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The debate over Blink-182's name rages on

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This week's debate about the pronunciation of Blink-182's name continues to rage on, as a former band member is now weighing in.

On Sunday, the first shot was fired when writer and comedian Ian Karmel tweeted, "The British call Blink-182 'Blink One Eight Two' and I'm not saying that’s WHY they lost the Revolutionary War, but..."

The Late Late Show host James Corden then responded by admitting that his home country has indeed been pronouncing Blink's name incorrectly, but added that the American pronunciation, "Blink One Eighty-Two," is "also wrong" and the band "technically should be called Blink one hundred and eighty two."

Blink singer and Mark Hoppus jumped into the mix and gave his blessing to all pronunciations, but now ex-Blinker Tom DeLonge -- who left the band in 2015 -- is giving his opinion.

"It’s actually— Blink eighteen-two. People have all gotten this wrong for years," he wrote.

While that might be interpreted as a jab at his previous bandmates, DeLonge's second line -- "Sometimes this can happen with very complex, thoughtful and elevated art" -- makes it clear he was joking.

Blink-182 recently wrapped their Las Vegas residency. Their next scheduled show is a headlining set at Cincinatti's Bunbury festival in June.

Tom DeLonge's apparel company, ToTheStars, just posted a holiday sale. 

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Coldplay's "Head Full of Dreams" will be available as part of the deluxe "Butterfly Package"

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Coldplay fans not satisfied with the band's A Head Full of Dreams documentary, live album and concert film can do one better.

On December 7, the same day that Coldplay's live album and concert film are released, Chris Martin and company are also dropping the deluxe Butterfly Package, featuring the documentary, the concert film Live in Sao Paolo and the album, Live in Buenos Aires.

The Butterfly bundle comes either as 2 CDs/2 DVDs, or in a triple vinyl/double DVD set. Both options are cloaked in some cool-looking gold packaging, though truthfully, vinyl come out ahead in the "slick" department. 

Live in Buenos Aires, was recorded in the Argentine capital on November 15, 2017, the final date on Coldplay's extensive world tour behind their most recent studio effort, 2015's A Head Full of DreamsLive in Sao Paulo, was shot a week earlier.

The Live in Buenos Aires recording of "Viva La Vida" is available now for digital download, while you can watch the Live in Sao Paulo performance of that 2008 hit now on YouTube.

A Head Full of Dreams is now available to stream from Amazon prime video.

Also, to hold you over, Coldplay has just tweeted a special animated clip of "Adventure of a Lifetime."

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With just 17 days until #theButterflypackage (out Dec 7 on CD, DVD, vinyl & digital), here's @KSWstudio's special artwork animation for Adventure Of A Lifetime from the Live In Buenos Aires album. A pic.twitter.com/EzB4nMq3jH

— Coldplay (@coldplay) November 20, 2018

Smashing Pumpkins considering a Christmas album

Credit: Olivia BeeHark! The Smashing Pumpkins Sing could be the name of a new album by Billy Corgan and company. Although the singer doesn't mention that particular title, he does tell USA Today he's considering an album of Christmas songs, which he may start noodling with after the band wraps its current tour. 

As to whether we'll hear any of that this year, Corgan is cagey, saying, "I might try to use the Christmas spirit to put the record together in concept, even if we’re not ready to record it."

So it's possible -- though far from definite -- that fans could get a taste of Pumpkins yule before 2019 rolls around. 

What does seem definite, though, is there will be no screamin' guitar solos in the middle of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Billy says, "I...think it's a bit weird (to make) wild Christmas records....When I think Christmas music, I tend to think something you want to put on and sit around the tree with the kids and not rock out to. I don't see us doing a rocking-out Christmas album."

The Smashing Pumpkins wrap their U.S. tour on December 8 at The Forum in Los Angeles area.

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Hello, hello: Why Imagine Dragons' "Zero" was the right song for "Ralph Breaks the Internet"

ABC/Randy HolmesYour Thanksgiving will feature a side dish of Imagine Dragons if you see the new movie Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to the 2012 animated Disney hit Wreck-It Ralph. Dan Reynolds and company wrote their new song "Zero" for the film, which opens in theaters this Wednesday.

Speaking with ABC Radio, Ralph Breaks the Internet executive music producer Tom MacDougall describes what made Imagine Dragons the right band for the movie.

"Whether it be the sort of fun nature of the band, but with an emotional core...I can't quite put my finger on it," MacDougall says. "But I think when audiences see this movie and how the end of the movie plays and then right into their song, it feels like Ralph Breaks the Internet to me."

"Zero" in particular, MacDougall says, reflects the themes of the film, which finds video game characters Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, and Sarah Silverman's Vanellope venturing outside their arcade home and into the online world.

"Dan's a very thoughtful guy, and the band are, too," MacDougall says of the "Thunder" rockers. " And they don't anything just on assignment, so everything they do has some personal connection."

He explains, "So with this movie, where Ralph is kinda doubting his whole existence and his relationship with Vanellope, I think Dan and the guys really mined those emotions and tried to figure out how they could sort of relate their life and their experiences to what Ralph was feeling."

That personal connection, MacDougall believes, is what makes "Zero" so special.

"If an artist can make a personal connection to a song like they did with 'Zero,' then that's where the real magic happens," he says. 

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Foo Fighters announce 2019 European tour

Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters will be heading overseas next year on a European tour. The international outing begins June 19 in Pula, Croatia, and will hit Denmark, Norway, the U.K. and Ireland.

Visit FooFighters.com for the full list of dates and ticket info.

Prior to the European dates, Dave Grohl and company will play the Chris Cornell tribute show in Los Angeles on January 16, followed by two dates in New Orleans in February.

The Foos will be touring in continued support of their latest album, Concrete and Gold.

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Jack White unites with Cards Against Humanity for new poster

ABC/Nicole WilderJack White has teamed up with Cards Against Humanity to create the poster for his show in Chicago Monday night.

The poster is modeled after a card from the popular party game, which asks players to complete a fill-in-the-blank statement with what's usually an offensive suggestion, in order to find the funniest combination. It reads, "When Jack White performed at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Nov. 19 2018, he surprised his fans with [blank]."

At the bottom of the poster are six cards with possible answers, such as "A quiet, poignant acoustic guitar ballad" or "Jack White’s testosterone-fueled dementia."

Following the Chicago show, White will play his adopted hometown of Nashville on Tuesday. That concert will be the final date of his worldwide tour in support of his new solo album, Boarding House Reach.

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Americans and Brits argue over the correct way to say "Blink-182"

ABC/Paula LoboHave you been pronouncing Blink-182 wrong this whole time? Apparently, there's an international debate over the right way to say the "182" part.

It all started when writer and comedian Ian Karmel tweeted Sunday, "The British call Blink-182 'Blink One Eight Two' and I'm not saying that’s WHY they lost the Revolutionary War, but..."

The Late Late Show host and noted British person James Corden then responded by admitting that his home country has indeed been pronouncing Blink's name incorrectly, but added that the American pronunciation, "Blink One Eighty-Two," is "also wrong."

"They technically should be called Blink one hundred and eighty two," Corden wrote. "Don't take some moral high ground here."

Ever the peace-maker, Blink bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus hopped in to approve all pronunciations.

"Thank you James," he wrote. "Some say one eighty two. Some say one eight two."

Blink-182 recently wrapped their Las Vegas residency. Their next scheduled show is a headlining set at Cincinatti's Bunbury festival in June.

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