B-Sides Report for 08/19/2015

College Professor Plans To Be David Bowie For A Year

(Radio.com) A British college professor will live as David Bowie for a year in an effort to study the British rocker. Will Brooker, a professor of film and cultural studies at Kingston University, has been commissioned to write a book on Bowie.

To better understand the musician over his 4-decade career, he'll eat, sleep and dress like the pop icon in what's being dubbed "The Method;" a process of transformative immersion.

The fruits of his labor will result in "Forever Stardust," a written account of the year-long experiment. In an interview with Australia's ABC Radio National, Brooker explained how deep he's willing to go and how he plans on getting there.

"I thought well, I'm going to try to listen to the music that Bowie listened to and read the books he read at specific points and watch the film that influenced him-and then start to dress like him and start to do makeup like him and so on and follow his diet to a certain extent which isn't a very healthy diet." The professor says he's gone weekends consuming only milk and red peppers. Read more here.

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One Direction, Disclosure Lead Apple Music Festival Lineup

(Radio.com) Apple announced that One Direction, Pharrell Williams, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure will be among the headliners the 2015 Apple Music Festival at London's Roundhouse over ten nights from September 19th to September 28th.

'It'll be great to be back in London and we can't wait to perform for our fans in the Roundhouse and around the world on Apple Music! See you there!" said Niall Horan, of 1D in a prepared statement.

'We wanted to do something really special for music fans this year," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Read more here.

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Lionel Richie To Receive 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year Honor

The MusiCares Foundation announced on Tuesday that Lionel Richie will be the recipient of the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honor during their 26th annual benefit concert and gala dinner.

The event will be taking place in Los Angeles on February 13, 2016 and so far performers for the tribute concert are set to include Lady Antebellum, Pharrell Williams, Luke Bryan, and Rickey Minor. Organizers expect to announce additional performers soon.

Richie had the following to say about the honor, "I'm really very proud of this," said. "As far as I'm concerned, this is the highest honor in our music business because it means you have a career. You've survived the journey, if you will. The people who have been there defy categories. When you say Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney - are you kidding me? When I got in this business I wanted to be like them. When you get recognition like this, it's everything. It really is the top of the mountain when it comes down to what your industry gives as recognition for great work, and the opportunity to help raise funds to sustain MusiCares' critical safety net of programs for members of the music community is momentous to me."

The veteran music star will be honored for his career-spanning charitable work.

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Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors TV Broadcast Announced

(Webster) Dolly Parton fans set your DVR because NBC has announced that the holiday film "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" is set to air on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT. We were sent the following details:

"Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing. This once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith, and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Parton who she is today.

The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smokey Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor musical about Dolly's whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family's life around the time she was 9 years old.

Three cast members were recently added to the production, which begins this week in Atlanta. Jennifer Nettles will play Parton's mother, Avie Lee Parton. Nettles is one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today. As the lead singer of the duo Sugarland, Nettles has sold more than 22 million albums, achieved eight #1 singles and has won numerous awards, including trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards. In addition, Nettles debuted her first solo album in 2014 which went to #1 on the country charts.

Adding theater actress to her already impressive resume, Nettles made her Broadway debut in February as Roxy Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical "Chicago."

Gerald McRaney, one of the most respected actors of his generation, will play Grandpa Jake Owens. His career includes roles in several critically acclaimed television dramas - "Deadwood," "Southland" and "House of Cards" - and he currently co-stars on the Western series "Longmire." He will also co-star on the upcoming TNT series "Agent X." McRaney was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast for both "Deadwood" and "House of Cards."

Ricky Schroder will portray Dolly's father, Lee Parton. Schroder has had a lengthy career dating back to when the actor was 9 years old and won a Golden Globe for his role in the heartfelt boxing film "The Champ." He was SAG nominated both individually and as a member of the cast of the Emmy Award-winning police drama "NYPD Blue" and had a co-starring role in the Emmy-winning drama "24."

As previously announced, Alyvia Alyn Lind will portray 9-year-old Dolly Parton. Alyvia most recently had a role in the Lifetime movie spoof "A Deadly Adoption," with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. She has also appeared in "Masters of Sex" and "Transparent."

"Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" is written by Pamela K. Long. She executive produces with Sam Haskell and Dolly Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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Rita Ora and Chris Brown Release NSFW 'Body On Me' Video

(Radio.com) With the topless photos Rita Ora used to promote the video for her collaboration with Chris Brown, "Body On Me," everyone was expecting something steamy to emerge when the video finally surfaced. And that's exactly what they got.

The clip begins with an elevator ride, where Brown asks Ora if she lives across the hall from him. From there, Ora's mind races with fantasies of the two, well, getting their bodies on each other. As the video progresses, we discover that the infatuation is mutual, with both going down rabbit holes of sexual daydreams.

We see Ora using a British flag to cover her topless body, we see plenty of Brown with his own shirt off, and we see the two together, on a couch, in a bed, and back in the elevator, letting the tension between them sizzle. Check it out here.

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Luke Bryan Gives Generous Fan A Big Surprise

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan has been busy promoting his new album, but he had no problem making time for one of his biggest fans. Lisa Hayes donated a kidney to her mother back in January 2014, and she wanted to return the favor.

Knowing her daughter is a huge Luke Bryan fan, she contacted his staff, explaining the act of kindness she did to save her life. Bryan heard of the news and teamed up with Fox's Knock Knock Live to give Hayes a dream come true.

Bryan showed up to Hayes' home, giving her a surprise of a lifetime. When she opened the door, there were screams, tears and hugs of excitement. Bryan then invited Hayes and her family on his tour bus, where he performed an acoustic song and Facetimed Hayes' friends. Read more here.

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Blake Shelton Entertains Fans On Twitter

(Radio.com) Blake Shelton had an entertaining afternoon on Twitter on Tuesday. In a mini-tweet barrage, Shelton showcased his irreverence and sense of humor, by both directly responding to tweets at him and to tweets having nothing to do with him.

Responding to a tweet that Ellie Goulding sent to no one in particular, saying "Half of these songs are about you," Shelton responded "Really?!!! Awesome!!! I mean we've never even met. Damn I'm inspirationalů High five Ellinator!!!!"

Things even got sillier when he responded to a fan that asked if he was the fan's father. Most likely... twitter.com/kenduhjenner/s'- Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) August 18, 2015. Read more here.

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Chief Keef Releases New Track 'Bouncin' from 'Bang 3' (Part 2) Mixtape

(Radio.com) Chief Keef is keeping fans on the edge of their seats these days releasing tracks without any warning. Today's banger titled "Bouncin" was plucked from his Bang 3 mixtape. But wait, you don't recall this track on Bang 3? That's because it's not. It's on Bang 3 (Part 2). Confused? Apparently Mr. Keef just had too many tracks for the third tape in the Bang trilogy so he tacked on a "Part 2."

According to Keef, the new track "Bouncin'" was co-produced by DPBeats, who's worked with familiar names like Wiz Khalifa, French Montana and A$AP Rocky.

As XXL points out, the "Bouncin'" cover art was inspired by Keef's love of paintballing. The Chicago rapper was captured on video in May laying down over $3800 in cash on paintball guns and accessories.

Listen here.

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Dee Barnes Shares Her Take on 'Straight Outta Compton'

(Radio.com) To a generation of fans, Dee Barnes is the woman who Eminem name dropped in "Guilty Conscience," his collaboration with Dr. Dre. In it, he said, "You gonna take advice from somebody who slapped Dee Barnes?"

Older fans may remember Dee Barnes, who was a host on hip-hop show called Pump It Up. In 1991, Dr. Dre brutally attacked Barnes over a segment she shot for Pump It Up with Dre's former N.W.A. mate Ice Cube. Cube dissed his former group in the clip, and Dre was not happy about it. And just as Straight Outta Compton has topped the box office, Barnes has written her account of the incident, and effect it has had on her life, for Gawker.

She points out that the person who filmed the Pump It Up clip which supposed caused the Dre to come after her, was F. Gary Gray, who would go on to direct Straight Outta Compton. Gray, she notes, has avoided discussing the misogyny of the members of N.W.A. "I think a huge reason that Gary doesn't want to address it is because then he'd have to explain his part in history. He's obviously uncomfortable for a reason," she writes.

She, as many others, pointed out that Dre's attack on her is not mentioned in Straight Outta Compton, which she watched before writing the article. Although Barnes writes, "'but I don't think it should have been, either. The truth is too ugly for a general audience'.But what should have been addressed is that it occurred. When I was sitting there in the theater, and the movie's timeline skipped by my attack without a glance, I was like, 'Uhhh, what happened?' Like many of the women that knew and worked with N.W.A., I found myself a casualty of Straight Outta Compton's revisionist history." She notes that most women in the story, including hip-hop group J.J. Fad, Dre's ex-girlfriend Michel'e, Death Row artists Jewell and Lady of Rage, and Ice Cube's associate Yo-Yo were absent from the film. Read more here.

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The Weeknd Models Pieces From Kanye West's YEEZY Adidas Collab

(Radio.com) The Weeknd recently modeled a few pieces of Kanye West's YEEZY Adidas collaboration for a GQ photo shoot and according to the "Can't Feel My Face" singer, the army surplus-inspired gear felt like it was designed for someone like him.

"I really felt like he targeted someone like me," The Weeknd told the mens fashion magazine. "The camo, the army look, the black boots, the nonchalant kind of vagrant look. I relate to it. It relates to my story. Kanye is such a great friend of mine as well, when he asked me I couldn't say no. It was the least I could do."

If The Weeknd's modeling does inspire some to go searching for the YEEZY line, bare in mind that Kanye's slightly understated street clothes may not be for every wallet. As an example, the vest shown above is carries a $1,170 price tag and the sweater underneath will set you back a cool $1,560.

Although some retailers have been given order forms, it's not yet known when YEEZY's merch will actually hit shelves. Read more here.

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Melissa Etheridge To Give Cannabis World Congress Keynote

(Radio.com) Melissa Etheridge has been selected as the Keynote speaker during the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition. The 3-day marijuana-centric expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA., September 16-18.

According to organizers, the expo is the leading event for the legalized and medical marijuana industries. "I was extremely honored to be asked to speak at the CWCBExpo because as a Cancer survivor, who discovered the unparalleled medical benefits of cannabis during my recovery, I feel very passionate about helping to remove the negative stigma and educating people about its real medicinal value," said Etheridge in a statement.

Speaking with Bloomberg News last year, Etheridge explained her reasons for getting into the pot business saying, "I believe this is a huge business, a huge market-you're going to see my name with a lot of these things." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Pat Valley + The Population's

Today Pat Valley of Pat Valley + The Population tells us about title track from the brand new EP "Triplicity." The EP features guest appearances from Michale Graves (ex-Misfits), Rodney Beaubouef (ex-Stuck Mojo) and more. Here is the story:

This is the first song that I wrote for this project and it was certainly the most challenging to complete. Sometime in the latter half of 2014, I thought that it was time for me to branch out from other artists' projects and create something of my own from the ground up. I decided to avoid limiting myself to strict guidelines or a specific genre on the EP, but I knew that I wanted one of the songs to feel cinematic with a handful of twists and turns; something along the lines of "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", which is absolutely one of my favorite songs (hey, no pressure...).

It started smoothly enough: the intro came together all at once. The first riff after the intro came from a voice memo I recorded on my phone 5 months earlier and I was thrilled to have found a use for it. I wish I could say what followed was easy and pleasant, but it was about a month of me racking my brain to see where each riff should lead. Every night, I'd spend a few quiet minutes on my patio to try hearing what was next. It brought on a lot of frustration, but the nights when I clearly heard an answer really made all of those headaches worth it.

Once all of the music was in place and I had built up a demo at home, I started writing lyrics. I liked the idea of an ambitious song like this having lyrics that felt poetic and somewhat familiar; I'm fairly confident that people have been writing about sh*tty things happening at sea for quite a while. Crashing waves and stormy skies aside, there are two approaches I took to writing these words: macro (global issues affecting all of us) and micro (a relationship of some kind gone sour). I wasn't sure which approach I liked better, so I decided to keep it ambiguous and let listeners develop their own interpretations.

I had some great friends on board to help bring that original demo to life and make it even better: my producer, Brad Cox (who also played bass and keys), drummer Rodney Beaubouef, and vocalist Braxton O'Neal. I listen back now, and instead of hearing any walls I hit when writing it, I hear all of the ideas that made me so excited to put this song (and this entire project) together.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and stream the entire EP right here!

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