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Daily Music News Report for 08/01/2016


Prince's Family Reveal Tribute Concert Plans

(Radio.com) Prince's family have unveiled plans to mount a tribute concert in Minneapolis on October 13. A lineup of performers has yet to be announced, but organizers promised to reveal the artists in batches after tickets go on sale next month.

"We are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince's life, music and legacy, and there is no better place to do it than his hometown of Minneapolis," Prince's family said in a statement.

The add, "We are honored by the artists who will pay tribute and grateful to those that have worked so hard to make this celebration possible." Read more here.

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Kenny Chesney Streams Duet With Pink

(Radio.com) Country super star Kenny Chesney and pop star Pink have joined forces for "Setting the World On Fire." It's another winning collaboration between a country artist and pop rocker.

Like Dierks Bentley and Elle King's 'Different for Girls," the song contains country storytelling lyrics and instrumentation with killer vocals and harmonies.

The story is about a couple whose relationship has moved a little faster than they expected, but they don't mind and have no regrets. Recently, Chesney changed the title for his next album, moved the release date and added the surprise duet. Apparently, Pink and Chesney became friendly when he was in California.

The more he thought about "Setting the World on Fire" the more rhe realized he wanted a female voice on it. He decided Pink would be the perfect partner, and as Chesney told Taste of Country, 'She was able to capture the spark of the song." Listen to "Setting the World on Fire" here.

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Chance the Rapper Makes Surprise Lollapalooza Appearance

(Radio.com) Fans in the crowd of duo Flosstradamus' set at Lollapalooza last Thursday night (July 28) were treated to not one, not two, not three, but four--that's right four--surprise appearances.

To close out their set, Flosstradamus invited newly signed Chicago Bull and hometown star Dwayne Wade, along with fellow Chicago natives Chance the Rapper and Michelle Williams, and Post Malone onstage (via CoS).

Chance wasn't even slated to perform at the newly expanded four-day festival, but that didn't stop him from doing "No Problems" and "Summer Friends" off his latest album Coloring Book. From fan-captured video, it looks like it turned into a killer way to end Lollapalooza's first night. Read more here.

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The Chainsmokers Releases New Track 'Closer' Featuring Halsey

(Radio.com) The Chainsmokers have released a new track called "Closer" that not only features a guest appearance by Halsey but also spotlights Drew's lead vocal debut for the music duo.

They sent over the following comments about the track, "We are always trying to push ourselves musically and this to us is a huge step. A track that is written, produced and sung on by us.

"Our aim to is to make our music more personal and while this is a fun relatable topic its something that well, is def true to our lives haha... we had a lot of fun making this song and shout out to the AMAZINGLY talented Halsey for crushing her verse. If you had asked us a year ago who our #1 ideal collaboration would be with, you guessed it, it would be Halsey. She is so authentic, talented and real and connected to her fans, she is truly a rare one of a kind artists and to be doing this track with her is so SICK!"

They also sent us these "Fun Facts" about the new track: 1) This is not a love song 2) Shaun Frank and Louis the Child helped with the song during the Friendzone Tour! 3) 90% of this song was finished within the first 2 days 4) Drew had all his ex girls at syracuse in mind when he wrote this. 5) The tattoo's on the cover art were drawn by hand onto the bodies... if you look closer the hero tat on their arms combines them 6) We no longer drink fireball... 7)Shack Shack > In and Out. Check out the song here.

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The Game Announces 1992 U.S. Tour

(Radio.com) The Game has announced his upcoming 1992 Tour, set for 19 concert dates around the United States. Though fans in cities like New York were disappointed to see their hometowns' omissions, the rapper promises more shows will be added.

The tour kicks off at Oakland's Oracle Arena on August 26. "So I haven't did an American tour in a min," The Game writes in the Instagram announcement for the trek.

"Been doing shows overseas & my US fans been HOT at me for years So here it is: The OFFICIAL #1992 US tour dates so far. NY & other cities are being added soon." See the dates here.

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Arkells 'Drake's Dad' Video Stars Drake's Dad

(Radio.com) After Canadian band Arkells bumped into Drake's Dad (aka Dennis Graham), in a bar somewhere in Memphis last year, the only thing they could think of doing was write a song.

Arkells tells the story with direct lyrics, vibey percussion and hook-filled melodies. The video follows the band's journey from Memphis to Nashville, TN, capturing some of the highlights of each city. Drake's dad, a musician himself, looks pretty swanky in his suit and hat.

The video opens with the caption, 'The following is based on a true story." Arkells' new album, Morning Report, is scheduled for release August 5. Check out "Drake's Dad" here.

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Bette Midler Joining Team Shelton On 'The Voice'

(Radio.com) Blake Shelton hoped to drop a big announcement last week, but apparently fans had already gotten wind that Bette Midler would be serving as Team Shelton's mentor for the upcoming season of The Voice.

On Friday (July 29) he shared a publicity photo from the set with Midler. When he tweeted the news, Shelton admitted he wanted to have a photograph to add a little "oomph" but he didn't have one at the time.

Instead, he offered up his excitement by borrowing from one of her hits. "She is the wind beneath my wings," he tweeted. He followed up with fans today, though, by posting a picture of the two sitting side-by-side.

Midler told Extra about partnering with Shelton, "I thought, 'He's really cute, he's really funny, he has a tremendous amount of personal charm, and I would like to be in his orbit, so why not?' and he writesI'm a fan of his music." On Twitter, she praised the team they had together. "Yes it's true. I am a mentor for #teamblake on @NBCTheVoice. I had a great time and we had a hell of a team. Airs in October," she wrote. See the posts here.

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'The Land' Soundtrack Streaming Online

(Radio.com) After teasing listeners with cuts from Nas and Erykah Badu as well as Jeremih, The Land soundtrack is finally available to stream and purchase. French Montana, Kanye West and Nas lend their talents to "Figure It Out," a track that first appeared on Montana's Wave Gods mixtape (via Hip-Hop DX), while one of the film's stars Machine Gun Kelly contributes "Dopeman" and appears as a feature on Ezzy's track "Never Been Told."

The Land also stars Badu and Michael K. Williams, and hit theaters last Friday (July 29). It follows a group of Cleveland teenagers trying to break into the professional skateboarding world.

As for his own music, Nas has reportedly wrapped up his 12th studio album, but there is still no word when that will drop, reported Complex. In the four years that have passed since his last studio effort Life Is Good he seems to have turned at least some of his attention to the film world. Besides executive producing The Land, he has been working with director Baz Luhrmann on the music for upcoming Netflix series The Get Down. Check out the full track list for The Land and stream the album here.

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Jason Derulo Streams New Song 'Kiss The Sky'

(Radio.com) Excuse Jason Derulo while he kisses the sky. The 26-year-old Miami native has already amassed 11 platinum hits over the course of his career, so it's only natural that he'd want to pull those singles together on a new compilation album, Platinum. And he has included the new song "Kiss the Sky" along with the tracks most of his fans already know.

The upbeat song has a light funk feel to it thanks to the roving bass line and the way it starts and stops on the verses. "Cuz I believe we can fly now/ Spread your wings and kiss the sky," Derulo sings in falsetto on the chorus. In the bridge he borrows from a popular musical euphemism and sings about "funking" all the ladies.

"Kiss the Sky" will also appear in the new animated film Storks starring Jennifer Aniston and Andy Samberg. Storks will hit theaters September 23. Listen to "Kiss the Sky" here.

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Mary J. Blige Camp Confirms Divorce Reports

(Radio.com) After 12 years of marriage, Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaac are parting ways. Blige filed for divorce from her husband and manager, citing irreconcilable differences.

The news about the couple's split emerged last week (July 28) and Blige subsequently issued a statement through her rep. "Ms. Blige is saddened to say it is true that she has filed for divorce, saying sometimes things don't work how we hoped they would. But, there is a divine plan and a reason for everything," her rep told People.

Blige's representative added, "Mary will continue writing and working on her album which is due out later this year along with her world tour." Read more here.

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Kanye West Releases 'Wolves' Video

(Radio.com) Kanye West released his new video "Wolves" and he's depicted crying throughout the seven minute clip. The visual borrows from all the worlds West finds most interesting these days: himself, fashion, himself, his wife and, last but not least, himself.

In between shots of models navigating a kind-of catwalk in a darkened room, a close-up of West's face shows him crying. The emotion comes as he sings about how much he loves the song's unnamed "you" while the video cuts to Kim Kardashian wearing the sparkling Balmain gown she wore for the 2016 Met Gala. Throughout the video, West dons the elaborately bejeweled jean jacket he wore to the same event.

Eventually the models reflect West's emotion, crying as they continue to walk back and forth, and he moves among them. The video appears to coincide with Balmain's newest campaign. Two days ago, the Paris fashion house shared few black and white photographs of models crying, reported Stylecaster. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Ted C Fox's Osteomancer

Ted C Fox recently released his new studio album entitled "A Gospel Of Dirt" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the song "Osteomancer." Here is the story:

"Osteomancer" was inspired by a crush I had once. It was unique among crushes because, due to social circumstances I won't delineate here, I wasn't really able to talk to her or pursue her. In fact I knew very little about her. She was gorgeous and seemed sweet and kind and she was always crying. The crush was a painful one. I didn't really understand why there was pain associated with it nor why I was so fixated on this girl that was always crying. I began having dreams about her and in our dreams we were simply crying together but it was somehow a redemption. Like somehow through our shared sadness we were saving each other.

I thought it strange that my brain would impose my emotional salvation on a girl I knew so little about. It was like I had a skeleton and I'd invented all the rest of her and granted my invention the power to save me.

I came up with a vision of a crazed hermit stumbling across an old shallow grave, imparting mystical powers on the bones and using them as protective ornaments against the evils of the world. He turned some into necklaces and hung some in trees. The bones became his protection and his purpose. Reborn, he burns his church clothes and dances around it in a maniacal blaze of salvation.

An osteomancer is someone who practices divination using bones. I felt like that's what me and the crazy old hermit had been doing.

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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