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DMX Arrested For Alleged Tax Evasion

(Radio.com) Rapper DMX just added tax fraud to his list of legal woes. On Thursday (July 13) the rapper was arrested by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and a special agent from the Internal Revenue Service for trying to avoid paying $1.7 million in taxes.

According to a release from the U.S Attorney's office, DMX was charged with 14 counts including 'one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of Internal Revenue Laws, one count of evasion of payment of income taxes, six counts of evasion of assessment of income tax liability, and six counts of failure to file a U.S. individual income tax return."

In addition, DMX filed a false affidavit in U.S. Bankruptcy Court that listed his income as 'unknown" for 2011 and 2012 and as $10,000 for 2013, while the federal charges claim that the rapper received hundreds of thousands of dollars of income during that time. Read more here.

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Ariana Grande Receives Honorary Manchester Citizenship

(Radio.com) On Wednesday (July 12), the Manchester city council passed a unanimous motion bestowing its first "honorary citizenship" on Ariana Grande, whose concert there was the target of deadly terrorist attacks. Sir Richard Leese, the councilor who put forth the motion, said it would have been easy for Grande to retreat into her private life to process her grief. Leese Described her as 'a young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again."

Instead, Grande mounted an ambitious tribute concert and stood strong for millions of fans around the world. 'She, as an artist, a performer, was determined that she would not perform again until she had returned to Manchester to perform," he said.

'In doing so, she brought comfort to thousands, she raised millions for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and became the first patron of that fund. And that's why I propose that Ariana Grande is made the first honorary citizen of the city of Manchester."

Grande got wind of Leese's remarks and shared a screenshot on Instagram. The singer expressed her gratitude for the gesture of goodwill and reaffirmed her support of Manchester. "I don't know what to say. Words don't suffice," she wrote. "I'm moved and honored. My heart is very much still there. I love you. Thank you." See the Instagram post here.

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New Selena Gomez Song Leaked Online

(Radio.com) The Internet is abuzz with Selena Gomez' seductive new single "Fetish" featuring Gucci Mane but that's not the only new track that hit social media during this past week.

More audio began making the rounds for a song called "Stained," which was quickly removed from social networking sites. Before the snippets were gone, Idolator transcribed some of the moody, confessional lyrics:

'You were the one that made me believe that I could be better. Yeah, you were the one, the one that I would run to…Now I'm stained by you. Like a coffee ring upon this table." Read more here.

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Beyonce's Family, Celebs React To First Picture Of Her Twins

(Radio.com) Beyonce she shared the first photo of her one-month-old twins, Rumi and Sir and celebrities are now taking to social media to express their excitement over the image.

Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, Lorde, Pharrell and Jessica Alba all "liked" Queen Bey's post, while Ashley Graham commented with four praise hands emojis.

Zendaya called the photo "breathtaking" and retweeted the image. Nicki Minaj also reposted the shot with the caption "#SirAndRumi "In addition to celebrity reactions, the Lemonade singer's parents also chimed in. Her mother Tina Knowles wrote, "So Happy my baby shared a photo of her babies with the world proud grandma hello Sir Carter and Rumi Carter 7/13/2017 Boy and girl what a blessing." Check out the posts here.

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Demi Lovato Supports Conor McGregor in Mayweather Matchup

(Radio.com) The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor super fight will take place in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. Veteran fighter Mayweather might be undefeated with five world title belts, but Demi Lovato weighed in, saying that McGregor might be crazy enough to win.

"Here's the thing," Lovato said when she was asked by gossip website TMZ's cameras, "Floyd is obviously a boxer and he's obviously very very good at it, but Conor's crazy."

"I want Conor to win because it would be so good for MMA," she continued but stopped short of saying she thought McGregor would actually be victorious. Watch the video here.

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Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Being Provocative

(Radio.com) Over the years, Miley Cyrus has exhibited several different versions of herself and she recently opened up about her various looks in an interview with Harper's BAZAAR.

In regards to her provocative 'wrecking-ball" persona of old, the pop star said, "It became something that was expected of me. I didn't want to show up to photo shoots and be the girl who would get my t---- out and stick out my tongue. In the beginning, it was kind of like saying, 'F you. Girls should be able to have this freedom or whatever.' But it got to a point where I did feel sexualized".

While Cyrus admitted she exposed herself beyond the point she was comfortable with, she said she was even more exploited during her Disney days. "People were so shocked by some of the things that I did. It should be more shocking that when I was 11 or 12, I was put in full hair and makeup, a wig, and told what to wear by a group of mostly older men," she said. Read more here.

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Backstreet Boys Plan 25th Anniversary World Tour

The Backstreet Boys are making big plans to mark their 25th anniversary in 2018. Kevin Richardson reveals that they are working on a new album and are going to launch a world tour.

AJ, Howie, Nick, Kevin, and Brian first formed BSB in Orlando, Florida in 1993, and the group achieved superstardom with 1999's Millennium and the 2000 follow-up Black &Blue.

"We're in the studio making our tenth studio album," Kevin Richardson revealed to Mix 104.1. "We're trying to have a single ready by the end of the year this year, and then next year we're actually gonna do a world tour. It's gonna be our 25th anniversary next year." Read more here.

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Garth Brooks Named The Highest Paid Country Music Star

(Radio.com) The results are in and Forbes has named Garth Brooks as the highest paid country music star this year. As the veteran musician has been performing since his Comeback tour launched Sept. 2014, most of his $60 million in pretax pay has come from the road.

Brooks plays big arena shows like many other popular country musicians but sometimes performs at multiple concerts in a single day, which explains the sharp drop between Brooks and Kenny Chesney in the second highest paid slot.

Chesney also sells out stadiums and has lucrative brand partnerships. He earned $42.5 million this year. Luke Bryan comes in third with $42.5 million. See who else made the list here.

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French Montana And The Weeknd Release 'A Lie' Video

(Radio.com) French Montana released the new music video for his track "A Lie". The video features collaborations from The Weeknd and Max B and the song comes off his sophomore album, Jungle Rules.

In the video, the two artists ride through the streets of New York City and end up on a yacht of fancy women in all-white swimwear. Montana and The Weeknd end up partying with an excited crowd.

Max B does not appear in the video, as he is currently incarcerated. The Jungle Rules album is now available for download. Watch the explicit "A Lie" video here.

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Niall Horan Shares Bad News About 'Slow Hands' Video

(Radio.com) Niall Horan's "Slow Hands" put him on the map as a rising solo star, but fans may never see the long-awaited video he made for the song. Horan recently told Ash London LIVE! that the results for his debut visuals were…a bit disappointing.

"[I] don't think the videos going to happen," he said. "I shot it and then it didn't turn out how I wanted it to." Nevertheless, Niall has kept his fan base engaged with a handful of shirtless appearances on Snapchat. The former One Direction singer, reclined in bed, offered a flirty "Good morning" to his followers.

It's unclear whether or not Horan will re-shoot the "Slow Hands" video, though the song is sitting pretty at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. See Niall's provocative selfie here.

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'Dunkirk' Director Compares Harry Styles To Heath Ledger

(Radio.com) Director Christopher Nolan is glowing about Harry Styles' performance in his new movie Dunkirk. Nolan compared Styles' performance to that of the late Heath Ledger as 'The Joker" in The Dark Knight. The director cast both actors.

"As a director, I have to trust my instincts, my ability to figure out who's the right guy for the part. I'm not too worried about baggage," Nolan told Entertainment Tonight.

"'I was new to Harry. I mean, I've heard his name from my kids, but I wasn't really familiar with him' What I was seeing (in his audition) was a very charismatic guy who clearly had a truthfulness and a subtlety in his ability to perform as a film actor."
"When I cast Heath Ledger as the Joker [in The Dark Knight], it raised a lot of eyebrows and caused a lot of comment," he continued. "I have to trust my instincts, and Harry was perfect for this part." Read more
here.

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Meek Mill Releases Music Video For New Single 'Issues'

(Radio.com) Meek Mill has released a music video for his new single, "Issues" on Friday morning (July 14). Shot in Miami, the video showcases all things shot-caller: Lambos, yachts, SeaDoos, and lots of bikini-clad women.

"Issues" is the latest single from Mill's third full-length album, Wins and Losses, which is set for a July 21 release. In to the new single, Meek unveiled the album's tracklist which finds features with Lil Uzi Vert, Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug, Future, Yo Gotti and Rick Ross, The-Dream and more.

Wins and Losses Tracklist: 'Wins & Losses", 'Heavy Heart", 'F*** That Check Up" Feat. Lil Uzi Vert, 'Whatever You Need" Feat. Chris Brown &Ty Dolla Sign, '1942 Flows", 'Issues", 'We Ball" Feat. Young Thug, 'These Scars" Feat. Future & Guordan Banks, 'Connect the Dots" Feat. Yo Gotti &Rick Ross, 'Fall Thru", 'Never Lose" Feat. Lihtz Kamraz, 'Glow Up", 'Young Black America" Feat. The-Dream, 'Open" Feat. Verse Simmonds, 'Ball Player" Feat. Quavo, 'Made It From Nothing" Feat. Teyana Taylor &Rick Ross, 'Price". Watch the new video here.

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Lindsay Ell Sets Release For Debut Album 'The Project'

(Radio.com) Lindsay Ell has announced that she will release her debut studio album, The Project, on August 11th. The 12-track record was produced by Kristian Bush and follows Ell's previously released EP, Worth the Wait.

Ell had the following to say about the new record in the official announcement, "This new music is the best I've ever done. I called the album The Project because that's exactly what this whole process was.

"I've discovered who I am, what I want to say and how I want to say it. I'm so excited to finally have an album that is me, and I can't wait for fans to hear it." Check out The Project tracklisting here.

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Iggy Azalea Says Def Jam Pulls Back On 'Digital Distortion'

(Radio.com) The rollout for Iggy Azalea's sophomore album Digital Distortion has been long and bumpy--its first single 'Team" was released in March 2017 and subsequent releases didn't build the momentum she (or her label) hoped for.

Iggy got candid on Twitter earlier this week (July 9) and said further promotion for Digital Distortion has been tabled by Def Jam. 'Steve Bartels says he doesn't want to release another single for my album unfortunately So that's that," she wrote when a fan inquired about her 'next single," 'Savior."

A fan commented that 'this era [of Digital Distortion] is completely over." Iggy replied: 'PRETTY much! Sucks – savior is great. im very disappointed that's their decision." She added that she's 'very unhappy with the way things have been handled" and that she'll 'make sure" things are optimized for her yet-untitled third album.

Nevertheless, Iggy assured us that Digital Distortion will still get a release--just without the fanfare she was expecting. Read more here.

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Vic Mensa Releases 'Wings' with Pharrell Williams and Saul Williams

(Radio.com) Earlier this week, Vic Mensa announced that he would release his 15-track debut album The Autobiography on July 28. On Friday (July 14), the rapper teased the record with the new single "Wings."

The heavy track includes guest appearances from both Pharrell and Saul Williams. In the song, Mensa reflects on his success and the troubles that have come along with it.

He raps, "Am I still down with the same n that I came in with?/ Do they really value my friendship/ Or do they just love the attention?" he asks. Listen to the explicit "Wings" here.

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Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth Overtake Psy For Most Watched Video

(Radio.com) It was a tough job, but Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth were up to the task, breaking Psy's five-year YouTube record to become the most played music video on the streaming platform.

Khalifa and Puth's "See You Again" recently amassed more plays than Psy's viral sensation "Gangnam Style." The music video for "See You Again" has now been viewed 2,895,373,709 times and counting. That bests Psy's current video count of 2,894,426,475 views.

"See You Again" was featured in The Fast and Furious movie franchise, Furious 7. The film was the first to be released following the death of actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident before the movie was completed. The song is played during the closing credits of the film in tribute to the late actor and the heartfelt music video features Puth playing a piano beside a picturesque landscape and closes with the final scene of the film. Watch it and help Khalifa and Puth's numbers rise here.

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Haim Cover 'Bad Liar' During Radio Appearance

(Radio.com) Haim have been making the rounds in support of their new album, Something To Tell You. During a recent visit to BBC Radio 1's "Live Lounge," the sisters performed "Want You Back," which is featured on the album, as well as a striking cover of Selena Gomez's "Bad Liar."

Since the girls didn't have a proper drum kit with them in the studio, they assembled their own DIY percussion. Before their performance, Danielle told listeners that she'd be using a coffee mug, two glasses, a box and two coffee canisters to help her make the beats on the song.

Always resourceful, Haim put their own unique spin on Gomez's hit with the help of Alana's sultry whispered vocals and Danielle's distinct, percussive gear. Listen to Haim's cover of Gomez's "Bad Liar" here.

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Sky Ferreira Acts for David Lynch, Opens Blondie Concert

(Radio.com) Sky Ferreira has kept fans waiting for her follow-up to Night Time, My Time, but she answered the phone when David Lynch offered her a spot on his Twin Peaks sequel.

Last Sunday night (July 9), she played a washed-up Bang Bang Bar customer with unkempt hair and a grisly rash. The scene also included Hudson Mohawk and NYC synth-pop trio Au Revoir Simone appearing later in the episode--running up Lynch's tab of famous musician cameos.

Ferreira also has a role in the hit summer action flick Baby Driver, starring alongside Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort. Sky's music career also hit a high note last night: She opened for Blondie and Garbage at the Hollywood Bowl, performing a cover of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 hit "Voices Carry." Watch footage from Ferreira's latest music and acting projects here here.

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Echosmith Announce New Album 'Inside A Dream' and Tour

(Radio.com) Echosmith have announced that they will be releasing their sophomore album, "Inside A Dream," on September 29th and will launch a 6-week long North American tour to support it.

This 11-track record will follow their 2013 debut Talking Dreams, which featured their triple-platinum breakout hit "Cool Kids." Inside A Dream will evoke a new sound for the family trio, since their fourth member, and older brother Jamie, left the band to spend more time with his wife and son.

Frontwoman Sydney Sierota and her brother and bass player Noah, said they had to find themselves and their sound before creating this second studio album. "At that point, we never had another musician on stage with us," Sydney said. "That literally forced us on a journey of having to discover this sound. We still had electric guitars, but they weren't the center of the music anymore." See the tour dates here.

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Gwen Stefani Shares Adorable Photo of Blake Shelton and Youngest Son

(Radio.com) Gwen Stefani's children seem to love her country singer boyfriend, Blake Shelton. The pop star shared an adorable photo last weekend of Shelton goofing around with her youngest son.

She shared the photo on social media with the caption, "#summer2017 love u guys gx" with a telling heart emoji. The country star seems to get along with her children: three-year-old Apollo, eight-year-old Zuma and 10-year-old Kingston.

"They're just into him [Shelton]' Who isn't?" Stefani said in an interview with Extra earlier this year. "We always have fun together, it's a blast." Check out the cute post here.

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