B-Sides Report for 12/02/2015

Ariana Grande Cancels Remaining 2015 Tour Dates

(popmusiclife) Ariana Grande has cancelled the remaining 2015 live dates on her Honeymoon world tour. The pop star was scheduled to perform in Abu Dhabi, UAE on December 3, at London's O2 on December 5, and two shows in Japan on December 8 and 9.

"Babies," she tweeted, "I'm so sad I won't be able to make it abroad this December but I can't wait to see u & reschedule for next year. I love you all so much."

While no further details regarding the reason behind the last-minute cancellations was announced, the four dates are just the latest in a series of shows Grande has pulled the plug on this year.

In the spring, she backed out of concerts in Fairfax, VA and Houston, TX due to prior commitments, a July date in Cincinnati, OH following the removal of her wisdom teeth, and a late October show in San Juan, Puerto Rico due to a scheduling conflict. Read more here.

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Adele's Hello Spends 5th Week At No. 1

(popmusiclife) Adele's smash hit single "Hello" has topped the US charts for 5th straight week, according to Billboard. The track remains at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time as the singer broke sales records with the release of "25."

"Hello" also tops Streaming Songs for a fifth week with 35.5 million U.S. streams, up 2 percent, marking another new record: it's the first song to tally five weeks of at least 30 million domestic streams, passing Baauer's "Harlem Shake", which did so for four weeks in 2013.

The hit also tops the Radio Songs charts as well as lists for Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, Adult Alternative and Adult Contemporary airplay. The release of "25" also sees Hot 100 debuts for four other songs from the project including "When We Were Young" (No. 22), "Water Under The Bridge" (No. 70), "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" (No. 79) and "Remedy" (No. 87). Read more here.

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Lil Wayne Announces The Dedication Tour

Lil Wayne will be following up the release of his new No Ceilings 2 mixtape by launching a North American headline tour early in the new year dubbed The Dedication Tour.

Rae Sremmurd will be the support act for the 19-date tour which will be kicking off on January 21st in El Paso, TX at the El Paso County Coliseum and concluding on March 6th in Lincoln, NE at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Wayne took to Twitter to announced the tour, tweeting, "Man f***ing thx 4 f***ing with NC2 how ya do!! I [call] y'all my ceiling fanz!" Followed by, "Man f*** it, I'm bout 2do a tour 4 mf's like u!!! #thededicationtour." See the dates here.

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Chris Brown Cancels Australia And New Zealand Tour

(Radio.com) Chris Brown has canceled his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. The five show outing was set to kick off on December 9 in Perth and wrap in Auckland, New Zealand on December 18.

No official word has been given for the cancellation but it stems from the Australian government. According to Billboard, the government issued a warning to the singer back in September that he may be denied a visa because of his conviction of assaulting Rihanna.

The immigration department gave Brown a "notice of intention to consider refusal," which gave him 28 days to provide evidence why he should be allowed to enter Australia.

A statement from the tour's promoter reads: "Mr Brown and the promoters both remain positive that the tour will take place in the near future." Read more here.

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Coldplay Release Beyonce Collaboration 'Hymn for the Weekend'

(Radio.com) Coldplay have revealed their collaboration with Beyonce from their forthcoming studio album A Head Full of Dreams, which is set to be released this Friday, December 4th.

The collaboration, "Hymn for the Weekend," initially started off as a party anthem of sorts, but the band quickly realized it could go in a better direction.

Speaking with BBC's Annie Mack, Coldplay's bassist Guy Berryman said, "Chris [Martin] was wanting to write a sort of party song. The lyrics included the phrase 'Drinks on me, drinks on me.' And we said to him, 'You can't say that. You can't get away with that.'

"Then the whole story of the song changed and then he asked Beyonce to sing on it, and she very kindly said she would. And it was amazing. She came in. She did her thing. She's unbelievably professional. I think she was in and out in five minutes. And we are so blessed to sing on one of our songs."

Listen to the track here.

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Kip Moore Announces 2nd North American Tour Leg

Kip Moore has announced that he has added a new 2016 North American leg to his Wild Ones Tour next January and February in support of his "Wild Ones" album.

Moore is wrapping up the first leg of the tour this week with shows in New York City (Terminal 5, 12/3), Sayreville (Starland Ballroom, 12/4), and the final stop in Richmond this Saturday at the National.

The second leg will be kicking off on January 28th in Milwaukee, WI at The Eagles Ballroom Club Stage and will be concluding on February 27th in Anaheim, Ca at the House of Blues.

This newly announced leg of the tour will feature support from Chase Bryant from January 28th through February 6th, with The Cadaillac Three taking over from February 12th until the end of the tour.

Moore had the following to say about the new dates, "The feedback from the fans this fall has been so insane and we're having so much fun that we're just not ready to end this tour yet.

"We live for our live show, that's how this whole journey started and I'm looking forward to playing some of our favorite cities at the beginning of the year, as well as having my buddies from The Cadillac Three and Chase Bryant along for the ride."

Find the tour dates and ticket info here.

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Dolly Parton To Perform On The Voice

(Webster) Country music legend Dolly Parton has announced that she will be performing her song "Coat of Many Colors," on the Tuesday, Dec. 8 (8-9 p.m.) live telecast of NBC's musical competition series "The Voice."

Also taking the stage will be country star and "Voice" season three champion Cassadee Pope, who will perform her latest single, "I Am Invincible."

Parton will mentor this season's semi-finalists and share with them her infinite knowledge as a music industry trailblazer and icon. The NBC's two-hour movie "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" will also be premiering on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.

The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor musical about Dolly's whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family's life around the time she was 9 years old.

Jennifer Nettles will play Parton's mother, Avie Lee Parton; Ricky Schroder will portray Dolly's father, Lee Parton; Gerald McRaney, one of the most respected actors of his generation, will play Grandpa Jake Owens; and Alyvia Alyn Lind will portray 9-year-old Dolly Parton.

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Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato Added To New Year's Rockin' Eve

(dcp) Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato and Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth have been added to the lineup of the Times Square portion of the New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast on ABC.

They will be joining the previously announced headliner Carrie Underwood. We were sent the following details: Luke Bryan will perform a medley of his hit songs, Demi Lovato will perform songs off her new album Confident and Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth will perform their hit "See You Again."

One Direction will be headlining the west coast portion of the broadcast that will be taking place live at the Billboard Hollywood Party in Los Angeles. The broadcast will take place on Thursday, December 31 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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Rick Ross Releases New Single 'Color Money'

(Radio.com) Rick Ross is gearing up for the release of his eighth album Black Market, which drops this Friday (Dec. 4). Ross has already shared the Nas-assisted "One of Us" and "Crocodile Python." His latest offering from the project is the song "Color Money."

The track features an aggressive beat over which the Maybach Music general asserts his dominance over the industry. He makes some lofty claims such as MMG being bigger ballers than Sean "Diddy" Combs and his Bad Boy squad. Since Puff is one of Rick Ross' mentors, he made sure to acknowledge there is no beef between them. "Double M, we ballin' way harder than Puff and them / It ain't no love lost, I only see one boss," Ricky Rozay spits.

Although Combs is referenced on "Color Money," he doesn't appear on the song or the album. In fact, none of Ross' MMG artists make contributions to Black Market. It does, however, feature appearances by Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Mariah Carey, and a host of others.

Check out "Color Money" here.

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Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw The Light' Trailer Released

(Radio.com) The first trailer for the new Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light premiered on Tuesday (Dec 1). The film is set to hit theaters in March of 2016.

The clip gives us our first look at Tom Hiddleston as Hank, and Elizabeth Olsen as Audrey Williams and focuses on their tumultuous relationship. British actor Hiddleston does more talking than singing in the trailer, but a least one country artists is sure he's up to the task.

According to Rodney Crowell, Hiddleston spent last September at Crowell's home in Tennessee to study the life of the late singer. In a lengthy Facebook post, Crowell spoke of Hiddleston's hard work ethic in studying the life of mannerisms of Williams.

"After nearly a month spent collaborating with this gifted artist, I'm as respectful of the man's work ethic as I'm mystified by his transformational skills," Crowell wrote. 'Without a doubt, the filmmakers chose the right actor for the job." Watch the trailer here.

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The Killers Release New Christmas Video 'Dirt Sledding'

(Radio.com) It looks as though Santa has gotten carried away with handing out coal in The Killers' annual Christmas video, "Dirt Sledding." For the past ten years, the band has carried on a tradition that involves releasing a special Christmas song and video for the holidays.

Starting with a slower tempo, "Dirt Sledding" shifts gears after a chorus of children sing, "Santa, have a change of heart." The song takes on a rockabilly air with a touch of Queen for good fun. Adding to the holiday spirit, Richard Dreyfuss contributes spoken word vocals to the track.

The video finds a dirty and ragged Santa, played by Ryan Pardey, in need of a little help from his toy friends. Pardey also played Santa in The Killers' previous two Christmas songs featuring the legendary jolly man: 2007's "Don't Shoot Me Santa" and 2012's "I Feel It In My Bones." Watch the video here.

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Benny Boom In Talks To Direct Tupac Biopic

(Radio.com) Morgan Creek has started negotiations with famed music video director Benny Boom to helm the beleaguered Tupac Shakur biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

If Boom accepts the job, he'll be the third director attached to the film. Boom has directed videos for some of the biggest names in hip hop including Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Nas, Nelly and more.

Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton was first set to direct the Tupac biopic. He walked away from the movie because he felt "'the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur."

Singleton said he was going to begin working on his own version of Tupac's life story for the silver screen. Singleton was replaced by Carl Franklin, however, Franklin has exited the film in late October.

Finding a director for the Tupac movie has been only one of the many problems associated with the production. Read more here.

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5 Seconds Of Summer's Late Late Show Appearance Goes Online

(popmusiclife) 5 Seconds Of Summer did double duty as guests and performers on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Monday and video of their appearance has been posted online.

The Australian band joined the host to discuss their recently released second album, "Sounds Good Feels Good", and appeared in a sketch that revealed their early years with a fifth member.

5 Seconds Of Summer then performed "Hey Everybody!", the latest single from the new record. "Sounds Good Feels Good" debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200.

The group's second straight chart-topper sold 192,000 equivalent album units in its opening week, including 179,000 pure album sales. 5 Seconds Of Summer will launch their 2016 live dates with three shows in Japan in February followed by concerts in the Far East. An extensive UK tour begins in April. Watch the TV appearance here.

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Morrissey Wins Literary Review's 'Bad Sex In Fiction' Award

(Radio.com) Morrissey has won an award that he will likely not put on his mantle. The legendary singer was awarded with the "Bad Sex in Fiction" writing award from U.K.'s Literary Review.

The former Smith's frontman was not on hand to receive the award, which is given to an "outstandingly bad scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel," at a gala on Tuesday (Dec. 1) in London.

Moz was given the award for his first novel, List of the Lost. The judges at Literary Review cited a scene in the book where a couple "rolled together into one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation" and "playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation."

The "Bad Sex in Fiction" award has been handed out for 23 straight years and has gone to some prestigious writers including Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer. Read more here.

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Iggy Azalea Reacts To Erykah Badu's 'Definitely Not Rap' Diss

(Radio.com) Iggy Azaela resurfaced on twitter on Tuesday afternoon to give fans an update on her new album, and to respond to some recent criticism from Erykah Badu.

Badu referred to what Azaela was doing as "definitely not rap," in the opening bit for the Soul Train Awards. Iggy doesn't mention Badu by name, but it seems she was aware of the comments.

"We are days from 2016, but i came online today and saw its still cool to try and discredit my 2014 accomplishments. LOL, f hell." She went on to update fans on the status of her new record--which is almost done. "I dont really know what im doing with my music release; but im finished (except for getting the features recorded)," she tweeted.

She goes on to give some additional thoughts on the new music, and while it seems like things are coming together, we probably shouldn't expect new music before the new year.

See all of Iggy's tweets here.

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Danielle Bradbery Streams New Song 'Mama Was a Liar'

(Radio.com) Country singer Danielle Bradbery continues to release new music. The latest tune she's unveiled from her upcoming sophomore project is called "Mama Was a Liar."

"That one I wrote in LA and we kind of just brainstormed and just talked about life," she tells Sounds Like Nashville. "What the song really is about is not a Mom, and that is what a lot of people are assuming. And I figured they would."

"But it's really about life and opportunities and the negative people have around them all in one," she continues. "We decided to call it 'Mama Was A Liar' and kind of step way out of the box. If people have an open mind then they'll know what it means. It's a really deep and really cool song so I'm excited for everybody to hear it." Listen to the track here.

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Joey + Rory Receive Get Well Video From Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire

(Radio.com) The country music community has come together to offer their prayers and thoughts to Joey + Rory. Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, Sara Evans and Rascal Flatts are just a few of the artists in a new video offering words of hope to Joey Feek, who is currently in hospice care after deciding to conclude her cancer treatments.

"I'm sorry you are not feeling good," Parton shares in the opening video. "I've loved you for years. I know you have often done my songs and I have heard you are a big fan. But we have something in common. We both believe in a higher power and we believe that through God, all things are possible. Keep praying and I will keep praying for you."

A recent post to her husband Rory's blog speaks to Joey's current condition. "Though now, she can no longer get out of bed - she is so sharp and clear and her pain, for the most part, is so under control by the medicine that talking to her - you would think she's her normal self. Thinner. Much thinner. And with a hip new hairdo. But she is beautiful. So so so beautiful. When God begins to take the light from the outside' the light inside just shines all that much brighter. It's amazing. She's amazing."

Watch the video here.

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Fall Out Boy and Boyz II Men Team For Jimmy Kimmel's Mashup Mondays

(Radio.com) Jimmy Kimmel Live! wrapped up its "Mashup Mondays" series with a collaboration between Boyz II Men and Fall Out Boy, who, as Fall Out Boyz II Men, performed the R&B group's breakout hit "Motown Philly."

There was a spice of guitar added to the R&B mix, that added an extra wattage of energy to the upbeat lead single form the Boyz's debut album, Cooleyhighharmony.

The "Mashup Mondays" performers come together as one entity, as a result of having their names connected through clever (or not so clever) wordplay surrounding their names.

While Boyz II Men closed out the series, other notable and otherwise unlikely collaborators took the stage to wow fans such as Joss Stone and Stone Temple Pilots (Joss Stone Temple Pilots), Blackstreet with Aloe Blacc (Aloe Blaccstreet), Weezer and ZZ Top (Wee-Z Top), Kenny G and Warren G (Kenny & Warren G), Morris Day and The Time with Haim (Morris Day and the Haim).

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Kenny Rogers Announces TV Appearances

(Webster) County music legend Kenny Rogers has announced a number of national television appearances to promote his new Christmas album and annual holiday tour. We were sent the following details:

On Wednesday, December 2, Kenny Rogers will attend CMT's "Artists Of The Year" special where he will be presented with the prestigious Artist of a Lifetime award presented by Ram Trucks. The live broadcast from Nashville will air nationwide on CMT at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

On the same evening on the History Channel, Rogers will travel back to the 1970s to recount cultural elements of Christmas that came about during that decade for HISTORY's "Christmas Through The Decades" series. The show airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

"Christmas Through The Decades" goes back in time to explore what Christmas was like not too long ago. Special guests Jillian Michaels, LeAnn Rimes, Dascha Polanco and more will reveal how classic holiday films, fads, television specials, songs and toys created lasting impressions that are still felt during 21st century Christmas celebrations. Beginning with the 1960s and concluding with the 1990s, HISTORY travels through the past and reminisces about the most wonderful time of the year.

And finally on Monday, December 14, Rogers will perform a song from his first new Christmas studio album in seventeen years titled Once Again It's Christmas (Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville) on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," airing at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT.

An exclusive edition of Once Again It's Christmas is available now at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores with an exclusive bonus track featuring The Time Jumpers (including Vince Gill) - "(I Love The) Winter Weather."

Kenny Rogers is currently in the middle of his 34th Annual Christmas & Hits tour, Once Again It's Christmas featuring Linda Davis. He recently announced on TODAY that his upcoming worldwide tour will be his last. See the tour dates here.

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Griffin House Pays Tribute With 'Paris Calling' Early Release

(RM) Griffin House has released his new song "Paris Calling" earlier than expected as a tribute to the people of Paris in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the city last month.

The track comes from his forthcoming album So On and So Forth which is scheduled to be released on March 4th. We were sent the following details about the early song release:

House fell in love with Paris during a transformative experience while studying abroad over a decade ago. Last year, he wrote "Paris Calling" about living in Nashville, TN, and dreaming of returning for a visit to France.

"For me, Paris will always be a place that can be described by three words; magical, surreal, and enchanting. My heart is in love there - in love with life itself. I celebrated the completion of my album with a return this summer to my favorite city on Earth," says House. "I was so saddened by this awful tragedy and the suffering it has brought to such a beautiful city and their beautiful people. I send this song out to the people of Paris, who I know will not let this darkness get in the way of the joyous life that abounds in the City of Light."

During his trip to Paris in college, House was accepted to lodge at the legendary bookstore, Shakespeare and Company; reading, writing, and playing songs with writers and artists from around the world. He spent his days wandering around the city, reading books (guests required to read one book a day) and working at the bookstore. At night, they held parties at Shakespeare and Company or in secret rooms underneath the city, performing poetry, songs, and sharing wine and stories.

House has also released a video for "Paris Calling." The footage features photos House took in Paris and reflects some of his favorite memories exploring the city. Watch it here.

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Transmission Party Release Beautiful Breakdown Video

(City Bird) Transmission Party, the brainchild of TJ Byrnes, has released a brand new video for the track "Beautiful Breakdown," which is song from the recently released self-titled EP.

We were sent the following details: The songs on Transmission Party are inspired by real life, girls, and uncorrected personality traits, which are topics most can relate to at any age.

Byrnes had this to say, "When constructing a song, I've always kept in mind that if each part can be hummed or memorable it should be. I'm not afraid to borrow ideas and musical motifs that recall a certain era or vibe." Watch the video here.

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