B-Sides Report for 01/13/2016

Adele Stars In Latest Carpool Karaoke

(Radio.com) The hottest vocalist in the world Adele is coming to The Late Late Show with James Corden tonight January 13th and the show has released a preview video clip.

Adele, whose chart-topping hit, 'Hello', sat on top of Billboard's Hot 100 music charts for 10 weeks before being dethroned by Justin Bieber this week, makes an appearance on Carpool Karaoke.

As James Corden drives the vehicle, Adele belts out "Hello," and "Rolling in the Deep," with Corden providing background vocals for the singer. Check out the preview here.

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Sam Smith Surprised He Was Up Against Radiohead For Spectre Theme

(Radio.com) Sam Smith just won a Golden Globe for his James Bond theme, "Writing's on the Wall." Backstage, a reporter asked if he was surprised to hear the Radiohead song in contention for Spectre's signature track. His answer was, at first, rather obtuse.

"Thom Yorke?" a confused Smith offered his collaborator Jimmy Napes, who provided a lifeline with the word Radiohead. "Yes, I was a little bit surprised," continued Smith. "Not going to lie, but I haven't listened to it personally because I did the Spectre theme song."

Around the holidays, Radiohead released their shot at a Bond theme, simply titled "Spectre." The band graciously explained that the partnership with studio decision-makers didn't go anywhere. Read more here.

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Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris Cover Adele

(Radio.com) Keith Urban and his tour openers Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris stopped by Nashville's Sirius XM studios Monday (Jan. 11) to announce their upcoming RipCORD tour dates.

While in the studio, the threesome whipped up an impromptu performance of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" for host Storme Warren and guests and a stream of the performance has been posted online.

"If that was whinging it, I don't want to hear what you guys do when you actually rehearse!" Warren said at the end of the performance. Listen for yourself here.

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Chris Young Fan Asked For Bra She Tossed On Stage Back

(Radio.com) Fans at a recent Chris Young show got a bit overly excited, prompting the crooner to tweet about a "record number" of bras thrown onstage that night. At his No. 1 party for "I'm Comin' Over" Monday night (Jan. 11), Young admitted that the story got even better.

"We had laundry on stage!" Chris told media outlets. "You know what was funny, at that show one girl asked for it back. We left them all up on stage and one girl comes and goes, 'Can I get that one?' And my stage hands are like, 'Are you sure? It's been onstage.' And she was like, 'It was really expensive.' [laughs] "

The 30-year-old was actually impressed by the girl's honestly. "I was like, you are equally brave for coming back to get it and go, 'no, no, I don't want to repurchase that,'" he said.

Speaking of ladies on tour, odds are he won't have the same conversation with his upcoming tourmate and duet partner Cassadee Pope. The pair's "Think of You" is Young's followup to "I'm Comin' Over."

"I had gone out of my way to grab her on the tour, we knew that was going to be the next single," he explained at the No. 1 party. "It's one of those things where I was so lucky to get someone with a voice like that on the track. It such a vocally powerful song. It's range-y. I don't know if you guys have ever heard her sing live and in person, it sounds like her record. It's incredible. She's doing a high c sharp on the record. It's nuts. I'm pumped. That's something we'll be able to give people when the single's fresh, when it's new, when they don't know it yet, as well as - hopefully - six months from now where it won't be a big deal."

Watch the lyric video for "Think of You" here.

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Luke Bryan Goes Star Wars To Announce New Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan has added additional dates to his Kill The Lights Tour. To make the announcement Bryant utilized a parody of the Star Wars' films opening scroll posted to his official Facebook page.

The tour announcement video clip replaces the film's iconic "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…." with the line "Coming soon to a venue near you…"

The post also teases another announcement coming today at 11am, stay tuned for what that might be. Check out the video to see if your city has been added, or see the full second leg of dates here.

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The Walking Dead Star Added To The Cast of Tupac Movie

(Radio.com) Danai Gurira, best known for her role as Michonne on the series The Walking Dead, will be playing the role of Afeni Shakur (who is also an executive producer for the movie), Tupac Shakur's mother in the biopic, All Eyez on Me.

Demetrius Shipp Jr will star in the role of Tupac, and the film is being directed by Hip Hop video veteran, Benny Boom. Filming is currently taking place in Atlanta.

The project also stars 'Notorious' lead actor, Jamal Woodard, once again, playing the role of Chris 'The Notorious B.I.G.' Wallace, as Tupac's chief rap rival. Read more here.

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Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson Attend Natalie Cole Funeral

(Radio.com) Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Lionel Richie were among the 5,000 family and friends gathered on Monday to honor and say goodbye to singer Natalie Cole, who passed away on New Year's Eve (via CBS Los Angeles).

Memorial services for Cole were held in Los Angeles at the West Angeles Church of God, where Chaka Khan and Jesse Jackson was also in attendance.

Robinson said of his friend, 'I feel so blessed to have called you my friend, and my buddy, and many times my confidante. You are so real and down to Earth. Now I have to say you're so real and up to heaven." Read more here.

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Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl Documentary Coming To TV

(Radio.com) Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl is a new documentary about the country legend. The film is part of the American Masters series and includes never-before-seen home movies, performances and photos from the coal miner's daughter.

"Being part of the American Masters series makes you feel like, 'Hey, I really have accomplished something great,'" said the legendary country music star.

Interviews with Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert are featured as the film explores her humble upbringing to her rise to stardom. Read more here.

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Courtney Barnett Announces Tour And Releases New Track

(Radio.com) Grammy nominated Best New Artist Courtney Barnett announced her 2016 tour dates. The musician will tour her native Australia in January before heading Stateside in April for a series of shows that conclude in June.

In addition to playing individual shows, Barnett will appear at three major U.S. festivals: Coachella, The Nelsonville Music Festival and The Governors Ball Music Festival.

An added cherry on top of the tour announcement, Barnett released the new track, "Three Packs a Day." The song will appear on a Milk! Records compilation due on Valentine's Day. Listen to the new song and check out the full list of tour dates here.

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Willie Nelson Announces Gershwin Covers Album

(Radio.com) Willie Nelson will released Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin on February 26th. As the title implies the album will features standards composed by the songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin.

The release follows Nelson's selection as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first time that distinction has been bestowed upon a country artist.

"To get a Gershwin award for anything is great but to get one for songwriting is especially great because Ira and George Gershwin were just fantastic writers. They wrote some of the greatest songs ever," said Nelson in a prepared statement. Read more here.

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Miike Snow Release 'Genghis Khan' Video, Announce Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Swedish/American indie pop trio Miike Snow released a new music video for their track "Genghis Khan" and also announced North American tour dates for this spring.

Opening with a scene straight of the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, "Genghis Khan" takes an updated approach to that infamous scene where Bond faces the unfortunate circumstance of having a laser aimed between his legs. The villain here is Genghis Khan, though, who has captured a spy and is about to do him in when the 5pm work bell rings, and he must return home.

The video plays upon the song's line, "I wanna make up my mind, but I don't know myself," as Khan holds a device offering him two options: 'Kill' or 'Release.' When he chooses the later and breaks into dance with the now-free spy, the video becomes all kinds of cheeky fun.

Miike Snow will also be heading out on tour for much of spring, beginning in March and going all the way through June, with stops at major festivals like Coachella, Hangout Fest and Governors Ball. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

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Cage The Elephant's Matt Shultz Geeks Out Over Weezer Jam

(Radio.com) Collaborations between musical artists are fairly commonplace these days. But that doesn't mean that the artists themselves are numb during the act of performing. In fact, many of them are like giddy with emotion. Such was the case when Cage The Elephant frontman Matt Shultz played with Weezer.

Shultz explained his fandom to Radio.com. "When I was a kid I was so obsessed with Weezer and recently I got a chance to perform the song, "Island in the Sun" with them on stage and it was just like that fifteen year-old self kind of freaking out."

Thanks to fan footage, we can watch Shultz talking about the collaboration while on stage with his idols at a concert in Portland, Oregon. "If I could see my fifteen year-old self, I would say 'keep doing what you're doing 'cause one day you're going to sing a song with Weezer."

Jokingly, Rivers Cuomo, Weezer's frontman adds, "A dream come true for everyone involved," just before jumping into an acoustic performance of the crowd favorite. Watch it here.

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Lil Wayne, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh Collaboration In The Works

(Radio.com) Fans of former Cash Money Records stars Juvenile, Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne have been asking for a new collaboration from the trio for some time, and it turns out they just might get it.

Juvenile and Mannie Fresh spoke with AllHipHop.com, where they revealed they were hard at work on a new project together. "The fans demanded this, to them it's iconic," Mannie told the site. "It's necessary that y'all come back and do this album, and even show the planet that whatever was going on with us we can get over that."

Juvenile continued, "We already got some features." The three previously collaborated on several tracks, including "Back That Azz Up," "I Need A Hot Girl," and "Tha Block Is Hot." Read more here.

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C-Murder Slams 2 Chainz With Diss Track '2 Stainz'

(Radio.com) New Orleans rapper C-Murder is not a fan of Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz. C-Murder made it abundantly clear on his new song dissing Chainz called "2 Stainz." On the song, Master P's brother claims he's the creator of the "TRU" movement.

C-Murder, who is Master P's brother, has used "TRU" in titles of his albums including 2002's Tru Dawgs and 2006's The Tru Story…Continued. He spits, "I made this TRU s-, 2 Chainz / F- you, n-- / P--a- n--." C-Murder, who doing a life sentence behind bars for the 2002 murder of Steve Thomas, mentions his life in prison. He asserts 2 Chainz wouldn't be able to handle prison life. "You'd be a hoe you was in the pen, n--," Murder says on the diss record.

2 Chainz caught wind of the diss track and responded in his signature nonchalant fashion. 2 Chainz posted a video to Instagram saying, ""Man, my partner just notified me that C-Murder made a diss song about me. That's hard as f-. C-Murder always been hard as f-. True." The dreadlocked rhymer later posted another video of himself singing The Stylistics classic "You Are Everything." Read more here.

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Fetty Wap Streams New Track 'Make You Smile'

(Radio.com) Fetty Wap had a huge year in 2015. The New Jersey native is looking to keep the momentum going with his latest offering called "Make You Smile," which was released Tuesday (Jan. 12).

The new track is produced by Yung Lan and features a verse from Bleek Blaze. "Make You Smile" finds Fetty Wap doing what he does best: sweet talking around-the-way girls.

Bleek Blaze plays wingman to Fetty rapping, "Hey girl, you know I pull up on you anytime / Trying to stretch you out like we 'bout to cross the finish line." Listen to the track here.

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Major Lazer To Play Free Show In Havana

(Radio.com) Major Lazer will be the first major American act to perform in Cuba since the United States restored diplomatic relations with the country. The free concert set to take place in Havana on March 6th.

'For as long as I can remember, Cuba has played an influential role on my love of music--Cuba has such a powerful cultural impact all over the world and for me, especially growing up in Florida, it became one of the biggest cultural centers for music to evolve from," said Diplo in a prepared statement.

"I was lucky enough to visit Cuba a few years back with my friends Calle 13 and during my four days there my mind was blown by the people, depth of culture and their way of life." Read more here.

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Kevin Hart Proclaims He Saved Lady Gaga's Life at the Golden Globes

(Radio.com) Kevin Hart is hot on the promotional trail for the upcoming film Ride Along 2. We saw him plugging the film with Ken Jeong while presenting at the Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday (Jan. 10).

One thing we didn't see was Kevin Hart rescuing Lady Gaga from a fall backstage and thus becoming her hero. Hart recounted the tale to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show.

According to Hart, after he presented the award for Best Actress in a TV Series, Limited Series, or TV Movie to Gaga for her role on American Horror Story: Hotel, she tripped backstage and Hart caught her before she hit the ground.

It was a harrowing feat if you let the comedian tell it. He told DeGeneres, "Lady Gaga, she got an award. And what people don't know, after she got the award, she was walking off and she fell. I, like, had to catch her. And when I caught her I said, 'I just want you to realize how big my arms are. They're just ' it could have been bad. It could have been really bad for you, but I saved your life.'"

Hart continued to joke about the incident. "The thing is like she was on her way down. It could have been brutal, you know, we're talking blood, broken bones. "But the inner hero in me grabbed her and my instincts kicked in, and I immediately cleared the camera. 'MOVE!' And then I had her and she was gasping for air. It was a moment. It was, like, a thing, and I was like, 'I'm engaged.'"

Check out the interview here.

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Singled Out: Heavygrinder's Setsuna

Los Angeles based Metal-EDM duo Heavygrinder, featuring DJ Heavygrinder (aka Bobbie) and Nek0, tell us about the title track to their brand new "Setsuna" EP. Here is the story:

"Setsuna" is the result of our combined love of Japanese music and animation. We have always been huge anime fans; we grew up on Dragon Ball, Magical Princess Minky Momo, Yu Yu Hakusho, Obocchama-Kun and Slam Dunk, just to name a few. Likewise, a lot of our favorite songs growing up were from either J-Rock or J-Pop artists, so it was only a matter of time until our upbringing seeped into our music.

The song started off as a simple concept that eventually, took over the EP and the project as a whole: what would an anime theme song sound like if we were to make it?

We began by laying down the chorus melody and arrangement, which was somewhat different from what made the final cut, but the essence is very similar. The idea was to have something that was exciting and somewhat hard hitting, but not too rough around the edges, hence the Hard-Rock vibe.

Bobbie started working on the lyrics in tandem and came up with most of it in that afternoon. The verses were the next section to be produced, and the breakdown was added when the song was pretty much done. She nailed the vocal melodies on the first try and it only took us about an hour to record all the takes we needed for the song.

The song was written, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by us in our studio. We use Studio One as our DAW, a pair of Sceptre S8 as our monitors and an AudioBox as our recording interface.

After we were done with the song, we felt like it needed visual support to really get our concept through to our fans, so we commissioned the artwork which features us as anime super heroes. This is something that we're going to develop henceforth with each new release - the visuals, as well as the music, will tell an ongoing story.

We couldn't be happier with the response we've gotten so far. People really seem to be enjoying the whole EP and are eager to hear and see what's coming up next. To all of our amazing fans who have been supporting us through the years, a big heart-felt thank you!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the group and the EP right here!

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