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Oct162015

Newcomer Chris Janson Books 2016 Dates with Blake Shelton

Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson will join Blake Shelton for 8 of the eleven dates on his winter tour that kicks off February 8 in Cincinnati.

“I couldn't be more stoked to get on tour with my label mate,” Chris says. "Boys Round Here is one of my favorite songs! I know we’re going to have a blast on the road… This has definitely been a big year for me and I'm excited to see what’s next in 2016!” 

Just last month, Chris scored his first number one with “Buy Me A Boat,” the title track of his debut project for Warner Brothers, due out October 30. It also contains his latest single, “Power of Positive Drinkin’.” You can see a full list of Chris’s dates at ChrisJanson.com.

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Friday
Oct162015

Tommy James Biopic Moving Forward

Image Courtesy of Tommy JamesFamed '60s pop-rock star Tommy James is co-producing a new biopic based on his 2010 autobiography, Me, The Mob & The Music, which focuses on his tumultuous relationship with controversial record executive Morris Levy.  Levy headed Roulette Records, which signed James and his band The Shondells

James and The Shondells scored more than a dozen top 40 singles during the 1960s, including the chart-toppers "Hanky Panky" and "Crimson and Clover." Among their top five hits were "I Think We're Alone Now," "Mony Mony," and "Crystal Blue Persuasion."  In his book, James writes of his often harrowing dealings with Levy, whose label was a front for the Genovese crime family and who has been described as "a notorious crook who swindled artists out of their royalties."

The project's co-producer, Barbara DeFina, has announced that Matthew Stone has been hired to write the screenplay for the movie. Stone's previous credits include Soul Men, Intolerable Cruelty and Life, while DeFina has produced or executive-produced such acclaimed movies as GoodFellas, The Color of Money, Casino and Cape Fear.

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Friday
Oct162015

Tinashe's "Player" Featuring Chris Brown Debuts in Hot R&B Songs Top 10

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsTinashe’s "Player" featuring Chris Brown debuts in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart.

According to the publication, the tune starts at number nine with approximately 24,000 paid U.S. downloads during the October 2-8 tracking week. In addition, the song sits at number three on this week’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and number 35 over on the Digital Songs chart.

The singer took to Instagram to express her gratitude. "Rise! Rise! Rise! Thank you to everyone who has supported my new single #Player !" she wrote.

For Brown, the new entry extends his lead for most top-10s to 15 on the Hot R&B Songs tally.

"Player" is lifted from Tinashe's upcoming sophomore album, Joyride.

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Friday
Oct162015

The Black Crowes Reissuing First Four Albums on High-Quality Vinyl in December

Credit: Rod SnyderThe Black Crowes announced their breakup earlier this year, but now fans will have the chance to revisit the roots rockers' early work when their first four studio album are reissued on high-quality 180-gram vinyl December 4.  The band's 1990 debut, Shake Your Money Maker, will be available as a single disc, while 1992's The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, 1994's Amorica and 1996's Three Snakes and One Charm will be released as two-LP sets.

Shake Your Money Maker introduced the world to The Black Crowes, and featured their classic cover of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" and their memorable original tune "She Talks to Angels," both of which landed in the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100.  The album, which also included the rock radio hit "Jealous Again," peaked at #4 of the Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell more than five million copies in the U.S.

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion became The Black Crowes' only album to top the Billboard 200 tally, and has sold more than two million copies in the U.S. to date.  It features four songs that reach #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart -- "Remedy," "Sting Me," "Thorn in My Pride," and "Hotel Illness."

Amorica reached #11 on the Billboard 200, and was certified gold for sales of 500,000 in the U.S.  It features three songs that broke into the top 10 Mainstream Rock Tracks tally -- "A Conspiracy," "High Head Blues" and "Wiser Time."

Three Snakes and One Charm landed at #15 on the Billboard 200 and scored a pair of top 10 Mainstream Rock Tracks hits -- "Blackberry" and "Good Friday."  The New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band makes guest appearances on a couple of tunes -- "(Only Halfway) to Everywhere" and "Let Me Share the Ride."  In addition, the double-LP set offers two bonus tracks -- "Just Say You're Sorry" and a cover of Bob Marley's "Pimper's Paradise" -- that originally appeared on a vinyl box set version of the album that included a collection of 7-inch singles.

Led by the sibling duo of Chris and Rich Robinson, The Black Crowes were together on and off for 25 years, undergoing a series of lineup changes and hiatuses during that time. Rich Robinson, who's contentious relationship with his brother is well documented, announced in January that the band had decided to officially part ways.

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Friday
Oct162015

CHVRCHES to Play Reaction New Year's Eve Festival

Credit: Danny ClinchCHVRCHES are making their New Year's Eve plans. The Scottish trio will bring their brand of synth-pop to the dance-heavy Reaction New Year's Eve festival, taking place just outside of Chicago. The lineup also includes Joywave and the Zack de la Rocha-collaborating rap duo Run the Jewels.

CHVRCHES currently are on tour in support of their new album, Every Open Eye, which debuted at a career-high number eight on the Billboard 200. The North American leg of the tour will conclude November 6 with the band's set at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, followed by a U.K. trek. CHVRCHES will return to the U.S. for Reaction NYE.

The Reaction New Year's Eve festival will be held December 30-31 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Visit ReactionNYE.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

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Friday
Oct162015

Andy Grammer and Nick Carter Will Tackle "Famous Dances Night" on Monday's "DWTS"

ABC/Craig SjodinAndy Grammer and Nick Carter will be performing some famous footwork on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars. The two music stars -- along with the other remaining contestants -- will take part in “Famous Dances Night,” where they’ll re-create iconic dance numbers from movies and music videos.

After last week’s “Switch Up” performances, in which the contestants switched dance partners, Andy is back with Allison Holker and Nick reteams with Sharna Burgess. Andy and Allison will be performing to “Good Morning” from Singing in the Rain, while Nick and Sharna will hoof it to “You Should Be Dancing” from Saturday Night Fever.

Grease star Olivia Newton-John will serve as guest judge, alongside Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. No one was sent home last week, but one couple will be eliminated at the end of the night Monday based on the lowest combined judges’ scores and viewer’s votes from the “Switch Up” and “Most Memorable Year” performances.

Last week, Andy and Nick both landed in the middle of the leader board. Andy earned a 36 out of 40 for performing an Argentine Tango to The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” Nick scored a 35 out of 40 for dancing the Paso Doble to Martin Garrix and Usher’s “Don’t Look Down.”

Dancing with the Stars airs Monday on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Oct162015

Selena Gomez’s "Revival" on Track for No. 1 Debut on "Billboard" 200 Chart

Interscope RecordsSelena Gomez’s new album, Revival, is living up to its name. According to Billboard, it’s primed to take the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

If the album, which was released on October 9, does indeed claim the top spot, it’ll be Selena’s second number one album after 2013’s Stars Dance.

Meanwhile, her second single from Revival, “Same Old Love,” has officially entered the Billboard Hot 100’s top 40. The track, which was co-written by Charli XCX, currently sits at number 38. Selena’s previous single, “Good for You,” became her highest charting Hot 100 hit to date when it peaked at number five.

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Friday
Oct162015

Florence + the Machine, Wolf Alice Nominated for Mercury Prize

Republic RecordsThe shortlist for the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Prize was revealed Friday, and Florence + the Machine's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and Wolf Alice's My Love Is Cool both received nominations.

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is Florence + the Machine's second album to be nominated for the Mercury Prize. The band's debut album, Lungs, made the shortlist in 2009.

My Love Is Cool is Wolf Alice's debut album, giving them their first Mercury Prize nomination. "This is unreal, thank you to everyone that has supported us!" writes the band on Twitter.

The 2015 Mercury Prize winner will be revealed November 20. Here's the complete shortlist:

Aphex Twin -- Syro
Benjamin Clementine -- At Least for Now
C Duncan -- Architect
Eska -- Eska
Florence + the Machine -- How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Gaz Coombes -- Matador
Ghostpoet -- Shedding Skin
Jamie xx -- In Colour
Róisín Murphy -- Hairless Toys
Slaves -- Are You Satisfied?
SOAK -- Before We Forgot How to Dream
Wolf Alice -- My Love Is Cool

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Friday
Oct162015

Travis Barker Had a "Strange Feeling" Before Tragic Plane Crash

Credit: Estevan OriolIn Travis Barker's forthcoming memoir, Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, the Blink-182 drummer chronicles everything from his struggles with drug addiction, his two divorces and the tragic plane crash that he survived in 2008. Barker writes that even before the crash, he had doubts about getting on the plane. He elaborates on those feelings in an interview with Billboard.

"We got [to the ­airport], and I did my normal thing: I'm ­medicating," Barker remembers. "I called my dad. I don't know what it was, but I said, 'Pops, I have a really strange feeling about this one. Something just tells me it's not right.' And I'd walked off planes before. But I said, 'I love you, and if anything happens, make sure the kids are taken care of.' And then, sure enough..."

The crash killed four people, and Barker suffered burns on 65 per cent of his body. The only other survivor was Barker's best friend, Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein. Less than a year after the crash, Goldstein died from a suspected drug overdose.

"He was my best friend," Barker says of Goldstein. "It was beyond friendship. It was like there was only one other person in the world. And then losing him and just wondering, 'F***, is there something I could have done?' It was like the one thing that will never stop resurfacing in my head."

Barker still feels the affects of the crash, even if he's not on a plane.

"Even in the tour bus, I wait for impact sometimes," he says. "People are like, 'Hey man, everything's OK. It's chill. Take a deep breath.' But every day since the plane crash is another day I walked away from death. I'm very fortunate."

Can I Say hits bookshelves October 20.

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Friday
Oct162015

Keith Urban Resonates with New Single "Break on Me," From Studio to Stage

Capitol NashvilleAs Keith Urban prepares to release his new single, “Break on Me,” on Monday, he admits it’s hard to explain exactly which songs he decides to record and which ones will eventually make it to radio. For him, he says the process is mostly intuitive.

“I mean for me it’s about resonating with a song. It’s really as simple as that. I hear so many songs. Right now I’m hearing lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of songs,” he says of the process of making his new record. “There’s just certain ones that hit me…Some of them grow on you after awhile. Some of them you love and then they burn out quickly.”

After previewing a snippet of the song for fans in his YouTube announcement about the single, he mentioned he couldn’t wait to play it live. Keith says he loves the way a song changes for him as he moves through the process of recording it in the studio and then bringing it to the stage.

“You know people forget these are new songs to us,” he points out. “Often after you record a song maybe I’ve only sung it a handful of times, so you’re gonna get down the road and really start to wrap yourself around the song.”

Fans can start wrapping themselves around “Break on Me” when it premieres Monday at 2 p.m. CT. The follow-up to the chart-topping “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” is the second single from Keith’s forthcoming eighth studio album.

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Friday
Oct162015

Train's Pat Monahan, REO Speedwagon & Foreigner Play the "Top 40" Hits at T.J. Martell Foundation 40th Anniv. Gala

John Lamparski/WireImageHits from the '70s, '80s and the 2000s were the order of the day Thursday night in New York City, as the music industry's premier charity, the T.J. Martell  Foundation for Cancer, Leukemia and AIDS Research held its landmark 40th Anniversary gala. Performing at the "Top 40"-themed event were Train's Pat Monahan, REO Speedwagon, and Foreigner.

Foreigner was the first musical act to take the stage at the event, performing acoustic versions of "Feels Like the First Time" and "I Want to Know What Love Is," the latter complete with a gospel choir. Monahan, who is the spokesperson for the charity's 40th anniversary, performed "Calling All Angels" and "Drops of Jupiter," accompanied by Train keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Becker. REO Speedwagon closed out the night with versions of "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Take It On the Run," and "Roll with the Changes."

Original MTV VJs Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter hosted the bash, which raises funds to to support hospitals involved in cutting-edge cancer, leukemia and AIDS research.  Noting the presence of artists who were staples of the early days of MTV, Hunter told ABC Radio on the red carpet that the event was "a kind of homecoming" for everyone.

Ahead of the event, Pat Monahan told ABC Radio that he wasn't sure why he was chosen to be the spokesperson for the charity's milestone year, but that he was "flattered and honored."  The Train frontman, who lost his mother to lung cancer about 15 years ago, added, "They've done some amazing things, and I think maybe a lot of the people in the Foundation know me personally and know that I actually care about things and I have been affected by cancer in a profound way. I think maybe that was the connection."

On the red carpet, REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin says what he admires about the Foundation's work is that they do "alternative research," explaining, "The money that we raise goes to young, up-and-coming doctors who can't get funding from the traditional ways. But we're not traditional people. We're music idiots! And so we funnel our cash to people who might just be the one to discover the cure."  

Over the past 40 years, the TJMartell Foundation has raised more than $270 million. It was originally started by noted music industry executive Tony Martell, whose son T.J. died of leukemia in 1975 at the age of 21.

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Friday
Oct162015

Foreigner, REO Speedwagon & More Help T.J. Martell Foundation Mark 40th Anniversary

REO Speedwagon; Mike Coppola/Getty Images for T.J. MartellHits from the '70s, '80s and the 2000s were the order of the day Thursday night in New York City, as the music industry's premier charity, the T.J. Martell  Foundation for Cancer, Leukemia and AIDS Research held its landmark 40th Anniversary gala.  Performing at the "Top 40"-themed event were REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, and Pat Monahan, lead singer of TrainAlice Cooper was also on hand, but he didn't perform.

Foreigner was the first musical act to take the stage at the event, performing acoustic versions of "Feels Like the First Time" and "I Want to Know What Love Is," the latter complete with a gospel choir. Monahan, who is the spokesperson for the charity's 40th anniversary, performed "Calling All Angels" and "Drops of Jupiter," accompanied by Train keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Becker. REO Speedwagon closed out the night with versions of "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Take It On the Run" and "Roll with the Changes."

Original MTV VJs Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter hosted the bash, which raises funds to to support hospitals involved in cutting-edge cancer, leukemia, and AIDS research. Noting the presence of artists who were staples of the early days of MTV, Hunter told ABC Radio on the red carpet that the event was "a kind of homecoming" for everyone.

On the red carpet, REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin told ABC Radio that what he admires about the Foundation's work is that they do "alternative research," explaining, "The money that we raise goes to young, up-and-coming doctors who can't get funding from the traditional ways. But we're not traditional people. We're music idiots! And so we funnel our cash to people who might just be the one to discover the cure."

Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen told ABC Radio that he's been involved in fundraising events for the foundation "since the '80's," noting, "It's millions and millions of dollars raised and that's what it's really about. But it's fun to see everybody here and, and be with my friends and, my band and we're gonna play, so it's gonna be fun."

Alice Cooper, who presented an award to his pal, fashion designer John Varvatos, echoed Hansen's sentiments, saying, "These things are great for us 'cause we get to see guys that we don't normally get to see for a while." As for the charity, Alice said everybody who is anybody in the music biz has worked with them at one point or another.

He told ABC Radio, "If you're in rock and roll, there's always been some event that you've been involved in -- a golf tournament or a bowling tournament or something but, y'know, always for the right reasons and that's the good thing." 

Over the past 40 years, the TJMartell Foundation has raised more than $270 million. It was originally started by noted music industry executive Tony Martell, whose son T.J. died of leukemia in 1975 at the age of 21.

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Friday
Oct162015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry Music Hall of Famers Alabama picked up their first Dove award at the Gospel Music Association’s ceremonies this week in Nashville, winning the trophy for Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year for Angels Among Us:  Hymns & Gospel Favorites.

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott will be the emcee November 16 when Leadership Music gives Reba their Dale Franklin Award. The ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame honors those in the business who “exemplify the highest attributes of leadership and leading by example.”

Not only will Tracy Lawrence fry turkeys for the Nashville Rescue Mission for the tenth year in a row on November 24, he’ll also host a benefit show next door at City Winery. Charlie DanielsLorrie MorganDarryl Worley and Brad Arnold from 3 Doors Down are just some of the talent confirmed for the evening concert so far.

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Friday
Oct162015

Graham Nash Says He's "Pleasantly Stunned" by His New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Exhibit

Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumA new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit focusing on Graham Nash opens to the public on Saturday, and the folk-rock legend will be at the Cleveland institution tonight to take part in a special pre-opening event.  Nash, who wrapped up a European tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash earlier this week, was treated to his first walk-through of the "Graham Nash: Touching the Flame" exhibition on Wednesday and it made quite an impression on him.

"I'm pleasantly stunned with how they treated all the stuff," Nash told ABC Radio after checking out the display.  "With how they represented me not just as a musician, but as an artist."  He added, "I think people are gonna love this exhibit.  They're gonna see inside my mind and they're gonna see inside my soul."

The exhibit features mementos from the two-time Rock Hall inductee's years with The Hollies and CSN, as well as memorabilia from music artists who influenced and inspired him and other items he's collected that have historic resonance to him.

Nash admitted to ABC Radio that walking through the exhibit made him truly appreciate what "an incredible life" he's had, explaining that he had a similar feeling after reading the first draft of his 2013 memoir, Wild Tales.

"I got to the end and I said, 'Holy s***, I wish I was him,'" Graham declared.  "And I meant it."

Among the interesting items Nash has collected that are on display at the museum include the original handwritten lyrics to "My Country 'Tis of Thee," some handwritten Bob Dylan lyrics, President Nixon's resignation letter and a portrait of Graham that his ex-girlfriend Joni Mitchell painted.

Nash told ABC Radio that he thinks his fans might be particularly fascinated by a collection of his own handwritten lyrics, including those to such classic tunes as for "Our House," "Wasted on the Way," "Just a Song Before I Go," "Immigration Man" and "Teach Your Children."

One of the most engaging parts of the exhibition is a specially created station that allows visitors to harmonize along to Nash as his sings a tune.

"That was the Hall of Fame's idea, because they know that I'm a harmony freak," he explained.  "They said why don't [I] just sing a little song and sing the melody, and put the harmony on, on a different track, and then maybe people can sit in front of this screen and sing 'Teach Your Children' with me.  And it sounded like a good idea, so I did it, and it's working out pretty well."

At the pre-opening event, which will begin at 9 p.m. local time, Nash will perform a short set featuring three or four songs, and he'll also sign copies of Wild Tales.  "Graham Nash: Touching the Flame" will open to the public on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT.  For more information, visit RockHall.com.

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Friday
Oct162015

OMI Releases Debut Album "Me 4 U" Today, Says It's "Hot," "Crazy" and "Diverse"

Ultra Music/Sony Music EntertainmentAfter topping the charts for weeks with his hit "Cheerleader," which Billboard crowned 2015's official "Song of the Summer,"  Jamaican singer OMI is out to prove he's not a one-hit wonder.  His debut album, Made 4 U, arrives today, and he describes it as "diverse," "crazy" and "hot."

OMI, born Omar Pasley, tells ABC Radio that his album isn't just 14 tracks of "Cheerleader" retreads.  "It's gonna be diverse, it's gonna be crazy, you know?"  he says. "It's a joint effort between me and the team and it's just a good product...I would advise everybody to go out and support [it], you know, get this album, 'cause it's gonna be hot."

Asked to explain the album's diversity, OMI tells ABC Radio, "I mean, just the topics, just the conversation...and the range also: it fluctuates. So, it's not like I'm gonna be on this one level, or what everybody expects, you know? It's just gonna be like a performance...what you would come to a live show to see."

Currently, OMI has just a couple of concerts scheduled in the U.S., so you may have to wait to see what his actual live show is like, but he's counting on his fans to have his back and support the album -- just like the girl in "Cheerleader" supports her man.  OMI says he already has tons of personal "cheerleaders" back in his home country.

"Definitely you know, I have so many beautiful relatives that support me and the whole Jamaica in a nutshell, you know, it's just so supportive of my music and my journey," he tells ABC Radio. "So first I have to say shout out and big ups to them!" 

In other OMI news, he'll appear on the October 20 installment of Neil Patrick Harris' new NBC variety show Best Time Ever.  He'll participate in a segment called "Singalong Live," where three viewers compete for chance to win a thousand bucks to complete the lyrics to a karaoke song -- in this case, "Cheerleader."

Here's the tracklisting for Me 4 U:

1. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)
2. Babylon
3. Drop in the Ocean
4. These are the Days (Luca Schreiner Remix)
5. Hula Hoop
6. Standing on All Threes
7. Promised Land
8. Color of My Lips
9. Stir It
10. Fireworks
11. Midnight Serenade
12. Hitchhiker
13. Me 4 U
14. Sing It Out (Freddy Verano Remix)

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Friday
Oct162015

T.I. Apologizes Again for Remarks About Women: "I Know Better than That"

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T.I. is expressing his remorse for the second time following his recent comments in which he insinuated that Hillary Clinton and other women are too emotionally irrational to be president.

After tweeting an apology earlier in the week, the rapper posted a video on his official Facebook page to explain his remarks.

“I’m being told to be quiet & just let this pass…. Nah that ain[']t quite ME,” wrote Tip in the caption. “So, here's my apology for my jokes that I made on DJ Whoo Kid[']s radio show. My words WERE NOT meant to be taken so literally.”

In the two-and-a-half-minute clip, which he shot in his hotel room without PR reps present, Tip first apologized to the “women that I know and that know me,” including his mother, wife, daughters, sisters and aunts. “I know you know how I joke and I know you know my heart, so I know you know me, but I apologize anyway,” he said. “I said some things that were insensitive and hurtful to women, so I apologize.”

The rapper then began his public apology: “I never intended to be taken as though I felt women couldn’t be leaders. That was not my intention. I know better than that. I know that my daughters as well as your daughters can lead this nation as well as any other nation as long as they apply themselves and educate themselves, and motivate themselves to do so.”

During his interview with DJ Whoo Kid, which has since been since removed from YouTube, Tip says he was having “barbershop talk” where people say “outrageous things” that are “borderline inappropriate” and “borderline offensive.” “This time, I reached for a joke that was in very poor taste using a stereotype associated to women that I should not have done. That is not a reflection of how I feel, that is not a reflection of who I am,” he continued. “I merely reached for a joke using very poor judgement, and it was in poor taste.”

The rapper concluded by addressing Oprah Winfrey, who publicly scolded the rapper for his original statement: “Oprah, you’ve been in my house before. You know me better than that.”

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Friday
Oct162015

Babyface Eyes Winter Release for Upcoming Album, "Return of the Tender Lover"

Image Courtesy James Minchin III/UniversalAs he continues his North American tour, Babyface has announced the release date for his new album, Return of the Tender Lover,

Led by his new single “We’ve Got Love,” the singer's project will arrive on December 4 via Def Jam Recordings. The eight-song set, which commemorates his breakthrough LP, 1989’s Tender Lover, will be available for pre-order on November 13.

You can expect to see Babyface making several high-profile television performances, including ABC’s Good Mooring America on December 8 and The View on December 9.

The singer  soon will announce the dates for his 2016 tour in support of the new album.

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Thursday
Oct152015

Carrie Underwood Spills the Secrets of Her Post-Baby Diet and Fitness Routine

James Macari/SHAPE MagazineIf you’ve wondered how Carrie Underwood regained her figure after giving birth to her son Isaiah 10 months ago, she’s spilling the secrets in November’s issue of Shape magazine. The health and fitness devotee exercised through her pregnancy and only gained 30 pounds, the recommended amount.

The fact that she had to have a C-section did slow her down, since you have to wait six weeks before you can work out after the operation. “Within 20 days, though, I was able to begin walking slowly on the treadmill and around my neighborhood,” she recalls. “It felt so good to be active! Now we box and we hike trails, among other things. I like to continually mix up my routines to stay motivated.”

But Carrie does have one go-to routine. “My favorite workout is Tabata, which I can do at home in about a half hour. I’m in love with it! It’s hard, but it really works,” she says, going on to reveal the specifics. “I choose seven different exercises, like squats, lunges, or pushups, and do eight rounds of each -- 20 seconds on, 20 seconds off for eight rounds. It really revs up my metabolism. When I’m done, I can handle anything.”

As for what she eats to stay thin, she does have a secret for waking up with a flat tummy. “I’m vegan and I love bread, but recently, I started making dinner a breadless meal,” she says of her daily routine. “I’ll have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, and I’ll make a sandwich on Ezekiel bread for lunch, but in the evening I’ll have protein and vegetables and no bread. When I wake up, my belly is flat!”

But you shouldn’t think Carrie’s vigorous exercise and clean eating means she doesn’t enjoy herself. She says she’s learned to give herself a break, enjoying her coffee in the morning and trying to take 10 minutes every day to simply sit quietly.  And sometimes at night, she confesses she’ll let herself sip a glass of red wine and just relax.

You can read more in the November issue of Shape, which comes out next Tuesday, just ahead of the Friday release of Carrie's Storyteller album.

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Thursday
Oct152015

Elton John Says AIDS Foundation Has "So Much Work Left to Do"

BillboardThe latest issue of Billboard features an op-ed that Elton John penned about his AIDS Foundation and its work in helping treat and prevent the disease.  The pop-rock legend says he was inspired to create his foundation, which has raised millions of dollars since 1992, after watching people around him suffering when the AIDS crisis was at its peak in the 1980s.

"Dozens and dozens of my close friends and many colleagues in the music industry became HIV positive," he writes.  "They suffered and died, and it was the most horrible feeling, losing loved ones and knowing there was nothing I could do to help.  But I knew I had to help.  I needed to do something."

Thanks to activism and awareness, the disease is not the death sentence it used to be.  But, Elton says, "We have so much work left to do."  He urges people to take action, whether it's by volunteering their time or donating money to the cause.

"If we continue to harness passion and commitment -- the energy of individuals, working tirelessly, doing whatever they can to make a difference -- then I believe with all my heart that in my lifetime I will have seen the very first day, and also the very last day, of the AIDS epidemic," he writes.

Meanwhile, pop superstar Lady Gaga, who is John's close pal and will soon be collaborating with his foundation, tells Billboard that Elton's activism has had a very positive influence on her with regard to her own charity, the Born This Way Foundation, which aims to help young people struggling with various issues like depression and anxiety. 

"He inspires me in ways I could not even begin to list properly," she says.  "He is my friend, he is like a parent.  He looks out for me, he was there for me during the hardest times in my life...Everything he has done for AIDS, everything he has done for the LGBT community. He's just everything -- when I'm with him, I just want to help be a part of his genius plan to save the world."

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Thursday
Oct152015

Elton John Says AIDS Foundation Has "So Much Work Left to Do"

BillboardIn the latest issue of Billboard, Elton John and his close pal Lady Gaga discuss their philanthropic causes. Elton, whose AIDS Foundation has raised millions of dollars since 1992, pens an op-ed about his work to help treat and prevent the disease. He says he was inspired to create his foundation after watching people around him suffering when the AIDS crisis was at its peak in the 1980s.

“Dozens and dozens of my close friends and many colleagues in the music industry became HIV positive,” he says. “They suffered and died, and it was the most horrible feeling, losing loved ones and knowing there was nothing I could do to help. But I knew I had to help. I needed to do something.”

Thanks to activism and awareness, the disease is not the death sentence it used to be. But, Elton says, “We have so much work left to do.” He urges people to take action, whether it's by volunteering their time or donating money to the cause.

“If we continue to harness passion and commitment -- the energy of individuals, working tirelessly, doing whatever they can to make a difference -- then I believe with all my heart that in my lifetime I will have seen the very first day, and also the very last day, of the AIDS epidemic,” he writes.

Lady Gaga, who shares a close bond with Elton and will soon be collaborating with his foundation, talks to Billboard about her Born This Way Foundation. The organization aims to help young people struggling with various issues like depression and anxiety. Gaga calls it her “life purpose.”

"I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day,” she says. “I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way. This modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? That's not human."

She says she's been inspired by Elton's activism. "He inspires me in ways I could not even begin to list properly," she says. "He is my friend, he is like a parent. He looks out for me, he was there for me during the hardest times in my life...Everything he has done for AIDS, everything he has done for the LGBT community. He's just everything -- when I’m with him, I just want to help be a part of his genius plan to save the world."

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