Day in Pop Report for 03/28/2016

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Carrie Underwood And Kelly Clarkson American Idol's Series Finale

(Radio.com) The very first Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, and season four champion, Carrie Underwood, are scheduled to appear on the last night of the iconic show's epic three-day series finale.

This is welcome news, considering, Clarkson implied that her February Idol performance would be her last when she tweeted, "What an emotional night. Thanks @AmericanIdol for such a beautiful beginning & a perfect ending."

They will be joining several other alum, including Jordin Sparks, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Taylor Hicks and David Cook, who will be returning for the star-studded send-off as well. Read more here.

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Iggy Azalea Plays Down Nicki Minaj Ghostwriters Feud

(Radio.com) Appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea responded to an insinuation Nicki Minaj made at the 2014 BET Awards when she won for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.

At the time, Minaj said in her acceptance speech, "When you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it." Even though she didn't mention any names specifically, people thought she was throwing shade at Azalea for using ghostwriters.

Appearing on Big Boy's radio show on March 24th, Azalea said she and Minaj don't have a relationship. "I walked past her one time and said, "Congratulations.' She was like, 'Thank you. I appreciate it.' It's on film. You could see it' I don't know. I think she makes cool music. Good for her. That's it, really," she explained during her appearance (via XXL).

Read more here.

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Rae Sremmurd Release Interactive 'Over Here' Video

(Radio.com) Rae Sremmurd are getting involved with the growing list of artists releasing interactive music videos artists to provide a more unique viewing experience for their fans. The duo's new video for "Over Here" is a music video you can build, because the more friends who play the video on their phones at the same time, the bigger the video becomes.

So what are the specifics involved? Start by finding the video at overhere.tv. Once there, invite your friends to watch the video and link your phones together for a bigger experience. "The more devices you add, the more you see, and the better the video becomes," the press release explains.

"Over Here" features Bobo Swae and begins with Rae Sremmurd and their friends gathered together in a gym before aliens abduct them and transport them to various crazy adventures. They hang out on a stage in space for a minute before venturing on to a post-apocalyptic city, visiting the desert and dinosaurs, and more. Read more here.

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Meghan Trainor Streams New Track 'Watch Me Do'

(Radio.com) Meghan Trainor may sing about James Brown on her funky new track "Watch Me Do," but there's no doubt she's channeling a combination of Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliot throughout the song.

From the opening beat, which has a touch of the Jackson 5 about it, this track is pop-fused funk that shows off Trainor's rap and vocal skills. "I'm the shhh, be quiet / I've been on the no hater diet," Trainor raps during the song's opening.

The song's lyrics flaunt her talent and her body, and with her vocals ascending on the chorus to Christina Aguilera heights, it's clear Trainor is clearing a place for herself at the table by referencing some of her biggest musical influences. Trainor's sophomore album Thank You drops May 13th. Listen to "Watch Me Do" here.

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Fitz And The Tantrums Announce Album, Tour, New Single

(Radio.com) Fitz and the Tantrums have announced a new self titled studio album, which is scheduled to be released on June 10th. The lead single is called "HandClap."

"'HandClap' is a primal tale of love and lust, a call to arms in the late hours of the night," says lead vocalist Fitz. "It's the X-rated version of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' happening on a dance floor."

Fitz and company will support the new album with an extensive summer tour. Check out "Handclap," the album's full track listing, and summer tour dates here.

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Flo Rida Goes Country With 'Who's With Me?'

(Radio.com) Flo Rida must've taken a page out of his former collaborator Kesha's book. In a song that feels similar in scope to her hit "Timber," Flo Rida debuted a new track "Who's With Me?" that shows off his country side.

It's a marked departure for the artist who tends to focus his efforts on slick dance tracks. The lyrics are straight up Flo Rida, but the music has a decidedly country feel, including a hyped up slide guitar and a honky tonk beat with an R&B flare.

"Oh my lord, the light is going down and the weekend's here/ Save my soul, I can feel it coming, trouble's in the air," Flo Rida sings in the song's opening. It barely even feels like his type of song until the beat busts in and things get to steppin'. Aside from singing, Flo Rida gets back to his comfort zone on the verses, which he raps with his usual spit and verve. Check it out here.

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'Empire' Season 2 Volume 2 Soundtrack Details Revealed

(Radio.com) There's no end to the music FOX's hit series Empire produces. Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2 Volume 2 will be available to purchase in late April.

In addition to including a track from Yo Gotti, the volume will focus on music from the second half of the show's season and feature unheard of songs from upcoming episodes.

The show's Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire has been certified Gold, and received a nomination for Best Soundtrack at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards.

The 20-track second volume will be available on April 29th. Check out the tracklist here.

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ASAP Ferg Looks Back With 'Let It Bang' Video

(Radio.com) ASAP Ferg takes viewers back to 1996 in the music video for "Let It Bang" off the rapper's upcoming sophomore studio album Always Strive and Prosper. But this isn't a fun trip down memory lane.

Shot in Harlem, New York, and featuring ScHoolboy Q, the video focuses on ASAP Ferg's Uncle Psycho. Cutting back and forth between 1996 and 2016, the video provides a dark look at a troubled family member who got kicked out of his girlfriend's apartment and scared even his own parents.

With heavy references to Wu-Tang Clan, a group Psycho listened to so much he thought Old Dirty Bastard was his true persona, the video's imagery and coloring reflects his disturbed mental state. Watch the video here.

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Cole Swindell And Peyton Manning Cover David Allan Coe

(Radio.com) Cole Swindell and Superbowl quarterback Peyton Manning recently joined voices at a benefit concert at the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent.

As part of his "Swindell Vision" video series, which gives fans a look at what life is like for a country music star, Cole Swindell talked about meeting Peyton.

He said "You can't really explain to somebody how genuine and real he is It's crazy when you're in the spotlight and you're a superstar like him, if you're just kind to everybody and a good person, its funny how much more impactful that is than not. Peyton Manning is not only a great athlete, he's a great person.

Singing David Allan Coe's "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," the duo sounded like two great guys having a blast. No word on if the duo is planning any follow up performances. Watch it here.

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Hailee Steinfeld Releases 'Rock Bottom' Video Featuring DNCE

(Radio.com) Hailee Steinfeld has released a music video for "Rock Bottom" featuring the Joe Jonas fronted DNCE. The video showcases both Steinfeld's acting and music chops.

Her co-star is John Economou, a formerly homeless model who was discovered on a beach by Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Ansel Elgort, per a press statement.

'Oh, we're on the right side of rock bottom/ And I hope that we keep falling," Steinfeld sings on the anthemic pop chorus. "We're on the good side of bad karma/ 'Cause we keep on coming back for more/ We're on the right side of rock bottom/ Into you, I just keep crawling/ You're the best kind of bad something/ 'Cause we keep on coming back for more." Watch it here.

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Dolly Parton 'Might Possibly' Do A TV Series

(Radio.com) Dolly Parton announced recently that she will be heading out on her largest North American tour in 25 years, but touring wasn't always in the cards for 2016.

"I wasn't really planning to do a tour this year, because I've got so many things going on ' I thought, 'Well, I don't really have the time; I don't want to take the time to work up some big show with all kinds of stuff behind [it],'" Parton told The Boot at a recent media event.

Parton decided to go ahead and do a tour this year because she "might possibly do a [TV] series. I'm certainly getting really involved in the production of the TV show, so I might do more business things and just do some shows here and there." Read more here.

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Nick Jonas Reveals Jay Z Helped Inspire His Album Title

(Radio.com) With multiple hit songs, a critically-acclaimed acting career, and a highly-publicized breakup, it's no secret to Nick Jonas that last year was complicated.

But the 23-year-old singer, who just debuted his new single 'Close" on 97.1 AMP Radio's Mornings with Carson Daly, reveals it was Jay Z who helped him realize that's exactly what he should name his upcoming third solo album.

"I had a title picked out. It was called Unhinged, it's one of the songs on the album," Jonas explained. "And [Jay Z] said, 'Look, listen. As I've heard the whole body of work now and gotten to know you better, I don't feel like it quite sums up the story you're telling." Read more here.

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