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Cranberries announce final album on anniversary of Dolores O'Riordan's death

On the one-year anniversary of the death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, the surviving members of the band announced their final album, Rolling Stone reported.

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“In the End” is the band’s eighth album and is a collection of songs O’Riordan worked on before her death in a London hotel room on Jan. 15, 2018. She was 46. O’Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, according to an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court, the Limerick Leader reported.

>> Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46

The group shared the new album’s first single, “All Over Now.”

In a Facebook post, band members Mike Hogan, Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler said the album was being released “in honor of our dear friend and bandmate, Dolores.”

“I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores’ passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band,” said O’Riordan’s mother, Eileen O’Riordan, in a statement to Rolling Stone.

O’Riordan and the Cranberries rose to fame with their 1993 album, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” which sold more than 40 million records. 

Riordan and band mate Noel Hogan began working on the songs that would ultimately appear on band’s final album while touring in May 2017, the magazine reported.

“In the End” can be preordered and will be released April 26 via BMG, according to Rolling Stone.

Heavy metal brew: Metallica introduces Enter Night beer

Metallica is debuting its own brand of beer, and it’s not surprising the brew will be packaged in metal cans.

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The heavy metal band announced Enter Night, a collaboration with Stone Brewing Co. of Escondido, California. On its website, Stone Brewing describes the beer as “the cataclysmic collision of two uncompromising supernatural forces.”

The beer, also described as “a hoppy pilsner played through a distortion pedal,” appeared during the band’s tour dates last fall and will be distributed across the United States during the first quarter of 2019, Rolling Stone reported.

The beer also will debut in China, Europe and Australia, the magazine reported.

Metallica worked directly with the brewers at Arrogant Consortia, an imprint of Stone Brewing, to create Enter Night.

It’s not the first time Metallica has ventured into the adult beverage market. In 2018 the band released a whiskey called Blackened.

Fans of Metallica can now sample either drink, as the day exits light and enters night.

Tribute concert in April will celebrate Loretta Lynn's 87th birthday

Country music legend Loretta Lynn turns 87 on April 14, and Nashville will be throwing a giant party for the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer.

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Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood and Darius Rucker will be among the stars performing April 1 in a concert at Bridgestone Arena, WSMV reported Monday. 

The concert will be called “Loretta Lynn: An All-Star Birthday Celebration,” The Tennessean reported.

"This is the first time I've ever had a birthday party! My birthday wish has come true. The only other wish I have is that Keith Urban jumps out of my birthday cake!" Lynn said a news release, WSMV reported.

Lynn, who suffered a stroke in May 2017 and a broken hip in January 2018, said during a news conference that she “felt great,” Rolling Stone reported. It is not clear whether Lynn will perform during the concert, the magazine reported. Her last public performance came in October 2017 at the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, Rolling Stone reported.

Her last album, “Wouldn’t It Be Great,” was released in September 2018.

April’s show will benefit the Opry Trust Fund and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Rolling Stone reported. 

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CST Friday at Ticketmaster.com and BridgestoneArena.com. Prices range from $29.50 to 149.50, along with applicable fees, WSMV reported.

R. Kelly-hosted music festival denied permit in Illinois

Illinois officials have reportedly rejected a grant for a concert hosted by R. Kelly in the wake of new sexual assault allegations against the singer. 

>> On AJC.com: R. Kelly responds to docuseries through lawyer, denies allegations of sexual abuse

The organizers of the Spring Break Jam, which is supposed to take place in April in Springfield, listed Kelly as its “host” on its permit application. However, the application was denied Thursday due to security concerns following protests outside Kelly’s Chicago studio this week, the Chicago Tribune reported.

>> On AJC.com: 4 things to know about R. Kelly’s children

Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert told the publication that the cancellation was not in response to Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly,” a three-night, six-part docuseries that delved into the artist’s history of alleged physical and emotional abuse of women. It aired last week.

Instead, she said it was in response to a protest held outside of Kelly’s studio Wednesday, which was organized by #MuteRKelly, an organization that seeks to stop his songs from being played and cancel his concerts.

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Albert said Kelly’s event did not meet three of the 13 criteria set by IDOA’s Administrative Code, including one that reads, “Reasonably foreseeable problems with security caused by either the nature of the usage or the identity of the proposed lessee or his/her patrons.”

Albert also explained the event could be reconsidered and approved in the future but not with Kelly on the bill. 

>> On AJC.com: Report: R. Kelly being investigated by Fulton DA after docuseries abuse allegations

Kelly has denied all claims of sexual abuse.

Lady Gaga apologizes for song with R. Kelly, says she'll never work with him again

Lady Gaga apologized early Thursday for a previous collaboration with singer R. Kelly, just days after the Lifetime docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" shed new light on sexual abuse allegations against the R&B star.

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"I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously," Gaga tweeted of the women's claims, which Kelly has denied. "What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible."

Related: Report: R. Kelly under investigation for abuse documented by ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

The "A Star Is Born" actress promised to pull her 2013 song "Do What U Want (With My Body)," a duet with Kelly, from streaming services and Apple's iTunes store. She added that she "will not be working with him again."

"As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life," she wrote. "My intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn't processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life."

Related: 'Let these girls go': Alleged victim's family begs R. Kelly to stop reported abuse against women

Gaga, 32, said she used "poor judgment" when she recorded the song and apologized for not speaking out against Kelly sooner.

"I can't go back, but I can go forward and continue to support women, men and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault," she said.

>> Read the full statement here

Rapper Cupcakke's posts about suicide spark concern from friends, fans

Alarming messages sent from Chicago rapper Cupcakke's social media accounts Monday night have sparked a flurry of tweets from worried musicians, friends and fans.

>> Pete Davidson posts despondent message on Instagram, deletes account

"Im (sic) about to commit suicide," read one tweet posted by the "Quiz" rapper's verified Twitter account just before 8 p.m. EST. 

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Less than an hour later, the 21-year-old's Instagram account shared a screenshot of the tweet with the caption, "Thank you for everything y'all have done for me. I really appreciate it."

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According to one friend, comedian Elijah Daniel, Chicago police conducted a wellness check on Cupcakke, whose legal name is Elizabeth Harris.

"Police not able to give me anymore details other than Elizabeth is OKAY and at the hospital," he tweeted about 2 a.m. EST Tuesday.

>> See his tweets here

Meanwhile, Cupcakke's despondent posts received thousands of replies expressing support for the rapper.

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"Sending love to @CupcakKe_rapper," fellow rapper Iggy Azalea tweeted. "I understand how hopeless and overwhelmed with negativity we can sometimes feel. I hope you'll take some time with those that really know YOU best; then when you're ready come back stronger than ever!"

>> See the tweet here

"You are such a beautiful and wonderful person and we simply cannot lose you," British singer Charli XCX wrote.

>> See the post here

"Keep living," comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted. "You got the stuff & we got your back."

>> See her tweet here

As of 5 a.m. EST Tuesday, neither Cupcakke nor her management company had publicly released a statement about the incident.

Who is R. Kelly? 7 things to know in wake of 'Surviving R. Kelly' docuseries

Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly has threatened to “sue everybody” involved in the multipart documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired over the weekend on Lifetime.

>> On AJC.com: Lifetime digs into R. Kelly’s sexual predatory behavior in six-part documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

According to TMZ, Kelly did not watch the show, but is “disgusted” and plans to file lawsuits against anyone who took part in executive producer dream hampton’s creation, including Lifetime and the alleged survivors of his abuse.

The six-hour, three-part special detailed accounts of Kelly’s history of alleged physical and emotional abuse of women, including a recent “abusive cult” in which the singer is accused of holding women against their will.

>> On AJC.com: Conclusion of Lifetime R. Kelly docuseries makes singer a trending topic on Twitter again

The claims, reported in July 2017 by Jim DeRogatis of BuzzFeed, come from sources living in one of the two homes in which Kelly is reportedly running the cult, including from one in metro Atlanta.

>> On AJC.com: R. Kelly accused of abusing women, running 'cult' in metro Atlanta 

Here are seven things to know about R. Kelly: 

1. He was born in Chicago.

Robert Sylvester Kelly was born in Hyde Park, Chicago, in Illinois and grew up with three siblings and a single mother.

>> On AJC.com: John Legend, Meek Mill, Chance the Rapper, more denounce R. Kelly after docuseries

2. He is a three-time Grammy winner.

In 1998, Kelly won best R&B song, best male R&B vocal performance and best song written for a motion picture for his hit, “I Believe I Can Fly.”

>> On AJC.com: ‘I’m just disgusted’: Twitter weighs in on night 1 of Lifetime’s R. Kelly docuseries

3. Kelly wrote about being sexually abused as a child by an older woman in his autobiography.

In his 2012 memoir “Soulacoaster,” Kelly wrote about being sexually abused as a child by an older woman, who he referred to as a relative.

In an interview with GQ, Kelly said the abuse went on from around age 7 or 8 to 14 or 15 and occurred every other day or week.

4. He has been accused of sexual misconduct several times.

DeRogatis, the same reporter behind 2017’s BuzzFeed story, penned the first sexual abuse allegations against Kelly in a 2000 Chicago Sun-Times story, which focused on a woman named Tiffany Hawkins, who claimed the two had sex when she was 15-18 years old between 1991 to 1994.

In 2013, DeRogatis, who received anonymously sourced sex tapes of Kelly and underage girls, said he had interviewed nearly two dozen women who claimed Kelly sexually abused them, according to Village Voice.

In 2008, after he was arrested and indicted on child pornography charges, Kelly was found not guilty on all 14 counts.

>> On AJC.com: National Sexual Assault Hotline reports increase in calls after R. Kelly doc

5. He married a 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994, faking her age in a falsified marriage certificate.

The late singer Aaliyah Haughton, who died tragically in a plane crash at age 22, met R. Kelly when she was 12 years old.

In 1994, after the two formed a close partnership, Kelly, 27, secretly married 15-year-old Aaliyah using a falsified marriage certificate in which she lied about being 18 years old.

Eventually, Aaliyah’s family found out about the controversial marriage and the two ended the union with an annulment. 

Kelly and Aaliyah also began recording the album “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” in 1993.

6. An April 2017 lawsuit claimed that Kelly had an affair with a deputy’s wife.

In April 2017, Kelly was accused of being involved with the wife of Kenny Bryant, a deputy in the Mississippi Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.

Asia Childress, Bryant’s wife, lied about ending the relationship with Kelly when she and Bryant married.

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Eventually, Childress convinced Bryant to move to Georgia for his career, but “the ulterior motive ... was to foster her relationship with R. Kelly,” the lawsuit read.

Bryant said he went through “grievous mental and emotional distress” and “financial ruin.”

More about the lawsuit.

7. Kelly reportedly has a home in Atlanta.

In a 2015 interview with AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri, Kelly said: “I’ve always loved Atlanta, I’ve always called it Chicago’s cousin. When I come to Atlanta it reminds me of my hometown. I’ve got a lot of friends here, so it always felt like home. I used to say all the time when I get a chance I’m gonna get a three-flat and come to Atlanta and I finally got my chance and I’m here and I’m just trying to plant a few seeds here musically.”

>> On AJC.com: A chat with R. Kelly about moving to Atlanta, the future of R&B and his new album, ‘Buffet’

According to the 2017 BuzzFeed story, one of the homes in which Kelly is accused of running a cult in is located in Georgia's Johns Creek neighborhood in north Fulton County.

Singer Neil Young posts heartfelt tribute to late ex-wife

Singer Neil Young posted a moving tribute to his ex-wife, who died last week of cancer at age 66.

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On his Neil Young Archives website Saturday night, Young spoke of Pegi Young, who died Jan. 1. They were his first public comments since his wife of 36 years, Margaret Mary Morton -- known as Pegi -- died.

Young, 73, posted the lyrics to the song, “Such a Woman,” adding his thanks to Pegi “For being such a wonderful mother to our children. You live inside of them and the many you have touched.”

The couple met in 1974 when Pegi was a working as a waitress and was living with her dog in a tepee, The New York Times reported. They were married four years later, 

In his 1992 song, “Unknown Legend,” Young wrote about that first meeting:

“She used to work in a diner / Never saw a woman look finer / I used to order just to watch her float across the floor.” 

She and Young had two children together, Ben and Amber. They were divorced in 2014; Neil Young married actress Daryl Hannah in 2018, The New York Times reported.

In his 2013 book, “Waging Heavy Peace,” Young wrote that his ex-wife “Was always organized and methodical in her approach to problems” and that performing songs with her was a thrill.

“Even with all the great singers I have sung with, there is nothing like singing with Pegi,” Young wrote.

Pegi Young sang backup on several of her husband’s songs, and in 2007 released the first of her five albums, the Times reported. Her final album, “Raw,” was released in 2017.

Golden Globes 2019: Lady Gaga wins best original song, channels Judy Garland on red carpet

Lady Gaga didn't just win the award for best original song at Sunday night's Golden Globes; she appears to have won the red carpet, as well.

>> PHOTOS: 2019 Golden Globes red carpet

The actress and singer, who scored a best actress nomination for her role in the remake of "A Star Is Born," turned heads in a blue Valentino gown that mirrored one of Judy Garland's looks from the 1954 movie.

>> See the gowns here

But Gaga told "Entertainment Tonight" that the nod to Garland was accidental.

>> Golden Globes 2019: Sandra Oh makes history 3 times over

"It looks an awful lot like that, doesn't it?" she said while comparing the two dresses. "She looks beautiful. This is Valentino Couture custom creation for me. That's special, except I'm missing the gloves. Thank you for showing me that. It made my night."

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Later that evening, Gaga's ballad "Shallow," which she wrote with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, won the Golden Globe for best original song. But she lost out to "The Wife" star Glenn Close in the best actress category, much to fans' dismay.

>> 2019 Golden Globes honor best in movies, TV: Winners list

>> Christian Bale thanks Satan in Golden Globes acceptance speech

Gaga, however, took to Twitter to praise Close, calling her a "true legend" who "deserves every award."

>> See her tweet here

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'Surviving R. Kelly' finale prompts emotional reactions on Twitter

On Saturday night, Lifetime aired the last installments of “Surviving R. Kelly,” which made the singer a trending topic on Twitter yet again. 

>> On AJC.com: Here's what Twitter thought of night 2 of Lifetime's R. Kelly documentary

The conclusion of the three-night, six-part event delved into the singer’s history of alleged physical and emotional abuse of women. The final episodes focused on R. Kelly’s alleged sex cult at his homes in two cities, including one in metro Atlanta.

R. Kelly’s accusers, including an anonymous former employee; Michelle Kramer; Tim and JonJelyn Savage; Alice Clary and Angelo Clary; and his ex-girlfriends Kitti Jones and Asante McGee all detailed alleged abuse. 

The Savages, the Clarys and Kramer each said their daughters had been “brainwashed” and were living with R. Kelly. They said they hadn’t been in contact with their children for years. 

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“There’s three drugs out there: crack, heroin and R. Kelly,” Kramer said.

During a trip to Los Angeles to film “Surviving R. Kelly,” Kramer found her daughter, Dominique Gardner, at a hotel. Although the hotel manager was initially cooperative by walking Kramer to her daughter’s hotel room, where the two reunited after being apart for a year, he later told Kramer she had to vacate the premises immediately. He said someone allegedly called the police on her for trespassing. However, Kramer secretly returned, and moments later, Gardner tearfully and willingly left the building with her mother with just a backpack. 

“That was the hardest decision I ever had to make,” Gardner told her mother through tears.

>> On AJC.com: ‘I’m just disgusted’: Twitter weighs in on night 1 of Lifetime’s R. Kelly docuseries

As viewers watched the special, produced by Dream Hampton, they took to Twitter to post their thoughts. Several called R. Kelly a “predator” and a “monster.”

Many were concerned about the women who are allegedly still living with R. Kelly against their will. Both the Clarys, whose daughter is Azriel Clary, and the Savages, whose daughter is Joycelyn Savage, said they haven’t seen their children in three years despite their efforts. 

>> On AJC.com: R. Kelly reportedly threatens to sue Lifetime over documentary ahead of premiere

Others commended the filmmakers for including a host of journalists, who spoke about R. Kelly’s legacy, as well as clinical psychologists, who explained the damaging effects of mental and physical abuse.

Folks also urged radio stations to no longer play the artist’s music as a part of the #MuteRKelly social media campaign, which seeks to stop his songs from being played and cancel his concerts.

And a few said they would still listen to R. Kelly’s music, because they believe he is innocent and talented. 

>> On AJC.com: Lifetime digs into R. Kelly allegations in six-part documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

Despite the accusations, R. Kelly is not facing any criminal charges and is not known to be under investigation. He has also denied all claims of sexual abuse.

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