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B-Sides Report for 09/09/2016


Drake Scores Official Song of the Summer With 'One Dance'

(Radio.com) Drake's single "One Dance" featuring WizKid and Kyla was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 weeks and has now officially been crowned the 2016 Song of the Summer.

"One Dance" remained atop the Summer Songs Chart for all 15 weeks it tracked singles between Memorial Day and Labor Day. He marks only the third artist to achieve that kind of win. No other song even had a chance, although Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" came in second.

As for the other songs who have earned Drake's big 15-week straight win, Iggy Azalea's 2014 single "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX and Katy Perry's 2010 single "California Girls" featuring Snoop Dogg are the only two others songs to stay at number through the entire summer (via Billboard). Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Set New Record

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's summer tour has been one for the record books. On Wednesday night in Philadelphia the band performed for four hours, four minutes, making it their longest U.S. show ever, reports Billboard.

The concert, at Citizens Bank Park, was four minutes longer than another record-setting night from the same tour; the band's hometown show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Aug. 30, was four hours long. Their record is still four hours, six minutes, which was set in 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.

Springsteen's Philadelphia set featured 34 songs, beginning with 10 selections from Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. The show also included The Boss' Academy Award-winning song, "Streets of Philadelphia." Read more here.

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Good Charlotte Release 'Life Changes' Video

(Radio.com) Good Charlotte released their new music video for their track "Life Changes" on Thursday (September 8). The song comes fromtheir newest album Youth Authority .

The video combines several of the live shows Good Charlotte performed in Europe over the summer as well as a few moments from their time on the Vans Warped Tour circuit. Shot mostly in black and white, certain shots have been colored to feature a bold, primary look like yellow, red and blue.

Between the energetic crowds and Good Charlotte's raucous onstage show, the video is packed full of vibrancy that reflects the song's upbeat nature. In between shots of their live performances, the boys in Good Charlotte celebrate birthdays, jam backstage and more. Watch the video here.

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New Elvis Album 'The Wonder of You' Announced

(Radio.com) A new Elvis Presley album, The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is scheduled to be released on October 21st.

The album is a follow-up to last year's If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which topped charts worldwide and sold over 1.5 million copies.

The Wonder Of You was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick. "I believe we have made an album that is uplifting, sensitive, heart touching and fun - the way that Elvis was and still is to so many of us. His spirit has never left the building!" Reedman said in a press release. Read more here.

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Kacey Musgraves Reveals Christmas Album Details

(Radio.com) Kacey Musgraves has a plan to make your holiday season a little more country. The musician teased a video on Instagram showing her recording A Very Kacey Christmas.

With the studio decked out with lights, stockings and fake snow, Musgraves and her friends recorded classics like "Mele Kalikimaka" and "Let It Snow" alongside four original tunes. The 12-track album will feature Willie Nelson, Leon Bridges and the Quebe Sisters.

"Working on my first Christmas album has been one of the most enriching musical experiences I've ever had, and I can't wait for everyone to hear it," Musgraves said. "I really wanted to create a whimsical throwback holiday record, one that evokes feelings of nostalgia and simpler times. I think that the fine musicians and brains that were a part of this project have helped me create a body of music that can be added to people's classic collections" (via The Boot).

A Very Kacey Christmas will be released October 28th with the vinyl hitting stores a little later on November 18th. Check out the full tracklist and watch the preview here.

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Corden And Colbert Have Fun With End Of Hiddleswift

(Radio.com) The end of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston's romance has inspired the funny, skeptical, overwrought reactions you'd expect in the age of Twitter, but late night talk show hosts got in on the post-mortems, too.

CBS hosts Stephen Colbert and James Corden each paid their respects to the defunct celebrity union of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston, whose press-heavy summer relationship came to an end this week.

Colbert performed a wistful guitar number called "Taylor Tom and Me (Goodbye Hiddleswift)." "Taylor Tom and Me, we were a happy couple of three/ But now they've said goodbye, and I just want to cry," he sang. "How could you do this to me/ Think of all our memories/ Like kissing on that rock/ or climbing on that rock."

Meanwhile, Corden worked the breakup into his monologue, insisting that Taylor's band would go straight to the studio. Check out the high lights here.

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Reveals Insecurity

(TeamRock) Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong admits that he still has moments of self-doubt when he's not doing anything after laboring over the band for two decades.

Bassist Mike Dirnt recalls how the frontman insisted the trio worked non-stop "for 20 years," practicing six times a week and treating the band "like a vintage sports car" that would rust if they didn't keep it tuned up.

But Armstrong admits his motto wasn't true - and he learned that the hard way - resorting to pills and alcohol to get through the day at his lowest ebb. He has now been sober for four years.

He tells Rolling Stone: "You can't be enthusiastic for the sake of enthusiasm. You have to get out of trying to outdo and one-up yourself all the time.

"We had to break that habit, because suddenly we weren't really being ourselves anymore. I was a little burnt out on being in Green Day. We needed to stop."

Though Armstrong has learned to take the occasional break from the band, he admits that having too much down-time can take its toll on his morale. He says Revolution Radio's first track, Somewhere Now, is about feeling "spiritually broken." Read more here.

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In Flames Producer Talks New Album 'Battles'

(Metal Hammer) In Flames producer Howard Benson has praised the Swedish outfit's work ethic while they were in the studio. He was behind the desk for the band's upcoming 12th album Battles, which is set for release on November 11 via Eleven Seven Music.

And although he hadn't worked with them before, Benson reports they've become friends since he helped them on the follow-up to 2014's Siren Charms.

Benson says: "They spent a lot of time writing this record. We decided we were going to focus mostly on the songwriting, then the studio stuff would be pretty easy to do.

"They were really open-minded to putting the time in. In fact, every weekend when they weren't working, they were literally working the entire weekend, writing material. I've got to give the band a lot of credit for that."

Benson calls Bjorn Gelotte "an amazing guitar player" and reports he had fun watching him layering his guitar tracks in the studio, and adds: "I probably worked more with vocalist Anders Friden and I really got to understand his point of view, about what he was talking about.

"I liked the band so much, I actually went to Sweden to visit them a month ago." Watch the trailer here.

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Demi Lovato Is Part Owner Of A Rehab Center

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato opens up about her battle with mental health on CBS Sunday Morning in a segment that airs this Sunday (September 11). After attending CAST Centers, a mental health and wellness treatment facility in Los Angeles, in 2013, Lovato decided to become a co-owner.

"I don't know what it says," she admits on the program. "It just feels good." Part of her ownership has to do with the kind of help the Center offered her after she attended it for depression, bulimia and substance abuse.

But part of it has to do with the good Lovato wants to do with her position. "It sounds ridiculous, but I kind of made a pact with God," Lovato says. "And I don't even think you're supposed to do that, but I promised, 'If You make me a singer one day, I'm going to use my voice for so much more than singing, and I'm going to help people with it.'" Read more here.

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Kevin Gates Releases 'Time For That' Video

(Radio.com) Where some rappers like to do it up in the club, Kevin Gates takes a more serious turn in his newest music video "Time For That." Throughout the visual, he stands in a blown out house set in a barren landscape to reflect his empty heart.

Whatever event has created the devastated setting in which Gates positions himself must have been a massive one, but it mirrors the emotionally strained nature he feels following a bad relationship. "See girl I'm fine with that/ I done gave my watches away/ Ain't got no time for that/ Asking where's my heart/ Good luck finding that," he raps on the chorus.

The video cuts between wide openif barrennatural settings and a house with its windows blown out, graffiti marking the walls and an utterly damaged look about it. This is not a home, this is not even a house. This is the aftermath of a war zone. Watch it here.

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Frank Iero Announces New Album and Band Name

(TeamRock) Frank Iero has announced he's officially changed his band name to Frank Iero And The Patience - and they'll release the album Parachutes on October 28.The outfit have also issued track I'm A Mess from the forthcoming record.

Originally named Frank Iero And The Cellabration, the former My Chemical Romance guitarist announced he'd tour Australia under the new banner back in June.

He says of the name change: "When I first started this journey I brought a band along that filled in the gaps of what I lacked. I was uncomfortable in my position so I brought a celebration or a 'Cellabration' to distract from my awkwardness.

"Now in my life I need to learn how to slow down and love where I am. I need the patience to appreciate the now." He adds: "Recording was the most heartbreaking yet uplifting, depleting yet inspiring experience I have ever had. I found out things about myself and the songs I was writing that changed me forever. I am so proud of this record." Listen to the new song and read more here.

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Third Eye Blind Announce New EP, Stream First Song

(Radio.com) Third Eye Blind announced they'll be releasing a new six-song EP We Are Drugs this fall. The release follows up their 2015 studio album Dopamine.

To give listeners a taste of what's to come, Third Eye Blind premiered We Are Drugs' first single, "Company of Strangers" Thursday (September 8). On the song, Stephan Jenkins details a new love interest who prefers life's emptier connections, and how her indifference affects him.

The song begins quietly with guitar, drums and Jenkins' voice before building into an anthemic release on the chorus. "I like to live a life of danger/ I like holding on to the company of strangers," he repeats on the catchy hook, singing about the person he's attracted to and how life has warped her ability to make a meaningful moment with someone.

We Are Drugs arrives digitally October 7. Listen to "Company of Strangers" here.

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Singled Out: Riley Etheridge Jr.'s Like A Fool

Riley Etheridge Jr. released his new album "Secrets, Hope & Waiting" today (Sept 9th) and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the song "Like A Fool". Here is the story:

While touring in the fall of 2014, I reconnected with a dear friend who had just gone through a difficult divorce. Having known all of the parties involved, I recognized the divergent perspectives each would present on their narrative. I was deeply moved by her resilience and strength in the face of adversity, and wrote eight songs in an attempt to tell her story, and the versions of the story that each character would represent. The abstract that is included in the album art reads:

"Secrets, Hope and Waiting" is the story of an aging southern beauty queen as she struggles to find resolve in the face of loss and disappointment. The eight songs represent the varied perspectives of our heroine and other characters who shaped her journey over three decades."

"Like a Fool" is the opening song on the record, and the most literal version of our heroine's life story, beginning in McComb, MS in 1983, and resolving in 2014 "driving south" from Nashville, TN. We recorded this track in an old 1910 church in New Orleans, LA, which seemed an appropriate setting to capture the dynamic intended.

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

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