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Tuesday
Jul252017

Alice Cooper discovers he owns valuable Andy Warhol print that was stored for 40 years

ABC/Randy HolmesAlice Cooper is probably the world's most famous shock rocker, so it wouldn't be so shocking if he had some skeletons -- or perhaps even a boa constrictor -- tucked away in his closets.  But how about a piece of art by Andy Warhol possibly worth millions of dollars?

Cooper's longtime manager, Shep Gordon, tells The Guardian that a 1964 silkscreen of an electric chair from Warhol's infamous Death and Disaster series that Alice had forgotten he'd owned was recently discovered after sitting for 40 years in a storage locker.

Gordon says he remembers an old girlfriend of Cooper's, late model Cindy Lang, asking him in 1972 for $2,500 to buy the print, which is based on a 1953 photograph of the death chamber at Sing Sing prison. Cooper had befriended Warhol during the early '70s when both men used to frequent the famous New York club Max's Kansas City.  Alice also featured an electric chair in his stage show at the time.

The silkscreen was found rolled up in a tube and placed in storage alongside various old stage props. Gordon thinks Cooper simply forgot he owned the piece.

"At the time Alice is making two albums a year and touring the rest of the time. It was a rock 'n' roll time, none of us thought about anything," explains Shep. "He ends up going into an insane asylum for his drinking and then leaves New York for L.A.

Gordon tells The Guardian he tracked down the print after talking to an art dealer, who told him how valuable Warhol's work had become. Although the silkscreen isn't signed by the artist, a Warhol expert says he's 100-percent sure it's authentic. Another Warhol electric chair silkscreen from the same series sold for $11.6 million at a 2015 auction.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Katy Perry, The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar lead MTV Video Music Awards nominations

Rony AlwinKaty Perry, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar lead the nominations this year for the MTV Video Music Awards.

Kendrick snagged the most nods, with eight, for his video for “HUMBLE.,” while Katy and The Weeknd tied with five nominations each.

Other nominees include Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes and Ariana Grande.

MTV also announced that it'll be eliminating the “Best Female Video” and “Best Male Video” categories in favor of an all-inclusive “Artist of the Year” category. The network's also added a “Best Fight Against the System” category to honor videos that inspire viewers to fight injustice.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards airs live on Sunday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.   

Here are the nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Ariana Grande
The Weeknd
Lorde

BEST NEW ARTIST
Khalid
Kodak Black
SZA
Young M.A
Julia Michaels
Noah Cyrus

BEST COLLABORATION
Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”
Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

BEST POP
Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu”

BEST HIP-HOP
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”

BEST DANCE
Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
Calvin Harris – “My Way”
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone”

BEST ROCK
Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams”
Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
Green Day – “Bang Bang”
Foo Fighters – “Run”

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM
Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan”
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Big Sean – “Light”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
John Legend – “Surefire”
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill”
DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak”
Halsey – “Now or Never”

BEST DIRECTION
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation”
KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Kanye West – “Fade”
Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side”
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Sia – “The Greatest”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”

BEST EDITING
Future – “Mask Off”
Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean”
Lorde – “Green Light”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Listen now: 911 call reporting Chester Bennington's death released 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe 911 call reporting Chester Bennington's death has been released by police. The call was made by a driver who was scheduled to pick up the Linkin Park frontman in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California outside of Los Angeles.

"I just got on location, I'm a driver," the caller says. "['Bennington's'] housekeeper came out and said that he unfortunately killed himself, he hung himself. He's in his room."

Throughout the call, you can hear the housekeeper sobbing in the background.

Bennington died by suicide last Thursday, July 20. He was 41.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Kelsea Ballerini "Unapologetically" reveals the details of her sophomore album on "GMA"

ABC/Paula LoboKelsea Ballerini’s sophomore album, Unapologetically, is set to be released November 3.

The “Peter Pan” hitmaker spilled the details to ABC’s Robin Roberts Tuesday on Good Morning America.

“It’s been such a secret. I’m so excited!” Kelsea said, as she jumped up and down and the audience cheered. She went on to reveal her follow-up to The First Time will focus on the themes of loss and love and life.

Kelsea closed her appearance by performing the album’s lead single, “Legends.” If you missed it, you can check out her GMA segment online.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

“Somebody That I Used to Know” singer Gotye turned down millions in royalties

Shirlaine Forrest/WireImageSome musicians like to say they’re not in it for the money. In Gotye’s case, that may really be true. 


According to Australia’s News.com.au, the singer -- who had a Grammy-winning monster hit with 2011’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” -- turned down millions of dollars in YouTube royalties.

Gotye, born Wally de Backer, decided against pop-up ads on his YouTube channel, which could have made him lots of dough thanks to his “Somebody That I Used to Know” music video, which racked up nearly a billion views.

Just for reference, the Korean artist PSY made $10 million in YouTube royalties when “Gangnam Style” went over two billion views.

“I’m not interested in selling my music,” Gotye tells News.com.au. “That’s the reason I don’t put ads on my You Tube channel, which seems strange to people in today’s climate, but that is a decision you can make. I’m like that with all my music. I generally never want to synch my music for products [on ads].”

Gotye is currently working on finishing his fourth album.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock The late songwriter Andrew Dorff wrote Rascal Flatts' current #1, "Yours If You Want It," and his father, Steve Dorff, also composed this chart-topping tune from George Strait's Pure Country movie. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "I Cross My Heart."

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Reba readies a bigger, better "My Kind of Christmas"

BMLGChristmas is still five months away, but Reba McEntire is already busy getting ready.

This season, she’ll release a new version of her third yuletide album, My Kind of Christmas. Last year, the piano-based collection was only available at Cracker Barrel stores.

The new edition not only boasts a new cover, but also has three unreleased songs that include collaborations with Vince GillAmy GrantDarius Rucker, and Christian artist Lauren Daigle. Earlier this year, Daigle duetted with Reba on her single, “Back to God,” at the ACM Awards.

Reba’s new version of My Kind of Christmas comes out October 13.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Watch: Showtime releases new teaser for "Whitney. 'Can I Be Me'"

Courtesy of SHOWTIMEAhead of its Showtime premiere on Wednesday, the network has debuted a new teaser for its upcoming Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney. "Can I Be Me."

The trailer features archival footage of Whitney, as a voice is heard saying, "Whitney Houston died from a broken heart."

The film, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April, offers behind-the-scenes material, candid interviews from those who knew the singer, and performance footage -- including many of Houston's greatest hits. The doc promises to shed light on the late icon's extraordinary career, as well as her struggles with fame, addiction, and her image as a pop star in the public eye.  

A full-length trailer for the documentary was released a month ago.

Whitney. "Can I Be Me" airs on Showtime on Friday, August 25, at 9 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Following Foreigner reunion performance, ex-member Ian McDonald to play NYC club show with his current band

© 2017 Sebastian Sabal-BruceFresh from his historic reunion performance with Foreigner last week in Wantagh, New York, the group's founding multi-instrumentalist, Ian McDonald, is set to play a new concert with his current band, Honey West, tonight at the intimate New York City club Rockwood Music Hall. Honey West, which features McDonald collaborating with stage actor-turned-singer/songwriter Ted Zurkowski, released its debut album, Bad Old World, in May.

McDonald, who's also a founding member of U.K. prog-rocker pioneers King Crimson, produced Bad Old World and contributed lead guitars, keyboards, flute, saxophones, clarinet and more to the project. The Rockwood Music Hall show currently is the group's only scheduled gig.

On Thursday, July 20, McDonald and fellow original Foreigner members Lou Gramm and Al Greenwood joined their old group's current lineup at a concert held at the Jones Beach Theatre, marking the first time the ex-band mates had performed together since 1980. Some of the former band members are expected to make additional special appearances at upcoming stops on Foreigner's current 40th anniversary tour.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Nancy Wilson's new band, Roadcase Royale, releasing debut album, "First Things First," in September

Loud & Proud RecordsRoadcase Royale, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson's new band with former Prince backing singer Liv Warfield, will release its debut album, First Things First, on September 22.

As previously reported, Roadcase Royale also includes two other Heart alums -- keyboardist Chris Joyner and drummer Ben Smith -- as well as guitarist Ryan Waters, a one-time Prince protegee.

"Roadcase Royale is a band I've always wanted to be in," says Wilson. "We all write and create songs as a unit. It's an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound."

Nancy adds, "I'm amazed after devoting my life to rock music how it now feels so brand new. That's why our first album is called First Things First."

You can check out official videos for two songs from the forthcoming album, "Get Loud" and "Not Giving Up," on Roadcase Royale's official YouTube channel.

In support of First Things First, the band has lined up their first series of headlining shows, running from a September 10 concert in New York City through an October 15 gig in Oklahoma City. These performances will take place on off nights during the group's recently announced stint as the opening act for Bob Seger's 2017 Runaway Train Tour.

Here are all of Road case Royale's confirmed tour dates; all shows opening for Seger unless otherwise noted:

9/10 -- New York, NY, The Gramercy Theatre*
9/12 -- Rochester, NY, Blue Cross Arena
9/14 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
9/16 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
9/19 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
9/21 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena
9/23 -- Auburn Hills, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
9/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater*
9/28 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
9/30 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Areana
10/1 -- Charlotte, NC, Neighborhood Theatre*
10/4 -- Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre*
10/5 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/7 -- Duluth, GA, Infinite Energy Arena
10/8 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery*
10/10 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
10/12 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
10/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/15 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Tower Theatre*
10/19 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/21 -- Frisco, TX, The Ford Center at The Star
10/24 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
10/26 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
10/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena

* = headlining date.

Tuesday
Jul252017

Jimmy Eat World adds fall tour dates

ABC/Randy HolmesJimmy Eat World has announced a batch of fall tour dates, running from September 26 in Reno, Nevada to October 4 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tickets to the shows will go on sale this Friday, July 28 at JimmyEatWorld.com.

Jimmy Eat World will be supporting their new album, Integrity Blues, which features the singles "Get Right" and "Sure and Certain."

Jimmy Eat World is currently on the road touring with Incubus and Judah & the Lion.

Here are Jimmy Eat World's fall headlining dates:

9/26 -- Reno, NV, Cargo Concert Hall
9/27 -- Chico, CA, Senator Theatre
9/29 -- Eugene, OR, McDonald Theatre
9/30 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
10/2 -- Billings, MT, Pub Station
10/4 -- Albuquerque, NM, El Rey Theatre

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Fifth Harmony reveals album title and release date on 'Tonight Show'

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCFifth Harmony stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night.  

The group performed their current single, "Down," with featured guest rapper Gucci Mane joining them.  

But the big news was made by host Jimmy Fallon. In introducing the performance he announced that the group's new album will be self-titled and is coming August 25.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

If Justin Moore's daughters don't care for his single, "Somebody Else Will"

ABC/Image Group LA Justin Moore may have his latest top-ten hit with “Somebody Else Will,” but he confesses it’s not his daughters’ favorite song.

For 7-year-old Ella, 5-year-old Kennedy and 3-year-old Klein, that honor goes to another tune on his latest album, Kinda Don’t Care.  

"I don't like listening to me," Justin explains. "I don't think any artist likes riding around listening to themselves, unless you've got to check mixes or something. But last year... we had like a 30-minute drive to school and back."

"I was wanting to listen to sports talk radio or whatever, the news or something," he continues. "And they go, 'Dad, can we play your new music?' And their favorite song on the album is 'Put Me in a Box,' which is somewhat morbid. The idea of it, it kinda weirds me out a little bit. But they love it."

The Arkansas native admits Ella isn’t shy at all about expressing her preferences.

"My oldest daughter, she'll flat out, she'll go, 'Yeah, it's not my favorite. Will you play "Put Me in a Box"? Play "You Look Like I Need a Drink."' It's kinda funny," Justin laughs.  

It likely won’t be long until the Moore girls have to share control of the radio with their little brother. Thomas South joined the family this past June.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik enjoying first-time fatherhood 

Bob MusselGoo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik is currently touring the country, but his greatest pride and joy is back at home. 

Back in December, the singer became a dad for the first time at age 51 when his wife gave birth to their daughter, Liliana. While she’s too young to join him on the tour bus just yet, Johnny says he’s been enjoying spending any moment he can with her.

“I love it, it's not as hard as I thought it was gonna be, but mostly because my wife and my mother in law are just fantastic and I just love being with her,” Johnny says.

He has no regrets about waiting until he was older to have a kid, and says she’s “just a little sweetheart.”

Johnny hasn’t written any songs about fatherhood just yet, though. He’s content to just sing playful gibberish to his baby girl.

“She inspires me when I'm bouncing her, goin' "Boo bee duh bop, hey! Boo bee duh bop ba boo...’” he says. “It's the only kind of music she inspires.” 

Goo Goo Dolls hits Indianapolis tonight on their Long Way Home tour.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Little Brooks is going to college, thanks to Uncle Garth

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteCMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks specializes in creating moments his crowds will never forget, and this weekend in Los Angeles, he delivered another one.

The “Ask Me How I Know” hitmaker invited parents-to-be Katie and Wes to the front of the stage at The Forum to reveal the gender of their baby, which they’d planned to name Brooks, whether it’s a boy or a girl.

After Garth advised the first-time mom and dad to have as many as they can afford, he opened the envelope that showed they’re having a girl.   

“I’m extremely happy for you, because I have three of these,” the proud father added, as the audience cheered.

But in typical Garth fashion, he took things one step further.

“We’ll make a deal,” Garth said. “If I am still alive when Brooks goes to college, we’ll pay for her college.” You can check out the gender reveal for yourself, thanks to a fan video on YouTube.

This weekend, Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood return for two more shows in L.A.  

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Louis Tomlinson says it’s only a matter of time before One Direction reunites

ABC/Phil McCartenJust because the guys of One Direction are all finding solo success, doesn’t mean the band will never reunite. At least, that’s what Louis Tomlinson thinks.

During an interview with U.K.’s morning show Lorraine, Louis says returning to One Direction is a no-brainer.

“There is no question of if, I mean it’s a must,” he says. “It has to be, I’m sure we’re all on the same page there. It’s just too difficult for any of us to say [when].”

In the meantime, Louis is enjoying kicking off his solo career with the Bebe Rexha collab “Back to You.” And he says he’s proudly following his band mates’ careers as well.

“The feeling that I get -- it’s like I feel like a big brother. When I look at a video of Niall [Horan] playing the stadium to a radio show or see Harry [Styles] stood next to Tom Hardy, I mean come on -- it’s amazing!” Louis says. “I just feel really, really proud. It’s real nice.”

Sunday marked the seven-year anniversary of when One Direction officially came together as a band.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Watch for Kelsea Ballerini on both Good Morning America and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. GMA starts at 7 a.m. all across the country on ABC, while Fallon kicks off at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Sara Evans and her daughter Olivia will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan Tuesday. Olivia sings background vocals on her mom’s latest single, “Marquee Sign.” Live typically follows GMA on most ABC stations.

You can catch new band Delta Rae in a cameo appearance on this week’s episode of Nashville. The show airs at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on CMT.

Hit songwriter Jeffrey Steele and his band Sons of the Palomino will make their Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday night.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

The Doors launch campaign marking 50th anniversary of "Light My Fire" becoming a #1 hit this Saturday

RhinoThis Saturday, July 29, marks the 50th anniversary of the day The Doors' classic single "Light My Fire" lit up the Billboard Hot 100, reaching the top spot on the tally. To celebrate the occasion, the band has launched a campaign to get fans and radio stations to play the famous tune at 7:29 local time on July 29.

The Doors also are asking fans to share their memories of and comments about "Light My Fire" on their social media sites using the hashtag #lightmyfire.

Meanwhile, a new video featuring Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, who wrote most of "Light My Fire," discussing the song has been posted at the band's official YouTube channel.

In the clip, Krieger talks about how the late Jim Morrison pushed him to pen an original tune, telling him to write about something universal that wouldn't go out of style in the next year or two. In the video, Robby also recalls listening to the radio with his parents and brother when he found out the single had gone to #1.

As previously reported, in honor of the milestone anniversary, a limited-edition vinyl single will be released on Friday, July 28. The disc is a reproduction of an original 7-inch single that came out in Japan, which includes a single edit of "Light My Fire" on the A side and the album version of "The Crystal Ship" on the B side. Only 7,500 copies of the vinyl single will be available. In addition, a digital "Light My Fire" maxi-single also will be released Friday that features the mono single and stereo album versions of the song, as well as a live performance recorded in January 1970 at the Felt Forum in New York City.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Keyshia Cole says latest role on "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" is "a great platform"

ABC/Randy HolmesKeyshia Cole is one of the newest cast members on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, and the "Heaven Sent" singer tells Billboard the show is just what she needed.

Keyshia calls the show "a great platform for one to expand your reach," adding, "I was going to go for my own show, but time frame was very slim." 

Although Keyshia is practically a reality show veteran, having starred in three reality series of her own -- Keyshia Cole: The Way It IsKeyshia Cole: All In, and Keyshia & Daniel: Family First -- the entertainer was relieved to discover how little work she had to put in on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood as opposed to her previous shows. 

"It's half the work. I was happy," she says. "One scene a day or maybe two at the max. It would be maybe shooting for an hour and then that's it. It takes me more to put my clothes on, makeup and stuff than that." 

Besides her new VH1 gig, Keyshia says she's completed some new songs for fans, but is still seeking to create "something with a little rhythm."

"I'm trying to fight the ballads at the moment because I just feel like it's the summer," she says. "I'm not ready to slow it down. I want to dance and shake my derriere."

She also hopes to work with Ty Dolla $ign "because he's super talented" and wants to create another shoe line, start a clothing line for son Daniel Hiram Gibson Jr., and finally sign an artist to her label imprint. 

"Oh yeah, I would love to sign a girl in the 'hood -- a singer or a rapper," admits Keyshia. 

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda shares first band photo with Chester Bennington

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park's Mike Shinoda has shared the first photo the band took with their late frontman, Chester Bennington.

The picture, which is dated 1997 or 1998, shows a very young Bennington and Shinoda standing next to the rest of the group: guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, turntablist Joe Hahn, and drummer Rob Bourdon.

"We had just told Chester that we wanted him to join the band," Shinoda writes in the Instagram caption. "He said he was ready to move out from Arizona to L.A. We went to a pizza place near UCLA to hang out and talk about what to do next."

"The band was called Xero at the time, and we probably had less than a half a dozen songs," he continues. "No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college."

Shinoda shared vocal duties with Bennington in Linkin Park, and the pair's give-and-take vocal style became a signature part of the band's sound. When news of Bennington's death first broke, Shinoda wrote that he was "shocked and heartbroken."

Bennington died by suicide last Thursday, July 20. He was 41.

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