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Aug192016

Country Legend Dolly Parton Wants to Ride Adele's "Skirt Tails" to Success 

XL/Columbia Records; Courtesy Webster Public RelationsEarlier this year, Katy Perry duetted with country music legend Dolly Parton on an awards show.  But now, Dolly's got her eye on a collaboration with another massively successful female pop star: Adele.  Dolly says she "relates" to the British star "a lot."

"We, at one time, had talked about -- through our people....that we were gonna gonna get together because she was coming to Nashville and we were gonna, if we could get together, maybe write something," Dolly told reporters in Nashville this week. "But our schedules didn't work out. But I'm open, if she is! She's hot right now. I could ride far on her skirt tails!"

"I love how she sings, I love how she looks, I love how she acts, I just love how she is. I relate to her a lot, in some ways," Dolly gushes.  In fact, it was Adele's signature look that first caught Dolly's attention.

"When she had her [cat-eye] makeup, you know the way everybody's trying to do their eyes, and I do makeup all the time," Dolly explained. "So my nieces and my sisters are always saying, 'Can you fix my eyes like Adele?'"

That experience led Dolly to name-check the singer in a song on her new album Pure & Simple called "Head over High Heels."  When she sings about getting dressed up to go out, she makes a reference to doing her "eyes like Adele."

"I got so excited," Dolly said about coming up with the line. "And I thought, 'She's gonna love me!  She's gonna love me for saying her name in a song!'"

Pure & Simple, featuring the song that mentions Adele, comes out on Friday.

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Friday
Aug192016

Look Back at Bob: New Dylan Film Series and Exhibit Launching Next Month in Tulsa, OK

Courtesy of The Bob Dylan ArchiveA new Bob Dylan-themed movies series called Dylan on Film will be presented by the recently launched Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and will take place September 21-24 at several locations in the city.

The series will kick off with the premiere screening of a 10th anniversary edition of Martin Scorsese's 2005 documentary No Direction Home at the University of Tulsa's Lorton Performance Center.

In conjunction with the No Direction Home screening, the first public exhibition of some memorabilia from the Bob Dylan Archive will go on display. The exhibit, titled "The Ghost of Electricity," will include handwritten lyrics to such famous Dylan songs as "Maggie's Farm," "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Visions of Johanna"; the leather jacket he wore at his infamous 1965 Newport Folk Festival Performance in July 1965, when he "went electric"; and much more. After debuting at the Lorton Performance Center, the exhibition will be displayed at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education from September 23 through October 10.

The Dylan on Film series will continue on September 22 with an outdoor screening of the 1967 Murray Lerner documentary Festival!, which features footage of Dylan and other artists performing at the Newport Folk Festival from 1963 to 1966. On September 23, D.A. Pennebaker's famous documentary Don't Look Back, about Bob's 1965 U.K. tour, will be shown at the Circle Cinema.

The series will come to a close on the evening of September 24 with the screening of three movies art the Circle Cinema -- 2007's 65 Revisited, which showcases unreleased footage from Dylan's '65 U.K. trek; Eat the Document, a rarely seen hallucinatory 1972 flick directed by Bob using footage Pennebaker shot during Dylan's European tour in 1966 with members of what would become The Band; and Bob Dylan: From the Archive, a selection of performances by Dylan spanning from 1963 to 2003.

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Friday
Aug192016

Chuck D, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Living Colour Team Up to Create "Who Shot Ya" Cover

Scott Legato/Getty Images"As we proceed, to give you what you need..." Living Colour has gathered fellow artists Chuck DBlack Thought and Pharoahe Monch to create a remix cover track of the Notorious B.I.G track "Who Shot Ya?"

According to Pitchfork, Living Colour is releasing an EP called Mixtape, which will be a collection entirely consisting of remixes of Biggie's iconic single, inspired by the recent gun violence and incidents of police brutality against African-Americans. 

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Friday
Aug192016

DNCE Won't Try and Compete with Bieber or Sia at U.K. Festival This Weekend 

ABC/Image Group LAAfter spending most of the summer opening for Selena Gomez, this weekend DNCE heads overseas to perform at the U.K.'s massive V Festival, as part of a bill that includes everyone from Justin Bieber to Sia to Mike Posner to Troye Sivan.  But frontman Joe Jonas says the experience won't turn into a "Battle of the Bands," if he can help it.

"I think some bands will try to compete...for us, we've always been that band that just tries to have a good time," Joe tells ABC Radio. "And we know those situations can always be difficult. People want to see four of their favorite bands playing at the same time, so you go see a few songs and you run off...I go to festivals and I know that's the way it is."

But according to Joe, DNCE won't be bending over backward to entice people to see them, as opposed to all the other acts.

"You have to just take what you get and enjoy and have fun," he notes. "So, really, we're just going to get up there and rock out and do our thing and not really care if it's 20 people in the audience or 20 thousand. We're just going to enjoy."

DNCE releases their debut album in October, and Joe says that after sharing the stage with other artists for an entire year, 2017 is the year that they'll strike out on their own as far as roadwork goes.

"Fingers crossed. Yeah, that's the plan," says Joe. "We want to do a big headlining tour next year...maybe going into the summer."  

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Friday
Aug192016

Pharrell Williams to Take the Stage at "Hidden Figures" Film Premiere

David LaChapelle/NBCPharrell Williams will perform at an exclusive outdoor concert during this year's Toronto International Film Festival on September 10. The Grammy award winner will entertain audiences after the premiere of the NASA drama, Hidden Figures, which also stars recording artist Janelle Monáe.  

"Toronto audiences will be the first to hear Pharrell's new music for Hidden Figures, and they'll see it performed live on Festival Street," said TIFF Artistic Director, Cameron Bailey

Williams co-produced Hidden Figures and wrote original music for the film's soundtrack as well. The movie's director, Theodore Melfi, also praised the entertainer for his musical work for the soundtrack.

"Pharrell's musical genius acumen takes the film to a different level," said Melfi.  

Hidden Figures is scheduled for release in nationwide theaters January 2017.  

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Friday
Aug192016

AWOLNATION to Bring Love of Heavy Music to Prophets of Rage Tour 

ABC/Randy HolmesAWOLNATION will be the openers on Prophets of Rage's Make America Rage Again tour, which kicks off tonight, August 19 in Fairfax, Virginia. While Aaron Bruno's band may not be as political as Prophets of Rage, which boasts members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, but they can certainly match the supergroup in anger, as evidenced by their sophomore album, Run.

"It's much heavier and darker than I think people were probably expecting," Bruno tells ABC Radio of Run.

A lot of the anxiety on Run stems from Bruno's own anxiety about creating a follow-up to AWOLNATION's debut album Megalithic Symphony, which featured the mega-single "Sail." That, combined with Bruno's own musical predilections, resulted in an album that wears its heart on its sleeve.

"I've always been drawn to songs that have a degree of sadness for sure, for whatever reason," Bruno says. "Sometimes sadness can make you feel good, you know? If you're feeling kinda down and you hear a sad song, I mean, I've personally found that that is therapeutic for me to hear someone speak about, or sing about, something that I can relate to."

Musically, Run delves deeper into Bruno's hardcore influences, which should feel right at home next to the metal and hip-hop of Prophets of Rage.

"I like heavy music, you know, I do," says Bruno. "I grew up loving hardcore and rap music in the '80s and first half of the '90s very much. The power behind the low-end of the bass used in good hip-hop songs and metal and some great pop songs as well, so it's just the music I just like most."

Bruno and AWOLNATION will bring the heavy alongside Prophets of Rage throughout the tour, which concludes October 15 in Chula Vista, California.

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Friday
Aug192016

New Kids on the Block to Appear on "Fuller House"

Timothy Hiatt/Getty ImagesNew Kids on the Block will be moving into Tanner territory during the second season of the Netflix series Fuller House.

On Thursday, the show's official Twitter account posted a photo of series stars Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber sporting NKOTB T-shirts, along with a message declaring they have "The Right Stuff to welcome some special guest stars!" -- a reference to the band's 1988 hit, "You Got It (The Right Stuff)." 

The band's official Instagram continued the theme by posting the same picture, along with a caption playing on another of their big hits: "Hanging tough with these ladies!"

NKOTB's Jordan Knight showed his excitement as well, sharing a graphic of the Fuller House logo next to his name with the message, "This is just toooo exciting!!!"

The appearance by the popular '90s boy band was a long time coming. Back in February, Bure told Rotten Tomatoes that they never had the guys as guest stars on the original run of Full House, with Barber adding, "We really want New Kids on the Block though [for Fuller House]. We'll put our vote for that." 

Bure and her co-stars even gave a shout-out to the band during season one, when they mimicked a piece of the choreography from "You Got It (The Right Stuff)."

Fuller House season two is currently in production.

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Thursday
Aug182016

Tiny Denies Rumors of Divorce from Husband T.I.

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicRapper T.I. and Tameka "Tiny" Harris are not headed for a divorce. A representative for the reality television star tells People that any rumors about the couple, including those of a potential divorce, are completely false. 

"Certain blogs have 'reported' that she's going to be a single mom, she's getting a divorce, she has a new residence and everything in between," said the rep. 

"On behalf of Mrs. Harris, this is the truth -- Tameka and T.I. are good. They love each other and they have a beautiful family with seven amazing children. For them, it will always be family over everything." 

In July, T.I. posted a message to Instagram hoping to dispel rumors and gossip floating around in the media at the time. 

"Lies will be told...But the Truth will be seen!!! I feel no need to address gossip or respond to peons. With all that's going on in the world...We're happy to offer an alternative view of our people," he wrote.  

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Thursday
Aug182016

Say What? Rihanna's "Work" Almost Went to Alicia Keys

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCCan you imagine Rihanna's "Work" sung by any other artist? Well, according to one of the song's co-writers, R&B singer PARTYNEXTDOOR, the hit single was almost passed on to Alicia Keys

"Her label didn't care for Caribbean music at the time," he tells The New York Times. A decision between either keeping the track with Drake, or giving it to Keys was up for debate, but eventually Rihanna's team surrendered "when it was all that she could sing around the house," he added. 

"She fought for it," said PARTYNEXTDOOR. "She said, 'This is my family's favorite song.'"  

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Thursday
Aug182016

Major Key Alert: DJ Khaled's "I Got the Keys" Goes Gold

(L-R) DJ Khaled, Jimmy Kimmel; ABC/Randy HolmesHe's got the keys, keys, keys! DJ Khaled's "I Got the Keys" single has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Khaled made the announcement in a video posted toInstagram.

"Fan love I have a big announcement. A major key announcement. DJ Khaled, featuring Jay Z andFuture... 'I Got the Keys' officially gold," says Khaled in the video. 

"DJ Khaled, congratulations. Major key alert!" responds a bevy of beauties that surround the artist in the clip. 

Khaled's latest album, Major Key, recently topped the Billboard 200 albums chart, earning the record producer his first number-one album. 

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Thursday
Aug182016

Yo Gotti, Mystikal and More Added to Lil Wayne's Lil' Weezyana Festival

Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagicHip-hop artist Lil Wayne is bringing his second annual Lil' Weezyana music festival to New Orleans next Saturday, yet has made some exciting last minute additions to the roster. 

Yo Gotti and Mystikal, hip-hop trio Migos and rap group Partners-N-Crime have been added to the festival's lineup. Weezy himself will be headlining the show with 2 Chainz as ColleGrove.

Tickets for the Lil' Weezyana Festival are available now.  

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Thursday
Aug182016

John Legend Is the Newest American Family Insurance Brand Ambassador

Business WireAmerican Family Insurance has signed Grammy award winner John Legend as the company's newest brand ambassador. 

Legend's music will be featured in ad campaigns for the private mutual insurance organization, and he also will be partnering with the brand via public appearances and performances. 

"American Family's message about the power of pursuing a dream is something I could relate to in my own life," says Legend. "I look forward to our partnership and sharing my music, my story and highlighting the inspiring stories of others."  

Legend joins an group of celebrity brand ambassadors for American Family Insurance including Derek JeterKevin Durant and Kathy Ireland

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Thursday
Aug182016

Prophets of Rage Unleash Reworked Beastie Boys Cover, "No Sleep Til Cleveland"

ABC/Randy HolmesProphets of Rage have released a live recording of their song "No Sleep Til Cleveland," which combines the music of "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" by Beastie Boys with the lyrics from Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." You can download the track now on iTunes.

"No Sleep Til Cleveland" was recorded during Prophets of Rage's performance in the Ohio city during the Republican National Convention last month. The track will appear on the band's debut EP The Party's Over, which will be released August 26.

Prophets of Rage will kick off their Make America Rage Again tour this Friday, August 19 in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Thursday
Aug182016

Iggy Pop Book "Total Chaos" Due in November

ABC/Randy HolmesA new book about Iggy Pop and his pre-punk band The Stooges will arrive just in time for Thanksgiving. Titled Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges/As Told by Iggy Pop, the book will be released on November 15.

Total Chaos is a compilation of conversations writers Jeff Gold and Johan Kugelberg had with Pop at his Miami home. In these interviews, Pop tells the history of The Stooges in his own words, from the band's formation in the late '60s to their struggles with substance abuse and music business realities to their reformation almost three decades later.

Jack White's Third Man Books will publish Total Chaos. The book includes commentary by White, Josh Homme and Joan Jett, among others, plus never before seen photos.

Earlier this year, Pop released a new album called Post Pop Depression.

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Thursday
Aug182016

For "Brand New" Video, Ben Rector Took Fans on a Roller Coaster Ride of Fun

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Rather than spend a lot of money doing a huge production, Ben instead tweeted his fans and told them he was heading to a Six Flags amusement park, and that they could join him by tweeting him videos hashtagged #SixFlagsWithBen.  From those videos, Ben selected six fans, and two days later, he flew them to Arlington, Texas, which took up most of his video budget.  It was there he informed them that they'd be starring in his "Brand New" video.

After sharing dinner that night, Ben and his winners headed to Six Flags Over Texas, where they played games, gorged on junk food and rode roller coasters.  That night, when a huge storm closed down the park, so Ben and the fans ordered pizza and spent the rest of the time playing games in a hotel. Everything was captured on film, and the result is a super fun-filled video.

The video has now been unveiled on Billboard.com.  Ben tells the publication, "I was genuinely excited -- I love roller coasters -- and was also excited to get to treat a handful of fans to an adventure, in a setting where we'd actually get to connect and not just awkwardly take a picture. I still can't believe we did it, and honestly I'd be shocked if anyone's ever had more fun making a music video."

Ben's extensive headline tour, which he's dubbed The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far, kicks off next week in Columbus, OH.

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Thursday
Aug182016

Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas Back for This Yearโ€™s WE Day Broadcast

Image Group LA/ABCSelena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are all returning for WE Day’s second annual national broadcast event, set to air on ABC later this month. All three participated in last year's inaugural broadcast, with Selena serving as the event's host.

This time, they’ll be joined by Nick’s brother, Joe Jonas, as well as Jennifer Hudson, Orlando Bloom, Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet and more. The event spotlights young people who are taking on challenging social issues and making a difference in their communities.

“I’m proud to be a part of the WE Movement -- part of a community made up of world-changers who are coming together to make a lasting, positive impact across America and the world,” Demi says in a statement.

She adds, “WE Day will unite and inspire Americans, reminding them that there is so much good and love in the world. I live WE every day and believe that by supporting one another we can truly change the world together.”

WE Day airs commercial-free on ABC Sunday, August 28 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.

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Thursday
Aug182016

"Traveller" Chris Stapleton Ventures to the Great White North

ABC/Image Group LAFor the first time since the breakthrough success of his platinum-selling Traveller album, Chris Stapleton is heading to the Great White North. Pre-sales for his 2017 Canadian dates start next Wednesday, with tickets available to the general public on Friday, August 26.

Here’s the itinerary for Chris Stapleton’s 2017 Canadian trek:

3/18 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
3/19 -- Ottowa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
3/22 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
3/24 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
3/25 -- Edmonton, AB, Northlands Coliseum
3/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena

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Thursday
Aug182016

Brett Eldredge Delivers the Album He's Waited His Whole Life to Make This Fall

ABC/Image Group LAThis holiday season, you’ll be able to hear the album Brett Eldredge has waited his whole life to make, as he delivers his first Christmas collection.

“I’ve been inspired for this record from a very young age,” he confesses. “I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I’ve loved since I was a little kid.”

Brett traveled to New York City’s Avatar Studios back in May to work on the big band album heavily influenced by his heroes Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and Ray Charles. In addition to the familiar standards, the collection will also include an original tune titled “Glow.”

“I… tried to give a tip of the hat to the ones that came before me… by adding that swing and that soul to the best of my ability…” Brett says. “We hung Christmas lights in the studio… and had musicians from the best bands in the world all in the same room -- from horns to strings…  I think it really shows in the songs and I can’t wait for people to hear that magic we found.”

While we don’t know what the album will be called or its exact release date, it’s expected to be out in the fall.

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Thursday
Aug182016

Colorado State of Mind: College to Hold Billy Joel Symposium

PRNewsFoto/Colorado College/Myrna SuarezAside from mentioning the state in a song lyric, Billy Joel doesn't really have any connection to Colorado, but that's not stopping one of the state's institutions of higher learning from hosting a symposium on the Piano Man.

On October 7 and 8, Colorado College will host It's Still Rock and Roll to Me: The Music and Lyrics of Billy Joel, which is billed as "the first-ever scholarly symposium" on Joel's music. The goal is to "shed light on Joel's songs and why they're so meaningful for so many people," according to the college.

Billy is all for the event, since he'll be participating in a live phone interview during the symposium that's been dubbed "Take the Phone Off the Hook," a lyric from his song "Vienna." In addition, there will be 30 presentations from scholars in music theory, history, comparative lit and musicology, among other fields.

The symposium is being organized by Colorado College's Assistant Professor of Music, Ryan Bañagale, who says in a statement, "Billy Joel's career has spanned more than five decades, yet by comparison to musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, virtually no scholarly attention has been given to Joel's music." But, the professor adds, "Ultimately, this is about more than just Billy Joel. It's about the ways that we view the past and the present, as well as ourselves, through the music we love."

Attendance at the symposium is limited to 450, and it costs just 20 bucks. Registration opens September 1 to the general public. Visit ColoradoCollege.edu for more information.

By the way, Joel name-checked Colorado in "The Ballad of Billy the Kid," when he sang, "Well, it started with a bank in Colorado."

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Thursday
Aug182016

Steven Tyler's Crude Hand Gesture Edited Out of Aerosmith-Themed Roller Coaster's Intro Video

Credit: Zack WhitfordRock-loving visitors to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, have been enjoying the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith for more than 19 years, but many probably didn't noticed the sexually suggestive hand gesture Steven Tyler flashed during the video introduction to the ride. According to InsidetheMagic.com, Disney officials apparently finally got wind of Tyler's prank and have digitally altered the singer's gesture -- commonly known as "The Shocker" -- out of the clip.

WDWNT.com has posted a photo of Tyler making the crude sign as well as a clip of the newly altered introduction. Steven responded to the news of the edited video by posting a photo on his Twitter feed showing him making a goofy face and mockingly  flashing a different hand gesture while wearing a hat that says "F***!!" along with the accompanying message, "SO WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU THINK THIS MEANS? IS THE HAT A DEAD GIVEAWAY?"

Tyler has eight more dates left on his current tour in support of his debut solo album, We're All Somebody from Somewhere, which runs through a September 13 concert in Toronto. His next show takes place this Saturday, August 20, at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

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