B-Sides Report for 12/15/2015

Adele Announces North American Tour

Adele has announced that she will be embarking on her first North American tour in half a decade next summer and fall, which will be launched in support of her blockbuster new studio album "25".

The tour of the U.S., Canada and Mexico is scheduled to begin on July 5th in St Paul, MN at the Xcel Energy Center and will conclude on November 15th in Mexico City at DF Palacio de los Deportes.

Due to high demand, Adele will be playing multiple shows in various markets on tour including six shows each at Los Angeles's Staples Center and New York City's Madison Square Garden.

She will also play three nights at Chicago's United Center and four shows at Toronto, ON's Air Canada Centre. Most other markets will feature two-night-stands. See the dates here.

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One Direction Begins Hiatus Following X-Factor Goodbye

(Radio.com) The guys of One Direction have spent five years tweeting, touring and recording, but their well-deserved hiatus started this week. To kick it off, the four remaining members returned to the show where it all began. Niall, Liam, Louis and Harry took to the X Factor stage in London to perform "History" as their last scheduled performance, for now.

The appearance also reunited the band with Simon Cowell, who had nothing but praise for the lads: 'Well, this takes me back five years ago when I met five guys, singing as solo artists, and then I never could have predicted what happened next.

"And I know you're gonna take a break, you deserve the break. I want to really just take the chance now to say thank you. You've been an absolute pleasure to work with Five of the nicest guys I ever met. Enjoy the time off. Have a fantastic time," Cowell said. Read more here.

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Nicki Minaj's Unreleased 'Anaconda' Verse Goes Online

(Radio.com) Earlier this year, Nicki Minaj released "Anaconda" and made more than a hit: she created a bona fide cultural moment. From the Sir Mix-A-Lot sample to the unforgettable video, "Anaconda" broke Vevo records and launched beefs with Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.

But there's more! Recently, a demo version of the song surfaced containing an additional verse and some alterations to the beat and melody. According to MTV, "Anaconda 2.0" was released by AnonXmous, who was a producer on the finished version. He intends to include the material on his forthcoming Hallucinagens mixtape.

Most notably, Nicki raps on the track "I got a big fat a-, big d-s follow." Even though the lyrics didn't make the final cut, let's say they're spiritually akin to the "Anaconda" we know. Listen to Nicki's very, very NSFW bonus verse here.

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Taylor Swift Reveals 'The 1989 World Tour LIVE Concert Film' Trailer

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift's never ending 1989 World Tour gets a new life with a concert film production. Swift posted a trailer from The 1989 World Tour LIVE concert film Sunday (Dec. 13) which asks questions that the tour has already answered.

'Getting ready for this I wondered about a lot of things," Swift says in the trailer. 'I wondered what it would be like to perform for 70,000 people. I wondered what it would look like if they were all lit up and dancing around like no one was watching. I wondered what would happen if I invited the most amazing artists in the world to come out with me and perform on my stage, would they do it? This is the '1989 World Tour.'"

The film was directed by Jonas Akerlund, and features the full Nov. 28 concert performance in Sydney, Australia as well as behind the scenes footage from the tour. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Chris Brown Releases 'Back to Sleep' Video

(Radio.com) If you watched Chris Brown's "Fine By Me" music video and desperately wondered what happens next, here's your answer. His latest video release "Back to Sleep" picks up where "Fine By Me" left off, after the singer escapes from a mysterious facility.

Naturally, he calls a lady friend and drops by her place for a little catching-up. "Back to Sleep," a radio-friendly reduction of "F- You Back to Sleep," is the third single from Brown's forthcoming Royalty, which will be released on Friday.

Brown will be releasing new video each day this week in the lead up to his new studio album Royalty, which drops on Friday. What the NSFW "Back To Sleep" video here.

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Ed Sheeran Announces Social Media Hiatus and Teases New Album

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran has taken a self-imposed break from social media to see everything he's "missed" by viewing the word through electronic screens. Sheeran posted a letter to his 5.5 million Instagram followers on Sunday (Dec. 13) outlining his reasons for the social media cleanse.

'Hello all. I'm taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while," Sheeran wrote. "I've had such an amazing ride over the last 5 years but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes so I'm taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I've missed."

The note included a plea for understanding to all, while he explores the world unplugged. 'To my family and friends, if you love me you will understand me buggering off for a bit, to my fans, the 3rd album is on its way and is the best thing I have made thus far," he said. "See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing."

Check out Sheeran's time-out social media post here.

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Kanye West Wants To Be Left Alone To Complete 'SWISH' Album

(Radio.com) Kanye West has asked for your cooperation while he puts the finishing touches on his forthcoming SWISH album. West hit Twitter with a message that gave fans hope that his next set might be coming soon, and built anticipation in the process.

"I'm finishing my album and my next collection'" he tweeted. "No offense to anyone' I'm asking everyone DON'T ASK ME FOR ANYTHING TILL AFTER I'M FINISHED WITH MY ALBUM."

'We had a couple options and I just thought it sounded good against the people," he told Vanity Fair about his theatrical broadcast of his fashion show. "For the 40 theaters across the globe, for the kids that all went to see it in theaters, I thought they'd be happy to hear some new music. I've been doing that [making a new album] too. That's like a sonic landscape, a two-year painting. That song I played has been a year and a half in the making and it may be still a year from being complete. But it was to let people get a glimpse at the painting."

He said SWISH would come when the time is right. 'I'm worried about the life and the body of work that I can put out while I'm breathing," he said. Read more here.

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Eric Church Inspired Cam's 'Untamed' Album

(Radio.com) Cam is making waves with her current single "Burning House," earning a Best Country Solo Performance Grammy nomination and currently sitting in the Top 5 on the country charts.

Her debut album, Untamed, which was produced by Jeff Bhasker and Tyler Johnson, was released last week and the singer-songwriter says she drew inspiration from a fellow artist.

"I really admire Eric Church and what he and [producer] Jay Joyce do, and Tyler and I and Jeff listened a lot to what they'd done. I still have Chief in my car," Cam admits to Rolling Stone Country.

"I think he's super inspiring in that he makes music he wants to make. . . I also really admire Zac Brown Band and the way they have built this family around what they do. That's really important to me." Read more here.

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Charles Kelley Hints At Miranda Lambert Collaboration

(Radio.com) Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley is already gaining momentum with his solo project, earning a GRAMMY nod for "The Driver" with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay.

Now he's posted a mysterious photo from the studio on Instagram teasing another collaboration on his debut solo album, The Driver. "Just doing a little mixing of #thedriver record. Miranda who?" he captioned the below photo. Odds are there's a track on the project with Miranda Lambert.

This wouldn't be their first collaboration. Kelley and bandmate Dave Haywood co-wrote "Love Song" with Lambert and her then-husband Blake Shelton. Kelley and Haywood also sang background vocals on the tune that appeared on Lambert's Revolution album. See the post here.

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Justin Bieber's 'Purpose' Guerrilla Marketing Campaign Graffiti Backlash

(Radio.com) As part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for Purpose, Justin Bieber's team allegedly took to the streets--or, at least, the sidewalks. From New York City to the West Coast, fans and non-Beliebers alike noticed white etchings that read "Justin Bieber / Purpose / #Nov13."

At first, some locals suspected the white letters were done in temporary chalk. However, rainfall in San Francisco failed to rinse away the promotional street art.

"Using our sidewalks for advertising is unacceptable," SF Public Works employee Rachel Gordon Read told Hoodline. "We've inquired with both Public Works and the City Attorney's office as to when the tags will be cleaned up, and whether Bieber and his labels, Def Jam Recordings and School Boy Records, will be held accountable; we've yet to receive a response from them or from Bieber's label and management." Read more here.

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The Game Reenacts Fight with Stitches During Concert

(Radio.com) During a show in San Bernardino, California, The Game reenacted the fight Stitches tried to start with him on December 3 in South Beach. "Oh, we went to Miami and whooped that a-," he told the crowd to raucous cheers.

The Game shared that he didn't get involved because he's on probation. Instead, his manager Wack 100 threw the punch that knocked Stitches out cold. "That n-- start walking up and s-. Marcus was holding me back cause he know I'm on probation," he said. "That n-- went to sleep."

The Game encouraged fans to record the reenactment, with Game playing himself while a member of his crew plays Stitches and hams it up to full effect. Looks like this beef isn't quieting down anytime soon. Check out the video from the show here.

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Rihanna Reportedly Isn't Finished With 'ANTi' Album Yet

(Radio.com) Rihanna may be teasing her upcoming album ANTi with the ANTidiaRY.com website, but according to Sia she's not close to releasing anything just yet.

Sia sat down with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 this weekend, and shared that she'd recently met with Rihanna to discuss possible tracks for the project (via NME). Sia wrote Rihanna's 2012 hit "Diamonds" and offered her the song "Alive," before Sia ended up recording it and releasing it herself.

"The other night she came over and listened to half of 25 songs I played her because she's still looking for songs for her new album," Sia said. "She was there to listen to songs and see if there was anything that she was into. It was a business meeting for sure. She took four [songs] but I don't know if they'll end up [on the album]." Read more here.

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Jason Derulo Releases Cartoonish 'Get Ugly' Video

(Radio.com) Jason Derulo may have released his album Everything is 4 back in May, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. The singer shared his music video for the track "Get Ugly" on Monday.

The video shows Derulo and crew, decked out in 90s fashion styles, dancing on a movie set street, in a salon and later at a laundromat. The whole thing has a cartoonish feel between the colors, costumes and superimposed text like "Brahhhh" that transitions scenes.

Derulo shows off some fresh moves by way of slick choreography throughout the whole thing. When it comes to the chorus, the dance is even easy enough to compete with the Whip. Is Derulo trying to start the next dance crazy by way of "Get Ugly"? It sure looks that way. Watch the video here.

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Mariah Carey Announces Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour

(popmusiclife) Mariah Carey has announced dates for a spring 2016 tour of Europe. The shows will follow the end of Carey's Las Vegas residency at Caesar's Palace and mark the singer's first European tour since 2003.

The "Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour" opens in Glasgow, Scotland on March 15, with shows scheduled to end April 23 in Amsterdam before two concerts in South Africa in early May.

"I'm calling it the Sweet, Sweet Fantasy tour," Carey tells Lorraine. "I wanted to give people some nostalgia - so that title is from my song Fantasy obviously. The fans can expect lots of songs - I'm going to research what songs were big in what territories and then I'm going to sing those songs especially for those fans.

"I'm just trying to put on a really good show that people are going to enjoy and be close to the fans. Not everyone is so close to their fans but I have a very special relationship with my fans. I love all things pertaining to music and creativity ... everything is fun for me but I love being on stage." See the dates and ticket onsale information here.

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Cole Swindell Reveals Details About 'You Should Be Here' Single

(Radio.com) In Radio.com's recent interview with Cole Swindell, the singer/songwriter dropped a little bit of info about his next single, which will give an early taste of his next album.

"'You Should Be Here,' [is] a song I wrote last year when I was on tour, I wrote it outside of a football stadium, believe it or not. Just thinking about I lost my dad two years ago in a freak accident, and when Ashley Gorley, one of my favorite writers, brought up this title, he had to have known that's what I wanted to write."

"I thought about my dad," he continues. "Just all the things that I get to do. It ain't even for the folks that maybe haven't lost somebody, maybe you just miss somebody. Maybe you have family in another state, or there's those moments in life that we all get to share, and it's like if that one person was here, man, they'd freak out, they would love it."

"And I think that's why this song means so much: it's personal. But I got into country music to record and write songs that mean something to people, and I think having this first album and four hit songs, I think that's allowed me to say what I wanna say. At this point in my life I get to do a lot of special things."

"And that's what I think everybody's gonna be able to relate to [the song], it's just a real song about life. So I'm really excited about it." Read more here.

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Beanie Sigel Says Accident Changed His Voice

(Radio.com) Beanie Sigel has a new voice to go with his new focus. The Broad Street Bully stopped by the Rap Radar Podcast to talk Roc-A-Fella, his long road to recovery and the Pusha-T collabo that has everyone (who's heard it) buzzing.

Pusha-T reached out to Beanie Sigel for a verse on his new album. Beans explained how he gave Pusha some of his new magic. "I don't know what he officially named the song yet," Beans said. "The song is about taking a loss and bouncing back. Always keeping something in the ceiling."

The track, according to RRP co-host Elliot Wilson, showcases a different and deeper tenor in Sigel's voice. "This my new voice," Beanie said, speaking with a slightly different texture. "Y'all gotta get used to it. Since the accident, my voice got raspy."
The new Pusha song features the first Beanie Sigel guest verse since the Philly rapper recovered from injuries sustained from a shooting in December of 2014.

While he still has the flow, he said he has to work around the longterm affects of his injury. "A piece of one of my lungs is missing significantly," he said. "My voice. I don't got the wind like I used to. That breath control. I gotta punch in now. Before I got 1000 bars, one take. I gotta take a breaths every now and then." Read more here.

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