“It doesn't feel real”: H.E.R. can’t believe she’s performing in the Grammy Awards tribute to her idol, Prince

Recording AcademyPrince is one of H.E.R.’s idols, so when she was selected to perform in the Grammy Awards tribute to the Minneapolis icon, it was a surreal moment.

“I can't believe it -- it doesn't feel real,” the two-time Grammy winner tells Billboard.

H.E.R. will be among the artists featured in a two-hour special, titled Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, which will be recorded January 28, two days after the Grammys.

“I spoke to Sheila E. who's putting it all together. She was telling me stories about her and Prince, and how she really appreciated my artistry. The fact that she worked so closely with him... it's crazy that she could say that about me,” she continues.

“I'm so excited because I try to honor him in any way that I could, and now I can do it on a big stage alongside all the other legends who are performing,” the 22-year-old singer adds.

H.E.R. often plays the ”Purple Rain” guitar solo to close her concerts, so don’t be surprised if she performs the Grammy- and Oscar-winning classic.

In high school, H.E.R. was told she would be a failure. Now with ten Grammy nominations in two years, she’s proving her critics wrong.

“It's crazy to think that I've [accomplished all of this] in just two years and that my first nomination became a win. [Best R&B Album for H.E.R.],” she says. “You question the path that you're on sometimes and I have no right to do that now! I know I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be." 

H.E.R has five nominations for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year, for “Hard Place,” and Album of the Year for I Used to Know Her. 

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Huey Lewis to discuss new album, hearing loss on this weekend's 'CBS Sunday Morning'

CBS NewsHuey Lewis will appear on this weekend's episode of CBS Sunday Morning to chat about what may be his and his band The News' final studio album, Weather, which will be released on February 14.

For the past two years, Lewis has been battling Ménière's disease, which causes severe hearing loss and has left him unable to sing or perform.

On the show, which airs at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, the 69-year-old singer explains that an early symptom of the disease was the loss of hearing in his right ear, and then recalls an incident at a January 2018 concert in Dallas when its effects became truly debilitating.

"I went on stage and it was horrible," Huey says. "It was just unbelievable. Couldn't hear a thing. Sang out of tune. Had the worst night of my life."

Lewis' illness forced him and The News to cancel a planned tour, and the band -- which has been together for 40 years -- hasn't been able to perform since then.

"All those shows. All those shows were canceled," Huey laments. "And I miss the guys. I miss the camaraderie, you know?"

Lewis tells CBS Sunday Morning that some days are better than others for him, noting that the disease causes hearing distortion as well as hearing loss.

In other news, a new video featuring Lewis talking about Weather has been posted on his official YouTube channel.

"This new batch of songs is really among our best work," he says. "It was a passage of time, I think, for me -- accepting that I'm not a spring chicken anymore and writing from that…perspective opened things up for me a little bit."

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Genesis members spotted together at New York City basketball game, sparking reunion rumors

Kevin Kane/WireImageCould a new Genesis reunion featuring the group's three-member lineup of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks be brewing? According to the Genesis News fan site, rumors have been circulating that Collins, Rutherford and Banks are in New York City to discuss a possible reunion, since the three were spotted at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday watching the New York Knicks play the Los Angeles Lakers.

The website posted screen shots of Collins, Rutherford and Banks in the stands at the basketball game.

Rolling Stone points out that the trio also could simply be getting together in New York for business purposes, or perhaps to celebrate Phil's 69th birthday, which takes place on January 30.

In August of 2019, Collins told Rolling Stone that he wouldn't rule out a Genesis reunion.

"I wouldn't say there isn't not a possibility," he said. "Me, Mike and Tony are pretty close, still. I can't imagine what it would be like if I didn't play the drums, but anything is possible."

Collins returned to touring as a solo artist a couple of years ago, although he no longer is able to play drums because of various health issues.

Phil also said that if Genesis were to do reunion shows, he'd would like his son Nicholas to play drums. Nic, who is now 18, has been handling drum duties at Collins' recent solo concerts.

Interestingly, Rutherford's other band, Mike + the Mechanics, opened a series of shows for Collins in Europe last year, and during the run, Mike joined Phil at a show in Berlin to play the Genesis hit "Follow You Follow Me."

Genesis most recent tour took place in 2006 and 2007.

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Gabrielle Union seemingly calls out Terry Crews in new tweets: "Where the hell is all the diversity...homie?"

ABC/Lou RoccoAfter Terry Crews weighed in on the controversy surrounding Gabrielle Union's America's Got Talent firing -- which came following her claims of a toxic work culture -- Union is now seemingly calling out Crews for his comments.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Union appeared to react to an interview Crews did on the third hour of NBC's Today show, during which he called the AGT set "the most diverse place" he had ever worked in his career.

"Why anyone would gleefully get up on TV and tell lies that NO ONE disputed...But we already know," Union wrote, responding to a fan who said it was "wild to see people pretend that the glaring racism doesn't exist."

She then seemingly questioned the "diversity" that Crews said existed on set.

"Can someone please ask abt what happens to all that diversity folks are talking about BEHIND THE SCENES," she tweeted. "Like, legit... where the hell is all that diversity in the production though homie? In the decision making ranks who control the fate of the diversity in front of the camera?"

She also seemingly addressed Crews' assertion that because Union didn't send out an official statement, her allegations hadn't been confirmed.

Referring to the investigation into her complaints that NBC is conducting, she wrote, "Maaaaaan...We all agreed to let the investigation be completed before speaking but if we doing this, ohhhhh baby let's gooooooooooo!"

As previously reported, Union was fired from America's Got Talent following her reported complaints about the allegedly racially insensitive work environment on set.  Her firing resulted in immense backlash, and Union then confirmed that she met with NBC to discuss her complaints and "express [her] unfiltered truth."

Crews, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are all expected to return to AGT for its next season.

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Two Feet announces debut album "Pink," new tour dates

Republic RecordsAfter releasing a string of new songs, singer/songwriter Two Feet, aka Bill Dess, has released details of his full-length debut album, Pink.

The album will be out March 13, and is currently available for pre-order.  A new track, "Grey," is also available.

In a statement, Dess says, "For a lot of these lyrics, I’m using real memories and trying to figure out the best way to formulate and pull emotions from listeners. That’s how my past experiences affected this record."

"A lot of the songs deal with the passage of time and how you interpret it," he adds. "Musically, I wanted it to be a full album with bangers, heavy songs, and acoustic tracks.”
 
From the project, Two Feet has released the songs "Intro," "Pink," "You?" and "BBY."

In addition, the "I Feel Like I'm Drowning" artist has announced his Two Feet Pink tour, kicking off April 28 in L.A. and wrapping up May 26 in Chicago.  A pre-sale starts January 29 at 10 a.m. local time.

Two Feet will donate a dollar for every ticket purchased to SRNA, an organization that advocates and brings awareness to rare neuroimmune diseases. It's a cause that's close to his heart, since his sister has been diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord.

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First-time nominees The Cranberries will "Linger" at the Grammys: "Dolores would have been really excited"

BMGFollowing the unexpected 2018 death of frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries released their final album, In the End, last year.  Featuring vocals Dolores recorded before her death, the well-received album unexpectedly earned the Irish band their very first Grammy nod: It's up for Best Rock Album at Sunday's ceremony.  Cranberries drummer Fergal Lawler tells ABC Audio that the nod is simultaneously exciting and bittersweet.

"Obviously, when we heard the news, it was very exciting cause it's our first Grammy nomination," says Lawler.  "But then you obviously think, 'Oh, wouldn't it be great if Dolores was here to come up and be at this event with us?' Y'know, she loved getting dressed up and picking out a costume or whatever. So she'd have been really excited about that."

As for why it's their final album that got the Grammy love, and not, say, their 17-million-sellling smash No Need to Argue, guitarist Noel Hogan says, "I think there's the strength of the songs firstly, and...there's a lot of nostalgia as well that it brings back. And we felt from the very beginning it was one of...the strongest albums that we've done in a long time."

Lawler says he's sure Dolores would've been "very honored" because, he says, "Everyone knows in this industry that the Grammys is the biggest nomination you can get." 

Dolores' brother and his wife will join The Cranberries Sunday at the Grammys, but the band still hasn't decided how they'll celebrate if they win.

"Haven't really thought about it, to be honest," says Lawlor. 

"We're trying to stay calm either way," adds Hogan.

As for the future of The Cranberries, a documentary is in the works, as is a 25th anniversary reissue of No Need to Argue.

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New Juice WRLD music to be released; public tribute planned in Chicago

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesFollowing the coroner’s report that Juice WRLD’s death was the result of an accidental drug overdose, his estate announced it plans to share unreleased music.  

"You guys meant the world to Juice and by listening to his music, watching his videos and sharing your stories about him, you are keeping his memory alive forever,” his family wrote in a statement posted on Juice Wrld's Instagram page.  “We plan to honor Juice’s talents, his spirit, and the love he felt for his fans by sharing unreleased music and other projects that he was passionately in the process of developing.”  

The statement also revealed there will be a public tribute in Juice's hometown, Chicago, with details to be announced soon.

As previously reported, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Wednesday that the rapper, born Jarad A. Higgins, died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity. 

Higgins died on December 8, only six days after his 21st birthday. He suffered convulsions at Midway Airport in Chicago following a flight from Los Angeles. 

The “Lucid Dreams” rapper went into cardiac arrest as federal agents were searching his luggage for guns and drugs. Forty-one bags of marijuana were allegedly found, along with prescription codeine cough syrup, two .9mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets.

Law enforcement officials say Juice swallowed several Percocet painkiller pills in an attempt to hide them from the feds.

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Sting will explore "theatrical" elements in upcoming Vegas residency

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Sting is currently performing in the re-launch of his musical The Last Ship in Los Angeles, but later this year he'll head to Las Vegas for a brand-new residency. On Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! episode, the singer teased fans on what they can expect from the Sin City show.

"Actually having your own room, your own space, is something I'm really looking forward to because I can create my world there, invite people into my world," Sting said of performing the show at Caesars Palace.

"Normally my show is just music and it's really good lights, it's a good show, but there's no theatrical element," he explained. "So I'm gonna explore that thing. Have a dancer or two, some fantastic scenery. Not perhaps changing a robe every song, no headdresses…that's not me."

He also rejected Jimmy Kimmel's suggestions of having a tiger and magicians on stage. "I do the magic," he joked.

The residency, called My Songs after his latest album, will feature, "a compendium of Sting's songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations." It kicks off May 22.

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SOAD drummer announces full details of 'These Grey Men' solo project

Wake EntertainmentSystem of a Down drummer John Dolmayan has now announced all the details of his debut solo album, These Grey Men

As previously reported, the eight-track album, due February 28, is a collection of cover songs, and the first single, a take on Radiohead's "Street Spirit," features vocals from M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold and a guitar solo from Tom Morello.

The eclectic track list, which includes songs by everyone from Madonna to AFI, was inspired by what Dolmayan heard on the radio while driving between L.A. and Las Vegas.

"I’d hear something and ask myself how I would play or arrange it," says Dolmayan in a statement. "I actually started to make a list of about 30 songs I might cover someday...System wasn’t making music at the time, but I needed an outlet for my artistic energy. So, I whittled down the list and reached out to some artists I wanted to work with.”

Another track on the album, a cover of David Bowie's "Starman," features vocals from Dolmayan's SOAD band mate Serj Tankian.  Tankian also sings on a version of "Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads.

"Since Serj is the singer of System, I know where his vocals are going to go before he does,” says Dolmayan. "I was able to cater to what he had in mind. He did a phenomenal job on both songs."

As for the title of the album, Dolyman was inspired by something he was told by an ex-Navy S.E.A.L.

"He told me S.E.A.L.s would always try to be nondescript. You would never notice them in a room. In other words, they were ‘Grey Men.’ He said, ‘They’re kind of invisible -- similar to a drummer'...because many people don’t necessarily notice the drummer unless there’s a mistake.”

Here's the track listing for These Grey Men:

“Road To Nowhere” (Talking Heads cover featuring Serj Tankian)
“Starman” (David Bowie cover featuring Serj Tankian)
“What I Know” (Two Door Cinema Club cover featuring Jonathan Dorr)
“Runaway” (Del Shannon cover featuring Franky Perez)
“Street Spirit” (Radiohead cover featuring M. Shadows and Tom Morello)
“Hung Up” (Madonna cover featuring Sirusho)
“Beautiful Thieves” (AFI cover featuring Jonah Perry Nimoy)
“Rock Bottom” (Eminem cover)

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Tyler Farr’s new single, 'Only Truck in Town,' is the first taste of his Jason Aldean-produced album

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Tyler Farr returned on Friday with his new single, “Only Truck in Town.” A high-octane anthem of small-town love, the song fits perfectly into a catalogue of hits including 2013’s “Redneck Crazy” and 2014’s “A Guy Walks Into a Bar.”

This time around, though, there’s something extra special about the new song: It was produced by Jason Aldean.  He and Tyler are good friends, and they’ve been in the studio for quite a while working on Tyler’s next batch of songs. 

“Everyone knows Tyler’s voice but they haven’t heard him like this before,” says Jason. “We all had such a blast working on this and I’m excited for fans to crank this one up.”

More information about Tyler’s next album is expected to come out in the weeks ahead. It’s not Jason and Tyler’s first time working together; Jason has previously brought Tyler on the road as an opening act. Outside of country music, Jason was also the best man for Tyler’s wedding in 2016.

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Theory of a Deadman releases new Say Nothing track, "World Keeps Spinning"

Jimmy FontaineTheory of a Deadman has released another track from their upcoming album Say Nothing, due January 31.

"World Keeps Spinning" was written by frontman Tyler Connolly, who says in a statement, "One of the most personal songs I've ever written, [it] discusses the battle with depression and anxiety, and the constant struggle between feeling great and feeling like 'what's the point.'"

He notes, "This is a song a lot of people are going to relate to."

Say Nothing is now available for pre-order.  Each order includes instant downloads of "World Keeps Spinning" and the previously released tracks "History of Violence," "Say Nothing" and "Strangers.

Theory's tour in support of the new album kicks off April 10 in Columbus, OH and will wrap up May 16 in Colorado Springs.  As previously reported, in keeping with the theme of "History of Violence," a dollar from every ticket sold will go to organizations that work to break the cycle of domestic violence.

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'The Marathon Continues': Lauren London debuts new Nipsey Hussle fashion collection

Steve Granitz/WireImageLauren London is honoring the legacy of her late boyfriend, Nipsey Hussle, with the new fashion collection, “Hustle and Motivate.”

The ATL actress, who has a three-year-old son fathered by The Marathon Continues rapper, posted a photo on Instagram of her posing with YG, J. Stone, Killa Twan and Pacman Da Gunman, wearing the new line.

The 35-year-old actress also posted a solo shot wearing a “Hustle and Motivate” T-shirt with the embroidered message, “We, The Marathon Clothing, honor the endurance and unwavering faith of those that never quit. Our products represent their testimony. Life is a marathon.”

The “Hustle and Motivate” collection is a partnership with Hussle’s Marathon Clothing and Puma. An official relese date for the collection has not yet been announced.

Last month, London shared some of the campaign images from her new "Forever Stronger" collaboration with Puma.

At the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, John LegendMeek Mill, DJ Khaled, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG will perform a tribute to Hussle, who was fatally shot on March 31, 2019 at age 33. 

Nipsey is nominated for three Grammys: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Racks in the Middle," featuring Ricch and Hit-Boy, and Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Higher," his collabo with Khaled and Legend.

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Watch Mick Jagger in the trailer for the new art-heist film 'The Burnt Orange Heresy'

ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty ImagesAn official trailer for The Burnt Orange Heresy, a new art-heist thriller that features Mick Jagger in a major role, has debuted online at Sony Pictures Classics' YouTube channel.

In the movie, the Rolling Stones singer portrays Joseph Cassidy, a British art dealer who's the patron of a famous and reclusive painter named Jerome Debney, played by Donald Sutherland. Intrigue ensues when Cassidy invites an art critic named James Figueras, played by Netflix's Dracula star Claes Bang, to his estate on Italy's Lake Como and make him a proposition.

"At the edge of my property there's a dilapidated little house. In this house there's an artist," Cassidy tells Figueras in the trailer. "No critic has spoken to this guy in over 50 years. Think of the splash it would make [if you were able to] see and describe his current work. You could be running a major museum soon."

Bang's character asks Jagger's, "Why would you do this for me?" Mick as Cassidy says, "I'd value a Debney, James. And I'd like you to procure one for me."

The Burnt Orange Heresy was directed by Italian director Giuseppe Capotondi, whose other credits include the Epix series Berlin Station and a variety of music videos.

In other news, a podcast production company called Rainy Day Podcasts that Jagger co-founded has signed a development deal with Warner Bros., Deadline reports. The agreement calls for the production of as many as seven podcasts focusing on such entertainment genres as comedy, drama, documentaries and talk shows.

A joint statement from Jagger and his Rainy Day Podcasts partners reads, "Everything starts with the word. We're very excited to be working with Warner Bros. to create an environment where the best writers are free to pursue their passion projects with maximum creative freedom."

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Dua Lipa getting "Physical" on new single

ABC/Image Group LADua Lipa is giving fans another taste of her upcoming sophomore album, Future Nostalgia.

The singer has announced the second single off the album, called “Physical,” will be out on January 31. It follows the lead single, “Don’t Start Now,” which she released last year.

In December, Dua also released Future Nostalgia’s title track, a funky ‘80s throwback. The song wasn’t released as an official single but as, Dua explained, “a little something to tie [fans] over till the New Year.”

Dua will be a presenter at the Grammy awards Sunday.

Future Nostalgia does not yet have a release date.

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Sting will explore "theatrical" elements in upcoming Vegas residency

Harrison Cooney/Walt Disney World ResortSting is currently performing in the re-launch of his musical The Last Ship in Los Angeles, but later this year he’ll head to Las Vegas for a brand-new residency. On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night, the singer teased fans on what they can expect from the Sin City show.

“Actually having your own room, your own space, is something I’m really looking forward to because I can create my world there, invite people into my world,” Sting said of performing the show at Caesars Palace.

“Normally my show is just music and it’s really good lights, it’s a good show, but there’s no theatrical element,” he explained. “So I’m gonna explore that thing. Have a dancer or two, some fantastic scenery. Not perhaps changing a robe every song, no headdresses…that’s not me.”

He also rejected Jimmy Kimmel's suggestions of having a tiger and magicians on stage. "I do the magic," he joked.

The residency, called My Songs after his latest album, will feature, "a compendium of Sting's songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations." It kicks off May 22.

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Hot Country Knights drop some dating advice in their star-studded 'Pick Her Up' music video

UMG NashvilleAfter releasing their debut single, a duet with Travis Tritt called “Pick Her Up,” on Thursday, the Hot Country Knights are upping the ante with an action-packed new music video for the song, brimming with ‘90s references. 

The storyline follows the band as they encounter a guy who’s just scored a date with the girl of his dreams and proceed to give him a makeover -- Knights style. By the end of the song, he’s ready to go in high-waisted jeans, a mullet wig and, of course, a massive pickup truck. 

Travis makes an appearance in the song’s music video, too, as does Tiffani Thiessen, the star of ‘90s sitcom Saved by the Bell. Frontman Douglas “Doug” Douglason, the goofy alter-ego of country star Dierks Bentley, says both guest stars were dream collaborators for the group.

“Travis Tritt is our longtime spirit animal and we have spent many a long night in the back of the van dreaming of working with or maybe even FOR Tiffani,” he explains. “When UMG finally came around and signed us...they were two of our demands for the music video.”

The oddball group also revealed this week that they’re at work on a full-length album of original material. 

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Terry Crews calls 'America's Got Talent' "the most diverse place" he's ever worked

Nathan Congleton/NBCAmerica's Got Talent host Terry Crews apparently had a very different experience on the set of NBC's variety series.

Amid the network's investigation into Gabrielle Union's departure from the show following claims of a toxic culture, Crews tells NBC's Today that he begs to differ.

“First of all, I can't speak for sexism because I’m not a woman, but I can speak on behalf of any racism comments. That was never my experience," he said. "In fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment."

"The Top 10 acts were Asian, women, older, younger, black, white, it was everything in the gamut,” he continued, defending the shows' diversity.

Crews went on to say that he even sought out the advice of his wife, actress Rebecca King-Crews, and her thoughts on what she should do in the wake of Union's claims.

"She was like, 'first of all, if it's coming from an unnamed source – because Gabrielle Union has not made any statement to this day about any of these allegations publicly …if she hasn't made a statement, why would you?'"

When asked if he's spoken to Union, beyond his tweet in December where he told Union she "will be missed," Crews replied, “I haven’t reached out, but I haven’t heard anything,” he said.

As previously reported, Union was fired from America's Got Talent following her reported complaints about the allegedly racially insensitive work environment on set. Following the immense backlash about her firing, Union confirmed that she met with NBC to discuss her complaints and "express [her] unfiltered truth."

Crews, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are all expected to return to AGT for its next season.

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Hayley Williams says 'Petals for Armor' is about staying "soft in a really, really hard world"

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Now that Hayley Williams has officially announced her debut solo album, Petals for Armor, and released the first single, "Simmer," she's opening up about the inspiration behind her first non-Paramore music.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1, Hayley says the album's title comes from a lyric in "Simmer": "wrap yourself in petals for armor."  To her, those words are "somewhat of a mantra to try and stay soft in a really, really hard world and feel pain, and let all of it come to you, and try and put out something that can redeem it all, even if it’s ugly at first."

"I kept feeling like the way for me to protect myself best is to be vulnerable and be O.K. with having a lot of pain at certain times, and also feeling a lot of joy at certain times," she continues.  “As long as I’m staying soft to those things and I’m open to letting those things in and out of me, then I actually can survive the world a lot easier than if I stay hard...with my fists up all the time.”

As for the flower imagery itself, Hayley says it came to her while she was having a "cranial-sacral massage."

"I was laying on [the] table and I started having these weirdly creepy visions of flowers growing out of me -- and not in a beautiful way," she recalls. "It was very painful and very grotesque but I kind of realized in that moment there was a lot that was trying so hard to grow out of me, and it was going to hurt to do it.”

Petals for Armor is due out May 8.

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YG arrested for robbery in California

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesYG was arrested Friday morning at his home in Chatsworth, California.

According to ABC Los Angeles affiliate, KABC-TV, the LA County Sheriff charged the “Big Bank” rapper with robbery, and he was taken to the Men’s Central Jail.  No further details about the alleged crime were revealed. 

The 29-year-old artist is being held on $250,000 bail and will be arraigned Tuesday. 

Last July, homicide detectives arrived at YG’s home with a search warrant in connection with a fatal crash. Police say his vehicle was involved in a crash and shootout with deputies and a gunman that resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. YG wasn't charged and denied knowledge of the incident.  

It was unknown as of Friday afternoon whether YG would be free in time to make his scheduled performance with John Legend, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Kirk Franklin, and Roddy Ricch in a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle Sunday night on the Grammy Awards.

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Lauv announces ~how i'm feeling~ world tour

Lauv/AWAL Recordings AmericaLauv is ready to show the world how he’s feeling.

The singer has announced his 65+ date ~how I’m feeling~ world tour, kicking off March 23 in Mexico and hitting cities in South America, Europe and Asia before heading to the U.S. on July 17.

The trek, following the release of Lauv's debut album of the same name, will mark some of the biggest U.S. shows of the singer's career. He’ll play iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, and The Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

A presale for U.S. dates begins Monday, January 27 at 10 a.m. local time using the code TATTOOS. Tickets for the U.S. dates go on sale to the general public Friday, January 31.

After wrapping his U.S. dates on August 29, Lauv will then head back overseas, playing more dates in Europe and the U.K. The tour ends in London on November 17.

~how i’m feeling~, featuring Lauv's latest single, “Tattoos Together,” comes out March 6.

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Scotty McCreery’s new EP, 'The Soundcheck Sessions', puts acoustic spin on hits like 'Five More Minutes'

Essential Broadcast MediaScotty McCreery revisits his career-changing 2017 single, “Five More Minutes,” in a new, digital-only EP called The Soundcheck Sessions. The project includes an acoustic recording of the single, which was Scotty's first-ever chart-topping hit at country radio. 

“It’s no secret that ‘Five More Minutes’ is my favorite song I’ve ever written,” the singer says. “I announced that on Twitter that very day, and I’ve stated it frequently. That song was inspired by my grandfather and we wrote it two weeks after he passed away. It was fitting that it became my first #1 hit.”

The Soundcheck Sessions also includes acoustic versions of three more of Scotty’s best-loved songs, including his latest single, “In Between,” and “This is It,” a romantic ballad he wrote for his now-wife, Gabi Dugal. The last track on the EP is a fan favorite, “Still,” which he included thanks to fan demand.

Scotty is also sharing a new music video for his acoustic rendition of “Five More Minutes,” which he filmed onstage at the Cascade Theatre in Redding, CA.

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"Let's Go Crazy": Sheila E. taking part in tribute to Prince on the Grammy Awards

The Recording AcademySheila E. will team up with R&B star Usher for a special tribute to Prince on the Grammy Awards this Sunday.

Their performance will be a preview of a two-hour special, titled Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, which will be recorded January 28, two days after the Grammys. The show, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will air in April on CBS. April 21 will mark the fourth anniversary of the death of music icon.

Sheila will be the musical director for the salute, along with former members of The Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The Time will perform at the event, as will Prince's former band, The Revolution.

Other artists on the bill include Usher, Alicia KeysEarth, Wind & FireColdplay's Chris Martin, John Legend, Mavis Staples, Common and H.E.R.

Legend also be involved in a tribute to Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich, who is completing his 40th and final Grammy Awards as producer. The special segment will feature Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Common, ballerina Misty Copeland and more performing "I Sing The Body Electric" from the 1980 film FameDebbie Allen, who starred in the movie, as well as the Fame TV series, is choreographing the performance.  

Other artists slated to perform on the Grammys include Aerosmith who will team up with their famed "Walk This Way" duet partners Run-DMC.

Keys hosts the Grammy Awards, which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Doors members play band's classic songs with Nirvana bassist, Eurythmics Dave Stewart & more at LA benefit

Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Red Light Management and Live NationAs planned, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore reunited Thursday night to perform at the Homeward Bound Concert, a show benefiting the PATH homeless charity that took place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

According to Rolling Stone, Krieger and Densmore were joined by Nirvana's Krist Novoselic on bass, Willie Nelson's youngest son Micah on guitar, and a couple of other musicians for a 20-minute set of Doors classics that also featured various guest singers.

Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and his daughter, Kaya, sang "Hello, I Love You," American Idol alum Haley Reinhart belted out "Crystal Ship" and "People Are Strange," and Fitz & the Tantrums frontman Michael Fitzpatrick performed "Riders on the Storm." A rendition of "Roadhouse Blues" closed out the set, with Micah Nelson taking on lead vocals and ex-Canned Heat harmonica player Stanley Behrens joining in.

Prior to the Doors set, the concert featured performances by Dave and Kaya Stewart, along with Dave's son, Sam; Jason Mraz; Fitz & The Tantrums; 2012 American Idol champ Phillip Phillips; Ingrid Michaelson and 2018 American Idol winner Maddie Poppe; and Scarypoolparty, the stage name of 2019 American Idol runner-up Alejandro Aranda.

The concert ended with the evening's cast coming together for a version of Paul Simon's classic "Homeward Bound." Rolling Stone reports that the event also featured a live auction of two guitars signed by all the performers that fetched a total of $17,000.

Meanwhile, in conjunction with the show, an online auction is being held at CharityBuzz.com that's offering an electric guitar and case signed by Krieger; a vinyl copy of The Doors' Morrison Hotel autographed by Krieger and Densmore; tickets and/or VIP packages to upcoming concerts by Lionel Richie, Journey and The Black Crowes; and more. Biding closes February 6.

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My Chemical Romance adds, sells out a second UK show

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After revealing a June 20 stadium show in the U.K. via their cryptic video, "An Offering...," My Chemical Romance has added a second show at the same venue.

After the first show at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, England sold out, the band tweeted, "This is incredible. Thank you all so much. We have announced a second show."  Tickets for that show, scheduled for June 21, sold out immediately.

The announcement is illustrated with a picture of one of the hooded, skull-faced figures featured in the "An Offering...." video.  As AltPress.com notes, there have been many fan theories surrounding the creepy two-minute video, which features the hooded figures walking through a forest, one of whom eventually drives a dagger through a drawing of a pentagram on the forest floor.

My Chemical Romance -- Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Frank Iero and Mikey Way -- first reunited December 20 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Expo Hall, their first live show in seven years.  The band has a handful of international dates scheduled for March, but so far, there's been no word of a North American tour.

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Kelsea Ballerini drops introspective 'la,' off forthcoming new album

ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini lays her insecurities bare on “la,” the latest new song to be shared off her forthcoming third studio album, kelsea. The song comes clean about Kelsea’s nerves over being part of the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles, while admitting that sometimes, California can be a lot of fun. 

It’s part of a larger theme of vulnerability on the songs she’s already shared off kelsea: Lead single “homecoming queen?,” which is currently a top-twenty hit, is all about admitting that things aren’t always perfect, even if they may look that way from the outside. 

“As I grow up, as a woman and an artist, I’ve felt myself changing my perspective, from my view on love and life, to how love and life make me feel,” the singer explains of her next record. “Naturally, that turns more personal, more therapeutic, and more rewarding. This album is honest, it’s country, it’s experimental, it’s fun, it’s introspective, and it’s 100% me. It’s the album that’s puts us on a first name basis.”

Kelsea announced her new record on Wednesday, just two days before dropping “la.” She shared the album cover for the new project and also revealed the release date, March 20. 

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Dashed 'Ambitions': Robin Givens confirms OWN has cancelled her drama series after one season

Guy D'Alema/Courtesy of OWNRobin Givens' return to television in a lead role has officially been cut short.

In a new Instagram post, Givens revealed to fans that her soapy nightime drama Ambitions has been cancelled after one season.

"#mood," Givens wrote, sharing a photo of herself with a serious face. "Found out last week #Ambitions  wouldn’t be returning for a second season."

In the family drama, Givens starred as Stephanie Carlisle, the wife of an Atlanta mayor who, in addition to wanting to rule her family firm, also wanted to become one of the most powerful players in her city.

The series also starred Brian WhiteEssence AtkinsKendrick CrossBrely Evans and Erica Page.

The news of Ambitions' cancellation follows the renewal announcement for some of OWN's other series. Those shows include David Makes Man for a second season, and renewals for Love & Marriage: Huntsville, Ready to Love, Black Love, and Black Women Own the Conversation.

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“Let’s Go Crazy”: Sheila E. and Usher to perform tribute to Prince on the Grammy Awards

Recording AcademySheila E. and Usher will be featured in a special tribute to Prince Sunday night on the Grammy Awards.  April 21 will mark the fourth anniversary of the death of iconic singer/guitarist. 

Their performance will be a preview of a two-hour special, titled Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, which will be recorded January 28, two days after the Grammys. The show at the Los Angeles Convention Center will air in April on CBS. 

Sheila will be the musical director for the salute along with former members of The Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The Time will perform at the event, as will Prince's former band, The Revolution.

Other artists on the bill include Usher, Alicia KeysColdplay's Chris Martin, Earth, Wind & FireJohn Legend, H.E.R., Mavis Staples, and Common. 

Also at the Grammys, Legend will join Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG in performing a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle.  

Legend will also be involved in a tribute to Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich, who is completing his 40th and final Grammy Awards as producer. Debbie Allen will choreograph a special segment featuring Common, ballerina Misty Copeland and more performing "I Sing The Body Electric" from the 1980 film Fame. Allen starred in the movie, as well as the Fame TV series.  

Lizzo, who leads all artists with eight nominations, will also perform on The Grammys, as will H.E.R., Charlie WilsonRun-D.M.C. with Aerosmith and more.

Alicia Keys hosts the Grammy Awards Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Slipknot guitarist says hearing Ariana Grande for the first time blew his mind

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Even metal gods like to change things up when it comes to listening to music in their spare time.  Take Slipknot guitarist Jim Root, for example.

In an interview with the Irish website Joe, Root discusses his love of classic rock, saying he couldn't believe it when, on separate occasions, he met Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who and Sting, and all three musicians had not only heard of Slipknot, but complimented their music.

Root also says he loves '90s Britpop and '80s music like Duran Duran, but the most surprising revelation he makes is about today's pop music.

"One of the girls at our management company was listening to some Ariana Grande, and I didn’t know that that’s what she was listening to,” he says. “I was like, ‘What is that? That’s awesome! That’s got, like, a vibe to it, you know?’"

"She told me what it was, and I was kind of mind-blown," he adds. "So I'm sure there's a lot of really good modern pop music out there -- I'll discover it when it's time."

No word on whether or not Root has added Ariana's thank u, next to his playlist as the Knot continue on their current overseas tour, which stops in Birmingham, England tonight.   The European leg starts January 28, and the masked metallers move on to Asia in March.

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Demi Lovato reveals emotional details behind new song, "Anyone"

ABC/Eric McCandlessDemi Lovato is gearing up for an emotional performance at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The singer, hitting the stage for her first major public performance since her 2018 overdose, just revealed new details about her new song, "Anyone," which she will debut at the show.

In an interview on ‎New Music Daily with Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s Beats 1, Demi revealed that she created the song shortly before her overdose.

"I was recording it in a state of -- where I thought I was okay, but clearly I wasn't," she said on Friday's show. "I even listen back to it and I'm like gosh, I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself."

The singer, who's now sober, added that she views the track as, "a cry for help."

"You kind of listen back to it, and you think 'How did nobody listen to this song and think let's help this girl?'" says Demi.

She also revealed that she copes with struggles now by looking "toward the future for hope." She no longer measures her happiness based on success, instead choosing to focus on "family and friends."

Aside from her future in the music industry, Demi also has set her sights on having children.

"I want to start a family," she said. "That would be dope ... and I don't know if I see it with a man or a woman. But like, I just know that at some point, I would love to do that this decade."

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Mitchell Tenpenny drops brooding new break-up tune, 'Can’t Go to Church'

Schmidt PRMitchell Tenpenny returns with a brooding, atmospheric new track called “Can’t Go to Church.” Despite the title, the singer says that the song’s subject matter comes from a real story -- but it’s not about a loss of religious faith.

A Nashville native, Mitchell grew up going to a Christian school, and he says that he saw his school friends when he went to church, too. That became a problem once he went through a high school breakup.

“The girlfriend I had at the time broke up with me and the first thing you do at that age is try to avoid them. And I knew if I went to church, I would see her,” the singer says in a press release. “So I wrote this song, not because I didn’t believe in God and didn’t want to fellowship, I just didn’t want to see her. I said a prayer to God that ‘I will praise you, I just can’t walk in there anymore.’” 

“Can’t Go to Church” follows singles like 2018’s “Drunk Me,” which was Mitchell’s first-ever #1 hit, and “Anything She Says,” a duet with Australian duo Seaforth. Mitchell wrote the new song with co-writers Jordan Schmidt and Matt Rogers.

Speaking of Seaforth, Mitchell just hit the road with the down-under duo for the second leg of his Anything She Says Tour, which also features opening act Adam Doleac.

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