Watch a bandaged James Hetfield sing, but not play, “The Unforgiven” in newly released live 1992 video

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Metallica is continuing to roll out content connected to “The Unforgiven” this week in the run-up to the release of the upcoming 30th anniversary box set celebrating the band’s 1991 self-titled album, also known as The Black Album.

Available to watch online now is a live performance of the song recorded at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on August 27, 1992. What makes the performance stand out is that it took place a few weeks after frontman James Hetfield‘s infamous onstage pyrotechnic accident in Montreal, during which he suffered second- and third-degree burns on his hand and arm. 

As a result, the Las Cruces show featured guitar tech John Marshall playing rhythm guitar, while Hetfield simply stands and sings, with both of his arms and his left hand swathed in bandages.

The video is included on the Wherever I May Roam DVD, which is part of the deluxe Black Album box set, due out September 10. The 1991 album’s official 30th anniversary takes place on August 12. In addition to the box set, the iconic album is being celebrated with a 53-track tribute compilation dubbed The Metallica Blacklist.

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H.E.R., Kodak Black, John Legend and more to appear on Young Bleu’s debut album, ‘Moon Boy’

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Yung Bleu has revealed the track list and release date for his debut album, Moon Boy, dropping next week. 

According to Bleu’s social media pages, the star-studded album features H.E.R, Kehlani, JohnLegendA Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Gunna and Davido, while Moneybagg Yo and Kodak Black join Bleu on the track “Angels Never Cry.”

Moon Boy will also feature Bleu’s singles “You’re Mines Still” with Drake, “Way More Close” with Big Sean, and “Baddest,” with Chris Brown and 2 Chainz.

After sharing the track list, fans on Twitter began asking the Alabama artist about a particular song featuring Wale and Chloe Bailey that didn’t make the album.

“@YungBleu, you really didn’t put the song with Chloe and Wale on your album? Oh nah… that’s sick!” the fan wrote. Bleu responded, tweeting, “Columbia [Records] aka my old label ain’t wanna clear it.” 

Yung Bleu was previously signed to Columbia Records through Boosie‘s independent label, Badazz Music Syndicate. Bleu later secured a management deal with Meek Mill‘s Dream Chasers. 

Moon Boy arrives on Friday, July 23.


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Dan + Shay tease something big in the works: “Good things are coming”

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It’s been just over three years since Dan + Shay put out their career-defining, self-titled 2018 album, and they’ve been hard at work on a follow-up. Earlier this month, they tweeted, “Just finished our best album yet.”

And while it’s not clear whether or not they’re ready to share more details, Dan + Shay have indicated they’ve got an announcement in the works. The group started teasing something on their social media this week, telling fans to be on the lookout for news coming tonight at 6 p.m. CT.

They’ve told fans when to expect their announcement, but Dan + Shay have kept pretty tight-lipped about what that announcement might be. A teaser video shows an epic but vague montage of clips and images. We see a silhouetted figure who looks an awful lot like Shay Mooney riding a bicycle, flowers floating on water, and both band mates relaxing by a pool.

A follow-up teaser clip builds on the aesthetics of the first video but is equally mysterious. A group of people ride bikes through the desert, as a collection of diverse families gather to watch.

“Good things are coming,” Dan + Shay cryptically captioned their second post. 

To learn for sure what Dan + Shay are up to, tune into their socials tonight at 6 p.m. CT. In the meantime, the duo has released three non-album singles since their last album dropped. Two of those, “I Should Probably Go to Bed” and their Justin Bieber duet “10,000 Hours,” were back-to-back chart-topping hits.


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Normani and Cardi B confirm collab “Wild Side” coming Friday

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Normani and Cardi B are taking a walk on the “Wild Side” together.

After fans speculated new Normani music was coming soon, the two have officially confirmed that their new collab, called “Wild Side,” is dropping this Friday.

Both artists unveiled the cover art for the single, featuring them lounging naked with long flowing hair strategically covering their bodies. Shortly after, Cardi and Normani became trending Twitter topics worldwide.

“The world is ready for Normani supremacy !!!!” Cardi tweeted.

Normani also hinted at the music video, tweeting at Cardi, “okay sooooo I just watched the video again. sis what the actual [expletive].”

To which Cardi responded, “Ommmmgggg I’m nervous!!!!! But then again I’m not YOU DID THAT!!!!!!! I hope and you better be proud of yourself!!”

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Carly Pearce will host the 2021 ACM Honors, which features performances from Hardy, Lady A + more

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This week, the Academy of Country Music is sharing details about its 14th annual ACM Honors ceremony, which will take place on August 25 and be hosted by two-time ACM Award winner Carly Pearce.

Each year, the ACM Honors celebrates special honorees and winners from the ACM Awards. This year’s show will focus on both the awards show that took place in 2021 and last year’s event, since the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the ACM Honors from taking place in person in 2020.

Additionally, the first round of performers for the show have been announced. Lady A, Hardy, Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde are just a few of the acts who’ll take the stage. Other performers include Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack and RaeLynn

The ACM previously announced a list of Special Award recipients who will be honored in August. Those include Loretta Lynn, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Lady A and others.

More special guests and performers will be announced in the weeks ahead. The ACM Honors will return to its usual venue home, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. VIP and general admission tickets are available now, and you can also watch the event via livestream on the Circle Network’s social channels. 

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Celine Dion postpones remaining North American tour dates to 2022

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Celine Dion is pushing back the remaining North American dates on her Courage World Tour.

The shows, which had previously been rescheduled to August and September of this year, will now be postponed to March and April of 2022 due to continued COVID-19 concerns.

“I know how frustrating it is for my fans, with all the postponements that have taken place these past 18 months,” Celine says in a statement. “My team and I are still concerned about everyone’s safety this summer even though the situation has dramatically improved.”

“We all feel 100% comfortable that things will be very safe next spring, and I want my fans to feel the same way, without any worries,” she adds. “I hope everyone understands.”

The rescheduled dates kick off March 9 in Denver, CO, and wrap April 22 in Washington, D.C.

Tickets purchased for the original 2020 and 2021 tour dates will be honored for the rescheduled 2022 dates.


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Summer Walker shares photos of her daughter, Princess Bubblegum

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Summer Walker has finally revealed the face of her daughter, Princess Bubblegum.

On Wednesday, the Over It singer shared four adorable photos of her four-month-old on Instagram, with the caption, “Baby bubbles.”

One image shows the infant smiling in a Burberry dress and lying on a changing table with a pacifier in her mouth. In other photos, Princess is seen wearing hand mittens and sleeping with a stuffed unicorn.

Princess’ father, producer London On Da Track, shared a similar photo of Princess on his Instagram with two snake emojis and a green heart in the caption.

Summer Walker and London On Da Track have been on-and-off for years and welcomed their daughter in late March. In May, the singer said she would not share photos of Princess due to fans criticizing her daughter’s physical appearance in a now-deleted photo on Instagram.

Meanwhile, Walker shared a sexy photo of herself in a bra and panties on her Instagram page, @galactawhore. In the caption, she reworked the lyrics from Aaliyah‘s song, “Try Again.”

“Dust ya self off & try his friend or whatever Aaliyah said,” Walker wrote.

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Who’s Smiling Now! Journey’s 1981 album ‘Escape’ receives prestigious RIAA Diamond sales award

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Journey‘s classic seventh studio album, 1981’s Escape, has just been certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales and equivalent units of 10 million copies in the U.S.

Escape, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this Saturday, July 17, is the band’s only album to top the Billboard 200. It yielded some of Journey’s most enduring hits, including the anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’,” plus “Open Arms” and “Who’s Crying Now,” as well as the classic-rock-radio staple “Stone in Love.”

Impressively, “Don’t Stop Believin'” has amassed more than a billion streams on Spotify alone.

“This is such a truly gratifying achievement for all the work we did together,” declares guitarist Neal Schon. “Congratulations to all.”

Adds keyboardist Jonathan Cain, “On behalf of all that helped to make our album Escape a Diamond award achievement, we say thank you. To our fans, to our bandmates who took part in recording this album, to our label, to all in radio and finally to the distributors who believed in this music; we are deeply humbled and honored to accept this prestigious award.”

Escape becomes Journey’s second RIAA Diamond-certified album, following the band’s 1988 Greatest Hits compilation, which has sold over 15 million copies or album equivalent units.

Journey recently released a brand-new song, “The Way We Used to Be,” the group’s first new music since 2011, and its first with its three recently added members — bassist Randy Jackson, drummer Narada Michael Walden and keyboardist Jason Derlatka. Jackson previously was a member of Journey during the mid-1980s.

Meanwhile, the band has several concerts on its 2021 itinerary, including a July 31 performance at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and a July 29 Lollapalooza “Aftershow” event at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom.

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Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean recounts last time he saw Britney Spears: “It broke my heart”

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Fellow artists are continuing to speak out in support of Britney Spears, following the pop star’s latest conservatorship hearing on Wednesday.

Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean is among those offering up his “thoughts and prayers.” During an appearance on Sirius XM’s Andy Cohen Live, the singer detailed his most recent heartbreaking encounter with the star.  He says the two live close to each other and he often sees Britney at a cupcake shop they both frequent.

“The last time I saw her, it broke my heart,” AJ said. “Last time I saw her, she was with a gentleman. I’m assuming it was security or maybe a driver.”

“Went in, she was there, she looked right at me and I was like, ‘Hey, it’s AJ,'” he recalled. “And she just kind of had this glass face. Like, she just didn’t know who was there. It took her a minute. And then she realized it was me, and we hugged and we talked for a brief moment, but I could just see that this wasn’t her. Like, I’m not looking at the person I knew from years and years ago.”

AJ slammed the conservatorship, calling it “asinine,” “insane” and “completely brutal,” and declared himself “100 percent Team Britney.”

Ariana Grande also showed her support in a comment on Britney’s latest Instagram post. “YOU ARE SO VERY LOVED AND SUPPORTED,” she wrote.

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Zendaya reacts to criticism over Lola Bunny’s less-sexualized design in new ‘Space Jam’ movie


Zendaya was only a few months old when the first Space Jam movie, starring Michael Jordan, hit theaters in 1996.  That said, a lot has changed since the Looney Tunes dribbled across the court — with fans seemingly being the most divided over Lola Bunny’s sporty redesign in Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Lola traded in the crop top she wore in the first film for a basketball jersey, with movie execs saying they didn’t want to sexualize the cartoon character.  While the move was applauded by some fans, others were outraged.

Zendaya, who voices Lola in the new film, tells Entertainment Weekly that when she was first offered to play Lola, she “didn’t know” people would be upset over the character’s updated look.

“I didn’t know it was going to be as much of a focus as it was,” she laughed. “But I understand, because she’s a lovable character. She’s very important, so I get it.”

Zendaya, 24, who said she grew up watching the original film because of her family’s love of basketball, explained that Lola’s character resonated with her because of what she stood for, and not because of what she looked like.

“I’ve always appreciated Lola because she’s the only girl on the team, kind of holding it down for the ladies — and she’s also an incredible player,” the Euphoria star expressed. “I think in this reimagining of who she is, it just leans into that a little bit more, the fact that she’s got these skills and she’s an MVP.”

Space Jam: New Legacy — also starring LeBron JamesDon Cheadle and, of course, the rest of the Looney Tunes squad — hits theaters on Friday.

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