B-Sides Report for 01/08/2016

Coldplay To Be Joined By Beyonce At Super Bowl Halftime Show

(Radio.com) Coldplay have invited a special guest to join them for their Super Bowl 50 halftime show. According to Entertainment Tonight, Beyonce will share the stage with the British group at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California for a special performance.

Along with a bevy of hits, Coldplay is expected to perform their collaboration with Beyonce "Hymn for the Weekend," off their latest album A Head Full of Dreams.

According to multiple reports, Bruno Mars is expected to also join Coldplay on stage for the big event. Super Bowl 50 will take place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Read more here.

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Natalie Cole's Cause of Death Revealed

(Radio.com) It was just one week ago that nine-time Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole passed away at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 65. The daughter of the late Nat King Cole faced many medial problems over the years and now the exact cause of death has been revealed.

According to a statement, Cole suffered from idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure. Her family released the statement on Thursday (Jan. 7) that explains following receiving a kidney transplant in 2009, Cole was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare lung disease that causes shortness of breath, dizziness and sometimes chest pain.

The statement also stated that she "responded well to pulmonary arterial hypertension-specific agents over many years, during which she performed many concerts world-wide, but eventually succumbed to intractable right heart failure, an outcome that unfortunately commonly occurs in this progressive disorder." Read more here.

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One Direction Won't Return Zayn Malik's Calls

(Radio.com) In a new interview with Billboard, Zayn Malik reveals his disappointment that his former bandmates in One Direction haven't exactly kept in touch with him.

"The truth of it is, you can think one thing about a situation and the total opposite can happen," he said. "I had every intention of remaining friends with everybody, but I guess certain phone numbers have changed and I haven't received calls from a lot of people. I've reached out to a few of them and not got a reply. Certain people have pride issues, but it's stuff you overcome in time."

Perhaps their silence has something to do with Malik's increasing vocality about how creatively restricted he felt while in 1D. In December 2015, he spoke with Fader about how the band's pop formula eventually began to grate on him.

Malik echoes those sentiments in his Billboard interview, sharing that even though he appreciated his time in 1D, he often felt like writing songs was a machine-like endeavor. Read more here.

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Britney Spears Reportedly Working On An EP

(Radio.com) Britney Spears may have something shorter in store for fans eagerly awaiting her next release. Rather than a full-length album, songwriter Esjay Jones reportedly hinted that the singer is working on an EP.

"#2016 Ecstatic to be working on the @britneyspears #EP with the #DreamTeam @Trey_Vittetoe #ginaschock #britneyspears," Jones tweeted and then deleted, according to MTV.

DJ Mustard and other reported collaborators have leaked minimal information about Britney's next project. The producer admitted he has a "super big hit" ready for her. Read more here.

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Taylor Swift's Reveals Unplugged Version Of 'Blank Space'

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift has shared an acoustic version of her hit single "Blank Space." Taylor introduces the track as a reaction to the media painting her as the "psycho-serial dater girl."

"My first reaction was to be like man that's a bummer, this isn't fun for me," says Swift. "But then my second reaction ended up being, hey that's actually kindof a really interesting character they're writing about, she jet sets around the world collecting men, and she can get any of them, but she's so clingy that they leave and she cries, and then she gets another one in her web and she traps them and locks them in her mansion and then she's crying in her marble bathtub surrounded by pearls."

"I was like, I can use this," Swift jokes. The performance comes from Taylor's stripped down set at the GRAMMY Museum on September 30th. Check out the unplugged version of "Blank Space" here.

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Kanye West Superfan Pulls a 'Kanye' at the People's Choice Awards

(Radio.com) Now that "pulling a Kanye" has entered the vernacular, nary an awards show passes without the risk that someone will rush the stage uninvited. At the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night, a self-proclaimed Kanye West superfan rushed the stage to crash an acceptance speech by the ladies from The Talk.

After a couple of swift kicks from Sharon Osbourne, security removed Zacari Nicasio from the stage. According to NME, Nicasio shouted "Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman," a lyric from West's song "FACTS," alluding to his friendly rivalry with Drake.

"I had to shout out who I look up to: Kanye West and Kevin Gates," Nicasio told the Hollywood Reporter. "I came here to do this tonight. I could honestly care less about what was going to happen." Check out an image here.

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Fetty Wap Remixes Selena Gomez's 'Same Old Love'

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez heads to the 'trap' for her brand new remix of 'Same Old Love'. On the latest version of her current single, Fetty Wap makes an appearance.

Gomez had previously released a Same Old Love (Remixes) EP, which featured dance remixes of the track by Borgore, Wuki, Filous, and Romos.

Gomez is scheduled to appear on Saturday Night Live next week, will she invite the 'Trap Queen' rapper to perform with her? Check out a stream of the new remix here.

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Michael Jackson Documentary By Spike Lee Coming Next Month

(Radio.com) After premiering at Sundance, the new Spike Lee-directed Michael Jackson documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, will debut on Showtime on February 5th.

Putting together archival footage, interviews and more, Lee's new documentary chronicles Jackson's early years from his start in Motown to his 1979 album Off the Wall.

The film provides "A look at a chapter of his career that is rarely examined, Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall allows audiences to travel with Michael as he gets his start at Motown, strikes a new path with CBS Records, and forges a relationship with legendary producer Quincy Jones," according to a press release. Read more here.

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Rich The Kid Hints At Frank Ocean Collaboration

(Radio.com) Music fans have grown impatient waiting for Frank Ocean to deliver the follow-up to his Grammy Award-winning debut channel Orange. Although he's released one off singles sporadically, he's kept listener in suspense for more than three years.

Producer Rich the Kid added fuel to Frank Ocean's album buzz by tweeting a picture of the two speaking on FaceTime. Rich the Kid captioned the picture, "'Me X Frank Ocean'smh."

Rich's tweet was soon deleted. However, he confirmed to HotNewHipHop he would be working with Ocean in the studio. 'We recording new music today (Jan. 7). We are in L.A. I'm here working with Wiz [Khalifa] and I called him [Frank Ocean], he's in the studio."

The news excited music fans as they speculated just how the collaboration between Frank Ocean and Rich the Kid would sound. Others remain skeptical we'll see a new project from the eccentric singer this year. Read more here.

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BANKS Teases New Album

(Radio.com) BANKS took to her official Facebook page to tease her sophomore album. The posted was simply titled "B2" and features a black and white clip of the artists discussing her new music.

"I feel like on this album," says Banks over a audion snippet of a new track in the preview video, "I'm hiding less and that's like a new thing for me, to be seen."

No further details on the release at this point, it will be the follow-up to BANKS 2014 debut album Goddess. Check out the clip, which contains explicit language here.

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One Direction Appearing Upcoming 'Family Guy' Episode

(Radio.com) One Direction have been on indefinite hiatus since finishing promotion for their album Made in the AM. However, Entertainment Weekly reports that fans will see an animated version of the group in a forthcoming episode of the FOX comedy Family Guy.

Their episode is titled "Run, Chris, Run" and is scheduled to air in May; it revolves around Chris attempting to run for homecoming king. The 1D members are featured in a campfire scene with Stewie.

Stewie tells the band a scary story about loose-fitting jeans, which scares them because One Direction are partial to skinny jeans. All four members appear in the scene, but only Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson recorded dialogue. Read more here.

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Chris Lane Releases Music Video For 'Fix'

(Radio.com) Chris Lane has released a music video for his current single "Fix." Chris is opening for Dustin Lynch on his Hell Of Night Tour, which kicked off its current leg Thursday in Chicago.

"I wanted the vibe of the video to match the sound of 'Fix' and I really feel we captured it. Making this video was so much fun and I can't wait for my fans to check it out," said Lane in a prepared statement.

The clip, which was directed by TK McKamy, was filmed at an airport hangar outside of Nashville and features model Cheyenne McCann as Lane's love interest in daisy dukes. Check out the clip here.

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Joey+Rory's Joey Martin Feek Had 'Roller Coaster' Holidays

(Radio.com) Though Joey+Rory's Joey Martin Feek who has been battling cancer, has set a goal to live long enough to see the Grammys (and with luck, win one), the songstress had a rough patch over the last few weeks.

"The holidays have been a roller-coaster for my bride," Rory Feek writes on his ThisLifeILive blog. "She's had some good days, some bad days - some wonderful moments, and some deep pain that the morphine just couldn't seem to touch. How could it' it wasn't that kind of pain."

He goes on to explain the emotional pain that comes to all around the holidays and how this year it affected Joey in a new way. "Though she managed a smile most of the time, Joey's heart was heavy and she was feeling some things she hadn't before'," he writes. "A sadness. A fear of the unknown. And even some anger-not at God, just at her situation I suppose. It's not easy for her to be as excited about what the new year holds in store as it was last year." Read more here.

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The Arcs Release Song Inspired By 'Making a Murderer'

(Radio.com) It looks like Ellie Goulding isn't the only artist recently obsessed by the hit Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer. The Arcs released a song composed in just two days about the events the documentary explores.

The Arcs, which include Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss and Nick Movshonthe, wrote on their SoundCloud page, "It's like Billy Childish says, 'We live in troubled times.'

"Last week, we got a sneak peek at what goes on behind the curtains of our criminal justice system. A few sleepless nights later we gathered in the studio and wrote this song. Written, recorded, mixed and mastered in 2 days."

The speed with which the nearly 5-minute song was composed and produced doesn't come across. Exuding a slower quality with ethereal guitar and a high-hat laced beat, the lyrics are the song's major standout. Listen here.

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Adele Shares Gym Photo Online

(Radio.com) Adele's return has been nothing short of spectacular. She broke first week sales records in both the US and UK; 25 would sell a single-week record of 3.38 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, the most since it began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991.

Of course, Adele is being praised for her vocal performance on the album. But much like the care her vocal chords require to maintain their abilities, Adele needs to be in physical shape for her upcoming world tour.

That means going to the gym. Adele, who tends to steer clear of social media, posted a photo of herself at the gym and her face says it all. See the photo here.

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New York Giants's Odell Beckham Jr. Raps In Online Video

(Radio.com) Everything knows that Odell Beckham Jr. is an impressive wide receiver, routinely making acrobatic catches on the field. However, TMZ has uncovered a hidden talent, unearthing a short clip of the Beckham dropping a freestyle over Young Dolph's 'Preach."

We know Odell is a hip hop fan, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone the Giants' star shared how Drake's music speaks to him. "A lot of his songs, it's almost as if he wrote them and had me in mind," Beckham told the publication.

"All of his music was about what he's experienced or what he's gone through - he's never tried to put on; he's always been exactly who he said he was…it's about taking a leap of faith, being bold, being who you are."

Check out Odell's rap here.

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DJ Mustard Talks Britney Spears Collaboration

(Radio.com) DJ Mustard debuted his new track with Travi$ Scott, "Whole Lotta Lovin," Thursday (Jan. 7) on Beats 1, and while he was there he opened up about collaborating with Britney Spears on new music.

While even DJ Mustard doesn't know when the tracks will drop, he admitted he was surprised to learn Spears wanted to work with him in the first place. "This dude that signed me, JGramm, he's a producer. He was like, 'Yo I got this song,'" Mustard recounts. "He's like, 'Man, I think Britney Spears would be tight on it.'"

DJ Mustard continued, "I never thought I could do that, I never thought I could be like, 'Yo, let's call Britney Spears.' I didn't even think she'd want to do it. Next thing you know, like, 'Alright, she's going to cut the record.'"

What happened when DJ Mustard got an opportunity to work with one of the biggest names in pop? He showed up late, of course. DJ Mustard admitted being tardy to the studio the day he was set to record Spears. But Spears took it all in stride. "Nah she was just kinda…she was cool," he said. Listen to his new track here.

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Singled Out: Francesca Kray's Haunted

Kray Twins niece and up-and-coming artist Francesca Kray tells us about her debut single "Haunted," which was co-written by Larry Nacht (Nicki Minaj, Jason Derulo) and produced by DJ Replay (Miley Cyrus, Madonna). Here is the story:

I remember it was late autumn. Larry Nacht and I had gotten together in New York to write. We already had "Rebound," as well as bits and pieces of other songs. We were still looking for that one song that kind of encapsulates all the others. Brings them all together, with one overriding theme.

At some point I went back to LA, and we were on the phone. Larry says "listen to this." I hear a little guitar riff and then "will you still haunt me…" And that was that. I mean, come on! "Will you still torture me so gorgeously…" If that isn't love, I don't know what is.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and watch the video right here!

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