Day in Pop Report for 03/01/2016

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Joey Feek Says Her Final Goodbyes

(Radio.com) Country star Joey Martin Feek has said her final goodbyes and closed her eyes. The country singer was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, shortly after their daughter Indiana was born with Down syndrome.

In a heartfelt blog entry Monday (Feb 29) titled One Last Kiss, Rory, Joey's husband and singing companion, passed along a message from their hospice nurse explaining that Joey will "most-likely only be with us for a few more days at the most."

"Over the last number of weeks her pain had gotten worse and her health had continued to decline rapidly," explains Rory. "And not long after Indy's birthday my wife decided that 'enough is enough'. She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so. She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It's time to go home."

"Joey gathered her family together around her and she said goodbye to each of them to her mother and father and her three sisters," explains Rory of the heart-wrenching moment. "There were lots of tears as she explained to each one how much she loved them and that she was going to be going home soon. That her time here was done and she was going to go to sleep soon. And then she asked me to bring our baby in. And so I set our little Indy on Joey's lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, "you be a big girl for your papa and that mama will be watching over you." And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her. One last kiss."

"A few more days In the 40 short years that Joey has lived, my bride has accomplished many great things she's lived a very full life," says Rory. "But even more than that, she has loved those around her greatly and been loved greatly in return. I can honestly say that Joey's isn't just a life well-lived, it's a life well-loved."

"God only gives each of us a certain amount of time to be on this earth and every day when we wake up, we get to decide how we are going to spend those precious minutes and hours," Rory professes. "There are no do-overs, no second-chances, no next-time-around's to get it right. Joey knew this and she has made each and every day count. One of the last things Joey said before she drifted into the deep sleep she's been in for a few days now is, "I have no regrets I can honestly say, that I have done everything I wanted to do and lived the life I always wanted to live." Read more here.

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Kylie Minogue Vs Kylie Jenner

(Radio.com) There might be trouble brewing with the name Kylie. Kylie Jenner has applied to trademark the name, Kylie, according to World Intellectual Property Review and Kylie Minogue is not pleased.

The US trademark application was received last August, but KDB, an Australian-based business representing Minogue, filed a notice of opposition to the application last week on February 22.

In the notice, KDB said Jenner is a "secondary reality television personality" who has received criticism from disability rights groups and African-American communities. They also said that there are existing trademark registrations for the term 'Kylie' that cover entertainment services and music recordings. She also owns the domain name, kylie.com. See Minogue's tweet here.

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Charlie Sheen Says He's Doing 'Not Bad For A Sick Guy'

(Extra) Sunday night, Charlie Sheen made a surprise appearance at Elton John's annual Oscars viewing party, where he spoke to "Extra's" Terri Seymour about his health. In November, Sheen revealed that he is HIV positive. When Terri asked how he was feeling, Charlie responded, "Not bad for a sick guy. I feel great."

The 50-year-old was on hand to support the cause with the proceeds from the party benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Though he had been invited for years, it was his first time attending. "If I don't show up, then who the hell would?"

Sheen attended wearing a shirt with his face emblazoned on it along with the words, "Stay positively negative," a message urging people to avoid HIV. He admitted that he felt weird sporting a tee of himself. "The T-shirt is for sale on Represent.com, and a lot of the proceeds go to the pediatrics AIDS fund and Elton's foundation." He joked, "I'm contributing with T-shirts - it's come down to that."

In all seriousness, Sheen is humbled by all the good wishes he has received since going public with his diagnosis. "They talked about the Charlie Sheen effect; it felt heroic, it felt progressive, it felt like there's a real dialogue now."

He added, "It's nothing but love. It's all good." Watch video here.

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Fifth Harmony's TV Debut Of 'Work From Home' Goes Online

(Radio.com) Fifth Harmony debuted their brand new single "Work From Home" with an unforgettable performance on "LIVE with Kelly and Michael's" fifth annual "After Oscar Show."

In addition, singer-songwriter Andy Grammer and the professional dancers of "Dancing with the Stars" kicked off the show with a stellar opening number.

Both performances have been posted online for fans that missed the broadcast. Watch the Fifth Harmony performance here and the Andy Grammer opening number here.

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Chris Stapleton Takes On Mental Illness In 'Fire Away' Video

(Radio.com) Chris Stapleton aims to bring attention to mental health with his new video for the song "Fire Away," off his album Traveller. Starring Ben Foster and Margarita Levieva as a young married couple, the music video oscillates between nostalgic and more disturbing memories largely because Levieva's character struggles with mental illness. Eventually things become too much for Foster to handle alone (via The Boot).

While the video focuses primarily on Foster and Levieva's story, Stapleton makes a brief appearance as the bartender who serves Foster shot after shot while he sits thinking back on his relationship.

Foster's memories start off on a positive note, including the time he and his wife purchased and renovated a home together, but eventually things take a dark turn when his wife's mental illness surfaces in greater ways. Read more here.

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Kelly Clarkson Releasing 'Piece By Piece' Remix Album

(Radio.com) Kelly Clarkson's emotional performance of "Piece By Piece" on American Idol got people's attention. Following her performance, the track went straight to #1 on iTunes Top Songs Chart.

Now that version of the song will be available as part of a deluxe edition of her album of the same title. The 10-track album will feature remixes as well as a live recording of "Tightrope" from her 2015 Piece By Piece Tour.

The new version of Piece By Piece is set to be released this Friday, March 4th. Check out the full track listing including remixers here.

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Old Dominion Recruit Leticia Bufoni For 'Snapback' Video

(Radio.com) Old Dominion go skater in their new music video for the track "Snapback" which stars Leticia Bufoni. The clip, which was directed by Steve Jawn, sets the band smack dab in the middle of the skater lifestyle with the main performance taking place in a skate park and an empty swimming pool.

The lyrics follow around the sunny Southern California footage as the band moves from the park to party. One skater girl in particular stands out throughout the entire video, as we come back to her during the descriptive chorus.

This young female skateboarder is none other than Bufoni, a 22 year-old Brazilian professional skater, who now calls Newport Beach, California home.

Watch to the end to see which Old Dominion member tries his hand at skateboarding. Stream the video here.

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Rachael Sage Announces New Album 'Choreographic'

(SBG) Rachael Sage has announced the release of her new album, "Choreographic", due May 20, featuring 12 brand-new tracks. Sage co-produced the album with Grammy winner Andy Zulla with engineering by Grammy nominee John Shyloski.

Fresh off the heels of her 13th song placement on Lifetime TV's Dance Moms, Sage's music has reached an ever-widening audience since her previous release "Blue Roses", amassing over 9.5 million views on YouTube.

Sage has announced that she will embark on a national tour with the official kick-off on March 18th at her 10th annual MPressFest party at SXSW with dates that run until June. See the tour date here.

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DJ Khaled Inks With Roc Nation Management

(Radio.com) DJ Khaled is receiving blessings upon blessings. After partnering with Apple music, the Miami heavyweight announced he joined the Roc Nation Management roster. The DJ/producer and social media wizard took to his Instagram to reveal the news.

Khaled wrote in a post, "Meet my manager. His name is Jay Z. Jigga. Hov!!! Special cloth alert! The blessings coming in have been overwhelming. So much blessings I needed the right team to help me embrace it right. And when I say embrace I mean brand partnership. When two special cloth brands come together history gets made."

"I'd like to thank fan luv for walking with me thru the journey of more success. They don't want us to win!!!! So what we gonna do is win more," he continued. "When I say we, I'm talking fan luv! I'm talking my brother Lenny S! Always seen my vision!! I'm talking Chaka!! I'm talking JIGGA NATION!!!!! I'm up to something. I will never stop!!! I will not lose JIGGA VOICE!!! Ride with me thru the journey of more success. God is the greatest! Bless up." Check out the Instagram post here.

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Lady Gaga Thanks Fiance Taylor Kinney in Online Post

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga's performance of her Oscar nominated song "Til It Happens To You" (co-written with Diane Warren) continues to draw praise for how it powerfully championed survivors of sexual assault. A survivor herself, Lady Gaga took a moment amid all of the Oscar buzz to thank her fianc Taylor Kinney for his support.

Lady Gaga posted a photo to her Instagram account on Sunday night (February 28th). In the muted image, she and Kinney are framed kissing in the center.

She wrote in the caption, "I never thought anyone would ever love me because I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser. But he loves the survivor in me. He's stood by me all night proud and unashamedly. THATS a real man." See the photo here.

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Pete Yorn Streams New Song and Announces TV Appearances

(Capitol) Pete Yorn will launch his new album, ArrangingTime, with performances on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on March 7 and "CBS Saturday Morning" on March 19.

He recently debuted songs from ArrangingTime at an intimate Apogee Session, which will air on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" on March 11 - the day of the album's release.

Today, Yorn gave fans another taste of the album, releasing the song "I'm Not The One." The track can be heard on Spotify and VEVO, which you can check out here.

Yorn will kick off a North American headline tour in support of ArrangingTime on March 15 with a show at New York City's Irving Plaza. The run will wrap up with performances at Coachella on April 17 and 24. See the tour dates here.

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Zedd and Aloe Blacc Reinterpret Sammy Davis Jr.'s Candy Man

(PR) Zedd and Aloe Blacc have teamed up to create a brand-new song entitled "Candyman" - a modern reinterpretation of Sammy Davis Jr.'s 1972 classic "The Candy Man."

The song, which was written by Zedd and Aloe Blacc (who performs the vocals) and produced and mixed by Zedd, is available for purchase and streaming via all digital partners today. A video, directed by members of the Swedish directing collective StyleWar and featuring both Zedd and Aloe Blacc, premieres on Vevo today.

The video will debut on primetime television in a commercial spot on Monday, February 29th, during the season premiere of The Voice on NBC. You can watch it online here.

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David Bowie's Son Tweets Praise for Lorde's Tribute

(Radio.com) Duncan Jones, son of the late David Bowie, had some withering words for Lady Gaga following her Grammy tribute to his father but a tribute at another awards show has won his praise.

When Lorde took to the stage at this week's Brit Awards, all eyes were on the Bowie estate's toughest critic: Would he take aim, or would her more subdued tribute make the grade?

"Finally found the links to tonight's Brits. Just beautiful. Thank you," he tweeted shortly after the show. Lorde's version of "Life on Mars?" skipped theatrics in favor of an instrumental Bowie medley and montage, placing the late icon squarely at the heart of the proceedings. Read more here.

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Sarah Darling Featured On Phil Vassar's Latest Songs from the Cellar

(Webster) Phil Vassar is back with an all-new episode of "Songs from the Cellar" as the award-winning singer/songwriter opens the doors to his personal cellar to showcase wine and spirits, share unforgettable stories and collaborate with special guests, including Sarah Darling who's featured in the latest episode.

Darling is a talented singer-songwriter who has played numerous times at the Opry and has had recent radio success with songs such as "Home to Me," and "Little Umbrellas."

In the first of a two-part episode, Vassar sampled Darling's irresistible macaroons, paired with a 2011 St Urban-Hof Splatise Riesling before they collaborated on her new tune titled, "Cowboy Ride," featured on Darling's upcoming album. The second part will be released in the coming weeks.

Future episodes will incorporate artists, songwriters and wine connoisseurs as featured "Songs from the Cellar" guests. Each episode will intertwine storytelling and music with wine and food pairings. The wine, beer, bourbons and other cocktail favorites featured during the shows are inspired by the guests themselves.

"We have so much fun filming Songs from the Cellar", says Vassar. "It's really special to sit down and chat with some of the best artists in the industry and hear their stories. It also doesn't hurt you get to drink some wine while doing it!" Watch it here.

Vassar plans to incorporate several wineries and vineyards in his 2016 American Soul tour, as well as multiple wine-themed events. See hit tour dates here.

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DJ Snake, Tchami, Mercer, Malaa Announce U.S. Tour

(Interscope) DJ Snake will hit the road with his fellow Parisian producers Tchami, Mercer, and newcomer Malaa for a U.S. tour in April. The "Pardon My French" Tour will visit San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. The exciting quadruple bill is a "who's who" of French house music, with DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer creating some of the biggest hits in dance music over the past few years either on their own or together.

In October, DJ Snake (AKA William Grigahcine) released his most recent single, "Middle" (featuring Bipolar Sunshine), which is the first track released from his upcoming debut album, due from Interscope Records this year. "Middle" hit No. 8 on the US Shazam chart and is climbing the Top 40 and Rhythm charts. It has racked up over 50 million Spotify streams worldwide.

Last summer, DJ Snake scored three simultaneous hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Get Low," the double platinum-certified "Lean On," which hit No. 1 on the Top 40 chart and became the newly crowned most streamed song of all time on Spotify, and the double platinum-certified "You Know You Like It" with AlunaGeorge, which was the most Shazamed song in the U.S. for five straight weeks last summer. See the tour dates here.

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Foy Vance Announces New Album 'The Wild Swan'

(Atlantic) Foy Vance has announced details of his debut album for Gingerbread Man Records, the label launched by Ed Sheeran last year. "The Wild Swan" arrives on May 13th via Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra.

The album was recorded in Nashville with Grammy award winning producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, James Bay, Kings Of Leon), and "executive produced" by Elton John, who had the following to say, "I feel so privileged to a part of this remarkable artist's first album on Gingerbread Man Records. He is an extraordinary writer and singer."

Ed Sheeran adds: "I'm so happy to be releasing Foy's album on Gingerbread Man Records. I've been such a huge fan since the first time I saw him live...I'm constantly blown away with how talented he is. The Wild Swan is an amazing album and I can't wait for everyone to hear it."

"The Wild Swan" is available for pre-order now, with all sales accompanied by an instant grat download of "She Burns," which made its worldwide debut last night on influential DJ Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show. The track is also now available at all digital retailers and streaming services. Stream it online here.

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