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Page Too Report for 02/01/2017


The Chainsmokers Respond to Nickelback Comparison

The Chainsmokers do have something in common with Nickelback: their ability to make hit songs and a strong sense of humor as witnessed by their response to a scathing criticism from a fashion magazine.

Alex and Drew made big news earlier this week with the announcement that they will soon be releasing their debut full length album and are launching a major tour.

But not everyone is excited. A men's fashion magazine wrote a critical op-ed about the duo and compared them to the much derided Canadian rock group Nickelback, according to Radio.com.

The mag's tweet read "The Chainsmokers Are the Nickelback of EDM." The Chainsmokers responded to their article in much the same way that Nickelback often reacts to criticism: with humor.

The duo posted a video message online that featured them performing a sober rendition of their current single "Paris" followed by a portion of Nickelback's breakout mega hit "How You Remind Me".

The tweeted "@esquire @Official_MattM It's not like you to say sorry so.. https://t.co/7zS38kauWIó THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) January 31, 2017 " Check out the video here.

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Dave Grohl To Join A Tribe Called Quest At Grammy Awards

This year's Grammy Awards is set to feature an unusual collaboration performance when A Tribe Called Quest will be joined by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

The hip-hop group will be performing at the event with the former Nirvana drummer and they will also be joined by rapper and producer Anderson .Paak when they take the stage during the February 12th broadcast.

Grohl won't be the only rockers to perform at the pop and hip-hop focused event. Metallica are also set to perform during the broadcast which will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Read more here.

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Imagine Dragons Stream New Track 'Believer'

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons revealed their brand new single "Believer" online on Tuesday (January 31st) after teasing fans about the new track late last week on Twitter.

"First things first, Imma say all the words inside my head/ I'm fired up and tired of the way that things have been," vocalist Dan Reynolds sings in the opening verse, his words sounding closer to a rap or spoken word with the way he's structured them.

The band loses itself on the chorus, which soars above the verses. Everything explodes on the third beat rather than the first for a staggered, impactful effect.

Imagine Dragons last released their sophomore studio album Smoke + Mirrors in 2015. They most recently contributed the single "Levitate" to the Passengers movie soundtrack. Listen to "Believer" here.

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Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla Sign Release 'Brand New' Video

Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign have released a new video for their collaborative track "Brand New". The song comes from the mixtape TGOD Vol. 1.

The new clip was directed by Gabriel Hart and we were sent the following description" "is a visual feast, finding the two emcees showing off their collection of Porsches, stunting in color coordinated parlor rooms, and, in one memorable sequence, riding palm trees into outer space."

The two Taylor Gang labelmates teamed up to record the track for the label's mixtape which was released last October when they announced their deal with Atlantic Records. Watch the video here.

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Ed Sheeran Visited Liberia For Red Nose Day

(Radio.com) Comic Relief's Red Nose Day raises money to help sick and suffering children around the world by assembling entertainers for outreach and events.

This year, their A-list lineup includes Ed Sheeran and Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist. Sheeran visited Liberia to meet children reeling from the Ebola crisis and said the trip profoundly touched him.

"I'll never forget the kids I met on this trip, Sheeran told the BBC. "When we sang together they were in such high spirits despite everything they'd been through."

"It was an incredibly eye-opening experience and I'm really proud to support Comic Relief and see what they are doing to help these children have a better future," he added." Read more here.

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Harvard University Library Going Hip Hop

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly will be honored alongside The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Nas' Illmatic and A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory in the Harvard University library archives.

Rapper, producer and lecturer 9th Wonder led the curation of Harvard's These Are the Breaks project, which aims to bring hip-hop into the literary canon.

"In 2012, I was chosen to be a Harvard University Fellow at The Dubois Institute under the direction of @henrylouisgates and Dr. Marcy Morgan," 9th Wonder wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post. 'I chose the research project 'These Are The Breaks''.a collection of albums that are the standard of the culture'..200 in all in no particular order." Read more here.

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Ariana Grande and John Legend 'Beauty and the Beast' Featured In Trailer

(Radio.com) The trailer for the upcoming Disney remake of Beauty and the Beast premiered this week and features the rumored remake of the title song by Ariana Grande and John Legend.

The film hits theaters March 17 and stars Emma Watson as Belle while Dan Stevens plays the Beast. The song "Beauty and the Beast" was written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken for the 1991 animated film. I

t was originally sung by actress Angela Lansbury and later re-recorded by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the film's soundtrack, which earned them an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award.

Dion remains involved in the soundtrack for the 2017 adaptation as well. She recorded an original song titled 'How Does A Moment Last Forever" for the soundtrack, which will be released on March 10. Watch the latest trailer for Beauty and the Beast here: Read more here.

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Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Lead Faster Horses

Organizers of the fifth annual Faster Horses festival in Brooklyn, Michigan have revealed the lineup for the event including the country stars that will lead the festivities.

The three day event will be taking place on July 21st, 22nd and 23rd at the Michigan International Speedway and will feature headline sets from Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert.

Additional acts will include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Charlie Daniels Band, Old Dominion, Randy Rogers Band, Michael Ray, Darius Rucker, Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Craig Campbell, High Valley, Jon Pardi, Maddie and Tae and Cole Swindell.

Dierks Bentley had this to say in the announcement, 'Last July, Brian O'Connell called me while he was at Faster Horses and asked if I would want to return for the fifth year.

"It's one of my favorite memories on the road, and I can't wait to get back on that stage. We're gonna go out and try to blow their minds for the fifth anniversary." Visit the official site for more details here.

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Charli XCX's New Mixtape is Coming This Month

(Radio.com) Charli XCX announced the pending arrival of her new mixtape with a little help from a cardboard Justin Bieber. The singer appeared with a friend on Instagram Live:

Her scene partner used the stiff cutout as a ventriloquist dummy and prompted the announcement: "Yo XCX--I hear you got a bomb ass mixtape!" and she responded, "Yeah, Biebs, it's dropping at the end of Feb."

Charlie XCX fans have a couple items in 2017 to look forward to: In addition to the February mixtape, she'll drop the long-awaited follow up to Sucker, the EP that put her on the map. See the announcement here.

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New 'Bates Motel' Trailer Features Rihanna

(Radio.com) Rihanna's acting projects continue rolling out with a new trailer for the upcoming season of A&E's Bates Motel. Rihanna plays Marion Crane, the role made famous by Janet Leigh in the 1960 film Psycho.

She appears towards the end of the clip when she arrives at the Bates Motel and requests a room from Norman. In the original film by Alfred Hitchcock, Norman murders Marion in the iconic shower scene.

To add an eerier element to an already eerie narrative, Radiohead's song "Exit Music (For a Film)," from their 1997 album Ok Computer, soundtracks the trailer. Watch it here.

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Justin Timberlake To Appear In Super Bowl Commercial

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake will be appearing in a Super Bowl ad on Sunday, February 5th. Timberlake is repping Bai, the antioxidant-infused drink boasting no artificial sweeteners, and only 5 calories and 1 gram of sugar per serving.

"What are you doing this weekend?" Timberlake tweeted today (January 31st) along with an 8-second clip of the upcoming ad. In it, he dons a three-piece suit and sits in front of a roaring fire located in a luxurious den.

As the camera pans out to reveal the room, it shows a table full of Bai drinks positioned next to him. Forget snifters of brandy or other luxurious liquors, Timberlake is living large on Bai. Watch the clip here.

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The Williamsons Involved In A Bus Accident

(AG) Gospel group The Williamsons were involved in a bus accident this past weekend. After singing at a church in Tippecanoe, Indiana on Sunday, January 29, 2017, The Williamsons were heading back to Nashville on Interstate 65 before being involved in the accident.

Despite the roads being mostly clear after a recent snow shower, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, a Chevrolet Impala hit some black ice and spun around in the middle of the highway. When it first happened, an 18 wheeler in front of them blocked their view. He was able to move over into the other lane, but The Williamsons' bus was not able to change lanes due to another truck directly beside them. They weren't driving very fast, but still were not able to get the bus totally shut down because of the slick road conditions. As a result, the group's bus broadsided the car and shoved it about 40 feet down the highway.

Group manager, Donnie Williamson stated, "No one seemed to be hurt, praise the Lord! A man in the car was taken to the hospital, but it appeared that he was just shaken up. The driver had a bump on his head but didn't even go to the hospital. No one on the bus suffered any injury. God is so good and his protective hand was on us." Read more here.

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Gene Watson Kicking Off New Dates At Historic Nashville Palace

County music star Gene Watson will be kicking off his next round of live dates next week with a special show at the historic Nashville Palace. Shane Owens is set to open.

"Fans have supported us in the early days and they just keep on supporting us," said Gene Watson. "We love keeping the tradition alive and are delighted they want to hear "real country." When they come to our show they know they're going to get one hundred percent straight-to-the-heart, pure country."

Watson has a busy 2017 in store supporting his latest album "Real.Country.Music," which was released last year. He has announced dates that run until the end of October. See all of them here.

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Drake Selling His Yolo Estate For Almost $20 Million

(Radio.com) Drake recently listed his Hidden Hills mansion aka "Yolo Estate" for sale at nearly $20 million, a huge increase over the $7.7 million he initially spent on it back when he purchased the property in 2012, according to the Los Angeles Times.

So what exactly does Drake have at his 12,500 square feet compound to make it extra special? You name it. There's a swim-in grotto complete with two statues of girls wearing bikinis, a wet bar, and an 80-foot waterslide.

Then there's the tennis court, basketball court, and beach volleyball court. Inside, Drake's got a mechanical bull, a wine cellar, a spa room and a 25-seat movie theater, plus six bedrooms and an impressive 10 bathrooms. Read more here.

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Ronnie McDowell Announces New Album 'Songs I Love'

Country music icon Ronnie McDowell has begun taking preorders for his new album "Songs I Love" (an exact released dates has not yet been announced).

We were sent these details: Songs I Love features McDowell's one-of-a kind rendition of the songs most special to him by artists including Eddie Rabbitt, Frank Sinatra, Ricky Nelson, Merle Haggard, B.J. Thomas, Charlie Rich and more.

Two new tracks co-penned by McDowell titled "I Want That Girl" and "He Still Has You" round out the project, which showcases a never-before-seen photo of a young McDowell on the back cover.

A man of many talents, McDowell is accompanying the album with his most recent artwork in the exclusive pre-order bundle. "Just In The Nick Of Time" features Elvis Presley and his 1950's band (Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana and Bill Black) on their way to a show. When they have a flat tire, St. Nick saves the day by offering them his sleigh. Each print and CD will be autographed by McDowell.

"This album is something I've wanted to do for a long time. These songs have been dear to my heart from the time i was a child at 10, 11 and 12 years old. The print is unusual, as the year is 1954 and Elvis' pink Cadillac is broken down in front of a diner on Christmas Eve. Luckily Santa Claus is there to give Elvis and the band a ride, 'Just In the Nick of Time'," said McDowell of his new releases. Check out the preorder here.

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Lady Gaga In Tiffany's First Super Bowl Ad

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga won't only be handling performance duty at the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, February 5th. The pop star is also set to appear in Tiffany & Co.'s very first Super Bowl ad.

The jewelry brand's 60-second commercial will feature Gaga promoting their latest line, Tiffany Hardwear, which includes signature sterling silver and 18k gold pieces inspired from a 1971 bracelet the design team found in Tiffany's archives.

Filmed using Vogue editor Grace Coddington and fashion photographer David Sims, the commercial shows Gaga sporting a black sweater and slim black pants. It's a wink to Tiffany's most iconic celebrity, Audrey Hepburn. Read more here.

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