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Page Too Report for 03/30/2017

Family Holds Private Funeral For George Michael

George Michael's friends and family held an intimate private funeral service on Wednesday (March 29th) for the late music icon, who died of natural causes on Christmas day of last year at the age of 53.

Michael's family released the following statement, "Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved Son, Brother and Friend.

"George Michael's family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family's wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion." here.

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Louis Tomlinson Awaits Decision Over Airport Arrest Charges

(Radio.com) One Direction's Louis Tomlinson was arrested March 3 after a confrontation with paparazzi at LAX airport in Los Angeles. But he will have to wait to find out if he will face charges of battery.

A decision was expected Wednesday (March 29) but the D.A. that they still need time to look at the case. A Los Angeles Districk Attorney's Office spokesman said yesterday afternoon, "A filing decision will not be made today. Our prosecutors are still reviewing the case."

Evidence against the pop singer includes footage of him wrestling on the floor with a photographer. He then tries to go and help girlfriend, Eleanor Calder, who was being surrounded by a group of girls, reports London's Daily Mail.

After the incident, Tomlinson's lawyer, Martin Singer said, 'The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis at the airport. This is not the first or last 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." Read more here.

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Justin Timberlake Teases Pharrell Williams, Timbaland Collaboration

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake posted a late night photo on Instagram that has got everyone excited. Tuesday night (March 28), the pop star cozied up for a pic with two of his favorite producers, Pharrell Williams and Timbaland.

Then he reposted a tweet by his former collaborator Danja--who has often co-produced with Timbaland--that reads, "What u think u gon get if I'm with Tim in one room… and Pharrell and Chad in another room at the same time on the same project???"

There's no official information to be had yet, but the 'eyes" emoji on Timberlake's re-post make it seem like something is definitely in the works. See Justin's Twitter posts here.

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John Legend Does Surprise Performance At Train Station

(Radio.com) John Legend treated London commuters to a surprise concert for International Piano Day. He performed in the St. Pancras Station, which is part of the London railway.

A piano has long stood in the station as a kind of landmark, and Legend hopped on the keys to play "All of Me," "Ordinary People," and the Darkness song "Surefire." His early-morning performance caught commuters on their way to work--not a bad way to start your hump day.

Legend announced his performance on Twitter moments before it began: "Arriving at London @StPancrasInt on @EurostarUK. Do they still have that piano there?" See some images and footage from Legend's impromptu set here.

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2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj Confirm New Collaboration

(Radio.com) Rumors about another a new Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz collaboration seem to be true. The rappers have traded social media shout outs to tease a yet untitled new song.

2 Chainz posted about their latest duet which will appear on his forthcoming album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, saying it is "goin to be a problem #prettygirlsliketrapmusic."

The expected release will follow their 2012's collabs "Beez in the Trap" and "I Luv Dem Strippers," and Nicki clearly feels the same way as her partner. "@hairweavekiller (2 Chainz) All Ima say is YIKES," she posted. Read more here.

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Rascal Flatts Reveal New Album 'Back to Us' Track Details

(Radio.com) Award-winning country music trio Rascal Flatts just released the official track listing for their 10th studio album, which will be entitled "Back to Us" is set to be released on May 19th.

The new album's tracklisting revealed that the effort will feature Lauren Alaina on the track "Are You Happy Now," and a co-write from Chris Stapleton on a song called "Vandalized."

The group will release a 10-track standard album for all retailers and a 13-track Amazon-exclusive deluxe edition. Check out the complete "Back to Us" tracklisting for both versions here.

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Lana Del Rey Announces New Album 'Lust for Life'

(Radio.com) Lana Del Rey has announced a new album titled Lust for Life. The singer unveiled the information about the upcoming release via a black and white trailer posted to her official Facebook page.

The two-minute clip features Del Rey living in the "H" of the iconic Hollywood sign. "Even those these times can feel a little bit crazy, they're not so very different from what other generations have experienced at one time or another before," says Lana in voiceover.

"Amidst all the uncertainty, and as we transition out one era into another one there's no place I'd rather be than smack dab in the middle of Hollyweird making this record for you, because you, and the music, and this place, are my love, my life, my lust for life," she continues.

So far fans have heard the project's lead single "Love." No word yet on a release date, but according to a Del Rey the album is "coming soon." Check out the album trailer here.

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Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley Release 'Flatliner' Video

(Radio.com) "I'm talkin' breaker-breaker one-niner," Cole Swindell sings, jumping around on stage with Dierks Bentley in the just released music video for Swindell's hit song "Flatliner."

The country music stars had such a blast performing the song together on Bentley's 2017 What the Hell Tour, they decided to use a live performance for the song's official video.

Bentley and Swindell will perform "Flatliner" on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards this Sunday, April 2nd at 8:00 pm on CBS. Watch the new music video here.

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Rihanna Teased In New 'Valerian' Trailer

(Radio.com) Rihanna will soon be back on big screen. In the second teaser trailer for the upcoming sci-fi thriller, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the Grammy-winning superstar appears for a few moments as Bubble, the shapeshifting adult entertainer.

While the popstar and actress only in the new trailer for a split second, her quick transformation from classy cabaret dancer to sultry nurse makes the scene more than worth it.

Hitting theaters July 21st, the rest of the star-studded cast includes co-stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne, along with John Goodman, Clive Owens and Kris Wu. Watch the trailer here.

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Shania Twain May Premiere New Single at ACM Awards

(Radio.com) Shania Twain fans, your wait is almost over. Leading up to the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards April 2nd, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has reported the country music iconic might step out to perform a new single from her upcoming album Triumphant.

The new full-length album is expected to come out later this spring. Triumphant will be Twain's first LP following a 15-year hiatus after being diagnosed with dysphonia.

"I'm a different singer now," she told Rolling Stone. It will also be her first recording without help from her former producer and ex-husband Robert "Mutt" Lange. "I told anyone getting involved musically to forget about my other records," she explained during the interview. "I didn't want it to be related to Mutt's productions at all. I wanted a more organic approach." Read more here.

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Video Of Hard-Rocking 12-Year-Old Lorde Streaming Online

(Radio.com) In a recent interview, Lorde recalled her days in a high school band, before stardom and Pure Heroine came knocking. By her account, it wasn't pretty. Lorde may have taken her solo career in a poppier direction, but the hard rock affinity was strong in her formative years.

'I mean, because I started all of this when I was like 14, 15 so I didn't have a lot of gig history before that," she told Radio X. 'But I was in a band when I was like at school called Extreme. It was a rock band."

"We were the 12-year-old version of extreme. There were a lot of bad moves. There was a lot of getting people to clap," she said. "I distinctly remember thinking 'I am not cool in this moment. This is not a cool year for me.' There is a touch of footage online. If you like a laugh it's quite funny."

That footage is available through a simple search: "Lorde at age 12 (2009) with her school band." The "Green Light" singer and her peers had a prodigious taste: They performed "Man on the Silver Mountain" by Rainbow (which originally featured Ronnie James Dio) and "Edie (Ciao Baby)" by the Cult. See her old band perform a gig here.

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DJ Khaled Reveals He Is Starring In 'Pitch Perfect 3'

(Radio.com) DJ Khaled shared some big news on Monday (March 27) when he uploaded several short video clips to Twitter of the set of Pitch Perfect 3 and revealed that he will be starring in the film, which is set for release December 22.

While Khaled didn't reveal his role in the movie, he let fans speculate by showing them several clips, which featured Khaled with actress Elizabeth Banks and surrounded by U.S. Army troops. He also posted an Instagram shot of his family watching him rehearse.

Khaled will join returning lead actresses Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson in the third installment of the film series, which follows a cappella singing group the Barden Bellas. The cast also includes Banks, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Ruby Rose, Brittany Snow, John Lithgow and Trinidad James. For more insight into Khaled's role, see his social media posts here.

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ACM Awards Announce More Big Names For Upcoming Event

(Radio.com) The Academy of Country Music has announced additional performers, presenters and a number and special collaborations that will be taking the stage during the upcoming the 52nd ACM Awards.

This year's collaborations will include: Reba McEntire and Lauren Daigle performing "Back to God," country couple royalty Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performing the world television premiere of their new single "Speak To a Girl," Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris teaming up for 'Craving You," Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley joining forces for 'Flatliner," Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban performing their hit single 'The Fighter," and Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys performing a medley.

Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion have been added as performers joining the lineup of previously announced solo performances by Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, and Chris Stapleton. Read more here.

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50 Cent Tease New Comeback Collaboration

(Radio.com) If the last year has preoccupied 50 Cent with financial difficulties, 2017 might set the stage for a comeback. The rapper shared an Instagram photo with 2 Chainz and promised that the duo have new music on the way.

"I knocked out a joint with @hairweavekiller [2 Chainz] today we got some heat New Music coming soon!!!" 50 Cent wrote in the caption for the social media photo post on Tuesday.

50's last album Animal Ambition debuted in 2014 and his last single (as a lead artist) dropped last May. He's been teasing Street King Immortal since at least 2012 -- an album that has had "release dates" in 2012, 2013 and 2016. Maybe this is the year to make it happen! 50 also has a mixtape project called Reloaded in the works -- his last tape dropped two years ago. All signs say 50's back in business. See him with 2 Chainz here.

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Demi Lovato Joins Jimmy Fallon For Latest Edition Of Ew!

(Radio.com) One of Jimmy Fallon's most enduring sketches on The Tonight Show is once called Ew!, the bit where he and a guest impersonate fashion and social media-crazy teenage girls.

Earlier this week, Demi Lovato played second fiddle to Fallon for the latest installment and the duo discussed selfies, spring flings and why they're "besties forever and ever."

Demi held her own in the comedy department, practicing kissing on an Ed Sheeran pillow (Fallon's had Mario Lopez's face on it). They also did a quickfire round of "Ew" ratings and evaluated everything from Thin Mints to Tom Wilkinson. Watch it here.

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Singled Out: J.Ven's Barely Alive

R&B/pop artist J.Ven recently released his brand new single "Barely Alive" and to celebrate we asked him (Javen Smith) to share the story behind the track with us. Here is the story:

"Barely Alive" is the first song I released this year and I think it's really indicative of the kind of music that I'm creating right now. At the end of 2016 I knew that I wanted to record an EP but I was lacking direction. I was really reaching for things outside of me to spark the creative process but it really wasn't working-I was looking for something outside of myself.

Last summer when I started writing "Barely Alive" with Mia Minichiello and Matias Mora (both extremely talented and hard-working musicians-and wonderful friends as well!) I tried to come into the writing process with an objective. I wanted to create this upbeat pop song with a lot of energy. Unfortunately, at the time I was also going through the end of a relationship. So here I was, trying to make a "happy" song, when that wasn't my truth.

In a way "Barely Alive" was therapeutic to me because it offered me a way of emoting the state I was in at that time. I think all three of us felt that in the writing space and that's what made the song blossom into what it was.

What makes "Barely Alive" so special to me is that it's really a testament to the kind of material I want to continue making and a good introduction to what my EP will be like. "Barely Alive" is about recognizing my feelings and owning up to the fact that I was hurt. That kind of honesty and truth is what I want all my music to have. I want it to speak to the reality of the ups and downs of living a life.

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

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