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B-Sides Report for 08/29/2016


Brad Paisley And Carrie Underwood Win Copyright Lawsuit

(Radio.com) The long court battle over Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's 2011 single "Remind Me" finally reached a conclusion this past Thursday (August 25), reports Radio.com.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ruled that there were "broader dissimilarities in context, structure, mood, melody, and harmony" between the two songs in question (via The Hollywood Reporter), and sided with Paisley, Underwood and the songwriters responsible for their hit.

Amy Bowen (who performs under the name Lizza Connor) initially filed a copyright infringement claim in 2013 concerning her song "Remind Me." Bowen stated how she'd written that song during a 14-week songwriting workshop in 2008.

She performed it before a panel of industry professionals, which included songwriters Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuBois. They would go on to co-write the 2011 single "Remind Me" with Paisley. Read more here.

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LCD Soundsystem Cancel Tour To Work On New Album

(Radio.com) LCD Soundsystem have announced that they have cancelled their planned tour of Asia and Australia and instead of hitting the road they will get to work on their next album.

The group reunited for several live dates and festival shows earlier this year, after their split in 2011. Their last album This Is Happening came out in 2010.

Hong Kong's Clockenflap Festival posted about the cancellations on Facebook. "LCD Soundsystem have had to cancel their upcoming Asian & Australian tour at the end of the year, now including their appearance at Clockenflap 2016," the festival wrote. Read more here.

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Robin Thicke, Pharrell, T.I. Appeal Copyright Infringement Verdict

(Radio.com) Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. (real name Clifford Harris Jr.) are appealing the multi-million dollar court verdict that their hit track "Blurred Lines" plagiarized Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up," reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The three performers are seeking to overturn the ruling that awarded $5.3 million in damages to Marvin Gaye's family as well as 50-percent of royalties from "Blurred Lines," according to a brief filed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A Los Angeles jury had ruled that "Blurred Lines" ripped off Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit,"Got To Give It Up," a verdict that attorneys for Williams, Thicke and T.I. claim is erroneous and dangerous for the music industry.

"This outcome created international press coverage and widespread expressions of concern by members of the music community that, if left to stand, the 'Blurred Lines' verdict would chill musical creativity and inhibit the process by which later artists draw inspiration from earlier artists to create new popular music," the legal brief states. Read more here.

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Drake Joined On Stage By Gucci Mane And 2 Chainz

(Radio.com) Drake keeps the special guests coming on his current tour. Eminem, Kanye West and LeBron James have already joined Drake onstage during his Summer Sixteen Tour, which is turning out to be showcase for area superstars.

Last Thursday night (Aug. 25) in Atlanta, Drake kept the tradition alive by bringing out Gucci Mane to perform the collaboration "Back on Road" and his solo single "I Think I Love Her," The Fader reports.

Later in the show, Drake called 2 Chainz to the stage and the rapper performed the track "Big Amount," which is featured on his new mixtape Daniel Son, Necklace Don. Watch fan-filmed footage here.

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Dan + Shay Announce The Obsessed Tour

Dan + Shay will be promoting their new No. 1 hit single "From The Ground Up" and their 'Obsessed' album by launching a North American headline tour that feature support from Walker Hayes.

The single topped the Mediabase and Billboard Country Charts last week. The duo will be kick off The Obsessed Tour on November 10th in Denver, Colorado and will conclude the trek on December 17th in Boston.

Dan Smyers had this to say, "We have been so humbled by the response to our new album, and can't wait to perform live for our fans this fall. Our fans inspired the title of the Obsessed album, so it was only fitting to name the tour after the album."

Shay Mooney adds, "We are also so grateful to everyone for help making 'From The Ground Up' No. 1. This is such a personal song for both of us, and we are thrilled that people have loved the song as much as we do." See the tour dates here.

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Soldier Whose Sign Made Miranda Lambert Cry Excited To Meet Star

(Radio.com) During the Bangor, Maine, stop on her tour and Miranda Lambert was moved to tears when she read the sign soldier Jeff Tudisca made for her show in Hartford, Connecticut.

Now, Tudisca was reportedly given to get the opportunity to meet Lambert (via The Boot) when he attended her show in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Friday (August 26).

But for someone who managed to stop Lambert mid-song with his words, Tudisca has no idea what he's going to say to her. "The only thing I ever wanted to say to her, I said the other night, so now I gotta figure out something else!" he admitted when he appeared on Broadway's Electric Barnyard.

On August 19, Tudisca held up a sign at her Connecticut show that read, "3 combat tours ' [Your] voice was the last thing I listened to EVERY NIGHT! THANK YOU!!!" When Lambert saw the sign, she stopped singing "The House That Built Me," stepped away from her mic and walked over to get it. Read more here.

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Britney Spears To Coheadline The Apple Music Fest

(Radio.com) Britney Spears has been announced as a coheadliner of the 2016 Apple Music Festival in London next month. She joins previous announced headliners Elton John, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris and Robbie Williams.

Additional headline acts include The 1975, OneRepublic, Bastille, Michael Buble and Chance the Rapper. That brings the grand total of headliners to 10 acts representing pop, EDM, indie rock, and hip-hop.

The September engagement marks Spears' first U.K. appearance since 2011. "I'm so excited to go back to London, which is a special place for me to visit. It's going to be a great party," she told the BBC. Read more here.

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Kanye West Talks Saint Pablo Tour Production Design

(Radio.com) Kanye West launched his Saint Pablo Tour last week (August 25) in Indianapolis, where fans were treated to a floating stage among other impressive moments that took his live show to the next level. And that's not all the rapper and fashion mogul has planned.

Speaking with E! News, West discussed creating an experience for fans that defied their expectations. It took at least eight months to bring everything to life, and that involved "traveling around the world and meeting with the best stage designers on the globe."

"I just wanted people to get into it and have a fun time," he explained. "Take the concert experience to another level. It's not just about what you're seeing on the screen or what you're seeing me doing up on the stage, but what you and your friends are doing." West credits watching Bob Fosse performances and opening up for big bands like The Rolling Stones with helping him develop his vision for Pablo.

He added, "I want people to come to the Pablo shows and know it's just going to be the best time they've had in their life." Watch here.

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Ariana Grande And Mac Miller Show Off New Tattoos

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande reveals that she has some new ink. The popstar posted a series of Instagram photos that show fans her latest tattoo, but the work is so fine it's hard to see.

"A couple new finger tats today, she wrote. "So fine & perfectly petite, they won't even show up in this Polaroid." Look closely and you'll see be able to make out Grande's 13th tattoo, the letter "A."

Ariana's new beau Mac Miller was with her and got some new ink as well, as is evidenced by a similar post from his Instagram account. Check out all the photos here.

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Thomas Rhett and Friends Charity Concert Announced

(TGR) Thomas Rhett have announced that he will host his first-ever charity concert event Thomas Rhett & Friends on Oct. 4th benefitting 147 Million Orphans at Nashville's The Old School.

The night will be filled with intimate acoustic performances in an outdoor barn setting by Thomas Rhett and first announced special guest multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley as well as newcomer Walker Hayes and Grammy award-winning songwriter/producer Shane McAnally.

"If anyone follows my wife Lauren or me on social media, they probably already know how important 147 is to us," said Thomas Rhett. "We're getting asked all the time by friends and fans about what they can do to help, so we wanted to put something together to help support all the work 147 is doing for orphans around the world. I can't think of a better group of guys to help kick this off than Dierks, Walker and Shane and am looking forward to a couple other surprises we're working on for the night." More details here.

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Glass Animals Score Instant Top 10 Hit With 'How To Be A Human'

(BT) Glass Animals' sophomore album 'How To Be A Human Being' is already top ten in 10 countries on the iTunes album chart including the U.S., U.K., and Australia following its release on Friday (August 26th).

Lead singer and producer Dave Bayley's lyrical ideas came from live recordings of people saved on his phone, as though he'd been operating as some sort of roaming journalist all this time. "I try to sneakily record people, and I have hours and hours of these amazing rants from taxi drivers, strange people we met outside of shows, people at parties. People say the strangest shit when they don't think they're ever gonna see you again." The voice notes sparked ideas for characters that Dave developed, writing an album like a TV screenwriter might approach a script. "I'd obsess over what they ate, where they lived, what their furniture looked like, what they wore," he laughs.

The band will be celebrating the release of How To Be A Human Being next week in the U.S. with an outdoor concert on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on August 30th and a very special performance at a Tumblr IRL event on August 31st which will bring the album and the characters to life via an immersive collaboration between Glass Animals, multimedia designer Ashten "Whoopi" Winger and Ukrainian Pixel artist Mykola "Myk" Dosenko.

Glass Animals' debut 'Zaba', released on Harvest Records, has sold nearly half a million copies and amassed nearly 200 million Spotify streams.

The band will kick off their North American tour this September in Raleigh, NC, and end at The Greek in Los Angeles on October 16th. See the dates here.

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Milemarker Streaming New Album 'Overseas' In Full Online

(UTG) Reunited synth punk band Milemarker are streaming their new album "Overseas" online. The album is their first in 11 years, and the band is currently in the midst of their first U.S. tour since 2008.

Coming a decade after their last full-length release, Overseas is notable for being such a focused and cohesive effort. Fans of early 2000s releases like Frigid Forms Sell and Anaesthetic will find a clear sonic continuity in the angular, aggressive guitars, tense melodic vocals and soaring keyboard hooks. New members Lena Kilkka (synth, vocals) and Ezra Cale (drums) deepen the krautrock and electronic tendencies, pushing the sound in unexpected directions.

Recorded in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany (where the band is now located), with Electrical Audio studios' Greg Norman (Russian Circles, Godspeed You Black Emperor!) behind the board, Overseas combines the confidence and swagger of a band that has grown up playing music together with the fresh ears and attitude of a brand new band. Stream the album here.

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Aaliyah's 'One in a Million' Album Turns 20

(Radio.com) Aaliyah's second album, 1996's One in a Million, turns 20 on Saturday (August 27). It was a game changing album in her too-short career, as well as in the careers of producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott. Here, Radio.com discusses the album with some of the DJs from Atlanta hip-hop powerhouse V103: Greg Street, Ryan Cameron, Ramona DeBreaux and Big Tigger.

It was a pivotal moment for Aaliyah. 1994's Age Ain't Nothing But a Number put her on the map, but it was well-known that the album was written and produced by her mentor, and lover, R. Kelly. But by 1996, she'd cut ties with Kelly and her label Jive Records. She now had to prove that she was a viable star, on a new record label, without her former mentor.

V103's Ryan Cameron says that the music world was watching Aaliyah closely: "When she walked away from that [R. Kelly and Jive], the music had to stand for itself. You know like, 'Now let's see if it's real.'"

Big Tigger agrees: "She was already a rising star and had a lot of buzz; people wanted to see what her future would hold, minus his input."

Ramona DeBreaux notes that, even without the R. Kelly drama, her debut was a tough one to follow. "She was really talented and after the first album was so good, people were wondering how she would top it." Read more here.

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Nathan Sykes On His Duet With Ex-Girlfriend Ariana Grande

(Radio.com) "Let bygones be bygones" seems to be Nathan Sykes's credo when it comes to his exes. The Wanted singer's long-anticipated solo debut Unfinished Business will feature the song "Over and Over Again," a duet with his ex, Ariana Grande.

He tells Radio.com that the he didn't call on Grande because it made for a good narrative. "I never write songs with the intention of getting a story out there. I wouldn't necessarily get an artist on the song that I didn't think would bring anything to the record, just to get a bit more press or get a bit more radio play. I think that's quite shallow, as an artist. We've obviously sung together before, on 'Almost is Never Enough' off her debut album."

The fact that she's a great singer and someone who he is comfortable around made her the perfect choice for the song. "For me, it was like, 'Who would sound incredible on this?' The one name that stuck out to me was Ariana. She's an incredible vocalist, she's extremely talented, and I could trust her with doing the song. When you're doing a duet with someone, with a song so personal, it would have been weird inviting someone on the song who I'd never met before. 'Hi, nice to meet you! And here's a really personal song for you to sing!' So I think having known her as well, makes it a bit easier. Also, I've got great trust in her as an artist and a vocalist to do a great vocal, and that's exactly what she did."

But was it awkward in the studio? "I think whatever's in the past is in the past, I think it shows real maturity for both of us to put music first, and do what's best for the music."

"I'm one of those people who is always friends with someone before I date them, because I'm terrible at flirting. And if it doesn't work out, you can go back to being friends. And you've still got a great friend. I'm not the type of person who would do anything to someone I'm in a relationship with, that's going to make them hate me. And I wouldn't date someone who is capable of doing something like that. That's why, I think, it's always worked out very well in terms of friendship." Read more here.

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Kevin Bacon Raids Britney Spears' Wardrobe In New Ad

(Radio.com) A new Apple Music ad in Europe casts Britney Spears and Kevin Bacon as friends. In the ad Bacon is seen strolling down the street listening to music when he decides he's "in a Britney mood."

The pop star's "OopsI Did It Again" plays and suddenly he is wearing a red latex catsuit, just like the one in her video. Then, as it happens, Bacon runs into his friend Britney Spears, carrying her own dry cleaning.

"Kevin, what have I told you about going through my wardrobe?" she demands. "Oops" the Footloose star demurs, "I did it again." Then she calls the song "so 2000" and instructs him to play her new album Glory instead. Read more here.

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DJ Shadow Releases 'Nobody Speak' Video

(Radio.com) It's no secret that Run The Jewels' Killer Mike is highly interested in politics. But to hear and see his razor-sharp lyrics from DJ Shadow's latest single "Nobody Speak" come to life on video--well--it's a whole 'nother level.

The new video directed by Sam Pilling features stereotypically docile politicians acting out the lyrics to the song in a way that appears all too real. A verbal altercation quickly escalates into an all-out brawl. Papers fly, pigs squeal The actors were clearly invested in this production.

The single is from DJ Shadow's latest effort, The Mountain Will Fall, which debuted in June at No. 1 on Billboard's U.S. Dance/Electronic chart. Watch the explicit video here.

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