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Day in Pop Report for 03/18/2016


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Zayn Malik Reveals New Song 'BeFoUr'

(Radio.com) Zayn Malik fans who preordered Mind of Mine have a new instant download waiting in their library--"BeFoUr," the fourth song from his debut solo album.

The moody track is a departure from "Pillowtalk," with a throbbing, ambient baseline and slower burn that sounds like the Weeknd crossed with Justin Timberlake.

The rollout of Mind of Mine has been fruitful for a former boybander's first outing. "Pillowtalk" went to number one in the U.S. and other available tracks "It's You" and "Like I Would" have earned solid reviews from critics. Read more here.

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Adam Lambert Releases Surprise Single 'Welcome To The Show'

Current Queen frontman and former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert has surprised fans with the release of a brand new track called "Welcome To The Show".

Lambert revealed the following details about the track "I wanted to surprise my fans with a new, uplifting anthem for the spring. I asked Max Martin for help and he paired me up with two great writers and producers.

"Ali Payami, who worked with me on 'Ghost Town,' and Swedish star Laleh who is also a featured vocalist on the track. I feel this song will give people strength to be exactly who they are."

Check out the new song here.

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Ariana Grande Streaming New Song 'Be Alright'

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande has released a new song titled "Be Alright." The upbeat dance track is the second single from Grande's forthcoming studio album Dangerous Woman, which is slated for release May 20.

The album was originally called Moonlight, but Grande changed the title in favor of something 'stronger." "I want to be empowering my fans," she said in a recent live chat.

"I feel like my personal growth is reflected in the sound. I'm really proud of it' To me, a dangerous woman is someone who's not afraid to take a stand, be herself and to be honest." Check out the new song here.

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Glen Campbell's 80th Birthday Celebration Concert Announced

(Radio.com) To celebrate Glen Campbell's 80th birthday, Nashville's City Winery will host a special concert event. Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years is the national touring show of songwriter Jimmy Webb who penned 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and 'Wichita Lineman" for the country icon.

For this performance, Webb will joined by three of Glen's children: Ashley, Shannon and Cal. "I created this show to honor my friend and collaborator," Webb said. "Now I am very happy to be performing it in Nashville, home of so many good friends, to help celebrate Glen's 80th birthday.

"I know that Glen would want us to concentrate on having a good time and enjoying the music. Ashley, Shannon and Cal are tremendous musicians, they take after their dad. I am glad to have them as part of this one-night only performance." Read more here.

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Madonna Nearly 3 Hours Late for Australia Show

(Radio.com) Did the massive time difference between Los Angeles and Australia create a hiccup in Madonna's schedule? The singer was set to perform in Brisbane, Australia on March 16th for the first time in 22 years, but she ended up being almost three hours later.

Madonna's show was supposed to start at 9:00pm, but audiences were told it had been delayed and pushed back to 10:30pm. Even then, she didn't end up taking the stage until 11:22pm (via Newser).

To make matters worse, she deflected blame by teasing the audience. "It's you people that get here early that's the problem," she reportedly said. Stay home, do your hair and makeup, have a tequila. Roll yourself a fat one Just come late and I won't have to come early." Needless to say, the crowd wasn't amused.

This isn't the first scheduling issue Madonna has had while in Australia. On March 10th, she performed a new show "Tears of a Clown" in Melbourne, and arrived over four hours late that time (via CBS NEWS). Even though it was scheduled to start at 8pm, Madonna didn't begin the show until 12:50am. Read more here.

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Drake Previews Virginia Black Whiskey

(Radio.com) Drake continues to diversify his income by endorsing another product. This time it's the brand new whiskey label Virginia Black. He announced the deal back in February on social media saying the brand was "coming soon."

Now, he's taken to Instagram to preview Virginia Black whiskey. Toronto's native son posted a flick of the bottle and a whiskey-filled glass with the simple caption, "First look @virginiablackwhiskey."

The liquor brand later posted their own picture, which gave a better look at the bottle. There's still no word on when the whiskey will be available for purchase or the liquor's cost. Take a look at the pictures here.

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Rae Sremmurd Release 'By Chance' Video

(Radio.com) Rae Sremmurd look like they have their own version of Lana Del Rey's "High By the Beach." Brothers Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown and Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown released the music video for their track "By Chance" today, March 16th, and it features the guys and their buddies enjoying a day by the water.

The moody video showcases muted tones thanks to an overcast setting with heat lightening flashing in the background. Smoking big blunts and flashing around big stacks of cash, Rae Sremmurd's video oscillates between traditional rap tropes and a more millennial/hipster feel.

It doesn't matter that the sun stays hidden behind massive clouds, everyone still manages to have a great time, pulling out flashy umbrellas and dropping color bombs to provide a bit of flare.

Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Performs 'Stone Cold' In a Random Dining Room

(Radio.com) Leave it to James Corden, "Carpool Karaoke" pioneer, to stage a concert in the unlikeliest of places. On Wednesday night, Demi Lovato performed her song "Stone Cold" in a lucky stranger's dining room.

The stranger in question is Natalie, whose home Corden has "invaded" during the before. #NataliesHouse has become a meme for Late Late Show fans, and her housemates seemed to love Demi's stripped-down performance of the moving ballad.

Demi sounds great, and Natalie's house provides an intimate, casual backdrop for fans to enjoy. What's more, this week Demi marked four years of sobriety, so she has lots to celebrate. Watch her performance on Corden's latest guerilla concert platform here.

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Rihanna Talks Rivalry With Beyonce

(Radio.com) Rihanna graces the new Vogue cover, where she discusses the big gap between her 2012 album Unapologetic and her new 2016 album Anti. Talk turned to Rihanna's surprise release and how Beyonce might have been trying to steal her thunder when she dropped "Formation" right smack dab in the middle of Rihanna's album buzz.

The two singers have long dealt with rivalry rumors, but Rihanna wants to squash all of that. 'Here's the deal," she told the magazine. 'They just get so excited to feast on something that's negative. Something that's competitive.

"Something that's, you know, a rivalry. And that's just not what I wake up to. Because I can only do me. And nobody else is going to be able to do that." Read more here.

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Josh Hutcherson Plays A Lonely Superhero In DJ Snake's New Video

(Radio.com) Where do broken (superhero) hearts go? In DJ Snake's new video for "Middle," Josh Hutcherson plays a lonely caped crusader who drinks vodka from his mug at a diner. He meets his match in a superhero lady played by Kiersey Clemons of Dope acclaim.

The duo explore their town and find intimacy amid comic book drawings and a generally dark tableau while the thoughtful dance song sets the moody tone.

It's pretty straightforward us-against-the-world misfit story, except that its central figures can fly and fight crime. We're not unfamiliar with Josh Hutcherson in genre fare, though this time he traded The Hunger Games for superpowers.

DJ Snake had a massive hit on his hands last year with "Lean On," and "Middle" is a collaboration with vocalist Bipolar Sunshine. Give the song a listen (and the video a watch) here.

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