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Oct182019

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason recalls how he met Roger Waters on new 'Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road' episode

Courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment/ AXS TVThe latest episode of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road features the longtime AC/DC frontman chatting with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason while checking out Mason's impressive rare car collection.

During the show, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Mason recalls how he met band mate Roger Waters and reflects on Pink Floyd's early days.

Nick explains that he, Waters and founding Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright all met while attending the Regent Street Polytechnic school in London.

"We were all training to be architects," he notes, adding with a laugh, "It was architecture's loss, I think, that the music took off…or not."

Mason remembers that he and Waters first crossed paths because Roger knew he had a car and wanted to borrow it.

"I'm not sure that he knew what the car was, because, actually, it was an [old] Austin 7 Chummy, with a top speed of, like, 20 mile an hour and no brakes," Nick points out. "But when he asked whether I might lend it to him, I said 'no.'"

Mason also notes that Waters approached Wright looking to bum a cigarette from him, and Rick turned down his request as well, which, he quips, "sort of set the pattern, really, for the next 50 years."

Johnson then comments that Roger was "a bit of a bum, wasn't he?"

Nick responds, "Listen, it was an important moment [meeting Waters], because if it hadn't been for that, we might not be sitting here now."

In a separate preview video, Mason explains that he had only been playing drums for a short period of time when Pink Floyd was signed to a record deal and began touring constantly.

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Friday
Oct182019

The Struts premiere live video for 14-minute "Rebel Rebel" cover

Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboThe Struts have premiered a new live video featuring a cover of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel."

The performance, which was filmed in Paris earlier this year and featured French guitarist Yarol, stretches to nearly 14 minutes long, mostly due to a long breakdown during which frontman Luke Spiller jumps into the crowd for an extended call-and-response routine.

"I want you to sing so loud that Bowie can hear you," Spiller exclaims, pointing to the sky. Bowie died in 2016.

You can watch the whole performance streaming now on YouTube.

Over the summer, The Struts debuted a cover of the Motown classic "Dancing in the Street," which was famously covered by Bowie and Mick Jagger as a duet.

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Friday
Oct182019

Regina King is thrilled to finally become a superhero in the new HBO series 'Watchmen'

Mark Hill/HBORegina King appears as superhero Sister Knight in the new HBO series Watchmen, and the Academy Award-winner is thrilled with her fantasy role.

King portrays Tulsa, Oklahoma police detective Angela Abar, who moonlights as Sister Knight, a costumed vigilante who fights against a white supremacist group.

The Boyz n the Hood star says she was amazed when she read the script and saw a drawing of her costume.

“So I open the envelope and it was an artist rendering of me in the costume. I got chills," the 48-year old actress tells Entertainment Tonight. "I think I got a little teary-eyed." 

“Just was like, 'Wow. I wait 'til I’m almost 50 to be a superhero,'” King adds. “Hey, I’m not gonna question the universe.”  

Watchmen, which is based on the 1980s DC Comics series, also features Louis Gossett Jr. It premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.  It was conceived as a sequel to the original story, which was made into a movie in 2009.

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Friday
Oct182019

City Girls' Yung Miami welcomes baby girl Summer Miami 

Edras ThelusmaCongratulations to City Girls' Yung Miami and her boyfriend, 808 Mafia producer Southside: They've welcomed their first child together.

On Friday, the rapper posted a photo of her new baby girl, wrapped in a pink blanket and sleeping in a hospital bassinet, with Southside sleeping in a bed next to her.

"Summer Miami. So happy & blessed," she captioned the photo, revealing the baby's name.

Yung Miami's City Girls group mate JT commented, "Auntie snook snook now it’s 3 city girls let’s get it."

This is Yung Miami's second child and Southside's sixth child, Billboard reports. In August, while the rapper was pregnant, she was shot at while sitting in a car outside a Florida recording studio. 

Last week, JT was released from prison, and City Girls dropped a new track called "JT First Day Out."

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Friday
Oct182019

Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump releases new song "Deep Blue Love" from upcoming film soundtrack

ABC/Randy HolmesFall Out Boy vocalist Patrick Stump has released a new song called "Deep Blue Love."

The track is part of the soundtrack for the upcoming film Spell, for which Stump composed the score. You can download "Deep Blue Love" now via digital outlets.

"[Director] Brendan [Walter] gave me a real chance as a composer," Stump tells Variety. "I was allowed to explore elements of my writing that I could never have without the narrative of the film."

Spell, which premiered last fall at the L.A. Film Festival, also features the Weezer song "California Snow"

Stump's full score will be released November 1, the same day Spell hits theaters. The film will be out on VOD and DVD November 19.

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Friday
Oct182019

Despite controversy, Michael Jackson still a streaming "Thriller" 

iStock/ Feodora ChioseaThose who were hoping that Michael Jackson would be canceled didn't take into account his popularity on streaming services.

As Billboard notes, following the release of the controversial HBO documentary Leaving Neverland -- in which two men accused Michael of abusing them as children -- radio stations in Canada and New Zealand pulled Michael's music from the airwaves. Meanwhile, MJ airplay on U.S. radio stations declined by just over 32% in the 31 weeks following the documentary's debut.

However, Billboard reports that during that same 31-week period, on-demand steams of Michael Jackson's songs increased by just over 22%...a bit more than the growth rate of the rest of the streaming industry.

A number of radio stations tell Billboard that they've now added The King of Pop back to their playlists, with no listeners complaints, while some dance clubs never stopped spinning MJ's hits in the first place. 

All this is good news for the Michael Jackson Estate, which is rolling out an MJ musical next August. In addition, as previously reportedly, December sees the release of a 10th anniversary limited-edition box set version of the MJ documentary This Is It.

The star's Halloween favorite "Thriller" is expected to once again find its way onto Halloween playlists at the end of this month, though it'll be interesting to see whether or not the song is as popular as it has been in past years.

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Friday
Oct182019

Kane Brown did "One Thing Right" -- by not revealing what Marshmello looks like without his helmet

Walt Disney Television/Lorenzo BevilaquaKane Brown not only has a hit on the country chart right now with "Homesick," but you'll also hear him on pop radio with "One Thing Right," his track with producer/DJ Marshmello -- famous for concealing his face with a giant helmet that looks like, well, a marshmallow.

Kane is no stranger to pop collaborations, and he admits it would have been "dumb" for him to turn down the chance to work with the huge star from electronic music.

Prior to working with Marshmello, Kane joined Khalid on a remix of Khalid's song "Saturday Nights," and last year, he appeared on a remix of Camila Cabello's "Never Be the Same."  So what's his criteria for crossing genres to record with pop stars?

"It just depends, you know," he tells ABC Audio. "The last two collabs, with 'Mello and Khalid, they both asked me. And so if it makes sense, y'know, why not do it?" 

He adds, "And 'Mello's huge, so I would've been dumb not to jump on that!"

But the big question is whether, while working on the song, Kane actually got to see Marshmello without his signature helmet.

"Yeah, yeah," admits Kane. "But everybody's pretty secret with him.  They understand that he don't wanna be seen, so nobody tells!"

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Friday
Oct182019

New Politics announces new album, 'An Invitation to an Alternate Reality'; listen to single "Ozone" now 

Big NoiseNew Politics has announced a new album called An Invitation to an Alternate Reality. The fifth studio album from the "Harlem" alt-rockers will arrive November 1.

"We're excited about the release of this new album," says lead vocalist David Boyd. "In all our darkness, this album is a beacon of light."

The lead single from An Invitation is a song called "Ozone," which Boyd says is about "meeting someone you can't physically be with."

"This song is an invitation to an alternate reality where we hope listeners can escape and make theirs," Boyd says. You can download "Ozone" now via digital outlets.

An Invitation follows 2017's Lost in Translation. The single "Comeback Kid," which premiered earlier this year, is not included on the new album.

New Politics will be touring in support of An Invitation starting in November on the 3 Dimensional tour with Plain White T's and The Mowgli's.

Here's the An Invitation to an Alternate Reality track list:

"Unstoppable"
"Bad for Me"
"Ozone"
"Live the Life/It's the Though that Counts"
"Suspension"
"Let Your Head Go/Pretend It's 1995 and Talk"
"Therapy"
"Death of Me"
"Wish You Well/...Can't Explain"

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Friday
Oct182019

Listen to new mix of The Band's classic song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

Capitol/UMeA newly remixed version of The Band's enduring tune "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" has been released as a digital single and via streaming services.  It's taken from the recently announced 50th anniversary reissue of the group's 1969 self-titled second album.

You also can check out the track now on YouTube.

Besides appearing on The Band, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" was released as part of a two-sided single with "Up on Cripple Creek" and became the group's highest-charting hit, reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song famously was covered in 1971 by Joan Baez, and her version peaked at #3 ion the tally.

As previously reported, the album The Band -- also known as "The Brown Album" -- will be reissued in multiple formats and configurations on November 15.

Among the versions of the reissue is a Super Deluxe box set featuring two CDs, two 180-gram-vinyl LPs, a Blu-ray disc, a 7-inch vinyl single and a hardbound book.

The CDs feature the remastered original album; bonus alternate takes, outtakes and instrumental mixes -- some of which are previously unreleased -- plus The Band's full performance from the 1969 Woodstock festival.  The LPs feature the remastered original album.

The Blu-ray contains high-res stereo and surround mixes of The Band and six unreleased bonus tracks, plus the Classic Albums: The Band making-of documentary. The seven-inch single features "Rag Mama Rag" backed with "The Unfaithful Servant," and is a reproduction of one that was released from the album.

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Friday
Oct182019

Rihanna, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys to join JAY-Z for first Shawn Carter Foundation Gala 

ABC/Randy HolmesJAY-Z will be joined by Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Meek Mill and, of course, his wife Beyoncé for the inaugural Shawn Carter Foundation Gala Weekend.

Hova will host the two-day event November 15 and 16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Keys will perform, and there will also be a High Roller Blackjack Tournament with a 100K buy-in, with a chance to win $500,000.

"Equipping our youth with the tools to succeed will always be a priority for me and my family," JAY-Z tells Billboard. "I'm looking forward to continuing that mission at this year's Shawn Carter Foundation Gala Weekend, where we'll celebrate our scholars and continue to support young people in a meaningful way."

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the foundation’s scholarship fund, college prep workshops, and other community goodwill programs.

JAY launched the Shawn Carter Foundation in 2003 with his mother, Gloria Carter. Its mission is to “help individuals facing social-economic hardships further their education at institutions of higher learning."

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Friday
Oct182019

Incubus plans to "keep popping songs out if we can," says bassist 

ABC/Randy HolmesIncubus bassist Ben Kenney has shared an update on the status of new music from the band.

"We have at least four songs that are completely done and at least one or two others that have videos already," Kenney tells Billboard. "[We also have] a bunch of other ideas that are floating around that we might try to chip away at when we get back [from tour]."

Kenney adds that you probably won't have to wait for Incubus to complete a full album to hear the new material.

"We're just gonna keep popping songs out if we can," Kenney says. "We're just gonna figure out the way to get our music into people's hands over the next couple months and hopefully just keep grooving and touring."

"We're just trying to experiment and explore what we're capable of doing, and all the while not take ourselves too seriously and just really enjoy what we get to do," he adds.

In August, Incubus dropped a new single called "Into the Summer," which followed the band's most recent album, 2017's 8.

Just this week, frontman Brandon Boyd said that there's a "handful" of new Incubus songs coming, which are "eagerly awaiting their launch dates."

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Friday
Oct182019

No 'Fun' from Garth this fall, but he's leaving you with his 'Legacy'

ABC RadioYou won’t be having Fun with Garth Brooks this fall as planned. Instead, he’s leaving you with his Legacy for the time being.

Garth had planned to release his new record, Fun, this fall, as his current hit, “Dive Bar,” makes its way up the chart. Instead, the record’s been pushed back to early next year, so it won’t compete with his upcoming Legacy vinyl set.

The seven LP/seven CD box comes out November 1 and includes the new Triple Live -- recorded on tour -- plus the classic albums No FencesThe ChaseIn Pieces, and Fresh Horses.

“I see this as a gift,” Garth tells Billboard. “If I’m a parent and I want my kids to hear the music that I as a kid played, this is a great way to put it on vinyl and play around the house. I know that from my own childhood, the stuff that we listened to as a family probably created my best memories.” 

Since the set took eight months to manufacture, there are only about 500,000 copies available.

You’ll be able to buy Legacy via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bass Pro Shops, Best Buy, Bi-Lo, Cabela’s, Costco, Cracker Barrel, Dollar General, Fry’s Food, FYE, and Winn-Dixie, but not at Target or Walmart, partially because of the limited stock.

The price ranges from about $50 to $75, depending on which version you choose.

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Friday
Oct182019

Cody Simpson releases his love song to Miley Cyrus, "Golden Thing" 

Coast HouseAfter much prodding from his new girlfriend Miley Cyrus, Cody Simpson has released the song he wrote for her, “Golden Thing.”

"Crystal dream/Cali queen/ Radiant hand, vibrant sand/ I’m shot/ It’s a golden thing she’s got,” the Australian musician sings on the sweet acoustic track.

The cover art for the song features what appears to be a close-up photo of Miley. Her face isn’t visible but we see her beachy blonde waves and gold chains around her neck.

Miley promoted the track on her Instagram Story Friday, writing, “MY HEART.” She had been bugging Cody to release it ever since he first played it for her after her recent tonsillitis surgery.

Cody told People, "She was like, ‘If you don’t put this s*** out, I’m putting it out on your behalf for you. I’m getting your Spotify login and doing this s*** myself.’”

Cody and Miley were apparently friends before Miley began dating actor Liam Hemsworth, who she eventually married. Miley and Liam split in August and Miley briefly moved on to Kaitlynn Carter, before that relationship ended in September.

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Friday
Oct182019

Listen to new Cold War Kids song, "Beyond the Pale" 

ABC/Randy HolmesCold War Kids have premiered a new song called "Beyond the Pale."

The stark piano ballad, available now for digital download, is accompanied by a video that illustrates Cold War Kids' life on the road. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

"Beyond the Pale" was recorded for CWK's New Age Norms project, a new album that will be released as three eight-song volumes. The first part, which features "Beyond the Pale" and the previously released songs "Complainer," "4th of July" and "Waiting for Your Love," arrives November 1.

Cold War Kids have been touring the U.S. in support of New Age Norms this fall. The outing continues with a Halloween night show in Los Angeles.

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Friday
Oct182019

Rod Stewart to sing for the British Royal Family at UK charity event next month

RANKINRod Stewart is among the stars who'll be part of the Royal Variety Performance, an annual event that benefits the Royal Variety Charity.  It's been held more or less every year since 1912, and senior members of the Royal Family always attend, although it's not known if Queen Elizabeth II will be on hand for this year's event.

Of course, Stewart and the British Royal Family go way back; they knighted him two years ago, after all. The singer also took part in the 2006 edition of the show.

The Royal Variety Charity, the patron of which is the Queen, helps U.K. entertainers who need care and assistance. This year's show will be recorded November 18 at the London Palladium and air on British TV in December.

Other confirmed performers include Harry Connick Jr., Emeli Sandé, Lewis Capaldi and '60s pop legend Petula Clark.

Over the years, hundreds of stars have appeared at the Royal Variety Performance, including The Beatles in 1963, and, in recent years, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Sting, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow and Ozzy Osbourne.

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Friday
Oct182019

Jimmy Eat World releases insane "555" video alongside new 'Surviving' album

ABC/Randy HolmesJimmy Eat World's new album Surviving is out today, and to celebrate, the band has premiered a truly bonkers video for the song "555."

The clip stars frontman Jim Adkins as some kind of mad scientist or supervillain, with a crazy white wig, white-painted face, red-colored eyes, a leather jacket and Morpheus-style stemless sunglasses. He commands a legion of followers who all look like extras from The Fifth Element.

If that sounds like how you want to roll into the weekend, you can watch the "555" video now on YouTube.

Surviving is the follow-up to 2016's Integrity Blues. It features the single "All the Way (Stay)."

Jimmy Eat World will launch a U.S. headlining tour in support of Surviving November 2 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Friday
Oct182019

Listen to Idina Menzel & Ariana Grande salute Santa's wife in "A Hand for Mrs. Claus"

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The North Pole is ready for some girl power.

Former Wicked star Idina Menzel and Wicked super fan Ariana Grande have teamed up for a fun duet on Idina's new holiday album Christmas: A Season of Love, which just came out today.  The song, called “A Hand for Mrs. Claus,” was written by Frozen composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

In the humorous song, Idina and Ariana trade verses about Santa's wife, who gets no respect despite the fact that Santa couldn't do it without her.

"She reads every Christmas letter/And fills out a Christmas sweater/Better than Ol' Santa any day," sings Idina. Ariana adds, "She runs the operation with no appreciation/So send a little Christmas love her way!"

Ariana also appears on For the Girls, the new album from Idina's Wicked co-star, Kristin Chenoweth.

As previously reported, Christmas: A Season of Love also features Idina teaming up with Emmy-winning Pose star Billy Porter for “I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” her Frozen co-star Josh Gad on "We Wish You the Merriest," and her husband Aaron Lohr on "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

There's also a solo holiday version of the signature song from the show Rent, "Seasons of Love," as well as a tribute to Idina's Jewish heritage with “Ocho Kandelikas,” a Hanukkah song she sings in Ladino, the ancient language of Sephardic Jews. 

Right before that song, there's an adorable audio clip of Walker, Idina's son with her ex Taye Diggs, at age three, chanting the traditional Hebrew blessing over the Hanukkah candles.

Idina will reprise her role as Queen Elsa in Frozen 2 on November 22.

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Friday
Oct182019

Finally! Selena Gomez announces new song, “Lose You to Love Me,” coming next week

Image Group LA/ABCSelena Gomez has been teasing something via some cryptic Instagram posts -- and now we finally know what it is.

The singer announced her new song, “Lose You to Love Me,” will be coming out on Wednesday, October 23. She posted the cover art to Instagram: It features a black-and-white close-up of her face.

She captioned the post with part of the song lyrics, “I needed to lose you to love me.”

In the lead-up to the announcement, Selena teased fans by posting a couple of throwback photos of herself as a kid, with captions like, “We always go into it blindly” and “I gave my all and they all know it.”

She also posted another black-and-white photo of herself with the caption, “Rose colored glasses all distorted,” and a video of a brightly lit marquee bearing the words, “I saw the signs and I ignored it.”

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon back in June, Selena revealed she had completed the long-awaited follow-up to her 2015 album Revival and fans have been patiently waiting for her to drop some new tunes ever since.  

Of course, she's been keeping busy with other projects outside of music. She produced the recently-released Netflix docu-series Living Undocumented, and will voice a giraffe in the upcoming Robert Downey Jr. movie Doolittle, due in theaters in January.

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Friday
Oct182019

"The Weight..." of Strait: King George sets a new 'Billboard' record

ABC/Image Group LAThey don’t call him King George for nothin’.

This week, George Strait becomes the first artist in history to have placed one hundred songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, as “The Weight of the Badge” debuts at #56.

That’s really only part of the story, though. That total only dates back to the beginning of the Country Airplay tally, which started in January of 1990. If you look at the more comprehensive Hot Country Songs ranking, Strait’s charted 124 tunes in all, dating back to 1981.

“The Weight of the Badge” is the second single from his Honky Tonk Time Machine album.

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Friday
Oct182019

New Gang Starr album featuring unreleased vocals by the late Guru dropping November 1

TTT/Gang Starr Enterprises, LLC.A new Gang Starr album, titled One of the Best Yet, will drop next month, and it features unreleased vocals by duo's legendary MC, Guru, who passed away in 2010.

DJ Premier made the announcement on Instagram, posting the album's cover art: a framed throwback photo of himself and Guru, propped up in back of a turntable and a microphone. He also debuted a new single titled ”Bad Name.” 

One of the Best Yet will be Gang Starr’s seventh studio album, arriving 16 years after their previous album, The Ownerz, in 2003.

Guru passed away from cancer in 2010 at the age of 48, but Premier says he always believed that eventually he'd be able to release a new Gang Starr album.

“I never lost faith, or wavered. I still felt it inside of me, it just happened to be nine years [after Guru’s passing]," he says. "We all want the things we want right now, but I am a patient guy. I hung in there and I just kept believing."

Premier says he began producing the album the album in 2017, with the urn containing Guru’s ashes sitting on his studio console.

“It’s a continuation of what I never wanted to end," he continues. “It’s a very foreign place for me and very emotional. I get happy, sad, excited; my feelings are kind of all over the place. But predominantly, just very happy to be making music with Guru again.”

Gang Starr reached the height of its popularity in 1998 with the duo’s fifth album, Moment of Truth, which hit number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. 

One of the Best Yet, including guest appearances by J. ColeTalib Kweli, Q-Tip, and Ne-Yo, is now available for pre-order.

Here's the One of the Best Yet tracklist:

‘The Sure Shot’ (Intro)
‘Lights Out” feat. M.O.P.
‘Bad Name’
‘Hit Man’ feat. Q-Tip
‘What’s Real’ feat. Group Home & Royce Da 5’9”
‘Keith Casim Elam’ (Interlude)
‘From A Distance’ feat. Jeru The Damaja
‘Family and Loyalty” feat. J. Cole
‘Get Together’ feat. Ne-Yo & Nitty Scott
‘NYGz/GS 183rd’ (Interlude)
‘So Many Rappers’
‘Business Or Art’ feat. Talib Kweli
‘Bring It Back Here’
‘One Of The Best Yet’ (Big Shug Interlude)
‘Take Flight’ (Militia Pt. 4) feat. Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx
‘Bless The Mic’

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