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May272016

Duff McKagan Remembers Rehearsing with Axl Rose for the First Time in Documentary Clip 

Kevin Winter/WireImageDuff McKagan has shared a clip from his forthcoming documentary film, It's So Easy and Other Lies. In the excerpt, which you can watch at Billboard.com, McKagan remembers rehearsing with Guns N' Roses and Axl Rose for the first time in 1985.

"Axl let out one of his screams and it was like nothing I'd ever heard," McKagan says in the clip while an acoustic version of GNR's "Nightrain" plays in the background. "There were two voices coming out of him at once. I suppose there is a name for that in musicology, but all I knew in that instant was that this dude was...different...powerful...and serious."

It's So Easy and Other Lies was filmed during McKagan's 2013 performance at the Moore Theatre in Seattle during his book tour in support of his memoir of the same name. The documentary, which hits theaters June 3, includes commentary from Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Nikki Sixx.

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Friday
May272016

Phantogram Teases New Song, "You Don't Get Me High Anymore"

ABC/Randy HolmesA new Phantogram single is arriving this summer. The band will release "You Don't Get Me High Anymore," the first track from their forthcoming new album, on June 16. You can listen to a preview of "You Don't Get Me High Anymore" now at Phantogram.com.

Phantogram's new album will be the follow-up to their 2014 sophomore effort, Voices.

Meanwhile, Phantogram currently is touring with Outkast rapper Big Boi in support of their collaborative project, Big Grams.

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Friday
May272016

Ed Sheeran Makes Good on Red Nose Day Promise and Eats Sea Snail

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteEd Sheeran officially made good on his Red Nose Day promise. The singer donned a red tutu and full colored manicure to chow down on the most disgusting food in Japan.

In a video posted to James Corden’s Twitter page, Ed chokes down some fermented beans and sea snail. He barely makes it through the meal without throwing up.

Before last night’s Red Nose Day Special, Ed pledged to wear the tutu and eat something gross if people raised more money for the charity event than last year. The event, which benefits children in need, raised more than $31.5 million -- well over last year’s $23 million total.

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Friday
May272016

Ringo Starr, Gene Simmons Among Celebs "Taking a Breath" for Richard Marx's Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Campaign

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage; Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicRingo Starr and KISS' Gene Simmons are among the celebrities who are participating in a new social media campaign launched by pop star Richard Marx's in honor of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.

Marx's "Take a Breath for CF" campaign, which officially kicks off today, May 27, encourages social media users to post videos of themselves taking a breath in and a breath out and saying, "I'm taking a breath for CF." It's an effort to raise awareness of the disease and collect donations to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In Ringo's video, the former Beatles drummer identifies himself, takes a breath and says the aforementioned phrase, then adds his own famous catchphrase, "Peace and love."

Marx says in a statement, "People will go to great lengths to raise awareness and funds for charity. This campaign highlights how something as easy for most of us as taking a deep breath in is a massive, if not impossible, feat for someone with CF."Richard has been working with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for 15 years.

Among the other celebs who have pledged their support to the initiative are Sylvester Stallone, Shania Twain, Kenny G, Arsenio Hall and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath. For more information about the campaign, visit CFF.org/breath.

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Friday
May272016

2 Chainz and Lil Wayne Join Chance the Rapper in New Video

Mike Pont/Getty ImagesChance the Rapper has “No Problem” with Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and several more stars joining him in his new video.

The clip from his Coloring Book mixtape, also includes cameos by DJ Khaled, Young Thug, Boosie Badazz and King Louie. The video, directed by Chance and Austin Vesely, features the rapper showing off his dance moves, and Wayne displaying his skills on a skate board.

Chance also announced he is about to go on tour, tweeting, “Coloring Book tour tix soon!!”

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Friday
May272016

Fifth Harmony Gets Own Twitter Emoji to Celebrate Album Release

Epic/Syco RecordsFifth Harmony’s album 7/27 is out today and they’ve got their very own Twitter emoji to celebrate. The girl group unveiled a custom icon that will appear every time you use the hashtag #727OUTNOW.

“Twitter has allowed us to build our collective voice as a group, and become the place where we share exciting news & announcements, new music & videos,” the girls say in a statement to Mashable. “More importantly, Twitter gives us a direct line to our fans: it's the place we talk to fans and share our lives.”

They add, “We are so excited to be working with Twitter on our new release and can't wait to show the Harmonizers our 7/27 emoji and see how they use it -- we hope they love it as much as we do!”

The emoji is a blue “7/27” stylized to resemble how the title appears on their album cover.

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Friday
May272016

Fantasia Releases New Single, “Sleeping with the One I Love”

Photo Credit: Ted EmmonsFantasia sings about cheating on her man in her new single, “Sleeping with the One I Love.”

The American Idol champion breaks down a love triangle in the bluesy track which is the third single from her upcoming album, The Definition Of…

She sings,I’m sleeping with the one I love, 'cause the one I’m with is good to me, it just ain’t good enough. I strive to do right, but I’m doing so wrong, I’m living in this house, but I can’t call it home.”

Fantasia’s fifth studio albumwill be released July 19.

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Friday
May272016

Josh Groban and Jason Mraz Promote Arts Education in New Music Video

Sandra Selva/Playing For ChangeJosh Groban and Jason Mraz are featured in a new video to promote arts education. The clip was released by Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

In it, Josh, Jason and a slew of other artists perform Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” with students from across the country. Other stars who participated in the video include Paula Abdul, Jack Johnson, actress Elizabeth Banks and ballet dancer Misty Copeland.

Turnaround Arts aims to bring arts education resources to schools in need. 

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Friday
May272016

Fetty Wap Debuts “Wake Up” Video

ABC/Randy HolmesFetty Wap lives out a marijuana-inspired fantasy in his “Wake Up” video which premiered Friday.

The rapper returned to his East Side High School in Paterson, New Jersey for the comical clip featuring strippers in the cafeteria, students rolling dice in the hallway and teachers smoking pot in the classroom.

The video opens with a young Fetty sleeping in bed as his mother attempts to wake him up. It concludes with mom finding his marijuana stash, and lighting up a joint.

Fetty adds a brief message in a slide, “Celebrate everyday, roll up something, and define your own path.”

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Friday
May272016

Dolly Parton Warns She Won't Be "Pure Nor Simple" When She Walks Down the Aisle for Her 50th Anniversary

CTK Mgmt/Dolly Records/Webster PRFor any couple who makes it to their 50th anniversary, it’s a milestone worthy of a huge celebration. But for Dolly Parton and her notoriously private husband Carl Dean, there’s an even more poignant reason to renew their vows. The wedding they originally planned in 1966 never quite happened, because the music business got in the way.  

“When we first got married, I actually had just signed with Monument Records,” Dolly recalls, “and Fred Foster, who was the head of the label, he'd heard that I was engaged. We'd already sent out our wedding invitations. He called me in the office and said, 'I would really appreciate it if you wouldn't get married for at least a year.' I said, 'Okay,'” she adds, pausing for effect.

“So, that weekend, me and Carl went to Ringgold, Georgia,” she laughs, “and got married, so it wouldn't be in the Tennessee papers.”

Dolly’s mother Avie Lee Parton, who was immortalized in her classic song and recent hit movie Coat of Many Colors, did get to be there.

“My mom went with us and Mama had made me a little white dress and I said, 'I'm not getting married in a courthouse.' So we actually got married in Ringgold, Georgia Baptist Church -- no people there, just the preacher and his wife, the witness and Mama,” she remembers.

“I missed having a wedding dress and all that,” the superstar from East Tennessee admits. “So I'm being fitted up for that, and we're gonna take a bunch of pictures and I might even sell some to the rag mags, and take the money and give it to the Imagination Library. That's my plan.”

In typical Dolly Parton fashion, she can’t resist a quick one-liner, referencing her upcoming tour and album, both titled Pure & Simple.

“That dress ain't gonna be pure nor simple!” she laughs.

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Friday
May272016

Dave Grohl Says Debut Album by His Pre-Nirvana Band Scream "Might Just Change Your Life"

ABC/Andrea McCallinBefore he joined Nirvana and created Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl was the drummer in the Washington, D.C., punk band Scream. The last album Scream recorded was 1993's Fumble, which the band recently reissued on Dischord Records. In honor of the reissue, Grohl posted a reflection of his time with Scream.

"Once upon a time, when I was just a wee lad, I played drums in a punk rock band from the Washington, D.C. area called Scream," Grohl wrote in a Facebook post. "I had grown up buying their records and going to see their live shows, and eventually had the honor of becoming their drummer at the age of 17. Fresh out of high school, I started touring the world with them from 1987-1990."

Grohl adds of Fumble, "Check it out. It might just change your life. It sure changed mine."

Perhaps listening to Scream will help fill the Dave Grohl-shaped void in your life, as the Foo Fighters are currently taking a break. Although they're definitely not breaking up.

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Friday
May272016

Half a Century After a Secret Wedding, Dolly Parton Finally Gets to Walk Down the Aisle

CTK Mgmt/Dolly Records/Webster PRThis Monday, May 30, Dolly Parton will celebrate 50 years of marriage to one of the most elusive husbands in all of show business. The entertainment icon has often told the story of how Carl Dean vowed to stay out of the spotlight after attending one music business event with his world-famous wife early in her career. In the coming days, he'll make an exception though -- as Dolly and Carl renew their vows on their golden anniversary.

"My husband is the worst!" the pop-country legend jokes. "It's hard for me to make him do anything. I have to make him go to the dentist, I have to make him go to the doctor. I have to make him get new clothes. I go get 'em and [he says] 'I don't like that... my feet are too long... I don't like those socks.' I said, 'Well, we're going shopping for a wedding suit and I don't want to hear nothin' about it!' So anyway, we've got him all suited up, so he liked the suit."

The "I Will Always Love You" composer says she's excited about the ceremony, since she never really got to have a wedding. When Dolly and Carl tied the knot back in 1966, she'd just signed her first recording contract and promised her label she'd wait to marry. So the young couple fled to a church in Ringgold, Georgia, where they tied the knot in secret, with Dolly's mother as a witness.

"He don't like to do this kind of thing as a rule," she says of Carl, "but he's like me, he's proud we've made it 50 years. We've been together 52 years. We dated two years and then we got married, so anyway, we're gonna do it. He said he would, so he better -- or it won't last another year!" she jokes.  

There's a possibility the world may get its best look ever at the mysterious Carl Dean after the anniversary, as Parton's planning to sell the photos to raise money for her nonprofit that sends books to children all over the world, the Imagination Library.  

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Friday
May272016

Attention Ladies: Nick Jonas Clarifies He’s “Very Single”

Getty Images via ABCDon’t believe every headline you read. Nick Jonas is setting the record straight about his relationship status.

“I'm very single y'all. That is all,” Nick tweeted this morning. He added, “Hate when liberties are taken for headlines.”

Yesterday, U.K.’s The Sun published an article with a headline claiming that Nick confirmed he’s been dating Lily Collins. In the article, Nick admits to going out with her “a couple of times.”

Meanwhile, in his new cover story with Entertainment Weekly, Nick dishes on some of his ex-girlfriends. He says he doesn’t see Miley Cyrus much anymore because they “run in different circles,” but he considers “Wrecking Ball” one of the “best pop songs of the last 10 years.”

He also has nothing but good things to say about ex Selena Gomez. He reveals she played him her album Revival before it came out and he knew it was “excellent.”

As for his most recent ex, Olivia Culpo, Nick says he hasn’t heard from her in a year and he’s not sure if he’ll ever hear from her again. Much of his new album, Last Year Was Complicated, was inspired by their relationship.

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Friday
May272016

Papa Roach Launches PledgeMusic Campaign for New Album 

Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesPapa Roach has teamed up with PledgeMusic to launch the pre-order for their ninth studio album. The currently untitled record will be the follow-up to the band's 2015 effort, F.E.A.R..

Along with the usual perks -- such as signed memorabilia and Skype calls -- Papa Roach's PledgeMusic page also features a few unusual options, including a refrigerator from the band's studio and the opportunity to play bubble soccer with Jacoby Shaddix and company. The most expensive option allows you to actually purchase Papa Roach's recording studio in Sacramento, provided that you have $600,000.

This summer, Papa Roach will perform at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards, which will be held July 18 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Friday
May272016

WALK THE MOON Singer Says Weekend Shows Mark "Last Hurrah of This Chapter" of Band's Career

Image Group LA/ABCWALK THE MOON was forced to cancel their Work This Body summer tour due to the illness of frontman Nick Petricca's father. However, they're still finishing out their scheduled shows this month, and will wrap everything up this weekend at the BottleRock Festival in Napa, California. Petricca says he's been touched by how supportive their fans have been about the cancellation.

"It’s been unbelievable. The total outpouring of love from them is overwhelming," Petricca tells ABC Radio. "We’re a band that we really believe in the power of sharing a message through music and our music is very much about empowerment and positivity and togetherness. So to see that just shining right back at us from our fans is really powerful."

In fact, Petricca says playing those shows this weekend will make him feel better, despite what he's going through with his dad, who suffers from Alzheimer's. 

"'Cathartic' is a really good word for it," he explains. "I mean, playing live is the part where we get to really connect and see our own music come to life in people’s faces, you know?"

Since WALK THE MOON won't be doing a summer tour behind their current album TALKING IS HARD, these shows this weekend will mark the end of the "Shut Up and Dance" phase of the band's career.

"It will be, I dunno, a very-much-needed sort of last chapter, or last hurrah of this chapter for us," says Petricca. 

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Friday
May272016

Ed Sheeran Has to Wear Red Tutu and Eat Sea Snails for Red Nose Day Challenge

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran needs to make good on his promise. Before last night’s Red Nose Day Special, the singer pledged to wear a red tutu and eat “the most disgusting food in Japan” if more money was raised for the charity event than last year.

“I’m currently in Japan traveling, but I’ve decided that if you guys raise more money than you did last year for Red Nose Day then I’ll dress up in a red tutu and eat the most disgusting thing they have in Japan,” Ed says in a video posted to Twitter.

He then consults with a friend, who informs him that fermented beans and sea snails are the worst tasting foods in Japan. “I’m not looking forward to this,” Ed says.

Well, the fundraiser to help needy children took in more than $31.5 million this year -- that’s way over last year’s $23 million total. Sorry, Ed. Looks like you’re in for a disgusting meal.

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Friday
May272016

Listen to Train "Ramble On" on New Track from Upcoming Charity Disc

Crush MusicTrain Does Led Zeppelin II, the upcoming album from Train, is due June 3, and the band has released one more track from it to whet your appetite.  It's a song that longtime fans of the band are very familiar with: "Ramble On."

In a statement, the band says, "This last song we’re throwing at you from Train Does Led Zeppelin II is one of our absolute favorites, and the one we’ve been covering the longest as a band."  Train's been doing "Ramble On" live at their concerts for years and years.

"Ramble On" is the fourth song to be released from the album -- they've also put out "The Lemon Song," "What Is and What Should Never Be" and "Thank You."

Proceeds from Train Does Led Zeppelin II go to Train's favorite charity, San Francisco's Family House.  You can pre-order the album now from iTunes and Amazon and get "Ramble On" and three other songs from the disc as instant downloads.  Next week, the band will launch a brief club tour during which they'll perform Led Zeppelin II in its entirety.

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Friday
May272016

Calvin Harris Cancels More Gigs as He Recovers from Car Crash

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCCalvin Harris won’t be playing his show in Las Vegas tonight as he continues to recover from last weekend’s car accident. The DJ-producer’s team announced the cancellation on his Facebook page. He also nixed another show in Vegas which had been scheduled for Thursday night.

“[Calvin] is still recovering from the injuries sustained in the car accident last Friday,” the message reads. “…He has asked us to pass on his apologies to everyone who was due to attend the shows and hopes to be back to his normal schedule soon.”

Calvin also tweeted his personal apologies and thanked everyone for their support. “Thank you so much for your messages and sorry to any disappointment I caused with the show cancellations,” he wrote, adding, “I'm feeling lucky and very grateful [right now].”

Taylor Swift’s beau was briefly hospitalized last Friday after a car crossed the center line and hit the SUV Calvin was in.

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Friday
May272016

Gucci Mane Celebrates Freedom with New Track

Prince Williams/FilmMagicOnly one day after being released from prison, Gucci Mane already has dropped new music.

The Atlanta rapper shared his new song, “First Day Out tha Feds” on SoundCloud, and posted his handwritten lyrics on Twitter. He recorded the song with Mike WiLL Made It who co-produced Beyoncé’s “Formation.”

Mane was released Thursday from an Indiana prison after serving two years for gun possession. He released numerous mixtapes while he was incarcerated.

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Friday
May272016

Love Fest: Beyonce Shares Family Photos

Robin HarperBeyonce may be a private person, but when it comes to showing off her family, the "Formation" singer is all about sharing the love.

Bey went on Instragram last night night to share intimate photos of her family. The singer re-posted a recent video from her mother, Tina Knowles, that shows her parents and sister dancing, adding the caption, "My beautiful Father, Sis, and Mother. I love you guys so deep."

The Grammy-Award winning singer later added a photo of her and her father, Mathew posing backstage at her concert, in addition to him playing with his granddaughter, Blue Ivy.

Interestingly, Beyonce's husband, Jay Z, was missing from the family photos.

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