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New Yorkers Get a Special Preview of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' Reissue

We attended a listening party for the upcoming 50th anniversary box set of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' This is what we heard. Continue reading…

Maroon 5, Usher, Alabama Shakes headline Jazz Fest Day 2

Performances by Maroon 5, the Alabama Shakes, and Usher & The Roots brought crowd-pleasing rock, blues and R&B to the second day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, while jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain earned a special place in the event's history.

Fountain, a festival favorite who died Aug. 6 at the age of 86, was recognized Saturday with the unveiling of a larger-than-life hand-painted portrait in the ancestor area, memorializing those who have helped shape the festival since it began in 1970.

"Welcome back, Pete," said Quint Davis, director and producer of the festival, as the portrait was unveiled.

"There's been Fats Domino. There has been Mahalia Jackson. There has been Louis Armstrong," Davis said. "There have been very few great, great men who have carried the banner of New Orleans around the world through music. And one of those men is Pete Fountain."

Kicking off with "Lily of the Valley," members of the Half Fast Marching Club, which Fountain founded, and the Storyville Stompers Brass Band led a second-line there from the Economy Hall Tent, where Fountain last performed in 2013.

Two other "ancestors" also are being honored this year.

Gospel singer Jo "Cool" Davis, who died Aug. 5, 2016, will be celebrated Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with an a cappella performance by The Zion Harmonizers. Zydeco musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who died Sept. 24, 2016, will be honored May 6 with a parade at 11:45 a.m. and a performance by Zydeco accordionist Nathan Williams Jr.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2phR3Gl ) the wooden painting of Fountain was draped in gold.

"We want to thank you Quint for honoring Pete as an ancestor. He's here with some great friends," said Benny Harrell, Fountain's son-in-law and longtime manager.

Davis corrected Harrell warmly: "Thank you Benny, but you've really got that backward. It's an honor for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to have been associated with Pete Fountain."

The seven-day festival takes place over two weekends. In addition to the big-name acts, the festival features hundreds of Louisiana jazz, gospel, zydeco and other musical acts.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

DMX checks into rehab after canceling shows

Rapper DMX has checked into rehab, after canceling shows due to a medical emergency, TMZ reports. 

DMX had been performing on the East Coast recently, and clips of what some fans described as DMX ranting during a Brooklyn show on April 22 was posted on social media, according to TMZ

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Instead of performing shows in California, the rapper checked into a rehab center in southern California. DMX has battled addiction issues in the past.

Finns pay tribute to rock band Kiss

Heavy metal fans in Finland decided to rock ’n’ roll all night and honor the band Kiss.

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Fans placed masks on four giant statues in the capital city of Helsinki to honor the hard-rock group, Yahoo reported.

State-owned railway operator VR invited four fans of the band to paint black-and-white Kiss masks for the imposing figures that stand guard outside Helsinki's main railway station.

The statues, officially called "lantern bearers" but better known among Finns as stonemen, were transformed to commemorate the band’s 10th concert in Finland, which will be held next week.

Kiss celebrated the statue tribute in a video post shared on the group's Twitter account.

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Ciara welcome baby girl

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, pop singer Ciara, welcomed their daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson, who was born Friday night, ESPN reported.

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Sienna weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, according to Ciara’s Instagram post.

It's the couple's first child together, CNN reported. They married last July and used Instagram in October to announce they were expecting a baby.

The "1, 2 Step" singer has a 2-year-old son from a previous relationship with rapper Future.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Top Songs

1. Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber), Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

2. That's What I Like, Bruno Mars

3. HUMBLE., Kendrick Lamar

4. Body Like a Back Road, Sam Hunt

5. Something Just Like This, The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

6. Shape of You, Ed Sheeran

7. Issues, Julia Michaels

8. Say You Won't Let Go, James Arthur

9. It Ain't Me, Kygo & Selena Gomez

10.Stay, Zedd & Alessia Cara

Top Albums

1. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar

2. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

3. ÷ , Ed Sheeran

4. 8, Incubus

5. digital druglord, Blackbear

6. Love and War, Brad Paisley

7. More Life, Drake

8. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

9. Starboy, The Weeknd

10.Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

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Alison Wonderland, Diplo to play at Electric Daisy Carnival

Alison Wonderland, Diplo, Jauz, Marshmello, Tiesto and Martin Garrix will perform at the 21st edition of the annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas in June.

Organizers on Friday released the lineup for the three-day music festival, which will take place June 16-18 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

More than 230 musicians are set to perform, including musical trio Major Lazer, Kygo, Cut Snake, Griz and Mija.

The festival is the largest dance music festival in North America. It attracted more than 400,000 people last year. General admission passes for the event are still available.

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Online: http://lasvegas.electricdaisycarnival.com/

Bruce Kulick Teams Up With Wife Lisa Lane Kulick For New Song 'If I Could Show You': Exclusive Interview

This marks the first time the couple has released an original composition together.

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Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde Reuniting for Tour

Ozzy Osbourne will reunite with his old guitarist Zakk Wylde for a tour this summer.

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Ja Rule’s ‘luxury’ island music festival turns into ‘disaster tent city,’ attendees say

Ja Rule’s now-postponed ultra-luxurious Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, is being called a “complete disaster” with headlining bands pulling out of the celebrity-endorsed event.

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Some attendees called the event a “disaster tent city” where “mass chaos (reigned).”

The luxury music festival created by rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland was supposed to bring an opulent party to the Bahamas April 28-30. Tickets started at $4,000 and went all the way up to 12-person VIP package for $250,000. Supposedly on tap: private beaches and tunes from Blink-182, Major Lazer, the G.O.O.D. Music crew, Migos, Lil Yachty and more.

However, the now-”fully postponed” festival immediately ran into a host of difficulties, according to Fader, with reported non-fun things including:

  • Delayed flights
  • Lost luggage
  • Lack of food
  • Half-built tents
  • Blink-182 pulling out on Thursday night
  • Canceled flights for those not already on the island where the festival was to be held

Attendees took to social media late Thursday disappointed and disgruntled about the lack of organization.

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