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“Roadies” Soundtrack, Featuring John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham, Available Digitally Now

Stardog Records/Republic RecordsJohn Mellencamp, Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham are featured on the official soundtrack to the Showtime series Roadies, which was just released digitally and will be available for purchase as a physical album Friday, September 2. The record is made up almost entirely of new live performances by various artists, many of whom made cameo appearances on the show.

Music from the Showtime Original Series Roadies includes Buckingham performing the 1987 Fleetwood Mac hit “Big Love,” Mellencamp singing his 2008 song “Longest Days,” and Browne teaming up with alt-pop duo Lucius and veteran Americana guitarist Greg Leisz for a rendition of Little Feat‘s “Willin’.”

Other artists featured on the soundtrack include Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, My Morning Jacket, Robyn Hitchcock and Gary Clark Jr.

Roadies creator, writer and director Cameron Crowe explains of the show’s music, “Great care was taken that the songs chosen for each artist have another meaning, a thread to our story or characters. The only rule was: no lip-syncing to playback. Not even to live versions recorded in a previous take. These would be authentic live performances. Real performances. That’s where the magic happens, for an audience and even a crew.”

The finale of Roadies‘ debut season airs Sunday, August 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The episode will feature appearances by Browne, Vedder, Hitchcock, Lucius, Clark Jr., My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and more.

Roadies, which stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots, takes a humorous look at a group of music-loving roadies and their lives working behind-the-scenes in the concert industry.

Here is the full track list of the Roadies soundtrack:

“I Wish I Was Sober (Roadies Remix)” — Frightened Rabbit ft. Mike McCready
“Are You Satisfied?” (Live) — Reignwolf
“Big Love” (Live) — Lindsey Buckingham
“The First Time” — My Morning Jacket
“Born Again Teen” (Live) — Lucius
“Longest Days” (Live) — John Mellencamp
“Feeling OK” (Live) — Best Coast
“Simple Man” (Live) — Machine Gun Kelly
“You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” (Live) — Phantogram
“All We Ever Knew” (Live Soundcheck) — The Head and the Heart
“They Are All In Love” (Live) — Jim James
“Sayonara Judge” (Live) — Robyn Hitchcock
“Willin'” (Live) — Jackson Browne & Lucius ft. Greg Leisz
“A Little Crazy” (Live) — Nicole Atkins
“The Healing” (Live) — Gary Clark Jr.
“Man of the Hour” (Live) — Eddie Vedder

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So Sweet: Patti LaBellle Launches Five New Desserts at Walmart

Monica Morgan/WireImage Patti LaBelle is expanding her dessert line at Walmart after the sweet success of her signature sweet potato pies.

The Grammy-winning singer has created five new desserts that’ll be available exclusively at Walmart starting Tuesday. The delectable lineup includes Patti’s Good Life Peach Cobbler, Berry Cobbler, Apple Cobbler, Apple Pecan Cake and Sweet Potato Loaf.

According to People magazine, LaBelle tapped into her family’s recipes as well as her own concoctions in the kitchen to create the signature dishes. “I’ve been cooking for most of my life. As you’re standing in the kitchen and you think of certain ingredients, you just put them in — sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t,” she said.

In 2015, Patti’s sweet potato pies went viral when YouTube star James Wright Chanel recorded a video of him raving over her confection. His review essentially helped sell out Patti’s signature pies in Walmart stores nationwide.

The new Patti LaBelle dessert assortment will be available online and in Walmart stores nationwide starting Tuesday, August 29.

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Lindsey Buckingham, Prince Guitarist Wendy Melvoin Featured on Upcoming Empire of the Sun Album

Samir Hussein/Getty ImagesFleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham and guitarist Wendy Melvoin of Prince‘s old band The Revolution are among the artists who have contributed to Two Vines, the upcoming album by Australian alternative electronic group Empire of the Sun.

The band’s third studio album is scheduled for an October 28 release, and can be pre-ordered now at iTunes, Amazon and Empire of the Sun’s official online store.  Two Vines also features bassist Tim Lefebvre, a member of the jazz collective that backed David Bowie on the late rock legend’s acclaimed 2016 album, Blackstar.

“The whole concept [of Empire of the Sun] was based around childhood fantasies; being in bed and staring at the posters on your wall, whether they were monster movies or outlandish rock stars or pieces of art,” explains the group’s co-founder Nicholas Littlemore. “We always wanted to be one of those posters on a child’s wall that had so much imagination locked into it, a kind of invitation that pushes you over the edge into dream world. With this record, it’s time to take that next step.”

You can check out the video for Two Vines‘ first single, “High & Low,” at the Empire of the Sun’s VEVO YouTube channel.  The band’s song “Walking on a Dream” got a lot of exposure recently in a Honda commercial.

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Upcoming “The Simpsons” Episode Will Spoof Trump University

FOX(NEW YORK) — One story line in The Simpsons‘ upcoming season will be ripped from the Donald Trump headlines.

Executive producer Al Jean reveals to TVLine that one of the episodes coming up for season 28 will contain a not-so-subtle reference to Trump University, currently the subject of multiple lawsuits alleging fraud.

In the episode, Jean explains, financial guru Suze Orman, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writing instructor Robert McKee are educators at a school launched by the wealthy Mr. Burns.

“We have a great episode where Burns goes to Yale and discovers, much to his horror, how politically correct it is,” Jean shares with TVLine. “So he starts his own college, Burns University, which is similar to another billionaire’s university you might have heard of lately.”

The report doesn’t say when the episode will air.

The Simpsons poked fun at the Republican presidential nominee last month in an online video that featured animated versions of him and of his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The new season of the Fox animated series begins September 25.

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Viola Davis Remembers Her Youth As “the Hungry Kid”

ABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — Viola Davis took time out of her busy schedule Thursday to talk about a mission that is near and dear to her heart: Hunger Is, her charity that aims to fight childhood hunger in America.

“We are launching a new fundraising in September,” Davis told ABC News of her charity. “We’re trying to get five million more breakfasts out there. We are doing in-store, online fundraising to get these breakfasts into schools.”

Davis said that in the last three years alone, her organization has raised $12.5 million.

“It’s so important to me because I was the hungry kid,” she said. “I grew up in poverty, but it’s not just poor kids that suffer from food-poor households. It’s middle class. It’s working class…and when you’re hungry, you cannot function.”

Davis also spoke about the “shame” of being hungry, she said.

“If I were to look at my entire childhood, if someone had thrown me a rope of just a meal, especially at the beginning of the day, it would have been my lifeline,” she said. “I can’t tell you how hard it is to talk about the fact that you were a kid that was hungry because it was like your big secret.”

Davis also spoke about her acclaimed show, How to Get Away with Murder, and said simply, “OMG” when talking about the upcoming season.

“It warrants it,” she said. “When you look at every script, every episode, you automatically channel the audience and you know how they are gonna respond. So, I say, ‘OMG!'”

She added, “A new mystery is going to be revealed and I’m telling you, I’m not just saying it to hook you…[even] we haven’t been able to figure it out as a cast.”

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“I’m with You”: Leslie Jones Gets Support from Hillary Clinton

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — In the wake of recent online trolling and attacks on her website, Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones is getting the support of a powerful political friend: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“@Lesdoggg, no one deserves this–least of all someone who brings us so much joy. I’m with you. -H,” Clinton tweeted at Jones Thursday.  The ‘H’ on the end signifies it was tweeted by Clinton herself.

Jones was the target of several vicious racist attacks on Twitter, and earlier this week, her personal website — JustLeslie.com, which remains down — was hacked and personal information and photos leaked.  ABC News Radio confirmed the cyber attack is currently being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security.

Clinton, who’s certainly experienced public attacks online and was the victim of a server hack, is one the latest celebrities to join in and show their support for Jones.

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Dwyane Wade’s Cousin Fatally Shot Pushing Baby Stroller in Chicago

WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — Police in Chicago are investigating the fatal shooting of the first cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Nykea Aldridge was pushing a stroller in the city’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood Friday afternoon when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Two people have been questioned in connection with the shooting but no charges have been filed, police said.

Aldridge, 32, was not the intended target, police said. A relative took custody of the child, who was not hurt, according to ABC station WLS-TV.

Wade, who was born in Chicago, signed with the Chicago Bulls this July in a move that was celebrated by the city as a homecoming. After news of his cousin’s death, he labeled the incident “senseless.”

On Saturday, he took to Twitter and elaborated on comments he made on Friday.

“The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!,” Wade wrote.

He followed that up by writing, “These young kids are screaming for help!!!”

Wade’s mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, echoed her family’s pain while speaking to reporters Friday at the hospital.

“We are now in a very, very sensitive grieving place,” she said while holding her sobbing sister Diana.

Despite the tragedy, Wade’s mother spoke of hope for those who commit such crimes.

“We’re still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won’t keep happening,” she said. “We’re still going to help empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head.”

In a statement Friday night, the Chicago Bulls said, “The entire Chicago Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the news of Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Wade family during this difficult time.”

On Thursday, Wade spoke via satellite on a panel hosted by ESPN that was focused on gun violence. He called the issue “deep-rooted.”

“This is something that didn’t start today, this is something that isn’t going to end tomorrow,” he said. “Hopefully, eventually, we can stop it.”

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‘Kayla’s Hands’ Live on in Playground Dedicated to Murdered ISIS Hostage

Courtesy Mueller Family(PRESCOTT, Ariz.) — The rain stopped in Prescott, Arizona, Saturday morning, just in time for Kayla Mueller’s family to cut the ribbon on a new state-of-the-art playground erected to honor her as a selfless humanitarian both in her life as an aid worker and in her captivity and death as an ISIS hostage.

In minutes, patient children bolted past the snipped shards of ribbon for the swingsets, jungle gym, slides and a 66-foot zip-line at the playground named Kayla’s Hands for a young American taken too soon. Her parents beamed listening to the joyful noise.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who survived Communist torture in the “Hanoi Hilton” as a Vietnam War POW, told well-wishers gathered in the rainbow-colored playground that he doesn’t call many people “hero,” but Mueller was one.

“I didn’t know Kayla but I sense in every account of her ordeal, the true meaning of humility,” McCain said in a short speech.

Mueller was a 24-year-old aid worker kidnapped by armed gunmen on Aug. 3, 2013 while traveling in a Doctors Without Borders vehicle in Aleppo, Syria. She died 18 months later still a prisoner of ISIS terrorists, in what her hostage-takers called a Jordanian airstrike. U.S. officials denied an airstrike killed her but her parents still do not know how she died or how the White House was able to confirm her death on February 10, 2015.

She adored the Syrian refugee children she worked with in southern Turkey, her friends have said.

This year her father Carl worked with the Prescott Kiwanis Club, of which he is a former president, to raise money from donors such as the Arizona Diamondbacks for the new playground, which will also finally offer handicapped kids in the high desert town a place to safely frolic. It has been an emotional anchor for him to cling to, happily adjusting the plans in recent months for the bouncy floor matting and the zip-line, which Kayla’s mom loves to sail down.

“We can feel Kayla here,” Carl Mueller said. “When the wind blows just right, we can hear her makin’ her music.”

The still grieving dad said he and Marsha will “be spending a lot of time here.”

“She lived her life for others, she used her hands to relieve suffering. She was not just sympathetic to the plight of the less fortunate, she was moved to action,” McCain told the crowd. “Her fellow captives spoke of her as an inspiration. Brave and defiant when she was abused and threatened, consoling and selfless to those who shared her suffering.”

Former ISIS hostages have spoken of her selflessness in captivity, where she tried to cheer them up, gave them strength and once even sacrificed an opportunity to escape to ensure fellow captives got away, ABC’s “20/20” reported last night in the segment, “The Girl Left Behind,” after more than two years of investigation.

In one incident in March 2014, Mueller even stood up to British ISIS executioner Jihadi John to correct him when he told other hostages that she had converted to Islam.

“Her love now echoes in the joy and laughter of children. What a fitting — what a fitting tribute,” McCain said, his voice finally breaking with emotion, as Marsha Mueller reached over to hug the war hero senator.

The Rev. Kathleen Day of Northern Arizona University, who Kayla befriended in college and who later became a close confidante of Carl and Marsha Mueller during her hostage ordeal, recalled how the young do-gooder from Arizona had said that “it’s never goodbye among friends” whenever she left Prescott for Turkey and Syria or other far-flung destinations.

“Today Prescott says to Kayla Jean, we will always love you, and indeed it’s never ‘goodbye’ because her spirit will live on in the laughter and the joy and the compassion and the friendship of this playground,” Day said.

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Student With Down Syndrome Who Went Viral to Start College

WNEP-TV(LANSDALE, Pennsylvania) — A young woman with Down syndrome whose reaction to learning she was going to college went viral in April is now ready to begin classes.

Rachel Grace starts at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania on Monday. The student from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, looked into attending four schools and ultimately decided to attend ESU.

Although she’s an incoming freshman and has never lived on her own before, Grace said she’s not nervous.

“My parents are but I’m not,” Graced told ABC affiliate WNEP-TV.

And it’s true. Her mother Deb Grace admitted, “It’s exciting and it’s nerve-wracking and we’re excited for her, but really scared for us.”

“You might have to do a follow-up story to see how I am in a couple days,” Grace’s father, Tom, added. “Rachel’s doing a heck of a lot better than I am.”

Grace will take part in ESU’s Career Independent Learning and Living Studies program. The three-year program is tailored to students with intellectual disabilities.

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Yankees’ Sanchez Becomes Fastest to 11 Home Runs

Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez just keeps raking.

With his home run Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles, the rookie became the fastest player to reach 11 career home runs, doing so in just 23 games. It was also the third consecutive game in which Sanchez had homered.

Through 21 games this season, Sanchez is hitting .400 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI. His eleven home runs this month are also the most for a rookie in one month since Ryan Braun hit 11 for the Milwaukee Brewers in July 2007. The last American League rookie to hit more in a month was Mark McGwire with 15 for the Oakland A’s in May 1987.

The Yankee Stadium crowd gave Sanchez a curtain call on Saturday. Speaking through a translator after the game, he said it was the first curtain call he’d ever gotten, adding that “it’s very exciting to hear your name being called out by the fans. It’s a very exciting moment.”

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Tony Romo Has Fracture in Back, Will Miss 6-10 Weeks

Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could miss up to ten weeks after fracturing a bone in his back during the team’s third preseason game this week.

Romo suffered the injury when he was sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril, and was replaced with backup quarterback Dak Prescott. A source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder that Romo’s injury is a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra and that it will not require surgery.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the injury will not keep Romo out for the full season. He also refused to rule Romo out for the regular season opener on Sept. 11. Romo has had surgery before for a different injury to his back.

Romo missed 12 games last season after twice fracturing his collarbone.

The Cowboys are 15-4 in the last two seasons when Romo starts, but are just 1-12 without Romo.

A source close to Romo told Werder that the quarterback is not considering retirement and is confident that he will play this season.

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49ers Quarterback Sits During National Anthem, Team Responds

claudiodivizia/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) – The San Francisco 49ers confirmed late Friday that quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand prior to the team’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony,” the team said in a statement.

“It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

After the game, Kaepernick was not questioned about his decision to sit.

The team lost the contest, 21-10.

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Estonian Leader Hopes Donald Trump ‘Would Be Well-Briefed on Foreign Affairs’

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(TALLINN, Estona) — With less than 75 days until the United States presidential election, one world leader has weighed in on the prospect of a Donald Trump administration.

“I would certainly hope that he would be well-briefed on foreign affairs, so that he knows who does what,” Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the president of Estonia, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the U.S. commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, refusing to guarantee military support to Baltic states if invaded by Russia.

“We have many NATO members that aren’t paying their bills,” Trump told The New York Times in July.

Ilves noted that his country, one of the most vulnerable to Russian aggression, is also one of the few NATO allies that meets the target spending of two percent of gross domestic product on defense. Following a meeting of Baltic leaders with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Latvia where Biden reiterated America’s commitment to the security of Europe, Ilves said he’s not worried about “that rhetoric flying around.”

Ilves, who was raised in New Jersey and educated at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, said the biggest problem for Estonia is people who don’t know anything about Europe. But regarding Trump’s knowledge of foreign affairs, the Estonian president, noted for calling out a Trump supporter for improper spelling on Twitter last month, said, “I’m told it’s improving.”

“That’s very diplomatic of you,” Raddatz responded .

As for Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Trump has called for improved relations with, Ilves didn’t mince his words — he sees no rhyme or reason to Putin’s aggression.

“I don’t see a strategy given, especially, the severe economic problems they are facing,” Ilves said. “It’s more of an ad hoc ‘let’s try this let’s try that.’”

He added he thinks Putin acts not out of craziness but to keep others off balance, with his biggest concern being not conscious Russian maneuvering, but “some stupid accident.”

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The Heartbreaking Story Behind Photo of Canadian Elderly Couple Crying

Ashley Bartyik (SURREY, British Columbia) — An elderly couple from the town of Surrey in British Columbia, Canada, was recently photographed crying after apparently being moved to separate nursing homes a few months ago.

The emotional photo was taken Monday during a visit between the couple. Ashley Bartyik, the couple’s granddaughter, told ABC News  this week she’s worried that their “heartbreak and the stress could literally kill them.”

“This is the saddest photo I have ever taken,” Bartyik, 29, wrote in the photo’s caption. It has been shared nearly 3,000 times on Facebook.

She explained that after 62 years of marriage, her grandparents have been separated for eight months “due to backlogs and delays by our heath care system.”

Bartyik said her grandpa, 83-year-old Wolfram Gottschalk, was first put in an assisted living home in January after he suffered health complications from dementia that made it impossible for her family to take care of him at home.

Four months later, her grandmother — 81-year-old Anita Gottschalk — also had to enter assisted living, but she was put in a different home than Wolfram, Bartyik said.

Since then, Wolfram has been put on a waiting list to be able to move in with Anita, she added.

For now, Bartyik and her parents try to drive Anita to Wolfram’s center at least every two days, so they can see each other, “even if for only a little bit.”

She said the photo of her grandparents’ crying was taken during a recent visit.

“They’re heartbroken, they cry every time they see each other,” Bartyik said. “In addition to the dementia, we recently learned my grandfather also has cancer now. My grandma needs to be able to spend these last few days with him, not worried about when the next time she’ll see him is.”

A spokeswoman for Fraser Health Authority, which manages the assisted living residences in the area, said it has been working to get the couple together but space is unavailable.

“We certainly understand how heartbreaking this is for the family,” spokeswoman Tasleem Juma told ABC News partner CTV News. “It’s upsetting for us as well.”

Juma added that Fraser Health would “continue to work to reunite this couple and hope to do so in the next few weeks.”

Meanwhile, Bartyik said she and her family will continue trying to get her grandparents back together.

“They’ve been together since they got married in 1954,” she said. “They’re completely infatuated with each other and have been together in sickness and health. They deserve to stay together.”

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Italy Begins Day of Mourning for Quake Victims as Death Toll Rises to 290

studioportosabbia/iStock/Thinkstock(AMATRICE, Italy) — Italy’s national day of mourning following Wednesday’s deadly earthquake kicked off Saturday morning with an increase in the death toll to at least 290 and a series of aftershocks that rattled the already-frayed nerves of shaken residents.

Italy’s Civil Protection agency said late Saturday morning that the death toll increased to 290 from 281 as bodies continued to be recovered. The number of injured is 387.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the aftershock struck at 4:50 a.m. local time with a magnitude of 4.2. The Italian Geophysics Institute measure the aftershock at 4.0.

The day of mourning will include a state funeral for some victims in the town of Ascoli Piceno. Premier Matteo Renzi and President Sergio Mattarella are slated to attend.

On Saturday morning, Mattarella toured Amatrice, a town devastated in the earthquake that has the highest death toll. Guided by town mayor Sergio Pirozzi, Mattarella was taken only to the edge of the town, because it is too dangerous to enter the heart of the medieval town due to the extent of the destruction.

Ahead of the funeral, flower-topped caskets filled a gym where mourners are paying their respects to victims of the 6.2 magnitude quake.

More than 200 people were pulled alive from the devastation, including a 10-year-old girl rescued after spending 17 hours buried in a collapsed building. She was reported to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

Renzi has declared a state of emergency and authorized 50 million euros to fund the recovery.

More than 2,000 people, left homeless by the quake, have been spending their nights in tent cities.

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