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  • Incubus has set April 21st as the release date for its eighth studio album, which will appropriately titled 8. The band premiered the first single, called "Nimble Bastard," on a Los Angeles radio station on Thursday morning (February 16th), while also announcing that they will head out on a summer headlining tour with Jimmy Eat World and Judah And The Lion.

    • The trek begins on July 6th in West Palm Beach, Florida, ending six weeks later on August 19th in Seattle. Tickets for these shows are on sale now.
    • Speaking about the single, guitarist Mike Einziger said, "Brandon (Boyd, singer) wrote the lyrics and it’s kind of a narrative about someone who overcomes the harshest of circumstances and always ends up landing on their feet. It’s a really fun and energetic song."
    • The new disc will follow up 2011's If Not Now, When?
    • Newly announced Incubus tour dates (subject to change):
      July 6 - West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
      July 7 - Tampa, FL – Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre
      July 8 - Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
      July 11 - Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
      July 12 - Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
      July 14 - Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
      July 15 - Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
      July 16 - Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
      July 18 - Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
      July 19 - Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
      July 20 - Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
      July 22 - Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
      July 23 - Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
      July 25 - Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
      July 26 - Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
      July 27 - Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
      July 29 - Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
      July 30 - Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
      August 1 - St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
      August 2 - New Orleans, LA – Bold Sphere at Champions Square
      August 4 - The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
      August 5 - Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheatre
      August 6 - Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
      August 9 - Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
      August 11 - Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
      August 12 - Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion
      August 14 - Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
      August 16 - Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
      August 18 - Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
      August 19 - Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre

  • Linkin Park has set One More Light as the title of its seventh studio album. The disc is due out on May 19th through Warner Bros. Music. The band debuted the first single, "Heavy," on Los Angeles radio station KROQ Thursday morning (February 16th), followed by a performance of the track later in the day on Facebook Live. The track features guest vocals from Kiara Saulters, who is best known for recording stop-motion, hip-hop-inspired electro-R&B under the name Kiiara and who performed with the band during the Facebook event.

    The song "Heavy" sees the band teaming up with pop songwriter Emily Wright, who has worked with artists like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Flo Rida. Vocalist Mike Shinoda told us about the concept behind the song and its very different sound: "The question popped into my head, what would it be like, first of all, to write with people outside the band? What would it be like to really approach things with our arms kind of wide open, wrapped around a larger audience? And still make it a hundred percent Linkin Park and a hundred percent true to what we do. Almost a year and a half later, this is the first taste of what that sounds like."

    • Other tunes on the new CD include "Nobody Can Save Me," "Good Goodbye," "Talking to Myself," "Battle Symphony," "Invisible," "Sorry For Now," "Halfway Right," "Sharp Edges" and the title track.
    • Shinoda told KROQ about the single, "One of the reasons we picked ‘Heavy’ as the first single is because it’s kind of core to the sound of the album. This isn’t like a polka album with one song that sounds like this. This is how the album sounds."
    • Linkin Park has already started booking dates in Latin America, Europe and Asia, but has yet to announce North American dates.
    AUDIO: LINKIN PARK'S MIKE SHINODA ON NEW SINGLE 'HEAVY'

  • The producer of the Grammy Awards has issued an official apology to Metallica for the technical mishap that left frontman James Hetfield without a working microphone for the band's performance with Lady Gaga at last Sunday night's (February 12th) televised event. According to Blabbermouth, producer Ken Ehrlich told the Associated Press, "These kinds of things are horrible when they happen. That's one of the risks of live television. Obviously, we apologize to the band."

    Ehrlich called the incident "awful," and added a possible explanation for what might have happened, remarking, "My guys say that the mic cable was connected. My guys' theory was that . . . one of the extras (on stage) accidentally kicked out the cable that went to the mic."

    • The non-working mic forced Hetfield to share Gaga's mic for almost the rest of the song. The visibly angry frontman knocked down his mic stand at the end of the performance and threw his guitar offstage.
    • Although Hetfield's mic was inaudible on the telecast, an online feed of the performance did capture his vocals.
    • Drummer Lars Ulrich told late night and Grammy host James Corden on Tuesday night (February 14th) that Hetfield was "livid" when he came offstage, adding, "I haven't seen him like that in 20 years . . . the first five or 10 minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun."
    • At press time Metallica has not issued any response to Ehrlich's apology.

  • Pop Evil recently made a visit to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee to spend time with some special fans. According to Blabbermouth, the band was invited by the hospital as part of Music Gives To St. Jude Kids, an initiative that mobilizes the music community to join in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    Frontman Leigh Kakaty said, "Playing for the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was a career highlight. Whenever you can help bring inspiration and positivity to children in need, it makes it all worthwhile. Being able to bring smiles to both the kids and their families was humbling and something we hope we can do more of in the future."

    • Kakaty told us a while back that Pop Evil has a mission to help people via their music: "If you're not writing music that stands the test of time and are really making people make life decisions for the better, for their families, for themselves, for something greater, then I lose my purpose here as well. We're here for our fans and we're here on the radio for a purpose, and I think that purpose is to make a difference."
    • Pop Evil is wrapping up the touring and promotional cycle for its fourth album Up with one last headlining tour that closes out at the end of this month.
    • The group intends to head home to Michigan and begin working on material for its fifth studio effort.
    • The current and likely final single from Up is "If Only For Now." It follows the Top Three hits "Footsteps," "Take It All" and "Ways To Get High."
    AUDIO: LEIGH KAKATY ON POP EVIL'S MISSION

  • TIFFANY TRUMP THANKS WHOOPI GOLDBERG FOR HER SUPPORT

    Who says liberals and conservatives can't get along? Not Tiffany Trump and TV host Whoopi Goldberg, who launched an unlikely friendship this week.

    Goldberg, a staunch critic of Trump's father, President Donald Trump, reached out a hand to her after she was cruelly snubbed at New York Fashion Week.

    • Editors ditched their seats next to Trump, some of them even going so far as to brag about it on social media.
    • Goldberg slapped back at their bullying behavior on ABC's The View, saying that she would happily hang with Trump at the next show.
    • Goldberg said: "I’m coming to sit with you. Nobody’s talking politics… you’re looking at fashion. She doesn’t want to talk about her dad! She’s looking at the fashion!"
    • Her kindness didn't go unnoticed. Trump tweeted her appreciation, writing: "Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg. I’d love to sit with you too!"

  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    HARRY POTTER ACTRESS SCARLETT BYRNE STRIPS FOR PLAYBOY: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince actress Scarlett Byrne is stripping down in the first issue of Playboy to feature nudes since the mag banned them a year ago. Scarlett posted pics from the shoot, writing: "I'm very proud to be a part of the March/April issue of Playboy. I penned a short essay along with my pictorial titled, 'The Feminist Mystique'. A big thank you to @Playboy, the creative team, and @cooperbhefner for such a unique opportunity. #NakedIsNormal".

    KATE HUDSON, MATT BELLAMY REUNITE TO BRING SON TO DREAM CONCERT: Friendly exes Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy surprised their five-year-old son Bingham Hawn Bellamy on Wednesday night with tickets to his favorite band, Twenty One Pilots. Hudson posted a pic on Instagram showing the happy family with the Twenty One Pilots duo themselves: Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun.

    MATT DAMON NEVER BELIEVED GEORGE CLOONEY WOULD SETTLE DOWN: Matt Damon had serious doubts about his pal George Clooney, he tells E! News. Kids, forget it! Damon tells E!: "It wasn't a question for many years—it was a total nonstarter. But once he met Amal everything changed." Damon adds that once he fell in love with his now-wife Amal Clooney, everything changed. So when Clooney told him he and Amal were expecting twins? "I wasn't surprised when he told me. I'm extremely happy for them but once he met her, I had a feeling that was in the cards."

    SUSAN SARANDON SAYS HER SEXUALITY IS 'UP FOR GRABS': Susan Sarandon did not hold back during an interview with pridesource.com that touched on gender and sexual preferences. Sarandon said: "My sexual orientation is up for grabs, I guess you could say." Good to know! Sarandon is currently playing Bette Davis opposite Jessica Lange who stars as Joan Crawford in the FX series Feud.

    AMY ADAMS, DWAYNE JOHNSON TO PRESENT AT OSCARS: Amy Adams and Dwayne Johnson may not have snagged any Academy Awards noms this year, but they will be presenting at the February 26th ceremony. On Thursday, the third slate of presenters was announced by the Academy, including Emma Stone, Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, John Cho, Leslie Mann, Jarvier Bardem, Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the Oscars this year, which will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

    BLAC CHYNA AND ROB KARDASHIAN CALL IT OFF: Reports surfaced last night (February 16th) that Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian have split again. According to The Jasmine Brand, a source said, "Rob thinks it’s the right decision. Chyna has disappeared for days at a time without communicating or providing any updates. This won’t end well." The insider added, "It’s the same with her yelling and screaming about how his family doesn’t like or support her, and his insecurities. His confidence was shattered for so long, so to have this banging girl all over him has given him a new lease on life." The two welcomed their daughter, Dream, in December.

  • NICOLE KIDMAN CONFIRMS SHE WAS ENGAGED TO LENNY KRAVITZ

    Nicole Kidman is starring in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, which focuses on the crazy secrets and intricate lies relationships can harbor.

    Kidman is no secret to complication either on-screen or off, but working on Big Little Lies has brought the situation full circle, the 49-year-old tells The EDIT.

    • Turns out, she could have been stepmom to one of her co-stars, Zoe Kravitz.
    • Yep, Kidman was once engaged to her father, rocker Lenny Kravitz. Said Kidman: "Well, I knew Zoe because I was engaged to her father. It's all in the family!"
    • Furthermore, it's all good: "I love Lenny; he's a great guy," Kidman said.
    • The pair dated in 2003 after she divorced Tom Cruise. She previously alluded to their romance, without naming names: "It just wasn’t right. I wasn’t ready. We weren’t ready."
    • The first of seven episodes of Big Little Lies premieres Feb. 19th at 9 p.m. on HBO.

  • ROMAN POLANSKI WANTS TO COME BACK TO U.S. TO SETTLE RAPE CASE

    Fugitive director Roman Polanski's attorney has asked an L.A. judge to unseal testimony in his long-running assault case.

    Attorney Harland Braun filed the letter on February 10th. It requests that testimony given by a former prosecutor handling Polanski's case be unsealed as it is key to resolving the case.

    • According to TMZ, Braun believes that the secret testimony supports Polanski's claim that he cut a deal to serve 48 days behind bars, and the judge approved.
    • He then spent 42 days in Chino State Prison and was released, but Judge Laurence Rittenbaud reneged on the agreement and decided Polanski should spend up to 50 years behind bars.
    • Polanski, 83, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 and fled the United States on the eve of his sentencing.
    • He alleges that he was treated unfairly by a judge and prosecutors. Subsequent judges have ruled that he must return to L.A. for the case to be resolved.
    • A hearing has been set for February 24th.

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