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Day in Pop Report for 07/16/2015



Chris Brown Victim Of Home Invasion Robbery

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a home invasion robbery that reportedly took place at the Tarzana home of controversial entertainer Chris Brown.

Brown was not at home at the time of the robbery but his aunt was, according to information that Los Angeles CBS affiliate KCBS obtained from police. "There was one person inside of the house, a relative of Mr. Brown's," Lt. Kirk Kelley told the news outlet. "No one was injured during the course of the robbery."

Police were called to Brown's home at little after 2 a.m. on Wednesday and located Brown's aunt inside the home. Three armed men reportedly entered the home and locked the aunt, who was alone at the time, inside of a closet while they ransacked Brown's home, according to the report.

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Young Thug Arrested For Making Terrorist Threats

Hip hop star Young Thug, real name Jeffery Lamar Williams, was arrested on Wednesday by U.S. Marshals and charged with making terrorist threats after an incident at a Georgia mall earlier this month.

A warrant for Williams arrest was issued on the felony charge after he allegedly threatened to shoot a security guard at the Cumberland Mall in Dekalb County, GA on the evening of July 7th, according to CBS46 in Atlanta.

The rap star reportedly made the threat to the security guard after he was escorted out of the mall for an undisclosed reason. The XXL Magazine website has published a copy of the arrest warrant here.

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DMX Arrested For Failure To Pay $400,000 In Child Support

(Radio.com) While a hit single from his repertoire might have you believing otherwise, rapper Earl Simmons, otherwise known as DMX, is apparently not "Gon' Give It To Ya," especially if "ya" refers to the mother of his children.

According to The Guardian, X was arrested on July 14 for failure to pay $400,000 in child support. In addition to these child support allegations, the Ruff Ryder will be questioned about recent bail-jumping and robbery accusations in New York and New Jersey.

This isn't X's first brush with the American judicial system. The late '90s rap icon has faced charges and jail time for infractions ranging from drug possession to the mistreatment of pit bulls. Read more here.

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Eagles, Carole King, George Lucas Lead Kennedy Center Honorees

(Radio.com) Legendary rock band the Eagles, iconic singer-songwriter Carole King and filmmaker and Star Wars creator George Lucas lead this year's Kennedy Center honorees. Other honorees include actress/singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and Broadway star Cicely Tyson.

The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors will be take place on Decmeber 6, and will be taped for broadcast on Tuesday December 29 at 9 pm ET/PT on CBS (the parent company of Radio.com).

Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said in a statement, "The music of the Eagles has endured as the quintessential American rock and roll sound for generations; Carole King's heartfelt lyrics and tunes are woven throughout the tapestry of American music; George Lucas' films have enriched our world with stories of epic adventure; Rita Moreno's iconic spitfire roles are embedded in the heart of American culture; Seiji Ozawa's artistic leadership as a conductor has set a new standard for orchestras around the world; and Cicely Tyson's range of strong female roles on stage and screen have broken boundaries for women of color." Read more here.

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Nate Ruess Releases Great Big Storm Video

(Radio.com) A little bit of rain can't keep Nate Ruess down. As the front man of fun., a group known for their pop anthems and roaring choruses, it seems natural that Ruess wouldn't tone down the energy since stepping out on his own.

Clearly, as the new video for "Great Big Storm" proves, it'll take more than deluge of water to suppress his enthusiasm, especially when a marching band is involved.

The track is a solid representation of the emotional intensity of Ruess' songs on the new album, Grand Romantic (out June 16 via Fueled By Ramen), and his giddy mood in the video for "Storm" reiterates what Ruess told Radio.com in June about the way he was feeling while working on the record.

"I'd say it was just a flow of consciousness," he said. "I must have just been in a great mood." Check out the video and Nate's upcoming tour dates here.

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Rihanna Gets Her Own Signature 'Murder Rih Wrote' Sock Line

(Radio.com) Stance, a fledgling San Clemente, California sock designer has announced that pop star Rihanna will represent the company as its new contributing creative director.

The company announced on Wednesday that it will be releasing the "Murder Rih Wrote" over-the-knee and crew-cut socks designed by her majesty Rih Rih.

"I know a lot of people are probably saying 'Why socks?' And that's really the beauty of it," Candy Harris tells Vogue. "And that's why Rihanna's perfect, because she's constantly innovating and looking to see what's next." The Stance women's division VP adds, "Socks are not really a trend; they're a fashion staple."

Stance has released a limited edition Rihanna sock to celebrate the announcement, with 18 styles coming in September and a holiday collection following in November. Read more and see a photo here.

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Joan Sebastian Dead At 64

(Gibson) Prolific Mexican singer/songwriter Joan Sebastian has lost his battle with cancer. He was 64 years old. Sebastian's lengthy catalog includes 10 top 10 releases on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, including two No. 1s in 2001's En Vivo: Desde La Plaza El Progreso De Guadalajara and 2013's 13 Celebrando El 13. He also holds 22 chart-toppers on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, including seven top 10s.

As a composer, Sebastian's songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names in Latin music, including Conjunto Primavera, Vicente and Alejandro Fernandez and Graciela Beltrn, to name just a few.

"I don't make up songs -- I live songs," Sebastian told Billboard. "My songs are a response to feelings, to what I've lived. The important thing is that the songs be sincere, that they be truthful." Read more here.

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U2 Frontman Bono Discusses Long Recovery From Bike Accident

(Radio.com) U2 frontman Bono is still recovering from his injuries from a bicycling accident last year in New York, but as he said in an interview with CBS Boston radio station Mix 104, "I can't play guitar, which none of the band seems to mind.

"I'm not the world's greatest guitar player, but I use the guitar to write songs I miss it. I miss playing it. I've got some nerve damage, we'll fix it up. I'm fine."

The Edge added that "I think he's recovered really well and singing like a bird, back on stage, doing his thing. That took a lot of focus to recover so fast, but we're very happy he's back to full strength." Read more here.

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Keller Williams Announces North American Fall Tour

(LLC) Keller Williams has announced that he will be mixing things up for a North American fall tour this year where he will bring a variety of his projects across the U.S., including Keller Solo, More Than a Little, Keller and The Keels, and the debut of his new Keller Williams Trio featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes. We were sent the following details:

The tour kicks off on August 27 at the CEFCU Center Stage in Peoria, Indiana, debuting his new project, Keller Williams Trio featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes. The Keller Williams Trio spends the next few months bouncing around the country - with stops throughout the Midwest in September and November, in Colorado in late October, and in select East Coast markets in late September, October and Early December.

In between shows with Keller Williams Trio, find Keller and The Keels, Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel, or his funk outfit Keller Williams with More Than A Little at various U.S. festivals including Lockn' Festival, Luna Light, Magnolia Fest and others; and Keller solo headlining select clubs along the way.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Keller hosts "Thanksforgrassgiving" with an all-star lineup of bluegrass buddies: Travis Book and Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Larry Keel, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band) and Jay Starling (Love Cannon). Catch Thanksforgrassgiving at The National in Richmond, VA on November 27 and the 9:30 Club in D.C. on November 28. See the tour dates here.

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Jon Cryer Reveals Details About Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Wedding

(Extra) John Cryer is revealing details about his "Two and a Half Men" co-star, Ashton Kutcher's wedding to Mila Kunis. Ashton and Mila reportedly legally married months ago, getting married in front of family and friends over the 4th of July weekend in Oak Glen, California.

The couple dubbing the ranch setting "Camp Kuku," Cryer dishing to "Extra's" Renee Bargh, "It was beautiful, it was really beautiful and sweet and small." Jon helping Warner Brothers celebrate their new studio tour last night explaining, "They didn't decide to make it into a big production, it was just beautiful and sincere."

The couple's daughter Wyatt on hand for the festivities as well, "Wyatt was just incredibly well behaved, incredibly." He joked, "Give that girl a show, cause she's just gorgeousAnd just charming everybody and she's just eight months old."

Cryer saying Ashton was just dotting on his daughter and carrying her around, "It was a great day for everybody and really lovely." Watch video here.

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Marvel Comics Pays Tribute To Classic Hip-Hop Album Covers

(Radio.com) Marvel Comics is preparing to release one of their greatest tributes to hip-hop. The publisher has created covers paying homage to some of the genre's most revered album covers of all time.

Among the many album used for inspiration are classics such as Dr. Dre's Chronic, A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders, and The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die.

"For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue," Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said in a release via The Verge. "Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces."

You can see a few of the more than 50 album inspired covers on the way from the comic giant. See the new Marvel cover and the album art it was based on here.

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Singled Out: Rai Thistlethwayte's Go Nuts

Today Rai Thistlethwayte of multi-platinum Australian band Thirsty Merc tells us about his new solo single and video "Go Nuts" which comes from his forthcoming studio album that will be out later this year. Here is the story:

I recently saw a write up about my song 'Go Nuts' describing it as a 'Robo-Funk Jam.' That definitely brought a smile to my face. I wrote this one in a Sydney studio with 2 other friends while I was on a 5 day songwriting intensive, and at the time, dug the groove of it but didn't know when, where, and how it would see the light of day. I'm glad that this has become the title track of my recent album, because in an indirect way, the song really speaks of a liberation from many things that before were kind of holding me back previously.

I love what John Fields, the producer, did here - and we 'went there' with the key change and that's gunna stay haha. I love Abe Rounds' drum performance on this, Paul David Hagar's mixing, and Tom Coyne's mastering. It just kept getting better n better.
The video was a blast to shoot too, we shot that in LA. Lyrically, this was an interesting one for me because I wrote the lyrics to it based entirely on scat vocal sounds from my original demo, which I don't do that often. I figured, that instead of trying to hard to make it all be a story or make sense, well this time, because the groove and sounds of those scat sounds were rhythmically and tonally working so well on the demo versions, I'd try to retain that rhythm and those vocal sounds but try and make an abstract story lyrically from that starting point. I think now it's parked in a nice place, it's a kinky throwback pop song with a dance skeleton.

I'm stoked to share it with my friends, listeners and fellow musical associates. I'd love to play it live on tour as soon as possible!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here, buy the single here and learn more about Rai right here!

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