B-Sides Report for 12/23/2015

Adele and Drake Lead Google Play's Top Albums Of 2015 List

Google Play Music has revealed their top 10 most downloaded albums of 2015 with Adele's blockbuster 25 leading the list, followed by Drake's "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" at No. 2.

Here is the rest of the Top 10 list: no. 3. To Pimp A Butterfly from Kendrick Lamar; no. 4. Fifty Shades Of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) from Various Artists; no. 5. Beauty Behind The Madness from The Weeknd; no. 6. Dark Sky Paradise (Deluxe) from Big Sean; no. 7. American Beauty/American Psycho from Fall Out Boy; no. 8. Dreams Worth More Than Money from Meek Mill; no. 9. Compton from Dr. Dre; no. 10. DS2 (Deluxe) from Future.

As a holiday promotion, Google is offering a 3 Months Subscription to Google Play Music for $1 for fans in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Brazil and Mexico.. The promotion ends on January 4th. If streaming isn't your thing and you would rather purchase an album, they are also offering 50% off Any One Album until January 4th as well. Check it out here.

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's Latest Tracks Get Mashed Up

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez may make their beautiful music separately these days, but the public will never forget the love they once shared. In a Tonight Show web exclusive, singer and multi-hyphenate Troye Sivan performed a mash-up of the exes' singles du jour: Bieber's "Sorry" and Gomez's "Hands to Myself."

The musician, actor and YouTuber needed just a drum machine and an electronic keyboard to marry the songs in perfect harmony. This mix comes on the heels of Selena Gomez's video debut for "Hands to Myself," which dropped yesterday.

Their lyrics produce a kind of dialogue that Beliebers and Selena Gomez fans alike have already analyzed on social media: Are his lyrics about her? Are her lyrics about him? The world may never know. Watch Sivan's mash-up here.

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Brantley Gilbert Gives Toys For Tots $10.5 Million

(Radio.com) Brantley Gilbert is accustomed to playing for arenas full of country fans. This year, he's playing Santa Claus to the countless children served by the Marine Toys for Tots charity.

Just in time for Christmas, the singer-songwriter announced that he will partner with toy manufacturer Bendon to make an unprecedented $10.5 million donation.

"Growing up in rural Georgia, I know that sometimes Christmas isn't a time of joy for some kids and our contribution might be all they receive this year so I really wanted our donation to matter," Gilbert said. "I'm honored the folks and Bendon understood why I wanted to work with them and Toys for Tots." Read more here.

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Kenny Chesney's Tour Bone Marrow Initiative Finds 25 Matches

(SM) Kenny Chesney's Love Hope Strength Foundation's Get On The List Campaign initiative on his 2015 Big Revival Tour provided 25 potential matches to people fighting life-threatening bone and blood cancers.

Chesney had this to say, "When Kate McMahon with our tour promoter explained it to me. It seemed not only so simple, but the kind of thing the No Shoes Nation is all about. Give back to others, help where you can, live to the fullest and make a difference. I can't believe they've found 25 matches, but I couldn't be prouder for the fans who come out and live these songs with us."

He adds, "I learned through the Spread the Love Fund how small things can sometimes make a major difference. I know my fans will pitch in, will help people in need. This was something so hard to believe given how easy and simple it is. I'm thrilled to hear 25 matches have already been found. Maybe we should call them the No Shoes, All Heart Nation."

Get on the List campaign's director of events and artist relations Tim Bramlette had this to say, "It's really easy. We bring the pop-up tent and the Love Health Strength Mini Cooper - and they set us up in the parking lot where all the special stuff is. Our team comes down and we make ourselves available to give people information. They fill out a form, swab their cheek, and are only contacted if they're 100 percent a perfect match, which doesn't sound like too much, but the number of people on this planet?"

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Taylor Swift To Premiere New Video During New Year's TV Special

Taylor Swift has given fans another reason to tune into Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC. The country-turned-pop star has announced that she will premiere her new video during the broadcast.

Swift will air the video for "Out of the Woods" for the very first time during the broadcast which will kick off at 8 p.m. ET/PT on December 31st on the ABC Television Network.

"Out of the Woods" will be the sixth video released from Swift's blockbuster "1989" album. The television broadcast will feature live performances from New York City, headlined by Carrie Underwood, as well as the west coast event in Hollywood headlined by One Direction.

The Hollywood broadcast will also feature live performances from 5 Seconds of Summer, Alessia Cara, DNCE, Fall Out Boy, Andy Grammer, Ellie Goulding, Nick Jonas, Elle King, Tove Lo, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, OMI, Pentatonix, Rachel Platten, Nathan Sykes and Walk The Moon.

The New York event in Times Square will also include performances from Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato and Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth. Jimmy Buffet will also make a live appearance from his concert near by in Brooklyn.

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G-Eazy Gets Animated For 'Sad Boy' Video

Hip hop star G-Eazy has given fans an early holiday treat with the release of a new animated video for the track "Sad Boy", which comes from his chart topping new album "When It's Dark."

The new "Sad Boy" video features illustrations by Joonbug and animation by Applebutter Animated and presents fans with "G-Eazy's ideas and inner most thoughts... transformed into his own cartoon reality".

G-Eazy is riding high on the success of his new sophomore album which has topped Billboard's R&B / Hip Hop Chart and Top Rap Albums Chart for the second straight week since its release.

Fans will be able to catch G-Eazy live early next year when he kicks off his North American 'When It's Dark Out Tour' that will also feature A$AP Ferg. Until then, check out the new video here.

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CeeLo Green Announces Intimate North American Tour

(Radio.com) CeeLo Green has announced a run of intimate North American tour dates for 2016. Green will perform at intimate venues in historic, southern cities, paying homage to the great music legends that inspired him including Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and B. B. King.

'I look forward to hitting the road to celebrate great music of the south, and reconnecting with all my loyal fans," stated Green in a prepared statement. 'Come dressed for the occasion and help me re-create a moment from history at these iconic music venues.

"This tour will be very different from anything I've ever done before because of my choice of intimate venues and the variety of music I will perform from my new & classic hits to covers of some of my favorite songs."

The short run kicks off on March 1st in Washington DC, see the full dates here.

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Deadmau5 Explains His Departure From Social Media

(Radio.com) Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, has been absent from social media for the last week, following an episode in which he called Justin Bieber a "little meat puppet." His sign-off on Twitter read: "peace out. brb. 2017."

This led fans to wonder what was going on with the EDM superstar. This week, he took to his Tumblr blog to post an explanation--attributing the strange behavior to depression:

"I've been dealing with some depression issues that i don't need to go into detail with," wrote the musician. "Id consider myself far from emotionally stable, though, not unstable enough to know support when i see it." Read more here.

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Rapper Saint West Announces Retirement, Shouts Out Kanye and Kim

(Radio.com) Kenny Rogers sang "You've got to know when to hold 'em / Know when to fold 'em / Know when to walk away / And know when to run." For Canadian rapper Saint West, the birth of Kanye West's second child--with whom he shares a name--was a moment to fold 'em, walk away and maybe even run from the music game.

"Hi, I'm Lindon, also known as Saint West. I'd like to announce my official retirement from hip-hop," he said in a clip published by TMZ. He then offers "Congratulations Kanye and Kim, thank you for choosing such a beautiful name.

"Saint West, may God smile on you. I'll always be cheering for you. And try to avoid becoming a rapper." Kanye might not get Lindon's sportsmanlike message--He's asked not to be bothered with anything until his album is finished. Watch the clip here.

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Roundup Of New Christmas Songs From Today's Pop Stars

(Radio.com) Did you know that Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Jessie J, and Katy Perry all have holiday songs? Some songs, like Jessie J's, are brand new. Others are a few years old, but still have yet to be heard by the holiday masses.

Luckily, we're here to update your Christmas playlist. Here are some new songs to spread holiday cheer beginning with Ariana Grande's 'Santa Tell Me": Ariana's original Christmas song is flirty, catchy and fun! Watch Ari and friends dance around in their ugly Christmas sweaters and animal onesies in the video! If you like 'Santa Tell Me" , then you'll want to check out Ari's brand new Christmas EP.

Sam Smith's 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas": Sam Smith's cover of the holiday classic is beautiful. The song simply features Smith's vocals over a piano, and it's absolutely stunning. We're not sure why this isn't being overplayed everywhere.

Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Last Christmas": Carly's version of 'Last Christmas" is cute, but we can't help but stand by Taylor Swift's traditional cover of the tune. If you're looking for more of an electronic sounding song, Carly's version is definitely for you.

Katy Perry's 'Everyday Is a Holiday": Katy's new Christmas song may have been recorded for an H&M commercial, but that doesn't mean that we don't love it! Please release a full version, Katy! Check out these songs and videos and read about even more tracks here.

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Best Beastie Boys and Star Trek Crossover Moments

(Radio.com) Over the years, Star Trek has been one of the few franchises to mostly avoid using contemporary music, either as a theme song, or in the context of the show or movie, and has never used modern music to sell itself.

Call it the "Fast and Furious" effect, but that has changed today, with the release of the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin (of the Fast and Furious franchise) which is soundtracked by the Beastie Boys' 1994 classic, "Sabotage."

This isn't the first time that song has surfaced in the world of Trek; in the 2009 franchise reboot, a young Captain Kirk was seen stealing his mother's boyfriend's vintage car, and when he put on the stereo, "Sabotage" was playing.

Apparently, that moment made a big impression on Kirk; in the next movie, 2013's Into Darkness, he's seen listening to a remix of "Body Movin'." The love goes both ways: the Beastie Boys have referenced Trek through the years as well, namely in their underrated classic "Ch-Check It Out," from 2004's To the Five Boroughs, which has the lyrics, "All you Trekkies and TV addicts" and "All you Klingons in your Grandma's house'" The video, meanwhile, sees the Beasties wearing old-school Trek uniforms and also beaming down to Brooklyn, transporter style.

On the same album, "The Brouhaha" has the lyrics: "Communicator check one two one two/This is Bones McCoy on a line to Sulu/Set the bull-- to warp factor one/Check your tricorder set your phaser to stun!" Read more here.

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