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Page Too Report for 07/03/2017


Jay Z Reportedly Calls Out Kanye West On New Album '4:44'

Jay Z released his thirteenth studio album, 4:44, at midnight on June 30th and there is speculation that he calls out his one time collaborator Kanye West on one of the tracks on the effort.

Radio.com has the details: "Kill Jay Z" is about, "the killing of the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty." But also, it's kind of about Kanye West, reports Fader.

In the song Jay raps, "You dropped outta school, you lost your principles, I know people backstab you, I feel bad too, But this f everybody attitude ain't natural."

Later on he continues: 'But you ain't the same, this ain't Kumba Ye/ But you got hurt because you think Kumba Ye/ You gave him 20 million without thinkin'/ He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f was he thinkin'?/ 'F wrong with everybody?' is what you sayin'/ But if everybody's crazy, you're the one that's insane." Preview the album here.

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Calvin Harris Explains He 'Snapped' After Taylor Swift Breakup

(Radio.com) The implosion of Taylor Swift's relationship with Calvin Harris ruled tabloid headlines early last summer--especially when their personal drama bled into the professional sphere with "This Is What You Came For."

It was leaked that Swift lent her songwriting gifts to the Harris-Rihanna hit and she subsequently confirmed it, as a new romance with actor Tom Hiddleston heated up. In a new interview with British GQ, Harris now admits he was impulsive and unprofessional. "It was completely the wrong instinct," Harris admitted. "I was protecting what I see as my one talent in the world being belittled. It felt like things were piling on top of me and that was when I snapped."

"Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though," he tweeted. "I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do," he wrote in a follow-up tweet that was liked almost 3,000 times within half an hour. "I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy [Perry] ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it." Read more here.

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Sam Moore To Jam 'Soul Man' With Blues Brothers For A Capitol Fourth

Sam Moore will be jamming his signature hit "Soul Man" with Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi of The Blues Brothers during a special guest performance on the 37th annual edition of PBS' A Capitol Fourth, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

"I couldn't think of a more fitting way to honor the 50th anniversary of the release of my 1967 Grammy winning song 'Soul Man' than to be asked to perform it with the Blues Brothers on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol," said Sam Moore.

A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. Read more here.

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Jenner Sisters Apologize For Misuse Of Ozzy, Notorious B.I.G. Images

(Radio.com) Kendall and Kylie Jenner have pulled their line of 'vintage" t-shirts, which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. the Doors, Pink Floyd, Metallica, and others, but with the Jenners' own images superimposed on top.

In addition, they issued a statement in which they apologized for "any insensitivity" and admitted they "missed the mark completely" with the re-purposed "vintage" T-shirts which contained designs that were "randomly selected and not well thought out."

The sisters had added the shirts to their online store as part of their Kendall + Kylie brand, retailing them for $125. As soon as they hit the market, artists who were not notified their images were being used, began to protest. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Mia LJ's This Livin

Mia LJ created a buzz with her "These Are The Years" EP and she is now preparing to launch her debut album "This Livin" this fall and has released the title track as a single. We asked her to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

"This Livin" is actually quite dated from an artistic perspective. I wrote the song in 2013 & released the track just weeks ago, now 19 years old. The creative process is a very spontaneous and subconscious thing for me. A melody, progression, or lyrics will pop into my head out of nowhere. Once the idea is there, I jump on it as my memory is sh*t. A hit song concept is like money, it comes & goes. As a multi - instrumentalist & independent writer, I hear the song's complete form in my head -- every instrument, vocal melody, harmony -- every last detail. "This Livin" was built upon a very simple piano foundation. The drum & bass line, guitar arrangements, and lyrics flowed inline immediately. Lyrically, the topics I touch on tend to manifest themselves into reality. The best way to describe this level of foresight within the music is self - prophesied.

"This Livin" comes off as a summer love anthem. Yet, I've realized a connection with these lyrics of the past and my life's current state. At 16 years old, I began experimenting with street / prescription drugs & alcohol quite consistently. Shortly after sinking into this phase, I became committed to doing what I love which consequently affected my decisions. I find myself achieving these natural highs through life & success, hence the chorus lyrics -- "forget about the high life // 'cause this livin' feels so right."

The verse lyrics describe my day to day at the moment -- "I bask in the ice // I bathe in the fire" -- traveling coast to coast & prospering in New York's ever changing climate. The second verse -- "having fun, running around
// singing songs through the town // city lights brighter than ever // illuminating the kind of stuff I treasure" dives deeper into life from my standpoint -- running around from meetings to studio sessions to video shoots as my childhood dreams transform into a current reality. All the while, I try my best to treasure every bit no matter the pace.

To see fans, new & old, respond so positively to my debut music video which was independently organized & directed is hard to grasp. My life is about to change more than I could have ever dreamed. I'm so grateful for the love as I've invested and sacrificed so much to provoke such an outcome. This release has left me hungrier than ever for more success. I'm psyched to serve up all the new music & visuals this year with much more to come!

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

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Charlie Daniels Releases 'Ragged Old Flag' Video

Charlie Daniels has released a music video for his cover of Johnny Cash standard "Ragged Old Flag," which features guest vocals from Mark "Oz" Geist, Benghazi Warrior/Survivor and co-author of the autobiography "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi."

Daniels is releasing the song as digital single on July 4th. Charlie's manager David Corlew, who also produced the new video, had the following to say, "The 'Ragged Old Flag' project was very personal to me.

"When you have the opportunity to create images for a piece that was written by Johnny Cash, performed by Charlie Daniels- and its content consists of what is closest to my heart: our warriors- present and past, our country, and our flag- it really can't get any better." Watch the video here.

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Tyler The Creator Releases '911 / Mr. Lonely' Featuring Frank Ocean

(Radio.com) Tyler The Creator and Frank Ocean seem to have formed a mutual admiration society -- which isn't that surprising considering they worked together in the hip-hop collective Odd Future.

Even so, a couple of months ago Tyler guested on the one-off Ocean single "Biking" and now Ocean has helped out Tyler. The new Tyler the Creator track "911 / Mr. Lonely" features Ocean.

The collaborate in a rapid-fire, stream-of-consciousness track that addresses, cars, love, and um "a vasectomy." The song is the B-side to "Who Dat Boy," a collaboration with A$AP Rocky that Tyler dropped earlier this evening. Listen to "911 / Mr. Lonely" here.

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Brett Eldredge Releases 'Castaway' Music Video

(Radio.com) Brett Eldredge debuted a moving music video on Friday (June 30) for his latest track, "Castaway." The video features shots of the country star singing in the empty Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Sharing the video on social media, the country music singer called the track "the most honest song" he has ever written. In the song, Eldredge sings, "Please don't say a castaway/ Is what I was born to do/ I guess I'll always be lost without you."

"Castaway" is the latest track that has been released from Eldredge's forthcoming self-titled album, which is set to hit stores on August 4th. Watch the new music video here.

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Drake Stars As Stephen Curry In 'Get Out' Parody

(Radio.com) On a budget of $4.5 million, Jordan Peele's debut feature Get Out has grossed more than $250 million worldwide--making it one of 2017's most buzzed-about releases.

When Drake hosted last Monday night's NBA Awards, the rapper paid tribute to the race-relations thriller with a hilarious sketch. Drake plays Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry as the skit's protagonist.

He tries to leave the house to celebrate with some friends, but a fictional version of his wife stops him to enforce creepy, draconian rules. Drake also appeared in a funny sketch featuring Will Ferrell--in which the duo starred as NBA "handshake specialists." Watch the parody here.

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Dierks Bentley Forced To Wear Penguins Jersey After Losing Bet

(Radio.com) Country superstar Dierks Bentley had to wear a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey during his Pittsburgh concert late last month (June 24th) after losing a bet with Y108's Wookie on the outcome of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Nashville Predators and the Penguins.

The Penguins defeated the Predators in Game 6 on June 11th to become back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions. Bentley was a good sport about the whole thing, autographing the jersey so it could be auctioned off for charity.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray also showed sportsmanship, sending Dierks an autographed Pens jersey. "To Dierks: It's all your fault!" he wrote, jokingly referencing Dierk's smack talk before game three of the finals.

"You won," Dierks said, addressing Murray in a Facebook video before the concert, "and I appreciate the jersey, and now I have to go on stage and wear this thing. Congratulation to you and all the Pittsburgh Penguins fans for your Stanley Cup win 2017." Read more here.

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