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Day in Pop Report for 03/22/2016


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Kesha Appealing Dr. Luke Ruling

(Radio.com) Pop star Kesha is appealing the key ruling in her legal proceeding against producer Dr. Luke. The Hollywood Reporter obtained the legal document which states:

"Plaintiff seeks reversal of the Order on the following grounds. First, the Court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald.

Although it recognized that 'slavery was done away with a long time ago' and that '[y]ou can't force someone to work ' in a situation in which they don't want to work,' the Court's ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald's companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that." Read more here.

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1990s Boy Bands Fight Zombies In New Movie 'Dead 7'

(Radio.com) It turns out when a zombie outbreak threatens the very fabric of life itself, the best people to call are members of some of the reigning 1990s boy bands. At least, that's what the upcoming SyFy movie Dead 7 posits.

Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter penned the script for the zombie-meets-western film, and he invited his fellow Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough, along with NSYNC's Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, and members from 98 Degrees and O-Town to help him ward off zombies.

"In the wild west, to fight the undead you have to resurrect 90s boy bands," the movie's tagline reads in the official trailer. Dead 7 airs April 1st on SyFy. Watch the trailer here.

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The Go-Go's Announce Farewell Tour

(Radio.com) The Go-Go's have announced their farewell tour. Best Coast and Kaya Stewart are set to open. The run of dates kicks off on August 2nd in Clearwater, FL.

'After a 38-year run, we are gearing up for one last blast of a summer tour," the band said in a statement to EW. 'We feel so lucky and so grateful to have had the incredible support of our fans for so long.

"We can't wait to get out on the road and give the people what they want: some loud, fast music and a great party!" Check out the dates for the farewell trek here.

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Dolly Parton And Katy Perry To Duet At ACM Awards

(Radio.com) Not only will Dolly Parton be honored with the Tex Ritter Award for her film Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors at the 2016 ACM Awards, but she will be giving a special performance with pop star Katy Perry.

The duet marks the first time Parton and Perry have performed together live, and tops off an already star-studded affair that includes several big names set to perform, like Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney and many more.

Perry expressed her enthusiasm and humility over social media, "MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED," she tweeted. "I shall remember though that I am but one sequin on this living legend's costume!" Read more here.

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Santigold Releases Second 'Can't Get Enough of Myself' Video

(Radio.com) Santigold has released a second version of the music video for her single "Can't Get Enough of Myself." The original interactive clip allowed fans to incorporate themselves into the video in real time, this new version features some famous fans who did just that.

The new version features cameos from the pop stars and celebrity friends like Jay Z, Pharrell Williams, Olivia Wilde, Yung Jake, Andy Samberg, and fashion designer Alexander Wang. Each celebrity is creatively placed throughout the video as Santigold takes a trip through New York City.

According to a press release, the concept for the video is to play on pop culture's fascination with viewing and manipulating one's image. Check out the celebrity cameo version of the "Can't Get Enough of Myself" video here.

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Adele's Accidentally Twerking Caught On Video

(Radio.com) Adele may be known for her moving songs and mostly serious demeanor, but the singer also has a funny side that often comes out during live performances.

Such was the case during her show in London over the weekend at the O2 Arena. Adele accidentally twerked, and an audience member luckily captured the adorable moment.

In the clip, Adele bends over for a moment and wiggles, surprising herself and exclaiming, "I think I just twerked!" She then proceeded to twerk for real, this time to the crowd's great amusement. She admitted she's not very good at the move, and has to move her whole body in order to get any effect.

Watch her twerking attempts here.

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Tim McGraw's 'Humble and Kind' Book Announced

(Radio.com) Tim McGraw's song "Humble and Kind" offers such sage advice to parents sending their adult children off into the world that it will be turned into a gift book.

The hardcover edition will feature the song in print with line illustrations to highlights each lyric's meaning. In addition to that content, McGraw provides an intro and songwriter Lori McKenna, who wrote "Humble and Kind", penned an epilogue.

Amazon's product description notes the book serves as "a deeply affecting call to action, and the perfect memento for millions of graduates, parents, and children across the continent." Read more here.

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Drake and Rihanna Visit Young Cancer Patient In The Hospital

(Radio.com) Drake surprised the audience during Rihanna's Anti Tour stop in Miami when he performed their hit single "Work" together. One young fan wasn't able to attend that show, though, so the two artists paid her a special visit in the hospital to make up for it.

Megan, a Make-a-Wish cancer patient, got to meet Drake and Rihanna, and have her picture taken with both. She also captured the moment with a Snapchat. In the brief video showing Drake sitting next to her, he calls the Snapchat the best one he's done yet and gives Megan a big kiss on the cheek.

She captioned the video (which Instagram user @aboodovo shared) "BEST DAY OF MY LIFE! I MET THE LOML," using emojis to emphasize her excitement. "He was so sweet & down to earth. Gave me and my family some OVO clothing. BEST DAY EVER. NO LIE," she added. See the post here.

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Ariana Grande Releases A Cappella 'Dangerous Woman' Video

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande has a shared an a cappella version of her new single "Dangerous Woman." The song is the title track to Grande's new album which will be release on May 20th.

'To me, a dangerous woman is somebody who is not afraid to take risks, to be unapologetically themselves,' Grande told 92.3 AMP Radio. "To be honest, to embrace who they are.

"That sometimes can take a while to grow into' I am still coming into my own [as a dangerous woman]. I think I am still learning so much and growing so much. I think probably this past year I've grown more than any other year." Watch the clip here.

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Justin Timberlake Raises More Questions With New Studio Photo

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake sparked rumors that he was working on a new album when he posted a picture in the studio with Pharrell on March 18th. That rumor train keeps rolling after he posted another photo on Instagram Monday (March 21st), revealing he was in the studio writing music with Little Big Town.


Timberlake snapped a pic with two of the band's four members, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, in the background. He explained in the caption, "NBD Just writing with@littlebigtown This band is the truth!! So good!!!!" It looks like Timberlake is breaking his own studio rule, which jokingly included "No Snapchapping, no Instabamming and no Swittering."

What exactly he's working on remains to be seen. It could be two different albums, one country and one pop, or one big super album with a mish-mash of genres. Timberlake's long-time producer Timbaland said he would be open to making a country album with the artist, but Pharrell's studio visit throws a pop kink into that country idea. See the posts here.

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Taylor Swift Surprises Patients At Children's Hospital

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift is back from vacation and immediately got back to work making her fans smile. She joined Ryan Seacrest in Nashville at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Together, they opened a new recording studio for young patients to use for making music, interviews, and other creative audio. This is the tenth studio Seacrest's foundation as unveiled at a children's hospital, and Swift was in tow to help cut the ribbon.

"What I saw when I went there was an opportunity for the kids to find excitement and to express their creativity and to learn about what it is to create content, whether you would like to make your own radio show or whether you want to record," Swift told the crowd. "It was so exciting to see the excitement that it brought to this one hospital."

Watch some fun footage from the opening here.

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Jason Aldean Unveils Candles Made From Recycled Beer Bottles

(Radio.com) Jason Aldean is currently preparing for his upcoming summer tour. To get fans geared up for the outing, the singer and songwriter took to Twitter to unveil his line of candles.

The country singer and songwriter released a line of handmade candles made from recycled beer bottles. According to Aldean's website the color of the candles vary and each will have an approximate burn time of 45 hours.

The site also states that the candle, named "Laid Back," is inspired by Aldean's "captivating spirit" and will "put you at ease." The all natural soy wax candle has a "rich base of vanilla, musk and sandlewood" and is "livened up with hints of jasmine lavender and orange." Each candle costs $16.00 plus shipping and handling and are available now. For more click here.

Jason Aldean will kick off his summer tour on April 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The outing wraps October 1 in Bristow, Virginia. Read more and see the posts here.

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