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Day in Pop Report for 04/01/2016


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The Roots Pull Out Of David Bowie Tribute Shows

(Radio.com) Questlove announced that the Roots have dropped out of the David Bowie tribute concerts following a dispute over equipment at Radio City Music Hall.

In an Instagram post, Quest breaks down the "b*tcha**ness" that led to their decision: It sounds like the Roots were denied use of sound or music equipment. In the spirit of generosity, Questlove affirmed that he never denies fellow musicians the liberty to borrow his gear for performances, and characterized his experience with Bowie tribute organizers as "petty."

"But I'm also keeping it true: The Roots/Bilal/Kimbra (w/ Wendy Melvoin, DD Jackson & Ray Angry) pulled out of these Bowie gigs," he wrote. "We have patience. But we do NOT have patience for the # b*tcha**ness. Enjoy your precious equipment." Read more here.

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Snoop Dogg Offers To Save Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles

(Radio.com) Snoop Dogg said he'd buy Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles if given the opportunity. The parent company of famed Los Angeles and Long Beach restaurants filed for Bankruptcy protection last Friday, reports the LA Times.

Already under crippling debt, the company filed for protection after a wrongful termination and discrimination lawsuit threatened to drain the company's assets.

Having spent much of his youth in Long Beach, Snoop Dogg threw his name into the mix upon learning of the restaurant's shortcomings. "Bankruptcy? Roscoe's went--no they didn't!," Snoop told TMZ upon learning the news. "I guess I'm [gonna] have to buy it man, and make it 'Snoop Dogg's Chicken and Waffles." Read more here.

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Ariana Grande Releases 'Dangerous Woman' Video

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande has released a music video for her new single "Dangerous Woman," subtitled (Visual 1). The clip features the singer in sexy black lingerie, and perhaps more surprising, with her hair down.

"To me, a dangerous woman is somebody who is not afraid to take risks, to be unapologetically themselves,' Grande told 92.3 AMP Radio. 'To be honest, to embrace who they are.

"That sometimes can take a while to grow into' I am still coming into my own [as a dangerous woman]. I think I am still learning so much and growing so much. I think probably this past year I've grown more than any other year."

The song is the title track to Grande's new album which will be release on May 20th. Watch the video here.

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Adele's Next Album May Include Diane Warren Songs

(Radio.com) Diane Warren has written some of the movies' most memorable ballads, from "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" to "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." Her 2016 has already included an Oscar-nominated collaboration with Lady Gaga and a star-studded empowerment anthem.

It turns out she has even more songs, friends, and hits-in-waiting up her sleeve: Warren told Entertainment Weekly that Adele wants to record some of her songs next.

'I did some songs with Adele that she still loves," Warren said. 'Hopefully they'll find their way onto her next album. We did some songs early in the process for 25." Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood Expands Her Storyteller Tour

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood's Storyteller Tour is getting a few months longer, which will take her right into November. The tour was originally scheduled to end in May with a group of shows in Ontario, Canada.

However, Underwood has extended her time on the road, adding shows in Los Angeles, Calif., and New York City, as well as at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers, will continue on the tour with Carrie.

"I always love being on the road performing for my fans, but something about this tour feels more magnetic than ever," Underwood says in a press release. 'Having a 360-degree view of the audience gives me the opportunity to connect with more fans and feed off their energy. I can't wait to continue this tour into the fall!" Read more including the dates here.

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Chris Stapleton Announces New Summer Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Chris Stapleton in undeniably one of the top must-see artists in country music, and he has the ticket sales to prove it. Almost all of his upcoming summer tour dates sold out so quickly, that he's added a few more shows in May, June and September to keep up with the demand.

Aubrie Sellers will join Stapleton for the new dates, including stops in New Orleans, Charlotte, Orange Beach and Philadelphia. Stapleton has been a longstanding fixture in country music as a songwriter for years, but his solo career took off after his November performance with Justin Timberlake. He has taken home two Grammys this year, and extended tour and he isn't slowing down.

Stapleton will be appearing at the 2016 ACM Awards, where he is nominated for several awards including Album of the Year for his smash record Traveller, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and New Male Vocalist, which he has already been won. Stapleton will head out on the road May 12 for his tour. See his dates here.

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Reba McEntire Ends Management Relationship With Ex-Husband

(Radio.com) Reba McEntire has revealed that her longtime professional relationship with Narvel Blackstock, which began in 1988, has come to an end. After nearly 25 years married, the pair announced their divorce last summer.

"I thought it was a good time now to break free from management," Reba said at the Change the Conversation Presents: Rising Young Artists Mentoring Sessions event at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe.

McEntire went on to share that the new management has been well received by her record label, Nash Icon. "We took our list to Nash Icon and they were so excited because we were willing to do things that we hadn't got to do before," she said. Read more here.

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Florence and the Machine Do 'Stand By Me' For Final Fantasy Trailer

(Radio.com) For the fifteenth installment of the Final Fantasy RPG series, developers spared nothing on the rollout. A trailer released for the forthcoming game features a Florence + the Machine cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," lending their signature drama and discordant mysticism to a pop standard.

Frontwoman Florence Welch said their contribution to Final Fantasy XV promos was a natural fit. 'I've always seen Final Fantasy as mythical, beautiful and epic," she said in a statement. Who knew she was a gamer?

Following their GRAMMY-nominated album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Flo and company appear to be branching out into diverse new projects. It has been teased that Welch will collaborate on dance music with Diplo and Skrillex. Watch the trailer here.

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Behind the Song: Chris Janson's 'Buy Me a Boat'

(Radio.com) One of the new names in country music who started to to get traction in 2015 was Chris Janson, a singer songwriter who has written songs for Hank Williams Jr and Tim McGraw, among others. But his song "Buy Me a Boat," brought him to a wider audience, and is nominated for Single Record of the Year at this weekend's ACM Awards.

Janson recently spoke about the song to Radio.com: "Look, I have lived on both sides of the fence on that one. [Money] can't buy happiness -- I found that out -- but it can buy a good time. And a good time to me is: boats, Yetis, trucks. Money."

"When I started out in the honky-tonks at Tootsie's in Nashville ten years ago, when I started in the music business' I know what it's like to be struggling for rent. I literally was living in the backseat of a two-door Monte Carlo and crashing on couches when I could find one. So I know what it's like to be dead-a- broke, and just be skimping by to make rent, barely have any gas to get to the gig and stuff. I know what it's like."

But he's surprised that it's been his breakout hit: "When we wrote that song, I wasn't trying to ever get on the radio; I wasn't trying to sell records; I wasn't trying to do anything." Read more here.

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Kehlani's Ex Tweets His Support After Apparent Suicide Attempt

(Radio.com) After an apparent suicide attempt put Kehlani in the hospital, her ex-boyfriend and Cleveland Cavaliers player Kyrie Irving spoke out on Twitter, offering her love and support.

The tweets no longer appear on Irving's account, but Vibe captured them before they were deleted. After explaining that he and Kehlani were not dating when a photo of her and rapper PartyNextDoor circulated online, he tweeted, "It's unfortunate that it's received so much attention but its become bigger because of a post that was misunderstood."

He added in a final tweet, "Nothing but love and compassion over this way for her and her family. My only focus the Game I love to play every night." Read more here.

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Tom Hiddleston Talks Hank Williams Biopic Role

(Radio.com) You know Tom Hiddleston from his work in blockbuster films like Thor, The Avengers and War Horse, but the actor says that playing country music legend Hank Williams in the upcoming "I Saw the Light" is one of his most challenging, and fulfulling roles yet.

Hiddleston told The Boot, 'It took me a while to fully say yes [to the role], because I knew that once I said yes, I was going to have to cancel everything else in my life and make this a priority, because Hank Williams means so much to so many people.

"He's an icon, and he's left a legacy in American music, which is evergreen, And I knew once I said yes, the seriousness with which I was going to take it in terms of changing the way I looked, changing the way I sounded, getting under the skin of his particular artistic spirit and the music and the culture, and I'm honoring that, doing right by him." Read more here.

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Beyonce Launches Ivy Park Clothing Line

(Radio.com) Beyonce's mysterious clothing collaboration with Arcadia Group, the company behind Top Shop and other fashion-forward but budget conscious brands has finally been revealed.

Called Ivy Park, the active wear line will be available at Topshop, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, and other sellers (via Pitchfork). The brand's name seems to be a combination of her daughter's name, and a park she used to run when she was growing up.

In a new video posted to YouTube on March 31st, Beyonce says, "I would wake up in the morning, and my dad would come knocking on my door, tell me it's time to go running. I remember wanting to stop, but I would push myself to keep going." Read more here.

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