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Day in Pop Report for 07/02/2015



Rihanna Releases NSFW 'Better Have My Money' Video

(Radio.com) What does Rihanna wear to perform a kidnapping? From the looks of her new video for "B-h Better Have My Money," everything that would be very easy to identify in a lineup.

As teased earlier this week, Rihanna's latest video has her do some serious kidnapping of a very wealthy blonde with a very tiny dog. And she sure looks good doing it in this very NSFW clip, which features nudity and violence.

Not many people can pull of a torturous kidnapping so seamlessly while wearing a fur stole that looks a heck of a lot like a skunk draped on her shoulder.But this is Rihanna after all.

By the end of this epic 7-minute romp. Rihanna's ditching all her clothes to celebrate all that she's done to get that money. And what is it that she's done you ask? Well, you'll have to watch the video to find out. All we will say is Mads Mikkelsen, a.k.a. Hannibal, figures prominently in her whole scheme. She is not his friend.

If you like what you see, thank RiRi, who co-directed the clip, writing on Instagram, "Ya girl got director skillz!!! The concept for this piece came to me 8 months ago!!! So you can imagine how anxious I am right now!!!" alongside a photo of her in costume. And yes, that is a see-through fur-trimmed coat she's wearing to get her money. Watch the video here.

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Beck and Kanye West Might Appear On The Same Album

(Radio.com) The Beck vs. Kanye West hatchet may have been buried, but few could have predicted that the pair of music icons might be featured on the same album in the near future.

Enter Q-Tip, former A Tribe Called Quest founder that is working on a new solo album, titled The Last Zulu. In an interview with Billboard, Q says that Beck is already on board, along with the possibility of Fiona Apple and some other singers for the LP, his first since 2009's Kamaal/The Abstract.

So where does Kanye West come into play? Well, Q-Tip is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label, and mentioned in the interview that he and West have been "talking about some ideas."

The interview also gave some insight into the new West record, which many expected to have been released by now, and produced by both Q-Tip and Rick Rubin. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Denies Bad Blood With Katy Perry

(Radio.com) When Taylor Swift's feature film-quality, Katy Perry take-down clip for "Bad Blood" arrived, one of the questions left in its wake was do all of Swift's girl gang members have an issue with Perry? Well, not according to one of the video's stars, Selena Gomez.

Fresh off her collaboration with A$AP Rocky, the pop singer phoned into a New Zealand radio show (via E! News) and addressed some of the bubbling rumors. "That's false, I love Katy. I just talked to her," Gomez said. "She's amazing. But I didn't talk about that, but I just talked to her. She's awesome."

It's a similar sentiment Gomez shared with Radio.com when she stopped by for a recent interview, explaining that she's on the side of all women and tries to seek out friends that will be supportive of her. Something she's learned is very important as she's gotten older.

"When you get older you realize there are certain things you can't control. There's jealousy or competition, people comparing each other. It just starts getting vicious. Obviously guys don't help the situation, whatsoever. It sucks a little," she says. "But all I can do is find those girls who understand. Whether they're in the business or out of the business, I have a good mix of both. You just have to know who you are. I support every woman, even if they don't support me. I still support them." Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Releases New Single 'Cool For The Summer'

(Radio.com) Summer is officially in full swing and Demi Lovato is here to heat things up even more with her new song "Cool For the Summer." This dancefloor jam has Lovato talking about summer love, letting it be known in no uncertain terms that she just wants to have a little fun with you while the weather's nice.

On the track, set to be on her upcoming album, she sings, "I got my mind on your body/Got your body on my mind." But, shh, don't tell your mother. And maybe don't tell you mom how Lovato is celebrating its release either.

Lovato posted the following tweet to announce the new track "DANCING NAKED TO MY SONG #CoolForTheSummer- Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) July 01, 2015"

In an interview with 92.3 AMP in New York (a CBS Radio station), Lovato said the song has her moving into a more mature direction with her music. 'It's definitely a more grown-up song for me' It's definitely sexier, more mature," she said. "It's a summer anthem song." Listen to the new track here.

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Fans Get First Look At 'Rocky' Spin-Off 'Creed' With New Trailer

(Radio.com) The first trailer for Creed, the Rocky franchise spin-off, was released this week (June 30). The new film stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis, the son of Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky Balboa.

Apollo was Balboa's nemesis in Rocky and Rocky II but the pair became friends, working together in Rocky III and Rocky IV, before the character's death.

In Creed, Adonis heads back to Philadelphia to follow in his father's footsteps. He finds Balboa and convinces him to train. Phylicia Rashad rounds out the cast playing Mary Anne Creed.

Creed is due in theaters on Nov. 25. Watch the trailer here.

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Fetty Wap Releases New Track "D.A.M (Dats All Me)"

(Radio.com) Fetty Wap can't stop. Hot on the heels of a new song--"Juggin,'" a Young Dolph remix--and a performance at this year's BET Hip Hop Awards on Sunday, the one-eyed jack of all trades is back with a brand new one called "D.A.M (Dats All Me)". The song returns to his well-traveled stomping grounds--it's a full-hearted ode to his beloved.

"I treat my girl like a queen, she gets just whatever she needs, And when I tell her I'm hungry she say boy get on your knees," he raps, proving once again that love is a two-way street. "Go to work girl I feast, take me away from the streets, Cause she got just what I need, she my drug I'm her fiend (yeah)," he adds.

It's another singalong anthem that seems to have drifted unbidden from the recesses of his mind. With Fetty Wap there doesn't seem to be any plan--these songs just emerge. Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Talks About Being Iggy Azalea's Bridesmaid

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato is standing up for bridesmaids everywhere and saying no to the dress. At least if it doesn't suit her specifications. In an interview with 92.3 AMP in New York (a CBS Radio station), Lovato talked about being a bridesmaid at her friend Iggy Azalea's upcoming wedding, specifically I-G-G-Y's ability to pick out a bridesmaid gown.

'I'm sure she's going to be awesome picking out the bridesmaid dresses and I'm just going to have to tell her, if there's a dress that's not working out for me, we gotta change it," Lovato said laughing.

Lovato does say if her fiance, basketball player Nick Young's proposal is any indication, the wedding should be a lot of fun and very funny. 'Nick is a little crazy, like the way he proposed." Lovato, who was present at the proposal said, explaining that he got down on one knee and asked, 'Will you rock with me?" Iggy then apparently responded by saying, 'You have to ask the question, that's not how you ask it," so Young asked again, this time in the proper way.

'He's a clown and she's hilarious and seeing the two of them together is really funny, so I can't imagine what the wedding is going to be like," she said. Read more here.

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Young Thug Discusses His Relationship With Kanye West

(Radio.com) Young Thug doesn't grant too many interviews, so when he does they're usually packed full of gold. A recent Q+A with Rolling Out is no exception. The interview included a long exposition from Thug on the subject of his relationship with Kanye West, which has been a largely unexplored subject until now.

One fascinating segment explores Kanye West inexplicably referring to Young Thug as Bob Marley and talking about doing an album together. '[Kanye] didn't have a phone for like three or four years," Young Thug explains. 'When I first met him, I went to his house and he was like, 'We gotta keep in touch; here's my email.'

"But he came on tour with Travis Scott and me. [Kanye] said he has a phone now because he has a wife. So he had to get a phoneThen he said I was like Bob Marley and he wanted to do an album with me. I was like, 'Let's roll!'" Read more here.

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Prince Removes Music From Streaming Services

(Radio.com) This week people have been paying attention to streaming services since the launch of Apple Music on Tuesday, June 30. And it appears like one of music's biggest artists is opting out completely.

Prince has removed all of his music from all streaming services, except TIDAL. As of now, there is no official word on why Prince has removed his catalog from Apple Music, Spotify and Rdio, just a note on Prince's Spotify page that says:

"Prince's publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible." Read more here.

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Joy Williams Talks Solo Album 'Venus'

(Radio.com) Talking with Joy Williams is like meeting up with an old friend. She is incredibly open about her grieving period since the breakup of the Civil Wars in 2012 and the death of her father, as well as the trials and tribulations of making her marriage work and figuring out her role as a new mom to her three-year-old son, Miles.

The vulnerability and honesty shine throughout Venus, Williams' new solo album out this week. She says that she didn't skirt around the things she was feeling, like the confusion over the dissolution of her duo with John Paul White, who she hasn't spoken to in person since their very last concert together in London in 2012. Instead, she channeled it all into her songwriting.

"There's something about the last few years that I've been through that have totally broken me in a lot of ways," she told the audience at a recent concert at New York's Gramercy Theatre. "But you can choose to break down or you can choose to break open and I'm really, really proud of the fact that the breaking open has been happening for me. We all have that choice and we all make that in our own ways, less gracefully and definitely not perfectly."

The "breaking open" isn't always easy for Williams. She had written 80 songs for the album but when she was halfway through she hit a wall. But thanks to a friendship with Justin Timberlake, he introduced her to a new collaborator, songwriter/producer Matt Morris, who pushed her out of her comfort zone.

"Matt was the one that sat me down and immediately wasn't into my reservation and my holding back," Williams recalls. "We went into a bit of a clunky co-write and he just stopped and said, 'I feel like you are so afraid of saying something wrong that you're at risk of saying nothing at all.' And I started bawling which is not a normal thing for me."

Williams said it was something she needed to hear. Once she regained her composure she told Morris, "I would just love to write a happy song. One day I will." She says it was an inner hope for her to be in a different place than what she was feeling. Morris then urged her to start the song from that perspective and soon "One Day I Will" formed.

"Every line from that song in particular is just a conversation. It's not manicured. It's simply what I said to Matt," she says. "That was a big turning point for me where I gave myself more freedom to think and speak." Read more here.

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Laurence Fishburne Leads Cast Of 'Roots' Remake

(Radio.com) Roots, the award-winning 1970s TV miniseries about one family's resilience in the face of American slavery, is getting remade. The A+E Networks production will star Black-ish executive producer and costar Laurence Fishburne, Deadline reports.

Fishburne will play Alex Haley, the author of the 1976 novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family, on which the series was based. Fishburne's fellow actors have yet to be announced, but the series features some other big names in the writing department, among them Lawrence Konner (Boardwalk Empire), Mark Rosenthal (Mona Lisa Smile), Alison McDonald (Alpha House) and Charles Murray (Sons of Anarchy).

The new Roots is being billed as a "contemporary production, incorporating more material from Haley's novel, as well as carefully researched new scholarship of the time." Read more here.

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Eminem Interviewed By Stephen Colbert On Cable Access Show

(Radio.com) On the same day that Eminem was interviewed by Zane Lowe in a highly publicized Apple Music session, the notorious Detroit rapper has popped up in a most unexpected place with a major-league celebrity journalist in tow: Stephen Colbert.

The setting was Only in Monroe, a local cable access show in the small town of Monroe, Michigan, located 25 miles south of Detroit and home to just over 20,000 people, according to the 2010 census.

Colbert popped up as a special guest on the show, interviewing (and drinking wine with) the usual hosts, Michelle Bowman and Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Wilson.

After reading the news, Colbert introduces "a local Michigander who is making a name for himself in the competitive world of music," Eminem (scroll to the 21:55 mark for the start of the interview).

The pair trade barbs for the last 20 minutes of the show, with Colbert in full character. After grilling Eminem on Bob Seger songs, he quizzes him on his career as if he's never heard of him, asking if he's more "sing-songy rap like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, or more street, like Will Smith."

The interview never strays from the absurd tone, with Colbert admonishing Eminem to set up a retirement fund and eventually talking about his work on the soundtrack of upcoming boxing movie, Southpaw (when they cut to an alleged clip from the film, it's a black and white video of two cats wearing boxing gloves tussling in a miniature ring to the sound of Eminem's song, "Phenomenon").

Colbert eventually recognizes the rapper as "the dude who did the thing with Elton John at the Grammys." They end the show with Eminem helping read the "Monroe Community Calendar" segment, including upcoming fireworks displays for the approaching 4th of July weekend before waving awkwardly as the credits roll. Watch it here.

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'Steve Jobs' Biopic Trailer Released

(Radio.com) The latest biopic about Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple and controversial tech visionary, had a tough time getting off the ground when it lost both its star in Christian Bale and its director in David Fincher, but eventually the film found its footing.

The true story adaptation found a new director with Aaron Sorkin, and cast a new lead in Michael Fassbender as Jobs alongside Seth Rogen (as Steve Wozniak), Kate Winslet, Katherine Waterston, Jeff Daniels, and Michael Stuhlbarg in principal roles.

The film looks pretty intense and frantic -- a stark contrast to the clean, simplistic, brand identity of the consumer-facing Apple, so this should make for a compelling drama. Watch the trailer here.

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Shania Twain Rocks Madison Square Garden

(Radio.com) There was no question that it was Shania Twain's party Tuesday night (June 30) at New York's Madison Square Garden. And for good reason. The show was only the second U.S. date of Twain's 2015 Rock This Country Tour, her first North American jaunt in 11 years and one that's being billed as her last.

Throughout a nearly two-hour set that spanned her career, she frequently stopped for selfies with fans, told the stories behind her songs and simply paused to take it all in.

'This is my party and I'm so glad you came," she said excitedly four songs into her set. 'I'm having the time of my life, I really am! It's just great to be back here in New York City. I always feel like home when I'm here."

It had been over a decade since Twain last took the stage at the Garden, and this fact was not lost on her as she stopped to snap a photo with a fan from the edge of the catwalk.

'This is my last go around New York City, and I want to make the most of it," she said before she saw her niece in the audience. 'Let me go say hi to my little niece. My niece and my great niece are here, that's how old I am. Who wears fishnets and has a great niece? She knows a whole different me, thank God."

Though she has toured most of the world, Twain managed to debut a few songs ('I Ain't No Quitter" and 'Party For Two") that she had never played for a live audience before. And nearly every song in the set was a sing along, with the exception of her two new tracks. The first of these was the energetic opening number 'Rock This Country," and the other was an acoustic ballad, 'Today Is Your Day," which she wrote three years ago to cheer herself up and 'share that courage and optimism" with the audience.

One of the many highlights in her set included a duet with opener Gavin DeGraw on her 2004 hit, 'Party For Two." As she introduced the 'fun, party song," she said she wanted to perform it with 'one of my favorite artists for many, many years." The two artists exchanged vocals and danced with each other throughout the song effortlessly, making it seem as if DeGraw was on the original version (which featured Billy Currington). Read more here.

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