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Music Icon Leonard Cohen Dead At 82

Singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82 according to a message that was posted on his official Facebook page on Thursday evening (Nov 10).

A cause of the death was not revealed. The social media post reads, "It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.

"We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief." See the original post here.

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Video Of Pink Floyd Live Event Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason hosted a live global screening of exclusive audio and visual footage from the band's forthcoming box set, "The Early Years 1965-1972", on November 9 from YouTube Space in London, UK and video of the full event is available.

Mason and mix/mastering engineer Andy Jackson were on hand to introduce the package via a live stream ahead of the November 11 release of the massive project, which presents 130 tracks from the band's formative years.

The drummer says the public's passion for high quality audio and the advancement of home sound systems makes the timing of the box set ideal.

"We've been through a dark period of everyone listening to everything on earbuds and MP3 players," explains Mason. "Now we're coming out the other side. It's really quite important - in the studio you spend a lot of time and energy really trying to get this perfect sound, make it as good as you can. It's pretty depressing when people don't experience any of that.

"I think the resurgence of vinyl, and people looking at filling their living rooms with big speakers, it's a good thing to do. I'd like more people to get turned on to really good sound."

Following the London event, Pink Floyd released a new video for "Nothing Part 14" as the latest tune previewed from the package. Watch that clip and the full live event footage here.

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Guns N' Roses Brazil Reunion Tour Footage Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses brought the Not In This Lifetime tour to Brazil with a show at Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre on November 8, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The sixth stop on the band's South American leg - which opened in Lima, Peru on October 27 - saw the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan deliver a 23-song set of tracks from throughout their career, with particular emphasis on their 1987 debut, "Appetite For Destruction."

The event marked the first of six shows in Brazil, which now moves to Sao Paolo for two concerts before dates in Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Brasilia. Following the South American shows, Guns N' Roses will resume the tour in the New Year with dates in Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Watch the video footage from the show here.

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The Chainsmokers Stream New Track 'Setting Fires'

The Chainsmokers have a released the lyric video for their new single "Setting Fires" featuring XYLO. The track comes from their just released Collage EP.

They sent over the following comments about the new single and EP "This is really cool because we treat these EP's like chapters in our creativity. We know they aren't albums because they aren't cohesive ideas of music, or a story, but they do represent a period in our lives as musicians and putting out the EP marks the end of one chapter and also an exciting new beginning. We have some really cool things in the works that are going to be really challenging but exciting...

"Anyway, this new track is one we have been holding onto for a while but are super excited about. It's a little bit of a departure from the past few tracks which we wrote, produced and sing on, this one is just a production and has more of a club party feel but we loved it too much to let it slip through the cracks, and XYLO sounds amazing on it. They are this super dark and moody indie band that we have been huge fans of, so it was sick to work with them on this." Check out the video here.

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Drake Sparks Speculation About New Album With Kanye West

(Radio.com) Drake is having fun teasing fans about his upcoming collaborative album with Kanye West. Although little is known about that project, from its title to its release date, but that didn't stop Drake from dropping a possible hint this past week.

Drake posted a black and white photo with West on Instagram, but it's the caption that has fans speculating. "There goes the neighborhood," he wrote. Is that the name of their first single? Or the name of the album itself? It's not entirely clear, but both Drake and West own houses in Calabasas, California.

In fact, they even purchased a mysterious billboard in Los Angeles over the summer promoting that neighborhood. "Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi," it read. Read more here.

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Machine Gun Kelly Inspires Teen With Cerebral Palsy to Walk

(Radio.com) Machine Gun Kelly has been an inspiration to many in his adopted home state of Ohio. Evidence of that can be seen in the life of Ryan Yex. In 2011, Kelly and Yex met outside of a Blink-182 concert. Yex, then 17 and a part of the tightly knit MGK fanbase in Cleveland, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth and spent his time in a wheel chair.

It was outside that blink-182 concert that he made a bold exclamation. 'I'm going to walk someday." Yex found inspiration in MGK's message, citing the rapper's upbringing from nothing and his positive message 'Lace Up."

"There was no hope in Cleveland," MGK told 92.3 AMP Radio's Shoboy and Nina about the state of Cleveland at the time. 'This kid' he pulled up to me, he was like, 'Yo, I've literally watched you for the last three years on this mixtape circuit out here. You came to our high school once' the stuff that you do' it motivates me. I have cerebral palsy. I'm going to walk one day. And when I do that, I want you to be there.'"

Yex would have surgery and, with the help of physical therapy and inspiration from his favorite musician, was able to finally walk. And he did so on stage with MGK. Yex took four steps on stage that night and his progress hasn't stopped since. Read more here.

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Sting And Miranda Lambert to Perform at Thanksgiving Day Parade

(Radio.com) CBS has announced that Sting and Miranda Lambert will perform at this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade which is set to be broadcast live on the television network.

It has also been revealed that Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier and The Insider's Keltie Knight have been tapped to team up to host the annual broadcast.

Casts of the Broadway musicals The Color Purple, On Your Feet! and School of Rock will also set to perform at this year's parade. Read more here.

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Rihanna Featured in The New 'Valerian' Trailer

(Radio.com) Rihanna has a series of movies coming out soon, including a role in the upcoming female version of Ocean's Eleven, titled Ocean's Eight, and now fans can see her in the new trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Rihanna's character is supposed to be an alien stripper who works at a bar run by Ethan Hawke's character. She appears in the trailer for just a moment at the 1:17 mark. In the brief snippet, she approaches Valerian (Dane DeHaan), who appears to be at her place of employment.

Rihanna wears a sleeveless tuxedo costume, but when she removes her bowler hat she transitions from the more masculine ensemble into a Marilyn Monroe-type of seductress with a shimmering silver dress and blonde hair.

The film stars DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, who are sent to investigate a galactic empire and battle aliens along the way. Directed by Luc Besson, famous for The Fifth Element and other films, Valerian hits theaters in July 2017. Watch the trailer here.

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The xx Announce New Album And Stream First Single

(Radio.com) It's been four years since British indie pop band The xx released a new album, and now they've announced they'll be back in January 2017 with their third studio album I See You. The group also shared the album's first single "Hold On."

Two years ago, they reported they would be leaving their native London to record in Marfa, Texas, but it turns out that was only the beginning of the album's journey. I See You ended up going on a much longer trek to get to fans. The xx recorded it over two years in New York, Marfa, Reykjavik, Los Angeles, and London. Jamie xx and Rodaidh McDonald produced (via Pitchfork).

The band tweeted a hopeful message in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. "We know these are uncertain times and we hope the joy & love we found making the record will get out into the world, in however small a way," they wrote. Read more here.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Releasing A Second 'Hamilton' Mixtape

(Radio.com) Another Hamilton mixtape is set to be released on December 2nd. On Wednesday night (Nov. 9), Lin-Manuel Miranda assured fans that he's got a second tape in the works.

Miranda tweeted, "What, y'all though we'd leave Schuyler Sisters unremixed? Room Where It Happens? One Last Time? OF COURSE vol. 2!"

The performer also promised that Thursday (Nov. 10) would bring previews of two more songs from Vol. 1, "Satisfied," with Sia, Queen Latifah and Miguel and "Immigrants" with K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC and Residente. Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Does The MannequinChallenge

(Radio.com) Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" is a contemporary homage to Beatlemania, and it hasn't escaped Sir Paul McCartney's radar--neither has the #MannequinChallenge the song inspired.

The Wings founder tweeted a video of himself standing frozen over a piano while a snippet of the track plays. Goofy Paul really is the best Paul. McCartney was participating in the #MannequinChallenge, a social media sensation that gets folks to freeze on video while a song (usually the Sremmund track) sets the soundtrack.

If anyone has a claim to the song, the challenge or Rae Sremmurd's Beatlemania, it's Macca. And it's only taken a few days for this meme to come full circle. Watch Sir Paul strike a pose here.

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America's Veterans Celebrated At Stars and Strings

(Radio.com) CBS Radio's second annual Stars and Strings concert took place Wednesday night (November 9) at the Chicago Theatre and was an evening that celebrated our veterans and their families with some of country music's biggest names names. The event featured nine all-star artists and two additional unannounced surprised guests, making for one unforgettable night.

The chart-topping lineup consisted of acoustic tributes and shined light on Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides educational support to spouses and children of America's fallen and wounded soldiers.

The patriotic show began with 'The Star Spangled Banner," sang by iconic Blackhawks anthem singer, Jim Cornelison. As always, he hit every note flawlessly while the crowd waved tiny flags. Shortly after, Chase Rice kicked things off with his hit 'Ready, Set, Roll," and was joined on stage by Dan + Shay, Big & Rich and Randy Houser.

Rice filled the crowd in on how he came up with his first single 'Cruise," and ended with his newest hit, 'Everybody We Know Does." 'It's important because it's my life, it's real," he explained.

Dan + Shay seduced the audience by performing some of their most romantic songs, including 'From the Ground Up," '19 You + Me," and 'Nothin' Like You." 'Thank you for your service," they expressed to the veterans in the house. 'We love you guys." Read more of the recap here.

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Mac Miller Releases Video for 'Stay'

(Radio.com) Mac Miller has released a new music video for "Stay," the third track from his recently unleashed album "The Divine Feminine", and it's an elegant production.

Throughout the new video, Miller is walking and dancing around a (presumably chilly) beach while roving cameras capture his movement from above.

The simple concept matches the track's timeless brass arrangement and provides some striking visuals. Watch Miller's new music video for "Stay" here.

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Kendrick Lamar And Shaquille O'Neal Team Up For Amex

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar and Shaquille O'Neal go shopping for all the finest soaps in a new American Express ad promoting small businesses. The ad is one of three the credit card company will be releasing in November to promote shopping at small businesses.

The rapper and the former baller stop by Los Angeles-based luxury soap boutique Soaptopia, and sniff out their favorite scents in the commercial. When Lamar comes across a soap labeled "Red Hot Lover," O'Neal tells him to add it to their basket. Lamar goes to shoot while O'Neal holds the round wooden basket at chest level, but Lamar ends up hitting O'Neal in the head before it bounces into the basket. "It still went in!" O'Neal excitedly shouts.

Besides "Red Hot Lover," the pair end up buying soaps named after them. There's the "Luscious Lamar Bar" and the "Shea Butter Shaq," both of which make it into the basket. Check it out here.

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Kings of Leon, Usher With The Roots Headlining Okeechobee

(Radio.com) Kings of Leon, and Usher backed by The Roots are set to headline Okeechobee 2017. The festival will take place from Thursday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 5th at Okeechobee, Florida's Sunshine Grove.

The lineup also includes Bassnectar, The Lumineers, Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights, Solange, Rae Sremmurd, Young The Giant and Porter Robinson.

A limited number of early bird tickets are currently available at the festival's official site. Organizers of the event have released an announcement video that can seen here.

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Childish Gambino Announces New Album 'Awaken, My Love!'

(Radio.com) Childish Gambino confirmed a new album entitled "Awaken, My Love!" that will reportedly be released December 2nd, and the first single "Me And Your Mama" is now available to hear.

Rumors about a new album began earlier this week when a photo of upcoming releases posted at an F.Y.E. store began circulating. Childish Gambino's then-unannounced album was among future titles. He confirmed yesterday by tweeting a picture of the cover art along with the album's title.

"Me And Your Mama" is over six-minutes in length and begins with dreamy, lullaby-esque synths that continue even as a heavier beat and a warped synth interplay with that initial sound. Read more here.

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French Montana's Extravagant Birthday Party Featured Real Elephant

(Radio.com) French Montana takes the word 'extravagant' to the next level. An elephant decorated with ankle bracelets showed up at his birthday party on Thursday (November 9th).

Montana posted a photo on Instagram dancing alongside the elephant, writing, "I love animals more than people !! Happy bday to me positive vibes at the Casa ."
Besides Montana, there was one attendee who was fascinated with the animals. Rumored girlfriend Iggy Azalea posted a photo getting close to one of the elephants. She and Montana have been spending a lot of time together, and while she insists the two are just friends, he recently gifted her with seven diamond rings, and she also posted a black and white photo on Instagram getting cozy with the hip-hop artist. Read more

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A Look Back Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Debut 40 Years Later

(Radio.com) Forty years ago this week, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their self-titled debut album. It wasn't a huge hit at the time, but it contained two of his biggest classics, and a deep track that has sadly been mostly forgotten by all but the most die-hard fans. Here, we look back at the album that started it all for one of America's most enduring bands.

First, there was the album cover: Tom Petty looking a bit defiant, a bit nonchalant. Was he part of the Ramones' school of stripped down rock? Or part of a new generation of southern-rock bands, following the path of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band? Was he "new wave?" He kind of looked like all of the above. His face told the story: "I don't give a só where you categorize me." As he explained in the title of one of the album's strongest tracks, he was about "Anything That's Rock and Roll." That's the attitude he'd carry with him over the next four decades. He'd laugh, or sneer, at the music industry's latest trends, while consistently selling out arenas, decade after decade.

The album kicked off with "Rockin' Around (With You)," introducing itself with an updated rockbilly beat, but sneering group vocals, "Whyyyyyyyyyy be lonely/Whyyyyyyyy be blue?" It was a perfect combination of American rock and roll, filtered through the lens of the British invasion, with just a hint of punk flavor.

Petty's first top 40 hit came with "Breakdown," a song that documents a painful breakup. It transcended Petty's influences and announced a unique new talent to rock radio. Because his voice was so distinctive and he was difficult to pin down stylistically, he never really seemed to be a part of any movement, and was able to appeal to fans of punk and new wave as well as the more straight-ahead rockers. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Leslie Tom's Didn't Think Twice

Leslie Tom is releasing her brand new single "Didn't Think Twice" today (Veteran's Day, November 11th) and to celebrate we asked her to tell us the moving story behind the track. Here is the story:

When I began working on my third studio project and happened to watch a video on YouTube called "Just A Common Solider" I knew I had to write a song as a tribute to my grandfather and his service to our country during WWII.

Within a few days of D-Day, on June 6, 1944, Milton Smallwood Alexander, a 26- year-old Texan and my grandfather, landed on the shores of Normandy with a tank regiment of the Third Armored Division. As a tank driver, he was one of the brave Americans who liberated France, Belgium, and then Germany before returning home to resume a "normal life." Like many of the Veterans of WWII, nightmares must have wrestled in his head of that horrific war, especially those of fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and watching his best friend die beside him as a deuce-and-a-half accidentally rolled over him, ultimately saving my grandfather's life. For that generation of men, war was not discussed, though we can only surmise that the experiences they had were with the "Greatest Generation" for a lifetime.

With this generation of men (and women) quickly passing away, I wanted to write a song that told their story but that other veterans and active-duty service men and women could relate to as well. As Billy O'Rourke and I began working on this song, the theme that kept coming back during the songwriting process was the thought that those men and most soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen "Didn't Think Twice" about their sacrifices and would do it all over again a hundred times over if given the chance. The first two verses of the song are biographical but the last verses and bridge are generic and were purposely written so that any veteran from any war could relate. We also purposely wrote the song to address suicide since we lose approximately 22 vets a day.

As an artist, singing a song honoring our military and veterans is one of my favorite parts of every show. As a songwriter, penning something so personal and emotional was life altering for me. My only regret about this song is I didn't have the words to write it before my grandfather died.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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