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Jun292017

Steam singer Gary DeCarlo reportedly dead at 75; gained fame with "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"

Bobby Bank/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The man who co-wrote and sang one of the most famous singles in pop history has reportedly died.

According to TMZ, Gary DeCarlo, lead singer for studio group Steam, lost his battle with cancer at age 75 at a hospital in Connecticut.  ABC Radio has been unable to independently confirm reports of DeCarlo's death.

Steam scored a number-one hit in 1969 with “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” The song’s catchy chorus has since become ubiquitous at sporting events and other gatherings as a tongue-in-cheek way to mock and/or bid farewell to an opponent. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives recently chanted it to their Republican counterparts as the GOP’s healthcare reform bill was passed.

DeCarlo co-wrote the single with fellow studio musician Dale Frashuer and producer Paul Leka, who had co-written and produced the Lemon Pipers’ 1967 hit “Green Tambourine.” “Na Na Hey Hey” was recorded in a single, all-night session at a Manhattan studio.

The single was released under the name Steam, even though there was no such band at the time. When it became a surprise hit, Mercury Records sent a different group of musicians on the road to perform as Steam and filmed a lip-synched promotional video.

“Na Na Hey Hey” has been covered by many artists over the years, including the Supremes. British pop vocal trio Bananarama scored a top-10 hit in the U.K. with their cover version in 1983. The song has also been featured in the football-themed film Remember the Titans as well as TV shows like The Simpsons and various commercials.

DeCarlo included a new version of the single on his 2014 album, Long Time Comin.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

After 2 more nights of number ones, George Strait plans to change things up in Vegas

ABC/Image Group LA If you’d like to see George Strait sing all sixty of his number-ones over two nights in Vegas, your window is closing.

The Country Music Hall of Famer did it once before in April, and he’ll do “Two Nights of Number Ones” again on July 28 and 29. But after that, he’s putting the concept to bed.

“After that, I’m going to change things up for the last four of the year,” George says of his remaining shows. “Not sure what’s in store, but I’m thinking about it,” he teases.

After his dates at the end of July, King George returns to T-Mobile Arena in Sin City on September 1-2 and December 8-9. You can find more info at StraitToVegas.com.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Carrie Underwood goes long for new "Sunday Night Football" open

ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood’s long locks are back -- just in time for football season.

The American Idol winner cut her signature blonde tresses into a bob sometime after the release of her Storyteller album in the fall of 2015. This week, she showed off her new, flowing ‘do in a photo from the set of her new Sunday Night Football on NBC intro.

“Shooting the new… open!” Carrie shared on Instagram. “Lots of fun today! This will be our best one yet! Can’t wait for you all to see it!”

Later, the show echoed its own excitement about the segment on social media, along with another photo from the set, saying “Our… shoot has wrapped! We had a blast working with the talented [Carrie Underwood] today and can’t wait for you all to see the new open…”

“The Fighter” hitmaker has sung the opening theme for the games for four seasons, since taking over from Faith Hill in 2013.

We'll get our first chance to see Carrie's new theme Sunday, September 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET, when the Giants take on the Cowboys on NBC.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Are Beyoncé and JAY-Z plotting a move to Bel Air?

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesMove over Will Smith -- it looks like there could be a new fresh prince, and princess, of Bel Air.   

Real estate sources tell TMZ that JAY-Z and Beyoncé are looking to purchase a 30,000 square foot mansion in the posh Los Angeles neighborhood.  

The fully-furnished estate, reportedly in escrow with a price tag of $130 million, has more than enough space for the power couple, daughter Blue Ivy and newborn twins -- whose arrival hasn't been publicly confirmed.  

Eight bedrooms, eleven bathrooms, four pools, a basketball court, paddle tennis court, spa and recording studio come with the magnificent manse.  

Two sources tell the entertainment news site that Bey and JAY are willing to dole out $120 million, while another source claims that the duo are only willing to pay close to $90 million.  

As previously reported, Beyoncé and JAY-Z have been searching in vain for their dream home, with a budget of $75 million, while currently renting a $400,000-a-month estate in Malibu for the summer. 

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Wednesday
Jun282017

John Mayer won't comment on being #1 on Katy Perry's Lovers List

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJohn Mayer once wrote a song called "My Stupid Mouth," and it's gotten him into trouble more than once, especially when it comes to his love life.  So it's no wonder he didn't take the bait when Rolling Stone tried to get him to talk about his old girlfriend, Katy Perry.

During her 96-hour live stream, Katy was asked by James Corden to rank three of her ex-boyfriends  -- John Mayer, Diplo and Orlando Bloom -- in order of their bedroom skills.  She ultimately put John at #1, followed by Orlando and then Diplo.  But when asked by Rolling Stone if he had any comment on that achievement, he didn't bite.

"I don't have a cool-enough thought for you," he tells the magazine. "I've hacked this game. I pay very little of the price of fame now. I get to play the music that moves me the most. I'm having the time of my life. I'm 39 – I remember 32. I don't wanna do it again."

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Wednesday
Jun282017

I Wanna Ethically Treat Your Dog: Iggy Pop saves animals in animated PETA video

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Pop stars in a new campaign video from animals rights organization PETA.

Soundtracked by the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds song "Breathless," the clip finds Pop's dog daydreaming about the Godfather of Punk as an animated, animal-saving superhero who helps foxes avoid traps, turtles cross the road and dolphins escape from fishing nets.

"Nick Cave and Iggy Pop have left PETA breathless with this sweet video," says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in a statement. "If everyone acted like the people our dogs think we are and depend on us to be, the world would be a far kinder place."

Other musicians who've lent their support to PETA include Blink-182, Paul McCartney, The Black Keys and Trent Reznor.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Justin Timberlake invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

ABC/Tyler GoldenJustin Timberlake was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for his song "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from the movie Trolls. He didn't win, but he did win an invitation to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which means he'll get to vote on who wins Oscars in the future.

Justin is one of 744 people invited to join the Academy this year; he's been invited by the Musicians Branch.  Other invitees include producers and songwriters Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis who, in addition to crafting hits for Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, also composed music for movies like Poetic Justice and Akeelah and the Bee.

Others invited to join the Academy this year include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, Priyanka Chopra, Chris Evans, Rupert Grint, Adam Driver and Jon Hamm.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Van Morrison, Paul McCartney and Keith Richards feature in new Bert Berns documentary

AbramoramaVan Morrison, Paul McCartney and Keith Richards are among the artists appearing in Bang! The Bert Berns Story, coming to a mobile device near you.

The acclaimed documentary about influential songwriter/producer Bert Berns will be released via Apple Music this fall, followed by a global offering via iTunes Movies.

Released theatrically in April and narrated by Steve Van Zandt, the film tells the story of Bert Berns’ amazing career. Berns wrote and/or produced hits for early R&B stars like Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, LaVern Baker and The Drifters. Moving on to the British Invasion, The Beatles recorded his "Twist and Shout” and The Rolling Stones did “Cry to Me.”

Berns was also responsible for hits by Them featuring Van Morrison and Morrison’s first solo hit, “Brown Eyed Girl.” Berns’ BANG Records label, formed in 1965, was also home to artists like the McCoys  of “Hang on Sloopy" fame and the Strangeloves who had a hit with “I Want Candy.” His composition “Piece of My Heart” was later recorded by Janis Joplin as a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Berns, who died of heart failure in December 1967 at age 38, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Berns’ son, Brett, who directed the documentary, says, “This film was a journey of discovery - a labor of love for my siblings and I that brought us closer to the father we never knew. We had inspiring screenings at over 35 festivals and knew we had something very special.”

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Jussie Smollett raises 40K for fight against HIV/AIDS in black communities 

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCJussie Smollett is giving back to his community in a major way.

In an effort to create awareness and help forward the fight for HIV/AIDS, Smollette doubled his own $20,000 donation to the Black AIDS institute by finding companies to match his donation.

Currently, Jussie serves on the Institute’s board of directors, and his younger sister Jurnee is an HIV/AIDS ambassador.  

Both have been inducted into the Black AIDS Institute’s "Heroes in the Struggle" Hall of Fame and have made financial contributions toward the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Phill Wilson, the Black AIDS institute President and CEO, said Jussie stepped up when the institute had a recent budget shortfall.

“In the end, we turned Jussie’s $20,000 contribution into $40,000,” Wilson explained. "Those donations not only helped close our budget gap. They also helped us launch a testing campaign where we developed a monthly support group for 30 to 40 men.”

Smollett’s next project for the Black AIDS Institute will be to chair the 2017 "Heroes in the Struggle Gala" in September, where he says the new inductees will be women. 

"I know from my personal experience, women have been so important to this fight," Smollett said in a statement.  

"While I'm not going to give away all of our secrets, I can tell you one of this year's honorees will be none other than my TV mom, Taraji P. Henson...The other 'sheroes' are as equally beautiful, talented and fierce as Cookie Lyon."

For more information on the Black AIDS Institute got to www.BlackAIDS.org

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Justin Bieber’s right Yeezy sneaker for sale on eBay; left one is an Instagram star

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCWant to know what it’s like to walk in Justin Bieber’s shoes? How about just the right one? The singer’s right Yeezy sneaker is now up for sale on eBay.

During a show in Germany recently, the Bieb took off his sneakers and threw them into the crowd. The enterprising fan who caught one of them then listed it on the auction site, where it's going for more than $5,000.

As for Justin's left kick, the fan who caught that one has given it its own Instagram account, @theleftyeezy. The images on the account show the moment the shoe was caught, as well as different people posing with it. It now has over 6,000 followers.

In case you're wondering, Justin wears a dainty size 8 1/2 sneaker.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Singles collection celebrating The Doors' 50th anniversary on the way

Rhino RecordsRhino Records is celebrating the 50th anniversary of legendary band The Doors with multiple versions of a new compilation, The Doors: The Singles.

Due September 15, the project brings together all the singles and B-sides released from the six studio albums The Doors recorded between 1967’s self-titled debut and 1971’s L.A. Woman.  

The collection will be available in three formats:

--a two-CD package featuring all 20 singles and their corresponding B-sides, plus four mono versions sent to radio.

--a two-CD set plus the 1973 compilation The Best of the Doors released in Quadraphonic sound on Blu-ray disc for the first time.

-a limited-edition box set of all 20 singles on seven-inch, 45 rpm vinyl with the original sleeve art and labels.

All the audio will also be available for digital download and through various streaming services.  

Many of the B-sides in The Doors: The Singles will be making their CD debut. They include a cover of blues legend Willie Dixon’s “(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further,” originally the B-side of the band’s 1971 hit “Love Her Madly.”

The collection also features several tracks released after singer Jim Morrison’s death in 1971. Included in those are two songs the remaining trio of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore recorded on their own: “Tightrope Ride” and “The Mosquito.”

The Doors’ 50th anniversary celebration also includes a July 28 release of a limited edition, seven-inch vinyl reissue of their first number one hit, “Light My Fire,” featuring artwork from the Japanese version of the single.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Demi Lovato’s "Path to Fame" mobile game launches final installment

Episode InteractiveIt’s almost game over for Demi Lovato’s mobile app. The fourth and final season of Demi Lovato: Path to Fame is now available on the mobile storytelling platform Episode.

The game features Demi’s likeness, and each season features different storylines about the struggles that come with following your dreams. Users can insert themselves into the story and make choices that affect how the plot unfolds.

In the fourth season, the main character has just come off a headlining tour and is about to launch her own label.  Not long ago, Demi and her pal Nick Jonas launched their own label, Safehouse.

“…I was very hands-on in the process and every time they came up with ideas for storylines I would make sure that I really loved it and wanted to make sure that it was my vision,” Demi says in a statement. “It was very different from anything I've ever done. It was a challenge and it was so fun.”

Path to Fame first launched in August 2015.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Kelly Clarkson's new children's book coming Oct. 24

HarperCollins PublishersKelly Clarkson's first children's book, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, was so popular that she's now created a sequel...and it's the perfect holiday gift.

River Rose and the Magical Christmas arrives October 24; Kelly announced it with a video on her Facebook page.  The book finds Kelly's daughter River Rose Blackstock wanting to stay up all night on Christmas Eve so she can give a letter to Santa Claus in person.  But she and her dog Joplin fall asleep, and are swept off on a magical adventure to the North Pole, where she gets to tell Santa what she really wants for Christmas.

As with the first book, the new one features illustrations by Lucy Fleming, as well as an original song called "Christmas Eve" written and performed by Kelly.

In a statement, Kelly says, "I am so excited to be able to bring the magic of the River Rose series back in time for the holidays. My family and I find this to be the most magical time of year and I wanted to share that with everyone.”

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No word on whether or not Kelly's son Remy features in the book as well.

Wednesday
Jun282017

Ringo plans Peace and Love salute for 77th birthday on July 7 

Scott Robert RitchieRingo Starr is inviting all his friends and fans to join in his annual Peace and Love birthday celebration.

The ex-Beatle will take part in a special public event next Friday, July 7, his 77th birthday, at noon PT at the famed Capitol Records Tower building in Hollywood, California.

The gathering will include appearances by Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, as well as Edgar Winter, Eric Burdon, Don Was, drummers Jim Keltner and Matt Sorum, and Nils Lofgren.

Celebrities such as David Lynch, Richard Lewis, Howie Mandell, Jeremy Piven and Ed Begley, Jr., will also be on hand for the event, which will culminate in Ringo’s annual Peace and Love salute.

Fans around the world are invited to participate in events being planned in two dozen cities. You can find out more, as well as share your own Peace and Love messages and photos, by going to the Events section of Ringo’s Facebook page. Fans are encouraged to use the hash tag #PeaceAndLove on all related social media posts.

Among the Beatles-related cities and locations participating are the Cirque du Soleil's Beatles: Love production in Las Vegas, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, Abbey Road in London, a park in Lima, Peru named after John Lennon, and Alice's Tea Cup in New York City, which is close by to the Strawberry Fields monument in Central Park.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Michael Ray takes home a four-legged souvenir from Chicago's LakeShake festival

ABC/Image Group LA It turns out the newest member of Michael Ray’s team is a real dog.

After teasing his followers on social media he’d be introducing the newest member of his band, the “Think a Little Less” hitmaker revealed his newest addition is in fact, a canine.

Michael fell in love with a white Husky/Shepherd mix he named Wrigley this weekend while playing Chicago’s LakeShake festival and decided to take her home. Wrigley was rescued by the no-kill shelter PAWS Chicago, which was there doing an adoption drive.

Of course, Wrigley's name comes from the home of World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs.

Wrigley will be hanging out at Michael’s house with his other pup, Lou.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Brett Eldredge, Michael Ray and Chris Janson fire up this year's Guitar-B-Que

Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleLots of us will be firing up the barbecue for the Fourth of July next Tuesday, but Brett EldredgeMichael RayChris Janson and newcomer Devin Dawson are getting ready for a Guitar-B-Que.

The foursome will headline this year’s annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital -- known as Guitar-B-Que -- August 23 at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.

The concert raises money for the Memphis hospital that works to cure childhood cancer. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. CT.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Foo Fighters to headline O2 Arena in honor of London venue's 10th anniversary

ABC/Travis BellFoo Fighters will headline London's O2 Arena on September 19 to celebrate the famed venue's 10th anniversary.

The Foos made the announcement in a video featuring frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins lying in bed together, reminiscing about the last time they played the O2 Arena back in 2007.

"Brian May and Roger Taylor got up and played [Queen's] '39' with us," Hawkins recalls. "And I did the lead vocal and I s*** the bed." Grohl then motions to the bed.

If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, visit FooFighters.com for ticket info.

Foo Fighters' new album Concrete and Gold on September 15. They'll launch a North American tour in support of this fall October 7 in San Bernardino, California with their Cal Jam 17 festival.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Chris Cornell's widow opens up about late husband's death: "This was not a depressed man"

ABC/Randy HolmesChris Cornell's widow Vicky Cornell discusses her late husband's death in her first interview since the Soundgarden frontman was found dead in a Detroit hotel room the early morning of May 18.

"My Chris was happy, loving, caring and warm," Vicky tells People. "This was not a depressed man -- it wasn't like I missed that. What I missed were the signs of addiction."

Cornell's cause of death was officially ruled suicide by hanging. A toxicology report revealed that he had a number of prescription drugs in his system, though it stated that those drugs "did not contribute to the cause of death." However, Vicky believes that Cornell, a recovering addict, relapsed and was in an altered state of mind at the time of his death.

"He didn't want to die," she says. "If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn't have done this." Vicky now wonders if she might've missed signs that Cornell, who hadn't relapsed since 2009, was struggling again. "I relaxed, I guess," she says.

The night of Cornell's death, Vicky says Chris woke her up by remotely flashing the couple's home lights using his phone. When she called him, Vicky says that Chris was "on a rant."

"I said, 'You need to tell me what you took,' and he just got mean," she says. "That wasn't my Chris." Vicky then called Cornell's bodyguard, who told her the musician had taken double his usual dose of Ativan, a drug used to treat anxiety.

When she tried to call Chris again, he didn't answer. His bodyguard then broke down the hotel room door, and when the EMTs arrived, Cornell was pronounced dead.

"Addiction is a disease," says Vicky. "That disease can take over you and has full power."

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Brandon Flowers has many bad days in The Killers' "The Man" video 

Island RecordsThe Killers have premiered the video for "The Man," the lead single from the band's forthcoming new album, Wonderful Wonderful. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

In the video, frontman Brandon Flowers plays a variety of characters -- each of which fancies himself as "The Man" -- who then receive a dose of a reality: a gambler loses everything he has, a lounge singer loses the crowd, and a stuntman faces his failed career.

Wonderful Wonderful, The Killers' fifth studio album, is due out this year. The band will playing a number of U.S. festivals this year, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Voodoo.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Rest in peace: fans can pay respects to Prodigy at special funeral service

Leon Bennett/WireImageFans of Mobb Deep member Prodigy will be able to take part in a "special funeral service" for the late artist this Thursday in New York City, reports Billboard.  

A flyer for the memorial shows that public visiting hours will take place between 2 and 5 p.m at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel.  

Prodigy died last week at the age of 42, possibly due to complications from sickle cell anemia.  

Numerous artists, including the rapper's former groupmate HavocNasDJ Green LanternLil WayneQ-TipTalib KweliGhostface Killah and Twista, have paid their respects on social media after hearing the tragic news. 

A special tribute by Havoc and Lil Kim also took place during this past Sunday's BET Awards.   

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