B-Sides Report for 09/23/2015

Rick Ross Speaks Out About Rape Lawsuit

(Radio.com) Rick Ross recently spoke out on the rape lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she was drugged and raped while spending time with Ross and his crew.

Ross addressed the matter, acknowledging that he was not actually being accused of rape but named in the suit as a result of the actions of his security guard.

"It has been brought to my attention that serious allegations have been made against an independent contractor, who's services I use often," Ross said in a statement to TMZ. "And while I am not directly involved or implicated, as a man and a father, I take this very seriously. I don't believe any woman's safety should be compromised and she should never be forced to do anything outside of her will, regardless of the circumstances."

According to TMZ, the lawsuit was filed by a woman who accompanied Ross and his crew to the Cannabis Cup. She claims she became dizzy after drinking a cocktail that was offered her in Ross' van. She said she passed out and woke up in the security guard's hotel and found she had been sexually assaulted, allegedly by the guard. Read more here.

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Taylor Swift and Dierks Bentley Perform 'Every Mile A Memory'

Taylor Swift invited Dierks Bentley to join her on stage to perform "Every Mile a Memory," during the Kansas City stop of her 1989 World Tour at the Sprint Center on Monday night (September 21).

Taylor shared her excitement about the performance with Dierks after the show via Instagram. She wrote, 'Thank you @dierksbentley for singing 'Every Mile A Memory' tonight in KC!! You've always been so nice to me, and I've always wanted to share a stage with you. So much fun!"

Dierks also took to social media and wrote, "short retirement for my boots! had to bring them back out for this! thanks @taylorswift killer show. the best." The dierksbentley Instagram account also posted a video of the performance that can been seen here.

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George Strait Surprises Fans With New Album News and Vegas Shows

(Radio.com) George Strait has announced a surprise album titled Cold Beer Conversation which will released this Friday September 25th. The iconic country singer made the announcement Tuesday at a press conference in Las Vegas, which was fitting for part of his surprise.

'I'm really, really proud of this new album," said Strait. 'I think it's a great record. I always say this; I think it's one of the best records I've done. I always shoot for that ' you've gotta go in the studio thinking that way. So I'm very excited about that."

Strait has also announced a run of exclusive concert engagements in Las Vegas beginning on April 22nd of 2016 at the new Las Vegas Arena. Joining him for these dates will be Kacey Musgraves as the opener.

Read more here.

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One Direction Announce New Album 'Made in the AM'

(Radio.com) One Direction tweeted a short video where they announced that their new album, Made in the AM, is available for pre-order for the effort was launched on Tuesday.

Expect this album to be something of a departure from the band's discography; producer Julian Bunetta recently said in an interview that there are "no rules" on the album.

What we do know, however, is that this will be the band's last album before a hiatus. However, the band assures the world that they are not "splitting." They do appear to be on good terms and having a great time in their music video for "Drag Me Down."

If you pre-order today, you can get a free download of the album track, "Infinity." The album itself will be out November 13. Check out their video message here.

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Imagine Dragons Appear On 'The Muppets' New Series

(Radio.com) All of your favorite Muppet characters, including Kermit the Frog and Gonzo return for the new series, "The Muppets," which aired last night (Sept 22).

In this new iteration the Muppets are trying to launch a television show. Fans can expect drama; it's already been revealed that Kermit the Frog has left his longtime girlfriend Miss Piggy for a younger pig named Denise.

A highlight of the show is sure to be the cameos from our favorite celebrities. Rock band Imagine Dragons will be one of the first to make an appearance. The Las Vegas band will perform their current single "Roots." Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Announces New Song 'Lay It All On Me' With Rudimental

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran will release a new track titled "Lay It All On Me" with Rudimental this Friday September 25th. "Got a brand new single coming out friday, with @RudimentalUk, called Lay It All On Me," the singer tweeted. "Watch out for it."

It's Ed's second recent surprise collaboration. The "Photograph" singer recently dropped a joint track with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. This may be the last new music from Ed for the foreseeable future.

He quickly followed the announcement post with another tweet stating: "That's the last song il be releasing for a long time, til album 3, hope you like it"

Ed would also like you to know that he's set up a Snapchat account, possibly a bad idea. Read Ed's tweet's here.

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Chris Brown Releases Nine-Minute Video For 'Liquor' and 'Zero'

(Radio.com) Chris Brown released a nine-minute music video featuring his new songs "Liquor" and "Zero." The singer directed the long clip, which was shot in downtown Los Angeles.

The video begins with Brown at the bar drowning his sorrows before accepting a drink from a female. The two quickly connect and start hooking up before hopping in a car and heading to a club. Breezy slides his way through the black-lit and funhouse-like colorful room wearing glowing contact lenses.

After finishing the night at the club Breezy returns home to find his ex-girlfriend throwing his clothes out of a second story window. He hops in a car and begins to drive as "Zero" begins.

Chris Brown shows off his dance moves in the clip during the upbeat break-up song. He starts in an alley and moves his way into a laundromat with his crew before taking the stage at downtown theater.

Inexplicably, Brown ends up at a liquor store in line behind Instagram star and ladies man Dan Bilzarian, who's buy more than just a handful of party supplies. Check it out here.

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Diddy Tops Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

(Radio.com) Forbes revealed their list for Cash Kings 2015: The World's Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts Tuesday (Sept.22). The hip-hop mogul who constantly changes his name, Diddy, sits atop the list after raking in an estimated $60 million.

The magazine reports Diddy made his money outside of the music industry. "Diddy rakes in cash from the fruits of a reputation forged in music: TV network Revolt, clothing line Sean John, alkaline water brand Aquahydrate and Ciroc vodka, which brings in the bulk of his bucks. He's also readying a new album," the magazine notes.

Drake landed on the list at number 3 by bringing in an estimated $39.5 million based on his platinum-selling If You're Reading This It's Too Late, 50 concerts and endorsement deals with Nike and Sprite. Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live Footage From Leeds Festival

(hennemusic) Metallica have released video footage of their performance of "Whiskey in The Jar" at the Leeds festival on August 30. The band recorded the tune for their 1998 compilation album, "Garage Inc."

"I'd like to dedicate this next song to a fallen soldier, Mr. Clifford Lee Burton," said James Hetfield as he introduced the traditional Irish song covered by Thin Lizzy. "Who lives with us all and is here in spirit, and this is from his favourite band. This is going to make you bounce. Beware."

Metallica's video highlight package also includes drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo in the meet and greet as well as the group warming up in the Tuning Room before the show.

The Leeds appearance was the sixth and final date on a short run across Europe that saw the band playing a mix of headline and festival shows. Watch the video here.

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Tyler, the Creator Vs Danny Brown On 'Grand Theft Auto V'

(Radio.com) Young eccentric rappers Tyler, the Creator and Danny Brown are about to have a battle of epic proportions. It doesn't involve music or freestyle raps, these guys are about to face off in a showdown in latest installment of popular video game Grand Theft Auto.

The pair, who are currently on tour together, hit the Rockstar Games offices to test Grand Theft Auto V. Tyler brought some members of his Odd Future crew with him. Taco and Jasper Dolphin log playing time as well along with Skywalkr and Dopehead of Bruiser Brigade.

Brown contributed a song to the forthcoming game's compilation soundtrack. The song, featuring a verse from Action Bronson, is called "Bad News." Watch the two rappers battle it out here.

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A Day To Remember's Kevin Skaff Proposed To Girlfriend On TV

(Radio.com) A Day to Remember guitarist Kevin Skaff appeared on the Sept. 15 episode of E!'s reality series Total Divas. In the clip, Skaff proposes to his girlfriend, WWE Diva Paige, who seems reluctant at first.

In the episode, Skaff and his girlfriend Paige head to a tattoo parlor so the guitarist can get some ink. Hiding the art as long as he can, Skaff gets the outline of the tat on his arm which reads "Will you marry me?" He shows his girlfriend, who at first doesn't seem to understand and then is clearly freaked out. Paige pauses for what must have felt like forever to Skaff before finally accepting his proposal.

Paige, who was born Saraya-Jade Bevis, said, "I think the engagement is a good thing I'm just happy that I have Kevin. He knows me well at least, so that's a good sign."

The 23-year-old British-born two-time wrestling champion doesn't seem to be in a rush to get walk down the aisle. "You don't have to get married straight away," she said. "Engagements can be a long time, you know like a year or a couple years or ten years you know." See the clip here.

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Fetty Wap Releases New Song Called 'Jugg'

(Radio.com) Fetty Wap continues his reign of hits with a new single, "Jugg." With "Jugg," Fetty dips back into his "Trap Queen" bag and speaks to a lady he plans to teach how to "Jugg," or hustle, with him.

He employs his trademark style of hanging on to, and contorting, some of his notes to make them swing. "I'm like baby how you doo-in'(ay)/ I'm trying to roll with yoooo-ah (ay) / Bust a couple of moooooves-ah (ay)/ See how well you mooooove-ah (ay)/ I'll teach you how to jugg with me'"

For this go-round Fetty calls on Remy Boy Monty, who contributes a few bars in the style of Fetty's elongated notes. "Jugg" comes ahead of his self-titled debut album which is due out Friday (Sept. 25). Check out the song here.

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Tyga Takes On His Critics In 'Scandal' Video

(Radio.com) Tyga takes on his critics in his new video for "Scandal" that finds the embattled rapper fighting back against persecution by the media. Shot from a Spanish cathedral in Barcelona, Tyga takes on the tabloids and haters, who, apparently, are not happy with all the Cartier and Chanel he's rocking.

Just weeks ago, Tyga dropped the video for "Stimulated," which featured Kylie Jenner and put their love affair front and center. The lyrics to "Scandal" also highlight the controversy surrounding his relationship with Kylie, who was still a minor when their dating rumors began to surface.

"Now they trying to put a scandal on me / Say she young, she was asking for it / She was asking for it, I had the answers for it/ All I want to do is tell my story" Read more and watch the video here.

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Mathew Knowles Working On Destiny's Child Projects

(Radio.com) The members of Destiny's Child may have went their separate ways but Mathew Knowles, Beyonce's father and the visionary behind the R&B powerhouse group, says he still has DC projects on deck.

'I am extremely hopeful that the ladies will come back with an album and a tour," Knowles told the Huffington Post in a recent interview. "I'm working on a few Destiny's Child projects right now."

Knowles, who is releasing a book in October entitled The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals, has another book planed for Destiny's Child.

Among his DC projects, Knowles said he is working on The Autobiography of Destiny's Child and is in talks with film and TV for a DC movie or series. Read more here.

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Drake Opens Restaurant in Toronto

(Radio.com) Drake is expanding his brand into the restaurant business, according to Blog TO. The Canadian rapper opened up a restaurant called Fring's in Toronto with Hong Kong-born and Toronto-based chef Susur Lee. Although neither Drake nor Lee have released details about Fring's menu, Lee is most famous for his Asian cuisine.

The eatery made its debut last night with Drake's rumored girlfriend Serena Williams, as well as Jaden Smith, in attendance. The opening night was kept under wraps, but tweets from the event mentioned that Drake DJ'ed the party.

In the days leading up to the opening, both Lee and Drake took to social media to tease the event and share their excitement. Lee shared a black and white image of himself against the background of Drake's recent hit single, "Hotline Bling" via Instagram. Captioned "Hotline Fring's" the image shows off a nice tongue-in-cheek humor about the venture. Drake used Vine to express his excitement and congratulate Lee on all his hard work. Read more here.

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Singled Out: MaryLeigh Roohan's My Friends

MaryLeigh Roohan tells us about the story behind the song "My Friends " from her brand new EP "Living Alone," which is set to be released this Friday (September 25th). Here is the story:

Writing and deciding to perform this song live created the space I needed to be fully honest in my songwriting. It washed away a need for me to sugarcoat everything and freed me from the worry of what people thought about my music or me. "My Friends" was the first song written for Living Alone. Without giving too much away, it's about how painful events have colored how I see and move through the world, and how isolating it can feel to ignore or suppress those aspects of yourself. This theme is echoed throughout the EP. If it weren't for this song, I don't know if I would have written any of the songs on the record.

I sat on my bedroom floor in front of my amp and started noodling around on my guitar. The main riff fell into place pretty quickly and the lyrics spilled out shortly after that. This isn't usually how songwriting happens for me. Things take a long time. Though I had all the parts that I wanted - chorus, bridge, verses - putting everything in the proper place was difficult. Originally the bridge was the chorus and the chorus was the pre-chorus, etc. A songwriter friend of mine and I got together to workshop some things I was working on, and she helped me a lot in figuring out where things should go.

Once it was time to record everything with the full band, the song changed again. Some things I do live and solo wouldn't translate well on a record. Instead of having a musical interlude and ending on the bridge, which is what I do when I'm playing by myself, we added a chorus to the end of the arrangement and took out the interlude. Even though the record is about feeling isolated and alienated, it's an incredible comfort to come together with others through music and create something larger and more beautiful than anything I could have done by myself.

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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