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Daily Music News Report for 06/08/2016


Blink-182 Songs Get Unusual Makeover

(Radio.com) The Pineapple Above (Horse Around Rodeo Clown; Muscle to Jimmy Russia) is an album comprised entirely of, yes, you guessed it, ukulele versions of the pop-punk trio's greatest hits.

Crafted by Indianapolis-based Blink 182kulele, the 10-track covers album is not only for the ukulele fan; the band's renditions have an island feel, thanks to the synthesized steel drums. Oh, and the vocoder does lend a little Tom DeLonge feel to the vocals.

But it wasn't just classics that were covered for the album. You'll also find an interesting take on Blink's newest little diddy, "Built This Pool" as well as "Olde English 800" by Alkaline Trio, "I'm Not Hungover" by Tumbledown and "I'm An Alcoholic" by Dent May. Read more here.

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David Lee Roth Talks Van Halen Tour

(hennemusic) David Lee Roth discusses Van Halen's 2015 tour on the latest edition of The Roth Show. The singer shares some insight into his performances and the live production involved with last summer's North American run in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

"So the question is 'is it the show or the music'", Roth begins. "When we get on the road with Van Halen this is always a pivotal question - at what point does the show distract from the music because what Van Halen is is a club band playing to a club audience on massive scale.

"You can say it's a selection of songs with a narration, I break the fourth wall constantly and talk directly to you and turn and face the camera and describe ironically what is or isn't happening - or you could look at it as a speaking one-man show with really great songs - it alternates in between the two and too much visual can distract from that."

Roth also tackles the currently hot topic of fan fiction, which is created by fans of a particular subject or theme - music artist, TV series, etc. - and has taken off since the advent of the internet as writers combine talents online. Watch the episode here.

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Lana Del Rey Latest Music Star Hacked

(Radio.com) Lana Del Rey's Twitter account was hacked Tuesday (June 7) afternoon. Like the hack Katy Perry experienced in late May, the person behind this latest breach posted racist messages along with other comments making fun of the singer.

A series of tweets began rapidly appearing in the afternoon, claiming former President George W. Bush was behind the terrorist attacks on 9/11, and that all Muslims are terrorists. In another post, the hacker tweeted "lana del GAY."

The posts were quickly removed and the security for Del Rey's account seemed back up to speed within minutes. Del Rey and Perry aren't the only celebrities to experience a hack in recent days. On Monday (June 6), Drake's account appeared to be hacked for a handful of tweets. Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar Previews Tour With Live Rarity Video

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar has released a video preview of his summer US tour with supergroup The Circle. The clip features the band playing Van Halen rarity Mine All Mine at Hagar's 2015 birthday bash in Cabo.

The band - which features Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson - presents the Red Rocker's musical history and Bonham's legacy by performing tunes by Hagar, Van Halen, Montrose and Led Zeppelin.

The Circle will launch their summer shows this Friday, June 10 in Tucson, AZ. Formed in 2014, The Circle released their first live DVD, "At Your Service", last December.

Last month, Hagar reunited with Chickenfoot for two reunion shows at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, marking the first time in years that Hagar, Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith have regrouped to perform a full show.

The lineup debuted a new song, "Divine Termination", during the reunion events. Check out the video here.

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Jay-Z And Rita Ora Settle Their Lawsuits

(Radio.com) Jay-Z and Rita Ora seem to have settled their lawsuits against each other. Jay-Z's label Roc Nation and Ora have been locked in a six month legal battle regarding her recording contract, but now it looks like they've come to some sort of agreement and that has a new deal with Warner Music.

While no specifics have been provided, the singer revealed on Snapchat that she has a new label. "Contract time!!" Ora wrote on Snapchat above a picture of two flowers covering what appears to be a new contract.

In December of last year, Ora filed a complaint against her label, Roc Nation (which she signed to in 2008), which accused the company of failing to support her. "When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist," read the complaint.

"As Roc Nation's interests diversified there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita's remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company." Read more here.

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Mumford & Sons Expand North American Tour

Mumford & Sons have extended their North American tour with the addition of a series of dates dubbed The Austin 5000 Tour surrounding their Austin City Limits performances.

The tour was named after the eight-additional dates which will see the band traveling 5000 miles from the kick off at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas to their second Austin City Limits headline show in October.

The new run of the dates includes headline shows in Salt Lake City (September 26th), Englewood, Co (9/28), Albuquerque (October 4th), Phoenix (10/15) and Chula Vista, Ca (10/6).

They will be supported by Catfish & The Bottlemen on the new headline dates (not including the Austin City Limits shows or the Life Is Beautiful festival). See the tour date here.

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Taylor Swift's Surprise Wedding Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Fresh off her own heartbreak after split with beau Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift decided to celebrate love by surprising two superfans over the weekend.

Swift not only showed up at their wedding, but she performed a stripped down version of her single "Blank Space." Now, the DJ playing the couple's wedding has opened up Swift's appearance.

Speaking with Billboard, Michael Klebacher said, "Taylor knew exactly why she was coming there. She knew that the groom, who's also in the military, is a superfan, and so is his wife. When his sister told this to Taylor, she was able to convey this."

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.

Klebacher explained organizers kept Swift's appearance under wraps so paparazzi wouldn't get wind of it. Even he didn't know she'd be showing up.

As to any haters out there who think Swift was only doing this as a stunt, he clarified, "Nothing that I've seen would indicate that at all. I'm not seeing anything other than complete altruism."

Watch Swift perform "Blank Space" at the wedding here.

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Lil Wayne Announces Mobile Skateboarding App 'Sqvad Up'

(Radio.com) Considering Lil Wayne is battling his record company for money rightfully owed to him, it's no wonder he's taken to new avenues to diversify his income. The New Orleans rapper recently announced he is developing a mobile skateboarding app titled Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up.

One of the app's features is an arcade-style trip through Weezy's beloved hometown of New Orleans. It will also feature a soundtrack curated by the Young Money general. Some of the music production was handled by Nesby Phips.

Wayne tells RapUp, "I'm super excited to drop my first mobile skateboarding game 'Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up' as a way to share my passion for skateboarding. It's also special to celebrate all that makes my home of Hollygrove and New Orleans such a dope place."

"I started skateboarding at 29, not just because I thought it looked cool, but also because I wanted to be able to inspire kids to get outside and play," he continued. "Skating is a perfect way for kids today to stay out of trouble and be positive and active." Read more here.

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Snoop Dogg And Wiz Khalifa Release 'Kush Ups'

(Radio.com) It was only a matter of time before soon-to-be tour mates Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa teamed up to release a track. Their new single "Kush Ups" preempts their upcoming tour, called the High Road Summer Tour, and marks the latest single from Snoop's upcoming album Cool Aid.

After a relaxed Indian-sounding melody kicks off the track with strings, Snoop drops a big beat while Wiz leads off with the first verse. He raps, "My weed man got the hook up/ Rolling up another pound, aight time to look up/ Big a- joints, the ones that leave you shook up/ So much weight that now I'm doing kush ups."

Snoop follows with the second verse that talks about smoking out instead of doing other kinds of workouts like Tae Bo. Really, who has the time? In addition to the track's underlying eastern melody, "Kush Ups" briefly samples Luke's "I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)."

Cool Aid drops July 1 and the High Road Summer Tour kicks off in mid-July. Listen to "Kush Ups" here.

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Troy Ave Addresses Shooting Incident On New Mixtape

(Radio.com) Troy Ave opens up about the shooting that occurred at T.I.'s Irving Plaza concert in May on his new mixtape Free Troy Ave. Over the course of the 11-track album, Troy addresses the incident both by rapping and talking straightforwardly about it.

On "Intro," it sounds like Troy Ave is rapping his verses from a jail telephone. "Locked in the jail but I'm gonna get free/ I wear icy gold chains, can't no brass break me/P-- n-- tried to assassinate me / I took the gun from him and turned the tables 'round like a G," he raps according to MTV News. Elsewhere on the track, Troy keeps stressing that he's innocent, unless they can charge him with being real.

To close the mixtape, Troy returns on "Outro" with a more serious tone in his voice. He doesn't rap but instead speaks to listeners. "And the world will know the truth, everybody will know I'm innocent. I know I'm good because my faith is in God. I ain't one of those n-- that pray when times is bad, I been praying," he said.

In late May, Troy pled not guilty to attempted murder charges after a shooting at T.I.'s show left one person dead and three injured, including Troy. He is currently being held without bail. Listen to Free Troy Ave here.

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Prince Said Muhammad Ali Was His Hero

(Radio.com) Prince met Muhammad Ali for the first time in 1997 during a press conference for a concert called The World Healing Honors; the inaugural event for "the Muhammad Ali World Healing Project."

The event raised funds for existing charities and organizations working to eliminate bigotry and prejudice around the globe," according to the Los Angeles Times.

During the press conference, Prince discussed how he came about helping on Ali's project and his response to the request. 'My friend' called me a couple of days ago and asked me. He said, 'Muhammad wants you to' -- and I said 'Yes,'; I didn't even let him finish. He could have said, 'mow the lawn,' and I would have been down with it. Muhammad's my hero. He has been since I was a child." Read more here.

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Elton John Says Lady Gaga's New Album Is 'Brilliant'

(Radio.com) Even though fans were hopeful that Lady Gaga's new album would arrive in 2016, Elton John has something to say about that. The legendary musician opened up about hearing some of the tracks off Gaga's newest project and in discussing that music he let slip when it might be available.

"I've heard two or three songs from her new record, which she's making with [producer] Mark Ronson, and it's absolutely brilliant, so you're gonna be really happy when you hear that later in the year or early next year," John said on his Beats 1 podcast, according to Idolator.

In late 2015, Billboard reported Tony Bennett and Gaga would be collaborating on another jazz album together, this time featuring Cole Porter standards. Rumors have since been circulating that Gaga would release that album first before she shared her latest solo creation. It seems that with John's latest announcement, a 2017 release date is more than possible. Read more here.

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Lin Manuel Miranda Does Broadway 'Carpool Karaoke'

(Radio.com) The cast and creators of Hamilton have much to celebrate--from the height of a cultural phenomenon, they earned a record 16 Tony nominations, a Pulitzer Prize and a trip to the White House thanks to the success of Broadway's favorite musical.

It was only a matter of time before CBS late night host James Corden invited Lin Manuel Miranda to join for a Carpool Karaoke. on Monday night, special guests Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald and Jesse Tyler Ferguson joined Miranda (who rode shotgun, of course) to belt out famous showtunes.

Broadway hits like Rent and Les Mis had their moments while the quartet performed a rousing version of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." The 70th Annual Tony Awards are just days away and host James Corden is already making beautiful music with the Great White Way's best talents. Check it out here.

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Wilko Johnson Added To Stone Free Festival Lineup

(TeamRock Radio) Wilko Johnson has been confirmed for this year's inaugural TeamRock-sponsored Stone Free festival. He'll play a headline set at Indigo At The 02 on June 19 following performances from Haken, Messenger, Knifeworld and Cats In Space.

In addition, singer Jack Francis will play a set on the June 18 along with Broken Witt Rebels, who'll open the Entrance Stage the following day

Last month, it was announced that the festival would have a SpeakEasy Lounge, featuring spoken word performances, comedy and art. In addition to the previously announced acts, it's been confirmed that comedians Robin Ince, Danielle Ward, Michael Legge and Glenn Wool will also be in attendance. Read more here.

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Doro Pesch Releases Live 'Love Me In Black' Video

(Classic Rock) Doro Pesch has released a clip of herself performing Love Me In Black to promote her upcoming DVD, Strong And Proud: 30 Years In Rock And Metal, which is due out on June 24.

The 3 DVD/2 Blu-ray package features the former Warlock frontwoman performing at Wacken Open Air and her hometown of Dusseldorf, Germany, in 2013 and 2014. It contains 38 tracks in total, alongside a two-hour behind-the scenes documentary, Behind The Curtain, Inside The Heart Of Doro.

Pesch says: "We spent endless hours, days and nights working on the DVD, because we wanted to present a real highlight for all rock and metal fans for the 30th anniversary. We took care of every detail.

"It began already with the bombastic stage in Wacken, we worked one year on its design. In Dusseldorf, we even celebrated two nights in a row. One 'Classic Night' with a 40-piece orchestra and one 'balls to the wall' rock show on the second evening.

"It continued subsequently nonstop - with an anniversary tour, with led us to Russia, South America and my second home, the USA, among others." Watch the video here.

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Air Traffic Controller Singled Out Week: Warrior

Air Traffic Controller recently released their new album "Black Box" and we asked them to tell us about some of the tracks. Today, co-vocalist/bassist Casey Sullivan tells us about the song "Warrior". Here is the story:

I wrote "Warrior" at the end of a long relationship. It came from a feeling of helplessness and anger. I wrote it as just an acoustic song with an odd time meter. It just seemed to fit how I was feeling.

I remember starting the song in my tiny studio apartment in Boston after having a conversation with the person ending our relationship. He told me that he knew it was hard but that I was strong and I would get through it. I was angry that someone would call me strong when that was the very opposite of how I felt.

When I brought the song into the studio, it transformed into the sort of epic arrangement that you hear on the album. I still like the juxtaposition of how cinematic and strong the arrangement is versus the state of mind from which the song arose.

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

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