Monday, May 21, 2018

Bob Dylan Reveals 'Heaven's Door' Signature Line of Whiskeys

Bob Dylan Reveals 'Heaven's Door' Signature Line of Whiskeys:

Bob Dylan revealed that he has launched his own signature line of whiskeys called Heaven's Door. The legendary singer-songwriter teamed with bourbon makers Angel's Envy to create a trio of small batch whiskeys: A straight rye, a double barrel whiskey and a Tennessee bourbon.

"We both wanted to create a collection of American whiskeys that, in their own way, tell a story," Dylan said in a statement to the New York Times. "I've been traveling for decades, and I've been able to try some of the best spirits that the world of whiskey has to offer. This is great whiskey."

The artwork on the Heaven's Door bottles draws from Dylan's ironwork to create massive gates. "The iron gates depicted on bottles of Heaven’s Door Whiskey were created by Bob Dylan at his metalworking shop, Black Buffalo Ironworks, and are comprised of found objects collected from farms and scrap yards across America: 'everything from farm equipment, children’s toys, kitchen utensils and antique fire arms to chains, cogs, axes and wheels,'" the Heaven's Door site writes.

According to the New York Times, Angel's Envy founder Marc Bushala pitched the idea of a whiskey line to Dylan, who initially proposed the name "Bootleg" for the whiskeys, a nod to his ongoing archival series. Bushala and Dylan spoke over the phone to lie out a flavor profile for the three whiskeys.

"Dylan has these qualities that actually work well for a whiskey," Bushala told the newspaper. "He has great authenticity. He is a quintessential American. He does things the way he wants to do them. I think these are good attributes for a super-premium whiskey as well."

Heaven's Door will release a limited edition "Bootleg Series" of the whiskey, housed in ceramic bottles decorated with his oil and watercolor paintings, starting next year. The whiskey brand also plans on opening a Nashville distillery in 2019.

"Our goal is to expand the collection with new expressions of Heaven’s Door as a 'never-ending tour,' in keeping with our mission to collaborate with craft distillers and blenders across the country on a continuous basis," Heaven's Door added. "We have some exciting partnerships in the works…"

The initial run of Heaven's Door is available to order now at the whiskey label's website and at liquor stores in select states.

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Phil Collins Plots First Major North American Tour in 12 Years

Phil Collins Plots First Major North American Tour in 12 Years:

Phil Collins announced his first major North American tour in 12 years. The 15-date "Not Dead Yet, Live!" launches October 5th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and concludes October 28th in Los Angeles. The tour, titled after his 2016 memoir Not Dead Yet, is billed as a celebration of Collins' career.

Citi cardmembers can register for a pre-sale now through Wednesday, May 9th at midnight; the pre-sale runs Friday, May 11th at 10 a.m. through Sunday, May 13th at 5:00 p.m. Registration begins Friday, the 11th at noon local time for the Verified Fan sale, which lasts from Monday, May 14th at 10 a.m. through 11:50 p.m. A general on-sale begins Tuesday, May 15th at 10 a.m.

The pop-rock hit-maker's backing band will include several longtime touring members – guitarist Daryl Stuermer (his former touring mate in Genesis), keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar and percussionist Luis Conte – along with a horn section, backup vocalists and Collins' 16-year-old drummer son, Nicolas.

Collins announced his "retirement" after concluding his 2010 tour behind covers album Going Back – but those plans turned out to be tentative. In 2014, he returned to the stage with a pair of songs at Miami Country Day School, which his sons attended; then, two years later, he performed a mini-set during a fundraiser for his Little Dreams Foundation. Since then, he played "Easy Lover" (with Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.) and "In the Air Tonight" at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and promoted Not Dead Yet with a Roots-assisted "In the Air Tonight" on The Tonight Show.

The singer toured the U.K. and Europe last summer, though he was forced to delay some shows after suffering a "severe gash" from a fall.

Phil Collins Tour Dates
October 5 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
October 7 - Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
October 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
October 9 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
October 11 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
October 13 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
October 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
October 16 - Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
October 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken loans Arena
October 19 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
October 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
October 22 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
October 25 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
October 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
October 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

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Lady Gaga, Paramore Donate Gear to Benefit Girls Rock Camps

Lady Gaga, Paramore Donate Gear to Benefit Girls Rock Camps:

Lady Gaga, Paramore, Dolly Parton and more will auction off musical equipment and signed memorabilia to support the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

The sale launches May 10th on Reverb with all proceeds benefiting the GRCA. The nonprofit organization supports programs all over the world that host summer rock camps and other music education programs for female, transgender and gender non-conforming kids.

Other artists set to participate include Kacey Musgraves, Melissa Etheridge, Charli XCX, Laura Jane Grace, Heart's Nancy Wilson and Sharon Van Etten. A preview of the sale, as well as a list of participating artists, is available on Reverb.

Musgraves said of the cause, "My sister and I were very lucky to have inspiring resources at our fingertips and people championing us to find our passions very early in life. We need more perspectives of strong women living on through art and music, so I'm happy to support Girls Rock."

Among the items up for sale are Lady Gaga's digital delay guitar pedal, used during her Joanne tour, and several microphones that belonged to Paramore's Hayley Williams. Dolly Parton is donating a few pieces of autographed merchandise, while Charli XCX is offering a signed vinyl and cassette copy of her album, Number 1 Angel. The B-52's Kate Pierson is donating a Line 6 Varian 700 guitar used on stage by her bandmate Keith Strickland, as well as several autographed items including a toy microphone modeled after Darth Maul's dual lightsaber.

Musgrave has donated a Nandy microphone/line mixer, as well as an autographed plastic pink flamingo, while Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace is offering up her Yamaha Revstar guitar, which she's also signed. Heart's Nancy Wilson donated her flanger guitar pedal, Melissa Etheridge her overdrive pedal and Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis her NoiseKICK FX overdrive pedal. Sharon Van Etten is offering up the Suzuki Omnichord she used to write several songs on her 2014 album, Are We There.

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Hear Selena Gomez's New Song 'Back to You' From '13 Reasons Why'

Hear Selena Gomez's New Song 'Back to You' From '13 Reasons Why':

Selena Gomez compares a romantic partner to a hooky pop tune in the sleek new song, "Back to You," featured in the upcoming soundtrack to 13 Reasons Why Season Two.

"You're stuck in my head, and I can't get you out of it," the singer proclaims over acoustic guitar and a lightly tropical programmed beat. Later, she admits, "I wanna hold you when I'm not supposed to."

All pre-orders of the soundtrack, out May 18th, will receive an instant-grat download of "Back to You." The album – out the same day Season Two premieres on Netflix – also includes new songs from OneRepublic featuring Logic, Billie Eilish featuring Khalid, YUNGBLUD featuring Charlotte Lawrence, Coloring and Lord Huron featuring Phoebe Bridges (a new version of the band's "The Night We Met," which appeared in the drama's first season). The record also boasts New Wave classics from New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Tears for Fears and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Gomez premiered the single Thursday on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show, calling the song "a special project that I wanted to give to Season Two." The singer, an executive producer on 13 Reasons Why, also discussed the controversy surrounding the show's first season, which revolves around the suicide of a high school student.

"I've always viewed things as comfort is the enemy of progress," she said. "So I think when something makes that sort of noise, it’s either two reasons. It's either so foul or it's amazing. And I think that's when you get people to wake up. I don't do it to glorify anything. This is what happens and I'm sorry if you can't – this is real life and I've had numerous parents and kids come up to me. How it's just opened the door for healthy communication and that's all you want. You know, we're not going to end these certain things or try to break through it unless we take those risks."

The singer, who confirmed she is currently "finishing up" her third studio album, also enthused that she feels "the best [she's] felt" after being diagnosed with lupus in 2014 and receiving a kidney transplant last year.

"I've been very aware of my platform, and I don't try to hide any part of flaws that are in me," she said. "I'm hoping to keep beating it. But I'm super happy. I love people; I take really good care of myself. And yes, it’s just sometimes it's hard, you know? You'll never really get over stuff. You kind of just have to get better and better and work on it. It's one step at a time."

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Apple Music, Pandora Join Spotify in (Sort Of) Muting R. Kelly

Apple Music, Pandora Join Spotify in (Sort Of) Muting R. Kelly:

Spotify caused a mighty stir yesterday when it announced that, under a new public policy against "hate content and hateful conduct," it would no longer feature R. Kelly on its playlists. The following day, Apple Music and Pandora announced they will also stop promoting the R&B singer, who is facing multiple sexual misconduct and assault allegations.

Sources told Pitchfork and The Blast that Apple Music had quietly pulled R. Kelly from featured playlists before Spotify's announcement and that Pandora does not currently promote the singer's music. R. Kelly’s music is still available on both streaming platforms – and Spotify's – but users have to search for it specifically, rather than coming across it on company-curated playlists. Apple Music said its decision was made weeks ago; Pandora said it has been overhauling its approach to "artists with unacceptable conduct" for months. "Pandora's policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues," the company said in a statement.

Neither streaming service, though, has come out with a policy around artists' content or conduct in general. XXXTentacion, a controversy-laden rapper charged with domestic abuse felonies, was removed from popular Spotify playlists under its new policy, but remains on Apple Music's promoted playlists.

For all three companies, the task of policing artists is murky territory. Spotify, Apple and Pandora have all stated artists will be judged on a "case-by-case" basis – language that deflects the larger question of how the companies will distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behavior going forward. (When asked for a comment, XXXTentacion's management team gave lists of other musicians who have been accused of violence and abuse and asked if they'll also be taken off Spotify.)

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Watch Kelly Clarkson's Optimistic 'Meaning of Life' Video

Watch Kelly Clarkson's Optimistic 'Meaning of Life' Video:

Kelly Clarkson navigates a dark, crumbling mansion – and emerges into the sunlight – in her new "Meaning of Life" video.

The singer opens the clip strolling through empty rooms littered with peeling paint, debris and a fallen chandelier. But Clarkson gains confidence as the song's message blooms into optimism ("When you kiss me, I know who I am"), and she ends the clip performing with a full band in a room illuminated by sunlight and filled with trees.

"Meaning of Life" is the title track from the pop star's eighth studio album, which Rolling Stone ranked one of 2017's 20 Best Pop Albums. Since issuing the LP, Clarkson debuted as a coach for the ongoing 14th season of The Voice.

The singer will both perform and host NBC's three-hour telecast of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, which airs Sunday, May 20th at 8 p.m. ET. She has additional live appearances scheduled throughout the summer, including the opening ceremony for the Department of Defense's annual Warrior Games on June 2nd.

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Metallica's Kirk Hammett: 'We're Still Right' About Suing Napster

Metallica's Kirk Hammett: 'We're Still Right' About Suing Napster:

Metallica's 2000 lawsuit against Napster, the pioneering and controversial file-sharing service, epitomized a disoriented music industry in the new millennium. And while some fans criticized the metal band for their legal action, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett maintains that they made the right choice.

"The whole Napster thing – it didn't do us any favors whatsoever. But you know what? We're still in the right on that — we're still right about Napster, no matter who's out there who's saying, 'Metallica was wrong,'" Hammett recently told Swedish TV show Nyhetsmorgon. "All you have to do is look at the state of the music industry, and that kind of explains the whole situation right there."

Hammett's comments were in response to a question about Metallica's 10th and most recent LP, 2016's Hardwired to Self-Destruct – their first issued via major streaming services. Though he recognized this modern technology as a necessary promotional tool, he lamented the loss of sound quality that comes from digitizing analog music.

"There was a time when the streaming thing was kinda weird, and it's not that great of quality – I don't care what anyone sounds about modern streaming, all these 'bits' and whatnot," he said. "It's never going to sound better than vinyl. Having that said, we want to be accessible, and you need to make sure you're accessible on all the modern fronts."

As album sales have continued to plummet in the post-Napster era, the band's outlook on piracy appears to have been proven correct – even if some fans continue to criticize their methodology, which included delivering a list of 335,000 users who downloaded their songs.

Hammett has remained proud of the band's tough approach – and wishes other artists had stepped up in their battle. "If there's anything I regret, I regret that no one else supported us during that Napster time," he told The Word of Wheeler podcast in 2016. "I don't even know if you can call it a regret. Maybe it's more of a disappointment. I was very disappointed that other musicians who saw our point, they supported us in ways that were less inconvenient to them.

"We stuck our necks out there," he added. "At the end of the day, I'd like to say what we were doing had some merit – some truth to it."

While Hammett has embraced a more optimistic outlook on the music industry in recent years, he's confident that piracy has permanently ruined the old business model.

"It's just become too big of a beast to try to control," he told Noisey in 2014. "The best thing to do is to try to put a positive spin on it and embrace it for what it is because it's still keeping our music alive and out there, and people are still hearing us and listening to us. We’re just learning how to roll with the changes. The whole piracy thing, the whole Internet thing, really destroyed the record industry, and it ended up changing music and the way it even sounds. Now, it just seems like there’s less of a drive to be the best musician you can be or the best band that you can be because you can record anything, and put it out there, and people will say, 'Hey, that’s great!' or, 'No, [that] sucks,' whatever. It used to be that you had to really work hard to earn the respect selling albums, competing with all the other great bands making great albums – that just doesn't exist anymore.

"Everyone just kinda throws an album out there, and it kinda just floats around in the cyber-world," he added. "What I miss is, there was a time when people would rally behind bands. When an album came out, it was a huge event that everyone spoke about, and you'd go down to the record store and see other people buying it and other people excited, and, 'Have you heard this yet!?' 'No, I haven't!' – all that is gone now because of the Internet. The convenience of it is great, but it really put a big fuckin' kibosh on all that shit."

Drummer Lars Ulrich, meanwhile, has expressed some remorse for the band's aggressive tactic. "I learned that the thing that I love about Metallica is that we're very impulsive," he told Rolling Stone in 2016. "That impulsivity occasionally bites us in the ass, because we jump before we know where we're landing. In a creative environment, that's a great situation. But with Napster, we jumped straight down to "Fuck these guys! Let's go after them." [Laughs] And then all of a sudden, we were just like a deer caught in the headlights.

"I underestimated what Napster meant to people in terms of the freedom it represented," he added. "So I think that sometimes even if you don't want to, you gotta kinda just do a little bit of due diligence before you jump – at least have an idea of where you think you're gonna land [laughs]."

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Rita Ora Apologizes Over Widespread Criticism of New Song 'Girls'

Rita Ora Apologizes Over Widespread Criticism of New Song 'Girls':

Rita Ora has apologized over widespread criticism surrounding her recently released song "Girls" and walked back some of the track's thematic messages. 

Ora released "Girls," which also features Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha and discusses themes of bisexuality, last week to a mixed reception. While some praised the song as a "bisexual anthem," others pointed out the problematic undertones and queer stereotypes perpetuated by the lyrics. Many of the issues stemmed from the fact that the songwriting team behind a song extolling the queer female experience was primarily male.

While apologizing for the messaging of the song, the singer also came out as bisexual. In a note posted on her Twitter account, Ora wrote that the single "was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life." She goes on to reveal that she has had "romantic relationships with women and men" and maintains that the perspective of the song was her "personal journey."

She continued the note by apologizing to anyone hurt by the delivery of the song's message. "I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone," she said. "Looking forward, I hope that continuing to express myself through my art will empower my fans to feel as proud of themselves as I'm learning to feel about who I am."

Openly out artists Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko voiced their criticisms on Twitter as well. Kiyoko called the song "downright tone-deaf" for the way it "fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women." Kehlani, who appeared on Cardi B's album, pointed out that there many "awkward slurs" across the song. Both artists emphasized their fandom of all four of the artists on the record as well as support for expressions of sexuality in all forms.

Previously, Ora spoke around her sexual identity when discussing the song. She called it a "gender-fluid freedom anthem" in an interview with People. She also revealed that Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" was the main inspiration, though that song has received similar backlash since its 2008 release. Just last year, Perry admitted that she would re-write her breakout hit if she could to remove the stereotypes.

— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) May 14, 2018

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See Ariana Grande, the Roots Perform With Nintendo Labo Instruments

See Ariana Grande, the Roots Perform With Nintendo Labo Instruments:

Ariana Grande enlisted The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for a special performance of her new single "No Tears Left to Cry" Monday, with the crew performing the track entirely with Nintendo Labo instruments.

Each instrument used was fashioned entirely of cardboard and a Nintendo Switch. Appearing in a sparse room dressed up with color-blocked windows, taped geometric shapes lining the floor and cardboard boxes propping up some of their gear, Grande sang her uplifting song about perseverance and rising above negativity.

The band played their cardboard instruments live for the segment. Fallon played guitar and employed the piano studio, Questlove used the Labo robot kit, Black Thought was on the electric guitar fishing rod, Kamal Gray and James Poyser played Toy-Con pianos, Captain Kirk was on acoustic guitar, Mark Kelley was on bass guitar and Stro played a Toy-Con drum machine.

"No Tears Left to Cry" will appear on Grande's forthcoming fourth studio album, Sweetener.

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Stevie Wonder Plots Brief Summer Tour

Stevie Wonder Plots Brief Summer Tour:

Stevie Wonder will perform a handful of shows this summer as part of a limited engagement concert series, "Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love and Music."

The series launches with a five-night stand at the Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas, August 3rd, 4th, 8th, 10th and 11th. Later that month, Wonder will play two shows in Atlantic City and two shows in National Harbor, Maryland. The short run wraps September 1st at MassMutual Center at MGM Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster May 21st at 10 a.m. PST.

Wonder teased the "Song Party" trek at a private concert in Los Angeles last week that also marked his 68th birthday. Per The Los Angeles Times, the show featured cameos from artists like Donald Glover and Kelly Rowland, while Wonder also said he hoped to release a new studio album, Through the Eyes of Wonder, later this year.

While Wonder hasn't embarked on a full-fledged tour since his 2015 and 2016 trek celebrating his 1976 classic, Songs in the Key of Life, he has played several festival sets over the past few years. In April, he appeared at the Equal Justice Initiative's Concert for Peace and Justice to mark the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

Stevie Wonder Tour DatesAugust 3 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater at Park MGM
August 4 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater at Park MGM
August 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater at Park MGM
August 10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater at Park MGM
August 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater at Park MGM
August 25 – Atlantic City, NJ @ The Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
August 26 – Atlantic City, NJ @ The Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
August 29 – National Harbor, MD @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
August 30 – National Harbor, MD @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
September 1 – Springfield, MA @ MassMutual Center at MGM Springfield

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U2 Detail Intimate Apollo Theater Concert

U2 Detail Intimate Apollo Theater Concert:

U2 will perform a special invitation-only concert at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater June 11th. SiriusXM will host the concert and broadcast the performance after it happens on channel 30.

The Apollo concert will be a much more intimate show than U2's ongoing Experience + Innocence world tour, which includes an augmented-reality section. The setlist will reportedly comprise cuts from the group's latest LP, Songs of Experience, alongside classics from their catalog. The last time U2 played a similarly-sized venue in New York City was their 2000 concert at Irving Plaza.

"New York City and the U2 band have a unique history," said Bono. "From the songs of Lou Reed, Billie Holiday and the Ramones that taught us how to listen, to the New Yorkers at our earliest U.S. shows who taught us how to play, the souls of New York and U2 have always been intertwined. The Apollo Theater is the heart of New York's musical soul, and to finally be playing our songs on the same stage where James Brown begged 'Please Please Please' is not only a bucket list moment, it’s an incredible honor."

SiriusXM subscribers will have the opportunity to win tickets to the Apollo show through an invitation sent via e-mail. Subscribers since April 25th, 2018 will also be able to enter to win a trip for two to New York to see the show.

The satellite radio giant has hosted several similar concerts at the Apollo over the years, starting in 2010 with Paul McCartney. Other artists to participate include Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, James Taylor and Guns N' Roses.

Following their Apollo gig, U2 will resume the North American leg of their Experience + Innocence, which is set to wrap July 3rd at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Flashback: U2 Cover the Who at Intimate NYC Gig in 2000

Flashback: U2 Cover the Who at Intimate NYC Gig in 2000:

On Tuesday, U2 announced that they're going to take a one-night-only break from their ongoing arena tour to play a special gig for SiriusXM subscribers at New York's Apollo Theater on June 11th. "The band will be playing material from current release Songs of Experience alongside classics from the storied U2 catalogue," reads a press release announcing the show. "The special concert will be the first time the band, who paid homage to Harlem's Billie Holiday on their 1988 song 'Angel of Harlem,' has played the legendary venue."

It will also mark their first concert at a New York venue smaller than Madison Square Garden since their 2000 show at Irving Plaza weeks after the release of All That You Can't Leave Behind. That show was a very rare departure from the stadiums and arenas they'd favored over the past 15 years, and the band decided to make it special by playing early single "11 O'clock Tick Tock" for the first time since 1990. They also honored their heroes the Ramones by playing their 1977 classic "I Remember You."

Rolling Stone's Chris Heath was reporting a cover story about the band when they rehearsed for the show. "Though they know they will play the four songs from the new record that they have rehearsed for TV appearances, they must decide what else," he wrote. "Bono addresses his fellow band members. 'I have an idea,' he says." He wanted them to play "Won't Get Fooled Again" by the Who to end the the show. He got the thought in his head during the "Walk On" video shoot in Rio when the Edge spontaneously played the riff between takes.

"When I arrive at Irving Plaza, U2 are on the small stage, not playing but listening to the Who's version of 'Won't Get Fooled Again,' through the monitor," Heath wrote. "The Edge fingers his guitar, checking the chords. After only two or three minutes he gestures for the Who to be switched off, and they launch straight into their own pared-down version ... 'How did the Who end it?' the Edge wonders. 'I don't know – we didn't get that far on the album,' Bono points out. 'I just want to warn you, Lenny Kravitz will be out there, and he'll know all the chords.'"

Here's video of the big moment from the show, by which point they'd learned all the chords even though Bono changed around some of the lyrics, skipped the bridge and all of the third verse. He also added in a few lines at the end about the "Coke Generation" and "Pepsi Generation" instead of the primal scream and the final "meet the new boss/same as the old boss" coda. Lenny Kravitz was still probably impressed.

It's unclear what sort of show U2 will present at the Apollo next month. Guns N' Roses simply did a squeezed-down version of their arena/stadium set when they played the Apollo last year. U2 will probably be a bit more ambitious, partially because many elements of their elaborate stage simply cannot fit into the Apollo. Only a lucky handful of SiriusXM subscribers will be able to see the show live, but it will be broadcast on the satellite radio service.

"New York City and the U2 band have a unique history,” Bono said in a statement. “From the songs of Lou Reed, Billie Holiday and the Ramones that taught us how to listen, to the New Yorkers at our earliest U.S. shows who taught us how to play, the souls of New York and U2 have always been intertwined. The Apollo Theater is the heart of New York’s musical soul, and to finally be playing our songs on the same stage where James Brown begged Please Please Please is not only a bucket list moment, it’s an incredible honor.”

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Whitney Houston Doc Alleges She Was Molested by Cousin Dee Dee Warwick

Whitney Houston Doc Alleges She Was Molested by Cousin Dee Dee Warwick:

Whitney Houston was allegedly molested as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, according to the new documentary Whitney, which premiered at Cannes Thursday.

Per the Chicago Sun-Times, the claims were made by Houston's longtime assistant Mary Jones and Houston's brother Gary Garland-Houston. Jones said Whitney told her that Warwick molested her at a young age, while Garland-Houston said that a female family member abused him as a child, as well as his sister.

Jones suggested the alleged trauma stuck with Houston throughout her life, causing her to question her own sexuality and contributing to her struggles with drugs. According to the film, the alleged incidents took place while Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, was on tour. The movie also reportedly notes that Houston often insisted on bringing her own daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, on the road with her.

"We always wanted our film to be a corrective to that tabloid story," said the film's producer, Simon Chinn. "These are specific revelations that I think will get people to a deeper understanding of who Whitney was and in many ways redeem her as a person."

In an interview with the Associated Press, filmmaker Kevin Macdonald spoke about uncovering the story late in the production process. He said the key interview with Jones came just two weeks before a cut of the film was finished, and forced him to completely re-edit the movie.

WHITNEY ABUSED?: New documentary alleges #WhitneyHouston was molested at a young age by cousin Dee Dee Warwick; filmmaker #KevinMacdonald had to re-edit film at "at the last minute" pic.twitter.com/hNZ8vCDMS1
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) May 17, 2018
Macdonald said of Jones, "She'd had long conversations with Whitney about it, and she really, I think, understood because her own family, there'd been a history of sexual abuse. She understood the impact that it had on her."

Dee Dee Warwick, who was also a singer and the sister of Dionne Warwick, died in 2008. Houston died in 2012.

Whitney marks the first documentary about Houston made with the approval of her estate. The film is scheduled to open July 6th.

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Ariana Grande on Manchester Attack: 'Processing Is Going to Take Forever'

Ariana Grande on Manchester Attack: 'Processing Is Going to Take Forever':

Ariana Grande opened up about the Manchester terror attack outside her concert and how that experience informed her upcoming album Sweetener in a new interview with Time.

"There are so many people who have suffered such loss and pain," Grande said of the May 2017 attack, which killed 22 people. "The processing part is going to take forever."

Nearly a year after the attack, Grande is still reluctant to talk about the attack itself. "I don't want to give it that much power," Grande told Time. "Something so negative. It’s the absolute worst of humanity. That’s why I did my best to react the way I did. The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won."

The cover story also touches on the immediate aftermath of the bombing, when the shellshocked Grande canceled her European tour to recover emotionally in her native Boca Raton, Florida. While her manager Scooter Braun encouraged her to get back on the road, Grande was reticent before deciding to spearhead the One Manchester benefit concert. "If I don't do something, these people died in vain," she told Braun.

Grande's healing process included the recording of her new LP Sweetener, with the singer co-writing all of the album's tracks. "I was never as involved," Grande said. "I felt more inclined to tap into my feelings because I was spending more time with them. I was talking about them more. I was in therapy more."

The bee, a symbol of industrious Manchester, appears toward the end of Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry" video, and that honey-producing insect also inspired the title of Sweetener. "When you're handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?" Grande said of the album, which arrives this summer.

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Watch Taylor Swift Bring Out Shawn Mendes at Rose Bowl Concert

Watch Taylor Swift Bring Out Shawn Mendes at Rose Bowl Concert:

Taylor Swift brought out surprise guest Shawn Mendes Friday night during her concert at Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl, where the singers performed Mendes' 2017 hit "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back."

Swift handled the opening verse of the Illuminate track by herself before welcoming Mendes to the stage. "Come on out, Shawn," Swift said.

The duet wasn't a complete surprise to Swift devotees: Earlier in the day, Swift posted pre-concert footage on social media of her and Mendes rehearsing the song. The performance came hours after Mendes unveiled a new song titled "Where Were You in the Morning?"

Swift has also frequently recruited her opening acts Camila Cabello and Charli XCX to perform "Shake It Off" with her onstage.

The Rose Bowl concert marked just the fourth show of Swift's acclaimed Reputation Stadium Tour; she'll return to Pasadena, California Saturday night for the second of two shows at the stadium.

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Elton John Performs at Royal Wedding Reception

Elton John Performs at Royal Wedding Reception:

As rumored, Elton John performed during the lunchtime reception that followed the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The singer also attended the wedding earlier in Saturday in Windsor.

According to the Daily Mail, John took the stage after Prince Harry, following his speech, asked his guests, "Does anyone here know how to play the piano?" John then sat by the piano and performed four songs, "Your Song," "Circle of Life," "I'm Still Standing" and "Tiny Dancer"; the latter song features the lyric "L.A. lady," a nod to Markle's acting career.

Ellie Goulding similarly covered "Your Song" at the wedding of Harry's brother Prince William and Kate Middleton.

"Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the Reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George's Hall, Windsor Castle," Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement. "Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family."

John notably performed a revised rendition of his "Candle in the Wind" at the funeral of Princess Diana, Harry's mother, in 1997, and was a close friend of the royal family.

"I first met an extremely shy and sweet Prince Harry at a private lunch at Kensington Palace, given by his mother Princess Diana for Gianni Versace and me many years ago," John once said. "What a joy it has been to see that young boy grow to inherit his mother's warmth, sense of humor and courage to stand up and champion the causes he truly believes in."

George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey and Idris Elba were among the celebrities to attend the Royal Wedding.

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Taylor Swift Extends Record For Most Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 Hits Among Women With 'Delicate'

Taylor Swift Extends Record For Most Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 Hits Among Women With 'Delicate':

The latest single from 'Reputation' rises 46-36, becoming her 56th top 40 entry.

Taylor Swift adds her record-extending 56th top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Delicate" climbs from No. 46 to No. 36 (on the chart dated May 26).

Swift expands her lead over Rihanna, the runner-up among women with 50 top 40 Hot 100 entries. Madonna ranks third among women with 49. Among all acts, Elvis Presley reigns with 80 top 40 titles.

"Delicate" is the sixth top 40 hit from Swift's 2017 album Reputation, following the three-week No. 1 "Look What You Made Me Do," "…Ready for It?" (No. 4), "Gorgeous" (No. 13), "Call It What You Want" (No. 27) and "End Game," featuring Ed Sheeran and Future (No. 18).

Radio airplay is driving "Delicate" most heavily, as it the track climbs 24-20 on the Radio Songs chart, up 14 percent to 45.6 million all-format audience impressions in the week ending May 20, according to Nielsen Music.



Here is an updated look at the acts with the most top 40 Hot 100 hits, dating to the chart's Aug. 4, 1958, inception (about two years after Presley began hitting predecessor Billboard charts).

80, Elvis Presley
72, Drake
71, Lil Wayne
57, Elton John
56, Taylor Swift
51, Glee Cast
50, The Beatles
50, Rihanna
49, Madonna
48, JAY-Z
47, Nicki Minaj
46, Stevie Wonder
45, Chris Brown
44, James Brown
43, Aretha Franklin
41, Marvin Gaye
41, The Rolling Stones
41, Kanye West

As previously reported, Childish Gambino's "This Is America" crowns the May 26-dated Hot 100 for a second week, while rap songs have monopolized the chart's top four in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2003.

All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (May 22).

LUPITA NYONG’O at Secret Chopard Party at 71st Cannes Film Festival

LUPITA NYONG’O at Secret Chopard Party at 71st Cannes Film Festival 05/11/2018:



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LUPITA NYONG’O at Secret Chopard Party at 71st Cannes Film Festival 05/11/2018


RIHANNA in Vogue Magazine, June 2018 Issue

RIHANNA in Vogue Magazine, June 2018 Issue:



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ARIANA GRANDE in Time Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders

ARIANA GRANDE in Time Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders, May 2018:



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ARIANA GRANDE in Time Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders, May 2018


Royal Wedding of MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry at Windsor Castle

Royal Wedding of MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry at Windsor Castle 05/19/2018:



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ARIANA GRANDE at Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas

ARIANA GRANDE at Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas 05/20/2018:



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ARIANA GRANDE at Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas 05/20/2018


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Billboard - Katy Perry Would Rewrite 'I Kissed a Girl' to Remove 'Stereotypes'

Katy Perry Would Rewrite 'I Kissed a Girl' to Remove 'Stereotypes':

Katy Perry said that if she were to rewrite her breakout Number One hit "I Kissed a Girl" today, she would change some lyrics to get rid of "a couple of stereotypes."

In a new interview with Glamour published on Tuesday, Perry revisited some of her singles as part of a video in which she watches fan covers of her songs and compliments their interpretations of her work. After praising an acoustic rendition of "I Kissed a Girl" by Ramona Rox – "nice vocal texture" – Perry spoke about the song's origins.

"That was in 2008 when it came out," she remembers. "I think we've really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years. We've come a long way. Bisexuality wasn't as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity."

"If I had to write that song again," she continues, "I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What's true for you can evolve." She did not specify which lyrics she might adjust, but possible candidates include the couplets, "I kissed a girl just to try it/ I hope my boyfriend don't mind it" and, "It's not what good girls do/ Not how they should behave."

Perry co-wrote "I Kissed a Girl" with her longtime collaborators Max Martin and Dr. Luke as well as the British songwriter Cathy Dennis. It became Perry's first Number One hit, climbed to the top spot on the Hot 100 over the course of seven weeks in 2008. Perry went on to land eight more Number Ones.

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Billboard - Elvis Presley Doc 'The Searcher' Pulls Hits, Rarities for Soundtrack

Elvis Doc 'The Searcher' Pulls Hits, Rarities for Soundtrack:

An expansive soundtrack to accompany HBO's upcoming documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, will be released April 6th via RCA/Legacy Recordings. The soundtrack will feature a mix of Presley hits and alternate mixes, while a deluxe edition will feature selections from the documentary's score composed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.

The Searcher soundtrack will be available digitally and on CD and double vinyl LP, while the deluxe edition will packaged as a three-CD set. All versions are available to pre-order now.

Along with the original soundtrack and parts of McCready's score, the deluxe edition of The Searcher soundtrack will include a plethora of bonus material including additional rarities, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' rendition of "Wooden Heart" and classic R&B, country and gospel songs that inspired Elvis. The set will also come with a 40-page hardcover book packed with rare photographs, liner notes from Warren Zanes and a note from The Searcher director Thom Zimny.

"From day one I had a soundtrack in mind; one that would cover Elvis in a new way and go deep into the vault,"Zimny tells Rolling Stone of The Searcher soundtrack. "Thanks to the help of Sony Legacy and the efforts of Ernst Jorgensen, I was able to pore over thousands of recordings and Elvis Presley outtakes. I also wanted the film's soundtrack to pay tribute to the many artists who influenced Elvis, and to incorporate their music to create a sonic landscape that I hoped would give the viewer the experiences Elvis had absorbing the many genres he was exposed to and influenced by – from gospel, to R&B, to country."

He added that McCready's score "brought additional sonic textures and emotional overtones that helped to capture this artist's journey."

The Searcher will premiere on HBO April 14th. The two-part, three-hour documentary will chronicle Presley's life from childhood to his final Jungle Room recording sessions in 1976. The film was made with the cooperation of the Presley estate, and Zimny was reportedly allowed unprecedented access to the Graceland archives.


Elvis Presley: The Searcher Soundtrack Track List
Standard Edition
1. "Trouble / Guitar Man"
2. "My Baby Left Me"
3. "That's All Right"
4. "Baby Let's Play House"
5. "Heartbreak Hotel"
6. "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"
7. "Hound Dog"
8. "Crawfish"
9. "Mona Lisa"
10. "Milky White Way"
11. "Like A Baby"
12. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
13. "It's Now Or Never"
14. "Tomorrow Is A Long Time"
15. "Suspicious Minds" (take 6)
16. "Separate Ways" (rehearsal version)
17. "Hurt" (take 5)
18. "If I Can Dream"

Deluxe Edition - Disc One
1. "Trouble / Guitar Man"
2. "My Baby Left Me"
3. "Baby, What You Want Me To Do"
4. "Old Shep"
5. "That's When Your Heartaches Begin"
6. "That's All Right"
7. "Blue Moon Of Kentucky"
8. "Fool, Fool, Fool"
9. "Tweedlee Dee"
10. Baby Let's Play House"
11. "Good Rockin' Tonight"
12. "Trying To Get To You"
13. "Blue Moon"
14. "When It Rains It Pours"
15. "Blue Christmas"
16. "Heartbreak Hotel"
17. "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"
18. "Money Honey"
19. "Hound Dog"
20. "(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)"
21. "Crawfish"
22. "Trouble"
23. "Farther Along"
24. "Mona Lisa"
25. "Hide Thou Me"
26. "Loving You" (end title take 16)
27. "Lonely Man" (solo version)
28. "Power Of My Love"

Disc Two
1. "Milky White Way"
2. "A Mess Of Blues"
3. "Fame And Fortune"
4. "Love Me Tender" / "Witchcraft" (duet with Frank Sinatra)
5. "Like A Baby"
6. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
7. "It's Now Or Never"
8. "Wooden Heart"
9. "Swing Down Sweet Chariot"
10. "Reconsider Baby"
11. "Bossa Nova Baby"
12. "C'mon Everybody"
13. "Tomorrow Is A Long Time"
14. "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
15. "Run On"
16. "Baby What You Want Me To Do"
17. "Suspicious Minds" (take 6)
18. "Baby Let's Play House" (rehearsal)
19. "Words" (rehearsal)
20. "That's All Right"
21. "Never Been To Spain"
22. "An American Trilogy"
23. "You Gave Me A Mountain"
24. "Burning Love" (rehearsal version)
25. "Separate Ways" (rehearsal version)
26. "Hurt" (take 5)
27. "If I Can Dream"

Disc Three
1. "Dissolution 2" – Mike McCready
2. "Satisfied" – The Blackwood Brothers
3. "That's All Right" – Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
4. "She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me Sometimes" – Joe Hill Louis
5. "Mystery Train" – Little Junior's Blue Flames
6. "Smokestack Lightning" – Howlin' Wolf
7. "Rock-A-My Soul" – The Blackwood Brothers
8. "Just Walkin' In The Rain" – The Prisonaires
9. "Rocket 88" – Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats
10. "Write Me A Letter" – The Ravens
11. "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" – Bill Monroe
12. "Ain't That Right" – Eddie Snow
13. "Just Walkin' In The Rain" – Johnnie Ray
14. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" – Lloyd Price
15. "Home Sweet Home" – Gladys Presley
16. "Blowin' In The Wind" – Odetta
17. "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" – Odetta
18. "The Weight" – The Staple Singers
19. "Heartbreak Hotel" – The Orlons
20. "Wooden Heart" – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
21. "Rebound" – Mike McCready

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Billboard - Elvis Presley Doc 'The Searcher' Pulls Hits, Rarities for Soundtrack

Elvis Doc 'The Searcher' Pulls Hits, Rarities for Soundtrack:

An expansive soundtrack to accompany HBO's upcoming documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, will be released April 6th via RCA/Legacy Recordings. The soundtrack will feature a mix of Presley hits and alternate mixes, while a deluxe edition will feature selections from the documentary's score composed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.

The Searcher soundtrack will be available digitally and on CD and double vinyl LP, while the deluxe edition will packaged as a three-CD set. All versions are available to pre-order now.

Along with the original soundtrack and parts of McCready's score, the deluxe edition of The Searcher soundtrack will include a plethora of bonus material including additional rarities, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' rendition of "Wooden Heart" and classic R&B, country and gospel songs that inspired Elvis. The set will also come with a 40-page hardcover book packed with rare photographs, liner notes from Warren Zanes and a note from The Searcher director Thom Zimny.

"From day one I had a soundtrack in mind; one that would cover Elvis in a new way and go deep into the vault,"Zimny tells Rolling Stone of The Searcher soundtrack. "Thanks to the help of Sony Legacy and the efforts of Ernst Jorgensen, I was able to pore over thousands of recordings and Elvis Presley outtakes. I also wanted the film's soundtrack to pay tribute to the many artists who influenced Elvis, and to incorporate their music to create a sonic landscape that I hoped would give the viewer the experiences Elvis had absorbing the many genres he was exposed to and influenced by – from gospel, to R&B, to country."

He added that McCready's score "brought additional sonic textures and emotional overtones that helped to capture this artist's journey."

The Searcher will premiere on HBO April 14th. The two-part, three-hour documentary will chronicle Presley's life from childhood to his final Jungle Room recording sessions in 1976. The film was made with the cooperation of the Presley estate, and Zimny was reportedly allowed unprecedented access to the Graceland archives.


Elvis Presley: The Searcher Soundtrack Track List
Standard Edition
1. "Trouble / Guitar Man"
2. "My Baby Left Me"
3. "That's All Right"
4. "Baby Let's Play House"
5. "Heartbreak Hotel"
6. "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"
7. "Hound Dog"
8. "Crawfish"
9. "Mona Lisa"
10. "Milky White Way"
11. "Like A Baby"
12. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
13. "It's Now Or Never"
14. "Tomorrow Is A Long Time"
15. "Suspicious Minds" (take 6)
16. "Separate Ways" (rehearsal version)
17. "Hurt" (take 5)
18. "If I Can Dream"

Deluxe Edition - Disc One
1. "Trouble / Guitar Man"
2. "My Baby Left Me"
3. "Baby, What You Want Me To Do"
4. "Old Shep"
5. "That's When Your Heartaches Begin"
6. "That's All Right"
7. "Blue Moon Of Kentucky"
8. "Fool, Fool, Fool"
9. "Tweedlee Dee"
10. Baby Let's Play House"
11. "Good Rockin' Tonight"
12. "Trying To Get To You"
13. "Blue Moon"
14. "When It Rains It Pours"
15. "Blue Christmas"
16. "Heartbreak Hotel"
17. "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"
18. "Money Honey"
19. "Hound Dog"
20. "(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)"
21. "Crawfish"
22. "Trouble"
23. "Farther Along"
24. "Mona Lisa"
25. "Hide Thou Me"
26. "Loving You" (end title take 16)
27. "Lonely Man" (solo version)
28. "Power Of My Love"

Disc Two
1. "Milky White Way"
2. "A Mess Of Blues"
3. "Fame And Fortune"
4. "Love Me Tender" / "Witchcraft" (duet with Frank Sinatra)
5. "Like A Baby"
6. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
7. "It's Now Or Never"
8. "Wooden Heart"
9. "Swing Down Sweet Chariot"
10. "Reconsider Baby"
11. "Bossa Nova Baby"
12. "C'mon Everybody"
13. "Tomorrow Is A Long Time"
14. "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
15. "Run On"
16. "Baby What You Want Me To Do"
17. "Suspicious Minds" (take 6)
18. "Baby Let's Play House" (rehearsal)
19. "Words" (rehearsal)
20. "That's All Right"
21. "Never Been To Spain"
22. "An American Trilogy"
23. "You Gave Me A Mountain"
24. "Burning Love" (rehearsal version)
25. "Separate Ways" (rehearsal version)
26. "Hurt" (take 5)
27. "If I Can Dream"

Disc Three
1. "Dissolution 2" – Mike McCready
2. "Satisfied" – The Blackwood Brothers
3. "That's All Right" – Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
4. "She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me Sometimes" – Joe Hill Louis
5. "Mystery Train" – Little Junior's Blue Flames
6. "Smokestack Lightning" – Howlin' Wolf
7. "Rock-A-My Soul" – The Blackwood Brothers
8. "Just Walkin' In The Rain" – The Prisonaires
9. "Rocket 88" – Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats
10. "Write Me A Letter" – The Ravens
11. "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" – Bill Monroe
12. "Ain't That Right" – Eddie Snow
13. "Just Walkin' In The Rain" – Johnnie Ray
14. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" – Lloyd Price
15. "Home Sweet Home" – Gladys Presley
16. "Blowin' In The Wind" – Odetta
17. "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" – Odetta
18. "The Weight" – The Staple Singers
19. "Heartbreak Hotel" – The Orlons
20. "Wooden Heart" – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
21. "Rebound" – Mike McCready

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