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ABC just revealed performers for the 2018 CMA Awards. The list, predictably, includes some of the country genre’s biggest names. Set to take the stage on November 14 are Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. Underwood, as previously reported, will also be hosting the show with Brad Paisley. The Underwood-Paisley tandem is celebrating its 11th year in the emcee role. ABC will air the awards from 8-11PM ET on the 14th. Additional performers will be announced soon.
“Kiss and Make Up,” the eagerly anticipated collaboration between Dua Lipa and BLACKPINK, is predictably faring well at the US iTunes store. Kane Brown’s new “Good As You” is just as unsurprisingly selling at a brisk pace. Both songs, in fact, boast Top 10 positions as of press time at 12:45PM ET Friday. “Kiss and Make Up” sits at #8 on the chart, while “Good As You” is #9. The aforementioned tracks constitute two of the three newcomers in the Top 10. Post Malone & Swae Lee’s “Sunflower,” the other, currently occupies the #2 position.
Based on the current US iTunes sales chart, rock is most certainly not dead. The store’s two best-selling albums are active rock releases. Greta Van Fleet’s new “Anthem Of The Peaceful Army” currently occupies #1 on the listing, while Disturbed’s “Evolution” sits at #2. The explicit version of Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s smash “A Star Is Born” soundtrack follows at #3. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s new “Live From The Ryman” follows at #4, ahead of Elle King’s new “Shake The Spirit” (#5). The clean “A Star Is Born” soundtrack (#6), “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack (#7), TobyMac’s “The ... Read more
As previously reported, “A Private War” and “My Dinner With Herve” star Jamie Dornan will appear on the October 23 edition of “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” One night earlier, he will appear on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The 1iota ticketing website lists Dornan as an interview guest for the October 22 “Jimmy Kimmel” taping. Jovan Adepo is also scheduled for an appearance on that episode. “Kimmel” interviews almost always air the night they are taped, but the appearance should still be treated as tentative until formally confirmed by ABC. Other upcoming “Kimmel” guests include Julia Louis-Dreyfus (October ... Read more
To celebrate Halloween and the show’s fifteenth anniversary, NBC has booked a “Wicked” special for 10PM ET/PT on Monday, October 29. Entitled “A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway,” the one-hour special will feature a variety of high-profile entertainers. In addition to original cast members Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, the performer lineup includes names like Ariana Grande, Adam Lambert, Ledisi, and Pentatonix. The special was filmed earlier this week. Following the taping, NBC issued a collection of photos. Additional photos and details regarding the special may be released at a later date. A VERY WICKED HALLOWEEN: CELEBRATING ... Read more
Drake’s “Nonstop,” the reigning #1 song at urban radio, may hit #1 on this week’s Mediabase rhythmic radio chart. “Nonstop” received 3,548 spins during the first four days of the October 14-20 tracking period. Up 12.0% from the count at this point last week, the tally slots #1 on the building chart. Travi$ Scott’s “SICKO MODE” currently represents the closest competitor. The song is #2 on the building chart with 3,428 spins (+11.5%). Given its advantage in spins and momentum, “Nonstop” is the definitely the frontrunner to take #1 on this week’s chart. It will nonetheless be interesting to see ... Read more
OneRepublic’s “Connection” and John Mayer’s “New Light” are poised to earn Top 10 positions on this week’s Mediabase hot adult contemporary radio chart. “Connection” received 1,689 spins during the first four days of the October 14-20 tracking period. Up 9% from the count at this point last week, the tally slots “Connection” at #9 on the building/real-time Hot AC chart. “New Light” directly follows at #10 on the building chart. It received 1,629 spins (+6%) during the aforementioned four-day window. As they do not face imminent threats from below, neither song should struggle to retain its Top 10 position through ... Read more
Billie Eilish’s newly released “when the party’s over” is resonating with music buyers. The song, which launched on the US iTunes store late Tuesday/early Wednesday, quickly blasted into the upper reaches of the US iTunes sales chart. By 12:05AM ET Thursday, it was in the store’s Top 5. “when the party’s over” currently sits at #5 on the all-genre chart, trailing only Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow,” Lady Gaga’s “Always Remember Us This Way,” Marshmello & Bastille’s “Happier,” and Halsey’s “Without Me.” “when the party’s over” is also attracting interest in other media. The audio, as an example, already ... Read more
More members of the WWE roster are set to appear on TBS’ “Drop The Mic.” According to 1iota, WWE superstar Rusev and trio The New Day will be part of the October 18 taping. Mark Cuban, Shameik Moore, Kat Graham, and SWV are also listed for that day’s filming. Neither the specific matchups nor the specific airdate is available at press time. What is clear, however, is that wrestling will continue to factor into the celebrity rap battle series. Earlier this year, wrestling icon Chris Jericho competed against Laila Ali. Female members of the WWE roster meanwhile took on cast ... Read more
Update: In support of his new HBO movie “My Dinner With Herve,” actor Peter Dinklage appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” The Emmy winner joined Colbert for an interview on Wednesday’s broadcast. Naturally, they chatted about the film — and Dinklage’s co-star Jamie Dornan. Video highlights from the interview follow. Photos from the taping are also embedded. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with guest Peter Dinklage during Wednesday’s October 17, 2018 show. Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with guest Peter Dinklage during Wednesday’s October 17, 2018 ... Read more