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Taylor Swift received an award on Monday for being named the top Global Recording Artist of 2014 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
Swift received the honor based on world wide sales for her blockbuster album, "1989," which has sold over 8.6 million copies across the globe and topped the Billboard chart in the U.S. for 11 weeks.
IFPI Chief Executive Frances Moore had the following to say, "Congratulations to Taylor Swift. She merits this result as she is a hardworking and talented performer who has an amazing ability to connect with audiences worldwide. This IFPI award reflects the global popularity of recording artists across the diverse ways in which fans choose to listen to music today."
Taylor beat out last year's winner One Direction (no. 2), Ed Sheeran (no. 3), Coldplay (no. 4), AC/DC (no. 5), Michael Jackson (no. 6), Pink Floyd (no. 7), Sam Smith (no. 8) and Katy Perry (no. 9).
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J. Cole has revealed the dates and support acts for the Forest Hills Drive Tour which will be broken up into three "acts" with two parts in North America and one in Europe.
Act 1: Hometown will be hitting smaller venues and will feature support from Bas and Cozz. While J. Cole only announced the dates and the routing, Bas and Cozz revealed the venues information as well.
The spring tour leg will be kicking off on March 3rd in Eugene, OR at the McDonald Theatre and will be concluding on April 7th in Providence, RI at Lupos.
Act 2: The Journey will feature support from Jhene Aiko, Pusha T, and Bas and Cozz when it hits Europe this spring with dates scheduled in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, France, and Belgium.
Act 3: Hollywood is set to be a summer amphitheatre tour that will feature support from Big Sean, YG, Jeremih, and Bas and Cozz. The summer leg will be launching on July 12th in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre and concluding on August 28th in Denver, Co at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A concert in Toronto is planned with details still to be announced.
See the tour dates here.
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Sam Smith fans in North America that didn't get a chance to see him live on his winter tour will have another opportunity to see the pop star perform during his summer tour.
The North American summer tour will be kicking off at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY on July 17th, followed by the first date of the headline trek the next day in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The new tour leg will include stops in Florida, Maryland, Ontario, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, British Columbia, Washington, California and Texas and will conclude on August 17th in Grand Prairie, TX at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.
See the tour dates here.
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(Radio.com) Lady Gaga left her meat dress at home to honor the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music at the 87th Annual Academy Awards and let her voice be the star.
Mother Monster, wearing an elegant white gown by Azzedine Alaοa-who, as she noted on Twitter, designed all three of her Oscar looks, marking the designer's first time at the awards-channeled Julie Andrews for a medley that included "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."
We all know Gaga was a theater kid, but this proved we need to get her back on the stage. Broadway remake of Sound of Music, anyone? At the end of the performance, Andrews walked out and the whole world got the pleasure of hearing Maria say "Lady Gaga" in her perfectly British accent.
Watch the video of her performance
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Passion Pit have announced that they will launching a North American tour this spring and making some summer festival appearances in support of their forthcoming studio album.
The tour is scheduled to kick off on March 13th in New Orleans and will conclude with an appearance at this year's BottleRock Festival in Napa, Ca on May 30th. Coin & Holychild will be support on select dates.
Passion Pit will also be making appearances at music festivals this summer including WayHome Music & Arts Festival in Oro Medonte, ON in July and Summer Sonic in Tokyo, Japan in August.
Their new album, entitled ' Kindred" is scheduled to be released on April 21st. So far the group has revealed two singles from the project, "Lifted Up (1985)" and "Where the Sky Hangs."
See the tour dates here.
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(Radio.com) It's been a while since we've heard from Lorde, but in midst of teaming up with the likes of 40 other artists including Skrillex, Ben Folds, Steve Aoki and more to attempt to write the greatest song ever, the singer decided it's time to head back into the studio.
According to Billboard, Lorde will be in the studio within a few weeks to begin work on what will be her sophomore album, the follow-up to 2013's Pure Heroine.
During an interview with Australia's Triple J radio network, Lorde's producer Joel Little revealed the big news, saying that he would be joining the singer in the studio to start working on new recordings.
"That's the plan, basically," he said. "We're just going to start writing some songs. We haven't got some planned out 'this is what it's going to sound like.' I think we're just going to start writing and when it starts to feel right, we'll know that it's right. It's pretty simple really." Read more
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(Radio.com) Wale and Meek Mill have a history that has seemed rocky at times, including Meek Mill calling Wale out on Twitter last July for seeming to have issues with him. Wale would go on to extend an olive branch to Meek Mill, bringing him out at a Philadelphia tour stop in January. (via Rap-Up)
That olive branch has turned into a collaborative tree, with both Wale and Meek Mill posting the same Instagram photo from working together in studio.
No word on where, when, or if this collaboration will surface, as it could conceivably pop up on the next album from either of these rappers, or possibly for something else entirely. Wale has already announced his next LP, The Album About Nothing, expected on March 31. Meek Mill is currently working on his next album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, which does not have a scheduled release as of yet. See the photo
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(Radio.com) alt-J have released a music video for the track "Pusher". Their lead up to their second LP, This Is All Yours, saw a number of singles and videos, catapulting them to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 upon its release last year, and the No. 1 slot in the UK.
But since, the band has been a little more quiet (which is often the case after an album comes out), and their new video for "Pusher" is a pleasant reminder of their recent album release, and the fact that the band will be back on the festival circuit in the spring, including an appearance at Coachella.
The clip, directed by Thomas Rhazi, finds a man giving a mysterious (and French) speech in a field, while the camera pans in a circular motion. Strangeness abounds, including a quick glimpse at what appears to be a dead body in a car. As the camera closes in on the speaker, things take a pretty shocking turn.
One Youtube user has translated the French to say "The truth, nor mercy, no pity, violence leads to murder after murder, we can't
. We can't
We..ARRRRG." Watch the video
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(Radio.com) T.I. has teamed up with Young Thug for "Off-Set," an ode to foreign cars that "ain't even out yet," which is fitting since the song comes off the soundtrack to Fast and Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
The beat sounds not entirely unlike the starting roar of some gleaming push-to-start monstrosity. This makes sense, because--as ever with this franchise--speed is the order of the day. Young Thug revvs his off-the-cuff adlibs up to double-time, while T.I. praises his plug for delivering his drugs "andale."
The Fast and Furious soundtrack hits shelves on March 17, and also features songs from the likes of Kid Ink, Tyga, YG, Wiz Khalifa, Sevyn Streeter, Prince Royce, Kevin Gates, Flo Rida and more. Check out the song
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(Radio.com) Only one more week until Kelly Clarkson releases Piece by Piece and that means it's time for a new song. Her latest nugget, "Invincible," looks to combine that Clarkson backbone we so love from tracks like "Since U Been Gone" and the aural architecture of David Guetta and Sia's "Titanium." Makes sense on the latter; Sia penned the song.
In the track Clarkson shows off the very high end of her impressive vocal range, hitting some notes that certainly make her invincible among female pop singers. The song tells the story of a little girl becoming a woman, coming into her own and discovering a sense of self-worth: in short, it's territory Clarkson has covered before that has a new ring now that she's a mother.
Fans who want the track right now can pre-order the album to get it along with a "seven piece lyric card puzzle housed in a custom holographic foil stamped box" and an early access code to buy tickets to her as-yet-unannounced tour. Listen to the new song
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(Radio.com) Don't think Jack Antonoff, who now moonlights as the frontman of Bleachers, is the only member of fun. taking some me-time during the band's break from touring and recording. Now frontman Nate Ruess is here with a brand new song and video for "Nothing Without Love" from his solo project.
But while Bleachers finds Antonoff heading in slightly different directions than that of his usual band (think Springsteen to the max), Ruess' new song is fairly typical of his usual band, though part of that is owed to the singer's voice being all over the song. Melodically and instrumentally, Ruess is in his wheelhouse, particularly with the theatrics on the choir-backed post-chorus breakdown.
In the clip, Ruess is first found floating, head barely above the water, singing the tune's chorus a cappella. He's then in a field, a big city alongside strangers or back underwater--but no matter where he goes, he's eventually joined by a lover.
It's the first single from his upcoming new album, scheduled for release this summer. Check out the song
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(Radio.com) Good news if you missed the Glen Campbell documentary I'll Be Me in theaters this past fall: CNN has acquired the rights to the film and will be airing it this summer and again next fall.
According to The Hollywood Reporter via Billboard, the major news network is partnering with the James Keach-directed film to help raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease, which the country legend was diagnosed with right before his Rhinestone Cowboy's 2012 Goodbye Tour.
"We look forward to having the Campbells' brave story - unfortunately familiar to too many American families--on CNN," co-producer Trevor Albert told THR. "This partnership will guarantee that millions of people will have the opportunity to see our movie and understand just how important it is to both raise awareness--and find an end--to Alzheimer's disease." Read more
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(Radio.com) Iggy Azalea has revealed a remix to Tinashe's "All Hands On Deck." The song is Tinashe's third single off her album Aquarius. Produced by Stargate and Cashmere Cat, it blends a DJ Mustard-inspired bounce with melodic synth elements.
Azalea's verse doesn't challenge any of the conventions of her own repertoire--the Australian rap star lays down a piece of all-star level bragging, positioning herself as a reigning force in music.
'Far as fashion and this rappin', I'm who run it now/ Walk-throughs cost a hundred thou/ Yo, I'm Iggy, ow," she spits. Take a listen to the "All Hands Of Deck" remix
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(Radio.com) Sesame Street has done it again. The children's show has parodied one of TV's hottest shows, Netflix's House of Cards. Titled House of Bricks, Frank Underwolf and three little power-suit wearing pigs star as the parody takes us to the White Brick House to learn how to count.
"Some people say there's too much pork in this town," the clip's description begins. "Frank Underwolf could not agree more. And that is why Mr. Underwolf is on a mission to huff and puff and blow down all the little pigs' houses. In this town, you have to know which way the wind is blowing, and unfortunately, for those little piggies, it's about to get very windy."
As part of Sesame Street's Season 45, the cast also parodies Game of Thrones in what it calls Game of Chairs. In the upcoming episode, Grover competes to be king or queen by playing a suspenseful game of musical chairs.
Watch the parody
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Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Tyga's Between the Sheets tour of North America has now been reduced to a U.S. only tour after Brown was denied entry into Canada.
The tour was scheduled to hit the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec on Tuesday night (February 24) and then the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario tonight (February 25).
Both shows have been canceled "due to immigration issues" the concert promoter Live Nation told CBS News. Several media outlets also reported that Brown confirmed the cancelation via Twitter but later deleted the tweets.
Brown reportedly tweeted, "The good people of the Canadian government wouldn't allow me entry. I'll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!"
The next scheduled date on the tour is Friday (February 27th) in Rosemont, Ill at the Allstate Arena and the trek's final date is set for March 16th in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center, according to Brown's Facebook page.
See the dates here.
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As Kelly Clarkson prepares to release her new studio album "Piece by Piece" on March 3rd, she took to social media on Tuesday to clear up a media misconception about what she says was joke she made in an interview.
Clarkson recently was interviewed by BBC Radio 1 and said, "I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no. I'm not kidding you.
"I have legitimately asked several people that I'm not going to call out...Sometimes I feel like I have the plague, or leprosy, they're like, 'If you get too close...' I don't know."
Now she says that she was only joking and called out the media for "twisting" her comments. "Ok, I was making a joke about people not singing with me!" she tweeted. "The press is really twisting this comment just FYI! No big deal. New story please."
The real story for Clarkson is that she is promoting the release of her new album by revealing a new song from the effort each day. On Tuesday she posted a stream of the title track and began selling it on iTunes. She said that the new track is the "most personal song on the album." Check out the stream
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Adele's blockbuster album "21" keeps passing new milestones and now it has reached another one as it has now spent four straight years on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Financial publication Forbes reports that "21" has so far spent 208 weeks on the Billboard chart since its release in 2011 and the album has only been outside the top 100 for 24 of those weeks.
In an era were very few artists can managed to reach platinum status (1 million copies sold), Adele's "21" has sold over 11 million copies in the U.S., earning her a diamond award for the effort (which marks sales of 10 million copies).
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Rihanna has released a new song entitled "Towards The Sun," which comes from the forthcoming soundtrack to the DreamWorks animated movie "Home."
The popstar also voices a character in the movie, which is based on Adam Rex's children's book "The True Meaning of Smekday," which tells the story of aliens coming to earth. The movie is set to hit theaters on March 27th.
Rihanna not only contributed the first single to the soundtrack, she also reportedly curated the effort, according to TIME. They report that it will feature tracks from Charli XCX, Jennifer Lopez and Kiesza.
Read their report and stream the new song
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Nicki Minaj revealed via social media that her rumored boyfriend Meek Mill will be joining her on the road this summer for the North American leg of the Pinkprint tour.
Minaj posted the following message on Instagram, "#ThePinkprintTOUR comes to America this summer with @meekmill and MORE! Can't wait to unveil the rest of the line up! Loveeeee."
Next month, she will kick off the European leg of the tour which will feature Trey Songz. That tour will be kicking off on March 16th in Stockholm, Sweden and concluding on April 12th in Glasgow, Scotland.
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The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has announced that he will be releasing his second solo album, which will be entitled "The Desired Effect," on May 18th.
Flowers made the announcement to fans via his official website. He posted the following message, "On May 18th, 2015, we will finally achieve The Desired Effect."
He went on to provide these details, "[Producer] Ariel [Rechtshaid] and I have been collaborating in the studio, working twogether [sic] in the spirit of conversation, contention, and at long last, sweet contrition. No one has yet seen or heard the change. But soon, we all will."
Ariel Rechtshaid's writing and production credits include work with Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Usher, Calvin Harris, Charli XcX, Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend, Haim, Plain White T's, Snoop Lion and more, according to All Music
"The Desired Effect" follows Flowers' 2010 debut solo album, "Flamingo."
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Rapper Big Sean explains the meaning behind the title of his recently released album, "Dark Sky Paradise," and how it was inspired by "some dark times" that he went through while still maintaining a positive outlook.
Sean tells GQ magazine, "It means a lot. First of all it is darker than any album I've ever done. And I went through some dark times just like we all do, with relationships, personal relationships, romantic relationships, creatively.
He adds, "I feel like I had to dig myself out of a hole creatively and bounce back hard. But throughout all of it, despite all the dark and crazy times I've been through, I still feel this is paradise."
Read the GQ feature
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LMFAO's Redfoo has had no problems keeping busy since the "Party Rock Anthem" duo went on hiatus in 2012. We now learn that he is set to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.
Redfoo, born Stefan Gordy and the son of Motown founder Berry Gordy, had previously appeared on the popular ABC talent contest show as a guest judge.
He will be paired with pro partner Emma Slater when the 20th season of the reality competition show premieres on Monday, March 16th. The other contestants for the season including Suzanne Somers, Patti LaBelle, Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec, Hunger Games star Willow Shields, actress Rumer Willis, R5's Riker Lynch, football star Michael Sam and Olympian Nastia Liukin.
Read more details and watch the announcement video
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Matt and Kim are giving fans another taste of their upcoming album, "New Glow. New Glow," with the release of their homage to the hoodie, entitled "Hoodie On".
The duo premiered the new song with the release of a lyric video for the track which shows Matt and Kim decked out in hoodies while skateboarding. You can watch the clip here.
The new album, their fifth release, is set to be released on April 7th and they had previously previewed two other songs from the effort, "Get It" and "Hey Now".
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(Radio.com) Christina Aguilera isn't just a great singer, she's a phenomenal impressionist. On Monday night (Feb. 23) on The Tonight Show she took on Jimmy Fallon's Wheel of Musical Impressions including her Burlesque co-star Cher singing the Folgers Coffee jingle.
We now believe Aguilera doing this impression is the best part of waking up. The Voice judge then took on Britney Spears, who Fallon jokes, "You know Britney Spears, right?"
Oh, does she know Britney Spears, specifically Britney covering the classic children's rhyme "This Little Piggy" to the tune of "
Baby One More Time."
After a little chuckle, Aguilera started into the song. The words "wee-wee all the way home" never sounded so good. Aguilera also became Shakira, Shakira, singing the Golden Girls Theme. Thank you for being able to do this impression Christina. Watch it
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(Radio.com) It seems that Team Jimmy Kimmel ignored all of our suggestions for their final #MashUpMonday of the month, which means that our hopes of seeing Jessie J Mascis, Jack White Zombie or Mos Def Leppard may never be realized.
But we have to admit, we wish we thought of this one: Warren and Kenny G. Yes, Warren G, stepbrother of Dr. Dre, former member of 213 and proud representative of the G-Funk movement of the '90s. And yes, Kenny G, adult contemporary and smooth jazz saxophone icon.
When they did Kenny G's 1987 mega hit "Songbird" with Warren G free-styling fierce rhymes on top of Kenny's easy-listening classic, they killed it. No, just kidding. They did the Warren G/Nate Dogg 1994 gem "Regulate," and it was pretty amazing regardless.
Fittingly, Nate Dogg's recorded vocals were used--he passed away in 2011 due to complications from multiple strokes--and Kenny G complemented Warren G and his band with his really, really, smooth sax lines.
Check out the mashup
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(Radio.com) Saturday Night Live debuts are a special event, for both fans and artists, as playing on the studio 8H stage is something that musicians hope for, and being able to see a favorite band on national TV, and maybe even in a sketch, is a reward for fandom.
Zac Brown Band, a country group whose appeal spreads wider than most in the genre (they've even become mainstream festival headliners and collaborated with Foo Fighters on several occasions), will be making their SNL debut on March 7. The host for that evening will be Chris Hemsworth, aka the big-screen Thor.
ZBB is just another notch on another impressive season of musical bookings on Saturday Night Live, which has already seen Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Prince, One Direction, and D'Angelo stop by for performances. This weekend will see the Alabama Shakes take the stage. Read more
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(Radio.com) Falling In Reverse celebrate the release of their new album Just Like You with a parody video for the song's title track. Radke comes out and introduces the audience to his show called The Choice, a spoof on various talent competition shows. Wearing a series of wigs, the frontman plays the role of some famous judges including Steve Tyler, Simon Cowell, and Jessie J.
Surrounding the band are many cameos including comedian Andy Dick, Lorenzo "The Main Event" Antonucci, Danny Worsnop of We Are Harlot and Telle Smith of The Word Alive.
In the opening sequence, Radke and Antonucci meet up in a dressing room, a surprise to many fans due to a beef the wrestler had with Radke several years ago.
After exchanging a few words, the pair turn to the camera and offer a smile and thumbs up, signaling that all is well in Rocksville. Watch the video
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(Radio.com) Nick Jonas has been on that cover tip lately, doing his own take on Rae Sremmurd's "No Type" at 97.1 AMP's GRAMMYs party, and he marches on down the cover lane this week, dropping his take on Kanye West and Paul McCartney's "Only One."
Jonas puts a blue-eyed soul spin on West's ode to his family, performing a stripped-down version by himself with just a keyboard. Jonas tweeted to West to announce the song's released, saying, "I love this song so much I had to sing it myself."
Given Jonas' more recent career shift in the soulful R&B slant, a cover of "Only One" makes sense. Maybe a rendition of "FourFiveSeconds" is not too far down the road? Stay tuned to find out. Check out the Kanye cover
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(Radio.com) Big Sean aims to make a statement with his forthcoming album, Dark Sky Paradise, and one track in particular, "One Man Can Change the World," is his own legend-building moment.
When Sean dropped by Radio.com, we asked if the track was inspired by his mission to make good rap music. His answer was a little extra. "I feel like all of the music I do is a manifestation of making good rap music because there's not a lot of good rap music," he says with a laugh. "Just to keep it 100, there isn't."
That would surely earn him a 100 sticker from The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore, but after a beat Sean clarifies his position. He's sticking firm to there not being a lot of good rap, but with the caveat that there are some good rappers out there.
"No, let me take that back. There's not a lot of good rap music, but there is good rap music," he says. "And there are great rappers, obviously: Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake. A lot of great artists. I bring my own style to the game. I try and stay different from the rest. I want to leave my mark." Read more
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(Radio.com) For their latest album, Smoke + Mirrors, Imagine Dragons found a house on the outskirts of their hometown of Las Vegas and built their own studio and they recently revealed that they were robbed while recording the album.
There were a lot of good parts about choosing to record off the beaten path: they were by the airport and were only five or 10 minutes away from the Vegas strip. But, one not so great thing about the neighborhood they chose were
'They were nice enough," guitarist, Wayne Sermon told Radio.com earlier this week at the famed New York City studio, Electric Lady right before hitting the stage for an up close and personal concert hosted by local radio station Fresh 102.7 (a CBS station). But frontman Dan Reynolds was quick to interject, "They're drug dealers."
Turns out, the area they chose to record in was kind of shady. Actually, very shady. "They only stole from us one time" bassist Ben McKee says. "That we know of. And they gave our mic stand back."
Reynolds thinks that they were actually robbed two times: "They broke into my car
They stole my phone." "Someone stole your phone," McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman shrugged in unison, giving their neighbors the benefit of the doubt.
Either way, the dad of the perpetrator, Reynolds says, eventually came to their door, mic stand in hand, to apologize for his son. 'The dad knocked on the door and said, 'Listen, my son stole this mic stand from your guys' place,'" Reynolds says, mock handing the invisible stand over. ''We're not those kind of people.'"
Though, as Sermon remembers, they still technically owe them--'It was a whole stand and they brought back half the stand." What gets stolen in Vegas sometimes stays in Vegas. Read more
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(Radio.com) Kanye West's ex-girlfriend Amber Rose posted a series of messages on the social media site Twitter late last week where she responding to negative comments that West recently made about her.
West recently went on record saying some not-so-nice things about Rose, claiming that, "If Kim had dated me when I wanted, there would be no Amber Rose." He also joked that Kardashian made him take 30 showers because of Rose.
Well, as would be expected, Amber Rose is not very happy about these comments. She responded in a series of tweets, saying, "This is my moment to let the world know who u really are and the things you've done to me."
But, Amber Rose is taking the high road, saying, "after all these years I never snitched on u and I don't plan on starting now. We once loved each other so I won't do u like that."
Check out the string of tweets
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(Radio.com) Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late includes a song that pays homage to Madonna. The song named after the pop star is a downtempo jam with lyrics referencing her and he also shouts her in the liner notes.
Madonna must get a lot of fanmail, but she's taken the time to acknowledge at least this one drooling fanboy. She jumped on her Instagram page and delivered the response that every artist in history has hoped for after showing love to an idol: an invitation to a date.
"I love your new song about me!," she wrote in the caption. "It's my favorite! I'm still waiting for you to pick me up
.. Ask D for my address! I knew you were a#rebelheart !" Read more
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(Radio.com) Earlier this month Afroman was briefly arrested after punching a female fan who had climbed on stage and was dancing behind him at a show in Biloxi, Miss. Now he's lost a few upcoming tour dates after video of the event circulated online.
While Afroman originally had seven dates scheduled over the next few weeks, two of those have been canceled. The Park Street Saloon in Columbus, Ohio, immediately canceled its March 13 show after seeing the video.
Another venue, Ziggy's By The Sea in Wilmington, N.C., canceled after claiming that its Christian audience wouldn't stand for what he'd done, reports XXL. Read more
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(Radio.com) Zedd broke out in a big way with 2012's Clarity, scoring major hits with the title track and the Hayley Williams-featuring "Stay the Night." Now he's back again with his next try for the top of the charts, and this time he's brought along Selena Gomez.
"I Want You to Know," the duo's brand new collaboration, was released early Monday (Feb. 23) on iTunes, the first single from the EDM producer since his track from 2014's Divergent.
And as with his past hits, "I Want You to Know" features towering dance production from Zedd, along with a strong vocal from Gomez, fresh off the release of her first greatest hits compilation, "For You."
"I want you to know that I'm all yours/ You and me run the same course," Gomez sings before Zedd launches into a monstrous, pulsating drop. Listen to the song
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(Radio.com) We recently explored 10 of the most romantic country duets ever just in time for Valentine's Day, but in doing so we realized that love is not always so easy. And Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe's current radio single "Lonely Tonight" brings this idea to the forefront.
Sometimes nights together are unexpected--there isn't a lot of planning or romantic build-up involved. In this duet's case, Shelton and Monroe each play characters who are alone yet toying with the idea of a hook up for "one last one more time."
"That taste, that touch, the fire I miss/ Those kiss me eyes, your red wine lips on mine," Shelton sings. Monroe provides her side of the story as well, adding to Shelton's sentiments when she joins in on the chorus. "I know we shouldn't, but I don't care," she answers. "Need you, want you, I'm right here."
True, it's a storyline we've heard before, such as on Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," where he begs an ex whom he said he would never call again to "come over, come over, come over, come over, come over." Shelton and Monroe, though, make their own statement on the 'one more time' concept, adding two sides of the story, which also allows for some memorable harmonies.
As a result, "Lonely Tonight" embodies a classic country heartbreak song mixed with some nostalgia. And the video for the song gives it a contemporary urban setting, too. Read more
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(Radio.com) Earlier, Drake released his new project If You're Reading This Its Too Late out of nowhere. He called it a mixtape, but it was only available for purchase via iTunes. Many fans wondered if this had something to do with a possible split from Cash Money
In a new interview, KP, the VP of mixtape site Datpiff, has revealed that the project was originally meant to be a free Gangsta Grillz mixtape hosted by DJ Drama--but KP made clear that the "mixtape" just may count towards Drake's Cash Money album requirements.
"Originally we [Datpiff] were in talks to release it for free
and have DJ Drama host and even make it an official Gangsta Grillz
however the label was not in favor of that and they struck an agreement to release the project the retail route and it would count towards one of his albums," KP explained to Hip Hop DX. "It was a mutual decision since he wanted to give it away. They [the label] said, 'Hell no,' not in those words, so they 'agreed' to do it this way as a middle ground and it would count towards his Cash Money deal album total. The label had zero input or creative control over If Youre Reading This It's Too Late." Read more
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(Radio.com) The future is often unpredictable. French producer Madeon displays this concept all too well in his new music video for "Pay No Mind," which features Passion Pit.
The second installment of a trilogy, "Pay No Mind" follows a young woman called Asteria and a young man named Icarus. Throughout the nearly four-minute clip, the two actors are shown unraveling clues like an Indiana Jones film in search of an uncertain quest.
"Set in a remote city, in an undefined future, Asteria is restless to see more of the outside world," a press release states. "She finds a friend in Icarus, who shares her desire of leaving."
While navigating the city, the two go through books and building floor plans to plan their exit strategy guided by a bright light as the buildings begin to unfold before them.
As the duo come closer to finding paradise, the video leaves the viewer guessing. Once Asteria and Icarus succeed with their exit plan, the video ends abruptly with "to be continued" written on the screen. The answers will hopefully be revealed in the final installment of the trilogy. Read more and watch the video
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(Radio.com) If you didn't have a chance to make it out to Las Vegas for Shania Twain's residency, her new video for "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" shows what a live show from the country singer is really like.
On Friday (Feb. 20), Twain released the video performance for her 1999 hit. At the clip's start, viewers get a glimpse into Twain's live show with a montage of performances which are full of costume changes, sparkles and choreographed moves. Nearly 20 seconds in, the familiar guitar licks from her hit are heard before her memorable opening line to the song: "Let's go, girls!"
Dressed in black from head to toe, with a top hat and black overcoat, Twain soon loses her coverup to reveal knee-high black leather boots and a short sparkly black dress complete with black gloves and a black choker.
This is the first video released from Twain's upcoming 18-track CD and DVD Shania: Still the One Live From Vegas, which will be released on March 3.
'This show has been a labor of love for over three years," Twain said in a press release. 'It has meant so much to me and was such a privilege to live out my visions on that stage, and it is so exciting to now get to share the whole experience with the fans all over the world!" Watch the video
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(Radio.com) As part of BBC Radio 1's ongoing Live Lounge series, British rock duo Royal Blood covered The Police's 1978 classic "Roxanne" and made it their own.
Like Sting, Royal Blood's Mike Kerr is also a bass-playing singer. But rather than make the foolish attempt to hit the crooner's famous high notes, Kerr kept the vocals in a manageable range yet brought a far more raw feel with his unique and mysterious bass work.
Interviewed by Radio.com earlier this year, Kerr wouldn't disclose just how he's able to sound like two distinct guitar players. What we do know is that he uses multiple amplifiers which results in audience members looking for another guitar player hiding behind the curtains.
And rather than running the risk of being compared to Stewart Copeland, drummer Ben Thatcher took liberties adding a fill and cold ending, rather than fading out as fans remember the original track. Check it out
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(Radio.com) It used to be the cover of the Rolling Stone that you wanted to cover, but for artists 50 and over, it seems to be AARP, The Magazine that you want to get your picture on.
Early Friday morning (Feb. 20), the American Association of Retired Persons revealed a special birthday cover, which features none other than Dr. Dre, who turned 50 on Feb. 18.
"This rap icon may be turning 50 today, but he's still D.R.E.," the tweet cleverly wrote. Now, at his age, Dre can get all the benefits AARP offers for only $16 a year. We think the man worth $620 million, according to Forbes, can afford it.
Check out Dre's cover of AARP, The Magazine
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(Radio.com) Longtime Hollywood star Kevin Costner returns to the big-screen this weekend with McFarland USA, a feel-good film that tells the true story of the primarily Mexican-American 1987 track team from McFarland, Calif. that went on to become genuine contenders and even champions.
Costner, who plays the team's coach, Jim White, rang up Billy Kidd of All Access Pass to talk about the movie and the real-life story that inspired it. "It does center around these kids who work the fields alongside their parents and run themselves right to school that morning. And then when school's out they go back to these fields.' And a man comes in and gives them a sense of direction. He doesn't have one himself.
"These kids, by the way he sees them, have this incredible endurance, and they don't really have a lot of opportunities. Out of this comes this cross-country team that not only starts to run, but they end up winning nine state championships
something magical happened in this town."
Costner went on to explain how he was drawn to the movie through a very real-life connection. A native of Lynwood, Calif. (only 150 miles from McFarland), Costner remembers when the McFarland cross-country team first rose to prominence.
'I actually grew up close to this area, and it's a story that I read about in Sports Illustrated," he explained. "It really moved me and all of a sudden it came to my door. It's like, how weird is that? You know about a story, hear about it, and somebody wants you to be in the movie
it's a movie you can take your family to." Read more
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(Radio.com) Is Sesame Street even for kids at all? From the classic "Letter B" bit (parodying the Beatles' "Let It Be") to their more recent riffs on the Old Spice Commercials and Mad Men, the show has always had a knack for doing some pretty spot-on takes on zeitgeist moments. These go over (way over) the heads of most children, but they delight the parents, who are in many cases a captive audience.
Now Sesame Street has done it again. In a new video posted to YouTube by Mashable Watercooler called "Big Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Orange Pants," Big Bird haunts Caroll Spinney, who is the voice of the giant Muppet.
"Smells like bird seed!" Big Bird's voice says, over jazz drums, a la Birdman. "I never thought we'd be here this long. We've survived hurricanes, trips to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, China, Japan, ticklish monsters!" He continues, "How many different ways can you learn the alphabet?"
"Maybe we should have done that Raymond Carver play!" he says, a reference to the play (What We Talk About When We Talk About Love) that Michael Keaton's Birdman character directs, produces and stars in ("very ambitious!").
As the camera follows Spinney in a Birdman-style single shot, he leaves his dressing room and then the building to find that Big Bird himself is following him.
"You can fly!" BB tells him. "Well, you can't really fly." Watch it
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