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B-Sides Report for 08/12/2015



Meghan Trainor Cancels Tour And Needs Vocal Surgery

(Radio.com) Meghan Trainor took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to really some bad news, she is canceling the remainder of her scheduled tour dates for medical reasons.

In the post the "All About That Bass" singer revealed that she had once again suffered a hemorrhaged vocal cord and would be seeking a surgical solution.

"I am devastated, scared, and so sorry" the singer wrote "I LOVE touring and seeing your beautiful faces every night. I am determined to do what it takes to get better and come back around stronger than ever." Read more here.

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Van Halen Pay Tribute To NFL Legend Frank Gifford During Concert

(hennemusic) Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth paid tribute to NFL legend and broadcaster Frank Gifford at their concert in Holmdel, NJ on Sunday following his passing that day at the age of 84.

"I want to talk about football today because one of my heroes, Frank Gifford, died today," said Roth during an extended intro to the band's cover of "Ice Cream Man." "Football has everything to do with who I am today and I would not be here without that. I played Pop Warner football religiously from the minute I was able to qualify until - like Menudo - I was too big and they kicked me out.

"I was no good, my enthusiasm far outweighed my abilities, and at least half of what I know I learned from Coach Kelly, Coach Brown, and my Dad was one of the coaches, too."

"I grew up with a poster of Bob Dylan on the wall, there's a picture of Jimi Hendrix on the wall, and there was a picture of Bart Starr, Vince Lombardi and Frank Gifford right next to them," Roth continued. "The Van Halens know what I'm talking about. Every morning, starting in 7th grade, I wanted to be those guys - any of them.

"I'm going to play the rest of this for Frank and everything he stood for. Everything that makes America just super good, baby."

Gifford played 12 seasons for the New York Giants, winning the league's Most Valuable Player Award in 1956 as part of the team's NFL championship. He appeared in eight Pro Bowls at three different positions - running back, defensive back and wide receiver - and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1977. Read more and watch video of the tribute here.

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John Fogerty Joining The Voice As An Advisor

(Radio.com) Contestants in televised singing competitions have been covering John Fogerty's songs for years, but now some hopeful up-and-coming vocalists will get actual advice from the Creedence Clearwater Revival leader himself.

On Monday night Fogerty's official twitter account tweeted the news that he will be joining the show as advisor to one of the teams. The next season of The Voice begins September 21 on NBC.

This comes as Fogerty has wrapped up his "1969" tour and it also coincides with Fogerty's memoirs, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, due out October 6. Read more here.

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Zayn Malik Expresses Interest In Tyler, the Creator Collaboration

(Radio.com) Earlier this week, we reported that Tyler, the Creator had reached out to former One Direction singer Zayn Malik, inviting him to collaborate. But lest his advances be interpreted as a move towards the pop mainstream, Tyler tweeted noted that he isn't looking for a hit.

"HI @zaynmalik I HAVE BEAUTIFUL INSTRUMENTALS AND YOU HAVE A VOICE LETS FIGURE THIS OUT MY GUY . EPIC ALBUM CUTS THO NO RADIO SINGLES."

Well, today we can report the news that Zayn tweeted that he's interested. Late Monday night, he replied, "sounds sick BRO let do some s- !" (He didn't use dashes on that last word; sorry, that was us). Read more here.

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Katy Perry Hints At New Christmas Music

(Radio.com) Deck the halls with boughs of left shark--Katy Perry may be releasing a Christmas album. The 'California Girls" singer just shared an intriguing Instagram post, in which she seems to be preparing a seasonal surprise for her fans.

On Monday (August 10), posted a clip of a quartet of masked musicians wearing Christmas sweaters in what seems like a recording studio decked out with a Christmas tree. She captioned the video, 'When your derp squad writes a Christmas song in August"

Watch the clip yourself and get in the holiday spirit--even if it doesn't portend a full studio album, a new song would be the perfect present for Perry's legions of loyal Katycats. See the clip here.

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YG Speaks Out After Being Shot and Doesn't Know Who Did It

(Radio.com) YG hasn't done many interviews since being shot three times in a Los Angeles studio in June. But he did speak with hip-hop journalist and podcaster Elliott Wilson for a new episode of Wilson's Rap Radar Podcast on Play.It, which is live now.

In the interview, YG says that he's had a hard time trusting anyone since his shooting. "The circle is real small right now. Especially 'cause I just got shot. I don't trust nobody. I don't know who shot me. I don't trust muthaf--s. I don't like muthaf--s right now."

"I feel like when I'm in the 'hood, I'm safe," he says. "I'd rather go to the hood. I feel safer in the hood than goin' to the mall or something." He notes that he wounds were thankfully not serious. "That was the first time I got shot. I thought the bullet would've hurted more. But I didn't get hit in an artery or bone, it was all flesh."

Listen to the full podcast here.

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Big & Rich's Big Kenny and Family Focus On New TV Special

(Webster) Big Kenny of Big & Rich, real name Kenny Alphin, and his family will be the focus of an upcoming TV special on the TLC Network. The one-hour Big Kenny And Family special will be airing on September 2 at 10/9c. We were sent these details:

Kenny ditched farm life in Virginia to pursue his dream of making music in Nashville. Fueled by faith, authenticity, and plenty of heart, Big Kenny And Family follows Kenny, his wife Christiev, and their sons, Dakota, Lincoln, Christopher and Cameron, as they navigate their unordinary home life while Kenny is on a break from his whirlwind tour.

Big & Rich are killing it in the charts and Kenny's on the road well over half the year, making the few days home with his family truly special and completely unpredictable. Despite his crazy travel schedule and Christiev's back-to-back styling gigs with A-list clientele, the couple manages to find the perfect balance between full-fledged rock stars and devoted parents.

Viewers will get the chance to take a peek inside Kenny's celebrity lifestyle and may be surprised to find that when he's not filling stadiums and concert venues, he lives a typical life - albeit influenced by his over-the-top personality - filled with family dinners, yard work, date nights, playtime and bedtime stories.

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Scale The Summit Streaming New Song 'Kestrel'

Scale The Summit are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming album "V", which is set to be released on September 18th. The band has posted a stream of the track "Kestrel" online.

The band had the following to say about the song, "Kestrel is a really exciting part of the album for us, as it brings out the band's softest moments and most intense moments all in the same song.

"Each instrument slowly builds on one another and keeps escalating toward some serious energy. It's a dynamic shift unlike anything we've really done before. We're super excited to play this one live!" Check out the song here.

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Dirty Thrills Release 'Hourglass' Video

(Classic Rock) Dirty Thrills have released a video for Hourglass, a song they describe as being about "the intensity of fanatical obsession". Hourglass is taken from the band's new EP, Sweetheart Of The Slums, which is released on August 18

"As a band we're known for our high octane live shows, we wanted a video that captured it and with Hourglass we finally have that," say the band. "The live performance is extremely real, the blood, sweat and tears that created the song can really be felt in the video.

"Keir Siewert (director) and Isabelle Bonfrer (actress) captured the obsessive nature of a warped mind, the filming was easy for such talented people, we essentially gave them the space they needed and what came out was incredible." Watch the video here.

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Metal Fans Showcased In New Headbangers Photo Book

(Classic Rock) Danish photographer Jacob Ehrbahn will publish a collection of heavy metal fans rocking out in his new book Headbangers. Due September 29 via PowerHouse Books, the 128-page project captures portraits of fans taken at European metal festivals in 2012 including Denmark's Copenhell, Germany's Wacken Open Air and Sweden's Metaltown.

Powerhouse Books say: "Ehrbahn's camera stops time and captures the surprising and life-affirming moments when the headbangers abandon all semblance of vanity and surrender to the rhythm.

"Ehrbahn transports us to an intimate world disconnected from time and space - a universe where it's possible to transcend the frenzy and enter an altered state that brings calm, joy and relief." Read more here.

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Against The Current Release 'Firepoof' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Against The Current have released a new music video for their track Firepoof. Featured on the band's 2015 6 Gravity EP, it's the third tune issued from the project following the title track and Talk.

Formed in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 2011, the trio of vocalist Chrissy Costanza, guitarist Dan Gow and drummer Will Ferri issued their debut EP, Infinity, in 2014 and recently completed sessions for their full debut album.

Against The Current say: "Our first album is officially done, can't wait to share this with all of you. We hope you love it as much as we do." Watch the new video here.

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Columbia House Record Club Files For Bankruptcy

(Radio.com) At its peak, mail-order music retailer Columbia House once boasted annual profits of $1.4 billion. Now, the once-proud company has filed for bankruptcy.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the rise in digital music and the corresponding decrease in physical CD purchases led to its demise on the long running business.

"This decline is directly attributable to a confluence of market factors that substantially altered the manner in which consumers purchase and listen to music, as well as the way consumers purchase and watch movies and television series at home," explained the company's director Glenn Landberg in the bankruptcy filing. Read more here.

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Ja Rule Releases New Track 'New York Giant'

(Radio.com) Ja Rule has been back in the news in a big way recently, dishing out wisdom on the Drake and Meek Mill beef that he learned the hard way during his beef with 50 Cent back in the early 2000's.

Now, Rule seems to be using this as an excuse to let new music go for the first time in a while. Last week, he released two new tracks called 'The Memoire" and 'The Memoire Pt. 2." Today, he's back with another slice of tough Big Apple realness called 'New York Giant."

As you might expect, Rule goes into detail about his city and what makes it special, referencing several streets and neighborhoods. He asks himself what sets New York apart, and answers succinctly--'Big cars, bigger money." Read more here.

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Bauda Release 'Dawn Of Ages' Video

(Prog) Bauda have premiered a video for their track Dawn Of Ages with Prog. It's taken from their third album Sporelights, which will launch on October 20 in Europe and November 3 in the US. Frontman Cesar Marquez directed the promo which features his father Ramon.

The singer and guitarist says: "The concept behind Dawn Of Ages is loneliness and how we are trapped in these modern and chaotic societies. It's a song about our routines, about our quotidian, but with the hope of improving 'something' and assuming your own path in this world.

"Dawn of Ages is the last song of the album and it closes its concept with soft, introspective and progressive tunes." Marquez is joined in the Chilean outfit by drummer Nikolas Recabarren and bassist Juan Diaz. Watch the video here.

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Martina Edoff Hitting The Road With Epica, Eluveitie and The Agonist

(Chipster) Having previously worked with a variety of artists (Dr. Alban, E-Type, the Poodles, etc.), singer Martina Edoff is ready to return to where her original musical love - classic hard rock - with the release of her solo debut, 'Unity' on October 16th via Into Records (distributed by Cargo Records), and will embark on a US tour from September 18th through October 3rd on a bill that will feature headliners Epica, as well as Eluveitie and the Agonist.

'Unity' was recorded at the legendary Bohus Sound Studios in Sweden, whose long list of clients since the start 35 years ago includes both ABBA and Status Quo (who recorded their hit album and best-selling single "Rockin' All Over The World" in the same studio).

Martina's producer and sound engineer, Tobias Lindell, has previously recorded, mixed, and produced bands such as Europe, Mustasch, and Hardcore Superstar at Bohus Sound.

Argentina-based fans will get an opportunity to catch a performance by not only Martina, but also by Tarja Turunen as special guest support, at their show in Argentina on the November 14th, at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. See the tour dates here.

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Michael Ray Talks No. 1 Single 'Kiss Me in the Morning'

(Radio.com) Things are starting to happen pretty quickly for country singer Michael Ray. Friday saw the release of his self-titled major label debut, and he's currently celebrating the fact that his debut single, "Kiss Me in the Morning" is the #1 country single in America.

"Having the number one single right now, it's the most surreal time of my life," he told Radio.com yesterday, clearly amazed. "It's a song that two of my buddies, Justin Wilson and Michael White, wrote it. Scott Hendricks produced it, he's a legendary producer. This is his 60th number 1 single!" Hendricks' discography includes albums by Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson and Trace Adkins, among other legends, and Ray is flattered that he had the opportunity to work with the man.

Earlier this week, Michael Ray performs the song on Good Morning America, but many of his new fans have already seen Ray's marquee-ready looks in the song's music video. Filming it was a new experience for the singer.

"That was brand new, I'd never shot a music video before. It calmed my nerves that we shot it in Eustis, Florida, my hometown. We were able to do the whole thing on the main street of my town, and my grandmother was in it at the end."

"My grandfather passed away earlier this year, in February, that's his name on the back of the airboat. We made a flag with his name on it. My thing was, this is my first video and I wanted to go back to where it all started. Your first song is your introduction, and I wanted the world to see where I come from." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Stone Foundation's Beverley

Today Neil Jones from Stone Foundation tells us about their new single and video "Beverley", which comes from their brand new album "A Life Unlimited". Here is the story:

We were approached by Cass Pennant to write a title song for his new project and film Beverley. The film is based in Leicester in the 80's and tells the story of a young mixed race girl growing up during a time of racial tension and centres around her love of the two tone movement. It was something we could really get our teeth into and ultimately started the writing process off for the new album "A Life Unlimited".

The film is directed by talented up and coming director Alex Thomas and he was kind enough to send over some rushes from the film that our long time video collaborator Lee Cogswell cut around myself (Neil Jones) singing in one of the locations where Beverley was filmed. We wanted the video to tell the songs story.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about the band and the album right here!

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