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Wednesday
May182016

Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris & More Headlining "Billboard" Hot 100 Music Festival

Courtesy of BillboardThe hitmakers are heading to the beach this summer for the 2016 Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival. Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix and Fetty Wap will be headlining the second annual event, which takes place August 20 and 21 at New York’s Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.

Performers will also include Rachel Platten, AWOLNATION and Desiigner. More acts will be announced soon.

A pre-sale for Citi MasterCard cardholders begins today, while tickets for the general public go on sale May 21 at 10a.m. ET at LiveNation.com.

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Wednesday
May182016

Dustin Lynch Helps Music City Give Back

Justin Nolan KeyDustin Lynch will headline this year’s Music City Gives Back concert June 7 in Nashville. Rodney Atkins hosts the show for the sixth year, with Canaan SmithCraig Campbell, and new artist Lanco also set to take the stage at the corner of 5th Avenue and Demonbreun Street downtown.

If you’re not able to make it to Music City on the Tuesday before 2016’s CMA Music Festival, Nashville’s Carl Black Chevrolet plans to stream the show live online. The benefit helps the W.O. Smith Music School, which provides affordable lessons to children from low-income families.

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Wednesday
May182016

Michael Buble Needs Vocal Cord Surgery; Reschedules, Cancels Events 

Warwick Saint/Warner Bros.It happened to Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor, and now Michael Buble is having vocal issues.  The singer is rescheduling and canceling a couple of upcoming events because he needs vocal cord surgery.

"No talking or singing for awhile but my doctors expect a complete recovery," Michael says in a statement. 

As as result, Michael says he will no longer be able to be attend the Canadian Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala on June 11, at which he was scheduled to be honored.  He'll now receive his honor next year, on June 29, 2017.   In addition, Michael has bowed out of a Marvin Gaye tribute at which he was scheduled to perform in Washington, D.C. June 5.

"Thank you in advance for your prayers and good wishes. I’ll keep you up to date on my progress," Michael says.

It's no wonder Michael needs surgery: his most recent outing, the To Be Loved Tour, ran from 2013 through 2015.

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Wednesday
May182016

Alice in Chains, Lenny Kravitz to Open for Guns N' Roses' Summer Tour

Credit: Johnny BuzzerioWelcome to the jungle, we've got Alice in Chains and Lenny Kravitz. Both artists will be opening for Guns N' Roses on their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour this summer.

Alice in Chains will join the tour starting June 23 in Detroit and will stay on until July 3 in Chicago, while Kravitz will be on the bill for GNR's shows in Boston on July 19 and 20, plus the shows in East Rutherford, New Jersey on July 23 and 24.

Alice in Chains previously opened for Guns N' Roses during their two shows in Las Vegas last month.

After the Guns N' Roses dates, Alice in Chains will embark on their own headlining tour, which kicks off July 6 in Portland, Oregon.

The Not in This Lifetime tour, which features the reunion of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, kicks off with the June 23 show in Detroit and will wrap up August 22 in San Diego. Many of the dates are still without announced openers, so stay tuned.

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Wednesday
May182016

Is Rage Against the Machine Teasing a Comeback? 

Rage Against the Machine in 1992; Sony Music Archive/Getty Images/Mark BakerAll is no longer quiet on the Rage Against the Machine front. Tuesday night, a site called ProphetsofRage.com was launched. At last check, the website wasn't loading, but according to Spin, it features a countdown clock that will conclude on June 1.

It should be noted that the link to the website was tweeted out by @RATM, which is not an official band account and is "run by fans." The band's official social media accounts haven't acknowledged the website. However, the website's logo and URL have seen spotted on posters around Los Angeles.  Also interesting that the domain name was apparently first registered in December 2014, but updated just 12 days ago.

Along with the link, the tweet from @RATM includes the hashtag #TakethePowerBack, which of course is the name of a Rage Against the Machine song, while "Prophets of Rage" is the name of a song by the rap group Public Enemy. Tuesday night, Public Enemy's Chuck D tweeted out links to a couple Rage Against the Machine songs, leading some to believe that Rage and Public Enemy could be touring together.

It's all just speculation at this point, of course.  What's known is Rage Against the Machine hasn't been active since the band played a show in Los Angeles in 2011. The band's last album was the covers album Renegades, which was released in 2000.

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Wednesday
May182016

Why Blake Shelton Is "Doing It to Country Songs" with The Oak Ridge Boys

Warner Music Nashville“Doing It to Country Songs”-- that’s the eyebrow-raising title of one of the tracks on Blake Shelton’s new album, If I’m Honest. And while we’ll have to wait until Friday to find out if the song lives up to its title, we do know the comic tune was written by Paul Overstreet, the nineties hitmaker who also had a hand in crafting Blake’s humorous smash “Some Beach.”

Blake says it was a ton of fun to record with Country Music Hall of Famers The Oak Ridge Boys, who lend their trademark vocals to the collaboration. The only problem was, he couldn’t get them to stop!

“They are so sweet and professional and they work so hard. We finally had to go like, ‘Guys, it’s good, it’s good enough! I mean, you can’t get it better!’ until finally it’s like, ‘Man, I’m tired! You guys nailed it on the second take anyway,’” he jokes.

The Voice star’s tenth studio album, which features his current hit “Came Here to Forget,”  is due in stores and online this Friday.

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Wednesday
May182016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Paul Overstreet both wrote and contributed vocals to this 1987 number one by Tanya Tucker. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love."

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Wednesday
May182016

Daya Says She and The Chainsmokers "Meshed Really Well" on "Don't Let Me Down" 

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIn addition to her own hit, "Hide Away," and her new single "Sit Still Look Pretty," Daya has yet another song on the charts: "Don't Let Me Down," her collabo with The Chainsmokers.  Though the combination of an EDM deejay duo and a 17-year-old singer/songwriter seems kind of odd, Daya says she and the guys -- Andrew and Alex -- "meshed really well."

"They reached out to me a couple of months ago," she tells ABC Radio about how the collabo came about. "They were just fans of my song and I was obviously a huge fan of theirs, and then we just worked together. We meshed really well and I’m really proud of the way it turned out."

Last month, it was a huge thrill for Daya to take the stage at Coachella and perform the song with The Chainsmokers.

"It was so crazy!" she tells ABC Radio. "And to close a set that way, to close a night out, I couldn’t have been more happy with how it went. And I’m just really proud of the three of us for putting that together, and having it be so big in just such a short amount of time already."  

Daya will be playing a variety of music festivals throughout the summer.  No word yet on when her full-length debut will arrive, but it will definitely be at some point this year.

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Wednesday
May182016

Chevelle Announces New Batch of Headlining Tour Dates 

Jeff Hahne/Getty ImagesChevelle has scheduled a whole bunch of tour dates in support of their forthcoming album, The North Corridor. The Chicago rockers will embark on a headlining trek in July, and they'll  stay on the road all the way into October. Visit GetMoreChevelle.com for all ticket details.

The headlining dates will bookend Chevelle's co-headlining tour with Bush this summer. The band is also signed up for a variety of festival appearances, including Rocklahoma, Chicago Open Air and Rock Allegiance.

The North Corridor, Chevelle's eighth studio album, will be released July 8.

Here are Chevelle's headlining tour dates:

7/10 -- Memphis, TN, New Daisy
7/12 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theater
7/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
7/19 -- Omaha, NE, Sokol Auditorium
7/31 -- Richmond, VA, The National
8/2 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
8/7 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Rapids Theatre
8/10 -- Greensboro, NC, Cone Denim Entertainment Center
9/11 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion
9/13 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
9/14 -- Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
9/16 -- Norfolk, VA, The NorVa
9/21 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
9/22 -- Nashville, TN, War Memorial
10/2 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Piere’s

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Wednesday
May182016

Casting Set for "The Michel’le Story"

Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe stars have been selected for the biopic of the former girlfriend of Dr. Dre, and the former wife of Suge Knight, singer Michel’le.

Deadline reports that Rhyon Nicole Brown from the Lincoln Heights TV series will portray the title role in the Lifetime movie, The Michel’le Story. R. Marcos Taylor, who played Knight in Straight Outta Compton, will appear again as the Death Row CEO. Curtis Hamilton will star as Dre. Production will begin next month.

Michel’le was discovered as a teenager by Eazy-E from N.W.A. She released her self-titled debut album in 1998 on Ruthless Records featuring her top ten single, “"No More Lies.” Her second and latest album, Hung Jury, was released on Death Row Records in 1998.

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Wednesday
May182016

Lionel Richie Remembers Prince as If He Were a Band Mate

Credit: Alan SilfenLionel Richie and Prince never recorded together, however the former Commodores leader thinks of the Paisley Park star as if they performed in concert together every night.  

“You have to understand that I referred to me; Michael Jackson; Prince; Earth, Wind & Fire; and Phil Collins -- as being in the same band,” Richie tells Scotland's Sunday Post. “That was our generation, our class. We spent so much time competing -- we’d think: ‘You did that? Oh yeah? Well I’m going to do this!’"

Richie recalls Prince as a good friend who inspired his creativity.

“He would show up at my place and we’d pick each other’s brains. It’s so much talent we’ll never see again,” Richie says, adding that he always admired Prince’s ability to be daring and unconventional.

“I miss the character of Prince. Everything my mother taught me not to do -- he did it and got away with it. I’d say to Prince: ‘I’d never do that’ and he would reply: ‘But that’s me.’ “That’s the part I miss the most.”

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Wednesday
May182016

Kool & the Gang Touring with Morris Day & the Time

Sam Erickson/44 PicturesKool & the Gang are celebrating their 50th anniversary with the Keeping the Funk Alive Tour kicking off July 22 in Charlotte.

The veteran band from Jersey City, New Jersey will be accompanied by Morris Day & the Time and on select dates the acts will be joined by Bootsy’s Rubber Band and classic rappers Doug E. Fresh and Big Daddy Kane. Cities will include New York, Detroit, Las Vegas, and Kansas City before the tour wraps up on August 28 in Los Angeles.

Kool & the Gang have sold more than 70 million records worldwide, winning two Grammys, and seven American Music Awards. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2015.

Here is a list of the tour dates:

7/22 -- Charlotte, NC,  PNC Music Pavilion
7/23 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
8/5 -- Detroit, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
8/6 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
8/12 -- Brooklyn, NY, Coney Island Amphitheatre
8/13 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live
8/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Orleans Arena
8/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theater

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Wednesday
May182016

Neil Young, The Rides to Light Up the Blues for Autism

Scott Dudelson/WireImageFormer Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young band mates Neil Young and Stephen Stills will take the stage together in Hollywood for a good cause, supporting Autism Speaks with the fourth annual Light Up the Blues event.

Young and Stills top the bill on May 21 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. The show includes an appearance by Stills' blues-rock band, The Rides, featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd and The Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg. The Rides recently released their second album, Pierced Arrow.

Jakob Dylan, The War On Drugs, Nikka Costa and Chris Stills round out the roster. 

Hosted once again by Kristen and Stephen Stills and emceed by Jack Black, the event will also feature performances by three artists with autism: Nikki Nik, Soulshocka, and Kyle Cousins.

Tickets to the event are available online via Ticketmaster.

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Wednesday
May182016

Celine Dion on Late Husband: “I Live With Him Inside of Me”

Celine Dion and ABC News’ Deborah Roberts; ABC/Rick RowellCeline Dion said her life is a "different kind of hard" four months after the death of her husband, René Angélil, who passed away in January after a long battle with throat cancer.

“I saw him suffer and that is the worst,” Dion, 48, told ABC News’ Deborah Roberts in an exclusive interview. “Today for me, I don't wanna say that it's not as hard. It's a different kind of hard.”

She added, “It's like I don't live with him physically, but I live with him inside of me.”

Angélil died January 14, just two days shy of his 74th birthday. The music impresario had been Dion’s manager for decades and her husband since 1994.

"I miss him when he was well. I miss him the way that I knew him, without the sickness,” Dion said, adding that it’s hard to make decisions and she finds herself wondering what Angélil would do.   “You're never ready for something like this to happen,” she says.  “Even though you expect it, when it hits you, you're not prepared. It's hard.”

The couple shared three sons together, 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy, and 15-year-old René-Charles.  “Every night, we kiss him good night,” Dion said of her sons’ ritual for the dad they call “Papa.”

In keeping with Angélil’s wishes, Dion returned to the stage at her Las Vegas residency six weeks after his death.  Dion said Angélil was always there watching her as she performed. Now, when she is on the stage alone, she said there is one song that reminds her of her husband.

“When I sing ‘The Show Must Go On,’ because when I was sick or when he was sick ... even before I sang the song, he kept saying, ‘Show must go on,’” Dion said. “So because René said, ‘The show must go on,’ and that he gave me a lot of strength.

“And you know what? I'm at peace.”

Dion plans to sing "The Show Must Go On" when she receives the Icon Award at next week's 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

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Wednesday
May182016

Elton John Confirms Role in "Kingsman" Sequel

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for dcpIt's the circle of life for Elton John...Kingsman: The Golden Circle, that is.

A month after it was reported that the musician was in talks to appear in the sequel to last year's Kingsman: The Secret Service, Elton has confirmed on Instagram that he's joined the cast.

"It's been a long time since Tommy..... #Kingsman," he wrote, referencing his involvement in The Who's 1975 musical film Tommy.

The Instagram photo is an ad for Kingsman: The Golden Circle that states, "Wednesday night's alright for fighting," a nod to Elton's classic "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting."

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, featuring returning star Taron Egerton as well as new cast members Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum, is scheduled to open in June of 2017.

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Wednesday
May182016

Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon Have a "Funny Face Off" on "The Tonight Show" 

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCMiley Cyrus stopped by the Tonight Show on Tuesday to plug her stint as a coach on the upcoming 11th season of The Voice, and also played a game of "Funny Face Off" with host Jimmy Fallon.

In the segment, Jimmy and Miley attempted to recreate funny faces on the spot that kid viewers sent to The Tonight Show.

The "Wrecking Ball" singer will make her debut as a Voice coach, along with R&B singer Alicia Keys, and Miley insists people hoping for the fighting that went on between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj during their season together on American Idol will be disappointed.

"Her and I are extremely mellow. And so I think people when they put girls on TV they expect, 'this is how we're gonna get the ratings,' 'cause there's gonna be drama and there's gonna be cat fights," she says. "They're thinking that we're just kind of the dramatics to the show and we couldn't be more opposite."

Cyrus and Keys will be competing against Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who have have combined to win all but one season of The Voice, and Miley thinks she and Alicia will provide some stiff competition for the longtime coaches.

"They've been doing this for 10 seasons, so we have a fresh start of where we're actually really excited to go in and we haven't done this for so long where we really want to work with each artist as long as we can," she says.

"Blake made a joke [that] he knows why I always have my tongue out. It's 'cause it's always tired because I never stop talking," she continues, "but he's gonna regret that when I win, because it came in handy when I was there and really wanted to spend time with you know, each contestant."

During the interview, Miley, dressed in pink striped pants, a fuzzy pink jacket and a shirt with her cat Shante's face printed on it, told Fallon that she has pictures of her pets on all her shirts, explaining, "I miss my animals so much when I travel that now I've started just getting them airbrushed and screen printed on all my shirts so we can always be together."

 

 

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Wednesday
May182016

Mariah Stays Mostly Mum on Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé's "Lemonade" 

Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesMariah Carey believes in the old adage, "If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all."

She was asked about her feud with Nicki Minaj on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Tuesday night. When host Andy Cohen asked her to say three nice things about her one-time fellow American Idol judge, she responded, "Can you?"

Mariah chose to keep her feelings to herself, citing her desire to "stay above the fray."

Mariah has more positive feelings about Beyoncé, with whom she said she'd love to collaborate, though they've never discussed the possibility.

Cohen asked for her opinion of Beyoncé's Lemonade album, and the fact that it addresses alleged infidelity on the part of Beyoncé's husband and Mariah's past collaborator, Jay Z.

Mariah didn't want to delve into that subject too much, explaining, "When we write songs as artists a lot of the time, it's a made-up story." Since she hasn't spoken to either of them about it, she said, she didn't feel comfortable giving an opinion. She did say that she likes the album.

One caller wanted to know if Mariah will make a guest appearance on Empire, which was created by her Precious director, Lee Daniels. She called Daniels a good friend but said she would agree to a role only if it had an "amazing" character arc, adding that she wouldn't want to play a version of herself.

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Wednesday
May182016

Kesha Confirms She Won't Sing at the "Billboard" Music Awards

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicKesha will not be performing at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards as originally planned, Dick Clark Productions confirmed Tuesday.

According to a statement from the production company, the singer accepted an invitation to sing during the broadcast and received written approval from Dr. Luke's record label, Sony-owned Kemosabe Records.

However, the statement continued, Kemosabe later rescinded that permission.

"Unfortunately, Kesha and Kemosabe have since been unable to come to an agreement for Kesha to perform on the show," the statement read. "Dick Clark Productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha. We hope that the parties can come to an arrangement such that we can continue that long-standing relationship with a performance by Kesha on the Billboard Music Awards stage on May 22nd."

Kesha, 29, accused Dr. Luke of being physically, emotionally and sexually abusive toward her and, as a result, sought to be released from her contract with Sony. The producer, whose given name is Lukasz Gottwald, has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

"I was very excited to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of 'It Ain't Me, Babe,' at the Billboard Awards this year. I'm very sad and sorry to say I won't be allowed to do this," Kesha wrote on her Instagram page. "I just wanted to make very clear that this performance was about me honoring one of my favorite songwriters of all time and has never had anything at all to do with Dr. Luke. I was never going to use a picture of him, speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way. I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to. Thank u all for the continued support."

TMZ had previously reported that the singer was going to reference her legal battle during the Billboard performance.

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Wednesday
May182016

"The Voice": Four Artists Advance to Next Week's Finals

L-R: Adam Wakefield, Hannah Huston, Laith Al-Saadi, Alisan Porter; Trae Patton/NBCAll four The Voice coaches are still in the running to earn a victory in next week's season finale.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams each had one artist advance into the final four on Tuesday night's results show. Representing the coaches will be Adam Wakefield, of Team Blake; Alisan Porter, of Team Christina; Hannah Huston, of Team Pharrell; and Laith Al-Saadi, of Team Adam.

Laith was one of three artists involved in the "Instant Save" vote, along with Team Blake's Mary Sarah and Team Christina's Bryan Bautista. Laith comfortably won the vote.

Moments earlier, Laith performed the Jimi Hendrix version of "All Along the Watchtower.” Mary Sarah sang Carrie Underwood's “Something In The Water,” and Bryan took on “Adorn” by Miguel.

Team Adam's 16-year-old artist Shalyah Fearing and Team Blake's Paxton Ingram were eliminated after they were informed they'd received the fewest number of votes following Monday night's performance show.

During the one-hour broadcast, Alicia Keys, who will serve as a coach next season, performed her new song "In Common," and OneRepublic played their new single, “Wherever I Go.”

The season-10 finals begin next Monday night on NBC. The winner will be crowned the following night.

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Wednesday
May182016

Charles Esten Speaks Out About the Cancellation of "Nashville" 

ABC With the fictional world of ABC’s Nashville now cancelled, it was back to real-life Music City this week for leading man Charles Esten, as he played golf in Vince Gill’s annual charity tournament. Overall, the actor who brought Deacon Claybourne to life is staying positive, even though he’s lost his steady gig.

“Well, I tell you what. I've been doing this a long time. I've been acting 25 years, maybe something like that, and I've never had two seasons of anything, so we had four seasons of Nashville on ABC and I'm nothing but grateful to ABC. It's a little difficult,” he confesses. “Right now, all I feel is grateful, but I'm sure the different emotions will come as well. We'll see what happens, if we get to do this with somebody else or where it ends up, or if we're done or if we're not done.”

Chip says he’s encouraged by Lionsgate’s efforts to find its show a new home, and he’s particularly impressed by how Nashville’s fans have taken up the fight.

“I was very excited to see what might happen this next season, and I know that a whole lot of Nashville fans are also excited. And to see what they're doing on social media, and they're just blowing it up and giving ABC a hard time, and I don't blame 'em. I'm grateful to ABC, but I know they made a mistake. There's still some Nashville left to be told. So if somebody else wants to let us tell it, I'm all for that!”

Tonight, the next-to-last episode of the show, titled “It’s Sure Gonna Hurt,” airs at 10 p.m. ET on ABC, with the series finale -- at least on ABC -- set for May 25.

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