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Day in Pop Report for 03/05/2016


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Joey Martin Feek Of Joey+Rory Dead At 40

Sad news to report from the country music world today: Joey Martin Feek, of the husband and wife duo Joey+Rory, has died after a nearly two year battle with cancer. She was 40-years-old.

Her husband and bandmate Rory shared the sad news via their This Life I Live blog. He wrote fans, "My wife's greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven.

"The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior.

"At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side.

"As I held her hand and kissed her goodbye one last time I was reminded of another dream of hers that came true. A few months ago through gracious help of Kathy Olen, a friend of ours in Nashville, and many others I had been sent a short video that Dolly Parton had made for Joey.

"From the time she was four years old, Joey had been singing Dolly's songs and dreamed of one day meeting her. Coat of Many Colors was a regular part of our show and at home she loved to put on Dolly and listen to 'Hello God', 'When I Sing For Him', 'Me and Little Andy' and many others. She never got the chance to meet her in person and had no idea that Dolly even knew who she was. But that changed one Friday evening this past November.

"Joey's family, Russdriver and I gathered around Joey's bedside to watch the movie 'Hope Floats' (one of the few movies Joey knew and loved) with her. But instead of pushing play on the DVD, I pushed play on the video I had received and we all watched Joey watch. It was the most beautiful moment I have ever been part of

"Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy. There have been too many beautiful moments to count or even begin to share in this blog. But I try.

"When a person has been through as much pain and struggle as Joey's been through, you just want it to be over. You want them to not have to hurt anymore, more that you want them to stay with you. And so, it makes the hard job of saying goodbye just a little easier.
After four-and-a-half months in Indiana, we will soon be back home in Tennessee. Me, and our little one, with our older daughters. It's hard for me to imagine being there without Joey, but at the same time it is where she wants us to be. It's where she will be She's gonna be in the mint growing beside our back deck, the sweet-corn frozen in our freezer and a million other places that her hand and heart has touched around our little farmhouse and community. Joey will still be with us. Everywhere.

"So if it's okay, I'm gonna close, wipe my tears and pack our bags to hit the road headed south.

"She's already got a head-start on me."

Visit the blog here.

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Kendrick Lamar Releases Surprise Album 'Untitled Unmastered'

(Radio.com) After hours of rumors circulating on social media that Kendrick Lamar would be surprise-releasing an album, the GRAMMY winning MC did in fact drop his latest effort. The 8-song album is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

The rumors began when, apparently, Spotify posted the album (perhaps by accident) called Untitled Unmastered. The album didn't have a release date and wasn't available for streaming.

about 10:45 pm ET, Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith tweeted "Yea King Kendrick returns 2nite," with a link to Instagram address that was dead; the tweet was soon deleted. Stream the album here.

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Madonna Announces Exclusive Intimate Fan Club Show

As Madonna's Australian fans await the return of the Material Girl to their country after a 23 year absence, the occasion will be further celebrated by the newly announced intimate club show - Madonna: Tears Of A Clown - an exclusive fan show that will fuse music, art and comedy at Melbourne's historic Forum Theatre on March 10.

Tickets for this intimate show will be available to Madonna's Icon fan club winners, and fans should stay tuned to Madonna.com for details on how to enter. DJ Mary Mac will be on hand to start off the party.

Madonna said, "I wanted to do something special for Australia because you have been so patient and waited so long - the "Tears of a Clown" show will make its debut on March 10th. Performance art, comedy, story telling and music of course! Especially for you my Rebel Heart fans down under!!"

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Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz Stream New Track 'Gotta Love'

(Radio.com) Today is the day that Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz release their ColleGrove project, and yesterday (March 3) the rappers premiered the track "Gotta Love" on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show.

From start to finish, the song has a slick feel. It begins with a soft beat and the sounds of a lighter being flicked three times, before a synth reminiscent of a classic 1980s horror movie quickly takes over. Both 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne are heavily auto-tuned throughout the track, even on their verses.

The pair previously premiered "Rolls Royce Weather Everyday" from the project on The Tonight Show back in mid-February. ColleGrove was released today, March 4th. Listen to "Gotta Love" here.

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Jadakiss Reveals Remix Of Justin Bieber's 'Sorry'

(Radio.com) Jadakiss has put his stamp on one of Justin Bieber's most recent hits. The Yonkers MC dropped a remix of "Sorry." The track also features Jadakiss associate Nino Man, who was also featured on Jada's remix of Jeremih's "Oui."

The D-Block general opens the song rapping about a woman who heads down to the Dominican Republic in order to get butt implants and lies about it when she comes back.

Nino Man brings the laughs when he asks to be forgiven for spending his girlfriend's whole tax refund. Once the pair of rappers spit their bars, Bieber comes in and the song rides out as we know it.

Justin Bieber met Jadakiss at L.A. hotspot 1OAK about three months ago and the pair hit it off. Jada posted a photo of them on Instagram with the caption, "WIT MY GUY @justinbieber. He's official." Check the song and photo here.

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The People Vs. OJ Simpson Vs. Adele Mashup

(Radio.com) On this week's episode of The People Vs. OJ Simpson, the prosecution pivoted on a phone call between Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) and Christopher Darden (Sterling K. Brown).

Over at The Late Late Show, James Corden saw shades of Adele in the late-night conversation, which began with the familiar words: "Hello?" and "It's me."

Like any good late night host, Corden put his staff to work laying audio from Adele's "Hello" over footage from the mega-hit installment of American Crime Story.

As Clark, Paulson continues, "We talked this afternoon. Are you comfortable with that? Are you happy?" seeming to lift words and ideas directly from the Adele track. Finally, the mash-up brings in the swelling chorus as Cuba Gooding Jr. (as OJ Simpson) is pictured in a jumpsuit--hello from the other side, indeed.

When in doubt, Corden should rely on Adele for comic inspiration--her installment of his "Carpool Karaoke" series broke late night streaming records and captivated fans as only Adele can. Check it out here.

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Brett Eldredge Covers Sinatra's 'Come Rain or Come Shine'

(Radio.com) Brett Eldredge shows off his debonair side in a new video where he covers Frank Sinatra's classic "Come Rain or Come Shine." Donning a tuxedo that gives the country crooner a slick polish, Eldredge shows off his polished vocal skills.

Performing the song at Skull's Rainbow Room in Nashville's Printer's Alley (via The Boot), Eldredge lends the standard a slight hint of country. But he displays a sure-throated voice and range, proving he's up to the task of covering Ol' Blue Eyes. A full backing band gives the song its standard sound, which nicely contrasts Eldredge's subtle country twangs.

This isn't the first time the country musician has covered Sinatra. He has a habit of turning to the legend when it comes to cover songs, and that may very well be because of what he listened to while growing up.

Speaking with People in 2014, his mom Robin Eldredge said about her son performing Sinatra covers at a Nashville benefit, "I'm absolutely thrilled to see him do this because he used to do this [style of music] when he was younger, but I haven't heard him do it in a long time." Check out the new video here.

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Fetty Wap Motivates Young Fan To Remove Prosthetic Eye

(Radio.com) New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap recently granted the wish of young Jayden Burgos, who lost an eye as an infant due to retinoblastoma, was motivated to stop wearing his prosthetic eye after seeing the "679" artist living without his.

The 11-year-old Burgos got a chance to meet his inspiration in Denver, CO. Fetty Wap invited Jayden backstage during a stop on his Monster Outbreak Energy Tour. While the meeting was a dream come true for young Jayden, it also tugged on Fetty Wap's heartstrings.

Fetty Wap spoke to PEOPLE Magazine about the meeting, "I'm happy I got to meet Jayden and his family. He is a really cool kid! It meant a lot to me personally to finally make his wish happen. It's definitely a day we'll both remember!" Read more here.

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Frightened Rabbit Release 'Get Out' Video

Frightened Rabbit has released a video for "Get Out". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Painting Of A Panic Attack" which will be released on April 8.

Scott Hutchison had the following to say about the new track, "Get Out is about an addiction to another person. You know, 'love is the drug' and all that good/bad stuff.

"You become unaware that you've pushed aside all other relationships to immerse yourself in another human. It's wonderful, yet terribly unhealthy." Watch the video, which was directed by Greg Davenport (Seafret, Lonely the Brave, Steve Mason), here.

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CeeLo Green Releases 'CeeLo's Joyride' Mobile Game

(Radio.com) CeeLo Green is jumping on the mobile game train. He'll join Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and other artists who are releasing, or have already released, their own apps. Called 'CeeLo's Joyride,' the game puts users behind the wheel and takes them through the "mean streets."

Starting in Atlanta, GA, players must navigate through 10 levels, each of which is designed to get them one step closer to helping CeeLo make his hometown performance. If they make it through all 10 level, players will unlock a brand new music video from the artist.

CeeLo has been working on the app for two years, according to the press release. 'I know for a fact that sometimes your dreams are only a joyride away, and this has been a guidepost for us throughout the creative process on CeeLo's Joyride," said CeeLo. Read more here.

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Country's Family Reunion Flashing Back To Classic Episodes

(Webster) Taped in 1997, 1998 and 1999, the popular "Country's Family Reunion" television series will be airing its very first shows for the first time on national television over the next six weeks on RFD-TV.

Tune in this March and April to see artists like Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown, Little Jimmy Dickens, Kitty Wells and many more share their favorite stories and perform as part of shows that were taped almost twenty years ago.

The idea behind the hit "Country's Family Reunion" series when it all started in 1997 was simple - ask the great people who shaped country music to get together and talk about their history, and maybe sing a few songs. Nearly 20 years later, Gabriel Communications celebrates more than a dozen projects, featuring hundreds of songs and never-before-heard stories from some of country music's original artists, which would have otherwise been lost forever.

The "'Country's Family Reunion' Collection Series" DVD box set (available here) features four different show compilations including "Country's Family Reunion Original," "Country's Family Reunion Celebration," "Country's Family Reunion Gospel," and "Stories From The Golden Age Of Country." See the air dates

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Brandy Clark Explains 'Girl Next Door'

(Radio.com) "The girl next door" is an American archetype. As the Urban Dictionary explains, she's shy, unassuming and nice: "Think of Renee Zellweger's character in Jerry Maguire."

Singer/songwriter Brandy Clark has written about this archetype in her new song, "Girl Next Door," based on the experience of one of her co-writers. "I wrote that with Jessie Jo Dillon and Shane McAnally, and that idea came from Jessie Jo. Jessie Jo is the epitome of cool; she's a little bit of a wild child, and she was dating this guy who loved that about her when he first met her, and then as time wore on, he wanted her to be a little bit more demure."

"And I said, 'Well, what do you think of that?' She's like, 'I wanna say, "Brother, you want the girl next door, go next door!"' And I said, 'Jessie, that's a song!'" Read more here.

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Khloe Kardashian Talks Her Lifestyle Change

(Extra) "Extra" was with Khloe Kardashian in New York Thursday as she kicked off Allergan's Live Chin Up Campaign. The reality star and talk show host looking as fit as ever, opening up about focusing on herself and her health.

"You know, it's funny my lifestyle change kind of happened I mean, very organically, I was really just stressed out, I needed an escape and I started going to the gym and as a byproduct, I started losing weight and it wasn't intentional cause I've always been told 'oh, you're fat,' and whatever and I was like, 'oh no, I'm big-boned,' or whatever we say to make ourselves feel better, and I just started losing weight and I loved...I really enjoyed what I started seeing so I was like, 'oh, okay let me take this a little seriously,' and I started getting a trainer and going to the gym."

Khloe, a big advocate of changing from within, and a big fan of working out with someone, especially big sis Kourtney, "I'm big into like my group buddy workoutsKourtney's never really worked out a lot, she's always just been really f****** blessed with this great body and I want to kill her...After her kid, she still was able to like bounce back and then with Rein she still had a great bodyshe was going through her tough time so I was like, let's work together, I don't know why I just did that because I'm so intense about my workouts and she keeps up with me, she's so good at it and I'm proud of her."

When she is not working out, Khloe is busy filming "Keeping Up With The Kardashias," which is heading into its twelfth season, she smiled, "We were not even supposed to have season two, they told us we were filler on the air, that person doesn't work for E! anymore." Her FYI show "Kocktials with Khloe" also taking off, "It's going fantastic. I'm so excited. I'm also blown away. I've never hosted my own talk show before and I didn't realize how much fun I would have."

The 31-year-old also giving "Extra" an update on how Lamar Odom is doing, " He's doing well, thank you, every day is a blessing and his recovery is nothing short than a miracle." Watch video here.

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Dr. Luke's Sister Upset Katy Perry Is Not Supporting Her Brother

(Radio.com) Dr. Luke's sister is speaking out on behalf of her brother. In an interview with The Daily Mail, Vezna Gottwald calls out female artists for not supporting her brother, specifically Katy Perry.

Dr. Luke produced many hits for Perry including "I Kissed A Girl," "Teenage Dream," "Last Fiday Night" and "Dark Horse." She has yet to comment publicly on the situation. "I've been thinking why doesn't Katy Perry stand up she is his friend?" she told the publication.

Gottwald was also critical of Taylor Swift's donation to Kesha. "Taylor Swift gave all this money, but it is such a shame that real women that have suffered and gone through that, don't get to see that money. She should have given it to a rape charity." Read more here.

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Reba McEntire Opens Up About Divorce

(Radio.com) Last summer, Reba McEntire announced her divorce from Narvel Blackstock after more than 25 years of marriage. The songstress recently opened up about her personal turmoil to CMT's Cody Alan in radio interview.

"The divorce was not my idea," she said. "I didn't want it in any shape, form or fashion It was really hard to make the adjustment when someone's not happy.

"I just want everybody to be happy in their lives because our lives are too short to be miserable. I just thought it was the best thing to take my marbles and go play somewhere else, is what Daddy used to always say." Read more here.

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Ariana Grande Explains 'Dangerous Woman' Album Title Change

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande pulled a last-minute switcheroo on her album title, and hosted a live chat with fans to provide more intel about the record's release and composition.

The first track, she said, will debut on March 11 as a digital single with a performance of two new songs on Saturday Night Live the next night. Fielding a question about how the title change happened, Grande said it was her most potent option:

"'Moonlight' is a lovely song and it's a lovely title. It's really romantic, and it definitely ties together the old music and the new music," Grande said. "But 'Dangerous Woman' is a lot stronger."

"I want to be empowering my fans," she added. "I feel like my personal growth is reflected in the sound. I'm really proud of it." Read more here.

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Meghan Trainor Battled Body Image Doubts

(Radio.com) Meghan Trainor knew she was destined for musical success, but growing up she didn't feel like she had the body for it. In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood airing Sunday, March 6th, Trainor opens up about hating her body when she was younger, and how she has since learned to be more confident.

Speaking with Tracy Smith, Trainor admits how she used hide her figure underneath baggy clothing. 'I - every day - wore sweatshirts and sweatpants to cover up my body because I was so insecure," she says. 'And it would be summer. And I would go on vacation and I'd be in Trinidad and Tobago, 90-degree weather, and I'd be wearing sweatshirts that said 'Nantucket.'"

She adds, 'I didn't want to show my arms. I didn't want to show anything, and I was just so insecure and uncomfortable, and I thought, like, 'All right, if I'm fully covered, I'm good. And that's not what I should have been feeling." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Army of the Universe's The Magic

Army of the Universe recently released their "The Magic (Deluxe)" EP and to celebrate we asked Treba to tells us about the title track for the effort. Here is the story:

This song was not meant to be this song. It was a whole direct thing, but after a computer crash we lost some of the original files; it was too painful to rebuild it. It was meant to be called "The Last One," in fact this track should have been the last track to record for our second album The Hipster Sacrifice back in 2013. We were listening to the remaining files and this particular lyric part caught our attention. We decided to drop the original idea, not to include the song in the album and we agreed on reworking the mix around this catchy vocal.

We loaded a new session and Trebla cut some of the original guitars to make a brand new riff, the one the song starts with. The riff was the game changer. We finally had a big fat guitar which we could combine with our typical heavy electro drums and a touch of analog.

Here we go The idea was there, printed. We just needed to blend the old parts in it and it fell like working on a remix, which is a little weird. But that was the final approach. We took that way, we called our friend and co-producer Gosteffects in New York and simply told him: "John, the track is there but we are still missing some kick-ass sound design element to make it real. Keep this arrangement but treat it as a remix". John knew exactly what to do. One week later the track we received the first mix and that was basically it.

Some more facelift and we knew we had our single. We needed one in order to warm up for our new album which will come later on 2016. "The Magic" has its own video (watch it here) and a great remix by EDM superstar producer Deorro (here).

Learn more about the group right here!

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