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Day in Pop Report for 05/17/2016


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Private Prince Memorial Service Held In Minnesota

(Radio.com) Prince was remembered on Sunday (May 15), in a private ceremony at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The 45-minute ceremony was an invitation-only event, according to the BBC.

Hundreds of mourners attended, including Prince's friend Sheila E and members of his band, 3rdEyeGirl. Former Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham was also there and spoke at the memorial service. Graham first introduced Prince to the Jehovah's Witnesses faith and was a mentor up until the time of his death.

The service began with the song "He Will Call," followed by an opening prayer. A quote from Prince on the program of the memorial read, "If I were to ever write down my life story, I could truly say with all the fame and glory, I was just a piece of clay in need of the potter's hand." Read more here.

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Adele To Premiere New Video On Primetime TV

Adele has announced that she will be premiering the music video for her latest single "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards broadcast next week.

The song comes from her blockbuster album "25" and the video for the track was directed by Patrick Daughters (Feist, Muse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and was filmed in London.

Fans can watch the video premiere on the awards show when it airs live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on ABC.

The video will also be released online via Vevo and the single is available now at all leading digital music retailers. Adele gave a little background about how the single was selected for the new video during a concert in Stockholm last month.

She said (via Radio.com) "I did want to do one for 'When We Were Young' -- and we had an idea for it, but we couldn't get it right and I was like 'I can't do any old video for 'When We Were Young.' Because that's like my favorite song I've ever written."

She then added, "But for this one we've got a really cool video, we did it on Monday. And you'll not believe it, but I'm dancing in it. Can you believe it? Lost all of my inhibitions. It was actually really fun, I've this great -- actually I'm not going to give it all away because someone is probably filming this." here.

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Sia Surprises Fans With North American Tour Announcement

Sia hinted that she might launch a tour following her glowing reception at this year's Coachella festival and now the reclusively star has stayed true to her word by announcing her first tour in five years.

Miguel and AlunaGeorge have been recruited as the special guests for the North American Nostalgic For The Present Tour which Sia is launching in support of her latest studio album "This Is Acting".

The 22-city tour will get underway on September 29th in Seattle at the Key Arena and is set to wrap up at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX on November 6th. See the tour dates here.

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Ariana Grande Selling 'Let Me Love You' Featuring Lil Wayne Video

Ariana Grande continues to prepare fans for the release of her new album "Dangerous Woman." The pop star released the latest video from the effort for the track "Let Me Love You" which features rapper Lil Wayne.

Grande announced the new music video via her social media pages on Sunday and informed fans that it was directed by Grand Singer (The Weekend, Skrillex).

Unfortunately, it appears that fans will have to purchase the video via Apple Music if they want to watch it in full. At press time the official video was unavailable on free streaming video sites. The iTunes store is selling the clip for $1.99.

This practice is a role reversal for music videos, which have traditionally been offered for free as a way to promote singles. Apple is offering a short preview of the clip here.

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Coldplay Release Buzz Worthy 'Up&Up' Video

(Radio.com) Coldplay have released a new music video for "Up&Up" which is the third single from their latest studio album "A Head Full of Dreams." The new clip re-imagines spaces in creative ways so that a volcano becomes a popcorn popper and a sponge becomes a soccer field.

The video blends natural and urban settings with past and present images for something surreal and beautiful. Directed by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, the video is an inventive look at the unity of the planet. Coldplay looms large within that theme. Chris Martin lays on vast fields while singing and Will Champion plays drums sitting as tall as a mountain.

The video seems to suggest how much the world needs harmony between animals and people, as well as people from different ethnicities. Martin sings on the chorus, "Saying we're gonna get it, get it together/ I know we're gonna get it, get it together somehow/ We're gonna get it, get it together and flow." By presenting a kind of visual flow, the video does just that. Watch it here.

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Puff Daddy Announces Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

Sean Combs (a.k.a. Diddy, P.Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy, etc, etc) has announced the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour which will feature Lil' Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox and French Montana.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on August 25th in Columbus, OH at the Schottenstein Center and will conclude on October 8th in Oakland, CA at the Oracle Arena.

Combs had the following to say about the trek, "This isn't just a concert- this is a moment in hip hop and R&B history. The family and I are so excited to welcome fans into this once in a lifetime experience.

"This tour is 20 years in the making, and is a celebration of the hits and the Bad Boy lifestyle. The Bad Boy Family has set the standard for concert excellence, and this tour will be a testament to that!" See the tour dates here.

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Kesha Gets Personal In New Message to Fans

(Radio.com) Kesha shared a personal message to fans via social media on Sunday evening (May 15). The singer posted a photo of herself standing in silhouette on a beach.

In the caption, she opened up about her personal, professional and legal struggles of late and why she's not letting any of those battles stop her. Kesha wrote, "I have been battling depression and an eating disorder for a while now. my career is in a strange place and it feels like I'm fighting an uphill fight some days. but I have decided to take my life back. my freedom. my happiness. my voice. my worth."

In the photo, she's raising both of her middle fingers high in the air. She wrote about her new attitude, "I will not just f-ing be quiet and hide. today I will say f- it and live. So F- it. today I'm making that choice. AND IM HAPPY AS A DAMN CLAM."

And she had one word for the inevitable haters who love to troll Instagram and Twitter. "and also a big ol f- u if u wanna hate on my body," she wrote. "just remember that makes u look like a d-head." Read more here.

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Squeeze Announce North American Tour

Squeeze have announced that they will be launching their first North American tour in over four years this fall in support of their comeback album "Cradle to the Grave," which was released late last year.

The 19-date tour is scheduled to kick off on September 21st in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Scottsdale PAC and wraps up on October 17th in Boston, MA at The Wilbur.

The album is the group's first new studio effort since 1998 and was born out of their 2007 reunion, which guitarist and vocalist Glenn Tilbrook says, 'was only planned as a short reunion. Things went so well, here we are nine years later."

Guitarist and vocalist Chris Difford adds, 'We've grown up a lot in the last few years, musically. For the first five years back together, we were saying 'this is where we came from'. Now, this is where we are. We still love and own our past, but as musicians we needed to grow." See the dates here.

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Hank Williams Jr. To Appear On The Today Show

(Webster) Country music legend Hank Williams Jr. and his daughter Holly Williams are set to be interviewed and perform on the Today show this Wednesday, May 18th.

Williams will be on the show to promote his latest studio album "It's About Time" and he and his daughter will also team up for an acoustic jam for for Jenna's "Family Business" series.

Hank Jr. invited the "Today" show to Nashville where he not only opened up about his new album, but also about the dynamics of his children, including his daughter Holly, pursuing their dreams in the music industry.

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Christina Aguilera Does Adele, Katy Perry, Rihanna Impressions On TV

(Radio.com) Christina Aguilera stopped by the Ellen show on Monday (May 16), where she did her impressions of a number of her fellow popstars including Rihanna, Adele and more.

Aguilera played "Heads Up" with Ellen. She had 60 seconds to do as many impressions of female singers as she could so Ellen could guess. With each correct guess, Aguilera moved on to another singer.

It only took Ellen one word, "Hello," to guess Adele, and Aguilera didn't even have to sing anything by Lady Gaga. Instead she exclaimed, "Born this way!" referencing the singer's popular song. For Rihanna, Aguilera sang "Work," but admitted afterward that she didn't really know the words.

Like Ariana Grande on Saturday Night Live, Aguilera performed an impressive number of singers, nailing each one with her powerful vocals. Watch it here.

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Fatboy Slim Performs At Children's Rave

(Radio.com) Fatboy Slim may be a veteran of electronic music, but that didn't stop the 52-year-old DJ from performing a special rave for folks well under the drinking age. Consider it the latest expansion of the EDM explosion.

The phenomenon has reached new corners of the world the year--Diplo played a set as soon as travel restrictions were lifted in Cuba and Taylor Swift became an unofficial ambassador of the genre to mainstream pop.

But as EDM audiences grow and diversify, could children be the next demographic? Maybe that's what Fatboy Slim was thinking when he agreed to play for kids at his home city of Brighton this weekend. Read more here.

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Kanye West Thanks Chance the Rapper For 'Coloring Book' Collaboration

(Radio.com) Kanye West, a man not well known for humbling himself, recently took to social media to share his appreciation for the opportunity to work on Chance the Rapper's new release, Coloring Book.

"My brother Chance!!! Thank you for letting me work on this masterpiece. One of my favorite people," West wrote on Twitter alongside a link to Chance's music on iTunes.

West appears on the first 'Coloring Book' track, "All We Got," which also features the Chicago Children's Choir. Other collabs include 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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