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Lady Gaga Replaces Beyonce At Coachella Festival

(Radio.com) Coachella organizers have announced that Lady Gaga will be replacing Beyonce, who had previously pulled out of her headlining spot at the southern California music festival.

The festival made the official announcement Wednesday evening with the issuing of an updated lineup poster. According to Billboard who was tipped off earlier in the afternoon, "it was important to Coachella organizers that a female performer replace Beyonce."

Gaga will perform on both Saturdays, April 15 and 22, at Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA. The two-weekend stint will serve as a lead-in for her Joanne World Tour which kicks off August 1. Read more here.

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Lil Wayne Announces U.S. Spring Tour

(Radio.com) With several big releases reportedly planned for this year, including the supposed arrival of the long delayed "Tha Carter V" album, Lil Wayne is heading out on tour beginning in April.

The rapper will be kicking off his Kloser 2 U Tour in Louisville, Kentucky on April 14th and wrap them up in Detroit, Michigan on May 11th. Tickets go on sale March 3rd.

Besides touring on his own name, Lil Wayne may be embarking on a Young Money tour. Birdman shared how Nicki Minaj had expressed interest in hitting the road after she reunited with Lil Wayne and Drake in the studio. See the dates here.

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Ed Sheeran Plays 'Shape of You' On Toy Instruments

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran has reinterpreted his hit single "Shape of You," yet again, but this time performing the track on classroom instruments for an appearance on The Tonight Show.

The pop star performed the song on late night show on Monday (Feb. 27) and Jimmy Fallon and The Roots were happy to help him present his unique take on the single from his upcoming album Divide.

While Sheeran still sang lead, he also assisted on percussion with a banana shaker in hand while Fallon jammed on a Casio keyboard. The members of the Roots sang backing vocals and also played xylophone, kazoo, tambourine, ukulele and various other children's instruments. Watch it here.

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The Game Launches New Tirade Against Meek Mill

(Radio.com) After accusing Meek Mill of being involved in the robbery of Nicki Minaj's house, The Game continued going after the Philadelphia rapper. Meek allegedly provided Remy Ma with all sorts of details for her scorching diss track "ShETHER" and The Game isn't letting up on him for betraying his ex-girlfriend in such an underhanded way.

The Game shared a picture on Instagram posing in front of his bright yellow Mercedes, but it's what he wrote in the caption that's aimed at Meek. He wrote a verse-like rhyme that called Meek out for being so loose-tongued.

The two have crossed paths before, but The Game has been sticking up for Minaj ever since thieves broke into her house, stole $200,000 in objects and vandalized her property. See the Game's post here.

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Lorde Uses Public Events To Tease New Single 'Green Light'

(Radio.com) Lorde staged public events around Aukland, New Zealand and announced that fans could get 'a few more glimpses at what's coming" by going to the points highlighted on a map of the city.

One location featured a green light projected on the side of a building, where a clip from a new Lorde song played, followed by the words 'Green Light." In another spot, a parked car was illuminated with green lighting and smoke, and there was a green-lit sign that read, 'She thinks you love the beach/ You're such a damn liar."

Lorde also has a mysterious website, imwaitingforit.com, which first showed up in ads on New Zealand TV. The elusive pop star has been sharing hints about the follow-up to 2013's Pure Heroine. Read more here.

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Patsy Cline American Masters Premieres This Weekend

(PBS) Patsy Cline: American Masters will world premiere this Saturday, March 4 on PBS during Women's History Month. This year marks the 85th anniversary of country music singer Patsy Cline's birth (September 8, 1932) and 54th anniversary of her death (March 5, 1963).

Patsy Cline defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart-wrenching emotional depth to break down barriers of gender, class and genre. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, Patsy Cline: American Masters examines the roots of Cline's impact to illuminate how she arrived at a pivotal moment in the evolution of American culture and synthesized country, pop and rock in a new way.With exclusive access to the Cline estate, the film features rare performances of "Walkin' After Midnight," "Come On In," "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy" and more.

The documentary also features exclusive archival interviews with Cline's contemporaries and new interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Rhiannon Giddens, Wanda Jackson, Bill Anderson, Beverly D'Angelo, Callie Khouri, Reba McEntire, Mickey Guyton, Terri Clark, and others. Watch a preview clip http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/patsy-cline-film/7992/ here.

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Alicia Keys Impersonates Adele, Gwen Stefani, Janis Joplin

(Radio.com) Jimmy Fallon's Wheel of Musical Impressions has yielded some pretty unforgettable impersonations: Christina Aguilera's Britney Spears and Ariana Grande's Christina Aguilera come to mind.

When Alicia Keys appeared on The Tonight Show last night (Feb. 28), she tried her hand at a few: Adele, Gwen Stefani and rock legend Janis Joplin. Let's just say she had fun.

Keys' impressions weren't jaw-droppingly accurate but she did her best. Her Stefani-inspired cover of "Miss Mary Mack" segued into a broad "I ain't Miss Mary Mack, girl!" Keys' rendition of "The Alphabet Song" in the style of Adele used some dramatic hand gestures and the tune of "Hello." She gets an "A" for effort and commitment.

But it was Alicia's Janis Joplin that really brought it home. We heard some rock registers in her voice that only occasionally get used in Keys' own material, and her "Piece of My Heart" take on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" made the audience roar. Watch Keys' impersonations (and Fallon doing The Pointer Sisters and Elvis Presley) here.

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Luke Bryan And Dierks Bentley Poke Fun At Oscars Mess Up Ahead Of ACMs

(Radio.com) After what took place during the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday (February 26th), Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley have a plan to make sure there are no major mistakes at the ACM Awards.

In their usual joking fashion, they shared that they had already discussed what to do if someone accidentally read out the wrong name for an award. "We have a plan," Bentley told The Tennessean. "Luke's going to have a wardrobe malfunction. At least that way everyone talks about that and not the show."

Bryan added, building off Bentley's set-up, "It's sad nobody is talking about what happened at the Oscars. That's our approach, Dierks -- train wreck the show." During the Oscars broadcast on Sunday, presenters awarded Best Picture to La La Land instead of Moonlight. Read more here.

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Kendrick Lamar To Tackles Tough Topics On New Album

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar has been hard at work on his follow-up to his 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly, and in a new interview, he discussed how his focus has shifted as a songwriter.

Speaking with The New York Times Style Magazine, Lamar detailed how his next project will move past calling attention to the problems he did on To Pimp a Butterfly, and instead look at his neighborhood community as well as global communities.

"I'm in a space now where I'm not addressing the problem anymore," he said. "We're in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it's almost in conflict with what's going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system." Read more here.

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Rihanna's Harvard Humanitarian Award Acceptance Speech Goes Online

(Radio.com) Now, Rihanna can tell everyone she attended Harvard. The pop icon was given a Humanitarian Award at the University on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and delivered an inspiring acceptance speech.

Taking to the podium after being presented the award by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Rihanna opened by joking, 'So, I made it to Harvard. Never thought I'd be able to say that in my life, but it feels good."

The pop singer, who started work with her first foundation at the age of 18, talked about when her she first started thinking about helping others. She also discussed her views on being a humanitarian, quoting her grandmother who said, 'If you've got a dollar, you've got a lot to share."

'I would think to myself, 'I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all the kids in Africa?'" she recalled. 'And I would say to myself, 'When I grow up and I get rich, I'm gonna save kids all over the world. I just didn't know I would be in a position to do that by the time I was a teenager." Read more and watch the full speech here.

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Avril Lavigne Reveals Details For Her New Album

(Radio.com) Avril Lavigne has officially announced that she has a new album coming this year. The pop star released an announcement video for the new effort but did not disclose a title or release date.

"For this album I have a new team behind me, and I just signed to BMG. At this point in my career and in my life I just wanted to put fresh energy around me and I feel like I'm having somewhat of a rebirth in my life," Lavigne said in a statement.

"I've been faced with a lot, gone through a lot emotionally. The whole writing process has been therapeutic and empowering," she continued. "This album is a natural process for me and it's coming from a very honest place. My hope is that it is an inspiration to many people." Watch Lavinge's full album announcement here.

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Diplo Has Humorous Twitter Beef With Oliver Heldens

(Radio.com) Diplo never saw a Twitter beef he didn't want to marinate, pan-sear and serve with asparagus. On Tuesday night, the DJ's latest kerfuffle got hilariously juvenile -- and had a happy ending.

It started when Major Lazer shared a remix of Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You" and house DJ Oliver Heldens responded with some constructive criticism. "no offense, but this remix could have been so much better. Next time send me and let's collab," Heldens tweeted.

Diplo was not having it. "if I wanted to make a future house remix with the same bassline over and over again I will hit you up you baby p*nis," he replied to Heldens. 'u look like a nine year old with a beard."

Producer Dillion Francis entered the fray with a photo of Heldens, reimagined as a Baby Gap ad. Then Diplo tweeted at Gap to check the smallest size of underwear they sell. Read more here.

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Katy Perry And Orlando Bloom Confirm Break Up

(Radio.com) Following a year together as a couple, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have broken up. Representative from both star's camps released a joint statement confirming the split.

"Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time," reps for both celebs told ET in the joint statement.

The couple was last seen together Sunday night at Vanity Fair's Oscars party. While Perry and Bloom kept their relationship pretty private, there were reports about them dressing up as Santa and Mrs. Claus for a visit to a children's hospital, attending Burning Man and celebrating one another's birthdays by throwing extravagant parties. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Levi Petree's What's It Gonna Take

Levi Petree is releasing his new album "It's Country" this week and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the inspiration for the song "What's It Gonna Take". Here is the story:

On July 23, 2015, I was at a little movie theatre in Los Angeles, watching the documentary "Amy." When it was over, I turned my phone on and received a flood of text messages. There'd been a shooting at a movie theatre in my hometown of Lafayette, LA, and a couple of people had died. Genuine shock. That was one of the few times in my life where I remember being genuinely shocked. Then I became angry. Rage. It'd happened again and now it'd happened in my hometown. It was the same theatre I'd go to with my family while I was in town and all I could think was that it could've been someone I knew. I remember taking out a notebook I had on me and just started writing what I was feeling. It just poured out.

By the time I went to bed that night, the names of the victims hadn't been released, but I knew for sure at least a couple of people had been murdered. Senselessly... and it made me rage inside. When I woke up the next morning, though, rage was replaced with dread. I had multiple texts from my sisters that just said "call me" and a voicemail from my Dad that mentioned someone who was basically family. Dread. I knew what they were about to tell me. We'd known someone in the theatre and we knew they'd been shot. The distance between Los Angeles and Louisiana had never felt so far away.

We got lucky, though, and learned our friend was going to pull through. But then I learned who hadn't made it and my heart broke for my hometown. They were two young women, vibrant and active in the community. I was an acquaintance of one of them who happened to be a musician and designer for a local clothing shop she owned with her husband. They sold Louisiana and Cajun-centic shirts and hats that featured original designs by her. Every time I went home, I'd stop by her store and pick up a new t-shirt. It was a way of taking Louisiana back to California with me. A little piece of home. Going to her store and wearing her designs helped me maintain a sense of pride in where I was from. I couldn't stop thinking about the two women who were gone, or my friend who was sitting in a hospital bed. I couldn't stop thinking about their families. And for the rest of the day, I just sat down with my guitar and processed. I didn't want to stop till it was done.

It's a song I feel very weird and torn about. On one hand, I'm proud of it and want it out there because it's a message I firmly believe in. It's a conversation. But I also can't help thinking of my friend, or the families of the victims. And I feel weird because, in a way, it's an attempt to tell their story while they're still living it. They're not something to politicize. So even though I have my own feelings on what caused this to happen and the larger political issue, the focus for me is always on them, the people who were directly impacted and suffered the hardest loss. This song is my prayer for them and a prayer for what happens from here.

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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