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Day in Pop Report for 06/17/2015



Madonna Recruits Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Katy Perry, More For New Video

(Radio.com) She's Madonna, but that doesn't mean she has to go it alone. The Material Girl just revealed the stars of her upcoming video for "B-h, I'm Madonna," and it's safe to say it's a Murderers' Row of female pop stars.

"Video coming soon! Just tryin to make it perfect for all of you we are hard werking bitches! #bitchimmadonna" Madonna wrote in an emoji-heavy Twitter posting.

With that tweet she also revealed the poster for the clip that shows it's Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora who are starring in this clip. Yeah, these ladies certainly know how to work it.

Madonna promised there were a whole lot of stars in her new video off Rebel Heart, but now it seems like Madge is giving Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" a run for its money with this lineup.

Check out the poster for the video, which has yet to get a more official release date than soon, here.

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J. Cole Announces Dollar And A Dream Tour 2015

J. Cole has announced that he will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of his Friday Night Lights mixtape by launching the third annual Dollar & A Dream Tour.

The tour will include "secret shows" in Dallas on June 21st, New York City on June 22nd, Atlanta on June 24th and Los Angeles on June 26th with tickets selling for only $1 on a first some first serve basis.

According to ABC, the trek dubbed the Dollar & a Dream Tour III: Friday Night Lights, will also feature Cole's Dreamville artists Bas, Cozz, and Omen.

Cole had this to say in the announcement tweet, "Last year was special. 3rd times a charm. Dollar and a Dream Tour III: Friday Night Lights." See his website for additional information here.

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Lady Antebellum Reveal EDM Collaboration

(Radio.com) Lady Antebellum are testing the EDM waters even further. After their performance with Zedd at the CMT Awards last week, the country trio told Rolling Stone Country that another collaboration is in the works with EDM DJ and producer Audien, best known for his song "Insomnia."

"We got approached about it and we listened to the song," Hillary Scott said of the song, called "Something Better." "We loved the lyrics and the melody."

Meanwhile, bandmate Charles Kelley added that "Something Better" is one of the best songs he's heard in a long time. "Lyrically, it was powerful," Kelley said. "It reminded me of some those really great messages you hear from a band like Switchfoot. It took us out of our comfort zone. We're learning as a band not to be so scared of things." Read more here.

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Lana Del Rey Teases New Song 'Honeymoon'

(Radio.com) When last we discussed Lana Del Rey, rumors were swirling that the first video from her upcoming album, Honeymoon, would be titled 'Music To Watch Boys To" and be released this month (June).

Well, that might not be the first new LDR song from the upcoming follow-up to last year's Ultraviolence after all. Tuesday afternoon (June 16), Del Rey began her latest musical reveal by posting the lyrics to her new album's title track on Instagram.

In terms of themes, we find Del Rey mining familiar territory, shouting out famous Los Angeles boulevards Wilshire and Pico, and opening with the self-depreciating declaration that "it's not fashionable to love me." Read more here.

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Kanye Falls Asleep At Daughter's Disneyland Birthday Party

(Radio.com) Disneyland is rough on anyone. From the lines to the endless walking between attractions to the endless crying and chatter of children, a day at the happiest place on earth is sure to exhaust even the best of us.

For someone like Kanye West, who works a tireless creative schedule on top of endless public appearances, a day at a theme park is bound to make him, uh, well, sleepy.

So sleep he did. For little North West's Disneyland birthday party, a Disney employee, that TMZ reports plays Elsa, decided to post a picture of it on social media. The camera clearly catches Kanye taking a little catnap, which TMZ says lasted 25 minutes, the entire duration of the Frozen performance.

No word on what Kim Kardashian thought about the performance or whether the now two-year-old North West enjoyed the birthday extravaganza. Read more here.

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Miguel Reveals Several Tracks From New Album 'Wildheart'

(Radio.com) Miguel is not one to hold back, whether it's the skyscraping emotions that inspire his torch songs or, in this case, the deluge of music he just released online.

Miguel's forthcoming album WILDHEART comes out later this month, and to create quite the amount of hype he's released five new tracks on iTunes--"face the sun" (which features Lenny Kravitz) as well as "FLESH" and "..goingtohell," plus the already-debuted "Hollywood Dreams" and "NWA."

The new track "face the sun" (heard above) is a towering anthem with a chunky guitar solo from Mr. Kravitz, as one might expect. The song's rock and R&B fusion throws in into serious Prince territory, which Miguel has often explored.

Meanwhile, "FLESH" is more of a slow burn, with creeping, sensual ambiance and "..goingtohell" is a falsetto-driven ballad, with pattering drums and more guitar flourishes. Read more and check out the new tracks here.

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Fetty Wap Releases New Songs 'Sumn Quick' and 'Ride or Die'

(Radio.com) Fetty Wap has a preternatural ability to churn out hits; his hooks don't seem like the result of long writing sessions--rather, he just steps up to the mic and unleashes his theatrical warble.

The rate at which he releases music and his casual ethod of doing so would seem to back up this thesis. Last night, the "Trap Queen" singer released a short song called "Sumn Quick" to his Soundcloud page with little fanfare.

"I'm just making a f-ing song, I don't know what to call this s-," he says as the song begins. It's an effortless, perfect little example of what makes Fetty Wap so special. Other artists would pay a lot of money and spend a lot of time coming up with a hook this catchy--Fetty Wap just seems to sniff pop magic out of the air.

As if that wasn't enough, Tuesday morning he released another new song, "Ride or Die." It doesn't mess with the format--heartfelt melodies and a chorus you won't get out of your head for a minute.

The song also features prominent and uncredited female vocals--possibly it wasn't a finalized version, which may end up on a future Fetty Wap project. Listen here.

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Drake Shoots '100' Music Video In Compton

(Radio.com) Drake and The Game have been busy: On Monday afternoon, the two of them turned Compton, Calif., into the set of a new music video for the song "100."

It seems like the entire neighborhood came out, and several residents got footage of the day's happenings. One fan video including footage of Game walking around a car with large tires, while another guy pushes the hood of the car up and down.

Then it cuts to footage of Drake standing on a balcony in front of hundreds of cheering fans. In the video, Game is wearing a Toronto Raptors jersey that reads "Drake" on the back.

Drake got in the action himself, posting a photo in commemoration of the afternoon. "Cedar Block @losangelesconfidential lotta love out here in this little world of its own. 100," he wrote. Read more here.

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Thirty Seconds to Mars Launching A Summer Camp

(Radio.com) Roughing it with Jared Leto? Well, not exactly. But maybe just a little. Not content to settle for the typical immersive band-fan experience like an artist-hosted cruise, Thirty Seconds to Mars are set to launch Camp Mars, a three-day/two-night weekend in Malibu, Calif., this summer.

Scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 22-24, Camp Mars will offer fans a bevy of activities in a rustic setting (as rustic as Malibu gets, anyway) including hiking, yoga, meditation and arts & crafts as well as band member-led experiences "cooking with (guitarist) Tomo" and "coffee time with (drummer) Shannon (Let0)." Conspicuously absent: hair care and grooming tips from Jared Leto himself.

Also mixed in with the ghost stories and sack races will be a pair of Thirty Seconds to Mars performances and a series of DJ sets. "We have always looked to do things for our audience that are fun and unique," Jared Leto said to Rolling Stone about the Camp Mars weekend. "What better way to celebrate the summer than in beautiful Southern California with the Mars family in full." Read more here.

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Miguel Announces North American Summer Tour

(Radio.com) WILDHEART, the upcoming new album from Miguel, is due on June 30 via RCA, and expectations are high following the success of Kaleidoscope Dream, which saw the R&B songwriter appear on SNL, tour with Drake, and win a GRAMMY for best R&B song in 2013 for that album's standout single, "Adorn."

And while a steady stream of new music has been teased, fans will get a chance to see Miguel in the flesh starting this summer, as the singer has announced extensive touring behind his first new album in three years.

One-offs in London, in Los Angeles for BET Fest, and in Philadelphia for The Philly 4th of July Jam will open the run for Miguel, and then the dates launch properly in Austin on July 24. Stops include Terminal 5 in New York City, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and the Vic in Chicago.

The tour announcement completes a trifecta of news for Miguel on Tuesday; earlier, he released his music video for "Coffee" and dropped five new songs from his upcoming album. See the tour dates here.

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Brett Eldredge Offering Undiscovered Musicians Opening Gig

(Radio.com) Brett Eldredge is well aware of the hard work and determination it takes to pursue a career in music. Having gone through many hurdles himself to get that coveted spot on stage, he has partnered with the Hourly Gig and Snagajob to help give an unknown musician the opening slot on his own tour.

"It's designed to give undiscovered musicians and hourly job workers a chance to open up for thousands of people at one of my concerts," he said in a video.

Eldredge is offering up an opening slot at his show in Idaho on July 24. Until June 26, musicians can submit a video performing an original song to the Hourly Gig website, where the "Lose My Mind" singer, plus other judges, will narrow down the submissions.

Voting for the five finalists will begin on July 7 and the winner will be announced on July 15. Read more here.

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Vance Joy, Grouplove, Santigold Lead 'Paper Towns' Soundtrack

(Radio.com) The tracklist to the John Green's hotly anticipated teen coming-of-age novel-turned-film Paper Towns is set to include new music from Vance Joy, Santigold and Grouplove among others.

While today saw the debut of Sam Bruno's track "Search Party" and Vance Joy's 'Great Summer," Grouplove's 'I Am My Only Escape" is set for release on June 23 followed by Santigold's 'Radio" and Galantis' 'U and I (VIP Mix)" on June 30.

In addition to well-known acts, the soundtrack also includes a song from the film's star Nat Wolff and brother Alex, titled "Look Outside." Both originally worked together as part of the Naked Brothers Band.

Based on music supervisor Season Kent's previous work on The Fault in Our Stars, The Fighter, Entourage and Need For Speed soundtracks, the Paper Towns compilation stands a good chance of breaking out, especially in the current movie soundtrack sales climate.

The Paper Towns original motion picture soundtrack is available everywhere July 10. See the tracklisting here.

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'Penny Dreadful' Renewed for a Third Season on Showtime

(Radio.com) The heartbreaking gothic horror drama Penny Dreadful will be renewed for a third season, Showtime announced. The Showtime series, currently in the midst of its second season (the finale of which airs July 5), will return for a nine-episode run in 2016.

Based on the image circulating alongside Showtime's press release, all the main characters will likely be returning in the new season: Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Sembene (Danny Sapani), Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and the Creature, also known as John Clare (Rory Kinnear), as well as this season's "big bad," Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory) and Ferdinand Lyle (Simon Russell Beale).

Characters not pictured include Lily Frankenstein (Billie Piper), who we learned last episode has some strange sexual preferences; Angelique (Jonny Beauchamp), who is at least one of Dorian Gray's love interests this season; and Hectate Poole (Sarah Greene), Evelyn's daughter (and, possibly, her adversary). Check out the image here.

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Nate Ruess Talks Solo Debut 'Grand Romantic'

(Radio.com) Nate Ruess thinks his new album, Grand Romantic, is precious. Or at least, that's how the front man of GRAMMY-winning group fun. describes his upcoming debut solo album during our recent interview.

When I reply that I think it's musically too bombastic to be precious--although some of the lyrics certainly are--he says he'll have to go back and listen to it again.

Ruess has been listening to the album a lot, in fact, which he says is strange for him, and he's enjoying the time while it's still his ownbefore it hits stores next Tuesday (June 16) and countless new fans also 'own' it. "This will always feel mine, no matter what, but you make albums so that people can relate," Ruess says. "That's why I started making music."

Ruess worked again with producer Jeff Bhasker, the man who helped turn fun.'s 2012 album Some Nights into a GRAMMY-winning work that spawned multiple hit singles. The pair got together in Nichols Canyon, near to Laurel Canyon in L.A., and opened every single drawer in the house they'd rented for the work.

"For the future, for anyone that's planning on renting your place out, put your dish wear up as well," Ruess suggests as handy Air BnB tip. "We didn't break the dish wear! We didn't break anything, I swear to you." Read more here.

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Marvel Sends Congratulations to 'Jurassic World' Team

(Radio.com) Hollywood might seem like a dog-eat-dog world (and let's be honest, it definitely is), but there are at least a few good folks out there still running the show.

After Jurassic World's insane box office opening weekend, where it grossed more than $500 million worldwide (which, yes, does in fact break some records), Marvel felt some congratulations were in order.

Marvel's The Avengers had held the box office record for the biggest domestic opening weekend ever since 2012. And while some reports initially indicated that The Avengers still reigned supreme, that honor eventually went to Universal, Jurassic World and lead actor Chris Pratt.

However, even though Marvel was dethroned, there were clearly no hard feelings. Producer and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige took a moment to tweet out a classy congratulations when the news broke.

Congrats Mr. Spielberg @UniversalPics @Legendary @LeDoctor @colintrevorrow and especially @prattprattpratt http://t.co/5DxlDM8pgK- Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) June 16, 2015 Read more here.

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Singled Out: Lost and Profound's Goodbye Mine

Today Terry Tompkins from Lost and Profound tells us about the title track of their brand new album "Goodbye Mine," which was just released last month. Here is the story:

Goodbye Mine was the last song I wrote for the new album. I had been listening to a lot of early 70's Beatles influenced bands like Badfinger, ELO, Emit Rhodes and The Raspberries and just started something on the piano that reminded me of those bands.

The chords and the melody came together really quickly. I wanted to write about a relationship that had been magnificent but had ended with one person on the move and the other more of an observer. And neither side had any regrets.

I had spent some time in the South just before I began writing the song, primarily in Savannah and Nashville, and the imagery of the American Civil War and the American South crept into the lyrics, particularly Sherman's March through Georgia to the sea.

I've always loved the history and feel of being in the South and wanted a touch of that to come through. I also wanted the farewell in the song to be a fond one, where the couples shared experience was celebrated with no cloud of jealousy or regret!

It took about half an hour to write the song. Lisa arrived home shortly afterwards, I played it for her and she fell in love with it.sold!! I think Lisa really identified with the story and the characters and she sings it beautifully!!

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

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