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Day in Pop Report for 05/06/2016


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Prince Reportedly Had Painkiller Percocet In His System

(Radio.com) The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that the painkiller Percocet was present in Prince's body when he was found dead April 21, citing a source familiar with the investigation.

The source stressed it still unclear whether the drug caused or contributed to death. On Wednesday, Radio.com reported the artist was set to begin a confidential emergency addiction treatment program. Prince's representatives contacted Dr. Howard Kornfield, a California doctor specializing in opioid addiction, in the hopes of helping the musician.

That same day the US Attorney's Office and the DEA joined the investigation, pledging to provide federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office subsequently released a statement, clarifying that they have released no new information on the case and results are still pending. See their official statement here.

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Justin Timberlake Streaming New Song 'Can't Stop The Feeling'

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake released his new song a day earlier than expected. The popstar delivered "Can't Stop The Feeling" on Thursday and the song is part of Timberlake's work on the Trolls movie soundtrack, which he executive produced.

The accompanying video features the cast of the film dancing and singing along to the beat, some in the recording studio with him and some around town. Among the celebs having fun with Timberlake's new track are Gwen Stefani, James Cordon, Anna Kendrick and Ron Funches.

It's the first new music from JT since his 2013 release, The 20/20 Experience, which was delivered as two parts, in March and September respectively. Listen to the song here.

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Rory Feek Gives First Interview Since Joey's Death

(Radio.com) Joey + Rory's Rory Feek sat down for his first interview since his wife and musical partner Joey's death. Joey passed away on March 4th after a battle with cervical cancer.

Throughout the process of recording their last album together, Hymns, Rory confessed how neither he nor Joey would let themselves consider it their final project. "No--we had unwavering hope, so we never really thought like that," he said. "We did shows every month, all the way through. I knew it was hard for her, but we always treated everything like, 'This is a season, and we're going to get better.' She kept wanting to sing, even when it was hard for her to get onstage. Not because she wanted to make money or get applause, but because she wanted to share her music" (via Billboard).

If listening to the music he made with his wife would seem painful, Rory has used it as a healing tool. "I'd say it brings me a lot of peace. I listen and watch everything--it's part of the process for me," he explained. "I don't want to hide from her, or her memory, or those feelings. I want to embrace them and keep her as close to me as possible." Rory shared how he and his daughter Indiana actually often start their morning by listening to Hymns. Read more here.

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Alleged Bobby Shmurda Associate Found Murdered

(Radio.com) An alleged associate of rapper Bobby Shmurda (real name Ackquille Jean Pollard) was found murdered on a Brooklyn beach on Monday (May 2). Shmurna is currently incarcerated while awaiting trial.

In a statement obtained by DNAinfo Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the victim had his feet "submerged in poured concrete -- obviously a homicide," and was wrapped in black plastic bags, with his arms tied around his back.

The NYPD has confirmed to Radio.com the victim was 28 year old Peter Martinez of Brooklyn, who is thought to be a member of the G Stone Crips (also know as GS9), the gang which Shmurda is alleged to be a part of. Read more here.

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Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar Lead Austin City Limits Lineup

Austin City Limits festival organizers have revealed the details for this year's event which will make its 15th anniversary and they have announce headliners to match the celebration.

Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Major Lazer, and Mumford & Sons have all been named as headliners for the event which will take place over two weekends (September 30 to October 2 and October 7 to 9) in Austin, Tx.

The festival will also feature performances from Willie Nelson, LL Cool J, Haim, M83, Flume, Major Lazer Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Kacey Musgraves, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Foals, Andrew Bird, Local Natives, DJ Mustard, Conor Oberst, Chris Stapleton, and Die Antwoord.

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Randy Houser Has County Music All-Star Wedding

(Radio.com) Randy Houser and Tatiana Starzynski were married in front of a country music star-studded crowd of 120 guests at the Homestead Manor in Franklin on May 4th.

Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy, Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany, and Dee Jay Silver with wife, Jenna were among the wedding-goers. The newlyweds made their way down the aisle to Florida Georgia Line's new single "H.O.L.Y." as Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, who served as a groomsman, and their wives looked on.

The wedding theme was Southern elegance and guests dined on family style Southern food and sipped on the drink of the day, Houser's favorite beverage, Moscow mules. Read more here.

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Captain America: Civil War Fueled By Al-J's Left Hand

(Radio.com) Walking out of the theater after watching Captain America: Civil War moviegoers are likely to have a tune stuck in their heads. The twangy indie-rock track is vaguely familiar but hard to place.

Alt-J's "Left Hand Free" is front-and-center during a pivotal scene during the film and plays again in its entirety during the credits, which you are strongly advised to sit through.

The song's lyrics appear to fit two of the film's main characters perfectly, although if we told you how it would be a huge spoiler. "Well, your left hand's free / And your right's in a grip / With another left hand / Watch his right hand slip / Towards his gun, oh, no." Check out the song here.

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Blake Shelton Defends Beyonce's Country Song 'Daddy Lesson'

(Radio.com) The country world appears to be split on Beyonce's song "Daddy Lessons" from her newest album Lemonade and Blake Shelton had some choice words for those who don't think Beyonce should've attempted a country sound.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight backstage at The Voice taping Monday (May 2), Shelton said, "People that criticize can kiss my a-. That's what I say.

"I can't believe people that don't contribute to music that criticize music, it just blows my mind and Beyonce-tell them to kiss that a-, is what I would do." Shelton isn't alone in his admiration for the song. Find out who else has embraced it here.

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Demi Lovato Streaming 'I Will Survive' Remake

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato has given Gloria Gaynor's classic 1978 hit "I Will Survive" a makeover for "The Angry Birds Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)," which hits stores today (May 6th).

The song itself keeps a lot of the original's style, replete with disco inflections and sound effects, but it's Demi's voice that makes the singular difference.

Other names from the soundtrack include Blake Shelton, Charli XCX and Limp Bizkit. Blake pulls double duty for the movie: He not only lends the song "Friends" to the soundtrack, but he actually voices a pig. See the tracklisting and stream the new song here.

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Britney Spears Pens Letter From Mom Ahead Of Mother's Day

(Radio.com) In honor of Mother's Day, Britney Spears wrote a sweet letter detailing her greatest accomplishment in life, which just so happens to be her sons, Jayden and Preston.

Britney wrote the letter for Time's "Letters From Mom" section, and titled it "You Are My Masterpieces." The letter shares how Britney believes in miracles as a result of her sons' existence, and how excited she is to be a part of their lives and watch them learn and grow.

She ends with some advice, writing, "Always believe in yourself and know anything is possible. I pray dreaming awakens your soul to limitless possibilities. I hope the most precious mysteries of life stay with you always and you are never ashamed of how bright your light truly is. I hope you learn praying alone is when you are most connected to God, and know you are never alone. He is with you always."

She concludes the letter with, "I pray you laugh, love and soar through your journey of life." Read more here.

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Keith Urban Says His Life Started With Nicole Kidman

(Radio.com) Keith Urban recently sat down with CBS Sunday Morning for this week's episode and he revealed that he believes that his life started when he met his wife, actress Nicole Kidman.

"Meeting her and getting married was just - wasn't life changing, it was life beginning," Urban tells John Blackstone. 'It was literally, like, 'Okay, life starts.'"

The Australian country star also talks about his adopted home of Nashville, TN and how at first he felt like he didn't fit in. 'I was just really musically out of step with everything here, but I wanted to be here, so it was just digging in roots and staying the course." Read more here.

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French Montana Releases 'Figure It Out' Video Featuring Kanye West, Nas

(Radio.com) French Montana has released his video for the track "Figure It Out" and he invited his friends Kanye West and Nas along to help him figure things out for the clip.

The three pose in an airplane boneyard while Motocross riders weave among the massive airplanes and perform incredible jumps.

The song comes off French Montana's mixtape Wave Gods and coincides with news that he recently signed to Bad Boy/Epic Records after leaving Interscope Records.

Most rappers choose to film their music videos surrounded by luxurious cars or provocatively dressed women, but French's video stands out for the striking shots director Eif Rivera achieves by posing the three rappers sitting on airplane wings and standing in front of the looming jets. Read more and watch the video here.

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Beyonce Adds More U.S. Dates To Formation Tour

(Radio.com) Beyonce has added seven additional U.S. dates to the North American leg of her Formation World Tour. Those you missed her in California, the NYC area, Houston, NOLA or Atlanta can now catch her in September.

In addition to the additions, the Nashville performance originally scheduled for tonight (May 5) has been moved to October 2. Her team gave no explanation for the postponement.

Prognosticators at Billboard expect this to be Beyonce's most lucrative tour yet. Her 2013 and 2014 Mrs. Carter World Tour grossed $212 million at the box office; the Formation Tour is will likely exceed that amount, due to the critical and commercial acclaim of her new album, Lemonade. See the new dates here.

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Singled Out: Camryn's Machines

Today, rising music star Camryn tells us about her latest single "Machines". At just 16-years-old she is turning heads with her style and musical approach. Here is the story:

"Machines" was the first song I have done that felt like it was completely me. I feel like I have discovered who I am and what music I want to make. The last time I released music I had a bubblegum pop sound and since then I've been experimenting in the studio trying to figure out what I wanted.

It wasn't until I started working on "Machines" that I felt like I was on the exact right path. Creating "Machines" was really fun, I was in the studio with my favorite producers Linney and Q, and they played me a track they had started. I remember thinking to myself, this is it.

I dove into the song and wrote the lyrics with inspiration from my career and my journey thus far. "Machines" is special to me because it's a milestone. This song expresses a new side of me, my music, and it's the beginning of what I hope is world domination.

Writing the lyrics was kind of tricky because I wanted to keep a machine-like element while also telling a story. Lines like "metal to skin, aluminum soul, you make the system overload" contain that 'machine' part but also explain a struggle, and help move the story along. I love how lyrics and music can be interpreted in so many different ways, because it makes it personal for whoever is listening. For me when I hear "Machines," I think of my determination and drive to succeed. To someone else, it may conjure up feelings of love and relationships.

I wanted the chorus to be strong, so that no matter what the song means to you the chorus would make you feel empowered and like you can accomplish anything. The phrase "and we do it like machines" means that you are going to do something in an indestructible way and nothing is going to stop you because you ARE a machine.

I was very meticulous about the production on the song. I think I sent it back 10 times saying "make the chorus bigger!" I really wanted to feel when the chorus hit and I wanted it to hit hard. Music makes me feel larger than life and I want to forever give my listeners that experience and desire to take over the world Who's with me?!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about Camryn right here!

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