Jane's Addiction Among Headliners of 2016 Shaky Knees Festival

Shaky Knees Festival Jane's Addiction is among the artists that will headline the 2016 Shaky Knees Music Festival, which will be held May 13-15 at Centennial Olympic Park and International Plaza in Atlanta. For their set, the band will be performing its 1990 sophomore album, Ritual de lo Habitual, in full.

The fest's other headliners are the modern-rock acts Florence + the Machine and My Morning Jacket, while this year's lineup also includes Huey Lewis and the News, Deftones, At the Drive-In, WALK THE MOON, Cold War Kids, Eagles of Death Metaland The 1975 among many others.

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Report: One Direction Calling It Quits?

ABC/Fred LeeSounds like that extended hiatus could be a lot longer than everyone expected.  One Direction is reportedly calling it quits.

Us Weekly is reporting the quartet made their decision last October, despite insisting they were only taking a break to focus on their personal lives.

Zayn Malik left the boy band in March of 2015, through remaining members Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson immediately assured fans they would soldier on.  As early as August, though, there were reports of a permanent split. In response, Niall tweeted, "Ok so Lots of rumours going round.  We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well earned break at some point next year," which the rest of the band confirmed, adding they were working on a new album to be released before year's end.

That album, Made in the A.M., was released in November.  The title was a reference, some speculated, to it being made "After Malik."  The band continued to insist while promoting the album that their hiatus was only that.  However, not everyone was certain.  Even Simon Cowell, who put One Direction together five years ago on the U.K. version of his talent show, The X Factor," said after the hiatus announcement that he'd "known for a while that they were going to take this year off," explaining, "They had to because of their workload."  He also said he wouldn't pressure them to reunite afterward.

Made in the A.M. sold a respectable 459,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music.  The group then went on to win Artist of the Year distinctions at the American Music Awards.  Having wrapped up their massively successful On the Road Again tour, 1D on December 13, 2015 made their finale pre-hiatus appearance on The X Factor UK.  They also topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid celebrities under 30, raking in $130 million between June of 2014 and June of 2015.

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Marvin Gaye's Family Is Requesting $3.4 Million from Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. 

Motown; Star Trak/InterscopeThe battle over "Blurred Lines" still isn't over.

The family of Marvin Gaye has requested that Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. pay their attorneys' fees and other allowable expenses -- about $3.4 million, according to a document obtained by ABC News.

In paperwork filed by their lawyers, Gaye's children, Nona and Frankie, have asked the singers to pay about $2.67 million in attorney fees and $776,932.71 in non-taxable costs.

"The Copyright Act provides that in an action for copyright infringement, the Court may award 'a reasonable attorneys' fee to the prevailing party as part of the costs," they wrote. "An award of fees to Nona and Frankie Gaye will, therefore, further the purposes of the Copyright Act."

Last March, a jury ruled that Robin and Pharrell copied part of Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up" for their hit, "Blurred Lines."

As a result, the Gaye family was awarded approximately $7.4 million in damages. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in July, a judge reduced that amount to $5.3 million and T.I., Universal Music Group, Interscope and Star Trak Entertainment were added to the lawsuit.

At the same time, the judge denied the Gayes' bid to remove the song from distribution, but granted their request for ongoing royalties of 50 percent.

According to multiple reports, Robin and Pharrell filed an appeal this past December.

They have not yet commented on the most recent filing.

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Cameron Crowe Shares His Memories of David Bowie

Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesWriter-director Cameron Crowe fondly remembered the late David Bowie Tuesday, while appearing at a Television Critics Association winter press tour panel for his new Showtime series, Roadies.

The Oscar-winning Almost Famous filmmaker recalled that as a teen journalist, he profiled some friends of Bowie's and mentioned to them that he'd like to interview Bowie. Later, he received a phone call from Bowie himself, who was headed to Los Angeles and invited Crowe to chat with him.

In total, Crowe said, he spent six months with Bowie, in between the time the musician released his mid-1970s albums Young Americans and Station to Station.

"He was the most generous and exciting interview subject that I was ever allowed a lot of time with, and that all came from David Bowie," Crowe said.

Crowe said "there were no limits" while he was with Bowie. He said the music icon told him, "'Ask me anything, watch me create, watch me produce, watch me sad, watch me happy', and it was an incredibly vital experience because he said, 'you can do this story for whoever you want.'"

Crowe praised Bowie as an influence to artists who may need to remember it's about "restless need to be creative." He further described Bowie as an "anti-branding artist."

Bowie died Sunday following a battle with cancer. He was 69.

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Chris Janson Confesses He'd Rather Have the Money Than the Boat

Sweet Talk PublicityHold on to your tackle box and life preserver -- it turns out the man behind "Buy Me a Boat" isn't pining for a piece of watercraft after all!

"I always kinda wanted a boat, but then I got a boat and I'd paint it camouflage and do all the things I wanted to do with it. Money always meant more to me than a boat, so I thought, 'Man, maybe I could sell this thing and make $2 on Craigslist.' So I've always kinda been that cat," Chris Janson confessed at the number one party Tuesday for the song he co-wrote.

Even though he'd simply rather have the cash, the first-time chart-topper says he hopes to some day have the time -- and the appropriate vessel -- to spend some time on the water. 

"It's interesting 'Buy Me a Boat' being my first hit single, cause I'm not really like a boat-ey guy. I guess 'cause I really don't have time to do it, man. I was working before I had this hit. I'm working even more now. Maybe someday when I retire I'll have time to do it, and really just sit back and relax. 'Cause I think it would be fun to have a nice pontoon with the kids and do the deal and catch some NOT fish on the lake, 'cause I can't fish worth a damn," he adds dryly.

Chris has another big hit on his hands right now, since he's one of the co-writers on LOCASH's "I Love This Life," which is currently in the top five. His second single, "Power of Positive Drinkin'," is climbing the charts as well. The video, which features his wife and family, is now available on YouTube.

Next month, Chris heads out on tour with Blake Shelton.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGrand Ole Opry member Terri Clark performed for veterans at the VA Hospital in Nashville Monday night as part of Musicians On Call, the nonprofit that helps lift the spirits of patients at hospitals around the country through music. Thanks to a partnership with the Opry's Circle Throwdown, Terri stood on a replica of the iconic circle of wood from the Ryman Auditorium and used one of the signature mic stands from the world's longest-running radio show.

Dolly Parton graces the cover of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development's 2016 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide. You can request a free copy online.

Chris Young celebrated the chart-topping success of both his album I'm Comin' Over and its lead single Monday at a party at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom.

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James Corden Says It Was "Wonderful" Singing with Adele

Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesYou've seen the preview, but tonight, you'll get to see Adele's full Carpool Karaoke performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.  But according to Corden, we'll only see about a quarter of the goodness that is Adele.

"Put it this way, -- we shoot it and then we say to our editor, 'Make a rough cut of just all of the good bits,'" Corden told reporters earlier this week. "And the first cut of the Adele one was 57 minutes!"  Unfortunately, we'll only get to see about 13-and-a-half minutes of Adele singing two of her songs, plus a Spice Girls hit.  In addition, she shows off her rap skills, spitting a verse by Nicki Minaj.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah," Corden said when asked if he had any idea that Adele could rap. "We had talked about that before and she had said, 'I can do this.'”

Another big name is on tap for Corden's show next month: Elton John will be the Carpool Karaoke guest on a special post-Super Bowl episode of the show on February 7.

So far, Corden has hosted some pretty big musical acts on the popular segment, but he says he can't think of anyone who'd make him nervous to sing with.

"I don’t think that you could get bigger people than the people we’ve had," Corden told reporters. "Like, Stevie Wonder, Adele and Elton John and Rod Stewart. You know, I don’t think you can talk about bigger people. And so no, [none of them intimidated me]."  He added, "What’s there to be nervous about? We’re just singing in a car!"

Asked by ABC Radio how he felt about harmonizing with the #1 music act in the world right now -- that'd be Adele -- Corden told reporters, "I enjoyed it. I mean, it’s wonderful. It’s like so much of my life at the moment: all I ever really think is, 'If this was an auction prize, what would it go for?'  And yet it’s my life, I’m at work!"

He added, "It’s not lost on me what a privilege that is."

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Burton Cummings Launching 2016 Tour Itinerary with Three-Night Stand in Las Vegas

Courtesy of Burton CummingsAfter ringing in 2016 with a New Year's Eve concert in Tacoma, Washington, founding Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings is set to launch a brief series of solo U.S. shows this week.  The singer/keyboardist, who turned 68 on December 31, will kick things off with a three-night stand this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Cummings' run of stateside concerts winds down on January 26 in Palm Desert, California, and he also has a March 4 performance lined up in Windsor, Ontario, in his home country of Canada.

In other news, Burton recently posted a Facebook video message for fans in which he reveals that he will be publishing his first book of poetry soon, and also will be starting to work on a new solo album this year. In the video, the singer also thanks fans for following him on his social media outlets and showing continued interest in his music and other endeavors.

Meanwhile, Burton also has joined the throngs of music stars paying tribute to rock legend David Bowie, who died of cancer Sunday at the age of 69.  On his Facebook page, Cummings writes, "Changed the landscape of pop music…one of a kind, multi gifted individual…left us 'golden years' of music…R.I.P."

Here are all of Burton's confirmed tour dates, according to

1/14 -- Las, Vegas, NV, Orleans Hotel & Casino
1/16 -- Las, Vegas, NV, Orleans Hotel & Casino
1/17 -- Las, Vegas, NV, Orleans Hotel & Casino
1/22 -- Chandler, AZ, Ovations Live! at Wild Horse Pass
1/24 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
1/26 -- Palm Desert, CA, McCallum Theatre
3/4 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor

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Tinashe Announces Dates for Joyride World Tour

Credit: Smallz & RaskindTinashe will spend the first few months of 2016 on the road. The singer has announced the dates for her headlining outing, dubbed the Joyride World Tour.

The trek will begin February 28, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN at Mill City Nights, where Tinashe will hit 27 major U.S. cities before heading overseas with a closing show on May 26 in Perth, Australia. British DJ duo Snakehips, who recently collaborated with Tinashe on the hit song “All My Friends,” is scheduled to serve as Tinashe's opening act.

"I'll take you on the ride of your life... #Joyride," she assured fans on Instagram. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 15 via

Meanwhile, Tinashe currently is working on her sophomore album, Joyride, which features her recent singles "Party Favor" and "Player" featuring Chris Brown. You can expect the album to arrive later this winter on RCA Records.

Here are Tinashe's Joyride World Tour dates:

2/28 -- Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights    
2/29 --  Saint Louis, MO, The Ready Room    
3/2 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
3/3 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall
3/4 -- Toronto, ON, The Phoenix    
3/6 -- Montreal, QC, Corona Theatre
3/8 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall
3/9 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
3/11 -- New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall
3/12 -- New York, NY, Webster Hall
3/13 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
3/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
3/16 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore    
3/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
3/20 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte    
3/21 -- Nashville, TN, The Cannery    
3/22 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
3/24 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues    
3/25 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
3/26 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
3/29 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
3/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues 
4/1 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory  
4/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Belasco Theatre 
4/5 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre  
4/7 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
4/8 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo
4/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Vogue Theatre 
4/26 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Vega 
4/28 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Debaser Midis
4/30 -- Oslo, Norway, Sentrum Scene 
5/2 -- London, U.K., Koko 
5/4 -- Birmingham, U.K., O2 Institute
5/5 -- Manchester, U.K., O2 Ritz
5/7--  Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso  
5/9 -- Paris, France, La Cigale
5/17 -- Tokyo, Japan, Duo
5/18 --Tokyo, Japan, Duo
5/20 -- Auckland, New Zealand, The Powerstation
5/21 --  Brisbane, Australia, Max Watts
5/24 -- Sydney, Australia, Enmore Theatre
5/25 -- Melbourne, Australia, The Forum
5/26 -- Perth, Australia, Metro City  

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Role of Jada Pinkett Smith Cast for Tupac Biopic, "All Eyez on Me"

Photo by S. Granitz/WireImageThere's new progress bring made with Tupac Shakur movie All Eyez on Me.

Variety reports that actress Kat Graham will portray Jada Pinkett Smith, who was a close associate of 'Pac when they attended the Baltimore School for the Arts -- they remained friends up until the rappers untimely passing in 1996.

The new cast member joins Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac and Walking Dead star Danai Gurira as Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur.

The film, whose title is taken from Shakur’s fourth studio album, is currently shooting in Atlanta.

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DNCE Reveals the Likely Ingredients in a "Cake by the Ocean" Cocktail

ABC/Image Group LAJoe Jonas spent the latter part of 2015 introducing the world to his new group, DNCE.  Now, they're spending the first part of 2016 watching their first single, "Cake by the Ocean," ascend the charts.  The song's title was inspired by the band's Swedish producers, who mangled the name of the popular cocktail Sex on the Beach.

"They were telling a story and I remember...…[with] their broken English, they said something along the lines of like, 'Yes, then we had cake by the beach. Ha Ha Ha.' And I was like, 'What?,' and interrupted them," Joe tells ABC Radio. "And then they explained what they were talking about and immediately I was like, 'OK, this has gotta be [put] into a song, somehow.'”

"It was one of those days we just all had fun and were just kinda letting loose and it just came together," Joe continues. "But I didn’t correct them. I still think they’re out there telling people that 'Cake by the Ocean' is what they were drinking." 

"They still don't know," cracks bass player Cole Whittle.

Now, as you may or may not know, a Sex on the Beach is made with vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice.  So if there was actually a drink called Cake by the Ocean, what would it be made of?

"Oh, I think it would just be a blended up cake and alcohol," Joe laughs. "Probably like a boxed wine...and red velvet cake."  Cole thinks the drink would also contain moonshine whiskey, but either way, it'd be pretty gross. 

DNCE has a new wardrobe for the New Year: Joe Jonas tweeted out a picture of the band posing for a new Diesel jeans ad, and a 30-second spot starring himself.

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The Struts' Luke Spiller Describes the "Victorian Rock n' Roll" Influence of Queen 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Struts' current single, "Kiss This," follows in the classic rock, Queen-influenced footsteps of the band's breakthrough song "Could Have Been Me." Frontman Luke Spiller, who could certainly be described as Freddie Mercury-esque, discovered Queen as a young teenager, and he found that the band tapped into his interests outside of music, too.

"I've always had an obsession with things of the past, whether it's period dramas and things that are quintessentially English," Spiller tells ABC Radio. "That's always fascinated me and I've always romanticized about that. I grew up in a Victorian seaside town, and when I heard some of those records, like Night of the Opera, Queen I, Queen II, going all the way through it, I heard a lot of that."

"I heard that music and it sounded like Victorian rock n' roll," he continues. "Like Brian May's guitar tone sounded like what they would play in a ballroom dance somewhere is some big grand estate. And that just completely set me off, and I've been in love ever since."

While "Victorian rock n' roll" is certainly an apt way to describe Queen, Spiller wouldn't use that term to characterize The Struts.

"If I had a solo album it would be completely like Victorian rock n' roll," he says. " a collective we pull in a lot of different things, so what you're ending up hearing is far more colorful of a picture than just that."

That blend of influences not only includes the classics, but also the bands that the members of The Struts grew up with.

"With us guys all born in the early '90s, the bands that were kind of around and getting played on the radio would've been the kind of Brit-pop bands," bassist Jed Elliott tells ABC Radio. "So you've got Oasis, Blur, and then Arctic Monkeys, Libertines later on. That's what was around for us to absorb before we went back and checked the kind of older, more classic side of things."

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Craig Strickland Memorialized as Wife Shares the Letter She Put in His Pocket

Brian ArmasBackroad Anthem singer Craig Strickland was memorialized Tuesday at a funeral in Rogers, Arkansas.

Before the service, which was held at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, his wife, Helen, took to Instagram to reflect on her loss.

She also shared a photo of the letter she slipped into her late husband's pocket.

"I love him with every part of my heart, but I love our God more... and I know my God loves Craig and I more than we could ever imagine," she wrote in her post. "Therefore, God has a purpose. He makes everything beautiful in its time. Craig established relationships with each of us so that he could see us again. So let us love one another like Craig did.

"Let us pray for strangers. And let us establish relationships with one another with the goal of establishing Christ-like relationships so that we can see each other again in heaven," she added, before quoting from the Ecclesiastes.

Strickland, 29, went missing late last month after he went duck hunting in the middle of a storm. He was found dead on January 4.

"The night of the accident he had fought his way out of the water and up a hill before the stages of hypothermia set in. He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep," Helen Strickland wrote on Instagram last week. "They found him lying in the shape of a cross looking up to his Father. Thank you to every single person who prayed for him and our family during this time. There was not a more peaceful way for him to go into the arms of our Lord, and I know your prayers had a role in making that happen."

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Does Jewel Have a New Boyfriend?

ABC/Randy HolmesJewel appears to have a new boyfriend.

On Sunday, the singer/songwriter shared a photo on Instagram of her and pro football player Charlie Whitehurst backstage at the Alejandro Escovedo Experience: The Leonard Cohen Influence in Austin, Texas.

A day later, Jewel, 41, posted another photo of Whitehurst, 33, on the field at the Alabama-Clemson college football championship game.

"They met in Nashville and have been dating for a while -- they went to France together," an insider tells People magazine. "He treats her amazingly well and is a great guy. She's really happy."

Jewel split from her husband, world champion rodeo cowboy Ty Murray, in 2014 after six years of marriage. They have a four-and-a-half-year-old son, Kase Townes.

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Watch Clip from New Spike Lee-Directed Michael Jackson Documentary

Estate of Michael Jackson/Sony Music Legacy RecordingsA short preview of the new Spike Lee-directed documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, has premiered online at Showtime's official YouTube channel.  The clip includes footage of Michael Jackson in concert with The Jacksons in 1979 and 1981, as well as commentary from such artists as Talking Heads singer David Byrne, Roots drummer Questlove and contemporary pop/R&B star The Weeknd.

The film will get its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, and then will debut on Showtime on February 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  In addition, the documentary will be included in deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray versions of Jackson's 1979 album Off the Wall that will hit stores on February 26.

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall follows the late pop legend as he breaks away from his famous family group to establish himself as a solo superstar. The film includes archival footage of Michael, plus interviews with the aforementioned stars, as well as with Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, John Legend, director Lee Daniels, Kobe Bryant, ballerina Misty Copeland, L.A. Reid and various members of the Jackson clan.

Off the Wall features the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You," as well as the hit title track and "She's Out of My Life." Thanks to the record, MJ, who was 20 when Off the Wall was released, became the first solo artist to have four top-10 singles from the same album.  To date, it's sold more than eight million copies in the U.S. alone.

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Mac Miller Enlists Miguel for "Weekend" Music Video

Photo by Scott Legato/Getty ImagesAfter releasing his new album GO:OD AM last year, Mac Miller is back with a new video for "Weekend."

In the Daniel Czernilofsky-directed clip, posted on YouTube, Mac raps in a dark alley while Miguel drives a vintage car slowly behind him. They later hit the road and end up in a warehouse filled with mysterious women, all clad in lacy bodysuits.

"Too much on my plate/ Lord I need me a break/ but I'll be good by the weekend," they sing on the bouncy beat.

"Weekend" is as the fourth visual from GO:OD AM, following video releases for "100 Grandkids," "Clubhouse" and "Brand Name."

In related news, Miller is scheduled to perform at this year's Governors Ball festival, taking place on Randall's Island Park in New York City, June 3-5.


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Erykah Badu Remixes of Kanye West’s "Real Friends"

Photo by Brian Killian/WireImageErykah Badu is on a roll. After gifting fans with a new  mixtape less than two months ago, the singer has released a clever remix to Kanye West’s new track “Real Friends.”

In the revamp entitled "Trill Friends," which was posted on SoundCloud, Badu samples Whodini’s '90s classic "Friends" while calling out fake people. "Homeboys, see some of them we wish we never knew at all," she bluntly sings."Don't get in your feelings."

The new track will appear on her next project, titled This $*** Too Easy, which will serve as the follow-up to her Black Friday mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone.

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Miguel's Proposal Was Intimate, Says Source

ABC RadioMiguel has remained mum about his proposal to his girlfriend of 12 years, model-singer Nazanin Mandi, but apparently his he popped the big question in an intimate setting. 

According to E! News, a source reveals his proposal was "very heartfelt and real" and "done perfectly."

“Nazanin and Miguel are really excited to get married! They’ve been together for some time and knew that they were going to spend their lives together,” says the insider. “All of their friends and family think they are the best couple and really complement each other.”

It's also possible that Miguel will sing to his bride-to-be on their big day. "Miguel will definitely be singing his soon-to-be wife a tune when their wedding takes place," the source reveals.

Mandi, 29, posted an Instagram photo of herself on Monday in which she's seen showing off a huge diamond ring.

Miguel, whose birth name is Miguel Jontel Pimentel, reportedly met Nazanin on the set of his video for "Getcha Hands Up" in 2005.

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Dream Theater Reveals Trailer for "The Astonishing"; Keyboardist Pays Tribute to David Bowie 

Ernesto Ruscio/Redferns via Getty ImagesMost albums don't need a 90-second trailer to explain their plot, but then again, most albums aren't Dream Theater's The Astonishing. The prog-metal heroes have shared such a trailer for the 34-track concept album.

In the trailer, an ominous voiceover tells the story of the oppressive Great Northern Empire of the Americas and the rebels that will fight against it. To find out the whole story, you'll have to listen to The Astonishing when it's released on January 29.

In other Dream Theater news, the band's keyboardist Jordan Rudess has shared a musical tribute to David Bowie, who died on Sunday following an 18-month battle with cancer. On Facebook, Rudess posted an instrumental piano cover of the Bowie classic "Space Oddity."

Rudess previously collaborated with Bowie on the late rock icon's 2002 album, Heathen.

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Report: David Bowie Could Score First #1 Album with "Blackstar"

Columbia RecordsThe late David Bowie's new studio album, ★, which is pronounced Blackstar, is on pace to become the influential British rocker's first-ever #1 record on the Billboard 200 chart.  According to Billboard, industry forecasters are estimating that the album, which was released on Bowie's 69th birthday this past Friday -- just two days before the singer died of cancer -- could sell around 130,000 copies during its first week of release, enough for it to grab the top spot on the tally.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks albums using a system that combines traditional album sales with other factors, including streaming.  With ★'s equivalent album figure expected to exceed 130,000, that should be enough to beat out the reigning #1 album, Adele's 25, and all other competitors.

Bowie's previous highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 was his 2013 release, The Next Day, which debuted and peaked at #2. David had six other albums that made it into the top 10 of the chart, including 1976's Station to Station, which reached #3, and 1983's Let's Dance, which peaked at #4.

As previously reported, Bowie passed away Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. Since news of his unexpected death emerged, artists from across the musical spectrum have been coming forward with tribute messages and remembrances.

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