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Disco great Thelma Houston won a Grammy Award in 1978 in the Best R&B Vocal Performance -- Female category for her chart-topping hit "Don't Leave Me This Way," but her trophy was broken in a 1994 earthquake. Now, she's got a new one.

On Thursday, Houston was presented with a brand-new statuette at a special interview and performance event at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Billboard reports.

"I'd been carrying the Grammy with me in three pieces for years," the singer explained to Billboard during a phone interview before the presentation. "The horn portion of it was all smashed in. So the Grammy folks said, 'We'd better do something about that.'"

In order to receive the new trophy, Thelma had to give back the broken one, which she said she found difficult to do.

"[T]hough it was broken, that Grammy had all my vibes," she noted. "It had been there with me through all the changes in my life. So even though I was excited about getting a new one, it was still hard to replace it."

Houston didn't attend the actual ceremony at which she won her Grammy, explaining to Billboard that after being nominated three years earlier for the same honor and losing, she "wasn't sure how I'd respond if they didn't call my name."

She recalled, "I was at home [in L.A.] mopping the kitchen when I got the call that I'd won."

Houston admitted that not receiving her Grammy in person is "the biggest regret I have in my career."

In February, the 72-year-old singer will take part in the star-studded Ultimate Disco Cruise 2019, and she also has several concerts on her tour itinerary. Visit to check out her full schedule.

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Credit: Kevin NixonDef Leppard has announced its first North American concerts of 2019: a run of summer shows in Canada. The trek kicks off July 12 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is plotted out through a July 31 performance in Calgary, Alberta.

The U.K. hard rockers will be joined by Tesla on the outing. Tickets for all the shows are on sale now. Prior to the Canadian tour, Def Leppard will play a series of concerts in Europe throughout June and in early July.

By the time Def Leppard hits the road, they will be full-fledged members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The band will be inducted, along with Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, Roxy Music, The Cure, Radiohead and Janet Jackson, at a ceremony held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In other Def Leppard news, guitarist Vivian Campbell will take part in a charity event in Los Angeles presented by Rocker Collective, a group that includes members of pop star Pink's touring band.

The show, scheduled for February 4 at El Cid restaurant and club, will include a concert, a dinner party featuring a three-course meal and photo opportunities with the musicians.  All proceeds will benefit Create Now, which helps provide arts programs to vulnerable children in Southern California.

Here are all of Def Leppard's Canadian tour dates:

7/12 -- Halifax, NS, Scotiabank Centre
7/13 -- Moncton, NB, Avenir Centre
7/15 -- Quebec City, QC, Centre Videotron
7/17 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
7/19 -- Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
7/20 -- Hamilton, ON, FirstOntario Centre
7/22 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
7/25 -- Winnipeg, MB, Bell MTS Place
7/27 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre
7/29 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
7/31 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageRobbie Robertson, founding guitarist and main songwriter of The Band, will be presented with the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award.  He'll receive the honor at the 2019 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner, held May 9 in Toronto.

In addition to his enduring and influential work with The Band, Robertson toured and recorded with Bob Dylan, released a number of acclaimed solo albums, and has written the score for several Martin Scorsese films.

This year, the 75-year-old artist will be releasing a new studio album, and is also working on a documentary based on his 2016 memoir, Testimony.

As a member of The Band, Robbie has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame, and has been honored with Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Robertson also was inducted individually into Canada's Walk of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards is held annually during the Canadian Music Week conference. Tickets for the gala dinner, which will take place at Toronto's Rebel Entertainment Complex, can be purchased at

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Diary Records/Island RecordsFunk/soul legend Chaka Khan's first new studio album in 12 years, Hello Happiness, will be released on February 15. The seven-track collection boasts modern production while also showcasing retro soul and funk sounds.

Khan has released an official video for the album's title track and latest single, which is described as a "tribute to the life-affirming power of music." The clip is centered on a telephone booth at a seedy Los Angeles motel and involves a series of storylines that include an undercover detective, a crooked cop, a cheating husband, a pimp, a thief and more. Chaka also makes an appearance. You can watch the video now at her official YouTube channel.

Khan collaborated on the album with producer Switch and singer/songwriter Sarah Ruba Taylor, who initially sought out Chaka to deliver a guest contribution on their own project.

Hello Happiness will be released on CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats. Those who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of the title track and another song from the record, "Like Sugar," which was first released as a single last year.

Here's the track list of Hello Happiness:

"Hello Happiness"
"Like a Lady"
"Don't Cha Know"
"Too Hot"
"Like Sugar"
"Isn't That Enough"

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Rhino'80s hair-metal band Skid Row's self-titled debut album was released 30 years ago this month, and in honor of the milestone, a deluxe expanded version of the record was released Friday on digital services.

Skid Row: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition features a remastered version of the original album's 11 songs, the bonus track "Forever" and a full live performance capturing an April 1989 concert at the Marquee club in Westminster, California.

Skid Row reached #6 on the Billboard 200, and included two top 10 hits, "18 and Life" and "I Remember You," which peaked at #4 and #6, respectively, on the Hot 100. The album has gone on to sell more than 5 million copies in the U.S.

The Sebastian Bach-fronted band's popularity was also boosted by support stints on tours with Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, as well as having a couple of music videos on heavy rotation on MTV.

The bonus concert performances on the deluxe album include renditions of nine of the 11 songs from Skid Row, plus a cover of the KISS tune "Cold Gin."

Here's the full track list of Skid Row: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition:

"Big Guns"
"Sweet Little Sister"
"Can't Stand the Heartache"
"Piece of Me"
"18 and Life"
"Rattlesnake Shake"
"Youth Gone Wild"
"Here I Am"
"Makin' a Mess"
"I Remember You"
"Forever" (bonus track)

Live at the Marquee, Westminster, CA (4/28/89)
"Makin' a Mess"
"Piece of Me"
"Big Guns"
"18 and Life"
"Sweet Little Sister"
"Rattlesnake Shake"
"I Remember You"
"Here I Am"
"Youth Gone Wild"
"Cold Gin"

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earMUSICA new preview from Heart's upcoming concert video, Live in Atlantic City, has been posted on the earMUSIC label's YouTube channel.  The clip features the band playing its classic 1976 tune "Crazy On You" with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro.

As previously reported, Live in Atlantic City will be released on Friday, January 25, in multiple audio and video configurations. The concert, which took place in March 2006 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and featured Heart performing with a variety of musical guests, was originally filmed for an episode of the VH1 series Decades Rock Live!

At the show, Heart played a set featuring many of its hits, as well as a few cover tunes. The guest artists who hit the stage with the band included Navarro, Alice in Chains, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and country stars Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson.

In addition to "Crazy on You," Navarro joined Heart for renditions of "Straight On" and "Bébé Le Strange," as well as of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop."

Live in Atlantic City will be available on CD, vinyl LP, DVD and Blu-ray, digitally, and as a CD/Blu-ray set. The DVD and Blu-ray will include a bonus video feature called Heart Confidential.

This past October and December, respectively, video clips from Live in Atlantic City featuring Heart performing the 2004 song "Lost Angel", as well as "Bébé Le Strange," were posted on YouTube.

Here's the full Live in Atlantic City track list:

"Bébé Le Strange" -- with Dave Navarro
"Straight On" -- with Dave Navarro
"Crazy on You" -- with Dave Navarro
"Lost Angel"
"Even It Up" -- with Gretchen Wilson
"Rock 'n' Roll" -- with Gretchen Wilson
"Dog & Butterfly" -- with Rufus Wainwright
"Would?" -- with Alice in Chains & Duff McKagan*
"Rooster" -- with Alice in Chains & Duff McKagan
"Alone" -- with Carrie Underwood
"Magic Man"
"Misty Mountain Hop" -- with Dave Navarro
"Dreamboat Annie"

* = on CD and LP only.

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Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for Super Bowl GospelGladys Knight says she wants to "give the anthem back its voice" when she performs "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl next month.

The comment came in response to Variety asking the legendary singer what her stance is on how the NFL has treated former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  The league's alleged mistreatment of Kaepernick over his decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice has effectively cost him his NFL career.  It's also prompted harsh criticism from his supporters of Super Bowl halftime performers Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi, and is said to have prompted other music stars, including Rihanna, Cardi B and JAY Z, to decline invitations to appear during the game.

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight  wrote in her statement to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone."

Knight goes on to say, "I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life... I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII."

Knight's statement ends: “No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it.  I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”

Super Bowl 53 will take place at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz stadium February 3.

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Robert Knight; ABC/Lou RoccoJourney guitarist Neal Schon has invited his former band mate Steve Perry to attend one of his new side project Journey Through Time's two recently announced shows, which will take place next month in California.

A post on Schon's Twitter feed reads, "here's an Open invitation to Steve Perry to come out on [either] the 22nd or 23rd would love to see you Steve."

Specifically, the concerts are scheduled for February 22 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in Jackson and February 23 at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

Schon's tweet links out to a recent video by prolific classic-rock-themed YouTube blogger The Real Music Observer, who suggested that Neal reach out to Steve and ask his old collaborator to join him at the gigs.

As previously reported, Journey Through Time also features original Journey and Santana singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, former Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake bassist Marco Mendoza, Aerosmith and Steven Tyler collaborator Marti Frederiksen on multiple instruments and Chris Collins on guitar and keyboards.

The band will be playing a mix of classics and deep cuts by Journey, as well as some Santana tunes. Tickets to both concerts are on sale now.

After Journey's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April 2017, Schon told multiple media outlets that he and Perry had reconnected and had spoken of meeting for coffee, but Neal revealed recently that he hadn't seen Steve since the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Perry, whose first solo album in more than 20 years, Traces, was released in October, told CBS Sunday Morning at that time that he wasn't interested in reuniting with Journey.

"I love going forward," he said." I love going to the edge of what's next, and for me that would be a return."

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J&R AdventuresVeteran blues-rock keyboardist Reese Wynans, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan's band Double Trouble, will put out his debut solo album, Sweet Release, on March 1.

The album was produced by acclaimed blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, who plays on five of the record's 13 tracks. Sweet Release also features contributions from soul legend Sam Moore, Double Trouble's drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon and former Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Jack Pearson -- plus Bonnie Bramlett, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eagles member Vince Gill and Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall.

Sweet Release includes covers by artists who inspired or worked with the 71-year-old Wynans over the course of his 50-year career. The title track is a 1969 song by Boz Scaggs, and the album also features four tunes previously recorded by Vaughan and Double Trouble: "Crossfire," "Say What," "Hard to Be" and "Riviera Paradise."

"I've never had an album out with my name on it before, so I'm very excited," Wynans notes. "I'd like this record to make people feel happy and celebrate the music. Because that's what we were doing."

Sweet Release's lead track is Winans' rendition of "Crossfire," which features Moore on lead vocals. The original song topped Billboard's rock chart in 1989. Fans can access a free download of the tune now at and

Wynans' many career highlights include playing with founding Allman Brothers members Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley on the late-'60s band The Second Coming, playing in the group Captain Beyond with ex-Deep Purple singer Rod Evans and contributing to three Carole King albums.

You can check out a behind-the-scenes video about the making of Sweet Release at Bonamassa's official YouTube channel.

Here's the album's track list:

"Say What"
"That Driving Beat"
"You're Killing My Love"
"Sweet Release"
"Shape I'm In"
"Hard to Be"
"Riviera Paradise"
"Take the Time"
"So Much Trouble"
"I've Got the Right to Be Blue"
"Soul Island"

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCWanna see what Madonna was up to before she became a global superstar? A new docudrama about her pre-fame days, Madonna and the Breakfast Club, is set to be released in March.

The film follows the Queen of Pop when she was unknown musician in the ‘80s in New York City, performing with a pop group called the Breakfast Club. Madonna formed the group in 1979 with Dan Gilroy, who she was dating at the time, and she was alternately the band’s drummer, guitarist, keyboard player, songwriter and singer.

Madonna left the band before their first single was even released in 1984. The group later had a hit with “Right on Track,” which reached number seven on the Billboard chart in 1987.

The docudrama will feature reenacted scenes with actress Jamie Auld playing Madonna, as well as interviews with Gilroy, his brother Ed, and bandmate Gary Burke.

Madonna and the Breakfast Club will be available across digital and video on-demand platforms on March 12.

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Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for The Cher ShowIn her decades-long career, Cher has worn some pretty outrageous, over-the-top stuff -- from the barely-there number in the video for "If I Could Turn Back Time" to the huge feathered headdress and midriff-baring gown she wore to the 1986 Oscars. But her longtime costume designer Bob Mackie reveals that there's one outfit he's wanted to put her in for no avail.

Mackie has been working with Cher for 52 years, ever since he first met her on the set of the first season of The Carol Burnett Show. Speaking to Out magazine, Mackie says, "She liked what I was doing. Before I knew it, I was designing things for her club acts, and then her television show with Sonny [Bono].

"She likes her rhinestones. She likes her glitter," Mackie adds, noting that Cher would often push him to make her outfits even more outrageous and scandalous. 

"There is a style she has and a way she loves to look, and it's never average. It’s always kind of iconic, I suppose," says Mackie, who also designed all the costumes for the Broadway musical The Cher Show.

Which is why Mackie admits that he's always wanted to dress Cher in something she'd never wear: a simple, red crepe gown.

Cher kicks off the U.S. leg of her Here We Go Again Tour tonight in Estero, Florida -- but it's highly unlikely she'll be wearing anything like that at the concert.

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Polydor Records/Universal Music CanadaBryan Adams' new single had a little help from British pop star Ed Sheeran.

The veteran Canadian rocker reveals that "Shine a Light," the title track off his upcoming album, was co-written by Sheeran after a chance meeting in Ireland.

"I met Ed in Dublin [last] year at one of his shows and we kept in touch," Adams says. "One day I sent him a chorus I had for a song idea I had called 'Shine a Light' and asked him if he was interested in collaborating on it."

Bryan adds, "I got a couple of verses back a few days later, and man, you should hear him sing it!"

The new 12-track album, set to be released March 1, also features a duet with Jennifer Lopez called "That's How Strong Our Love Is."

"Working with Jennifer was a dream, our voices sound amazing together," Adams says.

The album also includes Bryan's take on the traditional Irish song "Whiskey in the Jar," famously recorded by Thin Lizzy and Metallica, among others.

To coincide with the album release, Adams has announced a Shine a Light world tour, set to kick off in Belfast, U.K., on February 25. Before that, he's playing a string of dates in his home country of Canada, starting January 22.

Here is the Shine a Light track list:

"Shine a Light"
"That's How Strong Our Love Is" -- featuring Jennifer Lopez
"Part Friday Night, Part Sunday Morning"
"Driving Under the Influence of Love"
"All or Nothing"
"No Time for Love"
"I Could Get Used to This"
"Talk to Me"
"The Last Night on Earth"
"Nobody's Girl"
"Don't Look Back"
"Whiskey in the Jar"

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Credit: Derek BlanksAtlanta native Gladys Knight has been tapped to perform the national anthem at next month's Super Bowl. 

She'll sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" as part of the Super Bowl LIII pregame show at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, February 3.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," the Empress of Soul said in a statement. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

The Grammy-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee joins the ranks of top stars who've sung the anthem in the past, including Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Cher, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Aaron Neville, Luther Vandross, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson.

As previously reported, Maroon 5 and rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi will perform during the Super Bowl halftime show.

The Inspire Change initiative will promote positive change in communities across the U.S. through the collaborative efforts of NFL players, owners and the league office.

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PRNewsfoto/Twentieth Century Fox Home EntertainmentIn honor of the upcoming home video release of the acclaimed Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, special celebrations are being organized across the U.S. and via social media.

Firstly, a double-decker bus dubbed the Rock Like Queen Tour Bus will visit select cities in the coming weeks offering fans the chance to jump onboard and sing some of their favorite Queen songs together. The bus will be in New York City on January 25; Austin, Texas, on January 30; Las Vegas on February 5; and Los Angeles on February 12. You can reserve a spot on the bus by registering at; seating is first come, first served.

The Rock Like Queen Tour Bus' journey will end at the famed L.A.-area club The Whisky a Go Go, which on February 12 will host a free fan gathering called the "Get Loud" Extravaganza.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. PT, will feature musical salutes to Queen and the late Freddie Mercury, including a performance by the tribute band Queen Extravaganza. Tickets to the bash are available on a first-come, first-served basis at

Also as part of the Bohemian Rhapsody promo campaign, the Amazon Alexa device will launch a new "skill" on January 22 allowing fans to sing along with Mercury when they call out "Alexa, play Ay-Oh live!" Freddie's voice will then be heard singing his famous "ay-oh" chant from Queen's 1985 Live Aid performance.

In addition, a worldwide #StompforQueen online campaign has been launched asking Queen lovers to share a recently posted YouTube video via social media showing fans singing "We Will Rock You" or to create their own "Stomp, Stomp, Clap" clip.

Bohemian Rhapsody will be released digitally on January 22, and on DVD and Blu-ray on February 12.

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Foreigner guitarist and band leader Mick Jones has reconnected with the group's original frontman, Lou Gramm, in recent years, including performing together at several special reunion shows in 2017 and 2018.  Now the two may soon collaborate on music again.

Jones tells ABC Radio, "We do indeed have a little trove of unfinished ideas [dating back to before Gramm left Foreigner in 2003] that we've talked about getting together and maybe finishing…And there's some time now…after slogging away this [past] year that we have to consider something like that…you know, bring them to fruition."

Mick points out, however, that Foreigner has a variety of musical endeavors and projects on its plate, so "it's just a question of time" whether he and Lou will be able to complete any of the tunes.

Jones notes that during the past couple years, the band has recorded live acoustic and orchestral albums, and toured in support of both projects, not to mention playing the reunion gigs, which saw Gramm and other original Foreigner members perform alongside the group's current lineup.

"The way these things are popping up, you know, the orchestral thing [and the] acoustic album [and tour]…we've discovered that we can cover a lot of bases," Jones says. "And it makes for a really interesting experience for our fans." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

As for Foreigner's 2019 plans, the band will launch a Canadian trek in February, followed by a series of spring U.S. shows. Foreigner then will head to Europe for a variety of gigs in June and July. The group also has confirmed performances at three U.S. fairs in September. Mick tells ABC Radio that a few Foreigner reunion concerts will be scheduled this year as well.

Here are all of Foreigner's 2019 North American shows:

2/22 -- Coquitlam, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Vancouver
2/23 -- Coquitlam, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Vancouver
2/24 -- Kamloops, BC, Canada, Sandman Centre
2/26 -- Cranbook, BC, Canada, Western Financial Place
2/27 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Resort
2/28 -- Enoch, AB, Canada, River Cree Resort & Casino
3/2 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place
3/4 -- Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
3/5 -- Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada, GFL Memorial Gardens
3/7 -- Sudbury, ON, Canada, Sudbury Community Arena
3/8 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Concert Hall
3/10 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
3/11 -- Peterborough, ON, Canada, Peterborough Memorial Centre
3/12 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
3/14 -- Québec, QC, Canada, Grand Théâtre de Québec
3/15 -- Moncton, NB, Canada, The Centre at Casino New Brunswick
3/17 -- Halifax, NS, Canada, Scotiabank Centre
3/18 -- Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, Eastlink Centre Charlottetown
3/21 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
3/22 -- Hanover, MD, Live! Event Center
3/23 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino
3/25 -- Leaves from Fort Lauderdale, FL, '70's Rock & Romance Cruise
4/20 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theatre
4/22 -- Beaumont, TX, Julie Rogers Theatre
4/23 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center Selena Auditorium
4/26 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live Biloxi
4/27 -- Valdosta, GA, Wild Adventures Theme Park
5/3 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
5/5 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino
5/7 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
5/8 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
5/9 -- Worcester, MA, Hanover Theatre
5/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indy 500 Miller Carb Day
6/9 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
6/14 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater
9/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Utah State Fair
9/27 -- Bloomsburg, PA, Bloomsburg Fair
9/29 -- West Springfield, MA, Xfinity Arena at The Big E

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FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018Recently, Mariah Carey settled a lawsuit her former manager filed against her. Now, she's filed a lawsuit herself -- against a former personal assistant who she's accusing of blackmail.

A statement provided to ABC News reads, "This new year welcomes Mariah's continued efforts to clean the trash from her life. According to a complaint filed today in California, an executive assistant employed [by Mariah] in 2015 to help with business and personal matters turned out to be a grifter and extortionist." 

The statement continues, "Because her threats and bad acts are too great to be ignored, Mariah has been compelled to file a lawsuit against her."

TMZ reports that the lawsuit claims the assistant, Lianna Azarian, took advantage of Carey by using the singer's credit card to purchase stuff for herself, and secured huge discounts by telling retailers that items were for Mariah. 

In addition, the lawsuit claims that Azarian secretly filmed Carey's "personal activities," videos of which the suit claims would be "embarrassing" and "extremely damaging" if they were released.  According to the suit, when Mariah fired Azarian in 2017, she demanded $8 million and said she'd release the videos if she didn't get it.

Mariah is now suing for unspecified damages, according to TMZ.

"Given that the evidence against this former assistant is vast and deplorable, we anticipate a victorious resolution," the statement notes.

Carey resumes her Las Vegas residency next month; her Caution tour kicks off February 27 in Irving, Texas.

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Credit: Steve KerosForget the bridge -- Red Hot Chili Peppers will be performing under the shadow of the pyramids when they play a show in Egypt this spring.

The concert takes place on March 15, and will find the California rockers literally performing in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza.

If you're the kind of person who'd be able to attend a Chili Peppers show at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, visit for ticket info.

Other artists who've performed at the Giza pyramids include The Grateful Dead, Yanni and Mariah Carey.

In addition to performing at ancient Egyptian architecture, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are also working on a new album, the follow-up to 2016's The Getaway.

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Credit: Louis RodigerBerlin frontwoman Teri Nunn is among the influential female music artists who will be honored at the seventh annual She Rocks Awards.

The event will take place Friday, January 25, during the 2019 edition of the popular music-equipment trade conference The NAMM Show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California.

The She Rocks Awards are presented The Women's International Music Network, a.k.a. The WiMN, and acknowledge women who have made important contributions to the music industry.

"We are pleased to be honoring the one and only Terri Nunn at the upcoming She Rocks Awards," says The WiMN founder, Laura B. Whitmore. "Her accomplishments and persona have had a lasting influence on countless musicians."

In addition, the late Janis Joplin will be recognized with the She Rocks Awards' first Lifetime Achievement Award, and will be saluted with a special performance featuring Australian guitar whiz Orianthi, singer Judith Hill and others. Members of Joplin's family are expected to take part in the tribute.

Among the other 2019 honorees are Lisa Loeb, Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss and Macy Gray.

Tickets to the She Rocks Awards are available now at

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David M. Russell/Disney ABC Home Entertainment and Television DistributionUsually when artists perform in New York's Times Square, it's on New Year's Eve.  But this June, Melissa Etheridge will rock the "Crossroads of the World" during the Closing Ceremony of WorldPride 2019.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which started the gay civil rights movement in the U.S.  In honor of the occasion, WorldPride is being held in America for the first time, and New York City has been chosen as the location for the month-long LGBTQIA celebration.

"That night, Times Square will serve as a home to a multitude of LGBTQIA individuals and allies on a truly momentous evening of love, pride, and community -- capping what I'm sure will be an extraordinary month of celebrations," says Etheridge in a statement.

Melissa is one of many artists who'll be performing at the free Closing Ceremony event, which starts at 7 p.m. ET on June 30. Visit WorldPride's website for more information.

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Courtesy of Motown RecordsA new Grammy concert special celebrating the 60th anniversary of Motown Records will be taped in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 12 -- two days after the 61st Grammy Awards -- Billboard reports.

Multiple sources confirmed to the magazine that the event will be the latest in an annual series of tribute concerts held within days of the Grammys to take advantage of the many stars in town for the awards ceremony. The Motown special will air at as at-yet-unannounced date on CBS.

The 60th anniversary Motown tribute follows the famous 1984 NBC special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, on which Michael Jackson performed his famous moonwalk, and ABC's two-part Motown 40: The Music Is Forever special, which aired in 1998.

The CBS special is one of a number of tribute events marking Motown Records' 60th anniversary. A three-week exhibit commemorating the milestone opened this past weekend at the Motown Museum in Detroit. It features a variety of memorabilia from the label's early years.

The 60th anniversary Motown concert comes on the heels of the star-studded, Grammy-organized Aretha Franklin tribute Aretha! A Grammy Celebration, which was taped this past Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A.

That event, which included appearances and performances by Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Rob Thomas, Janelle Monáe and others, will air March 10 on CBS.

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