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Page Too Report for 04/08/2017

Welcome to part 1 of our special Week In Pop report where we look at some of the biggest stories from this past week from our news partners Radio.com!

Suge Knight Believes He Was Real Target Of Tupac Murder

(Radio.com) In a signed affidavit, Suge Knight's attorney has presented a theory about Tupac Shakur's murder. Thaddeus Culpepper prepared a document that claims Knight's ex-wife and a former Death Row Records security chief were behind the plot, and that Suge was the intended murder target.

Knight has known 'for many years that Reggie Wright Jr. and his ex-wife Sharitha were behind the murder of Tupac and attempted murder of Knight," the affidavit states.

Knight also alleges that Wright was involved in the Notorious B.I.G.'s murder. The fresh statements are reportedly inspired by a new film about the murders. The documentary Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton explores the theory that Sharitha and Wright were behind the plot--which was connected to an attempted coup at Death Row Records. Read more here.

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50 Cent Explains Absence From Chris Brown's Tour

(Radio.com) 50 Cent took to social media to address recent rumors circulating about his absence from Chris Brown's The Party Tour, which began earlier this week with a show in Baltimore, Maryland.

TMZ first reported that the "In Da Club" rapper was set to be a lead guest on Brown's tour but backed out when his fee was far higher than the offer from Brown's promoter.

According to the source, the rapper walked away two weeks ago, but the tour continued to promote 50 for another week. In his post, 50 called Brown a friend and affirmed it was only a matter of scheduling and organizational concerns, writing, "I would never say my friends can't afford me. This run wasn't handled correctly, I'm still on set filming Den of Thieves. #effenvodka" Check out the post here.

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Rick Ross Sentenced In Kidnapping and Assault Case

(Radio.com) Rapper Rick Ross managed to avoid being sentenced to jail time after he entered a plea of no contest to several kidnapping and assault charges this past Tuesday (April 4).

Ross and his bodyguard were sentenced to five years probation for the June 2015 attack, where two claimants argued that the two men pistol-whipped them at Ross' home, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to the sentence, Ross cannot use alcohol or drugs, must take anger management classes, have no contact with the victims and can't own firearms.

Ross took to social media to express his relief at the trial's outcome, writing, "God is Great." The rapper apparently is also already ready to get back to work, posting, "back to da money." Check out the posts here.

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Radiohead Break Out Live Rarity For First Time in 9 Years

(Radio.com) On their 2017 tour, Radiohead have revived some songs they haven't played in nearly a decade; material from past albums like "OK Computer" and "Kid A" that haven't been seen in a Radiohead setlist for years.

But on this past Wednesday night (April 5), the band played "Where I End and You Begin" from their 2003 studio album "Hail to the Thief" for the first time in 9 years.

Fans quickly picked up on the historic inclusion and shared footage from the concert (in Kansas City) on YouTube. Watch their performance of "Where I End and You Begin" here.

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Spice Girls' Mel B Files Restraining Order Against Husband Stephen Belafonte

(Radio.com) Spice Girls star Melanie 'Mel B" Brown has filed a temporary restraining order against her husband Stephen Belafonte, according to documents obtained by People.

In the documents, Brown claims Belafonte threatened, beat and exploited her throughout their nearly decade-long marriage. Authorities have ordered Belafonte to stay away from Brown and her three children.

This news arrives just weeks after Brown filed for divorce from her husband, asking for joint legal and physical custody of their 5-year-old daughter Madison, according to People.

In the documents, the singer claims the abuse began just five months after their marriage in June 2007 and that he would, "beat [her] down to let [her] know he was in charge." Read more here.

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Chuck Berry Once Gave Keith Richards A Black Eye

(Radio.com) "Chuck Berry once gave me a black eye," legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards revealed in tribute to the Rock and Roll pioneer, Keef added, 'I later called [it] his greatest hit."

In a tribute piece, The Rolling Stones' guitarist explained that he was in the legend's dressing room, plucking his guitar strings when Berry walked in and punched him in the left eye.

Richards took responsibility for the altercation saying, 'If I walked into my dressing room and saw somebody fiddling with my axe, it would be perfectly all right to sock 'em, you know? I just got caught." Read more here.

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John Mayer Releases Panda Happy 'Still Feel Like Your Man' Video

(Radio.com) Only John Mayer could pull off a choreographed number with backup dancers in giant panda costumes. Mayer just released the new music video for his latest single "Still Feel Like Your Man," off his upcoming album The Search for Everything, which will be released on April 14.

Prior to the video's release, Mayer discussed its potential for people to misconstrue it as "cultural appropriation" in his New York Times interview. Much of his concern stems from the video being set in a "disco dojo," which involves women in full geisha wear, a bamboo forest and dancing pandas.

Directed by Mister Whitmore, Mayer said they "thought long and hard about how to approach" the subject without offending anyone. "Do I think that someone is going to tweet that this is cultural appropriation? Yes," Mayer concluded. "It's going to be interesting to see."

Mayer also teased his supporters about his music video via social media, writing, "Fans have asked me for *years*, 'John Mayer, when are you going to dance in a music video?' I did this for them." Check out the new clip here.

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will.i.am Releases 'Fiyah' Music Video

(Radio.com) The Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am has released a new music for his latest single "Fiyah," and he explains that the clip "in appreciation of British culture."

Directed by Lamar Smith, the video was filmed on the set of the British drama Coronation Street. It showcases a choreographed dance number in the Rovers Return pub, complete with smartphones, dapping and top hats. The clip also features model India Love.

Love took to social media to share her appreciation, writing, "Always SO fun to be apart of my boss @iamwill's creative materpieces✨ || Check out his New* music video (in appreciation for #britishculture ) called #FIYAH filmed at #coronationstreet also Avail on iTunes & Spotify" Watch the music video and check out the post here.

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Gorillaz Giving Fans Chance To Visit Real 'Spirit House'

(Radio.com) When Gorillaz recently announced the release date for their new album, Humanz, they went ahead and shared some new music and, of course, animated footage.

The video for 'Saturn Barz," was titled 'Spirit House," and featured a haunted house in which the band members find themselves in a spooky, psychedelic setting filled with weird surprises around every turn. Two versions of the video were released, a normal, but still weird clip, and a more immersive 360 vid, which has garnered more than six million views.

Now, Gorillaz has partnered with Sonos to make the cartoon 'Spirit House" a reality. Actual replica houses will pop up in Brooklyn from April 21-23, Berlin 28-30, and Amsterdam on May 6.

A press release describes the houses as 'immersive, high fidelity" happenings in 'raw spaces" that will feature exclusive music, custom artwork, physical installations, and digital projections. Entry is free, but you've got to RSVP."

"Come and bathe in high-tech sound, feast on unearthly visuals, and let the experience take you on the ultimate trip," says bassist Murdoc Niccals. Check out the two videos for "Spirit House" here.

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Bruce Springsteen $7.5 Million Memorabilia Collection Up For Grabs

(Radio.com) An epic Bruce Springsteen memorabilia collection is up for sale at the price of $7.5 million. The "Ultimate Springsteen Collection," is being presented by Moments in Time.

The batch contains more than 300 items, including everything from guitars and lyrics, to a barely-passing junior high school report card. According to Moments in Time CEO Gary Zimet, the collector who is selling his Springsteen treasure trove acquired the goods over a period of seven years after he first purchased the 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible in which Springsteen wrote "Born to Run" (which is not included in the sale).

He began collecting intentionally, building his own personal museum and loaning items to exhibits at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, reports Billboard.

Springsteen's 4F card excusing him from service in the Vietnam War, different drafts of "Born to Run" lyrics and the original flannel shirt the legend wore on the cover of his The River album are among the items offered. Read more here.

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Roger Daltrey Plans To Turn Teenage Cancer Trust Over to Noel Gallagher

(Radio.com) The Who's Roger Daltrey is starting to talk about retiring from his role as booker and celebrity spokesperson for Teenage Cancer Trust and hand it over. The classic rocker has someone in mind.

"I'd like to do 20 years and that'd be enough for me," Daltrey told NME. 'I'll probably hand it over to Noel [Gallagher] or someone. One of the younger mob."

He went on, 'I think in three years time, it'll be time for me to hand it over, find someone else to pick up my reins. I'm sure there'll be someone be there to do it. I will warn them that it's much more work than they'd think it is. But it's the most rewarding work that you'll ever do, not financially or in anything like that, but it fills you up with something money can't buy. It's amazing." Read more here.

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The Shins Releases Cover Of 'Taste of Honey'

(Radio.com) Brian Burton, better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, and singer-songwriter Sam Cohen, created a soundtrack album for Amazon's dystopian series, The Man in High Castle.

Released April 7, Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle Album features high-profile covers from Norah Jones, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen and more.

Most recently, Burton released a The Shins' cover of the classic tune "Taste of Honey," which was first popularized by The Beatles and Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass. The Shin's frontman James Mercer showcases his impressive falsetto

"I sent him 'A Taste of Honey,' and he sent it back two days later," Burton told NPR. "He was in Portland working on Shins stuff and he took time out and did his own interpretation of it. It sounds like James in certain places, but most people I played it for don't know it's James, which happens on a lot of these songs. The way he interpreted just changes his vocals." Check it out here.

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Travis Scott Previews Kendrick Lamar and Quavo Collaborations

(Radio.com) Earlier this week Travis Scott shared collaborations with both Migos' Quavo and Kendrick Lamar. Scott released two new teaser clips that suggest a potential Scott-Quavo joint album might not be too far away.

There is no confirmation whether these tracks would make it to an album, but the releases have Scott fans wondering and hoping. The two already worked together on "Portland," from Drake's new More Life project.

Scott also released a new music video for "Goosebumps" featuring Kendrick Lamar from his 2016 album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. It's exclusively available over Apple Music at the moment. Check out the clips here.

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Kesha Claims To Have 74 New Songs She Can't Release

(Radio.com) Kesha made her Louisiana debut at LSU's annual free spring concert late last month and during the concert, the "Timber" star spoke openly about her ongoing legal troubles with her former producer Dr. Luke.

"The reason I haven't put out music in so long is because I have a lawsuit from hell, and I just want you to know I'm fighting every f—– day to bring you new music," the musician revealed to her fans, according to Nola.com. "I have about 74 songs done. I've had a lot to talk about. And I just want to thank you for being here tonight."

Posting about the concert on social media after the concert, she wrote, "tonight was a beautiful magical loud – amp blowing out- wild evening. thank you creeps." Check out the post here.

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Drake May Star In British Drama After Purchasing Rights

(Radio.com) After Drake purchased the rights to the gritty British drama Top Boy, BBC News reports the show's producers are creating a significant role for the "Hotline Bling" star for the upcoming third season. The show focuses on rival gangs and their involvement in the drug trade in fictional London housing project.

Drake has been vocal about his love of the show for years, even taking to social media in 2014 to give a shout out to Top Boy star Ashley Walters. Channel 4 dropped the program in 2014, ending the critically acclaimed show after two seasons.

'I can't wait to get back into acting," Drake revealed during an interview with W Magazine in 2015. 'No one ever asks me to do movies, and, although music is my focal point now, I'd love to do a film. That was the life that I lived before, and it would be interesting to live it again." Check out Drake sharing his love for the show here.

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Britney Spears Does Risque Performance With Backstreet Boy Howie D

(Radio.com) Britney Spears and brought The Backstreet Boys' Howie D. on stage during her Las Vegas Piece Of Me show for a risque guest appearance during her April 1st show.

A far cry away from the boy band's performance at the 52nd ACM Awards the next day, leather-wearing Spears tied Howie D. up and walked him around on all fours during her song "Freakshow."

The Backstreet Boys shared a fan video over social media with the caption, "Leave it to Britney Spears to bring out the freakshow in Howie D! What happens in Vegas… #pieceofme #pieceofhowie #bsbvegas" Watch the video here.

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Rolling Stones Classic Fuels New 'Mummy' Trailer

(Radio.com) Universal Studios just released their official new trailer for The Mummy reboot. The trailer features Sofia Boutell's undead, villainous character wrecking havoc on the world, while the eerie guitar riff from "Paint it Black" by The Rolling Stones plays softly in the background.

Starring Tom Cruise, this film remake shows viewers what happen when Cruise accidentally lets loose an ancient, evil spirit who is ready to cause some mayhem after being locked away for thousands of years.

Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy will hit theaters June 9th. Watch the official movie trailer followed by a stream of the Rolling Stones' full song here.

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Ed Sheeran Plans To Release Music From His Ghana Trip

(Radio.com) Last June, Ed Sheeran made a trip to Ghana and recorded a trove of secret material that fans haven't heard yet. While some of the music made the tracklist for Divide, he promises that more songs from his Africa trip will be released soon.

"We made a bunch of music, one song made the album then there's more coming out," Sheeran told The Sun. 'There's actually a full song being released with me, Fuse and R2Bees."

In January, he recalled those studio sessions while guest hosting BBC Radio 1. "They drink this thing called Shocker, and I won't tell you what is in it, but there is a lot of stuff in it," he said. "They drink that while they are in the studio and just go nuts the whole time. They just play this song on repeat full volume. That was probably the most fun I've had making a song." Read more here.

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MGMT Are Finishing Work On New Studio Album

(Radio.com) MGMT have confirmed that they've finished recording sessions for their forthcoming, yet-untitled studio album. It will be the band's first album release since 2013's self-titled MGMT, and they haven't released so much as a single since then.

Few details about the next chapter (which was promised for 2016) are known, but it seems like we'll be hearing something soon. "Possibly just sang last singing for new album?! Title track," they wrote over the weekend. Through the end of March, MGMT shared other updates like "another one MIXED" and "we bac in the studio now," the band tweeted.

The updates suggest that there's real momentum behind completing the album. For now, fans will have to settle for older works like Oracular Spectacular, from which the single "Time to Pretend" appears in the new Spider-Man Homecoming trailer. See the latest from MGMT here.

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Big Sean Given The Keys To The City Of Detroit

(Radio.com) Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan presented Big Sean with the key to the city last weekend, making Sean the youngest recipient of the hometown honor ever.

The mayor cited Big Sean's charitable foundation for inspiring and motivating natives, and the lovefest spilled over onto Twitter. "Today we presented @BigSean with the key to the @CityofDetroit," the mayor tweeted. "He is the youngest person to ever receive this honor. The work that @BigSean is doing with his foundation is inspiring Detroit youth to achieve their dreams."

Sean seemed astonished by the past recipients of the honor. "For the city! The youngest to receive this honor. Last people to get this were Berry Gordy n Stevie Wonder! Key to the City of Detroit!" he tweeted. Read more here.

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Zayn Malik's Mysterious Tattoo Related To New Single

(Radio.com) Zayn Malik has shared his latest ink with fans; his new tattoo reads "SGT 2 4 17." Many have revealed their speculation that the tattoo is an acronym for his new single.

The track, which is entitled "Still Got Time," is the first solo single that the former One Direction star has shared since the release of his debut album, Mind of Mine.

The numbers "2 4 17" are slightly more cryptic, they seem to be a date, but the single dropped on March 23rd. Perhaps it's simply the date when Malik got the new ink. Check out Zayn's new tattoo here.

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The Killers First New Album Since 2012 Is 'Nearly There'

(Radio.com) The Killers say their next album (the first since 2012) is "nearly there." NME caught up with drummer Ronnie Vannucci and frontman Brandon Flowers at the Parque Fundidora in Mexico.

Vannucci said recording sessions in Las Vegas, San Diego, LA and Joshua Tree have pushed the band in new, challenging creative directions in this new phase of their career.

"It's sounding good," Vannucci said. 'We have a problem with taking two steps forward and one step back, so that makes it take longer. We keep asking ourselves: 'What does a four-piece band do? How do you keep it fresh?' It's a constant exercise in experimentation."

That experimentation, he says, has driven the Killers out of their comfort zone. In other interviews, the band has described the "heavy" new direction this album has explored. Read more here.

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Keith Urban's 'The Fighter' Made Nicole Kidman Cry

(Radio.com) Keith Urban performed his current hit collaboration with Carrie Underwood, "The Fighter" at last week's ACM Awards. It turns out that he wrote the song about his wife, Nicole Kidman, and on the red carpet, Kidman discussed her feelings about the song.

"I remember when he first played it for me, I started to cry. He writes these things, and they come out of… I don't know where. And they're like beautiful gifts."

Speaking of gifts, Keith Urban answered a question from a fan in the same interview, who wanted to know what his favorite guitar in his collection was: he revealed that it was a guitar that Kidman bought him that used to belong to the late Waylon Jennings. Read more here.

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Big and Rich Compare Sam Hunt To Johnny Cash

(Radio.com) Sam Hunt is seen by many country fans and artists as one of the genre's boundary breaking artists, due to his unconventional blend of modern hip-hop and R&B with country.

So it may raise eyebrows that Big & Rich's Big Kenny and Jon Rich compare him to country music legend Johnny Cash. (And, of course, Big & Rich enjoy raising eyebrows on occasion). But both members of the duo are certainly fans of Hunt.

Big Kenny told Hunt, "When Jon and I first listened to your music, we said, 'That's fresh!' And to this day, you're putting out fresh music." He then asked, "What goes through your mind when you write a song like 'Body Like a Back Road?'" To which Rich responded, "You know what's going through his mind!"

Hunt sheepishly noted that women provide a lot of inspiration for his songs. Rich noted, "A lot of things about your style mimic the old-school great guys, and I don't know if a lot of people would make this comparison. But if you think about Johnny Cash, for instance — you don't sound like Johnny Cash — but Johnny Cash was incorporating rock and roll and gospel and all kinds of things into what he called, 'That's my brand of country music.' And people said, 'Johnny Cash isn't country, he's singing about subjects that we don't allow on the Opry.' And he said, 'Well, that's what I sound like.'"

He continued, "Conway Twitty, they said, 'He's a pop singer,' 'He's an Elvis impersonator.' Alabama: they were [called] 'Southern rock.' With Sam Hunt, they say, 'What am I listening to?' It's Sam Hunt's country, that's what it is!" Watch the interview here.

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Cold War Kids Release 'Restless' Video

(Radio.com) The California-based indie rock band Cold War Kids have released a new single and music video, "Restless," from their brand new album LA Divine, which hit stores on Friday.

The video explores the lives of three people groups: a couple, a group of skater kids and a family. Contrary to the title, all these groups appear to be happy when shown in still shots at the conclusion of the video.

'LA people are typecast into two roles," frontman Nathan Willett revealed about the inspiration for the track to Billboard. "The hungry single artist chasing their dreams OR the happy couple that is compromised and settled. You're either edgy, moody, inspired or safe, soft and ineffectual. This is troubling to me. Where are the stories where love actually sets us free? What would it look like to live that way… to have the best of both worlds?" Watch the official music video here.

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Rivers Cuomo Releasing Second Japanese Album

(Radio.com) Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo dabbled in Japanese-language music when he released a 2013 album with Scott Murphy of Allister. The duo have kept up their Japanese skills and announced another new album of songs in the language -- arriving very soon.

The new album will drop April 12 via Sony Music Japan International and will receive an exclusive release in Japan. But we're sure intrepid U.S. fans will find a way to get their hands on it.

Plus, Weezer has begun rolling out a slate of new music (in English) for the band's followers to enjoy. Check out the full tracklisting for the forthcoming effort here.

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Desiigner Streams New Tracks 'Thank God I Got It' and 'Up'

(Radio.com) Desiigner's back with two new (and very different) tracks. "Up" and "Thank God I Got It" hit streaming services and his recent track "Holy Ghost" is now available for download on iTunes.

On "Up," Desiigner dismisses haters trying to kill his buzz: "I see stars, there's no limit/ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, moving right up/ Hold on, they can't stop us."

On "Thank God I Got It," the rapper ruminates on the opportunities and challenges rising to the top has created. The lyrics skew in a confessional direction: "Rain dance, rain dancing/ Rich boy, play dazing/ I can be raw let you ride here/ Baby I'm slowly dying." Check out the tracks here.

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The Strokes Celebrate Their Biggest Show Ever

(Radio.com) The Strokes played a concert at Lollapalooza Argentina last weekend and drew an enormous crowd--more than 90,000 fans gathered to hear them. Members of the band called the set the biggest of their career and all that goodwill might inspire them to finish the album they've promised.

Bassist Nikolai Fraiture shared a photo from the set on Instagram with a special message for fans: "Muchas Gracias Argentina!! All 90,000 of you!! Our biggest show ever!"

Last year the band released the EP Future Present Past which spawned a couple singles and music videos, but it's been four years since their last studio album Comedown Machine. In Argentina, they played songs from that record as well as their breakthrough works Is This It and Room on Fire. Check out some clips from the show here.

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