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Nov172017

Report: Katy Perry banned from performing at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai

AJ NumanKaty Perry has apparently been denied entry into China ahead of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on Monday.

Sources tell the New York Post’s Page Six that Katy was set to perform at the show, but was rejected when she applied for a visa to enter the country. Her denial apparently stems from a 2015 incident in which she wore a dress decoraged with sunflowers – the symbol of anti-China protesters – during her concert in Taiwan.

Page Six reports that some models, including Gigi Hadid, were also banned for walking in the show due to social media posts which Chinese officials deemed offensive.

Gigi was allegedly banned for a February Instagram video in which she held up a cookie shaped like Buddha and imitated the religious figure’s expression by squinting her eyes.

She tweeted on Thursday, “I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!!”

Harry Styles and Miguel are rumored to be performing at the fashion show, which airs November 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Friday
Nov172017

David Otunga's attorney issues statement denying Jennifer Hudson's claims of abuse and harassment 

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The People's Choice AwardsFollowing reports that Jennifer Hudson and fiance David Otunga have split, Otunga's attorney has now released a statement in response to Hudson filing a protective order against him.   

The dispute is over the couple's eight -year-old child, David Daniel Otunga Jr. 

The statement, obtained by ABC News, begins, "David Otunga has been trying to negotiate the terms of an amicable parenting agreement with Ms. Hudson for several weeks now." 

"However, when it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child's primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world, Ms. Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute." 

The statement adds that David "never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today's climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him." 

"Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties' only child." 

As previously reported, a rep for Hudson said in a statement to ABC News that the couple have "been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months."   

The two had been engaged since late 2008. 

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Friday
Nov172017

Queens of the Stone Age books "Ellen" performance; "The Way You Used to Do" video available for everyone now 

Credit: Andreas NeumannQueens of the Stone Age will bring their dancing shoes to daytime television next month when they perform on the December 14 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

For a preview of Josh Homme and company's dancing skills, you can check out the video for their track "The Way You Used to Do," which is finally streaming now on YouTube after premiering on Apple Music over the summer.

"The Way You Used to Do" is the lead single from Queens of the Stone Age's new album, Villains. The band kicks off a North American tour in support of Villains in January.

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Friday
Nov172017

"Marry Me": Why Thomas Rhett's new single is the polar opposite of his smash "Die a Happy Man"

ABC/Image Group LA Thomas Rhett says his new single, “Marry Me,” represents a kind of worst-case scenario for him.

“It’s my big ‘what if’ song,” he says of the third single from Life Changes. “I wrote it from the perspective of if I had never told my wife how I felt about her all those years ago. I probably would have been sitting at her wedding watching her marry someone else."

"Thankfully I DID tell her how I felt -- it makes for a great song concept that so many people can relate to.”

Most country fans know how TR and wife Lauren’s love story worked out. Just this October, they celebrated their fifth anniversary, during a year that saw them adopt their daughter Willa from a Ugandan orphanage and welcome their first biological child, Ada.

Thomas Rhett also wrote his smash “Die a Happy Man” based on his real-life relationship with Lauren.

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Friday
Nov172017

Hayley Williams tries to smile in Paramore's "Fake Happy" video

ABC/Randy HolmesParamore has premiered the video for their single "Fake Happy," a track from their new album, After Laughter. The clip finds Hayley Williams walking through New York City while surrounded by upside-down smiley faces. You can watch it now on YouTube.

Drummer Zac Farro directed the video, which he says is "very special...for me."

"I'm super stoked for people to see this music video," Farro says. "I feel it's subtle and charming and suits the song perfectly."

After Laughter also features the single "Hard Times."

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Friday
Nov172017

"Meant to Be": Florida Georgia Line releases an unexpected country single with pop star BeBe Rexha

ABC/Image Group LAIt was simply “Meant to Be”: Florida Georgia Line’s collaboration with pop star BeBe Rexha is their new country single.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley didn’t originally expect the song would find a home on country radio, but they’ve decided to release it as a single, since some stations have already been playing it.  

“Some of the coolest moments for us have been the ones we never planned,” says Tyler, who co-wrote "Meant to Be."  “Going into the writing session that day in L.A., we had no idea that it would turn into this. Seeing how the fans are connecting to the vibe and message of ‘Meant to Be’ has been really amazing."

As of now, you won’t find the tune on an FGL record, however. It’s on BeBe Rexha’s All Your Fault: Pt. 2 EP.

If you’re a Comcast Xfinity customer, you can watch a special on-demand performance of “Meant to Be” after Sunday’s American Music Awards.  FGL vies for Favorite Country Duo or Group on the show, and is set to perform their other pop hit, “Let Me Go,” with Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso and watt. The 2017 American Music Awards start Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Florida George Line's current country hit, "Smooth," is still climbing in the top 15, as the pair work on their follow-up to Dig Your Roots.

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Friday
Nov172017

Watch Harry Styles perform his album live in new Apple Music special

Harley WeirCan’t get enough Harry Styles? You can watch him rock out this weekend in a new live concert special on Apple Music.

Harry Styles: Behind the Album -- the Performances premieres today, featuring Harry performing all 10 tracks from his self-titled debut album. It’s an extended look at the performances from his Behind the Album special, which came out May 15.

He and his band perform the set live from the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. In a clip from the special, available on YouTube, Harry jams to his song “Kiwi.”

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Friday
Nov172017

First listen: In Flames covers Depeche Mode, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails & more on new EP

Eleven Seven MusicIn Flames has released a surprise covers EP titled Down, Wicked & No Good, available now on digital platforms.

The four-track collection includes renditions of Depeche Mode's "It's No Good," Alice in Chains' "Down in a Hole," and Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," plus a live performance of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt."

The Depeche Mode cover is accompanied by a stylish lyric video, which you can watch now on YouTube.

In Flames is currently on a Eurpoean tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Of Mice & Men.

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Friday
Nov172017

Elton John is "never going to stop," but will "take a breather," says manager

Denise Truscello/WireImageAt age 70, Elton John doesn't seem to be slowing down, and still regularly tours the world.  According to his manager, not only will Elton not retire, he simply cannot.

Elton's manager, of course, is also his husband, David Furnish.  He tells Music Week, "Without question, Elton must never stop performing. We all have things that kind of keep us alive in life. Some people relish the idea of a retirement where they do nothing [but] for Elton that would be purgatory."

"Playing to live audiences is going to be something he always needs to do," says Furnish.  When it comes to songwriting, he says Elton is "never going to stop."  Furnish adds, "I think the passion the keeps him alive is that he needs to continue to create and write, he needs to collaborate."

However, Furnish admits that because their two sons are nearly seven and five, Elton and he need to be there for them, and that may affect just how much Elton will tour.  For example, May of next year will see the end of Elton's Las Vegas show, The Million Dollar Piano.  But according to Furnish, there are still plenty of projects in the works.

"We’re going to be shooting a live action musical fantasy version of Elton’s life story called Rocket Man that's going to go into production next year," Furnish explains. "I think he feels he needs to take a breather, he needs to step back and take a pause. He’s also working on his memoirs and then we have a few surprises up our sleeve."

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Friday
Nov172017

Deacon Claybourne lays down his guitar: CMT cancels "Nashville"

CMTIt’s the end of the road for Deacon Claybourne, Juliette Barnes and the Nashville gang: the upcoming sixth season of the CMT drama will be its last.

A promo for the premiere on the show's Twitter account serves as the only confirmation from CMT so far: "Let's find the way back home. Come and find me. #NashvilleCMT: The Final Season. New episodes start Thursday, January 4 on @CMT," the post reads.

Executive producer Marshall Herskovitz issued a statement about the show's cancellation: “All of us on Nashville are so incredibly grateful to the show’s fans, who convinced CMT to give us a chance to keep telling the story of these remarkable characters. And we want to return the favor with a final season that celebrates all the joys and passions, twists and turns -- and amazing music! -- that made Nashville such an exciting journey for the last six years.”

Nashville premiered on ABC in the fall of 2012 and ran for four seasons before being cancelled in May of 2016. Shortly after, CMT picked up the show that follows the up-and-downs of both major stars and up-and-comers in Tennessee’s “it” city.

CMT made a major change midway through the show’s fifth season, killing off its central character, Rayna Jaymes, who was played by Connie Britton.

Nashville's sixteen-episode final run is set to start the first Thursday in January on CMT.

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Friday
Nov172017

Watch new "theatrical version" of Chris Cornell's "The Promise" video 

ABC/Randy HolmesA new video has been released for Chris Cornell's song "The Promise," the final track he released before his death this past May. The visual, dubbed the "theatrical version," mixes footage of the late Soundgarden frontman recording the song with scenes from the film The Promise, for which Cornell originally wrote the track.

"The Promise" reflects the themes of its namesake movie, which takes place during the Armenian genocide. Proceeds from the song were donated to the International Rescue Committee humanitarian charity.

Cornell was posthumously honored with the inaugural Promise Award during a ceremony held this past Tuesday in Los Angeles. Named after the song, the newly created award "recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way." Cornell's widow, Vicky, and his Soundgarden band mates, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, attended the ceremony.

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Friday
Nov172017

VH1 brings in the holiday season with "Remy & Papoose: A Merry Mackie Holiday" 

Remy Ma; ABC/Randy HolmesRemy Ma and Papoose are helping to bring in the holiday spirit.

VH1 has announced the hip-hop power couple will star in the upcoming one-hour holiday special, Remy & Papoose: A Merry Mackie Holiday

Both rappers will serve as co-executive producers of the special, along with their Love & Hip Hop boss, Mona Scott-Young.

The couple, married in 2015 during a winter wonderland-themed ceremony, previously documented their nuptials on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: New York

This special, however, will focus on their preparation for the "ultimate holiday party for their friends and family in North Carolina."

Remy & Papoose: A Merry Mackie Holiday will premiere on Monday, December 18 at 9 p.m. ET on VH1.  

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Friday
Nov172017

In This Moment readies the Witching Hour North American tour

Atlantic Records/Roadrunner RecordsIn This Moment will hit the road next year in continued support of their new album, Ritual. The spookily named Witching Hour tour launches January 16 in North Charleston, South Carolina, and will wrap up February in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Visit InThisMomentOfficial.com for ticket info.

Support on the tour will come from P.O.D., New Years Day and Ded on select dates. Additionally, the trek includes two Canadian dates with Stone Sour: February 13 in Montreal and February 14 in Toronto.

Ritual, In This Moment's sixth studio album, features the lead single "Oh Lord," as well as a cover of the Phil Collins classic, "In the Air Tonight."

Here are In This Moment's Witching Hour tour dates:

1/16 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
1/17 -- Augusta, GA, Miller Theater
1/19 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live
1/20 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
1/26 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution
1/28 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
1/30 -- Columbia, SC, Music Farm
1/31 -- Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
2/2 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live
2/3 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theatre
2/6 -- Evansville, IN, Victory Theatre
2/7 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
2/9 -- Cleveland, OH, House Of Blues
2/10 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Rapids Theatre
2/12 -- London, ON, London Music Hall
2/13 -- Montreal, QC, MTelus*
2/14 -- Toronto, ON, Rebel*
2/17 -- Kansas City, MO, Voodoo Lounge
2/18 -- Saint Paul, MN, The Palace

*with Stone Sour.

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Friday
Nov172017

Watch now: Green Day uncovers a conspiracy in "Back in the USA" video

ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day has premiered the video for their new single, "Back in the USA," now streaming on YouTube.

The video finds the punk trio living in an idyllic '50s neighborhood, only to find a pair of sunglasses that reveals the evil, consumerist message behind their TV and newspapers. Basically, it's a mix of the classic 1950s TV sitcom Leave It to Beaver and the 1988 sci-fi movie They Live.

"Back in the USA" is included on Green Day's new greatest hits collection, God's Favorite Band, which is out now. Along with the new track, the compilation includes 20 of Green Day's biggest singles, as well as a new version of the song "Ordinary World" featuring country star Miranda Lambert.

Green Day is currently touring Latin America in support of their latest album, Revolution Radio.

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Friday
Nov172017

"He's been stalked by a system": JAY-Z writes "New York Times" article about Meek Mill's prison sentence

Meek Mill; 20KJAY-Z has penned a thought-provoking op-ed in the New York Times regarding Meek Mill's recent two-to-four-year prison sentence for violating probation. 

In his essay, titled "The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill," Jay argues that what's happening to Meek "is just one example of how or criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day."  

"The Story of O.J" rapper continues, "I saw this up close when I was growing up in Brooklyn during the 1970s and 1980s."

"Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences great than the crime. A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew." 

JAY-Z adds that he was "inspired" to write about Meek Mill's sentencing because of the rapper long criminal history. 

He points out Meek's first brush with the law at nearly 19 years old after being convicted for drug and gun possession, and consequently having to serve an eight-month sentence. 

"Now he's 30, so he has been on probation for basically his entire adult life. For about a decade, he's been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside," Jay writes. 

"Probation is a trap and we must fight for Meek and everyone else unjustly sent to prison." 

As previously reported, hundreds of protesters gathered Monday outside Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center to call for Meek Mill's prison sentence on probation violations to be overturned.  

Rick Ross and Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving both showed up to speak at the event. 

As of Tuesday, Meek's lawyers are reportedly attempting to have the judge who sentenced him removed from his case. 

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Friday
Nov172017

Watch now: Lindsey Stirling is a living, dancing doll in new video for "Christmas C'mon" 

Natasha BelikoveLindsey Stirling's holiday album Warmer in the Winter came out last month, and the single "Christmas C'mon," featuring Becky G, has been out for a while too.   But the festive video for the track has just arrived, featuring Lindsey showing off some of her Dancing with the Stars skills.

In the clip, Lindsey is a violin-playing tin solider doll in a gift box, while Becky is a Barbie-like fashion doll in a plastic display box, complete with accessories like a blow dryer and a hairbrush.  Both women exit their boxes, and Becky starts singing while Lindsey dances and plays the violin. At one point, a male G.I. Joe-type doll is freed from his box and joins in the fun.

In the clip, the Dancing with the Stars finalist displays some fancy footwork, including what looks like a jive.  You'll find out next week if she and her partner Mark Ballas take home the Mirror Ball trophy on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. She and Becky G will perform "Christmas C'mon" on the finale Tuesday night.

Lindsey's also out on tour in support of Warmer in the Winter.


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Friday
Nov172017

Sleeping with Sirens celebrates "Christmas on the Road" with new holiday song

Credit: Erik RojasAs promised, Sleeping with Sirens has shared a new holiday song called "Christmas on the Road." The earnest, acoustic track is available now via digital outlets.

Sleeping with Sirens will keep the holiday spirit going with a series of U.S. shows in December in support of their new album, Gossip, which features the single "Legends."

In other wintry Sleeping with Sirens happenings, "Legends" is the official song of Team USA for the 2018 Winter Olympics, held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Friday
Nov172017

Luis Fonsi sweeps Latin Grammys; duet & video with Demi Lovato out now 

Universal Music Latin Entertainment/Republic RecordsIt's been a great 24 hours for Luis Fonsi.

First, the Puerto Rican singer swept the Latin Grammys Thursday night, with his smash "Despacito" winning in four categories:  “Record of the Year,” “Song of the year,” “Best Urban Fusion/Performance” and “Best Music Video Short Version.”  Luis also closed the show with a performance of "Despacito" done in four different musical styles, including a dance remix with Diplo.

Now Friday, Luis and Demi Lovato release their collaboration, "Echame La Culpa," or "Blame Me," as well as the video for the track.  It was directed by Carlos Perez, who also helmed the record-breaking clip for "Despacito."

In a statement, Luis says of working with Demi, "What thrilled me the most was her desire to sing in Spanish and how perfectionist she was with the pronunciation of the lyrics.” 

For her part, Demi says of Fonsi, "He was not only extremely grateful, sweet [and] outgoing, but...also patient with my Spanish, which is really refreshing because I was worried that it was not going to be good...but it turned out OK and I was really grateful for him that he was able to be there and he was very supportive."

Luis continues his Love and Dance World Tour on November 19 with a series of European shows in Russia, Latvia, Serbia, Croatia, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

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Friday
Nov172017

Watch the trailer for Linkin Park's forthcoming "One More Light Live" album

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park has shared a trailer for their upcoming live album One More Light Live, recorded during the band's last tour before Chester Bennington's July 20 death. You can watch the preview now on YouTube.

The tour included stops in Europe and South America. Bennington died just a week before the band was set to begin a North American tour July 27.

One More Light Live, named after Linkin Park's new album, One More Light, is dedicating to Linkin Park's late frontman. It'll be released on December 15.

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Friday
Nov172017

Listen now: Jessie J's new song, "Queen," is a mantra for self-love

Republic RecordsJessie J tackles self-empowerment and body positivity in her new song, “Queen”

The R&B-tinged jam includes encouraging messages to women who may not feel like they’re good enough. In the song, Jessie repeats the mantra, “I love my body/I love my skin/I am a goddess/I am a queen.”

Jessie explains the inspiration behind the song, telling her fans in a statement, “I wrote this song because we ALL need to remind ourselves more out-loud how beautiful we are inside out. Simple. This isn’t just another song for me this is a way of thinking and a mantra we all deserve. Thank you for your unconditional love and support. I love you all.”

“Queen” is the first official single off Jessie J's upcoming album. R.O.S.E, due in 2018.

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