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B-Sides Report for 10/15/2015



Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips Plan Naked Concert?

(Radio.com) Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips are apparently planning a "completely naked" show during their upcoming short run of dates in support of her new album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz.

Wayne Coyne took to social media to inform fans what they might expect at a show next month. "@mileycyrus is planning a show where her, the band ( us ) and the audience are all COMPLETELY naked with milk (well white stuff that looks like milk) is being being spewed everywhere ..

"It's a video (in the works)" Coyned captioned a shot of both artists, naked of course. The post leads one to believe that show will be filmed to make a video for Miley's track 'The Milky Milky Milk." See the post and the tour dates here.

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Dolly Parton Addresses Stomach Cancer Rumors

Country music legend Dolly Parton reassured fans on Wednesday that she is alive, well and cancer free after rumors surfaced that she has been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Parton issued the following statement after the false rumors surfaced, "It is true that I had kidney stones. I had them removed three weeks ago and I am doing just fine!

"I am back to work and last week I was at Dollywood filming parts for my new movie 'Coat of Many Colors,' which premieres December 10th on NBC. With the 30th Anniversary of Dollywood, I did a full week of activities promoting my new DreamMore Resort's opening.

"There is absolutely no truth at all that I have stomach cancer. I love and appreciate everyone's concern."

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Willie Nelson Postpones Tour Kick Off Due To Health Issues

(Radio.com) Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were forced to postpone the beginning of their tour due Nelson's health problems. Rolling Stone reports the tour, titled The Django and Jimmie Tour, was set to start in Florence, South Carolina on October 15th.

A rep for Nelson said the date was going to have to be rescheduled. The show in Florence, South Carolina is slated to be rescheduled for a date in 2016.

Although the opening show was postponed for sometime next year, other dates were pushed for a few days. The concert in Roanoke, Virginia will take place on October 19. Nelson's health issues remain under wraps, but the October 19 concert date suggests a speedy recovery is expected. Read more here.

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Suge Knight To Stand Trial In Robbery Case

(Radio.com) Leslie 'Kat' Redden, the paparazzo who is suing Suge Knight and Katt Williams for snatching her camera, took the stand on Tuesday (Oct. 13) as Knight and Williams were ordered to stand trial for the crime.

Redden took the stand to give her testimony, in which she said she was politely asking if she could take a picture of them. For his part, Knight was concerned about having a picture sapped of his son, by paparazzi.

After the judge ruled that Knight and Williams would stand trial, Redden expressed her concern for her safety. 'After this happened I was threatened by people who knew him while I was walking around Beverly Hills," she told an online media outlet. Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks Lead Frank Sinatra TV Tribute Concert

(Radio.com) The Recording Academy announced that they will honor Frank Sinatra with Sinatra 100 - An All-Star GRAMMY Concert which will be televised on CBS later this year.


The all-star performance lineup for the special event includes Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Carrie Underwood and Usher. The special event will air on December 6th in celebration of what would have been Sinatra's 100th birthday (Sinatra was born on December 12th in Hoboken, NJ).

'Frank Sinatra is a voice for all generations. His showmanship and artistry have remained unmatched since he began performing professionally in the 1930s to his last recording 21 years ago," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy in a statement. Read more here.

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Sara Evans Shares Performance Of Sam Smith's 'Lay Me Down'

(Radio.com) Country singer Sara Evans offers her take on Sam Smith's ballad, "Lay Me Down," for her live show encore. And with a recent clip posted online, she explains the experience that moved her to cover the emotional song.

"Lay Me Down," the stirring ballad that served as Smith's debut, is the song Evans uses to cap off her performances. Along with a version of the song posted to Evans' YouTube channel, the singer added a message that explains why she decided to use the track as her final word onstage each night.

'I chose to add 'Lay Me Down' by Sam Smith to my encore because the first time I heard the song it reminded me of visiting St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN last year," she wrote.

She explained how she visited a cancer ward where kids were in isolation, recovering from bone marrow transplants. Even the parents were barred from seeing their children there. "We were told (and I'm crying as I'm typing this), that sometimes parents try to go in and lay with the child to comfort them and the nurses are required to call security to stop them, for everyone's safety, especially the child's," she continued. "So when I heard 'Lay Me Down,' I just immediately thought of that and how torturous it would be to not be able to lay by your child when they are sick."

Read more and check out Evans' live version of "Lay Me Down," as well as Smith's video for the song here.

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Justin Bieber Previews 'Purpose' Tracks Via Community Service

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber apparently has found an unusual way to share previews of tracks from his forthcoming "Purpose" album. What are believed to be snippets of the tracks appear in online videos of the pop star's community service.

Bieber recently posted several videos to Instagram showing him performing community service at a Los Angeles youth gang prevention center as part of his sentence in a 2014 egging case, via Billboard.

The Biebs is painting the walls and jamming out to music as he does it. In addition to background music like "Hard Knock Life," some of the tracks sound like they're off Bieber's upcoming Purpose album. Check it out here.

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T-Pain Addresses Drake Ghostwriting Incident

(Radio.com) When T-Pain appeared at the BET Hip-Hop Awards over the weekend, he gave an honest answer about the recent Drake ghostwriting incident that has fans feeling confused.

T-Pain says it "wasn't a big deal" if Drake used ghostwriters, an accusation Meek Mill started when the rappers' beef escalated over the summer. It may be the rap industry's dirty little secret, but ghostwriting is nothing new.

Speaking with Hip-Hop Wired, T-Pain said, 'That's been happening for years. I mean, that's been decades. So, the only thing I think people got shooken up is if somebody says that they're the best and they don't say that 'I'm the best. I got the best team doing this. I'm collectively the best.'

"Then it kinda gets like 'Oh, you lied. We found out you lied.' It's like a Milli Vanilli thing. They was the best singers for a while until we found out that they weren't the singers. So, that's pretty much all it is. It's just if you create an illusion, be prepared for it to be put out. Be prepared for the illusion to be unmasked. It wasn't a big deal. People just felt lied to."

Watch the full video here.

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Pharrell Remixes Tribe Called Quest's 'Bonita Applebum'

(Radio.com) Pharrell Williams has revealed a new remix of A Tribe Called Quest's 'Bonita Applebum," which will be featured on the hip hop group's 25th anniversary reissue of their debut album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.

Williams got to put his spin on the 1990 classic "Bonita Applebum," for the first of three previously unreleased remixes for the reissue. Fans who pre-order the album, which will be released on Nov. 13, will get a free download of the remix.

The reissue of Tribe's debut album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm will also feature J. Cole's remix of 'Can I Kick It?" and Cee Lo Green's remix of 'Footprints."

According to Rolling Stone, ATCQ plans to reissue each of their five albums over the next few years. The band's last studio album was 1998's The Love Movement. Check out the track details and listen to the remix here.

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Chris Young Reveals Details For New Album 'I'm Comin' Over'

(Radio.com) Chris Young has unveiled track details for his new album I'm Comin' Over. The singer/songwriter released the song titles on the album via an interactive click and share campaign.

Young will release his fifth album I'm Comin' Over on Nov. 13. The effort features 11 new songs, nine of which were co-written by the Nashville Star winner. The effort also features collaborations with Vince Gill on "Sober Saturday Night" and a duet with Cassadee Pope on "Think Of You."

The 30-year-old said, 'Making this record, it just feels different." He added, 'Nothing changed for the sake of change. It changed because it was the right way to go. This is the first time I've co-produced. Half the songs on the record were written by me, Corey (Crowder) and Josh (Hoge). That became the nucleus of this record, and that was really different for me." Check out the tracklisting here.

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Katy Perry Gets Animated For Katy Perry Pop App

(Radio.com) Katy Perry showed off her cartoon alter ego via Instagram. The pop star has apparently been hard at work helping develop a video game app called Katy Perry Pop that "helps guide your musical dreams."

Perry's character boasts bright green hair, and looks equal parts superhero and Disney princess. What the game involves isn't entirely clear yet, but in true Perry fashion it seems as if it will be as colorful and candy-influenced as her Teenage Dream album.

No word yet on when exactly the app will launch, but depending on how well Perry's does, turning music moguls into video games could quickly become the next big thing. Check out her post here.

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Fall Out Boy Reveal Artwork For 'Irresistible' Featuring Demi Lovato

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy went online on Wednesday to reveal the cover art for their collaborative remix of "Irresistible" featuring Demi Lovato which is set to be released this Friday.

The group shared the image of bull rider being thrown to the ground via Twitter. They tweeted, "and i love the way you hurt me irresistible ft @ddlovato out friday (avail. ex-us saturday)."

Both artists took to social media to share their mutual admiration on Monday when the project was announced. 'ddlovato has one of the most powerful voices today." tweeted the band, 'we worked on 'irresistible" together and she got it."

Lovato responded in kind tweeting: 'falloutboy you guys are the best' Such an honor and I'm so excited!" Read more and see the artwork here.

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CeeLo Green Hopes To Make A New Gnarls Barkley Album

(Radio.com) CeeLo Green tells Radio.com in a new interview that he's been in touch with Danger Mouse about making a new Gnarls Barkley album, the follow-up to 2008's The Odd Couple.

"I just talked to him last night," he said, when asked if he's spoken to Danger Mouse recently. "I told him, 'This is the next thing we should do.' I know he's about to do the Red Hot Chili Peppers' album. I hope he does great with that, but I said, 'Hey, I need you to be able to split your attention. We need another Gnarls album, and so do the people.'"

Danger Mouse, of course, is a busy guy; other than the Chili Peppers, he's recently worked with U2, Norah Jones and A$AP Rocky and, according to numerous reports, is working on the new Adele album. So the scheduling of a new Gnarls Barkley album might be tricky.

"We just have to set aside the time," CeeLo says. "But we did [2006 debut album] St. Elsewhere in a week, because we only had 10 days to be productive." Read more here.

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50 Cent Reveals Mixtape Title While Trolling Online

(Radio.com) Rapper/actor 50 Cent is a master internet troll. Any time he thinks he can get a rise out of you, he will most certainly try. 50 Cent has been using his Instagram to annoy rival rapper Rick Ross as well as promote his new projects.

He announced his new mixtape, The Kanaan Mixtape, in a photo where he spelled out the word broke with stacks of cash. Kanaan is the cold-hearted and murderous character 50 plays on the hit Starz Network drama Power.

It may seem like Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is just talking trash like he normally does, but this announcement is a subliminal shot at Ross. Jackson recently filed for bankruptcy after he was ordered to pay Ross' child's mother $7 million for leaking her sextape. Many thought the bankruptcy filing meant 50 was down to his last two quarters, but that's not the case. He's still making money off of various business deals including his Effen Vodka brand, his acting roles, and his role as executive producer of Power.

This isn't the first time 50 Cent trolled Rick Ross. The rapper also posed for a picture with the man Rick Ross allegedly pistol whipped and kidnapped. See the Instagram photos here.

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Diddy Debuts New Single Called 'Workin'

(Radio.com) With yet another opportunity to say "he thought he told you he won't stop," Diddy debuted a new track, "Workin," on 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday (Oct. 13) night.

During a performance that included Lil' Kim, Styles P ad King Los, Diddy busted out "Workin," an anthem for all those who put their grind over everything.

The song is expected to be a part of a forthcoming No Way Out 2 project from Puff Daddy and Family and it finds Diddy offering a sermon to hustlers everywhere.

"There's not a second left," he says at the track's start. "You know there's tomorrow and I'm hustling like there's only one more second left of this hustling.'"

The song is a follow-up to the summer kicker 'Finna Get Loose." There is no release date for No Way Out 2 at the moment. Check out the new song here.

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Singled Out: Maia Sharp's Phoenix

Maia Sharp's last Singled Out was so popular that we asked her to share another song story! Today she tells us about the song "Phoenix" from her brand new album "The Dash Between the Dates," which will be released tomorrow (October 16th). Here is the story:

I wrote "Phoenix," a song about coming back unexpectedly and stronger than ever, with the secret plan that, by the time it was finished, life would have imitated art. I had hit a writer's shrug. It wasn't a block, I still had ideas, but a series of risks that didn't go my way had turned me into the big, heavy block that couldn't be moved. When sullen, aloof and counterproductive got old it was time to push through, shut up and write my way out of it.

When I did finish, it felt like I had beaten the big shrug but I didn't know if that was just because it was my personal story or because it was actually any good. So I played it for my like-a-brother friend, Edwin McCain who, at the time, was filming his boat restoration show "Flipping Ships." I thought the boat metaphors in "Phoenix" might resonate but I really wanted to know if it felt relatable to anyone but me. Edwin gave me just the reaction I needed. He felt so connected to it that he performed it acoustically on the show with his friend Darius Rucker and then he recorded acoustic and full band versions for his "Phoenix EP" on iTunes. Okay, so I wasn't delusional (about this anyway) and maybe I was on to something.

The writing voice was broader and more humble. I had come back different. I took a lot of time to keep that voice working with the next batch of songs for The Dash Between the Dates, especially for its title cut. I also had a renewed appreciation for the excitement about writing songs. For years, it didn't matter how the business game was going…record deals, publishing deals, song placements, good tours, bad tours, affirmation, rejection all waxed and waned and none of it had ever affected my love of the writing itself. I had been taking that for granted. Never again.

Living up to its name, "Phoenix" has already had many lives; three with Edwin and two rounds with me before my final album version was brought home by Linda Taylor's brilliant track reinvention and Arnold McCuller's sultry harmony.

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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