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Page Too Report for 01/06/2017


Chris Brown Accepts Soulja Boy's Celebrity Boxing Challenge

(Radio.com) Chris Brown's social media dustup with Soulja Boy might turn into a celebrity boxing match, at least, if you believe Brown's latest Instagram post. The singer posted a "challenge" to Soulja Boy, who shared a Mayweather Promotions flier for the match against Brown. It appears that both parties are on board for the $1,000,000 fight. So much for that apology.

"It's been amazing to see how many people tune in to negativity," reads Brown's caption for his Instagram PSA. 'NOW THAT WE HAVE YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION'. BOXING MATCH SET. Legally. Man to Man. NO MORE DISSING AND NO MORE BULLS—. ME AS A BLACK MAN, looked back at my actions on social media and what I though of myself is this' 'CLOWN.'

"SO THIS ISNT AN APOLOGY. IM TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY IGNORANCE. WE IN THE RING WIT IT. TAKE YA BETS NOW. #CELEBRITYBOXING CHALLENGE ACCEPTED."

The feud appeared to start when Soulja Boy interacted with Brown's ex Karreuche Tran on Instagram. Read more here.

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Nicki Minaj And Meek Mill Have Broken Up

(Radio.com) The romance between Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill weathered his feud with her collaborator Drake, busy touring and recording schedules, and plenty of tabloid speculation--but now it's over.

On Wednesday night (Jan 4), Minaj tweeted an announcement that she's single. Breakup rumors abounded when the duo traded cryptic Instagram quotations in mid-December.

"To confirm, yes I am single. Focusing on my work & looking forward to sharing it with you guys really soon. Have a blessed New Year. Love u," Minaj wrote. The Dreamchasers 4 rapper will have to find another dream to chase." Read more here.

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2 Chainz Teases Possible Collaboration With Justin Bieber

(Radio.com) In 2016, Justin Bieber branched out beyond a traditional pop performer by collaborating with such unconventional acts as Major Lazer, DJ Snake and Post Malone.

And while it doesn't look like he'll be working with Aphex Twin any time soon, Bieber seems likely to continue to branch out as an artist and one of the first projects might just be with 2 Chainz.

The Atlanta rapper took to Instagram on Monday to post a photo of himself standing next Bieber and he captioned it, "New music on the way ??? Take JB to the trap ???" Read more here.

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Travis Tritt Leads Additions To Randy Travis Tribute Concert

(Radio.com) The lineup for an upcoming concert in honor of Randy Travis keeps getting more and more impressive. Travis Tritt, Kane Brown, James Dupre, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, Collin Raye and the Bellamy Brothers have all joined the cast for 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis.

Travis' older brother, Ricky Traywick, has also been added to the list of performers. The concert, which is scheduled for February 8 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, will also feature Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, the Randy Travis Band, Tanya Tucker and Josh Turner.

'It's amazing to see the support that Randy has received from the music industry since his stroke (in 2013)," says Travis' manager Tony Conway in a press release. 'We're thrilled to have all of these artists come out and pay tribute to him." Read more here.

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Stephen Colbert Spoofs Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve Debacle

(Radio.com) We may never know exactly what happened to Mariah Carey in Times Square on New Year's Eve--was it sabotage? Lip-syncing? Bad luck? Her team and Dick Clark Productions have spent the first days of 2017 trading barbs and pointing fingers, while the rest of the internet delight in the gift we've been given. Stephen Colbert joined the lighthearted spoofery with his own version of Carey's NYE performance.

"2016 was rough, but I'm staying positive about 2017," Colbert said. "And the year is starting off great for everyone but Mariah Carey. No one knows exactly what happened. I blame Russian hackers."

He continued his defense of Carey's performance and invited her to appear on The Late Show, but then the stage lit up and he was swarmed by backup dancers and feathers, pretending to lose his way through the monologue. Watch the brief bit here:

Colbert was not alone in parodying Carey's misfortune: The San Antonio Spurs mascot performed a gag set to Mariah's "Emotions," in which things went awry. Watch both bits here.

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Spice Girls Sporty And Posh Reunite

(Radio.com) For all the kvetching about 2016, one of the year's biggest disappointments was the Spice Girls' failure to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Wannabe" as a fivesome.

Geri Halliwell (Ginger), Emma Bunton (Baby) and Melanie Brown (Scary) formed a spin-off called GEM, while Victoria Beckham (Posh) and Mel C (Sporty) opted out.

It was widely assumed that Posh was too busy with her fashion empire, while Sporty said the time just wasn't right. The two holdouts gave a performance together at the Beckham's New Year's Eve Party, where they fittingly sang "2 Become 1," sending a message of solidarity to the Spice Girls who "reunited" without them.

True to form, Sporty carries the vocal responsibilities while Posh kind of dances and encourages her former bandmate. The private event footage surfaced on YouTube as a compilation of Snapchats, which reveal that Mel also sang Sia's "Cheap Thrills" to ring in 2017. Read more and watch the performance here.

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Run-DMC Sues Amazon and Walmart Over Merch

(Radio.com) Run-DMC has filed a lawsuit alleging the wrongful use of the Hip Hop legends' iconic logos and likenesses. In the suit, which names multiple retailers, legal representatives for the group allege that retail giants including Amazon and Walmart have either sold "RUN-DMC styled products" or have partnered with or allowed other businesses to sell infringing products on their online portals.

The group claims trademarks that have been violated include their famous RUN-DMC logo as well as more subtle iconography including their signature fedora hats, gold rope chains and glasses.

According to Billboard, the group is "seeking $50 million with interest, as well as attorney's fees, accounting of all sales of the defendants' products that were advertised as being related to RUN-DMC or directly use its trademark and an injunction and restraining order against sales and promotion of these products." Read more here.

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Azealia Banks Banned From Facebook After Brazil Outburst

(Radio.com) Facebook had pulled Azealia Banks' account following a series of harsh and derogatory comments about the people of Brazil. Banks claimed that Brazilians had to eat farofa (crumbs) and implied that they were all poor in a post that prompted angry responses from Brazilians.

'Does Portuguese use the upside down question mark like Spanish ¿I can haz Farofa? or I can haz farofa? Which one?" she wrote, reports XXL Mag.

When Brazilians fought back, Banks threw out more negativity, saying, 'I didn't know they had internet in the favela… When are all of these third world freaks going to stop spamming my page with broken English over things they know nothing about?"

Banks called herself, 'queen of the Internet" and bragged, 'This stuff is all so effortless. Sheesh. How I manage to make international news from the comfort of my toilet seat is honestly beyond me. I'm not even doing anything ' at all." Read more here.

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Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Yachty, French Montana In The Americanos Video

(Radio.com) Los Angeles DJ trio known as The Americanos have just released a video for "In My Foreign," their latest all-star collaboration. The new track was debuted Thursday (Jan 5) by Vin Diesel, star of xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which hits theaters January 20.

"In My Foreign" features Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty, Nicky Jam, French Montana stunting in exotic vehicles, interspersed with clips from the upcoming action flick starring Diesel as a former action sport hero turned international spy.

If the underlying music sounds vaguely familiar, it's because they sampled and heavily produced the Chicago's 1972 classic, "Saturday in the Park." Watch The Americano's video followed by Chicago's original here.

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The Shins Announce New Album 'Heartworms', Stream First Song

(Radio.com) The Shins have announced their fifth album, Heartworms, which will be released on March 10th and they also released a lyric video for the album's first single, "Name For You," which James Mercer's three daughters helped inspire.

"They got a name for you girls/ What's in a name?/ They got a name for everything/ All of the clothes that you wear/ And all of your bits and pieces yeah," he sings on the chorus. The song champions female empowerment.

Mercer wrote all the songs on Heartworms, and also produced 10 of the album's 11 tracks. He last self-produced the band's 2001 album, Oh, Inverted World, so their latest project promises a return to form in more ways than one. Check out the tracklist and lyric video here.

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AFI Release 'Snow Cats' Music Video

(Radio.com) AFI continue rolling out the new visuals surrounding their forthcoming album AFI (The Blood Album) and on Thursday (January 5th) they released the video for "Snow Cats."

In terms of effects, "Snow Cat" feels like a nostalgic throwback to the 1980s. The video moves continuously forward on something of a linear loop. Viewers fly through lead singer Davey Havok's eye while the band whirls by playing their respective instruments in space. "Expanding endlessly from an empty room, the 'Snow Cats' video animates a cyclical struggle with the surreal colors of applied persona and identity," Havok said in a statement.

AFI (The Blood Album) marks the band's first studio album since 2013's Burials. Their new album will be released on January 20th. Watch the new music video here.

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Chris Martin Paid Tribute To George Michael At Homeless Shelter Show

(Radio.com) Chris Martin paid tribute to singer George Michael and celebrated the holiday spirit while performing a special set at the Crisis at Christmas homeless shelter in the United Kingdom.

Martin performed Wham!'s "Last Christmas" along with the shelter's own "King of Karaoke" Kevin. The organization posted a video of the two singing the song with Martin playing acoustic guitar and Kevin taking lead on the vocals throughout much of the performance. He leans toward Martin throughout the song so they can harmonize together.

Besides offering shelter residents a bit of song, Martin also helped make tea and coffee and did so without any press or attention, reports Billboard. It marks the second year-end show Martin has played to either benefit or take place at a homeless shelter. Before Christmas, he performed at the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan to benefit the homeless shelter The Bowery Mission. Watch Martin and Kevin do their thing here.

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Avril Lavigne Plans To Release New Album This Year

(Radio.com) Avril Lavigne announced on social media that she's back and ready to address her struggles Lyme Disease over the past 2 years on a new album, which will be released this year.

In the first part of her Instagram post, Lavigne thanks her fans for supporting her and promises to return with new insight. "I wanted to first thank my fans for your patience & support during my time away throughout my battle with Lyme Disease over the past 2 years.

"It hasn't just been a hard battle but it's also been enlightening and will reflect in my new music, artistry, life, and personally. I will always continue to make it a priority to fight and raise awareness about Lyme Disease with the Avril Lavigne foundation."

Then, Lavigne informed fans that she is writing the follow-up to her 2013 self-titled album. "I'm really happy to announce that I am now working on new music and I will be releasing a new album in 2017." Read more here.

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The 1975 Stream Their Full O2 Arena Performance

(Radio.com) The 1975 have shared their nearly two-hour headlining set from London's O2 Arena, thanks in part to Vevo. For the December 16 performance, the band played 19 song set before returning to the stage for a four song encore.

The Manchester electro-pop band has had quite a year. While 2014 saw the band taking a beating by NME's music critics--they won the title of Worst Band--2016 saw the foursome playing sold our Arenas around the world and receiving real accolades like nominations for NME's Best British Band, the Mercury Awards' Album of the Year, MTV Europe's Best Alternative Album and four Q Awards for Best Act in the World Today, Best Album, Best Track, and Best Video.

Their album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It has held strong positions in Billboard's 200 since it's debut in February 2016. Watch the full performance here.

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