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Page Too Report for 10/26/2017


Eminem Wins Court Battle Against Political Party

(Radio.com) Eminem has won a three-year court battle for copyright infringement against a New Zealand political party that used a song in its campaign ads that was strikingly similarity to the rapper's "Lose Yourself."

High Court Judge Helen Cull "ordered the conservative National Party to pay the Detroit rapper's publisher 600,000 New Zealand dollars ($415,000) plus interest," reports Billboard.

During the trial, Eminem collaborator Jeff Bass flew to New Zealand to play the song's opening riff. He tells Billboard he was angered by the defense's argument that "Lose Yourself" wasn't original because it used the same chords as other songs.

"They could have said anything but question its originality," he said. Read more here.

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Kenny Rogers Says Farewell With Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Many More

(Radio.com) Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton performed together for the last time on Wednesday (Oct. 26), wrapping up the All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration. In September 2015 Rogers announced he would retire from the road after a final world tour.

The star-studded event was an emotional tribute to one of the most successful crossover artists of all time and performed many popular songs with Parton. "I know I'm artificial, but I like to think my heart is real," Parton told Rogers before she sang him "I Will Always Love You" She added, "I have a spot (in my heart) for you that's never ever going to be touched by anybody else."

The duo also performed their epic duet, "Islands In the Stream." At the end of the set, Parton asked her friend, "How about me and you go out like rock stars?" Then they held their microphones with arms outstretched, dropped them and walked off the stage.
Wynonna Judd, Lionel Richie, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town were among the other artists that performed. The Flaming Lips and Elle King also honored Rogers.

"We're family here in Nashville. We stick together," said Wynonna Judd, who sang "You Turn the Light On." Naomi Judd joined her daughter to perform, "Back to the Well." Read more and see photos here.

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Brad Paisley Delivers National Anthem at World Series Game 2

(Radio.com) Grammy Award winning country music star Brad Paisley played electric guitar and sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" to open the second game of the 2017 World Series.

The country singer delivered the anthem as other artists watched on. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were dressed in blue to pull for their hometown team, the LA Dodgers. John Legend was also in the crowd for the Dodgers-Astros battle.

Sports legends, including Sandy Koufax and Vin Scully were also in attendance. The Houston Astros won the game 7-6 in the 11th inning. It was the Astros' first World Series win in the franchise's history. The teams are tied at 1-1 going into game three. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez and Marshmello Release 'Wolves'

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez and Marshello have teamed for the new track "Wolves." "I've been running through the jungle, I've been running with the wolves," Gomez sings on the hook. "To get to you, to get to you."

While Gomez has been teasing a colorful music video featuring her hanging out with Marshmello and even sporting her own custom Marshmello helmet, that visual is currently only available on Spotify.

The singer has also shared the song via an audio-only clip. Listen to the new collaborative track here.

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Singled Out: Scot Sax's Mr. Chocolate

Grammy winning songwriter, singer, and filmmaker Scot Sax recently released his new album "Mr. Chocolate" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the song "Wes Montgomery." Here is the story:

One of the houses in our neighborhood morphed itself into a record store called "The Groove". It's kind of like a convenience store to me. I'll stop there on my way home often, picking up records from their dollar bin the way one would pick up milk and eggs. I often buy records for the cover. Seems like it's the opposite in vinyl land where that method does actually work out.

One of my quick in and out visits I grabbed a Wes Montgomery record. How can a record not be great with a name like that. Of course I'd heard of him but not exactly sure what his thing was. The next morning, after being up way too early with my little girls, I laid the needle down on it.

Suddenly the universe was getting along. And by universe, I mean my mind.
I wrote "Wes Montgomery" then and there to describe as straight forwardly as possibly how I was feeling at that moment. It was the first of 6 songs I would write for my next album. Upon recording the song with Ken Coomer (drums) from early Wilco and Phil D'Agostino (bass) I thought, wait, how cool would it be to have a Wes Montgomery-style riff on there. I don't know the first thing about the Jazz side of guitar playing. So I called the best guitarist neighbor I knew. John Jackson. John is not only a super friendly dog walking dude, but also Bob Dylan's live guitarist for all of the 90's tours. I knew he'd know how to do anything, having played for the most unpredictable artist ever.

John's Wes-style riff was so off the grid that I, at first, wasn't sure it worked. As it happens so often in creative endeavors, that's exactly what makes it special and to me the defining part of the song."

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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Nicki Minaj Says 'Monster' Almost Didn't Make the Cut

(Radio.com) "Monster" is a highlight of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West's 2010 magnum opus--in no small part because Nicki Minaj delivers an epic, career-changing verse.

Nicki was feeling wistful on Instagram as the song (which also features JAY-Z) turns 7 years old so she explained to fans that Yeezy almost dropped the song from the album, until she talked sense into him.

"Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song & that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album," she wrote. "Haha. It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album. He felt this verse would end up being the talk of the album. I said: YOU'RE KANYE WEST!!!!"

Nicki also thanked Kanye for the platform and creative direction. "Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are," she said. "You always put others first. I fought u every step of the way but it worked out. (He wanted me to add more of that growling monster voice and I felt it was overkill.) He wouldn't give in. In the end, maybe he was right. Ha!" Read Nicki's reflections here.

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Niall Horan Reveals Inspiration For 'Mirrors'

(Radio.com) Niall Horan just released his debut album Flicker on October 20. The first time solo artist sat down with Fresh 102.7's morning team Karen & Jeffrey in New York City to discuss the release and the possible GRAMMY nominations it could have.

Horan admits it took over a year to write and record Flicker, and now that it's available for fans around the world to hear, the former One Directioner says he's feeling a real sense of accomplishment.

"I'm pretty excited about it, to be honest," Horan admits. "I've obviously spent a lot of time on these songs, so to have them out to the world and do well and watch them climb the charts this week has been a nice sense of achievement."

"Mirrors" is one of the stand out tracks on Flicker. Its lyrics focus on the struggles young girls and women go through when dealing with body image issues and their own perceptions of attractiveness. Horan says sometimes his lyrics are personal and sometimes they come from his imagination -- but with "Mirrors" it was different, this time it came from observing a girl at a cafe.

"I had this idea, obviously I see a lot of stuff online and I know girls in general," he explains about the song. "I was in Pret [a Manger] one day in town and I was looking at my phone and I had seen a girl in the corner who I thought looked a little bit upset or whatever, [was] on her own and looked a little bit lonely. And the waiter came over and made her laugh out loud and her laugh made me look over."

"I wrote that down on my phone and picked up the story a few months later and wrote a song about it."Read more here.

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Eric Church Releases 'Round Here Buzz' Video

(Radio.com) Country star Eric Church has shared a new music video for the song "Round Here Buzz," the track is taken from his 2015 full-length album "Mr. Misunderstood".

The clip is the latest installment in the ongoing saga of the album's cover star, McKinley James "Mickey" Smay. The video finds Smay living the life of a "down and outer" after high school, working on an old truck and drinking at his small-town bar.

Throughout the video, he flashes back to times with his high school sweetheart, reminiscing about the good times they spent together. The clip cuts to show his high school sweetheart now living in Los Angeles, also thinking back to the good old days.

The emotional, bittersweet video comes with a cliffhanger ending, setting the stage for the next video in the saga. Watch it here.

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Drake Celebrates Birthday With 'Re-Bar Mitzvah' Party

(Radio.com) Drake celebrated his 31st birthday Tuesday night with a massive Re-Bar Mitzvah themed extravaganza in Los Angeles. The rapper teased the party with a throwback photo of his "bar mitzvah board," featuring baby photos and signatures from guests.

In Judaism, a Bar Mitzvah is a celebration that usually takes place when a boy turns 13 and celebrates the transition into manhood. When night fell, Drake and his crew descended on the Poppy nightclub to recreate and do-over the auspicious occasion from his youth.

Guests included Leonardo DiCaprio, Hailey Baldwin, Madison Beer, Jamie Foxx, Tobey Maguire and Kelly Rowland, reports Billboard. Folks at the party held solo cups labeled "Aubrey's Re-Bar Mitzvah" and Drake uploaded a huge photo series to Instagram sharing the fun and revelry with his 38.1 million followers. See photos from the night here.

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Kip Moore, Wade Brown and Randy Rogers Announce Tour

(Radio.com) Country stars Kip Moore, Wade Brown and Randy Rogers are uniting for a joint tour. Dubbed the "Tall Tales & the Truth Tour," the acoustic trek is brief, only covering four dates spread out around the country:

They play Denver, Colorado, on December 7th; Lincoln, Nebraska, on December 8th, Washington, D.C., on December 13th; and New York City on December 14th.

"This is something Randy and I have been cooking up for a while," Moore said (via Nash Country Daily). "We've always had a great camaraderie, and a similar mantra, and so we thought it might be a cool way to share our stories in a more intimate setting with our fans. We did a show with Wade and mentioned the idea and then it all fell into place." Read more here.

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Tim McGraw Covers Merle Haggard with Chris Janson and Mark Collie

(Radio.com) Tim McGraw is currently trekking across the U.S. with wife Faith Hill for their 2017 Soul2Soul Tour, and during downtime from the tour he often enlists their opening acts for fun backstage jams. The latest artists he recruited were Chris Janson and Mark Collie.

The three artists teamed up in a backstage dressing room for a stirring cover of Merle Haggard's famed "Mama Tried." Each traded verses, and the results were impressive enough for McGraw to share the song on social media.

They performed the song with three backing guitarists, a keyboard player and percussionist. "Thank God for country music!" McGraw exclaims at the close of the jam. Watch McGraw, Janson and Collie perform "Mama Tried" in its entirety here.

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Maroon 5 Announce North American Tour

(Radio.com) Maroon 5 will launch their 2018 world tour on May 30 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA. Dates run through October 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Tickets will be available starting November 4 at 10 a.m. local time. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets via a pre-sale that begins October 30 at noon local time and runs through November 3 at 10 p.m.

Fans who buy tickets online between October 30 and November 10 will receive a physical or digital copy of the Maroon 5's sixth album Red Pill Blues, which comes out November 3.

Red Bill Blues was executive produced by J. Kash and Adam Levine, and features guest appearances by SZA, Julia Michaels, A$AP Rocky and LunchMoney Lewis. The album will come in a standard 10-track edition and a deluxe version. See the dates here.

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Lady Gaga Makes Grand Entrance At World Series

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga made a show-stopping entrance to game one of the 2017 World Series Tuesday night in Los Angeles. TMZ caught the singer rolling into her parking space in a black Lamborghini.

Dressed in short shorts, a tank top and a Classic Hollywood hairdo, Gaga made an impression and dressed for the 103-degree heat. The Dodgers faced the Houston Astros and won the game 3-1.

The singer posted a photo from the evening with legendary Yankee's manager Joe Torrie and one of her oldest friends. "When you got the best seat in the house. Next to Joe Torre and your best friend since you were 4," she captioned the post. Watch Gaga's grand entrance here.

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Jennifer Lopez Urges Kids to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

(Radio.com) This Halloween, Jennifer Lopez is urging kids to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. The singer has teamed up with the organization's annual fundraiser to help raise money for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the devastation from Hurricane Maria.

"When you trick-or-treat UNICEF U.S.A, you get to be a hero no matter what your costume is. You get to help save other kids around the world," the singer says in a PSA for UNICEF this Halloween.

Meanwhile, Michelle Centeno, senior officer of humanitarian emergencies and executive communications for UNICEF U.S.A., explained the growing need for donations.

"While conditions in Puerto Rico remain challenging, UNICEF U.S.A. is there, working to support children and families as they rebuild. The scale of need demands that we all play a role in this ongoing effort, and work closely with partners to put children first," she stated.

Earlier this month Lopez, boyfriend A-Rod and ex-husband Marc Anthony helped to raise $35 million for Puerto Rico. For more ways to help this month, watch Lopez's PSA in the video here.

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