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Backstreet Boys confirm 2018 world tour

The Backstreet Boys have been performing in Las Vegas during a residency since March. But next year, the boy band may be coming to a city near you. 

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“We’re in the studio making our tenth studio album,” Kevin Richardson told Boston’s Mix 104.1 in a radio interview. “We’re trying to have a single ready by the end of the year this year, and then next year we’re actually gonna do a world tour. It’s gonna be our 25th anniversary next year.”

>> Related: Bob Carter, father of Nick and Aaron Carter, dead at 65

The Backstreet Boys, made up of A.J., Howie, Nick, Kevin, and Brian, formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1993. The group went on to produce hits like “I Want It That Way” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”


Beastie Boys mashup of ‘Sabotage’ uses ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets

It’s not a mirage. Putting the Muppets into videos is not sabotage.

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Supercuts of the beloved “Sesame Street” Muppets are well-established on the internet, but a remake of the Beastie Boys’ 1994 song “Sabotage” featuring the characters is going viral, Mashable reported.

YouTuber isthishowyougoviral created the video, using old footage from the children’s television show. 

The mashup is entertaining and revives two old favorites.

Ringo Starr turns 77, announces new album release

Ringo Starr celebrated his 77th birthday on Friday, and the former Beatles drummer announced a reunion of sorts. Starr’s 19th solo album, “Give More Love” will be released on Sept. 15 and will include former bandmate Paul McCartney on two tracks, Reuters reported.

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The 10-track album is Starr’s first since “Postcards from Paradise” in 2015. 

In February, Starr said that he reteamed with McCartney in the studio, Rolling Stone reported, along with his brother-in-law, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. That session resulted in the song, “We’re On the Road Again,” which also features Edgar Winter and Steve Lukather.

McCartney also will appear on “Show Me the Way,” Rolling Stone reported. That song is dedicated to Starr’s wife, Barbara Bach. Other artists appearing on the album include Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Timothy B. Schmit, Benmont TenchDave Stewart and Don Was, Rolling Stone reported.

Starr said getting McCartney to collaborate on another album was not difficult.

“We’re still mates,” Starr told Reuters. “He’s out on the road, he’s got his own life. I’m out on the road a lot making records and he was in town so I called him and I said, ‘I’ve got this track for you to play on.’”

Starr told Reuters that McCartney was “the most melodic bass player in the world.”

During his public celebration Friday, Starr led a crowd in Hollywood in a “peace and love” chant and was joined on stage by Walsh and “Twin Peaks” director David Lynch.

Pink ‘#FailingBeautifully’ at parenthood

Pink will be the first to admit she is not a nominee for Parent of the Year.

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The singer conceded as much with an Instagram post on Wednesday, sharing a selfie of herself and her daughter, Willow Sage. In the photograph, the 6-year-old is riding a bicycle inside the house while wearing only pants.

“Yeah my kid rides her bike inside. Without clothes. And helmets. While I ignore her and look at my phone,” she posted, using the hashtag #FailingBeautifully.

The Instagram post was shared at People magazine’s website. The magazine also posted a photo the singer shared of her and Willow Sage stuck in an elevator at Summerfest in Milwaukee.

Tupac letter to Madonna reveals he broke up with her over race, reports say

A newly released letter reportedly written by Tupac Shakur reveals he supposedly broke off his relationship with Madonna because of her race.

In the letter first released by TMZ, later authenticated by Rolling Stone and reported by major media outlets such as USA Today and ABC News, the rapper, who died in 1996, poured his heart out in the letter he wrote while serving time in prison for sexual assault at Clinton Correctional Facility. The note was written Jan. 15, 1995.

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“I’ve waited a long time 2 finally write this mainly because I was struggling to find all the answers that I wouldn’t leave any unanswered questions. First and foremost, I must apologize to you because like you said I haven’t been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being,” the letter reads.

“For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting. But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was.”

The letter continues, “I never meant to hurt you.”

Shakur also reportedly wrote, “Please understand my previous position as that of a young man with limited experience with an extremely famous sex symbol.”

He ended his letter with words of advice to his former flame.

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“Please be careful Madonna. Everyone is not as honorable as they seem there are those whose hearts bleed with envy & evil. They would not hesitate to do you harm! Let my 5 bullets be proof of that!” the letter reads, referencing the time he was shot five times, which he believed to be connected to people he knew in the music industry.

After signing off, Shakur reportedly added one final note.

“I don’t know how you feel about visiting me but if you could find it in your heart I would love to speak face to face with you,” the letter reads. “It’s funny but this experience has taught me to not take time 4 granted.”

Parts of the note have been redacted.

The letter is up for auction at Gotta have Rock and Roll. The starting bid is $100,000, but it is expected to sell for more.

Prince's former drummer John Blackwell Jr. dies at 43

John Blackwell Jr., a drummer best known for his work with Prince, has died at the age of 43.

His wife announced his death Tuesday on Instagram.

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Blackwell was diagnosed with brain tumors in 2016, according to his wife, who posted on his social media accounts.

Blackwell began playing drums at the age of 3, inspired by his father, who was also a drummer. Blackwell performed with Patti LaBelle before joining Prince's band, The New Power Generation, in 2000. He played with Prince for 12 years before taking on other creative projects.

GoFundMe account was established last year to cover Blackwell's medical expenses. 

Adele cancels final 2 shows, blames damaged vocal cords

Citing “damaged vocal cords,” singer Adele said she was forced to cancel two sold-out weekend shows at London’s Wembley Stadium, CNN reported.

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In a tweet Friday night, the Grammy Award winner said she was heartbroken, but “simply can’t crumble in front of you all and walk out on you in that way.”

Adele said doctors advised her not to perform.

“To say I’m heartbroken would be a complete understatement,” she tweeted.

Earlier this week, Adele told her fans in an Instagram post that her current “Live” tour could be her last.

“I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again, and so I want my last time to be at home,” she wrote.

Did Jay-Z admit to cheating on Beyonce in '4:44'?

The same day Jay-Z dropped his 13th studio album, social media is abuzz with reactions to the rapper’s overt responses to his wife’s 2016 “Lemonade” album.   

>> Related: Jay Z’s new album ‘4:44’ responds to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

In “4:44,” a 10-track album, the 47-year-old artist addressed Beyonce’s suggestions that he was unfaithful and threatened their family unit. 

Many lyrics were seemingly aimed Beyonce’s claims. 

“Leave me alone, Becky,” Jay-Z wraps in “Family Feud,” a response to Beyonce’s “He better call Becky with the good hair,” line in her single, “Sorry.” In the same song, Beyonce crooned, “Looking at my watch, he shoulda been home / Today I regret the night I put that ring on.”

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In the album’s title song, “4:44,” Jay-Z says, “I apologize, often womanize, took my child to be born, see through a woman's eyes. Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles. Took me too long for this song. I don’t deserve you.

“If my children knew, I don't even know what I would do / If they ain’t look at me the same, I would prolly die with all the shame / You did what with who? What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate, you risked that for Blue?” 

In the song, “Kill Jay-Z” the rapper says, “You almost went Eric Benét/Let the baddest girl in the world get away.” The line is in reference to the demise of Benét and Halle Berry’s marriage after is was revealed that Benét cheated on his former actress wife. It also responds to a line in Beyonce’s “Hold Up”: “Never had the baddest woman in the game up in your sheets.”

Jay-Z also revealed that his mother is a lesbian in a track on the album, and many have speculated he targeted Kanye West in pointed jabs.

“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian / Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take,” Jay-Z said in the song “Smile.”

“You ain’t the same, this ain’t Kumba ‘Ye/But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye ... If everyone is crazy, you’re the one that’s insane,” Jay-Z rapped, potentially in reference to West.

The album “4:44” was released exclusively on music streaming platform Tidal, which is owned, in part, by Jay-Z.

Donnie Wahlberg leaves huge tip at Maryland Waffle House 

Donnie Wahlberg has a thing for Waffle House restaurants. He has filmed videos at a Fort Lauderdale franchise at 3 a.m. in 2010, and Friday morning he was taking selfies with the crew in Toledo, Ohio. But Wahlberg made a huge impression with the Waffle House employees in Edgewater, Maryland. early Monday.

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After leaving the Verizon Center late Sunday night after a concert, Wahlberg, a member of the New Kids on the Block band and star of the television series “Blue Bloods,” stopped for a late meal in Edgewater, the Baltimore Sun reported. Happy with the service, Wahlberg left a $500 tip for servers Angie Silen and Tyler Spangler and cook Nick Funk. He told the three late-night shift workers to split the tip, then took a selfie with the two servers.

“I thought, ‘Oh wow, he tipped me more than I ever did in a week’s pay,’” Funk told the Sun.

"I cried,” Silen told the Sun. “It's a big thing for my family because we're going through tough times.”

Jay Z’s new album ‘4:44’ responds to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

Jay-Z’s new album, “4:44,” released Friday at midnight to Sprint customers and Tidal subscribers, addresses several subjects on the rapper’s mind. They include a fight with Solange and an apology to his wife, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, for woes that include his alleged cheating, USA Today reported. 

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The album makes its debut two weeks after Jay-Z and Beyoncé had twins. 

The lyrics to the album’s title track do not mince words.

"And if my children knew, I don't even know what I would do / If they ain't look at me the same, I would prolly die with all the shame / You did what with who? What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate, you risked that for Blue?" Jay-Z sings.

Beyoncé makes an appearance on the song “Family Feud,” USA Today reported, adding that she is listed as a co-writer for the track. 

Jay-Z references “Lemonade” halfway through the song: “Let me alone, Becky!/A man who don’t take care of his family can’t be rich.”

In the song “Sorry,” Beyoncé admonished the listener that “He better call Becky with the good hair.” It was interpreted as a reference to Jay-Z’s alleged infidelity, USA Today reported.

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