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Day in Pop Report for 07/13/2015



Runaways Stars Respond To Jackie Fox's Rape Allegations

(Radio.com) Jackie Fox, original bassist of pioneering '70s all-female rock band the Runaways, shocked the world with a harrowing account of being raped by the group's notorious manager, Kim Fowley last week.

In her account of the incident, Fox claimed that at least two of her bandmates in the Runaways, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, were both witnesses to her brutal attack at the hands of Fowley, but did nothing to intervene or help.

Both Jett and Currie have since responded to the allegations on social media, refuting Fox's claims. "Anyone who truly knows me understands that if I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened," Jett stated on the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Facebook page. "For a group of young teenagers thrust into 70s rock stardom there were relationships that were bizarre, but I was not aware of this incident. Obviously Jackie's story is extremely upsetting and although we haven't spoken in decades, I wish her peace and healing."

Currie, the lead singer of the Runways, also used Facebook to make a statement about the incident, expressing her desire to clear her name in relation to the rape allegations:

"I have been accused of a crime. Of looking into the dead yet pleading eyes of a girl, unable to move while she was brutally raped and doing nothing. I have never been one to deny my mistakes in life and I wouldn't start now. If I were guilty, I would admit it. There are so many excuses I could make being only one month into my sixteenth year at the time that people would understand but I am innocent. When I return from Sweden I will seek a qualified polygraph examiner to put to rest any and all allegations. I will make public the questions, answers and results of that test." Read more here.

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Miley Cyrus Attempts To 'Break The Internet' With Topless Photos

(Radio.com) Some people just can't let it go. Miley Cyrus is seemingly still enamored with Kim Kardashian's attempt to #breaktheinternet with her notorious Paper magazine cover and has posted her own attempt.

But Cyrus has one-upped the selfie queen: her photo has cats and dogs. The singer posted a whole series of topless shots, her nipples covered with painted silver stars while she dons a cowboy hat and blonde wig.

She hasn't revealed what super special project this might be part of, but pal Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips is tagged in the photo. Perhaps a video is on the way? See the posts here.

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One Direction's Harry Styles Trips And Falls During Concert

(Radio.com) There are three constants in the world; life, death and gravity. More specifically, the effect gravity has on celebrities, who will continue to trip and fall until the sun swallows the earth.

The most recent victim of elemental Newtonian mechanics is none other than One Direction frontman Harry Styles, who ate it bad on stage at a recent concert.

For a second it seems like he may be able to right himself, but no. The Internet being what it is, this was immediately turned into the #OhNoHarry meme. Here's Niall Horan, reacting to the fall with overwhelming compassion. "niall laughing at harry is the cutest #OhNoHarry http://t.co/nApGZZjNna- shan (@horanfaded) July 10, 2015" Watch it here.

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Migos Change Forthcoming Album Title

(Radio.com) Though Migos have pushed back its release date several times, we're supposedly only a few weeks away from the release of their debut album. Originally titled Y.R.N. Tha Album, it now seems as if they've changed the title--Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset, who remains in jail, will be releasing the project under the name Yung Rich Nation.

While the cover art was originally going to be a 3D rendering of the Migos in creepy blue and green, it's now been seemingly changed to a more demure black and gold.

Migos shared the image of the new cover art on their Instagram page with the caption "July 31st The Wait is Over!!! Yung Rich Nation." Though they've changed the art, they don't seem to have changed the tracklist at all. Read more and see the post here.

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Future Confirms Release Of New Album This Week

(Radio.com) Unlike practically all other major rappers in 2015, Future will not be releasing a surprise album. Last week, the "56 Nights" rapper announced that he'll be releasing a new album this Friday, July 17.

Titled Dirty Sprite 2, it will be a follow up to his 2011 mixtape Dirty Sprite. It will be his third release this year, after the free mixtapes Beast Mode and 56 Nights.

Future didn't just reveal the title--he also shared a link to an iTunes pre-order, which includes the tracklist' kind of. Three of these songs are already out: "Blow a Bag," "Real Sisters" and "F- Up Some Commas." There are 18 total on the deluxe version, though the others currently aren't listed with titles or features, with the latter two songs only on the deluxe. The standard version? 13 songs. Read more here.

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'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Dr. Zhivago' Star Omar Sharif Dead at 83

(Radio.com) Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor who is best known for roles in Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia and more, has died. He was 83. Variety reports that Sharif passed away on Friday (July 10) of a heart attack at a hospital in Cairo.

Sharif was best known for playing Yuri in Dr. Zhivago and Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia. This past May, it was announced that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Sharif was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Dr. Zhivago. He also played parts in Funny Girl and played Che Guevara in a 1969 biopic called Che! Read more here.

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Meghan Trainor Gets Romantic With John Legend In New Video

(Radio.com) Meghan Trainor and John Legend can join the list of lovers who meet for a romantic moment in the rain with their new video for "Like I'm Gonna Lose You."

Except Trainor manages to stay out of the rain for the duration of this video, as do all the extras-by umbrella or product-placement Fiat. Only Legend gets soaked to the core. It's not terribly hospitable to ask someone to do a feature on your track and then soak them to the bone for the duration of the video shoot, but if he's game, who am I to judge?

That said, Trainor finally shows us a different side of herself with this video. Gone are the poodle skirts and the sass, replaced with a body con black shoulerless dress and a song that is all sincerity and emotion. Read more and watch the video here.

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Hunter Hayes Releases New Song 'Someday Girl'

(Radio.com) Hunter Hayes continues to gear up for his next album--he's already debuted "21" and "Young and in Love," and now the young country artist completes the trifecta with new song "Someday Girl."

"Someday Girl" is an upbeat, mandolin-fueled track in which Hayes gets into the concept of "someday" immediately. "Everybody's got that someday dreamed up, mapped out," he sings at the onset. "Gonna find somebody some way, but nobody knows how."

From there, it's all about preaching his devotion to this girl, the "angel with the gypsy curls"--you guessed it, it's his "someday girl." Kinda sounds like "Sunday girl," too, if you wanna interpret things in some alternate universe.

Hayes co-wrote the new song with Troy Verges, with whom Hayes famously collaborated on "Wanted," "I Want Crazy" and more. Check it out here.

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Zac Brown Band Land Their Own New Food Reality Show

(Radio.com) Less celebrated than the music of Zac Brown is the role Brown plays as an entrepreneur, running Southern Ground as a record label and gourmet food venture.

But that is all about to change, as cable network FYI has green-lighted a new series, Rusty's RockFeast: Backstage With Zac Brown Band, that will focus on the culinary aspect of the Zac Brown Band touring empire.

The show will focus on Rusty Hamlin, Executive Chef of Southern Ground, for seven episodes beginning on July 23. Each episode will feature Hamlin preparing a meal at a different Brown tour stop for intimate"Eat 'n Greets" with selected fans.

The entertainment will presumably come from Hamlin having to come up with a new menu on the spot, sourcing local ingredients, and pulling off the massive meal with only a few hours of preparation. Read more here.

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New 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Trailer Goes Online

(Radio.com) Fans of The Walking Dead have more than four full minutes of footage from the show's upcoming sixth season to pour over thanks to the new teaser trailer that was released during Comic-Con 2015 in San Diego.

The detailed season 6 clip takes the viewer inside the confines of the Alexandria Safe Zone, where Rick Grimes and the other survivors have taken refuge.

Over the course of the teaser, however, it's Grimes who emerges as the most unhinged, painted as the bad guy who's causing all sorts of rifts in the encampment. It soon becomes clear that Grimes and character Morgan James will be engaged in a major power struggle in the new season.

The teaser also shows that fan favorite Daryl Dixon is in for some harrowing moments of his own.Season six of The Walking Dead will start on Oct. 11 with a special 90-minute episode, according to Variety. Watch the trailer here.

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Jerrod Niemann Releases New Track 'Blue Bandana'

(Radio.com) As music festival season is in full swing, Jerrod Niemann--who's played his fair share of them--has released a tribute to all the fans that attend them. "Blue Bandana" is a wandering country travelogue, where Niemann name-checks all the tentpole festivals from Coachella to Bonnaroo and Wakarusa, through the eyes of a girl that travels to them.

"Being a music fan, I know that girl in the song," Niemann told Rolling Stone. "['Blue Bandana'] is a story-song and a tip of the hat to those people who drive all over the place and spend their money to let us jam with them."

"I love sitting around listening to acoustic music," Niemann explained. "It allows the music to breathe. So we drew back everything to give it a chance [to sound] like you're in the room." Check it out here.

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Alan Jackson Admits That He Still Gets Stage Fright

(Radio.com) Even though he's been one of the biggest stars in country for decades, Alan Jackson hasn't gotten over stage fright. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood, the honky tonk modernist revealed that decades into his career, he still has jitters when he's about to jump on stage.

'You know, I really believe I would have because I'm still self-conscious about going on stage, and things," Jacksons said. 'I love singing and I love sharing my songs with people, especially if it's something that I wrote, but I still, I feel a little uncomfortable in front of people, you know?"

What's more surprising perhaps is that even though Jackson has been performing on a professional level since the late '80s, he still hasn't found a pre-show relaxing routine. Read more here.

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Jennifer Lawrence Does Cher Impression On Conan

(Radio.com) Jennifer Lawrence headed over to Conan O'Brien's late night show to shoot off a few F-bombs (it was for the kids) and treated the viewers to her Cher impression.

She may have been a little timid about it at first, saying that she really doesn't like singing in public, ("My biggest fear in the whole world"), but thanks to her co-star Josh Hutcherson, she got the balls to show off her take on Cher's "Believe." We are also now officially Team Peeta thanks to this.

Lawrence's impression hinges on that song's chorus and has her hitting all the right low notes with a full-throated force and throwing in some great arm motions.

We will speak for everyone and say, thank God Jennifer Lawrence is back on the talk show circuit. Watch it here.

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