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Mariah Carey Never Heard Of Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato

(Radio.com) Mariah Carey apparently is not a big fan of today's crop of auto-tuned popstars, saying that she is not familiar with either Demi Lovato or Ariana Grande. Radio.com has the details:

This past summer, Demi Lovato went on a Twitter rant defending her friend Ariana Grande, who was being compared to a cut rate Mariah Carey (via an internet meme).

In the process she had some unkind words for Carey, writing in part "Mariah is a legend and is so talented but constantly disses people. It's nasty the way she treats Jennifer [Lopez]."

Appearing on Watch What Happens Live, Carey was given the opportunity to respond to those comments, and did, claiming she didn't even know who Lovato was, echoing her famous J. Lo diss.

"I don't know her either and so I wouldn't say anything to her," Carey said. "She should come up, introduce herself to me, say, 'Here's my opinion. What do you think about it?' That's how you handle s�, OK?"

But Carey didn't reserve her shade for Demi, she also claimed to "not know" Ariana. "No, honestly, I'm not familiar. I listen to hip-hop more than I listen to pop music," she said. Check out the full segment here.

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Brad Paisley Announces New Album 'Love and War'

(Radio.com) Country music star Brad Paisley has announced that he will be releasing his new studio album, entitled "Love and War", early next year and has also given fans a taste with the single Today.

The song came courtesy of video featuring fan footage of important moments the song could be a soundtrack for, such as proposals and weddings.

The new record was co-produced by Paisley and Luke Wooten and will be the singer's eleventh studio effort and is set to be released on March 3rd. Watch the previously mentioned music video for "Today" here.

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Twenty One Pilots and Mutemath Team Up, Offer Free Download

(Radio.com) When Twenty One Pilots and Mutemath team up to play music, pretty cool things are bound to happen. The two groups are taking the chemistry they discovered during the Emotional Roadshow Tour and performed a series of five reimagined songs last night (December 19th) in what Twenty One Pilots are calling The Mutemath Sessions.

Twenty One Pilots shared a preview of the event on Twitter. In the short video, fans can hear a new version of "Heathens," which somehow sounds more eerie than the original.

It's just one Twenty One Pilots song out of five that the two groups performed for their TOPxMM event. All tracks will be available to download for free as well. Read more here.

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Nicki Minaj And Meek Mill Fuel Breakup Speculation

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill were vacationing mere weeks ago for her birthday, but it looks as though the couple may have hit a rough patch. A photo Meek posted and then deleted on Instagram page followed by several inspirational quotes they've shared have spouted rumors about a break up.

It looks as though days after their vacation in Turks and Caicos Minaj began posting inspirational quotes that, when read in a certain light, seem to be jabs at Meek. The most recent one came yesterday (December 19th) and stated, "Those people who tried to bury you didn't know you were a seed."

Meek quickly responded on his own page with different message. "There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness," the post read, but it's his caption that's even more telling. "Happiness the best make up a woman can wear�.show me ya true colors! " he wrote.

The back and forth messages followed a photo of a scantily clad behind Meek posted on Instagram before deleting it. The Boombox grabbed a screenshot, and accompanying the picture, Meek wrote, "Sitting back like ' $avage ' just friends," he wrote. Read more here.

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Camila Cabello Speaks Out On Her Exit From Fifth Harmony

(Radio.com) Fifth Harmony's fans learned about Camila Cabello's decision to leave the group when the remaining four members tweeted the news on Sunday (December 18th), but now Cabello has shared her own words about her move.

In her first public statement since leaving Fifth Harmony, Cabello said that the other four members knew about her intentions to step away. ""I was shocked to read the statement the Fifth Harmony account posted without my knowing," she wrote in a note posted on Twitter. "The girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much needed conversations about the future that we had during tour. Saying that they were just informed through my representatives that I was 'leaving the group' is simply not true."

She added that she was disappointed things went down the way they did. "Just like the other girls said in their statement about their plans, I had also planned to continue with my own solo endeavors in the new year but I did not intend to end things with Fifth Harmony this way," she wrote. Check out the full note here.

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CeeLo Apologizes For Fake Exploding Cell Phone Viral Video

(Radio.com) A video clip of CeeLo surfaced over the weekend that depicted the musician revolving in a swivel chair, moments before a cell phone exploded in his face and jettisoned him to the ground, unconscious.

Though the video went viral, CeeLo later appeared on Facebook to confirm what some suspected: The clip was a fake. "I just wanna let everybody know that I am alive. I am well," he said. "Truthfully, I'm really upset that anybody had to be emotionally disturbed by what they saw today."

Many fans (and media outlets) believed the video and feared for CeeLo's life. 2016 was the year of the exploding-Samsung headline, so many presumed he was still using one of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 phones. But despite the legitimate shock and concern, it was just a publicity stunt to introduce a new musical alter-ego, "Gnarly Davidson."

"It's supposed to set up the new character identity, you know what I'm saying," said Green. "What you saw today was a clip from a smaller video that we were shooting for a new project I'm doing called 'Gnarly Davidson.'" Watch the original and the apology videos here.

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Liam Payne Promises That One Direction Will Reunite

(Radio.com) Liam Payne made One Direction fans' holiday wishes come true over the weekend when he promised the boy band would reunite. Payne held an #askliam question-and-answer session on Twitter Saturday (Dec. 17).

Since he was feeling sick and was unable to record that day he decided to take questions from fans, including the status of his new music, the likelihood of a One Direction reunion and his favorite artist.

When asked if One Direction will ever get back together, Payne answered with resounding certainty. "@clairevendi I'm 💯certain that we will� Liam (@LiamPayne) December 17, 2016." Read what else he revealed here.

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Desiigner Recruits Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott For 'Outlet' Video

(Radio.com) Desiigner teamed up with Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott for his latest visual "Outlet." The video blurs the line between music video and commercial, since it arrives via Champs Sports as well as Desiigner's YouTube page, and heavily features the rapper wearing adidas sportswear.

Part of Champs' "We Know Game" series, it pairs hip-hop's big breakout star with football's equally big breakout star. Prescott looks calm and collected when he appears briefly in the beginning and again near the end, but Desiigner brings big energy the entire time. There's hardly one shot where he's not jumping around or jumping in his seat. Besides the classic adidas tracksuit he wears throughout the video, Desiigner even sports a Panda winter mask as a sly nod to his first hit single.

The rapper has been working with adidas and Champs more and more over the course of the fall. When the #MannequinChallenge was at its height, he contributed his own stand still video which heavily featured both brands. Watch the video here.

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Tim McGraw Shares Video Of Jam With Chris Janson

(Radio.com) Tim McGraw took some time before a show and jammed backstage with his friend and fellow musician Chris Janson. The two co-wrote the song "How I'll Always Be" together, and they performed it in the bathroom of an unknown arena.

McGraw posted the video to his Facebook page on Friday (December 16th). In it, the pair stand in a white-tiled bathroom and sing with an acoustic band backing them. The echo from the bathroom's layout brings an added fullness to the harmonies McGraw and Janson fuse together.

McGraw takes the first verse while Janson sings the second. Janson's voice floods the room with sound and when he's done McGraw breaks into a huge smile. "That's how it's done right there!" he exclaims.

The pair have been friends for some time, and have collaborated in other ways besides "How I'll Always Be." For instance, they co-wrote "Truck Yeah," off McGraw's 2013 album Two Lanes of Freedom. Watch them perform live together here.

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YG Announces Release Of New Mixtape 'Just Re'd Up 3'

(Radio.com) YG has revealed via social media that he will return in 2017 with a new installment of his Just Re'd Up series. He announced his new mixtape Just Re'd Up 3 on Twitter.

DJ Mustard returns to executive produce the project, and from his involvement it looks as though the two have cooled their bad blood. They parted ways after working together on YG's 2014 studio album My Krazy Life.

As for his Just Re'd Up series, it marks four years since YG shared the last installment with fans. He first released Just 'Re'd Up in 2011 and followed that up with Just Re'd Up 2 in 2013. Read more here.

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Shawn Mendes Announces 'Live at Madison Square Garden' Album

(Radio.com) Shawn Mendes has had an incredible year, including performing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in September. That turned out to be such a special night that he'll be releasing it as a live album.

The new album, "Live at Madison Square Garden" will feature some of Mendes' biggest hits from his sophomore studio album Illuminate, including "Mercy."

Besides his own songs, he performed two medleys that featured covers of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" as well as Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah," among other songs.

The album will be available to purchase on December 23rd. Check out the tracklist here.

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Rae Sremmurd Release 'Now That I Know' Video

(Radio.com) After wilding out by the pool in their last video, "Shake It Fast," Rae Sremmurd have slowed things down for their latest visual, "Now That I Know."

The video finds the brothers living what looks to be a fabulous life. There's a huge mansion, fancy cars, styling clothes and beautiful women, but not everything is as it seems. For the majority of the visual, Swae Lee wrestles with a love affair gone wrong. Wearing a white suit, he argues with a girl dressed in a slinky black dress.

His brother, Slim Jimmy, however has found solace in several ladies wearing lingerie. So it may not be the stacked out pool party seen in their last video, but it looks like Slim Jimmy at least isn't wanting for company.

"Now That I Know" appears on SremmLife 2. Next up, the brothers will perform at their second annual Sremmfest in Tupelo, MS. That concert takes place on December 23rd. Watch the video here.

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Trace Adkins Previews His A Home For The Holidays Performance

Country music star Trace Adkins has released a preview of his performance on CBS' 18th Annual A Home for the Holidays television special which be broadcast at 8pm ET on Friday, Dec. 23.

"As much as it's a time of celebration, this time of year can also be hard for some," says Adkins. "I wanted to perform 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' for all those that may be feeling that longing for family, and I hope this special continues to bring families together this holiday season and beyond."

Adkins will join Rachel Platten, Alessia Cara and Miranda Lambert on the special. Check out the preview of Adkins' rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas." here.

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Willie Nelson & Family To Play War Memorial Auditorium

(Webster) Outback Concerts of Tennessee Inc. announced today an historic appearance of Willie Nelson & Family at Nashville's intimate War Memorial Auditorium on January 7.

This special show will mark the first time that the legendary country music icon has played the War Memorial Auditorium since October 20, 1974 in an epic performance.

Fans are sure to enjoy an up-close-and-personal concert experience with the legend and Country Music Hall of Famer with tickets going on sale Wednesday, December 21 at 10 A.M. at the Tennessee Performing Arts Box Office, 615-782-4030 or here.

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New John Wick: Chapter 2 Trailer Features Battle Royale

(Radio.com) Fans of the John Wick series featuring Keanu Reeves got another taste of the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 2 film on Monday (Dec 19) with the release of a new trailer.

The new trailer for the action-packed John Wick sequel features a pulse-pounding song with lyrics that fits Wick's gun-for-hire status. "Trigger fingers in the air I put a little work on 'em / Work on 'em put a little work on 'em/ Trigger finger in the air I put a little dirt on 'em." YouTube viewers were unable to immediately identify the trap song.

The song fans are searching for is called "Battle Royale" by Belgian dance music producer Apashe, featuring rhymes by Panther, a frequent collaborator. Watch the movie trailer followed by the music video for Apashe's "Battle Royal" here.

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Kodak Black Claims He's A Better Rapper Than Lil Wayne

(Radio.com) Kodak Black hasn't been out of jail long, but he's already running his mouth and trying to start beef wherever he can and his latest target is rap superstar Lil Wayne.

Besides going after D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty late last week on Instagram, the 19-year-old tweeted on December 18th that he was the world's best rapper and called out Lil Wayne.

"Lil Wayne Ain't The Best F�ing Rapper Alive � IAM," he tweeted. Kodak's assertion referenced Lil Wayne's track "Best Rapper Alive" on his 2005 album Tha Carter II.Read more here.

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