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Page Too Report for 11/30/2017

Russell Simmons Resigns Following Sexual Assault Allegations

(Radio.com) Russell Simmons is stepping down as the head of his companies following sexual assault allegations. Simmons has been accused of assaulting screenwriter Jenny Lumet in 1991, with Lumet detailing the incident in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter.

Lumet explains how she met Simmons in the social orbit of New York City nightlife of the late '80s, and how the seemingly personable and charming Def Jam co-founder had "lightly" pursued her over the years.

She goes on to reveal how on a night in 1991, Simmons offered to give her a ride home after seeing him at a local restaurant. It was during that ride that instead of taking her home as promised, Lumet says she was then locked inside the vehicle and Simmons ordered his driver to take her to his apartment, where he raped her.

"While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real," Simmons said in a statement regarding the allegations. "While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely apologize." Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Talks Justin Bieber and the Weeknd Relationships

(Radio.com) It would be something of an understatement to say that Selena Gomez has had an eventful year. The pop star revealed that she had a kidney transplant due to complications from Lupus. She ended her high-profile relationship with the Weeknd, only to be seen spending a lot of time with ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, in recent weeks.

In a new interview with Billboard, Gomez has opened up about the past year and the status of those relationships. "Something that I'm really proud of is that there's such a true friendship [between me and The Weeknd]," Gomez revealed. "I truly have never experienced anything like that in my life. We ended it as best friends, and it was genuinely about encouraging and caring [for each other], and that was pretty remarkable for me."

When queried about the status of her relationship with Bieber, the singer emphasized their longtime connection as friends, sidestepping any indication of it being romantic, but not denying it either.

"I'm 25. I'm not 18, or 19, or 20. I cherish people who have really impacted my life," Gomez said. "So maybe before, it could have been forcing something that wasn't right. But that doesn't mean caring for someone ever goes away. And [that goes for] people in general. I mean, I grew up with Demi [Lovato]. Nick and Joe [Jonas] and Miley [Cyrus] we've gone through seasons in our lives. I don't think it's as serious as people make things out to be half the time. It's just my life." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' Added To Streaming Services

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift's new album Reputation is being made available on streaming services as it becomes Friday (Dec. 1) in other territories, according to The Verge.

Swift initially withheld the album from streaming services when it was released on Nov. 10. The move paid off, Reputation sold 1.2 million copies its first week alone. It was the largest sales week in the United States since Adele's 25 moved over 3 million units back in 2015.

Presumably, you'll be able to stream Taylor's new album as much as you like below, after midnight, of course. Read more here.

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Luke Bryan Streams New Song 'Out of Nowhere Girl'

(Radio.com) Country star Luke Bryan is love-struck on his new song, "Out of Nowhere Girl" which is the latest taste of new music that he has revealed from his forthcoming album.

"Out of Nowhere Girl" is the second song that has been shared from Bryan's upcoming new studio album, which will be entitled "What Makes You Country," and is set to be released on December 8th.

The track details Bryan seeing a woman so beautiful at a party that everything stops in pursuit of his new obsession. The new song follows the release of the album's lead single, "Light it Up." Stream the song here.

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Miley Cyrus Gets Festive With Christmas Classics

(Radio.com) November has drawn to a close and 'tis the season for your favorite Christmas classics: Miley Cyrus recently stopped by the Spotify studios to record covers of beloved classics "Sleigh Ride" and "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" for their "Singles" sessions.

The child actress turned Younger Now songstress added her Country roots to the Christmas songs, peppered with "yee-haws" and a honky-tonk backup band.

Miley teased the new material on Twitter: "Out now on @spotify !!! Rockin around the Christmas tree & Slayyyy Bells! Check it out !" Listen to Miley's covers here.

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Kelly Clarkson 'Carpool Karaoke' Appearance Goes Online

(Radio.com) On Wednesday night (Nov 29), pop star Kelly Clarkson joined The Late Late Show host James Corden for the popular segment Carpool Karaoke, which can now be streamed online.

The two were quick to burst into song, harmonizing with tunes on the radio including her hit "Since You've Been Gone" and performing an a capella version of a beautiful song from Lady and the Tramp that Clarkson uses to serenade her son.

Clarkson even gave Corden some dancing directions while performing her new single "Love So Soft." Clarkson's husband and manager Brandon Blackstock also makes an appearance. Check out the full segment here.

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Justin Timberlake Sings National Anthem With Stephen Colbert

(Radio.com) This fall, Justin Timberlake was confirmed as the Halftime Show performer at the 2018 Super Bowl. The multimedia entertainer stopped by The Late Show to discuss his next professional challenge. Early in his discussion with host Stephen Colbert, JT talked about why church is the best place for aspiring vocalists to hone their skills.

"You know that church is the best place to sing because you can go up there and completely botch anything and then at the end everyone says, 'amen,'" Timberlake quipped.

The worst number for wannabe singers to learn?: the National Anthem. Colbert and Timberlake harmonized on the notoriously difficult-to-sing song before Stephen grilled Justin about his upcoming Super Bowl show. The host alluded to Timberlake's 2004 performance, which ended in Janet Jackson's unforgettable "wardrobe malfunction." Justin didn't reveal much but remained diplomatic:

"It'll be great--it'll be a good show," he said. "Apparently a lot of people watch the Super Bowl. I've learned a lot of people watch the Super Bowl." Watch the full segment here.

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Morrissey Releases 'Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage' Video

(Radio.com) Morrissey gets his dance on in his latest music video. The man they call Moz has shared the visual for, "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage," and it features the singer dancing up a storm.

Sporting a suit with no shirt, the former frontman for The Smiths swings and sways throughout the clip, mugging for the camera with a squad of dancers behind him.

"Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage" is the latest track from Morrissey's most recent full-length effort, Low in High School. Check out the new clip here.

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Drake Takes the Microphone For Raptors Sideline Reporter Gig

(Radio.com) Drake is the global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors. on Wednesday (Nov. 29), he joined them on the sidelines to try is hand at sports reporting. Drizzy provided some color commentary including speculation as to the meaning of a player's tattoo.

He also conducted a postgame interview with Kyle Lowry, who had a season-high 36 points, Drizzy acknowledged the player's basketball prowess, then moved on to more important things like the way he wore his uniform. Drake asked Kowry about his "Front tuck, flop out at the back" look.

Though there's clearly a lot of love and respect between Drake the Raptors, he probably won't be quitting his day job anytime soon. Check out some tweets of Drake's performance as a sports reporter here.

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Ed Sheeran Releasing 'Perfect' Remix Featuring Beyonce Tonight

(Radio.com) Earlier this morning, Ed Sheeran announced that he will be releasing a remix of "Perfect," that features Beyonce tonight (Nov. 30) at 7pm ET.

Sheeran made the reveal via an Instagram, which earned 583,100 likes and 23,100 comments in just two hours. He began teasing a high-profile collaboration last week but wouldn't say who was the superstar guest.

Now the secret is out: Beyonce will bring her singular stardom to the English crooner's latest hit. See the announcement here.

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'Stranger Things' Star Dances to Rock and Roll Favorites

(Radio.com) 'Stranger Things' Chief Jim Hopper has a thing for rock and roll. A memorable moment from the second season of the Netflix series features Hopper, played by David Harbour, getting his dance on while he and Eleven clean up their hideaway spot.

Hopper's dance moves were so good that an entire Twitter account, @hopperdancingto, has sprung up setting Hopper's instantly iconic dance to a series of favorites from the Killers, Blink-182, and Panic! at the Disco.

Toto's "Africa," The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go." and even Rick Astley's infamous "Never Gonna Give You Up" also get a spin. Check out some of the best videos here.

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Beyonce's Pregnancy Photo Was Biggest Instagram Post of 2017

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez may be the queen of Instagram (130 million followers and counting) but Beyonce earned her own Insta-superlative in 2017. Her pregnancy announcement photo (when she revealed that she and JAY-Z were expecting twins) is the most-liked image of the year.

11.18 million fans hit the heart button when Bey debuted her pregnancy news in a stunning, heavily art-directed shot (via The Verge). Later in 2017, Bey shared a similar photo with newborns Sir and Rumi, who were one month old at the time. That photo came in fourth place in 2017's most-liked photos, with 10.27 million likes.

Major personal news dominated the year-end list: In second place, Christiano Ronaldo's announcement about the birth of his baby daughter earned 11.02 million likes. Placing third was Selena Gomez' hospital bed photo following her kidney transplant surgery; that photo received 10.31 million likes. See Bey's big posts here.

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Logic And Rag'n'Bone Man Stream New Track 'Broken People'

(Radio.com) Logic has teamed with Rag'n'Bone Man for a brand new track called "Broken People." The collaboration will be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming Netflix film, Bright, which stars Will Smith.

"We're broken people now, we're burning out," Rag'n'Bone Man sings on the hook. "So cold and bleeding now, now, now, gonna let you down, we're broken people now, we're broken people now."

"I do it for the people," Logic raps. "I'm fighting so we be equal, for my son and my sequel." Bright's soundtrack features other big-name artists including Bastille, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Camila Cabello, Migos, Marshmello, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, A$AP Rocky, Portugal. The Man and more.

Bright: The Album drops on Dec. 13. The film will premiere on Netflix on Dec. 22. Check out the new track here.

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Chance the Rapper In the Studio With Swizz Beatz

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper has collaborated with everyone from Madonna to Kanye West--and it looks like he has another guest spot up his sleeve. Swizz Beatz shared an Instagram post from inside a studio where he and Chance were hanging out. Presumably, the two were working on some new music.

Swizz wrote: "I told y'all I'm in Mode!!!!! Happy Monday" with lightning emojis and the hashtag #albummode. There's more evidence that Swizz is recording new material with high-profile guests.

Last week, he was pictured with J. Cole, reports Fader. A full decade has passed since Swizz released the critically acclaimed studio album One Man Band Man. Since then, he has started a family with wife Alicia Keys, attended Harvard Business School and released nine non-album singles. See the photo of Chance and Swizz here.

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George Strait's Custom Texas Mansion Goes On Sale

(Radio.com) It's safe to say that we all have an idea of how our dream home would look. George Strait made that dream into a reality. Strait's custom-built mansion in San Antonio, Texas, has now hit the market.

The country legend's dream home sits on 12.2 acres of secluded land in San Antonio, which Strait bought in the 1990s. The mansion was designed by world-renowned architect Bill Tull, who relocated to Texas for 2 years to build it. It features 14 hand-crafted fireplaces, stained glass windows, a copper-top bar, and an infinity pool and spa.

If you're wondering how much it will cost to make Strait's mansion your own, well, he's not saying. "He doesn't want to flaunt what he has," said listing agent Tamara Strait of Sotheby's International Realty, who also happens to be the singer's daughter-in-law (via Mansion Global). "He doesn't like to be in the limelight, that's why we weren't advertising it as his house."

It didn't take long for word to get out that Strait's home was on the market, with Tamara Strait receiving a flood of calls from prospective buyers quoting rumored asking prices, including the home's property tax value of $3.9 million. Ms. Strait says the actual price is more like "like three times that." Check out some footage of the amazing estate here.

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Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson Team For 'I'll Name the Dogs'

(Radio.com) Looks like Blake Shelton has found another great duet partner. Shelton and fellow The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson linked up to perform a version of his hit song, "I'll Name the Dogs" on Tuesday night's (Nov. 28) episode of the singing competition show.

The performance began with just Blake Shelton and his band through the first verse of the song, with Jennifer Hudson emerging to join him on the rousing chorus.

The pair seemed to genuinely enjoy performing together, with Hudson even throwing in a little air-guitar. Check out and online stream of their performance here.

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Ciara Shares Birthday Message To Husband Russell Wilson

(Radio.com) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson turned 29 on Wednesday (Nov. 29), and his wife, singer Ciara, sent him a very sweet message via social media.

"Happy Birthday My Sweet Husband," she wrote on Twitter along with a video. "I Love You." In the video, the music star elaborated on her sentiments.

"I'm so excited for our special day for you," she said in the clip. "I hope you feel like every day is your birthday. Or at least it's my goal to love you that way. May this year be everything you could hope for and more." Watch the full message here.

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