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Monday
Oct162017

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Greatest Hits" is #2 on the "Billboard" 200 for second straight week

Geffen RecordsWhen it comes to the Billboard 200 chart, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' 1993 Greatest Hits compilation won't back down. Following Petty's untimely death on October 2, the album re-entered the chart last week at #2, and holds steady in that position on this week's tally.

The compilation sold 47,000 units during the past week. Topping the latest Billboard 200 is rapper NF's Perception, which moved 55,000 units.

Prior to Tom's death, the highest that Petty & the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits had reached on the Billboard 200 was number five, back in 1994. The record is Petty's most successful album of all time, having sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S.

Petty died after suffering a heart attack. He was 66.

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Monday
Oct162017

Dierks Bentley rocks the block in Austin, Texas Tuesday on "Good Morning America"

ABC/Todd WawrychukIt’s never too early for a party, and Dierks Bentley aims to prove it Tuesday morning on Good Morning America!

The Arizona native starts the day by playing a show for the winner of GMA’s Summer Block Party contest, live from Austin, Texas. Dierks will kick things off starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday on ABC.

It’s an exciting week for the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nominee. On Friday, the film Only the Brave opens; it features the first song Dierks has ever written for a motion picture: the emotional track “Hold the Light.”

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Monday
Oct162017

Jake Owen's Black Friday deal: Eleven years of "Greatest Hits"

RCAJake Owen is hoping you’ll do a little shopping on Black Friday -- specifically, that you'll pick up his new Greatest Hits album, which comes out the day after Thanksgiving.

In addition to six number-ones, the 13-track collection also includes two new songs -- “Subliminal Love” and “Long as You’re in It” -- which were both co-written by Jake.

Here’s the complete track listing for Jake Owen’s Greatest Hits, which spans the Florida native’s five studio albums since 2006:

“Yee Haw”
“Don’t Think I Can’t Love You”
“Eight Second Ride”
“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”
“Alone with You”
“The One That Got Away”
“Anywhere with You”
“Days of Gold”
“Beachin’”
“What We Ain’t Got”
“American Country Love Song”
“Subliminal Love”
“Long as You’re in It”

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Monday
Oct162017

Marilyn Manson scores top 10 debut with "Heaven Upside Down"

Loma Vista RecordingsMarilyn Manson has another top 10 album on his hands. The shock-rocker's new effort Heaven Upside Down arrives at number eight on this week's Billboard 200 with a total of 35,000 equivalent album units sold.

Heaven Upside Down gives Manson a total of eight top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. He's also topped the chart twice: once with 1998's Mechanical Animals and again with 2003's The Golden Age of Grotesque.

Manson is currently recovering after a large gun-shaped prop fell on him during a show in New York City September 30. With his leg in a cast, the musician rescheduled his October tour dates for next January and February. He's scheduled to return to the stage November 5 to play Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.

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Monday
Oct162017

Prophets of Rage show solidarity with kneeling NFL players in "Strength in Numbers" video 

ABC/Randy HolmesProphets of Rage have shared the video for "Strength in Numbers," a track from the rap-rock supergroup's self-titled debut album. The clip is streaming now via the band's Facebook.

In the video, the Prophets show their support for the NFL players who kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality -- a movement started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

"ALMOST anything can be built or toppled with a collective force," says vocalist Chuck D. "A movement is never about an individual. On the opposition [to] Colin Kaepernick in today's sports world, we ask 'is it the KNEE or is it The NEGRO?'"

The video also includes nature footage of animals working together overcome obstacles, exemplifying the phrase "Strength in Numbers."

Prophets of Rage will play the Voodoo and Ozzfest festivals later this fall, and they'll launch a European tour in November.

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Monday
Oct162017

La'Porsha Renae debuts music video for "Already All Ready"

Jason ClarkNot long after releasing the lyric video for her song "Already All Ready," La'Porsha Renae is ready...to share the official music video for the track. 

The Keoni Marcelo-directed visual features the former American Idol contestant dancing and strutting her stuff during a pep rally at her rival high school in Magnolia, Misssissippi.

She tells Billboard, "I shot this type of video because I wanted to show children that their dreams are attainable."

"They are special and their uniqueness should be nurtured into something amazing!"  

"Already All Ready"is the title track from her debut album, Already All Ready, out now.  

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Monday
Oct162017

La'Porsha Renae debuts music video for "Already All Ready"

Not long after releasing the lyric video for her song "Already All Ready," La'Porsha Renae is ready...to share the official music video for the track. 

The Keoni Marcelo-directed visual features the former American Idol contestant dancing and strutting her stuff during a pep rally at her rival high school in Magnolia, Misssissippi.

She tells Billboard, "I shot this type of video because I wanted to show children that their dreams are attainable. They are special and their uniqueness should be nurtured into something amazing!"  

"Already All Ready"is the title track from her debut album, Already All Ready, out now.  

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Monday
Oct162017

Goodbye, Las Vegas Strip: Elton John ending Caesars Palace residency 

Denise Truscello/WireImageIf you haven't seen Elton John's Las Vegas show The Million Dollar Piano yet, get your tickets now -- it's coming to an end next year.

Tickets for what will be the 14 final performances of the show, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, go on sale this Sunday, October 22 at 10 a.m. PT.  By the time the show closes, on May 19, 2018, Elton will have played 207 performances of The Million Dollar Piano, which began in 2011.  His previous residency show, The Red Piano, closed in 2009. 

In a statement, the president of Caesars Palace said, "For over a decade, Elton John and his band have graced the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, performing all the hits that have defined a generation. Elton John’s residency at The Colosseum has set the standard for those all that have followed."

Though the 14 final shows are going on sale Sunday, Elton also has performances scheduled through November 4, and then from February 9 through March 2.

Here are Elton's final Million Dollar Piano shows:

April 28-29 Saturday, Sunday
May 1-2 Tuesday, Wednesday
May 4-6, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
May 9 Wednesday
May 11-12 Friday, Saturday
May 15 Tuesday
May 17-19 Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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Monday
Oct162017

DJ Khaled scores Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment ambassador gig 

Image Group LA/ABCWild, wild, wild -- DJ Khaled has been named the first-ever artist ambassador for the entertainment agency Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, located in New York City. 

The celebrated record producer's new role will include appearing at a number of Barclays Center and NYCB Live events and posting on the agency's social media accounts. 

In a statement, Khaled says, "I'm grateful to BSE and Roc Nation for this partnership." 

"After discussing opportunities with Brett [Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment] and the BSE team, I knew this was the right opportunity for me. We really connected on music, our business vision, and our appreciation for family."  

DJ Khaled is expected to appear at the TIDAL X: Brooklyn disaster relief benefit concert in New York City on October 17. 

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Monday
Oct162017

The Weeknd recognized by RIAA for multi-platinum success

Courtesy Republic RecordsThe Weeknd is being recognized by the Recording Industry Association of American for his multi-platinum achievements.

The singer has received two huge plaques commemorating his success. One recognizes The Weeknd for being the only artist to earn a 2X multi-platinum album in the last year that also includes four platinum or higher songs.

The album, of course, is Starboy.  The title track went platinum five times, “I Feel It Coming” went double platinum, and “Party Monster” and “Reminder” both went platinum.

The Weeknd also received a plaque for scoring 11 platinum or multi-platinum certified songs during the past five years.

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Monday
Oct162017

John Mayer celebrates turning 40 with some custom "Big Lebowski" bling

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer is celebrating his big birthday with a Big Lebowski-themed gift to himself.

The singer, who turns 40 Monday, got himself a diamond-encrusted necklace with a pendant in the likeness of The Dude, Jeff Bridges’ character in The Big Lebowski. He posted a photo of his new bling on Instagram.

“If you’re asking me if I had [jeweler Ben Baller] make me a diamond encrusted chain bearing a likeness of The Dude for my 40th birthday, then I guess my answer would have to be you’re damn right I did,” he writes. “Anxiety and worry is canceled this week.”

The jeweler posted his own photos of his handiwork, showing off the back of the pendant which is engraved with The Dude’s famous quote, “Yah, well, that’s just like, your opinion, man.”

Ben Baller writes to John, “Thank you for trusting me and letting me do my thing for your big bday gift. This is Top 3 career piece for me out of over 600 custom made pieces in a 12+ year span.”

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Monday
Oct162017

Brantley Gilbert builds his tour around "The Ones That Like Me"

The Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert sets the wheels in motion for his The Ones That Like Me Tour February 1 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“The Ones That Like Me” is the title of Brantley’s latest top 30 hit, but the Georgia native says it also “speaks to what this tour is:  a chance for me to get together with all the people out there who get this music, who believe in these songs and live their lives just like the people back home do.”

“We are all proud Americans, who try to stand up and do the right thing," he adds. “That’s life -- and that’s what my music is made of.”

Here are the initial dates for Brantley Gilbert’s The Ones That Like Me 2018 Tour, with Staind's Aaron Lewis opening the shows:

2/1 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center
2/2 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center
2/3 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
2/8 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
2/9 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson Boling Arena
2/10 -- Tupelo, MS, BancorpSouth Arena
2/15 -- Fairfax, VA, EagleBank Arena
2/16 -- Augusta, GA, The James Brown Arena
2/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum
3/24 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
4/19 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
4/20 -- Salem, VA, Salem Civic Center
4/21 -- Pikeville, KY, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
4/26 -- Dayton, OH, Wright State University Nutter Center
4/27 -- Terre Haute, IN, ISU Hulman Center
4/28 -- Rogers, AR, Arkansas Music Pavilion
5/10 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, US Cellular Center
5/11 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Van Andel Arena
5/12 -- Erie, PA, Erie Insurance Arena

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Monday
Oct162017

Chris Stapleton plans his second "From A Room" album, coming in December

Mercury NashvilleChris Stapleton’s second From A Room album will arrive -- as promised -- on December 1.

The reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year announced a follow-up set would be coming when From A Room: Volume 1 was released back in May.  So far, the original collection has been certified gold and gone on to become the best-selling country album of 2017 so far. It’s also up for Album of the Year at next month’s CMA Awards, where Chris will also defend his Male Vocalist title and compete for Entertainer as well.

From A Room:  Volume 2 boasts seven songs co-written by Stapleton, as well as two covers:  Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire,” and “Friendship,” which was made famous by Pops Staples.

Here’s the complete track listing for the album, which takes its name from the place it was recorded, Nashville's historic RCA Studio A:

“Millionaire”
“Hard Livin’”
“Scarecrow in the Garden”
“Nobody’s Lonely Tonight”
“Tryin’ to Untangle My Mind”
“A Simple Song”
“Midnight Train to Memphis”
“Drunkard’s Prayer”
“Friendship”

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Monday
Oct162017

Ringo Starr donates $100,000 to charity for Las Vegas shooting victims; pays tribute to Tom Petty

Erik Kabik/Kabik Photo GroupThis past Friday, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band kicked off an eight-show Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and the ex-Beatles drummer dedicated the show to the victims of the recent horrific mass shooting that took place in the city.  He also made a personal donation the day before.

On Thursday, Starr and wife Barbara Bach donated $100,000 via their Lotus Foundation charity to the Nevada Resort Association's just-launched Vegas Strong Fund, which supports the shooting victims and their families.

Matching the Starrs' donation was Caesars Entertainment President and CEO Mark Frissora, whose company owns the Planet Hollywood resort. The $200,000 is part of a total of $2 million that Caesars Entertainment has contributed to the fund.

Starr tells Billboard about his Vegas performances, "We're gonna try to play those shows with a lot of peace and love and try to raise the spirits."

The residency is scheduled to wrap up on October 28, after which Ringo and the All Starr Band will play a series of concerts in various U.S. cities that winds down November 16 in Newark, New Jersey.

Meanwhile, Starr tells Billboard that he was in Las Vegas for a meeting on October 2, the day after the shooting, when he heard the sad news that his friend Tom Petty had died.

"It was a shock," Ringo explains. "When you first hear it, it's like, 'What...?!' Like when I heard Elvis was dead…It has to sink in. It was very sad. That's all I can say, really. God bless him and his family."

Starr adds, "I'll miss Tom. Tom was a good friend. I played with Tom, Tom Played with me. I got to know him over the years, really got to know him when he was in the [Traveling] Wilburys 'cause of George [Harrison]."

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Monday
Oct162017

The Band's Robbie Robertson presented with lifetime achievement award by Canada's Six Nations reserve

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicAs a child, The Band's Robbie Robertson would often visit family at the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve outside of Toronto, where his mother was born and raised. Saturday, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was honored by the reserve with its first-ever lifetime achievement award for his work with The Band, as a solo artist, and as a film composer, BrantNews.com reports.

At a ceremony held at Six Nations' recently opened convention center, The Gathering Place, Robertson said receiving the honor gave him a chance to pay tribute to his late mother. He also pointed out that the community was where he developed his passion for music, by observing his relatives playing instruments and singing together in what he described as a family music club.

"I said to myself, 'I've got to get in,'" Robertson recalled at the ceremony. He also credited an uncle and a cousin with helping him learn to play guitar.

"That was the genesis of my whole music career," Robertson maintained. "They started it and I didn't want it to stop."

Robbie also said he became captivated at an early age by his the Native American tradition of storytelling, which he later would incorporate into the way he wrote songs.  "When I was young I told my mother I wanted to be a storyteller," he noted, "and like most mothers she just looked at me, smiled and said, 'Oh, I know you will be.'"

Robertson also was welcomed as an official member of the Six Nations during his visit.

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Monday
Oct162017

Is Taylor Swift's new video a document of her and her boyfriend's fave hangouts?

Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift was seen in London over the weekend filming a new music video, and according to one British paper, the entire thing is a travelogue of her relationship with her boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn.

The Telegraph reports that Taylor filmed scenes for the clip in a North London kebab shop, in a black taxi, on an iconic red London bus driving around Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, and in Joe's local pub.  Taylor also rod a bicycle across the British capital's Millennium Bridge.

"The video shows Taylor on a night out. All of the locations are places she has been to with Joe," a source tells the Telegraph. "She has spent months quietly going under the radar in London this year and has been out a lot more than anybody realizes."

While in London, Taylor also apparently held a listening party for her new album, Reputation, for a small number of hand-picked fans. They've all been sworn to secrecy, but many raved about the new music, and showed off their special souvenirs: snake-shaped key chains with "London" engraved on the back.

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Monday
Oct162017

Pink's "Beautiful Trauma": "There's joy to be had, and I have to hold on to that" 

ABC/Lou RoccoAppearing Monday on ABC's Good Morning America, Pink said that her latest hit, "What About Us," is about "how government has failed us" -- but that doesn't mean she's given up hope.

Pink's new album is called Beautiful Trauma.  "Honestly, life is really traumatic no matter who you are -- for some more than others," she explained.  "But I try to hold onto the idea that there's a lot of beautiful people in the world that want great things for others."

"There's joy to be had, still, and I have to hold on to that," she added.

According to Pink, another thing that's both beautiful and traumatic is the prospect of going on tour next year with her two young children: six-year-old Willow, and baby Jameson.

"It's insane," she laughs. "My dressing room looks a lot different now, there's lots of cuddly, plush, shaggy things, but it's really fun, it's beautiful. There's beautiful moments. There's hard times and there's beautiful moments. You have to get really creative on what can be done inside of a hotel room in the winter!"

During her GMA appearance, Pink also discussed her tendency to over-share when it comes to her personal life.

"I don't know how to be any other way," she said about her candidness. "Sometimes I hear back the things I've said and I'm like 'Oooh...Wow, that's a lot!'"

One of the things Pink has been very honest about over the years is her marriage to Carey Hart.  So what does he think about the things she says about him?

"He's used to it," she laughs. "He has really thick skin and a really good sense of humor but I think a lot of the time, he's not actually listening!"

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Monday
Oct162017

This is "The End": Home video and album documenting Black Sabbath's final concert due out in November

Eagle Rock EntertainmentLast month, the documentary The End of The End that focused on Black Sabbath's last-ever concert this past February in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England, was shown in over 1,700 theaters across the globe. Now, home video and audio packages called, simply, The End featuring footage of the entire historic show will be released on November 17.

The End will be available as DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CDs set, a double-CD collection, a three-LP 180-gram vinyl package and a limited collector's edition. The DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD packages both feature video of the full Birmingham concert, footage of Black Sabbath performing five songs not featured in their farewell show live at Angelic Studios in Brackley, U.K., and audio of the in-studio performances.

The two-CD and three-LP sets feature only the concert audio. The collector's edition boasts the CD, the Blu-ray, the two concert CDs, the Angelic Studios sessions CD, a 32-page bound book, a "winged demon" pin badge, a replica Sabbath tour laminate and three collectible guitar picks.

In addition, a limited number of special merchandise packages will be available via PledgeMusic.

Black Sabbath's final concert took place February 4 at Birmingham's Genting Arena, and brought the heavy-metal legends' hugely successful The End Tour to a close. The show featured founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, along with touring drummer Tommy Clufetos, playing a set packed with many of the group's most-beloved tunes, including "War Pigs," "Iron Man" and "Paranoid."

"It was a special night for us," says Iommi about the event. "It was great to look out and know that all these people have come to see us. What a great feeling."

Here's The End DVD and Blu-ray track list:

"Black Sabbath"
"Fairies Wear Boots"
"Under the Sun"/"Every Day Comes and Goes"
"After Forever"
"Into the Void"
"Snowblind"
Band Intros
"War Pigs"
"Behind the Wall of Sleep"
"Bassically"/"N.I.B."
"Hand of Doom"
"Supernaut"/"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"/"Megalomania"
"Rat Salad"/Drum Solo
"Iron Man"
"Dirty Women"
"Children of the Grave"
"Paranoid"

Extras: The Angelic Sessions
"The Wizard"
"Wicked World"
"Sweet Leaf"
"Tomorrow's Dream"
"Changes"

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Monday
Oct162017

Butthole Surfers plan first album in over 15 years

Marc Broussely/RedfernsLike an avalanche coming down the mountain, Butthole Surfers are planning their return. The band, perhaps best known for their 1996 hit "Pepper," tells Rolling Stone they've begun work on their ninth studio album, their first since 2001's Weird Revolution.

"It has never been done. No one has put out a decent record 35 year[s years into their career]," says frontman Gibby Haynes. "Well, except for Johnny Cash. But we're not Johnny Cash. It's gonna be a tough road to do a record that's presentable. It's really gonna be hard...but, given that, looking forward to it!"

The new album will feature founding members Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary, plus longtime drummer and bassist King Coffey and Jeff Pinkus, respectively.

Speaking about the sound of the new material, Coffey says, "It's like noise with...just throbbing beats to it."

"We're not in a position like a lot of other bands," says Haynes. "Like, take Metallica. God bless 'em, I love Metallica. But all they gotta do is put out another Metallica record. The same thing with Foo Fighters. That's all they gotta do is put out another Foo Fighters record. 'Cause, I mean, they've got a sound. Or, they've got a song."

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," he continues. "But, I guess we're just continually broken and in a struggle to fix it. So, it's gonna be a wild one."

The new Butthole Surfers album is due out next summer.

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Monday
Oct162017

Rihanna to be honored with her very own street in Barbados 

Getty Images via ABCRihanna is getting a street named after her, right in her childhood neighborhood of Bridgetown, Barbados. 

Local Barbadian newspaper Nation News reports the singer and Fenty Beauty cosmetics mogul will be honored on Barbados' Independence Day, Thursday, November 30, when Westbury New Road will be changed to Rihanna Drive. 

RiRi grew up on Westbury New Road in the St. Michael parish of Bridgetown.  

The new street name will be revealed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Rihanna at a two-hour event. 

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