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Page Too Report for 02/09/2017


Beyonce Facing $20 Million Lawsuit

(Radio.com) Former Destiny's Child star Beyonce is reportedly facing $20 million lawsuit for allegedly using a sample from a late rapper in her solo track "Formation" without permission.

A new lawsuit has reportedly been filed by the estate of rapper Messy Mya's (real name Anthony Barre) which claims Beyonce used Barre's vocals without permission according to a new report by MSNBC.

"Defendants used Mr. Barre's voice, performance and words from his copyrighted works to create the tone, mood, setting and location of the New Orleans-themed 'Formation,'" the suit reportedly states. Barre was shot and killed in 2010. Read the report here.

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Drake Receives Global Recording Artist of the Year Award

Drake has received the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award for top music sales for the year 2016. Music legend David Bowie came in second on the annual chart.

The organization says that the Canadian rapper received the award for his "worldwide success across physical and digital formats, including downloads and streams."

The top 10 list also includes Coldplay at 3, Adele at 4, Justin Bieber at 5, Twenty One Pilots at 6, Beyonce at 7, Rihanna at 8 and another late music legend Prince at no. 9. Read more here.

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Prince and George Michael To Receive Special Grammy Tributes

(Radio.com) Late music icons Prince and George Michael are both set to receive special tributes during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards which will be taking place on February 12th.

Beyond the "in memoriam" that traditionally takes place at the awards ceremony- which John Legend and Cynthia Erivo will perform this year-Prince and George Michael will receive personalized musical tributes similar to what Lady Gaga did for David Bowie last year.

Both artists passed away suddenly in 2016, Prince in April and George Michael on Christmas Day. Read about how is rumored to be taking part in one of the tributes here.

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The Chainsmokers Preview Their New Single

(Radio.com) Hot on the heals of announcing their very first studio album, the hit making music duo The Chainsmokers are back at it again, teasing their still-unnamed single.

Snapchat friends of the duo (Drew Taggart and Alex Pall) were treated to a couple behind-the-scenes previews this week, which have now made their way online.

The short video clips show the pair in the studio and references their upcoming Memories Do Not Open tour, where concertgoers will be able to hear the extended cut. Check out the preview here.

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Taylor Swift Featured In Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer

(Radio.com) The first trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie was released on Wednesday (Feb 8) and it was soundtracked by a familiar hit song from country turned pop star Taylor Swift.

Related: Taylor Swift Won't Be Touring in 2017

Swift song "Bad Blood" kicks in about halfway through the short preview clip after we learn that the film's antagonist and protagonist are father and son.

The animated film featured the vocal talents of Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn and more. The Lego Ninjago Movie hits theaters on September 22nd. Check out the new trailer here.

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Lady Antebellum To Announce CMA Nominees This Morning

Lady Antebellum will announce the nominees for the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards live on CBS This Morning today (Feb. 16) during the 8:00 AM hour. We were sent these details:

Entertainment Tonight hosts Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier will also announce additional nominees on ETonline.com at 8:50 AM ET/5:50 AM PT. The full list of nominations will be released immediately following the ETonline.com announcement on ACMcountry.com.

The 52ND Academy Of Country Music Awards will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network
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Lady Gaga Releases 'John Wayne' Music Video

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga released the surprise music video for her next single, "John Wayne", on Wednesday (February 8th) exclusively with online retailer Apple Music.

Only those with an account will get full access, but she also shared a preview on Twitter. In the nearly 30 second clip, Gaga rides a motorcycle through backroads and performs an updated version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance wearing a red leather jacket, very much like what Jackson wore during that era.

The song itself is a colorful take on an equally colorful song where Gaga blends country with glitch-pop. Next up, the busy pop star will perform with Metallica at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 12th. Check out the preview here.

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Madonna Confirms Adoption of Twin Girls From Malawi

Despite her earlier denials, pop star Madonna confirmed via a social media posting that she has adopted two more children from the African county of Malawi.

She confirmed the news via Instagram, writing, "I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family.

"I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time. Thank you also to my friends, family and my very large team for all your support and Love!" See the post here.

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The Band Perry Perform New Pop Song On The Tonight Show

The Band Perry performed their new track "Stay In The Dark" for the first time on network television on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night.

Video of the late night television performance has now been posted online for the fans that missed the broadcast. The song is the very first taste fans are getting from the trio's forthcoming debut pop album.

"Stay In The Dark" was produced by Benny Cassette (Kanye West, John Legend, Lily Allen). It will be featured on the forthcoming album "My Bad Imagination." Watch the Tonight Show appearance here.

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Katy Perry Launches Global Scavenger Hunt For Fans

(Radio.com) Katy Perry is planning a big drop on February 10th, two days before she takes the stage at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, and from a series of tweets she's shared over the course of this week it seems as though she's inviting her fans to participate in a musical scavenger hunt.

Perry posted two new clues on Twitter Wednesday (February 8th), announcing in the first, "Plot Twist." In the brief video she shared, Perry's hands are seen plugging headphones into a disco ball while the camera zooms in on her manicure. "Find Me" her nails read.

In a second post shortly thereafter, she shared a link to a #ChainedToTheRhythm Map with locations all over the world. There are disco balls in each location and it looks as though fans will get a sneak peek of Perry's new song "Chained to the Rhythm" by plugging into each one. They're encouraged to share the lyrics they hear by using the hashtag to Read more here.

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Celine Dion Photobombs Fan's Engagement Photos

(Radio.com) "When @celinedion is just as shocked as you are at your PROPOSAL!!!" These were the words that Austin McMillan posted along with this shot of Celine Dion photobombing the big moment when Nick Javeski dropped to a knee and asked his girl to marry him.

But McMillan couldn't have been happier that Dion popped up in the intimate picture. "There are no words to describe this moment! what i thought was just going to be a special night seeing my favorite performer turned out to be a night filled with so much happiness, surprise & celebration with everyone we love & even ended with donuts and ice cream so idk how it could get better! i get to marry the man of my dreams & grow old with my best friend ️ God's timing is so perfect. nothing could be better than this!! #justsaidyes @weddingwire"

The big ask went down at a Celine Dion 'Meet and Greet." McMillan added: "@celinedion is about the only person i wouldn't mind photobombing the pictures of our proposal." Check out the cute photos here.

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Zara Larsson and Ty Dolla Sign's Ellen Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Zara Larsson and Ty Dolla $ign performed her new single "So Good" on Tuesday's (February 7th) episode of Ellen and video of the appearance has been posted online.

The 19-year-old Swedish singer started the song on her own dressed in a black tube top and matching pants, and navigated the stage like a veteran. Then, at about two minutes mark, Ty joined in, wearing a black overcoat, a black-and-white striped shirt and shades, and complimented Larsson's melodic vocals with half-sung raps.

Larsson's new album So Good comes out March 17th and includes the singles "Lush Life, "Ain't My Fault" and the MNEK collaboration "Never Forget You." Watch the Ellen performance here.

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Swizz Beatz Never Understood Music Was a Business

(Radio.com) Swizz Beatz has been producing hip-hop artists since he was only 16; his first major hit came when he worked on N.O.R.E.'s hit 'Banned From T.V." So, Swizz coming on to N.O.R.E.'s Drink Champs podcast was a long time coming. During their long-ranging discussion (which resulted in the podcast being divided into two parts), Swizz looked back on his early days as a somewhat naive artist.

"When I got into music, I never understood it was a business," Swizz told N.O.R.E. and co-host DJ EFN. 'I never understood that it made billions. I never understood that it saved so many people from the street life that we was living. It was just something that I just lived and seen every day growing up in the South Bronx and then migrating back and forth to Harlem. It was something that we would play in our MPVs, Land Cruisers, Nautica Vans, it was just a way of life, naturally."

Swizz, of course, was part of the Ruff Ryders, and he worked with fellow Ryder DMX on the legendary hit 'Ruff Ryders' Anthem" in 1998, as well as records for Eve, Jay Z and Busta Rhymes, among others.

'Most of my records, when they come out, they're not who they were [created] for," said the producer. '[T.I.'s] 'Bring 'Em Out' was made for when Beanie Sigel got out of jail, [Busta Rhymes'] 'Touch It' was for Eve. DMX didn't like 'Stop, Drop' [Ruff Ryders' Anthem]. None of my records really went to the people that I thought they were supposed to." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Senator's Lost Again

Indie artist Senator (Howard Baker) tells us about his brand new single "Lost Again" from their his forthcoming EP "Tiny Monsters," which is set to be released on March 10th. Here is the story:

Writing has always been my outlet to help me process my thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and I think that comes through in its truest form in "Lost Again." I often state that it is my most personal song on the album and that's because it gives the listener a glimpse into my mind at some of my lowest points in life. The song is about someone contemplating suicide, which is a very dark subject matter, but it's also sadly a subject that has been fairly prevalent in my life. I've had a surprising amount of people in my life that have chosen to end theirs, and the effects it has on the people that are left behind are very unique and difficult to process. A lot of unanswered questions and "what if's" that can drive a person mad. But when you are exposed to such an act, multiple times, it's hard not to think about why someone would choose to take their own life and the appealing aspects of such a decision. No more worrying, no more sadness, no more hopelessness, no more responsibility, etc. The idea of not having to deal with any of that anymore can be a very inviting thought to somebody. But I have been on the other end enough to see how it affects the people in your life that you leave behind. The pain, sorrow and guilt it leaves on your loved ones. Because I have witnessed and felt all of that I have developed a sheer disdain for the act and view it as one of the most selfish things a person can do. So I made a point to end the song with the person choosing life instead of death and choosing to see the beauty in life and not just the sh*tty parts.

"Lost Again" actually started out as a different song. Originally it was a song I wrote called, "Lost Soul." The connection between the two titles and common theme of someone being lost I only very recently realized, believe it or not. I was playing "Lost Soul" one day on my looping pedal, I used to perform solo and use a lot of looping pedals so I still do a lot of my writing using them, and I was messing around and decided to reverse the loop. When I did that I noticed that it actually sounded really cool. The reversed guitar parts had almost a bowed string instrument quality to them and it gave the song a new chord progression. So I took that reversed loop and wrote "Lost Again" on top of it. You can still hear the original reverse loop in the final version. It is one of my favorite songs on the album, the first one I recorded, and the one where I feel I truly found my sound as a musician on. I hope people appreciate it and enjoy it.

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

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