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Friday
Apr202018

"You really blew this, babe": Hear Sugarland sing with Taylor Swift now 

Big Machine RecordsSugarland has shared another track from their upcoming album Bigger, and it's probably the one everybody's most excited to hear.

Titled "Babe," the song features vocals by Taylor Swift, who co-wrote the song with Pat Monahan of the band Train.  Taylor offered the breakup song to the duo last year.

"We’ve never put someone else’s song on a Sugarland record, but we were immediately interested in ‘Babe’ the first time we heard it!” Jennifer Nettles says in a statement. "This one really felt like it belonged so we saved it for the final afternoon of our recording session; a special time for us.” 

Kristian Bush adds, "Our last hours in the studio have always been good luck. 'All I Want to Do’ was from a final session, so was ‘Stuck Like Glue.’ The biggest compliment was when [Taylor] heard our take on the track and emailed us to say she wanted to be a part of it!” 

Jennifer adds that the collaboration is "the perfect combination of mutual admiration for each other and mutual admiration for great songs," noting, "As artists, we really see the world through a similar lens.”

Bigger, Sugarland's first album in six years, is due June 8.  The duo will perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on May 2.  Their Still the Same 2018 tour kicks off May 25.

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Friday
Apr202018

Weed, Whiskey and Brothers Osborne: Why the 4/20 release "Port Saint Joe" is made for Record Store Day

EMI Records NashvillePort Saint Joe, the sophomore record from Brothers Osborne, arrives on 4/20, and it's not exactly a coincidence that Friday's date is also considered the unofficial holiday of pot smokers. After all, the project features a song called "Weed, Whiskey and Willie."  On Saturday, a special Record Store Day edition of the album is released on colored vinyl that reinforces that theme.

"We love supporting independent record stores," TJ says. "And we made a...vinyl release that's unique for Record Store Day that will be green. Tip of the hat to it being right around 4/20 when it comes out!"

While the majority of fans may experience the record digitally, TJ says Port Saint Joe was made for the turntable. The first four songs -- "Slow Your Roll," the single "Shoot Me Straight," "I Don't Remember Me (Before You)" and "Weed..." -- flow seamlessly into each other.

"The way we made this record, I think, is perfect for vinyl, in the sense that the songs kind of just go one to the other,"  TJ tells ABC Radio.

"We wanted to make a record that you would want to listen to from front to back," he explains, "and the first four songs are one, non-stop stream of music. There's not a 'And, done. And start the next one.'...We wanted that to be something you'd put on from track #1 and play all the way to track #10."

Port Saint Joe is named for the Florida town where it was recorded, and while it's certainly not a beach record, the disc will give you a little taste of the ocean sonically.

"The A side starts with waves and ends with waves," John says. 

"Yeah, which is kinda cool," TJ agrees. "Like, waves that we actually tracked there at Port Saint Joe." 

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Friday
Apr202018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brad Paisley is extending his relationship with Sony Music Nashville, re-signing a long-term recording contract with Arista. The "Today" hitmaker has been at the label since launching his career in 1999.

"Get Down South" will be the second single from Montgomery Gentry's Here's to You album, which was finished shortly before Troy Gentry's death in a helicopter crash last year.

If you missed Dierks Bentley performing his latest hit "Woman, Amen" Wednesday on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you can catch his performance online.

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Friday
Apr202018

Taylor Swift limited-edition vinyl up for grabs this Saturday, with more coming later this year 

Courtesy Record Store Day

A series of collectible Taylor Swift albums will be released on Record Store Day this Saturday, but it won't be the last that fans will hear of the singer on vinyl in 2018.  Record Store Day found Michael Kurtz tells ABC Radio that he has a "long-term plan" in place for future Taylor vinyl.

"We've been wanting to work with Taylor for quite some time," Kurtz tells ABC Radio.  Saturday, the first part of that plan rolls out in independent record stores nationwide: Limited-edition vinyl LP versions of Taylor's first four albums, each one in a different color.  Kurtz says the albums will be "individually numbered, so it's almost like an Andy Warhol piece of art."

"They're truly unique and will be instantly collectible the minute you walk out the store with them," he adds. But wait...there's more.

"The plan is to do the first four [Taylor albums] for Record Store Day and then do the remaining catalog...for Black Friday in November," he adds.

Another pop superstar who's also releasing Record Store Day vinyl?  Madonna

"We always try to do something with Madonna because her fans are just so rabid, even now as much as ever," Kurtz tells ABC Radio.

There are two Madonna items coming out Saturday: a limited-edition, red vinyl reissue of her 1987 remix album You Can Dance, and a reissue of a rare Japanese eight-song picture disc version of Madonna's 1983 debut album.

"We really try to connect with the international side of things and with an artist like Madonna that's really important because her audience is huge in Japan...Europe...this is a worldwide event," notes Kurtz. "So we try to reissue special records that were made only for a particular country and bring it back so that everybody can enjoy it."

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Friday
Apr202018

Calling all Crocodile Rockers and Honky Cats: Elton wants you for his Farewell tour production

Matt Baron/ShutterstockWhile Elton John has admitted that he's pretty sick of "Crocodile Rock," he knows fans love it, so of course he's going to perform it on his upcoming Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour -- and he wants you to be involved.

If you're a crazed Elton John fan, now's the time to let your freak flag fly.  Elton's team is asking fans to submit photos of themselves dressed up in their best Elton outfit, and posing with their favorite memorabilia.

"We're looking for unusual, crazy and over-the-top, just like the song!" says the invitation. "Why not get your cat involved if they're a fan too?!"

Elton's team will go through all the submissions and then travel around the world to film those selected for a special video that will be shown when Elton plays "Crocodile Rock."  Even if you don't get to be part of the video, your photo may appear in the tour program.

All you need to do to enter is email crocodilerock@eltonjohn.com with your crazy photo, your favorite Elton memory, your name, date of birth, full address and country.  If you're chosen for the video or program, the team will be in touch.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour gets underway September 8 in Allentown, PA.  At the end of this month, Elton will kick off the next series of dates for his Million Dollar Piano residency at the Colosseum in Las Vegas.

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Friday
Apr202018

Record Store Day co-founder particularly excited about this year's special vinyl releases

Courtesy Record Store DayThe 11th annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 21, and as usual, the promotion features a wide array of exclusive, limited-edition vinyl discs.

"This year our list is a little bit bigger than last year's," Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz tells ABC Radio. "I don't think I've ever been as excited about a list of Record Store Day releases."

Among the releases that Kurtz says he finds particularly cool are ones from Led ZeppelinDavid Bowie and Neil Young.

Led Zeppelin's offering is a seven-inch single pressed onto yellow vinyl that features a previously unreleased mix of "Rock and Roll." Kurtz says the disc "really gets me going" because "Rock and Roll" is "one of my favorite songs of all time."

Bowie has three releases on tap for the event, including a three-LP set called Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78) featuring unissued performances from a pair of shows that took place during the summer of '78. Kurtz says, "It's just a fantastic-sounding album."

Young's Record Store Day contribution is a two-LP set titled Roxy -- Tonight's the Night Live that was culled from three September 1973 shows held at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California. Kurtz reports that he's been told that Young thinks the album includes some of "his greatest performances." 

Among the other artists releasing discs for Record Store Day 2018 are Chuck BerryBlue Oyster CultEric Burdon & The AnimalsEric ClaptonBo DiddleyThe DoorsDuran DuranEurythmicsJohn FogertyMarvin GayeGloria GaynorThe KinksKenny LogginsMadonnaThe Moody BluesVan MorrisonHarry NilssonPink FloydElvis PresleyPrinceThe RascalsThe Rolling StonesU2 and The Who.

Check out the full list of releases at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Friday
Apr202018

A Perfect Circle returns with quieter, enigmatic new album, "Eat the Elephant" 

Credit: Tim CadienteAt least one long-awaited Maynard James Keenan project has arrived. A Perfect Circle, led by Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel, releases a new album today called Eat the Elephant, the follow-up to 2004's eMOTIVe.

On the music side, Eat the Elephant presents a quieter, softer APC -- a sound that was influenced by a new songwriting approach from Howerdel.

"A big differentiating factor was writing most of these songs on keyboard or piano," Howerdel tells ABC Radio. "I've always gravitated towards the guitar, but in 2014, I purposefully decided to put it down, try and find a different avenue of writing songs."

But Eat the Elephant also boasts heavy moments, which are amplified when contrasted with the quieter songs. In the 14 years since the last APC album, the concept of album sequencing has become something of a lost art in today's single-driven music industry, but Howerdel says Eat the Elephant is very deliberately sequenced around "keystone" songs.

"I think it let us find our best work, even in the filling in between," Howerdel explains. "Because once we have a song that ticks the box that you want the sum of the record to have, you find yourself open to exploring and being able to go down a different path."

Lyrically, Keenan is enigmatic as ever on Eat the Elephant, while also tackling big topics like politics, technology and religion. As for what exactly each song means, Howerdel is just as clueless as you are.

"Getting into lyrics and topic and intentions, especially for Maynard, I'll always listen, but I never pry," Howerdel says. "If he wants to tell me what something's about, I'm all ears, but I don't usually dive further than that. I like to be able to interpret it for myself, too."

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Friday
Apr202018

Eve, Questlove and more pay tribute to Prince in "Vogue" video

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013The two-year anniversary of Prince's death is Saturday, April 21. 

In honor of the late music icon, Vogue has posted several articles on its website about the musician's legacy, including a touching video compilation in which celebrities share their memories of The Purple One.

In the video, rapper Eve recalls, "I got a phone call from my manager years ago saying 'Prince wants to meet you at the studio,' and I was like, 'Stop lying.' And it was true." 

She continues, "It was...in New York and it was at Electric Lady Studios. He walked in and my first thought was, 'He's so beautiful. What the hell!'" 

Roots drummer Questlove remembers, "Prince was playing an after show gig and I guess he wasn't used to seeing me in a suit. I walked in and he saw me in a suit for the first time. He's like, 'Brotha! You looking sharp!' And then he reached in his pocket and he tipped me fifty dollars for looking sharp." 

Chaka Khan, who scored a hit with the Prince-penned song "I Feel for You," recalls, "You know, he was an insomniac. But he had no time signature. I went bowling [with him] once at two o'clock in the morning, [we would] go see movies at three, four in the morning." 

Prince's collaborator Sheila E. remembers, "We loved competing against each other about who was dressed the best."  

Prince died on April 21, 2016 at at age 57 of an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. 

It was reported  Thursday that no criminal charges will be filed in connection with his death, and that the investigation has been closed.  

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Friday
Apr202018

Record Store Day co-founder particularly excited about this year's special vinyl releases

Courtesy Record Store DayThe 11th annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 21, and as usual, the promotion features a wide array of exclusive, limited-edition vinyl discs.

"This year our list is a little bit bigger than last year's," Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz tells ABC Radio. "I don't think I've ever been as excited about a list of Record Store Day releases."

Among the releases that Kurtz says he finds particularly cool are ones from Led ZeppelinDavid Bowie and Neil Young.

Led Zeppelin's offering is a seven-inch single pressed onto yellow vinyl that features a previously unreleased mix of "Rock and Roll." Kurtz says the disc "really gets me going" because "Rock and Roll" is "one of my favorite songs of all time."

Bowie has three releases on tap for the event, including a three-LP set called Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78) featuring unissued performances from a pair of shows that took place during the summer of '78. Kurtz says, "It's just a fantastic-sounding album."

Young's Record Store Day contribution is a two-LP set titled Roxy -- Tonight's the Night Live that was culled from three September 1973 shows held at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California. Kurtz reports that he's been told that Young thinks the album includes some of "his greatest performances."

Among the other artists releasing discs for Record Store Day 2018 are The Allman Brothers BandJeff BeckBlue Oyster CultEric Clapton, Def LeppardFleetwood MacJohn FogertyThe Grateful DeadThe KinksLed ZeppelinThe Moody BluesMotorheadPink FloydThe PoliceRamonesLou ReedThe Rolling StonesBruce SpringsteenGeorge ThorogoodU2WhitesnakeThe WhoYes and Neil Young.

Check out the full list of releases at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Friday
Apr202018

Ariana Grande unleashes new single and music video, "No Tears Left to Cry"

Republic RecordsAfter a handful of social media teases this week, Ariana Grande dropped her new single, "No Tears Left to Cry" at the stroke of midnight Friday, Eastern time, along with its accompanying music video on YouTube.

The song showcases Ariana's wide-ranging vocal pipes, starting out with ballad-like vocals before turning into a rap-sung dance number. 

Along with the new tune, Ariana is sporting a new look -- super-long blonde hair, as seen in the music video. The futuristic-looking clip finds the singer walking the walls and ceilings in a hallway and also defying gravity along with a number of dancers on the outside of a city building. There's also an interesting face-swapping scene toward the end.

The song marks Ariana's first new music release since the horrific bombing that killed 22 concertgoers and injured hundreds more at her Manchester Arena show in England on May 22, 2017.

Two weeks later, on June 4, Ariana organized and headlined the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which featured several A-list music artists and raised roughly $14 million for the victims of the bombing.

"No Tears Left to Cry" is available for download and streaming at all major online outlets.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Kelsea Ballerini's $5,000 Las Vegas sweat session

ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini’s sweat session last Saturday morning in Las Vegas raised $5,000 for ACM Lifting Lives.

The “I Hate Love Songs” hitmaker hosted the first-ever ACM Workout for a Cause last weekend, with celebrity trainer Erin Oprea leading fans through some of her signature exercises. In addition to Kelsea, Oprea also trains Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves.  

ACM Lifting Lives is the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music.

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Thursday
Apr192018

JAY-Z wins Peabody Award for Kalief Browder docu-series

ABC/Randy HolmesJAY-Z's docu-series, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, has won a prestigious Peabody Award.   

Time was selected as one of nine winning documentaries in total. 

The six-episode series, which debuted on Spike TV last year, focused on the story of Kalief Browder, a former Bronx High School student who was incarcerated for three years on Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack. 

After surveillance footage of Browder being assaulted by fellow inmates and an officer was publicized via The New Yorker, JAY-Z met with the young man.   

Browder was released in 2013 after the charges were dropped, but took his own life in 2015.

As previously reported, the "4:44" rapper is also working on another docu-series based on Trayvon Martin's life, titled Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.  

Co-executive produced by JAY, the series will be based on Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, a book by Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

Like the book, the six-part doc will examine the life and legacy of Trayvon and the events that followed his death. Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story is set to air in July. 

Time: The Kalief Browder Story is available to watch now on Netflix.  

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Thursday
Apr192018

Watch: Wes Borland shares more videos of collab with Travis Barker

ABC/Alycia MonacoIn February, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland uploaded a video revealing he was working on a new project with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. In case you needed more proof of their collaboration, Borland has now shared three new videos of him and Barker recording in the studio.

The name of the project -- Limp Blinkit? Blimp-182? -- has yet to be revealed, but Borland promises more details are forthcoming.

Borland has had an eventful week. In addition to the Barker news, he performed with Japanese metal band X Japan at Coachella last weekend, and as previously reported, he's apparently in a feud with Aaron Lewis of Staind.

Barker, meanwhile, will be back with Blink-182 throughout the year on the band's 16-show Kings of the Weekend Las Vegas residency, which launches in May.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Beyoncé dancer says the singer's "switching up a couple things" ahead of second Coachella performance

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaFans who are lucky enough to have tickets to see Beyoncé's second Coachella performance this weekend will be enjoying a slightly different show than the one audiences saw during the first weekend.  

One of Bey's dancers, Jo'Artis Mijo Ratti, tells Variety, "Yeah, we're switching up a couple things, so there could still be a wow factor."

Ratti also talks about the preparation that went into the icon's historic Coachella appearance.

"You can always tell when someone is prepared. We did like 10-to-14 hour days. Some jobs you might chill -- craft services, read a book, hop on your phone -- for a couple hours, but not while we were there [with Beyoncé]," he says.

Ratti continues, "We were getting put to use with ideas, fitting, wardrobe, video blocking. It could be really overwhelming, but luckily, it wasn't my first rodeo."   

He also says that Bey's hubby JAY-Z was there for Coachella rehearsals, adding, "I never thought that I would be at rehearsals busting a move, and JAY-Z is out here hyping me up." 

As for Beyoncé herself, Ratti says that she was "like an auntie" during the whole rehearsal process. 

He also describes the celebrity as "super-kind and very particular about what she wants."

"It made me do even better because I understand that she's a real artist," he reveals. 

"She's not just letting somebody take over her vision." 

Beyoncé is the first black women to headline Coachella. 

She's scheduled to return for her second performance at the music festival Saturday, April 21.   

Sadly, unlike her previous Coachella appearance, Variety reports that that this weekend's performance will not be available for fans to livestream. 

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Thursday
Apr192018

Rolling Stones Dublin show will be longest set of European tour leg, says production manager

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Rolling StonesRolling Stones fans in Ireland are in for a treat this coming summer.  The opening show of the European leg of the Band's No Filter tour, in Dublin's Croke Park, will likely be one the longest sets of the outing.

"I haven't gotten length yet. It will be their longest set because they will try out different things. We figure two hours to two-and-a-half hours," the Stones' longtime production manager, Dale Skjerseth, tells Ireland's Independent newspaper.

"They don't have a permanent set yet. There are always the favourites and then they will add in. They keep themselves fit," Skjerseth adds.

The May 17 show at Croke Park will be the Rolling Stones' first performance in Ireland since a 2007 show at Slane Castle before 68,000 people.

"We start rehearsals next week and we are getting ready," Skjerseth tells the Independent.  "It's a big show, we have 25 production trucks and we're around two hundred people touring with the entourage. All the excitement is around the beginning, especially the guys."

For the latest news on the Stones' No Filter tour, check out their official website.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Charli XCX hopes to collab with Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello while on tour together

George Pimentel/LP5/Getty Images for TASCharli XCX is about to hit the road as one of the opening acts on Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour; she and Camila Cabello will be warming up the stadium crowds. In addition to all the fun the three will have on stage, Charli tells People she’s hoping they’ll be able to collaborate on new music together as well.

“They’re both such great writers so I’d love to write with them while we’re out on the road,” she says of Taylor and Camila. “That’d be really amazing. I think it’s awesome that it’s going to be an all-girl tour.”

She’s already worked with Camila in the studio multiple times before and said the experience was “really inspiring.”

“Writing with other females who are really prolific writers is always so much fun,” she says. “Everybody has different touch points in their life and [things] they want to write about, but it is nice to share that female perspective when writing.”

While she hasn’t written with Taylor before, the superstar did previously invite Charli to sing onstage with her during her 1989 tour stop in Toronto.  The two performed Charli's hit "Boom Clap."

“We had a great time, and I got to go on one of those Britney [Spears] lifts where you stand and [the stage] raises you up,” Charli recalls. “I was like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy!’ She’s always been very kind to me and I’m very excited for the tour.”

The Reputation stadium tour kicks off May 8 in Glendale, Arizona.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Watch now: Dad Tyler Hubbard makes baby Olivia laugh

John Shearer/Getty ImagesIf you could use a little pick-me-up, all you need to do is check out Tyler Hubbard’s Instagram.

“Somebody thinks I’m funny,” the Florida Georgia Line singer shared, along with an adorable video of himself making his baby daughter, Olivia Rose, giggle endlessly.

Olivia was born December 23. Earlier this month, she attended her first FGL show, as Tyler and Brian Kelley played the free Tradition Evolved concert for the Tennessee Titans in downtown Nashville.

FGL’s currently readying their fourth studio album, as their hit, “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha, continues to be a smash on both the country and pop charts.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Listen & watch now: Prince estate releases previously unheard "Nothing Compares 2 U" recording, video

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013)Thursday's announcement that the investigation into Prince's death has been closed reminds us of what we've lost.  But on the same day, we're also getting a reminder of what a gifted talent he was, with the release of the original recording of one of his best-known songs.

Prince's estate has shared a previously unreleased studio version of Prince performing "Nothing Compares 2 U," recorded in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse rehearsal space in Eden Prairie, Minnesota -- that's where Prince and his band rehearsed for the Purple Rain tour, which began that year.  Even better, there's a video to go with it, featuring previously unseen footage of Prince rehearsing dance steps with The Revolution for the tour.

"Nothing Compares 2 U" of course became a monster hit for Sinead O'Connor in 1990, and Prince himself didn't begin performing the song live until after that.  You can download or stream his new studio version now at most major digital retailers.  It's also be available on standard vinyl or picture disc, along with a "Nothing Compares 2 U" tee-shirt, denim jacket or both, at the official Prince HitNRun store.  You'll be able to buy the standard vinyl version everywhere beginning May 25.

Prince's estate has also launched a new, interactive website dubbed Prince2Me.  Visitors can choose five words, images or a combination of both to create a message that declares what Prince means to you, though you'll have to register with the website to share your composition with others.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Kelly Clarkson wants her daughters to be described as more than just “pretty”

ABC/Image Group LAKelly Clarkson is featured in People’s Beautiful Issue this year, but she tells the mag she prefers that girls be described as something other than just “pretty.”

“…I make it a point to always say other adjectives,” she says. “It’s not always like, ‘Oh, you look beautiful.’ It’s like, ‘Man, you’re so rad,’ ‘You’re stylish,’ ‘You’re cool,’ ‘You’re unique.’”

She says she’s especially sensitive of that around her daughter, three-and-a-half-year-old River Rose, and stepdaughter, 16-year-old Savannah.

“Especially our oldest girl, she’s like model-worthy gorgeous,” Kelly says. “You know all the things that she is, but maybe not everybody says [it] all the time, because she’s captivating.”

She continues, “Anytime our little girl -- our 3-year-old -- walks in, everybody’s like, ‘You’re so pretty!’ I don’t mind her being pretty, I don’t mind people saying it, but I don’t want her to get boxed into that.”

Kelly says her husband Brandon Blackstock also helps their kids to realize that there are more important things than just looks.

“My husband and I are really blunt with our kids and I’m like, ‘Pretty fades, character lasts,’” she says. “Being fun lasts, being a good human matters and being smart is important.”

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Thursday
Apr192018

Kanye West announces forthcoming solo album, plus joint album with Kid Cudi 

L-R: Kid Cudi, Kanye West; Johnny Nunez/WireImageKanye West has announced the release date of a new solo album and a joint album with Kid Cudi.

According to Ye, his disc with Cudi will be released under the group name Kids See Ghost

The rapper shared all of his surprising news to fans on Twitter Thursday in a stream of tweets.  

According to Ye's messages, his solo album will contain seven songs and will arrive June 1. 

His album with Cudi will follow June 8. As of Thursday afternoon, the name of both discs have yet to be revealed.  

Kanye's album news comes one day after telling fans on Twitter that he's also planning to write a book "in real time," based on his tweets, some of which were written on Wednesday.

"No publisher or publicist will tell me what to put where or how many pages to write. This is not a financial opportunity this is an innate need to be expressive," he wrote.  

As previously reported, Kanye told his interior design collaborator Axel Vervoordt in The Hollywood Reporter that he's currently writing a philosophy book, titled Break the Simulation.  

Kanye West's most recent album, The Life of Pablo, came out in 2016.  

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