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Page Too Report for 12/12/2016

Previously Unseen Dimebag Rehearsal Video Goes Online

(Metal Hammer) A previously unseen video of late guitar icon Dimebag Darrell Abbott has been released, showing him rehearsing Pantera track Becoming with Damageplan.

The clip was shot in October 2004, just weeks before Dimebag was shot dead on stage on December 8. It was uploaded by photographer Chad Lee, who worked with the band.

In a feature marking the anniversary of Dimebag's death last week, his brother Vinnie Paul tells Metal Hammer: "I always thought he was super-special and I was so proud of every time we ever played anywhere.

"There were just to many great players who admired what he did. It was really special to play with him and it's something that I'll never feel again. But it was the most beautiful thing in the world. He really was special and one of a kind.

"He loved to entertain people and loved to put a smile on people's faces, and he didn't care how he did it - with his guitar, doing a picture backstage with fans, signing autographs, or just hanging out being the life and soul of the party." Watch the video here.

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Fan Tributes AC/DC With Christmas Light Display

(Classic Rock) A video of a stunning AC/DC-themed Christmas lights display in Australia has been shared online. Greg Jaeschke, who lives in Rudd Road in Shepparton, Victoria, has honoured the Aussie rock veterans with the festive feat - in which the lights flash in time with their song Thunderstruck.

Spectators can tune in to a special radio station, 106.0FM to listen to the music while watching the show. Jaeschke says a new song will be added to the playlist for the display each day until Christmas Eve.

The Aussie hit headlines in 2014 with his previous light work, featuring Darude's trance classic Sandstorm. He says it took 280 different light channels this year, telling Shepp News: ''It does take quite a bit of effort - last year it took me about six hours to do each song.''

Jaeschke isn't the first to create a hard-rock themed Christmas spectacle. A metalhead in Southern California also previously rigged up tributes to Slipknot, Disturbed and Slayer with his own light set for the holiday season. Watch the video here.

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Taylor Swift Reveals Zayn Malik Collaboration 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever'

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift has teamed up with Zayn Malik for the new song 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever," which will appear on the upcoming Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

The song marks Taylor Swift's only release this year and her first music since 2014's 1989. Swift shared the artwork and a clip of the tune on her social media accounts.

The pop star sings, "Baby, baby, I feel crazy/ Up all night, all night and every day/ Give me something, oh, but you say nothing/ What is happening tonight?"

And the former One Direction member replies, "I don't wanna live forever/ 'cause I know I'll be living in pain." Read more here.

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Coldplay Release Black and White Video For 'Everglow'

(Radio.com) Following Coldplay's announcement that they were working on new music, the band released a music video for their fifth single from their most recent studio album, A Head Full of Dreams.

"Everglow" is a sobering video shot in black and white to underscore the song's stripped down nature. The new version differs from the one Coldplay included on the album, and originally came about because Martin ended up having to perform the song solo at the band's Glastonbury set because technical difficulties wouldn't allow the band to contribute their full instrumentation.

The video shows Martin playing a baby grand piano in the studio. Even though Coldplay didn't intend to release any additional music following A Head Full of Dreams, they announced they'd be returning in 2017 with a new EP, Kaleidoscope. Watch the vieo here.

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Congress Passes Act to Fight Online Ticket Scalping

(Radio.com) Both houses of Congress have passed the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act. The BOTS Act proposed making it illegal for automated programs to scoop up tickets by bypassing security software designed to limit ticket sales, and then selling those tickets on second party sites like StubHub for a huge price surge.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman investigated just how much more bots charged for tickets, and, according to that report, found the general increase to be around 49%.

The Act passed the Senate and the House of Representatives, and will now proceed to President Obama for his signature of final approval. It will only be applicable to shows with over 200 people, but violations can now be prosecuted by Federal Trade Commission or individual states. Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Tops Vevo's Most Viewed Clip of 2016

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber dominates Vevo's list of its most-watched music videos of 2016, and he's not "Sorry." The pop star actually had three out of the top 10 most-watched videos on the music service.

'Sorry," which features a group of dancing girls instead of Bieber, was number one with more than 1.8 billion views. 'What Do you Mean?" and 'Love Yourself" came in fifth and sixth on the list.

Adele's "Hello" placed second with more than 1.2 billion plays. Fifth Harmony came in third with "Work from Home." According to Billboard, Vevo also says David Bowie's videos received the biggest number of views in a 24-hour period outside of new releases. Read more here.

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Louis Tomlinson's Mother Loses Battle With Leukemia

(Radio.com) One Direction star Louis Tomlinson's mother Johannah Deakin has died following a battle with leukemia. People confirmed the news through a statement from her family:

"It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin's family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday, December 7," a source for the family said in a statement.

"Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukaemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private." Read more here.

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Vince Gill And Lyle Lovett To Launch 'Songs and Stories' Tour

(Radio.com) Country superstars Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett are hooking up for a 2017 edition of their Songs and Stories tour, Pollstar reports. Their setlist will include solo and duo performances, as well as plenty of laughs. Gill's website described the two musicians as 'the always witty Vince Gill and the reliably wry Lyle Lovett."

Describing the tour, Gill said, 'For a night like this, there is no plan. I know Lyle won't have a plan, and I won't either. What he plays will inspire me, and probably vice-versa. It'll be like playing ping-pong. Whatever song he chooses to sing will inspire the next song that comes out of me."

Lovett added, 'I enjoy shows that are not planned out. This will be two songwriters in the round. It's informal, so there will be lots of ad-libbing. It will be like little snapshots of our experiences." See the dates here.

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Dead & Company Excites Jon Mayer About Music Again

(Radio.com) With 'Love on the Weekend," John Mayer released his first single since 'Who You Love" with Katy Perry in 2013 -- if you exclude his cover of Beyonce's 'XO" the following year -- to widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike. The track will appear on his upcoming studio album, The Search for Everything, expected for release in 2017 and, again, his first solo effort in more than three years.

The break wasn't a separation from music, but more a sabbatical from 'John Mayer" the product. The past several years has seen Mayer be a part of a band-- Dead & Company (former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann with Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti)--instead of being THE band, which has done wonders for him as a musician.

"It was one of the greatest things, if not the greatest thing, that happened to my career since actually having a music career," Mayer told Fresh 102.7's Karen Carson. 'It's opened so many doors. It's excited me again."

Mayer utilized a variation of the old 'tools in your tool box" metaphor to further describe the positive effects his time in a band with talented and seasoned professionals has done for his career.

'You have a certain number of crayons in your box and, as you keep making music, you have to keep using those same crayons to make new music and it gets increasingly difficult as time goes on. And for me, the Dead & Co. project just totally infused just a whole new world of music into my life." Read more here.

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French Montana Says Kanye's 'Doing Great' Following Hospitalization

(Radio.com) Kanye West has made his first public appearance since being hospitalized for exhaustion. Friend and collaborator French Montana has delivered an update on Kanye's condition: He's "doing great."

The hospitalization occurred following a series of bizarre public outbursts on his Saint Pablo Tour, which has since been canceled through the New Year. "He's doing great. He's a, he's a strong guy," Montana told ET.

"He's been through a lot and you know, this is just another hurdle in the way, you know what I'm saying? I mean I love everything he been doing, man. I feel like he's speaking the truth, you know what I'm saying? I'm with him, that's my big brother." Read more here.

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MGMT Song Featured In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Trailer

(Radio.com) The long-anticipated trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, has been released; it's the first Spider-Man film featuring Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man (he made his debut as the character in this year's Captain America: Civil War).

The song in the trailer is MGMT's "Time to Pretend," an appropriate choice, as it has a somewhat impish vibe, which speaks to the current iteration of the Spider-Man character, who is still in high school and sees super-heroing as being a blast. This plays out in a scene where he has a ball beating up a bunch of robbers, and in another scene where he's bantering in the back of a limo with Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark (alias Iron Man).

It's also appropriate because--perhaps--it insinuates (as Tony Stark does in the trailer) that Peter Parker isn't quite ready to be a superhero on the level of Iron Man and Captain America just yet.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is due out July 7, 2017 and stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei as Aunt May (she also debuted in Captain America: Civil War), John Favreau as Happy Hogan (a role he's played over the years in the Iron Man films), and Michael Keaton as the villain the Vulture [a fun reference to his recent role in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).] Watch the trailer here.

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Ty Dolla Sign Releases New Track 'Back Up'

(Radio.com) Ty Dolla Sign has been busy dropping music videos left and right off his Campaign mixtape, but he's not done with new music just yet, dropping the new track "Back Up."

The song doesn't appear on any of Ty's albums or mixtapes, and instead seems to be a gift as 2016 winds to a close. "Back Up" features 24hrs and is a sensual ode to getting down.

Ty brags on the track that he can get women anywhere, any time and in any position. Although he rap-sings throughout, Ty's slightly auto-tuned voice at times blurs the lines between hip-hop and R&B, and turns what would have been a moody rap track into something far sexier. Listen to "Back Up" here.

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J. Cole Producer Vinylz Lashes Out Over Beat Theft Allegation

(Radio.com) J. Cole released his new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, on Friday and just hours after being released, there's a bit of controversy around one of the songs. Cole's "Deja Vu" sounds a bit like Bryson Tiller's "Exchange," which has been out since 2015.

However, Vinylz and Boi-1da say that they created the song's beat first--that they had worked on it a long time ago--and Bryson Tiller's producer Foreign Teck stole the beat.

Boi-1da called out Foreign Teck on Twitter, saying, "Maybe @ForeignTeck can explain why to y'all why Exchange and Deja Vu sound similar… right @Vinylz ?"

Vinylz then went into an explanation of what happened, saying that he and Boi-1da had created the beat for for J. Cole's "Deja Vu" first, and that he sent a video of the creation of the beat to Foreign Teck, who then stole it. He claimed that Foreign Teck posted the beat to Instagram after that, and that he soon forced Foreign Teck to take it down.

He said that Foreign Teck told him that he looked up to him, and that he eventually offered Vinylz a percentage of the publishing on the song, which Vinylz interpreted as an admission of guilt. He later tweeted "Me and 1da make hits in our sleep, we just had to address this," and noted that he's not angry at Bryson Tiller, who had no idea where the beat came from. Read more including the Twitter exchange here.

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Shawn Mendes Does Stripped Down Version Drake's 'Fake Love'

(Radio.com) Shawn Mendes performed a sultry cover of fellow Canadian Drake's single "Fake Love" during his appearance on BBC Radio 1 and the performance has gone online.

On his stripped down version of the track, Mendes is featured simply with his electric guitar, bringing the lyrics and emotion of the song to the forefront.

His eyes closed throughout the entire performance as he strums his guitar and sings into the microphone, it's hard not to compare the pop singer to John Mayer. Watch Mendes' performance here.

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Kate Moss Takes On Elvis Presley in 'The Wonder of You' Video

(Radio.com) Fashion and music have long shared a potent partnership, and Kate Moss has added to that history by starring in a new music video for Elvis Presley's song "The Wonder of You." It marks the first music video set to a Presley track in a decade.

In the video, Moss channels the King by lip-syncing "The Wonder of You" and posing against various instruments at Abbey Road Studios. Her costumes pay homage to the King because they were all created with iconic Presley photographs and videos in mind, including a full black leather jumpsuit made to reference his 1968 Comeback Special. "I was so excited to be asked to be involved in this project, anything for Elvis'" Moss said about her involvement.

The song appears on the new album Elvis Presley: The Wonder of You, which pairs his voice with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Rather than stick to a particular style, the album spans gospel, rock, country and more. Watch the video here.

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Travis Scott Joined By Giant Animatronic Bird For Colbert Performance

(Radio.com) Travis Scott visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and brought a giant animatronic bird with him. The rapper performed "Sweet Sweet" and "Goosebumps" before the live audience in New York City, from his album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.

The shadowy art direction included a fog machine, dim lighting and a deep red color scheme and in the background, the giant bird made an impression. Scott explained the title in an interview with Billboard this year: It's about writers' block and creative frustration.

"I couldn't do s— I wanted to do to help forward pop culture and music," he said. "It's like motherf—ers still tryna hold me back so that was the whole gist of it. 'In the trap' has nothing to do with coke or anything. It's literally a trap." Watch Scott (and his bird) perform here.

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Wyclef Jean Releases His 'I Swear' Video

(Radio.com) Just in time for winter, Wyclef Jean has released his "I Swear" video with Young Thug, which features beach scenes, bikinis and a crime thriller plot line.

In the clip, Wyclef and Young Thug are attending a swimwear-themed fashion show on the beach when Wyclef gets a phone call from 'Sweetest Girl."

He's a secret agent and his mission is to save the swim suit designer (Young Thug's real life fiancee Jerrika Karlae) from an assassin. Along the way, there is a switcheroo with a poisoned cocktail and a campy fight scene.

The clip cuts back and forth from beach footage and performance shots featuring Wyclef and Young Thug playing and singing on the Kid Art-directed project. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Worry Dolls' Bless Your Heart

Indie folk duo Worry Dolls are preparing to release their debut album, "Go Get Gone" on January 27th and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the first single "Bless Your Heart". Here is the story:

In April 2015, we flew to Nashville with the intention of immersing ourselves in the music and songwriting that was inspiring us so much. We booked some co-writes and some coffee dates with a few songwriters, artists and industry folk. A combination of personal recommendations and months & months of Googling lead to us having a back-to-back itinerary, and we wrote 8 songs on that 10-day trip, 5 of which ended up on the album.

For the first couple of days we decided to be tourists. We hit up the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Johnny Cash Museum, The Ryman Auditorium, RCA Studio B (Where Elvis, Dolly & pretty much everyone made career-defining records). We stood on the spot where Elvis stood, still marked by a taped cross on the floor, we queued up at The Bluebird Café to play their open mic, we went to a bluegrass jam at The Station Inn and took in a show at The Grand Ole Opry. We did it all and we loved it. One of our many tour guides was teaching us about the southern vernacular, and one of the phrases he taught us was "bless your heart". He said "You can be as mean as you like about someone, as long as you follow it up with 'bless your heart'". It got written down, amongst many other musings and ideas, and the next day we woke up knowing we had to turn it into a song.

We had our very first co-write with another duo based in East Nashville. The east, as often is the case, is the more trendy side of town. If downtown Nashville is home to the tourist trade and billion-dollar country music industry, East Nashville is more of a home to the misfits; the hipsters; those that don't fit perfectly into a box. It's full of vegan cafés and dive bars and we immediately felt right at home. Our write was with Wild Ponies, who we found on YouTube and emailed just saying hey… wanna write a song? Surprisingly they said yes, and the next thing we knew we were sat in a deli eating pimento cheese and tofu, or some bizarre American combination that was actually really tasty. We got to know Doug and Telisha Williams (AKA. Wild Ponies) before heading to their houses which, by the way, was completely adorable. It had a front yard and a porch and a living room full of records, instruments and whiskey bottles (D&T love whiskey so much that they do "trail rides" which entails going to a distillery, drinking bourbon and jamming with them for two days - amazing).

The idea we had for Bless Your Heart was about a guy. Every girl will know him - he's dark and mysterious and that is exciting at first because you never know what he's thinking and what he might say or do. But that quickly turns into him being frustratingly impossible to read and even more impossible to pin down. He plays on his darkness so much that he's incapable of actually being happy. The song is warning his new girlfriend that he may not be as perfect as he seems. It's totally tongue-in cheek, with the line "girl, he's your problem now, good luck with that" - but that's exactly what the phrase "bless your heart" means to us - a way of softening the the blow of a harsh truth!

We went back to Nashville in September 2015 to finish what we started, this time for 3 months. Living like locals, we ate a lot of home-cooked meals and pretty much wrote in the morning and then again in the afternoon. We headed into the studio with producer Neilson Hubbard, who was recommended to us through Wild Ponies (and a couple others) who turned out to be the perfect producer for us. He was very conscious of protecting our sound, our Englishness and our identity as a duo, whilst helping us to build the songs, weaving in pedal steel and fiddle and all the instruments we loved so much. We were lucky enough to have Doug & Telisha play electric guitar and upright bass on the whole album, but it was especially great having them play on Bless Your Heart. We'd come full circle.

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

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