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B-Sides Report for 09/08/2016

Drake and Kanye West Making An Album Together

(Radio.com) Kanye West revealed in an interview that he and Drake are working on an album together. West spoke with Vogue ahead of his Yeezy Season 4 show on Wednesday (September 7).

He told the publication , "We're just working on music, working on a bunch of music together, just having fun going into the studio." If that sounds more like a track, hold tight. West confirmed, "We're working on an album, so there's some exciting things coming up soon." He wouldn't share a specific release date, though.

The two fueled rumors of a collaboration in August when a billboard displaying G.O.O.D. Music's and OVO Sound's logos appeared in Los Angeles. "Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi," it read, referring to the city where both Drake and West own houses (via SPIN). Read more here.

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Ice Cube Reacts To Death Of Ex-N.W.A. Manager Jerry Heller

(Radio.com) Hip hop manager Jerry Heller, known for helping the late Eazy-E form Ruthless Records and overseeing the rise of N.W.A., died over the weekend, and while some, including Eazy's daughter E.B. Wright, grieved his loss, N.W.A. rapper and lyricist Ice Cube wasn't too bummed.

'I ain't gonna pop no champagne, but I ain't gonna shed no tears either," he told a Detroit radio station. "It is what it is. We come here to pass, and he's outta here. I'm not losing no sleep over that one."

It's well-known that there was no love lost between Heller and Cube. For a while, there was even bad blood between Cube and the rest of N.W.A, allegedly due to Heller's mismanagement. In 1989, the rapper left the group due to royalty disputes. Read more here.

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Meat Loaf 'Bat Out of Hell' Musical Coming

(Radio.com) To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell next year, the album will be adapted into a musical by Jim Steinman, who wrote all of the original music in 1977.

Award-winning theater and opera director Jay Scheib will helm the production, which is described as "a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland." Sounds about right.

The musical will begin previews next February in the UK before moving to Canada. Though Meat Loaf is not personally involved with the show, he and Steinman continue their fruitful creative relationship today. Read more here.

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Chris Brown Claims That He Was Set Up

(Radio.com) Chris Brown and his legal team are standing by their claim that Baylee Curran, the woman who called police on August 30 and reported that Brown pulled a gun on her, actually intended to set the singer up.

Brown sent in an exclusive video statement to ABC News. "I cannot wait until the truth comes to light about this incident," he said. "My character is being defaced, and who I am as a person and my integrity. I'm glad that all my real supporters know me and they know the truth."

To back up Brown's assertion, his lawyer Mark Geragos shared a text message Curran allegedly sent her friend before calling police on Brown. She wrote about how angry she was at Brown for kicking her out, and how she intended to set him up by saying he'd drawn a gun on her.

"There was a search that was done," Geragos said. "They went in and said that they had a description of a piece of jewelry. That jewelry was not found in the house. They went in and she said that there was a gun. As far as I know, the gun was not found in the house." Security footage also does not appear to corroborate Curran's story. Read more here.

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Johnny Depp Playing Detective Investigating Tupac's and Biggie's Murders

(Radio.com) When he's not performing as one of the Hollywood Vampires, Johnny Depp is an ace-crack detective. At least that's the character he'll play in the upcoming film Labyrinth, which explores Tupac's and Biggie's deaths and the detective who tried to solve their murders.

Depp will play Russell Poole, who had difficulty ironing out all the tangled threads surrounding Biggie's death, but did manage to uncover corruption in the LAPD that appeared to be connected to it (via ScreenDaily). The film will be based on Randall Sullivan's 2002 book by the same name.

Poole was tasked with investigating Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace's death on March 9th, 1997. He believed that Death Row Records' Suge Knight worked with LAPD officer David Mack to have Biggie killed. He also alleged that Knight was responsible for Tupac's murder on September 13th, 1996, because he didn't want to pay the rapper royalties. Read more here.

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Amber Rose To Host New 'Loveline' Podcast

(Radio.com) Amber Rose will be joining long-established radio show "Loveline" and bringing it to the next generation. "Loveline" began in 1983 on CBS Radio's KROQ in Los Angeles, but will now operate as a weekly podcast.

Rose will be partnering with resident sex therapist Dr. Chris Donaghue to discuss everything from relationships to sexual curiosity each week. They'll also turn to experts and callers to round out the show's topics.

"I am super excited to take over and work with such a legendary brand like 'Loveline,'" Rose said in a press release. "This podcast is a chance for me to share my raw and honest experiences with my fans and hear their stories. Dr. Donaghue and I have a great relationship, and I'm happy he's joining me on this journey. I can't wait for everyone to hear it!" Read more here.

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Teyana Taylor Releases 'Champions' Video

(Radio.com) Teyana Taylor starred in Kanye West's newest music video "Fade," and now the singer/actress has premiered her very own music video "Champions"

Taylor became famous for showing off her toned body in West's visual, and once again she makes use of her instrument in "Champions." In between glamorous shots where she's painted in gold, Taylor shows off a more fierce side. She wears gold chains, dons a face mask and holds an assault rifle to contrast her more sensual side with something far more ominous.

The video's stop motion effect brings a series of photographs to life, so that Taylor looks like she's dancing even though each shot is only a still. The song itself has a menacing quality about it thanks to effects that at times warp the melody and Taylor's voice. "1500/ All these singles/ Throw it up/ Watch it fall and drop/ Round and round we go/ Champions/ We run this city/ Number one/ They falling from the top/ Round and round we go" she sings in the opening measures before launching into a rap. Check out Teyanna's new video here.

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Zac Brown Band To Begin Work On New Album

(Radio.com) Upon learning that their 2015 album Jekyll + Hyde went platinum, the Zac Brown Band knows it's time to create some new music and give back to the fans who have supported them over the years. Although their most recent album may have experimented with the homegrown sound that defined their earlier work, they're ready to take things back to basics.

Brown announced in a new video that they would be heading back into the studio later this year to begin work on new music. And it's going to be a throwback to their earlier sound, like the kind listeners heard on the 2008 album The Foundation, which recently went five times platinum.

"We're going in this winter to make a brand new ZBB record, straight back to our roots, Foundation-style," he said. "It's going to be an amazing album. We're very excited to announce to you that we're making the new one. Thank you again for everything that you do for us." Watch the announcement here.

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Mary J. Blige and Maxwell Announce Coheadlining Tour

(Radio.com) Mary J. Blige and Maxwell have announced that they will hit the road together this fall. The co-headlining trek kicks off on November 5th in Baltimore, MD.

'Mary is the epitome of soul," said Maxwell in a prepared statement. "She embodies all that is woman and speaks for the everyday struggle and triumphs of all women. I can't wait to get on the road with her."

"Maxwell's music is amazingly soulful and calm with a colorful tone that speaks to the hearts of women," said Blige. "His music makes them feel loved and I'm excited to get on the road with him." Ro James has been tapped to open most dates. See the dates here.

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Jack White Reveals Unreleased Content In New Interactive Timeline

(Radio.com) If you really want to know about your favorite musician's musical history, chances are you either have to find a biography, do a ton of research across multiple websites, or even--heaven forbid--visit Wikipedia. Well, Jack White is offering a comprehensive look at his past by launching a new interactive timeline that features an array of unreleased content.

By clicking on the album located front and center at jackwhiteiii.com, visitors can explore White's musical history beginning with "Sugar Never Tasted So Good" on October 23, 1998 and ending with "City Lights" on August 11, 2016.

With each link, visitors can see never-before-seen photographs of Jack White, The White Stripes, show flyers, handwritten lyrics and videos surrounding each song's release. Read more here.

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Calvin Harris Upset About Public Break Up With Taylor Swift

(Radio.com) Calvin Harris discusses his very public breakup with Taylor Swift in the new issue of British GQ. "It's very difficult when something I consider so personal plays out very publicly," he told the publication.

"The aftermath of the relationship was way more heavily publicized than the relationship itself. When we were together, we were very careful for it not to be a media circus."

Harris also addressed the angry tweets he wrote after it came to light that Swift was a co-writer on his current single with Rihanna "This Is What You Came For."

"When it ended, all hell broke loose," he admits. "Now I see that Twitter thing as a result of me succumbing to pressure. It took me a minute to realize that none of that matters. I'm a positive guy." Read more here.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Talks Collaboration With Miley Cyrus

(Radio.com) Billy Ray Cyrus has a collaboration with his daughter Miley on his new album. The nearly nine-minute-long song is the closing track on his new Thin Line album, which will be released on September 9th.

The "Achy Breaky Heart" singer created a track, and the next day, Miley stopped by and laid down improvised vocals. "What Miley sings is what was coming to her mind at that moment.

"It's a mix of back-and-forth conversation and ambient singing, about the destruction of the earth and other manmade maladies. But somehow, the song remains hopeful." Read more here.

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Miranda Lambert Releases 'Vice' Music Video

(Radio.com) Miranda Lambert has released the music video for her current single "Vice." The clip features Lambert walking away from a serious car wreck, we'll let you figure out that metaphor.

"The last year of my life has been one of heartache and healing," Lambert wrote regarding the track. "Of learning to be honest . Accepting the flaws and celebrating the smiles. Finding peace in dark places having some moments alone with me. Facing fears and feelings All of them. I got to know my guitarsbecame friends with a pencil and paper Used melodies to lead me places I had never been. Made music with my friends. Because music is medicine. This means the world to me. Thank you for joining me on this journey. #vice #musicismedicine."

"Vice" is Lambert's first new music since the release of 2014's Platinum, and the first since her divorce from Blake Shelton. Check out Miranda's latest video here.

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Rihanna Reveals That She Still Gets Stage Fright

(Radio.com) From the fierce attitude she presents on stage to her devil-may-care persona in public, it may seem like Rihanna has the confidence of a thousand suns, but according to the singer, that's far from the truth. It turns out, Ri-Ri still gets shy.

Rihanna mentioned how it doesn't matter whether she's performing or whether she's making an appearance at an event, it all feels like a stage to her and that still makes her a little nervous.

She gets butterflies right before she "goes on" and interacts with people, whether that's singing to them or just chit chatting. "Still I get shy and awkward and (have) stage fright" she told the Associated Press as part of a Q&A for Fashion Week. Read more here.

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Lady Gaga Shares 'Perfect Illusion' Lyrics and Artwork

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga's "Perfect Illusion" marks a comeback of sorts--though she's remained busy in the public eye since Artpop debuted in 2013, it marks her return to radio pop.

Though it premieres this Friday, Lady Gaga gave her fans a kernel of intel about the single. She tweeted the following lyrics as a teaser for the song's content:

"I don't need eyes to see, I felt you touchin' me, high like amphetamine, maybe you're just a dream." Gaga also debuted the single's cover, an energetic photo of her leaping in the air, dressed in casual jean shorts and lace-up boots. See the tweets direct from Mother Monster here.

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Faith Hill and Daughter Maggie Road Trip To Taylor Swift

(Radio.com) In the world of cute country videos, Faith Hill is not about to be outdone by Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. No siree. The singer shared a video on Twitter showing off her road trip sing-along skills.

Hill and her second oldest daughter Maggie sang along to Taylor Swift while she drove Maggie to college. Their song of choice? "Bad Blood." That makes sense considering what a big fan of the song Hill has been. Following the Billboard Music Awards, she was quick to tweet how much she loved Swift's video.

As for this latest post, with her car packed to the brim and the windows down, Hill did most of the singing while Maggie filmed and couldn't stop herself from giggling. "Day 1: #BadBlood singalong w/ Maggie on the way to college!" she wrote. Hopefully she shares more from their time in the car. Read more here.

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It's Been 10 Years Since Justin Timberlake Brought SexyBack

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds turns ten today (September 8th). His second solo album since leaving *NSYNC, the album cemented his departure from the world of boy bands, and also marked a new direction for his solo career. Here, we take a look back at the album and all the sexy Timberlake helped bring back with its release.

There's an inevitable transformation in any young pop star's career that occurs just as they enter adulthood. They shed their teen image and share a more "mature" side with fans. Britney, Christina, Miley, Selena and more have attempted it, and the backlash surrounding that transition has been as inevitable as the transformation itself, because oftentimes "mature" translates to "sexual." And rarely does the world focus its critical gaze as harshly on male pop stars who make the transition from teen idol to male superstar, from boy band member to solo artist. If male artists just so happen to explore more adult subject matter, wellas the saying goesboys will be boys.

Coming four years after Justin Timberlake released his first solo album Justified, the followup was a far more experimental and equally risque album, FutureSex/LoveSounds. The title alone, combining old words into a fresh formation, felt as though Timberlake created some new language, one which challenged the cookie cutter boxes that often represent pop music. With producer/collaborator Timbaland (whose name is all over the album's credits, from playing instruments to lending vocals), Timberlake stretched the identity he'd long presented the world with, challenging what listeners thought about him. FutureSex/LoveSounds showed Timberlake all grown up and unafraid to own it.Read more here.

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Singled Out: Soffia Bjorg's I Lie

Icelandic newcomer Soffia Bjorg just released her debut single "I Lie" and to celebrate we asked to tell us the story behind the track. Here is the story:

'I Lie' was actually my accidental baby in the studio. I wrote the song with a more folky feel in mind. But then when this group came together in the studio the energy in there just blew it up. Petur's guitar riff kind of set the tone for the song and we were off. Later that night when I was taking a shower before bed, I could not stop thinking about the song like there was something missing. So then the shouting choir came to mind and it was the spice missing.

The idea behind this song is from many things. Things that I have gone through and seen my friends struggle with. Of course it is given that it is about relationships and the failed attempts to appear fine when in fact everything is not. This act of faking fine is one of the big mistakes that are made. Then nothing moves forward. Only the surface is polished until its gone. Something like that.

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

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