's annual Women in Music Gala Friday in New York City.

Alessia, who received the Rule Breaker award, said it was "so, so crazy" to be honored with so many other women she admires.  She also appreciates that there's an event that celebrates women specifically.

"I think it's really nice to just shed light on...women being in power for once," she told ABC Radio. "And showing...that we can do things that anybody else can. It's important to find our strength through our creativity and what we do best."

Kesha was given the Trailblazer award, and her collaborator, "11 Blocks" singer Wrabel [RAY-bell] told ABC Radio how important the honor is, coming at the end of a year in which Kesha made headlines by suing her producer, who she claims abused her.

Calling the award "such a statement," Wrabel said Kesha's "vulnerability and her honesty" is "so powerful."

Madonna was named Woman of the Year and her friend of 30 years, actress Debi Mazur, explained why the Queen of Pop deserves the honor.

"We need to come together as women and protect our rights, [and] she's been advocating since the beginning of her career for women," Mazur said, adding, "She's smart, she's sophisticated, she's really a force of nature."

Shania Twain was given the Icon Award, and said the "highlight of her career" has been hearing from "all these young artists who were children when I was really climbing...who looked up to me." 

Due to illness, Meghan Trainor couldn't be there to accept her Chart Topper award, but her friends in Fifth Harmony paid tribute to her with a performance of her hit "Like I'm Gonna Lose You."

The ceremony will air on Lifetime December 12.

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Friday
Dec092016

"You Can't Box 'Em In": Maren Morris Takes Inspiration from Shania Twain, as "Billboard" Honors Both at Its Women in Music Gala

ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris has been caught up in quite a whirlwind lately. First, she took home the New Artist trophy at the CMAs. Then, the “My Church” hitmaker found out she’s the most-nominated country artist at this year’s Grammys.

“Utter shock, honestly!” the relative newcomer says of her reaction to the news. “That's happened a few times this year where I just am speechless. Yeah, that morning I found out I was up for four… one of 'em being Best New Artist.”

These days, the accolades just keep on coming for Maren, and on Friday, Billboard gave her its Breakthrough Star honor at the annual Women in Music gala, alongside the likes of Madonna and Shania Twain.

“Standing in this room today as a representation of country music is so cool, because this is such a diverse group of women musically,” Maren reflects. “But at the end of the day, it's like we're all experiencing the same things and the same emotions. And it's just so cool to be in the room with women that really speak their mind and are incredible songwriters and you can't box 'em in.”

Even as Billboard proclaimed Shania this year’s Icon, the Canadian superstar admitted for her, there’s no greater honor than having the respect of someone like Maren.

“All these young artists who were children when I was really climbing, who y'know admired me or looked up to me and to them, I'm an icon, you know, that sorta thing, to me that is the highlight of my career,” Shania says.

You can watch the Billboard Women in Music special on Monday, as it airs at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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Friday
Dec092016

Madonna & Shania Twain Honored at "Billboard's" Women in Music Gala in New York City

Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for A+EMadonna was honored as Billboard's Woman of the Year at the publication's annual Women in Music Gala in New York City on Friday. The Queen of Pop said she's determined to fight for women's rights, perhaps even as an elected official.

On the red carpet, Madonna told Billboard, "For me... [since] Hillary Clinton...it's really important to make a stand and speak my mind about the importance of women...empowering themselves...believing in themselves and understanding their worth."

She added, "I think I've always been political. But I think in this particular time...I do want to fight for not only human rights, but for women's rights."  Madonna added that running for office is a "maybe," depending on "how much abuse" she's willing to take from the press.

Madonna's pal of 30 years, actress Debi Mazur, was on hand to support the star, and she told ABC Radio why Madonna really deserves this honor this year.

"We need to have a strong female voice," said Mazur. "We need to come together as women and protect our rights. She's been advocating since the beginning of her career for women."  Debi added that Madonna's "smart, she's sophisticated, she's really a force of nature...and I just have a lot of respect for her and her voice."  

At the same event, Shania Twain was given Billboard's Icon Award, and she told reporters she appreciates knowing she's influenced other artists:

"All these young artists who were children when I was really climbing, who admired me...and to them, I'm an icon....to me, that is the highlight of my career," the Canadian star said. "To be able to say that there are these people who have been inspired by me, the same way that I have by those before me."

The Women in Music Gala will air on Lifetime December 12.

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Friday
Dec092016

It's "Lonesome" at the Top! Rolling Stones' "Blue & Lonesome" Debuts at #1 on UK Chart

Interscope RecordsThe Rolling Stones' latest release, Blue & Lonesome, may be packed with classic blues songs, but the band has less reason to feel blue today, as the record has bounded to the top of the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart. Blue & Lonesome becomes the British rock legends' 12th album to reach #1 on the U.K. tally after racking up an impressive 106,000 combined sales in its debut week.

Physical purchases and digital downloads made up 99 percent of the album's total sales figure. The only release that had a higher sales week in the U.K. this year was the late David Bowie's Blackstar, which moved 146,000 units back in January.

"We are absolutely delighted with the success of Blue & Lonesome in the U.K. and around the world," The Stones say in a statement.

The last new Stones studio album to top the Official Albums Chart was Voodoo Lounge in 1994, although the reissue of the band's classic 1971 record Exile on Main St. did reach #1 on the tally in 2010.

Meanwhile, it looks like Blue & Lonesome will fall short of the top spot on the U.S. albums chart, the Billboard 200. Billboard reports that the album is on course to amass 110,000 to 120,000 in sales and equivalent streams, which will place it at #2 behind The Hamilton Mixtape. The latter record, which features various stars performing renditions of songs from the Broadway smash Hamilton: An American Musical, is expected to log between 160,000 to 190,000 combined sales in the U.S.

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Friday
Dec092016

Miranda Lambert Takes "Highway Vagabond" to Late Night

ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert continues making the rounds to promote her new #1 album, The Weight of These Wings, and next up, she’ll stop by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

This time, she’ll perform the track “Highway Vagabond,” which also happens to be name of her upcoming headlining tour that kicks off January 26 with Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellers. You can catch the show Monday at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

The Texas native just released the second single from the record, “We Should Be Friends,” just as its lead release, “Vice,” was nominated for two Grammys.

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Friday
Dec092016

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Docuseries Is in the Works

L-R: Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre; Desiree Navarro/WireImageA four-part HBO documentary series about the business relationship between Dr. Dre and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine is currently in the works.

Titled THE DEFIANT ONES, the documentary will feature Dre and Iovine talking with one another as well as with other industry stars such as NasIce Cube and Snoop Dogg, discussing the duo's journey within the music industry.  

The interviews will also shed light on their "partnership on Aftermath Records, discovering Eminemand collaboration on the Beats Electronics headphones brand."  

"THE DEFIANT ONES has everything you expect in a great story -- drama and humor, tragedy and triumph," said President of HBO Programming, Casey Bloys, in an official statement.   

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