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Day in Pop Report for 05/11/2016


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Vulgar Meek Mill Song Played On Children's Radio Show

(Radio.com) Meek Mill's track "My Mind Is Gone," which contains 53 curses, recently aired unedited during a block of children's programming on a UK radio station.

NME reports that the program's young hosts got a request to play the track, unaware of its lyrical content, and that their adult supervisor was in the restroom at the time it played.

A spokesman for Ofcom, the communications regulator in the UK, told NME "This programme breached broadcasting rules after it played a song which included highly offensive language." Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood Goes Live For 'Church Bells' Video

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood has premiered her new music video for "Church Bells" off her fifth studio album Storyteller on Tuesday (May 10). The live concert video shows Underwood performing "Church Bells" in a glamorous gold dress reminiscent of medieval armor while singing in the center of a packed stadium.

The video cuts between Underwood singing that song to other parts of her concert, showing off her fashion choices as well as the experience she gives fans, including her "Carrie Cam" and her backing band's jam sessions. With a few more months to go on her tour, Underwood looks as though she gives fans young and old a memorable time.

"Church Bells" cleverly flips the titular phrase on its head, moving as it does from a wedding to a funeral so that the song's central character Jenny experiences two major life events while hearing "church bells."

Even though it was originally supposed to conclude in May, Underwood extended her Storyteller Tour until November. She remarked about how much she enjoys the 360-degree view of the audience she gets from performing on a circular stage every night, which viewers can see in her new music video. Watch "Church Bells" here.

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Meghan Trainor Releases Corrected 'Me Too' Video

(Radio.com) Meghan Trainor promised fans they would see her new, personally-approved cut of "Me Too" by Friday, but it turns out her team worked a lot faster than that. On Tuesday (May 10), Trainor re-released the music video she pulled only Monday.

Trainor initially pulled the video, which debuted on Vevo and was available for a few hours on May 9, after discovering she'd been Photoshopped. Her waist, which she claimed "is not that teeny," had been shaved down throughout the video to appear smaller.

On Snapchat, Trainor told her fans that she wasn't going to put up with that kind of treatment, and said the people behind the video were going to make things right. At the time, it seemed as though it would take a few days to re-debut the video, but as of Tuesday things were back on track. Watch the video here.

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Prince Didn't Want To Appear With The Kardashians On 'New Girl'

(Radio.com) Prince didn't make TV appearances often (or really ever), so when actress Zooey Deschanel got a call back in 2013 that Prince wanted to appear in her show New Girl she was "floored."

Appearing on Conan Monday night (May 9), Deschanel explained, "One September day, three years ago maybe, I got an email from his manager saying that he liked watching the show and wanted to come on, which was surprising because I wouldn't have pegged him as a New Girl fan."

Despite being flabbergasted, Deschanel and producers arranged for Prince to appear on the show under the premise that the main characters attended a party at his house. At the time, someone on the show arranged for other celebrities to appear at the party, but apparently there was one particular family Prince didn't want involved.

"It turns out that someone from Prince's camp said, 'Who are the celebrities? I hope it's not a Kardashian,'" Deschanel told Conan. As a result, a frantic PA ran around the set the morning of Prince's arrival, grabbing scripts and call sheets to burn them in order to hide the fact that Khloe Kardashian and her mom Kris Jenner had indeed been asked to participate." Read more and watch the full story here.

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Blake Shelton Talks Duet With Gwen Stefani

(Extra) Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's love story played out on "The Voice" stage Monday night. The couple, who got together while working on the hit show, debuted their duet "Go Ahead and Break My Heart" from Shelton's upcoming country album, "If I'm Honest."

The two have never been more honest with their feelings, gazing into each other's eyes the entire time they sang. "Extra" learned the packed-on-PDA performance was pre-taped and took two takes. After one take, Blake gave her a hug and kissed the top of her head.

Blake was with "Extra's" Renee Bargh before the show, gushing over his girlfriend and saying he has never seen people from other countries be interested in his music before, but has noticed it on social media because of her. "It's the power of Gwen Stefani, man."

Anticipating getting on stage with his girlfriend, he said, "It's not like anything I think that she and I have ever done before. This is such an honest song just about kind of how we got started."

Opening up about the song's inception, he said, "Originally, when I started the song, I was just, I was only trying to impress her, you know, just trying to write her a song to get her excited about me, and I sent her the song half-finished and she wrote the other half of the song, so it's such a 50/50 emotionally-invested thing."

Getting giddy, he said, "It's already fun just talking about it - the fact that this is happening is exciting." Read more here.

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Ice-T, Public Enemy Lead 'Art of Rap' Tour

(Radio.com) Ice-T is expanding the hip-hop festival he put together in 2015 to celebrate all eras of the musical genre, and taking that show on the road. Now, The Art of Hip-Hop tour will visit eight cities this summer and feature several big names from across the hip-hop years.

Named after Ice-T's documentary The Art of Hip-Hop and building off his 2015 festival, this new tour will feature Ice himself along with Public Enemy, Naughty by Nature, Mobb Deep, EPMD, Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow, MC Lyte, Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio.

The festival's website touts the tour as "A legendary lineup of hip-hop artists spanning the history of the art form." Although that line-up will differ across the eight cities the tour visits, it promises to be a celebration for all fans. See the dates here.

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DJ AM Documentary Tour Announced

(Radio.com) A documentary about DJ AM will be shown to audiences across the U.S. for the first time. As I Am: The Life and Time$ of DJ AM will be taken on the road, showing in more than 30 theaters one night only (with a few exceptions), beginning May 27 in New York.

Director Kevin Kerslake's documentary about the remarkable life and untimely passing of Adam Goldstein, legendary DJ and mash-up pioneer, has received rave reviews from Billboard, Rolling Stone, Variety and the New York Post.

According to producers, the film is a comprehensive and compassionate look at one of the world's first truly superstar DJs. Goldstein experienced meteoric success through both raw talent and sheer determination, overcoming what for others might have been staggering adversity before tragically succumbing to the demons that dogged his life and career.

Among the topics covered in the film is the fateful 2008 plane crash that left Travis Barker and Goldstein as the only survivors. Goldstein passed away less than a year later at the age of 36. He was found dead in his New York City apartment from a drug overdose. Read more and see the dates here.

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Zayn Malik Releases 'Like I Would' Video

(Radio.com) The new Zayn Malik video, "Like I Would," casts the former One Direction star in a decidedly blue light. The clip depicts a future world of precision lasers, robotic dancers and hot girls in tight red leather.

Throughout, Malik, dressed in a lit up outfit that resembles battle gear from the movie "Tron," addresses a girl who left him for another man: "If we can never go back think that you should know that he won't touch you like I do," he sings as bright blue lights spiral around him.

The video was directed by X (Kanye West, Rihanna) and is the fourth from Malik's solo album Mind of Mine. "Like I Would" was originally released on March 10, following clips for "Befour," "iT's YoU" and "Pillowtalk." Watch the video here.

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Dierks Bentley Previewing 'Black' Album With Tour Bus Pop Ups

(Radio.com) Dierks Bentley is giving fans in select markets the opportunity to hear his new album Black before it is released on May 27th. A special listening bus will be parked at seven upcoming dates.

The bus is open to "Black Card" members, more information on how to join is available at Bentley's website. "The anticipation around the new music and tour is killing me," said Bentley in a prepared statement.

"We're bringing out a Black bus for the hard-core fans who have supported me for so long'I wanted to make sure they had the first chance to hear the record. I can't wait to jump up on there with them at some of these first shows and hear what they think!" See the dates here.

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Justin Bieber Feels 'Like A Zoo Animal' Taking Fan Photos

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber has taken to social media to explain that he will no longer take pictures with fans, saying that the practice makes him "feel like a zoo animal."

"I'm done taking pictures," he writes in an Instagram post. "It has gotten to the point that people won't even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity."

"I realize people will be disappointed," he continued in the photo based social media site post "but I don't owe anyone a picture." Read Bieber's full statement here.

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Beyonce Covers Prince's 'The Beautiful Ones' In Dallas

(Radio.com) While the music world continues to mourn the loss of Prince, some of the industry's biggest stars have paid tribute to the late singer in the form of covers.

Beyonce is the latest artist to honor Prince with a cover of his 1984 track, "The Beautiful Ones." At a tour stop in Dallas, Texas, Monday night (May 9), Beyonce put her own spin on the song.

This isn't the first time Beyonce has covered The Purple One. At her tour opener in Miami last month, Queen Bey covered Prince's "Purple Rain." She had also previously sang "The Beautiful Ones" at a tour stop in Las Vegas and at Glastonbury in 2011. Watch the Dallas performance clip here.

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Singled Out: The Rev's Testify

Today Christian Music star The Rev tells us the inspiration behind his single and music video called "Testify". Here is the story:

The single "Testify" was written during a dark moment in my life. During that time I lost my job, my car was repossessed, and I experienced a devastating divorce (2nd marriage); which forced me to move back to my home town. During this horrific moment, I was extremely depressed and could not fathom why I was having such bad luck. After giving my all to my former place of employment and a romantic relationship which I thought would last forever. I was literally left homeless, and had to move in with family until I was able to get back on my two feet.

The feeling of shame, and rejection, left me senseless. As a result, I medicated my pain through drinking and other activities that was contradictory to my spiritual upbringing. So I prayed and asked God to please open a door for me to find a job. After going through numerous job interviews. I was finally able to secure a position at a lockdown juvenile facility.

It was tough for me to maintain that position because I needed a car to get to work. So I had to borrow my mother's car, until I was able to save enough money to purchase my own vehicle. After a few months of saving, I was able to purchase my own car, and later was inspired by the kids I worked with to record the song professionally. For me, this song is about surviving tough times, and persevering until the storm of life subsides . Originally, I wrote the song to help me therapeutically. But the more people heard it, than it became part of their life story. Everyone in life has either been, or presently going through, a tough circumstance. Yet, the inspirational message behind the single "Testify" was written to tell whoever is reading my personal testimony to hold on and be strong, and no matter who or what is against you, the creator of the Universe has the last word.

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 The Rev right here!

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