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Ed Sheeran Denied Backing Track Accusations 2017 In Review

Ed Sheeran Denied Backing Track Accusations was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Ed Sheeran played the biggest nighttime show of his career on June 25th when he headlined the Glastonbury festival in the UK. But the singer took some heat following his festival when members of the audience accused him of using a backing track during his performance.

In actuality, Sheeran was using a loop pedal, which allowed one guitar segment to repeat while he played another one and it's a process he has used for a long time, but apparently, not everyone knows that.

"Think it would have given a better atmosphere if Ed Sheeran had employed a band instead of a backing track?" one festivalgoer wrote on Twitter. Hours later, Sheeran clarified the situation on social media. "Never thought I'd have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live, it's a loop station, not a backing track," he wrote, before adding that he had a great night. Read more here.

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Calvin Harris Explains He 'Snapped' After Taylor Swift Breakup 2017 In Review

Calvin Harris Explains He 'Snapped' After Taylor Swift Breakup was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) The implosion of Taylor Swift's relationship with Calvin Harris ruled tabloid headlines early last summer--especially when their personal drama bled into the professional sphere with "This Is What You Came For."

It was leaked that Swift lent her songwriting gifts to the Harris-Rihanna hit and she subsequently confirmed it, as a new romance with actor Tom Hiddleston heated up. In a new interview with British GQ, Harris now admits he was impulsive and unprofessional. "It was completely the wrong instinct," Harris admitted. "I was protecting what I see as my one talent in the world being belittled. It felt like things were piling on top of me and that was when I snapped."

"Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though," he tweeted. "I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do," he wrote in a follow-up tweet that was liked almost 3,000 times within half an hour. "I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy [Perry] ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it." Read more here.

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Jay Z Reportedly Called Out Kanye West On New Album '4:44' 2017 In Review

Jay Z Reportedly Called Out Kanye West On New Album '4:44' was a top 17 story of July 2017: Jay Z released his thirteenth studio album, 4:44, at midnight on June 30th and there is speculation that he calls out his one time collaborator Kanye West on one of the tracks on the effort.

Radio.com has the details: "Kill Jay Z" is about, "the killing of the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty." But also, it's kind of about Kanye West, reports Fader.

In the song Jay raps, "You dropped outta school, you lost your principles, I know people backstab you, I feel bad too, But this f- everybody attitude ain't natural."

Later on he continues: 'But you ain't the same, this ain't Kumba Ye/ But you got hurt because you think Kumba Ye/ You gave him 20 million without thinkin'/ He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f- was he thinkin'?/ 'F- wrong with everybody?' is what you sayin'/ But if everybody's crazy, you're the one that's insane." Preview the album here.

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Rick Ross Apologizes Insensitive Comment About Women 2017 In Review

Rick Ross Apologizes Insensitive Comment About Women was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Rick Ross has apologized for comments he last week about why he won't sign female rappers to his Maybach Music Group label. In short, he said he's afraid he'll end up having sex with them and ruining the relationship.

"I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority dominated industry like hip hop," he wrote. "'My entire empire's backbone is led by two of the strongest people I know and they happen to be women, my mother and sister," he continued. "The operations wouldn't run without them and I have the highest regard and respect for women in this industry. I have a daughter myself, my most cherished gift in the world."

He insisted he has learned from his "mistake" and may change his unspoken (until recently) rule. 'My comment is not a reflection of my beliefs on the issue," he said. [It's] a mistake I regret. I hope to use my mistake, my platform, and the community to create positive discussion to implement change on a very important issue--respect for the ones who stand up to say, 'Hey that isn't right.' Now it's time to accept responsibility and all do better." Read more here.

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Beyonce Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Stirs Controversy 2017 In Review

Beyonce Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Stirs Controversy was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Madame Tussauds unveiled their new Beyonce wax figure last week (July 18) and the internet is not happy about it. The new figure is a blonde-haired, white woman who slightly resembles the iconic superstar.

While one fan referred to the figure as "FIERCE," the vast majority of fans on Twitter are sharing the image and pointing out how it looks nothing like the pop star they call Queen Bey.

Some fans are pointing out how Kylie Jenner's wax model looks identical to the reality star, but the "Sorry" singer looks like a combination of Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Kesha and more.

Even Michelle Lee, editor-in-chief of Allure, chimed in on the issue, posting side-by-side photos of other wax figures that also don't do Beyonce any justice. Check out the wax figure and posts here.

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Luis Fonsi's 'Despacito' Named Most Streamed Song Of All Time 2017 In Review

Luis Fonsi's 'Despacito' Named Most Streamed Song of All Time was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Move over Justin Bieber, your pal Luis Fonsi needs a seat. Justin Bieber's "Sorry" has officially been knocked out of the most-streamed song of all time spot by Luis Fonsi's massive hit "Despacito."

Bieber shouldn't feel too bad about the news though, since he certainly had a hand in helping the track reach the milestone. The track was originally released in January 2017 featuring Daddy Yankee.

The track was remixed just a few month later with Justin's Spanish vocals and according to Billboard has since garnered 4.6 billion streams across all platforms, including Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music and a host of others. Read more here.

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Ariana Grande Concert Terror Attack Threat Leads To 2017 In Review

Ariana Grande Concert Terror Attack Threat Leads To Arrest was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) A 22-year-old Colombian man was arrested on Sunday (July 9th) by Costa Rican police for allegedly threatening to stage a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Alajuela.

Costa Rican prosecutors said in a statement that the man, Caicedo Lopez, made credible threats online in Arabic and police reacted, reports La Nacion. The concert was staged without incident.

Speaking with the Costa Rican newspaper, the young man's grandmother painted a different picture. "If you see him, he is a very shy person, he does not smoke or smoke, he does not go to parties, he does not go to concerts, he is very homely, he is a good boy, very calm. Which happened to me, but it was a joke, even innocent, of a person who is very calm. But he will be responsible for his actions and his mistake." Read more here.

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Katy Perry Addressed Orlando Bloom Nude Photos 2017 In Review

Katy Perry Addressed Orlando Bloom Nude Photos was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) In August of 2016, revealing images of Orlando Bloom operating a stand-up paddleboard naked (with then-girlfriend Katy Perry) hit tabloids and ignited Twitter. The nude photos made waves 10 months ago, but Perry recently and willingly addressed the incident.

First off, The Witness declined to join the public nudity. '[Orlando] asked me if I wanted to be [naked] and I was like, 'ah no''" she told an Australian radio interviewer. 'You know when you're dating someone sometimes, it's exciting to be like, 'Oh, should we try and make out over here in this place' or what have you, and I was just not in the mood. I saved it for the boat."

Bloom, however, took a more exhibitionist approach. 'He wanted to show off for the people on the shore," Perry recalls. 'He thought it was funny!" Perry added that Bloom was in the dark about the splash the revealing photos made online. 'Oh oh, it was so funny because I was explaining Twitter and social media to him for weeks because he had taken a break and then all of a sudden he was, like, trending number one on Twitter." Read more here.

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Aaron Carter Went On Social Media Rant Following Arrest 2017 In Review

Aaron Carter Went On Social Media Rant Following Arrest was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Aaron Carter was arrested on Saturday (July 15) in Habersham County, Georgia. He was pulled over by Habersham County Sheriffs on the way to a show and charged with DUI refusal, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, and possession of drug related objects.

The singer has refuted police reports and spoke out on social media. "The truth will come out," he tweeted. In a public Twitter rant, Carter advised followers to "Walk away from gossip and verbal defamation. Speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same."

Additionally, he released a statement about his arrest, promising to make up the shows he missed. After Carter's arrest, his older brother Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys tweeted words of encouragement. "To my brother: I love u no matter what & if u feel the need to reach for help, I am here and willing to help you get better. Family isn't always easy, [but] we're all here for you."

Aaron didn't appreciate Nick's public plea for help: "If my own blood (Nick) truly cared about my well-being, why wouldn't he call me directly and have a conversation instead of making this about him through a very public forum? That's not cool at all to use me for his PR and kick me while I am down." It didn't stop there. Read more here.

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Harry Styles Addresses Fourth Nipple Rumor 2017 In Review

Harry Styles Addresses Fourth Nipple Rumor was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Harry Styles recently sat down with Chelsea Handler, ostensibly to talk about his role in the brand new film Dunkirk. That's not exactly what happened.

In the awkward, but also hilarious interview, Handler asks Styles a series of bizarre questions including one asking him about an unusual question about his anatomy:

"There's a rumor on the internet that you have four nipples," Handler said, "have you heard that?" Styles is a good sport throughout. Check out a stream of the fun clip here.

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Tupac's Breakup Letter To Madonna Excerpted Online 2017 In Review

Tupac's Breakup Letter To Madonna Excerpted Online was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Few remember that Tupac and Madonna shared a brief romance in the mid-90s. In a newly unearthed letter from jail (where the late rapper was serving time for a sexual assault charge in 1995) Tupac opens with an apology: "I haven't been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being."

Portions of the letter (which is now up for auction) are redacted but Tupac wrote that while an interracial relationship could help Madonna's career, he worried about hurting his reputation in the eyes of black audiences.

"Can u understand that? For you to be seen with a black man wouldn't in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open & exciting," he wrote. "But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my 'image' I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you."

Inflammatory statements Madonna made in the press didn't make matters easier, Pac wrote: "An interview where you said 'I'm off to rehabilitate all the rappers & basketball players' or something to that effect, those words cut me deep seeing how I had never known you to be with any rappers besides myself," he wrote. "It was at this moment out of hurt and a natural instinct to strike back and defend my heart and ego that I said a lot of things'Can you feel me?" Read more here.

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Niall Horan Wants Katy Perry To 'Stop Being Mean' To Him 2017 In Review

Niall Horan Wants Katy Perry To 'Stop Being Mean' To Him was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) You may remember that only seven years ago, a baby-faced Niall Horan appeared on the UK's The X Factor, auditioning solo for the panel and ultimately being saved from elimination by one Miss Katy Perry.

In the years that followed, through his time spent with One Direction and into his budding solo career, one thing has remained constant between the two artists -- a little friendly teasing.

Over the weekend the pair were in the building at The Voice Australia in Sydney and were snapped in a video for Katy's Instagram story which she captioned, '@niallhoran stage 5 clinger" and jokingly accuses him of following her around everywhere. In the video, he agrees.

Post show, Niall was interviewed by Australia's The Project TV and was asked about that video, as well as another interview in which Katy flat-out says Niall is 'always trying to get my number to maybe flirt with me, but, like, 'I could babysit you. I'm like your mom.'"

Niall once again took the joke in stride, addressing Perry directly while laughing, "Katy, please stop being mean to me." "She's just finding any excuse now to just patronize me and go around spreading rumors about me," he continued. "I just want to be her friend." Read more here.

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Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' Video Gets Sesame Street Makeover 2017 In Review

Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' Video Gets Sesame Street Makeover was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) The Beastie Boys released their iconic Spike Jonze's directed music video for their rap-rock track "Sabotage" in 1994. The original video was an action-packed spoof of 1970s crime dramas.

On Wednesday (July 5), a fan recreated the video with existing footage of Sesame Street Muppet characters. In the new video, Big Bird and the other Muppets appear in a dramatic chase scene where they are on the run from the police.

"The original 'Sabotage' music video is without a doubt, one of the greatest of all time," the video's editor Adam Schleichkorn said in an online statement. "So I knew I couldn't do a regular old lip sync video, I had to bring it! RIP MCA." Watch the fan-created and original video here.

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Toby Keith's Daughter Hit By A Drunk Driver 2017 In Review

Toby Keith's Daughter Hit By A Drunk Driver was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Toby Keith's daughter Krystal and her family got into a serious car crash on July 4th with a drunk driver. The singer-songwriter posted two horrifying photos of the Mercedes-Benz SUV she and her family were driving.

In the photos, the entire front end of the car was destroyed, in what looks like a head-on impact. Despite the severity of the crash, Krystal assured her fans that everyone was alright, but emphatically urged people to never drink and drive.

"Our 4th turned pretty horrific," she wrote in her post's caption. "Hensley, Drew and I were on the way to watch fireworks on the 4th. A drunk driver almost took the lives of my entire family. We all survived the wreck but it's gonna take some time to heal. Keep us in your prayers. Hug your babies and spouses tight. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE." Check out the post here.

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Kendrick Lamar's 'Humble' Lyrics Controversy Confuses SZA 2017 In Review

Kendrick Lamar's 'Humble' Lyrics Controversy Confuses SZA was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) SZA released her debut album CTRL last month and recently sat down with Glamour to talk about the record and her appreciation of Kendrick Lamar and addressed the controversy over some of his lyrics.

Lamar collaborated with her on her "Doves in the Wind" track. SZA remarked that the rapper is "amazing" and" always helping [her] level up to be better and to want more." During the interview, she defended the DAMN. rapper about certain lyrics in his "Humble" track. The controversial lyrics in question, are when Lamar raps, "I'm so ....sick and tired of the Photoshop/Show me something natural like afro on Richard Pryor/Show me something natural like *** with some stretch marks."

While many see these lines as Lamar speaking out against unrealistic body expectations in the industry, certain detractors view them as misogynist. "How is that misogyny if he's supporting positive body image? I think that's so weird, and it's reaching," SZA commented. Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Graffiti Drama Ends With $6,000 Donation 2017 In Review

Justin Bieber Graffiti Drama Ends With $6,000 Donation was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Justin Bieber's Brazilian legal drama has come to a close. The 'Sorry" singer made a $6,000 donation to a cancer hospital to settle charges related to a 2013 graffiti incident.

Four years ago, Bieber was photographed 'tagging" an abandoned hotel. Bieber obtained permission to spray paint a nearby sports facility--but opted to tag the Hotel Nacional for 'security reasons," reports the BBC.

The charges ('defacing a building or urban monument by graffiti or other means" ) were punishable by one year in jail or a fine. On the same trip, Bieber was accused of trashing his hotel room, visiting a brothel and swearing at photographers. Read more here.

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Gwen Stefani Sued Over Stage Rushing Incident 2017 In Review

Gwen Stefani Sued Over Stage Rushing Incident was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Gwen Stefani is being sued by a concertgoer who claims she broke her tibia at one of the singer shows in 2016 after she allegedly invited fans in the lawn section to fill empty seats.

A legal document obtained by Pitchfork reads in part: "During the course of and in the midst of Stefani's musical performance, Stefani unilaterally announced via her microphone and the loud speakers throughout PNC Pavilion that all patrons in the lawn seating area should come to the reserved seating area and the front of the performance stage, including announcing 'Just fill in anywhere you like! Who cares about your lawn chairs? You can get new ones!"

"This announcement created a stampede rush of patrons from the lawn seating area through the reserved seating area and toward the front of the performance stage, with people knocking over and breaching the security barricades and other security matter, jumping over seats in the reserved seating area, and pouring in through the aisles separating the various sections of the reserved seating area". Read more here.

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