Kanye West Hints at "New Secret Album Title"

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It's hard to believe that Kanye West still hasn't decided on an official title for his forthcoming album, but it seems he's narrowing it down.

After declaring last week that his album was titled Waves -- after earlier announcing it'd be titled Swish -- Kanye now hints there might be a completely different name for the project, which he intends to keep under wraps.  "There may be a new secret album title," he tweeted Sunday night.

Kanye has been struggling with a title for a while now.  Even his wife, Kim Kardashian, recently posted a Twitter poll to see if the set should be named Swish, Waves or its initial title, So Help Me God.

West has until Wednesday, February 10 to decide on a title for his seventh studio set, which is due out February 11.

Earlier this month, Kanye described the project as "one of the greatest albums" that was being made "out of respect" for the greats. "So many musicians touch my life and made me who I am," he wrote. "I want to make something great to honor my idols…"

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Rihanna's "ANTI" Tops the Billboard 200 


Roy Nachum/Roc NationRihanna's ANTI has returned to the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

According to Billboard, her eighth studio effort sold 166,000 units and climbed from No. 27 to No. 1, marking the biggest single-week jump to the top position in eight years. ANTI is the singer’s second effort to top the albums chart, following 2012's Unapologetic, which sold 238,000 copies in its opening week.

"#ANTI is the number 1 album on the Billboard #Hot200 chart!!! That damn Navy!!! Thank you for your love," Rihanna tweeted.

Elsewhere, Kevin GatesIslah follows close behind Rihanna in second, selling 112,000 equivalent units, 93,000 in pure album sales.

Rihanna and Kevin's respective debuts mark the first time the Billboard 200’s top two titles are from the R&B/hip-hop genre since October 2015, when Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable debuted at #1 and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness rose to #2.

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Elle King Gets Engaged 

ABC/Randy HolmesElle King picked up her own ring over Super Bowl weekend -- the "Ex's and Oh's" singer announced Saturday that she's engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Fergie.

"Fergie asked me to marry him on a sailboat under the Golden Gate Bridge. I said yes," wrote King on her Instagram alongside a photo of the newly betrothed couple in front of the San Fransisco landmark.

King also posted a photo of herself and her new fiance on the red carpet of a Rolling Stone pre-Super Bowl party, where she later performed.

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Fergie asked me to marry him on a sailboat under the Golden Gate Bridge. I said yes.

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Rapper Nelly Releases Cover of Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man"

ABC/Image Group LAIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Nelly is giving Thomas Rhett a giant pat on the back. The new single from the St. Louis rapper is a cover of Thomas’s six-week number one, “Die a Happy Man.”

Nelly is certainly no stranger to country music, having first collaborated with Tim McGraw on his hit “Over and Over,” which made it to number 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2004. More recently, he was featured on the remix of Florida Georgia Line’s 2013 smash, “Cruise.” Last October, he told Entertainment Weekly even more country collaborations could be in his future, stopping short of committing to a full project.

“I love country music. I respect it to the utmost,” he said. “But there’s nothing in the world that makes me think I can do a country album… I may do an EP that features more than one country artist, so it may have a different vibe, but not a country album.”

You check out Nelly's version of Thomas Rhett's hit on YouTube now. It's also available to download via the usual sources. Thomas Rhett's version competes for Single Record of the Year at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards.

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New Fine Art Book Featuring Photos of The Band's Early Years Available Now

Elliott Landy/Backbeat BooksA new fine-art book featuring pictures of The Band taken by acclaimed photographer Elliott Landy early in the group's career is available now.

The Band Photographs, 1968-1969 includes more than 200 images of the influential rock act, most of which were previously unpublished, capturing Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson while they were working on their first two studio albums -- 1968's Music from Big Pink and 1969's The Band.

The photos include candid shots taken in and around the house shared by Danko, Manuel and Hudson in West Saugerties, New York, that came to be known as "Big Pink," where the group members and their mentor, Bob Dylan, wrote and recorded many songs. Among the other pics that appear in the book are well-known posed black-and-white shots resembling images from the Civil War that feature The Band's members wearing old suits. The book also includes onstage photos, pics of The Band with Dylan and images taken during recording sessions in the Los Angeles area.

The Band Photographs, 1968-1969 also includes commentary by John Simon, producer of the group's first two albums, as well as a foreword penned by Jonathan Taplin, who served as The Band's tour manager from 1969 to 1972.

In a promotional video for the book, Landy explains, "I decided to do a fine-art book of my Band photographs because there are so many great pictures that no one's ever seen except myself and the inside of a Kodak photo-paper box. And every time I visit the contact sheets, slides that I have, there's just so many more good pictures there."

Elliott adds that he was invited to photograph The Band before they even had settled on a name. "Nobody knew who they were except for Bob Dylan aficionados," he notes. "So meeting them, I always thought they were very special people. There were no airs about them."

The Band Photographs, 1968-1969 is available in a basic hardcover edition, an autographed signature version and a deluxe edition that's signed by Landy, features an 8-by-10-inch photo also autographed by Elliott and comes in a black slipcase.

Among the well-known photos Landy has taken during his long career include images that grace the covers of such albums as The Band, Dylan's Nashville Skyline and Van Morrison's Moondance.

Visit for more information about the book.

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Taylor Swift Perfume Sales on the Downslide

Photo by Royce DeGrie/Getty ImagesTurns out, smelling like Taylor Swift may not be all that appealing. According to Fortune, sales for Taylor’s fragrance line kinda stink.

The singer currently has four perfumes on the market: Incredible Things, Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted and Taylor by Taylor Swift. But it’s not just her sales that have dipped. Beauty company Elizabeth Arden, the manufacturer of Taylor’s line, says all of their celebrity perfume lines aren’t doing so well. The drop in celebrity fragrance sales last quarter contributed to a 3.6 percent decline in the company’s revenue. The company also reported a 17 percent drop in sales last year.

Aside from Taylor, Elizabeth Arden manufactures scents for Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

Times sure have changed: back in 2013, Taylor won the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award at the Fragrance Foundation Awards, which are considered the Oscars of the perfume industry.  But don't worry about T-Swift: she'll have the income from her new clothing line and upcoming mobile game to make up for it.

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Alice in Chains, Slipknot and Hollywood Vampires to Headline 2016 Rock Fest

Jason Squires/WireImageThe 2016 Rock Fest is certainly not devoid of rock. This year's edition of the Wisconsin festival will be headlined by Alice in Chains, Slipknot and Hollywood Vampires, the hard-rock supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp.

The lineup also includes Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Highly Suspect, Bullet for My Valentine, All That Remains, Nothing More, Escape the Fate, Saint Asonia, Scott Stapp and Atreyu, among many others.

Rock Fest will be held July 14-16 in Cadott, Wisconsin. Visit for the full lineup and ticket info.

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K. Michelle Unveils Cover of Upcoming Album, "#MoreIssuesthanVogue"

Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle has unveiled a playful cover for her upcoming, third album, #MoreIssuesthanVogue

In the official artwork, the singer blows a huge, pink bubble with a man trapped inside seeking to get out. There's also a backdrop of insults that Michelle constantly deals with, including fake booty, bipolar, liar and even thot, which stands for "that hoe over there."

The 12-track project will include a duet with Jason Derulo called "Make the Bed" and the lead single "Not a Little Bit," which was produced by Elvis “Blac Elvis” Williams.

While she has yet to announce the release date, the set will be available for pre-order on February 12. The collection serves as the follow-up to her sophomore album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? 

Here's the official track list:

"Got Em Like"
"Ain't You"
"Not a Little Bit"
"If It Ain't Love"
"Make the Bed" feat. Jason Derulo
"These Men"
"All I Got "
"Sleep Like a Baby"

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1994, these four country acts played the Super Bowl halftime show. Can you name them? ANSWER: Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, and The JuddsWynonna and Naomi.

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Taylor Swift to Perform on the Grammys

Kevin Winter/WireImageShe’s up for seven Grammys this year, so it’s no surprise Taylor Swift will also perform at this year’s show.

“It's true! @taylorswift13 will return to the GRAMMY stage for a performance at the 58th #GRAMMYs,” the official Grammy Twitter announced Sunday night.  USA Today further reports Taylor will be the opening act, and will sing an as-yet unknown song from her Album of the Year-nominated 1989, marking the first time she’s performed the song live on TV.

Taylor’s addition means the Grammys will feature live performances from arguably the two biggest pop stars on the planet right now: her, and Adele.  The latter, who’s won ten Grammys, was announced as a performer a few weeks ago, and will sing a track from her monster hit album, 25.

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will take place Monday, February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will air live on CBS.  LL Cool J will host.

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Elton John Hits the Road with James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke"

Darren Michaels/CBSElton John was in the passenger seat for the latest installment of James Corden’s popular feature “Carpool Karaoke” during a special edition of The Late Late Show following Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

After breaking into a chorus of Elton’s “Your Song,” the rock legend told Corden that the tune marked a big step in his long songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin.

"[I] sat at the piano, read it through and said, 'God, this is amazing for an 18-year-old poet to write this lyric.' And I played it to him, and I think when I finished playing we both realized that this was a huge step forward in our songwriting. We never looked back from that song."

Corden and his passenger then donned funny sunglasses and boas as they launched into “Crocodile Rock.” Other songs included “Tiny Dancer and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

In between, Elton explained that his crazy stage costumes were born out of necessity. noting, "I was never a lead vocalist. I was playing the piano...and I wasn't you know, a sex symbol, and so I had fun with my outfits."

Elton and his partner of more than 20 years, David Furnish, have two sons via surrogate -- 5-year-old Zachary and 3-year-old Elijah -- and insisted that at 68, the recording artist doesn’t feel like he’s too old to be a dad.

 "I love it. They've been amazing,” he says. “And I haven't had one second in Zachery or Elijah's life where I felt that they'd been getting on my nerves...Ten years ago if you'd have told me that I'd be saying this, I would've said, 'you're crazy,' but it's changed my life."

Elton appeared on the Late Late Show to promote his new album Wonderful Crazy Night, which arrived on Friday.  He's said the disc is unusual in that it's full of very upbeat, happy songs, but he says he wasn't really planning to do that...until his writing partner Bernie Taupin sent him the lyrics of the title track.

In a video series about the album, Elton revealed, "When I got the lyric for 'Wonderful Crazy Night,' which is the second song I wrote for the album, I thought, 'Wow this is, A), A great title for the record and B), It’s gotta be uptempo with that lyric.'" 

"That was the first uptempo track we recorded for the record and this was the template really for the album," he explained. "It became the album title, and it became the first track that we recorded that was uptempo, and after we finished this, I had no problem writing uptempo tracks."

According to the London Evening Standard, Elton said making an upbeat and happy record reflects his own personal happiness.

"I have a wonderful husband, a great family, a wonderful career, wonderful friends, [my favorite soccer team is] doing well ... Life is good," the 68-year-old legend told the paper at a record signing in London. 

"Life is a challenge -- there are ups and downs for everybody," he added. "Having young kids has helped. No matter how blue you can be, spending a nanosecond with those boys makes it all go away.  I thought maybe we’d had children too late, but it has come at a wonderful time in my life.” 

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Jill Scott, Pharrell Winners at NAACP Image Awards

Jerritt Clark/Getty ImagesJill Scott won multiple awards Friday night at the 47th NAACP Image Awards, held Friday night in Pasadena, California.

She was named outstanding female artist during the non-televised portion of the event. She also won outstanding song -- traditional for "Back Together," and outstanding album for Woman.

Pharrell Williams earned the prize for outstanding male artist.

Other winners on the night included NBC's The Wiz Live! and Queen Latifah, for Bessie.

John Legend was presented the NAACP President’s Award.

Here are the winners in the music categories:

Outstanding New Artist
Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
"Conqueror" – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album
Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol.4 – Miles Davis (Columbia Legacy Recordings)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
It’s Personal – Tina Campbell (Gee Tree Creative)

Outstanding Music Video
"Shame" – Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)

Outstanding Song - Traditional
"Back Together" – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Album
Woman – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song - Contemporary
"You’re So Beautiful" – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records)

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Roots Artist Dan Hicks Dies of Cancer at 74

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesDan Hicks, the leader of the Hot Licks, passed away at his home in Mill Valley, California, on Saturday at age 74 following a two-year battle with cancer.

"My darling darling husband left this earth early this morning," his wife, Clare Hicks, announced in a post on Hicks' official website. "He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always. To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in the words, songs, and art that he spent his life creating. He worked so hard on each and every detail -- they are all pure Dan."

Hicks began his career as a drummer in the 1960s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans, before forming Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Their notable songs included "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music."

Hicks disbanded the original version of the band in 1973, though he later launched a new incarnation in the 1990s.

Besides his wife, Hicks is survived by his stepdaughter Sara Wasserman.

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David Bowie's Widow, Iman, Shares "Love and Gratitude" with Fans

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Bowie's widow, Iman, has finally broken her public silence following her husband's death in January.

Saturday, the model tweeted a simple message: "Love & Gratitude."  The tweet was her first in nearly a month.

Previously, Duncan Jones, Bowie's son from his first marriage, tweeted, "Just wanted to thank you for the incredibly kind words & thoughts."

Bowie and Iman tied the knot in 1992 and have a 15-year-old daughter named Alexandria "Lexi" Zahra Jones.

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Super Bowl 50: The Halftime Show 

Matt Cowan/Getty ImagesColdplay offered a flashback performance during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show Sunday night at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, dipping deep into their catalog while also paying homage to past performers who've graced the big stage at the big game -- with the help of Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.

Chris Martin and company teased their first hit, "Yellow," before launching into "Viva La Vida." Martin commanded a psychedelic stage while the fans in the seats held up yellow, blue and orange signs.

Martin said, "Wherever you are, we are in this together," before seguing into the sing-along "Oooooh" part of the song.

His band -- which was joined by the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles -- followed up with "Paradise," as the audience surrounding the stage waved their arms.

Chris shed his jacket with blue patches for a more recent tune, "Adventure Of A Lifetime," jumping up and down and singing "Woohoo" repeatedly.

Coldplay gave way to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, who delivered their smash hit "Uptown Funk." Bruno wore a shiny black outfit with sunglasses, plus large chains dangling from his neck.

A marching band led into Beyoncé, who performed her just-released song "Formation." She and Bruno then had a bit of a dance-off before she and Martin joined in on "Uptown Funk," with a sample of Bey's "Crazy In Love" mixed in.

Coldplay returned with "Clocks" and "Fix You," as viewers saw a montage of highlights of past Super Bowl halftime performances from the likes of Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Stevie Wonder and others. Martin even worked in lyrics of songs by these artists, including Prince's "Purple Rain" and Bruno's "Just The Way You Are."

Martin, Beyoncé and Bruno all sang Coldplay's "Up&Up" to close things out. In the stands, fans held up placards that spelled out, "Believe In Love."

A new Beyoncé tour was announced immediately after her appearance in the halftime show.

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Super Bowl 50: Lady Gaga Nails the National Anthem

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesLady Gaga dazzled at Super Bowl 50, performing the national anthem before the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers faced off at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Accompanied by a pianist, Gaga delivered a stunning performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner." She wore a shimmering red outfit for the occasion, and showed off red eye shadow and blue fingernails.

After belting out the final words, Gaga said, "God bless you, America."

Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin signed the national anthem for the hearing impaired.

Before Gaga took center stage, an Armed Forces chorus sang "America the Beautiful."

The Tailgate Party during the pregame show was headlined by Seal and country star Sam Hunt.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride is set to make “a very special announcement” Monday morning at 11 a.m. CT inside the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater, according to a release from her label, Big Machine. It involves the Cancer Institute of Hospital Corporation of America, named for Sarah Cannon, the legendary comedienne who brought Minnie Pearl to life.

Former longtime Alabama drummer Mark Herndon has written his autobiography. The High Road: Memories from a Long Trip is set to come out April 1.

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Scotty McCreery and Five Other "American Idol" Winners Return to Mentor the Top 24

Eric AdkinsScotty McCreery and five other American Idol winners return to the show that made them famous this Thursday, to mentor contestants during the farewell season. Though the identity of the two singers he worked with is top secret, the season-10 winner says he knows how valuable the three days he spent with them is.

“I remember how important it was to me during my time on Idol to meet and learn from all the great artists who visited the set and offered their advice. I was proud to be able to come back and offer whatever guidance I could to my two talented contestants. This is their season and their show. I was there to help them shine… and I believe they both did!” he brags.

While most people may not realize exactly how hard the Idol contenders work, the 22-year-old certainly does.

“That was honestly probably one of the most stressful times of my life,” he recalls. “I was just 17, so that's a time when you should be having fun -- and I was. I was having a blast! When you're looking from the outside in, you see the singing day and you see the elimination day, and it was seven days a week.”

On May 3, the 2011 champion will reveal even more when his memoir, Go Big or Go Home:  The Journey Toward the Dream comes out -- including more details about the kind of pressure the Idol contestants face.

“Stress and hard work and decisions -- having to stand up to the head of the biggest label in the country and just make decisions -- that's what I'm saying. In the book, you're going to really hear about a kid at 16, 17 that had to grow up in an adult world and make decisions.”

Just days ago, Scotty faced another very adult decision, as he and his record label parted ways. Though he’s been working on finishing the album to follow his single “Southern Belle,” so far there are no details about when it’s coming out or who will release it.

Tune in to see Scotty Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, when he’ll also perform duets with two of the contestants in the top 24.

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Heart's Ann Wilson Says Her Relationship with Her Husband Is "Totally Amazing"

Credit: Norman SeeffThis Sunday, Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson and her husband, Dean Wetter, will celebrate their first Valentine's Day as a married couple. Wilson, who tied the knot with Wetter on April 25, 2015, certainly has hearts in her eyes for her spouse, describing their relationship as "totally amazing."

"It's just a beautiful marriage of souls and spirits and bodies, and we're just happy as we can be," she tells ABC Radio. "And we're still in the very beginning stages, so we're still howling at each other like puppies."

The singer adds with a laugh that because of their lovey-dovey behavior, "all our friends are going, like, 'Oh God,' [but] it's a beautiful way to feel."

As romantic as things are now between her and Wetter, Wilson admits that the romance got off on the wrong foot when the two first met back in the 1980s.

"We had a really disastrous blind date where we got really drunk on sake, and I tried to come on to him and he was a real gentleman and he declined," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reveals. "[And] I was all offended, so I said, 'Well, see you later.' And so, he went off and lived his life and I went off and lived mine."

Luckily, says Wilson, she included her return address in a kiss-off note she sent Wetter after the date, and she tells ABC Radio that he eventually came across the message about four or five years ago and decided to reconnect with her.

"He got in touch with me and he said, 'Well, OK, that's past now, so if you want to communicate, let's communicate,'" Ann recalls. "So I said, 'Yeah, let's communicate,' and we did. And it was the right thing to say, because we're meant for each other. And we fell in love so hard and so fast and so big that we haven't been apart since."

Reflecting on how her relationship with Wetter unfolded, Wilson notes, "[Sometimes] you're meant to come together later, at a different moment, when you're at a different stage in your development for it to work. And that's really what happened with us. 'Cause we're both the same age and we know what we want, what we don't want. We've had our children. We want to live out the rest of our lives together, traveling and experiencing stuff."

Now that's a "Heart"-warming story.

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Lukas Graham Says U.S. Success with "7 Years" Is a "New Start" for Them

Chapman BaehlerThey've been huge stars in Scandinavia and Europe since 2012, but now Lukas Graham -- the Danish band fronted by the singer of the same name -- is breaking out big in the U.S. with their hit "7 Years."  Lukas says it's odd starting over from scratch in the U.S. as a new artist when he and the band are already established in other parts of the world.

"I feel like, the Americans, they’re stepping into the middle of a book," Lukas tells ABC Radio. "I can hear it by the questions being asked by interviewers. It’s as if I need to explain the first two books."  He laughs, "It’s like, you step halfway into Lord of the Rings, you don’t know what’s going on!"

"But at the same time it’s also a new start," he notes. "['7 Years'] is the first song on our upcoming album so everybody gets to follow us from now on, I guess."

The band will release their worldwide debut album, also called Lukas Graham, on March 25.  As for why Lukas decided to name the band after himself, instead of some random name or phrase, he tells ABC Radio, "Well, the songs were there before the band was there and it’s my songs. And it’s like, we’re not in the 1950’s. We can’t call ourselves, like, 'The Revolvers' -- it just doesn’t work that way. And 'The Lukas Graham Band' just sounded wrong."

He adds, "My name is Lukas Forchhammer [forkammer]. Graham was my father’s second name, so I took Graham because Lukas Graham sounded cool.  And when you [type] 'Lukas Graham' on Google, nobody else was called it."

In addition to clarifying that Lukas Graham is actually a band and not just one guy, Lukas wants to point out that he doesn't agree with people who compare "7 Years" to Ed Sheeran's music.

"I don’t mind Ed Sheeran but I wouldn’t want to be compared to a guy that builds his song around a guitar, since we do not have a guitar in our band," he points out. "Great songs, but no thank you. We’re somethin' different!" 

Lukas Graham's worldwide debut album will include several songs that have already been #1 hits in Denmark.

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