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Foo Fighters' New Album Features 'Biggest Pop Star In The World'

(Radio.com) Foo Fighters recently announced their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold. Frontman Dave Grohl explained the record will feature numerous guests, one of which may be "the biggest pop star in the world."

"The biggest pop star in the world and -- I'm not kidding -- sings backup on one of the heaviest songs on the record, and we're not telling anybody who it is," Grohl revealed in a recent interview.

So who might this huge pop star be? The obvious choice is Adele, due to her close ties to producer Greg Kurstin, who also produced the Foos' new album. Read more here.

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Miley Cyrus Kicks Off Summer With Bikini Photo

(Radio.com) Miley Cyrus welcomed the kick off of Summer 2017 by sharing a couple of photos in the California sunshine via social media including a shot in a bikini.

The 'Malibu" singer posted a shot of herself in a classic red bikini and her two pups having a picnic. "Summmmmer is heeeeerrrre! Bring on Z fruit , sunshine (always spf) , & goooood times!," she wrote.

She also gave some solid puppy parenting advice, suggesting watermelon as a summertime treat for the little ones. See her social media posts and the photos here.

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Liam Payne's The Tonight Show Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Former One Direction star Liam Payne declared his independence during his performance this past Wednesday (June 21) night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

He took the late night TV stage to perform his debut single "Strip That Down" for what was his first appearance on the program and he wanted to make an impression.

The performance featured backup dancers in a big neon frame and the lyrics to the song included the line, "You know, I used to be in 1D/ Now I'm out, free," and Payne gave a shoutout to the talk show host. Watch it here.

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John Singleton Slams Tupac Biopoc

(Radio.com) John Singleton is not a fan of the new Tupac Shakur movie, "All Eyez On Me." The director was in Atlanta's V-103 studios earlier this week (June 22) to promote his new television series "Snowfall."

His temperature spiked when the subject turned to biopic, or as the Academy Award-nominated director deemed it, "the debacle." "Are you displeased because of the final product, or that you didn't get to do it?" asked Big Tigger, on The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith.

"A little bit of both," replied Singleton, who was once part of the project that was released last week under the direction of lauded music video lensman, Benny Boom.

"They just made a movie. They didn't think of it as a cultural event. They didn't think of it in terms of something that affected our generation. They see a rap star," he continued. "But dude was much more than a rap star. So that's why I'm really upset." Read more here.

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Shania Twain Reveals Fears Of Working With Prince

(Radio.com) It may come as a surprise, but Shania Twain is an admitted swearer and she recently revealed that it almost prevented her working with the legendary Prince. The "Purple Rain" artist was the first producer to reach out to Twain in regards to creating a new record.

While it wasn't the right time for Twain to begin working as she didn't have any songs ready, she was hesitant to take Prince up on his offer due to his "no swearing in the studio" policy.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Twain told Shelly Easton of 92.5 XTU swearing was the norm for her. 'When I'm working with music and I'm relaxed, I swear," Twain said.

The five-time Grammy Award winner admitted she questioned how she was going to be creative without swearing, something she has a pretty good control over since the birth of her son. "I said oh no, how am I ever going to be creative if I couldn't swear?"

Twain admits her fear of not working with Prince due to her swearing was "premature." In April of 2016 Prince passed away before Twain and him could ever work together. Read more here.

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Daft Punk Track Covered By 15-Piece Orchestra

(Radio.com) Daft Punk's addictive beats have inspired dozens of covers and reinterpretations, but true fans can't miss this latest 15-piece orchestral cover of the group's 2001 hit "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."

The Radio Dance Orchestra of Ehrenfeld in Germany performed their own version of the track on a recent episode of the late-night talk show, Neo Magazin Royale.

The 15-member orchestra reinvented the song by switching up the tempo and structure. Listen to the fantastic cover of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" here.

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Dierks Bentley Opens His Own Shows As Alter Ego

(Radio.com) Dierks Bentley is a huge fan of bluegrass music. Now, the country singer has taken this love one step further by opening his own shows on his What the Hell Tour as the frontman in a fake opening act called the Bolo Boys Bluegrass Band.

Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi have joined him on tour for the opening slots, but fans who arrive early may have gotten to listen to this group of string players, made up of Bentley and members of his own band, according to Rolling Stone.

During the set, the country star dons a big hat and sunglasses to join in on a quick set of classic bluegrass jams. For a recent Pennsylvania show, the Bolo Boys even played one of Bentley's hits "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do." Read more here.

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Lorde's New Album Influenced By Frank Ocean

(Radio.com) Pop star Lorde sat down with The Spinoff podcast and Frank Ocean as one of her biggest references when she wrote and recorded her brand new album "Melodrama.

She said his one-of-a-kind approach to making great music liberated her from certain expectations about how to record pop hits. 'In this sort of post-Blonde landscape, we can all sort of do whatever we want in terms of instrumentation," she said.

'We could've just made it a big, easy single because the bonds are there," she continued. ''It won't mean as much to simplify the journey or to force a big chorus. I just want it to feel like how that ['new love'] feels'the big, sun-soaked dumbness of falling in love."

Lorde says Ocean's style was especially influential on "The Louvre," one of our favorite tracks on the album. How about Lorde/Frank Ocean collaboration in the future? We can only hope. Listen to "The Louvre" here.

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Rihanna Recruits Kendrick Lamar For Diamond Ball

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar will perform at Rihanna's third annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City Sept. 14 and comedy icon Dave Chappelle will serve as the evening's host.

The Diamond Ball raises support for the Clara Lionel Foundation, which promotes global education, health, and emergency response programs. Rihanna founded the organization in 2012 in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.

""I'm thrilled that the incomparable Dave Chappelle will kick things off as the official host of this year's Diamond Ball and Kendrick Lamar will take the stage for an unforgettable performance," Rihanna said. Read more here.

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SZA 'Drew Barrymore' Music Video Includes Surprise Cameo

(Radio.com) SZA released her debut album Ctrl earlier this month and has followed up with the release of the music video for the album's hit "Drew Barrymore" which featured the actress.

During the middle of the video, the track's namesake actually shows up for a brief second and smiles at SZA before walking offscreen. Directed by Dave Myers (who also directed Kendrick Lamar's "Humble"), he delivered yet another poignant video for SZA.

The rest of the video is full of SZA and her friends experience dizzying amounts of fun and melancholy times during different seasons of the year. Watch "Drew Barrymore" here.

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Haim Cover Shania Twain At Surprise Show

(Radio.com) Haim's new album Something to Tell You won't be released until July 7, but the three sisters previewed some of the songs during an intimate show in Los Angeles earlier this month.

On June 16, the trio announced on Twitter that they'd play an acoustic pop-up concert the next night and that they'd sign limited edition posters until they ran out.

While hundreds of fans lined up for their chance to meet Haim, only the first 100 got inside, where they were treated to new songs, including "Night So Long." In addition to showcasing some new tunes, Haim also performed a cover of Shania Twain's 1997 hit 'Man! I Feel Like a Woman." Check out videos here.

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ASAP Ferg Releases New Track 'Tango' Featuring Kanobby

(Radio.com) ASAP Ferg started his #TraplordTuesday music series earlier this month by releasing four brand new songs: "Nia Long," "Aw Yea," "Furious Ferg" and "Plain Jane".

The rapper followed up this week with a brand new track "Tango," which features a collaboration with Kanobby. This new song is certainly more introspective and deep than some of the rapper's previous tracks.

The track deals with the sadness in Ferg's life from the past few years, including the loss of his father and A$AP Yams. In a recent interview, Ferg said the song centers around wanting to give it to his fans "straight" instead of "dancing around" with his words. Listen to "Tango" here.

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Kacey Musgraves Uses Psychic To Connect With Late Grandmother

(Radio.com) Kacey Musgraves appeared on a brand new episode of Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry earlier this week. In the episode's teaser clip, Henry reveals details surrounding the country music star's grandmother's tragic death in a house fire.

The preview features Henry talking about one of the main details that keeps popping out about the star's grandmother is a house fire. Musgraves confirmed his theory, saying her maternal grandmother died after her electrical blanket caught fire. While her grandmother called 911, she did not make it out of the house.

"We don't know if she went back in to get something or to get her dogs, or maybe she just got disoriented," she revealed. "We just don't really know and there's a lot of unanswered questions there." Watch the clip here.

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Rita Ora Reveals 'Your Song' Video Concept

(Radio.com) Rita Ora makes her highly-anticipated return with the release of "Your Song" and the accompanying music video. Ora spoke with 92.3 AMP Radio's Niko before the video was released to dish the details.

"The video, unfortunately, wasn't filmed in London because I didn't have time to fly there. I wish it could have been," says Ora. "But it was filmed in Vancouver, so it could be a city of your choice because you know how Vancouver looks like so many different places' Fact of the day by Rita Ora: Vancouver is the only city that never played itself in a movie."

Ora dealt with heartache while working on her new album and created a video to put that on display, describing the experience as "liberating." "The video is basically about me not having any time, time isn't a concept. It's just going back and forth of me breaking free in an office building and doing the rebellious thing, kind of breaking out of my shell and singing about this guy who broke my heart," said Ora. Read more here.

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Chance the Rapper Using Sign Language Interpreters For Tour

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper has hired American Sign Language interpreters for the remainder of his Be Encouraged Tour. The decision makes Chance the first rapper to personally hire ASL interpreters for a tour.

Chance has teamed up with DEAFinitely, an Atlanta-based organization with the goal to unite "the hearing and deaf communities through music and signing." According to CBS affiliate WTSP 10 News, the rapper met DEAFinitely Dope founder Matt Maxey at a festival and invited Maxey and two other interpreters to join him on tour.

"We will have interpreters at the show, which will be a new thing going forward, to help everybody experience the show," Chance said in a video posted to Facebook as Maxey interpreted. Read more here.

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Snoop Dogg Pokes Fun At Young Rappers In New Video

(Radio.com) Snoop Dogg has spent 25 years in the rap game and maintained his sense of humor through various incarnations. Contemporary hip-hop looks different than the hardened rap he witnessed as a young MC, and as an elder statesman he pokes fun at young stars in his video for "Moment I Feared."

The video is staged in a fake local news studio where he and Rick Rock discuss the state of rap in 2017. "I commend the young artists for doing they thing," Snoop says. "They different. They look different, they rap different. But s, that's what hip-hop is supposed to be' Originality, I give them a big thumbs up."

We then meet a fictional upstart named Fonz D-lo whose flamboyant style and penchant for wearing womenswear (Hey, Young Thug!) establishes him as a hip-hop eccentric. Read more here.

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Migos' Takeoff Has Blingfull Birthday

(Radio.com) Migos' Takeoff turned 23 this month and received one of the "baddest and boujee-est" birthday presents from Quavo and Offset. The group's other two members surprised the Migos' youngest member with a $33,000, 13 carat diamond ring.

Created by Wafi Lalani of Jewelry Unlimited in Atlanta, the decked-out ring was equipped with a detachable spaceship to match the rapper's latest jewelry addition: a cosmic chain valued at $500,000.

In a video posted on Jewelry Unlimited's social media account, the ring came in a box with a tiny screen that played their music video for "Slippery" when opened. Check out the ring and video here.

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Adele Makes Surprise Visit To London Firefighters

(Radio.com) Adele surprised London firefighters who helped extinguish the Grenfell Tower Blaze that killed 79 people by showing up at their fire station unannounced.

This past Monday (June 19), firefighter Rob Petty from the local Chelsea Fire Station shared photos of Adele's visit on Facebook. "Not everyday the wonderfully grounded and caring Adele pops into Chelsea Fire Station for a cup of tea and a cuddle," he captioned several photos with Adele.

Station manager Ben King told the BBC that Adele showed up to the station, knocked on the window and said she had some cakes for those inside. "So we opened the door to her and then she took her sunglasses off and said, 'Hi, I'm Adele,'" King recalls. "Everyone was so shocked. She came in, came up to the mess and had a cup of tea with the watch and then she joined us for the minute's silence. We have had so much support for the local community and we cannot thank everyone enough." Read more here.

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Cam Recalls Beautiful Wedding In So Cal High Desert

(Radio.com) In September, Cam married Adam Weaver in a romantic, intimate ceremony in a Californian high desert town north of Palm Springs and the country singer shared some details.

"Pioneertown was built as a movie set," she explains. "So it's like a western town in the middle of nowhere that's not too far for people to travel, but you feel like you've gone to a whole other world, like 'Where are we?' You know you're not that far away from home, but it feels like a whole other world."

It also turned out to be her ideal wedding site. "When you go to think of what your wedding should be, you hear about the husband and the bride having to compromise a lot," she shares. "The two of us looked and found this spot, and we both immediately loved it. It was just so beautiful, the views, it was the right choice. Definitely one of the best nights of my life."

She wore a Jenny Packam dress, which reminded her of the '30s era and matched the vintage feel of the desert town. "There's something about my spirit that's really connected to the '30s," she reveals. "There's something so cool and glamorous. You kind of get a little of that back when you're here." Read more here.

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Ice Cube Explains His Rap Name To Pimp Daddy Colbert

(Radio.com) Ice Cube started music in 1984 and his rap moniker is known the world over. But have you ever wondered where "Ice Cube" comes from? On The Late Show, Cube explained how he chose his name.

As a teenager in Los Angeles, discarded refrigerators sometimes lined the streets. Cube sometimes tried putting the moves on his brother's girlfriends, which inspired a creative threat:

"Well, my brother was like, 'Yo, that refrigerator down the street? I'm gonna take you down there, I'm slammin' you in the freezer and when they pull you out you're gonna be an ice cube,'" he said.

A delighted Stephen Colbert wondered what his own rap name might be. Cube was there to help. "You gotta lean into it, you can't play with it," the rapper said. "Most guys, when they do a rap name, guys like yourself, they'll say 'my name is SC,' or something real weak like that. But I'mma call you Daddy Colbert. Daddy Colbert, that's dope. And if you really wanna lean into it, you go to Pimp Daddy Colbert." Watch the funny segment here.

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