B-Sides Report for 08/04/2015

Kenny Chesney Breaks Record Set By Pink Floyd

Kenny Chesney broke an attendance record previously set by Pink Floyd when the country music star's Big Revival tour stopped at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo on Saturday.

Pink Floyd had set the previous record of 56,134 in 1994 during The Division Bell tour but Chesney topped the record by over a thousand with 57,368 attending his show on Saturday night.

He had the following to set about breaking the record, "I had no idea about the number when we took the stage. "ink Floyd are rock icons. Every kid's high school experience… I never ever would've thought something like that could happen.

"We've been coming to Kansas City for years, and they've always been really loud audiences. But when we hit the stage, it felt like all those years, all those shows were added up into one - and that was what we were being hit with."

Chesney also shared these thoughts about the concert, "I could hear the cheers when the intro film was running. It was so loud, I could barely hear the music - and from the very first second I was out there singing, the audience was electric! It felt like being at the bottom of a mountain, and an avalanche just kept rolling over you. The energy, the heart, the passion had that much force and it didn't let up - not once all night."

He then shared one of his highlights from the show, "Kansas City took 'American Kids' to a whole other place. They made it their own. But they took over a bunch of the songs - and it was awesome. When you've played somewhere for several years, and the passion grows, that's what you're trying to create. It's the best part of what we do up here. And man, Kansas City just leveled me. Every show we've ever played, all the way back, they hit us."

Chesney still has several stadiums to visit on the tour including Denver's Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High Aug. 8, E. Rutherford, NJ's Met Life Stadium Aug. 15, Detroit's Ford Field Aug. 22 and a double at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium Aug. 28-29.

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Gwen Stefani Files For Divorce From Gavin Rossdale

(Radio.com) Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from Gavin Rossdale, according to celebrity gossip website TMZ. Stefani and Rossdale first met when their respective bands, No Doubt and Bush, toured together in 1995; they wed in 2002. T

hey have three children together: Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, 9, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, 6 and Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, 1. According to the site, both have filed for joint custody.

The couple filed a joint statement explaining how the split will effect the children, "While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment." Read more here.

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New Book Claims Courtney Love Doubted Kurt Cobain's Suicide

(Radio.com) Although Kurt Cobain's death has been in the news as of late due to the recent release of the documentary Montage of Heck, the truth is that the his suicide of Cobain has been discussed relatively consistently since 1994, with the facts seemingly always in dispute and being questioned.

Now, a new biography about Alice in Chains' deceased frontman Layne Staley again raises questions, with the spin now being that the doubts about Cobain's suicide came from his wife, Courtney Love. This is interesting because conspiracy theories have long claimed Love responsible for Cobain's death, but this new account presents a third option, where Cobain neither committed suicide nor was the victim of a Courtney Love plot. (via Stereogum)

In the book Alice in Chains: The Untold Story, Love allegedly called Staley's stepfather in an attempt to contact Staley, wanting to get to the bottom of how Cobain spent his final few days, apparently not convinced that the suicide was plausible from the Nirvana leader. Read more here.

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Will Smith Calls Out Dumb Divorce Rumors

(Radio.com) With the internet going mad over the rumors of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's apparent divorce, both actor/musicians have taken to social media to deny that they are splitting.

Will Smith posted the following to his Facebook page: "Under normal circumstances, I don't usually respond to foolishness. (Because it's contagious) But, so many people have extended me their "deepest condolences" that I figured - "What the hell… I can be foolish, too!"

"So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness… Jada and I are… NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! : -) I promise you all - if I ever decide to divorce my Queen - I SWEAR I'll tell you myself! 'Dumb' people Should Have to Wear Scarlet D's" Read Jada's tweet here.

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Frank Ocean Hints That New Album Release Is Coming Soon?

(Radio.com) In 2012, Frank Ocean released his debut LP Channel Orange to both rave reviews and big sales, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and going on to earn gold status. The album has since earned a place as a contemporary classic, making anticipation of Ocean's next album feverish. Then, with a scheduled appearance at this month's FYF Fest, rumors began circulating that Ocean might indeed be ready to release his newest offering.

On Monday, the story appeared to be near its inevitable conclusion, with Frank Ocean's website now redirecting to a webstore that informs fans it will be open soon.

A picture features Ocean holding what would seen to be the new album, expected to be titled Boys Don't Cry, and captioned 'I got two versions. I got twoooo versions." #ISSUE1 #ALBUM3 #JULY2015 #BOYSDONTCRY." (via Stereogum) Read more here.

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Never Shout Never Unplugging For Special In-Store Shows

Never Shout Never will be celebrating the upcoming release of their new studio album "Black Cat" with two special in-store performances today (August 4th) in Southern California.

The band will be playing special acoustic sets and signing copies of the new album during the appearances to celebrate the August 7th general release of the new effort. Warner Bros sent over these details:

The first appearance will be held at the Rhino Records in Claremont (235 Yale Ave. Claremont, 91711) at 12:30 pm. The second appearance will be held at Tilly's in Huntington Beach (5 Points Plaza, 18545 Main St., Huntington Beach, 92648) at 4:30 pm.

The final appearance will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood (6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, 90028) at 9:30 pm. Read more details and learn how to obtain admittance here.

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Drake Continues Feud With 'Free Meek Mill' T-Shirt

(Radio.com) Drake was spotted at his OVO Festival in Toronto this evening wearing a "Free Meek Mill" t-shirt. The shirt features Meek Mill as a teenager, sporting fuzzy braids. Meek now sports a fade haircut.

When Meek Mill's conflict with Drake began to pick up, many rap fans hoped they'd hear Mill rap in his earlier, more aggressive style, i.e. the battle rapping "fuzzy braid" Meek Mill. But in the court of public opinion, Meek's diss track, "Wanna Know," fell short of expectations, and Drake has, at least as of now, been unofficially declared the winner.

It will be interesting to see what else Drake has up his sleeve as he closes out OVO fest in his hometown tonight. He already brought Philly legend Will Smith to the event last night. Now he's openly mocking his rival. Is a another diss track next? Read more and see photo and video here.

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Dolly Parton Makes Nashville Return and Raises Money For Charity

(Webster) Dolly Parton played to two sold out crowds during her recent Ryman weekend residency, which helped raise money for both the Dustin Wells Foundation/W.O. Smith School of Music and the Opry Trust Fund.

"I just love the Ryman, it's such a sacred building. When I decided to do the benefit for Dr. Wells and the Dustin Wells Foundation, I was happy to learn it would be at the Ryman," says Dolly Parton. "I was told the show sold out so quickly, that I decided to add a second concert so that I could help raise money for The Opry Trust Fund.

"The money from this weekend will help get instruments into the hands of children wanting to learn music and will also help all my friends at the Opry, in the event they need a little extra help."

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D'Angelo, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc To Pay Tribute to Bill Withers

(Radio.com) 42 years after the release of Bill Withers' classic Live At Carnegie Hall album, a stellar group of artists will come together at that legendary venue to recreate that album's setlist, and to perform other songs from his catalog.

The lineup includes Ed Sheeran, D'Angelo, Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Amos Lee, Keb' Mo', Michael McDonald, Gregory Porter, Kathy Mattea, Ledisi and Dr. John; other artists are expected to be added.

The concert will benefit the Stuttering Association for the Young, which is appropriate as Withers himself has stuttered since childhood and has worked with SAY for almost a decade. "Bill is a champion for all young people who stutter and has been a voice for more than 70 million people who stutter worldwide. SAY is honored to be part of what is sure to be a legendary night," said Taro Alexander, SAY Founder & President in a press release announcing the concert. Read more here.

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T.I. Calls Out Ciara for Allowing Russell Wilson to Hug Future's Son

(Radio.com) T.I. went on Instagram on Monday morning and criticized singer Ciara for allowing her son to get so close to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson so soon after her breakup with Future.

The Atlanta rap star left the comment under another Instagram account which was asking its audience the question of if they felt it was right for Ciara to bring her child around another man so soon. T.I. commented, "I'd go the F*** off bro. S*** outta line to me'but that's just me."

The tensions between Ciara and Future have been rather public since Future began talking about Ciara during the promotional cycle for his album DS2. A photo of young, 12-month old Future Zahir at Seahawks practice started the firestorm as he was pictured hugging Wilson. Seattle Times' photographer Lindsay Wasson inadvertently jump-started the dialog with the photo here.

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Dustin Lynch Launching His Very First Headlining Tour

Country music star Dustin Lynch has announced that he will be launching his very first headlining tour this fall. The trek follows his current support spot on Luke Bryan's 2015 Kick The Dust Up Tour.

Chris Lane will be supporting Lynch on The Hell Of A Night Tour which will be kicking off on November 14th in Richmond, Va at The National Theater and conclude on February 20th in Cincinnati at Bogart's.

Lynch had the following to say about the tour, "Touring with Luke Bryan and Keith Urban, I've learned from the best and now to headline my first tour is a dream come true. The first night can't get here fast enough and I'm excited for fans to see what we have in store!" See the dates here.

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Chief Keef Releases 'Bang 3' Mix Tape Early

(Radio.com) Chief Keef has released his Bang 3 mixtape nearly two weeks before it's originally scheduled release date of August 18. Third in the Bang series, the mixtape features guests including A$AP Rocky, 1Mac Miller and Jenn Em. Keef referred to the 14 track mix as "double CD." Listen below.

Although Keef has released three mixtapes in the last year, it's been almost two years since Keef released Bang 2, as Billboard points out. Keef recently kicked up some dust when he proclaimed he'd take a run for Chicago mayor.

Keef's announcement appeared to be a reaction to the canceling of his hologram-powered concert which was shut down by the city of Chicago. Listen to the mix tape here.

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Snoop Dogg Has $200,000 Seized By Police At Italian Airport

(Radio.com) Days after being detained in Sweden on suspected drug charges, Snoop Dogg got into some more trouble while attempting to leave Italy on Saturday.

According to CNN (via Huffington Post Music) the rapper was found with $422,820 in U.S. cash during a normal check at Lamezia Terme, an airport in Calabria, in southwest Italy.

Passengers traveling through Italy are only legally allowed to carry 10,000 euros ($11,010) without declaring it. When they found the money, Italian Finance Police seized $205,933, according to the source who spoke to CNN. Read more here.

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A$AP Rocky And Ice Cube Weigh In On Drake And Meek Feud

(Radio.com) Rappers continue to weight in on the ongoing beef between Drake and Meek Mill. In an interview with The Daily Beast, hip hop legend Ice Cube gives the upper hand to Drake, but remains diplomatic:

'Drake is winning right now, but, you know' Meek could come back."A$AP Rocky also weighed in on the dispute, while speaking with MTV after his Lollapalooza set this weekend:

"Watching this was like watching the Super Bowl" said the Harlem rapper. "I wanna say thank you to Drake and Meek Mill, because that's good sportsmanship," Rocky said. "For real, that s- was fun. I needed that. To see that, that's good sportsmanship."

Rocky also weight in on the issue of ghost writing in hip hop. Read that here.

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Periphery Members To Hold Juggernaut Masterclasses

(Prog) Periphery rhythm section Adam 'Nolly' Getgood and Matt Halpern are to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the production process for their Juggernaut albums.

They'll present two live online masterclasses next month, with producer and bassist Getgood working up tracks laid down by drummer Halpern, just the way they did it for January's twin releases Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega.

Halpern - who wants people to listen to his band's music before focusing on any individual parts - says: "I get a lot of questions about how to record drums, how to make them sound good, how to set them up, what microphones to use.

"The truth is I don't really know much about recording. But I do know someone who does - so I'm teaming up with Mr. Adam 'Nolly' Getgood so that we can give you the techniques to do this at home."

Getgood adds: "We're going to track drums live in the studio and I'm going to be using all the techniques I used to capture Matt's performances. We're going to be doing drum selection, head selection, microphone selection, microphone placement, drum tuning - basically everything that goes into capturing the turns and nuances of Matt's performances." Read more and check out a video here.

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Singled Out: Burke The Jurke's Fork In The Road

Today South Philly based rapper Burke The Jurke tells us about his new single and video "Fork In The Road" from his forthcoming album "Know Alternatives" which will be released on September 4th. Here is the story:

The significance of Fork in the Road is to clue you in on a change and a choice happening. My sound was always more brash and aggressive. While I maintain that intensity, I'm channeling it into something with more message and substance. Also, when I wrote it, subconsciously I was venting that I was ready for a change, ready to maybe move out of my city and live somewhere else.

The lyrics from the chorus "I know that I might not be sure where to go, or where I'm tying to go, how I'll get there or ever how long I'll be gone" make so much sense to me as a person, but I wasn't really aware of that until I listened to the song and thought, "Wow, this is not just a song, I really feel this way". So the song is basically showing you that this is where the change has occurred and also telling people not to be afraid of change.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, check out the video here and learn more right here!

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