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Page Too Report for 01/16/2017

Meek Mill Wants Celeb Boxing Match With Drake?

(Radio.com) Meek Mill has reportedly started up his feud with Drake again. He is allegedly taking a page out of Chris Brown and Soulja Boy's book, and proposing a celebrity boxing match with Drake.

A Facebook Live video allegedly shows Meek at the gym talking trash about fighting Drake. Mill can not be seen onscreen, but a voice comes across loud and clear.

"I'd beat Drizzy the f up for $5 mil," he said. "Of course I would. We gonna let Nicki [Minaj] be the ring girl. Y'all come to see that fight, wouldn't y'all? Y'all'd spend $100 a ticket for that." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Teases Zayn Malik Collab In Birthday Message

(Radio.com) "HAPPY Z DAY." That's the birthday message Taylor Swift left on Instagram for the now 24-year old Zayn Malik last Thursday (Jan. 12). The note may offer a sneak peek of a new project the pair have been working on.

The two pop superstars teamed up for a track on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, and there is speculation that the image accompanying the post features a still from a music video for their song, 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever." And just last week reports surfaced that the two had damaged a London hotel room during the making of a video.

Malik recently credited his girlfriend Gigi Hadid for initiating the collaboration with Swift. In a radio interview, the former One Directioner shared, "The interesting thing was she's actually friends with Gi, so she already reached out because [producer] Jack [Antonoff] had just played her the song anyway. She mentioned to me that she liked the song so I already kind of knew in the back of my head that she liked it so I asked her if she wanted to be on it and she was cool with it." See the post here.

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Michael Jackson Comedy Pulled Following Protests

(Radio.com) Michael Jackson's daughter Paris said she was 'incredibly offended" when she saw the trailer for the episode of the Sky Arts program Urban Myths, and because of her disdain the network has pulled the show.

The episode focused on Jackson's infamous road trip from New York to Los Angeles with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after the 9/11 attacks. In addition to Joseph Fiennes playing Jackson, the show, which was scheduled to air January 19, featured Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando.

"It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother Liz as well," Paris tweeted. Read the network's statement about the cancelation here.

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James Corden Turns Kanye West Lyrics Into Soap Opera

(Radio.com) Kanye West lives a pretty dramatic life, and James Corden drew from the drama of his lyrics to create a soap opera bit on The Late Late Show on Thursday night (Jan. 12).

The star-studded spoof features actors speaking in lines from West's songs. 'The Bold and the Lyrical" features Bryan Cranston and Jessica Biel as the bride and groom, Corden as the drunk audience member, Giovanni Ribisi is the interrupting ex, and bandleader Reggie Watts is 'the priest" officiating the events. Biel starts off saying "diamonds are forever" to her intended husband Cranston, who responds, "forever, ever?"

"Forever, ever," she replies. As hilarity ensues, a tipsy Corden offers up a "toast for the douchebags" and goes to "Runaway" to encourage for Biel to break out.

"Get down girl, go 'head, get down," the host says to Biel as he takes her hand and she convincingly delivers the lyric, "I'm in love with you, but the vibe is wrong."

"How could you be so heartless?" Cranston carried on. Don't miss the ending here.

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David Bowie's 'Lazarus' Originally Involved Fake Bob Dylan Songs

(Radio.com) David Bowie originally had a much different idea for his musical Lazarus than what ended up being produced. Nearly ten years ago, he approached author Michael Cunningham about working together on a project that he hoped would somehow involve aliens, a mariachi band and an entire catalogue of undiscovered Bob Dylan songs he would write himself.

Details about the musical, which never came to light because Bowie suffered a heart attack in 2004 and had to shelve the idea, were revealed in a new piece Cunningham penned for GQ. He shared the surprising phone call he received from Bowie himself and the resulting work the two put in together.

In addition to an expanded alien narrative that went above and beyond what Bowie had done in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, Cunningham wrote, "The plot would revolve around a stockpile of unknown, unrecorded Bob Dylan songs, which had been discovered after Dylan died. David himself would write the hitherto-unknown songs."

What those Bowie-as-Dylan songs sound like will forever be a mystery because he took things in a different direction after his heart attack. Bowie ended up adapting the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth for the stage, which starred Michael C. Hall in both the New York and London production. Still, since he could do a mean Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed impression, it seems likely he would've nailed Dylan too. Read more here.

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Dierks Bentley Gets Personal With 'Black' Video

(Radio.com) Dierks Bentley's latest music video "Black" is not only extremely personal, but it's perhaps his most ambitious to date. "I've shot like 25 or 26 videos, and this is definitely the one that will be the most meaningful to me," he told Entertainment Weekly.

That might have something to do with his co-star. Bentley's wife Cassidy appears in the video, which they shot in Reykjavik, Iceland. "Black" is the title track on Bentley's latest album, a project detailing his marriage to Cassidy and the ups and downs they've faced. But there's even more significance to the title because "Black" is Cassidy's maiden name.

Bentley had to talk Cassidy into appearing on camera because she's shy, but once she saw the finished product she knew they'd done something special. "When I think about intimacy, you do go through these landscapes together that are totally foreign that you've never been in," she said about the video's central theme. Read more here.

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Zac Brown Band Announce North American Tour

(Radio.com) Zac Brown Band have announced that they will be hitting the road in May for a North American tour that they will be launching in support of their forthcoming album.

Related: Zac Brown Band Return to Roots on New Album

The band is currently in the studio recording the new album titled Welcome Home, which will be released on May 12th. Their tour kicks off the same day.

"We're looking forward to heading back on the road in 2017 and sharing some new songs with our fans," Brown said in the tour announcement. See the dates here.

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Ed Sheeran Talks New Single 'Shape of You'

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran spoke with Radio.com about the song "Shape of You," which was one of the two new singles he recently released from his forthcoming studio album.

"'Shape of You' came very quickly," he tells Radio.com. "It was only really finished a month ago, it was one of four songs written in a day." He notes that the song was originally much more sparse: "It was just the marimba and the vocal [originally]."

And at first, he considered giving "Shape of You" to Rihanna, but then decided that the line about "Putting 'Van the Man' on the jukebox" a reference to Van Morrison might not work for her. He tells Radio.com that he may have been wrong about that, and that the lyrics may have worked for Rihanna.

"You know what, she's the type of person who probably is banging Van Morrison. But I'm glad I kept it, I don't want to be just a one-trick pony and just do acoustic songwriter ballads, so it's nice to have something like that to put out there. "Read more here.

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Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Bacon Put New Spin On Kinks Classic

(Radio.com) The Kinks' "Lola" is a very simple song to sing if you know how to spell. If you don't, it's a very difficult song to sing and Jimmy Fallon put this theory to the test last week.

During an appearance with Kevin Bacon, Fallon brushed off his best Kinks impression, throwing words like "hola," "yoga" and "granola" around with ease. The spelling bee turned ugly when the word "doughnut" appeared in the lyrics.

"We can't spell doughnut! It's so hard to spell! Why's it so hard! To spell doughnut!" Fallon exclaimed in the bridge. He moved on to simpler things, like Sammy S-O-S-A. Watch the tricky cover here.

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Halsey Streams New Song 'Not Afraid Anymore'

(Radio.com) Halsey is just one of many big names contributing to the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, and now her sultry song "Not Afraid Anymore" is available to stream.

Like so many of the hit singles that emerged from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack in 2015, Halsey's contribution has a dark, brooding quality complete with pulsating rhythms and swelling synths.

She lets her voice rip on the chorus, climbing to its fullest breath. "So touch me like you never/ And push me like you never/ And touch me like you never/ Cuz I am not afraid, I am not afraid anymore," she sings on the chorus, her voice pushing each concluding word to its limit.

Halsey follows Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik's collaboration, "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" for the series' latest soundtrack installment with John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas and more contributing songs yet to come. Listen to "Not Afraid Anymore" here.

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A Tribe Called Quest Can't Think Of New Album Without Phife Dawg

(Radio.com) Jarobi says in a new interview with the Play.It podcast Drink Champs that A Tribe Called Quest can't even think about a new album without their late member Phife Dawg.

"I miss my dude," Jarobi says the passing of Phife Dawg. "I'm so fing proud because of the fing way he went out. He went out spazzing and having fun. It's just funny because a lot of the s we talk about [on the new album] is real and it's kind of dark and s. At the same time, this s don't sound oppressive. It could be a downer and Phife being the n-a that he was is a big part of the reason the tone was so like it is."

The album, We Got It From Here' Thank You 4 Your Service, their first album since 1998, hit number one on the album charts. Despite that success, Q-Tip says it will be the group's last album.

"You can't even really think about another Tribe [album] without that man," he added. '"hat s would have to be something else totally different because that man was the motor." Read more here.

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Raekwon Reveals Some Details For 'New Album The Wild'

(Radio.com) Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon has been in the studio finishing his seventh album, The Wild, which still has no firm release date. Raekwon took to Instagram to share the cover art and some behind-the-scenes details.

"This LP is filled with alot of excitement," the rapper wrote. "blood sweat and tears. This project was designed for the culture of rap to know aint a dam thing change since the beginning of my career."

The graphic rendering was credited to Dan Iish Illustrations, and depicts a larger-than-life Raekwon towering among crumbling buildings. Some sources reported a March 10 release date for The Wild but Raekwon refuted those reports on Twitter.

"FYI album date will be released on a later date it's not March 10th and also my middle name ain't Quontrell either lol," he wrote. See the album art here.

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Lada Gaga 'American Crime Story' Rumor Addressed

(Radio.com) Tabloids reported in November 2016 that Lady Gaga would be playing Donatella Versace in the upcoming third season of FX's American Crime Story, which will explore the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.

The show's creator Ryan Murphy explains to Variety that Gaga was actually never up for the part. "She's a friend. But she's very busy this next year -- she's doing Super Bowl and then she's doing 'A Star Is Born' and I believe that she's going on tour," he said.

He added that there was no way Gaga could have made the time to commit to the program. "When you're going to do a show like Versace, it's a five-month commitment," he said. "It's a very big show, we're shooting it all over the world. So I just don't think with her schedule, I knew that it would never had worked. But I would love to work with her on something in the future." Read more here.

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ASAP Rocky Takes On His Critics

(Radio.com) The A$AP Mob's two most high profile members, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg stopped by Play.it's Rap Radar podcast to talk to hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian 'B.Dot" Miller for a wide ranging conversation about their recent projects, as well as other artists who they admire.

Rocky's last album was At. Long. Last. A$AP which was released back in May 2015 and drew mixed reviews from the critics who even went as far to call the New York lyricist overrated.

"Nonsense is nonsense and even though I shouldn't pay attention to it, I'm with the nonsense sometimes," he said. 'I'm a Lord, that's disrespectful to the culture to even play with me like that. Would you call Michael Jackson overrated? I look at myself in the same light, I don't give a f if my stadiums and my domes ain't packed out like his were. I'm gonna get there, hopefully. It's just like motivation to s on n-s again because when I'm on my bulls- ns like 'He too full of himself, he going too hard, how you keep up with this,' but now, last year, my whole thing, my motive was I wanted people to acknowledge me as a creative and an entrepreneur." Read more here.

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Chris Brown Vs. Soulja Boy Odds Revealed

(Radio.com) Chris Brown and Soulja Boy seem intent on settling their beef with a celebrity boxing match. They've already lined up Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather as their respective coaches and rumor has it that the rappers are eyeing Dubi for the pay-per-view event.

Last week odds for the matchup were released. Online odds maker Bovada lists Brown as the favorite going off at -160. However, they don't anticipate a one-sided fight, Soulja has been given odds of +125 to beat Brown.

To put it in context: when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao famously fought back in 2015 Mayweather was the favorite at -200, while Pacquaio's had a +160 odds of winning. As predicted, Mayweather won that fight. Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Chainsmokers' Paris

Today the hitmaking duo The Chainsmokers (Alex Pall And Drew Taggart) tell us about their brand new single "Paris", which was released last Friday (January 13th). Here is the story:

The song is actually about something very personal. Its about a friend of ours who struggled with a serious addiction and over the course of this lived in this fantasy world with his GF thinking life was great and they were just down for each other thinking they were living in this wonderful day dream of a life but in reality their lives were falling apart as well as the people around them.

But the song in a more general sense is about those times when you are one place in one situation but imagine you are somewhere else. Like those times you were laying in bed staring at the ceiling dreaming up a different situation.

We both went to college and might as well put those degrees to use a bit, so we dug deep into our English classes and put this definition of what the song means: Paris - A sentimental yearning for a reality that isn't genuine. 2: An irrecoverable condition for fantasy that evokes nostalgia or day dreams.

So as you can see its a very special song for us. Drew even shows off a little rap flow in the second verse if ya check it...

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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