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Friday
Sep222017

Bob Seger previews new album with Lou Reed cover tune

Capitol RecordsBob Seger has issued a Lou Reed cover tune as a preview of his new album I Knew You When, due November 17.

Seger covers “Busload of Faith,” which originally appeared on the late Reed’s acclaimed 1989 disc, New York.

I Knew You When marks the 72-year-old Seger’s 17th studio release. He’s also issued two live albums, 1976’s Live Bullet and 1981’s Nine Tonight.

Seger and the Silver Bullet Band continue their Runaway Train tour Saturday night with a hometown show in suburban Detroit.  Nancy Wilson of Heart and her new band Roadcase Royale are special guest openers for most of the dates.

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Friday
Sep222017

Jhené Aiko surprise fans with release of new album, "Trip," ahead of schedule

Isacc SterlingFans were aware that the arrival of Jhené Aiko's sophomore album was coming, but no one expected it to debut early.

Friday morning, the singer both tweeted and shared via Instagram that her latest project, called Trip, was already available.  

The announcement came directly on the heels of a short film Jhené co-wrote, also titled Trip, which she released Wednesday.   

The 22-track Trip features a number of exciting vocal guest appearances from Swae Lee of Rae SremmurdBrandyKuruptBig SeanTwenty 88 -- which is Jhené and Sean's duo outfit -- Mali Music, Jhené's daughter Namiko Love, and Dr. Chill

Trip is available now via the usual platforms. 

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Friday
Sep222017

Deck the halls with Rihanna's Fenty Beauty holiday collection

Getty Images via ABCEven though Rihanna only recently debuted her first-ever cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, the Bajan superstar is already itching to release the brand's holiday collection. 

RiRi's given us a sneak peek of her Fenty Beauty "Galaxy" holiday line via a video on her Instagram.

The theme of the visual appears to be glitter -- fitting for the upcoming holiday season -- and a palette of shimmering colors for what could possibly be eye shadow.

The video, which also features music amid a loop of Rihanna singing "I just....and," had scored over 1.7 million views as of noon ET Friday.

Rih also posted a separate Instagram post showing a picture of the entire festive collection, complete with lipsticks, eyeliner and more.

Rihanna's "Galaxy" holiday cosmetics line will be available October 13. 

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Friday
Sep222017

Billy Corgan says he's "in the dark as much as anybody" regarding potential Smashing Pumpkins reunion

Credit: Scarlet PageOn the Smashing Pumpkins' tour last year, frontman Billy Corgan reunited with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha, leading to speculation that the band's original lineup, which also included bassist D'arcy Wretzky, might reunite. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Corgan admits that the idea of a reunion tour has been "knocked about," put nothing has been set in stone.

"There's certainly gears that turn and things get waved around," he says. "But until it's inked, I'm in the dark as much as anybody."

"But I'll say this and I mean it: If we never play a note together again, that's OK," Corgan adds. "I'm way, way more interested in the fact that we have peace with each other. I've reached the point in my life where I'm not in a hurry to get to anything. If it's there, great. If it's not, cool."

While a potential reunion is still unconfirmed, Iha does appear on Corgan's upcoming solo album, Ogilala, which will be released October 13. The guitarist guests on a song called "Processional," marking the first time Iha and Corgan have played on the same song since the 2000 Pumpkins album Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music.

Corgan has also been in regular contact with Wretzky, who's stayed out of the spotlight since leaving the Pumpkins in 1999.

"I talk to D'arcy all the time," says Corgan. "We reconnected, I guess, about a year and half ago. We talk really regularly. I'm really happy to have her back in my life."

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Friday
Sep222017

Watch JAY-Z pay tribute to Chester Bennington with "Numb/Encore" performance

ABC/Randy HolmesJAY-Z paid tribute to Chester Bennington during his appearance on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Friday with a performance of "Numb/Encore," a track from the rapper's collaborative EP with Linkin Park, Collision Course.

"Dedicating this song to Chester," Jay declared before launching into the 2004 hit. You can watch the performance now on YouTube.

During a show in London this past August, his first show following Bennington's death in July, Jay also honored the late musician with a performance of "Numb/Encore." "Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way in heaven tonight," the rapper declared.

Other recent guests on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge include Wolf Alice, who covered Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," and Rag'n'Bone Man, who covered The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter."

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Friday
Sep222017

Ed Sheeran to debut new single, "Perfect," on "GMA" Monday 

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIf you're a bit tired of hearing "Shape of You" all the time, imagine how Ed Sheeran must feel. It's no wonder he's ready to move on to a new single from his hit album, ÷ (Divide).

Ed's new single, the third to be released from the album, is "Perfect," which was inspired by his longtime girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn.  In an interview, he said that he approached the track thinking, "I need to write the best love song of my career."

There's a lyric video to go with the song that you can watch on YouTube now. Ed will give the track its national U.S. TV debut on Monday on ABC's Good Morning America.

Of course, "Shape of You" isn't going away any time soon.  It's just officially become the most-streamed track of all time on Spotify, with 1.318 billion streams.

Ed's currently on a North American tour in support of Divide, and will play three nights at Brooklyn's Barclays Center next week.

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Friday
Sep222017

Niall Horan releases Flicker track list; buy a ticket, get the album 

Capitol RecordsNiall Horan has unveiled the track list for his debut solo album, Flicker, due October 20.  It includes his two hits -- "This Town" and "Slow Hands" -- as well as his new single, "Too Much to Ask."  If you pre-order Flicker, you'll get all three of those tracks instantly.

In addition, tickets are on sale today for the 2018 North American leg of Niall's world tour.  Each reserved seat ticket purchased comes with a physical copy of Flicker, but you have to register through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program to get them.  Those dates kick off July 18 in The Woodlands, TX.

Here are the track listings for the various versions of Flicker, which also includes a duet with country superstar Maren Morris:

Standard
1. "On the Loose"
2. "This Town"
3. "Seeing Blind" with Maren Morris
4. "Slow Hands"
5. "Too Much to Ask"
6. "Paper Houses"
7. "Since We're Alone"
8. "Flicker"
9. "Fire Away"
10. "You and Me"
 
Deluxe & Target editions also include:
1. "On My Own
2. "Mirrors
3. "The Tide
 
Bonus tracks
14. "Flicker" (Acoustic)
15. "On the Loose" (Acoustic)

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Friday
Sep222017

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton celebrate their love in new Christmas duet

Interscope RecordsYesterday, Gwen Stefani announced her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, and today the first single arrived.  It's the album's title track, and it's a duet featuring Gwen's boyfriend, Blake Shelton.

The upbeat, happy holiday song features the two lovebirds singing about how their romance is like "a present sent from God." “Thought I was done for, thought that love had died,” Blake sings. “But you came along, I swear you saved my life.”  Gwen sings, "I never thought that I'd find love like this/but I found forever in that very first kiss."

Blake and his ex, country superstar Miranda Lambert, divorced in 2015. Gwen and husband Gavin Rossdale, frontman of the rock band Bush and father of her three sons, split around the same time.

“You Make It Feel Like Christmas” is available to stream or download now.  You can also check out an audio-only version on YouTube.  The album comes out October 6 and an exclusive deluxe edition available at Target will feature a hardcover book with 24 pages of photos, including Gwen's personal holiday pics.

In addition, you can pick up holiday bundles that include the album on CD and white vinyl, plus a t-shirt, Christmas cards and an ornament, at GwenStefani.com.

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Friday
Sep222017

Watch now: WALK THE MOON get eclipsed by their new video, "One Foot"

RCA RecordsWALK THE MOON is back with a new single and a new video, "One Foot."

The clip finds Nicholas Petricca and the guys performing at California's Joshua Tree National Park, during the recent total eclipse of the sun, with special camera lenses similar to the ones in the glasses we all wore to watch the eclipse.  The band performs in the desert in front of a number of mirrors, and Nick is also seen singing alone on a cliff top with the sun in the background.  A woman is also seen wandering around the cliffs, and at the end, she and Nick embrace.

In the upbeat song, Nick sings, "Cross my heart and hope to die/taking this one step at a time/Got your back if you got mine/one foot in front of the other."

In a statement, Nick says of "One Foot," "We've never felt more true to ourselves than we do right now, releasing this song and this upcoming record.  ‘One Foot’ is the soundtrack of our journey this past year, moving forward even when the path is uncertain."

So far, there's no title or release date for WALK THE MOON's new album. It's the follow up to Talking Is Hard, the album that featured their breakthrough smash, "Shut Up and Dance."

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Friday
Sep222017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle's Jeff Bridges says co-star Elton John "comes to the party all guns blazing" 

John Russo © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox FIlm Corp.Director Matthew Vaughn wanted to put Elton John in his movie 2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service but couldn't find a way to work him into the plot.  But Vaughn did get Elton into the new sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle -- and one of Elton's Oscar-winning co-stars gives his performance a big thumbs up.

In Golden Circle, in theaters today, Jeff Bridges plays Champagne, a member of the U.S. spy agency Statesman, the counterpart to the U.K.'s Kingsman spy agency.  Elton plays himself, and Bridges tells ABC Radio of his part, "It's terrific, and it's not just a little cameo! I mean, this is a genuine role... he really, y'know, comes to the party all guns blazing.  He's wonderful in the film." 

In the film -- SPOILER ALERT -- Elton John has been kidnapped by the movie's villain, Poppy, played by Julianne Moore, and forced to perform private concerts for her every night.  Of course, he's not happy about it, and is shown throwing several foul-mouthed temper tantrums.  Eventually, he helps the good guys defeat Poppy, in a scene that makes use of one of his classic hits.

According to one review of the film, in one scene, one of the heroes asks Elton if he can get tickets to one of his shows. To which Elton replies, in typical fashion, "Darling, if you save the world, you can have a backstage pass!"

In addition to Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Elton John, Kingsman: The Golden Circle also stars Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, and Taron Egerton.

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Friday
Sep222017

Steely Dan's "Aja" turns 40 as Michael McDonald remembers recording "Peg": "I was terrified"

ABC RecordsSteely Dan's classic album Aja was released 40 years ago Saturday.  Before he was a solo star, or even a Doobie Brother, Michael McDonald was one of the musicians who worked with Steely Dan on tour and in the studio.  He sang on many of their albums, including Aja, notably on the hit single, "Peg."  Michael recalls the day he recorded that song, he felt very insecure about his vocal abilities.

"My anxieties of working with those guys was that I wasn't going to be able to cut it," he tells ABC Radio. "I mean, I sing, but I'm not one of those studio kind of singers that has a three-octave range, and all kinds of breath control. I smoked too much and I drank too much."

That's why, he recalls, "I remember being terrified by that whole session." 

Michael was the only one doing all the harmonies on "Peg," but they were so difficult that he found he couldn't stay in tune. "If I heard the other part, it was just too close to what I was singing," he admits. "So I sang all the parts completely solo and then they brought 'em all back [together]...and they sounded great."

It's no wonder that Michael was nervous working with Steely Dan, though. The duo's Donald Fagen and the late Walter Becker were notorious perfectionists.

"I always enjoyed working for Donald and Walter, [but] they could be harsh taskmasters," Michael remembers. "A lot of it was just their sense of humor...their songs are always a kind of a study in irony and sarcasm, and I always thought that was the best part of their music."

Michael is currently on the road in support of Wide Open, his first new album of original material in more than 15 years.

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Friday
Sep222017

Listen to Depeche Mode cover David Bowie's "Heroes" in honor of song's 40th anniversary

KMazur/WireImageDuring their tour this year, Depeche Mode has included a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" in honor of the late music icon. The synth-pop icons have now released an official recording of the cover to mark the 40th anniversary of the original track's release. You can listen to the cover now via YouTube.

"'Heroes' is the most special song to me at the moment," says frontman Dave Gahan in a statement. "Bowie is the one artist who I've stuck with since I was in my early teens. His albums are always my go-to on tour and covering 'Heroes' is paying homage to Bowie."

Depeche Mode has been touring in support of their new album, Spirit. The outing continues Friday night in Dallas, Texas.

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Friday
Sep222017

Fore! Darius Rucker takes over the new Nashville location of Topgolf to celebrate his latest #1

ABC RadioAvid golfer Darius Rucker celebrated his latest #1 with a party Thursday night in Nashville at the new location of Topgolf.

The festivities not only commemorated “If I Told You,” which topped the chart back in June, but also welcomed the golf entertainment complex to Music City, prior to its official opening this weekend.

After the traditional plaques and trophies were handed out, Darius went on to become the first artist to play on Topgolf’s Nashville stage, as he previewed five songs from When Was the Last Time. The father of three ended by doing “Wagon Wheel” especially for a little girl in the audience.

Once the festivities died down, Darius stuck around to hit some balls with his friends in the Topgolf bays.

Darius’ fifth country album comes out October 20. Its second single, “For the First Time,” is now making its way up the chart.

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Friday
Sep222017

Watch now: Asking Alexandria dives "Into the Fire" with new song; new album due in December

Sumerian RecordsThe second Danny Worsnop era of Asking Alexandria has begun. The band has released a new song titled "Into the Fire," their first track since their founding frontman rejoined the group last fall. You can download "Into the Fire" now via digital outlets.

The new single is also accompanied by a Sin City-inspired video, which is streaming now on YouTube.

"Into the Fire" is the first single from the next Asking Alexandria album. The currently untitled effort will be released December 15.

Worsnop left Asking Alexandria in January 2015, saying that he wanted "what's best for the band and at this point in time, that isn't me." He was replaced by Ukrainian singer Denis Stoff, who sang on the band's latest album, 2016's The Black. After things went south with Stoff, Worsnop rejoined Asking Alexandria in October 2016.

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Friday
Sep222017

Steely Dan's "Aja" turns 40 as Michael McDonald remembers recording "Peg": "I was terrified"

ABC RecordsSteely Dan's classic album Aja was released 40 years ago Saturday.  Before he was a solo star, or even a Doobie Brother, Michael McDonald was one of the musicians who worked with Steely Dan on tour and in the studio.  He sang on many of their albums, including Aja, notably on the hit single, "Peg."  Michael recalls the day he recorded that song, he felt very insecure about his vocal abilities.

"My anxieties of working with those guys was that I wasn't going to be able to cut it," he tells ABC Radio. "I mean, I sing, but I'm not one of those studio kind of singers that has a three-octave range, and all kinds of breath control. I smoked too much and I drank too much."

That's why, he recalls, "I remember being terrified by that whole session." 

Michael was the only one doing all the harmonies on "Peg," but they were so difficult that he found he couldn't stay in tune. "If I heard the other part, it was just too close to what I was singing," he admits. "So I sang all the parts completely solo and then they brought 'em all back [together]...and they sounded great."

It's no wonder that Michael was nervous working with Steely Dan, though. The duo's Donald Fagen and the late Walter Becker were notorious perfectionists.

"I always enjoyed working for Donald and Walter, [but] they could be harsh taskmasters," Michael remembers. "A lot of it was just their sense of humor...their songs are always a kind of a study in irony and sarcasm, and I always thought that was the best part of their music."

Michael is currently on the road in support of Wide Open, his first new album of original material in more than 15 years.

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Friday
Sep222017

Country star trivia

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Midland's Jess Carson points to Gary Stewart as one of his main influences. Can you name Stewart's iconic hit that turned out to be his only #1 on the country chart? ANSWER: 1975's "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)."

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Friday
Sep222017

"It's an absolutely polarizing tour": Chris Janson unleashes "Everybody," as Sam Hunt's 15 in a 30 wraps

Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson finishes one chapter this weekend and opens another: the 15 in a 30 Tour comes to a close, just as Chris’s sophomore album, Everybody, arrives on Friday.

Sam HuntMaren Morris and Chris will wrap up their time together with two dates at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.  Chris says there’s no doubt about it -- it’s been a great ride.

“I had no idea that Sam was going to invite me on the tour, and then he did,” Chris reflects. “I am grateful that he did, because I tell you, it's an absolutely polarizing tour, and I mean that on a good note. Because Maren's so different from me, I'm so different from Maren, Maren's so different from Sam, and vice versa. So people are getting all different genres of country music basically on one stage.”

While the three hitmakers are very different, they’ve become a family since the tour kicked off back in June.

“Everybody gets along really good,” Chris says. “The vibe's really nice, and the crowds are not just showing up for the marquee, like they're showing up from the very beginning of the night to the very end of the night. It's the best tour I've ever been a part of, to be honest with you, and Sam's great.”

Chris’s second record, Everybody, is new in stores and online today and features its top-ten lead single, “Fix a Drink.”

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Friday
Sep222017

Katy Perry song to be featured in new Orlando Bloom movie 

AJ NumanKaty Perry and Orlando Bloom reportedly are back together in real life, but they're definitely going to be together on the silver screen.

Variety reports that "Roulette," a song from Katy's latest album Witness, will appear in S.M.A.R.T. Chase, an action film set in Shanghai.  "Roulette" reportedly was inspired by Katy's visit to that city.

The movie stars Bloom as a washed-up private security guard who is hired to bring a Chinese antique out of Shanghai.  He gets ambushed, and the life of the woman he loves is in danger, so he must join with a team of experts to save her. 

"Roulette" will play over the end credits of the movie, according to Katy herself. It will be released in more than 7,000 theaters in China on September 30.

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Friday
Sep222017

Watch a relationship collapse in Bush's "Lost in You" video 

Credit: Lionel DeluyBush has premiered the video for their song "Lost in You," a track from the band's new album, Black and White Rainbows. You can watch the moody clip now on YouTube.

The video follows a relationship between a woman and frontman Gavin Rossdale, from the good times to the devastatingly bad. Rossdale has previously stated that his divorce from No Doubt's Gwen Stefani in 2015 influenced the lyrics on Black and White Rainbows.

Black and White Rainbows was released this past March. Bush is currently touring the U.K. in support of the album.

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Friday
Sep222017

Have a look at the Weeknd's new H&M collection

Image Group LA/ABCFollowing the debut of his first campaign with H&M in February, The Weeknd's getting his fans ready for the fall season with a brand-new capsule collection via the Swedish retail company.  

Weeknd made the announcement about his second collaboration with H&M in early September on Twitter, but pictures of every piece from the collection is now available to view on complex.com.

If you're not fashion savvy, a capsule collection is a collection of indispensable, fundamental fashion items that never go out of style.  

The "Party Monster" artist's second H&M clothing range comes complete with designs such as a maroon-colored sweatshirt with the words "The Weeknd" in white emblazoned on the front and a black bomber jacket.

The Weeknd's newest clothes arrives in H&M stores and on HM.com September 28. 

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