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Wednesday
Jul132016

You Want a Pizza Me? Adele Hits Back at Pizza Diva Rumors

Alasdair McLellanIt seems rumors of Adele being a pizza diva have been grossly exaggerated. The singer set the record straight at her Chicago concert this week, after a story surfaced claiming she made a staffer drive 140 miles to get her pizza.

“First of all, I wouldn’t make anyone do that. That’s ridiculous,” she said in a fan-captured video.

She then addressed the second part of the bogus story, which stated that by the time the staffer returned, she had fallen asleep and didn’t even eat the pizza.

“I would never order pizza and then eat it cold,” she said. “I wouldn’t do that…If I ordered pizza, I’m gonna consume it.”

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Wednesday
Jul132016

What's Going On? A New Marvin Gaye Documentary Is in Development

Motown Records/UMeA documentary about the making of late Motown legend Marvin Gaye's widely influential 1971 album, What's Going On, is currently in development.

Titled Marvin, What's Going On?, the film will begin production later this year, according to the production company behind the movie, Noah Media Group. Variety reports that Gaye's surviving children, Marvin III, Frankie and Nona Gaye, as well as his former wife Janis Gaye, have provided their stamp of approval and continued support for the project. The film will take place in Los Angeles, Detroit and Washington, D.C., where Gaye was born.

What's Going On was Marvin Gaye's 11th studio album. The songs featured on the record are told through the eyes of a Vietnam War veteran who has returned to the United States, only to witness more injustice and pain. It is regarded as one of the top albums of all time, and its title track remains one of the most seminal songs in music history. 

According to VarietyMarvin, What's Going On? is scheduled to hit theaters in 2017. 

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Foxy Brown Addresses "Outcry" Over Being Excluded from VH1 Hip Hop Honors

Mychal Watts/WireImageLike her fans, Foxy Brown wants answers. The rapper was noticeably absent from this Monday'sVH1 Hip Hop Honors televised live event, and believes she should have been included. 

Brown took to her Instagram to file her grievances, with a combined photo of herself and video of singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill speaking at a past event. Hill was also missing from the night's show.  

"This Is ONLY Being Granted A 'CAPTION' Due To The Overwhelming Outcry From Fans Everywhere! I Awake This Morning, To Our Fans Across The World's TRENDING Outrage At (Reality Show Network) @VH1's Non-Inclusion Of LAURYN HILL & FOXY BROWN," she writes.

"Anyone Recognized, Whether The Contribution Big or Small We Applaud," FOxy continues.  "Personally, I'd Prefer Being Held To A Much Higher Standard In My Walk, But Fans Went Ballistic; The PEOPLE Have Spoken!"  

Many of Brown's dedicated fans were in shock that the rapper didn't attend this year's VH1 Hip Hop Honors special, given that Brown is known as one of the most relevant female rappers to emerge from the '90s. She's also known for her feuds with a slew of fellow rap artists, such as Lil' KimQueen LatifahKuruptEveRemy Ma and Ja Rule.  

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Happy Birthday, Deborah Cox!

Daniel Zuchnik/WireImageR&B vocalist Deborah Cox celebrates her 42nd birthday Wednesday.

The Grammy-award nominated singer is best known for her double-platinum hit single "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 29 straight weeks in 1998 and earned her a Billboard Music Award nomination for R&B Single of the Year. Her first self-titled debut album went platinum and garnered her an American Music Award nomination.  

Cox has enjoyed many illustrious musical collaborations with legendary artists such as Cyndi LauperBeBe WinansJosh GrobanThe Isley Brothers, and Kirk Franklin. She also duetted with Whitney Houston on the song "Same Script, Different Cast" from Houston's album Whitney: The Greatest Hits

The Canadian-born singer has also been a longtime supporter of LGBTQ rights, and was given the Liberty Bell and Proclamation in Philadelphia, PA on June 12, to declare the day as LGBTQ Philadelphia Pride and Festival Day.  

Cox will star in the touring musical The Bodyguard: The Musical this year. The 1992 film The Bodyguard, on which the musical is based, was Whitney Houston's first starring film. The 2016-2017 tour begins this November, with tickets on sale now. 

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Charles Kelley Time Travels Back to the 70's for "Lonely Girl" Video

Capitol Records NashvilleCharles Kelley delivers a sultry serenade for his “Lonely Girl” in the new video for his latest single, transporting fans back to the seventies for the retro clip, complete with rotary phones, shag carpet and plenty of pine paneling. You can check out the “Lonely Girl” video on YouTube now.

In real life, Charles is much more concerned with a little boy -- his son Ward, who was born back in February. Recently, the proud papa posted an adorable video of him playing guitar for the little guy for the first time, as well as photos of him on the road with his dad for Lady Antebellum’s summer tour.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Calvin Harris Burns Taylor Swift in Series of Tweets

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCRight after news broke that Taylor Swift wrote the lyrics to Calvin Harris’ hit “This Is What You Came For” -- which Taylor's rep has confirmed to ABC News -- Calvin went off on his ex on Twitter.

First, he played nice, writing, “And she sings on a little bit of it too Amazing lyric writer and she smashed it as usual." He explains, “I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though. And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym.”

But then, Calvin's tweets got very pointed. “Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though,” he writes.

He goes on to address Taylor directly, writing, “I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do.”

“I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry,” he adds, referencing her alleged Katy Perry feud. “I won't allow it.”

Calvin concludes, “Please focus on the positive aspects of YOUR life because you've earned a great one.”

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Taylor Swift Wrote Calvin Harris' Latest Hit, but Did It Cause Their Split?

Kevin Winter/BMA2015/Getty Images for dcpThe end of Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris' relationship, and her subsequent romance with Tom Hiddleston, has launched any number of theories, so here's another one: Taylor and Calvin broke up because he didn't give her credit for writing his latest hit.

Her rep confirms to ABC Radio that Taylor did indeed write Calvin's latest smash collabo with Rihanna, "This Is What You Came For," under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg.

The confirmation comes after so-called "sources connected with Taylor" leaked the news to TMZ. The sources told TMZ she demoed the song into her phone and sent it to Calvin, who loved it.  The two then created a demo with Taylor singing and Calvin creating the beat, but Taylor decided that she didn't want people to know they wrote it together.  So, while she retained the publishing rights, TMZ reports, she used a pseudonym on the credits.

But then, TMZ reports, the day the song came out, Calvin was asked point blank during an interview if he and Taylor would ever collaborate, and he replied, "You know, we haven't even spoken about it. I can't see it happening though."

According to sources, Taylor was upset and felt Calvin "took it too far" in terms of keeping the secret.  That diss led to the end of the relationship, say the sources.

As for why this is coming out now, the sources say they're tired of Calvin making it look like Taylor's to blame for the split, and they think he should be thanking his lucky stars that she wrote him a big hit.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Dan+Shay Sing Their Hit...and Eric Church's, Too

Warner Music NashvilleThere’s a little switcheroo going on in country music’s top ten these days. While Dan+Shay are at number nine and still climbing with “From the Ground Up,” it turns out they’re huge fans of the song several places ahead of them at number five.

“We may hold the record for most times listening to this @ericchurch song...” the pair shared on social media, along with a video of them performing Eric’s hit, “Record Year.”

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are no strangers to covering other artists’ songs. In the past, they’ve delivered their versions of tunes ranging from Cam’s “Burning House” to Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer” to Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved.” 

And who knows?  One day we may find out what Eric Church would sound like singing “From the Ground Up.”  

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Garth Brooks Is the Country King When It Comes to Cash, According to "Forbes" Magazine

Mark TuckerIf you ever find yourself wondering, “Who’s the richest person in country music?” Forbes just happens to have the answer. It’s no surprise the answer is Garth Brooks, who raked in a cool $70 million by the magazine's figures, largely via his world tour with wife Trisha Yearwood. What does raise an eyebrow or two, however, is that Garth happens to have dropped on the “Celebrity 100” ranking, from #6 last year, to #15 in 2016.

Kenny Chesney follows behind in 26th place, tallying $56 million before taxes. Next up are the Entertainers of the Year. CMA winner Luke Bryan leads at #37 with $53 million, while ACM favorite Jason Aldean lands at #75 with $36.5 million. Perpetual favorite Toby Keith hangs in at 47th place, with a $47.5 million payday.

Who’s number one on the overall list, you might wonder? Well, that happens to be none other than country alum Taylor Swift, who cashed checks to the tune of $170 million.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock This "80's Lady" broke Reba McEntire's four-time winning streak for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1988. Can you name her? ANSWER:  K.T. Oslin.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

David Bowie's "Blackstar" Is the Bestselling Vinyl Album of 2016 So Far

ISO/Columbia RecordsBillboard has published its mid-year charts for 2016, and the late David Bowie has scored the top-selling vinyl album for the first half of the year with his final studio effort, Blackstar. The album, which was released two days before Bowie's January 10 death, sold 57,000 vinyl copies -- 21,000 more than the #2 bestselling LP, Adele's 25.

Also among the 10 bestselling vinyl records for 2016 so far are Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1984 Legend compilation and The Beatles' classic 1969 album Abbey Road. Legend landed in fifth place with 23,000 copies sold, while Abbey Road takes the #7 spot with 21,000 in sales.

Meanwhile, Blackstar was among the top 10 albums in overall pure sales, finishing at #8 with 428,000 copies sold.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Albums by Prince and David Bowie Among Top-Selling Records for the First Half of 2016

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLR; Jimmy KingBillboard has published its mid-year charts for 2016, and the list of the 10 bestselling albums includes releases by two late music legends -- Prince and David Bowie.

A pair of Prince albums -- 2001's The Very Best of Prince compilation and the lauded entertainer's 1984 classic Purple Rain -- are #5 and #9 on the tally, respectively, with overall pure sales of 575,000 and 413,000. Bowie's final studio effort, Blackstar, which was released in January, landed in eighth place with 428,000 copies sold.

Blackstar also was the top-selling vinyl album for the first half of the year, selling 57,000 copies -- 21,000 more than the #2 bestselling LP, Adele's 25. Also among the bestselling vinyl records for 2016 so far were Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1984 Legend compilation and The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road. Legend landed in fifth place with 23,000 copies sold, while Abbey Road takes the #7 spot with 21,000 in sales.

Bowie died of cancer on January 10 at the age of 69. Prince passed away April 21 from an overdose of painkillers. He was 57.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Spice Girl Geri Halliwell "Felt So Proud" Watching Adele's "Carpool Karaoke"

Craig Sugden/CBSAdele's edition of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke is the most-watched one to date...and one of those viewers who loved watching it is a member of a group whose music Adele performed during the segment: the Spice Girls.

Last week, the Spice Girls marked the 20th anniversary of their record-setting smash "Wannabe."  Writing about the group's career for Marie Claire magazine, Ginger Spice herself, Geri Halliwell, reveals, "I felt so proud watching Adele on Carpool Karaoke...saying she loved the Spice Girls. She connected with us, she says, because we were just five ordinary girls who 'got out.'"

In the segment, Adele sings "Wannabe," reveals she related the most to Geri, and says of Spice-mania, "It was girl power, and it was these five ordinary girls who did so well and got out. I was like, I want to get out. It was a really important period of my life."

Geri writes in Marie Claire, "It's something that we—and many other girls, too—felt: We all wanted to get out, stand up and be heard, be counted and have a voice that mattered. And there we were in those platform shoes! Our message screamed it for every girl. We all felt it, and as sisters all around the world connected through our music and songs, we shared that feeling. Suddenly, we weren't alone."

While Geri doesn't say one way or another in Marie Claire if she and the rest of the group will reunite, she notes, "After 85 million records sold worldwide, three world tours, three studio albums, one movie, one departure (me in 1998), 11 solo albums collectively, four marriages, 11 children—all with the continued support of the best fans in the world—I am proud to say we are still friends." 

And that's an accomplishment.

(Spice Girls segment comes 5:43 into the video below)


 

Wednesday
Jul132016

"Greenleaf" to Gain Accompanying Gospel Music Soundtrack

Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesA gospel companion soundtrack to OWN's new drama series, Greenleaf, is slated to be released on August 26, in conjunction with global entertainment company Lionsgate.  

Titled Greenleaf - The Gospel Companion Soundtrack Volume 1, the album will be comprised of 14 tracks, with music featuring legendary gospel stars such as Deborah Joy WinansMavis Staples,Reverend Shirley Caesar and The McCrary Sisters. Winans is also one of the cast members of the show, playing the character of Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee, the daughter of Bishop James Greenleaf, portrayed by actor Keith David.

Winans, who is a member of the famed Winans gospel music family, was particularly excited to be a part of the show's soundtrack. 

"This was my first time recording a song and what a musical ride it has been! Growing up in a family of natural-born singers certainly came in handy when I took on this incredible role," she said. 

Greenleaf portrays the scandalous world of the Greenleaf family and their Memphis, Tennessee, megachurch. Executive produced in part by Oprah Winfrey, the show has become the number-one series to debut in OWN history, having garnered over three million viewers. 

Here is the complete track listing for Greenleaf - The Gospel Companion Soundtrack Volume 1, due August 26: 

"The Root" (featuring Mavis Staples)
"Ring Them Bells" (featuring The McCrary Sisters)
"(God Bless the) Broken Road" (featuring Deborah Joy Winans)
"Testimony" (featuring Deborah Joy Winans)
"Say Something" (featuring Melinda Doolittle)
"Satan, We’re Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down" (featuring Shirley Caesar)
"Let Love Find a Way" (featuring Deborah Joy Winans)
"The Master’s Calling" (featuring Deborah Joy Winans)
"Battle Hymn of the Republic" (featuring Deborah Joy Winans)
"Get Your House In Order" (featuring Dottie Peoples & The Peoples 
Choice Chorale)
"Take Me To the Water" (featuring Deborah Joy Winans)
"Blessed" (featuring Deborah Joy Winans)
"River" (featuring Deborah Joy Winans)
"(We’ll Understand It Better) By and By" (featuring Desiree Ross) 

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Best New Artist Grammy Contenders: Alessia, Rachel, Charlie, Lukas or None of the Above? 

PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyThe cutoff for Grammy eligibility isn't until September, but it's never too early to start handicapping the major races.  Hits magazine is predicting which of the hottest new hitmakers of the past year have a shot at a nod in the prestigious Best New Artist category.

According to Hits, Alessia Cara and Lukas Graham are "likely," thanks to their massive respective hits "Here" and "7 Years." The magazine also thinks the critically acclaimed Chance the Rapper is a shoo-in, as well as R&B star Bryson Tiller. In addition, breakout country star Maren Morris is on the publication's list.

As for other artists who might have a shot, Hits mentions Rachel Platten and Charlie Puth, who had massive singles last year but who weren't eligible for Best New Artist because they hadn't released their first albums yet. The Chainsmokers, riding the success of "Don't Let Me Down" and "Roses," might also sneak in, as might Desiigner, who gave us the #1 hit "Panda."

Some other artists worth keeping an eye on: Troye Sivan, Voice winner Jordan Smith and Canadian alt-rock band The Strumbellas. Hits notes that twenty one pilots, who became pop stars this year, are likely ineligible because they were already a successful rock act.

Either way, Hits notes, it's a competitive category. Last year, a whopping 431 musicians' names were submitted for the Best New Artist category, and there are only five slots available.

The Grammys air on CBS in February of 2017.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Foo Fighters, Muse & More Land on "Forbes'" List of Highest-Paid Celebrities

ABC/Travis BellForbes has unveiled its annual ranking of the 100 highest-paid celebrities, and a few rock acts have made the cut, including Muse at #44 with $49 million and Foo Fighters at #45 with $48.5 million in earnings from June 2015 to June 2016.

Both Muse and the Foos earned their wealth through their recent respective tours -- Muse hit arenas throughout the world in support of their album Drones, while Foo Fighters ruled the road on their Sonic Highways tour, which featured an injured Dave Grohl sitting from a throne while his broken leg healed.

The best-paid rock band of the last year, however, was AC/DC, who comes in at #17 on the Forbes tally with $67.5 million in earnings. The Australian rock legends scored their cash on their Rock or Bust world tour, which featured Axl Rose taking over lead vocals duty from Brian Johnson, who left the tour due to serious hearing issues.

Other rock acts who made the Forbes Celebrity 100 include U2 at #30, Mumford & Sons at #67 and Dave Matthews Band at #86.

The number-one earner on the 2016 Forbes Celebrity 100 is pop superstar Taylor Swift. Check out the full list at Forbes.com.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

How an Alien Influenced Zayn Malik's Solo Career

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicYou can blame Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction last year on an alien invasion.

The 23-year-old British singer reveals his "firsts" -- his first tattoo, first concert, and so on -- in a new interview with Glamour.

When the magazine asked him about the first time he realized he wanted to break off from 1D and go solo, he replied, "An alien spoke to me in a dream...."

He didn't elaborate, but the alien was clearly very convincing.

Zayn also shares his first celebrity crush. It's more like celebrity crushes. 

"Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They’re the same, right?" he jokes.

Zayn released his first solo album, Mind of Mine, featuring the single "PILLOWTALK," in March.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Selena Gomez "Sparks" Instagram Record

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesSelena Gomez has smashed a social media record for the most "liked" image in the history of Instagram.

The 23-year-old singer and actress posted a photo of herself drinking Coca-Cola with the lyrics "You're the Spark" from her hit single "Me & The Rhythm" on the bottle.  She captioned the pic, "When your lyrics are on the bottle."

That one Instagram photo got a whopping four million likes. She played a role in the previous record holder: a throwback photo from her ex Justin Bieber earlier this year of the two of them kissing, which tallied 3.7 million likes.

Back in March, Selena became the most followed person on Instagram. She has more than 89 million followers.

Selena's friend Taylor Swift is currently in second place on Instagram, with 85 million followers.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Miranda Lambert May Have Something New for the Turntable

ABC/Image Group LA It looks like it may not be long until there’s a new release from Miranda Lambert. The six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year promised there was new music coming soon back in June at CMA Music Festival, and ads in Tuesday’s country music trade publications seem to indicate it’s on its way.

The cryptic ad is a photo of a vinyl record playing on a turntable, with Miranda’s crossed double-winged pistols logo on its label. The type simply reads “33 - 45 - 78,” which of course are the speeds of typical albums. The Texas native-turned-Nashville resident also discussed the possibility of re-releasing her earlier catalog on vinyl at CMA Music Festival a month ago.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Garth Brooks Takes Fans "Inside Studio G" for the Making of His New Album

Mark TuckerThere’s a new album on the way from Garth Brooks, and while it may be some time before it actually comes out, you can watch the superstar working on the music every step of the way. Garth plans to give fans a weekly insight into the making of his next project every Monday night via his Facebook page.

“We’re going to start letting people in,” he says. “And we’re going to show them how songs are written. Then we’re going to take ’em in the studio and show ’em how it comes from an idea to a living, breathing thing, and how that gets sculpted and molded. And then we’re going to take ’em into the mixing room and the mastering room – show ’em how it all gets put together and how it all gets polished.”

All through the process, Garth vows not to skip any steps -- even vowing to take his fans to the plant where the final product is manufactured.

You can catch the first official episode of Inside Studio G next Monday night at 7 p.m. ET on Garth’s Facebook page. You can also check out the special preview of the series Garth taped at the beginning of this week.

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