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Page Too Report for 02/07/2018


Ed Sheeran Adds New North American Stadium Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran had big news for fans. He has added six new cities to his 2018 stadium tour. The dates are expected to be the final additions to the singer's North American run.

With the newly announced dates, fans in San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Milwaukee can now see the pop star in their hometowns.

Sheeran has also added second shows in Foxboro, Massachusetts and East Rutherford, New Jersey. See Ed Sheeran's complete 2018 stadium tour itinerary here.

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Willie Nelson Cancels More Tour Dates Due To Health

(Radio.com) Last month, Willie Nelson announced that he would cancel January concert dates due to a bad bout of the flu. As the 84-year-old country legend recovers, eight more shows in February have been stricken from the calendar. In a message to fans, Nelson said: "I will see you all down the road."

Willie's management said the tour will resume in early March. His reps clarified the situation in a statement, assuring fans that Willie's health is on the upswing.

"He requires a few extra weeks to recover completely from the flu," Nelson's team wrote. "He is up and about and looks as healthy as ever but his doctor has determined that his voice needs more time to recuperate to give the performances you all love seeing." See the canceled or postponed dates here.

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Kendrick Lamar And SZA Releases 'All the Stars' Video

(Radio.com) Black Panther season is approaching. Kendrick Lamar and SZA have released the video for "All the Stars," the first to promote the Black Panther soundtrack, which is curated by Lamar.

The stunning clip is packed with vivid afro-futurist imagery, including Lamar strolling with a pack of actual panthers and SZA performing in a circle of tribesmen bedecked in bright blue feathery costumes.

It's a strong accompaniment to the moody and atmospheric track, which showcases both artists' vocal talents. Black Panther: The Album is set for release Friday (Feb. 9). The film Black Panther hits screens across the country on February 16.

Watch Kendrick Lamar and SZA's video for "All the Stars," which contains explicit language, here.

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Backstreet Boys Extend Las Vegas Residency

(Radio.com) Backstreet's back for more shows in Vegas through 2018. The group has added 21 new dates to their "Larger Than Life" residency at The Axis at Planet Hollywood.

'Las Vegas has been really good to us," the group's AJ McLean said in a press statement. 'We returned this weekend for our first run of dates and man, does it feel good to be back on that stage!"

'We love calling Vegas our second home," Kevin Richardson chimed. 'It's amazing to know fans from all over the world are flying to Vegas just to see our show. That's an awesome feeling." Read more here.

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Keith Urban Invites Chris Janson to Join the Grand Ole Opry

(Radio.com) Getting an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry is an honor all country music artists dream about. For Chris Janson, that dream came true Monday night (Feb. 5) onstage during a sold-out show at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium, once the home of the Grand Ole Opry.

Keith Urban, who was a special guest during the evening, extended the invitation to Janson to be part of the exclusive country club after the pair performed John Michael Montgomery's 1995 track, "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)."

"I know the feeling of the night I got invited. It's an incredible feeling. And I think it's about time you feel that way too, Chris," Urban told an emotional Janson in front of the cheering crowd. Janson's wife, Kelly, joined him onstage to celebrate with a big hug.

"It was such an honor and a blessing last night to welcome my brother from another mother, Chris Janson, into the Opry family," Urban shared on Twitter today (Feb. 6). "You played the clubs, you honed your craft, you walk the talk, & now you're an Opry member!! Congrats to you, Kelly, your family, & the whole crew!"

See Urban's tweet, which includes a video of the magic moment here.

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Singled Out: Aesthetic Perfection's Ebb And Flow

Aesthetic Perfection's new EP "Ebb and Flow" was released last Friday and to celebrate we asked the act's mastermind Daniel Graves to tell us about the inspiration behind the title track. Here is the story:

I LOVED Bon Jovi growing up. They were the quintessential arena band. For as long as I've been a musician I wanted to write something that used a TalkBox the way they did.

So, recently, I broke down and bought one. The day it arrived I took it out of the box and hooked it up to my Nord Lead synth. I was messing around with it for just a few minutes before stumbling upon my Bon Jovi-esque "oh whoa whoa" melody.

I realized that it fit perfectly with a song I'd been making called "Ebb and Flow" that had been sitting in purgatory because it didn't have the right hook for it. Boom. Fresh idea brings an old song to life. Thanks, TalkBox!

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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Calvin Harris And PartyNextDoor Team For 'Nuh Ready Nuh Ready'

(Radio.com) Calvin Harris has a new collaborator. The superstar producer has revealed a new single with PartyNextDoor, "Nuh Ready Nuh Ready."

The announcement follows a Times Square tease in New York City, which featured the single's artwork on a digital billboard. When a fan asked if the track was slated for Funk Wav Vol. 2, Harris responded: "No sir, a whole new experience."

The new song is set to debut this Thursday, Feb. 8. See the announcement tweets for the new collaboration here.

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Julia Michaels Releases 'Heaven' Video for 'Fifty Shades Freed'

(Radio.com) Julia Michaels is in heaven. The pop singer has revealed the music video for "Heaven," her contribution to the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack.

The clip for the sultry track finds Michaels singing the song while wearing a tailored suit inside an opulent apartment. Images of men (often half-dressed) dancing and moving around the space are interspersed throughout the clip.

The Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack is set for release this Friday, Feb. 9. The movie hits big screens on the same day. Watch the new music video here.

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Lil Uzi Vert Performs 'The Way Life Goes' On Late Night TV

(Radio.com) GRAMMY-nominated rapper Lil Uzi Vert performed "The Way Life Goes" on the Monday night (Feb. 5) broadcast of "The Late Show."

The appearance marked his debut on the program, and Lil Uzi and his band performed the Luv is Rage 2 single with relaxed panache, yet the performance was imbued with a menacing vibe.

Decked out in a black leather jacket decorated with red graffiti, a Bad Religion T-shirt, a black hat and an inverted cross necklace, Lil Uzi sang in front of a coffin and roamed the set, which was bathed in dim red light. Check out the performance here.

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Jon Pardi Releases 'She Ain't In It' Video

(Radio.com) Jon Pardi can't stop thinking about the one that got away. The country star has shared the music video for "She Ain't In It," a mournful ballad bemoaning lost love.

The black and white clip was directed by Jim Wright on location at a ranch outside Thousand Oaks, California. In the video, Pardi is seen going through a typical day at the ranch, but at every turn he is reminded of a girlfriend who left him to go to the big city.

"She Ain't In It" is the latest track from Pardi's most recent full-length, California Sunrise, to receive a video treatment. Watch the clip here.

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Katy Perry Would Change 'I Kissed a Girl' for 2018

(Radio.com) Katy Perry has some new thoughts about her breakout 2008 hit, "I Kissed a Girl." In retrospect, if she could rewrite the songs she'd make a few changes, she said in an interview with Glamour.

"I think we've really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years," Perry said. "We've come a long way. Bisexuality wasn't as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it.

"Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What's true for you can evolve." Read more here.

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Drake Gives $50K To University Student for Tuition

(Radio.com) Drake went out of his way to leave a positive impression on Miami students on Monday (Jan. 5). On the same day the rapper donated $25,000 and OVO-designed uniforms to Miami Senior High School (where he shot a video for "God's Plan"), Drizzy delighted a University of Miami student by giving her $50,000 for college tuition.

Student Destiny Paris detailed her good fortune on Instagram, explaining how Drake surprised her with the generous gift. "I applied to scholarships last year for which I had to write an essay. I received those scholarships and thought that was the end of it," Paris shared. "Apparently, my essay and my story made it to other departments. I was contacted this weekend about doing a video speaking about where I come from, things I've been through, and why it is so important for scholarship donors to continue to donate. This was the surprise the whole time. Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I've worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition."

Paris shared a pair of photos with the rapper presenting her with a giant check. "THANK YOU SO MUCH!!' You don't understand what this means to me! I would've never imagined this happening to me. I'm just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you. You are so great and amazing! Thank you for blessing me when I thought my hard work was going unnoticed. I'm living out my dreams. God's Plan." Read more and see the posts here.

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*NSYNC Stars Praise Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Halftime Show

(Radio.com) While there was no *NSYNC reunion during Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Halftime show on Sunday (Feb. 4), members Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass were watching and cheering JT.

An ecstatic Kirkpatrick couldn't contain his enthusiasm: "Wow wow wow! Best halftime of all time!!!!!!" he tweeted. "Way to go @jtimberlake that just made me so proud!!!!"

Flattered by his compliment, Timberlake responded, "Love you, bro!! Thank you!" he wrote. Meanwhile, Bass praised Timberlake for his mash-up of hits. "Awesome halftime Justin!," he added.

While JC Chasez remained silent on social media, Joey Fatone posted about the Super Bowl but didn't quite acknowledge JT. He did, however, respond to Demi Lovato's tweet about no *NSYNC reunion with an eye-roll emoji. Read more here.

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Meek Mill Does Verse On Tee Grizzley's Super Bowl-Themed Remix

(Radio.com) Philadelphia native Meek Mill has had a tumultuous year, but his hometown team's Super Bowl victory is cause for celebration. The rapper appears on Tee Grizzley's new "First Day Out" remix which toasts to the Eagles and also features Mill getting candid about failed relationships, legal woes and how he burns off steam.

"I done bagged a popstar, put a Wraith on the road," he raps, apparently referencing Nicki Minaj. "Thank God, ain't it a blessin'? (What?) / We made it out from State, went from all that stressin'."

While Mill's lines were recorded before the Super Bowl, Grizzley's new material was tracked after the Eagles' victory: "I feel 'em prayin' on my downfall/ From the yard to the streets, Ima stand tall/ I won 50 on the Eagles, split it with my dogs," he raps.

Listen to the lyrically explicit "First Day Out" here.

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Shawn Mendes Performs At Bat Mitzvah

(Radio.com) Shawn Mendes played a bat mitzvah on Saturday (Feb. 3) for Ella Bikoff to celebrate her 13th birthday and her symbolic transformation from a girl to a young woman in the Jewish faith.

TMZ obtained news footage from Mendes' set, which reportedly cost the Bikoff's $5 7 million. The party was planned and financed by Ella's dad J. Darius Bikoff, creator of Vitaminwater and Smartwater.

In addition to booking Shawn Mendes to headline, the Bikoffs booked Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Grandmaster Flash to DJ the event, which was held at the Plaza Hotel. Between 40 and 50 horse-drawn carriages were hired to carry 275 guests from the temple to the party, reported TMZ.

J. Darius Bikoff is no stranger to booking the rich and famous for personal milestones: He reportedly hired Justin Timberlake to play his 10th wedding anniversary in 2013. According to TMZ, that set him back $1.3 million. Watch Shawn Mendes perform "Mercy" at Ella Bikoff's bat mitzvah here.

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