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B-Sides Report for 10/21/2015



One Direction React To Justin Bieber Release Date Drama

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber made news recently when he mocked One Direction in an online post over the fact that he and the UK boyband are releasing new albums on the same day and One Direction has finally responded by choosing not to engage in the drama.

Radio.com reports: Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction recently downplayed the so-called battle between the two camps in an interview posted by Coup de Main. "There's no need for a fight," Horan said. "We just happen to be releasing our albums on the same day. It's happened to us before. Our first couple of albums were released on the same day as Rihanna.

"I think the press have just made a bit of a deal out of it because it's us and Justin Bieber. It's fine. You know you're gonna be up against someone in the charts, it just happens that we have fallen on the same day."

According to Styles, One Direction they didn't consider Beiber's release when configuring their own music. "I don't think anyone makes a record with competing with someone else in mind," he said. "I think then you don't make it for the right reasons. I think we made the record, we're very, very happy with it, we're very proud of it, and now we're putting it out. And it happens to be on the same day as someone else, and that's it. It's not a win-lose thing, it's, We hope that our fans like it, and if it does well that would be amazing. But that's not ultimately what it's about." Read more and watch the interview here.

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Blake Shelton Files Lawsuit Over Tabloid Rehab Report

(Radio.com) Country star Blake Shelton reportedly filed a lawsuit against In Touch Weekly on Monday (October 19th) over the tabloid report that claimed that he was going to a rehab for an alleged drinking problem.

Radio.com reports that Shelton sued the publication after they claimed his heavy drinking was the cause of his divorce with Miranda Lambert, and reporting he was going to rehab.

Shelton's lawsuit is asking for more than $1 million in damages over the article that he and his lawyer say are completely false, according to The Associated Press. Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Reveals Abusive Father Inspired New Song

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato has posted a series of videos to her YouTube channel, each detailing a specific song on her recently released album, Confident. Filmed in black-and-white, Lovato sits down to explain some of the reasons behind her writing.

In one video about the album's eleventh song, titled "Father," Lovato opens up about her very personal, and very painful, relationship with her father. "I was very conflicted when he passed because he was abusive," Demi shared. "He was mean, but he wanted to be a good person. And he wanted to have his family, and when my mom married my stepdad, he still had this huge heart where he said, 'I'm so glad that he's taking care of you and doing the job that I wish I could do.'"

Lovato believes it was her father's mental illness which contributed to the way he treated her, but music helped her work through her many emotions. "I wanted to write about it. I wanted to process it," she said. Read more and watch the video here.

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"Cha Cha" Rapper Upset With Drake 'Hotline Bling' Comparisons

(Radio.com) Drake's "Hotline Bling" may have broken the internet, but it didn't break the spirit of D.R.A.M., the singer who made the popular "Cha Cha" song Drake used as a backing for "Hotline Bling."

In fact, he took to Twitter to talk to his fans about his feelings. And he didn't dance around the issue. "Just performed in Toronto for the 1st time tonight and it was bittersweet," D.R.A.M. said on Twitter early Tuesday (Oct. 20) morning.

"Sweet cus I'm out here sharing my music, my sound with the people. Bitter though, cus after my performance all I'm seeing is Cha Cha/Hotline Bling comparisons on my timeline."

Like "Cha Cha," "Hotline Bling" contains a sample from Timmy Thomas' "Why Can't We Live Together." When "Hotline Bling" first surfaced, the sound of "Cha Cha" was so prevalent that "Hotline" was dubbed a "Cha Cha" remix. Read more here.

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Queen Release Classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Live Performance

(hennemusic) Queen have released a video of their performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a preview to the November 20 release of "A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975."

The lead single from their fourth album, "A Night At The Opera", was in the middle of a record-breaking 9-week run at Number One in the UK charts when the Christmas Eve show took place at the famed London venue.

The finale of Queen's 26-date fall UK tour was broadcast live on BBC2-TV and BBC Radio 1. "This concert was very special because it was the first time we ever played a whole show completely live on TV the Christmas Show," says guitarist Brian May. "The quality, after great rescue work and transfer into the digital domain, is amazing. And the energy we had comes across very forcefully."

The DVD and SD Blu-Ray versions feature a documentary, "Looking Back At The Odeon", which includes a previously unseen interview with May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test host Bob Harris about the Hammersmith show.

The set also presents rare footage from Japan during the group's tour of the Far East. "A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975" will be available on CD, DVD, SD Blu-Ray, 2 LP vinyl, Super Deluxe Box Set and digitally. Watch the video here.

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John Fogerty Does Impromptu Acoustic TV Performance of CCR Classic

(hennemusic) John Fogerty delivered an impromptu acoustic performance of his Creedence Clearwater Revival classic, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?", on TBS late night show Conan on Monday.

The only single issued from the group's 1970 album, "Pendulum", the tune peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Fogerty is making the rounds to promote his newly-published memoir, "Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music", which sees the rocker explore his Northern California roots, CCR's success and his retreat from music and public life before returning to chart-topping solo success.

Fogerty also shared stories about his start as a songwriter and CCR's appearance at the 1969 Woodstock festival, where the group followed The Grateful Dead.

The rocker will play an 8-show residency at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas in the New Year. Running January 8-23, "Peace, Love And Creedence" will see Fogerty extend his "1969" summer tour show by performing music from the three albums he released that year with CCR, including "Bayou Country", "Green River" and "Willy And The Poor Boys." Watch the Conan performance here.

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Metallica Share Video Footage From Rock in Rio Festival

(hennemusic) Metallica have released video footage of their performance of the Load song "King Nothing" from their appearance at the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil on September 19.

The veteran metal band topped Saturday's bill at the 30th anniversary of the iconic music festival, as they were joined by Motley Crue, Korn and Royal Blood, among others.

Metallica's video highlight package also includes the band warming up in the Tuning Room before the show, which marked the group's final scheduled live show of 2015.

Frontman James Hetfield recently confirmed the band are currently recording new music for the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic." Check out the video here.

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Chris Cornell Jams Bob Marley Classic With His 11-Year-Old Daughter

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell was joined by his 11-year old daughter Toni for a cover of the Bob Marley classic, "Redemption Song", at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Monday.

On the road playing acoustic dates across North America in support of his fourth solo album, "Higher Truth", Cornell welcomed his daughter to the stage.

"A few years back, my daughter wanted to do a song at school," said Cornell. "She said it's called the Music for Lunch Bunch and she makes it sound like she sits in front of her classmates and they do a song every once in a while. So I went and got a guitar tuned for her in the right key and we went to see her do it and it was actually like an assembly in front of the entire school."

"I was as nervous as I've ever been, for instance like opening for Metallica in front of 45,000 people. I was more nervous that day, but she sang it beautifully." Check video of the jam here.

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Ghost Unplug For Radio Performance

(hennemusic) Ghost delivered an acoustic performance of two songs during an appearance at 100.3 The X in Boise, Idaho on Monday and video of the jam has been posted online.

In town to perform at The Knitting Factory, the Swedish group unplugged for their cover of Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts" from their 2013 Dave Grohl-produced EP of the same name, as well as "Jigolo Har Megiddo" from 2013's "Infestissumam."

The group are currently playing dates on the Black To The Future North American tour in support of the their third album, "Meliora." Watch the performance here.

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One Direction Release Video For New Song 'Perfect'

(Radio.com) One Direction have released a new music video for the song "Perfect," a track from the group's fifth album Made In The A.M., which is set for release on Friday, November 13th.

The black and white clip features the band hanging out in their hotel room with New York City's iconic Times Square in the background. The foursome do some recording, play a little golf, kick a soccer ball around and get a few tattoos--basically it's just them messing around before it's time to head downstairs and play a concert.

The song was written by Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson with Bunetta, Shatkin, Jacob Kasher, John Ryan and Maureen Anne McDonald. After the track surfaced many speculated that the song is about Styles' former girlfriend Taylor Swift, but neither party has commented on those rumors. Watch the video here.

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Master P Doubles Down On Kardashian, Kobe Bryant Criticism

(Radio.com) When Lamar Odom was in a coma and the outcome was uncertain, Percy "Master P" Miller had a few choice words for those closest to the NBA baller, including Kobe Bryant and Khloe Kardashian.

In a recent interview, P refuses to back down from his criticism. "I ruffled a couple of feathers this week because I told my opinion about the Kardashians and [Kobe Bryant]," Master P said in in interview with HipHopDX. "I ain't gonna change it. The truth hurts. I feel like a lot of people wanted to say what I said. I feel I said what I could say because I know those people. I know Lamar. I knew everything that was going on with him. I tell people this all the time, 'A house without foundation or support will collapse.' Don't give me that foundation and support at the end. You gotta give that to me all the way through."

Master P sparked the controversy when he was approached by TMZ reporter and asked about his thoughts on Odom, who had been rushed to the hospital after passing out at a brothel in Nevada.

He said lots of blame could be shared by Odom's former teammate Kobe Bryant and his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian.

"I'm talking about Kobe," he had said. "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. 'That's all he wanted. And even on that situation, I think he was just searching for love. If you look at it, his biggest problem was where the people at who he showed love to? Cause he had a big heart'They should've been there. If you loved him." Read more and check out the full interview here.

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Brett Eldredge Releases New Song 'Drunk On Your Love'

(Radio.com) Brett Eldredge has released a new song called 'Drunk On Your Love', which is the second single off his newest album Illinois. It's a sitting-and-sipping on the porch type of love song that the country star co-wrote with Ross Copperman. In fact, Eldredge co-wrote every single song off Illinois.

"Drunk on Your Love" takes a page out of the Max Martin-Taylor Swift music book in terms of meter, albeit with a decidedly traditional country bent. Whether or not Eldredge found his musical inspiration from Swift, he certainly learned something about content from her.

Eldredge told Rolling Stone earlier this summer that he admired Swift's ability to put it all out there. Whether she's in love or she's been wronged, she's not going to hide what she's been through. 'That's what I've learned, to make my records sound like my own thing," he said. Read more and check out the song here.

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Carrie Underwood Performance From Grand Ole Opry Goes Online

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood performed "Smoke Break," the first single from her forthcoming album Storyteller at the Grand Ole Opry. The new album arrives this Friday October 23rd.

Underwood describes "Smoke Break" as 'one of those story songs that I feel like everyone can relate to. about how life is so hectic and it's so nice if and when you actually get to step away for a second. We all need that time to ourselves." The new mom doesn't smoke herself.

The track was written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano, with whom Underwood wrote her most recent No. 1 song, 'Little Toy Guns." Watch the performance here.

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Gwen Stefani Releases 'Used to Love You' Video

(Radio.com) Working through a breakup is hard enough, but working through a divorce takes new kinds of strength, especially when you just so happen to be one-half of pop's super couple Gavin and Gwen.

Gwen Stefani has been working on new music that details the end of her marriage to Gavin Rossdale, and today she released a music video for "Used to Love You." Choosing not to sing or perform much on the video, a bewildered Gwen looks at and then away from the camera, a spotlight trained on her providing an added "deer in the headlights" look.

When Gwen does sing it's to especially poignant lyrics like, "Nobody taught you how to love." Mostly, though, she remains silent, listening to the track play and giving the camera knowing stares aimed at the song's subject.

Regarding her new music, Stefani told EW, 'These songs are really natural--they're from not worrying about what happened or what's going to happen but about living in the moment, from trying to be present and trying to feel."

Watch the video here.

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Sia Streaming Lyric Video For New Single 'Alive'

(Radio.com) Sia brings the artwork for her new single, "Alive," to life in the song's music video. Sporting the half blonde/half black wig from the single's cover, a group of hooded Sia look-alikes take to the streets to tag the song's lyrics all over the walls.

Even though the chorus bursts with a vibrant, "I'm alive!" repeated over and over, the video has a dystopian feel. Muted blues, greens and grays color the shots, as the camera pans over lyrics, some with striking images accompanying them and some not.

In fact, some graffiti art shares much in common with Bansky's work. He's not credited as having anything to do with the video, but it's hard not to draw parallels between the video's art and his work. Watch the video here.

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Apple Reveal Music Streaming Service Subscription Numbers

(Radio.com) Apple CEO Tim Cook has shared the subscription numbers behind Apple Music's streaming service. On Monday (Oct. 20), Cook told CNET at the WSJD Live Conference in Laguna Beach, Calif., that Apple Music has just 6.5 million paid subscribers and another 8.5 signed up for the free trial.

The numbers seem to be a drop in the bucket compared to the 800 million iTunes users around the world. But Cook is steadfast that he is pleased with the numbers. He told CNET, "I'm really happy about it, and I think the runway here is really good."

Apple Music launched in June offering its 800 million iTunes users three months of free access to the new service. It offers streaming music with playlists curated by 'music experts," a 24/7 radio station called Beats 1 and a social aspect that connects fans and artists. Read more here.

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Young Thug Streaming New Song 'No Joke'

(Radio.com) Rapper Young has released a brand new song titled "No Joke," which was produced by Chopsquad and Metro Boomin'. An incomplete version of the track was leaked over the summer, along with a host of other music.

In normal Young Thug fashion, he shows off his unique rapping style when spitting verses about how his fashion game, his significant other, and hustle are no joking matters. Although he recently delivered a mixtape called Slime Season, there's speculation he's already working on the sequel.

There's no word on whether "No Joke" will appear on the alleged forthcoming project. For right now, fans will have to tide themselves over with this joint. Check out "No Joke" here.

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Singled Out: Lewis & Leigh's Only Fifteen

There is quite a buzz about Lewis & Leigh (Alva Leigh and Al Lewis) with even Ryan Adams tweeting his praises for their music. Today Al shares with us the story behind the song "Only Fifteen" from their "Hidden Truths" EP. Here is the story:

When we write we like to make sure the characters in the story are as honest and life-like as possible. In the case of this song, I (Al) had just turned 30 and during a moment of thinking back to my time in school I remembered that a girl in my class had become pregnant at the age of 15.

It suddenly dawned on me that her child, he or she, would now also be 15 years old and I wondered how that would make her feel. I wondered about what advice she would give her child...whether she had regrets etc etc..

We decided to elaborate for the purpose of this song (as all good storytellers should) and make it that she gave her child up for adoption at birth and that he was now going to go look for her.

With the added benefit of having two vocalists we also thought it might be an interesting idea if I (Al) sang the words from the son's perspective and Alva sang from the mother's perspective.

Musically we took inspiration from a country classic and another "story" song.. ' A Boy Named Sue' by Johnny Cash - we wanted to replicate the train feel in the rhythm section and the urgency in Cash's lyrical delivery.

We were also listening to a lot of The Band and incorporated some of that influence into the instrumentation with our use of a horn section and time signature changes for the chorus.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the group and the new EP, and grab their upcoming UK dates right here!

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