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Page Too Report for 03/14/2017

'We Are Family' Singer Joni Sledge Found Dead In Her Home

(Radio.com) Joni Sledge, who sang "We Are Family" as a member of Sister Sledge, was found dead in her Phoenix, AZ home on Friday (March 10). The New York Times reports that no cause of death has been reported.

Sledge rose to fame alongside her sisters for that familiar chorus: "We are family /I got all my sisters with me." The four Sledge sisters' enduring disco hit has been extensively licensed and remembered since it debuted in 1979 on the We Are Family album.

Sister Sledge was Nile Rodgers' first production credit outside his work with Chic, and the sisters' family values approach to disco set them apart for the time.Joni (born in 1956) was the second-youngest of the foursome and went on to record her own solo material later in life. Read more here.

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Indie Rocker Robbed And Shot at SXSW Music Festival

(Radio.com) Celebration at the 2017 South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival was marred temporarily when a local musician was robbed and shot. Austin-based artist Michael Sanders was headed home after a performance Friday evening (March 10), when three masked men jumped out from the bushes near his residence.

Sanders is the lead guitarist for indie rock band Lowin and The Austin Chronicle spoke with him about the incident. As he recalled, the three men pushed him against a car before stealing his money and cell phone.

As the robbers escaped to their car, the guitarist began to walk in the same direction to his house. One of the men then turned around and fired his AR-15, striking Sanders in the shoulder. Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran To Make Cameo On 'Game of Thrones'

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran commented last week that he'd like to take a plunge into acting. Apparently, he'll start with a toe-dip by making a cameo appearance on the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones.

The producers of the show, David Benioff and Dan Weiss made the announcement Sunday (March 12) on a film panel at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, which also featured cast members Sophie Turner and Maise Williams, who is a big Sheeran fan.

"For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie," Benioff said. 'And this year we finally did it." After the announcement, Turner joked, 'I'm still waiting on Bieber." Read more here.

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Drake Surprises Fans By Bringing Nicki Minaj On Stage

(Radio.com) Drake surprised fans in Paris on Sunday evening (March 12) by bringing Nicki Minaj onstage to perform with him. Currently on the European leg of his Boy Meets World Tour, Drake was joined by Minaj for not one, but four songs.

Minaj took the stage for "Moment for Life," "Only," "No Frauds" and "Truffle Butter." Several fans captured the collaboration between the label mates and as Minaj's appearance came to a close Drake shared his gratitude by giving her a big hug.

During "Truffle Butter," Minaj rapped while Drake energetically ran around the stage. Drake later shared an Instagram photo of him and Minaj hugging and captioned it, "much needed." He also posted a shot of the two performers backstage posing for the camera. Read more here.

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Christina Grimmie's Family Releases 'Invisible' Video

(Radio.com) Days before what would have been Christina Grimmie's 23rd birthday, the late singer's family released the video for her posthumous single "Invisible." The singer, who was murdered by a fan last June at an autograph signing, would have celebrated her birthday on Sunday (March 12).

"Introducing the world premiere of the official video for INVISIBLE," her family captions the video on YouTube. "As many of you know, Christina LOVED video games and had a special fondness for anime. We created this video as a special tribute to honor that love and her desire to always bring light and love into the heart of others."

The video clip was directed by Stephen Leonard of Giant Pancake and has amassed nearly 200k views. In it, Grimmie receives a magic hoverboard from a pink creature. She soon finds herself sailing through a darkened city as she tries to bring peace and light back to earth. Watch the video in its entirety below.

"I'm solid, not apparition/ But check your vision/ See what you're missing, boy/ I don't need your permission/ To go on existing/ With or without you, boy," she sings on the song. Watch the clip here.

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John Mayer Reveals Full 'The Search For Everything' Details

(Radio.com) John Mayer has been rolling out his new album The Search for Everything in four-song waves, and on Monday (March 13th) the singer revealed the final four tracks that will make up the effort.

Mayer shared that the final tracks from the album will be entitled "In the Blood," "Theme from 'The Search for Everything,'" "Rosie," and "Never on the Day You Leave."

Following the piecemeal servings, the full album is set to finally hit stores today Tuesday, March 14th, in its entirety. Check out the full tracklisting, in sequence here.

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Jason Aldean Already Working On Next Album

(Radio.com) Jason Aldean released his latest album They Don't Know in 2016, but he's not taking much of a break. The country singer shared a video on Twitter Monday (March 13th) announcing that he was already back in the studio working on his eighth album.

"Got some pretty cool stuff we're kicking off here with," he said in a black and white 20-second video he shared with fans. Aldean added later, "Can't wait for you guys to hear it."

Besides recording new music, Aldean will be touring throughout 2017. He's also up for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards. Read more here.

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Robyn Joins The xx For 'With Every Heartbeat' Performance

(Radio.com) The xx are currently in the midst of a residency at O2 Brixton Academy in London for their Night + Day showcase. The band will be on hand from March 8-15 for a series of events which includes live concerts, after parties, film screenings, pop-up shops, fundraisers and more.

During a recent performance, Robyn was the featured special guest at the band's live show. The singer shared the stage with The xx for a collaboration of her 2005 single "With Every Heartbeat."

The xx seemed to have as much offstage with Robyn as they did onstage. Days before their collaboration they shared a backstage photo with the singer. "We love Robyn! So excited to have her join us at Night + Day Brixton on 10 March. xx The xx #nightanddaybrixton," they wrote on Instagram. Additional special guests throughout the xx's residency include Cat Power and Sampha. Read more and see a clip from the performance here.

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Hanson Celebrating 25th Anniversary With World Tour

(Radio.com) It's been 25 years since the brotherly trio Hanson formed and 20 years since they released their hit album Middle of Nowhere, so to celebrate they'll be heading out on the road for their Middle Of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour beginning this summer.

Hanson will kick things off in June in Europe before launching the North American leg of their tour in September. They begin in Dallas, Texas on September 12th and wrap up in Houston, Texas on October 27th. "Making music together for 25 years is a milestone that we had to acknowledge, and what better way to do it than with an anniversary tour," keyboardist Taylor Hanson said in a statement.

Guitarist Isaac Hanson added, "This year is not only about the two decades of music, it's about celebrating the incredible community of fans who have been with us, singing along year after year."

Hanson will also be releasing a compilation album, Middle Of Everywhere The Greatest Hits, which will feature the new track "I Was Born" in addition to their previous hits like "MMMbop." See the tour dates here.

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Long Lost Notorious BIG Freestyles Go Online

(Radio.com) Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s murder, inspiring tributes from all corners of the internet and the House of Representatives floor.

British DJ Tim Westwood shared two long-lost Biggie freestyles from a 1995 appearance on his show, according to the description. Westwood uploaded audio from the freestyles to his YouTube channel so the world can enjoy new material from Biggie's prime.

The YouTube audio clip features Diddy and Craig Mack, according to the DJ's account. Check out the online stream of Westwood's recently unearthed material here.

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Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit Announce New Album

(Radio.com) Jason Isbell is gearing up to release a new album project with his band the 400 Unit which will be entitled The Nashville Sound and is set to hit stores on June 16th.

Isbell and the band recorded their latest effort at RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb, who also worked on Isbell's last album, 2015's Something More Than Free. That project garnered two GRAMMY awards for Best Americana Album & Best American Roots Song, "24 Frames."

Isbell and the 400 Unit will also embark on a 2017 North American Tour, which begins in Asheville, North Carolina on June 17th and wraps up with a five-night stint at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee beginning October 10. See the dates here.

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Beyonce Surprises Alvin Ailey Dancers

(Radio.com) Beyonce joined her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, on a trip to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater this weekend and surprised the company onstage following a rehearsal.

Tina shared footage from the visit on Instagram, including the moment unsuspecting performers discovered that they had a superstar in their midst. The crowd also included members of Tina's Angels, the Knowles matriarch's mentorship program, which Bey was keen to support. "Thank you for your talent," she told the dancers.

"When Beyonce surprises you back stage!!!" she wrote. "The Alvin Ailey Dancers are the most beautiful and Talented and gracious Human Beings. I was honored to meet them and they were so nice and patient to my girls!!!" Read more here.

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Brad Paisley Reveals 'Love and War' Album Details

(Radio.com) Brad Paisley releases his 11th studio album Love and War on April 21, and the just-revealed tracklist promises major country collaborations with Mick Jagger and John Fogerty.

He also included Timbaland and Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, while the late Johnny Cash gets a songwriting credit on 'Gold All Over the Ground."

The lead single "Today" is already a top-five country hit and climbing, but Paisley has fifteen more tracks in the can. See the full track and guest listing for Love and War here.

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Teacher Uses Migos For History Class Lesson

(Radio.com) Atlanta teacher David Yancey re-worked Migos' track "Bad and Boujee" with lyrics about the Civil War and re-dubbed it "Mad and Losing" in an effort to reach students.

"I am a middle school social studies teacher and I try my best to engage the students where they are," Yancey told Complex. "I try to build rapport, teach the material, and ultimately bridge the gap.

"Too often teachers just tell students to learn things because we say so, but instead we need to meet them where they are. I ask the students the song that the kids are into and I adjust the content to match." Check out Yancey's creative performance here.

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Chance The Rapper Believes Kanye West Is A Comedian

(Radio.com) Chance The Rapper appreciates Kanye West's sense of humor. In a new, wide-ranging interview with Complex, the Chicago MC discussed West's comedic virtues.

"Ye is a comedian in a lot of ways," said Chance. "He writes stuff that is painfully funny and painfully true. And that's why you respect comedy and that's why you respect his work."

"His best lines are lines that are just funny, whether it's, like, a word being mispronounced, or a weird take on something that a lot of people wouldn't necessarily say out loud--not making light of [it]." Read more here.

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