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Friday
Aug182017

Johnny Cash's children denounce Charlottesville protester who wore shirt with his name on it

Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe five children of the late Johnny Cash took to Facebook to release a statement regarding a protester wearing a T-shirt bearing the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's name last Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

At the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, a 32-year-old counterprotester named Heather Heyer died when a man drove his car into a crowd.

"We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association," reads the statement, posted on the Facebook page of Johnny's daughter Rosanne.

Cash's children said their father was someone "whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B'nai Brith, and the United Nations."

The statement continued, "His pacifism and inclusive patriotism were two of his most defining characteristics. He would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred. The white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII."

Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter included a quote that they said their father often told them growing up: "Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love."

The family members noted that their father didn't "judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed."

They added, "To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you."

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Friday
Aug182017

Future cancels University of Virginia show in light of Charlottesville tragedy

ABC/Randy HolmesFuture has decided to cancel his Saturday night concert in Virginia. The rapper explained on Twitter that the show will not go on "out of respect for the tragic events" that happened during last weekend's Charlottesville protests.

He writes on Twitter, "I felt it wasn't rite [sic] to perform at this time..please understand my heart mean well VA #FutureHendrix.  VA is important to me & always will be. I'm comin very soon, my word! Love Forever."

Future was expected to perform this Saturday at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA and at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA.  

Ticketholders will receive refunds. 

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Friday
Aug182017

Are Kanye West and Kid Cudi working "day and night" in the studio together?

Marc Piasecki/Getty Images for BelvedereKanye West and Kid Cudi are apparently working on a "top-secret project" in Japan, according to Page Six.

An insider tells the newspaper, "they're doing to drop some crazy collaboration out of the blue. They're going to drop some surprise project on everybody. They're recording it now."  

The duo's surprise project is so top-secret that no one but Yeezy, Cudi and an engineer have been hard at work in the studio, according to the source, who adds, "Nobody knows what it is -- or what it sounds like... There are no professionals in the room."  

Kanye and Cudi, the latter of whom was once signed to Ye's G.O.O.D. Music label, were feuding last year, but have since made up.  

Both artists also found themselves seeking help last year for mental health issues -- Cudi checked into rehab for depression and anxiety, and Kanye was hospitalized after having a nervous breakdown that forced the cancellation of 21 dates on his Saint Pablo tour.

Cudi recently announced the dates for his upcoming North American tour, which kicks off September 30 in Philadelphia, PA.  

More info's on KidCudi.com

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Friday
Aug182017

Foo Fighters didn't plan to have guest-filled album, says guitarist

ABC/Travis BellThe forthcoming new Foo Fighters album Concrete and Gold is stacked with guest appearances: Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman, The Kills' Alison Mosshart and even Paul McCartney, who plays drums on the track "Sunday Rain," all appear on the LP. That's not even mentioning the super-secret "biggest pop star in the world" that provides back-up vocals on the record.

While that kind of guest coordination sounds like it would require some degree of preparation, guitarist Chris Shiflett says the Foos never had "any master plan to have all the guests on the album."

"I think it was something that just unfolded as we were working," he tells Singapore's Today. "Maybe [frontman] Dave [Grohl] planned it all, but I don't think he did!"

Even without the guests, the Foos knew that recording Concrete and Gold would be a unique experience when they recruited producer Greg Kurstin, who's worked with pop singers like Adele and Sia, to produce the album. In fact, Shiflett felt that Grohl wanted to rock the boat and change things up as soon as they started recording.

"At the beginning, Dave told everybody: 'Don't bring any of your usual gear, bring a different guitar, a different amp,'" says Shiflett. "So I think he did have it in mind to mix it up and try something different this time."

Concrete and Gold will be released September 15. Foo Fighters will launch a North American tour in support of the album in October.

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Friday
Aug182017

Will Taylor and Katy stop the "Bad Blood" at this year's MTV VMAs?

David LaChapelleRemember a few years ago when Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj were feuding?  They buried the hatchet by performing together on that year's MTV Video Music Awards.  Well, Katy Perry is hosting this year's VMAs...and rumors are rampant that she and Taylor will call off their years-long beef on the telecast.

There's no real evidence that this is going to happen, but a variety of websites have gotten on board with the idea.  Katy's hosting the show, and she's performing.  Taylor is reportedly going to release new music any second now.  It would make a lot of sense if she showed up and sang with Katy, especially since Katy has said she wants to put the feud behind her.

Here's another reason why the rumor makes sense: it would allow Taylor to go into her new album cycle -- and Katy to start her tour and her new job as an American Idol judge -- untainted by any lingering "Bad Blood" between them and their fans.  Starting a new project when another artists' fans are on the warpath against you isn't a good look.

Here's another clue: as Buzzfeed points out, the mysterious disappearance of data on Taylor's social media accounts shows that she is now following zero people. But if you click on the zero, you get a list of people it looks as if she DOES follow -- like her brother and her best friend -- and on top of that list is...Katy Perry.

Tune in to the MTV VMAs on August 27 to see what actually happens.

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Friday
Aug182017

Neon Trees dive into retro "Feel Good" video 

Meredith TruaxFor their new video, Neon Trees found an oasis in the desert.

The clip for the upbeat tune, which has a retro feel with super-saturated colors, was shot on location at the Saguaro hotel in Palm Springs, California.  It features the band performing poolside, and dancing on the balconies of the hotel.  Lead singer Tyler Glenn is also seen floating in the pool on a raft.  The end of the clip features what appears to be same-sex couples frolicking poolside.

"Feel Good" is the band's first new music in two years.  Tyler, who came out as gay in 2014, released a solo album in 2016 called Excommunication, which dealt with his split from the Mormon church.  The rest of the band are still Mormons, though, and on August 26, they'll be teaming up with another band that has Mormon members -- Imagine Dragons -- for a special charity benefit.

The event, called LOVELOUD Fest, will take place on August 26 in Orem, Utah -- Utah is Neon Trees' home state -- and will also feature Nick Petricca of Walk the Moon and Krewella.  The event will raise money for organizations that support LGBTQ youth.

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Friday
Aug182017

Rob Zombie hosting Halloween movie TV special

Courtesy HDNet MoviesRob Zombie will host a 13-night TV special leading up to Halloween. HDNet Movies will broadcast Rob Zombie's 13 Nights of Halloween from October 19-31.

During each installment of the special, Zombie will introduce a different spooky film and share his thoughts about it.  The movie lineup includes horror classics like 1958's The Blob and 1972's The Last House on the Left, plus modern films like 2009's Case 39 and 2012's The Devil Inside.

Zombie, of course, is accomplished filmmaker himself, having directed seven movies, the most recent of which was 2016's 31.

In addition to his 13 Nights of Halloween hosting duties, Zombie is also working on his next album, the follow-up to last year's The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser.

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Friday
Aug182017

Back in the studio again! Aerosmith guitarist says band is recording a rocking new song

Credit: Ross HalfinAerosmith hasn't released any new songs since its 2012 studio album Music from Another Dimension, but that looks like it will be changing soon. In a new interview, guitarist Brad Whitford tells Billboard Argentina that his band recently hit a London studio while they were touring Europe to start recording a new song.

"This song is a musical idea of Joe Perry's," Whitford reveals. "We're doing it very much like we did songs back when we started out. It's a very rock 'n' roll [tune]."

Aerosmith currently is preparing to kick off a fall tour leg of South America and Mexico that will begin September 15 in Quito, Ecuador.

While rumor have circulated that the band may be considering retiring from the road in the not-too-distant future, Whitford tells Billboard Argentina that he thinks the group hopefully has at least "five more years."

He adds with a laugh, "We're going to keep playing until we can't play anymore."

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Friday
Aug182017

Do you have the time? Bastille premieres string-heavy cover of Green Day's "Basket Case"

ABC/Randy HolmesDo you have the time...to listen to Bastille's "Basket Case" cover? The British band has released their own version of the Green Day classic, which you can download digitally now.

For their cover, Bastille stripped out the pop-punk guitars for bouncy string and horn sections. It's an eerily happy sound for a song about Billie Joe Armstrong's struggle with anxiety.

Bastille recorded "Basket Case" for the upcoming Amazon superhero series The Tick, which premieres August 25.

In September, Bastille will embark on a North American tour in support of their sophomore album, Wild World.

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Friday
Aug182017

Madonna's skin care line to make US debut next month: "I’m tired of hearing people complain...that they can’t get it in America"

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCMadonna launched her luxury skin care line, MDNA Skin, in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea in 2014, but now, her American fans will finally be able to buy it.

According to Women's Wear Daily, the line will launch September 26 online at MDNASkin.com, Barneys.com and at Barneys New York stores in Manhattan and Beverly Hills. "I'm tired of hearing people complain here that they can't get it in America," Madonna told the magazine.

The nine different products range in price from $50 to $600, and include face washes, clay masks and a Rejuvenator Set. The Queen of Pop tells WWD, "It's a line I can use every day...I developed it for me specifically, but it also feels universal. I mean, my children use it, my friends use it."

Considering Madonna just turned 59 and looks fabulous, she herself may just be the best advertisement for MDNA Skin.

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Friday
Aug182017

"It's Still Personal," Tina Campbell's personal new album, available to pre-order now 

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteTina Campbell's forthcoming album, It's Still Personal, is available to pre-order today. The disc officially arrives everywhere Friday, September 29.  

The multi-Grammy-winner's studio project features her single "Too Hard Not To" -- the visual for it's on YouTube now.

Its Still Personal will arrive one day after the September 28 premiere of the sixth and final season of Tina and sister Erica Campbell's hit WE tv reality series, Mary Mary.  

The show chronicles the personal and professional lives of both siblings under their gospel duo moniker, Mary Mary.  

Tina is scheduled to appear at a number of upcoming events, including the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion in Cincinnati, OH on August 20, and the World Changers Women's Conference in Houston, TX on September 23. 

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Friday
Aug182017

Maddie & Tae prove they're more than a "Girl in a Country Song" as they extend fashion empire

ONE Jeanswear GroupIf Maddie & Tae have their way, lots of girls will be going back to school wearing Black Daisy jeans this fall.

The burgeoning fashionistas have partnered with ONE Jeanswear Group to be the faces of the denim brand for juniors. They’ll design some pieces for the line later this year, with a full collection slated for 2018.   

The “Girl in a Country Song” hitmakers officially assume their Black Daisy duties with a performance and meet-and-greet at New York City’s Macy’s Herald Square on Saturday.

This isn’t the duo’s first foray into fashion. Previously, Maddie & Tae had their own line at Bloomingdale’s.

On the music front, the CMA Video of the Year winners are currently working on their sophomore album.

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Friday
Aug182017

Meek Mill reckless endangerment charge downgraded; rapper due back in court this October

Prince Williams/WireImageMeek Mill was arrested Thursday night for reckless endangerment, but the charge has been downgraded to a misdemeanor, according to court documents.

The rapper, born Robert Williams, was accused of being part of a group who allegedly drove off-road vehicles, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood on Wednesday.  

The charge was downgraded in court earlier on Friday, and the rapper was released on his own recognizance.  

He's due back in court on October 11, and must complete a driver's ed class before that date. 

As previously reported, Williams was arrested Thursday around 10:15 p.m. following an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  

Mill is said to be visible in a video that New York's WABC-TV reports he posted to his social media, showing him riding an ATV Wednesday night.  

But as of Thursday morning, there were no such videos or photos on Meek’s Twitter or Instagram.  

A video of Meek reportedly riding his dirt bike through the streets of Harlem with a group of individuals was shared on the MyMixtapez music app Twitter account.  

Others allegedly seen on the video were still being sought as of Thursday night. 

Inwood community leaders reportedly say people riding off-road vehicles in their residential neighborhood is an ongoing problem. 

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Friday
Aug182017

#Twinning! There's more to the Lady Antebellum baby news

ABC/Paula LoboIf you thought it was big news that both Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood and their spouses are expecting babies, wait’ll you hear what’s next!

Hillary revealed on social media Friday that she and her husband, Lady A drummer Chris Tyrell, are expecting twins.

“God has answered our family’s countless prayers!” Hillary tweeted, along with a video of the couple telling their daughter Eisele the news.

“When am I gonna have a baby in my belly?” the four-year-old hilariously responded.

“That’s a great question” was her dad’s comeback.

The news is especially sweet, since Hillary’s solo Christian hit, “Thy Will,” was written after a particularly difficult miscarriage.

Lady A continues on their You Look Good World Tour -- which will take them to both Europe and South Africa -- through mid-October. Hillary’s babies are due in February, while Dave is expecting little one #2 in December.  

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Friday
Aug182017

Pink chooses Taylor over Katy: "You can't win no matter what" 

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARASAre you Team Katy or Team Taylor?  That's the question Pink was asked to answer during an appearance on the British radio station KISS FM.  Amazingly, she actually answered the question.

During a series of questions that required her to make choices between two different things, the deejay asked Pink, "Taylor or Katy?"  Pink responded, "Ooo...Taylor. Is that O.K.?"

When the deejay said he was fine with that answer, Pink noted, "You can't win no matter what you say!  Everyone wakes up offended."

Pink also chose "Netflix and chill" over "Big night out," Instagram over SnapChat, singing in the shower over karaoke, and her hit "Get the Party Started" over her hit "So What."

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Friday
Aug182017

"That's dedication!" Fans cheer on Demi Lovato in the pouring rain on ABC's "GMA"

Dennis LeupoldSorry, not sorry, rain -- you couldn't stop Demi Lovato fans from turning out to see their girl perform live in New York City's Central Park Friday.

Despite the fact that it was raining buckets, Lovatics donned ponchos and hoisted umbrellas to attend Demi's show, which was part of ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert SeriesThe drenched fans sang along with every word.

After the performance, Demi told ABC Radio how it felt to see everyone having fun despite the horrible weather.

"It's amazing and I mean, that's dedication," she said. "My fans are super-passionate, and...when I heard it was raining, I was like, 'Ohmigosh they're standing outside!' and, 'I hope..there's not lightning!'"  

Demi performed her new single "Sorry Not Sorry," as well as "No Promises," her multi-platinum hit with Cheat Codes, and "Instruction," her collaboration with Jax Jones.

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Friday
Aug182017

Robin Thicke and his 22-year-old girlfriend are expecting first child together

ABC/Fred LeeCongrats are in order for Robin Thicke, who's expecting his first child with girlfriend April Love Geary.

Their new bundle of joy is coming at the perfect time: the baby's due date is March 1, which was the birthday of the singer's late father, Alan Thicke.  

The former Growing Pains star died last December of a heart attack at age 69.

Geary, 22, shared the news Thursday on Instagram.  

"Robin and I are very excited to share with you all that we're having a baby! The due date is March 1st, Alan's birthday," she wrote in a caption next to a photo of a sonogram.

Geary and Thicke, who's 40, began dating publicly in May 2015, appearing together at the Cannes Film Festival. 

The Blurred Lines singer is already a father to a 7-year-old son, Julian, whom he had with his ex-wife, actress Paula Patton.  

The two separated in 2014 and divorced the following year after 10 years of marriage. 

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Friday
Aug182017

Trent Reznor's Vietnam War doc score due in September

Universal Music EnterprisesNext month, you'll be able to listen to the sounds of the Vietnam War, as imagined by Trent Reznor.

The previously reported score to the upcoming 10-part PBS documentary series The Vietnam War, which Reznor composed with his Nine Inch Nails band mate and frequent collaborator, Atticus Ross, will be released as a two-disc and three LP collection on September 15.

"[Reznor and Ross'] original score beautifully complements the music from the time," says The Vietnam War directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. "We are absolutely thrilled that our audience will now have the chance to own the original score along with some of the best music from the film."

Along with the score, a companion soundtrack to the series, featuring iconic songs from the Vietnam War era, will also be released September 15. The 38-track, two-disc package includes classics by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Otis Redding, Buffalo Springfield, Marvin Gaye and Santana, among many more.

The Vietnam War will premiere on PBS Sunday, September 17. It'll be released on Blu-ray and DVD September 19.

Here is the track list for The Vietnam War score:

Disc One
"Less Likely"
"Four Enclosed Walls"
"The Forever Rain"
"Remnants"
"Other Ways to Get to the Same Place"
"Torn Polaroid"
"Before Dawn"
"What Comes Back"
"Justified Response"
"Counting Ticks"

Disc Two
"A World Away"
"The Right Things"
"Passing the Point"
"Strangers in Lockstep"
"Before and After Faith"
"The Same Dream"
"Haunted"

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Friday
Aug182017

Is Mastodon releasing a new album called "Cold Dark Place"?

ABC/Randy HolmesMastodon just released their new album Emperor of Sand earlier this year, but there could be another one on the horizon.

Guitarist Brent Hinds posted a photo on his Instagram of an album cover featuring Mastodon's name and the title Cold Dark Place. "New jamZ coming soon!" he writes in the caption.

Back in 2016, Hinds revealed in an interview with Guitar World that the then-unannounced Emperor of Sand was "shaping up to be a double album," with one of them being a disc called Cold Dark Place, which Hinds recorded himself.

"It has to do with a nasty breakup that I went through," Hinds said. "I wrote some pretty dark, beautiful, spooky, funky, ethereal, melancholy music, which also sounds like the Bee Gees a little bit."

Hinds actually got engaged onstage during a Mastodon show in May, so presumably Cold Dark Place is about a different relationship.

Mastodon will kick off a North American headlining tour in continued support of Emperor of Sand -- and perhaps Cold Dark Place -- in September.

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Friday
Aug182017

Evanescence premieres "Synthesis" version of "Bring Me to Life"

Credit: P.R. BrownEvanescence has released a new version of their breakthrough single, "Bring Me to Life," as the first preview of their forthcoming album, Synthesis, which re-imagines songs from the band's discography with electronics and a full orchestra.

Frontwoman Amy Lee's vocals are just as powerful as ever on the new track, but just when you expect the crunchy, nu-metal guitars of the original's chorus, a giant string section sweeps in. You can download the Synthesis edition of "Bring Me to Life" now via digital platforms.

Along with the reworked tracks, Synthesis also features two brand-new songs. The album is due out in the fall.

Evanescence will kick of a North American headlining tour in support of Synthesis, during which they'll be joined by a full orchestra, October 14 in Las Vegas.

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