B-Sides Report for 12/10/2015

Noel Gallagher Slams Adele's Music As A 'Sea of Cheese'

(Radio.com) Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher has words for Adele, and we can't print most of them. In an interview with Music Feeds, the musician pulled no punches in his evaluation of her music.

"If someone wants to know what I think of Adele, I'll f-ing tell them," he said. "I just don't see what all the fuss is about. I don't like her music. I think it's music for f-ing grannies."

He further credited Adele with moving the pop music conversation into a "sea of cheese." The British stars have a history: In 2011, Gallagher told Digital Spy, "I know what she's about and I have no desire to hear that album [21]." Read more here.

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Springsteen Resale Tickets Under Investigation By NY AG

(Radio.com) How is it that there are already Bruce Springsteen ticket listings on resale sites like StubHub, TicketNetwork and Vivid Seats if actual tour tickets have not yet gone on sale? That's exactly what New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to know (via Billboard).

He claims such listings could constitute "deceptive advertising." On Monday, Schneiderman sent letters to all three companies inquiring about ticket offerings listed on each site when sellers may not yet possess the tickets.

Springsteen tickets won't go on sale until Friday, but StubHub, for example, already has listings priced at upwards of $250. In response, TicketNetwork says it will take down all listings until tickets actually go on sale. Vivid Seats and StubHub had a slightly different response. Read about that here.

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Selena Gomez Has Strong Response To Lip Sync Accusation

(Radio.com) The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which aired on Tuesday night on CBS televison, and featured performances by The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez.

And while Gomez performed renditions of her songs 'Hands to Myself" and 'Me & My Girls" on the runway, she wasn't too happy with the some of the commentary after the show.

When an Instagram user commented on the Victoria's Secret account and questioned whether the 23-year-old pop superstar was performing live, Gomez replied, 'Yes, I f-- sing live." Read more here.

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Joey + Rory's Joey Hopes To Live To See The Grammy Awards

(Radio.com) Joey + Rory's Joey Martin Feek's battle with cancer has taken it toll. In October, she decided to discontinue treatment and at that time she was given six to nine months to live. On Monday (Dec. 9), she and her husband Rory were nominated for a Grammy.

'Joey and I woke [Monday] morning just thankful for the chance to have another day to be together," Rory Feek told The Tennessean newspaper. 'That was enough.

"When you honestly don't know what tomorrow will bring, you don't think any farther than today. But hearing the news brought not only tears and smiles, it has brought us hope."

The pair will learn whether they've received the Best Duo/Group Performance Grammy for their tune "If I Needed You" on Feb. 15. Read more here.

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Stitches Releases The Game Diss Track

(Radio.com) The beef between rappers The Game and Stitches resulted in Stitches getting attacked and beaten up in Miami. However, if you thought Stitches getting beaten up was going to get him to cool it with this beef, you would be wrong. Stitches released a diss track aimed squarely at The Game Wednesday (Dec. 9).

Stitches uses the song to explain his version of events and continues to claim he was betrayed by people he thought were his friends. Stitches rhymes, "I walked up to The Game then I got sucker-punched / You was with 30 n-as and you could run either one / I walked up by myself and I ain't even bring a gun / You a stupid n-a if you think this beef is done." He goes on to threaten The Game's life, question his authenticity as a rapper, and even brings up rumors The Game once worked as a stripper.

Following the altercation in Miami, The Game and Stitches traded more shots on social media. It looks like neither one of these men are willing to be the first to extend an olive branch. Listen to Stitches' diss track here.

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Controversial Drug Exec Reportedly Paid $2 Million For Wu-Tang Album

(Radio.com) Earlier this year, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan announced that the group's next album would be a "single-sale collector's item," a lone copy produced and released to the individual highest bidder. This anti-Radiohead move drew skepticism and interest alike, but the ultimate sale is even more controversial.

The album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, was sold to the pharmaceutical executive some call "the most hated man in the world." A source close to the situation told Bloomberg Business that Turing Pharmaceuticals founder Martin Shkreli bought the album in the ballpark of $2 million.

Shkreli made headlines earlier this year for his manipulation of the HIV drug market, pricing an essential management medication from $13.50 per pill to $750. As a poster boy for free markets run riot, Shkreli's reputation preceded his interest in the Clan's latest project. Read more here.

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Chase Bryant Announces Headline Tour Dates

Chase Bryant has announced that he will be launching a series of headlining dates for 2016 in addition to his upcoming Wild Ones Tour with Kip Moore.

The Wild Ones Tour gets underway on January 28th in Milwaukee, WI but Chase will launch his headline dates a couple week earlier on January 15th at Schmitt's Saloon in Morgantown, WV.

Bryant had the following to say about the new dates, "Performing live and feeling the energy of the fans has always been something that's fueled me. I learned so much from watching Tim (McGraw) and Brantley (Gilbert) on stage and being a part of both national tours.

"Those incredible experiences and also performing over 200 dates this past year has amped up our live show in a big way. I can't wait to bring it to fans next year." See the tour dates here.

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Kacey Musgraves Says Emo-Country Album Comin' Your Way

(Radio.com) Kacey Musgraves had a lot to celebrate this week. She was nominated for the Best Country Album GRAMMY alongside Chris Stapleton, Ashley Monroe, Little Big Town and Sam Hunt.

However, she seemed more excited about her peers than her own nom, tweeting, "Super cool to be Grammy nom'd with ppl who are making country music great right now. Makes me excited for the future of the genre."

After a few hours, and a few drinks, Musgraves shared her early, non-country inspirations including the Used, the Strokes Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional.

Prompting her to declare: "Emo-Country album comin' your way. You ain't even ready.- KACEY MUSGRAVES (@KaceyMusgraves) December 09, 2015" Read more here.

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Carly Rae Jepsen Announces Gimmie Love Tour

(popmusiclife) Carly Rae Jepsen has announced dates for a US tour in support of her latest album "Emotion." The 2-month "Gimmie Love Tour" begins February 12 in Raleigh, NC and wraps up at The Terminal in Huntington, NY on March 26.

The Canadian pop singer's third album debuted at No. 16 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release with sales of more than 16,000 units in its opening week.

Jespen recently issued "Your Type" as the third single from the project following "I Really Like You" and "Run Away With Me." "Working on this album has been the passion project of my life and playing these songs live feels like an absolute celebration," says the singer. "Can't wait to come share that feeling with my fans." Read more including the dates and ticket info here.

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50 Cent Releases 'The Kanan Tape' Mixtape

(Radio.com) 50 Cent released his new mixtape, The Kanan Tape, on Wednesday (Dec 9) The seven-track mixtape features collaborations with Lil Boosie and Young Buck, Post Malone and Sonny Digital.

The first track, "N-- N--," has a horror movie feel from the very get-go before the eery melody segues into a hard beat against which emotions run high.

"You ain't saying nothing," 50 Cent nearly shouts, addressing his words to all the empty chatter taking place. Download or stream the tape and check out 50's music video for the track "Too Rich" here.

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Justin Bieber Fans Find Mystery Instagram Crush For Him

(Radio.com) If you send millions of Beliebers out on a mission, chances are, it's going to get accomplished! Earlier this week, Justin Bieber shared a post on his Instagram in which he questioned the identity of a brunette beauty. 'Omg who is this!!" he asked.

Followers quickly pointed out that the mystery girl was none other than Instagram celeb 'Wolfie Cindy,' and she's currently experiencing a whirlwind of attention.

In fact, it appears that since the Biebs shouted her out on Monday, people have been making fake social media accounts in her name and she's not really sure what to do about it. Read her post here.

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Dolly Parton Features Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton In Instagram Debut

(Radio.com) How does a bona fide national treasure announce her arrival to Instagram? When you're Dolly Parton, you do it in style--and get a little help from your friends.

During her appearance on The Voice earlier this week, the Tennessee native posed with hosts Pharrell and it-couple Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. "Well hello everybody!" wrote the indomitable "I Will Always Love You" singer. "I thought I would kick this off with a bang, so I brought some friends to help out! #HelloDolly."

Later, the beloved Dollywood creator posed in Shelton's red swivel chair, quipping, "Is this seat taken @blakeshelton? #comfy." Parton gained 24,000 followers in her first ten hours on the platform, and counting. Perhaps she'll swap tips with goddaughter Miley Cyrus the next time they touch base. Read more here.

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Kanye West Seems Ok With Being Dethroned By Drake

(Radio.com) Kanye West isn't mad about Drake's success--not even a little bit. At least, that's what he'd like us to think. Though he admits the Canadian rapper knocked him from his pedestal, it's all part of his journey in ego deflation.

During a speech at the Oxford Guild Society, the verbose lightning rod broke it down: "I think that that's been a progression of mind with the advent of a human being named Drake," said West.

"You know, this idea of holding onto a number one spot. And then you get this guy that comes and blows out the water every number one of any band ever. Be it me or Paul McCartney.

"And at the point, you know, when you've lost the idea of holding onto that concept, you can leave the mountaintop finally, and walk down, and readajust, and see what your position on earth can be."

Watch his full remarks here.

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Cyndi Lauper Reveals Cover Of Dolly Parton's 'Hard Candy Christmas'

(Radio.com) Dolly Parton's "Hard Candy Christmas" isn't your typical holiday tune. The song is from the musical and film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and comes (spoiler alert) at a low point in the story when the brothel has been shut down and everyone is going their separate ways.

It's that homage to new beginnings that appealed to Cyndi Lauper when recording her upcoming country album in Nashville. "It's very hopeful," Lauper told Rolling Stone Country. "As you look around New York City, there's a lot of people really not doing that well. I just thought that it was one of those songs that can give you strength. Somehow even if you freakin' put up a candy cane and one little Christmas light, it can make you feel better. It's such a wonderful song."

While a release date hasn't been set yet for the album, Detour, "Hard Candy Christmas" will be available for download on Dec. 11. Listen to Lauper's version here.

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R. Kelly and Tinashe Release New Track 'Let's Be Real Now'

(Radio.com) R. Kelly has released a new song from titled "Let's Be Real Now," which features Tinashe. The offering is the latest from Kelly's forthcoming 13th studio The Buffet.

The song finds the pair pinning the blame of their relationship falling apart on each other. Neither is willing to accept the other's points no matter how valid they are.

Kellz hits his young collaborator with, "'Now you want to blame me, say it's my fault for your heartache and pain, sh*t / You created the storm, so don't try to run, baby here come the rain." Tinashe counters by reminding him she had to stay at home while he was allowed to run the streets.

"No disrespect to the time that we spent, but boy you must be trippin' / You expect me to post up at home for you, but now the tables are flippin'." Check out the track here.

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Ice Cube Offers His View On The Current State Of Hip Hop

(Radio.com) Ice Cube has issued a critique on the current state of hip hop. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter Cube was asked about the hip hop of today, and what, if anything it was saying.

According to Cube the lack of message in rap began in the early 90's and hasn't improve much."I think it's always going to have the potential to have something to say," said Cube. "It's really up to the artists. The 'something to say" has been really kind of drained out of hip-hop. It started to lose its steam in about '93 and escapism rap became the top dog.

"When I say 'escapism rap,' I mean talking about weed, getting high, cars, women, jewelry, money -- a whole bunch of excess. Don't worry about your real problems, just go to the strip club and smoke them away.

"So that started to take over and we ain't really came out of that, because all that stuff is fun. It's cool to do. There ain't no struggle in it. It ain't hard. Anybody can do it. So I think hip-hop heads have taken the easy way out." Read more here.

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Ghostface Killah Remixes The Weeknd's 'Tell Your Friends'

(Radio.com) Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah has craved out a place in hip-hop with his unique storytelling and vivid imagery. He recently lent his rapping talents to The Weeknd's song "Tell Your Friends."

Produced by Kanye West, the track has the classic soul sound Ghostface loves to sample and rhyme over. It's reminiscent of the work he's done with producer Adrian Younge.

Ghostface opens the verse talking about how he hasn't shot anyone in four days. His mind is taken off the outside world when he and his girlfriend do drugs and have sex. Ghostface brags about all of the things he does to please his woman and closes the verse by telling her to go tell her girlfriends just how well he puts it down in the bedroom.

This is remix serves as an appetizer for Ghostface fans. The rapper is currently working on the sequel to his 2000 masterpiece Supreme Clientle. That album is scheduled to be released next year. Check out the remix here.

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Just Blaze Tweets 3 Unheard Black Album Era Jay Z Songs

(Radio.com) Hip-hop producer Just Blaze gave his Twitter followers a nice treat late Tuesday night (Dec. 8). He tweeted he found three Jay Z songs from The Black Album era that had previously gone unheard by the public.

Once Blaze sent the tweet, fans begged and pleaded with him to post the songs, which he did, but quickly took them down again. The fans who were up in the middle of the night were treated to snippets of the three unreleased Jay Z and Pharrell demos.

They also heard a clip of Jay Z's "I Really Mean It" that featured the entire Dipset crew. Just Blaze even shared an alternate version of Kanye West's "Touch the Sky," which featured jazz musician Robert Glasper.

The songs were removed from Twitter and Instagram by 6:33 am. Just Blaze tweeted, "All IG videos are gone. Sorry! Night owls got the gems. Maybe some of them will end up somewhere soon!" The only video that remains on Just Blaze's social media is another version of Jay Z's "Early in the Morning." You can check that out here.

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Jared Leto Suing TMZ Over Leaked Taylor Swift Diss Video

(Radio.com) Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto is suing TMZ over the leaked video that made news recently featuring the singer and Oscar-winning actor dissing Taylor Swift.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer and actor has issued a copyright lawsuit against TMZ and parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment, alleging that the website published the video after being warned that it was stolen.

The now infamous clip shows Leto critiquing various songs off of Taylor Swift's 1989 album."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."

He later apologized, tweeting out, "The truth is I think @taylorswift13 is amazing + an incredible example of what's possible. If I hurt her or her fans my sincerest apologies." Read more here.

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The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas TV Special Airing This Month

(Webster) 'Tis the season for giving, and the legendary group The Oak Ridge Boys are on a mission to give back to our nation's servicemen and women. Tune in to watch them perform memorable hits and holiday-favorite tunes as they host "The American Legion Christmas Special," which airs in multiple markets across the U.S. this December. The merry television event will help to raise awareness and funding for The American Legion, which is the nation's largest wartime veterans organization committed to improving the lives and communities of veterans and service members.

Stand-out performances of songs like "Christmas Time's A Comin'," "Jingle Bells," and "Christmas Cookies," amidst a festive backdrop of snow-tipped evergreens and sparkling lights make "The American Legion Christmas Special" an event not to be missed as family and friends gather together this December. Special musical guests the Gatlin Brothers also appear, along with performers Mary Sarah and Martin Family Circus.

Long-time supporters of the military, The Oak Ridge Boys joined forces with The American Legion in 2014 to help raise awareness and support for better detection and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans. Through this affiliation, they have also assisted with improving the VA benefits process, as well as education and career opportunities available for veterans once they return to civilian life.

In October 2015, the Grand Ole Opry members were inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame -- arguably the genre's highest honor -- for their iconic hits and ground-breaking contributions to country music. Throughout their 40-year career, their exceptional four-part harmonies, energetic stage performances and mega hits have garnered them over 41 million records sold including two double-platinum selling and three platinum selling albums. The Oak Ridge Boys perform more than 150 shows each year, ranging from giant state fairs to intimate venues, including symphony halls, auditoriums, festivals and arenas around the world.

Catch them on their annual holiday tour, the 2015 Christmas Night Out Tour, which began on Nov. 11 in Missouri and will wrap up on Dec. 23 in Nashville. See the list of stations and broadcast dates here.

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Jack Garratt Announces North American Tour

Jack Garratt has announced that he will be launching a North American headline tour next spring, his very first tour of the U.S. and Canada, in support of his forthcoming debut album.

Garratt recently won the 2016 BRIT Awards Critic's Choice and ahead of the tour he will be releasing his debut album, entitled Phase, on February 19th.

The tour is set to kick off on February 26th in Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair and will be concluding on March 11th in Los Angeles at The Fonda Theater. See the tour dates here.

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DARIUSTX Streaming New Song In the Shadow of the Death-Bird's Wing

Darius Holbert has released a new single from his DARIUSTX project. The new track, "In the Shadow of the Death-Bird's Wing", which comes from DARIUSTX's forthcoming fifth album studio album.

The new album, DARIUSTX V. The Angels of Goliad, will be released this Friday, December 11th. Here is what Darius had to say about the new track, "'In the Shadow of the Death-Bird's Wing' is mostly about the time I went crazy in a cabin by myself in the Sangre de Cristos mountains of northern New Mexico. I had gotten commissioned to write an opera and I thought I'd brave the winter up there alone and write the world's greatest music.

"I lasted 6 whole weeks before I was convinced these shadowy Mountain Men were coming to get me. They were in collusion with the bats, whom they had trained to unnerve me. I told my sister all about it and she begged me to come down from the mountain before the first snows, so I packed up and moved to Los Angeles instead. " Check out the song here.

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