B-Sides Report for 12/04/2015

Coldplay To Play Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

(Radio.com) Coldplay has confirmed that the rumors that they have been selected to perform during Super Bowl 50 as part of the Pepsi Halftime Show which airs February 7th on CBS.

The British band's seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams will be released this Friday December 4th. In addition to vocals by Beyonce the new album features guests including Beyonce, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo and Merry Clayton.

Super Bowl halftime performances have famously featured guest appearances, and rumors are already swirling that Beyonce will join Coldplay on stage. Read more here.

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Mariah Carey Recovering Following Hospitalization

(Radio.com) Mariah Carey is doing better after reportedly being checked into a hospital on Wednesday (December 3rd). She took to Twitter to alert her "lambs" that all is well.

"Thank you #lambily for all the well wishes," she wrote. "I'm feeling much better now! Go and get your flu shots!" The singer suffered from the flu for several days, says a rep. "She is doing well now and will be performing as scheduled this weekend," Mariah's rep told People. "She thanks her lambs for the continued support and well wishes."

Carey reportedly checked herself in to the hospital the morning after she attended Tuesday's Pier 1 Christmas Pop Up Storybook launch in New York City. Read more here.

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Bobby Shmurda Denied Bail A Second Time

(Radio.com) A New York City judge has denied the $2 million bond package Bobby Shmurda's legal team presented. (via XXL Magazine). This marks the second bail denial for the Brooklyn-based rapper in under two months.

Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, is awaiting trial after he was arrested for conspiracy, weapons and drugs charges back in December 2014.

The arrest resulted from Shmurda's involvement with "criminal street organization" GS9, which committed numerous crimes to defend their territory. Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood and James Corden Team For Carpool Karaoke

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood joined James Corden for the latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke" on the Late Late Show. During the clip, Underwood schools the British host on how to be country with an unsuccessful shopping spree at a western wear store.

Corden also questions the "Heartbeat" singer about another topic foreign to him - hockey - asking if she's ever scared when her husband, Nashville Predators player Mike Fisher, gets into fights on the ice.

"Did you see his latest fight?" she responds. "He knocked a guy's tooth out. It was pretty hot." Their ride also included a singalong of Underwood's hits "Smoke Break," "Jesus Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats." In addition, the Oklahoma native proved that she knows the words to every Wham! song with her rendition of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go." Watch it here.

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Jennifer Nettles Streaming New Single 'Unlove You'

(Radio.com) Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles has release a stream of her new solo single titled "Unlove You." The country music star's new album is slated for early 2016.

The new track was written with Jennifer's frequent collaborator Brandy Clark and was released as a digital single on November 24th. Jennifer is currently on tour with Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder.

She will kick off CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles with 2016 Next Women of Country Tour in January, along with Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson. Check out the new track here.

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The 1975 Announce North American Tour Dates

(Radio.com) The 1975 just announced the dates for their upcoming North American tour, which will support their upcoming sophomore album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.

The UK quartet will kick off their tour in Los Angeles on April 18 at the Shrine Expo Hall and will hit major venues around the country, including Brooklyn's Barclays Center, Boston's Tsongas Center and Columbus' LC Pavilion, Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Additionally, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it is available for pre-order today. Those who pre-order the physical album by Noon PST on Tuesday (December 8) will get early access to purchase up to four tickets to any 2016 spring tour date.

The band's new single, "Love Me," takes aim at the narcissism inherent in pop culture today, and in it, frontman Matthew Healy coins the term "Karkrashian." But he tells Radio.com that the lyrics aren't meant to make fun of any one person, or any one family. Read about that and see the dates here.

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Ghostface Killah Vs. Action Bronson Feud Inspires Video Game

(Radio.com) It is well-known that Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson are not on the best terms. Now there is a new video game that takes their famed feud to another level.

The clever 8-bit game, comes courtesy of Swamp Penguins, features the user in control of a running Action Bronson as he avoids a seemingly never-ending array of Pac-Man-like ghosts.

The description of the game on Swamp Penguins' website states: "The wonderful adventures of BronBron and the 36 chambers. Ghosts and ghouls and drugs and rap. Is the wu tang clan something to f-k with? Will mr.fabulous escape the clutches of the evil face that also happens to be a ghost?" Watch the trailer for the game here.

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Taylor Swift Donates $50K to Seattle Symphony

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony after being inspired by hearing one of their recordings. According to the Seattle Times, Swift wrote a letter to the symphony's music director Ludovic Morlot.

In the note, Swift said she was inspired to donate after hearing a recording of John Luther Adams' Grammy-winning "Become Ocean." The singer added that the composition, commissioned by the Symphony, reminded her of going to her local symphony with her grandmother.

In a statement Morlot wrote, "I was thrilled to hear that Taylor was moved by 'Become Ocean,'" which won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music. The Seattle Times also reports that Swift's donation will be used for two Seattle Symphony programs: Link Up, a music-education program for elementary-school students and its musicians' pension fund. Read more here.

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2 Chainz Releases 'El Chapo Jr' Video

(Radio.com) Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz continues promoting and releasing videos from his August mixtape Trapavelli Tre. His latest offering from the project is a visual for "El Chapo Jr."
In the clip, 2 Chainz is the mastermind behind an escape plot in a maximum-security prison. The real "El Chapo," Mexican drug load Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, recently made a similar escape from a maximum security Mexican prison via an underground tunnel.

Although the self-proclaimed King of the Trap is still promoting his mixtape, he has two big projects coming in 2016. 2 Chainz will soon drop a collaborative album with Lil Wayne entitled ColleGrove and his solo album, B.C., is slated to hit retailers later. Watch the video here.

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J. Cole To Star In HBO Concert Film Special

(Radio.com) J. Cole has had one of the best years in hip-hop. His album 2014 Forrest Hills Drive was the first rap album without features to go platinum in 25 years. His latest musical effort has also landed him a concert special on HBO titled J. Cole 2014 Forrest Hills Drive: Homecoming. Jay Z and Drake will both make appearances.

According to a press release, the HBO special is a concert film that will give viewers a peek behind the curtain to see what goes on backstage. Fans will learn more about Cole's journey through life from the people who know him best and through his own words.

Directed by Scott Lazer, the concert will show J. Cole performing all thirteen songs from the album with a live band. The live band promises to underline the power and poignancy in J. Cole's lyrics. Find the broadcast dates here.

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Lissie Releases 'Don't You Give Up On Me' Video

Lissie has released a new music video for the track 'Don't You Give Up On Me', which is the first single from her forthcoming third studio album My Wild West, set for release February 12, 2016.

Lissie had the following to say about the new song, "California and the West Coast weren't problematic and I certainly didn't struggle. Like any life phase, they had their ups & downs, beautiful and challenging moments. Rather, I felt empowered that I could leave and get out, take off, demand a new adventure from life!

"The song is a plea to God or to a person or to whomever to hang in there with me while I figure it out! There's a line in the song 'I left you on the coast for something only I can see' and that's just it. I have a personal vision and it may be hard for others to understand at times but I have to follow it!" Watch the video here.

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Chris Stapleton Recalls His Meeting With Bill Murray

(Radio.com) This year has been a wild ride for Chris Stapleton. From the release of his album, Traveller, to the delayed but substantial interest that took it to the top of the sales charts, the singer-songwriter has a lot to reflect on.

An early fan of the Kentucky native was actor Bill Murray, who showed to a tour stop in Charleston, South Carolina. "He's an enthusiastic music lover, so he really elevated the crowd," Stapleton told Rolling Stone Country. "He's a bit of a hype man. We hung out after the show, and it was very interesting."

Stapleton's former band, the SteelDrivers, actually appeared on the soundtrack to 2010's Get Low with Murray, but the conversation wasn't limited to their past on-screen time together.

"We went to the place next door and stayed till it closed," Stapleton recalled. "I was drinking bourbon, I think he was drinking wine. The conversation ran the gamut -- it was the kind of thing that could take a turn at any moment. He has a lot of interesting philosophies."

"If you can imagine a conversation with a compilation of all of those characters he's played -- from Caddyshack to Lost in Translation -- then you can imagine a conversation with him," he explains. "I wasn't gonna ask him for Caddyshack stories, though."

Watch Murray rock out to Stapleton's "Fire Away" here.

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Chris Janson Reveals Clever 'Power of Positive Drinkin" Lyric Video

(Radio.com) Chris Janson has released the clever lyric video for his new single, "Power of Positive Drinkin'." Rather than have lyrics scroll across the screen, the clip features beer labels personalized with each line of the tune.

"Long story short, I used to drink a whole bunch," Janson told Radio.com of the song's inspiration. "I've drank more beer than most people have in a lifetime."

The recording itself includes something rarely seen in country music: turntable scratching. "We were laying it down, and I came into the control room, and I said, 'It's missing something, it's missing something,'" Janson recalled. "So just got onto the little Technics thing in there that's hooked into the computer and the whole deal and just made a [scratching sound effect] and just put it on there." Watch the video here.

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Rachel Platten Announces 'Wildfire' Album and Tour Details

Rachel Platten will be following her smash single "Fight Song" with the release of her debut album Wildfire on January 1st and she'll be launching the North American Wildfire Tour in support of the effort.

The late winter/early spring tour will be kicking off on February 26th in Dallas at the Granada Theater and will wrap up in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theater on April 5th.

Platten had the following to say about the forthcoming album, "After a decade of trying to find my path in music I started to believe it would never happen for me.

"The thing that kept me going was the one-on-one connections with listeners - no matter how many or how few. These connections sparked my fire that fueled me to write this album. Wildfire is for everyone who ever believed in me." See the tour dates and album tracklisting here.

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Britney Spears Shares Miley Cyrus Birthday Surprise

(Radio.com) Britney Spears celebrated her 34th birthday on Wednesday (December 2) and it was a fellow pop superstar who gifted her with one of her favorite birthday surprises.

Taking to Instagram, the 'Toxic" singer shared a series of photos that showed her enjoying her big day with her family, including her sons Sean and Jayden.

One pic also featured Britney's name spelled out in big silver balloons, which came courtesy of Miley Cyrus. 'Had the CUTEST surprise party today!!!" Spears wrote. 'A special thank you to Miss @MileyCyrus for sending these awesome balloons!" See the post here.

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Drake Announces Opening Of Flagship OVO Store

(Radio.com) Drake continues to expand his entrepreneurial horizons. The Canadian superstar announced he's opening a flagship OVO store in Los Angeles. The announcement surprised fans Thursday (Dec. 3) as Drake revealed it on Instagram.

The "Hotline Bling" rapper posted two promotional videos on the social media platform. The clips shows Drake and a woman joyriding in a Ferrari F12 in OVO sweatsuits. Drake's store is set to open Saturday (Dec. 5) and is located on La Brea Ave.

Before committing to opening a flagship store in Los Angeles, Drizzy had an OVO pop-up shop in the city of angels. While this is the first of his flagship stores to hit American soil, Drake opened the first OVO store in his hometown of Toronto. Read more here.

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Coldplay Stream A Head Full Of Dreams Release Event

(Sunshine Sachs) iHeartRadio and Yahoo streamed an exclusive 30 minute live event to celebrate Coldplay's new album, A Head Full of Dreams earlier tonight, December 3, 2015. We were sent over the following official recap details:

Coldplay performed the title hit, "A Head Full of Dreams," along with many of their previous hit songs on the iHeartRadio Theater stage in Burbank. The performance included Coldplay anthems "Viva la Vida" and "A Sky Full of Stars," as well as "Yellow."

The event included an intimate Q&A with host Elvis Duran discussing Coldplay's new album. The iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Coldplay video streamed exclusively on Yahoo and streamed across all iHeartMedia station websites as well as iHeartRadio.com, with a 30-minute on-air special broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations.

Highlights from the evening include: Chris Martin said the band is just so excited to be able to go all the way and make the album that they've always dreamed of.

* The band spoke about when the Paris attacks occurred, and they didn't feel that it was appropriate to play their concert after it happened but since everyone was already gathered there, they played "Imagine" by John Lennon, which brought everyone together in a very peaceful and surreal way.

* There are more guests on their new album than they've ever had before-including Beyonce, Tove Lo, and Mary Clayton.

* They talked adoringly about the album and made lots of silly jokes-they also said it was inspired by Back to the Future, "which is the best film ever made."

* Chris Martin started playing Viva la Vida on the piano before he realized that he started the song incorrectly. He stopped and joked about it, saying he was just "in his own little world of music." The crowd loved it and laughed along with the band as they restarted the song.

* After finishing their set, they decided to play a few extra songs, and joked with the crowd-"Anyone need to go move their car? Use the restroom? If you stay now you're with us for the next seven hours!"

Set List
1. "A Head Full of Dreams"
2. "A Sky Full of Stars"
3. "Everglow (Album Version)"
4. "Viva la Vida"
5. "Adventure of a Lifetime"
6. "Yellow"
7. "Amazing Day"

Check out the stream page here.

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Alan Lomax Root Hog Or Die Tribute 6-Disc Box Set Announced

(HW) The Alan Lomax Archive of the Association for Cultural Equity has collaborated with Mississippi Records to compile Root Hog Or Die: 100 Songs, 100 Years - An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute.

A release date was not provided in the announcement but Amazon lists a pre-sale for a vinyl box-set under this title but attributed to "various artists". They show a January 15th release date. Check out the preorder here.

The limited edition 6-LP box-set surveys Lomax's career through 100 songs gathered from fifty years of his field recordings, 1933 to 1983 and was put together to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of the iconic music star.

More than half of the tracks are previously unreleased, and are accompanied in the box by photographs (many previously unpublished) and an introductory essay and recording chronology by the Archive's curator and the set's compiler Nathan Salsburg.

Born in Austin, Texas, on January 31, 1915, Lomax would become the foremost folklorist of the twentieth century, documenting the world's traditional music and lore over the course of seven decades.

Root Hog Or Die combines the famous (Jelly Roll Morton, Big Bill Broonzy, a young Bob Dylan) with the unheard (Brother Alec Stamps and the congregation of Rose Hill Missionary Baptist of Greenville, Mississippi; the women's league of the South Hill Methodist Church in South Hill Village, Anguilla; an adolescent hambone performer in Harlem named Steven Wright) and is the most geographically and stylistically diverse compilation of Lomax's recordings to date, including artists from India, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Spain, and across Britain, the Caribbean, and the United States.

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Zeds Dead Announce 3rd Annual Dead Rocks Party

(B3) Toronto producers Zeds Dead have announced the third installment of their annual Dead Rocks party at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on June 30th, 2016.

"Red Rocks is one of the most unique and special places in the world. The shows we have there are a spiritual experience and it's an honor to have a yearly night of our own. See you at Dead Rocks 2016!" - ZEDS DEAD

Last year's event with support from Dillon Francis, Paper Diamond and more sold out well in advance and was one of the most epic electronic events of the year.

Last year they literally left their mark on Larimer Lounge after throwing a free surprise show the night before Dead Rocks, where Hooks from Zeds Dead painted a massive mural on the side of the building.

Additional lineup support will be announced soon. Check out a recap of last year's event here.

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Chairlift Streaming New Single 'Romeo'

(Columbia) Pop duo Chairlift has released their second single "Romeo, which is a track off their forthcoming album Moth will be released both physically and digitally on January 22, 2016 via Columbia Records.

As to "Romeo", the unique song is based on the Greek myth of Atalanta, a heroine abandoned at birth who becomes an excellent runner: her father hears of her prowess and demands that she return to society to marry, however, she refuses and proudly announces that she'll only marry a man who can beat her in a foot race, and will behead those who lose. After hundreds have been killed and no winner emerges, a suitor named Melanion finally beats her in the race by throwing golden apples into her path to distract her, crossing the finish line first. "Romeo" is essentially told from the point of view of the braggadocio Atalanta, as her last race is about to start; hence the arrogant and aggressive nature.

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wimberly describes that while in the nascent stages of "Romeo", he and Caroline "started building a groove and it felt like a running beat. Caroline wanted the lyrics to stay true to that idea."

When asked to describe the songwriting of "Romeo," frontwoman Caroline Polachek recalls, "I started studying opera two years ago, and immediately fell in love with Handel. I tried to channel that same stately, baroque feeling in the chorus of "Romeo".

Stream "Romeo" here.

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Isaiah Dominguez Announces New EP The Evergreen State

() Isaiah Dominguez has just announced that he will be releasing a new EP, entitled The Evergreen State, on February 5th, which will mark Dominguez's first full band release. We were sent the following details:

The Evergreen State features notable Northwest-area artists such as Gavin Phillips (This Providence) and singer/songwriter Amanda Markley, and also includes Nic Mansfield (Guitar), Jon Schold (Drums), Carson Lehman (Bass), Jordan Renshaw (Keys), and Joe Butterfield (Guitar) to complete the live-band atmosphere. The Evergreen State EP was produced and engineered by Carson Lehman at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, WA.

"I think the greatest part about this record is that it's 100% real. These songs have actual, tangible people/places/feelings behind them. I felt the best way to present a record with that type of weight was through raw, un-autotuned, live rock n roll. In creating it, I think I was finally able to find my sound and voice the long overdue Thank You's to a region that's supported my dreams from the very beginning" - Isaiah Dominguez See the tracklisting here.

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