Daily Music News Report for 07/15/2016

Katy Perry Premieres New Song 'Rise'

Pop star Katy Perry has released a new single entitled "Rise", exclusively through Apple Music. The track will be featured in NBC's coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Fans will also be able to see a special spot in 20,000 movie theaters. Perry and NBC Olympics collaborated on the promo which began showing in theaters today and extended version will air on the Today show this morning (July 15th) in the 8A.M. EST hour.

Perry had the following to say about the track, "This is a song that's been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite.

"I know that together we can rise above the fear - in our country, and around the world. I can't think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be.

"I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together. I am honored that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games." Stream the song here.

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Azealia Banks Accuses Taylor Swift And Lady Gaga Of Ripping Her Off

(Radio.com) Azealia Banks took to social media on Wednesday night and in a series of "fun fact" posts she accused Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga of ripping off her work.

In a post on her official Facebook page Banks writes: "FUN FACT: "SLAY-Z" is a nickname given to Azealia Banks by one of her fans in 2014. a play on the Z in Banks' name, and her propensity to release consistently awesome music, the nickname was lifted from her twitter account and featured as one of the characters in Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' video. Azealia Banks reclaimed the nickname upon the arrival of of her self-released 2016 mixtape titled 'SLAY-Z'."

"FUN FACT: Azealia Banks created her own genre of music called 'Witch-Hop.' Coined by the success of 2012's Fantasea Mixtape, Azealia considers her music to be inspired by the invisible world. 3 days after 'Witch-Hop' was declared by Azealia Banks to be a legitimate genre, Lady Gaga (also a fan of Azealia Banks) suspiciously titled her then upcoming studio album, 'Artpop.'" Check out both posts here.

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Kacey Musgraves And Weezer Cover 'Island In The Sun'

(Radio.com) Weezer and Kacey Musgraves joined forces on Wednesday night (July 13) in Nashville for a cover of "Island in the Sun." The audience at Ascend Amphitheater was treated to a rare collaboration on the track which originally appeared on Weezer's 2001 self titled album, also referred to as "the green album." Musgraves has covered the song as part of her own live set for years.

"The very talented @spaceykacey joined us onstage for a proper Nashville rendition of "Island" tonight," the band wrote in an Instagram post. "Thanks so much Kacey!! #nashville."

"Thanks for havin me up tonight in Nashville, @Weezer!!" Musgraves tweeted, posting a short clip of the performance. A fan captured the performance in full, check it out here.

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Taylor Swift Makes Surprise Visit To Children's Hospital

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift paid a visit to the Lady Cliento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Australia and took selfies with the patients there. The singer is currently in the country, where the film Thor: Ragnarok, which stars boyfriend Tom Hiddleston, is being shot.

"Thank you Taylor Swift for dropping by the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital this afternoon to give our patients and families a special surprise they'll never forget," the hospital staff wrote on Facebook.

"They'll never 'shake off' the memories you made tonight." She even led little fans in some of their favorite Taylor tunes. "My eldest daughter has had her ultimate dream come true tonight & I can't say thank you enough for giving my kids the amazing experience tonight of meeting the beautiful Taylor Swift," wrote one of the children's mothers, along with a photo of her family and Taylor. See the posts here.

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Lorde Makes 'Exciting Breakthroughs' While Alone In The Wilderness

(Radio.com) Lorde appears to be making progress on the follow-up album to her 2013 debut, Pure Heroine, and all she needed was to be left alone in the woods for a few days.

On Wednesday night (July 13), Lorde said she was recently dropped from a helicopter alone into the wilderness, where she made the "most exciting breakthroughs" on the album so far.

That's better news than her previous tweet from few hours before, in which she wrote that she ordered a dress and had it sent to "Jack's place." It's fair to assume she meant producer Jack Antonoff.

Three weeks earlier she posted that she and Antonoff "really crushed it at work this week." Read more here.

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Ariana Grande And Jimmy Fallon Duet Using Snapchat Filters

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande's "Into You" is one of this summer's best dance anthems, but if the pop star seems bigheaded about her success, it's probably just the Snapchat filter.

Grande and Jimmy Fallon released a compilation of Snapchat singalong footage featuring every tool from the vomiting-rainbows filter to the scruffy trucker face. His team at The Tonight Show cobbled their snaps together to create a two-minute compilation that's both hilarious and kind of fierce.

This isn't the first Snapchat spoof Fallon and Grande have dreamed up together--in May, the duo aired a satirical movie trailer for Dogface Filter, a horror flick about the titular filter. As Ari continues to preach the gospel of Dangerous Woman to the world, she has an arsenal of glam, animal, character and face-swap filters at her disposal. Watch the amusing "Into You" (Snapchat) rendition here.

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Justin Timberlake, Chance the Rapper Honor Sports Legends at ESPYS

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper honored late boxing champion Muhammad Ali on Wednesday night (July 13) at the ESPY Awards with an emotional ballad that featured a gospel choir and quotes from the self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time):

"Ain't nowhere greater/ Ain't nowhere brighter/ Ain't nowhere better/ Ain't no one prettier/ Ain't no one wiser/ Ain't no one better," he sang. "I was a rock 'n' roller back in my day, but now I'm just a rock."

"This gentlemen has a great responsibility tonight," ESPYs host John Cena tweeted earlier. "Expect great things from @chancetherapper this evening @ESPYS."

The boxing legend died last month at age 74 following a 32-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Chance also warmed up with a quick dance alongside Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, referencing a 2009 viral clip of Jones' Good Ass BBQ & Foot Massage commercial. "Besides praying this is the best way to prep for a big moment #ESPYS cc: @StephenCurry30," he tweeted.

Justin Timberlake returned to the ESPYS stage to present Abby Wambach, Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant with an ICON award. It was the first time in the awards show's history that three recipients received the award. Read more here.

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Jordan Rager Talks Jason Aldean Collaboration 'Southern Boy'

(Radio.com) Jordan Rager has made a big splash in country music thanks to his new single, "Southern Boy," which features a rather high profile guest: Jason Aldean.

Rager recently spoke to Radio.com about the track, and his famous collaborator. "'Southern Boy' was a song that brought to me very early in the process of cutting the record. The song was inspired by a kid from Chattanooga, Tennessee, that was close with my producer, who was one of the writers [of the song]. The kid's name was Cameron Scroggins, and Cam was diagnosed with cancer at age 15, and then unfortunately passed away at 16. But the reason the song was written was because Cam never lost his smile, he was always very upbeat, very outgoing, a good old southern boy, and he was that way before and after he got sick."

When Rager heard the song, he knew he wanted to record it. "That story spoke to me. I think everybody has their moments where we find something to complain about that probably isn't that big of a deal. 'Hey, traffic's bad,' or 'My coffee sucks this morning.' And this kid got dealt the worst hand imaginable, and he was just trying to go on and live his life. So that really spoke to me, and I felt like it was a story that really needed to be heard by people, and I was honored to be the one to get to sing it."

How did Aldean end up on the track? "It wasn't supposed to be a duet initially, it was just going to be me. And in walks Jason, and Jason hears the story, and says, 'Man, that's a great song, I'd love to be a part of it.' It just made the song that much more special for me." Read more here.

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ScHoolboy Q Talks 'Blank Face,' Kanye West and More

(Radio.com) ScHoolboy Q dropped by the Rap Radar Podcast to discuss his fourth album Blank Face LP, his 'Black Thoughts' series, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and a lot more.

The MC recently released his Blank Face LP, which he said is his best received album to date. "I took my time with this and really thought this out," Q stated. "I stepped away from music for a minute. I came back because I'm like, 'I got to get this off [my chest] bro.'"

He also talked about working with Kanye West on "That Part." Schoolboy said that Kanye brought a much-needed element of "fun" to the serious and personal tone of the album. "I needed something that was just easy listening, nothing serious just give me a beat and let's do this."

ScHoolboy added that he didn't meet Kanye in person until the Chicago MC showed up at the video shoot for "That Part." Q said West arrived to the set alone and hung out for over three hours. He calls West "one of the greatest of all time."

Fellow South Central MC Kendrick Lamar played a major role is helping Schoolboy Q get noticed early in his career. "I can never repay him bro that's why you always hear me riding for him," he said. "When he didn't have to he gave me a job." Q added, "He helped me a lot and he put a lot food in my daughter's mouth when he didn't have to." Listen to the entire interview here.

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Charles Kelley Talks 'Leaving Nashville'

(Radio.com) Charles Kelley is currently on the road with Lady Antebellum, but earlier this year, he released his debut solo album, The Driver. The title track a vocal collaboration with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay has gotten the most attention, but Nashville insiders have been reeling over the last song on the album, "Leaving Nashville," a song about a songwriter about to leave Music City.

"'Leaving Nashville.' I haven't had a song since [Lady Antebellum's] 'Need You Now' that almost everybody I know in Nashville has sent me a text, or a call, and said, 'Holy crap, I've lived that.' Or, 'I know someone who's lived that.' It's a heartbreaking song, it's about the struggle of the songwriter. One day you're the king, next you're not. I can relate to it, with the ebbs and flows that Lady Antebellum has had."

"What I like about it is: anybody who has any dream that they're chasing, it's gonna beat you down at times. But if you love it, you're never going to give up on it. There's that silver lining. I've had a lot of songwriters say, 'I needed that.' [Maybe] They haven't gotten a cut [on an album] in two years. So it can be a bit of a motivating song, in a weird way, because it is depressing. But it's the song that gets talked about more than anything when people hear it."

In other Charles Kelley news, he's just released a new video from the album, for "Lonely Girl." Watch it here.

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Questlove Defends Rich Homie Quan's Flubbing Of Notorious B.I.G. Lyrics

(Radio.com) Young Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan drew the ire of social media when he joined Lil Kim onstage during her performance and flubbed the lyrics to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Get Money" verse.

Although he eloquently apologized in an Instagram post, people have not let up on the criticism. Now, The Roots drummer/bandleader Questlove is coming to Quan's defense saying he doesn't blame Quan for the mishap, he blames us.

In an extensive Instagram post, Questlove in part wrote: "But check it.A lot of you 'real hip hop heads' seem to magically think that the music of our prime is gonna just translate on dopeness alone. I mean EVERYbody should know this song right? It's the Hood National Anthem. Even Big's rival had to reference 'Get Money' to clap back at him. So how it all fall apart? I don't blame RHQ. I blame us." Read more here.

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Chewbacca Mom Covers Michael Jackson's 'Heal The World'

(Radio.com) Chewbacca Mom aka Candace Payne rose to fame for her infectious laugh and her ability to find joy in life's little moments. But, as Payne readily admitted on Facebook, finding joy becomes much harder in the wake of the recent unrest.

"I really don't know what else to say other than I've been spreading joy and I've been hoping to do that, but I've found myself the last couple days being silent because I've been so sad and so hurt by what's going on," she said in a video she shared on Facebook June 9th.

Even though piano isn't her first instrument, Payne asked viewers to bear with her as she played and sang lyrics she felt were important. She followed by playing Michael Jackson's "Heal the World (Make It a Better Place)," her voice brimming with emotion.

She ended her song by advocating for everyone to come together in a peaceful way. "Make a better place, y'all," she said. "Fill it with joy, not hate. Come on." Check it out here.

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