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Taylor Swift Has Already Sold 1.2 Million Copies of 'Reputation'

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift season is in full swing, with the country music turned pop superstar selling 1.2 million copies of her new album, Reputation, in its first week of release.

The stratospheric number (1,238,000) isn't a big surprise, considering Swift's rabid fan base and the full-court promotional press around Reputation. That's more than the rest of this week's Billboard 200 chart combined, according to the New York Times.

That makes Reputation the highest-selling album in America since Adele moved more than three million copies of 25 back in 2015. Swift hit the mark through myriad means, including withholding the release from streaming services, and high profile awareness campaigns including the exclusive magazine bundle at Target and UPS trucks wrapped with the album artwork. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Kidney Transplant Recovery

(Radio.com) Over the summer, Selena Gomez underwent kidney transplant surgery thanks to a donation from her close friend Francia Raisa. After the American Music Awards (where Selena made her big comeback to the stage) she attended the Lupus Research Alliance Annual Gala in New York City and spoke about her "life-or-death" health crisis.

"I am really honored to be here with all of you guys tonight, my Lupus community," she said. "As many of you know, or might now know, I was diagnosed with lupus about five or six years ago."

"I've been speaking out about my situation to raise awareness about the disease," she continued. "After undergoing so many tests to monitor my kidneys my doctors told me I have lupus nephritis, one of those complications from lupus. They said I would be needing a kidney transplant."

On the other side of the major medical procedure, Selena says she's on the mend. Lately, she's been promoting her single "Wolves," a collaboration with EDM producer Marshmello.

"One of my best friends gave me her kidney and it was the ultimate gift of life," she concluded. "And I am doing quite well now." Watch brief clips from Selena's speech here.

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Vic Mensa Adds String Section For 'The Late Show' Appearance

(Radio.com) Rapper and singer Vic Mensa released his debut studio album The Autobiography in July, earning critical acclaim for his confessional lyrics and experimental style.

On Monday night, Mensa brought his new material to The Late Show and performed "We Could Be Free" with a strings section. Clad in a navy tailcoat with gold applique, Mensa's dramatic arrangement featured backup singers wearing robes emblazoned with the words "Police Brutality," "Sexual Abuse," "Domestic Violence" and "Mass Incarceration."

"We could be free /If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other," Mensa sang. "One thing I believe I can learn /To see my enemy as my brother." Watch the moving performance here.

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Pink Recruits Channing Tatum For 'Beautiful Trauma' Video

(Radio.com) Pink has recruited actor Channing Tatum to star in the colorful new music video for her song "Beautiful Trauma," which is the title track of her most recent album.

The highly stylized clip features the pair as a married couple living a seemingly idyllic life, but with a dark reality lurking beneath the surface. A breakfast scene is undercut by Tatum spiking his coffee, while P!nk frolics with a cabinet full of pills. In another scene, P!nk finds Tatum cross-dressing in the closet, much to her delight.

Throughout the video, the pair perform synchronized dances across the color-coded sets, getting drunk before indulging in a little S&M scenario with another woman.

The new video follows P!nk's high-flying performance of "Beautiful Trauma" at this year's AMAs, which found the singer performing in the sky on the side of the JW Marriott building in downtown Los Angeles. Watch the video here.

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Pentatonix and Jennifer Hudson Release 'How Great Thou Art'

(Radio.com) Pentatonix are definitely in the holiday spirit, teaming up with Jennifer Hudson to perform a soaring version of the traditional hymn, "How Great Thou Art."

The moment is taken from the upcoming A Very Pentatonix Christmas holiday TV special, set to air on Nov. 27 at 10pm ET/PT on NBC. The special will be shown again on Dec. 6 at 8pm ET/PT.

The group has a very busy holiday season on tap, starting with the deluxe reissue of the 2016 release, A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe, which is available now.

The vocal band is set to launch "A Pentatonix Christmas Tour" on Dec. 3, which commences with three sold-out shows at the Chicago Theatre. Watch the video and see the full list of concert dates here.

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Chance the Rapper Secures Big Donation for Chicago Public Schools

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper made a surprise appearance at Clark High School in Chicago on Monday (November 20) after supermarket chain Jewel-Osco announced their $1 million donation to the Chicago Public School System.

Chance was on hand to celebrate the largest donation in the company's history, which will go to the rapper's New Chance Arts & Literature Fund.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the fund was created in partnership between SocialWorks, CPS and Ingenuity, an organization that advocates for arts education. Read more here.

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Thomas Rhett Wants To Include Daughter's Heritage Into Holidays

(Radio.com) Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren are celebrating their first Thanksgiving as parents this year, having adopted now-two-year-old Willa Gray from Uganda in May, and with the birth of Ada James in August.

Rhett sees holidays as an opportunity for Willa to learn about the culture of her birth nation. "You know, Willa's a little bit too young to understand a lot of things. So I think once she gets to the age where she starts to ask questions like, 'Where am I legitimately from? What kind of holidays do they celebrate in Uganda?'

"I would love to start incorporating a ton of her culture into our lifestyle because, you know, we're celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas and Fourth of July," Rhett said in a press release. "And when she starts asking those questions, I would love for her to start knowing and learning about her culture as well." Read more here.

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Keith Urban Looks Back At His Very First Thanksgiving

(Radio.com) There's a lot of food, and then there's Thanksgiving. Keith Urban recently recalled his first experience with Thanksgiving, which for the Australian country star was quite the eye-opening experience.

"The first Thanksgiving I ever had here, which was 25 years ago, 'cause I've been here a long time now. But the first one I ever had, I remember going to this family's home, they invited me to Thanksgiving, and I couldn't believe the volume of food. It was insane. I've never seen so much food in my life," the singer said (via Sounds Like Nashville).

"Then after the food, there was like 12 desserts," Urban continued. "I was like, 'Why are there so many desserts?' They said, 'Well, because every Aunt and every Grandma, everybody brought their thing, their special dessert, and you have to try every one of 'em. I'm like, 'There's like THREE apple cobblers.' And they're like, 'Yeah, but they're made by different people and they're all watching, so you have to make sure you try everything up there.'"

After assessing the situation, Urban came to a conclusion: "I was in love with Thanksgiving immediately." Read about his plans for this year here.

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Kip Moore Streams 'The Journey To Slowheart' Documentary

(Radio.com) Kip Moore is giving fans an intimate glimpse into the creation of his third album, Slowheart with the 33-minute documentary The Journey To Slowheart. The film takes viewers to Moore's hometown in Tifton, Georgia to share the singer's backstory. It also follows Moore during his journey earlier this year.

The Journey To Slowheart includes interviews with family and friends, who shed light on the singer's slow and steady rise to fame. In addition, the camera follows Moore as he takes a break from music and travels for several months in early 2017. He said these travels helped inspire him to create Slowheart.

"I gotta be surrounded by people that are moved by the small things," Moore said. "We're always talking about dreams because that keeps us alive, that's what keeps our blood pumping."

In an Instagram post announcing the film, Moore wrote, "I never knew that purposely taking a break from music, would bring me back to the core of why I fell in love with it in the first place."

"We never intended to make a documentary about these travels or the Slowheart record," he added. "PJ and I have been taking surf trips together for years…He just finally figured out how to turn on a camera and focus his energy on that instead of xbox. Thanks PJ (@lifeinrewindfilms) for being the friend you've been through the years and always shooting me straight. Hope you guys enjoy this! Cheers." Watch The Journey To Slowheart in its entirety here.

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Luke Bryan Reveals Spoken Word Rendition Of New Song

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan is about as lively as country superstars get. The hip-shaking performer regularly charms fans with his pearly white smile and animated live show.

So, seeing his dramatic reading of a song from his forthcoming album What Makes You Country is both unusual and entertaining. Bryan recently shared a video on Facebook of his deadpan spoken word delivery of 'Hooked On It."

The song, which will be featured on his sixth studio album, What Makes You Country, was co-written by Bryan, Dallas Davidson and David Lee Murphy. On the track, Bryan talks about all the things in life he was immediately hooked on — fishing, Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochee" and a summer in the South.

What Makes You Country comes out December 8. Watch Bryan's dramatic reading of "Hooked On It" here.

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Angelica Hale Honored to Perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

(Radio.com) Ten-year-old Angelica Hale, runner-up on the latest season of America's Got Talent, is getting ready to perform for her biggest audience yet: the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"It's such an honor to sing at it and I'm very excited," the young singer gushed. Even though she didn't win the TV talent show, Angelica's thankful for the opportunity she gained by competing on America's Got Talent.

'AGT has really helped me face bigger audiences and it just helped my fears just go away," she explained. The talented performer has a lot to be thankful for — especially her mom, Eva Hale. Four years ago, she donated a kidney to her daughter after she had she experienced organ failure.

"Now she's a part of me," Angelica beamed when asked if she feels closer to her mother after the procedure. Read more here.

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Brantley Gilbert Celebrating His First Thanksgiving As A Father

(Radio.com) Brantley Gilbert is celebrating his first Thanksgiving as a father this year, so he's feeling the gratitude even more than usual. The music star shared his feelings about this holiday.

"Thanksgiving, that's my wife's favorite time of the year, one of my favorite times a year," he shared in a press release. "You know, especially this year I have so much to be thankful for, and it's been a blessing and God's done some amazing things in our lives."

When it comes time for the Thanksgiving feast, there's one thing in particular that Gilbert wants to see on the table: "I think everybody knows, and if you don't know, I'm a mac and cheese guy," he said. Read more here.

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Hall And Oates' John Oates Goes Americana With New Solo Album

(Radio.com) John Oates of legendary duo Hall & Oates is digging deep into the roots of American music for his new solo album, Arkansas, and has revealed some details.

Oates assembled a band of Americana all-stars to bring the album to life, including Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nathaniel Smith on cello, and Josh Day on drums and percussion.

The album was originally conceived as a tribute to Oates' musical hero, Mississippi John Hurt. "It's like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues," Oates said of the final product in a press statement.

Among the tracks on the album include the Emmett Miller classic "Anytime" from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, "Miss the Mississippi and You," from 1932. The full-length will also boast a pair of Oates originals. Read more here.

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Christina Aguilera Celebrates 'The Bodyguard' With Soundtrack Medley

(Radio.com) During the 2017 American Music Awards, producers recruited Christina Aguilera to perform a tribute to Whitney Houston's iconic The Bodyguard soundtrack.

The medley emphasized what a personal inspiration Houston was on Aguilera's career and artistry, and featured some of the biggest pop hits of 1992. Marking the film's 25th anniversary, Christina's performance celebrated a quarter century of The Bodyguard.

Christina opened the set a cappella with her rendition of "I Will Always Love You." Sporting a black gown and slicked-back hair, Aguilera's vocal gymnastic paid tribute to the Dolly Parton-penned classic. She transitioned into another ballad: "I Have Nothing," followed by "I Run to You." Cutaways to P!nk and Ciara in the audience reminded viewers how universally Houston's career touched a generation of artists. At the performance's climax, Aguilera sang opening bars to "I'm Every Woman" surrounded by a gospel choir.

"This is for every woman in the audience--on your feet for Whitney Houston!" Christina shouted. Read more here.

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