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Day in Pop Report for 02/24/2016


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Thomas Rhett Falls Off Stage But Keeps Singing

(Radio.com) A slight mishap won't deter Thomas Rhett from giving his fans a deserving performance. During his tour stop in Charlottesville, Virginia, Rhett was slapping hands of fans in the crowd as he sang, when he lost his footing.

The singer-songwriter kept singing, though, as he rested with one leg on the stage and his body on what was either a fan or a barricade. He didn't stay in that position too long before a crew member came from stage and pulled him back up.

While Rhett stood up with a smile on his face, he did post on Instagram later that night that he had to seek some medical attention. "Thomas Rhett fell off the stage into us and I literally have never fan girled so hard https://t.co/2pKnEzUA5y- Jamie Migliaccio (@jamiemig) February 20, 2016" See the photo and video of the incident here.

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Charli XCX Previews Songs From New Venture

(Radio.com) Charli XCX flexes her entrepreneurial muscle. The British pop singer has made an announcement about starting her own label, Vroom Vroom Recordings. On Friday, she will release a 4-track EP, Vroom Vroom, named after her label.

"Vroom Vroom Recordings is my new, experimental pop label and it will combine my love for bubblegum pop with mystery and darkness," said Charli in statement. "The artists coming up through it will be sharp, potent, deadly, and ultimately, will leave their mark on pop music. RIVRS and CuckooLander are two artists who have so much intelligence, pop sensibility and potential - they know what they want and both have great vision.

"That inspires me and it's why I want to work with them. I've always been fascinated by shy and introvert people - it's something that I am mostly not - and I feel both acts are in ways. It captivates me and sucks me in, and I think their music will do the same for others."

The EP will include songs by Charli XCX and new signees, London-based duo RIVRS and U.K. singer Cuckoolander. Listen to 2-minute previews by each artist here.

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Britney Spears Strips Down For 'Breathe On Me' Video Clip

(Radio.com) Britney Spears posted a short "music video" for her single "Breathe On Me" to Instagram on Tuesday (February 23rd). Explaining how she'd never released an official video for the song, she wrote in the caption, "Decided to do a little tease on Instagram insteadenjoy!!"

Wearing black lacy underwear, and sporting wavy blonde hair, Spears shimmies and shakes to a brief snippet of "Breathe On Me," off her 2003 album In the Zone.

The video seems very much in keeping with recent bikini videos the pop star has been posting to her Instagram account. Spears also wrote in the Instagram caption, "Girls just wanna have fun." See the clip here.

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Florida Georgia Line Promise New Album Is 'Worth the Wait'

(Radio.com) Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard know that their fans are eager to hear new music from the duo, but unfortunately they're going to have to wait until the summer.

"It's still coming together. It's a little over halfway done," Kelley told The Boot, adding, "We're really putting in the time, making sure our songs stand out, that they're gonna cut through the radio, that they're gonna really leave an effect, positively, on our fans. "

Kelley expects that album to be a slight departure from their past work. 'I think this album is going to be our deepest album," Kelley said. 'It's gonna be our strongest, and we're pushing ourselves on all levels: vocally, lyrically, melodically. I promise the fans, the wait is worth it." Read more here.

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Drake's Started From the Bottom Featured On 'The Simpsons'

(Radio.com) Drake's "Started From the Bottom" got a little cartoonish on Sunday evening (February 21) when The Simpsons used the song in a montage for Bart's new found wealth.

Bart takes in a homeless woman, who agrees to pay him $1 a day in rent. When she gives him one week in advance, he takes that money and goes on a shopping spree at the $.98 store, among other dollar-worthy extravagances like buying coleslaw during school lunch.

Who better to capture that kind of financial rags to riches story than Drake? Comedy Central's Broad City also used "Started From the Bottom" during an episode to showcase a character's similar financial rise. Check it out here.

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Empire of the Sun Releases New 'Walking on a Dream' Video

(Radio.com) How do you relaunch an 8 year-old song into mainstream success? Pair it with Honda's massive "The Dreamer" television ad campaign that runs before, during and after the Super Bowl.

Not enough exposure? Run the ad 400 more times in prime time on networks like NBC, CNN, AMC and The Weather Channel. That's exactly what happened to Empire of the Sun's 2008 single "Walking on a Dream."

With radio airplay and TV ads combined, the song was tagged nearly 7,000 times per day just last week on Shazam illustrating how fast the song made an impact.

To take advantage the track's renewed success, the Australian electronic music duo have released a new video composed of performance footage shot around the world. Check it out here.

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Ariana Grande Goes From Moonlight To Dangerous Woman

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande is a Dangerous Woman and she wants the world to know it. Her forthcoming album, once titled Moonlight, will bear that femme fatale moniker that could complete the singer's transition from child star to full-fledged pop diva.

She announced the retitle on Snapchat, following weeks of speculation that Moonlight wouldn't come to pass. Grande's comments on the matter suggest that Dangerous Woman corresponds to a title track, which she found too irresistible to pass up as she finished recording.

"A really long time ago I was convinced that it was going to be called Moonlight because its one of my favorite songs that we did for the album," she told Billboard. Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Releases 'Stone Cold' Video

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato has released the official music video for her soulful ballad "Stone Cold." The video clip takes its title literally, featuring some chilly exterior shots.

"I have songs that I have written specifically because there wasn't anything out there that I could relate to that on level," says Lovato of the track "I knew other people needed that song as well, it's gonna give them that voice that they need to hear in order to get past things and process how they feel."

"During the shooting I channeled my emotion into it and I just went there," recalls Lovato of the video shoot in the wilderness. "And, when he yelled 'Cut' I almost couldn't stop crying cause I really went to a place of like--just letting my self feel."

The 23 year-old pop star says the track is her "favorite song on the album and the most emotional video I've ever shot." A video featuring a "live in studio" version of the song was uploaded released back in October of 2015 in advance of the album's release, but today we have the official music video for the track. Watch it here.

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Imagine Dragons In Concert: Smoke + Mirrors Trailer Released

(Radio.com) On March 2, Imagine Dragons fans will have the opportunity to see the band's upcoming live concert and documentary in movie theaters nationwide, ahead of the DVD release. The show was filmed last July 4 in Toronto features the band's thunderous live show and some behind-the-scenes moments.

Frontman Dan Reynolds told Billboard that knowing the cameras were rolling made it a special night. "I remember walking offstage being very happy, like knowing this was a good night to capture and there was a special energy in the room," he said. "I just hoped that it would translate on film, and I think it really captures it."

The film will be the last time fans will get to see Imagine Dragons for a while. The band is currently taking some much-needed time off. Reynolds explained, "We haven't stopped in, like, six years, so we've forced ourselves to at least take a year off." He added that the guys are going to "try to learn how to be a normal" and "catch up with family, reconnect with friends and be social human beings and normal people again."

Reynolds also noted, "I just think we need a break from Imagine Dragons and I think the world needs a break from Imagine Dragons, and I don't blame them. It'll be good to just take some time off and see where our heads are." Watch the trailer here.

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Haim To Perform At The 'Girls to the Front' Benefit

(Radio.com) Sister act Haim continues to tout their girl power message when it comes to music. In addition to relaunching Lilith Fair, the group will perform at the inaugural Girls to the Front Benefit, which goes to support the Girls Rock Camp Foundation (GRCF).

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom will host the benefit. In a statement, GRCF board of directors member Tara Perkins said, "We are extremely excited to have this chance to bring the wider music community into the inspiring, life-changing world of Girls Rock Camps."

She continued, "We know that Rachel, who has already had a breakthrough year, will be an amazing host and help us spread the values of this organization" (via Billboard). Bloom won the 2016 Golden Globe for 'Best Actress, Television Comedy Series' for her role in the CW's musical comedy. Read more here.

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Unreleased Justin Bieber Track 'Oh Girl' Goes Online

(Radio.com) A new Justin Bieber track called "Oh Girl" has made its way online. Posted to the pop star's YouTube account, the audio-only video shows off a greater R&B influence to Bieber's pop sound than his album Purpose does. The free floating track doesn't appear on his newest album, though.

Where Purpose showed interesting musical growth, pushing Bieber into electronica and even dance hall directions, there's no trace of Skrillex on "Oh Girl. " Featuring a heavily (and from the sounds of it purposely) auto tuned Bieber, the song has a steamy bedroom feel reminiscent of late '90s R&B tracks.

Bieber sings on the chorus, "Oh girl, your body is so insane/ Making me call your name, girl/ Oh girl, yeah it's like a rush/ Every single time we touch, girl." Even if it didn't make the Purpose cut, "Oh Girl" seems like a sexy song to excite Bieber fans, and yet another taste of the singer's more adult direction. Check it out here.

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Zedd Offers to Record with Kesha

(Radio.com) Russian-German DJ Zedd joined the list of producers supporting Kesha following Friday's verdict denying her injunction. On Twitter Tuesday (February 23rd), Zedd offered to record a song with Kesha, also adding an apology for what she's had to go through.

Zedd wrote to Kesha, "Very very sorry to hear about the whole situation. I'll be happy to produce a song for you if you want my help." He has previously worked with Selena Gomez, Hayley Williams and Foxes.

His collaboration with Foxes, "Clarity," earned him a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. On Monday (February 22nd), producer Jack Antonoff tweeted a similar offer. Read more here.

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Tinashe Covers Tom Tom Club's 'Genius of Love' For Target

(Radio.com) Tinashe covered Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love" for Target's latest ad campaign. As the singer preps to go on her upcoming Joyride World Tour, which kicks off next week in Minnesota, she joined DJ Cassidy for a Target commercial.

The song, which covers Tom Tom Club's 1981 classic, Genius of Love, is featured in the Around Town spring ad campaign. This will hold fans over until her sophomore album, Joyride, is released later this year.

You may recognize the tune because it has previously been sampled by Mariah Carey and Ol' Dirty Bastard on the song "Fantasy," as well as by. Check it out here.

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French Montana Releases 'Off the Rip (Remix)' Video

(Radio.com) After releasing a mixtape hosted by Max B, French Montana has now released a new music video for the A$AP Rocky and Chinx-assisted "Off the Rip (Remix)."

The video, directed by Spiff TV, features tributes to A$AP Rocky's fallen comrade A$AP Yams. Also, Chinx, who passed away last year, receives gets some posthumous love.

Images of the guys are projected on screens throughout the video. When A$AP Rocky tweeted about the clip, "RIP YAMS RIP CHINX. OFF THE RIP REMIX VIDEO VERY WAVY." Check out the "Off the Rip (Remix)" video here.

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Wiz Khalifa Does Verse For Max B's 'Silver Surfer'

(Radio.com) Wiz Khalifa has always sung the praises of incarcerated rapper Max B. The Pittsburgh rhymer named Max B as one of his biggest influences and hoped the two could one day collaborate on a track together. Khalifa's wish has finally come true in the form of "Silver Surfer."

Produced by Dame Grease, the song opens with Max's mumbling harmonizing. Wiz steps to the mic next and lays a cool verse. After Wiz exits stage left, rappers Joe Young and Alpac take center stage to end the track.

Although Max B was sentenced to 75 years in prison for murder conspiracy and robbery charges, he's continued to be revered in the hip-hop community. He's recently seen a resurgence in popularity due to the controversy surrounding Kanye Wests ever changing album title.

Check out "Silver Surfer" here.

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Demi Lovato Says She Didn't 'Shade' Taylor Swift

(Radio.com) In the wee hours of Sunday morning (Feb. 21), Demi Lovato took to Twitter to discuss her dissatisfaction with how women in the music industry are treated. While she never mentions Kesha directly, the tweets seem to be prompted by situation the singer is going through after a court ordered that she will not be let out of her contract with Dr. Luke, despite allegations that he drugged and raped her.

The following day, Lovato followed up with a tweet saying, "Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed."

Fans on social media, immediately began suggesting that Lovato was calling out Taylor Swift for donating $250,000 to Kesha. In a post that has now been marked as private, Us Weekly reports that Lovato responded to the Instagram account ProudofSwift, writing:

"How the f-k am I making this about myself? At least I'm talking about it. Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn't grow up with money and def haven't made as much as her. At least I speak up about s-t that's uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7."

"There's no 'rivalry'. I just give more f-s than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person."

"Didn't shade Taylor," she concluded. "If you take it that way than fine. I'm just tired of seeing women use 'women empowerment' and 'feminism' to further brands without actually being the ones that have the uncomfortable conversations." Read the tweets here.

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Eddie Vedder and Miguel Perform At Their Former Schools

(Radio.com) No matter how bright a celebrity's star shines, fans always hope they never forget where they came from. Over the weekend, two famous singers proved they are appreciative of the learning institutions they went to by coming back and performing. Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder took the stage at a benefit at his high school. While Miguel sang at his middle school's talent show.

Vedder attended the fundraiser at his former high school The San Dieguito Academy and rocked the stage with other alumni. However, he didn't perform any of Pearl Jam's material. He, with the help of a handful of old classmates and teachers, covered Joe Jackson's hit from 1979 "Got The Time." Later, he backed a band called The Amazons on the hand shakers.

The students at Dana Middle School went crazy when Miguel performed his Grammy-winning song "Adorn" during the talent show. Kids screamed as they recorded the performance on their smartphones. He attended the show to help give out awards to the participants of the show. It was a special moment for the R&B singer because he was handing out awards with the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor members. He was a member of that Boys & Girls Club as a child.

Take a look at Miguel's performance and you can see Eddie Vedder's in the two clips here.

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Rihanna and Justin Bieber To Headline V Festival

(Radio.com) Two of pop's biggest stars will be heading to England this summer. Rihanna and Justin Bieber were announced as headliners for the upcoming V Festival taking place August 20 and 21.

The announcement was made via Twitter and the festival will also feature Sia, Bastille, Little Mix, Jess Glynne and Jake Bugg amongst a host of other performers.

This will be the festival's 21st anniversary and the artists will perform at Hylands Park, Essex and Weston Park in Staffordshire. Read more including the tweets here.

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Rob Thomas Joke Doesn't Go Down Well Down Under

(Radio.com) Rob Thomas got into some hot water over the weekend after making an offensive remark at a show in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday night which was captured in an online video.

The Matchbox 20 lead singer is currently on the Australian leg of his solo The Great Unknown World Tour, where he spoke to the audience in between songs at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, in the Australian state of Victoria.

"When you get on the plane on your way here, you start drinking. And then I drink until I think I'm Australian," Thomas tells the audience in a video obtained by TMZ. "And then I keep drinking until I think I'm a black Australian, and then I drink until I think I'm a pretty little girl." Read more and watch the video here.

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Puff Daddy Releases 'Auction' Music Video

(Radio.com) Puff Daddy reunited his NYC rap family for the new "Auction" music video, which features Lil' Kim, Styles P and King Los. Shot in black and white, the video shows all four rappers dressed in black to stand out against a clean white background. There's nothing overtly flashy about the video, as they dance around and rap their verses to the camera; it's just classic Puff Daddy through and through.

Directed by Hype Williams, the video captures what Puff Daddy describes as a "New York feel," which mirrors the "New Harlem Renaissance" sound he's been trying to achieve with his newer music. Speaking about working with Williams on the shoot, he said, "I wanted to work with somebody that could help embody things that you can hear and see visually."

Lil' Kim said about the collaboration, "Working with Puff again after all of these years, it's like we never left. It's so easy to get back into a groove because we really know each other. We understand each other creatively, and we respect each other's creative mind. And we also admire each other's talent. I look up to him. That's why we come out with magic." Watch the video here.

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