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Page Too Report for 03/01/2018

Birdman Declares Nicki Minaj Greatest Female Rapper of All Time

(Radio.com) Who's the greatest female rapper of all time? It's a question that's divided the hip-hop community and inspired countless beefs. In a recent interview, Cash Money co-founder Birdman didn't hesitate to say he believes Nicki Minaj is the best female MC in history.

'I always say she's the best ever, best female ever in hip-hop, hands down, facts. There's no getting around it," he told Rap-Up TV. 'There's levels to this s. Very much levels to this s. She's an elite."

Birdman added that he meant "no disrespect" to other women in the game, but Nicki's catalog (and industry success) speaks for itself. In the past, Minaj has beefed with Lil' Kim and Remy Ma about who's the cream of the crop.

Nevertheless, Birdman says Nicki is doing her own thing -- and doing it better than any woman in history. 'Sometimes, you can put Nicki in a room with males on a rap, but if you put her on females, it's nothing," he said. 'She's a monster in her own race." Read more here.

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Gucci Mane Has Special Plans For High School Graduation 20th Anniversary

(Radio.com) Gucci Mane has a message for high school kids around the nation: Don't be a fool, stay in school. The rapper did just that, and now, to celebrate his 20-year anniversary of graduating high school, he has offered to pay for his class reunion party.

In addition, Mane invited anyone who graduated from Atlanta's Ronald E. McNair High School to a custom car and bike show. Even though he didn't go to college, had numerous confrontations with the law and did time behind bars, Gucci Mane may be the most famous student from his graduating class, notes Billboard.

Not only is he a platinum rapper, he's a New York Times best-selling author for The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, which is reportedly being made into a biopic. See Gucci's invitation here.

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Kim Kardashian Shares Photo Of Baby Daughter Chicago

(Radio.com) Kim Kardashian-West shared her first photo of little baby Chicago on Monday (Feb 26) on Instagram. The reality star and her daughter wore matching beige robes in the photo along with an adorable filter for added cuteness.

The third child for Kim and controversial rapper Kanye West, Chicago was born on January 15 via a surrogate to the couple, joining sister North and brother Saint.

See the heartwarming photo of mother and daughter here.

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DJ Khaled Looks Ahead To Summer With Teaser Video

(Radio.com) Break out the beach towels and sunscreen. Even though it's barely March, DJ Khaled is ready to kick into summer mode. The "We the Best" DJ/producer will launch his next era this Friday (March 2), when he reveals a new single and the title of his next album.

He sounded the alarm on social media on Wednesday (Feb. 28), with a customarily dramatic video. It would make sense that Khaled wants to get a jump on beach season. He pretty much dominated the summer of 2017 with "Wild Thoughts," his Santana-sampling smash featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.

The full-length it came from, Grateful, was released in June of last year and shot straight to the top of the Billboard albums chart. What kind of crafty new tricks Khaled has poised for the new year will start to be revealed this Friday. Watch the video here.

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Miley Cyrus Reveals 'Wonderland' Cover Shots

(Radio.com) Pop star Miley Cyrus shared a few sparkly pinki-fied sneak peeks from a photo shoot for her forthcoming cover story in Wonderland magazine, which is due out March 15.

The singer who is known for her colorful and outrageous wardrobe choices looks right at home in shades of pink satin, feathers, ruffles or tulle, in or out of her rose colored glasses.

The pop star shared the photos from the Spring issue of the periodical, writing, 'Ta-Da!!!! @wonderland shot by @ellenvonunwerth! Pre Order Now! Link in bio! On stands March 15!"

The cover story interview has Miley opening up about her unique style, Elton John and even her pet pigs. The cover photos were shot by Ellen von Unwerth. See the preview here.

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Singled Out: Michelle LeBlanc's Highway

Country singer Michelle LeBlanc is releasing her debut EP "A Man Like You" tomorrow (March 2nd) and to celebrate we asked her to tell us the story behind the song "Highway." Here is the story:

I wrote this song the first night I moved to Nashville. November 16th, 2016. I showed up to my new (sight unseen) apartment with an air mattress, two suitcases, and a guitar. The rest of my stuff wasn't arriving from NYC for another two weeks. I had driven all day, found my local wine store (because... priorities), and finally showed up to this empty space in this new town where I basically knew no one... having left my whole life up to that point behind me

Backstory... There was this guy I left behind in NYC. Well, I didn't really leave him behind. He was never mine. But we were meant to know each other. No doubt about it. I think we both knew it. The synchronicity was ridiculous... you wouldn't believe me if I told you. Anyway, I think maybe we both kept scaring each other away. Or maybe I'm just crazy... still not sure. But crazy or not, I honestly always thought something would happen between us, and in my fantasy, we would move to Nashville together. But there were a lot of missed opportunities between us, and at a certain point, I just couldn't hold out for him and I needed to move forward with my life. So I moved. And the night that I pulled into town, I stepped out on my balcony (which was a luxury that I never had in NYC) and in the distance, I could faintly hear the highway. I was feeling all the feelings -- I was exhilarated and scared and uncertain and pretty sad about leaving without dealing with my feelings. I was standing there wishing that maybe he would follow me down here. And then I wrote this song. A year later, I had a collection of songs ready to be recorded and "Highway" needed to be on it. It's the first song I wrote in Nashville, and it made it on my first EP. It's just a very honest song about regret and feeling like you have no control over a situation.

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

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Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, More Join Forces On 'Azukita'

(Radio.com) Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Elvis Crespo and Play-N-Skillz join forces for a new music video that will entice music lovers to hit the dance floor.

"Azukita" is the latest track from Aoki and Daddy Yankee that features slick beats and rapid fire singing from Crespo and Play-N-Skillz. If the song itself doesn't entice listeners to dance, the video surely will.

Directed by Tyler Dunning Evans and produced by Matt Pfeffer, "Azukita" finds Aoki and Daddy Yankee transported into a video game where they build their teams and compete with each other through dance battles.

The four-minute clip includes a performance by dancer and choreographer Brian Esperon alongside others at SKIP Entertainment located in Guam, who are well-known for their viral dance videos on Youtube. Watch to find out who wins the epic dance battle here.

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Brett Young Announces Engagement To Taylor Mills

(Radio.com) Brett Young has found his forever. The 36-year old country crooner announced on social media Monday morning (Feb. 26) that he proposed to his girlfriend, Taylor Mills.

'She said yes!" Young wrote on Instagram, along with the posting of pictures of the happy couple sharing a kiss and a close up of her gorgeous engagement ring.

Take a look at the photos here.

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Jake Owen Revisits John Mellencamp Classic With New Track

(Radio.com) Jake Owen has released the new single 'I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," as well as a surprise track, "Something To Ride To." The lyrics to "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" depicts a man reminiscing about the days he and a girl were teenagers listening to pop tunes and experiencing young love. It opens with the familiar hook from John Mellencamp's classic rock standard, 'Jack & Diane," and samples the song throughout the track.

"I never release a song without the intention of stepping up to the plate and knocking it out of the park," said Owen in a press release on the new music. "When I first heard 'I Was Jack (You Were Diane),' I thought, 'How can I do this and re-create what is already a classic song?' But the more I listened to it, the more I saw my own life growing up."

"The original 'Jack & Diane' was about 'two American kids growing up in the heartland' and that image is exactly what so many country songs are based on. Plus, the most important thing to me and my team is that we sent the song to Mellencamp and he digs the track. Getting his stamp of approval sealed the deal for me that this song should be our debut single."

With its familiar melody, country-rock groove and hand claps, the music is a clever combination of the past and present, just like the lyrics.

The surprise track, 'Something To Ride To," is a mid-tempo number about losing a girl and wanting to hear one song on the radio that doesn't make the vocalist sad or think about love lost.

'Give me something to ride to/ and forget about life to/ the kind you want to get high to/ lay back in the night to/ Yeah, used to be dance halls/ slow jams and romance songs/ but now that she's gone and the radio's on I just want one that don't sing about her/ Give me something to ride to."

Owen will kick off his Life's Watcha Make It tour on May 18 in Chattanooga, Tennessee with Chris Janson and Jordan Davis. Check out Owen's new tracks here.

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Lana Del Rey Surprises Fans Singing Her Song Karaoke

(Radio.com) What are the odds of choosing a song to sing at a karaoke bar and then discovering the track's original recording artist is in the building? That's exactly what happened to a pair of Lana Del Rey fans over the weekend and then things got even better.

In a video uploaded to Twitter, two Lana fans perform "Cherry" from her album Lust For Life and midway through, the real Lana Del Rey joins them onstage.

The trio even launch into choreography from Lana's Lust For Life tour, proving that the fans know her work inside and out. They don't appear the least bit intimidated by the surprise collaboration with the idol, either. They look like they were having way too much fun for that. On Twitter, Lana explained why she joined her fans.

"If you're at my karaoke bar and you know my Choreo I will probably sing with you," she wrote. The karaoke adventure was just one event in of Lana's busy weekend: She also entered the studio with Bleachers' Jack Antonoff and Marina Diamandis from Marina and the Diamonds.

Watch Lana's performance with her fans, which contains explicit language, here.

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Travis Scott Gives Kylie Jenner $1.4M Ferrari Push Present

(Radio.com) There are push presents, and then there are the push presents for the rich and famous. For the uninitiated, a push present is a gift presented to a woman after she's given birth, typically from a spouse or partner.

So when Kylie Jenner gave birth to Travis Scott's daughter, Stormi Webster, he hooked the reality TV star up with one heck of a push present: a $1.4 million Ferrari.

The Ferrari LaFerrari is a very limited edition car that's already out of production. enner showed off her fly new ride by way of an Instagram story, and it is quite the vehicle. See it here.

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Camila Cabello Shares Intimate Family Portrait In New Mini Documentary

(Radio.com) This is Camila Cabello up close and personal. The singer has shared a new mini-documentary, Made in Miami. The engaging 17-minute clip follows Cabello on the singer's rise from a karaoke-loving kid obsessed with One Direction to pop stardom.

The intimate video features priceless throwback pictures of Cabello over the years, and boasts extensive interviews with her parents, family friends, and fellow artists, including Charli XCX.

When the singer recalls her fateful trip to North Carolina to audition for The X Factor, judge Simon Cowell shows up with his own recollections of the moment, calling it "amazing."

Cowell also makes an interesting reveal later in the clip, saying that when Cabello first approached him about leaving Fifth Harmony, he was taken aback because it happened "a year earlier" than he expected. Read more here.

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