B-Sides Report for 12/11/2015

Ed Sheeran To Undergo Surgery For Burst Eardrum

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran is about to wrap up his world tour in New Zealand and head home for some much needed time off. That also means he'll finally get around to a much-needed medical procedure.

'I have to have an operation in January on my ear because I stupidly jumped off a yacht really high up and smashed it," he told Australia's Nova radio (via Billboard).

"I landed wrong and it burst my eardrum so I have to go and get a graft, which means I'm not allowed to fly for a while, so it's kind of good, it means I have to stay at home." The accident occurred earlier this year, while Sheeran was vacationing in Spain. Read more here.

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Madonna Does Surprise Tribute Performance For Paris Victims

(Radio.com) In Stockholm, Madonna offered a moving tribute to the victims of terror attacks in Paris. When the European leg of her acclaimed Rebel Heart Tour touched down in the French capital Wednesday night, the Queen of Pop had another heartwarming tribute up her sleeve.

This time her sweet gesture took an impromptu turn. Immediately following her show, Madonna tweeted "Im singing some songs in place de la republique. Meet me there now #Paris . #rightnow"

For the live unplugged set en plein air, she was joined by her son David Banda and guitarist Monte Pittman. They performed her second Rebel Heart single "Ghosttown," "Like A Prayer," and a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine." Fans and Madonna herself documented the rare, emotional performance on social media. Read more here.

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Nicki Minaj's Brother Makes Court Appearance For Child Rape Charges

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj's brother appeared at the New York's Nassau County courthouse on Wednesday (Dec. 9) to set a trial date for sexual assault charges involving a 12-year-old, whose gender is undisclosed.

While his famous sister didn't attend the preliminary hearing, her mother, Carol Maraj, did accompany Jelani Maraj to the courthouse, according to NY Daily News.

Jelani Maraj, who is accused of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct against the preteen, was arraigned from his hospital bed earlier this month because of health issues. Read more here.

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Bill Murray Can Reportedly Legally Steal the New Wu-Tang Album

(Radio.com) When news broke that pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli exclusively bought Wu-Tang Clan's new album for $2 million, you might have thought: "This is preposterous."

If a Twitter screenshot is to be believed, the deal gets even weirder. Call it a "Bill Murray clause." According to Twitter user Rob Wesley, the Clan's contract stipulates the exclusive sale will be honored for 88 years. However, during that period, the Clan or its special deputy may try to steal the property back from the buyer:

"Said heist or caper can only be undertaken by currently active members of the Wu-Tang Clan and/or actor Bill Murray, with no legal repercussions," the screenshot states.

It's impossible to confirm the veracity of this document, but these are shifting sands. Read more here.

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The Weeknd Facing Copyright Lawsuit Over 'The Hills'

(Radio.com) The Weeknd is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit over the hit song "The Hills," for which he is being accused of using a sample from a psy-fi film score.

In the court papers filed on Wednesday (Dec 9.), Cutting Edge Music Limited make a claim against The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, his producers (Million Dollar Mano and Illangelo) and associated companies such as Universal, Warner Chappell and others.

Cutting Edge Music Services says producer Million Dollar Mano sent a message via social media to composer Tom Raybould prior to releasing the music. "I sampled your music might make it 2 the weeknd next album. Huge fan of what u did 4 the machine movie!"

The score in question is a track called "Revolution" that appeared in the film, The Machine. Read more here.

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Meek Mill Asks For Prayers Over Alleged Probation Violations

(Radio.com) Meek Mill posted a picture on Instagram asking for prayers regarding his alleged probation violation. The image he shared reads: "Prayers Go Up/Blessings Come Down."

The rapper also included a lengthy explanation about what he and his family have been dealing with since he was 19. "I'm actually fighting for my life and freedom," he wrote.

Mill was arrested for gun and drug charges in 2009. In 2014, he violated his probation and served several months after, in part, posting a photo where he posed with a gun to Instagram.

Part of his new probation rules, which began on November 1, stipulate obtaining permission before leaving his hometown of Philadelphia. Mill traveled with Nicki Minaj to attend the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on November 22. Read more here.

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Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Reschedules Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Bad news for fans hoping to see Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley play solo dates on the road before the end of the year. The singer-songwriter had planned to hit the road in support of the GRAMMY-nominated tune "The Driver" but it appears those dates are being rescheduled.

"A portion of upcoming tour dates is moving to early 2016," a statement on Kelley's website reads. "For more information on rescheduled dates, check back here.

"Thanks for your continued support. Stay tuned for major album release news coming soon!" Additionally, the Dallas Observer reports that in an interview with the tour's opener Maren Morris that the tour has been cancelled. Read more here.

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Charlie Puth Teases Selena Gomez Collaboration

(Radio.com) Charlie Puth posted a black and white video to Instagram showing he and Selena Gomez lip-syncing to their collaboration, "We Don't Talk Anymore." The two initially met at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and later teamed up to work on the song.

Puth's behind-the-scenes video captures what looks like a charming time between all the dancing, hugging and giggling. It's hard not to think there might be something more brewing between the two.

Gomez swears that's not the case, though. Back in September, she dispelled rumors she was dating Puth. After posting a photo with him to Instagram, Gomez captioned it: "Before it begins, he is a good one. He is MY FRIEND only lol."

Puth says the collaboration will arrive soon. Read more and check out the teaser here.

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Lana Del Rey Joins The Weeknd On Stage For Live Duet

(Radio.com) Lana Del Rey joined The Weeknd for his L.A. show on Wednesday evening. The two performed a live duet of their collaboration "Prisoner" from The Weeknd's album Beauty Behind the Madness.

Wearing all white, which contrasted The Weeknd who wore all black, Del Rey took the stage. The pair stood out against a simple, almost cosmic, backdrop, their vocals rising up against one another.

For his The Maddness Tour, The Weeknd has invited several big-name artists to join him onstage, including Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran, Halsey and Travis Scott.

While footage of the song in its entirety has yet to surface, Del Rey did post a video to Instagram, showing the two hugging before she made her way offstage. The Weeknd bowed in her wake.

Fan footage captured a snippet of the duet. Check it out here.

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Drake Inspired Six Bird - Views From The 6 Mobile Game Released

A new mobile game inspired by Drake's "Views From The 6" album was released earlier this month for iOS and Android and reached 1000 downloads the first week of release. The Toronto-based mobile app developer sent over the following details:

The point of the game is for users to fly 6 Bird far enough through the 6 (Toronto) to turn him back into 6 God (Drake). Six Bird is similar to the famous 2013 game, Flappy Bird.

Every month, Six Bird will be hosting random giveaways on its social media accounts to users with the highest scores. As a launch promotion, they gave away multiple $25 iTunes and Google Play gift cards. Once they begin generating the money for it, the company will end up giving away vacations to some of the highest scorers. The giveaways will be posted on the app's Instagram and Twitter accounts, @SixBirdApp.

Six Bird generates revenue by publishing advertisements within the app. Founder, Andre Wright has decided that 50% of the revenue generated by the app will be donated to local charities each month. "Since we have extremely low operating costs, we can afford to give back to the community", Wright says.

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Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Wiz Khalifa Among Golden Globe Nominees

(Radio.com) The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) have announced nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. As usual, the "Best Song" shortlist included adventurous choices from some of the year's biggest films.

Also, Lady Gaga won a "Best Actress--Miniseries or TV Movie" nomination for her role on American Horror Story, for which she will compete against Queen Latifah in Bessie.

Here are the five "Best Song" nominees include "Love Me Like You Do" from 50 Shades of Grey Performed by Ellie Goulding; "One Kind of Love" from Love and Mercy Performed by Brian Wilson; "See You Again" from Furious 7 Performed by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth; "Simple Song #3 from Youth; "Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre Performed by Sam Smith. Read more here.

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Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood Celebrate Their 10th Anniversary

(Radio.com) Happy anniversary to Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. The pair tied the knot on Dec. 10, 2005 and have been going strong ever since and Brooks discussed the joys of his marriage with Ellen DeGeneres

"I've got to tell you, I never knew it could be like this," Brooks told Ellen of their marriage. "I never knew that everyday you could wake up and feel like this. And I have God and I have Ms. Yearwood to thank for this."

2015 has been good to the couple, who have been performing together across the country. Additionally, they both received stars on the Music City Walk of Fame--next to each other, of course. Read more here.

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Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett Cover Drake and Kanye West

(Radio.com) Country artists Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge collaborated on a massive medley spanning hip-hop, pop and soul for their November 21 show in Kansas City (via Rolling Stone).

Sitting on stools at the stage's edge, the pair sang a countrified version of Kanye's 2005 hit "Gold Digger" followed by a medley of other hits like Brooks and Dunn's "Neon Moon," Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor's "Marvin Gaye," Drake's "Hotline Bling" and Silento's "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)."

Rhett even showed off his dance skills when it came to the Whip/Nae Nae, making his way through each part while Eldredge did his best to keep up. Until it got to the Stanky Leg, that is. "Whoa, this guy," Eldredge said. "You had me on the whip, you had me on the nae nae, but the stanky leg" he shook his head.

Watch the video here.

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Dolly Parton Shares A Favorite Christmas Memory

(Radio.com) Dolly Parton was raised in rural East Tennessee with few luxuries. The story of her young life came to tv Thursday night when Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors aired. However, Parton opens up about her parent's approach to Santa and the presents she and her siblings didn't get.

"Daddy used to tell us that we lived so back in the woods that Santa couldn't find us," she told Taste of Country. "That explained why we never got the gifts that the other kids did and how Santa never came to our place.

"We decided one year that we were going to start gathering up a bunch of twigs and wood. We started stacking that up around October. We were going to build a big bonfire on Christmas Eve so Santa could find our house."

And they did. But it was her mother who used their innocent gesture to create a wonderful holiday memory. Read more here.

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Demi Lovato 's Fake Sister Poot Among Time's 'Most Influential'

(Radio.com) Poot Lovato has had a tough life. That's why her appearance on TIME's list of the most influential fictional characters of 2015 is such sweet victory. While her sister Demi makes the rounds promoting her album Confident, Poot has emerged as an icon in her own right.

"[Poot] nonetheless became a meme in October, pulling attention from Demi's new album release and proving how Internet fandom can redefine celebrities' carefully groomed images," writes Daniel D'Addario, a TIME writer.

To recap, Poot is: "Demi's twin sister. She was locked in a basement her whole life. This picture was taken the first time she went outside." The meme began shortly after a poorly cell-phone photo of Demi was taken at a concert last year and possibly Photoshopped, giving Lovato's face a wider, less flattering look. Read more here.

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DJ Khaled Greatest Hilarious SnapChats Hits Compilation Revealed

(Radio.com) When you surf the internet, you're sure to find things that will make you laugh. DJ Khaled's snap videos fall into that category. Since he discovered the social app, the DJ has made a snap about anything and everything.

The people at WorldStar Hip-Hop edited Khaled's funniest and most ridiculous snaps into a seven-minute long video. Sure, seven minutes seems impossibly long for an internet video, but this one is worth watching every single second of it.

Khaled spits life lessons about cocoa butter lotion, the importance of watering your plants in spite of a high tech sprinkler system, and his love for reggae music and swimming. Take a look at the video here.

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Nicki Minaj Teases Meek Mill Engagement

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have been sparking engagement rumors for some time now. The two celebs first made headlines back in April when Meek gifted Nicki with a huge, 15-carat yellow diamond ring, and everyone assumed they were headed for a walk down the aisle.

However, the rapper then caused confusion when he said in an interview with The Fader that he and Minaj were not getting married'yet. 'It's definitely real," Mill said of their relationship. 'But it ain't really time to get married yet. We're still learning each other, feeling each other out."

However, Minaj has now re-started those engagement reports by taking to her Instagram Wednesday night to share photos that show her rocking a truly ginormous diamond ring on that finger.

"Now this is what I'm talking about baby. Lol. Love u," she wrote, tagging Mill in the post. 'RANG finga whr da rock iiizzzzzzzz." See the posts here.

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Goodwill Employees Asked Not To Use 'Resting Kanye Face'

(Radio.com) Illinois Goodwill stores are taking "service with a smile" to a whole new level. In order to boost how approachable their employees are, store executives circulated a newsletter that discouraged "resting Kanye face."

Taking one picture of Kanye looking, well, less-than-elatd, the newsletter replicated it with such descriptors as "happy," "sad," "scared" and "excited" to hammer home the point that one face does not all emotions convey.

Resting Kanye face refers to someone whose default facial expression conveys anger, the phenomenon has also been referred to as resting bitch face. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Jordy Searcy's Seasons

Jordy Searcy, a former contestant on The Voice, just released his brand new EP "Seasons" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the EP's title track. Here is the story:

I started writing this song when I was 19 years old, and I got the idea for the first line, "I want to spend December with you, baby". I continued working on the song over the course of about 3 months, where I tried my best as a songwriter to pack something into each line. I took inspiration from one of my favorite songwriters, Sleeping At Last.

When I had finished the song, I played it for about a year until I thought about recording it. During that time, I got the inspiration for the record Seasons-from the bridge of the song. "The seasons will change, and we will too/but the less that remains, the more we're brand new". What I came to realize about what I had written a year prior was the truth that though we change and become different people over time, the more we change, the more we're made into brand new people every day. My EP Seasons is all about change, and reflects a transitional time in my life. Give it a listen, and tell me what you think!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself with a stream of the full EP here and learn more about the EP right here!

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