B-Sides Report for 08/18/2015

Zayn Malik and Calvin Harris Get Into Twitter War

(Radio.com) Did you hear the fight bell? It rang Monday afternoon and Zayn Malik came out swinging at Calvin Harris. Blows were thrown and blood gushed--metaphorically speaking, of course.

TheTwitter beef between Malik and Harris began in the morning when Malik took a jab at Harris' girlfriend Taylor Swift. Malik, it appears, is not fond of the way she demanded favorable royalty rights from iTunes and other streaming services.

Malik it seems, prefers a more selfless approach to the business of music making. He retweeted a post from @FemaleTexts which compared Swift's business acumen to Miley Cyrus' laissez faire attitude toward record sales.

In attempt to defend Swift, Harris tried to explain the situation and set Malik straight, but all it appears to have done is rattled the young pop star's cage. See the series of tweets here.

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Nicki Minaj Halts Concert After Fan Assaulted With Mace

(Radio.com) After Nicki Minaj's concert in Concord, California on Friday night (Aug. 14), the rapper took to Instagram to express her thoughts on the wild events of the night where she was forced to stop the show after a fan was maced in the audience.

"They were more than turnT," she wrote. "Let's just say that." Rowdy fans at the concert caused some trouble, culminating in an incident that prompted Minaj to stop her own show.

After a female concert-goer was maced during the show, another fan took a video of Minaj yelling "stop, stop stop" and calling for water to be brought to the stage for the woman.

According to one tweeter, the woman was jumped by four other fans and sprayed with the weapon. Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood Announces Online Chat With Fans

Carrie Underwood has announced that she will be holding a Facebook chat this Thursday (August 20th) where she will be taking questions from fans and she will also be revealing "some exciting news," according to the announcement.

The Facebook chat will be taking place a 5 PM ET here and later that evening at 7:30 PM ET/PT she will be appearing in a segment on Entertainment Tonight (check local listings).

This news comes after Underwood was a big winner at this year's Teen Choice award this past Sunday where she took home awards for Choice Country Artist and Choice Country Song for her chart topping single "Little Toy Guns."

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Dave Grohl Serenades Drunk Crying Fan With 'My Hero'

(Radio.com) Earlier this week at the Foo Fighters' show in Denver, Colorado, Dave Grohl paused in the middle of "My Hero" to tell an emotional story about traveling from city to city when a man near the front audience stole his attention.

"Don't cry motherf--, I know you're drunk, don't cry," Grohl yelled after turning the audience lights on. "Are you crying right now? You're f--ing crying aren't you? I love you man, look at you, holy s-. You know what, f- that speech I was just going to make, I'm singing this s- to you right now. I'm gonna sing this f-- song right in your face, man to man, prison style, I'm going man to man. Me and you, I want some real tears, you better sing it with me. Don't make me cry, because I promised I wouldn't do this."

Having moved up to the front row, Grohl demanded that Anthony, the crying fan now jump on stage with him. But as Grohl has done with his doctor and several others on this tour, he made him the center of attention.

"I'm gonna stand up with my broken leg and sing this f-- song to your drunk ass right now." Using crutches for balance, Grohl hobbled up from his stool and and stood to the side of Anthony, who spun nervously in Grohl's stool while his hero sung to him.

After a clumsy duet, Grohl told the tipsy fan "get the f- off my stage" when it turned into a hug-fest. Watch the video here.

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Dierks Bentley Announces 2015 Miles And Music For Kids Details

(GreenRoom) Dierks Bentley has announced the details for his 10th annual "Miles & Music For Kids" celebrity motorcycle ride and concert which will be kicking off CMA Awards week on Sunday, Nov. 1 in Nashville, TN. We were sent the following details:

This year, he will be joined by an all-star concert lineup including Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, Canaan Smith, Brooke Eden and emcee Storme Warren.

"When I think about all the artists and riders and fans who have come out to support this event over the years, I get a little emotional…there is just no way for me to possibly say thank you enough," shares Bentley. "We started out at the fairgrounds and then moved out to the Loveless Café and then it grew so big we took it to Riverfront Park. And now we've got the new Ascend Amphitheater locked down for this year. We are going to do everything possible to make No. 10 the best yet!"

The 10th Anniversary celebration will once again begin at the Harley Davidson of Columbia (1616 Harley Davidson Blvd., Columbia, TN) for an hour-long ride that will end downtown at Nashville's new Ascend Amphitheater to close out their inaugural season. Following the ride, Bentley will take the stage for a family-friendly day of music with a lineup that will continue to grow as the event approaches.

Dierks Bentley fan club members will have first access to presale tickets for the 10th annual "Miles & Music for Kids" this Tuesday (8/18) at 10:00A CT through www.ticketmaster.com. Citi is the official credit card of the event. Citi card members will have access to presales tickets beginning Wednesday (8/19) at 10A CT through its Private Pass program. General public tickets are available this Friday (8/21) at 10:00A CT, with individual concert tickets starting at $30, with special VIP rider and concert packages also available. All proceeds from the event will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. For more ticket info, go here.

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces Christmas Rocks! Tour

The Brian Setzer Orchestra has announced the details of their 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour which Setzer and the band will be launching in support of their upcoming Christmas album.

The new Christmas album, entitled Rockin' Rudolph, will be the group's first holiday album in a decade and is set to be released on October 16th by Surfdog Records.

This year's Christmas Rocks! Tour is scheduled to kick off on November 14th in Minneapolis, MN at the Orpheum Theatre and will be concluding on December 29th in Calgary, AB at Grey Eagle Resorts and Casino.

Setzer had the following to say about what fans can expect to hear on the upcoming trek, "It's always exciting to add new songs. I'm thinking about opening with 'Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.' We have never done that one before." See the dates here.

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Scotty McCreery Releases New Single 'Southern Belle'

Scotty McCreery has released his brand new single, "Southern Belle," which is the first taste fans are getting of his forthcoming third studio album that will be arriving later this year.

McCreery had this to say about the track, "'Southern Belle' is a unique sounding song that, while still country, offers something new and different from what people might expect coming from me. It's a fun song and I am excited to share this with my fans!"

The new single was produced by Frank Rogers and was written by Sean McConnell and Jason Saenz and is set to be sent to country radio on August 31st. Fans can preview and purchase the new single here.

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James Bay Announces North American headline tour

Republic Records have announced that UK artist James Bay will be crossing the pound to launch a North American headline tour this fall in support of his debut album "Chaos And The Calm"

The tour will be kicking off on November 13th in Philadelphia at The Fillmore and is set to conclude on December 1st in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium.

The new trek comes following news that Bay's "Hold Back The River" has earned him a "Artist To Watch" nomination for this year's MTV Video Music Awards. Previous winners include Lady Gaga, One Direction and The Killers. See the dates here.

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Tim McGraw Duets With His Daughter and Faith Hill In Nashville

(Radio.com) It was a family affair Saturday during Tim McGraw's Shotgun Rider tour at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. McGraw shocked the audience during "It's Your Love," by bringing his stunning wife, Faith Hill, on stage.

Multiple country music couples have headed to splitsville this summer, but Hill and McGraw looked in love as they sang into each other's eyes on stage with big smiles.

Hill wasn't the only family member to perform with McGraw. A few songs later, McGraw and Hill's daughter, Gracie, stepped out into the spotlight to duet with her dad for a song called "Here Tonight." The track will be featured on McGraw's new album, set to release later this year. See who else joined McGraw during the show here.

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Pharrell Premieres Unreleased N.E.R.D. Track

(Radio.com) Pharell Williams recently hosted the Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music. During the episode, he played a previously unreleased N.E.R.D track titled 'Locked Away."

During an interview with Radio.com backstage at last year's We Can Survive benefit concert, Williams took an almost uncomfortably long time pondering the question regarding the group he formed with Neptunes partner Chad Hugo and vocalist Shay Haley in the early 2000s and the prospect of a new album.

Carefully weighing his words, Williams finally responded: 'I can't say right now. But that's good news. It's really good news," he stressed, before smiling and moving on to the next subject.

Pharrell also invited Tyler, the Creator as a guest on the program. Tyler discussed opening for Eminem in Europe--and the challenges that it presents.

"When you're performing for a crowd overseas of motherf-- who only wanna see Eminem and you have to be on stage for like 40 minutes, it's certain songs that you have to bring out, I'm just lucky enough that I have an energy where I can win people over. I've learned the hard way, early on, like ok, although this is the greatest song I've ever made, I can't, these chords and this saxophone does not translate well to 100,000 people." Read more here.

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Stevie Wonder Announces Final 'Songs In the Key of Life' Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Stevie Wonder announced an extended run of dates for his Songs in the Key of Life Performance tour, which is a live adaptation of his classic 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life.

As it's a double album (which also included a bonus 45″ when it was originally released on vinyl), nearly the entire set is taken up by the album; it's a contrast to the greatest hits shows he'd been doing in recent years. Wonder has added an additional twenty cities to the tour, beginning September 30th in Montreal.

This leg will mark the final performances of the tour. The final show at Madison Square Garden will bring the tour full circle as Stevie concludes the trek at the same venue it began at on November 6, 2014. See the dates here.

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Lady Gaga Shares Photo From 'American Horror Story'

(Radio.com) Details continue to trickle out regarding Lady Gaga's role on the next season of American Horror Story. According to executive producer Ryan Murphy, 'Her character's name is Elizabeth. She owns the hotel, and she is sort of a very wealthy social doyenne who is consumed with art and fashion and people and she has a nefarious plan that is revealed in the first episode and plays out over the course of the season."

We know that Kathy Bates was impressed by Gaga's work on set, as the veteran actress tweeted: "My first day shooting @AHSFX: Hotel with the sublime @ladygaga. Let's just say she rocked it. The Countess scared the crap out of Iris!"

Ryan Murphy chimed in late last night with another tantalizing update from the set. "Last night I had a dream that the HOTEL cast went to Gaga's house and at midnight swam in her pool that she dyed blood red just for us. Wait a minute, that was no dream…THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED".

Mother Monster confirmed Mr. Murphy was not actually hallucinating with photographic evidence via her instagram account with the caption: "A bloody pool for the cast, sorry #AHSfans, there's few pictures. At my parties, killer friends have more fun, when no evidence is left behind." See the post here.

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Britney Spears Unsure About Future Of Las Vegas Residency

(Radio.com) Britney Spears, fresh off her Style Icon win at the Teen Choice Awards, has expressed reservations about continuing her Las Vegas Residency. Her latest comments come as J-Lo is gearing up for her big Vegas run.

"I haven't made up my mind," Spears told E! News on the red carpet for the Teen Choice Awards. "I really love doing the show. It's a lot, a lot of fun but I'm kind of torn right now. I don't really know what I want to do."

Spears has nearly 3o shows left on her contract that began in 2013 with the last show scheduled to end on New Year's Eve. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez is going full steam ahead with plans for her Las Vegas residency which will begin January 2016. She is saying goodbye to American Idol, which is wrapping up its final season this year. Read more here.

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Tracy Morgan Set To Host Saturday Night Live This Fall

(Radio.com) Tracy Morgan is coming back to television. Saturday Night Live has just announced the first three hosts of its fall season, and he is among them--his will host the comedy institution on October 17.

According to the New York Times this will be his first announced performance since he was badly injured in a car crash last year. He was riding in a van that was struck from behind by a Walmart truck, and sustained life-threatening injuries. I

n June, he appeared on NBC's Today show and promised that he'd do his best to get back into comedy. 'When I'm there, you'll know it," he wrote. 'I'll get back to making you laugh. I promise you." See who else will be hosting the show here.

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Kacey Musgraves, Fall Out Boy, Gwen Stefani Covering Disney Classics

(Radio.com) It seems that all the classic Disney films are getting remakes these days, so why not the films' music too? Per an announcement at Disney's D23 convention over the weekend, the company is releasing an album of cover songs put together by some of the biggest names in pop, rock and country, including Ne-Yo, Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, Kacey Musgraves, and more.

Ariana Grande will be taking on the Hercules hit song "Zero to Hero" (which would have come out when Grande was just three years old), Tori Kelly will sing Pocahontas' "Colors of the Wind," and Jessi J will lend her voice to The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World."

"Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale and Rascal Flatts will even put a country spin on Frozen's "Let It Go." The compilation, called We Love Disney, is set to drop October 30 via Walt Disney Records and Verve. See the track details here.

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50 Cent Releases '9 Shots' Music Video

(Radio.com) Of late, 50 Cent has been in the news not because of his music, but because of his lack of money. Since declaring bankruptcy last month, 50 is looking to change some of the dialog about him with a new video for the second single from his forthcoming album.

"9 Shots," is a reference to the nine bullets that nearly killed the rapper in 2000. Though the details of the video aren't exactly the same, the clip incorporates friends and 50s G-Unit associates Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks into a story of violence and money that takes a bit of the spotlight away from the song. The music doesn't even start until three minutes into the story, with the violent tension gripping throughout.

No release date has been given for 50 Cent's upcoming album, though it is expected to arrive sometime this fall. For now, check out the clip for "9 Shots" here.

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Selena Gomez Set To Appear On 'The Voice'

(Radio.com) Every season on The Voice, the celebrity voice coaches pick singer advisers to help them train their team. This season, Gwen Stefani is one of the coaches, and she's just announced a very special advisory addition to her team--Selena Gomez, the Disney star turned pop idol.

Gomez is releasing a new album called Revival on October 9th--'I'm becoming a young woman and I'm comfortable with my sensuality," she explained to Ryan Seacrest in June.

She added, "I'm very confident in this record and you can hear it. But I'm vulnerable, I'm real, and I think it just shows a different side of me." Read more here.

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Elton John's New Album Is Finished According To T-Bone Burnett

(Radio.com) Elton John has seemingly enjoyed working with producer/collaborator T-Bone Burnett in recent years. Burnett produced the 2010 Elton/Leon Russell album The Union, and Elton's subsequent album, 2013's The Diving Board.

And now, it appears, Burnett has produced another Elton album, and one that is complete and ready for release. In a new interview with Billboard magazine, Burnett says "We just finished a new Elton record that's beautiful.

"It's a very upbeat rock 'n' roll record. The last album was a particular group of very personal material; this is broadcasting. That one was a parlor record; this is a festival." Read more here.

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MTV Give VMA Moonman Statue A Makeover

(Radio.com) The MTV Video Music Awards have long used the Moonman as their trophy, with the shape essentially a recreation of the iconic MTV logo and commercial that ran at the network's inception.

Like the Academy Award or the Emmy or the Grammy, the statue itself is a symbol that time and trends don't shift. That is, until this year. MTV has decided to give their award a new look for its 2015 ceremony, via designer Jeremy Scott.

The Moonman will still be the shape of an astronaut with an MTV flag, but now will be multi-colored rather than just silver. The flag will be the color of the traditional TV test pattern as a nod to the iconic image of what TVs would display in the middle of the night. The astronaut will also display a large necklace with the peace sign wrapped around its neck. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Menage's Our Time Is Now

Today L.A. alt-rock group Menage tells us the story behind their single and music video for the song "Our Time Is Now", which is a track from their self-titled EP album. Here is the story:

Some songs come together very quickly, some live in any one of our minds for months… From what we remember, "Our Time Is Now" lyrically was with us for a long time before completion. It starts in the middle of the night, and the common experience to us of the pitch black desert, the empty road ahead of us and everything that represents to any of us on a journey. We wanted the refrain to hit you like the distant sunrise ahead.

The video for "Our Time Is Now" sums up our version of life at this time. We wanted to share that insight with our fans. Just as the song reveals some of our hopes, dreams and fears; the video takes the viewer along for the same insightful ride as it documents life on the road. Life in Menage.

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 album right here!

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