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Day in Pop Report for 07/20/2015



Tyler Perry Asks For 'Decency And Respect' With Bobbi Kristina Coverage

Tyler Perry took to his Facebook page on Friday (July 17th) to ask for "some decency and respect" over the media coverage about Bobbi Kristina Brown's health battle. Perry was a close friend of Brown's mother Whitney Houston.

Petty writes, "This morning I woke up with Whitney on my mind. I couldn't help but think about all that she must have dreamed for her child. I know this was not her dream And as difficult as this time is for the people that love both Whitney and Krissi, what makes it more egregious is the blatant disrespect, lies, and ignorance that are rapidly printed in this awful time. For some reason, it has become human nature in our society to look for, seek out, and celebrate darkness, glory in tragedy, and enjoy reading and reporting it.

"It makes me sad to know that everybody wants to be the first to report something awful. So much so, that they find it OK to speak death onto those who are still alive. May I ask you all to please show some decency and respect? Not only to Krissi's family, but also to the other families that are there in this place.

"Not only is Krissi at the center but there are several other families who are grieving the loss of their loved ones at the same time. It's heartbreaking to think that even in a time like this, this child is still not allowed any peace. I assure you, the family will issue an official statement if something changes. Until then, can we just pray for Krissi, and the Houston and Brown families?" See Perry's post here.

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Childhood Recording Goes Online

(Radio.com) It's likely that most Green Day fans aren't aware that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was singing long before his Bay Area band hit the big time. Way back in 1977, a young Mr. Armstrong belted out a tune that will stick in your head today like the very worst of ear worms.

Titled "Look For Love," the simple yet catchy tune was written and recorded for James J. Fiatarone's Fiat Records. The flipside of the rare 7″ vinyl featured a spoken word track called "Meet Billie Joe," where Fiatarone's wife interviewed the youngster.

At only 5 years old, Armstrong had chops. And, Fiatarone knew it. As the owner of a local music shop where the boy and his siblings attended music lessons, Fiatarone made Armstong's mother a deal. Rather than charge for piano and music lessons for all five children, has asked Billie Joe to record a few songs for his fledgling music label, notes Kjersti Egerdahl, author of Green Day: A Musical Biography.

Fiatarone and his Broadway tune loving wife would take the 5 year-old Armstrong to record at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, Calif, where 16 years later he'd return to the same building to record Dookie.

According to Egerdahl, only 800 copies of "Look For Love" were made. Listen here.

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CeeLo Releases Interactive Video For New Single 'Robin Williams'

(Radio.com) It's been a long time coming, but soul man CeeLo Green has finally released some new solo work. "Robin Williams" marks the first music to be heard from his forthcoming studio album, Heart Blanche, which is set to arrive on November 13, 2015.

The song is CeeLo's self-proclaimed "homage to our humanity," and features an interactive lyric video, in which lyrics are typed automatically into a Google search bar, allowing viewers to cycle through various tabs (Web, Images, Shopping, and Videos) and alter the search results on screen.

CeeLo creates a dialogue around famously tormented comedians like Robin Williams and Chris Farley, promoting his claim that "We don't know what the next man's going through," and examining the sacrifices behind of comic relief. Read more here.

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5 Seconds of Summer Release New Song 'She's Kinda Hot'

(Radio.com) Along with last week'sNorth American tour kick-off at Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer has given the first look into their upcoming album with single 'She's Kinda Hot."

A tattoo and graffiti packed lyric video for the riotous youth anthem brings all of the energetic vocal bursts, raucous distortion, and care-free attitude that fans have come to expect from the band. After praise from Billboard and great reviews for their sold out shows across the UK and Europe, 5SOS continue to make waves with their angst-ridden pop rock.

The new album and the 'Rock Out With Your Socks Out" tour arrive in the wake of their self-titled debut, which topped the Billboard charts and sold over three million copies . Read more and check out the song here.

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Calvin Harris and Disciples Release New Single 'How Deep Is Your Love'

(Radio.com) Turns out that being in love might just bring some of the best things out of Calvin Harris. The Grammy-winning producer recently collaborated with electronic trio Disciples on the new single "How Deep Is Your Love," a bass-pulsing, piano accented track, which is his first new release since 2014's Motion.

Harris hasn't yet announced a new album, but the artist is staying plenty busy, working as the resident DJ at America's biggest nightclub Hakkasan, grabbing titles like "Man of the Year" by Glamour, and taking the position of highest earning DJ in the world, as reported by Forbes magazine.

Check out the track here.

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Black Eyed Peas Return With New Video Minus Fergie

(Radio.com) In recent years, Black Eyed Peas have become a pop powerhouse and have also delved into EDM, so it's understandable that some people might have forgotten the band's roots as an old-school hip-hop loving crew.

But in their new music video for a brand new song, "Yesterday," (they double down on their hip-hop credentials. Most of the video takes place in an actual record store (like, they sell vinyl), and the band don't just geek out over classic albums, they pay tribute to specific hip-hop classics and superimpose themselves onto iconic album covers.

But when we say "they," we mean will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo, which was the group's original lineup. Singer Fergie, who joined in 2002 (coinciding with their ascent into the pop world) is not in the video at all.

In the video, they pay tribute to Black Sheep, Digable Planets, de la soul, Run-D.M.C., Def Jef, Audio Two, Queen Latifah, Ice-T, Doug E. Fresh, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth, the Wu-Tang Clan (and Ol' Dirty Bastard solo), Das EFX, Public Enemy, N.W.A., KRS-One, LL Cool J and others. Read more here.

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Luke Bryan Releases His Own Mobile App

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan is the latest musician to jump into the mobile app game. "You're going to be able to have interactive experiences with it, find out what I am up to, find new videos, special content, even new songs," said the country star.

According to developer Disciple Media, "the app is tailored to Luke's persona and community, delivering 'in the moment' fan experiences including real-time live streaming, custom-made and exclusive video, audio and images, 'talent-fan chats'.

It also includes one click e-commerce, special competitions, app-only merchandise, friend-ing and messaging and social media aggregation. As well as this, Luke is offering fans a competition comprising of a 'money can't buy' prize experience for one lucky fan - details of which are yet to be announced." Read more here.

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'Marvin Gaye' Hit Maker Charlie Puth Talks Early Influences

(Radio.com) Charlie Puth is ready for his closeup. A singer/musician, he's written and produced for Jason Derulo, Stevie Wonder, Meghan Trainor and Trey Songz among others and recently co-wrote, co-produced and sang the hook on Wiz Khalifa's chart-topping hip-hop anthem "See You Again," which plays in the final scene of Furious 7. That song topped the charts in over 90 countries across the globe, including the U.S.

Puth, who focuses on the pop and urban genres, hails from Rumson, New Jersey, where he lived near the famed Jersey Shore. "I didn't grow up wealthy," he says. 'We couldn't even afford spaghetti sauce when I was first born, but my mom and dad worked really hard and came from the bottom up."

James Taylor was an early influence--"My mom would put headphones on her belly and play his records to me while she was pregnant"--and later, Puth's father exposed him to R&B artists like Barry White, The Isley Brothers, and Marvin Gaye.

He began studying jazz and classical music at age 10 but became interested in pop after hearing producer Max Martin's late '90s work - that was Martin's Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys era. At 11, Puth got his first production keyboard, and started making his own CDs. In sixth grade, he recorded and produced his own Christmas album, which he sold door to door in his town. He took a very do-it-yourself approach to that project, designing the artwork, putting the jewel cases together and selling them. His final profit: $600. "I donated the proceeds to my local church," he says. Read more here.

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