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Aretha Franklin To Retire Later This Year

(Radio.com) Music legend Aretha Franklin says in a new interview she will retire from music later this year after releasing her final studio album in September.

'I must tell you, I am retiring this year," Franklin told a Detroit TV station. The yet-untitled record will be produced by Stevie Wonder and is scheduled to be released in September. The Queen of Soul said the album will be an homage to Detroit and will feature original songs recorded in the Motor City.

"I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now," Franklin said. 'I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn't be good either." Read more here.

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Selena Gomez 'Can't Stand' Social Media

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez, Instagram's most-followed user, discussed the corrosive influence of social media on young people as she promotes Thirteen Reasons Why, the Netflix show she executive produced that explores the underbelly of high school. .

"It's hard right now," she said. "I can't stand social media, I can't stand what they're looking at. I can't stand what they think is reality and the show is real as it could possibly get."

She says she hopes Thirteen Reasons will shake viewers from their current habits online and in their real-life social networks. The show unfolds as a mystery, as teens peel back the layers of a classmate's suicide. Read more here.

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Drake And Big Sean Have A Lot Of Unreleased Music

Rapper Big Sean revealed in a new interview to promote last week's release of his new album "I Decided" that he and Drake have a recorded a lot of unreleased music together.

Sean spoke with Radio.com last Friday, the same day that the new album hit stores and was asked during the chat "Is it true that you and Drake have recorded a bunch of songs that have never come out?"

He confirmed the speculation by responding, "We have been in the studio working on some stuff, hopefully, there's more to come. That's my dog right there. We collaborate a lot. There's a lot in the vault, there's a lot man." Read the full interview here.

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Willie Nelson Forced To Postpone More Shows Due To Illness

(Radio.com) Country legend Willie Nelson has had to postpone two more shows due to illness. These shows follow several others that have had to be moved or canceled for the same reason.

The Friday and Saturday concerts in Arizona and New Mexico are slated to be rescheduled, and according to the artist's Facebook page, the new dates will be revealed when available.

On Monday, concerts in California and Tucson, Arizona were postponed. In January, the red-headed stranger had to cancel two of his five show in Las Vegas due to illness. Read more here.

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Harry Styles' Solo Album Not Far Away From Being Ready

(Radio.com) While on hiatus from One Direction, Harry Styles has turned his attention to acting projects, but that doesn't mean he's completely foregone recording a solo album. In fact, he's been quite busy in the studio.

New Sony Music head Rob Stringer spoke with Billboard about Styles' solo album. "We're close and we're very excited," he said about the forthcoming release.

There are no specifics about when fans will hear what Styles has been working on, but Stringer emphasized that Styles' solo debut will reflect an authentic talent. "We have a record we're incredibly excited about and it's not far away from being ready," he said. "We obviously want everything to be beautifully done, because we think he's here to stay. Harry has stepped up with the vision of someone who's authentic."Read more here.

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Lady Gaga Talks Super Bowl Show And Metallica Appreciation

(Radio.com) In an interview with Zane Lowe, Lady Gaga said she is 'really happy and had such an amazing time performing at the Super Bowl, [and I] wish I could relive it all over again," reports Billboard.

"I really had a real sense of being in the zone for this performance, worked on it for a really long time, took months, trained hard," she continued. "Every second I wanted to give the world and my fans what they deserve, a great show. It's really exciting, I wanted to enjoy the moment not just be hell bent on everything. When we first got there I asked my dad and friends and mom to come out to the field with me and took a bunch of photos at the 50 yard line."

Fans can reportedly look forward to another side of Lady Gaga when she teams up with Metallica for the 59th Grammy Awards show on Sunday night (Feb. 12). "I was at Bradley's house with [Metallica drummer] Lars [Ulrich] and we were just hanging out," the singer shared. "He's amazing. I went to see them live, I saw them recently and we were watching the show, those guys play better than they've played in their whole lives." Read more here.

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Justin Timberlake Opens Up About His Childhood Trauma

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake is a first-time dad as well as a first-time Oscar nominee. Recently, he sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to open up about the "childhood trauma" that has resurfaced in parenthood.

The singer was coy about the precise experiences that trouble him but said becoming a father helped him understand his own past. "You go through your life with your own traumas, big and small, and think, 'It's not that bad, I have a lot to be thankful for, my parents did the best they could,' " he said.

"But then you have a child of your own, and suddenly it opens all the floodgates, and you're like, 'No, no, no! That childhood trauma really did f-- me up!'" Read more here.

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Miranda Lambert Releases 'We Should Be Friends' Video

(Radio.com) Miranda Lambert has released a colorful music video for "We Should Be Friends." The song comes from her latest studio album "The Weight Of Wings", which was released back in November.

Directed by Trey Fanjoy, "We Should Be Friends" was shot at a beauty parlor in Watertown, Tennessee. Looking a bit worn down from all her troubles, Miranda--with her hair piled high atop her head--and her dog makes its way towards Wanda's House of Beauty, where she gets made over and makes friends while doing it.

Lambert's longtime songwriting partners Natalie Hemby and Waylon Payne, who helped her co-write most of the tracks on The Weight of These Wings both appear in the video. Instead of curlers, Wanda uses Miller Lite cans to give Hemby's hair a bit more body, and Payne gets a shave that leaves him with a classic 5 o'clock shadow. Watch the video here.

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Rick Ross Streams New Track 'Summer 17'

(Radio.com) Rick Ross previewed his forthcoming album Rather You Than Me with a new track "Summer 17" on Thursday (February 9th), and the resounding chorus is simple, straightforward and loud, "I want my n rich by summer '17."

Ross raps on the track, "Now pray for me cuz I done did some things/ I'm keeping neck bones in my mama pocket/ Got all my necklaces, I'm sitting in the drop/ I'm living reckless and it never stop/ That's what I'm beefing with the nó- live right up the block.

The rapper hasn't announced a drop date for Rather You Than Me, but his tenth studio album will be his debut with Epic Records. "This album is more than just another project for me," Ross wrote in an open letter. "It's a product of strength, perseverance, and determination. Rather You Than Me is a testimony. My testimony." Listen to the explicit "Summer 17" here.

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Desiigner Releases New Track 'Outlet'

(Radio.com) After using a snippet of his new track "Outlet" for his half music video, half commercial with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for Champs Sports, Desiigner made the entire track available.

With his trademark machine gun sound effect, Desiigner lays down quick rhymes for his first drop in 2017. Besides featuring fierce bass throughout the track, "Outlet" samples horns to give it a slick edge.

"Everybody trying to rip the coke up/ Get it back to the Tri-state, get it back to the Tri-state, get it back to the Tri-state," Desiigner raps toward the end of a verse, growing increasingly passionate by the end of the last line.

"Outlet" switches gears in the last minute, segueing into a brooding, synth- and bass-heavy finale with Desiigner repeating, "All out champion, fall out champion, ball out champion. Word." Check it out here.

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Meek Mill Shares Preview Of New Track 'Black Roses'

(Radio.com) Meek Mill shared a preview of a new track on Instagram late Wednesday (February 8th). Called "Black Roses," Meek raps about the violence tearing the black community apart.

"Skittles bouncing off the ground same time the blood drop/ And they wondering why we killing, só I wish we would stop/ How the judge gon judge me, when love don't love me/ My cell is getting cold and my future looking ugly," he raps in the snippet.
In another verse, Meek mentions losing his friends to gun violence. "They even killed my homies/ They murdered Lil Snoop/ He was only 18, all he wanted was a coop." For Meek, that especially hits close to home. In September, he lost his cousin Angelo Colon when he was shot after leaving a restaurant with takeout. Read more

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Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Weighs in Beyonce Adele Grammy Battle

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds is planning a Grammy viewing party that may end with a visit to the dentist. He and his band have won multiple Grammy awards, but this year, Reynolds plans to enjoy the telecast from the comfort of his own couch, surrounded by friends and a ton of sugary treats.

"I'll be watching the GRAMMYs, absolutely, on Sunday," Reynolds tells Radio.com about his upcoming evening of decadence. 'In fact, I'm calling I'm calling it 'Indulgent Night,' I'm getting all our friends together and we're basically bringing loads of cookies and donuts and Nutter Butter bars--all the stuff you loved in school--Lucky Charms--everybody's bringing just the most indulgent type food they can find."

But when it comes to rooting for fellow musicians, Reynolds honed in on this year's battle royale between Beyonce and Adele, who are going to head-to-head in the Album of the Year category. "Jay Z and Beyonce are just like--I'm pretty die-hard," says Reynolds enthusiastically. 'I go back pretty deep on their catalogs and I've met them and talked to them and they're both beautiful, incredible people so I'd probably have to root for Beyonce but I would say that obviously Adele is a force to be reckoned with and I wouldn't be mad if she won either." Read more here.

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Tom Hiddleston Speaks Out About Taylor Swift Romance

(Radio.com) The romance that was Hiddleswift, one part Taylor Swift and one part Tom Hiddleston, wasn't long-lived, but it sure did burn bright. The pair remained notoriously tight-lipped during their courtship.

But now Hiddleston is opening up about dating the world-famous pop star in a new interview with GQ. "Taylor is an amazing woman," he said. "She's generous and kind and lovely and we had the best time."

Hiddleswift caught flack when some thought their romance was simply a publicity stunt for a music video Swift was planning on releasing in advance of her next album. But Hiddleston swears the whole thing was legit. "Of course it was real," he said.

As for the "I Heart T.S." shirt Hiddleston was photographed wearing during a July 4th party Swift hosted, he insists it wasn't his to begin with. Read more here.

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Madonna Faced 'Uncomfortable Questions' From Malawi Adoption Judge

(Radio.com) This week, it was revealed that Madonna successfully applied to adopt twin girls from Malawi, the African nation in which she's spearheaded aid efforts for years -- a source of both praise and controversy.

The latest additions to her family will join her children David and Mercy, who were also adopted from Malawi. To keep the review process candid, Judge Fiona Mwale says she took Madonna off-script with some "uncomfortable questions."

Legal precedent for international adoption existed in Malawi thanks to Madonna's two previous adoptions. Nevertheless, the judge sought to determine Madonna's sincerity and weighed the consequences of sending children to live abroad.

"In determining her motives, I questioned the petitioner at length about the impact of her decision which could be construed as robbing Malawi of its most precious resource, its children," wrote Mwale. Read more here.

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James Corden and Ellen In 'Finish the Lyric' Battle

(Radio.com) The Late Late Show show host James Corden joined Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show Ellen, for a Grammy-inspired game called, 'Finish the Lyric."

Jesse Tyler Ferguson played the role of game show host, as the two actual television hosts competed. The contestants had to complete the lyrics of GRAMMY-nominated songs from Taylor Swift, Drake, Chance the Rapper and Rihanna. The game ended in a tie, but not before a few good comedic moments.

Corden will be hosting the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony will be held on Sunday (Feb. 12. CBS will broadcast the show live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Watch Corden battle Ellen here.

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Anderson .Paak Performs With Gospel Choir In Grammy Clip

(Radio.com) As the 59th Annual Grammy Awards approach, the organization has launched a 'Believe in Music" ad campaign. One of the installments features first-time GRAMMY nominee Anderson .Paak.

In the clip, .Paak throws down with a gospel choir for "Come Down" from his album Malibu, which is up for a GRAMMY Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. The video features .Paak's family and friends in a church in his hometown Oxnard, California.

The artist also talks about what it means to be 'GRAMMY-nominated." The GRAMMY Awards take place on Sunday (Feb. 12) at 8 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event will be broadcast live on CBS. Watch both clips here.

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