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B-Sides Report for 10/30/2015



Adele Breaks Miley Cyrus Video Viewership Record

Adele appears to have picked up where she left off with her blockbuster "21" album as the video for her surprise return single "Hello" has broken a viewership record on Vevo.

The "Hello" video was viewed over 100 million times in the first five days of its release on the online video platform, earning Adele the honor of being the artist to score the Vevo "certified" ranking in the fewest days.

The record was previously held by Miley Cyrus for her provocative music video for the track "Wrecking Ball" which reached the "certified" status of 100 million views in just six days upon its release in September of 2013.

Adele's "Hello" video got off to a strong start after its premiere on October 23rd, having over 27 million views in just the first 24 hours of release, beating the previous first day debut record set by Taylor Swift with her "Bad Blood" video back in May with 20.1 million.

The song is the first single from Adele's forthcoming album "25", which will be released on November 20th. At press time the video has had over 147 million views. Watch it here.

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School of Seven Bells Announce Final Album, Streaming Preview

School of Seven Bells have announced that they will be releasing their final studio album, entitled SVIIB, in February of next year and Alejandra Deheza shared the background story for the new effort and a preview clip.

Deheza writes, "Benjamin and I wrote this record during a tour break in the summer of 2012. I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives. What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could deliver, but even that wouldn't stop the vision for this record from being realized.

"This is a love letter from start to finish. It's the story of us starting from that first day we met in 2004, and that's the story of School of Seven Bells. So much love to all of you. Thank you for being a constant light in our lives. This record is for you <3 -Alejandra" Check out the preview here.

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Taylor Swift Files Counter Suit Against Her Alleged Groper

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift is fighting back at a man who allegedly groped her at a 2013 meet-and-greet, filing a countersuit against the former radio show host on Wednesday (Oct. 28).

According to People, David Mueller, the former radio host who is at the center of her countersuit, filed a suit against Swift first after he was fired from his job based on allegations that he groped Swift back in 2013. Mueller blamed "his superior" at the radio station KYGO, Eddie Haskell.

"Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault - it was Mueller - and she is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr. Haskell, was the culprit," the countersuit states, as reported by People. "Resolution of this Counterclaim will demonstrate that Mueller alone was the perpetrator of the humiliating and wrongful conduct targeted against Ms. Swift, and will serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts." Read more here.

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Action Bronson Explains Reason For Hospitalization

(Radio.com) Earlier this week, when Action Bronson announced on social media that his trip to Alaska where he was filming an episode of his traveling food show F-, That's Delicious resulted in a hospital stay many in the media (including Radio.com) presumed that he was a victim of food poisoning of some sort.

That was not the case, and Bronson soon took to Twitter to clarify. Over the course of a few tweets, he said, "No, Native Alaskan food had nothing to do with me ending up in the hospital, sounds good tho. It was an umbilical hernia incarceration. It happened in 2010 while I was deadlifting 10 plates with no belt and just being a young animal. Take care of yourselves because it could happen to anyone."

"10 plates" likely means he was deadlifting close to 500 pounds, and "no belt" is a reference to the fact that he wasn't wearing a weight belt at the time; weight belts help to support the lower back when lifting large amounts. Read more here.

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Tupac Interview Released Where He Details Quad Studio Shooting

(Radio.com) Journalist Kevin Powell is on the promotional trail for his book The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood, which hit retailers on October 27. He recently sat for an interview with Complex where he opened up about his relationship with the late rapper Tupac Shakur during his time as a writer for Vibe Magazine.

"I felt like 'Pac represented really where hip-hop was," said Powell. "This young black male who represented the street side of things, but he also was intellectual. This dude had gone to the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts. He was quoting Shakespeare. He could go back and forth. So in an interesting way, 'Pac was kind of a combination of like Public Enemy and N.W.A, elements of both were happening in him. There wasn't a lot of folks like that."

Powell released a portion of an interview in which Tupac describes the night he was shot outside of New York's Quad Recording Studio, the incident that ignited the feud between himself and Biggie Smalls.

Although that interview is now public, the names remain censored over twenty years later. "People are still alive. People have to understand, it got so crazy during that time, not only did Tupac and Biggie get killed, if people actually did their research, a lot of folks got killed over a course of a couple of years," the author explained.

Powell plans to begin working on a biography of the late rapper and has already received the blessing from Pac's mother Afeni Shakur. Listen to the audio from Tupac's interview with Kevin Powell here.

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Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato Added To The American Music Awards

Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato and Walk The Moon have been added as performers at the 2015 American Music Awards, which will be broadcast live on network television next month.

The annual awards show, where American fans vote to select their national and international favorites among various pop music categories, is set to be broadcast on Sunday, November 22 at 8:00pm ET on the ABC television network.

5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, One Direction and Carrie Underwood had previously been announced as performers at the show with Jennifer Lopez set to host and perform.

The 2015 Song of The Year nominees include Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth "See You Again," Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk!," Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud," Taylor Swift "Blank Space" and The Weeknd "Can't Feel My Face."

The 2015 Artist of the Year nominees include Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and The Weeknd. See the full list of nominees here.

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Keith Urban To Get Country Music Hall Of Fame Exhibit

(Radio.com) Keith Urban is the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that is set to open in November. The exhibit, titled "Keith Urban So Far," follows Urban's rise to the top of Country music charts.

According to Rolling Stone, fans will be able to see Urban's unique artifacts, such as his 1989 Fender Custom Shop 40th Anniversary Telecaster and the Levinson Blade electric guitar that he played on the first of his 19 No. One hits, "But for the Grace of God."

There will also be handwritten songs and the shirt he wore on the cover of his self-titled 1999 debut LP. "Keith Urban So Far," will open on Nov. 20 and run through May 2016. Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood 'Freaks Out' When Celebrity Crush Tweets Her

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood must be a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan. She revealed to US Weekly that she digs Sir Patrick Stewart hard. 'Always have, always will," Carrie stated in the magazine's 25 Things You Don't Know About Me section.

In a fun twist, Stewart got wind of Underwood's "massive crush" and tweeted out a very droll response. "@carrieunderwood's words excite me more than the solid results of my recent bone density scan," he wrote.

Carrie, of course, didn't keep her composure long upon learning that her celebrity crush knew she existed. "FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW!!! HE KNOWS I'M ALIVE!!!!!!!!" she tweeted, "Play it cool, Carrie…play it cool…"

Check out the humorous exchange here.

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One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Reportedly Trashes Hotel Room

(Radio.com) One Direction's Louis Tomlinson is reportedly living a lyric straight out of the group's current single "Perfect," which features the line "But if you like causing trouble up in hotel rooms."

The 23-year-old was allegedly escorted out of the Malmaison Hotel in Newcastle, England at 4am on Tuesday (Oct 27) for trashing his hotel room. One Direction performed earlier that night at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

A spokesperson for the Malmaison Hotel confirmed to BBC Newsbeat that "a guest" was removed from the establishment, but would not give further specifics. Read more here.

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Cage The Elephant Release 'Mess Around' Video

(Radio.com) Cage The Elephant have released a new music video for "Mess Around," the first single from their upcoming album Tell Me I'm Pretty. The video for the track was directed by Georges Melies and features footage from the Lobster Films collection.

Fans can purchase the single when it goes on sale at all digital retailers on today (Oct 30). The album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, and recorded at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville.

'With this record, we wanted to be more transparent," said singer Matt Shultz in a prepared statement. 'We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that." Watch the video and read more here.

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Sam Smith On Writing Bond Spectre Theme Without Seeing the Film

(Radio.com) As the singer and co-writer of "Writing's on the Wall," the theme song to the new James Bond film, Spectre, one would assume Sam Smith would have watched the film weeks or months ago.

But when asked to see it by director Sam Mendes, Smith declined in favor of attending the London premiere with his family, which finally happened Monday night. So, how did Smith pen a song about a film he hadn't seen?

While speaking with Radio.com backstage last weekend at We Can Survive, Smith explained that he'd been well briefed on the film by Mendes and Barbara [Broccoli], the late Albert Broccoli's daughter. Broccoli produced the majority of the Bond films.

"I got given the script and I sat with Barbara [Broccoli] and Sam Mendes and I know everything about the film--everything's that gonna happen--cause it's so important--when you see the song in the beginning of the film it makes sense." Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Involved In New Netflix Series

(Radio.com) Singer/actress Selena Gomez will be heading back to television. The Hollywood Reporter reports Netflix ordered thirteen episodes of a drama series called 13 Reasons Why, which will be executive produced by Gomez.

The series is based on the young adult books of the same name written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Brian Yorkey. The show focuses on a meek California high school student who discovers a box full of cassettes on his doorstep.

The tapes are from a classmate who recently committed suicide named Hanna Barker. The cassettes are designated for thirteen students and explain the role each played in Hanna's death. Read more here.

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Foals Cover Florence And The Machine's 'What Kind Of Man'

(Radio.com) Foals are the latest artist to turn in a great cover on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. The English rock band performed a blistering version of Florence + The Machine's "What Kind Of Man" from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

The band also incorporated a bit of the title track from their current album What Went Down into their cover. "Florence writes some serious vocal lines," says lead singer Yannis Philippakis, but he pulls it off.

Foals are on a roll, earlier this month the band was honored as Best Act in the World at the Q Awards, a distinction previously bestowed on to Coldplay, Muse, U2, and Radiohead. The band has handful of US dates remaining before the end of year, check them out and the cover performance here.

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Future Releases Music Video For 'Stick Talk'

(Radio.com) Future has released a new music video for the track "Stick Talk." The clip, which was directed by Eif Rivera, features Future performing the Dirty Sprite 2 track in an abandoned parking garage and other dimly lit locations, as police cruise the periphery.

It's been a prolific year for Future, in addition to DS2, he also released What a Time to Be Alive, a collaborative project with Drake. Even more new music could be on the way, the Atlanta rapper has been teasing his forthcoming mixtape Monster 2.

Speculation is that the tape will drop soon, as the original Monster came out just in time for Halloween of 2014. For now, fans can watch the new "Stick Talk" video here.

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