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Day in Pop Report for 04/15/2016


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Diana Ross In A Car Crash Diana Ross was in a car accident on Wednesday (April 13). The legendary 72-year-old Motown singer reassured fans that she did not receive any major injuries in the crash and she didn't let it derail her concert in Providence, Rhode Island on Thursday night.

Ross broke the news to fans via Twitter on Thursday. "I was involved in a car accident yesterday, but I'm fine," she tweeted. "I will see you tonight at the show in Providence."

She went into a little more detail on Facebook, "I'm going to be a little sore, but it was mostly shocking. I have a very tiny sore bump on my forehead at my hairline. I ask you not to worry. I will see you tonight at the show in Providence."

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Kendrick Lamar Sued For Using Classic Bill Withers Song Kendrick Lamar is being sued for the alleged unauthorized use of the classic Bill Withers song "Don't You Want To Stay" on the rap star's 2009 track "I Do This", according to TMZ.

The celebrity gossip site reports that Mattie Music Group, which says it owns the rights to the Withers track, filed a suit against Lamar seeking damages and they no longer want Lamar to use the Withers song.

They reportedly claim in the legal documents that "I Do That" "consists of nothing more than new rap and hip hop lyrics set to the existing music of 'Don't You Want To Stay."

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Justin Bieber May Be Sidelined By The Cleveland Cavaliers (Radio.com) Justin Bieber fans waiting for the pop star's upcoming Cleveland date may be forced to wait a bit longer than anticipated. The pop star's scheduled concert in Cleveland is in jeopardy of being rescheduled due to a possible NBA playoff game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking on the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Game 5 of the series is scheduled for April 26 at Quicken Loans Arena, the same night the Biebs is set to perform in the city.

If either team can sweep the seven game series by winning the first four, the fifth game would not be needed and would allow Bieber to perform as scheduled. So, it's safe to say Cleveland Beliebers will be pulling extra hard for LeBron and company to end the series quickly.

According to Billboard, the Cavaliers' organization is working on a contingency plan for a new date for the show in case the events overlap. Read more here.

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Lady Antebellum To Perform Anthem At Kentucky Derby (Radio.com) Lady Antebellum will be performing "The Star Spangled Banner" to kick off the 2016 Kentucky Derby on May 7th at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky (via Rolling Stone).

Lady Antebellum took a brief hiatus following their most recent tour, which wrapped up in October 2015. The group said they needed a breather, and wanted to take some time to write new music their new album.

Following their appearance at the Kentucky Derby, Lady Antebellum will kick off their summer tour beginning at Baton Rouge's Bayou Country Super Fest on May 27th. Although they won't be playing a ton of shows, their tour lasts through August. Read more here.

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Puff Daddy Smoothes Things Over With Notorious B.I.G.'s Daughter (Radio.com) The daughter of Notorious B.I.G., T'yanna Wallace was displeased when organizers didn't send her tickets to the Bad Boy Family Tour--organized to celebrate her late father's 44th birthday.

"The bad boy concert is for my dad's bday but I got NOT ONE TICKET," she tweeted. "Just wanna point that out." She later deleted the post. Puff Daddy said it was a big misunderstanding.

"I had already put tickets to the side for the family of course," Puff Daddy told a radio station. "People were notified. They didn't notify her. We don't have no problem."

However, he has some regrets about how the Bad Boy Family has been a bit estranged in the years since Biggie's death. "I called her and I let her know that I love her and I know that she doesn't see me all the time," Puff Daddy said. "I told her like, I know I can get out of pocket but I also told her as a man, if I ever had made you feel like that where I haven't checked in on you, I apologize." Read more here.

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Drake White Releases Livin' The Dream Video Country star Drake White recruited his wife and dog to join him in the music video for his latest single "Livin' The Dream", which was released digitally back in December.

The new video was directed by P.R. Brown and was shot on a farm outside of Nashville, TN. The clip features White with his wife Alex and the couple's dog Writer.

White had this to say about the video, "I loved being able to spend the day with my partners in crime - Alex and Writer. We love spending time together outdoors, so I couldn't have asked for a more perfect shoot or example of 'Livin' the Dream.'"

Brown added, "It was such a pleasure to be part of this shoot with Drake and bringing 'Livin' The Dream' to life. "I really think his fans are going to get a kick out of it because it's a bit different than your typical music video. "

Drake has also announced that he will be performing the song when he makes his national television debut on NBC's Today show on Monday, April 18th. Watch the new video here.

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ASAP Ferg Releases New Track Featuring Missy Elliott (Radio.com) A$AP Ferg has released yet another track off his upcoming album Always Strive and Prosper. Titled "Strive," the song was produced by DJ Mustard and Stelios Phili, and features Missy Elliott.

A$AP Ferg raps about the aspirations his mother had for him; she didn't want him to end up like his Uncle Terry, who slung drugs on the corner. In the song, A$AP Ferg shares how he promised his mother a better life as soon as he escaped his neighborhood.

Things take a soaring turn on the chorus, as words of inspiration combine with the house music foundation that forms the song. "I can see it in your face/ And I know you wanna fly/ So get off your a- and create your life/ Cuz you're missing opportunities/ I know you're rich in opportunities," Ferg sings on the chorus at first alone, and eventually with Missy Elliott.

Missy, meanwhile, lends a whip smart and whip quick verse to the track that echoes Ferg's theme about taking advantage of opportunities in order to make create a better life. Rapping about how the only way she was bound to make it was by being herself, Listen to "Strive" here.

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Usher Does Surprise Duet With Justin Bieber (Radio.com) Justin Bieber's Atlanta crowd got quite the treat on April 13th when he slowed things down during his Purpose Tour, and began performing a cover of Usher's "U Got it Bad."

Fans got excited about the cover, but then things went next-level crazy when Usher himself walked out onstage to join Bieber. In fan-captured video, a dreadlocked Bieber sits front and center with an acoustic guitar, strumming the song's opening chords. He pauses after the first few lines, stands up and says, "Wait a minute."

He then turns his back to the audience to greet Usher, who walks out with a big grin on his face. Needless to say, the crowd loses its ever-loving mind. Bieber wraps his arm around the R&B singer from behind for a quick hug before the two start back in on the song. Read more and watch the clip here.

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Alabama Announce Southern Drawl Tour (Radio.com) The group with the most top-charting hits in country music, Alabama, will kick off its North American Southern Drawl Tour in grand style performing for three nights with 80-piece Nashville Symphony Orchestra, starting May 12.

The "family band," made up of Randy Owen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and his cousins Teddy Gentry (bass guitar, background vocals) and Jeff Cook (lead guitar, fiddle, keyboards), will cross the country in support of its newest album, Southern Drawl.

The Southern Drawl Tour is currently scheduled to wrap up on Oct. 8 in Fairfax, Va. Southern Drawl, is Alabama's first album of new songs since 2001. It includes 'Come Find Me," a collaboration with Alison Krauss, as well as the lead single "Wasn't Through Loving You Yet." See the dates here.

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Nick Jonas Recalls First Kiss with Miley Cyrus (Radio.com) They say you never forget your first kiss. That's obviously true for Nick Jonas, but to be fair, his first kiss was with his famous former Disney star and girlfriend Miley Cyrus. Who could forget that?

Jonas told BBC RADIO 1, 'The first person I kissed was Miley Cyrus and I kissed her outside of California Pizza Kitchen in Hollywood - very romantic. I'd just had a pizza that had onions all over it. I'm sure that my breath smelled terrible."

When asked if Miley remembers the big event, Jonas said, "I don't know, I'd have to ask her. But I'm sure she does. It was probably pretty potent." Read more here.

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Pentatonix Release Video For Collaboration With Jason Derulo (Radio.com) A capella group Pentatonix may range in age from their early to mid twenties, but that doesn't mean they don't appreciate music that debuted when they were still little tykes concerned with toys and juice boxes.

The quintet recruited pop star Jason Derulo for a cover of the classic slow jam "If I Ever Fall In Love Again" by Shai. Pentatonix recently released a music video for their version.

The song is taken from Pentatonix's self-titled first album. The artists do a great job of keeping the essence of Shai's version while adding a little beatboxing flair. Watch the video here.

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Frankie Ballard Announces New Album 'El Rio' (Radio.com) Country star Frankie Ballard has announced that he will release a new album entitled El Rio on June 10th. The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX with producer Marshall Altman.

"I'm very proud of the work Marshall and I did on El Rio," said Ballard in the announcement. 'We busted our ass to be better. It's been a spiritual journey. This album has already changed my life, and nobody's heard it yet."

The album's first single, 'It All Started With A Beer," tells the story of a relationship that's grown over time despite the bumps life offers along the way. Read more here.

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