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Page Too Report for 12/16/2016


Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten Was Furious Over Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

(Radio.com) The Sex Pistols' John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten detailed some of the records that have most shaped him, and even though he cited Nirvana's "Smell Like Teen Spirit" as one such song, it turns out he was pretty angry with the band for a while.

Speaking with Pitchfork, Lydon discussed how he thought Nirvana was copying the Sex Pistols when they named their 1991 album Nevermind. It felt oddly close to the Sex Pistols' 1977 album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.

"I remember being very angry at their album title being Nevermind," he admitted. "I thought Nevermind? Have you lost your bollocks or something?"

Even though he was initially upset with their album's title, he eventually came to see the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the fierce sound it offered. Read more here.

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KISS Perform With Country Singer On The Voice Season Finale

(Gibson) KISS appeared on the season finale of the TV show "The Voice," performing a medley of their hits alongside country singer and ultimate champ Sundance Head.

As reported by Rolling Stone, Head was the winner of this season's singing competition. Among the songs featured in the medley were "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Nite."

"It's crazy, man," said Head, prior to taking the stage with the legendary rockers. "I don't know how to do it really. We had a rehearsal already, and I was just blown away because these guys are so nice.

"You know, they're rock gods and they're trying to tell me when I'm supposed to sing and I'm just sitting there [amazed] that they're right there onstage with me. It was really surreal to be up there at rehearsal and hear them start 'Detroit Rock City' … I could just feel the risers shaking from the drums." Read the original report here.

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Dolly Parton's Telethon Raises Over $9 Million For Fire Victims

(Radio.com) Dolly Parton asked her country superstar friends to support her Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund and they stepped up big time.

The benefit has raised nearly $9 million so far, reports The Tennessean. This number is expected to rise, as the telethon will be broadcast multiple times in the coming days.

The program aired Tuesday and featured more than 20 live and taped performances from country stars such as Parton, Kenny Rogers, Chris Young, Chris Stapleton and Reba McEntire and performers outside the genre, including Cyndi Lauper and Don McLean.

Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Paul Simon, Dierks Bentley, Stapleton and Young made significant donations to the My People Fund, as did the Academy of Country Music, ACM Lifting Lives and the Country Music Association. Read more here.

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Nicki Minaj Beats Taylor Swift Hot 100 Record

(Radio.com) Back in November, Nicki Minaj tied Taylor Swift for having the second-most number of hits to ever chart on Billboard's Hot 100. Over the course of their careers, each had 69 songs that appeared on the chart. But now Minaj has surpassed Swift.

Minaj's "Black Barbies," her take on Rae Sremmurd's massive hit "Black Beatles," landed at the number 65 spot and gave Minaj the slight edge over Swift with 70 songs in total. And she hasn't released a new album since 2014's The Pinkprint.

The only person standing in Minaj's way for number one is Aretha Franklin, who has scored a serious and impressive 73 songs on the Hot 100 chart. Read more here.

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Neil Diamond Sings Dirty Christmas Song On James Corden

(Radio.com) Neil Diamond has been making the late-night rounds to promote his new album Acoustic Christmas and has been willing to get his hands dirty with comedy bits and games.

On The Late Late Show with James Corden, Diamond even spoofed his greatest hit, transforming "Sweet Caroline" into "Sweet Christmastime." The latter is a raunchy retelling of bad decisions at a Christmas party.

The party begins with shots, eggnog and making out. Suddenly, Fran is touching Stan, sexting Val and kissing Steve. "Sweet Christmastime--our whole office got so drunk," goes the ebullient chorus. It's fun to hear Diamond sing about "hooking up in the supply room," role play, and "bumping uglies." Let's just say it got weird.

Watch Corden and Diamond perform "Sweet Christmastime" here.

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The Killers Announce Limited Edition 'Hot Fuss' Reissue

(Radio.com) Las Vegas alt-rock band, The Killers, will reissue their groundbreaking 2004 debut Hot Fuss on vinyl on January 13. The LP will be released on standard weight vinyl and as a limited-edition white vinyl pressing.

Hot Fuss, which hit number one in the UK and number seven in America yielded the hit singles "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "All These Things That I've Done" and "Smile Like You Mean It."

This year, the band celebrated the tenth anniversary of its sophomore album Sam's Town with live dates and a special release of the album. See the band's announcement post here.

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The Simpsons Going Hip-Hop With RZA, Common

(Radio.com) For the first ever hour-long special episode of The Simpsons, the creators of the show decided to embrace hip-hop. 'We wanted the Mt. Rushmore of rap, and we got it," producer Dan Greeny told Entertainment Weekly.

The episode will air in January and will feature RZA and Common among the special guests. Series executive producer Matt Selman teased the episode, saying, "It's a tale of greed, excess, betrayal, revenge, and ruthlessness, and there's a hilarious goose in it. The goose is really funny."

The season 28 opener was first announced in August. At the time, it was revealed that the episode would be a spoof of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby titled The Great Phatsby and that it would star Empire's Taraji P. Henson and Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key. Read more here.

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Chance the Rapper Has Trouble Decorating Christmas Tree For 'SNL'

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper performed at the National Christmas Tree Lighting, but don't expect him to decorate a tree himself. In promos for the next episode of Saturday Night Live, the show's musical guest and host Casey Affleck prove themselves pretty hopeless.

It starts out innocently enough: "I got the topper, you got the ladder?" asks the Manchester by the Sea actor. Chance produces a tiny step ladder to trim the gigantic tree at Rockefeller Center. "Just believe," he tells Affleck.

"Believe in what?" Ben's younger brother replies. "Uh…Christmas?" Chance says. I'm not gonna listen to any more slander about this ladder--you know what this ladder means to me." Watch it here.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Says That He 'Discovered' Rihanna

(Radio.com) Twelve years ago, musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was traveling through Barbados with his longtime record producer, Nigel Wright. The pair ducked into a karaoke bar and noticed a girl whose talent and presence blew her peers away--one Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

Webber recounted the experience to the U.K.'s Good Morning Britain, and said that he and Wright agonized over whether to invite Rihanna back to England with them, so they could make her a star.

'I said to Nigel, 'If we bring her back, you know it's like when you see a picture when you're away and you take it home and you think, why did I buy that?'" said Webber in a rather cringeworthy analogy. 'I thought: we'll get her back, it'll be fine, but then what do we do with her?" Read more here.

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Brantley Gilbert Announces New Album 'The Devil Don't Sleep'

(Radio.com) Brantley Gilbert has announced his fourth studio album "The Devil Don't Sleep". The country music star will be releasing the new effort on January 27th.

"A lot has happened," said Gilbert in a prepared statement about the new album "and anyone who knows me knows that every album is another chapter of my life.

"Even though it's my life, even though some of what I write about is very specific to what happens to me, I think the challenges, the places where we figure things out are all the same - no matter what we're facing, realizations all mean the same things." Read more here.

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Bastille Release 'Blame' Music Video

(Radio.com) Bastille released a new visual for their track "Blame" off their latest album Wild World. The video looks at a cult that appears to worship a polished black bowl held aloft on a pillar. Inside the bowl, silvery lips surrounded by water sing "Blame," as the cult grows more frenzied in their devotion to it.

Even though the video briefly looks at a few different members as they come and go to meetings, "Blame" focuses its attention mostly on one person in particular. A young girl finds herself swept up by the cult's practices.

During a meditative, trance-like moment she dreams she's holding a gun in her hand but it turns into water when she goes to pull the trigger. Check out the full video here.

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Mary J. Blige and Diana Ross Lead Essence Festival Lineup

(Radio.com) The 23rd annual Essence Festival have announced they will return to New Orleans in the summer of 2017, and it sounds like it will be jam-packed with beautiful voices.

The festival announced its 2017 line-up, which will feature headliners Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige, along with several other sultry singers like Solange, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, India.Arie and more.

Besides big female voices, Essence Festival's line-up includes John Legend, Master P, Doug E Fresh, Jazmine Sullivan, June's Diary, Lalah Hathaway, Lizzo, Michel'le, Moses Sumney, Ro James, Shaggy, Sir the Baptist, Teyana Taylor, The Jones Girls Feat. Shirley Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tweet and Yuna. Read more here.

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Pentatonix Release Lego Video for 'Up On The Housetop'

(Radio.com) Holiday experts Pentatonix go Lego in their new video for "Up On The Housetop," which premiered Wednesday night during the Pentatonix Christmas Special on NBC.

And not only has the group been turned into the lovable plastic bricks but they're viewable in virtual reality courtesy Moving Picture Company, one of the leaders in the VR space.

Fans who missed the special can tune in when it re-airs Saturday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m. Check Pentatonix's take on the holiday classic with the Lego video here.

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Dej Loaf and Kodak Black Release 'All I Want for Christmas'

(Radio.com) Dej Loaf has released a collaboration with Kodak Black titled "All I Want for Christmas." First of all, it's not the Mariah Carey cover you're expecting: The duo resisted festive fanfare to record a laid back, heartfelt rap track about the holidays.

"I thought it would be dope to get Kodak Black on this record so I reached out and he was with it! So we put together something special for you," Loaf wrote in her SoundCloud description of the song.

"This is such a special time of the year. The time when you get to express gratitude and show love. So that's what we did. I hope y'all enjoy it. Happy Holidays!"

The song's lyrics are simple and soulful, reminding listeners that love is all around. 'Sometimes I feel like we just live to die/ That's why I'm so grateful, lord I'm breathing/ I won't be complaining, and don't you either/ Eggnog drinking, sleigh bells ringing/ Santa, I wish you could bring back some of my people." Read more here.

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Yo Gotti Releases New Track Featuring Kanye West, Big Sean and More

(Radio.com) Yo Gotti will be returning in late December with a new album entitled White Friday (CM9), which marks the latest addition to his Cocaine Muzik series.

He shared "Castro" off that project on Thursday, and it features a series of heavy hitters, including Kanye West, Big Sean, Quavo from Migos and 2 Chainz.

The sleek track nods to Desiigner's machine gun sound, which first appeared in his hit single "Panda." On "Castro," Yo Gotti borrows that noise momentarily to lend the song a dark, slick feeling that heightens how well the different rappers' styles blend together.Listen to "Castro" here.

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Kendrick Lamar To Stream Performance Live from Brooklyn

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar will stream his performance from The Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday, December 16. Lamar has once again teamed up with American Express to share another one of his live performances with the world.

The live event will be streamed live beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST. Tickets for the exclusive went on sale Thursday, Dec 15 to Amex Card holders and quickly sold out.

This isn't the first time Lamar has teamed with the credit giant. He starred with Shaquille O'Neal in a commercial for Small Business Saturday a well as a performance for Amex at Art Basel in Miami. Watch the Compton rapper's teaser video here.

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Alessia Cara Releases 'Seventeen' Video

(Radio.com) Alessia Cara may have released her debut studio album Know-It-All last year, but today she premiered the video for the lead track off that project, "Seventeen."

The video shows time passing on a public bus. It begins with Cara as a young child and shows her transformation to pre-teen and later teenager. But the video doesn't stop at her current age. Instead, it keeps going and shows her as a polished young woman holding a GRAMMY then as a mother and later as a senior.

On Twitter, Cara shared that the GRAMMY moment hadn't happened yet, and was merely a prediction. Responding to a follower asking about its meaning, she tweeted, "it symbolizes my hopes for long-term success in my career. putting it out into the universe, in other words."

On Vevo, Cara wrote a message to her fans. "It's a personal song and video for me (starring my family and friends, as usual) and I'm excited it's finally out for u guys to see," she shared. "Hope it'll remind u to enjoy all the little moments in life, especially this time of year. Thank u for making mine that much more special. Happy holidays & enjoy the video." Watch it here.

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Kelly Rowland Doesn't Want Her Son to Date Beyonce's Daughter

(Radio.com) Beyonce and Kelly Rowland have gone from Destiny's Child to mothers of toddlers, and though Rowland's son Titan, 2, and Beyonce's daughter Blue Ivy, 4, are close in age, don't get your hopes up about Destiny's… grandchildren?

Rowland was asked the weird and impertinent question about her son's long-way-off dating life, and ruled out the idea that Titan and Blue Ivy would ever hook up. "They're like cousins!" she told US Weekly. She did, however, elaborate on her decades of friendship with Beyonce.

'It's the greatest thing about friendship, when you're able to grow up together and your children are able to grow up together," said Rowland. 'It's just years upon years of beautiful friendship and sisterhood." Read more here.

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