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Travis Barker Reacts To Blink-182's First Grammy Nomination

(Radio.com) Although he's had incredible success as a musician, Travis Barker has just recently earned his first Grammy nomination for Blink-182's latest release, California.

"It's pretty cool. I've been a part of the Grammys many times," he tells KROQ's Kevin & Bean in a new interview. "This felt even more crazy, more insane, it's actually for the band I play with. It's taken us forever to get recognized."

After touring California last year, the band hopped back in the studio for a few weeks with producer John Feldman. "There's the most insane deluxe album coming. I feel like it's better than California, if you can imagine that. We got in the studio for two weeks a couple of weeks ago and we wrote thirteen or fourteen songs."

Barker explained that it's basically now or never of the band wants their songs to get into the fans' hands. "We decided if we don't put them out on this deluxe album I don't think they'd see the light of day in 2018 because we'll be working California still for another year. So all these songs will come out on the deluxe album, and it's just incredible. I mean it when I say I like it better than California. There's a song called 'Parking Lot' that's a really, really amazing track. There's a song called 'Misery'." Read more here.

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Falling In Reverse Confirm New Music Direction With Surprise Song Release

(Radio.com) Falling In Reverse has just released a new single on unsuspecting fans. "Loser" serves as further proof that frontman Ronnie Radke is moving farther away from screamo and closer to melodic, almost Angels & Airwaves territory with huge hooks and swelling orchestration.

'It's a huge left turn," Radke told Alt Press early last year. 'It sounds like nothing we've ever done. Every song is very vibey, There's more feeling in it instead of a lot of metal. We're challenging ourselves now more than we ever have in the weirdest ways possible, because you would think writing the craziest solo or riffs would be the challenging part. But the challenging part is trying to stick to a theme and not go all over the place like we would normally do."

FIR surprised fans in mid-December with the release of "Coming Home," the album's first track; a nearly five-minute track that starts with light piano and grows to an ominous crescendo. Listen to "Loser" here.

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Wale And Lil Wayne Release New Track 'Running Back'

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne is gearing up for a series of releases this year, including his long-awaited Tha Carter V, but that doesn't mean he's too busy to contribute a verse or two elsewhere. Case in point: Weezy appears on Wale's newest track "Running Back."

The upbeat number feels laid back, but that doesn't mean Lil Wayne has grown complacent. He keeps his eyes on his money. "These b want money stacks/Me? I want a hundred stacks/These b selling their soul/Well, I want my money back/ She bounce it like jumping jack/ But she got a funny a/ Look what them booty shorts done to that/ That bh need her money back," Weezy raps.

Thanks to the track's sports-themed title, the two originally performed the track together ESPN's First Take (via Billboard), but Wale officially made the audio track available today (January 20th). "Running Back" appears on Wale's forthcoming album S.H.I.N.E. Listen to his latest here.

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Adele Added As Latest Performer At 2017 Grammys

(Radio.com) The growing roster of Grammy performers just confirmed a big name: Adele, who earned five nominations for her album 25, will take the stage on February 12th.

This will mark Adele's fourth time performing on music's biggest night, and she's a 10-time winner for music from 19, 21 and her James Bond theme, "Skyfall."

This year's diverse performer lineup includes metal legends Metallica and a duet between country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Read more here.

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Crystal Gayle Inducted Into The Grand Ole Opry

(Webster) County music icon Crystal Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this weekend at the Ryman Auditorium by her sister and Opry legend Loretta Lynn. Gayle made her Opry debut 50 years ago on the Ryman stage, singing the country classic "Ribbon of Darkness" at age 16.

She had been publicly invited to join the Opry by Opry member Carrie Underwood in November. "We've been together a long time, honey. And we've never had a fight," Lynn said.

"It was the greatest moment of my life when they made me a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1962. I know she is just as happy as I was then." "Being a member of the Opry is just incredible," Gayle beamed. "It's really hard to comprehend. I have felt like a part of the Opry for all these years. Now, I'm official." Read more here.

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Wynonna Judd Announces Roots and Revival Tour

(Radio.com) Wynonna Judd and her band The Big Noise will be hitting the road in 2017. The country singer announced her upcoming Roots & Revival tour on FRiday (January 20th).

The tour promises to explore Wynonna's extensive 33-year career, so there will be plenty of classic songs mixed in with newer fare like the blues and bluegrass music she's been performing lately.

"My roots are firmly planted in Country music," Wynonna said in a statement. "But I was given wings, and I'm grateful that my fans have allowed me the freedom to sing the music that I love."

The Roots & Revival tour kicks off January 21st in Bremen, Georgia, and wraps up on October 21st in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. There will be starts and stops in between with Wynonna & The Big Noise taking February off and touring sporadically in August and September. See the dates here.

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John Mayer Talks 'The Search For Everything Wave One'

(Radio.com) John Mayer fans can listen to his new LP The Search for Everything on an installment plan: On Friday, four songs from his seventh studio album were release with more to come.

The singer-songwriter sat down with Rolling Stone to describe the album's long incubation process and shared some background for the first four songs. Mayer said his poetic inclinations (as well as touring with the Grateful Dead) inspired him to dig deeper into the themes and ideas he expressed in his music.

"My starting point is, 'I want to leave the Earth as a writer,'" he said. "I wasn't interested in doing anything I've done before, and I wanted to stoke the fire of abstraction and just start punching hard."

Here are his notes on the first wave of new material: "Moving on and Getting Over": "There are two guitars happening through most of the song, this way your attention splits up the middle and there's just a vibe. That's where learning all those Dead songs comes in a bit, because it brought me into the world of ensemble guitars." Read more here.

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Migos Stream New Track 'What the Price'

(Radio.com) Migos added to the list of songs they've shared ahead of their forthcoming album C U L T U R E with their latest, "What the Price." The album will hit stores on January 27th.

Migos question everything's inherent price in the track, which finds Quavo, Takeoff and Offset all auto-tuned. The song features a slick beat and borrows Desiigner's machine gun effect in places.

"What's the price? What's the price?/ Prices going up, prices," the three sing on the heavily auto-tuned chorus. The track questions what people have to do to survive in a world that's increasingly asking them to give more and more. Check out the new track here.

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Jam Master Jay Tribute Release By TJ Mizell x Skratch Bastid

(DopeRoots) To commemorate what would be the 52nd birthday of late groundbreaking DJ / producer, Jam Master Jay of legendary hip-hop trio Run DMC, his son TJ Mizell has teamed up with turntable artisan Skratch Bastid for a tribute to the legacy of JMJ.

The three minute session features both turntablists laying it down on the 1s and 2s in an epic side by side performance. Mixing and sampling classic Run DMC tracks, the celebration of JMJ induces a fond nostalgia for the hay days of the trailblazing hip-hop pioneer.

The tribute was released by Doperoots, a multi-faceted music label that was founded by Jam Master Jay's sons TJ and Jesse Mizell. Check out the video here.

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Rapper ILoveMakonnen Comes Out As Gay

(Radio.com) ILoveMakonnen took to Twitter last week to make a big announcement about his personal life: The rapper and singer shared they news that he is gay.

His coming out message combined humor and encouragement to express what he considers "old news.""As a fashion icon, I can't tell you about everybody else's closet," the rapper wrote in the tweet.

"I can only tell you about mine, and it's time I've come out. I'm gay. And now I've told you about my life, maybe you can go live yours." See the tweets here.

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Little Mix Releases Video For 'Touch'

(Radio.com) Little Mix have released a video for, "Touch," the latest single from their chart-topping album Glory Days. Directed by Director X and Parris Goebel, the British foursome navigate their way through a pallet of pastel while avoiding the touch of numerous well-built men appearance around every corner.

Little Mix will join Ariana Grande on her upcoming North American Dangerous Woman Tour. The 36-city tour kicks off on February 2, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ and includes stops in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

According to a release, Glory Days has become the millennium's longest running #1 album from a girl group--an accomplishment last achieved by the Spice Girls 20 years ago. Watch "Touch" here.

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6lack Talks Rise To Fame With Free 6LACK

(Radio.com) Artist on the rise, 6lack [pronounced "black"], recently stopped by for an interview with Rap Radar hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian 'B.Dot" Miller to discuss his debut album, 2016's Free 6LACK.

'It's just kind of weird to observe people and see how they move," he said. "I just try to make sure I inject myself with lines that make people think like 'Yo, I feel what he's talking about.'"

6lack has been recording since 2011, when he dropped out of college to pursue his musical talents. He grew up as a battle rapper, but decided to take a more song-oriented direction.

'Just being super engaged in battle rapping like I was," he said, 'I obviously kind of saw where battle rappers ended up and how there was always this wall of 'Okay, he's a great rapper but can he make a song?' I was just like I need to figure out how to make a song before I expire or something happens where people are just like he's a great rapper but I don't really want to listen to his music. I took what I learned from battle rap and just applied it to R&B."

'It's so easy to compare sounds and topics and stuff like that but I feel like what separates anybody from everybody is just who you are," 6lack remarked. 'At the end of the day, I'm me and nobody can be me. I'm not trying to be anybody else' I don't ask for much. All I want to do is work. All I've ever said is let me pay the bills, let me bring something new to this and they just couldn't understand how." Read more here.

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Future Releases 'Poppin' Tags' Video

(Radio.com) Future has released a new music video for his track "Poppin' Tags" and clip had already received over 750,000 views as of Sunday night following its YouTube publishing on Friday (Jan 20th)

The clip features the Atlanta rapper in Dubai surrounded by excess, including some very expensive cars. He also hits the desert, racing over the dunes in quads and side-by-sides.

While the title may remind fans of a certain Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hit, Future is definitely not shopping at the "Thrift Shop." Check out the new video here.

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Ed Sheeran Pins Face Scar On James Blunt

(Radio.com) Someone had a bit too much fun with a sword during a party Ed Sheeran attended last November, and his face ended up getting in the way. But the pop star appears to be shrugging it off.

At the time, rumors circulated that Princess Beatrice was to blame. Apparently, she was "knighting" singer James Blunt and accidentally nicked Sheeran with the blade. But now Sheeran is having a bit of fun by pinning it on Blunt himself.

While appearing on The Graham Norton Show on Friday (January 20th), Sheeran joked that Blunt cut him because he was "trying to get his pop career back."

Sheeran's says he's still not sure how the story got out. "For two weeks after, I had a huge gash on my face and would tell people, 'Uh, I fell' and then suddenly it came out," he said, quickly correcting himself by adding, "the alleged story." Watch the full interview here.

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