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B-Sides Report for 08/22/2016


Frank Ocean Releases New Album 'Blonde' And 'Nikes' Video

(Radio.com) Frank Ocean has released a music video for a new song titled "Nikes." The song is a track that comes from his album "Blonde" which was finally released this past weekend.

Originally titled Boys Don't Cry, Ocean's sophomore album was originally scheduled to drop in July of 2015, it never did. Almost a full year later Ocean updated his site with a mysterious video stream of work space, prompting fans to think the wait was finally over. Still no album.

"Blonde" was preceded in early morning hours of August 19th Ocean released a 45 minute visual album called Endless. The video for "Nikes" features Ocean being set on fire, tons of nudity and a chihuahua. Very not safe for work. Check out Ocean's new NSFW clip here.

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Richie Sambora Reaches Out To Jon Bon Jovi

(Classic Rock) Richie Sambora has reached out to his former band Bon Jovi to congratulate them on the title track they released from their forthcoming album This House Is Not For Sale.

The follow-up to 2013's What About Now is their first work without the guitarist - who exited the band in 2013 before their world tour, leading to a public war of words that eventually settled down. Their relationship appeared to be on the mend after frontman Jon invited Sambora to do the 'ice bucket challenge' in 2014.

This House Is Not For Sale will be released via Island/Universal Music Group on October 21, following the band's acrimonious split with Mercury after more than 30 years.

Sambora says in a video message on Twitter: "Congratulations on the new single, man. God bless, good luck, hope you guys do great." Frontman Jon Bon Jovi replied, saying: "Thanks Richie and Orianthi. Look forward to hearing your record too. All the best, JBJ." Read more here.

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Court Orders Randy Travis Arrest Footage To Be Released

(Radio.com) Randy Travis has fought hard to keep the dashcam footage from his 2012 DWI arrest private even though media outlets have repeatedly cited the Public Information Act in order to secure the tape.

On August 7, 2012, Travis was involved in a one-car accident in Tioga, Texas. Officers found him lying naked in the road with a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit. Former Attorney General Greg Abbott stated the dashcam footage constituted a public record and should be released. But Abbott did say images of Travis from the waist down would be redacted (via Austin American-Statesman).

Travis filed suit, but when state District Judge Stephen Yelenosky sided with Abbott, his lawyers took the case to the state 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin. Travis' legal team argued that the dashcam footage should remain private not only because it showed his medical and mental conditions, but also because he was acting involuntarily.

The court ruled Thursday (August 18) that the footage does indeed fall under public record. Chief Justice Jeff Rose stated, "Even if we assume that the contents of the redacted dashboard recording contain information that is highly intimate and embarrassing to Travis, those facts were not private as a matter of law because Travis put himself in public by driving unclothed while intoxicated." Read more here.

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The Roots Release Music Video Fans Can Taste

(Radio.com) The Roots have teamed up with beer producer Stella Artois to create the first music video you can taste. Stella Artois worked with creative services firm Sid Lee to cultivate specific sounds that people associate with specific flavors based on scientific research.

"Sounds can influence your sense of flavor," said Dan Chandler, executive creative director at Sid Lee. "We found fruity pineapple notes, for instance, and then asked people what sounds they represent. All of the sounds were then added to the video, to bring out the fruity or sweeter notes, or the bitter notes that come from the hops in the beer" (via AdWeek).

The Roots then created two different tracks, each called "Bittersweet." One contains a higher pitch to bring out Stella's sweet flavor, and the other contains a lower pitch to bring out its more bitter flavors. As listeners drink a Stella Artois while listening to each track, they should be able to "taste" the music, or at least have it transform the beer's flavor.

More than just listening to the tracks online, though, the attempt to pair music and taste comes as part of a multi-sensory experience put on by Stella Artois called Le Savoir. Held in Montreal earlier in August, in New York this week, and in Buenos Aires in September, the event features a four-course meal with beer pairings and a live performance by The Roots. Listen and see if you can taste the difference here.

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A Tribe Called Quest Have a New Album That Features Phife Dawg

(Radio.com) A Tribe Called Quest have a new album, and it features the late Phife Dawg, Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid has revealed in a new podcast interview.

In a new interview with the Rap Radar Podcast Reid detailed the project.'[It is] a brand new album that they recorded before Phife [Dawg] passed away," Reid said.

'I'm really happy about it man, it's really something special. It's one of the things I'm most excited about over everything we're working on." It has been almost twenty years since Tribe's last album The Love Movement. Check out the full podcast here.

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Michael Buble Announces New Album 'Nobody But Me'

(Radio.com) Michael Buble has announced will that he will release his ninth studio album Nobody But Me on October 21. It will make the music star's first new album in three years.

Recorded in Vancouver and Los Angeles, Nobody But Me will feature several revised classics, including "My Baby Just Cares For Me," "The Very Thought of You," and "God Only Knows" by Brian Wilson. It also includes three new songs Buble wrote just for the album. Meghan Trainor and The Roots' Black Thought are also featured on the project.

Buble said about Nobody But Me, "I don't know that I've ever had this much fun working on an album. It was especially thrilling to collaborate with my band who understand that I want to sound better than I've ever sounded. I'm also very proud of the new songs. Having the opportunity to co-produce was a joy for me personally." Read more here.

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Mac Miller Releases New Track 'We' Featuring CeeLo Green

(Radio.com) Mac Miller continues releasing colorful, soulful jams with his latest single "We" featuring CeeLo Green. He shared the audio track last week (August 18), and like his previous track "Dang!" it's all done to bright, peppy animation.

At over five minutes long, "We" has a relaxed beat with a strong drum presence up front. The lengthy intro lasts just over a minute before Miller begins rapping, "I'll think of something to say/ I always do/ I'm in love with the way you say my name/ Every time, it sound brand new/ And you, always wondering what will be/ I saw 'we' sound better than 'you and me'/ Baby, you could be my." He trails off before clarifying what exactly his lady could be, instead leaving a gap they can fill in together as they figure out what they mean to one other.

Green comes in at around three minutes, his voice rising to a gospel praise in the background before he sings about turning from a "me" into a "we." "We" appears on Miller's new album The Divine Feminine, which, from the two songs he's previewed off the project. Check it out here.

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Florida Georgia Line Recruit Backstreet Boys For New Single

(Radio.com) The new Florida Georgia Line single featuring '90s superstar boy band Backstreet Boys has dropped. The song, "God, Your Mama, and Me," is featured on the band's third album Dig Your Roots, which comes out August 26.

Backstreet boy Nick Carter gave a heads up on Instagram last Monday (Aug. 15), that new music was coming. Fans who know the history of Florida Georgia Line shouldn't be too surprised by the collaboration. Band member Brian Kelly told the crowd at a recent show in South Dakota that Backstreet Boys was his first concert, and band mate Tyler Hubbard added that the first CD he ever bought by the boy band.. Then Florida Georgia Line covered Backstreet Boys' "Everybody."

Working with a band that was so influential in their youth tied into the Dig Your Roots theme about looking back and learning from where you've been. "We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from," said Kelley. Read more here.

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Tove Lo Releases 'Cool Girl' Video

(Radio.com) Tove Lo has released a music video for her song "Cool Girl." The track is the first single from Lo's forthcoming sophomore album Lady Wood, which is set to be released on October 28th.

The clip finds Tove writhing atop a car in a motel parking lot, while her alter ego with a shaved head gives a similar treatment to a glass coffin in the desert. You read that correctly.

In Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl (the novel and the hit movie) Amy Dunne unleashes an epic, oft-quoted rant on 'cool girls," the kind of women who are effortlessly funny, easygoing, and satisfying to bros. Meanwhile, she hatches a plot to disappear and frame her husband for her murder. Tove Lo channels that pathology and attitude on her new single 'Cool Girl," especially when she sings 'I'm a cool girl / Ice cold, I roll my eyes at you, boy." Watch the video here.

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Fetty Wap Releases New Song 'Different Now'

(Radio.com) Fetty Wap has released his new song "Different Now," produced by The Vinylz and Frank Dukes. The rapper shared the single during a surprise Facebook Live Q&A and dropped the track on Spotify and iTunes just.

This year, Wap has already released the graduation anthem "Wake Up," as well as a mixtape with PnB Rock, Money, Hoes & Flows. He has also performed on several collaborations with his RGF Productions label signee Monty. These tracks include "Victor Cruz," "She Wanna" and T-Wayne's "Tell Me What You Want."

Wap made history last year by landing four songs in a row on the Hot Rap Songs chart, "Trap Queen," "Again," "My Way" and "679." He will headline Billboard's Hot 100 Fest this weekend (Aug. 20-21). Check out the track here.

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Living Colour Release Cover of Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Who Shot Ya'

(Radio.com) Living Colour has recorded a cover of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya.' Living Colour will release a new EP called Mixtape on September 9, which will feature a collection of remixes of Living Colour version of 'Who Shot Ya," according to Pitchfork.

Mixtape includes a remix from producer Andre Betts, with guest verses featuring Public Enemy's Chuck D, the Roots' Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Prodigal Sunn, and Kyle Mansa.

"Our version of 'Who Shot Ya' was initially an organic outgrowth of pure fandom for the work of the brilliant Christopher Wallace," said Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid in a statement. [Vocalist] Corey [Glover] would frequently sing the song during soundcheck, so we worked it up. But tragically, Biggie's question has taken on new and urgent significance over the last year." Read more here.

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Carly Rae Jepsen and Danny L Harle Release 'Super Natural' Video

(Radio.com) Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen and British producer and composer Danny L Harle star in a new music video for a track called "Super Natural," reports Pitchfork.

In the new video clip, which was directed by Bradley & Pablo, Harle appears as a slick, sharp-dressed realtor who gives his client a one-of-a-kind house showing.

The smart house appears to be Jepsen's idea of perfection and parallels the lyrics about an ideal relationship. It's no surprise that her character buys the house, after what she sees inside. Read more here.

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Gucci Mane Ice Cream Cone Hats Released

(Radio.com) In late July, Gucci Mane teamed up with Spotify to offer New York and Atlanta area listeners special ice cream, but if you missed out on the interesting hashtag that was #EverybodyLicking, fret not. Now, Gucci Mane is making his ice cream cone trademark available to wear.

The "Ice Cream Dad Hat" is an old-school floppy style baseball cap. It comes in black and white with a cartoon picture of a triple scoop ice cream cone on the front. Inside the cone reads "Brr," just like Gucci's ice cream face tattoo which is meant to show he's the coldest in the business.

The back of the hat has "La Flare" stitched in red, referencing his recent single "Multi Millionaire LaFlare." The hats retail for $25 and can be purchased through Warner Music Store. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Piss-Off's Antisocialite

Piss-Off! just released their new new EP "Perfect is for Remixes" and to celebrate we asked Anika Trujillo and Daniel Borkan to tell us the story behind the track "Antisocialite". Here is the story:

Early on we would meet at this crazy practice space called the sweatshop in Bushwick (Brooklyn). We would only book a hr or maybe two per session so every time we met up it was like "Hi! Ok start mashing buttons as fast as you can before they tell us we are out of time!" Antisocialite was one of our first songs and we proved to each other just how extreme we could be musically.

When we did the drum track there was an existing beat already, we sped the bpm up and changed out some of the more house elements and kept the weird sounds. Basically remixed ourself; so it's got all these crazy texture in the layers but a gross oversimplification of proper song structure. For the synth, we started by just wanting to make a song where white noise was the lead - meaning all frequencies screeching at once with no melody. All the pops of noise sound like a fight in a boiler room, us vs the terminator, with steam shooting out from all directions as we run for our lives. The synth chords give the audience a chance to catch their breath but the sound is still so tense here nobody could possibly relax.

This song is definitely the energetic equivalent of when you're taking a hot shower and someone flushes the toilet. After recording this song our engineer said "let's see how your volume compares to some other records". He then put on Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar and we found our own Antisocialite was a lot louder! Much evil laughter followed.

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

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