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Page Too Report for 07/21/2017

Ryan Seacrest Will Return As 'American Idol' Host

(Radio.com) Ryan Seacrest will return to host the ABC reboot of American Idol. After months of negotiations, the original host of the reality singing show will return to the franchise that made him a household name, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Seacrest used his Live with Kelly and Ryan platform to make the announcement Thursday morning (July 20), where he insisted that it was "absolutely" confirmed, "without a doubt."

Talking about the show, Seacrest likened his return to giving a "15-year relationship" another shot. He continued, saying, "The show is going, we thought well, and then all of a sudden we broke up. I thought it would be great to get back together at some point." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift TV Concert Special Preview Released

Taylor Swift Super Saturday Night Concert TV concert special airs tonight (July 21st) and the AUDIENCE Network has released a preview of the show with an online stream of a "First Look" video clip.

The concert film was captured during Swift's intimate performance in Houston Texas on February 4th that was staged to celebrate this year's Super Bowl the next day.

The concert will be airing at 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on DIRECTV's Ch 239and 4K ch. 104, as well as on AT&T U-verse's Ch 1114 and 4K Ultra HD Channel 104. The special will be available on-demand through DIRECTV NOW.

Some of the highlight's from the concert will include performances of "New Romantics," "Blank Space", "I Knew You Were Trouble", "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" (Live Worldwide Debut; Acoustic), "You Belong With Me"
"Red", "All Too Well", "Bad Blood", "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off". Check out the preview video

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Vic Mensa's 'The Autobiography' Streaming In Full A Week Early

(Radio.com) Fans do not have to wait until next week to listen to Vic Mensa's forthcoming album, "The Autobiography, " as the 15-track project can be streamed now via NPR, ahead of its official release date, July 28.

The Autobiography features an impressive cast of collaborators including Syd, Pharrell, Saul Williams, Ty Dolla $ign, Chief Keef, Joey Purp, The-Dream, and Weezer.

The Chicago artist has been promoting the album by placing ads in his hometown area bookstores earlier this month and getting fans to post them. Those fans who did post photos of the ads were given the chance to hear the album two weeks early. Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Didn't Quit Twitter Over 'Game of Thrones' Backlash

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran quit Twitter seemingly following the substantial backlash he received from his brief cameo on the season seven opening episode of Game of Thrones but that wasn't the reason for his unfriending the site.

Despite the timing, the singer announced earlier this week (July 19) that he planned to get off the social media platform well before the acting gig. Posting a photo of himself hand-in-hand with his manager, he wrote:

"Last i'll say on this. I came off Twitter Coz I was always intending to come off Twitter, had nothing to do with what people said about my game of thrones cameo, because I am in game of thrones, why the hell would I worry what people thought about that. It's clearly f—– awesome. Timing was just a coincidence." Check out the full post here.

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Crazy Fan Stole Both Of Lana Del Rey's Cars

(Radio.com) Lana Del Rey's fifth studio album, Lust for Life, was released today (July 21). Ahead of her record's release, she sat down for an interview with Pitchfork to talk about everything from her LP's theme to her crazy fans.

During the chat, one of the questions she was asked was if her obsessive fans ever "cross the line," and she agreed wholeheartedly, saying, "They f** have" and went on to share one of the craziest stories.

"Someone stole both my cars. All the scary s*** I've had people in my house for sure, and I didn't know they were there while I was there. I ... called the police. I locked the door." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Matt Siffert's January 25

Singer-songwriter Matt Siffert released his brand new EP "Gallatin" today (July 21st) and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the song "January 25". Here is the story:

It usually takes me a long time to write a song. I'm talking dozens and dozens of hours. I'll sit around, ponder the message, the musical ideas, making sure everything is squeaky clean. On this occasion, it probably took me less than an hour. The story is autobiographical. The day after it happened, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I had to write a song. I had no choice. I went to a favorite coffee shop in Nashville and wrote -- pretty much all of the words and melody came out right then and there. I did very little editing.

One thing I'm proud of in this song is the balance of composition and improvisation. The first half of the recording is intricately arranged. Everyone's parts are mapped out. After I'm done singing, everything is improvised (except the ending). I'd like to think that the song has both a deliberateness and spontaneity to it. A sense focus in the words and musical ideas, but a sense of liveliness in the performance. It's hard to make recorded music feel alive -- circumstance and technology often work against you in that way. I feel like we beat the system. That the rawness I felt in that coffee shop can be felt in the recording.

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

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Tyler, the Creator Streams New Track 'I Ain't Got Time!'

(Radio.com) Tyler, the Creator is streaming a new track called "I Ain't Got Time!" off his brand album, "Flower Boy". The rapper's fourth studio album was released today (July 21.)

In a recent interview with Beats 1, Tyler talked about how he began working on the single at Kanye West's studio when Yeezy was recording The Life of Pablo. West went to take a nap and Tyler said he got to work!

"I Ain't Got Time!" follows Tyler's previously song released "Boredom," "911/Mr. Lonely" and "Who Dat Boy?" Listen to the stream of the new explicit track here.

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Kesha Shares The Story Behind Her Topless Photo

(Radio.com) This past Thursday (July 13), the day she released her latest f-bomb filled single 'Woman," Kesha posted a topless photo of herself covered head to (we assume) toe in glitter, along with a caption about her excitement for the song.

"I just really f.... love being a woman," she wrote "and I wanted an anthem for anyone else who wants to yell about being self-sufficient and strong. (yes, men, this song can be for you too)."

But it's not the foul-mouthed caption that had Fresh 102.7 morning show hosts Karen and Jeffrey buzzing. It was the logistics. They really wanted to find out the secret behind those awesome 'glitter boobs.'

"It's pretty self-explanatory," Kesha laughed as she explained the process. "You just get naked and roll around in some glitter. I actually had a team of people helping me re-apply because I was running in and out of the ocean. At one point I was just laying on the ground and my mom was just dumping buckets of glitter on me."

"I will never lose my love of glitter," she continued. "I feel like that should put my fans at ease a little bit." Kesha also addressed the red carpet moment she had with Jerry Seinfeld, admittedly one of her idols, at the Night of Laughter & Song at the Kennedy Center on June 5th. here.

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Lil Wayne To Host Drake's 'Ballet' Returns To Houston

(Radio.com) Drake has announced the lineup for his Houston Appreciation Weekend. Drizzy's pop-up "ballet" will feature host Lil Wayne along with models Miracle Watts, Lira Galore and Maliah Michel.

The event is black-tie, and the dress code will be strictly enforced. Speaking about the "ballet" concept when it debuted in Houston over Super Bowl weekend 2017, Drake said "There's a culture out there of dancing and it's not about no strip club s....

"It's about these amazing women that we've got in one spot, the music that we've got, and the Houston culture that we got. I just wanna let you know that I'm going to bring it to you in the most honest and genuine way possible." Check out all the details here.

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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Celebrate Soul2Soul Tour With Lucky Brand

(Radio.com) Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been headlining their Soul2Soul tour for the past few weeks. On Wednesday (July 19), the country music duo announced their collaboration with denim retailer Lucky Brand to craft a limited-edition merchandise selection.

The 17-piece line showcases the singers' major career milestones while celebrating their genre's heritage. The merchandise consists of t-shirts, jackets, hats, jeans, tote bags and more, all in one-of-a-kind denim styles.

Hill had this to say, "The collection has a very modern take on a vintage feel, and the clothes incorporate so many elements that reference specific moments on our path in the industry." Read more here.

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Keith Urban Back In The Studio Working On New Music

(Radio.com) Country fans get ready: Keith Urban is back in the studio working on new music. Urban posting a photo of the studio, where a pack of Oblique Strategy cards sits on the soundboard.

Created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt in 1975, these cards offer challenging constraints to help musicians get through creative blocks. These cards can only mean good things for Urban fans!

He captioned the photo with his exciting announcement that he was back at work, which was accompanied by several exclamation marks. Urban's last studio album Ripcord, was released in May of 2016. Check out the post here.

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Future and Ciara's Son Featured in Gap Kids Campaign

(Radio.com) Future and Ciara's 3-year-old son, Future Zahir, is taking the toddler modeling industry by storm. The adorable boy is the star of a new back-to-school Gaps Kids advertising campaign.

Proud mother Ciara posted a photo of her son on social media, writing, "Waking up in Beijing to see my little nugget on the front page of Gap.com! Holding back these happy tears! I'm so proud. Future Zahir has booked his first commercial campaign with #GapKids! I'm honestly speechless….Dreams Do Come True! #Back2School."

The rapper chimed in his support, as well, writing, "baby future did a great job for gapkids. Super smart Super fly,u deserve it king! Love u 🦅" Check out the posts here.

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Meek Mill Releases Chapter Four of 'Wins and Losses'

(Radio.com) Meek Mill has released the fourth chapter for his Wins and Losses short film: "The Homegoing," which he is releasing in connection with his new album of the same name.

The video takes place at the young man's funeral, who was killed during a shootout in a prior chapter. Mill appears during the service, rapping and paying homage to "all the fallen soldiers," specially his late protege, Lil Snupe, who was killed back in 2013.

In the video, Mill's raps his "We Ball" track, which features a collaboration with Young Thug. The funeral visuals seem to be heavily influenced by Snupe's death, as Mill raps, "When they killed my n—- Snupe I seen my young n—-/ In the casket he ain't even have no blood in him/ Prolly the reason why I keep taking these drugs quicker." Watch each chapter here.

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