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Page Too Report for 02/14/2018

Elton John Making New 'Lion King' Music With Beyonce

(Radio.com) Elton John may be retiring from the road, but the pop legend will soon be crafting new music that will live forever. John has just confirmed that he will indeed be working on music for the upcoming live-action remake of Disney's The Lion King.

'They need to have a new end credits song," John revealed to The Sun. "There's going to be four of our songs in the film, from the original: 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight?,' 'Hakuna Matata,' 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King,' and 'Circle of Life.'

'And then there will be an end, closing song, and we've been speaking to Beyonce's people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something," he added, referencing U.K. theater icon Tim Rice, who John worked with on the original score. 'That's going out in 2019 as well. And it will be great to work with her. So we will see." Read more here.

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Willie Nelson Fighting Back After Battling Flu

(Radio.com) Country music legend Willie Nelson is on the mend. After being forced to cancel shows due to the flu, Willie Nelson is rip-roaring and ready to get back out on the road.

The country legend's son, Lukas Nelson, has shared a new photo of his dad getting in a workout, taking a big kick at a punching bag with an even bigger smile on his face.

"My dad is a badass … resting in Maui and feeling much better, according to him," Lukas shared with the photo. "Thanks to everyone who's been asking how he is." Read more here.

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Victoria Beckham Addresses Spice Girls Reunion Speculation

(Radio.com) Victoria Beckham has just crushed the hopes of Spice Girls fans everywhere. The woman once known as "Posh Spice" has poured a bucket of cold water on rumors that the legendary '90s pop icons were set to reconvene for a reunion.

"I'm not going on tour. The girls aren't going on tour," Beckham told Vogue during a preview of her autumn/winter 2018 in New York over the weekend (Feb. 10).

It's only fitting that Beckham shut down the rumors, and she's the one who sparked them by sharing a new photo of the Spice Girls spending time together at the home of Geri Horner, better known by her maiden name, Geri Halliwell, AKA "Ginger Spice."

"It was so great to see the girls. We had such a fun lunch. It was really, really, really lovely," Beckham said of the moment. "I still speak to them all individually, but for us all to get together was really lovely."

Beckham turned thoughtful when pressed about any future plans for the Spice Girls. Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Says Arena Tour Will be 'Up Close and Personal'

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato is set to launch her 2018 Tell Me You Love Me Tour on February 26 in San Diego, where she'll be performing alongside DJ Khaled. But even though she's going to be playing huge venues the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer says she'll do everything in her power to give fans an "up close and personal" experience.

"I'm going to utilize the arenas and really make sure that from every seat, you get to see my performance up close and personal, as much as we possibly can," she told Billboard. 'I don't want to give too much away, but I'll definitely be more up close and personal with the audience than I have been before."

She said that her tour will include "a lot more production" and represent who she is as a person and an artist. She added that she's looking forward to touring with DJ Khaled and that the two will likely appear together onstage throughout the tour. In addition, the well-connected DJ will probably bring up other performers. Read more here.

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Kendrick Lamar Bans Photography At His Concerts

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar is joining the long list of artists that have banned professional photography at their concerts. Like Beyonce, Jack White, and Dave Chappelle before him, Kendrick will no longer allow photographers to shoot his shows.

Instead, Lamar's team will handle photography for each concert and media outlets will receive photos from Top Dawg Entertainment, according to a report from Pitchfork.

While the rapper has banned professional photographers, he has not banned smartphones. Fans are still welcome to take pictures of him with their phones. Read more here.

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Cardi B And Offset On Chris Jeday's 'Ahora Dice' Remix

(Radio.com) Cardi B is tipped to hit the road with Bruno Mars in 2018, but collaborations with her main man (and fiance) Offset aren't slowing down. The hip-hop "it" couple appear on Chris Jeday's Real Hasta La Muerta remix of "Ahora Dice."

The track also features Ozuna, Arcángel, and J Balvin -- who appeared on the original remix, which climbed the Latin charts. Offset and Cardi B's presence brings a bilingual flair to the track and their verses hint at trouble in paradise.

'You ain't cherish s— when you had it/ Turn me back to a savage," she raps. "Grab your stuff while you at it/ Now my heart as cold as my Patek, uh…And I'm years away from basic, and I'm miles away from average/ But, one thing ain't adding up to me/ How you gon' mess with a bitch that look up to me, Off?"

Offset appears to plead with Cardi to "take him back." 'I bought you a ring and five hundred racks (hey)/ She like the triangle Balenci bag (drip)," he raps. "You know you an angel, come save the bad (angel)/ If you really love me then take me back." Read more and listen to the track here.

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Taylor Swift Shares Selfie from 'Repu-hearsals'

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift's Reputation took the Billboard album charts by storm last year, becoming 2017's best-selling record and delivering hits including "Look What You Made Me Do" and "End Game."

Naturally, Swift announced a blockbuster stadium tour last year which kicks off May 8 in Glendale, Arizona. As she gears up for the four-leg, 51 concert (and growing) tour, she offered fans a glimpse of her preparations.

Taylor shared an Instagram photo from behind the scenes of a rehearsal. The Fearless hitmaker shot a selfie in front of massive tables of audio equipment and captioned the photo, "Repu-hearsals."

If Taylor's most recent 1989 tour is any indication, the Reputation tour will include major guests, elaborate sets and more than a few costume changes.

Taylor appears eager to get her latest musical reinvention on the road. See her in rehearsal mode here.

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Alice Merton Reveals U.S. Tour Dates With Vance Joy

(Radio.com) Canadian singer-songwriter Alice Merton is spending the summer touring America with a pretty famous pal. Merton is set to hit the road supporting Vance Joy as he supports his new album, Nation of Two.

Her profile has been heightened considerably of late, with Merton performing her single, "No Roots," on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon immediately following the Feb. 9 XXIII Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony.

See Merton's full tour itinerary--which also includes stops along the summer festival circuit)--as well as her Tonight Show performance here.

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Rita Ora Cast With Ryan Reynolds In 'Pokcmon' Movie

(Radio.com) Pokemon is coming to life, and Rita Ora is along for the ride. Ora will follow her onscreen and soundtrack contributions for current blockbuster Fifty Shades Freed to the cast of Detective Pikachu, an upcoming live-action adaptation of the legendary video game series.

Ora is set to join a cast led by Ryan Reynolds and includes Justice Smith, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy and Suki Waterhouse (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Details regarding Ora's role in the movie is being kept under wraps for now. Read more here.

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Kelsea Ballerini Does A Moon Bounce With Husband Morgan Evans

(Radio.com) Kelsea Ballerini kicked off her 2018 Unapologetically Tour last week and celebrated back-to-back sold-out dates in Birmingham, Alabama, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Augusta.

While in Georgia on Saturday (Feb. 10), she and her husband Morgan Evans enjoyed some time away from the spotlight. The two performers and their dog, Dibs, shared a fun-filled family night in a moon bounce. In a series of photos she posted to Instagram, the newlyweds can be seen posing like it's their wedding day — except they're in a bounce house. Then they posed for a photo with Dibs. Ballerini captioned the images "family fun."

Ballerini launched her tour on February 8 with a stellar performance and an impressive wardrobe. Her black dress was adorned with song titles from her sophomore album, Unapologetically.

The "Legends" singer wraps up the current leg of her tour on April 27 at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California. Check out Ballerini's playful pics here.

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Chance the Rapper's New Basketball Documentary Trailer Released

(Radio.com) Earlier this month, news broke that Chance the Rapper and Dwayne Wade teamed up to produce Shot in the Dark, a basketball documentary that traces the journey of high school player Tyquone Greer.

After scoring the winning shot in a big game, Greer attended a party and was shot in the leg. Shot in the Dark explores the intersection of gun violence and fostering the promise of talented young people. Now the film has a stirring new trailer.

The documentary is set at Chicago's Orr basketball academy and depicts the tough love coach Lou Adams. In the trailer, Adams says "40 boys on my team don't have fathers. 40 guys that depend on me every day." The doc appears to be a harrowing look at the forces that threaten a players' ability to thrive and succeed.

'Shot in the Dark is an authentic and realistic look at high school sports in Chicago and what it means for our youth," Chance said in a statement. Shot in the Dark premieres February 24 on FOX. Watch the trailer here.

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Meek Mill Gets Support From Olympic Snowboarder

(Radio.com) The ongoing movement to "Free Meek Mill" gained traction at the Winter Olympics from a surprising corner of the globe. Slovenian halfpipe snowboarder Tit Stante marked his board with the hashtag #FreeMeekMill in a show of support for the embattled rapper, reports Billboard.

Stante had apparently scribbled the hashtag on his board with permanent marker, but the handwritten gesture spoke volumes. The snowboarder joins Drake, NBA star James Harden, Rick Ross and others who've voiced their support for Mill.

Meek's legal situation gained attention last year when a judge sentenced him to two to four years in prison for probation violations for assault and reckless endangerment. Read more here.

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Mary J. Blige Added To Cast Of Gerard Way's 'The Umbrella Academy'

(Radio.com) Gerard Way, meet Mary J. Blige. The My Chemical Romance frontman's comic book, The Umbrella Academy, is being turned into a new series for Netflix.

Blige will be a series regular in the role of "Cha Cha," who is described in a press release as "a ruthless and unorthodox hit-woman who travels through time to kill assigned targets.

"Even though she has a few gripes about the bureaucracy of her employers, this job is her life. She is sadistic, sociopathic, and her reputation precedes her. Her true love is torture, and she thinks of herself as a 'pain artist.' She really doesn't care for people--except for her partner Hazel." Read more here.

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Britney Spears To Receive Vanguard Award

(Radio.com) Britney Spears will be honored at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 12. The world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, GLAAD will recognize the pop star with the Vanguard Award for her unyielding support of the LGBTQ community. Past honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Janet Jackson and Demi Lovato.

The singer has proven to be a longtime ally for the LGBTQ community. In 2015, she organized a meet-and-greet for LGBTQ fans as part of an anti-bullying campaign where she distributed anti-bullying pamphlets to fans attending her shows.

Additionally, she and countless other artists took part in the release of 'Hands," a song penned with GLAAD to remember the 49 lives lost in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Read more here.

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