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Dec152017

Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney stars in "Christmas in the Heartland"

ABC/Image Group LA There was a time when Joe Don Rooney’s most famous acting role was his derriere-baring star-turn in Rascal Flatts’ 2003 video for “I Melt.” That all changes this holiday season, however, as he stars in the new movie Christmas in the Heartland.

In the film, Joe Don plays an aspiring artist named Jim who’s recently discovered he has a daughter. You can check out the trailer for the movie, which also stars Shelley Long and Bo Derek, on YouTube.

Christmas in the Heartland is available on DVD and most VOD platforms now.

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Friday
Dec152017

"Jesus and Elvis" and Kenny Chesney, coming to "Late Night" on Monday

Allister AnnKenny Chesney will not only sing Monday on Late Night with Seth Meyers, he’ll also do a rare interview.

It’s the East Tennessee native’s first TV appearance since his Live in No Shoes Nation album debuted at #1 on the all-genre album chart, and he started the Love for Love City Foundation to help the Virgin Islands in the wake of recent hurricanes.

“Obviously, anyone who knows me knows I’m supposed to be on a beach right about now,” Kenny says candidly. “But to share everything that’s happened with the Virgin Islands, the animal rescue, this amazing live record the fans really created -- well, I can endure some snow for that!”

Kenny will also perform “Jesus and Elvis” -- a track from his Grammy-nominated Cosmic Hallelujah album -- for the very first time. You can catch Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday at 12:35 p.m. on NBC.

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Friday
Dec152017

Foo Fighters give Kevin Hart a group hug in "SNL" promo 

Rosalind O'Connor/NBCFoo Fighters get friendly in a promo for their appearance on this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live. In the clip, cast member Leslie Jones encourages Dave Grohl and company to give host Kevin Hart a big group hug, which quickly becomes uncomfortable for the Jumanji reboot star.

In another take, Hart stands directly in front of the camera so it looks like he's as tall as the Foos in the background. Grohl tries to get Hart to stand with Jones and the rest of the band, but he refuses to leave his spot.

SNL airs live coast-to-coast Saturday, December 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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Friday
Dec152017

Richie Sambora releases new EP, holiday single with Orianthi; is up for Rock Hall reunion with Bon Jovi

BMGJust days after getting the news that he'll be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this April with his old band Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora has released a new duets EP called Making History with his musical and romantic partner Orianthi. The five-song recording is the second collaborative EP that Sambora and Orianthi have issued together under the RSO moniker, following Rise in September.

One of the new tracks, the twangy, upbeat "Walk with Me," has gotten its exclusive premiere at Forbes.com.

Meanwhile, Sambora and Orianthi also released a holiday single today called "One Night of Peace." The tune, which features backing vocals by the Young Canadians School of Performing Arts Choir, debuted today on Variety.com. Richie wrote the song many years ago after an emotional phone conversation with a friend who was being deployed during the United States' first invasion of Iraq and who asked the rocker to take care of his family should he not return from the conflict.

The Making History EP and "One Night of Peace" are available digitally at iTunes and Amazon, and via select streaming services.

Meanwhile, Sambora says he plans to rejoin his old Bon Jovi bandmates at the 2018 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland.

Richie tells Billboard that he expects the event to be "a joyous occasion," noting, "I was there for 31 years and we sold 150 million records or something and we put a lot of asses in seats in stadiums around the world and made a lot of people happy…so, yeah, I'm showing up for that."

He adds, "Everybody should have a smile on their face and a smile in their hearts and it should be a celebration of what we did."

Here's the Making History EP's track list:

"Making History"
"We Are Magic"
"Walk with Me"
"Together on the Outside"
"I Don't Want to Have to Need You Now"

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Friday
Dec152017

Jackson Browne releases new single, "The Dreamer," recorded with Mexican-American musicians

Credit: Brandise DaneswichJackson Browne has teamed up with the Mexican-American roots band Los Cenzontles and Los Lobos singer/guitarist David Hidalgo to record a new song titled "The Dreamer" that was released as a single today. The tune, which is sung partly in Spanish, tells the story of a Mexican girl who comes to the U.S. to reunite with her father with hopes of finding a better life, but is in danger of being deported.

The track is available for purchase now as a digital download at iTunes and Amazon. Browne co-wrote "The Dreamer" with Los Cenzontles member Eugene Rodriguez.

The song was inspired by the plight of Dreamers, illegal immigrants who were protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), legislation created in 2012 by President Barack Obama that President Donald Trump has vowed to bring an end to in 2018.

You can watch an official video for "The Dreamer" now at Browne's YouTube channel and at iTunes. The clip was directed by by Mark Kohr, whose credits include videos by Green Day, No Doubt, Primus and Shakira.

In other news, Browne recently announced dates for a spring U.S. tour that will feature him backed by a full band. The trek kicks off April 6 in Honolulu and is mapped out through a May 20 show in Westbury, New York. The acclaimed singer/songwriter also has scheduled a February 9 benefit concert in San Pedro, California, for the nonprofit Grand Vision Foundation and its youth music-education program, Meet the Music. Browne's 2018 itinerary also includes a previously announced series of acoustic gigs in Georgia and Florida in January, and a March-April tour of Australia.

Here are all of Browne's upcoming U.S. concerts:

12/17 -- San Pedro, CA, Grand Annex
1/6/18 -- Augusta, GA, William G. Bell Auditorium
1/7 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
1/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live
1/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
1/20 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
1/23 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theater - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
1/24 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
2/9 -- San Pedro, CA, Warner Grand Theatre
4/6 -- Honolulu, HI, Waikiki Shell
4/8 -- Kahului, HI, Castle Theater
5/2 -- Richmond, VA, Altria Theater
5/3 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
5/5 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino
5/6 -- Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre
5/9 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
5/10 -- Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre
5/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Event Center
5/13 -- Bethlehem, PA, Bethlehem Event Center
5/15 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
5/17 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
5/18 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
5/20 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury

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Friday
Dec152017

It's not a vibe: 2 Chainz thinks Walmart stole his "Dabbin' Santa" sweater design

ABC/Randy Holmes2 Chainz has officially put Walmart on blast for allegedly selling knockoff versions of the rapper's "Dabbin' Santa" sweaters.  

He writes on Instagram, "Oooh nooo someone please tell Walmart that they didn't get permission to use this patent or likeness in any way."

"We use this sweater this time of year to spread togetherness and also give back to those who are less fortunate or not able to provide for their families at this time." 

Chainz then adds, "That being said it's gone be a Jolly Holly Xmas." 

The "Good Drank" artist also posted a picture of one of Walmart's "Dabbing Santa" Christmas sweaters. 

You can take a look at the picture and compare with photos of 2 Chainz' holiday sweaters via his 2 Chainz Shop website.  

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Friday
Dec152017

Sam Smith concert special, "The Thrill of It All Live," debuts on Apple Music

Ruven AfanadorReady to be thrilled by Sam Smith in concert? Apple Music has released an intimate concert special called The Thrill of It All Live, featuring Sam’s recent London gig celebrating the release of his sophomore album.

The concert features Sam performing his new hits, like “Too Good at Goodbyes,” with the backing of a choir. He also performs some of his old favorites and puts a new spin on his 2013 song with Disclosure, “Latch.”

Last month, Apple Music aired a short film chronicling the making of Sam’s album, titled On the Record: Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All. It featured behind-the-scenes footage, along with interviews from Sam.

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Friday
Dec152017

"Bright: The Album," featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Future, Migos & more out now 

Atlantic RecordsThe star-studded soundtrack for Will Smith's new Netflix movie Bright is out now

Bright: The Album features vocal appearances from a variety of artists including Ty Dolla $ignFutureMigos, Meek MillA$AP RockySnoop DoggYG, Lil Uzi Vert and DRAM

You can purchase the disc via the usual digital platforms. 

Bright premieres December 22 on Netflix. 

Set in a world where magical creatures are real, Bright is about two L.A. cops -- one human, one orc -- who team up to protect a deadly relic that can destroy the world.  

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Friday
Dec152017

RZA to direct Terrence Howard and Wesley Snipes in "Cut Throat City" 

Audrey LewRZA has brought in some major talent for his latest film.

According to Deadline, RZA has tapped Terrence HowardWesley SnipesT.I.All Eyez on Me's Demetrius Shipp Jr.The Get Down's Shameik Moore and Baby Driver's Eiza González for his upcoming heist drama Cut Throat City.

The film, which is set in a post-Katrina New Orleans, is said to center on four boyhood friends who return to their city, to discover their homes have been decimated with no options for employment. 

Instead, they turn to a local gangster for work and must now pull off "a daring casino heist" in their hometown.

In addition to directing, RZA will oversee the film's soundtrack and score.

The film, which is currently filming in New Orleans, also stars Joel David MooreKat GrahamRob MorganKeean JohnsonDenzel Whitaker and Isaiah Washington

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Friday
Dec152017

Alice Cooper releases video for ominous song "The Sound of A"; limited-edition single due in February

Credit: Robb FennAn official video for the Alice Cooper song "The Sound of A," which closes out the shock rocker's 2017 album Paranormal, has just premiered on the earMusic label's YouTube channel.

The clip features close-up footage Cooper and various men, women and children sporting variations of his creepy black facial and eye makeup, lip-synching to the ominous-sounding tune.

A limited-edition single featuring "The Sound of A," along with four previously unreleased live performances recorded at a May 2016 concert in Columbus, Ohio, will be issued on February 23 on CD and as a 10-inch white-vinyl disc. Alice will celebrate his 70th birthday February 4.

"The Sound of A" dates back to 1967, and was the first song Cooper ever wrote entirely by himself. Original Alice Cooper band bassist Dennis Dunaway brought an old tape of the tune to the sessions for Paranormal, and he and Alice reworked it and decided to include it on the album.

Here's the track list of "The Sound of A" vinyl single:

Side A
"The Sound of A"
"The Black Widow"*

Side B
"Public Animal #9"*
"Is It My Body"*
"Cold Ethyl"*

* = previously unreleased live song recorded on May 6, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

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Friday
Dec152017

Ice Cube relaunches his #ByeFelicia t-shirts in honor of Robin Roberts

ABC/Randy HolmesIce Cube is thanking Good Morning America's Robin Roberts for officially making #ByeFelicia great again.

After her comments on GMA, where Roberts dismissed Omarosa Manigault Newman with a sharp, on-air “Bye, Felicia” following an interview in the previous segment on Thursday morning -- Cube announced he was bringing back the catchphrase t-shirt in Robin's honor.

"Back up for 2 days only! In honor of @RobinRoberts dropping a #ByeFelicia on @GMA, we're re-launching the tee for a limited time," Cube tweeted.

"Last chance to purchase: ," he added.

The phrase "Bye, Felicia" comes from Cube's 1995 buddy crime comedy film Friday

According to Cube, who starred in the film and co-wrote its script, "Bye, Felicia" refers to someone you want to get "out of your face'". 

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Friday
Dec152017

The Beautiful & Damned & Fashionable: G-Eazy teams with H&M for new clothing collection

Courtesy H&MG-Eazy's always been fashion forward, but now he'll get a chance to share his style with fans.  His new collection for H&M, called The G-Eazy X H&M collection, arrives March 1 online and in stores worldwide.

The rapper says he was "honored" that H&M wanted to work with him, noting, "I loved what they did with The Weeknd...I just think they represent a very tasteful approach to fashion at an affordable mass-level, and I really respect it.”

He adds that the collection is "such a cool opportunity" and "a way to take my taste and style and inspirations and turn that into clothes that are accessible on such an enormous scale.”

But the "No Limits" rapper admits that it took him a while to develop his own style.

"When I was a kid, I dressed up as Batman almost every single day," he recalls. "When I was growing up as a teenager, the clothes were a lot baggier then, and I cringe when I see some of the pictures, but those were the times. I was always in tune with whatever inspired me at that time.” 

He says today, his three fashion necessities are "a great leather jacket," "black skinny jeans" and "a good pair of boots."

The rapper's clothing line will feature tailored streetwear in checks and vivid color.

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Friday
Dec152017

Skillet shares inspirational "Breaking Free" video

Atlantic RecordsSkillet has premiered the video for their song "Breaking Free," which features guest vocals from ex-Flyleaf frontwoman Lacey Sturm.

The inspirational clip finds a young woman struggling with anger and sadness, before finding a way to, as the song says, break free. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

"Breaking Free" is included on Unleashed Beyond, the deluxe version of their latest album, Unleashed.

Skillet will close out 2017 with a New Year's Eve show in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Friday
Dec152017

Bastille to perform on "The Voice" season finale 

ABC/Randy HolmesBastille will be on hand when The Voice crowns its new champion. The band is performing on the reality singing competition's season 13 finale, airing this Tuesday, December 19 on NBC.

During the show, Bastille will play their new song "World Gone Mad" alongside contestant Noah Mac, who was eliminated earlier this week.

"World Gone Mad" was recorded for the upcoming Netflix film Bright. Along with the new track, Bastille is also working on the follow-up to their 2016 sophomore album Wild World.

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Friday
Dec152017

Justin Timberlake welcomes Will Smith to Instagram, Will responds with Nipplegate joke 

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTVIt's hard to believe that Will Smith hasn't been on Instagram before this week, but after just 24 hours, he already has 1.8 million followers.  One of the stars who welcomed him to the social media platform is his old friend Justin Timberlake.

On Thursday, JT posted a photo of himself and Will having a conversation in the audience of some awards show or another.  He captioned it, "Welcome to Instagram @willsmith. This is called a #TBT. Which means Throwback Thursday. Which is a photo you post on Thursdays that you like, that was taken in the past."

"I like this photo because it’s a photo of you and me," JT continued. "And we look like we are having a serious conversation about something very important. And that makes me feel important."

Will responded by posting a video in which he thanked Justin for the "brief education," but noted, "Man, I know what Throwback Thursday is!  I ain't been in a hole, y'know!"

Then Will started busting Justin's chops. 

"Oh, and I heard you're doing the Super Bowl. So I wanted to help you out," he said. "Like, just, the things to avoid, at the Super Bowl is like....just, like, avoid that."  He then showed a close up of his nipple, in reference to Justin's infamous performance with Janet Jackson in 2004.

He then laughed maniacally and said, "I'm stupid. You da man. I love you!"

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Friday
Dec152017

N.E.R.D to perform during "The Voice" season 13 finale 

Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D.; ABC/Adam RoseN.E.R.D. is not only making their musical comeback with a new album, but also with an upcoming appearance on the The Voice season 13 finale.  

The funk-rock band, led by Pharrell Williams, who served as a judge on The Voice  from season 7 to 10, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley will perform their single "Lemon" from their latest disc,  NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES.   

That album is out now.  

Demi LovatoKelly Clarkson, Australian singer-songwriter Sia and singer-songwriter Charlie Puth are also scheduled to perform on the star-studded finale as well. 

Alicia Keys, who will be returning to The Voice as coach next season, will make an appearance to introduce last season’s winner, Chris Blue, who will perform his new single, “Blue Blood Blues.”

The episode airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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Friday
Dec152017

Watch Stone Temple Pilots' groovy "Meadow" lyric video 

Credit: Michelle ShiersStone Temple Pilots have shared a lyric video for their new single "Meadow." The colorful clip splashes the song's lyrics on the screen using '60s-style fonts and iconography. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

"Meadow" is the first Stone Temple Pilots song with lead singer Jeff Gutt, who was introduced as the band's new vocalist last month. The announcement came nearly two years after STP first revealed they'd be holding open auditions for a new singer.

STP plan to release their first album with Gutt in the spring. They'll kick off a U.S. tour in March.

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Friday
Dec152017

Joe Jonas says we can expect new DNCE music “in the next six months” 

ABC/Rick RowellAfter a whirlwind year that included getting engaged to Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and touring with Bruno Mars, Joe Jonas says he’s ready to release new music with DNCE next year.

His eventful 2017 has left him more inspired than ever.

“It seems like any day off that I have in the last six or seven months, I’ve been in the studio,” he tells People. “I’ve been really inspired currently and we’ve been developing a growth of sound for us.”

He adds, “I would say for sure in the next six months you’ll hear something new from us.”

In the meantime he’ll be enjoying the holidays with his new fiancée.

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Friday
Dec152017

"Susie ain't your friend": Michael Jackson's "Blood on the Dance Floor" gets new short film treatment

Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesMichael Jackson's iconic short film for his hit song "Blood on the Dance Floor" has been revamped for 2017. 

A new short film called Blood on the Dance Floor 2017 combines footage from the late legend's original visual, which was released in 1997, with new footage featuring the cast of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque Du Soleil

Each year, the famed entertainment company presents a one-time-only performance set to Michael's "Blood on the Dance Floor" track, in tribute to the King of Pop's birthday.  

"Blood on the Dance Floor" comes from Jackson's 1997 remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix

You can watch the new "Blood on the Dance Floor" short film now on Vevo

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Blood On The Dance Floor 2017 (Official Video) by Michael Jackson on VEVO.

 

Friday
Dec152017

Listen to X Ambassadors collaborate with Eminem on new song "Bad Husband" 

ABC/Paula LoboEminem's new album Revival arrives today, and with it comes a new collaboration with X Ambassadors. The "Renegades" rockers guest on a track called "Bad Husband," which is available now on digital platforms.

X Ambassadors previously teamed up with Eminem on the song "Wicked Ways," which appears on the deluxe version of the rapper's 2013 album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

Along with the Eminem collab, X Ambassadors recently united with rapper Machine Gun Kelly and pop singer Bebe Rexha for the song "Home," which was recorded for the upcoming Netflix film Bright. The band is also working on a new album, the follow-up to 2015's VHS.

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