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Wednesday
Jun012016

Was Billy Joel's "Dedication" to Donald Trump More of a "Diss"?

Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel set the internet abuzz after he dedicated his song "The Entertainer" to Donald Trump at his New York City concert at Madison Square Garden on Friday, The Washington Post reports. For anyone who knows the lyrics, the "dedication" may have included a healthy dose of sarcasm.

"Today I am your champion/I may have won your hearts/But I know the game, you'll forget my name/ And I won't be here in another year," the song goes.

Trump apparently took it as a compliment, tweeting, "Thank you @BillyJoel- many friends just told me you gave a very kind shoutout at MSG. Appreciate it- love your music!"

When asked to comment on the dedication's meaning, Billy tells ABC Radio, "I'm in the entertainment business. Donald Trump's campaign has been very entertaining. Aside from that, who cares about the political opinions of a piano player?"

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Wednesday
Jun012016

It's Splitsville for Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris 

Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty ImagesHalf the tabloids had them ready to march down the aisle, but in fact, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are no longer a couple.

ABC News has confirmed that after 15 months of dating, the Grammy-winning singer and the world-famous deejay have split.  They celebrated their one-year anniversary in March with a cake, a locket for Taylor, and a tropical getaway which they documented on social media.  Calvin's latest song, "This Is What You Came For," featuring Rihanna, is widely assumed to be about Taylor.

They split comes shortly after Calvin, whose birth name is Adam Wiles, was hospitalized last week following a car crash and was forced to cancel some gigs.

Taylor once told Vogue that her relationship with the Scottish deejay was "magical," so what went wrong?  Apparently, nothing major.  An insider tells People magazine, "There was no drama. Things just don't work out sometimes."

Looks like Taylor just got plenty of new inspiration for her next album.

Wednesday
Jun012016

REO Speedwagon, Chicago and More Will Be Singing "Greatest Hits" for ABC

John Lamparski/WireImageThe musical lineup for ABC’s new show, Greatest Hits, has been announced. Among the performers for the decade-spanning song tribute series are REO Speedwagon, Chicago, Foreigner and Rick Springfield.

Wilson Phillips, Bonnie Raitt, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys, Ceelo, Jason Derulo, John Legend and Meghan Trainor will also be taking the stage.

Each week features different music stars performing iconic songs from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Greatest Hits begins its six-episode stint Thursday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Tamar Braxton Blasts Former Co-Hosts, Confirming Rift 

Earl Gibson III/Getty ImagesTamar Braxton has officially broken her silence, confirming that she's very much at odds with her former co-hosts from The Real.

Since Braxton's unexpected departure from the show -- she was reportedly let go -- the singer and reality star has returned to social media, implying that she's not on good terms with her now former co-hosts: Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

Braxton's comment comes in the form of a reply to a fan-posted photo, which was captured by Madam Noire, which shows the co-hosts together with Braxton sitting off to the side.  The fan's caption reads, “When you in a room full of phony b****es, it’s best to distance yourself.”

Braxton, who was on a social media hiatus after news broke of her firing, responded to the photo writing, “Pretty much.”

Since then, the singer has added positive messages to her social media, with her latest tweet saying, " No matter what.... It's ALL Good

Wednesday
Jun012016

Red Hot Chili Peppers Tease "Dark Necessities" Video Directed by Olivia Wilde

Steve Jennings/WireImageRed Hot Chili Peppers are apparently teaming up with Olivia Wilde for the band's "Dark Necessities" video. According to drummer Chad Smith, the Vinyl actress will direct the visual for the Chili Peppers' latest single.

On his Twitter, Smith posted himself holding a clapperboard listing the production as "Dark Necessities" and Wilde as the director. As a caption, the drummer wrote, "aaaannnd cut!!"

Wilde previously directed the video for the song "No Love Like Yours" by the folk-rock collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. She's also appeared in videos for Thirty Seconds to Mars, Daft Punk and Dashboard Confessional.

"Dark Necessities" appears on Red Hot Chili Peppers' forthcoming album The Getaway, which will be released June 17.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Zulu Nation Apologizes to Alleged Afrika Bambaataa Molestation Victims

Johnny Nunez/WireImageThe Universal Zulu Nation is no longer standing by their leader, Afrika Bambaataa, after previously refuting claims from the hip-hop pioneer's alleged sexual abuse victims.

In a statement obtained by ABC Radio, the organization apologizes to those who have allegedly been victimized by Bambaataa, who has denied the allegations.

"On behalf of the members of the Universal Zulu Nation worldwide, who have made their voices heard through their chapter leaders, we extend our deepest and most sincere apologies to the many people who have been hurt by the actions of Afrika Bambaataa and the subsequent poor response of our organization to allegations leveled against him," the statement reads.

Included in the statement are mentions of Ronald Savage and Hassan Campbell, who were some of the first to speak out against the "Planet Rock" producer.

"To the survivors of apparent sexual molestation by Bambaataa, both those who have come forward and others who have not, we are sorry for what you endured and extend our thanks to those who have spoken out for your bravery in bringing to light that which most of us were sadly unaware of, and others chose not to disclose," the statement continues.

Just weeks ago, the group defended Bambaataa, saying that Ronald Savage, who made the first accusation, was “mentally challenged.” Now the organization is promising change and to educate their members and communities on child molestation and sexual violence, as well as seek justice for Bambaataa's alleged victims.

The statement was signed by over 30 Zulu Nation leaders representing chapters from the United States to Australia.  The organization was founded by Bambaataa to promote art and unity in the hip-hop community.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

New Music: Pusha T Drops "Drug Dealers Anonymous," featuring Jay Z

Mike Lawrie/Getty ImagesG.O.O.D. Music President Pusha T has delivered on his promise of new music with the late-night release of his latest song, “Drug Dealers Anonymous,” featuring Jay Z.

The track -- which offers a slow-tempo, heavy bass beat with both lyricists providing intricate versus -- is the lead single off of Pusha's forthcoming album.

The song notably features an excerpt from conservative Tomi Lahren, criticizing Beyoncé for marrying a known drug dealer, "Your husband was a drug dealer," she said. "For 14 years he sold crack cocaine."

Jay responds, offering his verse: "14-year drug dealer and still counting/Who deserves the medal of freedom is my accountant/He been hula-hooping through loop holes, working around sh**/IRS should’ve had the townhouses surrounded."

Pusha also provides his political commentary, spitting his own calculated verse" "Who the fu** ain't mastered this/America's nightmare's in Flint/Children of a lesser God when your melanin's got a tint."

“Drug Dealers Anonymous” was released on TIDAL and initially previewed on Soundcloud, but has now since been removed.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo and More Will Be Singing "Greatest Hits" for ABC

Photo by David Becker/Getty Images via ABCThe musical lineup for ABC’s new show, Greatest Hits, has been announced. Among the performers for the decade-spanning song tribute series are Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo and Pitbull.

The Backstreet Boys, John Legend, CeeLo and Wiz Khalifa will also be taking the stage.

Each week features different music stars performing iconic tunes from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Greatest Hits begins its six-episode stint Thursday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Katy Perry Visits Vietnam as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry recently took a trip to Vietnam as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, where she met with families living in poverty.

She tells People she met with a grandmother left to care for her four grandchildren after her daughter passed away. One of the grandchildren, a five-year-old girl named Linh, was severely malnourished.

“If a UNICEF-trained outreach worker had not come to the village, and made sure Linh got the care she needed, she might not be alive today," Katy says. "Linh is one of millions of children who face such challenges every day. That's something we should all be worried about."

She adds, "All the children I met have incredible dreams. We have to help them fight for those dreams.”

With her visit, Katy hopes to draw attention to the issues facing millions of children, like those living in the poverty-stricken areas of Vietnam.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Will Justin Timberlake Do a Las Vegas Residency?

ABC/Randy HolmesWill Justin Timberlake soon be following in the footsteps of his ex, Britney Spears? Rumor has it JT is in talks to do a Las Vegas residency.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the rumor comes from a solid source close to the involved parties but has not yet been confirmed. If the gossip is to be believed, Justin might soon be performing at the new Monte Carlo theater, which is nearing the final stages of construction.

Britney’s Piece of Me show is currently running at the nearby Axis at Planet Hollywood.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Glen Campbell Movie on the Way, as Legend Remains "Happy" Despite Fading Health

PCH FilmsThere’s a new movie in the works based on the life of Glen Campbell. The upcoming film will be directed by James Keach, the force behind the documentary I’ll Be Me, which chronicles the Country Music Hall of Famer's struggle with Alzheimer’s. Keach also produced the Academy Award-winning motion picture based on the life of Johnny CashWalk the Line.

The news comes as manager TK Kimbrell, perhaps best known for his work with Toby Keith, announced he’ll be shepherding Campbell’s legacy from now on. “He seems really happy,” Kimbrell says of the “Rhinestone Cowboy’s” declining condition. “It’s hard for him to put words together. Physically, he looks healthy-- like the Glen Campbell we all know. He smiles a lot, and loves seeing his wife Kim and the family. They are always there caring for him.”

Kimbrell also works with Glen’s daughter Ashley, who has a recording contract with Big Machine. He teases there are many unreleased recordings by the guitar great, both as a soloist and with famed L.A. studio musicians The Wrecking Crew.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Michael Nesmith to Join Monkees Tonight via Skype at Band's NYC Concert

Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (ABC/Ida Mae Astute)The Monkees, who kicked off their 50th anniversary tour last month, will be performing at New York City's Town Hall this evening. Two of the made-for-TV group's three surviving members, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, are taking part in the trek, but fans who come out to tonight's show may be treated to a virtual performance by their band mate Michael Nesmith.

As Tork reveals to ABC Radio, "Tonight…we are actually planning to have [Nesmith] Skype in a performance that we will be playing to live, just by way of saying, 'Hi, Mike. Thanks for coming around.'"

Dolenz adds, with a laugh, "Keep your fingers crossed on that one," while Tork notes, "Yeah, we're worried about the electronics, but the heart is there."

Nesmith, meanwhile, revealed in a Facebook message that he will be playing "Papa Gene's Blues" with the band tonight.

Peter also tells ABC Radio that Nesmith, who decided to sit out the tour because he's currently writing a book that he's trying to finish by the fall, is tentatively planning to appear at "a couple" of concerts during the trek.

In addition to celebrating the band's golden anniversary, The Monkees' tour is promoting the group's brand-new studio album, Good Times!, which has been getting plenty of positive reviews by critics and fans alike. Dolenz says, "It's always refreshing to have new material to be able to perform, and especially when people start recognizing it."

The Monkees' concerts also include a tribute to the band's fourth member, Davy Jones, who died in 2012. As Dolenz explains to ABC Radio, "We have a wonderful…technological miracle. We have the original tracks from, say, 'Daydream Believer,' with [Davy's] vocal on it, and we sucked off the instrumentation…but we have it timed out with a click track…and we play [along to it live]."

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Wednesday
Jun012016

The Bromance Continues: Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge Set to Host CMA Music Festival Special

Craig Sjodin/ABCThey’ve been on tour together, recorded a song together, and now Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge are teaming up once again. Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the two revealed they’ll host this year’s ABC primetime special from the CMA Music Festival.

“I’ve played my heart out on every size stage at CMA Fest, from the crowds of 20 to the big stadium,” Brett says, “because I love the energy of the festival and the country music fans so much. And now I get to host the whole thing with one of my best pals! You can’t beat that!”

Thomas Rhett shares his excitement. “Some of my favorite memories are me and my buddies sitting in the nosebleeds watching our heroes play,” he recalls.  It’s surreal and a huge honor to be hosting and performing on this stage.”

CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock tapes next week in Nashville, with the three-hour musical extravaganza set to air Wednesday, August 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

You can preview Brett and Thomas Rhett’s antics in a new video, posted on YouTube.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus Is Raising a 3-Year-Old Guitar Slinger

BMLGRascal Flatts:  The Second Generation could be coming soon to a stage near year.

“So proud of Dylan,” Jay DeMarcus tweeted, along with a photo of his guitar-playing son, who remarkably won’t turn four until July. “He came out & joined me again on stage last Friday night.”

Jay couldn't leave his daughter Madeline out either. Earlier, the devoted dad shared a photo of the love note the five-year-old left him in the studio, as he and Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney work on the follow-up to their recent number one, “I Like the Sound of That.”

Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane join the guys as they kick off the summer leg of their Rhythm & Roots Tour June 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockIn 2010, Rascal Flatts guest starred as themselves on an episode of this groundbreaking CBS forensic drama. Can you name it? ANSWER:  CSI:  Crime Scene Investigation.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Elton John Says He “Couldn’t Care Less” What Kind of Legacy He Leaves Behind

ABC/Randy HolmesWith so many legendary performers passing away this year, you’d think Elton John might be considering what kind of legacy he’ll be leaving behind. But in fact, Elton tells Clash magazine it’s not something he likes to dwell on.

“I couldn’t care less,” he says. “I couldn’t give a f***. Everything I’ve recorded has come out. I’m gone.”

He adds that he doesn’t spend time poring over his old tracks. “I’m not interested,” he says. “I’m more interested in listening to other people’s stuff, to be honest with you. I don’t want to listen to mine.”

Elton does admit that the passing of icons like David Bowie put him in touch with his mortality. He also says it reminds him that great artists are few and far between these days. “There are not that many great artists around today -- not as great or in the same league as Bowie,” he says. “No one. Kanye West? Forget it. No way.”

Though he does admit to liking Justin Bieber’s latest album. “It’s a great pop record,” he says. “I’m so happy for him, because I don’t like to see anyone f****** fall off the edge of a cliff and lose everything, and he was very close to doing that. I think he smartened himself up.”

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Wednesday
Jun012016

On 30th Anniversary of "Top Gun," Kenny Loggins Recalls "Cattle Call" that Led to Movie's Smash Soundtrack

Brent N. Clarke/Getty ImagesWhen you think '80s movies -- and '80s movie soundtracks -- Top Gun definitely comes to mind. The Tom Cruise action romance just celebrated its 30th anniversary a couple weeks ago, but Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" and Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" are still radio staples today. Yet Loggins, who had not one but two songs on the Top Gun soundtrack, recalls that it was a something of a dogfight to even get to be part of the project.

"That was a cattle call back then," he tells ABC Radio. "All the top acts of that era came in for a number of screenings of the rough cut of Top Gun." The idea was that all the artists would then submit material for consideration. Kenny says he was a bit intimidated, so he came up with what he thought was a clever plan.

"There were so many top-40 acts in the room when I went to see it that the producer and I decided to write for the volleyball scene, because we knew nobody else was gonna write for that," he laughs. "So the main thing was get a song in the movie and then see what happens from there."

That song, "Playing with the Boys," ended up on the soundtrack, but then Loggins also was tapped to record a song he didn't write -- "Danger Zone" -- after several other artists passed on the opportunity.  The result: a #2 smash on a #1 soundtrack that's sold more than 9 million copies.

As for why the movie itself is still such a touchstone, Kenny tells ABC Radio, "Well, it was groundbreaking at the time. It was the best aerial footage that had ever been shot and I think that made a big difference in the way military movies are filmed and presented."

He adds, "And then, of course, it was a breakthrough movie for Tom Cruise. And that's probably one of the main reasons it’s still around." 

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Keke Wyatt Labels Faith Evans “a Cougar”

Marcus Ingram/Getty ImagesKeke Wyatt starred with Faith Evans in R&B Divas: Atlanta, and Wyatt does not hesitate to say the former wife of The Notorious B.I.G. loves younger men.

When asked by Essence, “Which R&B diva was most likely to be a cougar,” Wyatt responded,  “Faith hands down. Faith, honeeeeey. Faith. She is gon’ kill me. I’mma have to call her when I get off the phone to tell her.”

Wyatt also points the finger at herself. When asked, “Which R&B diva was most likely to film a sexy video for their man to a Beyoncé song,” she said,  “Oh, Lord. Me. That is funny. Honey, I gets down with the get down. Ok? I am a home wife, OK. The word ho is in home.” She adds, “Only at home, only at home. I’m a lady in the street and a wifey in the sheets. I’m a hoe in the sheets, yeah.”

Wyatt just released a new song, a remake of Zayn’s “Pillowtalk.”

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Clean Bandit Sheds Some "Tears" with New Single

Big Beat RecordsThe song may be called “Tears,” but if you’re a Clean Bandit fan, it’s sure to put a smile on your face. The U.K. group has released “Tears” as their new single.

The electronic ballad, about getting over an ex, features vocals by X Factor U.K.’s 2015 winner Louisa Johnson.

“Louisa Johnson delivered the vocal with incredible power and devastating tenderness,” Clean Bandit’s Jack Patterson says. “Her adlibs are insane! She is so lovely and an absolute joy to work with.”

Clean Bandit is currently working on their second album.

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Judas Priest's Rob Halford to Perform at "Alternative Press" Music Awards

Courtesy of Adrenaline PR Rob Halford has joined the performer lineup for this year's Alternative Press Music Awards. The Judas Priest frontman will take the stage alongside Babymetal, the teenage pop-metal band from Japan.

"It's really cool to hear and watch such a strong young Japanese metal band make solid growth in the world with such unique conviction and invite me to headbang along with them for this special appearance," says Halford in a statement. "Further proof of the continuing power exchange from the roots of metal into the future metalsphere!"

Other artists performing at this year's APMAs include A Day to Remember, Of Mice & Men, Papa Roach and Beartooth.

The 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards will be held held July 18 in Columbus, Ohio.

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