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Day in Pop Report for 05/16/2016


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Ellen DeGeneres Parodies Beyonce's 'Lemonade'

(Radio.com) Ellen DeGeneres is having some fun with Beyonce's much hyped Lemonade. In a new clip DeGeneres interests herself into Bey's Lemonade film, to hilarious result.

"You will not believe this, but Queen B has gone cray-cray," talk show host DeGeneres tells her friend, upon seeing Beyonce bash in cars with a baseball bat.

When the singer makes it to Ellen's car the host attempts to distract her by pointing out "Becky, with the good hair" (Bey's code name for Jay Z's mistress). However, it turns out it's really Wanda Sykes, aka Wanda with the good weave. Check out the clip here.

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Katy Perry Addresses Selena Gomez And Orlando Bloom Rumors

(Radio.com) Katy Perry has been notably silent about rumors that her boyfriend Orlando Bloom got a little too close when he visited pop star Selena Gomez in Las Vegas on May 6th. Until now.

Footage from security cameras allegedly show Gomez and Bloom cozying up in a booth at Mandalay Bay's nightclub Light during the pop star's after party. The only problem is that Bloom is dating Perry.

On Twitter, Perry called the story a "dumb conspiracy" that wasn't worth people's time and energy. In the same tweet, she shared a link to a story about Bloom and education and wrote, "Check out how cool this is," using emoji eyeballs to replace the O's in "cool." Read more here.

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Brad Paisley Releases 'Without A Fight' Featuring Demi Lovato

(Radio.com) Brad Paisley has released a new single titled "Without A Fight," featuring Demi Lovato as he prepares to kick off a summer tour on May 19th with Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae and Chris Young on select dates.

The new song "Without A Fight," features a driving, strummy main rhythm and flashy guitar licks and addresses a feuding couple struggling to get along, but realizing that make up sex is not without its merits.

"Sometimes I think we hurt each other just because of where it'll lead/ Sometimes I think we're fighting just to be lovers and all so needlessly," the two sing together, voices harmonizing beautifully.

In the chorus they elaborate on the main theme: "But as we are a gettin' it on, how come we just can't get along? /The way we love it don't seem right, the way we fuss the way we fight/ I got a crazy idea, how 'bout maybe tonight we make up?" Check out the new song and the tour dates here.

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Chance the Rapper Releases 'Coloring Book'

(Radio.com) Chance The Rapper's new mixtape Chance 3 (a.k.a. Coloring Book) has been released. Late Thursday night (May 12), the 14-track set was unleashed exclusively on Apple Music, the streaming service that recently carried Drake's Views.

In the intro for Chance's third project, the rapper orchestrates a symphony of positivity with a little help from Kanye West and the Chicago Children's Choir on the anthem "All We Got."

The feel-good vibe continues with the recently released duet "No Problem," co-starring Collegrove rappers Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. For the album, Chance teamed up many other well-knowns, including Justin Bieber, Future, T-Pain, Jeremih, Francis & The Lights, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Towkio, Knox Fortune, Jay Electronica, his cousin Nicole, Kirk Franklin, Eryn Allen Kane and Noname. Read more here.

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Dierks Bentley Concludes 4-Part Video Series With 'Black'

(Radio.com) Dierks Bentley has just released the music video "Black," which the last of a four-part video series that he has been rolling out over the past few weeks leading up to his new album, Black (out May 27.)

The sizzling video was directed by Wes Edwards, who shot all four of the clips. "I saw it originally in color and I thought, 'Damn, that's pretty racy!'" Bentley told Rolling Stone Country, explaining that he and Edwards decided instead to go with black-and-white to align with the album's theme. "In color, it's almost like Skin-emax, but you put it in black-and-white and it's more like Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game': sexy cool. So we went a little more Chris Isaak, a little less Skin-emax. [Laughs]."

"Black" follows clips for "I'll Be the Moon," "What the Hell Did I Say" and "Pick Up," that play out the storyline of a woman keeping a secret lover from her evil boyfriend.

The "I'll Be the Moon" video sets up the love triangle, followed by the more lighthearted "What the Hell Did I Say" clip that shows the lovers' drunken night out. "Pick Up" is where the series gets dark, as we find out that the boyfriend has unsavory tendencies. In "Black", the woman seems to have killed the boyfriend, and she escapes with the lover, whom she also leaves, as she washes the blood off of her hands. Watch the video here.

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Lady Gaga Cast As Cilla Black In Dionne Warwick Biopic

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga has been cast in the role of Cilla Black for the new Dionne Warwick biopic. The film will be based on Warwick's 2010 book My Life as I See It: An Autobiography where Black is seen as Warwick's nemesis.

When asked why Black was her enemy, Warwick told a reporter that it was 'because she stole my music." Black recorded a version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" that eclipsed sales of Warwick's version.

Former Destiny's Child singer LeToya Luckett will play Warwick. Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis will appear in the film as Marlene Dietrich, who mentored Warwick and went by the nickname "Momma." Read more here.

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Nick Jonas Recruits Victoria's Secret Model For 'Chainsaw' Video

(Radio.com) Nick Jonas recruited 24 year-old Portuguese Victoria's Secret model Sara Sampaio to co-star in the music video for his new single "Chainsaw," which he released late last week.

"I think the song 'Chainsaw,' people will see as incredibly vulnerable and personal," Jonas told fans during a Reddit AMA. "It's about walking back to the house you shared a lot of memories in with somebody.

"All the feelings that come with that, and kind of working through some of it, and I think that everyone has something in their life that they need to let go of. 'Chainsaw' represents that way of letting go. And it's actually been helpful for me, and hopefully will be helpful for other people." Watch the video here.

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ScHoolboy Q Releases 'THat Part' Featuring Kanye West

(Radio.com) ScHoolboy Q released a new single featuring Kanye West. Like the "H" in his name, ScHoolboy Q plays on the "H" in his song's title. "THat Part" has a simultaneously chill and eery feel that's perfect for a Friday the 13th drop.

"I just left the strip club got some glitter on me/ Wifey gonna kill me, she's the female OJ," Kanye raps on his verse, referring to his wife Kim Kardashian's connection to the OJ Simpson murder trial by way of her late father, Robert. It's a dark line for a dark track.

"THat Part" marks the second single from the L.A. rapper this year, he released "Groove Tony" back in April. With each new single, it seems more and more possible that we'll be getting a new project from ScHoolboy Q soon, be it a mixtape or a studio album. It's been two years since ScHoolboy Q released his last studio album Oxymoron. Listen to "THat Part" here.

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Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa Deliver New Song "All Night"

(Radio.com) Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa premiered a track, "All Night," from their upcoming album TGod Mafia Presents: Rude Awakening. Like other tracks that have dropped on Friday the 13th, it's got a hint of horror movie about it.

The darker track begins with a slick vibe that morphs into something more ominous as the beat takes over. Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa rap about all the things you can mix together to have a "good night," like weed and drank or Xanax and codeine.

More than all the substances they can take to have a good night, though, the song's title comes from what women will take in order so they can get down all night long. Both Juicy J and Wiz contribute fast-paced, meter-driven verses to "All Night" that fly away from the song's steady-paced beat. It's a hint of what TGod Mafia Presents will deliver from both rappers. Listen to "All Night" here.

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Drake Plays Facesketball Jimmy Fallon

(Radio.com) During his promotional tour for Views, Drake has proven that he's down for just about anything on the television circuit. So it should come as no surprise that when Jimmy Fallon asked him to play "facesketball."

The late night TV skip featured a questionable game involving basketball net hats and Nerf balls, Drake (figuratively) said "put me in, coach!" The pair played a round and Drake landed one impressive 360-degree dunk on Fallon.

We knew Drake was a basketball fan, but if the whole rap thing doesn't work out, he has a bright future in "facesketball." Watch an online stream of the full skit here.

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Post Malone Releases His First Mixtape 'August 26th'

(Radio.com) Dallas rapper and Justin Bieber's buddy Post Malone released his first official mixtape on Friday (May 13). Titled August 26th, the project features 2 Chainz, Jeremih, Lil Yachty, Jaden Smith and more.

Lately rappers have exhibited a "bigger is better" mentality when it comes to their mixtapes, but Post Malone limits the project to 10 tracks. The first track "Never Understand" featuring Larry June has a chill vibe that can be felt all the way down to Post Malone's slightly auto tuned vocals.

But August 26th isn't limited to one sound. Instead, it shows off an array of styles from the more upbeat "God Damn" featuring 1st, to the sexy bedroom jam "F-" featuring Jeremih. The one person who's missing, though, is Bieber himself. Download or stream August 26th here.

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Singled Out: Vince Grant's Oceans II

Vince Grant tells us about his single "Oceans II" which is a track that is featured on his five-song EP "My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me". Here is the story:

I chose "Oceans II" as my current single because I wanted to do a video and was working with a new director. I'd already done two previous videos from the EP and my songs tend to be a bit lengthy, so I decided it was probably best to choose the shortest track left available from the EP that didn't have a video yet. "Oceans II" clocks in at just under five minutes and the other two songs that were in contention are seven and ten minutes respectively. Thought they might be a little long to attempt when working with a director for the first time, so "Oceans II" seemed the more obvious choice.

The lyrical theme of my EP centers around living with depression and my struggles with alcoholism and addiction, although a listener might not necessarily pick up on that hearing this song out of context from the rest of the EP because "Oceans II" isn't as obvious or upfront lyrically as some of the other songs. Think it's, for lack of a better term, more metaphorically vague, but I feel it does touch on and try to describe, in perhaps slightly more obscure fashion, what it's like to deal with depression.
The more specific meaning behind "Oceans II" is about not giving up when I feel depressed. Depression, at least for me, is not a static thing. It's not a black and white existence. The part of the song where I sing, "And it feels like I'm almost there", is about perseverance, regardless of how I'm feeling at the time, and to try and realize no matter how low I may get there is still a glimmer of hope and tomorrow is a new day. When I'm really feeling down I can lose sight of this and the song's lyrics are a good reminder that there is always hope.

The video for the song has been completed and was released at the same time as the single. The only real clear cut ideas going into the video were that of the director, Sandu Negrea, who wanted to film it at night in black and white using only the light sources available where we were filming. He wanted a gritty, urban vibe to the look of the video, which initially surprised me since the song is called "Oceans II", but for some reason I totally trusted him. He seemed to have some sort of vision in his head And to expound on Sandu's earlier idea regarding the lighting, none of the shots were professionally or artificially lit and most of the time he was using streetlights as his only source of light. The performance footage was actually done under florescent lights, which is a testament in itself to how good of a cinema photographer he is. The entire shoot went incredibly smooth and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. It was an awesome experience to work with him and his skills both behind the camera and as an editor are evident for all to see. I'm really grateful for the opportunity to work with him. As a matter of fact, we had such a good time working together that we almost immediately started talking about doing another video and since the completion of "Oceans II" we have already shot one for a different song from the EP. So more to come!

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

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