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  • The new Foo Fighters album Concrete And Gold is headed for a Number One debut on this weekend's Billboard 200 album chart when the final figures are released on Sunday night (September 24th). According to the trade outlet, the band's ninth studio LP looks likely to move more than 120,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release after arriving in both physical and digital formats last Friday (September 15th).

    The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multiple formats, including traditional album sales, track equivalent albums via individual song downloads and streaming equivalent albums.

    • Foo Fighters previously topped the chart in 2011 with Wasting Light. Seven of the band's albums have landed in the Top 10, including 2014's Sonic Highways, which debuted and peaked at Number Two.
    • Longtime bassist Nate Mendel told us a while back that the Foos have never had to worry that much about commercial success: "Well, one of the things, I think, that's made the band work so well is how we kind of structured it in the beginning and the opportunity we had, because Dave had been in Nirvana, to do things the way we wanted to do it. We didn't have the pressure that a lot of bands do of having to write the hit song. I mean, thankfully Dave's a good songwriter and able to write catchy songs, but we don't have that pressure where you have somebody breathing over your shoulder, and I think that really is something that destroys a lot of bands."
    • Foo Fighters have lined up a fall North American tour that kicks off on October 7th in San Bernardino, California with Cal Jam 17, featuring the Foos, Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood, The Struts and more. The rest of the tour begins on October 12th in Washington D.C.

  • Late Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog frontman Chris Cornell will be honored posthumously for his original song "The Promise," which Cornell wrote and recorded for the film of the same name about the Armenian Genocide. He'll also be honored for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts on behalf of vulnerable children around the world, with his widow Vicky Cornell accepting the award on behalf of her late husband.

    The award will be given to Cornell by Cassia co-owners Kim Luu-Ng and chef Bryant Ng at the second LA Chefs for Human Rights (LACHR) fundraising dinner, benefiting Program for Torture Victims (PTV). The event will take place at Luu-Ng and Ng's acclaimed Southeast Asian brasserie in Santa Monica on September 25th.

    • The slaughter of the Armenians by the Turks claimed more than 1.5 million lives over a century ago. Cornell told us not long before his untimely death that the events of the movie were still relevant now: "That was one of the things that was important to me, was not just telling a century-old story, but telling that story because it's happening today. We need to be aware that these things happen now. We need to kind of be slapped in the face with the fact that, as horrendous as this was a century ago, in many parts of the world we haven't gotten anywhere."
    • Kim Luu-Ng said, "We're deeply honored to celebrate the life-changing work Vicky and Chris have accomplished, and which she continues to carry on. Their support of and dedication to Syrian refugee children languishing in refugee camps raises awareness for this ongoing, six-year crisis and provides hope to so many who have lost it."
    • The film The Promise, which starred Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, came out last April.
    • Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room a month later, on May 18th, following a show with Soundgarden.

  • Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda spoke publicly for the first time about the death of singer Chester Bennington and the band's future in an interview on Monday (September 18th) with Los Angeles radio station KROQ. Discussing the group's just announced Bennington tribute concert, scheduled for October 27th at the Hollywood Bowl, Shinoda said, "I had gone to (producer) Rick Rubin as a source of guidance. He had said, 'I think you guys need to get on stage. I think that'll be the thing that'll feel good. It'll be super, super hard.'"

    Shinoda continued, "We haven't gone out together in public, we haven't played -- we haven't gone on stage . . . I know that for some of the guys in the band, getting on stage is more scary than (for) other guys in the band, but I will say that for all of us, it's definitely the thing that we want to do. It feels like the right way to celebrate Chester."

    • Shinoda said about his late friend and bandmate, "I know that the circumstances of his passing were really dark, and as we said at the time, the darkness that he had was always there and was kind of part of the package, but what was so unique and special about this guy is that he used it as fuel to do so many positive things . . . he was such a happy guy, he was such a fun guy. When he'd walk in the room, there was such a positive, funny, upbeat energy, and that's what we wanna get out of this show."
    • Shinoda admitted that the show will be a "roller coaster of emotion" and added that plans for it are still coming together. Proceeds from the show will go to Music For Relief's One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.
    • Bennington was found dead on July 20th after committing suicide at his home in Palo Verdes Estates, California.

  • Killers frontman Brandon Flowers told U.K. magazine The Big Issue that the outlook for rock 'n' roll in 2017 is "bleak." Flowers said, "It's hard to answer without sounding cynical. It doesn't look great. But I don't know that that's necessarily anybody's fault but the bands . . . Bands need to write better songs, you know. It's undeniable, if you do it right."

    Flowers touched on rock's seeming decline in recent years, along with the genre losing headway in sales and streams to hip-hop and dance music. He explained, "The sexy side of rock'n'roll has been handed over to rap and hip-hop. And that seems more fruitful and fresh and forward-thinking than rock has been for a while."

    • Flowers said that it was possible rock could return to prominence, adding, "It could happen, but there hasn't been anybody good enough. If there was a band like the Strokes, or Interpol, people would talk . . . but there isn't."
    • The Killers' new album, Wonderful Wonderful, arrives on Friday (September 22nd) and features the Number Two single "The Man." It's the Las Vegas act's fifth studio effort and first since 2012’s Battle Born.

  • Halestorm has entered Dark Horse Recording Studios just outside Nashville to begin recording its fourth album for an early 2018 release. The band has posted a brief teaser video and some photos from the sessions online. Helming the LP is Nick Raskulinecz, an acclaimed producer who has previously worked with Rush, Korn, Alice In Chains and Deftones, in addition to having produced Halestorm's third and latest covers EP, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP.

    • Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale recently told Green Bay radio station Razor 94.7, "We started literally from scratch -- like (with) no real ideas -- and ended up doing a bunch of instrumentals with (Raskulinecz), and then I'd take it home and write over them . . . it's been a lot of fun."
    • The band's last effort, 2015's Into The Wild Life, was criticized by some fans for veering too far into pop music territory.
    • Hale said that she wasn't worried about the new album being "rock" enough, explaining, "We worked with a couple of producers in the past that are obsessed with 'You have to cross over to Top 40,' or we're, like, their guinea pig, first time doing a rock band, so you have that stress in the back of your mind, like, 'No, we have to make sure this rocks.' And this time, we have no stress like that at all."
    • Halestorm will hit the road over the next few weeks for a combination of headlining shows and festivals, starting on Friday (September 22nd) at the High Elevation fest in Englewood, Colorado.

  • The Edge talked to Rolling Stone and revealed that there are still a few finishing touches that U2 needs to take care of before signing off on their new album. Songs Of Experience will be released on December 1st and serves as the followup to the band's 2014 Top Ten album, Songs Of Innocence. The Edge explained what's been completed in regards to the new album: "To the extent that we have a running order, title, mixes agreed on with tiny, little nuances where we want to make tiny changes. So yeah, it's absolutely ready to go beside the last polish. We are very happy with it. . . Just a polish, not substantial. Nothing that anyone other than the band would be able to tell because we have the mixes done and we are trying to find our favorites. We might like the mix, but maybe there's a lyric change that hasn't been put into the mix. . . It's really just final little tweaks."

    The band plan to hit the road again in 2018 in support of the new set, and The Edge was asked what shape the shows might take: "We'll start thinking about it pretty soon. What's interesting is that we've got these two albums are companion releases: Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience. I mean, we could do a tour of just those two albums. That would an interesting proposition. It's probably not what we're going to do, but there are very interesting options to explore. Are we just going to play this new album and some classic U2 songs or are we going to do songs from Songs Of Innocence, too? In some ways, I'd like to perform Songs Of Innocence again because we didn't do as many shows last time as we could have and I think as a show it really worked. I'd love to do some more. At this point, we have the freedom to do what we want."

    • He hinted that the band might be giving the full performance of The Joshua Tree a rest, saying, "I think it's pretty clear that having played those songs for the summer and actually most of the year if you really think about it, it would be a good idea to take a break from it. . . I think that maybe we've done one tour without 'Where The Streets Have No Name' in the set. I wouldn't say it would be unheard of, but it would be unusual. But I wouldn't rule it out. We have a lot of songs and we like to rest them from time to time because sometimes they get to a place where it starts to lose its deeper resonance. The emotional aspect of any U2 song is the jumping-off point. You never want to be in a situation where you're playing a song that feel like you're doing it by rote."
    • The Edge told us a while back that the challenge is coming up with shows that will satisfy all its fans, including those who come more than once: "There's an element of the crowd that wants (the band) to do, y'know, a new thing every night because we do have a percentage of the audience every night that's been to multiple shows. But we don't want to lean too far in that direction and, as it were, not give the people that are only seeing us that one night the best show that we can give them. So it's a balancing act." at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.


THE KARDASHIANS RECREATE ORIGINAL OPENING CREDITS FOR 10th ANNIVERSARY: It’s hard to believe, but the world has been Keeping Up With the Kardashians for 10 years now! In a new promo for Season 14, the family gets together to recreate the original opening credits … with a few major changes. "Where's Kim?" Kris Jenner asks as the crew reassembles (notably, missing Caitlyn Jenner and Rob Kardashian). "Mom, she's always late," grumbles Khloe, as Kim sprints over in a sparkling catsuit. Girl power is in full effect for the promo with Kris jetting off in a helicopter, Khloe pumping iron, Kendall backstage, Kylie driving a Lamborghini, Kourtney lounging poolside and Kim getting fit into a jeweled catsuit. Will you tune in for Season 14? SEE INSIDE GWYNETH PALTROW’S FIRST HOME STORE IN L.A.: Gwyneth Paltrow chose the location of her first standalone store, dubbed Goop Lab, for personal as well as aesthetic considerations. "It’s fitting that Goop Lab is in the Brentwood Country Mart, which has been a party of my life since I was a child," she tells Architectural Digest, adding it "even occupies part of the candy store I used to walk to." She says that Goop Lab has been outfitted by her personal interior designers, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams, and that it is "an extension of Goop HQ: "You’ll see our food editor cooking in the kitchen at events or our beauty buyers trying out the in-store beauty services." Would you visit a Goop home store? SUBWAY ATTEMPTING TO TOSS JARED FOGLE’S EX-WIFE’S SUIT: Katie McLaughlin filed a civil suit against Subway in October of 2016 for not reporting her ex-husband Jared Fogle’s criminal activities once they were notified of them. The suit alleges that Subway not only knew that Fogle sexually abused children, the company attempted to cover it up. On Tuesday, Subway moved to get the case thrown out on a technicality: that it was filed in Indiana, which does not have jurisdiction over her complaints. Fogle is currently serving a 15-year sentence. JAMES CROMWELL CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING: Actor James Cromwell has been charged with trespassing for protesting an orca show at SeaWorld in San Diego. The charge, a misdemeanor, could mean 90 days in jail or a fine of up to $400. The Oscar-winning actor has previously said that he’d rather serve the time than pay the fine. The 77-year-old and six other activists stood in front of the orca show on July 24th wearing shirts that read "Sea World Sucks" and denouncing the show. He was taken away in handcuffs after shouting: "They are suffering, and you have to know that." CHRISTIAN SIRIANO DESIGNS CELEBRITY-INSPIRED, BODY-POSITIVE BARBIES: Barbie is getting a makeover. Designer Christian Siriano has collaborated with Mattel on a line of five new diverse, body-positive dolls, inspired by celebrities. The dolls include ones modeled after Sarah Hyland, Solange Knowles, Leslie Jones and Loura Osnes. "Barbie has always been a huge inspiration to me and I’m honored to be teaming up with this iconic brand," Siriano said in a statement. "It’s especially exciting to be designing an array of inclusive and diverse doll looks that can allow girls to see themselves better represented when they play. It was incredible to recreate iconic red carpet moments and dress my latest muse, Barbie, in a new look from my Resort 2018 collection."


Ariel Winter fans know she isn’t one to keep quiet. But the Modern Family star kicked it up a notch Monday night, lashing out at the comments and headlines that obsess over her looks. "I’m trying to live my life. People wear shorts. People have wardrobe malfunctions. No one is perfect. I’m not a stylist! I don’t know what to wear everyday so I look ‘appropriate’ or ‘fashionable. Also, screw having to always look appropriate or fashionable," she wrote. She also pointed out that roving paparazzi are part of the problem. "I don’t want people to constantly see me in the news for going to dinner, or grocery shopping, or anything. I want to be in the news when I ASK," she writes. Winter vented that even parking lots are no longer safe zones. "Trust me, I don’t want to see me in shorts putting water into my car every single damn day as much as you don’t," she expressed. In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, she spoke out about her relationship with her estranged mother, and said that her mom tried to sexualize her before she was ready, often through clothing. Trolls predictably emerged online, saying that her clothing now is too sexual. In the self-described "rant" she posted on Instagram, she addressed those commenters as well. "I'd also like to address the tweets I get saying ‘you accused your mother of sexualizing you yet you're a whore.' I was a CHILD being dressed like I was 24. I was 8-13 years old. I wasn't an ADULT as I am now. As you mature at 16, 17, 18, you further develop your own identity and can make decisions for yourself. As a child, you do what you're told regardless of what is good for you." Winter continued, writing that dressing in a sexy way doesn’t mean she’s not intelligent or talented. "I'm an ADULT now, who can make my own choices and have my own identity. And just because I DECIDE to show my body occasionally doesn't mean I'm unintelligent or that I'm talentless or that I have no self respect. I have EXTREME respect for myself, I HAVE talent, and I AM intelligent. We need to move on from this stigma that women who are comfortable with their bodies and their sexuality are just ‘dumb sluts.'"


Darren Aronofsky’s mother! has gotten a warm reception from most critics, but it has viewers running for cover. The film’s star, Jennifer Lawrence, says she knows why, and she wants viewers to know what they’re getting into before they go. She sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the film, explaining that Aronofsky (who she began dating once the movie wrapped) told her about the allegory that inspired the film. She claims that without that baseline awareness, it's no wonder viewers aren't responding to it. "It was the most unique sounding movie I’d ever heard, and incredibly brave," Lawrence said. "I feel like there’s different schools of thought on this movie. Some think: don’t tell anyone anything, let them figure it out on their own. I feel like it’s better to know and understand the metaphor and allegories because then you know what you are looking at. I’ve been spilling the themes and metaphors all over town!" Lawrence continued, revealing the religious and environmental themes that dictate the narrative, and even how the movie was shot. "The movie was called Day Six on set: it could be about the creation and the end of the universe," she said. "You have the creation of man and women and then the corruption of man and woman and then overpopulation and creation of religion and so on and so forth. ... So what he's saying is this is the entire world, This is our one earth. This is all our sink. So stop bouncing on it!" mother! earned a rare "F" grade from CinemaScore, an organization that polls audiences on opening weekends. The film also earned Lawrence her worst opening ever, bringing in just $7.5 million in its first weekend. But Lawrence stands behind it. When asked if she’d do it again, she said: "I don’t regret it. I’m happy I did it. If I had to do it again? If there was a mother! sequel? Laughs No. I wouldn’t be able to do it again. I did it once and I gave it my all."


Lisa Bloom revealed on Tuesday (September 19th) that she will be representing Montia Sabbag, "the woman at the center of the Kevin Hart scandal." According to People, Bloom says that Sabbag "was briefly involved with Kevin Hart a month ago. Since that time, she has been the subject of false, vicious attacks on her character." A press conference will be held today (September 20th) in Woodland Hills, CA, where Sabbag and Bloom "will speak out … about the true facts of this situation, and will announce their next legal move." In other news, The Jasmine Brand has reported that Kevin and his wife Eniko are not in talks of having a divorce following allegations of Hart cheating. A source said, "There is absolutely no divorce talk. She obviously knows about the cheating allegations. To her, Kevin is a great husband. Eniko is aware that Kevin has been accused of being a ladies’ man. She doesn’t care. He is her husband and he always comes home to her."

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