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The Temptations Bass Player Kerry Turman Dies After Performance

(Radio.com) The Temptations' bassist, Kerry Turman, has died at the age of 59, after a performance in Missouri. Turman had performed with the Motown legends since the 1980s.

The musical group announced Turman's death on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, saying: "The Temptations lost a dear member of our family. �Rest in peace, much love, much respect."

The musician was found at a Cape Girardeau County hotel early Sunday, shortly after he performed Saturday night, according to Billboard. Read more here.

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Drake Declared The World's Most Popular Music Artist

(Radio.com) Canadian rapper Drake has officially been named the "world's most popular recording artist" of 2016 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

The distinction comes on the heels of Views and the success of "One Dance," which the organization named 2016's best-selling single. Views made the third-place spot for best-selling album.

Drake ranks just ahead of David Bowie, Coldplay, Adele and Justin Bieber--and the report has good news for the music industry, reports Pollstar. Last year, revenue from recorded music was up 5.9 percent compared to 2015, thanks to high-profile releases like Views and Adele's 25. This marks the fastest rate of growth since streaming and downloading became a thing 20 years ago. Read more here.

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Aretha Franklin Slams Dionne Warwick Over Mistake

(Radio.com) "I don't care about her apology, at this point, it isn't about an apology, it's about libel," Aretha Franklin recently told the Associated Press about a five-year feud in the making with fellow singer Dionne Warwick.

Five years ago Dionne Warwick mistakenly referred to Franklin as Whitney Houston's godmother at Houston's funeral. Due to contractual obligations and health reasons, Franklin was not in attendance.

A few days later, Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, corrected the error, saying her true godmother was Darlene Love. Despite this follow-up, Franklin sent a lengthy fax to the news outlet Monday (April 26) to address this "libelous" statement five years after the fact. Read more here.

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Gorillaz Play New Album In Full At First U.S. Show In 7 Years

(Radio.com) It's been seven years since Gorillaz' last American concert -- a streak they broke earlier this week (April 25) at Rough Trade NYC. Fans slept outside overnight to buy tickets to the show, where the virtual band played their new album Humanz in its entirety. Concertgoers shared footage from the show on social media, treating fans outside NYC to a glimpse of Gorillaz' next chapter.

For the encore, the band played 'Last Living Soul" and 'Kids With Guns" before closing with the 2001 classic, "Clint Eastwood." Collaborators Peven Everett, Posdnuos of De La Soul, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis appeared onstage through the concert.

During "Clint Eastwood," Damon Albarn invited a fan onstage to rap Del The Funky Homosapien's part on "Clint Eastwood, but the lady said she was "tripping balls" and overcome with stage fright. Albarn let her "hang out," anyway.

The band's full U.S. tour kicks off July 8 in Chicago, after their Demon Dayz festival in the UK See footage from the historic NYC show here.

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Haim Release 'Right Now' Video And Announce Album

(Radio.com) As promised, Haim released new music from their upcoming studio album. It's a mournful, scathing single called "Right Now," which puts a former lover on blast. And there's a video for the track.

In the clip directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia), the camera scans the trio of sisters performing the song in studio booths. One day after Jonathan Demme's death, the live feeling recalls his studio-centric "The Perfect Kiss" video for New Order.

The cut is the first single from the band's new studio album Something to Tell You, which will be released on July 7. Watch the video for "Right Now" here.

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Young Thug Releasing Drake Produced Album This Week

(Radio.com) Young Thug's 2016 mixtape Jeffrey upended rap's status quo with a provocative cover (of the rapper in women's haute couture) and critical acclaim. His next project is a studio album--on which he primarily sings--executive produced by Drake.

On Twitter, Young Thug teased out the project's title with an acronym: "E.B.B.T.G," which stands for Easy Breezy Beautiful Thugger Girls. He also announced that the album drops this week.

Since Jeffrey, Young Thug has collaborated with Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Rick Ross and others. He also appeared on Drake's More Life release. Whatever Easy Breezy Beautiful Thugger Girls contains, it's bound to land slightly left of center. See his tweet here.

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The Silence of the Lambs Director Jonathan Demme Dead at 73

(Radio.com) Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of such films as The Silence of the Lambs, has passed at the age of 73. Demme had strong ties to music, he directed the Talking Heads' iconic 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense.

He also worked on multiple projects with Neil Young, directed Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia" music video (he also directed the film Philadelphia), and recently helmed Justin Timberlake's concert film The 20/20 Experience.

"Demme understood how to capture music on film in a way that kept the heart and the energy intact," Kenny Chesney told Rolling Stone. "I learned so much watching him work when he shot our show in Wildwood, New Jersey, about songs I already knew - and his love for how music looks when it's being played live has stayed with me." Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Makes Terminally Ill 6-Year-Old Fan's Dream Come True

(Radio.com) One of Ed Sheeran's biggest littlest fans got to meet the star backstage at a recent concert in Manchester, U.K. Six-year-old Ollie Carroll suffers from Batten disease, a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive neurological problems.

Ollie cannot longer speak, walk, or see, but he loves listening to Ed's music. According to his mom, it's gotten him through tough times at the hospital, and he lights up whenever his parents play it for him, MTV reports.

His family started a social media campaign for Ollie to meet Ed, and the singer got the message. Sheeran invited the whole family backstage last weekend (April 22), including Ollie's younger sister Amelia, who has also been diagnosed with Batten disease. Read more here.

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Cam Enjoys a Pre-Stagecoach Day At The Empire Polo Club

(Radio.com) "When you get into this area, it's just desert and rocks." country singer Cam says of Indio, California. "And then all of the sudden, it's palm trees, beautiful bright colored flowers, golf courses, resorts, restaurants and it's like, 'Where did this come from?"

That's what visitors to the Greater Palm Springs area often ask on their first visit, when they first get to the desert oasis, whether they are traveling to relax at a resort, or to attend one of the many festivals that take place at the Empire Polo Club, including Coachella (which took place over the last two weekends), the country music-heavy Stagecoach (which Cam will be playing this coming weekend) or the classic rock gathering Desert Trip (which last year, united Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, and more).

Cam, a lover of horses, knew very little about polo before visiting the grounds. Alex Hagen IV, owner of the Empire Polo Grounds said to her "Come out here, we'll get you on a polo pony, give you a lesson!"

"The horses came first," he explains. "The music came afterwards, but the music is the big deal, and basically, people come from all over the world." The first Stagecoach country music festival took place in 2007, and it has been a can't-miss event ever since." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Bari Leigh's Tumbleweed

Bari Leigh released her new brand album "Honey & Gravel" today (April 28th) and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the song "Tumbleweed". Here is the story:

My whole life has been a series of new adventures. We lived in small towns, big cities, from the East Coast to the West. I never spent more than two years anywhere until I moved to Nashville. I finally found a home where I could plant some roots. I quickly realized that no matter where I lived, I still had the soul of a wanderer, a traveler, a vagabond.

I wrote the song "Tumbleweed" from the perspective of anyone who has ever loved me... but more importantly, I thought about all of the men and women who are home, waiting for their loved ones to come back to them. The wives and husbands of the military, the spouse of a long-haul truck driver, anyone who has to say goodbye to the person they love, continuously.

This song is for all the people waiting for their Tumbleweed to come back to them... to come home.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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