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Daily Music News Report for 07/19/2016


Taylor Swift Strikes Back At Kanye and Kim Kardashian

Taylor Swift fired back at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian over the controversy from West's track "Famous" and claims made by the celebrity couple that Swift approved of the song.

In an Instagram post captioned "That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the internet," Swift writes, "Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that bitch' in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened. You don't get to control someone's emotional response to being called 'that bitch' in front of the entire world.

"Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot 'approve' a song you haven't heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009." See the posts that sparked Swift's reaction here.

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NSYNC's Joey Fatone Makes Surprise Appearance With 98 Degrees

MY2K Tour received even more classic boyband power this past weekend when NSYNC's Joey Fatone made a surprise appearance with 98 Degrees during their set.

Fatone joined 98 Degrees on stage during the West Palm Beach stop of the tour where they performed the NSYNC hit "Bye Bye Bye". Video footage of the jam can been seen here.

Apart from 98 Degrees, the MY2K tour also features Dream, O-Town and Ryan Cabrera and kicked off earlier this month in Park City, Kansas and is scheduled to conclude on August 28th in Saratoga, CA. See the remaining dates here.

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Joe Budden Fires Back In Drake Feud With New Track 'Afraid'

(Radio.com) The beef between Joe Budden and Drake continues as the two stars continue to take jabs at each other in song. This time Budden is on the offensive again.

The rapper released a new track called "Afraid" over the weekend as a response to Drake's guest verse on French Montana's previously released 'No Shopping."

On the nearly six-minute piano-based track, Budden raps of his fallout with Drizzy: "I just feel like you broke a promise to me/ Only hurt 'cause I thought you were being honest with me/ So I'm gonna to try and do this honorably." Read more here.

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Coldplay's Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow Finalize Divorce

(Radio.com) Coldplay's Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's divorce was finalized this past Thursday (July 14th). And, apparently a Los Angeles judge ordered that neither Paltrow nor Martin will have to pay spousal support, reported the BBC.

The former couple married in December of 2003 and have two children together. In March, 2014 they announced they were separating in a blog post on Paltrow's website, Goop, calling their split a "conscious uncoupling."

Last month, Paltrow spoke about the separation. "It was such a difficult time in our lives We didn't know that the 'conscious uncoupling' phrase was going to inspire so much conversation," she told the BBC. " Read more here.

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Kenny Rogers Announces Final Christmas Tour

Country music legend Kenny Rogers has announced the dates for his very last Christmas & Hits tour, which will mark the 35th and final year for the annual tour.

The tour will be kicking off on November 25th in Independence, Mo. at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena and conclude on December 23rd 23 at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, N.Y.

Roger had the following to say about the trek, "Christmas has always been a special time of year to me. The feeling I get performing on the Christmas tour is one of the things I'll really miss about not being on the road.

"We will be sure to take extra time to cherish some moments on this last go around, and I hope as many people as possible will be able to join us in creating a new set of holiday memories." See the dates here.

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Did Drake Spend $1.9 Million For Air Jordans?

(Radio.com) Drake recently took to social media to show off a very impressive pair of shoes. The Toronto rapper shared photos of solid gold Air Jordan sneakers, in the captions Drizzy claims the gold is 24k and that the kicks weigh 100 pounds. All via hashtag, of course.

The folks over at GQ did the math using the weight Drake provided and current price of gold, and if their calculations are correct Drake shoes are worth around $1.9 million.

That's just the gold, who knows what it cost to have the footwear created. As he says in another hashtag, "these are not to wear." Check out Drizzy's golden Jordans here.

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Eric Church Looks Back At 'Sinners Like Me' In New Video

(Radio.com) Eric Church has a lot to be thankful for, so he's celebrating by sharing a nostalgic video looking back one decade to his studio album debut, Sinners Like Me.

In order to commemorate Sinners Like Me, which was released 10 years ago Monday, his camp posted a black and white video on Facebook. From the footage, it looks as though it was originally shot in 2006 around the time of his first LP's release. "This video has been sitting in our vault for 10 years, waiting for this very moment," his team wrote.

The video mixes together live footage with behind-the-scenes looks at Church touring behind Sinners Like Me. His looks may have changed since he first burst onto the scene, but Church's music retains the style that first attracted fans. For a trip down memory lane, watch the video here.

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Kenny Chesney Releasing His Own Line Of Coolers

(Radio.com) With football season nearly around the corner, Kenny Chesney announced he'll be releasing his own line of coolers. More than keeping beverages cold, the country musician's products will also benefit ocean preservation.

Chesney will be partnering with cooler company Engel to develop a series of coolers and cooling products designed with his No Shoes Nation fans in mind.

"The No Shoes Nation has a serious commitment to how they spend their time," Chesney said statement on his official site. 'When they tailgate, they are hardcore. So I wanted to find a company that understood durable, portable, lightweight and high performance.

"Engel's all about functionality, whether it's a backpack with a removable liner, an indestructible cooler or a tumbler that keeps drinks the right temperature for 36 hours -- and won't spill." Read more here.

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Miranda Lambert Releases New Single 'Vice'

(Radio.com) Miranda Lambert has released a new single titled "Vice," which is Lambert's first new music since the release of 2014's Platinum, and first since her divorce from Blake Shelton and move to Nashville.

"Another vice, another town, where my past can't run me down," Lambert sings on the somber ode to hard living. "Another life, another call, another bed I shouldn't crawled out of, at seven AM, with shoes in my hand.

"Said I wouldn't do it, but I did it again, and I know I'll be gone tomorrow night, another vice." Stream the new track to hear it for yourself here.

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Blake Shelton Does Surprise Duet With Gwen Stefani On Tour

(Radio.com) Things are going strong with Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. The country music star showed up not once but twice at her concerts in Virginia over the weekend.

Stefani is currently on tour with Eve, but that doesn't mean she and her sweetie can't find time for one another. That time just might involve performing in front of thousands of people.

Gwen's tour stopped in Virginia Beach on July 16th and Bristow on July 17th. Shelton surprised Stefani's fans by joining her on stage at both dates to sing their duet "Go Ahead and Break My Heart."

An audience member captured the moment and shared it on YouTube. Stefani is practically beaming from ear to ear as she approaches Shelton. The two face each other to sing and both look ridiculously in love. Read more here.

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ScHoolboy Q Announces Massive World Tour

ScHoolboy Q announced on Monday (July 18th) that he will be launching a world tour in support of his recently released fourth studio album the Blank Face LP.

The world wide trek will be kicking off with a North American leg that will begin on August 30th in Indianapolis, IN at the Egyptian Room and wraps up on October 29th in Milwaukee, WI at the Eagles Ballroom.

The next leg of the tour will head Down Under, beginning with a show in Auckland, NZ at Logan Campbell Centre on November 30th, followed by a string of Australian dates that conclude on the 10th in Perth.

He will then take a short break before kicking off the European leg on November 21st in Helsinki, FIN at Circus. The Euro run will include stops in major cities across the continent before ending with a string of UK dates in mid-December. See the dates here.

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Danny Brown Announces New Album Title And Fall Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Danny Brown has announced his new album will be titled Atrocity Exhibition. No release date has been revealed, but Brown did share his plans to hit the road this fall.

The album takes it's name from a book by British writer J. G. Ballard, which also inspired a track by Joy Division. Brown seems to be aware of both, though it's unclear which he encountered first.

The rapper's extensive upcoming fall tour is set to kick off on September 9th in Philadelphia, PA at the Theater of the Living Arts and will conclude on November 5th in Cleveland, OH at the Grog Shop. See the dates here.

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Lady Gaga Gets Pulled Over Just Weeks After Getting Driver's License

(Radio.com) It's only been a few weeks since Lady Gaga finally got her driver's license after getting around with only a learner's permit for years. But in that time she's already managed to get pulled over.

TMZ's cameras caught the pop star on the side of the road July 15 speaking with the policeman who pulled her over. She was driving the same red Ford pickup truck she posed in after receiving her license. Don't fret, though. Lady Gaga wasn't doing anything wrong. Police pulled her over because her vehicle didn't yet have the proper tags.

On July 16, Gaga took full responsibility on Twitter for the incident and shrugged it off. "Ya I got pulled over. Big deal! I just haven't received plates yet for my new pick up!" she wrote, followed by a picture of a smiley face shrugging. Read more here.

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Video Of Meghan Trainor's Parents Surprising Her On Tour Goes Online

(Radio.com) Meghan Tranior gets excited to see her parents. In a new video posted to Instagram, Trainor's parents Kelly and Gary pay their daughter a surprise visit.

Meghan's happiness is palpable, as she makes a joyful noise, and does a little crying as well. "When your parents surprise you on tour," Trainor wrote, followed by a plethora of positive emojis.

"so happy. I love you guys so much. Thank you @jeweloftheisle @garytrainor for driving 8 hours to see me #UntouchableTour." Check out the video here.

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