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Stone Temple Pilots Pay Tribute To Chester Bennington

(Radio.com) The late Chester Bennington will always be remembered most for his role as a frontman in Linkin Park, but the singer did do a two-year stint fronting the Stone Temple Pilots.

With Bennington's passing, that makes two lead singers the band has lost in recent years. Original STP frontman Scott Weiland died in late 2015. Following Bennington's suicide, STP shared a statement. On their website, the band writes:

'Chester, It is a sad day today to know that so many of us will no longer share in your laughter, friendship and love. You showed us time and time again what it is to be an incredible human being. A beacon of light and hope is what you will always be to us. We love you Chester. We will miss you."

The band also shared audio of Weiland and Bennington performing 'Wonderful" together from when STP and Linkin Park toured together on the 2001 Family Values Tour. Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Add Dates To North American Reunion Tour

Guns N' Roses have extended the North American leg of their blockbuster Not In This Lifetime reunion tour with the addition of eleven new dates during the fall run.

The band have confirmed concerts in Newark NJ, Washington DC, Hartford CT, Louisville KY, Milwaukee WI, Nashville TN, Sacramento CA and San Diego CA, a second appearance in Toronto ON and third shows in New York and Los Angeles.

Fresh off a European tour, Guns N' Roses will launch the summer leg of dates across North America in St. Louis, MO on July 27. The trek by the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan was recently named the top tour of the first half of 2017 by live music industry magazine Pollstar. See the dates here.

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Rock Is No Longer Most Popular Music In America

(Radio.com) Hip-Hop has for the very first time topped rock as the most popular genre of music thanks mostly to streaming services, according to The Nielsen Company's mid-year report.

The report looks at a combination of factors including physical and digital album and single sales as well as on-demand audio and video streams. "For the first time in Nielsen Music history, R&B/Hip-Hop has become the largest share of overall volume with 25.1% of the total volume coming from the R&B/Hip-Hop genre. Rock, which had always been the largest genre in the past, slips to second with 23% of the total volume."

The genre's strength it seems is largely coming from streams as opposed to sales, a distribution channel Rock still owns. "R&B/Hip-Hop has become the largest genre by dominating share of streaming consumption. Over 30% of audio on-demand streaming comes from R&B/Hip-Hop, nearly as much as the next two genres combined (Rock 18% and Pop 13%)." Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Laughs Off Controversial Group's Protest

(Radio.com) Paul McCartney laughed off the actions of a controversial religious group that took aim at the Beatles legend this past Wednesday evening (July 20) when they showed up at the venue in Wichita, Kansas, to protest his show.

Members of the group stood outside the Intrust Bank Arena with signs that read, "Man's Job: Obey God" and "Believe On the Lord Jesus." Instead of getting annoyed, McCartney turned to the internet's favorite mocking weapon to fight back: Memes.

The Beatles co-founder photoshopped a photo of the protestors to show them holding additional signs that read, "All you need is love" and "I wanna be your man" and "We can work it out." Captioning the photo, McCartney wrote, "Thanks... for the warm welcome!" See the post here.

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Chris Cornell Children's Music Therapy Program Established

(Radio.com) The non-profit Childhaven announced the establishment of the "Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at Childhaven" in memory of the late musician. This announcement arrives on Cornell's birthday.

"The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is excited to join Childhaven to support its extraordinary work impacting the lives of those in need," his widow, Vicky, said. "Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music, and through Childhaven's establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world's most vulnerable children."

Vicky has already committed $100,000 to the nonprofit's therapeutic early learning model for trauma-affected children. The nonprofit serves children from birth to 5-years-old and their families overcome instances of neglect, abuse, domestic violence, addiction and more. Read more here.

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Kid Rock Pimping New Senate Campaign Merch

(Radio.com) Kid Rock is making moves towards launching a campaign for Senate as "Pimp of the Nation" with promises to "Rock the party" and bring the "Party to the People."

As he seeks the Republican nomination to face off again incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow in his home state of Michigan, the Rock campaign has unveiled a new line of election swag.

The selection is currently limited to a t-shirt ($24.99), a bumper sticker ($4.99), a yard sign and a ball cap (both $15.99). Merchandise bears the optimistic message "Kid Rock for U.S. Senate" with a one-star, three-stripe interpretation of the American flag. Read more here.

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A Day to Remember's Self Help Festival Expanded To More Cities

(Radio.com) The fourth annual pop rock Self Help Festival will return this fall expanding to multiple cities, including Philadelphia, Detroit and Orlando, along with an encore 2018 performance in San Bernardino.

This year's headliners will include A Day To Remember, Rise Against, Underoath, Pierce The Veil, Falling In Reverse, Moose Blood, Less Than Jake and more.

General admission tickets and VIP packages are now available. Early bird and 4-pack discounted tickets are on-sale from Friday (July 21) at 5 pm to Sunday (July 23). Check out all of the dates here.

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The Script Announce Tour and New Album Details

(Radio.com) The Script released the complete tracklisting for their upcoming album, Freedom Child and also released dates for a U.S. tour this fall that they will be launching to promote the effort.

The 14-track record will feature the band's latest single "Rain" and arrive everywhere Sept. 1. Their fall outing kicks off soon after on Sept. 28 with shows in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and more before ending in Las Vegas Oct. 15.

Fans can pre-order the album now. Those who do before July 24 will be granted exclusive access to pre-sale tickets before they become available to the public. Check out the band's tour dates and the tracklisting here.

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The Who Rocks 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Trailer

(Radio.com) 20th Century Fox debuted the latest trailer for the upcoming sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, last Thursday (July 20), featuring The Who's 1965 hit "My Generation."

The action-packed trailer features the British secret agents teaming up with their American counterparts to defeat new insurmountable odds. The trailer showcases a stacked cast, including Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Taron Egerton and Colin Firth.

According to the trailer's caption, "In a new adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy."

Another fun music fact? Elton Jon will appear in the new flick! The movie hits theaters everywhere on Sept. 22. Watch the trailer and listen to "My Generation" here.

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Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Releases New Song 'See What Love Did to Me'

(Radio.com) Yusuf (formerly known as Cat Stevens) has released the new song "See What Love Did to Me" from his upcoming album, The Laughing Apple. The record will come out September 15 and marks the artist's 50th year in the music business.

"'See What Love Did to Me' is a song which extolls the virtue of Love and its destructive properties," Stevens told Rolling Stone. "It's based on a poem written by Yunus Emre, a Thirteenth Century Turkish poet. I fell upon the guitar riff back in 2006, while recording An Other Cup. It took eight years to find the right words and sentiments to marry with the joyous tune. It has musical ripples of Africa as well as India flowing through."

Referring to the line "Like a blindfolded bumblebee, Stevens said, "Like a blindfolded bee, guided only by his heart to the bosom of the flower, Love is the greatest Divine instinct that gives us wings to fly to the supreme heights of our humanity."

"It takes us to a garden where our minds can surrender reason in exchange for the nectar of love," he continued. "Worship is, in essence, a state total devotion to whoever we adore the most and expressing our yearning for closeness and proximity to our Beloved and where we forever want to be." Read more here.

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Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Slam Hate Spewers

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons star Dan Reynolds posted a video on Twitter last week, where he spoke out about cyberbullying and "spewing hate at another person" online.

"Whether you disagree with someone's politics, their religion, their artistic choices, their character, how they look; when you type out those words, you are bullying," Reynolds said. "You're doing more damage than you have any idea. We are all responsible for this. Can we please stop? That's my plea.

He continued with his emotion request, saying "We are losing so many people to suicide. My question is, when is enough, enough? Can we speak to each other with love? Can we speak to each other with kindness? We can still have opinions, we have thoughts, we can express those thoughts, but can we do it with love? I believe we can. I hope we do." Watch the video here.

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