Lorde has her first number-one album as "Melodrama" debuts atop "Billboard" 200

LAVA/Republic RecordsCongratulations are in order to Lorde whose Melodrama has debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart.

Melodrama is Lorde's first U.S. number-one album.  Her 2013 debut, Pure Heroine, peaked at number three.

The album tops the chart with 109,000 in sales and streams during the week ending June 22, of which 82,000 were traditional sales.

Pure Heroine actually sold more in its debut week, when it peaked at number three -- 129,000 in pure sales, since at the time Billboard did not count certain numbers of individual track sales and streams as equivalent to album sales, as the magazine does now.

It's been a good couple of weeks for female artists on the Billboard 200.  Melodrama is the third album in a row by a woman to top the cart following Halsey's hopeless fountain kingdom and Katy Perry's Witness

The last time women topped the album chart three weeks running was in 2012 when the run included the debuts of Rhianna's Unapologetic and Alicia Keys' Girl on Fire followed by a rebound to number one by Taylor Swift's Red.  And it's the first time three new albums by women debuted at number one in successive weeks since Reba's Keep On Loving You, Colbie Caillat's Breakthrough and Whitney Houston's I Look to You did it in 2009.

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With New Edition, Chance the Rapper and Xscape, 2017 BET Awards celebrate black excellence

BETAmid some bumps and technical issues, the 2017 BET Awards brought black excellence to the forefront with a celebration of music, film and young talent.

Bruno Mars opened the show with his signature choreography in a spirited performance of his uptempo track, "Perm." 

After the performance, Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones took to the stage to amp up the crowd for the night's festivities. Wearing a knee brace, the comedian joked about her upcoming 50th birthday and how she considered herself "old school," which drew some laughs.

Dear White People's Logan Browning and All Eyez on Me star Demetrius Shipp, Jr. announced the first award of the night which went to Migos for best group.

While music stayed the focus for much of the evening, Detroit actors Laz Alonzo, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Algee Smith, took time to mention the names of young men and women of color who were killed by police. 

They introduced Solange as the winner of the Centric Award for "Cranes in the Sky," who acknowledged BET for helping to bring images of color to her television screen as a young child.

Some of the performances during the night included French Montana, dressed in a white dashiki to honor the motherland with his song "Unforgettable" featuring the artist Swae Lee; Migos and Post Malone, who performed their song "Congratulations"; and Migos later reenergizing their fans with their hit "Bad and Boujee."

Chris Brown performed "Privacy," and brought Gucci Mane out for their song "Party." 

Diddy presented the award for best new artist to Chance the Rapper and then plugged his documentary, Can't Stop, Won't Stop, which became available Sunday night on Apple music.

During the second hour of the show, Mary J. Blige was seemingly uncensored as she sang about her relationship and went into her new song "Love Yourself," with A$AP Rocky.

Jamie Fox presented Bruno Mars with the Best Male R&B/Pop Artist award while plugging his upcoming film, Baby Driver

In addition to performances from award show regulars like Trey Songz, who performed "Nobody Else but You,"; Big Sean, who performed "Bounce Back," Tamar Braxton, who belted out "My Man"; and Maxwell who sang, "Gods," some newcomers took the stage.

Khalid performed his soulful "Location," and crowd favorite SZA performed "Love Galore" and "The Weekend."

black-ish star, Yara Shahidi, who won the Young Stars Award, and made a moving speech acknowledging what would have been Tamir Rice's 15th birthday.

'90s girl group Xscape also performed and stunned the crowd with some of their hits including "Understanding" "Who Can I Run To" and "Just Kickin".

Future performed "Mask Off" and brought out Compton's own Kendrick Lamar to back him up. 

BET's CEO, Debra Lee, saluted Chance the Rapper with the BET Humanitarian Award. The Chi-town rapper, who made a riveting speech, also was honored by a special message from former first lady Michelle Obama.

There were also multiple tributes to honor the celebrities who passed away, including a special tribute by Havoc and Lil Kim for Prodigy

Kendrick won Best Male Rapper, while Remy Ma won Best Female Rapper and took a noticeable shot at her rival Nicki Minaj.

The cast of Girls Trip helped presented New Edition with their Lifetime Achievement Award. After a few words from each member, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins took the stage to perform some of their hits including "Mr. Telephone Man," "Can You Stand the Rain" and "If it Isn't Love."

Helping to close out the night was DJ Khaled who brought out  Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, Quavo and his son Asad for his Grateful hit, "I'm the One."

Here's the complete winners list:

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Remy Ma

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé — “Sorry”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Kendrick Lamar

Youngstars Award
Yara Shahidi

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bruno Mars

Best New Artist
Chance the Rapper

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Centric Award
Solange — “Cranes in the Sky”

Best Group

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Best Collaboration
Chris Brown Ft. Gucci Mane & Usher — “Party”

Video of the Year
Beyoncé — “Sorry”
Bruno Mars — “24k Magic”

Video Director of the Year
Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter -- "Sorry"

Album of the Year
Lemonade — Beyoncé

Best Actress
Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor
Mahershala Ali

Best Movie
“Hidden Figures”

Sportswoman of the Year Award
Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year Award
Stephen Curry

Best International Act: Europe

Best International Act: Africa

Humanitarian Award
Chance the Rapper

Lifetime Achievement Award
New Edition

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Michael Jackson remembered by family on 8th anniversary of his death

Tim Whitby/Getty ImagesIt was eight years ago Sunday that Michael Jackson died at 50 at his home in Los Angeles.

The King of Pop, known for creating timeless music across multiple genres, died on June 25, 2009, after going into cardiac arrest.

Surviving members of Jackson's famous family marked the occasion by remembering him during live performances and on social media.

The Jacksons -- the singing group started with Michael Jackson back in 1964 -- performed at the Glastonbury Festival in England on Saturday.

On stage, his brothers dedicated two of their hit songs to him -- "I'll Be There" and "Gone Too Soon.”

Jermaine Jackson also took to Twitter before the performance to remember his younger brother in his own way.

"We'll be 4 brothers on stage joined by Michael in spirit," he wrote. "Through the music we made together, we find comfort in memories, esp this weekend."

And Michael Jackson's official Facebook page, run by his estate, remembered the music legend in a lengthy message.

"While our hearts remain heavy over the passing of Michael Jackson eight years ago, we take solace in the timelessness of his music and his message," the note began.

"'When I create my music, I feel like an instrument of nature,' Michael once said. 'I wonder what delight nature must feel when we open our hearts and express our God-given talents,'" the message continued.

"For a planet in desperate need of open hearts and compassionate minds, we continue to seek joy and fulfillment in the music and entertainment he shared with us -- and express hope that Michael’s message may someday 'heal the world,' as he tirelessly strove to do," it concluded.

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Louis Tomlinson admits he didn't want One Direction hiatus: "It wasn't necessarily a nice conversation" 

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Now that four out of five members of One Direction seem to be well on their way to solo stardom, it's time for Louis Tomlinson to do the same.  But the singer admits that he was the one who didn't want the group to go on hiatus in the first place, and had no plans for a solo career at all.

Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Louis says that he argued against the group stopping for a while, adding, "It wasn’t necessarily a nice conversation. I could see where it was going.”  When he was outvoted, he figured he'd manage other acts and write songs for other people until the group reformed.

"If you’d asked me a year or 18 months ago: ‘Are you going to do anything as a solo artist?’ I’d have said absolutely not," he tells the paper.  But following the release of "Just Hold On," his collaboration with Steve Aoki, he's decided to give it a shot.

Louis says he's doing it because he wants to prove to 1D fans that he's been worthy of their love, and for his mom, who passed away last year.  But he also wants to prove something to himself because, he admits, during his time in 1D, he felt like the odd man out...or as he puts it, "forgettable, to a certain degree."

"Niall...he’s the most lovely guy in the world...and he’s fearless....Zayn has a fantastic voice," Louis explains. "Harry comes across very cool. Liam’s all about getting the crowd going, doing a bit of dancing…and then there's me...[thinking], ‘What have I really done to contribute here?'"

According to the Guardian, Louis' new single, featuring Bebe Rexha, will be out soon.

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Jamie Foxx recalls how an unknown Ed Sheeran blew away an L.A. audience of "800 black people": "He got a standing ovation in 12 minutes" 

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It's a testament to Ed Sheeran's talent as a live performer that he doesn't have a backup band, dancers or costumes, yet he's able to sell out stadiums around the world.  But Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx says he's always known how great Ed is live, because when he was still an unknown, Foxx saw him win over a room that couldn't have been less welcoming.

On the season finale of BBC America's Graham Norton Show, airing July 1, Foxx talks about how he let Ed sleep on his couch for six weeks when the British singer was first starting out.  He says he thought Ed's songs were great, but he wanted to see if he could cut it as a performer, so he put him through a trial by fire.

"I took him down to this show that I was doing, a live night, every Monday in downtown L.A.," Foxx tells Norton. "It was like, 800 black people!  All black, like, just the best musicians...I mean, the level of the music is here.  And I say, 'Ladies and gentleman, Ed Sheeran!' and he pops out [with his little red hair]...and a ukulele!"

At that point, Foxx says, a pal asked him if had lost his mind.

"He said, 'Yo, Foxx, c'mon man, what's this? What you doin' to the room right now?  You gotta respect the room!'" laughs Jamie.  "And it was just like a movie. I said, 'Well, let's see what the kid has.'"

"And he went out there on the ukulele, got a standing ovation in 12 minutes," Foxx adds. "And the rest was history!"

Ed proved his skills as a performer again last night, headlining the U.K.'s premiere music festival, Glastonbury.

In case Jamie missed the show, he might want to know that Ed trotted out two classic soul covers -- Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and Bill Withers'  "Ain't No Sunshine," reports The Daily Mirror.


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DJ Khaled says Nicki Minaj-Alicia Keys track "Nobody" is "one of my favorite records" from "Grateful"

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DJ Khaled's tenth studio album, Grateful, has finally arrived, featuring some seriously A-list guest talent. Two of today's biggest music stars, Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj, appear on one of the tracks on Grateful, titled "Nobody." Khaled tells ABC Radio it's one of his favorite tracks from the album.

"Man, this record right here means a lot to me," he says.  "'Nobody' -- when you hear the message, it's so much pain in there, but also, so much glory and so much victory at the same time. It's gonna uplift people, but at the same time, it's a big anthem."

Khaled says he's always wanted to work with Alicia and had "an amazing time" with her in the studio. He also praises Nicki's bare delivery on the song, saying, "You could hear her pain. You could also hear her victory and her glory in her voice." 

Khaled is known for gathering A-list talent for features on his albums, but with number of big names on  Grateful -- including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Nas, RihannaDrake, Future and Chance the Rapper -- he's outdone himself this time around.  For Khaled, though, he's just feeling "blessed to make great music for over ten years." 

He says, "A lot of these relationships I've had from us artists having the same dream and goal. When I reach out to somebody and I present a song or an idea or a track or a vision, we're all excited to do it. We push each other to be great and we have respect for each other."

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Stop! "Hammer Time" ...with Lecrae and 1k Phew 

Courtesy of Columbia RecordsLecrae is following up the release of his powerful last single, "I'll Find You," with a new track called "Hammer Time." 

And the Grammy-winning artist does in fact mention iconic hip hop artist MC Hammer, whose unforgettable phrase "Stop! Hammer Time!" from the 1990 track "U Can't Touch This," inspired the title of the single. 

"Hammer Time" features vocals by 1k Phew and was produced by Metro Boomin.  

It'll be featured on Lecrae's debut album, scheduled for release later this year.  

The single is available to purchase via the usual digital platforms.  

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Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill reveals identity of his personal "reverend on the radio"

ABC/Randy HolmesOn Kings of Leon's current single "Reverend," frontman Caleb Followill sings about someone who sounds like a "reverend on the radio." The band came up with that line before the rest of the song came together, and it eventually turned into more than just a hook for Caleb and the rest of the Followills.

"It was kind of an idea that we had a few months before we started the album, and all we really had was the hook of the chorus, and I hadn't really figured out what the lyric was gonna be about," Caleb tells ABC Radio. "But the more I kind of thought about it, I knew I wanted it to be about something that was close to me, and it's actually about a country singer named Blaze Foley."

While he was a talented musician, Blaze Foley led a troubled life, and was shot to death at age 39.

"The lyric is all about him and kind of what his life was about, but he was the 'reverend on the radio' to me," Followill explains. "When I hear his music, it speaks to me and kind of tugs at me a little bit."

Despite its tragic backstory, "Reverend" has a celebratory vibe musically, which Kings of Leon have found really comes across live.

"No matter where we play it, the crowd sings every word," says Followill. "They all have the same weird dance move that they do. It's pretty special."

You can trot out your weird dance moves when Kings of Leon kick off their summer North American tour July 26 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The band is also hosting their annual Music City Food + Wine Festival in their hometown of Nashville September 15-17.

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Nashville Notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Grammy Charity auction happening online now features signed guitars from Kenny Chesney and Kacey Musgraves, a microphone signed by Carrie Underwood and a CD signed by Cam. Bidding happens through July 8 on eBay. Proceeds benefit the Grammy Museum Foundation and MusiCares.

Following a recent performance at the gala opening of “The Nation We Build Together” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, music icon and Country Music Hall of Fame Member Kenny Rogers was presented with an award honoring his “unique contribution to American music.”

October 7, occasional country collaborator and Nashville resident Kid Rock will host his 3rd Annual Fish Fry at Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel. Fontanel Mansion is the former home to Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell that is now a Music City tourist destination. The Fish Fry is open to the public and performances will feature Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson and others to be announced. For details, visit

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DVD documenting 2009 concert where Paul & Ringo reunited coming in September

Eagle Rock EntertainmentA 2009 benefit concert featuring a rare onstage reunion by surviving Beatles band mates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be released on DVD and as a digital video on September 1.

Change Begins Within documents a show held at New York City's Radio City Music Hall that included McCartney and Starr performing separately and together, as well as performances by Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Moby, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and others.

Among the highlights of the Change Begins Within concert, which took place April 4, 2009, were McCartney and Starr taking the stage together to play three tunes: the Fab Four classics "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "I Saw Her Standing There," and the Macca rarity "Cosmically Conscious." For the latter two songs, the former Beatles were joined by the evening's other performers.

The show also featured Vedder teaming up with Ben Harper for a rendition of the Queen-David Bowie duet "Under Pressure," Crow playing the George Harrison classic "My Sweet Lord" and Donovan singing his own hit "Hurdy Gurdy Man" with James and Harper. You can check out a video clip of the Donovan performance on

The Change Begins Within concert raised money for the David Lynch Foundation, which supports the teaching of Transcendental Meditation to at-risk children and others in the U.S.

Here's the list of performances featured on the Change Begins Within video:

"Natural Blues" -- Moby, Betty LaVette, TM Choir
"Rise" -- Eddie Vedder
"Under Pressure" -- Eddie Vedder & Ben Harper
"My Sweet Lord" -- Sheryl Crow
"Hurdy Gurdy Man" -- Donovan & Jim James
"Isle of Islay" -- Donovan and Paul Horn
"It Don't Come Easy" -- Ringo Starr
"Boys" -- Ringo Starr
"Yellow Submarine" -- Ringo Starr
"Baby You Can Drive My Car" -- Paul McCartney
"Jet" -- Paul McCartney
"Got to Get You into My Life" -- Paul McCartney
"Let It Be" -- Paul McCartney
"Here Today" -- Paul McCartney
"Band on the Run" -- Paul McCartney
"With a Little Help from My Friends" -- Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr
"Cosmically Conscious" -- All members
"I Saw Her Standing There" -- All members

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Newcomer Carly Pearce turns a painful breakup into her first top-25 hit

BMLGCarly Pearce’s emotional top-25 hit “Every Little Thing” was based on one of her real-life relationships. And if you’re wondering if the newcomer still pines for the ex she wrote the song about, Carly says the answer is no.  

“This particular person that the song is about, we’ve both very much moved on,” she says. “But I think even in relationships that I’ve had since then or things that I’ve gone through, that emotion, when you really love somebody, doesn’t fade.”

The Kentucky native admits she doesn’t have to look very far to summon the sentiment she sings about in her song.

“You know, I can see somebody in the crowd crying and get emotional in that,” she reveals. “Or I can think about a situation that’s happening to me in present time and be upset about that, or be in the city where the person is from and think about it. But it’s something that we all deal with. We all deal with heartbreak and so it comes up in different forms a lot.”

Carly’s currently in the studio with producer busbee working on her debut album.

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So many country acts wanted to perform with Earth, Wind & Fire for new "CMT Crossroads" episode, they had to take the concert outdoors

Earth, Wind & Fire and Martina McBride (John Shearer/Getty Images)Some of country's biggest stars have teamed up with legendary funk/R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire for a first of it's kind outdoor CMT Crossroads, premiering tonight.

Filmed during the CMA Music Festival earlier this month, the group took to a stage in Downtown Nashville outside the Bridgestone Arena and was joined by the likes of Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, Martina McBride and more.

The electric collaborations showcase Earth, Wind & Fire's timeless hits, including "Shining Star," "After the Love Has Gone" and "September," performed with Lady Antebellum. Get a sneak peak now at

CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends premiere at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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"Go Crazy" with Prince's "Purple Rain" Deluxe and Deluxe-Expanded Edition, in stores today

Warner Bros.This Sunday marks the 33rd anniversary of the release of Prince's iconic 1984 album Purple Rain, and today sees the release of the deluxe edition and the deluxe expanded edition of the album. 

As previously reported, the Purple Rain deluxe edition includes two CDs: the original album and a second CD of previously unreleased tracks.  

As for the Purple Rain Deluxe -- Expanded Edition set, fans will get the two CDs that come with the deluxe version, plus a third CD of single edits and B-sides, and a DVD of Prince & The Revolution performing at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, on March 30, 1985 on the Purple Rain tour.

Purple Rain is the sixth best-selling movie soundtrack album in history, having sold more than 22 million units.  

Here are the track lists for both editions: 

Purple Rain Deluxe

Disc One: Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
"Let's Go Crazy"
"Take Me With U"
"The Beautiful Ones"
"Computer Blue"
"Darling Nikki"
"When Doves Cry"
"I Would Die 4 U"
"Baby I'm A Star"
"Purple Rain"

Disc Two: From The Vault & Previously Unreleased
"The Dance Electric"
"Love and Sex" 
"Computer Blue" ("Hallway Speech" version)
"Electric Intercourse" (studio)
"Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden"
"Possessed" (1983 version)
"Wonderful A**"
"Velvet Kitty Cat"
"Katrina's Paper Dolls"
"We Can F***"
"Father's Song"

Purple Rain Deluxe - Expanded Edition
Includes Disc One and Disc Two as Listed Above, plus:

Disc Three: Single Edits & B-Sides
"When Doves Cry" (edit)
"17 Days"
"Let's Go Crazy" (edit)
"Let's Go Crazy" (Special Dance Mix)
"Erotic City"
"Erotic City" ("Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive") 
"Purple Rain" (edit)
"God" (Love Theme From Purple Rain)
"Another Lonely Christmas"
"Another Lonely Christmas" (extended version)
"I Would Die 4 U" (edit)
"I Would Die 4 U" (extended version)
"Baby I'm A Star" (edit)
"Take Me With U" (edit)

DVD: Prince And The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985
"Let's Go Crazy"
"Little Red Corvette" 
"Take Me With U"
"Do Me, Baby"
"Irresistible B****"
"How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"
"Let's Pretend We're Married"
"International Lover"
"Computer Blue"
"Darling Nikki" 
"The Beautiful Ones"
"When Doves Cry"
"I Would Die 4 U"
"Baby I'm A Star"
"Purple Rain" 

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In honor of "Purple Rain"'s 33rd anniversary, watch Bruno Mars rehearse "Let's Go Crazy"

Monty Brinton/CBSOne of the highlights of this year's Grammy Awards was Bruno Mars' tribute to Prince.  Dressed as the late legend, Bruno performed one of Prince's biggest hits, "Let's Go Crazy," with his band.  To mark the 33rd anniversary of the release of Prince's album Purple Rain this Sunday, Bruno is offering fans a behind-the-scenes look at that performance.

In newly released rehearsal footage of the "Let's Go Crazy" performance, Bruno and the band are shown bathed in purple light and dressed in street clothes, while Bruno is playing the same Prince-inspired guitar he rocked during the actual performance.

Bruno will open the BET Awards this Sunday night, but it's not known what he'll perform.  Meanwhile, newly released deluxe and deluxe expanded editions of Purple Rain are in stores now.

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Royal Blood nabs number-one UK album with "How Did We Get So Dark?"

ABC/Randy HolmesRoyal Blood has the number-one album in their home country. The British duo's sophomore effort, How Did We Get So Dark?, arrives at the top spot of the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart.

"Wow. Just wow," says Royal Blood in response to the news. "Can we just say, thank you so much."

Royal Blood's self-titled debut album also arrived at number one in the U.K. when it was released in August 2014. That record was the U.K.'s fastest-selling rock debut in three years.

How Did We Get So Dark? features the lead single "Lights Out." Royal Blood will kick off a U.S. headlining tour in support of the album the end of July.

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You can Netflix and chill with Brad Paisley and The Hoff on August 15th

Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesBrad Paisley will be playing for big laughs on August 15th when Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo debuts on Netflix.

The show was filmed earlier this year when Brad hosted two comedy shows at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville as part of the Wild West Comedy Festival.  He's wrangled a bunch of great talent for the special, too, including comedians Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana and Mike E. Winfield.

Baywatch and Knight Rider icon David Hasselhoff and Reba McEntire make special appearances.

You can watch Brad, along with David Hasselhoff on the hood of K.I.T.T., the car from Knight Rider, as they make the official announcement on Brad's Facebook page.

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Fitz and the Tantrums debut new summer jam, "Fool" 

ElektraFitz and the Tantrums have premiered a new single called "Fool." The bright, summery track is available for download on digital outlets, and you can watch its goofy video now on YouTube.

"My mama always said wear fresh underwear for the summer," says frontman Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick of "Fool." "Here's our fresh summer jam just for you!"

"Fool" will appear on the deluxe version of Fitz and the Tantrums' self-titled album, which boasts the hit single "HandClap." The new edition of Fitz and the Tantrums arrives July 28, and will feature bonus tracks, live recordings and a remix of "Fool."

Fitz and the Tantrums will kick off a tour with OneRepublic in July.

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David Cook returns with new single, "Gimme Heartbreak"

Rob ThackerDavid Cook is back with a new single and, coming this fall, a new EP.

The single, "Gimme Hearbreak," is now available at all digital providers.  David says in a statement, "[It] feels like a new chapter to me.  New direction, new energy.  A new sound that I'm excited to share and build on."

The American Idol season seven champ is also  once againteaming with PledgeMusic for his new EP, due for release this fall.  If you pre-order it, you can access exclusive goodies, content and experiences, depending how much you're willing to cough up. 

The usual album and t-shirt bundles are available, but for $1,000 bucks, you'll get an executive producer credit on the EP.  $2,500 will get you a new guitar autographed by David, and if you've got $40,000 to spare, David and his band will come and perform a private acoustic show for you.

The Missouri-raised singer-songwriter, who now calls Nashville home, will kick off a tour June 29 in Cincinnati.  It wraps up September 23 in Ft. Lauderdale.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich lists his 15 favorite metal and hard rock albums 

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's Lars Ulrich lists his 15 favorite heavy metal and hard-rock albums in a piece for Rolling Stone. The drummer's picks include Deep Purple's 1972 live album Made in Japan, AC/DC's 1977 record Let There Be Rock and Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction.

Of Made in Japan, Ulrich writes, "Deep Purple obviously had a handful of insane songs, from 'Highway Star' to 'Smoke on the Water' to 'Speed King' to all the rest of them. But there's probably no other band in rock where the difference between the album versions and the live versions are more radical." Ulrich, of course, inducted Deep Purple into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year.

As for Let There Be Rock, Ulrich calls it AC/DC's "heaviest...densest...most energetic record," and he lauds Appetite for being "the blueprint for literally thousands of bands."

Ulrich also picks a few more modern albums, including Rage Against the Machine's The Battle of Los Angeles and System of a Down's Toxicity.

Earlier this week, Rolling Stone shared its "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time" list, which was topped by Black Sabbath's Paranoid. Ulrich's band was well represented on the tally: Metallica's Master of Puppets comes in at #2.

Here are Ulrich's 15 favorite metal and hard rock albums, in alphabetical order:

AC/DC -- Let There Be Rock
Alice in Chains -- Dirt
Black Sabbath -- Sabotage
Blue Oyster Cult -- On Your Feet or On Your Knees
Deep Purple -- Made in Japan
Diamond Head -- Lightning to the Nations
Guns N' Roses -- Appetite for Destruction
Iron Maiden -- The Number of the Beast
Judas Priest -- Unleashed in the East
Mercyful Fate -- Melissa
Motorhead -- Overkill
Rage Against the Machine -- The Battle of Los Angeles
System of a Down -- Toxicity 
UFO -- Strangers in the Night
Warrior Soul -- The Space Age Playboys

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Watch Willie Nelson's smokin' cameo in Toby Keith's new "Wacky Tobaccy" video

Show Dog MusicToby Keith has rolled out a video for his new single "Wacky Tobaccy" and, as promised, there is a brilliant cameo from one of music's most famous wacky tobaccy aficionados, Willie Nelson.

The three-minute video features Toby on the bus with his band jamming to the song, which has plenty of references to its subject.  Those not as familiar with wacky tobaccy might just learn a thing or two.

Caution: watching this video might give you the munchies.

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