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Daily Music News Report for 06/03/2016


AC/DC Release Preview Video For U.S. Tour With Axl Rose

(hennemusic) AC/DC have released a video preview of their fall US tour with Axl Rose. The ten show run on the Rock Or Bust tour, originally set for spring, was postponed in March when singer Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to stop performing immediately or risk total hearing loss.

Rose stepped in to assist the band and the pairing launched AC/DC's European tour in Lisbon on May 7 to rave reviews worldwide. The fall US dates start August 27 in Greensboro, NC and will wrap up in Philadelphia, PA on September 20.

"We're all looking forward to getting out there and playing," says guitarist Angus Young. "It's part of the whole tour; we're going to have a real blast. We'll probably have a few surprises, a few different songs when we do tour through America.

"The best thing about being in the band is the challenge of doing it again, getting out there and playing in front of people. Each show gets more and more exciting" Watch the video here.

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Meek Mill's House Arrest Reportedly Extended

(Radio.com) Meek Mill isn't through with his house arrest just yet. The rapper was originally supposed to be released from his lockdown sentence Wednesday (June 1), but sources close to him are reporting that his sentence has been extended an additional eight days, according to TMZ.

In addition to remaining under house arrest, Meek needed to perform 90 days of community service and to do so with specific groups. The judge required Meek to volunteer with the homeless, veterans, senior citizens or the organization Habitat for Humanity.

Meek did do volunteer work, but it didn't involve the specific groups listed on his case's documentation. He gave motivational speeches, visited schools and, along with many other celebrities, helped out with Flint's water crisis. Read more here.

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Axl Rose Explains Why He Has Stopped Signing Autographs

(hennemusic) Axl Rose says he won't be signing autographs for a while after being hounded on AC/DC's European tour by professionals who resell the pieces on auction sites like eBay.

"Can't take da ebayers so un42nutzly I's won'tz b signing things 4 awhile," tweeted Rose. "Much Love 2 the real fans!!" Professional autograph sellers frequently harass celebrities for signatures purely as a profit source at the literal and figurative expense of real fans, which causes artists like Rose and others to take the position that no signings will happen at all.

Rose made his AC/DC debut in Lisbon on May 7 and will play 13 dates on a spring run that has seen the band extend their Rock Or Bust setlist from 20 to 24 songs with the rotation of new additions representing classic tracks from Bon Scott-era: "Dog Eat Dog" from 1977's "Let There Be Rock", "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" and "Riff Raff" from 1978's "Powerage", and "If You Want Want Blood (You've Got It)" and "Touch Too Much" from 1979's "Highway To Hell."

"With Axl, we've been able to mix up quite a few songs, do a few older ones and put them, which we haven't done in a number of years," guitarist Angus Young tells Planet Rock . "We always used to kind of get a setlist, and that would be it for a tour. So now we've got a lot more adding and putting in different tracks, and the fun part is when we get there on the stage, and seeing it come to life in front of the audience and seeing the reaction." Watch the video here.

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Gwen Stefani Addresses Blake Shelton Engagement Rumors

(Radio.com) Gwen Stefani shot down rumors that she is engaged to Blake Shelton during an interview with 94.7 Fresh FM. "Can you imagine the amount of gossip-y, weird stories people make up?"

When pushed a little harder, Stefani replied, "Let's just take it one day at a time. Let's just look at the last year. Everything's crazy right now so no, absolutely not."

The No Doubt frontwoman admitted that she does get a laugh out of tabloid stories at times. "To me, it makes me laugh every day," she said. "I actually do Google my name just so I can see the next one that's gonna happen, because it's gotten so out of control. The best part about it is it's hilarious; the worst part about it is that some people actually believe that stuff like that is what's funny." Read more here.

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Fetty Wap's 'Wake Up' Video Causes Trouble For High School Principal

(Radio.com) The principal at Fetty Wap's high school has been suspended for allowing the artist to shoot his "Wake Up" video at the school. School administrators there deemed the content of the song inappropriate.

The video was shot at East Side High School in Paterson, New Jersey, the school that Fetty Wap attended, and dropped out of. The clip is framed as a dropout-made-good story, and title cards encourage students to "find their own path."

Nevertheless, parents and school board members are unhappy with the video, which depicts a stripper pole shot in a classroom and numerous drug references.

"I went back to my old high school because I love my city," Wap said in a statement. "I wanted to show the students of Paterson that someone who walked those same hallways they walk every day and sat in the same classrooms shown in the video has become successful. If I can do it they can do it too." Read more here.

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Beck Releases New Single Called 'Wow'

(Radio.com) Beck has a new single titled "Wow." Although Beck has appeared recently on tracks with Flume and The Chemical Brothers, this marks his first new music as a solo artist since 2015's "Dreams."

When asked about the lyrics of his new song "Wow," Beck told KROQ's Kevin & Bean, "Most of this song was completely off the top of my head. I didn't write any of it. It was just us fooling around in the studio.

"I didn't even mean to release it. I was working on another song and came up with the riff and then I just started freestyling." "Wow" is the first single off Beck's forthcoming album, which is set to be released on October 21st.

"'Wow' is a little bit of an outlier," continued Beck. "I did most of the record with my old keyboard player Greg Kurstin who's now a pretty well-known producer. We've been working on this for about 3 years. Most of the record is stuff I did with him. We did the song 'Dreams' which came out last year. A lot of the record is in that vein I'd say. We're thinking a lot about the live show and playing festivals. It'd been quite a few years since I'd done a record like that." Check out the song here.

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Randy Travis To Be Honored With Career Achievement Award

(Radio.com) Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis is set to be honored with the Country Radio Seminar's 2016 Artist Career Achievement Award on June 22nd.

The award is presented every year to an artist that has significantly contributed to the development and promotion of country music and radio. Josh Turner, who has been compared to Travis many times, will perform in his honor at the event.

Travis, a Grammy and ACM winner, has released 50 songs that have charted, including 16 number one singles. The singer calls the CRS Award "an honor quite unlike any other."

"The artist's and the broadcaster's relationship is one of unspoken respect," Travis says in a press release. "I appreciate so much the kindness I have been shown over the years by radio' You have each become a part of my success and allowed my fans an opportunity to know me better--as an artist and as a person. Thank you for believing in me' and in my body of work. It is you which I take my hat off to." Read more here.

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Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts Announce UK Tour

(Classic Rock) Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts have announced a UK winter tour. The Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy mainman is heading out on the road in support of his recently released album When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues).

Support on all non-festival dates will be provided by Vice Squad - and Warwick reports he's excited for the shows to begin. He says: "We can't wait to get back out there and play a full-length set, and I am delighted that my old friends Vice Squad will be special guests.

"I've been a fan of Beki and the boys since their debut album No Cause For Concern. It's gonna be a helluva of an evening." Check out the dates for the trek here.

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Several New York City Concerts Canceled Following T.I. Show Shooting

(Radio.com) New York City rap concerts by TG, Mac Miller and Joey Bada$$ have been canceled by promoter Live Nation in the wake of the club shooting at a T.I. show at Irving Plaza that killed one and wounded three. In total, six shows have been nixed.

"In light of last week's tragic event, we are acting with an overabundance of caution and coordinating a going forward strategy with the New York Police Department that may also include a curfew," a spokesperson for the club told Rolling Stone. "Because these discussions with New York Police Department are ongoing, we will be postponing a few of our upcoming shows."

After his show Thursday night (June 2) show was canceled, Joey Bada$$ tweeted that the New York Police Department had shut it down. He deleted the tweet soon after and the NYPD said the cancellations were strictly Live Nation's decision and didn't involve the police. Read more here.

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Rare 1998 Britney Spears Live Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Footage recently surfaced showing a young Britney Spears before she became a household name and international star. The 12-minute video is from a 1998 showcase Britney performed in Singapore (via PopCrush).

Her appearance preempts her debut studio album Baby One More Time, which dropped in January 1999, and could have been her label's attempt to introduce her to foreign markets.

During the showcase, Britney, dressed in a slinky dress, sings live to pre-recorded tracks titled "Baby One More Time," "Sometimes," and a cover of The Jets' "You Got It All." The first two songs would eventually become part of her first album.

The video doesn't features the stage flare that would come to define her live performances, including barely there costumes and an array of backup dancers. It's just her, a microphone and the voice that would make her famous. Check out the clip here.

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Jason Aldean Releases 'Lights Come On' Video

(Radio.com) Jason Aldean shows off why he won ACM's 2016 Entertainer of the Year with his new video for "Lights Come On." The video puts a fresh spin on the live concert format by showcasing the incredible experience Aldean gives audiences when he's on tour.

Cameras go behind the scenes to show Aldean's crew gearing up for another arena performance. "I used to think it was cool to sell out a little night club, so now when I walk into an arena, amphitheater or stadium it completely exceeds anything I've ever imagined," he says, according to the press release.

Sweeping overhead shots of those stadiums and intimate close-ups of fans singing along pepper the video, which mainly focuses on Aldean and his larger than life performances. The video captures the big energy and rip-roaring good time he and his band provide with every show.

"The very first 10-15 seconds of the show, the first time we see the crowd, the first time they see us, right off the bat to me is what sets the tone for the rest of the show," he says in the video. "It's like the fire's burning, that sorta just pours gasoline on it, then the explosion." Read more here.

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Prince Basketball Story From 'Chappelle's Show' Confirmed

(Radio.com) The classic story of Prince's basketball prowess, as related by Charlie Murphy (Eddie Murphy's brother) on Chappelle's Show has been confirmed as truth.

Micki Free, a GRAMMY winning guitarist and friend of Eddie Murphy's from his work on the Beverly Hills Cop film, confirmed the story and even played in the game in question.

In a new interview, Free confirms Murphy's story, claiming it is 100% true. "Prince took the ball and it was like Michael Jordan after that, shot after shot, like nothing but net."

He even confirms that the group ate pancakes afterwards. Refresh your memory by checking out the hilarious sketch here.

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ScHoolboy Q And Kanye West Release 'That Part' Video

(Radio.com) ScHoolboy Q and Kanye West have reunited for the new song and video "That Part." The pair released the visual for the song online on Thursday (June 2).

The video has a kaleidoscopic quality to it. It features ScHoolboy Q going for a joyride with beautiful women on a school bus. The TDE soldier also raps his verses with a gang of masked men behind him in certain scenes. Kanye doesn't miss out on the fun. He gives viewers a tour of a house with a stripper pole in the living room. Needless to say, that's the party house.

"That Part" is the first single from ScHoolboy Q's forthcoming second album. The album currently is untitled, but is scheduled to be released July 8th. It's rumored the project will also feature the song "Groovy Tony" as well. Check it out here.

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Micheal Jackson 'Thriller Villa' Las Vegas Home Up For Sale

(Radio.com) Michael Jackson's former Las Vegas residence, coined the "Thriller Villa," can be yours for a cool $9.5 million. The King of Pop lived with his three children in the rented the 1.7 acre estate from 2007 until his unexpected death at his Los Angeles home on June 25, 2009.

The Spanish Mediterranean-style home is broken into several sections including a 24,276 square foot main estate, a 2,983 square foot guest house, 9 car garage and a chapel, which can double as a recording studio.

According to Sotheby's International Realty, perhaps the most impressive feature is the estate's two-story 74-seat medieval chapel. The ceiling has a hand painted sky scene complete with a glorious Crown of Thorns Chandelier and traditional red drapes that add the perfect touch to this extraordinary room. Access the second story balcony via a glorious spiral staircase, reminiscent of an old-fashioned theater. The acoustics and sound quality of the room is said to be "pitch perfect." Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood Excites Fan So Much His Lung Collapsed?

(Radio.com) Not only did Carrie Underwood superfan "Bern" aka @liveasong4 attend a Storyteller show on May 27 in Ottawa, Ontario, he got to briefly schmooze with the country music starlet in the meet and greet line.

Unfortunately, in the process he got a little too excited and suffered a collapsed lung. The fan tweeted Underwood on May 31 and was thrilled to receive a response from her.

He documented the dramatic string of events in a series of tweets. "Carrie slayed me so hard last friday my lung collapsed. On my way to the hospital now. - Bern (@liveasong4) May 29, 2016" See the other tweets here.

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Pusha T Wrote Famous McDonald's Jingle?

(Radio.com) Everyone knows the famous McDonald's jingle "I'm Lovin' It." Most also know it was performed by Justin Timberlake and produced by The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo).

What you might not know, is that one of the track's writers was non other than Terrence Thornton, better know as Pusha T. Pusha's writing credit was revealed Thursday by Translation ad agency CEO Steve Stouteduring during a new radio interview.

It's a far cry from Pusha's latest "Drug Dealers Anonymous," which features Jay Z. While Stouteduring is currently the only source, Pusha seems to be having fun with the news on Twitter. See the tweets here.

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Whitney Houston's Personal Items To Be Auctioned

(Radio.com) A collection of Whitney Houston's personal items, including her wedding dress, passports and more will be auctioned off later this month. According to Billboard, the legendary singer's awards, red-carpet dresses and many other items will be up for bidding courtesy of Heritage Auctions on June 24 and 25.

In a statement, Garry Shrum, the director of Entertainment and Music Memorabilia for the auction house said that Houston's family reached out to the president of their company to coordinate the sell-off.

Shrum added, "We came up with this 119-piece collection that's basically a retrospective of Whitney from the beginning, from when she first started singing after she left being a background singer for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls." The collection includes everything from Houston's passport, various awards, outfits and "all kinds of cool and groovy things." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Jake Clayton

Multi-instrumentalist Jake Clayton tells us about his new single "By The Light of the Moon" which is the title song from his latest album and he also tells us about the song "Unwound". Here are the stories:

"By The Light of the Moon": Hey everyone! I'm gonna give ya a lil backstory on my song, "By the Light of the Moon". I've heard songs my whole life about partying in the sunshine hours, but rarely about the opposite. When you're from the country, parties happen at night on dirt roads, open fields, or most anywhere there is mud. So, for this song, I just set out to write a soundtrack to that night-time, outdoor party in the country. Let's be real, that's when the fun stuff happens! The drums on this song were played by Troy Luccketta from the rock band 'Tesla'. Chris Havron played bass and Rob Daniels added some guitar work. I played all of the other Instruments, and performed all of the vocals on this song.

"Unwound": The other track I'd like to talk about is called "Unwound". I grew up on Country Music, but my guitar player and producer, Rob Daniels grew up listening to and playing a lot of rock and metal. After years of working together, the 'rock' sound has been growing on me. So on this song, I went for an aggressive rock sound with heavy guitars and heavy drums, but then mixed it with some of the country "twangy" instruments that I love. Usually when people put a Fiddle, Mandolin, or Banjo on a rock song, you can barely hear them, but we put those instruments front and center and in your face! Plus, this also gave me an outlet to sing about some of the more unpleasant things I've experienced and what better format of music to do that in? Funniest thing about this song is, most people would think Rob came up with the main riff, but it was me! I was having a bad day. My current touring drummer, Chris Broome played the drums on this one, Rob layered in more aggressive guitars and added some vocals, and I played everything else on this track. It has become one of my favorites on the album!

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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