B-Sides Report for 10/29/2015

Phil Collins Says That He Is No Longer Retired

(Radio.com) Former Genesis singer and drummer Phil Collins reveals in a new interview with Rolling Stone that he's preparing to work on a new album, and he's planning a tour. This comes after years of Collins saying that he was finished with recording and touring.

The interview revealed that he is recovering from back surgery, and that his doctor told him "That my vital signs were all there. He said to me, 'If you want to play drums again, all you have to do is practice.'"

Collins says that last year, he had rehearsed with former members of his solo band, including bassist Lee Sklar. Drummer Jason Bonham filled in for Collins' long time touring drummer Chester Thompson (which is ironic, as Collins filled in for Bonham's father John at the famously uneven Led Zeppelin reunion performance at Live Aid in 1985). But they only worked together for three weeks.

As far as a Genesis reunion, Collins said he wanted to go out on his own first: "Let's start with this [solo] bit first. I love the guys. I would just prefer to do this first. For now, let's just see how this goes." Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood Headlining TV's New Year's Rockin' Eve

Carrie Underwood fans across the U.S. will be able to rock in the New Year with the country music star this year on network television during ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

The longstanding New Year's Eve television special has tapped Underwood as the headliner for this year's broadcast that will be taking place live from Times Square in New York City.

Carrie had the following to say about headlining the event, "There's nowhere else I'd rather be than New York's Times Square, one of the most magical places in the world, to ring in the New Year. It's going to be a memorable night, and I can't wait to celebrate with the world!"

The broadcast's host Ryan Seacrest adds, "The first time I heard Carrie sing, I knew she would be a superstar, and each year she continues to dominate the charts. I can't wait to see her rock Times Square and ring in 2016 as our headliner."

The broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, December 31.

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Taylor Swift Unplugs For 1989 Anniversary

(popmusiclife) Taylor Swift has released an online video of her stripped-down acoustic performance of her "1989" track, "Out Of The Woods", as she marks the 1-year anniversary of the album's release.

The singer delivered the tune during a private 7-song mini-concert at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on September 30 to celebrate the attendance record of the exhibit The Taylor Swift Experience.

"I'm going to play you a song," introduced Swift, "that I wrote about a relationship that I was in that the number one feeling I felt in the whole relationship was anxiety, because it felt very fragile, it felt very tentative. And it always felt like, 'Okay what's the next roadblock? What's the next thing that's gonna deter this? How long do we have before this turns into just an awful mess and we break up - is it a month, is it three days?'"

"And so I think a lot of relationships can be very solid and that's kind of what you hope for - solid and healthy - but that's not always what you get. And it doesn't mean that it's not special and extraordinary just to have a relationship that's fragile and somehow meaningful in that fragility."

Swift wraps up the North American leg of her 1989 world tour in Miami on October 31 before heading to the Far East for shows next month in Singapore, China and Australia. Watch the acoustic performance here.

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Rapper Action Bronson Has Emergency Surgery

(Radio.com) Queens rapper Action Bronson was hospitalized while on location in Alaska filming his series for Vice, F**k That's Delicious. Although the specific reason for Action's trip to the hospital wasn't disclosed, we do know he underwent emergency surgery on October 27.

The rapper turned food show host posted a photo of himself in the hospital bed and seemed like he was in good spirits. Bronson captioned the picture, "Well, this Alaska trip turned into me having emergency surgery."

The posts leading up to the hospital photo showed an array of different dishes the Vice Records artist sampled. He tasted raw and cooked whale, baked whitefish with rendered sea oil, and caribou stew.

Some fans reacted negatively to Action Bronson trying the exotic foods and he called them out on Twitter. Bronson wrote, "Don't ever knock someone else's heritage and what they eat just because it's not familiar to you. Native people live off the land, try it."

Take a look at some of Bronson's Instagram photos leading up to his hospitalization here.

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Suge Knight and Katt Williams Plead Not Guilty To Robbery

(Radio.com) Rap mogul Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams pleaded not guilty to robbery charges on Tuesday (Oct. 27). The next hearing in the robbery case is scheduled for Nov. 30. No trial date has been set.

The two are accused of taking a camera from a paparazzi photographer in September of 2014. The last time they appeared in court, Suge held up a happy birthday sign to his son, to be seen on the courtroom's cameras.

According to AP (via USA Today), Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen warned against any similar stunts this time. "If he does it again, I will shackle his hands to a chair," Coen said. Read more here.

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Madonna Joined On Stage By Katy Perry At L.A. Concert

(popmusiclife) Katy Perry joined Madonna on stage at The Forum in Los Angeles on Tuesday during the Material Girl's performance of "Unapologetic Bitch" and video of the collaboration has made its way online.

Perry was pulled from the crowd and brought to center stage as Madonna and her dancers delivered the final song of the show's regular set. Madonna spanked and grinded on Perry as the tune wrapped up, with Katy saying "Thanks, Mom!"

Madonna then thanked her guest and offered her a drink from a banana flask to mark the occasion. "Sharing a Banana with Katy Perry‼," posted Madonna after the concert. "Highlight of my show at the Forum!"

"Well, that was unrehearsed," Perry tweeted. "ILY @madonna my QUEEN." Madonna will wrap up the North American leg of her Rebel Heart tour on October 29 in San Diego, CA. She'll return to live action in January with dates in Mexico and more US shows. Watch the performance here.

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5 Seconds Of Summer Perform Hey Everybody On Jimmy Fallon

(popmusiclife) 5 Seconds Of Summer performed their new single, "Hey Everybody!", on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday and video of the performance has been posted online.

The tune is the second track issued from their newly-released second album, "Sounds Good Feels Good." Billboard reports the project is on track to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week.

According to industry forecasters, "Sounds Good Feels Good" is estimated to sell around 185,000 equivalent album units in its opening week. The Australian band's 2014 self-titled debut record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last year with 259,000 copies sold in its first week. Watch the Fallon performance here.

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Adele Believes Amy Winehouse Documentary Went Too Far

(Radio.com) The discomforting film Amy, that documents Amy Winehouse's rise and tragic fall has had an effect on fellow singer and Amy fan, Adele. While Adele continues praise Amy the singer, she said Amy the film went too far into the fallen singer's life.

The documentary Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia, includes patched together early footage of Winehouse and several voicemail messages from the late singer.

"I got super emotional with the funeral footage," Adele told i-D in a recently published interview. "But I wasn't really that into the saved voicemails and stuff like that. I felt like I was intruding so I actually felt a little bit uncomfortable and that ruined it for me. I love watching her, but I kind of wish I hadn't seen it. But you know, I love Amy. I always have, I always will." Read more here.

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U2 Jam With Noel Gallagher At London Concert

(hennemusic) Former Oasis leader Noel Gallagher joined U2 for the encore of their October 26 show at London's 02 Arena and video of the jam has been posted online.

"We'd like to bring out one of my heroes, one of the band's heroes, to help us with this next tune," said Bono. "Will you welcome to the stage, the High-Flying Bird himself, Noel Gallagher."

The rocker joined U2 for their 1987 classic, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", which segued into The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" to close out the show.

The concert was the second of six sold-out dates at London's O2 Arena as part of U2's "Innocence + Experience" tour. The European leg is scheduled to wrap up late next month with four shows in the band's hometown of Dublin, Ireland. Watch the video here.

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Rick Rubin To Be Honored By The Grammy Awards

(Radio.com) Rick Rubin will be honored during the next week long GRAMMY celebration. The annual Producers & Engineers Wing event celebrates the contributions of technical professionals in the recording field.

"Rick Rubin has said he has one rule regarding his recording process, 'The only rule is that it's not done until it's great,'" said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy in a prepared statement.

"His contributions to music and to the artists he's worked with prove that Rick is beyond simply great. He is remarkable. We look forward to celebrating this musical icon and his pioneering career, which continues to inspire and climb to new heights." Read more here.

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Macklemore's Real Life Thrift Shop Set For Closure

(Radio.com) The Value Village thrift store where Macklemore filmed the music video for his hit single "Thrift Shop" will close soon, according to a report from The Seattle Times.

The Capitol Hill-located thrift store has been in the neighborhood since 1996. A spokesperson for the company cited "unfortunate, certain business conditions" that have made it impossible to continue leasing the space, which has been on a month-to-month basis for some time.

Macklemore took to his Twitter account to share his displeasure over the news with a booming "Ah hell no!!!" followed by the link to the original story. Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Announces Halsey Duet 'The Feeling'

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber has amassed an impressive list of featured artist for his new album Purpose, which is set to drop on November 13. In addition to Ariana Grande, Travi$ Scott and Ed Sheeran, Bieber announced via Twitter that Halsey will join him for a song, titled "The Feeling."

Like "What Do U Mean" and "Sorry," Skrillex produced the track. Halsey recently performed on BBC 1 Radio, where she sang a few tracks off her own album, Badlands. Included in that set was a mashup of The Weeknd and Justin Bieber that quickly grabbed the Internet's attention.

In addition to Bieber's social media announcement, Halsey posted a video of her trying to explain the collaboration on Instagram, but she gets adorably tongue-tied and leaves it up to the video's caption instead. Read more here.

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R. Kelly Recruits Lil Wayne And Jeremih For New Track 'Switch Up'

(Radio.com) R. Kelly has released a new song titled "Switch Up" that features guest appearances from Lil Wayne and Jeremih, ahead of his forthcoming Buffet album due out in November.

The new track finds Kells boasting about his sexual prowess and his playa status. And when his sexual conquest becomes too "comfy" with their relationship, he says he's "about to hit you with the switch up."

Lil Wayne follows suit with his X-rated innuendo: "Body like a pin-up," Weezy raps, "I hit it with my chin up, tell her call her friend up, and if she acts stuck up, there is plenty of fish in the sea with a fin up'"

R. Kelly's forthcoming album, Buffet, is set for a November 20 release. Listen to "Switch Up" here.

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Rihanna Cast In New Sci-Fi Film 'Valerian'

(Radio.com) Pop diva Rihanna is making her way back to the silver screen. She was cast in a new sci-fi film called Valerian, which is being helmed as the same director of The Fifth Element, Luc Besson.

Rihanna will star alongside Oscar nominated actor Clive Owen, model Cara Delevingne, and Dane DeHaan. The film will be adapted by Besson from a 1960s French graphic novel series.

Luc Besson posted the Rihanna casting news on his Instagram page earlier today (Oct. 28). Luc said he was excited for the Bajan bombshell to have a role in the film and said she had a "big part," although no one is actually certain what that really means.

Valerian is set to begin production at the end of the year and has a tentative date of release scheduled for July 21, 2017. Read more here.

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The 1975 Parody Miley Cyrus, Harry Styles, Elvis In New Video

(Radio.com) The 1975 have released the video for their funky song "Love Me." The track is the first single from their forthcoming second album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.

The colorful parody video was directed by Diane Martel and features the band performing alongside of cardboard cut-outs of celebs including a very young Miley Cyrus, Harry Styles, Elvis Presley, Ed Sheeran and more.

According to a press release the clip delivers the "post-ironic self-indulgent performance parodies rock and roll in the digital age and the self-constructed mythology of the iPhone generation."

Frontman Matthew Healy released the following statement about the video: 'With 'Love Me' we wanted to capture the neon-hued enthralling acquisition of success and excess, the screaming momentum, the sexy daze. Everything is REDICULOUS! But, is it? The only art worth any investment is art that makes one feel personally addressed. A simple truth, or set of truths, that galvanises an awareness and passion within an individual and in doing so immerses the individual into a sense of shared experience and community founded upon that same personal connection or experience. Too many artists care what others think. We are for the 'community'! A non-linear observation on everything that has been and what will become. A lack of understanding of the world we are living in. The post-ironic notion of the modern world. Selfie mythologizing. Creating how we consume. Fragments of culture. Not settling for what you're given. WE'VE JUST COME TO REPRESENT A DECLINE IN THE STANDARDS OF WHAT WE ACCEPT." Watch the video here.

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Rick Ross Releases Video For New Single 'Bill Gates'

(Radio.com) Miami rapper Rick Ross has released a new music video for his song "Bill Gates," which is the third single he has released from the forthcoming Black Dollar album.

The video shows Rick Ross living the high life. He travels in private jets, hangs out with players from the Houston Texans, and is driven around in his luxurious whip while his fiancee Lira Galore keeps count of his stacks of cash. After all, what's the point of having it all if you can't share it with someone?

Previously, Ross released his remixes to "White Iverson" and "Stick Talk" from the Black Dollar project. These latest music deliveries are just to tide fans over until his album Black Market is ready to be shared with the world. There's no official date as to when that will be. Watch the new video here.

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Kendrick Lamar Releases NSFW 'These Walls' Video

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar has released an explicit music video for his track "These Walls." The clip begins with two prisoners relating the story of how they found themselves in jail, they blame Kendrick.

A point of view camera then navigates a crazy party, which features some pretty intense (and humorous) grinding. Then Terry Crews shows up. "These Walls" is the fifth single from Kendrick's critically acclaimed third album To Pimp A Butterfly and features Thundercat, Anna Wise and Bilal.

Lamar is currently on the road, playing intimate venues on his Kunta's Groove Sessions Tour, check out the remaining dates and watch the new "These Walls" video here.

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Singled Out: Andy Hackbarth' Mountains

Americana songwriter Andy Hackbarth from tells us the story behind the song "Mountains" from his brand new album "Panorama Motel," which was released earlier this month. Here is the story:

Mountains - this was one of the last tunes I wrote for the project (Panorama Motel) - it was months after the split. I was starting to come around a bit; get out and enjoy Colorado, meet new people, "find myself" again as it were. Around the time I wrote "Mountains," I was hanging out quite a bit with this free-spirited, peace-and-love neo-hippy type in Boulder, who turned out to be a very positive influence on me - good for my general well-being and overall "getting over" phase. She also sort of forced me into listening to upbeat music again, which was a big part of deciding to write an upbeat beach/Afro-Pop-ish tune like "Mountains."

And of course, I was born and raised in the Colorado mountains, so I guess I've always thought of that as square one, the place you return to when everything is falling apart. Although the song is written/sung to a girl, it was essentially a pep-talk for myself. The opening few lines, "Maybe your bones are heavy, maybe your hands are weak, maybe you're walking the tightrope, maybe you're walking the plank. Maybe you're stuck in motion, maybe you're buried deep, but baby despair don't suit you, and you don't need it anyway..." - I was really directing all of that at myself.

And I think I had decided to have a llama star in the music video before the song had even been fully-written. ;-)

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about the album right here!

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