B-Sides Report for 01/18/2016

Mos Def Arrested Attempting To Leave South Africa

(Radio.com) Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def, was detained for producing an unrecognized "world passport" when he tried to exit South Africa on Thursday according to ABC News.

Department of Home Affairs spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete stated that Mos Def entered the country with a passport in 2013 and overstayed his visitor's permit by 2014.

The rapper, originally from Brooklyn, NY, has been living in Cape Town since May 2013. He will have to leave South Africa in 14 days. Read more details here.

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Meek Mill and 50 Cent Feud Erupts Online

(Radio.com) It seems like Meek Mill has recovered from his recent beef with Drake enough to step into the ring again: his new song seems to return fire in Drake's direction, months after their clash, but it also takes aim at 50 Cent.

"Gave 'Em Hope," released on Soundcloud last Thursday, starts out with a veiled diss to Meek, saying "Let them n--s have the GRAMMYS, we got the streets/

We rich already and my chick the baddest," a possible reference to the fact that Drake's diss track aimed at Meek Mill, "Back to Back," was nominated for a GRAMMY. The chick, of course, is Nicki Minaj.

But the real target of this song seems to be 50 Cent. 50, of course, has long had a beef with Rick Ross, the head of the Maybach Music Group which Meek is signed to; until now, Meek had remained relatively silent regarding 50 Cent.

"You popping s- on your Instagram," Mill raps, in reference to 50's frequent presence on the social media platform. "S- that you're popping ain't adding up/S- that you're popping ain't making sense," he says. And then, practically referring to 50 Cent by name, he continues, "I got fifty reasons say you're taking d-/And it's fifty reasons I should kill, n--/But, for real, n--, I been taking trips with my Philly n--s/Got the richest chick, she's from your hood," a reference to Nicki Minaj. He also referenced 50's alleged money problems later in the song.

50 Cent, who always seems to enjoy a good battle, was quick to respond on Instagram. First with an image of a poop emoji with Meek's face on it, where he said, "Hey s- head, your career is over already. you better focus on getting Nikki pregnant so you can at least get child support girl." See where it went from there here.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Announces New Album

(Radio.com) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have announced a new album titled This Unruly Mess I've Made which will drop on February 26th. The rapper released a spoken word video announcing the album.

"I was too comfortable, being comfortable is what kills artists, there is creativity for validation and there is creativity for survival, they are very different places.

"I didn't know what I wanted to say, didn't know how the ink would stick to the page, how to let go of the anxiety and the suffocating fear that latched onto my vocal cords, I had to figure out how to use my voice again." See the tweet and video here.

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Miranda Lambert Releases New Song 'Sweet By and By'

(Radio.com) Miranda Lambert sings about lessons learned and held close in her new song "Sweet By and By," which was released on Friday (Jan. 15). It's a slow, rollicking song that harkens back to simple values.

"Tell the truth/ Earn your dollar/ Let not your heart asunder/ Save yourself/ Believe in faith/ Good things come to those who wait," she sings on the second verse, before leading into the chorus praising family and the important lessons her mother and father taught her: "Family's the light guides us/ Blessed be the ties that bind us/ Sweet by and by."

The song appears on the upcoming release Southern Family, a compilation album from producer Dave Cobb that also includes big names like Jason Isbell, Zac Brown and Chris Stapleton. Southern Family drops Mar. 18.

Listen to Lambert's track here.

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Kid Cudi Announce Reschedules North American Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Kid Cudi has rescheduled his North American tour dates for 2016. Back in December Cudi canceled his Especial winter tour, citing personal and production issues.

'I got a lot I'm dealing with at this time in my personal life too and in order for the shows to be the best experience possible as well as keeping my sanity intact, I need to regroup," he shared via Twitter.

"I have to. I'm upset and I'm sure some of you are too. I'm sorry for any inconveniences I may have caused and look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces and feeling your glorious and energy at the top of next year."

It now appears he will see all your smiling faces, see the Cudi's full tour dates here.

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Nathan Sykes and Ariana Grande Release Duet 'Over and Over Again'

(Radio.com) It's always nice when exes can remain friends, and that seems to be the case with Nathan Sykes and his former paramour Ariana Grande. Sykes recorded a new duet with the pop starlet called "Over and Over Again," which he released on Friday (Jan. 15).

Sykes began pursuing a solo career when the group he fronted, The Wanted, went on hiatus in 2014 (via Billboard). The two previously collaborated on Grande's track "Almost is Never Enough" from her 2013 album Yours Truly.

The melody, played on a piano, provides the understated background necessary to showcase the song's real stand-out: Sykes' and Grande's vocals. They do the heavy lifting when their harmonies collide in swelling crescendo on the chorus. In that way, the ballad shares a lot in common with those classic duets that defined the mid- and late-1990s. Read more and check out the song here.

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Loretta Lynn and Elvis Costello Release Duet 'Everything It Takes'

(Radio.com) Loretta Lynn is collaborating with Elvis Costello on her new album, Full Circle, which is a collection of her hits and some new songs. Costello sings on "Everything It Takes," a tune Lynn wrote with Todd Snider.

"I wrote 'Everything It Takes' real fast," Lynn told Rolling Stone. "I probably wrote it in 30 minutes. Sometimes I can write a song real fast, and sometimes it'll take me two, three days. And I get so aggravated that I'll probably lay it down and go back to it later. But that song came easy. I'll come up with the title first and, when I come up with the title, I always know I got a good title."

Costello and Lynn first met nearly five years ago when they were writing together. "We sat down in the studio to write a song," Lynn recalled. "I had a piece of paper and a pencil, and he had a computer. So we looked at one another like, 'What's going to come out of this?' He was laughing about it, but I didn't think it was funny because that's the way I write all my songs. When I write a song, I don't want to be on a computer." Check it out here.

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High School Student Wants To Take Britney Spears To Prom

(Radio.com) David LeCours of Agawam, Massachusetts is a man on a mission. In an evolving social media campaign, his objective is to land Britney Spears as a date to his prom this spring.

He told Boston.com he's seen Spears perform eight times, including three visits to her Las Vegas residency. The pair have posed together for photos and Britney even sent him a personal note: "Shine bright always, Britney Spears."

However, LeCours recognizes the logistical hurdles he faces in securing her hand. 'She's a mom, has a Vegas show, is working on a new album, so I don't expect her to go--even if it would be great," he said. "But I do hope she responds. It would mean the world to me." Read more here.

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Huey Lewis Fan Visits Every City From 'The Heart of Rock & Roll'

(Radio.com) Los Angeles-based filmmaker Michael Feld has taken Huey Lewis & The News fandom to an extreme level. Feld shot a video for the band's 1984 hit single "The Heart of Rock & Roll" traveling to all 14 cities listed in the song.

In the video on his Vimeo site, Feld sings along with the classic hit on location in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, Seattle, San Francisco and more. He was inspired to travel the country after a night of karaoke.
In the description for the unique clip, Feld writes: 10,484 miles on 11 planes. 636 miles on 4 trains. 962 miles in 5 rental cars. All in the name of Huey Lewis & the News.

I really love Huey Lewis and the News. Last summer, while out doing karaoke (and singing Huey of course) I started thinking how great it would be to visit all the cities listed in the song. Why those places? What connected them to Huey Lewis? What rock & roll magic could be found in those disparate places?

So I set out on a journey to make a music video where I'd travel to all 14 cities listed in the song, not only as a tribute to Huey Lewis but to prove that the heart of rock & roll is indeed still alive and beating. And after completing my journey, I can tell you first hand that Huey Lewis' message still rings true, 31 years after the song's release." Read more and see the video here.

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HBO's 'Vinyl' Soundtrack Details Revealed

(Radio.com) The soundtrack for HBO's new original series Vinyl has been revealed. The series is set in 1970s New York, and revolves around music executive Richie Finestra, who is played by Bobby Cannavale.

The official synopsis promises "a ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop." The show is executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter.

Vinyl: Music From the HBO Original Series - Volume 1 is a musical companion to the series' premiere episode, will drop on Friday, February 12th in advance of the series premiere on Sunday, February 14th. A new digital EP will then be released every Friday with music featured in that week's upcoming episode.

Artists who have contributed songs to the series include Charlie Wilson, Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell, Julian Casablancas, Charli XCX, Jesse J, Nate Ruess, Royal Blood, Jess Glynne, Trey Songz, The Arcs, and many more.

Volume one features David Johansen contributing new versions of the New York Dolls classics "Personality Crisis" and "Stranded in the Jungle," as well as a "Rotten Apple" as song co-written by Mick Jagger adn his son James Jager, who is one of stars of the new series.

Check out the full list of songs that appear on volume one / in episode one here.

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Turk Addresses Rumors of Hot Boys Speculation

(Radio.com) After Juvenile and Mannie Fresh announced on Tuesday (Jan. 12) that they were reuniting with their former Cash Money Records label mate Lil Wayne to collaborate on new music together, Turk wants to be clear: This won't be a Hot Boys reunion.

Hot Boys, which included Cash Money Records rappers Turk, B.G. Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Mannie Fresh, released music and performed together in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Speaking with AllHipHop.com, Turk said he couldn't do any kind of reunion if it didn't also include B.G. "People can stop hitting me up about any album. I don't have nothing to do with that," he said. "I'm focused on my movement and what I'm doing. But, like I've always said, there can't be a Hot Boys reunion without B.G." That might be difficult since B.G. was sentenced to a 14-year jail sentence in 2012 for charges related to weapons possession and witness tampering (via XXL Magazine). Read more here.

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Singled Out: Malia Grace's Mama Didn't Raise No Fool

Austin-based Singer/Songwriter Malia Grace just released her self-titled debut EP and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the song us about "Mama Didn't Raise No Fool". Here is the story:

"Mama Didn't Raise No Fool," the single from my recently release eponymous debut release, is an anthem for me. It's a commentary on two different things:

First, it's a commentary on how people tend to underestimate others based on their appearance and first impressions. As an outgoing individual, people often mistake my jovial attitude for weakness, but I'm a pretty strong, independent person. All of my youth I was mocked as the "dumb blonde." My track record would prove that very wrong, but there's not much point in defending myself to the bullies. I've learned know my own worth and not to seek validation from others. I find that most people who are underestimated, tend to know it, and they often keep their mouths shut in response to comments meant to knock them down. There's no point in fighting over it. You just refrain from also belittling others and continue to be the best you can be. Eventually, people figure out that they were wrong about you.

Second, the song is a commentary on the common and unfortunate nature of relationships in our culture. Women often get played either by the full-on player (the guys that cheats with multiple women while in a committed relationship and all of the women think they're his #1) or by the secret player (he'll say something like, "we weren't technically boyfriend and girlfriend, so it's totally okay that I was dating other women"). Sure, it happens to men too, but, let's be honest, it's usually the woman who gets duped. Neither party should be receiving such treatment. Our culture exposes this dynamic, but we haven't made any advances to stop it. If anything, we're perpetuating it. We simply tell the played party to find a better partner next time, because "players never change." Well, maybe they should. What about mutual respect? Why don't we demand that women and men treat each other with enough respect not to step out on them or to "keep their options open" when they have something really great in front of them? This song is an aggressive response to that. It basically says, "I'll be sweet to you, but I can see through you. Don't mess with me."

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the EP and fans in New York City can learn details about her show at the Rockwood Music Hall this Friday right here!

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