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Daily Music News Report for 06/07/2016


ABBA Reunite For 50th Anniversary

(Radio.com) ABBA performed together on Sunday (June 5) at a private party in Stockholm, Sweden. The occasion celebrated 50 years of friendship between members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

To celebrate their fellow members and former partners, Agnetha Fältskog and Ann-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad not only made an appearance at the party, but they also sang "You and I."

Bjorn and Benny eventually joined then onstage towards the end of the song, according to Expressen. The four members also took some time at the evening's end to talk about ABBA and sing together once more.

Frida said about the reunion, "It was absolutely amazing. A lot of emotions. We've made this journey throughout our history. Benny and Bjorn in particular. Its been very nostalgic." Read more here.

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Metallica Perform National Anthem At NHL Stanley Cup Final

(Radio.com) Metallica guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett delivered the national anthem prior to game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA on Monday.

Drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo were on hand to open the dressing room doors for the Sharks as they hit the ice to the team's standard introduction - Metallica's 1983 classic "Seek And Destroy."

Hetfield and Hammett have donated their guitars from the Stanley Cup Final performance to be auctioned off to benefit The Sharks Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of underserved youth and families in the community with an emphasis in the areas of education, health and safety, and character development.

The Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey, and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. More details and watch the video of the national anthem performance here.

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Meek Mill Breaks House Arrest For Beyonce Concert

(Radio.com) Even though a judge tacked on an additional eight days to Meek Mill's house arrest sentence last week, he managed to get permission to leave his premises and take part in Beyonce's Formation Tour when it stopped in Philadelphia on Saturday (June 4).

Part of Meek's punishment has involved not recording and releasing new music, but he received pre-approval from a judge to attend and perform at the concert, according to TMZ. Meek made a surprise appearance during DJ Khaled's opening set.

Beyond that performance, it seems like he got to chill with his girlfriend Nicki Minaj and a crew that included Jay Z and DMX. Minaj posted a photo on Instagram with everyone standing together looking fierce as all get out. Read more here.

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Drake Debuts Justin Bieber Remix Of 'One Dance'

(Radio.com) Last week, Drake was featured on DJ Khaled's new single 'For Free" and on Saturday (June 4) he debuted two new songs as well as Justin Bieber's remix of his previous number one hit, "One Dance."

One of the new tracks, "4PM in Calabasas," is a beat-driven club jam that has Drizzy asking what happened to the collaborative nature of hip-hop, According to SPIN. "All you self promoters are janky," he raps at the start of the song. The song was posted on Soundcloud, but has been removed.

"Back On Road" is a collab with Gucci Mane that has the two lamenting over a girl who wasn't there when they were "all alone" and now expects to remain part of their lives.

In addition, Drake gave props to Justin Bieber by promoting his remix of Drizzy's first-ever number one hit, "One Dance." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Crashes Fan's Wedding And Performs

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift made sure two of her fans had a wedding none of the attendees will ever forget. The pop star surprised New Jersey couple Max Singer and Kenya Smith over the weekend by showing up to their wedding reception and performing "Blank Space."

Swift coordinated the surprise with Singer's sister, Ali, over the last few months after receiving a heartfelt letter. In the note, Ali explained that her brother and his wife got married in a hospital so their mom wouldn't miss out on the big day, and that Max and his mom danced to Swift's "Blank Space" at the wedding before she died.

Touched by the story, Swift traveled to New Jersey and performed a stripped down version of "Blank Space" as the newlyweds danced along. "You can sing along," Swift said in a clip captured by a family member.

So Taylor swift showed up to my cousins wedding... �� #Surprised https://t.co/98yDtmg7kH- Gage Simmons (@Gage_Simmons) June 04, 2016

Later, Swift posed with the family for photos, uploading two on her Instagram account with the caption "third wheel." Check it out here.

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Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama Break Up

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama have ended their relationship after nearly six years together. Last year, Lovato openly discussed the prospect of marrying her 36-year-old beau, best-known for his role on That 70s Show.

And while the pair never made it to the alter, they said they would move forward as "best friends."'After almost six loving and wonderful years together, we have decided to end our relationship," read a joint note from the couple.

"This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us, but we have realized more than anything that we are better as best friends. We will always be supportive of one another." Read more here.

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Bob Dylan Pays Tribute to Muhammad Ali

(Radio.com) Two great classic rockers, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon have joined those paying tribute The Greatest (Muhammad Ali). Dylan called Ali "the bravest, most excellent of men," in a post on his website.

"If the measure of greatness is to gladden the heart of every human being on the face of the earth, then he truly was the greatest," Dylan wrote. "In every way he was the bravest, the kindest and the most excellent of men."

Dylan's regard for Ali can be heard in his 1964 song, "I Shall Be Free No. 10," written after Ali became World Heavyweight Champion for the first time. I was shadow boxing earlier in the day/I figured I was ready for Cassius Clay," he sang. Read Simon's tribute here.

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Kanye West Cancels New York Pop-Up Show

(Radio.com) Severe rain and the threat of lightning storms forced the cancellation of the final day of the Gov Ball 2016 festival Sunday (June 5) at Randalls Island in New York. But headliner Kanye West wasn't going to let that stop him from playing the Big Apple.

He immediately made plans to perform at radio station concert, where he and his label mates from G.O.O.D. Music wowed the crowd. Then, he planned a pop-up show at New York venue Webster Hall. He, his wife Kim Kardashian, 2 Chainz and Virgil Abloh teased the concert on social media. But that one didn't play out as planned.

West's show was set to start at 2 a.m. and fans engulfed four city blocks surrounding the club for a chance to see Yeezy. Two hours before his gig the rapper tweeted that the show was sold out. Then, minutes before 1 a.m. the venue tweeted that there would be no concert. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Offer Peek Inside Ed Force One In New Video

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is featured in a video that offers a peak at the interior of the band's Ed Force One plane. It was shot by manufacturers Boeing as pilot Dickinson offered staff a guided tour of the vehicle.

Explaining the custom graphics, uniforms and branded accessories, he admits Ed Force One is a "flying billboard" and continues: "It's the way to cause a fuss when you arrive."

He adds: "Honestly, it's such a beautiful aeroplane. It allows us to do a European itinerary on an inter-continental basis. It's our time machine, our magic carpet."

Iron Maiden continue their The Book Of Souls World Tour until August including a headline appearance at the Download festival this weekend. Watch the video here.

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Ian Siegal Announces 25th Anniversary UK Tour

(The Blues) Ian Siegal has confirmed a run of UK dates as part of his 25th anniversary tour later this year, playing songs from across his 11-album catalogue. It's to be tied in with the release of a deluxe retrospective package, with details to be revealed in due course.

His label, Nugene Music, say: "His first professional gig with the embryonic Ian Siegal Band was in the early 90s, when blues was decidedly unfashionable. Gaining a presence as a 20-year-old singing the blues was not easy. Thankfully, he persevered.

"You gotta pay your dues to the blues and he certainly has. From busking on the streets of Berlin as a teenage, to gruelling three-hours-a-night club residencies, to hair-raising treks across Eastern Europe, his CV includes shows in 35 countries, guest appearances with some of the great names of the blues, and a live album recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall." Read more here.

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Thin Lizzy Guitarist Praises Predecessor Brian Robertson

(Classic Rock) Damon Johnson has heaped praise on former Thin Lizzy axeman Brian Robertson for being a "tremendous and special player." The current Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders guitarist says he has spent decades learning his predecessor's parts, particularly on the 1978 album Live And Dangerous and he says he's still left in awe of Robertson's work.

He says: "Today and everyday, I am saluting the talent and special player that is Brian Robertson. As I am preparing for the upcoming Thin Lizzy dates, which I am privileged and honoured to be a part of, the album that I am referencing the most is Live And Dangerous."

Johnson continues: "It is inconceivable that Brian was only 21-years-old when these performances were recorded. And after decades of studying and practicing to all the Thin Lizzy albums with the classic lineup of Lynott/Gorham/Downey/Robertson, there are so many moments in Brian's playing that elude me as to what he was thinking, where on the neck he is playing, and how he is approaching his solos. Case in point his blistering improv at the end of Are You Ready. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Release 'Kill Em With Kindness' Video

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez had a debuted a new music video for her single "Kill Em with Kindness." The simple black and white clip lets the song's lyrics speak for themselves.

"The world can be a nasty place," Gomez begins. "You know it, I know it, yeah, We don't have to fall from grace, Put down the weapons you fight with, Kill 'em with kindness."

"Kill Em with Kindness" is the fourth single from Selena's second studio album Revival, which was released last October. Check out the new music video here.

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Adele Gets Spice Girls' Stamp of Approval

(Radio.com) It's no secret that Adele is a Spice Girls fan. And it seems like literally everyone loves Adele. But now we have confirmation that Ginger Spice, Baby Spice, and Sporty Spice approve of the English singer.

During her concert in the Netherlands on Friday, Adele mentioned the Spice Girls in between songs, which quickly prompted the crowd to start a chant. CLAP CLAP CLAP-CLAP-CLAP CLAP-CLAP-CLAP-CLAP SPICE GIRLS!

'Oh stop it, I'm not a Spice Girl," Adele said to the crowd, before adorably launching into the lyrics to 'Spice Up Your Life" . Adele even did a little dance during her quick homage, which fans thoroughly appreciated.

Adele's fans weren't the only ones who appreciated the singer's shout-out to the 1990's girl group. Three out of five Spice Girls showed their mutual love right back. Check out the video here.

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Vic Mensa Releases 'There's A Lot Going On' Video

(Radio.com) Rapper Vic Mensa recently dropped a new EP titled There's A Lot Going On. On Monday (June 6), he released the music video for the melancholy title track.

Directed by Jake Osmun and Mensa, the video is fairly simple and stripped down. Mensa is seen rapping in front of a white screen. As the video ends, you hear gunshots. Finally, bullet holes frame Vic Mensa's body.

The EP There's A Lot Going On is available for free through Hip Hop Caucus' Respect My Vote! campaign. You can download the project for free in exchange for pledging to vote. This special deal only lasts until July 4th. Take a look at the video here.

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DJ Khaled and Ray Liotta Hit The Nail Salon For Apple Music

(Radio.com) DJ Khaled and Ray Liotta make for strange but hilarious bedfellows in a new commercial for Apple Music. The legendary actor and the hip-hop DJ hit the nail salon and have an awesome time hanging out and getting manicures.

The clip finds Khaled telling Liotta about Apple Music' $9.99 monthly subscription. The actor seems to be in total disbelief and challenges DJ Khaled to prove it.

Ray Liotta demands DJ Khaled play The Doobie Brothers' "Minute By Minute" because he doesn't think you can choose and play any song in the Apple Music library. Khaled easily wins that challenge.

This isn't the first time DJ Khaled has gotten a look from Apple Music. He was featured in another commercial where he got to lock lips with British supermodel Naomi Campbell. DJ Khaled is one lucky guy! Check out the new Apple ad here.

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Kenny Chesney Joined On Stage By Randy Travis

(Radio.com) Randy Travis has slowly but surely been making more public appearances after suffering a debilitating stroke in 2013. Not only did Blake Shelton honor the country musician in late April by bringing him out onstage to share some kind words, but now Kenny Chesney followed suit with his own tribute.

Travis attended Chesney's Arlington, Texas show on Saturday (June 4) and sat stage side, according to Taste of Country. When Chesney began covering Travis' "Diggin' Up Bones" from the 1986 album Storms of Life, he invited the legend center stage to join him and sing. The two stood side-by-side while Chesney placed his arm around Travis and shared the mic.

Like Shelton, Chesney had some kind words about what Travis meant to him and the road he paved for country music. 'Randy Travis paved the way and brought back country music," he said. 'Like George Jones, he is an originaland the real deal. It was great having him in the house, and it was great bringing him out for all the fans to see the man who brought so many young people to country music back in the '80s."

A fan captured a snippet of their time together onstage. Watch it here.

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Rootwork Release 'Code Talker' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Farnborough doom-pop trio Rootwork are premiering their new video for Code Talker exclusively with TeamRock. The track taken from their Gallows Humour EP will be available as a single on June 24 through Ubiquity Project Records.

frontman Max Woodhams had the following to say about the track "It's about a person struggling to overcome an internal change, which manifests itself in aggressive behaviour, split personalities and deception.

"It's the heaviest song on the EP and we wanted the video to reflect this the deception angle is covered by an old guard mask we found in our guitarist's garage!" Watch the video here.

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TeamRock Zone Added To Download Festival

(TeamRock Radio) A TeamRock Zone has been announced for this year's Download festival. The three-day event takes place this coming weekend on June 10-12, with tickets selling out fast.

And in addition to seeing dozens of bands perform live on various stages over the weekend, the TeamRock Zone will let fans in on interviews with their favorite artists, while special guests will also be in attendance.

It'll be situated to the right of the main stage at the Donington site, and music lovers will also be able to have a drink at the bar, play Metal Hammer Roadkill, and take part in trivia quizzes.

TeamRock executive director Alexander Milas says: "Be it in print or online, TeamRock is all about getting you closer to the people behind the music you love, and this weekend we'll be doing that in the literal sense." Read more here.

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