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Steven KleinNicki Minaj sent her fans into a frenzy earlier this month, after announcing she would be making a graceful exit from the rap game to start a family. But, now it appears as though her announcement was a bit premature. 

In a new interview with Elle, the "Barbie Dreams" rapper revealed she has been busy at work readying a "fierce, fun and unapologetic" new album. 

“It’s probably the most excited I’ve been about an album release in a really long time,” Minaj told Elle, who conducted the profile prior to her infamous retirement tweet. “This one incorporates all the things people love about Nicki, but it also just has a way bigger sound."

The Queens-bred chart topper also noted that the Barbz wouldn't necessarily have to wait as long for her forthcoming effort as they previously did for 2018's Queen, which was released four years after her third studio album The Pinkprint.  

“I’m happy that we’re not making my fans wait for another album, like I’ve done in the past,” Minaj added. 

The Grammy-nominated lyricist had previously teased details regarding her fifth album last month during her Queen Radio show. Minaj revealed that she was working with an unnamed but very "special" executive producer.

While the future of Minaj's music career is unclear, the rapper is currently gearing up to launch her Fendi Prints On line, a 127-piece collection with the Italian fashion house Fendi. The collaboration, which hits stores next month, came to fruition after Minaj posed in all-Fendi get up for the cover art of the 2018 “Chun-Li” single.

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L-Halsey R-Rihanna; Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Presented by Amazon Prime VideoAhead of Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show being streamed on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, the "Work" singer has released yet another sneak preview of the star-studded event.

This time around, we can see close-ups of the dancers of all sizes and shapes, writhing and bumping while wearing the latest Savage X Fenty lingerie fashions. There's also an impressive shot of 20 dancers, each standing in individual arched windows of what looks like a four-story building, all moving in sync. 

An overhead shot gives us a look at the massive stage, which features staircases, archways and other structures, all around a central circular pool.

At the end, Rihanna herself comes onstage, wearing baggy pants and a corset-type garment which looks like it's made of plastic.

The entire show, featuring performances by Halsey, Migos, DJ Khaled and Big Sean, and models including Normani, Laverne Cox, Bella and Gigi Hadid and 21 Savage, streams exclusively on Amazon Prime Video starting September 20. 

The Savage X Fenty Fall/Winter collection arrives on Amazon.com that same day.

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iStock/kjolakJodie-Turner Smith is starring in the romantic thriller Queen and Slim, and now Variety reports the actress is set to take on another action-packed film: Without Remorse, alongside Michael B. Jordan.

The film adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel finds Turner-Smith portraying Karen Greer, the daughter of CIA deputy director James Greer. Jordan will star as operations officer John Clark, aka John Terrence Kelly, a former Navy SEAL who goes to work for the CIA. 

As Variety reports, the film will detail the backstory of how John Clark came to work for the CIA.  The character has appeared in 17 Clancy novels, and Paramount intends to build a franchise around Jordan's portrayal of Clark. He's also sent to star in the adaptation of the Clancy novel Rainbow Six, with production scheduled for this year. 

Without Remorse also stars Jamie Bell as CIA deputy director of operations Robert Ritter, who is integral in helping to recruit Jordan's character into the federal agency.

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Mariah Carey will be in some amazing company next month when she's honored at Variety's 2019 Power of Women in Luncheon in Los Angeles.

In addition to Mariah, other women who'll be honored at the October 11 gala include Jennifer Aniston, legendary vocalist Chaka Khan, Oscar-winner Brie Larson, Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Dana Walden, chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.

Mariah is, of course, one of the best-selling artists of all time, as well as an actress, entrepreneur, mother of two and the unofficial Queen of Christmas. She just released her new theme song for ABC's upcoming black-ish spinoff, mixed-ish, and she's gearing up for her November Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

All six honorees will appear on Variety's Power of Women cover. The issue will highlight 50 additional women in the entertainment industry who are "dedicated to making a lasting impact."

Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller said, "Since its inception, Variety’s Power of Women has been a celebration of female empowerment, philanthropy and the commitment to progress being made by the professionals of our industry every day."

"We are so proud that the event continues on as a beacon of positivity in these challenging times."

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Courtesy: PEOPLEViola Davis graces the new issue of People magazine, on stands on Friday. In a cover story called "How I Found My Strength," she discusses motherhood, marriage and how she overcame her early career struggles.

“In the beginning of my career, I handled rejection by personalizing it," Davis explains. "For me, people were just cementing what I felt like I already knew about myself: that I wasn’t attractive, I didn’t have a commercial look, I wasn’t feminine enough… so I settled on that.”

However, Davis notes, "If I were to look back, there was never a time that I changed myself, and that’s a big deal for me.”

Davis also reveals how a higher power led her to her husband, Julius Tennon.

“I literally got on my knees after a friend of mine told me to pray for my husband," she admits. "Three and a half weeks later I met Julius." She describes him as a "mensch" -- the Yiddish word for "a person of integrity and honor," and says he's "pure" and has "a heart that comes into the room before he does."

Together, Tennon and Davis are the proud parents of daughter Genesis, but the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winner admits she's far from the perfect mother.

"Some days I give myself an A-plus, other days I give myself a D-minus," she says, but adds, "I feel like I’m the mom who has the courage to share her story with her daughter. To tell her that she’s going to make some big old mistakes, and that Mommy is not going to have the answers, and sometimes you’re not either."

She adds, "I’m the mom who says, ‘You’re good enough wherever you are, but there’s going to be times when you don’t feel good enough.’”

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Eva ZarAri Lennox claims that come next year, she'll be taking a break from the concert stage.

Tuesday night, the "BMO" songstress shared with fans on Twitter that she'll no longer do any live performances, in order to protect her "sweet and genuine energy." 

"After this year I'll continue to drop music. But, I'm not performing anymore outside of IG live or YouTube," Lennox wrote in a since-deleted thread of tweets. "God is good. I will pay back what was offered to me." 

She continued, "I'm too thorough to be playing with my energy. People don't know what happens behind the scenes." 

The first lady of Dreamville then went on to imply that a set of "sick individuals" were preventing her from performing, due to their "traumatizing" nature. 

"There are parents raising demonic entities who are out here traumatizing people," Lennox added. 

The Shea Butter Baby vocalist's rant arrives at a rather interesting time, considering she just did a headlining set at H.E.R.'s inaugural Lights On Festival and is set to join Lizzo on the road as a supporting act for the North American leg of her Cuz I Love You Too Tour.

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Courtesy of Sony Pictures AnimationWhile the news that the beloved animated series The Boondocks was being rebooted came out a while ago, we now know where you'll be able to see it: HBO's upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

Based on creator Aaron McGruder's groundbreaking and award-winning comic series, The Boondockswas first turned into an animated series back in 2005, and aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up until 2014.

The HBO Max deal not only brings a 50-minute special and two new and "re-imagined" seasons of the show -- 24 episodes in all -- but also the entire original run from the Adult Swim days, to the streaming service.

According to a press release, "The new Boondocks follows the adventures of self-proclaimed 'Civil Rights Legend' Robert 'Granddad' Freeman, and his two rambunctious grandsons Huey and Riley."

Now set in their new suburban Maryland neighborhood, the trio tangles with "the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime." 

As that tease hints, McGruder's creation was famous for tackling hot-button issues head on.

In a statement, McGruder notes, "There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today. It's crazy how different the times we live in are now -- both politically and culturally -- more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There's a lot to say and it should be fun."

There's no premiere date set and there's no word on who will voice the characters.  HBO Max, which will also boast programming from HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, and more, debuts in the spring of 2020.

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Def Jam RecordingsDave East found himself in hot water after a night in Las Vegas turned very unlucky, TMZ reports. 

According to the site, the Harlem-bred rapper was cited for battery this past weekend following a late-night rendezvous with two women in his hotel room. 

Per a police report obtained by TMZ, an unidentified woman claims that while having sex with East, they began to argue and he punched her several times, prompting her to run to the bathroom to call police.

East, on the other hand, claims that the woman started the argument because she felt she wasn't getting enough of the rapper's attention during the tryst.

The "Type of Time" lyricist further alleges that the unnamed woman began hurling champagne bottles at him, leaving him with cuts on his arms and legs that were noted in the police report. East also claims to have suffered an injury to the head and underwent a CAT scan following the ordeal.

Authorities questioned witnesses, who entered the room after the argument started, but they're divided as to what actually happened.

Both Dave and the woman were cited for misdemeanor battery, but nobody was arrested. They were treated at separate hospitals, reports TMZ.

According to TMZ, East's lawyer, Stacey Richman said that that the only thing the rapper is guilty of is grabbing his accuser by the arm and removing her from the hotel room.  

While East has yet to publicly comment on the matter, his Instagram comments have interestingly been disabled from his personal account.

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ABC/Ed HerreraFollowing an exhaustive investigation by show producer eOne, a law firm and third-party firm, no wrongdoing was found to have taken place on the set of ABC's The Rookie.

The investigation was launched after former star Afton Williamson claims to have been exposed to "racist bullying," harassment, and even "sexual assault" on and off the set, implicating members of the show's hair department, and guest star Demetrius Grosse.

She claimed her complaints were ignored by the show's producers.

However, the query reportedly cleared all involved.

In a statement excerpted by the Los Angeles Times, eOne noted, "The investigation encompassed nearly 400 hours of interviews and review of evidence, involving a significant amount of material, including video, that was provided to and examined by the investigator."

"As a result of the independent investigation, we have concluded that those identified in Ms. Williamson’s allegations did not conduct themselves in an unlawful manner or demonstrate behavior inappropriate for the workplace," it continued.

"It was also concluded that the executive producers, including showrunner Alexi Hawley, addressed matters of which they were made aware promptly and in a fair and reasonable manner."

In response, on Instagram, Williamson expressed her outrage at "the lengths that were taken to Deceive, Lie, and Cover Up the Truth," and noted, "It’s Heartbreaking for everyone on that set; Past and Present. And for every Actor out there who Stands in the Face Of Harassment and Discrimination, Assault and Injustice."

She continued, "As a Black Woman, an Artist, an Actor, in 2019. My Speaking the Truth, Standing up for myself, and Leaving an Unsafe Work Environment, Changed things for a lot of people: Black Women, Artists, Actors, Victims, and Survivors of Injustice and Discrimination."

Williamson played training officer Talia Bishop in The Rookie, opposite Nathan Fillion's John Nolan. The show is slated to return for its second season September 29.

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L-R: Mariah Carey, 'mixed-ish' creator Kenya Barris, 'black-ish' star Tracee Ellis Ross; ABC/Image Group LAThe highly anticipated theme song to the new black-ish spinoff series, mixed-ish, is finally here. 

The song "In The Mix" was written, produced, and performed by Mariah Carey.  It also features vocals from her eight-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, who chant "yay us" and laugh throughout the song.

Fans of Carey's Daydream era will also adore the serious throwback vibes in the official mixed-ish theme song.  

The multiplatinum artist debuted "In The Mix" at ABC's “Embrace Your Ish” premiere event on Tuesday at Goya Studios.  The event featured screenings of the new series and black-ish, along with a sizzle recap of the second season of grown-ish.  

Show creator and executive producer Kenya Barris welcomed Carey to the stage to discuss the meaning behind the theme song and the importance of including mixed-race families on television.

mixed-ish will explore the backstory of black-ish character Rainbow Johnson, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, and will follow her journey growing up in a mixed household in the suburbs during the 80s -- and her struggles in a school where her classmates don't perceive her as black or white.  

mixed-ish premieres Tuesday, September 24, on ABC at 9 p.m. ET.

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Interscope/Zone 4/MosleyFollowing a nearly decade-long hiatus, Keri Hilson is gearing up for her long-awaited return to music. 

Tuesday, the "Knock You Down" vocalist provided fans with a brief status update on her follow-up to 2010's No Boys Allowed.  

"I don’t share much, but I’m working my a** off to get you this project," Hilson captioned an Instagram post of what appeared to a promotional shoot. "Turns out I’ll be a tad behind Summer, but we’re almost there!!"

Back in March, Hilson teased that she would be delivering fresh, new tunes upon summer's arrival to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her career-defining debut, In a Perfect World. While she may have missed the mark on that timeline, fans were equally thrilled to learn that the singer still intends to keep her word. 

While there are little to no details on what Hilson has in store, the Grammy winner has been more vocal than ever this past year regarding her absence from the music industry. In February, she addressed her her hiatus in an open letter to her fans.

“My truth is, I’d love nothing more than to release this incredible music I’ve been 'sitting on,’” Hilson began in the lengthy Instagram post. “There have been so many blockages, I have constantly fought myself to not directly speak about.”

Keri ended her post with: “I will emerge from this cocoon just as beautifully as I have overcome the other processes in my life that were designed to grow for me!”

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Courtesy of NetflixArsenio Hall is Coming 2 America...and coming to Netflix.

"It’s not coming on till October 29th, but I can’t wait any longer to tell you. 'I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it,'" the comedian and former talk show host tweeted on Tuesday. "My first @NetflixIsAJoke standup special!"

In an accompanying video, Arsenio announces that the special is called Smart & Classy...and then pretends to pass gas.

Arsenio Hall: Smart & Classy will feature the star talking about today's political climate, what it was like to win Celebrity Apprentice, getting older, his favorite drug and the classic movie Coming to America, whose sequel he's starring in, along with Eddie Murphy.

"There's nothing more important than laughter," says Arsenio. "See ya there!"

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Lizzo found herself in the hot seat earlier this week, after the breakout star blasted a Postmates delivery driver for allegedly failing to drop off her order. 

Monday night, the Texas-bred chart topper shared an accusatory post on Twitter claiming her food delivery had been stolen. 

"Hey @Postmates this girl Tiffany W. stole my food she lucky I don’t fight no more,” Lizzo wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

While the feisty comment seemed harmless at first, the Internet quickly erupted over Lizzo's handling of the situation. Many social media users criticized the multi-talent for potentially putting the delivery driver in danger by revealing her her name and photo.   Others were afraid that Lizzo's complaint might lead to the driver's firing.

Tuesday, in the aftermath of the uproar, Lizzo issued a formal apology.

“I apologize for putting that girl on blast,” she tweeted. “I understand I have a large following and that there were so many variables that could’ve put her in danger."

She added: "Imma really be more responsible with my use of social media and check my petty and my pride at the door."

As they say, "Truth Hurts."

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Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Presented by Amazon Prime Video Rihanna's Savage X Fenty fashion show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY last week was a massive, star-studded spectacle, and now you can get a little glimpse of what went down, thanks to a new teaser trailer for Amazon's presentation of the event.

In the teaser, we see Rihanna backstage, declaring, "I'm ready."  That's followed by a lot of frantic preparation, as scantily clad dancers run to take their places as the crowd cheers.  When the countdown to the start of the show ends, the screen fades to black -- we'll just have to tune in to see what happens next.

Savage X Fenty Show will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video starting this Friday. 

As previously reported, the Savage X Fenty Show featured performances by Halsey, Migos, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, Fat Joe, Fabolous and Tierra Whack, as well as appearances by 21 Savage, Normani, Laverne Cox, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Cara Delevigne and Alex Wek, among others.

The new Savage X Fenty Fall/Winter 2019 lingerie collection hits Amazon on Friday as well.

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ABC/Image Group LACardi B isn't showing any signs of slowing down, especially when it comes to growing her family. 

Monday, the Bronx-bred chart topper took to Instagram to detail her itinerary for next year, which according to her will include a new album, a supporting tour and baby number two. 

"My plan is to take a couple of months working on my album," Cardi explained during the live stream session. "And right after I finish my album, I'm going to rehearse for a tour."  

The "Money" rapper noted that she's already negotiating a hefty tour deal and currently has two songs in the chamber ready for the follow-up to her 2018 debut, Invasion of Privacy.

Once her tour wraps up, Cardi revealed she's ready to take on being a mom for a second time.

“After my tour, I want to have another kid,” she said. “And I’m really planning to do all of that in less than a year.” 

Cardi and husband Offset welcomed daughter Kulture last July.

Before all that starts, however, Cardi will appear alongside Chance the Rapper and T.I. in Netflix’s new hip-hop competition series Rhythm Flow.  The 10 hour-long episodes will roll out over the course of three weeks starting October 9. 

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RCA RecordsAlicia Keys has returned with a powerful new single and video titled “Show Me Love,” featuring Miguel

Under the direction of Cara Stricker, the dialed-down ballad is brought to life in a riveting music video, which is pieced together through a series of single shots. The visual features cameos from Michael B. Jordan and Zoe Saldana, as well as the Avengers actress' husband, Marco Perego-Saldana

"Show Me Love" marks the first release from Keys’ forthcoming seventh studio album, whose title has yet to be revealed.

The track has also inspired a "visual sonic installation" which will open to the public in New York City from September 18 to September 22.  The installation will be an "artistic meditation on the different emotional journeys and expressions of love we experience throughout life," according to a statement.

“I have been on this journey to be more vulnerable; in my life, in my music; and this new visual experience reflects this time," Keys said of her latest offering in a statement.

"'Show Me Love' displays different expressions of love, the journey of it, the push and pull, the struggle and the eventual joy and peace."

The Grammy-winning vocalist is set to perform her newest single during her headlining set at this year's Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park on September 28.

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Walt Disney Television/Yolanda PerezThe New York Times reports that Emmy-winning stand-up superstar Chris Rock is getting literary, penning a new essay collection.

My First Black Boyfriend will chronicle Rock's "experiences with race and relationships," according to the Times, including "stories dating back to when he first began doing standup comedy in the Eighties."

Publishing house Celadon will be releasing the collection.

"A lot of celebrities write books, and they don’t always have something to say," said Deb Futter, co-publisher and the company's senior vice president. "I think Chris Rock has something to say." 

Futter notes that Rock has the ability to "point out things that maybe need to be pointed out in our crazy world."

Rock's first book, Rock This!, became a New York Times bestseller after its release in 1997.

Last year, the 54-year-old returned to a forum he arguably helped perfect: the stand-up special, with Tambourine for Netflix. In October, he'll be seen on Netflix opposite Eddie Murphy in the Rudy Ray Moore biopic Dolemite Is My Name.

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ABC/Craig SjodinMany have compared Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day to the late, great Billie Holiday. Now, she'll portray the legendary jazz singer onscreen in a new movie directed and produced by Lee Daniels.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday focuses on one particular aspect of Holiday's career: the fact that she was targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics targeted her with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she'd had an affair.

The movie was also inspired by the 2015 New York Times bestseller Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.

"It is an extraordinary responsibility to tell the story of the iconic Billie Holiday," says Daniels in a statement. "Her story is very personal to me and I hope to do justice when bringing to light this profound and complicated soul -- a great artist and an unsung civil rights warrior."

In addition to Day, the cast also includes Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund, and Natasha Lyonne.  Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize, is writing the script. Her credits include TopDog/Underdog and Native Son.

The movie will start shooting next month in Montreal. It will be the first film Daniels has directed since 2013's drama The Butler.

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Low Country Sound/Elektra/EMGThe Highwomen are living up to their name, debuting at the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this week.

The supergroup -- made up of Maren Morris, Americana Grammy-winners Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires, and songwriter Natalie Hemby -- is the first all-female act to top the country album ranking since Miranda Lambert’s Pistol Annies did back in November with Interstate Gospel.

All in all, the Highwomen sold 34,000 album equivalent units, which was also enough to also debut at #1 on the Americana/Folks Albums chart, as well as at #10 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

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Tom DeLonge files for divorce from wife Jennifer

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iStock/Gerasimov174Tom DeLonge has filed for divorce from his wife Jennifer after 18 years of marriage.

According to TMZ, the former Blink-182 frontman is citing "irreconcilable differences." He's seeking joint legal and physical custody of the couple's two children, daughter Ava and son Jonas.

Tom and Jennifer, who had been friends since high school, married in 2001. The Blink hit "All the Small Things" was written about Jennifer while she and Tom were dating.

Tom is currently on tour with his band Angels & Airwaves. The outing, AVA's first in seven years, continues Tuesday in New York City.

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Evanescence announces co-headlining European tour with Within Temptation 

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Credit: P.R. BrownEvanescence is teaming up with Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation for a co-headlining European tour next spring.

The joint outing, dubbed the Worlds Collide tour, launches April 4 in Belgium, and will make stops in France, the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, Italy and The Netherlands.

"We are very excited to join forces with Within Temptation for what I know will be an epic tour in April," Evanescence says. "We've had people ask us about doing something together for a long time, and we're going to make it worth the wait!"

For the full list of dates and ticket info, visit WorldsCollideTour.net.

Evanescence's most recent release is 2017's Synthesis, which featured new versions of songs from the band's back catalog reworked with orchestral instruments and electronics. A new album of original material -- the follow-up to 2011's self-titled effort -- is in the works.

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Green Day, System of a Down, Volbeat headlining Germany's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals

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ABC/Randy HolmesGreen DaySystem of a Down and Volbeat will headline Germany's 2020 Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals, held June 5-7.

Other artists on the bill include KornDisturbed, DeftonesThe OffspringWeezerYungbludOf Mice & Men and Motionless in White.

Like the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park share one lineup and take place concurrently over one weekend. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit Rock-am-Ring.com or Rock-im-Park.com.

Green Day, of course, is headlining next summer's much-hyped Hella Mega tour, which also features Weezer and Fall Out Boy. The worldwide outing launches June 13 in Paris, and will come to the U.S. in July.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWaylon Jennings achieved his fourth #1 with this 1975 song questioning whether country music had lost its way. Can you name the classic tune from his Dreaming My Dreams album? ANSWER: "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way."

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Toto's Steve Lukather among guests performing at Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls' fall solo concerts

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Credit: Rob ShanahanDerek Smalls, bassist for the legendary mock-rock band Spinal Tap -- a.k.a. comic actor Harry Shearer -- has lined up four West Coast solo concerts this fall in support of his star-studded 2018 debut solo album, Smalls Change (Meditations upon Ageing).  He's being joined by an equally star-studded lineup of backing musicians for the shows.

At the concerts, scheduled for this November in Los Angeles; Seattle; Vancouver, Canada; and San Francisco, Smalls will be joined by three virtuoso guitarists will be joining Smalls: Toto's Steve LukatherDweezil Zappa and longtime Stevie Nicks guitarist Waddy Wachtel.

In addition, several celebrities will take part in the concerts -- dubbed Lukewarm Water Live! -- via satellite link-up, among them Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, guitar whiz Steve Vai and actress and comedian Jane Lynch. Also joining the musical festivities remotely will be the Snarky Puppy Horns and the Hungarian Studio Orchestra.

"Playing live with a symphony orchestra and some of the greats in rock music was never anything I could even hope to dream of," says Derek in a statement. "But I can now!"

At the concerts, Smalls will be performing tunes from the Smalls Change album, as well as selections from the Spinal Tap catalog. More guests are expected to be announced soon.

The four shows will be the precursor to a major world tour that Smalls is planning to mount in 2020.

Smalls Change featured guest appearances by such well-known musicians as Fagen, David CrosbyPeter FramptonRick Wakeman, Lukather, Wachtel, Dweezil Zappa, Paul ShafferJoe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Derek recently debuted an official video for the Smalls Change track "Gimme Some (More) Money."

Here's the full list of concerts:

11/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
11/9 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
11/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, The Vogue Theatre
11/14 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield Theatre

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The Prodigy honors Keith Flint on late frontman's 50th birthday

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Gus Stewart/RedfernsKeith Flint would've celebrated his 50th birthday today, and The Prodigy is marking the occasion by paying tribute to the group's late frontman.

"Happy birthday Flinty," surviving Prodigy members Liam Howlett and Maxim tweeted Tuesday. "Not a single day passes u aren’t in our thoughts, we miss you brother. Raise the roof wherever u are."

The tweet also includes the hashtags #WeLiveForever, #WeLivefortheBeats, #RaisetheRoof and #NeverStop.

Flint died by hanging in March at age 49.

In August, Howlett revealed that new Prodigy music was in the works. The group's most recent album is 2018's No Tourists.

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Taylor Swift will be first woman to open an NFL stadium, as she announces Lover Fest East & West 

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Valheria Rocha/TAS Rights ManagementHere's the good news: Taylor Swift is going to perform live in support of her new album Lover. Now, here's the bad news: It's not exactly a tour.

Taylor has announced Lover Fest West and Lover Fest West, her only U.S. concert dates of 2020.  Each event will take place over two days at two different stadiums: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on July 31 and August 1, and L.A.'s SoFi Stadium on July 25 and 26.  In fact, Taylor will be the first woman ever to officially open an NFL stadium when she kicks off the latter venue's inaugural year of events.

Additional artists will be joining Taylor at the two festival events; they'll be announced later.

On Twitter, Taylor wrote, "The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic. I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some. Introducing, Lover Fest East West!"

If you're already a Taylor Swift Tix Verified Fan, you can RSVP today for Preferred Presale Access at VerifiedFan.Ticketmaster.com/TaylorSwiftTix. Registration for new Verified Fans starts September 19 at 4 p.m. ET and the general on-sale date is October 14.

Capital One cardholders will get priority access to tickets on October 15 and 16. More information is available at TaylorSwift.com.

As for Taylor's international fans, they'll be getting a series of concerts and festival dates, which will begin June 20 in Belgium and run through July 18 in Brazil.

Here are all of Taylor's confirmed dates:

6/20 -- Werchter Boutique, Werchter, Belgium
6/24 -– The Waldbühne Berlin, Germany
6/26 -- Oslo Sommertid, Oslo, Norway
7/1 -- Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
7/3 -- Open'er Festival, Gdynia, Poland
7/5 -- Festival de Nîmes, Nîmes, France
7/9 -- NOS Alive, Oeiras, Portugal
7/18 -- Allianz Parque Sao Paulo, Brazil
7/25 -- SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
7/26 -- SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
7/31-- Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
8/1-- Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

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Mandy Moore releases first new music in 10 years: "When I Wasn't Watching" 

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Lauren DukoffIf you were missing her music like candy, good news! Mandy Moore is finally getting back to her singing roots.

The Emmy-nominated This Is Us actress has released her first new music in 10 years: the self-reflective single “When I Wasn’t Watching.” The song is set to appear on Mandy’s forthcoming album, due out early next year.

"The idea of diving back into music after so much time and personal change was really intimidating to me for a while," Mandy says in a statement. "But then I finally realized: I'm the only person who can make this move. It all has to start with me."

As for what the song is about, Mandy says it’s about the universal experience of “feeling lost and not quite understanding how you’ve found yourself at a certain point in your life.”

“I'm a big believer in the idea that what you've journeyed through is ultimately going to factor into the person you become, and how you'll greet whatever big challenge you face next,” she adds.

Mandy began working on her new album, the follow-up to 2009’s Amanda Leigh, earlier this year, with her husband, musician Taylor Goldsmith, among the collaborators. She recorded each song live with a full band and says she aimed to make a “very California-sounding record – something that feels sunshiny and airy and natural.”

"I very much feel like I'm at the helm of the ship now, where I'm stepping back into music completely on my own terms," she says. "Everything that's happened up until this point has gotten me to where I am today, and I'm so excited to just keep moving forward.

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Whitney Houston hologram tour kicks off in January 

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BASE HologramWhitney Houston fans will have an opportunity to see her again in concert -- via hologram.

On Tuesday, BASE Hologram announced in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston the firstdates for An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour.

The first show takes place in Mexico in January, and will feature Houston's hits, including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me”), “The Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.”

Choreographer Fatima Robinson, who has worked with Rihanna, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige, will oversee the production, which will include a live band and backup dancers.

“Whitney Houston was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries,” said Brian Becker, chairman and CEO of BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram.

“What we are creating here is a new type of theatrical concert experience designed to capture that magic," Becker continued. "When she performed, there was an unmatched level of charisma and emotion to it -- that’s what we are going to bring to audiences and it’s an honor to be able to help add to her legacy with this project.”

Houston was 48 years old when she died of an accidental drowning in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2012. Throughout her decades-long career, she earned six Grammys, one Emmy, 22 American Music Awards, and 16 Billboard Music Awards.

This year, Houston returned to the Billboard charts, thanks to a remixed version of her 1990 cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love."

Tickets for the U.K. dates go on sale September 20.  North American dates will be announced later; that leg is set to begin in the fall of 2020.

Here are the announced tour dates:

1/23 – 2/9 -- Mexico (additional information to come soon)
2/27 -- M&S Bank Arena 2 Arena, Liverpool
2/28 -- Apollo, Manchester
2/29 -- First Direct Arena, Leeds
3/1 -- SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
3/2 -- P&J Arena, Aberdeen
3/3 -- Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin
3/4 -- Arena, Birmingham
3/5 -- Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
3/6 -- Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
3/7 -- Centre, Brighton
3/9 -- Royal Concert Hall,Nottingham
3/10 -- Hammersmith Apollo, London
3/12 -- Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
3/13 -- AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3/14 -- Capitole, Ghent, Belgium
3/19 -- Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
3/20 -- Admirals Palast, Berlin, Germany
3/22 -- Stadhalle F, Vienna, Austria
3/23 -- Inchebo Expo Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
3/25 -- Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
3/26 -- Folketeatret, Olso, Norway
3/28 -- Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
3/30 -- BKZ Oktyabrisky, St Petersburg, Russia
3/31 -- Kremlin Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia
4/2 -- Palace Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine
4/3 -- Palace of the Republic, Minsk, Belarus

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Nashville notes 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Stapleton's set to join Sheryl Crow for her appearance this Friday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He sings on the track "Tell Me When It's Over" from her new Threads album.

Sara Evans will kick off her ten-date Blue Christmas Tour December 5 in Huntsville, Alabama. Newcomers Temecula Road will open.

"After a Few" hitmaker Travis Denning will put out the new track, "Heartbeat of a Small Town," on Friday.

You can check out newcomer Niko Moon's new music video for "Good Time" on YouTube now.

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"I Hope You're Happy Now": Carly Pearce opens up about the breakup that inspired her new song 

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ABC/Image Group LACarly Pearce is now happily engaged to Michael Ray, and they're on the way to the altar sometime this fall.  But before their romance could blossom, she had to deal with a painful reality: breaking up with her then-boyfriend.

It's something she tackles head-on in her new album.

"I want people to know: Yes, I fell in love. And yes, there's going to be those songs," Carly explains. "But in the process of falling in love, I have hurt someone else.  I broke somebody else's heart a few years ago, and had to figure out some things in my own life that maybe weren't serving me well."

That experience inspired "I Hope You're Happy Now," the single Carly co-wrote with Luke Combs and sings with Lee Brice.  It'll be out September 27.

Carly vows the new album will be as transparent as her first, Every Little Thing, the chart-topping title track from which is about another breakup.

"In the way that my first record was very unapologetically honest, this one is, too," she tells ABC Radio. "And with that, there's still going to be those heartbreak songs. There's still going to be those vulnerable moments. There's confessions, there's all kinds of things on this record that I feel like dive a little bit deeper."

"Social media shows some things," Carly adds, "but I feel like you don't know the whole story until you really listen to this record.  And it's all about finding my way to the place that I am now."

And Carly teases, "But it's gonna have a little bit of everything on it. There might be a few duets."

Carly's sophomore album -- likely including a rumored duet with Michael Ray -- will arrive sometime in 2020.

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Raphael Saadiq's "Something Keeps Calling" lands in 'Billboard' Adult R&B Songs top ten

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Raphael Saadiq continues to add impressive feats to his storied career with his latest effort, "Something Keeps Calling." 

Lifted from his newly-released album Jimmy Lee, the deeply introspective single has ascended to the #4 position on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs Chart. The Rob Bacon-assisted ballad accounts for Saadiq's first top-10 hit on the tally in 10 years, following "Never Give You Up" featuring Stevie Wonder and CJ, which similarly peaked at #4 in July 2009. 

Prior to that, the former Tony! Toni! Toné! frontman scored his first top-10 Adult R&B Songs entry with "Ask of You," which rose to #3 in May 1995. The deep cut is Saadiq's only top-10 hit on the chart as a solo artist. 

Monday, the veteran R&B crooner announced he'll embark on a North American trek next year in support of Jimmy Lee. The tour's slated to kick off in January in San Diego, CA and will hit major cities including New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, New York and Detroit before wrapping in Los Angeles. 

Here's the full 2020 tour itinerary:

1/27 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
1/28 -- New Orleans, LA, Tipitina's
1/30 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
1/31 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live
2/1 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
2/3 -- Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
2/4 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
2/5 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
2/7 -- Norfolk, VA, The NorVa
2/8 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
2/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
2/13/ -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
2/14 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Hall
2/15 -- Boston, MA, Big Night Live
2/17 -- Louisville, KY, Old Forester's Paristown Hall
2/18 -- Royal Oak MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
2/19 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
2/21 -- Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre
2/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
2/25 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune
2/27 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
2/28 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
2/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern

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Lewis Capaldi kicks off U.S. tour tonight, says fans can expect "music and toilet humor"

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Talk about good timing: Lewis Capaldi's song "Someone You Loved" has just become his first U.S. top 10 hit, and tonight, he kicks off a U.S. headlining tour in Dallas, TX. 

As for what fans can expect from his live shows, the self-deprecating Scottish singer/songwriter says it's all about music, laughs -- and not grossing people out.

"It's just me up there, shouting down a microphone for an hour and a half, trying not to sweat so much that people are disgusted," Lewis jokes to ABC Radio.  "We play the songs and they're, like, quite emotional, and a lot of them are kind of mid-tempo ballady-type vibes.  But in between songs, I try to keep it as lighthearted as possible and have a laugh with people."

According to Lewis, just because his songs are emotionally heavy doesn't mean the entire night has to be a downer.  In fact, he hates it when bands get too serious onstage.

"I've been to see so many bands where they've got a song coming up and the songs are quite emotional as is, and they start talking about, you know, 'I wrote this song about the lady who broke my heart...,'" Lewis  complains.  "You're like, "Shut up! We know what it's about. Just give us the music and in between, I dunno, make a toilet humor joke!'"

He laughs, "And that's exactly what you get. You get music and toilet humor. That's what you get when you come and see a Lewis Capaldi show!" 

The U.S. leg of Lewis' tour wraps up October 12 in Washington, D.C.

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1975 Moody Blues side project 'Blue Jays' to be reissued on vinyl in October

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In 1975, Moody Blues guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge teamed up to record a collaborative side project called Blue Jays. Now, the long-out-of-print album is set to be reissued as a vinyl LP on October 4.

The 10-track collection was recorded during The Moody Blues' five-year hiatus that began after the release of 1972's Seventh Sojourn, and ended with the 1978 arrival of OctaveBlue Jays featured three songs written by Hayward, three tunes penned by Lodge and two co-written by Justin and John. The record was produced by longtime Moody Blues collaborator Tony Clarke.

Blue Jays peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200, and yielded a minor hit single in the U.S., "I Dreamed Last Night," which reached #47 on the Hot 100 tally. A non-album single called "Blue Guitar" released in 1975 and credited to Hayward and Lodge, was a #8 hit in the U.K. The track actually featured Justin backed by the band 10cc.

In a recent interview with ABC Radio, Lodge said he wasn't aware of plans to reissue Blue Jays, which he called "a really special album."

Both Hayward and Lodge have been performing songs from Blue Jays at their respective recent solo concerts . John included a live version of one of the tunes, "Saved by the Music," on his recently released solo compilation B Yond: The Very Best Of.

The Blue Jays LP is available for pre-order now. Here's the full track list:

Side A
"This Morning"
"Remember Me (My Friend)"
"My Brother"
"You"
"Nights Winters Years"

Side B
"Saved by the Music"
"I Dreamed Last Night"
"Who Are You Now"
"Maybe"
"When You Wake Up"

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Lauren Daigle sets first-ever headlining arena tour, kicking off in 2020

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Following an amazingly successful 2019, "You Say" singer Lauren Daigle is looking ahead to a major career milestone for 2020: Her first ever headlining arena tour.

So far, Lauren's sold out every one of her concerts in support of her Grammy-winning album, Look Up Child, but her new world tour will take things to the next level.  The 44-city trek kicks off January 18 in Melbourne, Australia, and gets to North America February 20, starting in Pensacola, FL.  The tour will close in Lauren's hometown of Lafayette, LA with a show at the CAJUNDOME on July 18.

“This year has been life-changing,” Lauren says in a statement. "There’s no better feeling than to be able to look out from the stage and see how people have connected with the songs on this album.  Our shows feel like one big party of togetherness, and I can’t wait to create a whole new tour for 2020.  It’s going to be so much fun!”

Tour tickets go on sale to the general public in the U.S. and Canada on September 20 at 10 a.m. local time via LaurenDaigle.com/tour.  American Express Card Members can buy them Tuesday at noon local time. VIP packages, which include a pre-show performance and Q&A with Lauren, plus exclusive merchandise, will also be available.

The Lauren Daigle World Tour will feature an all-new stage production, design and set list -- and of course, "You Say" and her current single, "Rescue."  Folk/soul duo JOHNNYSWIM will open select U.S. dates.

Here are Lauren's North American tour dates:

2/20 -- Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, FL
2/21 -- VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
2/22 -- Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
2/27 -- Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
2/28 -- Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
2/29 -- Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
3/5 -- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
3/6 -- Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
3/7 -- CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, LA
3/12 -- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
3/13 -- Ford Center, Evansville, IN
3/14 -- Grossinger Motors Arena, Bloomington, IL
3/15 -- Huntington Center, Toledo, OH
4/30 -- Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
5/1 -- Berglund Center, Roanoke, VA
5/7 -- State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
5/8 -- Amway Center, Orlando, FL
5/9 -- BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
5/14 -- CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE
5/15 -- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
5/16 -- Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, SD
5/28 -- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
5/29 -- Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO
5/30 -- Resch Center, Green Bay, WI
6/18 -- Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
6/19 -- Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN
6/20 -- Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
6/25 -- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
6/26 -- Agganis Arena, Boston, MA
6/27 -- XL Center, Hartford, CT
7/1 -- Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, PA
7/2 -- Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
7/3 -- Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
7/9 -- PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
7/10 -- Giant Center, Hershey, PA
7/11 -- Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA
7/16 -- Toyota Center, Houston, TX

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Skillet searches for a "gateway to a better world" with 'Eden' graphic novel

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Z2 ComicsIf you're looking for something to read while listening to Skillet's new album Victorious, look no further than Eden, a new graphic novel created in collaboration with the band. For frontman John Cooper, the chance to write a graphic novel was a dream come true.

"I love comic books," Cooper tells ABC Radio. "I've got a bunch of Marvel tattoos, superheroes all over my body, on my leg. I just love comics, I've loved them ever since I was a kid, and I love science fiction, Star Wars and things like that."

As fate would have it, a publisher called Z2 Comics, which has worked with musicians included The Black KeysDan Auerbach and Black Veil BridesAndy Biersack, gave Cooper a call and asked if Skillet would be interested in the graphic novel treatment.

"He said, 'Do you have ideas?' I said, 'Of course!'" Cooper remembers. "I've got a million...bizarre science fiction ideas for novels that I just assumed I'd never do anything with."

Cooper's ideas eventually were turned into the story of Eden, which features all the Skillet band members as fictional characters in a post-apocalyptic world.

"[We're] trying to find a gateway to a better world, to a world that isn't so hateful, that isn't so violent," Cooper explains.

Thematically, Cooper wanted Eden to reflect his favorite sci-fi stories.

"I just think that all science fiction has a great philosophy to it: philosophical, theological, metaphysical sometimes," he says. "So this has got all those great elements of science fiction." 

Eden is out now. It's on track to be Z2 Comics' best-selling book.

Meanwhile, Skillet will launch a co-headlining tour with Alter Bridge September 22 in Baltimore.

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BASE HologramWhitney Houston fans will have an opportunity to see her again in concert -- via hologram.

On Tuesday, BASE Hologram announced in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston the firstdates for An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour.

The first show takes place in Mexico in January, and will feature Houston's hits, including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me”), “The Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.”

Choreographer Fatima Robinson, who has worked with Rihanna, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige, will oversee the production, which will include a live band and backup dancers.

“Whitney Houston was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries,” said Brian Becker, chairman and CEO of BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram.

“What we are creating here is a new type of theatrical concert experience designed to capture that magic," Becker continued. "When she performed, there was an unmatched level of charisma and emotion to it -- that’s what we are going to bring to audiences and it’s an honor to be able to help add to her legacy with this project.”

Houston was 48 years old when she died of an accidental drowning in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2012. Throughout her decades-long career, she earned six Grammys, one Emmy, 22 American Music Awards, and 16 Billboard Music Awards.

This year, Houston returned to the Billboard charts, thanks to a remixed version of her 1990 cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love."

Tickets for the U.K. dates go on sale September 20.  North American dates will be announced later; that leg is set to begin in the fall of 2020.

Here are the announced tour dates:

1/23 – 2/9 -- Mexico (additional information to come soon)
2/27 -- M&S Bank Arena 2 Arena, Liverpool
2/28 -- Apollo, Manchester
2/29 -- First Direct Arena, Leeds
3/1 -- SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
3/2 -- P&J Arena, Aberdeen
3/3 -- Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin
3/4 -- Arena, Birmingham
3/5 -- Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
3/6 -- Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
3/7 -- Centre, Brighton
3/9 -- Royal Concert Hall,Nottingham
3/10 -- Hammersmith Apollo, London
3/12 -- Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
3/13 -- AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3/14 -- Capitole, Ghent, Belgium
3/19 -- Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
3/20 -- Admirals Palast, Berlin, Germany
3/22 -- Stadhalle F, Vienna, Austria
3/23 -- Inchebo Expo Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
3/25 -- Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
3/26 -- Folketeatret, Olso, Norway
3/28 -- Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
3/30 -- BKZ Oktyabrisky, St Petersburg, Russia
3/31 -- Kremlin Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia
4/2 -- Palace Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine
4/3 -- Palace of the Republic, Minsk, Belarus

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Raphael Saadiq continues to add impressive feats to his storied career with his latest effort, "Something Keeps Calling." 

Lifted from his newly-released album Jimmy Lee, the deeply introspective single has ascended to the #4 position on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs Chart. The Rob Bacon-assisted ballad accounts for Saadiq's first top-10 hit on the tally in 10 years, following "Never Give You Up" featuring Stevie Wonder and CJ, which similarly peaked at #4 in July 2009. 

Prior to that, the former Tony! Toni! Toné! frontman scored his first top-10 Adult R&B Songs entry with "Ask of You," which rose to #3 in May 1995. The deep cut is Saadiq's only top-10 hit on the chart as a solo artist. 

Monday, the veteran R&B crooner announced he'll embark on a North American trek next year in support of Jimmy Lee. The tour's slated to kick off in January in San Diego, CA and will hit major cities including New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, New York and Detroit before wrapping in Los Angeles. 

Here's the full 2020 tour itinerary:

1/27 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
1/28 -- New Orleans, LA, Tipitina's
1/30 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
1/31 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live
2/1 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
2/3 -- Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
2/4 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
2/5 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
2/7 -- Norfolk, VA, The NorVa
2/8 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
2/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
2/13/ -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
2/14 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Hall
2/15 -- Boston, MA, Big Night Live
2/17 -- Louisville, KY, Old Forester's Paristown Hall
2/18 -- Royal Oak MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
2/19 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
2/21 -- Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre
2/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
2/25 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune
2/27 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
2/28 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
2/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern

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