Day in Pop Report for 04/06/2016

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Drake Releases Two New Tracks 'One Dance' & 'Pop Style'

(Radio.com) Drake has released a two new songs "One Dance" featuring Wizkid & Kyla and "Pop Style" featuring The Throne (aka Kanye West & Jay Z). It's our latest listen to Drizzy's highly anticipated new album Views from the 6 which is expected to drop later this month.

"Baby I like your style," Kyla purrs on the opening of "One Dance," Drizzy steps with a positive shout out to his friends "Strength and guidance / All that I'm wishing for my friends / Nobody makes it from my ends / I had to bust up the silence / You know you gotta stick by me / Soon as you see the text, reply me / I don't wanna spend time fighting / We've got no time."

"Pop Style" takes a more boastful tone, with Drake claiming "Got so many chains they call me Chaining Tatum." "Why do you know every single b- that I know?" adds Kanye. "Why can't you just shut your mouth and take the high road?" He also shows a sense of humor referencing his infamous VMA moment with Taylor Swift "Jay about his business, and I'mma let you finish but" Listen to both tracks here.

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Phife Dawg's New Song 'Nutshell' Streaming Online

(Radio.com) The family of Phife Dawg (Malik I. Taylor) have decided to see his wishes through, per a press release, and release music that he had been recording for his new album Give Thanks.

His wife, Deisha, says, "Phife loved his fans, and was so excited for them to hear his new music. I feel like he would have wanted it this way." She, along with his longtime friend and manager, Dion Liverpool, decided to debut his J Dilla produced (estate licensed) single, "Nutshell."

Dion Liverpool added, "The single displays Phife's legendary wordplay as he describes himself, in a nutshell, so to speak." Phife passed on Tuesday March 22nd due to complications resulting from diabetes. Check out the song here.

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Elton John To Guest Star On 'Nashville'

(Radio.com) Fans of the show Nashville will be thrilled to see a surprise music icon in an upcoming episode. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sir Elton John is scheduled for a guest appearance on the much-loved TV drama.

It may be another example of art imitating life, as we have been seeing a lot of crossover between the rock and country genres lately. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the pop-rock piano playing legend will play himself in the show's May 18 episode, alongside Sam Palladio's character Gunnar Scott.

With songs like 'Tiny Dancer," which country music fans will recall Tim McGraw recorded, 'Crocodile Rock," 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and many more, John and his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin have been hitmakers since the 70's. Read more here.

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Zayn Malik's 'Pillowtalk' Gets Melissa McCarthy Makeover

(Radio.com) Melissa McCarthy is a late-night talk show host's dream guest, so her appearance on The Tonight Show made ample use of her comic gifts in an epic lip sync battle.

McCarthy came out strong with DMX's "X Gonna Give It To Ya," Fallon quipped that he got emotional because the track was his "wedding song." In a forceful coup, Fallon took on Zayn Malik's "Pillowtalk" by getting intimate with an actual pillow. At that moment, the segment could have been titled, "metaphors taken to their literal conclusion."

Not to be outdone, McCarthy rocked safety goggles for a high-drama interpretation of "Colors of the Wind" from the Pocahontas soundtrack. No winner was declared but when Melissa McCarthy stands in a wind tunnel miming Disney classics, everybody wins. Watch the segment here.

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T.I. Reveals His Daughter's Unusual Name

(Radio.com) At the end of March, T.I. and Tiny--one of hip hop's most enduring couples--welcomed a baby girl, but kept mum about the infant's name. The Harris family named their daughter something both auspicious and alliterative--Heiress Harris. T.I. tweeted, "Welcome Home Heiress!!! The Ride Begins."

T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. and married Tiny, formerly of Xscape, in 2010 after nine years together. Heiress is the seventh child between them, joining other sons and daughters in the blended family from previous relationships. The household already includes children named King and Major, so another commanding first name should fit right into the mix.

The Twitter announcement was paired with a photo of T.I. on daddy duty, holding a baby carrier and rocking some cool ripped jean shorts. Check out the tweets here.

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Award Named After Taylor Swift

(Radio.com) After countless wins, someone has finally named an award after Taylor Swift. As part of the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards Taylor Swift will receive, you guessed it, the Taylor Swift Award.

It's not the first time BMI has given an award named after an artist, but Swift is in good company, the only previous owner of that distinction was Michael Jackson back in 1990.

'Taylor Swift has transformed pop culture through her songs, artistry and indomitable spirit," said BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Barbara Cane. Read more here.

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Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem Lead Outside Lands Lineup

(Radio.com) Outside Lands festival announced its 2016 lineup Tuesday(April 5th). Sure, there are major headliners like Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, J. Cole, Lana Del Rey and more, but the one act that's got everybody buzzing involves a bit more felt.

The Muppets' very own band, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, will perform at the festival, which features music, art, comedy, gourmet food and more. Duran Duran, Chance the Rapper, Grimes, Major Lazer, Ryan Adams and a host of other artists and bands are set to perform over the course of the three-day event.

Now in its eighth year, Outside Lands is held at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and will take place August 5-7th. According to Dr. Teeth himself, Outside Lands festival will "absotively, posolutely blow your mind."

Check out the full lineup here.

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Nathan Sykes Streams New Track With G-Eazy 'Give It Up'

(Radio.com) Nathan Sykes hasn't clued fans into when he'll be dropping his solo debut album, but he continues to share singles in the meantime. After giving fans a moving duet with Ariana Grande in early January, Sykes released a new single "Give It Up."

A sugary pop confection laced with darker electronic components that venture into R&B territory at times, "Give It Up" is all about Sykes' sky-high feelings of love. "Baby, I want you close, I want you close/ Give me your love/ Baby, I want some more, I want some more/ Can't get enough," he sings.

G-Eazy lends a verse to the tune, rapping about the difficulties of life on the road, which takes him from Sydney to London. He still manages to find time to meet up with his favorite girl because she thrills him in ways others can't. Listen here.

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Carrie Underwood Gives Back To Military Families

(Radio.com) Carnival Cruise Lines recently rolled out the first in a wave of new videos featuring Carrie Underwood meeting and connecting with U.S. military families recognized through the Honor. Family. Fun. program.

The program is a year-long initiative created to support U.S. military families through Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit group aimed at building strong, stable and secure military families.

In the first video, Underwood surprises the Vaughn family. With a tearful expression of gratitude for father Philip's service in the U.S. Army, Underwood invites the family to a pre-concert event in Washington, D.C, during her Storyteller Tour. Vaughn's wife Jung Sun and kids, Tara and Jeremy, are also invited to a private concert for military families on the Carnival Vista in New York on Nov. 4, 2016.

'Meeting the Vaughn family was touching for me and I hope they are as excited to come to my concert in New York as I was to surprise them with the invitation," said Underwood. 'This program has afforded me the opportunity to personally thank these soldiers for all that they do, and I am grateful to be a part of something so positive and rewarding The men and women of our military deserve our respect and admiration and we hope that Carnival's small role in their lives will show them how much we value what they do for our country." Read more here.

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Star Wars' Daisy Ridley Shows Off Her Rap Skills

(Radio.com) It looks like in between takes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega sure had some fun. In new behind-the-scenes-footage from the Target edition of the film's DVD/Blu-ray, Ridley shows off her rapping skills (via Billboard).

"I've got a good eye for talent," Boyega explains to the camera. While shooting the film, he overheard her rapping one day and jokingly promised Ridley, "You know what, I can make you a big star." As it turns out, it wouldn't take rap to make that happen, but at least she's got a secondary talent to fall back on should acting not work out.

When Boyega launches into a beat, Ridley raps about their time on set. "We all up in the desert and we filming Star Wars / Because of our diet we can eat no Mars bars / Because of the explosions JB crawling on all fours / because of all the heat we can really make some s'mores." Read more here.

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Faith Hill Sends Shout-Out To Hubby Tim McGraw

(Radio.com) Tim McGraw gave one of the most moving performances at the 2016 ACM Awards with 'Humble and Kind." So his wife, Faith Hill, gave one of the most loving shout-outs on Instagram by posting a 'kiss pic" with the caption 'I am so proud of my man."

McGraw's performance of the Lori McKenna song was one of the highlights of the awards ceremony, and as he sang people of all ages, races and creeds flooded the stage.

McGraw has talked about how, as the father of three daughters with Hill, he deeply relates to "Humble and Kind." "I cried through every take," he told Tasteofcountry.com. "I would try to get myself together and I'd get halfway through it and I would just start blubbering every time time I tried to sing a line." Read more here.

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Lady Gaga Performs At Luncheon

(Radio.com) She may have wrapped up her public stint of playing "standards" when she competed for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards, but Lady Gaga couldn't resist slipping in a couple more jazzy classics for a small lunch crowd on April 4 in Beverly Hills.

Performing in billionaire Ron Burkle's backyard, Gaga sang "New York, New York" and Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose." The luncheon was planned to honor Gaga, who received the Jane Ortner Artist Award from the GRAMMY Museum, in recognition of her commitment to music education.

"I don't know where I would be without my education of music," she said in her emotional speech. Watch her collect her award and perform some Cheek to Cheek standards here.

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