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Daily Music News Report for 06/15/2016


Lil Wayne Recovering From Seizure

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne is recovering after experiencing what his camp is calling a "minor" seizure on Monday (June 13), the rapper's reps confirmed in a statement to Billboard.

'Under the guidance of his own doctors, he is now in stable condition and good spirits. He thanks his fans for their everlasting support, prayers and well wishes," the statement reads.

On Monday morning, Lil Wayne was on a private jet when he suffered a seizure. The plane made an emergency landing in Nebraska and he was immediately brought to the hospital. Read more here.

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Ronnie Dunn To Donate 'Holy War' Song Proceeds To Orlando Victims

(Radio.com) Brooks and Dunn's Ronnie Dunn announced that country duo will be donating the proceeds of their song "Holy War" to the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack.

The song originally appeared as a hidden track on the duo's 2003 album Red Dirt Road. Dunn had the following to say this week about the track, why it was hidden, and their plans to benefit the victims in Orlando:

"I started writing HOLY WAR when the planes were flying into the Twin Towers. Shortly afterwards, the Taliban were shown on tv telling people that America was, per their interpretation of the Koran made up of infidel Jews, homosexuals and corrupt politicians.

"The Twin Towers represented the Tower of Babel (illicit wealth, power) Many faith driven people believed that the act was the beginning of Armageddon..the ultimate HOLY WAR.

"The record label did not want me to record the song so I took my own money, recorded it and put it on the cd as a 'hidden track. It's on iTunes you can buy it.

"If you do, I will donate EVERY penny of my earnings to the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack. RD" Listen to it here.

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Filter Cancel Show Following Death Threat

(TeamRock Radio) Filter cancelled their show in Gothenburg on Monday night after they received a death threat. They scrapped their gig at the Sticky Fingers venue in the Swedish city while on tour with Combichrist.

A representative of the band reportedly tells TMZ that last week's shooting of 22-year-old singer and former contestant on The Voice Christina Grimmie and the terrorist attack in Orlando played a factor in the group's decision.

The band say: "Filter just received a death threat at the club tonight. We will not be performing." In addition, Combichrist, who were due to issue a new music video this week, say they've postponed its release in light of the US shootings. Read more here.

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Download Organizers Hopes To Have Guns N' Roses In 2017

(Classic Rock) Download boss Andy Copping says he'd "love" to have Guns N' Roses on next year's bill. It was recently revealed that the band are the bookies' favourites to headline Download 2017 - and the festival organiser says that Axl Rose and co are "more than welcome" to take the top spot at Donington next summer.

He tells exclusively TeamRock: "It's the big anniversary of two big rock albums next year. One is Def Leppard's Hysteria, the other one is Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses. It was a big year in 1987.

"I'd love to have the reformed Guns N' Roses here, who knows? I'm certainly not giving any clues and I've not booked them, but that would be an amazing thing." Read more here.

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Troy Ave Launches Scholarship For Shooting Victim

(Radio.com) Troy Ave has created The Ronald McPhatter Scholarship to honor his late friend, Ronald "Banga" McPhatter, who was shot and killed last month at New York concert venue Irving Plaza.

Ave has donated $10,000 to Brooklyn, New York's New Utrecht High School, where he, Banga and Ave's younger brother attended and played football, reported HipHopDX.

The rapper's lawyer, John Stella, said the money will be distributed in $2,000 increments each year and the recipients will be chosen by the high school football program. Read more here.

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Christina Grimmie Praised By Brother At New Jersey Vigil

(Radio.com) Hundreds of mourners gathered in Evesham, New Jersey at Marlton Memorial Sports Complex on Monday night (June 13), to remember Christina Grimmie.

The vigil included emotional speeches by friends and family, each of whom praised the singer for her love of her family, friends and faith, reported Billboard.

"Christina was awesome. She loved this town, she loved this state, she loved singing, she loved the Lord and she loved me and she was just my baby sister," Grimmie's brother, Marcus, said.

Marcus shared his gratitude for the outpouring of support from the music community, including Twenty One Pilots and Selena Gomez, both of whom who paid tribute to her in concert.

"She's in a better place," he said. "Thank you to everyone once again. I wish I could elaborate more, you guys didn't know her like I did, so thank you." Read more here.

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Kanye West Announces Saint Pablo Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Kanye West will launch his Saint Pablo Tour on August 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The tour features multiple dates in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and 32 shows in all have been announced. The last scheduled concert is October 29 in Las Vegas.

While The Saint Pablo Tour will be Yeezy's first full tour since 2014, he recently played the Hot 97 Summer Jam after being forced to cancel a Governors Ball Headline appearance due to inclement weather. Storms notwithstanding, Kanye tried to schedule a late night show at Irving Plaza, but when 2,500 people swarmed the neighborhood the venue called off the event.

Dismayed fans protested by leaping on top of cars and yelling obscenities. Police were finally able to disburse the crowd and no serious injuries occurred. See the dates here.

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Colbie Caillat Announces New Album And Tour

(Radio.com) Colbie Caillat announced her new album The Malibu Sessions and a North American tour in support of the effort. The new album marks the California singer-songwriter's first new release since 2014's Gypsy Heart.

Although she hasn't shared a release date for the project yet, Caillat will be going on tour this fall with fiance Justin Young and High Dive Heart. It marks her first acoustic tour. "I've always wanted to play an acoustic tour," she said, according to the press release. "Showing the rawness of the songs I wrote in their natural state."

Caillat shared how Young and High Dive Heart will not only serve as her backing band and opening acts throughout the tour, but how they also contributed to helping her write her newest album.

"Justin Young and High Dive Heart will be trading off 1st & 2nd opening slots each night and they will also be my band members," she explained. "We're playing my new album in its entirety from its running order. We'll also be playing songs from previous albums and doing a Q&A. I've never been more excited for a tour than I am this one!" See the tour dates here.

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Major Lazer Release Video For 'Night Riders'

(Radio.com) Major Lazer have released their video for "Night Riders" off the 2015 album Peace is the Mission. The song features Pusha T, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, and Mad Cobra.

The slick video, full of deep blues and glowing neon lights, focuses on an underground female MMA fighter. When she's done trouncing other ladies, she heads to her job as a stripper. But she doesn't play nice with her customers. After bashing a beer bottle over one guy's head (supposedly because someone hired her to), she hops in an auto rickshaw and takes to the sultry, colorful streets. Thanks to her mode of transportation, it looks as though the video was filmed in Thailand.

Even though the song boasts several big name features, only Scott appears in the video. In between shots of the female lead going about her night, he hangs out by another tricked out vehicle. "All I need is a gas and the lighter," he sings on the chorus, bringing that line to life with two tire strips on fire and palming a lighter throughout his appearance. Watch the video here.

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Disclosure Premiere Three New Songs

(Radio.com) Disclosure premiered a trio of new songs on Tuesday. One track, a collaboration with Eats Everything called "Moog For Love," premiere on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show.

After "Moig For Love" premiered, the duo shared two other songs. One called "Feel Like I Do" features the vocals of legendary soul man Al Green. The other track entitled "Boss" is pure house music.

The three songs all are set to appear on Disclosure's new EP Moog For Love. The short collection of music is scheduled to be released tonight at midnight London time. Check out the new songs here.

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Danny Brown Returns With 'When It Rain' Video

(Radio.com) Danny Brown hasn't released any new material since his 2013 project Old. He's finally ready to share his new music in the form of a video for the track "When It Rain."

The new music video was directed by Mimi Cave and features Brown's signature frenetic energy mixed with classic VHS footage and shots of Detroit's urban living.

According to a press release, "When It Rain" marks a new relationship between Brown and Warp Records, "With the blessing of my Fools Gold family by my side, I'm excited to be working with Warp on new material," said Brown. "They're music fans to the same high degree I am and I'm looking forward to breaking some rules together." Watch the video here.

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Anthrax's Scott Ian Becomes a 'Game of Thrones' White Walker

(Radio.com) If the one thing missing from your day is seeing what Anthrax's Scott Ian looks like as a Game of Thrones White Walker, well then you're in luck. Ian underwent a massive transformation as part of his series Bloodworks and shared the video on YouTube. He worked with Game of Thrones' prosthetic makeup designer Barrie Gower to become a White Walker. But he didn't lose his infamous beard. Designers worked around that facial hair and integrated it into his makeover.

Ian and Gower discuss how the design for the king of the White Walkers came about. The producers wanted him to have a regal, almost royal, look about him. Gower explains how they were toying with the idea of having him wear a crown but instead altered his appearance instead. "Maybe we do something to his physiology so he's actually got these ice-like thorns growing out of his skull," he recounts of their decision.

Once Ian begins to don the different prosthetics, he's struck by how flexible everything is. For every little movement, the mask moves with him as if it were a second skin. Once the prosthetics have been applied, designers step in to add texture, hair, and colored contact lenses. The result is one creepy Ian.

Ian now has the distinction of having played both a White Walker on Game of Thrones, and a Walker on The Walking Dead; he told Radio.com about his Walking Dead experience last year. Watch the NSFW transformation in full here.

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The Amity Affliction Announce UK Headline Tour

(TeamRock Radio) The Amity Affliction have announced a UK headline tour. The run of six dates have been set up in support of the band's upcoming fifth album This Could Be Heartbreak, which is out on August 12 via Roadrunner Records.

The band say in a statement: "We are honoured to announce our biggest ever UK headline tour later this year. We are going to be playing some huge venues - including the iconic Roundhouse in London - and we want to see all of you.

"We are also bringing our friends in Northlane, Stray From The Path and Wage War." Tickets for all shows go on sale on July 17 at 10am GMT. See the dates here.

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Dream The Electric Sleep Release 'Let The Flood Light In' Video

(Prog) Dream The Electric Sleep have released a video for their track Let The Flood Light In. It's lifted from the US outfit's third album Beneath The Dark Wide Sky, which is out on July 22 via Mutiny Records.

It was produced by Nick Raskulinecz, and guitarrist and vocalist Matt Page praised the music veteran for his work behind the desk on the follow-up to 2014's Heretics.

He said: "We decided we needed help realising the vision we had for the new album. The songs were different enough from our earlier material that we felt they needed a new treatment and a fresh set of ears to help pull out the strengths and tighten up the ambiguities of each song.

"We contacted several producers we wanted to work with, and sent them the demos. We were thrilled to learn Nick Raskulinecz was interested in working with us. We went to Nashville to meet him and jam at Rock Falcon Studio and had a blast. There was a real chemistry between all of us and we knew we'd found our guy." Watch the video here.

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Blues Pills Talk New 'Lady In Gold' Album In Online Video

(The Blues) Blues Pills have released a trailer for their upcoming album Lady In Gold. The follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut will launch on August 5 via Nuclear Blast.

Singer Elin Larsson said of the album title: "Lady Gold is a character who symbolises death. We wanted a twist on the typical stereotype of death being the grim reaper. So instead we made her a lady in gold."

Last month, the band revealed the cover art for the record and announced a UK and Ireland tour, which gets under way in November. Prior to those shows, Blues Pills have a number of European dates scheduled, kicking off in Norway on June 23. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

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Alien Ant Farm Announce Tour Of UK And Ireland

(TeamRock Radio) Alien Ant Farm have announced a UK and Ireland tour for later this year. The band played at last weekend's Download festival, with the band's Dryden Mitchell telling TeamRock they'd perform 2001 album Anthology in full to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Now the band has confirmed the tour dates for the trek, which will take place in October and November, with (Hed) p.e, Sumo Cyco and Kaleido in support.

Mitchell said: "October, we will be back in the UK. It's 15 years of Anthology so we're gonna come back and probably do Anthology back-to-back."

AAF released their fifth album Always And Forever last year and head out on the road across the US later this month. See the dates here.

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Donald Glover Joins 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Cast

(Radio.com) Donald Glover may be joining the cast of the upcoming Spider-Man franchise reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming. The movie will venture back to Peter Parker's high school days.

The film has already cast Tom Holland as Parker/Spider-Man, Zendaya as the female lead, Michael Keaton as the villain, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, according to The Hollywood Reporter. What role Glover will possibly play is being kept under wraps for the moment.

Glover's potential involvement means a big win for fans who have long wishes to see him included in the franchise. For 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man, Glover's fans began a campaign to cast him as the famous nice guy superhero. The part would eventually go to Andrew Garfield. Read more here.

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Modern Family's Ed O'Neill Didn't Recognize Britney Spears

(Radio.com) From Married with Children to Modern Family, Ed O'Neill has rubbed elbows with some of Hollywood's finest stars--but that doesn't make him good with names and faces.

Last year, Britney Spears shared a photo with the actor at an airport and could barely contain her excitement. As it turns out, O'Neill had no idea who Spears was--Britney who?

The actor told Ellen Degeneres how it happened: 'She came up and said, 'Oh, Mr. O'Neill, I love Modern Family and you're my favorite on the show!' And I go, well, I'm here, I'm the only one here you know'" he said. '[She goes] 'could you please, and I know you're in a hurry' -- couldn't have been nicer. And I said sure, fine. You know, okay."

The next day, O'Neill's manager texted him to say his photo with Spears had gone viral. The comedy veteran had no idea that any such photo with the pop superstar had been taken. 'No, I didn't know it was her! I mean, look at the look on my face! Do I look like I'm sitting with Britney Spears?" Check it out here.

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