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Daily Music News Report for 07/01/2016


Demi Lovato Goes Topless For New Song 'Body Say'

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato posted a topless photo of herself on Twitter to tease "Body Say," the new song she started performing Wednesday night (June 29) in Atlanta on the opening of her joint headline tour with Nick Jonas.

The shot depicts Lovato from behind kneeling on a bed and holding the back of her head while looking into a mirror. Behind her, a black bra sits on the bed. "Well, the cats out of the bag… #BodySay @ddlovato," she posted along with the pic. "Tonight's show will be EXTRA special! #FutureNowTour."

The show at Atlanta's Philips Arena was streamed on Tidal for members and non-members alike. Lovato has said she will continue to perform new songs for the duration of the tour. Read more see the photo here.

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Joe Budden Releases Drake Diss Track 'Making A Murderer'

(Radio.com) A feud has been brewing between Slaughterhouse's Joe Budden and Drake, but now we have a clear shot fired, with Budden releases the diss track "Making A Murderer: Part 1"

However, in new interview with Pitchfork, Budden says his intention is merely to bring out the best in Drizzy. "If it were really a matter of importance him and I could jump on the phone," he tells the publication. "I come from a hip-hop where if you didn't have something to say, then, n—-, what the f— were you rapping for."

Budden has been critical of Drake's latest album Views, calling the effort "uninspired." But he has high hopes for Drake's response to his new track
I'm tired of rappers addressing things in every other manner in passion but rap," he told Pitchfork. Check out "Making A Murderer: Part 1" here.

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'Straight Outta Compton' Defamation Lawsuit Continues

(Radio.com) Jerry Heller's lawsuit against NBC Universal concerning its film Straight Outta Compton will move forward, but only because the judge ruled that one of his claims stood. The rest were all thrown out.

Heller is suing the entertainment company for defamation of character after the way the film portrayed him (played by Paul Giamatti), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Throughout the film, he's painted as someone who lied, cheated and scammed the burgeoning rap group. According to U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald, the film is allowed to show Heller in that light because of certain statements he made in his book Ruthless: A Memoir.

The one thing keeping the lawsuit afloat? Heller's claim that he never discouraged members of N.W.A. from seeking legal counsel before signing a contract with him. Read more here.

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Lil Wayne's Prison Memoir Finally Set For Release

(Radio.com) The wait for Lil Wayne's prison memoir has been longer than his eight month incarceration. Gone Til November, which is titled after the first letter Wayne wrote in prison, was initially scheduled for release in 2012.

Now, publisher Penguin Random House has announced the book will hit the shelves October. 11, almost four years later than expected.The memoir is based on Wayne's diaries from his eight months at New York's biggest prison, Rikers Island, in 2010.

The rapper was sentenced after being caught with an illegal .40 caliber pistol after police saw him smoking marijuana following his gig at New York's Beacon Theatre. Read more here.

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Leslie Cours Mather Giving Away New Single 'We Are America'

(Webster) Leslie Cours Mather is celebrating July 4th by offering a free download of her new single "We Are America" to fans that sign up for the mailing list on her official website. We were sent these details:

Mathers wrote the song immediately after 9/11. "I was heartbroken," she recalls. "But all over Los Angeles, you'd see countless American flags flying from cars. Our country was unified - briefly." Leslie, a self-professed Army "brat," admits to feeling a certain level of disappointment when LA Lakers' flags replaced the stars and stripes just a few short months later.

"I think that if people are indifferent we have a problem," Mather states. "It seems more important than ever that we remember that we are a people united by this country we call home … united we stand; divided we fall. That's what 'We Are America' is all about - and why we're releasing it now." Get the song here.

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Trace Adkins Talks New Single 'Lit'

(Radio.com) Trace Adkins is about to return in a big way with a new album due out later this year. The still-untitled album is expected to be released later this summer on Wheelhouse Records, a brand new imprint of country label powerhouse Broken Bow Records.

Earlier this year, we got a taste of it via "Jesus and Jones," and we're about hear a little more with his new single, "Lit." Adkins spoke to Radio.com about his latest track.

"'Lit' was a song that just came along as we were in the process of recording this album. I didn't expect it to be a single, but Benny Brown, the president of the label [Wheelhouse], got all lit up about it, and he wanted to put it out as a single, so that's what we're doing. It's just a fun song. Don't look for the deep, profound thing, there's nothing deep or profound about this."

And he says that it's important to have a few fun songs on his albums. Read more here.

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Daye Jack Streaming New Track Called 'Raw'

Daye Jack premiered his new track entitled "Raw" last night on Ebro's Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio program. Produced by Mike Elizondo, "Raw" is the latest glimpse into Daye's forthcoming debut album.

Check out the new track here and expect more of his eclectic palette on his full-length debut out later this year which features production from Elizondo, Nosaj, Max Martin and more.

Daye has also announced that he will hit the road with Watsky this fall for another round of North American tour dates which kick off on September 2nd in Phoenix. See the tour dates here.

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Madonna's 'True Blue' Album Celebrates 30th Anniversary

(BBG) Thirty years ago this week, Madonna released her third studio album, True Blue, on Sire Records. One of the best-selling albums of all time, True Blue is RIAA-certified 7x platinum with seven million copies sold in the U.S. and an estimated 25 million copies sold worldwide.

It was the world's top-selling album in 1986, reaching No. 1 in a then record-breaking 28 countries around the world, as well as the best-selling album of the '80s by a female artist. In the U.S., True Blue hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 on August 16th, 1986, and remained at No. 1 for five consecutive weeks, spending 82 weeks on the chart.

True Blue spawned five Top 5 singles, "True Blue," "La Isla Bonita," "Live to Tell," "Papa Don't Preach," and "Open Your Heart," the latter three all peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also features fan favorite "Where's the Party".

Madonna co-wrote and co-produced the entirety of True Blue with Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard. She has said that the album deals with her view of love and was an "unabashed valentine" to her then husband Sean Penn.

Madonna was honored with the Video Vanguard Award at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, the same year True Blue was released, becoming the first female artist to receive the award.

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T.G. Sheppard Extends North American Tour

(Webster) T.G. Sheppard will visit more cities during an extensive 2016 nationwide tour with stops planned in Missouri, Montana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and more. Along the way, Sheppard will also be joined by some of classic country's biggest stars on select shows. Click here to purchase tickets.

"After all these years, to walk out on stage and see the larger than ever crowds singing the words to my songs amazes me," says Sheppard. "I've been saying for years that the fans of real country music would return someday. I'm thankful that the day has arrived and they have returned."

One highlight is a special Independence Day show on July 1 at the Welk Theatre, in Branson, Mo., where country icon Crystal Gayle will also be performing alongside Sheppard. To show appreciation for our veterans, ticket buyers will receive two free tickets for family and/or friends who've served our country. Sheppard opened up about the upcoming date with Gayle and shared stories about working with Elvis Presley and Clint Eastwood in the Branson Tri-Lakes News. See the tour dates here.

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ScHoolboy Q Releases Second Part Of Short Film Series

(Radio.com) ScHoolboy Q is gearing up to release his new album Blank Face in just over a week, but in the meantime the rapper has been sharing a short film series in anticipation of his new music. The segments are mixes between 'day in the life' narratives and music videos, each featuring a big lead-in to a bigger track. Today (June 30) he shared the second part in that series, "Tookie Knows II: Part (2)."

In the first part, "By Any Means: Part (1)," ScHoolboy Q and his crew hang outside their L.A. neighborhood playing dice before cops show up and break up their good time. They hide inside for a while, but eventually get kicked out and make their way to a pawn shop to look around. At the halfway point, ScHoolboy Q shares the track "By Any Means," which has him backed by his whole crew rapping on his front porch.

In the latest installment, ScHoolboy Q's crew (minus him) returns to the pawn shop they visited in the first part of the story, but this time they have different intentions. They rob the store and seem to get away with it before the cops discover where they live. Unfortunately, because he's in the wrong place at the wrong time, ScHoolboy Q gets swept up in the arrest. The second half of the video takes place in jail as he and his crew rap. The segment's title comes from "Tookie Knows (Interlude)" on ScHoolboy Q's 2012 album Habits & Contradictions.

Blank Face will be released on July 8. Watch both parts of the short film series here.

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Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross Preview NASA Inspired 'Juno'

(Radio.com) Weezer isn't the only band to sing NASA's praises in their new song "I Love the USA." Trent Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross have released a separate single "Juno" for the space agency.

Their song's title reflects the name of NASA's space craft, which is currently en route to the solar system's oldest planet. It is expected to arrive July 4, according to the song's trailer. In addition to the spacey sound they developed for "Juno," Reznor and Ross' song also apparently contains sounds of Jupiter singing (via CoS).

Reznor and Ross have teamed up several times before, including 2010's film The Social Network and 2014's Gone Girl. Once again, their work exhibits a "cinematic" quality, as the song's description states on YouTube. "From its feverish atmospherics to its chains of glassy melody to its haunting textures, which sound like the surface of some distant planet must feel," their single "Juno" mirrors the very space through which the craft travels.

Listeners can stream or purchase the entire track on iTunes. For now, check out a brief snippet of the song in NASA's trailer for the mission here.

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Deadmau5 Releases Virtual Reality Game

(Radio.com) Deadmau5 and Absolut Labs have teamed up to create a new game, entitled 'Absolut Deadmau5', that allows fans to follow the artist through his own virtual world.

"The 'Absolut Deadmau5' experience begins in the artist's garage with a guest appearance from his Instagram-famous cat, Meowingtons," read a statement from the producer. "Here, users help deadmau5 select one of his iconic cars, complete with a driver, and set out on a journey toward a nighttime gig."

"Users maneuver live-action obstacles to get deadmau5 to his concert destination on time," the statement continues. "The culmination of the experience is a concert in which the artist performs his new track, 'Saved' in front of a live audience shot in the artist's hometown of Toronto."

"Saved" is currently only available on 'Absolut deadmau5.' Check out the behind-the-scenes footage here.

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Wiz Khalifa Countersued By Rostrum Records

(Radio.com) Wiz Khalifa filed suit against former label Rostrum Records earlier this year for a "360 deal" he deemed shortchanged him. Now Rostrum has filed a countersuit against Khalifa, claiming that the label is entitled to outstanding payments in excess of $2 million accrued from several of the rapper's revenue streams.

"Rostrum is informed and believes, and on that basis alleges, that the Publishing Royalties, Tour Royalties and Merchandise Royalties that [Khalifa] currently owes Rostrum, but has failed to pay in breach of the Operative Agreement, exceed $2 million," claims the suit, according to Rolling Stone.

In his original filing, Wiz sought $1 million from Rostrum. The rapper claimed he was "induced" to sign a deal against his best financial interests. Read more here.

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Lorde Helps Provide School Lunches To Poor Children

(Radio.com) Lorde has donated $20,000NZ ($13,500US) to Fuel The Need to provide food for children who can't afford school lunch. The charity was set up to help children in the city of Upper Hutt afford school lunches.

She wrote on their fundraising page, 'Good on you Manuel and Fuel The Need. I hope this helps a little bit. Lots of love from a former kid who is passionate about all kids having access to food at school."

Fuel The Need organizer Manuel Dalton said, 'To date, we'd raised $1,400 from local businesses, so when Lorde's payment came through, it was amazing." Read more here.

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Trailer For Justin Timberlake's New Movie Trolls Released

(Radio.com) Children and Justin Timberlake fans alike can rejoice: A trailer for Justin's new movie Trolls is here, and viewers get to see his character and his foil, played by Anna Kendrick.

The creators of Shrek have more fantasy adventure up their sleeve, and this voice cast is amazing. The trailer features Branch (Timberlake), a down-in-the-dumps, paranoid troll who can't stand Poppy (Kendrick), a happy-go-lucky pink troll.

When an outside threat reaches their doorstep, Branch and Poppy have to work together to save their different ways of life. So far, Trolls has spawned Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" his first single since 2013. And he has reportedly written more songs for the film, which hits theaters November 4th. Check out the trailer here.

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Louis Tomlinson Seeks Joint Custody of His Son

(Radio.com) Former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson's transition to fatherhood took many fans by surprise, but his adventure in co-parenting with former flame Briana Jungwirth appeared to get off to a good start.

His son Freddie Reign was born in August 2015, and Tomlinson hasn't been shy about sharing photos or making public appearances as a doting father. However, reports suggest that Louis has been dissatisfied with his current custody arrangement and will seek formal joint custody with Jungwirth, a stylist, to divide time more equitably.

The story was first reported by TMZ and later "confirmed" by Billboard, though it's unclear if Tomlinson's representatives confirmed the report. Read more here.

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Iggy Azalea Opens Up About Nick Young Breakup

(Radio.com) Iggy Azalea has opened up about the real reason for her breakup with Lakers player Nick Young. Since their split last week, rumors surfaced that his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child is several months pregnant, potentially with his baby.

While Iggy says that revelation is alarming, she's learning about his personal life alongside the rest of us. "I have never even been told by nick that his baby mother is pregnant so if this is true I'm finding out via E News," Azalea tweeted. "I broke up with Nick because I found out he had brought other women into our home while I was away and caught them on the security footage."

'This is just like a second shot to the chest," she continued. "And I feel like I don't even know who the hell it is I've been loving all this time." Read her full tweets here.

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Paris Hilton Reacts To Kim Kardashian And Kanye West 'Famous' Meme

(Extra) Everyone is talking about Kanye West's "Famous" video, and rumors were even swirling that Kim Kardashian's former BFF Paris Hilton "liked" a gone-viral meme showing her in bed with the power couple with the caption "I made his b**ch famous."

On Wednesday, Paris set the record straight with "Extra's" Renee Bargh while promoting her latest perfume. Despite the reports, Paris did not "like" the post. She explained, "I actually read all these stories about it today and they said I liked it but I didn't see that until it was already out so…"'

When asked if she thought the meme was funny, Hilton responded, "You know, I've been so busy that I haven't even really paid attention." Aside from her 20th fragrance, Gold Rush, Hilton is busy with her gig as a DJ and prepping to become an aunt for the first time. She recently threw a baby shower for little sis Nicky, who is expecting a baby girl. Paris shared, "I can't wait to meet her. I'm freaking out." She added about Nicky, "I've never seen a pregnant woman so beautiful. Like, she's glowing - she looks incredible. She's so excited. She's so happy. I'm like, 'Are you scared?' She's like, 'No.' She's like so chill about it." Read more here.

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