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Day in Pop Report for 06/24/2015



Tyga Surprises Fans With Unannounced New Album Release

(Radio.com) After months of speculation surrounding the release date of his latest album, controversial rapper Tyga has suddenly and without warning released The Gold Album Tuesday (June 23).

The rapper announced the release with a tweet linking to the album's Spotify page. The Gold Album arrives after a seemingly endless stream of release date delays going as far back as last year.

The initial delays involved Tyga working to wrangle his way out of a contract with the embattled Cash Money record label, with hopes of issuing it on his own imprint, Last Kings Music.

"I just wanted to get this project to the fans with no barriers, no music business politics, no rulesthey don't even have to pay for it if they don't want to," Tyga explained of the surprise release in a statement. "I wanted to do something different which is why I partnered with Spotify for the launch. People can listen to it as much as they want and if they want to buy it after - cool. If not, that's cool too. But I'm proud of this album as a whole and excited for people to hear it." Read more here.

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Lil Wayne Show Canceled After Entourage 'Refused' To Be Searched

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne skipped a scheduled gig in Minnesota on Sunday (June 22) and now it's being reported that the reason for his no-show had to do with his entourage not wanting to be searched.

According to Billboard, the Minneapolis, Minnesota venue, simply called the Venue, revealed that the rapper 'elected not to perform after members of his entourage refused to take part in the Venue's standard safety procedures."

In a statement on Facebook, the venue reveals that their "standard safety procedures" include "conduct[ing] an exterior pat-down and metal detection on each person entering The Venue, and to confirm each party's age and identity by requesting and reviewing a state-issued ID card."

The venue also says these procedures are not just for performers, but for anyone entering the club. They explain that Wayne did not refuse the procedures and was allowed into the venue, "only those members, were refused entry into the club," but, "despite the fact that Lil Wayne was permitted entry, the stage was set up to his specifications, and he otherwise appeared ready to perform, he made the decision that he would not perform as scheduled." Read more here.

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Kacey Musgraves Announces Fall Tour

(Radio.com) Mind your own biscuits and this fall will be gravy: Kacey Musgraves will launch her own headlining tour this fall following the release of her sophomore album Pageant Material.

The tour, fittingly titled The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, will begin in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 27. The "Biscuits" singer will play several dates in the U.S., with a concluding set Oct. 24 in New York. She'll then hit the United Kingdom for the remainder of the tour through November.

No word on whether she'll bring the barn animals from her "Biscuits" video with her on tour, but no doubt the biscuits and gravy craving will persist. Pageant Material, out this week (June 23), is Musgraves' second studio album, following 2013's Same Trailer, Different Park. See the dates here.

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Jay Z Streaming Service TIDAL Loses Another CEO

(Radio.com) Apple has made nice with important person Taylor Swift, but Jay Z's TIDAL streaming service can't seem to make nice with an important person of their own: their CEOs.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the company's interim CEO, Peter Tonstad, has resigned from the company. Tonstad took over after the previous CEO, Andy Chen, left the company in April.

In a statement to the WSJ, TIDAL said, "we are thankful to Peter for stepping in as interim CEO and wish him the best for the future." When contacted by a Norwegian newspaper for comment, all Tonstad had to say was that he would only confirm that he had resigned. Read more here.

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'Titanic' Composer James Horner Killed in Plane Crash

(Radio.com) James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer behind Titanic, died in a plane crash in central California on Monday. He was 61 years old. A single engine plane crashed Monday (June 22) in Santa Barbara, California killing its pilot.

Hours after the crash Horner's assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, took to Facebook to pay tribute to her boss, who was the pilot of the small prop plane, writing, "A great tragedy has struck my family today, and I will not be around for a while. I would like some privacy and time to heal."

Adding, "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."

Though at the time of Patrycja's post Horner's body had not been identified, it was revealed in early reports that the plane that went down was registered to the composer. Read more here.

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs Releases Statement About UCLA Assault Arrest

(Radio.com) On Monday, news broke that rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs was arrested and released on bond after allegedly assaulting one of his son's UCLA football coaches, Sal Alosi.

While Diddy will return to court next month to face his charges, the rap icon released a statement via his own Revolt network about the incident. "The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," a representative for Diddy said.

"What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son. We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed." Read more here.

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New Uncle Ezra Ray (Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker & Better Than Ezra) Song

(Radio.com) Don't worry, the '90s are alive and well with this new song "B.Y.H.B." by Uncle Ezra Ray. Who is Uncle Ezra Ray? We're so glad you asked, it's the most '90s supergroup ever featuring Uncle Kracker, Better Than Ezra's Kevin Griffin and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath.

The song sounds like a Florida Georgia Line b-side with the guys singing "We got the party/ bring your hot body." And yes, bring your hot body is exactly what "B.Y.H.B." stands for.

There's talk of a keg, of a disco ball hanging on a pine tree, trucks, splashes of Bacardi and tweets being sent to come on out to this party. We're assuming using the hashtag #BYHB.

It's not hard to guess that these guys will be teaming up to perform this summer lovin' track on their Under The Sun tour, which also features Eve 6. Check out the track here.

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'Eight Is Enough' Father Dick Van Patten Dead at 86

(Radio.com) Film and TV actor Dick Van Patten passed away Tuesday (June 23) at age 86. People confirms he passed at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., after complications from diabetes.

America knew him as the patriarch on TV series Eight Is Enough, which ran from 1977 to 1981. But the comedian also worked with the beloved Mel Brooks on screwball movie comedies including Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men In Tights.

More recently, Van Patten made guest appearances on The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central and TV Land's Hot in Cleveland, which costars Betty White.

Van Patten was born in 1928 in Kew Gardens, N.Y., a suburb outside of New York City, and made his debut as a child actor at age 7 in the Broadway show Tapestry in Gray. Read more here.

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Mark Wahlberg Makes Surprise Appearance With New Kids on the Block

(Radio.com) Monday night New Kids on the Block proved they're still full of surprises after all these years by bringing out a very old friend from the block: Mark Wahlberg.

On the second sold-out night at Madison Square Garden on their Main Event tour, the group brought out the actor and performer, to the surprise and excitement of the roaring crowd.

50 Cent opened for the group, and he teased the appearance, telling the crowd that he felt 'like we have some good vibrations here tonight." Turned out he was right--during his brother Donnie Wahlberg's performance of "Good Vibrations," Mark leapt out on stage.

This is the first time Mark Wahlberg has performed with New Kids on the Block in 20 years, according to a press release. Check out video of the performance here.

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Kanye West Admits He Was Wrong About Beck Insult At Grammys

(Radio.com) If you think about it, the cliches "never say never" and "there's a first time for everything" both mean the same thing. They both apply very accurately to a recent Kanye West interview, in which the proud rapper did the unthinkable: he admitted that he was wrong, specifically about Beck and his notion that the famed multi-instrumentalist didn't "respect artistry."

Speaking with the UK's Sunday Times, West said that he was wrong about Beck after this year's GRAMMYs, after which he said that artistry was offended after Beck's Morning Phase beat out Beyonce's self-titled album for Album of the Year.

'I'm fine to apologize for inaccuracies," he said. "You know, I send flowers for inaccuracies. I talked to Beck's wife, and I think I had a point about Beyonce's album, but I think I was inaccurate with the concept of a gentleman who plays 14 instruments not respecting artistry." He wasn't going down without a fight, though. Read more here.

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Hunter Hayes Reveals New Song 'Young and in Love'

(Radio.com) Just over a month after he introduced his newest single "21," Hunter Hayes is back with new music. On his latest song, a pop-country track called "Young and in Love," Hayes recalls learning about young love from firsthand experience.

He introduces the song alone on acoustic guitar by saying he is coming to see his old love. "It's so hard when you're young and in love," he sings. "We were trying and fighting/ holding on laughin' and cry in'/ 'cause that's what you do when you're young and in love."

Hayes explains to his love that the miles he has gone since knowing her has made him miss her, but he had to travel to grow himself. But he assures her that his "heart knows the way back home." Read more here.

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New 'Spider-Man' Actor Revealed

(Radio.com) There's a new Spider-Man in town and you may not have any idea who he is. Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced that Tom Holland is set to be the film franchise's new title-star, with director Jon Watts (Cop Car) slated to helm the next feature.

Not familiar with Holland's name? You're not alone. The British actor has never appeared in an action or comic book film before. His biggest role to date has been playing the title role in Billy Elliot in London's West End.

You are most likely to have seen him in theaters in 2012's The Impossible, co-starring next to Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Director Watts is also a relative newcomer, with only a few feature films under his belt. Read more here.

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They Might Be Giants Cover Destiny's Child's 'Bills Bills Bills'

(Radio.com) It's been well over a decade since Destiny's Child's "Bills Bills Bills" was released and it still sounds as good as ever--especially when presented in a new version.

Such is the case with A.V. Club's latest episode of Undercover, in which They Might Be Giants take on the GRAMMY-winning track. At the hands of They Might Be Giants, the once-sultry R&B ballad is a pop-rock jam, the band dialing up the guitar velocity for their cover and harmonizing on the chorus.

John Linnell, who takes lead vocals gives a precursor at the beginning: 'I'm just going to motor through if I get the words wrong," he said--but he didn't give himself enough credit. Read more here.

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Flo Rida Releases 'I Don't Like It, I Love It' Video

(Radio.com) Flo Rida and Robin Thicke are natural allies--lovable cornballs who've made a career charging straight down the middle of the road, full steam ahead toward radio domination; between the two of them they've spent dozens of weeks at the top of the charts.

Their latest collaboration seems poised to land as another inescapable summer anthem this year, and today it has a music video. This week drops the video for "I Don't Like It, I Love It," a song originally released back in March preceding Flo Rida's newest EP.

The visual is aimed straight at the hot-weather pleasure centers, with Flo serving up ice cream to a bevy of female acquaintances on a block of brownstones.

A fire hydrant bursts, red cups are passed around, kids ride their bikes. A young woman pulls up to the curb and Flo Rida flirts with her through the car window--in all, it's the perfect summer tableau, and by the end of the song it's nighttime, and the scene turns into a summer block party. Watch it here.

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New Politics Releases New Single 'Girl Crush'

(Radio.com) For 2013's sophomore LP, A Bad Girl in Harlem, New Politics saw their presence in both the rock and pop worlds grow, both represented by earning their first charting album and by appearing as openers for Fall Out Boy and Paramore.

In August, New Politics will return for a third time, with new album Vikings set for release on August 14. The Danish punk-influence outfit have already offered up two singles from the new release, "Everywhere I Go (Kings & Queens)" and "West End Kids," with a third sampling of the upcoming RCA release now available to listen.

"Girl Crush" is inherently summery, with its hand claps and bouncing rhythm, and content just racy enough to allow teenagers to believe there is some danger involved with the band. The track also features two hooks, a traditionally sung chorus and a more hip-hop inspired refrain. The end result is infectious and immediate, everything that New Politics seem to aim for in their releases. Listen to the new track here.

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Simpsons Playing Up Marge And Homer Separation Reports

(Radio.com) Even Lena Dunham can't get between Marge and Homer Simpson. Not for any length of time, anyway. In a new video clip, Marge addresses the "baseless rumors" that their marriage is anything less than forever.

So baseless, it seems, that Homer didn't even know it was happening. "The story was first reported on CNN. Then the real news started reporting it all over the world," Marge said, getting a good dig in.

"Can't those news media guys report more important things like Lebron's junk?" Homer opined, while Bart stuck his head in the frame for a quick visual cameo.

Homer goes on to declare their marriage "solid as a rock," but then nearly blows it by bringing up his affair with the doughnut lady. Read more here.

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