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B-Sides Report for 09/15/2015



Sharon Jones Reveals That Her Cancer Has Returned

(Radio.com) Sharon Jones announced that her pancreatic cancer has returned. The singer made the announcement during a Toronto International Film Festival screening of Barbara Koppel's Miss Sharon Jones!, a documentary focusing on her year-long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2013.

'I start chemo on Wednesday," she said, via Indiewire. 'But I'm gonna keep fighting. We got a long way to go."According to The Toronto Star, Jones told the audience, 'I'm going to do what I have to do. I'm going to sing."

After going into remission, Jones recorded the rousing Give the People What They Want with her band the Dap-Kings. The album went on to receive a GRAMMY nomination, the first such nod the band received for its music. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Scores Her First No. 1 Pop Radio Single

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez has landed her first No.1 song on the Pop Songs airplay chart with the A$AP Rocky-assisted "Good For You." This is the first time both Gomez and Rocky have reached the top of this list.

The former Disney star's no stranger to the Pop Songs chart. Her 2013 hit "Come And Get It" peaked at No. 2. Billboard reports "Good For You" entered the Top 10 on the Hot 100 charts, shooting to No. 6.

That is subject to change since chart information will be updated today (Sept. 15). Selena spoke about the new chapter of her career in a statement released by Interscope Records. Read her comments here.

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Bobby Brown Opens Up About Daughter Bobbi Kristina's Death

(Radio.com) Bobby Brown opened up about losing Bobbi Kristina Brown, his daughter with Whitney Houston, for the first time on Monday morning. Brown appeared on The Real's season 2 premiere alongside his wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown.

Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in her bathtub on January 31st and placed in a medically-induced coma. In June, she was removed from life support and transferred to hospice center, where she passed away on July 26.

According to Rolling Stone, Brown admitted on the show to not believing the worst initially. "We prayed and hoped for six months for something better to happen," he shared. "But when God calls you, He calls you."

He continued, "I'm pretty sure her mother was…had a part with like, 'Come on, let's get her up here.' She was not comfortable by herself, I guess. She just called my daughter with her." Read more here.

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Crash Test Dummies, Marc Mysterio, Mark Crozer Refugee Benefit Song

(Amerada) Marc Mysterio has teamed up with Crash Test Dummies and Mark Crozer on a new rock track to honor and benefit the refugees now descending upon Europe in search of their 'Promised Land'. We were sent these details:

"These embattled families have crossed a good portion of the earth on foot seeking a better life for themselves and their kids -- in search of their 'Promised Land' -- and we wanted to dedicate this song to those who have made the trip, as well as to inspire others to never give up" says Marc Mysterio whom in 2013 produced and released 'Booty On The Floor' with Flo Rida to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing Victims lauded by media globally, including Celebrity Scribe Perez Hilton.

'Promised Land' marks the first new material release featuring Crash Test Dummies in some time, while their 90s hit 'Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm' was remixed by Marc Mysterio earlier this year reaching the Top 100 on Beatport, and #1 on the Belgian ITunes Album Chart.

While the new song was written, composed and produced by Marc Mysterio, Mark Crozer (whom recently had a globally successful recording 'Live In Fear' selected as the Theme Entrance Music for WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt) recorded the guitar, bass, piano and drum tracks for 'Promised Land'.

The vocal duties on the charity effort were handled by Crash Test Dummies and Marc Mysterio himself, a dual debut of sorts for the famed DJ/Producer both as a vocalist, and in the rock genre.

"Sadly, the perilous journey to these 'safe countries' is only half of the battle for these refugees as the conditions they face upon arrival, even in affluent countries like Germany,Ireland and Iceland, are brutal and we need to bring more attention to this and encourage people to make them as comfortable as possible, while giving them the medical, humanitarian, and legal support they require - hopefully the song is one small step in that direction!" concludes Mysterio whom has previously worked on records for stars such as: Flo Rida, Katy Perry, Natalie La Rose, David Guetta, Samantha Fox, and Daft Punk.

'Promised Land' by Marc Mysterio & Crash Test Dummies ft. Mark Crozer goes on iTunes pre-sale September 17th, and will be available on Spotify and ITunes Worldwide on September 25th with the proceeds from sales going to the International Red Cross.

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Ryan Adams And Norah Jones Cover Neil Young's 'Old Man'

(Radio.com) The two-day event Neil Fest, which pays tribute to and his music, kicked off at Bowery Ballroom in New York. Alongside other big names like Jakob Dylan, Sharon Van Etten, Elvis Perkins, Charles Bradley and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Ryan Adams and Norah Jones performed a stirring cover of Young's classic, "Old Man."

The two have previously worked together on Adams' album Ashes & Fire, and showed off their harmonic camaraderie live. With a full band backing him, Adams also covered "Cinnamon Girl" off Young's album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Jones joined him on background vocals.

Adams shared a fan's pic on Instagram this morning. "Great vibes at #Neilfest tonight," he wrote. A fan in the audience captured the performance, which you can watch here.

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A$AP Rocky Making Concept Album With Danger Mouse

(Radio.com) A$AP Rocky has announced he is working on a concept album with Danger Mouse. The New York rapper shared the news on Pharrell Williams' OTHERTone Beats 1 show.

In the interview Williams asks A$AP Rocky about the effort and Rocky opens up confirming he is working with Danger Mouse on a concert album.

NME is reporting that Williams asked A$AP Rocky "Are you guys going to do a concept album?" "We kind of already did," Rocky responded. "Danger Mouse is ill. People don't appreciate that kind of s–t. There's no lyrics out there. What's important about this, he told me, 'yo dude, you bring out a side in me that I need'. And I feel he brings out a side in me. We got records. I can't wait to let you hear them."

The "Happy" singer then campaigns to be apart of the effort saying, "Don't leave me out of this album." Rocky immediately shoots back, "I got you." Check out a snippet of the Beats 1 interview here.

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Mac Miller Streaming New Album 'GO:OD AM' Online

(Radio.com) As Mac Miller prepares to release his new album GO:OD AM this Friday (Sept. 18), the Pittsburgh rapper is offering up a taste of all 17 tracks by way of NPR.

The album also includes guests like Chief Keef, Little Dragon, Ab-Soul and Lil B and Miguel. GO:OD AM is Miller's third full-length and follows his 2013 album, Macadelic and 2014 mixtape, Faces.

Following a series of Homecoming Weekend in Pittsburgh and a series of record release parties through September, the 23-year-old Miller will kick off a 55-city tour in early October with venues and dates forthcoming. Check out the album here.

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Future Announces Plans To Launch Hat Line

(Radio.com) Future took to Instagram on Monday (Sept. 14) to announce he will release a line of hats. The photo (below) shows the rapper sitting at a table intensely staring at his iPhone wearing a wide-brimmed hat in a store.

The rapper, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, captioned his post announcing "for the 1s who embrace individuality style, my hat line comin $oon."

It appears this may be Future's attempt to dethrone Pharrell as the most widely known purveyor of wide-brimmed hats. The Atlanta MC announced he would be releasing a new album later this year at the Budweiser's Made In America festival over the Labor Day weekend. Read more here.

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RZA Set to Direct Upcoming Action Thriller 'Breakout'

(Radio.com) With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing, news has emerged via Variety that multi-hyphenate RZA has been tapped to direct a feature film once again. The rapper turned producer turned actor turned director will step behind the camera for an upcoming Amasia Entertainment picture, Breakout.

RZA currently plays a hit man in Amasia Entertainment's, Mr. Right, which also stars Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick. Mr. Right will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 19.

Amasia Entertainment said in a statement: 'The multi-talented RZA has mastered the art of music, acting and filmmaking. We are ecstatic to have him behind the camera on our next project as he brings a fresh and innovative take to this international action thriller from Rich D'Ovidio." Read more here.

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Ellie Goulding Teases New Single From Forthcoming Album

(Radio.com) Ellie Goulding had a bit of fun teasing fans Monday morning. The singer took to Instagram and Twitter to share the date "17/9/15" (in British formatting) along with a picture from her upcoming, yet-untitled album.

The date marks the release of her first single from the album. While Goulding hasn't released any information about the song's title, this information alone has already sent her fans into a frenzy.

The accompanying image hides the pop star's face while showing off her lean torso. To add a unique effect to the whole thing, the fringed top Goulding wears sways softly. Read more here.

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Sanaa Lathan Reveals Debut Single 'Emotional' Featuring DeJ Loaf

(Radio.com) Actress Sanaa Lathan has had major success at movie box offices and is now trying her hand at music. Lathan teamed up with Detroit rapper DeJ Loaf for her debut single titled "Emotional."

The song was produced by Detail, the man behind Beyonce's hit "Drunk In Love" and features additional production by Choppa & Sidney. "Emotional" came about after a conversation between Sanaa and Detail. Once Detail saw Lathan's latest film, The Perfect Guy, he commented on how emotional Lathan's co-star Michael Ealy was in the thriller.

Lathan introduced the single via her Instagram. She posted a photo of her in the studio with the caption, "Life can be amazing when you step outside your comfort zone sometimes and say yes. Who woulda thought I'd have a single out. 'I'm thinking of this as character I'm playing singing this song. She's my character Leah's (in #ThePerfectGuy) ALTER EGO and her name is #BrownSugar." Check it out here.

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Singled Out: Atlas Jungle's The Cave

Today Atlas Jungle frontman Jeremy Spang tells us the story behind their song "The Cave", which comes from their recently released EP "From the Dirt". Here is the story:

When flying to Costa Rica, with about 3 hours of sleep from the night before, I thought id spend most of the time sleeping. Instead, the idea to get out my iPad and try to come up with a song on garageband struck my mind as a good idea. This was the first time I had attempted to write a song on an iPad. Using the new medium was refreshing and allowed me to mess around with different melodies in a new way.

I came up with the main riff for the song almost by accident. Because, the keys were so close together, I pressed an extra note in the middle of the sequence. It sounded interesting so I developed it further and about a half hour later I had what I wanted. Besides using a different medium to write on, the excitement of being on the plane, looking down at the clouds and just getting out of a buddhist retreat created the right atmosphere for me to make a riff that I wouldn't have been able to do at home on my regular keyboard.

The lyrics for the song are inspired by my interest in darkness retreats. Extended time of being in complete darkness is something I have been experimenting with the past year or so, and had been wanting to express my passion about this type of mind altering experience. Coming up with lyrics on the spot in an instinctual intuitive way, leaving the specific message up for the listener's interpretation was the goal I had in mind.

When you have a meaningful dream, its usually not a straightforward answer, but a series of pictures and or words arising spontaneously that you have to piece together. Similarly, the lyrics of this song are supposed to be left up for interpretation. It has a message that could be interpreted differently by each listener depending on what those words mean to that individual.

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

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