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Pop Royalty Shines at We Can Survive Benefit Concert

By Scott T. Sterling P!nk, Harry Styles and Macklemore lead a star-studded lineup at CBS Radio’s fifth annual We Can Survive breast cancer benefit concert last night (Oct. 21) at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Related: Kesha Dedicates ‘We Can Survive’ Performance to Fan’s Mother P!nk headlined the show with a high-energy celebratory set, setting the upbeat mood by opening with her 2001 hit, “Get the Party Started.”  The multiple GRAMMY winner dove into the recently released Beautiful Trauma album, channeling the introspective emotions of her new music with the title track, “What About Us” and “Barbies.” Working every inch of the stage and catwalk that extended out into the capacity crowd with her troupe of dancers, P!nk closed the triumphant set with 2010 fan favorite, “Raise Your Glass,” before saying goodnight.
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One Direction alumni Harry Styles took the stage to a deafening wall of shrieks from fans amped to see the star showcase his solo sound. Resplendent in a bright red suit and black ascot, Styles recalled Johnny Cash with a rootsy rendition of “Carolina,” followed by the warm country tones of “Two Ghosts.” A raucous take on “Only Angle” invoked classic Rolling Stones, with an insistent cowbell clanking inside the driving beat. Styles paused to announce that it was his mom Anne’s 50th birthday, coaxing the crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” to her. “What Makes You Beautiful” galvanized the smitten crowd, which eagerly sang along. Styles ended his successful set with a lovely rendition of “Sign of the Times” before throwing it back to the retro rock sounds of “Kiwi.”
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Macklemore made it clear that he came to party, opening with new song, “Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight,” before really setting it off with his breakout hit, 2013 smash, “Thrift Shop.” Sharing the stage with a trio of backing singers, three horn players and a handful of dancers, the Seattle rapper paused to deliver the only overt political statement of the night. “We are in interesting times in American history,” he said. “We are here as a form of resistance. Resistance to those that would separate us.”  Macklemore’s message of acceptance was an appropriate introduction to “Same Love.” “Can’t Hold Us” and “Downtown” delivered a one-two party punch, turning the Hollywood Bowl into a giant dance party. Shouting out his grandmother Helen, a breast cancer survivor who recently turned 100, Macklemore closed his set with “her song,” the Gemini single “Glorious,” with a cameo from Skylar Grey singing the hook. Alessia Cara’s bold and empowered pop was eagerly received by the crowd when she bounded onstage to “I’m Yours.” She turned up the bluesy vibes with “Here,” adding a brand new verse to the delight of her fans. “How Far I’ll Go” from the Moana soundtrack was followed by a heartfelt statement about self-love and understanding as an intro to “Scars to Your Beautiful.” Cara inspired fans to jump to her last song of the night, the Zedd collaboration “Stay.” Harry Styles wasn’t the only One Direction alumni in the house with the appearance of surprise guest, Niall Horan. Marveling at the ornate Hollywood Bowl during his first-ever visit to the venue, Horan conjured early Elton John vibes with songs like “Too Much” before shifting into Tango in the Night-era Fleetwood Mac with the smooth soft-rock track, “On the Loose.” The bump and grind of “Slow Hands” served as Horan’s last song of the night. Sam Smith emerged onstage to a hero’s welcome with a breezy take on fan favorites “I’m Not the Only One” and “Like I Can” before turning to his upcoming album, The Thrill of It All, with new single “Pray.”  “Stay With Me” generates a dazzling cell phone light show from the crowd, soaring right into his recent smash, “Too Good at Goodbyes.”
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Lorde’s cool and moody atmospherics brought a fresh energy to the show, with the young singer charging through her recent single “Homemade Dynamite” before turning back to her first big hit, “Royals,” featuring the nice touch of a giant hand holding up a lighter on the screen behind her. She took a seat at center stage for the emotional ballad, “Liability,” before ramping up the party vibes with another new song, “Perfect Places.” “Team” brought more big beats to the upbeat atmosphere, with Lorde winding up her performance with the late-night euphoria of “Green Light.” Kesha displayed a soulful new feel and big band aesthetics with a slew of songs from her latest full-length, Rainbow. Capturing the crowd with “Woman,” the singer strapped on a guitar to look back at 2010’s “Take it Off” from her Animal album. She welcomed Macklemore to the stage to perform the standout single, “Good Old Days” from his most recent release, Gemini.  Kesha took a moment to recognize a fan named Nick, who she said has been to 50 of her shows. Revealing that Nick’s mom is a breast cancer survivor, she dedicated her performance of “Pray” to the fan’s mom. Sam Hunt confidently straddles the line between country and pop, blasting out of the gate with recent his radio hit “Body Like a Back Road” Thanking the crowd for supporting breast cancer awareness as it’s affected his family, Hunt and his crack band smoothed things out with “Ex to See” and “Drinkin’ Too Much”
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Khalid kicked off the show with an affable energy and big anthemic pop tracks made personal with his warm, soulful vocals. “Another Sad Love Song” and “Location” connected easily with the crowd clearly familiar with his music, with the promising young star signing off with “Young, Dumb & Broke.”

Kesha Dedicates ‘We Can Survive’ Performance To Fan’s Mother

Kesha gave an emotional performance at CBS Radio’s 5th annual We Can Survive concert in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday. The Young Survival Coalition and CBS Radio teamed up for the concert to raise awareness for breast cancer. The “Praying” singer dedicated her set to a longtime fan whose mom has been impacted by the devastating disease. Kesha told, “I know a lot of people that have been affected by cancer and that’s why I’m here and that’s why I want to be supportive to help find a cure.” She gave advice to those currently struggling with cancer, “I think a good motto is actually what you guys have, ‘We Can Survive,’ just don’t give up on yourself.” In 2012 Kesha released, “Warrior” which was based on her mantra but now five years later, she’s embracing something new, “I have a record called, ‘Warrior’ so that was always like, my mantra, I always told myself that I was a warrior and my new one [Rainbow] is, ’I’m a rainbow.’ Anything that could fill you with hope and encouragement for yourself. It’s different for everybody.” The singer had a heartfelt message for those currently battling breast cancer, “You can survive and just don’t ever give up on yourself.”

‘Veep’ Stars Lip Sync Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ for Julia Louis-Dreyfus

By Scott T. Sterling Veep co-stars Tony Hale and Timothy Simons made a video of themselves lip syncing Katy Perry’s “Roar” in a show of support for Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she battles breast cancer. Related: Katy Perry Got Stuck on a Floating Prop During Nashville Show: Watch “How lucky am I that these bozos have my back? What a moving inspiration to my day,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote on Twitter, posting the clip. “Chemo #2: finito. We are NOT f—ing around here,” Louis-Dreyfus declared on Instagram after her second round of chemotherapy. “I’ve got the eye of the tiger. The Fighter dancing through the fire cuz I am a champion and you’re going to hear me ROAR,” she added, thanking her Veep co-stars and Perry. See the post below.

Linkin Park Will Live Stream Chester Bennington Tribute Concert

By Scott T. Sterling Linkin Park fans around the world will now be able to take part in next week’s Chester Bennington tribute concert. Related: Linkin Park Fans Create Message of Support Ahead of Chester Bennington Tribute
Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life In Honor of Chester Bennington will stream live free of charge exclusively on YouTube Friday, October 27th at 7:45 p.m. PT. Among the artists joining Linkin Park for the show include Blink-182, Machine Gun Kelly, Jonathan Davis from Korn, Kiiara, Zedd, members of No Doubt, System Of A Down, Yellowcard, Avenged Sevenfold, and many other surprises. This historic concert celebration will be the first time Linkin Park performs on stage together since Bennington’s death on July 20.

Kelly Clarkson Gets in the Holiday Spirit with New Song ‘Christmas Eve’

By Scott T. Sterling Kelly Clarkson is definitely in the holiday spirit. The pop star has shared a delightful new song for the season, “Christmas Eve.” Related: Kelly Clarkson Debuts New Track ‘Meaning of Life’
The jolly and upbeat track has elements of the classic Motown sound in its joyful holiday melodies. “Christmas Eve” accompanies Clarkson’s upcoming children’s book, River Rose and the Magical Christmas, set for release on Oct. 24. It’s the follow-up to the singer’s first book for kids, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby. Clarkson’s long-awaited new album, Meaning of Life, will debut Oct. 27. Check out “Christmas Eve” below.

Ed Sheeran Says Substance Abuse Contributed to Hiatus from Music

By Hayden Wright Ed Sheeran recently appeared on the U.K.’s Jonathan Ross Show (via People) where and the singer opened up about how temptations on tour caused his relationship with substances to escalate. It was a situation that contributed to the singer’s decision to take a year off from music in December of 2015. Related: Ed Sheeran Cancels Seven Tour Dates After Fracturing Wrist and Elbow “I think you need to, when you get into the industry, adjust to it — and I didn’t adjust because I was constantly working on tour,” he said. “And all the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them. Mostly, like, substance abuse. I never touched anything. I started slipping into it, and that’s why I took a year off and buggered off.” Sheeran says working on new music helped keep him on the straight and narrow. “I focused on work, and I can’t work under the influence, I can’t write songs under the influence, I can’t perform under the influence — so the more I worked the less [that happened]. I’ve worked my whole life to get to where I am and you can’t lose that over something that you do in your spare time,” he said. The singer also credited his current girlfriend Cherry Seaborn for keeping him in a good place. “We live together now, and I think that was a real help grounding me,” he said. “I was a 25-year-old in the music industry on tour so I just needed someone to balance me out.”  

Mariah Carey Unveils New Christmas Song ‘The Star’

By Scott T. Sterling When it comes to Mariah Carey and Christmas, she will forever be famous for her 1994 classic single, “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Related: Mariah Carey Opens Luxurious Closet to Fans  Now, Carey is adding to her Christmas canon with “The Star,” a new holiday tune that serves as the title track for an upcoming animated movie. Carey shared news of “The Star” to her fans via social media, announcing the release on Twitter: “Surprise! My new Christmas song THE STAR is out now!” she posted. Carey followed up with another tweet featuring a trailer for the movie featuring her song. Check out all the media below.

Niall Horan Shares Acoustic Version of ‘Flicker’ Title Track

By Scott T. Sterling Former One Direction star Niall Horan is celebrating the release of his solo debut, Flicker, which debuted today (Oct. 20). Related: Niall Horan Debuts Melancholy ‘Too Much To Ask’ Video Among the flurry of promotion, Horan has shared an acoustic version of the album’s title track. The stripped-down take finds Horan performing the bittersweet track accompanied by a pianist and violinist in a studio setting. “Flicker (Acoustic)” is one of two bonus tracks that come with the exclusive Target edition of Flicker, which also boasts a poster and alternative cover.

Lady Gaga is Back in the (Pilates) Studio

By Robyn Collins Lady Gaga recently shared her struggles with chronic pain disorder fibromyalgia, but the singer is getting back into the swing of things as is evident from her recent pilates posts. Related: Lady Gaga Shares Health Update: ‘Tough Girl on the Mend’ Gaga shared a series of posts from a recent session that included an impressive headstand. Check out Mother Monster’s workout below.

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