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Passengers on Delta Flight That Skidded Off New York Runway Talk About Bumpy Lan


FDNY(NEW YORK) -- Passengers on Delta Flight 1086, which skidded off a LaGuardia Airport runway in New York Thursday, described the bumpy landing that left the plane just feet from the water. The plane from Atlanta to New York veered sharply midway down t

'He Was 8 Years Old': Father of Boy Killed in Boston Marathon Bombing Testifies


The Richard Family(BOSTON) -- The father of the young boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing was the last to testify Thursday, and ended his emotional time on the stand with a simple, tragic fact: “He was eight years old.” Bill Richard was

Bald Eagles Caught On Webcam Protecting Eggs From Snow


Pennsylvania Game Commission(HANOVER, Pa.) -- The dedication of parenthood was proven yet again on Thursday, as two bald eagles were spotted on a webcam in a Pennsylvania state park sheltering their eggs from the snow. The birds were captured on a webcam

Freight Train Carrying Crude Oil Train Cars Derails Near Illinois Town


BrianBrownImages/iStock/Thinkstock(GALENA, Ill.) --  A Burlington Northern Railroad train carrying 103 train cars of crude oil derailed in northwest Illinois Thursday afternoon. The incident happened around 2 p.m. ET near the town of Galena,  ac

Viral Video of Skeletons Proves 'Love Has No Labels'


Ad Council/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- A viral video released by the Ad Council is warming hearts all over the globe. The public service announcement, titled "Love Has No Labels," features a large LED screen tracking two skeletons kissing and hugging each other.

16-Month-Old Has Egg-cellent Cooking Skills


Courtesy Ashley Quarella(NEW YORK) -- If you have ever bitten down on an egg shell in your baked goods or spilled yolks into your egg whites, a video of a New Jersey toddler in the kitchen may make you feel even more inferior.The video shows 16-month-old

Jodi Arias Trial: Why Jury Couldn't Reach a Verdict


ABC News(PHOENIX) -- All but one of the jurors tasked with deciding convicted killer Jodi Arias’ fate wanted to sentence her to death, they revealed Thursday after the judge declared a mistrial.There was one female juror who refused to sentence Aria

Boston Bombing Survivor: 'Coward' Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'Wouldn't Look at Me'


ABC News(BOSTON) -- When Boston Marathon bombing victim Rebekah Gregory took the stand to testify against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, she said the alleged killer couldn’t meet her stare.“I could not look into his eyes because he wouldn't look at me,&rd

Michael Brown's Family to File Civil Suit Against Ferguson, Darren Wilson


Brown Family / Facebook(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Lawyers for the family of Michael Brown announced on Thursday that they will file a civil suit for the teen's death.At a news conference, the attorneys for the Brown family confirmed that the city of Ferguson, Mis

Murder Suspect Only Wanted to Kill Himself, Defense Argues


ABC News(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Opening statements in the North Carolina trial of Jonathan Broyhill focused on the suspect’s mental state, with defense attorneys arguing Broyhill was only interested in killing himself, not his best friend’s wife, p

Jodi Arias Trial: Judge Declares a Mistrial After Hung Jury


ABC News(PHOENIX) -- The jury could not reach an unanimous verdict in the sentencing of convicted killer Jodi Arias and the judge declared a mistrial.The verdict, announced Thursday, comes after a second jury considered her case because the first jury, wh

Delta Airlines Plane Skids Off Runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York


@KristinaGrossmann/Instagram(NEW YORK) -- A plane skidded off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport while trying to land during a winter storm Thursday, but initially there were no reports of injuries.Delta Flight 1086, an MD-88 on a route from A

SMU Fraternity Chapter Suspended After Alleged Neighbor Harassment


iStock/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas) -- A Texas fraternity at Southern Methodist University was placed on indefinite suspension amid a neighbor’s claims that students have been harassing him for months, a fraternity official said.Tim O’Co

Kentucky Drivers Get Stranded on Snowy Interstate


@oh2preshus/Twitter(ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky.) -- Many Kentucky drivers on Wednesday spent the snowy evening in their cars, counting down 12 hours or more via Twitter and foraging for food, after two serious accidents on a major interstate.The state police estim

Boston Marathon Bombing: Inside Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's 'It Was Him' Defense Strateg


FBI(BOSTON) — The trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters its second day Thursday, but the defense has already made a curiously blunt admission: "It was him."One of the first things Tsarnaev's attorney Judy Clarke told the c

"American Horror Story" Creator Says Lady Gaga's Role Was Teased Last Fall with


Inez and VinoodhEven if you're an obsessive American Horror Story fan -- or an obsessive Lady Gaga fan, for that matter -- you probably wouldn't have been able to pick up on the clue the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, inserted into an October episode to let people know that Mother Monster was joining the cast.Entertainment Weekly reports Gaga and Murphy had been in talks since last fall about her role on the show, but it was all top secret.  However, on the October 29 episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, there was a close-up shot of a paper coffee cup with a picture of a top hat on it.  At the time, Murphy told EW, "That is a big season 5 clue! It’s an arcane clue, but it’s very purposeful, and it illuminates something that you’ll be like, ‘Oh! You dirty bastard!’”Turns out that was the "clue" that Murphy says should have tipped viewers off that Gaga was coming.  Why?  There's a 1935 movie called Top Hat, and one of the famous songs written for that movie was "Cheek to Cheek" -- which, of course, is the the name and title track of Gaga's album with Tony Bennett, which came out last September.Murphy also meant for the Top Hat reference to telegraph the news that the new series of American Horror Story will be set in a hotel, because that's also where Top Hat is set.  If you didn't manage to pick up on any of this, you're probably in good company.Speaking of Cheek to Cheek, in other Gaga news, she and Tony Bennett have booked two concerts at the Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas on April 10 and 11.  It's a return to Sin City for the duo, who started their joint tour in Vegas over New Year's Eve.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rixton Says Debut Album "Let the Road" "Shows Off Everything that We're About"


School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope RecordsRixton's song "Me and My Broken Heart" was a hit last year, but it's only this week that the British band's debut album, Let the Road, is hitting stores.  While they say it's been nice for them to have been able to lay the groundwork for the album's release, they're relieved it's finally in fans' hands."We were ready [for it to come out] six years ago when we first formed," says lead singer Jake Roche of the album's delayed release. "So it feels great now. And y'know, you have to have that momentum and that snowball effect, if you will....so it feels ready and it feels right."While anyone who's seen Rixton live over the past year has already heard many of the album's songs, Let the Road serves as a good introduction for those who are only familiar with "Me and My Broken Heart" and its follow-up singles."I think it’s quite versatile," drummer Lewi Morgan tells ABC Radio of the album. "I gets across all our musicality, and vocally, we focus very heavily on vocals, y'know, we’re all about harmonies. So I think it very much shows off everything that we’re about."As for the album's title, it takes its name from a harmony-heavy song that Jake and bass player Danny Wilkin wrote six years ago called "Let the Road."  So why was it the right title to sum up the album? "Well the main thing that we’re all about is family," Danny explains. "We all love our families and that song is, 'No matter where the road takes you, you can always follow it back home to where you belong.' So I think it gets across exactly what is important to us four, and hopefully everyone else feels the same way."  Rixton is currently on the road opening for Ariana Grande.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Train Among Artists Headlining Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Event in D.C.


Pamela LittkyA diverse group of artists that includes Train will headline Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, a free event that'll be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. April 18.  Also on the bill are Gwen Stefani's group No Doubt, plus Usher, Mary J. Blige, and the bands Fall Out Boy and My Morning Jacket.  Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am will co-host with Soledad O'Brien.The event -- a expansion of the annual Global Citizen Festival held in New York City's Central Park -- will mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and is designed to educate and inspire people to take immediate action, not only to solve climate change, but to end extreme poverty.  Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project, says in a statement, "Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day will see thousands of citizens calling on world leaders continue to recognize that the effects of climate change are felt the hardest by the world’s poor."Additional performers and appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.In a statement, Train said, "[We are] honored to lend our music to the movement to protect our environment. We are excited to join everyone on the National Mall to help shine a light on such important issues.”Usher added, "I’m proud to lend my voice to the call to end extreme poverty, solve climate change, and educate our youth on such a historic stage.”No Doubt said in a statement, "Last year we rocked with 60,000 global citizens in Central Park, all committed to ending extreme poverty. We now help bring this movement to the nation’s capital, this time with a focus on climate change and its...effect on the world’s poor. We owe it to our children to protect our planet and their futures.” “Our generation has the power to build a better world,” added Mary J. Blige. “On April 18th, we will come together for a day of music, education, and action as we call on world leaders to build a world free from poverty and climate injustice.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Shania Twain Says Rock This Country Tour Will Let Her Feel the "Party Vibe" One


Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain delighted -- and, possibly, saddened -- fans Wednesday with her announcement that she'll be going on tour for the first time in 11 years, but it'll be her last time on the road.  Shania says for her final live experience, she wanted to take her music directly to the fans."I thought, 'Well, I’m feeling the momentum of being on stage,'" she tells ABC Radio, explaining why she decided to launch a tour after SHANIA: Still the One wrapped up at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. "'It took me so long to get back up here. I wanna experience also getting back out on the road and touring with the show.' I didn’t want one room to be my last concert experience.""I wanted to break that chain and say, 'If I’m gonna do this for the last time, I want it to be out on the road and taking it to the fans and feeling that whole excitement of the party vibe that you get when you’re on a concert stage.' So...it was just a natural succession."Shania's tour doesn't start until June, but if you want to get a taste of her performing live, you can check out her new CD/DVD, SHANIA: Still the One Live from Vegas, which is currently available exclusively at Wal-Mart.  The show features her full Las Vegas production, as well as plenty of behind-the-scenes footage showing what went into its creation and execution."At the end of [the] Vegas [show], I started to feel a little bit sad to see it coming to an end," Shania tells ABC Radio, explaining why she wanted to release a film of the show. "So I wanted to document that specific production. I put so much into the production itself, it was really a huge experience in that regard, and I was saying, 'Well, the only way to really make it last is to document it, get it filmed.' So I have that, now, forever. That’s, I guess, mine...forever, even though I’m not there live."  Shania's Rock This Country tour starts June 5 in Seattle.  The ticket sales to the general public for most North American shows begin Friday, March 13; there's a pre-sale at ShaniaTwain.com on March 10.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

"American Idol" Recap: The Top Eight Guys Are Revealed


FOXWednesday’s edition of American Idol featured the season’s first live show, with host Ryan Seacrest revealing which eight guys would get the chance to sing once again for America’s vote to secure a spot as a top finalist.The top eight guys, as decided by America’s vote, are Daniel Seavey, Mark Andrews, Rayvon Owen, Adam Ezegelian, Clark Beckham, Nick Fradiani, Qaasim Middleton and Quentin Alexander.It was the end of the line for Riley Bria, Trevor Douglas, Savion Wright and Michael Simeon.The top eight girls will be revealed Thursday night.The top eight guys took the stage at The Fillmore Detroit Theater in the Motor City and performed classic Motown songs for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as America’s votes.Aretha Franklin opened the show with a performance of “I Will Survive.”The first performer of the night was 15-year-old Daniel Seavey, who sang Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).” Keith loved the performance, declaring, “For me, all you need is to just keep doing this.” Keith, however, did urge Seavey to play around with the melodies a little more. Jennifer was also pleased with the performance, overall, but thought the key was a little low for Seavey. Harry didn’t think Seavey was “singing and swingin’ hard enough,” and said the teen needed to feel the beat a little more.Mark Andrews was the next artist called to the stage. He tackled The Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” The performance felt a little flat for Lopez, who said she didn’t “connect” with it. Connick loved what he called Andrews’ “jam band” arrangement, but wondered how far he would go in the competition if he did too many of them.The next act up on the stage was Rayvon Owen, who followed with another Temptations song, “My Girl.” Harry complimented Owen on the performance, as well as his stage presence, but wanted to see other sides of Rayvon’s personality in the future. J-Lo praised the singer for making the song his own.Adam Ezegelian sang “I Want You Back,” by the Jackson 5. Urban thought it was a great song choice.  Jennifer also thought Ezegelian did an amazing job on the song. Harry declared the singer’s voice was his most “dangerous” talent, noting he was able to tackle a lot of really high notes and nail every one of them.The next name announced was Clark Beckham, who took on Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “The Tracks of My Tears.” The audience enjoyed it, as well as Lopez, who declared Beckham had one of the best voices in the competition. She did, however, pass on some advice Aretha Franklin gave her about singing live, noting Clark should “not think so much” and just “let loose and feel” the song. Connick thought the performance showcased all of the strategic things an Idol performance needs, including a lot of high notes, but it lacked “a beginning a middle and an end.” Urban would have liked to see Beckham ditch the band and deliver a more stripped down performance.Nick Fradiani tackled Stevie Wonders’ “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Connick thought it was a great arrangement and performance, showcasing Fradiani’s guitar-playing skills, as well as his vocals, but urged Nick to smile a little more. Urban didn’t think the singer looked comfortable playing the guitar, noting it seemed to prevent him from moving around the stage.Qaasim Middleton followed with Wonder’s “I Wish,” complete with some flashy dance moves. Keith said when Middleton gets in front of an audience he "just explodes." Jennifer also thought Middleton owned the stage, but warned him not to forget the vocal aspect of his performance. Harry declared, “That’s what we’re looking for.”The last act to sing for America’s vote was Quentin Alexander, who had the audience and judges bopping to yet another Stevie Wonder tune, “Master Blaster (Jammin’).” After gushing, “I’m glad you’re here,” Lopez called Alexander’s performance “easy and smooth” and declared him one of her favorites in the competition. Connick said Quentin “settled into the groove” of the song, but noticed a little reservation during the performance, chalking it up to Alexander being “freaked out because [he] was the last guy to get put through.”  Urban praised the performance and said Quentin knows who he is and what songs suit him.American Idol continues Thursday on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Bobbi Kristina Brown Turned 22 Wednesday


LifetimeBobbi Kristina Brown turned 22 Wednesday.The daughter and only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston has remained in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Georgia since she was found face-down in a bathtub in late January.In a message posted Wednesday on WhitneyHouston.com, Patricia Houston, the late singer's sister-in-law and the president of The Whitney Houston Estate, writes, “Today is Bobbi Kristina's 22nd birthday and we ask you to continue to keep her in your prayers as she is still fighting the battle of her life.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Pharrell Denies Ripping Off Marvin Gaye for "Blurred Lines" at Trial


Randy Holmes/ABCPharrell Williams took the stand Wednesday in the "Blurred Lines" trial in Los Angeles, saying he did not rip off Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" when he wrote the Robin Thicke hit.The Voice coach said he captured the "feel" of Gaye, but it was not copyright infringement. He said, "I must've been channeling that feeling, that late-'70s feeling."When asked directly by his attorney, Howard King, "Did you copy 'Got to Give It Up?'," Pharrell replied, "No, sir."  When King asked, "Did you do it subconsciously?", the singer replied, "No, sir."Pharrell said of Gaye, "I respect his music beyond words."Pharrell, Robin and T.I. have been sued by Gaye's children over "Blurred Lines," which they claim ripped off their father's song.An accounting statement revealed in court this week showed that "Blurred Lines" generated more than $16.6 million in profits.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kelly Clarkson Reacts to Nasty Tweets from British Journalist: "I'm Awesome! It


ABC/ Ida Mae Astute Last month, controversial British journalist and TV personality Katie Hopkins tweeted some extremely nasty comments about Kelly Clarkson, criticizing her for her weight and her appearance.  Well, if Hopkins was hoping to shame Kelly into going on a diet, she's failed, because the singer just doesn't give a hoot.Asked what she thought of Hopkins' tweets -- one of which asked, "Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers?" -- Kelly told the British magazine Heat, ""I don't have a clue what you're talking about. Someone tweeted something about me?"  After it was explained to Kelly who Hopkins is, Kelly laughed, "Oh, and she's tweeted something nasty about me? That's because she doesn't know me. I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will.""I've just never cared what people think," she added. "It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family -- I don't seek out any other acceptance."While unknown in the U.S., Hopkins is well known in the U.K., for, among other things, openly criticizing anyone who is overweight.  In fact, she even starred in a reality show in which she purposely gained and then lost about 40 pounds, to show that people are capable of dieting successfully and have no excuse for being obese.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Christopher Plummer Praises Lady Gaga's "Sound of Music" Performance


A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaLady Gaga already received praise from Julie Andrews for her Sound of Music Oscars tribute, and now another Sound of Music star has given her the stamp of approval.Christopher Plummer, who played Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 film, tells Deadline he thought Gaga’s performance at the February 22 ceremony was “just wonderful.” He especially liked that she kept the music’s classic style. “She sang it so well in the style of the piece and she didn’t add any modern rock sounds,” the 85-year-old says. “She did it straight and she has a lovely voice.”PLummer, who won his first Oscar in 2012 for his role in Beginners, wasn’t able to make the ceremony this year, but he says it was just as well. He wanted Julie Andrews to have her moment. “I didn’t go to the Oscars because first of all I couldn’t, and the second thing, it was a tribute to her,” he says. “I would’ve looked stupid being there and not doing anything.”The actor will get his own moment on March 27, when his hands and footprints are immortalized at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Is Rod Stewart Getting His Own Reality Show?


Penny LancasterIs Rod Stewart about to rival the Kardashians? According to British tabloid The Mirror, the 70-year-old rocker and his family have started filming a reality show for E! at their home in Los Angeles.The Mirror claims Rod agreed to do the series with his wife, 43-year-old model Penny Lancaster, and their two children, 9-year-old Alastair and four-year-old Aiden. The singer’s kids from his first marriage -- 34-year-old Sean and 35-year-old Kimberly -- are also said to have “prominent” roles.Rod has four other children: Ruby, 27, Renee, 22, Liam, 20, and Sarah Streeter, 52, who was raised by an adoptive family. He’s also a grandfather to Kimberly’s daughter with actor Benicio Del Toro.A source close to the family reportedly said, “Rod is very proud of his family and he wants to show everyone that. He will star very much as the dad, and it will show he has kept things together.”According to The Mirror, the partially scripted show will begin airing in June. “The family hopes it is the start of something big,” the source said. But for now, we're taking all this with a grain of salt.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Carly Rae Jepsen's New Video Starring Tom Hanks to Premiere Friday


School Boy/Interscope RecordsThe much buzzed-about Carly Rae Jepsen video, starring Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, has an official premiere date. The “I Really Like You” video is set to debut on Bravo Media this Friday.Beginning Wednesday night, the network will run on-air promotions for the reality show Newlyweds: The First Year featuring Carly's catchy new tune. Then on March 6, the video for the song will premiere on BravoTV.com’s The Daily Dish at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.Carly recently told ABC Radio that the video will follow a day in the life of Tom Hanks, as he prepares to join the singer for her music video. It’s sort of a “video inside of a video,” she said. Justin Bieber also makes a cameo.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire Teaming Up for Heart and Soul 2015 Summer Tour


Live Nation EntertainmentTwo of the world's most celebrated horn-driven pop-rock bands, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, will join forces for a major North American co-headlining trek this summer.  The Heart and Soul Tour 2015 is scheduled to get under way July 15 in Concord, California, and is plotted out through a September 6 show in Atlantic City, New Jersey.The outing will feature at least 25 dates across the continent and will include stops in such major cities as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Denver, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Toronto, and Boston.  Tickets for most of the shows will go on sale starting Friday, March 13 at LiveNation.com.  Visit ChicagoTheBand.com and EarthWindAndFire.com for more information.Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire previously toured together in 2004, 2005 and 2009."One of the most exciting things about the show is when both bands perform at the end of the concert," says Chicago trumpet player Lee Loughnane.  "Having these 21 very talented musicians playing our greatest hits together puts the excitement level at a fever pitch!  From the Heart of Chicago and the Soul of Earth, Wind & Fire, it is an unforgettable experience."Adds Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey, "This is a real treat for fans of both groups to experience again the power-packed collaboration of Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago…We are looking forward to it ourselves -- it has always been one of our favorite tours."Here are the confirmed dates for the Heart and Soul Tour 2015:7/15 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion7/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Axis @ Planet Hollywood7/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum7/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion7/23 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater7/24 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion7/25 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion7/28 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center7/31 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre8/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center8/4 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood8/14 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live8/15 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center8/16 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater8/18 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center8/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater8/25 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center8/26 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater8/28 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheater8/29 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center8/30 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center9/1 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts9/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater9/5 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live9/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events CenterFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Taylor Swift Celebrates Pal's Birthday With a Low-Key Girls' Night


ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift joined some of her best gal pals Tuesday night for a friend’s low-key birthday bash.The party was in celebration of Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello’s 18th birthday and included two cakes, party hats and a tiara for the birthday girl. Taylor Instagrammed a picture from the soiree as the girls sang  “Happy Birthday to You” to Camila.Other famous besties in attendance included Selena Gomez, the sister band Haim, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland.  Jaime King, who recently appointed Taylor godmother of her unborn child, was also there to celebrate.Looks like a fun time was had by all! Happy Birthday, @camila_cabello!! We all love you so much. @selenagomez @haileesteinfeld @haimtheband @jaime_king @yelyahwilliams @therealsarahhyland A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 4, 2015 at 4:17am PSTFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Annie Lennox Performs Tunes from Latest Album, "Nostalgia," in Upcoming PBS Spec


Robert SebreeIf you enjoyed Annie Lennox's performance on the Grammy Awards last month, you'll want to check out a new concert special featuring the Eurythmics frontwoman singing tunes from her nominated album, Nostalgia. April 3 will see the premiere Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.  It was taped in January at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, and features Annie's unique renditions of such jazz and pop standards as "Georgia on My Mind," "Summertime," "Strange Fruit," "God Bless the Child" and "Mood Indigo," as well as versions of her solo hit "Why" and the Eurythmics hit "Here Comes the Rain Again."Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert is scheduled to premiere on many PBS stations on Friday, April 3,  10 p.m.; check local listings for air times in your area.Here's the full list of songs Lennox performs on the show:"Memphis in June""Georgia on My Mind""I Put a Spell on You""Summertime""I Cover the Waterfront""Strange Fruit""God Bless the Child""September in the Rain""The Nearness of You""Mood Indigo"Encores:"Here Comes the Rain Again""Why" Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Shania Twain to Launch First Tour in 11 Years; Says It'll Be Her Last


Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAfter spending the last couple of years doing a residency in Las Vegas, Shania Twain is taking her act on the road.  The Grammy-winning singer is launching her first tour in 11 years -- and she says it'll be her final one.The Rock This Country tour -- named after a track on Shania's 1997 album, Come On Over -- kicks off in Seattle on June 5 and will visit 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, wrapping up in August.  When it's over, there'll be no more touring, but Shania isn't retiring. She also doesn't plan for the tour to serve as a tearful farewell to her fans: quite the opposite, in fact.In a statement, Shania says, "This is a celebration tour. It's party time. It's a celebration that after all these years, I can still do it! The Rock This Country Tour will have a different spirit than my past tours."She adds, "It's the momentum of confidence. The Vegas show was so intense and nerve-wracking because of not being onstage for all those years. So now that I got that out of my system, this tour is all about having fun, letting go and enjoying the new-found attitude." To that point, Shania promises a more upbeat show than her Vegas extravaganza.  "There's a lot more punch. It's dynamic and reflects the rockier edge of things, because I have so many electric guitars in my music," she explains. "I'm looking forward to rocking out."The tour will visit  Boston, Miami, Atlanta, New York City, Nashville and Washington, D.C., among other dates, as well as Shania's native Canada.  She promises fans "a Shania they've never seen before," adding, "A lot of years have gone by and I've got a lot more to share. It's all about looking back together. It's that unified community spirit of 'I remember where I was when I first heard that song.'"Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

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