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Page Too Report for 02/06/2017


Frank Ocean Sued For $14 Million By His Father

(Radio.com) Frank Ocean's estranged father Calvin Cooksey filed a lawsuit against his son in Los Angeles last Thursday (February 2nd) that accuses Ocean of libel and is seeking $14 million in damages.

Cooksey's accusations pertain to a Tumblr post his son wrote shortly after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in June. "I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out of a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn't be served because she was dirty," Ocean wrote. "That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn't shock me if it wasn't."

Cooksey denies the incident ever took place. "I have never discriminated against anyone transgender or heterosexual or homosexual," he wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone. "Read more here.

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Zayn Malik Releases Unplugged Version of 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever'

(Radio.com) Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift's "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" is all over radio waves and TV spots for Fifty Shades Darker, the upcoming steamy romance sequel.

With a sexy video and plenty of social media promotion, Malik found another way to spin the single: as an acoustic solo record. He released a video of himself (in grainy black and white) performing the song on his own, accompanied by just an acoustic guitar.

He holds down Taylor's sections of the song pretty well! Maybe she can do a country crossover version of her own. Watch Zayn's reimagining of the track here: Check it out here.

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Two New Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans Duets Streaming

(Radio.com) Faith Evans' posthumous duets album with the Notorious B.I.G. is fittingly titled The King & I, and now fans can hear online stream of two of the brand new tracks.

Since Biggie's death, Evans has carried on the legacy of Bad Boy Entertainment and The King & I will add another layer of context to their tumultuous marriage.

On the album, Evans sings alongside previously unreleased B.I.G. raps and guest collaborators. Snoop Dogg lends support on "When We Party" while Jadakiss does his thing on "NYC." The King & I drops May 19. Listen to the brand new, and explicit material here.

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Little Big Town Release New Song 'Happy People'

(Radio.com) Little Big Town released a new track off their forthcoming album The Breaker entitled "Happy People." The song is full of wisdom about what it takes to be just that.

The song treads a steady line, rhythmically, and begins with shimmery synths. "Happy people don't cheat, happy people don't lie/ They don't judge or hold a grudge or criticize/ Happy people don't hate, happy people don't steal/ Cuz all the hurt sure ain't worth all the guilt they'd feel," the group sings in the opening verse.

But their biggest piece of advice comes on the chorus. "If you wanna know the secret: Can't buy it, gotta make it/ You ain't ever gonna be it by taking someone else's away/ Never take it for granted, you don't have to understand it/ Here's to whatever puts a smile on your face/ Whatever makes you happy, people." Read more here.

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Dan + Shay Release 'When I Pray For You' Video

(Radio.com) Dan + Shay Release have released a music video fro their new song "When I Pray For You." The track appears on the soundtrack to the new film The Shack, and the video features footage from the film.

"'When I Pray for You' is one of the most special songs we've ever written," said Dan Smyers in the video announcement. 'We sat down with our friends Jon Nite and Justin Ebach and got to talking about Shay's son-to-be.

"With some good stories (and even a few manly tears), the song wrote itself. It was an emotional day, one of those days that make us remember how blessed we are to be a part of the Nashville songwriting community." Watch the video here.

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Eric Church Releases Virtual Reality Stagecoach Experience

(Radio.com) Eric Church has made his 2016 Stagecoach Country Music Festival set available in virtual reality. Fans can watch the concert from a variety of angles, including the front row.

The concert was captured using an eight camera set up and features 360-degree views from both the stage and audience. The thirteen song set features hits like "Springsteen," "Creepin," and "Record Year."

Fans will have to purchase the feature to get the full virtual reality experience, which is available now, but Church has released a preview of it that you can check out here.

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Mariah Carey Releases 'I Don't' Video Featuring YG

(Radio.com) Shortly after releasing her new collaborative track with YG, entitled "I Don't," Mariah Carey followed up on Friday (February 3rd) with the release of the music video for the song.

The visual finds Carey posing in an array of white and black lingerie while she lays in the backseat of a convertible or sits on top of its seats. YG joins her after the halfway mark, sporting either a tuxedo jacket or a button-up shirt without anything on underneath. He joins Carey in the car, but also takes things inside where he delivers his verses at the top of an elaborate staircase.

Carey's new breakup song takes a fiery turn at the end when she throws her wedding dress in a fire pit. Wearing a cut-out red dress while she does so just hammers home her message: Don't mess with Mariah. Watch the video here.

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Michael Buble Shares Positive Update on Son's Cancer Battle

(Radio.com) Michael Buble shared sad news with fans in November when he revealed that his son Noah was undergoing chemotherapy in the U.S. after being diagnosed with cancer. Now, he's back with a positive update.

Buble and his wife Luisana Lopilato shared 3-year-old Noah's status on Facebook. "We are so grateful to report that our son Noah has been progressing well during his treatment and the doctors are very optimistic about the future for our little boy," the couple wrote in a statement.

"He has been brave throughout and we continue to be inspired by his courage. We thank God for the strength he has given all of us. Our gratitude to his doctors and caretakers cannot be put into words." Read more here.

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Zac Brown Band Get Sentimental With 'My Old Man'

(Radio.com) Zac Brown Band will be returning to their roots when they release their forthcoming album Welcome Home, and now fans can get a taste of what that sounds like with "My Old Man."

The band premiered the album's first single today (February 2nd), and in it the video they get sentimental about their fathers. The song begins with a lone acoustic guitar while Brown sings in the opening verse, "He was a giant, and I was just a kid/ I was always trying to do everything he did/ I can still remember every lesson he taught me/ Growing up, learning how to be like my old man."

In the lyric video for "My Old Man," old photos of each band member's father flash behind the lyrics. If fans pay attention, in the upper right corner the video shares which band member can be seen in each photo. "This is the most personal album we've ever done and we're very proud of it," Brown said in a statement about Welcome Home. Read more here.

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The Band Perry Release Their First Pop Song 'Stay in the Dark'

(Radio.com) Sibling trio The Band Perry just released their first pop song, 'Stay in the Dark." The band rose to stardom as a country act in 2010 when their single "If I Die Young" reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts.

The band members confirmed on Thursday (Feb. 2) that they are purposely making a pop record. 'We've made an album for you," they said in a statement. 'Creating it has been the most exciting thing we've ever done. It's led us to disrupt everything that was comfortable and familiar to us a short year ago. If there's one thing we've learned in making it it's this--being yourself matters. It matters even when not everyone agrees that you should be or understands why it's important that you are."

"Stay in the Dark" could be seen as a song about the band's ambivalence regarding the transition. In the song, Kimberly Perry sings, 'Who knows what we're missing/ It's our world, it's our business/ Here I am I'm with you on a mission/ We got tunnel vision/ Lately, things been getting so crazy/ Feeling like my heart hates me." Read more here.

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Shawn Mendes Reveals Cover Of Chance the Rapper's 'All We Got'

(Radio.com) Even if his own style falls firmly in the pop category, Shawn Mendes is a big fan of hip-hop. He's covered Drake in the past, performing the Canadian rapper's single "Fake Love," and now he's turning his attention Chance the Rapper.

Gone are the exultant trumpets, replaced with Mendes on keys. His version keeps the quiet tone Chance cultivated on his original track, but adds in a moodier element. The message remains the same, though. "Music is all we got," Mendes repeats at the end.

It's not the first time Mendes has covered Chance. Over the summer in 2016, he performed an acoustic version of "Same Drugs." Listen to Mendes' version of "All We Got" here.

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Jidenna Releases New Track 'The Let Out' Featuring Quavo

(Radio.com) Jidenna has released a new track called "The Let Out" featuring Migos' Quavo. Gone is the dapper three-piece suited sound that helped Jidenna rise to fame with his hit "Classic Man."

The singer shows off his darker side on "The Let Out," which features a carnivalesque synth in the beginning before Jidenna enters the track. "Every time I pull up at the let out, it's a spectacle/ Heard the st was jumping like the waterboard in Mexico/ This the only time we on time and on schedule/ Collars on the shirt and nas trying to look respectable," he raps in the first verse, his lyrics turning political.

Even if he's not showing off his "classic" style in this latest track, Jidenna can't escape how style has informed his brand. "He a Roger Moore na, I'm a Sean Connery," he raps, comparing himself and his rival to James Bond actors.

Listen to "The Let Out" below. Read more here.

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Diddy Recovering From Another Surgery

(Radio.com) Diddy has just shared some photos taken at his hospital bed following his third knee surgery in under a year. The hip-hop star credits his children as his biggest supporters and plans to take his recovery step by step. And he sure has a lot to say about God:

The star also known as Puff Daddy stated in one of his captions, "They said I'd never run again. Third time's a charm!!! #Rebirth, don't take the simple things in life for granted."

Diddy's three daughters, D'Lila, Jessie and Chance, visited their superstar dad in the hospital. Two of his three sons were also featured in pictures: "I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have my sons by my side these last two years!" the musician captioned a photo of him and his boys. "They have been more than sons, they have been my support system. NOW LETS BALL!!!!! #RealLove." Read more and see the photos here.

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Zara Larsson Releases 'So Good' Video Featuring Ty Dolla Sign

(Radio.com) Zara Larsson has released a new video for "So Good."Ty Dolla $ign makes an appearance about two-thirds the way through the clipand flirts with Larsson.

The clip follows Larsson jamming to her single in various settings--in bed, in a car with some friends, wearing sunglasses, and even with a pretty stylish pink dog.

It's the latest in a successful crossover campaign for the Sweden's Got Talent winner. With friends and fans like Nick Jonas, she's making major forays stateside. Watch the video here.

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