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Friday
Feb162018

Sick Boys: The Chainsmokers turn into bloodthirsty cannibals in new video for "You Owe Me"

Disruptor Records / Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers have developed a taste for blood.

In the video for their brand-new track "You Owe Me," Drew Taggart and Alex Pall seem to be normal guys living in a mansion and busying themselves with household tasks like taking out the garbage, mopping floors, doing dishes, hanging pictures and cleaning counters.

They set up a big dining table full of candles just as a group of guests arrive, bearing gifts.  That's when things start to get weird.   Everyone gathers around the table and starts eating dinner as Drew's eyes turn black, Alex grows fangs and all of a sudden, it's a bloodbath. Drew and Alex start biting their guests' necks, vampire style, tearing them apart and eating them as blood spatters everywhere.

At the end of the video, the two blood-soaked guys are cleaning up the blood-spattered house and taking out garbage bags filled with body parts.

The song could be a criticism of how the press treats them. The first verse finds Drew singing about everything "the papers" don't report, and the bridge features the lines "Say it to my face if you meant it/Say it to my face, but you won't."

The chorus, meanwhile, goes, "You don't know me/Don't you think that I get lonely?/It gets dark inside my head/Check my pulse and if I'm dead you owe me."

This is The Chainsmokers' second single of 2018, following "Sick Boy."

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Friday
Feb162018

Official Rolling Stones exhibit to make final US stop in Nashville starting in March

Credit: Claude GassianThe Rolling Stones Exhibit, a.k.a. Exhibitionism, will be moving from Sin City to Music City. After the expansive display wraps up its run at the Palazzo resort in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 25, it will be opening at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on March 29.

The exhibition's Nashville run will mark the attraction's final stop on its U.S. tour, which also included engagements in New York City and Chicago. Exhibitionism premiered at London's Saatchi Gallery in April 2016. Tickets for the Nashville display can be purchased online now at StonesExhibit.com.

"We're all in for a rare treat," says Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum CEO and founder Joe Chambers in a statement. "Hosting The Rolling Stones Exhibit…and pairing it with our museum that celebrates the achievements of all musicians around the globe establishes a can't-miss destination worth traveling from anywhere for music fans."

Created with the full cooperation of The Rolling Stones, the exhibit features various themed areas incorporating more than 500 artifacts, including guitars, costumes, photos, posters and more. Among the displays are replicas of the seedy London apartment some of the band members shared in 1962, a recording studio, and a backstage area at one of the group's concerts. Visitors also will be able to enjoy previously unheard audio tracks, as well as rare video clips and film presentations, including a 3-D concert performance.

The Rolling Stones Exhibit's run in Nashville is scheduled through June 30. It's slated to move to Sydney, Australia, in November of this year.

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Friday
Feb162018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTrace Adkins is the new voice of Farmer Boys. The country singer will lend his distinct baritone to the restaurant chain's latest TV commercials under the slogan, Farm Food Ain't Fast Food.

Beloved Grand Ole Opry staples and Grammy-winning band Riders in the Sky will celebrate 40 years together this year with the release of their 41st album. The country outfit will unveil 40 Years the Cowboy Way on April 13.

Carly Pearce performed her new single, “Hide the Wine,” on Live with Kelly & Ryan Thursday morning, February 15. The sultry new single highlights her smoky vocals and her engaging performance captivated the studio audience. "Hide the Wine" is the second single off her major label debut released last year and follows her number-one hit, "Every Little Thing."

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Friday
Feb162018

Andy Grammer's proud of his "wider than normal" fan base: "It's really sweet"

ABC/Randy HolmesAndy Grammer kicks off his The Good Parts tour March 14, but he has a warm-up gig this weekend at Universal Studios Florida, playing the theme parks' annual Mardi Gras Celebration concert series.  Like most of the acts playing the series -- everyone from Beach Boys to Phillip Phillips -- Andy's music appeals to a wide range of fans, and he says he's very proud of that fact.

Andy notes that some singers' audiences are made up of "all 17-year-olds, or it might be all 30-year olds," but he believes his fan base is more like those of an artist who's been around long enough to have entertained several generations.

"I remember I saw Stevie Wonder at the Palladium in L.A. and it was, like, everybody," he tells ABC Radio. "Like, seven years old to 60... doing their thing.  And m[y audience] isn't quite that wide, but it's wider than normal, I'd say, and I take a lot of pride in that. I think it's really sweet."

So why does Andy's music appeal to everyone?  He thinks it's because his songs are about something everyone can relate to.

"When you're writing pop songs about life, everybody goes through life," he explains. "When you write a pop song just about the first time you fall in love, that's a pretty small section of the people."

Andy's fans include the ones who've been with him since his first single, "Keep Your Head Up," the ones who found him through "Honey I'm Good," and still others who discovered him through Dancing with the Stars.  Now, he says, he's "really excited" to see how much his audience will grow in the future -- or, as he puts it, "What does this look like in 10 years?"

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Friday
Feb162018

G-Eazy kicks off The Beautiful & Damned tour, teases possible Halsey appearance 

ABC/Kelsey McNealG-Eazy isn’t taking it easy. After months of planning and hard work, the rapper kicked off his North American tour last night in Houston, and says a special guest might join him for a few shows on the trek: his girlfriend and “Him & I” duet partner, Halsey.

“As far as she goes, I wouldn't be surprised if she popped up at a place or two,” he told ABC Radio. “But we'll leave that to surprise.”

The 20-date trek comes in support of G-Eazy's latest album, The Beautiful & Damned.  “I'm just excited to get back in front of the fans,” he tells ABC Radio. “It's been a while, so I'm excited to perform the new music.”

And while Halsey's appearance won't be a given, there's one thing that fans can definitely count on: G-Eazy will be focusing on his new music and its themes of duality.

“The album is a comment on celebrity and the lifestyle that sometimes comes with it,” he explains. “…How beautiful this life can be but also the dark side that comes with excess and overindulgence, and just trying to maintain a strong sense of self and identity and core in a kind of chaotic word.” 

Tomorrow, G-Eazy's tour continues at the Pavilion at Irving Music Factory in Dallas, Texas.

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Friday
Feb162018

Solange shares festive Mardi Gras pictures on Instagram

Miranda McdonaldIt looks like Solange had a fantastic time in New Orleans during this week's Mardi Gras festivities. 

Thursday, the "Don't Touch My Hair" singer shared several pictures and videos of her experiences, including a visual where she's carrying a torch while wearing an all-white outfit and sunglasses, dancing to the beat of drums. 

In the caption, she writes, "thank you mardi gras for all of your lessons." 

Another video on the Grammy winner's Instagram account shows a celebration on what appears to be a suburban street, with music, and a  table decorated with candles, plants, fruit and other trinkets. 

"Thank you mardi gras and the mississippi for all your blessings," she writes in the caption of that photo. 

As previously reported, Solange, who lives in New Orleans, pulled out of her New Year's Eve AfroPunk gig in Johannesburg, South Africa after being diagnosed with an autonomic nervous disorder. 

She has yet to reveal the details of that disorder. 

Autonomic nervous disorders can affect the body's nervous system, which helps to keep the internal organs, like the liver, kidneys and stomach, running smoothly. 

There are many different types of autonomic nervous disorders: one is syncope, otherwise known as fainting.   

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Friday
Feb162018

Florida Georgia Line says pop/country collaborations equal "big opportunities" for them

ABC/Kelsey McNealFlorida Georgia line are riding high with their latest country/pop crossover hit, "Meant to Be," which has topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for 11 weeks.  The duo's been so successful with their genre-hopping tracks that Tyler Hubbard says you can definitely expect more in the future.

"We do love to collaborate. We love making new friends, writing with people outside of our genre and just kind of seeing where it goes," he says.

FGL's signature hit "Cruise" blew up six years ago, thanks to a remix featuring rapper Nelly.  Since then, they've worked with The Backstreet Boys, dance music duo The Chainsmokers and, most recently, pop stars Bebe Rexha and Hailee Steinfeld on the songs "Meant to Be" and "Let Me Go," respectively.

"We’ve been really fortunate, obviously with ‘Meant to Be’ and ‘Let Me Go,’ just to be on big songs with big artists and, you know, big opportunities for us, so, it’s awesome," says Tyler.

Tyler and B.K. are currently working on their fourth album, which they says will probably include yet another collaboration, but there's no word yet on who it might be.

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Friday
Feb162018

"Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman says Kendrick Lamar's soundtrack for the film is "amazing"

Image Group LA/ABCMarvel's highly-anticipated Black Panther arrives in theaters today, and both the superhero movie and its soundtrack are projected to exceed expectations.  

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman tells ABC Radio that he got to meet the soundtrack's executive producer and curator, Kendrick Lamar, prior to filming the movie.

"He did a show at the Kennedy Center. I talked to him for quite some time afterwards about James Brown," he reveals.   

Chadwick portrayed the music legend in the 2014 biopic, Get On Up

When asked his thoughts about the Black Panther soundtrack, Chadwick adds, "This album is amazing. I worked out to it yesterday."

As previously noted, Black Panther: The Album is project to debut at #1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart.  

Billboard initially reported that the disc could sell more than 100,000 units, but as of Thursday afternoon, the publication put that number at more than 150,000.

Should the soundtrack debut at number one, the disc will be the second soundtrack to top of the chart this year -- the first was The Greatest Showman.  

Two soundtracks haven't topped the Billboard 200 in a single year since 2015, when the honor went to four different soundtrack albums: DescendantsPitch Perfect 2, Furious 7 and Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1

The digital version of Black Panther The Album dropped February 9. Physical copies of the disc arrive in stores today. 

It features Kendrick, KhalidSZA, Swae LeeVince StaplesAnderson .Paak, 2 ChainzTravis ScottFuture and more.

Black Panther is from Marvel Studios and Disney, parent company of ABC News. 

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Friday
Feb162018

Alice Merton almost accidentally copied Maroon 5 on chart-topping single, "No Roots" 

Paper PlanesAlice Merton may have "No Roots," but she's making quite the home for herself at the top of the Billboard charts. The Canadian/German/British musician's breakthrough single now sits at number one on the magazine's Rock Airplay tally.

In fact, Merton is just the second lead female artist to top Billboard's Rock Airplay chart since it began in 2009. Lorde was the first, having led the tally with "Royals" in 2013 and "Team" in 2014.

While writing "No Roots," Merton leaned a lot on her knowledge of classical music, but the 24-year-old also channeled a number of modern rock influences.

"The Killers were probably the most influential band I've ever listened to when it comes to making my own music," Merton tells ABC Radio. "Regina Spektor, I love her music, she was probably one of the reasons I got into songwriting. Who else did I listen to? A lot of bands like Kaiser Chiefs. I listened to Green Day as well when I was, like, 14."

But surprisingly, one band that almost influenced "No Roots" a little too much was Maroon 5. When Merton was first writing the track with her producer, she realized some of her "oohs" sounded a lot like the ones in the pop group's hit "Moves Like Jagger."

"The first draft of it was a different 'ooh,' it was actually a different melody, but then we were like, 'Oh, that sounds too similar to Maroon 5, we can't take that,'" Merton remembers.

She adds, "So we sat for an hour and just kind of contemplated on what kind of 'oohs' felt right."

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Friday
Feb162018

A Day to Remember joins 2018 Rock Fest lineup

Credit: James HartleyThe 2018 Rock Fest just got an extra dose of "Paranoia." A Day to Remember has joined the lineup for the festival, held July 12-14 in Cadott, Wisconsin.

As previously reported, Rock Fest 2018 will feature headliners Disturbed, Incubus and Godsmack. The bill also includes Rise Against, Halestorm, Seether, Bush, Black Label Society, Nothing More and Pop Evil, among others. Visit Rock-Fest.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

Rock Fest will follow A Day to Remember's 15th anniversary headlining tour, which kicks off February 20 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The trek will feature support from Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse and The Devil Wears Prada.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Get ready: Joey Bada$$ reveals Amerikkkana tour dates

Gari Askew IIJoey Bada$$ is hitting the road for his Amerikkkana tour.

The rapper unveiled the dates via Instagram on Thursday, writing, "You asked for it! The US & CANADA #AMERIKKKANATOUR w @ws_boogie @buddy & @dessyhinds coming to a city near you!"   

The "Devastated" artist will kick things off April 17 in Boston, Massachusetts, making his way to other cities such as Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Salt Lake City and Atlanta. 

The tour ends May 26 in Montreal. 

The rapper released his latest album, All-Amerikkkan Badass, in April of last year.

General tickets to the public go on sale Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m. ET. 

For more information, head over to Joey's official website.  

Here are the Amerikkkana tour dates: 

4/17 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club 
4/19 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5 
4/20 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
4/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, TLA
4/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
4/25 -- New Orleans, LA, Republic
4/26 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
4/27 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
4/29 -- Austin, TX, Emo’s
5/2 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
5/3 -- San Diego, CA, Soma
5/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Novo
5/6 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory
5/8 -- San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom
5/9 -- Santa Cruz, CA, The Catalyst
5/12 -- Vancouver, BC, Vogue Theatre
5/13 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox
5/15 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
5/17 -- Denver, CO, The Ogden Theatre
5/18 -- Kansas City, MO, The Truman
5/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
5/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre
5/23 -- Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall
5/24 -- Detroit, MI, Saint Andrew’s Hall
5/25 -- Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre
5/26 -- Montreal, QC, MTELUS 

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Thursday
Feb152018

Royal Blood premieres "Look Like You Know" video 

ABC/Randy HolmesRoyal Blood has shared the video for "Look Like You Know," a track from the British duo's sophomore album, How Did We Get So Dark? You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

The video focuses on live performance footage of the band, with a few quick cuts to them in the studio and on the road. Compared to Royal Blood's last video, which took place in a world that treated bunnies as currency, this new clip has a much simpler premise.

Royal Blood will be touring throughout the year in support of How Did We Get So Dark? on a series of headlining dates, festival appearances and gigs opening for Queens of the Stone Age.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Metallica launches new footwear collection with Vans

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter two previous collaborations, Metallica has reunited with shoe company Vans to release a new collection of signature footwear.

The line includes two new styles. There's the Sk8-Hi Reissue, which boasts "full grain leather upper and tonal deco-stitched Sidestripe with an etched Metallica logo on the sidewall with a wrapped version on the quarter panels." Or you may prefer the Classic Slip-On, which features "an all-over logo print across the vamp and is finished with the same engraved logo on the sidewalls."

Along with the shoes, Metallica also is releasing a new t-shirt and trucker hat with Vans. The whole collection will be available this Friday, February 16, via the Metallica web store, Vans.com and local retail outlets.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Stevie Wonder to perform at pre-Kentucky Derby charity gala

ABC/Fred WatkinsStevie Wonder will be heading to Louisville, Kentucky, in May to perform at an event celebrating the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.

The Motown legend will headline the second annual edition of The Trifecta Gala, scheduled to take place on Friday, May 4, the eve of the famous horse race, at the new Omni Hotel -- Louisville.

Comedian Sinbad will host the event, which benefits a couple of local charities: the University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities and the West End School, a private college-prep grade school for boys and young men. Additional performers will be announced soon.

The event was founded by former NBA star Junior Bridgeman and this year will be hosted by his children, Eden, Justin and Ryan Bridgeman.

"We want to give our guests a world-class experience as they celebrate this special time of year in Kentucky," Eden Bridgeman says in a statement.

People interested in attending the event can call 502-238-2097 or visit TrifectaGala.com for more info.

The Kentucky Derby is held annually at Churchill Downs in Louisville. This year's race tales place on Saturday, May 5.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Ella Mai bares her soul in music video for "Naked" 

Interscope RecordsElla Mai's new music video for her track "Naked" is more about baring one's soul and embracing one's flaws, than being physically nude. 

The visual shows the British singer-songwriter in a bathtub for a brief moment before switching to a montage of people from different ethnic backgrounds and ages.   

Body positivity is also a theme of the video, as several individuals with different body types are seen posing in their underwear. 

Towards the end of the video, a group is shown fully clothed, with some holding up signs showing familiar social media hashtags, including #DefendDACA, #PrayForPuertoRico, #BlackLivesMatter, #TimesUp, #MeToo and #JusticeForGrenfell. 

Ella Mai has already worked with big names like Chris Brown and Ty Dolla Sign and hit the road last year with Kehlani for the "CRZY" singer's Sweet Sexy Savage international tour.   

She's currently gearing up to release her debut album. 

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Thursday
Feb152018

Brothers Osborne are the new faces of Frye's latest campaign

Credit: Gregory HarrisBrothers Osborne are the faces of Frye's new Hometown Pride campaign. The American footwear company celebrates its 155th anniversary this year and aims to highlight local talent through the new campaign, which will include candid images of the country duo.

“Frye is a company deeply rooted in our country's history. Not to mention the undeniable style and quality,” Brothers Osborne say in a statement.

The new partnership will include special sweepstakes where fans can win a trip to New York City to meet the band and attend their Mountain High tour with Dierks Bentley.  There will also be in-store events, including a first listen of the band's forthcoming new album, Port Saint Joe. Vinyl copies of the album will be sold at a selection of Frye stores beginning on April 20, the day the project arrives.

John and TJ Osborne co-wrote every track on Port Saint Joe, and the title is a nod to the small town on the Florida coast where the siblings recorded the project.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Shania Twain docudrama to air on REELZ this weekend

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCShania Twain is the subject of a new docudrama set to air on the REELZ Channel this Sunday, February 18. Part of The Price of Fame series, the hour-long show will give viewers an intimate perspective on the country singer's rags-to-riches story. Ashla Taylor portrays Shania in the show, and tells Billboard that the singer has been a constant inspiration throughout her life. 

“When I was eight years old, my grandmother took me to see Shania," she tells the publication. "It was my first concert. I saw her in her glory, and I remember thinking – even then – that was exactly the kind of woman I wanted to be. The light just turned on for me, and I began to study everything about her – her music, her writing, her voice."

The Price of Fame: Shania Twain, focuses on the singer's journey, including her highs and lows. Ashla adds that it was natural for her to fall into Shania's character.

"I have been studying Shania for a long time. She has been my personal and my musical influence in life. Needless to say, I didn’t have to do a lot of character study,” she explains. "There were a lot of things that I could relate to, and she really inspired me as a woman."

"It started as a musical thing, and when I got to really know her story, it became personal," she adds. "I kept telling myself over the years that if Shania can overcome, then I can too. I really hope to meet her one of these days, and tell her that it was because of her that I could do this.”

The Price of Fame: Shania Twain, airs Sunday, February 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on REELZ.

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Thursday
Feb152018

"Everybody wants a piece": Lion Babe releases sweet new track, "Honey Dew"

Donna Ward/WireImageLion Babe's new song "Honey Dew" sounds just as sweet as the title of the track itself. 

The tune is singer Jillian Hervey -- whose famous mom is Vanessa Williams -- and record producer Lucas Goodman's first release of the year and follows their 2017 track, "Rockets." 

The soul-R&B duo's debut album, Begin, was released in 2016 and featured the singles "Wonder Woman," "Impossible," and "Where Do We Go." 

Fans can stream "Honey Dew" via Soundcloud now.  

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Thursday
Feb152018

Cole Swindell says new music is "coming very soon"

ABC/Randy HolmesCole Swindell launches his Reason To Drink Tour tonight in Pennsylvania. In addition to the tour, which runs through April, the country singer says new music is on the way.

“I have spent four years touring with and having a front row seat learning from the very best entertainers in country music, including three multi-year Entertainers of the Year!” Cole says in a statement. “I am so excited to have new music coming VERY soon and launching my first headlining tour tonight."

He adds, "It’s definitely an amazing time in my career. I can honestly say I have the best fans in the world. They have supported me, bought my records, called radio request lines for my songs and their support has helped create this moment for me – on the verge of releasing new music AND headlining my own tour. I am looking forward to giving them 110% every single night. We are going to have a blast!”

Cole has amassed seven number-one singles throughout his career as an artist and 10 chart toppers as a songwriter. His latest #1 hit, "Flatliner," features Dierks Bentley.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Welcome to our world: Ciara shares first public photos of daughter Sienna Princess 

ABC/Image Group LAPictures of Ciara's baby daughter Sienna Princess have finally been unveiled. 

You can see them via the Trace Me app, which was founded by Ciara's hubby, Russell Wilson

The app provides direct access to artists, entertainers and athletes. 

If you don't want to download Trace Me, entertainment blog The Jasmine Brand has shared a handful of adorable photos featuring Sienna with her mommy, a solo picture of Sienna, and a candid family portrait of Ciara, Sienna, and Sienna's older brother, 3-year-old Future Zahir.

Ciara also shared a snapshot of Sienna's back, with the singer holding her, in a new Twitter message

She writes Thursday, "Today is just the beginning, I'm sharing something near and dear to my heart with you...meet my baby girl on my @TraceMe_App [heart emoji]." 

In addition, there's a behind-the-scenes promo video for Ciara's Trace Me account on her Instagram page, which shows more footage of the entertainer performing onstage, in the studio, getting her makeup done, and with her family.  

Ciara and Russell welcomed Sienna Princess in May of last year. 

Sienna is the first child for Wilson and the second for Ciara; Future Zahir is from her previous relationship with rapper and ex-fiancé, Future

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