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Wednesday
Jul012015

Adele Dines with the Beckhams in London

Cliff Lipson/CBSAdele may be keeping a low profile these days, but she apparently has some very high-profile friends. The singer was spotted having dinner with soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, at the Beaumont Hotel in London Monday night, according to the U.K.’s The Mirror.

The group reportedly was also joined by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana.

It’s not known if the meet-up was for business or pleasure, but Adele and the Beckhams are technically neighbors. In 2013, Adele reportedly purchased an $8 million home near the Beckhams' $49 million estate. The trio also counts Elton John as a mutual friend.

We’re still patiently waiting for Adele’s new album, which, if reports are to be believed, is being readied for a September release date.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Zac Brown Band Explores EDM with Swedish Producer Avicii

Danny Clinch/Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLGWhat do Madonna and Zac Brown Band have in common? Both have recently collaborated with Swedish DJ and producer Avicii. Best known for his 2013 hit “Wake Me Up,” Avicii recently debuted  a new song on his podcast,  “Broken Arrows” featuring Zac Brown Band and calling Zac an “amazing singer” with “a really unique voice.” 

While this make be Zac Brown Band’s first foray into Electronic Dance Music, this isn’t the first time Aviici has called on a singer from the country side of the tracks for vocals. He teamed up with Dan Tyminski from Alison Krauss & Union Station for his 2013 hit “Hey Brother.” 

Zac Brown Band is currently climbing the charts with “Loving You Easy” from their latest ablum Jekyll + Hyde. Avicii’s sophomore album Stories is expected later this year.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Anthrax Unveils New Bourbon Brand, The Devil You Know

Credit: Matthew RodgersAnthrax is back in the bourbon business.  After releasing their first bourbon brand last year, called Indians, Anthrax has teamed up with Kentucky-based distillery Knob Creek to create a new brand, The Devil You Know.

"If we find something we really like and that we actually drink ourselves, we think maybe our fans might like it too, so we want to make it available for them," says Anthrax's Scott Ian in a statement.  "We really enjoyed Indians, the bourbon we produced last year, and obviously our fans did as well as it sold out really quickly."

Every bottle of The Devil You Know, which is priced at $59, includes a card autographed by the members of Anthrax.  You can buy a bottle now via the Atlantic City Bottle Company's website.

Anthrax is currently working on their next album, which is expected to be released in 2016.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Beyonce Celebrates Marriage Equality with Instagram Video

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Beyonce has a special message following last week's Supreme Court ruling declaring same-sex marriage constitutionally protected in all 50 states. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Beyonce celebrated the landmark decision in a creative video posted on Instagram. In the 15-second clip, Queen Bey shows her support and pays tribute to the LGBT community while decked out in rainbow-colored clothing. "Never Too Late #LoveWins," writes Bey in the accompanying caption.

As her "7/11" song plays in the background of the video, the singer dances around a room in a rainbow cape, rainbow fringe dress, rainbow bikini, and waves a rainbow flag while switching out of green and blue wigs and various sunglasses.

Beyonce also showed off her feminist side as she rocked a green jersey that says "Girl Power."

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Wednesday
Jul012015

The Family Stone Releases New Single, "Do Yo Dance"

Image Courtesy of Far Out ManagementThe Family Stone, the band consisting of three founding members of Sly and the Family Stone, has just released a new single titled "Do Yo Dance" that's available for purchase as a digital download via iTunes.  The song is the first new music to feature the Sly and the Family Stone band mates -- saxophonist Jerry Martini, trumpet player Cynthia Robinson and drummer Greg Errico -- in 45 years.

"Do Yo Dance" is a funky, celebratory tune driven by the Family Stone horn section and reminiscent some of the group's classic songs recorded with original frontman Sly Stone.  The Family Stone lineup includes new lead singer Phunne Stone, the daughter of Sly and Cynthia Robinson.  Check out a clip of "Do Yo Dance" in a new promo video posted on YouTube.

As previously reported, The Family Stone is one of the acts taking part in the Hippiefest 2015 tour, which gets under way on July 9 in Tucson, Arizona.  Other artists on the Hippiefest bills include Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Badfinger Featuring Joey Molland and Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera.  The Family Stone's schedule also includes a few headlining gigs.

Here is the band's current itinerary; all shows Hippiefest tour dates unless otherwise noted:

7/3 -- Coachella, CA, Live @ Spotlight 29*
7/4 -- Las Cruses, NM, Field of Dreams*
7/9 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
7/10 -- Ferndale, WA, Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa
7/11 -- Kansas City, MO, Crossroads KC at Grinders
7/12 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
7/18 -- Trumansburg, NY, Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival*
7/25 -- Akron, OH, Lock 3*
7/30 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC*
7/31 -- Hamden, CT, Hamden Art Series*
8/8 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
8/12 -- Detroit, MI, Chene Park*
8/13 -- Jacksonville, FL, The Florida Theatre
8/14 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/15 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/16 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live Theatre
8/20 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/21 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
8/22 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/23 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/2 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
10/3 -- Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre
10/4 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre

* = The Family Stone headlining show.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Major Rolling Stones Exhibition to Debut Next April in London

Image Courtesy of The Rolling StonesThe first-ever major exhibition focusing on The Rolling Stones will roll into London's renowned Saatchi Gallery in the spring of 2016.  The exhibit, dubbed "Exhibitionism," will offer an in-depth look at the band's history and will featured nine themed sections spread across two full floors of the gallery.

The exhibition, which is being put together with the band's full cooperation, will offer a vast array of Stones memorabilia, including more than 500 previously unseen artifacts.  The display will take fans on an interactive journey through the group's 50-plus-year career and will feature various instruments, unheard audio tracks and rare video clips, original posters and album art, personal diaries and correspondence, costumes, stage designs, film presentations and more.  The exhibit also will salute the band's collaborations with numerous respected artists and filmmakers, including Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Alexander McQueen, Tom Stoppard and Martin Scorsese.

"We've been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale," Mick Jagger says of the exhibition, which has been in the works for more than three years.  "The process has been like planning our touring concert productions and I think that right now it's an interesting time to do it."

Adds Keith Richards, "While this is about The Rolling Stones, it's not necessarily only just about the members of the band.  It's also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it's this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition really interesting."

"Exhibitionism" will open on April 5, 2016, and will run through September 4.  Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, July 10, at 9 a.m. British Standard Time/4 a.m. ET, and can be purchased online at StonesExhibitionism.com.

Several promotional videos have been created to promote the exhibit, which you can watch at the attraction's official site, as well as at The Rolling Stones' website and YouTube channel.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Breaking Benjamin Notches First Number-One Album on "Billboard" 200 with "Dark Before Dawn"

Image Courtesy of Hollywood RecordsAfter over five years in the dark, Breaking Benjamin has reached a new dawn. Dark Before Dawn, the band's first album since 2009, has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 141,000 equivalent album units sold in its first week, 135,000 of which were pure album sales.

Dark Before Dawn is Breaking Benjamin's first number-one album and gives the band their best week of record sales in their career.  Their previous chart high came courtesy of 2006's Phobia, which peaked at number two on the Billboad 200 with 125,000 albums sold. Breakin Benjamin's previous best sales week was achieved by 2009's Dear Agony, which sold 134,000 and bowed at number four.

Dark Before Dawn is also Breaking Benajmin's first album since frontman Benjamin Burnley reformed the band with four entirely new members after a five-year hiatus. Breaking Benjamin's absence has clearly made the heart grow fonder -- the album's lead single, "Failure," has led Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart for eight straight weeks.

Breaking Benjamin will be touring in support of Dark Before Dawn with a series of acoustic shows starting July 1, in Asheville, North Carolina. The band will then plug in for a proper electric tour beginning July 14 in Big Flats, New York.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Anthrax Unveils New Bourbon Brand, The Devil You Know 

Credit: Matthew RodgersAnthrax is back in the bourbon business.  After releasing their first bourbon brand last year, called Indians, Anthrax has teamed up with Kentucky-based distillery Knob Creek to create a new brand, The Devil You Know.

"If we find something we really like and that we actually drink ourselves, we think maybe our fans might like it too, so we want to make it available for them," says Anthrax's Scott Ian in a statement.  "We really enjoyed Indians, the bourbon we produced last year, and obviously our fans did as well as it sold out really quickly."

Every bottle of The Devil You Know, which is priced at $59, includes a card autographed by the members of Anthrax.  You can buy a bottle now via the Atlantic City Bottle Company's website.

Anthrax is currently working on their next album, which is expected to be released in 2016.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

A Thousand Horses Celebrates the Fourth with Food and Fireworks

Republic NashvilleWhen it comes to celebrating Independence Day, the guys in A Thousand Horses like to mark the occasion like most Americans -- with food and fireworks.

“I always loved 4th of July because I love goin’ to the lake and every summer my dad’s best friend would…cook a big pig and have like a big thing,” lead singer Michael Hobby recalls. “We’d always get to go to the lake and ride wave runners and go knee-boarding and stuff like that. So, July 4th is the lake.”

“I was more the fireworks pyro kid,” bass guitarist Graham Deloach confesses. “I’m from Savannah and fireworks are illegal in Georgia, but we’d just like go downtown, cross over the bridge [into South Carolina] and then there’s like a million fireworks stores right there, and I would just go like spend like all my parents' money,” he laughs.

This year, the band has plenty to celebrate, as their debut hit “Smoke” topped the singles chart and their CD Southernality debuted at number 3 on the country albums ranking. You can hear their second release, “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial,” on the radio now.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the band Alabama's last #1 hit on the Billboard Country Singles chart? Answer: "Reckless," in 1993.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Eddie Vedder to Perform at Benefit Concert in Chicago

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSPearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will perform at the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert next week in Chicago.  The annual event, now in its fourth year, celebrates "music, baseball and giving back."

"We are thrilled and honored Eddie Vedder has volunteered to play the show and help raise money for deserving nonprofits in Chicago," says Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein in a statement.  "Hot Stove Cool Music revolves around the power of music, baseball and community involvement.  There's no better person to represent that spirit than Eddie.  He's a rock legend, a tried-and-true Cubs fan and he has a tremendous heart.  It will be a memorable night for everyone."

Epstein also will be attending the event, as will Wilco bassist John Stirratt, Cheap Trick drummer Daxx Nielsen and Umphrey's McGee guitarist Brendan Bayliss.

Hot Stove Cool Music will be held July 9 at the Metro. Visit MetroChicago.com for ticket info.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Dolly Parton Adds Second Nashville Concert Date Due to Popular Demand

Webster PRDue to popular demand, Dolly Parton has added a second show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, on August 1.  Her first concert at the famous venue, on July 31, sold out very quickly after tickets went on sale earlier this month.

While proceeds from the original show are going to Nashville's W.O. Smith School of Music, Parton is donating funds from her August 1 performance to the Opry Trust Fund.  The country music legend has been a Grand Ole Opry member since 1969, and she wanted to give back to the institution that has means so much to her.

Dolly says, "It's important to me to be able to do a concert for the Opry Trust Fund as so many of my old Opry friends have benefited from it through the years.  The money raised will go to help fund the medical needs and hospitalization for those who are not able to afford it and need the help.  I am proud to be of help in any way."

Tickets for Parton's August 1 concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium go on sale Thursday, July 2, at Ticketmaster.com and Ryman.com.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Jennifer Hudson Teases Song from Upcoming Broadway Show, "The Color Purple"

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Earlier this year, Jennifer Hudson announced that she's making her stage debut in a new Broadway production of The Color Purple. Now, fans are getting an advance listen to one of the show's songs performed by the powerhouse vocalist.

To celebrate the tickets that are now on sale, you now have access a free download of Jennifer performing "Too Beautiful for Words," one of the songs from the musical’s Tony-nominated score. The song, which is produced by six-time Grammy Award-winner Harvey Mason, Jr., is available at ColorPurple.com.

Hudson will portray the adulterous blues singer Shug Avery in the upcoming production, which will mark her Broadway debut and her first role in a theatrical musical since her Oscar-winning performance in the film adaptation of the Broadway show Dreamgirls. She will be joined by Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks.

The Color Purple will begin previews on Tuesday, November 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City and then officially open on Thursday, December 10.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Here's How to Enter Kelly Clarkson's "Open Mic Night" Contest

RCA RecordsIf you want to perform on stage with Kelly Clarkson during her upcoming Piece by Piece tour, now’s your chance. As Kelly first announced last month, she’s giving a select number of lucky fans the opportunity to sing a song with her at one of her concert dates starting next month.

To enter the "Open Mic Night" contest, you must submit a video of yourself singing your favorite cover song, and it doesn’t have to be a Kelly song. Post the video to one of your social media channels and use the hashtag #KCOpenMic.

Kelly will review the submissions and then select one winner per concert date based on originality, vocal ability, interpretation of the song and creativity. If chosen, the winner will get to perform a cover song with Kelly, accompanied by her backing band.  

The Piece by Piece North American tour starts July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Katy Perry's Songwriting Partner, Bonnie McKee, Releases New EP

Bonnie McKee MusicBonnie McKee has been Katy Perry’s songwriting partner on hits including “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream” and “Roar.” Now, she’s released an EP of her own material.

Bombastic has four songs: the title track, “I Want It All,” “Wasted Youth” and “Easy.” It's her first collection of solo music since her 2004 album, Trouble.

“This is what my art looks like when you remove the filter of a corporate overlord record label,” Bonnie says in a statement. “It's about freedom to be yourself without caring what other people think, it's about the thrill of the fight, being fearless and empowered, and not apologizing for it!”

She says she wrote the song “Bombastic” when she was feeling down, to remind herself that she’s powerful.

In addition to her Grammy-nominated work with Katy, Bonnie has penned tunes for Britney Spears, Kesha, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Carly Rae Jepsen and Adam Lambert.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Switchfoot's "Oh! Gravity." to Be Released on Vinyl

SRCVinylSwitchfoot is reissuing their 2006 album Oh! Gravity. on vinyl. The album will be released on clear and red transparent vinyl on August 4.

"We weren't trying to achieve anything," says frontman Jon Foreman of recording Oh! Gravity., which began as just an EP. "We just set out to make music for ourselves." At the time of its release, Switchfoot called Oh! Gravity. their most "sincere" album.

Oh! Gravity. debuted at number four on Billboard's Rock Albums chart with 63,000 copies sold in its first week.

Here is the track list for Oh! Gravity. on vinyl:

Side A

"Oh! Gravity."
"American Dream"
"Dirty Second Hands"
"Awakening"
"Circles"
"Amateur Lovers"

Side B

"Faust, Midas, and Myself"
"Head over Heels (in This Life)"
"Yesterdays"
"Burn Out Bright"
"4:12"
"Let Your Love Be Strong"

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Hear New Demi Lovato Song, "Cool for the Summer"

Safehouse Records/Hollywood RecordsAs promised, and just in time for the July 4 weekend, Demi Lovato's released her new song, "Cool for the Summer." It's being billed as the debut single from her forthcoming, as-yet untitled album.

The sexy dance track has Demi singing in the chorus, "Take me down into your paradise/Don't be scared 'cause I'm your body type/Just something that we wanna try/'Cause you and I/We're cool for the summer."

Demi debuted the artwork for the single in a tweet last week.  It features her lounging on a beach chair in a sexy cutout bathing suit, blue furry jacket and strappy stiletto heels.  That's when she also revealed the single would be out today.

"Cool for the Summer," and the album that features it, will be Demi's first release on Safehouse Records, the label she recently formed with her former Camp Rock co-star Nick Jonas and music exec Phil McIntyre, in partnership with Island Records.  Demi's signed to Hollywood Records but will be able to release music on Safehouse thanks to a further creative partnership between the labels.

“This time around, I’m free to explore. I can try anything, I can push my boundaries,” Demi says in a statement. “It’s been so exciting to get back in the studio and hone in on my sound. This album is going to surprise some people and I can’t wait for my fans to take this journey with me.”

Demi's hitting the road today to do the promotional rounds to push "Cool for the Summer," including surprising fans at pool parties around the country, where she may even perform the song.

Still no word on when Demi's new album's coming out, or what it'll be titled.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Zedd Says "It's Not Fair" People Focus on His Personal Life & Not His Music

Interscope RecordsRumors that Zedd and Selena Gomez -- who collaborated on the hit "I Want You To Know" -- were an item were confirmed this week by Selena herself, who told a New Zealand radio station that she "definitely had a thing" with the DJ/producer.   But Zedd isn't too happy about the fact that he's been forced into the spotlight by who he chose to date.

In the past, Zedd has said that he wants people all over the world to know his music, but not him, but now it's his personal life that's getting all the attention. "I guess I failed on doing that," he tells ABC Radio about his goal of remaining anonymous. "But I still think there's enough to talk about in the music world."

What Zedd, born Anton Zaslavski, means by that is that he's got plenty to say about his new album True Colors -- which features "I Want You to Know" and his new single, "Beautiful Now" -- but people keep focusing on his connection to Selena.

"I think I still want everyone to know my music before knowing me, which is part of the reason why I’m trying to speak about the music because there’s so much to talk about, rather than speaking about my personal life," he tells ABC Radio. "Because when you spend two years in a studio working on something, then people ask you about something that happened in a couple of minutes, you feel like it’s not fair." 

Since she and Zedd parted -- for unknown reasons -- Selena has been linked to a variety of other men, but there's no word on Zedd's romantic life, and he probably likes it that way.  He'll kick off a major headlining tour in September in support of True Colors.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

How Rob Thomas Avoided Writing "A Whole Bunch of Depressing Songs" for His New Album

Emblem/AtlanticRob Thomas has collaborated with legendary musicians like Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson, but when it comes to his solo projects, he hasn't really gone outside his immediate circle -- until now.  He says working with outside people for his upcoming album The Great Unknown kept him from writing "a whole bunch of depressing songs."

"I’ve done that with other people for their records but I’ve never really had a chance to do that on my record," he says of working with new people for The Great Unknown. "So it was one of the first things I did. I worked with just a handful of people that I really respect and I like what they were doing and I felt comfortable in a room with."

Among those people were Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic -- who co-wrote the first single,"Trust You" -- plus two of the producers and songwriters who work with American Authors, and an artist and producer named Ricky Reed, aka Wallpaper, who's worked with Jessie J and Jason Derulo.

Rob says that because his band Matchbox Twenty has become more collaborative in recent years, he was more open to the idea of working with others when it came time to make his first solo album in six years.  "You realize how much fun it is to walk into a room and not be responsible for everything and have people to play off of and have people to give you inspiration and take you in a direction you might not have gone," he tells ABC Radio.

With all those different people in the mix, Rob says The Great Unknown is more eclectic than it might have been, but also more upbeat.

"I think it gave me a difference on this record, just to the idea of from [track] one to 12, there’s just a lot of different feels on the record so it doesn’t all feel like it kind of just came from one spot, like me alone in a room," he tells ABC Radio. "‘Cause when I do that, I wind up making more of a downer record,  ‘cause I’ll write when I’m depressed.  And then I write a whole bunch of depressing songs and that’s what winds up on a record." 

The Great Unknown is out August 21; Rob will perform on NBC's Today show on the 24th.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Iggy Azalea "Saddened" Media Is "Trying to Create a 'Beef'" Between Her and Britney

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIggy Azalea insists that her supposed feud with Britney Spears is nothing more than a media creation.

Much has been made of Iggy's online comment regarding their duet "Pretty Girls," and how the two pop artists allegedly threw shade at one another. But on Tuesday Iggy said she is "really saddened" that the media is "trying to create a 'beef'" between her and Britney.

She tweeted, "We remain friends and i haven't said anything negative at all about her. Does wishing we had promoted a single more make me the bad guy?"

"i feel like the media wants women in music to get out and mud wrestle each other," the Australian rapper continued. "As a woman i take great offense. Women in the media should be able to have a grown up and subjective opinion without it being anything more than that. its disappointing. No one is throwing 'shade' or 'shots' on either side of the table. The girl is my friend and i support her 100%."

Iggy concluded, "i feel like the press just wants to see girls be overtly sexual to one another, and have no real opinion other than 'i love it!' Im over it. Women in music are not the same as a teen drama. Stop making us all out to be, we are business women & artists. Not mean girls."

Last weekend, Iggy responded to a fan to explain why “Pretty Girls” wasn’t a hit. "Its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc," she wrote. "unfortunately I'm just featured....”

The comment was perceived by some as a dis directed at Britney. For her part, Brit tweeted, "Can’t wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe," in what may or may not have been a reference to Iggy cancelling her tour.

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