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Thursday
Aug252016

Shawn Mendes Dishes on Dating an Older Woman, Being a Teen Sex Symbol

Aaron Richter shot exclusively for BillboardShawn Mendes might not be as innocent as he looks. In a new cover story with Billboard, the singer admits he once hooked up with an older woman.

The 18-year-old says one of his new songs, “Patience,” "is about a girl older than me who I hooked up with, but the next day was so scared because of how young I was. I have a sore spot for older people who are weird around younger people."

He also says he feels weird about being called a sex symbol -- unless, of course, he’s in a relationship. "Being a sex symbol isn't cool unless you're in love with a girl and she calls you a sex symbol," he says.

But as of right now, Shawn says that sex has been “impossible” with his current schedule. He may not be bringing girls back to his bus just yet, but he also wants to be able to grow up without scrutiny. He uses his fellow Canadian, Justin Bieber, as an example of how tough it can be to go from a teen pop star to an adult pop star.

"Stop looking at him in a negative view and accept him as who he is,” Shawn says. “We don't get mad at punk rock bands for doing s*** like [he does], because that's their personality. I just find it very confusing."

Shawn's new album, Illuminate, comes out September 23.

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Thursday
Aug252016

Meghan Trainor/Harry Styles-Penned Song Appear on New Michael Buble Album

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCLast year, Meghan Trainor revealed she'd written and recorded a song with Harry Styles of OneDirection, but she didn't say when, or if, we'd ever hear it.  Well, we'll finally get our chance in October -- except Harry isn't the one singing on it.

Michael Buble told ET Canada he's recorded the song, called "Someday," as a duet with Meghan on his upcoming album, Nobody But Me.  "For the first time ever, I’ve recorded an original [song] that I didn’t write,” he added.

Michael praised Meghan as the "most talented 21-year-old in the world," and raved, "Listen, she’s a great singer and a great entertainer. What [people] may not know is what an incredible writer she is, what an incredible musician she is, [and] the fact that she’s a bada** producer.”

Nobody But Me comes out October 21.

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Thursday
Aug252016

Start Your Engines: The Weeknd to Perform at US Grand Prix in October

Image Group LA/ABCEarlier this year, Taylor Swift was announced as the headliner for the 2016 U.S. Grand Prix. Now, she’ll have some company. The Weeknd has signed on to perform during the final day of the three-day Formula 1 racing event.

He’ll be taking the stage at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas to play a full concert on Sunday, October 23. All Sunday ticket holders will have access to The Weeknd’s show.

As previously confirmed, Taylor is set to perform a full concert after the end of track activity on Saturday, October 22. The event kicks off October 21.

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Thursday
Aug252016

Rihanna's VMA Performance May Make MTV History, Says Producer

Lester Cohen/Getty Images via ABCRihanna plans to give viewers a whole lot to talk about Sunday night after her scheduled appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Rih Rih will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award during the televised event, but instead of giving a speech, she'll instead perform to honor herself, the show's executive producer, Jesse Ignjatovic, tells Entertainment Weekly

"If we're talking on Monday the 29th or after the show Sunday, everyone will be surprised with what she's done to make this honor her own and something that's extremely impactful," says Ignjatovic. "I can tell you it's going to be one of those 'holy crap' VMA moments. She's not playing. She's bringing it," he adds. 

Rihanna's got good company. Previous Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award winners include MadonnaKanye WestBeyoncé and the late Michael Jackson himself.

The MTV Video Music Awards airs live Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. 

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Thursday
Aug252016

What Will Kanye Do at This Year's MTV VMAs?

(L-R) Barbara Walters, Kanye West, Joy Behar; ABC/STEVE FENNKanye West has a storied history at the MTV Video Music Awards. What, if anything, will he do this year? It's hard to say, but TMZ reports MTV executives have given Yeezy free reign to do what he wants for a full four minutes.

To recap his past accomplishments: When Kanye took to the VMA stage last year to accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, he pledged that he'd run for president in 2020.  

And in 2009, Ye famously crashed Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for winning Best Female Video to say that Beyoncé had "one of the best videos of all time."  

We can only wait and see what Yeezy does Sunday. The VMAs air live from New York’s Madison Square Garden at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 

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Thursday
Aug252016

Tennesseans Sign Up to Drive with Dolly

Imagination LibraryIf you have an automobile registered in the state of Tennessee, you may soon be able to drive around with Dolly. This week, customized license plates benefitting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library went on sale in the Volunteer State.

The tag bears the same cartoon-ized Dolly likeness that appears on the front of her last album, Blue Smoke. It’ll run you $35, with part of the proceeds going to help the entertainment icon’s nonprofit that sends free books to children all around the world.

The state requires one thousand of the new plates be sold before they can go into production. So far, they’ve reached about half that goal in a relatively short amount of time. You can find out more at ImaginationLibrary.com.  

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Thursday
Aug252016

Sorry, Swifties: Taylor Won't Be at the MTV VMAs this Sunday

Michael Tran/FilmMagicIf you were hoping for a steel cage death match between Taylor Swift and Kanye West at this Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, you're out of luck: Taylor's not coming.

People magazine reports that even though the singer's been hanging out in New York City lately, she was "never scheduled to attend," says an insider.  One reason may be that she's not actually nominated for anything this year.

Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian will be there, though.  Among his many nominations, he's up for Video of the Year for "Famous," his controversial video that features wax replicas of a number of celebrities, including Taylor, naked in bed.

Kanye, Kim and Taylor are currently embroiled in a feud over the fact that Kanye and Kim released audio of a phone call they'd had with Taylor which proved that the pop superstar had foreknowledge of Kanye's plans to mention her in the song "Famous."

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Thursday
Aug252016

Elton John to Kick Off UK's Apple Music Festival

ABC/Randy HolmesThe 2016 edition of the U.K.'s annual Apple Music Festival lineup has been announced, and the star-studded concert series will get underway September 18 with a show by Elton John.

The 10-night festival takes place at The Roundhouse in London and runs through September 30. The eclectic list artists who also will be performing includes Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Michael Buble and Chance the Rapper.

Here's the full lineup:

9/18 -- Elton John
9/19 -- The 1975
9/20 -- Alicia Keys
9/21 -- OneRepublic
9/23 -- Calvin Harris
9/25 -- Robbie Williams
9/26 -- Bastille
9/27 -- Britney Spears
9/28 -- Michael Buble
9/30 -- Chance the Rapper

Short of booking a plane ticket to London, you can watch the festival on Apple Music.  Visit AppleMusicFestival.com for details.

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Thursday
Aug252016

Kings of Leon Reveal "Walls" Release Date; Speak About New Familial Bond

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Sports IllustratedKings of Leon's new album officially has a release date. The band's seventh studio effort, Walls, will arrive October 14.

With the new album, the members of Kings of Leon -- brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill, plus cousin Matthew Followill -- tell Billboard they now have a "better, stronger ­relationship ­outside of music than we did in the past."

That's a much sunnier disposition than what surrounded the band's last two albums: 2010's Come Around Sundown and 2013's Mechanical Bull. The latter was a relative commercial disappointment, while the tour in support of the former ended after frontman Caleb abruptly left the stage during a show in Dallas.

"There comes a point when you realize you've lost that passion and that hunger," Caleb tells Billboard. "You're chastened and want to get it back -- and in order to get it back it's like, 'Forget about record sales, forget about the size of the venue you're playing, forget about any of that stuff.'"

Kings of Leon also felt they needed an artistic shake-up for Walls, so they recruited producer Markus Dravs, who's previously worked with Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire.

"[Dravs] just said things that nobody had ever said to us," says bassist Jared. "Like, 'I don't like that song, that's not good, we can move on from that.'"

If things were to go sour again, Kings of Leon can always look back on the advice they received from Peal Jam's Eddie Vedder.

"I remember really early on, Eddie told us to never tour Europe for more than three weeks," says Jared, "Because that will break up your band."

"He also said to chase summer around the world," adds Caleb. "But we didn't realize he was talking about a groupie."

Here's the Walls track list:

"Waste a Moment"
"Reverend"
"Around the World"
"Find Me"
"Over"
"Muchacho"
"Conversation Piece"
"Eyes on You"
"Wild"
"WALLS"

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Thursday
Aug252016

Jennifer Holliday Joins "The Color Purple" on Broadway

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesJennifer Holliday is headed back to Broadway in the award-winning revival of The Color Purple.

The Tony and Grammy award winner, best known for her role as Effie White in the original 1981 Broadway production of Dreamgirls, has landed the role of Shug Avery, a charismatic singer who woos the heart of neglected Celie

Holliday's role of Shug, which was played by Jennifer Hudson -- who herself played Effie in the 2006 Dreamgirls movie -- is currently being filled by award-winning singer/songwriter Heather Headly.

“Nothing compares to performing before a Broadway audience and I can’t wait to return to the Broadway stage, where I started my career over 35 years ago,” Jennifer said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

Holliday begins her new role in The Color Purple October 4. 

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Thursday
Aug252016

Sisqó Finally Explains "Dumps Like a Truck" "Thong Song" Lyrics

Rick Kern/WireImage"The Thong Song" was a massive hit single in 2000, with catchy lyrics and a memorable music video complete with...well, thongs.  

Sixteen years later, the voice behind the track, R&B singer Sisqó, has finally deciphered the meaning behind one of the song's most quoted lyrics -- "dumps like a truck." 

"What I was really referring to was -- a dump truck when it backs up, it's like 'beep, beep beep,'" the singer tells The Huffington Post. "So, 'she had dumps like a dump truck' is, like, when girls do a booty dance move and they look back at their butt. She's like a dump truck back-back-backing it up," he explains.  

The performer also gave some insight on how he knew that "The Thong Song" would turn out to be his "big break."

"Nobody has seen a whole lot of thongs back then. It was one of those things, like, gather 'round and I'll tell you a tale," he says. "I was the guy with the torch by the fire." 

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Thursday
Aug252016

Madonna Surprises Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of "Madonna: Truth or Dare"

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna knows how to make an entrance. The singer surprised an audience of about 400 people Wednesday night at a 25th anniversary screening of her tour documentary, Madonna: Truth or Dare.

The Queen of Pop, wearing a red off-the-shoulder dress, showed up unannounced at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, where the screening was taking place.

"She came out to support Alek Keshishian, her longtime friend and director of the celebrated documentary," a source tells People.

Madonna also took the time to interact with fans and pose for photos. Her daughter, Lola, was there too.

"Surreal Moment! At the MOMA!!" Madonna wrote on Instagram. "So nice to watch a film in a museum. So many freedoms we take for granted that we did not have then. Thank you Alek Keshishian. We changed history with this film."

Madonna: Truth or Dare was first released in May of 1991. The then-controversial documentary followed the singer as she embarked on her Blond Ambition World Tour.

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Thursday
Aug252016

Fifteen Years Later: Remembering Aaliyah

Sal Idriss/RedfernsFifteen years ago today, singer-actress Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas, following the completion of her final music video for "Rock the Boat." She was just 22 years old.

Born Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn, New York, the late entertainer steadily made a name for herself as a vocalist-to-watch, particularly as a contestant on the once-popular reality talent competition series, Star Search, in 1989.  

She later started working on her debut studio album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, with R. Kelly and graduated from the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts.  

Age Ain't Nothing but a Number skyrocketed Aaliyah to fame, with her mature vocal stylings, effortless dance moves and sultry-meets-sporty fashion sense. The album went two-times platinum and peaked at number three on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 18 on the Billboard 200 in 1994.

Aaliyah continued to dominate the music industry from the mid-90s to early 2000s with her second studio album, One in a Million, and a foray into film acting. Her work on One in a Million, with super-producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott, cemented her position as one of music's finest entertainers. The album landed on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at number two in 1997. 

In 1999, Aaliyah secured her first film role, in the action-drama Romeo Must Die, which also featured one of her songs on the soundtrack -- "Try Again," which earned her a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Female Vocalist. In 2002, she starred as Queen Akasha in the vampire fantasy-horror movie,Queen of the Damned.  

In July 2001, Aaliyah released her third studio album, Aaliyah. After her death August 25 and burial August 31, the album rose to number one on the Billboard 200 the week of September 15 that year. 

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Thursday
Aug252016

OneRepublic Take Their "Kids" to Mexico in New Video, New Album Out October 7

Francesco CarrozziniOneRepublic take a trip South of the Border in the video for their new single, "Kids."

The clip, set in Mexico City, follows a teenage girl who goes out on the town and catches the eye of a teenage boy, who follows her around looking for an opportunity to talk to her.  They both end up on balconies on opposite sides of the street, and he throws a paper airplane at her.  Finally, they both come down to the street and stare into each others' eyes, at which point he grabs her hand and leads her through a crowd to a stage where OneRepublic are performing.

The story of young love goes with the lyrics, which find Ryan Tedder reflecting on his reckless youth, singing, "Back when we were kids/Swore we would never die."

The band is also planning a "3D, 360-degree virtual reality experience" version of the "Kids" video in the near future.

"Kids" is the second song released from OneRepublic's upcoming album, which the band has just announced will be titled Oh My My and will be out October 7.

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Thursday
Aug252016

The Chainsmokers to Perform “Closer” with Halsey at MTV VMAs

Frank ApollonioThe MTV Video Music Awards line-up is really coming together. The Chainsmokers will be performing “Closer” with Halsey at this Sunday’s ceremony.

They join previously announced performers Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and Video Vanguard honoree Rihanna.

“Closer” is nominated in the Song of Summer category, while The Chainsmokers' previous single, “Don’t Let Me Down,” is up for Best Electronic Video.

The VMAs air live from New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Thursday
Aug252016

2016 Lockn' Festival Gets Underway Today; Select Performances to Be Streamed Live

Credit: Dave VannThe 2016 edition of the Lockn' Music Festival kicks off today, August 25, at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia, and runs through Sunday, August 28. Select performances from each day of the event will be streamed live online at several website platforms, including FANS.com, nugs.tv and Qello Concerts.

Among the artists whose Lockn' performances will be streamed are Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh's Phil Lesh & Friends project on Saturday and Sunday. Other acts who will be featured on the webcast are Phish on Friday and Sunday; ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks' current group, Tedeschi Trucks Band, on Saturday; and reggae greats The Wailers on Sunday.

The live stream of Phish's performances will be hosted exclusively by LivePhish.com.

As previously reported, Lesh will be playing with two completely different Phil Lesh & Friends lineups at the Lockn' fest. On Saturday, the 76-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be joined by Phish drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell; Joe Russo, one-time drummer for the Dead spinoff group Furthur; and acoustic bluegrass band The Incredible Stringdusters. On Sunday, Lesh will team up with Chris Robinson Brotherhood -- ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson's current group -- while acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will make a guest appearance.

The 2016 Lockn' festival also will feature a performance by J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf on Friday, although the singer's set isn't on the live stream schedule.

Check out full details about the festival at LocknFestival.com.

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Thursday
Aug252016

Blake Shelton & Toby Keith Join All-Star Tribute to the Rhinestone Cowboy

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton and Toby Keith have been added to the superstar lineup of the ACM Honors taping next week at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The two will perform in an all-star tribute to Glen Campbell, along with Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley, which will culminate with his iconic “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

Glen’s wife Kim will accept the ACM Career Achievement Award on his behalf, since he’s unable to attend due to the progress of his Alzheimer’s disease.

Lady Antebellum hosts the taping next Tuesday, which will become a two-hour primetime special on CBS. The 10th Annual ACM Honors is set to air Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Aug252016

The 1975, Bastille to Play Apple Music Festival

Credit: Vijat MohindraThe 1975 and Bastille will play this year's edition of the U.K.'s annual Apple Music Festival.

The 10-night festival takes place from September 18-30 at The Roundhouse in London, and also features Elton John, plus big pop names like Britney Spears, Alicia Keys and Calvin Harris, among others.

Here's the full lineup:

Elton John -- September 18
The 1975 -- September 19
Alicia Keys -- September 20
OneRepublic -- September 21
Calvin Harris -- September 23
Robbie Williams -- September 25
Bastille -- September 26
Britney Spears -- September 27
Michael Buble -- September 28
Chance the Rapper -- September 30

Short of booking a plane ticket to London, you can watch the festival on Apple Music. Visit AppleMusicFestival.com for details.

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Thursday
Aug252016

Apple Music Festival Boasts Britney, Alicia, OneRepublic, Calvin Harris & More

Randee St. NicholasThe U.K.'s annual Apple Music Festival lineup has been announced, and it's pretty star-studded, to say the least.

The 10-night festival takes place from September 18-30 at The Roundhouse in London, and features everyone from Elton John to Britney Spears to Chance the Rapper. 

Here's the full lineup:

Elton John, September 18
The 1975,  September 19
Alicia Keys, September 20
Onerepublic, September 21
Calvin Harris, September 23
Robbie Williams, September 25
Bastille, September 26
Britney Spears, September 27
Michael Buble, September 28
Chance the Rapper, September 30

Short of booking a plane ticket to London, you can watch the festival on Apple Music.  Visit AppleMusicFestival.com for details.

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Thursday
Aug252016

Apple Music Festival Boasts Buble, Britney, Elton, Alicia & More

Evaan KherajThe U.K.'s annual Apple Music Festival lineup has been announced, and it's pretty star-studded, to say the least.

The 10-night festival takes place from September 18-30 at The Roundhouse in London, and features everyone from Elton John to Michael Buble to Alicia Keys. 

Here's the full lineup:

Elton John, September 18
The 1975,  September 19
Alicia Keys, September 20
Onerepublic, September 21
Calvin Harris, September 23
Robbie Williams, September 25
Bastille, September 26
Britney Spears, September 27
Michael Buble, September 28
Chance the Rapper, September 30

Short of booking a plane ticket to London, you can watch the festival on Apple Music.  Visit AppleMusicFestival.com for details.

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