B-Sides Report for 09/11/2015

Carrie Underwood Planning New Headlining Tour

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood revealed in a new interview that she is currently planning her next headlining tour, which she will be launching in support of her forthcoming album "Storyteller".

CMT's Cody Alan sat down with Underwood, who said, "We're working out the details right now. Tour routing and figuring out who's going to come out with us and all that stuff--it takes a lot of love and a lot of planning.

She then explained when fans should expect to learn her plans, "I feel like within the next couple of months we should be announcing everything. We'll just put it out there! I'm excited." Read more here.

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Grace Jones Offers Low Opinion Of Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga

(Radio.com) Famed model turned singer turned actress Grace Jones recently penned a memoir, curiously titled I'll Never Write My Memoirs, which details her life in the art world and entertainment industry. And like any great celebrity memoir, it also includes its fair share of shade.

Time Out London posted an excerpt from the memoir that has since been taken down. In it, Jones offers a curt rebuttal to those encouraging her to follow the trends in pop music. "There's a lot of that around at the moment," she writes. Aiming her sharp opinions at a host of pop stars, Jones relates some advice that she has ignored through the years: "'Be like Sasha Fierce (Beyonce). Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady Gaga. Be like Rita Ora and Sia. Be like Madonna.' I cannot be like them except to the extent that they are already being like me."

"They dress up as though they are challenging the status quo, but by now, wearing those clothes, pulling those faces, revealing those tattoos and breasts, singing to those fractured, spastic, melting beats -- that is the status quo. You are not off the beaten track, pushing through the thorny undergrowth, finding treasure no one has come across before. You are in the middle of the road."

Interestingly enough, for all the barbed opinions she's throwing at some of the biggest names in music, she saves her most severe critique for a pop star she refuses to name. Instead, choosing to call the person 'Doris,' Jones writes how she's "a baby in a closet full of other people's clothes, a little girl playing dress-up, putting on shoes that don't fit' She looks lost, like she is desperately trying to find the person she was when she started." Read more here.

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First Lady Gaga 'American Horror Story: Hotel' Trailer Released

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga took a break from belting dance-pop anthems to accept a role on Ryan Murphy's hit anthology series American Horror Story. Fans have been waiting to see how Gaga would fit into the series and the wait is finally over. FX revealed the first trailer for the fifth season of American Horror Story.

The 30-second clip, titled "Hallways," provides small clues as to what type of supernatural craziness will unfold in the upcoming show. There are images of blood in a blender and hotel employees throwing large bundles, possibly bodies, down the garbage shoot.

Gaga is the last to be revealed as she is the star of the season, playing the role of the hotel's sick and twisted owner, Elizabeth. While this is the first season to not have Jessica Lange appear, other American Horror Story staples like Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Denis O'Hare and Evan Peters are returning. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson Release 'Are You Sure' Video

(Radio.com) Kacey Musgraves has teamed up with country music legend Willie Nelson for the track 'Are You Sure." The video is set in a small town bar with a moving disco ball that features Kacey and Willie lonely at the bar drinking. Shortly after, they join the band performing on stage for an epic duet.

The song proves that although Kacey sings modern tunes about issues today like 'Follow Your Arrow,' and 'Mind Your Own Biscuits,' she comes from an old country soul.

Kacey previously told Radio.com the collaboration came about while she was on Nelson's tour bus and asked him why he doesn't play the song live anymore. Read about that and watch the video here.

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Janet Jackson Adds New American Leg To World Tour

(Radio.com) Janet Jackson recently kicked off her world tour in support of upcoming album Unbreakable. The demand for the legendary performer is so high she has added a third North American leg. If you were one of the people who didn't get tickets, there are 22 more chances to see the dynamic entertainer.

Janet's seventh tour, titled after the album, has already made its way across Canada and will begin the trek around the United States this Friday (Sept. 11) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She'll also be hitting big cities like New York City, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Unbreakable is set to hit shelves on October 2nd and is the first release from Jackson's Rhythm Nation Records. Check out the list of the newly added tour dates here.

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Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Deliver 'History Of Rap 6'

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon have done it again, once again teaming up to deliver the sixth installment of the epic "History of Rap 6" series on The Tonight Show.

Thrown into the mix of classics from hip-hop's past, there were a few notable contemporary songs from Kendrick Lamar ("B- Don't Kill My Vibe"), Drake ("Know Yourself"), Big Sean ("I Don't F- With You") and, of course, Fetty Wap ("My Way")

There were a few pauses to offer some comedic banter, and to allow Fallon to apparently catch his breath, like after Fallon goes off the rails on "Straight Outta Compton." "We been through this before," Timberlake said. "You are not straight outta Compton, you're straight out of upstate New York."

Justin took to the human beat box for a rendition of Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh's 'La Di Da Di." The last time the duo performed the popular History of Rap was earlier this year in February.

Your mom busts in and says, 'What's that noise!?' #HipHopSix #FallonTonight http://t.co/1N9I0srqrh Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) September 10, 2015

Check out the clip and "The History of Rap 6" set list here.

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Duran Duran Talk New Album 'Paper Gods'

(Radio.com) It's good to be in a legendary band for several reasons. You no longer need to find your fan base. You can play large venues, regardless of trends. Your songs get played on the radio, no matter what. The reason for all of the above is because, to be a legendary band, you have to have an incredible catalog of music.

And therein lies the rub; as the years go on, it's more and more difficult to come up with new albums that hold up to that legacy. And that's something that was on the collective mind of Duran Duran as they worked on their latest release, Paper Gods.

"We were talking the other day about artists that have been around for a long time - our contemporaries and some older ones, and there's only a handful of the latter now, still out there playing shows," says keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "And we were saying, 'What albums did they make this far down the line that we own?' And that was a difficult one."

From Duran Duran's beginnings, they embraced a duality: they wanted to combine the Sex Pistols and Chic. And bassist John Taylor, Paper Gods embodies both sides of the band; they were careful not to veer too far in the pop direction. "In the original blueprint for the band, there was this dark, slightly progressive side to us, and it tended to get a little bit trampled on by the poptastic aspect. In that desire for pop satisfaction, you can forget what you set out to do. The new record really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side."

Rhodes agrees: "That's something that's essential to all of us," agrees Nick. 'It's great to be able to lift people's spirits - and your own - with a strong shot of pure pop, but the world we live in isn't all just made of that stuff, so it seems natural to me, and has done since the very beginning, that we have kept, and still keep, one foot in the darker, more Gothic side of life." Read more here.

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Brett Eldredge Discusses His New Hit 'Lose My Mind'

(Radio.com) This week, Brett Eldredge releases his long-awaited second album, Illinois. The album is off to a great start, via the single "Lose My Mind," which is already a top ten country single. It's also a bit of a departure for the country singer, which is how he wanted it, as he recently told Radio.com.

"I wanted to release something that wasn't expected, that nobody's heard yet [from me]. Another side of me that's wacky, fun, soulful, bluesy." The title is inspired by the way you feel when you fall for that special someone.

"It's all about the way somebody can take control of your thoughts. When you're so in love with this person that I'm in this interview right now, and I can't stop thinking about this person. They're making me lose my mind, I feel like I'm going crazy."

He says the song was born out of a riff that he kept hearing in his head. "The groove was so infectious; I was laying in bed one night I'm kind of an insomniac. I just lay there and think. About songs, and what city I'm going to next. But I had this groove, and I went to the studio and I played it for the songwriters in there and it was like, 'Oh my gosh, we gotta do this.' And all of the sudden 'Lose My Mind' came out of this groove, we started talking about these girls and how they drive us crazy in a beautiful way, and 'Lose My Mind' came alive. It's only two minutes and thirty eight seconds long, and that's the part I love about it: it gets to the point, it's really fun, and by the end you say 'Gosh, what just happened, I want to hear that again.' And I've been fortunate, that's my fastest rising song yet." Read more here.

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Kendrick Lamar And Macklemore Fuel Colbert Vs. Fallon Late Night War

(Radio.com) Late night TV hosts Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert may make nice in public but judging by the sounds cranking from each of their stages Wednesday night, there is clearly a rap battle brewing on the musical guests front.

On Wednesday there was a hip hop showdown, as Colbert featured Kendrick Lamar, while Jimmy Fallon had a performance from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with a few hip hop trailblazers.

Backed by Colbert's in-house band, K. Dot ran through an intense medley of songs from To Pimp a Butterfly, including 'Wesley's Theory," 'Momma," 'King Kunta," and 'U." He brought along with him Thundercat and Bilal, for back up.

Fallon, for his part, opened the stage for Macklemore, who delivered a high powered performance of his latest song "Downtown." His special guests, also featured on the song, were Eric Nally as well as Kool Mo Dee, Melle Mel, and Grand Master Caz, who all kicked verses. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Talks New Album 'Revival'

(Radio.com) Earlier this week, Selena Gomez unveiled the provocative black-and-white album cover. Then Wednesday night (Sept 9), she released Revival's second single, "Same Old Love." But she wasn't done yet. The former Disney starlet gave her Twitter fans a special treat in the early Thursday morning hours--the entire tracklist.

Gomez dropped by Radio.com station AMP Radio to talk all about Revival and more with Carson Daly. On the process of making her new music she said, "It took a year to put the album together and it was the first time someone in my life really kinda just said "alright it's up to you, what do you want to do?" and I had to figure out what I wanted to say. Even down to picking the first single, it was very stressful. When I went to Mexico it was to remove myself from the environment and get out of my head. I ended up writing four songs there and the title of the album, which is called Revival."

Favorite song on the new album? She says, "'Kill Em with Kindness' is one of my favorites. It's kind of expressing deep down what I feel like people are, and how they treat people. It's one of the best songs on the record." Read more here.

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Tori Kelly Remixes 'Should've Been Us' With Jeremih

(Radio.com) Tori Kelly's single "Should've Been Us" put the singer on the map. Now the California songstress has released a remix of the hit track that features Jeremih.

The Chicago MC laces his verse in the song and brings the track to a new hip-hop level. Kelly recently wowed fans at the MTV Video Music Awards with her incendiary performance, which many called the highlight of the night.

The former American Idol hopeful kicks off her tour in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday (Sept. 12). Kelly's debut album Unbreakable Smile features cameos from Ed Sheeran and LL Cool J. Listen to the remix here.

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Justin Bieber Appears On The Today Show

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber's reign continues in the rain with a performance on the Today Show Thursday (Sept. 10), after receiving a plaque for breaking a world record for his new single, "What Do You Mean?"

Beiber hit the stage showing off his new platinum blonde hair to his screaming "Beliebers." It was a victory lap for Bieber as he has become the youngest male artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. "What Do You Mean" is also the 23rd song ever to begin at No. 1, in its first week, according to Billboard.

While on Today, he performed 'What Do You Mean?" and 'Where Are Ü Now" before sitting to answer a few questions, including one about a possible Super Bowl Halftime show performance. "I'd be interested. I'm down," he said.

And about his absence: "I didn't leave, but I took some time to do some soul-searching," he said. Check out Bieber's "Today Show" performance here.

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