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B-Sides Report for 08/31/2016


Chris Brown Arrested On Assault With A Deadly Weapon Charge

(Radio.com) Chris Brown was arrested outside of his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday (August 30) and was taken into custody by the LAPD on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

CBS Los Angeles reports that the controversial music star became the subject of an investigation on Tuesday when it was alleged he threatened a woman with a gun.

According to TMZ, the singer is suspected of threatening Miss California Regional 2016, Baylee Curran, with a gun after she refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement.

Brown was released on $250,000 bail late Tuesday night. Mark Geragos tweeted at 11:32 PM, "Thanks to everyone for their support and well wishes. Chris is out and well. The allegations against him are demonstrably false #TeamBreezy" Read more here.

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Blink-182 'Bored To Death' Remixed By Steve Aoki

(Radio.com) Steve Aoki has remixed Blink-182's hit "Bored to Death" and that remix has received a video treatment. The accompanying video finds footage of Aoki's party antics including caking and crowd rafting cut together with Blink's original "Bored to Death" video.

Aoki has been testing the song during DJ sets around the world to rave reviews. "It's definitely the peak moment for me in my sets when I want the energy level at 11," Aoki tells Rolling Stone.

This isn't the first time Aoki has worked with the pop-punkers. The self-proclaimed Blink-182 fan boy did some collaborative work with Travis Barker back in 2010. Read more here.

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Trace Adkins Aids Family Of Slain Police Officer

(Radio.com) Trace Adkins was already scheduled to perform at Back Porch On the Creek on Sept. 2 in Knoxville, Tennessee. So when he heard about the death of a local policeman, the country singer decided to donate $10,000 to the officer's family.

Adkins originally intended for one dollar from each ticket to be donated to the local Fraternal Order of Police, but significantly upped the ante after he learned about what happened to Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats.

Moats was shot and killed in the line of duty last Thursday (Aug. 25) when responding to a domestic dispute. He left behind a wife and three children. Adkins and the Knoxville venue will donate $10,000 directly to Moats' family. Read more here.

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Florida Georgia Line Release 'May We All' Video Featuring Tim McGraw

(Radio.com) Florida Georgia Line have released their music video for the track "May We All," featuring Tim McGraw. The video pairs the song's good ol' boy feeling of growing up in small American towns, watching racing, with a more dramatic narrative.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley agree to a 70/30 split with Tim McGraw (in his favor) to race his car in an open wheel dirt track competition over the weekend.

The three play characters at a mechanics shop, and while McGraw works on an engine the Florida Georgia Line boys try to work a deal to make a little money on the side. Both turn out to be good--really good--and as a result their rivalry on the track threatens to destroy their friendship.

But when an accident lands Hubbard's car upside down and traps him inside, Kelley doesn't hesitate to stop racing and free him. Even though firefighters pull Kelley back, trying to get him to safety because they can't get Hubbard out before the car explodes, he breaks loose and returns to Hubbard's side in order to save him. Watch it here.

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James Corden Spoofs Kanye West's 'Fade' Video

(Radio.com) The Late Late Show's James Corden put his own spin on Kanye West's new video for the track "Fade". The original clip stars Teyana Taylor borrowing some undulating dance steps from the 1983 movie Flashdance and adding a new provocative moves before turning into a catwoman.

In Corden's 90-second spoof, the late night host is shown working out in a gym as Taylor begins to flex and gyrate, much to his disapproval. "Do you mind? This is a public gym," Corden remarks as he lifts weights. "We all have to work out in the same Wow. There is actually a dance place next door."

Taylor is too into her own workout to care about Corden's discomfort. But after a while Corden has had enough. "Do you mind dialing it down just a little bit? It feels like you're ramping up if anything," he says.

The spoof ends with Corden pointing to a sign: "No Sheep In Gym." The sign is a reference to the end of West's video, in which Taylor is shot in a field surrounded by lambs.

"The cat face is fine, but these [sheep] have got to go," Corden complains. Watch it all unfold here.

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Gavin DeGraw Previews Songs From Upcoming Album

(Radio.com) Gavin DeGraw has posted several new songs from his upcoming album Something Worth Saving on Facebook, Billboard reports. The album is scheduled for release on Sept. 9.

The singer/songwriter kicks off the three-song set with the first single off the record, "She Sets the City On Fire." "It's about this girl. She ain't on fire. She sets the city on fire, you see. If you can't follow these lyrics you're stupid," DeGraw quips.

DeGraw describes the new album as versatile, as exemplified by "Making Love with the Radio On," which mixes reggae influences with country and pop music. Read more here.

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Kevin Bacon And Jimmy Fallon Spoof Tom Petty's 'Free Fallin'

(Radio.com) In an installment of Jimmy Fallon's "First Drafts of Rock" segment, he and Kevin Bacon imagined an alternative origin theory for Tom Petty's hit "Free Fallin'."

In the parody skit, the late night TV host and Bacon honed in on the lyric about Petty's dream girl who "loves horses" and they proceed to take it to the next level.

"She loves horses, and she also loves rainbows," Bacon (as Petty) croons. "She loves flowers, and horses, too. She likes football, but she really loves horses. Yeah, those horses, she really, really loves." Watch the "Free Horses" edition of "Free Fallin'" here.

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Apollonia Makes Appearance At 'Purple Rain' Celebration

(Radio.com) Since Prince died in April, there have been tributes from many of his former proteges, from Sheila E. to Carmen Electra. One familiar face missing from the tableau has been Apollonia Kotero, co-star and love interest in the iconic Purple Rain.

That void was filled when Apollonia made an appearance at an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screening of the film Monday night (Aug. 29), and described her 1983 audition process for the role, reports Billboard.

"I walked in and they asked me to take my shoes off. I thought wow, they're into feet," she joked. "Later I learned they were flying me to Minneapolis to meet Prince, who takes me out for a ride in a purple limo. He was very reserved and shy. I'm like Chatty Cathy." Read more here.

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Kenny Chesney Spreads the Love To Woman With Cancer At Concert

(Radio.com) Country music star Kenny Chesney took his 2016 Spread the Love Tour literally when he spread a little love at his last show in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

After spotting Kelly Swanson in the crowd, who is battling cancer, Chesney walked over to her. He grabbed her hand and sang the line "Every little thing is gonna be alright," from Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds," which he was covering at the time. Swanson had lost her hair from cancer treatments, and was wearing a baseball cap to cover her shorn head.

Chesney pulled her up onstage, removed her cap and his cowboy hat, and leaned in to touch their heads together. The two hugged, and Chesney blew her a kiss and rubbed her head before continuing on with the song.

On Facebook, Swanson shared a video her friend captured, and wrote, "It holds so much emotion for so many people near and dear to me as well as all those who are still fighting or have fought their battle with cancer. The outpouring of posts texts and messages proves that there is still a lot of good people in this world." Watch their moment here.

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Sporty Spice Explains Why She Opted Out Of Spice Girls 'Reunion'

(Radio.com) After much hemming and hawing, a full Spice Girls reunion never happened in 2016. Ginger, Baby and Scary convened to launch "GEM," (Geri-Emma-Melanie) a noble effort that fell short by two members. And so, the 20th anniversary of their debut, "Wannabe" came and went without fanfare.

It was widely understood that Victoria "Posh" Beckham's fashion empire was too robust to resolve scheduling conflicts, but why did Sporty opt out? Melanie Chisholm penned an essay in Love magazine to explain her decision.

"Truth be told, earlier this year after several face-to-face meetings with the girls I made the difficult decision not to be part of a proposed reunion with Emma, Geri and Melanie," Mel writes. "Victoria had already bowed out understandably with the demands of her fashion label and her rather large family."

"The hardest part for me was letting people down, the girls, the fans, civilisation?!," she continues. "Unfortunately something didn't feel quite right and I had to follow my gut." Read more here.

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Damon Dash Developing Roc-A-Fella Story For TV Series

(Radio.com) Damon Dash has announced that he is bringing Roc-A-Fella to the small screen. Dash, the record label's co-founder, will be partnering with producer Lemuel Plummer to create a series about the company's rise and fall.

Damon created the label in 1996 along with Jay Z and Kareem Burke to release Jay's debut album Reasonable Doubt (via Deadline). They would go on to sign Kanye West, Cam'ron, among others, but things soured in 2005 when Roc-A-Fella was sold to The Island Def Jam Music Group, and Jay Z became president and CEO of Def Jam. Then there are the rumors that Jay cheated with Dash's wife Rachel Roy, who was rumored to be "Becky with the good hair," from Beyonce's Lemonade.

Apparently, no subject will be off limits. From the personal to the professional, the TV series will be a "brutally honest" look at Roc-A-Fella. Read more here.

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G-Unit Release New Track Called 'Set the Pick'

(Radio.com) The reunited G-Unit, along with DJ Whoo Kid, are set to release a new mixtape called The Lost Flash Drive. Before the full project hits the internet, G-Unit revealed a new single titled "Set the Pick."

The track features verses from Kidd Kidd, Tony Yayo, and Lloyd Banks. Banks uses his signature sleepy flow to rhyme about stacking paper. Yayo uses his bars to talk about his legacy in the rap game. Kidd Kidd spits about teamwork and getting money by any means necessary.

The Lost Flash Drive was scheduled for release yesterday (August 29th), however, technical difficulties caused a delay. Whoo Kid told XXL Monday, "The Lost Flash Drive project was supposed to be released tonight but a couple of the sessions were corrupted. They had to go in and re-record it so you can expect the full project to be released tomorrow." Check out the new song here.

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Lena Dunham Discovers R-Rated Meaning Of Ariana Grande's 'Side to Side'

(Radio.com) Sometimes pop music's smooth sound conceals a more R-rated message. Lena Dunham took to social media with just such a revelation about Ariana's Grande's current single "Side to Side," which features Nicki Minaj.

"Jack just explained that the song Side to Side is about getting railed so hard you can't walk. SO MANY EMOTIONZ," she tweeted. Jack, we have to assume is Jack Antonoff, Dunham's boyfriend.

Jack knows a thing or two about songwriting, his credits include co-writes with Taylor Swift, Sia and Sara Bareilles. Of course he's also had massive success as a member of fun. and as a solo artist under his moniker Bleachers.

Grande acknowledged Dunham with a re-tweet, adding the emojis for a magnifying glass, an eye, a hot cup of coffee and a bicycle. Read more here.

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Jeezy Releases 'Magic City Monday' Video Featuring 2 Chainz, Future

(Radio.com) Jeezy has released his new video for "Magic City Monday." In the four-minute clip the MC is joined by fellow ATL rap stars 2 Chainz and Future, who assist on the song and in the fun at the Atlanta strip club Magic City.

Throughout the video, Jeezy & Co. can be found making it rain as they continually throw out dollar bills to the ladies at the joint. Meanwhile, the guys show off their high end taste as they drink champagne out of the bottle while they watch the girls dance for them.

Jeezy released "Magic City Monday" in June. The song is off his latest album Church In These Streets which was released in November. Watch the new video here.

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French Montana Takes Romantic Vacation With Iggy Azalea?

(Radio.com) Iggy Azalea and French Montana vacationed together on a private yacht in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, over the weekend, and from pictures he shared on Instagram things seem to be heating up.

Montana posted a photo posing with Azalea and their crew outside a private jet. "SQUAD GOALS," he wrote in the caption. Another photo showed the two sunning themselves on the yacht's deck and a third videoed Montana's brother popping up from below to pose while Azalea can't keep from laughing.

They have been a rumored couple ever since they were spotted leaving a Vegas nightclub together on July 23. None of the photos Montana posted contain sufficient evidence proving a relationship as opposed to a friendship, but the Daily Mail obtained photos of the two in a more amorous embrace that seem to confirm the later. See the photos here.

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Singled Out: Alex Vans' Bad Business' Velocirapture

Alex from Alex Vans' Bad Business tells us about the song "Velocirapture (Clever Girl Version)" from their brand new album "Buy American Vol. 1". Here is the story:

Growing up in DC, I've always been a bit of a political junkie. Lately I've been getting more and more frustrated at how folks from both the right, and, disappointingly more and more, the left, have become increasingly irrational, rhetorical, and ideological. "Velocirapture" tells the story of someone who is so attached to his beliefs and ideas, he is willing to watch the world burn for it.

I thought it would be fun to make his religion/ideology complete nonsense, because to an outsider, any tribal identity, ideology, or religion can seem ridiculous. Plus, my co-writer Andy Valenti and I had just spent the afternoon binging on all 4 Jurassic Park movies and had Raptors on the brain; and you can't write a good post-modern anthem to the apocalypse without Raptors.

It was a challenge to translate the meaning of the song into a music video, especially with no budget, but we ended up having a lot of fun with a very small-scope, Texas Chainsaw Massacre look and feel where I run around in the woods being chased by both a maniac wearing a Raptor mask and wielding a pick-axe, and a priest with hidden sinister motivations.

The record, "Buy American Vol. 1," is an extension of that in a lot of ways. I try to explore what its like to navigate life in an increasingly noisy and irrational world. All while trying to remind folks to rock out and not to take it all too seriously.

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

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