B-Sides Report for 10/26/2015

Backstreet Boys Jokingly Start Beef With Drake

(Radio.com) Drake's latest smash "Hotline Bling" is currently at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Last Monday (Oct. 19), the MC released the video for the track, which is making waves.

The clip caught the attention of The Backstreet Boys, who took to Twitter to call out Drake claiming they covered the theme he touches on in his single in their 2001 hit "The Call."

Check out the tongue-in-cheek tweets below, including one that used Drake's "Hotline Bling" cover art changing the title of the song to "The Call."

"Not to cause any beef @Drake… but before there was Hotline Bling… there was The Call," BSB wrote on Twitter on Friday (Oct. 23), adding an emoji of an old school telephone and a smiley face with a wink. Read more here.

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Joey+Rory Reveal Devastating Cancer News

(Radio.com) Joey+Rory have announced difficult news to fans, family and friends. Rory Feek let fans know on his This Life I Live blog that Joe's cancer has taken a turn for the worse and spread.

"I'm sorry to have to tell you this'" That's how the conversation began. Then the doctor explained that the scans revealed that two quarter-sized tumors have already grown back in the same area that they had been blasting daily with chemo and radiation.

And that many more smaller tumors were visible all throughout the abdominal region. She said that the cancer was aggressively spreading in spite of all they've been doing.

After receiving the news, Rory says they decided to stop treatment and return home - 'Not to die. But to live." Read more here.

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Adele Scrapped Songs About Motherhood For New Album

(Radio.com) In her first full interview since announcing her new album 25, Adele revealed that she scrapped many songs about motherhood in favor of less "boring" subjects.

The singer, who gave birth to her first son in 2012-after the success of her 2011 album 21-said being a mother didn't necessarily inspire good music. "I did write an album about being a mum but that's pretty boring," she told BBC Radio 1 (via NME). "I scrapped that."

"Getting into the headspace was really difficult. Obviously, now I'm a parent and having such a break off, I kind of fell out of the habit of writing songs." Read more here.

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Duran Duran Receive Video Visionary Award At MTV EMAs

(Radio.com) Duran Duran received a new award on Sunday night's (Oct. 25) MTV EMAs at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy. The long-running group was on hand to accept the MTV Video Visionary Award.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new award honors music pioneers who have made an undeniable impact on music videos throughout the history of the art form.

MTV released a statement saying that the British band's 'sound and strong visual sense have influenced a generation and continue to vibe with music fans the world over."

Duran Duran released the following statement about the honor to The Hollywood Reporter: 'It is no coincidence that our rise was paralleled by the growth and ultimate world domination of MTV. The birth of music videos as a way to simultaneously bring our music to a global audience revolutionized the business. We took this new short form of filmmaking and tried to make it our own." Read more here.

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CeeLo Green Releases New Track 'Mother May I'

(Radio.com) The Grammy Award-winning CeeLo Green has released a new track, "Mother May I," off his upcoming album Heart Blanche. The Mark Ronson-produced song features Green's trademark slick vocals against a slow, steady beat that builds into a funky bridge.

In the song, Green asks his mother for permission to be himself: "I need your, your blessing/ Because your baby was born to be out of control/ It will help me make it home safely/ But I'm still not sure if I want to live to be old."

A gospel-like chorus backs him up, further feeding into the song's handclap-inducing church rhythm. The new album, Heart Blanche, will be released on November 6th. Check out the new song here.

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Beastie Boys The Focus Of New Musical

(Radio.com) An unauthorized musical tale of the Beastie Boys will take place at Camden People's Theatre in London from November 23 to December 12, according to NME. Titled Licensed to Ill, the musical stars Simon Maeder and Adam El Hagar.

The narrative follows Mike D, MCA and AdRock from their start as young teenagers to rap legends. The theater's website states, "Using a mix of live music and DJ-ing, we travel through time from the hiphoppers of late '80s New York to the early '90s gangsters of LA - all the way to the total globalisation of hiphop.

This loud, crazy show - a hiphop history tour and a playful exploration of the rules of cultural appropriation - will have you laughing and gasping in equal measure." Read more here.

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Wiz Khalifa Streaming Two New Tracks

(Radio.com) Wiz Khalifa has released two new tracks. One track 'Just Because" was produced by Harry Fraud and the second song, 'Outsiders," was produced by Big Jerm and Christo.

The rapper took to Soundcloud to share his new music. Khalifa is coming off a huge summer. "See You Again" his Charlie Puth collaboration for the Furious 7 Soundtrack was the first hip hop video to score over one billion views on YouTube.

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.

Check out both new tracks here.

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Justin Bieber Mashes Up Drake's Hotline Bling Dance With Sorry

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber couldn't resist all the memes dancing around Drake's "Hotline Bling" video. With the release of his new song, "Sorry," Biebs posted a GIF that pokes fun of Drake's moves and promotes his new tune.

The GIF shows Drake showing off his zany "Hotline Bling" moves to the sound of Bieber's second Purpose single, "Sorry." e posted a playful message with the image: "Had to. Love this guy. #SORRY."

Fans following Bieber's socials probably saw this coming. Prior to posting his own Dancing Drake, Bieber reposted a clip of Drizzy grooving to his lead single, "What Do You Mean."

Bieber also released a dance video for "Sorry" to hold the place for his official music video and to encourage others to post their own dance clips. Read more and see the posts here.

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Kelly Clarkson Reveals The Sex Of Her New Baby

(Radio.com) Back in August, Kelly Clarkson got very emotional on stage during her performance and shocked fans by announcing she and hubby Brandon Blackstock are having another baby!

The couple already has daughter River Rose, and now fans know if she's gaining a little brother or sister. 'In other news, River's gonna have a little baby brother :)" the singer shared on social media 'We're so excited!"

The little one will be joining River as well as Brandon's children Savannah and Seth from a previous marriage. The happy news comes shortly after Clarkson had to cancel some tour dates due to health issues. Read more here.

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Lenny Kravitz Releases Live 'Strut' Video

(hennemusic) Lenny Kravitz has released an online video stream of his performance of the title track to his 2014 album, "Strut", from his newly-released live concert film, "Just Let Go."

"Strut" - which peaked at No. 19 on the US Billboard 200 - was the rocker's tenth studio album and first since 2011's "Black And White America."

"The record brought me back to a place of what I love so much about music, back to the feelings I had when I was in high school," he explains. "It's a real rock & roll record - it's raw, it's got soul and it came together really quickly."

"Strut" is the third track issued from "Just Let Go" following "The Chamber" and his 1993 smash, "Are You Gonna Go My Way." "Just Let Go" was filmed over three months in late 2014 during the European leg of the singer's world tour in support of the project. Watch the video here.

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Ty Dolla Sign Releases 'Solid' Video Featuring Babyface

(Radio.com) Ty Dolla $ign has been dropping new music left and right in anticipation of his upcoming album release. On Friday he shared a chill video for his track "Solid" featuring Babyface.

The two play an acoustic jam on a picnic table cut in between shots of Ty Dolla $ign and his lady cruising the beach. The rapper plays an acoustic bass while Babyface provides the track with low-key rhythm thanks to an acoustic guitar.

Near the end, the song kicks up a notch with a string section underscoring the two main instruments. Dolla's debut album Free TC drops on November 13. Check out the video here.

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Ellie Goulding Releases New Song 'Lost And Found'

(Radio.com) Ellie Goulding has released a new song called "Lost And Found," the second single off her upcoming album Delirium, which is set to be released on November 6th.

"Lost And Found" blends dance club beats and build-ups with ballad elements, all tinged in subtle 80s synth. Goulding's vocals pop, especially when it comes to the chorus' strong rhythmic meter.

Goulding co-wrote the song with Swedish super producer Max Martin, Carl Falk, Laleh Pourkarim and Joakim Berg, and Martin's penchant for matching lyrics to rhythm shines through the entire song. Check out the song here.

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Rihanna Makes Surprise Appearance At We Can Survive 2015

(Radio.com) After a hit-filled night from a star-studded lineup of this summer's biggest pop radio stars, Rihanna surprised a sold out Hollywood Bowl with an unannounced appearance to close the 2015 edition of CBS Radio's annual We Can Survive benefit show.

Dressed in pinstriped trench coat over a bustier, she stormed through a handful of the biggest songs in her career, opening with 2015 single, 'BBHMM," followed by 'Pour it Up" and older tracks including 'Umbrella" and 'We Found Love" before saying good night with 'Diamonds" and a barrage of fireworks over the iconic Los Angeles venue.

Rihanna's cameo followed a surprisingly varied set from this year's breakout pop star, The Weeknd, who dropped in songs like the older 'House of Balloons" and 'High for This" from his early mix tape trilogy, along with 'Tell Your Friends," 'The Hills" and 'Can't Feel My Face" from his recent Billboard No. 1 full-length, Beauty Behind the Madness. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Kristy Coote's Free Wind

Australian-based pop star Kristy Coote tells us about the inspiration for her hit single "Free Wind," which is the first single from her forthcoming new album "Favourite Things". Here is the story:

Did you ever feel yourself sinking and not realizing why?? It's fear …. Fear I tell you ….people!… 'Free Wind' talks about going down the road less travelled due to fear of change. As one of the line states in the song, "Head first I've heard is the best way. I'm not getting any younger, makes no sense to hold on longer."

The moral to this story is you only have one life and you need to give it all you've got, whatever your dreams may be. I know I'm spreading the cliché once again but it really is true.

I recorded this song in Nashville, TN not knowing at the time that it would be my 1st single off the album. The track was written by Nashville songwriters, Chaise and Jen Bostic. It's got the catchiest melody and it just 'fit' as an example of my new album, 'Favourite Thing,' to come.

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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