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Jul212017

Listen now: Morgan Evans releases "Kiss Somebody," on his way to the altar with Kelsea Ballerini

Warner Nashville/Robby KleinAustralian singer/songwriter Morgan Evans is now officially on his way to being a star in the U.S., with the release Friday of his debut single, “Kiss Somebody.".

“I’m equal parts excited, nervous and proud to have this one out in the world…” says the man who’s also Kelsea Ballerini’s fiancé. “Feels like the start of a new chapter for me and one I’m stoked to be entering. Hopefully people will turn it up, love it and maybe even kiss somebody too!”

Morgan’s currently working on his debut album for Warner Music Nashville. He and Kelsea plan to tie the knot sometime near the end of the year.

“Kiss Somebody” is available to stream or download now. You can also check out the audio-only version of the song on YouTube.

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Friday
Jul212017

Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha can’t escape the drama on new duet, “Back to You”

Jordan GreenLouis Tomlinson's new duet with Bebe Rexha, “Back to You,” has officially arrived.

On the catchy pop jam, the two sing about a drama-filled relationship they just can’t seem to quit.

“You got me so addicted to the drama/I tell myself I’m done with wicked games/But then I get so numb without the laughter/That I forget about the pain,” they sing.

The chorus goes: “I love it/I hate it/And I can’t take it/But I keep on coming back to you.”

The track's video was also released Friday, featuring Louis and Bebe singing at different locations around Louis’ hometown of Doncaster, England, including alleyways, a pool hall, a diner and a soccer stadium. The two appear separately through most of the video before uniting on the soccer field.

Louis posted a note to his fans with the video: "I just wanted to write a quick note to say how happy I am to be releasing this for all of you!!  Your support is what gives me the confidence to do this!! Best team in the world!!"

During his One Direction hiatus, Louis collaborated with Steve Aoki on the track “Just Hold On.” "Back to You" marks his first solo venture.

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Friday
Jul212017

Judge keeps Madonna's personal items off the auction block until September

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna's panties are still safe -- for now.

On Thursday, two days after the New York Supreme Court stopped an auction house from selling off some of Madonna's personal possessions, a judge ruled that the Court's temporary restraining order will stand until the next court date, September 6. 

The judge wants more details and plans to depose Madonna to get them. Until that date, Gotta Have It Collectibles is not allowed to sell or advertise the items online.

The items in question are a pair of worn panties, a used hairbrush with hair still in it, a letter that Madonna's former boyfriend, late rapper Tupac Shakur, wrote to her when he was in prison, and several other letters, including one in which she calls Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone "horribly mediocre."  They were part of more than 100 Madonna-related collectibles that Gotta Have It was going to sell on July 19.

The person selling the items, Darlene Lutz, is Madonna's former friend and personal assistant.  According to Rolling Stone, Lutz obtained the items in 1995 when she helped Madonna move. 

When the Queen of Pop found out about the auction, she wrote a letter to Lutz, accusing her of stealing her personal property -- not back in 1995, but now, because she allegedly refused to return them when Madonna asked for them back.

At the Thursday hearing, Rolling Stone reports that Madonna's defense attorney said the singer wasn't "aware" of the items in question until she saw the online auction, but, he said, "Just because she didn't know where the items were doesn't make them any less hers."

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Friday
Jul212017

Quincy Jones testifies in lawsuit against Michael Jackson estate

Quincy Jones with Michael Jackson at the 1994 Grammy Awards (Chris Walter/WireImage)Quincy Jones took the stand Thursday in Los Angeles in his lawsuit against the Michael Jackson estate, and he made it clear straight away that he’s not taking legal action against the King of Pop.

"I'm not suing Michael," Jones said as he looked at the attorney for the estate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm suing y'all."

The producer of Jackson’s Thriller, Bad and Off the Wall albums says he’s owed $30 million in royalties from those releases and other music he recorded with Michael.

Jones claims his agreements with Jackson stipulate he would receive additional payment when those songs are used for films, such as the posthumous concert documentary This Is It. The estate attorneys argue Jones is only entitled to a percentage of record sales.

Estate attorney Howard Weitzman asked Jones if he should receive money from music licensed for new projects, even though the estate interpreted the contract to mean he was not entitled to licensing fees. Contract montract," Jones responded. "If we made the record, we deserve to get paid."

When asked why he didn't file his lawsuit while Jackson was alive, Jones said, "I cared more about him as a human being than about the money."

The estate previously offered Jones a settlement of between $2 million and $3 million before trial, which it what it believes Jones is owed.

Closing arguments in the case are scheduled for Monday morning.

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Friday
Jul212017

The Script announce new album, "Freedom Child," due September 1 

Columbia RecordsFollowing the release of their new single, "Rain," the Script have announced that their new album, Freedom Child, will be here September 1.  A U.S. tour will kick off September 28. If you pre-order the album now, you can get access to tickets Tuesday.

Speaking about the new album to Metro, lead singer Danny O'Donoghue said, "We took a year off, we all just chilled out for a while to soak in everything that’s going on, musically, culturally, politically, and I think that shows in the music.

Danny tells Newsweek that the title of Freedom Child came from their guitarist Mark Sheehan's seven-year-old, who asked him, "Dad, what's terrorism?"  Says Danny, "That’s not an...easy thing to answer, no matter how old you are.”

The singer thinks the issue of terrorism hasn't "been reflected in pop culture at all," adding, "I think...we’re too busy trying to entertain people instead of going, ‘You know what, there’s something we need to talk about right now.’"

Mark tells Newsweek, "Musicians aren’t standing up enough. They did stand up together at the Ariana Grande concert…” to which Danny adds, "That’s the first show of support that musicians got behind. Where the hell is Bono? Where’s Jay-Z? Where’s Beyoncé?” 

“Nobody wants to chip in on a conversation about terrorism because they might be thought of next...This is before Ariana Grande put it under a magnifying glass," claims Danny. "You’d find it very hard to find artists to make a big stand if that hadn’t happened. It’s only when it’s on your doorstep.”

That's not to say that Freedom Child is all about current events.  There's at least one classic Script ballad on there -- "Arms Open" -- while the catchy single "Rain" is a club-ready breakup song.

Here are the Script's tour dates:

9/28 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
9/29 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
9/30 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/2 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre
10/3 -- Charlotte, N.C., The Fillmore
10/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
10/6 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
10/7 -- Champaign, IL, University of Illinois
10/8 -- Saint Paul, MN, The Myth
10/10 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
10/11 -- Salt Late City, UT, The Complex
10/13 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
10/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
10/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea Theatre

And here's the track listing for Freedom Child, according to Metro:

1. "No Man Is An Island"
2. "Rain"
3. "Arms Open"
4. "Rock The World"
5. "Mad Love"
6. "Deliverance"
7. "Divided States of America"
8. "Wonders"
9. "Love Not Lovers"
10. "Eden"
11. "Makeup"
12. "Written In The Scars"
13. "Awakening"
14. "Freedom Child"

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Friday
Jul212017

Seether's Rise Above Fest will pay tribute to Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell

Credit: Marina ChavezIn the wake of Chester Bennington's death Thursday, Seether's Rise Above Fest, which frontman Shaun Morgan founded to raise awareness of and funds for suicide prevention, will pay tribute to the Linkin Park frontman, as well as the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

Bennington's death Thursday is being investigated as a suicide.  Cornell's death in May was ruled as such.

"Losing another great rock voice to suicide yesterday is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking," says Morgan in a statement. "It's exactly why we are doing what we set out to do this weekend -- to build awareness for this mental disease."

"I started this festival as a tribute to anyone who has lost someone," he continues. "If this festival does something to help one person reconsider the tragic choice of suicide, then it will be the greatest success of my career. We will honor the memories of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell and dedicate this weekend to them."

At Cornell's funeral in May, Bennington sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." He died on what would've been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

The Rise Above Fest will be held July 22-23 in Bangor, Maine, and will feature performances from Korn, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Skillet, HELLYEAH, and Pop Evil, among others.

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Friday
Jul212017

New Nine Inch Nails EP, "Add Violence," out digitally now 

The Null CorporationThere's new Nine Inch Nails music in the world. The latest release from Trent Reznor and company, the five-track EP Add Violence, is available now on digital outlets. It'll arrive on CD in September.

Add Violence features the single "Less Than," and closes with a nearly 12-minute song called "The Background World." It's the follow-up to the 2016 EP Not the Actual Events.  A third, related EP is forthcoming.

Nine Inch Nails will headline this weekend's FYF Fest in Los Angeles. They'll also be playing this year's Panorama, Riot Fest and Aftershock festivals.

Here's the Add Violence track list:

"Less Than"
"The Lovers"
"This Isn't the Place"
"Not Anymore"
"The Background World"

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Friday
Jul212017

Foo Fighters "Run" to top of "Billboard" Mainstream Rock Song chart

Roswell Records/RCA RecordsFoo Fighters are back on top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart for the seventh time in their career. The band's new single, "Run," has reached the number-one spot on the tally, dethroning Stone Sour's "Song #3."

The Foos previously reached number one on Mainstream Rock Songs with "Congregation," "Something from Nothing," "Walk," "Rope," "The Pretender," and "Best of You."

"Run" is the lead single from the upcoming Foo Fighters album Concrete and Gold, which will be released September 15.

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Friday
Jul212017

Bubble blows up: Rihanna invades your multiplex today in 'Valerian'

Daniel Smith/STX EntertainmentRihanna Navy, get hyped: your girl is landing at your local multiplex this weekend.

The singer stars in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a sci-fi epic from director Luc [Luke] Besson, based on a popular comic book series.  Rihanna plays Bubble, a shape-shifting alien.  She says when Besson described the part to her, she was hooked.

"Sci-fi movies are always really fun and this one has such a modern twist," Rihanna says. "There’s a lot of reality in this world that’s not real, and that’s why I think I was [attracted] to it."

Rihanna also liked working with Besson, the director of The Fifth Element, The Professional and Lucy, because she says he gave her a lot of help on set.

"He is very patient when it comes to working and directing me because I’m very new to the movie world and he’s very considerate of that," she explains.  "He knows exactly how to get what he wants out of you and that’s what a director is."

As for Bubble, when we first meet her, she's being forced to perform for patrons in a space cabaret called Glam Club.

"She’s in this place and she has to perform and the thing that makes her feel free is her performing, her being an artist, her becoming whatever and making people happy in that way," says Rihanna of Bubble. "She’s an entertainer...She’s very sensitive about her art, as all artists are."

Rihanna's previous films include 2012's ill-received Battleship, and the animated movie Home, in which she voiced the main character.  She also had cameos in Annie and This Is the End.

 

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Friday
Jul212017

Drake kicks off Houston Appreciation Week

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCDrake is showing his love for H-Town with the launch of his Houston Appreciation Week, Thursday night in Texas.

The first event was a charity barbecue, and Drizzy also kicked off the Manchester Derby soccer event at NRG Stadium with Houston Texas football star J.J. Watt. Drake posted an Instagram photo of himself bringing out the game ball, with the caption, “Was eating turkey leg an hour before this in the 3rd Ward. Life is surreal.”

The H.A.W. events continue tonight with a black-tie party hosted by Lil Wayne, followed by the OVO pool party Saturday, and the grand finale celebration Sunday night hosted by Drake.

The “Passionfruit” rapper from Toronto created Houston Appreciation Week in 2014 to pay tribute to the city he calls his second hometown. Drake remembers a May 2009 concert in Houston as one of early shows that catapulted his career.

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Friday
Jul212017

Ex-Foreigner members Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood reunite with band at New York show

Karsten Staiger/MeinFotolandWhen Foreigner announced plans for their 40th anniversary tour, the band promised some of its original members would be making guest appearances at select shows during the trek. The veteran rockers made good on that promise Thursday night in Wantagh, New York, when founding Foreigner singer Lou Gramm, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and keyboardist Al Greenwood joined the group's current lineup for a three-song performance at Jones Beach Theater.

This marked the first time since 1980 that Gramm, McDonald and Greenwood performed together with Foreigner. The mini-set featured "Long, Long Way from Home," "I Want to Know What Love Is," and "Hot Blooded." You can watch a video of the first two songs on the group's official Facebook page. For "I Want to Know What Love Is," Foreigner's chart-topping 1984 ballad, Gramm and current frontman Kelly Hansen shared vocal duties.

While introducing his old band mates, founding Foreigner guitarist/songwriter Mick Jones referred to Gramm as "my dear friend, always will be, lifelong."

After the show, Jones released a statement saying, "It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories. All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects."

Mick added a comment apparently directed toward the powers-that-be at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: "A performance by the entire original band for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th Anniversary celebrations."

More surprise appearances by ex-Foreigner members are planned at other stops during the band's 40th anniversary tour. The trek also features Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. Visit ForeignerOnline.com to check out the group's full itinerary.

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Friday
Jul212017

Stone Temple Pilots remember Chester Bennington as a "beacon of light and hope"

Suzi Pratt/Getty ImagesIn addition to his work with Linkin Park, Chester Bennington also briefly fronted Stone Temple Pilots. On their website, STP has posted a tribute in remembrance of Bennington, who died Thursday.

"It is a sad day today to know that so many of us will no longer share in your laughter, friendship and love," the band writes. "You showed us time and time again what it is to be an incredible human being. A beacon of light and hope is what you will always be to us. We love you Chester. We will miss you."

Bennington joined STP in 2013 after the band parted ways with original frontman Scott Weiland. Due to legal reasons, the band was initially billed as Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington. In November 2015, Bennington left STP to focus more on Linkin Park. A month later, Weiland died.

Bennington died Thursday at age 41. His death is being investigated as a suicide.

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Friday
Jul212017

Shania Twain's "Poor Me" single released; why she decided to go it alone to craft the songs for "NOW"

Giampaolo SguraJust as she teased on social media Thursday, Shania Twain released a new track from her NOW album on Friday.

“Poor Me” is one of twelve tracks on the standard version of the record. It’s also on the 16-track deluxe version, which the country-pop superstar wrote entirely by herself.

“I’m a songwriter first,” Shania says. “That absolutely drives everything. It was a big step toward independence. I pushed myself, knowing it was going to scare me and knowing that I, alone, was responsible for however it turned out.”

“I love collaborating,” she explains, “but I didn’t want any emotional, psychological, or musical influence. The minute you invite somebody into that space, you’re influenced. And then it wouldn’t be me. It wouldn’t be pure. This may be the purest work I ever do.”

“Poor Me” is available to stream or download now, ahead of the September 29 release of NOW. You can also check out the lyric video for the song on YouTube.

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Friday
Jul212017

Korn, Stone Sour, Disturbed's David Draiman offer tributes to Chester Bennington

ABC/Randy HolmesAs the music world continues react to the death of Chester Bennington Thursday, tributes to the late Linkin Park frontman continued to pour in overnight, including from Korn, Stone Sour, and Disturbed's David Draiman.

Korn and Stone Sour, who are currently on tour together, each dedicated songs to Bennington during their show in Mansfield, Massachusetts Thursday night. Korn performed their song "4 U" in Bennington's honor, while a clearly emotional Corey Taylor introduced Stone Sour's "Through Glass" as one of Chester's "favorite songs" of theirs.

Meanwhile, Draiman shared a long tribute, listing a number of memories he shared with Bennington, including when he first met him, when they played Ozzfest together, and when Disturbed, Linkin Park and Papa Roach shared a chartered flight together. 

Draiman also shared that Bennington reached out to congratulate him on Disturbed's Grammy-nominated performance of "The Sound of Silence." In turn, Draiman congratulated Bennington on Linkin Park's more pop-oriented new album, One More Light, which was released in May.

"I remember talking to him just recently, right after the new record came out, and I told him that I hoped he didn't mind me saying how proud of him I was," Draiman writes. "That it took great courage to break new ground stylistically for the band, and that [the single 'Heavy'] was a HUGE HOOK, and to pay no mind to the idiots out there who didn't get it."

"I remember Chester Bennington," Draiman concludes. "I cherished and admired him...I will never forget him."

Bennington died Thursday at age 41. His death is being investigated as a suicide.

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Friday
Jul212017

Bon "Appetite"! Guns N' Roses' classic debut album, "Appetite for Destruction," turns 30 today

Geffen RecordsGuns N' Roses debut album, Appetite for Destruction, was released 30 years ago today. The record, which featured three hit singles -- "Welcome to the Jungle," "Paradise City" and the chart-topping "Sweet Child o' Mine" -- has sold more than 18 million copies in the U.S., making it the best-selling debut album of all time.

Though it was released on July 21, 1987,  Appetite for Destruction didn't reach the top of the Billboard album chart until August 6, 1988. It spent four nonconsecutive weeks at #1, establishing GN'R as one of the world's most popular hard-rock bands.

The album was the only full-length Guns N' Roses release featuring the band's classic lineup of Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler. By 1997, drugs and internal conflicts had led to the exits of Adler, Stradlin, Slash and McKagan.

A few years back, McKagan chatted with ABC Radio about his band's Appetite for Destruction heyday, noting, "The chemistry was ridiculous. And, we had the best everybody in our band. The best singer. Izzy, the best rhythm guitar player/singer guy, songwriter guy. Slash -- I mean, c'mon. At 19, he played like an old blues guy, but ferocious. And Steven, with that groove he created."

Regarding Appetite, Slash told ABC Radio a few years ago, "I'm really, really proud of what that group of people accomplished…It's become a very iconic album."

Appetite for Destruction's enduring appeal is reflected by the popularity of Guns N' Roses' Not in This Lifetime tour, the band's first trek to feature Slash and McKagan since the 1990s. According to Pollstar, it was the highest-grossing outing for the first half of 2017. The band will kick off a new North American leg of the trek on Thursday, July 27 in St. Louis.

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Friday
Jul212017

Don Henley's 70th birthday concert this Saturday reportedly will feature Eagles members, Stevie Nicks

Credit: Danny ClinchDon Henley turns 70 on Saturday, and the Eagles co-founder will celebrate his milestone birthday in a big way…with a star-studded concert at American Airlines Center in Dallas. While no official lineup announcement has been made, D magazine reports that among the well-known musicians who will join Henley at the show are his longtime Eagles band mates Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit his "Leather and Lace" duet partner and ex-girlfriend Stevie Nicks, and Scandal frontwoman Patty Smyth.

The event will feature performances of songs from throughout Don's long music career, including many of his classic Eagles songs and solo hits. The concert is part of a three-day birthday celebration for Henley that also will include a storytelling event and a Q&A session scheduled for Sunday, July 23. Proceeds raised by the various events will benefit the Caddo Lake Institute, a nonprofit organization Henley founded in 1993 to help preserve the wetlands area near his hometown of Linden, Texas.

Henley and his late band mate Glenn Frey, of course, were the main songwriters and co-lead singers of the Eagles, one of the most successful rock bands of all time. After the group broke up in 1980, Don enjoyed continued multi-platinum success as a solo artist. The Eagles reunited in 1994 and have remained a popular touring act ever since. Henley was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 1998.

Following his birthday celebration, Henley will play The Classic East festival with a re-formed Eagles lineup on July 29 in New York City. The show, a companion event to The Classic West concert that was held July 15 in Los Angles, also will feature Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers.

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Friday
Jul212017

Musicians' significant others get ready to share 'The Platinum Life' on new series

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicE! is gearing up for the fall premiere of a brand new series featuring "music's most savvy women" on a show called The Platinum Life.  

What makes the show even more intriguing is that each woman is married to or in a relationship with some of music's most successful men, such as Ne-Yo, Nelly and Miguel.   

Viewers can expect to see lavish lifestyles, behind-the-scenes business deals and red carpet glamour courtesy of cast members Shantel Jackson, who's linked to Nelly; Ne-Yo's wife Crystal Smith; Kid Ink's wife Asiah Azante; Miguel's fiancee Nazanin Mandi and more.

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Friday
Jul212017

Dan Auerbach releases new song "Bang Bang" for "Murder Ballads" graphic novel

Easy Eye SoundDan Auerbach has recorded a new track called "Bang Bang," which he wrote for the soundtrack of Murder Ballads, an upcoming graphic novel. You can check out "Bang Bang" now on YouTube.

"Bang Bang" features The Black Keys frontman on guitar, while soul singer Robert Finley handles the vocals. The pair recorded three more original songs for the project, plus a cover of the Lead Belly blues classic, "In the Pines."  You may know it better under another name, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," which is what it was called when Nirvana sang it on MTV Unplugged.

Murder Ballads will be released with its accompanying soundtrack on August 8. Auerbach released a new solo album, Waiting on a Song, in June.

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Friday
Jul212017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock This two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year scored her first #1 with 1987's "Goin' Gone." Can you name the West Virginia native? ANSWER:  Kathy Mattea.

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Friday
Jul212017

Why Parmalee dropped by the post office for tattoos... and an album title 

BBR Music Group The town of Parmale, North Carolina -- population 278 -- may soon have one of the most famous zip codes in the entire country, thanks to four of its favorite sons.

Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox, and lifelong friend Josh McSwain named their band after their hometown, adding an “e” to make Parmalee easier to pronounce. Now the foursome is borrowing the town's zip code, 27861, for the title of their sophomore album.

“We've been wanting to use this for years,” Josh tells ABC Radio. “Ever since we named the band Parmelee, we just always thought it'd be cool to use the zip code.”

“We got it tattooed on us back in the day,” Matt reveals, “kind of as a commitment to each other to say, 'We in this for real. Let's do it!'…but it was always, like, our stamp, I guess, if you would.”

“Until now, though, it was always like a code,” Josh interjects. “Like, we knew what 27861 was, but unless somebody asked, they wouldn't know. But now, it's gonna be out there!”  

27861, which features the single “Sunday Morning,” is new in stores and online today.

It’s been close to four years since the band’s debut, Feels Like Carolina, came out, featuring the #1 hit “Carolina,” and the top-ten hits “Close Your Eyes” and “Already Callin’ You Mine.”

Watch for Parmalee next Friday, as they play the All-American Summer Concert Series on Fox & Friends.  

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