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Sep222017

After Mexican earthquake, Shawn Mendes launches online fundraising campaign, donates $100K

ABC/Randy HolmesShawn Mendes was forced to cancel his show in Mexico City on September 20 after a devastating earthquake hit that country.  Now, he's partnering with the Red Cross to raise money for the victims of the quake.

Shanw has launched a campaign on CrowdRise, which is part of GoFundMe, to encourage donations for disaster relief in Mexico. He's gotten things the ball rolling with a $100,000 donation. 

On the campaign page, Shawn writes, "The scale of the devastation is hard to comprehend. While I cancelled my concert out of respect and for safety, being there during this tragedy and seeing the devastation first hand made me want to do whatever I could to help those impacted by this tragedy...I am really grateful for anything you can do."

The American Red Cross is working with the Mexican Red Cross to determine where to allocate the funds raised.

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Friday
Sep222017

Watch Now: Jason Derulo rises from the dead in violent new video for "If I'm Lucky"

Drew Dizzy GrahamJason Derulo's new single "If I'm Lucky" is about the possibility of reuniting with a lover in the afterlife because things didn't work out in this world.  In the song's newly released video, Jason rises from the dead to find out exactly why things didn't work out between him and his lady.

The clip starts with Jason and a woman lying on the ground, dead.  Then Jason gets up, and even though he's covered with blood, he starts walking around and revisiting the circumstances that led to his and the woman's deaths.  He sees himself meeting the woman in bar.  She's obviously got a taste for danger: she forces him to stand against a dartboard while she throws knives at him.  Then, they move on to a motel for drinking and some sexy time.

Eventually, the two take up a life of crime, robbing huge amounts of cash and hiding out in the motel room.  But then, they rob the wrong guys: a group of dangerous looking biker dudes who come after them.  Jason and the girl grab the cash and escape the bikers, but when they run into a shed to hide, it explodes, killing them both.

The last shot of the video is the same as the first, with Jason and the girl are lying dead on the ground. At the last minute, he opens his eyes and they're pale and weird-looking. It's sort of how people look in Game of Thrones when they turn into White Walkers.

The video is billed as "Part 1," so presumably, we'll see what Zombie Jason gets up to in part two.

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Friday
Sep222017

Foo Fighters earn number-one debut in the UK with "Concrete and Gold"

Roswell Records/RCA RecordsThe new Foo Fighters album Concrete and Gold debuts at number one on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart.

Concrete and Gold gives Dave Grohl and company their fourth number one album in the U.K., following 2002's One By One, 2007's Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and 2011's Wasting Light. In the U.S., only Wasting Light reached the top of the Billboard 200.

Concrete and Gold also features a guest spot from one of the U.K.'s biggest stars: Sir Paul McCartney.

The album is also on pace to debut at number one in the U.S.

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Friday
Sep222017

Morrissey announces US tour behind new album, "Low in High School" 

BMGMorrissey will hit the road this fall in support of his forthcoming new album, Low in High School. The outing begins Halloween night in Portland, Oregon, and will conclude December 7 in Boston. Visit MorrisseyOfficial.com for ticket info.

Hopefully the tour will go on as scheduled, as the enigmatic ex-The Smiths frontman has been known to cancel shows in the past.

Low in High School, which features the single "Spent the Day in Bed," will be released November 17.

Here are the tour dates:

10/31 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11/2 -- Seattle, WA, The Paramount Theatre
11/4 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
11/5 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
11/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
11/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
11/16 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Marquee
11/18 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Kingsbury Hall University of Utah
11/20 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
11/22 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
11/25 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theater
11/28 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
11/30 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem
12/2 -- New York, NY, Theatre at Madison Square Garden
12/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
12/7 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre

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Friday
Sep222017

Watch Green Day play Global Citizen Festival, Billie Joe Armstrong perform on "The Tonight Show" 

ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day is gearing up for a busy weekend in New York City. Tonight, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is performing on NBC's The Tonight Show, and Saturday, the punk trio will play the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. 

On The Tonight Show, Armstrong will perform Green Day's song "Ordinary World," the closing track off of the band's new album, Revolution Radio. The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

As for the Global Citizen Festival, you can watch the concert live online via GlobalCitizen.org beginning at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 23. The event's lineup also includes The Killers, The Lumineers, Stevie Wonder and The Chainsmokers, among others.

In other Green Day happenings, Rolling Stone points out that Armstrong was a guest during Michael Moore's one-man Broadway show The Terms of My Surrender. Naturally, the pair talked a lot about Donald Trump, whom Armstrong called "bats*** crazy." The musician also took aim at Democrats, whom he said don't have "any cojones" to stand up to the president.

"We don't need nice guys any more. Nice guys finish last," Armstrong declared, referencing Green Day's Nimrod single.

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Friday
Sep222017

Source: Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri haven't reunited

Jason Merritt/FilmMagicreport surfaced earlier this week that Janet Jackson might be getting back together with her ex, Jermaine Dupri, but now a Janet source says the singer is definitely "not in a position" to start dating.

A source tells E! News, Dupri and Jackson, who is soon to be divorced from her husband Wissam Al Mana, are close, but definitely not in a relationship.

"Jermaine and Janet have remained friends through all these years and never lost touch. They had a period when they broke up and didn't talk for a bit but overcame that and found friendship again," the insider explained to E!

"Jermaine has a crazy love for Janet and they have been speaking more since the breakup. Janet and Jermaine trust each other and they have history."

But according to the source, Janet's focus is on her infant son Eissa and her current State of the World Tour.

"Janet is really not in a position to get involved with someone at this time," the source explained. "She is open, though, for something more down the line. They are in the talks of working on some new projects."

In a July 2016 interview with ABC Radio, Dupri joked about his relationship with Janet, saying that even with all his other accomplishments, fans still want him to be with Janet, who he dated for seven years.

Addressing the fans, Dupri laughed, "Why don't ya'll just tell her that ya'll still wish that we were still together and that ya'll don't really care for anything going on with her unless I'm involved?" 

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Friday
Sep222017

With new book, Questlove's on a quest to help fans live their best creative life

Courtesy of EccoIt looks like Questlove is switching gears from food to deep reflection on creativity for his next book, Creative Quest.  

The Roots drummer's latest literary offering will present "inspirations, stories, and lessons on how to live your best creative life," and promises to share "all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories" he's learned from not only his own creative journey, but also from other artists such as film director Ava DuVernay and D'Angelo.  

The cover of Quest's Creative Quest also lives up to the book's name.  

It features a collage of the superstar, including the use of a vinyl record with a picture of his face across it for his head, tin cans as drums, and, of course, his signature afro pick.

Questlove's previous book is last year's something to food about: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs.

Creative Quest is set for release on April 24, 2018 via Ecco Press. 

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Friday
Sep222017

"Hold the Light": Dierks Bentley's first song for a movie hits close to home

ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley has just finished the first song he’s ever written and performed for a major motion picture, and it’s one that’s particularly close to his heart.

“Hold the Light” will be featured in Only the Brave, which recounts the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Nineteen members of that elite firefighting team lost their lives while battling a wildfire in Dierks’ native Arizona in 2013.

Shortly afterwards, Dierks put together a benefit concert that raised more than half a million dollars for the firefighters' families. Now, he couldn’t be prouder to help bring their story to the big screen.

“This is at the top, if not the most meaningful experience I’ve ever been a part of,” Dierks says. “It hits me harder than any other song I’ve had a chance to be a part of."

"Over the last couple years I’ve met and gotten to know Brendan, the sole survivor, and my mom has met with some of the guys’ families, and it’s still unfathomable to put yourself in any of their shoes," he adds. "But our goal was to create a message of hope and love. I’m honored to have been a part of it.”

Only the Brave will be in theaters October 20. “Hold the Light” is available to stream or download now.

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Friday
Sep222017

What pop bands do: Maroon 5 returning to Las Vegas for New Year's shows

 

Live Nation Las Vegas Maroon 5 doesn't have a regular Las Vegas residency -- except when New Year's Eve rolls around.

Once again, the band has announced a series of New Year's shows at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Sin City.  The shows are December 30 and December 31, and tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, September 29 at 10 a.m. PST at AXS.com.

If you're an American Express Card member, an M Life Rewards member, or an AXS customer, you'll can get access to ticket pre-sales this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.

Last year, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine told ABC Radio why the band continues to return to Las Vegas year after year for New Year's.  "It's become really fun because we bring a lot of our friends out from LA and we turn it into our own sorta party," he explained. 

Valentine goes on: "We're done performing before midnight actually strikes, so then we usually go up and celebrate in the hotel with all of our friends, it's become just a yearly thing..  Everybody's like, 'Oh, can we come back out to New Year's this year? [Can you] put us on the list?' 'Absolutely!'"

Maroon 5 is expected to release a new album in November.  Their current single, "What Lovers Do," is out now; the video, described as a "larger-than-life cinematic affair," is coming soon.

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Friday
Sep222017

Lady Gaga's "A Star Is Born" remake to arrive earlier than expected

Neal PrestonA Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Stefani Germanotta -- better known as Lady Gaga -- will be in theaters sooner than you think.

Variety reports that the film, originally scheduled to open September 28, 2018, will now arrive May 18, 2018.  It seems that Warner Bros., the studio releasing the film, feels that it has a good chance of competing with 2018's slate of blockbuster summer movies, which are generally superhero films, action/adventures or animated flicks.

As previously reported, this is the fourth version of A Star Is Born: the original came out in 1937, and it was then remade in 1954 and again in 1976.  In this version, Cooper plays a country star named Jackson Maine, who discovers a talented young singer named Ally, played by Gaga.  Soon, Ally's career begins to outshine his own, which causes problems with their romance.

Gaga has written and will perform original songs in the movie.  In the new Netflix documentary about the singer, Five Foot Two, you can actually see her discussing the fact that the studio has just given the project the green light.  The documentary is streaming now.

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Friday
Sep222017

40th anniversary of David Bowie classic celebrated with Depeche Mode cover

KMazur/WireImageDuring their tour this year, Depeche Mode has included a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" in honor of the late music icon. The synth-pop icons have now released an official recording of the cover to mark the 40th anniversary of the original track's release. You can listen to the cover now via YouTube.

"'Heroes' is the most special song to me at the moment," says frontman Dave Gahan in a statement. "Bowie is the one artist who I've stuck with since I was in my early teens. His albums are always my go-to on tour and covering 'Heroes' is paying homage to Bowie."

Depeche Mode has been touring in support of their new album, Spirit. The outing continues Friday night in Dallas, Texas.

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Friday
Sep222017

Journey's Jonathan Cain releasing Christmas album

Identity Records/The Fuel MusicJonathan Cain is stepping out with a Christmas album.

The longtime Journey keyboardist, co-writer of such hits as “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Who’s Crying Now,” will release Unsung Noel on October 13. The disc features 10 new songs written by Cain, as well as several holiday classics.

Cain plays piano, keyboards and sings lead vocals on the project, also arranged and produced the album at his state-of-the art Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville.

He explains, “The music came to me over the course of two recent Journey tours, and I recorded the entire album during a 10-day break this spring. I wrote and arranged most of this album on the road in hotel rooms as we traveled from city to city.”

Cain adds, "This album is dedicated to the coming of Christ and the events in scripture that is the core of our Christian belief.”

Cain, who previously issued an album of Christian music titled What God Wants to Hear, says he’d been contemplating a Christmas album for years. He's posted a preview trailer for Unsung Noel on his Facebook page, and promises tour dates soon. 

Cain is also planning to publish a still-untitled memoir next spring that'll detail his personal journey of faith, as well as his 36-year career with Journey.

 Here’s the track list for Jonathan Cain’s Unsung Noel:

“This Is the Heart of Christmas”
“Star of Bethlehem”
“Emmanuel”
“Angels We Have Heard on High”
“Joseph’s Pride”
“It’s Only Christmas When”
“Unsung Noel”
“You Shall Call His Name”
"Hail Mary”
“Oh Holy Night”
“You Came to Reign”
“Light of the World”
“The Night Love Came Down”
“Do You Hear What I Hear”

Friday
Sep222017

Daryl Hall & John Oates pledge ticket proceeds to American Red Cross for hurricane relief 

Stuart M BergDaryl Hall & John Oates are doing their part for hurricane relief.

Tonight in Cedar Park, Texas, the duo will start a run of shows in the American South.  Since some of those cities in this particular run of dates were devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the duo will be donating a portion of ticket sales to the Red Cross.

"I know everyone has been experiencing hard times, bad luck and a lot of sadness.  We'll try and do our share to help and also give some soulful cheer at the shows," says Daryl Hall in a statement.

John Oates adds, "Hopefully our music will bring a small respite from the damages suffered during the hurricane, and more importantly, I'm hopeful that our contribution to the American Red Cross can help those in need."

The cities Daryl and John will visit in addition to Cedar Park include Sugar Land, TX, Tuscaloosa, AL, Jacksonville, FL and Charleston, SC.  Next month, the duo will play shows in London and Dublin.

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Friday
Sep222017

Tune in: Usher, Gladys Knight to be featured on "Oprah's Master Class"

ABC/Fred WatkinsAmid his STD scandal, Usher Raymond is gearing up to teach a master class in music.

On Oprah's Master Class on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET, "The U Got It Bad" singer will share his story of how he went from a teen performer to a multi-platinum music star, and how his family played a pivotal role in his career.

Following Raymond's episode at 10:00 p.m. ET, R&B legend Gladys Knight will share some of her career highlights, which include touring the segregated South in the 1950s, finding her voice later in life, and learning how to balance her personal life with her professional career.

The back-to-back episodes of Oprah's Master Class featuring Raymond and Knight air Saturday, September 23 on OWN. 

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Friday
Sep222017

Dylan Scott hopes you'll be "Hooked" on his new Christmas EP

CurbAs his chart-topping single “My Girl” nears platinum status, newcomer Dylan Scott is turning his thoughts toward the holiday season.

The Bastrop, Louisiana native will release the five-song set titled Merry Christmas on October 13.

“Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and I am really excited about the release of my first Christmas EP,” Dylan says. “I grew up listening to the holiday classics and to be able to record and perform some of these songs is a dream come true.”

Dylan’s yuletide offering comes out the same day he kicks off the Hell on a Highway Tour with Justin Moore. The trek starts in Monroe, Louisiana, just 30 miles from Dylan’s hometown. He's just released "Hooked" as the follow-up to his #1, "My Girl."

Here’s the complete track listing for Merry Christmas:

“Winter Wonderland”
“Jingle Bell Rock”
“The Christmas Song”
“White Christmas”
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

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Friday
Sep222017

Wu-Tang Clan name-drops "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli on new single, "Lesson Learn'd" 

eOne MusicWu-Tang Clan's newest studio album, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, is available to pre-order now, but you can listen to a brand-new, fiery track from the legendary hip-hop group now. 

"Lesson Learn'd," featuring Inspectah Deck and Redman, disses so-called "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli, the notorious former pharmaceutical company executive who, after purchasing the license for the life-saving drug Daraprim, hiked its price from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill.

On "Lesson Learn'd," you can hear the lyric, "My price hikin' like the pills Martin Shkreli sell."

Why does Wu-Tang even care about Shkreli?  

Because he also famously purchased Wu-Tang's limited edition Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album for $2 million in 2015 and sold it for a little over $1 million in September on eBay.

Maybe the money will go toward Shkreli's legal fees.  

After being found guilty earlier this year on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit same, he was out on bond awaiting sentencing when he offered $5,000 in a Facebook post for a strand of Hilary Clinton's hair.  

A judge decided that could be interpreted as a solicitation to assault the former Democratic presidential nominee and revoked Shkreli's bail earlier this month.  

He's currently in detention in New York City. 

"Lesson Learn'd" is available to listen to now on SoundCloud. You'll also receive the song instantly upon ordering Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues.  

It arrives everywhere October 13.  

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Friday
Sep222017

Listen now: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani throw a little holiday shade in "You Make It Feel Like Christmas"

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani are already making holiday plans.

On Friday, they released their duet, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” which is the first single and the title track of Gwen’s new yuletide album, which comes out October 6.

Even in the upbeat, happy holiday song, there seems to be a little bit of shade toward the pair’s exes:  “Thought I was done for, thought that love had died,” Blake sings. “But you came along, I swear you saved my life.”

Blake and Miranda Lambert, of course, divorced in 2015. Gwen and husband Gavin Rossdale split around the same time.

“You Make It Feel Like Christmas” is available to stream or download now.  You can also check out an audio-only version on YouTube.

Blake’s 2012 holiday album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, is also set to be re-released on October 6, with three new songs. His new studio record, Texoma Shore, features his new single, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” and follows on November 3.

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Friday
Sep222017

Florida Georgia Line takes it to the top ten on the dance floor with Hailee Steinfeld

ABC/Image Group LA Florida Georgia Line already have eleven country number-ones to their credit, but now the duo is making some serious headway on another Billboard chart.

This week, Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley crack the top-10 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs ranking, thanks to their collaboration with actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld. “Let Me Go” checks in at #9, and also features Swedish DJ Alesso and singer/guitarist Watt.

This isn’t the first time FGL has made an impressive showing on the dance/electronica chart. Back in April, they made it to #16 with The Chainsmokers  and “Last Day Alive.”

Back at home on the country tally, FGL’s “Smooth” is making its way into the top 20.

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Friday
Sep222017

KISS' Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley reunite on stage

Paul Kane/Getty ImagesThey didn’t literally rock and roll all night, but it was still pretty special for KISS fans.

Billboard reports founding KISS members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley performed together for the first time in 16 years Thursday night during a Hurricane Harvey benefit show at CHS Field in St. Paul, MN. They played four songs together: “Parasite,” “Cold Gin,” “Shock Me,” and “Rock and Roll All Nite,” inviting some audience members on stage for the latter tune.

Simmons and Frehley hadn’t shared a stage since the finale of KISS’ so-called Farewell Tour in Australia in April 2001. Even when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, Frehley didn’t perform with them.

As to how the reunion came about, Frehley told the Minneapolis StarTribune, “I just did four shows on the East Coast, and I looked at my calendar and I noticed I was off [Thursday]. I had to head back to San Diego eventually where I live, so I figured I could make a pit stop here. I called Gene, and he was really excited about me being involved, and it’s that simple.”

Frehley also said Gene paid a visit to his house recently, during which they wrote two songs together for an upcoming Simmons solo album.

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Friday
Sep222017

Bob Seger previews new album with Lou Reed cover tune

Capitol RecordsBob Seger has issued a Lou Reed cover tune as a preview of his new album I Knew You When, due November 17.

Seger covers “Busload of Faith,” which originally appeared on the late Reed’s acclaimed 1989 disc, New York.

I Knew You When marks the 72-year-old Seger’s 17th studio release. He’s also issued two live albums, 1976’s Live Bullet and 1981’s Nine Tonight.

Seger and the Silver Bullet Band continue their Runaway Train tour Saturday night with a hometown show in suburban Detroit.  Nancy Wilson of Heart and her new band Roadcase Royale are special guest openers for most of the dates.

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