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Friday
Feb172017

Al B. Sure's son, Quincy, gives new life to father's classic hit song

Quincy's biological father, Al B. Sure; Ethan Miller/Getty Images for SLS Las VegasAl B. Sure's classic 1988 single "Nite and Day" has recently been given a makeover from none other than the artist's biological son, Quincy

The singer, who was adopted by Sean "Puffy" Combs and currently stars in the new Fox television show, Star, tells Billboard that he approached his biological father with the idea of remaking the track as a surprise, rather than something he previously planned to do. 

"I didn't talk to him about it like 'This is what I wanna do.' I just wanted to put my all into it and almost surprised him with it -- like 'Hey, let's hang out. Let's go in the studio, I want you to hear some stuff'," he says.  

"Because he is the creator of this record and obviously you don't want to mess with something that you can't put your all into and I definitely think we created something special. It makes sense for who I am and that being my father, there was no pressure at all. It was almost something that was supposed to happen," he adds. 

Quincy's new music project, This Is for You, is available to stream now.  

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Friday
Feb172017

Joan Baez teaming up with Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter this June for the Four Voices Tour

Credit: Joseph SinnottJoan Baez will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, but the 76-year-old folk legend won't be resting on her laurels after receiving the honor. Baez will team up with the folk-rock duo The Indigo Girls and veteran country-folk singer Mary Chapin Carpenter for the Four Voices Tour. The two-week trek will kick off June 3 in Nashville and wind down with a June 17 performance in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The idea for the tour came about when The Indigo Girls -- Amy Ray and Emily Saliers -- and Carpenter took part in Baez's star-studded 75th birthday concert last year at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Joan's friendship with the other three artists dates back to 1991, when she invited Ray and Saliers to take part in a benefit for her human-rights organization Humanitas in Berkeley, California, and the duo suggested she also add Carpenter to the lineup.

The four singers also have performed together at an Earth Day Celebration in Boston and at the Newport Folk Festival.

Tickets for the Four Voices Tour will be available for purchase starting next week. Check individual venues for specific on-sale dates.

Here are all of the dates on the Four Voices Tour:

6/3 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
6/5 -- Raleigh, NC, North Carolina Museum of Art
6/6 -- Charlottesville, VA, Sprint Pavilion
6/8 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion
6/9 -- Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
6/11 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
6/12 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens
6/14 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
6/16 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/17 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood

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Friday
Feb172017

Beyoncé and baby bump spotted shopping in Beverly Hills 

ABC/Image Group LAA visibly pregnant Beyoncé was seen shopping Thursday in the swanky Los Angeles city of Beverly Hills, reports People.  

The Lemonade artist ditched traditional maternity clothes, opting instead to wear a casual black t-shirt and sunglasses.  

The sighting follows a whirlwind couple of weeks for the superstar, who performed during Sunday night's Grammy awards. Bey made the shocking announcement earlier this month, via an Instagram photo where she was seen holding her bare, pregnant tummy.

Bey and hubby Jay Z welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy, in 2012.  

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Friday
Feb172017

Wyclef Jean to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in May 

Heads MusicWyclef Jean will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame at a May 7 ceremony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The Grammy award winning artist was born in Haiti and during his childhood emigrated with his family to the United States.  

He eventually settled in New Jersey, where he met vocalist Lauryn Hill and rapper Pras, soon forming the highly-successful hip-hop group, the Fugees.  

Wyclef joins 14 other notable individuals who will also be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame this May, including TV personality-actress Kelly Ripa, professional soccer star Carli Lloyd and Hollywood actor Ray Liotta.   

Previous New Jersey Hall of Fame honorees include Dionne WarwickWhitney HoustonKool & the Gang and The Shirelles.

Tickets for the ceremony go on sale this Saturday, February 18, at noon ET via Ticketmaster.com. The event will be held at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, and will feature speeches from current and past inductees, along with surprise music performances. 

For more information, visit NJHallofFame.org

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Friday
Feb172017

Lecrae goes down the "River of Jordan" in new track

Christian LantryLecrae's new song, "River of Jordan," is the latest available track from The Shack: Music From and Inspired By the Original Motion Picture soundtrack, set for release February 24.  

You can pre-order the album now. 

The song features Lecrae, with vocals from singer-songwriter Breyan Isaac, singing about losing his religion, unreliable friends and finding inner strength during difficult times. 

"River of Jordan" is now available to purchase and stream via all the usual digital platforms. The Shackstarring Hidden Figures actress Octavia Spencer, arrives in theaters nationwide March 3.  

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Friday
Feb172017

Midnight Oil announces first world tour since 2002; releasing three archival box sets

Credit: Oliver EclipseThe time has come for Midnight Oil to tour the globe again. The veteran Australian rockers have announced plans for their first world tour in more than two decades -- "The Great Circle 2017" trek. The outing, which will begin and end in their hometown of Sydney, will include a North American leg running from a May 5 show in Atlanta to a June 2 concert in Vancouver, Canada.

In conjunction with the tour, Midnight Oil is releasing three archival box sets -- The Full Tank, The Overflow Tank and The Complete Vinyl Collection. The The Full Tank features remastered CD versions of all of the band's albums and EPs, while The Overflow Tank contains more than 14 hours of rare and unreleased audio and video spread across four CDs and eight DVDs. Both packages will be housed in replica water tanks similar to the one that was part of the stage set at many Midnight Oil shows. The Complete Vinyl Collection, the band's first comprehensive vinyl set, will include remastered editions of 11 of the group's LPs plus two 12-inch EPs. The box sets are available for pre-order now in various combinations and packages at Midnight Oil's online store.

Midnight Oil last toured in 2002, and the only shows the band played since then were a handful of concerts in Australia in 2005 and 2009. The band scored a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987 with "Beds Are Burning," and also reached #1 on the Billboard rock charts with "Blue Sky Mine" and "Forgotten Years" in 1990. The group's members are known for their outspoken support of environmental and social causes, while Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett served in the Australian parliament from 2003 to 2014.

Here are all of the band's North American dates:

5/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
5/9 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Filmore
5/11 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
5/13 -- New York City, NY, Webster Hall
5/16 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
5/18 -- Chicago, IL, The Vic
5/20 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Danforth Theatre
5/23 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
5/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
5/27 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
5/29 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
5/31 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
6/2 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, The Commodore

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Friday
Feb172017

Trey Songz wants "Nobody Else but You" in new track and music video 

James DimmockAs previously reported, Trey Songz unveiled a trailer for a Bachelor-inspired web series titled Tremaine the Playboy.  

But it turns out that the dating reality web show will actually be a sequence of music videos leading up to the release of the singer's new album, Tremaine the Album.  

The video series will feature Trey getting better acquainted with a bevy of models on his mission to find "the one." The first episode is the official visual for his latest track, "Nobody Else but You."

Each clip will air every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET up to March 16 on tremainetheplayboy.com. Fans are also invited to wear a "Thank God It's Tremaine" t-shirt while watching each episode. You can buy your very own via store.treysongz.com

Tremaine the Album is available for pre-order now.  

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Friday
Feb172017

Metallica shares behind-the-scenes look at "Halo on Fire" video 

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's "Halo on Fire" video stars a young woman who enters an underground fight club while a circle of metal fans cheer her on. For a look at how all that came together, Metallica has shared a behind-the-scenes clip detailing the making of the video, which you can watch now on YouTube.

"Halo on Fire" is a track from Metallica's new album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct. The band created a video for every single track on the album.

Metallica will be touring stadiums across North America in support of Hardwired...to Self-Destruct this spring and summer, starting May 10 in Baltimore.

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Friday
Feb172017

NFL declares Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show the most-watched musical event of all time...of all time! 

Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesAfter Lady Gaga performed at the Super Bowl earlier this month, the ratings showed that it was the second most-watched halftime show ever, just behind Katy Perry's 2015 show.  But now, the NFL is claiming that in fact, Gaga's show was the most-watched musical event OF ALL TIME.

How can that be?  Well, if you count how many people watched it on all the platforms on which it was available, the numbers add up.  While close to 118 million viewers caught Gaga on TV, they also watched on NFL's digital platforms, including Twitter, You Tube, NFL.com and NFL Mobile.  According to the NFL, all told, the show reached more than 150 million unique people.

An NFL exec said in a statement, "The Halftime show provides the ultimate world stage for an artist. Through her incredible music, choreography and unifying message, Lady Gaga created a unique performance that will remembered for years to come."

Courtesy of the NFL, here are a few stats, broken out by platform:

YouTube

The Halftime Show is the most-watched video on the NFL’s YouTube channel, with more than 24 million views and more than 140 million minutes watched.

Twitter

During Lady Gaga’s live performance, there were 2.2 million real-time tweets about the #PepsiHalftime show, as well as a total of 5.1 million tweets about the performance leading up to, during, and in the 10 minutes following.   

Facebook

More than 49 million video views, and more than 5 million reactions, comments, and shares.

Giphy

GIFs from the Halftime show generated more than 75 million views across GIPHY’s network.

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Friday
Feb172017

Watch trailer for "Song to Song," featuring Flea and Iggy Pop

Credit: Steve KerosThe trailer for Song to Song, reclusive director Terrence Malick's new film about the Austin music scene, has been released. The clip features quick cameos from Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Iggy Pop, both of whom appear in the film.

Along with Flea and Pop, Song to Song also features appearances from the rest of the Chili Peppers, plus Patti Smith, Florence + the Machine and Lykke Li. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.

Song to Song will premiere on the opening night of the South by Southwest festival on March 10.

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Friday
Feb172017

Rag'n'Bone Man's album "Human" debuts atop UK Official Albums Chart 

Columbia RecordsRag'n'Bone Man's debut album Human has scored a massive debut in his home country. The album enters the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart at number one with 117,000 album units. That figure makes Human the fastest-selling debut album of the decade by a male act  in the U.K , beating pop heavyweights like Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

"A massive thank you for going out and buying my album, streaming it and making it such a success so quickly," says Rag'n'Bone Man. "It means the world to me."

Human includes the single "Human," which currently sits in the top 10 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

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Friday
Feb172017

COIN drops new track, "I Don't Wanna Dance"

Columbia RecordsCOIN has released a new track called "I Don't Wanna Dance," the follow-up to their breakthrough single "Talk Too Much." The song is streaming now on YouTube.

Both "I Don't Wanna Dance" and "Talk Too Much" will appear on COIN's forthcoming sophomore album, which is due out in the spring.

"'I Don't Wanna Dance' is this push and pull," says frontman Chase Lawrence. "Like many songs on the new album, it's conflicted. We don't wanna ruin what's seemingly perfect by showing our less preferred side. We're all gonna die; so, why not live as yourself?"

COIN will embark on a North American headlining tour this spring, starting April 21 in Detroit.

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Friday
Feb172017

X Ambassadors introduce Renegade Scholarship Fund 

ABC/Paula LoboX Ambassadors has teamed up with non-profit organization No Barriers to launch the Renegade Scholarship Fund for "programs that empower people to break through barriers and find their inner renegade." 

"A big theme of our music is the idea of never giving up," says drummer Adam Levin. "It was a natural fit to launch a scholarship fund to provide experiences that remind people that what's within them is stronger than what’s in their way."

In a video for the campaign, X Ambassadors talk with people like Kyle Maynard, a mountain climber who's a quadruple amputee, and Mandy Harvey, a deaf jazz vocalist. Maynard appears in the video for X Ambassadors' single "Renegades."

Keyboardist Casey Harris, who is blind, adds, "We are proud to support the No Barriers Renegade Fund to help awaken the renegade inside of people of all abilities."

For more info, visit NoBarrierUSA.org/Renegade.

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Friday
Feb172017

Tommy James being inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame in May; will perform at ceremony

Courtesy of Tommy Shaw1960s pop legend Tommy James is among the 15 noteworthy people with ties to the Garden State who will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame this year at a May 7 ceremony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. James, who scored more than a dozen top 40 hits with his band The Shondells during the '60s, also will perform at the event.

"New Jersey has been my home for over 40 years. It has a lot of great people and a lot of great things about it," said James in a message on his Facebook page. "I live here, I record here, and I do many concerts here. So I was very honored when I was told that I'm going to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame."

Other celebrities who will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in May include veteran pop star and actress Connie Francis, hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, actor Ray Liotta, talk-show host Kelly Ripa, news anchor Connie Chung, author Carol Higgins Clark, soccer player Carli Lloyd, NFL star Rosey Grier, boxer Chuck Wepner and basketball player Carol Blazejowski.

Tickets for the ceremony go on sale this Saturday, February 18, at noon ET via Ticketmaster.com. The event will be held at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, and will feature speeches from current and past inductees, as well as special music performances.

Previous New Jersey Hall of Fame honorees include Bruce Springsteen, The E Street Band, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Jon Bon Jovi, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, Kool & the Gang and The Shirelles.

For more information, visit NJHallofFame.org.

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Friday
Feb172017

Rick Astley's on a roll with new album and tour: "I've done it for me, really"

Rick Astley for BMG by PipHe retired from the music industry years ago, but '80s hitmaker Rick Astley is back with 50, his first U.S. release since 1993, and his first U.S. tour in decades. And don't start with the "Rickrolling" jokes: Rick credits that online phenomenon -- which tricked people into watching the video for his hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" -- for drawing kids who weren't even born during his heyday to his current tour.

"That's one of the things that stops me in my tracks sometimes," he tells ABC Radio. "I usually joke about it and say, 'Did you get your mom's tickets?'"

Without Rickrolling, he adds, "There's a certain generation of people who would have no idea who I was. And so I have to be kinda thankful for [it]. It's done a lot of great things in terms of making that song [part of] people's consciousness."

But Rick's tour isn't just nostalgia: 50, released last year to mark his 50th birthday, hit #1 in his home country of England. Not bad for a record he made by himself at home.

"[I] didn't have any record company saying, 'We need this, we need that,'" he says. "And I think that's been the healthiest experience I've had with making music, because I haven't done it for anybody else. I've done it for me, really."

Rick initially retired to raise his daughter, now in her twenties. So, what does she think of her old man now?

"She's outright told me on numerous occasions she's really proud of me," he says. "And to be honest, out of everybody in the world, my daughter and my wife are the most important two people to be OK with what I'm doing. If they're OK with it, then I'm OK with it, y'know what I mean?"

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Friday
Feb172017

Strap on your virtual reality headset: Hunter Hayes wants to take you into "Yesterday"

ABC/Image Group LAHunter Hayes wants to take you into a new dimension. He’s partnered with YouTube to offer a new virtual reality version of his latest single, “Yesterday’s Song.”

If you hadn’t guessed it already, the multi-instrumentalist is also a bit of a techno-geek.

“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love technology,” he confesses, “and I’m constantly amazed by all of the things we can do with just the click of a button. The fact that we can bring fans into the room with us… and actually share an experience with them using virtual reality technology opens up a whole new world for us.”

Be prepared to experience at least half-a-dozen hardworking versions of Hunter as you check out the 360-degree cut of “Yesterday’s Song” on YouTube.

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Friday
Feb172017

Soundgarden releases remixed version of "Flower" from "Ultramega OK" reissue

Sub PopSoundgarden has shared a remixed version of their song "Flower," which will appear on the forthcoming reissue of the band's 1988 debut album, Ultramega OK. You can listen to the new take on "Flower" now via YouTube.

The Ultramega OK reissue will be released March 10. The 19-track collection features a remixed version of the original album, plus "early versions" of six songs.

For Soundgarden, remixing Ultramega OK has been a goal decades in the making. When the album was originally released, the band wasn't happy with the final mix, and planned to remix it for subsequent pressings. However, their career took off shortly after, and the remix project fell through the cracks. They were able to pick it up again in 2016 after reacquiring the original Ultramega OK multi-track tapes.

Soundgarden is currently working on their seventh studio album, the follow-up to their 2012 comeback effort King Animal. They'll be headlining a number of music festivals this spring, including Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma.

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Friday
Feb172017

"When Someone Stops Loving You": Little Big Town offers heartbreak from "The Breaker"

ABC/Image Group LA With less than a week to go before the release of their new album, The BreakerLittle Big Town is taking fans inside the studio for a sneak peek at one of their new tunes.

You can sample the band’s black-and-white clip of the Jimi-Westbrook-fueled ballad, “When Someone Stops Loving You,” on social media.  You can also check out the full version of the song in an audio-only post on YouTube, or download it via the usual digital outlets.

The eighth studio album from the foursome is due next Friday, the same day the band kicks off their Little Big Town at the Mother Church residency at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

The Breaker’s Taylor-Swift-penned lead single, “Better Man,” is poised to be #1 at that time.

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Friday
Feb172017

"Britney Ever After" star hopes Britney Spears will watch Lifetime biopic

Katie YuBritney Spears didn’t authorize the new Lifetime movie based on her life, but the actress playing the pop star, Natasha Bassett, hopes she’ll still watch it.

"I've stalked her a lot," Natasha tells E! News. "We haven't had any contact, but I hear she's a fan of Lifetime movies, so I hope she'll watch the movie."

The actress also hopes Britney is pleased with the film’s portrayal of her.

"It really shines a beautiful light on her and shows how she came through something so horrible in a very beautiful way and came out a lot stronger,” she says.

Natasha says if she ever met Britney in person, she’d give her nothing but praise.

"I would just tell her how much I admire her and how much respect I have for her and that I wish her all the happiness in the world," she says.

Britney Ever After, which follows Britney from her rise to fame to her subsequent meltdown to her eventual comeback, airs tomorrow on Lifetime at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Feb172017

Show off your dance moves to win Katy Perry’s Grammy shoes

Monty Brinton/CBSWere you admiring the sparkly white sneakers Katy Perry was sporting during her Grammy performance last weekend? Good news: You can win them!

The singer has launched a contest for fans to win those exact “Lena” sneakers from her new shoe collection. The Katy Perry Collections Instagram page described them as “straight from the stage, SIGNED, DATED and WORN by [Katy]!”

To win, fans must upload an Instagram video of themselves showing off their best “Chained to the Rhythm” dance moves and tag @katyperrycollections and #katysdancingshoes by February 19.

Katy will be picking the winner.

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