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Page Too Report for 11/23/2016

Justin Bieber Reportedly Punched Aggressive Fan

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber is still crisscrossing Europe on his Purpose World Tour, and his fans are still struggling to respect his boundaries. In Barcelona, Bieber's car rolled through a crowd of gathered Beliebers and one of them, a young man, reached into his car.

Based on footage from TMZ, it appears that Bieber struck the man in the face. The fan is then pictured on the scene looking bloody and disoriented. The incident comes one week after an overzealous Czech fan "pantsed" Bieber en route to his car.

Earlier this year, the pop star suspended meet-and-greets because they were "draining," and has lamented unwanted physical contact in that setting -- his security team deemed them too risky. Over the summer, Bieber disabled his Instagram account to stop the influx of hateful, toxic fan messages and this fall, he scolded Beliebers for screaming over him at a concert. Read more here.

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The Game Loses Sexual Assault Case, Ordered To Pay Millions

(Radio.com) The Game (real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor) has been ordered to pay $7 million after losing a sexual assault lawsuit filed by Priscilla Rainey, a former contestant on VH1's She Got Game.

The reality show actress originally sued for $10 million, accusing the artist of assaulting her while taping scenes for the show in 2015. An Illinois judge has ruled in favor of Rainey in the case.

The final judgment totaled $7.13 million, reports Billboard. The Game was also ordered to pay his former nanny $200,000 last year after being sued for libel. Read more here.

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Chance the Rapper Cancels Remaining World Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper (real name Chancellor Johnathan Bennett) has canceled the remaining dates of his Magnificent Coloring World Tour, according to a concert promoter.

The tour was scheduled to conclude its European leg later this month with two dates scheduled in Dublin, Ireland, and one concert set for in Manchester, England.

Those shows have now been canceled according to MCD, the promoter for the two shows at Dublin's Helix who have stated the concert were pulled due to 'personal reasons". Read more here.

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Adele Adds Two 2017 Date To Her World Tour

(Radio.com) It appears that Adele isn't quite ready to finish promoting her current album with live performances with the announcement that she will be staging two more concerts next year.

The music star just wrapped up 10 months of her Adele Live tour, racking up 107 shows. Now, she has announced she will play two more shows in London at the end of the tour, June 29 and July 1, 2017.

The extra performances will take place at London's Wembley Stadium. That means there will be five times the number of tickets available to fans than there were the last time she performed in the city, since the venue holds 90,000. Read more here.

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OK Go Talk New 'One Moment' Music Video

(Radio.com) "They're flying through the air for about a second, or a second and a half, each," OK Go's frontman and video director Damian Kulash tells Radio.com. "Gravity is pretty slow, compared to ballistics!"

That's not a typical quote from an interview with a rock band. But then, there's never been anything typical about OK Go's mind-bending music videos, which aren't just videos: they're more like fantastic performance art pieces set to music. There was, of course, the synchronized treadmill dancing of "Here It Goes Again," the zero gravity dancing of "Upside Down and Inside Out" and the Rube Goldberg machine of "This Too Shall Pass." And for their latest clip, "One Moment," they once again produce a short film that will take your breath away.

Most of the video was shot over 4.2 seconds and slowed down; that slowed-down segment is followed by a 16 second real-time segment, and the video ends with a short slow motion scene. It's an exciting video, with hints of violence: there's lots of little things exploding.

"What we wanted it to be was a contrast between the harshness of the outside world and the beauty of that one moment," Kulash says. "The verses are about how the most beautiful thing, but the most tragic thing, is how fleeting and how temporary everything is. So take this moment and do something with it! So, what we wanted this video to do was to pull apart a moment of absolute chaos, which even verges on violence. And then to unpack that moment to reveal that it's beautiful inside."

The video was sponsored by Morton Salt, and their product makes an appearance in the clip. "Salt is fun to work with," Kulash tells Radio.com. "It was brave of Morton to let go and say, 'This is what we want to do,' and then let us take it from there. We don't work in circumstances where we have to do product placement. So, what do you do with a bunch of salt? We thought if we could suspend it in mid-air, the way we often use paint in our videos, that would work. That first shot is Tim [Nordwind, bass player] in front of a wall of salt canisters. and they've been dyed, so when they explode they make these beautiful clouds in the air."

Kulash directs or co-directs the band's videos, and while sometimes he creates the concepts in collaboration with the band, "One Moment" was a bit different. "This one was basically all math, because when you're working at those tiny time intervals, it's too fast to see. I had a spreadsheet that was about 400 rows and 26 columns wide, translating moments from one frame rate to another, from that frame rate to real time, and calculating how long it would take things to happen. It was all math."

Nordwind did have an important suggestion though: "I was like, 'It'd be cool if we could fly!'"

Kulash says, "I had a slightly different ending in mind, and I was explaining it to the band, and Tim was like, 'Can't we just fly?' His question was actually, 'Could I be in one of those human cannons?'"

"We try to keep the balance between 'This is what's possible' and 'This is what's awesome,' you need to be tugged in both directions at once." Read more and watch the video here.

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Mikael Akerfeldt Addresses Critics Of Opeth's Changes

(Prog) Mikael Akerfeldt says "the essence of Opeth is change." The singer and guitarist has admitted the band deal with a lot of criticism from fans as they've moved away from the extreme-heavy sound of their earlier years.

He tells Guitar World (via Blabbermouth): "At this point, I think we could probably write the heaviest song we've ever written, and unless I scream on it, people would still complain."

Akerfeldt says that people are "afraid of change" and, as a result, older bands will keep the same sound for decades to please their fans. He adds: "It seems like those bands have a bunch of records, and the ones that people listen to are f***ing old. Anything they do that's more recent, nobody really wants to hear it. Even if it's the same sound. So you can't win, really.

"If we would have never changed, and kept all the ingredients from the first album intact and were still doing that 20-odd years later, I'm not sure if people would be any happier.

"But that's not even an issue, because that's not going to happen. Because the essence of Opeth isn't death-metal vocals. The essence of Opeth is change."

Opeth have shows in Luxembourg and Germany this month, before their tour in Australia and New Zealand next February in support of their 12th album Sorceress. See the dates here.

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Bruce Springsteen Receives Medal Of Freedom

(Classic Rock) Music star Bruce Springsteen was presented with the Presidential Medal Of Freedom at a ceremony at the White House that took place earlier this week.

Outgoing US President Barack Obama bestowed America's highest civilian honor to The Boss which is "presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Obama said of Springsteen: "I am the President, he is The Boss. And pushing 70, he is still laying down four-hour live sets. If you have not been at them, he is working! Fire-breathing rock'n'roll. So I thought twice about giving him a medal named for freedom, because we hope he remains, in his words, a 'prisoner of rock'n'roll' for years to come." Read more here.

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Niall Horan Releases 'This Town' Lyric Video

(Radio.com) Niall Horan will likely be sharing the official music video for his first solo single "This Town" soon, but in the meantime he dropped the lyric video today.

The video combines animation with stop motion to give things a fluid, if transient, quality. Animator Marcus Frank created over 1,800 illustrations to interpret Horan's song and bring it to life. Where most lyric videos include the actual lyrics, Frank picked and chose which words to feature so that the video's emphasis conveys a feeling more than an explanation.

As for when fans can expect Horan's full solo album, he's still in the recording process. "I've recorded half of it," Horan told E! "I'm thinking like 11-12 song album. I recorded about half of that. I'm still kind of in the writing, recording process. It should be coming soon, I guess." Watch "This Town" here.

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Gucci Mane Proposes To Girlfriend At NBA Game

(Radio.com) Rapper Gucci Mane proposed to his girlfriend Keyshia Ka'oir Tuesday night (Nov. 22) during an Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena. Mane performed during the game and arranged with event staff for his proposal to be shot on "kiss cam."

The couple met six years ago, when Gucci hired Ka'oir to appear in a music video after seeing her in XXL magazine. Not long after the video, the two started dating, reports Billboard.

Gucci retweeted the NBA's note of congratulations and video, as well as ESPN's message, which read: "Congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Mane."

The hometown team also offered their congratulations to the newly engaged couple. "A big congrats to @gucci1017 and @KeyshiaKaoir on their engagement! https://t.co/xLi5hJckGB— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) November 23, 2016" Read more and check fan captured visuals here.

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Mos Def Announces His Final Shows

(Radio.com) It's been a hell of a year for Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def. He was arrested in South Africa back in January for attempting to travel with a dodgy "World Passport" and released on bail shortly thereafter.

The rapper and Emmy-nominated actor subsequently announced his retirement from the entertainment industry. This week, Bey learned that he can finally leave South Africa, where he's lived since 2013. Amid the tumult, Bey has announced some farewell appearances in the United States before he makes good on the retirement promise.

On December 21, he will perform at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Then he'll take his final bows during shows at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in D.C. between December 31 and January 2. For each show, he'll perform songs from a different album: 1999's Black on Both Sides, 2004's The New Danger, 2006's True Magic and 2009's The Ecstatic. For the New Year's Eve show, Bey will host an afterparty at the Kennedy Center's Grand Foyer. Read more here.

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