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Kenny Shields, Lead Singer of Streetheart, Dies

Kenny Shields of Streetheart died on Friday after being hospitalized earlier in the month for a heart problem.

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Why Donald Trump's Newest White House Hire Has Everybody Googling Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

The appointment of Anthony Scaramucci has resulted in a flood of "scaramouch" searches and "Bohemian Rhapsody"-based wordplay. Continue reading…

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Top Songs

1. Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber), Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

2. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back, Shawn Mendes

3. Attention, Charlie Puth

4. Slow Hands, Niall Horan

5. Body Like a Back Road, Sam Hunt

6. Sorry Not Sorry, Demi Lovato

7. Unforgettable (feat. Swae Lee), French Montana

8. Believer, Imagine Dragons

9. Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller), DJ Khaled

10. I'm the One (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne), DJ Khaled

Top Albums

1. 4:44, JAY Z

2. Kaleidoscope EP, Coldplay

3. Jungle Rules, French Montana

4. Evolve, Imagine Dragons

5. One More Light, LINKIN PARK

6. ÷ , Ed Sheeran

7. Hybrid Theory, LINKIN PARK

8. Moana, Various Artists

9. THE WAR - The 4th Album, EXO

10. From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton

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Keith Richards Says 'It Wouldn't Take a Twist of the Arm' for the Rolling Stones to Make Another Blues Album

Keith Richards says the Rolling Stones are about to head back into the studio to start recording their long-promised new album.

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Linkin Park cancels tour after Chester Bennington's death

The band Linkin Park canceled its North American tour Friday after its lead singer, Chester Bennington, was found dead by hanging the day before.

"We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been canceled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected," tour promoter Live Nation said in a statement.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed Friday that Bennington died by hanging. Coroner's office spokesman Ed Winter says the 41-year-old rocker hanged himself from a bedroom door in his home near Los Angeles. Bennington was found dead Thursday.

Winter says a half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, but no drugs were evident. Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life.

A suicide note was not found.

An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.

Bennington was one of two lead vocalists for Linkin Park, which became one of the most commercially successful acts of the 2000s. They won countless awards, including Grammys, and their hits include "In the End," ''What I've Done" and "Numb."

'Jersey Boys' nostalgia fades, but the 'Hit Men' play on

Five years ago, some musicians who had played with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons during his comeback in the 1970s rounded up some of their friends, slicked back what hair they had left and set out on a tour to capitalize on the success of Broadway's "Jersey Boys."

"It was kind of, 'Let's see if this works. If not, we'll have fun; it'll be great, and we'll try it a couple of times,'" keyboardist Lee Shapiro said this week as the group prepared to play a show at the New Jersey shore.

Today, the Hit Men are showing no signs of slowing down. They have played hundreds of shows across the country — including at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort — and have gigs booked through next May.

Along the way, they've overcome the deaths of two group members and the fading of the "Jersey Boys" phenomenon to carve out a niche in the lucrative pop music nostalgia universe. "Jersey Boys" is a jukebox musical chronicling Valli's career.

The calling card of the Hit Men is their decades of experience and musicianship honed while touring and recording with a who's who of rock's golden era. It's a list that includes Elton John, Carly Simon, Todd Rundgren, Journey, Cheap Trick, Rod Stewart, the Ramones, Lou Reed, Jim Croce and Chicago.

"It's a type of music that's very popular with our audiences," said David Filner, vice president for musical operations at Artis_Naples, in Naples, Florida, which has booked the Hit Men several times. "They put on a great show, and they have a very interesting story because they've been involved in so many super groups."

Songs from some of those collaborations form the backbone of the shows, each accompanied with a backstory. Guitarist Jimmy Ryan, for example, recounts how his interest in a female co-worker at a Greenwich Village record store was thwarted because she was dating his boss. But the two kept in touch and when the co-worker, Simon, needed a guitar player for her first album, she reached out, beginning a musical partnership that lasted more than 20 years.

Shapiro is the group's last direct link to Valli. Drummer Gerry Polci, famous for his vocals on the Four Seasons hit "December 1963 (Oh What A Night), left the group last year. Don Ciccone, also one of the Four Seasons in the '70s, helped form the Hit Men and performed with them until his death last year at age 70.

The group also lost Larry Gates, a friend of Shapiro's since childhood and a longtime session bassist who backed Carole King and numerous others, to multiple myeloma last December. His replacement, Jeff Ganz, has a lengthy musical resume that includes playing with the late, legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter and disco icons The Village People.

Drummer Steve Murphy and singer-keyboardist Russell Velasquez knew each other from extensive vocal session work in New York doing commercial jingles and other projects. Velasquez, the band's chief onstage prankster and audience-engager, is also an Emmy-nominated composer and arranger for his work on Sesame Street. Murphy has played behind dozens of major pop and rock acts and, like Velasquez, is a powerhouse vocalist as well.

"One of the reasons the singing is so good is that none of us ever stopped, and that's a really crucial factor," said Ryan, 70. "If you retire for 30 years and try to start singing again, it's a muscle just like your bicep and it's going to be really hard to get going again, to have that range. Our voices have remained kind of young — we don't sound like we look."

Valli still tours with his own group. As "Jersey Boys" wound down — it ended an 11-year Broadway run in January — the Hit Men gradually tweaked their set list to reflect the band members' varied associations, though they still perform two Four Seasons medleys and a few individual songs.

Their next project is to release a new song, "You Can't Fight Love," penned by Ryan.

How long can this go on?

"Until it can't," Murphy said.

"If we win the lottery, we'll just do this more conveniently," Shapiro said. "But we'll still do it."

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David Gilmour's 'Live at Pompeii' Getting CD and Blu-ray Release

David Gilmour's historic return to Pompeii for a pair of live dates in 2016 will make its way to home audiences later this year.

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Guns N' Roses Add More Dates to Not in This Lifetime Tour

The band has added 11 new dates to the tour that began in 2016.

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Guns N' Roses A&R Man Tom Zutaut Looks Back on the Making of 'Appetite for Destruction'

Before they became one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, Guns N' Roses were just another struggling act.

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A look at Linkin Park's top-selling albums and songs

Since releasing their debut album in 2000, Linkin Park has been one of the top-selling acts in music, selling nearly 26 million albums and over 31 million tracks, according to Nielsen Music.

The band, who have won countless Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and other accolades, have reached 1.25 billion audio streams and nearly 6 million radio plays.

Linkin Park's lead singer, Chester Bennington, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 41.

Here's a look at the rock-rap band's top-selling albums and songs.

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Top Albums:

1. "Hybrid Theory" (2000): 10,481,000 sales

2. "Meteora" (2003): 6,234,000 sales

3. "Minutes to Midnight" (2007): 3,343,000 sales

4. "Reanimation" (2002): 1,878,000 sales

5. "Live in Texas" (2003): 1,014,000 sales

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Top Songs:

1. "In the End" (2000): 2,935,000 sales; 110,970,000 audio on-demand streams; 1,014,000 radio plays

2. "What I've Done" (2007): 3,824,000 sales; 53,768,000 audio on-demand streams; 428,000 radio plays

3. "Numb" (2003): 2,379,000 sales; 92,523,000 audio on-demand streams; 638,000 radio plays

4. "New Divide" (2009): 2,746,000 sales; 29,329,000 audio on-demand streams; 236,000 radio plays

5. "Bleed it Out" (2007): 2,080,000 sales; 52,314,000 audio on-demand streams; 194,000 radio plays

6. "Shadow of the Day" (2007): 2,031,000 sales; 18,398,000 audio on-demand streams; 306,000 radio plays

7. "Burn it Down" (2012): 1,476,000 sales; 58,669,000 audio on-demand streams; 245,000 radio plays

August 2017 New Music Releases

The month is highlighted by reissues of two of the biggest albums of the '80s, and the return of two familiar names.

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Bennington's death mirrors that of close friend Cornell

The death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington came as a surprise to the world when it was announced, but it also struck similarities to the death of fellow rocker and close friend Chris Cornell, who killed himself in May.

Authorities are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide, Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Brian Elias said Thursday. Bennington, who was 41, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles. He had a strong bond with Cornell and died on what would have been the Soundgarden singer's 53rd birthday.

Bennington was also the godfather to Cornell's 11-year-old son, Chris. And Bennington sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at Cornell's memorial.

The Cornells called Bennington a member of their family in a statement released Thursday.

"The Cornell family is overwhelmed by the heartbreaking news about Chester Bennington which tragically comes so soon after their family's own loss," said a Cornell family spokesperson. "They open up their loving arms to Chester's family and share in the sorrow with all those who loved him."

Cornell died by hanging after a concert in Detroit. Linkin Park was set to go on tour next week.

Bennington helped Linkin Park, whose sound mixed rap and rock, become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s. The Grammy-winning group sold more than 10 million copies of their 2000 debut, "Hybrid Theory," which featured the megahit and anthem, "In the End." They sold another 6 million with 2003's multiplatinum "Meteora." Both albums explored feelings of frustration and fury.

The success helped Linkin Park become Billboard's No. 1 act of the decade for rock songs and alternative songs.

Band co-founder and producer Mike Shinoda said on Twitter he was "shocked and saddened."

"Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends," Warner Bros. Records CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement.

Bennington's voice could soar with piercing strength or descend to a whisper. Rolling Stone once called it a "shrapnel-laced howl that sounds like it comes from someone twice his size."

The band also sold millions with its remix album, "Reanimation," and its mash-up record with Jay-Z, "Collision Course." They won Grammys for best hard rock performance in 2001 for "Crawling" and best rap/sung collaboration for "Numb/Encore" in 2005. Linkin Park was next scheduled to perform next week in Massachusetts and New York.

Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He said he had been sexually abused as a child and was homeless for months before the band found fame.

Linkin Park released their most recent album, "One More Light," in May. It was an album that divided critics and fans alike for its embrace of moody pop. One song on the album, "Heavy," opens with the words: "I don't like my mind right now."

Although the band had always experimented with different sounds, some claimed Linkin Park had sold out, which Bennington denied. "One More Light" became the band's fifth No. 1 album debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

"If you like the music, fantastic. If you don't like it, that's your opinion too. Fantastic. If you're saying we're doing what we're doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula. then stab yourself in the face!" Bennington told NME magazine.

When he got his big break in 1999, Bennington was an assistant at a digital-services firm in Phoenix. A music executive sent him a demo from the band Xero, which needed a lead singer. (He had been recommended by his attorney.) Bennington wrote and recorded new vocals over the band's playing and sent the results back. He soon got the gig and the band then changed its named to Hybrid Theory, then Linkin Park.

Bennington told The Associated Press in 2010 that because of the sound the band is known for — fusing sounds from nu-metal, punk, rock, pop and hip-hop — it was virtually impossible to satisfy their many kinds of fans.

"We're making music for us, that we like. We're not making music for other people," he said. "We're not thinking, 'Let's make a pie-graph of all our fans and find out how many people fit in whatever category and then make the perfect album for them.' Like, that would be absolutely ridiculous."

Bennington was married to his second wife, Talinda, and is survived by six children.

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AP Entertainment Writers Mark Kennedy in New York and Anthony McCartney contributed to this report.

Foreigner Reunites with Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald for the First Time Since 1980

Four of the five surviving original members of Foreigner performed together for the first time since 1980 at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, N.Y., tonight.

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Foreigner Reunite With Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald for the First Time Since 1980

Four of the five surviving original members of Foreigner performed together for the first time since 1980 at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, N.Y., tonight.

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Chester Bennington's Death Prompts Stunned Reactions From the Rock Community

Chester Bennington's death has spurred his fellow rockers to take to Twitter and other social-media platforms to express their shock and grief.

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Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS

1. U2; $7,276,551; $118.55.

2. Guns N' Roses; $6,173,463; $101.04.

3. Metallica; $5,534,886; $101.67.

4. Celine Dion; $3,534,669; $145.47.

5. Justin Bieber; $3,193,681; $109.34.

6. Depeche Mode; $2,963,771; $75.79.

7. Dead & Company; $2,082,160; $75.27.

8. Roger Waters; $1,754,392; $124.12.

9. Ed Sheeran; $1,678,688; $79.93.

10. Bruno Mars; $1,506,526; $77.56.

11. Bon Jovi; $1,424,139; $83.48.

12. The Weeknd; $1,286,824; $80.78.

13. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,282,471; $86.61.

14. Neil Diamond; $1,189,498; $93.59.

15. Elton John; $1,179,721; $100.14.

16. Red Hot Chili Peppers; $1,116,653; $85.54.

17. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,115,199; $86.20.

18. Tool; $1,100,072; $78.32.

19. John Mayer; $1,058,462; $73.86.

20. Iron Maiden; $940,995; $70.27.

For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies in LA at 41

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said. He was 41.

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias said authorities are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide at Palos Verdes Estates, but no additional details are available.

Band co-founder and producer Mike Shinoda said on Twitter he was "shocked and saddened."

"Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends," Warner Bros. Records CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement.

The Grammy Award-winning group sold more than 10 million copies of their 2000 debut, "Hybrid Theory," which featured the megahit and anthem, "In the End." They sold another 6 million with 2003's multiplatinum "Meteora." Both albums explored feelings of frustration and fury.

The success helped Linkin Park become Billboard's No. 1 act of the decade for rock songs and alternative songs.

Bennington's voice could soar with piercing strength or descend to a whisper. Rolling Stone once called it a "shrapnel-laced howl that sounds like it comes from someone twice his size."

The band also sold millions with its remix album, "Reanimation," and its mash-up record with Jay-Z, "Collision Course." They won Grammys for best hard rock performance in 2001 for "Crawling" and best rap/sung collaboration for "Numb/Encore" in 2005. Linkin Park was scheduled to begin its tour next week.

Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He said he had been sexually abused as a child and was homeless for months before the band found fame.

Linkin Park released their most recent album, "One More Light," in May. It was a CD that divided critics and fans alike for its embrace of moody pop. One song on the album, "Heavy," opens with the words: "I don't like my mind right now."

Although the band had always experimented with different sounds, some claimed Linkin Park had sold out, which Bennington denied. "One More Light" became the band's fifth No. 1 album debut on the Billboard 200.

"If you like the music, fantastic. If you don't like it, that's your opinion too. Fantastic. If you're saying we're doing what we're doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula. then stab yourself in the face!" Bennington told NME magazine.

Bennington was close friends with Chris Cornell, who died by hanging earlier this year, and performed Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at the Soundgarden singer's memorial in late May. He was the godfather of Cornell's 11-year-old son, Chris. Cornell's 53rd birthday would have been Thursday.

"The Cornell family is overwhelmed by the heartbreaking news about Chester Bennington which tragically comes so soon after their family's own loss," said a Cornell family spokesperson. "They open up their loving arms to Chester's family and share in the sorrow with all those who loved him."

When he got his big break in 1999, Bennington was an assistant at a digital-services firm in Phoenix. A music executive sent him a demo from the band Xero, which needed a lead singer. (He had been recommended by his attorney.) Bennington wrote and recorded new vocals over the band's playing and sent the results back. He soon got the gig and the band then changed its named to Hybrid Theory, then Linkin Park.

Bennington told The Associated Press in 2010 that because of the sound the band is known for — fusing sounds from nu-metal, punk, rock, pop and hip-hop — it was virtually impossible to satisfy their many kinds of fans.

"We're making music for us, that we like. We're not making music for other people," he said. "We're not thinking, 'Let's make a pie-graph of all our fans and find out how many people fit in whatever category and then make the perfect album for them.' Like, that would be absolutely ridiculous."

Bennington was married to his second wife, Talinda, and is survived by six children.

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AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu in New York contributed to this report. Kennedy also reported from New York.

Nikki Sixx's 'Heroin Diaries' to Get Graphic Novel Adaptation

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Read About the Two Outside Songwriters Who Helped Guns N' Roses Create 'Appetite for Destruction'

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Are Steven Tyler and Caitlyn Jenner Redoing Aerosmith's 'Dude Looks Like a Lady'?

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