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Tuesday
Apr252017

Alabama Shakes schedules batch of US headlining tour dates

ABC/Randy HolmesAlabama Shakes has announced a short series of summer headlining tour dates. The four-show run will hit Albany, New York on August 1, Shelburne, Vermont August 2, Boston August 4 and Portland, Maine August 5.

Members of the Alabama Shakes fan club can grab tickets starting this Tuesday, April 25 at noon ET, while general on-sale begins Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. ET. Visit AlabamaShakes.com for all ticket info.

This weekend, Alabama Shakes will play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. They're also scheduled to play the Arroyo Seco Weekend, Sloss and Osheaga festivals this summer.

Here are Alabama Shakes' summer headlining tour dates:

8/1 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
8/2 -- Shelburne, VT, The Green at Shelburne Museum
8/4 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
8/5 -- Portland, ME, Thompson's Point

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Monday
Apr242017

No need to be humble: Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" dethrones Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" from #1 spot on "Billboard" chart

Image Group LA/ABCKendrick Lamar has permission to be anything but humble right now.  

The rapper's single "Humble" is now #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, knocking Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" to #2 after spending 12 weeks at the top spot. 

Kendrick's first single from his #1 album, DAMN., is his second #1 Hot 100 track and first as a lead artist. His latest album also debuted this week at #1 on Billboard 200 and had the biggest-first week numbers of any album yet this year, with more than 600,000 in sales and equivalent streams. 

More than half of the studio project's total -- 353,000 -- came from traditional sales, the largest sales week for an album since December, and Lamar's best sales week ever. It's his third straight number-one album, following To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015 and Untitled Unmastered in 2016.

Fans can see Kendrick perform this summer, along special guests Travis Scott and D.R.A.M., on his will 17-city DAMN. tour, which kicks off July 12 at Phoenix's Gila River Arena. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, April 28. Presale and other ticket info can be found at www.ticketmaster.com.

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Monday
Apr242017

You want it, you got it: George Strait cues up 60 #1's for his return to Vegas

ABC/Image Group LAGeorge Strait’s experiment of playing sixty #1 hits over two nights went so well that he plans to do it again.

King George first tried out the new strategy earlier this month at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Now he plans to do it again when he next plays Sin City on July 28 and 29.

“Back when we announced 2 Nights of Number 1’s, I said if the fans wanted to hear more, we would look at it,” the Country Music Hall of Famer says. “Well, we heard them loud and clear. This is something they want more of, so that’s what they will get.”

Tickets for the July dates are on sale now at StraitToVegas.com. Cam is set to open the shows.

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Monday
Apr242017

Four more reasons to say Welcome Home to Zac Brown Band

ABC/Image Group LAZac Brown Band is adding four new dates to their Welcome Home Tour.

The Georgia-based band announced the new shows on social media, with tickets for the August and September concerts in Canada, Arkansas, and Texas going on sale this Friday.

ZBB will kick off their Welcome Home trek May 12 near Atlanta, on the same day their album of the same name comes out. Its first single, “My Old Man,” has already hit the top-20.

Here are the new additions to Zac Brown Band’s summer tour:

8/18 -- Vancouver, BC
9/14 -- Rogers, AR
9/16 -- Houston, TX
9/17 -- Austin, TX

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Monday
Apr242017

Frank Ocean debuts two versions of new song, plus updated rendition of "Slide on Me"

FilmMagic/FilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts And Music FestivalFrank Ocean has posted not one, but two versions of a newly released track called "Lens." One of them features vocals by Travis Scott

And following those releases, Frank also debuted a different version of his tune "Slide on Me," featuring Young Thug. That track was first heard last year on Ocean's visual album, Endless.  

"Slide on Me" and both renditions of "Lens" are available to stream now via the usual digital platforms. 

In other news, Frank has been nominated for two Billboard Music Awards: Top R&B Artist and Top R&B Album for his 2016 hit disc Blonde.  

You can see if he beats BeyoncéBruno MarsRihanna and The Weeknd for either trophy when the show airs Sunday, May 21 on ABC. 

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Monday
Apr242017

Frank Ocean debuts two versions of new song, plus updated rendition of "Slide on Me"

Frank Ocean has posted not one, but two versions of a newly released track called "Lens." One of them features vocals by Travis Scott

And following those releases, Frank also debuted a different version of his tune "Slide on Me," featuring Young Thug. That track was first heard last year on Ocean's visual album, Endless.  

"Slide on Me" and both renditions of "Lens" are available to stream now via the usual digital platforms. 

In other news, Frank has been nominated for two Billboard Music Awards: Top R&B Artist and Top R&B Album for his 2016 hit disc Blonde.  

You can see if he beats BeyoncéBruno MarsRihanna and The Weeknd for either trophy when the show airs Sunday, May 21 on ABC. 

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Monday
Apr242017

Phoenix announces new album, "Ti Amo"

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagicPhoenix may be French, but the title of their next album's title is in Italian.

The band's first full-length effort in four years is called Ti Amo -- Italian for "I love you -- and will be released June 9.

Speaking with The New York Times, which revealed the new album news, guitarist Laurent Brancowitz says the album sounds like "summer and Italian discos," while also carrying a hint of darkness.

"I think the record came out of darkness, out of concern," says Daniel Glass, founder of Phoenix's record label, Glassnote. "But what’s resulted is this incredibly colorful record."

Ti Amo will be Phoenix's follow-up to their 2013 album Bankrupt! They'll kick off a North American tour in support of the album on May 12 in Miami.

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Monday
Apr242017

Keke Palmer winds up on new track with Quavo 

Image Group LA/ABCKeke Palmer is a boss on her new track, "Wind Up."

The song, which features vocals from Migos member Quavo, is the singer-actress' reminder to critics about her journey from child actress to present-day superstardom. 

"Flash bulbs everywhere, paparazzi sic me/I guess I owe everythin' home to my viddy/Pardon me if my eyes kinda low, I can't see ya/So tell 'em stop b*******, and mother****** listen/Since 9 years old, I been in the kitchen," she raps.  

Keke's new single follows the release of her visual album, LAUREN. In an official statement, she calls "Wind Up" a "turn up and full circle moment," adding, "It's a great thing to tell my story through music and a greater thing to see how my energy and craft has evolved." 

"Wind Up" is available to stream and purchase now.   

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Monday
Apr242017

During Tribeca Talks Event, Common discusses artist responsibility in times of social instability

ABC/Fred WatkinsAs part of the Tribeca Film Festival's Tribeca Talks: Storytellers program, Common sat down with noted author, critic and filmmaker Nelson George to discuss the responsibility of artists during times of societal strife and much more.  

In response to an attendee's question about the role of artists during the President Trump era, Common replied, "When we have something that we're passionate about, we speak up: it's a truth that comes out at that time. But you have to be passionate about it."

He added, "This era we're in now can be just as tough as the [President Ronald] Reagan era in many instances. But, the artists that's speaking up, they feel it. They feel it in their spirits." 

The "Glory" performer also mentioned fellow artist Chance the Rapper,who's also well-known for his socially-conscious outlook.

He said, "I also think that Chance, though he may not speak in, like, 'This is black consciousness,' he has a consciousness about him...and a spirituality. I don't wanna overlook that because spirituality was something that was powerful in hip hop." 

The never-before-seen extended version of the short film Letter to the Free, which Common executive-produced, debuted yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

He is scheduled to appear as a headlining act, along with Lauryn Hill, at the opening night of the third annualSeriesFest in Denver, Colorado this June.  

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Monday
Apr242017

Is Katy Perry about to take a fresh new single out of the oven?

Olivia BeeKaty Perry has come up with a unique way to hype her new single: she's apparently buried the lyrics in a recipe for cherry pie.

As People magazine reports, Katy sent fans a newsletter that included a recipe for the "World's Best Cherry Pie." Scattered within the recipe are a few unnecessary phrases that fans speculate are actually the lyrics of Katy's next single, which is reportedly titled "Bon Appétit."

Among those phrases: "Please just take your time," "Calm those hungry eyes" and "This pie is gonna hit that sweet tooth, boy.”  The recipe also ends with the words "Bon Appétit, baby!”

According to People, Katy first teased the song -- rumored to feature Ariana Grande -- on an Instagram story in March. 

"Bon Appétit" would be the second release from Katy's upcoming album, following "Chained to the Rhythm."

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Monday
Apr242017

Listen to Rag'n'Bone Man's collaboration with Gorillaz, "The Apprentice"

Image courtesy GorillazGorillaz's new song "The Apprentice," which features guest vocals from Rag'n'Bone Man, premiered Monday on BBC Radio 1. You can listen to the "Human" singer's collaboration with the cartoon band now via YouTube.

"The Apprentice," which also features rapper Zebra Katz and R&B singer Ray BLK, appears on the deluxe version of the new Gorillaz album Humanz. Other guest artists on the record include Jehnny Beth of Savages, rappers Vince Staples and Danny Brown, gospel legend Mavis Staples and '80s icon Grace Jones.

Humanz will be released April 28. The night before the album drops, Gorillaz will perform on CBS' The Late Show.

Rag'n'Bone Man, meanwhile, is currently on tour through his native England. He'll play a batch of U.S. headlining and festival dates in August.

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Monday
Apr242017

Ray Davies talks about "slightly off-kilter" America

Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesThough a quintessential Englishman, Ray Davies has plenty to say about the U.S.A.

The Kinks frontman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer even titled his new album Americana, inspired by his 2013 autobiographical book of the same name.

Davies recorded with acclaimed alt-country band The Jayhawks, which required a little fine-tuning. Ray tells the BBC, "At first, they were trying to sound English in their backing vocals, but I deterred them from that…I picked them is because they just play the songs. They don't embellish too much unless I ask them to, which is great."

Things went so well, Davies says there are “another 20” songs waiting to be finished, adding, "It's a big work, but I hope it'll be put together for a deluxe record later on."

Davies lived for a spell in New Orleans, including a harrowing 2004 incident in which he was shot in the leg chasing a purse thief. He ended up in the hospital under heavy sedation, a situation he describes in the new song, “Mystery Room.”

Another track, “Rock 'N' Roll Cowboys,” compares ageing rockers to long-in-the-tooth gunslingers. Davies muses, "Every day I wake up and say, 'I love writing songs but do I want to do this?' and the answer is I do. I love making records. I love playing in front of people."

As for the country of inspiration, Davies says, "I do hope America balances itself out. It's slightly off-kilter at the moment. (President Trump) has still got to face Congress, and it's still a democratic country. I think the will of the people will be heard, and America's constitution is strong. It's a difficult time of re-adjustment for them - but I think in time it'll balance itself out.”

Monday
Apr242017

Little Steven shares title track from 'Soulfire' album

Credit: Wicked Cool/Big Machine/UMe“Little Steven” Van Zandt is sharing the title track from his upcoming solo album, Soulfire.

Due May 19, Soulfire was recorded with a new version of Little Steven’s longstanding band, the Disciples of Soul. You can listen to the title track on Vevo.

Van Zandt describes the album as “me doing me,” explaining, “There are a couple of covers, a couple of new songs, and some of what I feel are the best songs I’ve written and co-written over the years.”

The new songs include “I Saw the Light,” originally intended for ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, and “The City Weeps Tonight,” which dates all the way back to the writing sessions for Van Zandt’s first solo album in the early ‘80s.

Soulfire also features new versions of “I Don’t Wanna Go Home,” a hit for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and “Love on the Wrong Side of Town,” co-written by Little Steven’s E Street Band boss Bruce Springsteen.

The new album came about after a Disciples of Soul reunion last October in London. Little Steven recalls, “I thought, well, we’ve already learned 22 songs. Maybe we should make an album.”

He also calls it “the most fun I’ve ever had making a record,” adding, “We did it quickly, while we still had the fire and energy from the London show. We just took it into the studio and banged it out, six weeks from start to mix.”

Now he’s taking the Disciples of Soul on the road, with a full North American itinerary expected soon. Van Zandt vows to “take this band to every place that wants to see us. It’s tricky with a 15-piece band, but I’m just trying to achieve my lifelong goal of breaking even!”

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Monday
Apr242017

Watch now: Charlie Puth deals with an "Attention"-seeking lover in new video

Catie LaffoonDoes Charlie Puth have your attention yet? After dropping his new single, “Attention,” last week, the singer has now released its accompanying music video.

The video features Charlie dealing with a drama-filled relationship. His love interest is fighting with him and smashing things one minute, and making out with him the next. But for some reason, he can’t quite let her go.

“You just want attention/You don’t want my heart/Maybe you just hate the thought if me with someone new/Yeah, you just want attention/I knew from the start/You’re just making sure I’m never getting over you,” he sings.

The song is the first release from Charlie’s upcoming sophomore album. If you’re in L.A., you can experience the new track as part of The Attention Room, an interactive exhibit open through April 30.

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Monday
Apr242017

Blues Traveler announce 30th anniversary tour

Credit: John Popper of Blues Traveler; John Lamparski/WireImageKick out the jams, Blues Traveler are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new tour.

The bluesy, jam-rock veterans will kick things off October 11 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, finishing the 25-date excursion with a November 19 show in San Diego. Ticket information is available via the band’s official website.

Frontman John Popper says, “Three decades and I am still surprised when we play and find some rich new musical vein to tap…Thirty years since a bunch of loud boys embarked on an adventure that took them around the world and made them a family that has not ceased growing to this day. Thirty years later and I am still so very grateful.”

Led by Popper and guitarist Chad Kinchla, Blues Traveler formed in Princeton, New Jersey, in the mid-1980s. They’ve released a dozen studio albums and sold more than 10 million discs worldwide. They also earned a 1986 Grammy for the track “Run Around.” Popper has also performed with the likes of Foo Fighters, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band.

In addition to the anniversary tour, Blues Traveler will begin recording a new album next month that’s expected to see the light of day in early 2018.

Blues Traveler 30 Year Anniversary Tour Dates:
10/12 -- Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
10/13 -- Philadelphia, PA - The TLA
10/14 -- Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore
10/15 -- Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
10/17 -- Richmond, VA, The National
10/18 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
10/20 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live
10/21 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution Live
10/26 -- Austin, TX, Emo’s
10/27 -- Dallas, TX, House Of Blues
10/28 -- Houston, TX, House Of Blues
10/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
11/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
11/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, The Vogue
11/4 -- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
11/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
11/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, House Of Blues
11/8 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
11/10 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
11/12 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox at The Market
11/15 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
11/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Belasco
11/18 -- Anaheim, CA, House Of Blues
11/19 -- San Diego, CA, House Of Blues

Monday
Apr242017

Elton John cancels weeks of performances due to "harmful and unusual bacterial infection"

ABC/Randy HolmesHere's hoping Elton John will be on the Yellow Brick Road to recovery soon: he's had to cancel weeks of performances while he recovers from a severe bacterial infection.

The cancellations encompass Elton's entire performance schedule for April and May in Las Vegas, as well as a May 6 performance in Bakersfield, California.

According to Elton's rep, the rock legend contracted a "a harmful and unusual bacterial infection" during a tour of South America, and during his return flight home, he became "violently ill."  When he arrived in the U.K., he was admitted him to the hospital, where he "underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection."

Elton spent two nights in intensive care, and then had an extended stay in the hospital. He was finally released this past Saturday and is now "comfortably resting at home," according to his rep. 

According to a statement, the infection that Elton contracted is "rare and potentially deadly," but it was quickly identified and treated, and he's expected to make a full recovery.  His next live show will taken place in Twickenham, England on June 3.

Elton says in a statement, "I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them.  I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

Ticket holders can get refunds for the cancelled performances.

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Monday
Apr242017

Despite reports, Gregg Allman has not entered hospice 

Joel Fried/Getty ImagesFans of Gregg Allman will be glad to know that according to the rocker's rep, he has not in hospice, as has been rumored.

A message on the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Facebook page reads, "Hey everyone. I just wanted y’all to know that I’m currently home in Savannah resting on my doctor’s orders. I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Keep Rockin’. “

Rumors that Allman was in hospice circulated on Monday via a radio station report, but Allman's rep tells ABC News that the rumors are not true.

Allman, who is 69, has suffered from ill health in recent years, dealing with a respiratory infection, a hernia, a liver transplant and an irregular heartbeat.  In March, he canceled all his tour dates for unnamed "health reasons."

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Monday
Apr242017

Mary J. Blige to share some "real love" with fans at Wawa Welcome America 4th of July concert 

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute"Queen of Hip Hop Soul" Mary J. Blige is headlining this year's free Wawa Welcome America concert on July 4, for the first time ever, in Philadelphia, PA.  

The nine-time Grammy-winning artist, whose single "U + Me (Love Lesson)" recently became her second #1 track from her forthcoming album, Strength of a Woman, is premiering her Strength of a Woman: An Album Documentary film on VH1 May 2.  

The visual will feature exclusive interviews with the superstar along with a information on how the new album was made. 

Philadelphia's very own Boyz II Men will also appear at the Wawa Welcome America six-day festival that same day at the "Celebration of Freedom Ceremony." The R&B group's musical legacy and philanthropic contributions will be honored by the City of Philadelphia at the event.  

Wawa Welcome America takes place from June 29 to July 4. For more information about free events and additional guest performers, visit WelcomeAmerica.com.  

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Monday
Apr242017

Machine Gun Kelly finishes Florida concert after collapsing from severe chest pains

John Sciulli/Getty Images for SamsungNot even chest pains could keep Machine Gun Kelly down. The rapper reportedly collapsed backstage at his Florida concert Saturday night, but then went back out and finished the show.

After experiencing severe chest pains, MGK left the stage in the middle of his hit song with Camila Cabello, “Bad Things.” A video posted on TMZ showed him clutching his chest before walking off.

He later explained the incident on Instagram, writing that he “took some serious damage” to his chest plate and ribs this week while filming the movie Captive State.

“During our 6th song last night I collapsed backstage and thought I was having a heart attack,” Kelly  writes. “What they didn't report, was that I went back out and finished that show cuz we're f***** champions and it was my 27th birthday and nothing can take me away from the stage.”

He posted a video showing him being treated by an EMS crew, who encourages him to go to the hospital due to an elevated heart rate. He doesn’t take their advice -- the video ends with him going back out on stage.

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Monday
Apr242017

What was Dave Grohl's mom's biggest fear? That "Madonna would snatch him up"

ABC/Andrea McCallinAll mothers worry about their children, but when your kid is a rock star, that opens up a whole new ocean of things to be worried about.

For Virginia Grohl, she wasn't concerned that her son, Dave, might fall into a world of drugs or anything like that, but she did have one fear on her mind.

"I did worry about women," Virginia tells The Guardian. "I don't know how to tell you this, it's so embarrassing, but my biggest fear was that Madonna would snatch him up."

Grohl talks more about her experience as a rock mom in her new book, From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars, which also includes interviews with the moms of Michael Stipe, Amy Winehouse and Dr. Dre, among others. You can watch Dave interview his mom about the book during an event in Los Angeles last weekend, now on YouTube.

Both Virginia and Dave will appear on the The Late Show this Wednesday, April 26 to talk about From Cradle to Stage, which is available now.

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