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Iron Maiden Announce 2017 North American Tour

Iron Maiden has announced a new, 25-date North American leg of their ongoing Book of Souls tour.

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Gene Simmons and His Band Booked for Five Comic Con Performances

Gene Simmons will temporarily set aside his Kiss duties for a series of solo appearances at five Comic Con events throughout the spring, summer and fall 2017.

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Gene Simmons Booked for Five Comic Con Performances

Gene Simmons will temporarily set aside his Kiss duties for a series of solo appearances at five Comic Con events throughout the spring, summer and fall 2017.

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Fifth Harmony makes quartet debut at People's Choice

Fifth Harmony has made its debut as a quartet at the People's Choice Awards in the group's first performance since Camila Cabello's departure last month.

The girl group performed their biggest hit, "Work From Home," on the Microsoft Theater stage in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Each member got their share of the spotlight with their name shown on the big screen above the stage while singing their solo verse.

DJ Khaled presented the foursome with their second straight favorite group award after their set.

Cabello left Fifth Harmony to pursue a solo career in December.

After short hiatus, Lady Antebellum is back with new music

The short hiatus country vocal trio Lady Antebellum announced in 2015 kept them apart for longer than they had been in a decade. Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley went in different directions on their solo albums, while Dave Haywood honed his skills as a producer.

So when they did reunite in the studio last year, they spent as much time together as possible.

"We lived together for two months pretty much, half of it in Florida and half of the other time we wrote and recorded in Los Angeles," Scott, 30, said.

"Dave cooked for us," Kelley, 35, said.

"And all kinds of craft cocktails," Haywood, 34, added.

"It was like adult summer camp," Kelley said.

On Thursday, the Grammy-winning vocal group released a new single, "You Look Good," from their forthcoming album "Heart Break," coming out June 9, which is their first new album since their 2014 album, "747." The single mixes a dazzling horn section with a swaggering bass riff that reflects the band's sun-filled days in the Hollywood Hills and white sand beaches of Florida.

"I think we wrote half the record, the majority of half the record, in three or four days when we were down in Florida," Kelley said.

"Nine songs in four days," Scott said.

The time apart, however brief, was just the reset the band needed after a decade of grinding through five studio albums and numerous arena tours. Following major success early on with their multi-platinum hit crossover song and album "Need You Now," the trio that formed in their 20s became accustomed to writing songs together on the road and quickly recording during breaks at home in Nashville.

"Writing while you're touring, which we've done a lot, after a while can become a little tiresome," Haywood said.

Kelley said writing that way felt disjointed.

"You're always having to write in little chunks," Kelley said. "So you'll start a song, then you'll do the next verse after a little while and then you've got to go somewhere and do a meet and greet."

But living together for weeks on end without the pressure of performing every weekend and away from the daily demands of Music City enabled them to explore more challenging musical material. It also helped to have a demanding producer in busbee, who has been producing pop and R&B-influenced country records with Maren Morris and Keith Urban.

"He just pushed us, vocally and lyrically," Kelley said. "I got really frustrated with him at times and that's what he loves. He cherished every time I would argue against him."

This year, they'll embark on their next world tour, which starts in May in Bakersfield, California, and will take them to Canada, Europe and South Africa. For the first time, all three singers will be bringing along their children for parts of the tour.

"It's so much fun watching them play with each other and sometimes share, sometimes not," said Haywood.

But the band says it's too early to tell if their kids have inherited their musical talents. Kelley's son Ward is almost 1, while Scott's daughter is 3.

"Eisele can sing," Kelley said of Scott's daughter. "She's got good pitch. I don't know about Ward. He'll be a roadie."

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Who won big at the 2017 People's Choice Awards? See the winners list

Big names from television, movies and music took the spotlight Wednesday at the 2017 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. 

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Check out the full list of winners below:

Movies

  • Favorite movie: "Finding Dory"
  • Favorite movie actor: Ryan Reynolds
  • Favorite movie actress: Jennifer Lawrence
  • Favorite action movie: "Deadpool"
  • Favorite action movie actor: Robert Downey Jr.
  • Favorite action movie actress: Margot Robbie
  • Favorite animated movie voice: Ellen DeGeneres, "Finding Dory"
  • Favorite comedic movie: "Bad Moms"
  • Favorite comedic movie actor: Kevin Hart
  • Favorite comedic movie actress: Melissa McCarthy
  • Favorite dramatic movie: "Me Before You"
  • Favorite dramatic movie actor: Tom Hanks
  • Favorite dramatic movie actress: Blake Lively
  • Favorite family movie: "Finding Dory"
  • Favorite thriller movie: "The Girl on the Train"
  • Favorite movie icon: Johnny Depp
  • Favorite year-end blockbuster: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

Television

  • Favorite TV show: "Outlander"
  • Favorite network TV comedy: "The Big Bang Theory"
  • Favorite comedic TV actor: Jim Parsons
  • Favorite comedic TV actress: Sofia Vergara
  • Favorite network TV drama: "Grey's Anatomy"
  • Favorite dramatic TV actor: Justin Chambers
  • Favorite dramatic TV actress: Priyanka Chopra
  • Favorite cable TV comedy: "Baby Daddy"
  • Favorite cable TV drama: "Bates Motel"
  • Favorite cable TV actor: Freddie Highmore
  • Favorite cable TV actress: Vera Farmiga
  • Favorite TV crime drama: "Criminal Minds"
  • Favorite TV crime drama actor: Mark Harmon
  • Favorite TV crime drama actress: Jennifer Lopez
  • Favorite premium drama series: "Orange Is the New Black"
  • Favorite premium comedy series: "Fuller House"
  • Favorite premium series actor: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
  • Favorite premium series actress: Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Favorite network sci-fi/fantasy TV show: "Supernatural"
  • Favorite cable sci-fi/fantasy TV show: "The Walking Dead"
  • Favorite premium sci-fi/fantasy series: "Outlander"
  • Favorite sci-fi/fantasy TV actor: Sam Heughan
  • Favorite sci-fi fantasy TV actress: Caitriona Balfe
  • Favorite competition TV show: "The Voice"
  • Favorite daytime TV host: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Favorite daytime TV hosting team: "Good Morning America"
  • Favorite late-night talk show host: Jimmy Fallon
  • Favorite animated TV show: "The Simpsons"
  • Favorite actor in a new TV series: Matt LeBlanc
  • Favorite actress in a new TV series: Kristen Bell
  • Favorite new TV comedy: "Man With a Plan"
  • Favorite new TV drama: "This Is Us"

Music

  • Favorite male artist: Justin Timberlake
  • Favorite female artist: Britney Spears
  • Favorite group: Fifth Harmony
  • Favorite breakout artist: Niall Horan
  • Favorite male country artist: Blake Shelton
  • Favorite female country artist: Carrie Underwood
  • Favorite country group: Little Big Town
  • Favorite pop artist: Britney Spears
  • Favorite hip-hop artist: G-Eazy
  • Favorite R&B artist: Rihanna
  • Favorite album: "If I'm Honest," Blake Shelton
  • Favorite song: "Can't Stop the Feeling," Justin Timberlake

Digital

  • Favorite social media celebrity: Britney Spears
  • Favorite social media star: Cameron Dallas
  • Favorite YouTube star: Lilly Singh
  • Favorite comedic collaboration: Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears' "Mall Mischief"
  • Favorite digital obsession: Mannequin Challenge

Ellen DeGeneres takes home 3 People's Choice Awards

Ellen DeGeneres set a record at the People's Choice Awards , becoming the winningest entertainer in the show's history.

DeGeneres picked up three trophies at Wednesday's ceremony for a career total of 20 People's Choice wins.

Other stars taking home crystal statuettes this year included Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp, Sofia Vergara, Kevin Hart, Melissa McCarthy and Justin Timberlake. Tyler Perry received the humanitarian award at the show, hosted by Joel McHale at the Microsoft Theatre and broadcast on CBS.

A selected list of winners follows:

Movie: "Finding Dory"

Movie actor: Ryan Reynolds

Movie actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Action movie: "Deadpool"

Action movie actor: Robert Downey, Jr.

Action movie actress: Margot Robbie

Animated movie voice: Ellen DeGeneres, "Finding Dory"

Comedic movie actor: Kevin Hart

Comedic movie actress: Melissa McCarthy

Dramatic movie actor: Tom Hanks

Dramatic movie actress: Blake Lively

Movie icon: Johnny Depp

TV show: "Outlander"

Network TV comedy: "The Big Bang Theory"

Comedic TV actor: Jim Parsons

Comedic TV actress: Sofia Vergara

Network TV drama: "Grey's Anatomy"

TV crime drama: "Criminal Minds"

TV crime drama actor: Mark Harmon

TV crime drama actress: Jennifer Lopez

Competition TV show: "The Voice"

Daytime TV host: Ellen DeGeneres

Late night talk show host: Jimmy Fallon

Male music artist: Justin Timberlake

Female music artist: Britney Spears

Group: Fifth Harmony

Male country artist: Blake Shelton

Female country artist: Carrie Underwood

Country group: Little Big Town

Hip-hop artist: G-Eazy

R&B artist: Rihanna

Song: "Can't Stop the Feeling," Justin Timberlake

Social media celebrity: Britney Spears

Humanitarian: Tyler Perry

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This story has been corrected to show the title of Justin Timberlake's song is "Can't Stop the Feeling," not "Can't Fight the Feeling."

Obama praised for bridging gap between hip-hop, politics

Not only is President Barack Obama the nation's first black president, but it's safe to say he has been America's first hip-hop commander-in-chief.

Obama embraced hip-hop more than any of his predecessors: He's referenced Jay Z's lyrics and Kanye West in speeches, released playlists on Spotify that included Nas, Chance the Rapper, Mos Def and Method Man, and was caught dancing to Drake's "Hot Line Bling" at a White House event.

And in a recent televised concert celebrating the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Obama was shown rapping along when Public Enemy's Chuck D performed "Fight the Power."

Ice Cube called Obama an anomaly.

"It will probably be a long time before we see another president do something like this," the Hall of Fame rapper said. "It was kind of a now-or-never thing."

Throughout his presidency, which ends when President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Friday, Obama paved a way for several rap stars to enter the White House for political discussion and musical performances.

Concerts have taken place at the White House since the 1800s when President John Adams was the first occupant. A few rappers, such as Run-DMC, visited the mansion to meet previous presidents over the years.

But the Obama administration gave them a prominent role. In 2011, Common performed poetry at an event at the White House, though Big Sean's 2014 performance is considered by some to be the first true rap performance at there, when he joined Ariana Grande for "Right There."

Since then, a barrage of rappers have taken the stage there, including Wale and Kendrick Lamar, whom Obama has praised often (he cited Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost from the rapper's black-empowerment album "To Pimp a Butterfly" as his favorite song of 2015).

In November, BET saluted the Obamas with a star-studded concert celebrating a mixture of gospel, R&B and rap music; the president and first lady Michelle Obama joyously danced as De La Soul rapped their classic "Me Myself and I." Earlier this month, several hip-hop artists including Wale, Chance the Rapper and J. Cole took part in another private farewell jam at the White House.

Obama held up flash cards as "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda performed a freestyle rap in Rose Garden area of the White House. Mrs. Obama even got into the rap act, performing a comedic one with former "Saturday Night Live" star Jay Pharoah to promote her college initiatives. (The president never tried to rap publicly himself, admitting once: "That's one thing I can't do is rap. I like rap but I cannot rap.")

"Hip-hop doesn't hurt anybody," said Nas, who has visited the White House. "It helps people. Some of the nicest people in the world are hip-hop artists. (Obama) respects it. He loves it. It's a part of his world. He is hip-hop. He's a hip-hop fan that makes him relatable. It makes him real."

Last year, Obama invited several rappers — including Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Ludacris — to the White House to discuss different ways to continue the My Brother's Keeper initiative and spur justice reform in the United States.

"It was a gathering of the minds," said Ludacris, who was once criticized by Obama for his politically-themed rap song called "Politics" in 2008. "That was extremely important for hip-hop, because he's giving us a voice. He's done a great job of supporting hip-hop and certain artists, continuing to say we should put out positive messages. I think he's done enough. We've made strides."

Now, several rappers are paying homage to Obama. Lamar said hip-hop owes Obama some gratitude for giving rap artists an opportunity to visit the White House. Chance the Rapper joined actor Kenan Thompson saluting Obama's presidency in holiday-themed tribute "Jingle Barack" on "Saturday Night Live" last month.

DJ Khaled said he was honored to visit the White House for the My Brother's Keeper Initiative along with his rap cohorts.

"Obama always represents hip-hop in so many ways," Khaled said. "His playlist is hip-hop. I've been to the White House. I'm hip-hop. It was a major key for me. He represents all cultures. That's what a president is supposed to do."

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