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Page Too Report for 09/27/2017

Taylor Swift's Alleged Stalker Deemed Unfit To Stand Trial

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift will be able to rest a little easier now. According to the New York Daily News, an alleged stalker who's been hounding the star has been committed to a state psychiatric facility after being deemed unfit to stand trial by a court doctor.

The alleged stalker, Mohammed Jaffar, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court, where Justice Laura Ward had him sent to the facility.

Jaffar is accused of calling Swift's management company 60 times in two weeks, followed by repeated visits to her New York apartment to ring her doorbell. Read more here.

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Loretta Lynn Confirms Her First Public Appearance After Stroke

(Radio.com) Country legend Loretta Lynn is ready to return to the stage. After suffering a stroke back in May of this year and canceling a slew of tour dates, the singer is set to make her first public appearance since at the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival, set for Sept. 28-Oct. 1, at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN.

"I'm gonna be there. I'm gonna ride in on a motorcycle, [of] course I'm not gonna be driving," Lynn explained on a Nashville radio station (via CMT). "I'm feeling good. I feel better than I should, really.

"I've taken a lot of time off, and I know everybody's hollering about me being off so much, but, ya know, I just got lazy, quit singing for a little while." Read more here.

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Katy Perry Launching Her Own TV Channel For 'Witness' Tour

(Radio.com) Katy Perry's Witness: The Tour is well underway after a kickoff in Montreal last week. Fans who can't get enough of Perry's live show will soon be able to stream exclusive content from the tour as well as videos, playlists and interviews once Perry's TV channel goes live.

"It means a lot to me for all of my fans, no matter what their situation, to feel like they can come along for the ride," Perry said of the new Xfinity X1 channel, reports Billboard. "[It] will be a place where I can give fans weekly glimpses into all the different facets of the tour -- not just the work of it, but also the fun!"

The channel may prove a lifesaver for fans who don't live near a tour stop or can't cobble together the cost of a ticket. In a teaser, a voiceover jokes that viewers will be able to "witness" Katy hanging with Left Shark, playing with puppies, officiating weddings, shooting hoops and more. Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran and Dave Chappelle Cover Radiohead's 'Creep'

(Radio.com) Following Ed Sheeran's performance at Washington's Capital One Arena last week, the singer headed over to the Eighteenth Street Lounge to a party in celebration of Dave Chapelle's 30 years in comedy.

There, Sheeran teamed up with Chappelle and his band for a cover of Radiohead's "Creep"; Chappelle sang and Sheeran played guitar. Chappelle really digs the Radiohead staple and performed it last year at Erykah Badu's birthday party and an SNL after party.

At last week's party, Sheeran and Chappelle also performed Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." Sheeran took lead, while Chappelle sang along without a mic and danced. Watch fan video of both performances, which contains explicit language, here.

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Darius Rucker Releases Heartfelt New Song 'Don't'

(Radio.com) Darius Rucker has shared a heartfelt new song, "Don't," ahead of his forthcoming full-length, When Was the Last Time, which is set to be released on Oct. 20.

"Don't" follows two previously released singles from the collection, "For the First Time" and "If I Told You." "When we make choices, we gotta live with them, Rucker sings. "Heard you found a real good man and you married him. I wonder if sometimes I cross your mind, where would we be today, if I never drove that car away?"

Rucker is set to perform at CBS Radio's third annual Stars and Strings concert set for Nov. 15. at The Chicago Theatre in downtown Chicago. The all-star lineup also features Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum, and Sam Hunt with a special appearance by Lindsay Ell. Listen to the new song here.

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Singled Out: David Garfield's Go Home

Renowned L.A. Jazz musician and musical director David Garfield tells us about his latest track "God Home" which features Kirk Whalum and Paul Jackson Jr. Here is the story:

One of the things I have always loved to do is keep the spirit of old school R&B fresh and alive for new generations of listeners. I think this explains my longstanding tradition of creating interesting and sometimes stylistically off the beaten path re-imaginings of songs by legendary soul artists. It had been a few years since I had a Top 10 radio hit with Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," and I thought it would be appropriate to continue in this vein to launch this entire project with the single "Go Home." It's a favorite Stevie Wonder song from "In Square Circle" that's been a staple of my live performances for years. I cut the basic tracks at Capitol Studio B in Hollywood with some of my favorite cats…Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums), Freddie Washington (bass), Tony Maiden (guitar), & Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar). We had a lot of fun tracking it and veteran engineer Steve Sykes got great sounds on us and captured the whole vibe live! I also had a lot of fun working with my old friend and keyboard brother, Greg Phillinganes, who played in Stevie's bands in the 70's and 80's. The whole time we were working on this we all enjoyed telling stories and reminiscing over the many decades of recording & touring together and during the Hey-day of music here in LA.

I loved 'Go Home' from the first time I heard it, and began performing it live as an instrumental at my gigs at the Baked Potato. It's got a great bassline, keyboard hook and chordal structure, and I thought it would fit in perfectly with my desire to incorporate a Tower of Power style horn sound. I've known the TOP guys for years, and wanted to create a track that paid homage to them. It was so fun to work with them again and we customized some of the horn parts while we were in the studio recording them You can't ask for more than having one of the original TOP guys, "Doc" Kupka, in the horn section! I had never had the chance to record "Go Home" in the studio, and I thought this would be the ideal time. To me, this track was the perfect way to launch this whole ambitious project.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about David
right here!

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Chris Young Streams New Track 'Holiday'

(Radio.com) Country star Chris Young has revealed a brand new song called "Holiday." The track is the latest single from his upcoming album, Losing Sleep, which is due on Oct. 20.

The jaunty, laid-back track is a perfect soundtrack for those warm Indian summer days heading into fall, not to mention invoke warm, summery vibes well into winter.

"I don't need to pack a bag, I don't need a travel agent, islands look cool on a map but can't beat my location," Young sings. "Cause when you smile at me that's all the sunshine I need." Stream the lyric video for the new song here.

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Camila Cabello's The Tonight Show Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) On Monday night, Camila Cabello stopped by The Tonight Show as host Jimmy Fallon's musical guest: She performed "Havana" from her debut solo album The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving.

Clad in a red vinyl jumpsuit, Cabello aced some sexy, Spanish choreography with two backup dancers against a yellow backdrop. In the green room, Camila couldn't contain her excitement about Madonna, who also appeared on last night's show.

Cabello was so honored to share an episode with the Queen of Pop that she whipped out a guitar and rewrote some lyrics to "Havana." "Madonna, na na na--she's on the show tonight. Madonna, na na na--she is a living legend," she sang. Camila shared the impromptu acoustic version (which served as a warm-up and a tribute) on Twitter. Watch the clips from the show here.

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Chance the Rapper Debuts New Song On 'Colbert'

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday evening (Sept. 25) and premiered a brand new song called "First World Problems" for the studio audience.

In an interview with Colbert before his performance, Chance told the late night host that he wrote the untitled track just two days before. "I was going to do 'Grown A– Kid' which is an unreleased song from Coloring Book and I called you guys on Saturday and said, 'I can't do 'Grown A– Kid' anymore for reasons I don't want to talk about,'" he explained. "We had to come up with a song in a matter of days and I wanted to do something fresh. I've been in the studio a lot lately. I premiered 'Angels' here so I was like, 'Why not do a new song here for you guys tonight?'"

The song addresses the challenges of fame and the difficulties of being a father and a family man once you're recognized everywhere you go. "I really need a break, could really use a nap/ My daughter barely recognizes me when I lose the hat/ You go so far, you hit a point where you can't Uber back," he rapped.

"It ain't really fun to hang out with me no more/ We can't go to River East to hang at the beach no more. . . I miss my mom, I miss my time, I miss my prime in high school," he continued. Watch the performance and interview here.

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Harry Styles Covers Little Big Town's 'Girl Crush'

(Radio.com) Harry Styles knows his way around a good cover song. After recently taking on Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain," the former One Direction singer has turned his attention to Little Big Town's "Girl Crush."

Styles rolled out the country cover during a show at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium last night (Sept. 25). Styles is set to further indulge his love for country music when he hits the road with Kacey Musgraves next year.

Styles has been a longtime fan of Musgraves, as evidenced by this tweet from 2014: It's impossible to listen to @KaceyMusgraves too much. Don't tell anyone.— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) September 16, 2014 Check out fan footage of Styles' LBT cover here.

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Scotty McCreery Announces His Engagement

(Radio.com) Scotty McCreery popped the question to his longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal on Tuesday (Sept. 26) and the two are now engaged, according to a press release put out by the music star.

McCreery took Dugal on a hike at her favorite trail in North Carolina, and once they reached the top of the mountain, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

"I've been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened," McCreery said. "Gabi is the perfect girl and my true love, and I cannot wait to begin building our life together as husband and wife."

McCreery and Dugal are both natives of Garner, N.C. and have known each other since kindergarten. The two began dating during their senior year of high school. Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Has Fun With Niall Horan's Album Cover

(Radio.com) On Monday night, Justin Bieber and former One Direction singer Niall Horan hung out, documenting their evening on Justin's Instagram story. Over dinner, Justin pointed a camera in Niall's face and exclaimed, "Let me see that mug of yours!"

Niall's mug was the topic of the evening. Shortly afterward, Justin shared a super zoomed-in selfie of his own face, followed by zoomed in version of Niall's Flicker album cover. Bieber's followers were in on the joke and appreciated two famous friends clowning on each other.

Flicker is Horan's debut studio album and it drops October 20. So far, fans have heard the album tracks "Slow Hands," "This Town" and "Too Much to Ask." Earlier this month, Horan told Billboard that Bieber told him never to be afraid to make changes to an album.

'[Justin] thought he was done [with Purpose] and then got 'Love Yourself' at the last minute," Horan said. "I thought my album was finished, and then I went on a bit of a run 'cause I was writin' crap stuff up until then."

If you can't laugh at your friends, who can you laugh at? Check out the posts here.

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Travis Scott Wants To Take Amusement Park On Tour

(Radio.com) While fans wait for Travis Scott's third studio album AstroWorld, they've got plenty of material to enjoy. This year, he's featured on singles by SZA, Drake, Major Lazer, Miguel and 2 Chainz and toured with Kendrick Lamar.

Girlfriend Kylie Jenner's reported pregnancy has catapulted Travis to the stratosphere of celebrity gossip over the last few days, but Scott is already thinking ahead to his next tour.

AstroWorld is inspired by a Texas amusement park where Scott spent some of his formative years. In that spirit, the rapper told Rolling Stone that his dream concert stage involves rides and attractions. (Scott's current stage show features an enormous animatronic eagle).

"I don't know why it hasn't been done already," he said. 'I think people just don't do s—. Who makes stages these days that are cool?" Read more here.

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Frozen star Idina Menzel Marries 'Rent' Co-Star

(Radio.com) Frozen star Idina Menzel has tied the knot. The singer married actor Aaron Lohr, who she appeared with in the 2005 big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit, Rent.

"Wanted to let you know… Married the love of my life #aaronlohr this weekend @ our home," Menzel said on Twitter. "Dad & son walked me down aisle. It was magical."

Menzel also shared some images of the big day, looking resplendent in a Carolina Herrera gown, while hubby Lohr went for a navy blue John Varvatos suit. See the happy couple here.

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