B-Sides Report for 09/16/2015

Drake In New Feud With Lil Wayne

(Radio.com) As if his beef with Meek Mill isn't enough, Drake may have one of his closest friends to contend with now. While appearing on the podcast Be Honest, hosted by ESPN's Cari Champion, Lil Wayne opened up about his style versus Drake's.

The words may not be meant to instigate a fight between the two friends, but they also may not be easy for Drake to hear. When asked who was the better rapper, Wayne replied with a laugh, "I annihilate that guy."

Lil Wayne discovered the young Toronto MC and later signed him to Young Money. At the time, Lil Wayne told Drake, "Hey, don't change anything, don't start singing about killing nobody, don't start singing about the streets. Keep it Canadian, man." Read more here.

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Justin Bieber And Bryan Adams Do Surprise Duet

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber teamed up with Bryan Adams for a rendition of his breakthrough hit "Baby." The two Canadian artists gathered for a spontaneous duet on stage at Universal Inside 2015 in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday (Sept. 15.).

During the performance, Adams strums the guitar and harmonizes Bieber on the choruses in the song, while the pop star holds his own even dropping the rap into the performance.

Bieber has been on a roll following his high-profile and emotional return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage back in August. His single, "What Do You Mean?" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart recently, after selling over 337,000 downloads in just one week.

Watch the performance here.

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Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt Plan Stadium Tour

Country music star Kenny Chesney has revealed that he will be following up his hugely successful Big Revival Tour with a new stadium tour next year that will feature Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion.

Chesney offered his thoughts on the acts joining him for the trek. He says of Lambert, "Miranda is the real deal. She's a songwriter, first, and a real vocalist. She's puts it all out there when she's on stage, and I loved touring with her so much in 2009, I can't believe it's taken us this long to get her back out here - because I love every single thing about who she is as an artist and a person."

Sam Hunt's successful career was launched with help from Chesney, who had the following to say of Hunt, "The second I heard Sam's demo for 'Come Over,' I knew he was onto something very unique.

"Watching him develop as an artist, seeing his songwriting evolve - and knowing how he brings it when he gets onstage makes him a perfect act to come out with us. He's fun, alive and all about the music."

The 2016 shows will once again featuring opening band Old Dominion, who will be getting a longer set on the new trek. "Old Dominion had a tough job this summer, and they got it done," Chesney said of the group. "They're hit songwriters, but they're also guys who've played in a lot of clubs - and know how to connect with people. I mean, not only are their songs solid, they're great guys."

The dates for the 2016 stadium trek have not yet been announced.

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Ryan Adams, St. Vincent Lead Bridge School Benefit Lineup

(Radio.com) The lineup for Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concert has been revealed. This year Young has tapped Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Dixie Chicks and many more to perform at the prestigious event, which raises funds for children with seven physical impairments and complex communication needs.

The Bridge School Benefit Concert will take place on October 24th and 25th at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Other artists performing at the two-day concert include Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr., Spoon, Nils Lofgren and Neil Young and Promise of the Real.

Last year's Bridge Benefit featured performances from Pearl Jam, Brian Wilson, Florence & The Machine, Tom Jones, Soundgarden, Norah Jones and more. Watch the video announcement for this year's show here.

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Danny Elfman Plans Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Concert

(Radio.com) Danny Elfman, who has composed the soundtracks to some of the most beloved movies in the last 30 years-including several of famed director Tim Burton's projects-will take the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on Halloween night to perform perhaps his most famous songs to date.

Performing The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack in its entirety, Elfman will once again provide the singing voice for that well-meaning, if misguided, Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington. Other not-yet-named special guests will also take part.

While Elfman will be taking on vocal duties, Elfman hands over conducting responsibilities to John Mauceri, who not only founded the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra but also served as its Director and Conductor for 15 years.

Attendees will also find they've crossed over into the stop motion animated film in several ways. Not only will the film be playing in the background as Elfman and others sing, but the Hollywood Bowl will be decorated as Halloween Town. All those who attend are encouraged to dress like a character from the film. There will even be a costume contest to entice creative minds. Read more and see the event poster here.

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Joe Jonas Reveals First Single From New Group DNCE

(Radio.com) Joe Jonas released his new single with his newly announced band DNCE on Monday (September 14) called "Cake By the Ocean" and fans are eating it up.

Joe Jonas took to Instagram on Friday (Sept. 11) to introduce his fans to DNCE, including their bassist Cole Whittle and guitarist JinJoo Lee and shirtless drummer Jack Lawless, who played with the Jonas Brothers in the past.

The track's name is a stand-in for the drink "Sex on the Beach," according to Complex. Apparently Swedish producers Mattman & Robin described the popular drink whose name escaped them.

Listen to "Cake by the Ocean" here.

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Mary Wilson, Dennis Edwards Lead Smokey Robinson Tribute Concert

(Radio.com) As we have previously reported, Smokey Robinson will be honored with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert. The 20th annual Music Masters tribute concert will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 pm at Playhouse Square's State Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio.

The show will feature performances from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The Temptations' Dennis Edwards, Martha Reeves from Martha and the Vendellas and The Supreme's Mary Wilson.

Adam Blackstone will serve as the tribute concert's musical director for the tribute. The Trenton, New Jersey native is best known for his work with Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Jay Z, Pharrell Williams, and Justin Timberlake. Read more here.

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Shawn Mendes Discusses Hit Single 'Stitches'

(Radio.com) Shawn Mendes' "Stitches" has been one of the big hits of the summer- it's currently at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and rising. Besides being a huge pop star, Mendes is a singer/songwriter, and wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on his Handwritten album.

"Stitches," however, wasn't one of those songs: that song was written without his help. Mendes takes pride in his songwriting abilities, though, and wasn't sure he wanted to record the song at first. Mendes told Radio.com, "I was thinking, I don't want to sing [it] because I only want to sing songs that I write."

Happily for him, he decided to keep an open mind. "I was like, 'Well, let me just listen to this,' and I fell in love. And man, it was just so cool to hear that. I remember before I heard it, I was like 'I really want to write a song where the bridge is a repetitive something, that just drills itself into your head.'"

And he found that bridge in "Stitches": "'Needle in a thread gotta get you outta my head.' When that bridge hit I was like, 'This is the song.' I had to have it."

Good call: the video has passed 27 million views. He's since released a video for a stripped down acoustic version of the song; that video has passed 5 million views. Mendes says its important to him that, no matter how much production is on any of his songs, he always wants them to hold up if he plays them acoustically. "Totally, absolutely 100%. Because that's what I do live, I bring my acoustic guitar on stage. If I can't bring it into that realm, then it's not going to be my song."

The acoustic version of "Stitches" is actually a duet with Hailee Steinfeld, an Academy Award-nominated actress for 2010's True Grit, who is working on her debut album. She told Radio.com she was excited to work with Mendes on the one-off track. Read about that here.

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Austin Mahone Reveals New Single 'On Your Way' Featuring Kyle

(Radio.com) Austin Mahone has released his new single, "On Your Way," which features rapper Kyle. Late Monday night, Mahone teased his Twitter followers with an image of his new single.

The shot shows the singer sitting atop a red convertible with his back to the camera and a blonde at his side. "Coming soon," the pop star mysteriously shared along with the image.

Then, a few short hours later, Mahone once again tweeted, but this time included a link to his SoundCloud page where listeners could find the new single, "On Your Way." Kyle lends his talents to one verse, which gives the summery single a bit of an edge.

According to People.com, the 19-year-old singer learned a lot from opening for Taylor Swift on the pop star's RED tour. In addition to getting tips from watching her performances, Mahone said, "she's told me to keep my family close, and always work hard and work towards what I want to accomplish." Check out the track here.

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Kanye West's Yeezy Season 2 To Hit Movie Theaters

(Radio.com) Kanye West revealed that he has big-screen plans for 'Yeezy Season 2,' the great reveal of his fashion line and follow-up for last year's launch event, 'Yeezy Season 1.'

The rapper took to Twitter on Monday (Sept. 14) night to share information about 'Season 2' which he revealed will stream in select theaters on September 16th.

"Season 2 will be live streamed to theaters in the following cities," he tweeted, along with a map of all the locations. According to the site, the "event passes will be handed out on a first come first serve basis." See the tweets that include the city list here.

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Aaliyah 'Tribute' Perfume Commercial Goes Online

(Radio.com) Aaliyah is known for her groundbreaking R&B sounds, choreographed dance steps and era-appropriate fashion sense. Now, there's a new commercial for an Aaliyah-inspired fragrance claims to give fans a whiff of Babygirl's teen spirit.

Fragrance company Xyrena is advertising a perfume named for the fallen singer. "Aaliyah™ by Xyrena is the first and only official fragrance tribute to the Princess of R&B, Xyrena's website reads.

While the discerning Aaliyah fans may turn up their noses, the perfume was made in consult with Aaliyah's mother and brother (Diane and Rashad Haughton), according to the site. Xyrena describes an esoteric mix that the company claims falls in line with her image.

According to Xyrena, 5% of the $64,00 sales price will be donated to The Aaliyah Memorial Fund. In a post on the website's blog, the company describes itself as "a defiant cosmetics startup that includes the world's first celebrity-partnered on-demand perfumery."

Check out the commercial here.

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Singled Out: Maia Sharp's Nothing But The Radio

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Maia Sharp tells us about her current hit single "Nothing But The Radio" from her forthcoming album "The Dash Between the Dates" (out October 16th). Here is the story:

Most musicians I know don't want to dance. One of the many reasons why a lot of us choose to get on stage is because the dance floor (and what we may do on it) is scarier. So when every musician and engineer who worked on the final version of "Nothing But the Radio" spontaneously started dancing at some point is our session, I knew we'd found it.

"Nothing But the Radio" has had many lives. It was born as a mid-tempo, slinky, minimalist production that my co-producer, Linda Taylor and I kept rethinking and revising in the studio and live as a duo. "Radio" was one of the first songs written for the new album The Dash Between the Dates and that huge head start of one song over the others can be a double edged sword. You get more time with it but then…you get a lot of time with it. A year or so later, when the rest of the album was written and ready to go with all things creative and business in place, the day had come to finally lock in "Radio." What was it going to be forever? No more going back.

This is a perfect example of why co-production is so valuable especially when one of you is the writer and artist. I was just too far inside, having trouble visualizing a version of this song I had performed 100 times and recorded 3 times as ever being much different than where it started. Little changes were fine but I just wasn't clearing out my search history very well. Old ideas were always lingering and whining at me to be preserved. When it was time to hunker down and make the album, Linda could break up with all the old versions and start fresh with a this-should-be-fun approach. Basically, turn off your worries and turn on your hips. It's considerably faster than its birth BPM with horns, strings, castanets, tubular bells, toy piano, guitars galore, Wurlitzer pretending to be bass and then of course, bass too joins the party and all over a drum groove that might make you picture a cutaway from an Austin Powers movie.

"Nothing But the Radio"s lighthearted message over a big production is the first single from and how we start off the new album. I wanted people to know that I don't always take things so seriously (anymore) even when they get serious like in the next song, the title cut "The Dash Between the Dates." If my scheme (part evil, part good) has worked, then we struck a good balance of light and dark in this next offering.

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

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