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Richard Marx Subdues Deranged Passenger On Airplane

(Radio.com) When Richard Marx boarded a flight from Vietnam to South Korea with his wife Daisy Fuentes, he had no idea he'd be called upon help keep the airplane safe from a deranged passenger.

Fuentes posted photos of Marx helping subdue a passenger who had grown agitated and begun attacking the flight crew. The collage showed Marx working with crew to help keep the passenger in his seat. His help appeared to be necessary because, as Fuentes reported, the crew wasn't properly trained to handle the incident.

"On our flight from Hanoi to Seoul a guy sitting in the next row from us got crazy & started attacking the flight attendants & passengers," she wrote in the caption. "When he started pushing the female staff and pulling them by the hair @therichardmarx was the first to help subdue him. This went on for FOUR hrs. I feel horrible for the abuse the staff had to endure but no one was prepared for this. They never fully got control of him. They didn't know how to use the taser & they didn't know how to secure the rope around him (he got loose from their rope restraints 3 times). I'll be posting some of the video after our next flight."

Marx also tweeted about "the chaotic and dangerous event," saying he and his wife had videos as well as pictures and would be sharing on social media once their following flight landed safely. See his posts here.

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Nile Rodgers Reacts To Chic's Rock Hall Snubbing

(Radio.com) Nile Rodgers appeared on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot 11 times and never made the cut until 2016. In a sense, his just-announced nomination makes history but for one glaring omission.

Rodgers has been recognized without his band, Chic, to whom he credits much of his subsequent success as a writer and producer. "It's sort of bittersweet," he told Rolling Stone.

"I'm a little perplexed because even though I'm quite flattered that they believed that I was worthy, my band Chic didn't win. They plucked me out of the band and said, 'You're better than Chic.' That's wacky to me. The only reason why I met Bowie and Madonna and Duran Duran and INXS is because they all loved Chic."

Despite Chic's relatively short two-year run, Rodgers says the band's success stacks up to Hall of Fame standards, purely by the numbers. "We never had a record that wasn't gold, platinum or multiple platinum," he said. "I'm talking singles. 'Le Freak' was the largest-selling single in the history of Atlantic Records for 37 years. No other record sold that much for 37 years. If I was an announcer of rock & roll statistics I'd say, 'There's a future hall of famer there.' 'Le Freak' went Number One three times, same song. Nobody in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has done that." Read more here.

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Coldplay Release Surprise Live From Spotify London EP

(Gibson) Coldplay have released an unannounced EP titled Live From Spotify London. The new EP is a "five-track collection of unique, stripped-back live recordings, performed in front of a small audience at Spotify's London HQ in November 2016".

The track list for the new EP features live re-workings of 'Everglow', 'Viva La Vida', 'Adventure Of A Lifetime', 'Yellow' and their 2008 Christmas single 'Christmas Lights'. Check it out here.

The surprise EP release follows the Spotify announcement that Chris Martin and Co. have officially become the most streamed band on the planet. Read more here.

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The Chainsmokers Preview New Song

(Radio.com) The Chainsmokers are still on the fence about whether they'll ever release a studio album, but one thing is for sure: They can't stop making new music. The DJ duo previewed a new clip of a song on Snapchat, and lucky for fans not hip to their 24-hour feed a fan captured it to share.

The chill song sounds pretty close in tone and subject matter to their hit "Closer." In the first clip, Drew wears a white t-shirt and mouths the lyrics heard playing in the background: "We were staying in Paris to get away from your parents."

In the second clip, he's lying in bed with the sheets pulled up to his neck. "If we go down then we go down together," he mouths along. It's not yet known what project this song will be attached to considering The Chainsmokers just released a new EP Collage in November, but it's clear they have lots more to share. Check out the clips here.

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Azealia Banks Goes On Rant About Nicki Minaj

(Radio.com) Azealia Banks recently learned about possible shade Nicki Minaj might have thrown her way on Nicki Minaj: The Empire app, and she took to Facebook to go off.

Minaj's new app includes a potential reference to Banks' album 2012 Fantasea in which she appears on the cover as a cartoon mermaid. A character in the app mentions a release by an artist called Fan2Sea, and even though the album is supposed to sound like a mermaid, it "sort of like a really loud, obnoxious screech that goes on for hours."

Banks didn't take kindly to the possible shade and went on a Facebook tirade. In a post that has since been deleted, Banks told Minaj not to be jealous. She also told Minaj to lose weight and compared her work to McDonald's in that she may sell a lot of product, but that doesn't mean it's "the pinnacle of cuisine and taste."

Banks subsequently apologized for her rant, explaining that she wasn't herself when she went after Minaj. "Hope you Lot got your screenshots. It's all jokes guys," she wrote. Read more here.

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Straight No Chaser Release 'Mary Did You Know' Video

Straight No Chaser have released a new music video for their rendition of the Christmas song "Mary Did You Know" by Mark Lowry. The new clip was filmed at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn, NY.

"'Mary Did You Know' is one of the most beautiful Christmas songs ever written," said Straight No Chaser's Jerome Collins. "Dan Ponce, a founding member of Straight No Chaser, and I were inspired to arrange a version of the song that would live up to the original but also give it a different spin that many people have not heard before. Every time I sing this song I think of the gifts most precious to me, my family."

The a cappella group is currently embarked on the US leg of their worldwide tour promoting their newest holiday album, I'll Have Another…Christmas Album. Watch the video here.

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Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors DVD and TV Broadcast

"Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" starring Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, and Gerald McCraney has been released on DVD and will also be re-airing on NBC later this week.

The 2-hour special will air again on Friday, December 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The DVD of the movie, which also features a guest appearance by Dolly Parton, is available today at retailers nationwide.

"Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" tells the story of when the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of Tennessee, face a devastating event that challenges their will.

"But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever - with deepened faith and love for one another." Order your copy here.

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Pentatonix Release 'O Come, All Ye Faithful' Video

(Radio.com) Pentatonix have been churning out music videos left and right, and they're back with video for "O Come, All Ye Faithful", from their Christmas album.

Where Pentatonix turned to Queen for inspiration on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and transformed into Legos for "Up On the Housetop," they went to church for their latest, "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

The song's normally slow tempo got an upbeat remake under the five vocalists' thumb, and they bring that energy to their latest video. The quintet sticks with a black and white theme where their costumes are concerned, and stand in front of a red theater curtain to perform throughout the majority of the song, but at the halfway point they shift locations and go to church where they're backed by a choir dressed in red robes.

"O Come, All Ye Faithful" appears on A Pentatonix Christmas, which is available now. Watch the new video here.

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Fifth Harmony Say Camila Didn't Show Up To Group Therapy

(Radio.com) In the ongoing Fifth Harmony saga, the remaining four members of the group have spoken out about departing member Camila Cabello's letter to fans. In their response posted late Monday night (Dec. 19), Cabello's bandmates say they were aware she wanted to leave the group, but they tried their best to talk her out of it. They even made several attempts at an intervention and group therapy.

"Over the past several months we have consistently made every effort to sit down and discuss the future of Fifth Harmony with Camila," the members say in their statement. 'We have spent the past year and a half (since her initial solo endeavor) trying to communicate to her and her team all of the reasons why we felt Fifth Harmony deserved at least one more album of her time, given the success of this past year that we'd all worked so hard for."

"We called for group meetings which she refused," they continued. "We asked L.A. Reid and the label to step in and try to set meetings, which again, she refused. We even went as far as group counseling which she did not show up to. So no, after months of rejection from her and her team, these supposed lengthy conversations in fact never happened, although we pleaded. We have tried with exhausted efforts and hearts to keep this group alive as the five of us, and we want it to be very clear that unfortunately those efforts were not mutual."

Like the message the ladies shared 24-hours earlier, the statement is signed by Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui and Dinah Jane. Read more here.

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Charley Pride To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Recording Academy

(Webster) Country music legend Charley Pride is set to received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Grammy organizers The Recording Academy. We were sent these details

Three-time Grammy winner Charley Pride taught himself to play guitar in his early teens, but he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. After playing in the Negro American League, he was signed by RCA Victor and in 1967 he became the first African-American singer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. (Later, in 1993, Pride became the Grande Ole Opry's first
African-American member.) "Just Between You And Me" launched Pride to stardom, earning him his first GRAMMY nomination for 1966. In 1969, Pride scored his first No. 1 country hit with "All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)." The recognition led to a long and auspicious career for Pride, who is considered the first African-American superstar in country music.

The Recording Academy will also honor Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone and the Velvet Underground with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

"This year's Special Merit Awards recipients comprise a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their respective crafts have created a timeless legacy." Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood Releases Tour Recap Video

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood has had quite the adventure in New Zealand and Australia this month. The singer headed abroad for her nine-date co-headlining tour with Keith Urban in early December and in a two-minute video posted to her socials she shared all the fun.

Underwood and Urban's Ripcord World Tour kicked off on December 3 in Wellington, New Zealand, where the two singers performed for the very first time. Additional stops in Australia included Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.

The clip shows Underwood hard at work as she conducted several television and radio interviews in the midst of her busy touring schedule. It was not all work and no play for Underwood, though. The singer enjoyed her first time skydiving with her crew as well as spent some time at the beach. The video includes moments from her live show and nightly collaboration with Urban as well as meet and greets with her fans.

"Well guys, it's been a great year," Underwood says at the clip's close with a glass of champagne in hand. "Let's go home!" Watch the video here.

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ASAP Ferg Releases 'Uzi Gang' Video

(Radio.com) A$AP Ferg's Always Strive and Prosper made waves in 2016, and the rapper has just released a video for "Uzi Gang" featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Marty Baller.

Ferg and Baller appear through out the new video and Vert makes a brief appearance in the clip, which depicts a crowded punk scene in black-and-white.

Directed by Adam Degross, "Uzi Gang" captures the chaotic and confrontational lyrics with unexpected visuals. Watch Ferg's explicit video for "Uzi Gang" here.

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Charlie Daniels' Journey Home Project Donate $100K To Vets Project

(Webster) The Journey Home Project, co-founded by Charlie Daniels, presented a check for $100,000 to Operation Stand Down Tennessee on behalf of Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board.

The gift will be used to staff the Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board's Virtual Welcome Center in partnership with Operation Stand Down Tennessee. DevDigital, a local full service digital development firm that specializes in custom web development, enterprise and mobile application development, and web hosting will provide the design and hosting of the site at no cost.

"The true measure of growth in supporting our military community, is when like-minded Americans realize a need, and then take action. Charlie, along with DevDigital, Lt. General Keith Huber, Operation Stand Down and the board of The Journey Home Project are joining forces to create a Nashville resource center that will serve our military families in the way they so deserve. We are experiencing the incredible success of a center such as this at the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center on the MTSU campus. I feel honored to be a part of this amazing process," said David Corlew, co-founder of The Journey Home Project and Daniels' manager. Read more

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CeeLo Declares His Fame In Newest Song

(Radio.com) "I am so sick of being modest," CeeLo Green says in the opening minutes of his new song, "F— Me, I'm Famous." It's a far cry from his 2010 hit, "F— You," when he sang about an ex who double crossed him, But things have clearly changed over the last six years.

"F— Me, I'm Famous" arrives under the name "Gnarly Davidson," which appears to be his new alter ego, and a nod to his other musical project with producer Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley.

Green doesn't show up in the video. Instead, "Gnarly Davidson" roams a bouncing pool party and lip-syncs to the lyrics. Dressed like a rock star, Gnarly exudes swagger and confidence as he provides his female attendees with one option if they're looking to go home with someone that night.

Even though Green stays out of the visual, it looks as though he attended the shoot. At various points, the camera focuses on a pixelated figure in the background that looks mighty similar to Green. Check it out here.

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Dierks Bentley Helps Students Get Out Of Algebra Test

(Radio.com) Asking celebrities to prom is a thing of the past. Now, students are turning to celebrities to help them get out of tests. High school Algebra II students made a deal with their teacher that if their Twitter plea received 750 retweets and a tweet from Dierks Bentley she would cancel their test.

High school student Grace, the student who tweeted the initial plea, messaged with Sounds Like Nashville about the deal. "It started as a joke but we actually talked her into it!" she wrote the outlet via Twitter DM. "It was initially 500 rts but she changed it to 750 'just to be safe.'" The students chose Bentley because their teacher is a huge fan.

The group secured the necessary retweets, but they were still waiting on Bentley to help them out when he heard about the deal and tweeted Grace on December 18th. "Hey gdub!! put your books down! have a great monday with no exam. (sorry caroline!)" he wrote. Read more here.

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Haim Tell Fans To Expect The Unexpected On New Album

(Radio.com) Haim's sophomore album will arrive in summer 2017, and the sisters are already excited about sharing their new music with fans. They opened up to EW about what fans can expect. Hint: The unexpected.

To write the follow-up to 2013's Days Are Gone, Danielle, Este and Alana headed back to their family living room where it all started. As their new music unfolded, they felt drawn to incorporate different musical choices.

"I played a fretless five-string [bass], and I haven't played a fretless five-string since I was a 12-year-old listening to Korn," Este said. Besides the three sisters, outside collaborators included Days Are Gone producer Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend.

Este left fans with the biggest teasing hint of all. "You don't even know what's coming for you," she said. "I'm warning you. You. Don't. Even. Know." Read more here.

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