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Day in Pop Report for 05/27/2016


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Justin Bieber Accused Of Song Theft With 'Sorry'

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber is being sued by the artist White Hinterland (Casey Dienel) who claims he lifted the signature vocalization from her track "Ring The Bell," for his hit single "Sorry."

"The writers, producers, and performers of 'Sorry' did not obtain a license for this exploitation of my work, nor did they obtain or seek my permission," Dienel wrote on her official Facebook page.

"Yesterday afternoon, I filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement against Justin Bieber and the other responsible parties." Bieber has yet to respond to the allegations, and it's unclear if he will be able comment on what is now an ongoing legal process. Check out both tracks here.

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Bon Jovi Finish Work On New Studio Album

(Classic Rock) Bon Jovi have confirmed they've completed work on their 14th album. Billboard report the title will be This House Is Not For Sale and will be issued via Island/Universal Music Group.

The label move comes after the band's acrimonious split with Mercury after more than 30 years. The band's "fan album" Burning Bridges was released in 2015 and the bitter relationship was detailed in the record's title track.

Speaking of their new material at the time, mainman Jon Bon Jovi said: "I have a lot to write about. Believe me, the new record is good. It's pointed - it's something we're going to be very proud of when we put it out." Read more here.

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Meek Mill Reignites Drake Feud With New Remix

(Radio.com) Meek Mill is grousing again that Drake doesn't write his own rhymes. In a new verse on the remix with Fabolous for Fat Joe and Remy Ma's hit "All the Way Up," Mill spits, "This is hip-hop/You ain't write it, don't record it/I don't know how they getting down 'cross the border." Then he references Drake's album Views by freestyling, "Views from the projects/ N--, I'm the prospect."

Meek Mill and Drake have been feuding since June 2015 when Mill accused Drake of hiring ghostwriters to write his raps. The accusation surfaced after Drake guest starred on Mill's single "R.I.C.O." from his album Dreams Worth More Than Money.

After the first salvo, the Canadian rapper responded with two tracks in July 2015, "Charged Up" and "Back to Back." In "Charged Up (Ghost Writer)," Drake claimed he stayed silent about the beef to maintain his dignity and in "Back to Back" he claimed victory, comparing the feud to his baseball team Toronto Blue Jays' World Series win over his rival's team Philadelphia Phillies. Read more here.

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Jake Owen In Emergency Room Following Biking Accident

(Radio.com) Jake Owen took to social media on Thursday afternoon to share a photo of massive stitches on his forearm. The injury was the result of a biking accident which required an emergency room visit.

Don't say that Owen isn't tough. "Sometimes in life, you fall," the music star wrote in his Twitter post. "That's when you get back up again, and walk it off."

"After stitches... Sometimes in life, you fall. That's when you get back up again, and walk it off. https://t.co/ulSAvvLsbm- Jake Owen (@jakeowen) May 26, 2016" Read more here.

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John Belushi Documentary In The Works

(The Blues) The first authorized documentary about the life of the late John Belushi will begin production later this year. It'll be directed by RJ Cutler and produced by John Battsek after the pair secured permission from Belushi's widow Judith Belushi Pisano.

The film will feature photographs from Pisano's personal collection and is the first time she's agreed to cooperate on a movie about the Blues Brothers icon.

Cutler tells Rolling Stone: "Belushi was one of my very first heroes. At a time when film, television and music were undergoing tectonic shifts within American culture, he was at the centre of it all.

"At that moment, he had the number one show on television, the number one film at the box office and the number one record on the charts. We plan to explore his unique genius and how his creative influence is still making an impact to this moment." Read more here.

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Dierks Bentley Received Advice From U2 Frontman Bono

(Radio.com) Dierks Bentley has gotten a bit of feedback from U2 frontman Bono on his two most recent albums. When his last album, Riser, was released in 2014, Bentley told Radio.com that Bono was drawn to his song "Here On Earth."

"He loved the song and said some cool things about it," he told us at the time. "Definitely that second verse, it's like their song, 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.' Even though you might believe [in God], there's things that come along that test your faith."

On Wednesday night, before Bentley's "Last Call Ball" at New York's Highline Ballroom--where he played songs from his upcoming album, Black, along with some of the writers who contributed to the album--he told Radio.com that he's been in touch with the U2 frontman again.

"I guess I have a tradition now of sending a song or two to Bono for every record and getting a response," he said. "I got a text back from him today, actually. I sent him a song called 'Freedom.' The third verse of the song was kind of inspired by something he said to me once. He said that when people in other countries see the American flag, they don't just see a geographical location, they see an idea of freedom. And they want a little piece of that idea."

"So I sent him the song, and he sent me a pretty thoughtful email back; he got back to me today. He couldn't be more supportive, it was pretty cool to get that email today." Read more here.

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Paul Simon Streams EDM Inspired New Album 'Stranger to Stranger'

(Radio.com) Driven by his signature tribal rhythms, intricate yet simple melodies and percussive treatments, and embellished with ideas drawn from EDM, Paul Simon has presented another collection of poetically charged stories in song. His new album Stranger to Stranger is his first since 2011's So Beautiful or So What.

Simon said the album is "about getting you to actually hear something in a new way ' about making music that sounds old and new at the same time - music with a sense of mystery." Stranger to Stranger is currently available for streaming on NPR's First Listen.

Simon branched out musically during sessions for the album by working with Italian EDM artist Clap! Clap!, who he says is an artist that "makes music sound new and old at the same time" and utilizes the unique tonal approaches pioneered by composer Harry Partch. Read more here.

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Cyndi Lauper Tributes Prince With 'When You Were Mine'

(Radio.com) Cyndi Lauper is the latest music star to perform a tribute to Prince. She performed a rousing version of "When You Were Mine" that would have made the Purple One proud on Wednesday night (May 25) at New York's Beacon Theatre.

The song was originally on Prince's classic 1980 album, Dirty Mind, and Lauper covered it on her 1983 debut She's So Unusual. Lauper brought her energy to the stage, dancing around to the synth-laden classic.

Her backing band jammed towards the end in a move that was pure Prince. Lauper's performance last night marks the first of her two-night sold out stand at the venue (she's co-headlining with Boy George).Watch her pay tribute here.

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Nick Jonas Covers Zara Larsson's 'Lush Life'

(Radio.com) Nick Jonas recently hit the promo trail for his upcoming album Last Year Was Complicated. During an appearance on BBC's Live Lounge he did a cover of Zara Larsson's pop smash 'Lush Life."

Packing heat with a guitar, a drum kit and a supa-smoothe voice, Jonas showed off his vocal versatility and vibed out on the Swedish singer's hit single.

Jonas' new "Last Year Was Complicated" album is set to be released on June 10th. Check out the "Lush Life" cover from the BBC Live Lounge appearance here.

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Brett Eldredge Turned Thomas Rhett Onto Snapchat

(Radio.com) Thomas Rhett has been on a hot streak lately, winning awards every time he turns around. His friend, country star Brett Eldredge has got him on a new streak - one that's based in the hottest technology.

While Rhett still Instagrams and tweets with the best of them - usually about his wife and/or his dogs - with the help of Eldridge, he has joined the Snapchat community to give fans an insider view of his day-to-day activities without overloading his other social accounts.

Conveniently for Rhett, the Snapchat newbie was on tour with Eldredge and found out his friend was an expert at using the app. A lesson or two later and Rhett was using all the right filters and geotags.

'It is so random. I don't think I can plan anything that we have done on Snapchat," Rhett told Sounds Like Nashville. 'I never even wanted to use Snapchat until I was on the road with Brett Eldredge and noticed that he literally did it all day long, and when he got in bed he would''Hey, I'm goin' to bed.'. But, it's such a fun way to just''cause you can only post so many Instagrams a day, but you can literally Snap a thousand things a day and it only lasts for the day and it's like seven seconds long. So, I've had a blast gettin' to learn how to use it." Read more here.

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