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Page Too Report for 10/16/2016

Nicki Minaj Lashes Out At Sharon Osbourne

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj is calling out Sharon Osbourne for what she considers double standards over her reaction to her "Anaconda" single artwork. When Minaj released "Anaconda," in 2014, Sharon Osbourne said that the cover art "looks like a cheap porno cover of a DVD," adding, "I love women's bodies. I love nudity, but this is cheap."

Minaj has told Marie Claire that she felt Osbourne's reaction was hypocritical, saying: "[Kim] Kardashian's naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite.

"So it wasn't trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It's quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I've gotten accustomed to just shutting it down."

Osbourne had praised Kardashian's famous nude selfie, even recreating it herself on Instagram. See the photos here.

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Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan Vs TNA Wrestling

(Classic Rock) Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has filed a sealed lawsuit against pro-wrestling promotional company TNA - a firm which named him president earlier this year.

Filed in Nashville court, defendants named in the case include TNA, its owner Dixie Carter and husband Serg Salinas, and its parent company Impact Ventures, according to PW Insider.

Corgan has requested a court order to keep details confidential for the time being. He also filed a temporary restraining order, which was also granted.

The singer-songwriter has been working with the wrestling firm since last year, first as a creative producer, and replaced Carter as president in the summer. He announced he'd been investing in TNA TV tapings, as part of a deal which saw him purchase a minority share in the company.
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Kirk Hammett and Corey Taylor On History Of Metal And Horror

(Metal Hammer) Kirk Hammett and Corey Taylor have hailed the cross-pollination between metal and horror films. The pair feature in forthcoming documentary The History Of Metal And Horror, directed by Mike Schiff. Metallica guitarist Hammett says heavier music is much better when it's inspired by "evil and dark stuff."

He tells Metal Hammer: "A good heavy metal song should be like a good horror movie. Exciting to watch or listen to, with a lot of dynamics.

"You're not really sure where it's gonna take you, but once you get there, you're glad to be there. Heavy metal just doesn't work when you're singing about peace and love, or purple flowers.

"It's much more effective to sing about zombies, the end of the world and the phantom of the opera!"

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor also describes the "cohesion and symbiotic relationship" between heavy music and horror movies.

Speaking of the 1978 film Halloween, Taylor says: "That soundtrack really set the tone for the way a lot of us listen to music. Music is the unsung hero of horror movies." Read more here.

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Bruno Mars Debuts New Song 'Chunky' On Saturday Night Live

(Radio.com) Bruno Mars was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend (Oct. 15), where he performed his latest hit single "24 K Magic" as well as a new funky track, "Chunky."

Mars didn't confine things to the stage where musical guests normally perform for his first number, "24K Magic." Instead, he started with a "walk and rap" that took him through the studio's backstage area with three of his backup singer-dancers. The boys paused to break it down throughout their "stroll," showing that when it comes to putting on a show, Mars can sing and dance in equal measure.

For his second performance, Mars debuted a new single "Chunky." This time, he stuck to the main stage instead of wandering through the audience or behind the scenes.

In "Chunky," Mars praises well endowed girls who have their life together. "Shout out to the girls who pay they rent on time," he and his boys sing. Even though it's a slower tempo number than "24K Magic," it's no less funky and builds in some of the early '80s hip-hop flare that Mars has been toying with lately. "Ooh Chunky/ Looking for them girls with the big ol' hoops/ That drop it down in Daisy Dukes/ Yeah, them the ones I'm trying to recruit/ I'm looking at you, yeah, you, baby," he sings on the chorus. Watch it here.

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The Strokes Working On New Studio Album

(Radio.com) The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi reveals that the band is currently working on new music with plans to release it next year but they are keeping this mostly quiet about the new material.

Valensi spoke with DIY about new music. "We are slowly but surely working on an album," he said. "I don't know when it's going to be released, we're kind of just in writing sessions. We're writing."

If it sounds like it's still in the early draft stages, Valensi clarified, "I'm actually in New York at the moment, at a studio in New York for that." Valensi shared that The Strokes planned on releasing new music in 2017, but wanted to keep things as quiet as possible. In reality, they'd be completely fine with a surprise drop. Read more here.

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Desiigner Releases 'Timmy Turner' Remix Featuring Kanye West

(Radio.com) Desiigner's "Timmy Turner" was perhaps the most anticipated followup track of 2016, as he rode high on the success of "Panda." In September, fans heard snippets and an early cut of a remix featuring Kanye West, but now the CD-quality audio is here and available on Desiigner's Vevo channel.

The remix contains some standard peacocking from Mr. West: ''I'm the new Steve [Jobs], mixed with [Muhammad] Ali/ 'Bout to get freed/ I'm the new Walt [Disney]/ F-- what you thought."

Desiigner signed with Kanye's GOOD Music label in February, and they've already collaborated a handful of times--mainly Desiigner's appearances on The Life of Pablo's 'Part 2" and 'Freestyle 4." Read more here.

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Machine Gun Kelly and Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello Do 'Bad Things'

(Radio.com) Fans of Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly woke up to a special treat on Friday morning (Oct. 14) - a brand new song the two recorded called "Bad Things."

The four-minute track showcases sultry vocals from Cabello, who sings about a very complicated relationship. "Am I out of my head? am I out of my mind?/ If you only knew I like/ Don't think that I can explain it/ What can I say, it's complicated," she sings at the start of the track.

"Bad Things" was produced by The Futuristic (Bruno Mars, Three 6 Mafia) and features Cabello singing about all the bad things she wants to do to the rapper. Machine Gun Kelly is more than interested as he raps "nothing's bad if it feels good" over slick beats and a promise that he's more than ready for the challenge. Listen to "Bad Things" here.

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Bryson Tiller Returns With New Song 'Let Me Explain'

(Radio.com) Bryson Tiller hasn't shared much in the way of original music since releasing his debut studio album T R A P S O U L last October. But in the wee hours between Wednesday (Oct. 12) and Thursday (Oct. 13), he released his new track "Let Me Explain".

The song has a touch of Drake about it, old school Drake that is. "Let Me Explain" has a chill vibe and a strong beat while Tiller's smooth vocals wax lyrical about a failing relationship he can't salvage.

Throughout the track, Tiller keeps trying to "explain," but finds that he can approach his reason, circle it, but never fully articulate it. "Don't be afraid, don't be afraid, don't be afraid to/ Tell me that's it over, tell me that's it over/ No, I don't deserve you, the só I never told you/ There's too many things, I can't look you in the face/ I just grab you by the waist and act like everything's ok," he sings. Listen here.

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Lil Wayne On Working With The New Generation

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne sat down with The New York Times in an interview published last week (Oct. 13) and spoke, in part, about working with so many younger artists.

"These people are turning the clock right now," he said. "They are the trendsetters of tomorrow, and I actually pay attention to what they send me. If [my manager] Tez sends me a song and says, 'I need you to do this verse for whoever,' I knock it out in that one night and send it right back. When I get the Solange or Chance song, I'm actually riding in my car, banging that. When I put my verse on it, I'm telling my engineer, 'Let me get a copy.'" But not everything he hears is a hit. "The other ones, I'm just sending back to Tez," he said.

Even though Lil Wayne is all about the next generation of rappers, that doesn't mean he's kept tabs on every single person making waves in the industry. When asked if he was "keeping up" with Yachty, Uzi Vert, 21 Savage and Kodak, he responded, "I swear to God I didn't know you were saying people's names just now, so that should probably answer that question. I just do my own thing."Read more here.

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New Floating Record Turntable Being Crowfunded

(TeamRock) A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to help produce a floating turntable. Mag-Lev Audio are seeking $300,000 to fund the first ever levitating turntable, which they say "visually enhances the experience of listening to vinyl records by levitating the platter."

They continue: "By joining our love for music with careful integration of technology and high-range audio components, we've created a turntable of the future for the medium of the past."

The company add that they've been searching for a way to give listeners a new way to experience vinyl, and add: "The First Levitating Turntable is designed for people who appreciate high quality sound and innovative design." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Big Top Heartbreak's My Breath Killed The Roses

Big Top Heartbreak's new album "Deadbeat Ballads" is being released today (Oct 17) and to celebrate we asked Scott Lavene to tell us about the single "My Breath Killed The Roses". Here is the story:

In 2013 I spent six months in a house for the bewildered. The previous five years I'd not really been a functioning member of society and I certainly hadn't played any music. To me, writing songs and playing had always been the point of my existence and when I became unable to do that anymore I fell in a hole and stayed there.

When I left the modern day loony bin I began volunteering at a local arts charity who ran workshops for recovering addicts and anyone with mental health problems. I sat at the back at played guitar at first, terrified. Clear minded, I started writing songs, free from any pressure. They were good. The old hunger and venom came back and I just kept writing. I played them in public for the first time in seven years and it was obvious from the reception that I was on to something.

'My Breath Killed The Roses' was one of the first I wrote. A cathartic cleanse and a bridge from the dark past into an unknown I was happy to receive. The song was recorded the song for the album with a full band but I decided on a stripped down live version as a promo video with just myself and my violinist. The song sounds great in all forms which is the mark of a good song, to me.

The b-side was also one of the first 'A Bike And A Bell' is a tender waltz. I write the best songs about love when I'm single and this was one of them. I'm very proud of it. Almost too good for a b-side.

Making this debut album has been a turbulent and meandering journey but it's the best thing I've ever done. Until the next album.

The Big Top Heartbreak ride has started. And I'm not getting off.

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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