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Day in Pop Report for 05/12/2016


Today's Top Stories


Police Question Prince's Doctor

(Radio.com) Police investigating the death of Prince have questioned the doctor that prescribed the legendary music star medicine the day before he died. Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, who saw Prince twice in the weeks before his death is under investigation, according to a search warrant.

The warrant, which was filed on May 5 and made public this week, states that Schulenberg treated Prince on April 7 and April 20 and prescribed him medication, reported KSTP-TV and the Los Angeles Times. However, the warrant does not identify what medications were prescribed or whether Prince actually consumed them.

Investigators interviewed Schulenberg and searched Minneapolis' North Memorial Medical Center, where he worked as a primary care physician. A spokesperson for the hospital said Schulenberg has since left the clinic.

Although the actual cause of Prince's death has not been revealed, police have confirmed that they are investigating the possibility that the music legend died from an overdose of prescription medication. Allegedly, the painkiller Percocet was found in his body during an autopsy. Read more here.

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Nicki Minaj Sued By Ex-Boyfriend For Alleged Abuse

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels has sued her, accusing the music star of inflicting her with physical and emotional abuse, she revealed in a tweet. "Tweeted on the 5th that the 6th was my baby's bday. Celebrated on the 6th for his bday (publicly). Served w/a lawsuit on the 9th. Lol," she wrote.
In follow-up post she tweeted, "Two years later this poor excuse of a man is suing me & claiming to have been physically & emotionally abused. Lol. He's so miserable. You can't even celebrate your happiness anymore w/o being victimized. Miserable ppl refuse to move on w/their lives."

In an ongoing chain of posts, Minaj has expressed frustration that her ex still emails her even though she and her current man have asked him to stop. She also accused Samuels of trying to stir up drama for reality TV. Read more here.

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Chris Brown Vs. Kevin McCall In Social Media War

(Radio.com) Chris Brown and singer Kevin McCall got into social media war beginning Tuesday night (May 10) after McCall called Brown out on Twitter. From his posts, it appears that McCall was tired of Brown sending his "gang" to deal with his problems and wanted to deal directly with the man himself.

Brown responded by posting a series of comebacks on Instagram. The first was a collage of three empty stadium seating sections meant to be a jab at McCall's popularity.

Brown played with the wording in his caption, changing the idea of McCall's album being "fire" to being "fired," and calling his sales "tripple (sic) translucent." Brown also posted two viral videos meant to disparage McCall's looks.

On Twitter, meanwhile, McCall kept up his power, insinuating that he'd been with Brown's ex Rihanna in one tweet, calling Brown a "wannabe Miguel" and calling him out as an abuser. Read more here.

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15-Year-Old Jennifer Lopez Lyric Causes Internet Stir

(Radio.com) In 2001, Jennifer Lopez was hitting her stride as a pop star. One of her biggest hits that year was the hip-pop duet with Ja Rule called "I'm Real." It seems fans didn't catch the opening lyrics to the track and now that the internet has figured it out, 15 years later, people are going crazy.

Apparently, music fans didn't know Lopez was spelling Ja Rule's name in the beginning of the song. The track opens with Ja's gruff voice saying, "What's my motherf-ing name?!" J. Lo responds. "R-U-L-E." However, listeners heard everything but that. Some people thought Lopez said "Are you ready?" or "Are you Ellie?"

Fans might have missed that tidbit because when "I'm Real" was on the charts the controversy was that Lopez used the n-word in the second verse. Read more here.

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Jane The Virgin Star Take On Lil Wayne Track For Lip Sync Battle

(Radio.com) Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez shocked some people when she got into character for her performance on Spike's Lip Sync Battle. The Golden Globe winning actress appears on the competition reality show performing Lil Wayne's hit "A Milli."

Rodriguez dons a fitted cap, complete with dreads and a gold grill for her performance. She was so into it, co-host Chrissy Teigen could barely contain herself.

Gina dances around the stage rapping word for word. She battles actor Wilmer Valderamma, who performs Backstreet Boys' 1998 smash "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)."

You can see the whole episode when it airs on Thursday May 12 at 10pm. Until then you can watch the preview clip here.

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Brad Paisley Announces Summer Tour

(Radio.com) Country music star Brad Paisley has announced that he will be heading out on the road this summer for his 2016 Life Amplified World Tour , which includes 35 dates and feature Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae supporting the musician.

For the North American leg of his tour, Paisley hits the road beginning May 19 in Sacramento and will stay busy through October 1, when he wraps up in Las Vegas. Throughout the tour, he'll be performing at numerous festivals, including the Quebec City Int'l Summer Festival and the Gulf Coast Jam.

While Farr, Maddie & Tae will support him throughout most of the tour, there are a handful of dates where Chris Young will open for Paisley. If 35 dates sounds like a lot, just wait. Paisley will be announcing more soon. See the dates here.

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Justin Timberlake And Anna Kendrick Do 'True Colors' Duet

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake and his Trolls co-star Anna Kendrick sang a sweet duet together to kick things off in Cannes, France this week for the city's star-studded film festival.

The two performed a cover of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" before the premiere of their animated film at the festival. Timberlake played an acoustic guitar backed by a second guitar, all of which produced a more somber rendition of the song.

Add to that Timberlake and Kendrick's inspiring harmonies and the song takes on an even more meaningful quality, if that's even possible. Read more and watch their duet here.

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The Cure Debut Two New Songs At Tour Kick Off

(Radio.com) The Cure kicked off their tour in New Orleans on Tuesday night (May 10) and the veteran band treated fans to not one but two new songs during the concert.

Titled "Step Into the Light" and "It Can Never Be the Same," the songs are drastically different in their emotional and melodic qualities. The first song has a mellow feel reminiscent of The Cure's most iconic sound that builds towards a big drum finish as lead singer Robert Smith sings, "We need to step out of the shadows/ And step into the light."

The second song, "It Can Never Be the Same," has a much darker, almost melancholy, feel thanks to edgier guitar riffs and a thicker bass sound. The instrumental opening lasts nearly two minutes before Smith's vocals take over. The song bemoans that tension-filled dichotomy that things never change and at the same time they are never the same.

Performing at the UNO Lakefront Arena, The Cure played the first of their two-night stop in town. They will perform again tonight (May 11) before heading to Austin, TX on May 13. Listen to fan recordings from the show here.

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Drake Sings 'Spank You Like A Baby' For SNL

(Radio.com) Drake has given fans a little taste of what is to come when he pulls double duty as host and musical guest on this week's episode of Saturday Night Live. The hit late night comedy program released promos for the episode that features Drizzy with cast member Leslie Jones in a variety of uncomfortable interactions.

One of the preview clips features Jones pitching a cop skit, where she ends up spanking Drake like a baby, "you can do a song and everything," she says in the promo clip.

Drake obliges with a few bars, complete with a new dance move. Drake's episode of SNL air on May 14th. You can watch the above mentioned promo clip here.

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Kid Cudi Announces New Album 'Passion Pain & Demon Slayin"

(Radio.com) Kid Cudi has revealed the title of his next album via a social media post. The Instagram video shows the title Passion Pain & Demon Slayin' written in red marker.

Cudi followed up with a teaser clip of new music, set to a scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. "And now, a snippet and the Millennium Falcon," he captioned the post.

"Don't tell Kanjiklub." If you're not a massive Star Wars fan like Cudi, Kanjiklub is a reference to a criminal organization that operated in the Outer Rim Territories, per the Star Wars Wookieepedia. Check out both posts here.

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Nicole Kidman Rocks Out To Keith Urban's New Single In Video

(Radio.com) Nicole Kidman posted a video on facebook of herself dancing to hubby Keith Urban's new tune Wasted Time, saying 'Getting ready to shoot Big Little Lies, jamming to my man listening to Wasted Time. Congrats on "#"RIPCORD" baby!"

The pair are 10 years in and she's still giddy about her man. The superstar couple married in June of 2006. The Daily Mail reported that Keith said he thought the video was "awesome" and discussed how Nicole was part of the songwriting process.

"She sent me that and I thought it was awesome and the fact she was in her Celeste character. I loved it," he said. "She's there for all of it. Of course I like what she responds to. She has a different, unique taste in music. So I really like getting her response to things. I can spot the more effusive reaction."

Urban revealed that they are trying to coordinate their schedules so that the family can join him on tour this summer. He said the couple's two children, seven-year-old Sunday Rose and five-year-old Faith, were "thriving." Watch the video here.

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Azealia Banks Dropped From Festival After Zayn Malik Rant

(Radio.com) The target of Azealia Banks' latest Twitter tirade is Zayn Malik, who she called a "f--t," a "sand n--," and a "b-- n--" in a generally unprovoked rant. Yesterday, the rapper noticed artistic similarities between her own work and Malik's video for "Like I Would." He later wrote on Twitter (at no one in particular) "I see you reaching but I don't care."

This commenced the latest series of nearly unpublishable Azealia Banks tweets at Zayn, his followers and her detractors. Fourteen-year-old Disney Star Skai Jackson suggested that banks should "simmer down," which prompted a vicious response about menses. Let's just say it all got very ugly, again.

The U.K. Born & Bred festival was less than impressed with her abusive words, and announced they will drop Banks from the upcoming lineup of performers. Zayn fans had fervently tweeted at the promoters urging the decision, making it a small victory for #TeamZayn. Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Receives The First Taylor Swift Award

(Radio.com) For only the second time in BMI's 76-year history, the organization has presented an award in an artist's name. Taylor Swift received the Taylor Swift Award in recognition of her creative and artistic talent and influence. In 1990 Michael Jackson received the Michael Jackson Award.

Accompanied by her mother, father and brother, Swift received a standing ovation when she was presented with her self-named award in a ceremony on May 10 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.

"This is just an unbelievable night," said the 10-time Grammy Award winner, then added, "I have this issue called songwriting ' I know you have it too." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Rel McCoy

Toronto rapper Rel McCoy has released his new album "Gas Money" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the songs "Ain't Yours" and "The Payoff". Here are the storires:

Ain't Yours: There's a rapper that I do some recording with in my studio who makes "special cookies" (if you get what I mean). One day after a studio session, he left me a small bag of these tasty treats. About a week later when the sun was smiling and the warm weather was sure to come to a close for the year, I decided to walk to the bank make a deposit. I hit the local pub for a pint on my way back, and found one of these special cookies in my shorts pocket. I washed it down with the last of my beer while taking in the tail end of a rugby game with a few of the pub locals. By the time I had walked back to the studio, my creativity seemed to be amazingly "turned up" 3 hours later, Ain't Yours was produced, written and recorded. What a day.

The Payoff: In January of this year, I hit up Fresh Kils studio (downtown Toronto) to rehearse for some live videos we were scheduled to shoot. When I arrived, Kils told me about a youtube clip containing a beat made by 9th wonder. Earlier that day he and DJ Uncle Fester (The Extremities) had been arguing over if the sample could have been chopped up and used in a better way. The discussion got so heated that they ended up finding the same sample and creating their own beats from it. This was all to settle the argument, and to see how their "chops" would stand up to 9th's creation. When I heard it, I liked Kils version of the sample chop so much, I immediately took his beat home and wrote verses to a song that turned out to be "The Payoff" on my new record.

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

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