Former Dr. Feelgood Guitarist Wilko Johnson Says He's Cancer-Free

Lawrence WatsonAfter undergoing a procedure to have a tumor removed earlier this year, former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is now cancer-free.

Commenting on the procedure to the BBC, the 67-year-old musician says the tumor weighed more than six pounds and that "they got it all. They cured me."

Johnson was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2012. He says that at the time he was convinced he would die from the disease. Now, he says, "I'm spending my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not imminent, that I am going to live on."

Johnson -- who released a collaborative album with The Who's Roger Daltrey earlier this year, Going Back Home -- spoke with the BBC Wednesday in London at the Q Awards, where he accepted the Icon Award.

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Katy Perry Takes Birthday Celebration to Morocco

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsAfter reportedly cancelling plans to celebrate her 30th birthday in Egypt, word is Katy Perry has relocated the festivities to another country in Africa.

The Hollywood Reporter had said Katy was going to party and go sightseeing with her crew in Egypt to mark her milestone birthday. However, she reportedly nixed her plans due to "safety concerns."

Instead, Us Weekly reports, Katy will celebrate in Morocco. The magazine says she's already arrived in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.

Katy turns 30 on Saturday.

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Report: Beyoncé and Jay Z Renewed Vows; Shopping for Home in Paris

Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood EntertainmentIf Beyoncé and Jay Z's marriage really was in trouble earlier this year, the couple has since gotten past it and recommitted themselves to it.

The proof: the two have renewed their vows, according to People magazine. Its source says that while the couple did have "major problems" at one point, they've "worked it out."

And now they're looking to take their love to one of the most romantic cities in the world. Another People magazine source says the couple has been shopping for a home in Paris over the past month.

An Us Weekly insider further reports that Bey and Jay plan to retire in the City of Light eventually, and that they want their two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, to learn French.

When Beyoncé and Jay Z wrapped up their On the Run tour in Paris last month, Jay noted that the city was special to them because they got engaged there. He also mentioned that Paris is where Blue Ivy was conceived.

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Ides of March/Ex-Survivor Member Jim Peterik Shares Cool Stories from His New Memoir, "Through the Eye of the Tiger"

BenBella BooksJim Peterik has found success as a member of two popular rock bands, The Ides of March and Survivor, and also is responsible for co-writing memorable songs for a number of other well-known music acts.  The 64-year-old musician shares a variety of fascinating, amusing and touching stories from throughout his life and his nearly half-century music career in his recently published autobiography, Through the Eye of the Tiger.

Peterik recently chatted with ABC News Radio and singled out a few of the many highlights he included in the book.

The memoir begins with the singer/songwriter recalling receiving "the phone call that changed my life," when Sylvester Stallone rang him up to see if he wanted to write a theme song for his then-upcoming Rocky sequel, 1982's Rocky III.  Stallone initially left a message on Peterik's answering, and Jim admitted that he thought someone was pranking him at first.  When he did get in touch with the Hollywood star, he told Peterik he liked Survivor and was hoping the band could come up with tune that would appeal to "the kids, something with a pulse."

Peterik teamed up with his Survivor band mate Frankie Sullivan and the song they came up with was, of course, "Eye of the Tiger."

Jim told ABC News Radio that the song's title and theme came directly from the movie.  Stallone had allowed Peterik and Sullivan to view a rough cut of the film, and while watching it, he noted, "that's when we got the thread of the underdog rising up…and Burgess Meredith's character saying, 'Rocky, you gotta get back the eye of the tiger.  You're losing it.'"

"Eye of the Tiger" became a #1 hit and went on to sell millions of copies.

Peterik also recounted the story behind "Vehicle," the first and biggest hit he had with The Ides of March, a band he and some high school buddies formed when they were just teenagers.

He got the idea for the song's title from an ex-girlfriend who, after they broke up, would ask him to drive her around to various places.

"I figured, well, at least I could be close to her, right?  Even if I didn't, you know, score, as they say," he explained to ABC News Radio.  "So, I kept driving her places and pretty soon I realized that she was kind of using me as her vehicle, you know?"

The song wound up becoming a #2 hit in 1970, which must have impressed the ex-girlfriend, who Peterik ended up marrying.  They've now been together for more than 40 years.

One of the more outlandish anecdotes Peterik shares is the time The Ides of March opened for Led Zeppelin and was invited to a party in Robert Plant's hotel suite afterward.

"Robert Plant opens the door in his little bikini briefs and his little silk robe…and] past him we see an orgy," Jim recalled.  "And there was every kind of drug in the world being ingested, groupies doing a pillow fight, things I can't even talk about happening in the bathtub with [drummer John Bonham]."

As it turned out, the wild party didn't appeal to Peterik and his band mates.  As he explained, they politely excused themselves and "went 'cross the street to Dunkin' Donuts and we ordered milk and doughnuts, and we were back in our comfort zone and very happy guys."

Peter has been promoting Through the Eye of the Tiger with a series of book-store appearances and storytellers-style solo performances.  He has a few of the latter gigs scheduled in the coming month, and he also has a number of concerts with The Ides of March. You can check out his full itinerary at JimPeterik.com.

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"Nashville" Recap: "Road Happy"

Image Courtesy ABCOn Wednesday's Nashville, Gunnar Scott got a huge shock when he found out his first love, Kylie, had a son named, Micah, born just months after she mysteriously left him and disappeared from his life. Kylie admitted Gunnar was the child's father only after he pressed her on it.

Closeted country singer Will Lexington and his trainer/lover, Tony, had a big falling out on the road over a non-disclosure agreement Will wanted Tony to sign. Will's tour mate, Deacon Claybourne, became suspicious when he saw the couple fighting in the hallway. Later, Will was gay-bashed in a park when he went looking for a guy to hook up with after Tony left. Deacon saw a battered Will return to the hotel, and warned him to stay away from cruising parks for sex.

Meanwhile, Will's wife, Layla Grant, was unhappy with the sappy love songs her record label president, Jeff Fordham, was making her record. As you'll recall, she's threatening to out Will, who is also on Jeff's label, if she doesn't get to release her own country album that eventually gets certified gold. Later in the episode, Layla was suicidal as she contemplated downing a bottle of pills. She ended up shattering the bathroom mirror and cutting herself on the broken glass.

Rayna Jaymes felt guilty about leaving her kids at home while she was out on the road, so she flew them up with her fiancé, Luke Wheeler, for a day on the set of a car commercial. Later, Rayna's ex-husband, Teddy Conrad, let their older daughter, Maddie, get her hair highlighted while their younger daughter, Daphne, got her ears pierced. When Rayna got upset with Teddy about making those decisions without her, he made it clear Rayna would have to accept that she would miss things in the kids' lives. Teddy moved on from the death of his second wife, Peggy, with a little help from a Nashville socialite, too.

Juliette Barnes had to fend off her very angry ex-boyfriend, Avery Barkley, after he discovered she is pregnant with his child. Juliette was able to hide her pregnancy from everyone but her co-star on the set of the Patsy Cline biopic she is filming, but her baby was in jeopardy at the end of the episode as she stumbled offstage at a concert and passed out. Before she went dark, Juliette saw her backup singer, Zoey Dalton, step out into the spotlight to pick up her lead part on the song, "Tell That Devil." We have a feeling Zoey will pay for upstaging Juliette once the superstar gets better.

Chaley Rose plays Zoey Dalton on Nashville, and she's just as excited as the fans to discover those juicy plot twists. Her cast mate Sam Palladio, who plays Gunnar Scott, often gets the script before she does, so Chaley usually convinces Sam to email her the script. She then loads it into her Mac to find out what's happening.

Chaley explains, "You type your name into iBooks, like, my character name, so I can read my scenes first. And then I go in order of whose storyline I'm most interested in. Yeah, it is exciting to find out what's going to happen next."

Several country stars will appear on Nashville in the coming weeks. Look for Sara Evans to guest star as herself on next week's episode, Wednesday, October 29. On November 19, The Band Perry, Trisha Yearwood and Joe Nichols will all appear on Nashville to help them recreate the CMA Awards within the show.

As always, the new songs from Nashville, "Tell That Devil" and "Good Love," are available at iTunes.

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High-Quality Vinyl Versions of Cream's Classic Albums Collected in New Box Set

Universal Music EnterprisesA new vinyl box set featuring all of Cream's studio and live albums released during the 1960s and early '70s will hit stores on November 24. 

Cream: 1966–1972 includes six albums in all: the British power trio's 1966 debut, Fresh Cream; 1967's Disraeli Gears; the 1968 chart-topping double LP, Wheels of Fire; the band's 1969 swan song, Goodbye; and two archival live discs issued after the group's breakup, 1970's Live Cream and 1972's Live Cream Volume II.

Featuring the impressive lineup of singer/guitarist Eric Clapton, singer/bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker, Cream created a vastly influential body of work during its short life by combining elements of the blues, jazz and rock with experimental psychedelic sounds.  Among the virtuosic supergroup's many well-known songs are "Strange Brew," "Sunshine of Your Love," "Tales of Brave Ulysses," "White Room" and "Badge," as well as memorable covers of the classic blues tunes "I'm So Glad," "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Crossroads."

All of the discs featured in the box set are pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and come housed in sleeves exactly replicating the albums' original artwork.

Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and took part in two series of 2005 reunion concerts, at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Here is the track list for the Cream: 1966–1972 box set:

LP 1: Fresh Cream
"Sleepy Time Time"
"Sweet Wine"
"Cat's Squirrel"
"Four Until Late"
"Rollin' and Tumblin'"
"I'm So Glad"

LP 2: Disraeli Gears
"Strange Brew"
"Sunshine of Your Love"
"World of Pain"
"Dance the Night Away"
"Blue Condition"
"Tales of Brave Ulysses"
"We're Going Wrong"
"Outside Woman Blues"
"Take It Back"
"Mother's Lament"

LP 3: Wheels of Fire
Disc 1
"White Room"
"Sitting on Top of the World"
"Passing the Time"
"As You Said"
"Pressed Rat and Warthog"
"Those Were the Days"
"Born Under a Bad Sign"
"Deserted Cities of the Heart"
Disc 2
"Crossroads" (Live at the Fillmore)
"Spoonful" (Live at the Fillmore)
"Traintime" (Live at the Fillmore)
"Toad" (Live at the Fillmore)

LP 4: Goodbye
"I'm So Glad"
"Sitting on Top of the World"
"Doing That Scrapyard Thing"
"What a Bringdown"

LP 5: Live Cream
"Sleepy Time Time"
"Lawdy Mama"
"Sweet Wine"
"Rollin' and Tumblin'"

LP 6: Live Cream Volume II
"Deserted Cities of the Heart"
"White Room"
"Tales of Brave Ulysses"
"Sunshine of Your Love
"Steppin' Out"

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Charli XCX Having Fun Singing for "Young Girls & Beautiful Gay Boys" on Tour 

Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsCharli XCX pushed back the release date of her much-anticipated new album Sucker because her single "Boom Clap" just keeps going and going.  But the singer still launched a U.S. headlining tour, taking the risky move of performing new music that her fans weren't familiar with.  Luckily, she says it's paid off for her.

"I have been doing a lot of new songs and, y'know, it's quite nerve-wracking for me because that's the first time they'll hear the new songs, like, me playing them live," she tells ABC News Radio.  "There isn't like an MP3 of them, or whatever. So I was kinda scared."  But since she launched the tour at the end of September, she says, things have been going great.

"They all seem to really like it," she adds. "And they all know [the songs], so that's really cool for me. I'm so proud of this record and I can't wait to play it live in bigger rooms next year."

As for what kind of fans have been coming out to see her each night, Charli says, "It's pretty much all over the map but definitely, like, the front rows, and the craziest fans, are, like, young girls and beautiful gay boys. And I'm so happy for that!"

Charli will wrap up the tour this Saturday in San Francisco, California. Next month, she'll perform on the American Music Awards, where she's also a nominee, and will then play a series of Christmas concerts across the country. In February, she'll be Katy Perry's opening act when Katy's PRISMATIC world tour hits Europe.

Meanwhile, Sucker arrives December 16 and "Boom Clap" shows no signs of slowing down.  Has the ongoing success of the track, which is her first big U.S. hit as a solo artist, surprised Charli?

"It really has," she tells ABC News Radio. "You know, I've seen songs that I've written blow up and be around for a long time, but it's very strange when it happens to your own song, and I really didn't expect it. And I'm honored, and kinda freaked out, but it's awesome!" 

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Annie Lennox Takes on "Evocative" Standards with New Album "Nostalgia" 

Blue Note RecordsIn the '90s, Annie Lennox released Medusa, a disc of cover versions of pop and rock songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s.  But on her new album Nostalgia, Annie goes back much farther than that, tackling legendary standards from the Great American Songbook.  It's something she says she never would have even considered doing back in the '80s, when she was topping the charts as a member of Eurythmics.

"I would have had absolutely no interest in doing it," she tells ABC News Radio. "It would have been inappropriate. At that time, in the eighties, Dave Stewart and I were creating music with Eurythmics that was very ground-breaking and, we felt, very fresh and new -- innovative, in fact.  I would never've taken a backwards step into a genre like jazz. But now, it just feels so appropriate."

Annie decided which songs to include on the album by scouring YouTube and finding songs that struck a chord with her.  "Usually, when I hear a song, I'll know within the first few seconds whether it's going to hold interest for me," says the Scottish singer. "By and large, these songs all have those qualities in them that, right from the moment that you first hear them, they continue through."

Speaking about the classics she ended up tackling, like "Georgia on My Mind," "God Bless the Child," "Summertime," "The Nearness of You" and "I Put a Spell on You," Annie explains, "They have a narrative.  They have a certain sort of shape.  They tell stories.  They create something evocative.  Each one is like a little journey."

Because she's not a trained jazz singer, Annie says she was able to put her own spin on these songs by digging deep into their musical roots.

"What I did discover was that, underneath, the real core of jazz, lies blues," she explains. "And, of course, I've come from R&B and soul music that has influenced me since I was a young person...So, I kind of colored a great deal of the songs with blues, and that informed me a lot in terms of my approach to the songs."

Annie doesn't think it's odd that at this stage in her career, she would attempt a musical genre she's never sung before.  "I am a person who likes to sing to my own tune, literally," she tells ABC News Radio. "I like to explore and chart new territory and push my own boundaries in a way.  And I don't think that singers necessarily all have to be hemmed in to one label and one type and to say, 'Well, because you sing in one style that doesn't mean that it cancels out every other style.'  I have very eclectic taste in music."

She says her fans seem to like the direction she's gone on Nostalgia, too. "I think people are charmed by it actually, more than anything else," she says. "It's something new and different for them."

Of course, the big question now is whether or not Annie will tour in support of the album.  She doesn't particularly like the grind of being on the road, and then there's the issue of how she'd mix these standards with her past hits. That's why, she says, she just hasn't made up her mind yet.

"Everyone is asking me if I'm going to tour," she sighs. "And, I mean, I'm just not going to think about it until we come up to the end of the year and I'll take a break and then I'll consider what the next step should be -- whether I should tour or not." 

Nostalgia, which is available on vinyl and on CD, is in stores now.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKellie Pickler appears on The Queen Latifah Show Thursday to discuss her voice role in the new animated feature film Beauty and the Beet.

Lady Antebellum co-starred with Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Murray in a hilarious skit called "The Mattress Firm" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday. Check it out at EllenTV.com.

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Sam Hunt Opens Up About His Unlikely Classic Country Influences

Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGSam Hunt's debut album, Montevallo, comes out Monday, and it's getting a lot of buzz for Sam's modern take on country music. Since he incorporates hip-hop and pop elements into his music, you might be surprised to learn about Sam's classic country influences. In fact, the first CD he ever owned was a Greatest Hits compilation from Country Music Hall of Fame member Conway Twitty, best known for '70s hits like "Hello Darlin'" and "I'd Just Love to Lay You Down."

Sam tells ABC News Radio, "Of course, Conway Twitty was before my time, but I remember sitting with my grandmother at her house, and an infomercial came on for Conway Twitty Greatest Hits. She's probably about like myself, kind of an impulse-buy type. She said, 'You need this Conway Twitty.'"

Sam spent a lot of time soaking up Conway's smooth singing style mixed with the occasional spoken word interlude. That influence might explain why Sam freely moves between speaking and singing his lyrics on Montevallo.

As for his songwriting, Sam was heavily influenced by Brad Paisley, whose early hit, "He Didn't Have to Be," had a big impact on Sam as a kid growing up in Georgia.

Says Sam, "I remember being at church on Wednesday night at Wednesday night supper, and getting the keys from my mom well before it was over to just go sit in the car and to turn the radio on and hopefully wait and catch that song."

Sam is well on his way to earning his first chart-topper at country radio with "Leave the Night On," which is included on Montevallo.

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Boyz II Men Releases Video for "Losing Sleep"

Image Courtesy PRNewsFoto/Boyz II MenTo celebrate the release of their latest album, Collide, Boyz II Men has released an accompanying video for their new single, “Losing Sleep.”

In the clip, the legendary R&B group -- consisting of Nate Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris -- suffers from insomnia as they reminisce over former flames.

"Girl you got me losing sleep/ I'll never close my eyes again/ 'Cause when I do you're all I see/ You'll only break my heart again," they sing collectively.

Collide is available now.

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Drake Confirmed for Australia's Future Music Festival 2015

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSDrake is scheduled to make his debut performance at the Future Music Festival in Australia.

The rapper announced the news via Instagram, in which he posted the official flyer for the upcoming event. He will be joined by producer Avicii and fellow rap collaborator 2 Chainz when the 5-day concert event kicks off on February 28 at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

The upcoming concert event will marks Drizzy's first time down under.

Here's the dates:

2/28 -- Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
3/1 -- Arena Joondalup, Perth
3/7 -- Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
3/8 -- Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
3/9 -- Adelaide Showground, Adelaide

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Jeremy Spencer's Autobiography Hits Top Ten on "New York Times" Celebrities Best Sellers List

Image Courtesy of Harper CollinsJeremy Spencer, drummer and co-founder of Five Finger Death Punch, can now add "New York Times Best-Selling Author" to his resume. His autobiography, Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem, has hit the top ten on The New York Times Celebrities Best Sellers list.

"I’ve received dozens of messages sharing how my story has inspired others to seek help or stay clean. Had it even been just one person who was affected positively, that would have been reason enough to write it," Spencer says in a statement. "Believe me, the last thing I ever thought was that I would be a best-selling author. I’m humbled and truly grateful.”                                   

Other authors on the list include Crosby, Stills & Nash's Graham Nash and actors Tina Fey and Billy Crystal.

5FDP is currently on tour through an October 28 stop in Broomfield, Colorado.

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Spoon to Appear on "The Daily Show," Adds New Tour Dates 

Image Courtesy of Tom HinesSpoon will make their debut appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on October 30. The band will be performing songs from their most recent album, They Want My Soul.

They Want My Soul, the eighth album from Spoon, was released in August. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, tying their best performance on the chart.

Spoon also has added a group of new North American tour dates. The tour will begin December 7 in Boulder, Colorado, and end December 31 with a New Years Eve show in Dallas, Texas.

Here are all the new Spoon tour dates:

12/7 -- Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre
12/8 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
12/9 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory Concert House
12/10 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
12/12 -- San Diego, CA, San Diego Sports Arena
12/15 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
12/16 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sunshine Theater
12/17 -- El Paso, TX, Tricky Falls
12/30 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
12/31 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues

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Luke Bryan Releasing New Single, "I See You," as 2014 That's My Kind of Tour Wraps Up

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan is releasing a sixth single from his latest album. It's titled, "I See You," and Luke co-wrote it with hit songwriters Luke Laird and Ashley Gorley.

The new single release comes as Luke wraps up his 2014 That's My Kind of Night tour this weekend with sold-out shows at The Hollywood Bowl and the Forum in Los Angeles. Look for ABC's Nightline to feature an in-depth look at Luke's life on the road Thursday night.

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Report: John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan Are a Couple Again

Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagicJust two months after reports emerged that John Mellencamp had split up with longtime girlfriend Meg Ryan, comes word that sparks are flying between the two stars again.  A source close to the singer/songwriter tells People, "They are back together and it's brand new…They're really happy about it."

The latest news follows reports that the couple was spotted contentedly walking around New York City's Soho district together last week.

In addition, Mellencamp hinted in an interview last month on NBC's Today show that he hadn't given up on the relationship.

"She's an angel sent to me, and I'm very happy," he said during his appearance.  "And, you know, nothing's over 'til it's over."

Another source close to Mellencamp suggested to People that conflicts over the long distance between the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Indiana home and New York, where the actress is based, were partly responsible for the tensions between the couple.

"There were disagreements over style of life and logistical problems which clouded their relationship," the source maintains.  "But there is no doubt that he cares for her a great deal."

The insider adds, "They are a great couple.  All their friends were hoping it would work out."

People magazine first reported that Mellencamp and Ryan were dating in January of 2011.

John recently released his 22nd studio album, Plain Spoken, and he'll launch a major North American tour in support of the record that begins on January 21, 2015, in South Bend, Indiana.

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Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Front Forever 21's Holiday Ads

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea has landed her first national ad campaign. Alongside her boyfriend, Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young, the rapper has been tapped to front the holiday campaign for clothing retailer Forever 21.

In an interview with People, Iggy revealed what it was like posing for the ads with her significant other. "As the hours rolled by I think Nick started to realize photo shoots are hard work too," Azalea says. "It was funny watching him have that revelation!"

Young chimed in: "It was real cool. We had great chemistry," he says.

The pair credit their playlist for making the time fly by faster. "It was a two day shoot -- by the end of it I think we’d listened to everything under the sun twice!” Azalea says, adding that the "trickiest thing is not having any clue what you’re doing!"

Although the ads have not run yet, but People has a preview of some of the pictures from the shoot.

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Watch "Tamar & Vince" New Season Extended Preview

WeTVTamar Braxton and Vince Herbert have given fans a glimpse into their new season of WEtv's Tamar & Vince.

In an extended preview for season three, which premieres Thursday, the singer struggles to balance her recording, promotion and tour schedule with raising the pair's one-year old son, Logan Vincent Herbert. At one point, she reaches a boiling point and lashes out at Vince.

"Nobody has the perfect relationship. Everything is love and war. Get your life!" Tamar says before her husband confronts her about her disrespecting the relationship.

Tamar & Vince season three premieres Thursday, October 23 at 10 p.m. on WEtv.


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Meghan Trainor Matches Iggy Azalea's Streak on Top of the "Billboard" Hot 100

Epic RecordsIt's Lucky 7 for Meghan Trainor: her hit "All About That Bass" is #1 for a seventh week on the Billboard Hot 100.  That means she's now matched Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" for longest-running #1 hit of 2014 by a woman.  Only Pharrell Williams' "Happy" has spent more time on top this year: 10 weeks.

Meghan's debut album, Title, is due in January; her follow-up song, "Lips Are Movin'" seem to be off to a good start.

Elsewhere on the chart, Ed Sheeran can now boast that he has his first-ever U.S. top ten hit, as "Don't" jumps from #13 to #10.

Taylor Swift's latest track, "Out of the Woods," debuts at #18, thanks to huge download sales.  This is Taylor's 61st Hot 100 hit, according to Billboard: among female artists only Aretha Franklin has more, with 73.

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Watch Trailer for New Documentary "R.E.M. by MTV"

Image Courtesy of Anton CorbijnR.E.M. and MTV have a special relationship, beyond their affinity for acronyms. That relationship will be chronicled in an upcoming 6-disc DVD collection called I Want My REMTV. Included in the collection is the feature-length documentary R.E.M. by MTV. On Wednesday, R.E.M. released a trailer for the documentary on their YouTube page.

"We just wanted to get in a van and see the U.S., like Jack Kerouac did," frontman Michael Stipe says in the trailer.

I Want My REMTV will be released on November 24. R.E.M. by MTV will premiere simultaneously on VH1 Classic and Palladia in November.

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