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Selena Gomez Says She Felt 'Violated' As Child Star

(Radio.com) Pop star Selena Gomez has opened up about feeling violated as a child star during a new interview for a Business of Fashion cover story. "I started getting known for things that weren't [related to] my work," Gomez told the magazine (via MTV News). "That's when my passion started to really feel like it was going further and further away. And that scared me."

While she loved singing live and making her Disney TV show, Wizards of Waverly Place, some harsh realities of the industry began to affect the budding performer.

"When I got older, I started to become exposed to the truth behind some stuff and that's when it flipped a little bit. I realized that, 'Oh this is actually really hard, and kind of slimy in certain areas,' and I didn't realize that certain people wanted certain things from me," Gomez explained.

As a teenager, Gomez recoiled from the aggressive attention thrown at her from overeager paparazzi while trying to just live her life. "I remember just feeling really violated when I was younger, even just being on the beach. I was maybe 15 or 16 and people were taking pictures -- photographers," she described. "I felt very violated and I didn't like it or understand it, and that felt very weird, because I was a young girl and they were grown men. I didn't like that feeling."

"Then, I would say the last season of my show, I was probably 18 years old, is when I felt like the flip happened," Gomez added. "I didn't feel like it was about my art as much. I was on the fourth season of the show, and I felt like I was outgrowing it. I wanted something different and obviously I fell in love for the first time. There was all this stuff that was happening and I didn't know what to do." Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood Teases Super Bowl Anthem 'The Champion'

(Radio.com) Country star Carrie Underwood is set to reveal a new song, but fans will have to wait for Super Bowl 52 to hear it. Underwood, who sings the official theme song of Sunday Night Football, wrote new track, "The Champion," at the urging of the show's executive producer, Fred Gaudelli.

"I think it's going to become a sports anthem," Gaudelli told Variety. "It's going to be one of those songs that you see cut to highlights for the next 25 years."

"My husband loved it," Underworld revealed in reference to hubby Mike Fisher, who played with NHL team the Nashville Predators before retiring after last season. "He would listen to it before playoff games. He was like 'I want everyone to hear it!' and I had to tell him, 'You can't do that. You can't play it in the locker room. I'm sorry.' But that was a good indicator that we were on the right track." Read more here.

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Cause Of Crash that Killed Troy Gentry Revealed

(Radio.com) New information has been surfaced about the crash that killed Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry on Friday afternoon (Sept. 8). Authorities said the pilot of the helicopter reported mechanical problems moments before it crashed in New Jersey.

Radio communication between emergency responders and the pilot reveal that an emergency landing was in the works, reports Billboard. Seconds before the helicopter crashed, the pilot was hovering in the air while waiting for the fire department to arrive.

The pilot and Gentry were the only two people on the plane. Both men were killed when the helicopter went down south of the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey. Read more here.

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The Chainsmokers Share Apology For Controversial Comments

(Radio.com) During an interview at the Ultra China Festival in Beijing, The Chainsmokers ignited controversy when producer Alex Pall made a joke about the tradition of consuming dog meat.

Pall was asked about his dog and made a joke that many Twitter users quickly condemned as culturally insensitive at the least. "I mean if she could come anywhere I'd bring her to - well, I don't know if I'd bring her to China'" he said, trailing off in a video the duo posted and has since removed from their social media accounts.

The resulting backlash resulted in the duo posting a message on their official Twitter account which read: "I made a comment in an interview about being hesitant to bring my dog, Cheddar, to China because I have read reports about dogs being slaughtered in certain provinces. We originally posted a video to share how much we love China and our fans there. We would never intentionally do anything to upset our fans and we apologize if we offended anyone."

The duo also included a link that outlines the controversy surrounding of dog consumption in China, specifically as it pertains to the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival. See the post here.

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Bruno Mars Getting His First Prime-Time TV Special

(Radio.com) Pop superstar Bruno Mars has announced his first-ever prime-time TV special, Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo. The show will air on CBS Nov. 29 at 10 pm ET.

Mars will open the show with an electrifying performance atop the marquee of the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. The special will feature a never-before-seen stage performance along with performances from Mars and his band the Hooligans out in the streets of Harlem.

"For me, Bruno Mars is the greatest performer in the world," said Ben Winston, who, alongside Mars, serves as executive producer. "To be producing his first television special is a true honor. This will be a special show and a special night." Read more here.

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Lee Brice Raises Over $100K For Service Member Families

(Radio.com) Lee Brice raised more than $100,000 for Folds of Honor, a charity that provides scholarships for families of wounded and fallen service men and women across two events last weekend (Sept. 10-11).

Brice kicked off the benefit weekend with the first annual 'Lee Brice & Friends Guitar Pull," featuring Charles Esten, Jerrod Niemann, Tyler Farr, Tim Montana, Lucas Hoge and Nick Norman at a sold-out City Winery in Nashville.

It was followed the next day with the "Record Rack Celebrity Clays Shoot," held at the Nashville Gun Club. Among the invited participants included Ben Gallaher, members of the band Three Doors Down, Naomi Cooke of Runaway June, brother Lewis Brice, professional wrestler Jim 'Hacksaw" Duggan, Keith Bulluck of the Tennessee Titans and more. Read more here.

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Music Stars Support Hurricane Relief on 'Hand in Hand' Telethon

(Radio.com) On Tuesday, scores of high-profile entertainers joined forces for the telethon Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. The multi-network broadcast included music stars like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and more.

Proceeds will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Best Friends, Direct Relief, Feeding Florida, Feeding Texas, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and United Way.

The telecast was conceived as a response to Hurricane Harvey's destruction, though funds will also assist survivors of Hurricane Irma when the need is evaluated. In his opening remarks, Leonardo DiCaprio promised to "lift the survivors out of the darkness" with inspirational entertainment and financial assistance.

The show kicked off with a rousing performance of "Lean on Me" by Stevie Wonder, backed by a gospel choir. In his introduction, Wonder gave a powerful speech with a social and environmental message. As cameras panned throughout the studio, celebrities like Cher and Robert DeNiro could be seen working the telethon phones.

"When love goes into action it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no sexual preference or political persuasion--it just loves…Anyone who believes there's no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent," the sight-impaired living legend said.

The second performance of the night came from Usher and Blake Shelton, who performed "Stand by Me" in perfect harmony. Afterwards, Beyonce appeared via video message to issue a call to action.

"National disasters don't discriminate," said the Houston native. "They don't see if you're an immigrant, black or white, Jewish or Muslim…Seeing everyone of different social, racial and religious backgrounds…restored my faith in humanity." Read more here.

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Nick Jonas Releasing New Single 'Find You'

(Radio.com) Nick Jonas is set to make his return to the radio and playlists everywhere with the announcement of a new song, "Find You." The new track is set to debut this Thursday, Sept. 14. Jonas revealed the song's release date via social media.

The announcement followed a mysterious tweet the singer posted Monday (Sept. 11), featuring just the song title and photo of Jonas looking off into the distance.

"Find You" will be Jonas' first single since the release of "Remember I Told You" featuring Anne-Marie and Mike Posner earlier this year. See the pop star's tweets here.

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Wiz Khalifa Releases 'Rain' Featuring PartyNextDoor

(Radio.com) Wiz Khalifa and PartyNextDoor are both due to release albums before 2017 ends: Wiz is working on his anticipated Rolling Papers 2 while PartyNextDoor prepares to release Club Atlantis.

The duo teamed up for the track "Rain," which has made its way onto the internet. It's not clear whether "Rain" will appear on either MC's album -- but diehard fans will recognize it from a 2015 SXSW appearance.

Footage of Wiz debuting the song two and a half years ago is on YouTube -- the comments section shows that fans checked back month after month, year after year waiting for a formal release. Now a studio version is available for fans to enjoy.

Neither rapper's 2017 album has a release date but the stream of new (and old) material has been steady. Listen to "Rain," which contains explicit lyrics, here.

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New Grammy Museum Celebrates Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Taylor Swift

(Radio.com) New Jersey is getting its own GRAMMY museum this year. On October 20, the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center in Newark will open to the public.

The 8,200-square foot location will include interactive exhibits and clothing worn by Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Amy Winehouse, among others.

In addition, the museum will pay tribute to artists from New Jersey, including Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston. The museum will be open to the public Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with tickets ranging from $9 to $12.
Other items on display include Madonna's beaded dress worn at the "Who's That Girl" premiere in 1987 in Times Square, Chris Martin's tour costume for "Viva La Vida," and Maren Morris' purple dress from the 59th GRAMMY Awards red carpet , reports Variety. Read more and check out a promotional video for the new museum
here.

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Thomas Rhett's Family Visits NYC Fire Fighters on 9/11 Anniversary

(Radio.com) Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, spent Monday (September 11) in New York and the couple brought their daughter Willa Gray along for the visit. The day marked the sixteenth anniversary of the attack on our country and the family spent some time meeting New York City firefighters.

Lauren shared some photos of an adorable Willa Gray sporting a firefighter helmet while posing in front of a fire truck. "So grateful & honored to get to know some of the FDNY today," Lauren writes on Instagram. "And on September 11th of all days.

"Remembering all of those who lost their lives 16 years ago today . . . God bless the first responders of New York City & our country. Thank you Ladder 25 for having us & showing our girl around. She loved it." See the post here.

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Shania Twain Sends Birthday Message to Kelsea Ballerini

(Radio.com) Kelsea Ballerini turned 24 on Tuesday day (Sept. 12), and country music superstar Shania Twain has marked the occasion with a special social media message.

Earlier this year, Twain launched her current comeback with a triumphant performance at Stagecoach 2017, featuring Ballerini during a rendition of 1995 hit, "Any Man of Mine."

Twain shared a clip of the duet with a message of happy birthday to Ballerini, adding that she's "Just the sweetest." See the post here.

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Katy Perry Previews Witness Tour with Behind the Scenes Videos

(Radio.com) Katy Perry has become the personification of "Go big or go home." Given the teaser videos the pop star posted on social media, her upcoming Witness Tour looks to be her biggest and most epic jaunt ever.

Spread across three Instagram posts, the tour preview promises amazing production values, with a giant all-seeing eye overlooking a stage packed with dancers, musicians and at one point, oversized basketballs (probably for a performance of "Swish Swish").
One of the clips includes shots of an acrobatic dancer displaying Cirque du Soleil-like abilities. Katy Perry's "Witness" tour launches in Montreal later this month on Sept. 19. Check out the posts
here.

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Justin Bieber Hits 100 Million Followers On Twitter

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber is popular. Like, really, really popular. So much so that that consistently controversial pop star has hit a new milestone on social media by reaching 100 million followers on Twitter.

He's flying high in some very rarefied air, as the only other musician with north of 100 million Twitter followers is Katy Perry. Billboard points out that Bieber's (and Perry's) huge Twitter follower count dwarfs other such mega-stars as Taylor Swift (85.5 million), Rihanna (76.9 mil) and Lady Gaga (69.5 mil).

Twitter Music celebrated Bieber's new social media achievement with a celebratory tweet. The pop star's legion of "beliebers" can join in the fun by using the hashtag #100MBeilebers, which in turn unlocks a special Bieber emoji. Read more here.

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