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Thursday
Sep292016

Alessia Cara Says Know-It-All Part II Tour Will Be "All Around Awesome" 

ABC/Fred LeeA year after she first broke through with "Here," Alessia Cara's still a know-it-all.  The Canadian singer kicks off the second installment of her Know-It-All Tour tonight in Silver Spring, Maryland, and she's thrilled about the artists who are joining her on the bill: Nathan Sykes and Ruth B.

"I'm so excited for that," she tells ABC Radio. "...I'm so excited to see them play, they're just like great musicians and great people too, which is all around awesome!"

Nathan, meanwhile, can't say enough nice things about Alessia.

"I just think she's an incredible artist. She's so talented," the former The Wanted singer tells ABC Radio. "And what I love about Alessia is that every time someone mentions [her], they always follow up with, 'And she's the nicest person you'll ever meet,' as well, which is completely true." 

"She's just the nicest human," he gushes. "She's got a really big heart. And it's going to be such a lovely tour, 'cause Ruth B is on the tour as well. So, I'm looking forward to it. It's like a 'muso' tour, between the three of us."  FYI, "muso" is British slang for pop stars who consider themselves to be serious musicians.  

As for Ruth B, like Alessia, she's a Canadian singer/songwriter who was discovered online.  While Alessia was discovered on YouTube, Ruth got her big break after posting her song "Lost Boy" on Vine.

The Know-It-All tour will wrap up November 2 in Toronto.

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Thursday
Sep292016

3 Doors Down to Help Celebrate Charlie Daniels' 80th Birthday at Nashville

ABC/Fred Lee3 Doors Down will help honor a country legend when they perform at Charlie Daniels' 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam, held November 30 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Also performing at the event will be Kid Rock, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and country musicians Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan and Travis Tritt. The concert will raise money for Daniels' Journey Home Project, which helps veterans transition back into civilian life.

Tickets to the Vounteer Jam are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Bridgestone box office.

Meanwhile, 3 Doors Down is currently on tour in support of their latest album, Us and the Night.

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Thursday
Sep292016

Hear the "Magical Lullaby" Kelly Clarkson Wrote for Her First Children's Book

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books/Jacket art © 2016 by River Rose LLCNext week, Kelly Clarkson will be able to add "children's book author" to her resume.  Her first book, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, arrives in stores Tuesday.

The book was inspired by stories Kelly would make up while on tour with her daughter River Rose.  In the book, River is going to the zoo, but she's so excited that she can't fall asleep the night before the trip.  After mom -- that'd be Kelly -- sings her a magical lullaby, River has a dream that features her playing with hippos, penguins and bears, oh my!

Kelly has written and recorded an actual lullaby to go with the book, which you can hear now at RiverRose.com.

"Every night you lie with me/when I wake you're still here/I don't know if I ever could find/someone as kind and dear," sings Kelly. "No one gets me like you do/You can tell by my smile/I'm gonna miss you so much while I sleep/but know that I'm by your side."

You can check out the book -- featuring illustrations by Laura Hughes -- at RiverRose.com and pre-order it from there as well.

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Thursday
Sep292016

Imagine Dragons Are Back in the Studio

ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons have shared an encouraging, if cryptic, update on potential new music. While they aren't saying much, the band has revealed that they are back in the studio, tweeting simply "studio."

As for why Dan Reynolds and company are back in the studio, that's still a mystery. Perhaps they've started recording their third album, which guitarist Wayne Sermon told ABC Radio last year might arrive "the beginning of 2017."

Recently, though, Imagine Dragons have been releasing one-off, non-album singles, such as "Roots" and "I Was Me." They also recorded the new song "Not Today" for the film Me Before You, and they guested on the Suicide Squad track "Sucker for Pain."

Imagine Dragons' last album was their 2015 sophomore effort, Smoke + Mirrors.

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Thursday
Sep292016

Why Lukas Graham Will Be Under 30 Forever

Getty Images via ABCIn Lukas Graham's hit "7 Years," frontman Lukas Graham Forchhammer sings "Soon we'll be 30 years old." But when he turns 30 -- which he will in three years -- won't he feel funny singing that line?  Not at all, says the Danish star.

"No," Lukas tells ABC Radio when asked if he plans on changing the lyrics to his worldwide smash. "Y'know, the song was written from a point in life and that point in life will never change, just because the 'now' changes. And I think the lyrics are just gonna stay the same."

Referencing another line in the song, Lukas notes, "I'll probably be singing the song when I'm 70, and I'll still be singing 'Soon I'll be 60 years old.'"

Lukas and the band took some time off for the birth of Lukas' first baby, who is due at any moment, but come November, they'll be back on the road, doing yet another U.S. tour.  In December, the group is hotly tipped to grab a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

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Thursday
Sep292016

Train Drops the Needle on New Single "Play that Song" 

Columbia RecordsTrain fans everywhere can now play that song.  Which song?  The band's brand-new single, "Play that Song."  It was performed live this past summer, but now the studio version has just been released.

"Play that Song" incorporates the melody of the standard "Heart and Soul," which is probably best known as the song that Robert Loggia and Tom Hanks danced to on that giant FAO Schwartz keyboard in the classic movie Big.  The lyrics concern a guy asking, at first a deejay and then a guitarist, to play his girl's favorite song. 

The lyrics go, "When you gonna play that song?/When you gonna earn that pay?/When you gonna play that song and make my day?/She says/Play that song/the one that makes me go all night long/the one that makes me think of you/that's all you gotta do."

"Play that Song" is the first track to be released from Train's upcoming album, due out in January.  That new album will be the band's first collection of all-original material since 2014's Bulletproof Picasso.  Since then, they've released the 2015 holiday album Christmas in Tahoe, and, this past June, Train Does Led Zeppelin II, a charity release that featured the band covering that legendary Zep album in its entirety.

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Vince Gill, Chris Stapleton & Kacey Musgraves Play Side-by-Side with James Taylor and the Eagles' Joe Walsh at All for the Hall L.A.

Photo by Mike Windle, Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Vince Gill hosted his ninth on-the-road version of All for the Hall, a concept he pioneered to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  

“These shows are a gift to me because I get to invite artists I’m crazy about to come and play and sing music,” Vince confessed. “This night is one of the best we’ve been able to accomplish, because every one of these artists has had a huge impact on my life. It’s not just people who have come before you who have an impact on you,” he said, referring to icon James Taylor and the Eagles’ Joe Walsh, who both joined him for the L.A. guitar pull. “It’s also people who come after you and impact your life, too,” he offered, tipping his hat to Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, who were also on the bill.

The money raised from the two-hour show at The Novo will go to Hall’s music education programs.

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Janet Jackson Steps Out with Her Baby Bump

ABC/STEVE FENNJanet Jackson was spotted in London on Tuesday looking healthy and happy in pictures captured by Entertainment Tonight. 

This was the first appearance from the celebrated artist since her pregnancy announcement this May.

Jackson was seen arriving at a baby furniture store called Back in Action with her bodyguard, assistant and two other individuals, an eyewitness told ET.  

The artist emerged after 45 minutes with a bag of goodies, said the source, and smiled on her way to her chauffeured black Mercedes. 

Janet is expecting her first child with husband and business magnate Wissam Al Mana.  

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Don Henley Takes Part in Opening of New Walden Pond Visitor Center

Courtesy of Walden Woods ProjectThe Eagles' Don Henley was in Concord, Massachusetts, on Tuesday to participate in the opening ceremony for a new Visitor Center at Walden Pond, the historic nature sanctuary immortalized by 19th century writer/philosopher Henry David Thoreau.

The center is an environmentally sustainable facility that will host informative exhibits for the half-million people who visit Walden Pond annually.

Henley is the founder of the Walden Woods Project, a conservation group that helps protect and preserve the land surrounding Walden Pond. At the ceremony, a new partnership between the project and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation was announced that will support the stewardship of Walden Pond.

Henley said in a statement that the collaboration also will "keep Thoreau's legacy alive for future generations." He explained that visitors to the new center will get to interact with interpretive exhibits; will be introduced to Thoreau's philosophy, which invites people "to consider what constitutes good citizenship and leading a purposeful life"; and will be offered "avenues to reflect on some of the most compelling issues of our time."

Joining Henley at the ceremony were a number of Massachusetts officials, including State Senator Michael Barrett, State Representative Cory Atkins, and Leo P. Roy, commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

In other news, Henley recently commented in an interview with the Montreal Gazette that he might one day consider an Eagles reunion if Glenn Frey's son, Deacon, would be agreeable to filling in for his late dad.

"Glenn has a son who can sing and play quite well. And one of the only things that would make sense to me is if it were his son," Henley told the newspaper. "But there have been no discussions along those lines, and we're still going through the healing process."

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Fifth Harmony: "That's My (Super Hero) Girl" 

Sasha SamsonovaFifth Harmony know a thing or two about girl power, so it's no surprise that one of their songs is being used to soundtrack a new video featuring DC Super Hero Girls, a line of dolls, games and videos that imagine the female stars of the DC comics universe as teenagers in high school.

The video features young Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Katana, backed by Fifth Harmony's empowering track "That's My Girl."  Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui tells Entertainment Tonight that the video is "about girl power and that’s exactly what the song is about: being there for your girl and helping her through the hard times and the things that we have to go through in life.”

She explains, "We’ve all been in that stage where we all need each other -- to be bigger, to be better and to work together. That girl power is so special to be teaching young girls, and we’re honored to be a part of [it] because it’s something that I feel like [is] lacking [right now].”

Fifth Harmony will wrap up their 7/27 world tour in November in Germany.

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Snoop Dogg to Headline Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity Variety Show

ABC/Randy HolmesSnoop Dogg is bringing some of his gangsta luv to actor Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity variety show this year.  

The rapper is set to perform at the annual event hosted by Rogen and his wife, actress Lauren Miller Rogen, reports Entertainment Tonight, to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease among the Millennial generation.  

Miley Cyrus also will perform as a headlining act during the Halloween-themed event.

"Each year, we set out to plan a show that will entertain and make people laugh. With Snoop as our headliner, I think we can guarantee our audience a pretty incredible evening! We can't wait to see what he has cooked up," said Rogen to Entertainment Tonight. 

Seth and Lauren Rogen founded Hilarity for Charity as part of the Alzheimer's Association in 2012.  

Since then, the organization's fund has helped raise more than $5 million towards Alzheimer's research, supporting groups and families affected by the disease.  

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Fetty Wap Being Sued for Allegedly Stealing "Trap Queen" Beat 

ABC/Randy HolmesFetty Wap and his "Trap Queen" producer, Tony Fadd, are being sued for allegedly stealing the beat to the single without permission, reports TMZ

Danish songwriter Lazar Lakic claims that he bought the rights to a beat then called "Hello" from Fadd in 2014.  In his lawsuit, Lakic alleges that he was "shocked" to hear the "Hello" beat sampled in "Trap Queen."

Lakic also claims that Fadd wanted to buy back the rights to "Hello" in 2015, but was denied. "Trap Queen" went on to become one of Fetty Wap's best singles, climbing to number two  on Billboard's Hot 100 and going four-times platinum.  

Lakic claims that he has not received any credit or money from "Trap Queen" record sales and is "suing for profits." He also is requesting that all copies of "Trap Queen" to be destroyed and that there be no further sales of the track.

Fetty's attorney, Navarro Gray, told TMZ that the rapper bought the beat for "Trap Queen" from Fadd, and so, if Lakic prevails in showing that Fadd did not have the right to sell the beat, he will go after Fadd to recover damages. 

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Radiohead Shares Bizarre Unboxing Video for "A Moon Shaped Pool" Special Edition

XL RecordingsThe unboxing video is a pretty simple concept -- someone opens up a multi-part package, such as an album box set, to show off all of its individual contents. Ever the innovators, Radiohead decided to add a little bit of their signature existential dread to their own unboxing video for the A Moon Shaped Pool special edition.

The strange video, which is soundtracked by Radiohead's song "Full Stop," features grainy footage of the A Moon Shaped Pool box set coupled with cryptic, deep-voiced narration. You can watch the clip now via the band's Twitter.

The uniqueness of the A Moon Shaped Pool unboxing video is matched by that of the actual box set -- each copy includes a piece of the half-inch master tape from the album's recording sessions. As Radiohead explains, the tape will eventually fade over time until it's completely unplayable.

A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead's ninth studio album, was originally released earlier this year. You can order the special edition of the album now via Radiohead's website.

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Metallica's "Hardwired" Tops "Billboard" Mainstream Rock Songs Chart 

Blackened RecordingsMetallica's new track, "Hardwired," has ascended to the top of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, giving the band eight number-one singles on the tally.

Prior to "Hardwired," Metallica topped Mainstream Rock Songs with "Until It Sleeps" and "Hero of the Day" in 1996, "Turn the Page" in 1998, "No Leaf Clover" and "I Disappear" in 2000, "The Day That Never Comes" in 2008, and "Cyanide" in 2009.

"Hardwired" is the lead single from Metallica's forthcoming album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, which will be released November 18.

In other charting news, Ghost has earned their first number-one album on Billboard's Top Rock Albums tally with their new EP, Popestar. The five-song collection, which features four covers and one new original called "Square Hammer," is the first EP to conquer Top Rock Albums since the chart launched in 2006.

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Wednesday
Sep282016

2 Chainz Drinks $600 Worth of Coffee...Processed Through Cat Poop

Dorothy Hong / Team Epiphany2 Chainz recently got a mouthful of some of the most expensive coffee in the world...made from a very unlikely source.

The rapper's latest episode in his GQ video series titled Most Expensivest S*** took him to meet the founder of Blossom Coffee, Jeremy Kuempel, to taste Kopi Luwak, a $600 per pound coffee made from coffee beans collected from the feces of Indonesian forest animals called civets, also called "toddycats" in English, who have eaten the coffee berries.

The Blossom brewing machine that prepares Kopi Luwak starts at a retail price of $6,000. Chainz also was surprised to find out that one cup of Kopi Luwak sold in a café costs between $20 to $50. 

A long way from sipping Hpnotiq, surely, but 2 Chainz bravely sipped a cup of the most expensivest coffee made from cat poop -- and lived to tell the tale.   

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Eminem, Diplo, Mac Miller & More Designing NFL T-Shirts

G L Askew IIJust in time for the current football season, the NFL is teaming up with a slew of music artists who will design a new line of T-shirts. 

Eminem, DiploMac MillerBone Thugs-N-HarmonyLecrae, Wale and YG are among the artists who have created shirts for their hometown or favorite football teams, in the collaboration called #MyTeamMyCity.  

Goo Goo DollsLinkin ParkFall Out Boy and Fergie, among many others, also participated in the collaboration.  

Diplo's tee for the Philadelphia Eagles features the famous eagle head mascot for the team on the front, while Wale's Washington Redskins white T-shirt shows the simple insignia of a gold circle with Wale's name written inside in burgundy. 

You can purchase one, some, or all of the new T-shirts on Teespring.com, which are on sale now for $25 each. Billboard reports artists will receive a cut of each sale, with some choosing to donate the profits to charitable causes. 

Here's a list of some of the artists and their teams:  

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony -- Cleveland Browns 
Diplo -- Philadelphia Eagles 
Eminem -- Detroit Lions 
Lecrae -- Atlanta Falcons 
Mac Miller -- Pittsburgh Steelers 
Wale -- Washington Redskins 
YG -- Los Angeles Rams 

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Oinking Out Loud: Ed Sheeran Revealed as Buyer of Ed Sheeran Pig Statue

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran definitely has a sense of humor about himself.  The singer's been revealed as the mystery purchaser of a statue of a pig designed to look like him, complete with red hair, plaid shirt and arm tattoos.

As the BBC reports, the statue, dubbed "Ed Sheer-ham," brought just over eight thousand bucks at a charity auction last week.  St. Elizabeth Hospice, Ed's favorite charity in his hometown of Ipswich, England, confirmed Ed was the porker's purchaser. 

"He was very good at keeping everyone guessing," said a spokesperson from the hospice. "Ed has said that he is really excited about winning the pig and helping the hospice and that it will have pride of place."

The statue was created as part of a series of 39 pigs, all modeled after celebrities including David Bowie and Elvis Presley, which were auctioned off for the hospice.  Overall, the auction raised just under $200,000 for the cause.

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Jennifer Lopez Will Be a Judge on New Competition Series, "World of Dance"

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCNot only is Jennifer Lopez producing World of Dance for NBC, she’ll also be a judge on the dance competition program.

The 10-episode series will bring together dancers of all ages from all over the world to compete in a range of different dance styles. The winner will received a $1 million prize and the title “Best in the World.”

"I identify with the struggles, passion, discipline, competition and exhilaration of dance," J-Lo says in a statement. "I am excited that with this show we can skyrocket a dancer's career and help guide them to success."

Jennifer previously served as a judge on the last five seasons of American Idol.

World of Dance does not yet have a premiere date.

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Wednesday
Sep282016

The Band's "Last Waltz" Concert to Be Celebrated with 40th Anniversary Audio and Video Releases

RhinoThis November marks the 40th anniversary of The Band's star-studded farewell concert, The Last Waltz, and to commemorate the milestone, four special releases featuring audio and video footage from the show will hit stores soon.

A four-CD/Blu-ray Deluxe Edition package, a six-LP Deluxe Edition Vinyl collection and a two-CD set will be released on November 11, while a four-CD/two-Blu-ray Collector's Edition will arrive on December 9.

The Last Waltz concert took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The show marked the final live performance of The Band's original lineup -- Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson -- and featured an astounding lineup of guest musicians, including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Ronnie Wood and Ringo Starr. The event was filmed for a famous 1978 concert film and documentary that was directed by Martin Scorsese.

The Last Waltz's Deluxe Edition will feature a remastered version of the original two-disc soundtrack, bonus audio outtakes and rehearsal performances and a Blu-ray containing the film. The deluxe vinyl package will include six 180-gram LPs featuring the remastered soundtrack and the bonus audio content. The two-CD collection simply will feature the remastered soundtrack.

The Collector's Edition contains the same CDs and Blu-ray disc featured in the Deluxe Edition, plus an extra Blu-ray that includes a rare 1990s interview with Scorsese and Robertson, a photo gallery and 5.1 audio mix of the Last Waltz soundtrack. It also boasts a 300-page book featuring a  a replica of the director's Last Waltz shooting script, previously unseen photos, set sketches and a Scorsese-penned foreword and more.

Check out the track list of The Last Waltz's 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition at Rhino.com.

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Wednesday
Sep282016

Metallica to Headline Lollapalooza South America Festivals

Credit: Ross HalfinMetallica will headline the next year's trio of South American Lollapaloozas, held in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Other artists playing Lollapalooza South America include Duran Duran, Rancid, The Strokes and Cage the Elephant, among many others.

Lollapalooza Brazil, Argentina and Chile will be held March 25-26, March 31-April 1 and April 1-2, respectively.

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