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Page Too Report for 07/27/2017

Usher's Carpool Karaoke Appearance Goes Online

(Radio.com) James Corden's Carpool Karaoke segment has made fans say "OMG" at some of the startling "Confessions" superstars have made while riding shotgun. He's recruited A-listers like Adele and established a must-view viral sensation.

This week, Usher joined the host of CBS's The Late Late Show behind the wheel and cycled through some of his biggest hits like "Yeah," "Burn" and "I Don't Mind."

The duo also shared a spirited conversation about Usher's long career. And Corden and Usher stopped by the Hollywood Walk of Fame to give Usher's star a tune-up.

"I just find it odd. You work all of these years as hard as you can only to have people walk over you as a star," Usher said. 'I had no idea when I got in your car that I'd end up pushing cars or cleaning my star," he added. Watch the video here: Read more here.

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Florida Georgia Line And Backstreet Boys Head To 'CMT Crossroads'

(Radio.com) Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys collaborated earlier this year for their hit single "God, Your Mama, And Me" and have shared the stage together this summer as part of FGL's Smooth Tour 2017.

Now, CMT announced that the seven-man super group will once again come together to perform their hits on the brand-new CMT Crossroads special that is set for August. 30th.

On the hour-long program, the supergroup will perform new arrangements of Backstreet Boys' hits "I Want It That Way" and "As Long As You Want Me." They will also perform FGL's "Cruise," H.O.L.Y." and their collaborative hit single. Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Apologizes For Canceling Purpose Tour

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber had a mere 14 dates left on his Purpose tour when he suddenly canceled the final stops earlier this week due to "unforeseen circumstances." Since then, fans have expressed a combination of disappointment and concern, while fellow artists like John Mayer have come to his defense.

A TMZ reporter caught up with Bieber in a parking lot and the performer, who started walking, assured the paparazzi, "Everything's fine." When asked about his future plans, Bieber said, "Just resting and getting some relaxation. We're gonna ride some bikes."

The tour began in March 2016 and circled the globe through 150 shows. In the video, Bieber also apologized for disappointing fans who expected to see him in the homestretch of the Purpose Tour. Watch the paparazzi interview here.

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Jay Z and Kanye West's Feud Documentary Trailer Released

(Radio.com) Jay Z and Kanye West have enjoyed a creatively fruitful but complicated relationship: Their tours and collaborations captured international attention but their off-screen relationship has hit several bumps in the road.

In Public Enemies: Jay Z vs. Kanye West, documentarians explore the implosion of their professional relationship in 2016, beginning with Kim Kardashian's robbery and culminating in Kanye's unhinged concert rant.

Jay has revived the feud with lyrics on 4:44 and it's unclear whether they've burned bridges for good. Kanye backed out of Jay's Tidal streaming service over a financial dispute early this summer and it may be too late to clear the air. In a new trailer for the documentary, Blaze, Toure and other hip-hop aficionados weigh in on the bad blood.

Public Enemies: Jay Z vs. Kanye West will air soon on the UK's Channel 4. Sadly, no U.S. broadcast partner has been announced yet. Check out a clip from the documentary here.

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Selena Gomez Releases Dark 'Fetish' Music Video

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez has been teasing her upcoming "Fetish" music video for weeks, but fans' patience has finally paid off. The "Bad Liar" singer just released the video for the Gucci Mane-featured track on Wednesday (July 26).
In the clip that was directed by Petra Collins, the video showcases Gomez's character, donned in the now infamous yellow sundress, slowly becoming more and more unhinged.

Certain clips show the singer eating broken glass (and soap), pinching her tongue with an eyelash curler, wandering around a freezer and singing at a dinner table, while sprinklers soak her. Mane makes a brief appearance towards the end clip. Watch "Fetish" here.

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Singled Out: Jackie Venson's Flying

Acclaimed blue rockers Jackie Venson just released a brand new single called "Flying" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us the story behind the new song. Here is the story:

I wrote the song "Flying" almost 2 years ago, time flies so quickly! My life tends to be somewhat of a roller coaster ride. Up and down, loop-de-loop, slowly climb the hill and then a sudden drop to the bottom. It has taken me years to adjust to this phenomenon but I have found myself in a place where I can handle it. However sometimes it can get the best of me and I have to turn to my original love for music to get through it.

I had won a competition online that landed me an all expense paid tour, free hotels, free flights and a brand new wardrobe. For a year in a row I was a true rock star, flying to different cities every other day and staying in fancy hotels before I head off to the gig and play. It was truly a dream because eventually it did come to an end. Once the tour ended, my contract ended and I was back home. This was so hard for me, I was happy to be home but I was also disappointed that the dream couldn't continue. I also was determined to make those opportunities for myself instead of just expecting them to be handed to me (even though they had been for an entire year).
Finally with the initial depression behind me, I had sparked a new fire. I am going to create these opportunities for myself, design them around the music that I write and then the dream will never end. To be honest I am still working at that however I get closer and closer every year and I remain very hopeful.

What's most important is that I don't ever take for granted where I am. No matter where one is in life there is definitely another person who would kill to be in ones place; this is why we must always be grateful even if we don't think we have it all. The point is that I get to do what I love and the challenge of reaching my goals keeps my fire burning. I am flying, spreading my wings, will you miss me when I'm gone?

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

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Darius Rucker Announces New Album 'When Was The Last Time'

(Radio.com) Pop hit maker turned country music solo star Darius Rucker has announced that he will be releasing his fifth studio country album, "When Was The Last Time," on October 20th.

The "If I Told You" singer spoke with Billboard recently about teaming up with Nashville producer Ross Copperman to turn his visions for his album into a reality.

"On top of being a genius with the equipment, Ross is so high-energy and funny; that kid is never not laughing." Rucker said, "Every time we were in the studio we had a great band who had great ideas of their own, so it was the farthest thing from tedious." Read more here.

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Charli XCX Releases Music Video For 'Boys'

(Radio.com) Charlie XCX delivered a boy-filled, adorable music video for latest single "Boys" Wednesday (July 26) and it doesn't disappoint. As the British artist sings about how her "head is spinning thinking 'bout boys," a ridiculous number of high-profile male musicians make cute cameos.

The long list of male artists who appear in the video include everyone from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig to Diplo to Wiz Khalifa and even Riz Ahmed. Other cameos include Mac DeMarco, Rostam, D.R.A.M., Kaytranada, Stormzy, Swet Shop Boys, Jack Antonoff, Mark Ronson, Flume, Ty Dolla $ign, Joey Bada$$, Chromeo, Charlie Puth, Khalid, Joe Jonas, Bastille's Dan Smith and more.

Directed by Charlie XCX herself, she even makes a slight appearance, donning a drawn-on mustache. As a caption for the video, she teased, "NO BOYS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS VIDEO." Watch the video here.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Announces '25 Achy Breaky Years' Special

Billy Ray Cyrus have announced that he will be celebrating the anniversary of his signature hit with a '25 Achy Breaky Years' special this weekend on SiriusXM's Prime Country Ch. 58.

Hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus' longtime friend Storme Warren, Cyrus opens up about his journey from Flatwoods, Kentucky to achieving worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The '25 Achy Breaky Years' special also includes an exclusive acoustic performance.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Achy Breaky Heart," which hit No. 1 on Hot Country Songs and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, Cyrus re-recorded and released a Muscle Shoals edition on iTunes. See the broadcast times for the special here.

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Kelsea Ballerini Announces New Album 'Unapologetically'

(Radio.com) Kelsea Ballerni revealed the name and release date for her upcoming sophomore album on Tuesday (July 25). The country singer's new record is be entitled "Unapologetically".

Ballerni shared some comments about the new effort which is set to be released on November 3rd. "I feel like I've been keeping a secret for two years that I finally get to tell," Ballerini said.

"I've never been more proud as I am of this record, the story it tells, and the heart my friends and I put into it. So, November 3, we get to start the next chapter! Unapologetically." Read more here.

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Rihanna Meets With French President and First Lady

(Radio.com) Rihanna is well known for her humanitarian work, especially regarding education efforts in developing countries. She serves as an ambassador for numerous organizations and was named 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.

As the founder of the Clara Lionel charity foundation, Rihanna appealed to newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron on social media last month, writing, "bonjour @EmmanuelMacron, will France commit to #FundEducation?"

The 29-year-old singer was able to meet with Macron and first lady Brigitte Macron on Wednesday (July 26) at the Elysee Palace to discuss her appeal for them to contribute to her education fund in developing nations." Read more here.

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J-Lo and A-Rod Share More Birthday Celebration Moments

(Radio.com) Jennifer Lopez turned 48 on Monday and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez celebrates his 42nd birthday today: The pair of A-list Leos have kept their joint celebration rolling through the week.

Over the weekend they shared a couple photos from a fancy party in Miami. Yesterday, J-Lo shared outtakes from the event, pulling faces near an extravagant cake and posing up a storm while seated with her beau.

A-Rod has been busy on Instagram, too. The baseball legend posted a group photo featuring "three generations" of Lopez and Rodriguez family members. He also shared a stunning photo of J-Lo with the caption: "Wishing a happy birthday to this amazing human being who lights up my world every day. Te amo muneca!!"

Rodriguez also posted meme with the message: "A Leo Follows No One." Ironically, Lopez followed suit by re-sharing the image. See the highlights from J-Lo and A-Rod's birthday week here.

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