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Page Too Report for 02/21/2018

Ed Sheeran Sparks Secret Wedding Speculation

(Radio.com) Is Ed Sheeran already a married man? That was the question sparked by the pop star after a London concert Monday night (Feb. 20) where Sheeran was sporting a very conspicuous gold band on the third finger of his left hand.

The singer was headlining a show at Indigo at the O2 as part of the War Child BRITs Week series of concerts to benefit children living in war-torn countries (via Page Six).

Sheeran can clearly be seen wearing the ring in fan-captured video below, which has sparked rumors that he's already tied the knot with his fiancee, Cheery Seaborn.

Seaborn was obviously on the pop star's mind during the show, as he chatted about life with his betrothed, a friend from high school. Read more here.

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Former One Direction Star Zayn Malik Previews New Music

(Radio.com) It has been nearly two years since Zayn Malik released his debut solo album, Mind of Mine, but have no fear. The former One Directioner hints that new music could be on the way very soon.

Following a series of poems posted to Instagram, on Tuesday morning (Feb. 20), Malik shared three snippets of a new song. The seemingly piano-based track has a dark and brooding vibe before Malik enters on vocals.

"She wants somebody to love her, To want her/ She wants somebody to love her in the right way," he sings. In the second and third clips, Malik sings in a falsetto that compliments the mood of the song. While the singer has remained mysterious about when the new music could drop, last year implied to Fader that he may not be releasing the whole album at once. "It's not your usual way of putting out an album, let's say that," he said. Check out Zayn's new teasers here.

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Kesha Forced To Postpone Shows Due To Concert Fall Injury

(Radio.com) Much like NBA star Kristaps Porzingis, pop star Kesha is suffering from a torn ACL in her knee. Kesha sustained the knee injury during a fall at concert in Dubai earlier this month (Feb. 9).

The singer is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the knee as soon as possible, which has forced her to postpone 11 tour dates originally set for March and April.

The dates were set to begin March 25 in Brendale, Australia and end April 20 in Osaka, Japan. Ticket-holders for all countries are encouraged to hold onto their tickets and stay tuned for further information about rescheduled dates, which will be announced in the near future. The Byron Bay Bluesfest performance will not be able to be rescheduled. Read her message to fans here.

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2 Chainz Announces New Album In Very Unusual Way

(Radio.com) 2 Chainz shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to releasing new music. On the heels of his surprise EP The Play Don't Care Who Makes It, which dropped earlier this month, the rapper is already working on a new album.

On Saturday (February 17), 2 Chainz announced his next project in an unusual way: on a giant blimp. The rapper had the blimp painted with his album title, Rap or Go to the League.

'With the height of racial tensions in America, felt I should do my part in explaining some of the brain washing formulas used in my community, this next album not only touches on those who did succeed thru entertainment but those who didn't! Welcome to Rap or Go TO THE LEAGUE!" 2 Chainz tweeted. Read more here.

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Travis Scott And Trippie Redd Release 'Dark Knight Dummo' Video

(Radio.com) Travis Scott guests in the new video by Trippie Redd for the track "Dark Knight Dummo." In the clip, Trippie is relaxing and counting his millions in a cabin in the woods. Then, the undead come out to play.

The violent four-minute-long vid plays out like a zombie-filled horror film. Lucky for Redd, his house is well secured with his crew is sufficiently armed, leading to a bloodbath that fans of The Walking Dead will love.

Trippie takes the helm until mid-track when Travis appears to lay down slick raps and waste zombies with a machine gun and a chainsaw. Will the rappers survive without being eaten? Watch the violent clip here.

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Singled Out: Mitch Hayes' All Fall Down

Singer songwriter Mitch Hayes tells us about the inspiration for his song "All Fall Down" which comes from his latest album "Heroes". Here is the story:

I suppose this song had it's true beginning back in the 60's. The seed was sewn then, that's for certain. America was in the height of the Civil Rights movement while at the same time, our government and the military were escalating our involvement in the war in Vietnam. Social injustice was rampant, and we were embroiled in a war we had no business being a part of. As a young man coming of age during those turbulent years, I was infuriated by all that was going on. Then something wonderful began to happen. Up north in Greenwich Village and out west in Height Ashbury, a movement had begun, a movement of young people raising their collective voice and shouting out against racism, war and injustice.

This movement, known then as the Counterculture or the Hippie movement, was sweeping across America like a plague of locusts. Of course, I was caught up in it and began to raise my own voice. I gravitated to the anti-war and protest music of the singer/songwriters of the day, artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Cat Stephens. Their songs spoke to the heart, to the soul. They weren't writing the same old worn out pop songs, they wrote songs that spoke to a higher purpose. Yes, they wrote about other issues, but in the end, they were writing about the stuff of life, the stuff that mattered. Their music struck such a strong chord within me that I began to learn to play the guitar and sing those same songs in coffeehouses, festivals, everywhere I would go. Not long after that, I discovered I had a gift and began writing songs of my own.

Ok, back to "All Fall Down." My writing today continues to be influenced by those classic singer/songwriters. I am mostly inspired to write, by real life experiences, my own as well as those I witness in the lives of others. I never know when this inspiration is going to hit me. It can be something personal, something that happens to a friend or family member, or a story I see in the news. Case in point, I wrote "All Fall Down" after watching the news one morning. On this particular morning, the lead story was about the Keith Scott shooting in Charlotte. This was just the latest in what seemed to be a never-ending chain of racially charged shootings. But that wasn't all.
There was story after story about violence and social injustice, armed conflict, not just the military but street thugs and robbers gunning down innocent victims, and yes even policemen doing the same. Such senseless and needless hatred and cruelty, one human being to another has no place in a modern society. Race, religion, politics, gender and sexual preference should never be fuel for such insanity. Yet, sadly, these days it seems they are just that. Filled with anger and a sense of sadness and grief over a society where this kind of behavior could go on seemingly unchecked, I just had to speak out. So, I did what I do, I wrote a song about it, and "All Fall Down" was born. In 2016, I released the following video for the song, produced by Wes Cobb, WestArtVideo, Charlotte, NC. (watch here) It went viral with 17,000 views on Facebook and just under 5,000 views on YouTube. Hope you like it.

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

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Lorde Shares Her Acne Struggles With Fans

(Radio.com) While undergoing treatment for her acne, Lorde opened up to fans on social media about her struggles with blemishes. On Monday (February 19), the singer shared several Instagram stories while under the red and blue glow of an acne treatment light.

"For real though, acne sucks," she said. 'You know what also sucks? When you've had acne for years and years and years, done all the drugs, tried all the things, and people are still like, 'You know what worked for me, is moisturizing!'"

She then went through a laundry list of other suggestions people have shared with her: make a mask out of honey, Greek yogurt and avocado; use coconut oil and try an apricot scrub.

"The very worst is when people think you're just dirty. Yes, I wash my face. I'm just genetically cursed!" she exclaims. 'For everyone out there who's got bad skin -- and actual bad skin, not just the kind of bad skin you can just use a fancy cream for for a few days and it will get better -- I feel your pain. We'll get there; we will. I promise." See a fan capture of the story here.

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Post Malone And 21 Savage Announce North American Tour

(Radio.com) Post Malone is taking his show on the road. The "Rockstar" rapper has teamed up with 21 Savage to make a run through North America with special guest SOX X RBE.

The tour summer tour is scheduled to launch in Portland, OR on July 26th, with show scheduled through June 24, when the rappers touch down in San Francisco.

Every pair of online tickets purchased comes with one physical copy of Post Malone's forthcoming album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. See the dates and onsale/presale details here.

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Chris Young Extends His U.S. Tour

(Radio.com) Chris Young is giving you more. The country star has revealed more U.S. tour dates for 2018, adding nine new shows that will be taking place in the month of September.

The new dates are scheduled to kick off September 13 in Las Cruces, New Mexico at the Pan American Center, and will be wrapping up on Sept. 29 in Philadelphia, PA at The Mann.

Young will also be playing new shows in Texas, Okalahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee, plus North and South Carolina and the new stops include support from special guests Kane Brown and Morgan Evans. See the dates here.

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Kelsea Ballerini Celebrates 'Legends' Hit At Nashville's Legends Corner

(Radio.com) When Kelsea Ballerini learned her latest single "Legends" hit No. 1 on the country charts her husband, country singer Morgan Evans, wanted to do something special to celebrate.

So, in honor of the title of her chart-topper, Evans took her to honky-tonk Legends Corner on Nashville's Lower Broadway for a celebratory drink, she revealed via social media.

"Took her to @legendscorner because…it's the number ONE song this week!!" Evans captioned a photo of he and his bride smiling while posing at the local watering hole. See all of the celebratory posts here.

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ellee ven Releases 'The L Word' Video

(DDPR) ellee ven releases a new video for "The L Word", her recently-released single. "The L Word" video, filmed and directed by Noé Padilla, was filmed in New York City while ven was producing soon-to-be-released single, "180 Degrees," at Threshold Studios.

With a mission to remain consistently in creative pursuit, this video is the first of a series to be filmed while traveling with the band. The single "The L Word" was produced by and features L.A. rapper, Prodeje.

A solo member of South Central Cartel, and also part of a duo with fellow SCC rapper Havoc, Prodéje played an important role in the early- to late-'90s development of West Coast gangsta rap. In addition to rapping, Prodéje also handles a sizable amount of the production for his recording.

The founder of Indie Hot Sauce Records, ellee ven's upcoming releases are being produced by legendary Terry Santiel and mixed by Grammy-winning Reggie Dozier. These gents have mad experience. Their partial list of credits include Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Outkast, Rose Royce, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye and Barry White.

Cyber songstress ellee ven is dedicated to producing worldwide, but is always most at home with her core trio - guitarist Antony Lee (Urban Dread), the aforementioned Prodéje (SCC), and drummer Jody Giachello (Haim, Chotto Ghetto). Santiel upped the superstar factor with the amazing Jeffrey Motley (Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill) on keys and Sam Sims (Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Jody Watley) on bass. Ven comments, "The next releases will sound very different than the last, but of course, its a progression. It's us. The more I create, the more I truly value the privilege that is to make music with these amazing talents." Watch the video here.

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