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Page Too Report for 12/29/2016


George Michael's Wham! Partner Questions 'Sun' Tribute

(Radio.com) As fans mourn George Michael's sudden passing, the question remains about how to best honor the singer. Andrew Ridgeley, Michael's former partner in Wham!, says the important thing involves paying tribute to him as a solo artist.

UK newspaper The Sun began a campaign to re-release Michael's 1984 track "Careless Whisper" with all proceeds benefiting several charities Michael helped over the course of his lifetime. But Ridgeley isn't keen on the idea. It's not enough that the campaign is coming from an outlet that disparaged Michael throughout his career for being homosexual, but that they selected a song Michael co-wrote with Ridgeley rather than a song he wrote by himself.

Ridgeley took to Twitter to share his thoughts, encouraging fans to speak up and request a solo George Michael song rather than something he co-wrote. When a fan tweeted, "Theres a time and a place to celebrate all things Wham! it should be about George now," Ridgeley retweeted him along with, "This is the point!" See the series of tweets here.

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Troy Ave Released From Hospital Following Christmas Shooting

(Radio.com) Rapper Troy Ave (real name Roland Collins) was released from a Brooklyn Hospital on Tuesday (Dec. 27) after being shot on Christmas Day. On Instagram, Troy updated his fans with a video showing him walking out of the hospital. He explained in the caption, "shot in my head, shot in my back, GOD is Great Ya boi is back from the bottom of my heart thank y'all 4 all the prayers."

Troy was shot while driving around with his girlfriend in East Flatbush. According to the New York Post, Troy still has a bullet lodged in his head, which a future surgery will remove.

"He is very sore," Troy's lawyer John Stella informed reporters. "The doctors told the family that he came dangerously close to having a spinal cord injury -- but it looks like there's no lasting damage from the wound track."

Troy said he did not see the shooter's face because it was covered by a hoodie. Read more here.

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Ice Cube Launching Retired NBA Players League

(Radio.com) Ice Cube missed seeing some of his favorite retired basketball players on the court, so he created a league of retired players called Big3. The three-on-three, half-court league will begin playing games in June.

Altogether there will be eight teams featuring five former NBA players each, according to The Vertical. Each team's coach will also be an ex-player. Roger Mason, the National Basketball Players Association's deputy executive director, will be stepping down from that role to serve as president and commissioner of Big3.

"I thought of this concept as a fan who got sick of seeing his heroes retire and not play anymore," Ice Cube explained. "A lot of these guys can still play once they retire - just not the back-to-backs or four games in five nights." Read more here.

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Prince Tops Album Chart, Dominates Top 10 Following Death 2016 In Review

Prince Tops Album Chart, Dominates Top 10 Following Death was a top 16 story of April 2016: In the wake of his untimely death in April, Prince has topped the Billboard 200 Album Chart, dominating the top 10 with three albums and also scored a massive spike in song sales.

Prince claimed the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the album chart with 'The Very Best of Prince' coming in with 100K in actual album sales, and 'Purple Rain' with 63,000 in real album sales, according to Billboard.

When other metrics like streaming are added to numbers, the best of compilation had 179,000 in "equivalent album units' and "Purple Rain" had 69,000.

The triple album 'The Hits/The B-Sides' also hit the top 10 on the chart, landing at No. 6 with 41,000 total units and 24,000 in real sales. On the actual sales chart, the albums landed No. 1, 2 and 7.

His entire album catalog has sold 654,000 copies in the U.S. between April 15th and 24th, according to Nielsen Music (via Billboard. Individual song numbers are even more impressive coming in a 2.82 million downloads during that period.

Six of Prince's songs reentered the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, with "Purple Rain" becoming the top selling song of the week, topping the digital song sales chart.

He also dominated the Top 20 on Hot Rock Songs Chart landing at No. 2 with "Purple Rain," No. 3. with "When Doves Cry," No. 4 with "Little Red Corvette," No. 12 with "Darling Nikki," and "Let's Go Crazy" at No. 16. Read the original report here.

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Pink Floyd Classic Synced With 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Pink Floyd Classic Synced With 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' was a top 16 story of April 2016: There's a long tradition of Pink Floyd fans syncing the classic album The Dark Side of the Moon with cinematic masterpieces--most famously, The Wizard of Oz.

This week, a group of Redditors found that the album works surprisingly well when set to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, awakening two fandoms (and especially their overlap on a Venn diagram) to a rock galaxy far, far away.

John Williams' iconic Star Wars score signatures are hard to top, but the lyrics and music Pink Floyd lend new depth and interpretive power to scenes from the franchise's latest installment.

If you're a Star Wars or Pink Floyd fan, this mash-up is pretty neat. But if you love both, this will blow your mind. Check it out here.

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Kendrick Lamar Sued For Using Classic Bill Withers Song 2016 In Review

Kendrick Lamar Sued For Using Classic Bill Withers Song was a top 16 story of April 2016: Kendrick Lamar was sued for the alleged unauthorized use of the classic Bill Withers song "Don't You Want To Stay" on the rap star's 2009 track "I Do This", according to TMZ.

The celebrity gossip site reports that Mattie Music Group, which says it owns the rights to the Withers track, filed a suit against Lamar seeking damages and they no longer want Lamar to use the Withers song.

They reportedly claim in the legal documents that "I Do That" "consists of nothing more than new rap and hip hop lyrics set to the existing music of 'Don't You Want To Stay." Read the TMZ report here.

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Kid Rock Was 'Beyond Devastated' After Fatal Accident 2016 In Review

Kid Rock Was 'Beyond Devastated' After Fatal Accident was a top 16 story of April 2016: Kid Rock was "beyond devastated" after he discovered the body of his 30-year-old personal assistant and friend Michael Sacha, who was killed in an ATV accident on Rock's property in Nashville in late April.

Rock wrote on his official website, "I am beyond devastated to report that my personal assistant Mike Sacha passed away today in an ATV accident here in Nashville. He was a member of our family and one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with.

"I know I speak for us all in sharing my deepest condolences to his family. I can not imagine how they must feel. Myself, the band, our family, friends and co-workers are devastated over this loss. We were supposed to be back in Michigan today, but I am going to stay here with Mike until I can bring him home to his family.

"We've already been contacted by the press asking if it was me who was in the accident, so I want to stop any rumors before they spread. I'm asking everyone to please respect our and his families' privacy in this difficult time. RIP Mike. We will never forget you, my friend. - Kid Rock"

Police in Nashville put out the following statement about the accident, "Investigation by North Precinct detectives shows that an ATV accident is responsible for the overnight death of Michael Sacha, 30, on private property at 3631 Knight Drive owned by Robert Ritchie, known professionally as musician Kid Rock. Sacha worked for Ritchie as a personal assistant.

"Officers were called to the scene at 11:36 a.m. and found that Sacha was deceased on the embankment of the property's long driveway. Detectives learned that Sacha drove two individuals who had attended a cookout down the driveway to meet with an Uber driver at midnight. While riding the ATV back toward the residence, Sacha apparently lost control and crashed.

"Ritchie began looking for Sacha late this morning when he couldn't find him at the residence. Ritchie and a friend discovered Sacha on the embankment and immediately telephoned for help." Read the original report here.

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Kanye West And Tidal Sued Over Exclusive Promises 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Kanye West And Tidal Sued Over Exclusive Promises was a top 16 story of April 2016: Kanye West and the Tidal are being sued over claims that West made on social media that his album 'The Life of Pablo' would only be available through the music service.

Back in February West tweeted, "My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal." This caused his fans to flock to Tidal and their subscribers reportedly doubled.

By March 31st, Tidal's exclusive hold on Kanye's "The Life of Pablo" was over and the project was made available on Apple and Spotify. AP reports Justin Baker-Rhett is suing the musician and Tidal claiming Tidal bamboozled people into signing up for the service by falsely promising the album's exclusivity.

Baker-Rhett's attorney issued a statement, "We fully support the right of artists to express themselves freely and creatively, however creative freedom is not a license to mislead the public.

"We believe that we will be able to prove to a jury that Mr. West and Tidal tricked millions of people into subscribing to their services and that they will ultimately be held accountable for what they did." Read more here.

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Surviving Members N.W.A. Members Perform At Coachella 2016 In Review

Surviving Members N.W.A. Members Perform At Coachella was a top 16 story of April 2016: Three of the surviving members of N.W.A., MC Ren, DJ Yella and Ice Cube, performed together at the Coachella festival in April. Dr. Dre did not join his former bandmates at the event.

The three performed three songs together including "Straight Outta Compton" (the title track to their biopic and 1988 album), "Dopeman" (where they were joined by Ice Cube's son and biopic star O'Shea Jackson) and "F The Police", according to Radio.com.

The N.W.A. stars were not the only special guests to join Ice Cube during his set. Common hit the stage for a performance of their Barbershop soundtrack collaboration "Real People."

Snoop Dogg also made an appearance, joining Ice Cube for a performance of their collaboration "Go To Church" and the set was capped off with all of the special guests returning for a rendition of Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day," according to the report. , Read the original report here.

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Zac Brown Addresses Alleged Drug Bust Involvement 2016 In Review

Zac Brown Addresses Alleged Drug Bust Involvement was a top 16 story of April 2016: Zac Brown made headlines when rumors surfaced that he was involved in a drug bust in Palm Beach, FL, and now the Zac Brown Band frontman has addressed the issue.

Brown released the following statement, "My dad always said nothing good ever happens when you stay out late. It's a lesson I learned the hard way last week, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I attended a private gathering at a Miami-area hotel and had only been there for a short time when police officers arrived and arrested two people in the room who had just showed up a few minutes before.

"I did not know these people and had no idea that there were drugs in their possession. I cooperated fully with the authorities and am not part of any ongoing police investigation. Everyone is responsible for their actions, and I regret using poor judgment and putting myself in that position.

"I am focused on continuing to make great music for my fans, and on representing my family and community well with our philanthropic work. And next time I'll make sure to remember what my dad taught me. - Zac" Read the original report here.

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Country Legend Merle Haggard Died On His 79th Birthday 2016 In Review

Country Legend Merle Haggard Died On His 79th Birthday was a top 16 story of April 2016: Country music legend Merle Haggard died on April 7th in California after months of battling with pneumonia. His passing came on the same day as his 79th birthday, which the star predicted to his family.

Haggard's son Ben wrote the following on his official Facebook, "A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn't wrong. A hour ago he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends.

"He loved everything about life and he loved that everyone of you gave him a chance with his music. He wasn't just a country singer.. He was the best country singer that ever lived.

The Country Music Hall of Fame star enjoyed a long hit-making career including the classics "Okie From Muskogee," and "Today I Started Loving You Again".

Haggard was hospitalized back in December of last year and again last month for his battle with pneumonia. A number of country music stars paid tribute to Haggard. See them here.

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The Chainsmokers Spread Their Own Break Up Hoax 2016 In Review

The Chainsmokers Spread Their Own Break Up Hoax was a top 16 story of April 2016: The dynamic musical duo of The Chainsmokers (Alex Pall and Drew Taggart) celebrated April Fools Day by sending us notice that they had broken up. The good news is it was a prank and the even better news is their real message was the announcement that they had released a new song called "Inside Out" featuring Charlee.

Here is what they had to say about the track, "So basically we discovered Charlee through our buddy Adrian Lux. We asked him to put us in touch and we really hit it off. She had such an incredible voice and we didnt even know about her song writing yet. We sent her a demo called Halo we had done and within a week she had sent us back one of the most dark and emotional toplines we have yet received.

"Side story she actually was in NYC and we had finished the song, but unfortunately a few weeks later our computer crashed and we lost everything. (IF YOU ARE READING THIS BACK UP YOUR STUFF NOW) Good news was we were better producers and the new version kicks ass!

"Its rare you find a partner like Charlee to work with, someone who is saw raw and authentic as an artist we are working on a bunch of other stuff wit her as well she just inspires us in a way a lot of music doesn't. For us that inspiration is super important because its very fleeting so it was a real pleasure working with this gal.

"So yeah we hope you loved the track and we are gonna be working on some other stuff of hers, as its looking like she will be the first artist we will ever be producing for that isn't a chainsmokers single. She is just that dope in our opinion." Stream the new song here.

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Chris Stapleton The Big Winner At ACM Awards 2016 In Review

Chris Stapleton The Big Winner At ACM Awards was a top 16 story of April 2016: Chris Stapleton was the big winner of the night at 51st Academy of Country Music Awards which took place on Sunday April 3rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Stapleton took home awards for Male Vocalist Of The Year, Album of the Year (Traveler), New Male Vocalist Of The Year, and Song Of The Year for "Nobody To Blame".

Other top prize winners included Jason Aldean for Entertainer Of The Year, Miranda Lambert for Female Vocal Of The Year, Little Big Town for Vocal Group Of The Year, Florida Georgia Line for Vocal Duo Of The Year and Thomas Rhett's "Die A Happy Man" won Single Of The Year.

Kelsea Ballerini took home the award for New Female Vocalist of the Year and Old Dominion won the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year honors. See the full list of winners here.

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The Roots Pulled Out Of David Bowie Tribute Shows 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) The Roots Pulled Out Of David Bowie Tribute Shows was a top 16 story of April 2016: Questlove announced that the Roots have dropped out of the David Bowie tribute concerts following a dispute over equipment at Radio City Music Hall.

In an Instagram post, Quest breaks down the "b*tcha**ness" that led to their decision: It sounds like the Roots were denied use of sound or music equipment. In the spirit of generosity, Questlove affirmed that he never denies fellow musicians the liberty to borrow his gear for performances, and characterized his experience with Bowie tribute organizers as "petty."

"But I'm also keeping it true: The Roots/Bilal/Kimbra (w/ Wendy Melvoin, DD Jackson & Ray Angry) pulled out of these Bowie gigs," he wrote. "We have patience. But we do NOT have patience for the # b*tcha**ness. Enjoy your precious equipment." Read the original report here.

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Two Alleged Bobby Shmurda Associates Convicted Of Murder 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Two Alleged Bobby Shmurda Associates Convicted Of Murder was a top 16 story of April 2016: Two members of the street gang GS9, of which rapper Bobby Shmurda is alleged to be a member, have been convicted of murder, according to a press release from the Special Narcotics Prosecutor's Office in New York City.

A jury has convicted Rashid Derissant and Alex Crandon for the February 2013 murder of a 19-year-old rival gang member in Brooklyn. The two defendants were found guilty on charges of Conspiracy in the Second and Fourth Degrees, Murder in the Second Degree, multiple counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Assault in the First and Second Degrees, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, and Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, per the press release.

"As indicated by their verdict, the jurors in this trial heard evidence describing a cold blooded murder, wild gunplay and a terrifying disregard for the safety of innocent bystanders as the defendants tried to violently settle scores with rivals in New York City and beyond," said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan in a prepared statement. Read more here.

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Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Translated Info Shakespearean English 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Translated Info Shakespearean English was a top 16 story of April 2016: How dost thy hotline bling? A clever writer has translated Drake's hit single "Hotline Bling" into something that would make Shakespeare proud. Probably.

Called "Drakespeare," the poem takes all of Drake's original lyrics and translates them into Shakespearean-style iambic pentameter. David F. Brand is the mind behind this latest take on Drake's song, which has already received more than its fair share of memes, covers and even cakes.

The track's opening verse about the hotline blinging when Drake's lady needs his love becomes, "Thou didst nightly send me your attendant/ When they water moon cast quenching beams./ Sealed temptation inside a parchment/ And then signed upon a midnight pillow./ I know when they messenger unwinds thy scroll/ It foretells that you bethink such fantasies/ Thy note discovers thy unchaste plan/ Beckons forth to me: 'Attend apace, man!'" More here.

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Diana Ross In A Car Crash 2016 In Review

Diana Ross In A Car Crash was a top 16 story of April 2016: Diana Ross was in a car accident on Wednesday, April 13. The legendary 72-year-old Motown singer reassured fans that she did not receive any major injuries in the crash and she didn't let it derail her concert in Providence, Rhode Island on Thursday night.

Ross broke the news to fans via Twitter on Thursday. "I was involved in a car accident yesterday, but I'm fine," she tweeted. "I will see you tonight at the show in Providence."

She went into a little more detail on Facebook, "I'm going to be a little sore, but it was mostly shocking. I have a very tiny sore bump on my forehead at my hairline. I ask you not to worry. I will see you tonight at the show in Providence." Read the original report here.

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Rihanna Documentary Being Made By Peter Berg 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Rihanna Documentary Being Made By Peter Berg was a top 16 story of April 2016: For those who want a peek behind the curtain at Rihanna's inner life, director Peter Berg will be bringing it to the big screen. Despite her over-sized lifestyle, well documented on Instagram and concert footage, the Barbadian singer remains something of a chameleon in plain sight.

Peter Berg (who has previously directed Rihanna in Battleship) will style the film after Don't Look Back, D.A. Pennebaker's landmark Bob Dylan film from 1967.

Rather than a pat, by-the-numbers look at life on tour, her music's message, and her relationship with fans, the yet-untitled Rihanna movie has been described as a "character study." Read the original report here.

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Notorious B.I.G.'s Daughter Lashed Out At Puff Daddy 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Notorious B.I.G.'s Daughter Lashed Out At Puff Daddy was a top 16 story of April 2016: The daughter of Notorious B.I.G., T'yanna Wallace was displeased when organizers didn't send her tickets to the Bad Boy Family Tour--organized to celebrate her late father's 44th birthday.

"The bad boy concert is for my dad's bday but I got NOT ONE TICKET," she tweeted. "Just wanna point that out." She later deleted the post. Puff Daddy said it was a big misunderstanding.

"I had already put tickets to the side for the family of course," Puff Daddy told a radio station. "People were notified. They didn't notify her. We don't have no problem."

However, he has some regrets about how the Bad Boy Family has been a bit estranged in the years since Biggie's death. "I called her and I let her know that I love her and I know that she doesn't see me all the time," Puff Daddy said. "I told her like, I know I can get out of pocket but I also told her as a man, if I ever had made you feel like that where I haven't checked in on you, I apologize." Read more here.

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