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B-Sides Report for 01/20/2016



American Pie Hitmaker Don McLean Arrested

(Radio.com) Don McLean, who is best known for the hit songs "American Pie" and "Vincent", has reportedly been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

The Associated Press, via Billboard, reports that the music star posted $10,000 bail on Monday, Jan. 18 from Maine's Knox County Jail, according to Radio.com.

The 70-year-old singer who resides in Camden, Maine, is scheduled to appear in court February 22. McLean has two children with Patrisha, his second wife, with whom he's been married for 28. Read more here.

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Linda Perry Apologizes To Lady Gaga For Songwriting Accusation

(Radio.com) Linda Perry has apologized to Lady Gaga after she claimed the singer doesn't deserve a co-writing credit for the Diane Warren Oscar-nominated song "Til It Happens to You," from the documentary The Hunting Ground.

Over the weekend, Perry sent a series of tweets (that have since been deleted) accusing Gaga of not deserving a co-writing credit on the song. She clarified the allegation on Monday (Jan. 18) writing, "My sincere apologies. I made a mistake to comment. I wasn't in the room when the #TIHTY was being written." Perry added, "More importantly, I wish the focus to remain on the great importance of the song and the message of the film." See the tweets below.

On Monday, Perry claimed that Gaga changed one line in the song and that doesn't constitute a co-writing credit. She added, "I credit Diane for writing the song, it is her experience, her pain, her words."

Diane Warren took to Twitter following Perry's claims and wrote, "The song is the result of a special collaboration between myself and Lady Gaga. As Lady Gaga and I have consistently said. 'Til it Happens To You' was inspired by the countless survivors of abuse who need our support and love so they know they're not alone." See Perry's apology here.

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Dierks Bentley Announces Tour And Streams New Single

(Radio.com) Dierks Bentley has new music and he's ready to bring it to you. The singer-songwriter's lead single from his upcoming album, Black, is "Somewhere on a Beach."

Bentley is also hitting the road in May with this 2016 Somewhere on the Beach tour, EOnline reports. Randy Houser and Cam will join him on the trek, which kicks off May 12 in Holmdel, New Jersey.

"I've toured with Randy before, and he's just a great dude--on stage and backstage," Bentley said in a statement. "And I've gotten to know Cam a little over the last year, and she's fun as hell too and so talented. It's going to be a big summer for sure." Stream the song and see the tour details here.

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Meek Mill Releases 'The Trillest' Video Featuring Nicki Minaj

(Radio.com) Meek Mill may be awaiting his upcoming Feb. 5 hearing for violating his parole, which means he's on travel lockdown, but that hasn't stopped the rapper from pushing forward with new music.

Following the surprise release of new EP 4/4 over the weekend, Meek released a music video for "The Trillest" on Jan. 17 (via Idolator). The video features Meek's fiancee Nicki Minaj, who doesn't lend any vocals or verses to the track.

The behind-the-scenes themed video follows Meek and his crew, cutting between footage of the rapper performing in front of a stadium crowd to shots showing him shooting hoops with Nicki backstage. Watch the NSFW video here.

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Keith Urban Tributes Glenn Frey With the Eagles Cover

(Radio.com) Since news broke this week of the Eagles guitarist/singer Glenn Frey's death, country artists have been sharing their memories of the legend and stories of how he inspired their careers.

"So deeply saddened tonight to hear of Glenn Frey's passing. Way too young…. Blessings to all of his family and the Eagles!" Keith Urban wrote on his Facebook page, including a video of him singing "Take it Easy."

Travis Tritt chatted with Rolling Stone Country about what he learned from Frey. "Here's a guy that was one of the biggest rock stars of our generation that was never, ever too big of a star in his own mind to stop and talk and encourage and acknowledge anybody, regardless of their stature in the business," Tritt said. "He didn't have to do that and that's a great lesson not only for me, but anybody in this business: to never get above your raising."

Other stars took their social media accounts to share their thoughts. Read about those and watch the video here.

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Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar Release 'No More Parties in L.A.'

(Radio.com) It's a few days later than we thought we'd be getting new music from Kanye West - since his wife seemed to hint that "G.O.O.D. Fridays" were coming back.

But if "No More Parties in L.A." is a few days late, it's worth the wait, especially because the song is a collaboration between 'Ye and Kendrick Lamar.

The song was produced by West, but the track was created by Madlib, according to a tweet from West. West has hinted that his next album, the long awaited SWISH, will be out February 11. Check out the track here.

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Selena Gomez Featured In 'Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising' Trailer

(Radio.com) If Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne thought battling Zac Efron and his fraternity brothers in Neighbors was tough, just wait until they get a load of the new additions to their neighborhood in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

Selena Gomez returns to the big screen in the film, where she plays Madison, the reigning president of Phi Lambda. Gomez goes toe to toe with Chloë Grace Moretz's character, who criticizes the long-standing American tradition that only fraternities can throw parties.

Promoting the trailer on Twitter, Gomez shared how she really feels about her co-star Seth Rogen today (Jan. 19). "Seth Rogen is hot," she wrote. Watch Gomez in all her pot-hating sorority queen glory in the trailer here.

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Derek Zoolander Asks Katy Perry to Stop Singing 'Relax'

(Radio.com) As the hype builds for the movie Zoolander No. 2 you're sure to be seeing the film's titular character pop up in all sorts of places. Katy Perry took to Instagram to share a clip of her self singing Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax."

Derek Zoolander, played by Ben Stiller, shows up in the back of the shot, asking Perry to stop singing, "it brings up a lot of personal issues," he says in the clip.

For those uninitiated, in the original film Stiller's character is conditioned to attempt the assassination of the Prime Minister of Malaysiawhen the song is played. Check out the humorous clip here.

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Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett '1994' Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Jason Aldean kicked off his We Are Here tour last week with Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses. The opening night show included a few surprises for fans.

Aldean was joined on stage for "1994" by Thomas Rhett, who co-wrote the tune with Luke Laird and Barry Dean (watch below). Additionally, the show's sizzle reel shows Rhett playing drums for part of his set.

"We kicked off 2016 right in Moline, IL last night," Rhett wrote on Instagram. "I could not be more proud of my band, my team and everyone involved in making this show what it is. Huge shout out to the fans that show up night after night and scream all the words to all the songs! Much love." Check it out here.

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Degrassi Producer Would Welcome Drake Back Anytime

(Radio.com) Degrassi, the Canadian teen soap phenomenon, has been going strong since 1987 with legions of loyal fans through multiple generations. Recently, the show's legacy has grown even deeper with Drake's ascension to rap game dominance.

Despite having moved onto bigger and better things, producers of the latest Netflix incarnation of Degrassi say Drake's always welcome back to his Alma mater.

"He came out and gave us the biggest bear hugs and wanted to know how we were doing," she said. "He was with the show eight years. We say very fondly that we gave him his first job in show business… We knew he was [rapping on the side] so we said, 'Do you want an opportunity to rap on this show?' and he did."

Drake even gets a shout-out in the new season, titled Degrassi: Next Class. Read more here.

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Ol' Dirty Bastard Biopic Might Be Coming

(Radio.com) Another hip-hop themed biopic may be in the works. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, RZA acknowledges that a movie about Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard, who passed away in 2004, may be heading to the big screen.

A cousin named Rayshawn has written a script that RZA calls "pretty interesting," but he's not willing to fully commit to directing the project at this point.

"I wouldn't mind not doing it and I wouldn't mind doing it," the rapper tells Rolling Stone. "From the age of six, me and [ODB] used to push shopping carts around grocery stores and try to get nickels. There are very few people who know the real him as much as me. So it would be something that I would be honored to do, but there's a lot of moving parts to it." Read more here.

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Photo Sparks Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Engagement Speculation

(Radio.com) If a picture is worth a thousand words then Miley Cyrus may have just answered fans' questions about whether she and her former fiance Liam Hemsworth are back on again after over two years apart.

Not only was Cyrus spotted exiting JFK Airport sporting the engagement ring Hemsworth gave her, but she also posted a photo on Instagram showing her wearing the ring (via ELLE).

Cyrus and Hemsworth were recently spotted spending time together in his native Australia, sparking rumors about a romantic reunion. The on-again/off-again couple dated for four years after meeting on the set of The Last Song. Despite calling it quits a few times during their relationship, Cyrus officially broke off their engagement in September 2013 (via E! News). See the photo here.

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ASAP Ferg and Future Release 'New Level' Video

(Radio.com) A$AP Ferg and Future have released the music video for their November collaboration "New Level." Things seem to be going horribly awry in the video, which sees both rappers surrounded by fires, angry mobs and other end-of-days scenarios. Still, they manage to find their "new level," rising above all of those problems to rap about cars, chains and money.

Decked out in shades, a leather duster and chains, A$AP Ferg appears first, spitting his verses while women in white bathing suits either crawl on the floor or fight one another. Future appears toward's the track's middle, donning a leather hooded jacket and rapping in front of a sweet ride.

In addition to A$AP Ferg and Future, three big athletes also took part in the video. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, Olympic fencer Daryl Homer, and BMX biker Nigel Sylvester all make minor appearances (via Pitchfork). Watch the video here.

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Pearl Jam, RHCP, Stevie Wonder Lead New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup

(Radio.com) New Orleans Jazz Fest announced its 2016 lineup today (Jan. 19), which features numerous big names. In addition to Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the 47th Jazz Fest will see Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Paul Simon, Gary Clark Jr., Lauryn Hill, Beck, Van Morrison and a host of others perform at the event.

Held over seven days between April 22 and May 1, the 2016 line-up includes a strong balance of newer and established artists. Then, of course, there are New Orleans staples like Trombone Shorty as well as Jon Batiste & Stay Human who will take part this year.

The festival will also hold a tribute to Allen Toussaint, who passed away in November. Toussaint helped define and shape New Orleans music, so a Jazz Fest memorial is entirely fitting. Check out the preliminary announcement here.

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Lil Wayne and Birdman End Their Beef

(Radio.com) With all the hip-hop beefs going on these days, it's good to see that at least one has officially ended! Over the weekend in Miami, Cash Money's CEO Birdman and long estranged artist Lil Wayne appeared on stage together, with the exec seeming to imply they had reconciled.

The two men have had some serious drama. Wayne had previously sued Birdman for $51 million over purported unpaid profits and rights. Last year, Birdman was accused of conspiring with Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, who was indicted on 30 counts including charges of aggravated assault and racketeering, after allegedly shooting up Wayne's tour bus after an April 26th performance in Atlanta. The indictment states that Winfrey called cellphones connected to Young Thug and Birdman, although neither artist was charged in any crimes associated with the shooting.

"This my motherf-- son and I'ma die for him, Ima live for him, and I'll motherf-- kill for him," says Birdman as he stands next to Wayne on stage. 'That ain't gonna never change, n--. It's YMCMB for life, and we gon' live this s-."

Is the hatchet buried? Check out the clip and decide for yourself here.

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The Game Talks Rap Feuds

(Radio.com) "What's Beef?" That's the question The Game posed on his Instagram account Monday evening (Jan. 18), when he shared an image that explains social media's influence on rap beefs. Some of the examples include tweeting shade back and forth, as well as sharing rude memes.

The Game believes it's nonsense the way beefs play out online. "Hip hop beefs were healthy & consisted of rap battles between dope M.C.'s like the legendary KRS-One & Busy Bee beef, the Nas & Jay-Z beef, The Real Roxanne & Roxanne Shante beef," he wrote in the caption accompanying the image.

"But now, so much of this bulls- going around, it's even hard for me not to get sucked into this social media way of beefing…. & even though some of these memes be funny as f-….. Why do they determine who won a rap beef ??? WTF happened to REAL hip hop & the classic way of handling rap feuds ???" he asked.

The Game has famously been involved in a back-and-forth beef with Stitches after his manager punched out the rapper in Miami. Stitches has since requested The Game fight him in a Celebrity Boxing Match, but The Game has only offered several increasingly confusing responses.

Check out the state of beefs today according to The Game here.

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