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Day in Pop Report for 03/07/2016


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Bobbi Kristina Autopsy Ordered Unsealed By Judge

(Radio.com) Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk granted a motion filed by media organizations to unseal the autopsy report for Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Media lawyers argued the September sealing order violated the state and federal constitutions and court rules because there was no public notification or opportunity for a hearing. The state argued the law exempts records sealed by court order.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in a statement he believes the records should remain sealed but that he will follow the instructions of the court. Read more here.

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Dada Life Release Video For Lzzy Hale Collaboration

Swedish duo Dada Life have released a new music video for the song "Tic, Tic, Tic" which is their new collaboration track with Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale.

The duo had the following to say about the collaboration featured in the new fight club-style video, "We're always looking for that specific feeling of happiness and rage at the same time in our music. We really want people to be smiling while they're hurting themselves. This time we think we really nailed it!"

Hale adds, "I am a fan of the strange--and Dada Life expresses themselves in a way that connects with my own 'weird. I want to thank them for having me on this track and letting me lend my rock n' roll swagger to their inspiring music! 'Tic, Tic, Tic' is eternally in my head and heart. Hope everyone enjoys!" Watch the video here.

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Pete Yorn Streaming Full New Album 'ArrangingTime' Online

Pete Yorn is giving fans an early listen to his new studio album "ArrangingTime" by offering a full album stream via Apple Music ahead of the official release on March 11th.

Yorn also announced that he will be making on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on March 7 and "CBS Saturday Morning" on March 19. His recent Apogee Session will air on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" on March 11. Stream the album here

He will be supporting the new album with a North American headline tour that will be kicking off on March 15 at New York City's Irving Plaza and will include performances at this year's Coachella festival on April 17 and 24. See the tour dates

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Escape The Fate Unplug For Justin Bieber's 'Love Yourself' Cover

(Radio.com) Las Vegas hard rock band Escape The Fate shed their wall of amplifiers for a single acoustic guitar and covered Justin Bieber's smash hit, "Love Yourself."

Singer Craig Mabbit strayed from the his signature growls and high notes for a decidedly gentler feel on this surprising cover. Meanwhile, the band is promoting their new (and much harder than the bieber cover) single "Alive" from their latest album Hate Me.

Escape The Fate is currently on tour through June, hitting festivals as well as their own headlining dates supported by New Years Day. Check out the unplugged cover here.

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Jake Owen Streams New Song 'American Country Love Song'

(Radio.com) Jake Owen has released a new song titled "American Country Love Song." The song "has the feeling of freedom and being young and adventurous," Owen says.

"It is a broad-spectrum glance in a three-minute song that describes a couple of kids living that American country love song, It's also a much larger celebration of the love story that is America itself, from cowboys and cowgirls to cheerleaders and quarterbacks in small towns and big cities."

'My goal at this point in my life is to promote positivity and love," he continues. "When I stop in a town and visit with people, they will realize that I am not just talking the talk, but I am walking the walk. We all need more positivity in our lives. I'm ready to bring it." Stream the song here.

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Miguel and Kacey Musgraves Preview 'Waves' Video

(Radio.com) Miguel has released a minute-long tease for his new "Waves" video featuring country star Kacey Musgraves. Musgraves revealed the video when she tweeted a private YouTube link.

Shot largely in black and white, the video begins with the sultry singer rolling down what appears to be California's Pacific Coast Highway in an old convertible and later finds him getting very up-close-and-personal with the female country star.

"Waves" featuring Kacey Musgraves is one of five alternate versions of the song found on Miguel's Rogue Waves EP. Earlier this week Miguel release a full video for the track remixed by Alt Rock favorites, Tame Impala. Watch that video and the "Waves" teaser here.

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Lights Announces Acoustic Album and Live Dates

Lights has announced a new acoustic album "Midnight Machines" and will be promoting the release by staging unplugged performances in select North American cities this spring.

The new album will be released April 8th. The six track effort features two new songs "Follow You Down" and "Head Cold" as well as unplugged performances of tracks from her third studio album "Little Machines".

"Midnight Machines is more than just an acoustic record, it's a complete reinvention of some of the songs from Little Machines," said Lights. "I worked with a string section and my band to create this ultra vibey, late night version. Making the video for Meteorites was almost as interesting to work on because I had to learn the song backwards and sped up to create the slow surreality of the shots."

Light's acoustic North American mini-tour will kick off on May 3rd in Toronto and will include performances in New York City, Los Angeles and Vancouver. See the tour dates and the album's tracklisting here.

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Twiztid Release Mutant: Remixed & Remastered

(Adrenaline) Rap duo Twiztid announced the acquisition of their 2005 hard rock crossover album Mutant from Psychopathic Records. TWIZTID, with the help of producers Michael "Seven" Summers and Michael Rideout, re-imagined and refreshed the tracks - giving them new life. The end result, Mutant: Remixed & Remastered was released via Majik Ninja Entertainment.

The original release of Mutant marked the duo's first serious venture into hard rock music and instantly became a catalog classic. Twiztid is back with hard rock vibes just in time for their upcoming Juggalo Invasion Tour, which will feature full backing band The Wickedness on all U.S. dates.

The band features Rocky Sobon of VentanA on guitar, Davey Suicide/Static-X drummer Drayven Davidson and keyboardist Tiffany Lowe, who has formerly performed with Combichrist.

The tour will feature support from Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox, Lex The Hex Master, Davey Suicide (U.S. only) and special guest Trilogy. See the tour dates here.

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Bob Hillman Announces Peter Case Produced Comeback Album

(Sub) Bob Hillman has announced a March 25th released date for his new album "Lost Soul." "Big Sur" is the first single and will be promoted to Triple A radio beginning next month.

The lauded San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and guitarist is back after a ten year break with a Peter Case-produced album which features special guest Joseph Arthur.

Bob Hillman will perform throughout the U.S. beginning on March 24th in Omaha with special showcases in Los Angeles (4/14), NYC (5/2) and San Francisco (TBA). See the confirmed dates and the tracklisting here.

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Kris Allen Comes Back From Accident With New Album and Tour

(BWR) American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen has announced that he will be releasing his new album "Letting You In" on March 18th and will be launching a North American headline tour at the end of the month.

Allen will be kicking off the North American headline tour on March 31st at the Workplay Theatre in Birmingham, AL. We were sent the following details about the new album and the path Allen had to travel to make it a reality:

The new album was recorded in Nashville with producers Konrad Snyder (Mat Kearney, Owl City), Ian Fitchuk (James Bay) and Grammy winner Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman).

On New Year's Day in 2013, he and his then-pregnant wife Katy were in a head-on collision that left the singer/songwriter/guitarist with a career-threatening shattered wrist. In the two years that followed, he underwent three surgeries, recorded his third album, and toured relentlessly-including a two-month-long stint that started just one week after his accident. He ultimately retreated from the whirlwind and immersed himself in a songwriting spell that yielded more than 70 new tracks.

"I felt like I needed to sift through my life and try to figure out what really I wanted to say on this album," he says. "I'm really proud of this record and excited for the fans to hear it! I think they're really going to love it."

In the aftermath of his accident, Allen devoted himself to relearning guitar, adjusting his technique to adapt to the lack of movement in his wrist. "At first I thought I'd never be able to play again," he recalls. "But once I got my cast off, I spent more time playing than I ever had in my life. Through all that I realized that I shouldn't take my craft for granted, so I really focused on developing it and becoming even stronger as a guitar player than I ever was before."

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Carrie Underwood Defends Friend From Internet Bully

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood will not stand for trolls on the internet. Recently, Underwood's friend and trainer Erin Oprea was getting in a workout during her son's soccer game when a man took her picture and posted it on the web, saying her actions "screams she wants attention."

Oprea, responded by reposting the post with the caption "don't let others bully you!" That's when Underwood stepped in. "That man obviously has a big problemwith himself," Underwood posted. "I only hope he can learn to like himself someday so he can be an adult and stop bullying others for bettering themselves!"

Oprea considers the man's attitude to be indicative of a large problem, writing on her blog, "This is exactly why many people don't embrace an active lifestyle in ordinary situations: They are worried that they willdraw attention and, even worse, ridicule. Keeping yourself active and healthy in any way you can should be cheered and admired! I would love to see the day when there are more people running laps around the soccer field than there are people just sitting and watching I don't want the choice to be made for them because of bullies." See the post here.

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John Anderson Announces TV Appearances

(Webster) Country star John Anderson will sit down with Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame DJ Keith Bilbrey and in-depth interview for an upcoming episode of the hit TV show "Reflections."

Reflections airs on The Heartland Network Thursdays 8/7c (6 p.m. CST on WSMV 4.2 in Nashville) and Saturdays 4/3c. Viewers can also tune in to Blue Highways TV, Sky Angel Two, The Family Channel and AMG TV to watch. Check your local listings for channels and airtimes.

The "Swingin'" hit-maker will also appear on RFD-TV March 5 for a very special episode of "Larry's Country Diner." This must-see episode features Anderson performing songs from his latest album, Goldmine, while also catching up with host Larry Black. Owned and produced by Gabriel Communications, "Larry's Country Diner" is one of the top-rated programs airing on the RFD-TV network, which is No. 9 among all cable networks in growth since 2011. More than 1.6 million viewers tune in every month.

After recently celebrating the 35th anniversary of his debut album, Anderson's traditional country sound resonates throughout his latest CD, Goldmine. Listed as one of Rolling Stone's "40 Best Country Albums of 2015," Anderson was also dubbed "The Torch Bearer" for traditional country music by NASH Country Weekly. Make no mistake about it, Anderson is out to prove to fans all across North America that traditional country music is alive and well. With nearly all of his shows in 2015 being sold out, he may be right after all. See the tour date here.

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Blake Shelton Exhibit Coming To Country Music Hall of Fame

(Radio.com) Blake Shelton will be the focus of a special exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame that opens on May 27th. Titled "Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story," the exhibit will feature artifacts from Shelton's career.

The museum, located in Nashville, has a tradition of featuring country artists still relatively young in the industry. It currently features exhibits on Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley.

The exhibit promises a career-spanning look at Shelton, starting with his move from Oklahoma to Nashville when he was a teenager, through his country music debut and now his time as a coach on NBC's The Voice. Read Blake's comments about the exhibit here.

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Singled Out: Tameca Jones' 'Hot and Bothered'

Soulful Austin songstress Tameca Jones is turning heads with her powerful sound and we caught up with her to learn more about her single "Hot and Bothered". Here is the story:

'Hot and Bothered' came into this world as a Motown inspired drum and bass loop I found on Garageband one fine day. The loops made my head bob and booty shake, which is key for any song I create. At the time, I had a huge crush on a guy. I'm super shy, so I used this song to get my feelings out. I tried to think of smooth and clever compliments. "Give my regards to the woman that made ya." Man, that line is smooth as hell. If someone approached me with that line right there, my panties would drop.

This song pretty much wrote itself. I was just a conduit for the lustful spirit that flowed through me. The melody was super easy. I usually come up with the lyrics and melody at the same time. I'm not someone who can sing a bunch of "da da da di dums" over music and write lyrics later. It all comes together.

When I recorded the song, my producer, Josh Moore, wanted to get the most lustful vocal performance he could from me. He did so by printing out pictures of Lenny Kravitz and Chris Hemsworth and taping them to my microphone stand. He told me to imagine myself singing to them in a crowded club. Brilliant technique. Lenny and Chris are so damn fine. I could sing lustfully to them all day.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about Tameca right here!

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