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Day in Pop Report for 02/22/2016


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Zayn Malik Addresses Lil Wayne Controversy

(Radio.com) When music lovers laid eyes on Zayn Malik's new album cover for Mind of Mine, many noticed a striking similarity to Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III. Twitter devolved into speculation--was it homage, coincidence, or a straight-up ripoff?

Both albums feature childhood photos of their lead artists, superimposed with tattoos they'd accumulate later in life. Malik waded into the controversy on Twitter with a series of messages:

"I'm not tryna be no rapper, my album is me a child .. My ideas have been with me a long time," he tweeted. "Use your brain, appreciate art don't discriminate what you don't understand." Read more here.

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Rihanna Teases Video For 'Work' Featuring Drake

(Radio.com) In anticipation of Rihanna's video for her Anti single "Work" featuring Drake, the songstress has released a steamy 30-second teaser clip for the video.

In the just-released teaser, the couple dances in slow motion, surround by fellow revelers at a crowded house party. And, we're not talking a country hoedown with tight tight Wranglers and line dancing.

Rihanna grinds on Drake like a stripper then proceeds to show off her unmatched twerking skills. The full-length video is scheduled for release later today (Feb 22). Watch the teaser here.

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One Direction Fans Sent Death Threats To Actress

(Radio.com) When Rebel Wilson last appeared on Ellen in November 2015, she irked many One Direction fans, who weren't happy at how the actress conducted herself around Harry Styles.

On that show, Wilson made her way onstage where Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson all sat chatting with Ellen. Wilson proceeded to sit next to Styles before she leaned over to hug him and then turned that hug into somethingmore. "I got accused of sexually assaulting Harry Styles," Wilson told Ellen when she appeared on the show today (February 18th).

Wilson said "these little girls, I think they were about 12, were very, very unhappy with that." When Wilson tried to mollify the situation on Twitter, she just made things worse. "Basically, we're just like two professional entertainers having a good time," she said. "And he really enjoyed it. I told [the girls] that on Twitter and then, they just sent me more death threats."

When Ellen asked if the two had been in touch since the "incident," Wilson admitted there had "been no further action." Watch the interview here.

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Judge Rules Against Kesha In Dr. Luke Case

(Radio.com) A decision has been made in a New York courtroom regarding Kesha's case against producer Dr. Luke. Kesha was fighting to be able to record outside of Luke's purview, even though she's under contract to him, but a judge has ruled against her argument.

Kesha (full name Kesha Rose Sebert) alleges that Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) drugged and raped her a decade ago and has committed ongoing abuse, and has been pushing for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to record outside of Dr. Luke's purview.

But according to Billboard, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich was skeptical. "You're asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry," he said to Mark Geragos, the attorney for Kesha. Read more here.

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Gospel Music Legend Buck Rambo Has Died

(AGP) Gospel Music legend Richard Fay "Buck" Rambo beloved patriarch of the Gospel music family, The Rambos, died, February 21, 2016, at 6:02 PM in Palmetto, FL at the age of 84 surrounded by his loving wife Mae and family members. He was born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, son of Noah Burton Rambo and Mary Irisilda Rambo. Buck was married to Mae Kutz Rambo on April 1, 1995.

Survivors include his wife Mae, daughter Reba Rambo (Dony) McGuire, grandchildren Israel Anthem McGuire, Destiny Rambo McGuire, Dionne (Scott) Dismuke, Dyson Dismuke, sister Hilda Bullock, brothers Donald (Betty) Rambo, Jackie (Shirley) Rambo of Dawson Springs, KY, sister-in-law Anna Jo Rambo of Hopkinsville, KY, and brother-in-law James Ausenbaugh.

After The Rambos disbanded in about 1994, Buck continued to travel and minister with his wife, Mae, for the next several years doing concerts in churches and as a missionary in many countries, with his latest trip being to Costa Rica in 1999. In retirement Buck spent his time visiting hospitals, nursing homes and praying for the sick as well as painting beautiful stills. He toured occasionally with Rambo McGuire and was a featured soloist on their projects, Rambo Classics and Dove-Award winning Grassroots Rambos.

Buck Rambo's career spanned 60 years and includes many accolades including numerous GRAMMY and Dove Award nominations. He became a Christian in 1949, went into full-time ministry in 1954, and in 1960, he started a Gospel singing group, The Gospel Echoes, which later became The Singing Rambos with daughter Reba and her mother Dottie. He was one of the first Board members for the Gospel Music Association and a founding father of the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame. In the early '60s, Buck was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Quartet Convention. In 1964, Buck sang for over a million people at the first Washington For Jesus Rally. He is author of the book, The Legacy of the Rambos, and was on the first Gaither Homecoming video.

The Rambos were asked to go to the Strategic Air Command Bases in 1966 and went on a six-week tour of our northern outposts in Greenland, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Iceland entertaining the United States' troops. In February of 1967, because of the tremendous response to the Arctic Tour, they embarked on a six-week tour to Vietnam to sing for the US military forces there. This was a life-changing experience for The Singing Rambos. They also participated in concert tours for the military several times in Europe and ministered in over 16 different countries doing live concerts and television, including a concert with the Holland Symphony where they sang for 350,000 people.

In 1968, The Singing Rambos began working in television. They were a huge part of the early beginnings of the 700 Club, PTL Network, TBN Network, and the Gospel Singing Jubilee-a weekly television show featuring popular Gospel singing groups of that era.

Because of their television exposure and Gospel radio DJs who played The Rambos' music, they were catapulted in the record industry. With over 70 releases/projects, The Rambos became a household name in America, Central America, Bahamas, and Europe.

Buck Rambo touched the lives of everyone he met in and out of the music field. His passion and zeal for God and the ministry led him to mentor many artists with his wisdom garnered from the years he spent in every facet of the industry from singing to publishing and everything in between.

His wife Mae Rambo stated, "Today the greatest man on earth passed from this life to his Heavenly home to touch the face of God. Buck had the most amazing time walking through this life on earth, but he is now celebrating in the light and presence of our Lord. While he was preparing to leave this world he could indeed say, 'It is well with my soul'. Buck had a huge heart and when it stopped beating it broke ours. I know with time that my memories will bring a smile more quickly than tears, and I was honored and blessed to be his wife for almost 21 years."

Arrangements are forth coming and being handled by Williamson Memorial Home in Franklin Tennessee. Their website is here.

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Sleeping With Sirens Announce 'Live And Unplugged' Album

(Radio.com) Sleeping with Sirens fans won't have to wait much longer to hear new music--or at least, new acoustic versions of their favorite SWS songs. The band announced a forthcoming acoustic record, Live and Unplugged, to be released on April 8 via Epitaph Records.

"Our live dynamic is very different (in a good way) compared to our studio sound," said frontman Kellin Quinn. "We wanted to give our fans a live experience that they could relive at home over and over! Very proud of this album."

In total, the album will feature 11 songs including former singles "Go Go Go" and "If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn." To launch the album, the band has released a video to accompany their acoustic version of "Gold." Watch it and see the tracklisting here.

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Up and Coming Country Music Star Chris Lane On His Falsetto

(Radio.com) Chris Lane is one of country music's up-and-coming stars, and is bringing a bit of a new sound to the genre. Specifically, falsetto singing. His new single, "Fix," sees him hitting a higher register than most of his peers do.

He told Radio.com that he's always sung falsetto but only in his car. "I got in the studio with Joey Moi," he said, to start working on his EP. "I was five or six songs deep," before something happened that changed the course of the album, and maybe his career.

"I was singing an Usher song, or Mario's 'Let Me Love You,' and he turned around and said, 'What was that?' And I said, 'What was what?'" At that point, they simply started over. Read more here.

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Lady Gaga Walks The Runway At Marc Jacobs Fashion Show

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga has had a busy few weeks, to say the least. Besides pulling off a colorful David Bowie tribute at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards, the pop star walked the runway at Marc Jacobs' 2016 show for New York Fashion Week last Thursday (February 17th).

The show took place at Park Avenue Armory. Wearing dark makeup that contrasted her pale skin and hyper blonde shellacked hair, Gaga only wore one look, but she wore it well.

She sported a nearly floor-length gray coat replete with fur trim at the arms. Add to that staple, platform boots and a cream colored blouse with a large bow. Read more and see it here.

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Carrie Underwood Doesn't Know What To Give Her Son For His Birthday

(Radio.com) On Feb. 27, Carrie Underwood will celebrate her son Isaiah's first birthday, but the songstress is having a tough time finding the right gift, or any gift, for him.

'I'm like, what do you get a 1-year old for a present?" she told Entertainment Tonight. "I have no idea so I've been on, like, Amazon trying to find presents for him.

" I'm gonna have to just go to the store and look. People are like, 'What is he into?' I'm like, 'I don't know, he's one!'" Isaiah is going to have a party, though. Read more here.

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Kenny Chesney Shares His Road Diet

(Radio.com) Kenny Chesney is one of the healthiest singers in country music. It's hard to stay on track when you're living the life of a road warrior, where people eat pizza and drink beer before, during and after the show. Chesney reveals his details of his diet in a recent interview with GQ.

"I load up on carbs early," he says. "I don't eat any after 5:00, whether on or off the road." On the flip side, Chesney reserves Sunday nights for a cheat meal, which usually includes Mexican or Italian food.

"It helps you mentally," he says. "You have to allow yourself time to get away. I do anyway. I grew up in an area where everything revolves around food." Read more here.

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