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Page Too Report for 04/16/2017


Journey's Neal Schon Wants To Record With Steve Perry Again

Journey guitarist Neal Schon reveals that he hopes to work with former singer Steve Perry again in the recording studio and reflected on touching base with him again at their recent Rock Hall induction.

Schon tells Rolling Stone that he and Perry spent time together backstage at the event earlier this week: "We hung out in his room for 10, 15 minutes. None of that stuff was planned, the hug, none of it."

He said that he'd support Perry if he toured for his long-anticipated solo album, and wouldn't mind if he did Journey songs on his own. "He owns the songs as much as we do. He helped build them, wrote them, sang them, cemented them in cement in everyone's hearts and minds and souls."

He also noted that he'd like to work with Perry in the studio again: "Not necessarily Journey, something more bluesy more R&B-ish, soul." Read more here.

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Blake Shelton Moves To Dismiss 'In Touch' Defamation Lawsuit

(Radio.com) Country music star Blake Shelton has reportedly reached some kind of settlement with In Touch magazine in his lawsuit over a September 2015 cover story.

Shelton filed suit over the store titled, "Rehab for Blake," which highlighted numerous stories of the singer's alleged drunken activities. Shelton denies these situations occurred.

Now, the AP reports lawyers for both Shelton and the magazine are asking the judge to dismiss the defamation lawsuit entirely. Both sides have agreed to pay the costs of litigation. Read more here.

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Alabama's Jeff Cook Has Parkinson's Disease

(Radio.com) Jeff Cook, the fiddler and guitar player for the Country Music Hall of Fame group Alabama, has revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease around four years ago.

While band members Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry have known for years, Cook revealed his decision to step back from touring with the group April 29 in a prepared statement to The Tennessean.

'This disease robs you of your coordination, your balance, and causes tremors," Cook wrote. 'For me, this has made it extremely frustrating to try and play guitar, fiddle or sing. I've tried not to burden anyone with the details of my condition because I do not want the music to stop or the party to end, and that won't change no matter what. Let me say, I'm not calling it quits but sometimes our bodies dictate what we have to do, and mine is telling me it's time to take a break and heal." Read more here.

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Kanye West's Mental Breakdown Subject of University Lecture

(Radio.com) Professor Jeffrey McCune teaches a course entitled, 'Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics," at Washington University in St. Louis and concluded it was a free lecture.

For McCune's third and final lecture, he covered West's 2016 mental breakdown and hospitalization in a class titled, Name One Genius That Ain't Crazy: Kanye West and the Politics of Self-Diagnosis, according to Hypebeast.

"I want to give people permission to be enraged. Give people permission to be upset, to be angry, to be frustrated," McCune explained. "Give people permission to have moments where they break. Give people permission to have moments where they experience depression. I want to give them permission to have those moments without being characterized as being some type of deviant figure in the community." Read more here.

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DNCE Release New Nicki Minaj Assisted Track 'Kissing Strangers'

(Radio.com) Joe Jonas' dance-rock group DNCE have recruited rapper Nicki Minaj to guest on their brand new single "Kissing Strangers", which is now streaming online.

"Aye, I'm just trying to make way out to the concrete jungle, what's with me?" Jonas sings in the opening verse. "Aye, oh you trying to find connection in two thousand something, ain't easy."

"Me? I'm Jem, and these b is the holograms," Nicki boasts on her verse. "Me? I win and these b just lose. They ships sink, but my ship is just cruise." Check out the new collaborative track here.

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Pearl Jam Star Highlights Artists Snubbed By Rock Hall

(Radio.com) If there was an award for "best shirt" at last week's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, it would certainly have gone to Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament.

He wore, what seemed to be a t-shirt with a design that looked like a tie; on either side of the tie were the names of artists who are eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but who have yet to be voted in. During his acceptance speech, he referenced the fact many of Pearl Jam's influences haven't been included; it appears that his shirt provided the list of those artists.

So, here, then, are the names likely to be included on Ament's ballot in the next few years (once an artist is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they immediately become voters). See the full list here.

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Dave Grohl Pens Forward For His Mother's Book

(Radio.com) Dave Grohl's mother Virginia Hanlon Grohl literally wrote the book about rock star mothers -- and Dave contributed a foreword. In "From Cradle to Stage", she interviews fellow mothers of music stars like Michael Stipe, HAIM, and Dr. Dre -- exploring the singular experience that she and many other moms share when their creative children become cultural forces.

The Foo Fighters' Instagram account posted a blurb from Dave's essay that praises Hanlon Grohl and the influence of mothers everywhere. It's accompanied by a nostalgic photo of mother and son from the 1970s.

"But beyond any biological information, there is love, something that defies all science and reason," he writes. "And that, I am most fortunate to have been given. It's maybe the most defining factor in anyone's life. Surely an artist's greatest muse. And there is no love like a mother's love. It is life's greatest song. We are all indebted to the women who have given us life. For without them, there would be no music."

In a second passage, the Foo Fighters shared, Grohl mythologizes his childhood in Virginia. Read more here.

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Willie Nelson Recruits Bob Dylan, More For Outlaw Music Festival Tour

(Radio.com) Country music legend Willie Nelson has announced that he hitting the road this summer for a series of festival tour dates and he will be bringing some of his iconic friends along.

"We had such a blast launching and playing last year's Outlaw Music Festival in Scranton, we had to take it out on the road this summer," said Nelson in a prepared statement.

The Outlaw Music Festival Tour will feature a rotating cast of acts including Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Hayes Carll, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and more to be announced in the coming weeks. Read more here.

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Tory Lanez Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges

(Radio.com) Canadian rapper Tory Lanez was arrested in Broward County, Florida this past Wednesday (April 12th) and charged with a series of gun and drug offenses .

His charges include carrying a concealed firearm, possession of cannabis 20 grams or less, failure to register a motor vehicle, driving without a valid license.

He was also reportedly charged with failure to show proof of liability insurance, XXL reports. For the firearms charge, Lanez faces a third-degree felony. Read more here.

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Prince's Ex-Wife Says New Memoir Is Not A Tell-All

(Radio.com) Prince's death one year ago adrenalized longstanding fascination with his mysterious and colorful personal life--including his marriage to protege Mayte Garcia. The dancer and musician was married to the Purple One from 1996 through 1999, and as a couple they faced major challenges like the death of their infant son shortly after his birth. In her new memoir "The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince", Mayte reflects on Prince's role in her life but doesn't think of the book as a "tell-all."

"I started writing this book years ago. I wanted to remember, just, my childhood," Garcia told Billboard. "People would tell me, especially after my marriage to Prince, you need to write a book because you've had a crazy life."

She said Prince's death accelerated the writing and publishing process of the book, but she approached it with deep respect for his life and legacy. "It was never like a tell-all or to talk bad about my relationship and my past. Actually, it was done for love, and then when he passed, then I really felt the urgency to do it because I know a lot of people are going to come out with books and stories, but none like mine." Read more here.

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Grateful Dead Reflect On 'Long Strange Trip' Documentary

(Radio.com) On May 26 Grateful Dead fans will be given a closer look into the legacy of their favorite band with the four-hour documentary Long Strange Trip. Directed by Amir-Bar Lev (My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story) and executive-produced by Martin Scorsese, the film details the band's rise to fame and the death of frontman Jerry Garcia.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the surviving band members admit the film was at times difficult to watch. 'It's charming and it's heartfelt," said Mickey Hart. 'But it's sad in some ways. It's not a date movie. I wouldn't take my wife to see it."

Hart described the last years of Garcia's life as 'kind of tragic." He says the film's footage 'shows you how lonely it is when people want to pick you apart and give you no peace just because they love you to death."

Meanwhile, Bob Weir says that the uplifting quality of the band overrides some of the more somber moments. "A lot of the stories in the film are fairly dark, but there's a light that shines above all of that. [It's] counterbalanced by the music itself," Weir notes. Read more here.

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Everyone Now Wants To Work With The Chainsmokers

(Radio.com) Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers just released their debut, full-length album Memories Do Not Open and revealed that their success has opened doors previously closed to them.

Just last year the guys exploded onto the scene and were reaching out to tons of artists looking to collaborate -- but not many of those emails and phone calls were answered. Now, after a run at number 1, an epic GRAMMYs performance and a few big collabs later, the emails are starting to come in.

"It's actually funny," Alex tells 92.3 AMP Radio's Shoboy. "When we first started we would reach out to all these cool indie artists that we just liked -- you know like cool singers or whatever, really random bands -- and like 5% would get back to us but now they start emailing us all the time. We get like one per week, and it's like 'oh, hey, I don't check this email ever, but like, totally up for the collab now if you guys are still down' and you check the date you sent it and it's like December 12, 2013! And you're like, 'get the hell outta here!"

Regarding their most recent collaborative efforts alongside Coldplay, Florida Georgia Line, Andrew admits "it's been really cool to do our best to find a balance between both of our sounds in both of those songs. Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Mansion Designated A Historic Landmark

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift's Beverly Hills mansion is now a historical landmark. Earlier this month, the Beverly Hills City Council approved Swift's request to designate her home as a historic city landmark.

"I think this is a true community gem and really so thrilled that this will be landmarked and preserved," said Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse via Mansion Global.

According to People, Swift purchased the 11,000-square-foot property from the heirs of Goldwyn Pictures co-founder (which later became MGM) and Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn for a cool $25 million back in 2015. Read more here.

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G-Eazy and Kehlani Provide Key Track To 'Fate of the Furious'

(Radio.com) The latest entry in the Fate of the Furious pantheon will include another rapper/singer duo with Oakland's G-Eazy and Kehlani. "Good Life" will be the soundtrack's lead single and holds the coveted position of setting the mood for the movie's final scene.

Without giving up much in terms of plot, G-Eazy describes the magnitude his inclusion on the soundtrack had on him. "The song is in the last scene, the Simba scene, where Vin Diesel holds his -- not to ruin the whole thing -- he holds his baby up like Simba and the song comes on. I just looked at Kehlani and I was like' I had chills," Eazy told 92.3 AMP Radio.

"That's such a big franchise, such a big moment, such a big opportunity to do a song for the soundtrack but to do the lead single' it was dope." Read more here.

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Paramore's Hayley Williams Reacts To 'Jeopardy' Clue

(Radio.com) Hayley Williams from Paramore was a clue on the long running television game show Jeopardy this past Thursday night, (April 13). The problem is, no one got the answer right.

When the music star was alerted of the situation by a post on twitter she responded with mock disgust. The alert came from a Paramore fan on twitter. "BREAKING NEWS @yelyahwilliams was a clue on @Jeopardy (and nobody knew the answer and I'm offended)"

And here's Williams' reply that was posted the new date: "i hope they all lost and went home with nothing twitter.com/parabails/stat' hayley from Paramore" See the full posts here.

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Ludacris Continues His Love Of 'Vitamin D' On TV

(Radio.com) Ludacris had jokes for talk show host Conan O'Brien Wednesday night (April 12). The rapper just released his new song, 'Vitamin D," in which he makes numerous sexual innuendos.

He continued the double-entendres during his conversation with Conan. He joked, "In order to get the proper dose of Vitamin D you gotta have ten minutes on the front then flip over and get, like, ten minutes on the back," he joked. Other suggestive comments also surfaced during the conversation.

The artist also talked about his CGI'd abs in the music video, which caused Conan to discuss the possibility of trying something that obviously silly on the show.

Luda said, 'Ludicrous means beyond crazy, wild, ridiculous. This is all meant to be." Check out the clips from the show here.

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Cassius Release Inventive Split Screen 'Get Up' Video

(Radio.com) Cassius have teamed with Pharrell and Cat Power for their latest single, "Go Up" from their 2016 album Ibifornia and have just released an inventive video for the track.

To promote the song, the French dance music duo tapped director Alex Courtes to create an interesting split-screen music video that requires the viewer to ponder the possible paradoxes.

The director goes back and forth between pairing images that compliment each other and pairing others that should never go together yet tell a whole new story. Watch "Go Up" here.

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Haim Billboards Pop Up In Cities Across The World

(Radio.com) Back in December of last year, Haim told fans they "don't even know what's coming for you," and they continue to tease their follow-up to 2013's Days Are Gone.

Mysterious billboards have now appeared around London, Berlin, L.A. and Sydney featuring the three sisters looking stylish and windswept against a cityscape.

Fans still might not know what's coming for them, but whatever it is, the promotion is dialing up. Haim are set to play some festival dates this year -- including Reading and Leeds in the UK They're reportedly working with Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend) on the new album.

Haim's label Polydor shared a photo of the billboard alongside the caption 'NEW HAIM COMING'. See the billboard here.

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Zac Brown Band Stream New Single 'Family Table'

(Radio.com) Zac Brown Band have released a lyric video for a new track, "Family Table." The song comes from the group's forthcoming studio album "Welcome Home."

The band's seventh studio album is slated for release May 12. The 2017 Welcome Home Tour kicks off the same day in the band's hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

In the black-and-white video, young children run around a dinner table outdoors. Prior to the song's release, the band said they went back to their roots for their upcoming album.

'We went back to being very minimalistic," the frontman Zac Brown told Rolling Stone Country last month. 'I feel like something happened to me when we were recording Jekyll + Hyde, where we cleaned the white board creatively. We got to experiment. We got to go all over the map, from rock to electronic songs. Now, I'm able to do all my experimental things with Sir Rosevelt, and it's helped me get down to the basics of what ZBB started out as, which was very much a singer-songwriter type of approach. That's really what the rest of this album is." Watch the video here.

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Sam Smith Hits The Recording Studio With Timbaland

(Radio.com) Grammy-winning artist Sam Smith has been relatively quiet online in recent months, yet a new social media post from rapper Timbaland indicates the two recently hit the studio together.

Smith has yet to release a new album since his debut 2014 record, In the Lonely Hour. This latest post suggests Smith might have another hit single coming out soon with the legendary rapper and producer.

In his post Timbaland wrote, "It was a pleasure working this man @samsmithworld #puretalent #goodvibes #makingmemories and #timeless #music " Check out the post here.

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Kendrick Lamar's Lost 'Pride' Verse Goes Online

(Radio.com) Soon after Kendrick Lamar released his new album DAMN., Top Dawg Entertainment co-president Terrence 'Punch" Henderson revealed a lost verse from the album's track "Pride" on social media.

The sahred photo shows a sheet of notebook paper, with the lyrics written in red ink, which looks to be the same font color as the title on the record's cover.

For his caption, Punch wrote, "Ok. N-s wanna post they best Kdot pics cause the album out. How about this pic I got from Dot of a lost verse for the song PRIDE. Haaaaa. Yea. #stunt #idontdoitforthegramidoitforwellidodoitforthegram #lol #youfeelsometypeofwaythenaaaaahhhhhhaaaaa #yea"" See the lost "Pride" lyrics here.

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Celebs Pay Tribute To Charlie Murphy On Social Media

(Radio.com) Comedian Charlie Murphy passed away earlier this week after a battle with Leukemia. He was 57. Celebrities took to social media to share their thoughts and condolences. "Charlie Murphy was a great man," Chance The Rapper tweeted. "God bless, we already miss you."

"Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy." Ice Cube wrote. "He took a chance on a young director in The Player's Club. Always made me laugh. RIP."

The brother of comedian Eddie Murphy, the performer was perhaps best know for his appearances on Chappelle's Show and specifically the "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" segments. See all the tributes here.

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Kelly Clarkson Shares Photos From Son's First Birthday Party

(Radio.com) Kelly Clarkson took to social media to celebrate her son Remy's first birthday party. The photos feature a variety of adorable situations, from Clarkson's husband Brandon Blackstock putting a No. 1 birthday crown on his son's head to Remy thoroughly enjoying a big bite of birthday cake.

In addition to the birthday boy, the couple also have a 2-year-old daughter River Rose, along with two teenage children from Blackstock's previous marriage.

Clarkson gushed about her youngest child on social media, writing "Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet little boy!! #RemyB #BlackstockCampgrounds #ILoveHim " Check out the post here.

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The Weeknd And Selena Gomez Openly Share Affection At Birthday Bash

(Radio.com) The Weeknd and Selena Gomez were in the Hollywood Hills last weekend to celebrate Canadian rapper Belly's birthday, and the couple openly shared their affections for each other.

The star-studded affair was hosted by the Weeknd and included A-list guests Drake, French Montana, Big Sean, Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross and Amber Rose.

Gomez and the Weeknd arrived shortly before midnight and were "snuggly -- kissing and cuddling in the tented backyard," reported People. The couple weren't shy about their PDA that evening, as the Weeknd posted a photo of Gomez kissing him on Instagram.

He also shared a photo of his loyal friend, Belly, thanking him for his support over the years. "Birthday shout out goes out to the smartest, most talented and one of the most loyal men I'll ever meet," the Weeknd wrote. "During every important moment in my career this man was right there to celebrate. Can't wait to tour with you bro and many more years of success." Read more here.

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Logic Reveal Long List Of Guests For New Album

(Radio.com) The upcoming Logic album Everybody really will include everybody, it seems. The rapper is teasing out information about the record and shared a partial track list -- no song titles, just collaborators.

That list includes Killer Mike, Chuck D, Alessia Cara, Juicy J, Black Thought, Khalid, No I.D., and The Fault in Our Stars actor Ansel Elgort. Most jaw-dropping of all is a track featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, famed scientist and narrator of the acclaimed TV series Cosmos.

In a recent interview, Logic revealed how the record became a more collaborative, universal experience. 'As I created the album, the album just became less about me and more about everybody else," he said. Read more here.

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Director Christopher Nolan Praises Harry Styles

(Radio.com) Harry Styles will make his big screen debut in Dunkirk later this year, and director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) has high praise for the One Direction singer's acting gifts.

The auteur spoke to the Los Angeles Times about choosing Styles for the heavy WWII drama -- and it was more than just stunt casting. "When we put the cast together, we had some established names: Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy," Nolan told the paper. "But for the guys on the beach, we really wanted young unknowns."

With his impressive resume, Styles didn't exactly fit the bill, but as soon as he auditioned, the production team couldn't imagine anyone else in the role. Read more here.

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Britney Spears Shares Clip From Hawaiian Vacation

(Radio.com) On the heels of announcing that her Las Vegas residency will come to a close in December, Britney Spears gave fans a glimpse of her and her family in Hawaii enjoying a fun-filled day in the sun.

Late last Monday evening (April 10), Spears posted a 43-second clip of the adventure. "From start to finish it was a good day," Spears tweeted. A video clip of the singer on the couch with her two sons is showcased as she narrates, "My little family in Hawaii today."

While Clean Bandit's "Rockabye" is played in the background, the video reveals Spears on the beach and in the water catching some waves. Watch it all unfold here.

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Orlando Bloom Not Bitter About Katy Perry Break Up

(Radio.com) After around a year of dating, superstars Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom split up this past February. Now, in an interview with Elle UK, Bloom confirms he is still friendly with his former flame.

Related: Ryan Phillippe Refuses to Let Katy Perry Out of His Basement

"We're friends," Bloom explained. "It's good. We're all grown-up. She happens to be someone who is very visible, but I don't think anybody cares what I'm up to. Nor should they. It's between us. It's better to set an example for kids and show that [break-ups] don't have to be about hate."

The initial breakup and aftermath prompted Perry to take to social media with a similar stance, writing, "HOW BOUT A NEW WAY OF THINKING FOR 2017⁉️U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one's a victim or a villain, get a life y'all!" Read more here.

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