B-Sides Report for 09/18/2015

Ryan Adam Sets Release Of Taylor Swift 1989 Cover Album

(Radio.com) Ryan Adam has announced a release date for his version of Taylor Swift's 1989 album, which is set to be released next Monday, September 21st and he has also revealed another track from the effort.

Ryan's tweet also revealed the album's cover image, which shows off a moodier retro style than Swift's Polaroid but still references the birds on her shirt.

For those who can't wait until Monday, Adams shared news that the track "Bad Blood" premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show this morning (Sept 17). Lowe interrupted normal programming on the station to play the song, revealing that Adams will be in the studio on Monday at 9am PT with a "special guest." Hmm, wonder who.

Following the announcement, Taylor Swift went on Twitter to express her excitement. Sharing a countdown clock of sorts, Swift also said about how influential Adams has been on her own music. "This is surreal and dreamlike," she wrote. Read more and check out the stream of "Bad Blood" here.

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Tim McGraw Announces New Album 'Damn Country Music'

Tim McGraw has set a November 6, 2015 release date for his 14th studio album, entitled "Damn Country Music," which is being released via Big Machine Records/McGraw Music.

"Damn Country Music" was produced by McGraw and Byron Gallimore and will be released in a standard 11-track version as well as deluxe edition that will include 3 bonus tracks.

McGraw had this to say about the album, "When I recorded 'Damn Country Music,' it was one of those electric moments. It speaks to a passion and being at a crossroads in your life when you make that decision to pursue it knowing you might pay a heavy price." See the track details here.

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Taylor Swift and The Band Perry Perform 'If I Die Young'

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift brought out yet another special guest Wednesday night (Sept. 16) in Indianapolis. The Band Perry Joined Swift for a version of their hit single 'If I Die Young."

'I want to remind you that anyone you see on the 1989 Tour, coming out to surprise the audience, they're doing it for free, out of the goodness of their heart, because they wanted to come play for you and surprise you," Swift told the crowd by way of introduction.

'Something I'm very proud of is that I came up in country music--really proud of it--and I still am such a huge fan of country music, and, in my opinion, the people I'm about to bring out are some of best musicians, some of the best things we've got going in country music," said Swift.

Swift's current album 1989 marked a clear departure from her country past, delving into a purer pop sound. See a clip of the performance, and a pretty excited selfie here.

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Run The Jewels Release New Remix 'Oh, My Darling, Don't Meow'

(Radio.com) Run the Jewels have released the remix to "Oh, My Darling, Don't Cry." The new name of the song is "Oh, My Darling, Don't Meow," which was produced by Just Blaze.

The song's music is made up of various cat sounds. While that may sound weird, the song is a great remix. Just Blaze's version lightens the mood, but the intensity in the rappers' delivery stays on full tilt.

The guys are on a bit of comedic roll. Earlier in the day the rappers took part in a hilarious sketch for Stephen Colbert who recently took over David Letterman's late night TV show on CBS. Check out the remix here.

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Twenty One Pilots Joined By Surprise Guests

(Radio.com) Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, collectively known as the alternative duo Twenty One Pilots performed to an excited crowd in New York City on Wednesday night (Sept. 16).

The band gave fans their money's worth, and had a few surprises in store as well. The band performed the fan favorite, "We Don't Believe What's On TV" with a slew of special guests.

Artists like Halsey, Matt & Kim, Hoodie Allen, Walk The Moon and MisterWives joined the band on stage for a huge performance. The surprise performance surfaced online thanks to a fan video. Watch it here.

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Ed Sheeran's 'Jumpers For Goalposts' Concert Film Trailer Released

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran has released a trailer for his new film, Jumpers For Goalposts, that documents his Wembley Stadium shows. The film promises to take fans behind the scenes, one moment included in the trailer involves Ed sharing a surreal passage from his journal.

"Went to Brooklyn for the show," he reads, "then went for a pizza with Jay-Z and Beyonce and they took me to a dive bar to do J├Ągerbombs. He laughs at the absurdity of his new life. "That's weird."

At the start of the trailer, Sheeran sets up the premise, outlining the great strides he has made as a musician. "This is my first headlining stadium show," he says in the clip, as he gives a double fist-bump to Elton John. "When you play acoustic guitar and you open in the pub circuit your dreams don't stretch that far."

According to Edsheeranmovie.com, there will be an event surrounding the movie's October 22nd release "beamed live via satellite from London's world premiere in Leicester Square to select cinema screens around the world." Fans can expect a live show and red carpet coverage. Read more and see the trailer here.

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A Great Big World Release 'Hold Each Other' Video

(Radio.com) The Grammy-award winning duo A Great Big World released the music video for their latest single, "Hold Each Other," featuring Futuristic. The single comes off their second album, Won't Stop Running, which drops November 13th.

A Great Big World earned a Grammy for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" for their 2013 debut song "Say Something" with Christina Aguilera. The surprise hit went quadruple-platinum.

Where "Say Something" was a moving, somber cry for lost love, "Hold Each Other" has a light, airy feel that the video picks up on in colorful ways. Literally. Members Ian Axel and Chad King start off in black and white, but slowly transition into color even though it takes the world around them a little longer to catch up. Read more and watch the video here.

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T-Pain Streaming New Single 'Roof On Fye'

(Radio.com) Auto-tune singer T-Pain has been releasing songs here and there since he dropped the Iron Way mixtape. Pain's latest musical offering is the song "Roof On Fye."

Built around a sample of Jagged Edge's "Walked Right Outta Heaven," the song is about the Florida native's favorite topic, partying. Although, T-Pain has been showing off his vocal ability without the vocorder, "Roof On Fye" finds the star back in his comfort zone.

He spoke to Radio.com last year about showing the world he could sing sans the vocal machine, "I don't know what people expected me to sound like without Auto-Tune. You can never change their minds until you prove them wrong. With a quick little video!" Check out the song here.

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Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp Rock Colbert's 'Late Show' Stage

(Radio.com) Willie Nelson hit Colbert's Late Show stage with John Mellencamp for a performance of, what else, 'Night Life." The Farm Aid banner was displayed on the screen behind them to promote the 30th anniversary of the concert they will be playing on Saturday (Sept. 19).

'The legacy of Farm Aid is twofold: in the change we've made in our farm and food system, and in the rich musical record of concerts held since 1985," said Mellencamp in a press release, at the time it was announced that he and Nelson would play the benefit show. 'The list of artists who have played on the Farm Aid stage is a who's who of the best artists of our time."

Aside from promoting Farm Aid--which raises money for struggling family farms and raises awareness about locally produced food--Nelson and Mellencamp have given Colbert another feather in his cap for hosting heavy-hitter musical guests in the first days as Late Show host on CBS (a parent company of Radio.com). Watch it here.

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T.I. Opens Up About His Name And More

(Radio.com) T.I. was a guest on the Rap Radar Podcast on Thursday (Sept. 17). The Atlanta MC opened up to hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.Dot" Miller and talks about his original name, Tip, musical independence and more.

The mogul explained his moniker T.I. saying, "It's strange and awkward to be known world wide and very, very famous and like just popular for being called a name that you have never been called before in your life."

The rapper made a career for himself under the name T.I. with what the he says are "two letters that mean absolutely nothing to me (laughs)." The Atlanta MC added that T.I. was the person he had to become in order to achieve a certain amount of success and to become a star and celebrity. "I definitely appreciate the longevity of my career, whatever you know me by, it just feels better to be called my actual name." The rapper clarified his moniker further saying, "the sincerest form of me as a person is Tip."

Tip also discussed being an independent artists saying he is open to signing with a major label, "I was just with L.A. (Reid) last night and we were talking about stuff." He added, "I just like to be around the process of delivering music to the people who care about it the most."

Tip also shed some light on why he is no longer signed to Sony,"I was satisfied with the actual material, I think it definitely produced some dope s-, it was some hot records. I was dissatisfied in the manner they chose to promote and market or the lack-there-of. But one thing I will say that they did do is pay."

Check out the full interview here.

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Alice Cooper Appears On Late Late Show With James Corden

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper appeared as a guest on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday. The rocker spoke about touring with Motley Crue and - among other things - his phobias, before joining fellow panelist Pauly Perrette of NCIS to give Corden an official Alice Cooper makeover.

Alice is promoting his newly-released all-star covers project, Hollywood Vampires, which sees him joined by Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry for an album of covers of tracks by T. Rex, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and more.

The project includes contributions from an all-star lineup that includes Sir Paul McCartney, Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger. Watch videos from Cooper's appearance on the show here.

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Singled Out: Every Hour Kills' Almost Human

Sacha Laskow of modern melodic metal band Every Hour Kills tells us about the song "Almost Human" from their brand new self-titled EP , which was released today (Sept. 18). Here is the story:

This song was the last one written for the EP and probably ended up my favorite. It all started with the main intro riff which was meant to mimic a bouncy synth in an EDM groove. Then when you put it next to a thrash beat obviously it gives a different vibe entirely. The other riffs then stemmed out from there, my favorite part is probably the drop on the middle right before the #Djentstep breakdown; it's fun to play and I just dig the groove and chaos. Vocally we collab'd with some producer friends in New Jersey - Danny and Santino at FireRaven productions to really polish up the hooks and the flow.

Jerrod came up with the bulk of the lyrics and the song is basically about addictions, vices and demons. How when you struggle against those foes you can feel totally alone at times and thus 'Almost Human'. A bit depressing perhaps but there's an uplifting side as well, 'The stars will align to show us a better way'; that once we flip that switch in our minds we can eventually 'let go' and release the things that drag us down.

Lastly we got to make a video with director Doug Cook to really showcase the song. In his mad scientist mind he created a very visual representation of the loneliness, in this case pushing it through the lens of technology as well. The robotic cameras being the only presence besides the band and filming us going crazy with energy trying to escape this small mechanical box of a room. Meanwhile the director sits outside and moves the cameras, watching, maybe even fapping (right Doug?).

PS here's a little extra tidbit for the music nerds, the vocal stem only from the track so you can hear some of the layers and other sh*t going on in the vocals (check it out here)

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

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