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Page Too Report for 01/25/2017


Michael Jackson's Daughter Believes He Was Murdered

(Radio.com) Michael Jackson's daughter Paris believes her father was "absolutely" murdered. She spoke with Rolling Stone about her father's death in a new interview published Tuesday (January 24th), and admitted she suspects foul play.

"He would drop hints about people being out to get him," she tells the magazine. "And at some point he was like, 'They're gonna kill me one day.'" Michael died in 2009 thanks to a fatal combination of drugs, including propofol, which his personal physician Conrad Murray administered to help him sleep.

Beyond Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011, Paris thinks there's a far more nefarious element to her father's death. "All arrows point to [murder]," she explains. "It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bulls—, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bulls==."

But proving it will take some time. "It's a chess game," she says. Read more here.

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U2 Member Says New Album Will Be Released This Year

(Radio.com) U2's new album Songs of Experience will be released this year according to bassist Adam Clayton. The band will spend a good portion of the year on the road celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal album The Joshua Tree leaving the new album's status in limbo.

Clayton gave an update on the project in a new interview with Rolling Stone. "We all very much feel like it needs to be the end of this year. It's not on any schedule anywhere, anything like that.

"We're going to get back to that later this year and polish it off and finish it off a bit more. But we think we're there with it. It's not like the switch to do these Joshua Tree shows was because we needed a lot of time. It was just because it's pretty much in the bag."

"We can still work on it throughout this year, all the little nips and tucks that we want to do," he continued. "It'll be a pleasure to get out there and play these Joshua Tree songs." Read more here.

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Trace Adkins Announces New Album And Tour

Country music superstar Trace Adkins has announced the release of his new album "Something's Going On" and spring and summer tour dates in support of the effort.

Adkins will be releasing the new record, his 12th studio album, on March 31st and has revealed a lyric video for the first single "Watered Down", which can be streamed here. He had this to say about the track, "When I first heard 'Watered Down' I felt an immediate connection with what I wanted to say.

"A man comes to a point in his life where he begins to reflect on his past and what he's learned and that's what fueled this song. If you've led the kind of life I've led, at some point you have to temper your vices."

He will be launching an extensive string of tour dates on February 4th in Orlando and has so far announced dates that run until August 18th with a performance in Aberdeen, S.D. See the dates and the track details of rhe new album here.

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Luke Bryan To Sing At Super Bowl, Announces New Tour Dates

The Luke Bryan camp have been busy with announcements with week with the news that he will perform at the Super Bowl, will take part in the new season of The Voice and has expended his 2017 tour plans with a new round of dates.

The country star has been tapped to sing the National Anthem as part of the Super Bowl LI pregame program at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, February 5th.

Bryan also announced that he will be a mentor to Blake Shelton's team on the next season of The Voice on NBC. "I enjoy being in the moment with those artists and in my gut feeling, tell them the best thing I can tell them and really lift them up," Bryan tells the Tennessean). "I think I get lost in the shuffle in the media of the guy who dances on stage. I think people don't realize that I moved to town, wrote songs and got a record deal. Early in my career, I was so nervous about big moments, I didn't even enjoy them. I just want to help these people settle into who they are and enjoy the moment."

As if he wasn't busy enough, Bryan also announced a new round of spring and summer tour dates that will begin on May 5th in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena. See his official site for all of the dates here.

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Britney Spears Biopic Trailer Released

(Radio.com) The trailer for Britney Spears' Lifetime biopic has arrived and it's just as juicy and salacious as you probably hoped. Britney Ever After premieres February 18.

The 40-second clip touches on many greatest hits from Spears' 2007 downward spiral, which involved psychiatric holds and erratic public behavior.

There's a visual of Britney's head-shaving incident, her ill-fated marriage to Kevin Federline and more tidbits from the annals of pop culture, mid-aughts. We also get to see Britney (played by Natasha Bennett) dance up a storm onstage, so perhaps the film is a fair representation of Spears' resiliency as a performer.

The actress effects her best Southern twang to recall the chaotic events of 10 years ago."I'm not gonna say I was fine…because I wasn't," she says.See the first trailer here.

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Lady Antebellum Announce Daytona 500 Concert

(Radio.com) Lady Antebellum are ready to rev their collective engines in February. The group announced on Tuesday (January 24th) that they will perform at the 59th annual Daytona 500.

Lady Antebellum will appear as part of the event's pre-race concert on February 26th. It marks their third performance with the Daytona 500; they previously played the pre-race concert in 2008 and last year they performed at the inaugural Country 500 Music Festival.

All fans who purchase UNOH Fanzone / Pre-Race access for the Daytona 500 will receive access to the pre-race show and Lady Antebellum's performance. Read more here.

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Neil Diamond Marking 50th Anniversary with 50-Song Release and Tour

(Radio.com) Neil Diamond has made his share of late night appearances in recent months, singing a filthy Christmas tune with James Corden and playing Password with Jimmy Fallon.

The promotion has been leading up to some big plans in 2017: Diamond will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his hit "Solitary Man" with a 3-disc set and corresponding tour.

Neil Diamond 50 – The 50th Anniversary Collection spans five decades of success and 50 songs, curated by Diamond and accompanied by new liner notes. The collectors' set is available March 31 (which happens to be Diamond's birthday).

His 50 Tour kicks off April 7 in Fresno, California. North American dates run through August 12 in Los Angeles. Afterwards, Diamond will continue the tour in Europe. See the dates here.

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Carly Rae Jepsen and Nick Jonas To Perform At NHL All-Star Game

(Radio.com) Carly Rae Jepsen and Nick Jonas will perform on one of hockey's biggest nights: The NHL All-Star game. The event takes place this Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Jepsen will perform the Canadian national anthem.

Jonas will take the stage during the second intermission, according to an NHL release. At an NHL gala on Friday night, Robin Thicke will pay tribute to his late father Alan Thicke. The evening (hosted by Jon Hamm) will also include an appearance by John Legend.

"We are pleased with the incredible lineup of entertainment that we put together for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend," said Steve Mayer, NHL chief content officer and executive vice president. Read more here.

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Trailer Park Boys Star Scores Viral Hit With New EDM Track

Trailer Park Boys star Bubbles new version of EDM version of his anthem 'Liquor & Whores" produced by Marc Mysterio has gone viral topping the Spotify viral chart in Mysterio's native Canada and making strong showings on charts in other territories (no. 3 in Finland and No. 10 in Norway).

We reached out to Marc for his reaction and he shared, "It's really cool to be part of Trailer Park Boys brand and success, as I've been a fan of the show for a long time now! The support of the TPB Fan Base, as well as the EDM World, has been phenomenal in the first week - anxious to see what's ahead for 'Liquor & Whores' and we need people to continue listening to it endlessly on Spotify and sharing the link to the song!"

RJ Maine, Director of Global Operations for Tuukka's Tracks, a Globally Exclusive Label of Sony Music Entertainment adds, "This record hasn't even scratched the surface yet of where it can go. Unlike many tracks on Spotify 'Viral' Charts; Trailer Park Boys are an established brand globally thanks to their hit Netflix series and movies.

"Marc Mysterio is a multi-platinum artist and producer coming off a Top 10 global club hit, and a decade long track record of success and credibility. It's the perfect storm and recipe for a unique and rare 2017 major label success story whereas the year is otherwise set to be dominated by Sony, Warner and Universal priorities in Rag'N'Bones Man, Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga respectively. Keep your eyes on 'Liquor & Whores' not only at the Spotify and Club Level, but don't be surprised if it successfully crosses over to daytime radio!" Stream the track on Spotify here.

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Vanessa Carlton Announces North American Tour

Vanessa Carlton has announced that she will be hitting the road next month to launch a tour in support of her "Liberman Live" and "Earlier Things Live" albums.

The tour is scheduled to get underway on February 22nd in Indianapolis at the Schrott Center for the PA and will be concluding on April 15th in San Juan Capistrano, CA at The Coach House.

Carlton released the "Liberman Live" album last October and will be following up with the release of the "Earlier Things Live" album on February 17th. See the tour dates here.

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Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town Lead Country LakeShake Lineup

Organizers have announced that Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and Little Big Town lead the lineup for Chicago's 3rd Annual Country LakeShake festival.

The three-day country music event will be taking place at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on June 23rd, 24th and 25th and will feature two stages of music.

The intial lineup announcement also includes Lauren Alaina, Gary Allan, Big And Rich, Brothers Osborne, Craig Campbell, Dan + Shay, High Valley, Randy Houser, Mo Pitney, Michael Ray, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three and William Michael Morgan, with more to be announced soon. Find more details including tickets here.

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Fetty Wap Releases Explicit Romantic New Track 'With You'

(Radio.com) Fetty Wap gets romantic once again on his latest single, "With You." Fetty teams up with DJ duo KDL for "With You," which combines his warbling vocals with a synth-heavy background.

He seems to be exploring EDM-esque territory and shedding some of the trap sound that helped make him famous. "Changed your old whip for a foreign/ Changed your old n—-, he was borin'/And you held it down when I was tourin'/ When I come home you be on me/ Yeah, you make a n—- feel wanted/ Yeah, you the one I been wantin'," he raps on the track.

Fetty first shared the track in November, but later took it down without explaining why. Fetty's sweet side has been taking over lately. Earlier in January he released "Way You Are" with Monty in which he got all soft about the girl he liked. Listen to the explicit "With You" here.

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Rae Sremmurd's Freestyle Over Jay Z's '99 Problems' Goes Online

(Radio.com) While Rae Sremmurd were in Holland they dropped in at the Dutch Radio show On Stage and freestyled over an instrumental track of Jay Z's hit "99 Problems," which has now been made available online.

During the performance, the rappers took turns improvising passages over the the beat, although Swae Lee handles most of the rhyming. In his spot, Lee spits about how Rae Sremmurd are here to stay: 'Dead on, Young Swae Lee I'm hittin' the game head-on/ And if you thought we was one hit wonders, you dead wrong."

Then Lee comes on and rhymes about boats and makes a shout out to Lil Yachty. 'We on some rockstar s—/ I rock the boat, I just got a bigger boat/ I just got a big boat like I'm Lil Boat." Watch the video here.

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Stevie Wonder Does Impromptu Performance Of 'Superstition' With Busker

(Radio.com) Stevie Wonder was wandering through the lobby of the Anaheim Marriott hotel last weekend when he heard an unknown busker, Grayson Erhard, strumming away his song "Superstition" on guitar.

The superstar could easily have passed by the musician without a nod, but instead Wonder joined Erhard for a duet. Erhard later posted video of the performance on Facebook.

Though he was initially flustered by the sudden appearance of the music icon, even apologizing for forgetting the words to the second verse of the song, Erhard pulled himself together and delivered a quality performance with the music icon. Watch the duet here.

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Bebe Rexha Announces Her First Headlining Tour

(Radio.com) Bebe Rexha has announced that she will be embarking on her first headlining tour later this year to support her forthcoming debut album All Your Fault.

The new album is set to be released on February 17th and The All Your Fault Tour will hit 20 clubs across North America throughout March with Daniel Skye opening for Rexha.

She kicks things off on March 1st in Dallas, Texas, and wraps them up March 30th in Washington, D.C. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27th at 10am local time. See the dates here.

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Nick Grant Talks Changes To Hip-Hop On Rap Radar Podcast

(Radio.com) Nick Grant is one of the hottest up-and-coming artists in hip-hop; he recently spoke with Play.it's Rap Radar podcast co-hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian 'B.Dot" Miller about his career so far.

"I feel like hip-hop is based on being competitive," the lyricist began. "I'm going for something different, I'm not going for the number one hit. I'm trying to be the number one rapper in the game so I feel like that confidence comes from just knowing what you have to do to be number one. You can't half-step, you can't slack, you got to give your all so that's where my confidence comes from."

'That [confidence] developed over time," he explained. 'I don't feel like I was the best rapper overnight. I felt like I had to grow and figure out who I wanted to be and which path and which route I wanted to go and how I wanted people to view me. The best way I figured that out was just being myself because it just felt right. It felt right with the type of records I started making and just the people I was still hanging around. Life in general and different experiences, I just wanted people to view me as somebody that wasn't doing it for the money, wasn't making trendy records and just doing what he really believed in." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Matt Hires' Don't Let Your Heart Grow Cold

Matt Hires tells us about the song "Don't Let Your Heart Grow Cold" which comes from his recently released new studio album "American Wilderness". Here is the story:

I wrote "Don't Let Your Heart Grow Cold" specifically to be the last song on American Wilderness. A lot of the album was written that way. It was sort of an accidental concept album, so most of the songs had their own place in how it all unfolded.

Much of American Wilderness is about wrestling with faith, culture, and myself in the context of 21st Century America. There's a lot of struggle and exasperation and sadness throughout. There are some lighter spots, for sure, but I'm a pretty hopeful person in general, so I wanted to make sure the album ended with hope. So I wrote a song to myself to remind me that, "The winter will turn into springtime," and to not let my heart grow cold.

It's a very personal song. I sing verses about my parents and my wife and my friends and playing music. But I've found that most of the time, when writing a song that seems so personal and vulnerable, those are the songs that complete strangers find the most meaning in. Songs are funny that way. Much of American Wilderness is like that, but as a whole, it's the album that most of my listeners have connected with the most deeply. I really love that.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and visit Matt's official site right here!

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