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Jun212018

Mondo Cozmo prepping new four-track EP 

ABC/Randy HolmesMondo Cozmo has new music on the way. The "Shine" rocker is releasing a four-track EP titled Your Motherf***er on June 29.

The EP follows Mondo Cozmo's 2017 debut album, Plastic Soul.

If you want to catch Mondo Cozmo live, the musician is currently touring North America while opening for Vance Joy.

Here is the Your Motherf***er track list:

"Your Motherf***er"
"Tonight Tonight"
"Hey Stephen"
"Sold"

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Thursday
Jun212018

Keith Urban urges fans to send virtual postcards as they're "Coming Home"

ABC/Image Group LA If you're noticing an onslaught of "Coming Home" postcards on social media, it's simply Keith Urban encouraging his fans to show their home-state pride.

The Aussie superstar launched the online campaign Wednesday, featuring all 50 of the United States, plus his birthplace, New Zealand; Australia, where he grew up; plus the United Kingdom and Canada.

You can grab yours at KeithUrban.net. "Coming Home" is Keith's current top ten hit, and features pop star Julia Michaels.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Old friends: Paul Simon performs with musical idol Don Everly at Nashville concert

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Paul Simon's Homeward Bound farewell tour stopped at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, and the show featured a rare appearance by one of the legendary singer/songwriter's musical idols, The Everly Brothers' Don Everly.

The Tennessean reports that Simon duetted with the 81-year-old Everly on a rendition of the 1957 Everly Brothers classic "Bye Bye Love," a live version of which appears on the final Simon & Garfunkel album, 1970's Bridge over Troubled Water. You can check out fan-filmed footage of the Simon and Everly performance on YouTube.

"Well that makes my night," Simon quipped after the performance. "I got to be Phil Everly for a night."

Phil Everly, Don's younger brother, passed away in 2014 at the age of 74.

The Everly Brothers were a major influence on Simon & Garfunkel. During Paul and Art's legendary 1981 concert in New York's Central Park, they performed a version of the Everly Brothers' hit "Wake Up Little Susie," which became their final top 40 hit.  The brothers were also the special guests on Paul and Art's "Old Friends" reunion tour in 2003 and 2004.  

Also during the Nashville concert, Simon paid tribute to his late guitarist Vincent Nguini, who'd played with Paul from 1987 until his death in December 2017.

"The last thing he played on an album will come out in September," Simon told the crowd. "I was worried I couldn't play music again because my music is so infused with his playing."

This week, Simon announced that his Homeward Bound tour's final concert will take place on September 22 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Paul's hometown of New York City.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Black Veil Brides bassist clarifies comments regarding break-up reports 

Lava/Republic Records Black Veil Brides bassist Ashley Purdy has shared a statement clarifying comments he made that seemed to suggest that the band was breaking up.

While appearing on an episode of the Another FN Podcast, which has since been deleted, Purdy had said that BVB would be playing eight dates on Warped Tour, before adding that "that's where you're going to see Black Veil Brides for the last time ever in your entire lives."

Now, in his statement, Purdy writes that he "never once said, 'the band is breaking up,'" and that his comments were actually referring to the end of Warped Tour, as this year marks the festival's final cross-country run.

"It was basically a friendly discussion and less of an interview but when someone did ask what's on the horizon for Black Veil Brides the honest answer is still the same," Purdy writes. "We have eight shows left on the Final Warped Tour ever, so again, yes, that's the last time you'll see us play there, and again, come see us now as this will be the last time. See the context."

"Very few listened to the entire podcast in [its] entirety before that headline quote of the band breaking up got blown outta proportion, of course for something news worthy it played into the dramatic," he adds.

Following Warped, Black Veil is also scheduled to play Sacramento, California's Aftershock festival in October.

In response to Wednesday's break-up reports, BVB frontman Andy Biersack told Alternative Press, "This is the first I've heard of any 'break up.'"

"As far as I know, there are no plans to end the band after Warped," he said. "Or, at least if there were, I was not made aware of them."

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Thursday
Jun212018

Gorillaz teams up with Snoop Dogg for new song, "Hollywood"

Courtesy of GorillazGorillaz has premiered a new song called "Hollywood," a track from the cartoon band's forthcoming album The Now Now. It's accompanied by a trippy visualizer, which you can watch now on YouTube.

In between a woozy chorus sung by Damon Albarn, "Hollywood" features house music artist Jamie Principle and a verse from Snoop Dogg.

The Now Now also features the single "Humility." The album arrives in full on June 29.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Bruno Mars and Rihanna videos score one billion views on YouTube

Kai Z. FengWith a little “work” and a little “magic,” Bruno Mars and Rihanna have both reached a major YouTube milestone this week.

Bruno’s video for “24K Magic” and Rihanna’s video for “Work” featuring Drake have both crossed one billion views. The "24K Magic" video debuted on October 6, 2016, while "Work" hit YouTube on February 22, 2016.

Bruno is now tied with Colombian singer Maluma for the second most videos in the Billion Views Clubs. Among his other billion-view clips: "Just the Way You Are" and "That's What I Like." Justin Bieber still holds the record for the most videos with a billion views, though.

With “Work,” Rihanna is now tied with Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj for women with the most videos with a billion views. They each have four.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Dave Grohl says James Corden confronted him about "uncomfortable" "Carpool Karaoke" comments

Terence Patrick/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. Tonight, Foo Fighters will guest on CBS' The Late Late show for the first time since the band's "Carpool Karaoke" appearance last September. That might seem a little surprising, since Dave Grohl said that filming that segment was "a little uncomfortable."

As Grohl tells U.K. tabloid The Sun, host James Corden confronted him about his comments.

"I got a f***ing text from him that morning," Grohl remembers. "He was like, 'What the f***, dude?' I was like, 'Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!'"

"I had to text him back and was like, 'No dude, that's not what we meant,'" the rocker continues.

Grohl clarifies that the experience of singing along to his own songs was what made it uncomfortable. If it had been Led Zeppelin or Beatles songs they were singing, he says, "it would have been fine."

"But to sit there and sing your own songs...we felt weird about it," Grohl says.

"I felt so bad when it came out in the press," he adds. "'Foo Fighters had a terrible time, they hated the whole f***ing thing.' We didn't. [Corden is] such a sweet guy."

You can watch the Foo Fighters reunite with Corden tonight on The Late Late Show, airing 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS.

Meanwhile, Grohl is leaving the door open to collaborate with another British celebrity: Adele, who was heavily rumored to be on the latest Foo album, Concrete and Gold. Grohl's daughter Violet is a big Adele fan, too, having recently covered the pop star's hit "When We Were Young" during a benefit concert.

"Unfortunately it wasn't true," Grohl says of Adele guesting on Concrete and Gold. "But maybe next time."

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Thursday
Jun212018

Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Ice Cube, Ice T, and Wiz Khalifa star in G FUNK documentary

YouTube OriginalsThe story of how Warren G created his signature G Funk sound in the 1990s is being told in a new documentary also featuring Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Ice Cube, Ice T, and Wiz Khalifa.

Too Short, Nate Dogg, and The D.O.C. also appear in G FUNK, which will debut July 11 on YouTube Premium.

“I really wanted people to experience the world of West Coast hip-hop seen through my eyes, and also how it helped inspire and evolve the current music of today,” Warren G says. "We all knew we were creating something dope but didn't realize it would have such a lasting effect on music indefinitely.”  

Warren G, born Warren Griffin III, is one of the pioneers of West Coast hip-hop. He began his career in the trio 213, featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. His 1994 debut solo album, Regulate... G Funk Era,was certified triple platinum. The title tune, "Regulate" featuring Nate Dogg, was certified double platinum and also appeared on the soundtrack of the Tupac film, Above the Rim

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Thursday
Jun212018

Little Big Town's ready to fully fund your case of "Summer Fever"

Capitol NashvilleIf you'd like to catch "Summer Fever" but your bank account doesn't seem to be on board, Little Big Town is here to help you out. You can win an all-expenses-paid trip to see the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year in the Sunshine State this summer, just by entering a contest online.

The lucky winner will get two tickets to see LBT in either Tampa or West Palm Beach, Florida on August 3 or 4, plus airfare, hotel, car rental and a $500 gift card. Go to Tunespeak.com to enter, but you'd better hurry: the contest ends in ten days. 

Little Big Town kicks off their Bandwagon Tour with Miranda Lambert July 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. "Summer Fever" is the lead single from LBT's forthcoming follow-up to The Breaker

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Thursday
Jun212018

Daryl Hall on the rash of rock star retirements: "I don't get it. It's weird. I ain't buying it"

Steve Jennings/WireImageDaryl Hall and John Oates are currently in the middle of a successful tour with Train. Though the duo has been together for 48 years, and both are over 70 years old, Hall at least has no plans to retire. In fact, he says he thinks it's "weird" that stars like Elton John and Paul Simon have announced "farewell" tours.

Speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hall says, "As long as I like doing it [I'll keep touring]. I don't understand announcing retirement. I don't get it. It's weird. I ain't buying it. They have their reasons, but I don't share them."

He explains, "It's one thing I can do that I completely control my own environment. It's good energy; physically it's good. I'm a singer, man. I like to get in front of people and sing. It works for me just fine. I don't love going out for long periods of time, but it's all part of the game."

In addition to shunning retirement, Hall says he also has no plans to do what rock stars from Rod Stewart to Bruce Springsteen to Keith Richards have done: write his life story.

"I'm not interested in autobiographies," he tells the publication. However, Daryl does say that before John Oates published his autobiography, Change of Seasons, in 2017, he "made sure I was O.K. with it."

Hall & Oates' tour with Train continues this Friday in Tampa, Florida, and is scheduled to wrap up Aug. 11 in Seattle. Meanwhile, the two acts' joint single "Philly Forget Me Not" is a top-15 hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Dave Grohl says James Corden confronted him about "uncomfortable" "Carpool Karaoke" comments

Terence Patrick/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. Tonight, Foo Fighters will guest on CBS' The Late Late show for the first time since the band's "Carpool Karaoke" appearance last September. That might seem a little surprising, since Dave Grohl said that filming that segment was "a little uncomfortable."

As Grohl tells U.K. tabloid The Sun, host James Corden confronted him about his comments.

"I got a f****** text from him that morning," Grohl remembers. "He was like, 'What the f***, dude?' I was like, 'Oh my god, oh my god, oh my God!'"

The rocker continues, "I had to text him back and was like, 'No dude, that's not what we meant.'"

Grohl clarifies that the experience of singing along to his own songs was what made it uncomfortable. If it had been Led Zeppelin or Beatles songs they were singing, he says, "it would have been fine. But to sit there and sing your own songs...we felt weird about it."

He adds, "I felt so bad when it came out in the press. 'Foo Fighters had a terrible time, they hated the whole f***ing thing.' We didn't. [Corden is] such a sweet guy."

You can watch the Foo Fighters reunite with Corden tonight on The Late Late Show, airing 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS. The epsiode also will feature Paul McCartney taking part in a new "Carpool Karaoke" segment.

Meanwhile, Grohl is leaving the door open to collaborate with another British celebrity: Adele, who was heavily rumored to be on the latest Foo album, Concrete and Gold. Grohl's daughter Violet is a big Adele fan, too, having recently covered the pop star's hit "When We Were Young" during a benefit concert.

"Unfortunately it wasn't true," Grohl says of Adele guesting on Concrete and Gold. "But maybe next time."

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Thursday
Jun212018

Report: Mary J. Blige's divorce is finalized 

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicMary J. Blige is reportedly now officially divorced.

Three months after the nine-time Grammy-winner reached a settlement in her divorce from Kendu Issacs, the agreement became legal Wednesday, The Blast reports. 

A Los Angeles judge approved the divorce settlement. Terms were not revealed. 

Blige and Issacs were married in 2003 and she filed for divorce in 2016, citing “irreconcilable differences.” As previously reported, in October 2017, Blige was ordered by a judge to continue paying Isaacs $30,000 a month in spousal support, after his request for an increase to $65,000 a month was dismissed. Isaacs originally demanded $130,000 a month.

Blige said in court documents that paying Isaacs' spousal support would be unfair and unreasonable. She claimed that she doesn't own her music catalog, owes $25 million from advances, and accrued another $12 million in debt while married to Isaacs.

Blige also claimed that during their marriage, Issacs spent more than $420,000 on “travel charges” involving a woman he was having an affair with, according to People.com.

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Thursday
Jun212018

NOFX US tour dates canceled following inflammatory Las Vegas massacre comments

Ollie Millington/RedfernsNOFX has announced that all of the band's U.S. tour dates have been canceled following the controversial comments they made last month about the October 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

"We did not drop off the shows...we were told that NOFX is not welcome to play ANY big venue in the United States," writes frontman "Fake Mike" Burkett in an Instagram post. "No joke! NOFX has effectively been banned in our own country."

The band still has a batch of international dates lined up, including European editions of their Punk in Drublic festival. Fat Mike writes that he hopes to bring back the U.S. edition of the festival, from which they were dropped following the Vegas comments, but "a lot of people don't want it to happen."

"We made a mistake, we apologized, and we gotta suffer the consequences," Mike writes. "Maybe it ain't fair, but whoever said life was. We are just very thankful that our fans are being so supportive." The post is accompanied by a few hashtags, including #WhenDidPunkRockBecomeSoSafe.

While playing Vegas' Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in May, Fat Mike remarked on the October massacre, which killed 58 people and injured hundreds more, by saying, "at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans." When fans started booing, Mike responded, "You were all thinking it."

In an apology note published earlier this month, NOFX called the comments "shameful," "tasteless" and "hurtful," while adding that they do not "condone violence against ANY group of people, period."

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Thursday
Jun212018

Celebrate "Christmas in July" with Rod Stewart, Michael McDonald, Heart & more

Courtesy Eagle Rock Entertainment & AXS TVIt's the first official day of summer so sooner than later, you're going to need an escape from that hot weather.  Luckily, the high-def network AXS TV is here for you, with a whole day of your favorite stars singing Christmas songs.

Yes, you heard that right: On July 28, the network is doing a star-studded "Christmas in July" programming event.

On that day, AXS TV will air 11 holiday concerts, including Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby, Michael McDonald: This Christmas, and the Royal Variety Performance 2017, which features Seal and James Blunt. There's also a Christmas special from Chris Isaak, best known for his hit "Wicked Game" -- in that one, he duets with Michael Buble, Stevie Nicks and Brian McKnight.

That same day, AXS TV will also air Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays from Benaroya Hall, starring Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart and guests Richard Marx, Train's Pat Monahan, and Shawn Colvin.

The rest of the day is rounded out by Christmas specials from everyone from Faith Hill and Jessica Simpson, to Brian Setzer, Twisted Sister and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Here's the full "Christmas in July" lineup airing July 28 on AXS TV. All times ET:

8:00 a.m. -- The Royal Variety Performance 2017
10:30 a.m. -- Band Against Cancer Presents Jennifer Nettles: 'Tis the Season
11:30 a.m. -- Chris Isaak Christmas
12:30 p.m. -- Michael McDonald: This Christmas
1:30 p.m. -- Jessica Simpson: Happy Christmas
2:30 p.m. -- Faith Hill: Joy to the World
3:30 p.m. -- Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby
4:30 p.m. -- The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks!
6:30 p.m. -- Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays from Benaroya Hall
7:30 p.m. -- Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
8:30 p.m. -- Twisted Sister: A Twisted Christmas: Live in Vegas!
10:00 p.m. -- Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
11:00 p.m. -- Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays from Benaroya Hall

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Thursday
Jun212018

Anita Baker to be honored with BET Lifetime Achievement Award

Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesAnita Baker is adding to her long list of honors with a Lifetime Achievement Award from BET.

The network announced Thursday that the 60-year-old singer will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award Sunday night at the BET Awards. Baker announced earlier this year she's retiring and is continuing her retirement concert tour this summer.

Baker launched her solo career in 1983 with The Songstress album. Three year later, she hit number one with her five-times platinum album, Rapture, featuring the hit "Sweet Love."  Baker's other hits include "Giving You the Best That I Got" and "Just Because."  Along the way, she's won eight Grammys and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

As previously reported, Nicki MinajJanelle MonaeMigos, H.E.R. and Ella Mai will perform during the BET Awards, which will be hosted by Jamie Foxx. This will be Foxx's second time hosting the event; his first was in 2009.

DJ Khaled tops the list of nominees this year with six nominations, including one for Video of the Year and two for Best Collaboration: one with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, for "Wild Thoughts," and the other with JAY-ZFuture and Beyoncé, for "Top Off."

Kendrick Lamar follows with five nominations, while Migos and SZA have four each.  

The 2018 BET Awards air live Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Led Zeppelin to reissue 1976 "The Song Remains the Same" soundtrack in September

Atlantic/Swan SongLed Zeppelin has announced the next installment of its ongoing reissue campaign.  It'll be remastered editions of the soundtrack to their 1976 concert film, The Song Remains the Same, which documents the band's July 27-29, 1973 engagement at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

The album will be released in multiple configurations on September 7, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the group's first live performance together, although they were billed as "The New Yardbirds" at that show.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page produced and supervised the remastering of The Song Remains the Same reissue, which will be available as a two-CD set, a four-LP vinyl collection, a Blu-ray Audio disc, in digital and streaming formats, and as a super deluxe box set.

The box set includes the two-CD and four-LP versions of the soundtrack; a two-DVD set featuring the entire The Song Remains the Same film, plus four bonus performances; a DVD-audio disc boasting 5.1 Surround Sound and PCM Stereo editions of the album; a high-def download card of the soundtrack; a 28-page book featuring photos and stills from the movie, as well as a new essay by acclaimed director and rock journalist Cameron Crowe; a replica of 1977 program from when the film toured Japan; and a high-quality print of the album's cover.

The performances features in The Song Remains the Same took place during Led Zeppelin's tour in support of their Houses of the Holy album, and included performances of such classic tunes as "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven" and "Whole Lotta Love."

Here's the track list for the CD and digital versions of The Song Remains the Same:

"Rock and Roll"
"Celebration Day"
"Black Dog"
"Over the Hills and Far Away"
"Misty Mountain Hop"
"Since I've Been Loving You"
"No Quarter"
"The Song Remains the Same"
"The Rain Song"
"The Ocean"
"Dazed and Confused"
"Stairway to Heaven"
"Moby Dick"
"Heartbreaker"
"Whole Lotta Love"

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Thursday
Jun212018

Ashanti, Mia X, and V. Bozeman added to Essence Festival

Maury Phillips/WireImageAshanti, Mia X, and V. Bozeman from Empire are the latest artists added to the lineup of the Essence Festival. The ladies will perform individually with Doug E. Fresh at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Mia X will join the rapper on the festival opening night, July 6, Bozeman will perform with him on July 7, and Ashanti will share the stage with the legendary beatboxer on the closing night, July 8.

The festival opens on July 6 with Erykah BaduJill ScottSnoop DoggMiguel, and Ledisi also performing on the main stage.

Queen Latifah is bringing her “Ladies First” show to the festival on July 7 featuring Missy Elliott, Remy MaMC Lyte and Nikki D. They join a Saturday lineup which includes Mary J. Blige and Xscape.

The three-day event closes July 8 with performances from Janet JacksonFantasia, and Teddy Riley with SWVBlackstreet, and Guy.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Chris Stapleton invites his fans to get in an Outlaw State of Kind for a good cause

ABC/Image Group LA Chris Stapleton has sold millions of records and countless concert tickets since his Traveller record broke through in late 2015. The Kentucky native and his wife Morgane wasted little time establishing their Outlaw State of Kind charity in 2016, named after the track "Outlaw State of Mind," from Chris's debut album. 

Now, Chris and Morgane are giving their fans a chance to pitch in by ordering a new Outlaw State of Kind t-shirt. It'll cost you $30, with all the proceeds going toward their charitable work. 

The fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and so far, they've furthered the work of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, City of Hope and MusiCares, among other causes.

Friday night, Chris plays a sold-out show at Walmart AMP in Rogers, Arkansas, before opening for the Eagles at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Saturday. 

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Thursday
Jun212018

Here's Trent Reznor's review of the new Kanye West album

Scott Dudelson/WireImageAfter criticizing the "Taylor Swifts of the world" for not speaking out about politics, Trent Reznor has now taken aim at one of the pop superstar's enemies: Kanye West.

Speaking with The Guardian, the Nine Inch Nails frontman gave his thoughts on the polarizing rapper's new album, ye. Let's just say he's not a fan.

"The guy's lost his f***ing mind: that's the thinkpiece," Reznor says. "His record sucked, and that's it."

Reznor adds that West has made "great" music in the past, but says the rapper is "not in a great place right now." During an interview with TMZ last month, West said that slavery was "a choice," among a number of other controversial comments.

Presumably, Reznor is a bigger fan of his new Nine Inch Nails album, Bad Witch, due out this Friday.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Mary J. Blige to star in horror thriller, 'Body Cam'

ABC/Rick RowellAfter receiving two Oscar nominations for Mudbound -- one for music and the other for her acting -- Mary J. Blige is now set to land her first headlining role, as a police officer in the horror thriller Body CamVariety reports.

The movie is described as a story about several Los Angeles police officers who are haunted by an evil spirit after a black youth is murdered by two white cops. After the incident was recorded by a body cam but the video destroyed, Blige’s character sees visions and investigates the cover-up.

Body Cam is described as a blend of Jordan Peele’s Academy Award-winning Get Out, and the 2012 police drama, End of Watch.

In addition to Body Cam, Blige has also joined the cast of the Netlfix superhero series, Umbrella Academy.

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