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Day in Pop Report for 02/17/2016


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David Bowie's Son Reacts To Lady Gaga's Grammys Tribute

(Radio.com) David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, wasn't exactly flattered with Lady Gaga's David Bowie tribute at the Grammy awards on Monday night and shared his views online.

Jones took to Twitter to say, ""overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused." Damn it! What IS that word!?"

Lady Gaga, coming off her Super Bowl performance last week, performed a tribute to Bowie singing his hits, Space Oddity, Changes, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Rebel Rebel, Fashion, Fame, Under Pressure, Let's Dance, and Heroes. Read more here.

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Natalie Cole's Family 'Outraged' By Grammy Tribute Snub

(Radio.com) Natalie Cole's family was upset after watching the Grammys this past Monday (Feb. 15). They felt that the tribute the Grammys came up with for the late jazz and pop singer was disrespectful.

Cole passed away on December 31 at the age of 65 due to heart failure. Her image was apart of the in memoriam montage. Cole didn't receive a special tribute like B.B. King, Glenn Frey, Lemmy and David Bowie did at the ceremony and that's got Cole's family hot under the collar.

Cole's sisters, Timolin and Casey told Entertainment Tonight, "Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister."

Natalie Cole's son, Robert Adam Yancy stated, "Here is a woman who has been in the business for four decades, had 21 Grammy nominations and won nine Grammys. She deserves more than [to be a part of] a minute-and-a-half tribute." Read more here.

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Piers Morgan Slams Zayn Malik

(Radio.com) Piers Morgan doesn't appreciate former One Direction singer Zayn Malik cancelling appearances last minute, which he has been doing lately, according to Evening Standard.

Morgan calls Malik, "the serial pain in the backside of the music industry." Morgan also said, "I thought, 'If you don't wanna be a popstar, go and do something else. Go and clean drains'.

"Now he's being deliberately rude to people pulling out of interviews, being difficult. Get over yourself, mate. You're a multi-millionaire pop star." Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Talks Skrillex Collaboration 'Where Are U Now?"

(Radio.com) Jack U's "Where Are U Now?" was the first step in Justin Bieber's career rehab. After being absent from the music scene for a few years, Bieber began working with Jack U's Skrillex on his comeback album, Purpose.

But he was re-introduced to fans via his guest appearance on the Jack U song. When Radio.com spoke with Bieber, he noted that simply the idea that he was working with Skrillex helped to change the way music fans see him:

"It shows the world, "Hey, if Skrillex is so authentic with his music, and he's co-signing on Justin Bieber, let's give him a shot.' Because I think certain people, especially dudes' I'm a 21 year old man.

"I do pop music. I don't know if it's necessarily ever been 'cool' to like Justin Bieber. And I'm not saying, 'Yeah, dude, come be a 'Belieber," I don't know, really, what that entails." Read more here.

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Eric Church Releases New Single 'Record Year'

(EBM) Eric Church has released the second single "Record Year" from his surprise album 'Mr. Misunderstood' and shares the country star's story of finding comfort from a broken heart in a three-foot stack of vinyl records. We were sent over the following details.

The lyrics name-checks Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key of Life, Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger, John Lee Hooker's One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer among others from Church's stack of vinyl.

Here are some of the lyrics, "Your leavin' left me goin' crazy, I'm countin' on a needle to save me / I drop it in the groove, And we go 'round and 'round, And down in a spiral / I guess I really oughta call and thank you, I rediscovered Red Headed Stranger / Got down with old James Brown, And found New Grass Revival / If you find your way back, I owe you a beer, For my record year"

Church co-wrote "Record Year" with longtime banjo player and guitarist Jeff Hyde who has previously collaborated on hits such as the three-week No. 1 "Springsteen" (along with Ryan Tyndell) from the ACM and CMA Album of the Year Chief and the anthematic Top 20 "Smoke a Little Smoke" (written by Church and Hyde alongside other bandmate Driver Williams) from 2009's Carolina. Fans can stream the new single here.

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Gwen Stefani Steals A Grammys Commercial Break With Live Video

(Radio.com) Gwen Stefani launched her new video for "Make Me Like You," in spectacular fashion during The Grammys. But the video wasn't just shown during the awards telecast. Rather than running many commercials throughout the evening, Target purchased one entire 4-minute commercial break in order to air an entire music video--live.

From the look of the complex moving set, it appears as though it was quite a feat. Not only did they need everything to be executed perfectly, but it had to be done exactly at the right moment in order to sync up with the Grammys telecast.

After many rehearsals, it was time to let it rip and her production team pulled off a seemingly flawless video live in front of millions of viewers. Watch the full video here.

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Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz Perform New Song On The Tonight Show

(Radio.com) There was a good reason you didn't see Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz at The Grammys on Monday night. The pair was busy performing new music on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The pair performed the song, Rolls Royce Weather Everyday, which comes from a project that the duo is releasing called, Collegrove, and the video of their performance has been posted online.

As Lil Wayne says in the song, "All I hope and wish is, y'all do more than witness, We do us and love it, we done overdid it, All we hope and wish is, y'all do more than witness, We do us and love it, we done overdid it" Watch the performance here.

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Deborah Allen Lines Up TV Appearance On Reflections

Country music star Deborah Allen hit televisions nationwide for an all-new episode of "Reflections" later this week, on the hit program on the Heartland TV network.

Allen does a career-spanning, in-depth interview for the show, which is hosted by Keith Bilbrey, and airs on The Heartland Network Thursdays 8/7c (6 p.m. CST on WSMV 4.2 in Nashville) and Saturdays 4/3c.

"I had so much fun catching up with Keith! He has a way of pulling personal stories out of me that I normally wouldn't think to tell, along with some of my biggest career highlights," says Deborah Allen. "Maybe that's because we're such big buddies! We go way back!"

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Adele Shrugs Off Grammy Mic Problems With Trip To In-N-Out

(Radio.com) The thrill of live television is that anything can happen. Adele learned that firsthand last night when, she says, a microphone caused some technical difficulties when it collided with the strings of her accompanist's piano.

Some viewers expressed concern that Adele's performance seemed a little off, but only because her name has come to symbolize the highest standard in the business.

However, Adele took to Twitter after her set to explain the problem and assure us she will survive. Specifically, she planned to stop by California's famed burger joint chain, In-N-Out.

"The piano mics fell on to the piano strings, that's what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune. S- happens," she wrote. "Because of it though I'm treating myself to an in n out. So maybe it was worth it." Read more here.

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M83 Expands North American Tour

M83, aka Anthony Gonzalez, has announced the addition of several new headlining dates for his forthcoming North American tour which will be getting underway in April.

The news dates include shows in Salt Lake City, Kansas City (MO), Columbus (OH), Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Raleigh, Richmond (VA), Charlotte and Norfolk (VA).

The tour will be kicking off on April 6th in New Orleans, LA at The Civic Theatre and will be concluding on June 18th with an appearance at this year's Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE.

M83 will be performing at other music festivals this spring and summer including Coachella, The Governors Ball in New York on June 4th, Bonnaroo on June 10th, WayHome Music & Arts Festival in Oro-Medonte (ON) on July 23rd and the MoPop Festival in Detroit the next day. See all of the dates here.

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Chase Rice Announces Back to College Tour

Chase Rice is celebrating the release of a new single from his forthcoming album by announcing that he will be hitting the road this spring for tour of U.S. college campuses.

Rice has announced the initial dates for the College Days, Country Nights: The Chase Rice Back to College Tour which is scheduled to kick off on April 14th at the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla.

The country music stars plans to include some of his new music into the set of the upcoming he tour. He had this to say, "We wanted to take our time with this new album and I want to put the good, the bad and all the grit in between into these songs.

"The fans in a lot of these cities have been there for me since day one, so I'm looking forward to playing them some new music live and bringing them along on the next step of our journey."

He digitally released the song "Whisper" on February 5th. The track is the first single from his forthcoming album and is set to hit country radio on February 29th. See the first round of dates for the tour here.

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Carrie Underwood Goes Undercover At Dick's Sporting Goods

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood took a break from her Storyteller tour to check in on her clothing line at a Dick's Sporting Goods store in Nashville in a new online video. "Calia by Carrie Underwood" is the athletic cloth line that the songstress says she created "to make it easier for me and all other women to work in working out."

In the video Underwoods don a brown braid and glasses as she mans the Calia booth. She helps customers and dodges a few "you look familiar" questions.

"I used to be in the music business, but I gave it all up to come work at Dick's Sporting Goods," Underwood told a customer who insisted she recognized the hitmaker. The whole episode ends with Underwood singing "Before He Cheats" with a group of shoppers. Watch it here.

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Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber Release Live Performance

Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber's wins at the Grammy Awards on Monday night culminated in the first ever live performance of their global hit song "Where Are Now."

The song "Where Are Now" with Justin Bieber won Best Dance Recording, and their debut LP Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack took home Best Dance/Electronic Album.

The collective have released audio of the live version featuring additional instrumentation from Jon Theodore from Queens of the Stone Age, Mike Einziger of Incubus, Tina Guo, Ann Marie Simpson and Abigail Rose. Check it out here.

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