B-Sides Report for 12/16/2015

Ariana Grande Releases Star Wars Parody

(Radio.com) Everyone is excited about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters this Friday, December 18th. Ariana Grande proves she a huge fan with a new video where the singer weighs in on the famous controversy of who shot first, Han Solo or Greedo.

"in celebration of the new Star Wars," she tweeted "#WhoShotFirst #whatspecialedition??? #herefortheOGversion" For those uninitiated, fans were rankled by a change George Lucas made when he re-released Star Wars in 1997.

The film was altered to make it appear that Greedo, a bounty hunter, had attempted to shoot first, and that Solo, one of the films heroes, was merely retaliating in self defense.

Grande proves she knows her Star Wars, and demonstrates a very effective way of shutting down the debate. Watch it here.

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Stitches Challenges The Game To Celebrity Boxing Match

(Radio.com) The odd saga of beef between Stitches and The Game continued on Tuesday, with the Stitches trying to set up a celebrity boxing match. Both Stitches and Celebrity Boxing Federation CEO Damon Feldman attempt to goad Game into partaking.

The ongoing feud between the two rappers started when Stitches was allegedly knocked out cold by The Game's manager, after trying to approach the Los Angeles artist outside his birthday party in Miami.

"Woo, I'm bout to sign that contract with Damon [Feldman] right now," Stitches says. "That Celebrity Boxing s-, boy. Anybody who wants to see me and The Game throw hands, comment below. Your manager hit me, n--, but you didn't. I got jumped, n--, but you didn't touch me." See the NSFW posts here.

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Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan To Co-Host ACM Awards

(Radio.com) It's official, Luke Bryan will have a new co-host at the 51st ACM Awards next year. Dierks Bentley will join Bryan as co-host of the annual country music awards event.

Bryan confirmed the news with a tweet welcoming Bentley on board, "Excited to let y'all know that my buddy @DierksBentley will be co-hosting the 51st @ACMawards with me."

Bryan had hosted with Blake Shelton for the previous two years. The ACM Awards will air on CBS Sunday April 3rd at 8pm. The pair also shared a humorous video of how the two connected, which you can watch here.

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Taylor Swift Vs Artist Copyright Dispute Heats Up

(Radio.com) There are new developments in the sharply worded spat between Taylor Swift's camp and an artist who accuses Swift of using her painting without permission. In a new set of statements from each side, the artist paints Swift's camp as disingenuous and "calculating," while Swift's side says they are being used for publicity.

It all began in October of 2014, when Swift posted an image of what she believed to be a painting from a fan, which included Swift's songs lyrics. Turns out the image was actually a creation of artist Ally Burguieres and was passed off by a fan as original. Burguiers demanded that the image be removed from social media. Swift took down the image after some time and later offered compensation, which according to Burguiers, came with a stipulation that some of the money must be donated to charity.

A representative for Swift is now firing back. Team Swift now says there was no requirement at all for her to donate the money to charity and brushes the artist off as someone looking to milk the experience for publicity.

"Notwithstanding the huge publicity this has generated for Ms. Burguieres and her store, in early November, Ms. Swift's office made a fair offer of payment well above a reasonable licensing fee for the short time that the fan art was posted online," the rep tells Rolling Stone.

The rep went on to say that they tried to get to the bottom of a fair rate but was not getting feedback from the artist. "We have tried on multiple occasions to address Ms. Burguieres' concerns, but these actions make it clear to us that this is just an unfortunate effort to extract more money and more publicity."

For her part, Burguieres issued a statement that claims Swift's camp did not want to credit her work as an artist and it was unfair to ask her to donate the "four figure" offer to charity. Read more here.

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Wiz Khalifa Releases Cabin Fever 3 Mixtape

(Radio.com) It's been three years since Wiz Khalifa gifted the world with Cabin Fever 2, and now the wait for a new mixtape is over. Just in time for the holidays, the rapper has released Cabin Fever 3, which marks the third installment in his 'Cabin Fever' series.

The music comes with a message. Wiz Khalifa tweeted, "Don't just dance to it. Learn the words and apply that s- to you life." As for collaborators, the mixtape is jam packed with them.

Juicy J, Curren$y, Kevin Gates, Yo Gotti and more appear on several tracks. The mixtape also features production from Sonny Digital, DP Beats, TM88, Easy Mo Bee and Ricky P.

If a studio release is what you're awaiting, that will come in 2016 with Rolling Papers 2. Listen to Cabin Fever 3 here.

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Kendrick Lamar Believes He Has Been Chosen

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar appears on XXL Magazine's December cover, where he ruminates on fame and being cast as a role model when he's still trying to figure out life.

Lamar discusses constantly asking other artists about their rise to the top in order to figure out how it changes someone. "For me, the whole complete world changed within six months of good kid, m.A.A.d. city coming out," he says. "It wasn't about the money change, although, that did happen, but it was like I stared seeing who I really was during that first run and learned more on the second. Either you notice who you are who are or what you ain't pretty fast when you get fame."

Even though his fans and others in his life constantly look to him as an example, Lamar insists he's still trying to figure things out, too. Still, he knows he has a talent, one he can share to help inspire and lead people.

"I know I'm chosen," he says. "I know I'm a favorite. I know in my heart there's a whole other energy and leadership side of me that I have probably run from my whole life. How much power do I want? How much can I handle? That's the question I keep asking myself. 'Cause when you are a voice for the youth, nothing can stop you. The youth is what changes things. Can I lead that? Should I? I get confused because people are championing me to be that vocal point and it's a challenge for me to be that because I have some fear of that type of power. This goes back to me being who I naturally am or who think that I am now, that 28-year-old kid that's kind've a recluse. But 28 is old enough for me to figure out who I am and have that power at the same time, that's the battle and it's a trip." Read more here.

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Meghan Trainor Previews New Song, Talks Forthcoming Album

(Radio.com) Meghan Trainor is gearing up for the releases of her sophomore album in 2016 and the Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee is giving fans a preview including a new song clip.

"It has a lot of big songs on it that I can't for the world to finally hear," Meghan told MTV. "I haven't been working long on it, but I got some good stuff and I think we are going to wrap it up soon."

"I wanted to go big, I wanted to get all my influences in there and show everything from my Caribbean side to my love for Bruno Mars and Aretha Franklin and even some Elvis vibes, anyone I grew up listening to," she said. "I was trying to show the world what I love. I wanted to do something that's not on the radio, but kind of different."

For fans who cannot wait, Meghan posted a preview of a brand new track titled "Just A Friend To You," via her Instagram account. Check it out here.

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Chris Brown Releases 'Wrist' Video

(Radio.com) In anticipation of his new album Royalty dropping Friday, Chris Brown has been busy releasing new videos this week. And Tuesday marked the arrival of the promo clip for "Wrist."

Featuring Solo Lucci, the video finds Brown "tripping" after a scantily clad woman blows magic dust into his face. After dancing his way through an alley, Brown lands in a blue-lit club-like space, where he sits and tries to keep his head on straight while two women dance around him.

The video has a dark, ominous feel about it underscored by the red and green lights that punctuate Brown and Solo Lucci. Watch the new video ahead of Brown's new album release on December 18th here.

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Juicy J Releases New Mixtape 'O's to Oscars'

(Radio.com) Memphis rapper Juicy J is constantly feeding his hunger to record new music. After releasing a project called 100% Juice back in September, Juicy J is back with another new mixtape called O's to Oscars.

The new tape is hosted by DJ Blak and features 14 brand new songs. Wiz Khalifa, comedian DC Young Fly, Ty Dolla $ign, and fellow Three Six Mafia member Project Pat contribute verses. There is production by Lex Luger, Sonny Digital, and Metro Boomin'.

Juicy J has another mixtape in the works with Lex Luger which should be hitting the net in a couple of weeks. He informed his fans in an Instagram post, "By the way me & Lex Luger will be in the studio for 2weeks we got something special we cooking up After #ostooscars we droppin #RBB3." The Oscar winner also hinted he might be working on a new project with A$AP Rocky. He posted a picture to Instagram showing the both of them in the studio and speculation about the collaborative effort has been crazy.

Download or stream Juicy J's latest mixtape O's to Oscars here.

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Fetty Wap Releases Christmas Track 'Merry Xmas'

(Radio.com) Fetty Wap has not only given fans an early gift with the announcement that he will soon be launching a U.S. tour, he has also delivered a brand new Christmas track called "Merry Xmas".

Featuring Monty, who will also support Fetty Wap on tour in the spring, the track was produced by AceSwagBeatz. "You shine brighter than a diamond, I swear/ And if you want it can be Christmas all year," Fetty Wap sings on a verse.

The song starts off with bells that speak to the holiday spirit even if their slightly warped sound lends the track a very Fetty-ish feel. Meanwhile, the rapper gets sentimental on the chorus, repeating, "All I want for Christmas is you." Listen to "Merry Xmas" here.

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Dolly Parton Shares Dolly-Mama Story

(Radio.com) Lately Dolly Parton has made the rounds promoting Coat of Many Colors, an NBC movie based on her life story. In a video posted to her YouTube account, Parton remembers how helping her family out was a highlight of her success:

"It was always my wish to do something great for my family. I loved my daddy and my mama. My daddy always drove a truck. I bought my daddy a big blue truck, and he was always so proud of that. He would never trade it in

"That same year I bought my mama a Cadillac. That went back to me when Mama passed on. I wouldn't take nothing for it. My husband drives it a lot. Because it was Mama's car, and I still drive it some, I call it the 'Dolly-Mama.'

"Everybody knows not to mess with the Dolly-Mama, because that was such a precious thing. I was always so proud that I could do for my family when I started making some money." Read more here.

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Sia Makes Secret Cameo In Amazon Show Transparent?

(Radio.com) When Sia burst onto the charts, her reluctance to show her face was a bit of an oddity-some even called it a gimmick. But with hit after hit and a multitude of songwriting collaborations, the public has grown to accept Sia's unconventional approach to living in the public eye.

That visual anonymity has made it easy for Sia to hide in plain sight. Hawk-eyed fans noticed her in a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance on the hit Amazon show Transparent. Sia plays a festival-goer with messy brown hair and glam forehead makeup, without uttering a word of dialogue.

Creator Jill Solloway previously worked with the Australian singer-songwriter on HBO's Six Feet Under, the finale of which hinged on an emotional recording of "Breathe Me" back in 2005. See a clip from Transparent here.

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Troye Sivan Discusses 'Youth' Single Inspiration

(Radio.com) After releasing a series of EPs over the years, Australian singer/songwriter Troye Sivan has finally released his debut full-length album, Blue Neighborhood. The album's latest single is called "Youth," and in an interview with Radio.com, Sivan notes that he's shared a lot of his youth with his fans.

Not only is he a singer and an actor, but he is also something of a YouTube star thanks to his video blogs: he's posted over a hundred of them, and boasts millions of views.

"The lyric that we kind of started with was, 'My youth is yours.' That kind of sprung a few different [ideas] in my mind." As someone who has grown up on the internet - you can go back and watch videos of me from when I was 12 - I've sort of given my youth, online, to the public."

But there's an aspect of the song that people who don't have millions of YouTube followers can identify with. "The idea of getting into a relationship when you're young, and waking up when you're 25, and you've given all of your young years to a particular person, that was super romantic and cool to me. And we started writing a song about leaving everything and running away and having absolutely no idea where you were going, or what you were going to do in the future, or whether this person is just going to be with you for two days and just be a fling, or is it going to be someone who you are going to spend the rest of your life with. And having all of those questions and still not caring about any of the answers because you're young and you don't have any responsibilities." Read more here.

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