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Hear Meghan Trainor's Feisty New Song 'No'

Following her big win for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards, Meghan Trainor has debuted her first new single of 2016. The feisty “No” will appear on her sophomore album Thank You, due out May 13th.

Trainor’s new track begins with the same modern doo-wop that made her single “All About That Bass” and debut album Title so successful before the song charges up into a R&B, early millennium-pop vibe with its beat and crunchy guitar. “My name is no, my sign is no, my number is no,” she sings on the track’s chorus.

Ricky Reed co-wrote and produced the song and revealed in an interview with SPIN that the song was written after Trainor had gotten upset with Epic label head L.A. Reid who said she didn’t have a lead single on her just-completed album. “When she arrived at the studio, I was like, ‘Look, there’s no way we’re going to make the single today,'” he said in an interview. “‘Let’s just blow off some steam, fuck around, have a good time.’ And of course the single was born.”

Trainor released Title in January 2015 following the immense success of her Number One hit “All About That Bass” in 2014. She also contributed songs to Fifth Harmony’s debut LP Reflection, including their single “Sledgehammer.” She also appeared on friend Charlie Puth’s single “Marvin Gaye,” which the pair performed together at the American Music Awards last fall.

Thank You is available for pre-order now.

'Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,' a New Stage Musical, Opens May 27, 2016, at Disney California Adventure Park

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a new musical based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, will open at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park on May 27, 2016.  Audiences will be immersed in the emotional journey…


Graham Nash: 'Bernie Sanders Is One of Us'

Even though Hillary Clinton won big over Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday, rock legend Graham Nash is encouraging Americans to keep Feeling the Bern. 

“I want to tell you something about Bernie Sanders. As far as I’m concerned, his campaign has always been about ordinary people, ordinary Americans trying to make a living, trying to feed their kids, trying to educate their kids in a better way,” he says in a new video supporting the Vermont senator. “He seems to be one of us. And I must tell you that Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, even Hillary Clinton – they’re not one of us. Bernie is one of us.'”

Nash elaborated on his reasons for supporting Sanders to Rolling Stone. “Bernie’s stance on income inequality is one of the main reasons I support him,” he says. “His disdain of political corruption strikes a deep chord in my soul. He recognizes that until we get campaign finances sorted out and we get Citizens United overturned, it will be a difficult time for all Americans.”

The former CSNY member also added, “If he wanted to use my music, I’d be honored to let him use it.”

As Sanders’ popularity has grown, numerous musicians have spoken out in the candidate’s favor – from rapper Killer Mike to Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea to Nash’s former bandmates David Crosby and Neil Young. A full list is available at Sanders’ website under the section “Artists for Bernie.”

See Loretta Lynn's Sassy 'Everything It Takes' on 'Fallon'

Loretta Lynn has long been considered one of country music’s most empowering women, speaking her mind when others remained silent and performing songs others were too timid to tackle. So it’s not surprising that “Everything It Takes,” which she debuted on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, is one of many standout cuts on Lynn’s just-released Full Circle LP that takes aim at a woman who’s trying to steal her man.

Penned with Todd Snider and performed on the album with Elvis Costello, Lynn says that when she came up with the hook line — “She’s got everything it takes and she’ll take everything you’ve got” — she just thought it had the makings of good song. With each clever turn of phrase (e.g. “She turned you on and then you turned on me,” “She’s got nothin’ left and that’s a lot”) Lynn stands her ground as “more of a woman than she’ll ever be,” with an unmistakably devilish twinkle in her eye. It’s vintage country music, complete with crying steel, rolling piano fills and the elegance of an ageless, timeless icon. While she didn’t write this particular song with the man who shares its vocals with her on record, her experience of collaborating with Costello proved that two different approaches to the same goal could yield successful results.

“Elvis and I met each other about four or five years ago, and we sat down in the studio to write a song,” the 83-year-old tells Rolling Stone. “I had a piece of paper and a pencil, and he had a computer. So we looked at one another like, ‘Hmm, what’s going to come out of this?; He was laughing about it, but I didn’t think it was funny because that’s the way I write all my songs. Not on a computer. I don’t know how to turn one on, let alone write on one, and I don’t care if I do or not. When I write a song, I don’t want to be on a computer, I like to be alone. But it ended up working good.” 

With Full Circle, her first album of new material since 2004’s Grammy-winning Jack White collaboration Van Lear Rose, Lynn entrusted the production to John Carter Cash and her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell. The 14-track LP just scratches the surface of the 90 songs they recorded at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Coinciding with the album’s release is tonight’s premiere of American Masters’ Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl on PBS.

Flashback: Watch the Who Blow Up 'Smothers Brothers' in Primetime

The Who kicked off a new, North American leg of their Who Hits 50! Tour this week and will perform tonight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The latter event marks the group’s first performance on a late-night talk show in nearly half a century. The latter event is remarkable since the last time they were on television, they nearly brought down NBC.

When the Who booked their appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on September 15th, 1967, they’d just notched their first U.S. Top 10, “I Can See for Miles.” The group, which was famously prone to destructive outbursts, performed that single but also wanted to go out with a bang – literally – with an unpredictable performance of “My Generation.”

“The Smothers Brothers had a fairly radical show at the time and they bravely asked us if we would destroy our instruments,” Pete Townshend once recalled in a VH1 interview about the incident. “Keith [Moon] persuaded the pyro-technician on the show to make a cannon, which he put inside his drum. And in the rehearsal it went bang, but it kind of made a lot of smoke and a bit of a dull thud. And Keith said, ‘Listen, you must increase the charge.'”

Stage manager Bob LeHendro complied but was unaware that the drummer added more explosives to the device, giving it three times the firepower.

When Tommy Smothers introduced the group, he said the audience was “going to be surprised what happens.” They were. As Townshend and John Entwhistle smashed their instruments into their amps, Moon’s bass drum erupted.

“It set my hair alight,” Townshend recalled. The guitarist then tacitly and awkwardly removed an acoustic guitar off Tommy and smashed it to bits, and Tommy even got in the fun, his mouth agape with shock. “Hey Dick,” he said to his brother, “I’d like to borrow your bass for a minute.”

Townshend would later say the explosion caused him hearing loss.

The Who will be on tour through May 29th, when they wrap the trek in Las Vegas.

Superstars 2 Chainz And Lil Wayne Announce New Duo "ColleGrove"

NEW YORK, March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ColleGrove, the mammoth collaboration of superstars 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, has released their debut, self-titled album today on Def Jam Recordings. The album is available with all digital and streaming partners and will be available for…


SoundExchange Appoints Indie Music Leader Richard James Burgess to Board of Directors

SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit collective management organization that represents the entire recorded music industry. (PRNewsFoto/SoundExchange)WASHINGTON, March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SoundExchange announces the appointment of Richard James Burgess, chief executive officer of A2IM (the American Association of Independent Music) to its Board of Directors. Burgess, known for his extensive background in the independent…


Dixie Chicks Return 'Home' With Album Reissues

When the Dixie Chicks kick off a worldwide tour in Belgium next month, the rejuvenated country group will be selling something new in the merch booth. 

Reissued vinyl copies of Wide Open Spaces, Fly, Home and Taking the Long Way — the band’s four albums with outspoken frontwoman Natalie Maines, who joined the lineup after the Chicks’ original lead singer, Laura Lynch, retired in 1995 — all hit stores on April 15th, one day before the opening date of the DCX MMXVI World Tour. Released between 1998 and 2006, those records helped make the Dixie Chicks the best-selling country group of the past 25 years, with the first two albums selling more than 10 million copies each. Although it’s been a decade since the Chicks released anything new, the reissues — which feature remastered tracks and 150-gram pressings — shine a brighter light on a band whose music hasn’t lost its punch, even after 10 years of semi-retirement. 

The semi-retirement appears to be over these days, with the upcoming DCX MMXVI World Tour sweeping its way across Europe in April and early May before heading to Cincinnati for the start of a 46-date American leg. It’s the band’s first time touring the U.S. as headliners since 2006. Apart from the four reissues, the Chicks are staying tight-lipped about the possibility of any new material finding its way into their nightly setlists — or onto the racks of music stores.

Here are the Dixie Chicks’ upcoming U.S. tour dates:
June 1 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
June 3 – Cleveland @ Blossom Amphitheater
June 4 – Detroit @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 5 – Chicago @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
June 8 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
June 11 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 13 – New York City @ Madison Square Garden 
June 14 – Boston @ Xfinity Center
June 16 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
June 17 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
June 18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
June 21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
June 22 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
June 24 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
June 25 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
July 8 – Seattle @ White River Amphitheater
July 9 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater 
July 12 – San Francisco @ Shoreline Amphitheater
July 13 – Sacramento, CA @ Toyota Amphitheater
July 15 – San Diego @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
July 16 – Las Vegas @ Las Vegas Arena
July 17 – Phoenix @ AK-Chin Pavilion
July 20 – Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
August 5 – Dallas @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 6 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion
August 7 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
August 10 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
August 12 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
August 13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
August 14 – Atlanta @ Alpharetta Amphitheater
August 17 – Nashville @ Bridgestone Arena
August 19 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
August 20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
August 24 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
August 25 – Indianapolis @ Klipsch Amphitheater
August 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Minnesota State Fair
August 30 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
September 1 – Denver @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
September 2 – Salt Lake City @ USANA Amphitheater
October 10 – Los Angeles @ Hollywood Bowl

Columbia/Legacy Set to Release Four Classic Dixie Chicks Albums–Wide Open Spaces, Fly, Home and Taking The Long Way–Remastered on High Resolution 150-gram 12" Vinyl

Columbia/Legacy will reissue the Dixie Chicks classic four studio albums--Wide Open Spaces (1998), Fly (1999), Home (2002) and Taking The Long Way (2006)--newly remastered and pressed on high resolution 150-gram 12NEW YORK, March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Columbia/Legacy will reissue the Dixie Chicks classic four studio albums–Wide Open Spaces (1998), Fly (1999), Home (2002) and Taking The Long Way (2006)–newly remastered and pressed on high resolution 150-gram 12″ vinyl on Friday, April 15….


Bobbi Kristina Brown's Death 'Clearly Not Due to Natural Causes'

Autopsy results in the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown revealed that a combination of drug intoxication and drowning played a significant role, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office announced Friday. “The underlying cause of death is the condition which starts the downhill course of events leading to death and in this case is the immersion associated with drug intoxication,” the coroner said in a statement.

Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face down in a bathtub and unresponsive in her Atlanta area home on January 31st, 2015; Brown never regained consciousness and ultimately died in hospice care on July 26th. The official cause of death was listed as pneumonia, which was triggered by the drugs and drowning, The Associated Press reports.

The autopsy revealed that Brown had alcohol and marijuana in her system as well as medication used for sedation or to treat anxiety like benzodiazepines. Morphine, which is similar chemically to heroin, and benzoylecgonine, a compound found in cocaine, were also discovered in Brown’s system, but it’s unclear whether she was under the influence of either drug at the time of her death.

Authorities unsealed Brown’s autopsy following requests from media organizations Thursday; the results were previously withheld because of an active investigation into her death. In the months after Brown was found unresponsive, members of her family have accused her reported husband Nick Gordon of being responsible in some capacity. However, the coroner was unable to determine if foul play was involved, saying only that Brown’s death “clearly” didn’t happen naturally.

“Death was clearly not due to natural causes, but the medical examiner has not been able to determine whether death was due to intentional or accidental causes, and has therefore classified the manner of death as Undetermined,” the coroner said in his statement. Gordon has not been charged in Brown’s death.

“First and foremost, 23 years ago today, Bobbi Kristina was born,” Bobby Brown told Us Weekly, referencing his daughter’s March 4th birthday. “Krissy will always live in my heart and soul. I love my baby girl. For news affiliates to seek and obtain my daughter’s autopsy report, before anyone has been brought to justice for her death is mind-blowing to me. Please pray for my family.” 

Brown’s death was reminiscent of her own mother’s, as Houston was also found face down in a bathtub in 2012. While Houston’s death was ruled an accidental drowning, cocaine and heart disease were listed as contributing factors.