B-Sides Report for 08/13/2015

Christina Aguilera Shares Topless Selfie Online

(Radio.com) Christina Aguilera has jumped into the heaving fray of the nude selfie trend. The actress, singer, and reality TV star went on Instagram Wednesday morning (August 12) to give her fans an up-close-and-personal look at her life behind the scenes.

And we mean personal--in the photo, Aguilera poses topless in only a leopard print fedora and pink undies. Just another day in the life of the life. In the caption, she explained that the picture heralded a new era of personal revelation:

'Just so you know with me, it's all real, all the time," she wrote. 'Felt like it was time to start sharing some personal stuff with you guys… And it's just the beginning. Night night. X." Read more and see the post here.

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Marilyn Manson and Billy Corgan Do Unusual Cyndi Lauper Duet

(Radio.com) Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins have been co-headlining a summer tour together, and over the weekend head Pumpkin Billy Corgan joined Manson on stage. Dressed as a nun, of course.

The two duetted on Manson's "Antichrist Superstar," the title track from his 1996 album. During the song, Manson traditionally dresses as a priest, sings from behind a pulpit and reads a bit from the Bible, but also lights some of the pages on fire.

But at their show Sunday night in, of all places, Nashville, Corgan joined him behind the pulpit, dressed as a nun. As you do, when you join Manson onstage while he's dressed as a priest.

At the end of the song, they went into an impromptu take on Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," changing the lyrics to "Nuns Just Want to Have Fun." Read more here.

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Eric Church and Lynyrd Skynyrd Surprise Volunteer Jam Fans

(Webster) Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Blackberry Smoke all made surprise appearance at Charlie Daniels' 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam during the sold out concert on Wednesday night (August 12th) at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. We were sent these details:

Making waves in the music world in recent years with their blend of Southern Rock and country, Blackberry Smoke was the first surprise of the night. In the 9:00 hour, country mega-star, Eric Church, busted out on the stage in the midst of Daniels' crowd-pleasing performance of "In America," joining Daniels for an electrifying duet. Though both Daniels and Church hail from the state of North Carolina, the two had never shared the stage before - giving the crowd the chance to witness a magnetic inaugural moment.

Ensuring the Jam stayed enthralling to the very end, Lynyrd Skynyrd made their rip-roaring entrance at 11:30 p.m. CT and closed out the final hour of the historically boundless extravaganza with their iconic hits like "Simple Man," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," "Gimme Three Steps,"and more.

Jamey Johnson also showed up late in the event, surprising concert-goers, yet again. The four surprise guests joined billed acts: The Charlie Daniels Band, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, Craig Morgan, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Dean, Michael W. Smith, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry and Blackberry Smoke, for a jam-packed line-up to remember.

Former Blackhawk pilot, U.S. veteran and rising country star, Ryan Weaver, evoked arguably the most emotional applause of the night with a performance and moving video tribute to his brother and brother-in-law, both lost in combat in the War on Iraq.

A benefit for U.S. Military veterans and their families, the 40th Anniversary Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam raised hundreds of thousands in proceeds for the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Journey Home Project. It was co-founded by Daniels and his manager David Corlew, seeks to connect donors with veterans' organizations that do the most good in meeting the health care, education and career needs of military servicemen and women and their families. Additional concert proceeds will benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation.

The Volunteer Jam's title sponsor, Henry Repeating Arms, donated a $200,000 check on-stage to The Journey Home Project. Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms, said, "Although we can never repay them [U.S. Military servicemen and women] what they have done for us, Henry's sponsorship of the Volunteer Jam and donation to The Journey Home Project is a small token of our gratitude."

Since 1974, Daniels has commissioned his musical friends and peers to come together on a "volunteer" basis to hang out, "jam" together, and entertain crowds in an unconventional, laid-back fashion unknown to any other concert event -- all while dedicating concert proceeds to worthy causes.

Having founded the "Volunteer Jam" concept in 1974 as a "homecoming," event for music peers to gather in Nashville after celebrating their first hometown sellout concert, Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band have grown the concept from its early days at the War Memorial Auditorium to the Starwood Amphitheater, to its first year at Music City's Bridgestone Arena- it's largest setting to-date.

The 40th Anniversary Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam was co-hosted by conservative talk show host, Sean Hannity, and SiriusXM "The Highway" host, Storme Warren.

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Skrillex Reacts To Deadmau5 Insult

(Radio.com) Joel Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) recently took to social media to diss Skrillex's music, asking "what the f- is this s-?" about his latest single featuring Justin Bieber.

Skrillex recently sat down with 92.3 Amp Radio in New York City and addressed the statements by Zimmerman. "I'll always have love for Joel because he put me on at an early time, but he's an a**hole. And everyone knows that, and he knows that. And that's kinda his thing," the artist told Shoboy and Nina.

"I don't take it personally because I'm secure with myself and what I do, I love what I do," he added. "But I almost feel bad that that's his one way of getting attention rather than going into music and curating." Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Releasing His New Album This Fall

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber's next album will drop this fall, according to Billboard, who's reporting a November 13th release date. The as yet untitled release will be the fourth from the Canadian entertainer.

Fans won't have to wait until fall for new music, Bieber recently announced that a new single titled 'What Do You Mean?," would be released on August 28th. Bieber describes the single as 'uptempo," 'amazing," 'fun and summery." 'I worked really hard on it with a guy named Poo Bear."

Jason 'Poo Bear" Boyd is no stranger hit songs. He's worked with Whitney Houston, Sinead O'Connor, Pink, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, Glenn Lewis, Patti LaBelle.

Rather than posting a standard count down clock on this website, Bieber has enlisted the help of celebrity friends including Ariana Grande, Shaquille O'Neill, Kylie Jenner, Ashley Benson, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Mariah Carey and talk show host James Cordon.

Bieber's latest post comes from Ed Sheeran, who sings us a reminder that "What Do You Mean" is only 17 days away. Watch it here.

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Meek Mill Deletes Drake Diss Track From Soundcloud

(Radio.com) Rapper Meek Mill took to Instagram to talk about Drake saying he shouldn't have "entertained" beef with the Toronto rapper. He then deleted the post and also deleted his only diss track towards Drake, "Wanna Know," from his official Soundcloud page.

In the post, Meek also talks subliminally about his beef with fellow Philadelphia rapper, Ar-Ab. Many in their city fear that the beef may take a violent turn as both parties have launched diss tracks and social media disses.

You also have to wonder why Meek would say he shouldn't have entertained the beef when he's the one who started it with the Drake ghostwriting claims. Take a look at the screen shot here.

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5 Seconds of Summer Announce New Album 'Sounds Good Feels Good'

(Radio.com) It's only been a year since 5 Seconds of Summer offered up their debut studio album last, um, summer, but the four young Australian members (Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin) are now ready to release the follow-up, Sounds Good Feels Good.

Set for October 23, the 14-track collection with be released by Hi or Hey Records/Capitol Records. This follows up their self-titled offering, which has sold more than three million copies worldwide.

Among the songs scheduled for the new album is their current single, "She's Kinda Hot," as well as live favorite "Permanent Vacation." As for the album's recording, it took place over three months in Los Angeles, with the group living together as they created the project. Read more here.

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Britney Spears To Guest Star On 'Jane The Virgin'

(Radio.com) "Jane the Virgin" is about to get a big guest star: Britney Spears. The pop superstar, who is apparently a big fan of the show, will make a guest appearance on the CW Network's hit television show late this year, in Season 2's fifth episode.

According to Page Six, the singer will appear as herself, to the chagrin of Rogelio de la Vega (played by Jaime Camil), who considers Spears to be his arch nemesis.

Looks like Brit is already pretty excited about her new gig, too. She tweeted "See u at the Marbella Hotel soon, @hereisgina @jaimecamil! Guest starring on one of my favorite shows EVER" .Read more here.

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Pink Records New Theme Song For Ellen Degeneres Show

(Radio.com) Do not adjust your set--Pink is making a big entrance to daytime TV this year. Kind of. The GRAMMY-award-winning singer has been tapped by Ellen Degeneres to record a new theme song for The Ellen Degeneres Show, which is now entering it's 13th season on air.

In a new teaser video clip, we can hear part of the song, and watch P!nk bring her adorable 4-year-old daughter Willow along with her to record in the studio--'Hey Wills, this is where mommy goes to actually record her songs," she explains to her daughter.

Then we see clips of guests like Oprah and Will Smith appearing on the show while the song plays. It sounds like just the kind of life-affirming, soaring ballad you'd expect to soundtrack the lighthearted talk show. Read more here.

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Tori Kelly Performs 'Should've Been Us' on 'Late Late Show'

(Radio.com) Now that Tori Kelly's debut album, Unbreakable Smile, is out, she's making the rounds on the promotional path, and last night she hit CBS's The Late Late Show with James Corden for a great performance of "Should've Been Us." Watch the video above.

Tori, who recently told Radio.com that she loves singing karaoke (Mariah Carey's "Vision of Love" and Jay Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" are her jams) is now available to sing karaoke with you.

To clarify the above statement, Ms. Kelly won't be coming to your local Karaoke joint. But "Should've Been Us" is now available on the Smule app. That's the same app that Luke Bryan recently used to duet with Jason Derulo. So you can now record your own split screen duet with Tori. Check it out here.

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A$AP Rocky Releases Psychedelic 'Jukebox Joints' Video

(Radio.com) Continuing with a theme he began developing with the release of "LSD" and furthered with the content on May's At.Long.Last.A$AP, A$AP Rocky is once again going down the psychedelic rabbit hole with his new video for "Jukebox Joints."

Set in New York City, the clip sports a retro vibe from the get-go, with Rocky rapping outside a 1950s themed diner. From there we go to a hair salon and a house party, with the latter finding Rocky in a colorful mix of dream, reality, and memory. The clip often takes Rocky's rhymes to literal places, with a spliff being rolled as Rocky raps about it.

Despite all that, the video matches the song's somber tone, with the final shot featuring Rocky being poked in the face while his eyes are closed, as almost to signify waking up from a dream. However, the rapper opens his eyes and stares at the camera, letting the audience know that this is his reality. Watch it here.

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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Does Reddit AMA

(Radio.com) Mike Shinoda has a sense of humor. The Linkin Park star proved that again Wednesday during a Reddit AMA that lasted about an hour. Shinoda answered lots of questions (more than usual celeb AMA partakers do), having to do with a wide variety of subjects: the new album The Hunting Party, video games, beer, and of course, Pokemon.

See some of his quirkier answers below, and read the whole Q&A at Reddit. 1. Shinoda has strong opinions about "The Walking Dead" After a fan asked him what he would do in the event of a zombie apocalypse, he offered some opinions about the hit show. "Why isn't everyone mad that the people from 'The Walking Dead' never just find an island? Is that already a thing?" he said. "The zombie's can't even get over a fence, they definitely can't swim well. So get a f***ing boat and get out on an island already."

2. He knows people like to say his name to the tune of "My Sharona" Yes, he knows. Yes, it is funny. And so when a fan asked him if he was aware that people like to do this, he responded with a simple link to this YouTube video.

3. The collaboration with Jay Z for Collision Course wasn't Linkin Park's idea at all. When a fan asked how the partnership came about, Shinoda responded, "Jay Z and MTV came to us asking 'if we'd jam together.'" Read more here.

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Pharrell Williams Unusual Tour Rider Revealed

(Radio.com) Pharrell Williams loves Carl Sagan so much that for his 2015 concert season, he demands a framed photo be placed in his dressing room, according to his tour rider.

That's just at a bare minimum, though. Mr. Williams would prefer that two framed photos of the astrophysicist in his dressing room.'I watched 'Cosmos' as a child and I was always blown away by Sagan's mind and the way he thought," Williams told The Today Show last June. 'When I look at that picture I realize how lucky we all are--to be on this planet and be able to do what we love to do every day. Seeing Carl's face reminds me of it."

For those who don't know, a tour rider is a list of the items that an artist requests of the concert promoters in each city they're playing. Typically, the lists consists of otherwise mundane items like clean towels, specialty foods, full-length mirrors, Internet connectivity etc. But some artists enjoy adding items to the list for comedy's sake.

According to The Smoking Gun, who acquired a copy of Williams' rider, the "Happy" singer also requires Nilla Wafers, alkaline water, and 'SUPER COLD" sodas. Does that mean each Coke can must be bathed in liquid nitrogen? Read more here.

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Big Sean Buys Lunch For Strangers At Mexican Food Chain

(Radio.com) Before his performance at Madison Square Garden last Tuesday, rapper Big Sean stopped by a well-known Mexican food chain and treated a bunch of strangers to lunch.

Elle Magazine was there to document the occurrence, sharing a short video of Sean's time as a quesadilla Robin Hood. Initially, it would seem, the store denied their request to provide free lunch, so Sean and co. decided to go 'rogue."

He walks in, heads straight to the excited cashiers (who immediately begin snapping pics) and makes clear that he'll be buying lunch for everyone in the joint. He tells a guy whose lunch he's just bought that wants people to extend the charitable feeling on to others Read more here.

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Zayn Malik Dyes Hair Silver

(Radio.com) Zayn Malik has ditched his green and black hair colored in favor of a whole new look: silver. He revealed this daring stylistic development by posting a photo of himself on Twitter rocking a crown of steely silver, Or is it gunmetal gray? Or treacherous tinfoil?

Regardless, the photo-- captione simply and exquisitely 'chillin" --demonstrates that the now-solo heartthrob is on to bigger and better things sartorially and musically.

He is at work on a solo album of all-new material, which does not yet have a title or release date. He tweeted, "chillin. http://t.co/wenI4RQ1Kj- zayn (@zaynmalik) August 12, 2015" See the photo here.

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Singled Out: December Rose's Ball Game

Today December Rose shares with us the story behind her new single "Ball Game" from her forthcoming self-titled EP, which is set for release later this month. Here is the story:

"Ball Game" has one of those classic tales told by many artists; "I never thought anything would really come of it". I wrote it several years ago with fellow Canadian writers Ava Kay and Michael Sonier in Toronto. We weren't sure anything would really happen with the song, but nonetheless we put our best efforts into it.

Being a Montrealer, a big yet small city, social media really does help make the world feel small. Michael Sonier had discovered me on Youtube and reached out. He set up a writing session between him, myself and Ava. Granted I didn't know them, but it was an adventure to travel out to Toronto to meet and work with them.

We all sat together in Ava's apartment with some paper and instruments, and had some bonding time going through note scribbles we had of lyric ideas. I definitely won't forget how "Ball Game" started! Michael literally had the first two lines of the song scribbled on a tiny ripped, scrap piece of paper. Something that seemingly looked so insignificant turned into a snowball effect of idea exchange. At that time, I had just gotten out of a recent Casanova sort of experience so I was full of rage and ready to rip a speech! Michael's initial lyrics were just what I needed to get me going in the right direction, so I jumped on the opportunity to make this song a release for the pent up anger of being a Casanova victim.

My co-writers were truly amazing to work with. They were both so full of life, passion, and creativity. We all had very different ideas from various influences so it was really beautiful to see all of it morph into the song we created. I don't think any of us thought it would turn out to be a sort of anthem for Casanova victims, but I'm glad it did! Obviously you can't spend your life feeling sorry for yourself and the crappy experiences you've had. Now that "Ball Game" is what it is, I think it's wonderful to have this accomplishment with my team for everyone to commemorate the unkind people and experiences that have made us into the strong and empowered people we have grown into since then.

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 December Rose right here!

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