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Page Too Report for 10/09/2017


Nelly Arrested Following Sexual Assault Accusation

(Radio.com) Nelly was arrested on Saturday morning (Oct 7th) in Auburn, WA after a woman accused him of sexual assault, according to The New York Times.

The rapper has been released from custody and no charges have been filed, according to a statement from his attorney. "Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation," Scott Rosenblum said in a statement to The Times.

"Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness." Read more of his comments here.

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Sam Smith Announces New Album 'The Thrill Of It All'

(Radio.com) Sam Smith has announced that his new album The Thrill Of It All will be released on November 3. The announcement was coupled with the release of a new single, "Pray."

The song is mid-paced and emotive, matching Smith's powerful vocals with piano and a sparse beat, and gradually blossoming with a background choir, strings and guitar. "Pray" was produced by Timbaland.

The singer also announced a large run of North American tour dates for 2018. Smith recently sat with Radio.com to discuss the new album. "It's a diary, but not just about me, the singer said. "It's my thoughts and feelings on my family, fame, the world, all these different things. It's still a diary just attacked it from a different angle."

Sam also opened up about the role his family played in the making of his sophomore effort. "My family have been a part of every single moment of this record, I live with my sister so every time I come back from the studio, I play her everything I've made," he said. "I sat with my mom and dad this time a lot and actually my mom throws amazing dinner parties and I would go over their house and we'd all crack open a bottle of wine and we'd sit round the table and I'd play them stuff. They're actually really honest with me and when they're not feeling something they'll let me know, and I'll disagree with them."

"My dad hated, "Stay with Me" I remember when I played it for him he absolutely hated it, so they're very honest," he continued.

"Some of my family's stories have made it into the album so, which, it's an amazing thing. The relationships my family have been in have inspired songs so it's also their diary now as well." Read more and stream the song here.

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Ed Sheeran Shares Live 'Shape of You' Performance

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran brought his unique brand of music to Austin City Limits to kick off the show's 43rd season on PBS, on Oct. 7. Ahead of the broadcast Sheeran shared the performance of his hit single "Shape of You" from the program.

The Pretenders, Zac Brown Band, Angel Olsen and Benjamin Booker, Miranda Lambert and Norah Jones are also slated to take the ACL stage in this season.

Check out streaming online video of the Austin City Limits performance "Shape of You" here.

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Luke Bryan's Announces New Album 'What Makes You Country'

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan has just announced his next album What Makes You Country will be released on December 8th and he offered some comments of the effort as well as the tracklisting details.

"My favorite part of making a new album is getting to collaborate with the songwriting community in this town" said Luke. "It is important to me to continue to push myself to grow on all levels and I feel like we did that on this project.

"Making and performing music never gets old and I can honestly say I am having the time of my life. I will be forever grateful to every fan who sings along each night." Check out the full tracklisting here.

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Britney Spears To Continue Las Vegas Residency Despite Mass Shooting

(Radio.com) Pop star Britney Spears revealed that she plans to continue her Las Vegas residency despite the mass shooting incident at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Spears posted a message to her social media accounts letting fans know that the show must go on. "We'll get through this together. See you Wednesday," she wrote adding the hashtag #VegasStrong.

Spears will be performing her Britney: Piece of Me residency at Planet Hollywood through December. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Ali Handal's You Get What You Settle For

Acclaimed singer and guitarist Ali Handal just released her new album "That's What She Said" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the song "You Get What You Settle For". Here is the story:

I remember the moment I had to stop ignoring my truth. I was a senior at UCLA, a straight-A student in Psychology, on track to apply for a PhD program as soon as I graduated. Working on my honors thesis in front of my Apple SE computer, I thought to myself, "I hate writing papers." Kind-of a problem if you're gonna go for a PhD…

But I was miserable. Four years before, I'd chosen to attend college in Los Angeles - mostly because that's where Guns n Roses was from. But I didn't have the self-confidence (or let's face it, the guitar chops…yet) to follow my dreams of being a professional musician. So for the next four years, I went to concerts and chose to date every long-haired guitarist I could find, while my own guitars sadly sat in their cases, neglected.

Dating all those musicians was its own special nightmare experience, but that's another story for another time. Back to that moment in front of the computer…

I envisioned a dingy future laid out in front of me - one of churning out paint-by-numbers papers while my stomach was tied in knots, knowing I was ignoring my true calling to be a professional musician.

There were so many arguments against it. Even besides the normal ones… (How are you going to make any money? How are you going to tell your parents?)

A few years before that moment, I'd given up my music major due to a vocal cord injury. I figured that even though I loved singing, it had always been a struggle for me anyway. I was by no means a "natural." Even before my college years, I could never get my voice to sound the way I wanted it to, and despite singing in two high school choirs, I was never cast as the lead in my high school musicals. So I focused on my guitar playing, and I got pretty good. But as a teenager I never joined a real band that performed - I was way too unsure of myself, and being a harsh perfectionist, I was terrified to be seen in public playing a wrong note. I didn't know anyone in the music business, and I certainly had no family connections.

So who was I to - after four years - throw away the "summa cum laude" degree and impressive career prospects I'd worked so hard for?

I was an artist struggling to be born.

I had NO reason to think I'd be successful, but I just couldn't stand NOT making music the center of my life anymore. I was depressed and questioning my life choices every single day. I'd had it with being a frustrated musician who only *dated* guitar players. I wanted to BE the guitar player in my relationships!

Fast forward two decades, 3 albums, multiple TV appearances, international tours, a guitar instructional book & CD released by a major publisher, plus a thousand other musical experiences along the way - and I can confidently say that I've found my way.

It wasn't easy - and it's still not - but in my experience, nothing worth doing is.

I have a philosophy - actually, it's a quote from the movie Thelma and Louise (thanks, Louise!), but I've since adopted it as my own personal philosophy:

You get what you settle for.

There are hundreds of times I could have quit (or never even started) being a professional musician. Hundreds of reasons I might have quit and chosen a different path. When I had inexplicable wrist pain that prevented me from playing guitar for a year, when I didn't know how I was gonna make rent as a struggling singer-songwriter, when I wasn't chosen after my auditions to play with OK Go, or Adam Cohen, or P!nk, or EVERY TIME I went to see another guitarist play who could play CIRCLES around me and I went home questioning why in the world was I even TRYING?

But I persevered.

I didn't settle for being a "rhythm" guitar player who couldn't play a rippin' guitar solo. Even though I was repeatedly discouraged by what a crappy player I was through high school, college, and all of my 20s, I kept picking up that damn guitar (sometimes after having put it down for months at a time) until I got good. really good. And after I got really good, I kept practicing, till I could play my hero Jimmy Page's lead guitar parts while singing some of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs (something I *never* could have imagined being able to do as a teenager).

I didn't settle for being a mediocre singer either. I continued improving over the years through workshops, private lessons and hours of practice, until I became a great singer, getting hired by Neil Young and Paul Willams for vocal gigs, and being asked to perform for the opening night VIP party at the Les Paul Museum.

You get what you settle for extended to my personal life too. In my 20s and early 30s, I spent countless nights alone, wondering why I was still single, and kissed many, many (many) frogs until I finally found my prince, or, as I like to call him, my "magic man." (I married a professional magician…and, as it happens, a very talented fingerstyle guitarist. Turns out dating guitar players is a hard habit to break!)

These days, what I refuse to settle for is a "small" music career. My music is made to be shared. I play music for the human connection. From me to you, from others to each other. And for that to happen, the music must be heard.

So *thank you* for taking the time to listen.


Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album
right here!

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Thomas Rhett And Crew Share Moment Of Silence For Las Vegas

(Radio.com) Thomas Rhett and his touring crew had a moment of silence before a recent show late last week in honor of the shooting victims at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas.

The moment happened as Rhett was preparing to perform at the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina last night (Oct.5), which he shared on Instagram.

"Today we gathered for a moment of silence in the arena we are playing in tonight as a family," Rhett wrote next to a photo of his touring entourage gathered on the main floor of the empty arena. "We have people on our crew that were on the side of the stage during the shooting in Vegas and some that were there working in other areas. It was very strange walking into an arena for a night of music after the horrible events that took place a few days ago," he continued.

"We decided as a band and crew that we would not play this or the shows to come in fear, but rather in a spirit of love and joy that music is supposed to bring. We will never forget this tragic event but we will continue to celebrate the good in the world. Much love God bless." See the post here.

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Maroon 5 Stream 'Help Me Out' Featuring Julia Michaels

(Radio.com) Last week, Maroon 5 revealed the tracklist and roster of collaborators on Red Pill Blues, their sixth studio album which will be released November 3. Now fans can hear "Help Me Out" featuring Julia Michaels.

The "Issues" singer duets with Adam Levine on the track, which focuses on two people helping one another overcome life's challenges. "I'm getting kinda over this/ I need a metamorphosis /Are you as weak as me? /If not, do you wanna be?" Levine sings. "I need some temporary saving / I need some, some uncomplicated…"

The singers duet over a spare, electronic soundscape that's both moody and upbeat--and Michaels' voice is an excellent complement to Levine's. "Help Me Out" follows "What Lovers Do," Maroon 5's collaboration with SZA that debuted last month. Listen to the song here.

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Ty Dolla $ign Releases New Track 'Ex' Featuring YG

(Radio.com) Ty Dolla $ign's anticipated Beach House 3 is set to be released on October 27 and the rapper continues to share new music from the album. Ty has unveiled "Ex" featuring YG.

The track marks the duo's first collaboration since "Toot It and Boot It," YG's debut commercial single in 2010. Ty promised a YG reunion when he discussed Beach House 3 back in September: 'I got my homie YG on there…That feels real good," he told XXL.

In the song's hook, Ty brags: "I just text my main chick (main)/ I told her, I ain't coming home (home), tonight." Obviously, Ty has other plans…with his ex. He started thinking about the "old days" and "linked up with my old thing." Listen to "Ex," which contains explicit language, here.

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Lil Yachty and Young Thug Release 'On Me' Video

(Radio.com) Lil Yachty and Young Thug have teamed up for a wild new party video, "On Me." The track is taken from an upcoming Quality Control compilation, Control the Streets Volume One.

Filmed at the Ace Hotel in New York City, the video follows the pair as they frolic in a room filled with people who seem rather disinterested in the rappers trading verses from the song and more focused on playing with fidget spinners.

The visual includes plenty of surreal moments, including an older woman doing yoga and a magician. Offset from Migos also has a cameo. The true star of the video is a cute puppy who gets plenty of screen time throughout the clip. Watch the video here.

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Dolly Parton Launches PledgeMusic Campaign For Children's Album

Dolly Parton has launched a pre-order campaign via PledgeMusic for the CD release of her forthcoming debut children's album, I Believe In You, which will be available next Friday.

The album, features original songs penned by Dolly, including a reading of her famed "Coat Of Many Colors", and has already been made available digitally. We were sent the following details about the preorder (which is available here)

Fans who pre-order the album via PledgeMusic will get the AccessPass, which will give them special access to exclusive items straight from Dolly. These include: an early digital download of the album; a custom outgoing voicemail recorded by Dolly herself, plus a CD and digital download; a Recording King RD-T16 guitar autographed by Dolly, and specially crafted to produce a vintage tone, deluxe hard case included; a signed tour laminate; and much more. See the tracklisting here.

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Conway Twitty Delivers Collection Never-Before Released Songs

(Webster) Country music icon Conway Twitty has released his new collection "TIMELESS, which features never-before released songs, and is available at all major digital music retailers and his official website. We were sent the following details:

The songs on TIMELESS haven't been heard since their recording in 1972, included in a series of musical tracks from top artists at the time as part of a United States recruitment program. Performers such as Dolly Parton, George Jones, and Waylon Jennings would record fifteen-minute performances that would be distributed to over 2,000 radio stations throughout the world intended for commercial release. Tom Gramuglia of Country Rewind Records, says that he can't wait for fans to hear these recordings - which put the recorded genius of Conway Twitty on full display for all to hear.

"These recordings were long forgotten and few people who knew of their existence. They've never before been made commercially available to the public and I truly felt like this music needed to be shared with long-time traditional fans, and heard by our younger generation of Millennials who have a flavor and inkling for country music recording artists that made American country music great." Read more here.

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Bradley Walker Recruits Big Names For Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith

(Webster) Bradley Walker has released his new album Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith which features collaborations with Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Jimmy Fortune, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs and Ricky Skaggs.

Produced by Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs) Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith (Gaither Music Group) captures many of the songs that inspired Bradley to become a singer.

The LIVE concert DVD recording, filmed in Alexandria, Indiana, features an all-star cast of musicians including The Isaacs and soloist Charlotte Ritchie. Hosted by Gaither Music Group's founder Bill Gaither, the DVD spotlights Bradley's heart for this style of music and his dream to record this collection of songs.

The Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith CD and DVD recordings will be airing this fall as part of a TV special on networks including TBN, RFD-TV, PBS, The Heartland Network, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT, TLN and Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google and the Internet). It will be airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV. See listings here.

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Bradley Walker Recruits Big Names For Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith

(Webster) Bradley Walker has released his new album Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith which features collaborations with Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Jimmy Fortune, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs and Ricky Skaggs.

Produced by Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs) Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith (Gaither Music Group) captures many of the songs that inspired Bradley to become a singer.

The LIVE concert DVD recording, filmed in Alexandria, Indiana, features an all-star cast of musicians including The Isaacs and soloist Charlotte Ritchie. Hosted by Gaither Music Group's founder Bill Gaither, the DVD spotlights Bradley's heart for this style of music and his dream to record this collection of songs.

The Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith CD and DVD recordings will be airing this fall as part of a TV special on networks including TBN, RFD-TV, PBS, The Heartland Network, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT, TLN and Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google and the Internet). It will be airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV. See listings here.

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