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Selena Gomez Going On Hiatus To Address Anxiety, Depression

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez has announced that she is taking a hiatus from the entertainment industry to help her address "anxiety, panic attacks and depression."

"I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off," she said in a statement to People.

"Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues." Read more here.

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Chris Brown Released On $250,000 Bail

(Radio.com) Chris Brown has been released from jail on a $250,000 bail, after being arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, reports US Weekly. And he's refuting the charges.

"Chris is out and well," tweeted Brown's attorney Mark Geragos. "The allegations against him are demonstrably false." The turbulence began after police received a 911 call from Miss California Regional 2016, Baylee Curran, alleging that the R&B bad boy pointed a gun at her during a party at his house because she was getting too close to his diamond cross necklace.

'I did not pick it up, I did not touch it, take it or grab it, anything to that sort," Curran says, according to US Weekly. 'Chris came in, pulled out his gun and said, 'I'm getting so sick of you people,' pointed the gun at me, [and told me] to get the 'F' out of the house."

When Police arrived at Brown's California home, the performer entered a 14-hour standoff that ended after officers obtained a search warrant for the property. They subsequently arrested Brown. Read more here.

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T-Pain Calls On Fans To Help Find Niece's Killer

(Radio.com) Rapper and producer T-Pain asked his fans via Twitter for help in locating a suspect in the fatal stabbing of his niece outside a drug store in Tallahassee, Florida.

"The police are still lookin' for the coward ass n that just killed my niece at Walgreens in Tallahassee. If you got info pls help us out!" posted the rapper on his Twitter account.

Javona Glover was stabbed Tuesday morning (Aug. 30) and was bleeding heavily from her wounds when paramedics arrived at the scene. She died shortly after. Police have identified Tavon Jackson as a suspect in the case. Read more here.

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Tool, R. Kelly, Danger Mouse, 209 Others Support 'Blurred Lines' Appeal

(Radio.com) Lawyers for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, have filed new motions regarding their "Blurred Lines" lawsuit appeal, reports Rolling Stone. And they are getting lots of support from major stars.

Tool, R. Kelly, Danger Mouse and 209 other artist have signed their name to a brief written to support the songwriters, who lost a case filed by Marvin Gaye's family that claimed "Blurred Lines" ripped off Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give it Up."

Other artists supporting Thicke and Williams in the brief include: John Oates, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, film composer Hans Zimmer, Tears for Fears' Curt Smith, Juicy J, the Go-Go's, Frank Ocean collaborator Malay, Jennifer Hudson, Train's Patrick Monahan, the production duo Stargate, Aloe Blacc, Jean Baptiste and Kiesza.

In the "Blurred Lines" case, Gaye's family was awarded $5.3 million in damages and 50 percent of royalties from the song. Read more here.

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Tyler The Creator Lands His Own TV Series

(Radio.com) It has been revealed that Tyler The Creator will star in a new TV show on Viceland. The series will be based on content from his Tyler hub app, Golf Media.

The announcement of the new series comes soon after the Odd Future leader cleaned up his Twitter handle, which Tyler explained was a business decision.

'My stock just went up because of that name change," he told Afropunk Brooklyn. 'How can I contact corporations, like 'Yo, invest a bunch of money in me.'" Read more here.

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Sting Releases New Single 'I Can't Stop Thinking About You'

(Radio.com) Sting will be releasing a new album 57th & 9th in November, and on Wednesday (August 31) he shared the first single "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" off that project.

The album was recorded in a matter of mere weeks. "It happened very quickly, very spontaneously," Sting said about writing and recording his latest work. "My idea always is to surprise myself and the people I'm working with--and, hopefully, the listeners."

57th & 9th's title comes from the intersection Sting crossed every day in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood on his way to the studio. He said about the album's overall theme, "It's about searching and traveling, the road, that pull of the unknown. On this album, we ended up with something that's energetic and noisy, but also thoughtful."

The album features drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n' Roses), guitarist Lyle Workman and the Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros. Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Surprises Fans As A Lyft Driver

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato is the latest celebrity to sit behind the wheel of a Lyft car and stun unsuspecting passengers. This new episode of Lyft's Under Cover video series finds Lovato picking up passengers in Denver, CO, a stop on her co-headlining Future Now tour with Nick Jonas.

Even after some Jonas Brothers jokes and a few performances behind the wheel, her passengers still don't seem to catch the gag, and their reactions are priceless.

After introducing herself as Samantha, an aspiring singer who's traveling the world with her ex-boyfriend's brother, she asks her unsuspecting passenger if she wants to attend the Nick Jonas show together, to which Lovato's passenger replies, "Oh, sorry, I'm going to see Eric Church tonight."

Lovato even goes so far as to make fun of herself, namely, her chin that, well "looks like a butt." Funny enough, none of her passengers catch on. "Selena's so much more talented," she tells one woman. "She's got such a better voice." Watch the video here.

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Ryan Adams Wrote 80 Songs For His New Album

(Radio.com) Ryan Adams will release his 16th studio album this fall, and even though he eventually narrowed down the songs included on that project to 11, he started with much, much, much more.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Adams detailed the seriously impressive number of songs he wrote. "Quite literally 80," he said. Probably more!"

Even though he admitted being influenced by Bruce Springsteen and The Smiths when he first started working on the album, he now credits Bruce Hornsby, AC/DC and others with finding their way into his creative stream. According to Adams, he goes running in Los Angeles, where he currently lives, and listens to all sorts of songs during the exercise. "I put all the AC/DC records on from back to front, or I'll listen to the best of stuff from the '80s: Springsteen, or [Bruce] Hornsby, and I'll listen to what is going on there. I was listening to AC/DC's Fly on the Wall and that's when I realized what I had to do for the record," he said. Read more here.

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Early Sam Smith Diva Boy Album Being Reissued, Video Released

(Radio.com) Sam Smith's debut album from 2008, titled Sam Smith Diva Boy, will be reissued by an independent label in London called Flip Books Music Studios.

Smith official major label debut In the Lonely Hour wasn't released until 2014. The indie label put together a music video for the album's first single "Momentarily Mine," featuring a very young Smith performing the ballad.

Idolator notes that some of Sam Smith's early recordings have been available for those who cared to look. An EP he worked on called Bad Day All Week was delivered to the public by HMV Digital. Also, an album named Lost Tapes: Remixed is floating around the internet. Watch the video here.

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Taylor Swift Donates To Hospital That Saved Her Godson

(Radio.com) Actress Jaime King took to social media this afternoon to publicly thank her friend Taylor Swift for making a donation to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in honor of her son, and Swift's godson Leo.

King posted a photo of an acknowledgement letter from the hospital informing her that a gift had been made, along with a heartfelt note explaining the story behind it.

"At 20 weeks my son was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries AKA TGA," she wrote. "He had major heart surgery, that was terrifying, and traumatic for us as parents, for our family. Only a few of our best friends knew."

"Taylor does countless selfless acts that go unnoticed because she does them silently from such a great place of unconditional giving," she continued. "As the Godmother of Leo Thames for his birthday she gave an incredible donation to the people that saved his life Dr. Allistar Phillips and his brilliant team." Check out King's full post here.

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Keyboardist Talks Frank Ocean's Cryptic Approach On 'Blonde'

(Radio.com) The keyboard is essential to Frank Ocean's style and best musical arrangements, and his keyboard collaborator Buddy Ross recently sat down with Pitchfork to describe Ocean's creative process.

In short, Ross says the RnB star plays his cards close to the vest, keeping collaborators blind to the end result until the songs are finished. "I don't think he wanted to let people have full context," Ross said. "He's like a collage artist in a way. We were all these bits and pieces that he'd send off to do our thing on. But we'd never see him putting it together."

Despite the frustrating opacity of Ocean's process, Ross says the final products are too good to fret over. He contributed keys and synths to Blonde and Ocean's visual album Endless, and said that he's learned to trust Ocean's vision. Read more here.

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NBA Star Iman Shumpert Releases Rap Following Kanye's 'Fade' Cameo

(Radio.com) NBA basketball player Iman Shumpert made waves with girlfriend Teyana Taylor when he appeared in Kanye West's video for "Fade." Now, the Cleveland Cavaliers star is entering the rap game on his own, releasing a track called "Glory."

Like West, Shumpert takes aim at materialism, love, relationships and the pitfalls of fame. "Ya'll gonna pay for my struggle/ People love a true story," the song begins.

"But people want you to suffer/ Cuz they ain't never been in your glory/ They ain't never had no money/ They can't understand no shoppin'." Meanwhile, the internet still can't get enough of Teyana Taylor. Listen to Shumpert's "Glory" here.

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Lady Gaga Teases Her 'Perfect Illusion' Video

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga continues to tease fans with bits of information about her upcoming single "Perfect Illusion." On Wednesday (August 31st), she shared a series of photos from the set of the video.

Not too much is known about Gaga's forthcoming song, which is due to be released September. We only know who the pop star collaborated on the track with.

Mark Ronson, Bloodpop, and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker all had help in cooking up "Perfect Illusion." With super pop music producers like those, "Perfect Illusion" should be another hit for Mother Monster. Check out the photos here.

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Black Eyed Peas Do Remake With Justin Timberlake, Usher, Others

(Radio.com) will.i.am has recruited Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, The Game, Tori Kelly, Usher, A$AP Rocky, DJ Khaled and more for an updated version of the 2003 Black Eyed Peas song "Where is the Love?".

In a video shot and shared through ATTN, will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap explain why they decided to release a new version. "I remember when the attack in Paris happened," will.i.am says. "People would say 'We need 'Where is the Love' again.' And then Belgium happened, and then Turkey, and then Orlando, and then Philando, and Alton before him, and then Dallas. Everyone was calling on us, like, 'We need that song.'"

The video shows Usher, Justin Timberlake and others singing the chorus. Sales will benefit several charities, including Alton Sterling Fund, Dallas Police Officers and the Philando Castile Fund. Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood And Her Son Take On The Wild Frontier of Alaska

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood has taken her Storyteller tour to Alaska. She played Wednesday night, Aug. 31 at Alaska Airline Center in Anchorage, but before hand she did some sightseeing.

The country superstar has been posting about the beauty of the place, and snuggling her little man, Isaiah, who was just too tired to stay awake for some of the trip.

Underwood shared, 'Good luck getting us out of Alaska! What an incredible day! (As you can see, Isaiah had a blast today, too!)" Check out the photos that she shared here.

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Singled Out: Noy Eisen's More

Noy Eisen just released a music video for her brand new single with Jordi called "More" and to celebrate we asked her to share with us the story behind the track. Here is the story:

It all began in the shower. I was washing my hair, and this crazy melody pop into my head. I started to mumble some gibberish to myself and really enjoyed singing it along with this weird melody. I jumped out of the shower with a towel on my head and recorded an iPhone voice memo of this with my nonsense gibberish lyrics. I immediately called Jordi, my producer in Israel, to meet in the studio and turn it into a full track. Jordi and I began to build the production and the lyrics of the verses came immediately. Eventually, this melody from the shower turned to be my upcoming single!

The process in the studio usually starts this way, with a lousy voice recording from my iPhone-- I am constantly writing and recording song ideas, but I only send an idea to Jordi if it makes me feel butterflies and I know it's special. I think the process of making "MORE" is really just a great example of me being myself and having a blast in the studio, which is usually when I am at my best. The track began with only a melody and some gibberish vocals. And Jordi and experimented with the different effects on my vocal, which because the central chorus of the song, even though the words really have no meaning haha.

When Jordi and I were creating "MORE" together, we ended up creating something new and developed a sound that honors Israel and the culture we grew up in. "MORE" incorporates American pop music that I have loved since I was a little girl, with sounds from Middle Eastern musical genres that are very popular in my country, and that part of the world in general.

Incorporating mainstream pop music with the unique vibe of my native country is very exciting because I'm very proud of where I come from! I'm hoping that style of instrumentation and production will be the trademark of my music, and something that will make me stand out from other pop artists. I'm very proud of this "Arabic Pop" sound we created in "MORE", and Jordi and I want to continue perfecting this new genre.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, watch the video right here!

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