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Page Too Report for 12/19/2016


Kings of Leon Continue Bizarre Trip With 'Find Me' Video

(Radio.com) The story Kings of Leon began in their last video "Waste a Moment" continues in their latest visual "Find Me." Directed by Dimitri Basil, the strange events that peppered "Waste a Moment" (from random people dropping dead to a fight with a ponytailed older man) continue when an entire school disappears in "Find Me."

Local authorities race against the clock to find the mysterious older man (the same one from "Waste a Moment") who seems to be connected to the troubling occurrence.

The video meshes together the imagery and tone of Stranger Things with Twin Peaks to achieve its antiquated, small-town feel. There's even a scene in a luxury business office where the lights begin to flicker a la Netflix's beloved recent series Stranger Things.

Things take a bizarre turn, though, when a news program several adults are watching across different locations leads to their deaths. Watch it here.

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Gucci Mane and Drake Release 'Both' Collaboration

(Radio.com) Gucci Mane and Drake joined forces for "Both," a collaboration that was released late last week with Mane's The Return of East Atlanta Santa. Gucci visited SantaCon to promote the album, so we already knew he wasn't messing around.

The Drake guest spot reminds us how much ground he's regained in such little time. What started as "Gucci and Friends" homecoming shows has evolved into a prolific career on the other side of the big house. Drake already appeared on "Back on Road" from Mane's other 2016 album, Everybody Looking.

As for the song's title, it's a coy reference to having "Both" Gucci and Drake on the record. The lyrics are a bit more literal. Drake raps: "I don't usually do this 'less I'm drunk or I'm high but I'm both right now." Listen to a preview of the song here.

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The Revolution's Wendy Heartbroken Over Prince Drug Death

(Classic Rock) Prince's backing band The Revolution is heartbroken that their bandleader's death will be forever connected with drugs, after he spent so many years trying to stop people from using any substances.

Guitarist Wendy Melvoin recalled how he told her to stop smoking when she started working with him in the 1980s - and also how difficult the notorious perfectionist could be as a colleague.

Classic Prince And The Revolution album Purple Rain was last month given an American Music Award after increased sales following the leader's passing in April.

He was later confirmed to have suffered an accidental overdose - although it remains unclear whether he got the drugs via prescription or illegal means. Melvoin tells Billboard: "When I joined the band I smoked cigarettes, and he was like, 'Uh-uh, not having it. You have to stop.' And I did.

"When we were rehearsing for the Purple Rain tour, my guitar tech was a smoker. He didn't smoke in the arena. He went to test Prince's mic and just said, 'Check-one-two' into it.

"Prince could smell the cigarette on his microphone. That guy was fired immediately." Read more here.

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Coldplay Performs 'Christmas with the Kangaroos' In Australia

(Radio.com) Coldplay have wrapped the final, Australasian leg of their Head Full of Dreams world tour just in time for the holidays, and they planned a special send-off for the finale in Sydney.

The band wrote a simple holiday tune called "Christmas with the Kangaroos," unpacking the Southern hemisphere phenomenon of Christmas in summertime. The song is crowded with references to Australian icons like Kylie Minogue and the Tim Tam biscuit.

"And what about poor Santa's sleigh?" Martin sings. "He has to come from f—ing miles away And what about Mick Dundee? Well he ain't got no Christmas tree."

The chorus is a little inane, but it seems to have been written on the fly so it's hardly "Wonderful Christmastime." In any case, Coldplay won't take themselves too seriously about their very niche Australian Christmas song:

'Well they say Christmas here is much more fun/ We got surfing, we got sun/ Christmas here is sweet as a peach/ Open presents on the beach/ We've got barbies, we've got beer, Santa wishes he lives here/ Loads of laughter, loads of booze/ Christmas with the kangaroos," Martin sings. Enjoy Coldplay's thoughtful Christmas gift to Australia here.

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Chris Brown Releases 'Party' Video Featuring Usher and Gucci Mane

(Radio.com) The video for the new Chris Brown single "Party" features guest stars Usher and Gucci Mane, who also appear on the track. In the new video shot in an abandoned mall in Hawthorne, CA, Brown enters a dance-off between his crew and Usher's.

"Party" is expected to appear on Brown's upcoming album Heartbreak on a Full Moon, reports Billboard. No release date has been announced for the project.

The song marks Brown's first track since his 'Grass Ain't Greener" song came out in May, though he has appeared as a featured artist on other songs such as Kanye West's 'Waves."

This time last year, Brown scored his sixth No. 1 album on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart with Royalty. Watch 'Party" featuring Usher and Gucci Mane here.

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James Corden, Adele, Mariah, More Sing 'All I Want for Christmas is You'

(Radio.com) James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" has brought more joy and delight into 2016 than any other late-night segment, but the mastermind has one more trick up his sleeve.

When he hosted Adele, Elton John, and more, Corden carefully procured B-roll footage of the stars singing Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You." Just in time for the holiday, the Late Late Show released a compilation of music's biggest artists singing the world's favorite contemporary Christmas song.

The video starts out with Corden and Mariah discussing her favorite holiday. From there, we get a who's who of pop stars (and the Red Hot Chili Peppers) jamming to Mariah. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas get into the groove. Watch it here.

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Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood Team Up On New Song

(Radio.com) Three powerful female artists have teamed up for a gentle rendition of the classic gospel hymn, 'Softly and Tenderly." Reba McEntire invited Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood to join her for the recording.

The song was written by Will Lamartine Thompson in 1880. The vocal arrangement was done by Doug Sisemore, reports The Boot. The track was announced Thursday evening, Dec. 16, as part of a two-album set called Sing it Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. The release, scheduled for February 3, will be McEntire's first to focus solely on hymns and songs of inspiration. She will post one song from the album every Friday between now and the release date.

'Sing It Now was the perfect title for this album because the message and melody throughout the song connects the dots between the traditional hymns I grew up on and new music that has been uplifting for me in challenging times," McEntire said in a press release. Check it out here.

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The Flaming Lips Release 'Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)' Video

(Radio.com) The Flaming Lips shared another new tune off their forthcoming 17th studio album, OCZY MLODY. "Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)" details that existential question about feeling sad even while the day offers bright, sunny returns.

"The 'Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)' video is part somber and sad and part childlike, ethereal fantasy," Wayne Coyne said in a press release. The visual blends naturalistic images (like clouds parting) with the band playing, but that shifts as real life shots become interspersed with animated effects to show the sun dripping and creating sunshine pools.

Coyne said of the animation, "The other part, the ethereal fantasy part, is Disney cartoon meets James Bond movie title sequence. The sun turns into a bouncy, drippy ball and is kicked around (and played with) by a giddy, cosmic nymph. Dancing and tripping in the echoes of dawn." Watch the video here.

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Alter Bridge's Mark Tremonti Adapting To Different Musical World

(Metal Hammer) Alter Bridge's Mark Tremonti says the changing face of the music business means the band have to find additional revenue streams. With record sales at an all time low for artists across the genres, live shows and merchandise are more important than ever. And additional ways of making money - such as meet and greet sessions with fans - have been added to the mix to make up for the loss of revenue.

And Tremonti says he even gives guitar lessons while on the road with Alter Bridge. He tells From Hero To Zero: "Records don't sell as much anymore, so bands like us rely on live ticket sales, merchandising. It's a different world.

"You just have to work harder. I personally give guitar lessons on show days. We used to not have these big meet-and-greets, now we did just the other day, we had 150 people at our meet-and-greets for VIP packages. You just have to put in the time, but the good thing about it is you get better personal relationships with your fans.

"You see some of the fans throughout whole tours and they're fans for life." Watch the full interview here.

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Galactic Empire Release Star Wars Theme Video

(TeamRock) Star Wars-themed band Galactic Empire have released a video of them performing the main Star Wars theme music. The band will release their self-titled album on February 3 through Rise Records and they tour the UK that month.

The record will feature various covers of music from the hit film series. The band have previously released a video for their version of The Imperial March.

The group describe themselves as, "a heavy metal band comprised of the most sinister villains in the universe." They add: "Thanks to key members in the Senate and our allies at Rise Records and Velocity Records the Galaxy will kneel before us on February 3 when we unleash the full power of this album.

"The puny humans of your small forest planet Earth have also indicated a desire to see the mighty Galactic Empire perform our music in a live scenario. We would be most pleased to fulfill this request." Watch the video here.

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Steel Panther Stream New Song 'Anything Goes'

(TeamRock) Steel Panther have released a lyric video for their single "Anything Goes". It's lifted from their upcoming fourth album Lower The Bar. It was slated for release on February 24, but its launch has been pushed back until the following month.

Steel Panther say - with tongue firmly in cheek - it's because drummer Stix Zadinia recently checked out of rehab after getting treatment for alcohol and chipotle addiction.

He says: "After months of touring the world, my taste for whiskey and chipotle finally got the better of me and my stomach. I'd like to apologise to my friends, family, and especially Satchel, whose bottom bunk on the tour bus was on the receiving end of my many blacked out bouts of explosive diarrhoea.

"Now that I've had time to clear my mind, and my intestines, I can get back to doing lines with all of you on the upcoming 2017 Girls in a Row tour." Watch the video here.

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Solange Performs Medley On The Tonight Show

(Radio.com) Solange performed a medley of "Rise" And "Weary" last week (Dec. 15) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and video of the performance has been posted online.

The songs are featured on her third full-length album A Seat at the Table. The record, which came out September 30, is the follow-up to her 2012 True EP, and has met with widespread acclaim.


Earlier this year, Solange was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, where she performed "Cranes in the Sky" and "Don't Touch My Hair." Watch the Tonight Show performance
here.

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Swizz Beatz Believes The Best Hip-Hop Coming From UK

(Radio.com) Drake, Jay Z and Kanye West collaborator Swizz Beatz says that the best hip-hop right now is coming out of the UK. "Just last night I did a track with Giggs and it's a movie," he told BBC Newsbeat.

"There's a lot of talent out here. Musically the UK is stronger than the U.S. right now. As far as the hunger and the unique vibes. I'm into that because I am global thinking anyway. So when I come back to the States and artists hear the hunger [coming from the UK] they're like, 'Okay now I need to do this…' and that's great."

Beatz, who is married to Alicia Keys, also endorsed singer Angel and other UK performers. "I believe that the artist should be free… you free the artists, you free world. Creativity is not to be locked up. It's like a bird, don't cage it, it has to fly." Read more here.

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Nicole Kidman Talks Marriage To Keith Urban

(Radio.com) Something magical clicked when Nicole Kidman first laid eyes on Keith Urban in 2005. She knew after that moment he was the one for her, and she was right. The two married one year later.

Kidman appeared on CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday, December 18th, where she discusses the immediate spark she felt when she met her future husband. "We just had chemistry," Kidman says in the segment. "I never underestimate the power of chemistry."

The two, who are ridiculously cute with each other when it comes to anniversaries and birthdays, do more than celebrate the happy moments. They are also there for each other during the hard times, too. When Kidman's father passed away in 2014, she explains how quickly Urban flew to her side.

"I called him screaming and crying," she recounts. "And he was about to go on stage. And he walked off stage and he got on a plane. He had just gotten there. He flew six hours, and he was right back there. And he literally picked me up and carried - pretty much carried me through the next two weeks. And that to me, that's a marriage, and that's love.'" Read more here.

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Fergie Releases 'Life Goes On' Video

(Radio.com) Fergie followed up her sexy visual "MILF $" with a more introspective video for her latest single, "Life Goes On." The video finds the pop star contemplating her life while chilling in a convertible parked by the beach.

Once she sees that "life goes on" without the person she once loved, she revs up the engine and drives along the coast. Fergie's ultimate joy ride means throwing caution to the wind. During certain shots, she drives while sitting up on the headrest with her feet on the wheel. There's no "Click It or Ticket" in her world.

On her journey, she picks up an older woman smoking a cigar, and later a young girl with braided pigtails and Beats headphones. The three make their way to a beach party replete with lots of friends and a fire dancer.

"Life Goes On" appears on Fergie's upcoming album, Double Dutchess, which is due out sometime in 2017. Watch the video here.

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deadmau5 Reveals Making Of New Electronic DJ Booth

(Radio.com) deadmau5 has debuted a new video for "Let Go (Cube 2.)" and in it, the Canadian dance music producer shows the making of his latest and greatest DJ Booth.

Pieced together from clips of an upcoming documentary about the conception and building of the cube, the video gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at how this multi-dimensional LED panels were transformed into something far more fascinating… a cube that looks like it's a live with motion and synced with his music.

The new cube will be the focal piece of deadmau5's "2017 Lots Of Shows In A Row Tour." A big fan of taking fans behind the engineering, deadmau5 walks his cameras into the studios TAIT Towers, the brains behind his complex new DJ booth. He also gives a quick look at his new TommyBuilt mau5head. See the photos here.

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Lil Wayne Gets Emotional In Craig Sager Tribute

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne took to social media to pay tribute to sportscaster Craig Sager, who passed last week at the age of 65 and Weezy gets pretty emotional in the short clip.

"Sir, rest in peace. You'll be gone but never forgotten," Wayne says in an Instagram video. "From over here, from afar, you was always admired, you was always loved, and everything you ever worn was always number one in my book."

"Today I actually got a little choked up, and it was an emotion that I haven't felt in a long time," he said. "It showed me how strong respect can be. For someone I've never met." Watch Wayne's full video here.

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Singled Out: Bat House's Patterns

Bat House tells us a little bit about their new single "Patterns" which comes from the group's self-titled debut album. Here is the story:

In the catacombs of an underground rehearsal space coated with mold and mildew, 'Patterns' was born. The initial writing sessions for 'Patterns' laid the groundwork for the development of our collective voice. As individuals, the song was an exploration into the concepts of mixed metered and polyrhythmic compositions.

The tune established our balance between technical ability and pop sensibility for future sounds. This process is based on collaboration and is an open conversation between the four of us.

The interplay between the lyrics and the guitar work, supported by the asymmetrical rhythms of the bass and drums, aim to create an otherworldly atmosphere.

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

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