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Day in Pop Report for 03/10/2016


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Glen Campbell Has Lost the Ability to Speak

(Radio.com) Glen Campbell's wife, Kim, has given an update on her husband's condition. Kim told WTSP-TV in Tampa, Fla., that her husband has entered final stage of Alzheimer's.

The singer was diagnosed in 2011 and shared the story of his farewell tour in the Oscar-nominated documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me. "He's healthy, he's content," she said. 'He's lost most of his ability to communicate verbally.

"He has severe aphasia, but he still understands the universal language of smiles and kisses, and he enjoys food." Campbell is currently living in a 'memory care community' that provides constant care as well as art and music therapy. Watch the interview here.

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50 Cent Tells Court Cash In Instagram Photos Wasn't His

(Radio.com) 50 Cent is facing legal trouble after Judge Ann Nevins ordered him to appear in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Hartford, CT, upon seeing a series of Instagram posts displaying a lot of cash.

One of the pictures depicts the rapper surrounded by stacks of cash which spell out "Broke," while another shows the money he keeps in his fridge for some reason. Now 50 Cent is claiming the pictured cash isn't his.

The Hartford Courant reported that 50 Cent filed a statement on Tuesday, March 7th clarifying that the bills seen in those Instagram posts are actually props, and in reality he doesn't have that money. He was due in court on Wednesday, March 8th. Read more here.

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UFC Fighter Slaps Back At Justin Bieber

(Radio.com) On Saturday (March 5th), Justin Bieber voiced his support for UFC fighter Conor McGregor, who Nate Diaz went on to defeat that night. Even though Bieber congratulated Diaz on his win, he criticized his fighting technique.

Diaz, needless to say, didn't take too kindly to the Bieb's opinion. Diaz posted a drawing to his Instagram account, showing him slapping Bieber while shouting, "Shut your bitch a- up!" and cutting him off mid-sentence just as Bieber was sharing his two cents about Diaz's style.

Bieber has a long standing friendship with boxer Floyd Mayweather. Maybe it's time to call him up for some additional lessons in case this war of words turns physical. See the post here.

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Dr. Luke Denies Sony Split Rumors

(Radio.com) Rumors are swirling that Sony is parting ways with Dr. Luke in the wake of allegations that he sexually assaulted Kesha, allegations which he has denied.

Dr. Luke's representative disputes that claim in a statement to The Wrap, who originally reported the story. 'This is not true. Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony.

His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up." Sony Music corporate declined to comment on the matter. Read more here.

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Luke Bryan, Nick Jonas, Cheap Trick Lead CMT's 'Crossroads' Lineup

(Radio.com) CMT Crossroads announced four new power-packed episodes that feature some of the biggest names in country music at the moment. Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles; Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan; Rob Thomas and Charles Kelley; and Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett will all appear on upcoming episodes, according to the show's press release.

The long-running show typically pairs a country artist with a pop, rock or hip-hop artist, so they can perform each other's songs and duet in ways that reimagine genre-structured music.

Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles' episode premieres first on March 24th at 11pm ET. Nettles is currently headlining the CMT Next Women of Country Tour along with Brandy Clark. Read more here.

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Taylor Swift To Perform At U.S. Grand Prix

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift will perform at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX, come October. Her concert will take place following Saturday's qualifying rounds on October 22nd.

Speaking with The Guardian, Circuit of the Americas president Bobby Epstein said, "We had to make it financially irresistible to [Swift], but it is our fifth-year celebration and we have reason to celebrate and sometimes you spend a little bit on special occasions."

Rumors are circulating that her appearance could coincide with new music, since she's followed a strong 'every two years' course when it comes to dropping her albums (via SPIN). Read more here.

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The Notorious B.I.G. Gets Metro Boomin' Remix

(Radio.com) March 9th is a revered day in hip-hop because it's the day The Notorious B.I.G. died. Many fans wonder what he would sound like rapping over production by today's hottest producers.

Thanks to technology and the creative minds of DJs Mick and Chi Duly, you can hear Biggie's flow over Metro Boomin's beats on the project Ready to Boom.

The duo spoke to High Snobiety about the idea behind the mixtape. "We thought it would be cool to remix Biggie with a very contemporary vibe and kind of trap him out a little bit. We wanted to introduce him to a new audience so they can appreciate his genius, too," Mick stated.

Check out Biggie rhyme over Future's "Stick Talk" and other trap beats here.

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CeeLo Green Covers Bowie's 'Space Oddity'

(Radio.com) Ever since David Bowie passed away on January 10th, artists all over the world have honored him with numerous tributes. Now, CeeLo Green is serving up an acoustic take on the classic "Space Oddity."

It's all part of Cee Lo Green: Live in L.A., which will air this Friday, March 11th on AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV's Audience Network (via Billboard). The program released a 2 minute clip of CeeLo covering Bowie as a teaser to the upcoming special.

Filmed just four days after Bowie's death, CeeLo spoke from the heart about how much the musician meant to him. "What can we say, we're speechless," he told the camera. "You will live forever in our hearts. You are so wonderful; your soul and spirit is immortal. We love you dearly."

Dedicating their rendition to Bowie, Cee Lo launched into a somber "Space Oddity" replete with acoustic guitar and flute. His magnanimous voice carries the song to new heights. Check it out here.

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Kesha's Fans Amass 411K Signatures For Sony Petition

(Radio.com) Kesha's fans have been hard at work trying to help the pop star. Now, they've amassed 411,000 signatures across four separate petitions seeking to release Kesha from her recording contract with Sony Music, and they plan on delivering it en masse.

According to the event's Facebook page, #FreeKesha fans will rally outside of Sony Headquarters in New York on Friday, March 11th at 2pm ET. There, they will deliver the petitions, which include Care2, SumofUs, and two UltraViolet petitions (via Billboard).

"It is time for Sony to step up and show that they don't value money over the safety and well-being of a woman and artist. They have the power to #FreeKesha by not renewing their contract with Dr. Luke and cutting ties with Kemosabe," organizers stated on Facebook. Read more here.

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Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw & Chris Stapleton to Perform at ACM Awards

(Radio.com) Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton are the latest country stars that have been added as performers at this year's ACM Awards.

McGraw is set to perform the national television debut of his new single, 'Humble and Kind" during the live broadcast from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00pm ET on CBS.

They join the previously performers including Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line. Read more here.

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Janet Jackson Will Reportedly Still Stage Dubai Concert

(Radio.com) The rollout of Janet Jackson's Unbreakable World tour has been fraught with disappointments for fans--first, American dates were delayed and rescheduled due to an undisclosed illness.

Most recently, ticket-buyers in Europe were refunded when all dates on the UK and European legs were canceled. However, concert organizers in Dubai confirm that the singer's upcoming engagement in the United Arab Emirates are still on.

The show in question is the Dubai World Cup--one of the world's glitziest horse races. The Dubai Racing Club told The National newspaper that the show was still "100 percent" on, despite doubts about whether Jackson would ultimately perform on March 26. Read more here.

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Maddie & Tae Do Impromptu Performance In Italy

(Radio.com) Maddie & Tae are currently enjoying a European adventure. Their trip began in Spain and now they've been enjoying the food, and the people, of Italy and they shared video.

The pair posted the performance of "Downside of Growing Up" yesterday on Instagram with the caption, "Nothing like an impromptu jam sesh at a restaurant I guess this is what happens when you feed us some yummy food haha!"

The pair have also been enjoying some gelato, posting more pics on Instagram and the sites of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, Italy. Watch the video here.

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Dolly Parton To Renew Wedding Vows For 50th Anniversary

(Radio.com) Dolly Parton is about to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary. The country icon revealed during a recent press conference that when she wed Carl Thomas Dean in 1966, they did so in secret after a label executive at Monument records, where she had recently signed, asked her to wait a year to marry.

"I said 'Okay,'" said Parton (quotes via Taste of Country). 'That weekend, me and Carl went to Ringgold, Ga., and got married so it wouldn't be in the Tennessee papers."

To celebrate their golden anniversary, the couple is going to renew their vows. Their wedding only had her mother, a witness and a Baptist preacher and his wife in attendance, so the pair weren't able to have the "big dress and party." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Roses & Revolutions' I Won't Break

Indie pop duo Roses & Revolutions tell us about their new single "I Won't Break" which features drums by Elliot Jacobson, known for his work with Elle King and Ingrid Michaelson. Here is the story:

Both of us are huge movie fans. We inhale anything we can get our hands on and binge watch nearly every TV show. Not only do we enjoy it on an entertainment level, but it has become a great source of inspiration for us as songwriters. A good movie allows you to escape reality, and for a short period of time, live somebody else's life. This is how our new single, "I Won't Break" came about.

We were watching the movie, "True Romance" and got really caught up in it. There are several scenes that are very uncomfortable to watch. One is when a group of mobsters interrogate Dennis Hopper, trying to get him to give up the whereabouts of his son. There's another similar scene where James Gandolfini tries to get Patricia Arquette to break and turn in her husband. Both scenes are very intense and left us asking ourselves that haunting question... "What would I do in that situation?" Would you stay strong and protect the one you love? Or would you buckle under pressure and give them up to save yourself?

We took that dark and depressing concept and put it over a very playful and hard hitting pop beat (courtesy of Elle King/Ingrid Michaelson drummer, Elliot Jacobson). We're really into songs that have the lyrics and the production contradicting one another. Everyone always expects the sad songs to be the ballads and the happy ones to be the uptempo anthems. For this song, it felt right to produce it in a way that flipped that all around.

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

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