B-Sides Report for 01/12/2016

Rihanna and Drake Collaboration News Leaked?

(Radio.com) Rihanna and Drake have long been involved in a "Will they or won't they?" relationship that may be gearing up to re-enter the "Will they?" phase, if rumors are to be believed.

A casting call posted in Los Angeles for Rihanna's new music video reveals that the project features Drake (via PopCrush). "The casting call for the new music video of Rihanna feat. Drake OMG!!! https://t.co/GYFllBZEME- Pietro Basile (@BasixNavy) January 07, 2016"

Titled "Work," producers for the video are seeking horseback riders and cops for the video, which may explain why a fan saw two horses lingering outside of Eagle Rock Plaza. Read more here.

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Joey+Rory's Joey Martin Feek Tired Of Fighting Cancer

(Radio.com) Over the weekend, Rory Feek updated his This Life I Live blog with a sad realization. His wife, and Joey+Rory bandmate, Joey Martin Feek is tired of fighting cancer.

"And now, here I sit beside my dying wife," he wrote. "I don't say those words lightly. As a matter-of-fact, I haven't said them at all. But my beautiful bride has said them to me in these couple of days.

"Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable. The dosage she's needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days."

The couple have been holding on to hope that Joey would live to see the Grammys, since the pair are nominated in the Best Duo/Group Performance category for their song "If I Needed You." However, Rory admits that may not happen. Read more here.

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Dierks Bentley Announces New Album 'Black'

(Radio.com) A new album is on the way from Dierks Bentley. Black, which Bentley is calling a "relationship record," will be the singer-songwriter's eighth full-length album.

"And to do it right, I had to dig deep as a writer, dig into the Nashville songwriting community, and record songs that explore the shadows and edges of the heart," Bentley said in a statement.

"The songs on Black range from the lonesomeness of an impossible relationship to ones that describe the feeling of finding that person that makes you forget the one that broke your heart."

The title track has a double meaning for the upcoming ACM co-host, who been married to his wife Cassidy for 10 years. 'Some people associate red with love, but to me red is for an earlier stage of a relationship," Bentley told Entertainment Weekly.

"Black is much deeper, to me. It's certainly the sexiest color. [And] this record has a sexiness, in a well-worn leather-jacket kind of way. It's not glossy sexy--there's a realness to it. The kicker is that my wife's last name is Black." Read more here.

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Sam Smith Working On New Album

(Radio.com) Sam Smith's James Bond record "Writing's on the Wall" may have won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, but the singer-songwriter already has his eye on his next studio album.

Backstage following his Globe win, Smith said that he and collaborator Jimmy Napes have been hard at work in the studio. "I feel like each album is my baby, right?" he said in the press room.

"And The Lonely Hour was an amazing moment in my life. It's not going to be repeated, I need to find something else to talk about. Me and Jimmy have been in the studio for the last few weeks actually, and I'm spending this year just at home in London just writing. And it's feeling good, actually." Read more here.

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Eminem Turned Down 'See You Again' Says 50 Cent

(Radio.com) One man's trash is another man's treasure. Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's massive hit "See You Again" was one of the biggest records in 2015. The song almost didn't get into the hands of Wiz Khalifa because the track was originally meant for Eminem and 50 Cent.

In a three-month-old interview on Boomers & Carton's radio program, 50 revealed Eminem turned down the "See You Again" song because of his involvement with the Southpaw soundtrack.

Eminem was the executive producer of the soundtrack. 50 Cent explained, "At the time we [Eminem and I] had to make a decision between doing that and the song for Fast & Furious. And that record ['See You Again'] was a huge success for Wiz Khalifa and them. He decided to do Southpaw because he was invested in the project." Read more here.

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Tori Kelly Announces North American Tour

(Radio.com) Tori Kelly has released the schedule for her spring tour, in support of her debut album Unbreakable Smile, which is being reissued by Capitol Records on January 29th.

Kelly will be kicking off the tour on April 5th at Humphrey's in San Diego, CA and the trek is scheduled to conclude May 21st in Los Angeles at The Greek Theater

Tickets will be made available to Tori's FAHLO fan club prior to going on sale to the public. Tickets for American Express® Card Members can be purchase starting Tuesday, January 12, at 10 AM local time. Tickets for everyone else will go on sale beginning Friday, January 15. See the dates here.

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Chris Janson Releases 'Power of Positive Drinkin" Video

(Radio.com) Chris Janson has released a music video for the "Power of Positive Drinkin'." The clip features Janson performing live, and tooling about on his skateboard.

'Long story short, I used to drink a whole bunch," Janson told Radio.com of the song's inspiration. 'I've drank more beer than most people have in a lifetime."

The recording itself includes something rarely seen in country music: turntable scratching. 'We were laying it down, and I came into the control room, and I said, 'It's missing something, it's missing something,'" Janson recalled.

"So just got onto the little Technics thing in there that's hooked into the computer and the whole deal and just made a [scratching sound effect] and just put it on there." Watch the video here.

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Miguel Is Engaged To Longtime Girlfriend Nazanin Mandi

(Radio.com) Congratulations are in order for R&B superstar Miguel. E! News recently confirmed he and longtime love Nazanin Mandi. The couple have been together since the 30-year-old Grammy Award winner was 18.

An insider close to the couple said they are thrilled to be tying the knot. The source revealed, "Nazanin and Miguel are really excited to get married! They've been together for some time and knew that they were going to spend their lives together. All of their friends and family think they are the best couple and really complement each other."

While the exact details of the proposal haven't divulged, the source described the proposal as "very heartfelt" and "done perfectly." As one would expect from a singer-songwriter as talented as Miguel, he will be serenading his bride on the day of their nuptials. The source said, "Miguel will definitely be singing his soon-to-be wife a tune when their wedding takes place." Read more here.

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Jana Kramer Reveals Alternate Ending For 'I Got the Boy' Video

(Radio.com) Mother-to-be Jana Kramer has unveiled an alternate ending to the music video for her hit "I Got the Boy." The tune explores the reaction to seeing a first love move on.

That sentiment that is reflected in the music video as Kramer looks through a box of notes and things that we assume remind her of a relationship. In the alternate ending, see what Kramer does with that same box and the meaning that is taken by this cinematic choice.

"And the great thing about 'I Got the Boy' is that everyone can relate to that song, and I'm getting all the fan reactions on Twitter and social media, so that's really cool to hear those stories," Kramer told Radio.com of the tune, which appears on her 31 album. Watch the video here.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Explains Reaction to Lady Gaga at the Golden Globes

(Radio.com) It was a big night in Hollywood as the Golden Globe Awards were handed out Sunday night. While people couldn't stop talking about the winners and fashion, one moment stole the show.

When Lady Gaga was announced as the winner for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series for her role on American Horror Story: Hotel, she had to make her way through the thick crowd quickly. She brushed against Leonardo DiCaprio.

His reaction to the small bump was priceless. However, it set off a storm of controversy on Twitter. Some of Gaga's fans took his facial expression as a diss, but the winner for Best Actor in a Drama cleared everything up in a post-ceremony interview with Entertainment Tonight.

According to DiCaprio, the fans have it all wrong. He wasn't dissing Lady Gaga at all. He just didn't know what was brushing up against him. Leo told the interviewer, "I just didn't know what was passing me, that's all. I was like, 'oh!'" Read more here.

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Randy Houser Announces New Album 'Fired Up'

(Radio.com) New music from Randy Houser is on the way! Fired Up, was produced by Derek George, who helped Houser create his last album How Country Feels. The singer-songwriter's fourth studio album will include 17 new songs.

"I'm very excited to finally get some new music out there," Houser said. 'Three years is a bit longer than I expected in between How Country Feels and this record, and so much has happened in that time.

"I wrote a handful of songs on Fired Up, but there are songs like 'A Little Bit Older' that I knew I had to record the moment I heard them." Check out the album's tracklisting here.

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The Game Announces 'The Documentary 2/2.5 Collector's Edition'

(Radio.com) It's been over ten years since The Game dropped his massive hit album The Documentary, and to celebrate he'll soon be releasing a collector's edition. The combo will include 2005's The Documentary and 2015's The Documentary 2.5, and comes with a handful of special features.

The Documentary 2/2.5 Collector's Edition will feature four unreleased tracks: "Ride Solo," "Do It To You" (feat. Trey Songz), "The Soundtrack" (feat. Meek Mill) and "El Chapo" (feat. Skrillex).

The special release will also come with a 20-page booklet, which details previously unreleased photos from The Documentary photo shoot alongside other additional photos. Read more here.

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DJ Mustard and Travis Scott's Release 'Whole Lotta Lovin' Video

(Radio.com) DJ Mustard has released a music video for his first single of the year "Whole Lotta Lovin'" with an assist from Travis $cott. The track, which borrows from CeCe Peniston's "Finally', debuted on Beats 1 last week. The video was directed by Alex Nazari.

The Roc Nation artist, who was recently in the studio with Britney Spears, takes us through hazy visuals with a sexual ovetone in the 'Whole Lotta Lovin' video.

Does this early offering portend a very productive year? The producer admitted in a recent Instagram post, "2015 wasn't the best year, but it showed and taught me a lot." Watch the video here.

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