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Cher does ABBA: joins cast of "Mamma Mia!" sequel

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCCher is returning to the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cher is joining the cast of the Mamma Mia! sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Over the weekend Cher teased the news, posting an image of 1970s style star-spangled platform boots to Twitter.

She joins a high-profile cast of stars returning to the ABBA-themed jukebox musical franchise, including Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried.

It will be Cher's first movie appearance since 2010's Burlesque, in which she starred opposite Christina Aguilera

Cher won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Moonstruck in 1987.

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Tom Petty reportedly honored by friends and family at private ceremony

Andrew Chin/Getty Images for ABATom Petty apparently was honored by family and friends at a private ceremony on Monday.

Petty's daughter, Los Angeles artist AnnaKim Violette, shared images on Instagram that appeared to be from the ceremony including one of the Golden Lotus Archway at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California, where George Harrison's funeral was held in 2001.

She also shared an image showing a black-and-white photo of Petty above a vase of flowers. "The dark of the sun we will stand together," she wrote.

According to the Shrine's website, the Lake Shrine Temple grounds were closed to the public Monday.

Violette also posted a picture of herself posing with a photo of her father writing, "This is very hard for me."

Petty died October 2 at 66.

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"Soul Man" Sam Moore says new album, "An American Patriot," "is the finest work I've ever done"

Bullseye Music/WTF Music VenturesSoul legend Sam Moore recently released a new studio album titled An American Patriot, which celebrates his love of the U.S. Partly inspired by the rousing rendition of "American the Beautiful" that Moore performed at President Trump's inauguration in January, the album features a selection of patriotic standards, some new tunes and covers of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and John Lennon's "Imagine."

While Moore has recorded arguably some of the most memorable soul tunes in pop-music history, he tells ABC Radio that the new album "is the finest work I think I've ever done."

Moore says the driving force behind the album was his producer, Rudy Perez, who, along with Sam's wife/manager Joy, chose most of the songs on An American Patriot. The "Soul Man" admits that he initially was skeptical about some of the songs Perez suggested, but he soon learned to trust the producer's judgment.

"[Rudy is the] first person I know that tells me, 'I know your voice better than you,'" Sam reports, adding that he thinks Perez is a "genius."

Moore says that concept behind the album was, at this divisive time in U.S. history, to encourage people from both sides of the political spectrum to overcome their differences and celebrate the country. Sam maintains that that's why he decided to record "What's Going On."

"It fits well today, the way we feel and we treat each other," Moore maintains. "I've never in my life seen so much hatred because of you disagree with me about...nothing!...It's stupid, and if you listen to the words of this thing, man, it tells you, 'Come on, what's going on? Stop this.'"

To find out more about the album, visit SamMooreAnAmericanPatriot.com.

Here is the full track list of the record:

"America the Beautiful"
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
"Show for You" (2017 Warrior Games Anthem -- Long Version)
"God Bless the U.S.A."
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
"Imagine"
"Peace Please"
"God Bless America"
"Land of the Free"
"What's Going On"
"Lift Every Voice"

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Heart's Ann Wilson, ex-Allman Brothers members to perform at Warren Haynes' 2017 Christmas Jam

Courtesy of Christmas JamEx-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has unveiled details of the 29th annual edition of his star-studded Christmas Jam benefit concert, scheduled for December 9 at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. This year's show will include a special appearance by Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson, who'll join Haynes' band Gov't Mule for a portion of their set.

This will mark the first time Wilson will perform at a Christmas Jam. In August, she teamed up with Gov't Mule for a special performance at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia.

The lineup for the 2017 Christmas Jam also features Les Bros., which includes founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and other Allmans alumni; Phish's Trey Anastasio and his side group Classic TAB; The Avett Brothers; Blackberry Smoke; and more.

The concert, which is expected to run for over seven hours, will benefit the event's longtime beneficiary: the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity charity. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday October 26, while pre-sale tickets and VIP packages will be available starting this Thursday, October 19.

In conjunction with the main Christmas Jam show, a number of related events will be held in Asheville around the date of the benefit concert. "Xmas Jam by Day" gigs will take place at the Asheville Music Hall and that venue's affiliated club, The One Stop, while an art and photography show will be hosted by a local gallery.

In addition, the annual "Before the Jam, Lend a Hand" event will bring fans, artists and staff members together to help build houses funded by money raised by the Christmas Jam.

For more information, visit XmasJam.com.

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Greatest Hits" is #2 on the "Billboard" 200 for second straight week

Geffen RecordsWhen it comes to the Billboard 200 chart, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' 1993 Greatest Hits compilation won't back down. Following Petty's untimely death on October 2, the album re-entered the chart last week at #2, and holds steady in that position on this week's tally.

The compilation sold 47,000 units during the past week. Topping the latest Billboard 200 is rapper NF's Perception, which moved 55,000 units.

Prior to Tom's death, the highest that Petty & the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits had reached on the Billboard 200 was number five, back in 1994. The record is Petty's most successful album of all time, having sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S.

Petty died after suffering a heart attack. He was 66.

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Goodbye, Las Vegas Strip: Elton John ending Caesars Palace residency

Denise Truscello/WireImageIf you haven't seen Elton John's Las Vegas show The Million Dollar Piano yet, get your tickets now -- it's coming to an end next year.

Tickets for what will be the 14 final performances of the show, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, go on sale this Sunday, October 22 at 10 a.m. PT.  By the time the show closes, on May 19, 2018, Elton will have played 207 performances of The Million Dollar Piano, which began in 2011.  His previous residency show, The Red Piano, closed in 2009. 

In a statement, the president of Caesars Palace said, "For over a decade, Elton John and his band have graced the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, performing all the hits that have defined a generation. Elton John’s residency at The Colosseum has set the standard for those all that have followed."

Though the 14 final shows are going on sale Sunday, Elton also has performances scheduled through November 4, and then from February 9 through March 2.

Here are Elton's final Million Dollar Piano shows:

April 28-29 Saturday, Sunday
May 1-2 Tuesday, Wednesday
May 4-6, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
May 9 Wednesday
May 11-12 Friday, Saturday
May 15 Tuesday
May 17-19 Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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Ringo Starr donates $100,000 to charity for Las Vegas shooting victims; pays tribute to Tom Petty

Erik Kabik/Kabik Photo GroupThis past Friday, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band kicked off an eight-show Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and the ex-Beatles drummer dedicated the show to the victims of the recent horrific mass shooting that took place in the city.  He also made a personal donation the day before.

On Thursday, Starr and wife Barbara Bach donated $100,000 via their Lotus Foundation charity to the Nevada Resort Association's just-launched Vegas Strong Fund, which supports the shooting victims and their families.

Matching the Starrs' donation was Caesars Entertainment President and CEO Mark Frissora, whose company owns the Planet Hollywood resort. The $200,000 is part of a total of $2 million that Caesars Entertainment has contributed to the fund.

Starr tells Billboard about his Vegas performances, "We're gonna try to play those shows with a lot of peace and love and try to raise the spirits."

The residency is scheduled to wrap up on October 28, after which Ringo and the All Starr Band will play a series of concerts in various U.S. cities that winds down November 16 in Newark, New Jersey.

Meanwhile, Starr tells Billboard that he was in Las Vegas for a meeting on October 2, the day after the shooting, when he heard the sad news that his friend Tom Petty had died.

"It was a shock," Ringo explains. "When you first hear it, it's like, 'What...?!' Like when I heard Elvis was dead…It has to sink in. It was very sad. That's all I can say, really. God bless him and his family."

Starr adds, "I'll miss Tom. Tom was a good friend. I played with Tom, Tom Played with me. I got to know him over the years, really got to know him when he was in the [Traveling] Wilburys 'cause of George [Harrison]."

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