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Sep242016

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence Takes Place Sunday

Courtesy of Concert Across AmericaOn Sunday, 350 musical events will take place across the country as part of a campaign called The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. New York's Beacon Theater will host a show featuring Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Marc Cohn and Rosanne Cash.

Cohn tells ABC Radio that he's planning to team up with Browne, Vedder and Cash during the concert for a special version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain" that will include an extra verse that he wrote himself.

"I'm proud of it," says the "Walking in Memphis" singer/songwriter of his addition to the John Fogerty classic. "I think it fits right in." he says.

Cohn's involvement in the show is particularly meaningful, since he's a victim of gun violence himself.

In 2005, Marc survived a gunshot to the head, and says the incident highlights the problem with the current state of gun control.  "[The] man who shot me...clearly was unstable," he tells ABC Radio. "[He] was high on crystal meth. How did he end up with a .22 in his hand? So...how can I not be part of raising of my voice for an issue that nearly took my life?"

Cohn adds that he simply wants the event to encourage "discussion and dialogue."

"Other people have...valid points," he allows. "[B]ut I think all of us can agree, whatever we're doing, what more horrifying month, [or year], have we had in recent history to prove that it's not enough?"

Among the other notable Concert Across America to End Gun Violence events are a show in Los Angeles featuring ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder and Wilson Phillips' Carnie Wilson, and a performance in Santa Barbara, California, starring Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and Christopher Cross.

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will begin in Hawaii at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday.  Visit ConcertAcrossAmerica.org for more information.

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Saturday
Sep242016

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence Takes Place Sunday 

Courtesy Concert Across AmericaOn Sunday, 350 musical events will take place across the country, as part of a campaign called The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.  New York's Beacon Theater will host a show featuring Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Marc Cohn and Rosanne Cash.  Marc's involvement is particularly meaningful, since he's a victim of gun violence himself.

In 2005, Marc survived a gunshot to the head, and says the incident highlights the problem with the current state of gun control.  "[The]...man who shot me...clearly was unstable," Marc tells ABC Radio. "...[He] was high on crystal meth. How did he end up with a .22 in his hand?  So...how can I not be part of raising of my voice for an issue that nearly took my life?"

Marc says he simply wants the event to encourage "discussion and dialogue."

"Other people have...valid points," he allows. "...[B]ut I think all of us can agree, whatever we're doing, what more horrifying month, [or year], have we had in recent history to prove that it's not enough?"

Marc says the tenor of the event means he won't be playing his most famous song, "Walking in Memphis."

"It's not inappropriate, but it's not necessary [to play it]," he says. "That's the reason artists should do these kinds of things. It's not just putting our names to a cause. It's also singing music that might deepen someone's understanding of the issue."

One song he will sing is Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain." He's even written a new fourth verse, so he, Browne, Cash and Vedder can all participate. "I'm proud of it. I think it fits right in," he says. 

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will begin in Hawaii at 1 a.m. EST Sunday.  Visit ConcertAcrossAmerica.org for more information.

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Saturday
Sep242016

Here We Are Now: Nirvana's "Nevermind" Turns 25

Paul Bergen/RedfernsNirvana's Nevermind celebrates its 25th anniversary today, September 24. The iconic band's sophomore album is considered a landmark of the '90s grunge and alternative scene, as well as one of the best albums of all time.

Leading up to the release of Nevermind, sales projections were not high. However, fueled by the mega success of the single "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nevermind eventually climbed to #1 on the Billboard 200, dethroning none other than Michael Jackson. It has since been certified diamond for more than 10 million copies shipped.

John Rosenfelder, who's currently the VP of Digital Strategy and Analytics at Eleven Seven Music, worked with Nirvana's record label promoting Nevermind to radio stations when the album was released.

"There were very few times in the industry or in the history of music that really everybody sort of came together like that around something," Rosenfelder tells ABC Radio of Nevermind.

Along with a brand-new sound, Nirvana also tapped into a zeitgeist of teenage angst, offering a unique and unusual kind of rock star in Kurt Cobain. Additionally, Nevermind was surrounded by instantly iconic imagery, from the album's cover to the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video's deranged high school pep rally.

"The humor, the cohesiveness of their message really brings ['Smells Like Teen Spirit'] forward," says Rosenfelder. "And now you're not just listening to an incredible piece of music, but you're part of a movement."

The legacy of Nirvana and Nevermind has, of course, been affected by Cobain's suicide in 1994. However, Rosenfelder feels that Nevermind should instead be remembered by how it spoke to people, in a way comparable to how The Beatles did.

"In the '90s, this was our Beatles, and this was our historic moment," says Rosenfelder. "And it should be remembered in an exuberant, happy way."

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Saturday
Sep242016

Watch Metallica, Eddie Vedder & More Perform at Global Citizen Festival Today

Credit: Ross HalfinThe Global Citizen Festival returns to New York City's Central Park today. If you can't make it out for the festivities, you can still watch it all unfold live online, streaming on YouTube starting at 4 p.m. ET.

This year's Global Citizen lineup includes Metallica, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Yusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens.

Martin and Coldplay headlined the 2015 festival, and Martin himself is the Global Citizen Festival Curator. Vedder also appeared last year, singing Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" with Beyonce.

Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and Salma Hayek will host the proceedings. Other acts on the bill include Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer and Usher.

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Friday
Sep232016

Rascal Flatts Gives Fans "The Greatest Gift of All" This Christmas

BMLGRascal Flatts’ follow-up to 2014’s Rewind will be the trio’s very first holiday collection, titled The Greatest Gift of All.

“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” Jay DeMarcus says. “We just wanted to do it right! There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs, while adding in a couple of our personal favorites.”

In addition to eight classics, Jay, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney cover both Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and 4Him’s “A Strange Way to Save the World.” The trio’s kids join them to kick off their version of “Silent Night.”

Here’s the complete track listing for Rascal Flatts’ self-produced The Greatest Gift of All, due October 21:

“Joy to the World”
“O Holy Night”
“Deck the Halls”
“A Strange Way to Save the World”
“Go Tell It On the Mountain”
“Let It Snow”
“Silent Night”
“Someday at Christmas”
“The First Noel”
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

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Friday
Sep232016

Rihanna Appointed as Global Ambassador for Childhood Education

Jay GunningRihanna wants young girls and boys around the world to receive an exemplary education -- and so the singer is putting herself out in front of the effort to make that happen as the new Global Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education.   

Rih Rih's Clara Lionel Foundation will partner with the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen to help children find success in the classroom and beyond school doors.

As the GPE Global Ambassador, Rihanna will have the ability to encourage policymakers and world leaders responsible for overseeing global education for today's youth and future generations.   

"I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education. Therefore I'm proud to announce Clara Lionel Foundation's partnership with education advocacy leaders like the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen. Working together, I know we can amplify our efforts and ensure that millions of children gain access to education globally," she said.

Rihanna is set to appear during Saturday's Global Citizen festival in New York City. 

The Clara Lionel Foundation was created in 2012 by the artist to support and develop world-class educational programs in her home country of Barbados and other countries. 

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Friday
Sep232016

Gucci Mane Releases New Music Video for "Bling Blaww Burr"

Jonathan Mannion/Atlantic RecordsOn the heels of Gucci Mane's Woptober album announcement comes the release of his music video for the track "Bling Blaww Burr." 

The visual shows the rapper chilling poolside with a bevy of beauties, along with featured artist Young Dolph

Mane's follow-up album to Everybody's Looking is set to be released October 17.   

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Friday
Sep232016

Lady Gaga Releases Track Listing for "Joanne"

Streamline/InterscopeLady Gaga has released the track listing for her new album Joanne, due October 21.

The deluxe version of the album has 14 tracks, including that duet with Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine, called "Hey Girl," that she's mentioned in interviews.  There are 11 songs on the standard album.

Here's the deluxe tracklisting:

 

"Diamond Heart"
"A-Yo"
"Joanne"
"John Wayne"
"Dancin' in Circles"
"Perfect Illusion"
"Million Reasons"
"Sinner's Prayer"
"Come to Mama"
"Hey Girl" ft. Florence Welch
"Angel Down"
"Grigio Girls"
"Just Another Day"
"Angel Down" (Work tape)

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Friday
Sep232016

The Chainsmokers Release "Closer" Remixes 

Columbia RecordsAre you tired of The Chainsmokers' #1 hit "Closer"?  Well, why not change things up and listen to a remix of it?

The EDM duo has just released a remix package of their collaboration with Halsey.  The four-track collection, available as a download only, includes reworkings of the song from R3hab, Shaun Frank, Wuki and Robotaki.

"Closer" has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, and the lyric video is approaching 300 million views.

In other Chainsmokers news, the duo will be performing at the winter X Games, which will be held in Aspen, Colorado, January 26-29.  The Chainsmokers will perform on the 28th -- G-Eazy will close out the event on the 29th.

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Friday
Sep232016

Sarah McLachlan Releasing Christmas Album, "Wonderland," October 21 

Verve RecordsSarah McLachlan lives in the Great White North -- that'd be Canada -- so she's obviously comfortable with snow and ice.  That probably came in handy when she was making her new Christmas album, due October 21.

The disc, Wonderland, features 13 contemporary and traditional holiday songs, including "Silver Bells," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Away in a Manger," "Let It Snow" and "Silver Bells." Also included are some lesser known songs, like "Snow," written by Randy Newman, and "Huron Carol," Canada's oldest Christmas song.

On the album, Sarah welcomes guests like country music legend Emmylou Harris, Canadian folk singer Martha Wainright, the Canadian indie rock band Half Moon Run, and, oddly, the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra.

"I love everything about Christmas and this record was a joy to make," Sarah says in a statement.

Sarah's previous holiday album, Wintersong, came out in 2006.  She just wrapped up a tour with someone who knows a thing or two about Christmas albums: Josh Groban.

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Friday
Sep232016

In Flames Continues Exploration of the Digital World in "The Truth" Video

Eleven Seven Music/Nuclear Blast In Flames has released the video for their single "The Truth." The visual is a continuation of the Swedish metallers' "The End" video, and continues to explore the worlds of gaming and virtual reality. To learn "The Truth" for yourself, you can watch the video now on YouTube.

Both "The Truth" and "The End" will appear on the forthcoming In Flames album Battles, which will be released November 11. The band will be supporting Battles this fall on co-headlining tour with HELLYEAH.

Here is the Battles track list:

"Drained"
"The End"
"Like Sand"
"The Truth"
"In My Room"
"Before I Fall"
"Through My Eyes"
"Battles"
"Here Until Forever"
"Underneath My Skin"
"Wallflower"
"Save Me"

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Friday
Sep232016

Oasis Shares Free Download of "Going Nowhere" Demo

Big Brother RecordingsOasis is offering a free download of their "Going Nowhere" demo, which appears on the band's forthcoming Be Here Now deluxe reissue. You can get your free download now by heading over to WeTransfer.com.

The Be Here Now reissue features a remastered version of Oasis' third studio album, plus a variety B-sides, demos and previously unreleased tracks, including Noel Gallagher's new mix of the single "D'You Know What I Mean?" The collection will be released October 14, one week after its originally-announced October 7 release date.

October is shaping up to be an Oasis-filled month, as the forthcoming documentary about the band, titled Supersonic, will hit U.S. theaters for one night on October 26. The film, which was produced by team behind the Amy Winehouse doc Amy, tells the story of Oasis' rapid ascent to stardom, and their equally dramatic fall.

In related news, Liam Gallagher has levied a new insult at Noel, because the Oasis bickering never ends. In a tweet, Liam called out Noel for not doing press for and not attending the premiere of Supersonic, and referred to his brother as, among other things, a "s*** bag." So feel free to continue not getting your hopes up for an Oasis reunion anytime soon.

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Friday
Sep232016

Pharrell and Wife Are Expecting Another Child

ABC/Rick RowellPharrell Williams and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, are expecting!

People reports that Lasichanh is pregnant with the couple's second child. The happy pair confirmed the news to the magazine on Thursday while en route to dine and mingle at a Chanel-hosted dinner. 

Pharrell and Helen, who married in 2013, are parents to a 7-and-a-half year-old son, Rocket Ayer.    

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Friday
Sep232016

Chuck D. Doug E. Fresh, Janelle Monáe, Stevie Wonder and More to Added ABC's "Taking the Stage -- Changing America" Lineup

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCMore influential artists have been confirmed to appear during on ABC's Taking the Stage -- Changing America, including Chuck D., Doug E. Fresh, Janelle Monáe and Stevie Wonder.  

Dave ChappelleJada Pinkett Smith and husband Will SmithChris TuckerOprah WinfreyQuincy Jones and daughter Rashida Jones and other notable names will also take the stage to help celebrate the Smithsonian Institution's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens this weekend.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is now officially open to the public.

Taking the Stage -- Changing America , which will be shot September 23, will air on ABC during the 2016-2017 season.  

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Friday
Sep232016

Watch Yusuf, aka Cat Stevens, and Other Stars Perform at Global Citizen Festival on Saturday

Credit: Aminah YusufYusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, is among the many performers who will appear at the 2016 edition of the Global Citizen Festival, which returns to New York City's Central Park this Saturday, September 24. If you can't make it out to the event, you can still watch it all unfold live online, streaming on YouTube starting at 4 p.m. ET.

This year's Global Citizen Festival lineup also includes Metallica, Rihanna, Demo Lovato, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Coldplay's Chris Martin, among others.

Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and Salma Hayek will host the proceedings.

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Friday
Sep232016

Watch Metallica, Eddie Vedder & More Perform at Global Citizen Festival on Saturday

Credit: Ross HalfinThe Global Citizen Festival returns to New York City's Central Park tomorrow, September 24. If you can't make it out to the event, you can still watch the festivities all unfold live online, streaming on YouTube starting at 4 p.m. ET.

This year's Global Citizen Festival lineup includes Metallica, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens.

Coldplay headlined the 2015 festival, and Martin himself is the Global Citizen Festival Curator. Vedder also appeared last year, singing Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" with Beyonce.

Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and Salma Hayek will host the proceedings. Other acts on the bill include Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer and Usher.

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Friday
Sep232016

Diddy Donates $1 Million to Howard University

PRNewsFoto/Howard UniversityDiddy may be a bad boy for life, but to Howard University, the music mogul is a good man, thanks to a very generous donation. 

The artist pledged $1 million to the university's School of Business in support of his Sean Combs Scholarship Fund.  

Combs announced the hefty gift onstage during his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour in Washington, D.C. Thursday. 

"I was blessed to receive a great education from Howard University -- one of the best schools in the world -- and it helped to fuel my success in business and life. This scholarship will make it possible for the next generation of leaders to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness," said Combs.

Diddy attended Howard University as a business major, but didn't graduate. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university in 2014. 

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Friday
Sep232016

Guordan Banks and La'Porsha Renae to Perform at Living Legends Foundation Gala

DeWayne RogersGuordan Banks and American Idol runner-up La'Porsha Renae are set to perform at the Living Legends Foundation's 25th anniversary awards show and dinner this October, says Billboard.

The Living Legends Foundation honors executives and recording artists in the music business, and particularly the "unsung heroes" within the industry.

 Past honorees include Curtis Mayfield and Quincy Jones

The Living Legends Foundation Gala will take place October 6 in Los Angeles. Tickets for the event are now available. 

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Friday
Sep232016

Bruce Springsteen on Donald Trump: "The Republic Is Under Siege by a Moron"

Credit: Henry Ruggeri, Milan, Italy, July 3, 2016While Bruce Springsteen has traditionally been a vocal supporter of Democratic presidential candidates over the years, he's been relatively quiet with regard to the current campaign. However, in a new Rolling Stone interview, the New Jersey rocker makes no bones about how he feels about Donald Trump, referring to the Republican nominee as "a moron."

Asked for his opinion about "the Trump phenomenon," the Boss declares that "the republic is under siege by a moron," adding, "Without overstating it, it's a tragedy for our democracy."

Springsteen goes on to reference some inflammatory comments Trump has made during his campaign, such as suggesting that the upcoming election could be rigged in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's favor.

"When you start talking about elections being rigged, you're pushing people beyond democratic governance," Bruce maintains. "And it's a very, very dangerous thing to do."

In addition, Springsteen maintains that Trump is moving "very dangerous ideas [like] white nationalism and the alt-right movement" toward the mainstream.

Bruce says Trump has been able to garner such wide appeal by offering "simple answers to very complex problems," while adding that he thinks those answers are "fallacious."

With regard to whether he plans to get involved in the presidential campaign this year, Springsteen says, "I don't know if we've been approached or not to do anything at the moment. If so, I would take it into consideration and see where it goes."

As for his opinion of Clinton, Bruce says, "I like Hillary. I think she would be a very, very good president."

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Friday
Sep232016

Carrie Underwood Wows Music City Crowd During Hometown Storyteller Stop

Arista NashvilleNashville’s Bridgestone Arena may typically be the home turf of Predators’ captain Mike Fisher, but on Thursday night, it was his wife’s turn. Fifteen-thousand fans, including Kelsea Ballerini and Dan+Shay’s Shay Mooney, all turned out to see Carrie Underwood’s hometown stop on her Storyteller tour.

The impressive in-the-round moving stage, pyrotechnics, and wardrobe changes combined with Carrie’s stellar vocals and seemingly boundless energy to remind the Music City crowd the CMA host could very well walk away with the 2016 Entertainer of the Year trophy in November. Quiet moments like Carrie’s version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” were as captivating as the rest of her predominantly up-tempo set. Openers Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers returned to the stage near the night’s end to join the headliner for their take on Alabama’s “Mountain Music.”

Afterwards, Carrie greeted her music industry friends and family at a lavish backstage Storyteller-themed party, complete with signature cocktails, a mock food truck and a caricature artist.  

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