B-Sides Report for 10/08/2015

Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert Get Music City Walk Of Fame Stars

(Gibson) Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert, legendary Stax Records guitarist and producer Steve Cropper and ex-Grand Ole Opry executive E.W. 'Bud' Wendell, all received stars on the Music City Walk Of Fame in Nashville on Tuesday, October 6th.

Created in 2006, the Music City Walk Of Fame is located on Nashville's Music Mile, a stretch that connects downtown Nashville to Music Row, the heart of the city's music industry. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.

"This group of inductees represents the diverse genres of music that are thriving in Nashville" said Ken Levitan, Chairman of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp Board of Directors.

He continued, "You have country music's reigning Female Vocalist of the Year in Miranda Lambert to a songwriter and guitar man like Steve Cropper whose contributions to soul music in the 1960s are timeless works to the incomparable Johnny Cash." Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Releases 'Same Old Love' Video

(Radio.com) Pop star Selena Gomez has released a new music video for the song "Same Old Love," the second single from her sophomore album "Revival," which will be released this Friday (October 9th).

Directed by Michael Haussman, the video for "Same Old Love" is a wandering, moody journey as Selena makes her way to her live show. Sitting in the backseat of a private car, Selena watches passengers and people on the street through her rainy window.

Viewing all different variations of love-parents and children, young couples, married couples-she broadens what she means when she sings "same old love."

Gomez has already released three tracks off the album, as well as a music video for the first single, "Good for You." Check out the new video here.

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Mariah Carey Directing 'A Christmas Melody' Movie

(Radio.com) Mariah Carey is directing a Hallmark Christmas movie in Cincinnati starring her favorite character, Gretchen Weiners from Mean Girls. According to TMZ, Carey hit the set of A Christmas Melody on Tuesday (Oct. 6) and requested that actress Lacey Chabert, who played Gretchen Weiners in Mean Girls, would be cast in the movie as the lead.

In September, the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission announced that the production, at the time called Mistletoe and Melody, would be coming to the region.

Carey is not slated to appear in the film but, according to reports, her music will be featured. Check out what A Christmas Melody star had to say about her first day here.

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Adam Lambert Release 'Another Lonely Night' Video Preview

(Radio.com) Adam Lambert has released a teaser clip for his new "Another Lonely Night" video to prepare fans for the release of the full video tomorrow, (Friday, October 9th).

The Luke Gilford-directed clip has an undeniable throwback feel, down to the fuzzy dice on the mirror of his car, which is cruising down the neon lit strip.

"Another Lonely Night" is the latest single from Lambert's The Original High album, Lambert's first album since 2012's Trespassing. While we await the full video for "Another Lonely Night" to drop this Friday, check out the preview here.

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Lady Gaga's Music On Hold Until After 'American Horror Story'

(Radio.com) Making the late-night talk show rounds, Lady Gaga appeared on The Tonight Show Tuesday evening to discuss her role on American Horror Story: Hotel, which premiered last night on FX.

It may be some time before fans get a follow-up to 2013's Artpop. Lady Gaga has put all music plans on hold until the end of the season. 'I've completely committed to the role," Gaga told Jimmy Fallon. "I'm not doing anything else while I'm doing Horror Story. I'm doing the entire season. I really take it seriously."

Added to the fact that yesterday co-creator and showrunner Ryan Murphy tweeted that he'd offered Gaga a chance to return for season 6, an offer Gaga later enthusiastically accepted, we could be in for a longer than expected wait.

'Dangerous things and horror relaxes me," Gaga explained regarding her interest in the joining the series. Read more here.

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The Game Calls Out Young Thug In New Freestyle

(Radio.com) The Game and Young Thug's beef has moved off social media and back into the real world. Fan footage has emerged showing The Game freestyling on Skee TV. Some of his verses contain direct jabs at Young Thug.

The Game rapped, "Since I was 10 years old, I was a young blood/ These days, y'all n--s got Young Thug/ Y'all rappers wear skirts/ My rappers type 'a rappers put n--s in a hearse." He repeats the last line, reiterating that Young Thug has been photographed wearing a dress.

The two rappers have been involved in a beef-sometimes hot and sometimes cold-for a while now. Most recently, Young Thug went on Instagram to get back at The Game, who initiated things after appearing on a Breakfast Club interview with Charlamagne and sharing a few possible disses aimed at Young Thug. Check out the freestyle here.

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Kid Ink Releases 'Diamonds & Gold' Remix Featuring Chris Brown

(Radio.com) Kid Ink has released his official remix of "Diamonds & Gold." The updated version of the song, which was featured on Deluxe Edition of his Full Speed LP, features Chris Brown, French Montana and Verse Simmonds. The remix was produced by David D.A. Doman.

The L.A. rapper, born Brian Todd Collins, dropped his latest album Full Speed back in January. The effort features collaborations with R. Kelly, Usher and Trey Songz. Chris Brown also teamed up with Kid Ink on the song "Hotel," before hoping on the remix to "Diamonds & Gold."

The addition of French Montana to the track gives the song some new life, while Simmonds still sings the hook with some help from Chris Brown. Listen to the remix here.

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Iggy Azalea Reveals New Album Details In Twitter Exchange

(Radio.com) Australian hip-hop star Iggy Azalea just revealed the title and other details of her next album, via a twitter exchange. She posted that the album will be called Digital Distortion.

She tweeted, @HausOfIggz digital distortion is not a song title, its the name of my album.- IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) October 07, 2015

She also mentioned that unlike her debut, the album has no theme. She tweeted, "@sighzach there isnt much of a theme this time. its not like TNC where there were themes alot for things.- IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) October 07, 2015"Read more here.

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Akon Does Not Regret Passing On Signing Drake

(Radio.com) Akon has made tons of money signing artists like Lady Gaga and T-Pain. One of the major artists he passed on was Drake and he has no regrets about the missed opportunity.

A TMZ photographer caught Akon outside of an airport and asked him about not scooping Drake when he had the chance. Akon passed on Drake back in 2005 when he was still known more for playing Wheelchair Jimmy on Degrassi rather than being a hitmaking machine.

"At the time when I passed on him, he wasn't what he is today. He grew into the incredible artist. Everybody has a starting point," Akon said. "At that time, he wasn't ready, in my opinion."

Akon went on to say that he doesn't think about how much money he could've made with Drake because "not everything is meant to travel through you." Read more here.

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Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, More Take Action Against ElevenParis

(Radio.com) Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Jay Z, filed a lawsuit against French fashion line, ElevenParis in New York federal court on Tuesday (Oct. 6).

The complaint focuses on the use of images and names emblazoned on t-shirts, sweatshirts, backpacks, and cellphone cases. The celebrity group make 58 claims against ElevenParis, citing trademark infringement, violation of rights due to the fashion line's apparel using slogans like "Kanye is my Homie" and "Pharrell is my Brotha." ElevenParis is also accused of using copyrighted song lyrics.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed one of the complaints in the lawsuit shows Beyonce quietly signed a deal with the French house back in January. Terms of Beyonce's deal remain secret, but she is still accusing ElevenParis of "breaching the terms and conditions" by selling unlicensed products. Read more here.

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Why UFC Champion Ronda Rousey Is No Longer A Justin Bieber Fan

(Radio.com) UFC Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey used to be a big Justin Bieber fan, but things have changed, as she explained in an interview with Cosmopolitan.

The undefeated fighter explains that she was with her 16-year old sister at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year when they spotted Bieber taking photos at a party. Rousey took his sister up to the pop star, who responded by sniping, "I've already taken a billion pictures today, okay."

In doing so Bieber completely snubbed a UFC champion and her little sister by ignoring the request for a simple photo. One would think Bieber will quickly respond to try to make amends but Rousey doesn't seem so eager to put this in the past. "Yeah I don't think I would want to hang out with him," said Rousey. "I'm not a Belieber, I was… but I'm not anymore." Watch the video here.

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Austin Mahone Releases 'Put It On Me' Featuring Sage the Gemini

(Radio.com) Austin Mahone has released his new single "Put It On Me." The track features a verse from California MC Sage The Gemini. The 19-year-old singer took to Twitter to release the track. See his tweet below.

The upbeat dance song shows off the maturing sound of the singer. The bouncing track is sure to light up the dance floor with its slick production and layered vocals.

Mahone has released three new songs over the past two months. In September he dropped "On Your Way," and "Do It Right," which both gave an indication to the young artist's new musical direction. Read more here.

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Nicki Minaj Unhappy About Drake and Meek Mill Feud

(Radio.com) The internet pegged Meek Mill the loser in the battle between him and Drake. However, there was a much bigger loser-Nicki Minaj. She was caught in the middle of a war of words between two people she loves.

Throughout the drama Minaj has remained tightlipped, but she finally shares her thoughts about the very public beef in a new interview with The New York Times.

When asked about her feelings concerning the rift between her boyfriend and label mate, Nicki replied, "They're men, grown-a- men. It's between them. I hate it. It doesn't make me feel good. You don't ever want to choose sides between people you love. It's ridiculous. I just want it to be over." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Reveals 'Songs That Will Make Your Life Awesome' List

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift posted her hand-written list of 11 songs to social media Monday (Oct. 6) night, and called the list: "New Songs That Will Make Your Life Awesome (I Promise)."

Other than Taylor's appreciation for the tunes, there was no clear theme. Songs appeared on the list from Erik Hassle ("No Words") and Louis The Child ("It's Strange").

With the title, Swift could have been talking to the artists who made the list, whose lives stand a good chance to be made more awesome if even a fraction of the superstar's nearly 50 million followers on Instagram and 64 million followers on Twitter become fans; most of the artists are not household names, and may actually benefit from Swift's props. See the full list

Check out the full list here.

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Rick Ross Talks Money, Power and Responsibility

(Radio.com) Rick Ross was the latest guest on Play.It's Rap Radar podcast. Hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian "B-Dot" Miller spoke to the Bawse about his upcoming album, Black Market, due out in December. They also discussed his free mix tape from last month, Black Dollar, and the song "Foreclosures." That track is about hip-hop artists who lose their money. In it, Ross spits, "Ever seen a rich n-a go broke?/They putting liens on a n-a things" and later "To the culture itself, these are powerful lessons."

He spoke on that song in the interview, saying, "You watch certain things play out around you and unfold. You watch other artists or labels or whatever it is. Some of these can be people that you looked up to. We watched the demise of Suge Knight. I remember being a younger dude and people talking about the value of Death Row Records, $300 million net worth," and in fact, he name drops Death Row in the song.

"That was something that I embraced as part of the culture as a fan. Look what we can create and look what we can build. And then you watch other artists that deserve the world and they end up in the position with almost next to [nothing]" Read more and listen to the full interview

Read more here.

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Singled Out: Cemetery Sun's (Hard Drugs) Fake Love

Josh Doty, the lead singer of the AltPop quartet Cemetery Sun, tells us the story behind their single "(Hard Drugs) Fake Love," which comes from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP. Here is the story:

There's this song we wrote called "(Hard Drugs) Fake Love." Kind of speaks for itself right? Well if you can't figure it out for yourself, then I'll just tell you myself. There are three main components that make up this song. A high guitar riff, an unstable mindset, and a band willing to travel as far as 5 hours to meet up with each other and make what we hope will turn into songs. I remember while writing these lyrics, I was also pulling from many other drafts of lyrical content I had written while being in a state of intoxication, the comedown, or major depression based off of running from problems I thought I couldn't handle by fitting myself with a crowd that's all about clichés, getting f***ed up, and ultimately faking each other out to get what they want. I took a more manipulative feeling towards a scene I had found myself attached to for too long.

That being said, this was probably the first time in any band I've ever been a part of that I wasn't a prominent part in writing the instrumentation before placing my vocal ideas over the top. Jesse (lead guitarist) brought a rather glossy yet tinted vibe to the lead guitar riff in the song which paved the foundation for the beat, the snaps, and the "lean with it, rock with it" vibe the song gives off. My approach was a little different than normal and a bit more frustrating. After a few days of sitting with the material I was able to muster up some rough vocal ideas (that ended up being the first and final take, the take you're listening to on the song today) and recorded them while being intoxicated in the vocal booth. At the time, I thought "(Hard Drugs) Fake Love" was just an album filler at best. Little did the guys and I know that the song would generate a LOT of interest in our band as a whole. We soon followed this up with a music video waiting to be released and offers to play it on the radio which was and has been a very cool experience all over the West coast.

I guess it just goes to show that no matter what you're writing, have a blast doing it, know no bounds, and make sure the arrangement you go with feels right because if you think too much, your singles will become fillers or perhaps never even make the album your working so hard on. Just relax... it's a tactic I have spent much time learning and have struggled to perfect, being the rather spastic writer I am when in the studio juggling all my different ideas. "(Hard Drugs) Fake Love" definitely taught me to calm down and just go with the flow and since then, it's been a trademark to how I approach new material and how I convey what I'm feeling lyrically.

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

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