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Day in Pop Report for 07/07/2015



Damon Albarn Gets Carried Off Stage By Security At Festival

(Radio.com) Damon Albarn was having so much fun headlining the Roskilde festival in Denmark this weekend (July 5) that he wouldn't leave the stage. So, security removed him.

According to BBC, after playing a 5-hour set with his project Africa Express, a collaboration between African and Western musicians, where he sang covers of Randy Newman songs and reinterpreted tracks from his band Gorillaz with special guests like singer Laura Mvula and Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner the festival wanted him to call it a night. It was 4 a.m. after all.

But Albarn wasn't having it. Albarn started egging on the crowd to keep things going, asking them to chant "We want more," which they did as shown in the fan shot video. As Albarn says, "If you want more, f-k that, we'll give you more."

The Blur frontman even had a little fun with the fest singing "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash before being removed from the stage. Turns out, security already had the answer for him. Watch it here.

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Demi Lovato Takes A Fall At Pool Party

(Radio.com) This is exactly why you don't run by the pool, Demi Lovato. Over the weekend, Lovato performed her song "Cool For The Summer" at a pool party in L.A., but admits this was probably the most uncool thing that could happen.

While getting ready to jump in the pool Lovato totally ate it. We're talking total face-plant onto the ground after slipping on the wet surface. Ever the pro, Lovato totally got up and jumped into the pool for real this time. As painful as it looked, she was fine.

Of course, those in attendance caught the fall on video, but Lovato seemed more than willing to have a little fun with the epic moment. Even posting a version of the clip in slow motion as her latest single played. The hashtags? #NOTCoolForTheSummer #F-kIt.

"Well It's not a tour without busting ass!!!!!! #NOTcoolforthesummer" she wrote on Twitter with a lot of crying face emojis. Watch it here.

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One Direction Say They Are Having 'Best Shows' Despite Losing Zayn

(Radio.com) Hands up, who's gone to see One Direction since Zayn Malik gracefully left the boy band for greener pastures as a solo artist and member of Joe Jonas' #squad? What'd you think? Good time? Greatest time?

If you've seen some live music supplied by Harry, Louis, Liam and Niall over the past few months and left quite satisfied despite the fifth member's absence, chances are you're probably not alone: according to at least one member, they're killing it as of late.

"There have been incredible shows across Europe," Harry Styles told EW. "Some of the best we've had! So we're super excited about coming to America."

Simply striking the right notes with fans to hype a quickly approaching American tour? Perhaps. Hiding the pain deep inside once must shoulder after the loss of the beloved dark-haired one who taught you that yes, you can spell Zane other ways, too? Maybe. Read more here.

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Luke Bryan Reveals Details For New Album 'Kill the Lights'

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan will Kill the Lights later this summer with his fifth studio album, due out Aug. 7. The "Kick the Dust Up" singer has written six songs for the release, which also includes three bonus tracks as a Target exclusive.

The 13-track album was produced by Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens and features frequent Bryan collaborators in songwriters Dallas Davidson, Chris Destefano and Ashley Gorley, as well as two co-writes from Old Dominion members Brad Tursi and Trevor Rosen.

Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town shows up for the song "Home Alone Tonight." Kill the Lights is the follow up to Bryan's 2013 release Crash My Party, which garnered him six No. 1 singles and is certified double platinum.

See the track details and cover art here.

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Britney Spears Recreates 'Oops I Did It Again' Cover With Her Sons

(Radio.com) Oops! She did it again. It has been 15 years since Britney Spears released her sophomore album Oops! I Did It Again. In celebration, the pop singer and mother of two recreated her album cover pose with her two sons over the holiday weekend.

Donned in a straw hat, blue aviators, jean shorts and a flowered tank top, Spears can be seen peaking out of beads at Disneyland on the Fourth of July. Both her sons are seen swinging from those very same beaded ropes while mugging for the camera.

"The boys and I doing our best #Oops album cover pose!" she wrote. The former Mouseketeer shared another photo when she was wearing Minnie Mouse ears while on a ride at Disneyland with her sons earlier in the day. see it here.

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Kenny Chesney Talks Latest Single 'Save It For A Rainy Day'

Kenny Chesney's "Save It For A Rainy Day", latest single from his album "The Big Revival" was the most added single during its first week of release and follows his previous three chart topping singles from the album.

Chesney explains how he picked the track as his new single, "It's a hard choice because there's a lot songs on this record I think would sound great on the radio, that speak to the No Shoes Nation. But 'Save It For A Rainy Day' we can all use.

"The idea is, why lose another beautiful day over something out of our control? Whatever it is, a girlfriend leaving, a crummy boss, something else, the reality is pretty simple: they don't care that they're ruining your day. And they're not, you are! It's your choice how you're going to feel a lot more than any of us realize."

He goes on to explore the theme of the song, which was written by Andrew Dorff, Matt Ramsey and Brad Tursi. "We all go through stuff," Chesney laughs. "And you know, you can get so caught up in what I did wrong, or trying to take the blame, and you start missing out on everything else We all make mistakes, we all screw up, but we're also - I think most of us - good people trying to do right, and have some fun while we're here! Friends, family, the moments, that's the stuff that's so easy to miss, and this song makes it so easy to figure out."

Stream the song on Kenny's Vevo page here.

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Kanye West The Only Guest On The Weeknd's New Album?

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran dropped an interesting little factoid in conversation with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show: he knows a lot more about The Weeknd's upcoming album than most of us.

Sheeran said that, after a long night of drinking at the R&B singer's house in Toronto, it was suggested that the two might get together the next day and write a song.

"In my head I'm like, 'The Weeknd doesn't want to write a song! The Weeknd doesn't want to work with anyone,'" Sheeran said. "He's got one feature on his album, which is Kanye West. He doesn't want to do that."

Wait, what? Looks like Sheeran didn't realize that news wasn't quite public yet. Neither did Lowe, who let the pitch go right by on that one. Despite Sheeran's incredulousness, they did in fact get together and write a song that Sheeran said is "really, really f--g good." Read more here.

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Miley Cyrus Voices Animated Skateboarding Pigeon in 'Stone Quackers'

(Radio.com) Miley Cyrus got back into the animation game over the weekend when she guest voiced a character in FXX's stoner comedy Stone Quackers. This is not Cyrus's first time behind the animation mic, however. She notably voiced Penny in 2008's Bolt for Disney.

Stone Quackers follows the misadventures of a group of animated friends. Cyrus joined as a skateboarding lady pigeon who gained the affection of a dude named Bug.

The part is the latest in Cyrus' acting career, seemingly on hold for the most part for now, that kicked off in a big way with her turn as Hannah Montana on Disney Channel. Check out the clip here.

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Miguel Doesn't Like Frank Ocean Comparisons

(Radio.com) As two of the most respected men in R&B, Miguel and Frank Ocean are often lumped together. If it was up to Miguel, however, that wouldn't be the case.

"I wouldn't say we were friends," the Wildheart crooner told The Sunday Times about his relationship with Ocean. "To be completely honest--and no disrespect to anyone--I genuinely believe that I make better music, all the way around."

Miguel and Ocean have an at least leveled playing ground on one front: GRAMMY nominations, though Ocean has two to his name, while Miguel has only taken home the award for one of his six nods. Read more here.

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Nicki Minaj Two Hours Late For Festival Due To Traffic

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj was set to perform at 7:30 p.m. at Wireless Festival in England last Saturday (July 4), but instead left concertgoers in the lurch after she didn't show up.

The festival organizers blamed this on bad traffic on the M1 highway between Luton airport and the festival venue in several messages displayed to the audience.

"We are told she was due to be speeding down the M1 from Luton Airport, but we have lost contact with her," said one of the announcements on the festival screens. The London Standard reported severe traffic on the freeway at that time.

Soon, Nicki was found again. "We have been assured that she is still on her way and she will perform with David Guetta." Read more here.

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Fans Entitled To Refund For Subpar Concert Rules Court in Finland

(Radio.com) Chances are you tend to spend your hard-earned cash on concerts you actually want to see and know you'll enjoy whether they're having an off-night or not. Even if, say, Bruce Springsteen is not his usual self, a firing-on-less-cylinders Boss is probably still worth the price of admission, after all.

But in the event of such an occurrence--or, perhaps more likely, an instance when you paid a couple bucks to see some buzzworthy local act that just did not live up to the hype, should you be expected to eat that $10 investment? Or should you instead be able to get some, if not all, of it back, citing, quite frankly, a terrible band?

In Finland, doing the latter just became a whole lot easier. BBC reports a ruling in the Scandinavian country decreed that attendees of subpar live music concerts can snag a refund, all thanks to a 2013 concert by Chuck Berry in the nation's capital of Helsinki. Berry was reportedly quite under his performing standard, even apologizing to fans while on stage.

Now, the Consumer Disputes Board in Finland says the concert's organizer should refund 50 percent of the price if such a thing happens again. Read more here.

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Keith Urban Falls Off A Mechanical Bull On Live TV

(Radio.com) Keith Urban is more than just a singer, songwriter and performer. This morning, Urban was able to show off a couple of other skills: talkshow host and bullrider.

One went way, way better than the other. As host of Australian channel 7's Sunrise, filling in for a regular, Urban was able to showcase his humor and charisma, WYCD reports.

As a bullrider, no doubt an activity chosen because of Urban's primary career choice, Urban had less success. Granted, Urban begins with a strong stint, able to coast as the bull makes gentle turns.

But once the robotic bull makes its first big jerk, Urban goes flying, returning to his feet with a smile and graciousness. 'I've got the wrong pants on," Urban concludes, though it is unclear how good Urban would be at the activity in any type of pants. See it here.

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Kaskade, DJ Snake, Porter Robinson Lead Holy Ship Lineup

(Radio.com) Get ready to plan those winter rave getaways now, as the annual Holy Ship party cruises have announced their lineups for 2016. The two cruises presented by the HARD crew will set sail first in Jan. 3-6 and again over the weekend of Feb. 10-13, according to Billboard.

For the January weekend, those aboard the good Ship with party to the sounds of Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Steve Aoki and Odesza among the many performers.

In February, the top-billed include DJ Snake, Chromeo, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Baauer and Boys Noize. Both cruises will launch from Miami and set sail for the Bahamas. Read more here.

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