B-Sides Report for 12/08/2015

Why Adele Wasn't Nominated For A Grammy

(Radio.com) Amid the 2016 Grammy nominations announced on Monday morning, one name was decidedly absent: Adele. After releasing 25 on November 20 to massive sales, it seemed like the singer would be a shoo-in for the big categories like Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

But Adele wasn't snubbed, she was simply ineligible. Eligible artists for the 2016 Grammys must have released music between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.

Since Adele's album came out nearly two months past the deadline, she qualifies for the 2017 GRAMMY Awards, which as her fans have already begun pointing out, won't be much of a competition. Read more here.

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Fetty Wap Hospitalized Again For Motorcycle Accident Injuries

(Radio.com) Fetty Wap is apparently not making a speedy recovery and returned to the hospital. The injuries he suffered to his leg in a motorcycle accident back in September are still not 100% healed.

The New Jersey-based rapper said he spent more time in the hospital this weekend due to complications with his knee. "My knee went out on me yesterday was in the hospital all morning," he wrote on Twitter Sunday (Dec. 6), "didn't really get any good news smh."

Back in September, Fetty was rushed to the hospital after a motorcycle accident while riding in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. He suffered a leg injury, which he said had been broken in three different places. Read more here.

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Chris Brown Announces Three Special 'Royalty' Release Concerts

(Radio.com) Chris Brown will celebrate the release of his upcoming album Royalty with three special concerts this month in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The R&B singer will perform at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Dec. 13, The Masonic in San Francisco on Dec. 16 and will wrap the outing with a performance at the famed Palladium in Los Angeles on Dec. 18, the day he will release his seventh album Royalty.

The news comes after Brown was forced to cancel his five date tour of Australia and New Zealand due to an immigration issue. The Australian government gave Brown a 'notice of intention to consider refusal," which gave him 28 days to provide evidence why he should be allowed to enter the country. It all stems from his conviction of assaulting Rihanna back in 2009. Read more here.

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Keith Urban's Father Loses Long Battle With Cancer

(Radio.com) Keith Urban's father lost his long battle with cancer on Saturday (Dec. 7). Robert Urban encouraged his son to pursue a life in music, which also led to his wife Nicole Kidman.

"I've been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support that Nic and I, and our family, have received since my Dad's passing on Saturday night," Urban said in a statement.

"His long battle with cancer is now over and he is finally at peace. My Dad's love of country music and America set me on my life's journey, and shaped so much of who I am today. Thank you to everyone who has kept us all in your thoughts and prayers."

Last week, Urban shared with a reporter for The Tennessean newspaper that his father had entered hospice care and was nearing the end of his life. Read more here.

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Chris Young Postpones Final Tour Dates Due to Illness

(Radio.com) Chris Young is off the road for the rest of the year. The "I'm Comin' Over" singer shared via social media last week that he had a to cancel a date in Duluth, Minn., due to strep throat, but it appears he's had to cancel the last two dates of his tour as well.

"This is my life right now Been trying to beat this thing so badI never want to disappoint you guys, but I have to reschedule the shows in Duluth, Rochester, and Green Bay due to strep throat," Young posted on Facebook.

He included a picture of pills and Emergen-C and added, "I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in January and I can promise you we'll have a big night when I'm back!" See the rescheduled dates here.

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Lupe Fiasco Goes On Tirade Online Over Supposed Grammy Snub

(Radio.com) Lupe Fiasco went off on Twitter on Monday after he did not receive a GRAMMY nomination. The rapper went on a tirade expressing his disappointment about the snub.

The Chicago MC--born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco--has scored 12 Grammy nominations over the years (winning one for "Daydramin'" his 2008 collaboration with Jill Scott) including nods for Best Rap Album for his first four efforts, but did not garner one for his latest Tetsuo & Youth.

Fiasco took to Twitter today (Dec. 7) from India and wrote "The only award I ever really cared about was the Grammyeverything I put was nominated. Until today. End Of An Era. Lemme hold that--> L."

He added a ton of posts making fun of his zero nominations including photos of Sesame Street characters holding the letter "L" and a hilarious photo of Ice Cube throwing away some trash with the caption: "What's that's Ice??? You found my Grammy nomination??? Nawjust my self esteem huhaww ok." See the series of tweets here.

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Erykah Badu Pokes More Fun At Iggy Azalea In 'Apology' Video

(Radio.com) Erykah Badu isn't done poking fun at Iggy Azalea. When she was asked during a Twitter Q&A why she sent that dig toward Azalea. Badu responded with a funny video where she half-apologized to Iggy Azalea.

Erykah also said the "Fancy" artist is a favorite of her two young daughters Mars and Puma. "You know what? I want to do this, for my daughters. I want to apologize to Iggy Azalea because she's one of their favorite artists. And they listen to her all the time. It's for them. But when I really think about it, if y'all love her so much, why don't y'all go be with her then? Go on be with her, y'all. Go on, Puma, go on, Mars.

"Is Iggy Azalea going to miss the healing seminar to go up to the school, sit across from the teacher, so she can tell you that all y'all been doing is talking to your neighbor, not getting your lesson? Is she? Where's Iggy for that?" Read more here.

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Young Thug Talks Andre 3000, Dishonest Media

(Radio.com) Young Thug has found support from another prominent left of center hip-hop lyricists, Andre 3000. Young Thug spoke to French publication Mon Entourage about a wide range of topics including his reaction to Andre 3000 being a fan, fatherhood, and his hesitation toward doing interviews.

The entertainer clams he doesn't like doing interviews because "some people are not honest." He also said he isn't the disciplinarian when it comes to his children because he can't be mean; he's working on becoming more assertive with them.

The Atlanta rapper also spoke about how he felt when he heard Andre 3000 was a fan. He said, "We from the same town but that's crazy because he's a legend, like a real legend." Read more here.

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Kim Kardashian Reveals Name Of Her and Kanye West's New Son

(Radio.com) The newest addition to the Kardashian West clan arrived over the weekend, and now we know his name is Saint. Kim announced the news via social media.

According to CBS News, Kardashian West initially had a due date of Christmas day (December 25th), but health complications forced her to move it up.

She announced in November that her baby was breech, but on Tuesday, she revealed that she underwent a procedure to turn the baby around. See Kim's tweet here.

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Jared Leto's Unflattering Reaction To Taylor Swift's '1989' Goes Online

(Radio.com) TMZ released months-old footage on Monday (December 7), which shows Jared Leto and his Thirty Seconds to Mars bandmates in an L.A. studio listening to a few of Taylor Swift's tracks from 1989.

Leto's reaction? "Oh, I don't like this at all. Next," he said, after hearing the first few bars from the opening song on the album, "Welcome to New York." Leto also listened to "Blank Space," which he describes as having a Charli XCX sound, and "Style."

Even though Leto wasn't overly impressed, he did seem to appreciate Swift's meter and pop-friendly time signatures. Still, he doesn't hold back at the end: "I mean f- her, I don't give a f- about her. It's whatever works best for us." Read more here.

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J. Cole Announces Dreamville Compilation 'Revenge of the Dreamers II'

(Radio.com) J. Cole has announced that he will be releasing another Dreamville Records compilation project, which will be entited Revenge of the Dreamers II, on December 11th.

The rapper announced the nine-song collection through Twitter. He posted a phone number 1-888-88-Dream. Once fans dialed in, they were met with a message of J. Cole telling a joke or two and a message saying the mailbox was at capacity. Some lucky fans got a chance to speak to the North Carolina rapper and his manager.

Revenge of the Dreamers II will feature all of the Dreamville squad including Bas, Omean, Elite, Cozz, and J. Cole. The project is available for pre-order on iTunes and contains Bas' song with J. Cole called "Night Job."

J. Cole will end 2015 with the compilation album and begin 2016 with an HBO concert special entitled J. Cole Forrest Hills Drive: Homecoming. The special will air January 9 at 10 pm. Check out the trailer here.

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Mumford & Sons Release 'Homme Less' Documentary Trailer

(Radio.com) Mumford & Sons have released a music video for the film Homme Less, the directorial debut of fashion photographer, Thomas Wirthensohn, using the band's new single "Tompkins Square Park" from their Wilder Mind album.

Wirthensohn's award-winning documentary tells the story of his long-standing friend, the model/photographer Mark Reay. It follows the life of Reay who lives homeless, but also the relationship between New York and one of its residents.

Mumford & Sons' banjoist Winston Marshall explains his own relationship with the city and the song's involvement. "In the belly of Manhattan every type of everybody is living on top of each other, swarming in and out of each other's lives. Sometimes, a lot of the time, you're face-to-face with these people and moments later you wouldn't have noticed. Even living there, somehow you barely know the half of it, I didn't."

"Thomas Wirthensohn made a film we love, Homme Less. It follows a close neighbor of mine at the time, Mark, a neighbour I never met, but inevitably we'd have brushed shoulders several times. Mark is one of the many men that make New York what it is, and Thomas' film is a perfect portrait of the beast that the city is. He kindly used his footage and put it against our song 'Tompkins Square Park', also the neighbourhood in which Mark and I lived. Here it is"

Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons will launch their tour stateside in March. See the dates here.

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Miley Cyrus Does 'Silent Night' For Bill Murray's Christmas Special

(Radio.com) Miley Cyrus showed fans her Christmas spirit with a stirring rendition of "Silent Night" on Bill Murray's new Netflix special, A Very Murray Christmas and fans can watch the performance online.

Cyrus sang atop a white piano (without licking it) played by Paul Shaffer.Bill Murray's Sofia Coppola-directed holiday special is chock full of comedic cameos (Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, etc).

Other musical performances included Jenny Lewis' "Baby, It's Cold Outside," Rashida Jones' and Jason Schwartzman rendition of Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" and others. Check out Cyrus' performance here.

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Stitches Vows To Retaliate The Game After 'Sucker Punch'

(Radio.com) Stitches vows to retaliate against The Game as rap beef turns violent. In the latest round of The Game-Stitches saga, the Miami-based rapper has uploaded a video in which he shows his battered face and talks about his resolve.

"Yeah, I got sucker-punched the other day," Stitches says in the video. "Ain't nobody hiding their face. And I got jumped by my own n--s yesterday." He also went on to threaten a retaliation. "I'm still standing. Come back and come back. Y'all n--s gonna die."

The initial fight, which was caught on camera, took place last Thursday (Dec. 3) when The Game was celebrating his birthday on South Beach. In that video, Stitches can be seen approaching the Game when another member of The Game's entourage punched him and knocked him to the ground.

Stitches explained that the violence didn't end with the punch from The Game's crew member. He said he was later jumped by his own friends, who, he alleges, were paid off by The Game.

"My face is fractured right now I can't see out one eye," he said. "That's all you could pay them n--s to do to me? Ha. This ain't nothing. You can shoot me next and I'll still laugh. At the end of the day everyone knows you were scared to walk up that day." "Show everyone you a Gangsta and let's step in the ring. A man to man fight," he said. "Even if you loose I'll give you the props for being a man. Let me know the city and time and I'll be out there'"

Since the initial knock-out, The Game and Stitches have been warring on social media. See some of the video here.

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Cyndi Lauper And Kurt Vile Perform Rolling Stones' As Tears Go By

(Radio.com) Cyndi Lauper invited former The War on Drugs' principal Kurt Vile onstage for her annual Home for the Holidays benefit bash, held on Sunday (Dec. 6) at New York's Beacon Theatre.

The two performed "Money Changes Everything" against a festive red and green background before segueing into a cover of the Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By."

Lauper's other guests included a long list of big names from all sorts of musical genres: Boy George, Cam, Judy Gold, Ledisi, Keb' Mo', Sharon Osbourne, Jordan Pundik, Richie Sambora & Orianthi, Valerie Simpson, Anne Steele, Joey Taranto and Justin Tranter.

A fan captured her performance with Vile. Watch it here.

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Dustin Lynch Benefit Concert Raises $18,000 For Hometown Kids

(Radio.com) Dustin Lynch is giving back to his hometown of Tullahoma, Tenn. The "Hell of a Night" singer raised $18,000 with his second annual Dustin Lynch & Friends acoustic benefit concert, The Tennessean reports.

'I love the timing of it," Lynch said of the concert at his former high school. 'It really does kick off the holiday season. This time of the year has become a wind-down for us, and doing this event gets me in the holiday spirit.

" I've gotten to a point in life were I don't need or want anything around the holidays. I love going out and shopping and giving back and volunteering, and this is the event that kicks all of that off for a few weeks." Read more here.

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