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Mariah Carey Manager Blasts New Year's Rockin' Eve Producers

(Radio.com) Mariah Carey's manager, Stella Bulochnikov, blasted Dick Clark Productions over her client's botched performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast earlier this week.

In a statement to Billboard, Bulochnikov said that Carey's in-ear monitors weren't working ten minutes before the performance. "They then changed the battery pack, and they were still not working on the frequency four minutes before the show. We let them know again, and they just kept counting her down and reassuring her that they will work as soon as they go live, which never happened at which point she pulled them out but could not hear the music over the crowd."

Bulochnikov added, "After the show, I called [Dick Clark Productions'] Mark Shimmel and I said, 'What the f happened?' He said, 'Let me call you back,' then called me back and confirmed the in-ear [monitor]s were not working and asked if I would make a joint statement. I said, 'No way.' I asked him to cut the West Coast feed. He said he could not do that. I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches unless they just want eyeballs at any expense It's not artist friendly, especially when the artist cut her vacation short as a New Year's Eve gift to them."

Dick Clark Productions released its own statement, saying that the flub wasn't their fault. Read it here.

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Ed Sheeran Announces New Music

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran is starting 2017 off with new music. In a video that he tweeted late on New Year's Eve, he held up a hand written sign saying, "New Music Coming Friday!"

Earlier in the month, he changed his Twitter profile picture and his twitter page's stage image to solid light blue, a signal that other changes were on the way.

Twitter reacted to the news quickly, with Late Late Show host James Corden among those expressing excitement (some were also excited because One Direction's Harry Styles tweeted "It's 2017. Be Nice. Be Good." Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Set New Record 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's summer tour had been one for the record books. On September 7th in Philadelphia the band performed for four hours, four minutes, making it their longest U.S. show ever, reports Billboard.

The concert, at Citizens Bank Park, was four minutes longer than another record-setting night from the same tour; the band's hometown show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Aug. 30, was four hours long. Their record is still four hours, six minutes, which was set in 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.

Springsteen's Philadelphia set featured 34 songs, beginning with 10 selections from Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. The show also included The Boss' Academy Award-winning song, "Streets of Philadelphia." Read more here.

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Garth Brooks Scored His Seventh 10 Millionth Selling Album 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Country star Garth Brooks made history on September 21st when his 2007 album The Ultimate Hits became his seventh to achieve a diamond certification or 10 million copies sold.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) confirmed that Brooks was the first artist in history to earn seven diamond-certified albums. To put that in perspective, Brooks has achieved more diamond-certified albums than The Beatles.

Besides The Ultimate Hits, Brooks' other albums that achieved diamond status include five studio albums Garth Brooks (1989), No Fences (1990), Ropin' the Wind (1991) and Sevens (1997), and another live album, Double Live (1998). On Facebook Live Monday (September 26) evening, Brooks opened up about the honor. "7 seems to be the lucky number today," he said. See how he celebrated here.

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Metal Stars Marked 20th Anniversary Of Ozzfest 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Ahead of Ozzfest meets Knotfest in Southern California back in September, a number of metal stars took a look back at the legacy of the Ozzfest which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Slipknot's Corey Taylor: "You have to go back to 1999, our first major tour. Ozzfest gave us an incredible opportunity and we were able to really jumpstart our career from there...The great thing about being a part of that Ozzfest was that you were immediately a part of a family. And then when we did it subsequently in 2001, 2004, even the one-off in 2005, it was like coming home. The Osbournes themselves really believed in this band and always have. So when we kind of started spitballing the idea to do Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, in a way it was for us to kind of put together something amazing for the fans, but also to pay respect, as an homage pay a little bit back to a festival that really helped make this band what it is and to give a little nod to a brand that, to this day, when you say to a metal fan, 'Ozzfest,' they know what that means. It means excitement, it means something for our genre, it means something strong, it means bringing together a family-and that's kind of what Knotfest is trying to do, but we wouldn't be able to do that if we hadn't first come from Ozzfest."

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "I got to go on one of Tony Iommi's morning walks that were part of his exercise routine, and we talked as if we had known each other for years. I gave Ozzy a Frank Sinatra golf club I'd gotten from Frank's tournament in Palm Springs and he hugged me, which was supposed to be a very sacred thing with the Prince of Darkness. Most memorable was a talk I had with Sharon about the aggregate of all metal musicians and how we are all 'salt of the earth' as she called us. We laughed that there was only one who had been born with a silver spoon in its mouth, and I felt truly blessed to be her friend. I'm really looking forward to this show and the remaining shows with Black Sabbath."

Metallica's Robert Trujillo: "What a huge honor to have been a part of Ozzfest. I was there from the very beginning back in 1996, and witnessed the birth of a Rock 'n' Roll movement launching so many great bands as Ozzy has always done. I remember System Of A Down when they were rolling in a beat-up RV being held together by duct tape, always ready to conquer and kick ass! But my biggest honor was improvising a spontaneous move called the 'Crab Walk' with my hero Mr. Ozzy Osbourne in Phoenix, Arizona in '96. From Black Sabbath to Slayer to Slipknot to Tool to Pantera to Meshuggah etc. (Oh yeah, Metallica, Dallas 2008), always a historic moment and what a f***ing party! Thank you Sharon and Ozzy. Happy 20 years Ozzfest." Read more here.

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Bobby Shmurda Made Plea Deal In Murder Conspiracy Case2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Rapper Bobby Shmurda, real name Ackquille Jean Pollard, made news in September when he avoided a possible life sentence after entering into a plea deal for the charges that he faced in his murder conspiracy case.

According to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Shmurda whose real name is Ackquille Jean Pollard, has plead guilty to Conspiracy 4th (conspiracy to commit Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd).

He also pled to a substantive count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd. This plea will result in seven years in jail and five years probation. Shmurda has been locked up since 2014, when he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder as well as weapons and drug charges related to gang activity. Read more here.

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Lil Wayne Clarified His Retirement Tweet 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne has reassured fans that he is not planning to retire after he sparked speculation by tweeting that he was "done" on September 3rd, over his frustration over the situation with Birdman and Cash Money Records.

Wayne appeared on Undisputed on Tuesday and put those rumors to rest. He's not retiring. He just let the heat of the moment get to him. "I'm a Libra," he explained.

He notes that as a cliche Lirba's are "known to not have real emotions. We're the only zodiac sign without a heart or soul, only sign that's just a symbol. So in a sense as a scale, we have to let something get all the way down there for it to tip over, for us to boil over. I was at the tipping point."

When asked directly by Shannon Sharpe if he would work with Birdman again, assuming the money issues could be resolved, Wayne clearly answers "no sir." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Nelly Fans Launched Streaming Party To Help Pay Off His Taxes 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Nelly fans launched a campaign in September centered around streaming his track "Hot In Herre" with the hope of helping the rapper pay off his $2.4 million tax debt.

The performer (real name Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.) is facing a $2.4 million lien which comes from unpaid taxes in 2013. If he doesn't come up with the money soon, the IRS could seize his assets and property, Billboard reports.

While fans are rallying around Nelly with the #HotInHerreStreamingParty to continually stream "Hot In Herre" all day and night, the harsh reality is an awful lot of streaming needs to be done to even come close to raising the cash he needs to pay off his IRS debt. But it won't be easy. Read more here.

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Meek Mill's Cousin Killed In Shooting Spree 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Meek Mill's cousin was among the victims who died after an extremely violent day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 13. Altogether the violence lasted 15 hours and included several shootings and stabbings. Conflicting reports state between three and five people died and between seven and ten were wounded.

Angelo Colon, 21, was shot in the head shortly before 10pm after leaving a restaurant with takeout. The motive for the shooting is not yet known. Colon was pronounced dead on the scene.

Meek mourned the loss on Instagram. He shared a picture of his smiling younger cousin, and wrote, "Damn Lo! Watching my family die to these philly streets! " See the full post here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Mashed Up With Drake 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) A video was released online in September that showed rapper Drake performing live on stage - but it's been overlaid with Bring Me The Horizon track Shadow Moses.

The short clip was created by Ghost Killer Entertainment under the title If Drake Was A Metal Vocalist. Last year, a mash-up featuring Drake and Danzig surfaced, showing the Misfits man synched with Drake's The Catch Up.

Meanwhile, Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish announced earlier this week that they would scale Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

The pair are hoping to raise 100,000 for Southampton's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, who looked after Fish's son Eliot after the baby suffered a brain hemorrhage when he was just four days old.

The drive has is currently sitting at 17,000, with those interested in donating urged to visit their Just Giving page. Check out the mash-up here.

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Beyonce 'Lemonade' Lawsuit Dismissed 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) A New York federal judge dismissed indie filmmaker Matthew Fulks' lawsuit on September 1st that accused Beyonce of copying his work for her award-winning visual album Lemonade, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Fulks sued the pop diva in June, claiming the visual album and its trailer copied nine different elements of his short film, Palinoia. Beyonce's attorneys responded quickly in July.

They explaining that the elements mentioned in the suit -- such as "graffiti and persons with heads down," "parking garage" and "side-lit ominous figures"--are universal cinematic images that don't constitute copyright infringement. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff agreed and granted the singer's motion to dismiss. Read more here.

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The Chainsmokers Offered To Make Album If Fans Want It2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Music duo The Chainsmokers (Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall), who have enjoyed a string of hit singles, took to social media in early September to say that they are willing to do a full album if fans want one.

They first tweeted on Sept 6, "Every interview we do these days asks us about a potential album. We always say we would love to but it's up to our fans if they want one."

The follow-ups said, "we will always continue to release music. But an album is something different. Something more complete that reflects a time in our lives.

"An album is a big deal, not just a compilation of random singles, that's how we see it. But if u all start making some noise for one."
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Ice Cube Reacted To Death Of Ex-N.W.A. Manager Jerry Heller2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Hip hop manager Jerry Heller, known for helping the late Eazy-E form Ruthless Records and overseeing the rise of N.W.A., died in early September, and while some, including Eazy's daughter E.B. Wright, grieved his loss, N.W.A. rapper and lyricist Ice Cube wasn't too bummed.

'I ain't gonna pop no champagne, but I ain't gonna shed no tears either," he told a Detroit radio station. "It is what it is. We come here to pass, and he's outta here. I'm not losing no sleep over that one."

It's well-known that there was no love lost between Heller and Cube. For a while, there was even bad blood between Cube and the rest of N.W.A, allegedly due to Heller's mismanagement. In 1989, the rapper left the group due to royalty disputes. Read more here.

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Report Claims Chris Brown's Accuser Vowed To Set Him Up 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) The woman who accused Chris Brown of pointing a gun at her may have been working to set him up, according to claims made in a TMZ report in September. Miss California Regional 2016, Baylee Curran, allegedly sent a text message to a friend vowing to get revenge on Brown for kicking her out of his house.

Curran claimed Brown pulled out a weapon when he saw her getting to close to a diamond cross necklace he owns. "Chris came in, pulled out his gun and said, 'I'm getting so sick of you people,' pointed the gun at me, [and told me] to get the 'F' out of the house,'" she told US Weekly. After a 14 hour standoff with police, Brown was later arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and was eventually released on $250,000 bail.

Now his lawyer is working to verify the text message Curran allegedly sent to her friend Safari. It reads, "Hey safari don't you know this freak Chris brown is kicking me out of his house because I called his friend jewelry fake can you come get me my Uber is messing up if not I'm going to set him up and call the cops and say that he tried to shoot me and that will teach him a lesson I'm going to set his a-- up. Lol come get me."

Safari texted her back, writing, "Really that's f- up you ain't going to do that your wrong if you do" (via TMZ). As TMZ points out, the text message Curran allegedly sent Safari contains information he couldn't have possibly have known. Read more here.

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Shawty Lo Killed In Car Accident 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Rapper Shawty Lo died from injuries sustained in a car accident at 2:20 on Sept. 21st in Georgia. He was 40. Manager and longtime friend Johnny Cabell told Radio.com affiliate V103's The Ryan Cameron Morning Show With Wanda Smith that the 40 year old, who's real name is Carlos Walker, was involved in the crash on southbound Interstate 285. Police say it happened around 2:20 this morning in south Fulton County.

Georgia local news reports that Lo was traveling in an Audi that crashed over a guard rail, hit several trees and caught fire. The accident occurred near the Cascade Road exit on I-285 in South Fulton County.

Lo, the only male passenger, was ejected from the vehicle and declared dead at the scene. Two female passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Went On Hiatus To Address Anxiety, Depression 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez Went On Hiatus To Address Anxiety, Depression was a top 16 story of September 2016: Selena Gomez announced that she was taking a hiatus from the entertainment industry to help her address "anxiety, panic attacks and depression."

"I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off," she said in a statement to People.

"Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues." Read more here.

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T-Pain Called On Fans To Help Find Niece's Killer 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Rapper and producer T-Pain made news in early September when he asked his fans via Twitter for help in locating a suspect in the fatal stabbing of his niece outside a drug store in Tallahassee, Florida.

"The police are still lookin' for the coward ass n that just killed my niece at Walgreens in Tallahassee. If you got info pls help us out!" posted the rapper on his Twitter account.

Javona Glover was stabbed Tuesday morning (Aug. 30) and was bleeding heavily from her wounds when paramedics arrived at the scene. She died shortly after. Police have identified Tavon Jackson as a suspect in the case. Read more here.

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Tool, R. Kelly, Danger Mouse, 209 Others Supported 'Blurred Lines' Appeal 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) We learned in early September that lawyers for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams filed new motions regarding their "Blurred Lines" lawsuit appeal, reports Rolling Stone. And they are getting lots of support from major stars.

Tool, R. Kelly, Danger Mouse and 209 other artist have signed their name to a brief written to support the songwriters, who lost a case filed by Marvin Gaye's family that claimed "Blurred Lines" ripped off Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give it Up."

Other artists supporting Thicke and Williams in the brief include: John Oates, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, film composer Hans Zimmer, Tears for Fears' Curt Smith, Juicy J, the Go-Go's, Frank Ocean collaborator Malay, Jennifer Hudson, Train's Patrick Monahan, the production duo Stargate, Aloe Blacc, Jean Baptiste and Kiesza.

In the "Blurred Lines" case, Gaye's family was awarded $5.3 million in damages and 50 percent of royalties from the song. Read more here.

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