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Day in Pop Report for 07/17/2015



Birdman and Young Thug Conspired To Kill Lil Wayne Indictment Alleges

(Radio.com) An indictment filed in June alleges Birdman and Young Thug conspired to kill Lil Wayne when the rapper's tour bus was shot up in April, according to various reports, including one from CBS 46 in Atlanta.

Wayne and Birdman have been beefing for months because Wayne wants out of his business contract with Cash Money Records - which has caused his most recent album The Carter V to be shelved.

The indictment says Young Thug made a threat to shoot up Wayne's tour bus and suspect Jimmy "PeeWee Roscoe" Winfrey, who's affiliated with Birdman and Young Thug's Rich Gang, carried out the threat on April 26. Read more here.

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Weatherman Uses Taylor Swift Lyrics For Forecast

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift performed in Washington, D.C. Monday night, where the city was able to prepare for the concert the best way possible thanks to weatherman Mike Thomas.

Thomas described the weather using lyrics from Swift's 1989 album. "This rain keeps cruising, can't stop won't stop moving, and should continue to fade away from the area over the next few hours," he explained..

"The question then becomes hey, are we out of the woods yet? Are we out of the woods yet? Are we out of the woods? Are we in the clear yet?" Taylor tweeted "Never change, Mike the weather man. Never Change". Watch it here.

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Wilco Release Surprise 'Star Wars' Album

(Radio.com) Wilco just released a surprise album and gave it the apparently not illegal title Star Wars. The 11-track record comes before the forthcoming release of their eighth (now ninth?) full length The Whole Love, out September 27.

Star Wars will reportedly only be available for free for a limited time, but as Jeff Tweedy wrote on Instagram, it was all meant to be a lighthearted gift to their fans.

"Why release an album this way and why make it free?" he said. "Well, the biggest reason, and I'm not sure we even need any others, is that it felt like it would be fun. What's more fun than a surprise?" Read more here.

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Icona Pop Release New Song 'First Time'

(Radio.com) Just a day before the release of their forthcoming EP Emergency, Swedish electropop duo Icona Pop released their next single, the infectious, thumping "First Time".

The track holds a special place for the Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo - it was the first song they wrote together when they first met in 2012 - and with its upcoming release, it invokes some serious friendship nostalgia.

"It's such a special song to us and really is a celebration of friendship, whether it's with your boyfriend or girlfriend or best friend," Hjelt says. "We just wanted to capture that feeling again in a song and remind ourselves how important it is to never forget those special early days when you first meet someone." Check out the song here.

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The Weekend, Skrillex, Justin Bieber Lead Hot 100 Music Festival Lineup

(Radio.com) Billboard has announced the list of headliners for the magazine's first Hot 100 Music Festival taking place August 22-23 at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY.

The Weekend, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber and Axwell ^ Ingrosso are set to headline the two day fest. According to Live Nation, this will mark the first time Bieber has played New York in three years.

Additional artists playing across the festival's three stages include Kygo, Jason Derulo, American Authors, Betty Who, Cold War Kids, CRUISR, The Chainsmokers, The Faint, Fetty Wap, FIGHT CLVB, Halsey, Holy Ghost!, ILoveMakonnen, Justin Baron and more.

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Beastie Boys Battle Sasquatch, Kidnap Attempts In Animated Interview

(Radio.com) On the latest Minimation, where Radio.com combs through the CBS Radio interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists, features a 2007 interview where Mike D of the Beastie Boys describes the various attempts that had been made to kidnap or kill the group while they were on tour.

As we've noted before, the experience of interviewing all three Beastie Boys together--Adam ("MCA") Yauch, Adam ("AD-Rock") Horovitz and Michael ("Mike D") Diamond--was akin to herding cats. It could be a lot of fun, but it was chaotic, to put it lightly. And, no matter what you asked them, you could never be sure the answer that you were getting was completely based in fiction (but it probably was).

So we'll leave this one for you to decide: in this interview, Mike D explains how dangerous it was to be a member of the Beastie Boys. He says that the band had been captured by Sasquatch (which is probably true, since they did an entire music video about it), and that other enemies of the band tried to kill them via poison meatballs, or by putting venomous worms in their food.

Mike D and Ad-Rock are currently working on a Beastie Boys memoir, which is tentatively due in 2017. Watch the video here.

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R5 Scraped New Album Before Recording 'Sometime Last Night'

(Radio.com) R5 have released their second full-length album, Sometime Last Night, the follow-up to 2013's Louder. It's been in the works for a long time, since, as the band tells Radio.com, they recorded an entire follow-up album, scrapped it, and started again from scratch. It's a risky move for a band who haven't quite reached superstar level yet.

But as singer/rhythm guitarist Ross Lynch says, "We actually had a second album planned, ready to go, [it was] mastered and everything. But it wasn't quite right, it just didn't fit us personally. So we went to the label and we were like, 'Let's scrap it all, and we're gonna write a new one.' So we would write a song, and if it was better than one that we had on a previous record, [we'd use it]. We kept writing and crossing older songs off, and sooner or later, we had Sometime Last Night."

"Going into the label," Ross says, "And telling them we wanted to scrap the old record and start a new one wasn't exactly the smoothest process. It had been building up in my conscience for a long time."

"It was a high risk/high reward kind of thing, because if it sucked, it was totally on us," Bassist Riker Lynch notes. "But if it was great, then, great! We did it! And I truly do think it's great, I think it speaks for itself, it stands on its own, whether you're a fan or not a fan, if you give the album a chance, you're gonna love it." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Moonshine Bandits

Moonshine Bandits release their brand new album "Blacked Out" today (July 17th) and to celebrate we asked Big Tex to tell us about the songs "Lady Luck" and "She's Crazy" from the album. Here are the stories:

LADY LUCK: In Tattoo history, Lady Luck is a woman of fortune, a good luck charm. We have many Lady Lucks at our shows that are tattooed cowgirls that like to raise hell and that inspired us to write this song with our good friend Crucifix.

Ty Weathers and Burn County handled the production and we feel it's a solid summer anthem. The song and video both portray a modern day bonnie and clyde theme. The feedback from fans has been 100% positive!

SHE'S CRAZY: We wrote this song for all the fellas that love it when their woman gets a little tipsy off that whiskey! It's also about all the ladies that like to go out with their friends, get wild, slam some shots, and dance the night away. The lyrics are about that badass girl that can party with the best of em'.

Ty Weathers and Burn County produced this banger, and we love how the song has crunchy guitars, heavy beat in the drums and some hard guitar licks. It's a great party anthem to get the crowd dancing.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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