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Prince Was Biggest Selling Artist Of 2016

(Radio.com) Following his unexpected accidental death last April, Prince went on to sell more albums than anyone else in 2016, according to a new report in Billboard.

The artist's albums and tracks sold 7.7 million copies last year. That puts him significantly ahead of the next best selling artist Adele, who moved 2.2 million units.

The best-selling albums from the Purple One's catalog were The Very Best Of Prince (668,000 copies), Purple Rain (498,000 copies) and 1999 (169,000 copies). Read more here.

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Coldplay Battling Themselves For Songwriting Award

(Radio.com) As if going up against Adele for an award isn't hard enough, Coldplay now have to go up against themselves. Great Britain's prestigious Igor Novello Awards for songwriting have announced their 2017 nominees, and the Most Performed Work category features three nominees: "When We Were Young" by Adele, "Hymn for the Weekend" by Coldplay and "Adventure of a Lifetime" by Coldplay.

The other categories are less confusing. The Album Award nominees are Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka, Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and The Dreaming Room by Laura Mvula.

In the Best Contemporary Song category, Mura Masa's "Love$ick" (feat. A$AP Rocky) will face off against Skepta's "Man" and NEIKED's "Sexual" (feat. Dyo). Read more here.

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Harry Styles Opens Up About New Album And Taylor Swift

(Radio.com) Harry Styles' self-titled debut solo album will hit on May 12, and the former One Directioner snagged the cover of Rolling Stone to announce his next chapter. In the cover story, Styles says his new music marks a sharp departure from the boy band material that made him famous: The new songs come from a truer place.

"I didn't want to write 'stories,'" he said. "I wanted to write my stories, things that happened to me. The number-one thing was I wanted to be honest. I hadn't done that before."

Though that may sound like a dig at One Direction's expense, Styles maintains a diplomatic disposition on the group that made him a star. "I love the band, and would never rule out anything in the future," he said. "The band changed my life, gave me everything."

When pressed about his relationship with Taylor Swift, he remembered a date on which they were stalked by paparazzi on a walk. "Relationships are hard, at any age. And adding in that you don't really understand exactly how it works when you're 18, trying to navigate all that stuff didn't make it easier. I mean, you're a little bit awkward to begin with. You're on a date with someone you really like. It should be that simple, right? It was a learning experience for sure. But at the heart of it - I just wanted it to be a normal date."

And though he and Swift don't appear to be in touch, Styles knows that "Out of the Woods" and "Style" were reportedly written about him -- and they're inescapable.

"I mean, I don't know if they're about me or not…" he said. "But the issue is, she's so good, they're bloody everywhere."

See Harry's Rolling Stone cover here. Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Serenades Dying Teen Fan

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran is well known for his chart-topping hits but the singer/songwriter also has a heart of gold. During a recent episode of Ireland's The Ray D'Arcy Show, one young man told a story about how the singer granted his sister her dying wish.

Sheeran fan Triona Priestly lost a long battle with cystic fibrosis in 2014 and her brother, Aiden, recently recounted her final moments and the happiness Sheeran brought her.

'We were in this small little ICU room," he recalled. "Triona in this huge bed covered in tubes and machines. My brother left the room. He returned then and said, 'I'm just going to put you on loud speaker,' and he clicks it, then Ed Sheeran comes on and saying, 'Hi Triona. I hear you're a big fan.'"

Sheeran spoke to Triona for a moment and said that he heard her favorite song was "Little Bird." Then he played the tune in its entirety for her. Read more here.

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Shania Twain To Debut New Music At Festival

(Radio.com) In addition to joining The Voice as a mentor, Shania Twain will headline this year's Stagecoach Festival. Shania spoke to the Inland Empire's Press-Enterprise about the engagement and said she'd share a couple songs from her next studio album during the set.

'I'm so excited because I've heard a lot about Stagecoach over all of these years and I really can't believe that I'm only doing it now for the first time actually," Twain said. 'It's never too late for firsts."

Twain says the thought of sharing new music after a long hiatus scares her. "Every single song was a nightmare because I was stressed about sharing it," she said. "It was a whole mix of feelings for me all the way around, but I'm so glad to be at the stage now where I'm ready to share it with the world. It's a relief, actually. It was really scary, but it was also really therapeutic and I learned so much about myself and I thoroughly enjoyed it in the end because it ended up being an incredible experience." Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Goes Bilingual For 'Despacito' Remix

(Radio.com) Ever wanted to hear Justin Bieber singing in Spanish? Fans get their wish in Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" remix, he revealed in a social media post

For the newly released remix the Baby star starts the new track be performing a verse in English but then he switches over to Spanish for the chorus.

The "Sorry" singer built up anticipation ahead of the track's release by posting photos from his recording session on social media last week. One of the photos ended up being the cover for the remix. Listen to the remix here.

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Mac Miller And Ty Dolla Sign Release Epic 'Cinderella' Video

(Radio.com) Mac Miller has chosen the epic route for his new video, "Cinderella," which co-stars Ty Dolla $ign. The 12-minute clip was directed by Bo Mirosseni

The visual includes shots of Dolla $ign performing from a club stage as Miller, audience members wearing 3D goggles and an angel. No glass slippers or stagecoaches, though.

"Cinderella" is featured on Miller's latest album The Divine Feminine, from which Miller has already released videos for "My Favorite Part," which featured Ariana Grande, 'Dang!" featuring Anderson .Paak and 'Stay." Watch 'Cinderella' here.

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Linkin Park Added To Expanded SPF Weekend Lineup

(Radio.com) SPF ("SUN.POOL.FUN.") has expanded to two music-filled nights with Linkin Park kicking off the festivities on Friday, May 19 at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The band's performance at SPF is the same day their highly anticipated seventh studio album, One More Light is released worldwide. The following night, Saturday, May 20, the party moves poolside when DNCE, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Derulo, Niall Horan and Post Malone perform at Boulevard Pool inside The Cosmopolitan. Doors open at 8:00 PM on both nights.

Mike Shinoda, co-lead vocalist and producer, Linkin Park, added, 'Looking forward to playing this awesome show and celebrating the release of our new album, One More Light, with our fans in Vegas." Read more here.

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Joe Jonas Talks DNCE's New Track on 'Kissing Strangers'

(Radio.com) DNCE, the band fronted by former Jonas Brother Joe Jonas, and which features drummer Jack Lawless, guitarist JinJoo Lee and bassist Cole Whittle, released a new stand-alone single, "Kissing Strangers."

"Cake By the Ocean" was inspired by their Swedish producers, Mattman and Robin, who confused the term "sex on the beach" with "cake by the ocean." And "Kissing Strangers" sticks with similar subject matter, as Joe told us.

"'Kissing Strangers' is a song about having fun with a stranger, getting to know them a little better, [and then] they're no longer a stranger. Just finding yourself; finding who you want to be with."

If that wasn't sexy enough, they also invited a guest on the track as well. "We have the amazing, beautiful, talented Nicki Minaj on the track as well. We shot the music video in L.A. a week ago, and we can't wait to share that."

"We're huge fans of her work," Joe explained. "And it was an immediate thought to have her be a part of the song, so we sent her the track, she wrote her verse in like, five minutes, and came out exactly how we'd hopes and she kills it… in the best way." Read more here.

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Did Luke Bryan Help Predators Score Playoff Sweep

(Radio.com) Country music star Luke Bryan kicked off the Predators-Blackhawks hockey game this past Wednesday night (April 20) by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Bryan took to social media afterward with an enthusiastic, cheering photo of himself with the caption, "Let's do this." After the game, Bryan and fellow country star Dierks Bentley jokingly took credit for the Predator's 4-1 victory.

Writing on social media, Bentley joked, "I don't think we should take all the credit but I will say once @lukebryan and I put these hats on the @predsnhl scored two goals in a row! Just sayin." Check out the posts here.

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Migos Get Cultured With Mike Tyson In Vegas

(Radio.com) Ever wonder what Mike Tyson does in his spare time? On a recent tour of his Las Vegas mansion with GQ, Tyson showed off his bird collection to the rap trio Migos.

In the segment called "Migos Get Cultured with Mike Tyson," the former professional boxer let Quavo, Takeoff and Offset meet his pigeons. Apparently, Tyson only wants the best for his birds and gives them Fiji brand water to drink.

Migos also got to try on Tyson's championship belts and listen to Tyson's daughter play piano. Quavo even revealed he is trying to buy a white tiger just like Tyson. Watch the full video here.

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Tyler, The Creator Behind Bill Nye's New Theme Song

(Radio.com) Bill Nye Saves the World is the Science Guy's latest series and Netflix recruited hip hop star Tyler, the Creator to give Bill's old theme song an update for 2017.

The Odd Future alum raps Bill Nye's name over some title credits that will blow your mind with science, nostalgia and the snowballing threat of climate change. Nye tweeted the audio to promote the show, which debuts Friday on the streaming network.

He also shared a brief conversation with Tyler where they bond over Nye's 90s series. "It would come on Saturday morning before the cartoons," Tyler recalls. "My favorite part was the location. It was always like, this random--you never really knew where the wall ended."

"That was the whole idea: The world is the laboratory, we're having the coolest time because we're in the world," said Nye. Read more here.

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Big Boi Confirms Album and Streams New Track 'Mic Jack'

Rapper Big Boi took to social media earlier this week and revealed the title for his third studio album and then he followed with the release of the effort's first single.

He first proclaimed that the album would be called "Boomiverse", in a teaser clip on social media. Captioning his video, the rapper wrote, "#New Album #BOOMIVERSE Coming Soon!"

The OutKast star then shared the first single, a track called "Mic Jack". Boomiverse will be released this June and also features guest slots from Jeezy and Run the Jewels' Killer Mike on a track called "Kill Jill." Stream the new track here.

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Anderson .Paak Performs 'Girl' Live With The Internet

(Radio.com) Anderson .Paak (Brandon Paak Anderson) and the Free Nationals are currently touring the UK with Bruno Mars, which is a great bill for maximizing exposure.

However, this past Sunday (April 16) .Paak proved he could draw a crowd of his own when he performed a one-off headline concert at London's O2 Forum.

During the show, .Paak brought out The Internet for the encore and video of the appearance has made its way online Check out their performance of "Girl" here.

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Shawn Mendes Streams New Song 'There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back'

(Radio.com) Shawn Mendes had been teasing his fans about possible new music and after a series of cryptic posts on social media, the singer finally released his new single, "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back."

"The minute I wrote this song I knew I wanted to get it out before my tour started, to give fans something new and fresh in addition to everything from Illuminate," Mendes expressed in a statement.

"I can't wait to perform it on the tour, and for everyone to hear it. It's equal parts what is amazing about this album, and what I'm so excited for about the music I have coming up next." Listen to the new track here.

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Gucci Mane Delivers New Song Called 'Coachella'

(Radio.com) Last weekend, Gucci Mane performed at Coachella and apparently he had such a good time at the California desert festival he decided to write a new song called "Coachella."

Produced by Murda Beatz and TM-88, "Coachella" came out Wednesday night (April 19) after Mane tweeted about it. The song ends with a sample of the festival crowd, which was treated to performances by Kendrick Lamar, New Order, Lorde and others.

"Coachella" is the fourth new song Mane has dropped this month. Just two-thirds into April, the prolific rapper has already released "Drop Top Wiztop Freestyle," "Pardon me," which features Rocko and a remix of "Both," featuring Lil Wayne and Drake. Listen to "Coachella" here.

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50 Cent Set To Executive Produce New TV Series 'The Oath'

(Radio.com) 50 Cent and his G-Unit Television company is stepping behind the camera to executive produce a new TV series for Sony TV's Crackle, titled The Oath.

According to Crackle, "the scripted original series explores the subculture of gangs, whose members are sworn to protect and defend their own." The series is also being written and created by former L.A. County Sheriff's deputy Joe Halpin, known for his recent work on Hawaii Five-O, Ice, and The Lottery.

"I am very excited to be partnering with Sony Pictures Television Networks and Crackle," said 50 Cent in a press release. "To be able to bring this story to life is something I'm looking forward to and Joe Halpin's personal experience will make this unlike anything that's been seen before." Read more here.

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James Corden Challenges Riz Ahmed To Rap Battle

(Radio.com) James Corden loves a rap battle, and he convinced rapper and Rogue One actor Riz Ahmed (also of Girls on HBO) to engage in some lyrical warfare on The Late Late Show earlier this week.

The CBS host slammed Ahmed's acting ability, his show's viewership and even managed a dig at United Airlines. "Am I supposed to be afraid of Riz 'cause he raps?/ His lyrics lack depth just like when he acts/ You might recognize him from some TV shows/ or not at all if you don't pay for HBO/ This is a blood bath. It's not a fair fight/ It's like you were overbooked on the United Air flight."

Ahmed countered that Corden was just jealous, and sniped about Corden's game with the ladies -- before landing a jab at the controversial Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad.

'Yeah, I did do Star Wars. I bet that made you mad/ Too bad they weren't trying to cast Jabba the Hut's dad/ Yeah, I had Lena's baby. It was fun/ I was on Girls, but you never touched one/' You're not an emcee, you begged me to let you down gently/ I wouldn't stop this war if Kendall Jenner brought out Pepsis." Watch the full rap battle here.

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Drake and Travis Scott Perform 'Portland' In Portland

(Radio.com) Travis Scott stopped in Portland earlier this week and arranged an A-list set crasher: Drake appeared during the show to perform his new song "Portland" and footage of the performance has made its way online

The crowd went wild when Drake hit the stage and performed the More Life collaboration with Scott in the city for which it was written. The duo also performed 'Gyalchester" and 'Know Yourself," reports Pitchfork.

During the set, nobody fell -- an improvement over the last time Scott and Drake appeared on stage together in London. Drake did wade into the crowd to say hello, though. Watch Drake and Scott take "Portland" to Portland here.

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Wale Declares Kendrick Lamar One of Top Rappers Of All Time

(Radio.com) Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar has been declared to be "one of the top five rappers of all-time," by D.C. native and fellow rapper Wale in a new online video clip.

Wale was discussing the online debate of Eminem vs. Kendrick when he shared his thoughts, 'As far as executing, writing rhymes, and telling a story, [Kendrick is] one of the top five rappers of all-time," he told RevoltTV.

While Wale acknowledges the undeniable prowess of Marshall Mathers, he remains loyal to Lamar. Wale credits Kendrick's lyrical ability as well as his power and weight because K. Dot is loved by mainstream and the streets. Watch his comments here.

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Solange Sings The Praises Of Zora Neale Hurston

(Radio.com) Solange appeared on a BBC documentary titled Seriously', on Tuesday (April 18). The broadcast honored the life and work of Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston, who is revered as one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature.

Solange explained that when she encountered Hurston's work she was blown away. "I started like a lot of women start, like their eyes are watching God." The singer added that values the 'poetic-ness and its bluntness" in her writing.

During the doc, Solange spoke about the importance of the role Hurston played in her life, and the influence she had on her music. "As a black woman and as a black womanist and feminist, I felt incredibly empowered by Zora's work," Solange said.

She further acknowledged the impact of the author's work on her own saying, "One of things that I find really interesting and empowered by in Zora's work is this idea of breaking down and disassembling the angry black woman. Which is something that I felt really empowered to do in my own work." Listen to the six-minute clip here.

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Beyonce Featured In 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Trailer

(Radio.com) Netflix has just shared a new trailer for season three of their Tina Fey-Robert Carlock series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and it contains a nod to Beyonce.

During the trailer, Tituss Andromedon (played by Titus Burgess) delivers an homage to Queen Bey's "Hold Up," video that's pretty classic. The clip also shows the title character, played by Ellie Kemper, preparing to start her college education. Meanwhile, Lilian (Carol Kane) deals with a break-up with Robert (Fred Armisen), and Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) celebrates Kimmy's change in marital status.

The trailer also features an appearance from Jon Hamm, who plays cult leader Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. The latest season of the show will arrive on Netflix on May 19. Check out the trailer here.

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Brad Paisley Takes A Trip To 'Heaven South' In New Video

(Radio.com) Brad Paisley has released a new music video for a single, "Heaven South." The track comes from the county music star's brand new album, "Love and War" which hit stores on Friday.

"Heaven South" features Paisley riding in the back of an old pickup truck through the streets and countryside of Franklin, Tennessee. The song itself celebrates the quintessential Southern small town, which is richly showcased with numerous shots of people in the quaint community outside of Nashville.

Rolling Stone points out that the video seems to pay homage to a similarly styled video the Georgia Satellites created for their hit single, "Keep Your Hands to Yourself." Watch the video here.

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J.Lo and A-Rod Affectionately Hugging And Smiling Visiting Schoolchildren

(Radio.com) Jennifer Lopez and former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez have slowly waded into the public eye since word of their relationship surfaced in March. Recently, the couple visited the Dominican Republic and made a trip to a nonprofit educational center for children in need in La Romana.

According to the organization's website, J-Lo and A-Rod acted very much like a couple. 'It was clear both J.Lo and A.Rod enjoyed their visit to the Fundacion MIR, affectionately hugging and smiling throughout," the nonprofit reports.

While at the school, Lopez and Rodriguez distributed 400 backpacks and other school supplies. Lopez shared a photo of her visit on Twitter, writing "Such a beautiful afternoon visiting with the students at #fundacionmir." Read more here.

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Freddie Gibbs Talks Album That He Wrote in Prison

(Radio.com) Freddie Gibbs served time in an Austrian prison while sexual assault charges pended against him. The rapper was acquitted of all charges and released from prison last year, and he's begun a comeback tour with his album You Only Live 2wice.

He recently spoke about his rollercoaster year and how his new material started in prison songwriting sessions. Piecing it together as a free man was the challenge. "I pretty much wrote everything in my cell in Austria," he told Complex. "I just wrote things down, wrote ideas, because I didn't think that I was gonna be able to rap again. You just never know man, so I just wrote a lot of sh*t. And when I got home I got production and just went in and pieced it together like a seamstress. Everything that I wanted to say I got it all out in this project."

At just eight tracks, the album runs a little short but the rapper says that's by design. He lamented previous projects that ran long, and says "short and sweet" is his new motto in the studio. Gibbs says that incarceration helped him open up lyrically on this album, and illustrated his point by referencing "Alexys."

"I dated a girl named Alexys and she was the first girl I got in a foreign car with," he recalled." Those little experiences like that, those small liberties that you take for granted, you see that when you're behind bars. I took a lot of people for granted, I took my baby mother for granted, so that's why I spoke a lot about her on the project. I think this is one of my most open projects." Read more here.

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A Look Back At The Beastie Boys' 'Check Your Head' 25 Years Later

(Radio.com) On Friday (April 21) the Beastie Boys' third album, 'Check Your Head,' turned 25. Following the insane success of the Run-D.M.C.-styled album of 1986's 'Licensed to Ill' and 1989's mind-blowing sample-packed 'Paul's Boutique,' 'Check Your Head' saw the trio picking their instruments back up and creating an entirely new kind of album, encompassing different genres, often within the same song.

Genre boundaries in music don't matter nearly as much as they used to. These days, country stars are influenced by boy bands, hip-hop MCs are also singers, and rock bands use drum loops. The lines are blurred and they have been for a long time.

In 1992, though, things were much more cut and dried. Rock, pop, and hip-hop each had their own sections in record stores (remember those?). Back then, to listen to music "on demand" usually meant plunking down $15 for a CD, and "sharing" an album meant borrowing a CD from a friend (or transferring it, in real time, to a cassette tape).

But even then, the Beastie Boys were ignoring any borders between genres. Or, more likely, they were laughing at them. Their world had room for Pink Floyd and the Meters, Bad Brains and EPMD, the Biz and the Nuge.

Today, most fans know that the Beasties started as a hardcore punk band (the 1994 Some Old Bulls— EP collects a lot of their seven inch singles from that time), but it wasn't common knowledge back then. Were they kidding with the guitar cases?

It turned out, they weren't kidding. They got back to their hardcore roots on "Time For Livin'" and created a new kind of psychedelic hip-hop/hard rock hybrid with "Gratitude." That song saw Horovitz on guitar and shouty, rapped vocals, backed by the surprisingly solid rhythm section of Yauch on bass and Diamond on drums; they were accompanied by a percussionist and "Money" Mark Nish*ta, who would be their keyboardist for the rest of their career. In the video, which was a sort of homage to Pink Floyd's Live at Pompeii, they weren't going for laughs. They were showing off that they were a real live band. Read more here.

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