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Day in Pop Report for 04/14/2016


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Kenny Rogers Announces Initial Farewell Tour Dates Kenny Rogers has announced the initial dates for The Gambler's Last Deal, which will be the country music legend's final world tour after five decades in the industry.

The tour is expected to run into next year with Rogers kicking off the first leg on May 13th in Mahnomen, MN at Shooting Star Casino and wrapping up the North American trek on July 31st in Columbus, OH at the Ohio State Fair.

Rogers will then head to Singapore on August 6th where he will play the Star Theatre, followed by Bangkok's Royal Paragon Hall on August 9th and the Araneta Coliseum in Manila on August 11th.

He has scheduled several additional U.S. dates in September and October followed by European dates that get underway in Glasgow on Halloween and wrap up on November 12th in London.

Rogers said the following about the tour, "I'm excited about making one more sweep around the world. For more than five decades, I've been fortunate enough to have such wonderful, loyal audiences, and their support has meant so much. This final tour is going to be a celebration of all of my music, and I know each night will be truly special." See all of the dates here.

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Bataclan Announces First Shows Since Paris Terrorist Attacks (Radio.com) Le Bataclan has been closed since a terrorist attack at the Eagles of Death Metal concert on November 13th left 89 dead. But shortly after that horrifying incident, the venue announced it would not capitulate to terror and would eventually re-open.

The Bataclan announced Wednesay (April 13th) who will be first on the bill. Pete Doherty will take the stage on November 16th-three days after the one-year anniversary of the attacks-for the venue's first official show after reopening. (It is still unclear whether the show will mark the venue's official re-opening, or if a date prior to the event will serve that purpose.)

Other shows to follow Doherty's include Youssou N'Dour and the Super Etoile de Dakar on November 18th, Nada Surf on December 2nd and MZ on December 3rd. Read more here.

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Rihanna Documentary Being Made By Peter Berg (Radio.com) For those who want a peek behind the curtain at Rihanna's inner life, director Peter Berg will be bringing it to the big screen. Despite her over-sized lifestyle, well documented on Instagram and concert footage, the Barbadian singer remains something of a chameleon in plain sight.

Peter Berg (who has previously directed Rihanna in Battleship) will style the film after Don't Look Back, D.A. Pennebaker's landmark Bob Dylan film from 1967.

Rather than a pat, by-the-numbers look at life on tour, her music's message, and her relationship with fans, the yet-untitled Rihanna movie has been described as a "character study." Read more here.

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alt-J Announce Double Album and DVD Record Store Day Release alt-J have announced that they will be celebrating this year's Record Store Day with the release of an exclusive double live album and DVD entitled "Live At Red Rocks."

The special Record Store Day 75 minute live album / concert DVD release will feature two colored vinyl LPs, a CD and DVD packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

The release will feature the band's summer of 2015 performance at the Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado. Record Store Day 2016 takes place this Saturday, April 16 at participating independent record stores. See a list of stores here.

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Halsey Releases 'Castle' Music Video (Radio.com) Halsey has released a new music video for her song "Castle." The latest video from her debut album Badlands doubles as the lead single from the soundtrack to The Huntsman: Winter's War.

The new "Castle" music video features footage from the forthcoming The Huntsman: Winter's War film, as well as Halsey herself, looking quite regal in a gown and crown.

The film is a prequel to the events of the classic Snow White story starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Watch the video here.

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Judge May Rule Katy Perry Can Buy Convent (Radio.com) Katy Perry has had her eye on a Catholic convent for some time, and it looks as though she's one step closer to finally purchasing it. The Los-Angeles based convent has been locked in a legal dispute about who has the rights to sell the property.

Two remaining sisters of the Institute for the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary claim they have the right to sell the property to whomever they wish, while the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles claims that right actually belongs to him.

The nuns, neither of whom live on the property anymore, would like to sell the convent to business woman and restaurateur Dana Hollister for $15.5 million. The Archbishop, on the other hand, would like to sell it to Perry for $14.5 million (via Buzzfeed).

Perry's attorney Eric Rowen told Buzzfeed that the judge indicated Wednesday (April 13th) she would be siding with the archdiocese. 'Subject to our receiving the written order, we are very pleased with the judge's description of her ruling this morning, which indicates that we won the real property issues, clearing the way for our client to buy the property at issue," he said. Read more here.

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Jake Owen Releases 'American Country Love Song' Video (Radio.com) In his new video for "American Country Love Song" Jake Owen is a man on a road trip in his featching pearly green 1966 Volkswagon Microbus. Owen wanted the clip to be a departure from the more manicured, studio-centric videos he has done in the past.

"The song is about feeling young and free," Owen told People. "I've done videos before where there's a bunch of people standing around putting makeup on me, and I don't think of that as being free. I wanted the all-American road trip."

He continued: 'I thought why don't I just get in a van with the director and take some good friends and hit the road and see what happens?" Watch the new video here.

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Duran Duran Joined On Stage By Lindsay Lohan (Radio.com) In the middle of a Duran Duran concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center Tuesday night (April 12), Lindsay Lohan joined the group onstage to perform the spoken-word interlude for "Danceophobia," from the band's 14th and most recent studio album, Paper Gods.

Duran Duran also paid their respects to their mentor and hero David Bowie by mashing up their 1981 hit, "Planet Earth" with Bowie's classic "Space Oddity."

Bowie's was a profound inspiration for the English new wave band. "There was no question that as a musician, David Bowie was the singular person who inspired me more than anyone else to become a musician," Duran Duran keyboardist and vocalist Nick Rhodes told Billboard. Read more here.

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Nas And J Dilla Track 'The Sickness' Released (Radio.com) J Dilla's legacy in hip-hop continues to live on because of rappers like Nas. Today Nas finds himself on a track with J Dilla and it's called "The Sickness."

Dilla and Nas both spit rhymes over a Madlib beat. The Fader reports Nas recorded his verse more than a decade after Dilla's original recording session. "The Sickness" is one of two iTunes exclusive songs added to the latest posthumous J Dlla album The Diary, which hits retailers on Friday (April 15).

The Queensbridge MC spoke to Zane Lowe earlier this year about Dilla's influence and style of production. "I was a fan fan before I knew who to attach a name to. I was like, 'that's the next guy I'm going to work with.' As I said that, the news came that he was not well' He could do records that was Janet Jackson level and still do Common, the neo-soul thing. He had all those things wrapped up in him," Nas related. Take a listen to Nas and J Dilla on "The Sickness" here.

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Post Malone Chokes Justin Bieber In Online Photo (Radio.com) Justin Bieber and Post Malone are out on tour together with the rapper supporting Biebs' Purpose Tour. Their time on the road has sparked quite the friendship, if Bieber's Instagram posts are any kind of revelation, but have things turned?

A photo has surfaced showing Post with his hand around Bieber's neck. While it's not entirely clear whether Post was actually choking the singer (as opposed to goofing around), Bieber doesn't look too amused.

The two were partying at a club in Houston following Bieber's show on April 9th. The Sun shared video of what might have been the incident that sparked Post's reaction. While Post was rapping for the crowd, Bieber can be seen lightly touching his cigarette on the rapper's upper arm. It's very brief, and Bieber smiles as he does it.

Malone later took to Twitter to squash rumors of bad blood. "i love Justin y'all tripping lol," he tweeted. "He's my big brother and we like to rough house," he continued, "if we was fighting someone would have done something instead of just sit around while the beibs gets chokeslammed." See the posts here.

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