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Daily Music News Report for 06/29/2016


Calvin Harris In Car Accident After Paparazzi Encounter

(Radio.com) Calvin Harris was involved in a minor vehicular accident in Los Angeles when his open car door collided with a wall, which was captured in a video that has been posted online.

In video from the incident, the Scottish DJ appeared to be making a speedy exit from a crowd of paparazzi when his still-ajar Range Rover door scraped a building. As he backed up, a photographer shouted "Who are you dating now?" Last month the hitmaker was hospitalized following a serious car accident.

On Monday, Harris wrote a mysterious tweet which makes more sense now that footage from the accident is available: "I got mad as hell at a paparazzi today," Harris tweeted. "I'm sorry, you did make me back into a wall but I know you're just doing your job and I apologise."

Watch the minor collision here.

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Lil Wayne Attacks Birdman's ESPN Appearance

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne took to social to media on Tuesday to attack his onetime mentor Birdman after Birdman appeared on the ESPN program called "Highly Questionable".

The appearance lead Wanye to tweet: "highly questionable is hiiiiiighly questionable today." Perhaps Wayne was referring to Baby's claim that he sleeps on a million dollars cash. "I still sleep on a million dollars cash," the mogul proclaimed. "That's just a fatuation for me in life. I do that and I'mma do that until I die."

Or perhaps he took issue with Birdman saying he let Wayne win at Madden. "I let him make sure he win anyway 'cause I wasn't trippin' like that. It didn't matter to me. I wanted him to win anyway [because] that's my son. You know how that go. You gotta let the little one win, sometimes, not all the time."

Lil Wayne and Birdman were reportedly in talks to settle the $51 million lawsuit Lil Wayne filed against Cash Money Records, but in recent weeks, negative comments by Wayne have made it clear that the parties are still at odds. Check out Wayne's tweet here.

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Blake Shelton Releases 'She's Got a Way With Words' Video

(Radio.com) Blake Shelton mourns an ex-flame who left him reeling in his new video for "She's Got a Way With Words," which appears on his new album If I'm Being Honest.

Shelton licks his wounds in the song. He hangs around with the boys throughout the video as a way to get over the woman who crushed him. In the opening scene, he sits around a poker table with several men wearing country outfits. As he sings about the ways his woman broke him, they all nod their heads appreciatively. They know exactly what he's saying as they've all been there before.

The video cuts back and forth to a performance set-up where Shelton and his band jam out in a barn-like setting, and later trade shots at a colorful pool hall. There's a strong Boys Club vibe about the whole affair (even while one band member is a woman) because of the song's subject matter. Check out the video here.

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Backstreet Boys Reveal Collaboration With Florida Georgia Line

(Radio.com) The Backstreet Boys have proven themselves more game for a reunion than members of rival boy band *NSYNC. The five vocalists will re-team once again for an unexpected country collaboration.

According to an Instagram posted by Nick Carter, BSB will record a new track with the men of Florida Georgia Line. Florida Georgia Line have spent several years testing the boundaries of pop music and country, so their collaboration with one of pop's most iconic groups makes perfect sense. Carter also promised a new Backstreet Boys album very soon.

"In the studio with my @backstreetboys recording a song for @flagaline new album," he wrote. "Also working on the new backstreet album as well. Get ready!!!" Read more here.

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Darius Rucker Released New Song 'If I Told You'

(Radio.com) Darius Rucker exposes his secrets in his new song "If I Told You," which he released on Tuesday (June 28). In the moving country ballad, Rucker lays out the truth about who he is and all the flaws he sees both in himself and in his life. He asks the person at the center of the song, "Could you love me anyway?"

The song opens with a drumbeat and piano keeping pace before Rucker's vocals enter the picture. With his trademark gravelly voice, he sings, "What if I told you about my little nothing town?/ The two-room house where I came from/ The man that I got my name from/ I don't even know where he is now."

"If I Told You" appears on Rucker's upcoming sixth country album, which follows closely behind his 2015 album Southern Style. If that seems like a quick turn around between projects, he doesn't intend to slow down anytime soon. In January, Rucker told The Boot, "I will take a break sometime, but not right now. I don't feel like it right now. I'm just having fun putting out records and touring, so it's working." Listen to the song here.

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The Strokes Release 'Threat Of Joy' Video

(Radio.com) Things get downright surreal in The Strokes' new music video for "Threat Of Joy" off their new EP Future, Present, Past. It marks the first time in five years the entire band has appeared in a music video together.

From the smiles that arise on their faces throughout the video, it seems they're having a grand time. Directed by Warren Fu, the video takes place largely on a movie soundstage where another music video is being shot. But something goes terribly awry when important footage goes missing and several characters step in to recover it. There's a mysterious agent, a group of greedy ne'er do wells in pig masks, a female spy and an intoxicating but wily seductress.

In the meantime, the studio substitutes the music video viewers would have seen with a performance by The Strokes. The band plays their song in back of the main soundstage while all around them things continue to unwind in mysterious and strange ways.

At times The Strokes are left alone to play their music but at other times they find themselves enmeshed in the drama around them. It's a colorful tale that harkens back to 1960s and 1970s film. Watch it here.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich On Band's Desire To Do Things Differently

(Classic Rock) Lars Ulrich thinks Metallica's desire to do things differently could be fuelled more by his upbringing in Denmark than by anger. He's proud of the fact that they've never done things by the book, and argues that the attitude is commonplace in the country of his birth.

Speaking on Swedish radio, Ulrich says: "A lot of people ask me about the presence of anger in my creative process. A lot of people that play rock grew up in broken homes, with problematic and rebellious relationships with their parents and their surroundings. I never had one of those.

"What fuelled me towards harder rock was the energy, the sense of belonging to something greater. Anger and hostility was never a driving force."

He adds that he's always had "a fairly easy relationship with being contrary" and continues: "I think a lot of Danish people are quite contrarian. If somebody says, 'Let's go left,' then Danish people will go, 'Let's go right.' Read more here.

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Faith No More's Billy Gould Reflects On Debut Album 'We Care A Lot'

(Classic Rock) Faith No More bassist Billy Gould says while he finds parts of their 1985 debut album We Care A Lot "embarrassing," it's still a record he's proud of making.

We Care A Lot hasn't been commercially available since 1996 but will be reissued on August 19 via Koolarrow Records, and features a remaster of the original album along with alternative mixes, demos and live cuts.

The band have been heavily involved in the reissue after Gould discovered the original master tapes in his basement. And the bassist reveals listening back to the record again reveals moments he had completely forgotten about.

He tells EonMusic: "I'm just really happy that we're putting it out ourselves the way we want it to be. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum wrote a bunch of liner notes that are awesome.

"It was a different world back then, and we were different people. We even had a different singer, and a different guitar player, and people don't realise that this band goes back a long way.

"I didn't even realise until I heard the music. It was like, 'Oh my god, I forgot we were like that too.' And you can even hear what we are now in that back then - the beginnings of it, so to me it's really interesting."

He says he finds some of the material "embarrassing," but adds: "We were really young when we did it, but there's some really cool stuff on there." Read more here.

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Tarja Turunen Enjoying Post Nightwish Freedom

(TeamRock Radio) Former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen says she couldn't be happier with the way her solo career has turned out. She was sacked from the symphonic metal outfit in 1996 and has gone on to release six albums - with her most recent work The Shadow Self set to launch on August 4.

And despite the shock of her exit from Nightwish a decade ago, Turunen says everything has worked out for the best. She tells Metal Hammer: "Everything is different nowadays. I have a career, I have my audience, and a life as an artist. I can also be free. It's unbelievable to be able to choose things, or choose how to do things, and with whom to work. That freedom is something I would never give away."

She admits she's not in contact with any of her former Nightwish bandmates, but says her and the group's current vocalist Floor Jansen are "long-term" friends. The pair performed a duet of Gary Moore classic Over The Hills And Far Away at Belgium's Metal Female Voices Festival in 2013 - and they've been close ever since. Read more here.

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Whitesnake's David Coverdale Respects His Bandmates Says Joel Hoekstra

(Classic Rock) Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra says frontman David Coverdale goes out of his way to be supportive of his bandmates. The former Night Ranger and Trans Siberian Orchestra axeman joined Whitesnake in 2014 and says he's enjoying working with Coverdale and fellow guitarist Reb Beach.

And he describes drummer Tommy Aldridge as "a living legend." Hoekstra says the band benefit from Coverdale's support and adds that he was touched when the singer name-checked him while being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year with Deep Purple.

Hoekstra tells Metal Rules: "David is great professionally and personally. He is very straightforward with what he wants with the band. On a personal level, I think he is really supportive of his players and loves to build us up. He even mentioned me by name during his Hall Of Fame induction, that's huge. It is very much appreciated as a guy who is still looking to make a name for himself.

"There are not many guys that can balance being a funny and witty guy then the next minute telling you stories about working with Jimmy Page or Ritchie Blackmore. I don't take it for granted, same goes with Tommy, no disrespect to anyone else but he is such a legend on the drums.

"I show these guys the proper level of respect and pick their brains to learn as much as I can from playing with them." Read more here.

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Avatar Frontman Mindful Of Impact On Fans' Lives

(TeamRock Radio) Avatar frontman Johannes Eckerstrom says he's happy the band's music can have a positive impact on people's lives - but he won't take the credit for it. Revealing that he's been told by some fans that Avatar's music saved their lives, Eckerstrom says that the real heroes are the people who have turned their lives around - and not the musicians who provide the soundtrack to their recovery.

Eckerstrom tells Metal Hammer: "I've received letters from people saying, 'Your music saved my life.' If you've been through something where staying alive became hard, then you are the survivor - you're the one who fought and lived to tell.

"I provided the soundtrack, but I don't want the credit. Maybe it's better to say that music provides people with catharsis - that it triggers a response that they interpret in their own way." Read more here.

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Soundgarden In The Middle Of Writing Songs Says Cornell

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell may be on a North American tour in support of his latest solo album, "Higher Truth" but he says that Soundgarden are continuing to work on material on the follow-up to 2012's "King Animal."

"Soundgarden is in the middle of writing songs," Cornell tells the Hartford Courant. "After this tour the songs will become real and we'll put an album out. There's much more to Soundgarden. I get to play with my band and I get to go solo. It's great for me."

The latest news follows word from the singer last fall that the Seattle rockers had regrouped for the project. "We're already working on new material for an album," said Cornell last August. "And then I've got several other irons in the fire and things going that I won't mention now. There's a lot of things coming in addition to 'Higher Truth', as well as a new Soundgarden album." Read more here.

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Anthrax's Joey Belladonna A Loner In The Studio

(Classic Rock) Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna has revealed that he prefers to record his vocal parts without the interference of his bandmates. The singer insists on being alone in the studio with producer Jay Ruston and sending his vocal takes to the band via email for approval, rather than having them around while he works.

Belladonna tells Metal Wani: "It's just me and Jay Ruston in the studio and it's awesome to be able to do a record that way. With nobody there, that's my favourite thing. No-one interjecting what I'm doing.

"Long ago I never even got to the next thing that I could have without having someone interfering. Sometimes that's a good thing, but a lot of the time it's tough.

"It was almost like getting beat down. Like, 'What do you want me to do? I've tried.' The producer's cool, me and him don't push each other to a point where it's frustrating. But the band, there was a lot of opinions around. It was a lot of hours and it was tough. It's not easy to sing over this stuff, it's very challenging." Read more here.

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Seal Does Surprise Duet With Street Performer

(Radio.com) A street performer in Canada got the surprise of a lifetime over the weekend. Jason Deeh Pitre was performing on a street corner in Montreal when Grammy Award winner Seal strolled by.

The "Kiss From a Rose" singer liked what he heard so much, he stayed for Pitre's entire set. And when Pitre began to sing "Stand By Me," Seal took over on the microphone while Pitre played guitar.

"Seal sat through my whole set," Pitre posted on Twitter after the encounter. "He's a huge hero of mine. It was an honor! Seal is a class act!" Check out the clip here.

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Fifth Harmony Members Create New Music With Kids

(Radio.com) Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello and Benny Blanco recently joined forces with six New York City kids to create music without conventional instruments as part of a workshop sponsored by OMG Everywhere.

By the end of the day the team produced the new song "Power In Me." In a nearly five-minute video, the kids are urged to use their imagination and a series of random objects, including a half-filled glass of water, tissue box, salt shakers, a vacuum cleaner, an empty water jug and a straw to create sound.

In addition, the Fifth Harmony members helped the kids write the lyrics for the song before they sang and rapped along at the studio. "No idea is a bad idea," Blanco advised during the session.

"We cried and we laughed and I thought that was beautiful," Cabello added. Watch the music creation take place here.

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Coldplay Pay Tribute To Fallen British Band Viola Beach

(Radio.com) This past weekend at England's massive Glastonbury Festival, Coldplay paid tribute to a fellow English band Viola Beach by covering their song "Boys That Sing."

The group, along with their manager, were killed in Stockholm in February when the van they were traveling in fell from bridge and crashed into the canal below.

Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin introduced the track by saying "We're going to create Viola Beach's alternative future for them and let them headline Glastonbury for a song."

The group's self titled album will be released tomorrow July 29th via Communion Records in the UK. Watch Coldplay's cover here.

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New Nas Track Featured In 'The Get Down' Trailer

(Radio.com) A new trailer for Baz Luhrmann's Netflix show The Get Down is here, and with it comes a new track from Nas. In April, Luhrmann discussed Nas' involvement in the series.

He shared a bit about a character who rises to fame in the hip-hop world. Luhrmann revealed how he leaned on Nas to help develop that personality and even some of the raps that make the character stand out.

"And so Nas has been this other huge creative force in the production. And it's been playing really, really successfully," he said, according to Entertainment Weekly. The Get Down will be available on Netflix August 12. Watch the new Nas-backed trailer here.

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NSYNC's Joey Fatone Launching Hot Dog Cart

(Radio.com) Joey Fatone has a new business venture: hot dogs. The *NSYNC singer is set to open Fat One's Hot Dogs and Italian Ice at the Florida Mall in Orlando this August.

"After years of working on television food shows, I'm excited to open this new venture which is a combination of who I am, where I'm from and where I've been," said Fatone in a statement.

"Launching Fat One's at The Florida Mall, where I roamed as a middle school kid, felt like a perfect fit for our first location." The Orlando Business Journal reports the menu will include the Boybander, which features five mini hot dogs. Read more here.

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