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B-Sides Report for 08/17/2016

Kid Rock Jams With Kenny Chesney In Detroit

(Radio.com) Kenny Chesney tapped local rocker Kid Rock when he stopped by Detroit, Michigan on Saturday (August 13) for his 2016 Spread the Love Tour. The pair teamed up to sing Rock's 1998 hit "Cowboy" as well as two covers.

Before bringing him onstage, Chesney said, "He is my brother in music [and] in life, and he is from Detroit, Michigan." Once they wrapped up Rock's song, Chesney and his guest launched into two big karaoke favorites.

They sang Allman Brothers Band's 'Midnight Rider," and David Allan Coe's "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" (via The Boot). Besides Rock, Chesney also invited out Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and Jake Owen for individual moments.

Chesney will soon release his next album Cosmic Hallelujah, which contains his duet with Pink, on October 28th. A fan in the audience captured Rock's performance of "Cowboy" with Chesney. Watch it here.

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Video From Guns N' Roses Phoenix Reunion Concert Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses brought their Not In This Lifetime tour to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ on August 15th and video from the show has been posted online.

The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan performed an extended 25-song set with the addition of the 2008 "Chinese Democracy" track "Catcher In The Rye."

The show marked just the fourth appearance of the song on the 2016 tour following its debut at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on July 20, a second performance at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX on August 5 and at their last show at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA on August 12.

Guns N' Roses will next perform a pair of cocnerts at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on August 18 and 19 before the summer dates wrap up at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on August 22.

Last month, production manager Dale "Opie" Skjerseth revealed the reunion tour will stretch well into 2017. "I've been told there's no end date," he told reporters in Atlanta, GA., "and I've seen plenty of dates going into next year, far into next year. Everybody's working together to keep a common goal and common direction: keep the machine going." Watch the videos from the AZ show here.

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Britney Spears Announces Return To MTV VMAs

(Radio.com) Britney Spears revealed that she will return to MTV's Video Music Awards later this month. Tuesday afternoon the pop star tweeted a video announcing her appearance.

The announcement clip features props from Spears' many memorable VMA moments, most prominently the iconic yellow snake she performed with in 2001.

"The VMAs don't just give you a stage says Spears in voiceover, "they give you a story. It's a way of taking a fraction of second and making it live forever. Before you know it, it's history. Before you know it, it's Britney bitch."

The VMA's air live on August 28th on MTV. Check out Britney's tweet here.

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Kodak Black Reportedly To Be Released From Prison

(Radio.com) Rapper Kodak Black will be released from prison, according to new reports from the WPLG and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Black had been incarcerated and faced multiple changes including possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and fleeing police according to an earlier report by the Sentinel.

Derek Shore of WPLG tweets "Rapper #KodakBlack pleads no contest to multiple charges against him as they enter into a plea agreement. Members of @AtlanticRecords executive team plead for judge to defer adjudication for #KodakBlack so he can travel and tour.

"Prosecutor says victims involved in #KodakBlack want to see the rapper get another chance. Judge accepts #KodakBlack plea deal and withholds adjudication, which will make it easier for the rapper to travel worldwide. #KodakBlack will perform community service, anger management training and community control supervision."

Brett Clarkson of the Sun Sentinel provided additional details on potential timing, tweeting "#KodakBlack will be released when the jail releases him. Could be today or tomorrow. #Kodak just asked the judge. Judge reminds #KodakBlack that if makes a mistake again, he's looking at 55 years in prison. What happens from here on out is up to you." See all of the tweets here.

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Justin Bieber Quits Instagram Amid Social Media 'Hate'

(Radio.com) Sometimes Justin Bieber follows through on his threats. Over the weekend the pop star was frustrated with "the hate" social media users directed at his alleged new girlfriend Sofia Richie (Lionel Richie's daughter) after he uploaded several photos of the two of them together.

He said he would make his Instagram account private if the negative comments continued. 'I'm gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don't stop the hate," he wrote in one of the photo captions 'This is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn't be so mean to people that I like."

On Tuesday morning, Bieber made good on his threat by deactivating his Instagram account. When fans visit the page a message reads, "Sorry, this page is unavailable." Read more here.

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One Direction Members Receive Crude WhatsApp Messages

(Radio.com) Two members of One Direction, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, say they'll soon be changing their numbers, having received crude messages on WhatsApp.

"Time to change my number .. Getting some disgusting stuff on what's app Losers!" Louis Tomlinson wrote on Twitter. Bandmate Niall Horan tweeted that he, too, was receiving distasteful messages, and would change his number, reports NME.

Making light of the situation, Tomlinson joked, "Maybe we should challenge them to a rap battle and destroy them in 64 bars." While One Direction have been on a break since early 2016, they remain targets for social media trolls. "I wonder when they'll stop annoying us," Horan asked. See the tweets here.

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Ringo Starr Becomes A Great-Grandfather

(Radio.com) Congratulations to Ringo Starr, who just became a great-grandfather. On August 14, Starr's granddaughter, Tatia Starkey and her partner Adam Low had a son, Stone Zakomo Low.

Starkey is the daughter of Ringo's son, Zak, who is plays drums for The Who. Previously, Zak has played in Ringo's All-Starr Band as well as Oasis. Tatia plays bass and sings in the band Belakiss.

Ringo recently announced a run of fall tour dates with his All-Starr Band. 'I just love playing with this band," he said in a statement to the press. 'I joke that at the end of every tour I think it's the last one and so I fire them. And then we keep finding places we can play and keep it going so I rehire them." Read more here.

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Elvis Presley Fans Make Pilgrimage To Graceland On Death Anniversary

(Radio.com) It has been thirty-nine years since Elvis Presley died, yet his name and music lives on and thousands of fans continue to make the annual pilgrimage to his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

On Monday (Aug. 15), a candlelit vigil was held at Graceland to celebrate the late singer's life. Fans traveled from around the world to visit the grave site, which is in the backyard of Elvis' estate.

During the ceremony, Graceland officials announced they will build a new 200,000 square-foot entertainment complex across the street from the estate, reports Billboard. Read more here.

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Garth Brooks Contributing To CBS 'SEC Game of the Week'

(Radio.com) Like fellow country musicians Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks will be contributing music for a sport this fall. His song, "Pure Adrenaline" will be played every week on CBS' SEC Game of the Week.

Don't think that "Pure Adrenaline" is a one size fits all song. Each week, Brooks will update the lyrics to reflect the teams playing and make it special for viewers. "We wrote 'Pure Adrenaline' for every SEC game that's going to happen this year. It's pretty cool," he said during a Facebook Live event on Monday (August 15). He added, "There's like 20 something of 'em."

Brooks took fans behind the scenes where he was shooting the song's video. "They're going to make it look bigger, of course, than it is," he said. He mentioned how the video will be fast-paced and intercut with football footage. "Where we're going to take this to the next level, though, isI've acquired the writing of Gordon Kennedy. For you people who are Garth fans, Gordon wrote 'You Move Me.'" The two worked together on "Pure Adrenaline."

The song will debut September 3 when UCLA plays Texas A&M. Watch the Facebook Live event here.

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Paris Jackson Defends Kanye West Amid Chart Record Backlash

(Radio.com) Kanye West has overtaken Michael Jackson's spot in the pop chart record books after landing his fortieth Top 40 slot, with his feature on ScHoolboy Q's "That Part."

The news infuriated some of Jackson's fans, but not Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson, who took to social media to respond to the haters. "The first time I ever heard Kanye's [808s and] Heartbreak album was from my dad," wrote Paris. "He played it for me all the time. He liked him. He never saw music as a competition or a game."

With 40 songs or lead features on songs having charted in the Billboard Hot 100, Kanye is now one slot ahead of Jackson and Frankie Valli, reports NME. Elvis Presley remains the king of the charts, however, with 80 Top 40 songs.

In her post, Paris wrote that her dad was a music fan first and foremost and never wasted time being negative about other musicians. "[He] Never had a motive to talk s- about other artists," she wrote. "It was always about the love and respect and appreciation for music. So if someone breaks a new record be happy for them. They worked hard for it and they earned it. Don't be angry or jealous or bias. Music is music and if it's good it deserves recognition." Read Paris Jackson's complete post here.

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Justin Timberlake Crashes Wedding Photos Shoot

(Radio.com) This bride just couldn't stop the feeling after Justin Timberlake stopped by and crashed her wedding photo shoot, according to TMZ, who captured the moment on video.

TMZ reports that the father of the bride convinced Timberlake to take a photo with the happy couple before heading off to his own wedding for the night.

In between congratulations, JT can be heard telling the newlyweds 'I have another wedding I actually have to make." The bride managed to keep her cool while the photo session was happening, but once Timberlake walked away, she made the cutest 'I can't believe that just happened!" expression. Check out the video here.

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Rocky Horror: Let's Do the Time Warp Again Soundtrack Revealed

(Radio.com) After successfully pulling off Grease: LIVE, FOX will be airing another television musical this fall. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again will offer fans of the cult film and new audiences alike a revamped version featuring an all-star cast.

Before it airs in October, fans can pre-order the soundtrack and hear the updated version of "Time Warp". Tim Curry returns to lend his vocals to the iconic song, which also features Christina Milian, Annaleigh Ashford and Reeve Carney.

Besides Milian, Adam Lambert also appears on the soundtrack and will play the role of Eddie when the show airs live. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again combines theatrical and television talent. It stars Laverne Cox, Ryan McCartan, Victoria Justice and more.

You can pre-order the soundtrack at iTunes and receive an instant download of "Time Warp." The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again airs on October 20 at 8p.m. ET. Check out the tracklist and listen to "Time Warp" here.

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BANKS Releases 'Gemini Feed' Video

(Radio.com) BANKS loves creating striking, surreal visuals to interpret her music, and her latest video for "Gemini Feed" is no different. Taking a page out of Rihanna's book when it comes to bejeweled, futuristic makeup, BANKS opens the video wearing an intricate makeup design made up mostly of large jewels with a golden snake's tongue coming out of her mouth. Even though her eyes are closed, the way the jewels are positioned make it seem as though she's got second sight and knows something isn't right with her relationship.

"I tried a thousand times/ I tried to say 'I love you' but you didn't hear me/ And you're passive aggressive/ Convince me other people, they don't care about me," she sings toward the end of the first verse.

That emotional torture arises in the ropes that have captured her and kept her bound. Split into white and black versions of herself--reflecting the Gemini zodiac for twins--BANKS can't escape the ties her lover has created.

As much as she might feel like a powerful queen surrounded by Egyptian iconography representing sight, BANKS is still chained to her feelings. Watch the video here.

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Frank Ocean's Producer Talks Forthcoming Album

(Radio.com) Frank Ocean's producer, Malay, took part in a Reddit AMA on Monday night (August 15), and even though users were told ahead of time that he would not be answering any questions about Ocean's upcoming album, one fan managed to get around that red tape and get an answer, kind of.

On the forum, the user said he respected Malay not wanting to answer questions about Ocean, but he had issues as a fan. "So in the interest of asking a question that acknowledges those boundaries while still addressing the elephant in the room, I'd like to know what you think about how fans have interacted with the rollout to this point," he wrote. "I think the major pain point for fans has been the fact that Frank has led us to believe there's something coming, and then he hasn't communicated with us at all."

The user added how he, like many others, had tuned into Ocean's live stream, clicked on his website for updates and generally put in a lot of time without hearing much about what was happening. As a result, he felt incredibly frustrated. "Maybe the point of the stream is to communicate that that relationship is one that puts undue expectations on an artist to engage with strangers, but I just want to support Frank and his career, and as a fan it's difficult to continue engaging in that kind of relationship when it feels so one-sided and unrewarding," he wrote. Read more here.

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