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Page Too Report for 02/23/2018

Quincy Jones Apologizes for Shocking Interview Comments

(Radio.com) Quincy Jones is sorry. The legendary producer has issued a formal apology in the aftermath of two recent bombshell interviews with GQ and Vulture where he made a host of shocking allegations ranging from Marlon Brando's sex life to Michael Jackson's artistic process.

Jones has revealed that it took a "family intervention" from his kids (including Parks and Rec star Rashida Jones) for him to understand that he may have taken things a tad too far with what he terms his "wordvomit."

"Let me tell you, I am so grateful for my daughters because they are not afraid to stand up to their daddy. I am an imperfect human & I'm not afraid to say it. I'm sorry & I'm not afraid to say it," Jones shared on Twitter.

"Even at 85, it's apparent that 'wordvomit' and bad-mouthing is inexcusable," Jones added, making it clear that he hasn't had a drink in three years. "When you live a public life you have a responsibility to be an example & since I do live a public life I wanted to make a public apology. I am sorry to anyone to whom my words offended & I'm especially sorry to my friends who are still here with me & to those who aren't." Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Addresses Secret Marriage Rumors

(Radio.com) Despite rumors swirling to the contrary, Ed Sheeran is not married yet. The pop star has shut down rumors that he secretly tied the knot with his fiancee, Cherry Seaborn, during a red carpet interview at the 2018 BRIT awards ceremony.

The marriage rumors started after the "Perfect" singer was spotted wearing a gold band on his ring finger during a recent concert in London. A Sky News reporter waited until the end of her chat with Sheeran to spring the marriage question on him, and the singer responded in straightforward fashion.

"It's an engagement ring," the star shared. "I don't know… I feel like it's good to both do things." When pressed about a wedding date, Sheeran made it clear that when it does happen, the world at large most likely won't be given any advance notice.

"I don't know… It will be a situation like this where no one knows," he said cryptically about the impending nuptials. Watch the interview clip here.

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Maroon 5 Headlining NFL Hall of Fame Legends Concert

(Radio.com) The Pro Football Hall of Fame has revealed that Maroon 5 are set to headline the fourth-annual Concert for Legends Aug. 5 on the permanent stage at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

The band's performance will close out the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week. 'We've always been huge fans and supporters of the NFL," the band shared in a press statement. "It's a huge honor to be a part of recognizing the greatest players in the game for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year."

This year's concert will shake things up, moving away from the recent emphasis on country music, which the show featured in 2016 (Tim McGraw) and 2017 (Toby Keith). Read more here.

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Austin Mahone Holding Benefit For School Shooting Survivors

(Radio.com) One week after the mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Austin Mahone and Jack & Jack are set to headline a benefit concert in Ft. Lauderdale.

The show will also include Saigon Kick, The Reis Brothers and alumni of Stoneman Douglas High. One-hundred percent of the event's ticket proceeds will support victims and their families.

Parkland has been reeling in the aftermath of last week's deadly school shooting, which left 17 dead (including 14 students) and others wounded (via USA Today). Read more here.

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Aaron Carter Discusses Rehab And What's Next

(Radio.com) Last year was pretty tumultuous for Aaron Carter. He lost his father to a heart attack in May, came out as bisexual, ended a relationship and was arrested for DUI and marijuana possession.

As concern for Carter mounted, he checked into treatment for his "mental and physical health." In a new interview with People, the singer opened up about hitting rock bottom and finding musical inspiration in recovery.

'I definitely felt like I hit a rock bottom personally and emotionally," Carter said. 'I started getting really stressed out about things like my relationship or the expectations people had for me, and then I just stopped eating. That's when I thought 'This is a time for me to really go take some time and do some self-healing.'"

Following treatment, Aaron had a new lease on life. 'It's amazing to see what happened when I just took some time off for myself, looked around and found ways to appreciate life," he said. 'I've seen a huge change in myself and my attitude and my demeanor and my morale. It's beautiful."

Nevertheless, Carter shot down rumors that he was treated for drug addiction: 'I've never even touched any of those drugs," he said. 'It's just not a part of who I am. People trying to paint this picture, it's just really defaming. It hurts. They would never talk to me like that in person." Read more here.

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Sam Hunt Headlining Indy 500 Legends Day Concert

(Radio.com) It won't be just the drivers revving up engines at this year's Indy 500.
Sam Hunt is set to headline this year's Firestone Legends Day concert on Saturday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the day before the 102nd running of Indianapolis 500.

Canaan Smith and Filmore will open the show, which starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Firestone Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval. Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com, with GA passes starting at $35.

Special Firestone Concert Pit access also available for $75 and a limited number of VIP Deck tickets available for $250. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Read more here.

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The Weeknd Saved Oprah at Ellen's 60th Birthday Party

(Radio.com) Needless to say, life is really good for Oprah Winfrey. All of the fame and fortune in the world, however, doesn't really help when you find yourself in a room full of relative strangers at a friend's birthday party.

Such was the case when Oprah hit up Ellen DeGeneres' recent 60th birthday bash, where a handsome stranger kept approaching her to talk. "Gayle (King) goes, 'You're talking to the Weeknd,'" Oprah revealed to Degeneres on her show today (Feb. 22).

"Oh, that's the Weeknd?!," Oprah recalled of the moment. "He cut his hair and he's wearing a baseball cap." Once she realized that she was kicking it with the Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye), another not-quite-familiar face joined the conversation. Luckily Tesfaye recognized the third party.

"I'm thinking, I know it's somebody. Who is it? Is it Justin Timberlake?" Oprah explained of the new partygoer in their circle. "So the Weekend says to him, 'Hey man, I really loved that film you did.' And he said, 'No, that wasn't a good film for me. It wasn't my favorite film.' So I go, 'What was your favorite film?' He says, 'The Aviator.' And I go, 'Leonardo, you're so funny,'" she laughed, having realized that she was talking to Leonardo DiCaprio.

It was just one anecdote from DeGeneres' big 60th birthday party, which according to Oprah was the most fun she's had in her entire life. Watch the very funny clip of Oprah recalling her night at Ellen's party, and check out a photo of the fateful moment here.

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Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert Lead Watershed Lineup

(Radio.com) The sounds of country music will ring in the rolling hills of Washington. Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Brantley Gilbert have been revealed as the headliners of the 2018 Watershed Music And Camping Festival.

The three-day country music event is set to take place over the weekend of Aug. 3-5 at the scenic Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA, about 150 miles east of Seattle.

Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Big & Rich, Morgan Evans, Jillian Jacqueline, Chris Lane, LOCASH, Cassadee Pope, Granger Smith and Brett Young have also been announced as part of this year's Watershed lineup. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Read more here.

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Janelle Monae Streams New Single 'Make Me Feel'

(Radio.com) Immensely talented singer/actress Janelle Monae is about to make you catch some feels! The six-time GRAMMY nominee has just released the first single off of her highly-anticipated upcoming album Dirty Computer.

The track, titled "Make Me Feel," hit our airwaves today (February 22) and comes days after the always-classy singer released a cinematic teaser supporting her new project – which Monae calls an "emotion picture."

Dirty Computer will be released on April 27th, but fans can catch that teaser video on the big screen. It's airing before Marvel's Black Panther in select theaters nationwide. Dirty Computer will be Monae's first release since 2013's The Electric Lady.

Check out the video for "Make Me Feel," which contains explicit lyrics, below. Read more here.

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Miranda Lambert Shares What She Is Doing On Tour Break With Fans

(Radio.com) Miranda Lambert has gone to the dogs, and she couldn't be happier about it. The country star is making the most of a short break during her current tour and getting in some quality time with her mutts.

"Finally home after 24 days on the road," Lambert shared on Instagram with a photo of the singer having some cuddle time with her pups in a car. "The Livin' Like Hippies Tour is well underway and I'm loving it! But I'm so thankful to be home for a few days with my babies!"

Lambert's love is well documented, with the singer recently launching a dog adoption center in her hometown of Lindale, Texas. The star will have a few more days of downtown with her "babies," with the Livin' Like Hippies Tour resuming on March 1 in Knoxville, TN. See the cute photo here.

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Miley Cyrus Hangs Out With Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White

Miley Cyrus showed off her Olympic spirit this week. The singer posted a photo of herself with Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. The pop icon called the athlete "an American legend" and said she was "so proud" of him.

The pair are featured sitting on a couch with Cyrus wearing White's gold medal from his historic win in the men's halfpipe event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Also featured in the photo – one of Miley's pups and a saint candle bearing the snow boarder's face. Check out the photo and social media post here.

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Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Share First Photo of New Baby

(Radio.com) Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine's new daughter has his toes! Behati Prinsloo posted the first photo of the couple's baby — or, rather, her crossed feet — and captioned it: "Gio Grace Levine 2/15/18 She's got her dad's toes."

Gio is the second child for the couple, their daughter Dusty Rose was born in Sept. of 2016. Levine's band Maroon 5 will launch a North American tour May 30 in Tacoma, Washington. Dates run through October 15 in New York.

The band is touring in support of its latest album Red Pill Blues, which came out in November 2017. Check out the here.

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Jake Owen Shares Photo Of His Daughter and Dog

(Radio.com) As much as country star Jake Owen loves music, family comes first. "My life isn't just pictures of me strumming a guitar or crowds with lighters in the air," he wrote. "[My daughter Pearl is] my life and everything else comes second."

Owen made the declaration in the caption of a Instagram pic of Pearl and their dog, Axel. "I've been putting up a lot of photos of my little girl. That's because she's what makes me proud," he wrote. "This is a platform where we can share 'content' with the world, family, friends, and yeah… my fans… That's why I'm posting this photo. And oh yeah, I love my dog too."

The "Good Company" singer will be playing select shows across the United States March 1 through August 18. Check out the latest heartwarming picture of Pearl here.

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Carrie Underwood Pays Tribute To Billy Graham

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood was among those remembering Billy Graham this week. The country star shared a heartfelt message in response to the news that influential 20th century minister Billy Graham had passed away at the age of 99.

"Amazing…Rest in the arms of the Lord," Underwood posted in tribute to the her Twitter page. "Surely right now He is saying 'Well done, my son."

The singer's comments were in response to a tweet shared from fellow artist David Crowder with a quote from the late Rev. Graham: "Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God." See Underwood's post here.

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Kesha Releases 'Praying' and 'We R Who We R' Live Videos

(Radio.com) Kesha has shared two songs from her Nov. 1 concert at the Hollywood Palladium, "Praying" and "We R Who We R." The move is a consolation prize of sorts for fans overseas that will miss the 11 shows she postponed on her Rainbow Tour earlier this week after she suffered an ACL injury.

"Praying" is especially majestic and emotional. Kesha's strong vocals and the crowd's sing-along resonate over the plaintive piano chords before the drums, bass and background vocals enter the mix. Although the song is about overcoming a broken relationship it feels especially appropriate as a message of hope following the recent high school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people.

"We R Who We R" is more of a rallying cry to celebrate individuality, and the crowd reacts with enthusiasm to the uptempo anti-discrimination tune. Kesha has not yet rescheduled the March and April dates she canceled, however, her 30-city co-headlining tour with Macklemore is still slated to launch June 6 in Phoenix, Arizona. Watch the videos here.

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Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake Highlight Brit Awards

(Radio.com) This week's Brit Awards celebrated the year's biggest hits and hitmakers across the Pond, and featured dynamic live performances by Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar.

Pop singer Dua Lipa and grime artist Stormzy walked away with two prizes each: She took home awards for British Breakthrough Artist and British Female Solo Artist, while he netted the British Male Artist award and the coveted Best Album trophy for Gang Signs & Prayer.

'Gang Signs & Prayer was the hardest thing. I've never worked on something like this in my life," Stormzy said. 'I've [gave] my entire being; my entire emotion. Everything I put into that album. I didn't have anything left after. We made something that I feel is undeniable [and] I can stand by it today," (via Billboard).

In her acceptance speech, Lipa paid tribute to women who paved the way: '[Thanks to] every single female that's been on this stage before me that has given girls like me — not just in the music industry, but in society — something to look up to and allowed us to dream this big," she said. 'Here's to more women on these stages, more women winning these awards and more women taking over the world."

Sheeran performed 'Supermarket Flowers" from his nominated album Divide while Kendrick brought his high-concept sensibility to a live rendition of 'FEEL." His set began on top of a glass storage unit containing an orange luxury Lamborghini and during the song, Rich the Kid trashed the vehicle with a bat. Timberlake, fresh off his Super Bowl halftime show performance, turned in a medley of 'Midnight Summer Jam" and 'Say Something." See the list of winners here.

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