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Page Too Report for 02/13/2017


Adele's George Michael Tribute Halted For Technical Difficulties

(Radio.com) After opening the 2017 Grammys, Adele returned to the stage over an hour later to pay tribute to George Michael. But things didn't go exactly as planned.

Adele stopped the performance after the first minute to start over because she was having trouble hearing herself. "I'm sorry, I can't mess this up for him," she said, before insisting they start over and apologizing for cursing on live TV.

The moment echoed the issue she had while performing at the 2016 Grammys. Adele swore afterward that she would stop singing and start over if she ever had major sound issues again. After a rocky second start, Adele regained her footing and nailed the tribute, performing a melancholy version of his 1996 song "Fastlove" backed by an orchestra.

As Adele sang, video of Michael from music videos, performances and appearances flashed behind her. At the end, the audience gave her a standing ovation and, in tears, she mouthed, "Thank you." Watch it here.

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Drake Says 'More Life' Will Be Done In Two Weeks

(Radio.com) Drake says he'll be done with his new album in the next two weeks. Last Friday (Feb. 10) at the end of a concert in Leeds, England, the rapper made the announcement to the cheering crowd.

"You know Leeds, no matter what, see I'm excited because I'm about like a week and a half, two weeks from finishing this project I'm working on called More Life," he said. "So, you know what that means, right. All that means is I get to drop a new project and at some point, I get to be with my people in Leeds one more motherf-ing time."

The comment echoed what Drake told a crowd in Amsterdam, Netherlands late last month. "If you come back to any more shows, More Life is going to be out, we can just do some whole new s-." Drake is scheduled to return to the Dutch city on February 26. See the tweet and video here.

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Collab Helps Nicki Minaj Beat Taylor Swift Chart Record

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj's appearance on Major Lazer's "Run Up" earned her an impressive chart distinction: She alone trails Aretha Franklin for most Billboard entries by a woman with 71 (Franklin has 73).

Nicki had been tied with Taylor Swift at 70 until the latest chart bumped her ahead. As she celebrated the achievement on Instagram, she gave Taylor a classy shout-out.

"Oh hey, Taylor," Nicki wrote. "Taylor and I were tied but thanks to you guys, #RunUp debuted on the Hot 100 this week, so I was able to inch past her a bit. Did u know she's a [Sagittarius] like ya girl? Her, Britney, Christina Aguilera. Yup! Love them all." Read more here.

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Tupac Biopic Trailer Goes Online

(Radio.com) A new trailer for the forthcoming Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me has been released. The movie about the late rap star is scheduled to hit theaters on June 16th.

Titled "The Greatest" the clip features Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac Shakur and Jamal Woolard reprising his role as The Notorious B.I.G. (he previously portrayed the Brooklyn rapper in the 2009 Biggie biopic Notorious).

The new trailer also features The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira who was cast in the role of Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur in the film. Check out the trailer here.

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Britney Spears Confirms Her Niece Maddie is Home

(Radio.com) Britney Spears confirmed late last week that her sister Jamie Lynn's daughter Maddie is home after being involved in a serious ATV accident last week.

Jamie's sister Britney took to social media to share the news and thank fans for their support. "So grateful that Maddie was about to go home today…it's truly a miracle," she wrote. "Our prayers were heard, and they were answered!"

"Thank you so much for all of your love and support this week," she continued. "My family appreciate it more than you will ever know." See the full tweets here.

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Carly Rae Jepsen and Lil Yachty Share Behind-The-Scenes Footage

(Radio.com) Remaking the 1988 classic "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock was a daunting task for Lil Yachty and Carly Rae Jepsen, but they rose to the challenge for the benefit of superstore chain Target.

The accompanying ad was choreographed by La La Land's Mandy Moore and features exuberant dancing around a check-out station. Jepsen and Yachty's cover is faithful to the original and in behind-the-scenes footage, the commercial shoot looked like a blast.

"It was a great experience," Lil Yachty. "I got to bring my whole team out for filming so we had so much fun! It was fire." Riffing on the song's title, Jepsen surveyed the set and said, "It takes a village." Watch the video here.

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Jamiroquai Streaming New Song 'Cloud 9'

(Radio.com) After a seven year break, Jamiroquai announced a new project, Automaton, and on Friday, they released the second track from the record, "Cloud 9."

"'Cloud 9? is a song that's written in the style that I hope people know us for and are familiar with," Jamiroquai's Jay Kay said in a press release about the track's reveal.

"It's a song that if anyone that has been jilted and yet found love somewhere else will no doubt relate to. Can't wait for you to hear it - get in the car stick it on the radio and just drive." Listen here.

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Ed Sheeran Reveals Taylor Swift Leak Prevention Secret

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran has opened up about how careful Taylor Swift is with her music before it gets released. Even though the two are close friends she won't send him any of her music before it comes out.

"She would never send new songs, no," he told Capricho magazine. "I hear them but it has to be with her." When they dueted for "Everything Has Changed" for her 2012 album Red, Swift went to extremes to keep the song from leaking.

"I was in San Francisco and they sent someone with a locked briefcase with an iPad and one song on it and they flew to San Francisco, and played the song I've done with her," he said. "And they asked if I like it and I was like 'Yeah' and then they took it back. That's how I hear it." Read more here.

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Justin Timberlake and Sting To Perform At The Oscars

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake and Sting will go head-to-head in the Best Original Song category at the 2017 Academy Awards, and now both will also take the stage to perform the tracks they wrote.

Timberlake will perform the hit single "Can't Stop the Feeling" from Trolls.
Sting, meanwhile, will perform "The Empty Chair," the song he co-wrote with J. Ralph for Jim: The James Foley Story

John Legend will also perform both nominated songs from La La Land, "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars." Although they were written by the film's composer Justin Hurwitz, Legend appears in the film as a central musical character. Check out the full list of nominated songs here.

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Justin Moore To Play NASCAR All-Star Race concert

Country star Justin Moore has announced that he will be performing a free concert for the NASCAR All-Star Race on May 20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"I was excited when I heard we get the chance to play the All-Star Race concert," Moore said in the announcement. "Being from the South, I've always been a fan of racing, so this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I look forward to rocking with the best race fans in the world. It's going to be awesome."

The Justin Moore All-Star Race Concert will kick off pre-race festivities for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on a stage located near the Turn 1 entrance. Find more details here.

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Brothers Osborne Expand Pawn Shop For Reissue

Brothers Osborne have expanded their debut album "Pawn Shop" for a deluxe reissue that will include three bonus tracks, and is set to hit stores on March 10th. We were sent the following details:

Produced in the main by Jay Joyce, whose previous credits include both Eric Church & Little Big Town, Pawn Shop sees the Brothers T.J. (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) & John (electric guitar, background vocals) delivering a selection of finely-crafted songs with a heavy side-order of heart n soul, plus a healthy dash of groove; a selection that has caused their profile and their reputation to grow swiftly in the States, with tracks such as Rum and Stay A Little Longer (lead UK single) picking up serious radio rotation, and current US single / video, the rockin It Aint My Fault, likely to follow suit.

Along the way, the Brothers have been nominated for a Grammy and voted Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2016 Country Music Awards, all of which provides the perfect launch platform for the bands first live shows in the UK, set to take place in March when they appear at the C2C (Country to Country) events in Glasgow (March 11th) & London (March 12th); a headline date has also been confirmed for March 13th at Dingwalls in London. See the tracklisting here.

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Jidenna Streams New Track 'Bambi'

(Radio.com) Jidenna is preparing to release his debut studio album The Chief on February 17th, and in the meantime, he has shared the track "Bambi," a song off that project.

"Bambi" combines the vocal stylings from early Sam Cooke with a touch of reggae and hip-hop to produce a song that defies categorization. On the relaxed, if heavy-hearted "Bambi," Jidenna pines for a girl that got away, admitting that she's the love of his life.

"I got the wedding invitation, Bambi/ I'm happy that he wants to make a family/ But I can't promise I won't run up in the church there screaming your name, Bambi/ No one can take you from me, Bambi," he raps in a verse near the end, repeating the last line two additional times.

On the chorus, Jidenna practically croons his love's name. "Bambi, Bambi (Ahh, Bam-Bam-Bi)/ My dear, my dear, my dear (Ahh, Bam-Bam-Bi)/ My dear, I want you here (Ahh, Bam-Bam) / But don't get too near 'cuz there's lions (Ahh, Bam-Bam)/ Beware," he sings, his cadence matching reggae's sauntering pace. Listen here.

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Brandy Clark and Charlie Worsham Teaming For Tour

(Radio.com) Nashville-based singer-songwriters Brandy Clark and Charlie Worsham will be teaming up for a coheadlining tour that'll take them to over twenty cities in the U.S.

Clark and Worsham will be kicking things off at The Southern in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 6th and wrap them up in Omaha, Nebraska on June 18th at the The Waiting Room Lounge .

Both gushed about the chance to tour together. "Charlie Worsham is one of my favorite singers, songwriters, and musicians," Clark said. "I absolutely love his new record and where his heart is musically. Worsham added about Clark, "Brandy is everything I love about country music. She speaks her truth, and she breaks new ground with every song she writes." See the dates here.

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Little Big Town Reveal New Song 'We Went to the Beach'

(Radio.com) Little Big Town continue previewing tracks off their forthcoming album The Breaker, which will hit stores on February 24th. They have now released a stream of the song "We Went to the Beach."

It's a quiet song reminiscent about summer vacations and all the highs and lows that come with them. Little Big Town waxes poetic about driving in the family van, using their fake IDs to get into beach bars and scoping out new "friends."

"It was double beds with a kitchenette/ Bedspreads of sea foam green/ It was sunburns and taking turns/ On boogie boards we'd bring/ Even if we spent every single cent to stay across the street/ We went to the beach," the group sings on the chorus. The song returns to the hook melodically, but with each version it changes lyrically as they dive deeper into what those vacations looked and felt like. Check out the new song here.

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Sturgill Simpson Announces Summer Tour

(Radio.com) After securing a nomination for Album of the Year (for his 2016 release A Sailor's Guide to Earth) and appearing on Saturday Night Live in January, Sturgill Simpson has a lot to celebrate. To thank fans, he'll be embarking on a 2017 tour.

Besides appearing at the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival on March 4th, Sturgill will stop in Atlanta, Austin, New York, Boston, and Chicago throughout July and September.

Tickets for the trek are scheduled to go on sale this Thursday, February 16th. For more information, check out Simpson's website. See the dates for the tour here.

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ACMs Reveal 'The Week Vegas Goes Country' Details

(Radio.com) The week leading up to the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 2nd is going to be one intense party in Vegas as organizers have revealed the details.

The Week Vegas Goes Country will include an array of festivities scheduled around the 5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause which will feature Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Kip Moore, Eric Paslay, Chris Stapleton, Jake Owen, Ryan Hurt and many, many more.

The ACM has announced several fun additional events this year, including a tailgate and a pool party. Tickets to all events will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 18th. A full schedule of events can be found below.

The Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for the very first time this year. Catch everything live on April 2nd at 8pm EST on CBS. See the event listing here.

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