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You Don't Give Eddie Van Halen A Speeding Ticket 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) It was revealed in June that Sammy Hagar isn't the only Van Halen alum who can't drive 55 as Eddie recalled in an interview how a police captain cancelled a speeding ticket - just because he was Eddie Van Halen. The guitarist, a keen racer and owner of a Lambourghini, a Porsche, two high-performance Audis and other vehicles, was stopped after driving at 95mph in a 65mph zone.

Van Halen tells CarAndDriver.com: "Audi contacted me to test-drive the V-10 on the track. You know, just go crazy. So my wife Janie and I drove up in her Mercedez-Benz ML63 AMG. It's a long drive and we're doing abuot 90, 95 in a 65.

"I get pulled over and the guy writes me up. I'm going, 'The last thing I need is a speeding ticket for that much over the limit.'" He later received a letter from his business office: "The patrol guy who gave me the ticket, his captain voided it. He said, 'You don't give Eddie Van Halen a ticket.' And I had a letter to prove it." Read more here.

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Zayn Malik Canceled Concert Over Anxiety 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Zayn Malik revealed that he was forced to cancel his performance at the Capital Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium back in June due to anxiety.

In a photo posted through Twitter, Zayn said, "Unfortunately my anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me," adding, 'with the magnitude of the event, I have suffered the worst anxiety in my career."

Zayn apologized to his fans for pulling out of the show, and reached out to those who may share his struggle with anxiety. "I know those who suffer anxiety will understand and I hope those who don't can empathize with my situation." Judging by the Twitter responses, most of his fans did understand, including one who is very near and dear to his heart. Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Sued For Alleged 'Photograph' Theft 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Two songwriters sued Ed Sheeran in June for allegedly lifting their melody, rhythm and more for his hit single "Photograph." Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard wrote a song titled "Amazing" in 2009.

It would go on to be recorded by The X Factor's season 10 winner Matt Cardle, appearing on his debut studio album Letters in 2011. Fast forward to Sheeran's 2014 album X, which contains the hit "Photograph," a song that shares more than a few parallels to Harrington and Leonard's work.

"The songs' similarities reach the very essence of the work," the lawsuit states, according to Billboard. "The similarities go beyond substantial, which is itself sufficient to establish copyright infringement, and are in fact striking. The similarity of words, vocal style, vocal melody, melody, and rhythm are clear indicators, among other things, that 'Photograph' copies 'Amazing.'" Read more here.

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ABBA Reunited For 50th Anniversary 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) ABBA performed together on June 5 at a private party in Stockholm, Sweden. The occasion celebrated 50 years of friendship between members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

To celebrate their fellow members and former partners, Agnetha Fältskog and Ann-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad not only made an appearance at the party, but they also sang "You and I."

Bjorn and Benny eventually joined then onstage towards the end of the song, according to Expressen. The four members also took some time at the evening's end to talk about ABBA and sing together once more.

Frida said about the reunion, "It was absolutely amazing. A lot of emotions. We've made this journey throughout our history. Benny and Bjorn in particular. Its been very nostalgic." Read more here.

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Beyonce Sued By Filmmaker For 'Lemonade' 'Similarities' 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Some Beyonce fans brought up some similarities between the baseball bat scene in her Lemonade "visual album" and Pipilotti Rist's "Ever Is Over All" and in June another filmmaker sued Beyonce because elements throughout Lemonade seem similar to his short film, reports NME.

The suit cites "graffiti and persons with heads down," 'red persons with eyes obscured," 'side-lit ominous figures" and 'the grass scene" as being suspiciously reminiscent of Matthew Fulks' film Palinoia.

Fulks said he passed the film along to Bryan Younce, an executive at Beyonce's label Columbia Records, in July 2015. Given the timing and alleged access to his work, Fulks believes his ideas inspired visual elements in Lemonade--particularly the widely viewed trailer which aired weeks before the album debuted on HBO.

The filmmaker seeks a portion of profits earned from Lemonade. Watch Palinoi here.

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Lil Wayne Forced To Make An Emergency Landing 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) TMZ reported in mid-June that a flight carrying rap star Lil Wayne was forced to make an emergency landing after the rapper suffered a seizure. Wayne has a long history of seizures.

According the report Wayne was traveling from Milwaukee to California when his plane made an unscheduled landing in Omaha, NE where Wayne, who had re-gained consciousness, refused treatment from paramedics.

TMZ published a follow-up report that claims that Wayne suffered a second seizure moments after taking off from Omaha. His plane was forced to return to the airport, and the rapper was transported to a local hospital. Stream the TMZ dispatch audio here.

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Troy Ave Pleaded Not Guilty To Attempted Murder In T.I. Concert Shooting 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave earned one of the big stories for June when he pleaded not guilty to attempted murder after a shooting that left one dead and three injured at a T.I. concert at New York music venue Irving Plaza.

Troy Ave was arraigned on May 30 in New York and could be charged with murder after an alleged fist fight backstage at a T.I. concert went terribly wrong, according to the New York Daily News.

Prosecutors say the rapper, aka Roland Collins, "recklessly fired a gun five times in a crowded venue" with no concern for the consequences. Meanwhile, his defense attorney Scott Leemon says otherwise.

"The most important thing in this case is that Troy Ave is an actual victim here," Leemon told AllHipHop. "He didn't shoot himself, he didn't shoot his lifelong friend and bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter." Read more here.

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Fetty Wap Video Causes Trouble For High School Principal 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) The principal at Fetty Wap's high school made headlines in June after being suspended for allowing the entertainer to shoot his "Wake Up" video at the school. School administrators there deemed the content of the song inappropriate.

The video was shot at East Side High School in Paterson, New Jersey, the school that Fetty Wap attended, and dropped out of. The clip is framed as a dropout-made-good story, and title cards encourage students to "find their own path."

Nevertheless, parents and school board members are unhappy with the video, which depicts a stripper pole shot in a classroom and numerous drug references.

"I went back to my old high school because I love my city," Wap said in a statement. "I wanted to show the students of Paterson that someone who walked those same hallways they walk every day and sat in the same classrooms shown in the video has become successful. If I can do it they can do it too." Read more

Read the original report here.

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Alleged Jason Aldean Facebook Imposter Arrested 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Jason Aldean was in the news in June for all the wrong reasons after a Florida man was arrested after posing as the country music star on Facebook. According to WFLA.com, Daniel Farris from Pinellas County, Florida is being accused of defrauding a mentally handicapped woman.

Farris pretended he was both Aldean and a friend of the singer's and requested $2,000 from his victim. He also convinced the woman to have sex with him.

According to a Largo Police, the mentally handicapped victim believed Farris was Jason Aldean. Reportedly, Farris told the victim that Aldean loved her but he was busy on tour and needed money. He later admitted to using the money to pay for his addiction to prescription pain pills. Read more here.

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50 Cent Arrested For On Stage Profanity 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) 50 Cent Arrested For On Stage Profanity was a top 16 story of June 2016: 50 Cent was arrested after a performance in St. Kitts. According to Rolling Stone, during the rapper's set on June 25 on the Caribbean island he cursed on stage while performing "P.I.M.P."

On the island of St. Kitts, there is a law that prohibits cursing on stage. 50 Cent allegedly knew about the law but still dropped a curse in the song. After his appearance, authorities came and charged 50 Cent with using explicit language in public.

In a statement released to Rolling Stone, the rapper's representative said since there were no clean versions of his tracks, profanity-laden were used. "[Curtis "50 Cent"] Jackson was only booked to host the show, when he arrived at the festival organizers asked him to perform, he obliged and used the DJ they had there," his representative told Rolling Stone. "Unfortunately, they didn't have the clean version to his tracks, so there were profanities used during his performance." Read more here.

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Suge Knight Sued Chris Brown Over VMA Party Shooting 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Suge Knight Sues Chris Brown Over VMA Party Shooting was a top 16 story of June 2016: Suge Knight sued Chris Brown over a shooting incident at a 2014 VMA party, according to CBS Los Angeles. Knight was shot seven times at a VMA pre-party in 2014 hosted by Brown at the 1 Oak club.

"As a result of the negligence of the defendants, one or more unknown individuals were allowed access to the event with weapons, including firearms," the lawsuit claims.

"As a foreseeable result, gunshots were fired by those admitted into the event and (Knight) was shot and seriously injured." The damages Knight is seeking are unknown at this time. Read the original report here.

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Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama Break Up 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama Break Up was a top 16 story of June 2016: Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama have ended their relationship after nearly six years together. Last year, Lovato openly discussed the prospect of marrying her 36-year-old beau, best-known for his role on That 70s Show.

And while the pair never made it to the alter, they said they would move forward as "best friends."' After almost six loving and wonderful years together, we have decided to end our relationship," read a joint note from the couple.

"This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us, but we have realized more than anything that we are better as best friends. We will always be supportive of one another." Read more here.

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One Direction's Harry Styles Inked Solo Deal 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) One Direction's Harry Styles Inks Solo Deal was a top 16 story of June 2016: Harry Styles has signed a solo recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label behind his group One Direction, according to a report from Billboard.

The terms and timeline for the solo album are still unknown. Since One Direction formed on The X Factor U.K. in 2010, the group has created four No. 1 albums and one No. 2 record.

Styles is currently filming the Christopher Nolan World War II drama, Dunkirk. We first had a clue that Styles might be headed towards a solo career last year. Read more here.

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Tom DeLonge Turned His Focus To Aliens, UFOS And Conspiracy Theories 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Tom DeLonge revealed in June that he was diving deep into a lifelong passion. The former Blink 182 guitarist and singer said that he planned to focus his time and energy studying aliens, UFOs and conspiracy theories.

He's spearheading a transmedia series called Sekret Machines that will seek to investigate "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" through a range of fiction and non-fiction books, a documentary and music from his new band Angels & Airwaves. He already released the first fiction book Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows in April.

DeLonge first became interested in aliens (not the term he would use, by the way) in junior high. "I just had some free time on my hands and I found myself at the school library looking for books on the subject matter," he told Mic. "[In] the beginnings of my career with [Blink-182], you have a lot of free time in the van, traveling across the country for 12 months, so I found myself getting a lot of really interesting books that challenged the way I thought about stuff."

But why focus on it now? Essentially, what he began learning about extraterrestrial life unearthed more and more that he needed to study in order to fully grasp the subject matter. "It's something I've always wanted to do," he explained. "I've always had a passion for space and the future. But when you dive into this type of material, it's a lot more than just science and technology. It has to do with religion and cosmology and it has to do with politics and secrecy. So it's a pretty fantastic ride when you start studying this stuff. You'll find yourself trying to challenge your belief system. This project was a good way to bring it to the world in a more elevated way." Read the original report here.

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Justin Bieber Vs Celebrity Gossip Site 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber Vs Celebrity Gossip Site was a top 16 story of June 2016:
Justin Bieber took to Instagram to ask his followers on June 15 to start a petition in an effort to have celebrity gossip site Hollywood Life shut down. Justin is angry over the site's "hurtful and untruthful comments."

Justin Bieber didn't point out the specific articles or comments he was referring to. However, Jezebel reports Hollywood Life has posted several pieces about his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez and the woman he's alleged to be currently dating Nicola Peltz.

During the week of the plea, the site ran an article claiming the three were in some sort of love triangle. That story and a few others have been removed from Hollywood Life, though there are still plenty of other articles about the trio that remain available on the website. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Gives Emotional Tribute To Christina Grimmie 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez Gives Emotional Tribute To Christina Grimmie was a top 16 story of June 2016: Selena Gomez dedicated a song to Christina Grimmie during her performance in Miami. Gomez took to the piano for a somber version of Hillsong Worship's song "Transfiguration" in memory of her friend followed by "Nobody" from her 2015 album, Revival. The singer struggled to maintain composure throughout the performance.

Before launching into the song, Gomez shared a few memories about Grimmie, a former contestant on The Voice, who was shot and killed after performing on Friday night in Florida.

"When she was 14, we met her-my parents and I signed her, and one thing about Christina and her family, is that she holds her faith so closely to her. It's not about her religion, and it's not about good deeds. It's just that she had faith. And I don't really understand how this happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her." Watch video of the tribute performance here.

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