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Page Too Report for 08/31/2017


Taylor Swift Gives Too Sexy' Credits For New Single

(Radio.com) If Taylor Swift's new single 'Look What You Made Me Do," reminds you of something, you're not alone. The pop song takes inspiration from the club hit "I'm Too Sexy" by '90s one hit wonder Right Said Fred.

It is so similar, in fact, that the band's members Richard Fairbrass, Fred Fairbrass, and Rob Manzoli are credited as co-writers. "The boys did not work with Taylor directly.

Taylor and her team reached out to the guys about using the track and Right Said Fred were happy to oblige, a rep for the band told Fader. "They like what she does and are very pleased with Taylor's interpolation."

Swift's rep clarified: "'Look What You Made Me Do' includes an interpolation of 'I'm Too Sexy' -- it doesn't sample it." Read more and see the tweet here.

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Kanye West Accused Of Drugs, Alcohol To Blame For Canceled Tour

(Radio.com) It looks like Kanye West and his legal team have a courtroom battle in their future. After the rapper filed a $10 million lawsuit earlier this month against various syndicates of insurer Lloyd's of London for not paying up after he canceled the second leg of his Saint Pablo tour, the insurer has struck back with a countersuit of their own.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the countersuit points to "insurance policy exclusions pertaining to a preexisting psychological condition, possession of illegal drugs, prescription drugs not taken as medically prescribed, and the consumption of alcohol rendering the insured unfit to perform."

In West's original suit, the rapper insisted that he fully cooperated with the insurer's demands for information regarding his mental breakdown that precipitated the tour cancellation, such as submitting to interrogation after checking himself into the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center. Read more here.

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Garth Brooks To Reportedly Headline Stagecoach Festival

(Radio.com) Garth Brooks is set to headline Stagecoach 2018, according to a new report in Billboard. The festival will be held April 27 to 29, 2018 at Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California.

It is unclear which of those dates will feature the country superstar. No other artists have been announced for this year's Stagecoach fest, though the event typically announces its full lineup in early September.

Last year's headliners were Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney. Stagecoach is one the few dates Brooks has announced for 2018. Read about those here.

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Vince Gill Surprises Chris Young With Grand Ole Opry Induction

(Radio.com) Country singer Chris Young received one of country music's highest honors Tuesday night, Aug. 29, during a performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Country icon Vince Gill invited Young to join the Opry.

Gill commended Young on his recent fundraising efforts for the victims of Hurricane Harvey before delivering the good news. The veteran also joked that Young still owed him money for some session work, but would forgive the debt if the artist would accept the Opry invitation.

An ecstatic Young picked up the "Go High on that Mountain" singer in a big bear hug. To say the singer was thrilled is an understatement. "Oh my god!!!!!!!!!!! I'm gonna be an @opry member!!!!!!!!" he wrote, sharing a photo of the moment. "Thank you @vincegillofficial for surprising me!" See it here.

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Halsey Releases 'Bad At Love' Music Video

(Radio.com) Halsey has released the music video for "Bad At Love." The visual is latest from the singer's sophomore album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.

Directed by Halsey and Sing J. Lee, the clip features the singer pulling into a gas station in the middle of the desert, where she meets some unlikely new friends.

"Capturing dystopian chic like only she can, our heroine recounts one failed, albeit hot, love after another as her journey twists and turns through a wild wasteland," reads a press release. Check out Halsey's new video, which contains explicit language here.

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Justin Moore Announces 'Hell on a Highway' Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Country singer Justin Moore has had announced his Hell on a Highway tour, an extensive run of concert dates that stretches into the new year.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on October 13tj in Monroe, LA and the Monroe Civic Center and rolls across the country before winding up in Knoxville, TN, on April 28.

Dylan Scott will join Moore on the tour as the opening act. Justin Moore is still supporting his most recent full-length, Kinda Don't Care, released in August 2016. See Justin's full run of dates here.

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Maren Morris Talks Her Engagement

(Radio.com) Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd announced their engagement back in July and the lovebirds can't help but still gush over that magical night. Entertainment Tonight caught up with the couple before the 2017 ACM Honors in Nashville and spoke to them about their wedding plans, the custom ring Hurd made especially for Morris and the night she said "yes."

"Oh, I sobbed. I mean it was so emotional and so perfect," Morris said about the night Hurd proposed. "He's a very thoughtful human being, and I feel like the proposal was just as thoughtful as he always is. So it was perfect."

The "My Church" singer announced her engagement July 9 on Instagram, with a photo of her sitting on Hurd's lap and a gorgeous, custom ring that fit perfectly on Morris' finger.

"I know what she likes and I had somebody in Canada put it together," Hurd said of the engagement ring. "The stone is from New York City, it's from an uncut diamond, and then the rest of it's cast just custom for her. I couldn't just buy something. I had to make it something that fit her." Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Earns Belt In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato knows a thing or two about hand-to-hand combat, and now she has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to prove it. The singer announced her achievement on Instagram, sharing a photo with the training crew who helped her reach the next level of the ancient practice.

"I'm so beyond excited because I just received my blue belt in #brazilianjiujitsu!!!!" she wrote. "I fell in love with #BJJ over a year ago and have been training several times a week ever since.. thank you so much to @chilcote.dunn @captainHarlan_ @tarsisbjj for giving me my belt along with one of the most important and special women in my life today @officialdaniellemartin/@trueboundaries I love you so much and couldn't be more grateful for you. also special shoutout to @jayglazer for flying in to give me my belt as well!!! Love you jay!!!"

Lovato's affection for combat sports runs deep. On Saturday, she sang the National Anthem at the heavily promoted boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. She also dated MMA fighter Guilherme 'Bomba' Vasconcelos. Demi's trainer Jay Glazer shared a message of congratulations in his own Instagram post.

"I'm more proud of the work @ddlovato puts in with nobody watching than i am what she does with the world watching," he wrote. "Congrats on achieving your blue belt today in #bjj, YOU put the grind in!" See photos from Demi's big day here.

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Maroon 5 Release New Track 'What Lovers Do' Featuring SZA

(Radio.com) Maroon 5 have debuted their new single "What Lovers Do," which features SZA. The track is the latest from the band's upcoming, still untitled sixth studio album.

Maroon 5 previously released "Don't Wanna Know" and "Cold," which features a guest verse from Future. "What Lovers Do" starts with a slow, simple keyboard line that guides the melody. Then, frontman Adam Levine's honey-sweet vocals come in along with a more developed arrangement that evolves from the main theme.

"Tell me, tell me if you love me or not, love me or not, love me or not," Levine sings. "I bet the house on you, am I lucky or not, lucky or not, lucky or not?"

SZA enters after the falsetto chorus with a brief, sultry performance then rejoins later for another verse and some backup vocals as Levine tries "to do what lovers do." Check out the new song here.

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video Without Music is Still Magical

(Radio.com) As tributes continue to pour in for what would have been pop legend Michael Jackson's 59th birthday on August 29, a video has surfaced of his most famous music video, "Thriller," remixed to erase one of its primary parts: the music.

YouTube user Red Rhythm is behind this imaginative new version, which maintains the video's sound effects and Jackson's vocals while removing all traces of music.

The results are still surprisingly effective, particularly during the famous zombie dance sequence. Watch the music-free version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and enjoy the original video here.

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Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey On Men Writing About 'Girl Power'

(Radio.com) Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey has penned a heartfelt op-ed explaining why he thinks male musicians should write songs championing "girl power." The article, written for Refinery29, opens with Ramsey explaining the seeds of Old Dominion's hit, "Be With Me," which came together quickly before he had to go pick up his daughters from school.

"Here we thought we had hastily spit out a song that sounded like a fun 'hit' song that girls would want to hear and went about our day. A few days later when I listened back I heard something different," he writes about the song from the band's new album, Happy Endings. "When I called Ross and Brad, I was happy to find they had the same experience. Underneath the candy-coated melody and popping production of the demo was a surprising message of female empowerment."

Ramsey goes on to explain how the song's music video director, Steve Condon, "wanted to make a video that showcased all types of strong women. We hadn't discussed the meaning of this song at all with him, he just gets us. He is also a father of daughters. The fact that, without any previous discussion, Steve heard the message clear enough to spark an idea like this cemented my confidence in this song." Read more here.

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Jay-Z Reveals Emotional Teaser 'Dream. On.'

(Radio.com) Jay-Z has released clip featuring a vulnerable, autobiographical poem to tease his Budweiser Made in America Festival set. The rap mogul talks about the struggles he made it through as a young child in Brooklyn.

He said, 'It takes tears, sweat, blood, five CCs/ Because I know what a kid in apartment 5C see/ Heaven knows all I had was hella hope/ Speed dating with destiny, I couldn't tell her no."

The inspirational rap is patient and deliberate, so that the listener doesn't miss a word of the encouragement not to give up, but Dream. On. The "Dream. On." clip will play at the beginning of his set at the Made in America festival, which takes place this weekend, September 2nd and 3rd, in Philadelphia.

J. Cole, Solange, the Chainsmokers and Migos are also scheduled to perform. Check out the video here.

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