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Drake Reveals Release Plans For New Album 'More Life'

(Radio.com) Drake fans who've been hoping the rapper would drop his new studio album "More Life" before the end of the year should cross that gift off their wish list. The album, which many expected in December, will come out in early 2017.

The rapper mentioned on Instagram that the project will hit early next year and his manager confirmed on Saturday night (Dec. 10), reports Billboard. Drake posted the news in a caption of a video in which he's playing basketball.

"Finally got to play today after recovering from the ankle injury. Happy to be back at 100 and ready for More Buckets More Shows and More Life 2017," he wrote. Read more here.

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Blake Shelton Responds To Fan Injured In Motorcycle Accident

(Radio.com) Jonathan Daniels is a Blake Shelton fan whose wish just came true. Daniels had purchased tickets to one of Shelton's shows for his girlfriend's birthday, but was involved in a serious motorcycle accident before the pair could attend the concert.

On November 7th Daniels penned an open letter to Shelton via is his Facebook page, explaining the situation. 400k shares later, Shelton saw the post.

On December 8th Jonathan shared a video Shelton had sent him, writing: "So this happened today, I am beyond grateful to everyone who has helped us share this and get it to Blake!! He is an amazing man with a huge heart! Thank you everyone!!!"

'I'm very sorry about the accident and I hope you recover soon and you're feeling better," Shelton says in the short clip. 'Obviously I'm totally ready to give you tickets to whatever show you can make it to, and don't rush, for God's sake, take your time getting well and getting ready….and for sure I got to meet you guys." Check out both posts here.

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Kanye West's 'Famous' Video Given Dog Inspired Makeover

(Radio.com) Kanye West's video for "Famous" was one of the year's most powerful lightning rods: It drew praise, criticism, and more thinkpieces than you can shake a stick at.

The clip (which depicted nude waxworks of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Donald Trump and more) also invited its share of parody. Justin Bieber and Ikea spoofed it, and now we have an all-dog lineup to close out the year. Some of Instagram's most "Famous" pooches came together for Bono's AIDS charity (RED) and the results are adorable.

The dogs are all covered in tiny red and white sweaters, protecting their modesty. What transpires is a nearly shot-by-shot remake of West's original video, complete with roaming camera, choppy editing and lingering closeups. Read more here.

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Prince Was In Talks for Reality Show Before His Death

(Radio.com) Prince was reportedly in talks with Netflix for a reality series centered on his home of Paisley Park. The late icon's home in Minnesota could very well have been a part of Prince fans' weekly viewing entertainment, a spokesperson for Netflix recently confirmed.

The company reveal that they was in "discussions" with Prince about the series, however nothing was solidified before his untimely death in April, Billboard reports.

Photographer Maya Washington, who is also a friend of Prince, reportedly told GQ that he had talked about the show. It seems the "Purple Rain" singer was less than thrilled about the idea and told Washington he didn't want to be in it. Read more here.

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Elton John Wants Fans to Make Videos For Classic Songs

(Radio.com) Certain songs before the dawn of MTV never got the music videos they deserved. but now, Elton John has partnered with YouTube to change that. He's launched a new contest that challenges music fans to create their own visual interpretations of his songs "Rocket Man," "Bennie and the Jets," and "Tiny Dancer."

"We're excited to partner with YouTube to bring together generations of artists and music lovers around a shared passion for storytelling," John said. "YouTube is a rich tapestry of creativity, and I can't wait to see how the breadth of talent from the dance, live-action and animation communities apply their vision to these cherished songs."

Fans who submit videos will be evaluated by John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. Winners with the best concept submission will work with Pulse Films (who made Beyonce's Lemonade) to bring their vision to high-definition fruition. Winners will also receive a $10,000 cash prize for future creative endeavors. Read more here.

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Lionel Richie Launching 'All the Hits' Tour With Mariah Carey

(Radio.com) Lionel Richie wants to keep the party going all night long with Mariah Carey in 2017. The two announced they'd be hitting the road in March for a new co-headlining tour called All the Hits.

The pair will begin on March 15th in Baltimore, Maryland, and wrap things up nearly two months later on February 27th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Pre-sale tickets go on sale today (December 12th), and more information can be found at Carey's website.

Carey tweeted "BIG NEWS! I'm touring w/ @LionelRichie in 2017! Presale tix go on sale at 4pm TODAY w/ a Honey B. Fly Live Pass: ow.ly/wFg23072LQU— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 12, 2016". See the dates here.

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Tim McGraw Discusses His New Film 'The Shack'

(Radio.com) Tim McGraw will star in upcoming film The Shack, which hits theaters on March 3, 2017. Based on the 2011 best-selling novel, The Shack, the country artist plays the character named Willie, who is Sam Worthington's character's best friend.

In an new interview McGraw discussed the film and what it was like working with Worthington. "It's certainly a really heartfelt and heartbreaking film at times," he admits. 'The story is a story of redemption. Anybody that's read the book knows that. I got to work with some great people. Sam Worthington blew me away with his acting chops. He's just such a talented, talented actor."

McGraw plays the lead character's best friend as well as the narrator. He says he also looks at the film from the audience perspective. "I narrate the film as well, which is pretty much a treat for me to be able to do that and sort of be the voice of the film," he explains. Read more here.

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Gucci Mane Takes A Trip To SantaCon

(Radio.com) Gucci Mane got into the festive spirit with his release of "St. Brick Intro," but he was just getting started. The rapper visited New York City's SantaCon, the annual gathering of Santa Claus impersonators and enthusiasts.

Mane wandered the conference with an "East Atlanta Santa" hat, presumably spreading holiday cheer or jotting down notes from your Christmas list. One feature of the conference is a Santa bar crawl, which Mane gamely joined in.

He documented the escapade on Twitter as he greeted fans and promoted his new music: His mixtape The Return of East Atlanta Santa drops this Friday. See some highlights from Gucci's SantaCon adventure here.

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Justin Timberlake Gets Golden Globe Nomination

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake has received a 2017 Golden Globe Awards nomination for his song "Can't Stop the Feeling," which he wrote for the movie Trolls. The full list of nominees was announced early Monday morning (Dec. 12)

The other music stars, apart from Timberlake, that were nominated in the category of Best Original Song, Motion Picture include Ryan Tedder, Stevie Wonder and Iggy Pop.

In addition singer Hailee Steinfeld received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for The Edge of Seventeen. See the five songs nominated for Best Original Song here.

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Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki Release 'Just Hold On'

(Radio.com) Niall Horan isn't the only One Directioner releasing new solo music. Louis Tomlinson partnered with producer and DJ Steve Aoki to release "Just Hold On," and now fans can hear the studio version of that song.

Tomlinson originally premiered the song during the U.K.'s X Factor finale on Saturday (December 10th). Aoki joined him onstage for his solo debut. "Wish that you could build a time machine/ So you could see the thing's no one can see/ Feels like you're standing on the edge/ Looking at the stars and wishing you were them," Tomlinson sings in the opening verse.

The upbeat, anthemic song's powerful message may have come at the right time for Tomlinson. His mother passed away less than a week before he performed the song on X Factor, but the refrain to "Just Hold On" may have been the encouragement he needed to get up and sing in front of thousands following that major loss. Listen to the studio version here.

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Little Big Town Talk Message Of 'Better Man'

(Radio.com) Little Big Town has been a major force in country music for quite some time, but "Girl Crush," from their 2014 album Pain Killer, gave them a whole new level of mainstream exposure. And the smash hit seems to have a worthy follow-up with their latest single, "Better Man."

All four members of the group are songwriters, but "Better Man" came to them from a songwriter of note: Taylor Swift. Phillip Sweet tells Radio.com. "We've known Taylor for a long time, and she actually sent [the song in] an email to me, and I passed it to the rest of the band. And she was just like, 'I've thought about you guys singing this melody' let me know what you think.' And we were in the middle of making a record, so this summer while we were out on tour, we just kept listening to it and living with it, and fell in love with it. And it felt like it was a perfect piece of the puzzle to this record."

While Swift wasn't involved in the recording of the song, the band played it for her after they cut it. Kimberly Schlapman says, "We really were anxious for her to hear it. Plus, she handed us this jewel, and we really wanted to know what she thought about it. And she loved it. She genuinely got so excited, it was so much fun to watch her. We were all like, 'Oh, she likes it!' And she really, really did."

Fans, of course, are free to speculate who Swift wrote the song about; unsurprisingly, the Little Big Town folks don't comment on that. But more importantly than who it is about is the fact that it's a song that is easy to relate to. "It might have been a lover, but it might have been a parent that disappointed you or a family member or some relationship along the way. And so, we can all connect to that," Karen Fairchild says. Read more here.

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Missy Elliott Pays Tribute To Aaliyah On 'One in a Million' Anniversary

(Radio.com) On December 10, 1996, Aaliyah released "One in a Million," which was the second single off her sophomore album of the same name. Twenty years after the song went to radio, Missy Elliott, who wrote the track with Timbaland, paid tribute to the late singer.

"Time flies! And there's still not a day that goes by that u aren't inspiring new artist[s] with your TIMELESS music & style! U will never be forgotten Aaliyah (Babygirl)," she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Aaliyah from her "One in a Million" music video.

"One in a Million" was a major hit for the singer as it reached No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Airplay Chart and remained there for six weeks.Read more here.

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Terry Bozzio Releases Art & Music In North America and Europe

(Glass Onyon) Acclaimed drummer Terry Bozzio released worldwide what he calls a "Life's Work" project of Art & Music on the Japanese label Ward Records in September 2015. The set is now available in the US, Canada and Europe. Bozzio embarked on a world tour to promote it starting in Japan and Europe in the fall of 2015 & continuing throughout the US & other territories in 2016.

Terry has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Alan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness' Munetaka Higuchi & "X" Japan's Hide - as well as Film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham & Patrick O'Hearn - see more at www.terrybozzio.com - Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine's Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone's Top 5 Drummers of All Time!

Bozzio said, "I've been composing, (not just song writing, like for Missing Persons & Jeff Beck) since the '70s. I compose in all styles (as one might classify them), from classical to ambient, electronic, film-like to fusion/rock or jazz. I have my own character or personality, it's unique. I work with many different processes from writing notes on paper, to recording live, to several different computer software applications that are suited to the particular result I am trying to achieve. Both Zappa & famed musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky encouraged me to compose & I have had my Chamberworks performed at the Vienna Jazz Festival & in Holland w/Metropol Orkest." Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Song Scores Spider-Man International Trailer

(Radio.com) There's a slightly different international trailer out for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the latest Spidey reboot. A recent trailer features the MGMT's "Time To Pretend," but the international version has a somewhat more mainstream artist: Demi Lovato, and her hit "Confident."

While Lovato's vocals aren't heard in the trailer, the instrumental segments of the song play as Spider-Man (played this time around by Tom Holland) banters a bit more with Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who explains to him that he's not an Avenger (despite his helping out Stark's Avengers in this year's Captain America: Civil War).

We also see a bit more of Michael Keaton's Vulture, the super villain of the film. Spider-Man: Homecoming is due in theaters on July 7, 2017. Watch the trailer here.

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Chris Young And Cassadee Pope Excited About Grammy Nomination

(Radio.com) Cassadee Pope and Chris Young were nominated for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy for their song "Think of You," and they're both bowled over by the accolade.

"I am so honored by this morning's news," Young said. "Cassadee and I have had such a great time together with this song at radio and on tour. Having it not only go No. 1 but also be nominated for a Grammy is really incredible!"

Pope added, "This moment is beyond any I could have ever imagined. 'Think of You' continues to change my life in amazing ways, and I am grateful for everyone who has believed in Chris and me. Thank you to the Recording Academy for this generous nomination!" Read more here.

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Singled Out: Feyer's Taking a Turn for the Worse

Feyer recently released his new single "Taking a Turn for the Worse" from his forthcoming debut album 'Signals Internalized' and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the track:

This might come as a surprise, but the initial writings for my song "Taking a Turn for the Worse" began in 2009, a whopping 7 years ago! At the time, I was a freshman in high school, dealing with problems that not too many kids I knew were dealing with: severe depression, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It became my emo phase. I know a lot of kids have episodes like that, according to what I see on the internet, but no one I knew in my personal life was going through what I was. Everyone around me seemed organized, happy, social, and secure. Not me. The worst part was, my illness was invisible. No one knew what was truly going on. So what was I to do? Write music of course!

At the time, I was messing around with GarageBand, and my production skills were in their infancy, so I decided to record a scrap version of a song explaining how I felt and what I was dealing with. Now, being only 15, I was not up to speed with lyrics, and couldn't go about articulating my mental state in a subtle, metaphorical way. But I figured, why does it matter? This is how I feel. Music is my therapy. I'm just going to sing what's on my mind. And I did. Thus, Taking a Turn for the Worse was born.
Half a decade passed and I completely forgot about that song and the scrap recording I made on my old computer. I was too focused with college work to rejuvenate old songs. That was until one bad night, when my depression returned. Something triggered a memory to that song, and I began to flesh it out, only this time, I had more knowledge of production, songwriting, and lyricism. I knew there had to be a way to combine the original chorus I wrote as a teenager to the beat and bassline I wrote that night, seemingly out of nowhere.

In the recording studio, the more I recorded, the more I felt like I needed to add, and the track kept growing. The lyrics kept changing, and eventually, the song became what it is now. Every time I play people the final version, they are usually unsure of what to think. It's groovy, but theatrical. It's melodramatic, but whimsical. They ask me, "what's your creative process?" I tell them, "to be honest, I can't really put it into words. I just do what I feel." And much of the time, they will tell me to keep feeling. So for those of you who have given me that feedback, thank you.

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

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