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Day in Pop Report for 02/11/2016



Wu-Tang Clan And Martin Shkreli Sued For $2 Million

(Radio.com) Another day, another issue for ex-pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli. The combative Ghostface Killah nemesis is in legal trouble as the owner of the Wu-Tang album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

According to CBS News, Martin Shkreli, along with RZA, Paddle8 (The auction house that sold the album to Shkreli), and Wu Tang-affiliated producer Tarik "Cilvaringz" Azzougarh, are being sued for $2 million.

Jason Koza filed a lawsuit saying his fan art depicting the nine Wu-Tang members, was commissioned to be used for the website WuDisciples.blogspot.com and not for the album cover. He also says that his three works depicting Inspectah Deck, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Raekwon appeared in a Jan. 28 article at Vice.com. Read more here.

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Eddie Vedder, Sia And Pink Cover Beatles For Netflix Series

(Radio.com) A new Netflix animated series for children titled Beat Bugs will feature major names singing some of the Beatles' most beloved songs. Bands and artists who will contribute covers include Eddie Vedder, Sia, Pink, James Bay, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor and more.

Debuting in August 2016, the series will use the Beatles' music to send encouraging messages to viewers. The show reached a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which allows them to use recorded covers from songs in the "Northern Songs" catalog, once owned by Michael Jackson (via Billboard).

Some of the covers include 'Help!," "All You Need Is Love," "Come Together," "Penny Lane," "Yellow Submarine," ''Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Magical Mystery Tour," reports Deadline. Read more and watch the Beat Bugs trailer here.

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Merle Haggard Returns to The Road Following Illness

(Radio.com) After canceling his February tour dates earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that county music star Merle Haggard has resumed his tour schedule.

According to the publication, Haggard made his first public appearance this past weekend when he joined Toby Keith on stage at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay.

Haggard will play his upcoming date with Kris Kristofferson on February 11th in Beverly Hills, Calif., as well as stops in Santa Rosa and Oakland, Calif. Read more here.

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Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors Coming To DVD

(Webster) Country music legend Dolly Parton's acclaimed film Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors is scheduled to be released on DVD on May 3, 2016 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. We sent the following details about the release:

Experience the magic and warmth of the television movie event that is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee.

The family-oriented faith-based movie stars Jennifer Nettles (award-winning singer/songwriter and lead vocalist of the duo Sugarland), Ricky Schroder (NYPD Blue, The Lost Battalion, 24), Gerald McRaney (Agent X, Mike & Molly, Longmire, House of Cards), and Alyvia Alyn Lind (Transparent, Revenge, Blended).

Dolly Parton introduces the film and serves as narrator. Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors also contains an alternate version of the movie, deleted scenes and heartwarming extras. The DVD is priced to own at $19.98 SRP. See the special features here.

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Charles Kelley and Sam Hunt Perform '90s Medley

(Radio.com) Sam Hunt and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley rocked Nashville's Ryman Auditorium stage last night (Feb. 10) with a medley of '90s hits. The performance was part of the annual Country Radio Seminar taking place in Music City this week.

The pair's medley spanned genres but had one thing in common: they were all songs made famous by female singers. Hunt launched into Reba McEntire's "Fancy" followed by Trisha Yearwood's "She's in Love with the Boy" before going into Mariah Carey's "Always be my Baby."

Next up was Destiny Child's "Say my Name" into Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" before ending the set with Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine." Watch it here.

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Paul Mccartney Reveals Audio Mojis For Valentines Day

(Radio.com) Paul McCartney has an interesting digital foray planned for this Valentine's Day. According to a press release McCartney and Skype have partnered to launch ten animated love themed Moji's featuring exclusive new McCartney music.

"It turned out to be a great laugh at the same time as challenging because you suddenly realize you've got to compress a musical interpretation of an expression into less than five seconds," said McCartney in a prepared statement.

"It was like doing a huge crossword puzzle and coming up with all these solutions. And at the same time it was musical so it was great practice for me in the studio."

"I wanted it to sound sort of electronic," he continues "so I wanted the signature to sound electronic rather than acoustic guitar, for instance. So I got the overall signature on the Moog in order to give it a modern flavor."

Check out the graphics, and a video illustrating the process here.

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Father Blames Bruce Springsteen for Daughter's Tardiness

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen is known for his incredibly memorable and lengthy live shows, which usually clock in at about three-and-a-half hours. Anyone who's ever been to a Springsteen concert can testify that it's pretty hard to get up for work or school the next day. Well, a super cool dad in Albany, New York wrote an incredible letter to his daughter's school after she was late because the two went to a Springsteen concert on Monday (Feb. 8).

Patrick A. Papino deserves credit, not only for taking his daughter Isabelle to see The Boss, but for writing a letter to explain why the girl was late to school the next day.

According to Albany's Times Union, Papino wrote: 'Please excuse Isabelle's tardiness to school today. In the interest of honesty, I feel it my obligation to be straight with all of you as to the reason."

He explained, 'Last night Isabelle was lucky enough to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Albany, and darned if he didn't play for three and a half hours. This may not seem like a good excuse, but have you ever wondered how many kids would be late or miss school outright if God were to suddenly appear? It's something like that." Read Patrick A. Papino's full letter here.

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Ed Sheeran Raps Eminem Lines

(Radio.com) During an appearance on French entertainment program Clique, Ed Sheeran dusted off his best recitation of Eminem lyrics. The singer rapped a partial verse from Em's "Criminal."

Sheeran said that he appreciates the darker themes that Eminem brings to the Billboard charts, when asked about his all-time favorite hits. 'Number one is 'Stan,' Eminem," he told XXL magazine last year.

"Just because I think having a seven minute song about suicide being No. 1 around the world is a pretty impressive feat. And it's just a very [great] song." Watch the clip here.

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Mark Ronson Releases 'Daffodils' and 'Summer Breaking' Video

(Radio.com) Mark Ronson is riding high between his performance at Coldplay's Super Bowl Halftime Show and next week's GRAMMY Awards. Striking while the iron is hot, Ronson released a new double video featuring two collaborations with Tame Impala's Kevin Parker: "Daffodils" and "Summer Breaking." Note: Watch all the way to the end as there's an unexpected twist.

The songs are collaborations from Ronson's Uptown Special, and the video sends summer vibes to fans around the world. Images of California sunsets add to the overall 1970s rock vibe of "Summer Breaking," which gives way to the more modern "Daffodils." Author and novelist Michael Chabon contributed lyrics to the two tracks.

On Monday, the British hitmaker will compete for three GRAMMY awards including Record of the Year for "Uptown Funk." Watch Ronson's dispatch from paradise here.

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Kanye West Releases Fashion Zine

(Radio.com) Kanye West is all sorts of busy between prepping to drop his upcoming album, mysteriously titled T.L.O.P., gearing up for his fashion show Yeezy Season 3, and talking future plans about only designing children's clothes.

One night before he performs at Madison Square Garden, Kanye will hold a release party for his newest fashion magazine, which covers last year's line Yeezy Season 2.

The magazine release party took place last night (February 10) at 75 Kenmare St. in Manhattan. Photographer Jackie Nickerson put together the Yeezy Season 2 fashion zine, and she also did last year's zine, which celebrated Yeezy Season 1. Read more here.

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Eva Longoria Takes On Flo Rida's 'Low' on 'Lip Sync Battle'

(Radio.com) Actress Eva Longoria might have left her Apple Bottom jeans at home, but she definitely rocked the boots with the fur during her hilarious performance of Flo Rida's "Low"on Lip Sync Battle.

In the clip Longoria prances around the stage showing off both her furry boots and fake rap skills. She even drops it like it's hot a few times, which thrilled the crowd.

The show airs on Spike TV tonight, February 11th at 10 pm. Fans can check out a preview video of Eva Longoria's performance from the Lip Sync Battle episode here.

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Outkast, Diddy, Future Featured In Organized Noize Documentary

(Radio.com) If you love hip-hop and R&B from the '90s into the early 2000s, you need to thank Organized Noize. The production trio ushered in a brand new sound by mixing hard knocking beats with live instrumentation. Their work put Atlanta on the map as a major musical city in America.

The crew, comprised of Sleepy Brown, Rico Wade, and Ray Murray, are finally getting their just due with an upcoming Netflix documentary. The film, titled The Art of Organized Noize features interviews with their early collaborators like Outkast, Goodie Mob, Ludacris, and Diddy.

The film tracks the production team's rise to fame, influence on modern music, and the eventual demise of the team. After several years of doing their own thing, Organized Noize talks about reuniting and helping to cultivate Future as an artist and songwriter. Check out the trailer and read more here.

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Dave East Talks Meek Mill 'Sippin' Collaboration

(Radio.com) Dave East, the Harlem native who once had hoop dreams, stopped by the Rap Radar Podcast to spread the love that followed his Hate Me Now mixtape.

One such connection is showcased on "Sippin'," the unlikely collabo with Meek Mill and Future from Meek's freshly minted 4/4 Pt 2. While East may have had his reservations about Mill who was the subject of endless memes during his battle with Drake, he learned that Mill was a kindred spirit.

"You know we all on Instagram and Twitter every morning so even if you don't feel a way about a person, when you keep seeing stuff about them you might get like, 'Is he really like that?'" East said. "I got a great vibe from him. I got the same vibe that I think I give off-somebody who came from nothing and now they in the position to provide."

The feeling was mutual as Mill cued up a sure smash featuring Future. "As soon as he loaded up, Future was on the hook already," East said. "There was no verses on it. He said, 'If you got something for this, let's go.' That was major. Read more here.

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Kevin Gates Recruits Wife And Daughter For 'Pride' Video

(Radio.com) Rapper Kevin Gates is experiencing real joy in his personal life. He's enjoying being married and raising his daughter. In his new video for the single "Pride," he shows just that. The video features his wife Dreka and daughter Islah as the clip's two leading ladies.

The video centers around Gates in prison and thinking about how his wife keeps him grounded as he serves his sentence. Islah makes a cameo in flashbacks where she's running around the house and being a small child who loves her daddy. But the end the end throws a curve ball that's not entirely easy to figure out.

Premiering the visual kept the family theme going. Dreka Gates debuted the video on her Twitter account today (Feb. 10). The album from which the song is lifted is titled after his daughter and debuted on the Billboard charts at number 2. Check out the video here.

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Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman Talks 'Girl Crush'

(Radio.com) Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman told Radio.com that when she first heard the demo for "Girl Crush" (which was written by Lori McKenna, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey) that she wondered what the song is actually about.

At first it seems to be about a girl who has a crush on another woman - which is still taboo in some circles. But it turns out that the narrator is obsessing about another woman because of jealousy; the "other" woman is with the man the narrator loves.

The members of the band, and presumably, much of the audience, hadn't heard of jealousy referenced in quite that way, in a song, or otherwise. "Girl Crush" topped the US Hot Country Songs chart and hit #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. Read more here.

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Gwen Stefani To Perform Live Music Video During Grammy Broadcast

(Radio.com) There have been live performances and live broadcasts, but a live music video? Well, that's something Gwen Stefani will attempt on February 15th when she partners with Target to do the very first one.

Stefani's live music video will air during a 4-minute commercial break, and provide a visual interpretation of the singer's new single "Make Me Like You." The live music video promises multiple sets, costume changes and special surprises to make it a one-of-a-kind experience.

"Target has an incredible legacy of creating unexpected moments in music, and I'm thrilled to be partnering with them to create my new music video on live television next Monday," said Stefani in the press release. Read more here.

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