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Page Too Report for 10/17/2016

Paul McCartney Joined By Rihanna At Desert Trip Festival

(Radio.com) Beatles legend Paul McCartney was joined on stage during the second weekend of the Desert Trip megafestival by Rihanna for a surprise performance of their 2015 hit single, 'FourFiveSeconds."

"We finally found someone under the age of 50," McCartney joked as Rihanna left the stage, referencing the mature crowd that makes up the festival's audience and inaugural lineup, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and The Who.

RiRi and Sir Paul performed their double-platinum single for the first time since they took the stage with Kanye West at the 2015 Grammy Awards here.

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Twenty One Pilots Hit Given Korn, Anthrax and Machine Head Makeover

(TeamRock) Twenty One Pilots song Heathens has been given the Korn, Anthrax and Machine Head treatment. Youtube musician Ten Second Song Guy has released a revamped cover of the Suicide Squad track in the style of multiple artists - with Type O Negative, Stone Temple Pilots, David Bowie and Nirvana thrown into the mix.

The song was also covered by orchestral trio Simply Three last month. The band's Tyler Joseph recently recalled his strict upbringing and how his mother was determined to see him succeed. He said: "She made me work hard every day - I didn't really have an allowance, there was just the concept of hard work as something you just needed to do every day. I had goals set.

"I had to make 500 shots every day and when my mom wasn't looking, I'd get up closer to the basket and do lay-ups and count them and she'd be at the back window at the kitchen and knock. Then I'd have to go back and shoot from longer. It took about an hour and a half every day." Check out the song here.

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Grandma Steals The Show Rocking Out To AC/DC's Highway To Hell

(Classic Rock) A video of a pensioner dancing to a cover of AC/DC's Highway To Hell in the street has been shared online. Scottish outfit Badboys were performing their final song at The Spree music festival in Paisley, Scotland, when they noticed the crowd's attention was turned to the "rocking gran" beside the stage. Bassist Billy Kinnear's daughter Alba, 10, managed to capture her on film.

He tells TeamRock: "She was amazing and we couldn't believe the moves that she was coming away with. We were all shouting from the stage, 'Look at her, she's awesome!' She stole the show.

"As we say in Badboys, 'You're as old as you rock' - and boy, can she rock! With moves like that, she must have been a rocker back in the day. "We'd love to know the gigs that she's been to. It was such a great buzz. It made our day and everyone else's." The video can be viewed here.

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Justin Timberlake Reveals Musical Direction Of New Album

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake is making an album, but even he doesn't know what to call it. Even though Timberlake has his footing firmly in the pop world, he's been toying with other genres like R&B and country since he debuted his solo album Justified in 2002. And his newest project sounds as though it will continue that funky and fun experimentation.

Appearing on the British morning show BBC Breakfast on Monday (Oct. 17) to promote the movie Trolls, talk naturally turned to the next JT album. "I would not say that I'm making a country album," Timberlake said, addressing rumors that began after he was spotted in the studio with Little Big Town. "But I also don't like to say that I'm making an R&B album."

He added, "I did work with Little Big Town but that was because they were working with Pharrell. I have been in the studio with Pharrell, I have been in the studio with Max Martin, I have been in the studio with Timbaland." Read more here.

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Azealia Banks Reportedly Accuses Russell Crowe Of Assault

(Radio.com) Azealia Banks has reportedly filed a battery report against actor Russell Crowe, stating that he used force to remove her from a hotel suite party he hosted over the weekend.

According to TMZ, Banks filed the report with the Beverly Hills Police Department on Sunday (Oct. 16) after Crowe refused to apologize. Banks claimed Crowe choked her, used a racial epithet and spit on her while trying to get her to leave.

The alleged incident occurred at a Beverly Hills hotel where the actor was staying. Banks attended the party as a guest of RZA, who recently signed her and is directing her in a movie. She upset guests at the party by making fun of the music Crowe was playing, and then threatened to smash her glass and cut them with the shards when a female guest told her to be quiet.

Witnesses attending the party offered a different version than Banks would later tell police. Read more here.

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Jack White's A Prairie Home Companion Performance

(BH) Jack White's rare performance on the latest episode of A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN this past week is now streaming online. We were sent these details:

White's appearance on A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile saw him leading a crack acoustic combo comprised of bassist Dominic Davis, fiddler/backing vocalist Lillie Mae Rische and pedal steel guitarist Fats Kaplin though a four-song set that included renditions of The White Stripes' "City Lights" and The Raconteurs' "Carolina Drama" - both featured on the recently released JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016 (Third Man Records/Columbia).

Chris Thile joined Jack and the band on "Carolina Drama." As if that weren't enough, the set also included a version of the country classic, "(Margie's At) The Lincoln Park Inn," penned by Tom T. Hall and a 1969 top 5 chart smash for Bobby Bare, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime duet performance of The White Stripes' "I'm Lonely (But I Ain't That Lonely Yet)" alongside Third Man recording artist Margo Price. Watch it here.

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Big & Rich Releasing New Project Via Thirty Tigers

(Webster) County music duo Big & Rich have announced that they have that they have inked a deal with Thirty Tigers (Carlos Santana, Lucinda Williams, The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell) for the release of an upcoming project, slated for release in 2017.

"We are over the top excited to work with David Macias, Dewayne Brown and the entire Thirty Tigers and Sony RED teams! I truly feel they understand who we are, what we stand for and where we are dreaming to go," says John Rich.

"It's not often in this business that you feel completely understood, but this is one of those golden moments where the stars align and great things happen!" Read more here.

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Randy Travis Does Rare Performance At Hall of Fame Induction

(Radio.com) Country legend Randy Travis stunned crowds Sunday night by singing 'Amazing Grace" during his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It was a rare public performance for the Grammy-winning singer, since he suffered a life-altering stroke in 2013, reports CBS News.

The North Carolina native was honored for being the first country artist whose debut album Storms of Life went platinum its first year. He is credited with having paved the way for neo-traditional singers like Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Garth Brooks in the 1990s. Brooks was on hand to formally induct the singer.

Mary Davis-Travis, Randy's wife, detailed his struggles after viral infection caused a stroke. "Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked," Davis-Travis said. 'Today God's proof of a miracle stands before you."

Alan Jackson compared Travis to Elvis. 'When he sang, the women were screaming and fainting and it was crazy," Jackson said. 'I loved it. Someone singing real country music and having that effect and selling all those records, it just made me so happy." Read more and check out fan footage for of Travis' rare performance here.

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Gucci Mane Releasing Another Album This Year

(Radio.com) Gucci Mane just released his second album this year, "Woptober", this past Friday but he has already announced that he will release yet another new album in December.

The new effort, entitled "The Return Of East Atlanta Santa" will be released on December 16th and the title plays off the mixtape Gucci released on Christmas Day in 2014, East Atlanta Santa.

Besides working on his own albums, Gucci recently teamed up with Lil Wayne for The Birth of a Nation soundtrack. The two perform "Oh Lord" together. Read more here.

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Little Mix Release 'Shout Out To My Ex'

(Radio.com) Little Mix have released a passive-aggressive breakup anthem for the Snapchat generation: "Shout Out to my Ex." On the track, the bandmates sing about deleting pics, regrettable tattoos and more.

Most of all, the girls wish their ex and his new girlfriend well. "I hope she gettin' better sex / Hope she ain't fakin' it like I did, babe," the ladies sing. "Took four long years to call it quits / Forget that boy, I'm over it."

Some background: Last August, Little Mix star Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik (then of One Direction) called off their engagement after three years of dating. Read more here.

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Kanye West Accuses Other Rappers Of Design Theft

(Radio.com) Kanye West blasted unnamed rappers for "imitating" and "stealing" the set design from his Saint Pablo Tour, and some fans in the audience captured his brief rant during "Freestyle 4."

"This the original," he said from the red-lit stage, lifted high above the crowd. "Accept no imitations. You with the rap God right now. N be copying my s bro. Stealin' our s, stealin' stages. Copying our s one-to-one."

Kanye is back on tour following a brief break to attend to his family, reeling from wife Kim Kardashian's Parisian robbery. It's not clear which rappers Yeezy is blasting for copying his unique style, but rappers better beware. Watch his explosive rant here.

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Singled Out: Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers

Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers recently released their new album "Little Black Heart" and to celebrate we asked Ruby to tell us about the song "Who You Think I Am". Here is the story:

Eight years ago, I was in a pretty bad accident that left me with a moderately severe TBI. In the first months after the accident, I couldn't really speak clearly, let alone write or read. I had vertigo and couldn't remember a damned thing from one moment to the next. I've always prided myself on brains rather than looks, so this accident was completely devastating.

Another side effect of the head injury was that I couldn't even remember friends' names or faces, and often walked right past folks I knew, especially if I saw them out of context- at the grocery store rather than the club, for instance. I was also easily confused and distracted, so if you can imagine being at a show with all the noise and lights and people moving around- I was a wreck after even just a few minutes in a venue. I started isolating- even at shows- because it was all too much for me to handle. My brain would just shut down and it was all I could do to get up on stage and perform.

People who knew me from before started getting angry with me- as though I was ignoring them on purpose and just being nasty. Someone would ask me a question and I would get overwhelmed and walk away. Not on purpose- something in my brain would just short circuit and that would be my reaction, though I wouldn't remember it if you asked me later. I tried to explain what it's like with a head injury, but honestly, no-one seemed to want to hear it. I looked fine- the scars are for the most part all on the inside of my brain- so folks just thought I was being a bitch. I lost a handful of friends and who knows how many fans as people just assumed I was being rude.

I became severely depressed and suicidal. My family didn't even know how bad the head injury was, as I'd always been the type to crow about successes but not complain about hurts. And because there had been no actual impact between the other vehicle and my scooter- they'd run me off the road- I got no help from insurance. They paid for ONE cognitive therapy appointment and then said it wasn't working. However, that one appointment gave me so much to work with. The doctor had given me a booklet of word exercises and word games, and once I saw how that type of work seemed to help, I threw myself into it with everything I had.

Four years after the accident, I was able to write and read more easily- but not songs- just words, stories, even recipes. I wrote a cookbook, and then had a cooking radio show that I had to write episodes for on a weekly basis for a few years. And suddenly one day, I heard the old familiar feeling of tune and lyrics coming together in my head, and started working on songs again.

It takes so much more out of me now. I have to work so much harder to write a song than I used to. But I think the songs are better for it- like I put more of myself into them now.

So! WHO YOU THINK I AM is about having this head injury- how it's hidden and because you don't see it, you don't realize how it can affect me. There's pretty much a hole in my head, and I still suffer from it every day, though I would never let you see that. But I still get overwhelmed and easily confused and distracted. When I am tired, I forget words and names and even friends' faces. I'm about as good as I'm ever going to be, and I'm grateful for what I've been able to retrain my brain to be able to do- reading, and writing and speaking clearly again. But I'm never going to be 100%, and I'm always going to have these glitches where I walk past folks, or am so overwhelmed that my brain sort of shuts down.

The lyrics of WHO YOU THINK I AM are telling you what it's like living with this every day. I didn't do the thing you think I did on purpose. I try so hard, and do what I can to show up and get things done. But there's a dead zone inside of me, and I can't help how it shows up nor how it affects folks around me. When all is said and done, if you don't look beyond the outer shell to the injury inside, then you won't see what's going on. I'm not who you think I am. That's the song.

You know, after writing this, I actually have a plea- if you know anyone with a head injury or aneurism or anything that affects the brain, be kind to them. Reach out a little to them, because it's hard being trapped inside with this sort of injury. No one can really see it from the outside, and we are treated accordingly. A broken arm? Oh let me carry that for you. Blind? Let me help you across the street. But a head injury? Out of sight, really and truly out of mind.

And when all is said and done, all you can do is to keep on rolling- so that's what I do! Hopefully this made sense, thanks :-)

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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