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Wednesday
Jun282017

Ed Sheeran says in-the-works next album will be "very acoustic" 

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCHere's the good news: Ed Sheeran's already hard at work on the follow-up to his smash album, Divide.   Here's the bad news: he's been working on it for six years already, and we probably won't hear it until three years from now.

Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Ed says of his fourth album, "I’ve been working on this one since the same time as [my first album] Plus. Every year I write a song that will go on it. So I have about six, seven at the moment.”

But, he explains, "It will potentially come later, because it’s been about six years in the making and it might be another three or four. So I might put other stuff out before then, just to have something out."

And when the new album does come out, Ed says, it'll sound quite different than his other albums.  "It’s not necessarily experimental, but I don’t think there’ll be any hot radio songs on it this time," he predicts.  "It’s a very acoustic record...very acoustic.”

When asked if this mysterious stripped-down album will be called Subtract -- to go along with his albums Plus, Multiply and Divide, he says with a smile "It’s within that vein.”

As for the "other stuff" he wants to release before that album, Ed says he's interested in working with DJ Khaled, as well as with Justin Bieber, with whom he collaborated on the song "Love Yourself."

“I’m always, always up for working with Bieber," he says. "...when he wants to start making another album, I’d love to be involved. I’ve got some ideas. I think he’s really talented. And his head’s screwed on properly now.”

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Rolling in the desert: John Fogerty schedules new Las Vegas dates in the fall and winter

Credit: Myriam SantosAfter launching a new residency earlier this year at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino's Encore Theater, John Fogerty has announced plans to return to the venue for two new series of shows. The ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has lined up 15 new concerts -- a nine-gig run beginning September 20 and ending October 7 and a six-show stand from January 10 to January 20, 2018.

In a recent interview with Parade magazine, Fogerty explained that his Las Vegas concerts aren't much different from his other shows, except that "there's a little more glitz in production." He adds with a laugh, "Not a whole lot -- I don't come out in a sparkly suit or anything."

Fans coming out to the concerts can expect to hear plenty of CCR classics, as well as some gems from John's solo career. Fogerty's shows also are a family affair, as his backing band features his sons Shane and Tyler.

"It's just great," the 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells Parade. "We make music together. We travel together. You know, we certainly are with each other all day, like having meals together and stuff. So it's kind of like being…way back in Little League and Cub Scouts [as a parent], except now everybody is getting paid."

Tickets for the upcoming Las Vegas shows are available now at the Wynn Las Vegas box office and WynnLasVegas.com.

In addition to his Vegas shows, Fogerty has a few other upcoming U.S. performances scheduled, beginning with a July 14 show in Aurora, Illinois, and including an August 26 appearance at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia. He currently is playing a series of concerts in Europe.

Here are all of Fogerty's forthcoming U.S. concerts:

7/14 -- Aurora, IL, Riveredge Park
7/15 -- LaCrosse, WI, Freedom Fest
8/24 -- Westport, CT, Levitt Pavilion
8/26 -- Arrington, VA, Lockn' Festival
9/20, 22-23, 27, 29-30 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas - Encore Theater
10/4, 6-7 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas - Encore Theater
10/28 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino & Resort
1/10, 12-13, 17, 19-20 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas - Encore Theater

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Adrian Marcel credits collaborators Raphael Saadiq and Jane Hancock for bringing him back to life as an artist 

Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for BETR&B singer Adrian Marcel's debut album GMFU is finally out and the rising star was just as anxious to release it as fans were waiting for it to drop.  

The singer, who's the protégé of Grammy Award winning legend Raphael Saadiq, remembers his humble journey from the Bay Area to Atlanta at the start of his career when there was a period where he wanted to call it quits. 

He tells ABC Radio, "I moved out there [Atlanta] with my best friend who writes all my stuff with me. Her name is Jane Hancock. I honestly feel like if it wasn't for her, I would have quit."  

Adrian continues, "I moved out to Atlanta with two outfits, two pair of shoes, some couple jeans that fit. I was only gonna be there for a few weeks so we could record this music and then start pressing for a deal. But then it turned into about seven months and then it turned into four years."  

Even when Adrian finally got the record deal he hoped for, he faced other battles with his former label. 

"We all have our own perception of how we think this business goes and the way it is, but when you actually get into it and you're actually seeing it for yourself, it is very different. And it is sort of a shock," he explains.

Fortunately for the artist, Raphael continued to mentor and guide him whenever he could, particular during a very rough period right after he parted ways with the label. 

Adrian says, "He was like, 'Look, you need to come down to L.A. Let's get you back focused, re-focused.' We just kinda really hung out. He was really on his Mr. Miyagi." 

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Wednesday
Jun282017

U2's next album, "Songs of Experience," is "pretty much done," says bassist

Credit: Anton CorbijnU2 put its long-in-the-works studio album Songs of Experience on hold to mount a world tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of its classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree, but bassist Adam Clayton maintains the record will finally get its release once the band wraps up the trek.

"We're pretty much done on it," Clayton told members of the media Monday night in New York City on the red carpet of the MusiCares gala at which he was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award. "We just want to get this tour out of the way and then we'll figure out what we're gonna do."

The Irish rockers launched The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 last month, and will finish its initial North American leg this Saturday, July 1, in Cleveland. The trek will continue with a series of summer concerts in the U.K., Ireland and mainland Europe, which will be followed by more U.S. shows in September and a tour of Mexico and South America in October.

In a recent interview with Variety, Clayton explained that a factor in U2's decision to delay Songs of Experience's release was the election of Donald Trump.

"Once the election had happened we didn't want to put out a record without having some time to evaluate what was going on and what was behind the outcome," he maintained. "[S]o we did say, 'Let's reexamine where we are,' and we did reexamine and I think it's been better for the record."

He added, that the new album actually "has been ready to go for a while, because it didn't require a lot of surgery, so to speak -- it was a little bit of cosmetic surgery."

U2's tour continues tonight with a concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Brendon Urie thinks Broadway will "seep" into new Panic! at the Disco album 

ABC/Fred LeeBrendon Urie is currently on Broadway starring in the musical Kinky Boots, but he's also working on new music for Panic! at the Disco's next album. As for what that music will sound like, Urie thinks it will definitely be influenced by the spirit of the theater.

"There's no way I can't let some of the Broadway production seep into it," Urie tells Entertainment Weekly. "That's something that Panic!'s always done, we've always wanted to create that production show, just mimicking Cirque du Soleil and Broadway shows, so I think that's going to continue and only get better now that I've had some hands-on experience with it."

"I can't wait for a live show and an album," he adds. "I think it's just going to be a lot of fun."

If Urie were to turn an already-existing Panic! album into a Broadway show, he'd choose the band's latest effort, Death of a Bachelor, which he'd make into a "Sinatra-type play," or about a "kid who worships Sinatra or something." But what he really wants to do is writing original music for a new Broadway musical.

"That's another dream, working on music for a Broadway play," he says.

Urie's run on Kinky Boots concludes August 6.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Jim Root's departure from Stone Sour was a "difficult time," says Corey Taylor

Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty ImagesCorey Taylor has opened up about Jim Root's departure from Stone Sour. Root revealed he wasn't in the band anymore in 2014, saying that it was "not my decision" and he was "not happy about it."

"It was a difficult time for me, largely because everybody blamed me," Taylor tells Metal Hammer.

Taylor and Root, of course, are also band mates in Slipknot, which made Root leaving Stone Sour even more complicated.

"Obviously being on the road with Jim in Slipknot was tight sometimes," says Taylor. "But I feel like we were able to put a lot of that aside because I think in a way he realized that he wasn't happy -- maybe not just with Stone Sour but in general."

As for exactly why Root had to leave Stone Sour, Taylor remains vague about the specifics.

"I feel like that's helped him, which is one of the reasons why I don't want to talk about it, out of respect for him and who he is and what he was to this band," says Taylor.

"I feel like he's on his own journey that he needs to figure out, and I don't want to be the one to talk about it," he adds. "It's not fair for him and it's not fair for me."

Stone Sour's new album Hydrograd arrives this Friday, June 30.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Train tour news: Twitter live stream, Wine & Music experience and more

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesIf you couldn't get tickets to see Train during their current Play that Song tour, just fire up your computer or mobile device Thursday night and check out what you've been missing.

That night, the band will be live streaming their show from Indianapolis exclusively on Twitter.  It starts at 9:10 p.m. ET.

In other Train tour news, on Wednesday night, the band is playing a free show in Cleveland, OH to make up for the fact that during their show there over the weekend, fans who had lawn seats were unable to hear the entire concert due to sound problems. 

A statement on Train's website reads, "This show is exclusively for those of you who paid for lawn tickets and experienced sound issues the other night...while the issues were beyond our control, we still want to make things right...We can’t wait to show you guys a good time."

Finally, Train has announced that for the final show of the Play that Song tour at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, their good friend Michael Franti will join the bill, along with the tour's usual opening acts, O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield. 

The July 15 show is being billed as the "Play that Song Wine & Music Experience" and will feature more than 40 hand-selected wines from more than 20 wineries on site for fans to try.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Nick Jonas' new video co-star? The "Bonus Jonas" 

Kevin WongBack in the days of the Jonas Brothers, fans used to refer to the youngest brother Frankie, who wasn't in the group, as the "Bonus Jonas." Well, now Frankie's back...as the guest star in big bro Nick's new video.

The clip is for "Remember I Told You," Nick Jonas' collaboration with Mike Posner and British singer Anne-Marie, who sings lead on Clean Bandit's hit "Rockabye."  It shows Nick, Mike and Anne-Marie dancing around in a small, empty white room, where they're joined on and off by various dancers, and by Frankie, who's playing guitar. 

The three singers dance around and do goofy things like ride around in shopping carts and cover each other in packing peanuts, as the clip switches from black-and-white to color.  In a behind-the-scenes video, Nick says he wanted a "clean and sexy" look to match the simple beat of the track.

Mike and Nick first wrote "Remember I Told You" when Mike was opening for Nick and Demi Lovato on their joint tour. Nick then discovered Anne-Marie's music during a trip to the U.K. and asked her to join them on the track.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

"Soul Man" Sam Moore records anthem for 2017 Dept. of Defense Warrior Games competition

Courtesy of Dept. of Defense Warrior GamesSam Moore of the legendary soul duo Sam & Dave has recorded an anthem called "Show for You" that serves as the new theme of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games, taking place June 30 to July 8 in Chicago. The Warrior Games are an annual Paralympic-style competition featuring wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from all branches of the military taking part in various sporting events.

Moore appears in a recently released video featuring "Show for You" that publicizes the eighth annual competition. The clip shows one of this year's competitors, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Lance Corporal Sarah Rudder, running through the streets of Chicago and passing various landmarks as a variety of residents and fellow athletes join her. As the video ends, Rudder and many other athletes are seen proudly assembled at Chicago's Soldier Field.

The video is part of the "By Air, By Land or By Sea" campaign, which promotes the competition by asking viewers how they're planning to get to the Warrior Games. You can watch the clip at Facebook.com/WarriorGames and the DoD Warrior Games' YouTube channel.

Moore recorded "Show for You" with the Chicago Children's Choir. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will sing the anthem at the opening ceremony for the 2017 Warrior Games this Saturday, July 1, at Soldier Field.

About 265 athletes are expected to take part in the 2017 edition of the games, with participants including members of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as from Special Operations Command. Some athletes from the U.K. and Australia will also participate in the competition.

Visit DODWarriorGames.com for more information about the competition.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

VIP concert experiences with Ringo Starr, Dead & Company being auctioned to benefit Stuart House charity

Rob Shanahan; Danny ClinchSpecial fan experiences involving Ringo Starr and Dead & Company and guitars signed by Eddie Van Halen, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Dave Matthews are up for bid as part of men's fashion designer John Varvatos' 14th annual Stuart House Online Auction. Bidding on the various items and lots closes between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 28.

Among the VIP experiences is the chance meet Ringo and his All Starr Band, along with two tickets to one of the group's October 2017 concerts at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The Dead & Company experience offers the winning bidder the opportunity to take a photo with founding singer/guitarist Bob Weir, plus a pair of tickets to the one of the band's shows at Chicago's Wrigley Field -- either this Friday, June 30, or Saturday, July 1.

Other collectibles being auctioned include a drumhead autographed by former Guns N' Roses member Matt Sorum, a three-night stay in Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's private home in Maui, Hawaii and a variety of photo prints of famous musicians taken by well-known photographers such as Mick Rock, Bob Gruen and Danny Clinch.

You can check out all the lots at CharityBuzz.com. The auction raises funds for Stuart House, a program connected with Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center that provides treatment and care for young victims of sexual abuse.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Drake dubbed "more than a rapper...best of our generation" by Justin Bieber 

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCPop icon Justin Bieber recently gave Drake a major compliment on Instagram, writing on the social media platform that the rapper is, "More than a rapper, a culture shifter and legend...best of our generation."   

The Biebs' message was written this Monday, which was also the same day Drizzy emceed the first-ever NBA Awards in New York City. 

Justin and Drake, who both hail from Canada, have collaborated only once for their 2012 song "Right Here." Bieber also remixed Drake's hit single "One Dance" last year. 

Both are featured vocalists on DJ Khaled's latest album Grateful.  

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Jennifer Lopez, Charlie Puth, Sheryl Crow join "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular"

NBC UniversalThe lineup for this year's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular just got even more star-studded.

In addition to previously announced performers Hailee Steinfeld and country superstars Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley, Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow and Charlie Puth will also be celebrating Independence Day on the NBC special.

This year's show, which airs Tuesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, will feature more than 60,000 shells launched from five barges all over Manhattan, making it the country's largest fireworks display in over a decade.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Listen: Desiigner and Gucci Mane enjoy "Liife" in new track

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCDesiigner and his bigger than life personality are on full display on his new song called "Liife." The track, which features vocals from Gucci Mane and follows the release of the 'Panda" rapper's music video for "Outlet." 

"They don't wanna see you ball," he rhymes on the bombastic tune that's all about going through "liife" with wads of cash. 

Desiigner's debut album is scheduled to arrive later this summer. He's also hitting the road with The Weeknd this fall for the "Starboy"'s Legend of the Fall tour.  

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Breaking Benjamin single "I Will Not Bow" certified double platinum

Credit: Nicole NapierBreaking Benjamin's 2009 single "I Will Not Bow" has been certified double platinum by the RIAA for moving two million units. It's the band's second song to achieve that feat, following their 2006 single "The Diary of Jane."

"I Will Not Bow" was the lead single from Breaking Benjamin's 2009 album Dear Agony. After that album was released, the band went on hiatus before frontman Benjamin Burnley reformed the group in 2014 with all new members. Breaking Benjamin released their first post-hiatus album, Dark Before Dawn, in 2015.

Two other Breaking Benjamin songs have been certified platinum: 2004's "So Cold" and 2007's "Breath."

Breaking Benjamin is currently taking a break from the road, but they'll kick off a European tour in August.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Portugal. the Man tops "Billboard" Alternative Songs chart for first time with "Feel It Still"

Atlantic RecordsPortugal. the Man find themselves atop Billboard's Alternative songs chart for the first time in their career thanks to their new single, "Feel It Still." The track sits at number one on this week's edition of the chart, dethroning Imagine Dragons' "Believer," which had ruled the tally for the past six weeks.

Prior to "Feel It Still," Portugal. the Man's highest charting song was "Purple Yellow Red and Blue," a single from the band's 2013 album Evil Friends.  It reached #15.

Portugal. the Man recently performed "Feel It Still" while accompanied by Staten Island's PS22 Chorus.

"Feel It Still" is the lead single from Portugal. the Man's new album Woodstock, which was released earlier this month. The band will resume their headlining tour in support of Woodstock July 20 in Seattle.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Jill Scott, Yasiin Bey, Migos and more to perform at 2017 ONE Musicfest

Photo Courtesy of ONE MusicfestThis year's ONE Musicfest in Atlanta offers an array of music from exciting acts, including Jill ScottMigos, Jidenna, Too $hort and Yasiin Bey, best known as Mos Def, for his special farewell performance.  

Other artists expected to perform include Sean Paul, Kaytranada, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Ro James. The highly-anticipated event will take Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9, at the Tabernacle Atlanta and Lakewood Amphitheater.

For more information on tickets, which are available to buy now, visit onemusicfest.com.  

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Charles Kelley digs Michael Ray's new single

Atlantic Michael Ray’s new single officially has the Charles Kelley seal of approval.

“Digging [Michael Ray’s] new single #GetToYou!” the Lady Antebellum hitmaker tweeted. “Well done buddy. I remember hearing the demo [songwriter Abe Stoklasa] played me and you did it justice.”

You can check out the video for the lead single from Michael’s forthcoming sophomore album on YouTube. In the clip, the Florida native drives by a lake in the countryside as he sings the song. Since the video is titled “Get to You” (Chapter 1), it seems to indicate there may be more to come.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Camila Cabello to open for Bruno Mars: "I'm geeked!"

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCCamila Cabello has landed an amazing gig: she'll be opening for none other than Bruno Mars.

"SO EXCITED TO BE OPENING FOR @BRUNOMARS THIS SUMMER!! every night I'm gonna be peering out from side stage trying to learn as much as I can," she tweeted.

She added, "For years I've looked up to Bruno as a vocalist, musician, entertainer and artist, so..... im geeked."

Camila also shared a tweet with a video that announces exactly which shows on Bruno's 24K Magic tour she'll be opening.  They start July 20 in San Jose, California and wrap up August 22 in Pittsburgh.

Here are Camila's dates with Bruno:

7/20 -- SAP Center At San Jose San Jose, CA
7/21 -- SAP Center At San Jose San Jose, CA
7/23 -- Moda Center Portland, OR
7/24 -- Tacoma Dome Tacoma, WA
7/26 -- Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC
7/27 -- Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC
7/30 -- Rogers Place Edmonton, AB
7/31 -- Rogers Place Edmonton, AB
8/02 -- MTS Centre  Winnipeg, MB
8/04 -- Fargodome Fargo, ND
8/05 -- Xcel Energy Center Saint Paul, MN
8/07 -- Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, NE
8/09 -- Sprint Center Kansas City, MO
8/12 -- The Palace Of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI
8/13 -- Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, IN
8/15 -- Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH
8/16 -- United Center Chicago, IL
8/18 -- United Center Chicago, IL
8/19 -- United Center Chicago, IL
8/22 -- PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh, PA

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Kendrick Lamar is in his violent "ELEMENT." in stunning new visual 

Image Group LA/ABCKendrick Lamar's latest video for his track "ELEMENT." will truly make fans say DAMN. 

The rapper's violent new visual begins with an image of a hand rising to the surface beneath a vast body of water before charging through several quick scenes including a brawl between a group of men, three young kids standing behind barbed wire and a bloodied man.   

Brutality continues to be shown throughout the clip, with Kendrick throwing several punches against two people. T

The artist, along with Dave Free, helmed the video as directing duo The Little Homies, alongside Jonas Lindstroem.  

"ELEMENT." comes from Kendrick's smash hit album DAMN.  

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Hillary Scott unveils her latest efforts to make sure "You Look Good"

Bryan Kasm/HSNThe latest additions to Hillary Scott’s HSN fashion line aren’t supposed to come out until July, but the Lady Antebellum hitmaker is rolling them out ahead of time.

“Y’all, I just got the early shipment of the next collection of LaBellum…” Hillary shared on social media, along with a link to check out her new garments.

Hillary’s collection made its debut in April, with many of her designs instantly selling out.

HSN is also offering a special edition of Lady A’s #1 album Heart Break, which includes five bonus tracks.

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