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Adele's '25' Reaches Diamond Status With 10 Million In Sales

(Radio.com) Adele has achieved a milestone many artists can only dream about. For the second time, one of her albums has gone diamond. And this time it took less than a year.

According to the RIAA, Adele's latest release, 25, reached diamond status earlier this month (Sept. 22). Adele received the 10X platinum plaque--which certifies the album for 10 million in sales in the U.S.--last week (Sept. 26) during her last of six shows at Madison Square Garden in New York.

25 went diamond just over 10 months after its release. Adele's debut album, 2011's 21, took nearly two years to hit diamond. But in an era of streaming and file sharing, just going platinum is a landmark achievement. Read more here.

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George Strait Announces New Three-Disc Set

Country music star George Strait has announced that he will be releasing a new three disc set entitled "Strait Out of the Box: Part 2" on November 18th.

The package will feature fifty six tracks in total, including twenty six of his number one hit singles drawn from the last two decades of this careers from years 1996 to 2016.

George Strait has sixty number one singles and over seventy million records sold. He has more number one songs than any other artist and is third only to Elvis Presley and The Beatles with the most Gold and Platinum albums in history, according to a press release via Radio.com.

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One Direction React To Niall Horan's Debut Solo Single

(Radio.com) Last week Niall Horan surprised fans by releasing his first track as a solo artist "This Town" and some of his One Direction band mates were quick to share their thoughts.

"Ahhh, a lovely tune my friend. Congratulations," wrote Harry Styles. "Good luck boss give him all your support huge day for him proud of you," added Liam Payne.

"Feeling super proud @NiallOfficial You sound great!" said Louis Tomlinson. No word yet from Zayn Malik. Check out the congratulatory tweets here.

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David Guetta, Cedric Gervais and Chris Willis Stream New Track

(Atlantic) David Guetta, Cedric Gervais and Chris Willis have released their new club track entitled "Would I Lie To You," according to Atlantic Records. They sent over these details and a link to an online stream.

The new track is a rework of Charles and Eddie's soulful pop classic, and together Guetta and Gervais rework it in style for the modern dancefloor.

Kicking off with funky guitar disco licks and infectious beats, the track soon gets under your skin with Willis' smooth vocals sitting atop groovy bass, and a big build-up driving us home towards the energetic piano house vibes after the drop. Just the right amount of contemporary production style is applied to these classic sounds, making for a respectful rework that powerfully encapsulates all the passion of the original.

The Club Mix takes the track in a markedly harder direction. Euphoric synth refrains build the energy before we're slammed into a filthy acidic drop and bruising percussion, with a resolute underground vibe prevailing. The Festival Mix channels trance energy and larger-than-life EDM theatrics, with a gigantic lead riff pulsing away incessantly over pounding beats. Across these mixes, there really is one for every occasion, and the variety ensures that this new jam is one that's going to be inescapable in the coming months. Stream it here.

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$7 Million Lawsuit Against Jay Z and Dame Dash Dismissed

(Radio.com) It's been years since Jay Z and Dame Dash parted ways as founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, but the pair have a new joint legal victory to celebrate. A $7 million lawsuit brought against Jay and Dash has been dismissed by a federal court.

The suit alleged that the founders of Roc-A-Fella failed to make royalty payments and other compensation to designer Dwayne Walker, who claimed he was contracted to provide logo art for the label.

Jay's team argued that no sufficient evidence exists to prove such a contract was ever signed. And Walker failed to provide the contract. Witness testimony, the judge ruled, would not prove the case. Read more here.

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Flying Lotus' Alter Ego Captain Murphy Releases 'Crowned'

(Radio.com) Flying Lotus has built his reputation dabbling in genres like dance and hip-hop; His contributions to Adult Swim programming have helped hone his sound through regular experimentation.

In 2012, he debuted Captain Murphy, an alter-ego based on the Sealab 2021 character of the same name. Now Captain Murphy is back with an eerie rap track called "Crowned," released through the 2016 Adult Swim singles series.

The ominous orchestration feels like Stranger Things mixed with film noir, in the age of Kanye West.Adult Swim has more singles on the docket, as the series runs through November. Read more here.

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Sting And Jimmy Fallon Sing Sultry Text Exchanges

(Radio.com) The candles were lit and the mood was set last Wednesday night (Sept. 28) as Sting and The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon tried out the new segment "First Textual Experience," in which each traded suggestive text exchanges between a guy and a girl in song form.

During the sketch, a man texts his lady asking what she's doing and she replies "laying in bed." Sting sings the words in his trademark voice. When prompted by Fallon if she's doing anything else, Sting sings, "I'm eating cereal" not exactly the response Fallon was imagining.

Later, Sting plays the part of a man who pretends he left his wallet in a girl's car, hoping to stop by her place. Fallon shuts him down quickly by asserting that there's no wallet.

During the interview segment of the show, Sting shared the thought process behind his new album 57th and 9th, which came to fruition during his walk to work each day while recording in New York's Hell's Kitchen. "It's my civic right," Sting said of stroll to work every day. "I like to walk, it's a privilege." Watch "First Textual Experience" with Sting here.

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MGMT Tease New Music Is Coming In 2017

(Radio.com) It's been three years since MGMT, the electronic-pop duo composed of Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, last released a studio album, but it sounds like they're preparing big things for 2017.

On Twitter, MGMT mysteriously tweeted "*2017" and then quickly followed up, clarifying with a second tweet, "Meant to say MGMT re-dominates your mind hole in *2017."

The last new music from MGMT came in 2013 with their self-titled album. It marked the third studio effort from the pair. See the tweet here.

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Ariana Grande Hints She May Go Country

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande is getting ready to make her return to musical theater when she performs in Hairspray Live! this December on NBC, but is it possible that the pop star has something else in mind for her future? Something involving cowboy boots and a little southern twang?

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Grande admitted that she wouldn't be opposed to recording a country song. In fact, it's something she's had in the back of her mind for years.

"My grandpa, he always wanted me to do something in the country world," she said. "I don't know if that would ever happen, [but] if that opportunity comes along, I'd have to say, 'Hell yeah!'"

Grande added that she grew up listening to the Dixie Chicks. "So that's the most country I've been exposed to," she said. Read more here.

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Billy Corgan Discusses His Role As Wrestling Company President

(Radio.com) Fans know Billy Corgan best as the man at the helm of Smashing Pumpkins and various solo endeavors. However, Corgan admits that about 80 percent of his professional bandwidth is spent on a side venture: his role at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

The privately held league is the WWE's closest rival in terms of size and reach, and has the distinction of having a rock-star president. Corgan talked to ESPN about the future of wrestling and how his work in the entertainment sport informs his musical pursuits.

"People have a very myopic view of what a rock star is," Corgan told the sports channel. "My version of rock star has always been I'm going to do what I want to do however I want to do it. Whether it's having my own tea house, the charitable work that I've done, to pursuing a life or a career in professional wrestling--I think this is the American dream."

From a business standpoint, Corgan explained how his success with Smashing Pumpkins positioned him as an innovator. Read his comments here.

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Selena Gomez Hits New Social Media Milestone

(Radio.com) Earlier this year, Selena Gomez became the most followed person on Instagram. Now, the pop star is the first person ever to amass 100 million followers on the social media platform.

While Gomez hasn't uploaded any new photos in the six weeks since she canceled her Revival Tour to undergo treatment for anxiety and depression, her fans continue to push for their queen.

Selenators noticed that the singer was close to the 100 million mark and started to campaign for her with the #SelenaBreakTheInternet. The fruits of their labor paid off as the singer has amassed a record-breaking 100 million followers on Instagram. Read more here.

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Shawn Mendes and James Corden Do Generational Battle

(Radio.com) As Shawn Mendes basks in the release of his new album Illuminate, he stopped by James Corden's studio and started an argument as old as time: Is music better today than it's ever been? Or are the best songs throwbacks that have stood the test of time? The opening to Mendes' high school position paper was not promising:

"I just noticed you never play new music," said Mendes. "You know, Backstreet Boys yesterday. 'This is How We Do It.' It's just like old stuff all the time."

"Everybody knows music was better back then than it is now," Corden shot back. "I should warn you -- I've got hits from before you were born." From there, the pair engaged in a music battle of today's hits (Mendes) and yesterday's classics (Corden). Mendes sang contemporary favorites like "This Is What You Came For" and "Cheap Thrills" while Corden busted out his favorite Spice Girls song, "Wannabe." Ultimately, Corden and Mendes bonded over one song everybody can appreciate-- TLC's "No Scrubs." Who can argue with that? Check it out here.

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Luke Bryan Reveals His 'No Butt Grabbing Rule'

(Radio.com) Last week, Luke Bryan appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform his latest single, "Move," and to discuss turning 40, his family, and a rule he's had to impose for his meet-and-greets with fans: no butt grabbing.

"We had to start that one," Bryan says of the rule. "They'll sneak one in on you." When asked if he discusses this issue with other guys, Bryan replies, "me and other country stars don't necessarily sit around and talk about it."

DeGeneres pressed on, suggesting that he should talk to others to see if this is an isolated issue or if other country stars experience the same problem. "I'll run it by Blake [Shelton], see what he says," he adds. Read more here.

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Kip Moore and Jon Pardi Act Out Their Favorite Films

(Radio.com) Ahead of their Me and My Kind tour, Kip Moore and Jon Pardi had to take some time to get to know one another. In a video posted to Moore's Instagram account, the guys dish on and act out their favorite movies.

"If we're going to be spending this amount of quality time together, we've got to know a little bit more about each other," Moore said. "That tells a lot about a person, what kind of movies they like."

Pardi says his favorite flick is Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. "I like a lot of comedies," Pardi responds, and then dons NASCAR gear and does his best Ricky Bobby impression.

For Moore's film, his favorite is the original Karate Kid from 1984. Not the Jaden Smith remake, as he is quick to point out. Moore then slips into his karate uniform and shows off his moves. Watch the video here.

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Paul Simon Performance Clip From Austin City Limits

(Radio.com) Paul Simon made his first appearance at Austin City Limits earlier this year. His hour-long set includes the legendary singer/songwriter performing songs from his lengthy career catalog and in a new video, fans can get a glimpse into the show.

During his set, Simon performed a new song called "Wristband" off his latest album Stranger To Stranger. The track recounts the difficulties a musician faces when being locked out of the backstage before his show. Simon's animated performance has his audience laughing and clapping along throughout.

Simon's performance was filmed on May 12 at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. His full set will be showcased on PBS on October 1 at 9 p.m. ET. Watch the preview clip here.

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Juicy J and Kanye Release New Track 'Ballin'

(Radio.com) Juicy J recently released his newest mixtape #MustBeNice, but already the Memphis rapper is back with new track "Ballin" featuring Kanye West. It appears on his upcoming sophomore studio album, Rubba Band Business: The Album.

All about living large, "Ballin" finds West contributing half the chorus, repeating "And I'm ballin'" as a call to which Juicy J can respond in different ways. His rhymes start with a metered steadiness before Juicy J lets loose and brings a machine gun quickness to his words.

"Ballin" isn't the first time the pair worked together, they last collaborated on the 2006 remix for Three Six Mafia track "Side to Side." "Ballin" marks the second track Juicy J shared off his new project. Read more here.

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Kiiara Reveals Her Overall 'Gold' Message

(Radio.com) One of the new hitmakers to emerge this year is Kiara Saulters, aka Kiiara, who has made a splay with her hit "Gold," from her EP Low Kii Savage. And when we say "new" hitmakers, we really mean new: this summer, she played her first few concerts ever.

In fact, when she played Lollapalooza, it was her sixth show. But "Gold" was already a big enough hit that the audience was singing along. "Going from being in the studio when we recorded it, and now seeing people singing along, it's really trippy," Kiiara marvels. Even more trippy is the fact that she wasn't impressed by the song when she wrote it: "It was just another song that I wrote. I scrapped it, I thought nothing of it. I move on very quickly. It's wild that people like that song."

"The overall message I was trying to get across is that you don't have to answer to anyone," she says, explaining the lyrics. "Like, you don't owe anyone anything. That's how I was raised. If someone asks you something, you don't have to answer them." Read more here.

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Meek Mill Reveals 'Dreamchasers 4' Mixtape Preview

(Radio.com) Meek Mill fans can't wait to hear his Dreamchasers 4 mixtape, and the rapper has shared snippets of his new material on Instagram. On a track apparently titled "Blessed Up," Meek brags about his penchant for perseverance.

"You've been tested and you stood up. And you still standing up. So who you got to impress?" He then raps, 'I got god watching over me from courtside, ballin like I'm Jordan it's the best up/And n want me gone but I'm still alive, wake up every morning feelin' blessed up,"

On another track Meek teased, he discusses foosball and waterboys, perhaps paying tribute to the Adam Sandler classic The Waterboy. Dreamchasers 4 is supposed to drop in September, but time is running out--with no clear release date, the mixtape could arrive any day now (or not). Until it does, we've got the Meek-Game feud to keep us occupied. Listen to the previews here.

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Andrew McMahon Releases 'Fire Escape' Video

(Radio.com) Andrew McMahon and directors Jon Morris and Michael McQuilken have crafted a funny and touching video for "Fire Escape", starring two lovable wind-dancing balloon people.

The touching video follows the adventure and love story between two fan-powered dancing wind balloons one would expect to find used as advertisements in front of a business. Not only do the inflatables find themselves madly in love and between the sheets on more than one occasion but share each other company at at concerts, in the park, riding in a boat, eating at restaurants, drinking at bars and of course, dancing on a fire escape. Hilarity ensures when the clumsy twelve foot balloons knock over drinks and set tables on fire.

The two lovable inanimate objects feel all the more real when they're torn apart by a security guard at McMahon's concert. Security unplugs the fan from the female balloon leaving her deflated on the concert floor and her mate all alone in a big scary world. Thankfully, a kind hand saves the day. Watch it here.

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Skrillex, Tyga and Kylie Jenner Throw a Wild Party

(Radio.com) A few weeks ago, Alexander Wang announced that Kylie Jenner would join the ranks of his Fall 2016 'Wang Squad," which includes Tyga (duh), Skrillex, Zoë Kravitz, Big Sean, Tinashe, A$AP Ferg, RL Grime, Metro Boomin, MØ, Vince Staples, Alice Metza, Yana Bovenistier, Alice Glass, Katie Moore, Curren Caples, Binx Walton, Black Atlass, Lexi Boling, Lucien Smith, Issa Lish, Hanne Gaby, and Anna Ewers.

This past week the #WangSquad finally materialized in the form of an Instagram promo video, which featured Kylie, Tyga, Skrillex, and Anna Ewers partying together at a glamorous mansion party. Just like in Zoolander 2, Skrillex provided the tunes. But this time, we believed the scenario.

Watch below as Skrillex deejays the decadent party from the couch, while a fully clothed Tyga gets into a bathtub (totally normal), and somehow scores a private show from Kylie and Anna. Check out the full clip here.

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Chance the Rapper Leads Alicia Keys' Black Ball Benefit Lineup

(Radio.com) Alicia Keys is organizing the Black Ball to benefit Keep a Child Alive, a benefit concert that will take place on October 19th and the lineup for the event has been revealed.

This is the 13th annual Black Ball and will feature an all-star lineup from various corners of the music universe: Keys, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Salt-n-Pepa, and Patti Smith.

The evening should guarantee a mixture of contemporary hip-hop, RnB, and throwback classics when those acts take the stage at the Manhattan Center/Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Read more here.

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