B-Sides Report for 01/25/2016

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Becomes A Father

(Radio.com) It looks as though One Direction's Louis Tomlinson is the first of the boy band's members to become a father. According to reports Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth have a healthy baby boy to celebrate as of Friday (Jan. 22).

People is reporting a source close to Tomlinson confirmed the baby's arrival, and it looks like Twitter-if hashtags are to be believed-supports that confirmation. #WelcomeBabyTomlinson has become a rising trend on the social media site.

Tomlinson and Jungwirth, an L.A. stylist are not together, but a source told the magazine, '[The pregnancy] was a surprise at first, but he and Briana are very, very close friends and this has brought them even closer." Read more here.

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Sara Bareilles Duets With Jennifer Nettles In NYC

(Radio.com) Sara Bareilles joined the ladies of CMT's Next Woman of Country tour on the stage at New York City's Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night (January 20).

The songstress first joined Jennifer Nettles on stage to perform the song "She Used to Be Mine" from the musical, Waitress, for which Bareilles wrote the music.

Nettles and tourmates Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson welcomed the pop singer again for the night's finale, a cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends." Watch it here.

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Kesha Fans Plan To Protest Sony Outside Courthouse

(Radio.com) The ongoing drama between Kesha and her record label Sony may hit a fever pitch Tuesday: Fans intend to protest the label outside the New York State Supreme Courthouse.

To recap the drama between the artist and her label: Kesha is seeking freedom from her existing record contract because it, in effect, will require her to collaborate with Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who she has alleged has abused her.

"We're protesting at the courthouse to drive home that Sony needs to listen to more than 107,000 petitioners who want to save Kesha's career and human rights," protest organizer Michael Eisele said, according to The Huffington Post. "Pop music fans are sending a clear message that they won't stand for Sony's completely unethical and inhumane treatment of a woman who was brave enough to speak up about sexual abuse." Read more here.

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LL Cool J Receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

(Radio.com) "From Hollis to Hollywood, but is he good?" LL Cool J dropped that rhyme in "Hollis to Hollywood" from his 1995 album Mr. Smith. And apparently he is! LL Cool J has made the leap from old school b-boy to Hollywood legend with his induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony took place last Thursday at an 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard. He was joined by fellow Hip Hop legends, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Queen Latifah.

The iconic rapper had a successful music career in hip-hop before taking his career on a different path as one of the most successful rappers turned actors. Read more and see the star here.

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Miranda Lambert and Collin Raye Tribute Glenn Frey With 'Desperado'

(Radio.com) Miranda Lambert was joined by many friends during her Wednesday night performance at Nashville's City Winery and a poignant part of the evening included an indirect tribute to Glenn Frey.

The most timely collaboration, though, was with Collin Raye, who sang the Eagles' "Desperado," which was written by Don Henley and the late Glenn Frey.

Unlike a normal tour performance, the City Winery stop was setup like a writer's round, with Ashley Monroe and songwriters Nicole Galyon and Shane McAnally remaining on stage for each song. Watch it here.

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Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt 'All for the Hall'

(Radio.com) Keith Urban and Vince Gill will host the sixth All for the Hall concert on April 12. The show benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and will include performances by Luke Bryan, Peter Frampton, Florida Georgia Line, Emmylou Harris, Sam Hunt, Jason Isbell, Maddie and Tae and Maren Morris.

"Nashville has become a dynamic and diverse musical melting pot," Urban said in a statement. "While it remains the home of country music, an unbelievably talented community of songwriters, producers, instrumentalists, singers, bands and solo artists are rapidly changing the entire musical landscape in 'Music City U.S.A.' Our sixth All tor the Hall event - 'Mashville: The Music City in 2016′ - will celebrate that!!!!"

Urban and Gill will joined on stage by students of Middle Tennessee, who will debut an original song written specifically for the performance. Read more here.

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Chris Young And Cassadee Pope Release 'Think of You' Video

(Radio.com) Chris Young and Cassadee Pope have debuted the music video for their new duet, "Think of You." In the clip, the pair play out the lyrics of the song as they separately enjoy a night out.

The video, directed by David McClister, was filmed at Nashville's Sambuca Restaurant and the city's iconic Hermitage Cafe. Fans headed out to see Young on the road will get to hear the pair play the song live.

"I had gone out of my way to grab her on the tour, we knew that was going to be the next single," Young explained at the No. 1 party for "I'm Comin' Over." '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 video here.

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Brandy Clark Streams New Song 'Girl Next Door'

(Radio.com) "If you want the girl next door / then go next door," Brandy Clark declares in her new single. "Girl Next Door" is the first single from her sophomore project, Big Day in a Small Town, making a strong statement sonically and lyrically.

'I am thrilled to start this year by releasing new music!" Clark said in a press release. 'The response to 'Girl Next Door' from both my concert audiences and the country radio stations I have visited has been so positive and strong. I can't wait to share it with everyone."

The singer-songwriter made waves with her debut album 12 Stories, which earned her Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Country Album of the Year. Big Day in a Small Town will be released this year. Check out the song here.

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Kanye West Reveals Behind the Scenes 'Swish' Photos

(Radio.com) Now that Kanye West has announced his new album SWISH will drop Feb. 11 that means everything is good to go, right? Wrong. Ever the perfectionist, West was in the studio Thursday night (Jan. 21) apparently working on the album, even though it's weeks away from release.

Still, he used the occasion to tweet some behind the scenes photos and details for the project. Kanye shared a photo of himself sitting next to Kendrick Lamar.

He tweeted along with the photo, "We just wanna thank Madlib for these 6 beat CDs he sent over #scary." In addition to Kendrick, Swizz Beatz and CyHi the Prince were also in the studio working on the project. Read more and see the posts here.

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Ghostface Killah Furious At Buyer of $2M Wu-Tang Clan Album

(Radio.com) RZA may have already teasingly threatened to execute the rumored Bill Murray heist clause for the sale of Wu-Tang Clan's album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, but Ghostface Killah has some more biting words for the album's owner, pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli.

TMZ caught Ghostface Killah on the street, where he called Shkreli a "sh-thead." Ghostface seemed less upset that their album now belonged to him, and more upset about what Shkreli did to the price of AIDs pill Daraprim. "You don't take some AIDs pill that you have for what $7 and then make it like $800," he said.

When asked how he felt about Shkreli as a person, Ghostface Killah said, "I don't even know him, you know what I mean? But when I heard what he did with the AIDs [medication] like that, that's not right, that's not right."

As for the album, Ghostface said he'd love to see it in the hands of the people, but admitted, "It's out of my hands, man." Shrekeli purchased Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for $2 million in December. He was later arrested for securities fraud. Watch Ghostface Killah here.

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Chloe Grace Moretz Does Her Best Hayley Williams With Paramore Cover

(Radio.com) Chloe Grace Moretz showed off her best Hayley Williams impression when she stopped by BBC Radio's Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on Thursday (Jan. 21).

Confessing her deep devoted fandom to all things Paramore, Moretz said of Williams, "She's amazing." Moretz and host Grimmy performed a karaoke duet version of the band's song "Still Into You." But before they got around to singing, Moretz confessed,"[Williams] has a very difficult voice to sing along with."

That might explain the two false starts before she really gets into the song. It's not exactly the best, ahem, performance, but you can tell Moretz is having a blast singing along with "Still Into You." Watch it here.

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Singled Out: Spencer Sutherland's Bad Influence

Pop singer/songwriter Spencer Sutherland tells us about his brand new single "Bad Influence" which follows the release of his recent 'Unveiled' EP. Here is the story:

My song "Bad Influence" is obviously about eating something that's not good for you, but you just can't hold yourself back and you indulge anyway - haha. Nah, it's actually about being so attracted to someone that it drives you crazy. It consumes your mind and it distracts from all the things you should be doing. So good but so bad - I think my fans can relate.

I actually wrote "Bad Influence" with my best friends in the band Emblem3. When we wrote, it was a casual session. We just started jamming and it felt super natural. Lyrics came easily, as we all had experienced a girl like that in the past 6 months or so. The ripping saxophone that defines the song actually used to be electric guitar, until we stumbled across the sax sound and all were like "AHHHHHH THATS IT!"

Also, the 2nd verse was the first time I had ever sang it. It was my "scratch" vocal reference, and we just ended up liking the character and raw sound of the take. We also tried adding different things to the song (instruments and effects), and we kept thinking "simple is better".

I'm super thankful for all the positive feedback I've been getting. So glad my fans like it and are into it! Nothing like that feeling in the world!!!

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

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