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Page Too Report for 06/21/2017

John Legend Forced To Postpone Dates For Health Reasons

(Radio.com) John Legend's tour was due to touch down in the Washington, DC and Philadelphia areas on Tuesday and Thursday but the shows have been postponed while he recovers from an illness.

Dates resume this Friday, and Legend tweeted a statement apologizing to fans for the disappointment. "To all my fans in DC/Maryland/Virginia and Philadelphia/South Jersey, I want to personally apologize," Legend wrote. "I've gotten sick and need a few days to recover and rest my voice."

"I'm so sorry for the inconvenience," Legend added. "I will get healthy and look forward to spending the evening with you as soon as possible." The two canceled dates haven't been rescheduled at this time. See Legend's statement here.

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Mobb Deep Rapper Prodigy Dead At 42

(Radio.com) Prodigy, one-half of the New York City hip-hop duo Mobb Deep has died, according to a statement released by the rapper's representative. He was 42.

The statement reads: "It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep.

"Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family's privacy at this time." Read more here.

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The Slants Humbled And Thrilled After Supreme Court Victory

The band The Slants are celebrating after the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's ruling that The Slants have the right to register their trademark.

The victory ends the band's eight-year battle to trademark their name. The Slants' Simon Tam reacted with the following: "After an excruciating legal battle that has spanned nearly eight years, we're beyond humbled and thrilled to have won this case at the Supreme Court.

This journey has always been much bigger than our band: it's been about the rights of all marginalized communities to determine what's best for ourselves. During the fight, we found the Trademark Office justifying the denial of rights to people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, and political views, simply because they disagreed with the message of these groups.

"To that end, they knowingly used false and misleading information, supported by questionable sources such as UrbanDictionary.com, while placing undue burdens on vulnerable communities and small business owners by forcing them into a lengthy, expensive, and biased appeals process.

"The Supreme Court has vindicated First Amendment rights not only for our The Slants, but all Americans who are fighting against paternal government policies that ultimately lead to viewpoint discrimination." Read more here.

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Lorde Allegedly Compares Friendship with Taylor Swift To Having Allergies

(Radio.com) Lorde allegedly compared her friendship to country turned pop superstar Taylor Swift to having allegories, although the quote does not specifically name Swift.

"It's like having a friend with very specific allergies. There are certain places you can't go together. Certain things you can't do," Lorde said during a recent interview with The Guardian regarding her friendship with megastar Taylor Swift.

Lorde explained that maintaining a friendship with someone so famous comes with a "different sets of considerations" and is "like having a friend with an autoimmune disease."

The singer said that while she still loves her old friends back in New Zealand, keeping a close circle of friends like Swift is important, especially while she is living and performing in the U.S. Read more here.

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Haim Stream Studio Version Of 'Little of Your Love'

The sister pop trio led Haim are giving fans another taste of what is to come from their forthcoming sophomore album with the stream of a new track called "Little of Your Love."

The group had previously debuted the song live during their performance on Saturday Night Live last month but have now released the studio version of the track.

Their new album, entitled "Something To Tell You", will be hitting stores on July 7th and they had previously released the two songs from the effort: "Right Now," and "Want You Back."

They will be returning to televison next Thursday, June 29th, when they are scheduled to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Listen to the studio version of "Little of Your Love" here.

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Deadmau5 Mocks DJ Khaled's Disastrous Electric Daisy Carnival Set

(Radio.com) DJ Khaled's Electric Daisy Carnival set went awry in Las Vegas: Technical difficulties derailed the concert and he returned later for a shaky recovery.

Shortly after the show, Khaled took to Instagram to share his side of the story, which sounds vaguely conspiratorial. "They tried to sabotage my sound so many times THEY could not get the sound right on my set and i still stood on stage wit no sound and when they got the sound to work they want to cut my set short but I still rep for my people anyone else would walk off stage," he wrote.

EDM superstar Deadmau5 (no stranger to splashy Las Vegas performances) got wind of the snafu and snapped back on Twitter. ''they sabotaged my set! my sound isnt right.' – im saving this one for later," he wrote. A fan asked the DJ to rate Khaled's set and he laid out four points:

"1. who the f— are all those people on the stage. 2. what the f— is he doing? 3. EDC. 4. lol." All in all, Deadmau5 seemed unimpressed with Khaled's excuses. See the tweets here.

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Shania Twain's New Music Inspired By Life's Struggles

(Radio.com) For the first time in 15 years, Shania Twain is ready to release new music and the country music icon explains that the new music that was shaped by her tumultuous upbringing.

"On the outside, I look like a normal person with all the blessings that everybody could imagine," Twain told Shelly Easton of 92.5 XTU in Philadelphia. "That only came to me after a really long life of struggling."

During Twain's childhood, violence was prevalent in her home. As too was the struggle with hunger. "We were hungry a lot of the times. A lot of months we had to decide if we were going to get groceries or pay the hydro bill. These are vital decisions."

While it was "very hard to find optimism" in such an environment, Twain was able to learn how to dream by watching her mother's suffering. Now soon-to-be five albums later, Twain has gone from a struggling child to an 18-time Grammy Award nominee and five-time winner. Read more here.

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Carrie Underwood Reveals That Her Fairytale Search Is Over

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood is done kissing frogs. Underwood took to Instagram on Tuesday afternoon to share a photo of herself puckered up next to a small green amphibian.

The country music star captioned the photo: "Sorry, buddy, I've already found my Prince Charming…" The expression goes that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to a find a prince, but it seems Underwood is plenty happy with husband Mike Fisher.

The singer took to Instagram over the weekend to share a sweet message for Father's Day, writing in part "I always knew that you would be an amazing father and you prove me right every day." Check out the posts here.

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Gwen Stefani Shares Photos From Blake Shelton's Birthday Celebration

(Radio.com) Gwen Stefani threw her boyfriend Blake Shelton an extra special birthday celebration this past Sunday (June 18) and took to social media this week to share some of the highlights.

The country music star turned 41 and received an armadillo cake and a kiss from Stefani. Stefani documented the occasion on social media, capturing everything from the birthday smooch to Shelton's birthday hat.

On Tuesday (June 20), Stefani posted another photo of a birthday cake to social media with the caption, "The b day that never ends." Check out Stefani's photos here.

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The 'Nicki Minaj Challenge' Sweeping Social Media

(Radio.com) Last week, Nicki Minaj uploaded a colorful Instagram video in which she showed what it takes to be a "bad b." As Minaj boarded a plane (engines blaring behind her) she turned to the camera to make an important announcement:

'Attention. This is how bad bitches leave London and go to Prague," she shouted. 'You bitches can't even spell Prague." Then she did a twirl and sassily stalked away toward the airplane's staircase.

The video supplied the blueprint for a viral meme, titled "The Nicki Minaj Challenge." The format is simple: "Attention! This is how bad bitches [do something]. You bitches can't spell [something]." Then spin around and do your best Naomi Campbell strut into the distance. Minaj's video has been recreated at graduations, parking lots and Kylie Jenner's bathroom. Jenner uploaded a half-hearted version of the meme yesterday--which has been viewed 1.3 million times. See Nicki's original and some of the images it inspired here.

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