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Day in Pop Report for 04/21/2015


Migos Members Arrested On Felony Drug And Gun Charges
(Radio.com) Two members of the rap group Migos were charged with possession of drugs and guns following a concert in Georgia over the weekend. The "Versace" rappers were playing Georgia Southern University's Spring Bling Saturday night (April 19) when the show was cut short after police arrived on the scene.

The three members, Quavo, Offset, Takeoff, along with their entourage, were stopped by the cops for questioning after leaving the stage. According to Rolling Stone, it was during this questioning that both Quavo (real name Quavious Marshall) and Offset (real name Kiari Cyphus) were arrested for felony possession of drugs, including cocaine, Oxycontin and codeine. They were also charged with carrying a loaded weapon in a school zone.

Quavo was charged with three felonies including possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm and carrying a weapon in a school zone. He was also given a misdemeanor marijuana charge for holding less than 1 oz.

Offset was charged with two felonies including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon in a school zone, along with two misdemeanors. Read more here.

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Bobbi Kristina Is Now Awake According To Family Members
(Radio.com) It's been nearly three months since Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub at home before being brought to the hospital where she's remained in a coma. Now it seems like Bobbi Kristina is primed to recover, if statements from her family members are to be believed.

During a concert in Grand Prairie, Texas, on Saturday night, her father Bobby Brown told the crowd that Bobbi Kristina "is awake," as TMZ reports. "She's watching me," he said, leading many to believe that the kind of awakeness he was referring to was more spiritual than physical.

The elder Brown's comment however seems to be literal as Bobbi Kristina's aunt has given more credence to the claim. "[Bobbi] woke up and is no longer on life support!!!!!:):)God is good!!thanks for your prayers,,still a process,but she is going to be ok:):):):)," Tina Brown wrote on Facebook, TMZ points out. Read more here.

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Ariana Grande and Big Sean Break Up
(Radio.com) Ariana Grande and Big Sean have split. In a statement to Us Weekly, the pair confirmed in a joint statement they had broken up after eight months of dating.

'They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends," said Grande and Sean's reps in a joint statement. 'We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at this time."

Us claims the split actually happened weeks ago and happened due to the likelihood that the duo would spend a lot of time apart over the next year. Read more here.

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Twin Shadow Star Remain Hospitalized Following Bus Crash
(Radio.com) Last week, news broke that Twin Shadow's tour bus was involved in a horrendous crash in Aurora, Colo., along with country duo Thompson Square. Foggy images depicting just how bad the accident was surfaced.

Conflicting reports of the state of the crew and band members involved circulated. Now the band has addressed the extent of the damage and injuries. "There were 12 people on the tour bus consisting of band and crew. Everyone was taken to two local hospitals," a statement from the band reads.

The passengers who suffered the worst impact were driver John Crawford and Twin Shadow drummer Andy Bauer, who "remain hospitalized, in serious condition."

Frontman George Lewis Jr. was also affected by the accident and "will be undergoing reconstructive hand surgery this week." Whether that's on his guitar-playing hand or not, is unclear at the time. Read more here.

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Mumford & Sons Reveal New Song 'Snake Eyes'
(Radio.com) Mumford & Sons had a bit of a tried-and-true formula with their first two albums: either start soft and crescendo toward a cacophonous finish, or start at breakneck speed and end even louder.

So far for Wilder Mind, their third record and first with nary a banjo or kick drum in sight, has shied from that format to a small extent with first two singles "Believe" and "The Wolf," but things get a little back to basics on the newest taste of the album, released today: "Snake Eyes."

In a video posted to their YouTube page, Mumford & Sons are shown performing the song in a live setting (though the recording itself appears to be the studio version, not a live form as the video title might suggest).

"Snake Eyes" begins not unlike some of the band's Babel material, think "Ghosts That We Knew." Frontman Marcus Mumford's hushed vocal presides only over picked electric guitar and piano before a quiet but persistent drum beat is introduced on the second verse. Eventually, the song is a telling combination of Mumford old and new, the crescendo punctuated by Winston Marshall's soaring guitar and quick-paced drumming. Read more and listen to the new track here.

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Randy Travis' Heartfelt Message After Surprise ACM Awards Appearance
(Radio.com) Randy Travis surprised ACM Awards viewers Sunday night (April 19), when he was shown to be in the audience at A&T Stadium in Dallas during the 50th annual award show. And it turned into one of the night's most emotional moments.

This was one of only a handful of public appearances Travis has made since his 2013 stroke, which impaired his ability to speak and walk. During the ACM Awards broadcast, Lee Brice performed Travis' hit "Forever and Ever, Amen," then he introduced the singer. Travis stood and waved to the crowd and received a standing ovation.

After his appearance at the ACMs last night, Travis wrote a heartfelt letter to fans on his website, titled Storms of Life. "Words can never express my gratitude to those who continue to believe in me, pray for me and keep me lifted up in thought and deed," he wrote. "The kind cards and heartfelt letters of testimony and encouragement brought me through the darkest of days. Mary read each and every one of them to me, and I felt the love and concern being sent my way; and, I gathered strength from this. None of us are worthy of the immense outpouring of support shown to me, and I consider each of my fans, a friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

He added a hopeful note about his future in music: "It is my prayer that, with continued healing, one day soon, I will be back on that stage exchanging music with my fans ' my friends, who with God's amazing grace, have brought me this far. As I work through music/speech/occupational/physical therapy, it is my hope that my songs of yesterday continue to touch your life in some way."

See the full letter here.

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Kanye West Joins The Hitmen For New Diddy Album
(Radio.com) Kanye West's career behind the boards stretches back more than a decade, to the late '90s. Back then he got his start with Bad Boy Records' original production team The Hitmen, responsible for much of the label's output over the course of the '90s.

Now West is going full circle--he's joining up with The Hitmen to help with Diddy's new album. West joins original members Chucky Thompson, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Steven "Stevie J" Jordan, Mario Winans and Nashiem Myrick.

They're all in the studio with Diddy working on his next album, Making Money Mitch (MMM), his first release since Last Train to Paris in 2010. Diddy shared the news in an Instagram post. Check it out here.

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Lady Antebellum Reveal 'Long Stretch of Love' Video
(Radio.com) For Lady Antebellum, selling out the O2 arena in London was an item they got to check off their bucket list. Fittingly, they showcased that experience in their new music video.

The country trio released the video for their latest single "Long Stretch of Love" Sunday night (April 19) following their performance of the song on the ACM Awards.

The mostly live performance video of the song gives a sneak peak of the band backstage before their sold-out performance at London's O2 arena and they don't take this accomplishment lightly.

"There's nothing like feeling that energy right before you go onstage," Charles Kelley confesses at the video's start. "You can feel the pulse of the crowd get louder and louder."

The black and white footage shows the band walking backstage and onto the stage into a sea of noise and energy. "This is a bucket list show for us in London," Dave Haywood adds. "This is one of our favorite cities in the entire world to play."

"We're in it for the long stretch," Hillary Scott says. Check it out here.

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Brandon Flowers Announces North American Solo Tour
(Radio.com) Starting in July, fans of Killers frontman Brandon Flowers can see the singer in a live setting--and solo. Flowers has announced a solo tour behind upcoming sophomore release The Desired Effect, with tour dates kicking off with a set at Mo Pop Festival in Detroit.

From there, Flowers will play clubs and theaters across the U.S. and Canada, beginning July 27 in Pittsburgh. The final scheduled date is Oct. 1 in El Paso, Texas.

Those who have pre-ordered The Desired Effect via Flowers' store will get an early chance at tickets on April 22, same with those who order the deluxe version of the album. General tickets go on sale April 24. Check out the dates here.

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Drake Confirms Meek Mill And Nicki Minaj Are Engaged?
(Radio.com) Drake promised to bring out a special guest on stage at Coachella and he made good on his word--labelmate and friend Nicki Minaj briefly joined him onstage in California for the festival.

She didn't actually perform any songs, but Minaj came out unannounced and made a splash nonetheless. Minaj is taking a break from her Pinkprint Tour--perhaps she's trying to preserve her voice, seeing that she also made a brief guest appearance during David Guetta's set and did not perform.

Drake introduced her with a sweet message which may provide some clues to her rumored engagement to Meek Mill. 'Coachella. You gotta make some noise for like the love of my life. I love this girl right here. We family forever," said Drake in his introduction for Minaj. " You know when that girl you had a crush on and s-- start being with someone else you gotta be like, 'yo, congratulations and on that s-.'" Read more here.

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Zayn Malik Posts First Tweet Since Leaving One Direction
(Radio.com) Zayn Malik's post-One Direction career just took a bold new step in a new direction: social media. Malik tweeted on Monday, for the first time since leaving his former group.

He posted a message of thanks to everyone who's stood by him. "Wanna say thanks to everyone that's been there for me over the last few weeks, love you all.. you know who you are x," he tweeted.

In case you thought that he was referring to mysterious stranger with the solitary letter, Malik clarified the British expression in a follow-up tweet: "The x is a kiss by the way ha it's not a mystery .. sorry to any confused … " Read more here.

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Kanye West Makes Surprise Appearance At Coachella
(Radio.com) Kanye West appeared out of nowhere during The Weeknd's set on Saturday night at the Coachella festival, heralded by The Weeknd covering West's song "Heartless."

Then the man himself leaped on stage and performed a quick set, featuring a handful of his hits from across his discography: "All Day," "Black Skinhead" and "Can't Tell Me Nothing."

Although no official footage has yet emerged, multiple fan videos quickly swept across the Internet. Below, you can watch West drop it low during his performance of "All Day."

See him performing "Black Skinhead," to raucous appreciation from the festival crowd and read more here.

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Wiz Khalifa Shares Video Of 2-Year-Old Son Rapping
(Radio.com) Wiz Khalifa has posted a video of his 2-year-old son singing along to some of his own songs. Khalifa posted the video to his Instagram page, captioned, "You know what it is."

In the video, Sebastian Taylor Thomaz (AKA The Bash, as Wiz calls him) wears a backward Supreme hat and tries his best to rap a few words from "We Dem Boyz" and "Black and Yellow."

Wiz looks on, pride evident in his eyes. Clearly, Sebastian is taking after his father; presumably it will be a few years until we see if he follows in his mother's footsteps as well, with a modeling career. Watch it here.

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Chris Pratt Featured In New 'Jurassic World' Trailer
(Radio.com) In the new trailer for Jurassic World, the latest installment in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park series, you can see Parks and Recreation alum Chris Pratt at work, fending off killer creatures--one of which is a super-intelligent hybrid dino created in a lab by Pratt's boss.

The new promo offers a greater glimpse at the dinosaur park that took over a decade to create. You can see why with the glossy aerial shots, wild attractions--quite literally--and hyper-realistic detail.

Unlike previous trailers, this one shows a peek of the on-the-loose horrific dinosaur terrorizing the park attendees and personnel. But it's not without its moments of humor, either. "These animals are thinking, 'I got to eat. I got to hunt. I gotta…,'" Pratt says, while making a lewd gesture to his female boss, played by Bryce Dallas Howard. "You gotta relate to at least one of those things."

The film is set for release on June 12. Watch the trailer here.

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Prince's Facebook Page Hacked
(Radio.com) The promise of new Prince music over the weekend from Prince's since-deleted Facebook page no doubt had many fans eager. Unfortunately, it turns out that the singer's page was hacked, Consequence of Sound reports.

The "Purple Rain" singer joined Facebook back in October for a fan Q&A and after answering one question promptly deleted his account. Earlier today, his Facebook page was re-activated with a slew of messages promising new music today while teasing possible remixes.

"Clouds remix? Revelation? 1000 Hugs and Kisses New? Or This Could Be Us Remix?" the hacker playfully toyed. The messages then continued and verged on self-deprecating and insulting.

"My name is Prince and all I do is use people to get what I want and sit alone on my computer all day calling up celebrities I want to bone because I don't know how to be friends with anyone but I am a user," one stated. Read more here.

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Kodaline Talk New Sophomore Album
(Radio.com) Considering the breakout success of Kodaline's 2013 debut album, In a Perfect World, featuring 'All I Want" (which received an extra boost from being highlighted in the movie and soundtrack for The Fault in Our Stars), making a follow-up might seem like stressful process.

For Kodaline, however, that success only ramped up internal concerns about what the band should do next. 'I think when we finished the first album, we were already pretty nervous about the second," admits Kodaline frontman Steve Garrigan when asked if the cliche is true about bands having their entire lives to prepare for their debut album followed by the pressure of turning around a sophomore release in just a year or so. 'It really is kind of like that."

For the Irish quartet, the remedy was to basically never stop creating new music. 'We just kept writing. Eventually when we got around to going into a studio, it all came together," Garrigan explains about Kodaline's recently released second full-length, Coming Up for Air. 'We really didn't expect to get this album finished as quickly as we did. You can't let pressure get in the way. You've got to just go with it, really. We've already started thinking about the third album. It's a learning curve." Read the full interview here.

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ACMs, Alabama, Rascal Flatts Set Guinness Records
(Radio.com) This year's American Country Music Awards on April 19 set a new world record for the 70,252 fans that attended the broadcast (held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas), earning it the honor for Highest Attendance at an Awards Show Broadcast in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The feat appears to have gotten Guinness' attention, as they have honored a number of artists for past high water marks, earning them spots in their prestigious publication.

Among those now recognized by Guinness are Alabama for Most Consecutive Wins as Entertainer of the Year, with five from 1981 to 1985. Brooks & Dunn now have Guinness Records for both Most Wins for ACM Duo of the Year and Most Consecutive Wins for ACM Duo of the Year, 16 and eight respectively.

And, Rascal Flatts is noted for Most Consecutive Wins for ACM Vocal Group of the Year and Most Wins for Vocal Group of the Year with seven. Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert also set records. Read more here.

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Mike Tyson Lip Syncs Salt-N-Pepa's 'Push It'
(Radio.com) Another week, another must-see lip sync performance. And while this is usually the realm of actors or musicians, today we get a reminder than anyone can lip sync, and anyone can be entertaining in doing so.

For example, this taste of Mike Tyson's rendition of Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It," in which the former boxer goes less for technical performance, and more for sheer enthusiasm, moving with such intense, deliberate force that he might rip through his black tights.

The performance is set to air on Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle, and we can only imagine just how silly Tyson will get as the performance continues. Of course, maybe they are just sharing the highlights, and the rest of the song will see Tyson's energy fade into Bolivia.

Check out a clip of Mike Tyson lip syncing "Push It" here.

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