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George Michael Cause of Death 'Inconclusive' In Postmortem

(Radio.com) It's still not entirely clear what killed George Michael. A postmortem issued to investigate the nature of Michael's death turned out to be inconclusive, according to police.

Further tests will be needed in order to specify the cause of death."The results of these [new] tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks," Thames Valley police said in a statement.

"Thames Valley police will prepare a file for the Oxfordshire coroner. Mr Michael's death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious." Read more here.

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Mariah Carey Laughs Off Her NYE Performance Debacle

(Radio.com) So, you're Mariah Carey, one of the world's biggest stars for a quarter of a century, and you fail on national TV, big time. How do you handle it? As it turns out, you handle it with humor.

For those just waking up now: in case you were totally absent from social media on New Year's Eve (and if so, good for you!), Mariah Carey had a disastrous performance--or perhaps, non-performance is a better way to describe it--on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve last night.

As CBS News reported, Carey "paced the stage without singing. It's unclear what exactly were the technical difficulties, but the disaster was obvious as it unfolded live."

Predictably, twitter erupted with mockery, including memes about 2016 claiming its final victim (Mariah Carey's career).Carey's response was a single [NSFW] tweet, "S---- happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017."Read more here.

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Unusual Arrest At Blink-182 Concert 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) 10 concert goers were arrested at the Blink-182 concert at Michigan's Darien Lake Performing Arts Center back on August 25th including an arrest for biting.

Genesee County Sheriff's Office posted a list of the law-breakers with some surprising infractions. Crimes include trespassing, fighting, marijuana possession, harassment, and biting a Live Nation employee.

Unsurprisingly, the alleged culprits range in age from 19-30. In contrast, only two were arrested at the ZZ Top concert in Darien the night before. Read more here.

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Richie Sambora Reached Out To Jon Bon Jovi 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Richie Sambora has reached out to his former band Bon Jovi to congratulate them on the title track they released from their forthcoming album This House Is Not For Sale.

The follow-up to 2013's What About Now is their first work without the guitarist - who exited the band in 2013 before their world tour, leading to a public war of words that eventually settled down. Their relationship appeared to be on the mend after frontman Jon invited Sambora to do the 'ice bucket challenge' in 2014.

This House Is Not For Sale will be released via Island/Universal Music Group on October 21, following the band's acrimonious split with Mercury after more than 30 years.

Sambora says in a video message on Twitter: "Congratulations on the new single, man. God bless, good luck, hope you guys do great." Frontman Jon Bon Jovi replied, saying: "Thanks Richie and Orianthi. Look forward to hearing your record too. All the best, JBJ." Read more here.

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Tom DeLonge Says Punk Has 'Nothing To Do With Music At All' 2016 In Review

(TeamRock) Tom DeLonge made news in August when he said that punk rock has "nothing to do with music at all." The former Blink-182 singer and guitarist recalls how his encounters with both the late Joe Strummer from The Clash and Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher inspired him to broaden his musical horizons - a move which earned him criticism from his bandmates later in his career.

In an interview for guitar string makers Ernie Ball, DeLonge says of meeting Strummer: "I asked him, 'What was it like being in The Clash?' He goes, 'You know, we used to go around saying: F*** you, we're The Clash, - but now that I think about it, the Talking Heads were pretty f***ing cool. Don't close your mind.' I was like, 'Wow, the King of Punk is telling me: Open your mind up.'"

Two days later DeLonge met Gallagher backstage at a radio show in Detroit - where the Oasis man told Blink-182 they were the "best" band he'd seen in America.

DeLonge adds: "I asked, 'You like us?' and Liam said, 'I didn't say that, I said, 'You're the best I've seen in America,' and he slammed the door. That was the most punk rock dude I've ever met in my life." Read more here.

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Adele Says She Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Show 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) During her concert in Los Angeles on August 13th, Adele told the crowd that she had turned down an offer to play the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

"They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no," she said. Now, the NFL is saying it never actually asked her, reports Billboard."The NFL and Pepsi are big fans of Adele," reads a statement from the NFL. "We have had conversations with several artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, we have not at this point extended a formal offer to Adele or anyone else."

Is this a case of spin control or genuine miscommunication? Maybe the NFL, which reportedly met with Adele earlier this month, was dismayed by the her tone. "Come on, that show is not about music, and I don't dance or anything like that," Adele told the LA audience. Read more here.

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Jeff Beck And Steven Tyler Covered Prince's 'Purple Rain' 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Rock guitar legend Jeff Beck threw an epic 50-year celebration party concert at the Hollywood Bowl on August 10, and during the performance the guitar legend and former Yardbirds member paid tribute to Prince with a cover of 'Purple Rain."

That's when the place really heated up. Beth Hart performed lead vocals and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler joined in with some trademark high notes and background vocals.

Earlier in the evening Tyler performed Aerosmith's version of the Tiny Bradshaw number 'Train Kept A-Rollin" and the Yardbirds' 'Shapes of Things." Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Sued By Sleigh Bells For Alleged Song Theft 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Sleigh Bells were in the headlines in August after they filed suit against pop star Demi Lovato. In November of 2015, the indie rockers accused Lovato of sampling their songs "Infinity Guitars" on her song "Stars," without proper credit or compensation.

Lovato's producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub responded, issuing a statement to Billboard, explaining, "We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato's song 'Stars.' Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line." The production, they said, had nothing to do with samples from Sleigh Bells' music or any band's for that matter.

Now, Sleigh Bells are taking legal action. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the band filed a complaint in California federal court which in part reads:

"A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works. This infringing material repeats throughout the Defendants' song."

The complaint further claims that specific similarities "transcend the realm of coincidence." Check out both tracks here.

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Trace Adkins Helped Family Of Slain Police Officer 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Trace Adkins Helped Family Of Slain Police Officer was a top 16 story of August 2016: Trace Adkins was already scheduled to perform at Back Porch On the Creek on Sept. 2 in Knoxville, Tennessee. So when he heard about the death of a local policeman, the country singer decided to donate $10,000 to the officer's family.

Adkins originally intended for one dollar from each ticket to be donated to the local Fraternal Order of Police, but significantly upped the ante after he learned about what happened to Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats.

Moats was shot and killed in the line of duty last Thursday (Aug. 25) when responding to a domestic dispute. He left behind a wife and three children. Adkins and the Knoxville venue will donate $10,000 directly to Moats' family. Read more here.

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Backstreet Boys Creator Lou Pearlman Died 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) The man who assembled *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys has died at age 62 in federal prison. Despite his proteges' contributions to late 90s teen pop, Lou Pearlman was serially accused of defrauding talent of earnings, losing lawsuits or settling out-of-court with virtually every singer and group he managed. In his last act, Pearlman was investigated, charged, and sentenced to 25 years in prison for operating a $300 million Ponzi scheme.

Pearlman's other acts included Aaron Carter, O-Town, and LFO. Rolling Stone reports that molestation allegations swirled around him through more than a decade of managing young male talent. The businessman entered the music industry following failed aviation ventures, and was a cousin of Art Garfunkel. He aimed to create more successful groups following the model of New Kids on the Block.

In his ultimate undoing, the investment firm he founded was discovered to represent companies which only existed on paper. He fled to Bali to escape charges in 2007 but was found and returned to face trial in the United States. Despite Pearlman's checkered history, former music associates paid tribute to their complicated mentor on Twitter. See the tweets here.

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Justin Bieber Scored Eight Guinness World Records 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber Scored Eight Guinness World Records was a top 16 story of August 2016: Pop star Justin Bieber landed eight records in the 2017 edition of Guinness World Records and was presented with certificates from the organization before his recent Madison Square Garden show.

Two of the biggest records were for his showings on the American music chart where he scored 17 simultaneous tracks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and 13 simultaneous new entries on the Billboard Hot 100 by a solo artist.

Guinness World Records tweeted a photo of Bieber receiving his plaques with the caption "@justinbieber sings his way into the new #GWR2017 book with a set of 8 record titles! http://bit.ly/GWR-Bieber" Read the original report here.

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Court Ordered Randy Travis Arrest Footage To Be Released 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Randy Travis fought hard to keep the dashcam footage from his 2012 DWI arrest private even though media outlets have repeatedly cited the Public Information Act in order to secure the tape but in August a court ordered its release.

On August 7, 2012, Travis was involved in a one-car accident in Tioga, Texas. Officers found him lying naked in the road with a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit. Former Attorney General Greg Abbott stated the dashcam footage constituted a public record and should be released. But Abbott did say images of Travis from the waist down would be redacted (via Austin American-Statesman).

Travis filed suit, but when state District Judge Stephen Yelenosky sided with Abbott, his lawyers took the case to the state 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin. Travis' legal team argued that the dashcam footage should remain private not only because it showed his medical and mental conditions, but also because he was acting involuntarily.

The court ruled on August 18 that the footage does indeed fall under public record. Chief Justice Jeff Rose stated, "Even if we assume that the contents of the redacted dashboard recording contain information that is highly intimate and embarrassing to Travis, those facts were not private as a matter of law because Travis put himself in public by driving unclothed while intoxicated." Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Sued For Allegedly Ripping Off Marvin Gaye 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) The family of Ed Townsend made news in August when they filed a lawsuit against pop star Ed Sheeran claiming his hit "Thinking Out Loud" borrows from the Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On."

Townsend, Gaye's co-writer, passed away in 2003 but his estate reportedly claims Sheeran ripped off the melody, harmony, and rhythm of Gaye's signature song.

This isn't the first major claim brought by an estate close to Marvin Gaye's catalogue. Last year, Gaye's own family won a $7 million settlement when they sued "Blurred Lines" writers (Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams) over the song's similarities to "Got to Give it Up," reported Billboard. Read more and listen to the two songs here.

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NSYNC Reunited For JC Chasez's 40th Birthday 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) *NSYNC made news in August when they reunited, if only for one night. On August 8 the former superstar boy band met up to celebrate member JC Chasez's 40th birthday.

Justin Timberlake posted a picture of the reunion with his former band mates Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Chasez, early this morning and let fans know it was a major milestone for his friend.

"JC's 40th… And, if you don't know now, you know…," Timberlake wrote in an Instagram caption. Earlier in the day, Kirkpatrick also wished Chasez a happy birthday with a throwback photo of the band during a red carpet interview. See the posts here.

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Miranda Lambert Ejected Rowdy Fans From Concert 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) A few rowdy fans decided they wanted to participate in Miranda Lambert's show on Friday, August 5, but she wasn't having any of it. The country musician decided that not only were a few distracting fans standing front and center in the crowd not allowed to ride in her little red wagon, but they needed to leave altogether.

The no-nonsense star stopped her show to deal with the problem, and a fan in the audience captured the moment. As her band began playing the intro to her song "White Liar," Lambert stepped toward the front of the stage to speak with the audience members interrupting her. When she got back to the mic, she explained to the crowd, "Alright you guys, we're gonna continue our song in just a second, when these guys are done being our opening act." She then turned to her security. "Can we deal with that?" she asked.

Presumably retorting to their complaints about being forced to leave, Lambert mocked their reactions. "Super cool, dude. Super cool," she said before addressing the audience. "Okay, sorry. Sometimes you just have to ditch a douchebag every now and then!" The crowd cheered in support and Lambert got underway once again. Watch the moment captured here.

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Suge Knight Allegedly Once Went After Eminem 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Eminem's former bodyguard, Byron 'Big Naz" Williams claimed in an interview in August that Former Death Row Records head Suge Knight tried to take down Slim Shady after an incident at The Source Awards in 2001 went sour.

Speaking with Murder Master Music Show, Williams recounted, "That was our first encounter with Suge Knight and his henchman." The Source Awards wouldn't let bodyguards sit next the artists they were guarding, which made him uncomfortable at the time. "I think that was by design 'cause they really wanted the artists to be able to network with each other, but it also gives people who got beef with other artists to get at them," Williams said.

From the sidelines, Williams noticed Eminem getting into something with a bunch of guys wearing red shirts, and Knight was affiliated with the Bloods. "So I come from where I was at--I had to come back around--I noticed Em's face changing, he's turning like tomato red. There's a sea of red guys around him. I had to bust through the middle man and snatch him up. Like, 'Hey man what the hell's going on up here?' This is exactly what they said, 'Death Row, motherf--, Death Row.'"

When he began questioning the men surrounding Eminem, Williams learned they were there thanks to Knight. Williams said they told him, "Man, Suge Knight sent us to strongarm him and it's going down."

Things reached such a fever pitch that Williams tried to get Eminem out of awards show altogether. Read more here.

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The Game And 50 Cent End Long Running Feud 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) 50 cent made news in August when he appeared to have ended his long running beef with The Game. The two were spotted out partying together, which has-of course-led to rumors that they may collaborate on something down the road.

The rappers were out having a grand time on August 1 at Ace of Diamonds in Los Angeles (via TMZ). "I f- with 50," The Game told the cheering crowd. "What happened, that s- was 12 years ago."

He added, "Ain't nobody on that old s-." In May, The Game's newest signee Pharaoh Jackson said the rapper was contemplating a reunion with G-Unit. The Game squashed those rumors at the time, but with this latest appearance it's possible he and 50 could be plotting a fresh collaboration soon. Read more here.

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One Direction Star Angered By Fan Photo 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) One Direction's Niall Horan can't even sleep in peace. The boy band member was on a flight in August where he asked for no selfies only to learn that a passenger seated beside him snapped a photo while he was asleep.

"I sat directly next to Niall from One Direction for 9 hours on my flight home from London last night. He was sick and asked for no selfies, but here is a pic I snapped when he was sleeping lol he was so friendly!" the fan writes alongside a photo of Horan asleep on the flight.

Horan was not happy when he saw the photo and spoke his mind on Twitter. "I think this s- is unreal," he writes. "I mean if you can't sleep on a plane without people taking photos of you, what can u do." See the photo here.

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