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B-Sides Report for 09/10/2015



Bon Jovi's Chinese Tour Dates Canceled By Authorities

(Radio.com) Bon Jovi is huge in China, and Chinese fans were looking forward to the band's first dates in the country, which were supposed to have taken place next week. However, the shows have been canceled without explanation.

CBSN reports that it is believed that the shows were cancelled because the group has used the Dalai Lama's image on the band's video screens on a past tour.

Bon Jovi's 2009 video "We Weren't Born to Follow" featured imagery from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests against the Chinese government, which probably didn't help Bon Jovi's case. Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood Reveals Song Details For New Album 'Storyteller'

Country music star Carrie Underwood revealed the details about the tracks that appear on for her forthcoming album "Storyteller" via social media on Wednesday.

The new album is set to be released on October 23rd and features songs that were produced by various producers including Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell. Pre-orders are available here.

Underwood also shared co-writing credits on six of the 13-album tracks including the first single "Smoke Break." Additional songwriters include Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, Brett James, Zach Crowell, Ben Carver, Jason White and more. See the song details here.

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Ringo Uncovers Motherload of Beatles Negatives

(Radio.com) Ringo just hit the motherload of Beatles memorabilia. The former Beatle was recently forced to move some of his things in storage when he came across thousands of undeveloped negatives.

The majority of the negatives contained images of Starr's former band mates, George, Paul and John, including their first visit to the United States in 1964.

Sure, early photos of The Beatles aren't hard to find, but the ones available to the public were mostly taken by the media. Ringo's photos obviously come from a different perspective.

Never to be duplicated, the drummer's photos were taken while the band was living in their natural habitat, and Ringo's convinced that his former band mates have or had similar personal collections of their own. Read more here.

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Blake Shelton Announces New Hits Collection 'Reloaded'

(Radio.com) Country music star Blake Shelton plans a follow up to 2010's Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton. According to Rolling Stone Country, he will release Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits on October 23rd.

The album will feature his very first hit "Austin," and more recent hits like "Neon Light," and "Home," which also features ex-wife Miranda Lambert on vocals.

The album will also include bonus track, "Gonna," which is currently in the Top 20 on the charts. In the meantime, Shelton is gearing up to coach on the ninth season of NBC's The Voice. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Rock Cover Of 'Molly's Lips' In Scotland

(Radio.com) Although he was the drummer in one of the biggest rock bands of the past quarter century, Dave Grohl has mostly steered clear of the Nirvana catalog at Foo Fighters concerts. Other than "Marigold," a Nirvana B-side that he wrote and sung (and which didn't feature Kurt Cobain), Grohl has never played any Nirvana material in his current band.


That changed for a few seconds on Tuesday night, as the Foo Fighters played in Edinburgh, Scotland, the hometown of legendary punk band the Vaselines.

Nirvana covered that band's classic "Molly's Lips," and on Tuesday night the Foo Fighters played it as well, adding it to the long list of covers they've done on this tour, along with Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure," and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Breakdown." Read more here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Streaming New Song 'Avalanche'

(Radio.com) Bring Me The Horizon have debuted yet another track from their forthcoming album, That's The Spirit, which hits stores this Friday, Sept. 11. Earlier this week, BBC Radio 1 host Annie Mac premiered the new track, titled "Avalanche."

"Avalanche" serves as the fourth track BMTH released from the album after "Happy Song," "That's The Spirit" and "'Throne." Earlier this year the band parted ways Epitaph for a move to Colombia Records here in the U.S.

So, the band is finally represented by the same company (Sony) on both sides of the pond. This, coupled with their more refined sound could lead to wider audiences. The Sheffield band's labelmates now include AC/DC, One Direction and System Of A Down.

Supporting BMTH on all headlining dates will be Atlanta metalcore band, Issues. The 18-city tour will crescendo with three festival performances ending with San Bernardino, California's Knotfest on October 25. Check out the new song here.

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Juicy J Releases New Mixtape '100% Juice'

(Radio.com) Tennessee rapper Juicy J said he would be dropping some new material in the near future and he's delivered on his promise. The new mixtape, titled 100% Juice, is a 16-song collection of focused on sipping lean and smoking herb.

Juicy J has been working with plenty of hitmaking pop producers like Dr. Luke as of late, but went in a different direction with this project. In lieu of big name producers, Juicy collaborated with up-and-coming beatsmiths like Sonny Digital, 808 Mafia and TM88.

The guest features on 100% Juice range from hip-hop staples like Lil Wayne and Three 6 Mafia partner Project Pat to the new crop of rappers like Lil Herb.

Check out his new music here.

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Demi Lovato Covers Hozier's 'Take Me to Church'

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato stopped by BBC 1 Radio's Live Lounge to perform an acoustic version of her single, "Cool for the Summer," off her upcoming fifth studio album Confident.

Afterward, she followed up with a killer rendition of Hozier's "Take Me to Church." Her gravely vocals lend a powerful edge to the already anthemic song.

Talking with DJ Clara Amfo, Lovato confessed how surprised and excited she was when she first heard "Take Me to Church" on the radio. "I think I even tweeted, 'Thank God that somebody put this on radio, because this is incredible music,'" she said. "I remember the first time I heard it, definitely."

Watch Lovato's performance here.

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Big Grams (Big Boi And Phanogram) Announce Debut Album

(Radio.com) Big Grams is a collaboration between Atlanta hip hop artist, and former Outkast member Big Boi, and Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, the duo better know as Phantogram.

The unlikely pairing was set into motion when Big Boi took to Shazam after hearing Phantogram's "Mouthful of Diamonds" while surfing the web. The group announced that their self-titled studio debut will be released September 25th via Epic Records.

The debut release will have seven tracks and features Skrillex on "Drum Machine" and El-P & Killer Mike's Run The Jewels on "Born To Shine." Zane Lowe will premiere the first single "Fell In the Sun" today on Beats 1. Read more here.

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DMX's Son Selling Rapper's Platinum Record Plaques Online

(Radio.com) DMX and his son Xavier have had a troubled relationship, to say the least. The two appeared on OWN's Iyanla: Fix My Life in 2013 after not speaking for nearly two years. Their reunion was short lived, though, because DMX stormed out of the session after Xavier opened up about his difficult childhood.

To make matters worse for the rapper, Xavier has apparently taken to eBay to sell his father's platinum record plaques. According to TMZ, DMX lived with Xavier and his son's mother until 2007 when he was kicked out and left behind many items, including his platinum record plaques.

Asking a "Buy It Now" price of $3,000, Xavier listed the platinum record plaques for It's Dark and Hell is Hot, …And Then There Was X, and Flesh of My Flesh and Blood of My Blood. Read more here.

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Jack White's Third Man Records Releasing Children's Compilation

(Radio.com) In order to foster musical appreciation and record collecting, Jack White's Third Man Records has teamed up with Light in Attic Records to release a children's record player and compilation album, titled This Album Belongs To _____, according to Pitchfork.

The album features an eclectic array of talent, including Carole King, Jerry Garcia, Woody Guthrie and lovable Kermit the Frog, and comes with a full color storybook. "You won't find boy bands, princesses, or purple dinosaurs here," states the project's press release.

Along with the album, the team will be producing a specialized, portable record player with built-in speakers and a USB drive, a hybrid that allows children to play records or digital recordings. The bright yellow record player features Third Man Records's mascot, "Manny." Check out the song details here.

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Sleeping With Sirens Release 'Better Off Dead' Video

(Radio.com) Sleeping with Sirens have released a heavy new video for their single "Better Off Dead." On the surface, the video appears as though it's a horror story but upon closer inspection there's a deeper story.

The song, which takes a stark look at depression, is visualized though the haunted house sucking the beautiful model into the depths of its basement while the band performs throughout the creepy colonial mansion.

"I think this video does an amazing job at capturing the concept of the song," says Kellin Quinn in a release. "I thought it would be interesting to look at the idea of depression as being trapped and feeling helpless, and I think the video captures that in a unique way. I'm getting more involved in the ideas for our videos and I really enjoy that part!"

The single hails from the band's Madness album, which hit stores in March. Watch the video here.

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Fall Out Boy Want To Collaborate With Taylor Swift and Rihanna

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz recently talked potential collaborators with Notion Magazine. Turns out Fall Out Boy are hoping to work with a few superstar pop divas.

"We did this Victoria's Secret fashion show with Taylor Swift and she sang 'Light Em Up' with us," Pete said. "She is very in demand though, isn't she? I won't hold my breath. She was so sweet. I'd really like to do something with Rihanna."

Of course the band is no stranger to collaboration, they recently released re remix of summer tour-mate Wiz Khalifa's "Staying Out All Night," and have worked with everyone from Jay Z to Debbie Harry, Lil Wayne to Brendon Urie. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Steven Roth's Good Times Go So Fast

Today soulful pop rocker Steven Roth tells us about his new single "Good Times Go So Fast". Steven has previously opened shows for The Who, Audioslave, Robert Plant, Dave Grohl and Elvis Costello, among others. Here is the song story:

"I had recently reconnected with an old musician friend, Cooper, and we talked about getting together to try and write a tune. So there we were a few days later, writing together for the first time. It was a sweltering L.A. August afternoon, and the AC was busted in his apartment. "We better get started," I said.

"Good Times Go So Fast" started with a vocal melody over some piano chord changes I had swimming around my head around for a few days. Lacking any true inspiration for lyrical content, I somehow pulled the first line out thin air, really, and we were off to the races. Sometimes you just need a spark.

The verses sort of center around what ends up being a fleeting relationship between two people, but we thought it would be cool to give the chorus a more vague, yet relatable theme. We wanted to touch on how important it is to get the most out of this life, because you really never know what's waiting around the bend, and things can change quickly. Luckily, I think we hit where we were aiming. That emotion really hit home for both of us, and we managed to find a way to distill that down to the right words that also fit the melody. And wahh-bam! A tune was born.

Cooper and have since written twenty-some-odd songs, many of which I am proud. It just so happens that our first tune ended up being the single for my upcoming EP.

Sometimes all you need is a spark."

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

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