Blake Shelton Says Family Is His No. 1 Priority Now

One year after marrying Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton is making it clear that she’s No. 1. The “No Body” singer says music and television work are just not urgent priorities like they used to be.

The result might be new music at a slower pace from Shelton, who spoke to Entertainment Tonight about it all.

“I’m having fun putting out songs when I feel like it, and luckily, the record label allows me to do that,” he says.

“No Body” is Shelton’s first new single released in 2022, after averaging two a year for five years and up to four in 2014-16. Body Language is his latest album, released in May of 2021. That was his first album of all new material since 2017. Before that, he averaged an album a year for six years. Two seasons of The Voice each year definitely slowed him down, but now he’s focused on his household.

“Look, I love music and I love The Voice,” the 46-year-old tells ET. “I love all the cool things I get to do with my job, but those things all take a backseat now to Gwen and the kids, and it’s just a new phase of my life.”

While Shelton doesn’t have any kids of his own, he’s been an active part of Stefani’s three boys’ (Kingston, Apollo and Zuma) lives. The spend significant time on his ranch in Oklahoma, and seem to be thriving in the rural environment after being raised primarily in Los Angeles before.

Next month, Shelton will be able to combine all of his priorities. He and Stefani are set to serve as coaches on the 22nd season of The Voice, starting Sept. 19 on NBC. The country singer is the only coach who’s been on the panel each season, beginning in 2011.

So, Shelton is slowing the output of new music, but not turning off the spout.

“I wanna keep my music side of what I do alive from now ’til they [the fans] fire me,” he says.

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Casemiro has already made his feelings on Cristiano Ronaldo clear amid Man Utd exit talk – Mirror Online

New Manchester United signing Casemiro is a player who has shared a close relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo amid the Portuguese star’s attempts to leave the club.

Ronaldo remains determined to depart the Red Devils this summer after just one season back at Old Trafford following his high-profile return from Juventus last year after 12 years away. He has been attempting to force through an exit for two months.

The 37-year-old came on as a second half substitute in the Premier League opening day defeat against Brighton as he was not deemed fit enough to start. He was restored to the starting line-up for the humiliating four-goal loss at Brentford on Saturday evening. Ronaldo snubbed a request from the club’s assistant coach Steve McClaren to acknowledge the travelling United fans after the game – showing the disillusion engulfing the club.

Yet new United signing Casemiro – whose arrival was confirmed on Friday evening – will see Ronaldo gain a close ally at the club. United paid an initial fee of £60million plus a further £10m in potential add-ons to sign the Brazilian international. United had made a deal for the Madrid star their prime focus after their moves for Adrien Rabiot and Frenkie de Jong broke down.

Casemiro and Ronaldo were teammates at Real Madrid between 2013 and 2018, save for the 2014-15 season that the midfielder spent on loan at FC Porto. The Brazilian regularly spoke of his admiration for Ronaldo as a teammate and his status among the very best ever footballers.

Whenever Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who Casemiro played alongside, won the Ballon d’Or crown told in 2018, the Brazilian stated that Ronaldo may have been a worthy winner of that year’s gong.

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Casemiro told Spanish media outlet AS that year: “I think the year Luka has had has been spectacular. [But] I’d give it to Cristiano for everything he achieved last season.” The midfielder also heaped praise on Ronaldo following his memorable overhead kick goal at Juventus in the Champions League in 2018. Ironically, the Portuguese superstar was to join the Italian club later that year.

Casemiro said at the time: “Speaking about Cristiano is… we’re always talking about him and I’ve got something I like to say which is: keep enjoying the best in the world and how he plays the game, because what he does is unbelievable. The wonder goal he scored… he’s the best in the world.


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“We have to keep enjoying his football, his goals, he’s hard work and leadership in the dressing room. The longer he is with us, the better.”

Casemiro, who is also joining his former Madrid teammate Raphael Varane at Old Trafford, is now set to be reunited with Ronaldo at his new club – although it is unclear if the two will ever play together at the club due to the Portuguese star’s uncertain future.

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19 August 1965: Live: Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston | The Beatles Bible

The Beatles performed two shows at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas, each of which was seen by 12,000 fans.

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The Beatles stayed at the Sheraton-Lincoln hotel while in Houston. Some enterprising teenage fans donned maids’ uniforms to sneak into the hotel, although a hotel spokesman said: “We haven’t hired any 14-year-olds here. We stopped them all.”

A press conference took place at the hotel, after which The Beatles were taken to the venue in an armoured van. Conditions backstage were chaotic, with no dressing room, and the hot weather made the conditions less tolerable.

Their set for both shows featured 12 songs: the group’s truncated version of ‘Twist And Shout’, followed by ‘She’s A Woman’, ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’, ‘Ticket To Ride’, ‘Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Baby’s In Black’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Help!’, and ‘I’m Down’.

The concerts were among the most frenzied of the tour, with Beatlemania at its height. The compère, local DJ Russ Knight – known as The Weird Beard – threatened to cancel the first show prior to ‘Help!’, saying: “People are getting hurt on the front two rows. The show will be stopped if you don’t move back. This is the Houston Security Beatle Division.” John Lennon sarcastically replied with the words: “Thank you very much, that was wonderful.”

Tickets for the shows were $5 each, and The Beatles were paid $85,000 for the two performances. The other acts on the bill were, in order of appearance, Brenda Holloway and the King Curtis Band, Cannibal & The Headhunters, and Sounds Incorporated.

The concerts were recorded and broadcast by local radio station KILT, which was sponsoring the event. The recordings have since been circulated widely as bootlegs.

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Mulga Bore Hard Rock Band to travel from remote community to support music legends KISS at final Australian show – ABC News

A six-piece KISS-inspired hard rock band from an Aboriginal outstation in Central Australia, is about to share a stage with their idols.

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The Mulga Bore Hard Rock Band will support KISS for the rock royalty’s last gig on Australian soil on the Gold Coast on September 10.

Front man and high school student, Alvin Manfong said it was hard to believe.

“It’s our dreams come true. They are my favourite band in the world,” he said.

The band, from the community of Mulga Bore, 240 kilometres from Alice Springs, is busy rehearsing for the 30-minute set of original songs including Big Train and Let Me Rock and Roll as well as three cover songs.

“We’re practising every day. We’re excited to go, this is our first time going [to the Gold Coast],” he said.

KISS in the red dirt

Rebecca McLean is a filmmaker and has been working with the Mulga Bore Hard Rock Band developing a film clip and a documentary.

Ms McLean had the idea to get in touch with KISS in a bid to get them in the music video.

“[We wanted to] get them here in a jet. We looked on the internet and saw that they were actually [touring] here,” she said.

Six Indigenous musicians wearing matching green and black polo shirts and wearing green and black facepaint.Six Indigenous musicians wearing matching green and black polo shirts and wearing green and black facepaint.

“We all fantasise about the image of the sparkly boots in the red dirt — it’s still a quest.”

Ms McLean used her industry networks to secure a contact for KISS after writing to them in March.

“We didn’t hear anything for months. Thanks to a late-night Facebook friend request the wheels were set in motion,” she said.

“The next day I got an email saying the letter that we had written had got to [KISS].

“[The promoter] said: ‘I think this is a good thing and I think the guys will like this.”

After initial conversations about a potential half-hour set supporting KISS, several weeks passed with no word, before the golden email arrived into Ms McLean’s inbox.

She said they had to keep the news a secret until they could get out to the community.

“We told them. You could’ve heard a pin drop,” she said.

“I think they were in shock. They went quiet.

“Then it just hit them and they’ve been dancing ever since.”

The band still hasn’t given up on the idea of welcoming KISS to Central Australia.

“Thank you KISS for inviting us to your stage. We invite you to our stage, Mulga Bore,” they said.

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50 Cent Admits There are More Joints with Eminem in Vault

Reacting to our story about people running his freshly released collab with Eminem up the charts, 50 Cent reminded Em that they have more songs to drop.

Retweeting the article, Fifty nudged Marshall:

We still got few more in the Vault 🔥 @Eminem

It is not exactly a revelation. Em is famous for working and recording constantly and then hogging the songs he records. Without having the slightest clue about how much music is buried in his vaults exactly, his fans know about at least two that involve Fifty — “Never Gave A Fuck (Less)” feat. 50 Cent, Obie Trice & Ca$his and “Champions”, recorded by just Em and Fiddy.

Ca$his was quick to announce “Never Gave A Fuck (Less)” back in 2011, but the song has not been released yet, and there is next to nothing information about the joint.

A little more is known about “Champions”. Navjosh called it “one of the best unreleased songs in existence”:

50 Cent x Eminem ‘Champions’

One of the best unreleased songs I have heard in my existence. Just heard it once and I will never be able to forget it.

— Navjosh (@Navjosh) December 13, 2019

50 Cent mentioned some conceptual struggle with his verse that essentially had haltered the song:

We actually recorded [“Champions”] in Detroit. It’s one of those songs; Em was set on this record. Because when he heard it, he was like, “This is for me and Fifty”. He wrote his verse on the actual record, and I came in, he played it, and I was like, “Okay, this is cool, yeah. Let me think on how I wanna actually approach the record”. Then I go to the other studio to record it. And the engineer had to hear it again. Because he made some mentions, and I didn’t want to make the same mentions. Some of the people that he has a lot of respect for in the music culture were in that song, and I did not want to repeat that.

Whatever it was, the fans would give a lot to hear the record. Eminem and Fifty have such electrifying chemistry that every joint of theirs becomes a jam. It was proved again when “Is This Love (‘09)” came out on Em’s hits compilation.

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24 Years Ago: Korn Release ‘Follow the Leader’

When Korn released their third album, Follow the Leader, on August 18, 1998, they knew they were the s–t, but they had no idea how much of a s–tstorm the record would stir up for them personally and professionally. If Korn’s self-titled 1994 album and 1996 follow-up Life Is Peachy landed the band on the map, Follow the Leader put them in contention for world domination, selling more than five million copies in less than four years. To date, it has sold more than seven million in the U.S. and in excess of 14 million worldwide, making it the band’s most popular record.

But with mass popularity came dangerously excessive behavior and a crippling identity crisis. “The huge success of ‘Freak on a Leash‘ and ‘Got the Life‘ freaked us the f— out,” Davis told me in 2002. “We went through some wild adjusting periods. Nobody was getting along and we were all going crazy because of all this fame. Before then, we could go out in the crowd and talk to people. All of a sudden I needed a bodyguard everywhere I went. I couldn’t go anywhere because people would be rushing me and I never wanted that.”

Korn, “Freak on a Leash”

On the surface, life was peachy as hell for Korn. The album sold right out of the chute, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in its first weeks with sales of 268,000 copies, and the Family Values tour they launched to support it gave them their own platform to unite the nu-metal and alt-metal movement. The tour was a tremendous success, promoting the careers of Limp Bizkit, Orgy, Incubus and Rammstein, and helping Ice Cube solidify a metal fan base. But back then Korn didn’t know when to say when, and between the booze, drugs and rampant sex, the band members were suffering from sleep deprivation, over-inflated egos and addiction.

“There were lots of times we almost broke up,” bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu said. “We had too much of a good thing and that turned into a bad thing. We couldn’t stand being around each other and we did a lot of s–t just to get through the day.”

Korn’s issues didn’t just come from mainstream attention. That only magnified the problems. Even before the band entered the studio with producers Steve Thompson and Toby Wright, Korn were struggling to cope with their fame. Five years earlier, the band had been starving and virtually unknown. Suddenly they had everything they thought they ever wanted.

“There were girls in the studio all the time when they were supposedly working, and they had people involved with them who were giving them blow,” said Ross Robinson, who produced the first two Korn albums and worked with Davis on his vocals for Follow the Leader. “I wasn’t involved with the drug scene or the party scene with those guys. I was the straight edge dude and the one they trusted the most. But basically their vision got clouded. They hired people to party with. As soon as that whole scene turned completely into Motley Crue I was out of the picture.”

Korn, “Got the Life”

Korn started working on Follow the Leader in early 1998 and entered NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood that March. The band recorded the songs in about three debauched months and they invited Limp Bizkit vocalist Fred Durst to add vocals to “All in the Family,” and sealed their hip-hop cred by bringing in Ice Cube for “Children of the Korn” and The Pharcyde’s Tre Hardson for “Cameltosis.”

“We were listening to tons of rap, but we also liked bands like Pantera and Sepultura and as we evolved, I think we learned to mix those two styles better,” Davis said. “Plus, I grew up on new wave and I always wanted to make music that had lots of melody. We got that into the first two records, but Follow the Leader was where we were able to really emphasize the hooks and people loved that s—.”

Korn, “All in the Family”

While “Got the Life,” “Freak on a Leash” and “All In the Family” were instantly appealing to a mass audience, other songs were more experimental, incorporating elements of industrial and alt-rock and wrapping them around a core of surging rhythms and tortured, self-flagellating vocals. “Dead Bodies Everywhere” features low, wobbling bass and Dr. Dre-style keyboards between downtuned guitar clamor and desperate sounding vocals. After a brief midsection, the song shifts direction and follows a queasy, nightmarish melody line as Davis screams, “Dead bodies everywhere!” again and again. Even more disturbing is the minor-key music box melody that repeats throughout the song, while “Reclaim My Place” is a dense, clattery headbanger with an ominous, ambient bridge.

“We never wanted to sound like every other band,” Arvizu said. “Even though we liked all those bands that were part of the sound that we helped create, we’ve always wanted to be step ahead of everyone else who was doing this kind of music.”

To prove they weren’t all death and doom, Korn included a stoned conversation and a cover of Cheech & Chong’s “Earache My Eye” as the bonus track of Follow the Leader. Of course, they made sure the song featured galactic guitar sounds and a crushing groove and at the end the slowed it down until it sounded as heavy as Godflesh.

“That was done just for fun and we laughed our asses off making it,” Davis said. “Of course we were high as f—, but I think it’s really important to do s–t like that from time to time just to keep things in perspective. If you’re a musician and you’re serious all the time you’re f—ed.”

Loudwire contributor Jon Wiederhorn is the author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends, co-author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, as well as the co-author of Scott Ian’s autobiography, I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax, and Al Jourgensen’s autobiography, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen and the Agnostic Front book My Riot! Grit, Guts and Glory.

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Avicii and Martin Garrix produced track ‘Waiting For Love’ hits 1 billion streams on Spotify

Another iconic track has made its way into the prestigious billions stream club on Spotify, being ‘Waiting For Love‘ which Avicii produced with Martin Garrix. “I wish we could celebrate it together,” Garrix stated.

An iconic track in the beloved and extensive discography of Avicii, ‘Waiting For Love’ has today hit 1 billion streams on Spotify, and although the star couldn’t be here with us to celebrate, his fellow co-producer Martin Garrix has taken to socials to share the good news and pay a small tribute to Avicii himself.

Released in May of 2015, it served as the lead single from his second album ‘Stories‘, and the world got the first taste of the track when both Avicii and Martin Garrix premiered it in their sets during Ultra Miami of that same year. Thought to be an official collaboration between the pair, Garrix instead co-produced it without his name in the title of the track, also featuring uncredited vocals by Simon Aldred who also wrote the lyrics.

It’s no secret that the pair shared a close, heartfelt friendship and this track is a result of that. Upbeat, nostalgic and truly beautiful, ‘Waiting For Love’ is one of those timeless tracks that the magic of could never be replicated and is still as loved today, as is evident by its current stream count. About this massive milestone, Martin Garrix shared:

‘I miss you @avicii ! Waiting for love reached 1 billion streams today and I wish we could celebrate it together ❤️’

To celebrate this huge milestone, stream ‘Waiting For Love’ on Spotify below and re-watch the music video here.

Image credit: Martin Garrix (Twitter

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Nicki Minaj Appears to Have Suggested Drake Is a Billionaire | Complex

Nicki Minaj appears to have revealed that her friend and collaborator Drake is a billionaire.

In footage shared widely on social media in recent days, Nicki is heard narrating the visuals of a surely expensive tarmac scene, complete with advice to those listening to give a nearby pilot a wave. From there, Nicki—who was recently in the Toronto area for Drake’s Young Money reunion show, also featuring Lil Wayne—is heard shouting out an unnamed “Canadian friend” who’s not necessarily keen on announcing their billionaire status. 

“Look, this is what happens you’ve got a rich—I’m sorry—a very rich, a very rich, rich, rich, rich Canadian friend who is the only billionaire that I know that don’t want people to know that he a billionaire,” Nicki said, as seen in the video below, which was originally shared to her IG Stories. “I love this plane.”

Adding to the increasingly shared assumption that this “Canadian friend” is indeed Drake is the fact that Nicki later hit like on the following tweet:

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Complex has reached out to reps for Drake and Nicki about these billionaire-related comments. This story may be updated.

For a detailed breakdown of what went down during the Young Money reunion show, hit this link for a revisiting of some of the event’s top moments. Amid coverage of the event, Nicki also shared an IG update alongside Drake’s mother, Sandi Graham.

Friday, Nicki is set to unleash her new single “Super Freaky Girl.” The track will arrive mere days after it was announced that Nicki would (quite deservedly) be honored at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards with the Video Vanguard award, previously recipients of which have included Ye and Missy Elliott.

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