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Apr232018

Thirty Seconds to Mars, Smashing Pumpkins, Ozzy Osbourne & more part of $20 summer concert ticket special 

PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentConcert promoter Live Nation will be offering discounted tickets for a number of the summer's biggest rock tours during National Concert Week.

From Monday, April 30 at 8 a.m. local time to Tuesday, May 8 at 11:59 p.m local time, you can grab $20 concert tickets for artists including Thirty Seconds to Mars, Smashing Pumpkins and Ozzy Osbourne.

Other participating tours include The Offspring and 311, Arcade Fire, Avenged Sevenfold and Prophets of Rage, Beck, Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult, Shinedown and Godsmack, Imagine Dragons, Kid Rock, Evanescence, Paramore, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, Weezer and Pixies, and Warped Tour, among many more.

For the full list of eligible tours, visit NCW.LiveNation.com.

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Monday
Apr232018

Watch now: Kehlani steals Charlie Puth’s girlfriend in “Done for Me” video

ABC/Image Group LAKehlani and "We Don't Talk Anymore" singer Charlie Puth have debuted the disco-themed video for their duet, “Done for Me.”

The two, dressed in their ‘70s disco best, sing in a variety of retro settings including a bed with satin sheets, a light-up dancefloor and mirrored room. 

As they sing about a lover who takes more than they give, they both get romantic with the same woman.

The video ends with a shot of Kehlani and the woman on the satin sheets bed, then cuts to Charlie sitting alone, looking dejected.

Kehlani, who's been open about her fluid sexuality, took to Twitter this weekend to clarify her sexuality.

“Cuz i keep geddin asked.. i’m queer. not bi, not straight,” she wrote. “i’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. does that answer your questions?”

Kehlani added, “And since we on that... i’m the LEAST attracted to straight men, y’all really adorable sometimes tho. bisexual men really are little gifts from god tho.”

She later deleted the tweets, writing, “I retracted my queer tweet because i am being corrected about the way in which i listed the gender spectrum and i’m super super sensitive to being offensive especially when i’m only trying to appreciate. point is, i love love, and that love lies in every gender there is.” 

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Monday
Apr232018

Zac Brown Band plans to go Down the Rabbit Hole just a little bit more

Shore Fire Media/Jimmy FontaineZac Brown Band’s trip Down the Rabbit Hole will go on just a little bit longer.

ZBB is adding four new September dates to its 2018 run, with stops in Las Vegas, Nevada; Saratoga Springs, New York; Bangor, Maine; and Hartford, Connecticut now on the itinerary. The Down the Rabbit Hole Live trek starts June 8 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  

Pre-sales for the new concerts start on Tuesday, with seats going on sale to the general public on Friday.

Here are the new additions to Zac Brown’s Down the Rabbit Hole Live tour:

9/21 -- Las Vegas, Nevada, The Pearl Concert Theater
9/28 -- Bangor, Maine, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
9/29 -- Saratoga Springs, New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
9/30 -- Hartford, Connecticut, Xfinity Center

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Monday
Apr232018

See the hottest country tours of the summer for only $20

PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentYou can score a $20 ticket to some of the hottest shows of the summer starting next Monday, thanks to Live Nation’s National Concert Week promotion.

Big names like Luke BryanJason AldeanKeith UrbanDierks BentleyMiranda LambertLittle Big TownLady AntebellumDarius Rucker and Zac Brown Band are just some of the country artists you can see as part of the deal.

In all, Live Nation is offering 1.5 million $20 tickets to more than 2000 summer shows. The promotion starts at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 30, and goes through Tuesday, May 8. You can find full details on the Live Nation website.  

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Monday
Apr232018

John Lennon self-portrait as Hitler sells to collector for $54K

Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty ImagesA self-portrait of John Lennon as Adolf Hitler has sold for $54,000. This according to Page Six, which reports that the "crude sketch" was done by the future Beatle while he attended the Liverpool College of Art in the late 1950s.

The doodle features Lennon at a podium with his hand raised in a Nazi salute with the words "Heil John" repeated several times, as if it were coming from the crowd below.

"The fact that he even thought of depicting himself as Hitler is weird," said Gary Zimet, who arranged the sale for the memorabilia company Moments In Time.

Also weird is another item on Moments In Time's website: the John Lennon/Yoko Ono Double Fantasy album that Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman, just five hours before Chapman shot and killed the former Beatle.

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Monday
Apr232018

Definitely call it a comeback: Traci Braxton says she's "so excited" to go on solo tour

Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College FundIt looks like another Braxton sister will be coming soon to a city near you.

Traci Braxton  tells TMZ that she's going on tour. 

As previously reported, Traci, along with Tamar Braxton,  were both axed from their sister Toni Braxton's Braxton Family Tour bill. 

In regards to getting booted from Toni's tour, Traci explains, "I was so excited, but I was so bummed out when they told me I wasn't gonna be on tour with Toni and Tamar." 

She continues, "It was presented by a [TV] network -- I don't think I can say [which one] it [is] yet -- for me to be on my own tour...and I'm excited about that. I'm so excited that I'm going to be on tour by myself." 

"I have that chance to show the world who Traci Renee Braxton is." 

Traci also talks to TMZ about the moment she learned she was no longer going to be a supporting act on Toni's Braxton Family Tour, but would be getting her own tour instead.

"To tell you the truth, Toni called me. Management came right after it happened. And I was like, 'Ooooh, OK.'"

"So, it validated what Toni had said to me when my management came to me," she says. 

Tamar and Traci were added to the Braxton Family Tour bill as Toni's supporting acts. 

TMZ states that, as of now, no other artists have been scheduled to replace Tamar and Traci. 

The dates for Traci Braxton's upcoming solo tour are currently unknown, so stay tuned.  

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Monday
Apr232018

Revealed: The divine origin of the Rolling Stones' lips and tongue logo

Blue and LonesomeThe Rolling Stones' lips and tongue logo is arguably the most famous band logo in rock history, and has appeared on thousands of items, from album covers to underwear. Its origin, though, is a humble one.  Turns out the artist who designed the logo was a 25-year-old art student, who was paid a mere 50 pounds sterling -- about $785 in today's currency value -- for the iconic image.

London's Victoria and Albert Museum interviewed the artist, Jon Pasche, who tells the story of being selected by his art school, the Royal College of Art, to create a tour poster image for the Stones. The only guidance he was given was a newspaper clipping of an image of the Hindu goddess Kali, which had captured the attention of Mick Jagger.

The goddess is feminine looking and in the clipping -- and many other famous renderings -- she's sticking out her tongue and smiling. From that, Pasche created rock & roll art history.

The entire story can be viewed on the Victoria and Albert Museum website, and includes an interesting side story on a classmate of Pasche's, who designed Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon cover.

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Monday
Apr232018

Blink-182 working on new music?

ABC/Paula LoboIt looks like new Blink-182 music is in the works.

According to a Snapchat post from bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus, captured by AltPress.com, the punk rockers are currently recording new tunes.

Drummer Travis Barker also shared a Snapchat photo of himself and Hoppus talking in the recording studio.

Blink-182's most recent album was 2016's California. It was the band's first with guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba, who replaced Tom DeLonge.

Perhaps Blink will debut some new music at their upcoming 16-show Las Vegas residency, which launches in May.

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Monday
Apr232018

James Bay to open for The Rolling Stones, again

Sarah PiantadosiBack in 2013, before anyone really knew who he was, James Bay got to open for the Rolling Stones when they played London's Hyde Park.  Now that James is kind of a big deal himself, he's once again opening for the legendary rock band.

Mick Jagger and the boys have tapped James to warm up the crowd at their show in London this June. He wrote on Twitter, "IS THIS FOR REAL? It’s an absolute honour to announce I’m supporting @RollingStones at London’s Twickenham Stadium on 19th June."

James is just one of a handful of well-known acts who'll be opening for the Stones on their upcoming U.K. tour.  Others who'll be doing the honors include Florence + the Machine, ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft, and British ska legends The Specials.

James kicks off a U.K. and European tour on May 29.  He'll bring the tour to the U.S. in September, in support of his sophomore album, Electric Light.

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Monday
Apr232018

Madonna fails in her bid to prevent auction of Tupac break-up letter, used undies

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has lost her bid to block some of her personal items – including a break-up letter from late rapper Tupac Shakur -- from being sold at auction.

According to the New York Daily News, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled Monday that Madonna’s former friend Darlene Lutz was free to sell the possessions.

The singer had sued Lutz last July to prevent her from profiting off the items, which also include a pair of used panties and a used hairbrush. But Judge Gerald Lebovits ruled that because Madonna signed a release in 2004 allowing Lutz to keep some of her things, she did not have grounds to sue.

“[Madonna] knew that throughout her relationship with Lutz, Lutz was in possession of various pieces of [Madonna’s] personal property,” the judge wrote in his decision, according to the Daily News. “Yet before this action began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions.”

Madonna had claimed that she didn’t know Lutz had possession of the Tupac letter, which was personal in nature. Tupac and Madonna dated from 1993 to 1994. The rapper wrote her the letter from jail in 1995 and included details of their breakup.

The items will go up for bid in July on GottaHaveRockandRoll.com.

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Monday
Apr232018

"I love the way Candace Owens thinks": Kanye West compliments right-wing commentator

Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The MeadowsFans of Kanye West are well aware of the rapper's fondness for speaking his mind on social media, but it seems as though many people weren't prepared for one of Ye's latest tweets. 

Saturday, he wrote, "I love the way Candace Owens thinks." 

Owens is a conservative commentator whose pro-Donald Trump thoughts on her YouTube channelhave made numerous headlines in the past. 

Kanye's apparent support of Candace caused a frenzy among fans on Twitter. 

One follower wrote, "Alright so Kanye West not only endorsed Trump, but he just publicly endorsed Candace Owens' thinking. This woman is anti-black, anti-reform, conservative and anti-LGBT [laughing face emojis]. What ya'll gotta say now? What else does he have to do Kanye stans?? I'll wait."  

Another person tweeted, "I don't know how anyone is shocked that Kanye West likes how Candace Owens think. He has rapped multiple times on his songs how he can care less for dark skinned black women and degrades them in general." 

However, one fan had a different perspective, writing, "Kanye West triggering people with his 'I like How Candace Owens thinks' tweet. Thought I'd help trigger some more. #MAGA." 

Included was a picture of West standing next to Donald Trump with the subtitle "He's a good man... ." 

West famously met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City last year to discuss, as Kanye put it, "multicultural issues." 

Trump called Kanye "a good man' after their meeting.

Candace Owens wants to meet with Kanye as well. 

After seeing Kanye's tweet about her, Owens tweeted, "I'm freaking out. @kanyewest ....please take a meeting with me. I tell every single people that everything that I have been inspired to do, was written in your music." 

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Monday
Apr232018

Get a glimpse of Franz Ferdinand's weird side in "Glimpse of Love" video

Credit: David EdwardsFranz Ferdinand has released the video for "Glimpse of Love," a track from the Scottish band's new album, Always Ascending.

Filmed in the French countryside, the video isn't overtly weird, but everything seems a little...off, in a David Lynch sort of way. In one scene, for example, the Franz members sit in a living room and nod their head to the music while staring unnervingly at the camera. Another scene shows them awkwardly dancing in a pasture.

There are also sheep. Lots and lots of sheep. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

Franz Ferdinand is currently touring North America in support of Always Ascending.

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Monday
Apr232018

Yaaas, Queen! "American Idol's" Ada Vox gets a shoutout from RuPaul 

ABC/Eric McCandlessAs Ada Vox works towards her dream of becoming the next American Idol, the drag queen had another dream come true today.

Ada got an endorsement from her idol RuPaul on Twitter. Ada, whose birth name is Adam Sanders, performs in drag on the show and caught the attention of rag icon Ru following her performance on last night’s Idol of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.”

“SHANTAY, you slay,” Ru tweeted under a photo of Ada, using the famous RuPaul’s Drag Race catchphrase. “XORU,” Ru signed the tweet.

Ada previously caught the attention of RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage. After Ada’s duet on “Defying Gravity” with Lea Michele last week, Visage tweeted, "My glam team and I want to give you the makeover of life for American Idol finals. YOU INSPIRE US ALL."

Ada responded, “Ummmm #Duh please and thank you... I just died a little inside...”

Ada has yet to respond to Ru’s tweet, but previously told TMZ that it would be amazing if she got a shoutout from RuPaul.

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Monday
Apr232018

Listen now: Tyler Farr sings "Love by the Moon" for his wife

Columbia NashvilleTyler Farr’s record label calls his new song “2 minutes and 41 seconds of up-tempo, authentically-Tyler, turn-up-the-volume-and-singalong instant-familiarity.” But according to Tyler himself, “Love by the Moon” is about his bride.

“Me and my wife Hannah have been married for a year and a half now,” he says, “and this song is for her. We live in the country and enjoy our lives together on the farm. We laugh, work and play hard. This song is us!”

“Love by the Moon” was produced by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush.

“Being a country music artist, I’m away from home a lot,” Tyler explains. “So, when I do get time at home, I make those days count and don’t take one for granted. We live by the sun and love by the moon. Yeah, that’s right!”

Tyler scored major hits in 2013 and 2014 with “Redneck Crazy,” “Whiskey in My Water,” and “A Guy Walks into a Bar.” “Love by the Moon” is available to stream or download now.

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Monday
Apr232018

Avicii's family issues statement: "We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim's music"

Rich Polk/Getty Images for Rolling StoneThe outpouring of grief that followed the news of Avicii's death has prompted his family to issue a statement thanking fans for their support.

Avicii, who was born Tim Bergling, died last Friday at age 28.

"We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim's music and have precious memories of his songs," the family said in a statement provided to ABC Radio.

"Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world," the statement continues. "We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way."

Following the EDM superstar's death, everyone from Madonna and The Chainsmokers to Charlie Puth and Adam Lambert took to Twitter to express their grief at his loss.

According to Variety, fellow EDM star Kygo paid tribute to Avicii at Coachella this past weekend by showing his image on video screens while the song "Without You" played. The screens also featured the message "Rest in peace. We will miss you."

Other acts who performed tributes to Avicii this past weekend during concerts included Nick Jonas and OneRepublic.

Bergling was found dead in his hotel room in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. The cause of death is not yet known, though the "Wake Me Up" artist had been in poor health for some time.

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Monday
Apr232018

Janet Jackson announces new State of the World summer tour dates

Live Nation EntertainmentJanet Jackson is taking fans on an escapade that will last through the summer.  The superstar has announced a series of new tour dates which start July 11 in Austin, TX.

The new tour dates wrap up August 7 in Tampa, FL. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27 via LiveNation.com.  Citi Cardmembers can grab them starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time.

In addition to these tour dates, Janet will also be doing headlining performances at the Essence Festival, Outside Lands, Panorama and FYF Festivals.

Here are Janet's new tour dates:

7/11 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amp
7/13 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheater
7/15 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/18 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
7/20 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Stadium
7/26 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/29 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/1 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
8/3 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/5 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
8/7 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

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Monday
Apr232018

"American Idol" season-seven favorite David Archuleta weighs in on his favorite contestants

ABC NewsTen years ago, David Archuleta was the runner-up on American Idol season seven Monday, he talked to ABC's Good Morning America about Sunday night's episode, where contestants sang for America's vote for the first time. Afterward, David told ABC Radio that when the viewers start voting, there's even more pressure.

"Just watching last night...you could feel the tension...it really affects them," David noted. He then laughed, "But I don't think you should hold that against them. ...[T]he first time I was live, I completely forgot the words to my song!"

David was most impressed by contestants Catie Turner and Gabby Barrett.

"[T]hey both really stand out," he said. "Catie... she's just so personable 'cause she has a unique personality and she can't help but be herself...it's just fun, it's refreshing." 

As for Gabby, David said "she just has a full package, I think she connects, and you can see that she's just about to [blow up]."

David also praised judge Katy Perry, who told Catie to stop reading social media comments.  David's own struggle with that, and the pressure he felt to please everybody, is one reason why he took two years off and went to Chile to serve as a missionary.

"I just needed...some one-on-one time," says David.  "I need[ed] to remind myself what I think of myself and what God thinks of [me]." The experience helped inspire his current album, Postcards In the Sky.

"[It] that was beyond anything I can even describe, how much that was of value to my life, and to my career moving forward," he says of this two years away. "I realized I could say what I wanted to say and not just be told to just shut up and sing." 

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Monday
Apr232018

"Friends Don't": Get ready for the return of Maddie & Tae

Mercury NashvilleIt’s been nearly two years since Maddie & Tae have put out a new single, but that all changes this Friday, with the new track, “Friends Don’t.”

“It’s been a crazy past couple of years but we are so excited to announce that we have a brand new single coming out…” the duo tweeted. “Thank you for being patient & supportive. You’ll never truly know how much that has meant to us.”

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye made it to the top of the charts in 2014 with their platinum-selling debut, “Girl in a Country Song,” and the music video for the track went on to win Video of the Year at the 2015 CMA Awards. Their second single, “Fly,” made it to #9 and went gold.

You’ll be able to stream or download “Friends Don’t” on Friday. In the meantime, you can check out a clip of the song on Maddie & Tae’s socials

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Monday
Apr232018

A Perfect Circle song "Disillusioned" partly inspired by Maynard James Keenan's Yelp experience

Credit: Tim CadienteOn A Perfect Circle's new song "Disillusioned," Maynard James Keenan sings "Time to put the silicone obsession down," in reference to society's dependence on smartphones and the internet. Apparently, the musician's experience with the review site Yelp also influenced the song.

"That thing is f***ing poison!" Keenan tells New Zealand website Stuff. "Sites like Yelp have fostered this generation of novice experts who have the power to open their mouths but haven't actually put the work into knowing what they're talking about."

Keenan's frustration with Yelp seems to stem from bad reviews his wine-tasting room in Arizona has received on the site.

"I've had bad Yelp reviews of my tasting room, but it had nothing to do with the wine," he says. "The reviews were bad merely because I wasn't there! That's like giving my record a bad review because I wasn't in the record store when they bought it! I can only say to those people: shut the f*** up!"

"Disillusioned" appears on A Perfect Circle's new album Eat the Elephant, which is out now.

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Monday
Apr232018

Kenny Chesney sets his Trip Around the Sun in motion

ABC/Image Group LA More than 55,000 fans turned out this past weekend to see Kenny Chesney kick off his Trip Around the Sun tour at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The eight-time Entertainer of the Year played 25 songs over the course of 127 minutes, including his two current hits, “Get Along,” and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” During the latter, images from Kenny’s Love for Love City effort were projected onscreen, as a reminder the Virgin Islands are still recovering from Hurricane Irma.

“All I want any time I get on a stage is to turn people’s bad days into something great, and take their great days and make them everything you could ever want,” Kenny says. “That’s what music does: change the moment, and that’s a big part of why I do what I do.”

Kenny’s Trip Around the Sun continues this weekend, with a Saturday night stop at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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