B-Sides Report for 08/21/2015

One Direction Release NASA Themed 'Drag Me Down' Video

(Columbia) One Direction have released a NASA themed music video for their song "Drag Me Down". The group surprised fans with the release of the single on July 31st and it became their fastest ever selling single in the U.S. We were sent the following details about the new video:

The group filmed the video at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. Directed by long term collaborators Ben and Gabe Turner from Fulwell 73, filming took place around the NASA T-38 aircraft jets that are used by astronauts to train for spaceflight, and the NASA WB-57 High Altitude Research Aircraft, a specialized aircraft that is used for high atmosphere research work.

In the video we see each of the members of the group training to go up into space in different parts of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, where astronauts train. Liam trains inside the International Space Station replica, a world-class laboratory orbiting 250 miles above Earth, whilst Louis is seen driving the Space Exploration Vehicle rover, a prototype vehicle design that could be used with wheels to explore the surface of Mars.

Niall was filmed on the Partial Gravity Simulator, a device that imitates the partial gravity that would be experienced on the moon, an asteroid or Mars. Whilst Harry meets Robonaut, a human-like robot, a model of which is now aboard the International Space Station.

The band also filmed in a full scale replica of the Orion spacecraft, NASA's vehicle in development for crewed missions to deep space, wearing spacesuits designed to be worn by astronauts when they launch and land. Watch the video here.

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Carrie Underwood Announces New Album and Releases Single

Carrie Underwood earlier this week teased that she would be making a big announcement during her online chat with fans on Thursday (Aug 20) and she didn't let them down.

Underwood revealed during the chat that she will be releasing her fifth studio album, entitled "Storyteller", on October 23rd and she released the album's first single "Smoke Break".

She had this to say about the single, "It's basically an anthem for every hard-working person. We all wear many hats and are spread thin, so we can all relate to being tired and needing a break. This song is about having that moment to be able to escape from whatever it is that's stressing you out and have some time for yourself."

Fans can check out a clip of the new song here.

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Suge Knight Wouldn't Approve Of Straight Outta Compton' Portrayal

(Radio.com) Suge Knight appears as a character in the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, which opened over the weekend. In an interview with TheWrap, Knight's lawyer Tom Mesereau claims that Knight--currently incarcerated on a murder charge--wouldn't approve of the film if he could see it.

"I'm sure he wouldn't like it because a lot of it is exaggerated and silly and ridiculous," Mesereau explains. He goes on to list a multitude of positive aspects of his client's behavior that he believes have been ignored in favor of painting an image of Knight as a criminal.

"A lot of the media does not realize how many good things he did for people, particularly in his community," Mesereau notes. 'He financed athletic facilities in schools. He gave money to the homeless, money to people in need. He tried to arrange truces on the streets so people weren't killed….He funded funerals for families who were devastated by violence. He used to give a dinner every year for single moms in Compton to recognize their courage and their achievement. He's a good person, and this will come out in due time." Read more here.

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Alanis Morissette Releasing 'Jagged Little Pill' Four Disc Set

(Radio.com) This year, Alanis Morissette's massive debut album Jagged Little Pill turns twenty. The album has sold more than 33 million copies worldwide, and the Canadian songstress is celebrating its anniversary with an extensive re-issue.

This four disc set includes remastered audio of the original album, 10 unreleased demos, a previously unreleased concert from 1995 as well as 2005's Jagged Little Pill Acoustic.

'I'm super excited to share this music with a whole new generation of peeps, as well as people who have grown along with me over the last two decades," says Morissette. 'Thankfully, these songs have stood the test of time for me, and in their timelessness, I am thrilled to honor and reflect on them as well as the last twenty years of my life and career."

The expanded set arrives October 30th. See the full tacklisting for each disc here.

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Janet Jackson Teases New Track 'The Great Forever'

(Radio.com) Janet Jackson, in her ongoing mysterious campaign for her new album, Unbreakable, has posted a snippet of her new song "The Great Forever," and a sheet of lyrics to boot.

This new piece of the Unbreakable puzzle drops days ahead of her Unbreakable World Tour which will kick off on August 31 in Vancouver. The new material comes with a message from Ms. Jackson: "From my lips.."

The music that accompanies the lyrics is but 24 seconds long and offers a taste from the chorus: 'Living my life the way that I hope / is leading me to The Great Forever / forever I will choose watch what I'm doing / watch where I'm going / tryin' to get to The Great Forever / forever is the truth" Read more here.

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RiFF RaFF And Danny Brown Release 'Wetter Than A Tsunami' Video

(Radio.com) RiFF RaFF gives fans a new video for "Wetter Than Tsunami" to dive into, which features Detroit antihero Danny Brown and was directed by Tom Larkin.

The clip primarily showcases a bikini-wearing model, with conventional good looks, waving around a bazooka-sized gun that apparently runs on Monster energy drink.

There are other shots, too, including cutaways of bodies of water, stormy skies, a bike-riding Danny Brown and a giraffe. But it's mostly studio production with stark white backdrop and plenty of CGI effects.

Check it out the video here.

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Wax Museum Cracking Down On Lewd Selfies With Nicki Minaj Figure

(Radio.com) Madame Tussauds Las Vegas wax museum says it will put an end to all the touchy hands and inappropriate pictures of Nicki Minaj's wax figurine, in response to several lewd images that circulated of people posting pictures with the wax statue in compromising positions.

The image at the center of the meltdown was of a man who could be seen mounting, groping and posing with the figurine in a way that strongly suggests a sexual encounter, as previously reported by Radio.com.

"We have been made aware of the inappropriate photograph that was taken at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, involving Nicki Minaj's new wax figure," the company wrote in a statement. "It is unfortunate that this visitor decided to behave so inappropriately and we apologise for any offence this has caused. … We are taking immediate steps to ensure more staff are present in this area and that the set around this particular figure is redesigned so that a picture like this cannot be taken again." Read more here.

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Imagine Dragons Tease Fans With Cryptic 'My Roots' Online Post

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons cryptically changed their social profiles to all black on Wednesday night, with the caption "My Roots". Now the band's socials have been updated with a photo of a father and child snuggling together in bed.

Is it an indicator that new music is imminent? It would be the first new material since this February when the Las Vegas rockers debuted their sophomore LP Smoke + Mirrors.

The band is currently on a run of international tour dates, but will return to the US briefly for a hometown gig on September 26th at the Life Is Beautiful Festival.

Check out the cryptic post here.

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Woman Suing 2 Chainz Over 'Thot' Video Will Represent Herself

(Radio.com) Christine Chisholm, the woman suing 2 Chainz for $5 million over his "Thot" video, is reportedly representing herself in the case. As reported by HipHopDX, Chisholm is confident about her chances against the rapper.

'I feel like if I'm just honest with everything that really happened then there's no reason why I wouldn't win," she said. 'If I could see 2 Chainz, I would just be like, 'Where's my money?'"

Chisholm was recorded backstage at a 2 Chainz concert when she was mistaken for another woman named Tina, then recorded in the confusion that followed. Read more here.

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Future Releases 'Where Ya At' Video Featuring Drake

(Radio.com) Future debuted his video for "Where Ya At" Thursday evening (August 20) in New York's Times Square. The clip was displayed on a Sony billboard as part of Sony and Vevo's "First Live View" video premiere series.

The Sam Lecca directed clip features Future's crew dancing on a rooftop above an old Toronto warehouse district. Note: Looking carefully at Future's sunglasses reveals images corresponding to the song's lyrics.

Cameos include Metro Boomin, DJ Esco and of course, Drake. Watch the explicit video below. Two weeks ago Future posted a teaser featuring his crew dancing around a Rolls Royce and Lamborghini. Sharply dressed in a tailored suit, the outfits on Future and his crew in the teaser now make sense as the entire group, including Drake, sit down at the end of the video. More than a dozen of Future's compatriots chop it up as they dine and smoke cigars around a large presidential-style table. Read more and watch the video here.

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The Neighbourhood Reveal New Song 'R.I.P. 2 My Youth'

(Radio.com) LA natives The Neighbourhood stopped by The Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ Los Angeles to world premiere "R.I.P. 2 My Youth" from their forthcoming sophomore album Wiped Out, due October 30.

The SoCal group sat down to answer questions about recording the new album. On 'RIP 2 My Youth' "To be honest I think the lyrics kind of describe it the best. I think just hearing it is probably the best way to explain it," says frontman Jesse Rutherford.

"I feel like it could really go for all of us as far as what has happened in our life in the past couple years and the awesome opportunities we've been able to have. I think kind of reflecting back on it--growing up per se, whether you want to or not. Sometimes your youth--some people have it taken away from them earlier and some people get to wait a little longer before you have to grow up, but either way the world kind of hits you."

On Recording 'Wiped Out' "Making decisions with people all together is a challenge no matter what. We're really close, we really love each other, and I think we respect each other's opinions but even with that being said, agreeing on one product to put out, especially creatively and musically is a lot to do sometimes. We're all opinionated little b--s so it's hard for us to agree on stuff sometimes."

"We've been going 12 to 12 Monday to Friday," adds bassist Mikey Margott. "Ideally we'd get more time but we've just been busy mixing and making the album. We were only going to be in there for like a month, but it would have been nice to have 2 months and still do 12 to 12." Read more and check out the new song here.

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Run The Jewels And Pussy Riot To Perform At Banksy's New Dismaland

(Radio.com) Details for the much anticipated Dismaland exhibition, by renowned graffiti artist Banksy, have finally been unveiled and it includes a list of artists and performers such as Run The Jewels, Pussy Riot, Massive Attack and others.

The Dismaland exhibit, located in the UK's Weston-super-Mare, will be set up like a twisted and dark theme park with different exhibits from artist friends of Banksy.

Live events will kick off on each Friday, with the performances by DJ Yoda and Peanut Butter Wolff starting August 28, and the following week (Sept. 4) Run The Jewels will make an appearance. Read more here.

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Becky G Releases New Single 'Break a Sweat'

(Radio.com) With her debut LP expected to be released before the end of the year, Becky G has another song to share from the collection in the form of the infectious "Break a Sweat."

On the track, the Los Angeles native provides an excellent work out soundtrack, with its titular message and drumline beat perfect for backing movement of any kind, whether that be running, jumping, or dancing.

The singer also showcases her vocal range over the course of the track, hitting hip-hop inflections for the song's verse while extending her vocals to hit high notes with ease. In all, it's an impressive turn that seems poised to make an impact on the charts.

The future looks bright for Becky G, as it was also recently announced that the singer will be appearing on the second season of Empire, adding acting to a resume that is quickly growing at just 18-years-old. Check out the new song here.

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Singled Out: Evan Michaels' Blame Dallas

Today country music star Evan Michaels tells us about the song "Blame Dallas" from the brand new album "It's About Time" which is being released today (August 21st). Here is the story:

I came up with this song after my guitar player told me about DADGAD tuning on the guitar. It gives it a cool sound and a lick that I came up with was perfect.

The lyrics are about a girl that I dated for a little over four years. She had graduated college and was ready to start her life, while I was still in a rock star mode. I was given the option of commitment and moving to Dallas or losing her and playing music. Music is such a big part of my life that it wasn't something that I could just move on from. As the time progressed of us not being together, we still talked and different parts of the song are from true life experiences. She wanted the lights of the big city and I wanted to stay in the small town life that I love. I don't want to admit that I am to blame, so I will just blame it on Dallas for making her want to leave.

I hope that people can relate to the realness of not only "Blame Dallas" but the whole record. The songs are a progression of the last five years of my life.

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

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