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Page Too Report for 05/20/2017


Chris Cornell's Family Question Suicide Ruling

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell's widow, Vicky, has issued her first public statement since the sudden death of her husband at a Detroit hotel following a Soundgarden show in the city on May 17.

"Chris's death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled," she writes. "As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend.

"His world revolved around his family first and, of course, his music second. He flew home for Mother's Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children. When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do."

The couple reconnected by phone when Chris returned to the MGM Grand Detroit following Soundgarden's show at The Fox Theatre, and Vicky reveals she noticed a change in her husband's demeanor.

"When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different," she explains. "When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him. What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."

Ativan is commonly used to treat anxiety and sleeping disorders, among other things, with side effects that include an increased risk of suicide among those who suffer with issues of depression.

"Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris - or if any substances contributed to his demise," noted Cornell family attorney Kirk Pasich in a statement. "Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and might've taken more than the recommended dosage.

"The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions." Read more here.

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Metallica's James Hetfield On His Raiders Dilemma

(Radio.com) Metallica frontman James Hetfield still isn't too happy about the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas. TMZ Sports caught up with Hetfield who said he still is "a little pissed" about the relocation.

Hetfield had actively campaigned for the Raiders to stay in the city, but ultimately his efforts didn't pay off when the team's owner Mark Davis, garnered league approval to move the team. The move will take place in 2019.

While bummed, Hetfield can't help but be loyal to his childhood team, saying "I grew up with the Raiders, so that will be how it is. … I will support them, I'm sure." Watch the encounter here.

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Katy Perry Streams New Track 'Swish Swish' Featuring Nicki Minaj

(Radio.com) Katy Perry has released a new single "Swish Swish," featuring Nicki Minaj and an infamous sample from Fatboy Slim's 2000 club banger, "Star 69."

The track is the latest from Perry's highly anticipated studio album Witness, which is scheduled to be released on June 9. She previously released "Chained to the Rhythm," featuring Skip Marley and "Bon Appetit," featuring Migos.

"I started writing a record in June of last year," the singer told Ellen DeGeneres. "I wrote over 40 songs. Now I have 15 beautiful songs to represent this story I want to share with the world." Check out Katy's new collaboration here.

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Harry Styles Ambiguous About His Sexual Orientation

(Radio.com) Harry Styles released his debut, self-titled solo album May 12. In a recent interview with The Sun, the former One Direction star opened up about his lifestyle and the new album, yet remained ambiguous about his own sexual orientation.

The "Sign of the Times" singer told the interviewer artists like Miley Cyrus, who came out as pansexual in 2016, are inspirational for people in such a creative, progressive field.

"People doing stuff, like, that is great," Styles said. "It's weird for me -- everyone should just be who they want to be. It's tough to justify somebody having to answer to someone else about stuff like that."

When asked about his own sexuality, Styles explained has never felt the need to identify himself, remarking, "I don't feel like it's something I've ever felt like I have to explain about myself." Read more here.

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Biggie X Kurt Cobain Photo Hoax Fires Up Social Media

(Radio.com) Many music fans have been obsessing over a grainy image of the Notorious B.I.G. hanging out with Kurt Cobain in the back of a car on social media lately.

A$AP Ferg called it "Hands down the best picture I ever seen in my life." Sadly for them, the photo is fake, but this didn't stop Nirvana's bassist Krist Novoselic from weighing in on the hoax and taking the joke to an entirely new level.

When a fan though to ask Novoselic to weigh on the image's authenticity this past weekend, the bassist joked, "It's real, but has been cropped. The person holding the pack of smokes is Tupac."

The image was created from two original photos: the first of Cobain in the back of a van with Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear and the second of B.I.G. kicking back in the passenger seat of a nicer-looking ride. Check out the posts here.

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Phantogram Announce Summer Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Phantogram have announced a leg of North American summer tour dates. The tour begins with a benefit show for the David Lynch Foundation May 17 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Tycho and Miike Snow will join Phantogram for select shows on the summer outing. The band will also be making stops at the major music festivals, including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Sasquatch!, Firefly, Osheaga and more.

Phantogram will also be donating a dollar from their ticket sales for shows July 14th and on to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. See the dates here.

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Michael Jackson Biopic 'Searching for Neverland' Trailer Released

(Radio.com) Mystery, controversy, and tragedy defined Michael Jackson's final years: in other words, his life had all the makings of a Lifetime original movie. The network just released a trailer for Searching for Neverland, a biopic starring famed Jackson impersonator, Navi.

The movie tells an unauthorized version of the King of Pop's last years, from comeback attempts to the drug use that ultimately claimed his life. Searching for Neverland is based on Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days, told from the perspective of his bodyguards. In march, the titular Neverland Ranch was put up for sale.

Controversy erupted over the winter when a trailer for the Sky series Urban Myths featured Joseph Fiennes, a Caucasian actor, playing Jackson for comedy. News of the Lifetime movie didn't earn the same vocal dismissals from the Jackson family. The new made-for-TV movie debuts on May 29.

With Searching for Neverland, Jackson joins Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Aaliyah and others who've earned Lifetime biopic treatment over the last year. Watch a trailer for the movie and a recent video of Navi in action here.

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Chance The Rapper Found His Voice Challenging Kanye West

Chance the Rapper discussed the challenges of working in the recording studio with his mentor Kanye West for Teen Vogue's latest music issue.

"He's very big on multitasking," Chance says of West's studio process (via Radio.com.) "We'll have a studio rented out, and he'll bounce between rooms working on different songs, writing for a second or adding or subtracting productions. He'll also put a bunch of people in a room that he thinks might have good ideas and try to see what they come up with."

"Twenty-five percent of it is productive ideas flowing and then 75 percent is lectures from Kanye," he continued. "Where he tells you exactly how he views the world -- just very straight Kanye, honesty that definitely gets your creativity and strong opinions out on the floor.

"I think it helped me find myself. I'm a young dude from Chicago who grew up with Kanye as my image of hip-hop. Finding your voice in a room where you have to challenge Kanye is scary -- but it's also life-affirming." Read more here.

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Arcade Fire Premiere New Songs At Secret Show

(Radio.com) Arcade Fire played a secret, small show in Montreal, Canada for around 50 guests last Saturday night (May 13th) and gave the lucky concergoers a sneak preview of some new material.

At the intimate concert, the band previewed six new songs that are expected to be included on their as yet-untitled new album, according to the Montreal Gazette.

No footage or recordings from the event have surfaced as concert goers were required to check their cellphones at the door. Reports indicate the band played for over an hour, playing tracks from their last two albums, Reflektor and The Suburbs, in addition to the new material. Read more here.

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Modest Mouse Expand North American Tour Plans

(Radio.com) Modest Mouse expanded their 2017 North American tour dates. The band has added 17 more fall tour dates to their itinerary, extending their run through October.

The newly announced shows for the trek include additional stops in various states like South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, New York and many more.

The band will be kicking off the tour on May 23rd in Spokane, WA at the Knitting Factory and will conclude the road trip on October 14th in Port Chester, NY at the Capitol Theater. See the dates here.

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Lana Del Rey Releases 'Coachella-Woodstock In My Mind'

(Radio.com) After Coachella 2017, Lana Del Rey shared a story about writing a new song--as political tensions rose around the world, she was struck by the incongruity they had with the joyful music festival she'd just attended.

Del Rey described the song on Instagram and now she's posted the song: It's called "Coachella--Woodstock In My Mind." Lana unveiled the new song with another Instagram image of a handwritten letter to fans.

"What a blessing it is to make music in general. And to have the freedom to put songs out about things that move me in real time. I wrote this one last month on my way back from Coachella…Hope you like it."

Lana's new album Lust for Life debuts May 26. Listen to "Coachella--Woodstock in my Mind" here.

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Drake Chaperones Cousin At Her High School Prom

(Radio.com) The Chainsmokers may be turning heads by showing up at proms around the country, but Drake may have one-upped them earlier this month (May 13) by dropping in unannounced to a prom at Fairley High School in Toronto, Ontario.

Drizzy was there to chaperone his second cousin Jalaah Moore and her prom date and although he didn't take the stage and perform, he ordered the couple a white Rolls Royce for the night and threw a party for Moore and 400 of her classmates at the local Hard Rock.

"Best Day Everrrr," Drake posted on social media in a pic that depicted the star posing with the snazzily dressed couple. Check out the post and the photo here.

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Camila Cabello Releases 'Crying In The Club' Video

(Radio.com) Camilla Cabello has released a brand new video for her new solo single "Crying in the Club." The clip sees her reeling from personal (or professional) heartbreak before dancing away the pain in the club.

In the 1:45 intro, Camila sings her second single "I Have Questions," which she revealed more about this week. "The story behind the album starts with the second song that you'll hear called 'I have questions' which I started writing in a hotel bathroom on tour a little over a year ago," she wrote on Twitter.

"i was completely broken during that time, i was in the kind of pain that's uncomfortable to talk about, and it was the kind of chapter you never want to read out loud." Watch the video here.

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Mary J. Blige Announces North American Tour

Mary J. Blige has announced that she will be hitting the road this summer for a North American tour in support of her latest album "Strength of a Woman".

The tour is scheduled to kick off on July 30th at the Chicago Theatre and will be concluding on September 9th in Oakland, CA at The Paramount Theatre.

The summer trek will feature support from Lalah Hathaway. Blige released her new album at the end of April, which features collaborations from Migos' Quavo, DJ Khaled, Missy Elliot and Kanye West. See the dates here.

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Steven Van Zandt Gives Commencement At Rutgers University

(Radio.com) Steven Van Zandt served the commencement address at Rutgers University this past Sunday (May 14). One of the founding members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Van Zandt urged the graduates at High Point Solutions Stadium on Rutgers' Busch campus to be authentic as they go out into the world to chase their dreams.

"Authenticity worked for Bruce. It worked for David Chase," the rocker said, referencing Springsteen and the creator of The Sopranos."Embrace your Jersey roots and authenticity. Jersey strong. It doesn't matter where you're from. You're in the Jersey family now."

The musician and actor also stressed the importance for each graduate to find "greatness" in their lives, reported NJ.com. "Lead us into a green future. Reach for greatness, nothing less. And make sure you have some fun along the way. Life should never be boring. Congratulations. Go get 'em," Van Zandt said. Read more here.

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Trace Adkins and Chris Young Lead 'Salute the Troops' Concert

(Radio.com) The Grand Ole Opry hosts an annual Salute the Troops concert to honor veterans and organizers have rounded up an impressive lineup of country music stars to take place.

This year's event will be taking place on May 23rd and will features Trace Adkins and Chris Young, which will recognize veterans from Operations Desert Storm.

Other musical guests include Charlie Daniels, Terri Clark and Dailey & Vincent, along with the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band, which is a group of injured veterans. Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Issues Humorous Charity Challenge

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran wants to give back while he's on his world tour and he's having a little fun in the process. The "Shape of You" singer posted a video on social media earlier this week (May 15) where he offered to donate to charity if "Kev," a member of Sheeran's touring team, would shave his beard into a handlebar mustache.

"It's for charity," Kev says in the video. "I just want the world to know." The video then showcases a sped up version of the beard-shaving process, while humorous music plays in the background.

"It suits me," Kev says afterward, as he admires his new look in a bathroom mirror. Sheeran's donation will benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital. Check out the video here.

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Taylor Swift Turns To Gigi Hadid For Advice

(Radio.com) Gigi Hadid is arguably one of the most famous models in the world at the moment and a valued member of Taylor Swift's inner circle. In a new feature on Hadid in Harper's Bazaar, Swift discussed their relationship, praising her inclusiveness and clarity of vision.

Weighing in by email, Swift praised her best friend, writing, "As a friend, Gigi is one of the first people I go to for advice. She has this incredible ability to see all sides of a situation and simplify it for you, to see the complexity of people."

"Gigi's #1 rule is to treat people the way she'd want to be treated, so she's on time (or early) to work, says hello to everyone on set, asks them how they are, and actually listens to their response." Read more here.

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Iggy Pop Scores Robert Pattinson Movie Trailer

(Radio.com) Iggy Pop recently teamed up with Oneohtrix Point Never to write a song for Good Time, a crime drama featuring Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The track features heavily in the film's moody, suspenseful trailer--Iggy virtually talk-sings over some atmospheric, electronic sounds. Pop detailed the collaboration in an interview with Rolling Stone last month.

"I've done a couple things since that are also in a quieter vein. The thing that Danger Mouse really guided me through, for the movie Gold, and something for a movie called Good Time, by the Safdie brothers, by an electronic producer with an unpronounceable name. They asked me to write for that. I had a ball doing that - it was challenging musically…"

Good Time debuts at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Watch the trailer for featuring Iggy Pop's latest collaboration here.

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Justin Bieber Collaboration Gives Luis Fonsi A Boost

(Radio.com) Puerto Rican producer Luis Fonsi is riding high on the success of his collaborative Top 40 single featuring Justin Bieber. Although this is the second time around for Fonsi's 'Despacito" -- the first released back in 2016 with fellow Boricuan Daddy Yankee -- his collaboration with Bieber has Fonsi's style and influence reaching audiences previously untouched.

"We just recorded with Bieber, like, 3-4 weeks ago, Fonsi told 92.3 Amp Radio' Everything is happening super quickly and we definitely want to kind of keep this recipe going," says Fonsi, whose "Aquí Estoy Yo" earned him a Latin GRAMMY for Song of the Year in 2009.

"Not only with this mixture between pop and just Latin music in general, and urban music, but also to be able to work with amazing artists, like Justin Bieber, who just really took this song to another level." Read more here.

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Lorde Recalls Weird First Meeting With Jack Antonoff

(Radio.com) Lorde sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss avoiding the pitfalls of fame, writing her new album and collaborating with Jack Antonoff of Fun. and Bleachers. With festival dates on the horizon and her album due out June 16, Lorde spoke candidly about her next chapter.

On meeting Jack Antonoff: "We were at a Grimes show, and he was like, 'I'll go get you a drink,' and sort of disappeared into another room and came back with a can of pineapple juice - which is quite a weird thing to bring someone - handed it to me, then whipped it back and rubbed the top of it and said, 'Rats crawl over them in the factories.' [It felt like I] had come home in the nicest possible way, to meet someone like that."

On songwriting inspiration from real-life friendships: "Everything written about on the album, give or take a couple of lines, all took place in New Zealand, is about me and my friends," she said. Read more here.

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Juicy J Releases 'Gas Face' Mixtape Ft. Lil Wayne, Quavo, Chris Brown

(Radio.com) Ahead of the release of his forthcoming album, Rubba Band Business, Juicy J surprised fans with new music when he dropped his Gas Face mixtape.

The 10-track project boasts collaborations from a variety of big name guest stars and producers including Lil Wayne, Quavo and Chris Brown, among others.

Various producers worked on the project, including TM88, Southside, Deedotwill and Murda Beatz. In addition, Juicy J co-produced "Focus" alongside Fu and Crazy Mike. Stream the mixtape in its entirety here.

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Brantley Gilbert And His Wife Expecting Miracle Baby

(Radio.com) Brantley Gilbert is going to be a dad. In a recent interview with People, Gilbert talks about how he and his wife Amber have been trying to have a baby since they married in 2015.

After seeing a fertility specialist and other experts, they all told the couple it would be "close to a miracle" if they were to conceive. Gilbert said, "I'm not much of a quitter, but I was really, really frustrated."

Then in February, Amber surprised "The Weekend" singer before a show in Louisville. She handed him three positive pregnancy tests and Gilbert said he was "literally in shock" and that it was an answer to "many, many many prayers."Read more here.

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Rancid Stream New Song 'Telegraph Avenue'

(Radio.com) Rancid have released a brand new single called "Telegraph Avenue". The track appears on their upcoming ninth studio album, Trouble Maker, set to arrive June 9.

"The ones who stand for freedom of speech, well this one goes out to you," sings frontman Tim Armstrong. "Well, I can still hear your voice, on Telegraph Avenue."

The new album will be the follow-up to the punk band's 2014 release "Honor Is All We Know." Watch Rancid perform the new track "Telegraph Avenue" here.

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Carrie Underwood Shares Son Isaiah's Abstract 'Elmo' Painting

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood took to Instagram earlier this week as a proud parent to show off some artwork that was created by her two-year-old son Isaiah.

"Isaiah painted this last night while we were at the game…," Carrie wrote. "We asked him this morning what it was and he said 'Elmo.' I totally get it! We may have a little artist in the making! #abstract #toddlerart #elmo."

The game in question was of course game three of NHL Conference Finals. Underwood is married to the Nashville Predators' Mike Fisher, whose team took a series lead after beating the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. Check out Isaiah's Elmo here.

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Jay Z's Shawn Carter Foundation Charity Auction

(Radio.com) Jay Z's namesake Shawn Carter Foundation is partnering with eBay to help underprivileged youth pursue college degrees. Jay's mom Gloria Carter, who co-founded the foundation, helped orchestrate the charity auctions initiative which sends 100 percent of proceeds to the organization's education programs and scholarship fund.

The campaign lasts 10 days and includes 'unique experiences" and memorabilia from stars like Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato. Participants can bid on a VIP lounge party at Jay's 40/40 Club, Made in America VIP Passes, and opportunities to meet sports stars.

"Our goal is to touch as many people as we possibly can," Jay-Z told Billboard. 'There are so many young people -- a lot of whom are first-generation students -- that have the desire to attend college but don't have the funds. My mother and father taught us to pay it forward and give to the community. That was my inspiration for the foundation. It makes me feel so blessed to be put in a situation where I can help the next generation." Read more here.

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