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Day in Pop Report for 06/16/2015



Katy Perry Strips Down In New Photo For Moschino

(Radio.com) Katy Perry has revealed the an array of photos from her current campaign as the face of Moschino, including one that shows her to be the body of the fashion house as well.

The Prism pop star announced her deal with Moschino just last week, and on Monday (June 15) she debuted six separate ads from the campaign via her Instagram account.

Of the six images, the one featuring Perry nude outside of a coat draped over a shoulder and a purse will surely get the most attention. The photo also shows off the singer's current short pixie haircut.

Perry's official association with Moschino comes in the wake of her longtime friendship with the brand's creative director, Jeremy Scott. She accompanied the designer to this year's Met Gala in New York, draped in the label's wares all the way down to the charms dangling from her fingernails. See the photos here.

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Janet Jackson Announces 'Unbreakable' World Tour

(Radio.com) Janet Jackson is heading out on tour this summer. Janet Jackson will kick off her 36-date Unbreakable world tour on August 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia before making stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, San Diego and San Francisco.

This tour announcement comes weeks after Jackson announced she'll be releasing her first album in seven years this fall. It's her first full length LP 2008's Discipline.

This is Jackson's first tour since her greatest hits trek around North America in 2011. Tickets for the tour go on-sale June 22. Check out the full list of tour dates here.

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Duran Duran Announce New Album 'Paper Gods', U.S. Tour

(Radio.com) The collaborations are lengthy on Duran Duran's upcoming 14th studio album, Paper Gods. The band will release the album on Sept. 11 and in addition to previously known collaborations with Nile Rodgers, former Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist John Frusciante and Mark Ronson, the LP features special guests Janelle Monae, Kiesza, Mr Hudson, violinist Davide Rossi and, yes, Lindsay Lohan.

"We found a whole new level of inspiration on this album," Nick Rhodes said in a press release. Meanwhile, John Taylor said that the album goes back "to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side."

"That's something that's essential to all of us," he added. "It's great to be able to lift people's spirits and your own with a strong shot of pure pop, but the world we live in isn't all just made of that stuff, so it seems natural to me that we have kept one foot in the darker, more Gothic side of life."

In promotion of the album, Duran Duran will hit the road in September for select dates in the U.S. See the dates here.

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'Jurassic World' Shatters Records With $511.8 Million Opening Weekend

(Radio.com) Jurassic World promised to go bigger than it's predecessors, and in one area it certainly succeeded--the box office. Jurassic World--fourth in the Jurassic series--just scored a walloping $511.8 million in its first weekend, making it the highest global opener of all time.

Domestically, the film swallowed up $204.6 million, no mean feat in itself. That number places it second behind The Avengers for highest domestic opening.

It was a perfect storm: 90's nostalgia, incredible CGI, avid Chris Pratt fans, jacked up 3D prices, and a hint of Spielberg magic took the premiere over the top. Industry experts were astounded at the numbers.

"This over-performed in a way that I've never seen," said Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst at the tracking company Rentrak in an interview with Billboard. "It broke the box office sound barrier." Read more here.

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Rich Homie Quan Offers New Apology For Rape Lyrics

(Radio.com) Rich Homie Quan has once again apologized for controversial lyrics. Last month, he was forced to do damage control due to a leaked track, "I Made It," that seemingly condoned rape.

Since then, Rich Homie Quan has offered up another song, "Day 1," that also included a rape lyric. Quan has once again been interviewed by Billboard and again has condemned his own lyrics, admitting that he owes everyone an apology.

"I do not condone or promote rape," Quan said. "I'm not a rapist. That song was recorded in December 2012. I was young and just rapping. At the time, I had no guidance in my life. I blame it on that. So I apologize once more to my fans." Read more here.

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Smash Mouth Singer Goes On Epic Rant After Being Pelted With Bread

(Radio.com) Smash Mouth are not to be messed with, if their tirade at a recent concert is any indication. You might have forgotten if you only knew them from their cuddly early 2000s hits, but the band came out in 1997 with a debut album called Fush Yu Mang. That title was certainly in the spirit of their outburst over the weekend at a concert in Fort Collins, Colo.

Attendees at the Taste Of Fort Collins street festival were all given complementary loaves of bread. This turned out to be a rather misguided attempt to demonstrate the flavors of the local baking community, because most attendees did not eat their loaves. Rather, in the tradition of hordes of peasants going back to the dark ages, they launched them at the jesters on stage.

Steve Harwell, lead singer of Smash Mouth, did not take kindly to hundreds of Coloradans throwing free whole wheat at him and his bandmates. As any of us might do, he lost any vestige of chill and began screaming at the audience. He threatened to jump into the crowd and had to be held back by security.

Watch a video of the aftermath here.

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D'Angelo Already Working On New Album

(Radio.com) It might have taken D'Angelo almost 15 years to release Black Messiah but his follow up isn't nearly as far behind. Taking advantage of his momentum, the neo-soul showman says that he's already at work on his next album.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, D'Angelo revealed that "What I'm working on now is like a companion piece. I hope people receive it that way. It's part of the same vision."

Judging by how many songs D'Angelo recorded in the decade plus spanning between Black Messiah and his 2000 LP Voodoo, it seems likely that some of the outtakes from last year's album could be included on this "companion piece." Then again, it seems like D'Angelo is amped on the idea of starting fresh. Read more here.

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Beck Releases Funky New Single 'Dreams'

(Radio.com) Beck says goodbye to those pretty ballads on Morning Phase to get a little funky. On Monday morning (June 15), Beck released his new single "Dreams," a bass-heavy return to his Midnight Vulture days that has him showing off a bit of falsetto to make his fans dreams comes true.

Beck, not a guy who gets complacent, admitted in a recent interview that this single is the polar opposite of anything from his last album. He also revealed that he's been working on his upcoming project for a few years. He did however say when this new project will drop, or whether it's a full length album.

What we do know is, he's interested to getting back to having a little fun. Seriously, just look at the GIF he released in tandem with the new track. This is Beck's first taste of new music since winning Album of the Year at this year's GRAMMYs, beating out Beyonce, much to Kanye West's chagrin. Check out the new song here.

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Drake and Nas Star In Sprite 'Obey Your Verse' Commercial

(Radio.com) Sprite has a long-running history with hip-hop, going all the way back to the '90s and the soft drink maker's "Obey Your Thirst" campaign, which featured commercials starring such rappers as Nas and AZ.

With the soft drink rolling out a new "Obey Your Verse" campaign, highlighted by limited-edition cans emblazoned with rap lyrics from the likes of Notorious B.I.G. and Rakim, Sprite has revealed the company's latest ad, starring Drake and Nas performing at a packed club.

According to Billboard, the live footage was taken at the Drake/Nas show at New York's Irving Plaza over NBA All-Star weekend this past February. While both rappers appear in the clip, the ad's soundtrack is a heavily edited section of Drake's "0 to 100," with a lyric from that song ("Know yourself/Know your worth") is featured on one of the limited edition Sprite cans.

Both artists are Sprite alumni. While Nas' association goes back to that initial '90s campaign, Drake first linked up with soda pop in 2010 for the "Spark" commercial. Watch the new ad here.

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Sturgill Simpson Announces Fall Tour

(Radio.com) Sturgill Simpson fans, stop what you're doing and pay attention: The GRAMMY-nominated country artist has just announced a new set of fall tour dates. Considering how quickly many of his earlier dates have sold out, you might want to grab a pencil and take some notes.

The 2015 Living the Dream Tour will see the Kentucky native hitting such cities as New York, Boston and Baltimore. More dates will likely be announced shortly.

The new September tour dates come after a summer filled with previously announced appearances including festival gigs (including FarmBorough, Lollapalooza and Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic) and some European shows. See all concert dates below.

While Simpson may not get exposure through country radio, the fast-growing popularity of Kentucky native's 2014 album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music became a grassroots sensation, gathering fans in large part through word-of-mouth and even earning Simpson GRAMMY and Americana Music Award nominations. Read more and see the tour dates here.

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Zayn Malik Covers Rae Sremmurd's 'No Type'

(Radio.com) Things have been rather chaotic in the One Direction/Zayn Malik universe of late, with rumors swirling that the recently-departed One Directioner Malik will be soon returning to the fold.

In the meantime, Malik has been keeping busy with his burgeoning solo career, revealing a cover version of rap duo Rae Sremmurd's smash hit, "No Type."

While the former One Direction member offers up his signature smooth vocals on the track's recognizable hook, British rapper MIC Righteous takes on the verses, adding his own and rather profane lyrics to Malik's version, making it decidedly NSFW, so proceed with caution when spinning the tune.

With the song just being released yesterday (June 15), MTV points to an industrious fan that has already given the cover version a remix makeover, removing the rap verses for a Zayn-only version. Read more here.

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Man Dies Following Spring Awakening EDM Festival

(Radio.com) Chicago's annual Spring Awakening EDM festival took a tragic turn this past weekend with the death of a 19-year-old male attendee. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the man, identified as Steve Vongkoth, was found late Saturday night (June 13) not far from Chicago's Soldier Field stadium.

He was not responsive, and taken to the city's Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. Vongkoth, a local resident, was declared dead early Sunday morning.

While the exact cause of death has yet to be determined, police have said that it appears to be drug-related. An autopsy is slated for today (June 15). Read more here.

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Conspiracy Theories Surface About Malik's Return To One Direction

(Radio.com) It's been a crazy past three months for Zayn Malik, since he walked away from One Direction, breaking the hearts of millions of fans worldwide and getting piled on by everyone from Noel Gallagher, Amy Schumer, and Naughty Boy in the process. But could all that drama be for nothing?

One Direction hopefuls/internet conspiracy theorists seem to think so. In what could be one of the greatest self-promotion stunts of this decade, if true, 1D fans are speculating that Zayn is coming back to the band. They've even collected enough crumbs to support their prediction, as ONTD points out.

For starters, the announcement of Zayn quitting One Direction has since been deleted from the group's Facebook page. Then Zayn was reportedly re-added to the band's official website. Plus all five members are featured on their tour page. Google has also allegedly added Zayn (born Zain Javed Malik) to their roster for One Direction.

Then there's outside figures who've cryptically tweeted recently. Naughty Boy who was working with Zayn on his solo debut, and, full disclosure, is a known troll, sent out annoyed tweets that many think is in reference to Zayn returning to One Direction: "made enough to go legit but you just can't quit" and, a couple of days later, "I know that you wouldn't I just hope that you would." See the tweets here.

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Leon Bridges Streaming New Album 'Coming Home'

(Radio.com) One of the summer's most anticipated debuts is now streaming, thanks to NPR. A week before its official release, you can now listen to Leon Bridges' Coming Home in full.

It's hard to believe that less than a year ago the Sam Cooke incarnate was washing dishes at Del Frisco's Grille in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. It wasn't only after a handful of weekly live shows that Bridges was signed to Columbia Records. Some say it was off his album's title track alone.

Thanks to Bridges' similar groove and vocal range, Coming Home is a contemporary throwback to Cooke's heyday with the young singer calling out the late R&B icon in the album closer "River." Read more and grab the link to the album stream here.

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Courtney Love Was Almost Cast Unmade Batman Movie

(Radio.com) Next year, Batman rogue's gallery member Harley Quinn will be seen in a live action super hero film for the first time. Margot Robbie will play the role in the upcoming super-villian-filled film, Suicide Squad.

But, per a recent Hollywood Reporter story, that role was almost played by none other than Courtney Love in a proposed sequel to Joel Schumacher's 1997 Batman & Robin follow-up, which was to have been titled Batman Unchained. That film would have featured several of the villains from the past Schumacher and Tim Burton Batman films, including Danny DeVito as the Penguin, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face, Jim Carrey as the Riddler and Jack Nicholson's Joker.

Harley Quinn was to be introduced in the Batman Unchained, as was Scarecrow, who was supposed to be played by Nicolas Cage. Let's all breath a sigh of relief that this movie didn't happen. However, with Batman and Robin, which starred George Clooney in the lead role, the Bat-franchise officially jumped the shark (the nipples on the costumes will never be unseen) and it wasn't until Christopher Nolan's classic 2005 Batman Begins that the series was respectably rebooted.

But at the time the Schumacher sequel was being discussed, Love was just starting off her acting career, making a big splash and getting a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Milos Foreman's The People Vs. Larry Flynt, and her band Hole was still at the peak of their popularity, in the wake of their 1994 album Live Through This. Read more here.

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Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas Will Be Live Streamed

(Radio.com) Insomniac, producers of the annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), have announced that the Las Vegas electronic music festival will be live-streamed for the first time.

The three-day EDC takes place June 19-21, and the stream will be available via Yahoo. Streaming will be live from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. PT each night, followed immediately by a re-broadcast.

"I'm very excited to give those who may be unfamiliar with EDC Las Vegas a window into what this festival and our culture is all about," said Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac.

"Fans through every aspect of the festival, from festival goers exchanging vows at the EDC Wedding Chapel to behind-the-scenes golf cart confessionals with the world's favorite DJs," said Rotella of the sold out fest.

In addiction to DJ sets, fans will watch EDC Las Vegas as it spans over 200 acres, encompassing eight new stages, art installations, carnival rides and more than 500 theatrical performers. Read more including the artists that will be part of the live stream here.

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Tyler Farr Says Nine Inch Nails Influenced 'Withdrawals' Video

(Radio.com) Tyler Farr is trapped in a glass box. Or so it appears in the video that was released on Monday (June 15) for his new single "Withdrawals." The song takes a new twist on the term 'withdrawal.' In this case, Farr is overcoming an addiction in the form of his ex-girlfriend.

The emotionally dark video was shot in Nashville, directed by Eric Welch and produced by Max Butler. Farr explained that going through old videos from Nine Inch Nails helped influence the video's aesthetic.

"When we were trying to come up with visuals to help explain the emotion, we looked at footage of Trent Reznor performances in NIN music videos, art galleries of people in glass boxes, and then tried our best to put those against the lyrics of the song," Farr said in a press release. "What came out in the end is exactly what I had in my head."

The four-minute clip starts off with a zoom-in shot of Farr as he's drinking a shot of whiskey before he sings, "They don't have a rehab for heartbreak." Stuck in a glass case being filled up with water, the more he remembers the best parts of his relationship, the more the water caves in on him. Does he make it out alive? Only time can tell. Read more and watch the video here.

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Jon Hamm Feeds Belle & Sebastian Star Gummy Bears At Bonnaroo

(Radio.com) What is Jon Hamm doing with his time now that Mad Men is officially over? Well, feeding people gummy bears, of course. This past weekend Hamm headed down to Tennessee for Bonnaroo where he showed up to have a bit of delicious fun.

First, Hamm surprised festival attendees when he and actor Zach Galifianakis performed a duet of "We Are the World" at the festival's SuperJam, where artists come together to cover classic songs.

Apparently, during the duo's sing along of the 1985 charity single, Hamm also tossed Galifianakis a few gummy bears, which sparked some jealousy in Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch. In fact, Murdoch got so worked up that he couldn't help but share his feelings with the crowd who came out to see his band's set later in the weekend.

"I haven't seen any other bands yet but I wandered into the comedy tent," he told the audience. "That's where I found Zach [Galifianakis] and he was being fed gummy bears by a certain friend of his and I thought, 'Why doesn't that ever happen to me? Why can't I be fed gummy bears onstage by a famous person?' I wonder, could you come and feed me gummy bears? I've got them here. You can throw them from there."

Murdoch then runs to the back of the stage and places a bottle of gummy bears down. Hamm walks over, takes off his hat and is quickly recognized by the audience.

So, does Murdoch catch a gummy bear on his first try? You'll just have to watch the clip and see here.

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