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Page Too Report for 09/22/2016


Shawty Lo Killed In Car Accident

(Radio.com) Rapper Shawty Lo died from injuries sustained in a car accident at 2:20 Thursday morning (Sept. 21) in Georgia. He was 40. Manager and longtime friend Johnny Cabell told Radio.com affiliate V103's The Ryan Cameron Morning Show With Wanda Smith that the 40 year old, who's real name is Carlos Walker, was involved in the crash on southbound Interstate 285. Police say it happened around 2:20 this morning in south Fulton County.

Georgia local news reports that Lo was traveling in an Audi that crashed over a guard rail, hit several trees and caught fire. The accident occurred near the Cascade Road exit on I-285 in South Fulton County.

Lo, the only male passenger, was ejected from the vehicle and declared dead at the scene. Two female passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Read more here.

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Tim McGraw, George Strait, Others Star In 'Forever Country' Video

(Radio.com) What starts with Brad Paisley and ends with Dolly Parton and has 28 other country superstars in between? If you guessed the epic new 'Forever Country" song and music video, you would be correct.

A-list music-video director Joseph Kahn, famous for Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood," wrangled 30 stars of the past and present, each singing just a line or two before handing the baton to the next country superstar, reports Billboard.

Hit songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne collaborated to produce the track, mashing up Willie Nelson's 'On the Road Again," John Denver's 'Take Me Home, Country Roads" and Dolly Parton's 'I Will Always Love You."

Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan were among the first to sign up. George Strait, Ronnie Millsap and Brooks & Dunn make appearances. Reba McIntyre, Vince Gill, Martina McBride and Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Charley Pride, Tricia Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Alabama, Brett Eldredge (who likely snapchatted the whole thing), Alan Jackson, and Vince Gill lend their award-winning voices to the project. Dolly Parton puts in the final cameo with the last line of her beloved song. Read more here.

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Adele Dedicates Concert To The Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Split

(Radio.com) Adele dedicated her New York City concert Tuesday night (Sept. 20) to the demise of Brangelina as news came out that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were ending their marriage.

"I need to address the elephant in the room," Adele told fans at Madison Square Garden. "It's the end of an era!" She went on to dedicate her entire set to the power couple, saying she is "so, so sad" about their impending divorce, reports NME. Angelina Jolie filed for divorce citing 'irreconcilable differences."

Her attorney told People Magazine, "Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for dissolution of the marriage. This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."

Pitt also released a statement to People this morning (Sept. 21) saying "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time." Watch Adele's here.

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Lady Gaga Releases 'Perfect Illusion' Video

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga has premiered the music video for her new single "Perfect Illusion." The song is the lead single from the popstar's new studio album Joanne, which is slated to be released on October 21.

The video was directed by fashion photographer, filmmaker and longtime Gaga collaborator Ruth Hogben. They two have previously worked together on video footage for the Monster Ball and artRAVE as well as The ARTPOP Ball tours.

"It's a song not only about being upset that a relationship is over, but a song also about being upset and confused that it's so hard to find a real relationship," Gaga tells Radio.com. "And to find a real connection, because we're living in a social media storm right now, where there's so many augmented, filtered, perfect illusions around us that we can't figure out what's authentic and what isn't." Watch the video here.

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Eminem Remembers '8 Mile' Director Curtis Hanson

(Radio.com) Eminem has paid tribute to Curtis Hanson, the director of the Eminem biopic 8 Mile, who died of 'natural causes" on Tuesday at his Hollywood Hills home. He was 71.

Eminem remembers the Oscar winner fondly saying, 'Curtis Hanson believed in me and our crazy idea to make a rap battle movie set in Detroit. He basically made me into an actor for 8 Mile. I'm lucky I got to know him," he told Billboard.

In a 2002 interview with Rolling Stone, Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for L.A. Confidential and directed the psychological thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, spoke about working with Eminem.

"I knew going into it that he had experience performing and also adopting a character, Slim Shady," Hanson said. "What I was looking for was actually the opposite of that. When you adopt a characterization, that's artificial. You hide behind that. What I needed in this story was the appearance of a complete lack of artifice. I needed the appearance of one more or less exposing himself emotionally." Read more here.

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Kelsea Ballerini Addresses Taylor Swift Speculation

(Radio.com) Earlier this week, Radio.com (along with several other music websites) speculated that Kelsea Ballerini might be collaborating with Taylor Swift on a new song.

The speculation was prompted by a video that Ballerini shared on Snapchat that previewed a new song that featured a voice which sounded much more like Swift's than Ballerini's. The brief video showed a man working on a song. 'We didn't know it, thought we could grow it / beautiful for a moment / we were roses, yeah," a woman's voice can be heard singing which some pointed out sounded like Swift.

But Ballerini shot down the rumors by tweeting "Y'all! I'm just as excited for some new T Swift jams, but I'm not involved with it!! Roses was a demo of mine. Crazy confusion!" Read more here.

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Kanye West Takes High Road, Sidesteps Feud With Kid Cudi

(Radio.com) When Kanye West gets riled up about something, watch out. So, when Kid Cudi took a pot shots at West, Drake and other hip-hop stars last week, it looked like the making of future diss tracks and major mudslinging. But it looks like Kanye's in a make-love-not-war frame of mind when it comes to Cudi.

"I just wanted to take time out to say Kid Cudi is my brother," he said Tues night (Sept. 20) during his show at the Houston Toyota Center. He added that Cudi is "the most influential rapper of the past 10 years," and ended his comments by remarking, "I hope he's doing well."

In his September 14 Twitter rant, Cudi said, "Everyone thinks they're soooo great. Talkin' top 5 and be having 30 people write songs for them. 'My tweets apply to who they apply. 'Ye, Drake, whoever. These niggas don't give a f about me. And they aint fin with me." Watch Kanye's onstage comments and read more here.

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Meek Mill and The Game Fuel Feud With 'Ooouuu' Remixes

(Radio.com) In the war of words, Meek Mill and The Game are going toe-to-toe. After Game accused Meek of snitching on him to the cops, the two have continued to spar back and forth, each releasing diss track remixes of Young M.A.'s single "Ooouuu."

Meek's remix arrived first over the weekend. With help from fellow Philadelphia rappers Beanie Sigel and Omelly, he went after Game. "How dare you play with n like us?" Meek threatens on the track. He goes on to call Game a former stripper who's "barking up the wrong tree."

Initially, Game responded on Instagram, but he shared his own remix (September 20), which he renamed "Pest Control." He draws lines between east and west coast right off the bat by rapping "Welcome to the West." He also calls out Meek's illogical threats, including the pretty fantastic line, "Talkin' you gon' be in L.A. in three hours/ This a five hour flight/ Put this bum in the shower."

The beef between the two appears to be escalating with rappers like Drake and others already taking sides. Nipsey Hussle, however, is trying to be a voice of reason, saying that the two should "sit down like men" and talk things out.

Listen to the two remixes and decide who won here.

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Shawn Mendes Releases 'Mercy' Video

(Radio.com) Shawn Mendes has released the new music video for his track "Mercy". The song comes from his sophomore studio album Illuminate, which will hit stores on Friday (September 23).

The video's split narrative finds Mendes in a car quickly filling with rising water. With the car's windows shut and the doors closed, Mendes can't find a way to escape, much in the way that the girl he likes won't give him any openings to move beyond friendship.

He's stuck in both situations. The result is a powerful video driven by Mendes' emotional and taut performance. "Oh please have mercy on me/ Take it easy on my heart/ Even though you don't mean to hurt me/ You keep tearing me apart," he sings on the chorus, the vein in his neck nearly popping with strained feeling.

In between shots of Mendes in the car, he plays guitar, piano and drums by himself in a lushly colored rehearsal space. Even though he's safe and dry, he mirrors the heightened emotion he displays while trapped in the car elsewhere in the video. Read more and check out the video here.

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Chance the Rapper Appears in Joey Purp's New Music Video

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper didn't just record a verse to fellow Chicago rapper Joey Purp's new track "Girls @," he appeared in the music video for the single as well.

Chance shows up near the halfway mark riding on the hood of a car as it does circles on the rooftop of a parking garage. It doesn't matter how fast he's going, Chance exudes chill all the way. "Where all the girls with the book in the club?/ With the reading glasses on getting shook in the club/ Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates, getting spottieottiedope?" he raps in the first part of his verse.

Chance is more interested in brains than beauty, whereas Joey is looking for a sugar mama. He's looking for the girls with money and Birkin bags and big credit card spending limits. Joey holds a colorful rooftop tea party when he's not riding around in cars and setting the roof on fire (literally), and it all turns into one big rooftop dance party at the end. Check it out here.

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