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Friday
Aug182017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock In the week since his passing, Glen Campbell’s album sales have increased 833 percent over the previous seven days, according to Nielsen Music, moving 28,000 records.

Sony Music Nashville’s new duo The Sisterhood will make their Grand Ole Opry debut this Sunday.

If you missed Florida Georgia Line’s appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday night, you can watch both their interview and their performance of “Smooth” online.

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Friday
Aug182017

With his first US hit, James Arthur says he's reached the "pinnacle" 

Olaf HeineEver since British singer James Arthur won the U.K.'s biggest singing competition show, he's been a big star back home.  But the "Say You Can't Let Go" singer says he never could have imagined that he could actually have a hit song in the U.S..

"Five years ago I won The X Factor, and I've been on a hell of a journey," he tells ABC Radio. "I had everything, I lost it all, and I had to scrape my way back to this point. I believed I could get back to...where I was enjoying my career again, but never did I think that the possibilities were this great."

Then, his song "Say You Won't Let Go," from his album Back from the Edge, started climbing the U.S. chart, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Being recognized in the U.S. is, for any U.K. artist, I think...it's the pinnacle," he says.

Not only did he manage to score success in America, but James was also hand-picked by Ryan Tedder to be the opening act for OneRepublic's summer tour.

"To have [Ryan's] co-sign, to have his approval is a great thing," James tells ABC Radio. "Watching them every night is great, you learn something new every day. The guys are seasoned and been doing this for a long time."

The tour with OneRepublic has been going for several months, now, and wraps up in October.  James says he hasn't had much downtime this summer, but he doesn't mind.

"I'm loving working, to be honest," he says. "I'm genuinely loving being on this journey and just experiencing new things every day. When I eventually stop, I'll probably just play some FIFA or something. Or go to the pub with my friends."

 

Friday
Aug182017

Why Sam Hunt initially had "concerns" about "Body Like a Back Road" 

ABC/Mark LevineBefore Sam Hunt’s "Body Like a Back Road" became a top-10 pop hit, it had already set records on the country charts.  The song is so successful that it's hard to believe that when Sam was writing it, he was afraid it might be too shallow, or too sexist.

“I wanted to write it because I thought it was a fun song, but I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to put it out,” he explains. “I didn’t want it to come across as objectifying women or to lack depth…I had some concerns, but I tried to make it fun to offset any risks of those things happening."

But once “Body Like a Back Road” was done, Sam started to realize it might be even better than he’d suspected.

“When we finally finished it, it finally hit me…” he recalls, saying that he told himself, "OK, wait a minute, maybe I underestimated the potential of this song. I think this could be a fun song and it will connect with folks."

"At that point," Sam remembers, "I was excited to put it out and fortunately folks have enjoyed it."

"Body Like a Back Road" is the first single from Sam's forthcoming sophomore album, which still doesn't have a title or release date.

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Friday
Aug182017

"Patti Cake$" star Danielle Macdonald talks about going from major self-doubt to steady confidence as a rapper for role

Andrew BoyleDanielle Macdonald is being touted as an actress-to-watch, thanks to her star-making turn as an aspiring white female rapper from New Jersey in the upcoming drama Patti Cake$. Still, the Australian star tells ABC Radio that although she appears to be a formidable rapper in the movie, the truth is that she was very skeptical as to why she was chosen as the film's lead. "I read the script and I was like, 'I--what, what have you seen that makes you think I can do this?'" she recalls. 

"I was like, 'I can't do this. I, I, I don't know how to do Jersey. I've never been there. I don't know the vibe. I don't know the accent. And I don't know how to rap, more importantly.'" Still, Danielle says that once she started to work on transforming into her character, things started falling into place. She explains, "We found a side of me that I didn't really know existed." 

"I practiced as much as I could," she says. "I tried so many different artists, so many different styles and songs. We would spend days just trying different voices, different rhythms, speeds, just to see where my strengths were."

Danielle found her voice as an MC by listening to "a lot of people," like Nicki Minaj, Leikeli47 (Leh-KAY-lee) and the Notorious B.I.G. She says, "When I would listen to him, I was like, 'Oh I see how Patti could be in a rap battle right now.' Because he has this strength and confidence just from speaking." 

Patti Cake$ arrives in theaters this Friday.

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Friday
Aug182017

See me, hear me: The Who releasing 2017 "Tommy" performance at Royal Albert Hall on DVD, CD and more

Eagle Rock EntertainmentThis past April, The Who gave a special full performance of its classic 1969 rock opera Tommy at London's famous Royal Albert Hall to raise money for the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust charity. Now, new audio and video packages documenting the concert are scheduled to be released on October 13.

Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, and as a two-CD set, three-LP package, digital album and digital video. The concert marked the first time ever that The Who played the concept album in its entirety.

The performance was highlighted by a multimedia presentation that included specially created animated segments to accompany various tunes. Following the performance of Tommy, the band ended the show with a set of other Who classics, including "Who Are You," "Love, Reign O'er Me," "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."

The DVD and Blu-ray contain a number of bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a look at the animations for "The Acid Queen" and "Pinball Wizard," synched with the live audio of those songs.

Check out a trailer for Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall at the Who's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The Who just wrapped up a North American summer tour on with a show Wednesday in Stateline, Nevada. The band also has a series of five South American concerts beginning with a September 21 date in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Here's the full track list of Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall:

"Introduction"
"Overture"
"It's a Boy"
"1921"
"Amazing Journey"
"Sparks"
"Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)"
"Christmas"
"Cousin Kevin"
"The Acid Queen"
"Do You Think It's Alright?"
"Fiddle About"
"Pinball Wizard"
"There's a Doctor"
"Go to the Mirror!"
"Tommy Can You Hear Me?"
"Smash the Mirror"
"Underture"
"I'm Free"
"Miracle Cure"
"Sensation"
"Sally Simpson"
"Welcome"
"Tommy's Holiday Camp"
"We're Not Gonna Take It"

Encore:
"I Can't Explain"
"Join Together"
"I Can See for Miles"
"Who Are You"
"Love, Reign O'er Me"
"Baba O'Riley"
"Won't Get Fooled Again

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Friday
Aug182017

Never ever false Merlot: Beastie Boys' Mike D curating wine list at new LA restaurant

Monica Schipper/FilmMagicMike Diamond is trading in vinyl records for wine bottles for his next gig.

The musician and DJ -- better known as Mike D of Beastie Boys -- will help curate the wine list for a new restaurant called Hearth & Hound that's opening in Los Angeles.

"It's going to be a fun list," Diamond tells Bloomberg. "We are putting together a wine program that will get customers tasting things they might not taste."

Diamond adds that the list will be accessible, even if you're not a Sideways-level wine enthusiast.

"If you want a glass of wine, you shouldn't have to spend an hour figuring out what that wine is, what you’re going to drink," he says.

Diamond plans to make some music suggestions for what Hearth & Hound should play, but he won't be DJing himself.

"I don't think DJing in a restaurant is a good idea -- I'll go bold on that," Diamond says. "Playing records is fun. DJing with turntables when people are eating; I don't know if that would be fun for anybody."

Hearth & Hound, co-owned by the duo behind the famous New York City restaurant The Spotted Pig, is expected to open in L.A. on September 22.

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Friday
Aug182017

Silent no more: Khalid's personal connection to his hits

Kacie TomitaKhalid is making a name for himself as both a successful solo artist and guest vocalist on numerous tracks, including EDM producer Marshmello's latest called "Silence," which the 19-year-old singer personally relates to.

He tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "The line 'I found peace in your violence' is about all the noise and disruption I experienced being an outcast, and finding peace in it and using it to form my creative vision."  

The young artist has used other real-life scenarios to influence his music, especially for the hit tracks "Young, Dumb & Broke" and "Location."  

He tells the Star Tribune that the former was inspired by "not seeing love as a commitment at my age."  

Khalid adds, "It was my expression of just accepting the characteristics I had at the time, and not caring that older people might look down at us."

"It's like, 'Yeah, I might be young, dumb and broke, but I still have so much love to give.'"

He adds, "I've met so many different people, especially as a military kid, that I know relationships don't always last. And that's OK." 

You can also hear Khalid's guest vocals on Logic's newest song, "1-800-273-8255." He's also nominated for the Best New Artist MTV Video Music Award, and you can vote for him on MTV.com now.  

The MTV VMAs air Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET.  

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Thursday
Aug172017

Listen to Stone Temple Pilots perform "Plush" live in 1993

RhinoStone Temple Pilots are reissuing their debut album, Core, this fall in honor of its 25th anniversary, and among the dozens of bonus tracks included in the deluxe collection is a recording from the band's July 2, 1993, show in Castaic, California.

Ahead of the collection's release, you can listen to STP's performance of the single "Plush" via the usual digital outlets.

Along with the Castaic recording, the Core reissue features a host of demos, B-sides and other live tracks, including some from STP's 1993 MTV Unplugged performance.

The Core reissue will arrive on September 29, 25 years to the day after the album was originally released.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Premiere date set for Foo Fighters' "Landmarks Live in Concert" special 

ABC/Fred WatkinsLast month, Foo Fighters performed at the historic Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The concert was recorded for the PBS' Landmarks Live in Concert, an interview and performance series hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. You'll be able to watch the special for yourself when it airs on Friday, November 10, on PBS.

"We've done some crazy things over the last 20 years," says frontman Dave Grohl in a statement. "But I think this might be the craziest thing the Foo Fighters have ever done."

Adds Smith, "The Acropolis hasn't been rocked that hard in a while -- maybe 2,500 hundred years, give or take. It was an amazing experience, made extra special that I could spend it with my longtime friends, the mighty Foos."

During the Acropolis show, Foo Fighters played songs from throughout their 20-year career, plus tracks from their forthcoming new album, Concrete and Gold, which will be released September 15.

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Landmarks Live In Concert: Foo Fighters at the Acropolis - Trailer from City Drive Films on Vimeo.

 

Thursday
Aug172017

Listen to Ringo Starr's new country-flavored tune "So Wrong for So Long"

UMeA new track from Ringo Starr's forthcoming solo album Give More Love -- a twangy, country-flavored tune titled "So Wrong for So Long" -- has been given an exclusive premiere at Billboard.com.

Starr revealed in a promo video for Give More Love that the song, co-written with Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, was the first tune penned for the project, which he originally had intended to be a full-fledged country album recorded in Nashville.

But Starr says that after receiving an unexpectedly good offer for a new All Starr Band tour, he decided to scrap the Nashville plan.

"It was an offer I couldn't resist," he admitted. "That's how I ended up making another album at home [in Los Angeles] and writing all kinds of songs with all kinds of friends -- everybody giving more love, and just letting the music flow."

Among the notable musicians who contributed to "So Wrong for So Long" were Stewart and acclaimed session players like bassist Nathan East, pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz and keyboardist Jim Cox.

Ringo tells Billboard that the song was inspired by a phrase someone said to him in 2008.

"I just thought, 'That's a great line,'" he recalls, "and finally turned it into a record, into a track."

Bruce Sugar, Ringo's recording engineer, meanwhile, tells Billboard he thinks the song could possibly get some country radio play, though he notes, "It's a little more traditional than what they're doing now on the radio."

Give More Love will be released on September 15. As previously reported, it also features appearances by Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Edgar Winter, Toto's Steve Lukather, Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, Richard Marx and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Demi Lovato plans to tour behind her new, "more soulful" album next year 

Dennis LeupoldLovatics, rejoice: your girl is hitting the road next year.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Demi Lovato says she's "sure" she'll be touring next year behind her new album, which she says will be "more R&B" and "more soulful."  She also says that she'll have a few collaborations on the disc,  but she hasn't put any together yet.  So far, all we've heard is the first single, "Sorry Not Sorry."

So far there's no title or release date for the project, but Demi tells ET, "Fingers crossed that it's [coming] sooner than you think."

Demi will also be releasing a documentary called Simply Complicated, which will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, as well as her charity work, her life, her family and her friends.

"I want people and viewers to see my journey," she tells ET, adding, "A lot of people have heard my story, I've been very open about it, but a lot of people don't know what my life is like today and I get to share that with my fans, which is so important to me."

Demi will perform on ABC's Good Morning America Friday, along with Cheat Codes and Jax Jones.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Madonna's skin care line to make US debut next month: "I’m tired of hearing people complain...that they can’t get it in America"

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCMadonna launched her luxury skin care line, MDNA Skin, in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea in 2014, but now, her American fans will finally be able to buy it.

According to Women's Wear Daily, the line will launch September 26 online at MDNASkin.com, Barneys.com and at Barneys New York stores in Manhattan and Beverly Hills. "I’m tired of hearing people complain here that they can’t get it in America," Madonna told WWD.

The nine different products range in price from $50 to $600, and include face washes, clay masks and a Rejuvenator Set. The Queen of Pop tells WWD, “It’s a line I can use every day...I developed it for me specifically, but it also feels universal. I mean, my children use it, my friends use it.” 

Considering Madonna just turned 59 and looks fabulous, she herself may just be the best advertisement for MDNA Skin.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Brand New officially announces new album, "Science Fiction"

Procrastinate! Music Traitors

After a cryptic teaser announced the release of their long-awaited new album, Brand New has officially revealed the details of the LP. The fifth studio effort from the emo cult heroes is titled Science Fiction, and you can download it digitally now via the band's record label website.

Earlier this week, Brand New announced that the album, their first since 2009's Daisy, was available for pre-order on "very limited" vinyl, which, predictably, immediately sold out. Luckily, it will also be available on CD and "standard" vinyl, which will ship in October.

Brand New will hit the road in September on a North American tour in support of Science Fiction.

Here is the Science Fiction track list:

"Lit Me Up"
"Can't Get It Out"
"Waste"
"Same Logic/Teeth"
"Could Never Be Heaven"
"137"
"Out of Mana"
"In the Water"
"Desert"
"No Control"
"451"
"Batter Up"

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Thursday
Aug172017

Radiohead's Philip Selway composes score for upcoming film "Let Me Go"

Bella Union Drummer Philip Selway is the latest Radiohead member to enter the world of film scoring. The musician composed and recorded the soundtrack to the upcoming film Let Me Go, and you can listen to the title track now via SoundCloud.

Let Me Go is based on the true story of Helga Schneider, whose mother abandoned her in 1941 when she was just four years old. The film picks up in the year 2000, when Helga learns that her mother is near death, and she and her granddaughter travel to Austria and are confronted with dark family secrets. It'll hit theaters in the U.K. September 15.

The Let Me Go soundtrack will be released digitally on September 15, and will be available on physical formats October 27.

Selway's Radiohead band mate Jonny Greenwood composed the scores for the Paul Thomas Anderson films There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice.

Additionally, frontman Thom Yorke is recording music for a remake of Italian horror icon Dario Argento's 1977 cult classic Suspiria.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Beyoncé's new 600-page book shows us how she made Lemonade 

Courtesy of Parkwood EntertainmentIt took a village to make Lemonade and Beyoncé's new 600-page How to Make Lemonade book is showing fans how it came about.

Set for release today, the book features "exclusive photos, outtakes and art that shines light on her dynamic use of fashion to convey her message," according to Vogue.   

In addition, the book features a number of cultural and artistic images that influenced Lemonade, along with the historical meaning behind the project's fashion, both in the visual album and in numerous never-before-seen photos. 

How to Make Lemonade is part of a box set that includes the collector's edition coffee table book, the first pressing of Lemonade as a double vinyl LP and visual and audio downloads of the album.  

If you want to add it to your Bey collection, you'll to have to shell out $300 for it. Head over to boxset.beyonce.com for more information.  

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Thursday
Aug172017

They may be "Taking the Long Way," but there are six new Dixie Chicks tracks coming

ColumbiaThe Dixie Chicks haven’t made a new record since 2006’s Grammy-winning Taking the Long Way, but next month, they’ll be back with new music.

While it’s not a studio album, DCX MMXVI captures the trio’s successful 2016/2017 tour live, complete with at least six covers they’ve never recorded before: 

--Sinead O’Connor’s 1990 hit written by Prince, “Nothing Compares 2 U”

--Singer/songwriter Patty Griffin’s “Don’t Let Me Die in Florida”

--Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons,” which they performed with her on last year’s CMA Awards

--Bob Dylan’s “Mississippi”

--Singer/songwriter Ben Harper’s “Better Way”

--“Something in the Air,” the 1969 hit from British rock band, Thunderclap Newman, which was produced by The Who's Pete Townshend.

You’ll also be able to watch DCX MMXVI digitally, or on DVD or Blu-Ray. You can pre-order the project now exclusively through Amazon Music, ahead of its September 1 release.

Here’s the complete track listing for the audio version of the Dixie Chicks’ DCX MMXVI:

“The Long Way Around”
“Lubbock or Leave It”
“Truth No. 2”
“Easy Silence”
“Long Time Gone”
“Nothing Compares 2 U”
“Top of the World”
“Something in the Air”
“Goodbye Earl”
“Travelin’ Soldier” (Acoustic)
“Don’t Let Me Die in Florida” (Acoustic)
“Daddy Lessons” (Acoustic)
“White Trash Wedding” (Acoustic)
“Bluegrass Instrumental”
“Ready to Run”
“Mississippi”
“Landslide”
“Cowboy Take Me Away”
“Wide Open Spaces”
“Sin Wagon”
“Not Ready to Make Nice”
“Better Way”

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Thursday
Aug172017

No longer torn: LeToya Luckett gets engaged

Courtesy of LeToya LuckettLeToya Luckett is officially off the market...again.

The "Used To" singer announced her engagement on Instagram Thursday morning with a picture of a huge diamond ring on her finger.  

"I said, 'Yes yeeeeesss' on his Burfday!! #issaengagement #GodShowedOut #HesaGoodManSavanah #LoveWins #8/16/17"  

LeToya divorced her ex-husband of almost three months, motivational speaker and author Rob Hill Sr., last August. 

According to Page Six, the R&B artist is now engaged to entrepreneur Tommicus Walker. A video of the actual proposal can be viewed on Instagram, thanks to LeToya's brother, Gavin Luckett.  

LeToya's having a big week: she's also co-hosting the Black Music Honors event, which is being taped this Friday, August 18 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.  

It will air on syndicated stations in September and will premiere on Bounce TV October 10. 

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Thursday
Aug172017

Vienna waits for you (to make a reservation): Billy Joel inspires new Long Island eatery

Myrna SuarezUnlike many other musicians, Billy Joel hasn't expanded his brand into a chain of restaurants, but he may want to check out a new one opening not far from his Long Island, New York, home -- because he inspired it.

The restaurant, in the Long Island town of Roslyn, is currently known as Chalet, but come early October, Newsday reports, it'll change its name to "Vienna," inspired by the Piano Man's classic song of the same name, from his album The Stranger.

New restaurant owner Matt Prince tells the paper that he plans for the eatery to be "a fun spot, where people will hear music they love."  The restaurant's lounge will feature DJs spinning hits from the '80s, '90s and early 2000s.  

No doubt Joel's hits will be on the playlist at Vienna, but it won't be an "Italian restaurant" like the one he sings about in one of his famous songs.  However, the menu will feature small plates and wines, so there'll be no problem getting "a bottle of red" and "a bottle of white."

It's not inconceivable that Billy might drop by Vienna: It's only about 20 minutes from his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. It's also less than a mile from one of his favorite restaurants, which happens to be in the same town.


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Thursday
Aug172017

Baby Bellum! Two Lady A members are expanding their families 

ABC/Randy HolmesLady Antebellum have a lot going on right now with their Heart Break album and You Look Good world tour.  Well, their lives are about to get even more complicated: two members are expecting additions to their families.

"#BabyBellum round 2!" the group tweeted. "Thrilled to announce the Haywoods are welcoming a girl this Dec, AND the Tyrrells are expecting in Feb 2018!!"

That means Hillary Scott is expecting her second child with husband Chris Tyrrell, and Dave Haywood and wife Kelli are expecting their second child as well.

The tweet included a photo of the group's three adorable children:  Hillary's daughter Eisele, Charles Kelley's son Ward, and Dave's son Cash.

The You Look Good tour wraps up in October.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Jason Aldean, Lady A, Chris Stapleton and Alan Jackson add to the action at ACM Honors

ABC/Image Group LA You can add Chris Stapleton and Alan Jackson to the list of superstars you’ll see on the 11th Annual ACM Honors when the two-hour special airs next month on CBS.

Chris and Alan join already-announced performers Kelsea BalleriniLittle Big TownMaren MorrisBrad PaisleyThomas RhettHillary ScottGeorge StraitVince Gill and Toby Keith. Kelsea, Toby and King George are among the evening’s honorees as well.

Two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum have also been added as presenters to the show, which tapes next Wednesday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.  

The Academy will pay tribute to Reba McEntireDolly PartonEric ChurchWillie Nelson and more on the show as well. The 11th Annual ACM Honors airs Friday, September 15 on CBS.

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