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B-Sides Report for 12/17/2015



Deadmau5 Goes On Epic Rant Against Justin Bieber

(Radio.com) As evidenced by a new Deadmau5 rant on YouTube, Twitter didn't have enough characters to contain the rage he feels toward Skrillex and Justin Bieber. But his beef with Skrillex was, according to Deadmau5, really all about Justin Bieber using talented producers as foils for his own success.

At the heart of his rage is Justin Bieber, a "meat puppet" who has no claim to the art he says is his, according to Deadmau5. When a fan online says that Bieber's album is hot, Deadmau5 blows his top.

"I can accept that his album is probably good, I have no qualms with that, I know decent production when I hear it," he says. "That's not what I'm mad about. What I'm mad about is that none of it is this little f-ing d-head's. You get what I'm saying? 'This is my album'. No it's not your f-ing album, its Skrilllex's f-ing album, it's f-ing god knows who's album. Then you going hum ha hum ha. Not even to s-t you even wroteYour just a little meat puppet, dude."

His beef with Skrillex, he said, is only about how he thinks the producer fed the Justin Bieber machine. "It's not that I hate Skrillex, and I hate the s- he does," he said. "I hate that he allowed himself to be a goddamn tool for someone else. "But I can't be too much of an ass about it because he he likes to do it, he's a f-ing little hippy and loves working with people, and that's his thing. I can respect that. that's fine."

Bieber's contributions are the issue, here. "What did you do," he said of Bieber. "You sang on it. I can credit you for being able to hold a pitch on two syllables on an entire album." Check out the video here.

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Michael Jackson's Thriller Hits New Milestone

Michael Jackson's Thriller has reached a new sales milestone in the U.S. The RIAA announced that the late singer's 1982 album has become the first album to receive 30x platinum status after selling 30 millions copies in the U.S..

The blockbuster album, which spent 37 weeks at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart, has also sold over 100 million copies across the globe since its release over three decades ago.

LA Reid, the current head of Epic Records, which released Thriller, had this to say about this latest achievement: "Thriller was groundbreaking and electrifying...it was perfection. I am extremely proud that Michael is the heart and soul of Epic Records and he will forever remain the one-and-only King of Pop."

RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman had the following to say in the announcement: "We are honored to celebrate the unique status of Thriller in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller's enduring spot in our hearts and musical history."

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Ellie Goulding Offers Free Download Of Christmas Classic

(popmusiclife) UK singer Ellie Goulding is getting in the Christmas spirit by offering fans a free download of her rendition of the classic Christmas song "O Holy Night."

"I recorded this for fun and as a *christmassy* thank you for all the beautiful support I've had," said Goulding in the announcement postings the on her social media sites.

Goulding's third album, "Delirium", debuted in her native country and on the US Billboard 200 chart at No. 3 while delivering her highest-charting record in the States and her highest first-week sales figures in both territories. Stream the Christmas song and grab the download link here.

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Adele and Star Wars Get Mash-Up Treatment

(Radio.com) It was only a matter of time before the universe gave us an Adele/Star Wars mash-up. As Star Wars: The Force Awakens prepares to storm the box office and Adele's blockbuster 25 keeps barreling forward, the two were bound to meet on the Internet.

Billed as an "African tribal Star Wars" cover, Alex Boye's video casts him as a Stormtrooper crooning in the desert-lightsaber in tow. Boye is a British singer who has amassed popularity covering songs like "Let It Go" from Frozen and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."

By blending two of the biggest pop phenomenons of the moment, Boye has mastered the Force: synergy. May the Force Be With You as you watch Boy's ambitious new video here.

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The Game Reacts To Stitches Boxing Challange

(Radio.com) The Game appeared to accept Stitches' challenge of a one-on-one boxing match in a now deleted social media post, but with some strange conditions attached.

In an Instagram post which has subsequently been deleted, The Game appeared to take Stitches up on his invitation to fight (via XXL Magazine). Rather than appear in a Celebrity Boxing Match, however, The Game reportedly stated he would fight the rapper for free, even going so far as to offer Stitches a plane ticket to L.A.

Once there, Stitches would have to fight Nicky D, a fellow caucasian, and if he is not knocked out, then Game is happy to fight him mid street, assuming of course he signed a waiver that no charges will be pressed.

In part he writes: "I'll fly you 1st class to California & @NickyDsss will f- yo bum ass up #WhiteboyVSWhiteboy !!!! & if you don't get yo ass knocked out. I will fight yo p-- ass for FREE in the middle of the street after you sign a waver that you can't sue me or press charges cause I'm tired of you pussy's talkin tough on the internet then calling the cops & gettin lawyers after you get pounded out !!!!" Read more here.

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Controversial CEO Wants To Bail Bobby Shmurda Out Of Jail

(Radio.com) Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, has been at the center of a few controversies. He first became known when his company raised the price on the important AIDS medication Daraprim from $13.50 to $750. Now, Shkreli is making headlines because he plans to bail imprisoned rapper Bobby Shmurda out of prison.

In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, Martin Shkreli said, "I'm a fan and I'm a business man. "Look, the guy's going to have to record for me if he comes out. I'll just come out and say it I'm not going to do this for free."

While the CEO wants Shmurda to record for him if he posts his bail, Shkreli says he wants to get involved with hip-hop for the love. "To me, what I'm doing right now in the media, raising prices, all this s-, believe what you want, but it's interesting.

"It gets people talking. At the end of the day, that's what art is. I don't know if I can translate the sh*t into rap or not, but I'll try In 500 years, they're going to talk about rap the same way we talk about Shakespeare. I just want to throw my hat in the ring, that's all. I don't want to make money." Read more here.

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LL Cool J Returning As Host Of The Grammy Awards

LL Cool J has once again been called on to host the Grammy awards. The rapper-turned actor will host the annual event for the fifth time when it is broadcast next February.

He had the following to say in the announcement, "The performances and moments that take place on the Grammy stage are awesome in so many ways for the audience and artists alike.

"I'm honored once again to host Music's Biggest Night as we celebrate the talented music creators of today. It's going to be an incredible night and I'm excited to share this experience with the world."

The 58th Annual Grammy awards will be broadcast live via the CBS television network on Monday, February 15th at 8pm.

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ACM Party For A Cause Headliners Announced

Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney have been tapped to headline the 4th annual ACM Party For A Cause Festival next April, the Academy of Country Music has announced.

The three day country music festival will be taking place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 1st-3rd next year with Underwood headlining the first night, Bentley the second night and Kenny Chesney closing out the final night.

The event will also feature performances from Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Brice, Cam, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Kellie Pickler, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Maddie & Tae, Old Dominion, Lauren Alaina, Kelleigh Bannen, Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell, Jana Kramer, Chris Lane, Jackson Michelson, Granger Smith and Brothers Osborne. More artists are still to be announced.

According to the announcement, proceeds from ticket sales will benefit ACM Lifting Lives which supports military programs that use music therapy to help veterans.

Past military beneficiaries include The Folds of Honor, The Wounded Warrior Project, Nellis Air Force Base, Navy SEAL Foundation, Team Rubicon and Task Force Dagger Foundation. Check out the event site for more details here.

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One Direction Do Carpool Karaoke

(popmusiclife) One Direction joined The Late Late Show host James Corden for the latest episode of Carpool Karaoke on Tuesday and video of the appearance has been posted online.

The feature sees Corden joined by a second passenger so that he can use the carpool lane to drive to work.The pairing sang along to a selection of the group's biggest hits including "What Makes You Beautiful," "No Control," "Story Of My Life" and "Best Song Ever," as well as "Drag Me Down" and "Perfect" - a pair of tunes from their newly-released album "Made In The A.M."

The group's fifth studio record debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 album charts with opening week sales of 459,000 units, including 402,000 in pure album sales. Check out the TV appearance here.

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Billy Currington Announces 2016 U.S. Tour

Country music star Billy Currington will be bringing a little to heat to fans in various markets across the U.S. next February when he launches his Summer Forever tour.

The 15-date tour is set to kick off on February 19th in San Antonio, TX and will wrap up on April 16th in Tampa, FL. Currington has tapped Kelsea Ballerini as the support act for nine stops on the tour

The tour is named after and being launching in support of Currington's sixth studio album, which was produced by Dann Huff (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts) and was released back in June. See the tour dates here.

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Busta Rhymes Releasing Abstract Mixtape On Christmas

(Radio.com) Busta Rhymes will be celebrating Christmas this year with the release of his new mixtape, The Abstract Went on Vacation, which he previewed in the social media announcement.

The title is a reference to his 2013 collaborative mixtape with Q-Tip, who also goes by The Abstract. Many fans had been clamoring for a sequel. However, Q-Tip doesn't contribute verses or production to the upcoming release.

As of now, the Conglomerate leader hasn't revealed any guest appearances on the collection of songs. With all of the features Busta has given to other artists, some are sure to return the favor. Read more and check out the preview clip here.

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Cole Swindell Releases Emotional 'You Should Be Here' Video

(Radio.com) Cole Swindell gets personal in the clip for his upcoming single "You Should Be Here." The video starts with real footage from 2013 of the singer-songwriter calling his dad to tell him that he had signed his record deal, and proceeds to chronicle the things his father is no longer here to witness.

"'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," Swindell told Radio.com. "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."

The video follows Swindell's successes and features his family as the lyrics reflect the singer's desire to share these moments with his father. "I thought about my dad," Swindell added. "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."

By the end of the clip, Swindell is in tears and you just might be as well. Watch it here.

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First Episode Of J. Cole's 'Road To Homecoming' Goes Online

(Radio.com) J. Cole has partnered with HBO to air a 90 minute concert film on Jan. 9. But that's not all the artist has in store for fans. Leading up to that concert, J. Cole filmed four other episodes as part of a five part mini-documentary called the Road to Homecoming. "To keep it real, I am just as excited about the first 4 episodes as I am about the Homecoming film," he wrote in a prepared statement.

Documenting "important moments" from the past year as well as the "album rollout process," the mini-doc provides unique insight into the self-described private artist. "One thing I know about myself," he wrote, "is that I don't like to give too much of me outside the music."

The preceding four episodes will air every Wednesday leading up to the Jan. 9 concert debut, but you can also find the episodes on Vimeo. The first 30-minute episode launched Wed. (Dec. 16) with following episodes to arrive on Dec. 23, Dec. 30 and Jan. 6. Watch the first episode here.

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Britney Spears and Twin Peaks Mash-Up Released

(Radio.com) Britney Spears' pop mythology has always contained a heavy dose of surrealism. That's why a recent mash-up of her ballad "Everytime" with the theme music from Twin Peaks feels so spot-on.

The Conrad Tao mix combines wistful, searching vocals from Spears' In the Zone single with Angelo Badalamenti's stirring and idiosyncratic melody from the David Lynch cult classic.

"Everytime" is a standout in Spears' discography as one of her more vulnerable and revealing moments. The spare production has made it ripe for remixes and sonic manipulation.

As fans of the series await its anticipated return to Showtime in 2016, this unexpected combination may be just what Dr. Hayward ordered. Listen to the eerie mash-up here.

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Timbaland Plans Christmas Release Of King Stays King Mixtape

(Radio.com) Rap fans will be receiving two high profile mixtapes for Christmas this year. Following Busta Rhymes announcement that he'll be releasing his new effort on the holiday, comes word that producer Timbaland will be releasing a mixtape titled King Stays King on Christmas Day.

The project boasts sixteen tracks with appearances from Young Thug, Mila J, Rich Homie Quan, and a slew of others. King Stays King will also contain an unreleased song from the late Aaliyah.

The Virgina native tells Rap-Up, "It's been a while since I've been able to give the world some new music. I've spent a lot of time working on this project and I am just looking forward to giving my fans some dope sounds to close out the year." Read more here.

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Luke Bryan Does Archery Kart Battle On Dude Perfect

(Radio.com) The guys of Dude Perfect, a YouTube show that has five guys doing different stunts, recruited Luke Bryan for an archery kart battle. Basically, three teams of two - one man driving a golf cart and the other wielding a bow - tried to pop the balloons on their competitors' karts.

The first team to have all four of their balloons popped loses, and so forth. Despite having the winning team at this year's ACM and Cabela's Great Outdoors Archery Event, Bryan's archery skills were a bit lacking. (Watch above.)

Following the challenge, Bryan did a quick, informal interview where he admitted that he would survive the zombie apolocolypse with his wife, Caroline, and if he wasn't a country singer he'd want to be a Dude Perfect camera guy. Watch it here.

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