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Dec022016

2016 Kennedy Center Honors, Saluting the Eagles, James Taylor and Others, Takes Place Sunday

James Glader; Timothy WhiteThe 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony takes place in Washington, D.C., this Sunday, December 4, and among the artists who will receive the prestigious award this year are The Eagles and James Taylor.

The Eagles originally were to have been saluted at the 2015 edition of the Kennedy Center Honors, but that was postponed because founding singer/guitarist Glenn Frey was experiencing serious health issues that sadly claimed his life this past January.

In a recent interview with ABC Radio, longtime Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit discussed the decision for the band to postpone the honor, noting, "We thought Glenn was gonna get better, obviously, and we knew what was happening before the public, but it was still really horrible, and it changed everything." Schmit and fellow surviving Eagles Don Henley and Joe Walsh will attend the ceremony this Sunday, along with Frey's wife, Cindy.

The 2016 Kennedy Center Honors also will salute gospel/soul legend Mavis Staples, Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino and classical pianist Martha Argerich. The event, which will be attended by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and will be held at the Kennedy Center Opera House, will features a series of tribute performances celebrating the artistic contributions of each honoree.

The gala will be recorded for a special scheduled to air December 27 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Meanwhile, the Kennedy Center's official Facebook page will offer live coverage of the pre-show red carpet this Sunday starting at 6 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Dec022016

Nirvana's "Incesticide" to Be Reissued on Vinyl for 25th Anniversary

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, IncNirvana's 1992 compilation album Incesticide will be reissued on vinyl in honor of its upcoming 25th anniversary. The two-LP collection, which features remastered audio from the original analog master tape and recording sources, will be released January 13.

Released one year after Nirvana's watershed sophomore album Nevermind, Incesticide featured the non-album single "Sliver," plus a collection of B-sides, demos and covers, including a sped-up version of the song "Polly."

You can pre-order the 25th anniversary edition of Incesticide now via Amazon.

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Friday
Dec022016

Metallica's Robert Trujillo Wrote Bassline to "ManUNkind" in Memory of Cliff Burton

Blackened RecordingsDuring the opening of Metallica's song "ManUNkind," from the band's new album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, Robert Trujillo picks a bassline reminiscent of the late Cliff Burton's playing style. As it turns out, that was very much intentional.

"When I had written that, I was definitely thinking about Cliff," Trujillo tells Canada's Exclaim! TV. "In a way, that to me is a tip of the hat to Cliff Burton and the spirit of Cliff. If you hear that little thing before 'ManUNkind,' for me personally, that was with Cliff in mind."

Burton died in 1986, just months after the release of Metallica's seminal album Master of Puppets. Following bassist Jason Newsted's tenure with the band, Trujillo joined Metallica in 2003.

Hardwired...to Self-Destruct also features the track "Murder One," which Metallica wrote in tribute to the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

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Friday
Dec022016

Out to the Ballpark: James Taylor Lines Up 2017 Concerts at Four Baseball Stadiums

Courtesy of James TaylorJames Taylor will combine his love of music and baseball by playing a series of four concerts next summer at ballparks in cities around the U.S. Opening for the legendary singer/songwriter and his band at the shows will be a fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bonnie Raitt.

The concerts are scheduled for July 14 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.; July 17 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL; July 29 at AT&T Park in San Francisco; and August 11 at Fenway Park in Boston. Taylor is a well-known fan of the Boston Red Sox and has played a number of shows at Fenway Park over the years, including one with Jackson Browne this past August. He and Browne also played together in June at Wrigley Field, the home of the world champion Chicago Cubs.

Tickets for the upcoming Chicago and Boston shows are already available, while tickets for the Washington, D.C., and San Francisco concerts will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m. local time.

As previously reported, Taylor will be saluted at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington this Sunday, December 4, alongside The Eagles, Mavis Staples and others. James also will be featured on the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting special, airing on Monday, December 5, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on the Hallmark Channel.

Check out Taylor's full upcoming schedule at JamesTaylor.com.

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Friday
Dec022016

Kelly Rowland Set to Publish Guide for New Moms

Da Capo PressThe world is still waiting for a new album from Kelly Rowland, but the former Destiny's Child singer is making good on her promise to write a book.

Whoa, Baby!, a guide for new mothers who are feeling overwhelmed by motherhood, is due out March 28, publisher Da Capo Press announced Friday.

The book, written with Kelly's OB-GYN, Dr. Tristan Emily Bickman, promises to cover everything from the physical and hormonal things that new mothers go through to overwhelming new thoughts and emotions.

"No one told me what to expect physically, emotionally or mentally," Kelly says in a statement. "The purpose of Whoa, Baby! is to comfort the mother and give her the knowledge of what's going on with her. We cover everything."

The book is available for pre-order now.

Kelly's son Titan was born in November 2014.

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Friday
Dec022016

Report: Nickelback Requests Canadian Police Take Down Drunk-Driving Post

ABC/Tim OgierEarlier this week, the Kensington Police Service in Canada posted an anti-DUI message declaring that if they catch you drinking and driving, you'll be forced to listen to Nickelback on the ride over to jail. That post has since been taken down from the station's Facebook page, which TMZ says is the doing of the Canadian rockers themselves.

A spokesperson for the Kensington Police reportedly told told the gossip site that a rep for Nickelback requested the post be removed. TMZ adds that the rep was polite, but made it clear that the band didn't find the post to be funny.

The original post read that DUI offenders would be subject to fines, criminal charges and a year-long driving suspension, plus the "bonus gift of playing the office's copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail."

"We figure if you are foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a little Chad Kroeger and the boys is the perfect gift for you," it continued. "So please, lets not ruin a perfectly good unopened copy of Nickelback. You don't drink and drive and we won't make you listen to it." The post was accompanied by a photo of a still-wrapped cassette copy of Nickelback's 2001 album Silver Side Up.

The Kensington spokesperson tells TMZ that they weren't trying to embarrass Nickelback, but instead just hoped to find a funny way of increasing DUI awareness.

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Friday
Dec022016

Maren Morris to Play "Saturday Night Live" Next Weekend

ABC/Image Group LA Maren Morris will be the musical guest on the December 10 episode of Saturday Night Live, making her the first country artist to play the show this season. WWE superstar-turned-actor John Cena will host that night.

The CMA New Artist of the Year just added two new dates to her 2017 Hero Tour. Both Maren's February 2 show in New York City and her April 4 concert in Nashville sold out in less than ten minutes on Friday.

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Friday
Dec022016

"Nashville" Set to Return on CMT Ahead of Schedule

CMTIf you can’t wait for the premiere of Nashville, the good news is -- you won’t have to! CMT, the drama’s new home, will preview the first hour of season five on December 15, ahead of the full two-hour episode’s official air date on January 5. Both air in Nashville’s new time slot, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

You can also get an early preview via a new trailer on YouTube. Though the first half is largely a recap of last season, the final minute teases a new love interest for Maddie after she returns home with Rayna and Deacon, fireworks between Gunnar and Scarlett, and the answer to what happened to Juliette after her plane disappeared.

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Friday
Dec022016

Jessie J Covers “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” for New Make Up for Ever Campaign

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJessie J is teaming up with Make Up for Ever for its new Artist lip and face collection. She’s kicking off the collab with a new music video, in which she covers the classic Frank Valli song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” while modeling different makeup looks.

“I enjoy revealing different parts of my personality in my look which makes Make Up for Ever such a great partner,” Jessie says in a statement. “The core of the brand is what I am about: creating characters to showcase who you are, exploring and expressing yourself in the way you want through makeup, colors and energy.”

She adds, “I definitely feel that my makeup reflects how I feel whether you want to do just a lip or a full blown smoky eye, your mood can be reflected in your make up and this is why LIFE IS A STAGE!”

The collection will be released throughout 2017.

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Friday
Dec022016

Hollywood Vampires, Sammy Hagar Among Acts Performing at Alice Cooper's 2016 Christmas Pudding Benefit Saturday

Credit: Ross HalfinAlice Cooper's 15th annual Christmas Pudding fundraising concert takes place on Saturday, December 3, at the historic Celebrity Theatre in the shock rocker's hometown of Phoenix. The show will be headlined by the Cooper-fronted supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, which also features Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, while other acts on the bill include Sammy Hagar, Korn and The Gin Blossoms.

Proceeds from the holiday extravaganza will benefit Alice's Solid Rock Teen Center, a facility in Phoenix that provides free music lessons to local young people.

The event also will feature performances by illusionist and magician Murray SawChuck and the winners of this year's edition of Cooper's Proof Is in the Pudding talent contest, as well as some as-yet unannounced guests.

Tickets are can still be purchased for the show at the Celebrity Theatre box office and at CelebrityTheatre.com, or by calling 602-267-1600, extension 1.

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Friday
Dec022016

Gucci Mane Releases New Single, "Drove U Crazy" 

Jonathan MannionGucci Mane's new single, "Drove U Crazy," talks about the many ways that a mystery woman drove the rapper insane. The track also features vocals from Bryson Tiller.

"Talk bout how crazy you drove me/Talk bout them favors you owe me/Talk bout them/Talk about them lies you told me/Talk about true colors you showed me," Tiller sings in the chorus.   

Along with his latest track, Gucci released a new holiday-themed video for his song "St. Brick Intro."  

Surrounded by snow and stunning women decked out in their most festive elf-inspired costumes, Gucci stars in the visual as rap's answer to Santa Claus.  

Gucci Mane's third studio album release of 2016, The Return of East Atlanta Santa, arrives on the usual digital platforms December 16.  

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Friday
Dec022016

Kehlani Releases New Ballad, "Advice"

Photo Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsKehlani's new single, "Advice," from her forthcoming debut album, SweetSexySavage, is a ballad in which the singer tells herself to take her own advice about a guy who is careless with her feelings.  

"How is the man of my dreams not a man of his words?/And how is the man for me/Just a man who makes me hurt?/It's time to take my own/take my own advice/Take my own advice," she sings wistfully. 

SweetSexySavage is slated to hit stores and digital platforms on January 27.  

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Friday
Dec022016

Mariah Carey Talks About "Coming from Nothing" in Docu-Series Sneak Peek

ABC/Randy HolmesGet ready to step into Mariah’s World. Mariah Carey’s new docu-series premieres on E! Sunday. In a new sneak peek, the singer talks about coming from nothing before hitting it big.

She opens up while sailing on a yacht with her nephew Shawn. "I think me and Shawn have a great relationship because we both understand what it's like to literally come from nothing," she says. "We did not grow up this way, people have to understand this."

Mariah explains that her mother encouraged to sing at around four years old and she started doing demos when she 12. “I moved to Manhattan alone as a teenage girl,” she says. “It was an exciting time for me, even though I had nothing."

She adds, "I lived, like, on a mattress on the floor. I was writing my songs and being a horrible waitress. My demo tape ended up at Sony and they signed it away."

In another preview clip, she works on her tour set list with musical director Big Jim Wright.

Mariah’s World airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on E!

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Friday
Dec022016

Back Home Again: Brad Paisley Shows Off His West Virginia Heritage on New PBS Show

ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley takes fans on a tour of the Appalachian Mountains where he grew up, in his episode of the new Landmarks Live in Concert series set to air next year as part of Great Performances on PBS.

Hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, the show will feature interviews with the artists, as they showcase some of their favorite places. Brad’s set was shot during his outdoor concert at West Virginia University during his Country Nation College Tour in September.

You can catch Brad Paisley -- Landmarks Live in Concert Friday, January 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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Friday
Dec022016

Members of Queen and Pink Floyd Among Musicians Who've Signed Letter in Support of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Neal Preston; Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesMembers of the music community are standing up for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Queen guitarist Brian May and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason are among the many musicians whohave signed an open letter expressing their support for the protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The letter, which was organized by British musician Kate Nash, is addressed to President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice and Army Corps of Engineers. "We are writing to express our shock at the treatment of the people of Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota," the letter begins.

"We are deeply disturbed by the police actions that have been taking place," it continues. "Where non violent protests have been and continue to be met with extremely aggressive tactics including; being shot with water canons in below freezing temperatures, chemical weapons, rubber bullets, and attack dogs. These are the same inhumane methods used during WWII and the Civil Rights Movement."

Other artists who signed the letter include longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, X, Moby, Sia, Billy Bragg, Garbage's Shirley Manson, members of such modern-rock acts as Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fitz and the Tantrums and many more.

You can read the entire letter now on RollingStone.com.

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Friday
Dec022016

Releases Two New Songs, "False Prophets (Be Like This)" and "One Day Everybody Gotta Die"

Duane Prokop/Getty ImagesJ. Cole debuted two new tracks on Friday, "False Prophets (Be Like This)" and "One Day Everybody Gotta Die," and their accompanying music videos. The releases come a day after the rapper announced a surprise new album is coming next week.

Fans on Twitter have already taken the lyrics of "False Prophets (Be Like This)," to be a dis on Kanye West.  

"No doubt you see this n***** trippin'/Ego in charge of every move, he's a star/And we can't look away/Due to the days that he caught our hearts/He's fallin' apart, but we deny it," raps Cole on the track.   

"One Day Everybody Gotta Die" also takes a look the competition, taking aim at "fake deep rappers" and "amateur eight week rappers," with the music video for the track featuring Cole on top of a truck riding through an unknown town.  

J. Cole's new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, is expected to drop December 9.  

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Friday
Dec022016

Vivica A. Fox Fires Back at 50 Cent's Sex Act Claims

ABC/Randy HolmesVivica A. Fox is clapping back at rapper 50 Cent after the artist claimed that Vivica performed a crude sex act on him.

In an interview on Watch What Happens Live!, 50 Cent responded to Fox's insinuation that he is gay. "I said to my self personally, Andy, I said it on Instagram. Oh no! Because I let her lick my a** she thinks I'm gay," 50 told host Andy Cohen.

After learning of 50's comments on the show, Vivica responded to the rapper on his Instagram page, as captured by The Shade Room.

"Such a lying a** punk b****!! Challenge you to go on @bravowwhl and we can settle this! U was a SPRUNG a** and that's the truth! Let me know when u ready??" she wrote.

The actress then took to her own Instagram account to address the matter.

In a meme that shows a photo of her and 50's face merged together with the message, "When ya ex start running his mouth like a b**** he start to look like one," the actress then adds a detailed caption ripping into the "In Da Club" rapper.

"Tell you what @50cent since you keep on telling that lie!! I challenge you to let's both go on @bravowwhl and we can put this to rest!!" she wrote in her caption. "That NEVER happened and you know it QUEEN! But keep on telling them how u like it tho!! Let me know when u ready cause I am!!"

She then adds, "Part 2: Crazy how you 4got that u paid me to be in ya Video and went on the radio saying you did wrong by me! Boy oh boy when that VAULT opens up its gonna be good! I've got a great memory @50cent AKA #CurtisFox." 

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Friday
Dec022016

John Legend Talks About Singles "Love Me Now" and "Right by You" from New Album, "Darkness and Light"

ABC/Paula LoboJohn Legend's fifth studio album, Darkness and Light, is now out everywhere, and two of its singles, "Love Me Now" and "Right By You," have already connected with fans on a deep level.  

The award-winning vocalist tells ABC Radio's GMA After Hours about the meaning behind the songs songs.  

Of "Love Me Now, John says, "The song's about living life to the fullest, loving to the fullest, enjoying every moment that you have and knowing that the world has some uncertainty and some trouble and some pain. But if you hold the people you love close to you, you can get through it together."

As for "Right by You," which was written for his seven-month-old daughter Luna, the singer says that the song raises questions about what it means to be a parent, and in John's case, a new father. 

"We wrote it before she was born, in fact. And it was kind of in anticipation of being a new father and kind of the uncertainty that comes with it and the questions that we all have about how's your kid gonna turn out," John begins.  

"How are you gonna be as a parent? Are you gonna influence them in the right way? So it's kind of approaching all of that," he adds. 

John says being a new father has been quite the experience so far, giving him a new outlook on parenting. 

"You've never done it and it's a very humbling thing," he says.  

"Because no matter how smart you think you are, or successful at other things you are, when you're a parents, you're brand new. It's kind of very equalizing in a lot of ways because everybody has to go through that. And it humbles you."  

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Friday
Dec022016

Bring Me the Horizon Rocks "Happy Song" with Orchestra in "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" Clip 

Credit: Danny BaldwinBring Me the Horizon has shared a clip from their new Live at Royal Albert Hall concert film and album. The video, streaming now on YouTube, shows Oli Sykes and company performing their single "Happy Song" alongside a full choir and orchestra.

Live at the Royal Albert Hall was recorded at Bring Me the Horizon's show at the London venue earlier this year in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. It is available now on vinyl, CD, Blu-ray and DVD.

Bring Me the Horizon will return to the U.S. next year for their American Nightmare tour, which kicks off March 8 in Orlando.

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Friday
Dec022016

Members of Green Day, Pink Floyd, Guns N' Roses & More Sign Letter in Support of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

ABC/Randy HolmesMembers of the rock community are standing up for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses all have signed an open letter expressing their support for the protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The letter, which was organized by British musician Kate Nash, is addressed to President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice and Army Corps of Engineers. "We are writing to express our shock at the treatment of the people of Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota," the letter begins.

"We are deeply disturbed by the police actions that have been taking place," it continues. "Where non violent protests have been and continue to be met with extremely aggressive tactics including; being shot with water canons in below freezing temperatures, chemical weapons, rubber bullets, and attack dogs. These are the same inhumane methods used during WWII and the Civil Rights Movement."

Other artists who signed the letter include Death Cab for Cutie's Ben GibbardRadiohead's Ed O'Brien, Paramore's Hayley Williams, Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cold War Kids, WALK THE MOON, Garbage's Shirley Manson, Matt and Kim, Jack Antonoff and Fitz and the Tantrums.

You can read the entire letter now on RollingStone.com.

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