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Day in Pop Report for 02/18/2016


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Kanye West Admits His 'Number One Enemy' Is His Ego

(Radio.com) Kanye West's Twitter behavior in the days leading up to and following the debut of The Life of Pablo has caused a lot of controversy. He's fueled rap beefs, claimed to be seriously in debt and more.

On Wednesday (February 17th), though, Kanye may be turning over a new leaf by offering amends. Kind of. The rapper mysteriously tweeted, "A wise man should be humble enough to admit when he's wrong and change his mind based on new information."

The husband or reality TV star Kim Kardashian followed up that message with another, "My number one enemy has been my ego' there is only one throne and that's God's." Read more here.

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Grammy Producer Defends Natalie Cole Tribute

(Radio.com) The Grammy Awards show's longtime producer Ken Ehrlich has defended the broadcast's tribute to Natalie Cole after family members of the late singer expressed outrage that the music awards show did not include a bigger tribute.

The broadcast include a video clip tribute in the form of a vintage film clip of Cole during its "In Memoriam" segment and Ehrlich tells Billboard, "Frankly, I think it was appropriate," saying that he felt the clip was the most "touching and emotional" tribute.

Ehrlich also told the publication that Cole's family was aware of how she would be remembered during the broadcast. "For the record, there was an email exchange, and I told [Cole's sister] Timolin what we were doing, and she seemed to be very happy with it."

He did say that they did consider having a music star perform "Miss You Like Crazy" but then explained why he changed his mind. "When I looked again at the Grammy show we did where she won for 'Unforgettable,' and I saw the last 45 seconds of that number, where her father [Nat King Cole, on the big screen] throws her a kiss, she throws him a kiss, and then she turns to the audience and throws everybody a kiss -- that just was so touching and so emotional to me that that felt like it had to be the end of the whole 'In Memoriam' segment.,"

He added, "I hadn't looked at that clip in several years, but when I saw it again, I knew it was right." Read more details, including the family's complaints, here.

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Gwen Stefani Addresses No Doubt Members' New Band

No Doubt's three remaining members announced earlier in February that they were forming a new group with AFI's frontman Davey Havok. Gwen Stefani has spoken out publicly about the new group, saying that she views it as a side band.

Stefani addressed the new group during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (February 16), and shared her view that No Doubt members Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young aren't replacing her with Havok, reports Radio.com.

"They're doing a side project," she told the late night television host. "They wanna be in a punk band. It's not No Doubt. All the guys from No Doubt are doing a new band".

On the other hand, Stefani admitted that "I actually first heard about it on the Internet".

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The Boxer Rebellion Announce New Album and Stream First Single

The Boxer Rebellion have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album "Ocean By Ocean" on April 29th and they giving fans an early taste of the effort with an online stream of the song "Keep Me Close."

Frontman Nathan Nicholson says that "Keep Me Close" is "about opening yourself up - about the leap you take when you give yourself over, unwaveringly, to someone else. It's about letting yourself be judged, about being open to change to be closer to someone."

The Boxer Rebellion are offering as an immediate download of "Keep Me Close" to fans that pre-order the new album on iTunes. Check out the stream the song here.

The band also revealed that they will be soon be announcing their plans to launch a North American tour in support of "Ocean By Ocean" this spring. See the tracklisting here.

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Bill Anderson Releasing Unprecedented Life In Country Music Memoir

(Webster) Bill Anderson has announced that he will be releasing a new autobiography, "Whisperin' Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music" on September 1, 2016. We were sent the following details:

Music is a 360-page representation of Anderson's journey published by University of Georgia Press featuring respected music journalist and Grammy-nominated music producer Peter Cooper as a contributing writer. It includes rare, never-before-seen photos and eye-opening personal stories from Anderson's nearly eighty years of living - from early days of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing alongside the greatest country music stars in the world onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being named BMI's first ICON Award winner in the country music genre.

"I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder how one man could have been so blessed to have crammed so much living into one lifetime. I see the gray on my temples and instead of trying to hide it, I remember how much fun I had putting it there. Writing it down for these pages was almost akin to living it again, though, and I probably need to take a deep breath, relax and go sit down in the corner. Come sit with me, bring the book, and let me tell you about it," said Anderson.

With the 2015 success of Mo Pitney's "Country," Anderson has become the only country songwriter to tally a Top 40 hit in seven consecutive decades, and he stands today a legendary performer poised to celebrate his 55th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in July. The youngest writer to ever be named "Songwriter Of The Year" (BMI) at age 23, prior to 21-year-old Taylor Swift, Anderson has certainly lived an unprecedented life in country music. Fans, artists, songwriters and music executives young and old revere him for his soft speaking style that can silence a room with just a few poignant words.

But there was a time in the early 90s that Bill felt as if his words no longer mattered. "I didn't write much anymore because I didn't feel as if what I wanted to write related to what young listeners wanted to hear," he revealed. However, it was in 1992 that singer/songwriter Steve Wariner helped to re-ignite Anderson's writing career with a cover of "Tips Of My Fingers." The exposure the song received made Anderson test the waters as a co-writer, and in 1994, he teamed up with Vince Gill to write "Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn)."

Gill said that as a life-long lover of songs, he had no idea what a profound impact Bill would have on him throughout his career, and still to this day, when he hears one of his favorite songs, he finds out that Bill undoubtedly wrote it.

"When I asked him to write some songs with me in the early 90s, I was shocked to hear him say he didn't write much anymore because he didn't think my generation was interested in what he had to say," Gill said.

"I told him I believed he was one of the most prolific and important songwriters in our history, and it would mean the world to me if we could write together. 'Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn)' was the result of that collaboration, and in Bill's words, it lit a fire to want to keep writing with some of us kids. Well, believe me, we kids are better songwriters because of Bill Anderson," Gill added.

Anderson also celebrated unprecedented success in the new millennium with the Kenny Chesney hit "A Lot Of Things Different," George Strait's "Give It Away," and the multiple CMA/ACM Award winning song, "Whiskey Lullaby," (2004), recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.

Paisley said, "Very few songwriters or artists will be prolific or talented enough to enjoy 2 or maybe 3 decades of success. Bill Anderson is going on 7. His words and melodies are a part of the very foundation upon which country music is built."

And even icons like Dolly Parton look up to Anderson for his legacy. "Bill Anderson has been an inspiration to me as a writer since I was young and new in Nashville. It was songs like 'Still' and "Once A Day' that made me want to become a better writer. Bill has written so many wonderful songs and is a major force in country music, not only as a writer, but as an entertainer, singer and host. It would be impossible to really measure his worth in this industry, but it's BIG! I also love and respect him as a gentle and wonderful human being. Though he speaks softly, he carries a big stick and is a wise and effective businessman. I've always admired him for that, too. In the words of one of my own songs, I would like to say Bill Anderson, I will always love you," said Dolly Parton.

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Blake Lively Excited About Husband Ryan Reynolds' 'Deadpool' Success

(Extra) Blake Lively hit New York Fashion Week on Wednesday to support her good friend Michael Kors at his runway show to showcase his 2016 fall collection and addressed the success of while husband Ryan Reynolds' new film "Deadpool".

Lively is in New York with her mom Elaine, while Reynolds is on a promo tour for his new film "Deadpool," which dominated the box office with a $135 million opening weekend. She gushed to "Extra" of his huge box office success, "We're thrilled! We're so happy. It's really neat 'cause the movie, really, is terrific."

Blake also gave an update on baby daughter James after Ryan told AJ Calloway at the Super Bowl that Blake can change diapers while she is running. "Yes, I mean, I have to. She's always on the go. My husband's like, 'Why are you doing it like that?'" The 28-year-old smiled, "She's walking and talking."

Blake, who wore one of Michael's creations, raved about him before the fashion show. "With Michael, you never know what you're going to see It's always nice to see what's been in his head, where he's traveled this year, what inspired him." Read more here.

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Mark Ronson Would Like To Work With Harry Styles

(Radio.com) Mark Ronson is a rare producer whose work bears his authorial signature whether Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse or Tame Impala's Kevin Parker feature as vocalists.

Riding high from his Record of the Year GRAMMY win for "Uptown Funk", Ronson has his selection of collaborators for "whatever's next." He's working with Lady Gaga this year and told GQ he'd happily make music with Harry Styles.

"Yes, absolutely," Ronson said over lunch at the Ivy in Los Angeles. "He seems like he has something genuine to say." However, with his pick of talent to collaborate with, Ronson says he's learning to be choosier about the things he says "yes" to. He is, after all, only one guy." Read more here.

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Calvin Harris Congratulates Taylor Swift On Grammy Win

(Radio.com) The pair began dating almost a year ago, but Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris have blossomed into one of music's most PDA-shy couples. Speculation has abounded that the two have split due to the radio silence on social media and lack of public appearances together.

However, the couple that never goes out of "Style" broke form this weekend when Harris congratulated "my beautiful girlfriend" on her Album of the Year GRAMMY win for 1989.

The simple screen grab Instagram pictures Swift collecting her gong at the ceremony on Monday night. Paparazzi photos showed the duo navigating a series of afterparties together, though official confirmation on social media provides a merry Swiftmas to her fans.

Now Harris and Swift need to get into the studio together--one of his signature dance tracks could complete Taylor's crossover transformation. See the post here.

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Sia Does Revealing Carpool Karaoke On The Late Late Show

(Radio.com) Sia's installment of "Carpool Karaoke" on The Late Late Show with James Corden delivered all the hits you hoped for and expected: "Chandelier," "Elastic Heart," and even her cover of Rihanna's "Diamonds," which the Australian wrote.

However, the banter wandered into private corners of the notoriously private singer-songwriter's evolution as an artist-including addiction and recovery. "I only wear this to maintain a modicum of privacy," she said of the signature monochromatic wig shrouding her face. Corden pressed a bit further, asking how the outrageous looks originally came about.

"I was a singer already for 10 or 11 yearsI was an alcoholic and a drug addict, and I sobered up," she said. "And decided I didn't want to be an artist anymore because I got a little famous and it was destabilizing in some ways. So I thought, what doesn't exist in pop music at the moment? And it was mystery. I was like, you know, there's pictures of people on Instagram at the dentist." Check it out here.

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Wynonna Judd Talks Wynonna and the Big Noise, Debut Album

(Radio.com) What do you do when you turn in an album and your record label says they want "more"? If you're Wynonna Judd, you take your husband's advice and start a band. Wynonna chatted with Rolling Stone Country about the events that led to the formation of Wynonna and the Big Noise and creation of their new album.

"Blues and bluegrass are the two greatest influences," she tells the publication. "It's being in a darkness that is so dark that your soul cries out to get relief. Because of where I've been and the hell I've been through and just the primal, guttural cry with which I have shed many a tear over children, death, divorce, being in the music business for 37 years as part of my journey. I think this record is my musical coming-out party where I'm just letting everything come to the surface. Have you ever watched a kid throw a tantrum, where they are not aware of where they are? They're just in their own moment, just letting it all go. I think that's what this record is for me. It's my tantrum record."

The songstress began working on the album, with her husband Cactus Moser, producing. When she turned it into the label, they asked for more. In turn, Moser - who was operating with only a quarter of the budget normally used - suggested they go a completely new direction.

"I was really in a place of serenity and peace and [points to her husband] this one came in and said, 'Oh, heck no! We're going to blow stuff up, we're going to set this on fire,'" she said. "Next thing I know I'm cutting off all my fingernails and playing guitar, playing drums on stage, I'm in a band situation on the bus. I haven't shared a bus with a band since the Eighties. Now, I'm bumping into people on stage. It's like Cirque du Soleil!" Read more here.

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Coldplay Announced As First Glastonbury Headliner

(Radio.com) Coldplay has been announced as the first headliner for this year's Glastonbury music festival. The high profiles gig comes just a week after the band performed at the halftime of Super Bowl 50 with special guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars.

They have also planned an extensive stadium tour in support of their latest album A Head Full of Dreams. Martin had previously expressed that the album would be the band's final output for the immediate future.

'I feel a bit nervous telling you because I didn't get permission!" Martin told Zane Lowe back in December. 'But that's what we're doing. It's our seventh thing and the way we look at it is like the last Harry Potter book or something. Not to say there might not be another thing one day but this is the completion of something." Read more here.

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Justin Moore Releases Funny 'You Look Like I Need a Drink' Video

(Radio.com) Justin Moore is a man on a mission in his latest music video. The singer turns lawman in search of a wanted criminal in the clip for his tune "You Look Like I Need a Drink."

'This may be my favorite video I've ever shot," Moore said in a press release. 'I am a huge Western fan, and we shot one with a dose of comedy." In the clip, Moore's character is continually thwarted by the beautiful outlaw, whose illusive nature drives him to drink.

"He keeps repeating the day only in different ways and different forms and shapes," director Shane Drake explains. 'We had to keep redressing the same set and have Justin do a lot of the same actions."

"You Look Like I Need a Drink" is the first single from Moore's upcoming fourth studio album. Watch the video here.

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Prince Pays Tribute To Vanity Who Passed Away This Week

(Radio.com) Through his career, Prince has a history of giving less established artists a leg up: From Carmen Electra to Sheila E., his roster of proteges contributed to the Prince mystique and spun off into their own successful entertainment careers.

Yesterday, the world learned that Vanity, his partner between 1980 and 1983, passed away at age 57 from renal failure. At his piano concert last night, Prince paid tribute to his late friend.

"Can I tell you a story about Vanity? Or should I tell you a story about Denise?," he said, referencing her given name. "Her and I used to love each other deeply. She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be. She and I would fight. She was very headstrong 'cause she knew she was the finest woman in the world. She never missed an opportunity to tell you that." Read more here.

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Cyndi Lauper Reveals Country Music 'Detour' Album Details

Cyndi Lauper has revealed the details and the release date for her country music album which is filled with special all-star guest appearances and will be released on May 6th.

The new album will be entitled "Detour" and features Lauper's take on 12 classic country songs from the 1940s, 50s and 60s and features guest appearances from Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Jewel, and Willie Nelson.

Lauper had this to say about her inspiration for the album, which she recorded in Nashville with several of the city's top session musicians, "When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to. These songs are part of some of my earliest memories so it has been an absolute thrill to revisit them."

Patsy Cline is one of Lauper's biggest inspirations and she covers two songs from the country music legend on the new album: "Walkin' After Midnight" and her #1 smash, "I Fall To Pieces." Lauper had this to say, "I spent a lot of time in my room singing with Patsy. I had to sing a Patsy Cline song - or two - because her voice was like one of my girlfriends. That's how close I felt to her." See the tracklisting here.

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Vinyl Soundtrack Coming

(CCM) I Am Shark have announced the March 15th released of "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" original motion picture soundtrack on 2xLP gatefold colored vinyl. We were sent the following details:

Available for the first time ever as a stand alone vinyl release, the first pressing will be limited to 1000 copies and is available for pre-order now via the I Am Shark online store here.

Originally released alongside the movie in 2002, the original motion picture soundtrack to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones' 13-track score from legendary composer John Williams has been remastered to maximize the recording's dynamic range.

Continuing with I Am Shark's innovative variant character color coordination, which saw the vinyl release of the Episode I soundtrack come in 5 different variations, the upcoming vinyl release of the Episode II soundtrack premieres fan favorite Jango Fett's own colored vinyl pressing (Silver / Transparent Royal Mix).

Aside from beautifully colored vinyl and the eye catching imagery featured on the gatefold packaging, there are hints of a hidden surprise included in this album. See the tracklisting here.

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T.I. Streams New Single 'Money Talk'

(Radio.com) Atlanta rapper T.I. takes it back to the trap on his brand new single "Money Talk." The song finds Tip spitting with a breezy and confident cadence over a hard trap beat. The song recalls T.I.'s attitude on "About the Money" which features Young Thug.

On "Money Talk," T.I. raps about overcoming his haters. He also talks about how he's still got what it takes to win in the hip-hop industry. He even rubs our noses in his success by saying he's achieved things we could only dream of.

"Money Talk" is rumored to be featured on T.I.'s upcoming album The Dime Trap. As of now, there's no scheduled date for when we might see a complete T.I. project. Listen to "Money Talk" here.

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