Country singer Kelsea Ballerini expressed gratitude to her fans for their support after the death of her grandfather on October 19. He died the same day that she was given the Breakout Artist award at the taping of the annual CMT Artists of the Year special. "My granddad passed away this afternoon," Ballerini said at the end of her acceptance speech. "So this is for you."
Jay Z is among the 2017 nominees for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. If inducted, he would be the first rapper to enter the hall. Voting will take place next month and the induction ceremony will be held in June 2017. Also among the nominees were, Madonna, George Michael, Babyface, Gloria Estefan, Kool and the Gang, Bryan Adams and more.
The Rolling Stones have released "Hate To See You Go," the second new cover tune to be teased from their upcoming blues cover album Blue & Lonesome. "Hate To See You Go" was originally performed by blues legend Little Walter back in 1955 and has seen many covers over the years. The Stones had previously released their cover of another Little Walter song, "Just Your Fool."
Lamb Of God is releasing "The Duke," a new song dedicated to Wayne Ford, a fan of the band whom the singer befriended in late 2012. Ford was suffering from leukemia. "He was just a really inspiring guy to talk to in the way he handled everything," frontman Randy Blythe told Rolling Stone of the band's decision to honor Ford in song. "He was just very levelheaded."
Prince fans have a lot to look forward in the coming months. The release of a re-mastered deluxe edition of Purple Rain will be on the way sometime in early 2017. The album will also include a second album of previously unreleased material from the late star. Prince died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl at the age of 57 last April.
Classic rock fans looking for a truly unique concert experience will want to check out The Rock Pack Concert at Comerica Theatre on Friday, December 16 in Phoenix, Arizona. The show will feature an impressive lineup of artists from bands like Cheap Trick, Foreigner and Journey. The current roster of performers includes veteran rockers like Robin Zander.
Lady Gaga's entire set from her intimate Bud Light x Lady Gaga Dive Bar Tour at the Bitter End in New York City can now be viewed online. After arriving in a vintage Mercedes Benz, Gaga, clad in a black cowboy hat and a Bud Light bodysuit, took to the stage and performed a number of songs off of her album Joanne.
Country music group Little Big Town have released a new song titled "Better Man." The new track is the lead single from the quartet's forthcoming new album, which is expected in early 2017. Karen Fairchild provides lead vocals on the new song, which was produced by Jay Joyce. The song is a lament for a romantic relationship that has ended.
Lauren Alaina has released her new video for the track "Road Less Traveled." On the track she encourages listeners to seek their own path in life and not be afraid to stray from the pack. "If you trust your rebel heart, ride it into battle / Don't be afraid, take the road less traveled / Wear out your boots and kick up the gravel / Don't be afraid, take the road less traveled on . . ."
Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper and ASAP Rocky all performed at KCA's Black Ball. Keys is a co-founding member of the event, which took place this year on Wednesday, October 19. Before the event took place she spoke on all the talent taking part in the special night: "We have an electric lineup of performers both legends and newcomers this year . . ."
Taylor Swift has filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Denver asking a judge to seal a number of documents related to a lawsuit by former country DJ David Mueller and her countersuit. The legal battle stems from accusations that Mueller groped Swift in October 2015. Among the items that Swift would like to keep from public view is a photo of the alleged incident.
Foreigner founding member Mick Jones will release the band's first-ever official biography, A Foreigner's Tale. A Foreigner's Tale dates back to the beginning, quite literally, of Jones and the band, dating all the way back to Jones' childhood in England and the formation of Foreigner. The book will also feature photographs from Jones' personal collection.
Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton are the latest all-star additions to the already star-studded lineup at the 2017 Tortuga Music Festival. Aside from Bryan and Stapleton, Tortuga 2017 will also play host to performances from Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, RaeLynn and more.
The rumors can now be put to rest. Bruce Springsteen confirmed that he did in fact write a song for the Harry Potter film series, but it was never used. The song was titled "I'll Stand By You." Springsteen stated in an interview with BBC Radio 2 that, "it was pretty good. It was a song that I wrote for my eldest son, it was a big ballad . . ."
Nicki Minaj's latest fragrance for the Home Shopping Network is Trini Girl. "So excited to launch my newest fragrance #TriniGirl ~ available NOW in the U.K. and Oct 20th in the US via @HSN on The Beauty Report," Minaj accounced on Instagram, along with a photo of the bottle, which mirrors her likeness, right down to her trademark hair and bangs. "I'm proud to be an #IslandGirl."