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Monday
Jan152018

PRETTYMUCH talk "dope," "crazy" "Good Morning America" debut and meeting Thor 

ABC/Paula LoboBoy band PRETTYMUCH made their Good Morning America debut Monday, and not only was the group hyped about their performance, but one member in particular was thrilled to meet another guest on the show: Thor star Chris Hemsworth.

"He looked at me -- I was standing in the doorway," Austin Porter told ABC Radio. "He's like, 'Nice song!' I was like, 'Thank you...I hope you fix [your hammer], Mjölnir,' and he's like 'Hopefully, one day,' and I was like 'Yeah!'"

Austin's comment references the most recent Thor movie, Thor: Ragnorok, in which the Thunder God's enchanted hammer Mjölnir is destroyed.  Austin laughs, "I'm a big Marvel fan, I wanted to tell him something related to Thor."

On GMA, PRETTYMUCH sang their new single "No More," and the guys say everyone was surprisingly into the performance.

"That was crazy!" group member Brandon Arreaga told ABC Radio. "The people in the room were giving us so much energy and...it felt really tight. They got our logos everywhere, it was sick!"

"I also felt like...they were just like astonished, they were like in awe," Austin added. "So it was really cool."  Group member Nick Mara chimed in, "The environment was just dope, everyone was clapping and cheering us on."

You can see the guys on their PRETTYMUCH EVERYWHERE tour, which runs through January 28 in L.A.  Each tour stop is, of course, full of screaming, hyperventilating female fans, so how do they deal with that?

"Just give 'em hugs, show 'em love, thank 'em for being great fans," explained Nick.  Group member Zion Kuwonu added, "Tell 'em everything's gonna be O.K. and breathe! Just breathe!

"If anything, we just wanna let them know that they're just as important to us as we are to them," Brandon notes. "They're everything to us." 

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Monday
Jan152018

Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan planned to record album with "Fast" Eddie Clarke

David Wolff - Patrick/RedfernsScreaming Trees frontman and Queens of the Stone Age collaborator Mark Lanegan has revealed that he and late Motorhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke had discussed recording a collaborative album.

"RIP Fast Eddie Clark[e]. I'll never forget the meal we had together," Lanegan tweeted. "A true gentlemen and one of my rock heroes."

He added that he and Clarke "discussed making a record, but it was not to be."

Clarke, who was the last surviving member of Motorhead's "classic" lineup, died January 10 while being treated for pneumonia. He was 67.

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Monday
Jan152018

Toni Braxton is just a "Heart Away" from rumored husband Birdman on new track

ABC/Jeff NeiraWhile the verdict is still out on whether or not Toni Braxton and Birdman are husband and wife, or even a couple, the two artists are fueling the rumors by releasing a new song together. 

The collaboration, called "Heart Away," is available to stream now.   

The track is a reworking of Derez De'Shon's hit single, "Hardaway." Derez is signed to Birdman's Cash Money Records label. 

"Heart Away" isn't the first song Toni and Birdman have worked on together. Toni sang on Bird's song, "Baby You Can Do It," which is featured on his self-titled 2002 debut album. 

In addition, it looks like fans can also expect to hear more music from the two: A rep for Birdman tells Complex that he and Toni are "are working on new music as an item."

As previously reported, a rep for Toni denied to Us Weekly in October that the "Un-break My Heart" artist married the rapper.   

However, a now-deleted Instagram post by Toni's sister Tamar, captured by The Jasmine Brand, raised eyebrows with the caption, "Come through Mrs. Braxton-Williams." 

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Monday
Jan152018

Hozier, James Corden pay tribute to Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan 

David Wolff - Patrick/RedfernsIn the '90s, the Irish band The Cranberries was one of the biggest musical acts in the world.  It's no wonder that fellow Irish star Hozier has taken to social media to pay tribute to Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan, who passed away at the age of 46.

On Twitter, Hozier wrote, "My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I'd never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family."

Late Late Show host James Corden also remembered the singer in a tweet. "I once met Delores O’Riordan when I was 15," he wrote. "She was kind and lovely, I got her autograph on my train ticket and it made my day. She had the most amazing voice and presence. So sorry to hear that she’s passed away today."

As previously reported, a publicist for O'Riordan confirmed her death to ABC News in a statement.  "Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old," it read.

"The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

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Monday
Jan152018

Eric Clapton says he's ashamed of his "semi-racist" past, as depicted in new documentary

David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImageEric Clapton has enjoyed a legendary music career, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is not proud of some moments in his life, including what he calls his "semi-racist" past.

A new authorized documentary called Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars focuses on the guitarist's career, and as The Daily Mail reports, following a January 10 screening in London, Clapton apologized for some controversial statements he made in the 1970s that were captured in the film.

During a 1976 concert in Birmingham, England, Clapton appeared to side with the right-wing National Front movement, whose stated purpose was to "Keep Britain White." From the stage, he said, in part, "Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. England is for white people, man. We are a white country...this is Great Britain, a white country. What is happening to us?"

Clapton's comments are said to have inspired the Rock Against Racism campaign, which rallied against the very sentiment the guitarist expressed during his onstage rant.

According to the The Daily Mail, in a Q&A following the documentary screening, Clapton expressed remorse for his comments. "I sabotaged everything I got involved with," said the musician. "I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn't make sense. Half of my friends were black, I dated a black woman, and I championed black music."

Clapton has apologized in the past for his comments, partly blaming the outburst on his drug and alcohol addiction at the time.

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Monday
Jan152018

Cardi B is "starting to hate" President Donald Trump "with a...passion"

Raven VaronaIf there's one person Cardi B doesn't "wanna party with," it's President Donald Trump

The Grammy-nominated rapper expressed her utter distaste for the Commander-in-Chief on Sunday, tweeting, "Trump is soo disgusting! I hate him Soo much. Im starting to hate him with a f****** passion," followed by three mad face emojis.  

This isn't the first time Cardi's called Trump out on social media. In September, she tweeted her thoughts  about the President's alleged lack of support for Puerto Rico following the devastation left by Hurricane Maria. 

She tweeted, "Puerto Rico in crisis right now & Donald has not yet visited or talk about it. PR is part of the USA you know Don't forget about the island." 

Cardi, a native of Bronx, New York, is of Dominican and Trinidadian descent. 

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Monday
Jan152018

I Could Use a #1: Maren Morris marks a career first

Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris marks the first #1 of her career this week -- as both an artist and a songwriter -- as “I Could Use a Love Song” ascends to the top the chart.

The third single from Maren’s Hero album is also up for Best Country Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out January 28 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. It’s the fifth Grammy nod of her career; she won Best Country Song last year for her debut single, “My Church.”

The Texas native can also lay claim to another impressive feat:  she was the most-played female artist on country radio last year. In 2017, Maren also visited the top of the chart with her duet with Thomas Rhett,  "Craving You."

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Monday
Jan152018

Bruno Mars wins three NAACP Image Awards as "24K Magic" returns to top five 

Kai Z. FengThe NAACP Image Awards take place tonight, but Bruno Mars is already a winner. 

Man of the awards were presented in advance at a gala dinner Sunday night in Pasadena, CA, and Bruno picked up three: Outstanding Male Artist, and Outstanding Traditional Song and Music Video for "That's What I Like." Bruno is also up for Entertainer of the Year, and he'll find out tonight if he wins in that category when the show airs live on TV One at 9 p.m. ET.

And in more good news for Bruno, his album 24K Magic has just returned to the top five on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.  That's because the album's new single, "Finesse," has been doing so well; it's expected to debut in the top 10. 

24K Magic is currently #4; it hasn't been that high on the chart since April of 2017. The album came out in late 2016.

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Monday
Jan152018

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46 

Anthony Pidgeon/RedfernsDolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the best-selling '90s Irish group The Cranberries, has died.

A spokesperson confirmed her death to ABC Radio in a statement. "Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. "

The statement continued, "Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

Dolores' distinctive, lilting voice led the Cranberries to international fame in the '90s, thanks to hits like "Linger," "Dreams" and "Zombie." They sold over 40 million records worldwide before taking a hiatus in 2003.  In 2009, they reformed and released the album Roses in 2012. 

In April of 2017, the band released an acoustic album that featured orchestral arrangements of their previous hits, as well as a few new songs. A 2017 tour of Europe and the U.S. as canceled due to Dolores' health issues. Also in 2017, she announced that she'd been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

O'Riordan released two solo albums: 2007's Are You Listening? and 2009's No Baggage.

On December 20, O'Riordan tweeted, "Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good! I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band. Really enjoyed it! Happy Christmas to all our fans!! Xo."

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Monday
Jan152018

Surviving Motorhead members plan to honor Lemmy Kilmister with tribute shows

Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty ImagesIt's been two years since Lemmy Kilmister passed away, but the legendary Motorhead frontman's legacy continues to have a major impact on the hard rock and metal universe.

In a new interview conducted before the death of Motorhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Phil Campbell, the band's most recent guitarist, revealed that the surviving members plan on paying tribute to Lemmy with a series of tribute shows.

Lemmy died at age 70 on December 28, 2015, only two days after being diagnosed with cancer. His official cause of death was listed as prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.

Speaking to the podcast Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, Campbell said, "It's on the cards, but it's just gonna be a few select shows. We're not gonna be touring with it. We're tryin' to get these people involved and [we have to be aware of] their schedules, as well."

"We'll just do some special shows worldwide, which will be good — a tribute to Lem and to the band maybe, yeah," he added, "But it wouldn't be an ongoing thing; everyone's too busy. But [we want to] do something special."

"Fast" Eddie Clarke passed away last week at the age of 67 following a bout with pneumonia.

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Monday
Jan152018

Offset celebrates his love for Cardi B with bold neck tattoo

ABC/Randy HolmesAs if proposing to his fiancée Cardi B wasn't enough, Offset has also reportedly decided to declare his love for her by getting her name tattooed on his neck.   

Entertainment gossip site The Shade Room posted a brief video Sunday of the Migos rapper's new tat, which reads "Cardi B."   

It's on Offset's neck under what appears to be a tattoo of the Powerpuff Girls.  

Offset and Cardi B's relationship has taken a hit in recent months. As previously reported, Offset has been accused of being unfaithful to Cardi after a video, reportedly recorded in September, emerged showing a naked woman in his hotel room.  

At the time, Offset was also in the midst of denying claims by an Instagram star named Celina Powell that she was carrying his baby. 

Powell posted a sonogram on Instagram in December that has reportedly since been removed. She commented, "I hope @offsetyrn & I work this out for the sake of Karma Lee Cephus." 

Regardless of the rumors, it looks like Cardi's still sticking by her man. On Monday she tweeted, "I got options but i want who i want."

Earlier in the month, as previously reported, she defended Offset with an Instagram response to a fan, writing, "well if people are talking about it and keep asking me how I feel about the situation why not let them know? Right or wrong? No it's not right for a n**** to cheat... But what you want me to do? Go f*** me another n****? start all over again and get cheated on again?"  

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Monday
Jan152018

SZA, Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige among early NAACP Image Awards winners ahead of broadcast 

ABC/Randy HolmesA slew of winners have already been announced prior to tonight's telecast of the 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony

In the Recording category, SZA was named the Outstanding New Artist honor. Bruno Mars scored the Outstanding Male Artist trophy and Mary J. Blige picked up the Outstanding Female Artist award. 

Bruno also earned the Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album and Outstanding Traditional Song awards for his hit track, "That's What I Like." 

Kendrick Lamar also won three NAACP Image Awards. His track "HUMBLE." won for Outstanding Contemporary Song, while his latest disc DAMN. won the Outstanding Album award. 

The rapper, along with Rihanna, was also honored with the Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration trophy. RiRi is featured on Kendrick's single, "LOYALTY." 

The 49th NAACP Image Awards, hosted by black-ish star Anthony Anderson, airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on TV One. 

Here's the complete list of music winners in the non-televised categories: 

Outstanding New Artist
SZA 

Outstanding Male Artist
Bruno Mars 

Outstanding Female Artist
Mary J. Blige 

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna 

Outstanding Jazz Album 
Petite Afrique - Somi 

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2 - Greenleaf Soundtrack 

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars 

Outstanding Song – Traditional
"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars 

Outstanding Album
DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar 

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
"HUMBLE." - Kendrick Lamar 

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Monday
Jan152018

Foo Fighters, Royal Blood & more nominated for 2018 Brit Awards 

Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters and Royal Blood are both nominated for the 2018 Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys.

Dave Grohl and company are up for the International Group award, as are The Killers, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and Haim. Meanwhile, Royal Blood will compete for the British Group prize along with The xx, Wolf Alice, Gorillaz and London Grammar.

Rag'n'Bone Man is nominated for three Brits: British Male Solo Artist, British Album of the Year, and British Single for his hit song "Human."

Other nominees include Liam Gallagher for British Male Solo Artist, Beck for International Male Solo Artist, and Lorde and Bjork for International Female Solo Artist.

The 2018 Brit Awards take place February 21 at the O2 Arena in London. Foo Fighters will perform at the ceremony.

For the full list of nominees, visit Brits.co.uk.

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Monday
Jan152018

And Then There Was "Five": Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks releasing new orchestral album in February

BMGFounding Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks continues his exploration of orchestral music on his latest solo album, Five, which will be released in the U.S. on February 23. The five-track collection is the 10th album that Banks has made outside his famous band and his third orchestral record, following 2004's Seven: A Suite for Orchestra and 2012's Six Pieces for Orchestra.

The new album is the product of various sessions at London's Angel Studios combined with recordings done with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir in Prague, Czech Republic. Five was produced by Banks' frequent collaborator Nick Davis, while the orchestra was conducted by veteran British orchestrator and conductor Nick Ingman, who has worked with David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton and many other stars during his long career.

Banks played all the piano parts on and composed the five pieces featured on Five. The album was built around the epic lead track "Prelude to a Million Years," which started out as a piece titled "Arpegg" that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was commissioned to write for the 2014 edition of the U.K.'s Cheltenham Music Festival. Banks rounded out the album with three more new compositions and an updated version of a piece he wrote while he was with Genesis that he renamed "Renaissance."

You can listen to "Prelude to a Million Years" now on YouTube.

Five can be pre-ordered now, and will be available on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and digitally. In addition, special bundles that include a signed sheet music folio are being sold exclusively at Banks' official online store.

Here's the album's track list:

"Prelude to a Million Years"
"Reveille"
"Ebb and Flow"
"Autumn Sonata"
"Renaissance"

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Monday
Jan152018

Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWillie Nelson recalls writing these three country classics during a road trip from Houston to Nashville. Can you guess which ones they were? ANSWER:  "Crazy," "Night Life," and "Funny How Time Slips Away."

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Monday
Jan152018

Country Cares for St. Jude: This genre saves lives -- and the shirt does, too 

St. Jude Children's Research HospitalIf you pay attention to social media, you’ve probably spotted your favorite country stars sporting “This Shirt Saves Lives” tees. This weekend, the new campaign came to life, as a who’s who of country artists descended on Memphis for the 29th annual Country Cares for St. Jude Seminar.

On Friday, Russell Dickerson, Devin DawsonJordan DavisChase RiceJerrod NiemannDrake WhiteTrent HarmonDanielle BradberyAshley McBryde and Cam were just a few of the folks who took time to play Uno, Candyland, and Guitar Hero with patients, and also celebrate birthdays with cake, candles, and a song.

As St. Jude works to cure childhood cancer, Cam runs down the reasons she’s happy to help.

“The fact that people don't have to pay,” the “Burning House” hitmaker explains, “the fact that their families can come and they don't have to pay for housing. The fact that these medicines are developed in-house… It's a really incredibly amazing incubator for hope,” she says, summing it all up.

“All on Me” singer Devin Dawson is equally impressed.

“The thing that struck me the most when I first came here was that St. Jude takes care of the whole family unit,” he points out. “It's not just the child… You know you like to say 'St. Jude takes care of everything you can think of.' But they also take care of the things that you don't think of. Whether it's dentists, or whether it's hotels -- whatever it is, all the little things that you can't even think of that make it possible to treat a child.”

You can find out more about the “This Shirt Saves Lives” campaign at StJude.org.

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Monday
Jan152018

Justin Timberlake to host listening party at Prince's home, Paisley Park, during Super Bowl week 

Ryan McGinleyJustin Timberlake's new album Man of the Woods comes out two days before the Super Bowl, so JT will be taking advantage of the fact that he'll already be in Minneapolis to host a unique listening party.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribute reports that American Express is hosting a "listening session" with Justin at Paisley Park, the legendary home of Prince, on February 1. The paper cites a posting on eTix.com announcing  the event, but notes that it's already sold out. At the event, cell phones will be taken away from fans and locked up -- so don't count on any video leaking out if you didn't get tickets.

Justin is a huge Prince fan, though other Prince fans were quick to point out that in the past, JT had taken a few shots at the late legend. One fan tweeted, "So Justin Timberlake dissed Prince in a song AND openly mocked his height, and the people running his Estate are gonna let him party at Paisley Park?"

As City Pages reminds us, back in 2006, Prince said at a post-Emmys party, "For whoever is claiming they are bringing sexy back, sexy never left!" A few months later, at the Golden Globes, JT accepted an award on Prince's behalf, but he did it by bending his knees and looking up at the mic, poking fun at the fact that Prince was short.

Then, a month later, Justin sang the following verse on the Timbaland song "Give It to Me:" "If se-sexy never left, then why's everybody on my sh**?/ Don't hate on me just because you didn't come up with it."

It's no wonder City Pages ran this headline: "Prince-mocking white guy Justin Timberlake to hold Paisley Park Event."

Justin will headline the halftime show at the Super Bowl on February 4.

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Monday
Jan152018

K.Flay goes orchestral with deluxe "Every Where Is Some Where" album 

Night Street/Interscope RecordsK.Flay is known for mixing different kinds of music, jumping from hip-hop to Nine Inch Nails-style industrial rock, often within the same song. With the newly released deluxe edition of her new album Every Where Is Some Where, she adds another genre to her inventory: classical.

The updated version of the album, available now on digital outlets, includes five songs from K.Flay's "Seattle Sessions," during which she recorded orchestral versions of five of her songs, including the hit single "Blood in the Cut."

"The 'Seattle Sessions' are a reimagining of some of my favorite songs from the record, using live string, horn & choir sections," K.Flay says in a statement. "I worked with Budo, an old friend and an incredible producer, to bring the vision to life and I'm really excited for you guys to hear it."

The original version of "Blood in the Cut" is nominated for Best Rock Song at the 2018 Grammys, where it'll compete against Metallica's "Atlas, Rise!", Foo Fighters' "Run," Nothing More's "Go to War" and Avenged Sevenfold's "The Stage."

Additionally, Every Where Is Some Where is nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non Classical. The 2018 Grammys will be held January 28 in New York City.

K.Flay is currently touring the U.S. in support of Every Where Is Some Where.

Here is the Every Where Is Some Where deluxe edition track list:

"Dreamers"
"Giver"
"Blood in the Cut"
"Champagne"
"High Enough"
"Black Wave"
"Mean It"
"Hollywood Forever"
"The President Has a Sex Tape"
"It's Just a Lot"
"You Felt Right"
"Slow March"
"Giver (Seattle Sessions)"
"Blood in the Cut (Seattle Sessions)"
"High Enough (Seattle Sessions)"
"Black Wave (Seattle Sessions)"
"Mean It (Seattle Sessions)"

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Monday
Jan152018

Camila Cabello on her new album: "I just let myself not have any rules" 

SYCO/Epic RecordsCamilizers everywhere rejoiced Friday when Camila Cabello released her long-awaited debut solo album, Camila.  It includes her global smash "Havana," but Latin music isn't all you'll findThe Cuban/Mexican singer says the album's a true reflection of who she is.

"I just took every element from things that influenced me, like my culture, my heritage...Latin music that inspires me," she tells ABC Radio. "I also love singer-songwriters, R&B, emo...I love dancing but I also love guitar. So all those different elements make the album what it is."

And, unlike in Fifth Harmony, Camila took creative control of the project and co-wrote every song.

"I just let myself not have any rules," she tells ABC Radio. "There are songs that are emotional...and then there’s also songs that are just fun. Y'know, they don’t have to be that deep. I just let myself be free and I didn’t overthink."

"Never Be the Same" is Camila's current single, but "Havana" is still huge, which Camila says surprised her.

"I definitely didn’t think it would be as big as it became," she admits. "I mean, I always knew that the song was special, but you can’t really predict. You just never know."

Now that the album's out, Camila says she's planning lots of live performances for 2018.  And of course, if she ever needs career advice, she can always ask rock legend Elton John, who recently gushed about how much he loves her in a radio interview.

"I thought it was fake...But no, it was real, it’s crazy!" Camila laughs. "He’s probably scared of me now, though because I’ve tweeted about it so many times!  I’m like, 'Elton! I love you!' He’s like, 'Whoa, shouldn’t’ve said that. She’s crazy!'"

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Monday
Jan152018

Mandisa releases poignant "Bleed the Same" music video, inspired by "what happened during the week of Independence Day in 2016" 

Michael GomezThe official music video for Mandisa's song "Bleed The Same" is finally here and just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

The gospel recording artist explains to Huffington Post that the track, which comes from her 2017 album Out of The Dark, was inspired by "what happened during the week of Independence Day in 2016." 

She says, "On Tuesday, there was a shooting of a black man by police. On Wednesday, there was another shooting of a black man by police. And on Thursday, there was a shooting of police by a black man in Dallas. And I remember that week so vividly. There was so much division and hate, and it broke my heart." 

"That week really inspired this song, about how we are more beautiful when we come together, and the power of unity. And that's why the song coming out before Martin Luther King Day is so important. It reminds us of this dream and what is actually possible if we come together."  

Mandisa adds that she wants "Bleed the Same," which also features Kirk Franklin and Christian hip-hop artist TobyMac, "to be a hit" as well as "a movement." 

"My prayer is that it makes people think, especially before they speak," she continues. 

"And if it's just a song that people enjoy, that's not good enough. I really, really hope it causes people to pause a little before responding and before judging people. That they'll think this person is coming from a different perspective than I am, so let me treat them with the respect I would want to be treated with." 

Fans can check out the powerful video for "Bleed the Same" now on Vevo

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