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Page Too Report for 11/30/2016


Taylor Swift Getting Her Own Television Channel

(Radio.com) As part of a deal with AT&T and DirecTV, Taylor Swift will receive her own television channel, which will be "a new destination for unique and never seen videos," AT&T tweeted. It appears the station will be called TaylorSwiftNOW, judging from the post.

The channel will include music videos, concert performances, behind-the-scenes clips and other exclusive footage from Swift's collection. The content will be aired in 13 episodes, a reference to Swift's favorite number.

The new video streaming service DirecTV NOW launches November 30, but no date has been announced for the launch of Swift's station. Read more here.

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Dolly Parton's Theme Park Was Threatened By Wildfires

(Radio.com) As Tennessee continues to grapple with devastating wildfires, Dolly Parton's theme park was threatened. CBS News reports that a wildfire has set 30 structures ablaze in Gatlinburg, Tenn. as of Monday night. One of those structures is a 16-story hotel located at the edge of the Dollywood theme park.

Mandatory evacuations were underway for areas in and around Gatlinburg, including the south part of Pigeon Forge, where Dolly Parton's theme park is, said Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener in a press release. Fire crews were working overnight to protect the structures nearby the park.

Dolly Parton has released an official statement: "I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken. I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared." Read more here.

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Imagine Dragons Release New Single 'Levitate'

Imagine Dragons have digitally released a new song called "Levitate" which will be featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming Columbia Pictures film Passengers which will be in theatres on December 21, 2016.

According to the synopsis "Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in film about two strangers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early.

"Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, with the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy. Watch the trailer for the film here.

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Frank Ocean Announces His First Concert in Three Years

(Radio.com) Frank Ocean will perform his first show in three years on July 14 when he headlines London's Lovebox 2017. No additional dates have been announced.

The event will take place at Victoria Park in London as part of the two-day festival, which kicks off July 14 and runs through July 15. Ocean is the first performer announced for the event.

More artists will be announced soon. Single day and weekend passes are currently available for purchase. See the pricing details for various ticket for the event here.

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Luke Bryan Extends His Kill the Lights Tour

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan has extended his Kill the Lights Tour through 2017. The 58-city tour wrapped its 2016 leg in October with six sold-out stadium shows. During the tour Bryan played for 1.6 million fans.

Now, the country music star is ramping up to hit the road again on February 16 in Huntington, West Virginia, and has announced 11 new stops covering the Southeast.

They include New York City, Columbia, South Carolina and Richmond, Virginia. Dates run through March 17 in Orange Beach, Alabama. Brett Eldredge will open all shows. Tickets will go on sale beginning December 2. See the dates here.

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Gucci Mane Releases 'Last Time' Video with Travis Scott

(Radio.com) Gucci Mane is preparing to release his upcoming album The Return of the East Atlanta Santa in December, but ahead of that project he shared the music video for his track with Travis Scott, "Last Time."

In the video, Gucci seems to be sticking with the East Atlanta Santa theme by gearing up for the winter months. He and Travis, along with director Harmony Korine, stand in heavy snowfall to perform their verses.

Shot half in night vision and half in regular light, "Last Time" finds the men smoking a blunt in the car as the snow falls heavier and faster. They're not the only ones getting high. Throughout the video, the car they're hanging out in keeps rising from the ground until it's hovering above them. Watch the video here.

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Peter Murphy Launches Winter Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Peter Murphy has added a new series of U.S. dates to to his already extensive 60 city 2016 tour. Murphy has announced he will continue his tour with a second U.S. leg.

The new leg kicked off Tuesday night at San Diego's The Observatory and continuing up the California coast before venturing out East for a handful of shows including Boston, New York City and Baltimore (full dates below).

The former Bauhaus singer will continue his "Stripped" theme, continuing as a trio with his longstanding collaborators, guitarist John Andrews and bassist/electric-violinist Emilio 'Zef" China.

According to a release, Murphy is planning to release a live album from the initial U.S. tour on Metropolis Records in the new year. See the dates here.

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Tove Lo Releases in 'True Disaster' Video

(Radio.com) Tove Lo returns with the video for her second single, "True Disaster," off her most recent album Lady Wood. The video is part of a short film called Fairy Dust directed by Tim Erem and featuring music from Lady Wood.

This latest chapter finds Tove Lo abandoning her vehicle in the middle of a deserted city intersection after she's crashed head on into another vehicle. She dances her way away from the wreckage and through the neon-lit night.

The song deals with a painful breakup that Tove Lo can't escape no matter how hard she tries. That becomes reflected in the video, which shows that no matter how far she runs, she can't escape disaster. The short film also stars actress Lina Esco as Tove Lo's alter ego. Check out the video for "True Disaster" here.

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Leslie Tom Announces New Self-Titled EP

(Skye) Country singer-songwriter Leslie Tom has announced that she will be releasing her new self-titled EP on February 17, 2017. It will follow her Veteran's Day single "Didn't Think Twice." We were sent these details:

Produced by John Macy (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Richie Furay, Los Lobos) and recorded at Cinderella Sound in Nashville, the record features a veritable "who's-who" of legendary session players, including Lloyd Green on pedal steel, Country Music Hall-of-Famer Hargus "Pig" Robbins on keys, and long-time Garth Brooks guitarist Chris Leuzinger, among others.

The EP also features a dusty-road duet with rising country star Kevin Moon on the song "My Only Addiction." "What I love about the EP is that it's the first record I've done where I've co-written all but one song on it," says Leslie. "I have stayed very close to my traditional country roots." here.

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Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys' Son Egypt Do Piano Freestyle

(Radio.com) In Alicia Keys' household, precocious debuts run in the family: Remember, her first studio album won five Grammys and catapulted her to soul's elder statesman status at age 21.

Keys and Swizz Beatz's son Egypt got his first album credit on Kendrick Lamar's Untitled Unmastered, but there's more. Swizz posted a video of Egypt freestyling on a piano to the tune of "Super-Boy," a song he wrote himself.

The melody is standard and repetitive to start but as the video progresses, the kid's piano chops really shine. "Proud Dad Alert Egy wrote his 1st song Super-boy wait for the fancy fingers at the end Kids you gotta love em #Dedication #hardwork EGY-Keys-Beatz," wrote Swizz.

Watch Egypt's debut as a singer, songwriter and pianist here.

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Lil Yachty Sorry For Notorious B.I.G. 'Overrated' Comments

(Radio.com) Lil Yachty drew ire from the hip-hop community and social media at large when he dubbed the Notorious B.I.G. "overrated." The remarks were seen as a rude dismissal of the hip-hop pioneer who helped pave the way for contemporary artists, including Lil Yachty himself.

Instead of diplomatically addressing the situation, Yachty posted a sorry-not-sorry screed to Twitter, doubling down on his comments and resisting calls to apologize. Weeks later, the rapper has changed his tune with a more thoughtful response (and apology) for what he said.

"Until about two weeks ago, I had never listened to a Biggie song," Yachty said on Beats 1. "I'm not going to sit here and lie and say I just bump him. But I know for a fact he was spittin…. He snapped. I can't lie. I was listening to it and I liked how he do the role play, like he'd do a story wrapping back and forth with himself and then there'd be a skit. It was dope." Read more here.

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Kodak Black Freed From One Jail To Face Charges In Another

(Radio.com) Kodak Black was released from a Florida jail on Monday (Nov. 28) after serving more than two months on two misdemeanor drug charges. The rapper isn't off the hook just yet though.

He was immediately transferred to the custody of South Carolina, where he faces a charge of criminal sexual conduct.The "Skrt" rapper attended an extradition hearing on November 21 where a judge approved of his transfer, reported the Sun-Sentinel.

"It does say that he has been turned over to South Carolina via the Florence County Sheriff's Office," St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Bryan Beaty told the paper.

Currently, Black is accused of a sexual battery charge that took place at a hotel in Florence, South Carolina on February 6. Read more here.

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Lukas Graham Releases Emotional Lyric Video

(Radio.com) Typically, artists and bands tend to debut a lyric video before sharing a proper visual for each single they release, but Lukas Graham is going about things differently.

Even though they already shared a full music video for "You're Not There," the group released an emotional lyric video for the song today. Be forewarned: You might want to pull out the tissues now.

As fans know, frontman Lukas Forchhammer wrote the song about his late father Eugene Graham, who passed away and left the artist bereft. The lyric video stitches together photographs of Graham throughout the years, beginning with Forchhammer's early childhood and moving up to adulthood, but in every single picture Graham fades from view. His absence is a tangible loss.

The song's lyrics flash at the bottom, and, combined with the photos, make the song even more sorrowful.Read more and watch the video here.

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Idina Menzel Covers 'Wing Beneath My Wings' For 'Beaches' Remake

(Radio.com) Lifetime will be remaking the classic Bette Midler film Beaches, and viewers can finally see the new version's trailer with Idina Menzel lending her voice to the preview.

Menzel sings the hit single "Wind Beneath My Wings," which Midler originally recorded for the 1988 film. In Menzel's hands, the song works on a softer level, but still shines as a powerful rendition of the anthemic love song.

Besides singing the film's main song, Menzel also stars in the remake with Nia Long. Beaches follows the friendship of two young girls who meet on the Venice boardwalk and whose lives take them down different roads even while their bond holds strong.Read more here.

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DJ Snake Releases 'Let Me Love You' Video Featuring Justin Bieber

(Radio.com) DJ Snake has released the new video for his hit single "Let Me Love You" featuring Justin Bieber. Even though the visual doesn't involve any of the major players behind the song, it does update the classic Bonnie & Clyde love story with two adventurous millennials.

Directed by James Lees, the video follows a young couple through their nighttime capers, which include robbing banks and angering several fierce looking underground thugs.

Their love occurs on the run, and the grittily colored video finds them successfully fleeing numerous situations with a boatload of cash all while driving a stylish antique Mustang.

But what appears to be a straight forward narrative arc about a couple choosing life's criminal side ends with a serious twist; be sure to watch until all the way through. Watch it here.

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The xx Celebrate Texas Town In 'On Hold' Video

(Radio.com) The xx have debuted a new track and video for "On Hold," a catchy yet melodic track from their forthcoming album I See You, available January 13th 2017.

The Alasdair McLellan directed video follows a group of teens as the come of age in the small West Texas town of Marfa. Both Jamie xx and Oliver Sim play a part in the video as they frolic about in an empty parking lot and have discussions on phones that are actually connected to the wall with wires. Remember those?

Why Marfa, Texas? The band explains: It was filmed in Marfa, Texas, a very special place to us, where we wrote and recorded some of our new album. We have a lot of love and respect for the people of the USA, having played hundreds of shows across the country over the past years. We hope this video reflects just some of the warmth and acceptance we have encountered there. Read more here.

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Bon Iver, Tom Waits Join 'Adult Children's Book' Project

(Radio.com) Numerous artists from across the music spectrum have joined forces for the project Stories for Ways and Means, an ambitious, multimedia "literary mixtape" that Waxploitation founder Jeff Antebi conceived ten years ago for a good cause.

The project takes many forms -- an expensive coffee-table style book, 350 pages of stories, videos, visual art and narration. Bon Iver and Tom Waits will join the Pixies' Frank Black and more by contributing stories aimed at children and adults.

A recently released trailer promises paranormal tales, nature writing, and other whimsical yarns by famous writers and lyricists. The full list of contributors is quite long. See some of them here.

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Singled Out: The Falling Birds

The Falling Birds just released their new single "Anything Worse," which is the first song from their forthcoming EP "What Is There To Talk About?". To celebrate we asked Stephen Artemis to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

Anything Worse is a song born out of pure chaotic frustration with pretty much everything around me. I go through periods of either loving the things around me or really detesting them. When I came up with Anything Worse it was the latter of the two. I had this fun, kinda campy, pop chord progression that I was messing around with and I thought that lyrically it would be fun to put a scathing critique of popular culture to it. The song is like when you're talking to someone and you have to smile at them but inside your head all you're thinking about is how badly they annoy you.

I know that sometimes I'm a real curmudgeon. I'm ok with that. I can't go down the street without dodging people who are too busy watching movies on their cell phones to avoid walking straight into me. Nobody seems to know anything about politics. People think it's ok to buy food in plastic containers for breakfast, lunch and dinner, then just throw it all away when their done eating. Instagram. Velvet rope entrances. People don't know who Burroughs is and half my generation has to take a prescription to feel ok about their lives. These are all things that make me a curmudgeon. Then I go and break my own rules and realize that I'm a complete hypocrite and that annoys me too. I guess that's life.

Dave and I went into the studio to record this song with Brian Speaker (The Femdoms, Jeffrey Lewis) who did an amazing job. By the time Jeff Lipton (Arcade Fire, Dropkick Murphys, Heartless Bastards) finished mastering the track it was one of my favorite songs out of eight or so that we recorded. It's funny how songs will surprise you like that.


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