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Sunday
Aug282016

Dolly Parton Eyes Her First #1 Album in 25 Years with "Pure & Simple"

Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleIt’s been a big week for Dolly Parton! Her latest album, Pure & Simple, is expected to debut at number one on the country albums chart, according to Billboard, with first-week sales anticipated at around twenty-thousand. 

This would be the first time the Country Music Hall of Famer has topped the albums tally since 1991’s Eagle When She Flies. Dolly’s most recent effort, Blue Smoke, debuted at number-two in 2014.

The entertainment icon wrote and produced Pure & Simple herself, focusing on stripped-down arrangements of straight-ahead love songs. It’s available in multiple versions, with exclusive editions with extra songs at both Walmart and Cracker Barrel.

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Sunday
Aug282016

Dolly Parton Eyes Her First #1 Country Album in 25 Years with "Pure & Simple"

Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleIt's been a big week for Dolly Parton! Her latest album, Pure & Simple, is expected to debut at #1 the country albums chart, according to Billboard, with first-week sales anticipated at around 20,000 thousand copies. 

This would be the first time the Country Music Hall of Famer has topped Billboard's Top Country Albums tally since 1991's Eagle When She Flies. Parton's most recent effort, Blue Smoke, debuted at #2 on the chart in 2014.

The entertainment icon wrote and produced Pure & Simple herself, focusing on stripped-down arrangements of straight-ahead love songs. It's available in multiple versions, with exclusive editions with extra songs at both Walmart and Cracker Barrel.

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Sunday
Aug282016

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Air Sunday Night: A Look Back

MTVThe MTV Video Music Awards air tonight, live from New York's Madison Square Garden.  Because the show is always about what's happening right now this minute in music and pop culture, it's hard to believe that it has actually been going for more than 30 years. Here are some fun facts about the show:

--The first VMAs were held at Radio City Music Hall on September 14, 1984 and were hosted by Dan Akroyd and Bette Midler.  Other stars who've hosted in the past: Arsenio Hall, Eddie Murphy, Christian Slater, Roseanne Barr, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jamie Foxx, Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon and, most recently, Miley Cyrus.

--Madonna has won more MTV VMAs than any other act: a total of 20.  Beyonce is next with 15, and Peter Gabriel is third, with 13. Beyonce is up for 11 more Moonmen tonight.

--The most VMAs ever won in a single night by one person? 10, by Peter Gabriel, thanks to his claymation video "Sledgehammer."

--Some of the artists you may not believe once performed on the VMAs: ZZ Top, The Monkees, Elton John, Motley Crue, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton.

--In 2014, the FCC received over 150 formal complaints after Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke performed the twerk heard 'round the world. Other shocking moments: Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift, Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga's meat dress, Britney Spears' lackluster "Gimme More" show open, Fiona Apple's "This world is bulls***" speech, Michael Jackson kissing wife Lisa Marie Presley, Beyonce revealing her pregnancy onstage, and Madonna writhing onstage in a wedding gown.

--Two former MTV VMA categories which are now quaint: Best Artist Website and Ringtone of the Year.

--In 2010, Justin Bieber became the youngest person to win a VMA, when "Baby" won Best New Artist in 2010. Before that, Avril Lavigne held the record, when she won for Best New Artist in a Video in 2002.

Tonight's show features performances from Rihanna, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas, and The Chainsmokers with Halsey.  The Pre-show performers include Lukas Graham and Alessia Cara.  Presenters include Olympians the Final Five and Michael Phelps, Jimmy Fallon, Alicia Keys, Fifth Harmony, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jaden Smith and Ansel Elgort.

Plus, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian will be there, so you never know what will happen!

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Sunday
Aug282016

Jon Bon Jovi to Receive Clinton Global Foundation Award 

Noam Galai/WireImageJon Bon Jovi has performed at a number of fundraisers for Hillary Clinton, and will do another one on August 30.  Now comes word that he'll be honored at this year's Clinton Global Citizen Awards, taking place September 19.

Billboard reports that Jon will also be a featured performer at the awards gala, which honors individuals for leadership and work to bring about positive social change.  Jon's has done extensive charity work through his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, with a focus on affordable housing and hunger.  The event will also recognize the 10th anniversary of Jon's foundation.

In addition to Jon, opera star Andrea Bocelli will also perform at the event.  Past honorees have included Sting and his wife Trudie Styler, Leonardo DiCaprio and legendary producer Quincy Jones.

This House Is Not For Sale, the new Bon Jovi album, is coming October 21.

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Sunday
Aug282016

MTV Exec Says They're "Counting On Artists" to Get Political at MTV VMAs, Rihanna to Show Different Looks

MTVThe MTV Video Music Awards have given us plenty of controversial moments, but this year, show organizers hope that in addition to the usual wardrobe malfunctions and onstage feuds, the stars will throw politics into the mix.

"By all means, in a political year, we’re counting on artists to take this moment and address young America and give them some point of view of what’s going on in the world," says MTV executive Erik Flannigan

Rihanna will take home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday, and Flannigan says, "We’re gonna see a lot of different Rihanna looks – not just visually but musically. And the way you see it appear through the show is gonna be a little bit different too."

This year, for the first time, the VMAs are being held at New York's Madison Square Garden.

"The moment you’re inside Madison Square Garden, you’re at a different level," Flannigan says. "So in some ways, I think this is a show that leans into the history of the building...we’re gonna take advantage of every single inch of it."

The MTV VMAs air at 9 p.m. ET Sunday night. 

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Sunday
Aug282016

David Bowie Up for Four Honors at Tonight's MTV Video Music Awards

© Jimmy KingThe 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will air this Sunday night live from New York's Madison Square Garden. Vying for honors at the event alongside such contemporary stars Beyoncé, Adele, Drake and Ariana Grande will be none other than the late David Bowie.

Two of the influential rocker's videos, "Blackstar" and "Lazarus," have received a total of four nods in various "professional" categories.

The video for "Blackstar," the epic title track of Bowie's final studio album, is up for the Best Art Direction trophy, while the "Lazarus" clip is nominated for the Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards.

Performers on Sunday's telecast include Rihanna, who's getting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, as well as Grande, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas. Beyoncé is the leading nominee with 11, while Adele is next with eight.

Tune in to MTV at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT to watch the 2016 VMAs.

Here is the full list of nominees in the categories for which Bowie has received nominations:

Best Art Direction
Beyoncé -- "Hold Up"
Fergie -- "M.I.L.F. $"
Drake -- "Hotline Bling"
David Bowie -- "Blackstar"
Adele -- "Hello"

Best Direction
Beyoncé -- "Formation"
Coldplay -- "Up&Up"
Adele -- "Hello"
David Bowie -- "Lazarus"
Tame Impala -- "The Less I Know The Better"

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé -- "Formation"
Adele -- "Hello"
David Bowie -- "Lazarus"
Alesso -- "I Wanna Know"
Ariana Grande -- "Into You"

Best Editing
Beyoncé -- "Format
Adele -- "Hello"
Fergie -- "M.I.L.F. $"
David Bowie -- "Lazarus"
Ariana Grande -- "Into You"

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Sunday
Aug282016

Twenty One Pilots, Coldplay, Panic! & More to Battle for MTV VMAs Tonight

MTVThe 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will be held tonight, August 28. Time for a refresher on what to expect. 

The nominations for the Best Rock Video award are Twenty One PilotsSuicide Squad-themed "Heathens," Coldplay's chimp-filled "Adventure of a Lifetime," Panic! at the Disco's celebratory "Victorious," Fall Out Boy's "Irresistible" with Demi Lovato, and All Time Low's "Missing You."

Notably, David Bowie's videos received four nominations, all in the "professional" categories. The late rock icon's "Lazarus" video is up for Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing, while his "Black star" video received a nod for Best Art Direction.

Coldplay's "Up&Up" is also nominated for Best Direction and Best Visual Effects.

Florence + the Machine received two nominations: one for their The Odyssey short film in the Breakthrough Long Form Video category, and one for their "Delilah" video for Best Choreography. Additionally, Tame Impala's "The Less I Know the Better" is up for Best Direction.

The 2016 MTV VMAs air from New York City's Madison Square Garden starting Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Here are all the nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Adele -- “Hello”
Beyoncé -- “Formation”
Drake -- “Hotline Bling”
Justin Bieber -- “Sorry”
Kanye West -- “Famous”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Adele -- “Hello”
Beyoncé -- “Hold Up”
Sia -- “Cheap Thrills”
Ariana Grande -- “Into You”
Rihanna ft. Drake -- “Work” (short version)

BEST MALE VIDEO
Drake -- “Hotline Bling”
Bryson Tiller -- “Don’t”
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna -- “This Is What You Came For”
Kanye West -- “Famous”
The Weeknd -- “Can’t Feel My Face”

BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Freedom”
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign -- “Work From Home”
Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne -- “Let Me Love You”
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna -- “This Is What You Came For”
Rihanna ft. Drake -- “Work” (short version)

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Drake -- “Hotline Bling”
Desiigner -- “Panda”
Bryson Tiller -- “Don’t”
Chance the Rapper featuring Saba -- “Angels”
2 Chainz -- “Watch Out”

BEST POP VIDEO
Adele -- “Hello”
Beyoncé -- “Formation”
Justin Bieber -- “Sorry”
Alessia Cara -- “Wild Things”
Ariana Grande -- “Into You”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
All Time Low -- “Missing You”
Coldplay -- “Adventure Of A Lifetime”
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato -- “Irresistible”
twenty one pilots -- “Heathens”
Panic! At the Disco -- “Victorious”

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO
Calvin Harris & Disciples -- “How Deep Is Your Love”
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy -- “The Girl Is Mine”
Mike Posner -- “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”
Afrojack -- “SummerThing!”
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya -- “Don’t Let Me Down”

BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VIDEO
Florence + The Machine -- The Odyssey
Beyoncé -- Lemonade
Justin Bieber -- PURPOSE: The Movement
Chris Brown -- Royalty
Troye Sivan -- Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy

BEST NEW ARTIST
Presented by Taco Bell
Bryson Tiller
Desiigner
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
DNCE

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES
Presented by Orbit Gum

BEST ART DIRECTION
Beyoncé -- “Hold Up”
Fergie -- “M.I.L.F. $”
Drake -- “Hotline Bling”
David Bowie -- “Blackstar”
Adele -- “Hello”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)”
Beyoncé – “Sorry”
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Florence + The Machine – “Delilah”

BEST DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
Adele – “Hello”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Tame Impala – “The Less I Know The Better”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Adele – “Hello”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Alesso – “I Wanna Know”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “Format
Adele – “Hello”
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Adele – “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
Zayn – “PILLOWTALK”

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Sunday
Aug282016

Disasterpiece Theatre: Slipknot's "Iowa" Turns 15

Roadrunner RecordsSlipknot's 2001 sophomore album, Iowa, celebrates its 15th anniversary today. Drawing inspiration from the band's life growing up in their home state, Iowa is often considered Slipknot's darkest and heaviest album.

Arriving two years after Slipknot's self-titled debut, Iowa peaked at a then career-high number three on the Billboard 200, and has since been certified platinum. The album included future Slipknot staples "Disasterpiece," "The Heretic Anthem" and "People=S***," plus the Grammy-nominated singles "Left Behind" and "My Plague."

The darkness of Iowa extended into the personal lives of Slipknot, as the pressure of the album, as well as battles with addiction, affected the relationships between the band members.

Still, Slipknot toured significantly in support of Iowa, including a co-headlining trek with System of a Down. The band also earned a spot on the 2001 Ozzfest tour. In 2002, Slipknot released a live DVD Disasterpieces, which was recorded at the London Arena that same year.

Since Iowa, Slipknot has released three more albums: 2004's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), 2008's All Hope Is Gone, and, most recently, 2014's .5: The Gray Chapter.

Slipknot's currently on tour with Marylin Manson.

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Saturday
Aug272016

"Roadies" Soundtrack, Featuring Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Available Digitally Now

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Eddie Vedder, Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp and Lindsey Buckingham are among the artists featured on the official soundtrack to the Showtime series Roadies, which was just released digitally and will be available for purchase as a physical album on Friday, September 2. The record is made up almost entirely of new live performances by various artists, many of whom made cameo appearances on the show.

Music from the Showtime Original Series Roadies includes Vedder singing the 2003 Pearl Jam rarity "Man of the Hour," Buckingham performing his 1987 Fleetwood Mac hit "Big Love," Mellencamp singing his 2008 song "Longest Days" and Browne teaming up with alt-pop duo Lucius and Americana guitarist Greg Leisz for a rendition of Little Feat's "Willin'."

Other artists featured on the soundtrack include Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, My Morning Jacket, Robyn Hitchcock and Gary Clark Jr.

Roadies creator, writer and director Cameron Crowe explains, "Great care was taken that the songs chosen for each artist have another meaning, a thread to our story or characters. The only rule was: no lip-syncing to playback. Not even to live versions recorded in a previous take. These would be authentic live performances. Real performances. That's where the magic happens, for an audience and even a crew."

The finale of Roadies' debut season airs Sunday, August 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The episode will feature appearances by Browne, Vedder, Hitchcock, Lucius, Clark Jr., My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and more.

Roadies, which stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots, takes a humorous look at a group of music-loving roadies and their lives working behind-the-scenes in the concert industry.

Here is the full track list of the Roadies soundtrack:

"I Wish I Was Sober (Roadies Remix)" -- Frightened Rabbit featuring Mike McCready
"Are You Satisfied?" (Live) -- Reignwolf
"Big Love" (Live) -- Lindsey Buckingham
"The First Time" -- My Morning Jacket
"Born Again Teen" (Live) -- Lucius
"Longest Days" (Live) -- John Mellencamp
"Feeling OK" (Live) -- Best Coast
"Simple Man" (Live) -- Machine Gun Kelly
"You Don't Get Me High Anymore" (Live) -- Phantogram
"All We Ever Knew" (Live Soundcheck) -- The Head and the Heart
"They Are All In Love" (Live) -- Jim James
"Sayonara Judge" (Live) -- Robyn Hitchcock
"Willin'" (Live) -- Jackson Browne & Lucius ft. Greg Leisz
"A Little Crazy" (Live) -- Nicole Atkins
"The Healing" (Live) -- Gary Clark Jr.
"Man of the Hour" (Live) -- Eddie Vedder

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Saturday
Aug272016

"Roadies" Soundtrack, Featuring John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham, Available Digitally Now

Stardog Records/Republic RecordsJohn Mellencamp, Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham are featured on the official soundtrack to the Showtime series Roadies, which was just released digitally and will be available for purchase as a physical album Friday, September 2. The record is made up almost entirely of new live performances by various artists, many of whom made cameo appearances on the show.

Music from the Showtime Original Series Roadies includes Buckingham performing the 1987 Fleetwood Mac hit "Big Love," Mellencamp singing his 2008 song "Longest Days," and Browne teaming up with alt-pop duo Lucius and veteran Americana guitarist Greg Leisz for a rendition of Little Feat's "Willin'."

Other artists featured on the soundtrack include Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, My Morning Jacket, Robyn Hitchcock and Gary Clark Jr.

Roadies creator, writer and director Cameron Crowe explains of the show's music, "Great care was taken that the songs chosen for each artist have another meaning, a thread to our story or characters. The only rule was: no lip-syncing to playback. Not even to live versions recorded in a previous take. These would be authentic live performances. Real performances. That's where the magic happens, for an audience and even a crew."

The finale of Roadies' debut season airs Sunday, August 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The episode will feature appearances by Browne, Vedder, Hitchcock, Lucius, Clark Jr., My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and more.

Roadies, which stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots, takes a humorous look at a group of music-loving roadies and their lives working behind-the-scenes in the concert industry.

Here is the full track list of the Roadies soundtrack:

"I Wish I Was Sober (Roadies Remix)" -- Frightened Rabbit ft. Mike McCready
"Are You Satisfied?" (Live) -- Reignwolf
"Big Love" (Live) -- Lindsey Buckingham
"The First Time" -- My Morning Jacket
"Born Again Teen" (Live) -- Lucius
"Longest Days" (Live) -- John Mellencamp
"Feeling OK" (Live) -- Best Coast
"Simple Man" (Live) -- Machine Gun Kelly
"You Don't Get Me High Anymore" (Live) -- Phantogram
"All We Ever Knew" (Live Soundcheck) -- The Head and the Heart
"They Are All In Love" (Live) -- Jim James
"Sayonara Judge" (Live) -- Robyn Hitchcock
"Willin'" (Live) -- Jackson Browne & Lucius ft. Greg Leisz
"A Little Crazy" (Live) -- Nicole Atkins
"The Healing" (Live) -- Gary Clark Jr.
"Man of the Hour" (Live) -- Eddie Vedder

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Saturday
Aug272016

MTV Exec Says They're "Counting On Artists" to Get Political at MTV VMAs 

MTVThe MTV Video Music Awards have given us plenty of controversial moments, but this year, show organizers hope that in addition to the usual wardrobe malfunctions and onstage feuds, the stars will throw politics into the mix.

"By all means, in a political year, we’re counting on artists to take this moment and address young America and give them some point of view of what’s going on in the world," says MTV executive Erik Flannigan.  But of course, he admits they're also counting on big musical moments, like one from performer Britney Spears.

"I think she knows what her history is," Flannigan tells ABC Radio. "She’s walking into the building knowing what she’s done on this show before. So, just as [important as] it is for us to top ourselves, I know it is for her [too]."  Flannigan says Britney's performance of her latest hit "Make Me" will be "unprecedented."

Rihanna will take home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday, and Flannigan says, "We’re gonna see a lot of different Rihanna looks – not just visually but musically. And the way you see it appear through the show is gonna be a little bit different too."

This year, for the first time, the VMAs are being held at New York's Madison Square Garden.

"The moment you’re inside Madison Square Garden, you’re at a different level," Flannigan says. "So in some ways, I think this is a show that leans into the history of the building...we’re gonna take advantage of every single inch of it."

Flannigan's also excited that U.S. Women's Gymnastic Team members, as well as Michael Phelps, will be on hand as presenters.  "I think they’re gonna be the ones who everyone wants to take a picture with," Flannigan laughs. "Celebrities included!"

The MTV VMAs air at 9 p.m. ET Sunday night.

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Saturday
Aug272016

Majid Jordan Debuts New Video for "Small Talk"

Nathian Legion/Warner Bros. RecordsIf you're searching for something to watch this weekend, Majid Jordan's latest music video may just be the answer. The duo has released a new video for their track, "Small Talk," which portrays the musicians on a bittersweet double date.  

The song comes from their self-titled debut album, Majid Jordan, which rose to the number-six spot on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The duo's signed to Drake's label imprint, OVO Sound. 

Next up for Majid Jorddan is their North American II tour, which starts September 30 in Montreal. 

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Saturday
Aug272016

The Circle's Getting Really Crowded: ACM Adds More Stars to Ryman Taping

Academy of Country MusicThe historic stage of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is growing ever-more-crowded, as the Academy of Country Music adds more stars to its ACM Honors taping next Tuesday. Miranda LambertThe Band PerryChris YoungDan+Shay, and R&B sensation Alicia Keys are the latest artists added to the show’s performance lineup.

Thomas RhettMartina McBrideEmmylou Harris, and Carrie Underwood’s hubby, hockey star Mike Fisher, are all set to present.

They join Jason AldeanKelsea BalleriniDierks BentleyLuke BryanCamToby KeithMaren MorrisBlake SheltonCole Swindell, and Keith Urban, who were already set to sing.

Lady Antebellum will both perform and host the show, which airs Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Saturday
Aug272016

We're Still Alive: Pearl Jam's "Ten" Turns 25, "No Code" Turns 20 

Epic RecordsPearl Jam will be celebrating a double anniversary today, as both Ten and No Code were released on August 27, albeit five years apart. Ten, Pearl Jam's debut album, turns 25, while No Code, originally released in 1996, turns 20.

Upon its original release in 1991, Ten didn't sell too well. But by the summer of 1992, as the grunge movement continued to explode, the album reached number two on the Billboard 200. Ten has since sold 13 million copies in the U.S., and has been certified diamond.

Ten also boasts some of Pearl Jam's best-known singles, including "Even Flow," "Alive" and the controversial "Jeremy." The video for "Jeremy," which was awarded Video of the Year at the 1993 MTV VMAs, shows a young student killing himself in front of his classmates.

Meanwhile, No Code, Pearl Jam's fourth studio album, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, but did not sustain a strong sales presence, as many fans and critics found it to be inconsistent. While it did reach one million in U.S. sales, No Code was the first Pearl Jam record to not receive multi-platinum certification.

Additionally, Pearl Jam did not tour a lot in support of No Code, as the band was still embroiled in their infamous boycott against Ticketmaster in protest of the ticket vendor's service charges.

Still, No Code produced big singles in "Who You Are" and "Hail Hail." While the album is not a mainstream favorite, it did illustrate where Pearl Jam was willing to go with their sound as the grunge era was ending.

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Friday
Aug262016

So Sweet: Patti LaBellle Launches Five New Desserts at Walmart

Monica Morgan/WireImage Patti LaBelle is expanding her dessert line at Walmart after the sweet success of her signature sweet potato pies.

The Grammy-winning singer has created five new desserts that'll be available exclusively at Walmart starting Tuesday. The delectable lineup includes Patti's Good Life Peach Cobbler, Berry Cobbler, Apple Cobbler, Apple Pecan Cake and Sweet Potato Loaf.

According to People magazine, LaBelle tapped into her family's recipes as well as her own concoctions in the kitchen to create the signature dishes. "I've been cooking for most of my life. As you're standing in the kitchen and you think of certain ingredients, you just put them in -- sometimes they work, and sometimes they don't," she said.

In 2015, Patti's sweet potato pies went viral when YouTube star James Wright Chanel recorded a video of him raving over her confection. His review essentially helped sell out Patti's signature pies in Walmart stores nationwide.

The new Patti LaBelle dessert assortment will be available online and in Walmart stores nationwide starting Tuesday, August 29.

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Friday
Aug262016

Metallica Reflects on "Master of Puppets": "We Pulled It Out of a Deep Place" 

Credit: Ross HalfinThe "visual history" of Metallica's seminal 1986 album Master of Puppets will be told in the forthcoming photo book Metallica: Back to the Front. In a new video for Rolling Stone, the members of the legendary metal band share their reflections on the album.

"I really feel that a lot of the music on Master of Puppets, we pulled it out of a deep place," says guitarist Kirk Hammett in the clip. "A lot of it, it's just so emotional, from the music to the lyrics to the guitar solos to even the arrangements. It's so dramatic."

Adds frontman James Hetfield, "It was still rebellious. Back then it was still the four of us in a van out to conquer the world."

Master of Puppets celebrated its 30th anniversary this past spring, and, as Hammett points out, the album "never went away."

"It still has not and there are no signs of it going away at all," he says.

Metallica: Back to the Front hits bookshelves on September 13. Meanwhile, Metallica's new album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, will be released November 18.

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Friday
Aug262016

Anthrax Confronts the "Monster at the End" in New Video 

Credit: Jimmy HubbardAnthrax has shared the video for their song "Monster at the End." The comic book-style visual finds a man gearing up to confront the eponymous monster, which isn't quite what he's expecting. To find out who the real monster at the end is, you can watch the video now at Fangoria.com.

The video, directed by Jack Bennett, uses stop-motion and rotoscoping animation to pay tribute to the feel of comic books and classic horror movies.

"We used a lot of stop-motion effects as well as other special and visual effects in the same way as was done in the original Exorcist film," says Bennett. "We even added a little bit of grain, some dust and some scratches just to give it that analog feel."

"Monster at the End" is a track from Anthrax's latest album, For All Kings. The band will be touring this fall in support of For All Kings alongside Slayer.

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Friday
Aug262016

Empire of the Sun Premieres Dreamy "Two Vines" Title Track

AstralwerksEmpire of the Sun has shared the title track from their forthcoming album, Two Vines. The dreamy track, streaming now on YouTube, explores the relationship between nature and technology.

"There was an image we talked about very early on with this record, before we wrote the title track, 'Two Vines,' and that was this image of a modern city overtaken by jungle, almost like mother nature taking back the planet," says Empire of the Sun's Nick Littlemore. "All the buildings will turn back to sand. All it will be is nature again. We wanted to make something that reflected the beauty of that."

Two Vines will be released October 28. It's Empire of the Sun's first album since their single "Walking on a Dream," originally released in 2008, broke through this year following a spot in a Honda commercial. A remix of "Walking on a Dream" will appear on Two Vines.

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Friday
Aug262016

First Look: Mariah Carey on "Empire"

ABC/Randy HolmesThis fall, the third season of Empire returns -- and none other than "The Voice" herself, Mariah Carey, will make a guest appearance on the show. 

In a new trailer, Mimi is shown in two scenes as a singer named Kitty.

"You always got a trick up your sleeve," Mariah says to Cookie in one portion of the video. 

Further in the trailer, she sings next to actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon in the television drama.  

The five-time Grammy winner has worked with Empire's creator, Lee Daniels, before, with roles in his films Precious and The Butler.   

FOX's Empire returns September 21 at 9 p.m. ET.  

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Friday
Aug262016

Chris Brown Releases Enticing New Music Video for "Grass Ain't Greener"

ABC/Randy HolmesThe weekend is here -- and so is a new music video from Chris Brown, for his hit single, "Grass Ain't Greener." 

The visual clip shows Breezy donning a bandana and ripped jeans amid a backdrop of scantily clad girls and bad-boy sidekicks as he sings about a fake ex-girlfriend who takes the artist's "kindness for weakness."

"Grass Ain't Greener" is the first single to debut from Brown's forthcoming album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon

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