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Day in Pop Report for 07/08/2015



Subway Suspends Jared Relationship Over Child Pornography Investigation

(Radio.com) Jared Fogle is famous for losing weight on his own Subway diet, but on Tuesday he was the subject of an FBI sweep for child pornography. Fox59 in Indiana reports that the feds raided his home in Zionsville, Ind., Tuesday morning (July 7) "in connection with a child pornography investigation."

Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the Jared Foundation that was started by Fogle in 2004 with a mission to eliminate childhood obesity, was arrested in April of 2015 and charged with child exploitation, possession of child pornography and voyeurism. Authorities did not say if their sweep of Fogle's home now was related to that case.

Subway announced Tuesday afternoon they are suspending their relationship with Jared Fogle due to the investigation, but that Fogle "is cooperating with authorities."

"Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be forthcoming," Subway's Cindy Carraquilla told the Indianapolis Star. "Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take." Read more here.

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Shooting At Rick Ross Affiliated Recording Studio

(Radio.com) Rick Ross is currently involved with some serious legal issues stemming from a kidnapping charge--and now, a studio he's involved with in Atlanta has reportedly been shot up.

The shooting went down at 4 a.m. in the vicinity of Twelve Music Group and UDigg Studios. Though no people were harmed, several cars were damaged--a Corvette, an Infiniti G35, and a Mercedes CL63, which according to Billboard is valued at over $150,000.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that according to an Atlanta police report, Ross was not at the studio, nor was he involved with the shooting. The studio, which Ross teamed up with this February, denies any involvement in the shooting. Read more here.

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New 'Star Wars' Film To Focus On Han Solo

(Radio.com) The saga continues. With only months to go before the grand unveiling of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens , which premieres this December, another new anthology film in the Star Wars universe was announced Tuesday (July 7), focusing on the background story of Han Solo.
The two directors tapped to helm the film are Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, whose credits include The LEGO Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and both 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street.

'We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us," the two directors say in a statement about the project. "This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you're late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you've loved since before you can remember having dreams at all."

The screenplay for the new film is being written by Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill) and his son Jon Kasdan (Freaks and Geeks), and it focuses on how a young Han Solo becomes the person that Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi encounter in the cantina at Mos Eisley back in the original Star Wars movie. Read more here.

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Lil Wayne Launching His Own Music Festival Called Lil Weezyana

(Radio.com) You're no one until you have your own music festival. Lil Wayne is about to find out first hand with the launch of Lil Weezyana, a freshly minted music fest set in his hometown of New Orleans, LA.

The turnaround time on this one is pretty quick: Lil Weezyana is set to happen on August 28th. The news of the festival was announced by the rapper's longtime manager, Cortez Bryant, on his Instagram page.

"We coming home to give the city the greatest concert ever!," Bryant boasts underneath a photo of the event poster, which is pretty epic in itself. Fans have barraged the Instagram post in search of more details regarding the event, but so far all we know comes courtesy of Complex, who report that Lil Weezyana will feature a reunion of the Hot Boys, Wayne's breakout group from the '90s that also included Juvenile, B.G. and Turk. Read more and see the post here.

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New Order Recruit Iggy Pop and Brandon Flowers For New Album

(Radio.com) Like their new romantic peers Duran Duran, New Order are gearing up for a new studio album and are working with a handful of big name artists in the process.

The 11-track album, the already-announced Music Complete, will feature Iggy Pop on "Stray Dog," the Killers' Brandon Flowers on "Superheated" and La Roux on 'Tutti Frutti," 'People On The High Line" and 'Plastic," it was revealed today, July 7.

Also notable is the return of band member Gillian Gilbert, who's been on hiatus from the group for almost a decade. However, it's the band's first album without Peter Hook, who left the band in 2007 but was featured on their 2013 album Lost Sirens. Read more here.

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Miguel Attempts To Diffuse Frank Ocean Spat

(Radio.com) Today in Musicians Say Things and Then Immediately Regret Them: On Monday Miguel set off a cascade of online criticism after saying that he makes "better music" than Frank Ocean. Now, he's doing his best to relieve the tension.

The "Sure Thing" singer posted a long message to his Instagram account clarifying exactly what he meant--that being competitive is part and parcel of his craft.

"Yes, I am competitive, we ALL have to have a level of competitiveness to put ourselves on the line day in and day out," he explained. "But I also believe there's room for all artists."

He went on to describe the album he's currently promoting--Wildheart--as an example of this philosophy, saying it's all about "celebrating individuality." Oh, and he wants to point out that he and Frank Ocean are very different artists, and that's why the conversation is moot to begin with. "There's no need to compare apple to oranges, there's something out there for everyone," he wrote. "That's why I'm here and I'm able to do what I do. So, thank you to everyone who enjoys my music and all love to anyone who doesn't, we're all here to find our own wave and that's OK!" Read more including the post here.

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Luke Bryan Releases 'Kick the Dust Up' Lyric Video

(Radio.com) In order to properly kick the dust up, you need a good pair of boots. At least that's Luke Bryan's thinking process in his new lyric video for his single "Kick the Dust Up," which debuted Tuesday, July 7.

"Better have your boots on," he sings in the lyric video, which kicks off with a girl exiting a car in a sundress and ankle high cowboy boots. The three-minute clip includes picturesque views of a farm, green pastures and plenty of dirt roads to kick that dust up, as the song commands.

Instead of waiting in a long line outside the bar for $10 drinks, Bryan's got his jar of clear and goes out into the country where there's nobody around. Can you blame him?

Bryan has been starting his Kick the Dust Up Tour with the song every night. 'That's how confident we are in the song being pretty awesome," Bryan said. 'We figured the socials would start lighting up and people would start learning the words. Once it hits radio, people will catch on real quick." Read more and watch the video here.

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Miley Cyrus Gives Nude Justin Bieber Photo A Kim Kardashian Makeover

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber ditched his Calvins for a recent photo and he really wants you to look. Bieber made every Belieber's heart nearly jump out of their chest with a Instagram photo that has him on a boat completely naked.

Yep, Bieber's backside has just went public and it already has 1.4 million Likes. The photo has Bieber in full-tattooed glory pointing straight ahead at an exotic looking island. The caption is simple, "Look."

It seems he definitely has a fan in Miley Cyrus, who already took to Photoshop to give fans a closer look at Bieber's butt. But, more importantly, she also given him the Kim Kardashian treatment. "Bieber got back," she wrote. Read more and see the photo here.

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Nicki Minaj Reacts To Meek Mill's Wish For A Baby

(Radio.com) Meek Mill is so over the moon about current paramour, Nicki Minaj, that's it's painfully cute, given the pair's nonstop barrage of PDAs and social media flirting.

A recent Mill interview, however, went one step over the line when the rapper openly wished that Minaj was pregnant with his baby. Far too busy with her current trajectory of ruling the music world while branching out into a variety of other interests, once Minaj was informed of Mill's baby wishes she quickly and decisively squashed those ideas in a series of tweets.

First, she asked her fans to send her the evidence directly, "cuz no." Minaj went on to engage in spirited banter with fans to let it be known that she is not at all into the idea of getting pregnant anytime soon, explaining that not only did Mill carefully omit any baby talk during his post-interview rundown, but he's been pushing her to engage in FaceTime conversations, and she's just not that into it.

Ultimately, Minaj says that before the baby conversation can even be initiated, one very important part of the equation has to be handled first. Read more here.

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Hunter Hayes Crashes Restaurant Performer's Set

(Radio.com) Hunter Hayes was enjoying some down time this Fourth of July weekend at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., when a performer began playing a familiar song.

The restaurant's entertainment, singer-songwriter Sheen Righter, started to sing Hayes' previous No. 1 hit "Wanted." An excited Hayes began to film the performance when Righter noticed he was standing outside a booth nearby.

So he offered him the mic to sing the chorus. Because, you know, original singer and all. A few screams from restaurant patrons show that they recognized the country singer. As Righter and Hayes finished the song, the two posed for a selfie.

Later, Hayes posted a video of the two trading vocals, adding, "This dude is killing it!" Hayes is prepping a new album, his third, for release possibly sometime this year. Check out the video here.

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Puff Daddy Making 'No Way Out 2' And It May Be His Last Album

(Radio.com) Puff Daddy released his debut album No Way Out in 1997--it was a smash for Bad Boy Records, and cemented Puff's legacy as a force to be dealt with. Now, almost 20 years later, he's going right back where he started.

In an interview with Rap-Up, new Bad Boy member Gizzle made the announcement that Puff Daddy, or Diddy, or P. Diddy, or Sean Combs, will release a followup to his debut titled No Way Out 2--and it's apparently going to be the rapper's last album.

'I'm working on Puff Daddy's last album," explained Gizzle. 'It's called No Way Out 2. It's a crazy project. I'm very honored to be a part of it. Nobody can make an album like Puff Daddy. I'll be actually rapping on there, too."

Gizzle added that this will be Puff's final project. 'It's one of a kind," he noted. "The mindset is to just be classic and be epic and to really live up to that. We know it's a tall order, but we welcome the challenge." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Offers Fan Prom Advice

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift has been using her Tumblr to engage with her fans for years, but it still hasn't stopped being a big deal whenever she responds to one. Such was the case when the Tumblr user SwiftRomantics pinged the pop star for some advice on prom attire.

The lucky fan asked Swift, who's become an everyday kind of fashion icon with her gift for pulling off crop tops, flowy skirts and living accessories (a.k.a. her cat Olivia Benson), whether he should opt for a bow tie or a long tie on the big day.

"I like the tie but honestly both are great," she replied. "I just feel like you look like a 50's movie star in the bow tie, but more like a modern movie star in the tie. Depends on what vibe you're wanting to convey but I'd say the tie. Great suit btw!" Read more here.

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Maddie And Tae Talks Budget Shopping

(Radio.com) When we ask country music duo Maddie Marlow and Taylor (Tae) Dye to introduce themselves and tell us a little bit about their style, the firs thing they tell us is is that they're a pair of Bargain Bettys. Like full on coupon clipping, bargain bin busting hunters out for only the best of good deals. And they know how to get the look of the brands they love at a cost they can bear.

"I went to American Eagle the other day and found this awesome jumper that looked like Free People. I love Free People but some of the pieces are like [the price of] my car note so it's just not gonna work out," Maddie says. "But I found this awesome jumper, the price was like $50 and I was like ehhhhhhhh. I took it to the register and they were like, 'yeah it's in clearance!' I took it to the register to see..sometimes you've just got to make sure."

Their bargain style extends to a key item for two girls from Texas and Oklahoma: sunglasses. "Tae and I have this sunglasses rule where we do not spend over $5 on sunglasses," Maddie says with a grin. "It's gone up to $10. When we got our No. 1 song we were like, 'Okay we'll start spending $10 on sunglasses.' But I was so sad because in Hawaii we were on this boat looking at sea turtles and awesome stuff and both of us had our favorite sunglasses. Of course the ones that I spent $16 on, I brook the rule, they flew off into the ocean."

"Some sea turtle is very fashionable right now," Tae jokes. Outside of their thriftiness, we do manage to get a secret out of the girls. Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Kickdrums' 'Better'

Today Alex Fitts a.k.a The Kickdrums tells us about the catchy new song "Better," the second single from the forthcoming "Breathe Again" EP, which is set to be released on July 24th. Here is the story:

"Better" was an instrumental track I made a while ago that I always liked but never wrote to. I would listen to it over and over sometimes when I was just hanging out and mess with melody ideas in my head but I honestly didn't know what to do with it otherwise.

So finally one day I said to myself "your finishing this!" and dived into it. I got stuck on some of the lyrics and hit up my good friend Aaron Weiss for a little help. Once he filled in the gaps in I knew we had something really cool!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself hereand learn more about the new EP and a special limited edition vinyl release right here!

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