For more than a quarter-century, the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game has been a tradition in Nashville’s charitable country-music community. Held each year during the fan-filled CMA Music Festival, the 2016 game is set for Tuesday afternoon, June 7th, at 3 p.m. CT, and will take place at Music City’s new First Tennessee Park — the home of the Nashville Sounds. 10 Best Things We Saw at All for the Hall Players on the two teams, representing the Grand Ole Opry and iHeartCountry, will include Charles Esten ( Nashville ‘s Deacon Claybourne), Vince Gill, Chris Lane, Scotty McCreery, Bret Michaels, David Nail, RaeLynn and Jamie Lynn Spears, with more players to be announced in the coming weeks. The 26th annual softball game benefits City of Hope , the California-based research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. This year’s event will also be marked by a special first-time meeting, as 8-year-old Aaron Yniquez, a City of Hope patient from Redlands, California, comes face to face with Yolanda Nava, a Southwest Airlines employee from Arlington, Texas.
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Axl Rose joined AC/DC ‘s Angus Young and Cliff Williams to deliver a message to fans in Portugal ahead of the Guns N’ Roses singer’s first show with the Australian rock outfit on Saturday. 4 Questions We Still Have About AC/DC and Axl Rose “Lisbon, here we come,” said Young in a short video posted to Facebook . “We’re really excited to be here in Portugal, we’re here to give you a great rock show.” Rose added with a smile: “Absolutely, we’re very excited to be there.” AC/DC will kick off their European trek Saturday, May 7th at the Passeio Maritimo de Algés in Lisbon and wrap June 12th at Ceres Park in Aarhus, Denmark. The leg marks the Australian outfit’s first without longtime frontman Brian Johnson, who was forced to exit after doctors told him he’d risk “total deafness” if he continued touring. Rose was confirmed as Johnson’s replacement just hours before he took the stage with Guns N’ Roses at Coachella. Along with picking up the AC/DC gig, Rose will front GNR on their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour, which begins June 23rd in Detroit and ends August 22nd in San Diego. Rose will eventually rejoin AC/DC for 10 U.S. shows they postponed in March due to Johnson’s health issues. Related Alice Cooper on Axl Rose With AC/DC: ‘That Might Just Work’ See Guns N’ Roses Bring Out AC/DC’s Angus Young at Coachella Roger Daltrey Calls AC/DC With Axl Rose ‘Karaoke’
Grimes turned The Tonight Show into a neon-lit dreamscape Wednesday for her performance of Art Angels single, “Flesh Without Blood.” Grimes: The Triumph of a Self-Made Oddball Strapped with a sticker-covered Stratocaster and dressed in a billowing ball gown, Grimes belted the pop cut in her stunning, helium-high voice and traded guitar, sampler and synth duties with another musician. The singer also found time to join her two backup dancers and break out some rapturous moves as the stage erupted in flashing lights. Grimes released Art Angels last November, three years after her breakout LP Visions . She’s set to return to the road this May opening for Florence and the Machine, and will play a handful of festivals as well including Hangout, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and FYF. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone , Grimes also mentioned she was working on new music and finishing some B sides, which could comprise a follow-up to Art Angels . As for the direction of the new material, Grimes said: “With Art Angels , it was all like [ growls ]. This would be more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.” Related Watch Grimes’ Self-Directed Video for Two New Songs Watch Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd Recreate Absurd Styx Video Questlove Recalls How Jimmy Fallon Won Over the Roots
The Kinks sandwiched a swinging guitar-driven and harmonica-tinged blues number, “Long Tall Shorty” – perhaps showing the spiritual roots of hard-rocking originals like “You Really Got Me” – in the middle of the first side of their 1964 self-titled debut. And even though they amassed their own hits in their own style, they never lost sight of their R&B influences. When the group played a two-night stand at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 1972, they presented a much more raucous version of the rarely played song – ornamenting the tune, originally by Don Covay and Atlantic Records co-founder Herb Abramson, with horns and organ – which is now coming out for the first time. Ray Davies: ‘If We Do a Kinks Show, We’re the Kinks’ A deluxe version of Everybody’s in Show-Biz , the band’s 10th album – a double LP containing studio recordings on one disc and live cuts on the other – will come out on June 3rd. The album is home to singles “Supersonic Rocket Ship” and “Celluloid Heroes.” The expanded edition features many previously unreleased songs from the group’s Carnegie Hall gigs and some alternative mixes of songs they put to tape in London. The first CD contains both LPs that came out on the original release, while most of the second contains many never-before-released rendition of “Sunny Afternoon,” “Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues,” “Muswell Hillbilly” and others. It also contains the studio outtake “Holiday” – which foreshadows their Preservation Act 1 – and an early version of “Money Talks,” dubbed “Sophisticated Lady,” among other rarities. The release, which includes liner notes by Rolling Stone ‘s David Fricke, will also be available as a three-LP set
Due to popular demand, Beyoncé has added extra shows in North America to her Formation World Tour . The September and October dates will follow the European leg of her trek. Beyonce Aligns With Three Charities for Formation World Tour The eight extra stops will hit various southern and coastal cities, including Atlanta, Los Angeles and East Rutherford, New Jersey. The final date of the tour will now take place in Nashville on October 2nd, which is the make-up date for a recently postponed show in the city. Tickets for all performances will go on sale May 13th. Beyoncé announced her Formation World Tour immediately after her performance at Super Bowl 50’s halftime show alongside Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. The announcement came the day after she surprised fans with the single ” Formation .” Less than a week before launching the tour in Miami, the pop star debuted Lemonade , the visual album component, on HBO and then released the music as a Tidal exclusive for the weekend only before making it available on Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming services. The launch of “Formation” was politically-charged, with Beyoncé shown on top of a sinking police car in New Orleans in the single’s official video and having her Super Bowl back-up dancers sporting outfits inspired by the Black Panthers. A failed anti-Beyoncé protest occurred outside NFL headquarters in New York and the Miami Police Union called for a boycott of her inaugural tour date in their city.
Justin Timberlake will be releasing a new song this week. The singer announced on Twitter that the tune will be released on Friday. Read Justin Timberlake’s Heartfelt Prince Tribute “#CantStopTheFeeling” he tweeted in response to a fan’s request for the name of the song. “Two more days,” Timberlake added to announce the timing. As far as the direction of the new music, he’s been tight lipped, though he recently shared a photo on Instagram showing him in the studio with Pharrell Williams. He also retweeted KISS FM, who wrote “I just heard the new @justintimberlake song!!! OMG! SMASH!!!,” which may indicate a pop direction. However, he’s made some country turns singing duets with Chris Stapleton during the 2015 CMA Awards and more recently he collaborated with Little Big Town. “NBD… Just wiring with @littlebigtown,” he wrote on Instagram, including a selfie with the group’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman. “This band is truth!! So Good!!!!” The singer has been busy working on other projects outside his solo work as well.
Radiohead released their sinister-beneath-a-whimsical-facade animated video for ” Burn the Witch ” on Tuesday and according to animator Virpi Kittu, its darker approach was part of a deeper take on Islamophobia and the refugee crisis in Europe. In an interview with Billboard , Kittu said her interpretation was that the band wanted to call attention to the crisis and the “blaming of different people… the blaming of Muslims and the negativity.” Watch Radiohead’s Sinister ‘Burn the Witch’ Video She said that misguided outlook might lead some to thoughts such as “burn the witch.” Radiohead had sent mysterious leaflets to some fans that housed the words, “We know where you live,” which the animator alluded to as suggesting, according to Billboard , “the current insecurity and blame game spawned by anti-immigration politicians.” Kittu, who also worked on the band’s “There There” alongside director Chris Hopewell, said the uneasy juxtaposing of the cute stop-motion animated characters against the sinister themes portrayed in the video and in the song was what the band wanted conveyed. “They wanted the video to contrast with what they’re playing and to wake people up a bit.” She also discussed the video’s other influences, including the British series Camberwick Green and the 1973 British horror movie The Wicker Man . “Burn the Witch” is presumably the first single from Radiohead’s forthcoming ninth studio album. The title’s phrase appeared in Radiohead’s 2003 Hail to the Thief artwork. While the band has not released details on their next album, which is the follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs , they have plotted a handful of North American tour dates, including shows in New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City, along with festivals dates at Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Outside Lands. Related Radiohead B-Sides, Reissues Pulled From Streaming Services Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie Top Outside Lands Radiohead Send Mysterious ‘Burn the Witch’ Leaflet to Fans
Producer AraabMuzik will release his first new album in five years this summer with the arrival of Dreamworld. The album features contributions from Baauer, Raiche and !llmind. Dreamworld continues AraabMuzik’s exploration of EDM and hip-hop while incorporating other genres like grime, future bass and more. Behind the Scenes at Hard Festival The new record follows a pair of 2015 EPs, the EDM-minded King and the hip-hop-oriented Goon Loops . Dreamworld ‘s first single “Chasing Pirates” showcases AraabMuzik’s versatility as the Raiche-featuring track builds from relaxed EDM toward a thumping climax. The Pablo S-directed video also spotlights AraabMuzik’s supreme abilities on the MPC. Following the release of Electronic Dream , AraabMuzik’s output stalled briefly after the producer was shot during an attempted robbery in May 2013. However, two months later, he dropped his The Remixes Vol. 1 collection, featuring his spin on EDM artists like Wolfgang Gartner, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki. Related Electronic Dream (Deluxe Edition) AraabMuzik Shot During Attempted Robbery The Remixes Vol
Members of Cheap Trick have responded to their fellow class of 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Miller, whose controversial statements about the Rock Hall angered other artists like the Black Keys. Cheap Trick said they wished Miller had “waited” before airing his opinions. Steve Miller: This Whole Industry F–kin’ Sucks “He was perfectly nice to us,” guitarist Rick Nielsen said on the red carpet for the National Concert Day event in New York City. “We’ve known Steve Miller a long time,” singer and guitarist Robin Zander added. Nielsen described Miller as “irritated” before explaining why he wished the artist had waited before making comments about his Rock Hall experience. “We went backstage to do press and there was no press because they all left,” he recalled. Miller’s comments stemmed from the limited number of guests he could bring to the event without paying a hefty price. He began to scorch the Rock Hall immediately after being inducted by the Black Keys while speaking in the press room. Later, he described the industry to Rolling Stone as “a private boys’ club” filled with “fucking gangsters and crooks.” Cheap Trick had a much nicer time at the event, speaking highly of Kid Rock’s irreverent induction speech where the rocker noted the band’s hefty tour schedule.
“I don’t give a fuck about that shit,” Wiz Khalifa said with Snoop Dogg ‘s co-sign on his tour bus before their joint National Concert Day performance in New York City on Tuesday. The pair hit the road together for their High Road Tour this summer, the always pro-weed artists share their thoughts on weed and the upcoming election. Fans Demand Snoop Dogg Narrates His Own ‘Planet Earth’ “It doesn’t matter which one of them motherfuckers is in the office, we gonna still do what the fuck we’ve been doing ’cause that’s all we know,” Snoop said. He praised President Obama for “taking it to the max” over his last eight years in office. “He’s been really going out with a bang,” he said after referencing comedian Larry Wilmore’s controversial White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech where he used the N-word to close out his monologue. “He’s doing barbecues, basketball games. He’s in there just really livin’ it up.” The rapper continued by directly addressing the current president. “Thank you Obama for really setting the tone for whoever the fuck comes in there next, which we don’t give a fuck about,” he said. “We just gonna live like you still up in there.” The pair’s upcoming High Road Tour follows Khalifa’s 2016 album Khalifa and is ahead of a recently announced new album from Snoop, to be released this July according to his Instagram. Khalifa recalls the two linked up after the veteran West Coast MC’s children told him about the younger star.
Fetty Wap has dropped a weed-inspired new track titled “Roll Sum Up,” the New Jersey rapper’s latest collaboration with Kid Ink. The pair previously paired in April on the DJ Mustard-produced “Promise.” Arriving just two weeks too late to celebrate 4/20, the rapper rhymes on the breezy track, “She could tell it by the look in my eyes / All a nigga ever do is get high,” Wap sings on the hook. “Countin’ money with my niggas, stay fly / Run the game, my niggas bang, that’s no lie.” Remy to Rumble: Fetty Wap and His Crew Conquer America While “Promise” is destined for Kid Ink’s Summer in the Winter , it’s unclear what the fate of “Roll Sum Up” is, either as a leftover cut or a track penciled in for the follow-up to Fetty’s chart-topping self-titled debut due out this fall. The rapper hasn’t stopped making music since his self-titled debut dropped in September 2015, releasing cuts like the Metro Boomin-produced “Not Poppin'” with Monty, “Wake Up,” “Zoovie Zoo” and “Instant Friend.” In addition to his prolific music career, Wap is also getting into the app business with a new mobile game called Nitro Nation Stories , which was released to Apple and Google devices on Tuesday. The racing game, which features Wap’s likeness and music, also boasts a “Real Rewards” mode that allows players to earn in-game currencies that could be exchanged for Fetty-signed paraphernalia, concert tickets and more, Billboard reports. Related On the Charts: Fetty Wap’s Debut Traps Number One Hear Fetty Wap Celebrate an ‘Instant Friend’ on New Song Hear Fetty Wap Reflect on Success With ‘Zoovie Zoo’
Honest Christian Art: Helping Bono Find What He’s Looking For A few days ago a wonderful little film showed up online . It featured one of my favorite authors, Eugene Peterson , having a conversation about the Psalms with Bono , one of my favorite songwriters. It actually brought tears to my eyes, not just because of the good content but because the video was so well done. I even texted the filmmaker Nathan Clarke to tell him so. But Bono said something that prompted a Twitter response from me , and that response stirred up a good discussion on the internet—a discussion that I hope will bear some good fruit. At one point Bono says, “I’m talking about dishonesty that I find a lot of in Christian art. A lot of dishonesty. And I think it’s a shame because these are people who are vulnerable to God—in a good way—vulnerable.