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Page Too Report for 09/07/2017


Taylor Swift Trademarking Phrases From Her New Album?

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift shattered streaming records with "Look What You Made Me Do," the debut single from her forthcoming album Reputation and it looks like she may be making some trademark moves as well.

Over the weekend Swift shared a second listen to the new album releasing "…Ready For It?" Fans can expect to lyrics from those tracks on the singer's new merch, according to a new report by TMZ.

Swift is reportedly in the process of trademarking key phrases and song titles from her the album including the title "Look What You Made Me Do" and the spoken line, "The old Taylor can't come to the phone right now." Read more here.

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Michael Jackson's Estate Announces Spooky 'Scream' Album

(Radio.com) Michael Jackson's estate has gathered the King of Pop's most hair-raising tracks for a new compilation album: Scream. The album drops on September 29 with a limited run glow-in-the-dark vinyl edition arriving on October 27, just in time for Halloween.

Scream reflects Jackson's "affection for this time of the year and its themes of costumes and disguise, darkness and light, character transformations and surprise," according to a press release.

Among the tracks on Scream are "Thriller," "Dirty Diana" and "Scream," his only duet with sister Janet. The album surveys Jackson whole career for tracks that go "bump" in the night, and make fans dance along the way. Additionally, Scream includes a new track: "Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous," a five-song mash-up by White Panda.

Check out the cover art and full tracklisting from Michael Jackson's forthcoming Scream compilation here.

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Justin Bieber Explains Why He Unfollowed Floyd Mayweather

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber were once BFFs, so it came as a surprise to some when Justin recently unfollowed Floyd on Instagram. Mayweather is at the top of his game following a blockbuster triumph over Conor McGregor at the year's most-hyped fight, but it appears that Bieber's trying to distance himself from the champion fighter.

TMZ's cameras caught up with Justin to ask about the current status of their friendship. "I have nothing against Floyd," Bieber said. "We just need to create boundaries and stuff when it comes to certain things."

Mayweather seemed to echo Bieber's sentiments in a recent interview with Hollywood Unlocked, reports NME. "Justin Bieber is at a point, he's in a place right now, that he's focused on church, he's focused on his new team, he's focused on the Lord, and the only thing I can do is give him the utmost respect," Floyd said. "To each his own. I'm not here to be negative and talk bad about anyone." Watch Justin explain the situation here.

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Blake Shelton Announces New Single 'I'll Name the Dogs'

(Radio.com) Blake Shelton will release his new single "I'll Name the Dogs" this Friday, September 8. The country star made the announcement via social media.

Shelton broke the news to fans by sharing the single's art work and the message "YEEHAW!! Coming atcha Friday!" via his social media accounts earlier this week.

The artist's last full-length album, If I'm Honest, came out in May 2016. There is no word yet if this single will the first from a new album from Shelton. Check out Blake's post here.

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Martin Shkreli Puts Rare $2 Million Wu-Tang Clan CD on eBay

(Radio.com) The rare, one of a kind Wu-Tang Clan album purchased for $2 million is now for sale on eBay. The seller, infamous "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli, bought the album for the exorbitant fee of $2 million back in 2015.

While he started the 10-day auction at a mere $1, in just a matter of hours the price skyrocketed to nearly $97,700 and climbing. "I decided to purchase this album as a gift to the Wu-Tang Clan for their tremendous musical output," Shkreli wrote on the listing. "Instead I received scorn from at least one of their (least-intelligent) members, and the world at large failed to see my purpose of putting a serious value behind music. I will be curious to see if the world values music nearly as much as I have. I have donated to many rock bands and rappers over the years to ensure they can continue to produce their art when few others would."

"At any time I may cancel this sale and I may even break this album in frustration," he added. "I will donate half of the sale proceeds to medical research. I am not selling to raise cash–my companies and I have record amounts of cash on hand. I hope someone with a bigger heart for music can be found for this one-of-a-kind piece and makes it available for the world to hear." Read more here.

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Michel Gondry Reveals Unreleased Beyonce Project

(Radio.com) Acclaimed director Michael Gondry has revealed in a new interview that he has previously shot a short clip for Beyonce that has yet to be released despite being finished.

"Unfortunately, it's not out yet because she [had] twins, but it's a finished clip [and it turned out] very, very well, I think," Gondry told La Presse about the clip.

Gondry has directed features films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind. He also has an extensive history directing music videos for artists like Daft Punk, The White Stripes, Bjork and many more. Read more here.

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Jo Dee Messina Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

(Radio.com) Jo Dee Messina has revealed that she is battling cancer. The announcement of the sad new was made on Messina's Facebook page on Wednesday (September 6th).

"It has been a trying summer, but her heart has been filled with gratitude for the many opportunities she has had to see God's hand at work," explained the post from Team JDM.

"We don't know anything specific regarding the treatment plan at this point, but Jo Dee is working closely with a team to explore all options," the statement added. "She has taken the semester off from classes at The King's University, and her last tour date for the year will be October 7 (all other 2017 dates are being postponed), as she will begin cancer treatment this Fall." See the full post here.

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Dustin Lynch Announces Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert

(Radio.com) Country star Dustin Lynch has announced a special Hurricane Harvey benefit show to help provide relief to those in need after the devastating storm raged through Texas.

Lynch was inspired to throw the show after an emotional visit to a Harvey storm shelter. "The spirit of Texas, and of Country music, is to help your neighbor - to pitch in when others are struggling," Lynch explained on a Dallas radio show this morning (Sept. 6).

"So many people have stepped up to lend a hand to those affected by this storm, and I'm proud to do my small part to support the citizens of Houston and surrounding communities. After visiting the storm shelter, and meeting people whose lives have changed forever, the least I can do is come back to Dallas and try to raise spirits." Read more details here.

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Brad Paisley To Headline Cancer Benefit at Grand Ole Opry

(Radio.com) It has been announced that Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr and Chase Bryant lead a star-studded lineup for a special Sunday Night Opry Band Against Cancer on Oct. 1.

'Helping families who are facing cancer has always been a cause that is near and dear to my heart," Paisley said in a press release. 'Together with Sarah Cannon [Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare], we want to ensure that each person can fight cancer where they get their greatest strength, in their own communities, with their own band of support. When we band together in the fight against cancer, cancer doesn't stand a chance."

This is the second annual Band Against Cancer with Sarah Cannon Grand Ole Opry event. The performance is part of a larger movement led by Sarah Cannon, its cancer programs within TriStar Health in Middle Tennessee and affiliated health systems across the country, Tennessee Oncology as well as other community-based oncology partners. Read more here.

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Kevin Gates Releases New Video For 'What If'

(Radio.com) Rapper Kevin Gates has released a new video for the song "What If." Currently incarcerated, Gates used the opportunity to share a personal letter to his fans.

"Disallow yourselves to be troubled in my time of absence," he writes in part. "All of the great ones who came before and will come after me: Have had to go through this. By this I am speaking in reference to hardship."

Gates has been behind bars since October 2016 on a 30-month sentence for battery and a weapons charge. "What If" is one of two song he's released since going to prison. The other track, "No Love," dropped earlier this summer. Check out the explicit "What If" video and read Gates' full letter here.

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Shawn Mendes Releases 'There's Nothing Holding Me Back' Live Video

(Radio.com) Shawn Mendes has released a brand new live performance video for his smash hit single, "There's Nothing Holding Me Back."

This weekend (Sept. 8), Mendes will star in the season premiere of MTV's reboot of the popular Unplugged series. The show was filmed at the Ace Theater in Los Angeles.

Mendes' Illuminate World Tour has earned $32 million to date (via Billboard). The singer is set to kick off a final run of international dates for the year with a performance at Rock in Rio on Sept. 16. Check out Mendes' live video here.

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Fifth Harmony Play Pictionary With Song Titles

(Radio.com) Fifth Harmony scored a big victory at the MTV Video Music Awards last week, bringing home the trophy for Best Pop Video. This week the girl group visited Billboard to play a rousing game of Pictionary with their song titles: Ally Brooke and Normani squared off against Lauren and Dinah.

Ally and Normani got off to a strong start when Ally drew two lines to signify "Bridges Not Walls." Then Lauren quickly and successfully sketched an "Angel," but Normani really struggled with the drawing for "Write on Me." It's possible her words and numbers (7/27, to signify the song's album) stretched the rules a bit, but Ally still couldn't guess the song title.

Lauren and Dinah closed the game with a downward arrow to signify "Down," winning the whole thing. Watch Fifth Harmony's intramural game of Pictionary here.

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Madonna Can't Convince FedEx That She's Madonna

(Radio.com) Being an international music superstar and icon comes with immeasurable perks. It also comes with some pretty annoying inconveniences, which Madonna pointed out on Sept. 5 after she was unable to get her hands on a FedEx package because the company didn't really believe that she is indeed Madonna.

"When you've been arguing with fed-ex all week that you really are Madonna and they still won't release your package," she posted on Twitter alongside a selfie looking plenty annoyed. She included the hashtags #b—-please #restingb—-face #b—-immadonna."

While fans crowded her responses with jokes, one faithful FedEx employee, Julie, jumped in to save the day, asking Madonna to slide into her DMs with the pertinent info to help finally complete the delivery. Check out Madonna's non-too-pleased face here.

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Thomas Rhett Talks New Album 'Life Changes'

(Radio.com) Thomas Rhett will release his third album, Life Changes, on September 8. Recorded while Rhett and his wife, Lauren, were in the middle of adopting their daughter Willa Gray from Africa and awaiting the birth of their second child, Ada James, fans can expect an autobiographical release with songs inspired throughout Rhett's journey.

"I named the album Life Changes because my life has never changed this much in a short span of time," he says. "From seeing the success of a song like 'Die a Happy Man' to putting out my third album to going on my first headlining tour to having two children, both under two years old' I thought the title of the album was a good representation of what is happening in my life right now."

Rhett's bold new album combines a slew of musical influences. From his recent pop-country No. 1 single "Craving You" with Maren Morris to songs that embody heartland rock, R&B and even EDM, Life Changes has something for everyone.

Meanwhile, songs like "Gateway Love," "Leave Right Now" and "When You Look Like That" push the country boundaries with rhythmic R&B production and striking vocals from the singer. As Rhett explains, it was his time on stage performing for fans that gave him the courage to keep experimenting with his sound.

"The more I started getting comfortable being me on stage, whether that means dancing or playing a Bruno Mars song in our set, the more it changed the way I wrote songs," he explains. "I want to continue making our concerts a fun place for all people, including people who wanna dance to love songs and people who wanna rock to rock songs. I just love having a mixture." Read more here.

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Petition Launch For Prince To Replace Historic Statue

(Radio.com) The time has come for Prince to be honored with a statue in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. And according to one fan, it should replace an existing statue of Christopher Columbus.

That fan, community organizer Wintana Melekin, has launched a petition to convince local government officials to do just that, and at press time had generated more than 4,100 of the 5,000 signature goal.

As for why such a move is important, the petition simply states, "Prince represents Minnesota values and Columbus does not." Fans can add their own reasons why they think a Prince statue should replace the one representing Columbus, and they run the gamut. Read more here.

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