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Randall SlavinMatchbox Twenty are celebrating 2020 by hitting the road for an extensive summer tour.  In a new video promoting the trek, the guys look back on their early days, when they were just another band from Orlando called Tabitha's Secret.

Tabitha's Secret included singer Rob Thomas, and current Matchbox Twenty members Paul Doucette and Brian Yale.  "All the [Orlando] bands knew each other and they all played with each other. The camaraderie was really kind of great," Rob recalls.

"We had this willful ignorance about it," he adds. "We thought, well, of course we were gonna get signed...And of course we're going to go out and have songs all over the radio -- because that's what you do."

Turns out that's exactly what happened -- but only after Rob insisted that they remain a band.

"The guy who signed us, he came to see us for months and he would keep saying, 'You're not ready yet...'" says Rob. "And it wasn't until that Tabitha's Secret disbanded that he came to me and said, 'We'd like to offer you a deal.' And I said, 'The deal should be me and Paul and Brian.'"

But they didn't have a guitar player, so they auditioned some...and found current member Kyle Cook.

"They were looking for somebody who sang, somebody who was thinking about harmony and somebody who appreciated the art of melodicism," Kyle remembers. "And I knew that Rob had some really great songs, and in particular, '3AM" was on a demo that he had given me...I think that song made me really interested in the band at that time."

Adds Rob, "It just felt like this magical time because it was a turning point and you don't realize it is really just the beginning."

Matchbox Twenty's tour kicks off July 17.

 

 

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Freeform/Kyusung GongThe night before the Grammy Awards, some major Australian celebrities are getting together for a benefit to raise money for Australian brushfire relief efforts, including 5 Seconds of Summer.

Since the fires began September, they've destroyed an area bigger than South Korea, killing 29 people and destroying thousands of homes and an estimated one billion animals and countless insects.

The event is called G'Day USA 2020 Standing Together, and it'll take place January 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in L.A.  In addition to a performance by 5SOS, the event will also feature appearances by Aussies like Lost star Emilie De Ravin, Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan, Dancing with the Stars pro Kym Johnson, entertainer Olivia Newton-John, and actors Billy Zane and Naomi Watts

He's not Australian, but Olivia Newton-John's Grease co-star John Travolta will also participate in the event, which has been honoring prominent Australians for 16 years.

All the funds raised will go to the Australian Bushfire Relief Fund, established by G’Day USA's founding partner, the American Australian Association.

5SOS is the first Australian act to have three number-one albums on the Billboard 200 chart.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessAfter lining up two high-profile singing gigs at both the Super Bowl and the Grammys, Demi Lovato is reportedly gearing up to release a brand-new album soon.

A source confirms to Page Six the album will be out early this year, marking her first new music since she admitted her relapse with the single “Sober" in June 2017. It’ll also be her first new music since signing with new manager Scooter Braun last May.

According to TMZ, the album will explore her near fatal overdose in July 2018, her time in rehab and her struggles with sobriety.

Demi will be performing on the Grammys January 26 and will sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on February 2.

Back in December, Demi teased on Instagram, "The next time you hear from me, I’ll be singing..."

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XL/ColumbiaMany fans believed Adele would put out new music in 2019, but it never happened.  But don't give up hope -- someone who should know says we'll be getting it in 2020.

During the European Festival Awards earlier this week, the U.K. publication Music Week reported that Lucy Dickins, who's Adele's booking agent, and her brother Jonathan Dickins, who also used to work with Adele, "hinted that new recordings from Adele should be expected in 2020."

“And the sooner the better,” Music Week quoted Jonathan as saying.

While Adele hasn't done much in the way of releasing new music, she's been making headlines for the past year, first for splitting with her husband Simon and, more recently, losing such a huge amount of weight that she's almost unrecognizable.

If we get new music from Adele this year, it'll be her first since 2015, when "Water Under the Bridge," the final single from her 2015 album 25, was released.

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Walt Disney Television/Pawel KaminskiHalsey's new album Manic features guest appearances by an interesting assortment of musicians, from BTS member Suga and Alanis Morissette, to Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. But the most unexpected guest appearance comes from John Mayer -- because he's neither singing nor playing guitar.

At the end of the song "3am," you hear an answering machine message beep, and then a guy's voice raving about one of Halsey's singles.

"Your best song is a song that's currently on the radio. How many people can say that? That their best song is the one that's currently about to be a massive hit?" asks the voice. "It's already a hit. It's just gonna get more massive. How many people can say it? Not very many. Congratulations!"

When a fan asked if the voice was Halsey's dad, the singer replied, "It’s @JohnMayer ! Haha. He predicted the success of 'without me' before I had faith in myself."

John was right about the song: It became Halsey's first number-one solo hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

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ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaHappy New Music Friday!  Here's a roundup of some of the songs that are out now:

-- "Black Swan" is the first single from MAP OF THE SOUL : 7, BTS' new album.  The song's lyrics are about 95% Korean but, according to a press release, the song is about the group's "fears that one day music will no longer be able to move or touch them," as well as the "realization that music is all they have." 

The song comes with an "Art Film" starring the Slovenian modern dance troupe MN Dance Company.  It features the troupe performing an interpretive dance in what looks like an abandoned and destroyed shopping mall. MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 arrives February 21; pre-orders have surpassed just under 3.5 million copies in one week, a record for the K-pop superstars.

-- Meghan Trainor has dropped another track from her upcoming album Treat Yourself, due out January 31.  In "Blink," Meghan warns a guy that he shouldn't wait too long to make his move, because she's so awesome. 

"Watch out, watch out for me/I'm smarter than you think/I'm crazy but I'm sweet, you'll see," Meghan sings. "There ain't nobody like me, baby/So why don't we dance?/Don't miss your chance/Better not blink/'Cause you don't wanna miss this."

-- Louis Tomlinson has released "Walls," the title track of his debut solo album, due out January 31.  He says in a statement, "It’s about coming home having been on tour, soon after the band had split. I found some of my girlfriend’s clothes in the cupboard and it hit me what I’d done."

He adds, "I pretend not to be romantic, but I am. It really hit home when I was in the studio to hear the strings being recorded. There must have been 25 musicians in there, all for my song. It was a proper tear-jerking moment already and I’ve never felt a shiver like it.”

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Shady/Aftermath/Interscope RecordsShortly after dropping a surprise album Music to Be Murdered By Friday, Eminem was sparking controversy.

The rapper, who’s known for his inflammatory lyrics, was under fire for one song in particular containing a reference to the 2017 Manchester, England bombing that killed 22 people as they left an Ariana Grande concert.

"I'm contemplating yelling ‘bombs away' on the game like I'm outside an Ariana Grande concert,” Eminem raps on the song “Unaccommodating,” followed by an explosion noise.

Fans quickly condemned the lyric on social media, getting the hashtag #EminemIsOverParty trending.

"i wish i could unhear this. this is so low & disgusting. this isn't something to joke about for money & clout! i can't believe this would even cross his mind," one fan tweeted.

Another wrote, "I love Eminem but this guy really has a bar in his new song mocking the Ariana Grande concert bombing and then has a explosion noise straight after."

It’s not the only allusion to mass violence on Music to Be Murdered By. In his music video for the song “Darkness,” Eminem references the 2017 Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival and calls on viewers to vote for gun law reform.

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Republic RecordsThe Jonas Brothers danced across the decades in a hilarious montage for their latest music video "What a Man Gotta Do," their new song that dropped Friday.

"What a man gotta do?/ What a man gotta prove?/ To be totally locked up by you?" the brothers plead in the infectious drum and tambourine-heavy chorus as they demonstrate just how far they're willing to go to be their wives' "Last goodnight and first good day."

The colorful music video opens with Nick Jonas mimicking Tom Cruise's iconic dance scene from Risky Business, as he skids across the floorboards wearing just socks and an over sized shirt.  Brewing with confidence, the youngest Jonas brother saunters towards wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who tries and fails to hold back a laugh.

The scene pans to Joe Jonas and wife Sophie Turner throwing it back to Grease as the two compete in a "rock till you drop" dance contest. Unfortunately, the crowd mocks the pair's juvenile dance moves, causing embarrassment for the DNCE frontman.

Eventually, both brothers turn it around with Nick successfully eliciting a hungry stare from Chopra, who chucks her phone over her shoulders and does her own Risky Business dance. 

Meanwhile, Joe finds himself a new dance partner when a "dark" Sophie shoves aside the "light" Sophie and proceeds to hilariously dominate him across the dance floor.

The scene pans to Kevin Jonas, serenading wife Danielle Jonas outside her bedroom window with a boombox, just like from Say Anything. Unfortunately, the tape inside tangles, so he turns to a modern day solution -- his smartphone, which convinces Danielle to join him outside.   

The video ends with everyone dancing happily before the JoBros suddenly lose their pants, standing in their tighty whities.

"What a Man Gotta Do" is their first song of 2020.

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been over a decade since Lindsay Lohan released new music, but it seems the wait may finally be "Over." 

The "Rumors" are true, Lohan plans to drop her third studio album very soon...as in next month!

The 33-year-old actress shocked her followers by unexpectedly responding to a fan account that uploaded a photo of Lohan performing and wished, "Hope we get LL3 this year."

The Mean Girls actress on Thursday coyly confirmed in the comments section, "End of feb!"

The recent confirmation follows Lohan's promise of new music during her August interview for The Kris Fade Show on Virgin Radio Dubai, where she leaked a sample of her upcoming track "Xanax" and teased that a full album is coming "very, very soon."

Fans of Lohan have been patiently waiting for nearly 15 years since the release of her last studio album A Little More Personal, which debuted in December 2005.  

That release followed her 2004 RIAA-certified Platinum debut album Speak, which produced hits "Over" and "Rumors."  The latter track earned her a MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Pop Video. However, Kelly Clarkson went on to win that one with "Since U Been Gone."

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Terence Patrick/CBSCamila Cabello made a surprise appearance on Thursday's The Late Late Show to dispute host James Corden's claim that the music in 1999 was better than the music of today.  That led to a 1999 vs. 2019 riff-off between the two.

Helped out by A cappella group, Filharmonic, Cabello and Corden took turns performing versions of hits from both years: James representing 1999 and Camila representing 2019.

Cabello kicked things off with "Old Town Road," by Lil Nas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

Corden answered with Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca."

"Are you ready to stand down," Corden asked Cabello, to which she replied, "Does it look like I'm standing down?"

Well, then it's about to get crazy in here," Corden shot back, before launching into "Smooth," by Santana and Rob Thomas.

Camila answered with "If Can't Have You," by her boyfriend, Shawn Mendes.

"You win," said a defeated Corden.  "I know what people say. They say James Corden's taste in music is stuck in the '90s and he'll never be relevant. The whole thing's a disaster."

"You don't have to be sad," said Cabello consoling the Late Late Show host.  "You just have to realize there is a ton of great songs out there."

The two then called a truce, duetting on Cabello's "Señorita."

Previous riff-offs have included Mendes, John LegendLiam Payne and John Legend.

Cabello's been promoting latest album Romance, which is out now.

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ABC/Randy HolmesFor major fans of Ariana Grande, the name Alexa Luria rings a bell.  The two have been close friends since childhood and Grande even got a tattoo on her thumb in honor of Luria in 2016.  However, it seems the two women have gone their separate ways.

When a fan account reached out to Grande on Thursday to ask why she no longer followed Luria on Twitter, the "7 Rings" singer gave a rather somber response

"Sometimes people outgrow each other no matter how much they love one another or how much history is there," Grande explained before expressing faint optimism. "Hopefully it’s temporary."

The three-time Grammy winner refused to divulge what fractured her longtime friendship.

Despite the two no longer being close, the 26-year-old still wishes to protect her former friend.  

"All i ask is that y’all please not get involved or send anything negative her way," Requested Grande while adding a black heart emoji to her explanation.  "Want to get ahead of that."

After receiving an outpouring of support from fans, the singer once again had to remind her followers not to pry into such a personal matter. 

When a fan assured Grande that she needn't share "everything with us," the "Dangerous Woman" singer agreed, "for sure. just trying to protect her also."

Grande also followed up with another commentator who promised not to drag Luria into any E-drama by thanking, "i appreciate it. if you see anyone doing that at any point please ask them kindly not to."

As of early Friday, Luria is still following Grande, which gives fans hope that the two former besties can eventually mend what was broken.

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Capitol RecordsHalsey's long-awaited new album Manic -- the follow-up to 2017's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom -- is finally here.  The singer has noted that the record has a lot of different moods, but she's also revealed that it has something her previous albums don't: a sense of humor.

In an interview with Australia's Triple J Radio, Halsey says she originally set out to make an angry album, but after doing some soul-searching about her relationship with the "manic" aspect of her personality, that idea went out the window.

"I started to kind of like, forgive that part of me a little bit...and then the album just completely changed shape. It became like really colorful and really organic. And it almost has, like, a sense of humor," she explained.

"In the past, I've just, like, I've taken myself so seriously and who can blame me?" Halsey continued. "I was 19 years old and I was putting out my first album and I just wanted everyone to take me seriously. So I thought [they] -- and I -- had to take myself supremely seriously, too. But it made me realize I was missing out on, like, a whole part of myself... so this album is...a little more tongue-in-cheek."

Another difference between Manic and her past work, Halsey said, is the way she recorded it.

"I used to make, like, really synth-y, dark kind of stuff, like, more electronic-leaning, and all this new stuff is like live drums, live piano, live guitar, all recorded at my house," she said. 'Cause the album's...about me. It's about a human. So I wanted to sound like a human made it, instead of a computer."

Halsey will celebrate the release of Manic with a free performance in L.A.

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Lady Gaga has been teasing new music since last March, when she joked that she was "pregnant with #LG6" -- in other words, her sixth album.  Well, if a report in the British tabloid The Sun is to be believed, her due date may be approaching.

The paper claims that Gaga will return with "a major new single on February 7" -- the first release from that sixth album, which will arrive "later this year." 

A "music insider" allegedly told the paper, "Gaga has been working hard in the studio for the last year and is really excited about what she’s got. She is sticking to what she is good at and the first single is very pop."

Added the insider, “She knows she can’t spend too long away from the industry so wants to come back now while there’s still so much love for her.”

If true, the single will represent her first new music since her Oscar-winning hit "Shallow" and smash soundtrack from her movie A Star Is Born.

Of course, Gaga hasn't been entirely absent from the music industry: For more than a year, she's been performing her Las Vegas residency shows, Enigma and Jazz Piano, to great reviews and strong ticket sales, and she recently hinted that she may extend them for a year or two.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAriana Grande has been slapped with a lawsuit by a hip-hop artist who claims Ariana's lifted the chorus to her hit “7 Rings” from one of his songs, according to court papers obtained by Variety.

Josh Stone, who performs under the name DOT, alleges he shopped a song he wrote and recorded in 2017, “You Need I Got It,” to music industry executives, one of them Grande's frequent collaborator, producer Tommy Brown.

In a suit filed in New York federal court on Thursday, Stone claims Brown ripped off key elements of his song, particularly the chorus to Grande’s “7 Rings,” which includes the line, “I Want It, I Got It. I Want It, I Got It.”  The refrain to Stone’s song goes, “You Need It, I Got It. You Want It, I Got It.”

The suit also states that two forensic musicologists who analyzed the choruses of each song found that “Literally, every single one of the 39 respective notes of ‘7 Rings’ is identical with the 39 notes of ‘I Got It’ from a metrical placement perspective.”

“Said another way, the rhythm and placement of the notes and lyrics are identical,” adds the complaint.

The suit also names Universal Music Corp., along with many other defendants, according to Variety.

Grande has five nominations at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, airing January 26 on CBS, including two for “7 Rings.”

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PRNewsfoto/PepsiCoHarry Styles is going from "Watermelon Sugar" to Pepsi Zero Sugar. 

He's set to headline Pepsi's annual Super Bowl weekend party, which will celebrate Pepsi Zero Sugar's redesigned matte black can and black tab. 

"I'm excited to be playing the Pepsi Super Bowl party this year. I hear they're amazing and I'm looking forward to it. See you in Miami," says Harry.

His performance will take place on Miami's Watson Island, where a 65,000-square-foot event space is being transformed into Planet Pepsi Zero Sugar, "a transcendent audio-visual experience" featuring LED walls, mirrors, projection mapping and neon lights.

In addition to Harry, the event will feature a DJ set from Mark Ronson.  Tickets are on sale now, but you have to be over 18 years old to attend.

Harry kicks off his Love on Tour trek April 15 in the U.K.  It comes to North America on June 26.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessJason Mraz has picked up yet another award. 

The Grammy-winning singer was presented with the "Music for Life" award by the National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM, Thursday morning at the organization's annual Show.  It's NAMM's highest honor, given to Jason to recognize his musical accomplishments, as well as his efforts to bring the arts to young people through his own Jason Mraz Foundation, as well as other organizations nationwide.

"I was fortunate to have music education in my public school and that's why I advocate so hard for it," Jason said on Thursday. "Knowing how much shaped my life and gave me so many opportunities, I knew my career would include giving back."

Jason's latest project along those lines will take place next month in his adopted hometown of San Diego. He's put some of his songs together into what he describes a "musical adventure" called SHINE. 

SHINE will be performed by kids from San Diego-based arts education non-profit groups on February 15 and 16.  Tickets are available via JasonMraz.com.

In addition to arts education, Jason also supports other causes that are close to his heart.  Next week, he'll perform at Homeward Bound, a concert in L.A. that will benefit PATH, an organization that helps the homeless.  Also on the bill are American Idol alums Maddie Poppe, Phillip Phillips and Alejandro Aranda, as well as Ingrid Michaelson, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, and the surviving two members of the legendary rock band The Doors.

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Founders EntertainmentMiley Cyrus, Ellie Goulding and Alessia Cara are among the artists who’ll be performing at the 10th annual Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City this summer.

The genre-spanning lineup for the three-day festival will also include Carly Rae Jepsen, Maren Morris, Stevie Nicks, Swae Lee, and Missy Elliott, the latter of whom’ll mark her first major NYC headlining show in over a decade.

The festival will return to Randall’s Island Park from June 5-7. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 17 at 12 p.m. ET at GovBall.com.

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ABC/Mitch HaasethDan Shay have joined the lineup for this year's Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, which will take place in Miami in the days leading up to the big game.

The three-day festival starts Thursday, January 30th at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena and runs through Saturday, February 1.  Dan Shay will perform on Saturday, Super Bowl Eve, along with previously announced performers Maroon 5, who anchored the Super Bowl halftime show last year.

The festival's opening night, Thursday, will feature some of today's biggest hip-hop stars, while Friday night will feature Guns N' Roses and Snoop Dogg.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now at SuperBowlMusicFest.com and Ticketmaster.com.  Can't make it to Miami?  You'll be able to watch the highlights Saturday night at 11 p.m. ET on Fox.

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hélène marie pambrunNext month, Harry Styles and Lewis Capaldi will both be hitting the stage at the BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.

The two men have been announced as performers on the show, which takes place February 18 at the O2 Arena in London.  Lewis is tied with rapper Dave for the most BRIT nods this year -- four -- including Male Solo Artist, Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Album of the Year, for Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent. 

If he wins, these will be Lewis' first BRIT Awards.  He's also nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year; he'll find out January 26 if he's a winner.

Harry is up for Male Solo Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, for Fine Line.  As a solo artist, he's already won one BRIT Award, Video of the Year for "Sign of the Times."  With One Direction, he won six, as well as a special Global Success Award.

Billie Eilish will also perform on the BRIT Awards: She's up for International Female Solo Artist category, along with Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande, Lizzo and Camila Cabello.  Ahead of that performance, she'll appear at the Grammy Awards, where she has six nominations.

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Lauv/AWAL Recordings AmericaLauv has released his new ode to impulsive acts of love: “Tattoos Together.”

The song, the latest single off his upcoming debut album ~how i’m feeling~, is about falling so quickly for someone that you end up getting matching tattoos, even though you'll probably regret it later.

“Let’s get tattoos together/Something to remember/If it’s way too soon, f*** it, whatever/Give me shapes and letters/If it’s not forever, at least we’ll have tattoos together,” Lauv sings.

In the video for the track -- which was filmed all in one shot -- Lauv wakes up with his girlfriend and heads out into his neighborhood in a great mood. He dances in the street before heading back to his apartment ready to propose to his girl, but it turns out she wasn’t as committed as he thought.

“This is one of my favorite videos I’ve ever done ‘cause I’ve recently done a few heavier, more existential videos but ‘Tattoos’ is just straight fun the whole time....and I got to prove to the world once again that I can’t dance,” Lauv says in a statement.

~how i’m feeling~ comes out March 6.

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