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Day in Pop Report for 05/03/2016


Today's Top Stories


Key Beyonce 'Lemonade' Scene 'Borrowed' From Another Film?

(Radio.com) Beyonce's latest album film Lemonade is visually stunning, as she glides through the streets in her beautiful Roberto Cavalli dress. Abruptly, the video switches gears and she uses her baseball bat to hit every vehicle she sees, reflecting the rage of a woman scorned.

It seemed like a brilliant and original piece of filmmaking, but now some fans have pointed out a striking similarity to the work of visual artist Pipilotti Rist's "Ever Is Over All."

The artist's 1997 video also depicts a woman walking the streets in a beautiful gown, then damaging every car in sight. You can watch Pipilotti's video here.

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Prince Vault Filled With 'Enough New Music To Last a Century'

(Radio.com) When reports surfaced that Prince kept a vault of unreleased music at his home in Minnesota, it seemed like something out of Arthurian legend--fun to dream about, but could it be true? The virtuosic performer and songwriter really needed an entire room (behind lock and key) to store his backlog of unheard compositions? Yes, apparently he did.

Recently, executors for the Prince estate drilled into the Paisley Park vault and found more music than he could release in a century. The late singer was reportedly the only person who knew the vault's combination.

His collaborators knew the vault well, and have provided a bit more detail to the media about its size and scope. 'When I left in 87, it was nearly full," former Prince sound manager Susan Rodgers told the Guardian. 'Row after row of everything we'd done. I can't imagine what they've done since then." Read more here.

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Rare 1982 Grandmaster Flash Mixtape Unearthed

(Radio.com) Many classic mixtapes have been lost because they were sold on the street or you had to find a way to get your hands on the exclusive tapes. A website, Grime and Lime, is changing all of that by finding classic mixtapes and posting them online. The site recently posted a rare mixtape from legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash from 1982.

The mixtape is dedicated to an acquaintance of Flash's known as Money Mike. He makes it clear to Money Mike that he doesn't want everyone to have this tape.

While The O'Jays' "For the Love of Money" thumps in the background, Grandmaster Flash says, "Mike, got to tell you man, no copies, no duplicates, no lend outs for any reason in any form or fashion. Thank you, man." Flash goes on to talk a little bit more before he dives into The Furious Five's 1982 hit "The Message." Read more and grab the download link here.

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Drake Dedicates 'Views' To Cancer Patient

(Radio.com) Drake's latest album Views was released on April 29th. On Monday, Drake and his team posted the liner notes and production credits on his OVO Blog. We break down the star-studded assists that went into making Views.

Before we get into the production credits, we have to note Drake dedicated the project to Meagan Flores, the Miami cancer patient he and Rihanna recently visited in the hospital. The Toronto native wrote, "This body of work is dedicated to Megan Flores. I pray for your well being every day."

Drake collaborated with producers he's worked with closely in the past. Noah "40" Shebib is behind the bulk of the beats on Views. However, Boi-1da is credited as to having produced two songs, "Hype" and "Controlla." He also is credited for assisting production on "9", "Pop Style," "Views," and "Faithful." Metro Boomin' is credited with programming the drums on the "Child's Play" record. Read more here.

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Jimmy Fallon Remakes Styx's 'Too Much Time On My Hands' Video

(Radio.com) Jimmy Fallon traveled back in time to create his latest music video spoof. On Friday (April 29), Fallon teamed up with Paul Rudd to reenact Styx's 1981 music video "Too Much Time on My Hands."

While the two funnymen didn't recreate the entire video, the two-minute clip was more than enough to keep viewers entertained. In the video, Fallon plays the role of Styx keyboardist Dennis DeYoung while Rudd portrays frontman Tommy Shaw complete with a turquoise jumpsuit. Both Fallon and Rudd have over-the-top wigs and facial hair and flawlessly act out each movement and expression from the classic video.

This isn't the first time Fallon has recreated music videos from the past. Previously, he starred in redos of Lionel Richie's "Hello" and Extreme's "More Than Words." See how Fallon stacks up next to the original Styx video here.

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Adele Shouts Out Leicester City For Premier League Victory

(Radio.com) UK hitmaker Adele has taken to social media to shout out sports rival Leicester City, the Cinderella story soccer team who just won the Premier League.

The Guardian reports bookmakers had set the odds of Leicester winning at 5,000-1. Adele expressed pride in her hometown team the Tottenham Spurs, who failed to beat Chelsea on Monday night, which would have given them the victory.

"Proud of you Spurs!" Adele tweeted, "But Leicester What an inspiration, the best f-ing story ever! Congratulations!!!! X" Good sportsmanship, another thing we can all learn from Adele. See the full tweet here.

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Britney Spears To Receive Millennium Award

(Radio.com) Britney Spears is set to receive the Millennium Award at this year's Billboard Music Awards. The presentation will honor her contributions to pop music, from provocative beginnings like "Baby One More Time" to her more recent hits, such as 2013's "Work B--" and "Perfume."

Beyonce received the first Millennium Award in 2011, followed by Whitney Houston (posthumously) in 2012. Since then, the honor has gone dormant until now.

Spears will perform a medley of her hits, and may also be premiering her new single which is reportedly called 'Make Me (Oooh)." Read more details about the event here.

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The Muppets Cover Outkast's 'Ms. Jackson'

(Radio.com) The Muppets have channeled Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg and more, but a new mash-up video posted on YouTube on May 2 pairs them with Outkast.

YouTube user isthishowyougoviral mashes up scenes from The Muppet Show with Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" for a hilarious take on the apologetic song. According to the video's description, Gonzo performs the role of Andre 3000 while Kermit takes on Big Boi's parts. Kermit especially is eerily on point as he raps the track's first verse.

"I know I keep saying it, but I think that this was seriously the toughest song choice to date, as this was an absolute nightmare to edit," the video's creator posted. "But I've wanted to show love to the South for a while now, and thought, who better than one the best rap groups of all time?" By slowing down the transition between clips, Kermit and Gonzo are able to hit the song's meter on time for a fun take on the classic "Ms. Jackson." Watch the video here.

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U2's The Edge The First Rock Artist To Play Sistine Chapel

(Radio.com) U2 guitarist The Edge has become the first rock artist ever to play the historic Sistine Chapel in Italy. On Saturday (April 30), The Edge performed an unplugged set backed by Irish teenagers. The concert included U2's "Yahweh," "Ordinary World," and "Walk On," as well as a cover of Leonard Cohen's "If it Be Your Will."

"When I was asked to perform in the Sistine Chapel I didn't know what to say, because usually there's 'this other guy' who sings," he told the audience. "So it took me at least, well, 30 seconds to agree to it."

The Edge was invited to play the chapel as a benefit for participants of a conference on regenerative medicine. It's a cause he could relate to since his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006. In 2007, The Edge joined the board of the Angiogenesis Foundation.

"I can tell this is a really cool audience, because normally when I mention angiogenesis people's eyes glaze over," he said during the show. "But you all understand what I am talking about." Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Shaves Dreadlocks, Internet Rejoices

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber has been getting a good deal of slack ever since he dreadlocked his bleached blonde hair. But it looks as though even he's had enough of that hairstyle. The Biebs debuted a shorn head on Instagram over the weekend.

In a series of posts, he showed off his newly shaved head. In nearly every one, he wears a serious expression and doesn't provide a caption to better illustrate his mood.

It's unclear why he decided to shave his head after defending them in late April. On Instagram he wrote, "Being weird is fun' if u r not weird I don't like you." Perhaps he finally had enough of the world's mostly negative opinions. Check out the new cut here.

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Kevin Hart, Big Sean And More Lip-Sync Rihanna's 'Work'

(Radio.com) There's really no better way to show your enthusiastic appreciation for a song than to get your fellow fans together to make a lip-sync video. And that's what most of the videos on the Internet are -- fans just being fans -- and loving it.

But it's an extra special day when you get some HUGE stars singing, or rather lip-syncing, your latest monster hit. And that's just what some of the bigger names in Rihanna's 'army" have done in a new video for Vogue.

Comedian Kevin Hart kicks off a great video featuring Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevigne, Big Sean, model Naomi Campbell, Parris Goebel (RiRi's choreographer), and more as they get down to RiRi's latest monster single, 'Work." Watch it here.

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Drake Tells Concert Crowd More New Music Coming Soon

(Radio.com) Drake performed a second surprise concert in Toronto on May 1, when he surprised the crowd when he shared that fans won't have to wait long between Views and his next project.

Appearing outside at Ryerson University, Drake performed a mix of his recent work, including tracks from Views, his mixtape with Future and his single "Summer Sixteen" (via XXL). When he was done, he told the crowd, 'And I'ma tell you like this: Just because Views came out, it doesn't mean there's not new music on the way. So I'll see you soon. You know what it is."

That echoes what he told Zane Lowe during an interview that coincided with Views' release late on April 28. At the time, he said he had new music planned to drop this summer.

Although he might already be looking ahead, Drake spent the weekend celebrating his new album's release. In addition to performing at Ryerson, he also held an outdoor concert at the Air Canada Centre on April 29. Check out his shout-out to Ryerson, as well as video capturing his announcement, here.

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Aretha Franklin and Herbie Hancock Tribute Prince At White House Event

(Radio.com) The White House celebrated International Jazz Day on Saturday (April 30), with an all-star lineup that included respected jazz pioneers Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin as well as special performances by Aretha Franklin, Sting and Esperanza Spalding.

An hour into the concert, Herbie Hancock launched a tribute to the late musical icon, Prince. "My original idea [was] to link two of my passions: there's jazz and there's hip hop," he told the audience. "These improvisational art forms changed the course of music history and continue to impact culture around the world. But last week we lost a legend, an icon.

"The son of a jazz pianist whose music inspired a new generation of artists to create without boundaries. Courageous, playful, wise, brilliant and a feast for the eyes and ears, Prince epitomized the word music. Tonight we celebrate his incredible virtuosity and pay tribute to his legacy that spans every musical genre."

The Prince medley featured a special appearance by Franklin, who performed a short portion of "Purple Rain." The audience cheered loudly as Franklin walked out, clad in a gold gown, but her warm, soulful vocals left the audience silent.

The she shouted, "Everybody come on and sing," and the crowd joined in. Check it out here.

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Dixie Chicks Cover Beyonce's 'Daddy Lessons'

(Radio.com) When Beyonce's Lemonade premiered on HBO, "Daddy Lessons" quickly gained attention as her first country song. It's one of the album's most lyrically and musically daring moments, showing that Bey's comfort zone is even more expansive than we imagined--and a trio of country music icons have taken note.

During a concert in Manchester, England, the Dixie Chicks covered "Daddy Lessons" leaving little doubt that the song is real country. "Alright, hold the phone," lead singer Natalie Maines teased the crowd. "I've already messed this thing up. What's my melody on the first verse?"

The arrangement stays true to Beyonce's album version, with Emily Robison and Martie Maguire backing up Maines. Check out a video of the cover performance here.

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