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Page Too Report for 04/09/2017


Welcome to part 2 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!

Chris Brown And Lil Wayne Come Up In Drug Trial

(Radio.com) The names of rappers Chris Brown and Lil Wayne were reportedly mentioned in a federal drug trial. Radio.com had these details: Miami music producer Harrison Garcia is currently on trial for federal drug charges. The Miami Herald reports federal authorities are investigating an alleged $15,000 wire transfer last year from Chris Brown to Garcia.

Prosecutors also presented text messages seized from Garcia's phones, where he mentions both Chris Brown and Lil Wayne the rappers in drug-related contexts.

When pressed by defense attorney Gustavo Lage about the government's review of the rapper's banks records, U.S. Homeland Security Agent Kevin Selent testified that the investigation was open, and he was not allowed to talk about it. Read more here.

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Limited-Edition Star Wars Turntable Coming On Record Store Day

(Radio.com) A new Star Wars turntable is being sold in celebration of the 10th annual Record Store Day, and the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope.

The limited-edition record player will be available only at participating independent record stores on Saturday, April 22. Created by Crosley Radio, maker of radios since the 1920s, this is the company's fourth year making special limited edition turntables for Record Store Day.

Star Wars imagery will appear on the outside and inside of the special edition Crosley Cruiser Deluxe, a portable three-speed turntable that retails for $109.95, featuring pitch control and bluetooth capability. Read more here.

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The Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line Track Streaming

(Radio.com) The collaboration between The Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line, "Last Day Alive," has now been revealed with the release of The Chainsmokers' debut studio album, Memories. . . Do Not Open.

The single features powerful harmonies from FGL's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, along with the Chainsmokers' Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall's signature beats.

Both bands took to social media to announce the release of the new album. FGL expressed their excitement, writing, "Y'all check it out!!! Proud to be a part of @TheChainsmokers new record out today. #lastdayalive #memoriesdonotopen" Check out the new track here.

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Taylor Swift Return To Country Roots Speculated

(Radio.com) Many fans are wondering where superstar Taylor Swift has been lately. Despite her pre-Super Bowl concert Feb. 4 in Houston, Texas, the 1989 singer has been keeping a relatively low profile the past few months.

Now, anonymous inside sources revealed to ET that Swift "has been busy working on her upcoming album." Interestingly, she has been spotted at home in Nashville, Tennessee, as recent as last week.

The source said the "Blank Space" singer has been taking time to see if she wants to continue in the pop genre or settle back into her country roots. Swift's sixth studio album is expected to drop later this year. Read more here.

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Kodak Black Reportedly Accused of Assaulting Female Strip Club Employee

(Radio.com) The charges against Kodak Black just keep piling up. Weeks before the rapper's first studio album, Painting Pictures, was released, Black was arrested by the Florida Department of Corrections Feb. 28 for violating the conditions of his probation.

In a new twist, the Sun-Sentinel reports about new allegations, alleging Black assaulted a female employee at a Miami strip club earlier this year. According to the police report, Black approached the 34-year-old bartender "started acting belligerent."

Soon after the employee told the rapper to back off, he "hit her in the forehead with his right arm" and then "began to punch her numerous times all over her body and then kicked her, stopping shortly after."

At the moment, Black has not been formally charged, though the battery allegations has been added to the list of ways the 19-year-old rapper violated his house arrest. Read more here.

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Harry Styles Streaming His Debut Solo Single 'Sign of the Times'

(Radio.com) Former One Direction star Harry Styles has released his debut solo single "Sign of the Times" which can now be streamed online and shows a change in music direction.

"It's a bit weird, I feel like I've been hibernating for so long now and you hear it in the safety of the studio and now it's time to give birth," the former One Direction singer told the BBC. "It's the song I'm most proud of writing."

And proud he should be. "Sign of the Times" is a quantum leap for the One Direction vocalist, miles from the commercial pop for which he's normally recognized. The song, which is reminiscent of a David Bowie ballad, starts with a delicate piano as Styles sings, "Just stop your crying it's the sign of the times/ Welcome to the final show / Hope you're wearing your best clothes/ You can't prop the door on your way to the sky/ You were pretty good down here, but you ain't really good."

After a falsetto, pre-chorus, "Sign of the Times" blossoms into a full-blown cinematic soundscape, replete with strings and declarative guitar. Listen to the track here.

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Trace Adkins Releases 'Watered Down' Video

(Radio.com) Country star Trace Adkins slows things down a bit in his new music video for his single "Watered Down," from his twelfth studio album, Something's Going On, which was released March 31.

"Yeah I'm still crazy, but now I'm just a little watered down," Adkins sings. The video features the "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" singer drinking coffee, doing chores and reflecting on crazier times in his past.

"Just the lyric of the song, it's where I'm at in my life it seems," Trace told Radio.com. "You live the kind of life that I've lived, and at some point, you have to step back and say, 'I've got to temper my vices a little bit or I'm not gonna live much longer like this.' So that's kinda what the song says. I'm still crazy, and I still have some vices, but they're just a little watered down." Watch the music video here.

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Suge Knight's Attorney Addresses Ex-Wife Accusation

(Radio.com) The Daily Mail claimed on Monday (April 3) that Marion 'Suge' Knight, former CEO of Death Row Records, issued a signed affidavit, accusing his ex-wife, Sharitha, and former security chief Reggie White Jr., of being the masterminds behind the Tupac's death.

The story was published without supporting documentation. On Tuesday (April 4), Knight's attorney, Thaddeus J. Culpepper, told TheWrap the "affidavit is fake news."

According to Culpepper's official statement, "The press release cites no author. As counsel for Mr. Knight, my duty is to assist him in proving his innocence in his present cases. I have never made any official statement regarding Tupac Shakur, nor have I made any statements on my client's behalf regarding Mr. Shakur, written or otherwise. Articles relying on this unattributed press release are without merit." Read more here.

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Kanye West Makes Streaming History With 'The Life of Pablo'

(Radio.com) Kanye West just made music history with his seventh solo album and eighth studio album, "The Life of Pablo" becoming the first platinum release based on streaming.

Released Feb. 2016, Pablo became the first streaming-only album ever to achieve RIAA platinum certification for consumption of over 1 million equivalent units.

The album has been streamed 3 billion times worldwide and was the seventh #1 album of West's career. West has sold over 30 million albums internationally. Read more here.

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Pentatonix Release 'Bohemian' Rhapsody Video

(Radio.com) Pentatonix simultaneously released their latest seven-track album PTX Vol. IV Classics and released a brand new music video for their cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

In the video, the group members, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola, pay homage to the original version with a black background scene and iconic spotlights.

The band built up anticipation for the new album and music video on social media, writing, "Patrons! Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Something exciting is waiting for you in your inbox… #PTXVol4 #PTXBohemianRhapsody." See the tracklisting and watch the video here.

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Drake Backs Idea Of Chance the Rapper For Mayor of Chicago

(Radio.com) In the latest development of the #ChanoForMayor saga that is attempting to recruit Change the Rapper to run for mayor Chicago, fellow, rapper Drake said he would back the effort.

When TMZ approached him Tuesday night (April 4), reporters asked if he thought Chance would make a solid mayor for the rapper's hometown of Chicago. "Yeah, I do," Drake quickly responded.

Fans recently launched a campaign, urging Chance to run for mayor of Chicago in 2019. On the campaign website, the group writes, "Hey Chance, We think you'd be a great mayor." Read more here.

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TLC Call On Fans To Help Name Their Next Album

(Radio.com) In 2015, '90s girl group TLC started a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to pay for the making of their fifth and final album. And now they're asking for more help from their fans.

Sure, they've finally announced the release date; in a fundraising status update, manager Bill Diggins wrote, 'Hey Kickstarter Family, The album date is firm, June 30th is the release of the new TLC album that you made happen! Tionne and Chilli have been working night and day to hit this date."

The post added that TLC had been given writing credit on Ed Sheeran's new track, "Shape of You," because of it's similarities to their track "No Scrubs." Read more here.

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James Corden Vs Demi Lovato In Divas Singing Competition

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato and James Corden had a big disagreement last week over pop divas: He thinks today's pop divas can't compare to yesterday's, and she takes that suggestion very personally. They launched into a sing-off to plead their respective cases.

"I was like, 'they don't make 'em like that anymore, do they?'" Corden said. "Divas back then were just better than divas are today. Know what i mean? They didn't have Instagram, they just had sass, voice, souls."

"I heard you've been telling people that divas back then are better than divas today," Lovato said, annoyed. They launched into a sing-off to plead their respective cases.

Lovato sang Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Katy Perry's "Roar." Corden countered with Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" and Aretha Franklin's "Respect." Watch the glorious diva sing-off here.

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Lorde Reveals Inspiration For New Single 'Green Light'

(Radio.com) Pop star Lorde revealed that her brand new single "Green Light," from her forthcoming "Melodrama" album, was partially inspired by Florence + The Machine.

Speaking with Tavi Gevinson on her new Rookie podcast, the artist explains she and co-writer co-writer/producer Jack Antonoff attended a Florence show that influenced the way the track ended up sounding.

"Her player did this big, kind of jangly movement with her hands on the piano, and it was literally the physicality of that movement that became the way Jack played that," she said. Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Offers His Suggestion On How To Save Ginger Race

(Radio.com) After the Studio Brussel redheaded host mentioned that "gingers" are becoming an endangered species she handed Ed Sheeran her phone number and a wrapped gift containing a picture of their two faces morphed, illustrating what their children might look like.

Then she suggested they get intimate for the sake of "protecting an endangered species." "My girlfriend and your boyfriend, totally fine with this," responded Sheeran, to which the interviewer responded, "It is to save the Ginger race."

Thinking quickly, Sheeran quipped, 'We should get all the ginger people in Brussels together and we should all have one big ***." Watch the Studio Brussel interview to fill in the blanks here.

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Machine Gun Kelly Announces New Album 'Bloom'

(Radio.com) Cleveland-based rapper Machine Gun Kelly took to social media earlier this week to announce his upcoming third studio album, Bloom, will be released on May 12th.

MGK's prior two studio releases include the 2012 Lace Up and 2015 General Admission. The rapper also released a new collaboration with Hailee Steinfield, "At My Best," last month.

Last year, MGK's single "Bad Things," featuring Camila Cabello, reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. During a recent show, the Ohio native previewed a new track with Quavo and Ty Dolla $ign, according to XXL. Check out the post here.

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Willie Nelson Tributes Merle Haggard In 'He Won't Ever Be Gone' Video

(Radio.com) Willie Nelson has released a new music video in honor of his late friend Merle Haggard, 'He Won't Ever Be Gone." The song is the final track from Nelson's upcoming album, God's Problem Child, which is slated to come out April 28.

Today (April 6) marks the birthday and one-year anniversary of the country legend's death. The video features black-and-white footage from Nelson and Haggard's recording sessions for their 2015 duet album, Django & Jimmie.

Nelson will also perform at the Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard tribute concert this evening in Nashville, alongside Keith Richards, Dierks Bentley and many other artists. Watch the video here.

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Kevin Gates Reworks Joan Osborne Lyrics On 'What If'

(Radio.com) "What if God was one of us, just a thug like one of us?" rapper Kevin Gates wonders in his latest single "What If" that channels Joan Osborne's 1995 single 'One of Us."

The song was released this past Wednesday (April 5) while Gates is still in jail. His wife Dreka Gates posted a heartfelt message on social media with the release of the new song, writing, "You all KNOW that Kevin and I have always preferred to avoid statements to the media. We speak directly to you guys and prefer to let the music speak for itself. Although Kevin is not a free man yet, he will be soon! In the meantime, I am SO excited to share this song from HIM to you all! He done been to hell and back, He done been to jail and back… To listen to #whatif check out link in my bio and at @iamkevingates"

A new video on Gates' own social media page shows the making of the new single. Check out Gates' new track here.

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Brad Paisley Has Fun With Selfie Craze In New Video

(Radio.com) Put that selfie stick down. Why? Because Brad Paisley just might make fun of you in his official new music video for "Selfie#Theinternetisforever." The single comes from his upcoming album Love and War, which is set to come out April 21.

The video starts with the warning, "The following is a paid public service announcement" and provides clip after clip of embarrassing photos and videos, ranging anywhere from captured bathroom moments to poorly timed beach selfies.

Appropriately posted on social media, Paisley teases his fans, writing, "I asked and you answered. All your worst selfies in one place. Presenting the official music video for Selfie#Theinternetisforever." Watch the music video here.

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Chris Stapleton Releasing Two New Albums This Year

(Radio.com) Chris Stapleton fans can rejoice for a lot of new music is on the way. The country star has revealed that will be releasing not one, but two studio albums in 2017.

Stapleton's highly anticipated From A Room: Volume 1, will arrive May 5, exactly two years to the day since the 2015 release of his double Platinum solo debut Traveller. Later this year, Mercury Records Nashville will release From A Room: Volume 2.

Volume 1 is already available for pre-order. Produced by Grammy-wining Dave Cobb, the first record features eight original songs, as well as a new cover of "Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning." Read more here.

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Bob Dylan Finally Collects His Nobel Prize

(Radio.com) It's official--Bob Dylan has collected his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. Swedish Academy members said the icon "seemed pleased" by the honor, which puts an end to months of painfully awkward back-and-forth.

Dylan's selection has been…fraught. First, prominent writers questioned whether Dylan's work meets the standard of "poetry." Folk legends like Joan Baez and Tom Waits (and rockers like Bruce Springsteen) hastened to applaud his historic win. The unprecedented triumph started with controversy, and then it just got weird.

It seemed like Bob Dylan didn't want to accept the award at all. For days after the announcement, he didn't acknowledge the honor and once he seemed to, the mention was removed from his website. Then began the hemming and hawing about how (or whether) Dylan would accept the award in person (or at all). Read more here.

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Kelly Osbourne Recalls Disease Battle In New Book

(Radio.com) Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly Osbourne recalls how a struggle with Lyme disease has challenged and strengthened her as an adult in her new book There Is No Fing Secret: Letters From a Badass B.

"I thought I had Lyme disease," she writes. "I had started entering my symptoms into online quizzes, and the results kept coming back Lyme disease. For the first time, someone listened to me, and I got tested. The results were positive: I had stage III neurological Lyme disease. I was relieved to finally know what was going on, but I was also scared s–less."

As soon as the positive results came back, Kelly got proactive about treatment. "I got on a plane and flew to Philip's treatment center in Germany. I started stem cell therapy," she wrote. "Rather than trying to kill off the disease with antibiotics, this treatment worked to strengthen my immune system so my body could fight off and get rid of the disease on its own, which is a much more complete and lasting cure."

She added that the prominence of Lyme disease in the tabloid media has made her reluctant to speak out about her own experience. Read more here.

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Coldplay Singer Visits Fan Fighting Cancer In Manila Hospital

(Radio.com) Coldplay frontman Chris Martin stopped by a hospital in the Philippines to see a very sick fan before the band's concert in Manila this past Tuesday, (April 4).

Ken Valiant Santiago, a medical student at the University of the Philippines-Manila is suffering from stage 4 cancer and has spent his time in the hospital playing Coldplay songs.

Ken's older brother Kheil says Ken's favorite songs are "A Sky Full of Stars," "Adventure of a Lifetime," "Hymn for the Weekend," and "Everglow."

Due to his condition, Ken was unable to attend the concert. "He already turned over his platinum ticket to my younger brother. He does not show he is sad, he said it's okay, but we can feel that he really wanted to be there," says Kheil.

So, the older Santiago wrote an open letter that he posted on Facebook asking for help to relay a message to Coldplay. "I am sending you this open letter to ask a little favor if the band could just say 'hi' or a short message for him to make him feel better," it reads. Read more here.

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Michael Jackson Immortalized With Son's New Tattoo

(Radio.com) Michael Jackson's son and daughter, Prince and Paris Jackson, displayed complementary yin and yang tattoos. Now, Prince (real name Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.) has added to his body ink by having an image of his father tattooed on the lower half of his leg.

He posted a video clip of the tat on Instagram along with the message, "Thanks @dermagraphink for sittin 9hrs with me for such an incredible and beautiful tattoo."

In the tattoo, the late pop legend is depicted as a winged angel standing with his legs crossed and his hands raised. One hand is covered with a white glove.

It's not the first time one of Jackson's children has paid homage to their dad by getting tattooed: daughter Paris has a large tattoo inspired by Jackson's Dangerous artwork and the other features her father's handwriting: "Queen of My Heart" See Prince's post here.

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Clay Walker And Wife Jessica Craig Expecting New Baby

(Radio.com) During a stroll down the red carpet before the Academy of Country Music Awards, Clay Walker stopped to kiss his wife Jessica Craig's stomach and confirmed that the couple is expecting their fourth child.

The 47-year-old "Live Until I Die" Singer" married Craig in September 2007 and already have three kids together, 8-year-old William, 7-year-old Mary and 3-year-old Elijah. For Walker, that makes five children total.

He previously had two daughters, 17-year-old Skylor and 21-year-old-MaClay with ex-wife Lori Jayne Lampson. And now, number six total is on the way. Read more here.

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Beck Covers Elvis Hit 'Can't Help Falling In Love'

(Radio.com) Beck has contributed the brand new track, "Can't Help Falling in Love" to the Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle soundtrack, which was released on Friday.

The song is a cover of an Elvis Presley tune, which matches the theme of the album; Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and producer Sam Cohen were hired to compiled a batch of early '60s covers for the project.

"Because it was '62 -- pre-Beatles, pre-most stuff people celebrate now as far as rock and roll -- it was a chance to do something different," Danger Mouse told Billboard. Read more here.

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Mel B's Husband Reportedly Asks For Spousal Support

(Radio.com) Spice Girls star Mel B's estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte, has reportedly requested spousal support in the wake of her divorce filing, reports Us Magazine.

He is attempting to terminate the court's ability to award support to the pop star, requesting that she pay all legal fees. He also wants joint legal and physical custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Madison.

The America's Got Talent judge started the process of ending the marriage on March 20 and sought to block any spousal support for Belafonte. She also requested sole custody of Madison. Read more here.

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Liam Gallagher Leads Additions To Reading And Leeds

(Radio.com) Reading and Leeds, the iconic English music festival, has added former Oasis star Liam Gallagher and more than 90 additional acts to its 2017 lineup -- which already included Eminem, Muse and Kasabian.

During that festival, the lineup rotates between two venue locations in the historic towns of Reading and Leeds. In addition to rap, rock and alternative music icons, the lineup includes Bastille, Haim, Charli XCX, Giggs and Korn. New entries confirmed include Ash, Pvris, Vince Staples, Goldie, Bugzy Malone, Declan McKenna and Mura Masa

Tim Wheeler of Ash expressed excitement about his tenth appearance at the twin festivals: 'We're very proud to announce a historic 10th appearance for Ash at the Reading festival." Read more here.

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Chris Janson Talks Fatherhood With Thomas Rhett

(Radio.com) These days, Thomas Rhett is one of the biggest stars in country music, and most people want to talk to him about his career, and his recent hit "Die a Happy Man." But his long time buddy, singer/songwriter Chris Janson had something else on his mind.

Janson was interviewing him for Radio.com affiliate station KMLE in Phoenix at the ACM Awards' Radio Row. the number one reason I'm proud of him for is not that he's a star, it's because he's about to be a father.

Janson said in the chat that he was proud of his friend: "The number one reason I'm proud of him for is not that he's a star, it's because he's about to be a father."

"Not that that was the first thing you wanted me to bring up today! But I will tell you, it's going to change your life. This is a good Christian man right here!"

Rhett explained his big life change to Janson: "My wife and I tried [to have a baby] for a little while, and nothing happened, and we've always had a heart for adopting. Lauren's mom is adopted and we always knew that we would adopt at one point so we just did it first. We have been in the adoption process for about a year, and then while we were in Africa finalizing a lot of stuff, we found out we were pregnant. Kind of the ultimate cliche." Read more here.

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Keith Urban Received Banner Support From Daughters For ACMs

(Radio.com) Keith Urban has legions of adoring female fans, but maybe his greatest admirers are his two little girls, Sunday, 8 and Faith, 6. As Urban got ready to head off the to ACM Awards, where he and Carrie Underwood staged an amazing performance of "The Fighter," his daughters held up a banner wishing him luck.

"Good Luck Daddy win or lose does not matter," read the multicolored sing which was decorated with numerous hearts." Urban posted a photo of his kids holding the banner on Instagram, with the caption, "When my daughters do this…… I've ALREADY WON!!!"

Although Urban was up for seven ACM Awards, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, he came home empty-handed. Read more here.

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