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Oct202017

Ed Sheeran talks bike accident, substance abuse issues on "The Jonathan Ross Show" 

Greg WilliamsThis Saturday night on the British talk show The Jonathan Ross Show, Ed Sheeran tells all -- about the bike accident that forced him to cancel some shows, and his struggles with substance abuse.

Ed tells Ross that when he got into the accident -- which happened when he tried to go down a steep hill on a borrowed bike -- he didn't realize how badly he'd been hurt.

"I broke my wrist, my elbow and my rib," he says. "The thing is, when it happened, I got up and was like, ‘That hurt’ and then cycled to the pub. Went home, went to sleep and then woke up at five o’clock in the morning in a lot of pain. And then went to the hospital.”

Ed, who calls himself "a very clumsy person," notes this is the first time he's ever had to cancel shows due to an injury.

"I do a one-man show, so me not having my arms is half of the show," he explains. "I tried to say 'I’ll carry on doing the shows,' but they said if I put any more stress on it, I might not be able to play again."

The singer also reveals that he had a hard time adjusting to fame, and as a result, he says, "All the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them...mostly substance abuse."

Ed's friends eventually staged an intervention.

"It just started gradually happening and then some people took me to one side and were like, ‘Calm yourself down,’" he recalls. "It’s all fun to begin with, it all starts off as a party and then you’re doing it on your own and it’s not, so that was a wake-up call."

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Friday
Oct202017

Fond "Farewell": Rush releasing expanded 40th anniversary reissues of "A Farewell to Kings"

UMe/Anthem/oleRush will commemorate the recent 40th anniversary of its fifth studio album, A Farewell to Kings, by releasing various deluxe reissue packages on December 1. Among the anniversary releases will be a Super Deluxe Edition featuring three CDs and a Blu-ray disc.

Released in September 1977, A Farewell to Kings became Rush's first album to break into the top 40 of the Billboard 200. Featuring the Canadian prog-rockers' early radio hit "Closer to the Heart," plus such fan favorites as "Xanadu" and "Cygnus X-1," the record went on to sell more than 1 million copies in the U.S.

The Super Deluxe Edition reissue contains a CD featuring a remastered version of A Farewell to Kings done in 2015; two CDs boasting performances from a February 1978 concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon, plus other extra tracks; and a Blu-ray featuring two high-resolution audio versions of the record and promotional videos for three songs.

Some of the Hammersmith Odeon performances on the bonus CDs are previously unreleased, while the extra tunes are newly recorded cover versions of four A Farewell to Kings songs by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes, plus an instrumental album outtake called "Cygnus X-2 Eh." The package also offers revamped cover art, expansive new liner notes and such collectible goodies as a turntable mat, a "King's Ring" that includes a neck chain and velvet pouch, two lithographs and a replica of Rush's 1978 A Farewell to Kings Tour program.

A Deluxe Edition of the A Farewell to Kings reissue also will be available as a three-CD set, a four-LP 180-gram vinyl collection and a digital download.

Here is the track list for the Super Deluxe Edition:

CD 1: Original Album -- Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
"A Farewell to Kings"
"Xanadu"
"Closer to the Heart"
"Cinderella Man"
"Madrigal"
"Cygnus X-1"

CD 2: Live at Hammersmith Odeon -- February 20, 1978
"Bastille Day"
"Lakeside Park"*
"By-Tor & the Snowdog"
"Xanadu"
"A Farewell to Kings"
"Something for Nothing"
"Cygnus X-1"

CD 3: Live at Hammersmith Odeon -- February 20, 1978
"Anthem"
"Closer to the Heart"*
"2112"*
"Working Man"
"Fly by Night"
"In the Mood"
Drum Solo*
"Cinderella Man"

Extras Tracks:
"Xanadu" -- Dream Theater*
"Closer to the Heart" -- Big Wreck*
"Cinderella Man" -- The Trews*
"Madrigal" -- Alain Johannes*
"Cygnus X-2 Eh"*

Disc 4 -- Blu-ray
Audio:
A Farewell to Kings -- 96khz 24-Bit 5.1 Surround Mix by Steven Wilson
A Farewell to Kings -- 96khz 24-Bit Original Stereo Analog 2015 Remaster

1977 Promo Videos:
"A Farewell to Kings"
"Xanadu"
"Closer to the Heart"

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Friday
Oct202017

Pentatonix books guests for NBC holiday special, releases deluxe version of Christmas album 

Courtesy RCA RecordsIt's not Christmas without Pentatonix. 

The a cappella group has just released a deluxe version of their 2016 holiday album A Pentatonix Christmas, which now features a duet with Jennifer Hudson on the song "How Great Thou Art." They've also dropped a new video for the traditional holiday song "Away in a Manger."  The video features the group's current four-person lineup:  Avi Kaplan left earlier in the year.

The Grammy-winning group will support the album with a Christmas tour starting December 3 in Chicago and wrapping up with three shows at New York's Beacon Theater on December 19, 20 and 21.

Meanwhile, the group's holiday special, A Very Pentatonix Christmas, will air November 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and again on December 6  at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  The show will feature guests Jennifer Hudson, Jay Leno and 13-year-old America's Got Talent winner Darci Lynne Farmer.

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Friday
Oct202017

New Music Friday: MAGIC!s back, Rachel makes more "Waves," Kelly goes Christmas 

RCA RecordsThe MAGIC! is back today...and Kelly Clarkson and Rachel Platten also have new musical offerings.

Canadian band MAGIC!, who topped the charts with the song "Rude," returns with a new single called "Darts in the Dark," featured on their upcoming third album, due early next year.  The song adds some dance elements to the band's reggae sound.

Rachel Platten has released a third track from her upcoming album Waves, out October 27.  It's called "Collide" and if you pre-order the disc, you'll get it as an instant download.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson, whose new album Meaning of Life comes out next Friday, has released a Christmas song called "Christmas Eve."  The upbeat track is a new song that doesn't appear on her previous holiday album Wrapped in Red.


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Friday
Oct202017

Listen to unreleased Eagles' performance of "Hotel California" from upcoming deluxe reissue

Rhino EntertainmentThe Eagles recently announced plans to issue an expanded 40th anniversary edition of their classic album Hotel California on November 24 that will include a bonus disc featuring 10 previously unreleased performances from a series of October 1976 shows near Los Angeles. In advance of the deluxe reissue's arrival, you can check out the band's rendition of the record's famous title track now at Rhino Records' SoundCloud page.

The performances on the bonus CD were recorded during an October 20-22, 1976, stand at The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, California, a couple of months before Hotel California hit stores. The Eagles' live take on the song was highlighted by Don Henley's strong, gritty vocals and an inspired dual guitar solo by Joe Walsh and Don Felder.

As previously reported, the deluxe 40th anniversary reissue of Hotel California is a three-disc collection that includes a CD boasting a remastered version of the original album, the live bonus CD and a Blu-ray Audio disc containing three high-resolution mixes of the record. The deluxe set comes packaged with a hardbound book featuring rare photos, plus a replica tour book and a poster.

Single-CD and two-CD editions of the Hotel California reissue also will be available, as will digital and streaming versions.

The Eagles recently kicked off a brief series of fall U.S. tour dates that are plotted out through an October 27 show in Detroit. In the wake of founding member Glenn Frey's death in January 2016, the group has tapped Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill to step in for Glenn.

Here are all of the band's upcoming concerts:

10/20 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
10/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
10/24 -- Louisville, KY, KFC YUM! Center
10/27 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena

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Friday
Oct202017

New Music Friday: Liam Payne, Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, Julia Michaels & more

Republic RecordsEvery Friday brings a batch of new music, and there are a number of notable tracks hitting streaming and digital services today.

Liam Payne has a new solo single, "Bedroom Floor," which was co-written by Charlie Puth, among others.  In a statement, Liam says of the track, "It’s a bit different from what you’ve heard from me before, but helps to show where I’m going with my album. It’s very important to me to keep challenging myself, to keep pushing into new areas."

Nick Jonas has a new song called "Home," from the upcoming animated comedy Ferdinand, based on the children's book Ferdinand the Bull.  In a statement, Nick says, "I wrote this song with good friends of mine...and we wrote about feeling accepted and feeling loved, wherever that place is for you. For me it’s home, it’s my family, people I have closest to me; and the experiences we’ve shared.”  The movie arrives December 15.

Julia Michaels co-wrote Justin Bieber's hit collabo with BloodPop, "Friends," and now she's featured on a new remix of the track.  Julia also co-wrote songs on new albums by Maroon 5 and Pink, and is featured on Clean Bandit's new song "I Miss You," out next Friday.  She'll appear on MTV's TRL on October 24.

Canadian band MAGIC!, who topped the charts with the song "Rude," returns with a new single called "Darts in the Dark," featured on their upcoming third album, due early next year.  The song adds some dance elements to the band's reggae sound.

Finally, Kelly Clarkson, whose new album Meaning of Life comes out next Friday, has released a Christmas song called "Christmas Eve."  The upbeat track is a new song that doesn't appear on her previous holiday album Wrapped in Red.

 

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Friday
Oct202017

Mike Patton scores new Stephen King movie, "1922"

Suzi Pratt/FilmMagicThe ever-prolific Mike Patton has hopped aboard another project. The Faith No More frontman recorded the score for 1922, a new movie based on Stephen King's 2010 novella of the same name.

1922 is streaming now on Netflix, and Patton's score will be officially released in 2018.

Patton previously provided music for the 2009 film Crank: High Voltage and 2012's The Place Beyond the Pines.

Last month, Patton concluded a tour with one of his many other bands, Dead Cross. The band had to cancel one show during the trek after Patton injured himself in a skateboarding accident.

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Friday
Oct202017

Bishop Briggs can't wake up in "Dream" video 

Credit: Jabari JacobsBishop Briggs has premiered the video for her new single, "Dream." The Wes Anderson-inspired clip follows the singer-songwriter as she walks through an endless house while accompanied by an ever-growing group of musicians. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

"It was really important that 'Dream' kept the balance of strength and total vulnerability -- which was my exact headspace when it was being written," says Briggs in a statement.

"It's a rare moment when you truly feel that the visual matches the words you've written on the paper but I think [director] Dano [Cerny] proves that there can be perfect harmony between the worlds."

"Dream" is the first single from Bishop's forthcoming debut album, which is due out spring 2018. Earlier this year, she released an EP featuring the singles "River" and "Wild Horses."

Briggs is currently on tour through North America, playing dates with Alt-J and Bleachers.

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Friday
Oct202017

Mastodon releases new signature beer, Sultan's Curse 

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter listening to Mastodon's new album Emperor of Sand -- an 11-track journey following a man condemned to wander through a desert -- you may find yourself in need of a drink. If that's the case, then look no further than Sultan's Curse, a new signature beer from the Atlanta metallers.

Created in collaboration with Mikkeller Brewing San Diego, Sultan's Curse -- named after a track on Emperor of Sand -- is an imperial stout brewed with Middle Eastern spices, coffee, dates and toasted pistachios, among other ingredients.

"We are beer lovers and enthusiasts so it makes us really happy to have our name on such a delicious brew and what goes together better than heavy metal and beer?" says drummer Brann Dailor.

Sultan's Curse launched Thursday prior to Mastodon's show in San Diego. If you're an of-age California resident, you can order the beer online via Shop.MikkellersD.com.

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Friday
Oct202017

Keyshia Ka’oir denies she has a secret family 

Courtesy BETFollowing claims by Khia that Gucci Mane’s new wife has a secret family, the bride has clapped back with a firm denial.

“I DO NOT HAVE THREE KIDS IN JAMAICA," Keyshia Ka’Oir tweeted in all caps.

She responded after Khia posted several videos attacking Ka’Oir on Instagram, saying, “I wanna know, where is your real friends at back in Jamaica, where is your children girl, where is your real family, the people you grow'd up with before you went and got all this s**hit done to your face." Khia claims that Ka’oir abandoned her children in Jamaica to marry Gucci.

She added, “The Mane Event needs to be the reunification of you and your children that you left down there.”

Ka’oir and Gucci tied the knot in a ceremony titled The Mane Event that aired live on BET.

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Friday
Oct202017

Jhene Aiko launches youth program for National Writing Day

Credit: Jhene AikoJhene Aiko is inspiring young people to write with a new campaign kicking off today for National Writing Day.

The three-time Grammy nominee launched her “PennysPen” program, named after her alter-ego Penny, in conjunction with GetSchooled.com. She is inviting youth ages 13-21 to post poems and other forms of writing with the hashtag #PennysPen. Aiko will award 100 winners with her special writing kit including a custom pen and notebook.

“There are days when we struggle, and life seems hard, but it always helps when we can express ourselves,” Aiko says. “When it seems like no one else understands, our journals can be our best friends. Writing poetry has always been a form of therapy for me. It helps me reflect and get through difficult situations.”

The deadline for the contest is October 29, 2017. For details, check out GetSchooled.com

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Jhené Aiko Power of the Pen from Get Schooled on Vimeo.

 

 

Friday
Oct202017

"The Older I Get": Alan Jackson unveils new single as he enters the Country Music Hall of Fame

EMI Records NashvilleAlan Jackson is releasing new music, just as he becomes one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“The Older I Get” is the lead single from the Georgia native’s forthcoming album, which will be his first new studio effort since 2015.

“This song reflects a lot of how I feel these days,” he reveals. “It’s a good song. I really liked it, but the message was a little different when I first heard it. I thought maybe it could be a little more positive about being older and wiser and more content, so they rewrote a few things and this is how it ended up.”

Alan officially joins the Hall of Fame at the Medallion Ceremony Sunday night in Nashville.

He's set to sing on the 51st CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville November 8 starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Look for Alan’s new album sometime in 2018.

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Friday
Oct202017

112 releases new single “Both of Us” featuring Jagged Edge 

Entertainment One112 is showing Atlanta unity with their new single featuring another male vocal group from the A-T-L.

The Grammy Award winning group is teaming with Jagged Edge for their brand new single, “Both Of Us.” The mid tempo track is from their first new album in 12 years, Q Mike Slim Daron, named after the group members, which drops October 27th.

112 performed the first release from the album, “Dangerous Games,” plus a medley of their hits today during a visit to The Wendy Williams Show.

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Friday
Oct202017

"We Won't Back Down": Jason Aldean makes his "Saturday Night Live" performance available, to help victims of the Vegas tragedy

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is making his performance of “I Won’t Back Down” available to stream or download now, with proceeds going to the Direct Impact Fund, to help victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas.

The two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year performed the Tom Petty classic to open Saturday Night Live on October 7. It was his first appearance since his set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival was interrupted by gunfire that would take the lives of 58 innocent people and injure close to 500 more. Petty had unexpectedly passed away in the days prior.  

Jason has produced a special “We Won’t Back Down” t-shirt to help in the aftermath as well. You can order the $35 black tee that mimics the iconic Las Vegas sign on his website.  

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Friday
Oct202017

To celebrate their ten-year anniversary, Luke Bryan upgraded wife Caroline's bling

ABC/Image Group LA If you get the chance to check out the left hand of Luke Bryan’s wife, Caroline, you’ll notice she’s sporting a pretty impressive rock.  That's a present from Luke, to thank her for sticking by him for 10 years.

The couple met during their college days at Georgia Southern, and married in December of 2006. To celebrate a decade of being together, the four-time Entertainer of the Year exchanged Caroline’s original ring for a larger one at the end of last year.

“It was a little 10-year anniversary gift,” Luke tells People. “Ten years with me feels like a thousand. It was certainly the least I could do!”

You can catch a glimpse of Caroline’s new ring on Luke’s Instagram, in a photo taken at the recent CMT Artists of the Year gathering.

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Friday
Oct202017

The late Gregg Allman honored with special award for his hepatitis C advocacy work

Credit: Ian RawnOn Thursday night in Washington, D.C., Gregg Allman received a posthumous award named in his honor for his work in raising awareness about hepatitis C.

At the 15th anniversary National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) event, the late Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was presented with the Gregg Allman Hepatitis C Leadership Award, which his longtime manager Michael Lehman was on hand to accept.

The award recognizes Allman -- who battled hepatitis C in his final years -- for taking part in the "Tune In to Hep C" campaign, which raised awareness about the disease, and encouraged baby boomers to get tested.

As part of the campaign, Gregg played a benefit concert with The Allman Brothers Band at New York's Beacon Theatre in 2011 that raised $250,000 for the NVHR and the American Liver Foundation.

"Gregg recognized an awareness gap, particularly among baby boomers who are infected with hepatitis C and either don't realize they have the virus or just are not seeking treatment," said Lehman in a statement. "He sought to remove the stigma with the message that it doesn't matter how you contract hepatitis C -- it only matters that you find it and treat it."

Allman died in May at age 69 of complications from liver cancer. His final studio album, Southern Blood, was released in September.

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Friday
Oct202017

Bring Me the Horizon's Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish complete Kilimanjaro climb

Credit: Danny BaldwinCongratulations are in order for Bring Me the Horizon's Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish, who have reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

Sykes posted a photo of him and Fish at the peak on his Twitter. "We did it," he wrote in the caption.

The climb, which began on October 12, raised money for Friends of PICU, which supports pediatric intensive care units. The idea came to Fish last year after his newborn son Eliot was admitted to the PICU in Southampton, England after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Sykes and Fish have so far raised more than £69,000, which is a little over $90,000. You can still donate by visiting JustGiving.com.

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Friday
Oct202017

Chance the Rapper shares joyous moment opening Grammy Awards with his daughter

ABC/Randy HolmesWhen you win a Grammy, you get a trophy, but it's just a prop -- you have to wait for the real ones to arrive. That's why, seven months after winning three Grammys, Chance the Rapper has finally received his awards. He tweeted out video of himself sharing the joyous moment with his two-year-old daughter.

"I got my Grammys in the mail," he tweeted. “Thank you everyone who made this music with me, especially this girl right here. #ColoringBook #BestRapAlbum #butitwasamixtape #IDidItWithGod #ChanceTebow,"

He opened the boxes with his daughter, Kensli, and she hugged her daddy as they admired and counted the awards. When Chance pulled out his third trophy, Kensli grabbed it and it placed it next to his first two Grammys.

The Chicago MC was honored for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album for Coloring Book and Best Rap Performance for “No Problem” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.


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Friday
Oct202017

Listen to Bleachers & Hayley Williams cover Tegan and Sara for new compilation 

ABC/Randy HolmesBleachers and Paramore's Hayley Williams both appear on The Con X: Covers, a new compilation released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tegan and Sara's 2007 album, The Con. The album is available now on digital platforms. 

As its title suggests, The Con X: Covers features some of Tegan and Sara's favorite artists performing their versions of tracks from The Con. Bleachers takes on the track "Burn Your Life Down," while Williams tries her hand at the song "Nineteen."

The Con X: Covers also features contributions from CHVRCHES, Ryan Adams and PVRIS. Proceeds from the album will be donated the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which supports self-identified women and girls in the LGBTQ community.

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Friday
Oct202017

Pink hints she recently collaborated with former rival Christina Aguilera

SGranitz/WireImageNot only have Pink and Christina Aguilera ended their long-running feud, they’ve also apparently done some sort of musical collaboration.

During an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Pink hinted that the two have worked on a song -- which would be their first collab since 2001's "Lady Marmalade."

"We may or may not have already collaborated,” she teased. "I don't know if I'm allowed to say that but I just did."

She also explained why they didn’t get along in the first place.

“We were super young and super new at the whole thing and I think I’m an alpha and she’s an alpha," Pink told Andy Cohen. "And I’m used to, you know, taking my altercations physical and she’s used to having them verbal and we just are very different, we were very different,” she says.

When asked by host Andy Cohen if things ever got physical between them, Pink admitted that it was actually Christina who took a swing at her -- in a club.

But she adds that they’re all good now.

“We made up on The Voice, 'cause I hadn't seen her in years and years and years and we became moms, we grew up and we hugged it out,” she says. “It's that simple and I feel so good about that and we did a song together.”

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