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Jul012016

Open Your Heart and Celebrate 30 Years of Madonna’s "True Blue"

Sire/Warner Bros.This week marks the 30-year anniversary of True Blue, Madonna's third studio album, and the one that truly launched her into superstar territory.

One of the best-selling albums of all time, True Blue has sold seven million copies sold in the U.S. and an estimated 25 million copies sold worldwide. It was the top-selling album in the world in 1986, hitting #1 in a then record-breaking 28 countries around the world, and went on to become the best-selling album of the '80s by a female artist.

True Blue topped the Billboard album chart on August 16th, 1986, and remained at No. 1 for five consecutive weeks in the U.S., eventually spending 82 weeks on the chart.

True Blue spun off five Top 5 singles: "True Blue," "La Isla Bonita," "Live to Tell," "Papa Don't Preach," and "Open Your Heart."  Those last three all reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also features the fan favorite "Where's the Party."

Madonna co-wrote and co-produced the entirety of True Blue with Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard.  The album featured a then-unknown Richard Marx on backing vocals, along with future Michael Jackson duet partner Siedah Garrett, plus Michael's brother Jackie Jackson on guitar.

She has said that the album deals with her view of love and was an "unabashed valentine" to her then-husband, Sean Penn.

The same year True Blue was released, Madonna was honored with the Video Vanguard Award at MTV Video Music Awards, becoming the first female artist to receive that honor.

On Friday, Madonna posted a photo on Instagram of herself onstage, and captioned it, "Still True Blue to all my fans! Thanks for all your support!  30 years later!"  She also acknowledged the anniversary by changing her Twitter page header and her Twitter profile pic to a photo of the album cover.

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Friday
Jul012016

Everyone In the U.K. Is Having This "One Dance" With Drake

Dan MartensenThere is only one song that is the United Kingdom's longest-running single in 22 years -- and that is Drake's "One Dance." 

Billboard reports that the chart banger is on its 12th week at the top of the U.K. singles chart. No other song has done this in the past 22 years. Reportedly, the last tune to stay at the number one spot on the U.K. singles chart was Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around," in 1994, for 15 weeks.

Drake is currently enjoying the success of his fourth studio album release, Views, which remains at the number one spot on the United States Billboard 200 chart, since the week of May 21.  

Drake is hitting the road with fellow rapper Future on their "Summer Sixteen Tour" this summer into the fall season.   

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Friday
Jul012016

Mike Portnoy to Perform Dream Theater's "12-Step Suite" for the First Time Live

Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty ImagesMike Portnoy celebrates his 50th birthday next year, and to celebrate, the former Dream Theater drummer will be performing his old band's epic "12-Step Suite" in its entirety for the first time ever.

"12-Step Suite" is a set of five songs that spans across five different Dream Theater albums. The lyrics, written by Portnoy, detail the drummer's recovery from alcoholism.

"When I came up with the idea of writing a multi-part suite that was to span 5 albums (which ended up taking 8 years to complete), it was always part of my masterplan to eventually perform it in it's entirely live on stage," writes Portnoy on his Facebook. "It saddens me that I was not able to do so [with Dream Theater] after completing the final piece of my conceptual puzzle...but I've decided that I owe it to the fans to finally bring my 12 Step Suite to life on stage as I always envisioned."

Portnoy left Dream Theater in 2010 after 25 years with the band. He currently plays drums in the band The Winery Dogs.

The "12-Step Suite" performance will take place during the Cruise to the Edge concert cruise, which will be held February 7-11, 2017. For ticket info, visit CruisetotheEdge.com.

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Friday
Jul012016

Bastille Details New Album, "Wild World" 

Virgin RecordsBastille's new album, Wild World, now has a release date. The sophomore effort from the U.K. band will be released September 9, and is available for pre-order now on iTunes.

Additionally, Bastille has revealed the Wild World cover, which features two people sitting precariously on the edge of a building in a busy city.

"To me, the image isn't about what's just happened or what happens next," frontman Dan Smith says of the cover. "It's not about how they got there or how they get down. It's about sharing a moment -- two friends existing in that split second in that exact space, two people framed in the vast context of this huge mad metropolis that we've all built. They're there out of choice."

The full Wild World track list has yet to be announced, but the album will include lead single "Good Grief" and a song called "Send Them Off!"

Prior to the album's September release, Bastille will be spending their summer on the festival circuit, including sets at Lollapalooza and Osheaga. The band will also be headlining a show at Colorado's iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in October, followed by a European arena tour.

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Friday
Jul012016

Re-Born: Springsteen Gives Classic Ron Kovic Book a New Foreword

Credit: Danny ClinchIn 1984, Bruce Springsteen recorded a pair of tales about the plight of the returning Vietnam veteran: the smash single "Born in the U.S.A." and its non-LP B-side, "Shut out the Light."

Now, he pays homage to the book that inspired him.

Rolling Stone reports that Springsteen has written and recorded a foreword for the new print and audio versions of Ron Kovic's classic autobiography Born on the Fourth of July. The new edition will be released, naturally, on July 4 -- which also happens to be Kovic's 70th birthday.

The book tells the tale of Kovic, a Long Island native who enlisted in the Marines at 18 as a gung-ho patriot and, after being wounded and paralyzed in Vietnam in 1968, came home and became a fervent antiwar protester. It was first published in 1976 and turned into an Oscar-winning 1989 film starring Tom Cruise.

In the foreword, Springsteen tells how he discovered the book in 1978 – two years after its original publication.  By coincidence, he met Kovic at a Los Angeles motel poolside shortly after reading the book, and they became friends. Kovic brought Springsteen to a nearby veterans' center, and the experience moved him to hold a Vietnam veterans' benefit concert in Los Angeles three years later.

Springsteen would later dedicate songs to Kovic in concert.

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Friday
Jul012016

B.o.B. Wants You To "Roll Up" This Holiday Weekend

Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsB.o.B. released a new music video for his song "Roll Up" on Friday and it's smokin' hot.

Featuring crooner Marko B, the lyric video tells viewers to "roll up somethin', pour up somethin'," kicking off the holiday weekend in laidback style.  

B.o.B, born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., shot to fame with his single "Nothin' On You," and then continued his rise to superstar status with the chart-topping tune, "Airplanes."  

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Friday
Jul012016

Rachel Platten Keeps #OrlandoStrong with Acoustic Benefit Version of "Fight Song"

Getty Images via ABCRachel Platten's smash "Fight Song" has helped many people get through tough times, so it's no wonder that she's donating proceeds from a special version of the tune to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

In a note posted on Twitter, Rachel writes, "I was heartbroken when I learned about the Orlando attacks...I don't understand how anybody could want to attack a celebration of love and I wanted to do something. Today, I'm so proud to share a BRAND NEW acoustic version of FIGHT SONG. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the the victims of this tragedy through the National Compassion Fund."

"Over the last year and a half, through your stories and my own, I've learned that MUSIC HAS THE ABILITY TO HEAL," she adds. "So I truly hope that this can make some small difference and shed some small light for those who have lost so much."

The song is now available for download.

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Friday
Jul012016

Katy Perry Officially Cracks 90 Million Twitter Followers

ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry continues to reign the Twitterverse. The singer has reached an unprecedented 90 million followers on the social networking site.

Twitter’s official Twitter page even gave her a shoutout. “It's party time, @katyperry!” the tweet reads. “With 90 million on the guest list, we're gonna need a really big dance floor.”

Katy has the most followers of anyone on Twitter, but with great popularity comes more opportunities to get hacked. The singer learned that all too well back in May, when hackers tweeted out a bunch of strange messages from her account -- including a tweet for Katy’s rumored nemesis, Taylor Swift.

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Friday
Jul012016

Firecrackers & Bragging Rights: A Josh Turner Fourth of July

MCA NashvilleThis Fourth of July, Josh Turner will be headlining the Independence Day Festival on the Riverfront in Shreveport, Louisiana. But growing up in South Carolina, the celebration of America’s birthday meant fireworks-- and bragging rights.

“All the individual families had a lot of competition with each other and tried to outdo each other to try to see who had the biggest and baddest fireworks” he reminisces. “My daddy, I think, was the smartest one. He just went out and bought maybe $25 worth of fireworks and let everybody else put on the big show, so he saved a lot of money,” he laughs.

You might recall that Josh himself probably made a dollar or two with his hit "Firecracker" back in 2007. Revelers in Shreveport will no doubt hear his latest single “Hometown Girl,” which is currently climbing the charts.

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Friday
Jul012016

Just Drive: Lady Gaga Finally Gets Her License 

Raymond Hall/GC ImagesLike many native New Yorkers, Lady Gaga never had to get a driver's license because she was able to take public transportation everywhere.  But now that she's a citizen of the world, getting behind the wheel is a necessity.  That's why she's finally gotten her license...at the age of 30.

On Friday, she posted a photo of herself in a car with a female friend, with the caption, "Thelma and Puhleaaaze." She added, "And yes I FINALLY got my license after years of driving w an adult present  and a learners permit...IM FREE. Rollin w the homies."

Given her crazy schedule, it's not surprising that it's taken several years for her to learn to drive.  After paparazzi chased her in 2012, she tweeted, "Maybe while I'm learning to drive you don't need to sneak up on me and stick your GIANT camera IN A MOVING VEHICLE."

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Friday
Jul012016

Rob Thomas "Smooths" Things Over with Country Star Charles Kelley Tonight

Courtesy CMTRob Thomas is going country tonight on CMT.  For an episode of CMT Crossroads, the Matchbox Twenty frontman teams up with Charles Kelley of the country group Lady Antebellum for a series of collaborations.

Charles, who, like Rob, is also a solo artist, tells CMT that he and Rob hit it off right away.  "We got on the bus...started talking music,” says Charles.  "It was like, ‘This guy is kind of like me. We’re kind of like the same guy in a lot of ways. He’s a little crude. He’s a lot of fun. We like to enjoy ourselves up there.”

Calling Rob an "iconic rock star," Charles adds, "In my band when I was 15 years old, we covered ‘3 AM’ and ‘Push’ and some other Matchbox Twenty songs.  I wish I could have gone back and told that little boy at that time, ‘Hey, man, one day you’re gonna be onstage with this guy.”

The Rob/Charles episode of CMT Crossroads premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Friday
Jul012016

Led Zeppelin Lawsuit Lawyer Suspended Over Previous Case

Danny Martindale/Getty ImagesThe attorney whose courtroom behavior was in question during his recent copyright-infringement lawsuit trial against Led Zeppelin has been suspended from practicing law for his misconduct in another high-profile copyright case.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Francis Malofiy's suspension of three months and a day from practicing in Pennsylvania, stemming from his actions in a 2014 infringement trial against R&B singer Usher, was upheld by an appellate panel Thursday.

A three-judge district court panel had found in 2015 that, during an infringement trial over Usher's song "Bad Girl," Malofiy tricked an unrepresented co-defendant, William Guice, into signing an affidavit without consulting a lawyer by hiding that their relationship was adversarial in nature.

The jury ruled in favor of Usher in that case. Following the trial, Judge Paul Diamond issued the suspension and ordered Malofiy to pay $28,000 in court costs. The attorney appealed, countering that he didn't break the rules and, even if he did, the punishment was too harsh.

Maloify's conduct during the Led Zeppelin trial -- in which the band was accused of lifting the familiar acoustic guitar opening of its iconic "Stairway to Heaven" from "Taurus," a 1968 instrumental by the band Spirit -- was controversial. During the six-day trial, the attorney accumulated more than 100 sustained objections and multiple admonishments from Judge R. Gary Klausner, The Hollywood Reporter notes.

A jury ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin on June 23. Following the verdict, Malifoy said he lost on a technicality and hinted at an appeal.

While Malofiy's suspension is in Pennsylvania, it could affect his work in California as well, because his admittance to the bar in that state depends on him being in good standing in another jurisdiction.

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Friday
Jul012016

Love Me Don't: Beatles 1962 Drum Kit Goes Unsold at Auction

CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesThis doesn't happen very often.  A rare piece of Beatles memorabilia offered for auction didn't sell -- in this case, a Ludwig drum kit that was used on the recording of The Beatles' debut album.

Apparently, no one ponied up the minimum bid of $150,000 for the kit, which was used on the September 11, 1962, recording of "Love Me Do."

Newly hired drummer Ringo Starr had played on a version of the song in the studio the week before, according to Rolling Stone, but producer George Martin was unsatisfied with the results. Andy White was recruited to play drums on a new version of "Love Me Do," with Ringo on tambourine, as well as on "P.S. I Love You."  The bass drum head has White's name emblazoned on it.

Nonetheless, Starr's version of "Love Me Do," with "P.S. I Love You" on the B-side, was released as their first U.K. single in October 1962. White's version was used on the first Beatles LP, Please Please Me, the following March, and on the 1964 U.S. single.

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Friday
Jul012016

Ludacris Gives His Wife One of the Best Holiday Weekend Presents Ever

Getty Images via ABCLudacris knows how to celebrate the 4th of July holiday weekend like a boss.

The rapper recently gifted his wife, Eudoxie, with a brand-new 2016 Mercedez Benz. 

Luda posted a picture on his Instagram account of his happy wife sitting in her brand new car's front seat. In the caption of the post, he writes "Who need a birthday, holiday or special occasion!? Whatever happened to #justbecause #happymrsbridgesday Thank you @buckheadbenz." 

On his Twitter account, Ludacris reveals that his "brother," fellow Fast & Furious 6 castmate Tyrese, was privy to keeping the special secret from Ludacris' wife as well. 

"My brother @tyrese had to keep my wifes surprise gift a secret for waaayy too long...," he writes. 

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Friday
Jul012016

Third Man Records to Release Live Pearl Jam LP 

Third Man RecordsLast month, Pearl Jam played a surprise show at Jack White's Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville. The concert, which included a jam session with White and Pearl Jam, was recorded using the record label's signature "direct-to-acetate" method, and will now be released as the centerpiece of the latest Third Man Records Vault subscription service.

Along with Pearl Jam's live LP, which is printed on black and gold split-colored vinyl, the package also includes a seven-inch vinyl single featuring an acoustic song by Eddie Vedder. On the non-musical side of things, the collection features a book of photos from Pearl Jam's set at Third Man Records, plus a pin and a patch.

Subscriptions to the Vault will be open through July 31 via ThirdManRecords.com/Vault. Members of Pearl Jam's Ten Club will receive a $15 discount off the cost of the package.

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Friday
Jul012016

One Direction Named Best Live Act -- Again -- at UK’s O2 Silver Clef Awards

ABC/Fred LeeFor the second time in their careers, One Direction has been named Best Live Act at the U.K.’s annual O2 Silver Clef Awards.

The prize is voted on by the public, and One Direction beat out big names like Adele and Ed Sheeran to win. They scored more than 60 -percent of the votes. 1D last picked up the honor back in 2013.

"Thank you to all our fans for voting,” the band said in a statement. “Our live show is so important and it is amazing for this to be recognized... for the second time."

Other winners this year included Hozier, who won the international award; Jess Glynne, who picked up best newcomer; and Lionel Richie, who took home the top honor of the Silver Clef Award.

The awards are handed out annually by Nordoff Robbins, a British charity that provides music therapy to ill and disabled people.

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Friday
Jul012016

"Hello" Again: Adele Back at #1 in the UK, Thanks to Glastonbury

Simon EmmettJust like in the U.S., if an artist in the U.K. makes a memorable TV appearance, their album sales usually increase.  Adele has just proved that rule by returning to #1 on the British charts following her televised headlining appearance at this year's prestigious Glastonbury Festival.

Adele's performance, which featured numerous swear words and an incident in which she burped in a fan's face, was seen by 3.7 million viewers, and thousands more live.  Now, her album 25 has vaulted 13 places to re-take the #1 spot, according to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company, with a sales increase of 231% compared to the previous week.  The album has now logged 12 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the U.K. chart.

Adele's previous albums, 21 and 19, also saw sales boosts: 21 jumped back into the top 10, while 19 vaulted 163 places to #12. It's the first time it's been in the Top 40 in six months.

Coldplay also benefited from a popular Glastonbury set.  After they closed the festival Sunday night, their album A Head Full of Dreams experienced a sales increase of 28%, rising to #2.

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Friday
Jul012016

Justin Bieber Pays Tribute to Pulse Shooting Victims & Christina Grimmie at Orlando Show

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber paid tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and his late friend Christina Grimmie during his concert in Orlando, Florida last night.

Justin dedicated his song “Purpose” to them and as he sang, the names of the 49 victims of the shooting massacre scrolled on the screen behind him. The 50th and final name was Christina Grimmie, who was killed in a fatal shooting the night before the Orlando tragedy.

“Thank you for tonight,” Justin tweeted after the show. “Don't ever be afraid to be yourself. #OrlandoStrong.”

The death of Christina hit Justin particularly hard. He played a show in Winnipeg, Canada the day she died and broke down in tears on stage.

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Friday
Jul012016

Fergie and Demi Lovato Both Release Sexy New Tunes

Courtesy will.i.am music/Interscope Records; Island Records/Safehouse Records/Hollywood RecordsIs it hot in here or is it all this sexy new music? Demi Lovato and Fergie dropped new singles Friday, and both songs really turn up the heat.

Fergie’s song is called “MILF Money” -- stylized "M.I.L.F. $" -- and marks her first new release since 2014’s “L.A. Love (La La).” She alternately raps and sings on the booming track.

"Heard you in the mood for a little milkshake/Welcome to the Dairy Dutchess Love Factory/I could whip it up, fix you up straight away/Come on in the front door, leaving at the back door," she raps.

The song will presumably be featured on Fergie's second solo album, following 2006’s The Dutchess.

Demi, meanwhile, released her song “Body Say” after debuting the song during the first night of her Future Now tour Wednesday.

"You can touch me with slow hands/Speed it up, baby, make me sweat/Dreamland, take me there cause I want your sex," she coos on the track.

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Friday
Jul012016

For Eric Church, Fourth of July Means a Party on the Pontoon

ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town scored a monster hit several summers ago with “Pontoon,” but it’s Eric Church who says that's exactly where you’d typically find him on any given 4th of July.

“For me, growing up we would always go to the lake,” he recalls. “Had a buddy who had a pontoon and we would always get on the pontoon and you go out and you’d tie all the pontoons together and just have a big time… I was younger then, the adults were having more fun than we were, you know it was just to go swim in the water and shoot off fireworks. Basically, water tailgating is what it was. And then as we got older, same thing. We would just, us younger kids had our own boat and we had as much fun as the adults,” he laughs.

This Independence Day, Eric’s latest hit, “Record Year,” is on the verge of cracking the top five.

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