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Page Too Report for 03/07/2017


Louis Tomlinson Arrested After Airport Scuffle

(Radio.com) One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was arrested after he got into an altercation with a member of the paparazzi who wouldn't leave him alone after arriving at LAX on Friday (March 3rd.)

Tomlinson arrived with his girlfriend, and allegedly grew frustrated when a photographer got too close. According to eyewitnesses, he pulled the photographer by his legs so they fell backward to the ground and hit their head. The LA Times reports the singer was charged with simple battery and released after posting $20,000 bond.

His team said to TMZ in a statement, "The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis. It's not the first time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity. While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defense." See video here.

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Bench Warrant Issued For Rapper Azealia Banks

(Radio.com) A bench warrant has been issued for Azealia Banks, which could result in the outspoken rapper's arrest. The New York Country District Attorney's Office confirms to Radio.com that the warrant was issued after Banks failed to appear in court Monday for a hearing related to a 2015 arrest.

The rapper faces charges including misdemeanor assault, attempted assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. Back in 2015 eyewitnesses told People and Page Six that a fight broke out between Banks and two security guards at a New York City nightclub: one male and one female.

Sources say neither recognized Banks and she became irate--screaming, cursing and allegedly using racial slurs. Though she was admitted to the club, another altercation reportedly occurred which led the security team to eject Banks from the venue. Read more here.

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Future Makes Chart History With Back To Back No. 1 Albums

(Radio.com) Future released two new studio albums last month: FUTURE on February 17 and HNDRXX on February 24. It was an ambitious release schedule that paid off -- both albums debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, with one replacing the other.

Plenty of big stars have earned the chart's top spot out of the gate: Some have even done it more than once. But Future became the first person ever to do it in rapid-fire succession, replacing his own number one with his next number one. HNDRXX marks the rapper's fifth number-one album overall.

Future joins an elite group of nine artists whose albums have occupied the number one and number two spots on the chart at the same time. The last to do so was Prince, whose albums posthumously climbed the charts after his death last year. Read more here.

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Remy Ma Blames Nicki Minaj For Starting Feud

(Radio.com) Remy Ma continued her campaign against Nicki Minaj last Friday (March 3rd) when she appeared on The Wendy Williams Show. Joined by Fat Joe to promote their new collaborative album Plata O Plomo, Remy inevitably discussed her beef with Minaj.

The rapper claimed fans should stop waiting for Minaj's response to "ShETHER" because the diss track was already a response. "She started it," Remy explained, adding later, "she's been doing this to a lot of females, from Lil Kim to Mariah to Taylor and no one says anything."

Remy added Minaj's behavior has been downright petty over the years. "It was the behind-the-scenes things that you people would never know about, as far as trying to keep me off of red carpets, trying to make sure awards don't go to me or she's not going to be in attendance, or trying to get people to make bad reports about my album sales--or just anything that I'm doing to make me look less and make her look better," she explained. "When you're trying to stop my bag, when you're trying to stop me from taking care of my children, now I have a problem with that."

As for why she was dressed like she was attending a funeral, Remy curtly said, "My grandmother told me to never speak ill of the dead." Watch the interview clip here.

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Chris Brown Reacts To Addiction and Anger Issues Report

(Radio.com) Chris Brown used Instagram Stories to respond to a Billboard article claiming he has issues with drug addiction and anger. Brown spoke directly to the camera in one of three brief videos.

"Y'all gotta stop with this 'angry' s, going through drugs and all this other s" he said. "I'm tired of reading about some s soon as I've got something popping. Soon as I want to promote a tour, a party, a fing album, anything, y'all bring up something."He took the camera outside his residence to show off his many cars. "I'm not hurting out here," he added.

In a second video, Brown accused other rappers of spending too much time and money making their studios into "time capsules." He shared, "My weed and my work. That's all I need." Watch the clips here.

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Adele Confirms She Is Married During Concert Performance

(Radio.com) Adele is officially off the market. At a recent concert in Brisbane, Australia, the singer surprised fans by confirming that she is married to longtime boyfriend Simon Konecki.

The singer announced the news on stage before performing the heartbreaking ballad "Someone Like You." "I was trying to remember how it was I felt at the beginning of the relationship that inspired that record," Adele said.

"Because as bad as a breakup can be and as bitter and horrible and messy as it can be, that feeling when you first fall for someone is the best feeling on earth, and I am addicted to that feeling. Obviously, I can't go through with those feelings because I'm married now."

She added while the song "Someone Like You" is "heartbreaking," it is also about "being grateful and feeling blessed to have the chance to have certain people in your lives." Read more and watch the video here.

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Ariana Grande and John Legend Release 'Beauty and the Beast' Video

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande and John Legend's new rendition of the theme song for the remake of the film "Beauty and the Beast" now has a music video. In the original 1991 Disney film, the number was sung by Angela Lansbury and also recorded by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson.

The revamped version is more contemporary and the video features stunning scenes from the film alongside Grande and Legend's performance. Directed by Dave Meyers, the four-minute clip depicts Grande looking out a window from inside the famous castle. Donned in a beautiful red ballgown, she is accompanied by Legend on piano who is also dressed for the occasion in a suit fit for a king.

While dancers dressed in red mimic the film's falling rose petals through breathtaking choreography, Belle and the Beast are also shown in a clip where they are dancing in the castle's ballroom.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17 and stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Watch the music video for the theme song here.

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Gorillaz Announce Demon Dayz Music Festival

(Radio.com) Gorillaz have been teasing their comeback for months but plans are finally coming together for 2017. The virtual band will launch the Demon Dayz Festival in June, staged in Margate, England.

Curated by Gorillaz creator Damon Albarn, the festival's lineup has yet to be revealed. Gorillaz themselves will perform at the event, marking their first UK appearance since 2010.

Overall, it's their first show since 2012, putting an end to their five-year hiatus. With rumblings of a new album underway (but details slim) the band may have new material to promote by the time their animated likenesses take the stage in one holographic form or another. Read more here.

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Country Star John Anderson Launches Acoustic Tour

(Webster) Country music star John Anderson returned to the road for a North American acoustic tour. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of the album Wild & Blue, which featured the signature hit, "Swingin'."

"I'm really excited about doing these acoustic shows. It gives my fans an opportunity to experience a whole other side to John Anderson they haven't seen before in an intimate setting, and the reaction so far has been overwhelming," said Anderson. "This is also a monumental year for me, being the 35th anniversary of my album, Wild & Blue. We've got some big things in store for 2017."

The tour resumed March 3 in Red Rocks, Oklahoma, while making multiple stops throughout Texas, with an intimate, acoustic set. Fans can expect to hear even more of the country singer's catalog of hits, which includes other anthems like "Seminole Wind," "Straight Tequila Night," "Black Sheep" and more. Concertgoers will get an acoustic experience, as the Hall of Fame songwriter captivates audiences with his honest and heartfelt lyrics that have made him one of traditional country music's biggest stars. Read more here.

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Travis Scott Announces Birds Eye Tour

(Radio.com) Travis Scott will be kicking off his 2017 tour this week in New Orleans, where he'll perform at BUKU Music + Art Project. The rapper announced Phase 1 of the Birds Eye Tour, which supports his sophomore album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.

Besides performing at BUKU on March 10th, Scott has also announced performances at several major festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo this year.

He'll wrap up the North American leg of his tour June 8-11th in Manchester, Tennessee. After that, he heads to Europe for a handful of shows. See the tour dates here.

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Garth Brooks Milestone and More On Latest Episode Of The Pickup

(Webster) The latest episode of the "The Pickup" features a look inside the Webster PR Legendary Lunch co-hosted by the CMA, Garth Brook's celebration of 5 million ticket sales, a surprising twist on CMT's "Nashville" TV series, legendary television duo Crook & Chase honored in Nashville and more of the top stories in country music.

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, Garth Brooks, broke his own record by selling 5 million tickets in just 60 cities. Over 20 years ago, Brooks set the record by selling the same colossal amount of tickets in 100 cities.

The 52nd Annual ACM Awards will be held in Las Vegas on April 2nd. Nominees for the major event were announced and included Keith Urban with 7 nominations, Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris with 6 nominations and Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw with 5 nominations, amongst others. A full list of nominees can be found at ACMCountry.com. Stay tuned to the pickup for complete ACM coverage in April.

CMT's "Nashville" packed a killer surprise in a recent episode. Tune in to this week's episode of "The Pickup" for the spoiler alert of the month. The mid-season finale is rapidly approaching and fans are left in suspense as they follow along with the music-related drama.

Webster PR's 3rd Annual Legendary Lunch co-hosted by CMA included over 40 artists in attendance the staggering cumulative stats included 171 #1 Billboard chart hits, 559 Top 10 Billboard chart hits and over 1000 Top 40 Billboard charted singles. The attendees included country radio, music industry and media enjoying camaraderie and fellowship. First time artist attendees included Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery, Donna Fargo, The Forester Sisters, Johnny Lee, Tim Rushlow, Confederate Railroad's Danny Shirley, Dailey & Vincent, Baillie & the Boys, Razzy Bailey, Wilson Fairchild, Bobby Bare, Hee Haw's Jana Jae, Wanda Jackson, and long-time Webster PR client (of 20 years) Janie Fricke.

Fan-favorites and ACM Nominees, LOCASH celebrated their first #1 hit with "I Know Somebody." The hit song can be found on their album The Fighters in stores and online. Congratulations to the duo for this well-deserved success.

Legendary television duo, Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase of Crook & Chase were honored with the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award. The ceremony was held at the Grand Ole Opry and featured the who's who of country music including Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, Trace Adkins, T.G. Sheppard, Moe Bandy and more. You can listen to the Crook & Chase Countdown every week on stations across the country.

Check out the latest episode of The Pickup here.

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Chris Martin 'Willy Wonka' Themed 40th Birthday Party

(Radio.com) Chris Martin turned 40 on March 2, and he celebrated with a whimsical Willy Wonka-themed party. The Coldplay frontman drew inspiration from the Roald Dahl classic and the iconic Gene Wilder film to commence his fifth decade.

Decorations included giant cupcakes and lollipops, psychedelic fonts and a giant "Pure Imagination" sign. Guests at the shindig included Beyonce and Jay-Z, Rob Lowe, Robert Downey Jr. and Orlando Bloom.

CBS Late Late Show host James Corden was also in the building, probably lining up future guests for Carpool Karaoke. The A-list attendees wore colorful clothes to match the theme and posed in front of candy-button patterned wallpaper.

Martin's ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow chimed in on Instagram: "HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY to the best daddy in the world!!! We love you so much!" Conscious here.

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Jimmy Buffett Launching Margaritaville Retirement Homes

(Radio.com) Jimmy Buffett is giving fans entering retirement even more to look forward to as the singer recently announced he is launching Margaritaville-inspired retirement homes.

Those looking for an endless supply of margaritas and cheeseburgers are in luck as the first retirement community is set to open in Daytona Beach, FL next year. The website for Latitude Margaritaville, promises "exciting recreation, unmatched dining and FINtastic nightlife.

"It's always been that happy place in your mind, the spirit of adventure in your soul. It's the state of mind when it all comes together in one of life's perfect moments. When your mind wanders to this paradise, why not follow it home?" the site states. Read more here.

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The Truck Notorious B.I.G. Killed In Being Auction

(Radio.com) The 1997 GMC truck in which Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) was killed is being auctioned for $1.5 million. The company behind the auction, Moments in Time, is also selling the 1996 BMW 750iL in which Tupac was shot for the same price.

Although the passenger door has since been replaced, the seatbelt Biggie was wearing that fateful night has not. In the photos Moments in Time shared online, one features a seatbelt with a bullet hole.

Police removed the original passenger door for their investigation. Biggie died on March 9, 1997 after being shot several times. Read more here.

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Solange Sings 'What a Fool Believes' With Michael McDonald

(Radio.com) For those who didn't know, Solange Knowles is a huge Doobie Brothers fan and she achieved career milestone over the weekend when she joined band member Michael McDonald on stage to sing the group's hit "What a fool Believes."

The event took place March 4 at Florida's Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival. Dressed in all white, Solange assisted on vocals and harmonies while McDonald sat on stage nearby playing keyboards.

"Anyone who knows me knows that the Doobie Brothers are my musical/harmonic/chord change heroes and that I listen to 'It Keeps You Running' every day for encouragement," Solange shared on Instagram with a clip of the two performing together. "That was fun Michael." See a snippet of their performance here.

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Singled Out: Lese Majesty's Seeking Escape

Lese Majesty vocalist Jodie Lee Gibson tells us about their song 'Seeking Escape' which comes from their recently released EP "Cold Reason For Change". Here is the story:

Close friends and family of the band have struggled with addiction over the last few years. I feel like this is a common theme for many of us, and there's already plenty of songs focussed on this topic. But it felt like everyone was taking the approach of condemning the addicted, or placing ultimatums on them.

So with this one I decided to shift the perspective. One of my best friends told me to read an epic book called 'Chasing The Scream' by Johann Hari which helped me navigate some kind of understanding of this heated topic.

If you don't dig books there's a great five minute cartoon documentary online by the clever folk who do 'in a nutshell'. I had a hunch the current war on drugs stunk, but I didn't think it was quite this rife. Hari's research and story blew my mind, so there's reflections of the book throughout this song.

This song was written around vocals - but not initially. After finishing the demo we realised the music didn't complement the raw urgency of the singing. So we deleted everything except my voice and rebuilt the song again from scratch.

We hoped it would improve things by making the groove gallop along like an aggressive version of Americas' 'Horse With No Name' but because we had no drummer at the time, our bass player Joel was programming the drums with midi. He did this weird thing where he wanted to add triplet drum fills, but the midi grid lines in 4/4 timing was problematic, so he changed the meter to a 6/8 swing groove and rebuilt the song from there.

We hope that the content and music complement each other to convey the feeling and message. We realised that growing up we were more likely to listen to the ideas and concepts of our favourite singers or bands rather than the points of view given to us from traditional forms of authority. Such charged, passionate and positive messages have resonated with us through artists such as Midnight Oil, Cog, Dead Letter Circus, Pink Floyd, Rage Against The Machine, U2, and Kendrick Lamar. If we can get close to delivering stories with some heart, connecting with people and even spark a positive idea, then that will be success for us.

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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