Cher pulls out of Lifetime movie about Flint water crisis due to "family issues"

Johnny Louis/FilmMagicJust days after it was announced that Cher would be starring in a movie for Lifetime, the music legend has pulled out the project.

Next month, Cher was to have begun shooting Flint, a movie about the water crisis that the people in Flint, Michigan, have been suffering through since 2014.  The movie is inspired by a Time magazine cover story about three women from Flint who tried to expose the mishandling of the city's water supply, which leads to the residents unknowingly drinking contaminated water. 

Now, in a statement, Cher says, "This has been a project so near and dear to my heart and I was truly looking forward to helping tell this story.  Unfortunately I will be unable to leave Los Angeles during the scheduled filming as I am dealing with a serious family issue that prevents me from going on location for the April filming."

She adds that she's "so glad" that the producers plan to make the film without her, adding, "I know that this Lifetime movie will be done beautifully.”

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The star of Thomas Rhett's show? His 40 pairs of sneakers

ValoryOne might think that growing up in Nashville as the son of a country singer would make Thomas Rhett a fan of cowboy boots, but it turns out, sneakers are more his style.  Lots and lots of sneakers.

The switch to wearing kicks onstage came several years ago when Thomas decided to include a few dance moves in his stage show, "I was going to break my ankles dancing in [boots]," he told Billboard.

Thomas is now a "sneakerhead" -- a collector -- and has a whopping 40 pairs with him on the road for his Home Team tour.  He's even outfitted his band members in matching sneakers. 

"We move as a unit and look like a unit as well,” he says, saying he's been inspired by Bruno Mars and James Brown and their respective bands.

Thomas prefers sneakers in "wild colors," telling Billboard that they "bring out my personality." 

He adds, "The fresher colors represent my fashion sense and my musical style, both of which are somewhat all over the place."

Today, TR also teased his new single "Craving You," the lead track from his upcoming album.  The song, featuring Maren Morris, will have its world premiere on March 31.

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Darius Rucker ready for a CMT takeover

CMTIf fans of Darius Rucker missed his cameo appearance last night on CMT's new series Sun Records, not to worry: he's basically taking over the network for awhile.

Next up, you'll see Darius rocking out with John Mellencamp on CMT Crossroads, a concert special airing tonight, March 24 at 10 p.m. Eastern.

Then, get even more of the Charleston native on March 31st during an episode of Hometown Heroes. On the special, Darius returns home to South Carolina to remodel and redecorate the teen room at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The Grammy winner’s late mother was a nurse at the hospital, so he spent much of his childhood at the medical facility. 

Brett Eldredge and Chris Stapleton will also be featured on the hour-long episode, returning to their respective hometowns to give back in a big way. Hometown Heroes will air Friday, March 31 at 10 p.m. Eastern on CMT.

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John Legend dismisses robbery reports, but driver is charged with grand larceny 

ABC/Eddy ChenDespite reportsJohn Legend claims he was not the victim of a robbery on Thursday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The New York Daily News had reported that John's bag was stolen by a livery cab driver hustling for a ride. The "In America" singer dismissed the robbery claims in several tweets, explaining what really happened with his luggage. 

"We use a trusted car service and they did not rob me. Our Delta greeter made a mistake and left a bag on the cart," he wrote. "The bag was taken because it was left unattended. The airport police caught the person who took it (on video) and retrieved my bag."  

But that doesn't mean that a crime wasn't committed. ABC News has learned that a livery driver took the bag off the carousel, and John then reported it missing.  The driver was identified on surveillance video and asked to come back to the airport for an interview. 

The driver, Agustin Hilario, brought the bag with him when he returned to the airport, and said he took it by mistake.  He was placed into custody and charged with grand larceny.

John praised the airport's security and police with a picture of Get Out character Rod Williams, who's portrayed in the Jordan Peele hit horror flick as a T.S.A. officer. 

"One could say it's been handled," he declared.  

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Iron Maiden offering vinyl album reissues 

BMGIron Maiden fans can prep for the band’s upcoming tour with a batch of new album reissues.

A dozen Maiden albums spanning the years 1990 – 2015 have been cut on 180-gram vinyl from the band’s remastered catalog. They’ll be reissued with the original artwork beginning with the May 19 release of four titles: No Prayer for the Dying, Fear of the Dark, The X Factor and Virtual XI.

No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark will also be available in an exclusive Collector’s Box designed to hold all 12 of the upcoming reissues, plus Iron Maiden’s latest album, 2015’s The Book of Souls.

Future releases (in chronological order) include:

June 23: Brave New World, Rock in Rio (Live), Dance of Death, a Matter of Life and Death
July 21: Death on the Road (Live), Flight 666 (Live), The Final Frontier, En Vivo! (Live)

Iron Maiden’s North American The Book of Souls tour, with special guests Swedish metal band Ghost, begins June 3 in Bristow, VA, and continues through late July.

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Damon Albarn premieres four new Gorillaz tracks, says Donald Trump inspired album

Warner Bros.All of a sudden, there are plenty of Gorillaz in our midst.

Damon Albarn appeared on BBC Radio 1 Thursday to debut four tracks from Gorillaz’s upcoming album, Humanz, due April 28.

The new songs were “Ascension,” featuring vocals from American rapper Vince Staples; “We Got the Power,” with vocals from Savages frontwoman Jehnny Barth and musical accompaniment from Noel Gallagher; “Andromeda,” with a verse from rap star D.R.A.M.; and “Saturnz Barz (Spirit House),” featuring Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan.

Regarding the new Gorillaz album, Albarn said, “The album kind of came from this dark fantasy. Just imagine the weirdest, most unpredictable thing that changes everything in the world. How would you feel on that night?"

He added, "I suppose we were imagining the idea of Donald Trump...That was our dark fantasy. Unfortunately, it became reality."

Humanz will be available in a standard 14-track version and a deluxe, two-disc edition featuring five bonus cuts.

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Nicki Minaj enemies Remy Ma & Mariah Carey unite for "I Don't" remix 

ABC/ Lou Rocco; ABC/Randy HolmesMariah Carey and Remy Ma -- who both have beef with Nicki Minaj -- have joined forces to record a remix of Mimi's track, "I Don't."  

The original version of the song features rapper YG and details Mariah's feelings about her split from Australian billionaire James Packer.   

Mimi called attention to the remix via Instagram with a video that features a mock text conversation between herself and Remy.  

"Plans for Friday? I have an idea," she writes to Remy in the clip, before the screen fades to the cover art for "I Don't."  

Remy also shared the same visual on her Instagram account, writing in the caption, "When @mariahcarey calls...Don't REM-mix featuring @yg & Me!!" 

Neither Remy nor Mimi are actually heard dissing Nicki on the remix, but you can't mistake the significance of two of Nicki's most famous enemies working together.

Nicki has not yet responded to Mariah and Remy's remix, but she did release a lyric video for her breakup song "Regret in Your Tears" on Friday.  

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Iggy Azalea releases twerk-tastic video for “Mo Bounce”

ABC/Fred LeeNew music, same signature move. Iggy Azalea takes her twerking skills to a whole new level in the new video for “Mo Bounce.”

The Australian rapper jiggles her assets to the bumping electronic beat all throughout the sexy visual, which is set in Hong Kong.  Iggy and her dancers eventually end up in a glow-in-the-dark twerk-fest, as she raps, “Mo bounce in the motherf****** house.”

“Mo Bounce” is Iggy’s new single from her forthcoming album Digital Distortion, set to be released sometime this summer. The album’s release was pushed back from last year.

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Chicago to perform at Multiple Sclerosis charity event in May

Credit: David M. EarnisseChicago has signed on to perform at the 24th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala, a star-studded benefit held to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis. The event will take place May 5 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

"Chicago is one of my favorite bands of all time and has endless hits that remind me so much of all the special moments in my life," says Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis. "I am so excited that they can join us at this year's Race to Erase MS Gala to support the cause."

Besides Chicago's performance, the fundraiser also will feature the presentation of the organization's 2017 Medal of Hope Award to Sopranos actress Jamie Lynn-Sigler, who has MS. The event also will include dinner and a silent auction.

Over the years, the Annual Race to Erase MS Gala has raised more than $46 million for the organization and its Center Without Walls program.  It also provides financial support to the medical community to help advance understanding of the disease and aid in its treatment.

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Chicago has a variety of upcoming headlining shows lined up through May. The band then will mount a joint summer trek with The Doobie Brothers that kicks off June 7 in Concord, California. In addition, founding Chicago members Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a June 15 ceremony in New York City.

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John Mayer wants marriage and kids: "I'm running late for my life"

Frank OckenfelsThis October, John Mayer will be 40, and the reformed womanizer says all he wants now is to settle down, get married and be a dad.

"That's the final frontier, man," the currently single star tells the New York Times"I wish there was somebody to throw me the 40th. I want the baby with the protective earphones," he says. 

He's referring to to the fact that many pop star moms and dads bring their young children to their concerts, but make them wear ear protection.

The Times notes that John has also been living in a hotel, "for fear of establishing another bachelor pad."

"I want to say, ‘We’ll take it,’” he says, referring to buying a house with his future spouse. "I’m right on time for my career, and I’m running late for my life.”

However, John admits that being known as a player may harm his chances for domestic bliss.

"I’ve inherited a younger man’s reputation,” he complains.

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Boston, other rockers pay tribute to drummer Sib Hashian

Sib Hashian in 1977 (Ron Pownall/ Getty Images)Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack during the Legends of Rock Cruise, and now his old band, and a variety of other rock artists, are paying tribute to the late musician.

The current Boston lineup posted a joint statement on its official website that reads, "Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Sib Hashian who unexpectedly passed away [Wednesday]. Sib's high energy drumming on the early BOSTON albums and tours leaves a legacy that will be remembered by millions."

Ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau, who was performing with Sib on the cruise when he collapsed, wrote on his Facebook page, "Sib was [one] in a million, never to be replaced. He will be greatly missed."

Former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm, who'd been scheduled to perform on the Legends of Rock Cruise as well, tweeted, "So sorry to hear about [the] passing of Boston Drummer Sib Hashian. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family during this time."

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton wrote on his Twitter feed, "Man, so sorry to hear about Sib Hashian's passing.  Really good guy and fine drummer as well. RIP Sib."

Stryper's Michael Sweet, who sang with Boston from 2008 to 2011, noted in a Facebook post, "I never had the chance to play with Sib but I was a member of the band…that he helped create…God Bless you My friend and thank you for your incredible contribution to my musical journey and to the history of rock and roll."

Meanwhile, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, whose longtime girlfriend is Hashian's daughter Lauren, posted a lengthy tribute to Sib on his Instagram page in which he calls the late rocker his "second dad" and thanks him "for the many life lessons you've taught over the years."

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockAs we round out the first full week of spring, do you remember the huge country hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden?” To this day, the song remains one of the most successful country crossover hits of all time. The tune stayed at the top of the Billboard country singles chart for five weeks in 1970. Can you name the artist who made it famous? ANSWER: Lynn Anderson, who passed away in 2015.

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Kendrick Lamar disses Donald Trump in new track, "The Heart Part 4" 

Image Group LA/ABCKendrick Lamar surprised fans and the entire music industry last night by dropping a new track, "The Heart Part 4."

In the single, the Grammy award-winning rapper also had several barbs up his sleeve, with one taking aim specifically at President Donald Trump. "Donald Trump is a chump/Know how we feel, punk," he rhymes. 

Fans are also trying to figure out who else Kendrick is targeting on the track.  

He continues on to rap lyrics such as, "My fans can't wait for me to son ya punk a** and crush your whole lil s***/I'll Big Pun ya punk a**, you scared little b****/Tiptoeing' around my name, n****, ya lame." Some speculate that he's dissing fellow artists, such as Drake or Big Sean

Yesterday, the "Alright" artist shared a mysterious post on Instagram with a picture of "IV," the Roman numeral for four. His 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly was the rapper's third studio project, so many assumed that the post was a tease for a new, fourth album.

Kendrick is slated to perform at this year's Coachella music festival.  

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Ed Sheeran says his girlfriend taught him you can be happy...*and* successful

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Ed Sheeran's career has never been hotter, and he's also super-happy with his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn.  He says he's now realizes that it's possible for someone to have both a successful career and a successful personal life.

In the new issue of Clash magazine, Ed says, "I always thought to have a really good career, you always had to be incredibly unhappy, and I always thought to be really happy, you had to have a bad career, because I didn’t see the balance of the two."

"And I’ve realized that that’s obviously bulls***, and just what you tell yourself to justify it,” he adds. "I live with Cherry now. We’ve got cats, we have takeaways and watch movies, we have people round for dinner. I’ve never had that."

But even if Ed's career does cool off at some point, he's not too worried about it. 

"I don’t think my career will go pear-shaped,” he says, “but I do think at some point I will step back from it, and the moment I step back from it, I’m just going to write songs and every now and then go and play a gig."

"Maybe I’m not going to play Wembley [Stadium] for the rest of my life, and maybe I’m not going to have number one hit smashes for the rest of my life, but I will always be able to do those two things and make a living off them,” he continues. "I think if it all ended tomorrow, I had a f******* good run."

You can buy the Ed issue of Clash magazine online now.

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Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen appearing on next episode of Sammy Hagar's "Rock & Roll Road Trip"; watch exclusive clip

Courtesy of AXS TVCheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen will be featured on a new episode the AXS TV reality series Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar that premieres this Sunday, March 26, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. On the show, host Sammy Hagar travels to Chicago to chat with the power-pop legend and fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, about a variety of musical topics, including Nielsen's experiences recording with the late, great John Lennon.

In a preview clip from the show exclusively provided to ABC Radio, Nielsen shares some memories about the time he and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos were brought in to work on a session intended for Lennon's 1980 Double Fantasy album.

Rick recalls that he was laying down a guitar overdub for the song "I'm Losing You," and Lennon wound up paying him quite a compliment.

"While I was in there [recording my part], he said to Bun E. and [producer] Jack [Douglas], 'God, I wish I would've had him on 'Cold Turkey,'" Nielsen shares. "He says, '[Eric] Clapton choked up!' Not too shabby."

Rick also tells Sammy that he remembers bringing Cuban cigars to the studio that day, August 12, 1980, to give to Lennon in celebration of the fact that his son Daxx -- who now is Cheap Trick's drummer -- had just been born.

Nielsen and Carlos recorded parts for "I'm Losing You" and the Yoko Ono tune "Moving On," although their performances didn't make it to the final mix of those tracks.

In addition to the Nielsen interview, Sunday's Rock & Roll Road Trip episode will focus on Hagar and The Circle, the star-studded group that also includes ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Jason Bonham, playing a concert at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

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Pearl Jam ex-drummer Dave Krusen hints at Rock Hall performance

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesThe Pearl Jam drummer saga has a new twist.

Dave Krusen, the man behind the drum kit for Pearl Jam’s legendary debut album, Ten, is hinting via a social media post that he may be performing with his former bandmates at PJ’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, set for an April 7 ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Krusen posted a photo on his Twitter account of his drum kit set up in the corner of a room, just waiting for someone to sit down and start bashing away. The photo has fueled speculation that Krusen could be part of a Rock Hall jam session, despite his less-than-chummy relationship with the rest of the group.

As previously reported, Pearl Jam ran into some controversy when it was originally announced that only Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron would be inducted into the Rock Hall. The band eventually said they’d also invite the other three men who’ve kept time for PJ: Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons.

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Ride return with 'Weather Diaries' album 

Wichita RecordingsBrit-pop fans have something cheer about: Ride is back.

The 1990s shoegaze heroes have announced their first studio album in 20 years, Weather Diaries, due for release June 16. They’ve also unveiled a delightfully psychedelic video for the album track “Charm Assault” and a brief run of North American live shows.

Ride exploded out of Oxford, England with their acclaimed 1990 debut, Nowhere. After their initial breakup in 1996, co-founder Andy Bell became the bass player for Oasis

You can pre-order Weather Diaries via the band’s website.

Weather Diaries track list:

1.“Lannoy Point”
2. “Charm Assault”
3. “All I Want”
4. “Home Is a Feeling”
5. “Weather Diaries”
6. “Rocket Silver Symphony”
7. “Lateral Alice”
8. “Cali”
9. “Integration Tape”
10. “Impermanence”
11. “White Sands”

Ride live dates:
7/17 – Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
7/19 – Boston, MA, Royale
7/20 – New York, NY, Terminal 5
7/22 – Philadelphia, PA, TLA
7/23 – Washington, D.C., Sixth & I

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Newcomers Raelynn and Lindsey Ell release new music today, adding potential girl power to country radio 

ABC/Image Group LAThe top 20 songs in this week's Mediabase Country Airplay chart only contain two female solo artists. Raelynn and Lindsey Ell will release new music today with hopes of doing something about those stats.

Raelynn was just 17 when she first caught Blake Shelton's ear with her Pistol Annies-inspired blind audition on The Voice's second season. Ultimately, she was sent home by Blake during the competitions quarterfinals.

The country singer has done a lot of growing in the five years since she was a precocious teenager on the show. And, with her debut album, Wildhorse, released today, RaeLynn-- now 22-- is set to make her mark. The album's lead single, "Love Triangle," currently sits at number 32 on the country chart.

Lindsay Elle is also no stranger to Nashville's music scene. While she's know for slaying on the guitar, she hasn't been able to conquer country radio.

Lindsay hopes to change that today with the release of an EP appropriately titled Worth the Wait. The six-song compilation is stacked with vulnerability, giving listeners a front row seat to a deeply personal narrative. The project, incidentally, was produced by Sugarland's Kristian Bush.

For a list of where you can catch Lindsay Ell live go to

Raelynn is out on her very own Rave Tour 2017. Find where's she's headed at

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Happy couple, happy life: Faith Evans releases new track, 'Ten Wife Commandments,' from "The King & I"

Eric JohnsonThis Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G.'s final album, Life After Death.   

In light of the big event, Faith Evans has released a new song, "Ten Wife Commandments," based off of Biggie's hit track, "Ten Crack Commandments." 

The tune, which is also the latest release from Faith and Biggie's forthcoming duet album, The King & I, cleverly lays out ten commandments for a happy marriage -- like "Gotta let him wear the pants" and "Gotta take care of your family" -- while employing verses from the rapper's 1997 classic.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Faith explained that while she had doubts about how the collaborative disc would come together, she felt Biggie's spirit in the recording studio during the process. 

"One day towards the end of recording, I was playing the album back for different people and I just felt a tap on my shoulder and I just started bawling like, 'I think he just told me he's proud,'" she said.  

The King & I is set to drop two days before Big's birthday -- May 19 -- and is available to pre-order now. The studio project will include rare and unreleased vocals by the legendary rapper, along with guest appearances from Busta RhymesLil' Cease112Lil' KimSheek LouchJadakissSnoop Dogg, and Styles P.

Others on the album include actor Jamal Woolard, who portrayed The Notorious B.I.G. in Notorious, the biopic based on his life and career, and Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace, known as "Mama Wallace."  

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Elton John turns 70: "At this time in my life I'm the happiest I have ever been"

Denise Truscello/WireImageHe turns 70 Saturday, and he's still standing: Sir Elton John says at this moment, he's living his best life.

"I'm interested in moving forward all the time, with what I create, my collaborations, and also with discovering the work of other people," says the always-busy rock legend. "I think age is immaterial, provided we keep our minds alive by being open to new things."

Above all, Elton remains a fan of music: both listening to it and performing it.

"I can be as excited by a new artist who plays me their demo as I am by a new record of one of my musical heroes," he says.

"Life is a constant state of flux for us all, and I like to embrace that," he adds. "I also feel very happy to use my position to bring attention to injustice in the world, and to try to help where I can. At this time in my life I'm the happiest I have ever been."

This year also marks Elton's 50th anniversary of his collaboration with his lyricist, Bernie Taupin.

"It's the same excitement now as when we first started," he says of their partnership, adding, "It's an amazing achievement to stay with one person for 50 years on a creative basis, in an industry where that doesn't really happen very much."

As previously reported, Elton will celebrate his birthday with a charity gala featuring Lady Gaga and special guests.  Proceeds his event will raise money for his Elton John AIDS Foundation and for exhibitions and programs at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

You can watch a newly-produced video montage of Elton's career on YouTube.

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