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Jared Leto Tributes Chester Bennington At VMAs

(Radio.com) During the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto took the stage to pay tribute to two rock artists who passed away this year: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell.

Leto recalled touring with both musicians over the course of his career and urged fans struggling with thoughts of suicide to seek help. "Witnessing his life taught me important things," Leto said of Bennington. "Especially about working relentlessly, pursuing dreams and being kind and caring while doing it."

Leto added that while Chester's musical accomplishments were many, he'll remember the warmth and sensitivity he showed fellow musicians. "When I think about him, I see his face, which was always smiling," he said. "I think about his heart, which he wore on his sleeve. I think how kindly he treated me, my brother our band. I think of his wife and his six incredible children' and I remember his voice, at once ferocious and delicate. That voice will live forever." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Premieres 'Look What You Made Me Do' Video

(Radio.com) During the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift released the music video for her new single "Look What You Made Me Do" and it's a trip down memory lane with a zombie twist.

At the top of the clip, an undead Taylor claws herself out of a grave marked "Here Lies Taylor Swift's Reputation." From there, viewers see Taylor in an array of crazy setups like cruising with a biker gang and vandalizing a store wearing a cat mask.

We also get cutaways to Taylor on a throne surrounded by snakes--a throwback to 2016, when internet haters inundated her social media accounts with the snake emojis. She's been fond of reclaiming that imagery lately. In one futuristic scene, Taylor can be seen "programming" a horde of "squad" mannequins to do her bidding.

At the video's climax, 2017 Taylor Swift stands atop a mountain of previous iterations of the pop star: Her nerd-next-door character from "You Belong With Me," her majorette getup from the Red tour and her ballet costume from the "Shake It Off" video. The higher they climb, the faster they fall…to their figurative deaths. Read more and watch the video here.

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Naked Brad Pitt Photos Inspired Shania Twain's 'That Don't Impress Me Much'

(Radio.com) It's been fifteen years since Shania Twain released an album of original music, and twenty since her 2x diamond Come On Over album was released. One of the songs on that album, "That Don't Impress Me Much" name-checked actor Brad Pitt, and Shania has finally revealed the reason why she chose to call him out on the song.

"I remember I had a girl friend visiting me and it was near Christmas and we were baking cookies," Shania revealed at an album-preview party for her forthcoming September 29th album, Now (via Billboard). "I was writing this album and there was a scandal of [Pitt] and Gwyneth [Paltrow] where there was naked photos of him [in Playgirl. Pitt later successfully sued the magazine for publishing the paparazzi photos]."

"And this was like all the rage. I just thought, 'I don't know what all the fuss is about.' I'm like, 'Well, that don't impress me much, I mean what is all the fuss?' We see people naked every day. That's really what I thought," she continued. Read more here.

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Chris Brown Releases 'Pills and Automobiles' Video

(Radio.com) Chris Brown has returned with a new music video, "Pills and Automobiles." The track is the latest released in advance of Brown's forthcoming new album.

Brown comes with a bevy of friends in the new clip, including featured rappers Kodak Black, Yo Gotti, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. The crew is joined by a slew of models in the summery video as they all frolic in a water park.

Brown's new album, entitled "Heartbreak on a Full Moon", is due for release on Halloween (Oct. 31).Watch Brown's explicit "Pills and Automobiles" video here.

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Drake Joins Jorja Smith Onstage In Toronto

(Radio.com) Drake is known for making surprise appearances at shows by fellow artists, especially ones he's worked with on past projects. He continued the tradition last week (Aug. 24) by hopping onstage during a performance by emerging UK artist, Jorja Smith.

Smith was performing at Toronto venue Velvet Underground when Drake appeared to perform "Get it Together," the song on which she's featured on Drake's most recent release, More Life. He called her an "incredible talent" with an "incredible voice."

Some fans tweeted video of the performance. One wrote "the boy @Drake came out to support @JorjaSmith at her first show in Toronto" Check out another tweet and the footage here.

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Kip Moore Releases Acoustic 'Bittersweet Company' Video

(Radio.com) Kip Moore has shared a video for an acoustic version of the new song, "Bittersweet Company," taken from his upcoming third album, Slowheart, due for release on September 8.

"If any of us have lived any, we've been in that situation before," Moore said of the song's tale of two star-crossed lovers to EW. "I wrote this song in a very melancholy fashion, which is what [you hear] with the video.

"The lyric is heart-wrenching." Watch Kip Moore unplug for the acoustic "Bittersweet Company" video here.

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Zac Brown Band Release 'Roots' Music Video

(Radio.com) The Zac Brown Band take it to the stage for the band's latest music video, "Roots." It's the opening track from the group's most recent album, Welcome Home, released earlier this year.

The clip has a sentimental feel, as it opens with Brown dedicated the song to old-school fans. The song's lyrics are also tinged with nostalgia, reflected with archival images interspersed throughout the clip.

The Zac Brown Band is currently on tour, with upcoming shows at Chicago's Wrigley Field and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Watch the video for "Roots" here.

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Mariah Carey Joins French Montana For 'Unforgettable' Remix

(Radio.com) After teasing the collaboration, French Montana has released an acoustic "Unforgettable" remix that features music superstar Mariah Carey.

Carey's distinctive vocal styling adds a new dimension to Montana's pop hit which also features Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, which is currently in the top 5 of the Hot 100.

Carey is reportedly in the studio working on a new album, and is creating the theme song for upcoming animated holiday movie, The Star. Check out the new version of "Unforgettable," which contains explicit lyrics here.

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Migos Release 'Too Hotty' Music Video

(Radio.com) Migos have returned with a fiery new music video for their song "Too Hotty." The track is taken from a forthcoming compilation, Quality Control Presents: Control The Streets Volume One.

There is no release date yet set for the collection. The dark video follows band members through a series of nefarious scenarios, opening with Offset surrounded by candles and black-clad models in a dimly-lit mansion.

Quavo appears in a makeshift repair shop, generating sparks with a sander. The trio convenes in a parking lot surrounding by plumes of fire as Takeoff delivers the track's closing verse. Watch the explicit video here.

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Jay-Z And Ryan Gosling Set for 'SNL' Season Premiere

(Radio.com) The new season of Saturday Night Live will be kicking off late next month and producers announced that the episode will have Ryan Gosling hosting and musical guest JAY-Z.

The appearances will mark Gosling's second time serving as host, and the fourth time JAY-Z has been musical guest (is there a Five-Timers Club for musical guests?).

The show tweeted "Season 43 premieres on September 30 with @RyanGosling and JAY-Z! #SNL https://t.co/a2kdhJGVs0— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) August 25, 2017" Read more here.

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Nicki Minaj Guests On Tasha Cobbs Leonard's 'I'm Getting Ready'

(Radio.com) It's not unusual for Nicki Minaj to pop up on hip-hop tracks, but she steps out of her comfort zone on "I'm Getting Ready," the new single from gospel star Tasha Cobbs Leonard.

On the soaring devotional anthem, Leonard sings about getting ready to meet her maker and in the process, takes Minaj to church. Is this Nicki's most overtly religious verse to date?

"Yo, aye yo, beach house vibes maneuver the jetski," she raps. "'Cause-'cause I serve the God that parted the Red Sea / Multi-million dollars commercials for Pepsi / From food-stamps to more ice than Gretzky."

Nicki might be preaching from rap's prosperity gospel, but it's gospel nonetheless. Best of all, her presence on the track could expose the supremely talented Leonard to new audiences. Nicki and Tasha connected in May when Minaj expressed her desire to collaborate on Instagram.

"When you finish recording the album, come to my studio so I can put a 16 on one of these songs miss thang," she said. Leonard accepted the offer and the result is "I'm Getting Ready."

"I'm Getting Ready" is one of many collaborations on Nicki's plate: She guested on a surprise Fergie song ("You Already Know") today and appeared in Katy Perry's video for "Swish Swish" yesterday. To boot, Minaj appears alongside 21 Savage and Offset on "No Flag," a London On Da Track single. Listen to "I'm Getting Ready" here.

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Kendrick Lamar Says 'DAMN.' Is Even Better In Reverse Order

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. is one of the year's best-reviewed albums, but the rapper says there's another way to experience the record: in reverse. Listening to DAMN. backwards rearranges the order of the cameos and restructures Kendrick's journey through soul-bearing meditations on life and society.

The next time you listen to DAMN., start with "Duckworth" and end with "Blood" for a mind-blowing new approach to Lamar's fourth studio album. Fans discovered that when they flipped the tracklist from bottom to top, both the narrative progress and musical texture of the album changes.

"I think, like, a week after the album came out, [fans] realized you can play the album backwards," Lamar told MTV News. "It plays as a full story and even a better rhythm. It's one of my favorite rhythms and tempos within the album. It's something that we definitely premeditate while we're in the studio."

While the way listeners experience the album changes in reverse, the content of Lamar's story remains intact. "I don't think the story necessarily changes, I think the feel changes," he said. "The initial vibe listening from the top all the way to the bottom is… this aggression and this attitude. You know, 'DNA,' and exposing who I really am. You listen from the back end, and it's almost the duality and the contrast of the intricate Kendrick Lamar. Both of these pieces are who I am." Read more here.

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