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Sunday
May292016

Watch The Beach Boys on PBS' National Memorial Day Concert Special Tonight

Credit: Udo SpreitzenbarthWho better to honor American tradition on Memorial Day than America's band? The Beach Boys are among the artists that will be performing at the 27th annual National Memorial Day Concert, which takes place tonight on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Joining the legendary California group at the event will be country star Trace Adkins, opera great Renee Fleming, current and final American Idol winner Trent Harmon and singer/actress Katherine McPhee, who is a one-time Idol runner-up.

The concert, which honors military members and their families, airs live on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and also will be shown on the American Forces Network. The special will be co-hosted for the 11th year by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.

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Sunday
May292016

Little Big Town's "Wanderlust" Takes Them Outside Country

Capitol NashvilleIf you’re waiting to hear the country tunes on Little Big Town’s eight-song collaboration with The Voice’s Pharrell Williams, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath.

“It’s not a country record,” Karen Fairchild tells Billboard of the band’s new project Wanderlust. “It’s not like anything we’ve ever done. It’s fun to be spontaneous and put it out there to the fans… and not to overthink it… because it has brought us a lot of joy… It’s just music, you know?”

At the same time, Little Big Town is back in the studio with Jay Joyce, who’s produced their last few country albums.

Wanderlust is due June 10. The band confesses they have hopes of one day performing the first single, “One of These Days,” with Pharrell on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

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Sunday
May292016

"American Idol" Winner Trent Harmon Performing at National Memorial Day Concert

Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicWho better to honor American tradition on Memorial Day than an American Idol? Trent Harmon, the show’s 15th and final victor, will be performing at the National Memorial Day Concert tonight.

He’ll be taking the stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Joining Trent at the event is another American Idol alum, fifth season runner-up Katharine McPhee. The Beach Boys also are set to perform.

The concert, which honors military members and their families, airs live on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It will be co-hosted for the 11th year by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.

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Sunday
May292016

Deep Blues Sea: Gregg Allman Part of Lineup for Joe Bonamassa's Blues-Themed Cruise in 2017

Credit: Danny ClinchGregg Allman is among the many musicians who will take part in blues guitar whiz Joe Bonamassa's third annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise, which is scheduled to run February 6 to February 10, 2017. Next year's lineup also will feature another founding Allman Brothers Band member, drummer Jaimoe, who will perform with his current group, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band.

Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea III will set sail from Tampa, Florida, and will stop in Costa Maya, Mexico before returning to port. Other artists on the bill include Beth Hart, Anders Osborne and Eric Gales.

As has become tradition, the cruise also will feature a stage to showcase "Ignite Artists," that is, blues and roots musicians specially selected for their innovative musical approach.

Money raised by the seagoing festival will benefit Bonamassa's Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, which supports music-education programs and scholarships for financially in-need students and teachers.

To find out more details about the cruise, including cabin prices, visit BluesAliveatSea.com.

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Joe Bonamassa announces Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise 2017! from Sixthman TV on Vimeo.

 

Sunday
May292016

K. Michelle Does Not Want to Be Mary J. Blige

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesK. Michelle is often compared to Mary J. Blige, but the Memphis singer does not want to be in the same lane as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.

“For me, everybody wants the next Mary J. Blige,” Michelle tells Rolling Stone. “As much as I love Mary J. Blige, and she is a phenomenal woman and someone that I look up to greatly, that's not who I am. At this point in my career, I'm somewhat tired of it. I'm tired of people telling me who I am.”

Michelle loves a variety of musical styles, and she's trying to break out of being classified only an “urban” artist. She says her country/pop song "If It Ain't Love" on her latest album, More Issues than Vogue, would be a hit if she was a different color.

“We did sit at the table, look at this record, and say, ‘This is a great record. If you were white, it would be right. It would be a smash.’ If this was Taylor Swift, it would be a smash. And it's crazy that it goes like that. So we toyed with the idea: Should we ship out a great record without a name or a face?”

Michelle says her next project will be a country and blues album. She’s also opening a restaurant and hookah lounge in Atlanta in the summer called Puff.

"I’m going to have the most amazing food in this restaurant. Also, we'll have over 50 different drinks, girlie drinks that won't give you headaches, like Captain Crunch martinis, and all this kind of stuff,” she says. ”It's a very unique restaurant.”

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Sunday
May292016

Pete Wentz Had to Distract Himself with Fantasy Football to Stop Obsessing over Jon Snow's Fate

Getty Images via ABCNow that their Wintour Is Coming tour is over, the members of Fall Out Boy have time to do the thing that inspired the name of the tour: watch Game of Thrones.

The new season of the HBO fantasy series hasn't arrived a moment too soon, either: singer Pete Wentz had to actively distract himself with other things to keep from thinking about what was going to happen to Jon Snow, whose fate was left a mystery at the end of last season.

"I actually joined a fantasy football league because I was too obsessed with what was happening with Jon Snow in the time off from Game of Thrones," Wentz tells ABC Radio.

Luckily, the question of Jon Snow was revealed in this season's second episode -- "It was good to see that he is back with us," says Wentz -- but there are a lot more Game of Thrones mysteries to be solved.

"I'm excited to see what's really happening in the Tower of Joy," Wentz says, referring to the tower Bran Stark sees when he witnesses a flashback of his late father, Ned Stark.

In addition to watching Game of Thrones, Wentz is enjoying its official recap show, After the Thrones.

"In the band we do a lot of discussing, like theories and that kind of stuff," Wentz tells ABC Radio. "So it's cool to see other people do that."

The next episode of Game of Thrones airs tonight, May 29 on HBO.

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Saturday
May282016

Dierks Bentley Brings Black Friday to Nashville

Capitol NashvilleYou usually have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving for Black Friday, but this weekend in Nashville, Dierks Bentley staged his own version of the busy shopping day. The “Somewhere on a Beach” hitmaker opened a special pop-up shop to celebrate the release of his eighth studio album, titled Black. Some lucky fans even got to visit with Dierks on Saturday as he stopped by to check out the store.

The location at the corner of 4th and Broadway downtown is also the future home of Dierks’ bar Whiskey Row. The exclusive boutique will remain open through June 12, giving fans in town for CMA Music Festival a chance to stop by.

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Saturday
May282016

Chad Smith and Jack Johnson Rock "Everyday People" to Promote Artist Education

Sandra Selva/Playing For ChangeRed Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Jack Johnson are featured in a new video to promote arts education. The clip was released by Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

In it, Smith, Johnson and a slew of other artists perform Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" with students from across the country. Other stars who participated in the video include Paula Abdul, Josh Groban, actress Elizabeth Banks and ballet dancer Misty Copeland.

Turnaround Arts aims to bring arts education resources to schools in need.

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Saturday
May282016

Todd Rundgren Set to Rejoin Ringo's All Starr Band After Finishing Solo Tour This Weekend

Credit: Danny O'ConnorTodd Rundgren wraps up his current U.S. solo tour with a pair of concerts over the Memorial Day weekend in New Haven, Connecticut. The shows, which take place Sunday and Monday at the College Street Music Hall, originally were supposed be held at Daryl Hall's venue Daryl's Place in Pawling, New York, but recently were moved.

After his trek winds down, Rundgren will switch his attention to Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, which launches its own stateside outing on Friday, June 3, in Syracuse, New York.

Starr currently is working on a new studio album, a follow-up to last year's Postcards from Paradise, which for featured the first song ever co-written by an All Starr Band lineup -- "Island in the Sun."

Rundgren tells ABC Radio that he isn't sure if Ringo will ask the group's members to collaborate on a song for the new record.

"I haven't really had much interaction with him about it, and he may be saving something for when the band gets together," the singer/songwriter explains. He notes that the group will be gathering in upstate New York next week to rehearse for the tour, while pointing out that "Island in the Sun" came together during rehearsals for a previous trek.

"We essentially hacked it out in sound check…and essentially wrote the lyrics in his hotel room," Rundgren recalls. "So, he may be holding out a song to try and reproduce that whole thing."

As for whether the All Starr Band will be adding new tunes to their set lists for the upcoming trek, Todd says he isn't sure.

"I don't know whether there'll be anything from the new album," he reports, adding, "[T]here is a possibility that we will learn some new songs but…I haven't been informed of that."

Here is the full list of All Starr Band tour dates:

6/3 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
6/4 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
6/5 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
6/7 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
6/8 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center
6/10 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/11 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center
6/12 -- Reading, PA, Santander Arena
6/14 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, FM Kirby Center
6/15 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre
6/17 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
6/18 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
6/19 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
6/21 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
6/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion
6/23 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
6/25 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinewood Bowl Theater
6/26 -- Wichita, KS, Hartman Arena
6/28 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
7/1 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts
7/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre

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Saturday
May282016

Taylor Swift Gave Jason Derulo One of His Most Prized Possessions

Alexander Saladrigas for Vulkan MagazineWhat do you get the man who has a bar in his bathroom? A fancy bottle of champagne, of course. In a new cover story with Vulkan magazine, Jason Derulo -- who does indeed mix drinks in his master bath -- reveals that Taylor Swift gifted him his most cherished bottle of alcohol.

“I definitely am a cocktail master but I’m a pretty simple guy too,” he says. “I did just start doing wines, but I think my most prized bottle would be a bottle of Dom [Perignon]. Taylor Swift bought me a bottle of limited edition Dom that is probably my most prized bottle.”

Jason, as we know, joined Taylor on stage during her 1989 tour last summer. The two performed “Want to Want Me.”

He’s no stranger to collaborations. The singer has worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Jennifer Lopez to Meghan Trainor to Pentatonix. Next up, he’s collaborating with the high end shoe brand LVL XIII for line of shoes -- which he estimates will be available this fall.

“The designs are done and we are currently in production,” he says. “It’s exciting. It’s a brand new endeavor. I’ve always been a sneaker head so it was only right that I created a line that signified the things that I love myself.”

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Saturday
May282016

Nia Guzman Breaks Silence About Chris Brown

Thomas Lohnes/RedfernsThe mother of Chris Brown’s child denies she’s attempting to keep him away from their daughter.

“I just think a lot of people think I’m just trying to take a child away from her father,” Nina Guzman tells Latina magazine in her first interview about her relationship with Brown. “That’s never been the case,” she says. “All I wanted was a set nanny in place, that’s all I was wanting. I never wanted to limit his time or take any of his time from him. I totally want him to be hands on with her, and be a father, and try and get it more focused.”

Their daughter, Royalty, is now two years old. She remained a secret for the first year, and Guzman says that was because of Brown’s volatile personality.

“I know that he’s young, he’s wild, and he has the bad boy persona, and I just knew that it just wasn’t going to be the best situation,” she comments. “And if I could have still kept it quiet until now, I would have.”

Brown recently ripped Guzman for allowing Royalty to wear a ballet tutu. The mother says she does not deserve the criticism.

“I personally saw nothing wrong with it. She always dresses like that to dance class….I don’t sexualize a toddler, or think of my children in any way like that. So for the backlash of that… I didn’t understand it."

In assessing her co-parenting arrangement with Brown, Guzman says, “I can’t say anything positive about it… at all. Nothing positive."

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Friday
May272016

Duff McKagan Remembers Rehearsing with Axl Rose for the First Time in Documentary Clip 

Kevin Winter/WireImageDuff McKagan has shared a clip from his forthcoming documentary film, It's So Easy and Other Lies. In the excerpt, which you can watch at Billboard.com, McKagan remembers rehearsing with Guns N' Roses and Axl Rose for the first time in 1985.

"Axl let out one of his screams and it was like nothing I'd ever heard," McKagan says in the clip while an acoustic version of GNR's "Nightrain" plays in the background. "There were two voices coming out of him at once. I suppose there is a name for that in musicology, but all I knew in that instant was that this dude was...different...powerful...and serious."

It's So Easy and Other Lies was filmed during McKagan's 2013 performance at the Moore Theatre in Seattle during his book tour in support of his memoir of the same name. The documentary, which hits theaters June 3, includes commentary from Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Nikki Sixx.

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Friday
May272016

Phantogram Teases New Song, "You Don't Get Me High Anymore"

ABC/Randy HolmesA new Phantogram single is arriving this summer. The band will release "You Don't Get Me High Anymore," the first track from their forthcoming new album, on June 16. You can listen to a preview of "You Don't Get Me High Anymore" now at Phantogram.com.

Phantogram's new album will be the follow-up to their 2014 sophomore effort, Voices.

Meanwhile, Phantogram currently is touring with Outkast rapper Big Boi in support of their collaborative project, Big Grams.

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Friday
May272016

Ed Sheeran Makes Good on Red Nose Day Promise and Eats Sea Snail

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteEd Sheeran officially made good on his Red Nose Day promise. The singer donned a red tutu and full colored manicure to chow down on the most disgusting food in Japan.

In a video posted to James Corden’s Twitter page, Ed chokes down some fermented beans and sea snail. He barely makes it through the meal without throwing up.

Before last night’s Red Nose Day Special, Ed pledged to wear the tutu and eat something gross if people raised more money for the charity event than last year. The event, which benefits children in need, raised more than $31.5 million -- well over last year’s $23 million total.

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Friday
May272016

Ringo Starr, Gene Simmons Among Celebs "Taking a Breath" for Richard Marx's Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Campaign

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage; Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicRingo Starr and KISS' Gene Simmons are among the celebrities who are participating in a new social media campaign launched by pop star Richard Marx's in honor of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.

Marx's "Take a Breath for CF" campaign, which officially kicks off today, May 27, encourages social media users to post videos of themselves taking a breath in and a breath out and saying, "I'm taking a breath for CF." It's an effort to raise awareness of the disease and collect donations to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In Ringo's video, the former Beatles drummer identifies himself, takes a breath and says the aforementioned phrase, then adds his own famous catchphrase, "Peace and love."

Marx says in a statement, "People will go to great lengths to raise awareness and funds for charity. This campaign highlights how something as easy for most of us as taking a deep breath in is a massive, if not impossible, feat for someone with CF."Richard has been working with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for 15 years.

Among the other celebs who have pledged their support to the initiative are Sylvester Stallone, Shania Twain, Kenny G, Arsenio Hall and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath. For more information about the campaign, visit CFF.org/breath.

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Friday
May272016

2 Chainz and Lil Wayne Join Chance the Rapper in New Video

Mike Pont/Getty ImagesChance the Rapper has “No Problem” with Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and several more stars joining him in his new video.

The clip from his Coloring Book mixtape, also includes cameos by DJ Khaled, Young Thug, Boosie Badazz and King Louie. The video, directed by Chance and Austin Vesely, features the rapper showing off his dance moves, and Wayne displaying his skills on a skate board.

Chance also announced he is about to go on tour, tweeting, “Coloring Book tour tix soon!!”

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Friday
May272016

Fifth Harmony Gets Own Twitter Emoji to Celebrate Album Release

Epic/Syco RecordsFifth Harmony’s album 7/27 is out today and they’ve got their very own Twitter emoji to celebrate. The girl group unveiled a custom icon that will appear every time you use the hashtag #727OUTNOW.

“Twitter has allowed us to build our collective voice as a group, and become the place where we share exciting news & announcements, new music & videos,” the girls say in a statement to Mashable. “More importantly, Twitter gives us a direct line to our fans: it's the place we talk to fans and share our lives.”

They add, “We are so excited to be working with Twitter on our new release and can't wait to show the Harmonizers our 7/27 emoji and see how they use it -- we hope they love it as much as we do!”

The emoji is a blue “7/27” stylized to resemble how the title appears on their album cover.

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Friday
May272016

Fantasia Releases New Single, “Sleeping with the One I Love”

Photo Credit: Ted EmmonsFantasia sings about cheating on her man in her new single, “Sleeping with the One I Love.”

The American Idol champion breaks down a love triangle in the bluesy track which is the third single from her upcoming album, The Definition Of…

She sings,I’m sleeping with the one I love, 'cause the one I’m with is good to me, it just ain’t good enough. I strive to do right, but I’m doing so wrong, I’m living in this house, but I can’t call it home.”

Fantasia’s fifth studio albumwill be released July 19.

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Friday
May272016

Josh Groban and Jason Mraz Promote Arts Education in New Music Video

Sandra Selva/Playing For ChangeJosh Groban and Jason Mraz are featured in a new video to promote arts education. The clip was released by Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

In it, Josh, Jason and a slew of other artists perform Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” with students from across the country. Other stars who participated in the video include Paula Abdul, Jack Johnson, actress Elizabeth Banks and ballet dancer Misty Copeland.

Turnaround Arts aims to bring arts education resources to schools in need. 

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Friday
May272016

Fetty Wap Debuts “Wake Up” Video

ABC/Randy HolmesFetty Wap lives out a marijuana-inspired fantasy in his “Wake Up” video which premiered Friday.

The rapper returned to his East Side High School in Paterson, New Jersey for the comical clip featuring strippers in the cafeteria, students rolling dice in the hallway and teachers smoking pot in the classroom.

The video opens with a young Fetty sleeping in bed as his mother attempts to wake him up. It concludes with mom finding his marijuana stash, and lighting up a joint.

Fetty adds a brief message in a slide, “Celebrate everyday, roll up something, and define your own path.”

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