B-Sides Report for 01/07/2016

Janet Jackson Addresses Cancer Rumors

(Radio.com) Following the cancellation of her U.S. tour dates, rumors began swirling about Janet Jackson's health. Some news outlets have been reporting that the iconic singer is battling cancer.

Fans can rest easy following a statement that Ms. Jackson released on Wedneday (Jan. 6), in which the singer reveals, "The rumors are untrue. I do not have cancer."

The singer posted a lyric video for her song "The Great Forever," which is off her latest album Unbreakable. At the end of the clip, Jackson's statement is unveiled: "Remember… believe it when you hear it from my lips. The rumors are untrue. I do not have cancer. I'm recovering. My doctors have approved my concerts as scheduled in Europe, and as I promised, the postponed shows will be rescheduled. Thank you for you prayers and love." Read more here.

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Sia Reveals Kanye West Collaboration

(Radio.com) This Is Acting is a concept album that only someone as prolific and gifted as Sia could pull off: On it, she recorded songs originally written for (and rejected by) other artists. On Tuesday, the coy songstress tweeted an 11-second snippet of "Reaper" from the album, featuring guest production from Kanye West.

It's not clear for whom the track was originally written, but the slow drip of material from the album has kept anticipation high. Last month, Sia released a full-length track: "Cheap Thrills," a bouncy dance anthem written for Rihanna.

This is Acting is Sia's seventh studio album and will debut January 29. The full audio of "Reaper" will be available later today. Hear the brief preview of Sia's new music here.

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Courtney Love Performs Radiohead's 'Creep'

(Radio.com) Over the last couple of years, Courtney Love has waded back into making music with a few new singles. Now and then she takes the stage and reminds us what made her an icon before offstage antics clouded public perception. One such event happened in Los Angeles earlier this week at a Linda Perry party for the movie Freeheld.

Love performed a cover of the Radiohead classic "Creep" oozing with the pensive, tortured, carnal intensity we know and respect. Yahoo News reports that her daughter Frances Bean Cobain looked on from the audience.

The event specifically celebrated the Linda Perry/Miley Cyrus collaboration that some have tipped for Best Original Song prospects at this year's Oscars. Check it out here.

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Miranda Lambert Announces Special Unplugged Gig

(Radio.com) Miranda Lambert will play a special unplugged gig in Nashville, TN to benefit her Lambert's Women Creators Fund which provides scholarship at Belmont University.

Lambert's "Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars: Unplugged" concert will also feature performances by Ashley Monroe, Shane McAnally and Nicolle Galyon.

The show is set to take place on January 20th at the 350 person capacity City Winery; tickets for the extremely intimate event sold out quickly. Read Miranda's tweet about the event here.

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'Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart' Biopic Trailer Released

(Radio.com) Lifetime has released the trailer for the biopic, Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart. The film stars Lex Scott Davis as the singer who was signed by the production duo, L.A. Reid and Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds and who has had an up-and-down career in music.

The movie also stars Debbi Morgan as Braxton's mother, Evelyn; Gavin Houston as Babyface, Cortney Scott Wright as Traci Braxton, Skye P. Marshall as Towanda Braxton, LaToya Franklyn as Trina Braxton and Tiffany Hines as Tamar Braxton.

The movie will debut on Saturday, January 23rd at 8:00PM, followed by the special, Beyond The Headlines: Toni Braxton at 10:00pm. Watch the new trailer for the film here.

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50 Cent Teases 'Kanan Reloaded' And Slams 'Power' Award Snubs

(Radio.com) 50 Cent is doubling down with his Kanan Reloaded mixtape, which he says should be out soon. But, based on a recent Instagram message, the rapper is not happy about with his awards haul for his TV show "Power," from which the name Kanan was born.

In an effort to cross-promote his music and the TV enterprise, the Kanan Reloaded project is based on his character, Kanan, from the Starz series "Power" and is an addition to the Kanan Tape he released at the end of 2015.

But while "Power" has been well received by audiences, he is still not happy about being passed over for awards nominations. "I guess people don't like my show, it's to real maybe," he posted on Tuesday (Jan. 5). "Well who cares, I'll make it so big that no one cares about awards anymore. Hell I can give my self a damn trophy tomorrow. KANAN ??? I'm shooting everybody f-k it.#EFFENVODKA." Check out 50's messages here.

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Steven Tyler Sings Aerosmith Hit With A Street Performer

(Radio.com) At this very moment, all over the world, there are buskers covering classic songs on street corners. But it's somewhat rare for the original singers of those songs to join in.

However, that one in a billion occurrence recently happened to some guy singing Aerosmith's 1997 #1 hit, "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing"; in the video below Steven Tyler is watching the performance and then joins the singer on the mic.

At first, it looks as if the singer is unsure who has just joined him. And then he looks surprised as Tyler messes up the lyrics - it's supposed to be "I don't want to close my eyes, I don't want to fall asleep," but Tyler sang "I don't want to fall asleep, I don't want to fade away." Watch it here.

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Music-Driven Netflix Series 'The Get Down' Trailer Released

(Radio.com) 2016 is shaping up to be a strong year for music-related television shows. In addition to Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's HBO series Vinyl, Netflix released the first look at the upcoming music-driven show The Get Down.

From creator Baz Luhrmann, the show will follow a group of kids in late 1970s New York against a musically-laced backdrop integrating all kinds of genres like disco, punk and hip-hop.

The press release elaborates on the premise, stating, "From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGB to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco -- as told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city and the world'forever." Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Boyz II Men Added To 'Grease: Live' Lineup

(Radio.com) FOX will be following in NBC's live musical theater footsteps when it debuts Grease: Live on Jan. 31. In addition to big names like Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Carly Rae Jepsen, Boyz II Men announced Wednesday (Jan. 6) that they'll be participating in the broadcast.

Rather than have one Teen Angel, a role originally performed by teen crooner Frankie Avalon, the three remaining members of Boyz II Men will perform the role as a trio, singing "Beauty School Dropout." On their Twitter account today, the group announced, "We're so excited to announce we're joining Grease: Live."

The tweet also included a video of members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman singing a brief a cappella version of "Grease is the Word." It sounded angelic, naturally.

Check out the announcement here.

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Ellie Goulding Reacts To 'Making a Murderer'

(Radio.com) Ellie Goulding sure appears to be a fan of Netflix's Making a Murderer. The singer tweeted a picture Wednesday (Jan. 6) to share how she feels about the Wisconsin Special Prosecutor assigned to Steven Avery's case in 2006, Ken Kratz.

Showing a recent head shot of Kratz surrounded by poop emojis, Goulding doesn't need any words to explain her feelings. They're as clear as the emojis surrounding Kratz's face.

If you're one of the few people who still hasn't seen Making a Murderer, the 10-part documentary series on Netflix has been taking the world by storm since it debuted on Dec. 18. Read more here.

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Justin Timberlake Literally Gets Trolled

(Radio.com) If you're curious about what Justin Timberlake would look like as a troll then today's your lucky day. Timberlake shared a picture of himself with his Trolls character Branch sitting atop his shoulder.

Branch looks like quite the pleasant little fellow, complete with a grimace, a sinister appearance and some wild hair. Ever one for puns, Timberlake captioned the picture, "Hair we go…I'm officially a #Troll."

In addition to voicing Branch, Timberlake will be serving as the movie's executive music producer, which involves contributing a few new songs. That marks the first new music from Timberlake since his 2013 album The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2.

Trolls also stars Anna Kendrick, and hits theaters Nov. 4. See Timberlake's post here.

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Thomas Rhett Bails Dierks Bentley Out at Grocery Store

(Radio.com) Nashville is a big city with a small town feel. It's common place to see Vince Gill having breakfast at a local diner or run into Keith Urban at Whole Foods. So it isn't surprising that when Dierks Bentley went out for some essentials last night (Jan. 5), that he saw his friend and fellow country singer Thomas Rhett. Although, it was lucky since the singer-songwriter left his wallet at home.

"Dierks: 'TR did you already leave Kroger?'" Rhett posted on Instagram. "Me: 'Yeah man what's up?' Dierks: 'Dude, I left my wallet at home can you spot me 10 bucks for ginger beer?'"

And judging from Bentley's Twitter page, Rhett turned back around and saved his friend. "Hit Kroger for ginger beer," Bentley wrote. "Forgot money! Luckily I knew the guy behind me in line. Thanks!" See the posts here.

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Drake's Studio Breaks Getting Serious

(Radio.com) As we wait patiently for Drake's new album Views From the 6, we acknowledge that everyone needs to take a break from the studio sometimes. Drake took to Instagram to share one of the ways he spends those breaks: by playing ping pong.

"Studio breaks getting serious, Drizzy captioned his post. "Two hand backhand courtesy of @jetbentlee." Drake's opponent is Jet Bent Lee who is the son of Chef Susur Lee, the owner of Fring, the Toronto restaurant Darke helped name.

Drizzy loses the point, but does show off a sweet spin move. His full caption reads "Studio breaks getting serious. Two hand backhand courtesy of @jetbentlee." Watch the video here.

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Andre 3000 Talks 'Fiending To Do Music'

(Radio.com) Rapper Andre 3000 is stepping back into the spotlight with a starring role on the second season of the drama American Crime. In promoting the new season, premiering January 6, Andre 3000 spoke to Billboard about playing a normal dad on television. He also shared details regarding a return to music and working wit his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, Erykah Badu.

3 Stacks said his role playing a married architect opposite Regina King is what pushed him to start working on music. "I still get time to think about music. [Shooting TV and film projects] is not so bad - it kind of puts you in the place where you're fiending to do music," Andre commented. "I've been holding [back] for a long time, so now I'm really interested in figuring out some type of music to do. I'm always recording."

Erykah Badu and his son Seven also helped Andre get back into music by having him record a verse for "Hello," a song off her 2015 Drake-inspired mixtape But You Cain't Use My Phone. Read more about that here.

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Missy Elliott Makes Surprise Visit To Fan's House

(Radio.com) Not only doctors make house calls. Missy Elliot surprised a fan by appearing at her home in Atlanta over the weekend. According to BET, Kiera Nelson AKA Miss Haze, wrote a poem last October for the Individual World Poetry Slam in Washington, D.C. 'For Color Girls (The Missy Elliott Poem)," which was inspired by Elliott's 1997 track 'I Can't Stand the Rain."

After a video of Nelson performing the piece in Boston last year went viral, Elliot sent a congratulatory message and and also called the poet. But the ultimate surprise came when Elliot showed up at her house.

'I didn't think she would show up," said Nelon. "But at 9 p.m. there was a knock on my door. There were two women outside who said they had a surprise for me and five seconds later Missy was standing there. The tweets would have been enough, the phone call would have been enough, but to personally show up at my doorstep is amazing." Read more here.

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Jenna Dewan Tatum Does 'Pony' On 'Lip Sync Battle'

(Radio.com) For Jenna Dewan Tatum's performance on Lip Sync Battle, the actress took on Ginuwine's "Pony," a song immortalized by her husband Channing Tatum in Magic Mike.

In a preview of the performance, which airs on tonight (January 7), Dewan Tatum dresses like Ginuwine in a tank top and backwards hat and gives a lap dance to her hubby.

The first season of Lip Sync Battle featured epic competitions between Justin Bieber vs. former NFL star Deion Sanders, Iggy Azalea vs. Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young, Anne Hathaway vs. Emily Blunt, Terrence Howard vs. Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah vs. Marlon Wayans and Salt vs. Pepa.

Other performers for season two include Christina Aguilera recreating her 2001 cover of 'Lady Marmalade" as well as performances by Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Olivia Munn, Shaquille O'Neal, Hayden Panettiere, Gigi Hadid, Eva Longoria, Chris Paul, Nina Dobrev, Kaley Cuoco, Josh Gad, Cee Lo Green, Joel McHale and Jim Rash. Watch the preview here.

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