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Friday, June 8, 2018

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Prince's Estate Announces Release of New Album Piano & A Microphone 1983 on His 60th Birthday. This is one special gift to Prince's fans. In honor of what would have been the late icon's 60th birthday, the Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Bros. Records, has announced the release of Piano & A Microphone 1983, which is also a nod to his final concert tour in 2016. Consisting of nine tracks, the album features a previously unreleased rehearsal cassette recorded in Prince's Kiowa Trail home studio in Minnesota at his piano in 1983, a year before he released his six-time platinum album, Purple Rain. "This raw, intimate recording, which took place at the start of Prince's career right before he achieved international stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016," Prince Estate entertainment adviser Troy Carter said in a statement. "The Estate is excited to be able to give fans a glimpse of his evolution and show how his career ultimately came full circle with just him and his piano." The nine tracks include private rehearsal of songs including "Purple Rain," a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You" and a rare recording of "Mary Don't You Weep," which will also be featured in the end credits for Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman. Seven of the nine track on the album will be presented in the same spontaneous live format as they were originally recorded. The eight-time Grammy winner was tragically found dead at his Paisley Park estate in April 2016. It was later determined he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. The album is available now to pre-order. (Eonline)

Taylor Swift as a Redhead in First Look at Sugarland's "Babe" Music Video. This is not the last time we'll see Taylor Swift as a redhead, babe. Those watching the 2018 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night were treated to a big surprise during one commercial break. As it turns out, Sugarland was ready to deliver an official sneak peek of their "Babe" music video. And spoiler alert: Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are not the only stars of the project. In the official sneak peek, Taylor makes an appearance where she shows up as a redhead. But wait, there's more! She's also getting very close to Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow star Brandon Routh. "THIS is why I had to cut my hair -- to be more like #DonDraper," he shared on Twitter before the clip was released. "Check out a sneak peek of the new @Sugarlandmusic & @taylorswift13 video, #Babe, by tuning into the #CMTawards." "Babe" is a new song featured on Sugarland's latest album titled Bigger. In fact, the track also written by Train frontman Pat Monahan hit No. 1 on Apple's country music chart less than one week after it was released. "This collaboration is the perfect combination of mutual admiration for each other and mutual admiration for great songs," Jennifer previously shared. "As artists, we really see the world through a similar lens." See the entire music video for yourself when it premieres Saturday, June 9. The 2018 CMT Music Awards air Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on CMT. (Eonline)

Did Beyonce and Jay Z Renew Their Vows? New On the Run II Footage Hints at Family Affair. Beyonce and Jay-Z might've just revealed they renewed their wedding vows! The couple kicked off their On the Run II tour in Cardiff on Wednesday, where fans in attendance posted photos and videos to social media from the show. Throughout the concert, Bey and Jay shared personal videos with audience members, one of which has social media speculating that the couple renewed their vows. Footage from that part of the concert shows the couple singing "Young Forever" while a video plays on the screen. Part of the video shows the couple dressed up in white at what appears to be a wedding ceremony. It was just two months ago that Bey and Jay celebrated a relationship milestone, their 10-year anniversary together. The couple tied the knot in April 2008. At the end of Wednesday's concert, the couple also shared footage of their family life, including sweet moments with daughter Blue Ivy. The video also shares footage from when Bey was pregnant with twins Rumi Carter and Sir Carter. It also appears to show Bey holding the twins after giving birth to them in June 2017. E! News has reached out to the couple's rep for comment on the possible vow renewal. Take a look at all of the On the Run II tour dates HERE! (Eonline)

Shawn Mendes Challenges James Corden to a Cover Battle, Duets with Julia Michaels on 'Late Late Show'. Shawn Mendes competed night three of his weeklong Late Late Show residency with more music and a lot of laughs. The pop star showed off his full range of talents with a hilarious sketch, a chat and a performance. In one memorable moment, Mendes stepped behind the decks as DJ Stitches for a subway platform "cover battle" with the show's host, James Corden. Mendes completes his late-night stint on Thursday. (Billboard)

Darius Rucker Explains How 'Straight To Hell' Came About at CMT Music Awards. Darius Rucker spoke with Billboard's Taylor Weatherby on the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (June 6) in Nashville, chatting about his new song "'Straight to Hell" with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Charles Kelley. Speaking of the collaboration, which the four artists performed together at the awards show, Rucker said, "I'd been meaning to cut that song ever since I came to Nashville. I was putting my album together it was one of those karma things where I was putting my album together and Charles Kelley calls me out of the blue, texts me... 'I think you should cut it' and I'm like, I've been thinking about cutting that song... the universe is telling me to cut it." "He got back to me, 'Yeah, you should let me sing on it, too,'" Rucker added. "And so we started there, and then hanging out with Luke and Jason, the four of us are pretty good friends, and just hanging out. Knowing what it meant to all those guys, too... It's a fun song. I'm really proud of it." Rucker was also asked his favorite music video of all time. The first that came to mind: "Careless Whisper" by George Michael. "I love that video! I love that song," he exclaimed. (Billboard)

Backstreet Boys Discuss Explaining 'I Want It That Way' to Chrissy Teigen at CMT Music Awards. The Backstreet Boys caught up with Billboard's Taylor Weatherby on the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (June 6) in Nashville, for a chat about their explanation of "I Want It That Way" to Chrissy Teigen and the success of their new single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." The band recently responded to a tweet from Teigen trying to understand the meaning behind their classic track. While they tried to explain it, some fans are still confused. "We've been asked that question about 337,000 times," Kevin Richardson told Billboard. "It's subjective. It's how you feel about it. It's how you interpret it. It's what it means to you, like all art should be." "But truthfully, it's still not explained," said Nick Carter, while AJ McLean adds that "sometimes the best answers is no answer at all." Richardson said they "thought we'd have fun with [Chrissy] and just give her an answer back that really didn't mean anything." On the subject, they also reflect upon the time they appeared on Lip Sync Battle, with AJ saying, "She was fangirling, it was awesome. It was really cute... She had posters of me and [Nick] in her dressing room... while she was eating her chicken nuggets, cause she was pregnant. It was perfect." Backstreet Boys also discussed the positive reaction their new single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" has received, with Carter revealing that he still finds it "shocking." "To me it feels like it's new, it feels like we've started all over again cause we're so grateful and so humbled and honored to be in this position after 25 years," he stated. "It's nice to put something you've created out there and people are responding to it," continued Richardson, "that it's resonating worldwide with people and they're responding in a positive way to it. There's nothing more that you could ask for." (Billboard)

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