News A Palooza! 9/6/17

It looks like the "the biggest pop star in the world" who sings on the new Foo Fighters album is Justin Timberlake.

According to the new Rolling Stone cover story, Timberlake dropped by the studio where the Foos were recording, and then he and Grohl were hanging out regularly. Grohl says, "We'd drink whiskey in the parking lot. He was really, really cool. Then the night before his last day, he says, 'Can I sing on your record? I don't want to push it, but -- I just want to be able to tell my friends.' " So Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin had him add some "la la la's" to one song. Grohl jokes, "He nailed it. I'm telling you -- the guy's going somewhere."

You'll be able to hear the results when Concrete and Gold comes out on September 15th.

U2 have confirmed that the new album, Songs of Experience, will be released on December 1st -- World AIDS Day.

Bono tells the New York Times, they let the "wickedness in the world...perforate the album," but adds that it "still had to be a very personal album, not a polemic. The elections were a shock to the system personally and a shock to the system politically, not just in America but in Europe. This is my lyrical response to both of those shocks. I leaned more on the personal than the political, but the political is there to put the personal songs in the context of time, of history.”

And The Edge adds, "We still really believe that we can make a great record, which is a very different motivation to go in to make an album than thinking, ‘Well, we’ve got to whip one out for the fans.’”

Bono says there's an important but subtle difference between this album and its predecessor, 2014's Songs of Innocence. "The core of Innocence to me is a lyric from our second album, which says, ‘I can’t change the world, but I can change the world in me.’ The core of Experience is -- and this is cheeky! -- ‘I can change the world, but I can’t change the world in me.’ And so you realize that the biggest obstacle in the way is yourself.”

U2 are back on the road with their 30th anniversary Joshua Tree tour, which hits Minneapolis Friday night.

U2 have released a lyric video for their new single from Songs of Experience, "You're the Best Thing About Me."

The song is also available at all digital retailers now. The single's artwork is a photo of The Edge’s daughter Sian Evans taken by the band's longtime visual partner, Anton Corbijn. U2 will give the song its live debut Thursday night on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

The band was expected to announce a release date for Songs of Experiencetoday, but said it would be "announced soon." It's reportedly due out on December 1st.

 

Show Biz Buzzz...

The celebrity dancers for the upcoming 25th season of Dancing With the Stars have been announced.

The cast was announced earlier today on Good Morning America. Some celebs had already been revealed, including Frankie Muniz, Barbara Corcoran, Nick and Vanessa Lachey, pro wrestler Nikki Bella and former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher. Joining them will be '80s pop star Debbie Gibson, Property Brothers star Drew Scott, Disney star Jordan Fisher, Pretty Little Liars star Sasha Pieterse, former NFL great Terrell Owens and Paralympic swimmer Victoria Arlen

The new season premieres on Monday, September 18th on ABC. 

Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show are helping Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by making a $1 million donation. 

Fallon opened his show last night talking about the many volunteers who have been helping areas of Texas recover from the devastating storm and thanked Houston Texans star J.J. Watt who helped raise $18 million to provide food and supplies. He then announced, "I’m proud to say that our show, The Tonight Show, is donating $1 million dollars to J.J.’s fund. Thank you, J.J." 

Other celebrities have also pledged $1 million including Leo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Rachel Rayand President Donald Trump. (People)

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