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B-Sides Report for 01/05/2016



Country Music Star Craig Strickland Found Dead

(Radio.com) Country singer Craig Strickland has been found dead. The country singer had been missing since December 27th. Strickland was hunting ducks with his friend Chase Morland when the two decided to go into a storm to continue their hunt.

"The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division made recovery of the body of Craig M. Strickland this morning Jan. 4, 2016," a spokesperson confirms to People Magazine in a statement.

Before Strickland and his friend continued their quest, Morland posted a tweet, which became the last message from either of them. 'In case we don't come back," Morland tweeted, '@BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm." Read more here.

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Chris Brown Denies Latest Assault Allegation

(Radio.com) Chris Brown's team has fired back at claims he assaulted a woman in Las Vegas last month. A statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter states that the alleged victim's accusations are "unequivocally untrue."

"I'm going to be hella rich after all the lawsuits I file from these crazy individuals who keep lying on my name. Happy NEW YEAR! Time for some of us to grow the f— up," the singer wrote in an Instagram post. TMZ reports that a defamation suit may be filed as early as today.

The charges pertain to an alleged incident that occurred on Saturday, December 2 at the Palms Casino Resort. Liziane Gutierrez claims that when she attempted to take photos with Brown, he punched her in the face and took her phone.

"Her claim that she had her phone in her possession inside the after party and was able to take a photo causing an altercation with Chris Brown is a complete fabrication," read a statement by Brown's team. "This seems like a clear case of retaliation for her bruised ego."

See Brown's post here.

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Britney Spears Gets Stuck In A Tree

(Radio.com) Over the weekend, Britney Spears endured another concert mishap during her Las Vegas residency. This time, the pop superstar was caught up a tree. That is, the harness that was meant to carry her across the stage from a tree set piece failed to achieve liftoff during a performance of her hit "Toxic."

Rather than making a dramatic aerial ascent across the main stage, Spears had to climb down a set of stairs to join her dancers front and center. A helpful stage hand climbed to inform her that the harness moment was a no-go. Members of the audience seemed aware that something wasn't quite right.

Spears, ever the professional, quickstepped down the stairs to finish the number and give her fans what they paid top dollar to see in Sin City. Watch video of the incident here.

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Bon Jovi Releasing New Album 'This House Is Not For Sale' In March

(Radio.com) Jon Bon Jovi may have been overseas in Kuala Lumpur when he told reporters about the upcoming release of Bon Jovi's 14th album This House Is Not For Sale, but that news has made its way back stateside.

At a press conference, Bon Jovi said that This House Is Not For Sale will see a March release, although he didn't reveal the specific date (via Star 2). Unlike past albums, the band recorded this one together.

"We were recording at different times and different rooms in the studio," Bon Jovi explained about how the recording process used to work. "That's not happening anymore. We went back to the place where we cut Runaway in 1982–where I used to sweep the floor and fetch coffee. And, we did This House Is Not For Sale." He joked that he still fetched coffee for his bandmates, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres. Read more here.

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Miranda Lambert Divorce Inspiring New Music From Blake Shelton

(Radio.com) Blake Shelton is working on new music that he assures will be a personal project. Shelton said he hopes to have a new single in January, followed by the album in May.

"I've written more than I've written in 15 years, for obvious reasons -- all the awful things that have happened in my personal life -- but the way the year ended is also the greatest of my life," Shelton tells Country Countdown USA. 'If I got hit by a truck, the label would have enough for a new album."

"Some has been bad, and some that's been pretty good," Shelton said. "I'm doing what I'm supposed to do, and that's put all I've gone through and put it into music, and I never felt more connected to a record before." Read more here.

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Coldplay Release Nostalgic Video For 'Birds'

(Radio.com) Coldplay released a new music video for their song "Birds" on Monday (January 4th). The track comes off the band's final album A Head Full of Dreams.

Directed by Marcus Hainey, the video is a dreamscape of sorts that takes the band on a trip through California's Colorado Desert before they finally end at Salvation Mountain (vis CoS).

With a nostalgic lens shadowing the entire project, the video showcases blues, pinks and yellows for a colorful, almost ethereal visualization of "Birds." It's less narrative-driven, and more about evoking how the song feels. Watch the video here.

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Meek Mill Remixes Drake's 'Back to Back'

(Radio.com) Now that Meek Mill isn't able to go anywhere until his next court appearance on Feb. 5, the rapper appears to be focusing on finalizing his new mixtape, Dreamchasers 4.

From footage that surfaced over the weekend, it looks as though his rival Drake may play a part in the album. At a New Year's Eve Listening Party Meek held in his Philly hometown, he rapped over Drake's "Back to Back," which actually happens to be a diss track about Meek (via Billboard). He also rapped over Drake and Future's collaboration "I'm the Plug."

Whether this means the beef between the two is finally quieting down, of Meek has something more nefarious in mind by using Drake's music to share his own message remains to be seen.

An audience member captured a few snippets of each freestyle, and shared it on Twitter. Check it out here.

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Demi Lovato Applauds Star Wars Star Carrie Fisher For Troll Response

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato has a new hero and her name is Carrie Fisher. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens stormed movie theaters in December, certain Internet trolls made a stunning discovery: Fisher looks a bit different than she did in 1977.

The outspoken, perspicacious icon took to Twitter in kind: "Please stop debating about whether OR not I aged well," she tweeted. "Unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings. My BODY hasn't aged as well as I have. Blow us."

She continued, "My body is my brain bag, it hauls me around to those places and in front of faces where there's something to say or see." Lovato joined the conversation with an endorsement of her own:

"For women of all ages everywhere. Thank you @carrieffisher.. You are #goals" followed by three emphatic clapping emojis. Read more here.

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Miranda Lambert Shares Photo With New Boyfriend Anderson East

(Radio.com) Miranda Lambert has a new boyfriend. The songstress posted a photo with her new beau Anderson East on Instagram. East, whose real name is Michael Cameron Anderson, is a 27-year-old Nashville-based R&B singer.

"The snuggle is real…" captioned the photo. Known around Nashville as a session musician and engineer, East has been touring in promotion of his new album Delilah.

The romance with Michael Cameron Anderson marks Lambert's first public relationship since divorcing Blake Shelton last year. Check out her Instagram post, including the photo here.

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BJ the Chicago Kid Release D'Angelo Covers EP

(Radio.com) R&B upstart BJ the Chicago Kid rang in the new year by celebrating one of his biggest musical inspirations D'Angelo. BJ paid tribute to D'Angelo by releasing a cover of his biggest hit "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" on it's 16th anniversary. The song, which turned D'Angelo into a household name, is featured alongside BJ's interpretations of other D'Angelo songs "Always In My Hair" and "Send It On." The EP runs roughly eight minutes and is produced by Jairus "JMO' Mozee.

"His musicality is beyond this world. I had to celebrate his genius by paying homage to his legacy while he continues to kill the game and make great music," said Kid in a prepared statement. "It's a new year and what better way to start it off than taking it back to where it all began for me. This is real soul/R&B."

D'Angelo was recently nominated for a Grammy for his comeback album Black Messiah. Check out BJ the Chicago Kid's renditions of some D'Angelo classics here.

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Jay Z Says He Can Make Harry Styles Biggest Artist In The World

(Radio.com) As One Direction begins their scheduled hiatus, pop kingmakers are eyeing the lads as solo properties. This weekend, Jay Z told the Sunday Daily Star he could make Harry Styles the biggest deal in pop music--just give him 12 months.

"Harry doesn't need any help with exposure; everybody in the world knows who he is," he told the paper. 'But he does need to make the transition from being part of a group to becoming an individual artist.

"I can get him working with the bigger artists, the biggest producers--and have him as the biggest artist in the world within a year," said the rap star. Read more here.

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Taylor Swift The Most Wanted Next-Door Neighbor

(Radio.com) A poll by real estate listing site Zillow found that Taylor Swift is the celebrity Americans would most like to move in next door. The 1989 hitmaker has made headlines through the years for various property purchases and sales, so who knows when she'll snatch up an address near you.

Swift grabbed 12 percent of the vote, besting runners-up Jennifer Lawrence (11 percent) and Amy Schumer (9 percent). Zillow reports Swift polled particularly well among Millennials, who gave her 17 percent of the vote.

'2015 was a landmark year for Taylor Swift, from her highly successful 1989 World Tour, to being named the youngest female ever on Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women list, so it's no surprise America picked the down-to-earth singer-songwriter as 2016's most desirable neighbor," says Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow chief marketing officer. Read more here.

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