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Page Too Report for 03/16/2017

Justin Bieber Vs Paparazzi Down Under

(Radio.com) This week, Justin Bieber enjoyed a vacation on a Makepeace Island, a private Australian isle owned by billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson. Paparazzi with cameras camped out across the water, cramping Justin's style and snapping photos from his private getaway.

The tabloid press ran with a story about Bieber's "expletive-laden abuse" at journalists, but on Instagram the singer pointed out that he was just quoting the cult Australian comedy series Summer Heights High.

"I said puck you miss!," Justin said (in character as Jonah from Tonga). "There's a difference between bullying him and joking around. I was joking around." He added "Sorry Ben! Sorry, ranga'. I was doing it for fun. You just didn't get that it was fun. You on your period or what miss?"

Jonah from Tonga is a wayward, misbehaving teen on the classic Aussie comedy created by Chris Lilley, who plays all primary characters including mean girl Ja'mie King and Mr. G, the school's performing arts teacher. "I could tell him a knock knock joke and he wouldn't even think it was funny," Bieber added. "I was punting him, sir. Watch MTV for once sir." Watch Bieber's here.

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Taylor Swift 'Swifties' Move Sparks Speculation

(Radio.com) Taylor Swifts' rights management firm (TAS) has filed paperwork with the US Patent and Trademark Office to secure rights to the name "Swifties" which has sparked speculation.

Based on the sheer number of classifications her trademark applications seek to secure--at least nine were filed in February--whatever the star is launching appears to be a one-stop shop for all things Taylor Swift; online journals, a streaming platform for audio and video and "arranging and conducting contests and sweepstakes."

But the registration for the Swifties mark doesn't stop there. TAS is also seeking to register the Swifties name in relation to musical instruments such as guitars; guitar picks, guitar straps, drumsticks, and a wide range of apparel, jewelry, and accessories for men and women. Read more here.

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Kehlani Postpones Tour Due To Emergency Surgery

(Radio.com) Kehlani has been forced to put her European tour on hold. The Grammy-nominated singer and America's Got Talent runner-up, revealed she has to take a break to undergo hernia surgery.

"I've enjoyed being on the road in Europe so so much these past weeks," she writes. 'I'm deeply saddened to announce that I have to fly home for sudden unexpected surgery on my stomach, as some of you know I have a hernia (that squishy ball thingy above my belly button) and it's gotten to a point of necessary surgery."

Just last month, the Oakland native kicked off her 60-date world tour in support of her debut solo studio album SweetSexySavage, which came in at Number three on the Billboard 200 last month and opened at number one on the R&B Albums chart. Read more here.

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Rick Ross Recruits Future, Yo Gotti and Jeezy For 'Dead Presidents'

(Radio.com) Rick Ross is releasing his 10th solo project, Rather You Than Me, this Friday, March 17. To promote the upcoming release, the rapper has been sharing some of the singles, including the most recent 'Dead Presidents," which features Future, Jeezy, and Yo Gotti.

The new album follows his 2015 Black Market. His first record since signing to Epic Records includes guest appearances by Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Nas, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Dej Loaf, and comedian Chris Rock.

Oddly enough, the cover art was revealed by Martha Stewart: #RatherYouThanMe , @rickyrozay 9th album will be available March 17th, pre-order will be going live this Friday https://t.co/J9VNrrqzEz Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) March 08, 2017 Check out the song here.

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Charlie Daniels Releasing His Memoir This Fall

Country music icon Charlie Daniels has announced that his memoir, "Never Look At The Empty Seats," will be released October 24th in hardcover, eBook and audiobook.

Daniels had this to say, "I'm extremely excited about the release of my new book, 'Never Look At The Empty Seats.' Quite a bit is known about my public life but there is so much more I've wanted to share, my early years, my faith, my struggles and the unique people and events which have had such an impact on who I am and what I do" .

Matt Baugher the SVP and Publisher of W Publishing Group adds, "Although the phrase is at times overused, Charlie Daniels truly is a national treasure. "His love for America and all it stands for is matched only by his immense talent as a singer, songwriter, and fiddle player. We're honored to partner with this music legend in bringing his full story to the public for the first time. He's had quite a ride." The book is available for preorder here.

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TLC Lead The I Love The 90's Tour Lineup

TLC have been announced the headliners for this year's I Love 90's The Party Continues Tour across North American which will also include Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, Naughty by Nature, Biz Markie, Montell Jordan, C+C Music Factory with Freedom Williams and SNAP!
The summer trek is set to get underway on July 7th in Everett, WA at The XFINITY Arena at Everett and will finish up on September 16th in Chicago at the Ravinia Festival.

TLC had this to say, "We're so excited to get back on the road this summer and give our fans some new TLC music along with our original hits. Being able to headline this tour with our friends and peers from the 90's is SO AMAZING!" See the dates here.

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Adele Says She Has A Secret Twitter Account

(Radio.com) Adele's fans have learned over the years that she can crack wise with the best of them, but that kind of behavior has gotten her in trouble with management when it comes to her social media accounts.

Adele's management banned her from using Twitter in 2015 after a few drunk tweeting episodes backfired, according to BBC News. But she had the last laugh. During her tour stop in Brisbane, Australia on Tuesday (March 14th), she shared that she has a way to vent online even if it's not "official."

"I was looking on Twitter last night," she told the crowd. "They don't know I have a secret account. Well, obviously they do now because I said that. By 'they' I mean my management" (via British tabloid The Sun). Read more here.

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Rihanna Cast In Adam Driver Film 'Annette'

(Radio.com) Rihanna's next acting role will likely be in the upcoming film Annette by cult French director Leos Carax. She will perform alongside Adam Driver in what will be Carax's first movie in English.

The movie is about a widostand-up comedian and his young daughter, who has an unusual talent, reports Variety. It is unclear what role Rihanna will play or how big it will be.

Annette was written by and features music by the art-rock group Sparks. The movie could start shooting as early as this spring and sources say it will include various international locations. Read more here.

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Ellie Goulding Discusses Her Battle With Panic Attacks

(Radio.com) Ellie Goulding opened up to Well + Good about her struggle to overcome panic attacks, and how fitness helped her find balance and serenity. At the beginning, it wasn't pretty.

"My new life as a pop star certainly wasn't as glamorous as all my friends from home thought," she said. "Secretly, I was really struggling physically and emotionally."

Goulding describes a kind of imposter syndrome that kept her from feeling confident as a performer. "I think part of what sparked my panic attacks was not feeling confident enough to believe in myself--I was scared I wasn't as good of a singer as everyone thought I was. And as the stakes grew, I was afraid of letting everyone, including myself, down."

Those fears gave way to revelations. "Last year, I was asked to perform at the Grammys--a massive honour but, as you can imagine, pretty nerve-wracking," she recalled. "In the moments before I walked on that stage, I gave myself a good talking-to. I was annoyed for being paralysed with nerves every time I was about to perform on television. I told myself that this was exactly where I was supposed to be and if other people believed in me, I had to start believing in myself." Read more here.

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Drawing North Give Ed Sheeran Hit A Dance Makeover

Australian alt-pop band Drawing North have put a their own unique spin on Ed Sheeran's hit single "Shape of You" with the release of their dance-influenced cover of the track.

Drawing North's cover comes ahead of their forthcoming new EP, due out this spring, which will be folloby an extensive college tour of the United States..

The EP will serve as a follow-up to their 2016 LP, El Dorado, which was produced by James Wisner (Paramore) and released through Universal Music. Check out the cover tune here.

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Shawn Mendes To Star in 'Summer of Love' Musical

(Radio.com) Pop star Shawn Mendes has been cast to star in Ivan Reitman's upcoming big screen musical Summer of Love. The film will be Reitman's first foray into the genre.

According to THR, the title is believed to reference the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young hippies, converged in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in opposition to the Vietnam War.

The film will mark the first time Mendes has appeared on the big screen, although the 18-year old musician lent his voice to the 2013 animated adventure Underdogs in which he played Jake, a master foosball player. Read more here.

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High School Students Thanks Chance the Rapper

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper does a lot for his hometown Chicago, including pledging $1 million to support Chicago Public Schools. Well, his efforts aren't lost on area students. Three took a moment to thank him.

In an open letter published through Billboard, Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros and Annelisse Betancourt--students from Lakeview High School--thanked Chance on behalf of all CPS students. "All of the things that you do for our city never go unnoticed," they wrote. "All of the free concerts you host and all the time you spend here in the city really show you care. We notice it. We look up to you because the fame usually takes humility away from artists, but it hasn't changed you."

The three students added that even though Chicago produces many big-name celebrities, Chance is the only one who continues to give back to his community and encourage others to do the same. "It is evident that you sincerely care for the youth here," they wrote. "This is why you are an inspiration to us. We appreciate you for not only representing us through your music, but also through your actions."

They added, "You're more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life." See Chance's reaction here.

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Flo Rida And 99 Percent Release 'Cake' Video

(Radio.com) Flo Rida and 99 Percent team up to deliver the goods in their new music video for their collaborative track "Cake." The song comes from the compilation album This is a Challenge.

Shot in South Florida, the video puts a delicious spin on the Robin Hood trope. Flo Rida picks up a duffel bar stacked full of what look to be gold bars while stopping by a boxing gym. But when he makes his way to a high school football field to hand them out to a group of young children, they turn out to be cake and everyone enjoys a big bite.

In between that loose narrative, Flo Rida and 99 Percent hang with expensive cars and beautiful women while cruising the city streets. "I didn't come here to party/ I didn't come here to stay/ I came to leave with somebody," Flo Rida sings on the chorus before an auto-tuned voice jumps in for the last line. "I only came for the cake," it sings, mic dropping the lyric. Watch the video here.

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Kesha Talks Bullying And Eating Disorders At SXSW

(Radio.com) Kesha participated in a Refinery 29 discussion about "Reclaiming the Internet" at SXSW, and the dialogue wandered through Kesha's experience with bullying, online harassment, and self-esteem issues. She kicked off her remarks with one fundamental thesis:

'I think that the world should be a safe place, I think that America should be a safe place, and I think that the internet should be a safe place," she said. 'I feel nervous for [young people]. I got bullied at school, but I got to go home and write songs."

Kesha says that the trap teens fall into is ascribing too much value to the people who bully them. 'You're making people you don't know your higher power," she said. "I was making trolls, I was making bullies, I was making people I had never met before who were projecting their insecurities on me, on the internet -- I was making them the truth, the higher power."

The pop star described how those experiences plagued her self-esteem and contributing to an eating disorder that nearly killed her. 'If you feel a certain way about yourself, your body -- it can kill you," she said. 'I almost died. I came closer than I ever knew. By the time I entered rehab, they were surprised I hadn't had a stroke -- because I hadn't consumed enough. I'm not ashamed anymore. It's emotional because it's a deep-rooted disease. It can really affect your self-worth." Read more here.

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Paris Jackson Was Shocked With The Real World

(Radio.com) An 18-year-old Paris Jackson graces Harper's Bazaar in a tres chic Parisian cover shot and a revealing article where she says "Once I got introduced into the real world, I was shocked."

"I've always wanted to kind of break off and do my own thing, just 'cause I feel I enjoy independence very much," she says in the article. "When I was a kid, I was with my dad and my two brothers. Growing up, I was treated as the favorite because I was the only girl. I was the princess; I was perfect in my dad's eyes."

"The first 12 years of my life I was home-schooled," added the daughter of the King of Pop, 'which means that the only interactions I'd ever had were with family members or other adults."

The actress revealed that seeing more of the world hasn't been as glamorous as some would think. 'Once I got introduced into the real world, I was shocked. It blew me away," she said. Read more here.

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Kodak Black and PnB Rock Release 'Too Many Years' Video

(Radio.com) Florida rapper Kodak Black is still serving time in jail after violating probation terms earlier this year, and he and PnB Rock refer to legal troubles in the video for their collaboration "Too Many Years."

The newly released music video includes scenes of the rap artist in court during a collection of trials. The clips are interspersed with footage shot on the streets of New York.

"Too Many Years" can be found on 2016 album Lil Big Pac. The video precedes the arrival of a new project titled Painting Pictures which Kodak teased for a late March release. Watch the explicit video here.

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Singled Out: Among Criminals's Patience and Regret

Among Criminals frontman Ryan Gaughan tells us about the song "Patience and Regret" from their brand new album "Kill The Precedent", which will be hitting stores on April 7th. Here is the story:

Honestly, this song stands out as being an almost love song amidst an angsty punk album. Sparking a bit of hope. Shortly after a really rough few months, when I was down on myself pretty hard I met 3 different women, all of whom shome I meant far more than I was giving myself credit for. In a tequila drowned promiscuous year, they gave me hope that life would come back around. Funnily enough neither one of them knows its about themd!

The song was written as a folk song for another project, but with Bhauraws magic touch we pulled it into Among Criminals territory. The reason for giving the song a chance on the album was to give the album and opening of hope. With a title like "Kill The Precedent" Songs like "President" and "I
Don't Believe You", we wanted to offer a glimpse of sunlight in not only a dark political time, but a dark time in myself.

The production we feel really fit the part, and we loved it as an opener as it doesn't really set the tone for the record, unless you understand where this record is coming from personally.

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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