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Page Too Report for 01/03/2018


Carrie Underwood Received Over 40 Facial Stitches From Fall

(Radio.com) In November, Carrie Underwood fell down at home and broke her wrist. On New Year's Eve, the country superstar opened up about the extent of her injuries.

In addition to the broken bone, Underwood suffered facial injuries that required more than 40 stitches. She called the event a "freak accident" and thanked her fans for their support.

Carrie made the revelations in a letter to her fan club, obtained by People. "I haven't been ready to talk about since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up," she wrote. 'In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I'll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike [Fisher, Underwood's husband] that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in."

"I honestly don't know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful. I am grateful that it wasn't much, much worse. And I am grateful for the people in my life that have been there every step of the way." Read more here.

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Justin Timberlake Announces New Album 'Man of the Woods'

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake has revealed that his new album, entitled Man of the Woods, will be released on Feb. 2, just two days before he takes the stage at this year's Super Bowl in Minnesota.

"This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album that I've written, where I'm from. And it's personal," the Memphis, Tennessee native says in a promotional video that dropped today (Jan. 2).

The clip finds Timberlake reveling in nature, kneeling in a snowy meadow and sharing a kiss with his wife, actress Jessica Biel. Clips of new music play in the background throughout the video, giving fans a taste of what to expect from Timberlake's new sounds.

"It's just so earthy," says producer Pharrell Williams, who appears briefly in the clip. "It's just where you are in your life right now. That is a smash," he adds as the two are shown working together in a recording studio.

The first track from Timberlake's new release is expected to arrive this Friday, Jan. 5. Later in the afternoon, Justin released what is presumably the album's cover artwork. Watch the clip here.

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Ed Sheeran The Simpsons Appearance Preview Released

(Radio.com) Ed Sheeran may be a heartthrob to young ladies across the globe, but in Springfield, USA, he has to struggle to impress Lisa Simpson. In a brief trailer of next Sunday's show (Jan. 7), Sheeran performs on piano along with Lisa while her dad, Homer, bangs on the wall to try to make them stop.

"Oh no! They're playing in time to the beat of my banging!" he groans. Lisa, too, seems less than thrilled by Sheeran's performance. At the end of the jam, Sheeran remarks, "You didn't applaud."

Sheeran, whose character is inked with a tattoo of Blinky the three-eyed fish, was invited by The Simpsons producers to play a role in the show. While he happily accepted, he was unable to leave the UK, so he recorded his part over the phone.

The episode, titled "Haw-Haw Land," is a spoof of the film "La La Land," and features Sheeran's character, Brendan, locked in a battle with Nelson Muntz to win over Lisa, reports NME. Watch the preview here.

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Ariana Grande Previews New Music Via Social Media Post

(Radio.com) Ariana Grande is hard at work on new music, and she's got the song snippet to prove it. The pop star has shared a short tease of the new music that she's making with the caption, "See you next year."

The short clip reveals lush, layered vocals, with the lyrics "you can feel it feel it" over the top. Grande's latest revelation comes after she confirmed last month that she is indeed working on a new album.

Listen to Ariana Grande's latest song snippet to get a preview of what she has in store later this year here.

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Beyonce, Eminem and the Weeknd Lead Coachella 2018

(Radio.com) The Coachella 2018 lineup is here. As rumored, this year's edition will be rap heavy with Beyonce, Eminem and the Weeknd named as headliners.

Beyonce's headliner status was a foregone conclusion, as the superstar was originally slated to top last year's bill, but had to pull out due to her pregnancy with twins.

Other major acts set for this year's California desert festival include Cardi B, Migos, A Perfect Circle, alt-j, CHIC with Nile Rodgers, the Neighbourhood, Vince Staples, Miguel and Portugal. the Man.

Coachella 2018 is set for the weekends of April 13-15 & April 20-22. See the complete lineup here.

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Mariah Carey Finally Got Her Hot Tea On New Year's Eve

(Radio.com) Rest easy, Mariah Carey fans. She finally got her hot tea. Carey made a splash at this year's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest when she paused after singing her 1990 hit, "Vision of Love" to request some hot tea in the frigid New York cold.

"I just want to take a sip of tea if they'll let me -- they told me there would be tea," the singer quipped. "Oh, it's a disaster. Okay, well we'll just have to rough it. I'm going to be just like everybody else with no hot tea."

While Carey was tea-free onstage, the legendary singer enjoyed a hot cup after the show, and shared the moment on Instagram with an appropriately glamorous photo.

"Found my tea!," she captioned the post, still wearing the furry white coat she sported during the performance. See the photo here.

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Justin Bieber Meltdown Worse Than People Realized Says Manager 2017 In Review

Justin Bieber Meltdown Worse Than People Realized Says Manager was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Justin Bieber has come a long way since the dark days of 2014, when the singer was arrested for driving under the influence and seemed to create mischief wherever he went. Manager Scooter Braun was by his side through it all and recently opened up about how serious Bieber's meltdown really was.

"It was worse than people realized," Braun told the Wall Street Journal. "I failed him day after day. We were living in hell because he was in such a dark place….I have inconveniences, and other people have problems. Mine feel important, but they're not. They're not life or death. Justin's stuff got to a point where it was a problem."

Braun says their relationship "really struggled." Nevertheless, the manager (whose clients include Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen) said his job was to be Bieber's "rock" on his journey. According to Braun, naysayers in the music business thought Bieber's moment in the spotlight was over for good.

"Some of the biggest people in the industry, people invested in Justin's career, told me, 'It's over. Focus on something else. That kid is done,'" he said. "I made a promise to him when he was 13 that I would never give up on him. I plan on keeping that promise." Read more here.

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Demi Lovato Opens Up About Drinking Problem 2017 In Review

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Drinking Problem was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Demi Lovato has been an open book about her struggles with body image, addiction and mental illness in her music, on social media and in interviews. On the eve of her sixth studio album Tell Me You Love Me, the singer sat down with NPR to discuss the themes and influences that inspired the record.

Lovato, who celebrated five years of sobriety in March, described the lowest point of her drinking. "Rock bottom hit me in a moment when I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at nine in the morning on my way to the airport," she said. "I actually threw up in the back of the car service, and I had a moment where I thought to myself, 'Wow, this is no longer glamorous. This is no longer a young person having fun with drinking and alcohol and experimentation. This is actually pathetic and sad.'"

While in treatment, Demi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Rather than keeping these personal challenges to herself, the singer decided to face them openly in the public eye. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez' Kidney Donor Reveals Scar In Video Post 2017 In Review

Selena Gomez' Kidney Donor Reveals Scar In Video Post was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Last month, Selena Gomez announced that she underwent kidney transplant surgery earlier this summer--and the donor was her friend, actress Francia Raisa. Gomez has been open about her struggle with lupus, a chronic auotimmune disease that can adversely affect the kidneys, and her story touched more than 127 million fans on Instagram. The image of Selena and Fancia holding hands in hospital beds has been liked over 9.4 million times and counting.

Both have spent the summer recuperating and Selena got back to work last week. It appears Francia is diving back into her usual routines, too. Raisa shared a video from the gym of her doing some weight training, with her surgery scar visible below her crop top.

"Happy to be back," she captioned the post. The actress is best known for her roles in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Bring it On: All or Nothing. This week, Selena Gomez' mother Mandy Teefey expressed gratitude for Raisa's donation, writing: "Selena gained a kidney, I was able to keep my little girl, but I also gained another daughter." Watch Francia's fitness video here: Read more here.

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Lionel Richie To Be Judge On New 'American Idol' 2017 In Review

Lionel Richie To Be Judge On New 'American Idol' was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Hello. Is it Lionel Richie that you're looking for? We hope so, as Richie has confirmed that he's the third and final judge to round out the panel of the new version of American Idol alongside Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.

The announcement follows rumors that Richie had been dropped from consideration for the slot. "Luke and Lionel are the perfect additions to round out our panel of judges for American Idol on ABC," said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment.

"In their respective genres of music, both Luke and Lionel possess insurmountable popularity and award-winning talent that are undeniable, and we are lucky that they will help in paving the way for hopefuls pursuing their dreams on our stage." Read more here.

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Jake Owen Recounts Las Vegas Festival Shooting 2017 In Review

Jake Owen Recounts Las Vegas Festival Shooting was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Country singer Jake Owen performed at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Sunday night (Oct 1) in Las Vegas right before Jason Aldean took the stage. During Aldean's set, a gunman opened fire, killing at least 50 and injuring over 400, and Owen was there watching his friend perform.

"I was on the stage. I had just walked up on the stage with a couple friends of mine, including Luke Combs, another artist who had played earlier, and we were literally standing 50 feet from where Jason was on stage, and all of a sudden, you heard what sounded - it was kind of a thing where you were like, 'Was that gunfire?' - and it got faster and faster, almost like it was an automatic rifle," Owen said in a call this morning to the Today Show.

"You could hear it ringing off the rafters off the top of the stage," he continued. "That's when you saw people fleeing. At that point, everyone onstage just started running everywhere possible. And it was pretty chaotic, for sure."

The country star couldn't get to his bus, so he looked for the nearest cover. 'I kind of just ran like everyone else," he said. "At one point, I was crouched down behind a cop car with about 20 other people that had come to the show, and everyone's asking if everyone's okay. There's blood on people, and you could see a couple folks on the street that looked like they'd been shot lying there. It was chaotic. It was literally like a movie that you feel like you've seen before that's not real life."

The country singer stressed how frightening the situation was. "We tend to - we live this life of not being scared, which I think is great, but you know, this is reality these days. This stuff's really happening. We were all scared." Read more here.

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Miley Cyrus Honors Las Vegas Victims During 'Fallon' Performance 2017 In Review

Miley Cyrus Honors Las Vegas Victims During 'Fallon' Performance was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Miley Cyrus kicked off Miley Week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (Oct. 2) with a powerful performance of Dido's "No Freeman." Backed by a full band that included Adam Sandler on guitar and backing vocals, the singer's cover struck a chord in the aftermath of Sunday night's (Oct. 1) deadly shooting in Las Vegas, which took the lives of at least 59 people and injured more than 500.

In an interview with Fallon following her performance, she explained why she decided to begin her week-long residency on the show with that particular track.

"There is no love without freedom. I think about that when these tragic events happen," she said. "What is music if we can't go see our favorite artist perform because we're scared of violence, or we're scared of losing someone that we love to go to a concert or go see a film? I think right now we're supposed to be 'Land of the Free' but we can't have freedom if we're constantly living in fear. Never bow down to bullies and stand up for what's right. Constantly share hope instead of encouraging any more fear."

The singer closed the show with her poignant song "The Climb." The afternoon before the performance, Cyrus tweeted that her Tonight Show appearance would strive to help heal a wounded nation and encourage peace. Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Sends Flowers to LAPD For Officer Shot at Vegas Festival 2017 In Review

Taylor Swift Sends Flowers to LAPD For Officer Shot at Vegas Festival was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Taylor Swift sent several bouquets of flowers to the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Community Police Station in Pacoima, California after learning that one of their off-duty officers was shot while attending the country music festival in Las Vegas.

LAPD Intel Analyst Kimberlee Binder shared a photo of one of the beautiful bouquets of daisies and roses on Instagram on Monday (Oct. 2). "Talk about a class act! @taylorswift sent multiple bouquets of flowers and plants to our station, as one of our officers was shot in Las Vegas last night," Binder writes on Instagram. "This is one of the smaller arrangements. Beautiful flowers can bring a smile to anyone's face. Much respect."

A statement from the LAPD revealed that several off-duty officers traveled to Las Vegas for the festival. One female officer was shot but is expected to make a full recovery. "There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families," Swift tweeted. Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Reveals Inspiration Behind 'Perfect' 2017 In Review

Ed Sheeran Reveals Inspiration Behind 'Perfect' was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Ed Sheeran has opened up to Radio.com in a new interview about his girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn, and how she inspired his new hit single, "Perfect."

"I like the situation I'm in at the moment, it's pretty great," Sheeran revealed during the exclusive interview. When asked if Seaborn could be "the one," the singer was unequivocal in his response.

"Undoubtedly, undoubtedly," he said. "But I think if you ever enter into a long-term relationship and you have a doubt, then you shouldn't be in the long-term relationship."

Sheeran went on to reveal that he never thought he'd find himself with someone from his high school days: "I actually always thought I'd end up dating like an actress or something, someone in the industry," he explained. "But I don't think I'm that kind of person. I'm a hometown boy."

He went on to detail how Seaborn inspired the song "Perfect" after a wild night at the Ibiza home of his friend, James Blunt. "We got really hammered and took our shoes off and danced on his lawn and then jumped in the pool," Sheeran revealed. "And then the next day I was like, 'that's a cool story,' so I put it in a song." Watch Ed Sheeran explain how it all went down in the video here.

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Cardi B Believes She Can Copy Any Rapper's Flow 2017 In Review

Cardi B Believes She Can Copy Any Rapper's Flow was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Cardi B made history with her chart-topping hit "Bodak Yellow," but critics have accused the MC of ripping off other rappers' flows--especially Kodak Black. During an appearance at South Carolina's Fall Ball, Cardi addressed the accusations head-on. According to NME, the rapper said she has a right to "body" anyone's style she wants to.

Addressing an audience in South Carolina Cardi said: "And for anybody that telling me, 'Oh b-- you copied Kodak flow, you copied this and that flow,' So what b--? So what?"

"I'ma sound like all your favorite rappers," she continued. "I'ma take all they flows and I'ma body it b--. One day I'ma sound like Kodak [Black], the next day I'ma sound like Meek Mill, the next day I'ma sound like Migos. I don't give a f-." Read more here.

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Fifth Harmony's Security Accidentally Dragged Off Opening Act 2017 In Review

Fifth Harmony's Security Accidentally Dragged Off Opening Act was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) During a Fifth Harmony concert in Argentina, an overzealous security guard mistakenly booted Becky G--the band's opening act--when she attempted to join the four 5H ladies onstage.

Lauren Jauregui shared a video from the incident, in which Becky can be seen running onstage with some kind of scarf. She's quickly intercepted by a member of the security team who assumed she was a crazed fan. Better safe than sorry!

As a refresher, Becky G is a singer and actress whose hit "Shower" entered the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2014. She subsequently appeared as the Yellow Ranger in the Power Rangers reboot and has collaborated with Lil Jon, will.i.am and Jessie J. Her debut studio album is expected to drop this year, so get ready to know her name.

Becky and Fifth Harmony had a sense of humor about the mix-up on Twitter: "Now you know I'm your number one fan," Becky wrote. She added that the swift ejection hurt her arm but that the security pros were just doing their job. Watch the mistaken-identity farce (and Twitter aftermath) here.

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Nelly Arrested Following Sexual Assault Accusation 2017 In Review

Nelly Arrested Following Sexual Assault Accusation was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Nelly was arrested on Saturday morning (Oct 7th) in Auburn, WA after a woman accused him of sexual assault, according to The New York Times.

The rapper has been released from custody and no charges have been filed, according to a statement from his attorney. "Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation," Scott Rosenblum said in a statement to The Times.

"Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness." Read more of his comments here.

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Kodak Black Indicted For Sexual Assault 2017 In Review

Kodak Black Indicted For Sexual Assault was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Rapper Kodak Black was indicted on Monday (October 9th) on first-degree sexual assault charges stemming from an incident in 2016 (via Pitchfork).

Born Dieuson Octave, the rapper was released from jail and put on probation earlier this year on separate charges.

He was originally arrested in November 2016 for the assault on a woman at a Comfort Inn and Suites in Florence County, South Carolina earlier that year in February. Read more here.

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One Direction Fan's Screaming Resulted In Collapsed Lung 2017 In Review

One Direction Fan's Screaming Resulted In Collapsed Lung was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) A One Direction superfan experienced a lung collapse after screaming too much for her favorite boy band, according to a new report by the BBC.

An injury of this sort is usually caused by an event such as an asthma attack, weightlifting stress, or deep water diving due to the sudden changes in air pressure -- but has been seen before in an Opera singer and military drill instructor, according to the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Jack Slaughter, who treated the sixteen-year-old patient three years ago said "I never saw her again. I told her she'd be famous and get to go on the Jimmy Fallon show and meet One Direction but she was too embarrassed." Read more here.

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Frank Ocean Wins In Father's $14.5M Libel Lawsuit 2017 In Review

Frank Ocean Wins In Father's $14.5M Libel Lawsuit was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Frank Ocean has won the $14.5 million libel lawsuit filed against him by his father, Calvin Cooksey. According to Law 360, California U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled in the R&B star's favor on his father's charged that Ocean had defamed him in a 2016 Tumblr post.

In the post, Ocean claimed that as a child his dad used a gay slur against a transgender waitress in his presence. The judge's full written decision is expected this week.

"It was a super sad case," Ocean's lawyer, Keith Bremer, told Pitchfork. "I am sorry that my client had to go through this and am glad that we could bring closure." Read more here.

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Katy Perry Gets Stuck On Prop At Her Nashville Show 2017 In Review

Katy Perry Gets Stuck On Prop At Her Nashville Show was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Katy Perry found herself lost in space at a gig in Nashville this week (Oct. 18). Perry was performing "Thinking of You" on a floating model of the planet Saturn when the prop malfunctioned, stranding the pop star perched above her audience.

"This is the first time I've been stuck in space," Perry joked to the crowd. "I know I'm kind of a space cadet but actually, this thing is stuck. What should I do? Should I tell some jokes, should I tell some stories, should I just sing another song?"

Eventually, Perry was slowly lowered down onto the main floor of the arena, where she jumped from the prop into the waiting arms of fans below. Watch the wild moment here.

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Pink Says Christina Aguilera Once 'Took A Swing' At Her 2017 In Review

Pink Says Christina Aguilera Once 'Took A Swing' At Her was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Pink and Christina Aguilera's legendary beef boiled over during the making of "Lady Marmalade," but there's even more juicy backstory than fans realize. On Watch What Happens Live, Pink described a run-in with Christina (presumably in the early 2000s) that turned physical.

"You have to learn -- women have to learn how to support each other," she said. "It's not taught to each other on the playground. Actually, she swung at me in a club. Hilarious! I was like, 'What's happening right now? What's happening?'"

Pink stressed that everything's fine between the two singers. now. On the show, she expressed her respect for Christina's voice and described how they reconciled. "She's so talented and deep down I've had bad days too," P!nk said. "She's a really sweet person. We made up on The Voice. I mean, it was funny, I laughed. I hadn't seen her in years and years and years."

The singer said their personalities as young and hungry divas made a combustible combination. "We were super young and super new at the whole thing, and I think I'm an alpha, and she's an alpha," she said. "I'm used to taking my altercations physical and she's used to having them verbal. We're just very different, we're very different. And we were very young and new."

The Beautiful Trauma singer shared her theory about why things are better now. "We became moms," Pink said. "We grew up. We hugged it out. It's that simple. I feel so good about that." Watch the full interview here.

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R. Kelly's Ex-Girlfriend Details His Alleged Abuse 2017 In Review

R. Kelly's Ex-Girlfriend Details His Alleged Abuse was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Controversial R&B star R. Kelly has been hit with new abuse allegations by an ex-girlfriend, Kitti Jones. The new charges were revealed in a lengthy piece by Rolling Stone, with Jones detailing her two-year relationship with the singer, during which she said she endured no less than 10 instances of physical abuse, was forced to have sex with other women.

She claims Kelly controlled the people she was allowed to see and withheld food if she didn't adhere to his demands. Jones recalled hitting her lowest point of the relationship: "His voice scared me, seeing that he called scared me, hearing a door open and close scared me."

It got bad enough for Jones to contemplate suicide. "I just said, 'I'm gonna kill myself and it's gonna be his fault,'" she explained. "'I can either kill myself or kill him. What use am I when I walk out of here?'"

When asked what she hopes people take from the explosive allegations, Jones said she just wants Kelly's accusers to be taken seriously. "I want them to not be so dismissive towards the women that are speaking out," Jones said. "We're not just rolling over out of bed and saying, 'Hmm, let me just make up a story about R. Kelly today. Let me make it sound similar to something that he's already been accused of and put my own remix to it just [because] I want some attention.' [Anyone who has spoken out] has gotten annihilated in the press [and] from fans."

The same day that the story was released, R. Kelly has made a response through a representative. Read it here.

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