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Jason Aldean Announces New Album And Streams First Single

(Radio.com) Country star Jason Aldean has just released "You Make It Easy," the first track from his upcoming album, Rearview Town, and he sounds like a man in love.

"You Make It Easy" is a heartfelt, blues-tinged ballad in which Aldean describes the love of his life. The song moves to a slow, steady groove that conjures scenes of cowboys slow-dancing in suburban saloons.

The song is surely inspired by Aldean's wife Brittany, who he married in 2015. The couple recently had their first child, Memphis Aldean. "Like a rainy Sunday morning makes me want to stay in bed twisted up all day long/ You're my inspiration, girl. You take me places, put the words right into these songs," sings Aldean in a tender voice. "Stealing kisses under cover babe/ See forever when I see your face/ And I swear God made you for me."

Rearview Town, Aldean's eighth studio album, comes out April 13. The singer says the record addresses past experiences through a variety of musical approaches.

"Growing up in Macon, Georgia, I had a chance to learn about so many different styles of music," Aldean said in a press release. "Looking back on first playing in bands as a teenager, I was just soaking everything up. A lot of that comes out on this record…where I've been, and who I am now." Listen to "You Make It Easy" here.

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Liam Payne And Rita Ora Release 'For You' Video

The visuals for Liam Payne and Rita Ora's "For You" are here. The pop stars have collaborated on the lead single from the upcoming movie, Fifty Shades Freed, and have revealed an appropriately grandiose music video for the track.

The clip features the pair frolicking throughout a massive estate, dressed to the nines in designer formal wear. Ora also appears in the movie, starring as lead character Christian Grey's sister, Mia.

Watch it for yourself as you check out the online stream for Rita Ora and Liam Payne's brand new "For You" video here.

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Lady Gaga Goes Retro For Piano Version of 'Joanne' Video

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga's Joanne is nominated for two GRAMMY Awards, and late last week the pop icon released a stripped down version of the album's title track along with an accompanying video.

The artsy, retro video for the song features Gaga wandering streets and train tracks while carrying her guitar. A combination of black-and-white shots and over saturated, '70s retro film colors capture the spirit of the melancholy track. Joanne was named after the singer's late aunt, who died from lupus-related complications.

Gaga never met her aunt Joanne, but in 2016 she revealed how her death affected her family. "Joanne is about living every day as if it's my last," she told Billboard. "My father's sister died when she was 19 -- that was Joanne, my aunt. This was the center of the pain in my family. Growing up, I never understood what the tears of my family were about."

Gaga's label Interscope will be making a donation to the Lupus Research Alliance in Joanne's honor to help further the fight for a cure. Watch the video for the piano version of "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)" here.

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Migos 'Stir Fry' Performance From 'The Tonight Show' Goes Online

(Radio.com) Migos' highly anticipated Culture II came out Friday, and on Thursday night the hip-hop trio celebrated the release by performing the track "Stir Fry" on The Tonight Show.

The rappers dropped by Jimmy Fallon's set wearing red and performing in front of a floral-textured white backdrop decorated with giant "II" Roman numerals. The high-energy set gave viewers a taste of what they can expect from Culture II.

The new album includes collaborations with producers like Pharrell and Kanye West, as well as guest appearances from Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Drake, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone. Watch it here.

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Lil Jon Releases 'Alive' Featuring Offset And 2 Chainz

(Radio.com) Lil Jon is back with two high-profile collaborators. Migos' Offset and 2 Chainz appear on his new track "Alive." The rapper says he wanted to make a high-energy hip-hop track that was still contemporary and expressed his excitement to work with Offset in a recent interview.

"This song presented the opportunity," he told XXL. "Of course I'm a big fan of Migos and we crossed paths on the road a bunch of times. Offset's verse on 'Bad and Boujee' was crazy, so I really wanted to get him on something and it worked out for this song."

The lyric video features cartoonish 'Miami Vice' clips, with each rapper's head superimposed over a character. In one scene, Jon plays a perp that Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas are apprehending; In another, he's pictured busting a move on an '80s dance floor. Watch the lyric video for "Alive" here.

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Reba McEntire Plays Colonel Sanders in New KFC Commercial

(Radio.com) Country superstar Reba McEntire has added a new role to her extensive resume. The Grammy-winning singer has taken on the persona of KFC's Colonel Sanders.

The humorous commercial is set in a noisy honky-tonk with a small stage, a country western band and a shiny background, with the star singing out, "I'm Colonel Sanders / Same as always / Absolutely nothing's changed," and "Oh, please ignore any likeness to famous country singers / I'm definitely not a woman."

"It was a great thing to do. It's a spoof," McEntire told USA Today. "I'm an actress and that's how I took it." KFC Chief Marketing Officer Andrea Zahumensky explained, "We picked Reba McEntire because she is a perfect fit for KFC and Smoky Mountain BBQ. She embodies the qualities of the colonel with her showmanship and entrepreneurial spirit."

Reba is the 11th famous face to play the chicken magnate and the first woman. Check out her spot here.

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Justin Timberlake Celebrates Ellen DeGeneres' 60th Birthday

(Radio.com) Happy Birthday, Ellen DeGeneres! The TV talk show icon turned 60 late last week (Jan. 26), and Justin Timberlake made a point of celebrating the host's big day.

The singer appeared live via satellite on her show from rehearsals for his upcoming Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 4, surrounded by members of his band, the Tennessee Kids.

DeGeneres fished for inside information regarding the halftime performance, but the pop star was not giving up and secrets. "It's going to be a spectacular spectacular," he joked.

The singer paused to announce that he'd sent DeGeneres a birthday gift, with a stagehand bringing out a large bouquet of pink flowers. Timberlake wrapped the segment by having the band and studio audience join him in singing "Happy Birthday" to the talk show host. Watch the heartwarming moment here.

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Macklemore, Jess Glynne, Rudimental Team for 'These Days'

(Radio.com) London-based electronic music group Rudimental have recruited Seattle rapper Macklemore and English singer/songwriter Jess Glynne for the new song "These Days" and its accompanying video.

The beautiful, heartbreaking song captures the feelings that surface at end of a relationship. In addition to sentimental vocals, it features horns, piano, hand claps and a church choir.

In the clip, which was directed by Johnny Valencia, Macklemore and Glynne play a couple that falls in and the out of love. The video was shot in multiple locations and the performers are depicted at home, walking city streets, trying on costumes in a thrift store, and, ultimately, choosing to break up and move to different cities. Watch "These Days" here.

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Justin Timberlake Not Worried About Super Bowl Performance

(Radio.com) Pepsi has revealed a new clip of Justin Timberlake and his team as they prepare for the big day and the pop star's Super Bowl LII halftime performance.

The video focuses on the intense dance routines planned for the show and features longtime Timberlake choreographer Marty Kedelka (they go back to *NSYNC days).

Despite the exacting rehearsals, Justin is most concerned with having a good time. "Unity, that's all we're gonna try to do. I don't worry about if things go wrong, because perfection is the death of greatness," he says. "If the ethos can be like hey; for 12 to 13 minutes we're gonna have a really good time, I think if everything spawns off of that, I think it'll be fine." Check out latest halftime preview here.

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Lorde Covers Carly Rae Jepsen At Jack Antonoff Charity Event

A benefit concert performance by Lorde last week (January 24) in New York was interrupted by a protester in the audience. Radio.com has the details: After a stirring cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Run Away with Me," Lorde spoke about how nice the crowd was.

That's when an audience member shouted, "In Israel they are nice, too," a slight on Lorde's decision to cancel a concert in that country. Members of the crowd responded with boos, but Lorde's producer and event organizer Jack Antonoff eased the tension. "No, no. We've raised a s— ton of money tonight," he said. "F— that negativity."

Then, Lorde announced that she loved and would one day perform for the people of Israel, and the concert continued without incident, according to Billboard. Read and watch fan footage of Lorde covering Jepsen here.

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Meghan Trainor Reveals She 'Blacked Out' After Marriage Proposal

(Radio.com) Meghan Trainor has a wedding to plan and a new singing competition show to judge--but the "All About That Bass" hit maker made time to visit The Tonight Show and catch up with Jimmy Fallon.

The host asked Meghan the moment her actor boyfriend Daryl Sabara popped the question and it's a tale of social media distractions, laryngitis and blacking out. 'It was so cute, I'm so happy!" Trainor said. 'I was trying to Snapchat and he told me, 'Can you put that away for a second.' I lost my voice. I was screaming, 'It's happening, yes, it's happening. I blacked out."

Spy Kids) took Meghan to the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in Palm Springs and proposed under some holiday lights. Trainor swiftly shared a video to Instagram with a caption expressing her joy.

"For my 24th birthday, the love of my life @darylsabara made all of my dreams come true," she wrote. "He proposed to me under a tunnel of beautiful Christmas lights and surprised me with my family and friends. I'm still in shock. I've never been this happy! Thank you Daryl, my family and friends for making me feel like a real princess." Watch Meghan tell the story here.

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Carly Pearce Releases Woodsy 'Hide the Wine' Video

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake might be the Man of the Woods, but Carly Pearce wants her share of the woods, too. The country singer has shared her new music video, "Hide the Wine," which finds her performing the sassy single in (you guessed it) the woods.

The clip for the track that opens her latest album, Every Little Thing, was filmed on location in a wooded area near Percy Priest Lake, just outside Nashville, Tennessee (via Rolling Stone).

Pearce is set to hit the road this year, opening for Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts on various dates throughout 2018. Watch Carly Pearce's video for "Hide the Wine" here.

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Jason Aldean Congratulates Chipper Jones on Baseball Hall of Fame Election

(Radio.com) Jason Aldean's burning love for Georgia sports is well documented. The country star jumped on social media to congratulate legendary Atlanta Braves infielder Chipper Jones, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this week.

Jones was selected in his first year of eligibility and will be inducted into the hall on July 29 along with Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman.

"Congrats to my boy Chipper Jones on getting elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today," Aldean shared on Instagram next to a photo of him hanging out with the baseball star who spent his entire 19-year career with the Braves. "Proud of ya brutha and very well deserved." See the post here.

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