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Liam Payne Streams New Song 'Strip That Down'

(Radio.com) Liam Payne has released his first single as a solo artist, titled "Strip That Down." The former One Direction singer gets an assist from Atlanta rapper Quavo (one-third of Migos).

Liam is the final member of 1D to release solo material. Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Zayn Malik have all embarked upon their individual careers and have found nearly instant fan acceptance.

Malik, of course, had a head start after he quit the boyband back in 2015. Check out a stream of Liam Payne's addition to the boy's post-One Direction catalog here.

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Video From Chris Cornell's Final Concert Goes Online

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell reportedly committed suicide Wednesday night following a performance with Soundgarden at The Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI, and footage from his final show has surfaced online.

The 19-song set mixed classic tracks and hits from the Seattle band's six albums, opening with "Ugly Truth" from 1989's "Louder Than Love", and closing with a two-song finale from 1991's "Badmotorfinger" - "Rusty Cage" and "Slaves And Bulldozers" - which also included a snippet of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time Of Dying" from 1975's "Physical Grafitti."

The Detroit stop was the twelfth date of Soundgarden's month-long spring tour of North America, which was set to wrap up with a festival appearance at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 27.

Cornell's death has been ruled a suicide by hanging following an autopsy by The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. The singer's body was discovered on the floor of the bathroom in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit with a band around his neck.

"The Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy on 52-year-old Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden musician who died last night in Detroit," the office said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. There is no additional information at this time." Watch the video here.

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Carrie Underwood And American Idol's Paula Abdul Reunited

(Radio.com) On Wednesday night (May 17), American Idol winner Carrie Underwood went to see New Kids on the Block, Boys to Men and Paula Abdul perform at the Bridgestone Arena as part of The Total Package tour.

Abdul, who was an Idol judge when the country singer won, was thrilled to run into Underwood backstage. "So happy to reunite with the amazingly talented and equally beautiful @carrieunderwood tonight," Abdul captioned a photo on Instagram of herself hugging country star. "So proud of your journey."

Underwood shared the same pic, saying, "Well, look who I ran into backstage at #TheTotalPackage Tour! So cool to watch her do her thing!" See the posts here.

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Drake's Slang Needs Subtitles In Video Clip

(Radio.com) Drake is breaking back into the acting world, but this time, he won't be playing Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi. Drizzy appears in the T-Dot Goon Scrap DVD 2 from 4YallEntertainment as a fictionalized version of himself.

Speaking in an exaggerated Toronto-slang dialect, Drizzy first shares a few laughs with Canadian comedians Jae and Trey Richards. Subtitles are required.

The scene goes quickly south, however, when the "Hotline Bling" star rates the brothers' DVD a low 3 out of 10. This rating leads to the brothers and Drake getting into a silly shouting match over the incident. Check out the full clip here.

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Logic Celebrates Scoring No. 1 Album With Message To Fans

(Radio.com) Logic's new album Everybody is the best selling release in the country this week, and the rapper took to social media with a message of empowerment.

"Soooooo damn we got the Number 1 album in the country!!!!" he began his online message to fans. "I ain't one to flex but god damn fam I've waited my whole life for this."

"Be yourself!" he continued. "As the world tells you that you aren't good enough, or tries to label you or your art. Just remember you're awesome! Also my fellow artists out there, whether people love or hate what you put into the world remember that's what art is, it's loved or hated. And also remember that it doesn't matter how much love or hate you get. All that matter is that you're happy. Because that's what matters!"

"This is bigger than music!" he concluded. "This whole movement is about identity, and happiness. So be you and love yourself because you're special!!!!" Check out the full message here.

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Maddie And Tae Debut New Song 'Somebody Will'

(Radio.com) Maddie and Tae performed a new song titled "Somebody Will" at their recent Grand Ole Opry appearance. The two are preparing to release their second studio album later this year.

"Somebody Will" embodies the familiar melancholy, country-western style vibe Maddie & Tae have put out since their debut album Start Here in 2015.

Despite a couple hiccups in the beginning of the performance, the two delivered the beautiful ballad. Watch fan footage of their performance of the new song here.

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Dan Auerbach, Brad Paisley, James Bay On 'Cars 3' Soundtracks

(Radio.com) Disney-Pixar's Cars 3 film will be opening in theaters on June 16th, and the studio has announced that it will release two movie soundtracks.

The Cars 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features an original song, "Run That Race," from Dan Auerbach, two instrumental tracks from Brad Paisley and an end credit single, "Ride," from ZZ Ward featuring Gary Clark Jr.

The soundtrack also features four cover songs: Tom Petty's "Kings Highway," covered by James Bay, Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" by Andra Day, The Beatles' "Drive My Car" by Jorge Blanco and actress Lean DeLaria's take on "Freeway of Love," which Aretha Franklin popularized. Read more here.

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Michael Jackson 'Bubbles' Movie Close To Netflix Deal

(Radio.com) Netflix is getting close to closing a deal for Bubbles, a script detailing the life of the late Michael Jackson from the perspective of his beloved pet monkey, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Taika Waititi, who directed the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, will co-helm the stop-animation feature with Mark Gustafson. Sources say the deal is near $20 million and is for worldwide rights.

The film is expected to be similar to Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa (2015), utilizing stop-animation technology, which combines 3D printing and puppetry. Read more here.

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Chance the Rapper Featured In Francis And The Lights New Video

(Radio.com) Francis and the Lights just took their "May I Have This Dance" single--from their 2016 debut album "Farewell, Starlite!" to an entirely new level with a new remix version and music video of the track featuring an appearance and verse from Chance the Rapper.

Directed by Jake Schreier, the video features Chance dancing alone in an empty room, rocking an outfit that nods to Napoleon Dynamite, then Francis joins him on the dance floor.

Chance uses his verse as a heartwarming dedication to his daughter Kensli, rapping, "You've got your mother's eyes… You must have been born with two right feet. I love you more than your mother/More than you love yourself."

Watch "May I Have This Dance (Remix)" and listen to the original track here.

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Nick and Aaron Carter's Father Bob Dies

(Radio.com) Bob Carter, the father of pop stars Nick and Aaron Carter, passed away this past Tuesday (May 16th). The brothers confirmed the sad news to fans on social media.

"I am heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night…While we learn more about the cause of death, and begin the grieving process, we ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time," the Backstreet Boys singer wrote in two separate tweets.

In an Instagram post, Aaron wrote, "My heart is broken, We are so hurt we lost you poppa way too soon. You were never human to me, you were always my real life superhero #BobCarter #RIP #MyDaddy" Check out the brothers' posts here.

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Elle King Reveals Secret Marriage And Separation

(Radio.com) Elle King revealed on social media that not only was she secretly married to Scotsman Andrew Ferguson last summer, but the two recently separated after a year of marriage.

According to the post, the two got secretly married after only dating for three weeks. Regarding her feelings on the separation, King wrote, "My heart is broken. My soul aches. I am lost. He is the greatest love of my life. He is my best friend."

While the precise reason for the breakup is unknown, TMZ recently reported law enforcement was called to the couple's home April 23. Sources say the two were arguing when Ferguson grabbed her by the throat and threatened her life.

Her husband was arrested and booked for felony domestic violence, but King did not seek to press charges. She later told the police the fight was the result of things getting out of control while partying. Read the full post here.

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Kendrick Lamar Painting To Be Displayed At U.S. Capitol Building

(Radio.com) Rap star Kendrick Lamar's likeness will be gracing the U.S. Capitol Building after a painting made by a high school student won a contest.

Tiona Cordova of Pueblo, Colorado won the annual District Congressional Art Competition for high school students with a portrait of the Compton rapper, titled "Utmost Appreciation."

The painting will be on display for one year. Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton announced the winner and shared the artwork via his social media accounts. Check out the winning painting here.

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Thomas Rhett Excited About Being A New Parents

(Radio.com) Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren's adopted daughter Willa Gray arrived in Nashville, Tennessee, from Uganda last week and it seems like things are going great.

In an interview with People, Rhett explained the first few days were a "whirlwind" of discovery for his 18-month-old, saying, "She constantly wants to see something new."

One of these discoveries was introducing Willa used the couple's two dogs. "Willa has never seen dogs before and we have two big ones," Rhett said. "They are so sweet, but it's been hilarious watching her try to pet them." Read more here.

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Kesha Writes Shares About Her Eating Disorder Struggles

(Radio.com) Kesha wrote an essay this past Tuesday (May 17) for Teen Vogue where she opened up about overcoming an eating disorder and other personal struggles. The pop star candidly wrote about how the "amount of body-shaming and baseless slut-shaming online" makes her sick.

Reading strangers' cruel words online fed her insecurities and contributed to her eating disorder problem. "It became a vicious cycle: When I compared myself to others, I would read more mean comments, which only fed my anxiety and depression," the singer wrote. "Seeing paparazzi photos of myself and the accompanying catty commentary fueled my eating disorder. The sick irony was that when I was at some of the lowest points in my life, I kept hearing how much better I looked. I knew I was destroying my body with my eating disorder, but the message I was getting was that I was doing great."

She wrote that taking a step back from social media and the damaging comments has helped her overcome her body image struggles. Read more here.

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Camila Cabello Reveal Title For Upcoming Solo Album

(Radio.com) Camila Cabello's sudden departure from Fifth Harmony made waves in December, and she's spent the first half of 2017 fine-tuning her debut solo album.

The pop singer has, at last, revealed that the record is titled The Hurting, the Healing, the Loving and it focuses on her arc of self-discovery through this past tumultuous year.

"The first song from my forthcoming album 'the hurting the healing the loving' will come out on 5.19.17," Cabello wrote in a lengthy social media post. "'the hurting the healing the loving' is the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when i was lost to a time when i found myself again." Read more here.

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Big Boi Releases 'Mic Jack' Video

(Radio.com) Big Boi had a good time at the dry cleaners in the music video for his latest single "Mic Jack." In the clip, Big Boi comes to the dry cleaners to pick up his clothes from the attendant, played by Adam Levine.

He goes through a series of different options, each time dropping into a scene that would go with the garment. A white fur coat, an astronaut uniform and a preppy sweater transport the rapper to alternate universes.

The track comes from Boomiverse, Big Boi's first solo LP since 2012's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. The album is scheduled for release June 16. Watch the video here.

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Things Get Heated Between Ice Cube and James Corden

(Radio.com) Ice Cube stopped by The Late Late Show studio to chat about BIG3, his 3-on-3 basketball league that recruits NBA greats to play a concept game. Corden had some questions about hand-checking and Cube gave him a lesson he won't forget.

When the pair stood up to simulate game play with an invisible basketball, Corden got cute with some imaginary finger spins and dribble action. That's when things got heated.

The legendary MC hand-checked Corden, who fell to the ground, stood up, and pushed his opponent twice. "What you wanna do!" Cube shouted as they acted out some basketball aggression. They pair were in each other's faces when Jason DeRulo stood up to break the fight apart--"It's just basketball!"

"This is bulls—, Cube!" Corden shouted. "You floppin' already," he replied. Watch the tense Late Late Show moment here.

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Snoop Dogg To Host 'The Joker's Wild' Reboot

(Radio.com) Hip-hop veteran and celebrity entertainer Snoop Dogg has been tapped to be the host of a revival of the classic '70s television game show "The Joker's Wild."

The half-hour program will feature a casino set with classic over-sized dice and playing cards featured in the original show. Contestants will answer street-smart questions to win.

Snoop will executive produce the show with Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Moriniof SMAC, Ted Chung of Snoopadelic Films, and Vincent Rubino. Read more here.

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Kelly Clarkson Promises A Lot Of' Sass On New Album

(Radio.com) The confidence and attitude bursting from Kelly Clarkson's upcoming album may come as a surprise for some of her fans. During a roundtable at the Music Biz Conference on Tuesday (May 16), Clarkson said, "It's got a lot of sass -- like I might beat you up with my sound." She explained that the album is a blend of 'urban, pop, soulful R&B."

The original American Idol champ added, 'My backup singers who've worked with me for years said 'It's the first time you've done a record that's, like, full-on your personality.'"

Clarkson credited her upbringing and her current family status as sources of her strength. 'I've always been a confident person, I think that's just being Texan," Clarkson said. 'But I think being a mom has brought another level of confidence, because basically the things a mom does daily, without adding a job, is pretty insane. We're gladiators, basically." Read more here.

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Iggy Azalea Releases New Track 'Switch' Featuring Anitta

(Radio.com) Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has released her new single, "Switch," which is a track from her forthcoming album is expected to be released in early summer.

The song features a guest appearance from Brazilian pop star Anitta, is the latest release from Azale's long delayed sophomore album, "Digital Distortion."

"Kick in the door, wave in the four fizzy, they already know they can't f– with Iggy," Azalea spits. "Truce got smart and the rent due, you know that, all black when I come through, it's Kodak." Stream the new track here.

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Travis Scott Performs 'Goosebumps' 14 Times In A Row

(Radio.com) Recently, Travis Scott has been up to some headline-grabbing stuff. He encouraged a fan to stage dive from a balcony at a show in New York City, then he apologized when another concert-goer got injured tumbling from the balcony.

Later, he gave away bling, designed t-shirts for the Houston Rockets. Earlier this week he released three new songs, and now, a video has surfaced of Scott playing his single "Goosebumps" 14 times in a row during a show at the Criterion in Oklahoma City.

The concert took place on May 12 and Scott's reps are touting the achievement as a record for the most times an artist has played a song during a single show. That may be the case, but for it's unclear if it was a tremendous or tedious experience for fans. If you really like "Goosebumps," you can check out Scott's performance here.

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Rihanna Cannes Film Festival Photos Go Online

(Radio.com) Rihanna knows how to wow a crowd. As stars hit the red carpet for day three of the Cannes Film Festival, all eyes were on the "Work" singer as she appeared for the Okja premiere.

Wearing a dramatic Dior Haute Couture's off-white silk taffeta coat and bustier dress, she looked like an elegant, fashionable bride ready to walk down the aisle.

The superstar completed her look with pieces from her newly debuted jewelry collection with Chopard. RiRi even kept her shades on while posing for the cameras. See the photos here.

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Miley Cyrus Gives Her Pet Pigs Spa Treatments

(Radio.com) Miley Cyrus is as happy as a pig in, well you know, at her home in Malibu, California. The pop singer -- with a new single and aesthetic that matches her home life -- keeps two pigs, two horses, and seven dogs on her property, meaning s— happens, quite literally, on a regular basis.

"That's not weird in Malibu," says Cyrus. 'I give the pig spa treatments and then I just, like, don't change." Cyrus isn't being hyperbolic. In an interview with Karen and Jeffrey from Fresh 102.7, Cyrus detailed a recent night out with her mother.

"I fell the other day in pig poop ' and I went to dinner with my mom right after and then told her the story as we were sitting at dinner,: says Cyrus. The press, who routinely follow her around, never notice the mess and even believe it to be a fashion choice. "When they're like, 'Miley in her bow at Nobu'' and then it's like, 'Okay, yeah that's pig poop on my leg.' No one actually gets the real drama."

Cyrus released the single "Malibu" on May 11 and her sixth studio album is scheduled for release in July. Check out the full interview here.

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Kim Kardashian's Assistant Reveals Secret About Kanye West

(Radio.com) Stephanie Shepherd isn't a Kardashian, but she has been Kim's assistant for the past four years. In a recent interview with Refinery 29, Shepherd spoke about how she has been there for Kim K for everything from her wedding to putting together North West's first strollers.

While Shepherd spends her days looking after one of the world's most recognizable celebrities, she revealed a secret about Kim's husband Kanye West: He's hilarious.

"I think people would be surprised to know how funny Kanye is," she said. "Do people know that he's funny? I know everyone thinks he's so deep and serious, but he's also so funny, like he has me rolling laughing, and sometimes I'm like, Is this inappropriate that I'm laughing so hard?" Read more here.

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Halsey Discusses The Themes From Forthcoming Album

(Radio.com) Halsey played an intimate performance for a special group of fans earlier this month at the SoCal Honda Sound Stage at 97.1 MP Radio. Her set consisted of tracks from her forthcoming album 'hopeless fountain kingdom' and some throwbacks for her OG fans who have been there from the beginning.

Immediately following the performance she sat down to speak with afternoon drive host, Booker, about her new album, where she finds confidence, and her trust of her fans.

As fans eagerly await the release Halsey's new album, she gave us some insight into what they'll be hearing. "There are 16 songs on the album, every song has its own identity in a way. The first real song on the record, the second track is called A Hundred Letters, and it's alternative, pop, kind of 90s vibe, very much in Halsey fashion--sad, sad lyrics."

While she is known for her emotional lyrics, she has a very clear and very normal answer as to why the lyrics are so rarely happy. "I think I write a lot of sad music or I tend to write more about negative things than positive things. Doing that helps me be a happier person in my real life…when nice things happen to me I want to keep them to myself. When bad things happen I want to complain about them to you guys." Read more and watch the full interivew here.

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