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Page Too Report for 12/28/2016


Rapper Troy Ave Shot Twice On Christmas Day

(Radio.com) Rapper Troy Ave spent Christmas Day in a Brooklyn hospital after being shot several times while stopped at an intersection as he headed to celebrate the holiday with his family in New York.

As Ave tried to drive away a gunman unleashed several rounds into his red Maserati, CNN reports. The rapper (real name Roland Collins) was shot in the shoulder and a bullet grazed his head. His girlfriend, who was also in the car, was not hit. Collins was taken to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn and went into surgery late Sunday night. He is reportedly recovering well.

The gunman remains at large, according to New York Police Department Lt. John Grimpel. Collins said the shooter wore a hoodie that hid his face. "Thankfully, he will survive the second attempt on his life," said Scott Leemon, an attorney representing Collins. "Tonight, Troy Ave was targeted again…on Christmas. In Brooklyn, going to meet his family for the holiday, he was shot two times. As we have said from the beginning--he is a victim. We pray for his speedy recovery." Read more here.

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George Michael's Boyfriend Found Singer Dead In Bed

(Radio.com) George Michael's partner, Fadi Fawaz, found the singer dead on Christmas morning, he shared on Twitter. He wrote that it was a Christmas he will never forget and that he found Michael "dead peacefully in bed."

Fawaz reportedly went to visit Michael at his home in Oxfordshire on Christmas morning and the couple had planned to have lunch nearby. Fawaz, a hairdresser who began dating the singer five years ago, told the Daily Telegraph that when he arrived Michael was already dead.

'I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed," he said. 'We don't know what happened yet. Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I. Now everything is ruined. I want people to remember him the way he was-he was a beautiful person." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Grants World War II Veteran's Christmas Wish

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift made this Christmas one to remember at the Porter household this year. After hearing that 96-year-old World War II veteran Cyrus Porter uses her music to connect with his grandchildren, the singer decided to make a visit to family's home in Missouri on Monday (Dec. 26).

While Swift's parents captured the surprise on video, Porter's family filmed much of her visit and performance for their grandfather. In an interview with Ozarks First last week, Porter told the publication of his love for Swift.

"I've been to two concerts," the 96-year-old said. "Memphis and St Louis. Look what she does… she puts on a show no one else puts on." He told the publication that he'd love to catch Swift one more time in concert and on Monday he got his wish as the singer came with a guitar and performed for Porter's entire family.

Throughout her visit, Swift posed for photos with Porter's family and took a tour through his WWII memorabilia and newspaper clippings.One of Porter's many grandchildren, Robert Frye, posted several video clips and photos of Swift's visit and called it a Christmas miracle. See the posts here.

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Joey Feek Says Her Final Goodbyes 2016 In Review

Joey Feek Says Her Final Goodbyes was a top 16 story of March 2016: Country star Joey Martin Feek has said her final goodbyes and closed her eyes. The country singer was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, shortly after their daughter Indiana was born with Down syndrome.

In a heartfelt blog entry Monday (Feb 29) titled One Last Kiss, Rory, Joey's husband and singing companion, passed along a message from their hospice nurse explaining that Joey will "most-likely only be with us for a few more days… at the most."

"Over the last number of weeks her pain had gotten worse and her health had continued to decline rapidly," explains Rory. "And not long after Indy's birthday my wife decided that 'enough is enough'. She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so. She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It's time to go home."

"Joey gathered her family together around her and she said goodbye to each of them… to her mother and father and her three sisters," explains Rory of the heart-wrenching moment. "There were lots of tears as she explained to each one how much she loved them and that she was going to be going home soon. That her time here was done and she was going to go to sleep soon. And then she asked me to bring our baby in. And so… I set our little Indy on Joey's lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, "…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you." And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her. One last kiss."

"A few more days… In the 40 short years that Joey has lived, my bride has accomplished many great things… she's lived a very full life," says Rory. "But even more than that, she has loved those around her greatly and been loved greatly in return. I can honestly say that Joey's isn't just a life well-lived, it's a life well-loved."

"God only gives each of us a certain amount of time to be on this earth and every day when we wake up, we get to decide how we are going to spend those precious minutes and hours," Rory professes. "There are no do-overs, no second-chances, no next-time-around's to get it right. Joey knew this and she has made each and every day count. One of the last things Joey said before she drifted into the deep sleep she's been in for a few days now is, "I have no regrets… I can honestly say, that I have done everything I wanted to do and lived the life I always wanted to live." Read the follow-up story here.

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Harry Styles Leaves One Direction For Hollywood Rumor 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Harry Styles Leaves One Direction For Hollywood Rumor was a top 16 story of March 2016: In early February, Harry Styles fueled rumors that he'd be following in Zayn Malik's footsteps by becoming the next member of One Direction to quit and pursue a solo career.

At the time, Styles had dropped the band's management team to sign with CAA. Now, those rumors are starting to make sense, but Styles may not necessarily be thinking solo music project. It sounds as though the singer has Hollywood in his sights.

Deadline reports that Christopher Nolan offered Styles a role in his upcoming action adventure film Dunkirk. Not much is known about the role Styles was reportedly offered, though what we do know about Dunkirk is that it will focus on the evacuation during World War II that saved 300,000 Allied soldiers' lives. Read the original report here.

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Upset Justin Bieber Fans Launched Hashtag To Cancel Tour 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Upset Justin Bieber Fans Launched Hashtag To Cancel Tour was a top 16 story of March 2016: Following the news that Justin Bieber would suspend meet-and-greets for the remainder of his Purpose Tour, an angry corner of the Belieberverse launched the hashtag #CancelPurposeTour.

The logic was that if Justin couldn't be his on his best behavior for his fans, he might as well just call the whole thing off. Naturally, his truest supporters would hear none of it.

Start with a small, loud quadrant of disgruntled fans, add trolls who fuel the outrage fire by antagonizing the hive, and a massive response from stalwart Beliebers dying to get to the bottom of #CancelPurposeTour. The result is a trending hashtag. See some tweets that sum up what's going on with Bieber fans on Twitter here.

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Kelly Clarkson Clarifies Her 'Blackmail' Claim 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Kelly Clarkson Clarifies Her 'Blackmail' Claim was a top 16 story of March 2016: Kelly Clarkson made waves when she claimed her label "blackmailed" her into working with producer Dr. Luke but on Tuesday she clarified her current relationship with her label RCA.

"Just want to clarify that my current regime at @RCA is not the same one that forced me to work w/Dr. Luke," she tweeted. "Peter Edge is rad & a good dude!"

Edge the current chairman and CEO of RCA Records. The comments came in an interview discussing Dr. Luke's legal entanglement with Kesha. Read the original report here.

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Iggy Azalea Played Down Nicki Minaj Ghostwriters Feud 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Iggy Azalea Played Down Nicki Minaj Ghostwriters Feud was a top 16 story of March 2016: Appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea responded to an insinuation Nicki Minaj made at the 2014 BET Awards when she won for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.

At the time, Minaj said in her acceptance speech, "When you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it." Even though she didn't mention any names specifically, people thought she was throwing shade at Azalea for using ghostwriters.

Appearing on Big Boy's radio show on March 24th, Azalea said she and Minaj don't have a relationship. "I walked past her one time and said, "Congratulations.' She was like, 'Thank you. I appreciate it.' It's on film. You could see it' I don't know. I think she makes cool music. Good for her. That's it, really," she explained during her appearance (via XXL). Read the original report here.

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A Tribe Called Quest Pay Tribute To Phife Dawg Dead At 45 2016 In Review

A Tribe Called Quest Pay Tribute To Phife Dawg Dead At 45 was a top 16 story of March 2016: A Tribe Called Quest have paid tribute to their bandmate Malik I. Taylor, a.k.a. Phife Dawg, who died on March 22nd, 2016, due to complications resulting from diabetes, according to his family.

Here is what the group had to say, "Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren't prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy… until he heeded his fathers call.

We love his family his mother, his father, his son, his wife, his nieces, his family here in New York, Atlanta, California and Trinidad. Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJ's, social media and the music community at large.

"This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him. His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he's contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He's affected us as much as he's affected all of you.

"We're inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn't in pain. He was happy. We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother." Read the original report here.

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Madonna Addressed Allegations Of Being 'Drunk or High' On Stage 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Madonna Addressed Allegations Of Being 'Drunk or High' On Stage was a top 16 story of March 2016: Madonna's behavior on the final leg of her Rebel Heart Tour has raised some eyebrows. She's included a clown-costumed portion featuring "Tears of a Clown," made generous use of her liquor bottle props, and appeared to some critics to be genuinely "drunk or high" onstage.

The consummate professional unleashed a defense on Instagram, writing that the erratic behavior is just part of the performance and haters need to lighten up.

"Too bad people don't know the art of acting and playing a character," writes Madonna. "I could never do any of my shows high or drunk. And yes underlying all of this is sexism and mysongony which proves that not only do we not get equal pay [but] we are still treated like heretics if we step out of line and think outside the box!" Read the original report here.

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Janet Jackson Canceled Another Leg of 'Unbreakable' Tour 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Janet Jackson Canceled Another Leg of 'Unbreakable' Tour was a top 16 story of March 2016: Janet Jackson's Unbreakable Tour has been fraught with delays and postponements, and she just announced that the European leg has been indefinitely suspended.

Tickets have been refunded and no future dates have been announced. In an email to fans with tickets, concert organizers wrote, "The event organisers have been in touch to let us know that, due to scheduling difficulties, they've had to postpone the 'Unbreakable' tour. It is not possible to confirm new dates at the present time so we are refunding all ticket holders."

Jackson told fans last year that postponed dates of the American leg were due to illness, from which she's spent several months recuperating and preparing to launch the tour. Read the original report here.

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Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye Led Songwriters Hall of Fame 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye Led Songwriters Hall of Fame was a top 16 story of March 2016: Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Marvin Gaye are among the songwriters who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Nile Rodgers, Chip Taylor and Bernard Edwards have also been announced as 2016 inductees.

Co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff said about the musicians nominated, 'The 2016 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees is a beautiful mosaic of the best of late 20th Century popular music.

"With creators of Rock & Roll, Soul/R&B, Country and Funk/Dance represented, we are looking forward to an unforgettable and extremely exciting event and evening at the Marriott Marquis on June 9th," according to the Songwriters Hall of Fame's website. Read more here.

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Kendrick Lamar Released Surprise Album 'Untitled Unmastered' 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar Released Surprise Album 'Untitled Unmastered' was a top 16 story of March 2016: After hours of rumors circulating on social media that Kendrick Lamar would be surprise-releasing an album, the GRAMMY winning MC did in fact drop his latest effort. The 8-song album is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

The rumors began when, apparently, Spotify posted the album (perhaps by accident) called Untitled Unmastered. The album didn't have a release date and wasn't available for streaming.

about 10:45 pm ET, Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith tweeted "Yea King Kendrick returns 2nite," with a link to Instagram address that was dead; the tweet was soon deleted. Read the original report here.

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Blake Shelton Denies Excessive Drinking Claim In Court Filing 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Blake Shelton Denies Excessive Drinking Claim In Court Filing was a top 16 story of March 2016: Blake Shelton is suing a magazine for a September cover story that alleged his drinking led to his divorce from Miranda Lambert and that he was headed to rehab.

The suit, which was filed in October 2015, is against InTouch Weekly. In response, the publication filed a motion in February saying the suit interferes with its first amendment rights. Now, Shelton is firing back.

"I do not drink excessively, binge drink or have a drinking problem ' I am never drunk, intoxicated or unable to perform my job on The Voice or elsewhere '," Shelton tells the court in a new filing. 'I did not do anything while 'wasted that destroyed [my] marriage' ' During our marriage, Ms. Lambert never begged, demanded or asked me to go to rehab ' I did not handle my first divorce by drinking, nor has my drinking increased or escalated since my divorce from Ms. Lambert."

In the motion from Feb., Bauer Publishing, which owns InTouch Weekly, defends its actions due to Shelton's self created drinking persona. Shelton addressed those claims in his most recent filing. "Contrary to Bauer's reporting, drinking has not taken a toll on my well-being," documents state. "I do not now, nor have I ever had, health problems caused by or related to drinking ' The Rehab Story is wrong that my friends, colleagues and team think I have a problem and need help. To my knowledge, nobody around me, including my managers, peers and work colleagues, and friends, thinks I have a drinking problem." Read the original report here.

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50 Cent Tells Court Cash In Instagram Photos Wasn't His 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) 50 Cent Tells Court Cash In Instagram Photos Wasn't His was a top 16 story of March 2016: 50 Cent faced legal trouble after Judge Ann Nevins ordered him to appear in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Hartford, CT, upon seeing a series of Instagram posts displaying a lot of cash.

One of the pictures depicts the rapper surrounded by stacks of cash which spell out "Broke," while another shows the money he keeps in his fridge for some reason. Now 50 Cent is claiming the pictured cash isn't his.

The Hartford Courant reported that 50 Cent filed a statement on Tuesday, March 7th clarifying that the bills seen in those Instagram posts are actually props, and in reality he doesn't have that money. He was due in court on Wednesday, March 8th. Read the original report here.

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Tyga's Crew Accused Of Assaulting Cash Cash Members 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Tyga's Crew Accused Of Assaulting Cash Cash Members was a top 16 story of March 2016: Members of Tyga's crew allegedly attacked members of EDM trio Cash Cash. The dance artists claim they were physically assaulted by the rhymer's crew on the Inception at Sea spring break cruise.

A rep for Cash Cash sent an exclusive statement to Billboard explaining their side of the story, "Early Saturday morning members of Tyga's touring crew physically assaulted Cash Cash during an altercation backstage at Inception at Sea cruise festival.

Members affected include Samuel Frisch, and Jean Paul Makhlouf. Jean Paul Makhlouf suffered a concussion, injured kidney, alongside bruises to his head and body following the scuffle. One member of Tyga's touring crew hit Jean Paul Makhlouf of Cash Cash in the face following a verbal altercation when Tyga's crew refused to leave the stage after the promoter called Cash Cash to start their already delayed set. [Tyga had postponed his 12:30-1am set to 1:45-2:35am overlapping with the set time of Cash Cash on the same stage.] A Tyga crew member was then filmed kicking Jean Paul in the ribs, while another Tyga crew member slammed him to the ground, punching and kicking his head and body while on top of him. Samuel Frisch was also shoved during the scene.

Cash Cash was unable to perform their set and Makhlouf was also forced to miss their following show to recover from the incident." Tyga's camp hasn't responded to the allegations. See Cash Cash's graphic tweets here.

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Bobbi Kristina Autopsy Ordered Unsealed By Judge 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Bobbi Kristina Autopsy Ordered Unsealed By Judge was a top 16 story of March 2016: Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk granted a motion filed by media organizations to unseal the autopsy report for Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Media lawyers argued the September sealing order violated the state and federal constitutions and court rules because there was no public notification or opportunity for a hearing. The state argued the law exempts records sealed by court order.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in a statement he believes the records should remain sealed but that he will follow the instructions of the court. Read the original report here.

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Dada Life Released Video For Lzzy Hale Collaboration 2016 In Review

Dada Life Release Video For Lzzy Hale Collaboration was a top 16 story of March 2016: Swedish duo Dada Life have released a new music video for the song "Tic, Tic, Tic" which is their new collaboration track with Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale.

The duo had the following to say about the collaboration featured in the new fight club-style video, "We're always looking for that specific feeling of happiness and rage at the same time in our music. We really want people to be smiling while they're hurting themselves. This time we think we really nailed it!"

Hale adds, "I am a fan of the strange--and Dada Life expresses themselves in a way that connects with my own 'weird. I want to thank them for having me on this track and letting me lend my rock n' roll swagger to their inspiring music! 'Tic, Tic, Tic' is eternally in my head and heart. Hope everyone enjoys!" Watch the video here.

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Luke Bryan Gave Back To Firefighters For Leap Day 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan Gave Back To Firefighters For Leap Day was a top 16 story of March 2016: Luke Bryan partnered with Chevrolet to #DayItForward, a play on Leap Day that was meant to inspire fans to make the most of their extra 24 hours in 2016.

To show his commitment to the cause, a camera crew followed him to a fire station in Tennessee where he served lunch and gave the public servants a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

"We pick people who work hard to look after us, and we're gonna do something nice for them," said Bryan. "I've got lunch and I'm taking it to Fire Station #2 right here in Franklin, Tennessee. Some of the guys that work for this particular station saved somebody's life who was jogging just a few days ago, so with my extra 24 hours it was a no-brainer to come by and show these firefighters a little love and respect." Read the original report here.

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