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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Extend Soul2Soul Tour

Country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have announced additional date for their 2017 Soul2Soul The World Tour due to high ticket demand.

The 65-city trek will now include second concerts in Bozeman, MT (May 20th at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse), Los Angeles (July 15th at the Staples Center) and St. Paul, MN (August 26th at Xcel Energy Center).

The tour will be kicking off on April 7th in New Orleans, LA at the Smoothie King Center and will conclude on October 27th in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. See the dates and read more here.

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Luke Bryan Undergoes Surgery Following Accident

(Radio.com) Country star Luke Bryan is recovering from surgery this weekend to repair a broken clavicle that he received in a biking accident last Thursday (October 6th).

Even though he canceled the opening night of his 2016 Farm Tour only one evening prior thanks to Hurricane Matthew, Bryan wasn't about to let a broken bone get in the way of his new opening date at Maple Lane Farms in Greenback, Tennessee.

Even while he powered through his shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Bryan needed to fix the break, which he did over the weekend.On Sunday, he posted a photo on Twitter showing him riding passenger in the car. "Heading to surgery. Ugh," he wrote. Hours after sharing that image, he posted another one of an X-ray. "All good. Got me some metal," he tweeted, revealing the device holding his clavicle together. Read more here.

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Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga To Perform On Saturday Night Live

(Radio.com) Saturday Night Live has a jam-packed pop/R&;B feast planned for October. The show announced upcoming musical guests, and both Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga are slated to perform.

Bruno Mars is scheduled to perform on October 15th episode when Emily Blunt hosts, and Lady Gaga will perform on October 22nd when Tom Hanks hosts.

Gaga and Mars both have albums coming out before the end of the year. Gaga has recently embarked on a dive bar tour leading up to the release her upcoming fifth studio album Joanne. Read more here.

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Nick Minaj Staying Out Of Meek Mill's Feuds

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj is setting the record straight regarding a recent Instagram post which some read as her comment on the ongoing beef involving her boyfriend Meek Mill.

The post included phrases such as "when people act shady, allow them" and "react with love." Earlier this month, Minaj made it very clear she was not addressing Meek's situation.

"This was a repost," she wrote. "Not my words & nthn to do w/no damn beef. This is a life quote… Elevate your minds." Check out Nicki's post here.

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Solange Knowles Addresses Beyonce Comparisons

(Radio.com) Solange Knowles released her new 21-track album A Seat At The Table last week, and in a recent interview with Fader, she addresses the similarities between her record and her sister Beyonce's last release, Lemonade.

Solange says A Seat at the Table is "a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing," and if that sounds familiar it's because she and Beyonce were raised in the same house and have shared many of the same experiences.

"We have the same mother and the same father. We grew up in the same household, and so we had and heard the same conversations . . . these very politically-charged, socially-charged conversations," she explains. "It shouldn't be surprising that two people who grew up in the same household with the same parents who are very, very aware -- just like everyone else is -- of all of the inequalities and the pain and suffering of our people right now, would create art that reflects that."

Solange stressed that there are no sour grapes between her and Beyonce and that she is "really proud" of her sister and Lemonade. "As far as I'm concerned, she's always been an activist from the beginning of her career and she's always been very, very black," she adds. "My sister has always been a voice for black people and black empowerment. And I give so much of that credit to my parents." Read more here.

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Britney Spears Biopic Includes Umbrella Meltdown?

(Radio.com) The Britney Spears biopic is underway at Lifetime, and paparazzi caught "Britney" aka Natasha Bassett reenacting the famous umbrella meltdown scene from 2007.

At the time, Spears jumped out of a silver sedan while stopping at a gas station and attacked a photographer's car with an umbrella. The entire incident was, of course, captured on film. Four months after the incident took place, Spears offered an even more bizarre explanation for the attack.

"I apologize to the pap for a stunt that was done 4 months ago regarding an umbrella," she wrote on her website. "I was preparing my character for a role in a movie where the husband never plays his part so they switch places accidentally. I take all my roles very seriously and got a little carried away. Unfortunately I didn't get the part" (via People).

In the scene for the made-for-TV movie, Bassett has a shaved head as Spears did at the time, and runs around swiping her umbrella at surrounding paparazzi. Read more here.

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Vanessa Carlton Releases Video From Upcoming Live album

Vanessa Carlton has released a performance video for her track "Operator". The track comes from her forthcoming live album "Liberman Live", which will be released on October 21st.

The new release is a live version of her studio album, Liberman, and Liberman Live was recorded live at 3rd and Lindsley, a local venue in Carlton's new hometown of Nashville. Watch the video here

Carlton had this to say about the new album, "This is the first live album I've ever released. I've been releasing studio albums since 2001. I'm not sure what took me so long but Liberman is a special album to me so it makes sense that this album cycle would finally yield a live recording. The live album captures one night in Nashville. It was a good night. I hope people dig it." See the tracklisting here.

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William Michael Morgan Hits No. After 58 Weeks

(Radio.com) It was the song that wouldn't quit: after 58 weeks at radio, William Michael Morgan hit no. 1 spot on the country radio charts, with "I Met a Girl." It was such a gradual run that it actually set a record for the longest road to the top spot.

"Fifty-eight weeks! We broke the record!" Morgan says. "I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but we're braggin' about it! It was an uphill climb, but thank the Good Lord for His guidance. It makes you feel good."

One reason it may have taken so long is because it sounds like it's from another era. "I just grew up on more traditional sounds, like Merle Haggard and Keith Whitley and George Jones," he tells Radio.com. "And I try to tip my hat to them in my music."

His sense of style also stands out among his peers: "We're doing something completely different," he says. "As far as our branding, we're wearing a black cowboy hat, we're wearing starched jeans and boots and belt buckles and button up shirts, that's unheard of today."Read more here.

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Alicia Keys Address Modern Families on New Track

(Radio.com) Alicia Keys' new track "Blended Family (What You Do For Love)" addresses the love that binds modern families--stepfathers, half-siblings, baby-mamas and step kids.

Keys says she felt inspired by the role husband Swizz Beatz' kids by former wife Mashonda play in her life, and the maturity with which the adults have faced challenges.

"It means so much to me and our whole family," said Keys in a prepared statement. "The understanding, compassion and support we've found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love. Especially for the kids' the most important part of our lives. Celebrating Mashonda for our commitment to each other with support and true growth." Read more here.

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Gorillaz Hint at New Album and Release Jaguar Clip

(Radio.com) Gorillaz have been coy about specifics regarding their (rumored) next album, but they've reunited for a partnership with British auto manufacturer Jaguar.

The virtual band lent their image to Jaguar's program to empower female engineers, with guitarist "Noodle" as the face of the project. In a new viral video for the partnership, Noodle takes a Jag for a spin around a race track and drops some witticisms about innovation and sustainability.

"It's a baby-just two years old-and it only uses electric cars," he says. "Think of all the research and development into electrical engines! It will have benefits for the whole world, so I want to nurture it, support it and help it grow strong. Like one of those Tamagotchi. Remember them? Japanese invention."

Gorillaz animator Jamie Hewelett directed the video and Jaguar announced Noodle will become the "flag-bearer for Jaguar's newly launched Formula E [electric car racing] team."

In an interview with engineer Charanya Ravi, Noodle drops a hint that she's been "moonlighting from a secret mission to revolutionize music all over again." Watch the video here.

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Adam Lambert Sparks Sam Smith Collaboration Speculation

(Radio.com) Sam Smith and Adam Lambert are good buds (and even slight twins given a certain lighting), but are they working on something together? Something that would likely be an emotionally-laden pop track blending their two styles and voices?

The jury is still out on that one, but Lambert started the rumor when he shared a video on his Instagram page last week(October 7). In it, he and Smith ride around London.

The two initially just stare goofily at the camera before Lambert croaks "London town" in an affected accent. Smith banters back at his buddy, before offering up a new hashtag, "Rickshaw vibes," after the jumbling and bouncy ride they're in. Read more here.

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Jana Kramer's Husband Apologizes For His Behavior

(Radio.com) Jana Kramer has had a tumultuous personal life when it comes to her romantic relationships. She separated from her third husband, Michael Caussin, in August after accusing him of cheating. He later entered a rehab facility for "undisclosed reasons." Now, without going into too much detail, he's taking ownership and offering Kramer an apology.

"I acknowledge that certain actions and behaviors have caused issues in my marriage and I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused Jana," he told People. "I have and will continue to take the steps needed to change who I am as a person in order to be a better husband and father."

Speaking with the magazine, Kramer admitted that she fell hard for Caussin when they met in 2014. "Mike was the biggest of the betrayals because it was the first time in a relationship where I truly loved the version of me," she said. "I didn't feel I had to prove that I was good enough, I was vulnerable and finally at peace with myself." The two welcomed a daughter in January. Read more here.

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Coheed And Cambria Refuse To Follow Boundaries

(Metal Hammer) Coheed And Cambria drummer Josh Eppard says the band have forged their own path throughout their career - and it means they are free to "do anything" they want in the studio.

They released their eighth album The Color Before The Sun in 2015 - the first time they've moved away from frontman Claudio Sanchez's Amory Wars concept.

Guitarist Travis Stever said earlier this year that they could return to making concept records. But as to what genre the band fit into, Eppard says he doesn't know as they're lucky enough to be able to pick and choose what type of music they perform.

The sticksman tells The Aquarian: "Even when we were kids, before record deals or tours, it has always been such a wide net. It has always been such an eclectic mix of music. I'm still not sure what kind of band we are.

"As far as genre splitting, or having to define things, I'm really not sure. I'm 36 years old, I don't know what's hot on the streets anymore. I know when I hear music and it speaks to me, that it speaks to me. I could care less if it's cool or hip or what genre it is.

"As far as Coheed goes, it's always been an uncomfortably pop melody, and then the next song could be heavy as hell, but that's always what we've done." Read more here.

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Web Guitar Star Ripu Bhatia On Life After Limb Loss

(TeamRock) Musician Ripu Bhatia discusses life after contracting meningococcal septicaemia last year which resulted in him losing four limbs in a new video documentary.

The 22-year-old New Zealander made headlines earlier this summer after he shared a number of videos of himself playing guitar and piano. In documentary Being Me: Ripu, he describes the harrowing moment he discovered he'd contracted severe blood poisoning - and how he has been rebuilding his life following amputation.

He says: "Growing up, I was always quite shy and reserved. I used to be really into music, play a lot of guitar, and I used to write songs and lyrics - which led me to study journalism."

When he was 20, Ripu moved to Sydney, Australia, to study a Master's degree - but his life was turned on its head a year later when he visited doctors after feeling "excruciatingly cold, very intense pain" in his feet. Read more and watch the documentary here.

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