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Run the Jewels Release 'RTJ3' Album Early For Christmas

(Radio.com) Hip-hop duo Run the Jewels surprised their fans with a special gift by releasing their new album a few weeks early on Christmas Eve. RTJ3 is now available on iTunes and can be streamed on Spotify.

In a message on their Facebook, page, they said, "its a christmas f�ing miracle. for our jewel runners worldwide, f� it. we couldn't help ourselves. it just feels right. after a crazy f�ing year and with a full tour about to set off we asked ourselves what we were waiting for' and we just couldn't come up with a great answer. you've been with us since we started this thing and its made such a huge difference in our lives to have your energy and love. thank you.

"so as a gift to all of you who have allowed us to continue to do what we love: RTJ3. we busted our a�es on this one and we think we made something special this round. grab it for free, buy it on any of the digital platforms you like or stream it." Read more here.

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Britney Spears Gets Stuck In A Tree 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Britney Spears Gets Stuck In A Tree was a top 16 story of 2016 after she endured another concert mishap during her Las Vegas residency. This time, the pop superstar was caught up a tree. That is, the harness that was meant to carry her across the stage from a tree set piece failed to achieve liftoff during a performance of her hit "Toxic."

Rather than making a dramatic aerial ascent across the main stage, Spears had to climb down a set of stairs to join her dancers front and center. A helpful stage hand climbed to inform her that the harness moment was a no-go. Members of the audience seemed aware that something wasn't quite right.

Spears, ever the professional, quickstepped down the stairs to finish the number and give her fans what they paid top dollar to see in Sin City. Watch video of the incident here.

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Chris Young Fan Asked For Bra She Tossed On Stage Back 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Chris Young Fan Asked For Bra She Tossed On Stage Back was a top 16 story of 2016: Fans at a Chris Young show got a bit overly excited, prompting the crooner to tweet about a "record number" of bras thrown onstage that night. At his No. 1 party for "I'm Comin' Over" Monday night (Jan. 11), Young admitted that the story got even better.

"We had laundry on stage!" Chris told media outlets. "You know what was funny, at that show one girl asked for it back. We left them all up on stage and one girl comes and goes, 'Can I get that one?' And my stage hands are like, 'Are you sure? It's been onstage.' And she was like, 'It was really expensive.' [laughs] "

The 30-year-old was actually impressed by the girl's honestly. "I was like, you are equally brave for coming back to get it and go, 'no, no, I don't want to repurchase that,'" he said.

Speaking of ladies on tour, odds are he won't have the same conversation with his upcoming tourmate and duet partner Cassadee Pope. The pair's "Think of You" is Young's followup to "I'm Comin' Over."

"I had gone out of my way to grab her on the tour, we knew that was going to be the next single," he explained at the No. 1 party. "It's one of those things where I was so lucky to get someone with a voice like that on the track. It such a vocally powerful song. It's range-y. I don't know if you guys have ever heard her sing live and in person, it sounds like her record. It's incredible. She's doing a high c sharp on the record. It's nuts. I'm pumped. That's something we'll be able to give people when the single's fresh, when it's new, when they don't know it yet, as well as - hopefully - six months from now where it won't be a big deal."

Watch the lyric video for "Think of You" here.

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Country Music Star Craig Strickland Found Dead 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Country Music Star Craig Strickland Found Dead was a top 16 story of 2016: The singer had been missing since December 27th. Strickland was hunting ducks with his friend Chase Morland when the two decided to go into a storm to continue their hunt.

"The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division made recovery of the body of Craig M. Strickland this morning Jan. 4, 2016," a spokesperson confirms to People Magazine in a statement.

Before Strickland and his friend continued their quest, Morland posted a tweet, which became the last message from either of them. 'In case we don't come back," Morland tweeted, '@BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm." Read the original report here.

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Chris Brown Denies Assault Allegation 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Chris Brown Denies Latest Assault Allegation was a top 16 story of 2016: Brown's team fired back at claims he assaulted a woman in Las Vegas in December of 2015. A statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter states that the alleged victim's accusations are "unequivocally untrue."

"I'm going to be hella rich after all the lawsuits I file from these crazy individuals who keep lying on my name. Happy NEW YEAR! Time for some of us to grow the f� up," the singer wrote in an Instagram post. TMZ reports that a defamation suit may be filed as early as today.

The charges pertain to an alleged incident that occurred on Saturday, December 2 at the Palms Casino Resort. Liziane Gutierrez claims that when she attempted to take photos with Brown, he punched her in the face and took her phone.

"Her claim that she had her phone in her possession inside the after party and was able to take a photo causing an altercation with Chris Brown is a complete fabrication," read a statement by Brown's team. "This seems like a clear case of retaliation for her bruised ego." See Brown's post here.

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Natalie Cole's Cause of Death Revealed 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Natalie Cole's Cause of Death Revealed was a top 16 story of 2016: Nine-time Grammy-winning singer Cole passed away at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 65. The daughter of the late Nat King Cole faced many medial problems over the years and now the exact cause of death has been revealed.

According to a statement, Cole suffered from idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure. Her family released the statement on Thursday (Jan. 7) that explains following receiving a kidney transplant in 2009, Cole was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare lung disease that causes shortness of breath, dizziness and sometimes chest pain.

The statement also stated that she "responded well to pulmonary arterial hypertension-specific agents over many years, during which she performed many concerts world-wide, but eventually succumbed to intractable right heart failure, an outcome that unfortunately commonly occurs in this progressive disorder." Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Kicked Out Of Mayan Ruin 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber Kicked Out Of Mayan Ruin was a top 16 story of 2016: pop troublemaker Justin Bieber was vacationing in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and decided to take in some sights. One stop was the Mayan city of Tulum, an archaeological ruin and one of the most-visited destinations in Mexico.

The Telegraph reports that while there, Bieber attempted to climb an ancient buildings and received multiple warnings from security guards to stop. As the confrontation escalated, officials called police though "tempers had cooled" by the time the authorities arrived.

A representative of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History told the newspaper that the police intervention was unnecessary--though Bieber was ultimately escorted from the premises. Read more here.

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Tyler Farr Placed On Total Vocal Rest 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Tyler Farr Placed On Total Vocal Rest was a top 16 story of 2016: Farr has been placed on total vocal rest after a microlaryngeal surgery to remove a polyp on his vocal chords. The issue began during Farr's 2015 summer tour with Jason Aldean but was identified after Farr's severe bout of bronchitis at the end of last year.

'This is the last thing I would've ever expected," Farr said in a statement. 'I sing hard, and I give it everything I have every night, but I really believed I was putting my training to work.

"After a #1 song, an awesome tour with Jason and getting engaged, this is not how I thought I was going to be winding up 2015." As a result, Farr is canceling his appearances with Lee Brice to focus on his work with the Vanderbilt Voice Clinic in Nashville. Read the original report here.

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Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter Arrested For Battery 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter Arrested For Battery was a top 16 story of 2016: Carter was arrested in Key West, Florida, following a fight outside a bar. In the early hours of the morning, Carter was booked at the Monroe County jail and charged with misdemeanor battery.

The incident happened at the Hogs Breath Saloon and a police report indicates that Carter was intoxicated. It explains that when a bartender refused to serve the singer, Carter and Michael Rae Papayans became aggressive.

Papayans allegedly head-butted an employee of the saloon while Carter allegedly grabbed a bouncer by the throat. Both were arrested and charged. The pop star later apologized for the incident. Read about that here.

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14 Music Videos Now Have Over One Billion YouTube Views 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) 14 Music Videos Now Have Over One Billion YouTube Views was a top 16 story of 2016: A billion views on YouTube used to mean something. Now 14 music videos have hit the mark and there is a crowded field of clips that are inching closer to the coveted milestone.

According to Billboard, the video for "Lean On" by Major Lazer and DJ Snake hit one billion views last week. It marks the 14th clip to have been viewed over one billion times, joining the likes of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" and "Shake It Off," Katy Perry's "Roar," Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again," and the number one viewed video on YouTube: Psy's "Gangnam Style."

Billboard also reports that only two clips had passed one billion views a year ago and now a dozen more have joined the most-viewed clips within the past 12 months. It looks like the number could easily double over the next year.

The next clip in line is "Love the Way You Lie." Eminem and Rihanna's 2010 hit needs just under three hundred thousand views to hit one billion. Meanwhile Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," Maroon 5's "Sugar," Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," Psy's "Gentleman," and Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" are all less than one million views from the coveted spot. Read more here.

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Kacey Musgraves Boots Thief Arrested 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Kacey Musgraves Boots Thief Arrested was a top 16 story of 2016: On Jan. 5, Kacey Musgraves took to Twitter to share her disdain for the person who broke into her vehicle outside a venue in Nashville and stole her Lucchese boots.

The Tennessean newspaper reports that the suspect has been arrested after trying to return the merchandise. The police report filed by Musgraves details that two pairs of boots, valued at $900, and their receipts, were stolen.

The following day, Darnell Cunningham went to Lucchese Boots and with boots and receipts in hand. The store's general manager recognized the footwear and noticed the country singer's name on the receipt. Read more here.

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Stage Crasher Wants Sharon Osbourne to Take Him to Cheesecake Factory 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Stage Crasher Wants Sharon Osbourne to Take Him to Cheesecake Factory was a top 16 story of 2016: After crashing the stage at the People's Choice Awards, aspirin' rapper, Zacarai Nicasio, wants The View's Sharon Osbourne to apologize to him for kicking him in the butt on live TV.

Also, he wants her to take him to the Cheesecake Factory. This is not the first time Nicasio has crashed a stage. The 20 year old, who goes by the name ZacZeta, crashed Kris Jenner's 60th birthday party as well.

After spending the night in jail, Nicasion told HipHopDX that he doesn't intend on suing Osbourne for literally licking him off the stage. "What's her name, Sharon Osbourne? She kicked me in my a-, dude.

"When she kicked me in my a-, my brain did my a backflip. I guess it was coo[l]. But I'm going to need that apology from her, though. If she can take me on a date to Cheesecake Factory. That's about it." said Nicasio. Read more here.

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David Bowie and Notorious B.I.G. Mashed Up With 'Biggie Star' 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) David Bowie and Notorious B.I.G. ashed Up With 'Biggie Star' was a top 16 story of 2016: DJ Terry Urban is known for creating some of the coolest mash-ups around. He had a hit last year by blending The Notorious B.I.G. and R&B sensation FKA Twigs' music for a project called FKA Biggie.

Urban dips into Biggie's music again to make a mash-up paying homage to the late David Bowie. Terry Urban's new amalgamation is called "Biggie Stardust."

The track, which was released on Soundcloud, lays a Biggie verse lifted from "Dead Wrong" over Bowie's "Moonage Daydream." While the two songs don't seem like they would pair well together, the mash-up is well executed. Check out Terry Urban's "Biggie Stardust" here.

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Sam Smith Surprised He Was Up Against Radiohead For Spectre Theme 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Sam Smith Surprised He Was Up Against Radiohead For Spectre Theme was a top 16 story of 2016: Smith won a Golden Globe for his James Bond theme, "Writing's on the Wall." Backstage, a reporter asked if he was surprised to hear the Radiohead song in contention for Spectre's signature track. His answer was, at first, rather obtuse.

"Thom Yorke?" a confused Smith offered his collaborator Jimmy Napes, who provided a lifeline with the word Radiohead. "Yes, I was a little bit surprised," continued Smith. "Not going to lie, but I haven't listened to it personally because I did the Spectre theme song."

Around the holidays, Radiohead released their shot at a Bond theme, simply titled "Spectre." The band graciously explained that the partnership with studio decision-makers didn't go anywhere. Read more here.

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Kanye West Superfan Pulls a 'Kanye' at the People's Choice Awards 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Kanye West Superfan Pulls a 'Kanye' at the People's Choice Awards was a top 16 story of 2016: Now that "pulling a Kanye" has entered the vernacular, nary an awards show passes without the risk that someone will rush the stage uninvited. At the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night, a self-proclaimed Kanye West superfan rushed the stage to crash an acceptance speech by the ladies from The Talk.

After a couple of swift kicks from Sharon Osbourne, security removed Zacari Nicasio from the stage. According to NME, Nicasio shouted "Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman," a lyric from West's song "FACTS," alluding to his friendly rivalry with Drake.

"I had to shout out who I look up to: Kanye West and Kevin Gates," Nicasio told the Hollywood Reporter. "I came here to do this tonight. I could honestly care less about what was going to happen." Check out an image here.

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Taylor Swift's Reveals Unplugged Version Of 'Blank Space' 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift's Reveals Unplugged Version Of 'Blank Space' was a top 16 story of 2016: The country turned pop star shared an acoustic version of her hit single "Blank Space." Taylor introduces the track as a reaction to the media painting her as the "psycho-serial dater girl."

"My first reaction was to be like man that's a bummer, this isn't fun for me," says Swift. "But then my second reaction ended up being, hey that's actually kindof a really interesting character they're writing about, she jet sets around the world collecting men, and she can get any of them, but she's so clingy that they leave and she cries, and then she gets another one in her web and she traps them and locks them in her mansion and then she's crying in her marble bathtub surrounded by pearls."

"I was like, I can use this," Swift jokes. The performance comes from Taylor's stripped down set at the GRAMMY Museum on September 30th. Check out the unplugged version of "Blank Space" here.

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Courtney Love Performs Radiohead's 'Creep' 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Courtney Love Performs Radiohead's 'Creep' was a top 16 story of 2016: Over the last couple of years, Courtney Love has waded back into making music with a few new singles. Now and then she takes the stage and reminds us what made her an icon before offstage antics clouded public perception. One such event happened in Los Angeles earlier this week at a Linda Perry party for the movie Freeheld.

Love performed a cover of the Radiohead classic "Creep" oozing with the pensive, tortured, carnal intensity we know and respect. Yahoo News reports that her daughter Frances Bean Cobain looked on from the audience.

The event specifically celebrated the Linda Perry/Miley Cyrus collaboration that some have tipped for Best Original Song prospects at this year's Oscars. Check it out here.

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