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Daily Music News Report for 06/20/2016


Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato Release 'Without A Fight' Video

(Radio.com) Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato have shared the music video for their collaborative track "Without A Fight." The clip illustrates the chemistry between the duet partners. Things get so hot ice melts, literally.

The song features a driving, strummy main rhythm and flashy guitar licks and addresses a feuding couple struggling to get along, but realizing that make up sex is not without its merits.

"Sometimes I think we hurt each other just because of where it'll lead/ Sometimes I think we're fighting just to be lovers and all so needlessly," the two sing together, voices harmonizing beautifully. Watch the video here.

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Calvin Harris 'This is What You Came For' Video Featuring Rihanna

(Radio.com) Calvin Harris has released a new music video for his current single "This is What You Came For," which is Harris' latest collaboration with pop star Rihanna.

The two artists worked together in the past on Rihanna's 2011 hit "We Found Love" and her 2012 single "Where Have You Been?" both of which were on her album Talk That Talk.

At this year's Coachella, Rihanna joined Harris onstage. The track is currently climbing the US charts and making a serious case for song of the summer. Watch the video here.

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Usher Releases Video For New Single 'Crash'

(Radio.com) Only one week after releasing his new single "Crash," Usher has followed it up with a music video showcasing the heartbreak and pain resonating throughout the song.

Dressed all in black against a black background, Usher performs an interpretive dance to the lyrics. Part ballet and part breakdance, his fluid movements come to stand for the pain he feels but can't quite articulate. This is one relationship that has moved him to tears. Literally.

The figure at the center of the song-the person he can't let go of-manifests in the form of a beautiful woman. At first she appears in person, but later she's relegated to videos that play behind Usher as he dances across stage. He's clearly haunted by his memories.

Usher and the video interact at key moments, screaming in anguish or coming close to touching but never breaking through the barrier that separates them. Read more here.

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Zac Brown Band Release Part Two Of Short Film 'Remedy' Triology

(Radio.com) As promised, Zac Brown Band released the second installment of their short film trilogy on Friday (June 17), which draws upon their music to tell a dramatic narrative between mother and daughter.

The second part picks up when the young daughter flees to the forest to escape her alcoholic mother. She spends a good deal of time crying at the base of a tree, recalling the time when her grandfather planted it with her and how it became her best friend (her words).

Of course, things have changed rather dramatically for the young daughter since that childhood memory. Still, it's unclear-besides her mother's rampant alcoholism-what has occurred to make everybody so horrendously miserable. After finding solace with her tree, the daughter returns home to resolve things with her mother. Read more and watch the clip here.

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Dierks Bentley, Cam, Randy Houser Cover The Eagles 'Take It Easy'

(Radio.com) A video of country music stars Dierks Bentley, Cam and Randy Houser covering the classic Eagles' hit song "Take It Easy," recently surfaced online.

The Somewhere on a Beach tour mates seem to be having a lot of fun, even if Cam flubs her line a bit. "Our goal with this whole tour is for y'all to come in, feel good, have a good time," Bentley says by way of introduction.

"All the worries and stress go away. We just want you guys to take it easy, and I think this song kind of sums it up." Check out the country trio's take on the classic tune here.

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Chase Bryant Streams New Song 'Room to Breathe'

(Radio.com) Chase Bryant will be releasing his debut studio album later this year, and on Friday (June 17th) he shared its first single "Room to Breathe."To mark the single's release, Bryant filmed a lyric video that finds him singing the song in black and white.

He sits on a plush couch with his bowtie undone while his date gets undressed in the background. He turns the song's title on its head and instead of begging for room to breathe, he wants nothing but to get closer. Bryant is willing to trade in his freedom to be with the girl who has swept him away.

"Girl, I've always been one of those guys/ Never want to be tied down/ Oh but girl you got me now/ I don't ever want to be independent, single, free/ Come on over here to me, never leave," he sings on the second verse.

The up-tempo country song contains a strong rock line running through its center, especially when Bryant performs a wailing guitar solo at the halfway point. Check out the new track here.

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Rick Ross Makes Controversial Claims On New Track 'Same Hoes'

(Radio.com) Rick Ross is dropping secrets in his new track "Same Hoes." According to Ross, he and Chris Brown, Yo Gotti, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, among many other rappers, athletes and actors, have all slept with the same women.

Ross released the single on SoundCloud Friday (June 17). Lyrically, there's not much to Ross' track except an extended list of all the wealthy, famous men who sleep with the same women because those women tend to be looking for wealthy, famous men.

In addition to the rappers and singers already mentioned, Ross names Ross Pusha T, T.I.P., Steve Harvey, Floyd Mayweather, Puff Daddy, Russell Simmons, Kevin Hart, David Beckham and Busta Rhymes. "Because rich n-- always f- the same hoes," Ross explains. The rapper doesn't clarify when, though. Since Harvey, Beckham and others are married with children. Ross could be rapping about mistresses or quick affairs, but it seems more likely he's referencing former flings before those men settled down. Or perhaps he's just illustrating his point that the same group of women tend to make their way around the entertainment game.

If it seems like that would eventually wear thin on a rapper, Ross isn't worried. "I ain't tripping, baby, this is how the game goes," he raps toward the end of the "Same Hoes." Listen to the track here.

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Peter Gabriel Tributes Murdered MP Jo Cox

(Prog) Peter Gabriel has paid tribute to tragic MP Jo Cox who was killed in her West Yorkshire constituency last week. Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed after holding a surgery in Birstall Thursday (June 16) and a 52-year-old man, named locally as Tommy Mair, has been arrested.

Former Genesis man and prog icon Gabriel met Cox two years ago before she became an MP and recalls her striking him as "a potential leader" who could inspire those she came into contact with.

Gabriel says: "We have been robbed of a potential leader, a wonderful mum and a soul that could both listen to and inspire those with whom she came into contact.

"I can't bear to think of her family and the terrible loss they now have to face." Read more here.

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Messenger Were Forced To Pull Out Of Stone Free Festival

(Prog) Messenger were forced to pull out of this past weekend's TeamRock-sponsored Stone Free festival. The two-day event took place in London on June 18 and 19, and the UK outfit were due to take to the stage on Sunday. But they've had to take a step back due to "unforeseen circumstances."

The band say in a statement: "We have had to pull out of the Stone Free festival at the O2 this weekend due to unforeseen circumstances. But don't worry, we have been replaced by the mighty Teeth Of The Sea - an absolutely brilliant band. Get there early, watch their set - you'll be blown away."

Teeth Of The Sea add: "Well, bimey - turns out TOTS are a last-minute addition to Stone Free Festival at the O2 on Sunday - on a bill headlined by none other than Rick Wakeman." Read more here.

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Reverend Shawn Amos Releases 'Joliet Bound' Video

(The Blues) The Reverend Shawn Amos has released a video for his version of Joliet Bound. It's taken from the blues producer turned performer's debut album The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, released last year, and follows the launch of a promo for You're Gonna Miss Me (When I Get Home).

Amos, a Grammy nominee, has stated he wants to help raise the profile of the genre he loves. He recently said: "We wanted to bring the blues to the pop culture conversation.

"I hope folks dig it and it moves them to dive deeper into this great American music." He's nearing the end of a run of North American dates. See the remaining dates and watch the new video here.

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Arin Ilejay Was Shocked And Scared Following Avenged Sevenfold Firing

(TeamRock Radio) Former Avenged Sevenfold drummer Arin Ilejay has recalled how his firing from the band via a phone call left him "shocked and scared." His dismissal was confirmed last year, although the move had been planned as early as 2014.

He was replaced by former Bad Brains man Brooks Wackerman. The band cited the need to "move in a different direction" as the reason for the split. Ilejay is now a member of Islander, who've just released a video for Darkness, the lead track from second album Power Under Control.

He tells Rolling Stone: "I was totally shocked and scared out of my mind when Synyster Gates called to let me go. I was like, 'Oh my God - my wife is about to have a baby. How am I going to support my family now?'"

He was offered the role with Islander soon after that band's frontman Mikey Carvajal heard he'd been fired. The drummer says: "I realized if I joined Islander I'd have an opportunity to help write songs and build something - instead of being on the inside, but at the same time really being on the outside, the way I was with Avenged." Read more and watch the video here.

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The Main Grains Release 'We're Happy Round Here' Video

(Classic Rock) The Main Grains have released a video for We're Happy Round Here. The band is the latest project from former Wildhearts and Yo-Yos bassist Danny McCormack, and also features John JJ Watt on rhythm guitar, Ben Marsden on lead guitar, and Ginna Rhodes on drums.

We're Happy Round Here. is taken from the Don't Believe Everything You Think mini-album - available now on TSB Records - and follows the release of their debut video Unscrewed, which came out last November. "It's a song about how blind people are in the face of adversity," say the band. "It evokes an honest, dirty, Punk 'n' Roll vibe that incorporates everything about The Main Grains".

The video for the song was filmed during this year's Camden Rocks Festival in London, and was filmed and edited by UK Director/Actor Mark Haldor, who has previously produced music videos for Ginger Wildheart and Hey! Hello!. Mark is currently finishing editing on his directorial debut feature film Crossing Over, a comedy he co-wrote and also stars in. Watch the video here.

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Biters Release 'The City Ain't The Same' Video

(Classic Rock) Biters have released a video for The City Ain't The Same, taken from from their Electric Blood album. The album, which featured in Classic Rock's and Metal Hammer's Album Of The Year lists in 2015, was released last summer.

"Somewhere between the homeless people begging for change in front of million dollar condos and the rush of the post modern ironic subculture movement lies the inspiration for this track," says Biters mainman Tuk Smith.

"I've seen a lot of people come and go but I still play rock'n'roll. Sometimes, even in my own city, I feel like a stranger in a strange land." Biters are currently in tour in the US. See the dates and watch the video here.

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Puppy Release 'Entombed' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Puppy have released a video for their new song "Entombed", which marks the first time they have actually appeared in their own video, but they're not alone. Playing in front of a giant green screen, the London alt-metallers douse themselves in high impact visuals - from monster trucks and American football games to explosions and crocodiles.

"Going into the project we were adamant that we needed to film ourselves playing the song at the summit of a volcano mid-eruption," drummer Billy Howard tells Metal Hammer. "However, given that we didn't really have much budget or time, green screen presented the only viable option. I think you'll agree the results are pretty seamless - it might surprise some viewers to find out we didn't actually visit any of the places featured in the video's backdrops; it's just clever camera work and editing tricks.

"In terms of how we sourced the background footage, we wanted stuff that was essentially kind of dumb and lo-fi, while still being gnarly and maybe a little dark. Home made martial arts videos, monster truck crashes and molten lava streams all feel like things a 10-year-old would find cool or scary, and this pre-pubescent fascination with gore and carnage is definitely something we're into. As band we try and strike a balance between writing serious and interesting songs that are still a fairly accurate cross-section of our influences. It's definitely important to us that we're honest in how we present ourselves; we're kind of dorks. However, we might try address this in our next video and go topless in leather trousers with bullet belts across our chests." Watch the video here.

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