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Page Too Report for 06/01/2017

Taylor Swift Slander Claim Dismissed But Trial Will Proceed

(Radio.com) There has been a new development in the legal battle between Taylor Swift and former Denver Country radio DJ, David Mueller. Mueller sued Swift in 2015, claiming he was fired after false allegations that he groped the singer at an event in 2013. Swift countersued that same year claiming sexual assault and battery.

Today, a Judge partially granted Swift's motion for summary judgment, however, the case will still receive a jury trial. The Judge threw out Mueller's claims of slander per se and slander per quod, as the statues on those claims had expired, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Having reviewed these evidentiary materials, the Court finds that the central and genuine dispute remains," wrote U.S. District Court Judge William Martinez. "Certain witnesses' testimony tends to corroborate Swift's version of events, and Mueller points to other evidence that he argues shows inconsistencies in Swift's story." Read more here.

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Rita Ora Streams New Ed Sheeran Collaboration 'Your Song'

Rita Ora has released an online stream of her brand new song "Your Song", which was a collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac. The track is the first single from her forthcoming album.

Ora had this to say about the new single,"'Your Song' has everything I wanted to express: it's a song that's full of positivity and about feeling on top of the world, like everything is going right and that's where my life is right now."

She also offered the following thoughts on working with Sheeran and Mac on the song, "I loved working with Ed and Steve; it was incredible to really bring this idea to life with some of the most talented songwriters of our time. Ed and I have been friends since our teens, it's brilliant to have the opportunity to collaborate with him for my first single, we definitely click creatively." Stream the song here.

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Rich Homie Quan Facing Up To 30 Years In Prison

(Radio.com) Rich Homie Quan was arrested and detained by police officers on the way to Club Liquids in Wadley, Georgia. He and five others were arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen gun and drugs.

Though Quan doesn't have to face the weapons charge, the arrest report indicates the Atlanta rapper was booked for felony possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

He is being held in jail until Friday's bond hearing. Quann's alleged combined crimes have the potential to send him down the river for 30 years. Read more here.

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Train's Pat Monahan Singing Anthem At NBA Finals Game 1

Train frontman Pat Monahan has been tapped to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at game 1 of the NBA finals tonight (June 1st) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.

The game will between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors who are based out of the bay area (Oakland) which also home to Train (San Francisco).

Monahan also recently took a break from promoting Train's new album "a girl a bottle a boat" to help pay tribute to another bay area institution when he inducted Journey into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Pat performance of the National Anthem will be part of the television broadcast of the game, which airs live tonight on the ABC network beginning at 9PM E.

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Chris Stapleton Postpones Shows And Cancels CMA Musical Festival

(Radio.com) Chris Stapleton has postponed eight shows from his All-American Road Show Tour and canceled his June 11 appearance at the CMA Music Festival. Stapleton's website explained his team is "working to reschedule" the dates.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," the post read. "Hold on to your tickets for now, and stay tuned for updates." The country singer previously canceled a show due to vocal cord issues, points out Rolling Stone.

Stapleton explained, "I had to cancel a show because of playing stuff like this, where there is dust in the air. We played two weeks at Coachella and the second weekend took me down." See the postponed dates here.

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Ice Cube Expanding Death Certificate For 25th Anniversary

Ice Cube has announced that he will be releasing an expanded 25th Anniversary edition of this sophomore album "Death Certificate" on June 9th under his just inked deal with Interscope Records.

Entitled "Death Certificate: 25 Anniversary Edition" the reissue will include three brand new tracks called "Only One Me," "Dominate The Weak," and "Good Cop, Bad Cop."

Interscope CEO John Janick had this to say about their new deal with the rap icon, "We are thrilled to announce that Ice Cube has joined the Interscope family. He's obviously one of the legendary figures in hip-hop…that's a massive statement on its own, but he's so much more than that. Cube has an incredible body of work, and as a fan I'm honored to welcome him to the label." See the tracklisting for the album

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Halsey's New Album Accidentally Sold Early

(Radio.com) Urban Outfitters is a big chain store that deals with a lot of product, so maybe Halsey fans should give them a break for accidentally shipping copies of her 2015 debut Badlands weeks ahead of its release date and selling copies more than three days before the record came out. Perhaps making a mistake like that once is forgivable -- but twice?

Halsey's new album Hopeless Foundation Kingdom is scheduled for release on Friday (June 2), but guess where you can already pick up a copy? That's right, Urban Outfitters.

The alt-pop artist has yet to respond, but her label sure isn't happy. And Halsey has good reason to be ticked off as well. Even after Urban Outfitter's 2015 flub, she kindly forgave the company and offered them an exclusive clear, red-splattered vinyl exclusive for the new album. Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Announce Stadium Tour Pop Up Stores

Justin Bieber fans have several opportunities to their hands on merch from the pop star's Purpose The Stadium Tour via online sales and three special pop stores.

Bieber released a selection the tour merch on a newly launched ecommerce website called purposetourmerch.com on Wednesday (May 31st).

Fans in various cities across Europe will have access to the full line of merchandise at pop stores this Friday (June 2nd) and Saturday (June 3rd) at Storm Copenhagen, Storm Aarhus + ANSH46 Rotterdam. Read more here.

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Niall Horan Texted Invite By Ariana Grande For Manchester Benefit Concert

(Radio.com) Former One Direction star Niall Horan recieved a text from Ariana Grande asking him to be a part of the One Love Manchester benefit concert and immediately agreed to join.

"It was a very sad thing to happen, but I think Ariana has been brilliant," Niall said to Mix 104.1's Gregg Daniels and Fast Freddy on Wedneday afternoon (May 31).

Grande's Manchester concert was rocked by a suicide bomber last week, leaving many injured and 22 dead. The pop star has announced she will return to the city on Sunday, June 4th for a benefit concert honoring victims and their families.

"She's been texting everyone and calling everyone and seeing about getting involved," Niall explained. "Straight away, she wanted to do something, and she's dead right. She wants to give back and make sure we raise enough money for these poor people. It's a terrible thing, but the least we can do is turn up." Read more here.

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Florida Georgia Line Announce FGL House Grand Opening

Country music duo Florida Georgia Line have announced that the grand opening of their first restaurant venture, FGL House in Nashville, will be taking place next week.

The new venue will be opening to the public at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, June 5th. The four story FGL House is located at 120 3rd Avenue South in downtown Nashville.

We were sent the following additional details: "Inside the massive venue, guests will be welcomed into the duo's anything-goes world. Edgy live music focusing on today's country trends will get fans dancing every day, while bars on all four levels will keep the craft beer and custom cocktails flowing - featuring the duo's own Old Camp Whiskey." Read more here.

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La La Anthony Addresses Divorce Rumors

(Extra) La La Anthony sat down exclusively with "Extra's" AJ Calloway, amid rumors she's divorcing her husband, New York Knicks superstar Carmelo.

There have been reports saying she hired powerhouse attorney Laura Wasser, but La La made it clear she's keeping things amicable and staying focused on her work.

La La was spotted on Mother's Day with her son and Carmelo. The paparazzi caught the family dining at a sushi restaurant. La La smiled, "Clearly it wasn't a private Mother's Day, but it was fun."

How does she deal with being followed by paps on special occasions like that? She revealed, "You kind of get used to it, and what can you do? Like my mom says, 'Worry when people don't care about you.'"

When her son Kiyan, 10, asked why photographers were following him everywhere recently, she told him, "It's getting hot outside and they're trying to get summer fashions for the magazines, and he followed up and said, 'Mom I'm wearing a sweat suit, that's not summer fashion.' I kind of try make it fun for him so he doesn't view it as a negative thing."

Along with Kiyan, La La's own mother is her rock. "My mom has common sense… I'm coming at her with all this complicated stuff, and she'll just give me the most simple answer… and it always makes sense." She added, "I have a great support system of friends and family, but when it gets down to the nitty gritty, I'm like, 'Mom.'"

Anthony also explained the message behind her Instagram on the night of the Met Ball, when she posted "Unbreakable." It was La La's first public appearance since the split. "I wanted people to know that no matter what life throws at you, you got to be strong, you have to be fearless, things are gonna happen, life is amazing and guess what life sucks sometimes too, you have to be unbreakable, especially to have to go and walk that carpet alone, that's not the easiest thing in the world." The 37-year-old feels that she's representing women out there, saying, "Everyone goes through stuff."

La La just returned from Los Angeles, where she hung out with mama-to-be Beyoncé at her big Carter Push Party bash with other celebs like Michelle Williams, Serena Williams, and Kelly Rowland. She gushed, "Oh, I had a great time it was so much fun hanging out with friends. It was a beautiful day in L.A., so much fun." She pointed out that Bey is doing well, adding, "She's beautiful, stunning, absolutely beautiful."

Anthony isn't letting her divorce proceedings slow her down! She has a lot going on in her professional life... she just wrapped a movie, "Emergency Furlough," her hit show "Power" is coming back, she's producing the show "Goal Diggers," her first book, "The Love Playbook," is becoming a movie with the help of Queen Latifiah, and she's writing another book.

What does she like to do when she has down time? She responded, "When I relax, I like to do nothing, because I'm always doing something. I just want to sit home and do absolutely nothing." Read the original report here.

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Singled Out: Athena Hiotis' Unbreakable Our Story

Athena Hiotis recently released her new concept video "Unbreakable Our Story", which was a collaboration with her childhood friend Nina Themelis. We asked Athena to tell us about the song and video. Here is the story:

"Unbreakable" is a video short that Nina Themelis and I directed and produced where we asked women to answer the question "What makes you unbreakable?" We came together and began working on a video concept to accompany my song "Unbreakable" and the idea was simple enough but quite honestly, we didn't expect it to be as big as it turned out. What we thought was going to be an evening with friends and maybe some friends of friends turned into women from all over the place - some from an hour and a half away- showing up at the studio wanting to tell their stories. We even had people sending in submissions from all over the world. It was one of the most moving experiences to date for me.

The idea of having to write anything down, let alone what makes you unbreakable sounds a lot easier than it is. The written word is so strong: it's permanent, bold, unmistakable. On top of that, what they had to write needed to be phrased in a positive way. It's very easy, especially in today's society, to turn to negative language or to maybe use some level of self-deprecation to buffer talking about yourself. It's difficult to stand up and state something in the positive form. And that is what also makes it so powerful. What was so incredibly moving to me was seeing these strangers not even hesitate to support each other no matter what was written. There were times where we cheered; there were times where we were just speechless at the victories of these women. That is our true nature.

There was one woman in particular that stood out to me whose husband had been killed in a hit and run accident. After his death, she worked hard with law enforcement and played a pinnacle role in the development and passing of the "move over" law. Not only was her strength so inspiring but her story was proof that one person can truly make a difference. As women, it is our duty, and I believe in our circuitry, to accompany each other down the road of life, even if it's just for a few miles. We are like silk threads, weaving in and out of each other's lives. Individually we may be a single thread but when we interlock in complex ways, a woven tapestry is created. This quilt is a lot harder to tear than that one single thread. We are unbreakable when we feel connected to each other. I would say that everyone walked away from the experience a lot stronger because they felt understood, loved, and supported.

While the concept of "Unbreakable: Our Story" isn't unique, Nina and I believed it was still necessary. Sometimes it's not about being the first or only to do something, but it's about revisiting and reinforcing it, allowing others to share their experiences. There is a great responsibility in telling our stories because at least one person is going to be inspired by the victory you're sharing. And being an inspiration to someone isn't anything that you can control or opt out of; it is a gift and it's just life.

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

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