Day in Pop Report for 04/01/2015

Joni Mitchell Reportedly Rushed to Hospital Intensive Care
(Radio.com) Legendary music icon Joni Mitchell, 71, was rushed to the intensive care unit of a Los Angeles hospital after being found unconscious in her Bel-Air home, according to reports.

According to Variety (per TMZ), Mitchell regained consciousness and was alert en route to the hospital. Details regarding what exactly caused the singer/songwriter to be hospitalized have yet to be released.

Mitchell has endured a series of health issues throughout her life, including scarlet fever and polio as a child. More recently, she was diagnosed with Morgellons disease, "a rare condition that causes people to experience a crawling and biting sensation to the skin," reports New York Daily News. Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Adds New Leg To North American Tour
Pop star Ed Sheeran has extended his North American tour plans. He has added a new September leg to the previously announced mostly sold out spring and summer trek.

The new leg is scheduled to kick off on September 3rd in Houston, TX at the BBVA Compass Stadium and will conclude with a two-night-stand at the Verizon Center in Washington DC on September 22nd and 23rd.

The initial leg, which includes headline dates and festival appearances, will be kicking off on May 2nd in New Orleans at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and wrapping up on July 3rd at this year's Summerfest in Milwaukee.

Sheeran will also be appearing at this year's Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis on May 3rd as well as the Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas on May 15th. See the tour dates here.

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Justin Bieber Scrapped An Entire Album
(Radio.com) Justin Bieber and his music might have been put through the wringer this week when his Comedy Central Roast aired, but that hasn't stopped the pop star from moving forward with his next album.

While promoting his Roast, Bieber revealed in an interview with USA Today that he scrapped what he had recorded and is headed in a new direction with help from Kanye West and Rick Rubin, which the latter teased in January. Bieber's new album is all "about growing, being in touch with yourself."

"My whole direction has changed," he said. "What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I'm thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music.

"I had to redo my whole (new) album. It was done but it didn't match up to where I am now and where my head's at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope. I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it's about getting out of that rut. It's about knowing there's sunshine on the other side." Read more here.

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Migos Announce North American Yung Rich Nation Tour
Rap trio Migos have announced that they will be launching a North American headlining tour dubbed "Yung Rich Nation" that will feature support from label mate OG Maco.

The month-long spring tour is scheduled to kick off on May 1st in Milwaukee, WI at The Rave and will be concluding on May 28th in San Francisco, CA at the Regency.

Migos are hitting the road in support of their forthcoming debut album "YRN Tha Album" which is scheduled to be released on June 16th and OG Maco will be supporting his recently release '15' EP. See the dates here.

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Kacey Musgraves Eyes June Release Of New Album
(Radio.com) Kacey Musgraves is working on the followup to her GRAMMY-award winning debut album, 2013's Same Trailer Different Park, and in a new interview with Cosmopolitan, the "Biscuits" singer says fans can expect her sophomore album out in early June, adding, "Maybe June 9."

Musgraves opened up about her writing process for the second album, admitting, "I didn't really find it hard to find much to say. That's probably just the nature of me."

She told Cosmo that the driving force for songwriting inspiration tends to be what she's currently going through. "A lot of times, I'll be having an argument or a conversation with someone, and I'm like, 'Oh, that's a lyric!' Then I think, 'Focus back on the conversation,'" she admitted. "Or it's stuff my parents, sister, or friends have gone through. I could see a sign and think, 'Oh, that's an interesting perspective.'" Read more here.

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Wale and Jerry Seinfeld Call Rick Ross in New Video
(Radio.com) The layers of humor contained in Wale's album release for The Album About Nothing is so thick it is hard to see the forest from the trees. And on the latest installment of Wale and Jerry Seinfeld's vlog series, we're deep in the trees. Maybe we are the trees. Maybe Wale is the trees. It is really hard to tell anymore.

So, on the latest installment, titled "The Phone Call," Seinfeld and Wale call Rick Ross to announce the completion of The Album About Nothing, with Seinfeld playing up the awkwardness of his discomfort with Rick Ross.

Throughout, a Seinfeld-like laugh track is inserted to play up the absurdity of it all, and there's plenty to play up. Everyone finally breaks character near the end of the video, laughing at Wale and the general ridiculousness.

Check out the video here.

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The X-Files Star David Duchovny Releasing Debut Album
(Radio.com) Last summer, actor David Duchovny announced that he was working on music, prepping a debut album that he dreamed might "sound like Wilco or R.E.M."

The X-Files star David Duchovny has delivered details on his debut full-length album, sharing the album's title--Hell or Highwater--as well as a May 12 release date on Thinksay Records.

"Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream - it's still a shock when I think about how all this music happened," Duchovny in a press release. "What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I've ever been able to achieve and I look forward to sharing it with everyone."

Hell or Highwater will come on the heels of Duchovny's recent book Holy Cow, and ahead of a new TV show Aquarius and the highly anticipated reboot of the series that made him famous, The X-Files, which begins shooting in Vancouver this summer. Read more here.

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iLoveMakonnen Releases New Mixtape
(Radio.com) Atlanta rapper/producer iLoveMakonnen, who hit the charts and radio airwaves hard with his Drake-featuring single, "Tuesday" has just released his latest mixtape, Drink More Water 5.

The 11-track release comes laden with high-profile guest appearances from the likes of Migos, Gucci Mane, Rich the Kid, Fredo Santana and Rome Fortune.

Drink More Water 5 comes just just weeks before iLoveMakonnen is set to hit the road on an American tour, which launches in New York City on April 28 before wrapping on May 16 with a date in San Francisco.

Listen to Drink More Water 5 here.

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Darius Rucker Reacts To Scoring No. 1 Hit With 'Homegrown Honey'
(Radio.com) "A No. 1 never gets old," Darius Rucker says with a big smile on his face. Rucker visited Radio.com's New York offices Monday (March 30), less than 24 hours after learning that his song "Homegrown Honey," which he wrote with Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Nathan Chapman, would top this week's Mediabase country singles chart.

'Homegrown Honey" is the lead single off Rucker's fourth solo album, Southern Style, due for release today (March 31). "I remember my first No. 1. I remember how moved I was. It was really exciting. It was such a cool moment," he recalls.

"Yesterday when I got the text that we were probably going to be No. 1 again, it was the same feeling of, 'This is awesome!' To know that you're the most played record in country music is pretty awesome. "When I texted Charles [Kelley] to say congratulations he said it perfectly. He said, 'It just never gets old.' It's still awesome."

'I was playing golf with Charles Kelley one day," Rucker explained to us in an earlier interview. 'Charles is probably my best friend in the business. He said, 'Man, we've been in Nashville seven years and have never written a song.' I hadn't really thought about it, but he was right. We had never written a song together. When I got to the session he had this great idea he had started with the opening line, 'Sitting in a bar in New York City everyone here looking New York pretty.'"

Rucker explained that Kelley had the idea to write about a girl who lives in New York and is from the South and is different from everybody else. Nathan Chapman also had a hand in writing the track and is someone Rucker credits as 'a genius with melodies."

'[When] we finished it, we were sitting around and I said, 'This is my single.' There was no doubt in my mind that that was my first single." Read more here.

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Hanson Staging Their Own Craft Beer and Music Festival
(Radio.com) When Hanson first appeared on the music scene in the '90s, the idea of them playing at a beer and music festival would seem, well, illegal. Decades later, the boys of Hanson are all grown up and appropriately headlining the second annual Hop Jam Craft Beer and Music Festival on May 17 in Tulsa, Oklahoma's Brady Arts District, an event they also played a part in founding.

And Hanson are not alone. Also performing is a strong bill of The Polyphonic Spree, Black Joe Lewis, Jamestown Revival, Horse Thief and a contest winner yet to be determined.

These acts will perform in an all-ages performance space, allowing younger concertgoers an activity while the over-21 crowd bounces back and forth between the many beer tastings. Read more here.

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Coachella And Lollapalooza Ban Selfie Sticks
(Radio.com) The first gauntlet against the selfie stick has been thrown for festival season. Both Coachella and Lollapalooza have noted on their websites that the camera attachments, which allow users to take selfies with relative ease, will not be allowed at either festival this year.

Among the many things festival goers are not allowed to bring to Coachella, added to the list this year is the notation "no selfie sticks/narcissists" (directly followed by "no stuffed animals").

Lollapalooza is a bit more specific, saying that "GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods" will not be allowed. Looks like the hoards will have to take their selfless the old-fashioned way: with arms wide open. Read more here.

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Evan Rachel Wood Stars In Brandon Flowers 'Can't Deny My Love' Video
(Radio.com) Brandon Flowers' new single "Can't Deny My Love" is drenched in '80s vibes, but the song's music video takes it back even further. Try frontier times.

The clip, which stars Evan Rachel Wood alongside Flowers, as well as the Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler, finds them in a frontier town, though things get supernatural fairly quickly as day turns to night.

The Killers frontman tells Radio.com that the video is based off Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story Young Goodman Brown, and that a high profile director was originally attached to the project.

"There's a great short story from Nathaniel Hawthorne called Young Goodman Brown," Flowers explains. "I read it recently. I got a book of classic American short stories. Just when we finished 'Can't Deny My Love,' I had just read it. I thought it would be great to just adapt it with the music. And the idea was to have it be more true to the story and have it be in the woods in the Northeast, but that did not work out. M. Night Shyamalan was supposed to do it, but it just didn't work out.

"So in the last second we had to turn it around because we were running out of time. Robert Schober, who has worked with Disturbed and the Killers (the band's 2013 video 'Shot in the Night'), did it in the Mojave desert in-between Las Vegas and L.A., a small ghost town called Calico, right outside of Barstow, Calif." Read more and watch the video here.

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Russell Crowe Claims Michael Jackson Used to Prank Call Him
(Radio.com) Who's bad at prank calling? Apparently, Michael Jackson.In a new interview with The Guardian, Russell Crowe says the King of Pop used to prank call him for "two or three f-ing years" after learning the assumed name he often used when he checked into hotels.

'I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn't matter where I was, he'd ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know," Crowe explained.

According to Crowe, Jackson would call and say things like, "Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what's holding the roof up? Ha ha." Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood Reveals First Full Picture of Baby Isaiah
(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood welcomed her first son, Isaiah Michael Fisher, into the world on Feb. 27, and over the weekend, the country singer posted the first full picture of her and husband Mike Fisher's new addition to the family.

On Sunday, (March 29) Underwood posted a photo of her son on Instagram. The baby was shown wrapped on a blanket while holding onto a miniature Nashville Predators hockey stick.

She captioned the photo showing her excitement that the Predators will be playing in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. She tweeted "The Predators are in the playoffs! Just waiting to get called up! #PutMeInCoach."

See the photo here.

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