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Ed Sheeran Says He Hit Justin Bieber In The Face With A Golf Club

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran recalled a time when he hit Justin Bieber in the face with a golf club while the two were both visiting Japan. Sheeran made the revelation in a new interview with The Guardian.

"We were in Japan," Sheeran remembers. "We'd been out to a dive bar. He just drank water and I got hammered. Then we went to a golf course, and he lay on the floor and put a golf ball in his mouth and told me to hit it out of his mouth. I was like, 'F—, I need to aim this properly,' and I swung."

"And you know in films when someone gets punched, and you hear that fake sound, like a slap?" Sheeran mused. "But in real life when someone gets punched, you hear that dull thud, a bit sickening? I heard a sound like the last one, and saw his security guard looking at me like [he was horrified]." Read more here.

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Coldplay Surprise with New Song 'Hypnotised', Announce EP

(Radio.com) Coldplay surprised fans this week with the release of a new track entitled 'Hypnotised," and the announcement that they will be releasing a new EP, entitled "Kaleidoscope," on June 2nd.

The song will be on the EP along with their recently released collaboration with The Chainsmokers "Something Just Like This" and three additional unreleased tracks, according to Radio.com.

Kaleidoscope is the sister release to the band's seventh studio album A Head Full Of Dreams, which was rumored to be the band' last. A Head Full Of Dreams came out in December 2015 and landed at Number two in the U.S. and Number one in the UK. It has sold more than five million copies to date. Stream the new song and see the tracklisting here.

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Adele Cancels Fireworks At Concert After Son Injured

(Radio.com) Adele cut a fireworks section from a concert in Australia at the last minute. She made the decision before her show in Perth when the pyro was tested during soundcheck and her four-year-old son Angelo was hit in the eye by debris, reports The Queensland Times.

"We've been rehearsing here and up until last night we had fireworks for you," she told the crowd during the show. "And obviously everyone likes a fireworks display. However, my son was watching in the crowd … there wasn't much of a crowd, there was like five people. A bit of debris – it wasn't big – but a bit of s— went in his eye and he was very upset, so I got rid of the fireworks."

In an effort to gauge the crowd's reaction, Adele asked them if they wanted to see fireworks in the show, despite the risk. "Let's get a cheer for fireworks if you want them," she said; her question was followed by loud cheers. Read more here.

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Bruno Mars Releases 'That's What I Like' Video

Bruno Mars has released a brand new music video for his current hit single "That's What I Like". The track is the latest release from his most recent platinum album, "24K Magic."

Mars directed the new visual with Jonathan Lia and it features animation along with choreography to go along with the song, according to the announcement from his record label.

Fans will also be able to catch Bruno when he performs at the 2017 iHeartRadio Awards broadcast this Sunday, March 5th at 8PM ET/5PM PT via TBS, TNT, and truTV. He is also set to receive the Innovator Award during the event. Until then, watch his new video here.

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Kevin Gates Reportedly Being Released From Jail

(Radio.com) Kevin Gates will be released from jail later this month after serving 180 days for battery. Gates was originally sentenced in October after kicking a female fan while performing at Rumors Nightclub in Lakeland, Florida.

The victim, Miranda Dixon, admitted that she first pulled on his pants. "I was trying to get his attention for my friend," she said. But the second time she did it, he kicked her.

Gates defended his actions by claiming the fan touched him without consent, but the court criticized the level of his response. His wife, Dreka Gates, posted an alternative angle of the incident on Instagram, and called into question Dixon's version of events. " Read more here.

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Lorde Releases New Single 'Green Light' and Confirms Album

(Radio.com) Lorde has released her new single "Green Light" from the new album Melodrama, due this summer. The track arrives with a music video directed by Grant Singer, whose credits include a who's who of popular music including Taylor Swift, Zayn, The Weeknd and Future.

"I am so proud of this song," the singer wrote of the Jack Antonoff and Frank Dukes co-produced track. " It's very different and kinda unexpected. It's complex and funny and sad and joyous and it'll make you DANCE."

"It's the first chapter of a story I'm gonna tell you, the story of the last 2 wild, fluorescent years of my life. This is where we begin," she continued. Watch the new video here.

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Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Up for Sale For $67 Million

(Radio.com) Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is up for sale again. The property of the late self-proclaimed King Of Pop has been listed for the reduced asking price of $67 million.

This is a huge cut from the $100 million it was on the market for last year, but a definite increase from the $22.5 million it was purchased for before Jackson's death.

The property has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch and sits on 2,700 acres of land near Santa Barbara, California. There is a 12,000 square foot main residence and a 3,700 square foot pool house. Read more here.

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Kinky Friedman Announces The Resurrected Tour

Kinky Friedman is at it again! The outlaw country singer/songwriter has announced that he will be hitting the road this spring for The Resurrected Tour. We were sent the following details:

The Resurrected Tour starts in mid-April and will continue to the middle of May. Kinky will be performing with his uber sideman, New Jersey's own Joe Cirotti. Kinky's CD producer, Brian Molnar, will open the show as a duet with Joe.

Longtime pal Kinkster pal Brian Kanof will auction off bottles (first half of the tour only) of Kinky's personal brand of "Mexican mouthwash," Man in Black Tequila, to benefit Kinky's award-winning animal rescue group Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. See the dates here.

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Ariana Grande Talks Relationship With Mac Miller

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande and Mac Miller were first reported to be dating in August of last year and made it official the following month, but as she recently told Cosmo that their relationship goes back much further.

"I met him when I was 19," she said. "We have loved and adored and respected each other since the beginning, since before we even met, just because we were fans of each other's talent. We weren't ready at all, though, to be together. It's just timing. We both needed to experience some things, but the love has been there the whole time."

While Grande considers herself fortunate to be in a loving relationship, she said she doesn't need love to feel good about herself. "I've never looked at love as something that I need to complete me," she said. Read more here.

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Chance the Rapper To Headline The Essence Festival

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper has just been announced as one of the headliners of the Essence Festival which will be taking place at the Superdome in New Orleans this coming June.

He joins previously announced headliners Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige. Other artists on the lineup include John Legend, BJ the Chicago Kid, Daley, Elle Varner, Leela James and more. The festival takes place from June 30 to July 2.

2017 Mainstage Artists: Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Ari Lennox, Chaka Khan, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Master P, No Limit Records' Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk, Monica, Rhonda Ross, Solange and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. See the other artist here.

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Andy Grammer and Wife Aijia Expecting Baby Girl

(Radio.com) Music star Andy Grammer reveals that he and his wife Aijia are expecting a baby girl and he shared his reaction to the news with the celebrity gossip publication People.

'I feel like if you told me I would be having a son, I would be like, 'Yeah, I'm gonna be a parent -- I get that.' But when the doctor was like, 'You're gonna have a girl,' I was like, 'What? Who am I?' It's the craziest piece of information that changes who you are," Grammer tells People. 'It's sweet."

"I take the role of being a father to a daughter very seriously," he continued. 'I think there's something very special about that... I think the coolest thing you can do is just raise a really strong daughter." Read more here.

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Future Islands Reveal Inspiration For 'Ran'

(Radio.com) With a decade behind them, Future Islands have logged many miles on the road, and that led to their new single and video, "Ran," as singer Sam Herring tells Radio.com.

"We kind of got off the road at the end of 2015 on our two-year album cycle for our last record, Singles, which came out around this time in 2014, three years ago," he says. "We took maybe a month off, and we started the writing sessions for the next record in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We went down and rented a house in Buxton, North Carolina, in the southern part of the Outer Banks. We're all from, or grew up in, North Carolina, so that place is very important to us."

He continues: "But it was a way for us to kind of get away and reconvene as friends and musical partners, but get away from everything and just sit down and write. So we rented this house and just set up all our gear in the living room and started making sounds, and 'Ran' came out of… the music came out of that session. And it was one of the first songs; it was written for the album. But I think, in a way, it encapsulates a lot of the themes that come out of the record, which aren't necessarily new to us because we've spent most of the last nine and a half, ten years on the road as a touring band. So that's 'How we feel when we fall, when we fold, when we lose control, on these roads.'"Read more here.

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Iggy Azalea Releasing New Track Today, Addresses Album Delay

(Radio.com) Iggy Azalea took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon (March 3) to update fans on her much-delayed sophomore album Digital Distortion and announces she's releasing a new track today (March 3rd). She'll be including a track from the new album on the Def Jam compilation Direct Deposit.

"I felt it was important to say; I know its [sic] been a long wait for my album--SORRY!," she wrote. "I hope my fans understand my life has been filled with so many personal changes. I felt it was important I made some creative changes too--I needed my album to reflect where my head's at in 2017."

2016 saw Azalea end her engagement to NBA player Nick Young amid allegations he had been unfaithful. "I really appreciate the patience," she continued. "I'm so excited for all the new music, new visuals, album preorder dates etc. I'll be releasing throughout the month of March. Thanks for your support IGGY."Read more here.

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Jennifer Lopez Challenged To Silly Dance Battle By Jimmy Fallon

(Radio.com) The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon invited popstar/actress Jennifer Lopez, perhaps unwisely, to participate in a dance battle during Wednesday night's episode (March 1st).

Her self-proclaimed competitive nature kicked in and she went for it. She said, 'You put me in these things and you know how competitive I am! So I start acting crazy!"

The names of non-existing dances were placed in a velvet bag, and the contestants pulled them out then made up dances to compliment the titles. Fallon went first, making up a silly dance called, 'Skinny Jeans." Lopez proceeded to show him up with a very J.Lo version of 'Washing Machine Spin Cycle," which she followed by 'Hot Cowboy." Check it out here.

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Darius Rucker Talks His New Single 'If I Told You'

(Radio.com) Darius Rucker's post-Hootie and the Blowfish career continues with his latest single, "If I Told You," which is the first taste of his upcoming album, due out later this year.

Rucker generally writes or co-writes all of his songs, but this one came from songwriters Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally and Jon Nite. "I'm not big into outside songs," he tells Radio.com.

"I write so much [music]. But this song was brought to me by a producer and my A&R guy at Capitol, and it just blew me away. It was really one of those songs, the first time I heard the demo, I went, 'Wow, that's me.' I even said to Shane McAnally, 'Man, I can't believe you didn't put me in the room for this one, because you're writing about me.'"

"It caught me instantly," he says. "'The man I got my name from, I don't even know where he is now.' I thought, 'That's my life. I've lived that life since I was a baby.'"

He continues: "'What if I told you sometimes I lose my faith, I wonder why someone like you would talk to me.' To this day that's how I feel about life. That was the thing that just kept coming back every time I heard a line, I went, 'That's me. That's me.' And that's why it was so easy to sing that song for me." Read more here.

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A Look Back at U2's 'Pop' 20 Years Later

(Radio.com) Twenty years ago this week, U2 released one of their most daring and most misunderstood albums, Pop. Continuing down the sonic road they started on with 1991's Achtung Baby and continued with 1993's Zooropa and their 1995 side project Passengers, Pop took them further into dance music territory; their image became more arch and snarky, as the po-faced Irish dudes who looked so serious on the cover of 1987's The Joshua Tree became a distant memory.

It all started with "Discotheque." The song and video were, ostensibly, a celebration of dance music and culture. Commercially, this was a dangerous move for U2. They were a post-punk band who crossed over to the mainstream via massive MTV play in the '80s; by the end of the decade, they were a mainstay on rock radio alongside Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones.

Embracing industrial dance music on 1991's Achtung Baby was a risky move that paid off: it seemed nearly as radical as Dylan going electric -- or, at least, as radical as the Beastie Boys picking up their instruments, to use a more recent artistic 180-degree turn -- and it worked. 1993's Zooropa saw them delve further into digital music.

But "Discotheque" may have been a few steps too far onto the multi-colored dance floor for U2's American rock audience to digest. Rock legends had embraced disco before -- like the Rolling Stones on "Miss You" and Rod Stewart on "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" -- but none dove in with the enthusiasm of U2, or at least Bono, The Edge and Adam Clayton. Drummer Larry Mullen looked unamused in the video, and through most of the promotion for Pop. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Ashley Riley's Leaving Nashville

Ashley Riley released her brand new EP "Can't Let You Go" today (March 3rd) and to celebrate we asked her to tell us the story behind the song "Leaving Nashville". Here is the story:

"Leaving Nashville" was written with a dear friend of mine, Jessica Jolly, back in 2010. We had been in Nashville for a few days visiting and playing shows and doing the writers rounds and were packing up and our bags and heading to Knoxville for a show that night.

I think we had the first verse and most of the chorus completed by the time we hit the road. I remember hammering out the second verse as we drove. We forgot to account for the time difference between Nashville to Knoxville so we were late to our gig, but it was still a fun night.

When we got back to our hotel that night we stayed up and finished writing the song. To be clear though, I have a pretty serious city crush on Nashville and it always feels really great to spend time there. I always come home really inspired and vowing to go back much more often.

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

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