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Day in Pop Report for 04/02/2015


Rihanna Punks Jimmy Kimmel
(Radio.com) Rihanna pulled an epic April Fools' joke on Jimmy Kimmel early Tuesday morning night with the help of some of his own employees. A guest on last night's show, the singer confessed she's a big fan of Kimmel's April Fools pranks and jumped at the chance to mess with him.

As one of Kimmel's co-head writers, his wife Molly was instrumental in orchestrating the prank. Dressed to the nines and accompanied by her disco light-wearing, boom box blasting band members, Rihanna snuck into Kimmel's house, tiptoed up to his bedroom and proceeded to stage a full concert at his bedside.

Tossing dollar bills over the sleeping Kimmel, Rihanna belted out her current single, "B**** Better Have My Money," while shining flashlights in his eyes and jumping on his bed like a trampoline.

As the self-proclaimed prankster realized what was happening, it became clear he appreciated the joke. Finally dressed in a robe, Kimmel followed the crew to the living room and high-fived the singer. Watch it here.

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Avril Lavigne Reveals Mystery Illness
(Radio.com) Back in December, news spread that Avril Lavigne was dealing with a mystery illness after private messages she sent to a fan on Twitter were revealed.

"I feel bad because I haven't been able to say anything to the fans to let them no [sic] why I've been absent," Lavigne wrote. "I'm torn as I'm quite private… I'm not feeling well. I'm having some health issues. So please keep me in your prayers."

Now the cause of Lavigne's illness has been revealed in the latest issue of People, which the pop-punk singer covers. It turns out that she has been battling Lyme disease.

Lavigne found out her diagnosis after her 30th birthday trip to Las Vegas last September. "I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed," she said. "My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know."

After seeing a doctor, Lavigne recalled she had been bitten by a tick in the springtime. "I had no idea a bug bite could do this," she recalls. "I was bedridden for five months. I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move. I thought I was dying." Read more here.

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Trooper Reprimanded For Taking Photo With Criminal: Snoop Dogg
(Radio.com) A Texas-based trooper has been reprimanded for, of all things, posing in a photo with Snoop Dogg. Billy Spears, part of the Department of Public Safety and based in Gilmer, Texas, was given a slap on the wrist from his superiors for taking the photo with the rapper, The Dallas Morning News reports. The pair met while in Austin for South By Southwest; Spears was called there to work and was in uniform at the time of the picture.

According to Ty Clevenger, Spears' attorney, the cop wasn't aware of who Snoop was-and that the rapper asked for the photo while in a secured area at the fest. Snoop's publicist took the photo, which was uploaded to his Instagram with the caption "Me n my deputy dogg."

But Department of Public Safety officials who saw the photo cited Spears for posing with a criminal; Snoop has been arrested multiple times, many of which have been for drug and/or weapon possession, including a 1993 murder charge of which he was later acquitted. The DPS decided that Spears needed counseling due to the incident. Read more here.

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Eric Church, Keith Urban and More Added to ACM Duets Special
(Radio.com) A slew of country music superstars have been added to the upcoming CBS TV special, ACM Presents: Superstar Duets, including Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum and Brett Eldredge.

Also joining the festivities that will occur over April 17-18 at the two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, and broadcast on Friday, May 15 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) will be Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Ashley Monroe, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, Marty Stuart, Cole Swindell, John Anderson and Deana Carter.

This round of artists joins the previously announced and already-stacked lineup of performers Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Clint Black, Sam Hunt, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama and Eli Young Band. Read more here.

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Lana Del Rey And Grimes Plan Summer Tour
(Radio.com) Two of the biggest alternative divas on Earth will tour together this summer: Grimes and Lana Del Rey. Del Rey announced a 10-city Endless Summer tour, and Grimes will be joining her as her opening act.

The journey starts off in Noblesville, Ind., on May 28 and continues into mid-June, with the final show currently scheduled for June 16 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Del Rey will be touring her latest album Ultraviolence, while rumors indicate that Grimes is working on something new. A collaboration from the two? With a joint tour, the likelihood of such a thing happening seems all the more possible. See the dates here.

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Alt-J Announce New North American Tour Leg
(Radio.com) Alt-J are giving their 2014 album This Is All Yours the full promotional treatment. Fresh off performing "Every Other Freckle" on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and playing to a sold-out Madison Square Garden, the band has announced a lengthy North American tour.

The UK group, currently on a U.S. tour, will kick off another leg starting Sept. 17 at St. Paul, Minn.'s Wilkins Auditorium. Along the way, other festivals they'll be performing at include WayHome Music & Arts Festival in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Chicago's Lollapalooza and Osheaga in Montreal.

The group will wrap up their tour in Seattle on Oct. 18. Alt-J is still supporting most recent album This Is All Yours, which was released last year and has spawned multiple popular singles, including "Hunger of the Pine," "Left Hand Free" and "Every Other Freckle" on alt radio. See the dates here.

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Tyga Served With Court Papers At Shoe Release Party
(Radio.com) At a release party for his new line of sneakers, Tyga was served with court papers by a man pretending to be a fan. Tyga was signing shoe boxes when a middle-aged man approached him with two pairs. Tyga signed the boxes, and then the man handed him a piece of paper from his back pocket, Complex reports.

Tyga looked at it, appeared dismayed and took the paper. He smiled uncomfortably for a picture with the man, who then walked away. Outside, TMZ cameras caught up with the man. "What'd you give him?" asks the cameraman.

"Court papers," replies the man. When asked his charges, the man notes that he's not charged with anything, but he has to appear in court because, "He's not paying somebody." Read more and watch the video here.

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Keith Urban and Eric Church Release 'Raise 'Em Up' Video
(Radio.com) Keith Urban and Eric Church have a ball in their new black-and-white music video "Raise 'Em Up," which premiered March 30 on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

The video kicks off with a young girl dancing along to the song, something Urban says was inspired by his own daughters. Filmed in Nashville last month, Urban and Church are shown singing and playing the song on guitars while joking around with each other, something Church admits was fun to film.

"My favorite part of this video were the candid moments that were captured between Keith and I on film," Church said in a press release. "It's cool that a number of those made it in the final version. To me, they really reify the emotion of the moment and experience."

"Some of the idea for this video started with me playing with my phone one day, filming our girls jumping in slow motion," Urban added. "That's all that they were doing, just jumping up in the air in slo mo. We put 'Raise 'Em Up' on and were watching this film of our girls and they just went together beautifully. It was so simple, and emotional, and it captured some of the spirit of what I feel is at the heart of this song." Watch the video here.

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Nick Jonas Releases New 'Chains' Video
(Radio.com) Nick Jonas' chains do not keep him from having a great party. In the new clip for his song "Chains," Jonas is heading down to Miami for the a neon-hued rager that has him dancing in the streets and smoking cigars with half-naked ladies.

The takeaway here is that a Nick Jonas party don't stop until six in the morning. If some of you wonder, 'Wait, didn't Nick already put out a video for this track off his self-titled album?" You're right, he did.

But, this new version, dubbed the "Winwood Walls Edition," is definitely a lot more fun. Jonas recently announced he will not be heading out on Iggy Azalea's rescheduled tour, but he will be heading to the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards to collaborate with country duo Dan + Shay at the awards show. Watch the video here.

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DeJ Loaf and Kid Ink Release 'Be Real' Video
(Radio.com) DeJ Loaf and Kid Ink explore the twilight world of the undead and wealthy in their new collaborative video for "Be Real." The video opens with a chilling montage of burning candles, grainy show footage and shots of Kid Ink watching events unfold on a giant bank of video monitors.

Then we see brief clips of bloody models stalking around a mansion-uh, oh. Clearly something is afoot: while never explicitly made clear, we can assume that Ink and Loaf are meant to represent some kind of undead royalty living out their eternal life in a lavish mansion, a concept driven home by Ink's Victorian-esque blazer.

The DJ Mustard instrumental provides the perfect underpinning for Loaf and Ink's croons, and its pitched up vocal samples complement the spooky mood.

"Be Real" comes off Kid Ink's recent release Full Speed. In an interview with The Fader, he says that "Be Real" wasn't originally intended as a single, "but the response when the album dropped was overwhelming-the people made it a single."

Watch the video here.

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Beastie Boys Ad-Rock Stars In Latest 'Ask a Grown Man'
(Radio.com) Adam Horovitz is probably best known as one-third of the Beastie Boys (Ad-Rock), but also has a role in the new Noah Baumbach film, While We're Young. And, like any good actor or musician promoting a new endeavor, he is making the rounds of interviews and promotional appearances.

His professional obligation is our gain, as he signed on for the latest edition of Rookie Mag's Ask a Grown Man. In the iconic video series, where some of our favorite grown men have cemented themselves as role models, Horovitz gives some solid advice about first kisses, break ups, and romantic insecurities. "Boys are, for the most part, not very observant or all together smart," Horovitz reveals before promoting communication between a young couple.

Perhaps the biggest question comes from a young woman who battles feeling down or defeated, to which Horovitz lets her know that she isn't alone, that everyone gets down in some way.

Check out the video here.

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Matt and Kim Talks New Album 'New Grow'
(Radio.com) Indie-rock-dance duo Matt and Kim (Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino) are about to release their fifth album together, New Glow, out April 7. If you love the good time vibes of "Let's Go," "Lessons Learned" and "It's All Right," you won't be disappointed.

But be careful about calling them "indie": while they have the D.I.Y. ethic of indie rock in its purest sense, they don't really relate with the scene of the past decade and a half or so.

"We're very human, and we're fun," Johnson says. "We're excited to be doing what we're doing. There is an era of indie music where it just because just about trying to look cool on stage. That 'bored' look became a thing. On stage you can see we're enjoying ourselves, because we are enjoying ourselves. And we want to show it."

He continues: "If you come from a pissed off place, be pissed off. If you're coming from a sad place, be sad. But just don't be bored. Watching people be bored, or look bored, is boring to watch. Seeing her," he says, pointing at Kim, "She will be dancing and smiling at any given moment in her life."

Dancing, and in particular, Kim's dancing, is an important visual aspect of the group, and distinguishes them from the duller indie rock acts. "To see a member of an indie band dance like that in a video, people are like, 'Whoa! Kim! You've got moves!' She's very comfortable with her body." In fact, both Kim and Matt are pretty comfortable with their bodies, which has always been a calling card of sorts for the duo.

Kim's dancing, and a bit of Matt's is on display in the video for "Hey Now," from New Glow, which sees her tearing it up at a waterfront park in Brooklyn. As Kim says, "So, I like to dance, and when you come to our shows, it happens. Matt was just like, 'Why don't we just have a video where you dance?' We have a video like that for 'Overexposed' from 2012's Lightning. But doing it outside was maybe a bad idea. In New York City in February! Not the first time we did that!"

In fact, their breakthrough came via a rather frigid music video: "There's a little song called 'Lessons Learned,'" Matt says, "Where we got naked in Times Square."

Kim laughs, "You think we would have learned by now!"

Matt counters, "Hey, this time we wore some clothes at least. But the 'Hey Now' video felt very 'Matt and Kim.' But it's like 'Matt and Kim 2.0.' We might have tried a few new things, but it's still Matt and Kim. But we thought, how are we going to portray that energy in a video? Kim's gotta shake that booty, that's how!" here.

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Taylor Swift Shares April Fools' Day Survival Tip
(Radio.com) April Fools' Day can be an anxiety ridden 24-hours where you struggle to know what is real and what is not. And worry that anyone could be lurking around that dark corner waiting to tell you a lie just so they can yell, "April Fools!"

But, Taylor Swift came up with a way to make it through the day unharmed. Seriously, it's pretty foolproof. Swift took to Twitter in the wee hours of the morning to let fans know her method, which is actually quite simple. "For the next 24 hours, TRUST NO ONE. *locks self in kitchen cabinet*"

Now, we imagine if you don't have a cabinet big enough to hide out in, you could substitute a spacious closet or perhaps, even staking out the bathroom wouldn't be a terrible idea. Read more here.

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Darius Rucker Talks New Album 'Southern Style'
(Radio.com) Darius Rucker says Southern Style is the "countriest" album he's ever released. "I think with the themes and instrumentation, to me it sounds country," Rucker tells Radio.com, during a recent chat in Nashville. "This was a fun record. I'm getting close to all those records that made me want to make country records. I'm trying to get closer and closer to them."

When talking about Southern Style, the word "fun" comes up frequently. And after listening to lead single "Homegrown Honey," as well as the title track, it's clear this was the focal point of the album. 'We wanted to have a little more fun with this record," Rucker says.

"Homegrown Honey" is just one example. Written with Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Rucker said the instant they finished writing the song with Nathan Chapman, he knew it was destined for radio.

'[When] we finished it, we were sitting around and I said, 'This is my single,'" he recalls. "There was no doubt in my mind that that was my first single. This song was so much fun. It's [about] a guy I'm not anymore, but we can sing about it anyway."

Title track "Southern Style," which Rucker wrote with Rivers Rutherford, continues the fun. "It's one of those country songs that I love," Rucker says of the ode to a Southern woman. "It's such a cool story about everybody. It just felt right for me with this record. The songs I was hearing, the songs I was cutting, it had a cool theme of Southern living going through it so I thought Southern Style would be a cool name for the record." Read more here.

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Real Housewives' Joe Giudice Opens Up About Teresa Going To Prison
(Extra) In an interview you will see only on "Extra" "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Joe Giudice opens up about life while his wife Teresa serves fifteen months in Danbury Federal Prison for bank and bankruptcy fraud.

Joe, sentenced to three years and five months for his role in the fraud, his sentence delayed until his wife's release from prison so one of them can care for their daughters, Gia, 13, Milania 9, Gabriella, 8, and Audriana, 3. Joe sitting down with "Extra" from his home in Towaco, New Jersey saying he and the girls miss Teresa every day and the children communicate with her via email, "They email her all the time, so I'm sure they talk every day, so, they email more than me."

Joe staying strong, "You know what I mean when you have four kids you have to stay strong." Appreciating all his wife did for them now that she is not there, "Her being away definitely makes me appreciate her way more, a lot more, and you know everything she did."

The family visits Teresa often, "We try to make it up there every weekend and we bring her mom up every weekend." Giudice also revealing how Teresa is doing in prison, "She's got a little group she hangs out with and does her thing with everyday and who she goes to the gym with and who she hangs out with and who does her hair and who does her nails they have their little thing going every day. " Her beauty regimen even making her late for their visits, "She made us wait an hour to make her hair, to do her hair, I mean really…That was a little annoying."

The reality star making it clear he does not consider he and his wife to be criminals, "We're not bad people, we're not you know, these criminals or whatever, I don't know whatever the hell they make us out to be." Read more here.

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Pharrell and Cara Delevingne Perform CC The World
(Radio.com) Cara Delevingne: model, actress, and now popstar? The triple-threat renaissance woman showed off her vocal skills on stage at Chanel's Métiers d'Art show, which celebrates all the craftsmen who supply the fashion house with luxurious materials.

At a star-studded gala that also featured Beyonce, Julianne Moore and Dakota Johnson, Pharrell and Delevingne stole the night with their performance of the song "CC the World" from their Chanel film.

If Delevingne ever decides to go full steam ahead with her singing career she wouldn't be making a mistake, if footage from the Chanel event is any indication. Fan videos show her demonstrating a surprisingly strong range, complementing Pharrell's velvety hooks. Watch it here.

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