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Feb172017

Rick Astley's on a roll with new album and tour: "I've done it for me, really"

Rick Astley for BMG by PipHe retired from the music industry years ago, but '80s hitmaker Rick Astley is back with 50, his first U.S. release since 1993, and his first U.S. tour in decades. And don't start with the "Rickrolling" jokes: Rick credits that online phenomenon -- which tricked people into watching the video for his hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" -- for drawing kids who weren't even born during his heyday to his current tour.

"That's one of the things that stops me in my tracks sometimes," he tells ABC Radio. "I usually joke about it and say, 'Did you get your mom's tickets?'"

Without Rickrolling, he adds, "There's a certain generation of people who would have no idea who I was. And so I have to be kinda thankful for [it]. It's done a lot of great things in terms of making that song [part of] people's consciousness."

But Rick's tour isn't just nostalgia: 50, released last year to mark his 50th birthday, hit #1 in his home country of England. Not bad for a record he made by himself at home.

"[I] didn't have any record company saying, 'We need this, we need that,'" he says. "And I think that's been the healthiest experience I've had with making music, because I haven't done it for anybody else. I've done it for me, really."

Rick initially retired to raise his daughter, now in her twenties. So, what does she think of her old man now?

"She's outright told me on numerous occasions she's really proud of me," he says. "And to be honest, out of everybody in the world, my daughter and my wife are the most important two people to be OK with what I'm doing. If they're OK with it, then I'm OK with it, y'know what I mean?"

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Friday
Feb172017

Strap on your virtual reality headset: Hunter Hayes wants to take you into "Yesterday"

ABC/Image Group LAHunter Hayes wants to take you into a new dimension. He’s partnered with YouTube to offer a new virtual reality version of his latest single, “Yesterday’s Song.”

If you hadn’t guessed it already, the multi-instrumentalist is also a bit of a techno-geek.

“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love technology,” he confesses, “and I’m constantly amazed by all of the things we can do with just the click of a button. The fact that we can bring fans into the room with us… and actually share an experience with them using virtual reality technology opens up a whole new world for us.”

Be prepared to experience at least half-a-dozen hardworking versions of Hunter as you check out the 360-degree cut of “Yesterday’s Song” on YouTube.

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Friday
Feb172017

Soundgarden releases remixed version of "Flower" from "Ultramega OK" reissue

Sub PopSoundgarden has shared a remixed version of their song "Flower," which will appear on the forthcoming reissue of the band's 1988 debut album, Ultramega OK. You can listen to the new take on "Flower" now via YouTube.

The Ultramega OK reissue will be released March 10. The 19-track collection features a remixed version of the original album, plus "early versions" of six songs.

For Soundgarden, remixing Ultramega OK has been a goal decades in the making. When the album was originally released, the band wasn't happy with the final mix, and planned to remix it for subsequent pressings. However, their career took off shortly after, and the remix project fell through the cracks. They were able to pick it up again in 2016 after reacquiring the original Ultramega OK multi-track tapes.

Soundgarden is currently working on their seventh studio album, the follow-up to their 2012 comeback effort King Animal. They'll be headlining a number of music festivals this spring, including Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma.

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Friday
Feb172017

"When Someone Stops Loving You": Little Big Town offers heartbreak from "The Breaker"

ABC/Image Group LA With less than a week to go before the release of their new album, The BreakerLittle Big Town is taking fans inside the studio for a sneak peek at one of their new tunes.

You can sample the band’s black-and-white clip of the Jimi-Westbrook-fueled ballad, “When Someone Stops Loving You,” on social media.  You can also check out the full version of the song in an audio-only post on YouTube, or download it via the usual digital outlets.

The eighth studio album from the foursome is due next Friday, the same day the band kicks off their Little Big Town at the Mother Church residency at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

The Breaker’s Taylor-Swift-penned lead single, “Better Man,” is poised to be #1 at that time.

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Friday
Feb172017

"Britney Ever After" star hopes Britney Spears will watch Lifetime biopic

Katie YuBritney Spears didn’t authorize the new Lifetime movie based on her life, but the actress playing the pop star, Natasha Bassett, hopes she’ll still watch it.

"I've stalked her a lot," Natasha tells E! News. "We haven't had any contact, but I hear she's a fan of Lifetime movies, so I hope she'll watch the movie."

The actress also hopes Britney is pleased with the film’s portrayal of her.

"It really shines a beautiful light on her and shows how she came through something so horrible in a very beautiful way and came out a lot stronger,” she says.

Natasha says if she ever met Britney in person, she’d give her nothing but praise.

"I would just tell her how much I admire her and how much respect I have for her and that I wish her all the happiness in the world," she says.

Britney Ever After, which follows Britney from her rise to fame to her subsequent meltdown to her eventual comeback, airs tomorrow on Lifetime at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Feb172017

Show off your dance moves to win Katy Perry’s Grammy shoes

Monty Brinton/CBSWere you admiring the sparkly white sneakers Katy Perry was sporting during her Grammy performance last weekend? Good news: You can win them!

The singer has launched a contest for fans to win those exact “Lena” sneakers from her new shoe collection. The Katy Perry Collections Instagram page described them as “straight from the stage, SIGNED, DATED and WORN by [Katy]!”

To win, fans must upload an Instagram video of themselves showing off their best “Chained to the Rhythm” dance moves and tag @katyperrycollections and #katysdancingshoes by February 19.

Katy will be picking the winner.

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Friday
Feb172017

John Mayer's new "Wave" coming next Friday

Columbia RecordsJohn Mayer has confirmed that the next batch of songs from his in-progress album The Search for Everything will arrive next Friday, February 24, but he's already revealed the track listing.

John posted the details on Friday: the four songs are called "Still Feel Like Your Man," "Emoji of a Wave," "Helpless" and "Roll It on Home."  He posted the artwork on Wednesday: it's a line drawing of a young girl looking down, with feathers falling around her.

Last month, John released the first batch of songs from the album as The Search for Everything -- Wave One EP.  He's promised to release four new songs every month for an undetermined amount of months -- and then later this year, he'll release the album in its entirety.

John's Search for Everything world tour kicks off March 21.  It'll feature John performing solo acoustic, with a full band and with his John Mayer Trio.

Track listing for Wave Two. Available next Friday. ??

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Friday
Feb172017

Luke Bryan offers Nashville a double dose after selling out his Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day kickoff

ABC/Image Group LAMusic City can’t get enough of Luke Bryan. Fans quickly snapped up all the tickets to his May 5 tour kickoff in Nashville, so the four-time Entertainer of the Year is adding a second date.

Luke will also play Saturday, May 6 at the Bridgestone Arena. Tickets for the new show go on sale next Friday, February 24.

Brett Eldredge and newcomer Adam Craig will open both concerts on the Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day trek. 

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Friday
Feb172017

Papa Roach cries for "Help" on new track

Jason Squires/WireImagePapa Roach has premiered a new song called "Help," which will appear on the band's forthcoming 10th studio album. You can listen to the emotional track now on YouTube.

"Help" is the second song Papa Roach has released from their currently untitled album, following the single "Crooked Teeth." The album, Papa Roach's follow-up to their 2015 effort F.E.A.R., is due out this year.

Papa Roach will hit the road this April for a series of Canadian dates with Sum 41, after which they'll tackle the spring festival circuit with appearances at Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock on the Range, among others.

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Friday
Feb172017

Stone Alone: New documentary about ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman in production

Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty ImagesThe North American rights to a new documentary titled The Quiet One that takes an in-depth look at the life of longtime Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman have been acquired by Sundance Selects, Deadline reports.

The film is in production now and is being made with the full cooperation of the 80-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who was a member of The Stones from 1962 to 1993.

The Quiet One will examine the highlights and low points of Wyman's life and career with help from previously unseen film footage and photos shot by the rocker himself, as well as memorabilia he collected over the years. Bill also famously kept a daily diary during his time with The Rolling Stones and beyond that likely is serving as source material for the doc.

"My life has been an extraordinary adventure," Wyman says in a statement. "The time feels right to delve into the archive and tell my story before I croak."

The movie is being directed by Oliver Murray, and is his first feature-length project.

Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects, say in a statement, "Bill Wyman is legendary not only because of the fact that he was a founding member of the Rolling Stones but also because he had unfettered access to the extraordinary world of rock 'n' roll over several decades."

The statement adds that the two are "thrilled" to "let the world see this amazing behind-the-scenes imagery of the rock 'n' roll era."

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Friday
Feb172017

The Weeknd's "Starboy" matches Drake's "One Dance" atop "Billboard" Hot R&B Songs chart 

Nabil ElderkinThe Weeknd's "Starboy," is in its 20th consecutive week at #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart.  That means it's now tied with Drake's smash hit single "One Dance," which held the number one position for 20 weeks in 2016. 

But "Starboy" is only half the story.  An impressive additional six tracks from the Starboy album also appear on the same chart:  "I Feel It Coming," "Party Monster," "Six Feet Under," 'Sidewalks," "Die For You" and "Reminder" are at number four, nine, 20, 23, 24, and 25, respectively.

And speaking of Starboy, which returned to #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums earlier this month, it currently sits at #3 on the chart. Big Sean's new album, I Decided, debuted atop the tally earlier this week.  

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Friday
Feb172017

Jidenna unleashes full-length debut album, "The Chief"

ABC/Randy HolmesJidenna's debut album, The Chief, has arrived, via Janella Monáe's Wondaland Records label and Epic Records.  

The 14-track disc features his newly released singles "The Let Out" and "Bambi," along with "Little Bit More" and his 2015 single, "Long Live the Chief."  

The visual for "The Let Out," which shows Jidenna at a makeshift parking lot party with friends, also premiered earlier this week.

Guest artists on The Chief include Monáe, duo St. Beauty and Jidenna's longtime collaborator, producer/DJ Nana Kwabena.

Jidenna is slated to appear on FOX's The Real February 20, to chat more about the debut project with the show's hosts. 

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Friday
Feb172017

Future releases highly-anticipated new album, "FUTURE," today

Image Group LA/ABCAfter surprising fans with the announcement of his new self-titled disc earlier this week, Future's latest album, FUTURE, has finally arrived.  

Today, he tweeted about the album's release, along with the titles of all 17 tracks on the album.  

Fans who are curious about the creative process behind FUTURE can also watch a brief video showing the artist hard at work in the studio  -- it's called FUTURE -- Night Vision Ep. 1

The "Used to This" rapper plans to make many onstage appearances as well throughout the year, including a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, February 21.

As previously reported, he'll tour North America this summer on his Nobody Safe trek, joined by Tory LanezMigos and Kodak Black on all dates, with ASAP Ferg and Young Thug on select dates.  

Tickets for the tour are on sale now.   

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Friday
Feb172017

Walk the Moon frontman thanks fans for support following dad's death

ABC/Lou RoccoWalk the Moon cancelled their 2016 summer tour so frontman Nick Petricca could be with his dad, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Now, Petricca has revealed that his father has passed away, and is thanking fans for their support.

In a video posted on Instagram, Petricca says of his dad, "As many of you know, he was struggling with Alzheimer's disease for a very long time and now he's finally at peace. And I wanted to thank you, everybody who sent comments and letters or stories of your own struggles." 

"It's meant so much to experience the darker parts of this journey surrounded by so much love," he adds. "It made all the difference and thank you."

The "Shut Up and Dance" singer also encourages fans to find out more about fighting the disease via Hilarity for Charity, an organization founded by Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren that raises money for families struggling with Alzheimer's care.

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Friday
Feb172017

Walk the Moon frontman thanks fans for support following dad's death

ABC/Lou RoccoWalk the Moon cancelled their 2016 summer tour so frontman Nick Petricca could be with his dad, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Now, Nick has revealed that his father has passed away, and is thanking fans for their support.

In a video posted on Instagram, Nick says of his dad, "As many of you know, he was struggling with Alzheimer's disease for a very long time and now he's finally at peace. And I wanted to thank you, everybody who sent comments and letters or stories of your own struggles." 

"It's meant so much to experience the darker parts of this journey surrounded by so much love," he adds. "It made all the difference and thank you."

The "Shut Up and Dance" singer also encourages fans to find out more about fighting the disease via Hilarity for Charity, an organization founded by Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren that raises money for families struggling with Alzheimer's care.

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Friday
Feb172017

Incubus shares fiery "Nimble Bastard" lyric video

Island RecordsIncubus has premiered the lyric video for their new single, "Nimble Bastard." The clip splashes the song's lyrics across a film reel showing a steadily burning photo of the band. You can watch the "Nimble Bastard" lyric video now at Billboard.com.

"'Nimble Bastard' was born of my fascination and loving envy for a couple of people in my life who have this kind of amazing adaptability," Incubus tells Billboard. "If they're at their lowest point, they just bounce back and learn these incredible lessons from being knocked down."

"Nimble Bastard" is the lead single from Incubus' upcoming new album 8, which will be released in the spring.

Incubus will be touring behind 8 this summer beginning July 6 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jimmy Eat World and Judah & the Lion will provide support on the tour.

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Friday
Feb172017

"You Should Be Dancing": Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood share the spotlight in "The Fighter" video

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban and Carrie Underwood team up for their new video for “The Fighter,” but they also have a pretty spectacular co-star, thanks to director John Urbano.

“John said, ‘I know this girl who dances,’” Keith recalls, “’sort of street dancing, I don’t even know what it is,’ but it was so good and John said ‘listen to the song and watch her dance at the same time’ and they just went together so incredibly well…” the 7-time ACM nominee observes.

The street dancing scenes are juxtaposed against Keith and Carrie’s performance, which was inspired by the lighting and the look of a photograph of a Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier fight from the seventies.

You can check out both the music video for “The Fighter” and a behind-the-scenes feature on YouTube now.  

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Friday
Feb172017

MisterWives rage against the "Machine" on new song 

Republic Records/Photo FinishMisterWives has released a new track called "Machine," which will appear on the band's upcoming sophomore album. You can listen to "Machine" now on YouTube.

"'Machine' is a rallying cry to stand against a world that suppresses individuality and diversity," MisterWives say in a statement. "This song embodies the movement of celebrating our differences, staying true to ourselves, and always sticking it to the Sith Empire!"

MisterWives released their debut album Our Own House, which features the single "Reflections," was released in 2015. The band is currently putting the "finishing touches" on their second album.

Starting next week, MisterWives will be opening for Panic! at the Disco on their North American arena tour, which kicks off February 24 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Friday
Feb172017

First posthumous single from Christina Grimmie, “Invisible,” released

Yoni GoldbergChristina Grimmie is gone, but she continues to live on through her music. A new single by the late singer -- an empowering dance track called “Invisible”  -- was released today.

The Grimmie Family has partnered with Republic Records and ZXL Music to release new music from Christina and “Invisible” is the first single off her upcoming Side B EP due out in March.

“This new project is some of the best music our daughter ever created,” Christina’s mother Tina says in a statement. “She was so excited about the new direction her music was taking.”

Her father, Albert, adds, “We’re so grateful to Universal Music Group and Republic Records for recognizing our daughter’s potential and amazing talent by expressing a desire to honor her by distributing this music.”

Proceeds from the purchase of “Invisible” will go towards establishing a memorial fund in Christina’s name. The former Voice contestant was shot and killed by a deranged fan following a concert in Orlando, Florida on June 10, 2016.

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Friday
Feb172017

Victoria's Secret Angel falls from the sky in new Chainsmokers video for "Paris"

Rory KramerFresh off their Grammy win for Best Dance Recording last weekend, The Chainsmokers have released the official video for their latest hit, "Paris," and like the lyric video, it contains no imagery or references to Paris.  What it does have, though, is a Taylor Swift squad member as its star.

In the video, Victoria's Secret Angel Martha Hunt, one of Taylor's pals, plays a woman in a stately looking but abandoned house, who's lying on a bed and staring into space.  The Chainsmokers -- including Drew Taggart, who sings lead on the song -- are then seen standing in a field in the middle of a suburban area. 

Martha gets out of bed and wanders through the house in a daze, past furniture covered with sheets.  As she approaches a large window, she gets a look of amazement on her face, and we see that it's because the house has risen in the air and is floating way above the earth.  The Chainsmokers stand on the grass and watch as the house rises higher and higher, up above the clouds.

Martha, now happy and laughing, perches on the windowsill and jumps, falling down through the clouds, flailing wildly and screaming.  She finally lands back in bed, where she opens her eyes.  Was it all a dream? 

Along with the video, The Chainsmokers have also released an EP of Paris remixes.  Their debut album, Memories: Do Not Open, is due out April 7.  Their headlining tour of the same name kicks off April 13.

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