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Jan192018

From "Budapest" to Barcelona: George Ezra returns with "Staying at Tamara's"

Courtesy Columbia Records"Budapest" singer George Ezra returns with his long-awaited sophomore album on March 23.

The disc, Staying at Tamara's, is now available for pre-order, and it's described as a collection of "songs about escapism, dreaming, anxieties and love."  As with his debut, Wanted On Voyage, the album was inspired by George's travels, this time to a variety of locations in the U.K., and to an Airbnb in Barcelona.  That place was owned by a woman named Tamara, hence the album title.

The British singer has also announced a tour in support of the new album, which arrives in North America April 20 in Toronto. That leg will wrap up May 13 at the Wiltern Theater in LA.

George has also released a new track from the album, called "Paradise."  It's the follow-up to the first track he shared, "It Don't Matter Now," which came out last year.

Here are George's tour dates:

4/20 -– Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto
4/21 -– Corona Theatre, Montreal
4/22 -– House of Blues, Boston
4/24 -- Terminal 5, New York
4/25 -- The Fillmore, Philadelphia
4/26 -- Lincoln Theatre, Washington
4/28 -- Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak
4/29 -- Riviera Theater, Chicago
4/20 -- First Avenue, Minneapolis
5/2 -- Ogden Theatre, Denver
5/3 -- The Depot, Salt Lake City
5/5 -- Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
5/6 -- Roseland Theater, Portland
5/7 -- Showbox SoDo, Seattle
5/9 -- Fox Theater, Oakland
5/10 -- Observatory North Park, San Diego
5/12 -- The Marquee, Tempe
5/13 -- The Wiltern, LA

And here's Staying at Tamara's track list:

1.  "pretty shining people"
2.  "don’t matter now"
3.  "get away"
4.  "shotgun"
5.  "paradise"
6.  "all my love"
7.  "sugarcoat"
8.  "hold my girl"
9.  "saviour" (feat. first aid kit)
10.  "only a human"
11.  "the beautiful dream"

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Friday
Jan192018

Billy Joel adds stadium dates in Kansas City and Philadelphia; will receive honorary Phillies contract

Kevin MazurShortly after announcing his 100th career show at New York's Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel has now added two stadium dates to his tour schedule.

Billy will perform at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri -- the first concert held at the home of the Kansas City Royals in 39 years.  That show is scheduled for September 21; tickets go on sale January 26 at 10 a.m. CT at Royals.com/billyjoel.

Meanwhile, Billy will return July 27 to Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.  With that show, Billy will hold the record for the most-ever live performances by any artist in the stadium's history -- seven -- and he'll be the first artist ever to perform there for five straight years.

As such, Billy will be honored with an honorary Phillies contract, something that only players and coaches have received in the past.  He'll receive it from Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and the team's VP and general manager, Matt Klenak, the day of the concert.

Tickets for the Philly show go on sale to the general public starting January 26 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Citi Card members can buy tickets starting January 22 at 10 a.m.

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Friday
Jan192018

Guitarist Alex Lifeson says Rush is "basically done"

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesWhile the future of Rush has been in question for the past couple years, Alex Lifeson has pretty much put the proverbial final nail in the band's coffin. In a new column for Canada's The Globe and Mail newspaper, the guitarist writes that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are "basically done."

The beginning of the end for Rush came in 2015, when drummer Neil Peart stated he would no longer tour due to his chronic tendinitis. At the time, Peart told Drumhead magazine, "Like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game."

Now, in a new first-person piece for The Globe and Mail, Lifeson seems to confirm that the band is officially over.  He writes, "It's been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.”

But in the same article, Lifeson claims, "I've actually been busier lately than I have been in a while."

"I'm writing a lot. I'm writing on four or five different little projects," he reveals. "I get these requests to do guitar work with other people...I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box."

Lifeson also says he’s been writing a column for the Toronto newspaper West End Phoenix and recently filmed a small role in the new Canadian TV comedy Crawford.

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Friday
Jan192018

Bathroom break or baby? Adam Levine's big decision 

ABC/Randy HolmesAdam Levine's wife Behati Prinsloo is expecting their second child very soon, but let's hope the birth isn't quite as painful this time around...for Adam, we mean.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night, Adam told a long and embarrassing story about what happened during the birth of their first child, his daughter Dusty Rose.  According to Adam, Carson Daly advised him to make sure and eat while Behati was in labor, so he wouldn't faint from hunger. 

Adam took his advice, but ended up stuffing himself silly while waiting for Behati's contractions to get serious.

"By the time we get to the hospital, I've put back, like, an unbelievable amount of food," he told Jimmy. "Like, I'm bursting at the seams, I'm gonna s*** my pants."

As the audience roared, Adam continued, "But also, my wife is in labor!  So it's the lamest thing to be, when your wife is having a baby, and you're like, 'I gotta take a s***.'"  That's not, like, in any way a viable complaint!"

Adam didn't want to answer the call of nature because he was afraid that if he did, the baby would arrive while he was gone.  "So, I waited, doubled over in pain and finally the baby came," Adam said.

He continued, "It was beautiful, and it was amazing, and then the second the coast was clear...I took one of the nurses aside and I was like, 'Look...you gotta find me a bathroom!'"

But when the nurse pointed to the bathroom at the foot of his wife's bed, Adam immediately rejected it...for obvious reasons.

(Video contains censored profanity)

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Friday
Jan192018

Why Sam Smith is performing on the Grammys, without a nomination 

Ruven AfanadorSam Smith's single "Too Good at Goodbyes" was eligible for a Grammy nomination this year, but didn't receive one.  Even so, Sam's performing at this year's ceremony, while other big-name nominees, such as Taylor Swift, Lorde and Ed Sheeran, apparently aren't.

Asked to explain Sam's presence on the January 28 telecast, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich tells Variety, "We [include non-nominees] from time to time...so it’s not unusual. There’s no specific reason other than he’s a past Grammy winner, he cleaned up a couple of years ago, and we thought kindly about putting him on the show." 

In 2015, Sam won four Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Stay with Me."

Asked by Variety if there's a chance that Taylor, Ed and Lorde could still be added to the show, Ehrlich laughs, "Nope, I can’t say officially or unofficially -- but nice try! That was a good one."

The Grammys air Sunday night, January 28, on CBS, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Jan192018

Watch now: TIDAL releases trailer for new Cardi B documentary

Raven VaronaCardi B's ascent as a self-professed "regular, degular, shmegular" girl from the Bronx to Grammy-nominated superstar is the focus of a new TIDAL mini-documentary about the rapper, titled I'm Here Muthaf***as

Friday, Cardi urged fans on Twitter to check out the film. 

If you're not a Tidal subscriber, you can watch the trailer for the documentary now, which shows outdoor images from the Bronx and Miami, along with Cardi performing on stage. 

The "Bartier Cardi" rapper is also heard throughout the video talking about how far she's come -- from her Bronx roots, to appearing at one of the premiere art events in the world: Art Basel.   

Cardi of course had a killer 2017, and 2018 looks to continue the trend.   

As previously reported, she recently signed her first movie deal. It's currently unknown what type of movie she'll be starring in, what role she's agreed to take on, or how much she's getting paid for her silver-screen debut. 

Cardi B has also surpassed Beyoncé's record of having four top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart in a single week. 

She's now the first woman -- and third act -- to have five top-10 singles simultaneously on the chart, tying with Drake and Kendrick Lamar for having the most top-10s all at the same time. 

In addition, she's also the only artist to do this with her first five chart entries.  

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Friday
Jan192018

Not bad for a "Girl Going Nowhere": The ironic origins of Ashley McBryde's debut album

Warner Music NashvilleNewcomer Ashley McBryde’s Warner Nashville debut, Girl Going Nowhere, is set to arrive March 30.

The album takes its title from a track the Arkansas native performed during her Grand Ole Opry debut, one inspired by a bad experience in high school algebra class.

“…We were going around the room saying what we wanted to do when we grew up,” Ashley recalls. “When it got to me, I said, ‘I’m going to move to Nashville and write songs, and they’re going to be on the radio.’ The teacher looked at me and said, ‘That won’t happen and you better have a good backup plan.’”

“It didn’t put the fire out, it just added to it,” the “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” hitmaker explains.

Girl Going Nowhere’s lead single is one of four tracks available to stream or download now, including the just-released “American Scandal.” You can check out the song’s new music video on YouTube.

Ashley’s set to make her TV debut Tuesday when she plays Late Night with Seth Meyers, which airs at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC. From there, she hits the road with Luke Combs on his Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour, while also squeezing in some March dates on Miranda Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies World Tour. 

Here’s the complete track listing for Ashley McBryde’s Girl Going Nowhere:

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
“Radioland”
“American Scandal”
“Southern Babylon”
“The Jacket”
“Livin’ Next to Leroy”
“A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega”
“Andy (I Can’t Live Without You)”
“El Dorado”
“Tired of Being Happy”
“Home Sweet Highway”

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Friday
Jan192018

REO Speedwagon postpones January and February concerts due to Kevin Cronin health issue

Credit: Randee St. NicholasREO Speedwagon has postponed all of its concerts scheduled this month and in February because frontman Kevin Cronin needs to undergo an unspecified medical procedure.

"Hi friends, there are times in life when our bodies send us messages that we can't ignore & this is one of those times," Cronin, 66, wrote recently on the band's official website. "Fortunately for me, it is nothing life-threatening. I need a routine procedure, which is so simple it can be performed by a robot. R2D2 is busy saving the universe, but I understand there is another highly qualified robotic surgeon who works here in Los Angeles. My doctor says I will be good as new."

Cronin adds, "I am deeply disappointed that I have to ask the greatest fans in rock 'n' roll to change their plans. All I can do is ask for your understanding and I truly appreciate your support. The new dates will be announced as soon as possible…"

The veteran rockers will return to action in March, starting with a March 8 headlining concert in Joliet, Illinois  -- which was rescheduled from January 12 -- and leading into the group's previously announced U.S. spring tour with Styx and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder.  That trek is mapped out from a March 13 concert in Duluth, Minnesota, through an April 15 show in Charleston, South Carolina.

Here are all of REO Speedwagon's confirmed 2018 dates:

3/8 -- Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre*@
3/9 -- Bowler, WI, North Star Mohican Casino Resort*$
3/11 -- Green Bay, WI, Hurricane Relief Concert for the Red Cross**
3/13 -- Duluth, MN, Amsoil Arena+
3/14 -- Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Event Center+
3/16 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center+
3/17 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center+
3/19 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena+
3/20 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Event Center Arena+
3/21 -- Evansville, IN, Ford Center+
3/23 -- Cape Girardeau, MO, Show Me Center - SMSU+
3/24 -- Springfield, MO, JQH Arena#
3/25 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena+
4/4 -- Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena+
4/6 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena+
4/7 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Arena+
4/8 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre+
4/10 -- North Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena+
4/11 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajun Dome+
4/13 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live*
4/14 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater+
4/15 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum+
5/11 -- Wendover, NV, Peppermill Concert Hall*
8/4 -- Malone, NY, Franklin County Fair*

And here's a list of REO's postponed dates that haven't been rescheduled yet:

1/19 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino
1/20 -- New Town, ND, 4 Bears Casino Events Center
1/21 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino
1/24 -- Rockford, IL, Coronado Performing Arts Center
1/26 -- Harris, MI, Island Resort & Casino
1/27 -- Harris, MI, Island Resort & Casino
1/28 -- Detroit, MI, MotorCity Casino Hotel
2/8 -- Champaign, IL, Virginia Theatre
2/9 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort - Silver Creek Event Center
2/10 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Southern Indiana
2/22 -- Mankato, MN, Verizon Wireless Center
2/23 -- Altoona, IA, Prairie Meadows
2/24 -- Grand Island, NE, Heartland Events Center

* = REO Speedwagon only
+ = with Styx and Felder
# = with Styx
** = with 38 Special
@ = rescheduled from 1/12
$ = rescheduled from 1/13.

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Friday
Jan192018

Hello, Chicago! Kanye and Kim Kardashian West reveal newborn daughter's name

Mike Coppola/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTVKanye West and Kim Kardashian West have finally decided on a name for their newborn daughter. 

Friday, Kim wrote a message on her official website with the words, "Chicago West." 

Eliminating any doubt about what the post means, Chicago's date and time of birth, along with her birth weight, are listed under her name. 

As previously reported, Kim announced the birth of her and Ye's third child on her website Tuesday. 

Chicago was born via a surrogate. 

In her message she wrote, "Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister."   

The reality star announced she was expecting her third child in the trailer for season 14 of her family's reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, back in September. 

Kardashian-West and her husband of three years are parents to one-year-old son Saint and four-year-old daughter, North.   

Kardashian-West's sister, Khloe Kardashian, is currently six months pregnant with her first child. Their younger half-sister, Kylie Jenner, is rumored to be expecting as well. 

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Friday
Jan192018

Get well soon! Celine Dion scraps two more Vegas shows due to “lingering cold”

Denise TruscelloSend your get well soon wishes to Celine Dion.

The singer, who's been battling a lingering cold, has cancelled two more dates of her Las Vegas residency. She scrapped her Friday and Saturday shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

A message on her Facebook page reads, “Céline has been suffering for the past week from congestion and irritation of the vocal chords due to a lingering cold, and her physician has instructed her to rest until these symptoms clear up completely.”

Ticketholders will be given a refund.

Last week, Celine cancelled three shows due to the illness, and issued an apology to her fans. She later cancelled her shows on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Celine is expected to resume performances as scheduled on March 27.

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Friday
Jan192018

NBA star Joel Embiid says he won't try his shot with Rihanna again 

Getty Images via ABCOnce upon a time, back in 2013, Philadelphia 76ers player Joel [jo-EL] Embiid asked Rihanna out on a date. 

However, RiRi famously replied, "Come back when you're an all-star." 

Well,  Thursday night, Joel became an NBA all-star, following the Sixers' win against the Boston Celtics. 

But in a post-game interview that evening, he confirmed he's no longer interested in the "Love on the Brain" singer.  

"She denied me back then, so why go with her again? I might have to pass that and move on to the next one...trust the process," he said.  

No comment yet from Rihanna, who's rumored to be dating Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel

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Friday
Jan192018

Lorde talks #MeToo and being the only woman nominated for 2018's Grammy Album of the Year

Olivia BeeEarly last year, Lorde prophetically tweeted, “Old men in power have a storm coming, the likes of which they cannot comprehend.”

Now, with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements in full swing, Lorde tells Billboard she feels like a chasm has opened and there’s no going back.

“You don’t get to un-have this moment,” she says. “This is forever, and the way this trickles down to everyone’s lives is a permanent thing.”

She’s even excited to see the Grammys making progress when it comes to diversity this year. Her album Melodrama was nominated in the Album of the Year category, alongside Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars.

“It’s crazy I’m the only woman in my category, and I feel very proud of that,” she says. “I’m wearing that mantle for sure. But I’m also stoked that I’m in there with four incredible artists of color -- it’s a big moment for the Grammys. It’s exciting when these institutions move in the right way. To me, that is a huge victory.”

Lorde says she’s particularly pumped that Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, was nominated this year, but she thinks Cardi B was snubbed in the top categories.

The 2018 Grammys air January 28 on CBS.

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Friday
Jan192018

Pop Evil spotlights #MeToo movement in "Colors Bleed" video

Clay Patrick McBride/Entertainment OnePop Evil taps into its inner Rage Against the Machine with the new song and video "Colors Bleed," off the band's upcoming self-titled album.

Not only is the tune a musical nod to Rage Against the Machine, it also tackles social issues both in its lyrics and the video's imagery.

Singer Leigh Kakaty tells Billboard that the song was written in the wake of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one person was killed and others were injured.

"I think it was just kind of me venting, in my own way, to get people be aware that, look, there's obviously racial issues that are going on from all aspects, all different colors, minority background, throughout this country, but it's this melting pot of culture that has made America great, that's made us who we are," explains Kakaty.

However, the video for the song addresses the current #MeToo movement spotlighting sexual misconduct.

The video's director, Columbia Tatone, explains, "The #MeToo movement has been a paramount inspiration to my creative endeavors. The courage of individuals has inspired and empowered me, not only as a female director but as a truth-seeker. 'Colors Bleed' highlights togetherness: standing together against global issues."

Tatone adds, "#MeToo has put the spotlight on equality, and through this video, we were able to portray the many ways we’re pitted against each other and how we can't fight fire with more fire. As men and women, we have come alongside one another and stand together peacefully."

Pop Evil's self-titled fifth album drops February 16. Pre-orders are available at traditional online outlets.

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Friday
Jan192018

Miranda Lambert will be pulling the "Little Red Wagon" on the Livin' Like Hippies Tour

ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert’s already adopted eight rescue dogs herself, and she’ll continue her animal activism on her new Livin’ Like Hippies Tour.

At the entrance to each venue on the trek, her “Little Red Wagon” will be set up to accept dog food, treats, supplies and donations to benefit a local shelter, through her MuttNation Foundation non-profit. Fans who participate will be rewarded with the chance to win a meet-and-greet with the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.

“I always try to combine my two passions, which are music and mutts,” Miranda says. “I’ve gotten to meet some amazing people that run shelters in the communities where we perform, and I always love connecting with other dog-loving fans.”

Jon Pardi joins Miranda on her 2018 trek, which covers Greenville, SC; Orlando, FL; and Atlanta, GA on its first weekend, before heading to the Northwest the first of February.

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Friday
Jan192018

Ja Rule puts longstanding beef with 50 Cent back on the grill 

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesIt looks like Ja Rule has resurrected his longstanding beef with 50 Cent...and fans are waiting to see how this all pans out. 

The "Always On Time" began writing a slew of messages on Twitter Friday morning, beginning with, "Fun hip hop FACT: @50cent is P****."

He continued in another tweet, "Let's be clear I mind my business...but for some reason @50cent keeps my name in his mouth... I think he's rather have my d*** in his mouth lmao... #b***ha**n**** #ticklebooty."  

In another tweet, Ja tells Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson Jr. to "stay sucker free." In a recent interview, O'Shea had described how 50 threw a Ja Rule album out of O'Shea's grandmother's car after the young actor told 50 that he liked Ja's music. 

Ja continued to write on Twitter, "I SAID WHAT I SAID..." and "Hey @50cent don't make me exposeyou #Ticklebooty."  

According to New York Magazine, Ja Rule and 50 Cent's feud began in the late nineties; Ja recalled it starting with a video shoot he did in Queens, where both rappers grew up.

"We're all from the same neighborhood...he didn't like the fact that I was getting so much love," claimed Ja. However, 50 remembered their beef stemming from the year 2000, "when a friend robbed Ja of jewelry." 

50 and Ja's beef continued to escalate, and the two traded barbs in songs, such as Fiddy's "Till I Collapse" and " Ja's "Guess Who Shot Ya." 

While we haven't heard much about the feud lately, it appears that Ja and Fiddy still have some unfinished business.  As of Friday morning, Fiddy has yet to respond.   

Stay tuned.  

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Friday
Jan192018

Halsey, Sam Smith and Miley Cyrus score GLAAD Media Award nominations

ABC/Paula LoboHalsey, Sam Smith and Miley Cyrus are among the nominees for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards.

The awards recognize and celebrate the fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community in different forms of media. Sam is openly gay, while Halsey identifies as bisexual. Miley identifies as pansexual, meaning she’s attracted to people of any sex or gender identity.

The three each scored a nod in the Outstanding Music Artist category.

GLAAD is also honoring JAY-Z's song and music video "Smile" with a special recognition award; the song is about how Jay's mother Gloria Carter came out as a lesbian.

Other nominees this year include Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water, The Handmaid’s Tale, This Is Us and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The GLAAD Media Award ceremonies take place in Los Angeles on April 12 and in New York on May 5.

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Friday
Jan192018

Dashboard Confessional debuts new track "Heart Beat Here"

David Bean/Fueled By RamenFollowing the release of the single "We Fight," Dashboard Confessional is giving fans another taste of its upcoming album, Crooked Shadows, by unveiling the new track "Heart Beat Here."

While "We Fight" shows the anthemic side of Dashboard Confessional, "Heart Beat Here" displays frontman Chris Carrabba at his most vulnerable, with his voice front and center on the emotional ballad.

As previously reported, Crooked Shadows, Dashboard Confessional's first new album in eight years, is due February 9 via Fueled By Ramen. Pre-orders for the disc are available at traditional online outlets and the band's official webstore.

In support of the album, Dashboard Confessional will embark on a headlining tour beginning March 20 in Houston, Texas. The trek, featuring support from Beach Slang, wraps up May 11 in Nashville, Tennessee. A full list of dates can be found at DashboardConfessional.com.

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Friday
Jan192018

Bad Wolves release "Zombie" cover that late Cranberries frontwoman was to have sung on; proceeds going to her children

Eleven Seven Label GroupOn January 15, Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan was scheduled to record vocals for a cover of the Cranberries hit "Zombie" by the hard rock band Bad Wolves. Sadly, O'Riordan died that day at age 46, but now Bad Wolves are releasing the cover in her memory.

Proceeds from the band's version of "Zombie," which topped Billboard's alternative rock chart in 1994, will go to O'Riordan's three children. In a statement, Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext says, "It was the greatest honor to know she liked our version and wanted to sing on it. We’re deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dolores and by the fact that she’s leaving behind three children."

He adds, "It’s such a powerful song and the themes are still so relevant, we wanted to release it in her memory."

Vext notes that in the original version of the song, the lyrics reference the year 1916 -- the year of Ireland's Easter Rebellion -- but their version changes the year to 2018.

"We changed that lyric...and she was really excited about that because the nations may have changed but we’re still fighting the same battles today," says Vext. "Humanity is still fighting to assert itself despite all the conflicts.”

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Vext notes that the band "could have shelved" their version, but explains, "I don't think it would have done justice to what we were trying to accomplish. Now the song has a weight and a depth to it that no one outside of being this close to it could possibly imagine."

"It almost feels like we had to do it," he adds. "It feels like we're compelled to have her work continue on through us."

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Friday
Jan192018

Breaking Benjamin unleashes powerful "Red Cold River" video

Chris Yankton/Hollywood RecordsA couple of weeks after unveiling "Red Cold River" as the first single off their upcoming album, Ember, Breaking Benjamin has unleashed a powerful music video for the track.

In a press release, the video is described as, "a chilling portrayal of a father's worst nightmare." The heart-wrenching clip portrays a dad in search of his missing daughter and the drama that ensues along the way.

As mentioned, "Red Cold River" appears on Breaking Benjamin’s forthcoming album, Ember. No release date has been announced for the disc, but it is expected sometime this year.

Fans can catch Breaking Benjamin on their current tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine. The trek runs through a February 17 show in Vancouver, Canada.

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Friday
Jan192018

Lorde talks #MeToo and being the only woman nominated for 2018's Grammy Album of the Year

Olivia BeeEarly last year, Lorde prophetically tweeted, “Old men in power have a storm coming, the likes of which they cannot comprehend.”

Now, with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements in full swing, Lorde tells Billboard she feels like a chasm has opened and there’s no going back.

“You don’t get to un-have this moment,” she says. “This is forever, and the way this trickles down to everyone’s lives is a permanent thing.”

She’s even excited to see the Grammys making progress when it comes to diversity this year. Her album Melodrama was nominated in the Album of the Year category, alongside Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars.

“It’s crazy I’m the only woman in my category, and I feel very proud of that,” she says. “I’m wearing that mantle for sure. But I’m also stoked that I’m in there with four incredible artists of color -- it’s a big moment for the Grammys. It’s exciting when these institutions move in the right way. To me, that is a huge victory.”

Lorde says she’s particularly pumped that Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, was nominated this year, but she thinks Cardi B was snubbed in the top categories.

The 2018 Grammys air January 28 on CBS.

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