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Page Too Report for 12/18/2017


Russell Simmons Denies Sexual Assault Allegations

(Radio.com) Three women have levied new sexual assault accusations against producer and music mogul Russell Simmons, according to the New York Times. The New York Police Department told media they are "reviewing information" related to the reported incidents, which are alleged to have taken place between 1988 and 2014. Accusers have reported a pattern of coercive and violating behavior, which Simmons denies.

The music executive (who stepped down from various business roles last month due to other allegations) took to Instagram to publicly declare his innocence and announce his intention to defend himself against the allegations.

"Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges," Simmons wrote. He said he would begin by addressing the claims made by model Keri Claussen, followed by the account published by screenwriter Jenny Lumet in The Hollywood Reporter.

"My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in any way, but instead hold my accusers accountable," he wrote. "Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #MeToo. It's just a statement about my innocence." Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Gives 'Perfect' Makeover With Andrea Bocelli

(Radio.com) As if Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect," wasn't already perfect enough, a new version with Andrea Bocelli gives the song a new glow. Sheeran's brother, classical composer Matthew Sheeran, arranged the reboot and the orchestral touches compliment Bocelli's and Sheeran's delivery.

The Sheerans mutually decided to invite the Italian tenor to sing on the project. A music video for the song was shot at the opera singer's home, and at the end, Ed says, "Thank you so much, man. It's exactly what I wanted" You could say he thought it was, err, "perfect."

The track is the second new take on Sheeran's current single, he also recently released a version of the track featuring Beyonce. Check out the new version of "Perfect" here.

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Britney Spears' Lost Christmas Classic Revisited

(Radio.com) The canon of popular Christmas music is a hard playlist to crack: Apart from Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and Wham!'s "Last Christmas," most standards we love are oldies but goodies.

That doesn't stop artists from trying their luck: In 2000, Britney Spears recorded "My Only Wish (This Year)" and among her fans, its legacy endures.

One such fan is comedian John Early, who appeared on The Late Show and performed Britney's holiday classic. The Search Party actor explained what makes "My Only Wish (This Year)" so special to him:

"As a devout atheist, Christmas is huge for me, especially Christmas music. So I'm going to sing you my favorite Christmas song if that's okay," he said. "I'm gonna sing a song by Ms. Britney Jean Spears, who I coincidentally do a shocking impression of, born completely out of love, by the way." Watch Early's cover rendition here.

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N.E.R.D. Perform Two Songs From Their Comeback Album

(Radio.com) To promote No One Ever Really Dies, their first album in seven years, N.E.R.D. performed two of the new tracks on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week (Dec 14).

The group delivered 'Lemon," and '1000" on a set that looked like a modern, neon-embellished version of West Side Story, with cars circling a concrete battleground.

Dancer Mette Towley worked her way around the giant floor, delivering moves from the 'Lemon" video, while Pharrell Williams rapped the "Lemon" parts Rihanna performed on the album.

As the set ended, the band explained that the project was 'streaming now." Watch "Lemon" and "1000" here.

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Kane Brown Releases 'Setting the Night On Fire' Video Featuring Chris Young

(Radio.com) Kane Brown has released a music video for his song, "Setting the Night On Fire," featuring Chris Young. The 24-year-old's latest track is featured on the deluxe edition of his self-titled album.

The video includes both country singers recording the track in the studio as well as enjoying a game of Topgolf. The pair worked together on the road this past summer opening up for Jason Aldean.

Kane Brown will join Chris Young on his Losing Sleep World Tour in 2018 as a supporting act. Watch the new music video for "Setting the Night On Fire" here.

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Sam Hunt Releases Cover of 'This Land is Your Land'

(Radio.com) Sam Hunt has shared a somber new version of "This Land is Your Land." Hunt's moody reading of Woody Guthrie's American standard is taken from the soundtrack of new Will Smith movie, Bright.

The Bright soundtrack is out today and features many big names and big-name collaborations, but Hunt is the only country artist to appear on the compilation.

Listen to the country star's brand new take on "This Land is Your Land" here.

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Nicki Minaj Featured On A$AP Ferg's 'Plain Jane' Remix

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj is heating up the holidays with some red-hot new rhymes with a guest appearance on a brand new remix of ASAP Ferg's track "Plain Jane," which is now streaming online.

Minaj lays out a rapid-fire verse on a remix of A$AP Ferg's "Plain Jane," flipping the sentiment of the song from her own female-dominant perspective.

The original version of the track appears on Ferg's Still Striving, which was released earlier this year. Listen to Nick Minaj's explicit new lyrics on the remix here.

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Justin Bieber Shares Christian Message With Fans

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber's Instagram has something for everyone this week: Ed Sheeran fans can watch him practice dance moves to "Perfect." Christmas and fitness lovers can see him trim the tree shirtless. And now, Bieber has posted something a little more serious and personal.

The Purpose singer photographed a whiteboard with a message for his flock of 94.8 million followers, inspired by his connection with a power greater than himself:

"Do you feel like you have exhausted all your options? Do you feel helpless? Do you feel like you're never good enough? What if I told you that there's a god [sic] that's willing to meet you WHEREVER you're at! What if I told you he could take away your pain, shame, guilt and fears? #Jesus." See the post here.

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Star Wars' Daisy Ridley Discovers Hidden Talent

(Radio.com) Not bad for her first time ever playing a kazoo. Daisy Ridley was handed a kazoo during a recent interview, where the Star Wars actress appears to admit that she had no idea what she was holding.

Once the actress gets the hang of how to play it, Ridley rocked out a strong rendition of the instantly recognizable theme music to the Star Wars movie franchise.

"My music career just disappeared into the air," the actress joked after her kazoo performance. Watch the magic happen here.

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Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Shares Baby Shower Photos

(Radio.com) With the arrival of twins imminent, Hillary Scott's friends threw a lovely baby shower for the Lady Antebellum star. Scott shared images from the occasion on Instagram, thanking her friends (including Kelsea Ballerini) for the thoughtful get-together.

"Today was the most precious and perfect celebration for our little girls," Scott captioned the photos. "One of my favorite parts about today was that a table full of amazing women (a few not pictured, and a few unable to attend who we missed tremendously!!) had great fellowship, laughs, and lifted each other up…all while celebrating these two babies who I pray grow up to first be who God has created them to be, but also a melting pot of all of the hearts in this room who love them so much already. My heart is overflowing with gratitude to the hostesses…Love y'all so much."

The singer went on to thank Nashville restaurant Husk for hosting the event and "making our bellies REALLY happy!!" See the happy photos here.

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Jason Aldean and Wife Share First Outing With Baby Memphis

(Radio.com) Life with a newborn is always an adventure, even for a country superstar like Jason Aldean. Aldean and his wife Brittany took their baby boy Memphis on his very first outing into the world, with the family making a run to their local Target store.

Brittany Aldean captured the moment on video which was then shared on social media, with husband Jason sporting a look on his face that most new dads will immediately understand.

"It's like our second home," Brittany says to the camera of the Target store, with Jason adding, "it's true," while looking like he could really use a good night's sleep. Brittany, of course, looks fresh as a daisy. Watch the funny clip here.

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Michael Jackson Video Gets 'Cirque du Soleil' Update

(Radio.com) Cirque du Soleil dancers are featured in Michael Jackson's new "Blood on the Dancefloor 2017" music video. The new clip merges the original 1997 video with newly shot footage of the cast of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil.

"After seeing the cast's one-time-only performance to 'Blood On The Dance Floor' during this year's annual celebration of Michael's birthday at the show's theater, the Estate and Sony Music were inspired to create a contemporized short film for the song and BOTDF 2017 is the result of those efforts," according to the video description.

Watch the new MJ video here.

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Rich Homie Quan Releases New Track Called 'Changed'

(Radio.com) Rich Homie Quan may being make the move to a major label but the rapper hasn't changed, despite the title of his brand new single, which is now streaming online.

The Atlanta rapper has shared a new song, "Changed," taken from his upcoming major label debut, Rich As In Spirit, set for release on Motown early next year.

On the track, Rich Homie Quan details how success, fame and money haven't changed him. Check out the new cut, which contains explicit lyrics, here.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda And The Decemberists 'Ben Franklin's Song'

(Radio.com) Lin-Manuel Miranda is back with new Hamilton music. After revealing his plans for monthly "Hamildrops" through 2018, Miranda shared the first new track, "Ben Franklin's Song," made in collaboration with The Decemberists.

The Hamilton creator sent his lyrics to frontman Colin Meloy, who set the new track to music. "There's explicit and clean versions available," the Hamilton star warned when announcing the track. "You'll see why soon."

Listen to the clean version and find a link to the very NSFW version of the track here.

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Eminem 'Revival' Air Jordan 4 Encore Sneaker Details

(Radio.com) One very lucky Eminem fan is about to score an extremely rare pair of sneakers from the Detroit rapper. After teasing the shoe on Instagram, Eminem has revealed the "Revival" edition of his Jordan 4 Encore sneakers, made in collaboration with StockX.

"With only 23 pairs ever produced, it's even more exclusive than the original version from 2005," reads the StockX page. "The 2017 Jordan 4 Encore features a slightly lighter shade of grey on the heel tab and wings but otherwise stays true to the OG pair in all of its other details."

Of those 23 pairs of the shoes, only one pair will be made available to the public, and the rapper is giving them away for charity.

Eminem is asking for $10 donations to the Marshall Mathers Foundation to help fund Detroit community initiatives. For every $10 donation made, eligible donors will be entered for a chance to win their choice of nine different prizes, all coming straight from Eminem's personal archives, including the 2017 Jordan 4 Encore. Read more here.

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2 Chainz Upset Over Sale Of Christmas Sweaters Knock Off

(Radio.com) 2 Chainz has been in the ugly Christmas sweater business for a some time; he's sold "Dabbing Santa" pullovers for a good cause since 2015. Last week, it came to the rapper's attention that Walmart [actually a third party seller on their website] has stocked their virtual shelves with a "Dabbing Santa" sweater that features a nearly identical graphic to the one on the rapper's merch.

Let's just say that discovery didn't fill 2 Chainz with the spirit of the season. "Oooh nooo someone please tell Walmart that they didn't get permission to use this patent or likeness in anyway," he wrote on Instagram.

"We use this sweater this time of year to spread togetherness and also give back to those who are less fortunate or not able to provide for their families at the time." Read more here.

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