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Friday
May262017

Mary J. Blige and ASAP Rocky encourage self-love in new music video for "Love Yourself"

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteMary J Blige sets out to prove that "love is strong" in the music video for her empowering track, "Love Yourself."  

The visual showcases the singer looking regal in several exquisite outfits as she sings about the power of self-worth and self-love.  

Rapper ASAP Rocky is also featured throughout the clip, taking the place of Kanye West, whose vocals are heard in the original version of the song.  

In one scene, ASAP sits down with a twin version of himself while they both spit bars, while in another scene he's looking debonair in a black and white suit, with Mary by his side.

"Love Yourself" is from Mary's latest album, Strength of a Woman, which topped the Billboard R&B Albums chart at #1 earlier this month. 

The entertainer is currently on tour in support of the album and is expected to appear at several major festivals, including the Wawa Welcome America event in Philadelphia and Essence Festival in New Orleans. Find ticket info at MaryJBlige.com.    

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Friday
May262017

3LW's former manager responds to Naturi Naughton & Adrienne Houghton claims 

Theo Wargo/WireImageIt's not over yet.  

After previous claims of a beef within girl group 3LWAdrienne Houghton, formerly Adrienne Bailon, finally cleared the air with fellow former member Naturi Naughton, issuing the Power actress a public apology on The Real this Thursday.  

However, 3LW's previous manager, Tse Williams, is none too happy with Adrienne and Naturi's recent kiss and make-up session -- nor Naturi's claims of management negligence during the height of 3LW's career -- and decided to tell her side of the story in a series of tweets.  

In one message, Williams writes, "What exactly did we 'do' to @naturinaughton? What is she apologizing for? We put you on and you've spent years talking trash about us."  

Williams continued to list a slew of allegations against Naturi and Adrienne, including a statement explaining that The Cheetah Girls franchise ended because of "naked pictures of @AdrienneBailon."  

In an interview with MTV, Naturi said she was forced out of the group by both management and its two founding members, Adrienne and Kiely Williams, the latter of whom's also Tse Williams' younger sister.  

Naturi was replaced by Jessica Benson in 2002.

On Thursday's episode of The Real, Naturi accepted Bailon's apology, and both vowed to move on from the past.  

Kiely has yet to make any public statements about her current relationship with Naturi or Adrienne. 

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Friday
May262017

The Rolling Stones' "Olé Olé Olé!" Latin American tour documentary released on DVD and Blu-ray today

Eagle Rock EntertainmentHere's your weekend viewing all sorted: the recent Rolling Stones documentary about the band's 2016 América Latina Olé Tour was released on DVD and Blu-ray today.

Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America follows the band throughout the 10-city trek, which culminated with a historic free concert in Havana, Cuba. The film, which was directed by Paul Dugdale, offers a behind-the-scenes look at The Stones and their Latin American fans, and also showcases some live performance footage from the tour.

The documentary, which includes new interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, also focuses on how the band's first-ever show in Cuba came together, and the excitement the event generates among the citizens of the Communist country.

The Olé Olé Olé! DVD and Blu-ray contains bonus footage of seven full-length performances captured at various shows during the trip.

Here are the bonus performances, as well as the cities where they took place:

"Out of Control" (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
"Paint It Black" (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
"Honky Tonk Women" (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
"Sympathy for the Devil" (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
"You Got the Silver" (Lima, Peru)
"Midnight Rambler" (Lima, Peru)
"Miss You" (Lima, Peru)

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Friday
May262017

Which current young male pop star calls Don Henley "dad"?

Danny Clinch/David Needleman exclusively for Billboard

When you think of artists who are influenced by The Eagles, U.K.-based pop band One Direction might not immediately come to mind. However, one of the group's members, Niall Horan, not only worships the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, he tells Billboard that he and Don Henley have a father/son relationship.

The Irish singer, who has launched a solo career while One Direction is on hiatus, reveals to the magazine, "Don Henley and I talk every couple weeks or so. It's [crazy]. I call him 'dad.' He calls me 'son.'"

Not only that, but Horan says his latest solo single, "Slow Hands," was influenced by Henley's 1980s solo hits, like "Boys of Summer." As for Don, he couldn't be more proud of his "son."

"Niall is a solid guy whose focus is right where it ought to be: on songwriting," Henley tells Billboard. "He's got the Irish charm and a healthy, self-effacing sense of humor, which is an essential ­survival tool in this business."

He adds, "I think that Niall will evolve into a resonant, thoughtful voice for his generation."

Don and The Eagles will be performing at The Classic West and The Classic East festivals this summer in Los Angeles and New York City. As previously reported, late Eagles founder Glenn Frey's son Deacon will take his dad's place at the concerts, which also will feature Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers.

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Friday
May262017

Listen now: Carly Rae Jepsen debuts uplifting track, “Cut to the Feeling”

604/School Boy/Interscope Records Carly Rae Jepsen is taking the leap with her new single, “Cut to the Feeling.” The track, out today, is featured in the upcoming animated movie, Leap!

Set to an uplifting beat, the lyrics tell the story of a euphoric love. “I wanna cut through the clouds/Break the ceiling/I wanna dance on the roof/You and me alone/I wanna cut to the feeling,” Jepsen sings on the triumphant chorus.

Carly Rae initially wrote the track during recording sessions for her 2015 album Emotion, but it didn’t make the album.

Leap!, which comes out August 30, follows an 11-year-old orphan named Felicie in Paris who dreams of becoming a dancer. Carly Rae voices the character Odette, a former prima ballerina who gives Felicie advice.  

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Friday
May262017

Is Mariah Carey launching her own beauty company?

ABC/Randy HolmesLast year, Mariah Carey launched a makeup collection with MAC. Now, she might be launching a beauty company all her own.

According to New York Post’s Page Six, the singer and her manager, Stella Bulochnikov, are planning to open a Beverly Hills-based business that will feature their own brand of makeup, skin care and fragrances.

“They plan on opening a brick-and-mortar store in Beverly Hills and have been secretly looking at a number of retail spaces with a plan to unveil it this holiday season or next year by the latest,” a source says.

Last holiday season saw the release of Mariah’s MAC collection of shimmery neutrals, including lipsticks, blush, highlighter and eye shadow palettes.

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Friday
May262017

Till the Rivers All Run Dry: Alison Krauss to lead Opry tribute to "the Gentle Giant"

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Grand Ole Opry will pay tribute to “the Gentle Giant” on Tuesday, honoring Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams.

1995 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Alison Krauss will lead the way, performing the classic “Till the Rivers All Run Dry,” from Gentle Giants:  The Songs of Don Williams. Revered singer/songwriter John Prine and Americana favorite Jason Isbell will do their tunes from the record as well.  

Conceived as a benefit for the Grammys’ MusiCares charity, the just-released album also boasts covers from Chris StapletonDierks BentleyLady AntebellumGarth BrooksPistol Annies, and Trisha Yearwood.

Darius Rucker is also scheduled to play the Opry on Tuesday, though he’s not set to be part of the Williams tribute at this point.

Just last year, Don Williams was forced to postpone his tour due to unexpected hip replacement surgery, which resulted in the 77-year-old's eventual retirement from performing.

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Friday
May262017

Corey Taylor confronts childhood sexual abuse in "The Therapist" TV appearance

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesCorey Taylor confronted a very dark and painful moment in his childhood during his appearance on the Viceland show The Therapist this week. During his conversion with host Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh, the Slipknot frontman revealed that he was raped at age 10 by a 16-year-old who lived in his neighborhood.

"He would invite me over to his house to play music, and one day it became something else," Taylor said. "I didn't tell anybody for a long time because he threatened to hurt me, threatened to hurt my mom."

Taylor also opened up about attempting suicide when he was a teenager.

"I took a bunch of pills at my grandmother's house and just basically laid on the floor," he said. "And my ex-girlfriend's mom stopped at my grandma's house out of nowhere to check on me, to see how I was, [and] found me. An hour later, I'm drinking ipecac and throwing up into a bucket."

At the end of the conversation, Taylor speaks about how being a father has helped him overcome the traumas he experienced growing up.

"The only thing I ever wanted to be was a dad," he said. "I have three amazing kids. I never want my kids to go through what I went through."

You can watch Taylor's episode of The Therapist with a Viceland subscription via Viceland.com.

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Friday
May262017

Liam Gallagher announces debut solo single; will play Manchester benefit show 

Jeff Spicer/Getty ImagesLiam Gallagher has announced the details of his debut solo single. The track will be called "Wall of Glass" and, according to the U.K. iTunes store, it'll arrive June 1.

"Wall of Glass" will be the first single to be released from the ex-Oasis vocalist's debut solo album As You Were, which is due out this year.

Next week, Gallagher will play a hometown show in Manchester, England, which he's turning into a benefit show for the families of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

"It's outrageous. Just so sad," Gallagher tells the Manchester Evening News of the attack. "What can you do? It's just f****** out of order. There are kids and people dying all over the world. And for what?"

"The gig was going to happen anyway and we all have to do what we can," he continues. "I want to try and help pick people up. People like me, doing what we do, it's our duty to give people a good time."

Gallagher will cross the Atlantic for his debut U.S. solo show in August when he plays Lollapalooza.

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Friday
May262017

Josh Homme composes score for Cannes film "In the Fade" 

Tara Ziemba/WireImageJosh Homme provides the score for the film In the Fade, which is currently in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Speaking to Variety, director Fatih Akin says that having the opportunity to work with the Queens of the Stone Age frontman was a "big surprise."

"When I was writing [In the Fade], I was listening to a lot of music by Queens of the Stone Age," Akin says. "I had the feeling that this could be the music that the character was listening to. It has a self-destructive attitude and somehow the film is about self-destruction."

In the Fade, which is also the name of QotSA track, is about a woman seeking revenge against a neo-Nazi group after they murder her husband and son.

"I sent [Homme] a very early version of the film," Akin says. "He immediately called back saying he loved it and was blown away and that he would like to put his hands on it. We phoned maybe four or five times, sent 10 emails back and forth and then I had the music. It was a very uncomplicated, fast and very clean process of working."

Homme and the rest of Queens of the Stone Age have been working on a new album, the follow-up to their 2013 effort ...Like Clockwork.

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Friday
May262017

Solange cancels Boston Calling performance; Migos steps in

Columbia Records/Carlota GuerreroSolange has some unfortunate news: she won't be able to appear during this weekend's Boston Calling music festival. 

"I'm really really sorry/sad about this but I fought hard to only give u my best, & tons of production drama/delays got all up in the way, she tweeted, adding a sad face emoji. 

However, the Grammy winner promised she'd come back to do a "one off show" for her loyal fans, adding, "Making it my mission. I will give it, and you my all."  

Representatives for Boston Calling confirmed via their official Twitter that Solange won't appear, but that hip-hop trio Migos has been added to the lineup and will perform today. 

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Friday
May262017

Items from Keith Richards' New York City apartment to be auctioned in June

Credit: Mark SeligerIf you're a Rolling Stones fan who's wanted to own something personal belonging to Keith Richards, you'll get your chance when a collection of items from the rock legend's Manhattan apartment goes up for bid next month.

The auction, which will take place June 24 at Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York, will feature antique furniture, paintings, decorations and more from the Upper East Side residence Richards shares with his wife, model Patti Hansen, who purchased many of the items herself at antique stores on the East Coast and in London.

Among the pieces going on the block is tufted leather Chesterfield sofa Richards favored. Other items include three large floral paintings by French artist Jacqueline Marval, Persian rugs, a tea set featuring skull designs, and a shoe-shaped chair featuring a leopard print.

A few pieces from Richards and Hansen's Connecticut home also will be sold, including a wooden four-poster bed, Waterford crystal wine glasses, an Italian orange-glass decanter, and a pair of Flemish tapestry pillows.

Stair Galleries will offer a daily preview of the auction beginning June 10. The sale will take place at 11 a.m. ET June 24.

All proceeds raised by the auction will be donated to Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and Sphere of CT, which both support adults with developmental disabilities. Richards and Hansen have an affinity for these organizations because Patti has an adult nephew with autism.

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Friday
May262017

Listen now: Halsey and Lauren Jauregui sing about same-sex love on “Strangers”

Astralwerks RecordsHalsey and Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui have joined forces on a new LGBT love song, “Strangers.”

The ‘80s-inspired duet, which will be featured on Halsey’s upcoming album, is about a same-sex romance.

"I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBT community,” Halsey says in a statement. “'Strangers' is just a love song that happens to use same-sex pronouns."

They two sing on the chorus, “We’re not lovers/We’re just strangers/With the same damn hungry/To be touched, to be loved, to feel anything at all.”

Both Halsey and Lauren identify as bisexual.

Halsey sophomore’s album, hopeless fountain kingdom, comes out June 2.

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Friday
May262017

Ed Sheeran breaks Australasian touring record; Pens new Rita Ora track

Luke ThomasEd Sheeran has broken a touring record Down Under. His stadium tour of Australia and New Zealand has expanded to 18 shows, surpassing the record for the most stadium dates for a single Australasian tour.

That record was previously held by AC/DC’s Black Ice tour, which hit 14 stadiums in 2010.

Due to popular demand, today Ed added new shows for Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Dunedin. The tour was previously expanded from seven to 14 shows.

"I've always loved coming to Australia and New Zealand,” Ed says in a statement obtained by Billboard. “So many amazing musicians have toured there and I am humbled to have broken these records."

Next, Ed could be on track to break the all-time sales record for an Australasian tour set by Dire Straits in 1986 when an estimated 900,000 people attended the band’s shows. Ed has already sold more than 710,000 tickets. Tickets for the new shows go on sale June 1.

Meanwhile, Ed has helped pen Rita Ora’s new track, “Your Song.” The single is about “feeling on top of the world,” according to Rita. She says she and Ed, who have known each other for years, “definitely click creatively.”

"Your Song" is the first single from Rita's Atlantic Records debut album; she signed a deal with Atlantic last June, after releasing her 2012 debut album, Ora, via Roc Nation/Columbia.  Still no name or release date for her Atlantic album, though.

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Friday
May262017

Listen now: Nick Jonas releases “Remember I Told You,” featuring Mike Posner and Anne-Marie

Island RecordsNick Jonas is sharing the spotlight on his latest song, “Remember I Told You.” The new track features his writing collaborator Mike Posner and Anne-Marie, who sings on Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye.”

“Remember I told you, I need you/Remember the spot that was there/All of the words that I’m saying/Are just a fancy way of saying ‘I care,’” Nick sings on the club-ready tune.

“With this song, I love this message -- I feel like it’s a position so many people have been in, where they feel like they’re not being heard…” Nick tells HERO magazine. “I feel like it’s a really humble way of asking for someone’s attention and begging to be heard after you’ve given so much to them.”

Nick says he started writing the song while he was on tour last year and showed it to Mike Posner, who was the special guest on the tour. Mike loved it, contributed some lyric ideas and then jumped on the track for a verse.

“Remember I Told You” is the lead track of Nick’s upcoming album. The album will be the follow-up to 2016’s Last Year Was Complicated.

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Friday
May262017

Keep 'em coming: Bryson Tiller releases "Somethin Tells Me" music video amid "True to Self" surprise release 

RoleXXBryson Tiller is on a roll. The recording artist not only decided to release his new album, True to Self,  a month ahead of its previously scheduled June 23 date, but he's also debuted a brand-spanking new video for his song, "Somethin Tells Me." 

The visual arrives just in time for Memorial Day weekend, and features a smattering of sexy swimsuit-wearing women modeling for Bryson, who's seen posing as a photographer.   

While there aren't any artist guest appearances on the disc, True to Self does contain lots of samples of the '90s R&B artists that inspired him, like Mary J. BligeBrandyFaith Evans and SWV.

The followup to Tiller's 2015 debut, Trapsoul, is available now on all the usual digital outlets.  

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Friday
May262017

Music to crash your "Cars" by: Brad Paisley's new tunes for a demolition derby

Walt Disney RecordsBrad Paisley is revving up his engines for Cars 3.

The West Virginia native contributes two songs to the soundtrack of the latest installment of the Disney franchise -- but he won’t be singing. Brad wrote the instrumentals “Truckaroo” and “Thunder Hollow Breakdown” especially for the animated feature.

If you’re listening for Brad’s tunes, you’ll find them in the Crazy 8 demolition derby sequence where Owen Wilson’s Lightning McQueen deals with total chaos. Both the movie and the soundtrack come out Friday, June 16.

The “Last Time for Everything” singer has a long history with the Cars films. He contributed “Behind the Clouds” and “Find Yourself” to the soundtrack of the original, and did “Collision of Worlds” and “Nobody’s Fool” for Cars 2.

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Friday
May262017

Ariana Grande offers "prayers and deepest condolences" to Manchester attack victims; plans benefit concert

Getty Images via ABCAriana Grande offered a very brief, heartfelt tweet last Monday following the attack at her Manchester, U.K. concert, and then stayed silent.  Today, the singer's offering a longer message to her fans, and to the attack's victims and their families.

Ariana begins, "My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones.  There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better,” she writes. “However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”

She continues, “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”

Ariana goes on to announce that she’s planning a special concert in Manchester to honor the victims and raise money for their families.

“I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be a part of our expression of love for Manchester,” she writes. “I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.”

Ariana concludes by saying she began her Dangerous Woman tour intending it to be a safe space for her fans: "A place for them to celebrate, to escape, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves.  To meet their friends they've made online.  To express themselves."

She then declares: "This will not change that."

Ariana concludes: “We will continue in honor of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy.  They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”

Twenty-two people were killed in the attack at the Manchester Arena, when a man carrying an explosive device detonated it, also killing himself and injuring 59 others.

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Friday
May262017

The Race Is On: Keith Urban leads country's two-track weekend

ABC/Image Group LA During a Memorial Day weekend filled with barbecues, picnics and pool parties, plenty of folks will also be headed to the racetrack -- and you can count lots of country stars among them.

Saturday, Keith Urban and Dustin Lynch will both be hanging out at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, playing the yearly Legends Day concert. The Aussie superstar won’t be able to stick around for Sunday’s Indy 500, however, since he has a gig at another track.

This weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida, Keith is just one of the stars set to play the Country 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Jake OwenBrooks & Dunn and Miranda Lambert are part of the Friday night lineup, while William Michael MorganDan + ShayThomas Rhett and Blake Shelton take the stage on Saturday.

Keith Urban goes on Sunday immediately before headliner Kid Rock, with Eric PaslayChris JansonKip Moore and Easton Corbin also on the bill.

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Friday
May262017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Twelve years ago this week, this Checotah, Oklahoma native won American Idol, singing Martina McBride's "Independence Day" and dueting with Rascal Flatts on "Bless the Broken Road." Can you name her? ANSWER:  Carrie Underwood.

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