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Page Too Report for 09/27/2016

Aaron Lewis Scores No. 1 Album With Sinner

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis' country music solo album "Sinner" has topped the Top 200 Albums, Top Country Albums and Top Digital Albums Charts, according to his camp.

The album success has been fueled by the single "That Ain't Country" which takes a critical view of today's more pop friendly country music stars contrasted with the legendary greats of the genre.

Lewis explains the inspiration for the track, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and that is what makes America great. I grew up listening to Merle, Waylon, Willie, Charlie Daniels and more on the radio. So when I listen to what is being played today, I barely recognize it as Country music. So that is where the song originated."

He will be kicking off the official U.S. tour in support of the album on October 24th in Hollywood at the Troubadour. The first leg will run until December 11th in Cleveland at the House of Blues. Read details about the second leg and see all of the dates here.

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Adele Believes Smoking Helped Her Sing

(Radio.com) Adele said during a recent appearance on the Canadian entertainment program etalk that she believes that quitting smoking actually weakened her singing voice.

She was on the program promoting her current North American tour. It's been five years since she quit, but it sounds as though she would take up the habit again if she could. "The people with the best voices, they always smoke," she said. "I've given up smoking and I'm convinced that's made my voice weaker."

In 2011, Adele suffered a vocal hemorrhage and had to cancel her world tour so she could undergo laser surgery to remove a polyp. Since then, she's taken measures to cut down on food and behaviors that could potentially strain and hurt her voice.

Of course, it doesn't help when she works with artists who happen to smoke. Adele recounted recording "All I Ask" with Bruno Mars for her latest album 25. "Bruno smokes like an old woman," she said. Read more here.

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Drake Releases Short Film 'Please Forgive Me'

(Radio.com) Drake has release a new short film called "Please Forgive Me". The 23-minute movie, inspired by Drake's chart-topping 2016 Views, was posted as an Apple Music exclusive at 1 a.m. ET Monday morning.

The rapper stars in the film, alongside Popcaan, Fanny Neguesha, Soni Chidiebere and Kyla Reid. The mini-movie includes seven songs from Views, as well as original music from Noah '40" Schebib.

Please Forgive Me was directed by Anthony Mandler, whose credits include Drake's 'Over," 'Miss Me," and 'Fancy" as well as projects for Jay Z, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Mandler co-wrote the script with Larry Jackson, Apple Music Head of Content. Read more here.

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Justin Timberlake Remembers Arnold Palmer

(Radio.com) Pop star and actor Justin Timberlake paid tribute to the late golfing legend Arnold Palmer via social media. Timberlake shared a photo of himself with Palmer on Instagram, together with the statement below.

"First tournament I ever played in… He looked this young man in the eye and introduced himself. You could feel the GREATNESS surrounding him. I was in awe.

"A few months later, I ran into him on the driving range at Bay Hill with a pitching wedge in my hand and he sat and helped me with my swing(despite his best efforts, I still need all the help I can get…).

"He changed the game forever. He defined what the modern athlete is. He flew his own plane to his tournaments. He STARTED a network JUST for the sport. He won spectacularly. He lost graciously. He was bigger than the game. And, he was one of the nicest men I have ever met." Read more and see the photo here.

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Kanye West Makes Surprise Appearance at Chance the Rapper's Festival

(Radio.com) Kanye West had a concert scheduled in Nashville, Tennessee for Saturday night (Sept. 24), but that didn't stop him from flying to Chicago that afternoon to perform a surprise set at Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day festival.

Referring to Chance, Kanye told the capacity crowd at U.S. Cellular Field, "I'm so proud of this young man right here." West's set featured "All Falls Down," 'Black Skinhead," 'Can't Tell Me Nothing," 'Touch the Sky," 'Gold Digger" and 'Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1" and 'Pt. 2," and his verse on Schoolboy Q's 'That Part." He also dueted with Chance on 'Ultralight Beam."

West is currently working on a collaboration with Chance called Good Ass Job. There is no release date yet for the project. Also performing at The Magnificent Coloring Day festival were Lil Wayne, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Skrillex, Young Thug and Tyler, the Creator.

Watch Kanye and Chance together on 'Ultralight Beam" here.

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Thomas Rhett Expanding 'Tangled Up' For Deluxe Version

(Radio.com) Thomas Rhett has announced that he will be releasing a deluxe version of his sophomore album Tangled Up on October 28th. The new edition will featuring five previously unreleased tracks including Rhett's new single "Star of the Show."

"'Star of the Show' is one of those songs that I have lived with for a while and kept coming up as a song we needed to record and get to the fans," said Rhett in the announcement.

"I wrote it with my dad right after I got married, and it was the first song I ever wrote about Lauren. It was a staple in our set before we had any hits and fans still request it to this day. The Deluxe allows us to thank our fans for an incredible year by putting out a few new songs like this one, and also by reworking a couple of favorites by adding some friends into the mix." Read more and see the tracklisting here.

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Brett Eldredge Announces Christmas Album 'Glow'

(Radio.com) Brett Eldredge has announced that he will be releasing his new Christmas album on October 28th. The holiday effort, entitled Glow, will be include a duet with Meghan Trainor.

Eldredge had the following to say about the album, "I've been inspired for this record from a very young age. I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I've loved since I was a little kid. I recorded those classics in New York City and tried to give a tip of the hat to the ones that came before me-Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ray Charles-by adding that swing and that soul to the best of my ability."

"When it came to actually recording, I wanted to live in the experience," he continued. "We hung Christmas lights in the studio in the middle of May and had musicians from the best bands in the world all in the same room - from horns to strings. Everyone was so inspired to make this classic record. I think it really shows in the songs and I can't wait for people to hear that magic we found." See the tracklisting here.

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Gucci Mane Releases Animated 'All My Children' Video

(Radio.com) Gucci Mane has been turned into a cartoon character for the new video for "All My Children". The clip, which was directed by yashxana and animated by Pangea Vision, premiered this weekend during Adult Swim's Toonami.

In All My Children, we enter the video with the birth of Gucci's brood, with all the children quickly growing older, ultimately falling in his footsteps to becoming rappers. But along the way, the young boys show an appetite for all things male including money and women.

All My Children is the latest single to drop from Gucci's latest album, Everybody Looking, which dropped in July. On the heals of Everybody Looking, Gucci will release his latest full-length titled, Woptober, yet no release date has been announced. Read more here.

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Rae Sremmurd Release 'Black Beatles' Video

(Radio.com) Rae Sremmurd have released a new music video for that track "Black Beatles", a song that comes off their 'SremmLife 2' album. The track features Gucci Mane, who also makes an appearance in the video looking more like Michael Jackson than anything out of the Fab Four's era.

The video for "Black Beatles" is the rap world's take on the live show narrative that many rock bands release to show viewers life behind the scenes and onstage.

The brothers put their own spin on the Beatles' history. They cross a street decked out in fancy suits a la Abbey Road, and they also take to the roof to perform a special concert much like the Beatles' final performance in 1969. Thanks to the grainy effect that runs throughout the video, it feels like it belongs in the late 1960s or early 1970s rather than 2016.

Besides reliving famous moments from the Beatles' career, Khalif "Swae Lee" and Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" practice guitars backstage, wail on them in front of a packed audience and generally live the rock 'n' roll life. Gucci Mane arrives near the halfway mark wearing a jacket that looks like a cross between Jackson's style and what Eddie Murphy wore during his 1983 stand-up special Delirious for an added flare of pop culture. Watch the video here.

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Shawn Mendes Showed His Humorous Side On The Tonight Show

(Radio.com) As emotional as Shawn Mendes can be in his music, he knows how to cut loose and have a good time. Mendes joined The Roots last Thursday night (Sept. 22) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to sing whimsical fall versions of songs, both new and classic.

But in between doing his bit, he couldn't help making fun of Fallon who loved every minute of the ribbing. Mendes sang new versions of Justin Bieber, Adele and Coldplay, among others. In between singing the newly written lines — presented as Fall-themed tweets — he couldn't help calling Fallon a "grandpa" and reminding the host about their age difference.

After Mendes sang an autumn-themed take on Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," he teased Fallon for giving him the wrong cue, which led to mocking Fallon's choice to use the song in the sketch. "I told you, I'm just not as old as you," Mendes said. Immediately, Fallon rebutted, "Son, don't talk back to your father like that!"

Mendes added, "You don't look old, you're fine. No, you're not… I'm just very young." After the comedy bit, Mendes performed his latest single "Mercy" off his sophomore album Illuminate. Watch the clips here.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Teams With Weird Al For 'Yoda' Performance

(Radio.com) Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has made no secret of his Star Wars fandom, and neither has Weird Al Yankovic. It was only a matter of time before the pair joined forces to perform one of Al's Star Wars parody songs, and that time came last week at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.

Before an audience that included Tina Fey, Miranda and Yankovic performed "Yoda," posed backstage and bonded on Twitter over their love of George Lucas' fictional universe.

The Tony-winning Broadway icon couldn't contain his enthusiasm after the show: "1) In 9th grade I sat in an upper box of the Beacon with @AlexSarlin & Emily Pinkowitz & we screamed 'Yoda!!'" Read more and check out the performance here.

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Oasis Offer Free Download Of 'Going Nowhere' Demo

(Radio.com) The reissue of Oasis' 1997 album Be Here Now will be released October 7, and to promote it the band has shared a demo from the era as a free download for fans.

"Going Nowhere" was written and recorded in the mid-'90s and will appear on the reissue's second disc of B-sides, demos and extras. Altogether, the three-disc collection includes unvarnished demos, live performances, and a full CD of audio from sessions recorded in Mustique. That's plenty of material for fans of Be Here Now to get a full view of Oasis circa its third studio album.

On another Oasis front, the documentary film Supersonic will come to theaters October 26 and will explore the band through the rise, peak, and ultimate end of the '90s Britpop phenomenon. Liam Gallagher expressed his dismay that brother Noel won't participate in some promotional activity for the documentary.

"So the Ronnie Corbett of rock n roll aka Noel Gallagher not doing press not attending premiere for oasis film 2 words SH– BAG LG x," he tweeted. Read more and grab the download link here.

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Jill Scott and Tyrese Lead Train Weekend Lineup

(Radio.com) Jill Scott, Tyrese, Monica, Anthony Hamilton and Jazmine Sullivan are confirmed as performers for Soul Train Weekend 2016. The four-day celebration leads into the 2016 Soul Train Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Monica, Sullivan and Yuna will kick off the weekend on November 3, with an Acoustically Speaking concert at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Friday evening Scott, Tyrese, Hamilton and Tish Hyman will perform at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Saturday's Soul Train Day Party will take place at the resort's Daylight Beach Club and will feature Bell Biv DeVoe and Kid Capri. That evening, comedians Cedric 'The Entertainer," Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy will take the stage at The Comedy Get Down. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Paul Pfau's See You Better

Paul Pfau is releasing his new EP "Great American Love Story" on Friday (Sept 30) and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the track "See You Better." Here is the story:

The initial idea for "See You Better" came from an all nighter Netflix binge I had about a year ago. The show was Mad Men and I was totally hooked. Ever since I was a little kid, I was always mesmerized by everything about 60's culture. The music, the fashion, the cars, etc… I was fascinated by how period accurate this show was, it was a teleport to the era.

In a later season's episode (509), Don Draper, the main character, left his wife a note while going out to run an errand. The note said, "Lovely Megan - I went to buy a light bulb. When I get back, I'll see you better. Love, Don." For some reason this really stuck with me. I mean, how romantic is that?! Who leaves notes like that anymore?! So I jotted the phrase down in my notepad, thinking that maybe one day I could use it if I ever settled down.

Fast forward to February of this year (2016). My manager set me up to write with a producer/songwriter/former Bassist & Vocalist of Forever the Sickest Kids, Austin Bello. We wrote a tune called "Hey Hi Hello" which spawned the conceptual idea for the EP "Great American Love Story" due out on September 30. The 5 song EP tells the love story of a couple from the 50's/60's time period.

As we started writing for that record it only made sense to incorporate the "See You Better" reference for the final track on the album. The idea was that no matter how old they were or what they went through, the wife just kept getting better and better in the husband's eyes. So during a write with another incredible songwriter, Jordan Lawhead, it all just fell into place. We had written a different song that day and just before Jordan was about to leave he was noodling on the guitar with what was to become the intro riff for the song. I just started throwing out some lyrics trying to paint the picture of the time period's classic family model and how they would age from that into their elder years. The song includes a lot of imagery that takes you back to that time but at the same time, allows you delve back into your own family memories and attach to the song in your own way. "See You Better" is the happy ending to a timeless love story and I cannot wait for you all to hear the songs/parts of the story that lead up to it. Thanks for listening!

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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