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Monday
Feb192018

Fergie apologizes for her NBA All-Star Game national anthem: "I...honestly tried my best" 

Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesAfter she was slammed on Twitter for her jazzy, sexed-up rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at this weekend's NBA All-Star Game, Fergie has now issued an apology.

"I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," the singer said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

"I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

As previously reported, following her performance, fans took to Twitter to declare Fergie's unique arrangement of the anthem "the worst rendition ever."  A few others, though, said that Roseanne Barr's intentionally poor and disrespectful 1990 version of the anthem -- during which she shrieked off-key and grabbed her crotch -- remains the worst.

Ironically, Roseanne herself bashed Fergie on Twitter, writing, "Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey."

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Monday
Feb192018

After Fergie's polarizing rendition of the national anthem, Mariah offers advice

Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesFergie's unconventional rendition of the national anthem at this weekend's NBA All-Star game had Twitter losing its mind -- in a bad way -- and Mariah Carey offering support.

Fergie performed a jazzy, sexed-up version of "The Star Spangled Banner," perhaps in a 35th anniversary tribute to the late, legendary Marvin Gaye, who did something similar at the All-Star game in 1983.  

It's not that she didn't hit the notes, but the version was so odd and unexpected that many players and spectators -- including Jimmy Kimmel -- appeared to be trying not to laugh.

Viewers took to Twitter to call Fergie's performance the "worst rendition ever" of the anthem, among other things.  "Sounded like she was trying to make love to the USA," snarked one user.  Another wrote, "Sorry, but @Fergie, please don't EVER do the National Anthem again."

Another user wrote, "They gotta take a knee to protest this, man."

Leave it to Mariah to offer some sound advice, though.  When TMZ asked her what Fergie should do about all the criticism, she suggested, "Dahling, nobody needs to listen to that!"

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Monday
Feb192018

James Bay & "Stranger Things" actress share "Wild Love" in new video 

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James Bay is out with the video to his new song "Wild Love," co-starring Natalia Dyer, who plays Nancy Wheeler in Stranger Things. A clip of the video premiered on ABC's Good Morning America Monday morning, before the full visual dropped.

The clip opens with a huge close-up of James' face and then pulls back to show him standing alone while purple butterflies flutter around him.  Then, he's in a crowded club, where he locks eyes with Natalia and pushes his way through the crowd towards her.  She comes towards him as well, mouthing the song's lyrics, while butterflies fly above them.

Then, both of them step up on what looks like a platform, which raises them above the crowd.  As they stare at each other, the crowd disappears, and a thick cloud of butterflies surround them.  But then, Natalia vanishes into the butterfly cloud, and James is left alone once again.   No word on whether or not she crossed over into the Upside Down.

In a statement, James says, "It was such a pleasure to work with Natalia on the 'Wild Love' set. She's a lovely person, a huge talent and it was great hanging with her while making this video. I'm a massive Stranger Things fan so I tried everything in my power not to fanboy too hard.”

"Wild Love" is the first single from James' new album, which is out later this year. 

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Monday
Feb192018

"House" actress accuses Marilyn Manson of harassment, making racist comments

David Wolff - Patrick/RedfernsHouse actress Charlyne Yi has accused Marilyn Manson of harassment and of making racist remarks towards her.

In a series of now-deleted tweets, captured by The Hollywood Reporter, Yi claims that Manson "harassed just about every woman" when he visited the set of the medical drama during its final season. She adds that the musician called her a "China man."

Yi made her comments in response to the headlines regarding Manson's bizarre show in Huntington, New York last Thursday, during which the shock rocker reportedly rambled incoherently and implored the audience to tell him they "love" him before cutting the concert short.

"It's so triggering to see people come up on the internet who have harassed you," Yi tweeted. "And then when you talk about the incidents you become known as the person tied to the harasser. And that's just your name from now on. It almost overrides who you are."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, in October, Yi accused actress Amber Tamblyn's husband, David Cross, of making racist comments many years ago.

Yi's Twitter account has since been deactivated.

Manson has not responded publicly to the claims. He did share a review of his show in Sayreville, New Jersey, held the night after the Huntington incident, which called the concert "amazing."

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Monday
Feb192018

Wakanda Forever: "Black Panther" soundtrack debuts at #1 

Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope RecordsBlack Panther set records at the box office this holiday weekend, and now the movie's soundtrack, curated and executive-produced by Kendrick Lamar, is tops as well.

Black Panther: The Album has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart, with 154,000 units sold.  It's the biggest sales week for a soundtrack since August of 2016, when Suicide Squad: The Album debuted at #1 with 187,000 units.

In addition to songs by Kendrick, the 14-track Black Panther soundtrack features contributions from SZA, Khalid and The Weeknd, among others -- however, only three songs are actually heard in the movie.  According to Billboard, Black Panther is the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to incorporate songs created specifically for it.

With the #1 debut of Black Panther, there are now three soundtracks in the top five on the Billboard 200: Black Panther at #1, The Greatest Showman at #3, and Fifty Shades Freed at #5. It's only the second time in 10 years that this has happened.  The last time was in 2015, when Pitch Perfect 2 was #1, Fifty Shades of Grey was #3 and Furious 7 was #5.

Black Panther: The Album is the fifth #1 album for Top Dawg Entertainment, following three chart-toppers from Kendrick, plus Schoolboy Q's Oxymoron.

Black Panther is from Marvel and from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Sunday
Feb182018

Jordin Sparks has "low-key" baby shower: "It was beautiful"

Varela MediaJordin Sparks is getting ready for the arrival of her first child.

On Instagram over the weekend, she posted a photo of her niece kissing her very pregnant belly.  The caption reads, "Little Bug can't wait to meet her cousin. We had a low key baby shower for Little man in AZ with family and friends this afternoon. It was beautiful."

She added, "I am so grateful for the support system I've had growing up and the roots that took hold to support us now. This journey is incredible. God is good."

Jordin announced in November that she was both married and expecting.  She and her boyfriend Dana Isaiah secretly eloped while on vacation in Hawaii in July 2017.  The couple learned they were pregnant in late August.  They later confirmed they were expecting a boy, due this spring.

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Sunday
Feb182018

Maynard James Keenan gives encouraging update on new Tool album 

Steven Ferdman/Getty ImagesDon’t get too excited, but it sure looks like the new Tool album is coming together.

Frontman Maynard James Keenan has given an uncharacteristically encouraging update on the enigmatic metal band’s long-awaited follow-up to their last effort, 2006’s 10,000 Days.

“Started getting music files from the boys [with] the word FINAL in the title a few months ago after 11 years of begging,” Keenan tweets. “That in theory means the tracks wont change out from under me while I’m trying to write stories and melodies to them. In theory.”

“Still waiting for the FINAL on 1...but way ahead,” he adds. “Words & Melodies 100% DONE on all but 1. Someday we’ll track them. Long way from the finish line, but at least we’re closer.”

Ever the curmudgeon, Keenan adds the hashtags "#whileyouwerewhiningiwasworking" and "#theresyourupdate."

Over the past few months, the rest of Tool — guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor — have been working on the instrumentals for the album, and have invited artists such as Tom Morello and Sebastian Bach to hear them.

You can also hear Keenan on the upcoming new A Perfect Circle album Eat the Elephant, due out April 20.

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Friday
Feb162018

Meet Arthur Buck: R.E.M.'s Peter Buck teams up with indie artist Joseph Arthur in new duo

Courtesy of New West RecordsR.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has formed a new group with indie-folk singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur called Arthur Buck.  The duo has just completed a debut album that will be released this year.

Buck and Arthur's collaboration came together after the two musicians bumped into each other near Peter's residence in Baja California, Mexico.

"I was like, 'Come swimming!'" Buck recalls to Rolling Stone. "Joe shows up in Mexico -- the kind of guy where he's carrying every single thing he owns on his back -- and then all this stuff started occurring."

Buck and Arthur proceeded to write eight songs in eight hours, and these tunes form the basis of the new album.

"It was really spontaneous and kind of magical in its own way, as [being in Mexico] we were kind of disconnected from everything," Peter explains to the magazine.

Adds Joe, "All of a sudden it was like I had this musical partner and friend, and that relieved the music of the burden of the self, if that makes sense."

Buck, who first met Arthur when he opened for R.E.M. back in 2004, notes, "Joe is going through that searching period we all go through in life. And those experiences he's having make this a very forward-looking record, lyrically. The music has a questing kind of feel. We were making it up as we went along."

Arthur Buck is planning to head out on a tour of the U.S. and Europe to support the forthcoming album.

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Friday
Feb162018

Muse to livestream by-request Paris show

Credit: Danny ClinchMuse is playing a show in Paris on February 24, and you can help craft the set list.

Ticketholders can submit five songs that you want Muse to play, and those selections will be use to help curate the show. Even if you're not going to the concert, you can still contribute by watching live via the band's Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and voting on set selections in real time.

If you're thinking of songs to submit, Muse just released a new single called "Thought Contagion." It's the follow-up to the British trio's 2017 one-off track, "Dig Down."

Muse will make their way to the U.S. this spring for a number of festival appearances, including Carolina Rebellion, BottleRock and Bonnaroo.

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Friday
Feb162018

Nipsey Hussle takes a "Victory Lap" with release of debut album

@NickWNYC/Nicholas WatkinNipsey Hussle's highly anticipated debut album has officially arrived. 

Titled Victory Lap, the disc includes the tracks "Dedication," featuring Kendrick Lamar, and his previously released single, "Last Time That I Checc'd" featuring YG

Other featured artists on the album include Puff DaddyThe-DreamCeeLo GreenMarsha Ambrosius and more.   

Hussle is gearing up celebrate the arrival of his long-awaited debut disc with a private album release party Friday, and an appearance at YG's first-ever "The Boogie" All-Star weekend event Saturday, February 17 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. 

Nipsey will participate in YG's first annual "The Boogie" basketball tournament as a celebrity coach.  

Victory Lap is available to purchase everywhere now. Here's the track listing:  

"Victory Lap" (Feat. Stacy Barthe)
"Rap N****s"
"Last Time That I Checc'd" (Feat. YG)
"Young N****" (Feat. Puff Daddy)
"Dedication" (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
"Blue Laces 2"
"Hussle & Motivate"
"Status Symbol 3" (Feat. Buddy)
"Succa Proof"
"Keys 2 the City 2" (Feat. TeeFlii)
"Grinding All My Life"
"Million While You Young" (Feat. The-Dream)
"Loaded Bases" (Feat. CeeLo Green)
"Real Big" (Feat. Marsha Ambrosius)
"Right Hand to God" (bonus track) 

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Friday
Feb162018

Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers borrows a trick from Keith and Nicole

ABC/Image Group LA If you listen closely to Keith Urban’s top-15 hit, “Female,” you’ll find it’s actually his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, who’s contributing some of the background vocals. The Aussie superstar may have started a trend, because now Nicole isn't the only spouse who’s adding BGVs to a current tune.

Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers revealed to Billboard that it’s not his musical partner Shay Mooney who’s harmonizing with him on the background parts on “Tequila” -- it’s actually his wife, Abby Law. Even more incredible, Dan says the recording is his bride’s first time in front of a microphone.

In addition to writing and singing on the song, Dan also co-produced “Tequila,” mixing in some other nearly-hidden sounds for effect -- namely the sound of a drop of water to represent tequila, and a scratched vinyl sound for nostalgia.  

“Tequila” is the lead single from Dan + Shay’s forthcoming third album. Warner Nashville believed in it so much they scrapped plans to release another uptempo track first, opting instead for the ballad.

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Friday
Feb162018

Check "This" out: David Byrne releases new song, "This Is That"

Credit: Jody RogacEx-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has released a new track called "This Is That," from his upcoming studio album, American Utopia, as a digital single and via streaming services Friday. If you pre-order American Utopia now at iTunes and Nonesuch.com, you'll also immediately receive a free download of the song.

You can listen to "This Is That," which was co-written and produced by electronic artist Daniel Lopatin, a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never, now at Byrne's official YouTube channel. The ethereal, eclectic-sounding tune is highlighted by Chinese folk instruments and electronic percussion.

American Utopia, Byrne's first full-fledged solo effort since 2004's Grown Backwards, will be released March 9. The 10-track collection includes songs inspired by various things that give Byrne incentive to feel optimistic during this period of political and social upheaval. Among his collaborators on the project are Brian Eno, who co-wrote the song "Everybody's Coming to My House" with David.

Byrne will be supporting American Utopia with an expansive world tour that kicks off March 3 in Red Bank, New Jersey, and is mapped out through an August 28 show in Morrison, Colorado.

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Friday
Feb162018

Sebastian Bach has heard Tool's new music, too

Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Governors BallWe have another person who can confirm that new Tool music actually exists. Sebastian Bach visited the enigmatic band in the studio Thursday, and the ex-Skid Row frontman apparently liked what he heard.

"This is not just your average simple rock and roll music," Bach wrote in a Facebook post Friday. "This is progressive metal at its most atmospheric, and right when you get into a groovy trance you get beat over the head with riffs so heavy it feels like a TOOL."

Buzz Osborne of the Melvins was also at the listening session, but Maynard James Keenan was not, as the vocals for the new album have yet to be recorded.

When asked about the disc's progress in a Rolling Stone interview published earlier this month, Keenan, who's releasing a new album with A Perfect Circle in April, replied, "Yeah, I've got nothing."

Last December, Tom Morello revealed that he had heard some of Tool's new music, which he deemed "epic," "majestic" and "sexy."

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Friday
Feb162018

Khalid and Normani Kordei pine for love in new "Love Lies" music video

Dennis LeupoldKhalid and Normani Kordei are waiting for true love in their new music video for "Love Lies."   

The song was released on Valentine's Day is featured on the soundtrack for the forthcoming film Love, Simon

It's also the pair's first creative collaboration and Normani's first solo endeavor.  

As for the visual, Khalid appears to be a valet at a swanky hotel as Normani is being dropped off in a fancy car. 

She enters the hotel and goes up to her room, where she teases Khalid with some steamy dance moves behind a window as he watches. 

Khalid and Normani also appear together in Khalid's "Young Dumb & Broke" music video as prom king and prom queen.    

You can pre-order the Love, Simon soundtrack, which also includes Whitney Houston's hit "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," and the Jackson 5's "Someday at Christmas," now via the usual digital platforms. 

The album arrives everywhere March 16.   

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Friday
Feb162018

Imagine Dragons asks conservative group to stop using "Whatever It Takes"

ABC/Randy HolmesAdd Imagine Dragons to the list of bands asking politicians not to use their music.

Apparently, the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual event attended by conservative activists and elected officials, had been using ID's song "Whatever It Takes" on its website.

When this was brought to the band's attention on Twitter, they replied, "Not cool," adding, "We are reaching out to get it taken down."

The song has since been removed from the site.

This isn't the first time a musician has taken issue with CPAC using their music. After he learned that one of his song's played at last year's conference, Andrew McMahon told the group to "take me off your playlist."

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Friday
Feb162018

Happy Anniversary: Tupac Shakur's sophomore album re-issued for first time ever on vinyl

Ron Galella/WireImageThe first-ever reissue of Tupac Shakur's Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z album as a double vinyl set is now available to purchase in both standard and deluxe editions. 

The influential rapper's sophomore album celebrates its 25th anniversary this year -- it was originally released on February 16, 1993 and included the hit tracks "I Get Around" and "Keep Ya Head Up." 

The standard edition of the double vinyl set is available in stores only and comes on 180-gram black vinyl. 

The deluxe edition, available exclusively on the 2Pac.com website, comes in special red-orange marbled vinyl with an exclusive gatefold image of the late icon's original notebook, complete with handwritten track listings and four exclusive prints. 

Better make your move now if you want one -- there are only 1,000 copies of this set. 

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Friday
Feb162018

This is "Rich": Are Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd on a vacation in "Westworld"?

ABC/Image Group LA Maren Morris starred in fiancé Ryan Hurd’s music video for his debut single, “Love in a Bar,” and it looks like he may now be returning the favor.

“‘Rich’ video is coming along nicely,” Maren shared on social media on Friday, along with a photo of her significant other dressed in costume, in what appears to be a western town. Maren titled the picture Westworld, an apparent reference to the popular HBO show that centers around a Wild West-themed amusement park. She also Instagramed a short video of herself dressed in similar attire.

Both are in keeping with the details Maren already revealed to ABC Radio:  “We're shooting it in New Mexico, so yeah, it's happening,” she said.

“And I was like, 'If we're doing a video for 'Rich,' we need to go all out.' Because it's a pretty bombastic, sassy song. It needs a video that compliments that perfectly.”

With lyrics like “Vegas at the Mandarin/high-roller gamblin’,” it would’ve been easy to imagine a scenario set in Sin City. But Maren said that’s not the case.

“I will say about the video treatment,” she explained, “there's nothing Vegas-y about it. I was like, 'Everyone's gonna think we're gonna do a Vegas video.’ But it's actually, like, quite opposite. So I'm excited for us to shoot it and for people to see it.”

“Rich” is the fourth and final single from Maren’s debut album, Hero.

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Friday
Feb162018

Jewel teams up with Cirque du Soleil for charity show inspired by her life

Gabe Ginsberg/Getty ImagesFor one night only next month, Jewel’s life will be turned into a Cirque du Soleil performance.

March 2, the singer will take the stage with Cirque artists and other guest performers at Las Vegas’ Michael Jackson ONE Theatre for the One Night for One Drop charity event.

According to People, she’ll be wearing a costume inspired by her home state of Alaska. Jewel will be playing a “Source” and “ethereal guide” for the show’s main character, Nukka.

“Working with the Cirque team has been an incredible experience in art and craftsmanship,” Jewel tells People. “The people are all incredible. The way I am being transformed into a whole new person … I feel like a princess, or more like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.”

The show is inspired by events in Jewel’s life and career. She describes it as being “about family, the search for love, abandonment and betrayal but ultimately the power to forgive the soul.”

All proceeds will go to One Drop, a non-profit started by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté that provides access to safe water.

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Friday
Feb162018

Kendrick Lamar, Future and Jay Rock take over corporate America in "King's Dead" music video

Image Group LA/ABCKendrick LamarFuture and Jay Rock are a power trio in the new music video for their song "King's Dead." 

The track is featured on the Black Panther soundtrack, which Kendrick executive-produced and curated. 

The visual begins with Kendrick sitting high in a palm tree eating what appears to be corn-on-the-cob, before switching to a scene where the rapper is joined by Future and Jay in a bustling corporate office filled with white men who appear to be stockbrokers, yelling on their phones and throwing documents in the air. 

British singer-songwriter James Blake, who's featured on the song, apparently doesn't make an appearance in the video.

Jay Rock earned his first Billboard Hot 100 hit with "King's Dead," when the song debuted at number 91 on the chart after it's January 12 release

The track also became Kendrick's 41st Hot 100 entry, Future's 67th, and Blake's second and first as a leading artist. 

The digital version of Black Panther The Album dropped February 9 and physical copies of the disc arrived in stores today. 

Aside from Kendrick, Future, Jay Rock and James Blake, the album features KhalidSZA, Swae LeeVince StaplesAnderson .Paak, 2 ChainzTravis Scott and more.  

As previously noted, Black Panther The Album is projected to debut at #1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart.  

Billboard initially reported that the disc could sell more than 100,000 units, but as of Thursday afternoon, the publication put that number at more than 150,000.

Should Black Panther The Album debut at number one, the disc will be the second soundtrack to top of the chart this year -- the first was The Greatest Showman.  

Black Panther is from Marvel Studios and Disney, parent company of ABC News. 

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Friday
Feb162018

Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods tour has already grossed $100 million before kickoff 

PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentIt hasn't even started yet, but Justin Timberlake's upcoming Man of the Woods tour could be one of this year's top-grossing treks.

Arthur Fogel, president of global touring for Live Nation, which is promoting the tour, tells Variety, "We’ve got 50 shows on sale in North America and 16 in Europe, and we’re over 700,000 tickets [sold] and $100 million gross."

He adds, "It’s pretty staggering. We’re into our third shows in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Toronto; We’re into double [shows] in probably a dozen markets. It’s huge.”

Justin's Man of the Woods album and its first two singles, "Filthy" and "Supplies," got mixed reviews, but experts tell Variety that has no bearing on fans' desire to go see him perform -- even at $150 per ticket.

And here are a few more reasons why Justin's tour should be successful:

--An executive at Justin's record company tells Variety that the album's third single, "Say Something," is shaping up to be a "mega hit."

--Variety also points out that Justin's audience now includes multiple generations, since he's been around since the late 1990s with 'N SYNC, and as a solo artist since 2002. 

--Justin's been omnipresent on the radio, with "a top 10 hit or two every other year," as Variety puts it.  Plus, one of his biggest career hits, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" -- which earned him a bunch of new, much younger fans -- just came out in 2016.

--It's been three long years since Justin's last big tour wrapped up, and it was one of the highest-grossing tours of the decade.

The Man of the Woods tour kicks off March 13 in Toronto.

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