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Wednesday
Jan182017

Is Soulja Boy Taking Over Promotional Duties for His Upcoming Boxing Match? 

Prince Williams/FilmMagicMove aside Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent-- Soulja Boy is in charge now. 

In a series of now-deleted tweets captured by Hot New Hip Hop, Draco stated Tuesday that he is now taking control of all promotional duties for his forthcoming boxing brawl with Chris Brown instead of Mayweather and 50, who both signed on as promoters in early January.  

Floyd also agreed to train Soulja for his boxing debut, with Mike Tyson currently training Chris for his. 

"YALL KNOW WHAT IM THROWING THE FIGHT. THESE N***** TAKING TOO LONG F*** THIS S*** YOU NEED TICKETS HIT ME IM RUNNING THE SHOW," he wrote.  

"IM RENTING THE VENUE. IM SETTING THE DATE IM SELLING THE TICKETS. THIS WILL BE A SOULJA BOY PROMOTION. HIT ME FOR TICKETS THEY ON SALE NOW." 

Soulja also stated in the flurry of tweets that he will share more information about the impending fight against Breezy, along with his new tour and television show on an upcoming episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live

Floyd and 50 have yet to comment on Soulja's recent promotional claims. 

Draco and Breezy's pay-per-view match comes as the result of a feud between the two that began earlier this year because Soulja liked an Instagram picture of Chris' ex, Karrueche Tran.  

A vicious social media war of words and images from both parties followed, with 50 stepping in to suggest they work out their differences in the ring.  

Soulja and Tyson have engaged in a rap battle of their own, releasing two diss tracks: Soulja's "Hit 'Em with the Draco," in which he calls out both Brown and 50, and Mike's "If You Show Up," which has an accompanying music video that premiered online Tuesday.  

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Wednesday
Jan182017

U2 Sells 1.1 Million Tickets in 24 Hours; Adds Extra "The Joshua Tree" Dates

Live Nation/PR NewswireFans snapped up over 1.1 million tickets to U2's upcoming The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour just 24 hours after they went on sale. To celebrate, Bono and the boys have now added extra dates in Los Angeles, Chicago and East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The newly announced shows will be held May 21 at L.A.'s Rose Bowl, June 4 at Chicago's Soldier Field and June 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 23.

Throughout the tour, which kicks off May 12 in Vancouver, Canada, U2 will be performing their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree in its entirety. Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic will provide support on the North American leg of the tour, while Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will be the opener in Europe.

This summer, U2 will be headlining Bonnaroo for the first time.

For all ticket info, visit U2.com.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Soundgarden Details "Ultramega OK" Reissue

Sub PopSoundgarden has announced the reissue of their 1988 debut album Ultramega OK.

The 19-track collection, which features a remixed version of the original album, plus "early versions" of six songs, will be released on March 10. You can listen to the early version of "Beyond the Wheel" now on YouTube.

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.

Finally, Soundgarden acquired the original Ultramega OK multi-track tapes in 2016, which they gave to engineer Jack Endino, who's worked with Nirvana and Screaming Trees, to create a new mix for the album. Thus, the Ultramega OK reissue was born.

Soundgarden is currently working on their seventh studio album, the follow-up to their 2012 comeback effort King Animal.

Here is the Ultramega OK track list:

"Flower"
"All Your Lies"
"665"
"Beyond the Wheel"
"667"
"Mood for Trouble"
"Circle of Power"
"He Didn’t"
"Smokestack Lightning"
"Nazi Driver"
"Head Injury"
"Incessant Mace"
"One Minute of Silence"
"Head Injury (early version)"
"Beyond the Wheel (early version)"
"Incessant Mace (early version)"
"He Didn’t (early version)"
"All Your Lies (early version)"
"Incessant Mace (V2) (early version)"

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Rah Rah! Video Indicates Lady Gaga Will Perform "Bad Romance" During Super Bowl 

Courtesy Lady Gaga/NFL/PepsiWe may not know exactly what Lady Gaga has in store for her halftime performance at the Super Bowl, but we do know one thing: she's going to perform "Bad Romance."

A new video tweeted out by Pepsi, the halftime show's sponsor, shows Gaga's choreographer Richy Jackson leading a hand-selected troupe of dancers through choreography for "Bad Romance," complete with the signature "monster claw" hand moves from the song's iconic video.

Also in the video, Gaga declares that her performance will be "special" because, she claims, "I've been planning this since I was four."

"For me, it's all about giving to the fans and bringing people together that wouldn't normally come together," Gaga continues. "The thing is, it's such a big world stage in terms of how many people see it and it's been done so many times, I think the challenge is to look at it and say, 'What can I do differently? How can I elevate certain little things here and there and also make it about the music?'"

We'll see what she comes up with on February 5 in Houston. 

Meanwhile, despite a source claiming to Entertainment Tonight that Gaga has been barred from mentioning politics or Donald Trump during her performance, the NFL has issued no such directive.  The Washington Post reports that the NFL released a statement saying ET's report was "unsourced nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none.”

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Chris Lane Crosses an Appearance on "The Bachelor" off His Bucket List

ABC/George BurnsChris Lane scored his first #1 in 2016 with “Fix,” and next Monday, he’ll make another dream come true.

“It’s no secret one of my favorite shows is The Bachelor/Bachelorette… so this was definitely a bucket list opportunity that I could never pass up,” the North Carolina native says. “The crew, Nick and his date were a lot of fun to work with and the sold-out crowd was amazing. Definitely a highlight of the year!”

Chris will sing his latest single, “For Her,” as part of Bachelor Nick Viall’s one-on-one date with an as-yet-unknown female.

You can check out Chris’s star turn on The Bachelor Monday starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

George Strait and Brad Paisley Team Up to Honor Olympian Scott Hamilton

ABC/Image Group LABoth George Strait and Brad Paisley will tune up their guitars for the 9th Annual Nashville Honors Gala February 27, held at the Omni in Music City.

Sponsored by the T.J. Martell Foundation, the event raises money for research to cure leukemia, cancer and AIDS. So far, it’s contributed more than $4 million to the cause since its beginning in 2009.

Olympic skater Scott Hamilton is just one of this year’s honorees, with more musical talent to be announced as the date approaches.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

DJ Khaled Teases Collaborations with Mariah Carey and Travis Scott

Image Group LA/ABCIt appears that both Mariah Carey and Travis Scott have been sharing some major keys with DJ Khaled.

On Tuesday, Khaled shared an Instagram picture featuring all three "jus viben" in a recording studio.  

The "All I Do Is Win" star also posted two separate photos: one of him during a recording session with Travis and another having a "serious cloth talk" sit-down with Mimi. 

Khaled has recently been hard at work in the studio with some major artists on a "top secret" new album. Earlier this week, the superstar began to tease fans with pictures of Alicia KeysChance the RapperJustin BieberMigos and Quavo "up to something," as Khaled wrote. 

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Little Big Town Surprises Fans by Revealing the Cover and Track Listing for "The Breaker"

Capitol NashvilleThe song list and the album cover for Little Big Town’s new album, The Breaker, has now been revealed, thanks to a surprise share from the band Wednesday on Instagram.

“SO excited to share this with ya’ll on February 24th!” Kimberly Schlapman said on her own page, along with the album art, which features Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook on the branch of an enormous tree, while Kimberly and Phillip Sweet stand in front.

“It’s my favorite album we’ve ever made!” Kimberly added. The set’s Taylor-Swift-penned first single, “Better Man,” is rapidly moving toward country’s top five.

Here’s the track listing for the album, which is due the same day the band kicks off their residency at the historic Ryman Auditorium:

“Happy People”
“Night on Our Side”
“Lost in California”
“Free”
“Drivin’ Around”
“We Went to the Beach”
“Better Man”
“Rollin’”
“Don’t Die Young, Don’t Get Old”
“Beat Up Bible”
“When Someone Stops Loving You”
“The Breaker”

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Bob Seger Releases Tribute Song to Glenn Frey on Anniversary of Eagles Star's Death

Clay Patrick McBride; James GladerToday marks the one-year anniversary of Glenn Frey's death, and in honor of the Eagles singer, Bob Seger has debuted a new song tribute to his late friend that can be downloaded for free at Seger's official Facebook page and also is streaming at RollingStone.com.

"Glenn Song" is a sparse, melancholy tune that finds Seger musing about Frey's passing and reminiscing about his passion for music.

"You were young, you were bold/ And you loved your rock and soul," sings Bob. "You were strong, you were sharp/But you had the deepest heart/ You showed the whole world what we knew/There was no one quite like you."

Seger recorded the track about four months ago in Nashville with some session musicians while working on an upcoming studio album.

"It's obviously not meant to be a hit," he tells Rolling Stone. "There's no chorus per se or title section or anything. The idea was just to honor his memory and talk, very specifically, about my impression of him in 1966 when we first met."

Seger and Frey met while they both were playing in bands in the Detroit area. Bob enlisted Glenn to sing backing vocals on his 1968 hit "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," but it was Frey who would find superstardom first as a member of the Eagles.

Seger remained friends with Frey and would go on to co-write the Eagles' 1979 chart-topping hit "Heartache Tonight" with Glenn, Don Henley and J.D. Souther. Bob ended up singing the song at Glenn's memorial service, and also performed it during the Eagles' 2016 Kennedy Center Honors tribute.

With regard to his new tune, Seger tells Rolling Stone, "I hope 'Glenn Song' doesn't make his wife Cindy cry. But it probably will."

Frey was 67 when he passed away on January 18, 2016.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

"Save the Night": John Legend Will Perform at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards 

ABC/Paula LoboThe first round of performers for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and among them is 10-time Grammy winner John Legend.  

Country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, along with heavy metal legends Metallica, are also scheduled to perform at the prestigious ceremony.  

While Legend is not up for any Grammys this year, the "Love Me Now" singer currently stars in the critically-acclaimed romantic musical La La Land, whose score has been nominated for -- or won -- many accolades since its release.

You can catch the 2017 Grammy Awards, hosted by late-night talk show host James Corden, February 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. 

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Little Big Town's first #1 hit? ANSWER:  "Pontoon," from 2012.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

"Soul Man" Sam Moore Joins Lineup of Trump Pre-Inauguration Celebration

Courtesy of Webster PRWhile many well-known music artists have declined invitations to perform at the festivities surrounding the inauguration of Donald Trump this week, soul legend Sam Moore has announced that he'll be performing at a pre-inaugural event this Thursday in Washington, D.C. The Sam & Dave singer has joined the lineup of the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, which will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast live.

"As an American, I am honored to perform for President-elect Donald Trump," says Moore in a statement. "I was a participant in the civil rights movement and have seen many positive changes and advancement in my 81 years of living in this wonderful Country, but I know we must all join hands and work together with our new President. I honestly believe that if we can accomplish this, the best is yet to come."

The celebration will feature remarks from Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday, January 20, as well as performances from modern-rock act 3 Doors Down and country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, among others.

For more details about the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, visit 58PIC2017.org.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

How Blake Shelton Celebrates His Number Ones with His Mama

Warner Music NashvilleEven though Blake Shelton clocks the 23rd #1 of his career this week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, the Oklahoma native says it means just as much to him as his very first.

“I’ve been in this business long enough to know that a number one single should be celebrated and never taken for granted,” the star of The Voice says. “I’m just as excited about ‘Guy with a Girl’ going #1 as I was ‘Austin.’ The first thing I did when I found out today was call my mom, just like I did with my first and every #1," he reveals.

The three-time nominee will perform “Every Time I Hear That Song” Wednesday night on The People’s Choice Awards, which air live from Los Angeles starting at 9 p.m. ET  on CBS.

Blake has a shot at taking home Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Album for If I’m Honest at the fan-voted awards show.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Beyoncé, Solange, Chance the Rapper, Drake and Missy Elliott Among This Year's Shorty Awards Nominees

ABC/Image Group LANominees for this year's ninth annual Shorty Awards have been announced, and DrakeChance the RapperMissy Elliott and Solange are all nominated in the Music category. 

And don't worry -- Beyoncé is also listed as a nominee, but in two categories related to social media-- GIF of the Year and Instagram of the Year. 

On Thursday the awards, which highlight the best content across social media spheres including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Periscope, opened up voting to fans to help determine the finalists and winners.  

Finalists in each category are determined by rankings from The Real Time Academy as well as votes from fans via social media.

The 2017 Shorty Awards will be held in April in New York and will be available via live stream at ShortyAwards.com

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Michael Buble Pulls Out of Brit Awards Hosting Gig

Evaan KherajIn a not-unexpected move, Michael Buble has pulled out of his scheduled gig as the host of the 2017 Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys.

A rep for Buble tells ABC Radio that Michael will not be hosting the ceremony, which takes place in London February 22.  In November, Michael announced that he and his wife would be putting their careers on hold to care for their three-year-old son, Noah, who was diagnosed with cancer.

Last year, when he announced he was hosting, Michael pronounced himself "honored" and "humbled" to do the job.  According to ET Canada, Michael is still expected to host the 2017 Juno Awards, which take place in the spring.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

New Black Sabbath Compilation Being Released to Coincide with Band's Final Concert

RhinoBlack Sabbath will bring their career as a touring band to a close next month when they play two farewell concerts, on February 2 and 4, at the Genting Arena in their hometown of Birmingham, U.K. Coinciding with those shows, the influential rockers will release a new 31-track compilation titled Black Sabbath: The Ultimate Collection on February 2.

The album will be available as a two-CD set, in multiple digital formats and as a special four-LP vinyl "Crucifold" package designed to open up into the shape of a cross. The Ultimate Collection features remastered versions of many of Sabbath's best-known songs, including "Paranoid," "Iron Man," "Sweet Leaf" and "War Pigs," as well as a variety of other gems from the band's classic Ozzy Osbourne-fronted lineup.

Black Sabbath kicked off their final run of shows with a concert Tuesday night in Cologne, Germany.

Here's the track list of the two-CD version of The Ultimate Collection:

Disc One:
"Paranoid"
"Never Say Die"
"Iron Man"
"Black Sabbath"
"Children of the Grave"
"Fairies Wear Boots"
"Changes"
"Rat Salad"
"Sweet Leaf"
"War Pigs"
"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
"Hole in the Sky"
"Symptom of the Universe"
"Spiral Architect"
"Rock 'n' Roll Doctor"

Disc Two:
"Dirty Women"
"Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games with Me"
"A Hard Road"
"Lord of This World"
"Into the Void"
"Behind the Wall of Sleep"
"Snowblind"
"Tomorrow's Dream"
"The Wizard"
"N.I.B."
"Electric Funeral"
"Embryo"
"Killing Yourself to Live"
"Am I Going Insane"
"Wicked World"
"It's Alright"

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Wednesday
Jan182017

MUTEMATH Drummer Darren King to Guest on "Late Night"; Band Working on New Album

ABC/Randy HolmesMUTEMATH drummer Darren King is bringing his skills to Late Night with Seth Meyers. King will sit in with the show's 8G Band for the week of January 23.

Previous guest drummers to play with the Late Night house band include Tool's Danny Carey, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. The show airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

In other MUTEMATH news, the band is currently working on their fifth studio album, their follow-up to 2015's Vitals. They plan to go on tour this summer in support of the album.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Twenty One Pilots Nominated for Shorty Awards

Image Group LA/ABCTwenty One Pilots' social media skills will be recognized at this year's Shorty Awards, which highlight the best content across social media spheres including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Periscope.

The "Stressed Out" duo are one of a dozen music acts nominated as a social media "influencers." In describing their worthiness for the award, the Shortys praise Twenty One Pilots' "artful eye and vision for social media strategy."

Other influencer nominees in the music category include The 1975, rapper Drake and pop star Ariana Grande.

The 2017 Shorty Awards will be held in April in New York and will be available via live stream online. You can vote for your favorite nominees now via ShortyAwards.com.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Ariana Grande and Boyfriend Mac Miller Among This Year’s Shorty Awards Nominees

Image Group LA/ABCThe couple that Snapchats together, stays together. Ariana Grande and her boyfriend Mac Miller are among the nominees for the ninth annual Shorty Awards, which honor the best social media content on the web.

They’re both nominated in the Music category, along with Britney Spears, Drake, Ingrid Michaelson and Twenty One Pilots. Lady Gaga, meanwhile, was nominated in the Celebrity category.

On Thursday the awards, which highlight the best content across social media spheres including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Periscope, opened up voting to fans to help determine the finalists and winners.

Finalists in each category are determined by rankings from The Real Time Academy as well as votes from fans via social media. The 2017 Shorty Awards will be held in April in New York and will be available via live stream at ShortyAwards.com.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Prophets of Rage Staging Anti-Inaugural Ball, Featuring Audioslave Reunion

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesStill haven’t received your ticket to one of the Donald Trump inaugural balls?  No worries -- Prophets of Rage has got you covered.

The band is hosting what they’re calling an Anti-Inaugural Ball this Friday, the same day as the presidential inauguration, at LA’s Teragram Ballroom.  Prophets of Rage will be joined at the event by special guests Jackson Browne, rapper Vic Mensa, and actor/singer Jack Black.

Even better, the Anti-Inaugural Ball will also see Prophets of Rage members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk reunite with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to perform as Audioslave for the first time in eleven years.

"The Anti-Inaugural Ball is a celebration of resistance,” Morello says in a statement announcing the event.  “Resistance to racism. Resistance to sexism. Resistance to homophobia. Resistance to bullying. Resistance to environmental devastation.  Resistance to fascism. Resistance to Donald Trump. We are staring down the barrel of a dystopian nightmare unless we act NOW, unless we fight back NOW.”

“Bad Presidents make for great music. Join us as we get loud and stand together to defend our rights, our country, and our planet," the statement ends.

Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).  If you can’t attend, the show will be livestreamed around the world on the Prophets of Rage Facebook page.

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