B-Sides Report for 10/16/2015

Ellen DeGeneres Parody Angers Nicki Minaj Fans

(Radio.com) Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres parodied Nicki Minaj on The Ellen Show on Monday in a skit that has been called tasteless, damaging and even "a minstrel show."

In the video, which the show's official YouTube channel has since taken down, DeGeneres imagines what Nicki Minaj's upcoming sitcom would look like. The video, shot in the style of an '80s or '90s sitcom, shows a young Minaj and all of the members of her family (including the family dog) sporting gigantic butts. So gigantic, in fact, that they knock everything in the living room over.

Predictably, there's been a lot of negative response from social media about the video. Although the Ellen Show did not post the skit to YouTube, fans did, although they have since been taken due to a copyright claim from Time Warner. Read more here.

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Cameron Crowe And J.J. Abrams Teaming Up For New TV Series

(Radio.com) Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams are teaming up to create a yet-unnamed comedy series about music roadies for Showtime, according to Consequence of Sound.

Crowe will write and direct the majority of the season's 10 episodes and Luke Wilson will star as the road manager of an arena-sized rock band with Carla Gugino playing the band's production manager.

Other cast members include Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, rapper Machine Gun Kelly and comedian Ron White. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Sexuality

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez has revamped her image to reflect her growth into an adult artist for her new album "Revival". She's been very honest in her recent interviews, discussing everything from her Lupus diagnosis, to her past loves, to her body image and the fact that she chose to pose completely nude on the cover of Revival.

Now, the 'Good For You" singer is opening up about her sexuality, and what she had to say left some people surprised. While speaking with PrideSource, Gomez was asked about last year's rumors that she and Cara Delevingne were more than friends, and whether or not those reports bothered her.

Gomez also says that she's questioned her sexual preferences, and that she believes that's a completely normal thing to do. 'Oh, I think everybody does, no matter who they are," she explained. 'I do, yeah, of course. Absolutely. I think it's healthy to gain a perspective on who you are deep down, question yourself and challenge yourself; it's important to do that." Read more here.

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Jadakiss Releases Break Dancing Video For New Mixtape

(Radio.com) New York rapper Jadakiss has been perfecting his latest project Top 5 Dead or Alive for some time and he finally released it on Thursday (Oct. 15). Known for his gruff voice and hardcore rhymes, Jada showed a lighter side when promoting the new mixtape. He dropped a video of himself break dancing.

The brief video finds the Lox member hanging out in a studio with his crew. Everyone is laughing and having a good time. All of the sudden, Jada stands up and starts to warm up for his b-boying. He hits some back spins as Chaka Khan's classic "Ain't Nobody" plays in the background.

Once Jadakiss comes out of the spins and lands in the classic 80s b-boy pose, his friends go wild and say this is part of the reason he's one of the top five rappers dead or alive, a nod to the mixtape's title. At first, the video was posted online without comment. Later in the day, the actual mixtape surfaced on the net.

Take a look at the video here.

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Master P Slams Kobe Bryant and Kardashians Over Lamar Odom Ordeal

(Radio.com) Basketball star Lamar Odom was rushed to the hospital in Nevada this week and his friend and mentor Master P is criticizing those he deems are only rushing to his bedside for show. He directed his words to Odom's former teammate and friend NBA star Kobe Bryant and his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian and her family.

The No Limit general told TMZ cameras, "The truth of the matter is there's so many fake and phony people out here now. It goes to show when something happens to ya. Everybody's his friend, everybody love 'em. But was that true? I don't think so. That's like my wife and her lawyer sitting by my bedside if something happened to me. It ain't real."

Master P tried to remain vague about who his words were directed at until he was asked flat out if he was talking about the Kardashians. Master P, real name Percy Miller, said he was actually referring to Bryant. Miller believes if Bryant really was a friend to Odom he would've done everything in his power to get him back on the Lakers.

"I'm talking about Kobe. I'm talking about--All this man wanted to do was play basketball. Kobe was his friend. Kobe like owned the team. He could have got the man back on the team," he explained. Read more here.

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Reba Mcentire To Unplug For Musician On Call Benefit

(Radio.com) Reba McEntire is set to perform a special acoustic set to benefit Musician On Call on October 21st. The Nashville event will also feature performances and appearances from Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson and Kelsea Ballerini.

'I've been very fortunate throughout my career to witness first-hand the healing power of music," said McEntire in a prepared statement about her performance at the event.

'I am honored to support Musicians on Call at this event and perform for all those coming out to celebrate what MOC, and my good friend Shane, have done and continue to do." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Set To Co-Chair 2016 Met Gala

(Radio.com) The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced this week that Taylor Swift will be co-chairing the 2016 Met Gala, according to US Weekly. The annual event celebrates the best in fashion with several co-chairs drawn from the fashion and celebrity worlds to help cultivate the theme.

2016's theme will be 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.' Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute, said the theme choice will "focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion."

Actor Idris Elba, Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Miuccia Prada will also serve as co-chairs. Read more here.

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Diddy Developing Television Comedy 'The Hustle'

(Radio.com) Bad Boy rapper Diddy (a.k.a. Sean Combs, a.k.a. Puff Daddy, a.k.a. P.Diddy) has an agreement with ABC to develop a comedy based on the exploits of his former assistant Sarah Snedeker.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the TV series, called The Hustle, will follow "a small-town girl who lands a job working as an assistant to a street-educated billionaire business mogul, where she is instantly thrown into a foreign world of extravagance, debauchery and adventure."

Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer) and Stacey Harman (The Goldbergs) are signed on to write the script for the show's pilot episode. Read more here.

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Miley Cyrus, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix Appear In 'A Very Murray Christmas'

(Radio.com) Netflix will release A Very Murray Christmas on December 4th and the streaming service has released a star-filled promotional teaser video for the show.

The holiday special, which was directed by Sofia Coppola, is an homage to the variety show. Bill Murray plays himself as the show's host, facing a New York City snow storm and potential no show guests.

Given the cameos in today's teaser we're going to assume that it all works out. George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph and Jason Schwartzman are all part of the ensemble cast which also includes musicians Jenny Lewis, the band Phoenix (singer Thomas Mars is married to Coppola) and Miley Cyrus. Watch the teaser here.

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Train's New Christmas Album To Stream On Amazon Prime

(PMK-BNC) Train have made a deal to offer a free stream of their very first Christmas album exclusively to Amazon Prime Members in the U.S. and in the UK. The album, "Christmas In Tahoe," is set to be released on November 13th. We were sent these details:

Train frontman Pat Monahan had the following to say about the Amazon exclusive, "Christmas in Tahoe has been a part of Train's journey that's been in the making for quite some time.

"We couldn't be more excited that Amazon presented us with the opportunity to share the album with millions of Amazon Prime members, and joined us in an amazing relationship to continue to positively change the way people hear new and current music."

The 15 track album features Train's versions of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" and Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means To Me." Newly-recorded versions of Elvis Presley's "Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)," John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and more.

"Christmas In Tahoe" also features Train originals including "Christmas Island," "Wait For Mary Christmas," and "Shake Up Christmas."

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