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52nd Annual ACM Awards set for April 2nd

52nd Annual ACM Awards

The Academy of Country Music has announced that the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year, will broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2nd at 8 pm ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. This will mark the first time the show will broadcast from T-Mobile Arena. The 52nd ACM Awards, honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more to be announced in the coming months.

Details about The Week Vegas Goes Country, including information on the ACM Party for a Cause events, activities, and official ACM after parties, is forthcoming. Fans may sign up for the ACM A-List for free at ACMcountry.com. ACM A-Listers will receive the ticket purchase pre-sale code and information on discounted room rates.

ACM PROFESSIONAL MEMBER TICKET ON-SALE:

Professional Members of the ACM can purchase tickets beginning at 10 am (PT) Tuesday, January 24th by visiting ACMcountry.com.

ACM A-LIST MEMBER TICKET PRE-SALE:

ACM A-List Members can purchase tickets in a special pre-sale beginning at 10 am (PT) Tuesday, January 24th by visiting axs.com. The pre-sale code will be emailed to all A-List Members prior to the on-sale date.

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKET ON-SALE:

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10 am (PT) Thursday, January 26th at axs.com.

The Academy also announced earlier this month that Pete Fisher was selected as the Academy of Country Music’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, January 30th. Fisher most recently served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, and also served the ACM as an active and engaged Board member for 14 years.

‘La La Land’ soundtrack tops Billboard charts

La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Interscope Records’ La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack — which features songs from the original musical film, La La Land, from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label and starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling — has leapt to #1 in pure album sales and #2 overall on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. In addition, the album comes in at No. #2 this week overall with over 42,000 album equivalent units.

The massive surge comes the week following the 2017 Golden Globe Awards where the film, which was written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, took home a record-breaking seven awards, winning in each category in which it was nominated, including best musical/comedy film. The composer Justin Hurwitz won for “Best Score,” as well as “Best Original Song” with lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for “City of Stars.”

The La La Land film soundtrack and score has earned raves reviews, with Entertainment Weekly noting that “composer Justin Hurwitz’s songs (especially the dewy ‘City of Stars’) have both an intimacy and an occasional irony that act as counterweights to all of the razzle-dazzle we’re taking in with our eyes.” GQ called the film “gorgeous, romantic, and unabashedly sentimental,” while Rolling Stone called it “sheer perfection” and “the movie of the year.”

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Metallica announces ‘very unique’ Grammy performance

Metallica

This is the band’s fourth performance at the awards ceremony

Metallica has “something very unique and special planned” for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12th. The band has been invited to perform for the first time in three years. They last performed “One” with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang in 2014.

Metallica is nominated for Best Rock Song for “Hardwired” from their newly released Hardwired… To Self Destruct album. They are up against David Bowie, Radiohead, Twenty One Pilots and Highly Suspect in the category. Top nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards include Beyoncé with nine, Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight apiece and Chance The Rapper with seven.

LL Cool J hosts the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 12th live from Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show will broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8-11:30 pm ET/5-8:30 pm PT live on both coasts.

AXS TV set to air ‘Peter Frampton Raw’

Peter Frampton

The concert is a taste of his 2017 acoustic tour

GRAMMY-winning guitarist Peter Frampton comes alive as you’ve never seen or heard him before, in the premiere of the concert film Peter Frampton Raw: An Acoustic Show, airing Sunday, January 29th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on AXS TV. Originally filmed on March 15, 2016, at the Sunset Center in Carmel By The Sea, CA, the film captures Frampton at his best, playing on point acoustically and vocally as he rocks the sold out crowd.

The unique event combines stripped down renditions of Frampton’s timeless classics with his own priceless stories, giving viewers an inside look at the artist’s creative process behind his fourth album Frampton, his trademark hit “Do You Feel Like We Do?,” and much more. The career-spanning roster is loaded with deep cuts, fan-favorites, and career-defining tracks, including “Wind Of Change,” “All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side),” “Show Me The Way,” “Road To The Sun,” and, of course, his immortal 1973 masterpiece “Do You Feel Like We Do,” among others.

Joining Frampton on this stunning musical odyssey are two very special guests, featuring Frampton’s son Julian Frampton, and Frampton’s longtime writing partner Gordon Kennedy, who co-produced Frampton’s GRAMMY-winning 2006 album Fingerprints.

AXS TV presents Bruce Springsteen Barcelona concert

Bruce Springsteen

AXS TV presents Bruce Springsteen in the popular 2003 concert film Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: Live in Barcelona, premiering on Sunday, January 15th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. The unforgettable event marked the first time ever that a complete Bruce Springsteen show was given an official video release, and this special broadcast is the first time that the concert will be seen in HD.

Originally filmed at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, on October 16, 2002, the program finds the influential showman and his seasoned band, including saxophonist Clarence Clemons, in rare form during a stop on their The Rising Tour. Throughout the night, Springsteen blazes through an explosive career-spanning set loaded with classics and modern favorites, including “The Rising,” “Darkness On The Edge Of Town,” “Badlands,” “Dancing In The Dark,” “Born To Run,” “Born In The U.S.A.,” “Thunder Road,” and many more.

“Bruce Springsteen is beloved by millions of people across the world for his relatable lyrics, and timeless sound.”

Feeding off of the electric crowd, Springsteen and his band are clearly enjoying themselves as they take requests from the audience, engage in charming interplay, and deliver one of the most memorable shows in their unprecedented legacy.

“Bruce Springsteen is beloved by millions of people across the world for his relatable lyrics, and timeless sound,” states Michele M. Dix, AXS TV’s senior vice president, programming and development.

CMT announces ‘Nashville’ social media companion

CMT's Nashville

CMT has announced “NASHCHAT” the first-ever social interactive fan hangout and conversation companion to the hit series Nashville, across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat including a Facebook Live chat that will debut immediately following the two-hour premiere of Nashville with star Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) set as the first guest on January 5th at 11 pm ET on CMT’s Facebook page. Nashville is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.

“Fans saved Nashville. Now we’re inviting fans into our living room to celebrate the characters, stories and music they love,” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “With ‘NASHCHAT’, we’ll create a home across all social media culminating with a Facebook Live interactive recap and fan chat immediately following new episodes.”

Hosted by Nashville superfan and radio personality, Amy Brown of The Bobby Bones Show, each episode of “NASHCHAT,” coming live from a living room in Nashville, features cast and crew interviews, original music, Nashville insiders and of course the fans recapping each new episode just after the show ends.

Between episodes, CMT will continue the conversation across all social media. CMT Instagram and Instagram Live will host “NASHCHAT” behind the scenes, CMT Snapchat will feature Nashville cast content, fan community content, games and contests. CMT Twitter will drive the daily conversation with the fans including unveiling new memes and clips, as well as quizzes, photos, recaps and episodic promos.

“Fans saved Nashville. Now we’re inviting fans into our living room to celebrate the characters, stories and music they love.”

Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.

Nashville stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad. In addition, the upcoming season will feature Joseph David-Jones as Clay, Rhiannon Giddens as Hallie Jordan, Jen Richards as Allyson Del Lago, and Cameron Scoggins as Zach Welles in recurring roles.

Produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, production is currently underway in Nashville. The series is executive produced by Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (the creators of Thirtysomething), Steve Buchanan and Callie Khouri.

The series airs in 225 territories worldwide. Since its debut, the show has inspired ten soundtracks, including a Christmas album, which have collectively sold more than one million album units and over five million single-track downloads to date. It has also been nominated for multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards.

SiriusXM announces George Michael Tribute Channel

George Michael

SiriusXM has announced that it will pay tribute to the groundbreaking artist George Michael. The limited-run channel, Faith, will feature music from the icon’s entire body of work.

Faith will feature music from the legendary artist’s earliest recordings with Wham!, his collaborations with Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Queen, plus his solo career starting with his 1987 album, Faith.

SiriusXM’s Faith will launch on Wednesday, January 4th at noon ET and will air through Tuesday, January 10th via satellite on channel 13. Faith will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.

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‘Twister’ score gets expanded reissue

Twister: Expanded Archival Edition

Nearly 21 years after the blockbuster film Twister, starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, was released, the film’s score gets an expanded reissue on CD.

La-La Land Records, Warner Music Group, Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have announced Twister: Expanded Archival Edition will be available on January 17th at noon PST via its online store as a 20th Anniversary Edition. Only 3,000 copies are being pressed.

The score has been newly remastered and expanded by producers Mike Matessino and Dan Goldwasser, fixing all errors from the previous release. While not the film’s soundtrack that featured music from Shania Twain and Van Halen, the final track does feature music written and performed by Eddie and Alex Van Halen.

Liner notes were written by Tim Greiving and feature new interviews with composer Mark Mancina and director Jan De Bont.

CD

1. Wheatfield (Film Version)** 1:26
2. The Hunt Begins** 3:51
3. The Sky** 1:03
4. Dorothy IV (Film Version) 1:56
5. The First Twister* 0:49
6. In the Ditch / Where’s My Truck? 2:00
7. Waterspouts** 2:49
8. Cow 5:42
9. Walk in the Woods* 2:05
10. Bob’s Road 2:13
11. Hail No! 2:43
12. Futility (Film Version) 2:17
13. Drive-in Twister** 2:57
14. Wakita (Film Version)** 5:19
15. Sculptures (Film Version) 3:06
16. House Visit 4:47
17. The Big Suck (Film Version)** 1:47
18. End Title** 2:20

Additional Music

19. Wheatfield (Alternate) 1:33
20. Waterspouts (Alternate)** 2:50
21. The Big Suck (Alternate) 1:13
22. End Title / Respect the Wind§ 9:21

* previously unreleased
** contains previously unreleased material
§ written and performed by Edward and Alex Van Halen

Stars react to death of Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds

The actress passed away one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher

Actress Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84, one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher shocked the world. Reynolds was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday (Dec 28th) while planning her daughter’s funeral. Her son Todd tells TMZ that she died as a result of a stroke and told him hours earlier, “I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie.”

Reynolds became one of Hollywood’s elite after rising to stardom in Singin’ In The Rain. She also earned an Oscar nomination for her roll in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Celebs have taken to social media to express their thoughts on Reynolds’ death.

Stars react to death of actress Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

The actress was 60 years old

Iconic Stars Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60 following a heart attack late last week. The actress went into cardiac arrest during a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday (Dec 23rd) when paramedics rushed to her aid. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died. Read more