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B-Sides Report for 08/24/2016

Aretha Franklin Cancels Concerts Due To Health Concerns

(Radio.com) Aretha Franklin canceled more concerts under doctor's orders. The music legend has been doing her best to keep tour dates on the agenda in 2016, but they keep getting canceled. Early this year, a pair of Florida shows were determined to be understaffed.

Later on, travel requirements for a show in Oklahoma proved insurmountable. Now, "doctors' orders" have caused the Queen of Soul to cancel five dates through the fall.

The canceled shows: An August 26 concert in Vienna, Virginia; a solo performance and a duet engagement with Tony Bennett at Radio City Music Hall; and October shows in Detroit and St. Louis. Read more here.

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The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Sued Over Howlin' Wolf Documentary

(Radio.com) The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach is facing legal troubles regarding a documentary on Chicago blues icon Howlin' Wolf he was contracted to direct.

The complaint was filed last Wednesday in a Los Angeles County Superior Court, reports The Hollywood Reporter.The film's producer Smokestack Lightning Inc. claims that Auerbach increased the costs of the documentary and then bailed on the project. The film, Smokestack Lightning: The Legendary Howlin' Wolf, aims to tell the story of Chester Arthur Burnett alongside interviews with musicians including Auerbach, Jimmy Page, Buddy Guy and Bill Wyman.

Smokestack Lightning Inc. allegedly agreed that Auerbach would be the director and executive producer in exchange for nine percent of the profits, and that he would have complete creative control. Read more here.

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Bon Jovi In The Studio For 'Slippery When Wet' 30th Anniversary

(ITS) A new episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 30th anniversary of Bon Jovi's breakthrough album Slippery When Wet. The show sent over these details:

No hyperbole here: it is impossible to overstate how massively popular Bon Jovi's third album Slippery When Wet was soon after its release in Summer 1986, or how influential its sound and success were for the rest of the Eighties. Slippery When Wet would produce three Top 10 singles, "You Give Love A Bad Name", "Living On A Prayer" (both going # 1), and "Wanted Dead Or Alive". The album would go on to sell in excess of twenty-eight million copies worldwide.

Jon Bon Jovi and former Bon Jovi guitarist, songwriter Ritchie Sambora share with In The Studio host Redbeard the stories behind this blockbuster album.

Jon Bon Jovi says, "Bang! 'Shot through the heart and you're to blame, you give love a bad name'. As soon as the needle hit that record in 1986, our lives changed."

Ritchie Sambora adds, "We learned a lot and we became a tight unit. I don't think we really wrote any great songs until Slippery..."

Also In The Studio will preview the title song to the new forthcoming Bon Jovi album This House is Not for Sale. Stream the episode here.

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Blake Shelton, Toby Keith Added To Glen Campbell Tribute

(Radio.com) The Academy of Country Music sure knows how to throw a party. The organization announced that two more names will be added to the already stacked list of performers participating in the 10th Annual ACM Honors.

Blake Shelton and Toby Keith join the roster, but rather than perform their own music they'll join Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban for a powerful tribute to Glen Campbell.

All four will play a medley of Campbell's hits and then end with a ensemble performance of his 1975 hit "Rhinestone Cowboy." Campbell will be honored with the ACM Career Achievement Award. His wife Kim is slated to accept on his behalf. Read more here.

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Keith Urban, Little Big Town To Perform At Stand Up To Cancer Benefit

(Radio.com) Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Celine Dion will all lend their voices and music to the Stand Up to Cancer benefit that airs live on over 40 stations, including CBS, on September 9th.

The one-hour event will be broadcast from Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and actor Bradley Cooper will direct. Cooper lost his father to cancer in 2011.

"We all have a reason to stand up," he said. "Stand Up to Cancer is a sustained movement that impacts millions of lives. We honor the personal stories that motivate individuals to fight, and that highlight the urgent need to get new methods of treatment to the patients who so desperately need them" (via Rolling Stone). Read more here.

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Coldplay Cover Prince Classic With James Corden

(Radio.com) Coldplay invited a special guest performer to the stage on Sunday (Aug. 21) during their set at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. While introducing Late Late Show host James Corden, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin said the band's relationship with the late night host goes way back.

"What people don't know is that there was another guy that we all met and we all thought was the most talented member, and he was so good that if he had been in our band forever, we'd be the best band you ever knew. But instead he chose to forge his own path," Martin said while introducing Corden.

"But I'm very pleased to tell you that - in honor of Prince tonight because we wanna honor Prince - we managed to convince our missing and best member to come back into the band. You may know him from things like 'Carpool Karaoke' and that kind of s-, but we know him as the guy who turned down being in a band with us."

The venue then erupted in screams as Corden walked up a smaller pop-up stage in the middle of the venue. "Thanks for letting me back in the band, guys. I appreciate it," Corden said before he explained how he got to join Coldplay on stage. "So this is an idea that Chris said to me. He said, 'I think you should come sing this at the Rose Bowl.' I'll be honest, I didn't know how big it was when I said yes."

Corden then kicked off the first verse of an impressive cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U." Watch it here.

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Tim McGraw Seeks Help for Louisiana Flood Victims

(Radio.com) Tim McGraw posted a video on Instagram encouraging his followers to donate to many worthwhile organizations dedicated to raise money for the Louisiana flood victims of the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Appearing in a stark black and white video and wearing a ten gallon hat, McGraw spoke about how Louisiana had suffered its second flood this year and was in dire need of help.

In the caption he wrote, "My home State of Louisiana has suffered a great tragedy with all the recent flooding. So many people's lives have been disrupted and the recovery is just beginning. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected. I'm calling on everyone to pull together and help out with the relief efforts that are underway. There are so many ways to support-from volunteering to donating to the many great organizations such as the Baton Rouge Area Foundation or the Second Harvest Foodbank. The road to recovery will be long but know Louisiana that we will be there for you." Read more and McGraw's video here.

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Taking Back Sunday Release 'You Can't Look Back' Video

(Radio.com) Taking Back Sunday has released a video for "You Can't Look Back," the second single from their upcoming album Tidal Wave due out September 16, 2016.

What starts as a love story with couples spending time round a campfire, telling stories and generally just enjoying each other's company takes a turn for the worst when singer Adam Lazzara begins spitting up blood. As Lazzara's condition continues to decline, no one notices him.

After stumbling around the crowd unable to get help, he makes his way to his truck. Covered in blood, he sits staring out the windshield preparing to drive. One can imagine the video is likely about his arrest in 2015 for driving while under the influence. Watch it here.

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Empire Of The Sun Premiere New Song 'High and Low'

(Radio.com) Empire of the Sun's Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore visited KROQ's Kevin & Bean Show Tuesday (Aug 23) to world premiere their new song "High and Low" from their forthcoming album, Two Vines.

Co-produced by Peter Mayes, the album features contributions by Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, Wendy Melvoin, and Bowie collaborators Henry Hey and Tim Lefebvre.

"It was about this girl I knew when I was a kid called Alice D who was kind of a wild child. She did all kinds of crazy things," Littlemore says of the new song. "There's an Australian film called 'The Year My Voice Broke,' I don't know if you're familiar with it, but there's a girl in that that kind of lives a mysterious life. We wanted to write a song that captured the innocence and bravery of youth, and being a teenager, and having these kind of experiences where you throw caution to the wind and you try things for the first time." Read more here.

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Halle Berry Gives Britney Spears 'Oops! I Did It Again' A Makeover

(Radio.com) 2000 was a big year for Halle Berry and Britney Spears--while Berry filmed Monster's Ball, the movie that would win her an Oscar, Britney Spears broke the dial-up internet with her single "Oops! I Did It Again." Sixteen years later, it makes perfect sense that the two should meet at W magazine's Lyrical Improv series.

In the passionate rendering, Berry emotes her way through Spears' lyrics, lending Academy Award gravitas to the unforgettable ditty about regretting that thing you did, again.

Jodie Foster and Priyanka Chopra also joined the series with a double reading of Britney's "Toxic," though their cover verged into sing-talking to the track's actual melody. The genius of Berry's performance is how beautifully she registers sentiment though Spears' story, latching onto an emotional arc that lasts roughly one minute. Compare and contrast here.

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McDonald's Is 'Lovin' Kanye West's Poem

(Radio.com) McDonald's got wind of Kanye West's fast-food chain inspired poem and they're lovin' it. West's endearing poem about the food at McDonald's is featured in the latest issue of Frank Ocean's magazine, Boys Don't Cry, and the food establishment took some time Monday (Aug. 22) to commend the rapper for his creativity.

"We're lovin' the love for McDonald's World Famous Fries and Apple Pies," McDonald's writes on Twitter. "Like the beef in our burgers our love for our fans' creativity is 100% real."

At a time where West finds himself in more beef with artists like Taylor Swift and even Michael Jackson fans, perhaps the love from the fast-food giant will spark the rapper to show off more of his soft side. Read the poem in its entirety here.

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Twitter Reveal Their Song Of The Summer List

(Radio.com) Twitter has entered the "Song of the Summer" debate by compiling a list of which songs users tweeted about the most, cross-referencing that data with the top-charting songs from the summer.

The result is a top ten list that shows Ariana Grande and Rihanna came up twice as possibilities, with Major Lazer and Justin Bieber's collaboration "Cold Water" earning the spot for most tweeted popular song.

Earlier this summer, Radio.com compiled its own list, detailing five songs we believed could win Song of the Summer. While many of those ended up on Twitter's list, one surprisingly did not. Justin Timberlake's "Can't the Stop the Feeling" is mysteriously absent even though it was one of the more dance-happy tunes to arrive this year.

His former flame Britney Spears made the list, though, and her track featuring G-Eazy "Make Me" only dropped in mid-July. The Britney Army was clearly excited about new music from the pop star. Check out Twitter's list here.

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Paparazzi Catch Ariana Grande And Mac Miller Kissing

(Radio.com) It looks like Ariana Grande and Mac Miller aren't just collaborative partners when it comes to music. The pair were recently spotted out grabbing sushi together, and Grande leaned in to give Miller way more than a bite of her spicy tuna roll.

Photogs for TMZ caught the pair kissing. The moment occurred at Katsu-Ya in Encino, California, on Sunday (August 21), but just one day later they were snapping pics of each other high atop New York City.

Both Grande and Miller shared photos on Instagram posing in the same location, though not together. The two originally teamed up for her 2013 single "The Way," and she's returning the favor by appearing on his upcoming album The Divine Feminine. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Goldfeather's Spilled Milkd

Brooklyn-based indie-folk band Goldfeather recently released a new single called "Spilled Milk" and to celebrate we asked Sarah Goldfeather to tell us the story behind the track. Here is the story:

Spilled Milk was inspired by the dramatic end of a friendship that happened a long time ago. For years after, I would dream about this friend - sometimes we would makeup (hence the line "In most of my dreams, when you take my hand/you haven't aged a day/laughing over spilled milk/we walked side by side"), but I would always wake up with the sinking reminder that nothing was resolved ("Til I woke up remembering/I was betrayed"). It was like an obsession. When I saw this friend in real life I got so spooked that I literally ran away ("I spied you at the museum after all these years/and all that I could do was run away"). Writing the song helped me process these feelings and more or less put them to rest.

The song itself is a modified palindromic form - I really wanted to cross an expansive range of musical ideas, beginning with 4-part a capella harmonies at the beginning, a dreamy verse, and then a sort of nightmarish dissonant middle section. I have a background in contemporary classical music (as a violinist), so I had a lot of fun writing out thorny parts in this section.

All in all, this song is a lovely catharsis for me - most of the music I write is my therapy to work through my relationships with others, and this is a prime example.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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