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Meek Mill Files Appeal Alleging Unreliable Police Testimony

(Radio.com) Meek Mill's legal team hope to get the rapper out of jail, stating his sentence was the result of unreliable testimony. The attorneys have filed a Post-Conviction Relief Act petition, claiming that the rapper's conviction in 2008 was based on reports from a biased or lying police officer.

Last November, Mill was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison due to parole violations, igniting controversy and a public debate about sentencing. The new petition claims that Officer Reginald Graham's testimony in the original trial was not credible.

Graham's name appeared on a list obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer, of a collection of officers the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office cited as having 'history of lying, racial bias, or brutality." Graham was the sole witness who testified in Meek's original trial.

The petition presents new testimony from witnesses who provide information that contradicts Graham's 2008 testimony. Read more here.

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Kendrick Lamar, The Killers Lead NBA All-Star Weekend

(Radio.com) The NBA All-Star Weekend is set to take over Los Angeles this weekend (Feb. 15-18),with a cavalcade of music all-stars coming to the party. The NBA is teaming up with TNT to share much of that music on TV (and the network's streaming service), allowing fans to tune in and catch their faves between high-flying slam dunks and harsh Charles Barkley critiques.

Friday, Feb, 16: Kendrick Lamar The NBA focus will be on the next generation of great players with the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars match-up. Kendrick Lamar will end the night with a live performance after the post-game coverage courtesy of Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and the rest of the Inside the NBA crew.

Friday night also hosts the annual NBA All-Star Celeb Game, which has just added Justin Bieber and Quavo of Migos among the players. Other music stars slated for the game include Common and Arcade Fire's Win Butler. Coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on TNT.

Saturday, Feb. 17: The Killers Rock takes center stage on Saturday night, with the band headlining the night with a live performance after Inside the NBA wraps up post-coverage of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. With a night loaded with fans favorites including the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, JBL Three-Point Contest, Verizon Slam Dunk, the night should play like a live-action highlight reel until Brandon Flowers and company take the stage. Clips for the Killers' performance will also be showcased throughout Sunday coverage of the big game. Read more here.

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Frank Ocean Reveals Surprise Cover Of 'Moon River'

(Radio.com) Last month, Frank Ocean teased fans that new music was coming in 2018, and his first delivery arrived like a belated Valentine's Day gift, a cover of "Moon River."

The song was originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany's and has been covered by numerous popular artists since then.

Ocean's modern interpretation is soulful and almost surreal, combining reflective guitar chords and otherworldly effects with his layered lead vocals and harmonies.

The elusive singer plugged the track on his Tumblr page with the caption "in the late nite." Hopefully, there's more new Ocean material coming soon. Last month, he wrote on Tumblr, 'IF YOU LIKED 2017, YOU'LL LOVE'2018." Read more and listen to the new track here.

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The Chainsmokers Announce New Single 'You Owe Me'

(Radio.com) The Chainsmokers are a couple of big teases. The electro-pop pair have shared a snippet from new single, "You Owe Me," via social media ahead of it's release early this morning.

The brief preview clip of the brand new single reveals a melancholy synth melody, with moody lyrics regarding feeling lonely and when "it gets dark inside your head."

The tease comes with what appears to the single's cover art, which features a plate adorned with a heart-shaped steak atop a bed of cherry tomatoes. Yum. Read more here.

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Kendrick Lamar, Future, Jay Rock Release 'King's Dead' Video

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar, Future and Jay Rock get money myriad ways in the new "King's Dead" music video. "King's Dead" is taken from the recently released and Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack.

The clip opens with Lamar sitting in a palm tree eating elote (Mexican street corn) before a hard cut lands him in the heart of a Wolf of Wall Street-styled "war room" with a necktie around his head.

Images from around the hood and at the barber shop are juxtaposed with shots of the rappers standing high atop city buildings while delivering their rhymes. Future, in particular, gets especially loose with his verse, which effectively breaks down into high-pitched gibberish.

The track and video throws a curve-ball in the middle, as the beat shifts dramatically while an onscreen money transaction involving Lamar turns violent.

The ends with Lamar standing in the middle of a busy boulevard intersection while cars whiz by the rapper in stylized choreography. U.K. crooner is featured on the track, but does not appear in the new visual. Check out the wild video here.

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Run The Jewels Announced As Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2018

(TYF) Run The Jewels have been announced as the Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2018, following in the footsteps of previous stars to take on the position including Ozzy Osbourne, Jack White, Metallica and more.

We were sent the following details: On Thursday, one half of Run The Jewels, rapper/producer EL-P jumped in with Record Store Day's Michael Kurtz and Rick Johnson to announce the RTJ's ambassadorship on SiriusXM's "Feedback" show, which airs on their VOLUME channel The Run The Jewels/SiriusXM broadcast is the first time Record Store Day has ever announced its ambassador on-air.

On-air this morning, EL-P joked when contemplating the string of RSD ambassadors, to-date, "I can't tell you how proud I am to be the least wealthy Record Store Day Ambassador," but then in a more momentous tone, he added, "This is a community that I've always been a part of, so when I was asked to do it, I said 'of course!' I'm honored and it means something to me… I'm really grateful to do this."

Run The Jewels' Official Ambassador Statement Video hints at a special release for Record Store Day 2018. Check back for more details on RTJ's RSD release and all the others on the Official List coming very soon. Watch the video here.

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Khalid and Fifth Harmony's Normani Release 'Love Lies'

(Radio.com) Khalid and Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei have come together on a new song, "Love Lies." The midtempo tune merges the pair's formidable pop powers into a sultry and sleek lover's soundtrack.

Speaking of soundtracks, "Love Lies" is the lead track that has been released from new YA coming of age movie, Love, Simon, which is set to big screens on March 16th.

The movie's soundtrack, which is executive produced by Bleachers' Jack Antonoff, will debut on the same date. See the full movie soundtrack tracklist here.

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Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice Lead ACM Stories, Songs & Stars Benefit Show

(Radio.com) The Academy of Country Music is preparing to take over Las Vegas in April, and now the organization is starting to reveal just what they have planned.

A long weekend of festivities will kick off with a songwriter event, ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally and Lori McKenna are among the first wave of performers announced for the show. Portions of the proceeds from the night will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. More artists will be revealed in the coming weeks. Read more here.

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Kanye West Reaches 'Resolution' In Saint Pablo Tour Lawsuit

(Radio.com) Kanye West just resurfaced on Instagram and has more personal news to celebrate. According to the BBC, His $10 million lawsuit against British insurance firm Lloyd's of London has reached an "amicable" resolution.

West sued the company when it declined to cover costs for his canceled Saint Pablo Tour in 2016. Kanye abandoned the tour and checked into a psychiatric care center following "strained, confused and erratic" behavior.

Lloyd's countersued, claiming that West's alleged use of alcohol and marijuana violated a clause in his contract, and may have been a factor in his apparent breakdown. Kanye's touring company Very Good Entertainment was also named in the suit.

In total, 21 dates of the Saint Pablo Tour were canceled while West underwent psychiatric treatment. The decision came after a controversial rant that saw Kanye lashing out at social media companies, politicians and peers in the music industry--notably JAY-Z. The BBC reports that he was hospitalized for eight days. Read more here.

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Drake Reveals God's Plan In New Video Clip

(Radio.com) As far as Drake is concerned, his entire career has led to this moment. That's his feeling toward upcoming music video, "God's Plan" the rapper revealed via a social media post

The clip was the catalyst for the rapper's recent philanthropic run through Miami, where he's given away hundreds of thousands of dollars to a host of worthy recipients.

"The most important thing I have ever done in my career," Drake posted on Instagram with a photo of the of a clapboard from the video shoot, which will come with footage from the rapper's good deeds around Miami. "Drop a (prayer hands emoji) if I can share it with you." See the post here.

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BTS Open Up About SHINEee's Jonghyun Suicide

(Radio.com) BTS have opened up in their most recent interview. Members of the superstar K-pop group discussed the recent death of fellow K-pop star Jonghyun of the band SHINee, who committed suicide last December after suffering from depression.

"We went to give our condolences that morning. I couldn't sleep at all that night," shared member RM for their cover story interview with Billboard. "It was so shocking, because we had seen him so often at events. He was so successful."

"It was a shock to everyone, and I really sympathized with him," added Suga. 'I really want to say that everyone in the world is lonely and everyone is sad, and if we know that everyone is suffering and lonely, I hope we can create an environment where we can ask for help, and say things are hard when they're hard, and say that we miss someone when we miss them." Read more here.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Shares Photos Of His Newborn Son

(Radio.com) Broadway icon Lin-Manuel Miranda has created In the Heights and Hamilton but his latest endeavor takes the cake. The composer, lyricist, playwright and actor welcomed his second son Francisco into the world on February 2.

Miranda shared the first photos of his son on Twitter yesterday. The adorable fatherhood pictures were paired with clever captions giving the momentous occasion the Broadway treatment.

"Int. Hospital Room. Night….[The screams reach a delirious crescendo. FRANCISCO MIRANDA enters. He is 7 pounds and 13 ounces.]…Intermission," he wrote.

For another photo, Miranda showed off his West Wing quote game with a gem from Toby Ziegler: "I didn't realize babies come with hats." Miranda and his wife Vanessa are already mom and dad to their son Sebastian, born in 2014. Later this year, the family man will play a major role in the Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns. See the photos here.

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Pink's Daughter Willow Skates Through Tour Rehearsal

(Radio.com) Pink posted an adorable video of her young daughter Williow (a.k.a. Willz) passing the time by skating around an arena floor during her mom's Beautiful Trauma tour rehearsals.

'Just another day at rehearsals in an empty arena with a 6 year old and some roller skates," posted Pink on social media. Willz is often shown in red carpet photos with mom or standing beside her father, motocross star Carey Hart. She has also been seen riding her own bike or working on it in dad's garage.

Baby Jameson, the couple's son, gets his fair share of family action photos, too. Pink's Beautiful Trauma tour launches March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona and runs through June 1 in Inglewood, California. See the posts here.

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Kelsea Ballerini And Husband Play Together For The First Time

(Radio.com) Kelsea Ballerini played her first headlining show at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Valentine's Day. The newlywed was surprised when her new husband, country singer Morgan Evans came on stage to deliver a giant vase of roses.

Ballerini told the crowd that she thought he had forgotten Valentine's Day. The new bride told fans that the singers had been to each other's shows before, but this was their first time to perform together, reports The Tennessean.

The duo proceeded to sing a song that the Australian had written shortly after meeting the 'Dibs" singer. You can hear Ballerini tell her husband, 'Don't cry," as he started to play the love song. Read more here.

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Katy Perry Freaks Out After Catching Wedding Bouquet

(Radio.com) Katy Perry caught the wedding bouquet, and she's pretty excited about it. The pop star was attending a wedding (reports have it as her brother David's nuptials) when she posted up with the rest of the single ladies in attendance for the traditional bouquet toss.

"When you crave companionship but run from love when you get it," Perry posted with a video of the moment. It captures the pop star catching the bouquet and then promptly running off with it, much to the amusement of her fellow wedding guests.

Watch the pop star's impressive wedding bouquet dash here.

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DJ Khaled's 1-Year-Old Son Asahd Inks Deal

(Radio.com) Calling Asahd Khaled's existence as a charmed life could arguably be termed as an understatement. The 1-year-old has rocked the red carpet at the GRAMMYS, and loves being held by play aunt, Rihanna.

Now, the little prince has scored quite the high-profile endorsement deal with Jordan Kids. "Ok world here I come!!," young Asahd shared on Instagram, where he has more followers than many established celebrities at a cool 1.8 million.

While we wait for more details on the forthcoming clothing collaboration, check out Asahd's undeniable cuteness in the announcement post here.

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