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Page Too Report for 07/02/2017


Pharrell Working With Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake

(Radio.com) Pharrell Williams confirmed in an interview earlier this week with Today that he is working on two "amazing" new albums with Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake.

He also alluded to another record he's not allowed to mention yet, but NME suggests it might be the new N.E.R.D album. When asked if he would return as a judge on The Voice, Pharrell announced he will not as he has "work to do, music to make."

Hopefully, this means Williams will be putting out some new music sometime very soon. The show tweeted about the interview and shared the video clip. Watch the interview here.

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50 Cent And LL Cool J Attend Prodigy's NYC Memorial

(Radio.com) Rapper Prodigy, one-half of the duo Mobb Deep, passed away last month at the age of 42 following complications related to sickle cell anemia. Yesterday week, Hip Hop luminaries (including 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Ice-T and Fat Joe) attended a public memorial in New York City. Prodigy's family scheduled a viewing that was open to the public--giving fans a chance to pay their respects in person.

The late rapper's Mobb Deep partner Havoc also attended the memorial, which featured a live band, a spoken word performance and a series of eulogies. Remy Ma was there as well, reports Billboard.

Rapper Nas was not present at the memorial, but he shared a heartfelt Instagram post expressing his grief and respect: 'This one hit home. Glad we spoke a little before your transition. Time is precious, don't waste it, have those difficult conversations now because tomorrow is never promised. Luv Forever." Read more here.

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John Mayer Reacts To Katy Perry's Sex Ranking

(Radio.com) James Corden recently asked Katy Perry to rank the bedroom abilities of each of her past three partners. After some resistance, Perry eventually ranked John Mayer as the winner, with Orlando Bloom and Diplo falling into second and third places.

Mayer was asked about Perry's compliment during a recent interview with Rolling Stone and he responded. "I don't have a cool-enough thought for you," Mayer said.

"I've hacked this game. I pay very little of the price of fame now. I get to play the music that moves me the most. I'm having the time of my life. I'm 39 - I remember 32. I don't wanna do it again." Read more here.

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Lady Gaga Announces A New Dive Bar Tour Date

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga will make another return to dive bars with a July 13 show in Las Vegas. The pop star performed a similar string of concerts last October to promote her album Joanne, which is about to get a world tour of its own.

In collaboration with Bud Light, Gaga will return to her underground roots for one more show before she kicks off the Joanne arena tour. Gaga says the back-to-basics approach stirs nostalgia for her humble beginnings.

"All the time, I think about how I started out in my career, and I was just playing in bars downtown in New York--and you miss that, you know?" Gaga told Billboard. "It's a very wonderful, intimate connection that you get to make with the audience." Read more here.

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Drake Announces French Montana's New Album 'Jungle Rules'

(Radio.com) When you're buds with one of the biggest rappers on the planet, now and then it's nice to call in a favor. French Montana, whose Swae Lee collab "Unforgettable" is currently making waves, got an assist from Drake to announce his new album, Jungle Rules.

Last week, Drake shared an Instagram post featuring the album artwork for French's EP. He captioned the image: "My brother in real life!! One of the most influential dropping his album JULY 14."

Drake's following of 37.3 million followers awarded the announcement 305,000 likes and counting--talk about scaling your social media presence. French Montana dropped his last album MC4 last year. Read more here.

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Kelly Clarkson Announces Children's Christmas Book

(Radio.com) It may be summer, but Kelly Clarkson is already in the Christmas spirit. This week the singer announced her new holiday-themed children's book River Rose and the Magical Christmas.

"It's Christmas Eve, and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a letter to Santa," reads the official synopsis. "She can't wait to finally meet the man in red until . . . Oh, no! River Rose and her dog Joplin have fallen asleep and have been swept off on another magical adventure. This time, they're off to the North Pole to let Santa know what River Rose really wants for Christmas."

The book will come packaged with a link for readers to listen to a brand-new, original holiday song called "Christmas Eve" written and performed by the American Idol alum.

The book, inspired by the singer's daughter River Rose, is Clarkson's second. She released River Rose and the Magical Lullaby in fall of last year. Kelly's latest will hit shelves on October 24th, check out her announcement video here.

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Nick Jonas Comes To The Rescue In 'Jumanji' Trailer

(Radio.com) The first official trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle arrived on Thursday (June 29) and is full of hilarious one-liners and action-packed moments from its all-star cast.

In the trailer, fans watch Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black dealing with all the trouble that come along with the video-game jungle they were sucked into.

For a brief moment, Nick Jonas fans get a glimpse of the "Remember I Told You" singer rescuing the Johnson, Hart, Gillan and Black from certain peril. According to EW, Jonas plays the cryptic Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonough.

"He's a mysterious stranger that they meet in the midst of their adventure," director Jake Kasdan explained. "At first, they're not sure what to make of him, but he becomes a part of their effort to get out."

Kasdan has said the film serves as a continuation of the series rather than a remake of the '90s original film, which starred the late Robin Williams. Watch the trailer here.

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Garth Brooks Had A Blast At NASA's Mission Control

(Radio.com) Garth Brooks is having a blast at NASA, no pun intended. The singer took to social media this week to share a very cool photo of his visit to NASA's Mission Control in Houston, TX.

"Could this be the longest distance selfie EVER? HA!!!!" Brooks wrote as he shared a photo of himself and wife Trisha Yearwood via his Twitter account on June 29th.

In the background is screen featuring what we presume is a live shot of the International Space Station, with astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson. Check out Garth's long distance selfie here.

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Bebe Rexha Addresses Rihanna Controversy

(Radio.com) Earlier this week, reports surfaced regarding comments made by singer Bebe Rexha about her musical involvement in 2013's massive Eminem and Rihanna collaborative hit, "The Monster."

While on stage performing June 23rd at an event in Augusta, GA, Rexha decided to give a little background about the single for those who were unaware; Those are her vocals on the track's chorus during the 'oooh oooh' parts, but it was her line about not being able to 'hit those high notes" that has drawn the wrath of Rihanna's die-hard fans.

"I would never throw shade at Rihanna," Rexha told 92.3 AMP Radio's Shoboy and Nina during her stop off in New York City on Wednesday (June 28). "Why would I say that?! I'm a new artist' I'm talking facts, the (singing) is my voice. I'm not talking smack. I just said that that's my voice. If you didn't know, now you know."

"I don't have anything against Rihanna, I think she's amazing," Bebe continued. "I said on stage don't be twisting my words because Rihanna and Beyonce are still Queens.' And now all the Navy people are like, 'good because that's something you'll never be.'" Read more here.

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Lee Brice's Son Sings Along with Dad's TV Performance

(Radio.com) Lee Brice performed his sweet new single "The Boy" on Today earlier this week off his upcoming self-titled album, which will arrive this November. While Brice's performance was heartfelt, it was the video clip the country star shared that really stole fans hearts.

In the video, Brice's youngest son Ryker is singing along on the couch, watching his dad's set. As the song is sung from the perspective of a father looking at his newborn child, this video is a touching example of Brice's love for his son.

"I knew this song was going to resonate," Brice told Rolling Stone Country. "I had a feeling the first time I heard it. It kills me - every night I sing it about my boys. I think about their health and I think about their futures and I think about my dad and what he must have thought and must have felt growing up, things I didn't realize then but realize now. All of that stuff piles up into one big emotion when you hear that song." Watch Brice's son and his performance on Today here.

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Kendrick Lamar Reveals Alternate Album Title

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar was asked to rank his own studio albums and the rapper also revealed the originally intended title for his latest effort "DAMN.".

In a new interview, Lamar ranked DAMN. as his best effort, followed by 2012's good kid m.A.A.d city, then 2015's To Pimp a Butterfly. His debut release Section.80 came in last.

Lamar also revealed that DAMN. almost had a much longer title. The Compton rapper has originally considered calling his fourth album "What Happens On Earth Stays On Earth". Read more here.

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Tyler the Creator Previews His New Show 'Nuts + Bolts'

(Radio.com) Tyler the Creator is preparing the launch of his own Viceland show, titled Nuts + Bolts. A trailer was revealed on Twitter last week and it appears to be a wild, nerdy ride.

'The journey of a young black male trying to find his way through this world--I'm just joking!" Tyler says at the trailer's opening. Nuts + Bolts explores 'how everything that [Tyler] thinks is awesome is made."

It's like How Stuff Works for the Vice set. Tyler explores the ins and outs of mustard, time travel, doughnuts, stop-motion animation and more. Bill Nye and Neil Degrasse Tyson make appearances in the trailer. Watch the trailer here.

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Macklemore Performs 'Glorious' On The Tonight Show

(Radio.com) Grammy Award winner Macklemore took The Tonight Show audience to church on this past Wednesday night, June 28 with a performance of his new single, 'Glorious."

The rapper performed the uplifting tune with collaborator Skylar Grey on piano and vocals, along with a line of backup singers, a horn section, and guitarist. The single will be on the MC's upcoming album. It has been almost 12 years since his last release.

It's easy to believe Mack when he sings, "You know I'm back like I never left/ Another sprint, another step/ Another day, another breath/ Been chasing dreams, but I never slept,"

Jimmy Fallon approves saying, "That's how you do it." Watch the performance here.

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Taylor Swift Surprises Russell Westbrook With NBA MVP Clip

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift fan, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook got a nice surprise to go with his NBA Most Valuable Player award this past Monday night (June 27).

In the past, Westbrook has posted social media videos of himself in the car, or at concerts, singing Swift tunes like, 'Bad Blood," and 'We are Never Getting Back Together."

The pop star sent out her own video congratulations to the basketball star, which were posted on the Thunder's Twitter account. Swift takes credit for the baller's prowess and goes on to give him props for giving her the idea for "Shake it Off," which is a joke. Check out Taylor's sweet congratulatory message here.

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The Grammys Returning To Staples Center In Los Angeles

(Radio.com) The Recording Academy announced that it has signed a four-year agreement with AEG for the Staples Center to host the Grammys when the program returns to Los Angeles in 2019.

"We very much consider Staples Center our home and are grateful for the successful relationship we've cultivated throughout the years with AEG and the entire Staples Center team," Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said. "We look forward to continuing this relationship and bringing the Grammys back to the Entertainment Capital of the World."

The program's 60th anniversary will take place in New York City this January. This move will provide a unique celebration for the milestone year. "We are thrilled that Staples Center will continue to be home to the Grammy Awards," AEG President & CEO Dan Beckerman explained. " Read more here.

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DeJ Loaf Releases 'No Fear' Music Video

(Radio.com) DeJ Loaf has released a brand new music video for her latest single "No Fear." The track is her first official single since the release of her 2015 EP #AndSeeThatsTheThing.

In the video, DeJ daydreams in her bedroom, only to unlock inner magical powers and end up in a variety of colorful dreamscapes, complete with animations and mobile beds.

"Growing up, I used to daydream in my bedroom about everything from love to my career to traveling the world," she explained. "The video sort of reflects that joyful feeling of going from daydreaming to realizing my dreams. My new album is a personal journey and I hope my fans enjoying riding along with me." Watch "No Fear" here.

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Ben Stiller Challenges Justin Bieber, Katy Perry To Dodgeball Game

(Radio.com) It's been 13 years since Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan, Christine Taylor and Justin Long took the court in the comedy Dodgeball. Now the teams are getting back together to support the Stiller Foundation, which builds schools in Haiti.

For a digital fundraiser, the original cast of Dodgeball reunited to tease a charity tournament--in which users can pick sides. Stiller revived his loathsome White Goodman character to make the pitch: "I've watched as all of you have gotten fatter and dumber--with your hashtags, and your 'baes,' and your Kanyes. Everything is so PC now'even good old-fashioned bullying is out."

In one of the teasers, Goodman challenges celebrities to join the ultimate dodgeball game. "Hey Bieber--you think hockey and hoops are hard?" he taunts. "Try dodgeball, my Canadian not-friend. My balls in your face."

"Katheryn Perry, behold!" Goodman says. "I, White Goodman, challenge you to cease making endlessly catchy pop songs and come put your hands on my dodgeballs. I promise'there will be fireworks." Stiller also comes for The Rock, Aaron Rodgers and LeBron James. Watch the clips here.

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Brie Larson Plays The Crazy Fourth Haim Sister

(Radio.com) Fans know Brie Larson can act, but did they know she was secretly the fourth Haim sister? Haim recently appeared in a Funny or Die video with Larson to imagine what life would be like if they had an estranged, crazy sister who desperately wanted to join their band.

In the a Funny or Die comedy video, Larson plays "Frime Haim," who still lives at home, keeps nothing but Kool-Aid in the fridge and stole their grandmother's identity.

Trying to win them over, Larson plays a song she claims to have written, which ends up just being a rip-off of The Beatles' "Hey Jude." Watch the craziness unfold here.

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Calvin Harris Releases Guest Star Packed ' 'Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1'

(Radio.com) Calvin Harris has released his new album "Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1" and all eyes are on his dizzying roster of collaborators. This week he dropped a star-studded video for "Feels" featuring Katy Perry, Big Sean and Pharrell--yet another testament to Harris' unifying power for artists across the genre spectrum.

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 might have his most ambitious lineup yet. From the pop world, the record features superstars Perry and Ariana Grande. R&B's best John Legend and Frank Ocean are also featured along with Harris' long list of hip-hop luminaries including Snoop Dogg, Future, Nicki Minaj, Migos and Young Thug. On first glance, the track list appears more like a lineup of presenters at the GRAMMY Awards than a collection of artists who appear on the same album. Getting high-profile artists to pick up the phone is no small feat, but Harris does it every time.

Nobody maximizes the impact (and diversity) of guest appearances like Calvin Harris--operating within his own musical vocabulary. And Harris is perhaps the greatest translator of EDM trends, sounds, and styles into pop--operating just as comfortably at Ultra Music Festival as on the Billboard Hot 100. The key is melodies: Songs composed as pop confections are presented with bubbling synths, killer beats, and electro drama. Whether he's going for elation or detached melancholy, Harris makes genius use of his DJ tools to give us our summer staples. Read more here.

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Beyonce Vicariously Accepts Viewer's Choice Award

(Radio.com) Beyonce has kept a low profile in recent weeks, fueling speculation that she's given birth to twins with husband Jay Z. Beyonce watchers who tuned into the BET Awards didn't get any clarity on Bey's growing family, but she deputized her proteges Chloe x Halle to accept the Viewer's Choice Award on her behalf.

The young artists read a statement from Bey thanking fans, family and business partners--but she stayed mum on the million-dollar question. "Thank you BET for this award and your tremendous support of Lemonade," her message read. "This has been a journey of love, of celebrating our culture, honoring the past, and approaching the present and future with hope and resolve."

'Thank you to my mother Tina Knowles Lawson for being my biggest, biggest teacher and consistent influence. Thank you to my entire family for so much love," Bey continued. Read more and watch footage from the awards show moment here.

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DJ Khaled Performs New Hit With Quavo, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper

(Radio.com) DJ Khaled's 'I'm the One" is currently sitting at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and he joined Migos' Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne to perform it live at the BET Awards last week.

The quartet of superstars was short one Justin Bieber--but his hook was looped in via the PA system. Chance was still riding high from his one-two punch of Best New Artist and Humanitarian Award wins. Khaled brought his characteristic high spirits to the performance and closed his set with a plug for his new album Grateful.

'This my best work! I did it for my son! When I say 'Asahd,' you say 'Khaled!' Asahd!" The crowd dove headfirst into his call-and-response for Asahd, who's credited as a producer on Grateful. Read more here.

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John Mellencamp Credits His Voice To Smoking

(Radio.com) John Mellencamp credited his "fantastic" voice to his smoking habit during his appearance on this week's CBS Sunday Morning broadcast and also revealed in interesting theory of his about the dangers.

"Have you ever, have you ever heard my voice honey? It's fantastic," Mellencamp tells CBS Sunday Morning. "Are you kidding me? I sound like a black guy singing now. I wanted to sound, you know, like Louis Armstrong,' he continued. "But I didn't. I sounded like a white guy, and now I got it. These are my babies, c'mon," he says of cigarettes.

Mellencamp had a heart attack at 42, but isn't concerned about his health. "Rightfully or wrongfully, I believe that it's the combination of cigarettes and alcohol that get people, the two of them combined," Mellencamp said. Read more here.

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