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Page Too Report for 05/13/2017


Kelly Clarkson Chooses The Voice Over American Idol

When it was announced that American Idol was being rebooted by ABC next year, rumors quickly surfaced that original champ Kelly Clarkson would return as a judge but that was shot down with news that she is joining the competing program The Voice.

Blake Shelton made the announcement via a Facebook Live segment. There's some drama as Shelton attempts to get Clarkson into frame, but eventually, they get it right. Clarkson will join the program in the spring for the show's 14th season.

Kelly teased Blake showing off her numerous GRAMMYs and other awards. "Don't be getting cocky," Blake joked. "I can't wait to beat you," Clarkson laughed. Watch the exchange here.

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Miley Cyrus Addresses Hip-Hop Comments Controversy

(Radio.com) Miley Cyrus sounded off about hip-hop trends that leave her feeling uninspired in her latest Billboard cover story. She took issue with lyrics that revolve around sentiments like 'Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my c" and praised Kendrick Lamar lyrics like, "'Show me somethin' natural like ass with some stretch marks."

"I can't listen to [the former] anymore. That's what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little," she said. On social media, rap fans went ballistic about her "dismissive" remarks. Miley responded to the uproar with an Instagram post that clarified her stance.

"So, to be clear I respect ALL artists who speak their truth and appreciate ALL genres of music (country, pop, alternative . but in this particular interview I was asked about rap)," she wrote.

The "Wrecking Ball" singer made clear that the genre itself isn't a turn-off for her, just certain elements of its popular identity. She noted that there's rap for every rap fan, including fans who aren't into materialistic bombast.

"I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop as I've collaborated with some of the very best! At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap!"

Miley says the shift is part of her own evolution as an artist. "As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics! I am proud to be an artist without borders and thankful for the opportunity to explore so many different styles/ sounds!"

Read Miley's full post here.

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Jennifer Lopez, Diddy, Luke Bryan May Face FTC Trouble

(Radio.com) A number of celebrities, included Jennifer Lopez, Luke Bryan, and Sean 'Diddy" Combs, have been called out for endorsing products without disclosing their financial gains.

The Federal Trade Commission sent letters to 45 people after receiving complaints from Public Citizen, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and the Center for Digital Democracy, reports Billboard. The groups pointed out in their letters that Instagram "has become a platform for disguised advertising directed towards young consumers." And that, according to the organizations, is against the law.

The letters explain that posts that endorse products without disclosing financial gains are against the law. The advocacy groups requested an investigation into these matters and asked for actions to be taken to enforce regulations for non-disclosed advertising through 'influencer" profiles on Instagram.

The complaints were sparked after the catastrophe that was the Fyre Festival. Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski and Hailey Baldwin were among the influencers called, 'Fyre Starters," who promoted the event. They have all been named in lawsuits and could potentially face litigation for marketing the festival without disclosing financial compensation. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Releasing New Single 'Bad Liar'

(Radio.com) After sending the internet into a frenzy over three cryptic Instagram posts yesterday, Selena Gomez announced on Friday (May 12) that her new single "Bad Liars" will arrive May 18.

The "It Ain't Me" singer posted an image of what appears to be her in a sundress on the beach, with the words "bad liar" written in the same red, lipstick-looking font as her prior social media posts.

She included the straightforward caption, "#BadLiar. 5.18." There aren't any additional details surrounding the new song at the moment, but fans will certainly be ready and waiting. Check out Selena's social media post here.

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U2 Joshua Tree Tour Rehearsal Footage Goes Online

(Radio.com) Fans have posted secret video footage of U2 rehearsing for Friday night's (May 12) Vancouver opening show of the 30th anniversary tour for The Joshua Tree.

Several clips outside BC Place Stadium, have been shared revealing the band rehearsing tracks including 'Where The Streets Have No Name," 'New Year's Day" and 'A Sort Of Homecoming."

Of course, since the fans were stationed outside of the venue, the video footage of the side of the venue and the stadium lights don't really add to the aesthetic experience, which is raw enough as it is. But if the audio isn't satisfying enough, you might want to wait until tomorrow morning when there are sure to be numerous fan-posted clips of the actual concert.

Last year, U2 teased that they'd be playing shows to mark the landmark anniversary of the 1987 record. 'Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years' it's quite an opera," Bono said in a press release. 'A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization' all the greats' I've sung some of these songs a lot' but never all of them. I'm up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are' it's gonna be a great night. Especially when we play at home. Croke Park' it's where the album was born, 30 years ago." Read more and watch the video clips here.

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Katy Perry Releases 'Bon Appctit' Music Video

(Radio.com) Katy Perry has released the music video for her new single "Bon Appetit," featuring Migos. The track is the second single from Perry's forthcoming studio album.

The clip features Perry being kneaded and basted as she's cooked in a variety of dishes, like pie and soup. However, with the help of Migos she turns the tables on those who want to eat her, no pun intended.

She previously released 'Chained to the Rhythm," which features Skip Marley, the grandson of Bob Marley. Watch the pop star's new music video for "Bon Appetit" here.

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Kanye West Reportedly Working On New Music

(Radio.com) Kanye West released his eighth studio album, The Life Of Pablo, Feb. 2016. Now, fans can get excited about reports indicating West is hard at work writing his next record.

Only this time, he is allegedly recording the new material at a remote mountaintop retreat in Wyoming, if a report from a celebrity gossip site is to be believed.

TMZ reports Yeezus has spent the past week in a remote mountainous location engaged in recording sessions. According to the report, the rapper has already spent two week-long retreats at the location in the past few months. Read more here.

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Harry Styles Shows Kindness To Dedicated Fans

(Radio.com) When there's a really huge act performing at NBC's Today, long lines twist through Midtown to Rockefeller Center, sometimes overnight. Harry Styles fans came from far and wide to watch him perform on the morning news program, bringing along blankets and other sleepover accoutrements.

The former One Direction star got wind of the fan's dedication and decided to send them pizza on the street. The gesture got weatherman Al Roker's seal of approval.

"Harry and the group that he had been with [One Direction]--those guys are just terrific young men, and they continue to be," he said. Roker also compared Harry to a "young Mick Jagger."

Styles performed "Sign of the Times," debuted the new song "Carolina" on the show and took selfies with a family of fans who drove all the way from Michigan to see him live. Watch the video here.

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Calvin Harris Recruits Big Name Guests For New Album

(Radio.com) Music producer and electronic artist Calvin Harris announced that he will be releasing his special guest filled brand new studio album next month.

"ALBUM COMING JUNE 30," announced on social media. This caption accompanied a video announcement, where Harris released the date, name and star-studded cast of his upcoming record, Funk Wave Bounces Vol. 1.

According to the video, the album features collaborations with big-name hits like Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Kehlani, Future, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean, John Legend, Khalid, Migos, Schoolboy Q, Ariana Grande, Young Thug, D.R.A.M., Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, Jessie Reyez, PartyNextDoor and Snoop Dog. Check out the post here.

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Chris Janson Releases New Single 'Fix A Drink'

(Radio.com) As summer is right around the corner, Chris Janson has just released the next upbeat, seasonal country tune called "Fix A Drink" just in time.

This catchy single has a feel-good vibe that's perfect for a day by the lake or grilling with friends. "The world's in the toilet / And the market's in the tank / Well I can't fix that / But I can fix a drink," Janson sings.

Janson co-wrote the track with Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley and revealed to Nash Country Daily that he doesn't even drink alcohol anymore. He simply loves the "whole mixology subculture," which partially inspired this next hit.

"You grow a big Civil War beard and you learn how to mix a cool drink. If I could grow a beard like that, believe me, I'd be a mixologist, 100 percent," Janson said. "I can fix a drink, and my drink of choice is a cold can of Mountain Dew, but I can fix all kinds of drinks. I've done it for years. And then when the song idea for 'Fix a Drink' came together, it felt like a no-brainer. It just works. You can be drinking a Hi-C or a Jack and Coke and it doesn't matter. It's a fun, feel-good song for the summer." Listen to "Fix A Drink" here.

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Lonzo Ball Releases Freestyle Track to Drake's 'Free Smoke'

(Radio.com) Rapper Drake has received an unusual tribute from a sports star. "In a couple months I'll be in a mansion with my car clean and my diamonds dancing," UCLA Bruins basketball star Lonzo Ball raps.

Ball just released a freestyle track over the beat from Drake's "Free Smoke." It seems the 19-year-old athlete wants to be known for more than his basketball skills.

The track features DC The Don and showcases Ball rapping under the name ZO2, which is the same as his sneaker brand. Listen to an online stream of the track here.

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Grouplove Announce Tour With Imagine Dragons

(Radio.com) Grouplove are set to support Imagine Dragons on their North American arena tour, kicking off at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ, on September 28th.

The cross-country trek includes stops at the Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl and Brooklyn's Barclays Center before its finale at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on November 16th.

Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Friday, May 19th at 10:00 am local time via Live Nation. Grouplove have also just released an exclusive remix of their current single 'Good Morning" by KXA. Listen here.

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Goo Goo Dolls Stream First Single From New EP 'Your Should Be Happy'

(Radio.com) The Goo Goo Dolls released a new 5-song EP, You Should Be Happy, on Friday (May 12). The band made the project's first single "Use Me" available via a lyric video.

The EP comes out in advance of the Goo Goo Dolls the road for their Long Way Home tour with special guest artist Phillip Phillips. The summer tour begins July 14 in Mountain, California.

You Should Be Happy complete tracklisting: 1. Tattered Edge You Should Be Happy 2. Use Me 3. 30k Feet 4. Walk Away 5. Boxes (Alex Aldi Mix). Watch the lyric video here.

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Run the Jewels Stream 'Panther Like A Panther' Original Demo

(Radio.com) On Record Store Day (April 22), Run the Jewels distributed a special edition tote bag that contained a free download to the group's new track "Panther Like a Panther."

For those who don't own turntables or believe in old-school technology, Run the Jewels have posted a stream of the original demo for the track on their social media.

The song was originally featured in the video game trailer for "Gears of War 4," and Run the Jewels participation in the game extended beyond the ad; Killer Mike and El-P are actually characters in the game. Listen to the track here.

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Meek Mill Drops 'Left Hollywood' Video

Meek Mill has released a new music video for his track "Left Hollywood" and has announced he and Yo Gotti are hitting the road for the Against All Odds Tour this summer.

"I had to get out of Hollywood," the track begins. "Get back to the trenches, they said they need me." Appropriately, the Will Ngo directed clip begins with a timestamp, informing us that the video was shot on May 2 at 12:34am, in Meek's home city of Philadelphia.

The Against All Odds Tour is set to begin in Cleveland, Ohio on July 5th at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, and conclude on August 8th in Seattle, Washington at the WaMu Theater. Watch the new video here.

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Nicki Minaj And Nas Romance Speculation Sparked By Social Media Post

(Radio.com) Could Nicki Minaj and Nas finally be an item? The "No Frauds" rapper posted a cozy photo of her and Nas earlier this week, which instantly sent the Twitter world into a frenzy. #NasNika is currently trending.

The photo shows Minaj cuddled up next to Nas at Sweet Chick, the restaurant he co-owns in New York City. She captioned her post, writing, "Only KINGS recognize QUEENS. @sweetchicklife has the best food congrats @nas "

According to a post from producer Statik Selektah, the two were out to dinner with him to celebrate. He tagged Sweetgrass Productions, writing, "Dinner with Nas & Nicki & our Emmy. congrats @sweetgrassp"

While Minaj and Nas fans certainly want this rumor to be true, Minaj took to Twitter remark on the now trending #NasNika. She retweeted a screenshot of the hashtag with the caption 'Y'all so d silly" and a laugh-crying emoji face.

Back in January, Minaj confirmed her breakup from fellow rapper Meek Mill and stated that she was now just focusing on her music. She posted on Twitter, saying, "To confirm, yes I am single. Focusing on my work & looking forward to sharing it with you guys really soon. Have a blessed New Year. Love u" Check out the posts here.

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Lorde Explains 'Green Light' Song And Video

(Radio.com) Lorde has explained why her music video for "Green Light" is more youthful and spirited than her other clips, saying that she is more 'playful" and 'confrontational," than she was when she was 16," reports NME.

"I was very aware that this was the first thing that people had seen from me in three years," Lorde said. "I was picking up where I left off." In addition to showing her age, Lorde wanted to depict herself as just another fan. "I always had dark lipstick on or had a weird outfit on," she said. "This time I was like, 'I want to look the way my friends see me,' I feel like I want to be any of the young people who listen to my music."

She added that the "Green Light" and its accompanying video are full of symbolism. "I knew that I wanted it to be set at night, like my real life - I'm wearing the shoes that I wear every night when I go out partying at home," she said.

While she enjoyed making the video, she said that filming the clip was somewhat of a challenge. "It was actually quite difficult to dance on the roof of a suburban at three in the morning," Lorde said. "It was a really cold night and it kept getting covered in dew. There was definitely a moment where I was like 'cars were not built to have girls dancing around and losing their mind on top of them'. It was one of the strangest things I've done." Read more here.

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Butch Vig Reveals Track From New Supergroup 5 Billion Diamonds

(Radio.com) Butch Vig helped define the grunge and alt-rock movements by producing albums like Nirvana's Nevermind, the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream and more. Then he made a name for himself as a member of the successful band Garbage. Now he's unveiled a new project, 5 Million Diamonds, which unites other accomplished musicians from various corners of the music industry.

Butch formed the band with UK DJ James Grillo and UK producer Andy Jenks 5 Billion Diamonds includes Alex Lee (Goldfrapp, Strangelove, Suede), bassist Sean Cook and drummer Damon Reece (Spiritualized, Massive Attack, Elizabeth Fraser). Helen White (Alpha), Sandra Dedrick (from The Free Design) and David Schelzel (The Ocean Blue) are on board for guest vocals on other tracks.

The band has just released its first track "Gravity Rules," featuring Ebbott Lundberg from Soundtrack Of Our Lives. ''Gravity Rules' is a bit of an anomaly," Vig told NME. "It's based on a sample that plays through the whole record. James brought in a sample by a band called Les Enfants Terrible, we tried to recreate it but we just fell in love with it. The song still channels the vibe of the record - moody atmospherics, analog keyboards, chiming guitars and a minimalistic drum groove. It's one of our favorite tracks on the record."

The band's self-titled debut album debuts in August, and Vig says he hopes to take the newly minted group on the road. 'I've just been working on some movie soundtracks, and now I'm fully into the zone of working on new Garbage material. Garbage are on tour all summer, then we're looking at doing some live dates with 5 Billion Diamonds." Listen to "Gravity Rules" here.

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Brendon Urie Gearing Up For 'Kinky Boots' Broadway Debut

(Radio.com) Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco will make his Broadway debut in Kinky Boots later this month. During a recent costume fitting for the musical, the singer revealed his pumped up kicks for the show.

"It just became so real," he says while looking at his new pair of red stiletto boots. In another shot, Urie is standing tall in his new set of heels with the ever-appropriate caption "Pumped up kicks."

Urie will play the role of Charlie Price in the Broadway musical from May 26-Aug. 6. Upon announcing his new gig, the singer revealed that he is a big fan of the production.

"I'm thrilled to be making my Broadway debut with this fantastic company," Urie said. 'I'm a huge fan of Kinky Boots and musical theatre, and am honored to be joining the cast." Drr yhr pody here.

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2018 Grammy Awards Details Announced

(Radio.com) The Grammy Awards will return to New York City in 2018 for the first time since 2003. In celebration of the award show's 60th anniversary, Music Biggest Night will take place at Madison Square Garden.

"We've been in L.A. for many years; we used to bounce back and forth from time to time," Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy," said. "With the East Coast being the home for half the membership of the Academy--certainly there's a very vibrant, vital part of the music industry on the East Coast and in New York--and given that this is an anniversary year for us, it's a special chance to celebrate."

"It is very exciting that Music's Biggest Night will be hosted by the country's most iconic city from historic Madison Square Garden and broadcast on America's most watched network," Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO of CBS, said. "We greatly appreciate all the efforts of Mayor de Blasio, Jim Dolan and Neil Portnow to make this moment happen and help us create an event that promises to be one of the biggest television broadcasts of this or any other year."

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at a new time, 7:30 p.m. EST on CBS. To promote the return, The Recording Academy worked with director Spike Lee to create a star-studded short film, "NY Stories," which covers a musical tour of the city. Watch the short film here.

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Lady Gaga Shares Video Of Encounter With Young Fan

(Radio.com) If Lady Gaga fans are looking for a pick-me-up, look no further than an adorable video she just retweeted from a fan account. The video features a cute interaction between Mother Monster and a 10-year-old fan on stage.

Gaga misheard how old the young boy way, thinking he said he was just two-years-old. "Oh, 10, I was like, whoa. You're the most brilliant two-year-old I've ever met," Gaga joked to the crowd. "Okay, good, you're 10. That makes me feel much better."

The fan account caption the video, writing, "If you're having a bad day just watch this cute video of Lady Gaga with a little fan on stage at the BTWBall " The clip isn't new, but it should still make you smile. Watch it here.

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Lil Uzi Vert's 20-Foot Stage Dive Inspires Web Memes

(Radio.com) Rap star Lil Uzi Vert's 20-foot stage dive earlier this month at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami has inspired some of the best memes on the Internet.

Fans have frozen the shot of Lil Uzi Vert's gutsy dive and inserted the image on a variety of backgrounds. Instead of diving into a crowd of his adoring fans, one meme has him at a WWE match, seconds before landing on his opponent.

Another, which has over 1,000 likes on Instagram, shows Vert about to body slam a dude lying lifeless on a folding table. And a third depicts the rapper leaping from a swing on a playground. Check out the best of the batch here.

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Travis Scott Rewards Fan For Knowing His Lyrics

(Radio.com) At a rap concert, it's easy to tell where the real fans are -- they're the folks mouthing along to every word on every track, without missing a beat. Lately, Travis Scott has been rewarding fans who know his music by heart.

During a set at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami over the weekend, Scott noticed a very engaged fan who rapped along to "3500," his song featuring 2 Chainz and Future. The rapper handed the concertgoer the microphone and gave him a ring from his own finger.

It's not the first ring Scott has handed out in recent weeks -- he gave one to the fan who fell from a balcony during a show and sustained serious injuries. At least the latest bling giveaway comes under happier circumstances. Watch the concert moment here.

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Marilyn Manson Says He And Charlie Hunnam Are Like Brothers

(Radio.com) Charlie Hunnam stars as King Arthur in the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, but audiences already know him from the hit FX series Sons of Anarchy. Marilyn Manson was a high-profile guest star on the gritty biker gang drama in 2014 and he now considers Hunnam one of his closest friends.

The provocative icon appeared at the King Arthur premiere to support Charlie and had glowing things to say about the English actor. "We're strangely like brothers," Manson said. "I don't have a lot of close men friends at my 'round table' so to speak. I don't even have a table. But Charlie and I always cook food for each other."

Hunnam confirmed their relationship to ET and the two they exchanged playful banter across the red carpet. 'He came in and did a couple of episodes - maybe like five or six - and we just became pals," the actor said. "We're an unlikely duo but we love each other." Read more here.

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Florida Georgia Line Announce New Acts For Upcoming Tour

(Radio.com) Florida Georgia Line have announced that they have added Ryan Hurd, Russell Dickerson and Morgan Wallen, to their already star-studded Smooth Tour lineup.

The up and comers will join Chris Lane in the opening slots for the shows. Nelly and the Backstreet Boys are also on the bill for several dates.FGL's Smooth Tour kicks off June 2 in Austin, Texas, and wraps up on October 21 in Georgia.

Hurd and Dickerson have most recently been on tour with Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini for Rhett's 2017 Home Team tour, with Hurd also scheduled to join girlfriend Maren Morris for dates on her tour extension. Read more here.

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