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Page Too Report for 12/15/2016

Robin Thicke Pays Tribute To His Father Alan Thicke

(Radio.com) Alan Thicke, TV Star and father to pop star Robin Thicke has passed away at 69, reports TMZ. According to the celebrity news site, Thicke suffered a heart attack while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. Alan is reported to have played hockey regularly at the rink.

The late star has earned tributes from Millennials who grew up watching him on Growing Pains, actors who filmed movies and TV shows with him and recording artists who respected his music. Thicke's son Robin Thicke told the L.A. Times that his dad was 'the greatest man I ever met" and 'always a gentleman."

"The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure," said Robin. 'I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him."

Other celebrities expressed their shock and sadness on Twitter. See the tweets here.

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Bruno Mars' 'Carpool Karaoke' Appearance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Bruno Mars joined James Corden for an installment of "Carpool Karaoke" on Tuesday night (December 13th) to promote Mars' latest album, 24K Magic and video of the appearance has been posted online.

The pair discussed Mars' evolution and influences, and Corden even teased Bruno for always seeming so happy--is it the soft silk shirts, Corden wondered? You can tell James thinks it must be pretty cool to be Bruno Mars. During the ride, both stars swapped out hats from a stash in the vehicle, and Bruno finally decided on a bright gold metallic number in honor of 24K.

Corden and Mars cycled through some of the artist's biggest hits like "Uptown Funk" and "Grenade," and each of his three studio albums was ably represented. They talked about Elvis ("I'm fat Elvis when he's in Vegas," quipped Corden), poker and dance tips. Watch the latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke" here.

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John Mayer Responds To Alleged Taylor Swift Birthday Diss

(Radio.com) When Taylor Swift turned 27 Tuesday (December 13th), her squad came big with the birthday wishes. After all, she's always one to bring some serious birthday love to her crew. But one man from her past didn't seem particularly thrilled with the date.

John Mayer tweeted a rather harsh stance on December 13th, and many thought he was taking a stab at Swift. "Tuesday, December 13 may be the lamest day of the year, conceptually," he posted . Mayer quickly deleted the tweet, but not before someone captured a screen shot and continued circulating his words.

On Wednesday (December 14th) Mayer admitted he went about things wrong. He didn't apologize for what he said, but he did cop to handling the aftermath poorly by deleting what can never be deleted. "Looks like I shouldn't have deleted this tweet'" he shared along with a screen shot of a defense he tried to mount after his initial comment which reads in part: "Absolutely no shade," followed by a heart emoji. Read more here.

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Men Should Avoid Listening To AC/DC When Playing Board Games

(Classic Rock) Men should avoid rock music if they want to stand a chance at winning board games this festive season, new research suggests. Men were more distracted and made more mistakes when listening to AC/DC than when they listened to classical music, a study by London's Imperial College and the Royal College of Music found.

Having music on had no effect on women and they generally performed better than men at the Operation board game involved in the study. It's thought that rock music may cause more auditory stress in men than women, which affects their focus.

Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt reports: "Although this study was all performed in our spare time, it is part of our wider research into the effect of music on performance - particularly in a medical setting such as an operating theatre.

"One of our areas of research is how we can boost performance in many different settings - from rowing in the Olympics to a musical performance. This study suggests that for men who are operating or playing a board game, rock music may be a bad idea."

AC/DC's longtime drummer Phil Rudd adds: "Now I know why I always lose at Scrabble." Read more here.

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Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood Duet 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around'

(Radio.com) As the Australian dates come to a close on Keith Urban's Ripcord World Tour, the artist and tourmate Carrie Underwood broke out their version of the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks duet, 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."

Early in the year they played the tune together on the American Idol finale. The tour wraps in Brisbane on December 17th, at which point the superstars will return to their respective homes.

Urban is booked to play the Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve show in his hometown of Nashville. Also scheduled to perform: Styx, Moon Taxi, A Thousand Horses, Charlie Worsham and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Check out the duet here.

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Niall Horan Performs 'This Town' On 'The Tonight Show'

(Radio.com) Niall Horan performed his new hit single 'This Town" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, becoming the second member of One Direction to play solo on the program. Zayn Malik performed 'It's You," from Mind of Mine in February.

"This Town" went to number one on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks and resulted in the pop star's first-ever number one debut on the Social 50 chart following the single's release on September 29. The track peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

".@NiallOfficial is performing "This Town" for Studio 6B! #NiallOnFallon #FallonTonight https://t.co/3HQD23LS4m� Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) December 14, 2016" Watch it here.

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Spice Girls' Mel C Opens Up About Eating Disorder

(Radio.com) Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm, (a.k.a. Mel C, 'Sporty Spice" ) has revealed that she struggled with an eating disorder and was bullied by her band mates when she was in the group.

"I joined the Spice Girls when I was 20 and it was an insane time," Mel C wrote in an article for BBC Good Food. "I developed an eating disorder; I was in the spotlight, being photographed constantly, and I started to become self-conscious of my body image. I was in denial for a long time but I always wanted to get better--I had talking therapies and holistic therapies, like acupuncture. Sport became really important to me, too."

She added, 'I love to be physically fit and, obviously, to really push yourself, you have to make sure you eat the right things. I like to think I have a healthy relationship with food now, and I love to cook. We're so much more aware of nutrition nowadays. When I was a teenager, I didn't know the difference between a protein and a carb. We need to get back to realizing that we are what we eat." Read more here.

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Young Thug's Mothers Makes Him Apologize For Diss

(Radio.com) Be careful what gets posted on the internet about you 'cause your mother might find out. That's exactly what happened to Young Thug last week after video footage showing the rapper belittling Alaska Airlines workers surfaced on social media.

The Atlanta rapper called the two women 'ants" and 'peasants," then he offered them $15,000 to quit their jobs. He said they looked like 'Africans" and had 'nappy hair."

After the rap star's mother saw the clip, she made her son post an apology, so Young Thug took to Instagram, posted a photo of himself looking slightly down and to the left and captioned it, "When your mama make u go to the airport and apologize Sorry love ones." Read more here.

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Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui Cited For Drug Possession

(Radio.com) Fifth Harmony flew into Virginia's Dulles Airport on December 13th, but during their brief time there Lauren Jauregui had a run in with TSA. Jauregui was found to be in possession of marijuana while passing through a security checkpoint.

TMZ originally reported that she had been arrested, but Jauregui and Fifth Harmony's lawyer Dina LaPolt issued a statement to Billboard that she had merely been cited.

"Lauren Jauregui was not arrested and detained as reported, but simply given a citation for possession of marijuana and released on her own recognizance. She will address the matter appropriately through the legal system. This will not interfere with any future scheduled performances or activities." Read more here.

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Michael Jackson Song Featured In 'Despicable Me 3' Trailer

(Radio.com) Despicable Me 3 just released a new trailer and it features music from Michael Jackson. But the song that comes in strong at the beginning of the trailer has fans scratching their heads.

The clip kicks off with the fat beat of Xzibit's 2011 track, "What It Is" featuring Young De. Then Jackson's "Bad" is featured prominently throughout the trailer. There's also a pretty funny use of "Happy Birthday" near the end.

Despicable Me 3 features the vocal talents of Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Trey Parker and Miranda Cosgrove. The animated film is slated to hit theaters this summer. Check out the full clip followed by Xzibit and Micheal Jackson's original tracks here.

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Darkness Divided Fans Out Viking Amon Amarth

(Metal Hammer) Fans at a Darkness Divided gig in Germany brought a touch of Viking spirit to proceedings. A group of fans at the Haus Ennepetal venue in Ennepetal sat down during the band's performance of The Hands That Bled and started a mass rowing ritual. A video of the incident can be viewed online.

Darkness Divided say: "Our German friends having some fun during The Hands That Bled." Last month, Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg told TeamRock he was looking forward to headlining Bloodstock 2017 because that's where their fans first performed the "epic Viking rowing" ritual.

Hegg said: "It's great that we're going to be back at Bloodstock. I love it there, it's a fun festival to play. We always had a great time there, always had a great crowd.

"And of course that is where the 'epic Viking rowing' was invented, so that will always have a special place in our hearts." Read more and watch the video here.

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Bryson Tiller Sparks Drake Collaboration Speculation

(Radio.com) Either Drake let Bryson Tiller listen to his highly anticipated project More Life ahead of everyone else, or there's something much bigger going on. Like collaboration big.

Tiller tweeted that he "started some vibes with Drake today. more life," which naturally launched a frenzy of rumors that the two were working together on Drake's forthcoming project.

Those rumors were compounded by video evidence of Tiller hanging out with Boi-Ida and Drake's dad, Dennis Graham, at the YOLO Estates on Tuesday (December 13th). Read more here.

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Harry Styles Featured In New 'Dunkirk' Trailer

(Radio.com) One Direction's members are all exploring different creative paths while they enjoy their hiatus. While Niall Horan and Liam turn their attention to their solo music careers for the moment, Harry Styles has instead decided to focus on acting.

Styles appears in Christopher Nolan's upcoming film Dunkirk and today fans can see him in the trailer. The film focuses on the Battle of Dunkirk, which took place during WWII between Allied soldiers and Nazi Germany.

In the trailer, Styles can be seen sitting on the beach with his fellow soldiers. Besides Styles, the film stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh. Dunkirk will hit theaters on July 27th, 2017. Check out the full trailer here.

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DJ Khaled Goes All Out With Cocoa Butter Commercials

(Radio.com) What's a person to do when they have dry skin AND a bunch of haters dogging their every move? Why, buy DJ Khaled's special Cocoa Butter aka "They Block."

Khaled partnered with Palmer's Cocoa Butter to release the special lotion, which supposedly protects whoever wears it from any negative talk "they" spread. In Khaled's parlance, "they" represents the haters of the world.

He shared the commercial on Instagram, which shows a group of men ("they") standing around in an alley talking downplaying Khaled success. After all, Khaled can't possibly have all the keys and all the best whips. Oh but he does, and Khaled is quick to fight back.

When he pulls up in a stylin' vehicle, he shouts for someone to bring him "They Block." A young woman comes running over with the lotion, which he applies and then goes charging after his haters. They all scatter in the night.

The lotion, which is a real thing, is available to purchase from Khaled's online store, We the Best. There are few variations on the ad, all hilarious, watch them here.

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Beyonce Was Google's Most Searched Music Star Of 2016

(Radio.com) Google has revealed its most searched artists and songs of 2016 and Beyonce has topped both lists. The other artists in the top five are Celine Dion, Kesha, Kehlani and Coldplay.

And on the most searched songs list Beyonce's "Formation" came in ahead of Prince's "Purple Rain" and Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles," Billboard reports.

One contributing factor could have been that neither Formation or Purple Rain were available on iTunes, thereby forcing fans to take so search engines to locate the albums. Read more and see the top 10 list here.

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Singled Out: Jacob Davich's My Father's Gun

You may recognize Jacob Davich from the various movies he has been in but he is currently taking a break from acting and focusing on music. Today he tell us about his new single "My Father's Gun." Here is the story:

It's interesting how some people love guns. For some they're not simply for protecting ourselves in a dangerous world, they're something more romantic. There's a sense of importance that comes from holding a gun, a certain sense of purpose too. I didn't grow up with guns so I don't have that particular nostalgia. However if my father perished in war and had nothing to leave me but his pistol, that pistol would mean more to me than anything else in the world.

So that being said I guess I can't blame the young Johnny Casper for doing something I otherwise wouldn't condone. In "My Fathers Gun" Johnny is a troubled young man from South Texas who is taking his late fathers gun, getting on that west bound train, and getting the hell out of here to start a new life. Who hasn't thought of doing that from time to time? That instrumental section in the middle of the song should give you a pretty good idea of just how damn lost the boy is feeling.

All guns aside if there's one thing I do have nostalgia for, it's old music. If you ask me if I'm a country music lover, I'd probably say no based on how big the giant umbrella that is "country music" has become. But throw on some old Glenn Campbell or Lyle Lovett and I can sip corn whiskey with the best of them. That's the part of me that this song came from, the part that loves those old story songs about Linemen, or Highwaymen, or... Ramblin' Men... All men apparently. That's where those old Marty Robbins esque male backround vocals in the first chorus came from. There's a very thematic genre hidden in between all the layers that make up of singer/songwriter and country music. The part that I associate with Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, and Ray Charles. Or what Ennio Morricone is doing in all these new Tarantino movies these days.

Not letting the worst of you get the best of you seems to be a recurring theme in my songs. Don Henley used to write about that a lot, people fooling themselves with drugs and alcohol. In this case my character is blinded by grief, perhaps the hardest filter of all to see through clearly. I'm really proud of this song, it hasn't lost that new song smell that so many do when enough times goes by. In the back of my mind I'm always worried that I won't like the next piece I write as much as my previous favorites. But if that's my biggest concern I think I'm doing okay. My dad once told me he asked Burt Bacharach what his favorite song of his was, and he replied with, "whatever I'm working on right now." That's the right attitude.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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