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(Radio.com) Rapper and producer, Dr. Dre will not face any criminal charges after he has been cleared of any wrongdoing stemming from an altercation that occurred Monday (July 25) at his Malibu home.
The incident reportedly started when the man blocked Dre's driveway and refused to move. Dre was briefly handcuffed, searched and detained after a man accused the performer of pointing a gun at him.
Dre told police he didn't have a gun and no weapon was found, but he was cited a misdemeanor, Billboard reported. Prosecutors have refused to bring gun charges against Dre because there were no witnesses and there were errors in the man's account of the altercation. Read more here.
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(Radio.com) VH1 Classic will switch to MTV Classic on August 1st. The new format will focus on the 90s with like Beavis and Butthead, Daria, Pimp My Ride, Punk'd, Jackass and MTV Unplugged.
According to a released from the network, the rebrand takes effect on Monday, August 1 - 35 years to the day that MTV first debuted - at 6:00 a.m. when MTV Classic will air "MTV Hour One," MTV's first hour of programming from 1981.
Following MTV's first hour ever, fans will tune into a "Total Request Live" retrospective "The TRL Decade," followed by a marathon of some of the most memorable episodes of "MTV Unplugged" -many of which haven't aired in years-including artists Bob Dylan, Alice In Chains, Erykah Badu, Oasis, Neil Young, Nirvana and more, that will lead into a primetime animated programming block including "Daria," "Beavis & Butt-head" and 'Aeon Flux." "MTV Hour One" will also air on MTV's Facebook page via Facebook Live. Watch the promo here.
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(Radio.com) The former alt-rock touring festival and now annual Lollapalooza festival event celebrates its 25th Anniversary this weekend and to mark the occasion, the event is being live streamed online via RedBull TV.
In addition to the live streamed performances via RedBull TV, Chicago's own 93XRT will once again be backstage interviewing a laundry list of alternative acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bastille, X Ambassadors, Phantogram, Foals and Perry Farrell, who's responsible for creating the annual festival in 1991.
To watch up-to-the-minute behind-the-scenes coverage, keep an eye on 93XRT's website for Lollapalooza highlights or follow them on Facebook for live coverage from Chicago's Grant Park. Watch here.
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(Radio.com) Sharknado is back with a fourth installment, and it will feature country artist Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. DeMarcus plays the manager of Shark World Hotel.
But it's hardly his Hollywood debut. The bassist has also appeared in Yes, Dear, Drop Dead Diva, and he played himself in Hannah Montana: The Movie in 2009.
Set to air on SyFy on Sunday (July 31), Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens features other big names as well. David Hasselhoff and Tara Reid reprise past roles, and newcomers include Stacey Dash, MMA fighter Frank Mir, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Slipknot's Corey Taylor. Also, Vince Neil will make an appearance. And c'mon, who doesn't love a good Wayne Newton cameo? Read more here.
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(Radio.com) The contentious relationship between Oasis' Noel and Liam Gallagher means they won't be appearing onscreen together in a new documentary about the band, but that hasn't stopped the filmmakers from making the movie.
Supersonic will chart Oasis' success, breakup and aftermath, and comes from the team who produced the critically acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, reported NME. Mat Whitecross will direct the film and Amy director Asif Kapadia will serve as executive-director.
Rather than include talking head videos interspersed with archival footage like many documentaries, Supersonic will feature only quotes from and about the band members.
"It seems like Liam and Noel are in the same room, like they're having a conversation," said Whitecross. Read more here.
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(Radio.com) Banks and Steelz, the new project from Interpol's Paul Banks and RZA, will be dropping their album Anything But Words at the end of August and they are particularly excited about a song they did with Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.
RZA described the collab, "Wild Season," as one of the record's "strong songs" in a new interview with NME. Anything But Words features lots of rap names, but Welch is the only vocalist. It turns out she ran into Banks when he was wrapping up a tour last year and the two saw creative possibilities in working together.
"Interpol was on tour last year and our final show was in Ireland," he said. "And as I got off stage, she approached me
and she was super-sweet and friendly. So we talked and exchanged information, and then I kind of circled back to her."
Banks said he and RZA sent her the song they wanted to collaborate on and she liked it. "It was a great, very smooth kind of process, discussing with her the themes and the lyric," he said. "And then she killed it once she got in the studio-she just f-ing killed it." Read more here.
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(Radio.com) Zayn Malik hasn't exactly been quiet about voicing his distaste for One Direction and what felt to him like a creatively stifling experience. He's shared all sorts of opinions about why he felt it was time to move away from the group that launched him, and Thursday (July 28) he opening up once again about his decision to go solo.
"At that time in my life I felt I had done everything I could do there and I just needed to change it up," he told Teen Vogue. The move didn't feel like a risk, because, for Malik, there was nothing to lose. "It didn't feel brave," he admitted.
Still, it was a risk to leave one of pop music's most beloved groups. If Malik had any concerns about what success would look like after he went solo, he now knows it was worth it. "I'm still taking it all in," he said. "I've found so much out about myself--mostly how in love with music I still was. The album is a build up of six years and never being able to express what I wanted to say. I had something to get off my chest." Read more here.
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(Radio.com) With the debuts of The Match Game and The $100,000 Pyramid, it seems like the game show revival is going strong. Ice Cube is looking to get in on the fun but with a hip-hop angle, of course.
The rap legend will be executive producing a hip-hop version of the classic game show Hollywood Squares. Hip Hop Squares will air on VH1, which has already ordered 20 episodes.
"Hip Hop Squares is going to be fun and spontaneous; unlike typical game shows, viewers should never know what's going to happen next," Cube told The Hollywood Reporter. Read more here.
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(Webster) SiriusXM will launch a two-hour special celebrating country music legend Charley Pride's 50th anniversary as a recording artist on the Willie's Roadhouse beginning today (Friday, July 29th). We were sent the following details:
Fans of country music trailblazer Charley Pride can catch the multi-platinum selling singer on an upcoming two-hour radio special airing on SiriusXM. Tune in as Pride sits down with host, "Mayor of Music Row," Charlie Monk in celebration of the Country Music Hall of Fame member's 50th year in music. Nothing is off limits as the Grammy winner talks about some of his most memorable moments, along with struggles along the way, including Pride's triumphant climb to the top by transcending racial boundaries to become the first black superstar in country music.
"I had a lot of fun doing this radio show with my longtime friend Charlie Monk," says Pride. "And it was wonderful to celebrate 50 years as a recording artist with the help of so many artist friends. Being able to catch up with so many old friends made it extra special." Charlie Monk agrees, adding, "I've spent a lot of time over the last 50 years attending Charley Pride concerts, and enjoying them all. I'm glad I was his guest at the shows, because we've spent a lot of time playing golf, where he still got my money."
There are also a few surprises in store, as some of Pride's closest friends, and fellow country stars congratulate the 36-time chart-topper. Each guest shares some of their most memorable Charley Pride stories, and how his music has inspired them, along with the rest of the country music landscape. Whether it's music icon Dolly Parton talking about listening to Pride's smooth tunes in the Eastern Tennessee mountains along with her siblings, or other singers like Janie Fricke who got her start opening shows for the former CMA "Entertainer of the Year," one-by-one each artist describes how the "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" singer's music has inspired their careers. Also appearing are country legends Tanya Tucker, Neal McCoy, David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers and Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys.
The two-hour special will air on multiple channels, appearing on both SiriusXM Willie's Roadhouse (Channel 59) and SiriusXM Prime Country (Channel 58). The program will remind fans why they fell in love with the Grand Ole Opry star's music, as the program is jam-packed with fun, laughter, along with Pride's biggest hits. See the broadcast schedule here.
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The Brian Setzer Orchestra has announced the details for their 13th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour, which is set to hit 32 cities across the U.S. in November and December.
The 19-piece band will be hitting the road on November 12th with a show at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI. The tour will wrap up on December 29th in Santa Rosa, CA at the Luther Burbank Center For The Arts.
According to MSO, the tour will feature "music off their latest Christmas album, Rockin' Rudolph, (available now as a limited edition box set, CD, vinyl or download) plus music off their three previous best-selling holiday albums; and original material from Brian Setzer." See the tour dates here.
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(Webster) A new release from Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson hit stories today (July 29th). The new live release 'Brian Wilson and Friends' is now available in a CD/DVD set and Blu-Ray edition. We were sent the following details:
Filmed live at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas on December 12, 2014, the 19-track CD and 26-track DVD/Blu-ray editions feature many of the top hits and fan favorites spanning Wilson's 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist. It can be ordered online here.
Brian Wilson & Friends originally aired on PBS nationwide throughout 2015. Initially offered exclusively in DVD and Blu-ray configurations as a premium gift incentive for viewers contributing donations during the network's annual pledge drive, the new Brian Wilson & Friends release marks the first time that a companion CD is being offered, along with bonus material not included during the public television airings including bonus tracks, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with guest artists.
The concert recording features Wilson - co-founder of the iconic band The Beach Boys - performing alongside his legendary touring band with longtime bandmate Al Jardine, former Beach Boys sidemen Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, with special guest appearances from Grammy award-winners Nate Ruess of Fun., country artist Kacey Musgraves, and acclaimed trumpet player/composer Mark Isham; Sebu Simonian of the multi-platinum, chart-topping indie pop-duo Capital Cities; and Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward of indie duo She & Him.
Brian Wilson & Friends contains many of the classic songs he is known for with "California Girls," "Help Me Rhonda," "Good Vibrations," and many more making the set list. The release of Brian Wilson and Friends coincides with his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour, a celebration and final performance of the acclaimed album in its entirety. In addition, De Capo Press recently announced they will publish his autobiography "I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir" on October 11. Currently on the road with his band performing across the U.S. See the tracklistings here.
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(Radio.com) DJ Khaled's ninth studio album Major Key will be available at midnight July 29. To get fans excited for the star-studded album, Khaled shared a new single, "Do You Mind".
The sultry bedroom song samples Michael Sterling's "Lovers and ends," which comes across in a romantic piano that crosses with a strong beat. Because Khaled isn't satisfied with just one or two features on his singles aka "keys," he tapped six names to join him on "Do You Mind." Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Future, Jermih, Rick Ross and August Alsina all appear on the track (via SPIN).
Minaj starts things off. "Yo, he ain't messin' with no average trick, pop pop/ He got Nicki, he know dat he hit the jackpot," she raps in the opening seconds of her verse. Brown and Jeremih combine their vocal strengths on the chorus. "Let me be the one/ Do you mind? Do you mind?/ Do you mind if I talk to you?/ Do you mind if I touch you there?" they sing together. Future comes in after the 3-minute mark with a passionate verse. Listen to "Do You Mind" here.
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(Radio.com) Just one year after releasing his last album GO:OD AM, Mac Miller is back to follow it up with The Divine Feminine. Thursday (July 28), he shared the first single off that project, "Dang!" feat. Anderson .Paak.
"Dang!" has a part-pop, part-funk vibe driving the rhythm and melody to give it a slick, relaxed feel. Trumpets pepper the beat and add an extra flare to the overall production. Mac raps in his opening verse, "How many mistakes do it take 'til you leave/ And I'm left with my hands and my face all red/ And the face lookin' at you like 'Wait!'/ I know I ain't the same, if it ain't too late, well/ I run away so fast with my heart like gold, but it break like glass/ And my sh- get old, and I act so young/ Baby, you so cold."
The Divine Feminine will feature Kendrick Lamar, Cee-Lo Green and Robert Glasper (via Pitchfork) and arrives September 16. Two days following his album's release, Mac will launch a North American tour that will keep him on the road through December. Check out the dates and listen to "Dang!" here.
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(Radio.com) Thanks to Nas, one of the executive produces behind the upcoming film The Land, the movie's soundtrack is proving to be pretty exciting. Pusha T and Jeremih shared their track from that album, "Paid," Thursday (July 28).
Beginning with a barrelhouse-style piano, the song quickly segues into a beat-heavy number with Jeremih singing "Paid" over and over again. Pusha T raps in his first verse, "New ey, blue hundreds/ Cold winters, cruel summers/ We winners, the crew of us/ There's nothing better than living it with your brothers/ New wheels on deck/ New chill, we flex/ New chicks, we sex/ Who's up? We next/ It's a race to the finish line/ Til all my dogs eat like it's dinner time."
Nas executive produced The Land and yesterday (July 27) he shared his collaboration with Erykah Badu, "This Bitter Land," which also appears on the soundtrack. The Land follows a group of teenagers in Cleveland who attempt to escape the city to pursue their dreams of becoming professional skateboarders. Badu, Machine Gun Kelly and actor Michael K. Williams all star in the film.
Jeremih, meanwhile, has been busy. Besides recording "Paid," he just released his mixtape Late Nights: Europe on July 19. Listen to "Paid" here.
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(Radio.com) When British superstar Adele saw someone who looked familiar in the crowd Wednesday night (July 27) at her Seattle show, she invited her onstage. That person was professional Adele impersonator and drag artist Kristie Champagne (aka Kristopher Zello).
When Champagne stood next to her, Adele gushed, "You look so amazing, oh my gosh' I really love that dress." Champagne was wearing a hand-made, floor-length sequined gown that looked similar to the one Adele was wearing.
Adele asked Champagne where she performs and the crowd went wild when they found out she was a local. Champagne later tweeted, "Dreams do come true." See the photo here.
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(Radio.com) There are few more celebrated or enduring hairdos in contemporary popular culture than Ariana Grande's long, thick, sleek ponytail. Even dudes like Justin Bieber rock styles subject to the whims and trends of the day.
But not Ariana--her luxurious, iconic style has the luster of a champion racehorse and the tension of an archer's bow. That's why the sudden shift to a new style shocked and amazed her fans on Instagram. Posted without comment, Ari gave her followers a glimpse of the future--and it's bangs.
Before fans of the high pony go apoplectic, rest assured--the ponytail is still intact. Her new look just features a fringey forehead covering where there was once a hairline. Just like your college roommate, Grande is feeling young and free, ready to experiment with a new style. Did the gamble pay off? It's too soon to say. For now, check out the bangs heard 'round the world here.
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(Radio.com) Justin Bieber got his photo taken with a baby lion and a tiger last time he was in Toronto. This week the city took steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Bieber was sent an official notice of violation, via his manager Scooter Braun from Carl Bandow, Supervisor of the Toronto Animal Services-Enforcement Unit.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bieber breached that law when he "exhibited" wild animals in the city, where only domestic cats are allowed. Read more here.
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(Radio.com) Chris Lane's fans are eagerly waiting his next album, Girl Problems, due out next month. It's the long-awaited follow-up to 20112's Let's Ride. Last year's Fix EP has been holding the fans over, and the title track has been something of a game changer for him: it's allowed him to bring his falsetto to country music. He recently told Radio.com how it happened.
"I got into the studio with [producer] Joey Moi, and we just took our time and made sure we got it right. I was really five or six songs deep, almost finished with [the EP], and a certain song that I released as my debut single, 'Fix,' came along right at the tail end of that, and changed everything. It was something that was unique for me, especially with the falsetto, which is something that you don't necessarily hear in country music."
He says that prior to cutting "Fix," his only falsetto singing was along to the radio. "I got in the vocal booth, and I was a bit intimidated, but I grew up singing Backstreet Boys songs, and Usher songs, that had falsetto in them. But I was a little bit intimidated by that."
"Fix" would change the course of his EP: "It was a song that I really took to, and then we wiped all the other songs out, and started over, and that was a very painful process for me, because I was dying to get music out there. That was a long three year gap [in between records]."
"But I'm really glad that I waited," he says, "Because I never would have ended up with the songs that I have now."
How did his producer discover that Lane could sing like that? "I was singing either an Usher song or I was singing this Mario song that I cover at my shows, an R&B song called 'Let Me Love You,' that I really love a lot."
"He [Moi] just turned around in his seat, and was like, 'What was that?'" Read more here.
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(Radio.com) David Nail's fourth MCA Nashville album, Fighter, is the most vulnerable, personal record the country star has ever made. But that's not the way the record started out.
'Six months ago, people would ask me about the record and I would jokingly say 'It's my love- making record,'" Nail explains. 'But what it meant to me then and what it means to me now are completely different; having been a father for about five months, it definitely changes the dynamic of things."
The 11 tracks on this record celebrate the victories and defeats of his real life. He's taken a hard look at himself, and what he sees isn't always flattering. ''Fighter' is about as honest as I've ever been in a song," Nail admits. 'I mean, when you're quoting your wife saying things that are not pleasant [about you], you know it was our story.
But it also, I think, tells the story of me."
Nail explains that he and his wife Catherine have had to fight their whole lives- for his career, for their marriage, to battle back inner demons and to conceive their twins.
'[I was] like, 'Am I ready to sing this? Am I ready to tell this story?" Nail says. '[But] they come from a genuine place that you can kind of say, 'Okay, I've said that. I'm at peace with that.' I think that's what this record is. I feel like I've told the main aspects of my career, and my life, up to this point," he explains. 'So I really think whatever we do in the future, we'll be able to start just completely fresh. It'll be a new story, a new part of my life." Read more here.
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(Radio.com) On the other side of prison, Gucci Mane has a lot to celebrate: new music, sobriety, and a growing list of comeback engagements to reposition him as a hip-hop heavyweight.
New reports suggest that a collaboration with Drake may be in the cards this summer: Producer Zaytoven told Pigeons and Planes that Drake and Gucci are working on an EP.
"It's in the works right now," said Zaytoven. "When Drake came over to the house to shoot a video, him and Gucci got to talking about making something. It will be a small EP." Read more here.
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(Radio.com) Those that only know Mark Stoermer as The Killers' bassist will likely be surprised upon hearing his latest solo effort, Dark Arts. The multi-instrumentalist's second solo album is thoughtful and sonically perfect with its sixties-induced psychedelia, bluesy swagger, lyrical poetry, and lush cinematic orchestration.
It's clear Stoermer wrote and recorded the album to please himself. As his own biggest critic, it's instantly apparent the musician and producer poured over every note. In May, The Killers announced that Stoermer would be taking a break from touring with the band "to pursue other educational goals and releasing a solo album." To make a perfect album, it can't play second fiddle.
With a big band-playing father and influences ranging from Public Enemy and N.W.A to Nirvana, The Beatles, The Who and Pink Floyd, Stoermer's new album coalesced into his own distinct sound.
With Dark Arts set for an August 5th release, Stoermer answered a few pressing questions. Check out the interview here.
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