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Day in Pop Report for 04/23/2015


Blink-182's Travis Barker Joins Yelawolf's Band
(Radio.com) During an interview with Radio.com about his recently released new album, Love Story, rapper Yelawolf revealed that his touring band has a very high-profile new member in Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

"Travis Barker unofficially joined the band," Yelawolf explained. "Well, that means when he's not with Blink, when he's not with Transplants, when he's not with Run the Jewels, when he's not running a multi-million dollar company [in reference to Famous Stars and Straps], when he's not eating, and when he has truly nothing to do, he's going to be on tour with us."

As for which shows fans can expect to see Barker performing, Yelawolf says he doesn't even know those details yet, but insists that the drum star is indeed now part of the fold. "So maybe you'll see Travis Barker on the road, maybe you won't," the rapper said. "But he's in my band, whether you like it or not." Read more here.

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Burger Chain Sparks Controversy With Madonna Tweet
(Radio.com) Umami Burger may have a Black Keys burger, but a corresponding one from Madonna probably won't be happening anytime soon. Billboard reports that the burger chain tweeted an image following Madonna's oft-covered cameo and kiss during Drake's set at Coachella's first weekend featuring the singer and the rapper, but the tweet has since been deleted.

Why? Due to the image's subject matter, coming from the chain's Costa Mesa, Calif., location via a sign in its window: along with photos of Drake and Madonna, a message reads, "Because nothing gets the taste of old lady out like Umami," with an accompanying hashtag #BettaThanMouthwash.

Given Madonna's recent comments on ageism in the media and especially pop music, she'd probably be none too happy about the sign. Billboard snagged a screenshot of the tweet, see it here.

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Amy Schumer Tries To Prank Kanye West
(Radio.com) Amy Schumer will do anything for a laugh--even fall at the feet of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the red carpet. On Tuesday night (April 21) at the Time 100 gala honoring this year's most influential people in the world, Schumer thought walking the red carpet was just plain ol' boring, so she decided to prank Kimye.

Her plan? Fall down at the feet of the mega couple and praise them, not unlike the way Wayne and Garth fell at the feet of Alice Cooper and Aerosmith screaming, "we're not worthy!" in the Wayne's World movies.

'I saw them and said to my publicist, 'Can I pretend to fall?' and she said, 'I can't stop you," Schumer told Time about her plan. One problem, 'Ye was not interested in her stunt. When it happens, he seems to just simply keep going down the carpet, giving nary a glance her way. That's some serious focus.

But don't worry, Schumer still got a good laugh about the whole thing, tweeting a photo of her spill that perfectly shows off Kanye's not having it face, writing, "Thanks TIME 100!" See the tweets, photos and video here.

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Drake Says He 'Took An L For The First Time' At Coachella
(Radio.com) 'I took an L for the first time. I just have to reassess what went wrong with my judgment." That was Drake commenting on his endlessly discussed and derided headlining that closed out the first weekend of Coachella 2015. Found deep in the fascinating/frustrating long-read Four Pins profile, Drake's admittance that his show was less than stellar seemed maybe a bit out of character.

While the performance was hardly a tour de force, Drake has never been known to burn up a stage. In concert, he presents his never-ending stream of hit singles, many of which are so embedded in pop culture at large that they are more meme than song (the number of homemade shirts in the crowd referencing the 'Know Yourself" lyric, 'Running through the 6 with my woes," was substantial). This is what Drake does best.

Over the course of both Coachella shows, Drake's set generated massive singalongs. Tens-of-thousands proved they've spent a considerable amount of time with his catalog, but it was the fact that he did it without breaking much of a sweat that seems to have his critics the most riled. Acts treat Coachella as a proving ground, not a place to flex cultural muscle and move on.

Of course, there was the Madonna moment. For whatever effect it had on his first show, it did ensure that Drake would be the most-talked about artist beyond Coachella's opening weekend this year, setting him up to redeem himself on the second weekend and justify his headlining status in front of an even larger audience.

Instead, he used the moment to amplify his Drake-ness. In place of Madonna and the awkward kiss, he brought out Nicki Minaj during the peak of his set in the middle of 'Truffle Butter" for an even more awkward cameo where he congratulated her (allegedly on her rumored engagement to rapper Meek Mill) and she walked off stage without uttering a single word. The collective, 'wait--what?!" was palpable. Read more here.

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Lana Del Rey Debuts New Song 'Life Is Beautiful' In Movie Trailer
(Radio.com) Lana Del Rey is giving fans a first listen to her new song "Life is Beautiful," thanks to a new trailer for the Blake Lively movie Age of Adaline. Del Rey tweeted the trailer Tuesday night (April 21), writing, "It's an honor to be a part of this magical movie."

And it's true, there's something very magical about Del Rey having a song in a trailer for a movie about a woman, played by Lively, who gets into a car accident and for some mysterious reason cannot age--keeping her forever young and beautiful.

The new track is a twinkly, bittersweet ballad that has Del Rey cooing about love and damnation, swearing, "We don't have to fight/Where we're going/We can go anywhere/Right now." Read more and check out the trailer here.

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Justin Moore Covers 'What a Wonderful World' for New Ad
(Radio.com) Justin Moore is urging us all to disconnect for a day. The country singer has partnered with outdoor retailer store Cabela's again with a new commercial set to the sound of the iconic "What a Wonderful World."

In the short minute-long clip, Moore sings the Louis Armstrong classic "What a Wonderful World" as images of nature appear. Families are shown fishing, camping and simply enjoying the great outdoors.

At the end of the commercial, a young girl is watching the video on her iPad alone from her bedroom as the message reads, 'Let's show her the real wonderful world and disconnect for a day."

Moore and Cabela's are urging us all to pick our own day to disconnect and take the #MyDisconnectDay pledge to "put down your devices and reconnect with the great outdoors, your family and your friends." Watch the ad here.

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Katy Perry Denied Left Shark Trademark
(Radio.com) "Left Shark" may have achieved fame thanks to Katy Perry, but he still belongs to us all, according to the U.S. Trademark Office. Last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Perry got the news that her initial attempts to register a Left Shark design had been rejected. So even though Perry has been selling Left Shark onesies, she doesn't own the rights to the character.

According to the Reporter, David Collier, the trademark examiner, wrote that the design that was submitted by Perry's team "identifies only a particular character; it does not function as a service mark to identify and distinguish applicant's services from those of others and to indicate the source of applicant's services."

In other words, he doesn't believe that the general public would look at the character, as submitted, and think of Katy Perry's Super Bowl performance. Perhaps he isn't on Twitter.

But the actual reason may lie in the differences between the Left Shark that famously shared the Super Bowl stage with Perry and the drawing of Left Shark submitted as the design. Read more here.

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Zac Brown Band Release Fan Video for 'Homegrown'
(Radio.com) Don't say the Zac Brown Band never gave you anything. On Wednesday (April 22) the group released a "fan video" aimed squarely at their millions of listeners as a thank-you for supporting their recent No. 1 country single "Homegrown."

"Thanks to our fans for showing us a little piece of home… This is YOUR #ZBBHomegrown video," the band wrote on their Instagram page. The project began just two weeks ago, when the band posted a message on Instagram asking users to participate in a special project.

"Want to be part of our Homegrown Fan Video? Use Instagram"‹ to film your hometown experience with #ZBBHomegrown." The deadline for submissions was April 12, and the finished product was released 10 days later.

The video itself is a blast, tying together numerous video clips (kids, trucks, flags, farms, dogs, babies, highways, rural routes, city streets) shot all over the country. Read more here.

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Billy Currington Announces New Album 'Summer Forever'
(Radio.com) Following the success of lead single "Don't It," Billy Currington is ready to release a brand new album. Summer Forever, Currington's newest album, was announced today (April 22) and will be released in full on June 2.

The album marks his sixth full-length and first since 2013's We Are Tonight, a No. 5 album on the U.S. Country Albums chart. For Summer Forever, Currington collaborated with Dann Huff (Taylor Swift's "Red" and "Begin Again") as producer.

'Making this album was such a blast for me. I put a lot of love into this project and couldn't be more excited for fans to hear the new music," Currington said in a press release. 'Summer Forever for me represents a positive, happy, good time lifestyle and that's what I hope the fans feel when they hear this record." Read more including the tracklist here.

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Reba McEntire Explains Why She Turned Down 'Titanic' Movie Role
(Radio.com) When Reba McEntire looks back at her extraordinary career in music, film, and television, it is unlikely she has any regrets. Even an action like passing on the role of Molly Brown in mega 1997 blockbuster Titanic can't be seen as a mistake, as she has only been successful in the aftermath.

Still, there is a discrepancy in what was long thought to be the reasoning behind her passing on Titanic and the reality of the situation. In a game of "Wikipedia Fact or Fiction," in which Reba also reveals she never castrated a bull growing up on the farm, the country legend notes, 'I turned it down because they kept moving my schedule, and we had arenas booked." (via The Boot)

The film has long been noted for its delays and extended production, and McEntire appears to be a casualty of them continually pushing back her involvement.

Check out the video of the interview here.

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Kelly Rowland and Brandy Land TV Shows On BET
(Radio.com) Kelly Rowland and Brandy are back on television: Each singer has upcoming shows that will air on BET. Rowland, a former X Factor judge, will star in a reality competition singing show called Chasing Destiny.

Not much has been revealed about the show other than the fact that it is a "multi-platform search" and the contestants will have to meet the Destiny's Child member's standards of excellence.

Meanwhile, Brandy will take a break from starring as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway, which she begins later this month. She will star in a new BET sitcom called Zoe Moon. In the comedy series, Brandy will play a newly divorced single mother who can't seem to get her ex-husband out of her life.

Read more here.

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Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Were Not Told About Full House Reboot
(Radio.com) One of the big questions surrounding the Fuller House reboot on Netflix, announced by John Stamos on Monday night (April 20) has been: will the Olsen twins come back?

The reason the girls weren't signed on for the show just yet was revealed when they did an interview on Tuesday afternoon (April 21): they heard about it at the same time you did.

'We just found out about it today," WWD reports that Mary-Kate said during an interview late Tuesday. 'I guess we're going to talk to the creators and see what's happening."

That's right: Uncle Jessie called Kimmy Gibler before he called Michelle. Are the sisters, now successful clothing designers who are mostly retired from acting, on the outs with their TV family? It's unclear, based on their mixed responses to the news. 'I ran into Bob [Saget] the other day and we didn't even talk about it," Ashley said. Read more here.

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Chewbacca and J.J. Abrams Take the Twizzler Challenge
(Radio.com) The Twizzler Challenge asks participants to re-create the famous spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp with a Twizzler: Each person eats from one end until they meet in the middle.

Jimmy Kimmel and Rihanna took the challenge at the beginning of April. Afterwards, Kimmel challenged director J.J. Abrams to take the challenge. Abrams finally responded with a video from the set of the new Star Wars movie of himself and Chewbacca sharing a furry Twizzler. Watch the video above.

When they finished, and Abrams cleared the fur from his mouth, they challenged Jennifer Aniston and Kimmel's sidekick Guillermo to nibble on a Twizzler next. Watch it here.

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Elton John's Famed Heart-Shaped Glasses Stolen From Museum
(Radio.com) The Rock 'n' Soul Museum in Memphis, Tennessee promises a "complete Memphis music story," but for now, the story is missing a key portion. Elton John's iconic heart-shaped glasses have been stolen from the museum, WREG reports.

The glasses were kept in a locked case, but museum officials report that the lock seems to have been tampered with. Employee theft is not suspected at this time, and officials hope that video surveillance and fingerprints will provide a break in the case.

The glasses are on loan from a private owner and are insured for $2,000. If caught, the culprit who stole them could face up to 12 years in prison. Read more here.

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Mirk Streaming New Single 'Marathon' Online
(MuseBox) Albany, New York band Mirk have released an online stream of the track "Marathon," as the third of four singles from their recently released full-length album "Run."

Formerly Mirk & the New Familiars, the seven-piece band's Joshua "Mirk" Mirksy has also produced music for Jay-Z, Petey Pablo, Eamon, Ciara, and Young Jeezy.

Several of Mirksy' s projects have been certified platinum and gold by the RIAA. Check out the stream of the latest track from the band that blends pop, soul, hip-hop and R&B here.

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Terry Crews Answers Mike Tyson With 'Sucka MC's' on 'Lip Sync Battle'
(Radio.com) What happens when former athletes lip sync? That question is answered in the promos for the first episode of Lip Sync Battle, where Mike Tyson goes head to head with Terry Crews.

In the teasers for the Spike TV show, which airs Thursday, you can see both aging athletes try their hardest to work the stage. Crews, who has plenty of experience in front of the camera when music is involved, having appeared in music videos for Blink-182 and Jamie Kennedy, didn't have to stretch himself too much to take on Run D.M.C.'s "Sucka MC's."

You can see Crews work the stage, nailing each line. Host LL Cool J seemed to enjoy it too. The new clip comes after Tyson's video of "Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa went live yesterday. Check out the teasers here.

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Sandra Bullock Named People's Most Beautiful Woman
(Radio.com) People announced that Sandra Bullock is the cover star of this year's World's Most Beautiful Woman issue. According to People, she didn't just win because she's beautiful on the outside, it's because she's beautiful on the inside.

Bullock apparently was so shocked about the honor, she had trouble really believing it. Even admitting she laughed when she first heard. "I just said, 'That's ridiculous,' I've told no one."

The 50-year-old said motherhood has been the most rewarding thing and that her life revolves around her little boy, Louis. She spends most of her time doing very non-glamorous things like driving the carpool and setting up play dates. But, he's not wrapped around her little finger as she explains: "We have rules. I let everyone else be the aunties and uncles who spoil him and I'm the one that lays down the law."

She also says that her little boy doesn't even know how famous she really is, which is pretty cool. "He thought I was an astronaut for a while," she explains. "I want it to be so inconsequential and such a nonissue. I want him to be embarrassed by me like all other parents." Read more and check out Bullock's cover here.

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Kanye West Reportedly Deleted His Tidal Tweets
(Radio.com) A day after reports circulated that Jay Z's streaming service TIDAL had plummeted to below the top 750 apps on Apple's app store comes the realization that Kanye West has erased his support for the company, at least on Twitter.

The rapper, who's notoriously fickle about what he posts to his Twitter, apparently deleted all mentions of the company from his feed, Complex reports. He's also changed his profile picture from the Tidal logo back to the George Condo My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy-era icon of himself.

Maybe West has been paying attention to the handful of artists who've recently spoken out against the streaming service? Since its announcement, there's been criticism from Mumford & Sons' frontman Marcus Mumford, Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Lily Allen, and Steve Albini, who've called out the expensive price of the service and the wealth surrounding it from celebrities like Jay Z and Beyonce, West himself and Rihanna, to name a few. Read more here.

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The Weeknd and Jack U Headlining HARD Summer Festival
(Radio.com) Notorious Southern California music festival HARD Summer has announced this year's lineup, which comes with a superstar R&B surprise with The Weeknd scheduled to headline the fest's opening night

Still riding high on the back of successful outings at this year's Coachella festival (including a Kanye West cameo), The Weeknd brings a dose of mainstream stardom to the event, which is known for showcasing EDM heroes among a smattering of hip-hop acts.
HARD Summer's second night headliner will be Jack U, the DJ super-duo of Diplo and Skrillex, who were also atop last year's bill. The packed bill also includes the return of '90s dance music pioneers the Chemical Brothers, Porter Robinson, Chromeo and Die Antwoord. Upstart rap duo Rae Sremmurd is sure to be among this year's biggest draws, as will DJ Mustard, who's billed to be performing "with friends," which could mean any of a host of hip-hop's hottest rappers that he produces, including L.A.'s own YG.

Young Thug, Jamie XX, Fetty Wap, iLoveMakonnen, MK, Schoolboy Q, Odesza and Hudson Mohawke are also featured on this year's bill, which takes over the Pomona Fairplex just south of Los Angeles over the weekend of August 1 & 2. Single and two-day passes are available via Ticketmaster. See the initial lineup below, with more acts expected to be added at a later date.

Check out the hilarious announcement video with cameos from Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Anna Lunoe, Chromeo and more here.

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Bonnaroo Schedule Revealed
(Radio.com) The 2015 edition of Bonnaroo's lineup schedule is here. The Tennessee fest revealed the full schedule on Wednesday (April 22) on their website, highlighting just when and where your favorite acts will perform during the four-day showcase June 11-14.

Thursday kicks off Bonnaroo with performances in the main tents rather than the stages, with Mac DeMarco, Courtney Barnett, Tove Lo and Bear's Den highlighting an evening of performances that begin at 4 p.m.

Friday night includes Kendrick Lamar, Deadmau5 and Alabama Shakes on the main stage with Earth, Wind & Fire, Run the Jewels, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals and Tears for Fears leading other major performances that evening, with shows beginning at 1 p.m.

Saturday kicks off at 12:30 p.m., with Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket and Hozier the main artists on the main stage. Sets by D'Angelo, Bassnectar and more are sure to please the evening crowds as well. Read more here.

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