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Daily Music News Report for 07/08/2016


Chris Cornell's Alleged Stalker Arrested Trying To Enter Concert

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell's alleged stalker was arrested prior to his show at the Louisville Palace Theater in Louisville, KY on July 6. TMZ reports Jessica Robbins was picked up by law enforcement officials as she tried to make her way inside for one of the shows on Cornell's current solo acoustic tour of North America in support of his latest album, "Higher Truth."

Sources tell the news outlet that every venue on the tour has had a picture of Robbins and has been on high alert to stop her. Sources also say that the Soundgarden singer was informed of the arrest before the show.

According to Rolling Stone, Robbins was arrested by the FBI in 2014 for allegedly harassing Cornell online and charged her with stalking. The Tampa Bay Times reported, at the time, that Cornell and his wife believed Robbins had entered their Miami home in 2013. The Cornells also pulled their kids out of New York public schools out of fear that Robbins would hurt them. Read more here.

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Calvin Harris Releases Taylor Swift Diss Track?

(Radio.com) John Newman and Calvin Harris have teamed for the new track "Ole." The lyrics are certain to have listeners speculating if the song is a reaction to Harris' recent breakup with Taylor Swift.

"My heart speaks, I ain't seen you or bin' with you for weeks, but I see online that you've begun to be a good girl and take trips with your boyfriend, being attentive continue to pretend," Newman sings.

"But no, cos' there's no telling how far you can go," he continues. "You've hidden my name on your phone so you can call me to tell me you've been going through hell, left him alone and you've booked in a hotel."

There's also a clue in the song's opening line that potentially points to Swift's new beau Tom Hiddleston, who is famous for his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Low key, you wont tell none of your friends about me." Read more here.

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Blink-182 Looking At Alternatives To Flying Following Plane Crash

(Radio.com) Nearly dying in a plane crash could cause anyone to be deathly afraid of flying, but it has caused touring complications for Blink-182, whose drummer Travis Barker was seriously injured in a Learjet 60 crash in South Carolina in 2008.

So Barker is searching for an alternate form of transportation so the band can tour Europe. "Travis is looking into the possibility of taking a boat from LA, which is a very long trip," bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus told NME.

A long trip, indeed. The most convenient route from California to the UK would require two-and-a-half weeks of transportation, reported the Daily Star. "I'm on a bus for six days, travelling from LA to New York, and then I'm spending eleven days on a boat," Barker said. Read more here.

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Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas Parody Kanye's 'Famous' Video

(Radio.com) Kanye West turned heads and made a bold statement with his video for "Famous," which features nude waxworks of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Bill Cosby, Anna Wintour, Kim Kardashian and more in bed together.

Predictably, the video was parodied by U.S. talk shows, and now BBC Radio 1 crafted a brilliant spoof of the instantly iconic video by assembling a team of A-listers to shoot scenes in bed together.

The list is long, but features Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Carly Rae Jepsen, 5 Seconds of Summer, Troye Sivan and more. All of the stars play themselves, fully-clothed and prepared to have a laugh at the absurdity of Kanye's set-up.

"I really really really really really like you," Jepsen purrs to Nick Jonas. "This is fun," he says intimately. Watch the stars parody Kanye's here.

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Coldplay Unplug For Tribute to Prince

(Radio.com) In the wake of Prince's death, artists of all different styles have paid tribute to the iconic musician by playing their favorite tunes by him. There have been a bevy of classics like "Purple Rain" and "Little Red Corvette," but one song in particular has gotten quiet though no less important love from D'Angelo and now Coldplay.

Coldplay shared a video of Chris Martin performing Prince's "Sometimes It Snows in April" with English folk singer Lianne La Havas at Copenhagen's Telia Parken From Wednes night (July 6). The band as a whole sits out the tribute, letting La Havas' acoustic guitar provide the only backing.

Although the crowd appreciates Martin's at-time shaky but still steady vocals, they absolutely go wild when La Havas approaches the mic and lays down her singular style. It's a sentimental moment honoring one of music's greatest. Check out the clip here.

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Christina Grimmie's Family Thanks Fans For Love And Support

(Radio.com) Christina Grimmie's family broke their silence to thank fans for the outpouring of love and support they received following the singer's murder on June 10th at the hands of a deranged fan.

The family released the following statement via a GoFundMe page set up by Christina's manager. "The outpouring of love and generosity that has been displayed to our family throughout these last few weeks has far exceeded anything we could have ever imagined. As we have always known, Christina's life was so very special, not only to us, but to everyone she touched with her joyful heart, beautiful voice and love for life and the Lord.

"Words cannot express what the many memorials, donations and tributes shared by Christina's fans and those in the media and entertainment industry mean to us. She will live on in our hearts forever. We will take our time in determining the best ways to honor Christina moving forward. Thank you. Bud, Tina and Marcus Grimmie." Read more here.

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Dolly Parton Reveals 'Pure & Simple' Album Details and Tour Plans

(Radio.com) Dolly Parton has revealed the details of her new album Pure & Simple, which will be released on August 19th, including the track listing and album cover.

"I may not be pure, but I'm as simple as they come! This new Pure & Simple project is really special to me because I'm taking my fans back to my roots. I feel like these songs have a pure, tender side and we didn't go overboard with arrangements. I'm so glad we've teamed up with our friends at Sony to get this album out to the fans," said Dolly Parton in a prepared statement.

Parton will continue her extensive US tour on July 19th in Cedar Rapids. Check out the full track listing for Pure & Simple and Dolly's full tour itinerary here.

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Fergie Says MILF $ Empowers Mothers To Stay Sexy

(Radio.com) Fergie's music video for "MILF $" earned headlines for its eye-popping cameos and bold restatement of the Fergalicious brand. As her first solo single since 2006's The Dutchess, personal developments (namely motherhood) informed Fergie's reemergence on the pop scene. Before you dismiss "MILF $" as a catchy pop trifle, consider these bigger implications of casting moms (Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Tiegen, Ciara, and Fergie Ferg herself) in such a sexy, provocative light:

"This is definitely empowering moms to have fun. Being a mom and having a career, taking care of yourself and still being able to be flirty and fun and a little naughty sometimes there's nothing wrong with that," Fergie said, according to Billboard. "Society tries to tell moms what they should and shouldn't be, and it's just a little freeing to have fun with pushing those limits a bit. I might do it a little bit more than others, but that's just who I am."

Fergie added that it was a delight to work with the powerful, visible, much-followed ladies in her mom squad. "These girls are insanely beautiful and they're all doing great things. These women, they were just having so much fun on set, giving their best 'Got Milk' ad if you will," she said. "It was just great." Read more here.

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Judge Approves 50 Cent's Bankruptcy Plan

(Radio.com) Last year, 50 Cent was ordered to pay $7 million to a woman for playing a role in leaking a sex tape without her permission. That ethical catastrophe blew the lid off some other cash flow problems in his financial life that led to the rapper filing for bankruptcy, claiming he was unable to meet the requirements of the settlement.

At the time, 50 claimed $36 million in debts against his $20 million in assets, creating a $16 million hole. A judge has now approved his plan for climbing out of that hold, reported the BBC. Here's the math:

Lastonia Leviston, the woman from the sex tape judgment, has agreed to accept a reduced settlement of $6 million. That could subtract $1 million from 50's total docket of liabilities.

50 is on the hook to pay creditors with unsecured claims between 74 and 92 percent of what he owes. That could potentially bring the total bill down to between $11.1 million and $13.8 million.

The restructuring plan will begin with a $7.4 million down-payment-style installment to be disbursed among various creditors. Read more here.

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311 Reveal 2017 Caribbean Cruise Plans

(Radio.com) 311 will host their fifth Caribbean cruise, sailing between Tampa, Florida, and the island paradise of Cozumel, Mexico, March 2-6, 2017. The Omaha band will transform the Norwegian Jade cruise liner into a massive, floating music festival at sea.

According to a release, 2700 fans will enjoy an action-packed performance schedule spread-out over five stages--the cruise includes three 311 pool deck shows; shows by other bands, DJ's and comedians well as various ocean-going activities.

Additional acts includes SoCal roots-reggae act Rebelution, ska-pop icons Reel Big Fish, reggae-dub band Stick Figure, L.A.-based hip-hop duo People Under the Stairs, Mid-Atlantic beach rockers Ballyhoo!, alt-rocking go-go trio RDGLDGRN, funky-soul aficionados Los Stellarians (side project of 311 member SA Martinez) and Beastie Boys tribute band ILL Communication. Read more and watch a recap of their 2015 Jamaican cruise here.

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Of Mice & Men Frontman Austin Carlile Gets Baptized

(TeamRock Radio) Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile has been baptized, saying he realizes he needs to "fully follow" God. The vocalist says in an Instagram post that trying to do things alone left him "stranded." Carlile, 28, has been battling the effects of Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue.

He's had surgery on his hip and back as a result of the condition. Carlile says: "This past Sunday I was finally baptized, after taking 28 years to realize God's work playing out in my life and that I had to get out of the middle of the road and fully follow Him.

"Trying to do things my own way completely left me stranded. Relying on my own perseverance and strength was not enough. His grace has been overwhelming, and with every obstacle I've faced I'm proud to say my hope through Him is what has pushed me to continue on, and to keep fighting." Read more here.

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Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie Shares His Weezer Excitement

(Radio.com) Panic! At The Disco is spending their summer on the road with Weezer. Like most of his peers, Panic! frontman Brendon Urie is a huge fan of Rivers Cuomo's band, and he still seems shocked to find himself on the bill with them.

"It's so crazy to think about touring with Weezer," he tells Radio.com. "Because that's a band that I grew up with. 'The Blue Album' and Pinkerton were huge for me; I learned how to play drums and guitar to those records. And they hold such a special place for me."

Besides the fact that he's a Weezer fan, Urie is happy to play in front of audiences that may not be totally familiar with Panic! "It's kinda why I love playing festivals too; there's something about having to prove yourself. People that came to see Weezer, I wanna see what kind of reaction I can get from them. I wanna pull some kind of visceral reaction. I wanna shock people, I wanna impress people."

Urie recently spoke with Radio.com about another time when he played in front of someone else's audience when he made a surprise appearance during Halsey's set at Coachella. He says that his music tastes expand from pop to alternative rock, and far beyond that. Read more here.

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Mumford & Sons Decide To Be Blink-182 For A Day In New Video

(Radio.com) When indie folk darlings Mumford & Sons want to show off their wild side, they apparently turn to Blink-182 for inspiration. A new video posted on YouTube by Blink-182 shows the English folk band dressed up in a wild array of colors and alt-rock styles while jamming out in Blink's dressing room.

In the brief 45-second video, Blink-182 are set to open for Mumford & Sons during an evening show. Butas they saywhile the cat's away, the mouse will play. With Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Matt Skiba away doing something else, Mumford & Sons overtake their dressing room and have a rollicking good time pretending to perform "Brohemian Rhapsody."

Things, of course, get awkward once Blink-182 returns and catches everyone red handed. The video's quick edits and zoom-in shots make for an added chuckle. If you're wondering why Mumford & Sons decided to be Blink-182 for a day, it's all an ad for the latter's new album California and to promote their upcoming tour. It just goes to show that beneath every earnest, emotional folk band there's a ranging alt-rock band waiting to get out. Watch here.

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All Time Low Announce Straight To DVD II Documentary

(Radio.com) All Time Low have announced the release of the documentary Straight To DVD II: Past, Present and Future Hearts, which is set to be released on August 26th.

The new film released is a sequel to the band's 2010 film of the same name, and follows the group in during the leadup to their latest release Future Hearts.

The documentary will come packaged with a live performance from the band's sold out show at Wembley Arena, which includes two previously unreleased b-sides "Take Cover," and "Caroline." Check out the full track listing of the deluxe edition here.

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Ariana Grande Land Role For 'Hairspray' TV Broadcast

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande has announced via social media that she has been casted to play the role of Penny in the upcoming live television broadcast of the musical Hairspray.

"Hi I have to tell you something very very exciting today, she began. "most of you know that i'm really just a musical theater geek. like a really big one so. my heart is very full re: this announcement. I AM NOWWW A CHECKERBOARD CHICK #HairsprayLive #Penny."

"Penny has been a dream role since Hairspray opened on Broadway," she continued. "At 9, I was (and still am) in LOVE w @KerryButlerNyc. hope to make u proud."

Hairspray Live! will air on NBC on Wednesday, December 7th at 8 pm. Check out Ariana's tweets here.

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Trace Adkins Talks New Movie With Mark Wahlberg

(Radio.com) Trace Adkins fans are eagerly awaiting his next album, which is expected to come out later this summer. But they should also be on the lookout for his role in the upcoming Mark Wahlberg film, Deepwater Horizon, which is based on the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Atkins has a brief role in the film, he tells Radio.com, but it's a memorable one. At first, however, he wasn't sure he wanted to sign on for the film. "They called me to come do this movie," he says. "I was up in the Northwest, we were on tour somewhere, and my agent called. She's like, 'There's a little part in this movie that they want you to come and do. It would just require you to be there for one day. You can fly to New Orleans and do it for one day.'"

"So I said, 'I really don't want to fly down to New Orleans to do just one scene in a movie.' So she says, 'Well, you get to throw a guy around the lobby of a hotel.' I said, 'That sounds like fun, but still'' And she says, 'It's [Mark] Wahlberg that you throw around.'" "'OK, I'll go.'"

As a plus, he got to chat with one of Wahlberg's famous co-stars: "It was a fun day, I got to meet Kurt Russell, [but I] didn't do any scenes with him." Read more here.

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