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Day in Pop Report for 04/03/2015


Vanilla Ice Make Plea Deal In Burglary Case
(Radio.com) Vanilla Ice has made a plea deal for the charges he was facing after being accused of breaking into a home near a house he was renovating for his reality television show.

Ice (real name: Robert Van Winkle) has agreed to 100 hours of community service and pay the homeowner's estate more than $1,100, with prosecutors agreeing to drop grand theft and burglary charges.

'I'm happy to get this resolved," Ice said (via the Palm Beach Post). 'I never had any criminal intent. It's just unfortunate, but here we are. I'm moving forward." Read more here.

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Katy Perry Accidentally Leaks Her Own Phone Number
(Radio.com) Like so many proud dog owners out there, Katy Perry shared a video of her dog, Butters being adorable on social media. But, in the process also shared some personal information of her own.

In the clip featuring her dog fighting for his treat, Perry shouts out her pal Rihanna's new song by screaming, " B-h, better have my money if b-h wants sausages!" But, for anyone paying close attention they would notice her pup's tag reveals Katy's phone number very clearly.

The good thing to know that instead of immediately trying to call her, many of her Katy Cats actually tried to help her realize her mistake, tweeting messages of concern for her to take it down. Read more here.

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Kendrick Lamar Releases 'King Kunta' Music Video
(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar is going back--way, way back--to the Compton Swap Meet in his new video for "King Kunta." The video, which premiered in Times Square on a Beats By Dre billboard, has Kendrick hitting up the Compton Swap Meet, a store he has admitted he's spent a lot of time in when he was little.

The clip, helmed by Directed X, who has worked with Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, is also a throwback to those '90s videos from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Kendrick's clip even comes complete with lowriders and some booty dancers.

In the end, Kendrick ends up on top of the store's roof letting everyone know who's in charge. Whether you believe Kendrick is the King of Hip-Hop or not, you can't deny that he's the King of the Compton Swap Meet.

Recently, Kendrick performed in his home state of California on the back of a moving truck, which had fans running alongside the vehicle to catch a glimpse of the rapper.

Watch the video for "King Kunta" here.

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Dierks Bentley Launches Sounding Off Video Series
Dierks Bentley has launched a new online video series called "Sounding Off" where he will be giving fans an inside look at his upcoming Sounds Of Summer Tour.

The series will also feature appearances from the tour's supporting acts Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith. Bentley has released the first episode ahead of the tour's June 5th kick off in Raleigh, NC.

Here is what he had to say, "We've been kicking around ideas for the new set list and production for a while, and now with only a few months left, it's time to start putting it all the pieces together.

"Last summer was hard to beat for me personally…so many great things came together to make it an unbelievable summer…it was the perfect collision of the music with the energy of the fans.

"I really want them to be able to experience it like I do…get to see more of what happens backstage and what I get to see from the stage looking out to the back of the lawn. We've got a lot more great memories ahead of us."

Check out the first video here.

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Amy Winehouse Documentary Preview Released
(Radio.com) The first clip of the Amy Winehouse documentary has been revealed and shows the late singer talking about her relationship with music. The short nearly minute and a half teaser for Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia who made the doc, Senna, has a pre-beehive Winehouse touching on her future in the music business, saying, "I'm not a girl trying to be a star or trying to be anything other than a musician."

In the clip, which also features photos and videos throughout her life, Winehouse is asked if she thinks she'll be a big star in the future, to which she gives a rather sad answer, given her fate. "I don't. I don't think I'm gonna be at all famous," she said. "I don't think I could handle it. I would probably go mad."

The documentary is scheduled to be released in the U.K. on July 3, a month before the fourth anniversary of the singer's death. No U.S. release date has been revealed as of yet. Watch the preview here.

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Waka Flocka Flame Releases 'Salute Me or Shoot Me 5' Mixtape
(Radio.com) When Snoop Dogg supplies a mixtape's intro, you know it's going to be a good one. Waka Flocka Flame is back with a new tape--Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5--and it's a doozy. Only two weeks after releasing Turn Up For The Godz (also with his partner in crime DJ Whoo Kid) he's released another 20-song monster.

Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5 doesn't try to reinvent the wheel: as usual in Flocka's ouvre the beats are huge, the rapping is loud, and Flocka's flow is more subtle and lyrical than he'll ever get credit for. Download the mixtape and hear for yourself.

Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5 includes a handful of big features from the likes of Future, Yo Gotti and Juvenile. The former features on "Dem Skrapz," which sounds as nuts as the name implies. The beat creeps and crawls, studded with off-kilter moans and shouts. Juvenile appears on "What I Do," which sounds straight of his country-fried back catalog. Check it out here.

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Blur Release 'Lonesome Street' Video
(Radio.com) Blur have shared another video from their upcoming album The Magic Whip, their first full-length in over a decade, and it's no less entrancing than any of their past hits' clips.

For the visual for their lead single "Lonesome Street," the band opted out of appearing in it and instead recruited a Chinese folk dance collective out of San Francisco called Phoenix Fly Line Dancing Group.

In the choreographed clip, directed by Ben Reed, the group shows off their ace moves. "Lonesome Street" may be the last we hear from The Magic Whip before its April 27 release since the band called it the 'third and final" track from the album on Facebook. "Lonesome Street" follows the release of 'Go Out" and 'There Are Too Many of Us." Watch the video here.

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The Roots Create 'Game of Thrones' Inspired Rap
(Radio.com) The fifth season of Game of Thrones is right around the corner, and if you're stressed about catching up with all the labyrinthine plots don't despair, because The Roots have you covered.

Last night Jimmy Fallon pulled a card from The Tonight Show's suggestion box, which told him to come up with a Game of Thrones rap. He asked The Roots to help him with the task, and they were more than up for the challenge.

Black Thought capably handles the task, smoothly fitting season four's many twists and turns into a verse. He even manages to perform incredible lyrical feats with the character's arcane names.

Case in point: "Daenerys was stressin' from learning a lesson without any scholarship/ she wishes that she could be ruler without dealing without all them politics." Check it out here.

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New Billy Ray Cyrus And Kellie Pickler Shows Coming To CMT
(Radio.com) Billy Ray Cyrus has landed the role of a lifetime, at least as far as comedy is concerned. The country star will be returning to TV on CMT to play a down-and-out Elvis impersonator who becomes a preacher.

"I play a dysfunctional Elvis impersonator who ends up lying his way into a church out of desperation, to help pay his child support," Cyrus told Rolling Stone Country of his starring role on Still the King. In addition to acting, Cyrus will also executive produce and write for the show.

Plus, he'll be drawing from his contacts and bringing on old friends like Randy Travis and Shooter Jennings for cameos. You'll find Travis in the pilot, playing a sheriff, which was filmed before his 2013 stroke. Jennings meanwhile will appear in the house band.

Kellie Pickler will also be joining the roster of new CMT shows. The country star will be the focus of a new reality show. Read more here.

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Pharrell And Jimmy Fallon Reveal Their '80s R&B Alter Egos
(Radio.com) Afro & Deziak were an influential R&B duo in the '80s who wore outrageous suits and wrote songs like 'Girl Can I Get You In The Mood," 'Girl I Wanna Give You What I Got" and 'Girl."

At least, that's the premise of a Jimmy Fallon skit featuring Pharrell that aired Wednesday night. Pharrell and Fallon play the duo, wearing hilarious wigs and flashy, badly-fitting suits. Over lugubrious '80s production they trade hooks about lighting candles and asking girls to grab their "love handles."

Pharrell nails the high notes, but Fallon holds his own when it comes to the jokes: he paints a portrait of a particularly unlikeable Casanova, who wears sandals, asks to borrow money and sweats through his shiny green blazer. Read more here.

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Sia Releases 'Big Girls Cry' Video
(Radio.com) Sia's video for "Big Girls Cry," which she co-directed, once again stars her partner in dance Maddie Ziegler--making her third appearance in one of the singer's videos.

For her third time around, Maddie plays the mime, shown dancing from the shoulders up, all alone in front of a black background. The one long shot has Maddie pretending to have a toothache and using her foot as a phone, but it's her facial expressions that make this a mesmerizing clip, one that's hard to look away from.

Sia has said that she's already done with her follow-up to her most recent album, 1000 Forms of Fear. According to her, it will be called This Is Acting. Watch the video here.

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Craig Wayne Working On New Album
(Radio.com) Craig Wayne Boyd let fans know earlier this week that he's back in the studio and new music is on the way. On March 30, the former Voice winner posted a message on Facebook to let everyone know what's in the works.

"It includes songs from great writers like Adam Craig, Anthony Smith, Arlis Albritton, Josh Helms, Trent Tomlinson and myself, Craig Wayne Boyd to name a few," he wrote, adding that he was co-producing the record with Aaron Pearce.

"Well, YALL, I waited until this morning to let you know, drumroll please' I am starting in the studio to record my newest album, today! It includes songs from great writers like Adam Craig, Anthony Smith, Arlis Albritton, Josh Helms, Trent Tomlinson and myself, Craig Wayne Boyd to name a few!! Co producing with my longtime friend and The GRAMMYs award winner Aaron Pearce!!! Read more here.

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Drake Reacts To NBA Star Steph Curry Faking Out Chris Paul
(Radio.com) For anyone who follows the NBA, it was the crossover heard 'round the world, and not even Drake could handle it.During a heated game between the Los Angeles Clippers and red-hot Golden State Warriors, MVP candidate Stephen Curry of the Warriors put such an ankle-breaking move on Chris Paul (considered by many as the best point guard of his generation) that the Clipper star was reduced to what amounted to a break-dancing pose on the floor.

Granted, part of the reason Chris Paul was sent sprawling was that he stepped on Curry's foot, but that still doesn't diminish the viciousness with which Curry's stop-on-a-dime and behind-the-back move left Paul in a heap.

Noted basketball fan/Toronto Raptors ambassador was sitting courtside at L.A.'s Staples Center during the Warriors-Clippers game, and his reaction to Stephen Curry's smooth move was just as strong, if not stronger than the move itself.

Drake posted his priceless facial expression on Instagram with the caption, "I don't even remember doing any of this because that behind the back cross froze time." See it here.

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Turn iPhone Into An Old School Game Boy?
(Radio.com) It may have started out as a cruel April Fool's joke, but now, thanks to the twisted mind of Hyperkin's Chris Gallizzi, the "Smart Boy" has turned out to be a real thing.

Gallizzi posted an image on Reddit this week of a small console that essentially turns an iPhone into an old school Game Boy that actually works with classic Nintendo cartridges.

"We wanted to create a retro device that can be easily adapted into any modern gamer's arsenal of devices," said Gallizzi. But if you don't have an iPhone, they're not cutting you out of the deal. "We are working on an open side panel version for Android phones," he told Reddit.

Read more and see the mock up of the prototype here.

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'Full House' Being Rebooted?
(Radio.com) In world where Girl Meets World is a thing, where 90210 and Melrose Place saw ill-fated returns, where Arrested Development gets a fourth season, The X-Files comes back to Fox, where 21 Jump Street is not only a wildly successful movie series, but actually eclipses the original TV series, we get Fuller House.

Yes, the TGIF staple of '90s ABC TV is rumored to be coming to Netflix as a new series. Centered around Full House stars D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) and family friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber).

The show has John Stamos signed on to executive produce, while others are reporting Bob Saget has also signed on the appear in some way. A 13-episode single season is reported to have been ordered. Read more here.

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Darius Rucker Talks Country Roots On New Album 'Southern Style'
(Radio.com) Darius Rucker's fourth country album, Southern Style, stands as a wonderful showcase of his country roots. Rucker calls it his "countriest album" to date, saying he made a conscious effort this time around to aim in that direction.

Rucker says records by artists like Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Foster & Lloyd, Radney Foster, New Grass Revival and Dwight Yoakam had him "enamored with country music" and made him want to be a part of it. He says that Southern Style is him getting closer to those records that made him first fall in love with country music and those that he would listen to 10 to 15 times in a row.

"They made me want to come out and sing country music," he reflects. "Now, I think we're getting closer and closer to those records. I mean, I love my first three records. I think they're great. For this record, we made a more conscious effort to make a more country record."

Songs like banjo and string heavy second track on the album, the honky tonk-fused "Good For a Good Time," showcase this classic country sound."I loved every minute of cutting that song," Rucker says with a big smile. "That was the direction we were going in. Not so much all honky tonks, but instead of going poppy or more rock with records, we were trying to go the other way. It's just a big ol' party song. I think that's where we're going. We're going more into the countrier side of music than trying to go the other way." Read more here.

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Waka Flocka Flame Releases NSFW 'Bust' Video
(Radio.com) Social media was burning up Wednesday (April 1) with rumors that Waka Flocka Flame was the star of his very own sex tape when suggestive images of the rapper and a thong-clad female hit the Internet.

On Thursday (April 2), the world learns that the whole thing was an April Fools' Day ruse created to promote the music video for "Bust," a new Waka Flocka Flame single found on his recently released mixtape Salute Me or Shoot Me 5.

The clip was created in conjunction with Pornhub Records, the label offshoot of the popular adult video clip-streaming site, Pornhub. "Sorry to disappoint anyone hoping to catch a real Waka Flocka Flame sex tape," said Brick Bronson, 36BRICKHOUSE president, to Billboard. "But I think this joke was definitely worth it to build the buzz and drop what I think you'll love as the official video for 'Bust' and Waka's latest mixtape. Happy April Fools' Day people!" Read more here.

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Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards Appear To Still Be In Love
(Radio.com) Sure, Zayn Malik left One Direction, but that doesn't mean he's leaving everything in his life behind. After Zayn's announcement, rumors started spreading that there was trouble in paradise with his fiancee, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards--namely that the ex-1D-er was unfaithful. Rumors he shot down immediately on social media, with a F-word filled tweet that basically said, back off.

To quell the rumors further though, Edwards posted a photo of her and her hubby to be on vacation Wednesday (April 1) looking perfectly love dovey with a selfie of them kissing, or what we'd like to start calling a "kisselfie."

Now, as for whether or not Louis Tomlinson has been badmouthing Zayn on tour for leaving the boy band to go solo (eventually), that's still up for review.

Check out the photo of Edwards and Malik k-i-s-s-i-n-g here.

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