B-Sides Report for 12/24/2015

Police Raid Lenny Kravitz' Dental Clinic For The Poor

(TeamRock Radio) A free dental clinic set up by Lenny Kravitz for poor people in the Bahamas has been raided by police. The guitar hero has lived in Gregory town on the island of Eleuthera for years and his Let Love Rule Foundation has worked with many local charities.

One of his projects - a clinic manned by overseas dentists and which provides free dentures and other dental treatment to residents - was targeted by police and immigration officials on Monday (December 21).

Local paper The Eleutheran reports: "The police received a report that there was a group of persons operating an illegal clinic at the Catholic Hall in Gregory Town. As a result officers visited the location along with immigration officers.

"While there they spoke with Mr Lenny Kravitz who reported that he was hosting the free clinic through his Let Love Rule foundation in conjunction with the GLO Good Foundation. Mr Kravitz was not able to produce documentation authorizing the event." Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Tells Fans To Buy Rival Single For Christmas

The Christmas number one on the singles chart is a big deal in the U.K. and this year pop star Justin Bieber is in tight race for the spot against a charity single from Britain's National Health Service choir.

In the spirit of Christmas, Bieber has encouraged his fans to purchase Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir's "A Bridge over You," (a mix of Simon & Garfunkel's "A Bridge over Troubled Water" and Coldplay's "Fix You") instead of his single "Love Yourself".

Bieber tweeted "I'm hearing this UK Christmas race is close...but the @Choir_NHS single is for charity. So... for 1 week it's ok not to be #1. Let's do the right thing & help them win. It's Christmas. @Choir_NHS good luck...This is what it's all about. Merry Christmas :)"

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50 Cent Launches Legal Battle Against Rick Ross

Rick Ross may soon find himself "In Da Court" as he has been accused of unauthorized use of 50 Cent's "In Da Club" beat on the #RenzelRemixes mixtape which was reportedly released to promote his Black Market album.

50 Cent filed a lawsuit against Ross on Wednesday (December 23rd), according to Billboard which published a statement from 50 Cent's attorney Paul LiCalsi that was supplied to them by the rapper's publicist.

"50 Cent's most valuable asset is the name and reputation he has painstakingly built through his Grammy-winning music, acting, and business endeavors," said LiCalsi in the statement. "He chooses his projects carefully for the very purpose of protecting that name and reputation."

LiCalsi goes on to explain the reason for the lawsuit, "Our complaint alleges that Rick Ross has taken these without permission to advertise his own album, and violated 50 Cent's rights in the process, and we believe he should be held liable." Read the full report for more details here.

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Willie Nelson's Cover Of John Lennon's 'Imagine' Goes Online

(Radio.com) Willie Nelson was one of numerous artists who performed at John Lennon's 75th Birthday Concert in New York earlier this month. Nelson took on Lennon's iconic song, "Imagine," and video of his performance was made available today.

Standing front and center, Nelson softly adds a mild country twang to the tune. A backing band, replete with Leland Sklar on bass and Mickey Raphael on harmonica, flesh out the tune's original piano-heavy focus into a fuller sound, Rolling Stone Country notes.

John Lennon's 75th Birthday Concert also included performances by Spoon, Brandon Flowers, Chris Stapleton and Kris Kristofferson. Watch Nelson's performance here.

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The-Dream Streaming His Surprise Sam Cooke Tribute Album

(Radio.com) The-Dream surprised fans with an eight-track tribute album to Sam Cooke Tuesday (Dec. 22). IAMSAM includes such Cooke hits as "Bring It On Home," "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha" and "You Send Me."

The-Dream doesn't deviate too far from each original song's structure, but his voice lends the overall project a sweeter air. Where Cooke's voice had a weightier heft, The-Dream's vocals give each song a lighter feel.

The project is a tribute to his mother, who passed away on Dec. 23, 1992. Posting on Instagram, he shared why he decided to cover Cooke. "My Mother loved a lot of Artist growing up, but the one we shared the most interest in together was Sam Cooke, so Tonight I give him back to her." Stream the album here.

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Dolly Parton Reveals Christmas Wish For A Friend

Dolly Parton has been sharing Christmas stories recently to promote her television movie "Coat Of Many Colors" but this week she shared a personal holiday wish to help find an organ donor for a friend.

In a video entitled "Dolly's Christmas Wish" which was posted on the Public Good's YouTube channel, the country music legend made a public plea to help her friend and long-time personal attorney Jerry Edelstein, who also represents Jon Bon Jovi.

"Jerry and I have been friends for several decades now and he's one of the finest people in the whole world," Dolly says in the video. "As the holiday season is upon us, one of my wishes is for a new kidney for Jerry.

"I am not a suitable donor but in the spirit of giving, please go to PublicGood.com/FloodSisters and see how you can help. Please do because he's so sweet and precious!" Watch the video here.

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Kendrick Lamar Joined By Big Sean and More At Holiday Concert

(Radio.com) The rapper leading the 2016 Grammy nominations isn't slowing down anytime soon, not even for the holidays. At Tuesday's (Dec. 22) annual Holiday Concert and Toy Giveaway in the Los Angeles neighborhood Watts, Kendrick Lamar and a host of other TDE artists came out to celebrate.

Lamar, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign and more all came out to show their support at the Nickerson Gardens Projects, where the label's CEO Anthony Tiffith used to live (via SPIN).

While Lamar performed "Alright" off 2015's To Pimp a Butterfly, Big Sean performed "Blessings," and Ty Dolla $ign performed "Blas." Watch crowd footage of the stage here.

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Angles & Airwaves Music For Boobies Song Streaming Online

(Radio.com) Angles & Airwaves, Sleeping with Sirens and Falling In Reverse lead a long list of rock acts contributing songs to Music For Boobies, a compilation which aims to generate money and awareness for the Keep A Breast Foundation.

Based in Los Angeles, with offices in Chile, the U.K. and Japan, KAB is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support. 50% of all proceeds raised through the sale of the compilation will go to support KAB's ongoing efforts.

Scheduled for release March 18, 2016, the double album is available now for pre-order on iTunes. As a bonus for pre-ordering the double album, customers receive an instant download of Angels & Airwaves' Saturday Love Remix and The Maine's cover of New Radicals 1998 Alt-Rock hit, You Get What You Give. Listen to both and see the full tracklisting here.

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J. Cole Releases New Road To Homecoming Episode

(Radio.com) The world is slowly getting closer to J. Cole's HBO concert film debut on Jan. 9, and fans can stave off their impatience with the second episode of his Road to Homecoming mini-documentary.

Cole has been sharing episodes every Wednesday leading up to the concert's premiere. Each of the four segments air on HBO, but are also publicly available on Vimeo.

Today (Dec. 23), Cole released the second episode, "Ain't Nothing Like That." Early in the episode, Cole jokes around with his two keyboardists, Irvin Washington and Ron Gilmore, who tease him for stealing the show when he jumps on keys for a live solo acoustic performance. It's a rare personal moment that Cole doesn't often share with the public, and further showcases what life is like for the artist behind the scenes.

Watch the episode here.

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Kanye West American Idol Audition Clip Goes Online

(Radio.com) American Idol will be entering its final season in the New Year, so apparently Kanye West decided to finally take the opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream.

The first clip from Kanye's audition for the reality competition show was released yesterday (December 22), and it shows a very nervous Yeezus standing in front of judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban and getting ready to show 'em what he's got!

"My name is Kanye. I'm from the South Side of Chicago. I'm originally a producer," West says. "[I] always wanted to rap, but no one ever believed in me. So I wanted to try some things out." Read more here.

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Brenda Lee's 'Rockin Around the Christmas Tree' Returns To The Charts

Brenda Lee is back on the charts with "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" which has hit No. 1 on Billboard's Country Streaming Songs and also landed in the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time since 1961.

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" has also maintained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Holiday Airplay charts. She had the following to say about the resurgence of the track:

"It's amazing how that song continues to resonate with every age group and just about everybody. I was just a kid when we recorded 'Rockin Around the Christmas Tree' and it makes me feel so good knowing it still brings Christmas joy to others."

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Amanda Markley Releases Christmas Mashup

Amanda Markley is getting in the Christmas spirit with the release of her mashup of the two classic holiday songs "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "O Come All Ye Faithful".

Markley teamed up with DJ Brennan to record the mashup of the two Christmas classics and to create a video which was produced and edited by Brennan.

She had the following to say, "I'm so glad I got to meet up with DJ to do this Christmas song. I first met DJ on my Just The Beginning tour this summer, and he now lives in the Seattle area. I hope it helps get everyone in the Christmas spirit!" Watch the video here.

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Lady Gaga Receives Pony For Christmas From Interscope

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga's record label really went above and beyond for Christmas this year. Interscope Records CEO John Janick and Vice Chairman Steve Berman gave her a pony.

Arriving three days before Christmas, the white pony came dressed in a pink harness and bow. Lady Gaga was understandably bowled over. She shared three photos on Instagram of her new best friend, writing in the first post, "Today on my doorstep was delivered a White Angel from heaven. It felt like the old days of the record business, she's such a spiritual girl!"

She promised fans that she would take great care of the animal, who as of yet does not seem to have a name. Another picture shows Gaga riding the pony off into the sun, looking as regal and badass as ever. "I feel like I've known her my whole life," Gaga captioned the post "she wants to show me things." See the photos here.

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Pusha T Releases M.F.T.R. Video

(Radio.com) Pusha T goes to church in his new music video for "M.F.T.R." off his second studio album, King Push: Darkest Before Dawn - The Prelude. M.F.T.R. translates to "More Famous Than Rich."

Awash in sepia and shadows, the camera slowly tracks through an antiquated church before it finds Pusha T in the confessional. "Maybe this dream is trying to tell you something," an unseen priest tells the rapper. "Maybe," Pusha T admits, before the track lets loose.

The video is laden with religious iconography, but everything is cast in a darker light. "N-ggas ain't been to church in a minute/ But it's funny how that TEC make a n-gga get religious," Pusha T raps. The-Dream lends his vocals to the chorus.

Things take a turn straight out of The Exorcist when Pusha T climbs the walls while a priest tries to cast out his demons. Watch the clip here.

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