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Niall Horan Wants Katy Perry To 'Stop Being Mean' To Him

(Radio.com) You may remember that only seven years ago, a baby-faced Niall Horan appeared on the UK's The X Factor, auditioning solo for the panel and ultimately being saved from elimination by one Miss Katy Perry.

In the years that followed, through his time spent with One Direction and into his budding solo career, one thing has remained constant between the two artists -- a little friendly teasing.

Over the weekend the pair were in the building at The Voice Australia in Sydney and were snapped in a video for Katy's Instagram story which she captioned, '@niallhoran stage 5 clinger" and jokingly accuses him of following her around everywhere. In the video, he agrees.

Post show, Niall was interviewed by Australia's The Project TV and was asked about that video, as well as another interview in which Katy flat-out says Niall is 'always trying to get my number to maybe flirt with me, but, like, 'I could babysit you. I'm like your mom.'"

Niall once again took the joke in stride, addressing Perry directly while laughing, "Katy, please stop being mean to me." "She's just finding any excuse now to just patronize me and go around spreading rumors about me," he continued. "I just want to be her friend." Read more here.

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Tupac's Breakup Letter To Madonna Excerpted Online

(Radio.com) Few remember that Tupac and Madonna shared a brief romance in the mid-90s. In a newly unearthed letter from jail (where the late rapper was serving time for a sexual assault charge in 1995) Tupac opens with an apology: "I haven't been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being."

Portions of the letter (which is now up for auction) are redacted but Tupac wrote that while an interracial relationship could help Madonna's career, he worried about hurting his reputation in the eyes of black audiences.

"Can u understand that? For you to be seen with a black man wouldn't in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open & exciting," he wrote. "But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my 'image' I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you."

Inflammatory statements Madonna made in the press didn't make matters easier, Pac wrote: "An interview where you said 'I'm off to rehabilitate all the rappers & basketball players' or something to that effect, those words cut me deep seeing how I had never known you to be with any rappers besides myself," he wrote. "It was at this moment out of hurt and a natural instinct to strike back and defend my heart and ego that I said a lot of things'Can you feel me?" Read more here.

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Jay Z's '4:44' Certified Platinum With Help From Sprint

(Radio.com) Less than a week after Jay Z released his 13th studio album, 4:44, the Recording Industry Association of America announced the record has already been certified platinum (July 5) thanks to a promotion the rapper inked with Sprint.

According to Forbes, the feat was achieved much the same way Rihanna's album Anti hit the million certification mark; digital copies were purchased in bulk and given away for free.

While Rihanna's were purchased by Samsung, Jay's were bought and distributed by Sprint (one-third owner of Tidal), and who as of this posting is still handing out download codes. 444.tidal.com and the "Sprint" password will currently unlock the album download, both as .mp3 or lossless FLAC files.

The rapper has already earned 13 Platinum (or higher) solo studio album awards, which is more than any other hip-hop artist in the history of RIAA's Gold & Platinum Program. He is the only hip-hop artist with more than 10 RIAA Platinum (or higher) studio records. Read more here.

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Morrissey Calls Stop By Police 'Deliberate Act Of Terror'

(Radio.com) Taking to social media, former The Smiths frontman Morrissey accused a police officer in Rome of harassing him in public on Tuesday (July 4) in what he calls a "deliberate act of terror."

In a Facebook post from Sam Esty Rayner, who is Morrissey's nephew, Rayner wrote that the former Smiths frontman was stopped by a police officer and asked for his "papers."

According to the post, the officer kept Morrissey for 35 minutes, demanding that he show him papers, shouting loudly, acknowledging he knew who the musician was and even brandished his firearm. Morrissey told the officer, "I know the law, I know my rights, and you have no reason to stop me."

Commenting on the situation, Morrissey wrote, "This was a deliberate act of terror by this Officer, who had no personal identification, but whose Polizia 113 motor-bike had the plate G2458. I had not broken the law or acted suspiciously." Check out the full post here.

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Kesha Releasing New Song 'Praying' Today

(Radio.com) Kesha appears to be back to making and releasing music following her legal battle. She has announced that she will be releasing new track entitled "Praying," today (July 6th).

The pop star announced the new song with via a passionate video to her fans that she shared via Twitter on Wednesday. She said, "Animals, I've got a surprise for you.

"Your support and love and kindness has gotten me though, hands down, the hardest time of my entire life. I couldn't have done this without you. I f love you." Read more here.

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Shania Twain Reveals Track Details For Comeback Album 'Now'

Country music icon Shania Twain is gearing up to release her first new studio album in fifteen years and she took to social media on Wednesday to share the tracklisting for the effort with fans.

The album will be entitled "Now" and is scheduled to hit stores on September 29th. She tweeted "Feels so great to share with you the full tracklisting for my new album #ShaniaNOW!"

The tracklisting: 1. Swingin' With My Eyes Closed 2. Home Now 3. Light of My Life 4. Poor Me 5. Who's Gonna Be Your Girl 6. More Fun 7. I'm Alright 8. Let's Kiss and Make Up 9. Where Do You Think You're Going 10. Roll Me on the River 11. We Got Something They Don't 12. Because of You 13. You Can't Buy Love 14. Life About to Get Good 15. Soldier 16. All in All

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Kenny Rogers Rural America Live TV Interview Airs Tonight

Country music legend Kenny Rogers will sit down for an in-depth interview on a new episode of RFD-TV's Rural America Live which will be broadcast tonight, July 6th at 10PM ET.

Rogers recently recorded the special hour long interview segment with RFD-TV anchor Christina Loren and discussed a number of topics including his to discuss his life, legacy, current final world tour, "The Gambler's Last Deal" and plans for the future.

"I really enjoyed sitting down with Christina for a great conversation," said Kenny Rogers. "She was very thoughtful in her questions. In looking back over my career as I prepare to retire from the road, it was fun for me to relive some of the moments brought up in the interview that I don't think about all that often. I can't thank the fans enough for all of their support. It's allowed me to do what I love all of these years."

"Before the cameras started rolling Kenny let me know that no subject was off-limits. As the story of his remarkable life unfolds, he fearlessly opens up about his greatest moments along with moments of weakness," said RFD-TV anchor, Christina Loren. "I think that viewers will get a better picture of Kenny Rogers from this interview than ever before as he honestly recaps his legendary career from start to finish."

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Paul Kelly Announces New Album and North American Tour

(Conqueroo) Paul Kelly has announced that he will be releasing his new studio album "Life Is Fine" on August 11th and will be launching his first North American full band tour in 13 years. We were sent the following details:

Sonic diversity rules on the new collection, from the R&B grooves in the sizzling opener, "Rising Moon," to jumping rockers ("Firewood and Candles," "Rock Out on the Sea"), to fun tracks ("Leah: The Sequel") to exquisite and rich tunes (such as "Letters in the Rain," "Petrichor"). Life Is Fine is one of Kelly's strongest and most evocative albums, another treasure to sit proudly on the shelf beside any of his earlier classics.

Kelly agrees about the comparison with those albums he made with the Messengers, such as Gossip and So Much Water So Close To Home. "I was aware of that as we were making it," Kelly says. "The guitar riff at the start of "Firewood and Candles" (the first single/focus track) is like a Sunnyboys song. Those kind of guitar lines, nothing fancy but really strong, are like the ones Steve Connolly used to play with the Messengers. I can see a lot of parallels to those records I was making then.''

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Thomas Rhett Shares 4th Of July Photo With New Daughter

(Radio.com) Country star Thomas Rhett's wife Lauren is famous for doing the same. Lauren just posted an adorable photo of their family of three with newly adopted daughter Willa Gray all dressed up in a big blue tutu for her first July 4th.

The new mother wrote, 'georgia boy, tennessee girl, uganda cutie pie = our new all american family thankful for the men & women of our country who give us this freedom and make our sweet family possible #happybirthdayamerica."

Lauren is currently pregnant, and therefore expecting another new addition to the family later this year. Check out the proud mother's full Fourth Of July post here.

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Jennifer Lopez Releases New Song 'Ni Tu Ni Yo'

(Radio.com) Jennifer Lopez is preparing the release of her second Spanish-language album and has unveiled "Ni Tu Ni Yo" ("Neither You Nor I"), a spirited lead single featuring reggaeton group Gente de Zona.

The track features passionate vocals from Lopez against a tropical soundscape. J-Lo's album (produced by ex-husband Marc Anthony) is set for release in September.

Lopez' first Spanish album, Como Ama Una Mujer, was released back in 2007--a full decade ago. Check out an online stream of the new track "Ni Tu Ni Yo" here.

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