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Page Too Report for 07/28/2017

Justin Bieber Hits Paparazzi Photog With His Car

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber was leaving a Hillsong Church event pm Wednesday night (July 26) at The City Church in Beverly Hills when he ran into a 57-year-old photographer, CBS Los Angeles reports.

The event happened at around 9:30 p.m. and police confirmed that the car was moving at an 'extremely slow speed." The injured photographer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

"Bieber got out of the car and attempted to render aid" after the collision Beverly Hills Police Department Sergeant Matthew Stout told the BBC. He added that the pop star 'remained on scene, co-operated with officers and was released." Read more including a link to video of the incident here.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's Surrogate Reportedly 3 Months Pregnant

(Radio.com) Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's surrogate is three months pregnant, according to a new report in Us Weekly. This would mean the power couple would welcome another child early next year.

They decided to seek out surrogacy as an option because Kardashian suffers from an issue with her uterine wall that could make another pregnancy life-threatening.

While this happy news is great for the couple, it doesn't seem to match up with TMZ's original timeline, as they reported West and Kardashian had only hired the surrogate in late June, according to Complex. Read more here.

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Katy Perry Will Host This Year's MTV Video Music Awards

(Radio.com) Katy Perry will be the host for this year's MTV Video Music Awards next month and the pop star has released a special announcement video for the gig.

"I've been training with @MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I'm on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson," Perry wrote. "Come August 27th, I'll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids."

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check out Perry's announcement video here.

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Judge Denies Beyonce's Motion to Dismiss 'Formation' Lawsuit

(Radio.com) Beyonce's Lemonade song "Formation" was hailed as a powerful, assertive lead single from her groundbreaking album. The track opens with a spoken word sample from the late Anthony Barre (drag queen Messy Mya): 'What happened at the New Orleans. Bitch, I'm back by popular demand. Oh yeah baby. I like that."

Barre's sister sued Beyonce for sampling Anthony's work without permission. Bey filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on fair use grounds, but a judge has just ruled that the suit can proceed because the sample is "qualitatively significant," reports the Hollywood Reporter.

"Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged in their complaint that Defendants did not change or alter the 'expressive content or message' of Anthony Barre's YouTube videos, but rather used unmodified clips without adding anything new," wrote Louisiana Federal Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Shelly Waters' Jackpot

Acclaimed Americana star Shelly Waters released her new self-titled album today and to celebrate we asked her to share the awesome story behind the song "Jackpot". Here is the story:

Track #3 of my 2017 self-titled CD, "Jackpot," has a cool story behind it. In 2014, I was recording my album Drive with Joe Taylor, owner/producer of Salt Creek Recording Studio, a hidden gem tucked away in the brackish marsh of Bennetts Point, South Carolina. Joe and his wife Stacey are two of the most gracious people on the planet, and it was not long before they took me down to the local shrimp boat docks and seafood market, the gathering place for their tight-knit community, so I could meet their friends and neighbors. That night I met quite an eclectic group of wonderful folks who were kind, interesting and happy to meet a stranger. They welcomed me like a long lost friend. A couple days later when Joe mentioned the Operation Jackpot drug bust that occurred in the area during the mid-80's and the possible (wink, wink) connection to some of the folks I met on the docks, I was fascinated and decided there had to be a song in there somewhere.

A book written by Jason Ryan, "Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs," explained it all to me. Based in South Carolina, Operation Jackpot was a federal task force that captured and convicted more than 100 marijuana smugglers from 1983 - 86. College-educated and non-violent, two of the kingpins from South Carolina became known as the "gentlemen smugglers" and the Lowcountry coast was their favorite place for unloading drug-filled boats arriving from Jamaica, Columbia and Lebanon. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I had met one of the judges involved with the trial of the kingpins at one of my gigs and I realized it was quite possible the judge would not be the last person I would meet with a connection to Operation Jackpot. That came to fruition when I met another gentlemen at a different gig who had actually served prison time for his role in the smuggling operation! Small world!

I started the song and mentioned it to Mark Bryan (founding member/guitarist, Hootie & The Blowfish) during a songwriting session. We worked on it some that day, but I was a little distracted by a painful eye injury. (Note to self, corner of a cardboard box and your cornea do not play well together.) A few days later I finished up the song and started trying it out at gigs. People loved it so I decided to put it on this album. Musically, "Jackpot" is one of my favorites... producer/multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler played some killer guitar on the track and I think we really nailed the vibe and mood to the song's inspiration.

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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Shania Twain Releases 'Life's About to Get Good' Video

(Radio.com) Shania Twain's new video 'Life's About to Get Good" is full of color, whimsy and pop. The song comes from Twain's long-awaited new album "Now" which is scheduled for release on September 29th.

The song features a sad lyric in the verse before undergoing a 360 and becoming extremely upbeat. The video perfectly matches the mood. As the singer reminds herself to be happy, a resort staff dances around, transforming her space into an island getaway.

The Canadian singer makes some visual nods to her past. There's a framed photo of herself and her ex-husband, which she turns upside-down causing the pic to fall out. She also takes the old 'Man! I Feel Like a Woman" outfit for a sexy spin.

Regarding the creation of the song, Twain said, "I was at home looking out at the ocean and I said to myself, 'Here I am stuck in this past of negativity, but it's so beautiful out. I'm not in the mood to write a 'feeling-sorry-for-myself' song. You can't have the good without the bad. And that's what the song ended up being about."

Read more here.

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Thomas Rhett Reveals Details About His New Album

(Radio.com) A lot has changed for Thomas Rhett over the past year. He and his wife Lauren adopted their daughter Willa Gray from Uganda then found out they were having another daughter, due Aug. 8.

Appropriately, the country singer has named his upcoming album Life Changes. The project is scheduled for release just one month after the new baby's due date.

The record features 14 songs, including the #1 country track 'Craving You," which features Maren Morris. The second single, "Unforgettable," will be available Friday.

Rhett co-wrote 10 of the 14 songs on the diverse record. "I want people to come in from different genres and be like, 'Dang, I never really listened to country music, but this record kind of turns me on in different ways,'" the singer told USA Today.

'I think that's why I recorded so many different types of songs on this record and really just tried to write what I know about." Read more and see the tracklisting here.

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Kesha Releases 'Learn to Let Go' Video

(Radio.com) Kesha's long-awaited third studio album Rainbow debuts next month and the artist released her latest single (and accompanying video) "Learn to Let Go." Kesha penned a blog explaining the song's background. Through years of legal and personal turmoil, the singer says letting go of old resentments, fears and experiences have helped her to move forward with her life.

"'Learn to Let Go' is more than a song title," Kesha wrote in The Huffington Post. "It's become one of my mantras over the last few years. As much as our past creates who we are, we can't let it define us or hold us back. And especially if you've been through something hard, and we all have, you can't hold on to resentment because it's like a poison. You have to learn to let go of those bad feelings and move forward."

Kesha co-wrote the song with her mother, Pebe Sebert. She described how the mantra took on a life of its own during a recording session. "When we got to the studio the song just started flowing," Kesha recalls. "My mom is always telling me how you have to learn to accept that you can't try to control everything. When you realize that you are not the one in control and you stop holding onto regrets "it's liberating. Your past only has as much effect on your future as you want it to. It's about embracing your past, but not letting it define you." Read more and watch the video here.

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Carson Daly Stepping Down As Host Of Morning Show

(Radio.com) Carson Daly announced he is stepping down as host of the 97.1 AMP Radio morning show, effective yesterday (July 27) because he has found he had too much on his plate.

"I've made the decision that something has to give with all of these jobs and the truth is, the reason I'm going to stop doing radio for now -- and I love radio, it's what I've always done -- and this is the honest-to-god truth, is that I just want to have breakfast with my kids."

Since joining 97.1 AMP Radio in January 2010, Daly has kept himself busy as host of The Voice, co-anchor at the TODAY Show, and host of Last Call with Carson Daly.

"Radio is where I feel most myself and most comfortable. It's the thing I've done since I [was] 18. It's really all that I am. I'm a radio DJ. I'm really nothing else. All this other stuff comes and goes, but this is it for me. This is the only thing I know how to do. It's the only thing I'm semi-good at!"

"CBS, by the way, these people here at this radio station are my family," Daly added. "For me to be on every morning in my hometown, to be able to talk to you guys, it's literally been the greatest." Listen to Daly's full farewell announcement here.

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Madonna Wins Lawsuit Against Tabloid Over Leaked Documents

(Radio.com) In February, Madonna adopted four-year-old twin girls (named Stella and Estere) from Malawi, the African nation where she's focused her humanitarian efforts since at least 2006.

The Daily Mail ran an article in January disclosing the girls' names, race, age and more details about their pre-adoption life in an orphanage. Madonna sued the tabloid for "considerable personal distress and anxiety" as well as putting her adoption process at risk.

'The Mail Online published it at a time when, as the journalist ought to have appreciated, Madonna would be powerless to protect the girls from harm," Madonna's attorney Jenny Afia wrote. "Their actions could, in her view, have threatened the integrity and/or outcome of the adoption process which would have had potentially life-changing implications for the girls, as well as for Madonna and her family."

The Queen of Pop triumphed in the suit: Associated Newspapers, which presides over The Daily Mail, will pay damages to Madonna and her twin daughters for the "serious invasion of privacy," reports The Guardian. Read more here.

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