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Day in Pop Report for 06/29/2015



Ed Sheeran Jams Classic Song With The Rolling Stones

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones were joined by pop singer Ed Sheeran for a performance of their 1978 classic, "Beast Of Burden", at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO on Saturday and video of the jam has made its way online.

The song was the second single from the band's "Some Girls" album and a Top 10 US hit, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100; the album hit US No. 1 on its way to selling more than 6 million copies in the States alone.

Sheeran posted a selfie with the group before doing double-duty on the evening, opening the Stones' show as part of their Zip Code North American stadium tour, which was booked to promote the expanded reissue of their 1971 classic, "Sticky Fingers."

The project includes the original album and is rounded out with alternate and unreleased tracks from the sessions. The Stones' next scheduled date is at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC on July 1. Watch video of the Sheeran/Stones jam here.

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Adele Working With Pharrell On New Album

(Radio.com) Adele's 21 came out four-and-a-half years ago. But it looks like the follow-up is now in the works, and Pharrell has something to do with it. Giving an interview at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the singer and producer said that he's been working closely with Adele on her latest project.

He offered some insight into why it's taken so long. "She's kinda like, 'OK, guys, I'm gonna open my diary for 20 minutes.' So it's like, OK, you have 20 minutes, or 32 minutes really," he explained.

What happens next? Adele goes to back to her real job, which is being a devoted mother to her 2-year-old son Angelo, born in 2012 with her boyfriend Simon Konecki. Read more here.

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Jay Z and Beyonce Dethroned By Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris

(Radio.com) Beyonce and Jay Z have been dethroned. Forbes just teased its list of the World's Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples of 2015 and it seems the blossoming romance of Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris is also a lucrative one.

The couple are this year's highest-paid couple with a net worth of $146 million. Bey and Jay come in a distant second place with a combined $110.5 million.

This year, Forbes revealed that they ranked the world's top earning entertainers by annual income only, and because of that change, there were only three couples where both members made the cut. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Releases Revealing Good For You Video

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez is baring all in her new video for "Good For You" in more ways than one. First, this version of the track is a stripped down take of the original, which she released last Monday (June 22) and featured A$AP Rocky.

Channeling Lorde's minimalist style, the track shows off her vocals and pulls at the heartstrings when she coos, "I just want to look good for you." A sarcastic kiss-off to a certain ex, perhaps?

But the video itself is also very low-key, with Gomez going it alone. Gomez even shows off her curves in a shower scene that could be a middle finger to all those who were criticizing her appearance lately.

She just wants to look good for you, but more importantly, she seems to be feeling good about herself. Confidence is always key and something we should all get behind.

Take that internet. You go, Selena. "Good For You" will be on Gomez's upcoming album, which does not have a release date at this time, but she has said is very close to done. Watch the video here.

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Donald Glover Feels Too Old To Play Spider-Man

(Radio.com) While Donald Glover really appreciates all the support from fans who think he would make a good Spider-Man, but he swears he does not want to take on the role right now. And it's for one simple reason.

In a new interview with USA Today at the premiere of Magic Mike XXL, Glover explained he was probably a little too old to play the part, no matter how many people tweeted #Donald4Spiderman. He's 31 years old.

"If I was playing a high schooler," Glover says, "a lot of things would have been wrong." But, never say never. Glover, who voices the biracial Miles Morales, who is Spider-Man in Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors, said he would be interested in being a part of a future incarnation of the film-and with there having already been three Spider-Mans in the last 13 years, that's not farfetched-but only if it made sense.

Like, if the character "ages up in the future" via "a Terminator thing jumping back and forth" then he'd be down. Read more here.

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Whitey Morgan Talks His Cover Version Of 'Waitin' 'Round to Die'

(Radio.com) It's one thing to cover a song by one of your musical heroes. It's another thing when you bring a new level of emotion and musical range to the proceedings. And then punch the listener in the gut. That's exactly what Whitey Morgan has done with his new version of Townes Van Zandt's brilliantly sad "Waitin' 'Round to Die."

The song appears on Morgan's new album Sonic Ranch (the best album of his career so far, by the way), and between the painful lyrics, the crying steel guitar and Morgan's deep, whiskey-soaked voice, it very well might leave you doubled over for the rest of the day.

The song starts out where a lot of 'rambling man' stories begin. "Sometimes I don't know where this dirty road is taking me," Morgan sings, "sometimes I can't even see the reason why." But quickly, we realize we're heading down not just a path filled with "lots of booze and lots of ramblin'" but also a restless energy that borders on death-wish territory. Our hero had a hard childhood, sure, but as an adult things don't get easier. He meets a woman but gets robbed, kills the pain with more booze, hooks up with a bad-news "friend," does a little robbery of his own and, finally, winds up in prison where spends "two long years, just a-waitin' 'round to die."

It's a darkly existential tale, and it doesn't exactly end on a high note, either. Our hero, now fresh out of prison, has a new "friend," but "his name's Codeine" and "he's the nicest thing I've seen," so "together we're gonna wait around and die."

Yes, it hurts, and no, you won't soon forget it, but damn if you won't spin it again. The song first appeared on Van Zandt's 1968 debut For the Sake of the Song, then again five years later on his seminal Live at the Old Quarter. On the latter album, he introduces it as "the first serious song I ever wrote." (He also later described it as "blues on blues on blues.") It's still among the late Van Zandt's best-known songs, and it also features prominently in Heartworn Highways, a fantastic documentary about 1970s country artists on the outskirts of the mainstream, including David Allan Coe, Steve Young, Guy Clark and Van Zandt. Read more here.

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Leon Bridges Bringing Back Old School Soul

(Radio.com) Leon Bridges has been compared to soul greats like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, and with good reason. From the moment the 25-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas opens his mouth he effortlessly exudes the spirit of '50s and '60s R&B and soul music, while still managing to put his own personal spin on the throwback style.

A lot of this stems from the personal stories he's telling on his debut, Coming Home, many of which are about his own family. The doo-wop flavored "Twistin' & Groovin'," which sounds like something from American Bandstand, was written about his grandparents, while the Temptations-esque "Brown Skin Girl" is about the very first time he saw a former girlfriend at a bar.

"All of them are honest songs," Bridges tells Radio.com. "Of course, I can't always write a song from personal experience. If I waited on that I probably wouldn't have any songs. A lot of times it's me trying to paint a picture."

On "Lisa Sawyer," Bridges tells his mother's life story, detailing her circa 1963 birth in New Orleans, Louisiana with help from a saxophone and a girl group in just a little over four minutes.

The biographical song continues with him sweetly singing about how she grew up without much money but was "filthy rich with wealth" because of all the love she had in her life from her mom, dad, six older siblings and Christ.

When Bridges played the song for his mother she broke into tears. "It really was a shock to her because she didn't know I was a songwriter," he says softly over the phone. "So when I first showed her it really blew her away."

Bridges mom's shock is warranted, being that her son was working as a dishwasher at the local Fort Worth restaurant Del Frisco's Grille and seemed uninterested in singing for other people. Unbeknownst to her, he was spending his hours outside of work writing songs.

Having gone to college to study dance, Bridges' passion quickly changed to music after jamming with a friend, but he soon realized he wanted to be a solo act. "Eventually I grew tired of depending on him and other people to be creative," Bridges says. "I set out and started writing my own songs and bought a guitar." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Young Empires' Sunshine

Today Matthew Vlahovich, the lead singer and keyboard player for Canadian indie-rock group Young Empires, tells us about their new single "Sunshine". Here is the story:

We came up with the chord progression for 'Sunshine' on a Wurlitzer 200A electric piano at my old apartment and started experimenting with different vocal effect chains. We ended up capturing some interesting takes using my vintage SM-57 Unidyne III, a tube mic pre, and Roland Space Echo effect box.

We brought in the demo to our producer, and I recall him sending me into the hallway to sketch up some more vocal ideas. I ended up singing the chorus melody into the built-in microphone on my MacBook. It was all distorted and lo-fi, but there was something interesting about the over compressed and harmonic distortion, that we ended using that take in our final mix.

We built the beat with an vintage drum kit, brought in some gospel singers to do vocal overdubs, and eventually finished up tracking at Phase One studios in Toronto, Canada.

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

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