Daily Music News Report for 06/02/2016

Taylor Swift And Calvin Harris Breakup?

(Radio.com) Country turned pop star Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris have reportedly called broken up after 15 months, according to what an unnamed source told People Magazine.

The publication, who spoke to sources close to the couple, report the two have separated amicably. "There was no drama," a source told the magazine. "Things just don't work out sometimes."

Swift and Harris recently celebrated their one-year anniversary. To commemorate the event, Swift shared a photo of a locket bearing the date when she and Harris became official; "3.6.15." Read more here.

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Wiz Khalifa Sues His Former Manager

(Radio.com) Wiz Khalifa is suing his former manager Benjy Grinberg and his Rostrum Records over a "360 deal" that the rap star signed in 2004 when he was 16-years-old.

A 360 deal is generally understood as a recording contract that provides management and the label a percentage of profits from merchandise, touring and other aspects of an artist's revenue stream.

Khalifa seeks $1 million in compensation as well as punitive damages and attorney fees, reported Variety. Khalifa's lawyers say he was "induced" to sign the deal against his self-interests, potentially costing him earnings over the years. He and Grinberg parted ways in 2014 after a decade of partnership. Read more here.

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Did Troy Ave Accidentally Shoot Himself At T.I. Concert?

(Radio.com) Strange evidence seems to be mounting against Troy Ave in the shooting case at a T.I. concert in New York last week that killed one man and injured three others.

The latest theory is that the Brooklyn rapper may have accidentally shot himself in the foot before entering Irving Plaza, the New York club where the shootings occurred.

Police found a gun in a hidden compartment of the car that was used to drive rapper Troy Ave (aka Roland Collins) to the hospital and matched the weapon to the bullet that killed the rapper's friend and bodyguard, according to DNAinfo New York. Police are looking into the possibility that as Troy Avenue pulled his weapon it went off and a bullet struck his foot, then bounced of the wooden floor, striking and injuring bystander Christopher Vinson.

In a surveillance video released by the NYPD, Troy Ave appears wounded and limping following his friend and bodyguard Ronald McPhatter out of a crowded green room moments before opening fire. Investigators believe the bullet was intended for rapper Maino, but that Troy Ave accidentally shot and killed McPhatter.

After the shooting, Troy Ave was captured on another video hobbling along 14th Street to a car driven by a manager and with two women inside, reported Rolling Stone. Read more here.

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Pusha T Releases 'Drug Dealers Anonymous' Featuring Jay Z

(Radio.com) Pusha T has dropped a new track titled "Drug Dealer's Anonymous," featuring a two-minute verse from Jay Z, which has some pretty gansta-oriented lyrics: "Fourteen-year drug dealer and still countin'/ Who deserves the Medal of Freedom is my accountant."

The cut also includes a snippet from Jay critic Tom Lahren for The Blaze, who took aim at the hip-hop entrepreneur and his family in an article that stated Beyonce is "perpetuating the great battle of the races"and 'for fourteen years, [Jay z] sold crack cocaine."

"Drug Dealer's Anonymous," is the track is first single off of Pusha's forthcoming album King Push. It's Pusha's (real name Terrence Thornton) first new music since his Darkest Before Dawn album which was released in December of 2015, though the King Push project was originally slated to have preceded that release. Listen to "Drug Dealers Anonymous" here.

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Twenty One Pilots Cover Justin Bieber During Concert

(Radio.com) Twenty One Pilots launched their tour in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday night and among the many memorable moments they offered fans was a surprise cover.

Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun performed a cover of Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself," including a sweet trumpet solo that picks up the song's main melody. Fans sang the chorus back to the band before the guys chimed in to bring it all home.

Apparently before taking the stage, the band circulated their set list among fans and "Love Yourself" was nowhere to be found on the sheet. But considering the night involved a drumline and a hamster ball, it seems like all bets were off.

One audience member captured a snippet of the cover, check it out here.

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Notorious B.I.G.'s 'I Got a Story to Tell' Short Film Streaming

(Radio.com) Even though it's been nearly 20 years since the Notorious B.I.G. died, he's still got stories to tell. Or at least the stories he shared with listeners through his music still resonate. That much can be seen in the new short film based on the rapper's track "I Got a Story to Tell."

The 8-minute film visualizes much of what Biggie raps about on his 1997 track from Life After Death: infidelity (via The Boombox). In the song, an NBA player returns home to find his wife in a compromising position with the rapper. Rather than let the baller get a one-up on him, Biggie pulls a gun to get out of the situation but not before taking $1,000 as well.

The dark and moody film finds a basketball player returning home early after being suspended from the game to discover his wife has been cheating on him. But this time, the young man playing the Notorious B.I.G. character takes a lot more than $1,000.

Model Amina Blue plays the cheating wife, Ade Otukoya plays the character based on Notorious B.I.G. and Delano Barbosa plays the NBA player. Watch the film here.

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Dolly Parton Lands Role In New Animated Series

(Radio.com) Arguably one of the most recognizable voices ever, country superstar Dolly Parton is taking her twang to a new animated series, Lily's Driftwood Bay. The show, which targets the preschool set, is about a girl who creates an imaginary world from items that she's found washed up on the beach. Parton plays the role of Noleen (not to be confused with her smash hit 'Jolene" ), a famous singing chicken.

Parton, known for thoroughness and excellence in all of her endeavors, from her singing career to her self-named theme park DollyWood, is giving the project the same passion she gives everything.

"I've never played a chicken before but I have been known to lay a few eggs! Noleen is a very famous chicken, probably one of the most famous chickens ever there was. She washes up on Driftwood Bay and she's trying to get Salty to go with her on tour. Now whether he does or whether he doesn't, you'll just have to watch and see," said Parton. Read more here.

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Safe Side Release 'In My Place' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Essex pop punks Safe Side have made a video for their track In My Place - and you can watch it exclusively on TeamRock.com. The song is taken from the band's distinctly British-sounding four-track EP Blossom, which was recorded at The Ranch in Southampton (Milk Teeth, Creeper, Boston Manor).

"Our singer Frank's voice sets us apart," says the band's bassist Danny Gaisford. "Pop punk is known for American pronunciation, no matter where you are from.

"So having a particularly British voice in our sound is a good thing; the genre is bursting at the seams at the moment, which is great of course, but I think it's always good to look outside of the box sometimes and push yourself to try something different." Watch the video here.

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British Blues Star Kyla Brox Aims For Authenticity

(The Blues) British blues star Kyla Brox has spoken of the importance of authenticity in her music. Brox has just released her sixth solo album Throw Away Your Blues and says the one constant throughout her career has been emotion.

She tells The Blues magazine: "Blues is about emotion. You can't spark emotion in someone else unless you're being authentic. Everything I sing, I believe. Whether I've written it myself or I'm singing someone else's song, it's got to have a connection."

Having just returned from a prolonged break, Brox says her latest album includes a song about her children. Of the new songs, she adds: "My favorite is I Will Love You More. I wrote that about my children, Sadie and Sonny.

"It's about being so wildly in love that it will carry on forever. A love that carries on beyond the grave." Read more here.

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Singled Out: The New Apollos' Handprints

The New Apollos just released their debut EP "In The Shade" and to celebrate we asked Neill Maccallum to tell us about the song "Handprints". Here is the story:

Many people compare forming bands to dating multiple people. Think about it. Your future and life are sometimes literally in the hands of your bandmates. You get to know them really well with all their flaws and idiocracies. Enter Matt. His name wasn't really Matt,but we'll refer to him as
"Matt"from here on out. I first met Matt when my friend "Bob" found him on craigslist when we were looking for a new drummer. Matt looks exactly like Kurt Cobain and has a chill California attitude so I thought he was pretty cool. That was until Bob asked if Matt could crash on my couch until he found a job and got his own place.

Fast forward 5 years and 3 broken marriages and Matt is back in my life. And, yes he is trying to find a place back on my couch. This time I'm not biting, but he is the drummer in my band until his drinking and flakiness become to much to deal with. So we proceed to let him go, never an easy situation and made worse by his said drinking. He starts raising his voice and getting in our faces. At this point I just want him to leave the house. But he won't go, the bass player's girlfriend and roommates became alarmed. Finally, we get him to leave, but I'm still afraid he is waiting downstairs. And sure enough he is. He wants to "talk" some more but he's not making sense, acting aggravated and unstable. I remember having my phone in my hand just in case I needed to make a quick call to the police. Just imagine the worst break up you've ever had and multiply by a possible meth addiction.

So, I thought I'd write a song about it and that's how Handprints came
to be. It's an ode to band break up song. When performing it, I like to think of all the bandmates I've had that have left me for whatever reason. All the relationships that have crumbled over this shared love of music. Something that's supposed to be creative and fun, but in reality can be nasty and petty. The chorus, "Get out the way get out the house get out the door I thought I saw you," sums it right up for me.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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