B-Sides Report for 09/30/2015

Justin Bieber Mocks One Direction In Online Video

Pop star Justin Bieber appears to mock One Direction in a recent Snapchat video over the fact that both he and the UK boyband will be releasing new albums on the same day.

Justin Bieber's new yet-to-be-titled studio effort and One Direction's new album, entitled "Made In The A.M.," are both scheduled to be released on November 13th.

That fact apparently hasn't been lost on Bieber as he appears in the video (via ABC) with a scared facial expression and says, "The face you make when you come out with an album the same day as Justin Bieber." Watch the video here.

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Sam Smith On Track To Make History With New James Bond Theme

Sam Smith is poised to make history with his recently released track "Writing's on the Wall," which is the theme song for the latest James Bond movie "Spectre".

Smith is on track to score the very first No. 1 single in the UK for a theme song to the James Bond film franchise, according to the country's Official Charts Company.

"Writing's on the Wall," so far has twice the combined sales than Justin Bieber's new single "What Do You Mean?," which is his closest competitor on the upcoming chart.

None of the previous 23 James Bond theme songs have ever topped the UK charts. Duran Durans' "A View to a Kill" and Adele's "Skyfall" both came close by reaching No. 2, but it appears that Smith will be the first star to claim the No. 1 spot. See the report here.

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RATM's Tim Commerford Apologizes for Limp Bizkit

(Radio.com) Rage Against the Machine's bassist Tim Commerford told Rolling Stone that he takes ownership for releasing Limp Bizkit on the world. "I do apologize for Limp Bizkit," Commerford said. "I really do. I feel really bad that we inspired such bulls-."

It's not that the musician or RATM fostered the band that made "Nookie" famous, but rather that their influence on Durst eventually led to Limp Bizkit.

At least that's what Durst has claimed. Last year in New York, Durst closed out a Limp Bizkit show at Best Buy Theater by playing a cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name Of." During the song, he said, while pointing to his heart, "When I first heard this song, that s- hit me right the f- here." Durst went on to explain how Zach de la Rocha's powerful lines, "F- you!/I won't do what you tell me!" changed him.

Commerford followed up his apology with, "They're gone, though. That's the beautiful thing. There's only one left, and that's Rage, and as far as I'm concerned, we're the only one that matters." Read more here.

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Chris Brown Reaches Agreement Over Daughter Royalty

Chris Brown has reportedly reached a joint legal and physical custody agreement with Nia Guzman, the mother of the controversial star's one-year-old daughter Royalty, according to TMZ.

The celebrity gossip site reports that the new agreement includes a provision that Royalty's last name will officially be changed to Brown and he will receive 12 days of unsupervised visits with her each month.

According to the report, Brown will also pay Guzman $2,500 every month and be financially responsibly for his daughter's education, insurance, medical and childcare expenses.

Brown took to tweeter following the agreement and tweeted "Court went great today. Glad this all worked out."

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Lorde Stars In Provocative Video For Disclosure's 'Magnets'

Disclosure recruited pop star Lorde to star in the provocative new music video for their track "Magnets", which is a song from the DJ duo's brand new sophomore album "Caracal."

Lorde discussed the concept of the video in a posting on Tumbler. She writes, "The most important detail is the girlfriend's black eye, when she's by the window.. watch it with that moment in mind. that's the point the whole video hinges on."

She then adds, "Takes it from being 'an affair narrative' to being 'dude's girlfriend hired miss ella the hit girl to 'seduce' him then take him the F*** out.'" Watch the video here.

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George Strait Announces New Residency Dates

Country music star George Strait has announced that he is already expanding his forthcoming residency at Las Vegas Arena next year by adding new dates due to high demand.

Strait announced last week that he will be staging four shows at the Las Vegas arena next year; April 22, April 23, September 9, and September 10 with support from Kacey Musgraves.

He has now added an addition two dates on December 2nd and 3rd, which will also feature Musgraves as the opening act. Strait had the following to say about the upcoming performances, "I said all along I wasn't going to tour anymore, but I also said that I wasn't retiring by any means and I still wanted to do some dates.

"I'm very excited to be coming back out and playing for the fans out there. I'm looking forward to it so much, singing those songs that I love so much and haven't done in a while. I'm really, really looking forward to being able to play in the new Las Vegas Arena. I hear it's just unbelievable. I can't wait."

Strait also surprised fans last week with the release of "Cold Beer Conversation" his first new studio album in two years, which was released via Walmart and Apple Music. It also appears that third-party sellers are offering it on Amazon.

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Nicki Minaj Announces Television Comedy Series

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj has revealed that she will executive produce and will appear in a scripted comedy television series that will be based on her life growing up in Queens.

"This is one of the more unique adventures I've ever embarked on," Minaj tells Deadline Hollywood. "I couldn't be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special."

In a twitter Q&A leading up to the big announcement Nicki teased fans with hints such as: The project has been "in the works for almost a year". See the rest of the tweets here.

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Sisqo Reportedly Sues For 'Thong Song' Royalties

(Radio.com) R&B singer Sisqo wants to be paid for his signature hit "Thong Song." The 36-year-old Baltimore native is reportedly suing a company for a whopping $3.6 million.

Allegedly, the company did not turn over royalties they collected for the former Dru Hill frontman. TMZ reports Sisqo hired 27 Red Music to collect royalties from various music publishing companies for all of his music from 1996 to 2005, including his megahit about a certain style of lingerie.

Sisqo reportedly claims 27 Red Music received money on his behalf from music publishing companies, but they never gave Sisqo his $600,000. Read more here.

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Imagine Dragons Releases 'Roots' Video

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons have released a music video for their new single "Roots." The clips starts with the band wrapping up a live performance, but things take a turn as lead singer Dan Reynolds falls into a fever dream that flashes between exotic locations and home movies of Reynolds at various ages.

"It's a song about embracing the culture you were raised in, embracing the things that make you who you are," Reynolds tells Radio.com. "It's real easy, especially when you're traveling around the world, to kinda get lost, and what keeps me grounded is my family and my roots."

The video in some ways reflects the dichotomy of life on the road. "We wanted to show the honest truth of it, there are plenty of nights that are amazing, times that we're overjoyed, says the singer "but there's also nights when you go home to the hotel room for three months in a row and I miss my three-year-old daughter who's back home in the states." Read more here.

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Metallica Release 'All Nightmare Long' Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing footage of a performance of "All Nightmare Long" from a September 14 show in Quebec City. The tune was the fifth single issued from 2008's "Death Magnetic", their first album with producer Rick Rubin. The song was used as the theme for the WWE's 2008 pay-per view event No Mercy.

Metallica's video highlight package also includes drummer Lars Ulrich in the meet and greet as well as the group warming up in the Tuning Room before the show.

The group are also sharing audio of "Sad But True" from the concert. The band's performance was the final event at Colisee Pepsi, a hockey arena first opened in 1949. Metallica have played seven shows in the arena, including two that were filmed for 2012's "Quebec Magnetic" DVD release.

Two days later, the group played the first event at the brand new Centre Vidéotron. "Always one of our favorite places to visit, Quebec City also has a long history of being the home to some of the most rabid 'Tallica fans anywhere," said the band. "It only seems fitting that we share this special passing of the torch with you!" Check out the video and the song stream here.

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Aerosmith Classic Used In New 'Uncharted' PS4 Game Commercial

(hennemusic) The 1975 Aerosmith classic "Sweet Emotion" provides the soundtrack to a new commercial for the forthcoming PS4 game Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.

Due October 9, the remastered collection presents the single-player games Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

The package will include a voucher for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End's multiplayer beta, currently in development by Bluepoint Games. The fourth game in the popular series will be issued as a standalone game on October 9, as well as part of a PlayStation 4 bundle.

The series follows treasure hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake, senior treasure hunter and mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan, journalist Elena Fisher, and numerous secondary companions whom they will come to meet and recruit as they travel around the world to uncover various historical mysteries. Check out the commercial here.

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Alanis Morissette Streaming Demo For 'Closer Than You Might Believe'

(Radio.com) Alanis Morissette's 20th anniversary release of her multi-platinum album Jagged Little Pill is eking closer, day by day. The album won't drop until October 30, but today Morissette released another demo, which will be included in three-disc Jagged Little Pill: Collector's Edition, titled "Closer Than You Might Believe" (via Rolling Stone).

The chorus rolls in minor chords and Morissette's trademark powerful vocals, and completes one more piece of the puzzle regarding the demos leading up to and surrounding Jagged Little Pill.

In a statement to Rolling Stone about the track, Morissette wrote, "this song was from the songs that glen ballard and i wrote together leading up to the writing of jagged little pill. this was when we were writing music and lyrics together. once we got into the zone, after the writing of 'ironic,' i would go on to write the lyrics myself, and the music with glen. this song was about my lamenting the fact that i was relegated to the 'friend zone' with someone i cared deeply about in a romantic way. I had yet to begin writing as intensely or autobiographically. that began as soon as we wrote the song 'perfect.'" Read more here.

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Young Thug Releases Video For Slime Season Track 'Power'

(Radio.com) Young Thug has released the video for "Power," the latest clip from his Slime Season mixtape. The video falls in line with Thug's trippy offerings, including a roaring purple sky in one scene and a casual cruise on a Hovertrax board.

Somewhere along the way, he takes to the basketball court for an And 1-styled slam-dunk and shake and bake clinic. Thug recently mentioned the video in an Instagram post, in which he explained that he was working on the clip when he heard Game being interviewed about him on the radio.

'See I was minding my business trying to promote my little video I got to work for the song 'Power,' And I go on the Breakfast Club being nosy and see this p--y ass n--- Game talking to p--y ass n--r Charlamagne' you is not about that action. I'm fittin' to upload this video."

The video he uploaded was a clip of The Game apologizing to him. And apparently, the video for "Power" was not too far behind. Check it out here.

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Snoop Dogg Launching Football Reality Series

(Radio.com) A Forbes article revealed a press release announced Snoop Dogg's film company, Snoopadelic Films, would be partnering up with AOL for a reality series about youth football.

The rapper has run his Snoop Youth Football League in Southern California since 2005. Snoop Dogg starred in two reality series Snoop Dogg's Fatherhood, which ran on E! between 2007 and 2008.

He also appeared in the ESPN show Snoop & Son: A Dad's Dream, which chronicled the lead up to his son Cordell signing with UCLA's football squad in 2014. Read more

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Rihanna Snaps Her Own Fader Magazine Cover Photo

(Radio.com) Rihanna is featured on the cover of The Fader magazine's 100th issue, taking on the dual role of cover subject and photographer for the magazine. The cover image shows Rihanna standing in a studio, looking over her shoulder in front of a camera. She is pressing the shutter button and capturing the image of herself, according to a press release from The Fader.

"For a selection of images, and for the first time in The Fader's history, [photographer Renata] Raksha handed Rihanna the shutter release, giving the artist the opportunity to collaborate with the photographer, and snap the second cover of the publication's 100th issue," the release said.

Drake is the other cover subject announced for the commemorative issue. The two share honors but have two distinct covers designed to showcase something unique in each personality.

"All photos of Rihanna, at this point in her career, have layers of artifice," Naomi Zeichner, editor-in-chief of The FADER says in the release. "We wanted to see what would happen if we were able to pull some of that away."

In the accompanying story, writer Mary H.K. Choi reveals that Rihanna only allowed five questions to be emailed for the story. While Choi gives her own backstory on Rihanna and what her life is like these days, fans will have to wait for the complete story-including Rihanna's answers-to be released on stands.

Check out the images from the cover shoot here.

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Singled Out: Sarantos's Surgery

Alt-pop star Sarantos tells us about the inspiration behind his latest single "Surgery." Part of the proceeds from the track will go to the non-profit organization Helping Hands Surgical Care. Here is the story:

This is a powerful rock song about someone having surgery. Surgery is what they need, even though they are scared and terrified inside their own mind. Until you are in these shoes, it is hard to imagine what patients go thru. There is a sense of fear that is real despite what people portray on the outside. I really felt that I had to write a song about surgery and what is going on in the depths of a patient's mind before a procedure. I searched and searched and although I found a few songs about surgery, nothing specific stood out and certainly nothing that made it to the top of the charts. I know it's probably not a subject that is appealing to the radio charts, but I felt the need to do it anyway. I truly feel patients will find this relatable and find a sense of calm in listening to this before any procedure and admitting to themselves that it's ok to accept this fear as a normal part of the process. Acceptance can be therapeutic. They can then deal with this event and move on with their lives.

There is a sense of anxiety and frustration being put in a helpless situation. We are used to being in control. The song is about putting life in the hands of someone else which is both humbling and terrifying. I thought it would also be fun to put some clues and subtle hints in the music video that might one day mean something significant to the diehard fan! My journey continues.

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

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