B-Sides Report for 10/28/2015

Carrie Underwood Announces In The Round Tour

Carrie Underwood has announced that she will be hitting the road in North American early next year for a tour 'in the round' in support of her new studio album "Storyteller."

The Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round will feature support from Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers and will be kicking off on January 30th in Jacksonville, FL at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and conclude on May 30th in London, ON at the Budweiser Gardens.

The county music star had the following to say about the trek, "I can't wait to play new music from Storyteller for the fans. I am so blessed to have this career and get to do to the things I do, but there is nothing like that moment when I get to step onto the stage to sing and all the fans are singing along with me." See the tour dates here.

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Kenny Chesney Announces 2016 Stadium Tour

Country music star Kenny Chesney has announced that he will be launching a new North American stadium tour next spring and summer that will be dubbed the Spread the Love tour.

Chesney has revealed dates that span from April through August with more dates still to be announced. The shows will feature support from Miranda Lambert and Old Dominion, with Sam Hunt joining the bill on select dates and a "surprise artist" taking the slot on the other dates.

The eleven announced dates kick off on April 23rd in Auburn, Ala. at the Jordan Hare Stadium and conclude on August 20th in East Rutherford, N.J. at the MetLife Stadium.

Chesney had the following to say about the trek, "People always want to know about the stadiums because it's a big show… a lot of music… and the kind of day people come together and celebrate friendship.

"We know a lot of people travel to these dates from all over, so to give them as much time as possible to get ready, I figured it'd be nice to get these out in front of our other shows! There could be a stadium date or two added, but for everyone who's asking, let's get next year started, right now." See the tour dates here.

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One Direction Breaks Beatles Record With New Single 'Perfect'

(Radio.com) British boy band One Direction have broken a record set by the Beatles with their latest single "Perfect." Billboard reports that One Direction's new single debuted at the No. 10 spot on the Hot 100.

"Perfect" is the group's fifth song to debut in the top 10, which is one more than the Fab Four. Although this is the fifth top 10 debut for 1D, "Perfect" is the second one from their forthcoming album Made in the AM, due out on Nov. 13.

The album's lead single "Drag Me Down" hit the charts at No. 3 when it was sent to radio back in August. One Direction may have bested The Beatles, but they still have captured the overall record. Find out who holds that here.

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Pharrell Williams' 'Blurred Lines' Testimony Video Goes Online

(Radio.com) Pharrell Williams is not happy in video deposition from the "Blurred Lines" case, wherein he faces off against an aggressive lawyer. Marvin Gaye estate's attorney Richard Busch badgers Pharrell over whether the musician can indeed read music notes, to which Pharrell repeatedly answers: "I'm not comfortable."

The lawyer pressed on, asking for specific names of notes. When Pharrell didn't answer Busch responded, "That's because you actually can't read musical notes, can you!?"

Earlier in 2015, the estate of Marvin Gaye won a lawsuit against Pharrell over similarities between 'Blurred Lines" -the Robin Thicke song produced by Pharrell-and Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up." The Gaye estate was initially awarded $7.4 million.

In the video, Pharrell admits to writing most of the lyrics and creating the production and the chorus ("blurred lines," "good girl," and "hey, hey, hey") to the song in question. When asked if he thinks the music is similar to Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," Pharrell answers clearly.

"I see when people say they feel that, I understand that," he says. "The truth of the matter is silk and rayon are two different things. They just feel the same."

Later, when further pressed about the similarities, he responded: "I did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye."

Check out the video here.

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Dave Gahan and Soulsavers Premiere The First Holographic Music Video

(Radio.com) Dave Gahan and Soulsavers have released their video for "All Of This And Nothing" and it's anything but ordinary. The video offers something never seen before--a full holographic experience.

Watching the video on a flat screen, as seen above, offers an interesting experience but hardly as remarkable as when viewed on a smartphone or tablet with a clear plastic pyramid set atop the screen. The result is a truly 3-dimensional view of Gahan, viewable from all sides. Think of Disney's haunted mansion where Madame Leota's head mysteriously floats inside a crystal ball.

The mesmerizing visuals were created by Fourclops, a directorial team headed up by Eli Stomberg and Jeff Greco. The duo is known among record labels and music producers "for combining technology with video in interesting innovative and new ways," says Stomberg in an interview with Radio.com.

Although the visual trickery has been used by Disney, Tupac, Chief Keef and most memorably by Princess Leia, the difference is that now people can experience it at home with a mobile device.

"Our goal is to try to get as many people as possible to enjoy video in this new form," explains Greco. Read more and watch the video here.

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Ex-Roommate Makes Startling Accusation About Bobbi Kristina Brown

(Radio.com) More information abut the death of Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, have emerged through recently released court papers. A deposition from Danyela Bradley, a former roommate of Brown, was released on Monday (Oct. 26).

Bradley was at the house where Brown was found in a bathtub unresponsive back in January. In the deposition, Bradley says Bobbi Kristina was known to abuse drug.

"She smoked marijuana, she probably smoked crack often and also did heroin," Bradley said in the deposition, as reported by People. Bradley admitted that she never saw Bobbi Kristina use heroin, but was clear that she used. "When I was living with her, she had done it maybe, like, not often, like every two weeks or so." Read more here.

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George Strait Extends Strait to Vegas Shows Into 2017

Country music star George Strait has extended his upcoming "Strait to Vegas" concert series at the Las Vegas Arena into 2017 after the previously announced 2016 shows sold out.

Strait has added two new dates to the concert series beginning with Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 and concluding with Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. While Kacey Musgraves has been announced the support act for the 2016 dates, the 2017 opening act is still to be determined.

Strait had the following to say about the upcoming concert series, "I've missed stepping on stage and playing that first note…hearing the crowd sing in unison…there's just nothing like it. I'd be lying if I said it didn't feel good to know that the fans have missed me too."

Previously announced dates include April 22nd and 23rd, September 9th and 10th,and December 2nd and 3rd. Tickets for the new dates will be on pre-sale between October 30th and November 5th, with regular ticket sales beginning on November 6th. Find more details here.

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Hank Williams Jr. Announces New Album and TV Jam With Eric Church

Bocephus is back! Country music icon Hank Williams Jr. announced that he will be releasing his new studio album, entitled "It's About Time," on January 15, 2016 and he will perform the first single on national television next week.

Williams teamed with Eric Church for the lead track from the new album "Are You Ready for the Country" which is set to be released on November 4th and Williams and Church will perform the song during the 49th Annual CMA Awards broadcast on ABC TV that same night.

The new album was produced by Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Cheap Trick). "It's About Time" features guest appearances from Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Brad Paisley. Check out the tracklisting here.

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Adele Opens Up About Motherhood and Fearing Fame

(Radio.com) Since giving birth to her son, Adele has learned just what it takes to continue writing music, performing and raising a child. She recently spoke with i-D for their Here and Now issue, where she opened up about motherhood and her different, "low-key" approach to fame.

Adele rarely discusses her personal life in much detail, but she did touch on motherhood, albeit briefly, admitting, 'It's f-- hard. I thought it would be easy. 'Everyone f-- does it, how hard can it be?' Ohhhhh… I had no idea. It is hard but it's phenomenal. It's the greatest thing I ever did. It used to be that my own world revolved around me, but now it has to revolve around him."

In the face of her massive successes, she's managed to stay grounded. If anything, fame is something she continues to be wary of because of how much it can change a person. "I'm just frightened of it, you know?" she says. "Frightened of it destroying me and it ruining me, and me getting lost and turning into some of the people that I love with my whole musical heart. I get frightened. And I get frightened for the people that I love, feeling like they've lost me.

"It's basically a bit like Stars In Their Eyes when you go into the smoke and you come out as someone else. I get worried of them looking at me going into the smoke and never coming out. It's a bit toxic, fame. I've got enough toxins in me body, I don't need any of that!" Read her views on social media here.

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August Alsina Releases New Track 'Song Cry'

(Radio.com) New Orleans singer August Alsina released the new single "Song Cry" on Tuesday (Oct. 27) after posting a trailer for the track online on Monday. The song, produced by Brandon "Bam" Hodges, finds the young R&B singer working through personal disappointments and demons.

August Alsina borrows from two musical giants to set the emotional tone. He borrows the title from Jay Z's deeply personal track of the same name, and sings portions of The Isley Brothers' 1996 hit "Tears." Alsina sings, "I can't hold back my tears. Let me cry."

Judging from the pain he shares, he could definitely use a good crying session. Alsina discusses how trying to buy his mother's affection failed, not receiving as much love from his peers as he thought he would, and he even reveals how life's pressures caused him to think about suicide. Check out the new song and read more here.

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Fabolous Releases Video For 'We Good' Featuring Rich Homie Quan

(Radio.com) Brooklyn rapper Fabolous is still releasing music videos for songs off his 2014 mixtape The Young OG. His latest offering is the Rich Homie Quan-assisted song "We Good."

The new music video, like many of Fab's other visuals, is inspired by a classic film, in this case the Hughes Brothers 1995 caper film Dead Presidents.

The rapper and his girlfriend put on the iconic face paint for a bank heist. As you can imagine, things don't go as planned and the couple has to find a way to survive. Watch the new clip here.

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Zac Brown, Demi Lovato, More Added To Lionel Richie MusicCares Show

Additional big name music stars have been added to the lineup for the MusiCares Person Of The Year gala in Los Angeles next February that will be honoring Lionel Richie.

Zac Brown, The Roots, Stevie Wonder Lenny Kravitz, Demi Lovato, Usher, and John Legend have added to the performance lineup for the February 13th event that will be taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

They will join the previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Pharrell Williams. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute gala is part of the Grammy Week celebrations leading up to the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which will be broadcast live by CBS.

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Kid Cudi Announces Release Date For Speedin' Bullet to Heaven 2 Album

(Radio.com) Kid Cudi tweeted the upcoming release date for his new album Speedin' Bullet to Heaven 2, which is set to be released as double-disc set on December 4.

Speedin' Bullet to Heaven 2's first disc featuring the entire album, and the second featuring a host of bonus material, including demos, unreleased tracks and outtakes, according to Rap-up.com.

Earlier in October, Kid Cudi shared two new tracks from the project. Titled "Wedding Tux" and "Judgemental C-," the alternative-rock based songs feature Kid Cudi's scratchy, screeching vocals and provide an appropriately paired look at what's to come. Read more here.

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Fetty Wap and French Montana Release 'Coke Zoo' Mixtape

(Radio.com) In the spirit of mixtape collaborations, Fetty Wap and French Montana released their Coke Zoo set Monday (October 26) night as well as a video for "Freaky."

The set, which was posted to Datpiff opens with P. Diddy talking about what he's offered the hip-hop community. The set contains production influences and performances from French's Coke Boys camp as well as Fetty's Zoo Gang team. There's also a feature from Chris Brown, who mellows out "Gansta's Way."

The Fetty-French connection hits as the trend of mixtape collaboration builds, following Drake and Future's What a Time to be Alive. But French says he was ahead of the trend and wants everyone to know he's always been up for team tapes.

In a response to a tweet from a fan who questioned the bandwagon effect of French and Fetty's Coke Zoo collabo, French was sure to set the record straight.

"I did 3 tapes with max b 5 years ago you been under a rock homeboy we started the wave," French said. Check to the video for "Freaky" and grab the link for the mixtape download here.

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Statler Brothers' Jimmy Fortune Releases Hits & Hymns

(Webster) Statler Brothers' Jimmy Fortune has released his latest solo album "Hits & Hymns" which features collaborations with Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs and more. We were sent the following details

"Teaming up with Bill Gaither has been one of the best moves that I've made since beginning my solo career," Fortune. "Ben Isaacs did a wonderful job producing this. I hope everyone has a chance to check this out, and it will inspire people the way that it has inspired me."

The new release is accompanied by a Bill Gaither-hosted TV special and is currently airing on various television networks and channels throughout November. See the broadcast schedule here.

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The Oak Ridge Boys Inducted Into The Country Music Hall of Fame

(Webster) The Oak Ridge Boys were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Sunday, October 25, 2015. We were sent the following details about the event:

Alongside fellow 2015 Inductees Jim Ed Brown and The Browns, and studio session great Grady Martin, The Oak Ridge Boys were feted with heartfelt testimonials and memorable performances of songs they made famous. The artists paying tribute varied widely in ages, backgrounds, and styles, which underscored the eclectic nature and crossover appeal of the musical contributions of the artists being honored.

"These men and women distinguished themselves through virtuosity, harmony and heart," said Jody Williams, BMI executive and trustee on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Board of Officers and Trustees. Williams filled in for the ceremony's usual host, museum CEO Kyle Young, whose mother died on October 13.

"They have made music that endures through decades," Williams continued. "Tonight, we honor them-respectfully, formally, and enthusiastically-as country music masters."

The inductions focus on paying tribute to the inductees, celebrating their stories with spoken and musical tributes and original videos that draw on photos, interviews and performances found in materials lovingly collected in the museum's Frist Library and Archive. The result conveys the special talents, personalities and unique stories of each new Hall of Fame member and underscores why each inductee deserves the prestigious honor.

For the musical portion of the tribute for The Oak Ridge Boys Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, an emergency replacement for Chris and Morgane Stapleton, whose travel plans were interrupted by flooding in Texas, performed "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight." The Rodney Crowell song had been a #1 hit in 1980 for the Oak Ridge Boys.

Next, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed a delicate, touching version of the love song "I'll Be True to You," The Oak Ridge Boys' first #1 hit, in 1978. With Brooks on acoustic guitar as the only musical accompaniment, Yearwood sang two verses, with her husband on harmony. Brooks took the last verse, and Yearwood joined in for the final chorus. read more here.

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