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B-Sides Report for 01/29/2016



Zayn Malik Reveals Details For His New Solo Album

(Radio.com) Zayn Malik opened up about his debut solo album, Mind of Mine, as well as his creative struggle with One Direction in a new interview that was published on Thursday (Jan. 28).

Mind of Mine's first single "Pillow Talk" will debut today January 29th. Malik already has a music video filmed for the track, which he will release later.

Appearing on Beats 1 Radio, Malik talked about the project and his creative control over it. "In terms of collaborating, for creative direction, I'm not collaborating with anybody," he said. "It's all my creative direction. That's something that's massively liberating, shall we say. It feels great to just do whatever and kind of take the responsibility on myself, and be like, 'Yeah, I did that, so if you don't like it then it's cool.' Because I like it so I don't give a [bleep]."

He also shared hints about some of the other songs on the album. Describing one called "She," Malik explained, "It's a bit more of a party tune, and it's a bit more…it's not as intense lyrically, it's more about a good time."

Malik hopes that the fun he had writing and recording the song comes across to listeners. "Hopefully people can hear that in the music, because that's what I'm trying to portray: what I'm going through. And if it sounds like I'm having a good time, it probably meant I was having a good time."

Elsewhere in the interview, Malik detailed how quickly things escalated after the group appeared on X Factor U.K. Read about that here.

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Kanye West Doesn't Want To Talk About Wiz Khalifa Beef

(Radio.com) Has the beef between Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa really been put to bed? TMZ's cameras caught up with West at the airport in Los Angeles and pestered him about his Twitter rant.

"Do you think it was a bit much bringing the kid into it?" the cameraman asks. "I told you I said all I had to say, don't ask me no more questions about it," Kanye retorts hotly. However, Ye recovers his composure by the end of the clip "I didn't mean to talk to you heavy," he says. "Show of respect to you and your family."

Wiz didn't do much to further the feud himself, though he did yell "F- Kanye West" at his gig last night in Argentina. You can check out both videos here.

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Rihanna, Dave Grohl, Chris Stapleton Added To Lionel Richie Tribute

(Radio.com) The GRAMMY tribute to Lionel Richie is growing. Today the recording academy announced the addition of Rihanna, Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl, Florence + The Machine and Chris Stapleton as performers.

The artists join an already star studded lineup featuring Luke Bryan, Lenny Kravitz, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Demi Lovato, The Roots, Usher, Pharrell Williams, And Stevie Wonder.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY week. Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul McCartney, more. Read more here.

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Martin Shkreli Demands Apology From Ghostface Killah

(Radio.com) Martin Shkreli continues acting like public enemy number one. On Thursday (Jan. 28), he shared that he wants Ghostface Killah to apologize for insulting him recently, or else he'll go ahead with his plans to destroy the Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

Shkreli appears in a new video surrounded by three masked men (via TMZ). Using Ghostface Killah's real name, Dennis Coles, Shkreli launches into a lengthy rant. 'Most people don't ever try to beef with me, know why?" he arrogantly asks the camera. 'Because nobody's that dumb."

He continues, "For whatever reason you think it's okay to beef with me, but that's a big mistake. At the end of the day, I feel very sorry for you. You're an old man who has lost relevance and you're trying to reclaim the spotlight from my spotlight. And that's not going to work, Dennis."

"In fact, if you ever say some dumb sh-t again, this Shaolin album, I'm going to erase all your s- on this album," he says. "I'm going to erase you from the record books of rap. You're my son, you have to listen to me. I butter your bread, you understand me. Without me, you're nothing. I expect you to write me a written apology from the heart. Some contrition, some long letter where you explain you're sadness and sorrow for what you've done."

Watch the video here.

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Cyndi Lauper's Country Album Features Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris

(Radio.com) There are some big names involved in Cyndi Lauper's new album, Detour, which she recorded in Nashville. The country covers album features Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Jewel, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill.

Speaking about Detour's country theme, Lauper opened up about why she was drawn to a different style for her 11th album. "When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to," she said in the press release. "These songs are part of some of my earliest memories so it has been an absolute thrill to revisit them."

Among the 12 tracks are two classic Patsy Cline numbers, "Walkin' After Midnight" and "I Fall To Pieces." Cline holds a special place in Lauper's heart. 'I spent a lot of time in my room singing with Patsy," she said. "I had to sing a Patsy Cline song-or two-because her voice was like one of my girlfriends. That's how close I felt to her."

Detour will be available May. 6. Check out the full tracklist here.

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Channing Tatum Convinced Beyonce To Join Him On 'Lip Sync Battle'

(Radio.com) When Channing Tatum appeared on Lip Sync Battle earlier in January, he brought with him one of the biggest names in music: Beyonce. But how exactly did the Magic Mike star get Queen Bey to appear on the show with him? That answer has finally been revealed.

Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, Tatum admitted he'd never met Beyonce before, which naturally made it more difficult to track her down and ask for help.

"I won't even tell you what I had to do to essentially get her assistant's phone number…I was texting her. I didn't even have the intention of her coming," Tatum told Ellen. "It was a whole ploy to get permission to do something."

Tatum wanted a major name, because he believed his wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum, was going to bring on a big guest star. "I was like, 'Hmm, who can I bring out?' I know Beyonce's not gonna come, so I wanted to bring like a cardboard cutout of Beyonce out just to be funny," he said. "Ultimately I ended up having to meet Beyonce doing Beyonce, and that was definitely the most terrifying thing I've ever done."

Watch the story here.

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Release Music Video

(Radio.com) Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, aka the World's Most Adorable Couple, continued their reign on Wednesday (Jan. 27) when they shared a homemade music video they recorded while on vacation in Africa.

Filming themselves in the African wilderness while Toto's "Africa" plays in the background, the couple lip-syncs along with the song while enjoying the African rain and wildlife.

Shot some time ago, before the couple had their two daughters, it appears to be the last vacation they took before starting their family, so it only makes sense that they'd want to do something special to remember their trip. Like film a music video.

A user by the name of Dan Shepard posted the video to YouTube, which includes the caption: "This was our last trip before having kids. Our sole objective was to rage hard and honor Toto properly. Hope you enjoy :)" Watch it here.

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Max B's Releases 'My Wave (A Message for Kanye West)'

(Radio.com) It looks like Max B is officially a part of the Kanye West/Wiz Khalifa beef. The jailed Max B released a track directed at Kanye West due to the controversy going on between Khalifa and West/

The controversy was originally prompted when Kanye changed the title of his upcoming album from SWISH to WAVE. Khalifa feels that Kanye shouldn't use the term "wave" due in part to the phrase/style that has been widely credited to the former Dipset rapper.

The recording, "My Wave (A Message for Kanye West)," features Max B rapping over the Pharcyde's 11995 classic track, "Runnin'." The song doesn't say much to and/or about Kanye at all and doesn't seem to make a reference to him, but take a listen here.

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ASAP Rocky Releases 'JD' Music Video

(Radio.com) A$AP Rocky coming off an announcement of a collaboration with GUESS jeans and a steamy fashion spread with Naomi Campbell, released a video for his song, "JD."

The track is an ode to Jimmy Dean, who makes a brief "sketched" appearance at the beginning of the video which takes A$AP Rocky through real and animated visuals.

Jimmy Dean was a country singer turned actor who also hosted his own television show, The Jimmy Dean Show, before he became a businessman and started the Jimmy Dean Sausage Company years before his death. Watch the video here.

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David Bowie Once Auditioned for 'Lord of the Rings'

(Radio.com) He played the Goblin King in Labyrinth, but could he have played Gandalf as well? It almost happened, according to Dominic Monaghan, the actor who played the Hobbit named Meriadoc Brandybuck in the Lord of the Rings films. The actor says he witnessed Bowie audition for a role in the films.

Speaking with Huffington Post, Monaghan recounted the moment he finished auditioning for Lord of the Rings at London casting agency Hubbard's. Afterwards, Monaghan was asked to stick around for a few minutes and receive feedback. From there, things took a memorable turn.

"As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in," Monaghan recalled. "And I'm assuming he read for Gandalf. I can't think of anything else he would've read for." Read more here.

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Mickey Guyton Reveals Cover Of Beyonce's 'If I Were a Boy'

(Radio.com) Mickey Guyton joined Eric Paslay for a performance in Nashville earlier this week. During the show, she treated the audience to a cover of "If I Were a Boy".

The tune was written by songwriters BC Jean and Toby Gad and Deejaycyfer and originally appeared on Beyonce's 2008 album I am … Sasha Fierce. In 2010, Reba McEntire included the song on her All the Women I Am album, and released it as a single, which charted out at No. 22.

Also as part of Guyton's performance that evening, she invited 15-year-old American Idol contestant Tristan McIntosh to the stage to perform her single, "Why Baby Why." Check it out here.

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Sia Recruits Natalie Portman For 'Iko Iko' Performance

(Radio.com) An upside of Sia's admitted camera-shyness and stage fright is her ability to recruit special guests. From Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler to Shia LaBeouf and Kristen Wiig, the singer has used a number of famous faces as vessels for her emotional music.

On Wednesday night, Natalie Portman joined their ranks on The Tonight Show, donning a very-Sia wig and black onesie to play percussion in a live rendition of "Iko Iko."

The Roots and Jimmy Fallon backed Sia up on the 1964 Dixie Cups classic, in typically lively and charming form. The format is usually reserved for Fallon's "Classroom Instruments" series but the band raised its style points with a monochromatic backdrop. Read more here.

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Tom Hiddleston Sings Hank Williams Hits in 'I Saw the Light' Biopic

(Radio.com) The soundtrack for the upcoming Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, will be released on March 25. Tom Hiddleston, who played the villain Loki in the Avengers and Thor films, plays the country legend and recorded Williams' classics for the film.

Hiddleston is joined by the Saddle Spring Boys on new versions of "Hey Good Lookin'," "Move it on Over," "Jambalaya," "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It," "Why Don't You Love Me" and "Honky Tonkin'."

To prepare for his role, Hiddleston worked with country singer and soundtrack album co-producer Rodney Crowell. "After nearly a month spent collaborating with this gifted artist, I'm as respectful of the man's work ethic as I'm mystified by his transformational skills," Crowell said. "Without a doubt, the filmmakers chose the right actor for the job."

In addition to Hiddleston's versions of classic Williams tunes, the soundtrack includes songs from other artists of the time period. See the full track listing here.

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Fan-Sourced Taylor Swift Book Coming

(Radio.com) Publisher Simon and Schuster's upcoming Taylor Swift book isn't your by-the-numbers celebrity tribute. To create the tome, publishers have crowdsourced various aspects of the book's writing, branding and compilation.

Winners were just announced for the book's title and "honorary author" and the book's fan-selected title. Texan fan Tenay Barker won the title selection contest and $2,500 with her submission, Taylor Swift: This Is Our Song.

Meanwhile, YouTube Swift parody king of note Tyler Conroy of Massachusetts won $10,000 and credit as the book's "honorary author." Read more here.

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