Day in Pop Report for 02/21/2016

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Rihanna Delays The Start Of Her ANTI Tour

Rihanna has delayed the kick off of her ANTI tour until next month. The move follows her canceling of a performance at the Grammy Awards this past weekend.

The tour was originally set to launch at the end of February but now it will be beginning on March 12th in Jacksonville, FL, according to Radio.com.

The trek is scheduled to run until May 18th when it concludes with a show in Atlanta, GA at the Philips Arena. Rihanna's camp reported cited "production delays" as the reason the tour kick off was postponed. See the tour dates here.

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School of Seven Bells Streaming Forthcoming Album SVIIB Online

(Vagrant) School of Seven Bells are streaming their forthcoming album "SVIIB" on via NPR's First Listen, giving fans an early full listening to the effort ahead of its official release on February 26th. We were sent the following background on the album:

It was in the summer of 2012 that School of Seven Bells' fourth and final album, SVIIB, was written. It was in early 2013 that Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed with a rare form of T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, less than a year later Deheza would be the sole member of the group. Benjamin Curtis passed away on December 29, 2013.

Alejandra Deheza reflects, "I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives. What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could ever deliver, but even that wouldn't stop the vision for this record being realized."

In 2014 Deheza moved to Los Angeles to finish the record with Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails, M83), As soon as Alley was settled in LA it took the two only a month and a half to finish the record.

"This is a love letter from start to finish. It's the story of us starting from that first day we met in 2004, and that's the story of School of Seven Bells," Alley says, "When I see those roman numerals, I just think of an era". Listen to album here.

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The Summer Set Release 'Missin' You' Video

The Summer Set have released a new video for the track "Missin' You". The song comes off the band's forthcoming album "Stories For Monday," which is set to be released on April 1st.

The band recruited Daniel Carberry to direct the new video and The Summer Set frontman Brian Dales had this to say about the song and the clip, "We wrote this song a year and a half ago with my neighbor Colin Munroe.

"I think it's one of the most fun and most immediate songs on the album. It makes me wanna dance (and you know how I feel about dancing). Visually, this is also my favorite music video we've ever made so far. I hope you guys enjoy!" Watch the video here.

Fans will be able to see the band play live this spring when they launch a North American tour in support of the new album. The trek will kick off on April 13th in Anaheim, CA at the House Of Blues and conclude on June 1st in Detroit at The Crofoot Ballroom.

The band will also be launching a UK tour between two legs of the American trek. The UK Tour will launch on May 10th in Bristol and will wrap up on May 19th in Portsmouth. See all of the dates here.

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Kip Moore To Perform 'Running For You' On TV This Week

(TGR) Kip Moore has announced that he will be performing his current single "Running For You" on the CBS daytime show "The Talk", which will air this Monday (February 22nd) at 1PM CT.

Moore will follow his national TV performance by heading back out on the road for more sold-out shows on the West Coast as part of his headlining Wild Ones Tour.

The second leg of Moore's Wild Ones Tour also continues to go from strength to strength overseas as fan demand in Europe has led to bigger venues being scheduled in Birmingham, UK, Manchester, UK, Glasgow, UK and Dublin, IE.

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Charlie Puth Release 'Suffer' Remix Featuring Vince Staples

As Charlie Puth prepared for his upcoming headline tours and some special live appearances where he will be sharing the stage with Billy Joel and Selena Gomez, he has released a new video and remix (featuring Vince Staples).

AndreaLo remixed the track "Suffer" from Puth's "Nine Track Mind" album. The new version of the track features a verse from Staples and Puth has released an online stream of the new video on his YouTube channel.

Puth will be hitting the road next month to launch his North American headline tour which will be kicking off on March 3rd in San Francisco. He will follow the trek with a European headline tour.

He will also be making some special appearances this summer including two shows with Billy Joel at PNC Park in Pittsburgh (July 1st), and Nationals Park in Washington, DC (July 30th) and he will be sharing the stage with Selena Gomez on the final stop of her Rival tour on July 9th in Anaheim, Ca at the Honda Center. Watch the video here.

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Jackie Greene Expands 'Back to Birth' For Deluxe Edition

Jackie Greene has announced that he will be releasing a digital deluxe edition of his latest album "Back to Birth" on March 11th, which will feature four songs not released on their original version of the album.

"Back to Birth" was produced by Los Lobos member Steve Berlin, the album was recorded at Portland's Supernatural Sound and features Paul Rigby (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar); Damian Erskine (bass); Reinhardt Melz (drums); Jason Crosby (violin, string arrangements).

Greene is currently on the road supporting the effort, hitting Vermont and New York this week before taking a short break and starting a new leg on March 10th in Englewood, CO.

The second leg of the tour will include stops in several cities across California as well as dates in Colorado, Washington and New Mexico before concluding on April 10th in Portland, OR.

The trek will also feature a five-night residency at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA on March 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th and 25th. See the deluxe edition tracklist and the tour dates here.

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Jean-Michel Jarre Announce 'Vol. 2: The Heart Of Noise'

(MSO) Jean-Michel Jarre has announced that he will be releasing the second volume of his Electronic Project, entitled "Vol. 2: The Heart Of Noise," on May 6th via Sony Music/RED.

The new project features contributes from Rone, Pet Shop Boys, Primal Scream, E.S., Julia Holter, Gary Numan, Jeff Mills, Peaches, Siriusmo, Yello, The Orb, Sebastien Tellier, Hans Zimmer, Cyndi Lauper and Christophe.

The U.S. edition of the album will also feature a bonus track in the form of an exclusive remix by Armin Van Buuren of "Stardust," his collaboration with Jarre from "Electronica Vol. 1: The Time Machine". Check out the trailer for the album here.

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James Bay Releases 'Let It Go' Video

James Bay has teamed up with Apple Music to premiere the new music video for the song "Let It Go", which is a track from 2015 debut album "Chaos And The Calm"

Bay recruited Sophie Muller (Beyonce, The Strokes, Sam Smith, Coldplay) to direct the new video which tells the "tale with Bay at the center, cycling through a myriad of emotions as he sets his sights on something larger than life in a small town."

The video can be streamed here and fans on the west coast can catch Bay at series of live dates this spring surrounding his appearance at this year's Coachella festival.

Bay will be kicking off the short trek during the first weekend of Coachella on April 16th and will wrap up the mini-tour on April 29th in Portland, OR at the Roseland Theater. See the tour dates here.

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Justin Timberlake Recording New Music

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake is back in the studio making new musicfor the upcoming Trolls movie. Swedish pop duo Icona Pop snapped a pic with the executive music producer for film.

They were in the studio recording a tune for the soundtrack, and Timberlake was on hand to oversee things. The group captioned the photo, "3 trolls in the studio."

Icona Pop has an upbeat, pop-dance feel that integrates heavier instruments, like trumpets, not normally associated with that particular sound. It seems like the perfect fit for an animated feature about a bunch of wild-haired dolls. See the photo here.

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Hozier Tackles Domestic Abuse In 'Cherry Wine' Video

(Radio.com) Hozier debuted the music video for his new single "Cherry Wine," and it touches on a heavy topic. Starring Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan, the video looks at domestic abuse.

The music video shows a seemingly sweet moment between Hozier and Ronan, kissing and playing around. But that scene becomes increasingly dark when cut with footage of Ronan standing before a mirror and removing her makeup to reveal a black eye.

"Hozier is making 'Cherry Wine' a clarion call to highlight the issue of domestic violence," the artist's website states. "The song's lyrics offer a unique insight into an abusive relationship, shining a light on the cycle of 'justification' often perpetuated in domestic violence incidents; that public health experts say controls the abused, shames the victim, and shifts responsibility for the abuser's violent behavior."

Hozier stated on his website, "With the song 'Cherry Wine,' I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship. I'm honoured to be joined by Saoirse Ronan, video director Dearbhla Walsh and Moe Dunford in spreading awareness on this issue."

Calling the song one of her favorites from his album, Saoirse Ronan shared that she was honored when Hozier approached her to be in the music video. She stated, "I hope through the video and song we can shine light on the issue and complexity of domestic abuse and in doing so help those caught up in the cycle of domestic violence." Read more and watch the video here.

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Zayn Malik Teases 'Pillow Talk' Remix Featuring Lil Wayne

(Radio.com) Zayn Malik made waves last month when he released his single 'Pillow Talk," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart last week. Now the former One Direction singer took to Snapchat to release a snippet of a remix of the track featuring Lil Wayne.

Malik posted the clip on Snapchat earlier on Thursday (Feb 18.), which features Weezy's signature auto-tuned vocals. The British singer also took to social media to unveil the artwork for his highly anticipated solo debut album Mind of Mine. The cover art features a picture of Malik as a baby with his signature tattoos.

Solo life seems be suiting Malik well as "Pillow Talk" is the fastest selling single of 2016. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat One Direction never achieved.

Zayn Malik will release his debut solo album Mind of Mine on March 25. Check out the song clip and the cover art here.

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Kesha Posts Message To Fans Ahead Of Big Day in Court

(Radio.com) Kesha's ongoing legal action against Dr. Luke and her label Sony has been lengthy, marked by small victories and setbacks. Today, February 19, the singer will finally have her day in court, which could decide the fate of her recording career moving forward.

Kesha maintains that she's attempting to extricate herself from a multi-album deal with Sony following abuse she allegedly endured at the hands of her producer, Lukasz Gottwald. In the run-up to her Friday appearance in court, she's used Instagram to think fans and narrate some of the emotions she's felt as that pivotal moment approaches. One post featured her hugging an unidentified friend or fan.

"tomorrow this is me + u guys. every one of you who has sent me sweet messages thoughts or energy. I am so grateful," she captioned the image. Earlier, Kesha went deeper, positing that this potential turning point is just as critical for other women as it is for her.

Kesha's fans have been vocally instrumental in applying public pressure and raising awareness about the singer's predicament. A handful of protests and support rallies have been staged as well as online petitions.

"I have nothing left to hide. I did this because the truth was eating away my soul and killing me from the inside. this is not just for me," she wrote. "this is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused. sexually. emotionally. mentally. I had to tell the truth. so the outcome will be what it will be. there's nothing left I can do. it's just so scary to have zero control in your fate. but this is my path this life for whatever reason." See both full posts here.

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DJ Khaled Inspired Yo Gotti To Make 'Down In The DM'

(Radio.com) Yo Gotti explains how DJ Khaled inspired him to make his smash "Down in the DM" in a new appearance on the Rap Radar Podcast and he also reveals that he didn't expect much from the track.

"I recorded the record ["Goin Down in the DM"] in Khaled's studio," he told hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.dot" Miller. "I played him my album and asked 'What you think missing?' He told me, '[I was missing] a tempo.' I started making them tempo records. One of them was 'Down in the DM'."

But Gotti didn't have high expectations for the song at first. "I just put it on the tape," he said. "I ain't gonna try to take no credit for being, like, 'I knew it was the joint.' It was just another song to me. I make four, five songs a day. I'm not even dwelling into the music that long."

Gotti also revealed that the remix to the song, featuring Nicki Minaj, was a last minute play that barely made the final cut. "The craziest s- is I got the verse the day before the pre-order went up," he said. "You talkin' about taking the album off iTunes and reloading it back up' it's almost an impossible thing to do. Nobody thinks you can clear a Nicki verse in 24 hours Not only did we get the verse but we got it cleared in 24 hours and up on iTunes and out." Read more here.

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