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Oct132017

Robert Plant says making new album "Carry Fire" with his current band was "a great adventure"

Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsRobert Plant's latest solo album, Carry Fire, was released today. Like his previous studio effort, 2014's Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, the new collection of tunes was recorded by the Led Zeppelin singer's current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, and blends such genres as British folk, American blues, West African music, classic rock 'n' roll, modern rock, electronica and psychedelia.

Plant tells Entertainment Weekly that working with his eclectic group has "been a great adventure and a departure for me." He explains that some songs were put together in a traditional manner, collaborating with the group's members in a band setting, while others were built around sonic loops created by the Space Shifters' John Baggott, who previously worked with Massive Attack.

The magazine points out that, perhaps uncharacteristically for Plant, a few tunes on Carry Fire -- "Carving Up the World Again…a wall and not a fence," "New World…" and "Bones of Saints" -- feature some political themes, such as immigration and imperialism.

"They're universal issues that have no particular time of beginning and don't look like they're ever going to end," the 69-year-old singer notes. "They're the events of our time, but they're the events of our forefather's time. You can't ignore them. You can only comment on them."

Carry Fire also includes a cover of the 1958 Ersel Hickey song "Bluebirds over the Mountain" that features guest vocals by The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde.

Plant tells Entertainment Weekly that when he was recording the track, he realized it could use a harmony, so he asked Hynde if she would sing on the tune and sent her a demo.

"She was really, really positive and enthralled," recalls Plant. He describes his collaboration with Hynde as "a sort of psychedelic Sonny & Cher."

Here's the full Carry Fire track list:

"The May Queen"
"New World..."
"Season's Song"
"Dance with You Tonight"
"Carving Up the World Again...a wall and not a fence"
"A Way with Words"
"Carry Fire"
"Bones of Saints"
"Keep It Hid"
"Bluebirds over the Mountain"
"Heaven Sent"

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Friday
Oct132017

Tamar Braxton teases a bombshell for new season of "Tamar & Vince: 

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesTamar Braxton always brings the drama, and she’s teasing a sensational revelation for the debut of the new season of Tamar & Vince.

In the promo, she begins, “I have to be honest and I haven't been honest," Braxton says. She ends with the declaration, "This is a pill they're going to have to swallow.”

The clip'S narrator says, “Tamar has fought passionately for her career, fearlessly for her family and desperately for her life. But she still has one fight left, and this one changes everything.”

The new season of Tamar & Vince premieres Thursday, November 9 at 9 p.m. on WE tv. 

Braxton recently released her new album Bluebird of Happiness. As previously reported, while promoting the album on Wednesday, she was sent to the hospital after suffering a bad reaction to the steroid Prednisone, prescribed for her as she battled the flu.

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Friday
Oct132017

Rick Ross demands that Birdman pay Lil Wayne 

L-R: Lil Wayne and Birdman in 2014The Birdman/Lil Wayne feud is escalating, with Rick Ross now chiming in.

Following an 11-minute, profanity-laced Birdman Instagram Live rant aimed at his critics complaining about his contract dispute with Wayne, Ricky Rozay has responded.

“Pay that man his money, we know you ain't right," Ross said. "Stop with the jokes. Bring that s***. Bring it."

The Maybach Music head added, “That's what's so beautiful about life -- it ain't no ceilings. You go as far as you want to go, have no fear. All that talking s***, that s*** don't work around here baby. I'll put you in check, I'll put you somewhere else."

Ross decided to snap back after Birdman said, “"I be hearing all you n***** talking about this Lil Wayne s***. Lil Wayne this, Lil Wayne that. B****, Lil Wayne my son. I raised him. He ain’t had nothing, I brought him to be something and got something. B***, you think I ain’t gonna make sure he straight?"

The Cash Money CEO continued, boasting that no one "can outdo me, can't beat me, ain't gon' f*** with me." 

Ross previously ripped Birdman for not paying Wayne in the song “Idols Become Rivals. He rapped, “I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne/His entire life, he gave you what there was to gain/I watched this whole debacle so I’m part to blame/Last request, can all producers please get paid."

In 2014, Lil Wayne filed a $51 million lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money, claiming he’s owed an advance on the long-delayed Tha Carter V album, as well as additional royalties.

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Friday
Oct132017

A Perfect Circle teases something called "The Doomed" 

Credit: Tim CadienteA Perfect Circle is up to something.

The enigmatic band -- as is the case with most of Maynard James Keenan's projects -- has shared a cryptic teaser on their social media. The post features APC's logo along with the phrase "The Doomed."

For those starved for new A Perfect Circle material -- the band hasn't released a new album since 2004's eMOTIVe -- hopefully "The Doomed" refers to a new song, or even a new album. The band has been working on the follow-up to eMOTIVe, and they debuted two new songs on their tour earlier this year: "Feathers" and "Hourglass."

A Perfect Circle will embark on a fall North American tour beginning October 21 at Sacramento's Aftershock festival.

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Friday
Oct132017

Chance the Rapper curating Obama Foundation Summit concert

ABC/Image Group LAChance the Rapper is curating the Obama Foundation Summit concert, taking place November 1 in Chicago.

The Chi-Town MC revealed in a YouTube video that he'll perform at the event at the Wintrust Arena, along with Gloria Estefan and The National.

“As soon as I heard about the summit, I jumped at the opportunity,” Chance said.

The two-day summit will bring leaders from the United States and abroad together “to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world."

Chance teased that some of his “friends” will appear as surprise guests. “It's going to be fire," he says. “Don’t miss it. That would be a terrible thing."

The concert will be streamed on Obama.org

Chance the Rapper previously appeared onstage with Barack Obama at the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C., in December 2016.

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Friday
Oct132017

Silversun Pickups shares new EP, "Better Nature (Revisited)" 

Credit: Claire Marie VogelSilversun Pickups has released a new EP titled Better Nature (Revisited). The six-track collection features three acoustic versions and three remixes of songs from the band's latest album, Better Nature. You can download the EP now via digital platforms.

"It's really quite special for us to hear artists that we respect take all of our blips and bloops and turn them into something unique and full of character," frontman Brian Aubert says of the remixes, which were done by Joywave, JR JR and MNDR. "These are hands down our favorite remixes in our remixed world. We're glad to share these with you as a nightcap to the adventure that was Better Nature."

Silversun Pickups will launch a North American tour in continued support of Better Nature on October 21 in Santa Cruz, California.

Here's the Better Nature (Revisited) track list:

"Nightlight" (MNDR Remix)
"Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)" (JR JR Remix)
"Latchkey Kids" (Joywave Remix)
"Nightlight" (Acoustic)
"Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)" (Acoustic)
"Latchkey Kids" (Acoustic)

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Friday
Oct132017

Beck shares video for "Colors" title track; launching album-themed pop-up shops

Capitol RecordsBeck's long-delayed album Colors finally arrives today, and to celebrate, the artist has shared a new video for the record's title track. The fittingly colorful clip is streaming now on YouTube.

The Colors party will continue this weekend with the launch of several album-themed pop-up shops across the country. The shops will be open on Saturday, October 14 in New York City, and Sunday, October 15 in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and Brooklyn, New York. All pop-up info can be found via the @BeckPopUps Twitter account.

Next week will be equally busy for Beck.  He'll be performing on The Ellen Degeneres Show Tuesday, October 17. Then the next day, he'll headline a newly announced show at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. For tickets to the LA show, visit Beck.com.

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Friday
Oct132017

Lady Gaga is a “tough girl on the mend”; reschedules European tour dates

ABC/Fred LeeLady Gaga is on the mend.

The singer has rescheduled the European tour dates she had to cancel due to her ongoing health issues. She also posted some Instagram photos to show fans how she’s recovering.

In one photo, in which she stands before an audio mixing board in a recording studio, she writes, “Nothing like studio therapy…Had so much fun in the studio. Made me feel like a star like the ones in the sky, you know..the real kind.”

She captioned another photo, in which she stands outside of what appears to be a shop or restaurant entrance, “Tough girl on the mend.”

Gaga postponed the European leg of her Joanne tour last month after unspecified  “severe physical pain” impacted her ability to perform.

The rescheduled European dates begin January 14 in Barcelona, Spain and wrap February 23 in Berlin, Germany.

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Friday
Oct132017

Josh Groban releasing 10th anniversary deluxe edition of Christmas album, "Noël"

Reprise RecordsAdd this to your Christmas list, Josh Groban fans: The singer is releasing a deluxe edition of his 2007 Christmas album, Noël, in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

The re-release will include the original 13 tracks, as well as six new songs. Those additions include a new recording of “White Christmas” with an orchestral backing, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Christmas Time Is Here,” a duet with Tony Bennett.

If you pre-order the album today, you'll also receive Josh's cover of the John Lennon classic  “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” as an instant grat track.

The 10th anniversary edition of Noël comes out November 3.

Josh will also release his first coffee table book, Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway, on November 21.

Here's the new Noël track list:

"Silent Night"
"Little Drummer Boy"
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"
"Ave Maria"
"Angels We Have Heard on High" (duet with Brian McKnight)
"Thankful"
"The Christmas Song"
"What Child Is This?"
"The First Noël" duet with Faith Hill
"Petit Papa Noël"
"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"
"Panis Angelicus"
"O Come All Ye Faithful" (with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under the direction of Craig Jessop)
"White Christmas"
"Christmas Time Is Here" (Duet with Tony Bennett)
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"
"Believe" (Polar Express soundtrack)
"O Holy Night"

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Friday
Oct132017

Watch now: Pink debuts dance video for “Beautiful Trauma” on her album release day

Ryan Aylsworth/RCA RecordsNot only is Pink’s new album, Beautiful Trauma, out today, but the singer has also released a metaphorical new dance video to go along with the title track.

In the video, which doesn't feature Pink, a gorgeous retro-style dancer performs with a group of male boxers both in and out of a boxing ring. She's the “beautiful,” they're the “trauma.” Get it?  

The routine was directed and choreographed by Nick Florez and RJ Durell.

Pink will be performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and will appear on Good Morning America Monday morning.

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Friday
Oct132017

Cheerleader or potential Female Vocalist of the Year? Why Kelsea Ballerini couldn't do both

Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini is up for Female Vocalist of the Year at next month’s CMA Awards, but if she’d become a cheerleader, that might not be the case.

“Failure is so important,” the “Legends” hitmakers says in the November issue of Health. “I feel like failure can reroute your life. It sounds silly, but in eighth grade I was one of two girls who didn’t make the cheerleading squad. And you know what? That was the year I picked up a guitar and wrote a song.”

“So failure is what keeps you on your path,” she continues. “It also gives you a pause to breathe before something great happens.” 

The Knoxville, Tennessee native’s sophomore album, Unapologetically, comes out November 3.

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Friday
Oct132017

Box set featuring 180-gram vinyl versions of The Carpenters' albums due in November

A&M/UMeA new box set featuring high-quality vinyl versions of all of The Carpenters' studio releases save for the legendary sibling pop duo's two Christmas albums will hit stores on November 17.

The Vinyl Collection includes 12 discs pressed on 180-gram vinyl, spanning from the group's 1969 debut, Ticket to Ride, through 1989's Lovelines, a compilation of previously unreleased recordings issued six years after singer Karen Carpenters' death.

Rounding out the box set is the 1973 best-of album, The Singles 1969-1973, which is packed with hits like "We've Only Just Begun," "(They Long to Be) Close to You," "Superstar," "Top of the World," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Yesterday Once More," "Sing" and "For All We Know." The anthology is The Carpenters' best-selling album, having sold more than 7 million copies in the U.S.

Each album was mastered for vinyl at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles by Ron McMaster, who also is known for his work with The Beach Boys and Don McLean. The discs feature restored original packaging and artwork. All of the 180-gram LPs in The Vinyl Collection also will be available for purchase individually.

Here's the complete list of albums included in The Carpenters' The Vinyl Collection:

Ticket to Ride (1969)
Close to You (1970)
Carpenters (1971)
A Song for You (1972)
Now & Then (1973)
The Singles 1969-1973 (1973)
Horizon (1975)
A Kind of Hush (1976)
Passage (1977)
Made in America (1981)
Voice of the Heart (1983)
Lovelines (1989)

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Friday
Oct132017

Help Metallica put together their "...And Justice for All" and "The Black Album" reissues

ABC/Randy HolmesHaving already released deluxe reissues for Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning, and with a reissue of Master of Puppets on the way, Metallica has now set its sights on the next two albums in its chronology: 1988's ...And Justice for All and 1991's self-titled record, aka The Black Album.

And, as with the previous reissues, Metallica wants your help in crafting the releases.

"We're looking for anything and everything you might have from August 1987 through July 1993," the band says. "Photos (taken by you!), flyers, ticket stubs, backstage passes and whatever other mementos you may have from that time." They also request anyone who interviewed the band during that time and still has the recording to contact them.

If you'd like to submit something, you can email Submissions@MetClub.com.

"Nothing is too small or too trivial," the band says. "Share your archives with your fellow fans and have some fun with us walking down memory lane."

The Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning reissues were released last year, and the Master of Puppets collection will arrive on November 10.

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Friday
Oct132017

Tyrese celebrates mother’s sobriety by giving her a new house 

Image Group LA/ABCChristmas has come early for Tyrese‘s mom.  The Fast and Furious star surprised her with a new house to celebrate her sobriety.

“My mother has been sober for 11 years. Thank you father God,” he says in an Instagram video. He also admitted he had been carrying “anger and resentment” for her “27 years of alcohol abuse.” In a post, he commented that her condition “killed” his childhood.

Tyrese praised God for his mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson, turning her life around, writing, “That was a women under the ‘influence’.... The mother that I know that raised me before the drinking started was always in church, always sweet to everyone, always giving, and in most cases giving to those who in my opinion didn't deserve it...... So blessed to know that this same JESUS brought me my mother back.... alcohol took you away from me for 27 years...... 11 years later I trust you with me again.”

Standing in front of the five-bedroom house, Tyrese said,”This is the reason we work as hard as we do.”

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Friday
Oct132017

Marilyn Manson reschedules tour dates; says pain from onstage injury was "excruciating"

Loma Vista RecordingsMarilyn Manson has postponed and rescheduled the remainder of his October tour dates after suffering an onstage injury during a show in New York City September 30. The new dates begin January 10 in Phoenix and conclude February 16 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Visit MarilynManson.com for ticket info.

In the middle of the New York City show, during Manson's cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," a large pistol-shaped prop tipped over and landed on him. In an interview with Yahoo, Manson says the "pain was excruciating."

"I only recently watched the video of it," Manson says of the accident. "I can see how it could look terrifying. It was terrifying for me, because the truss was not secured properly."

"I wasn't trying to climb [the prop]," he adds. "It started to fall and I tried to push back and I didn't get out the way in time. I'm not sure what I hit my head on, but it did fall onto my leg and break the fibula in two places."  The fibula's the smaller of the two bones in the lower leg, the other being the tibia, aka the shin bone.

Manson's currently at home recovering with his leg in a cast.  He's set to return to the stage November 5 to play Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, after which he'll kick off a European tour November 12 in Helsinki, Finland. In the meantime, Manson does feel frustrated that he can't be on the road, especially since his new album, Heaven Upside Down, was released just last week.

"With a cast on my leg, it's hard to talk about the excitement of the tour," he says. "It got cut off right as I was about to put it into second gear. But I'll be back there really shortly and it's going to be as exciting as it was starting out."

Here are Manson's rescheduled tour dates:

1/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, Van Buren
1/12 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
1/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
1/16 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
1/19 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
1/20 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore
1/23 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre
1/24 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
1/26 -- Springfield, MO, Shrine Mosque
1/27 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theatre
1/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
1/30 -- Des Moines, IA, 7 Flags Event Center
1/31 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Myth
2/2 -- Madison, WI, The Orpheum
2/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
2/6 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
2/7 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe
2/9 -- Buffalo, NY, Rapids Theatre
2/11 -- Toronto, ON, Rebel
2/12 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
2/13 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live
2/15 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount Theatre
2/16 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom

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Friday
Oct132017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty-two years ago this fall, Kenny Rogers released the song that would go on to become his signature tune. Can you name the Don Schlitz-penned hit that also inspired five TV movies? ANSWER:  "The Gambler."

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Friday
Oct132017

From the "town trollop" to Mother Goose: How Dolly Parton's persona is reaching a whole new group of fans

Sony Music Nashville/Dolly RecordsDolly Parton has never been shy about her larger-than-life personality or her unique fashion sense, even admitting her look was based on “the town trollop.”  But now, with her first children’s album, I Believe In You, the superstar from East Tennessee says that same over-the-top image is what's endearing her to a whole new group of fans.  

“I have always said I look like a cartoon, cause I kinda do,” Dolly admits. “I just always liked just being over-exaggerated. And my voice is small... And I think kids kinda can relate to me, like a Mother Goose character."

The 71-year-old adds, “I don't care why they do, as long as they do. I love 'em, and they seem to love me. And when I'm with 'em, I just am exactly that age."

Dolly’s I Believe in You album benefits her literacy program, which sends books to children all over the world, starting at birth and continuing until they’re five years old.

“The first book that we give out through the Imagination Library is The Little Engine That Could,” Dolly explains. “That was one we thought would be appropriate and I wrote a song that kinda mentions that. So it's got train sounds, and whistles."

The Country Music Hall-of-Famer also re-recorded her classic, “Coat of Many Colors” for the project and composed another tune inspired by how she was bullied growing up.

“I thought..."I'm gonna write a song about how it makes people feel when you make fun of them, and make them feel less than they are or what they want to be,” Dolly recently told a group of young fans in Nashville, before debuting "Makin' Fun Ain't Funny."

I Believe in You is available in stores and online today.

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Friday
Oct132017

Plan to install John Bonham statue in late Led Zeppelin drummer's hometown approved

Richard E. Aaron/Redferns John Bonham's hometown of Redditch, U.K., has approved a plan to have a statue of the late Led Zeppelin drummer installed in the town center. The Redditch Advertiser reports that the town council gave the project the green light a meeting held Wednesday.

The bronze memorial, designed by respected British sculptor Mark Richards, will be located in Redditch's Mercian Square. The statue will be about six feet high, 16 feet wide and four feet deep, and will weigh about 5,500 pounds.

Most of the money for the statue was raised from private donations via The John Bonham Memorial Fund, which was founded in 2013. Bonham's sister, singer Deborah Bonham, was a longtime supporter of the campaign. In a video posted on a local BBC affiliate's Twitter page, Deborah says she's "absolutely thrilled" about getting permission to erect the memorial.

The plan is to unveil the statue by what would have been John's 70th birthday in May 2018. Bonham died in September 1980 after a night of heavy drinking. He was only 32.

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Friday
Oct132017

Sam Smith donates profits from Australian show months in advance to help marriage equality campaign 

Ruven AfanadorSam Smith won't perform in Australia until January, but he's already donated part of the profits from his concert Down Under to a cause he feels strongly about: marriage equality.

Australia is in the middle of a mail-in vote to legalize same-sex marriage, and the Australian Marriage Equality campaign tells the Sydney Morning Herald that Sam made his donation ahead of time because he'd like them to get an extra boost in its last few weeks.  The results of the vote will be revealed November 15.

"Sam knows all too well about the challenges faced by LGBTI Australians and his generosity towards them will help us achieve fairness and equality for all," said the co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality. "Sam doesn't need to do this. He isn't Australian but he understands what it feels like to be in a relationship that isn't considered equal."

The rest of the money from Sam's January performance at the Sydney Opera House will be donated to organizations that support young gay, lesbian, bisexual and gender diverse youth.  Tickets go on sale Monday.

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Friday
Oct132017

Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform at Stand Up for Heroes veteran benefit event

Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers have joined the lineup for the 2017 Stand Up for Heroes benefit, taking place November 7 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The annual event raises money for injured veterans and their families.

Stand Up for Heroes is, for the most part, a comedy show: This year's event will feature performances from John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj and John Mulaney. The Chili Peppers are no strangers to comedy, though -- remember Chad Smith's drum battle with Will Ferrell?

"The Red Hot Chili Peppers bring so much energy to the stage and are one of my favorite bands," says Bob Woodruff, ABC News correspondent and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is co-presenting the event. "We're humbled that they're joining us at Stand Up for Heroes to honor those who've served."

For more info, visit SUFH.BobWoodruffFoundation.org.

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