B-Sides Report for 09/03/2015

Avril Lavigne and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger Split Up

Pop singer Avril Lavigne announced via social media that she and her husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, have separated after two years of marriage.

Lavigne posted the following message on her Instagram account on Wednesday (September 2nd), "It is with a heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today.

"Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we've created many unforgettable moments. We are still and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other. To all our family, friends and fans, thank you sincerely for the support." See the post here.

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Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard Releases Surprise 'Thunderbitch' Album

(Radio.com) Alabama Shakes's Brittany Howard surprised fans with a brand new 10-song LP, released under the eponym Thunderbitch on Wednesday (September 2nd) via the project's official website.

Joining Howard in the group are members of other Nashville bands including Fly Golden Eagle and Clear Plastic Masks but the official site lists the members as Thunderbitch, Matt Man, B Bone, ThunderMitch, Char Man and A Man.

According to Rolling Stone, the band is not new--Thunderbitch played in a restaurant shortly after Alabama Shakes was nominated for several Grammy Awards. Read more here.

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Kevin Gates Responds To Female Fan Kicking Incident With New Song

(Radio.com) Rapper Kevin Gates has released a new track titled, "The Truth," to address an incident last Friday in which he kicked a female fan in the chest from the stage during a performance at a club in Florida.

After footage went viral and his twitter response of threats of retaliation left many uneasy, Gates apparently decided the best way to formally respond was through music.

According to the lyrics in the song, Gates claims that the woman repeatedly grabbed his private parts and had received a warning. Furthermore, claims Gates, his children go with him to every performance.

Gates' lyrical statements appear contradictory to the woman's online statement who claims that she was merely standing in front of the woman who grabbed at him. She said in a post "he had no business touching me" and she spoke of plans to sue Gates. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that the real story will come out as the woman has since deleted her comments and stopped commenting on the matter.

Listen to the NSFW track here.

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'Dancing With The Stars' New Season Cast Revealed

(Radio.com) The full cast of "Dancing With The Stars" has been announced with several musicians among the many wonderfully odd choices to play the fish-out-of-water role alongside professional dancers.

The cast was released on Good Morning America Wednesday (Sept. 2) morning and includes musicians such as Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, Chaka Khan, Tamar Braxton who will compete on the 21st season of DWTS opening on Sept. 14.

There are the usual curve balls like the embattled chef Paula Deen and eccentric actor Gary Busey. See the full list of celebs and their professional partners for season 21 here.

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Death Row Records Biopic Film Now In The Works

(Radio.com) With Straight Outta Compton cleaning up at the box office, it's safe to say that Hollywood is ready for more 90's hip-hop biopics. Now it looks as if the first of them has been announced--the Hollywood Reporter has revealed details of a film called Welcome To Death Row, about the legendary West Coast rap collective Death Row Records

The film will seek to document the life and times of Death Row titans like Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Warren G., and Kurupt, who broke out in the middle of a wave of violence and turmoil.

The film will be based on a book by S. Leigh Savidge, who was also involved in Straight Outta Compton. The Reporter claims he's currently shopping the film around to studios. Read more here.

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Phish Announce Three Night Stand At Riviera Maya In Mexico

(Radio.com) Although frontman Trey Anastasio is about to release a solo album and launch a tour, Phish still has shows planned. Earlier today, the legendary jam band announced they will perform three nights in Mexico, at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort on the Riviera Maya on Jan. 15 - 17, 2016.

Phish is following a trend set by Furthur, My Morning Jacket and others who have played Caribbean destination concerts to the delight of their dedicated fans. It marks Phish's first-ever concert resort event.

Trey Anastasio and company will perform three concerts during the four-day all-inclusive event. According to a press release, "the stage sits just a few feet away from the Caribbean Sea providing an incredible beach backdrop for the shows."

Surely the band will take the opportunity to celebrate their geographically related tracks like 'Mexican Cousin," 'A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing," "Wading in the Velvet Sea" "Water in the Sky" and 'N.I.C.U.," which contains the line, 'A slipper, a sand dollar, day at the shore," which always gets a roar out of the audience. Perhaps the band will dust off their classic cover of The Who's 'Sea and Sand" and 'Drowned" during the three-night extravaganza. Read more here.

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Phil Collins's Solo Albums Getting Deluxe Reissues

(Radio.com) With over 100 million sales over his illustrious career, it's safe to say that Phil Collins's forthcoming re-issue campaign is highly anticipated. The "Take A Look At Me Now" reissue series will update all eight of his albums with extended and remastered deluxe editions.

It kicks off on November 6, with his 1981 debut Face Value and as well as his 1993 outing Both Sides. A press release notes that the concept behind Take A Look At Me Now is "to examine how his songs have evolved over time, with the majority of the additional content throughout the series focused on live versions of the tracks." This will demonstrate how "Collins' songs take on a life of their own once they're freed from the confines of the studio."

"I've always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as b-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections," explains Collins in the press release. "Instead, I've focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated." Read more including track details here.

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Rick Ross Releases 'Money and Powder' Video

(Radio.com) Rick Ross has released the video for his new single "Money and Powder." The vintage sounding Rozay track arrives as the rapper drops his eighth album Black Dollar.

The Ryan Snyder-directed clip shows Rozay vibing in the studio and rapping along with the track before the Miami MC arrives at a palatial estate via a Mercedes Benz.

The shirtless MC wearing gold chains and sunglasses counts his money while reveling in the excess. The track contains classic lines like 'Brand new red Ferrari / Polo my new hobby / Still take pictures with you broke ass n-as in the lobby."

Read more here.

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CeeLo Releases Animated 'Sign Of The Times' Video

(Radio.com) CeeLo Green premiered a music video for his new track 'Sign Of The Times." The song is from the album Heart Blanche which will be Green's first full-length release in nearly five years.

The clip follows an animated protagonist through a post apocalyptic landscape which includes the striking image of a young girl standing in a flooded graveyard.

CeeLo had previously released an interactive video for the track "Robin Williams" from the same album. Heart Blanche arrives on November 13th. Watch the new video here.

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Morrissey Does Surprise Cover Of Waylon Jennings Classic

(Radio.com) Morrissey made waves at a recent show (on August 29th) in Visalia, California, when Rolling Stone reports he covered a classic song none other than country legend Waylon Jennings.

Morrissey was halfway through the show when he unexpectedly began the Jennings classic "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" The song, which topped the charts in the mid-70's, is Jenning's way of dissing low-quality rip-off country music.

"Lord, it's the same old tune/Fiddle and guitar/Where do we take it from here? Rhinestone suits and big shiny cars, it's been the same way for years," crooned Morrissey. Watch video of the performance here.

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Austin Mahone Giving Away New Single 'Do It Right'

(Radio.com) Austin Mahone has dropped a new single titled "Do It Right." The singer is offering a free download via Soundcloud. The track features a sophisticated sound for the 19-year-old singer.

"Do It Right" features rapper Rob Villa, who brings his unique flow to the R&B-inspired track. The San Antonio native teased the release over the past several days via his social media accounts, building the momentum to a boiling point before releasing the song.

"Do It Right" follows Mahone's last single "Dirty Work," which was released two months ago. Fans can take a listen to the new track "Do It Right" here.

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L.A. County Forms Electronic Music Task Force After EDM Fest Deaths

(Radio.com) As a result of the deaths of two teenagers, Tracy Nguyen and Katie Dix, at the HARD Summer festival in August, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors announced the formation of an 'Electronic Music Task Force."

According to Billboard, the committee will provide insight on ways to make electronic music festivals safer for fans. After the HARD Summer festival, which took place at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., L.A. County Mayor Michael Antonovich and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis initially sought to ban all EDM festivals from Los Angeles county.

While the ban is still a possibility, a task force was created to focus on the safety of fans at all L.A.-based music festivals. Read the motion filed on Sept. 1 here.

Billboard reports the task force will "Develop recommendations for enforceable health and safety measures and procedures, that would be required for all electronic music festivals on County-owned property." Read more here.

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