Daily Music News Report for 07/14/2016

Zayn Malik Says Alien Told Him To Quit One Direction

(Radio.com) It seemed like he was taking a major risk when Zayn Malik changed direction and announced that he was leaving the world-famous boy band, One Direction.

Sure, it paid off big time, but what inspired him to make such a rash decision in the first place? 'An alien spoke to me in a dream," he said in an interview with Glamour. He may or may not have been joking.

In the interview, Malik also reveals that Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" is the first song he puts on to get in a great mood, his mom is the first person he calls in the morning. Find out what the first movie to make him cry was here.

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Calvin Harris Slams Taylor Swift On Twitter

(Radio.com) Calvin Harris took to social media on Wednesday (July 13) to vent about his ex girlfriend Taylor Swift. Harris tweeted a story from People, which reported Swift wrote the lyrics for Harris' current single with Rihanna "This Is What You Came For," under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg.

"And she sings on a little bit of it too," he added. "Amazing lyric writer and she smashed it as usual." "I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though," he elaborated. "And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym."

Then things take a bit of a dark turn. "Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though," he writes. "I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do."

Harris' then appears to bring up Swift's alleged rivalry. "I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it."

And finally. "Please focus on the positive aspects of YOUR life because you've earned a great one. God bless everyone have a beautiful day." See all of Calvin's tweets here.

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Selena Gomez Tops Justin Bieber For Most-Liked Instagram

(Radio.com) When it comes to Instagram likes, Justin Bieber can kiss Selena Gomez goodbye. Gomez recently became the most popular poster for a single photo on the site, blowing away former champion, ex-boyfriend Bieber.

More than 89 million users checked out Gomez's recent post for the Share a Coke and a Song campaign, which included music from her song 'Me & the Rhythm" from her 2015 album Revival. The Classic Coke bottle in the shot features the artist's lyrics ('You're the spark" ). Four million users liked the pic, giving the one-time Disney darling the current record for most-liked photo on Instagram ever, reported Billboard.

By comparison, the second place shot from Bieber received 3.7 million likes. Ironically, that photo is a throwback shot which depicts Bieber and Gomez kissing. See the posts here.

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Elle King Releases 'Good Girls' Video From 'Ghostbusters' Soundtrack

(Radio.com) With one day left before the new Ghostbusters movie hits theaters, Elle King premiered her music video for "Good Girls" off the soundtrack Wednesday (July 13).

Set at first in a haunted laundromat and later at a seedy bar, King lives her chorus in a variety of scenes. "I do what the good girls don't," she sings, and proves that to be true when she arm wrestles a large man in an underground betting ring.

King dyed her blonde hair blue for the video, which also includes clips from the movie. G-Eazy, 5 Seconds of Summer, ZAYN, DMX and more contributed to the soundtrack. Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott already revealed their remix of the original movie's theme with "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)" earlier in June.

Ghostbusters will hit theaters this Friday (July 15). Check out the full tracklist and watch King's new video here.

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Sia Releases 'Unstoppable' Olympics Remix Featuring Pusha T

(Radio.com) Sia and Pusha T teamed up for a remix of "Unstoppable," which is being used in a video to promote the 2016 Olympics. The made-for-Rio remix is by producer Ariel Rechtshaid and features a verse from Pusha T and percussion from Afro-Brazilian marching band Olodum.

The project is part of Gillette's 'Perfect Isn't Pretty" Summer Olympics campaign. Rechtshaid said he picked chords to fit the visuals of the ad, and adjusted them to match the key of the Sia song.

'I've been a fan of [Olodum] ever since I was listening to my parents' Paul Simon records," the producer told Billboard. 'Sia, who's a friend of mine, and then Pusha T came in towards the end because the song felt like it could use his edge and a verse on it."

'People get to see the end results a lot and they think it was a beautiful ride," said Pusha T in a behind the scenes clip. "They don't even think about the steps it took to get to that final place." Check out the remix here.

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YG Releases Trippy 'Still Brazy' Music Video

(Radio.com) It's been nearly a month since YG released Still Brazy, the follow-up to his 2014 album The Krazy Life, and on Wednesday (July 13) he shared the very first music video for his title track.

In the video's opening moments, the Compton rapper grabs a spray paint can and tags a blank wall with "This S- Brazy." From there, the video, which has a strong black, white and red color theme, gets all sorts of trippy. YG's shadow turns red, and he morphs, multiplies and changes color.

It's fitting that he raps about "paranoia" on the track, because there's a sense of that running throughout the video. What starts off as a clean-cut feel thanks to a primarily white room shifts to an angry red backdrop. At the same time, YG and his posse lose their coordinated costumes and show off their tattooed chests. Watch the video here.

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Rick Ross Changes Homeless Rapper's Life

(Radio.com) Rick Ross changed one rapper's life when he signed the unknown talent to his imprint label, Maybach Music Group (MMG). In June, Isa Muhammad freestyled for Ross on Venice Beach, and the mogul was so impressed he wanted the young rapper to join MMG (via Complex).

In a true "rags to riches" story, it turns out Muhammad was homeless and living on the streets. But his life has now changed since joining Rick Ross' crew.

Not only has Muhammad already released his first single under MMG, "Chemtrails & Muslim Wars," but he's also in the midst of shooting a music video for the track. He gives thanks to Ross and the label on the track. "Manifest the Maybach magic," he raps in the opening verse. Listen to his new (NSFW) single here.

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Kip Moore Opens Up About Depression

(Radio.com) Kip Moore has had great success with "I'm to Blame" and "Running for You" from his latest album Wild Ones. But when he was making the record he was battling a severe bout of depression.

'I've said it during shows, that I literally had a hard fight with depression while making this record," he said in a new interview with ET Canada. "It was a tough time in my life. There were a lot of days when it was hard for me to get out of bed. I can't quite explain it to people who don't go through it. It's something I'm just now crawling out of."

Last week, Moore was in the news for busting a texter at one of his shows. As applause-worthy as the move seemed at the time, he country singer shrugged off the stream of reports about the incident. Read his reaction here.

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Chance the Rapper To Honor Muhammad Ali At The ESPYS

(Radio.com) When legendary musicians David Bowie and Prince passed away this year, there seemed to be no end to the tributes. But the world also lost another legendary figure when Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3rd, and Chance the Rapper intends to honor him with a performance.

In the early hours of the morning on Wednesday July 13th, Chance shared on Twitter that he would be part of a "special tribute" to the boxer at The ESPYS, ESPN's annual award show.

No word yet on who else will be involved or what music Chance will use to honor Ali, but it's sure to be a talked about performance. Chance isn't alone in using his music to honor the late athlete. John Legend paid tribute to Ali by performing "The Greatest Love of All" on June 9th. Read more here.

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Gucci Mane Releases Video for 'Guwop Home'

(Radio.com) Since his release from prison, Gucci Mane has hit the ground running. He's been dropping videos for new songs left and right. His latest video to hit the web is for the Young Thug-assisted song "Guwop Home."

Produced by Mike Will Made-It and Zaytoven, the video finds Gucci, Young Thug, and the producers partying with bikini-clad women around a pool. The ladies dance as the men revel in the lavish lifestyle they've created for themselves.

"Guwop Home" is one of the singles off Gucci Mane's upcoming album Everybody Looking, which is scheduled to hit stores on July 22nd. Check out the video here.

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Kanye West Shares Heartbreaking Tribute To His Late Mother

(Radio.com) Nine years have passed since Kanye West's mother, Donda West, passed away from complications during an elective surgery, and a shadow of grief has hung over much of his work since then.

In November, Kanye wore a T-shirt airbrushed with her face to his Yeezy Season 3 fashion debut and he has dedicated various albums, singles and creative efforts to her memory.

On her birthday, West tweeted a heartbreaking message about his daughter North, who never met her paternal grandmother. "NORI ASKED IF THE AIRPLANE COULD TAKE HER TO HEAVEN TO SEE YOU FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY, I LOVE YOU MOM." Read more here.

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Garth Brooks Previews His New Social Media Video Series

(Radio.com) Garth Brooks, the biggest selling solo artist in history, has always been known for giving his fans personal attention. And now he's continuing the ritual on social media.

Although the country superstar joined Facebook, Twitter and Instagram less than two years ago, he's making up for lost time. In a live webcast Monday (July 11), he announced that his upcoming social media video series, Inside Studio G: A Monday Night Conversation, will give fans an in-depth look at the making of his next album.

"We're actually going to let the cameras roll for the first time ever on the recording process," Brooks explained of the weekly series during a Facebook Live chat. "I'm hoping the song that you will see us recording makes the record, because then you'll see it take its first breath, and it's pretty sweet to see when something like that comes to life," reported Rolling Stone.

Garth still loves the element of surprise, though, so he warned fans not to expect him to give all the secrets away. "The greatest lab for new music in the '90s was the tour," he said. "I'd call up [producer] Allen Reynolds and [manager] Bob Doyle and say, 'There's this song that the crowds are just eating up, it's crazy.' But you can't do that today. You can't try anything out. So you have to do it in little pieces, little secret labs. It's the people who determine whether something is a hit or not, and it's really nice if you know that before you record it. So with [Inside Studio G] it'll just be pieces, parts." Read more here.

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