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Day in Pop Report for 06/10/2015


The Game Arrested For Punching Off-Duty Police Officer
(Radio.com) The Game spent some time in jail on Monday (June 8) after being arrested in connection with a punch he threw four months ago. According to Billboard (via the Associated Press), the rapper, real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor, turned himself into the Hollywood division of the Los Angeles police for punching an off-duty police officer during a pickup basketball game in March.

The incident, which was caught on tape, shows The Game punching the man in the face after a whistle was called. Taylor was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, but posted $50,000 bail about an hour later.

The brief stint in jail didn't seem to hinder The Game's well, game. He posted a photo of himself on Instagram with the hashtag #ManCrushMonday, writing "Fresh out, couldn't wait to get home shower & get back in my gym. #WinnersCircle." Read more here.

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Miley Cyrus Posed Nude For Magazine
(Radio.com) Free spirit Miley Cyrus is as comfortable without clothes as she is while fully dressed; this much is apparent by now if you've glanced at her Instagram. Even though there's no part of the pop star that she hasn't posted, she keeps finding new ways to show off her assets.

Cyrus' latest nude endeavor is the cover story for Paper magazine, the publication that brought the world Kim Kardashian's near-internet-breaking nude shoot. The cover is just as iconic with Cyrus nakedly hugging her pet pig Bubba Sue. Inside the spread, Cyrus shows off her mud-covered body and proves how flexible she is.

There's body paint involved, though it doesn't cover much, and lots of bending. In one of the shots where Miley gets into a bridge position, she's covered by a craft project that looks like it came out of her jewelry line she released last fall at fashion week. Read more and see the cover photo here.

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Tim McGraw Giving Homes To Veterans At Each Stop Of New Tour
(Radio.com) Tim McGraw has given away over 100 homes to veterans and he is nowhere close to being done. The country singer will give away a new home at each city of his current Shotgun Rider Tour.

McGraw is partnering with Chase and Operation Homefront, which helps give financial support, food assistance and more to the families of U.S. service members. He will give away a renovated, mortgage-free home at each of his 36 tour stops this summer.

'The return to civilian life can be a challenging transition," McGraw said in a press release. 'We want to welcome veterans home to the community they sacrificed to protect. A mortgage-free home provides stability for their families and also allows them to start this new chapter of their life with one less worry. It's an amazing feeling to see them receive something they so deeply deserve, and to be able to share that experience with thousands of fans each night makes me proud to be a part of this program." Read more here.

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Katy Perry Camp Deny Taylor Swift Diss Song Rumor
(Radio.com) Turns out that reports of a Katy Perry song called "1984" rumored to be aimed at Taylor Swift is about as much of a non-story as you can get. To backup, on Monday a story circulated that Katy Perry had registered a new song titled "1984."

Many jumped to the semi-logical but completely unsubstantiated conclusion that this song might be retaliation for Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," which many rumor is about Perry. The song's title was also construed as a swipe at Swift's recent 1989 album.

According to Billboard, a rep for Perry has categorically denied all aspects of the story, saying, "Katy Perry's managers at Direct Management Group confirm that this story is completely false. Katy Perry was not involved in writing, singing, recording or registering this song." Read more here.

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 Trailer Released
(Radio.com) The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is out, and it's more revolutionary than any Hunger Games film before. The trailer gives fans their first look at Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) properly taking up her role as the face of the revolution.

It opens on Finnick Odair's (Sam Claflin) wedding, with all the revolutionary characters in place, with a quick shift to one of the last, bittersweet shots of Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) dressing Katniss.

There is also a brief glimpse of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, playing Plutarch Heavensbee, in one of the last roles he completed before his death. Katniss spends much of the trailer rallying the people into action against President Snow (Donald Sutherland), but the last 30 seconds reveals this will be an action flick. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Brantley Gilbert Gives CMT Awards Tickets To Veteran
(Radio.com) Brantley Gilbert shows his support for the military and his country in many ways. The country singer recently took a Memorial Day weekend motorcycle ride that benefited the Wounded Warrior Project, which raises awareness for the needs of injured service members.

During that ride, Gilbert met Staff Sergeant Justin Patterson, who gave the country singer his Purple Heart medal. Patterson explained to Gilbert that he has suffered with PTSD and didn't leave the house for two years. He further expressed his appreciation of Gilbert's support and advocacy in getting the word out about the Wounded Warrior Project.

"What you're doing for us, you have no idea what that's doing for us," Patterson said. "I don't know what other way to thank you. I can't give you a GRAMMY or a country music award. I've got a gift for you. What you're doing to raise awareness means the world to me. I'd like to give you my first Purple Heart."

Overcome with gratitude, Gilbert said he doesn't know how to repay Patterson. "If you need a date to the country music awards, I'm your girl," Patterson joked. It turns out that Gilbert can't make the CMT Awards tonight night (June 10), so he reached out to the veteran during an interview on Fox & Friends, where he offered up his two tickets. Read more here.

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Keith Urban Releases New Song 'John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16'
(Radio.com) Keith Urban has been in the studio working on the followup to his last album, 2013's Fuse, and his first single off that release is a unique track called "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," which he performed live for the first time in Nashville during the Country Radio Seminar in February.

The song, which name-drops John Wayne, Kris Kristofferson, John Cougar, Don McLean, Marilyn Monroe and many more, embodies a slowed, almost '70s funk vibe with distinct drum loops and several time changes as Urban slowly talks through most of the song.

At one point, screams are heard in the background as though Urban tracked the song live. 'It's a great feeling to be back in the studio shaping a new album," Urban said in a press release about the song. "'John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16' was sent to me a few months ago by one of the songwriters and I loved it immediately--loved it so much that right before I walked out on stage at the Ryman (Auditorium) for CRS a few months back, I thought I'd play the song solo acoustic to see what the audience thought.

"Flash forward and there's no doubt that their response that day helped make it the first single from what will be my next album." Read more and check out the song here.

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fun.'s Jack Antonoff Starting New Music Festival
(Radio.com) Having grown up in New Jersey, Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, fun.) knows that while you live there, you're always in the shadow of New York. And that's the inspiration behind the name of a new festival that he's curating starting this year: The Shadow of the City.

Taking place Sept. 19 at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J. (both in the club and in the parking lot outside), the event will feature Antonoff's Bleachers, Charli XCX, Vic Mensa, the Front Bottoms, MisterWives, Cults, How to Dress Well and Robert Delong.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Antonoff discussed New Jersey and its influence on his life and music."I grew up in New Jersey, and it's one of those places where you spend your life trying to get out," he said. "It's funny because it's one of the most incredible places in the world. The term 'shadow of the city,' specifically, means what it sounds like. New Jersey is such a unique place because it is literally in the shadow of the greatest city in the entire world." Read more here.

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Zac Brown and Carly Rae Jepsen Set For Songwriters Hall of Fame Event
(Radio.com) On June 18, an impressive slate of songwriters will be inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, including Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry, with special honors going to Van Morrison, John LoFrumento, Lady Gaga, and Nate Ruess.

Today, it was announced who would be presenting and performing at the ceremony, set to take place at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Set to show up in some capacity are Tony Bennett, Zac Brown, Michael Buble, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dr. John, Ledisi, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Nettles, Mike O'Neil, Richie Sambora, Bernie Taupin and Paul Williams, according to Billboard.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame has more than 400 inductees spanning the range of popular music genres, with everyone from Bob Dylan to Stevie Wonder having been previously inducted. Read more here.

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New Miley Cyrus Song 'Nightmare' Goes Online
(Radio.com) Miley Cyrus certainly has been keeping busy these days, and now we can add a new song to her list of current achievements. Cyrus has recorded an upbeat and buzzy new track called "Nightmare," which has sprung quite the Internet leak on Tuesday (June 9).

"Nightmare" is a simmering pop tune that shares a bit of DNA with Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," down to the sparse guitar opening. A tense and dramatic bridge builds up to an explosive, EDM-powered chorus that doubles as the song's drop.

There's a moody breakdown violin break before the chorus roars around again, this time even bigger with more Miley voices piled on for full effect. Read more here.

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Family of the Year Release New Song 'Make You Mine'
(Radio.com) Family of the Year aren't wasting much time on getting back into the studio. After providing the main song for Richard Linklater's Boyhood with 2012's "Hero" and finding a large audience for it during this year's Academy Awards, the L.A. indie rock group is taking advantage of the momentum.

"Make You Mine" is their latest song, which arrives perfectly as the temperature heats up. The balmy day track is a live-for-the-season ode with frontman Joseph Keefe singing, "All the boys, and all the pretty girls/ Summertime I'm gonna make you mine' Lie here forever but, for now, let's do forever."

It's a much more upbeat offering than "Hero," with Keefe's words rolling off one another and wavy guitar jangle throughout. The best moment comes near the end, when the tempo slows and Keefe lets out a plea: "If I can't have you, you don't know what I'm gonna do."

The track is slated to appear on Family of the Year's followup to their 2012 album Loma Vista, a self-titled record, due out Sept. 4. Listen to the song here.

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A Thousand Horses Release '(This Ain't No) Drunk Dial' Video
(Radio.com) This week marks the release of A Thousand Horses' debut album, Southernality, on Republic Records. And to celebrate the release, the Nashville band have offered up a new music video for track "(This Ain't No) Drunk Dial."

The clip plays of the band's rising stardom, with reporters and fans awaiting their arrival with cameras and photos to sign. Of course, the band changes it up by not arriving for a concert, but to testify in front of lawyers, a judge, and plenty of on-lookers. It's a surprising turn, considering the song could have such a literal interpretation, and just might be a sign that A Thousand Horses aren't going to be a band that chooses the most obvious roads.

To find out more about the band, check out our new interview with A Thousand Horses, where they talk about their place in the tradition of Southern music. Watch the video here.

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The National, Deadmau5 Lead Treasure Island Music Festival Lineup
(Radio.com) One of the last big festivals to announce this year's lineup has finally given up the goods, and it turns out to be well worth the wait. Treasure Island Music Festival, taking place on a literal island in the San Fransisco Bay, will conduct its 9th annual festival this October 17-18.

Headlining will be The National, marking one of the only appearances from the Brooklyn five-piece yet scheduled this year, and electronic icon Deadmau5.

Also appearing will be Robyn with her only scheduled U.S. date of the year, performing with new group, La Bagatelle Magique. Rounding out the top of the bill are The War on Drugs, Azealia Banks, Father John Misty, Run the Jewels, CHVRCHES, Panda Bear, and Hudson Mohawke. Read more including the full lineup here.

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'Walking Dead' Alum Jon Bernthal Joins Cast of Netflix's 'Daredevil'
(Radio.com) Netflix gave Marvel the chance to reboot and redeem the Daredevil franchise, and the recently released 13-episode series more than made up for the universally panned 2003 film that saw Ben Affleck in the starring role. (Indeed, Marvel seemed to wipe their memory of it rather quickly. Jon Favreau, who played the supporting role of Foggy Nelson in that film, later played Happy Hogan in the Iron Man franchise.)

Now it seems like they are going to atone for the atrocities of the 2004 and 2008 Punisher films (The Punisher and Punisher: War Zone, respectively). Marvel has just announced that they've cast Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, the man who becomes the Punisher, in the second season of Daredevil. Bernthal's roles include, among others, the character Shane in early seasons of The Walking Dead.

Little else is known about the second season of the Netflix series, other than that it will be released in 2016 and that Rosario Dawson will return in her role as Claire Temple. Read more here.

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Stephen Colbert Brainstorms 'Late Show' Theme Song In New Video
(Radio.com) What goes into a perfect Late Show theme song? Just ask Stephen Colbert, who obviously has the art form down to a science--at least as far as comedic effect is concerned.

While sitting down at his electric piano, Colbert held a hilariously entertaining brainstorming session, where he knocked out a theme song for his upcoming show. Because confidence is key, especially when appearing on live television, Colbert demonstrated he has no shortage of it in his theme song. "The show will be so great/ It'll be a great success," he sings. "You can watch it on TV/ On the stationColumbia Broadcasting System/ Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes."

If that sounds promising, just listen to how strong his opening is: "What time is it? It's late. / What show is it? It's show. / My name's Stephen Colbert / From my head down to my feetwhere I keep my toe!"

In seriousness, it seems like the honor of crafting Colbert's Late Show theme song will more likely go to his new bandleader, Jon Batiste. "His music makes the audience feel so good, we may have to install a 'Do Not Make Love' sign," Colbert said in a statement announcing Batiste's new position. Check out the video here.

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The Black Keys Singer Announces Side Project Album, Debuts New Song
(Radio.com) Dan Auerbach, lead singer of The Black Keys, announced last April that he'd be striking out on his own with a new side-project called The Arcs, and in case you found the Keys too middle-of-the-road, Auerbach promised that this group would be "extra weird" in comparison.

He wasn't lying--today he's released information about the LP, a 14-track project titled Yours Dreamily, which will hit stores on Sept. 4. Previously, per Consequence of Sound, Auerbach went into detail about where and how the project was recorded, saying it came intro fruition 'in roughly two weeks through spontaneous, informal sessions across the country at the Sound Factory in Los Angeles, the Diamond Mine in Queens, Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, and in a lounge room at Electric Lady in Manhattan."

'I wanted everything to flow [and] be cohesive," he added. "A lot of the songs bleed one into the other, a lot like the Grateful Dead - my favorite records that they did. So I've got a lot of connected songs. It's basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record-that's all!"

Along with the album announcement, the band debuted a new single, "Stay in My Corner," off the release. Check it out here.

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New Adam Lambert Book Released
Music biographer Neil Daniels has announced that his Adam Lambert book, "From American Idol To British Rock Royalty," is now available in paperback.

Here is the synopsis for the book: Adam Lambert is a true Hollywood success story. Despite coming second in season eight of American Idol, losing out to Kris Allen, Lambert has become one of the most successful and admired American pop artists of the 21st century. With just two solo albums under his belt, he has sold over two million albums and four million singles worldwide. He has won numerous awards and been nominated for some of the most coveted prizes in the music industry, including the Grammys. He was the first openly gay artist to get a major label record deal, which he achieved with RCA, and the first openly gay pop star to achieve a Number 1 album in the US with his second release, Trespassing, in 2012.

Fiercely talented and stylish, Lambert has drawn inspiration from the likes of Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Madonna with both his vocals and image. Not only is he a singer but also an avid philanthropist and social rights activist.

"From American Idol To British Rock Royalty" charts the amazing journey of this humble California kid and how he came to front one of the biggest British rock bands of all time, Queen. He has won great acclaim around the world after touring with Queen in 2012, and then in 2014 and 2015. Drummer Roger Taylor said that Lambert has "the best range I've ever heard" in a BBC interview in 2012. Fans can order the book here.

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Jaden Smith Cast In Baz Luhrmann Netflix Drama 'The Get Down'
(Radio.com) Jaden Smith will join Baz Luhrmann's music-driven drama for Netflix, The Get Down, announced the online network on Tuesday. According to a release, Smith joins the cast for the 1970s Bronx series in the role of 18 year-old Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling, a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx.

"We as an audience have known Jaden since he was very young," said Luhrmann. Recently, Jaden has been seeking diverse and challenging roles and this is a testament to his passion to grow in the craft. In the short time he has joined our acting family, he has begun developing his The Get Down skill set, even taking lessons from the legendary graffiti artist Lady Pink of 'Wild Style' fame, as well as steeping himself in the history and culture of the Bronx."

"We're all very happy with the casting of Jaden in the role of 'Dizzee' Kipling, and with his addition, the Kipling family cast is now complete, Lurhmann continued." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Vinnie Ferra's Behind The Scenes
Today Vinnie Ferra tells us about the song "Behind The Scenes" from his brand new album "arc en ciel" which is set to be released on June 23rd. Here is the story:

In 2013 I was living in Ridgewood, NY with a bunch of people and playing some guitar by my bed. My roommate Julie overheard me messing around on the guitar and said "hey that's really cool what is that"...to which I responded...nothing! It was the pre-chorus to Behind The Scenes. Later that day me and some band mates fleshed out a really cool chorus for it.

When this song first was coming together the only lyrics I had were "I can hear the voice inside my head." I wasn't really sure what to make the song about. The night before I had to track vocals for the song I wrote completely new lyrics. Talking about the aftermath of deciding to move on from someone and the different stages you experiences during that time.

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

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