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Day in Pop Report for 07/23/2015



N.W.A. May Launch Reunion Tour With Eminem

Talks for a N.W.A. reunion tour with Eminem filling in for the late Eazy-E are underway, Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley tells The Hollywood Reporter.

"We don't have anything settled yet with everyone's schedules," Langley told the film industry publication (via ABC Radio). "But we think it can create a lot of buzz."

The buzz would be for the promotion of the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton which is set to be released on August 14th and ABC reports that the tour would be timed to the film release and take place in Europe.

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Miranda Lambert To Play Rare Club Show

(Gibson) Country music star Miranda Lambert regularly packs arenas and amphitheaters, but she's going to downscale things for an upcoming show. Lambert has announced she'll perform an acoustic show at Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill on July 28.

Lambert says the small club show, dubbed Roadside Bards & Pink Guitars Unplugged, is a one-night-only spectacle featuring her alongside her songwriter friends Jessi Alexander and Natalie Hemby. Also on the lineup are special guests RaeLynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole.

When Lambert goes acoustic, she strums her Hummingbird. "Gibson acoustics have the most beautiful sound of any acoustic I've ever played, and they also feel great in my hands," she told Gibson.com. Read more here.

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Meek Mill Unleashed On Drake In Epic Twitter Rant

(Radio.com) Meek Mill followed his finacee Nicki Minaj's lead and went on a Twitter rant of epic proportions. First, Mill fired at SB (Safaree Samuels), Minaj's ex-boyfriend, then he made it clear that Minaj is not the reason for his current success. After all, he's sold over 300,000 copies of Dreams Worth More Than Money since its debut three weeks ago.

But the big bombshell was dropped when the Philadelphia rapper called out Drake for not writing his own raps, namely a verse found on Mill's new album. He said Drake wasn't helping to promote the album because Mill's camp had found out he was a fake.

"When I get mad I just start saying what's bothering me.. I can't not tell the truth!," tweeted Mill an hour into the rant. Mill then commented on Minaj's MTV snub. "I don't really trip about the awards," he said. "I know they gone give em to the white kids doing it. That's why we buy Rollie's and s*** and our own trophies!" Read the string of tweets here.

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Katy Perry Enters Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj Feud

(Radio.com) At this point no one is enjoying this weird Taylor Swift vs. Nicki Minaj beef--well, except maybe Katy Perry. The singer took to Twitter a day after the bad blood began brewing between Minaj and Swift to share her opinion on the matter.

Swift, as you may remember, thought Minaj took a potshot at her after the rapper's video for "Anaconda" was left out of the VMA Video of the Year nominations.

After Swift took offense and called her out for pitting women against each other, Minaj made clear her comments were not directed toward Swift, but more toward the music industry as a whole for celebrating "women with very slim bodies."

Perry, clearly entertained, had this to add: "Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman...- KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 22, 2015" Read more here.

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New Found Glory Recruit Paramore Singer For Vicious Love Remake

(Radio.com) New Found Glory have announced Resurrection: Ascension, a reissue of their latest album Resurrection. Available October 9th, the 20 song set includes 2 new tracks, "The Enemy" and "The Crown" and a new version of "Vicious Love".

The new version of 'Vicious Love' features guitarist Chad Gilbert's wife, Hayley Williams of Paramore and the group released a video for the track that follows young lovers as they make horrible tattoo decisions.

According to the band's label, Hopeless Records, the reissue will be available both digitally and on vinyl with an exclusive vinyl variant limited to 1,000 copies. Watch the video here.

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Heart Frontwoman Ann Wilson Announce Solo EP and Tour

(hennemusic) Heart singer Ann Wilson will release a solo EP and head out on tour for live shows this fall. The project - billed as "The Ann Wilson Thing" - will see the rocker issue an EP next month ahead of a series of fall tour dates.

"I already am honored to sing for Heart," she says, "and now I get the opportunity to stretch out on my own and see what it can bring. I am blessed to have these magical opportunities to let my soul sing out."

The live shows - which begin at Solana Beach, California's Belly Up Tavern on September 21 - will reportedly see Wilson deliver a mix of solo material, select cover tunes and a few Heart classics.

"I'm excited to play unusual songs in small places," Ann explains. "I am excited to push my creative and vocal boundaries." She adds, "I love the blues,". "The Ann Wilson Thing gives me an opportunity to rock the blues up close and personal."

See the tour dates here.

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Tom Cruise Explains Wild Stunt He Did For New Mission Impossible Film

(Extra) "Extra's" AJ Calloway sat down with Tom Cruise in Vienna to discuss the next installment in the "Mission Impossible" franchise, "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation."

The 53-year old actor, no stranger to doing his own action scenes, taking on a death defying stunt in the film. Cruise, reprising his role as Ethan Hunt in the spy thriller, is seen hanging from an Airbus A400 flying 200 hundred feet in the air at 250 miles an hour, revealing to AJ he didn't even tell his family about the stunt, "I did not tell my family, I did not tell anyone."

Tom instead showing his mother the footage on a recent trip to San Francisco, "I showed her, we had some cut footage, and I showed her that and she was like, she's had it her whole life with me, my mother's southern and she's like, oh my Lord..oh Lordie.. oh, oh sweet Jesus., oh sweet Jesus, Tom is that, honey.. honey.. is that you, is that you, oh my Lord.. I'm so glad you didn't tell me about this one."

The stunt taking eight takes to get right, Cruise calling it "intense' and admitting he did have second thoughts as he clung to the side of the plane, "There was a moment I was going down the runway, I was like maybe this wasn't such a good idea." He laughed, "Oh sh**, oh sh**!" Cruise explaining the scene was very well crafted but there is always the what if, "There were so many things that could potentially go wrong." Read more and watch video here.

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James Bond 'Spectre' Trailer Released

(Radio.com) Spectre, the latest installment of the James Bond franchise, will hit theaters November 6, 2015 and we're now getting our first look at the it with the release of a new trailer.

According to the studio's description, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as Spectre.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of Spectre.

As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz. Watch the trailer here.

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Taylor Swift Posts Birthday Tweets For Selena Gomez

(Radio.com) It's a cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words. But cliches are cliches because they're true. But what if you get four pictures and, like, twenty words (in less than 140 characters), that's worth a lot. Add to that a pretty important retweet; all in all, Taylor Swift hooked Selena Gomez up pretty nicely for her birthday.

She tweeted, "Happy 23rd Birthday, @selenagomez. I can't believe it's been 7 years since we met!! I love you so much, always," was her message. Another one, however, was a retweet of a story about Gomez's upcoming album's title and release date (Revival, October 9).

Gomez, of course, is a huge star in her own right, boasting nearly 31 million followers on Twitter. Swift, however, almost doubles that number with 60.8. So, all told, that's a pretty big deal. See the full tweet with photo here.

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5 Seconds of Summer On Louis Tomlinson's Impending Fatherhood

(Radio.com) Former One Direction openers 5 Seconds of Summer have spoken out about 1D's Louis Tomlinson's impending fatherhood. In an interview with MTV, 5SOS's Luke Hemmings said, 'I haven't spoken to him yet. I think I'm just letting him simmer, simmer down for a bit." To which Ashton Irwin added, 'I think childbirth is a beautiful thing, that's about it,"

'I don't really know too many details about it, but I hope he's happy," said Hemmings. "I hope it's not too overwhelming for him and I hope he can continue banding."

It was reported last week that the mother of Tomlinson's expectant child is Briana Jungwirth, an L.A. stylist. Jungwirth and Tomlinson are reportedly no longer a couple but are "thought to be expecting their child in 2016," according to the Daily Mail.

Read more and watch the MTV video here.

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