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Ed Sheeran Streams New Songs 'Shape of You' and 'Castle on The Hill'

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran surprised fans on Friday (January 6) with the release of two new songs called "Shape of You" and "Castle on The Hill." "Shape of You" is the first official single from Sheeran's third studio album.

While "Shape of You" is a potential club banger about physical attraction between two people that meet at a club, "Castle on the Hill" is an upbeat sentimental track about Sheeran's youth and his longing to be home and a return to innocence.

The songs are the first new music from the English singer/songwriter since 2014's x (pronounced multiply) which sold over four million copies in the US alone. Both tracks are available via iTunes.

Sheeran had this to say about the new songs, "Hello 2017! I've been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am. I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I'm equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I'm absolutely buzzing to be back." Listen to the new tracks here.

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John Mayer and Dave Chappelle Cover Nirvana Classic

(Radio.com) John Mayer performed a secret show at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles last Wednesday (Jan. 4) to support his upcoming seventh studio album, The Search for Everything.

And during his set he was joined by Dave Chappelle for several covers, including Nirvana's "Come As You Are." A fan captured the event on video. Mayer does the heavy lifting, but Chappelle participates between sips of his drink.

Mayer will release his new album four songs at a time over the next few months, instead of putting out all the tracks at once. The first batch of songs will come out January 20, reports NME. Check out Mayer and Chappelle here.

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Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips Reveal Latest Collaboration

(Radio.com) Miley Cyrus has collaborated with the Flaming Lips so many times, she's basically an honorary member of the band. It comes as no surprise that Cyrus appears on the Lips' forthcoming Oczy Mlody on a track called (and spelled) "We a Famly."

The track takes psychedelic cues from their previous collaborations. The band first worked with Cyrus on 2014's With a Little Help from My Fwends, followed by their all-out collaboration on her album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.

Together, they've covered John Lennon, performed nude, headlined Saturday Night Live and more. Oczy Mlody drops January 13. Listen to the Lips' latest Miley collaboration here.

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Carrie Underwood Makes Surprise Appearance In Front Of 50,000

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood surprised 50,000 college students when she performed at the faith-based Passion Conference at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta last Monday (Jan. 2).

First, she took the stage with singer David Crowder. Then she performed her hit 'Something in the Water." The appearance seemed like a glowing success for all involved, but after the performance Louie Giglio, the Atlanta pastor who started the conference, was reprimanded by Wesley Wildmon, the Director of Outreach of American Family Association and Social Media Coordinator for Engage Magazine, for inviting the country superstar to perform. Wildmon's criticism was based on Underwood's support of gay marriage, USA Today reports.

Previously, Giglio was uninvited from praying the benediction at President Obama's swearing-in ceremony because of his own opposition to same-sex marriage. Read more here.

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Rascal Flatts Stream New Single 'Yours If You Want It'

(Radio.com) Rascal Flatts have released their new single 'Yours If You Want It." The track is the lead single for the group's forthcoming studio album, and is available everywhere

Member Jay DeMarcus produced the track, and Jonathan Singleton ("Don't," "Watching Airplanes," "A Guy Walks Into a Bar," "Red Light" and more) and songwriter Andrew Dorff ('Save It For a Rainy Day," 'Neon Light," 'Somebody's Heartbreak," "Bleed Red" ), who recently died unexpectedly, wrote the tune.

"We all felt like 'Yours If You Want It,' was the perfect way to introduce our fans and radio to the new music we've been making," said DeMarcus in a statement. "We've been working really hard and we're very proud of this track. And what's more, the late Andrew Dorff is a writer on it, and we are so honored to be a small part of making sure his legacy lives on. We have a special angel watching over it, for sure." Check out the song here.

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Rob Thomas Wanted George Michael To Sing 'Smooth'

(Radio.com) "Smooth," Rob Thomas' collaboration with Santana, holds the distinction of being the final Billboard Hot 100 song of the 20th century. According to an essay Thomas wrote for Billboard, it was also written with George Michael in mind.

"When we finished the song, which we called 'Smooth,' the conversation came around to who should sing it. My first thought was George Michael. In fact, I'd had George in my head when I recorded the vocals in the first place. If you listen to the melody and the cadence, it's an attempt to emulate his style."

Thomas added that Michael's solo success after Wham! encouraged his own foray into solo recording after Matchbox-20. "That trend was long-standing," he writes. "I'd always admired George. My first solo album was my shift from Wham! to Faith. My first solo video had pieces of George all over it: the close-up on the boots, the dance… Even my most recent album cover was a lift from the Wham! 'Bad Boys' video."Read more here.

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Loretta Lynn Will Celebrate 85th Birthday With Ryman Auditorium Events

(Radio.com) If you're country royalty Loretta Lynn, and you're turning 85, you get to celebrate at the 'Mother Church of Country Music." The Coal-Miner's Daughter will celebrate her April birthday with back-to-back shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The first show will be on her actual birthday, April 14, and the second will be the next night, reports The Boot. The country icon made her first Grand Ole Opry appearance at the historic venue more than 50 years ago, in October of 1960; just two short years later, on Sept. 25, 1962, Lynn became an official Opry member.

"When I went out to sing, I remember patting my foot, and that's it," Lynn recalls of her debut performance at the Opry . 'I don't remember even singing." Read more here.

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Meek Mill Uses Drake To Get Over Nicki Minaj?

(Radio.com) Of all the songs Meek Mill chose to help him move past his breakup with Nicki Minaj, something from Drake's catalogue did not seem like an option. And yet.

While partying at a nightclub, Meek was spotted jamming out to Drake's hit single "One Dance" with his friends. That's a far cry from his former reaction to the song. In November, Meek flipped out when a DJ played the tune during Odell Beckham Jr.'s birthday party (via HipHopDX). But it seems two months later, he's vibing to a different tune.

The two began beefing when Meek claimed Drake used ghostwriters, but according to Beanie Sigel it actually started because of Minaj. Now that she's out of the picture, does that mean there's room for these two to forgive and forget? Read more here.

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Lil Yachty Releases 'Shoot Out The Roof' Video

(Radio.com) Guns sometimes make an appearance in rap music videos--or, really, any kind of music video--but Lil Yachty put a fun spin on that trope with his latest visual for "Shoot Out the Roof."

Yachty and his crew strap on white jumpsuits and enter an empty warehouse for a game of paintball. If viewers are waiting for an actual game to take place, though, they're bound to be disappointed.

Most of the video oscillates between Yachty siting on a fancy white sofa to rap his verses, and he and his friends dancing together. The closest Yachty ever gets to playing paintball is when colorful balloons drop from the ceiling. "Shoot Out the Roof" appears on Yachty's 2016 mixtape, Summer Songs 2. Watch the video here.

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Migos Release Music Video For 'T-Shirt'

(Radio.com) Living far up north requires a different set of survival skills, but Migos prove they are up to the task in their latest music video, "T-Shirt." In the video, directed by Daps, the three venture up a mountain during wintertime.

Dressed head to toe in fur, they practice their survival skills by wielding bows and arrows, riding snowmobiles and hanging out with gorgeous women, of course.

Near the video's end, Quavo, Takeoff and Offset have enough of the cold outdoors and make their way inside a cozy cabin, where they hang out with their literal dogs (Huskies) and roast marshmallows with all the snow-bunnies they found.

"T-Shirt" appears on the group's forthcoming album C U L T U R E, which drops January 27th. Watch the video here.

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Bebe Rexha Releases 'I Got You' Video

(Radio.com) Bebe Rexha is back with a new music video for "I Got You. The track is the first single off her forthcoming debut album All Your Fault, which is slated for release in January, though no official date has yet been set.

"I Got You" finds Rexha in the desert, dressed at first in a luxurious golden ensemble complete with flowing scarves that give the dry location an aesthetic edge. From there, she undergoes several costumes changes, all of which show off the different sides of her personality.

There's her "ride or die" when she needs to be fierce or the nod to Britney Spears' bejeweled bodysuit in "Toxic" that shows off her softer side. Watch the video here.

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Birdman Says 'Tha Carter V' Is 'Definitely Coming Out'

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne told fans on Facebook that he'd be releasing not one but three albums in 2017, and one of those just so happened to be his highly anticipated but long-delayed Tha Carter V.

Now Birdman has confirmed that fans might finally get what they've waited so long to hear. "It's definitely coming out," Birdman said while appearing on Travis Scott's Beats 1 show.

"The situation with me and my son, I'm going to put it all behind us and just let it move forward. Wayne is one of the best artists ever to do the game, and I want to see him continue to do what he's been doing, and I'm going to support whatever he's doing."Read more here.

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Jamie Foxx And James Corden Perform a Public Domain Medley

(Radio.com) Last week (Jan. 5), James Corden and Jamie Foxx performed beloved songs on a budget by mining the public domain--you know, that intellectual property that anyone can perform and broadcast for free.

'Frankly, we blew our budget on catering," Corden said, before the duo launched into "Pop Goes the Weasel." 'I'm confused all the time. It's so true," Foxx ad-libbed. 'Sometimes you're on top of the world, but sometimes you just feel like you're going 'round and 'round the same mulberry bush."

'Sometimes you're the monkey," Corden noted. 'And sometimes you're the weasel." In 2016, Corden played fast and loose with the show's song license budget: He deliberately played Nelly's "Hot in Herre" over and over to help the singer out of dire financial straits.

Other songs in their public domain medley included 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," 'Row Row Row Your Boat," and a sexy 'She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain."

When you're funny and talented, it really doesn't matter what you sing. Watch the budget-conscious collaboration here.

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Eminem Mashed Up With Children's TV show Arthur

(Radio.com) What happens when you mix one of the most enraged rappers in hip-hop with one of the most adorable children's book characters of all time? Some combination of hilarity and relevance.

Mylo the Cat aka Adam Schleichkorn, who has been making mashup videos for Adult Swim, combined Eminem's 2010 track "Not Afraid" off Recovery with clips from the children's TV show Arthur. The result is a hodgepodge of clean fun and crazy lyrics, and an uncanny lip-sync that would put Mariah Carey to shame.

Schleichkorn's decision to go with Arthur is a pertinent one. The popular meme of Arthur's fist circulated in 2016 and symbolized many people's rage and frustration. As one Twitter user aptly described, "So many emotions in one fist." Check it out here.

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Former One Direction Star Niall Horan's Joke Decoded

(Radio.com) Niall Horan took to Twitter early last week with a message that may have confused some of his state side fans. "Ya could nearly put your house on it that wenger will complain for the 20th year in a row about how many fixtures there are over xmas," the former One Direction singer wrote. But what does that mean?

Wenger refers to Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal Football (Soccer) Club. Wenger recently complained about the holiday schedule his team was forced to play. "In 20 years it is the most uneven Christmas period I've seen," said Wenger.

"The difference in rest period is unbelievable in terms of all the teams. Honestly I don't really know if the Premier League masters the fixtures. It's more that we have sold the rights to TV for a lot of money. So we have to accept TV chooses the games. But some teams have more luck than others."

Niall's favorite team, in case you were wondering, is the Derby County Football Club aka The Rams. Read more here.

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Kelsea Ballerini Shows Off Custom-Made Engagement Ring

(Radio.com) Kelsea Ballerini knows all about the fickle "Peter Pan" type, but it looks as though, for now, life isn't imitating art. The country singer got engaged over the holidays, and she can't smiling or showing off her latest accessory: her custom-made engagement ring.

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Ballerini's boyfriend of nearly 10 months, Australian musician Morgan Evans, proposed last week, and she's been sharing photos of her engagement ring on Instagram ever since. Ballerini originally broke the news by posting a photo posing with Evans and aiming one hand toward the camera lens. "This morning, 9 months and 13 days later, he got down on one knee in the kitchen while I was burning pancakes and asked me to marry him. Loving him has been the greatest gift of my life. And now I get to do it for life."

As for the engagement ring, Evans went way beyond simply going to Jared. "I had the ring custom made with a diamond I picked from a local designer here in Nashville," Evans told People. "I wanted it to be classic and beautiful, like her." Well isn't that precious. Congratulations! See the photo here.

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Chance the Rapper Ranks Every Kanye West Album

(Radio.com) It's no secret that Chance the Rapper is a huge Kanye West fan. He's credited Kanye for inspiring his own career in hip-hop and has even been working with Yeezy on a collaborative project. So, needless to say, Chance has opinions about which of West's eight albums are the best.

Chance ranked West's albums on Twitter last week (January 5th). The top three spots went to Late Registration, followed by The College Dropout and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

The reason Chance decided to speak up and share his two cents had to do with a certain list on Complex he came across listing West's albums from best to worst. Out of the eight possible choices, though, the site placed Late Registration second to last. That didn't jive well with Chance. "How am I supposed to keep reading this after you put Late Registration 2nd to last??" he tweeted. Check out his full list here.

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Sam Hunt Confirms Engagement To Hannah Lee Fowler

(Radio.com) Sam Hunt may have once praised being "Single for the Summer," but it seems as though he's more than happy to settle down in 2017. The country singer proposed to his girlfriend Hannah Lee Fowler and she said yes.

Hunt's rep confirmed the engagement to People. Although Hunt hasn't exactly been public about dating Fowler, he has shared photos of the two on Instagram and, of course, he wrote much of his debut album Montevallo about their relationship.

It seems that may have caused some strife at home, which he details in his recently released single "Drinkin Too Much." In the song, Hunt apologizes to Fowler for using her so much in his songwriting. "I'm sorry people know your name now and strangers hit you up on social media/ I'm sorry you can't listen to the radio," Hunt rap-speaks in the opening verses. He goes on to detail how his fame may have given him the world, but he's drinking too much because it's created a rift between them as a result. Read more here.

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