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Page Too Report for 11/29/2017

Jay-Z Leads Nominees For 2018 Grammy Awards

Jay-Z leads the nominations for the upcoming 60th Annual Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy has revealed the full list of nominees for the event on Tuesday, November 28th.

Radio.com reports that Jay-Z leads with eight nominations, followed by Kendrick Lamar with seven and Bruno Mars with six. Childish Gambino, Khalid, No I.D., and SZA all received five nods.

This year's ceremony will air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28 at 8pm. The Late Late Show's James Corden will host this year's show. See the nominees here.

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Meek Mill Lawyer Shares Good News Over Court Order

(Radio.com) Meek Mill might have just caught a break. After his attorneys filed a motion for an emergency bail hearing on Tuesday (Nov. 28), the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday flatly denied the request.

However, the appeals court has ordered controversial Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley to rule on the bail petition Mill's lawyers filed two weeks ago -- and explain her reasons "without further delay."

"This is good news," Mill's lawyer, Peter Goldberger, told Philly.com. The Superior Court's ruling came quickly, and was handed down within hours of Mill's motion for an emergency bail order, which complained that Brinkley has not responded to any of Mill's post-sentencing appeals.

"As of this filing, more than 10 days after submission [Brinkley] has taken no action -- not even to schedule a hearing -- on any petitioner's motions, and in particular not on the bail motion," read the emergency petition. Read more here.

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Morrissey Blames Media For Kevin Spacey Comment Controversy

(Radio.com) Morrissey has gotten himself into hot water with multiple interviews in which he's made controversial statements about Kevin Spacey and the recent deluge of sexual harassment allegations.

First, in an interview with a German publication, the former Smiths frontman said Spacey had perhaps 'been unnecessarily attacked" by the media and speculated that his accuser (actor Anthony Rapp, who was 14 at the time of the alleged incident) 'had an inkling of what might possibly happen." In a follow-up interview with British publication The Sunday Times, Morrissey added that "sexual harassment" can be "just a pathetic attempt at courtship."

These interviews may be among the last the British singer will be conducting. "Let me just say this--that was the last print interview I will ever do," he told the crowd at Chicago's Riviera Theater on Saturday (Nov 25).

He also cast doubt on whether the reporters had quoted him accurately. "And unless you see the words form in my mouth and then you see the words or hear the words come out of my mouth - please, if you don't see that, I didn't say it," he said. Watch fan-gathered footage from the concert moment here.

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Frank Ocean Hints That He Has Finished His Next Album

(Radio.com) On Monday (Nov 27), Frank Ocean started selling vinyl and CD and DVD packages for his previously unreleased album stream for Endless, and now it looks like he has another unreleased album that's ready to be released.

"I made the album before 30. I just aint put that bitch out!" the modern R&B songwriter posted on his Tumblr page. Ocean turned 30 on October 28, 2017, so the cryptic 13-word post seems to hint that he'll be releasing more music soon.

To further confound and delight fans, Ocean titled the post, "Quotes from an interview I haven't given." Ocean's released his last official full-length Blonde on August 20, 2016, the week after he streamed Endless. Read more here.

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County Icon Mel Tillis Laid To Rest In Tennessee

(Radio.com) Country music icon Mel Tillis' life was celebrated on Monday (November 27) during a three-hour visitation and public funeral service in Clarksville, Tenn.

Family, friends and fans attended the funeral service at Mount Hermon Baptist Church in Clarksville to say goodbye to Tillis, who died on November 19 after a long battle with his health. He was 85.

According to the Tennessean, Tillis' daughter, Pam, gave the eulogy and shared that the outpouring of love she and her family have received following her father's death has been "nothing short of amazing."

'This has been a long day," Pam Tillis, also a country singer, said during the funeral. 'Daddy never did a short show, and I don't see why we should." Read more here.

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Lorde's 'Melodrama' Hung At Various Locations In The Louvre

(Radio.com) A fan showed her love for Lorde by hanging Melodrama at various locations in the Louvre. Nina Richard recently visited the legendary Paris art museum with Lorde's Grammy nominated release and hung the album art in the museum's galleries alongside many priceless masterpieces.

The risky process was difficult, but Richard was determined, even though she was hunted down by security during her journey."Hey @lorde, I hung Melodrama in the Louvre!" she wrote on Twitter.

"A masterpiece surrounded by others I took it on a journey through time and space, from Antiquity, passing by Renaissance, to Modern Times. (I had to do it very quickly cause security started to watch me and hunt down on me lol)." Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas Perform Songs From Bed for a Good Cause

(Radio.com) Each year, children with cancer spend their holidays in bed: To show solidarity and raise funds, the Bedstock online music festival has recruited numerous A-list stars to perform songs from their own beds.

Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, Ringo Starr and many more have joined forces with the Children's Cancer Association to perform sets today and viewers are urged to donate.

Bedstock is organized by the CCA's MyMusicRx program, which harnesses the power of music to bring cheer and positivity to sick children. Bedstock 2017 promises to be "Bigger and Bedder" than the first three years of the festival. Watch Sheeran's performance of "Shape of You" here.

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Khalid Announces The North American Roxy Tour

(Radio.com) Still glowing from a handful of Grammy nominations, Khalid has revealed the details for a North American headlining tour that he will be launching in the new year.

The tour opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Jan. 27, although it doesn't resume until May 1 in Portland, OR. The tour wraps up June 7 in Raleigh, NC.

Khalid is set to embark on The Roxy Tour, inspired by the singer's recently adopted Pitbull mix, Roxy, who he rescued from a Los Angeles-based animal shelter.

Khalid is passionate about using his platform to support animal rights and finding safe, humane environments for animals to live. A $1 donation from every ticket sold on The Roxy Tour will be given to local animal shelters in each tour stop. See the dates here.

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Glee's Darren Criss Releases 'I Don't Mind' Video and Announces EP

Former Glee star and singer-songwriter Darren Criss has released a new music video for his track "I Don't Mind" which comes off his forthcoming EP entitled 'Homework,' which is set to be released on December 15th.

Criss had the following to say his first new solo project in over seven years, "It's a new EP called Homework. I liked the name for a couple of reasons. For starters, I made it mostly at home. Whether writing or recording it at my own place or at friends', it's about as homegrown as you can get.

"It was produced mostly with real live instruments, getting back to what really started my life as a songwriter in the first place- guitars & pianos and words & music. The main idea behind this was to embrace me just being me as much as possible in the hopes of it reaching you in some kind of positive way.

"Secondly, homework always took me way too long to do. It's true what they say- an artist's work is never done. It never feels 'done' until it's out there for someone else to experience.

"And so here I am, 'finishing' it by releasing it into the world, and encouraging it to live its own life with you. You who have waited very patiently and supported me tirelessly through the years- my family & friends from school growing up in San Francisco, my friends from college in Ann Arbor, the fans that kicked off my career and the new ones that are interested into diving a little deeper into my backstory. This one's for you. So here, I did some homework." Watch the video here.

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BTS's 'Mic Drop' From Ellen Goes Online

(Radio.com) K-Pop superstars BTS are having a stateside moment: They lit up the stage at last week's American Music Awards before performing their hit "Mic Drop" on Ellen. Host Ellen Degeneres said fans have "demanded" that she book BTS for an appearance and a performance of "Mic Drop." EDM superstar Steve Aoki and rapper Desiigner appear on the remix for U.S. audiences.

DeGeneres asked the group about the personal messages behind some of their lyrics which hit on serious issues - including mental health - which transcend across all language barriers.

"We have different languages, but we can all share in the same message," they said. "Music does bring us all together, you're absolutely right," Ellen responded.

Earlier this year, we aired our "I'm Listening" program to end the stigma of talking about mental illness. You can listen to our entire broadcast by clicking here. Meanwhile, ImListening.org has links to additional resources and support for those in need.
This year, BTS broke the Guinness World Record for most Twitter engagements for a music group; They released "Best of Me," a collaboration with the Chainsmokers in September. As their influence in the U.S. grows, we can expect to see the seven-man boy band appear on more TV shows. Their high-energy Ellen segment could be just the beginning. Watch the BTS guys perform "Mic Drop"

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Waylon Jennings 'New Stuff' Demos See The Light Of Day

(Gibson) Outlaw Country pioneer Waylon Jennings released his final album Closing In On The Fire in 1998. He passed away four years later. However, he might have been working a new album before his death. His son, Shooter Jennings, would later find a cassette of demos labelled "new stuff," in a warehouse that stored his father's personal effects.

The cassette included eleven demos Jennings was working on, possibly for inclusion on another album. The stripped down demos just feature Jennings' deep, baritone voice and his acoustic guitar. The new songs featured on two upcoming Waylon Jennings releases for Record Store Day's Black Friday Sale. The first release, simply titled New Stuff, features all eleven demos, including album opener 'Good Time' and 'Here's To The Champion (Muhammad Ali)'- Jennings' tribute to the late sporting icon. (Jennings was a massive Ali fan).

The Muhammad Ali-tribute track forms the basis for the second release, Here's To The Champion, which includes the original demo alongside newer versions by Willie Nelson, guitarist Jesse Dayton, Kris Kristofferson with Jennings' widow Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings with Jaime Wyatt and a new mix by Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb. Read more here.

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'It's Time For Straight Talk' With Eli Young Band And CAM

(Radio.com) All this month we'll be checking in with your favorite country artists out on the road as part of the "It's Time For Straight Talk" series. In this next installment we talk with the Eli Young Band, Cam and Michael Ray on how they connect with their fans plus the importance of staying in touch with their loved ones while out on tour.

The Eli Young Band has been on the road for most of their career. In their 17-years together, they've seen the changes in how fans enjoy their live show. Young says, "It's just a new age of how people absorb shows. The phones are up in in the air for almost the entire show. You have to appreciate that there's this moment they can capture and hold forever." It's also that very same technology that allows him and the band to keep in touch with their loved ones, "Being away from home is the hardest part of what we do, but now with Facetime and being able to stay connected it's such a blessing, it makes what we do so much easier."

Singer/songwriter Cam is opening up about being a woman in country music. 'Women are super underrepresented right now in country music and they don't hear their own stories. I think, also, by virtue of being a woman it was really advantageous for me because I was finally telling a story that they could hear themselves in." The "Burning House," singer admits, "Having people sing the words of your song back to you, knowing they feel how you felt when you wrote it, that's a big accomplishment. It's a feeling of connection and I don't know where else you can find something that intense." And while she maintains her connection with her fans as she's out on the road, the newlywed also makes sure she's in touch with her husband each day as well, "Good morning text is important, goodnight text is important, phone call where you hear each other during the day and actually ask each other real questions is important." Read more here.

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Josh Groban, Kelly Clarkson Lead 'A Home for the Holidays' Special

(Radio.com) Josh Groban is set to headline this year's A Home for the Holidays, the 19th annual CBS special celebrating families whose lives have been changed through adoption.

In addition to Groban's headline set, Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Kane Brown are also set to perform on the special, which will debut on Dec. 19 at 8pm ET.

This year's edition of A Home for the Holidays will focus on four families from around the country, including Officer Jody Thompson and his wife, Jeannie in Poteau, OK. The Thompsons adopted 8-year-old John, after rescuing the child from a horrifically abusive home. The family would later adopt John's biological sister after learning that she had been born in prison. Read more here.

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'Stranger Things' And 'Sesame Street' Parody Video Released

(Radio.com) What's stranger than Stranger Things? A Sesame Street parody of Stranger Things. The classic children's TV institution has taken on the Netflix sensation with a new video that incorporates the two shows in unexpected and pretty funny ways.

Entitled "Sharing Things," the parody video finds "the Cookiegorgon has eaten everything in the Snackside Down and is still hungry! Will he learn how to share, or will he continue wreaking havoc on the kids in town by eating all their treats?"

If you haven't seen Stranger Things yet, prepare to not understand what's going on at all as you watch the fun video here.

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