The Chainsmokers reveal what inspired “Paris” — and no, it wasn’t Paris

The Chainsmokers‘ top-10 hit “Paris” wasn’t written in Paris, and the French city didn’t inspire it, either.  As the duo explains in a track-by-track description of their new album posted on Facebook, it was actually inspired by a friend of theirs whose life was out of control. The duo writes, “Paris was written in Stockholm (although we had just visited Paris days before) late one night after a show. It started with the lyrics, ‘we […]

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Daya concert special coming to Audience Network

Daya will be one of the artists featured in upcoming concert specials on AT&T’s AUDIENCE Network.  While the exact airdates have yet to be announced, the shows will air Fridays at 9 p.m. ET. The shows were filmed in front of a live audience at Hollywood’s Red Studios, and are shot in ultra high-definition/4K and air on DirecTV and AT&T’s U-verse systems. Daya just wrapped up her first headlining tour, March 30.

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John Legend’s crowing about his new virtual reality animated series

John Legend is going from La La Land to the land of virtual reality. The Los Angeles Times reports John will executive-produce and star — vocally — in a new animated virtual reality series called Rainbow Crow.  It’s based on Native American folklore and features John as the crow of the title.  When the animal kingdom is plunged into darkness, he has to go on a journey to save everyone, and learn humility in the […]

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American Authors sing for baby pandas in new video for Disney’s Born in China

American Authors have discovered the one thing that will make their new music video irresistible to everyone: baby pandas. The group has recorded a new song called “Everything Everything” for the soundtrack of the upcoming Disney movie Born in China.  The documentary, narrated by John Krasinksi, explores the wilds of China through the eyes of three different animals: a baby panda, a baby snub-nosed monkey and two baby snow leopard cubs. The video features footage […]

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One Direction’s Take Me Home phone booth going on display…and under the hammer

Calling all One Direction fans: you’ll soon be able to step inside the same phone booth featured on the band’s Take Me Home album over…and maybe even own it. Starting Thursday, April 14, the classic red British telephone booth will be on display at Hard Rock London. The exhibit is free and open to the public.  It’ll be viewable until Saturday, May 20, and will then be put up for sale during Julien’s Auctions Music […]

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Julia Michaels makes “nerve-wracking” live TV debut; calls success of “Issues” “surreal,” “overwhelming”

Monday morning, Julia Michaels made her live TV debut on ABC’s Good Morning America, but she wasn’t singing: she was helping to read the nominations for the upcoming 2017 Billboard Music Awards with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz.  Julia says the experience gave her major stage fright. “It was very nerve-wracking,” she laughs. “But having Pete beside me was really nice, his calming presence made me feel a little bit better.” While Julia isn’t nominated […]

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The Voice recap: Alicia Keys steals an artist from Gwen Stefani

The knockout rounds concluded on Monday’s edition of The Voice, a night that saw coach Alicia Keys steal an artist from Gwen Stefani. Artists from coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine‘s teams also duked it out to see which ones would make it to the live rounds. First up, representing Team Blake, were country singers Andrea Thomas, singing Faith Hill’s “Cry,” and Lauren Duski, tackling “When You Say Nothing at All” by Alison Krauss and […]

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Harry Styles’ bandmates give his new single thumbs up; he reveals the intimidating gift Adele gave him

Harry Styles’ new solo single “Sign of the Times” is getting a lot of positive response from fans, but his One Direction bandmates are loving it, too. Niall Horan responded to Harry’s tweet with the single’s title and artwork by writing, “Love it, H.”  New father Liam Payne took time out of changing diapers to tweet, “Proud of you H. Glad you’re getting to do your own thing.” So far no word from Louis Tomlinson […]

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Adele, Drake, Beyonce, The Chainsmokers & more top Billboard Music Awards 2017 nominees

Adele, Drake, Beyonce and The Chainsmokers are among the top nominees for this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Pete Wentz and Julia Michaels announced five categories this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America —  Top Female Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Song, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top Artist.  The rest were revealed afterward on social media. The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will air live on ABC Sunday, May 21 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas […]

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Adele sets new record for longest chart run for an album by a woman

Adele‘s album 21 came out in 2011, but it’s still setting records.  The latest one?  Most weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart for an album by a woman. The previous record holder was Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carole King‘s classic 1971 album Tapestry, which racked up 302 consecutive weeks from 1971 to 1977 — including 15 weeks at #1.  It then dropped off the chart, but came back in 2010 and spent […]

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