Jan 17

Matchbox Twenty tell their origin story in new video

Randall SlavinMatchbox Twenty are celebrating 2020 by hitting the road for an extensive summer tour.  In a new video promoting the trek, the guys look back on their early days, when they were just another band from Orlando called Tabitha's Secret.

Tabitha's Secret included singer Rob Thomas, and current Matchbox Twenty members Paul Doucette and Brian Yale.  "All the [Orlando] bands knew each other and they all played with each other. The camaraderie was really kind of great," Rob recalls.

"We had this willful ignorance about it," he adds. "We thought, well, of course we were gonna get signed...And of course we're going to go out and have songs all over the radio -- because that's what you do."

Turns out that's exactly what happened -- but only after Rob insisted that they remain a band.

"The guy who signed us, he came to see us for months and he would keep saying, 'You're not ready yet...'" says Rob. "And it wasn't until that Tabitha's Secret disbanded that he came to me and said, 'We'd like to offer you a deal.' And I said, 'The deal should be me and Paul and Brian.'"

But they didn't have a guitar player, so they auditioned some...and found current member Kyle Cook.

"They were looking for somebody who sang, somebody who was thinking about harmony and somebody who appreciated the art of melodicism," Kyle remembers. "And I knew that Rob had some really great songs, and in particular, '3AM" was on a demo that he had given me...I think that song made me really interested in the band at that time."

Adds Rob, "It just felt like this magical time because it was a turning point and you don't realize it is really just the beginning."

Matchbox Twenty's tour kicks off July 17.



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   Jan 17

5 Seconds of Summer to play benefit for Australian brushfire relief

Freeform/Kyusung GongThe night before the Grammy Awards, some major Australian celebrities are getting together for a benefit to raise money for Australian brushfire relief efforts, including 5 Seconds of Summer.

Since the fires began September, they've destroyed an area bigger than South Korea, killing 29 people and destroying thousands of homes and an estimated one billion animals and countless insects.

The event is called G'Day USA 2020 Standing Together, and it'll take place January 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in L.A.  In addition to a performance by 5SOS, the event will also feature appearances by Aussies like Lost star Emilie De Ravin, Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan, Dancing with the Stars pro Kym Johnson, entertainer Olivia Newton-John, and actors Billy Zane and Naomi Watts

He's not Australian, but Olivia Newton-John's Grease co-star John Travolta will also participate in the event, which has been honoring prominent Australians for 16 years.

All the funds raised will go to the Australian Bushfire Relief Fund, established by G’Day USA's founding partner, the American Australian Association.

5SOS is the first Australian act to have three number-one albums on the Billboard 200 chart.

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   Jan 17

Report: Demi Lovato’s first album since her OD is coming early this year

ABC/Eric McCandlessAfter lining up two high-profile singing gigs at both the Super Bowl and the Grammys, Demi Lovato is reportedly gearing up to release a brand-new album soon.

A source confirms to Page Six the album will be out early this year, marking her first new music since she admitted her relapse with the single “Sober" in June 2017. It’ll also be her first new music since signing with new manager Scooter Braun last May.

According to TMZ, the album will explore her near fatal overdose in July 2018, her time in rehab and her struggles with sobriety.

Demi will be performing on the Grammys January 26 and will sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on February 2.

Back in December, Demi teased on Instagram, "The next time you hear from me, I’ll be singing..."

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