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B-Sides Report for 10/13/2015



Taylor Swift Hit Being Used By Hospital To Fight The Flu

(Radio.com) A parody of Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" is being used to help with flu prevention by a group of health care workers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Calling themselves the Flu Fighters, these staffers from the hospital are hoping that listening to the Taylor Swift-inspired music can swiftly take the flu away.

Namely, they want you to wash your hands and keep others from getting sick. Here are a few lyrics. "There's a rule you must obey, bey, bey, bey, bey / To keep the flu away, way, way, way, way / Gotta wash 'em like you're cra-cra, cra-cra, cra / Then shake 'em off, shake 'em off."

Watch the fun and informative parody in the video player here.

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Wiz Khalifa Scores First Hip Hop Video With One Billion Views

(Radio.com) Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's video for "See You Again," has become the first hip hop video to score over one billion views on YouTube. The clip--which made its debut back in April--is a tribute to actor Paul Walker, who passed away in a single vehicle accident in 2013.

"See You Again" is featured on the soundtrack for the film Furious 7. The track peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 non-consecutive weeks, tying Eminem's "Lose Yourself" for the longest-running rap number-one hit in the country.

The Marc Klasfeld-directed video features clips Furious 7 and is a touching tribute to Walker, who passed away while the film was still in production. His brother stepped in to finish the film for the late actor. You can watch the video and read more here.

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Gorillaz Working On New Music For Release Next Year

(Radio.com) Gorillaz principal Jamie Hewlett confirms in a new interview with DIY Magazine that the group is working on new material that they plan to release next year.

'That's next year." Hewlett tells the publication, "I'm working on it at the moment, and it's going very well. I'm very excited. I don't want to say too much about it, but I'm at that phase of experimentation.

"What I try not to do when I'm working in this creative period, the cooking of the mess, is go to other peoples' exhibitions and look at other peoples' work. I close my eyes, and don't want to know what anyone else is doing." Read more here.

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Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Announce North American Tour

(Radio.com) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have announced that they will be hitting the road early next year with the launch of a North American tour on January 9th in Phoenix, AZ.

The duo has already released two tracks from their forthcoming, and as yet untitled, sophomore album: "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)" featuring Ed Sheeran and 'Downtown," which features collaborations with rap pioneers such as Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, and Melle Mel.

Macklemore, also know as Ben Haggerty, took to social media to make the announcement. ""Thrilled to say that Ry and I are hitting the road again in 2016," tweeted the rapper. "Pre-sale starts this Wed." See the dates here.

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Justin Bieber Shares Preview Video Of 'Is It Too Late To Say I'm Sorry'

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber shared a video clip to his Instagram account this past weekend that shows the performer practicing his choreography to the tune of a new song.

The video, posted on Oct. 11, shows Bieber and choreographer Nick Demoura busting a quick move to a song in which he can be heard singing "Is it too late to say I'm sorry now?" Just in case some fans missed the point, the caption says the same: "It [sic] it too late to say I'm sorry now?"

As previously reported by Radio.com, Bieber recently revealed the album cover for his forthcoming album, Purpose on Instagram. He combined nine posts to create the full album artwork that was designed by Los Angeles street artist Retna.

The highly anticipated Purpose will be available Nov. 13. Check out Justin and Demoura, and listen close to the new song here.

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5 Seconds of Summer Sing Nickelback Hit A Capella

(Radio.com) 5 Seconds of Summer showed off their spot-on collective Nickelback impersonation when the group appeared on London's 95-106 Capital FM for an a capella rendition of one of the Canadian group's biggest hits.

While appearing on the radio show, Luke, Calum, Michael and Ashton burst into a throaty rendition of Nickelback's 2001 breakthrough hit "How You Remind Me" on-air.

DJ This is Max tweeted out her appreciation for 5 Seconds of Summer's brief foray into the world of Canadian exuberance. It seemed like equal parts tribute and joke, performed with enough care that it's clear 5 Seconds of Summer has listened to this song more than a few times.

Check out the video here.

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Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Announces Solo Tour

(Radio.com) Lady Antebellum star Charles Kelley announced that he will be launching a North American solo trek called The Driver Tour in support of his new single "The Driver."

The country star will be hitting clubs and theaters on the 22-city tour with opening act Marren Morris, which is scheduled to kick off on November 28th in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kelley explained the choice of Marren Morris as the support act. 'She's great," he told Rolling Stone. 'We were talking about who to bring out there, and I thought it would be fun to bring out an up-and-comer. She's got a lot of buzz; she's got the perfect sound that will fit in with what we're doing."

Last month the band announced the would be taking a break to focus on their own lives. 'It's gonna be fun to watch the fans hear a song they haven't heard before, because the project won't come out until early next year. So I go out there almost like we did with Lady Antebellum, with just one single on the radio, and have to prove myself. I miss that," he said. 'You get so used to screaming and everybody knowing all the songs, and there's something really fun about getting out of your comfort zone."

And Lady A fans rejoice, because Charles plans on also performing music from the group. Check out the dates here.

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DJ Khaled Reveals New Songs With Future, Trey Songz, Fetty Wap

(Radio.com) DJ Khaled has announced two new singles. "You Mine" features Future and Jeremih and Trey Songz, and "Gold Slugs" features Chris Brown, August Alsina, and Fetty Wap.

Khaled took to Instagram to make the announcement, which also included the news that his next album "I Changed A Lot" will be released October 23rd.

"I will never stop!!!!!" the rapper/producer wrote "Im changing the game… 2 singles at the same dam time 2 #1s at the same dam time 2 anthems at the same dam time AND 2 VIDEOS AT THE SAME DAM TIME DOUBLE JAM OF THE WEEK."

Check out the videos for both tracks here.

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Bette Midler Slams Justin Bieber's Father Over Nude Photos Comments

(Radio.com) Just days after the world was exposed to Justin Bieber's manhood, 69 year-old singer/actress Bette Midler lashed out at Bieber's father Jeremy for reveling in the hoopla.

Midler was set off by a now-deleted tweet posted by Jeremy Bieber, Justin's father, joking about his son's penis size. According to Billboard, Jeremy's tweet read, "What do you feed that thing? #proud daddy."

Midler was disgusted by Jeremy's tweet and seized the opportunity to remind people that Jeremy had left the family when Justin was only 13 months old. His mother Pattie, according to reports, was so poor in Justin's early years that she sought the aid of food banks for meals. Read more here.

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Snoop Dogg and Birdman Land New Reality TV Series

(Radio.com) Snoop Dogg, Birdman, Jermaine Dupri and Dame Dash will star in a new reality television series for BET, which is scheduled to begin filming in November (via XXL).

The eight-episode series will investigate how the four rappers balance their entertainment and business careers with their personal lives. The show isn't set to air until late 2016.

The untitled project will be produced by Lemuel Plummer, who is most well-known for his executive producer credits on Preachers of Atlanta and Preachers of L.A. Read more here.

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Harry Styles' 31-Year-Old Ex-Girlfriend Called 'Pervert' Over Relationship

(Radio.com) Things didn't work out between British TV host Caroline Flack and One Direction member Harry Styles. Now Flack, who also famously dated Prince Harry, has written a memoir about her life and relationships.

When discussing her relationship with Styles, Flack revealed that the major issue in their brief time together was their age difference. He was 17 and she was 31.

The relationship was going smoothly until Styles was photographed leaving Flack's home. Once the relationship was public, the ridicule commenced. She tells The Sun "In the street people started shouting 'pedophile' at me in the street and 'pervert.'" Read more here.

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T.I. Featured On Chris Brown 'Liquor' Remix

(Radio.com) Although T.I.'s signature rapping style has him rhyming over trap beats, he can switch flows and spit hot bars over anything. Tip hops on the remix for Chris Brown's sultry single "Liquor" to further showcase his talents.

T.I. gets his grown and sexy on in his new verse. He whispers sweet nothings in his girl's ear and let's her know that the liquor in their respective cups with can only lead to a night of passionate lovemaking.

Tip boasts that the liquor is so strong and his bedroom skills are so sharp the girl he picks up will forget she has a man and child waiting for her at home. Quite a boast. Read more here.

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Calvin Harris Addresses Taylor Swift Breakup Rumors

(Radio.com) Scottish DJ Calvin Harris had a strong reaction to rumors that he and Taylor Swift had broken up which were sparked after photos and reports were published that claimed Harris attended a massage parlor famous for its "happy endings."

Radio.com reports that the Forbes highest paid DJ was photographed in mid-September exiting a Thai massage parlor in Los Angeles. Although the stories about his parlor visit have been taken down, the photos still remain.

Calvin took to social media on Monday to address the rumors in no uncertain terms. "It's not going to be a 'happy ending' for everyone I sue for defamation of character for all these bulls- stories bye bye." Read more here.

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Chance the Rapper Performs Track From Forthcoming Mixtape

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper performed an unknown song during a recent set at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas. His intro to the track got people talking. The rapper said, "New album alert," and started singing the song.

Chance drove the message home at the song's end by informing the crowd he was working on new music and the song they had just heard would be apart of his "third mixtape."

Chance hasn't dropped an official mixtape since 2013's Acid Tape, but he did earn critical and fan praise for his free album Surf, which dropped earlier this year.

Details about Chance the Rapper's upcoming mixtape are scarce. There is no official word on the title or date of release, but listeners will definitely get new music from Chance the Rapper soon.

Check out his performance at Stubbs here.

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John Legend And Chrissy Teigen Are Expecting A Baby

(Radio.com) John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen have announced they are expecting a baby. The supermodel and Oscar-winner both took to social media to share the news with fans.

Teigen posted a photo on Instagram of the couple with the caption: "John and I are so happy to announce that we are pregnant :) As many of you know, we've been trying to have a baby for a while now.

"It hasn't been easy, but we kept trying because we can't wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family. We're so excited that it's finally happening. Thank you for all your love and well wishes. I look forward to all the belly touching! Xx"

The couple married in Italy and 2013 and have been vocal about wanting to have children. Read more and see the posts here.

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Dr. Dre Dreams Of Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg Tour

(Radio.com) Dr. Dre has a dream. In his vision, he wants to give Europe a taste of his full production with a tour that fully represents his sound. The Doctor welcomed Snoop Dogg to The Pharmacy, his Beats 1 show, when he revealed his idea for a "Beats and Rhymes" tour, that would to take his show on the road to Europe. But he doesn't just want to rock the spot with his Dre performance, he wants to make it a full production that would include Dre, Snoop, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.

"One of my dreams right now is to be able to take my ideas and take a show over to Europe," he said. "I'm 30 years in the game right now and I've never been able to take my full production over to Europe. Me and Snoop -- we've been over there. Me and Eminem have been over there, but it's just been spot dates and taking a microphone over there with a DJ.

"I've never had the opportunity to take the full production over there, and take my full body of ideas over there and present it to all the people over there in Europe that's been representing and showing me love throughout my entire 30-year career." Read more here.

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