Day in Pop Report for 04/27/2016

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Kid Rock 'Beyond Devastated' After Fatal Accident

Kid Rock is "beyond devastated" after he discovered the body of his 30-year-old personal assistant and friend Michael Sacha, who was killed in an ATV accident on Rock's property in Nashville earlier this week.

Rock writes on his official website, "I am beyond devastated to report that my personal assistant Mike Sacha passed away today in an ATV accident here in Nashville. He was a member of our family and one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with.

"I know I speak for us all in sharing my deepest condolences to his family. I can not imagine how they must feel. Myself, the band, our family, friends and co-workers are devastated over this loss. We were supposed to be back in Michigan today, but I am going to stay here with Mike until I can bring him home to his family.

"We've already been contacted by the press asking if it was me who was in the accident, so I want to stop any rumors before they spread. I'm asking everyone to please respect our and his families' privacy in this difficult time. RIP Mike. We will never forget you, my friend. - Kid Rock"

Police in Nashville put out the following statement about the accident, "Investigation by North Precinct detectives shows that an ATV accident is responsible for the overnight death of Michael Sacha, 30, on private property at 3631 Knight Drive owned by Robert Ritchie, known professionally as musician Kid Rock. Sacha worked for Ritchie as a personal assistant.

"Officers were called to the scene at 11:36 a.m. and found that Sacha was deceased on the embankment of the property's long driveway. Detectives learned that Sacha drove two individuals who had attended a cookout down the driveway to meet with an Uber driver at midnight. While riding the ATV back toward the residence, Sacha apparently lost control and crashed.

"Ritchie began looking for Sacha late this morning when he couldn't find him at the residence. Ritchie and a friend discovered Sacha on the embankment and immediately telephoned for help."

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Prince's Sister Says He Had No Will

(Radio.com) Prolific songwriter and musician Prince did not leave a will behind, according to his sister and only surviving full sibling Tyka Nelson, so she's asked the court to appoint an administrator to step in and handle his estate.

Nelson filed a request on Tuesday (April 26) in a Minneapolis court, requesting that a judge appoint Brener Trust to see to her brother's estate (via The Hollywood Reporter). Court documents reveal that Brener Bank managed provided Prince with financial services for several years. Nelson stated that the matter was urgent, and sought an immediate action.

It's unclear how much his estate is worth, but considering Prince's sales skyrocketed over 40,000% following his death, the urgency of the matter seems clear (via The Washington Post). His estate is not just about what Prince earned up until his death, but what his estate will continue to bring in by way of licensing fees. Read more here.

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James Corden Takes On Beyonce's Becky Mystery

(Radio.com) It was only a matter of time before parodies of Beyonce's new album Lemonade started popping up. Late night talk show host James Corden seems to be the first to release his.

Corden used Queen Bey's album about love, betrayal, and forgiveness as the foundation for his video about writing a monologue for his show. The British host got elaborate with the wigs, costume changes, sets, and poetic interludes just like Bey's visual album.

Corden jokes about a school in Texas potentially renaming itself after Donald Trump and immediately filing for bankruptcy.

James Corden even gets in on the "Becky" mystery. He hilariously asks audiences, "Does this make you laugh like Jimmy with the good hair?" referring to late night rival Jimmy Fallon. Check the James Corden video here.

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Chris Stapleton Forced To Cancel Show After Losing His Voice

(Radio.com) Between playing both Coachella weekends amid a series of his own shows, Chris Stapleton has been busy lately, and it seems all that travel has worn down his voice. Stapleton posted on Instagram Tuesday (April 26) that he needed to postpone his show in Santa Barbara that same evening.

Stapleton isn't entirely sure why his voice has been giving him such trouble, but he said he would be seeking medical attention for the issue early in the morning. No date has yet been announced to makeup for the cancellation.

"Please know we are working hard to find the earliest possible date we can to get back to you guys. I truly regret having to do this & any inconvenience it may cause. Thanks for your support & understanding. You guys mean the world to me," he concluded. Read more here.

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Fat Joe Streams New Track Featuring Bryson Tiller

(Radio.com) When you think of Fat Joe at his most romantic, only one song should come to mind: "Hold You Down," his collaboration with Jennifer Lopez in 2005. But now Joe's sensitive side is back in force with his brand new track "Love You to Pieces," which features Bryson Tiller.

Previously, "All the Way Up" featuring Remy Ma, marked Joe's biggest mainstream hit since 2008, so a high-profile guest spot on his next single should keep the momentum in swing.

"Soulmates are like diamonds/ You never can make them, you got to find them/ And your beauty is quite blinding/ Its like staring at the sun on an island," Joe raps. Check out the track here.

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Kris Kristofferson Announces 'The Cedar Creek Sessions'

(Radio.com) Longtime Kris Kristofferson fans don't have to wait much longer for a new album from the singer-songwriter. Kristofferson's first record in three years, The Cedar Creek Sessions, is scheduled for release June 17, just days before Kristofferson's 80th birthday.

The Cedar Creek Sessions is the follow-up to Kristofferson's 2013 album Feeling Mortal. The album was recorded over three days in June, 2014 during an impromptu jam session at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin, Texas.

Kristofferson tracked the tunes with a live band, which accompanied him on favorites like "Me and Bobby McGee," "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" and "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down."

'The Loving Gift" features a duet with Sheryl Crow. The original song was made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Read more here.

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Coldplay's Chris Martin Covers Prince with 8th Graders

(Radio.com) Coldplay frontman Chris Martin performed a unique version of a Prince song at a Chords 2 Cure benefit concert in Santa Monica, Calif on April 24. During the concert, which raised money for pediatric cancer research, Martin teamed up with a band of eighth graders onstage and covered "Raspberry Beret." In addition, Martin played Coldplay's "Twisted Logic" live for the first time ever.

While "Twisted Logic," off Coldplay's 2005 release X&Y might have been familiar for the teens, as Martin recalls, Prince wasn't. Before the show, Martin suggested the song to the eight graders, who looked at him as if he was speaking Greek: "[I said] 'Let's do this song. It's a very famous Prince song.' They said, 'We don't know it. We've never heard of it. We're, like, 14,'" Martin told the audience.

The band of eighth graders, called the A-Sides, learned the song in three hours. Martin thanked everyone in the audience for allowing him to play their "very special concert. Please feel free to stand and prove your love," Martin said right before the band kicked off the song. Watch it here.

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Cole Swindell Streams Sentimental New Song 'Stars'

(Radio.com) After stopping listeners' hearts with his last single "Flatliner" featuring Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell slows things down and gets sweet with his new song, "Stars." It appears on his upcoming second studio album, You Should Be Here.

"You wish on 'em/Party underneath 'em/Way out there where it's easy to see 'em/Stars," Swindell sings in the opening. But if you think this is Swindell's poetic musings on those twinkling lights above, think again.

The romantic ballad, grounded in country-leaning guitar, finds Swindell dancing with his lady out underneath the night sky, and comparing the way she makes him feel to the lights overhead. "You stare at 'em/Swear if you can reach 'em/You'd give her one/Cuz she's got you seeing/Stars/Since that night she stole your heart," he sings.

Swindell doubled down and released a bonus video with the single, which finds him singing against a sparkling city skyline. Check it out here.

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Kelly Clarkson Shares Family Photo Featuring New Son

(Radio.com) Kelly Clarkson has taken to social media to share a pretty cute photo of her new son Remmington with his siblings. Remy poses with his biological sister River Rose as well Seth and Savannah who are Clarkson's husband's children from a previous marriage.

"The von Trapps ain't got nothin' on us ha!" Clarkson captioned her Instagram post, in a nod to the family that is at the center of The Sound of Music.

Clarkson shared the very first snaps of her new addition this past weekend. Check out Clarkson's cute photos of Remy, River Rose, Seth and Savannah here.

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Rachel Roy Addresses Beyonce's 'Becky' Speculation

(Radio.com) When Beyonce released her new album Lemonade, everyone had one question: who is Becky, with the good hair? The album deals with Jay Z's alleged infidelity, and calls out "Becky" as his mistress.

Fingers, and the BeyHive, pointed to fashion designer Rachel Roy, after she posted an Instagram with the caption "Good hair, don't care." The post was subsequently deleted, and Roy gave People Magazine and an official statement denying that she is Becky.

"I want to put the speculation and rumors to rest," she said. "My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted, it was misunderstood as something other than that," she said. "There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumors." Read more here.

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Drake's 'Views from the 6' Cover Sparks Internet Meme Storm

(Radio.com) On April 24, Drake released the artwork for his upcoming album Views from the 6. The cover shows him sitting high above the city on the edge of Toronto's CN Tower.

On Tuesday (April 26), the CN Tower confirmed that Drake had indeed been Photoshopped on the structure, and did not sit outside to pose, since that would be exceedingly dangerous.

As with any other Drake song, music video or thing, his Views from the 6 artwork has set off an Internet meme storm. Users have Photoshopped Drake onto other famous buildings, or Photoshopped celebrities sitting with him on the CN Tower.

There's the time Drake also starred in Ant-Man, or the time he returned to Degrassi Junior High, or the time he sat atop the famous diner from Seinfeld, or that sad day he couldn't get tickets to the Toronto Blue Jays so he sat atop the CN Tower for the best view. So many memes. See some of the best, starting with Drake's original cover, here.

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Prince's 'Purple Rain' Expanding To Over 200 Theaters

(Radio.com) The music world is still in mourning following the devastating news of Prince's untimely death, less than one week ago. Fans, and artists alike, are having a hard time dealing with the loss of the iconic and unique artist, which manifests into the endless tributes to the legend.

One such tribute took place in cinemas last weekend when Warner Bros. and AMC Theaters teamed up to show Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain. Due to the overwhelming success of the showings, the film will be expanding into over 200 theaters across the country on Friday.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Purple Rain will play in 212 AMC theaters, more than doubling the amount of houses that showed the film as a tribute to Prince last week. Read more here.

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Bumbershoot Festival Lineup Revealed

(Radio.com) The official lineup to Seattle's 46th annual Bumbershoot Festival has been announced and it boasts headliners Death Cab for Cutie and Norwegian producer KYGO and more.

Additional acts performing are Tame Impala, Pretty Lights, Halsey, DJ Snake, Run The Jewels, Billy Idol, Fetty Wap, Father John Misty, Third Eye Blind, Tyler, The Creator, Margo Price, Maren Morris and JoJo, among others.

The festival will be held at the Seattle Center over Labor Day Weekend Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 4. Over 140 artists will perform throughout the weekend on more than a dozen indoor and outdoor stages. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Milton J and The Leftovers' Killing Dreams

Milton J and The Leftovers sent us the following about the song "Killing Dreams" from their brand new album "Vain Wisdom". Here is the story:

Over the last year, Milton J and The Leftovers have created a buzz in the Mid Atlantic. Rocking the stage from NY to NC, This hip-hop/Rock group has had the opportunity to share the stage with a range of major artists including Redman, Rehab, Nappy Roots, !Mayday!, R.A. the Rugged Man, Ces Cru, Almost Kings, Whitney Peyton, and Super Bob. Their dedication to the music is evident as they are currently finalists for best Rap/RnB act in the Maryland Music Awards, #1 on the ReverbNation charts in their city, and have an unmistakable face in the DMV music scene.

Their single "Killing Dreams", released March 26, begins the campaign for their upcoming album "Vain Wisdom". The track represents the struggles of being a musician in the modern industry. From the formulaic copies of artists in each genre trying to make it in the game to the shady cut throat deals behind the scenes of the business. "Killing Dreams" expresses the frustration, anxiety, and self-doubt of an artist trying to create something unique and intangible in a noisy world of labels, gimmicks, and entertainment. Milton J speaks about the conscious digression of the hip-hop and rock culture that surrounds him and how the inability of truly expressing oneself as a real individual can kill one's dreams.

The single also demonstrates the range of ability and musicianship of the group. Milton J and The Leftovers have a unique voice: a raw mixture of Alternative Rock and Hip-hop developed into it's own consciousness. "Killing Dreams" not only exemplifies the group's sound to the listener but more importantly showcases the intentions of the crew as they delve deeper into the music industry.

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

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