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Day in Pop Report for 03/02/2016


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Luke Bryan Gives Back To Firefighters For Leap Day

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan partnered with Chevrolet to #DayItForward, a play on Leap Day that was meant to inspire fans to make the most of their extra 24 hours in 2016.

To show his commitment to the cause, a camera crew followed him to a fire station in Tennessee where he served lunch and gave the public servants a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

"We pick people who work hard to look after us, and we're gonna do something nice for them," said Bryan. "I've got lunch and I'm taking it to Fire Station #2 right here in Franklin, Tennessee. Some of the guys that work for this particular station saved somebody's life who was jogging just a few days ago, so with my extra 24 hours it was a no-brainer to come by and show these firefighters a little love and respect." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift's Maid Of Honor Speech Goes Online

(Radio.com) Last month, Taylor Swift made time in her busy schedule to be the maid of honor in her best friend's wedding in Reading, PA. Footage bride Britany Maack released from the reception shows Taylor raising a glass to love and enduring friendship.

"My favorite accomplishment of my entire life is that everything in my life has changed except for me and Britany," says Taylor during her reception speech.

"She was my partner in crime at Brownies sleepaway camp and she was my date to the Grammys. And little did either of us know that prince charming for Britany would be the kid that sat next to me in class with a bowl cut and a Lego lunchbox." Read more here.

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Adele Helps Woman Propose To Her Boyfriend Onstage

(Radio.com) If you're unaware of the old Irish folk tradition, February 29th marks the day of the year (for the years that have a leap day) that allows women to propose marriage. If a man refuses the woman's proposal, he has to pay her in the form of money or a gift.

As with most folklore, the details of the legend varies depending on who is telling the story, but in an extremely outdated nutshell, it's the one day of the year that women can propose to men.

According to Just Jared, Adele started chatting with the crowd at the SSE Arena in Belfast, North Ireland after the third song in her set, which is when she invited a lucky fan to propose to her boyfriend onstage. Read more here.

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Granger Smith Announces Across Merica Pledge of Allegiance Tour

(Radio.com) Granger Smith will embark on 2-day tour to of all 13 original colonies plus Washington, DC on March 6th and 7th. At each stop Smith will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

"I've always felt compelled to voice my love of this country," said Smith. " My granddad and so many countless others have fought for our freedom. That freedom allows us as Americans to pursue our dreams and I am proof they can come true.

I feel blessed to have a platform that may inspire others to remember what this nation was founded on. I hope folks will join me in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as a symbol of our thanks for those who defend our God-given rights."

Check out the full itinerary for The Granger Across Merica Pledge of Allegiance Tour here.

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Dierks Bentley Releases Humorous ACM Awards Promo Video

(Radio.com) Dierks Bentley will co-host the ACM Awards with Luke Bryan, and he's taking the gig seriously. In a humorous new promotional clip Bentley signs Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" in the shower, practices his envelope opening skills, and gives himself a pep talk.

Radio.com recently caught with Bentley who told us about working with his co-host Bryan. 'You know Luke, he just has this kind of 'pass,' I guess: he can just say whatever he wants to say, whenever he wants to say it, and for some reason it's always funny. I don't know why, but he's got that thing. Having him as a co-host is a huge help.

"He's done it before, so he's got some experience. We've got some stuff to work out, but at the same time we don't want it to be too fixed, we want it to be loose and fun and kind of represent the vibe of the ACMs in Las Vegas, which is a good time. So I think some of those screw ups can work in your favor as well."

The ACM Awards air live from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00pm ET on CBS. Watch the video here.

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Dance Moms Star Abby Lee Miller Opens Up On 'Rough' Fraud Case

(Extra) Despite her recent fraud charges, Abby Lee Miller enjoyed a night out at Elton John's Oscar viewing party on Sunday, where she opened up about her legal issues to "Extra."

The "Dance Moms" star admitted her fraud case has taken its toll on her. She was indicted on bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets, and false bankruptcy declarations in October. "It's rough. It's hard. My dad used to run my business and he did all the books and everything was great. It's your family, you trusted, ya know - they had your back. Every person I hired after that was just one thing after another and you hire attorneys, you hire accountants, you hire your people, who are professional maybe they all didn't do their jobs as well as they should have." She went on, "I have a firm belief that we are all just living out a script and whatever will be will be."

It has just been announced that "Dance Moms" will be returning. Lifetime ordering more episodes despite reports this would be the last season, but Miller isn't quite sure if she will be back or not, "I guess I'm going to have to be back, I don't know what's happening, we'll see." The businesswoman with many other projects in the works, including a new show in Australia.

Miller also confirming fan favorite, Maddie Ziegler and her sister Mackenzie, who have been on the show since it premiered six seasons ago, will not be returning, "I train kids, I've always done thatAnd they go on and they work professionally and my dreams are always bigger than their dreams, so I think this was bound to happen." Miller breaking news on Maddie's future, "I believe that Maddie will be either the new judge or the host of the 'So You Think You Can Dance Next Generation' show." She called her departure from "Dance Moms" bittersweet and said the dancers will continue to take classes with her."

She also said don't be surprised if some of the other girls don't return as well, "I think that maybe they need to learn how to treat their talent." Watch video here.

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Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Jake Owen Lead Gulf Coast Jam Lineup

(Radio.com) Now in its fourth year, the Gulf Coast Jam continues to offer audiences a taste of "country on the coast." Headlining the bill this year are Eric Church, Brad Paisley and Jake Owen.

Blending a mix of country and Southern rock artists, the festival takes place in Frank Brown Park, located in Panama City Beach, FL. Gulf Coast Jam takes place Sep. 2-4, 2016.

Other artists and bands slated to perform include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brett Eldredge, The Band Perry and Granger Smith. Talk about some fun in the sun. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Tuft's Stills

Casey Trela from Tuft tells us about their song "Stills," which is the first taste of music they have released from their forthcoming debut album "Look Look" (out on April 8th). Here is the story:

I grew up collecting stuff- none of which had much value outside of stories I infused into it. They were mine in a specific place and time, and carried the weight of whoever I was at that moment. When I drove out to Los Angeles, I left a lot of stuff behind, and felt the wonder of having all of my belongings in one place. It was freeing to know what I had, and what I needed, and to feel like I had a grasp on the difference between the two.

When I moved out to LA, I shared a house with 7 of my best friends for four years. Around the time TUFT started working on this album, my housemates and I each moved out to live in separate one-bedroom apartments and become adults. I went through the gathering-things-up-and-throwing-things-away process again. Before we left, we all carved our names into a secret spot in the house. I have done that every place I've lived. It eases my moving anxiety to know I have left my mark in a place.

I currently have 2,133 photos on my phone. I haven't asked anyone else, but I imagine it's a similar number for most people. I used to keep all my pictures in a little album that could physically only hold 32 pictures at a time. What am I going to do with these thousands of pictures? They mark a place in time where I was somewhere pretty, or with someone I loved, but I can't go back to that place in that moment ever again. I'm moving more completely into the carving mindset: make a mark, take comfort knowing that it's there, but never look at it again.

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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