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Day in Pop Report for 03/24/2016


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A Tribe Called Quest Pay Tribute To Phife Dawg

A Tribe Called Quest have paid tribute to their bandmate Malik I. Taylor, a.k.a. Phife Dawg, who died on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, due to complications resulting from diabetes, according to his family.

Here is what the group had to say, "Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren't prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy until he heeded his fathers call.

We love his family his mother, his father, his son, his wife, his nieces, his family here in New York, Atlanta, California and Trinidad. Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJ's, social media and the music community at large.

"This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him. His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he's contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He's affected us as much as he's affected all of you.

"We're inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn't in pain. He was happy. We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother."

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The Weeknd Pulls Out Of Rihanna's Anti Tour

The Weeknd has pulled out of Rihanna's upcoming European leg of her Anti World Tour, due to " some unforeseen changes with upcoming projects," according to promoter Live Nation.

The two-month-long tour leg will still feature support from Big Sean when it kicks off on June 11th in Amsterdam. The Weeknd has yet to make any comment about the move. He did post the following cryptic tweet on Tuesday night, "it's my job to make music... not to convince you."

At press time Rihanna had not commented either. Her last tweet was on Tuesday about the terrorist attacks in Belgium. She tweeted, "Praying for all those who've been affected by acts of terror across the globe, most recent being in Brussels...Heart breaking!"

Rihanna is currently on the North American leg of the tour which features support from Travis Scott.

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Adele Covers Bob Dylan's 'Make You Feel My Love' For Brussels

(Radio.com) Adele closed her show at London's O2 Area on Tuesday night with a dedication to the city of Brussels and its residents. Earlier in the day the city was attacked by terrorists who bombed both an airport and subway station.

"This is for Brussels tonight. I want you all to sing it with me, so they can hear us," she told the crowd, before beginning a solemn cover of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love".

Rather than singing along with Adele, the crowd offered its light by way of cellphones. Everyone remained respectfully silent, allowing Adele's voice to carry its message. Once she sang the final note, they burst into applause and cheers, their solidarity with Brussels becoming clear in that last moment.

'I don't think I've ever actually been so moved in my life at one of my shows, that was just so beautiful," she said. 'Thank you very much for doing that, I really appreciate it. It's such a beautiful song. I think they heard us." A fan captured the moment, watch it here.

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Florida Georgia Line Recorded New Album in Treehouse

(Radio.com) Flordia Georgia Line have been prepping the follow up to 2014's Anything Goes. Today the band revealed the unusual location where some of the recording for that album took place, a treehouse.

"Can't wait for you and the world to hear the magic we captured on this new record here in this viby treehouse," the band captioned a very cool looking photo.

Can't wait for you and the world to hear the magic we captured on this new record here in this viby treehouse ����⚡️�� https://t.co/XhDarTwwDh Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) March 23, 2016 Check out the photo here.

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Loretta Lynn And Willie Nelson Release Duet Video

(Radio.com) Loretta Lynn's latest album Full Circle marked her highest-ever debut on the Billboard 200 chart. The album is rich with original music and megawatt country collaborations, including "Lay Me Down" with Willie Nelson.

Their latest duet marks the 30-year reunion since the last time they appeared onstage together, and Wednesday the video for their single was released. "Willie and I got to meet and talk about old times when we shot the music video in Nashville," said Lynn. "Willie is one of those people that even if you haven't seen them for 30 years you feel like it was just yesterday. We have a natural respect and love for each other."

Nelson had glowing words for the fellow country legend. ""I'm excited to have a new record and video out with Ms. Loretta Lynn, who is one of the few remaining traditional country artists, and one of my favorite people. She's an original!" Watch the video here.

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Justin Bieber Cancels 'Draining' Meet-and-Greets With Fans

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber announced Tuesday night that meet-and-greets with fans on his Purpose tour will be canceled. His Instagram version of the announcement explained that the facetime with fans left him feeling drained and exhausted "to the point of depression."

However, concert promoters announced that a recent meet-and-greet was suspended due to a lapse in security that occurred at a VIP fan huddle. "Love u guys.. I'm going to be canceling my meet and greets," wrote Bieber on social media. "I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people's spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy.. Want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression."

"The pressure of meeting people's expectations of what I'm supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders," he continued. "Never want to disappoint but I feel I would rather give you guys the show and my albums as promised. Can't tell you how sorry I am, and wish it wasn't so hard on me.. And I want to stay in the healthy mindset I'm in to give you the best show you have ever seen." Read more here.

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Shawn Mendes' Live at The Greek Theatre Concert Film Released

(Eagle Rock) Shawn Mendes has just released his first ever concert film, "Shawn Mendes - Live at The Greek Theatre", exclusively on iTunes. The film is exclusively available for just 1 month only and can be downloaded now from iTunes. (Last Day to download 15th April)

In 2015, Shawn Mendes rose to pop stardom as he embarked on his first-ever headline tour that spanned 40 dates across 40 different cities. During this sold out tour, Shawn captured his first ever concert film at the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angles.

For a limited time only you can join Shawn as he performs 14 songs from his debut album "Handwritten" including Stitches (US/UK No.1), Life Of The Party as well as new songs from "Handwritten Revisited".

This special performance will go down in history as one of the most memorable moments from Shawn's dbut headline tour, marking a pivotal moment for an artist at the beginning of their musical career. Check it out here.

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Chris Stapleton, Old Dominion Win ACM Newcomer Awards

(Radio.com) The 2016 ACM Awards won't take place until April 3rd, but on Wednesday the Academy of Country Music revealed its first three winners in the best new artists' categories.

Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini and Old Dominion all won Newcomer awards. Stapleton won New Male Artist of the Year, Ballerini won New Female Artist of the Year, and Old Dominion won New Duo/Group of the Year.

That's not the only categories they're up for this year. Ballerini and Old Dominion are both nominated for one additional award, while Stapleton is up for another six categories, including Album of the Year. Read more here.

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Hanson Says Everyone Sings 'MMMbop' Wrong

(Radio.com) It's hard to believe two decades have passed since the release of Hanson's chart topping "MMMbop," the percussive earworm with no obvious lyrics or meaning.

As they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their hit single, the Hanson brothers are setting the record straight: All these years, you've been singing the song incorrectly.

They spoke to Vulture: 'People can't sing the chorus right," Isaac Hanson said. 'Most of the time they syncopate it wrong." "I think 'MMMBop' probably needs a really good cover," added his little brother Zac. Read more here.

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Diplo, Skrillex Preview Florence Welch Collaboration

(Radio.com) Florence Welch is known for her signature style of mystical rock, but her forays into dance music have been memorable--think Calvin Harris' remix of "Spectrum (Say My Name)" by her band, Florence and the Machine.

Amid his current tour with Skrillex as Jack Ü, Diplo shared a Snapchat featuring Flo's unmistakable vocals laid over a nice dance beat, straight from his hotel room.

The teaser suggests we might hear a new EDM collaboration with the folky alt goddess in the near future. Florence and the Machine were nominated for five GRAMMY Awards this year for their third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. But now its seems it might be time for another jaunt into the world of dance production and disco wailing.

Watch the Snapchat teaser straight from Diplo's hotel room here.

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