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Day in Pop Report for 04/22/2015


Bobbi Kristina Has 'Irreversible Brain Damage' Says Cissy Houston
(Radio.com) After Bobby Brown told a crowd at a concert over the weekend that his daughter, Bobbi Kristina was "awake" and "watching me," her grandmother is countering his statements by revealing some sad news about Bobbi Kristina's current state.

In a statement to People, Houston revealed that though it is true that her granddaughter is out of the coma, she has suffered "irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive."

"I have just returned from visiting my granddaughter Bobbi Kristina in the hospital and while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive," Houston wrote, Read more here.

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Rihanna Reveals 'James Joint' Interlude From New Album
(popmusiclife) Rihanna has released a song from her forthcoming album in honor of 420 Day. "In celebration of 420," says the singer, "here's an interlude from my 8th studio album that I call James Joint."

"James Joint" is a 70-second track that fills the record between songs. More details about the album - including its release date and tracklist - have yet to be announced.

The tune is the fourth song previewed from the upcoming project, following "FourFiveSeconds" with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, "Bitch Better Have My Money", and the newly-released "American Oxygen." Listen to the track here.

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Jon Stewart Reveals Date Of His Final 'Daily Show'
(Radio.com) Jon Stewart has announced his final Daily Show air date. Stewart announced when he will officially relinquish his hosting duties on Monday night's episode, waiting to til the final moments of the show to spill the beans.

Stewart says he will say goodbye this summer on August. 6th. "I will be wearing a suit," he told the crowd. "I will more than likely be showered."

After the crowd starting to boo his announcement, Stewart changed his mind, saying, "I'm sorry, I'll be wearing overalls and I won't shower." Read more here.

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Charli XCX and Bleachers Teaming Up For Summer Tour
(Radio.com) Bleachers and Charli XCX have announced a joint tour, titled Charli and Jack Do America. The 14-show first leg will kick off in July, starting July 21 in San Diego.

Currently, the tour has an end date of Aug. 12 at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.Both musicians shared very similar thoughts on the other in a press release.

'I love Charli. I love what she does with pop music, how she makes it bizarre," said Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff. "The two of us do totally different things but occupy a similar space--that's what I loved about the idea to tour together. It makes sense in the fact that it doesn't make sense."

'I love Jack. I love what he does with pop music, how he makes every song feel like a movie," Charli added. This tour is gonna be cool and weird and fabulous and I really can't wait."

Currently, only the first leg of the tour has been announced. See the dates and read more here.

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Surfer Blood's Thomas Fekete Asks Fans For Cancer Treatment Help
(Radio.com) Last December, Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete had to step away from life on the road to undergo cancer treatment. What started as a tumor removal spiraled into doctors finding that Fekete's cancer had spread to his lungs and spine.

Now the band has started a GoFundMe to help offset the cost of Fekete's medical bills. "We miss him everyday on the road but we know he is incredibly strong and we have faith in him, and in his doctors," the band wrote in a statement.

"We hope you can help with a donation of any size, and help spread the word by sharing on social media. Thank you so much for the support!" Fekete also penned a letter, explaining his situation. Read it here.

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Adam Lambert Reveals New Song 'Ghost Town'
(popmusiclife) Adam Lambert has released a lyric video for the song "Ghost Town", which is the lead single from the American Idol and Queen star's forthcoming album, "The Original High."

Due June 16 in North America, Lambert's third solo release was record in Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles with Max Martin and Shellback as executive producers.

The project includes collaborations with Tove Lo and Lambert's Queen bandmate, guitarist Brian May. "The Original High" is Lambert's first album for Warner Brothers Records following a split with his old label, RCA Records, whom he left in 2013.

Lambert will rejoin Queen later this year for a fall tour of South America. The trek will see Queen and Lambert headline the opening night of Rock In Rio's 30th anniversary series on Friday, September 18, followed by additional shows.

Watch the new lyric video here.

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Ice-T Curating Hip-Hop Festival This Summer
(Radio.com) Ice-T is curating a hip-hop festival that he says will celebrate all eras of hip-hop with the Art of Rap festival, named after his documentary The Art of Rap.

The two day festival will take place on July 18 at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in Irvine, Calif., and July 19 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. Ice-T will co-headline July 18 with The Game, and headline the show on July 19.

Other artists performing at both dates include Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, Kurtis Blow, Mack 10, Slick Rick, Grandmaster Melle Mel, King Tee, tha Alkaholiks, Too Short and Xzibit, among others. Rakim, Warren G and Naughty Nation, featuring Naughty by Nature members Treach and Kaygee, will perform at the Irvine date. Read more here.

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De La Soul Return With 'God It' Featuring Nas
(Radio.com) De La Soul are on a roll. Last month the hip-hop pioneers raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter for a new album. Now they've just shared a new track, "God It," featuring none other than Nas.

The track features jaunty, horn-driven production from G_Force. For their part, De La Soul and Nas both offer playful and lyrical verses about the rap game and their place in it.

Meditations on the changing face of the music industry abound: "When platinum sales becomes wood" is one metaphorical examination of the way in which the industry has changed since the first days of De La Soul.

While Soul are in the studio working on their new album, they noted that this track won't be on it. In a note on their Soundcloud, they made clear that this is just a loosie.

"While busy at work, we also like to play!" they wrote. "This song is not from the new album, but an indication of the good music to come… Just a little appetizer until we complete the main course. You may recognize our featured guest. Enjoy." Check out the new song here.

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Loverboy, the Romantics and Rick Springfield Summer Tour
(Radio.com) The 1980s are going to be fully resurrected this summer when Loverboy, the Romantics, and Rick Springfield hit the road together for a North American tour.

The three groups, who've all become synonymous with the era, are have teamed up on a sprawling string of dates starting in Atlanta on Aug. 29. From there, the group will be hitting cities along the coast before making their way to the Midwest and ending Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.

Rick Springfield will be drawing from his deep discography of hits and will likely promote his last album Songs for the End of the World. Likewise Loverboy has a recent full-length to draw from, lat year's Unfinished Business. Meanwhile the Romantics, who haven't released an album since 2003's 61/49, will probably stick with the classics. See the dates here.

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Brett Eldredge Releases 'Lose My Mind' Video
(Radio.com) Brett Eldredge knows how to carry out a theme; the video for his latest single "Lose My Mind" couldn't be more literal. In the clip, Eldredge poses as an in-patient at a mental asylum, donning a straight jacket and all. His nurse is gorgeous and very blonde. The only problem? He's the only one who can see her.

'I'm a very high-strung guy, and I feel like I'm probably going crazy a lot of the time," Brett told People, where the video premiered. 'I just wanted to make a fun video, portraying the way a girl kinda makes you lose your mind and completely wraps all of your thoughts around her."

The concept apparently came to Eldredge in a place that's caused anxiety for many. "Sitting on a plane, I literally started typing up how I thought it would be to do it, and here I am," Eldredge said. "You make it up and dream it and imagine it, and then you try to make it come true somehow." Watch the video here.

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Randy Travis Got Married Last Month
(Radio.com) Randy Travis is a married man. According to Billboard, the country singer married longtime fiancee Mary Davis last month in a quiet ceremony. The wedding came after the two had already spent several years together, a time that included Travis' hospitalization in July of 2013 for heart failure and later a stroke.

The singer has made few appearances since his stroke in 2013. His first public appearance was last February when he attended a Neal McCoy concert. That June he was spotted at a Dolly Parton show in Oklahoma.

'It was so great to have Randy Travis at my show!" Parton wrote in a note on her Tumblr page. 'Randy is one of my good friends and one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time. He was looking good and doing great!" Read more here.

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'Full House' Reboot Coming To Netflix
(Radio.com) The Full House reboot will be on Netflix. John Stamos (a.k.a. Uncle Jessie) officially revealed Monday night (April 20) on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the streaming network has ordered 13 episodes of a spin-off called Fuller House.

According to Stamos, it starts as a reunion and becomes a reversal of the original starring DJ Tanner (Candace Cameron-Bure), her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibler (Andrea Barber).

Netflix made it official by releasing a press statement confirming Stamos' announcement and revealing the bit of news we all want to know, when it will premiere. Unfortunately, we'll all have to wait until 2016.

Stamos told Kimmel their will be an hour long reunion special before the series premiere. No date for that has been revealed. But, not everything is right in this house. In fact, the show starts with a bit of tragedy. Read more here.

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J. Cole Releases Puppy Love Themed Wet Dreamz' Video
(Radio.com) First there was fair Verona, in which star-crossed lovers from two conflicted houses faced a dire end. And today there is the fair dog parks of the city of Angles, in which J. Cole's "Wet Dreamz" is set and a King Charles Spaniel and a shepherd fall into puppy love.

It's everything the Internet could want: tales of young love and virginity lost, puppies playing, hilarious shots that highlight the absurdity of humanizing an animal by talking about her hips and butt like a woman's… and did we mention PUPPIES?!?

It's the moment of "action" in the bedroom that's the real killer in this video. When that shepherd is licking the spaniel's face'not since Lady & the Tramp have two dogs been so adorably romantic on-screen. Cut to: the real love scene, happening on the bed between their owners. Read more and watch the video here.

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Mindy McCready Musical Coming
(Radio.com) Late country singer Mindy McCready is about to be honored in a big way. A new musical is coming to Los Angeles that focuses on the life of the troubled performer.

McCready the Musical, starring Jennifer Blake--who has credits in Zoolander, The Stepford Wives and Behaving Badly--will trace McCready's rise to fame and high profile relationships with Dean Cain and Roger Clemens.

"We start in 1990, where she first sang at the Hired Hand karaoke bar in Fort Myers, Fla.," Blake told Rolling Stone Country. "She was a karaoke star, so to speak, and it was the night that she met Roger Clemens. All of this is true. What we've done since is re-imagined what happened in those situations and those conversations in all the research we've done."

The hardest challenge Blake and writer and director Jon Bernstein faced when coming up with the script was which aspects of McCready's live to highlight and which to leave out. Read more here.

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One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Starting His Own Record Label
(Radio.com) Despite his busy schedule as a member of the world's biggest boy band, Louis Tomlinson of One Direction is putting on a new job hat: Tomlinson has just confirmed that he will be starting his own record label.

One Direction were initially signed by Simon Cowell, so it makes sense that Tomlinson's label will be an imprint of Simon Cowell's Syco label. As for the artists he'll represent, Billboard reports that Tomlinson already has his first signee: X Factor UK finalist Jack Walton.

"This is something I've wanted to do for some time," said Tomlinson in an interview with The Sun, via Billboard. "To be given the opportunity to potentially give new artists a platform is an incredible feeling." Read more here.

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Jason Isbell Joins the SteelDrivers on New Song 'Brother John'
(Radio.com) The SteelDrivers are well known for their bluegrass music, and as the band gears up for the release of their new record The Muscle Shoals Recordings on June 2, they're giving fans a preview of a new track called "Brother John," which features Jason Isbell and was premiered via Rolling Stone.

Isbell assists on slide guitar and also co-produced the song, which was co-written by the SteelDrivers lead singer Gary Nichols and Barry Billings. "I think he pushed us a little more," Nichols told Rolling Stone Country of Isbell's help on the track.

"If you listen to the songs we cut, they're almost on the edge of 'slow,' which with a banjo roll doesn't always work. He just allowed us to just be the band in the studio, and we kind of let him drive."

The nearly four-minute track is a murder ballad where the SteelDrivers tell the tale of love gone terribly wrong. Read more and listen to the track here.

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Kelsea Ballerini Reveals Personal New Song, 'Secondhand Smoke'
(Radio.com) Kelsea Ballerini's debut LP already has a Taylor Swift bump behind it, and now the rising country singer has shared another reason for listeners to pay attention when it is released in May: the personal nature of her music.

This is particularly true of new song, "Secondhand Smoke," available for stream below. It is apparently so personal, the singer hasn't even been able to perform it live yet without breaking down, she told Rolling Stone.

"It's so many people's story, and a story that needs to be told because I know when I was 12 and 13 when [the divorce] was happening, I felt super alone," Ballerini said. "I want to be a voice of comfort for people going through that."

The divorce ended up being a catalyst for the young Ballerini finding her songwriting voice, and the rest has been history. Check out "Secondhand Smoke" here.

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Vic Mensa Inks Deal With Roc Nation
(Radio.com) Up until now, the biggest boost to Vic Mensa's mainstream visibility has been his collaborations with Chance the Rapper and Kanye West. But after a successful coming out party at Coachella 2015, Mensa appears to be ready to make the next career step.

That next step is signing to Roc Nation Records. TIDAL subscribers on Tuesday were treated to a video of Mensa signing on to the prestigious label (via Complex).

Meanwhile, the label's boss, Jay Z, tweeted out a nudge to buy Mensa's new, Kanye West-featuring single, "U Mad." He tweeted "Roc Nation Records x @VicMensa smarturl.it/VMUMad— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) April 21, 2015" Read more here.

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