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Day in Pop Report for 07/21/2015



Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Divorcing

(Extra) Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert confirmed they are divorcing on Monday after four years of marriage. The couple was the subject of headlines eluding to a break up for a long time.

On Monday Shelton and Lambert issued a joint statement saying, "This is not the future we envisionedAnd it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately."

While the couple did not go into specifics regarding what led to the break up a inside source at Shelton's NBC show "The Voice" tells "Extra" Blake's not the bad guy.

While Shelton was often the subject of rumors of heavy drinking and even infidelity the source revealed the divorce is all about Miranda who could party just as hard as Blake.

The source telling "Extra" Blake never cheated on Miranda and during production of "The Voice" he always made sure he had "out time" so he could get home to her. The source saying Blake was devoted to Miranda and still loves her very much. Read the Extra report here.

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Simon Cowell Confirms Louis Tomlinson Pregnancy Rumors

(Radio.com) Music Mogul Simon Cowell sat down with British tabloid, The Sun, and confirmed the pregnancy rumors of One Direction member Louis Tomlinson's girlfriend, Briana Jungwirth.

The news is sure to shatter the hearts of many young teenage women across the globe. But while many thought Cowell and One Direction's handlers would be upset over the news, the former American Idol judge called the news a "positive, not a negative."

"I said to him, 'You man up. You're fortunate because you're in a position to be able to look after the baby and not worry too much about that," Cowell explained to The Sun. "But I also told him, 'I've received bad calls in my life but this is not one of them. This is your business but I'm here for you."

Cowell also discussed the possibility of a One Direction hiatus. Read about that here.

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Kanye West Faces Backlash and Petition Over Pan American Games

(Radio.com) A petition launched earlier this month to prevent Kanye West from performing at the closing ceremony of the Pan American Games has now reached 50,000 signatures, according to NME.

The Pan Am Games takes place every four years and it was announced recently that Kanye would close out the event on July 26. Many people criticized the decision to allowing the hip-hop superstar to perform.

The petition reads: "The Toronto Pan Am games have proven to be very important for Torontonians this year and have triggered a unified sense of pride in our city. It would only be just to ask a proud Torontonian (or even a Canadian for that matter) in the music industry to perform, such as Drake, Walk Off The Earth, Feist, Metric, Shania Twain, deadmau5, Crystal Castles, Zeds Dead, The Weeknd, Peaches, K'naan, and many many more!

"The options for Toronto artists are far from limited and choosing someone like Kanye West raises several concerns among the people. Why was a local artist or group not chosen and supported, just as our local athletes are throughout the games?

"Toronto Pan Am Games organizing committee please reconsider your decision as we will NOT be attending Kanye West's show." Read more here.

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Miley Cyrus Will Host This Year's MTV Video Music Awards

(Radio.com) Miley Cyrus is hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The often scantily clad pop star and former child actresss took to Instagram to post the announcement.

Wearing a green, full body suit, complete with alien mask, Cyrus adorned two signs around her neck reading, "MTV won't let me perform" on one and "So I'm hosting this year's VMAs" on the other.

The announcement of her hosting gig came as MTV revealed the date, time and location for the annual telecast. The awards show will air live from L.A.'s Microsoft Theater at 9 p.m. ET, on Sunday, August 30. According to the network, nominations will be announced Tuesday, July 21, at 10 a.m. ET, and voting begins at 11 a.m. at mtv.com. Read more and see Miley's Instagram post here.

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George Strait's Cowboy Rides Away Concert Film Set For Release

George Strait's all-star The Cowboy Rides Away Tour's final concert is set to be released as a concert film on DVD and digitally on August 28, 2015 by Eagle Rock.

The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium was filmed during the record breaking final show of Strait's 2014 North American tour in Arlington, Texas on June 7th, 2014.

The show broke the indoor concert attendance record with 104,793 fans watching Strait perform with special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride.

The new home video will include the concert film as well as commentary from the country music legend and interviews with the guest stars from the special show. See the tracklisting here.

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Action Bronson Apologizes For Ghostface Diss

(Radio.com) Many wondered whether legendary Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah would respond to the comments of rapper Action Bronson, who appeared on ESPN's SportsNation and dissed the rapper early last week.

Bronson, who many say sounds similar to Ghostface, said he was honored to be compared to a legend like Ghostface. But, right after that comment, he said something that many interpreted as a diss after SportsNation host Max Kellerman called Ghost one of his personal favorites.

"[Ghostface] isn't rapping like this no more." It took a week and a half but Ghostface's response is here--in video form and with a Teddy Pendergrass song playing in the background.

While we can describe the video to a tee, we will let you enjoy it for yourself. You must be warned, it is definitely not suitable for work so put your headphones on.

Following the release of the video Action Bronson went on Twitter and apologized. "When ur wrong ur wrong and I was wrong. I apologized for the comments. I'll always be a stand up human. Much love." See the rest of his tweets here.

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Ed Sheeran Helps During Onstage Marriage Proposal

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran is making hearts swoon after helping fellow musician Jake Roche of British pop band Rixton propose to his girlfriend while onstage. According to PEOPLE, Sheeran was on a break from his tour and traveled nearly five hours to help Roche out with this surprise.

Just before Roche asked the big question, Sheeran took the stage. Roche shared a picture on Instagram from the beautiful moment and wrote, "A year ago today I met her at Manchester Arena, so it was only right, with a little help from my friend, that this happened."

Roche's fiance Little Mix expressed on Instagram, "I cannot believe what has just happened! The most surreal moment of my life and everyone that I love most was there to share it with us! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world rite now literally cannot stop crying! Future Mrs Roche." Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Trying To 'Finagle' Her Way Onto 'Inside Amy Schumer'

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez thinks Amy Schumer is hilarious. And she told CBS Radio affiliate AMP Radio 103.3 in Boston that she is hoping to be on the comedian's show, Inside Amy Schumer.

Gomez said, 'I am trying to finagle my way onto her TV show, so, maybe that's how I'll find a way to work with her and be around her' I'm a huge fan. I think she's amazing."

On Monday morning (July 20) she called into AMP's The TJ Show and also talked about her very intense fan base, saying that she doesn't want them to turn into a gang and beef with other artists' fanbases.

"It makes me a little uncomfortable only because, you know, I never, like, made sure I Instagram it or something where I'm like 'everybody vote!'" Read more here.

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Daniel Radcliffe's Eminem Karaoke Video Goes Online

(Radio.com) Actor Daniel Radcliffe, best know for his role as the boy wizard Harry Potter, has some mad rap skills. He previously showed off his chops by performing Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics" with Jimmy Fallon, and now he was videotaped performing an Eminem song at a karaoke bar.

The performance went down in the Northern California beach community of Half Moon Bay where Radcliff and his girlfriend had taken the stage to perform the 2000 hit "The Real Slim Shady."

His girlfriend, actress Erin Darke, danced along to Radcliffe's rap wizardry at Cameron's Inn, Pub & Restaurant. It's clear the crowd was happy to witness the occasion. Watch the video here.

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Fantasia Barrino Married Kendall Taylor This Past Weekend

(Radio.com) Saturday evening former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino married her fiance Kendall Taylor, according to E! online. The two married in a special ceremony and Fantasia shared a few precious moments with her fans via Instagram.

In one post she said, 'This Man allows me to just be a woman. No more Hurt because King Kendall will never let that happen I'm off to just kiss, Hug and play in some water with This Man.

"And Be Happy with me you guys cause I've been thru SOOOOO much. Some stuff was my wrong decisions but all I ever really wanted was this Real Love." Read more here.

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