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Daily Music News Report for 07/20/2016


Sting Including Prince Tribute Song On His New Album

(Radio.com) Former Police frontman Sting has revealed that he will be including a tribute to music legend Prince on his upcoming album 57th & 9th, according to Rolling Stone.

The Prince-inspired song, "50,000," is a "gloomy ballad" written the week of Prince's death. Sting came up with the melody for the song after reading the pop star's obituary and recalling the times they played stadiums together.

"Mortality does sort of rear its head, particularly at my age-I'm 64," he said. "It's really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies: Prince, David [Bowie], Glenn Frey, Lemmy.

"They are our gods, in a way. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. And the sort of bittersweet realization that hubris doesn't mean anything in the end." Read more here.

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Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz Album Is Coming Soon

(Radio.com) Damon Albarn's enduring side project Gorillaz helped define the sound of the aughts, and pioneered the "virtual band." In collaboration with illustrator Jamie Hewlett, the scrappy band of cartoon creatures released four albums, and Albarn promises that their fifth is coming soon.

"Later in the year we'll be starting to get the whole Gorillaz thing together," the Blur frontman told BBC Radio 6. "I'm loving it and it's getting there. It should be ready fairly soon."

The new Gorillaz album has been years in the making: The Fall was released in 2011 and last year Albarn described the new material as "really fast." The frenetic energy should return fans to the days of 2005's "Feel Good, Inc." And if Fergie is back with new music, why not Gorillaz? Listen to Albarn's comments here.

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James Corden Spoofs Taylor Swift Vs Kanye Kardashian Feud

(Radio.com) On Sunday night Kim Kardashian shared a video of her husband Kane West talking on the phone with Taylor Swift. The clip confirms that Swift did know she would be mentioned on Kanye's controversial track "Famous," but not, as Swift was quick to point out, that she would be called "that b--."

James Corden mounted a spoof on The Late Late Show that parodies the leaked phone call at the heart of West Vs. Swift, round 338. Footage from Kim's Snapchat account is recut with new video of Corden asking about Taylor Swift, sending up Kim and Kanye themselves, and poking holes in our absurd election cycle. Even Swift's relationship with Tom Hiddleston got a sly ribbing.

'I don't even know if she's with someone right now," said Corden of the ubiquitous tabloid coupling. "I could check on the internet, but she's super-private about that kind of stuff. She really doesn't let people know what's going on with her personal life, so if I was you, I would just let it go." Watch it here.

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Miranda Lambert Celebrates No. 1 Debut Of New Song 'Vice'

(Radio.com) On Monday, Miranda Lambert released a new single titled "Vice." Yesterday, Lambert posted a photo of the track in the number one position at iTunes with a caption reflecting her tumultuous year, and her appreciation for her fans.

"The last year of my life has been one of heartache and healing," she began. "Of learning to be honest . Accepting the flaws and celebrating the smiles. Finding peace in dark places having some moments alone with me.

"Facing fears and feelings All of them. I got to know my guitarsbecame friends with a pencil and paper Used melodies to lead me places I had never been. Made music with my friends. Because music is medicine. This means the world to me. Thank you for joining me on this journey. #vice #musicismedicine."

"Vice" is Lambert's first new music since the release of 2014's Platinum, and the first since her divorce from Blake Shelton. Check out Miranda's full post and listen to "Vice" here.

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Passenger Announces Very First Full Band Tour

Passenger will be making history on his just announced North American tour. The UK singer/songwriter will for the very first time be joined on tour by a full band.

The spring tour is scheduled to get underway on March 7th in Philadelphia, PA at The Fillmore and will be concluding on April 9th in Atlanta, GA at the Buckhead Theater.

The new run of full band dates will be launched in support of his new studio album, "Young As The Morning Old As The Sea," which is set to be released on September 23rd. The video for the single "Somebody's Love" can be streamed here.

Fans in select cities will have the opportunity to see his traditional solo show during his short North American summer tour which begins with an appearance at this year's Osheaga Festival in Montreal and includes shows in Brooklyn, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Nashville before finishing on August 19th at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Co. See the dates here.

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Jake Owen Announces Free Album Release Show, TV Performance

Country music star Jake Owen will be celebrating the July 29th release of his new album "American Love" with a special free concert and a network television performance in the days that follow.

Owen has revealed that he is set to perform his hit single "American Country Love Song" on ABC's Good Morning America on August 1st which will be exactly ten years after his national television debut on the hit morning show.

That will be followed by the Jake Owen's Album Release Show in Madison Square Park in New York City on August 3rd at 7PM EST. Find additional information about that show here

Jake had this to say about the forthcoming effort, "There are a lot of things on this record that have been said before, but it is the feeling of the songs, the sonic nature of them and the lyrics that will make it different than what people have heard before. I feel a real connection to these songs and it's my hope that other people will too."

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Selena Gomez And Charlie Puth Perform 'We Don't Talk Anymore' Live

(Radio.com) To celebrate the last U.S. date of her Revival Tour, Selena Gomez decided to do something extra special for her fans. She surprised the stadium audience in Anaheim by inviting Charlie Puth out on stage to perform their duet "We Don't Talk Anymore" last weekend.

It marked the first time the two performed the song together live. As Gomez addressed the audience about how much the song meant to her, roadies wheeled Puth out on stage. He sat in front of a baby grand piano and began teasing listeners with hints of the song before the two jumped right into it.

Although Gomez spent the majority of the song standing at the piano or roaming the stage, she finally took a seat beside Puth near the end. She got cozy on the piano bench, leaning her head on his back and flashing him a big smile before bouncing away across stage again.

For those who insist that musical chemistry must equal physical chemistry, Gomez insisted back in September that Puth was just a friend. A very very good friend. Read more and check out the duet here.

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Ed Sheeran Joins Foy Vance On Stage

(Radio.com) After years of pounding the pavement to tour and record new music, Ed Sheeran is off the clock and enjoying a hard-earned vacation. The break has taken him around the world, including a jaunt to Japan, where he ate fermented beans and sea snails.

Even though he is currently on hiatus, Ed Sheeran made time for his friend Foy Vance who was scheduled to perform at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, England.

During Vance's set, Sheeran joined him onstage to lend a hand with guitar and vocals on "Guiding Light." Vance is signed to Sheeran's Gingerbread Records. See some footage from the special appearance here.

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Justin Bieber Debuts Purpose Tour Fashion Collection For Barneys

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber's Purpose Tour style has earned him millions of Instagram likes and even an unlikely bromance with Marilyn Manson. Thanks to a new partnership with Barneys New York, moneyed Justin Bieber fans can drop $195 on a Manson t-shirt of their own, among other fashions inspired by the pop star's Purpose Tour wardrobe.

The luxury department store has unveiled its Purpose Tour XO collection, and it ain't cheap.The line includes a $1,675 bomber jacket, $1,250 plaid drawstring pants, a $700 flannel shirt and the piece de resistance, a $2,100 flannel overcoat.

Though these prices may seem out of reach for Justin's target demo, nobody said being a Belieber was affordable. On Monday, Justin appeared at the retailer's Madison Avenue flagship to help unveil the collection. Barneys shared a snap on Instagram of a satisfied Bieber promoting his latest venture. Check it out here.

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French Montana Denies Drake Dissed Joe Budden On 'No Shopping'

(Radio.com) French Montana's latest "No Shopping," contains a verse from Drake. A verse that seems to be a clear response to Joe Budden's recent disses. However, in a new interview Montana says that's not the case.

In May, Budden reviewed Drake's newest album Views on his podcast, say Drizzy sounded "uninspired." He then attempted to inspire the Toronto rapper with the diss track "Marking a Murderer (Part 1)," which was followed by a second diss track "Wake."

Things remained relatively quiet until French Montana released his newest track "No Shopping" this past weekend. Drake contributed a verse, on which he raps, "Pump, pump, pump it up/ She got a good head on her, but I pump it up/ I'm not a one hit wonder, they know all my stuff/ You let me turn into the n-- that you almost was." Budden believed Drake was referencing his 2003 single "Pump It Up" and promptly retaliated with the track "Afraid."

In a new interview with MTV News posted Monday, Montana clarifies that Drake didn't have Budden on the brain when he was recording his verse. "I don't think we did that record thinking about Joe Budden," he said. "It's not that I don't think--I know that for a fact." The two were just having fun in the recording booth and weren't thinking about starting anything." Watch the full interview and listen to "No Shopping" here.

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Kesha Announces Summer Tour Dates

Following her legal drama it appears that Kesha is now back to focusing on entertaining her fans and as such she has announced a summer tour that will hit various markets in the U.S.

Kesha has announced live dates that kick off on July 23rd in Las Vegas at the Intrigue Nightclub and wrap up on October 1st with an appearance at the Mad Decent Block Party in Los Angeles.

Between those appearances she will be playing shows and making music festival appearances in Canada, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, and Georgia.

The pop star made the announcement via an Instagram video where she said, "We're going on a tour. I'm playing songs you've never heard me play before and I may never play again--only a couple of shows." See the dates here.

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The Head and the Heart's Kenny Hensley Says Kung Fu School Sucked

(Radio.com) After a long and successful tour promoting their 2013 album, Let's Be Still, The Head and the Heart members opted to take some much needed time off--nearly a year. While guitarist Jonathan Russell was on a charitable trip to Haiti and bassist Chris Zasche toured the Pacific Northwest in a camper van, pianist Kenny Hensley jumped at the chance to fulfill a childhood dream of studying Kung Fu in China. But unlike his dream, he found his limits tested while training a grueling twelve hours a day, thousands of miles from home.

"My good friend and high school buddy, Kurt, had always talked about going to China and living at a Kung Fu school just doing it for the experience."

Just before Hensley left for the trip his friend jumped on board. Hensley describes breaking boards and bricks with his bare hands. "We stayed for a month out in the country at this little school and just got our asses kicked every day. It sucked." Read more here.

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Diddy Music Conference To Feature DJ Khaled and Nas

(Radio.com) DJ Khaled and Nas will reportedly be taking part in Sean "Diddy" Combs' Revolt Music Conference which will be taking place this fall, reports Billboard.

The event, which will be held at the Eden Rock Miami Beach Resort in Miami, Florida, will take place October 13-15. Khaled will host #AskKhaled, the third installment of RMC's '#Ask" Q&A panel series, which previously featured Combs.

Nas will receive the 'Started From the Bottom Now We Here" Award which will include a performance by singer/songwriter Bibi Bourelly. Read more here.

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The X Factor UK Coming To American TV

(AXS TV) Fans in the U.S. will be able to watch The X Factor UK's 13th season on AXS TV after the cable and satellite network inked a multi-year deal to continue to bring the show to an American audience.

We were sent the following details: AXS TV is proud to announce the return of the international phenomenon THE X FACTOR UK for the third-consecutive year, after renewing a contract with FremantleMedia International (FMI) and Syco Entertainment for another multi-year deal, serving as the U.S. broadcast home.

The network will air all 32 episodes of the upcoming 13th season, which premieres on AXS TV in a special two-day event on Sunday, August 28, and Monday, August 29, at 8pE/5pP. Each episode will air on AXS TV 24 hours after their respective UK broadcasts, with encore airings that same night at 11pE/8pP.

THE X FACTOR UK is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames TV (part of FremantleMedia UK), and was created by Simon Cowell, who also serves as a judge on the series. AXS TV is the first and only American television network to air the UK edition of the series.

Season 13 of THE X FACTOR UK welcomes back some of the most beloved judges to the panel, as well as fan-favorite host Dermot O'Leary. This year, Simon Cowell will be re-joined by rock royalty and original X FACTOR UK judge Sharon Osbourne, who brings her unprecedented music industry experience to the show after serving as a judge from 2004 to 2007, and again in 2013; as well as best-selling solo artist and Pussycat Dolls standout Nicole Scherzinger, who appeared on the show in 2012 and 2013, captivating the country with her passion and enthusiasm en route to guiding singer James Arthur to victory in her first year. Rounding out the esteemed panel is chart maestro Louis Walsh, who makes his triumphant return as an X FACTOR judge for a record-breaking 12th season.

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